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  1. Far From Florence: Former Norwalk Hospital Nurse Evacuates Before Hurricane Makes Landfall

    Far From Florence: Former Norwalk Hospital Nurse Evacuates Before Hurricane Makes Landfall

    Judging by the number of OBX stickers spotted on cars, it’s fair to say that North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a popular escape destination for many in the area. That was certainly the case for Caron Balitsos who has been making the 10-hour drive to Hatteras Island every summer for decades. In fact, the former Norwalk Hospital ER nurse has moved to the Tar Heel state permanently, thanks ...

  2. Shake It Off: Norwalk’s Kure Spa Offers Vibrosaun Therapy

    Shake It Off: Norwalk’s Kure Spa Offers Vibrosaun Therapy

    Ten years ago, Liz Lew found herself suffering from such extreme fatigue that she had to leave her job and spent 20 or more hours a day in bed.“I would take three steps and became exhausted,” said the Norwalk resident. “That’s why my life was like for many years.”After various traditional medicine cures didn’t work, Lew sought out alternative treatments. First she changed her diet, ...

  3. Stamford-Based Better Postpartum Is There For the 'Fourth' Trimester

    Stamford-Based Better Postpartum Is There For the 'Fourth' Trimester

    Your newborn won’t stop crying and nothing you do seems to placate her; and you haven’t showered or had a conversation about anything other than baby poop in three days. You feel like you can’t even physically leave your home. Is it just being exhausted, or is it something more, like postpartum depression?For these moms – and all moms – Natalie Telyatnikov created Better Postpartum, an ...

  4. Amistad Moored Off Sheffield Island In Norwalk Through Mid-August

    Amistad Moored Off Sheffield Island In Norwalk Through Mid-August

    Named for a slave revolt in 1839 (and popularized in a 1997 Steven Spielberg movie), the tall ship Amistad is currently moored off of Sheffield Island in Norwalk. Each summer this vessel becomes a floating classroom with a crew of eight high school students who remain on the ship for about two weeks along with the captain. In addition to getting a firsthand lesson in American history, ...

  5. LaKota Oaks Honors Norwalk's Former Mayor Frank Zullo

    LaKota Oaks Honors Norwalk's Former Mayor Frank Zullo

    LaKota Oaks (see Lakota Oaks Is More Than A New Name) hosted its inaugural ribbon-cutting and tree-planting ceremony in honor of former Norwalk Mayor Frank Zullo. More than 50 people attended from Norwalk and the surrounding communities to celebrate the new ownership and management of LaKota Oaks, Southern Connecticut’s Event and Conference Center, as well as the long and successful ...

  6. Primaries Fast Approaching: Here's How To Get An Absentee Ballot

    Primaries Fast Approaching: Here's How To Get An Absentee Ballot

    Connecticut Primaries are Tuesday, Aug. 14 with elections Tuesday, Nov. 6. Statewide – including governor – and local positions will be decided. Make your opinion count by voting.If you haven't registered to vote or can't make it to the booth, consider a Connecticut Absentee Ballot.Your vote matters.Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back ...

  7. Wall Street Theater Artistic Director Billy Blanks, Jr. Has Learned To Fly

    Wall Street Theater Artistic Director Billy Blanks, Jr. Has Learned To Fly

    Billy Blanks. You’ll recognize the name if you caught any infomercials for Tae-Bo several years back. And while Billy Blanks, Jr. does offer a fitness/dance program at his Greenwich studio, Blanks Studio  (his father, Billy Blanks, Sr., created Tae-Bo), that’s not what brings him to Norwalk and that’s not why you’ll remember his name.The Erie, Pa.-born fitness guru and entertainer who ...

  8. LaKota Oaks Is More Than A New Name for Norwalk's Dolce Conference Center

    LaKota Oaks Is More Than A New Name for Norwalk's Dolce Conference Center

    The former Dolce Norwalk property, located on 66 bucolic acres in West Norwalk with 120 guest rooms, outdoor terraces, wide green lawns, scenic ponds and a 10,500-square-foot event space, somehow hasn’t always made it on the personal and business events and celebrations radar.That’s about to change. “We are thrilled to take on the management of this great property and we are extremely ...

  9. Free Startup Summer Camp For Connecticut's Student Entrepreneurs

    Free Startup Summer Camp For Connecticut's Student Entrepreneurs

    If you’re a high school or college student or even a recent graduate (or know one!) with plans for the Next Big Thing in hand but unsure about how to get your business off the ground, you might want to consider Startup Summer Camp. Student entrepreneurs from throughout the state will descend on Hamden beginning Saturday, June 2 for a free startup acceleration program offering more than ...

  10. New Fairfield Nursery Specializes in Local Plants

    New Fairfield Nursery Specializes in Local Plants

    For NATIVE, a new plant nursery in Fairfield, “locally grown” are words to live by. Ideal for novice to expert gardener, the new nursery promises plants that beautify, satisfy, and keep the environment healthy.Owner William L. Kenny has lived or worked in Fairfield for more than 20 years and has more than 30 years of experience in site and environmental planning and construction. Kenny ...

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