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All You Need Is Glove – Reclaiming My Post-Partum Body through Kickboxing

Did I have a perfect body before having a baby? No. After a month-plus of HIIT (high intensity interval training) Kick kickboxing classes, do I have a Bond Girl bod? No. Would I have a Bond Girl bod if I made it to the studio several days in a row over a month-plus? Maybe. What… Read More

Cast Away – the Norwalk River is an angler’s dream

“Many people are surprised to discover that the Norwalk River is home to excellent trout fishing,” says Gerald Berrafati, a licensed fishing guide and a member of the board of directors for the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited. “I’ve run into caddisfly and sulphur hatches on the Norwalk that rival the ‘glamour hatches’ on Connecticut’s… Read More

Swinging for the Majors – Local boys aims for the mlb

Dillon Lifrieri has loved baseball as long as he can remember. He dreamt the dreams of most little kids, to play in the Major Leagues just like the heroes he watched on TV and at the grand ballparks. But at a tender age, Lifrieri’s childhood dreams hit an emotional roadblock. “When I was ten and… Read More

Journey to Wellness – A Healthy Path Through Personalized Medical Care

Each day, I woke up feeling like I had run a triathlon the day before. My joints hurt, my muscles burned. I was achy and tired. I experienced chronic pain every single day and every single night. What was going on with my body? Why was it betraying me? Eleven years ago, I stood on… Read More

Weed Between the Lines – Cultivating a New World for Medical Marijuana

Governor Ned Lamont has been vocal about ending the prohibition of recreational marijuana use in our state, yet federal law still treats cannabis as a highly addictive controlled substance, with the same classification as cocaine and heroin. The conflict between state and federal law seems tantamount to the contrast of old world with new. In… Read More

Secret Garden — A Work of Heart — that’s on the Garden Conservancy Tour

Secret Garden

When Tom Harris moved into his North Wilton home 25 years ago, it was a pokey ranch-Colonial hybrid with tiny windows and virtually no landscaping. “It was as dark as a tomb,” says Harris, “the yard was non-descript, just overgrown bushes. At the edges of the property it was like a jungle.” But the new… Read More

Mom Squad — Helping new mothers embrace motherhood

Maya-Donald

The timing couldn’t have been worse, but the result couldn’t have been better. Maya Donald was 24 and exceling at her job in customer service for a telecommunications company, when she learned that she was pregnant. She’d also just ended a romantic relationship with the baby’s father. Having an infant at this point in her… Read More

Over the Plate — Tyler Kepner takes a swing at the history of pitching

Big K

When Tyler Kepner got a call from four-time Cy Young Award winner and Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, he was at his son Mack’s baseball game. He had no choice—he had to take the call. “I didn’t even have my recorder with me, so I was scribbling notes on the hood of my car,” he… Read More

License to Drive — Handling your kids learning to drive

License to Drive

If you have a child about to celebrate his or her 16th birthday, a driver’s license has likely been a frequent topic in your house. For those of you navigating this for the first time, it can be very overwhelming, a little scary, and sometimes confusing. In the State of Connecticut, individuals must be 16… Read More

Let’s Party! How and why to plan a Summer Block Party

Block Party

Rosalie Witt watched as the little girl meticulously examined the materials on her neighbor’s lawn. A box, some tape, streamers—she browsed, then spoke: “I’m intrigued.” So began her engrossing project, transforming the plain box into an elaborate cardboard house. “She drew decorations on the inside, hung streamers as curtains,” says Witt. “She didn’t want anyone… Read More