These CT Locales Among Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says These CT Locales Among Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says
These CT Locales Among Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says When it comes to putting down your roots, these Connecticut locales are among the best in the nation, according to a brand-new ranking. Two cities in the Constitution State made U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 “Best Places to Live in the US” ranking. Researchers pulled data from a variety of sources, including thousands of public survey responses, the US Census Bureau, FBI crime statistics, and school and hospital rankings to come up with the top 150 American cities. Cities were ranked using four key indicators: value, desirability, job market, and quality of life. The following Conn…
Casting Call: Music Video For Major Country Star Needs To Fill Roles For Men, Women, Kids Casting Call: Music Video For Major Country Star Needs To Fill Roles For Men, Women, Kids
Casting Call: Music Video For Major Country Star Needs To Fill Roles For Men, Women, Kids A music video being produced in the region is seeking men, women, and kids to fill roles for extras. The video, about a major country star, will be filmed in New York City on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. A group of friends returns home for a friend's funeral. After the funeral, they have a fun night together around town. Lead roles are needed for men aged 18 to 23 and women ages 40 to 50 to play the mother of boys. Supporting roles are being cast for women aged 18 to 23 and boys ages 10 to 12 (to play the child versions of the lead male roles in a flashback scene). All ethni…
'Our Dream Restaurant': Family Members Open Eatery With Vibrant Dishes In Fairfield County 'Our Dream Restaurant': Family Members Open Eatery With Vibrant Dishes In Fairfield County
'Our Dream Restaurant': Family Members Open Eatery With Vibrant Dishes In Fairfield County Together with a pair of Puerto Rican chefs, two family members have launched the fusion restaurant and bar of their dreams in a bustling Connecticut city. Costa Vino, located at 36 Westport Ave. in Norwalk, opened at the tail end of 2023. A collaboration between owners (and family members) Andres Diaz and Sandro Toro and Chefs Vladimir Tolentino Collado and Miguel Castillo, the restaurant and bar brings together Mediterranean and Caribbean flavors. “We are thrilled to open our dream restaurant in the city of Norwalk,” Diaz said. Diaz and Toro spent time at nearby eateries such as Tabl…
Extras Needed For Film On College Admissions Being Produced In New England Extras Needed For Film On College Admissions Being Produced In New England
Extras Needed For Film On College Admissions Being Produced In New England A short film on the college admissions process being produced in New England is seeking extras. "Admissions," is described by its creators as "a darkly humorous fly-on-the-wall mockumentary that peels back the layers of university admissions in post-affirmative action America." The scenes will be filmed in Winchester, Massachusetts, just north of Boston, on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26. Extras should be between the ages of 18 and 35. "The project will blend scripted and unscripted moments, requiring a cast adept at acting and improvisation, with a keen sense of humor and the abilit…
Tom Brady Says He'll Never Do Another Netflix Roast: Here's Why Tom Brady Says He'll Never Do Another Netflix Roast: Here's Why
Tom Brady Says He'll Never Do Another Netflix Roast: Here's Why Tom Brady took some hard hits during his 23 seasons in the NFL and always managed to bounce back, but he said the shots at his family were too much during the Netflix roast of the GOAT earlier this month.  Brady appeared on the Wednesday, May 15, episode of "The Pivot Podcast" hosted by former footballers Fred Taylor, Ryan Clark, and Channing Crowder to discuss his career, his future, his family, and the Netflix roast that became the talk of the internet for days after it aired live on Sunday, May 5.  The former Patriots great said he didn't mind the harsh jokes at his expens…
Popular CT Eatery Closes Suddenly Popular CT Eatery Closes Suddenly
Popular CT Eatery Closes Suddenly A popular Connecticut eatery known for its LBGQ+ events and drag shows has closed suddenly. Tisane Euro-Asian Café, Hartford's iconic tea house and cocktail bar for over 24 years, closed for good on Monday, May 13, with a note on Instagram making the announcement. Owned by Locals 8 Hospitality Group, the group's founder and CEO, Allie Gamble, said Locals 8 is making every effort to relocate Tisane’s staff to positions at other Locals 8 restaurants in the Greater Hartford area.  Gift cards will be honored at all other Locals 8 locations. Any tickets purchased for upcoming events will b…
These Connecticut Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say These Connecticut Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say
These Connecticut Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say Connecticut is not one of the nation's biggest states -- by either population (at No. 29) or in size (at No. 48 in square miles). But when it comes to the best pizza, the Nutmeg State clearly punches above its weight. Three Connecticut eateries are among the Top 100 pizza spots in the nation, according to new rankings by Yelp. How did Yelp determine the rankings? "We identified businesses in the pizza category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and number of 5-star reviews each business had that were written by members of the Yelp Elite …
See Inside Bill Belichick's New $4.8M Nantucket Home See Inside Bill Belichick's New $4.8M Nantucket Home
See Inside Bill Belichick's New $4.8M Nantucket Home Bill Belichick won't be on an NFL sideline this year, but that doesn't mean he's taking it easy.  The future Hall of Fame coach has signed on to appear on multiple outlets such as ESPN's "The Pat McAfee Show" and the "Manningcast" as a recurring football analyst and commentator.  To deal with this hectic new schedule he'll need somewhere he can unwind and relax, and it appears he's solved that problem with his recent purchase of a $4.8 million home on Nantucket.  The Nantucket Current reported earlier this week that an LLC owned by Belichick had bought the house on Fair Stre…
New Lego Store Opening In Fairfield Where Customers Can Buy, Trade Or Sell New Lego Store Opening In Fairfield Where Customers Can Buy, Trade Or Sell
New Lego Store Opening In Fairfield Where Customers Can Buy, Trade Or Sell Lego maniacs rejoice -- a new store opening in Fairfield County specializes in buying, selling, and trading new and used Lego sets, bricks, and minifigures.  The store, Bricks & Minifigs (BAM) in Fairfield at 1929 Black Rock Turnpike, is the first store for local Fairfield residents David and Lindsay Orr and is set to open on Saturday,  June 8. In addition to thousands of bricks and sets, BAM will also provide an event space for birthday parties or special Lego-themed events such as after-school clubs, social events, Brick Derby races, and more.  The store…
Rare Severe Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued For First Time In Nearly 20 Years Rare Severe Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued For First Time In Nearly 20 Years
Rare Severe Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued For First Time In Nearly 20 Years You may soon get a view of a rare spectacle. According to the NOAA National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center, a series of solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) began on Wednesday, May 8. CMEs are explosions of plasma and magnetic fields from the sun’s corona. Space weather forecasters have issued a Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the evening of Friday, May 10. It's the first time a G4 Watch has been issued since January 2005. The watch says CMEs may linger into Sunday, May 12. Geomagnetic storms can also trigger spectacular displays of aurora (…
Stew Leonard's Eyes This CT Location For Next New Store Stew Leonard's Eyes This CT Location For Next New Store
Stew Leonard's Eyes This CT Location For Next New Store Stew Leonard's is eyeing a familiar location as a possible location for its next new supermarket. The Connecticut-based company confirmed on Wednesday, May 8, that the town of Orange in New Haven County is one of several locations being "looked at" for the family-owned grocer's ninth location, according to Meghan Bell, a spokeswoman for the company. Bell said that, at this point, several options are being considered, and an announcement would be made by the end of the year.  Stew Leonard's also has Connecticut stores in Norwalk (where the company has its headquarters), Danbury, and Ne…
Popular Waterfront Westport Restaurant Adds Patio For Summer Dining Popular Waterfront Westport Restaurant Adds Patio For Summer Dining
Popular Waterfront Westport Restaurant Adds Patio For Summer Dining A popular Fairfield County waterfront Italian restaurant has added a new patio with a full-service bar just in time for summer dining. Arezzo Ristorante & Bar in Westport, located along the Saugatuck River, unveiled its new patio bar this week, complete with a full-service bar.  The restaurant, known for its authentic Italian food and drinks, and expansive wine list, said the new patio offers picturesque views of the Post Road Bridge leading into downtown Westport. The new outdoor bar.  Arezzo Ristorante & Bar In addition to the patio, the restaurant's main dining roo…
'This One Is Truly Difficult': Italian Restaurant To Close After 12-Year Run In Ridgefield 'This One Is Truly Difficult': Italian Restaurant To Close After 12-Year Run In Ridgefield
'This One Is Truly Difficult': Italian Restaurant To Close After 12-Year Run In Ridgefield A favorite Fairfield County Italian restaurant known for its short rib ravioli and Tuscan stew, among other " must-haves," is closing its doors after 12 years in business. Bartolo in Ridgefield made the announcement on Facebook on Wednesday, May 1. The owners, Arthur and Julia Tess and Trey Michaelsen, said: "This one is truly difficult, however it is one we must say.  "After 12 years, Bartolo will be closing on Saturday, May 25. It is with an extremely heavy heart that we are making this announcement." According to the many 5-star reviews online and from regulars, the dedicated grou…
Fairfield County Broker Named Potential Suitor On New Season Of 'The Bachelorette' Fairfield County Broker Named Potential Suitor On New Season Of 'The Bachelorette'
Fairfield County Broker Named Potential Suitor On New Season Of 'The Bachelorette' Jenn Tran is officially the next "Bachelorette," and the names of the men vying for her heart have already surfaced. Tran, age 26, made her Bachelor Nation debut on Joey Grazidei's season and will be the first Asian-American Bachelorette in season history.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jenn (@jenntranx) Tran is a physician assistant based in Miami and will soon be meeting the 28 men hoping for a shot at love. Among the potential suitors is Jeremy Simon, a 29-year-old Fairfield County resident, ABC revealed on social medi…
CBS To Re-Air Billy Joel MSG Concert After Snafu Cut Off Final Minutes In Middle Of 'Piano Man' CBS To Re-Air Billy Joel MSG Concert After Snafu Cut Off Final Minutes In Middle Of 'Piano Man'
CBS To Re-Air Billy Joel MSG Concert After Snafu Cut Off Final Minutes In Middle Of 'Piano Man' After a programming error cut off the final two minutes of Billy Joel’s televised concert at Madison Square Garden, CBS announced it would re-air the show. “Billy Joel: The 100th — Live at Madison Square Garden,” which originally aired on Sunday, April 14, will now be rebroadcast on Friday night, April 19 due to a programming snafu that cut the program off early, according to a statement released by CBS. The show, which was recorded in March to celebrate Joel’s 100th consecutive performance at Madison Square Garden, was partway through the singer’s iconic “Piano Man” when the program abru…
New Norwalk Restaurant Features Fresh Seafood, Rooftop Gathering Place New Norwalk Restaurant Features Fresh Seafood, Rooftop Gathering Place
New Norwalk Restaurant Features Fresh Seafood, Rooftop Gathering Place A new restaurant in Fairfield County offering fresh seafood, sushi, and craft cocktails is owned by a longtime local restaurateur familiar with the local culinary landscape.  The Pompano in Norwalk opened in early March at 16 North Main St., the former home of Evarito's, a Mexican-inspired restaurant with a rooftop bar owned by Christian Burns. Burns's restaurant credits include The Ginger Man in Greenwich and the former Cask Republic, beer taverns throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. “The allure for me has always been this amazing location in the heart of SoNo and the space (1…
Netflix Casting Suburban Mom-Type, Tall Man For NYC Documentary, Pays $3.3K Netflix Casting Suburban Mom-Type, Tall Man For NYC Documentary, Pays $3.3K
Netflix Casting Suburban Mom-Type, Tall Man For NYC Documentary, Pays $3.3K Netflix is seeking to fill two roles for an upcoming documentary. The popular streaming service is looking for a 20-something-year-old man who is more than 6 feet tall with brown hair, and a suburban New England-type woman in her 50s with dirty blonde or light brown hair. The documentary will shoot four days in New York City and one day in Cape Cod. The gig pays an estimated $3,300 for six days of work, according to the casting call. Click here to apply.
New Pizzeria, Italian Kitchen Set To Debut In Greenwich New Pizzeria, Italian Kitchen Set To Debut In Greenwich
New Pizzeria, Italian Kitchen Set To Debut In Greenwich A new pizzeria and Italian kitchen set to debut in Fairfield County will feature everything from pizza to entrees based on 50 years of family recipes, all in a family-friendly setting. Luca’s Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen will open in Greenwich on Friday, April 12, in the Glenville Shopping Center.  Luca’s is named after owner Joe Criscuolo’s father, who founded Pizza Post in Greenwich in 1972. Criscuolo was brought up spinning pizza dough and making fine Italian food at pizzerias in Fairfield County. He has helped run Pizza Post alongside his brother Matt for many years.  He atte…
David Letterman Escorts Old 'Late Show' Sign To Darien Barn, Hangs Out David Letterman Escorts Old 'Late Show' Sign To Darien Barn, Hangs Out
David Letterman Escorts Old 'Late Show' Sign To Darien Barn, Hangs Out Funnyman and beloved area resident David Letterman helped escort the old marquee sign from his famous television show "Late Night" to its new home in Fairfield County. Letterman, a longtime Northern Westchester County resident who lives in North Salem, didn't have far to travel to escort the 20-foot sign that once graced the front of the famed Ed Sullivan Theater for Dave's show on CBS, said the lucky recipient Preston Bealle, of Darien. Bealle, one of the founding members of Daily Voice, received the sign from his niece Helen Halford of New Jersey, who entered a charity contest to win the …
New England's Own Matt Damon's Math Not Adding Up On 'SNL' New England's Own Matt Damon's Math Not Adding Up On 'SNL'
New England's Own Matt Damon's Math Not Adding Up On 'SNL' Matt Damon's math isn't quite adding up. The Massachusetts native was among a bevy of A-list celebs who made cameo appearances on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, as Kristen Wiig was inducted into the Five-Timers' Club. Rudd, 55, has also hosted the show five times, and was the first celeb to pop up during Wiig's monologue Saturday night, April 6. Then came former writer Paula Pell, and then, Damon, who grew up in Cambridge, donning a Five-timers' jacket. "First off, big fan," 53-year-old Damon tells 50-year-old Wiig from the audience. "I grew up watching you on SNL." "You …
Last Call For Chicken Scarpariello As Fairfield County Restaurant To Close After 4 Decades Last Call For Chicken Scarpariello As Fairfield County Restaurant To Close After 4 Decades
Last Call For Chicken Scarpariello As Fairfield County Restaurant To Close After 4 Decades A beloved restaurant serving Fairfield County for nearly a half-century will permanently close. For the few who may not know or if your nose didn't lead you to the yummy smells, Mancuso's Restaurant and Bar is located in Fairfield at 601 Kings Hwy East. The restaurant plans to close on Sunday, June 9.  On Facebook, the owner Sal Mancuso said he and his family immigrated from Italy and opened Three Brothers Restaurant in 1977.   In the early 2000s, they changed the name to Mancuso's Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant is known for its pizzas, and Italian dishes includi…
These CT Towns Among Best Places To Live In US, According To New Rankings These CT Towns Among Best Places To Live In US, According To New Rankings
These CT Towns Among Best Places To Live In US, According To New Rankings A brand-new ranking has listed the best locales in Connecticut to live in, including one town that is reportedly among the best 200 places to reside in America.  According to Niche's 2024 Best Places To Live in America, the town of West Hartford is the best locale to call home in the state and ranks No. 159 in the entire nation.  Factors used by the organization to determine its rankings include Public Schools, Crime and Safety, Housing, Nightlife, Good for Families, and Diversity.  West Hartford's high ranking was attributed to the town offering "a lot of bars, restaur…
Heavy Travel Expected For Upcoming Solar Eclipse: Here Are Tips For Smooth Trip Heavy Travel Expected For Upcoming Solar Eclipse: Here Are Tips For Smooth Trip
Heavy Travel Expected For Upcoming Solar Eclipse: Here Are Tips For Smooth Trip If you're making travel plans to view the upcoming total solar eclipse in the Northeast United States, you're certainly not alone.  The total solar eclipse, which will occur on Monday afternoon, April 8, will involve the moon passing between the sun and the Earth, completely blocking the sun and causing the sky to darken as if it were dawn or dusk.  Earlier Report - 'Most Visible Eclipse For US In 100 Years' Coming Soon: First Projected Cloud Cover Conditions Because the eclipse is predicted to be the longest and most visible in the US in 100 years, plenty of enthusiasts are…
Stamford's Chuck Scarborough To Mark 50 Years With WNBC: 'Giant In American Journalism' Stamford's Chuck Scarborough To Mark 50 Years With WNBC: 'Giant In American Journalism'
Stamford's Chuck Scarborough To Mark 50 Years With Wnbc: 'Giant In American Journalism' To celebrate journalism legend and localresident Chuck Scarborough's 50th year with NBC 4 New York, the network will hold a week of tributes that will look back at memorable moments throughout his career.  To commemorate  the 80-year-old Scarborough's lengthy career, NBC 4 New York will hold a ceremony on Monday, March 25 at 10 a.m. during which the Empire State Building will be illuminated in the journalist's honor. Those who want to watch this special event can stream it live on the station's "NBC New York News" channel.  Additionally, at 4 p.m. on Monday, the network …
Actors Wanted For Television Show Filming In Stamford: Here Are Available Roles Actors Wanted For Television Show Filming In Stamford: Here Are Available Roles
Actors Wanted For Television Show Filming In Stamford: Here Are Available Roles Prospective actors who don't mind donning 18th-century-era costumes may be interested in auditioning for a television show set to film in Connecticut.  An upcoming show centered around the Revolutionary War and George Washington titled "Revolution" will film in Fairfield County between Monday, March 25, and Friday, April 5 in Stamford, according to a casting call posted by Backstage.  The non-union series, which will play on a major network, is offering $150 for an estimated 10 hours of work for several roles which include:  British and French soldiers, as well as Virginia …
Where's Albert? 11-Foot Gator's Seizure From NY Home Sparks Backlash: 'Kind Of Messed Up' Where's Albert? 11-Foot Gator's Seizure From NY Home Sparks Backlash: 'Kind Of Messed Up'
Where's Albert? 11-Foot Gator's Seizure From NY Home Sparks Backlash: 'Kind Of Messed Up' Where is Albert the alligator? That’s what a New York man and his thousands of supporters are demanding to know after state wildlife officials seized his 11-foot, 750-pound gator from his home. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officers showed up to Tony Cavallaro’s Erie County residence in the town Hamburg on Wednesday, March 13, after learning that he had built an addition to his home and installed an in-ground swimming pool to keep the gator. Officers accused Cavallaro of allowing members of the public, including children, to get into the water and pet Albert while the all…
'Gourmet-Like Food In Stylish Old Dining Room': New Norwalk Eatery Quickly Gaining Notice 'Gourmet-Like Food In Stylish Old Dining Room': New Norwalk Eatery Quickly Gaining Notice
'Gourmet-Like Food In Stylish Old Dining Room': New Norwalk Eatery Quickly Gaining Notice For those who like a little history and nostalgia along with their food, a new bar, and bistro tucked along a Fairfield County street offers both, along with an updated American menu that foodies and Yelpers say is approachable and includes everything from pasta to seafood and steaks. Located in Norwalk, the 1920 Bar & Bistro at 2 Wilton Ave., in the "Old Norwalk" section of the city, is named after the year the building was built, originally as the first electric generation plant in the city. According to the restaurant, it became a hat factory years later and then home to several rest…
Actresses Wanted For Movie Filming In Westchester County Actresses Wanted For Movie Filming In Westchester County
Actresses Wanted For Movie Filming In Westchester County Those looking for their chance to appear on the big screen may want to check out a casting call for a period movie about to start filming in Westchester.  An upcoming Warner Bros. feature film set in the 1930s is looking for background extras to portray Great Depression-era working women, according to a casting call posted on Backstage. The film, titled "Shotgun Wedding," is set to start filming in Yonkers on Friday, April 12.  Those interested in being extras in the film must be okay with adopting a period-appropriate haircut, have no allergies to wool, be fine with working…
Jersey Mike's Subs Opening New Location In Fairfield County Jersey Mike's Subs Opening New Location In Fairfield County
Jersey Mike's Subs Opening New Location In Fairfield County Jersey Mike’s Subs is opening a new shop in Fairfield County this week. The shop, located in Shelton at 795 Bridgeport Ave., will hold its grand opening on Wednesday, March 13.  To help add some excitement to the event, the restaurant is also hosting a fundraiser to support Make-A-Wish Connecticut. Customers who receive a special fundraising coupon distributed through a grassroots effort before the opening can make a minimum $3 contribution to Make-A-Wish Connecticut in exchange for a regular sub through Sunday, March 17. Customers must have a coupon to be eligible. Jersey Mike’s fan…
Olive Garden Buys All Of Fairfield County Girl Scout's Cookies For Disney World Trip Olive Garden Buys All Of Fairfield County Girl Scout's Cookies For Disney World Trip
Olive Garden Buys All Of Fairfield County Girl Scout's Cookies For Disney World Trip One Connecticut girl’s dreams came true when her favorite restaurant bought the dozens of boxes of Girl Scout cookies her troop needed to sell to win a trip to Disney World. Good things come in small packages – roughly the size of a Thin Mints box, it seems. When 12-year-old Fairfield County girl Emily Uquillas, of Stamford, sent an Instagram DM to her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden, she was on a deadline. With only days left for her Girl Scout troop to meet their 100-box sales goal, she asked the company if they wanted to help her out. “So you know it’s Girl Scout cookie season an…
Taylor Swift's Relatives From CT, Include This Famous Poet, Ancestry Reveals Taylor Swift's Relatives From CT, Include This Famous Poet, Ancestry Reveals
Taylor Swift's Relatives From CT, Include This Famous Poet, Ancestry Reveals From one “tortured poet” to another: the uber-famous Taylor Swift is related to another famous wordsmith, who happens to be from Massachusetts. Taylor Swift, the internationally-loved pop star who recently announced her upcoming album “The Tortured Poets Department,” was discovered to be related to iconic poet Emily Dickinson, NBC’s TODAY Show announced on Monday, March 4. According to Ancestry, who revealed the star-studded lineage to TODAY, Swift and Dickinson are both descendants of a 17th-century English immigrant, who was an early settler in Connecticut, in the Hartford County t…