Stamford Announces Fourth of July Fireworks Program

Here are details of the annual show that draws thousands of residents.

Stamford Announces Fourth of July Fireworks Program

Stamford’s 2015 Independence Day Fireworks event will be held on Thursday, July 2.

The event will include more firework shells than the 2014 show and feature entertainment by DJ More than Music throughout the evening at Cummings Park and West Beach beginning at 6 p.m. The fireworks show will be put on by Bay Fireworks sat 9 p.m.

The rain date is Friday, July 3.

With several Stamford corporations expressing a willingness to sponsor the event, the city expects the event to be supported by the Stamford business community, Mayor David Martin said in a statement. T

“The fireworks show is one of the city’s signature events of the year and I am pleased to see residents, city officials and our corporate community coming together to celebrate our nation’s independence,” Martin said.

Admission is free.

Parking Information

  • No parking either side of Shippan Avenue from Wallace Street to the Magee Avenue intersection as of 3 P.M.
  • No parking on the left side of Iroquois, Wampanaw and Rippowam roads as of 3 P.M.
  • No parking on the south side of Myrtle Avenue from the intersection with Elm Street to #162 Myrtle as of 3 P.M.
  • At 8 P.M. the intersection of Shippan/Magee will be closed to southbound traffic. Resident only access at that time. At 8:30 P.M. Magee Ave. will be closed to traffic.
  • At 9 P.M., Shippan Avenue from Wallace St. north will become one way northbound only (2 lanes). Magee Avenue will be one way northbound only (2 lanes).

After the Show

  • Traffic exiting Shippan Point will be directed north onto Magee Avenue and west onto Jefferson (Urban Transitway) for access to Canal St., Atlantic St. Washington Blvd., I-95.
  • Traffic exiting Cummings Park via Shippan Avnue. will be directed north onto Shippan Ave to access Elm St., Myrtle Ave, I-95, E. Main St.
  • Traffic exiting Cummings Park via Soundview Ave. will utilize Soundview Ave or Willowbrook Ave to Cove Rd.
  • Foot traffic at Cummings Park will be released first, followed by vehicles.

Charlestown 2014 | A Rowhouse Reimagined,,20873619,00.html

After five months of work in Charlestown, the exterior is nicely restored thanks to a new dormer, windows, shutters, and front entry. Inside, Kevin finds systems integrator Greg Smizer test-driving the new internet-based security system, wireless music system and remote controlled window shades with solar battery back up. Norm meets closet designer Brian McSharry to see the pros and cons of designing a closet around a window. Richard shows Angela the basics of cooking with induction technology—her new cooktop relies on a magnetic field to generate heat within the pots and pans, instead of a traditional heating element. Norm meets up with Richard in the partially unfinished basement to see the mechanical room, where the systems integrate to provide comfort for the whole house. Kevin checks out Angela’s new outdoor kitchen: powder coated stainless steel cabinets, a gas grill, and soapstone countertops. On the third floor, Kevin finds Angela and her mission accomplished: a serene master suite retreat where she can rest and relax. On the second floor, interior designer Kathy Marshall shows Norm the changes to the guest room, guest bath and bold new living room painted cranberry red, even on the ceiling. Downstairs, Kathy joins Angela and Kevin to see the former dining room transformed into a sophisticated sitting room, and all of the details of the new kitchen: cabinetry, tile, storage, a splashy new powder room, and the window seat addition that was worth all of the hard work

These 32 Hilarious Letters Written To Annoying Neighbors Will Make You LOL

By Lighter Side Staff  |

Have you ever had a neighbor that just can’t take a hint? Maybe they do things that are annoying, or are just downright obnoxious. And no matter how many times you tell them in passing, they can’t seem to take a hint? Well, you’re not alone.

Check out these 32 letters from neighbors who have just had enough. They’re a great way to stoke your own creativity.

1. Passive aggression has never been so supportive.


2. Must be that “skunk” variety.

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3. Seriously. Can’t you take it out on Jerry Springer and leave us in peace?

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4. Ahh, using the pet. Good angle.

5. Laziness is no excuse.
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6. Good to know they care.

Via No Way Girl

7. Maybe they should send a peace offering of dandelion salad?


8. Yeah… because that’s a common urban hazard.

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9. Must be a chihuahua.

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10. They must have Dr. Ruth for a neighbor.

Via 22 Words

11. Apparently someone was a little too devilish in the bedroom.

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12. Someone’s taking that “eye for an eye” thing pretty literally.

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13. Pink flamingos take blue police officer. Check.

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14. But, we’d really rather “natzi” your sexy times.

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15. There is honor among gas thieves.

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16. Ballsy response.


17. That’s certainly one way to leave a lasting impression.


18. This neighbor didn’t beat around the bush.

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19. Pretty sure those aren’t the lyrics.


20. Sometimes you just have to chalk it up to inconsiderate dog owners.

Via 22 Words

21. Smooth move Zack.


22. “Be vewwy vewwy quiet… I’m huntin rooster.”


23. Bet you 10 to 1 this house is still on the market.

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24. Sometimes, aggressive letters can backfire.


25. Save some face with WD-40.

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26. Perfect set up for this pun.

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27. Everyone’s a critic. Though some are subtler than others.


28. Pretty sure some guy named Zack (from #22) that will trade you apartments.

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29. Sometimes the best way to settle is to get on the same level.


30. Rule #1: Make sure you know who the culprit is.

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31. The ultimate in passive aggressive!


32. How to crash and burn as a package thief.


Out-Of-Work House Contractor Plows Through His Own Home On Purpose… And Now He Has Some Work

By Lighter Side Staff

John Paul Jones, Jr., a house contractor in Georgia, has managed to redefine our definition of road rage. After a heated conversation with his wife, he decided to get some extra renovation practice by driving his truck through his house. When adding the cost of the home repair, the truck repair, and the likely divorce process, this is one case where a therapist might have been just a bit less expensive.

When Jones was on camera about the incident, he proudly stated, “I’m just saying, don’t dare me because I will do it.” He also mentioned that he hasn’t had work in a year and a half. We can’t imagine why.

The 11 Kinds Of People Who Ruin Brunch For Everyone

 |  By r


There are good brunchers, and there are bad brunchers.

Good brunchers understand the privilege of a bottomless brunch. They judiciously Instagram their dishes and they always appreciate the beauty of perfectly poached eggs.

Bad brunchers, well, they’re a loathsome bunch. They spill sacred bloody Marys on their shirts. They’re either horrifically hungover or grotesquely belligerent. These are the people who ruin brunch for everyone.

Watch Zagat’s video above for examples of every type of bad bruncher under the sun. Beware: it may hit a bit too close to home.

8 Tips For Finding Your New Home

By: G. M. Filisk

A solid game plan can help you narrow your homebuying search to find the best home for you.

House hunting is just like any other shopping expedition. If you identify exactly what you want and do some research, you’ll zoom in on the home you want at the best price. These eight tips will guide you through a smart homebuying process.

1.  Know thyself.

Understand the type of home that suits your personality. Do you prefer a new or existing home? A ranch or a multistory home? If you’re leaning toward a fixer-upper, are you truly handy, or will you need to budget for contractors?

2.  Research before you look.

List the features you most want in a home and identify which are necessities and which are extras. Identify three to four neighborhoods you’d like to live in based on commute time, schools, recreation, crime, and price.

3.  Get your finances in order.

Generally, lenders say you can afford a home priced two to three times your gross income. Create a budget so you know how much you’re comfortable spending each month on housing. Don’t wait until you’ve found a home and made an offer to investigate financing.

Gather your financial records and meet with a lender to get a prequalification letter spelling out how much you’re eligible to borrow. The lender won’t necessarily consider the extra fees you’ll pay when you purchase or your plans to begin a family or purchase a new car, so shop in a price range you’re comfortable with. Also, presenting an offer contingent on financing will make your bid less attractive to sellers.

4.  Set a moving timeline.

Do you have blemishes on your credit that will take time to clear up? If you already own, have you sold your current home? If not, you’ll need to factor in the time needed to sell. If you rent, when is your lease up? Do you expect interest rates to jump anytime soon? All these factors will affect your buying, closing, and moving timelines.

5.  Think long term.

Your future plans may dictate the type of home you’ll buy. Are you looking for a starter house with plans to move up in a few years, or do you hope to stay in the home for five to 10 years? With a starter, you may need to adjust your expectations. If you plan to nest, be sure your priority list helps you identify a home you’ll still love years from now.

6.  Work with a REALTOR®.

Ask people you trust for referrals to a real estate professional they trust. Interview agents to determine which have expertise in the neighborhoods and type of homes you’re interested in. Because homebuying triggers many emotions, consider whether an agent’s style meshes with your personality.

7.  Be Realistic

It’s OK to be picky about the home and neighborhood you want, but don’t be close-minded, unrealistic, or blinded by minor imperfections. If you insist on living in a cul-de-sac, you may miss out on great homes on streets that are just as quiet and secluded.

On the flip side, don’t be so swayed by a “wow” feature that you forget about other issues — like noise levels — that can have a big impact on your quality of life. Use your priority list to evaluate each property, remembering there’s no such thing as the perfect home.

8.  Limit the opinions you solicit.

It’s natural to seek reassurance when making a big financial decision. But you know that saying about too many cooks in the kitchen. If you need a second opinion, select one or two people. But remain true to your list of wants and needs so the final decision is based on criteria you’ve identified as important.

15 Eating Habits That Make You Live Longer

By Dan Buettner

For more than a decade, I’ve been working with a team of experts to study hot spots of longevity — regions we call Blue Zones, where many people live to 100 and beyond. They are the Greek island of Ikaria; the highlands of Sardinia; the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica; Okinawa, Japan; and Loma Linda, Calif., home of the highest concentration of Seventh-day Adventists in the U.S. Remarkably, we’ve learned that folks in all these places share similar rituals and practices surrounding food. (Hint: They don’t count calories, take vitamins or weigh protein grams!) After analyzing more than 150 dietary studies conducted in Blue Zones over the past century, we came up with a global average of what centenarians really eat. Here are 10 age-old diet tips to borrow from the longest-living people on the planet.

1. Get 95 percent of your food from plants

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Produce, whole grains and beans dominate meals all year long in each of the Blue Zones. People eat an impressive variety of vegetables when they are in season, and then pickle or dry the surplus. The best of the best longevity foods are leafy greens. In Ikaria, more than 75 varieties grow like weeds. Studies found that middle-aged people who consumed the equivalent of a cup of cooked greens daily were half as likely to die in the next four years as those who ate no greens.

2. Consume meat no more than twice a week

Families in most of the Blue Zones enjoy meat sparingly, as a side or a way to flavor other dishes. Aim to limit your intake to 2 ounces or less of cooked meat (an amount smaller than a deck of cards) five times a month. And favor chicken, lamb or pork from family farms. The meat in the Blue Zones comes from animals that graze or forage freely, which likely leads to higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Eat up to 3 ounces of fish daily


The Adventist Health Study 2, which has been following 96,000 Americans since 2002, discovered that people who ate a plant-based diet and included a small portion of fish up to once a day were the ones who lived the longest. In the Blue Zones overseas, fish is a common part of everyday meals. For the most part, the best fish choices are middle-of-the-food-chain species such as sardines, anchovies and cod, which aren’t exposed to high levels of mercury or other chemicals.
4. Cut back on dairy

The human digestive system isn’t optimized for cow’s milk, which happens to be high in fat and sugar. People in the Blue Zones get their calcium from plants. (A cup of cooked kale, for instance, gives you as much calcium as a cup of milk.) However, goat’s- and sheep’s-milk products like yogurt and cheese are common in the traditional diets of Ikaria and Sardinia. We don’t know if it’s the milk that makes folks healthier or the fact that they climb the same hilly terrain as their goats.

5. Enjoy up to three eggs per week


In the Blue Zones, people tend to eat just one egg at a time: For example, Nicoyans fry an egg to fold into a corn tortilla and Okinawans boil an egg in soup. Try filling out a one-egg breakfast with fruit or other plant-based foods such as whole-grain porridge or bread. When baking, use a quarter cup of applesauce, a quarter cup of mashed potatoes or a small banana to sub in for one egg.

6. Add a half cup of cooked beans every day

Black beans in Nicoya, soybeans in Okinawa, lentils, garbanzo and white beans in the Mediterranean: Beans are the cornerstone of Blue Zones diets. On average, beans are made up of 21-percent protein, 77-percent complex carbohydrates and only a little fat. They’re also an excellent source of fiber and are packed with more nutrients per gram than any other food on earth. The Blue Zones dietary average — at least a half cup per day — provides most of the vitamins and minerals that you need.

7. Switch to sourdough or whole-wheat


In three of the five Blue Zones, bread is a staple. But it’s an altogether different food from the loaves most of us buy. Breads in Ikaria and Sardinia, for example, are made from a variety of 100-percent whole grains, including wheat, rye and barley — each of which offers a wide spectrum of nutrients and high levels of fiber. Other traditional Blue Zones breads are made with bacteria that “digest” the starches and glutens while helping the bread rise. This process creates an acid that lends the sour flavor to sourdough. The result is bread that actually lowers the glycemic load of meals. (It also has less gluten than “gluten-free” breads.) To find true sourdough, visit a bakery and ask about their starter. If they can’t give you an answer, they’re probably not making their sourdough in the traditional way.

8. Slash your sugar consumption

Blue Zones dwellers consume about a fifth as much added sugar as we do. Centenarians typically put honey in their tea and enjoy dessert only at celebrations. The lesson to us: Try not to add more than 4 teaspoons of sugar a day to your drinks and foods. Have cookies, candy and bakery items only a few times a week. And avoid processed foods with sweeteners — especially when sugar is listed among the first five ingredients.

9. Snack on two handfuls of nuts per day

brazil nuts

This appears to be the average amount that Blue Zones centenarians are eating. A recent 30-year Harvard study found that nut eaters have a 20 percent lower mortality rate than those who don’t eat nuts. Other studies show that diets with nuts reduce LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol levels by up to 20 percent.

10. Stick with foods that are recognizable for what they are

Throughout the world’s Blue Zones, people eat foods in their entirety: They don’t throw away the egg yolk or juice the pulp out of their fruits. They also don’t take supplements. They get everything they need from whole foods that are often grown locally. The takeaway? Avoid products with long lists of ingredients and shop at your farmers market when you can. Scientists are only beginning to understand how the elements in whole plants work together synergistically to bring forth ultimate health.

11. Up your water intake

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Adventists recommend having seven glasses daily, pointing to studies that show that being hydrated lessens the chance of a blood clot. Plus, if you’re drinking water, you’re not drinking a sugar-laden or artificially sweetened beverage.

12. When you drink alcohol, make it red wine

People in most Blue Zones have one to three glasses per day. Wine has been found to help the system absorb plant-based antioxidants. But it may also be that a little alcohol at the end of the day reduces stress, which is good for overall health.

13. Drink this kind of tea

Okinawans nurse green tea all day long, and green tea has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and several cancers. Ikarians drink brews of rosemary, wild sage and dandelion — all herbs with anti-inflammatory properties.

14. Get your caffeine fix from coffee

coffee cup

People who live on the Nicoya Peninsula and the islands of Sardinia and Ikaria all down copious amounts of coffee. Research findings associate coffee drinking with lower rates of dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

15. Perfect protein pairings

Worried about getting enough protein on a plant-based diet? The trick is to partner legumes, grains, nuts and veggies that supply all nine of the essential amino acids your body can’t make on its own. Try these match-ups in the ratios described below.
1 1/3 parts chopped red peppers to 3 parts cooked cauliflower

1 part cooked chickpeas to 3 parts cooked mustard greens

1 part lima beans to 2 parts cooked carrots

1 1/2 parts cooked broccoli rabe to 1 1/3 parts cooked wild rice

1/2 part firm tofu to 1 1/4 parts cooked soba noodles


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