First Day Of Summer 'Freebies' To Cool You Off From Soaring Temps First Day Of Summer 'Freebies' To Cool You Off From Soaring Temps
First Day Of Summer 'Freebies' To Cool You Off From Soaring Temps As temperatures soar across Connecticut on the first day of Summer, smart business owners across the state are offering free items to cool off, including bottled water and vanilla milkshakes. According to the National Weather Service, the heat index is expected to reach 101 degrees on Thursday, June 20, in Hartford County, while other areas of the state will bake with temperatures in the upper 90s to nearly 100 degrees. To help cool off and stave off heat stroke, cities and towns have opened cooling centers, including in Fairfield County in Bridgeport.  Meanwhile, savvy business owner…
Check Out This Hidden Gem In Region For Summer Beach Getaway Check Out This Hidden Gem In Region For Summer Beach Getaway
Check Out This Hidden Gem In Region For Summer Beach Getaway If you are ready for a little sun and sea but don't want to spend a fortune or fight crowds, a hidden gem on Long Island might be just the spot. In a recent survey of seaside communities to vacation in by "Conde Nast Traveler, they visited little-known spots and found what they called a hidden gem in Suffolk County: the village of Greenport. Often called the "anti-Hamptons," Greenport is known for its small boating community and Victorian architecture. "It's marked by a sleepy charm with all the benefits—great food, great wine, and great beaches—without the attitude or formality," the…
South Norwalk Adds Georgian Cuisine To Its Eclectic Dining Scene South Norwalk Adds Georgian Cuisine To Its Eclectic Dining Scene
South Norwalk Adds Georgian Cuisine To Its Eclectic Dining Scene Adding to the melting pot of dining options throughout Fairfield County, a new restaurant specializing in authentic Georgian cuisine opens this weekend. The much anticipated Cheese & Bread opens in South Norwalk on Friday, June 14 ( reservations are already sold out) at 68 Washington St.  The brainchild of seasoned restaurateurs Andrea Archvadze and Akaki Andguladze, who came to the US from Georgia (between Turkey and Russia), opened the original Cheese & Bread concept in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in 2023.  Their casual neighborhood eatery, which specializes in authentic Georg…
Wendy's Serving Up This Deal For Father's Day Weekend Wendy's Serving Up This Deal For Father's Day Weekend
Wendy's Serving Up This Deal For Father's Day Weekend Got a dad who loves bacon? Wendy's has you covered. Starting on Friday, June 14, and lasting through Sunday, June 16, national fast-food chain Wendy’s is offering up a buy-one-get-one Baconator deal for Father’s Day. The deal applies to all four types of Baconators — including the Baconator, Son of Baconator, Pretzel Baconator, and Breakfast Baconator — and is an in-app-only promotion, meaning customers will need to sign up for free, according to People Magazine. An original Baconator includes two beef patties (about a half-pound of beef total), American cheese, six pieces of Applewood …
Ex-Westport Resident Martha Stewart Attends Gala Celebrating Nonprofit's 85th Anniversary Ex-Westport Resident Martha Stewart Attends Gala Celebrating Nonprofit's 85th Anniversary
Ex-Westport Resident Martha Stewart Attends Gala Celebrating Nonprofit's 85th Anniversary Northern Westchester resident and iconic homemaker Martha Stewart was one of the attendees of an annual gala celebrating the 85th anniversary of a nonprofit dedicated to serving county youth.  The 82-year-old Stewart, a longtime resident of the hamlet of Katonah, was seen at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester's 29th Annual Humanitarian Award Gala on Friday, June 7.  The event, held at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, celebrated the 85th anniversary of the organization, which runs programs for youth aged six months to 18 years from more than 40 …
Deadlocked: Rivalry Between CT Buddies' Pizzerias Wages On With Identical Scores From Portnoy Deadlocked: Rivalry Between CT Buddies' Pizzerias Wages On With Identical Scores From Portnoy
Deadlocked: Rivalry Between CT Buddies' Pizzerias Wages On With Identical Scores From Portnoy Dave Portnoy did little to settle the competition between three rival Conecticut pizzerias on his latest One Bite pizza rating stint. The Barstool Sports CEO has been sampling pies from pizzerias in West Hartford, including Zephyr's Street Pizza on Farmington Avenue, owned by Dante and Stephanie Cistulli. Cistulli was in the shop when Portnoy dropped by, and became emotional, saying his visit couldn't have come at a better time. The pizzaiolo explained business has been tough lately, but seemed to be picking up for summer. He knew the momentum from Portnoy would do him a world of good. Cis…
Popular CT Restaurant Known For Its 'Huge' Portions Closing Popular CT Restaurant Known For Its 'Huge' Portions Closing
Popular CT Restaurant Known For Its 'Huge' Portions Closing This story has been updated. A popular Connecticut restaurant with a well-known sister on Martha's Vineyard is closing a year after its opening. Hartford County Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta, located on West Main Street in Avon, said on Facebook that its last day would be Sunday, June 9. The restaurant, known for mixing pasta with all kinds of fresh seafood, veggies, and more, didn't offer a reason for closing. Fans of the restaurant were dismayed and took to Facebook to express their sadness.  "So sorry to hear this .. your food is delicious!!!" said one. Another wrote: "Oh no! I’m so sorr…
Chip Away at Student Loans with Price Chopper & Market 32! Chip Away at Student Loans with Price Chopper & Market 32!
Chip Away at Student Loans with Price Chopper & Market 32! Sponsored by our friends at Price Chopper & Market 32 For many college graduates, student loans are a significant financial burden that can feel overwhelming. Whether you're juggling multiple loans or working with a tight budget, finding ways to reduce your expenses and make a dent in your student loan balance is essential. Thankfully, there's a resource that can help you save money on everyday essentials and stretch your budget further: Price Chopper and Market 32. While we are your local grocery store, we are so much more than that. We are your community partner and want to help famili…
Eatery Closes On Short Notice, Now Operating Food Truck In Bridgeport Eatery Closes On Short Notice, Now Operating Food Truck In Bridgeport
Eatery Closes On Short Notice, Now Operating Food Truck In Bridgeport A popular eatery known for its greens, mac-and-cheese, shrimp, and fried chicken has suddenly closed in Fairfield County. Everybody Eatz, located at 3927 Main Street in Bridgeport, was a restaurant whose slogan was "Where gourmet meets soul food."  It announced on Facebook and Instagram that it had closed and would launch a food truck and catering beginning in June.  "No more rent or landlords," the Tuesday, May 28 announcement said. "This year (is) about branding & ownership & next year about expanding." Owner Tyre Holman, who started with a food truck, did not provid…
Netflix's 'You' Shoots Scenes At NY Diner Netflix's 'You' Shoots Scenes At NY Diner
Netflix's 'You' Shoots Scenes At NY Diner The fifth and final season of a hit Netflix series took up residency at a Long Island diner to shoot some scenes. Lights, camera, action! The cast and crew of Netflix’s “You,” which began filming for its fifth and final season in early March 2024, popped by Long Beach’s Laurel Diner on Thursday, May 23. Find out why #joegoldberg aka #pennbadgley is #stalking the #laureldiner in #longbeachny in the 5th and season of #YOU on #netflix later this year! Posted by Laurel Diner on Thursday, May 23, 2024 Led by Penn Badgley (who also starred in “Gossip Girl” and “Easy A”), the show foll…
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…
Hey Stamford, Shake Shack Is Now Open Hey Stamford, Shake Shack Is Now Open
Hey Stamford, Shake Shack Is Now Open The long-awaited arrival of upscale fast-food chain Shake Shack has opened its latest location in Fairfield County. The restaurant opened its Stamford location on Thursday, May 23, at 64 High Ridge Road. The Stamford Shake Shack location will offer guests in-Shack dining and will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  On opening day, the first wave of guests can expect to receive custom Shake Shack keychains.  The menu offers Shake Shack burgers, fries, chicken, shakes, and much more. Guests will be able to order directly "in-Shack" and via digital pre-ordering ahead for picku…
First Trailer For 'Beetlejuice' Sequel Drops; Hyped Movie Filmed In New England First Trailer For 'Beetlejuice' Sequel Drops; Hyped Movie Filmed In New England
First Trailer For 'Beetlejuice' Sequel Drops; Hyped Movie Filmed In New England "It's showtime" for the new Tim Burton-directed sequel to his 1988 classic "Beetlejuice." The first full-length trailer "Beetlejuice Beetlejuice," partially filmed in Massachusetts last year, was released on Thursday, May 23.  The new film returns viewers to the Deetz family after the death of patriarch Charles Deetz (Jeffrey Jones in the original movie). Jenna Ortega plays Astrid, who summons Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) despite the fears of her mother (Winona Ryder).  The trailer opens with Ryder's Lydia Deetz explaining, "Here's a preview. ... Be warned: it's intense." The off…
Chazz Palminteri Bringing 'Bronx Tale' One-Man Show To Ridgefield: Here's When Chazz Palminteri Bringing 'Bronx Tale' One-Man Show To Ridgefield: Here's When
Chazz Palminteri Bringing 'Bronx Tale' One-Man Show To Ridgefield: Here's When Beloved actor Chazz Palminteri is again bringing his acclaimed one-man show, "A Bronx Tale," to theaters in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  Palminteri, age 72, originally premiered "A Bronx Tale" as a one-man play in Los Angeles in 1989. Since then, the show has been turned into a feature film with the help of famed actor Robert DeNiro, as well as a musical that opened in 2016.  Now, Palminteri, a lifelong New York and Bronx native who currently lives in Northern Westchester County in the town of Bedford, is once again bringing the original one-man show to the…
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 Norwalk 'Our Dream Restaurant': Family Members Open Eatery With Vibrant Dishes In Norwalk
'Our Dream Restaurant': Family Members Open Eatery With Vibrant Dishes In Norwalk 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…
'High School Types' From Fairfield County Wanted For Television Series Filming Near CT Border 'High School Types' From Fairfield County Wanted For Television Series Filming Near CT Border
'High School Types' From Fairfield County Wanted For Television Series Filming Near CT Border Young people looking to advance their acting careers may want to check out a casting call for a television show filming in Westchester.  An upcoming Apple+ series called "Swipe" is looking for non-union background actors for high school scenes, according to a casting call posted on Backstage.  The series will be filmed in New Rochelle. Scenes were also filmed in Rye at the Highland parking lot in the area of Purchase Street and Purdy Avenue.  Earlier Report - All-Day Filming To Close Highland Parking Lot In Rye The production is seeking out nonunion actors ages 18…
'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.