Think social media is just teens goofing off? Think again. Jared Cohen, formerly of the State Department and now director of the new think/do tank Google Ideas, sees it tackling the world’s problem.
Profiles By Brooke Springer Photographs By Bob Capazzo Finding the right attorney to serve your personal and professional needs can be a challenging process, but a necessary decision to make when you need a lawyer on your side. With that in mind, we decided to provide you with a list of the most respected legal counsel in Fairfield County. To get it done, we invited the peer-review experts at LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, the legal network with a database of more than one million lawyers from 160 countries, to identify the local attorneys who have reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence. This list is based on confidential surveys conducted by Martindale-Hubbell asking lawyers and members of the judiciary to rate the work of peers whose work they know well, using knowledge of the law and experience as criteria. The list that follows includes attorneys who have been rated “AV Preeminent,” the highest peer review available. For more information about Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, please visit martindale.com/ratings. Jonathan B. Mills Cummings & Lockwood Stamford As chairman of the firm, Jonathan Mills splits his time between managing its five offices and 200 employees and practicing in his area of specialty, […]
photographs by william taufic hair and makeup by warren-tricomi, greenwich: piret aava, edita evon, gina marie matta, susan monahan, monica robinson, gennaro tevolino, joni tussing and nina velez for the past three years we have set out to honor the unsung heroes of our towns —those people who offer a wealth of wisdom, skills and energy in order to better the lives of others. On the following pages we celebrate the honorees that you, our readers, nominated. They quietly and steadfastly model patience and perseverance. They make the world a better and more humane place, from empowering women through education to easing the pain of hospice patients. We congratulate them for all they’ve done, and also honor you, for singling out the warm, bright beams among us. Lifetime Achievement Sally Schenk Sally Schenk won’t settle for the status quo, not when she has the power to help facilitate change. Since she started volunteering thirteen years ago for Family ReEntry—an agency devoted to helping people in the criminal justice system avoid the revolving-door cycle of crime—she has been steadfast in her determination to stop the pattern in poor pockets of Connecticut, while keeping an especially close eye on the neighborhoods in […]
photographs by david bravo The pews are packed with parishioners trying to conserve room by leaving their heavy coats on. The aisles are lined with men, women, and drooping children, from the back doors of the church, all the way down to the altar, which is resplendent in red poinsettias. True, the overflow, in part, can be attributed to the errant Catholics who turn up for Christmas Mass. But many of these worshippers came to hear José Feliciano, arguably music’s first Latin crossover star, an eight-time Grammy winner who was playing famous concert venues when J-Lo, Mark Anthony, and Gloria Estefan were just children. His distinctive phrasing of the “parrrrrum-pah-pum-pums” makes his “Little Drummer Boy” like no other version of the song. With the exception of a few restless toddlers or hungry swaddled infants, the congregation is silent, rapt. For those unaware of Feliciano’s Christmas Eve ritual of singing in his church, there are few whispers of “You mean that’s the José Feliciano?” But those who have sought out this Mass know they’ll also be treated to an acoustic “Silent Night” as the Eucharist is distributed, and, in a nod to the era in which he came of age, Peter, […]
photographs by david labianca Harold Levine, a longtime Westport resident and champion of public schools and the arts, has community activism in his blood. His support for the Music and Arts Center for Humanity (MACH) is just one small expression of it, but it’s an important one. The multifaceted program, which is in the process of changing its name to Neighborhood Studios, is a local treasure, having enriched the lives of thousands of disadvantaged and disabled children and adults over the past three decades. In its year-round arts program and four summer camps, MACH offers instruction in painting, sculpture, theater, dance, and professional skills, and, ultimately, it gives its underserved participants something even more valuable: self-esteem. Levine’s activism was forged when he was a youngster, growing up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side during the 1930s. The octogenarian recalls lively conversations around the Friday night dinner table about Hitler, European Jewry, Southern blacks and other politically charged issues. His older brother mentored him in these issues. His uncle, a prominent rabbi who ran the Institutional Synagogue in Harlem, served as a role model for fostering a sense of community involvement. And his Orthodox grandmother always had a tzedakah, or charity, box […]
Back in 2006 I drove the long and winding road to Weston’s Wildlife in Crisis. On my way, I got lost more than once and had to turn my car around, one time on a bend in the road (probably not a smart move). When I finally arrived, a sign indicated that visitors should park at the bottom of the cul-de-sac and walk up the driveway. Of course, I was wearing heels, and the long, curving steep hill quickly seemed like an endless trek. A couple of times, a car drove down, requiring me to shove over into the bushes. It was touch and go with my more altruistic nature. Of course, and I should have known, what did any of that matter when I arrived at the animal rescue center? At the top, in a small clearing of a densely wooded area, I saw a row of outdoor pens and a rustic animal care center. Inside, I found raccoons, owls, and all types of woodland creatures on the mend. If they couldn’t be healed and returned to the wild, I learned, the injured animals would find a new home at the center. I also shook hands with the hard-working […]
As the highly respected CEO of Xerox, Anne Mulcahy was credited with saving
the once-troubled global giant. Now as chairman of the board of trustees at Save the Children, she helps the world’s most vulnerable—this time, it’s personal
As another school year starts, we read about ten teens who prove that hard work is worth the effort.
A local duo decided that making music is
more fun with talented friends. They call it Band Together and play to support local charities.
When one works on a cover story like Ten Teens to Watch, one becomes acutely aware that the upcoming generation is politely, if unknowingly, nudging the rest of us along. Determining who to feature in the story requires a series of difficult choices among a plethora of admirable personal qualities and intimidating talents. I even found myself wondering if one of these bright stars might be my boss someday.Will this talkative teen be a senator? Will that one with the “professional” smile take center stage at Carnegie Hall while I settle into a comfy seat? Will this other one, patiently trying to explain the DNA double helix to me, discover a life-saving medical treatment? As humbling as it is, these are possibilities—and not all that unlikely. Preparing to yield to these teens is eased by spending time with them. Each has that youthful blend of optimism and innocence—but to back up all that warm and fuzzy, each also has an impressive academic record and is, in every way, preparing to plough headlong into the future. They only need to figure out what matters most to them and to define for themselves how best to live in this world. This issue […]
For entertaining season, we cooked up a fall menu with the personal
guidance of six inspiring area chefs with new cookbooks. Grab an apron, a pan, and fresh ingredients—it’s time to turn up the heat in the kitchen.
Announcing: Best of the Gold Coast winners!
There aren’t many things that can whip the Moffly Media office up into a frenzy. Over the years, we have gotten used to busily preparing for a big event or rushing to meet an editorial deadline. But there’s something uniquely energizing about our annual “Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut” issue. I suspect it has to do with that word “best.” Those four little letters immediately trigger skepticism in anyone who sees them, quickly followed by an unqualified, arms-folded-across-the-chest: “Prove it.” As the voting results for the Best Of section flowed in, we weren’t surprised to find ourselves alternatingly nodding and shaking our heads. For the magazines, it has as much drama and fixed loyality as the NBA Playoffs—though my uniform includes white jeans and Tory Burch flats. Mostly, we were happy to applaud for the shops and services that you, our readers, collectively hoisted to the tippy top of the list. When we were disappointed that a long-held favorite—a “must have”—didn’t make it, we did our best to muffle an admonishing, “Bah!” Of course, I’m just kidding. I think this guide is truly remarkable, and I’m delighted and proud to present our readers’ votes. As you peruse the section, […]
Finding the right dentist can be a difficult decision, whether one needs a routine cleaning or more specialized care. Who better to ask for a recommendation than the dentists themselves? So we turned to topDentists™, a data research firm that compiles credential information about dental professionals around the country, to help us find the leading practitioners in our area. To compile this list, the company surveyed dentists in Fairfield County who are listed with the American Dental Association. Each one was asked, “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?” All dentists and specialists were asked to evaluate peers, taking into careful consideration years of experience, professional background, continuing education, patient manner, use of new techniques and physical results. Those surveyed could nominate dentists deemed worthy of consideration and were asked to set aside personal or political bias and base decisions only on knowledge of a colleague’s work. Final selections are made after careful vetting of credentials with state dental boards.“Of course, there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list,” says managing partner Mark Barkley, of topDentists™. “It is intended as a sampling of the great […]
Huge investments at local hospitals and cancer centers mean better care close to home.
Meet the go-getters who are
friendly alternatives to our towns.
When the Newman clan needs a caterer, Katie Wachtel and Kathy Oberman get the call. Here, ideas for spring parties.
A Greenfield Hill garden is reclaimed from the ravages of time and restored to grandeur.
A fashion designer’s waterfront home is renovated with an eye on meaningful simplicity.
For this year’s annual garden issue we picked a garden that was a major transformation—a reclaiming achieved by the family and a top-notch landscape design professional. We decided to feature this property not only because it is exceptionally beautiful but also because its transformation encourages would-be gardeners of all ages to dig in. Enjoy the fun—yet, being a Connecticut native, I have learned to be cautious when working in the garden or playing on the lawn with my children. The threat of ticks and Lyme disease is real—and last year it hit home. Despite being vigilant, I found a tick on my young son after a hike in Fairfield. Sure enough, in a couple of days, a bull’s-eye rash appeared and he experienced headaches that left him in tears. He was immediately diagnosed with Lyme and started antibiotics. Of course I still enthusiastically encourage lots of warm sunshine, fresh air, and messy dirt—essential ingredients for childhood and not so bad for the rest of us. I still have to make my plea from the top of my well-worn soapbox: Careful! One local resource for information is Time for Lyme (timeforlyme.org)—a Fairfield County nonprofit dedicated to research, education, and advocacy. It […]
The local arts scene celebrates its place as a diverse cultural resource.
During the eightieth season, the Playhouse takes one
last look back at its dramatic history.
Where’s the market headed? We all know what we’re hoping for—here’s what the stats say.
A Westport home expands in size, yet retains its cozy
Cape Cod-style quaintness.
Presenting 126 of the best local physicians in 41 specialties
CEOs Neil & Ron DeFeo taking charge.Setting course. Saving big business.
Westport’s annual Photo Contest for amateur photographers was a great success.
Local charities are needed now more than ever. But in these challenging times
donations have hit an all-time low
A Celebration of Giving
Clea Newman Soderlund with family and friends on generosity, humility and
Genetic research, managing stock portfolios, saving the environment…plus homework.
Wish your nearest and dearest shared your car obsession? The Concours d’Elegance is your chance.
The feud between preservationists and developers has been raging in our community for years — does the economy have the last word?
A Fairfield property is transformed to meet the needs of its growing, active family.
Theater is the art of transformation — turns out, it’s savvy business, too.
Using nasa-based technology
to help kids improve their concentration.
We all have serious questions. The experts offer their perspectives.
When this Wilton resident couldn’t find the quaint New England home of his dreams, he built one — and included the modern conveniences his lifestyle demanded.
How a pair of real estate pros transformed a somewhat cramped cottage into an ideal waterfront home
A fateful discovery leads a Westporter to relive an artistic and passionate youth.
When Westport Magazine saw these beautiful photos of Westport taken decades ago by the artist and writer Hardie Gramatky, we knew we had treasures to share. Enjoy a few prize selections from his photo album. Do you recognize the locations?
You know Joanna Gleason’s and Chris Sarandon’s faces from stage and screen. But did you know they live here, in Fairfield? Meet the best new neighbors
Everyone’s talking about “Revolutionary Road,” the movie starring DiCaprio and Winslet. Now find out how our Connecticut suburbs inspired the writer
I owe an apology to Joanna Gleason and Chris Sarandon. You see, I love this cover shot of them. They look beautiful and happy, just like the day I met them for the photo shoot — and, yes, before the hair products and designer outfits. What the glamorous image doesn’t show is the most unfussy and unpretentious famous couple imaginable. We dressed Joanna in silk and fur, put jewels around her neck, applied makeup and blew out her hair until she was every inch a radiant Hollywood star. And then we ambushed Chris into the shot without any warning, pulling his best formal jacket from his closet. The couple was styled and photographed for a good part of a day. Now, there’s a lot of us who don’t mind being fussed over. Asking us to try on designer duds or have a professional hairstylist make sure our tresses are perfect is a treat. But what the world has in Joanna and Chris is a pair that is authentically down-to-earth — they just happen to appear in hit TV shows and movies, even cult classics, and perform on Broadway and at Lincoln Center. It’s almost like they don’t know they’re special. […]
Westport Magazine presents a very personal portrait of the artist Hardie Gramatky — it’s written by his daughter