Our favorite neighbor is remembered around the world for his generosity, charm and good looks. Westport also remembers his influence on this town.
Move over, women. More men are getting massaged, manicured, manscaped, Botoxed, pedicured and otherwise pampered.
A landmark Victorian Queen Anne gets the restoration of its life, down to every last detail — with a few modern conveniences, too.
Does anyone remember this summer when the hail storms hit — nuggets of ice fell in 80-degree heat? Then there were a slew of days when formidable black clouds tumbled across the sky like waves yet were followed briskly by a kindly blue sky and sunshine. Mother Nature was in turmoil and would not be ignored. Maybe I’ve read too many novels, but it seemed more meaningful than just dramatic summer weather — there had to be something to it. It was like a message: Wake up! Most sadly, it dawned on me what the message might have been when, at that time, we heard about Paul Newman’s health crisis. Since his passing, a large part of this community has been hurting. We adore him and his family. To have them mourning and to lose him and all that he did for so many people and our town — it’s our turmoil. A long and distinguished career as an actor and his commitments to the Playhouse, the Dressing Room, Newman’s Own, land preservation, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, race car driving — he lived his life propping up and protecting the good things: meaningful films and theater; healthful food; […]
Our favorite neighbor is remembered around the world for his generosity, charm and good looks. Westport also remembers his influence on this town.
When out of towners drive down the Post Road, do you suppose they somehow sense that this community is anything but indifferent? That it is fueled by people who share what they have and help where and when they can? Perhaps that is asking too much. After all, so much individual good work is purposely unheralded. That’s not to say that we don’t have many fund-raising events in Westport, Weston, Wilton and Fairfield. We do. But those events support the charities, not the people who make it all happen. The people who make it happen are often found only behind the scenes. Still, sometimes at the publication, we are so moved by what volunteers and workers at nonprofits do, that we want to cheer, “Thank you!” It is nearly impossible to celebrate these talented individuals, though; most of them go about their efforts with a genuine lack of interest in personal accolades; they shun attention, unless, of course, their names or status help the bigger cause. Amazed by their dedication, creativity and ability to get things done, we offer in this issue respectful recognition for their good works (see page 65). We asked you, our readers, to nominate local unsung […]
Twenty years have passed since Westporter Paul Newman had a great idea to create a retreat for children facing cancer and other serious illnesses. See how it has grown.
The presidential election isn’t the only big run for office. Chris Shays and Jim Himes sound off on the issues
closest to home.
Time to celebrate the good works being done in our community. Here, we honor the volunteers our readers nominated for recognition.
Creating a healthy menu is easiest when you start with fresh, in-season foods.
Need a nanny, but not sure where to start? Here, how to select and keep the best one for your family.
Test your community IQ! We check you on landmarks, moments in history, and recognizable personalities.
Westport without Mitchells? Inconceivable. Time to celebrate their huge milestone — a golden anniversary.
A selection of great shots from some of the enormously talented photographers in our towns.
When we started Westport Magazine in 1998, we knew we had a community that was endlessly interesting and ever-evolving. To grow a business here, we also recognized that we would have to be guided by two unwavering core principles: integrity and authenticity. We not only work here, we also live here. What we produce matters as much as how we produce it, and because of your support, We have been the voice of these towns through the years. We know that you have high standards from a publication that represents you. We are proud to honor that, not only in our editorial features, but also in how we approach our business. We understand that being part of the community means giving back by volunteering our time, sponsoring charitable events and evolving our products to move with the needs of those we serve. For example, since founding Westport Magazine, we started New Canaan• Darien Magazine; a shelter publication called atHome; the food section inGoodTaste; inFashion and Fairfield County Weddings. We also launched a website and created lots of community events, from fashion shows to our popular Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut party. Through it all, at heart we remain a […]
One would think putting a magazine together is like driving down one of our scenic back roads. Surely there must be equivalents to stop signs and yield signs, bright green go signals and, of course, a yellow line, straight down the center to show you the path ahead. Don’t stories and photos just flow into place? Well, that would be nice. I would love to say things worked like that. But I can tell you this issue was nothing like a drive in the country. Yes, there were the quiet reflective moments, and lots of great stories were shared, but this is our Ten-Year Anniversary Collector’s Edition — and we were on a mission to cover a decade of one of the most exciting communities in the country. We took this responsibility to heart, which, to us, meant thoughtful reminiscing, but also pushing ourselves ambitiously to break new ground. You’ll see this most clearly in our Town Trivia Quiz (page 62) — the first time we’ve done something like this. Over the years, we’ve covered so many of this community’s celebrities, civic and business leaders, accomplished artists and writers as well as social issues, landmarks and historic moments, that we […]
Favorite writer, photographer and staff assignments over the years.
Don’t call these local young guns slackers. They’re off and running in a wide variety of pursuits.
Unplug! Childhood memories are being made right now, so make sure they’re stuffed full of fun, friends, family and together time — and lots of real game playing.
The driving force behind the new $467 million Smilow Cancer Hospital is a dedicated physician and researcher fighting to cure cancer.
Being eco-friendly isn’t just about solar panels and insulation anymore. New home construction features an astonishing array of tools for energy conservation.
It didn’t end with Broadwater. Our in-depth report card shows clearly why the Sound still needs our help — and five ways you can make a difference.
It’s summer — time to ditch the supermarket in favor of the farmer’s market. Our guide to real food: farm-fresh, local and organic.
Deirdre Imus is a mix of sunshine and lightning — though I’m not sure she’s aware of it. From a distance you notice the blond hair, perfect complexion and easy, genuine smile. But then you listen to her and she can scare the wits out of you, especially if you’re a parent (or grandparent) of young children. She has been researching and acting on the health threats to children — mercury or aluminum in vaccines, pesticides on fruit, toxins in our household cleaners — for so long that she throws around terms like “volatile organic compounds” and “carcinogens and mutagens” without feeling their weight. Recently I heard her address a crowd at the Westport Library. I walked in as an editor, but within five minutes I was just a mom. It came to me in a flash: I hadn’t checked what type of plastic was used to make my babies’ bottles. And their toys — what number plastic are they made of? What was I thinking using bleach to clean their tub? Most frightening, I had had my kids vaccinated — had I even hesitated before doing it? Maybe it was only me, but I sensed a slow bristling of […]
Deirdre Imus offers practical advice on why going green is a must — especially for children. Plus small changes that can lead to a healthier home.
Beautiful and peaceful, Janet Christie’s gardens are also filled with plants and flowers that remind her of good times with family and friends.
Westport Magazine talks to Weston’s Lucie Arnaz about growing up famous and finding her place in the spotlight
Spring is more than fresh colors and fragrances. It is also a chance to spend more time outdoors. I’ve been getting into gardening in the last few years, including a little patch of herbs and vegetables — all this even though I was sufficiently warned that the pastime can cast a spell. I find it time well spent. One of the best reasons is that I get to teach my children about the earth. When they grow their own tomato plants, secure the growing vines and anticipate the first fruits, we’re sharing a bit of real magic. They’re giddy when they finally get to pluck ripe red produce and bring it into the kitchen. There are also lifetime memories being made — of them watering the hydrangea and astilbe or, my favorite, bringing me a fresh bloom for the little vase on the windowsill. The garden has become my place to relax. There is hard work, of course, pulling weeds and replanting sections, but it’s therapeutic after a stressful day. I didn’t see it that way until I talked to Janet Christie of Fairfield. She has a huge garden that she and her husband have designed and fostered over many […]
Chester Burley III is one popular Fairfielder. This seems especially so when he hosts a strolling party on his beautiful property.
Got an opinion on Mahackeno? Here’s the place to sound off.
Westport Magazine looks at three young women who are making it big in the competitive world of jewelry design.
Westport Magazine tours a beautiful area home that was destined to draw a lot of attention.
The headlines from around the country are certainly scary, but the actual data about our towns? That’s the good news.
Don’t want to be another tear-down statistic? Neither did this Westport homeowner. Here’s what she did instead.
As far as I’m concerned, spring hasn’t come a minute too soon. I celebrate every green shoot and sunny yellow bloom that bursts from the ground. I appreciate the seasons of New England as much as anyone — and “there’s a season for everything,” yes, yes — but I am euphoric that the wind has shifted. Spring is like finishing a marathon. You start off the cold season (your endurance race) with gusto and hearty determination to plow through with attention to the good things along the way. By the end of it all, though, you’re ready to weep for some cushy comfort. The whole spring renewal phenomenon affects us all. Every year I see people here shaking off winter and looking a little livelier than they did the month before. Spring is more than renewal and reinvigoration — it’s hope. The promise of continuation … the start of a new cycle. And, frankly, with everything this country is facing — the war in Iraq, health-care and energy costs rising, the mortgage crisis (and all that goes with it) — we could use a little good news. When Managing Editor Jim Mauro started out the assignment on the State of Real […]
Westport Magazine tours a beautiful Southport home decorated by interior designer Kat Burki
Westport Magazine’s March 2008 issue looks at the new face of fitness: fun boxing for everyone
These days, showing off one’s artwork is no longer a matter of a strategically placed nail, a gilded frame and a clip-on picture light. As art prices have climbed, so, too, has the demand for professionals who know how to install and present these works with style and impact. For anyone who has a piece worth flaunting — whether a priceless Picasso or simply a treasured family photograph — there’s a good deal to be learned when it comes to framing and installation. We dropped in on a few local experts to learn some pointers that will help anyone with collections to display, and walls to fill. The Frame Up Walk into any frame shop and you’ll see row upon row of “corners” — right-angled segments that, when held against the corner of a piece of art, give you an idea of how the finished frame will enhance the piece (or not). However, getting your eye to quickly discern the right frame for a painting, print or photograph is not so easy. In fact, when you’re surrounded by hundreds of choices, it can be downright frustrating and a bit intimidating. What’s needed is a professional who knows how to sort […]
A Better Buzz While I’d like to say that I’m known around the office for being level-headed or a master communicator or an inspiring motivator (any of these will do), it’s far more likely that I am known for being constantly attached to a medium for caffeine transfer — coffee, tea or a perfectly chilled Diet Coke. Bzzz, bzzzzzzz … Health concerns float off into that cushy world of denial, while I dive, headlong, into a bath of chemically produced rush. It’s not one of my more admirable traits, I admit. It dawns on me that a cheap frenetic zap is just the opposite of the feelings the rooms featured in this interior design issue evoke. Such vistas indulge viewers with a sublime serenity. Take, for example, the cover image — it’s of a foyer in a Sasco Hill home that overlooks the golf course and the harbor. It’s the kind of view that makes time itself pause. In fact, it’s what brought the homeowner to a dead stop one day. He was driving through Southport and suddenly found it — the property of his dreams. Love at first sight, he eventually bought it and set about fulfilling the […]
Westport Magazine, March 2008, focuses in elaborate, personalized home studios for artists.
For some romantic hopefuls, online dating leads to love…for others, the wires just get crossed
Local folks making a difference in the world on nonprofits.
What’s in a Name? You would think that with a name like “Wright,” most things in life would go your way. “Mr. Wright is here for his job interview.” It’s almost an unfair advantage. Even if you wanted to be rational about it, something just triggers yes inside. “Suzanne, I’d like you to meet Mr. Wright.” But it isn’t always the case. I’m thinking of Bob Wright, a Southport resident for thirty years, who has held enviable top positions at NBC Universal as well as at GE Financial. Then there’s his charismatic wife and the beautiful home they share in the storybook-like community. He’s made good decisions, mastered control over complex, ever-evolving businesses and juggled staggering responsibilities. His whole life, he’s been Mr. Wright, in both senses of the word. Until something took him out of charge. When his grandson, Christian, was born, he was instantly, of course, his grandparents’ delight. A loving child to adore. But before two years had passed, Christian’s world changed, and it became undeniable that something was very wrong. Eventually, he was diagnosed with autism — a shock that upended the Wrights’ paradigm. As you will read in Stephen Sawicki’s story, these grandparents were not […]
Westport Magazine talks to Bob and Suzanne Wright about why they founded Autism Speaks and what they hope the organization will be able to do in the fight against autism.