Home Edition Summer 2016
ISABELLE FARRINGTON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Teach your heart out with an advanced degree in education from the Farrington College of Education: • Initial Teacher Certification & Tuition-Paid Teaching Internship (Elementary & Secondary) • Master of Arts in Teaching • K-12 Special Education (165) Cross Endorsement • CT Literacy Specialist Program (102 & 097 Certification) • Intermediate Administrator Certification (092)
For more information visit our website at sacredheart.edu/eduprograms, or contact us by phone (203)365-7619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Enjoy this issue of Connecticut Living! Find your next home project idea inside.
Green Market 20 Backyard
Home Renovation 4 There Comes
Yard 8 Small Space, Big Flavor
Home Style 10 Furniture Fundamentals
22 25 26
Out+About 22 Cruise to
Do it Yourself 25 Water Gardens
Food 26 Mastering
12 Bring the
18 Save Water
19 To The Farmerâ€™s
Green Living And Stay
Outdoor Living 14 Water Safety 16 Butterflies are Free
Senior Living 30 On The Move?
Fit 32 Avoiding Weekend Warrior Wounds
Quality Home Healthcare
White Rose Home Healthcare Agency is a full-service home healthcare provider serving Fairfield, New Haven and New London Counties in Connecticut!
Our care givers pass extensive background and motor vehicle checks. Arrivals and departures are systematically tracked.
Suzanne Cahill email@example.com
Service with Pride & Dignity
WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU! Call us today to set up a complementary in-home evaluation
• Dementia Care • Alzheimer's Care or feel free to visit our main office • Companions • Homemakers • Daily Personal Care • Live-in Services 1000 Lafayette Boulevard • Suite 1100 • Bridgeport, CT 06604 • Veteran’s Care Phone: (203) 683-6055 • Fax: (203) 683-5901 • Short-term After Surgery Care
The Best TheinBest The Toys!Best in Toys! in Toys!
Voted “Best toy stores” - Ct Magazine!
Ryan Swanson ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER
185 Boston185 PostBoston Rd185 Post Boston Rd Post Rd Orange, CTOrange,Orange, CT CT
Mary Jo Downs, Joy Haines
203-799-1301 203-799-1301 203-799-1301
Bestys! in to
1647 Whitney 1647Ave Whitney 1647 Whitney Ave Ave Hamden, CT Hamden, Hamden, CT CT
203-230-2840 203-230-2840 203-230-2840 OPEN 7 DAYS OPEN 7OPEN DAYS 7 DAYS Follow us on Follow Facebook usFollow on Facebook us on Facebook
1100 Village 1100 Walk Village 1100 Village Walk Walk CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Guilford, CT Guilford, Guilford, CT CT Craig W. Armstrong, Susan Carroll-Dwyer, Sam Erickson,
203-453-8560 203-453-8560 203-453-8560
Tresa Erickson, Susan Glennon, Ginger Knudsen, Shaileen Kelly Landsberg, Gerry McGuire CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
What we write gets read.
Frank Farricker, McKenzie Granata, Derek Jones, Todd Manning, Tamara Simpson WEB DESIGN
CONNECTICUT LIVING MAGAZINE 162 Bridgeport Avenue Milford, CT 06460 203-283-5290 www.connecticutliving.com
Connecticut Living Magazine (ISSN 23333-7389) is distributed by Red Mat Publishing. P.O. Box 2387 Milford, CT 06460. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written permission of the Publisher. Opinions expressed in Connecticut Living articles and advertisements are those of the authors and advertisers, respectively and should not be considered as expressions of management or official policies of Connecticut Living Magazine. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Red Mat Publishing P.O. Box 2387, Milford, CT www.redmatpublishing.com 06460. Copyright 2015. Red Mat Publishing.
LAUREL A. ELLSON Attorney at Law
Practice Limited to Family Law
203.283.5551 A distinctive voice in custom publishing
31 Cherry St., Milford, CT 06460
www.EllsonLaw.com CONNECTICUT LIVING
Printed in the USA. www.redmatpublishing.com 2
he Connecticut shoreline is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. Rocky inlets share space with family beaches; stately homes and neighborhoods coexist with lobstermen and pleasure boaters. There is truly a place for everyone along the Long Island Sound. In this issue of Connecticut Living, we celebrate shoreline living, with ideas both fun and informative to help you make the most of these last summer days- from home renovation plans to home-style backyard clam bakes, youâ€™ll find thoughtful ideas, both unique and traditional to liven up your home and lifestyle this season. We hope you enjoy this issue and share it with family and friends. Wishing you all the best for a happy and healthy, summer season.
Home Renovation been happy with the appliance or would like better features, then this may be a good time to get rid of it. How old is the appliance? An appliance more than six years old is one you may want to consider replacing. The average life expectancy of some of the major appliances are:
➻ Clothes dryer: gas; 13 years electric; 14 years ➻ Dishwasher: 9 to 11 years ➻ Freezer: 15 to 20 years ➻ Furnace: gas and electric,
There Comes A Time
How has the appliance worked in the past? If it hasn’t given you much trouble in the past, there’s a good chance it won’t in the future. In this case, you might want to have your appliance repaired as long as the replacement parts required are available. However, if you have never
s your dishwasher acting sluggish? Are your washer and dryer not quite getting the job done on the first try? If you answered yes to either of
these questions, then you have a major decision ahead of you: whether to repair or replace that old appliance. With appliances and repair costs being what they are today, the decision is not an easy one to make. Here are some questions you should take into consideration before making your decision. CONNECTICUT LIVING
➻ Range: 12 to 13 years ➻ Refrigerator: 15 to 19 years ➻ Room air conditioner: 7 years ➻ Television: 12 years ➻ Washer: 11 to 13 years
How often do you use the appliance? If you only run your air conditioner a couple of times a year, you may want to consider a less expensive alternative such as a room fan or a less expensive rebuilt model. How much will the repair cost versus what a new appliance will cost? If the cost of the repair is at
Celebrating 40 Years
MOBILE ELECTRONICS CENTER ALL MAJOR BRANDS • REMOTE STARTERS • ALL ACCESSORIES MARINE VIDEO • NAVIgATION • CELLuLAR • SATELLITE RADIO MOTORCyCLES CLASSIC CARS www.starlanderbeck.com • Knowledgeable Staff • Guaranteed Professional Installation •Committed To Quality, Service & Price • Most Of Our Customers Are Referrals
730 Boston Post Road – Rt. 1, Milford, Ct 06460 (Exit 39A From I-95)
“Sound Computer ServiCeS” Your teCHnoLoGY SpeCiALiSt
Jeffrey r. neverson firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLE • LINUX • MICROSOFT • ORACLE • ANDROID • PEOPLESOFT Severe viruS / mALWAre removAL repairs • Networking • Video Surveillance • Remote Support • Sales Safe Browsing Setup for Children 427 Naugatuck Ave, Unit B
CALL-4-HeLp (203) 953-9186
If the cost of the repair is at least half of what a new appliance will cost you, you may want to consider replacing the appliance, especially if it is no longer under warranty. least half of what a new appliance will cost you, you may want to consider replacing the appliance, especially if it is no longer under warranty. Make sure you factor in any additional costs involved such as removal and disposal of the old appliance. Is the purchase of a new appliance feasible? Add the numbers and make sure you can afford a new appliance. Don’t overlook the money it will save you in energy costs, as most new appliance are energy-efficient. To save yourself even more money, perhaps you could trade in your
(Devon) Milford, CT 06064 www.SoundComputerCT.com
old appliance for a discount on your new one. Finally, make sure your space can accommodate a new appliance and you won’t have to rip out a wall or doorway in order to bring in your new appliance and use it. The decision whether to repair or replace an appliance is not something most of us actively seek. Appliances do break, though, and the decision must be made. With any luck, you will make the right decision and the situation won’t happen to you again for a very long time. —Ronda Addy
Lisa Jarvie, Massage Therapist
Specializing in Deep Tissue and Swedish massage
$10 off massage for new clients! Call today to schedule your appointment:
Licensed in CT since 1998/Lic#1858 5
Reface Or Replace? Kitchens are often the heart of a home. They’re the place where people gather together to enjoy each other’s company. Kitchens work overtime and can take a real beating over the years, especially the cabinets. While some homeowners choose to reface their cabinets, others choose to replace them entirely. There are pros and cons to each, of course, but either way, you may be feeling its time for the heart of the home to get a muchneeded facelift. Refacing cabinets is generally the less expensive option of the two. With refacing, cabinet boxes are left in place while the exposed frames are refaced with wood or veneer and new cabinet doors and drawers are installed. For an additional cost, other accessories may be incorporated, such as pull-out shelves, new hardware, a lazy Susan, CONNECTICUT LIVING
or you are looking to create a better layout and add storage, new cabinets are your best bet. But, be prepared to shell out some money. Both options have their pros and cons. Refacing can generally be done in a week or less, whereas installing new cabinets can take weeks. New cabinets mean new
flip-out drawer fronts, a wine rack or a pull-out trash bin. Some refacers will even replace countertops, sinks, and flooring. Need a cabinet above the refrigerator? No problem. Your
If your cabinets are too tired for refacing then it is time to replace. Replacing involves removing all your old cabinets and installing new ones. refacer can custom-build one for an additional fee. Refacing works best on cabinets that are in good condition but could use some updating. If your cabinets are too tired for refacing then it is time to replace. Replacing involves removing all your old cabinets and installing new ones. This option is much more time consuming, but if your cabinets are in terrible shape, 6
everything inside and out, whereas with refaced cabinets, you get just new doors, drawers, and hardware. If your cabinets are older, that could be a plus as many cabinets built 20 or 30 years ago are of better quality than some of the cabinets on the market today. Refacing will do nothing for cabinets that are in poor condition or misaligned due to sagging floors.
To determine the best option for you, consult with some reputable contractors. A professional can discern whether your cabinets are in good enough condition to reface and advise you as to the best route to take. If you are looking for more counter space, for example, new cabinets may be the way to go. Budget is always a factor. How much do you have to spend? Generally, it costs twice as much to replace cabinets as it does to reface them. Should you purchase stock cabinets or install them yourself, however, you may be able to save enough to afford new cabinets. Look around and do your homework. The right cabinets, new or updated, can enhance the feel of any kitchen. Review the options carefully and make the right choice for you. Reface or replace, you’re sure to end up with a kitchen your friends and family will enjoy sharing time together in. —Tresa Erickson
#1 Real Estate Office in Listings Sold #1Real Estate Office in Listings Sold
For More Than a Decade!** For More Than a Decade!
Cheryl Middleton Kathy Anderson
Sharon Presner Cheryl Sharon Presner Middleton
NE Moves Mortgage Tommie Wehrle Susan Cassidy
NE Moves Mortgage Tommie Wehrle Susan Cassidy Branch Sales Manager
Gary Jacopian Jay Barone
Jay Barone Kelly Durrschmidt
Cindy Lee Durner
Cindy Lee Durner
Oliver Christine Shaw Donna Tartagni Dubrow Sue Scheets Sue Scheets Sophia MessoreBarbaraSue Tina DeConne
Christy Ann Lindsay
Christy Ann Lindsay
The Porto Group
Zandri Barbara Zink The Porto Group (203)878-7424Brenda www.coldwellbankermoves.com 171 N. Broad Street
Branch Sales Manager
The Porto Group
*Based on CTMLS data for single family/condo listings closed in Milford 2001-2014
(203) 878-7427•www.coldwellbankermoves.com www.coldwellbankerhomes.com • 171 171 N. N. Broad Broad Street (203)878-7424 Street *Based on CTMLS data for single family/condo listings closed in Milford 2001-2014
Small Space, Big Flavor
rowing your own food doesn’t require a farm or even a yard. All you need are some pots or planting containers and some potting soil. First, if you live in an apartment or other rented space, make sure that your landlord will be ok with growing plants. Next, make sure you can provide your plants with proper sunlight on a daily basis. Most vegetables need about 6 hours of sun per day, most herbs require less. Let’s talk about herbs for a minute. If your green thumb is just ripening, herbs may be the way to go. You get the pleasure of eating what you grow and they require less skill than vegetables. Basil is a good herb to grow. This herb is easy, plus it tastes and smells great. Growing basil is
A good rule of thumb is to stick your finger in the pot and if the soil is dry an inch down it’s time to water. You want to lightly water your herbs and vegetables, not soak them.
a good way to test your watering skills. It’s relatively hardy and will bounce back if you don’t water it enough. Other tasty herbs to grow include chives, cilantro, dill, mint, and thyme. You can also give your cat a treat by growing catnip. Do you want to go beyond herbs? You may want to start with leafy greens. These include lettuce, spinach, and the ever-so-popular, kale. If you are feeling really brave, you can plant small tomatoes, peppers, or even green beans. No matter what you choose to plant, if you are just starting out, plant seedlings. Visit your
local farmer’s market and buy what are call toddler herbs and vegetables. They will grow faster than seeds and have a lower degree of difficulty. Once you earn your wings or greens as it may be, you can plant from seed. Just remember, start slow and give yourself a chance to succeed. Once you’ve decided what to grow and where to grow it, you’ll need pots and potting soil. Although, pots are not the only container used for planting. The key is to make sure you have enough depth and room for your plants to grow. Don’t plant a bunch of seedlings in one pot or container. If you do put a couple of plants together, make sure they are separated by several inches. Also when planting seedlings together, make sure they have similar sun and water 8
requirements. As for the potting soil, make sure it is formulated for containers and not gardens. If you have questions, ask someone at your local garden store, or a gardener in your neighborhood. Two rules about watering: Don’t over water and make sure you have enough drainage. A good rule of thumb is to stick your finger in the pot and if the soil is dry an inch down it’s time to water. You want to lightly water your herbs and vegetables, not soak them. Make sure you use a watering can with an open spout, or a water bottle with a few holes poked in the cap. Much of your experience will be trial and error. Once you are successful and begin to eat what you have grown, you’ll be hooked. Have fun and enjoy the fruits, or vegetables of your labor. — Craig W. Armstrong
THE ONLY THING COOLER THAN OUR SERVICE,
IS OUR TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS
Dog lover and lifelong Yankee fan
Music-loving hockey fanatic
Community leader and volunteer
Dedicated husband and father
Committed family man and avid sports fan
Devoted sports mom
WE ARE MORE, WE ARE CLIMATE PARTNERS $
GET READY FOR SUMMER
SERVICE PACKAGE! Including our exclusive 14-point Performance Snapshot Promo Code:
CASEYâ€™S IS COOL 6156 Check out our reviews! MOST 5/5 STARS
Some restrictions apply.
C O NCall N E for C Tdetails. I C U T LExpires I V I N G6-30-16 .COM
ew flooring, paint, linens and accessories will do wonders to freshen up a tired space. Although, if you are short on time and money, you might want a simpler fix— rearranging the furniture, the first step of furniture fundamentals. It’s simple and easy – move around some pieces, swap out an old dining set, and voila, you have a new look in no time. Of course, not any old arrangement will do. Here is a 7-step process to ensure you create a perfect set-up for any room in your house. STEP 1: CONSIDER THE PURPOSE OF THE ROOM.
If you are creating a conversation space, don’t center everything on the TV. Instead, allow an area for TV viewing and an area for conversation. If you’re looking to create a study space, relocate distractions like TVs and phones, set up a table or desk, and add a comfy chair for reading. STEP 2: PAY ATTENTION TO SCALE. Too
tall or too small of a piece can throw off the feel of the room. Arrange pieces so they complement each other in scale, such as using larger side tables, sofas, chairs, etc. Don’t place Aunt CONNECTICUT LIVING
Millie’s small, ornate footstool in front of a large, overstuffed chair and expect it to work. The chair will dwarf it. Place it elsewhere, perhaps in front of that Victorian set or the built-in fireplace you insisted on buying six years ago.
a path to walk around and make a room feel more spacious. STEP 4: LIGHT UP THE ROOM.
Don’t rely on one overhead light to do all of the work. Mix it up with various floor and table lamps, pendants, and sconces spread around the room to give each area its own light. Light up dark corners with fluorescent lamps and highlight artwork with sconces to make every wall and corner pop. Hang a pendant above the dining table and set up a lamp behind the sofa. Give the room more ambiance with various lighting sources. STEP 5: CONSIDER DRAPES.
STEP 3: ALLOW SPACE TO MOVE. Crammed
furniture pushed up against the walls can make a room feel much smaller. First, you’ll need to remove any pieces you don’t need and pull some pieces toward the center of the room. This will add a sense of space to your room. Moving the sofa a few feet from the wall will create 10
When hung appropriately, drapes can add drama to a room and help to complete the setting. Want to create the illusion of a higher ceiling? Hang the drapes from ceiling to floor and let them absorb the edges of the windows. Want to create the illusion of larger windows? Hang the drapes beyond the casement ends of the windows. For a bigger effect, try long pane glass windows. STEP 6: DON’T BUCK TRADITION. While
it is fine to mix things up a bit, you don’t want to
go overboard and create too unique of a look. Take your dining room table, for example. If you have a chandelier in the center of the room, it would be appropriate to place the table underneath. If the original table placement looks out of place, try relocating the hanging light above. Or if you’re feeling artsy, switch out the chandelier for skylights to add length between the ceiling and the floor. STEP 7: HANG ARTWORK WITH CARE. Use
your photos and prints to ground furniture. Hang a print above your sofa, but be careful it is not too high; remember, you want all pieces to complement each other. The point of the artwork is to draw the eye to the arrangement not away from it. To ensure accurate placement, tape up some templates before hanging your artwork. This will save you from filling up the holes from failed attempts. These are just some fundamentals to follow when rearranging furniture. You are the best judge, of your home, and keep in mind that it may take several rounds of placements before you come up with the ideal arrangement. — Tresa Erickson
doctors With decades of combined experience, are our doctors are
amination, they’ll consultation to the follow be up examination, they’ll be Meet the Team: the way. there to assist you every step of the way.
Meet theMeet Team:the Team:
With decades combined experience, our doctors are Meet theof Team:
With decades of combined experience, our d
With decades decadesofofcombined combinedexperience, experience, doctors With ourour doctors are are Meet the Team: consultation to the follow up examination, they’ll be ito, MD, FACS, FCCP David J. Esposito, MD, FACS, FCCP there to assist you every step of the way. With decades of combined experience, our doctors are Meet the Team: consultation to the follow examination, they’ll be consultation to the follow upup examination, they’ll be examination, e, Dr. Esposito is A Yale graduate, Dr. Esposito isup consultation to the follow With decades of combined experience, our doctors are there to you every ofof thethe way. With of combined experience, our doctors are theredecades toassist assist you everystep step way. tothere the follow up they’ll 0 physicians in consultation one ofassist onlyexamination, 130 physicians in be of the way. to you step David J. Esposito, MD,every FACS, FCCP there to assist you every step of the way. consultation examination, es who are currently thefollow United States who are currently consultation to to thethe upup examination, they’ll bebe A follow Yale graduate, Dr. Esposito isthey’ll David J. Esposito, MD, FACS, FCCP there assist you every the way. FACS, there to to assist you every step of of the way. David J.step Esposito, MD, FCCP one of only 130 physicians in A Yale graduate, Dr. Esposito is the United States who are currently David J. Esposito, MD, FACS, FCCP A Yale graduate, Dr. David EspositoJ.isEsposito, MD, FAC
Meet the Team:
What are Varicose Veins?
alties of General ar Surgery, and Surgery.
one of only specialties 130 physicians in separate of General Aone Yaleof graduate, Dr.physicians Esposito is in only 130 the United States who are currently David J. Esposito, MD, FACS, FCCP David J.Vascular Esposito, MD, FACS, FCCP Dr. Esposito AGeneral Yale graduate, Surgery, Surgery, separate specialties of one of only 130 physicians in and United States who areiscurrently Athe Yale graduate, Dr.Dr. Esposito A Yale graduate, Esposito is one of only 130 physicians Surgery, Vascular the United StatesSurgery, who areand currently Cardiothoracic Surgery. separate specialties of General one of of only 130 physicians in in one only 130 physicians Cardiothoracic Surgery. the United States who are c Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and the United States who are currently separate specialties of are General the United States who currently separate specialties of General Cardiothoracic Surgery. Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Surgery, Vascular Surgery, andand Paul Davis, MD,MD, FASA MD, FASA PaulS. S. Davis, FASA separate specialties of General separate specialties of General specialties of Gene Cardiothoracic Surgery. Cardiothoracic Surgery. separate graduated from the University Vascular Surgery, and of of m the University of Surgery, graduated from the University Paul S. Davis, MD, Surgery, FASA Surgery, Vascular and the Colorado and is also a graduate Cardiothoracic Surgery.Surgery,of Vascular Surgery, an graduated from the University of s also a graduate of Colorado the andMD, isSurgery. also a graduate Cardiothoracic State University of New York Medicalof the Paul S. Davis, FASA Paul S. and Davis, MD,aCardiothoracic FASA Colorado is also graduate of the Surgery. University at Syracuse. Dr. Davis graduated from the of University ofcompleted y of New York Medical State University New York Medical State University of the New York Medical Paul S. Davis, MD, FASA graduated from University of a fellowship inisinterventional Colorado also a FASA graduate of the at Paul S.and Davis, MD, yracuse. Dr. Davis completed University at the Syracuse. Dr. radiology Davis completed University at Syracuse. Dr. Davis completed graduated from University of Colorado and is aYork graduate State University of also New Medicalofinthe Yale University. He is Board certiﬁed from the University a State fellowship Colorado andin isinterventional graduate ofofradiology the atat interventional radiology agraduated fellowship inalso interventional at FASA University ofaNew York Medical Paul S.radiology Davis, both Diagnostic Radiology and InterUniversity at Syracuse. Dr. Davis completed - MD, Colorado and He is aYork graduate of in the State University of also New Medical Yale University. is Board certiﬁed at Syracuse. Dr. Davis completed ventional Radiology, is certiﬁed a fellow a University fellowship in interventional radiology at-in . He is Board certiﬁed YaleDiagnostic University. HeDr. isDavis in Board graduated from both Radiology and Medical InterUniversity at Syracuse. Dr. York Davis completed - the Univers State University of New HEALTHY VEIN DISEASED VEIN of the AmericaninHe Board of Angiology. Yale University. is Board certiﬁed in aboth fellowship interventional at c Radiology and InterDiagnostic Radiology Interventional Radiology, Dr. Davis isand aradiology fellow a fellowship in radiology at University at interventional Syracuse. Dr.and Davis completed - also a gradu Colorado and is both Diagnostic Radiology InterHEALTHY VEIN VEIN Yale University. He isofBoard certiﬁed in American Board Angiology. Yale University. is Board certiﬁed athe fellowship inHe interventional radiology at ology, Dr. DISEASED Davis is of a ventional fellow Radiology, Dr. Davis is ina fellow ventional Radiology, Dr. Davis is a fellow State University Varicose veins are caused by problems with the Karin Augur, PA-C both Diagnostic Radiology Inter-in of New York both Diagnostic Radiology andand InterHEALTHY VEIN DISEASED VEIN HEALTHY VEIN DISEASED VEIN Yale University. He is Board certiﬁed ofof thethe American Board of Angiology. n Board of American . Board of Angiology. one-way valves in the veins that are meantAngiology to A graduate of Columbia University, PA Augur University at Syracuse. Dr. D ventional Radiology, Dr. Davis is aisfellow ventional Radiology, Dr. Davis a fellow Varicose veins are caused by problems with the bothAugur, Diagnostic Radiology and InterKarin PA-C HEALTHY VEIN DISEASED VEIN prevent blood from rushing to your DISEASED feet whenVEIN returned back to her home state of HEALTHY VEIN of the American Board of Angiology. the American Board ofDavis Angiology. one-way valves in the veins that are meant to aDr. fellowship in intervention Aof graduate ofRadiology, Columbia University, Augur ventional is PA a fellow standing.veins Whenare youcaused stand,by theproblems valves should close Varicose with the Connecticut toPA-C ﬁnish at the top of the Karin Augur, HEALTHY VEIN rushing to your feetDISEASED VEIN prevent blood from when returned back to her home state of of the American Board of Angiology. Varicose veins are caused by problems with the Yale University. He is Board and not let blood backwards the feet. one-way valves in move the veins that aretomeant to In PA-C Karin Augur, PA-C Physician Assistant Program at the PA Augur A graduate of Columbia University, standing.veins Whenare youcaused stand,by theproblems valves should close Varicose with the Connecticut toPA-C ﬁnish at the top of the Karin Augur, somevalves people, valves become worn out. Over prevent blood from rushing to your feet when Varicose veins are caused bythat problems with Yale School ofof Medicine in 1995. returned back to her home state of one-way inthese the veins areareUniversity meant tothe Karin PA-C both Diagnostic a olumbia A graduate ,Augur, Columbia University, PA Radiology Augur and not let blood backwards tomeant the feet. one-way valves in move the veins that to In Physician Assistant Program at Augu the PA Augur A graduate ofPA Columbia University, time, the blood backs up inthat the veins, andwith pressure standing. When you stand, the valves should close Connecticut to ﬁnish at the top of the Varicose veins are caused by problems the one-way valves in the veins are meant to Karin Augur, PA-C Areturned graduate Columbia University, someblood people, these valves worn out. Over state Yale prevent blood from rushing to yourfeet feetwhen when from rushing tobecome your School ofofto Medicine in 1995. returned back her home statestate ofRadiology, o prevent her home of back toProgram her home ofPA Augur Dr. Da ventional builds up. increased pressure leads tofeet. theto andone-way not letThis blood move backwards to the In Physician Assistant at the PA Augur valves in the veins that are meant prevent blood from rushing to your feet when A graduate of Columbia University, time, the blood backs upthe inthe the veins, and pressure standing. When you stand, valves should close returned back to her of Connecticut to ﬁnish at home the topstate of the HEALTHY VEIN DISEASED VEIN standing. When you valves should close heavy feeling youstand, experience, and causes some people, these valves become worn out. Over ﬁnish at the top of Connecticut the totoﬁnish at the topofof the Board of An ofhome the American Yale School of Medicine in 1995. blood from rushing to your feet when returned back her state builds increased pressure leads tofeet. the andprevent notup. letThis blood move backwards toshould the In standing. When you stand, the valves close Physician Assistant Program at top the of the Connecticut to locations: ﬁnish at the Visit our two convenient the toProgram enlarge. branching veins to the time,veins theblood blood backsThe up in the veins, andfeet. pressure and not let move backwards to the In tant at the Physician Assistant Program at the standing. When you stand, the feeling you experience, andvalves some people, these valves become worn out. Over Connecticut to ﬁnish at the top Yale School of Medicine in 1995. andheavy not let blood move backwards tocauses theshould feet. Inclose Physician Assistant Program at ofthethe
What are Varicose Veins? What are Varicose Veins? VALVES What Varicose VALVES Whatare are VaricoseVeins? Veins? VALVES What Varicose Whatare are VaricoseVeins? Veins?
What are Varicose Veins? VALVES VALVES VALVES VALVES BLOOD VALVES FLOW BLOOD BLOOD FLOW BLOOD FLOW BLOOD FLOW BLOOD FLOW FLOW BLOOD
skin also dilated,pressure and theseleads appear as builds up.become This increased to the
VisitPost our Road, twoPhysician convenient locations: 849 Boston Suite 102, Milford, CTat06460 the veins to enlarge. The branching veins to the In time, the backs upbecome in the veins, and pressure and notblood let blood move backwards to the feet. some people, these valves worn out. Over Assistant Program the Medicine Yale School Medicine 1995. some people, these valves become out. School ofofMedicine inin1995. varicose veins. Varicose veins can be ain sign ofOver 1995. Yale heavy feeling you experience, andworn causes
Campbell Avenue, West ofHaven, CTin06516 Varicose veins are caused by leads problems Karin Augur, skin also become dilated, andbecome these appear as with builds up.people, This increased pressure to the some these valves worn out. Over the 849687 School 1995. VisitPost our Road, twoYale convenient locations: Boston Suite 102,Medicine Milford, CT 06460 PA-C time, blood up ininknown the and pressure time, the blood backs up theveins, veins, and pressure anthe underlying condition, as venous the veins to backs enlarge. The branching veins to the varicose veins. Varicose veins can be a sign of heavy feeling you experience, and causes Welco time, the bloodin backs upand in these thethat veins, andas pressure to one-way valves the veins are 687 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, 06516 of Columbia Call 203-882-VEIN (8346) A CT graduate Uni skin also become dilated, appear builds up. This increased pressure leads to themeant builds This increased pressure leads to the VisitPost our Road, two convenient 849 Boston Suite 102, locations: Milford, CT 06460 an up. underlying condition, known as venous the veins to enlarge. The branching veins to the buildsblood up. Thisas increased or 203-876-9720 to request an appointment. problems (such ulcers andpressure blood varicose veins. veins cancauses beclots). aleads signto of the when prevent from rushing to your feet that returned back to herWelco homeg heavy feeling youVaricose experience, and 687 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516 Call 203-882-VEIN (8346) skin also feeling become dilated, and these appear as heavy feeling you experience, and causes 849 Boston Post Road, Suite 102, Milford, CT 06460 heavy you experience, and causes an underlying condition, known as venous Visit our two convenient locations: 203-876-9720 to convenient request an appointment. the veins toveins. enlarge. The branching veins to of the standing. When stand, the valves should close or problems (suchVaricose asyou ulcers and blood clots). varicose veins can be a sign ntthe locations: Visit our two locations: Visit our two convenient locations: Connecticut at theg Welco that 687 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516 to ﬁnish Call 203-882-VEIN (8346) veins enlarge. The branching veins to the theto veins to enlarge. The branching veins to the an underlying condition, known as venous skin also become dilated, and these appear as orBoston 203-876-9720 to request an appointment. and notbecome let(such blood move backwards to Post Road, Suite Milford, CT06460 06460 Welco skin also become dilated, and these appear as feet. In849 problems as ulcers andthese blood clots). Physician Assistant Program that g skin also dilated, and appear as the 849 BostonCall Post Road, Suite 102, 102, Milford, CT 203-882-VEIN (8346) 2, Milford, CT 849 Boston Post 06460 Road, Suite 102, Milford, CT 06460 varicose veins. Varicose veins can be a sign of varicose veins. Varicose veinsbecome can be a sign of out. Over or 687 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516 some people, these valves worn 203-876-9720 to request appointment. 687 Campbell Avenue, WestanHaven, 06516of Medicine YaleCTSchool problems as ulcers and varicose veins.(such Varicose veins canblood aclots). sign of thating1 an underlying condition, known asbeCT venous Haven, 06516 687 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516 an underlying condition, known as venous We the blood backs up in veins, and pressure Call Welc antime, underlying condition, known as the venous Call203-882-VEIN 203-882-VEIN (8346) (8346) oror203-876-9720 to appointment. builds up. This increased pressure leads to the (8346) Call 203-882-VEIN (8346) 203-876-9720 torequest request an an appointment. problems (such as ulcers and and blood clots). problems (such as ulcers blood clots). tha that an or 203-876-9720 to request an appointment. heavy feeling and causes problems (such appointment. as you ulcersexperience, and blood clots). Visit our two convenient location the veins to enlarge. The branching veins to the
Bring the Beach Inside One of the best parts about Connecticut is our shoreline. Spending time at the beach gives us a relaxed, mellow feel, one that we don’t necessarily want to disappear when we get back home from our excursions. If you’re looking to tie the outside and inside together, there are quite a few things you can do to give your home that beachy, coastal vibe. It doesn’t take an interior design degree to get the atmosphere you’re looking for; you just need to know what you like. Light, soothing colors on the walls can give a home a bright, airy feel, and provide a good start on the road
take away from that relaxed, airy feel that is such a part of the “life at the beach” vibe. Light colored furniture works best, and pieces with the distressed look of aged teak can add to the coastal charm, as do pieces made from wicker or natural fibers such as banana leaf. It’s a good idea to stay away from the wall-to-wall carpeting for your beach-themed home; instead go with wood or tile floors with area rugs. For the rugs, keep them light in color, (think sand or sea grass) and opt for ones woven from natural fibers such as jute or even cotton. To get as much light as possible and keep an open feel to the home,
Some of the most popular pieces you’ll see these days are starfish, blue or green vases filled with dried reeds, lanterns with light-colored candles, and of course, seashells. to that coastal feel. Warm grays, gray-greens, and blue-gray colors can make a room feel breezy and open; pale pastel peach, yellow, and lavender are reminiscent sunsets; and of course the neutral off-whites, tans, and beiges bring the color of the sand itself into the home. Many people keep to this latter palette but add a bold but complimentary accent wall to keep things interesting. As for the trim, nothing beats bright white paint to accent the colors of the walls very nicely. For a coastal-themed room or home, choose furniture that is cozy but not too big. Large pieces of furniture can overpower a room and CONNECTICUT LIVING
window treatments should be light in color and not too heavy; dense fabrics will add weight to the room. Instead think of sheers blowing in the breeze. Another popular trend is using white plantation-type shutters on the inside of the windows or even sliding glass doors, giving that home a true relaxed and informal Caribbean vibe. Picking out or making accessories for your room or home can be the most fun; there are so many shops around Connecticut to browse so you can find just the right pieces. Keep the accessories simple, uncluttered, and related to the beach. Some of the most popular pieces you’ll see these days are starfish, blue or green vases 12
filled with dried reeds, lanterns with light-colored candles, and of course, seashells. For the DIYer who enjoys beachcombing, there are endless craft ideas for creating your own unique accessories. One favorite is taking a shadowbox, lining it with white or very light colored fabric, and gluing shells you have collected on the inside, layering smaller shells over larger ones in a pattern that is pleasing. The shadowbox frame can be distressed to look like it has lain on the beach with those shells for a while. When hung on the wall it can tie together nicely with any distressed furniture in the room.
Some other simple crafts that can bring a room together are putting a length of natural fiber rope in a clear glass vase, or coiling the same type of rope on a table or mantle, perhaps using it as a mat for a lamp or vase. You can fill a glass jar or vase with sea glass you’ve found, or even take that sea glass and glue it to a white board, then frame it and hang it on the wall. Whether you’re living in the woods or on the shore, want to decorate the whole house or just a room in a coastal theme, there are just so many ways you can bring the beach inside and never lose the relaxed feeling! —Shaileen Kelly Landsberg
Steve Perrone, a twenty-six year veteran of the Auxiliary and its Assistant District Staff Officer for Public Education, recognizes the inherent dangers of being on the water. “The Long Island Sound is home to all of us,” he says. “Recreational boating, while enjoyable, is a very dangerous
iving near the water can be fun and exciting. As a coastal community, water safety should be a priority for all residents. For those who
“Recreational boating, while enjoyable, is a very dangerous sport and one that is often not fully understood. Things can happen, and when they do, they can happen quickly.”
enjoy being literally on the water, whether as an avid boater, a beginner or an occasional passenger, knowledge of boating rules and restrictions is
sport and one that is often not fully understood. Things can happen, and when they do, they can happen quickly.” He has seen novices with the mindset, “Let’s buy a boat and go play.” Then there are the states, some nearby he notes, which require no training at all to operate a boat. For the Coast Guard Auxiliary, however,
especially important, at any age. In fact, in the State of Connecticut, participation in a boating safety course is required to legally operate a boat with a motor, or a sailboat 19 1⁄2 feet in length or longer, with a few exceptions. There are many classes available from the Coast Guard and private agencies. CONNECTICUT LIVING
knowledge of boating safety is so important that the organization began offering courses well before the State of Connecticut started its certification program some twelve years ago. About Boating Safety class satisfies Connecticut’s boating licensing requirements. The eight hour course, given on one Saturday, includes classroom training with videos, slides, and discussion on topics such as the different types and uses of recreational boats, safe boat operation, boating law, equipment, basic navigation, potential problems such as hypothermia, capsizing and other emergencies, and more. The class concludes with a written test. Greg Gordon, the Public Affairs Officer for the Flotilla, has seen children as young as 12 years old take the course and says family participation is encouraged. While not required for a boating license, Officer Gordon also recommends the Flotilla’s Charts, Navigation, and GPS class which explores paper and digital charts as well as GPS. “People tend to heavily rely on GPS today, but what happens if the GPS
goes down?” he explains. In his opinion, knowledge of traditional chart reading is an important skill for anyone who will be navigating the open sea. This course discusses the pros and cons of relying on electronic navigation devices as well as using various other navigational tools. Another recreational vessel
Outdoor Living growing in popularity is the Jet Ski® or Sea Doo®. Generically known as “Personal Watercraft,” they are fun to operate, less expensive than a boat and easier to transport and store. They are also subject to many of the same laws as motor boats and sail boats. In Connecticut, a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO) is necessary to operate these vessels and, if under the age of 16, onboard supervision of a person who is at least 18 years of age and in possession of a CPWO is required. Most About Boating Safety courses satisfy the Connecticut licensing requirements for both boats and Personal Watercraft. The increase of kayaks and
paddleboards on open waters creates the need for an additional level of boating safety. Operation Paddle Smart, designed to generate greater awareness between boaters and paddlers, to promote the importance of the proper use of a life jacket and to educate all on
Spectacular one of a kind property directly on one of Milford’s finest beaches. Exquisitely remodeled this home has it all. Meticulously landscaped. Waterfront patio, 2 car garage and plenty of off street parking. $1,599,000.
Direct Waterfront – Three houses for the price of one!! Waterfront 4 bedroom/2bath, cottage or guest house, and a 2 bedroom/2bath house on the street with beach access and views. Off street parking. $639,900.
Desirable Laurel Beach, direct waterfront home is a charming mix of old and new. Fantastic views from three floors of living space. Spacious sunroom. Large living room with fireplace. Dining room, EIK and powder room complete the first floor. $1,499,000.
the dangers of hypothermia, is another endeavor supported by the Flotilla. The program affixes to the vessel an orange, waterproof label which contains the owner’s contact information. As Officer Gordon explains, if an empty kayak or canoe is found on a body
JUST REDUCED – Duck Pond –This custom built home has wonderful views of the pond. In ground pool with fabulous stone patio and manicured landscaping makes this a picture perfect home. $649,900.
West Shore Realty, Inc The Beach is our Business
of water without identification, it is assumed someone has fallen out of the vessel and a search must be conducted. This is expensive and time consuming. In addition it can place the personnel searching at risk, especially if weather conditions are bad. With summer in full swing and the allure of the ocean right in our own backyard, we all bear the responsibility of following the rules of water safety. Put safety first and educate yourself on the rules of the waterways. And just because you may already have your safe boating certificate doesn’t mean you can’t take the course again. Reviewing and updating your prior knowledge can be a good thing! —Susan Glennon
Direct Waterfront home on beautiful sandy beach. Home with first floor with open floor plan, kitchen and bath. Lovely open wrap around porch. Upper level bedrooms with enclosed wrap around porch. Just in time to enjoy the summer. Views galore. 599,900.
Feel like you’re on vacation all year long. Waterfront home on sandy beach. Remodeled main level has open floor plan. 4 bedrooms, full bath and laundry on second level. Walk up third floor is waiting to be expanded. Off street parking. $549,000.
844 East Broadway, Milford
Butterflies are Free A sure sign of summer is the first glimpse of fluttering in your garden. Butterflies fascinate us with their dazzling colors and delicate wings. The metamorphosis from caterpillar to winged wonder is a curious transformation, and indicative of warm summer days. The butterfly has been winging its way around our planet for tens of millions of years. Currently, there are between 15,000 and 20,000 species riding the winds across the globe. Man’s fascination continues to grow and many gardeners plant in earnest of attracting these remarkable creatures. Providing an attractive habitat for butterflies will encourage visits to your garden. What do they need? The Beardsley Zoo is a tremendous resource and has a butterfly garden next to their Victorian era greenhouse. Butterflies like sunny places, protected from the wind. They enjoy drinking from a damp, muddy spot or very CONNECTICUT LIVING
shallow pool. In order to keep warm, butterflies like to bask in the sun, preferably on a large, flat stone you can set out for them. And of course, butterflies love flowers! Flowers provide the insects with nectar, their main source of nourishment. When it comes to flower preferences, butterflies seem most attracted to purple, yellow and orange colored flowers and the more flowers, the better. Providing a nectar source (flowers) will certainly attract attention. Nectar was long thought back in ancient civilizations to have fallen directly from heaven; the wine of the gods. Butterflies sip the nectar to nourish themselves. Their eggs are laid under the leaves of their favorite host plant. Their young develop, chomping on the plant to develop and grow up to become such extraordinary jewels of the winds. There are quite a variety of flowers that will attract butterflies. Maria Macri, 16
owner of Rivercrest Farm in Milford grows countless varieties of flowers and has some hints for gardeners. “Everyone should plant asceplias (butterfly weed) in their yards, to support the Monarch butterflies who are having a hard time due to habitat loss. And don’t use any pesticides, as it defeats the purpose of attracting butterflies to your yard with flowers if you then poison them. Perennials they like include asters, monarda, butterfly bush (of course), coreopsis, dianthus, lavender, mints,
coneflower, salvia, shasta daisies, and yarrow. Good annuals include alyssum, marigolds, nasturtiums, snapdragons, and zinnias.” Your edible garden will encourage visits as well. “Parsley and dill attract black swallowtails who will lay their eggs and you will be feeding their nice stripey caterpillars. Plant enough so that you don’t mind sharing with them.” said Maria “Cabbages, broccoli, and kale attract white cabbage butterflies, who are an invasive species from Europe, and their little green caterpillars are very destructive. Don’t feel bad about squishing them.” Another idea is to install a butterfly house. Similar to a bird house, it has thin slits which allow butterflies in and keeps the birds out. You can buy them online or build one yourself. Aside from their charm they offer a refuge from the wind and encourage your fluttery friends to stay awhile. Creating a butterfly habitat is a terrific way to encourage the growth of their species. It is also a great way to introduce children to nature. The fleeting warmth of summer mimics the life of the butterfly. Enjoy it while it’s here, relax in your garden and take in all the colors nature provides.— Susan Carroll-Dwyer
FLOWERS THAT ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES ANNUALS
Alyssum Cosmos Verbena Zinnia
Aster Butterfly Weed Black-eyed Susan Coreopsis Joe Pye weed Bee balm Phlox Sedum Yarrow Globe thistle Mint Liatris
Lobularia maritima Cosmos bipinnatus Verbena tenuisecta Zinnia elegans Aster sp Asclepias tuberosa Rudbeckia fulgida Coreopsis lanceolata Eupatorium purpureum Monarda didyma Phlox pannuculata Sedum spectabile Achillea filipendulina Echinop exaltatus Mentha sp. Liatrus sp.
FAMily owNed ANd operATed For 50 yeArS
Carpet • Tile • linoleum • Hardwood • laminates
we BeAT oTHer priCeS!
24 hour turnaround for carpet installation! in stocK only
ViSiT oUr SHowrooM!
CleANiNg ANd repAirS
• Drop off your area rugs • Custom area rugs made • Ask for details
Call today for a Free eSTiMATe
CoMMerCiAl & reSideNTiAl
Next Day Delivery!
495 New Haven Ave - Milford, Ct 06460
HigH QUAliTy - low priCeS!
Sue Jaser Owner
Fully insured member of The Milford Chamber of Commerce
www.joescarpetmilford.com Hours M-F 9-6 SAT 10-5 17
Save Water And Stay Green
n many places in the United States, water is scarcer than just about any other commodity. We use water every day for showering, cleaning, laundry, cooking and a host of other activities. It’s really unthinkable to stop using water, but we can be smarter about the way we use it. Here are some ways you can keep green and save water. Stop Leaks
Opt for the Natural
Leaks are one of the common problems in your home water system. You can generate a significant amount of water loss with just a small leak, but they are really easy to fix. Toilets can leak from the tank into the bowl, and these faulty parts should be replaced as soon as possible. Most parts can be found at your local hardware store and require little work or additional tools. Simple fixes for small leaks can save both water and money.
Keeping a green lawn is a sign of success for many. You can save a lot of water each summer, particularly in arid regions, by letting your lawn simply brown out each summer. You can also work to re-landscape your yard with drought-resistant
Go Low-Flow With the recent move to sustainability, there are now low-flow devices for just about everything in your home. Shower heads are often the biggest culprits. You can drastically reduce the amount of water in your shower, but there are also low-flow devices for kitchen and bathroom sinks. If you are installing a new toilet, look into a low-flow model as well. Of course, taking shorter showers is also a great way to save water. A five-minute shower is usually enough for most people each day. A timer on the shower, or just a kitchen timer in the bathroom, can make you more aware of how much time you spend in the shower. CONNECTICUT LIVING
plants that will still be attractive with much less water use. If you haven’t heard of xeriscaping, the use of water-conserving techniques in arid lands, then it might be time to start doing some research. If you can’t go that far, then be sure to water your lawn in the morning
and evening, which prevents evaporation. Watering in short bursts, 10-15 minutes, will give all of the water time to soak in, so you won’t be watching your water flow down into the street.
Harvest Your Rainwater Rainwater catchment systems are becoming more and more popular. Instead of rainwater rolling into the public sewer system, you can store it in large barrels for future use. Then, as the season dries out, you can use this harvested water for your lawn, yard, or garden, saving you money and reusing a resource that would have otherwise gone to waste. —Sam Erickson
To The Farmer’s Market For some people, summer would not be summer without fresh produce to munch on. You can find seasonal produce at most grocery stores, but if you want to eat local, support area farmers and keep Mother Earth happy, shopping at the farmer’s market is the best way to go. Here are some tips to ensure you make the most of your experience. ➻ DO SOME RESEARCH Find out what grows in your area at what time and know what to expect at the market. You’ll find asparagus in the spring, sweet corn in the summer and pumpkins in the fall. Whatever you find will be the freshest and tastiest available, brought to you directly from the field. The produce will be left in the fields until fully ripened and then brought to market. While you’re at the market, ask around and find out what’s coming. That way, you can start planning meals ahead. ➻ MAKE A LIST Think about what you plan to cook for the week and make a list of the produce you need. This will help you stay focused while shopping and ensure you get what you came for. It will also ensure little of what you bring home goes to waste.
➻ GO AT THE RIGHT TIME For the best selection, go to the farmer’s market early. There will be more to choose from first thing in the morning. For the best deals, go late in the day. Vendors may not want to carry home what is left and may drop prices for a quick sale.
Your Full Service landScape & irrigation companY • Weekly Maintenance • Mulching • Plantings • Shrub Pruning • Landscape Design
• Irrigation Service • Irrigation Installations • Paver Patios • Bluestone Walks & Patios • Landscape Lighting
➻ COME PREPARED Bring cash and a sturdy bag. Some vendors will not accept credit cards and may not have a much change on hand. Paying with small bills and change will make for a lot less hassle. Some vendors will not bag produce either. They will leave that to you, and you will want to have a sturdy bag that can withstand the weight of everything you bring home. Backpacks are ideal, as are carts that you can wheel around and place bags of produce into.
Door and Operator Company
➻ SHOP LIKE A PRO Walk through the market once before you make any purchases. This will allow you to see what is available and where the best goods are. It will also give you the chance to add items you want to try to your list. Inspect produce carefully and choose the best. Don’t be fooled by deals. There is no point in bringing home a bunch of overripe zucchini unless you plan to turn them into bread or muffins right away. Farmer’s markets have a lot to offer, from fresh produce and flowers to homemade foods and crafts. Enjoy, but plan ahead for your trip to ensure you get the most for your meals. —Tresa Erickson 19
f you think you’ve heard clucking off in the distance there is no need to have your ears checked. Chickens are making a comeback and small coops have begun to crop up in backyards around Connecticut. The increased desire to serve fresh eggs and chickens have fueled the popularity of small family flocks. In the early 1900’s the average household kept a small flock of hens to produce eggs and poultry for families. Prior to World War I, small household coops were common. Large scale egg production didn’t yet exist but as the war progressed, demand for eggs to feed the troops increased. The invention of the incubator allowed huge poultry farms to develop and the backyard flock CONNECTICUT LIVING
flew by the wayside as larger farms flooded markets with poultry products. Chickens are surprisingly easy to care for and inexpensive to maintain. Fresh eggs taste far better than those from a store and contain more nutrients. Chickens that spend time free ranging provide yards with chemical free bug control, plus they prefer to eat the weeds rather than the 20
grass. Chicken manure is thought to be one of the best fertilizers for gardens; great nutrients for vegetables and flowers. Most breeds are friendly and have a great deal of personality. If you have a small flock (under 20 birds) roosters are not allowed in most towns. They crow at sunrise and create a nuisance. It is best to order chicks from
a hatchery. They offer a great variety of breeds and you can order hens specifically. You can order them online and your chicks will be delivered to your doorstep in a box with detailed instructions on their care. Chicks must be kept warm in a brooder, which can be as simple as a cardboard box or small animal cage. Pine shavings can be used for litter and a 100 watt lightbulb in the corner is usually sufficient to keep
Once your chicks are feathered it’s time to place them in the coop. The rule of thumb is to have 2 to 3 square feet per chicken inside the coop and 4 to 5 square feet per chicken in an outside run. them between 90 and 100 degrees. The temperature decreases 5 degrees per week until they are feathered (around 5-8 weeks depending on the breed.) Handling chicks regularly helps to socialize them. Once your chicks are feathered it’s time to place them in the coop. The rule of thumb is to have 2 to 3 square feet per
chicken inside the coop and 4 to 5 square feet per chicken in an outside run. Runs should be enclosed with wire fencing to ward off predators. Coops can be purchased or easily built from plans available online. Start out with 2 or 3 hens. Too many in a small space is no good either; they can have
vicious rivalries, pulling feathers out of whichever chicken is the weakest. The words “hen-pecked” and “pecking order” don’t come out of nowhere. Raising chickens is cost effective; chicken feed is truly inexpensive. They love eating treats of vegetables that may be a little too wilted for you to
eat. The variety of breeds and interesting personalities make them a unique animal to keep and is an enjoyable pastime. Feeding the chickens and collecting eggs everyday can be rewarding and fun for the entire family. Check with your town to find out any ordinances regarding raising poultry. —Susan Carroll-Dwyer
GroominG • Daycare BoarDinG • aDoptions traininG 32 Higgins Drive, Milford, CT
Mon-Fri 7am-7pm Sat-Sun 8am-5pm Just off exit 40 on I95 Find us on
Cruise to the Islands
ust beyond the Quinnipiac River Bridge, in the town of Branford reside a cluster of islands known as the Thimbles. Actually an archipelago, they dot the sound in and around Stony Creek Harbor. The islands are geologically unique. Consisting of pink granite, they are far more stable than say Charles Island. They were formed during the last ice age, and have been a favorite of humans and wildlife ever since.
It is said they were named after the native thimbleberry – though no confirmation can be found for that claim. They were discovered by Adrian Block in 1614 and were soon a favorite of seafaring folk. The shelter they provide is prized and the deep water offers a haven for larger vessels. Much like Charles Island, and every other island in the Sound, it is rumored that Captain William Kidd buried his treasure there. Sadly during the Revolutionary War most of the trees were cut so the British would not be able to lay in wait for colonials running supplies up and down the coast. There are hundreds of islands, some inhabited, some not. Only six or so islands have power cables running from shore. The rest of the domiciles rely on generators or solar power to run their electricity. You don’t need your own vessel to explore these extraordinary lands, there are two charter services that can tour you through. They are entertaining, educational, and relaxing. The Volsunga IV is piloted by Captain Bob. “I’ve been working the Volsunga since 1984.” Says Captain Bob. “I grew up in town, and as a kid we were always playing on boats. I fell in love with the water. When I got my captain’s license, the business was up for sale and I jumped at the opportunity to work on the water. Volsunga is a word from Nordic Mythology loosely translated it means song of the north.” “It’s a truly unique occupation and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I enjoy being outside in the elements.” Captain Bob comments. “I like to keep it fun and interesting.
It’s always a treat to watch people’s reactions to the area. We give a live narrated tour. Pretty much all local knowledge and I like to include history and the old time stories.” The Volsunga IV is a forty foot vessel and it holds 48 passengers and is generally busy all season. The tour lasts forty five minutes. Check out their website at www. thimbleislands.com for tour schedules. They also offer private charters at night for 30 people. The second charter service that tours the islands is the Seamist. Captain Mike has been showing off the Thimbles since 1978. The Sea Mist is a forty four foot boat that
Said Captain Mike “In early March and April we offer seal tours. The islands are a natural stop for seals during their migration along the coast. During the tours we always find seals.” They also offer a water taxi service that services the seasonal island residents. The Volsunga VI and the Sea Mist both offer an amazing tour of the islands. A fantastic way to enjoy a cruise close to home. —Susan Carroll-Dwyer
can hold 48 passengers. “We offer tours May through October. The tours last around 45 minutes and
we offer libations at the Sea Bar on board. Private charters are available and, it’s a great venue for a party.”
For more information on Thimble cruises check out their websites: www.thimbleislandcruise.com www.thimbleislands.com
Your trusted partner for intelligent property development
At Lockwood & MeAd our coMMitMent is to
provide the finest reAL estAte services AvAiLAbLe
we provide our cLients with quALity representAtion And proven resuLts with expertise in the foLLowing AreAs: Commercial Property Investment Commercial Property Scout Development Consultation Global Property Sales & Management Property Transaction Support
Real Estate Fund Investment & Management Redevelopment Residential Property Investment Retail Development
6 west putnAM Avenue, greenwich ct 06830
Best kept secret in Milford ...
Pur l cha a i c e Our new room with the view $20 !se a Gi p S or m ft Ce ird B a y f l Booking forpm business meetings, special events,(rDee Poorpe and rrteificate of 6 Ear pnow cie ece mbe â€™s T3 mbridal, Shir ve r 1s 5 showers, private parties, post funeral t 9 t 31s t) $10.
receptions, anniversary and more .
where frienDs Meet...anD frienDs are MaDe early BirD sPecials free $11.95 - 3-6 PM
With Soup or Salad, Drink & Dessert See store for details BREAKFAST ALL DAY, LUNCH & DINNER
va ing A
203-876-1210 134 Old Gate Lane Milford, Connecticut www.popsfamilyrestaurant.com
Free Deli Breakfast all Day! very lunch & Dinner
free PhOne OrDers caterinG DeliVery take Out - eat in (inquire within)
134 OlD Gate lane
Do it Yourself DIY PROJECT
Water Gardens Water gardens may seem like the latest craze, but ancient texts describe pools surrounded by fruit trees and decorative plants as far back as 3,000 B.C., Egyptians, Persians, Moors, Romans, Japanese, and Chinese cultures all valued water gardens as places of renewal and refreshment in which to socialize and relieve stress. Originally, only kings could enjoy such luxury, but today anyone can create a private paradise with their own water garden. Water gardens can be created to
any size, shape, and budget. A yard is not even necessary. All you need is a small porch or living room table to create a lush getaway with a bubbling bowl or other water-like object. A little work and you’ll have your own instant oasis in the comfort of your home.If you have a yard, the water garden is only bound by your imagination. Flowers and herbs in conjunction with water gardens attract wildlife—hummingbirds, dragonflies, and birds— which will be beneficial for your floral arrangements. Do a little research online, get some ideas, and see what will work for you.
Nearly anything that can hold water can become a personal sanctuary. Pond forms are available for those with the outdoor space, and pond liners can create expansive features with koi fish and aquatic plants. Any further accessories like pumps and supplies can be found at local garden shops.
Each water garden can be as different as its maker. Each one created with thought, care, and imagination. Transforming your yard, or tabletop into a tranquil space takes a little work and money, but the payoff is peaceful and priceless. — Ginger Knudsen
23 River Street Milford, CT Visit our sister store at Mohegan Sun The clothing featured is Clara Sunwoo Made in the United States HoURS:
open 11am - 5pm
Mastering the Backyard Clam Bake
A step-by-step guide to earning a black belt in BBQ
here are summertime milestones that each of us must pass before we can fully partake in the joys of summer. Rights of passage if you will. In the old days if a child wanted a toasted marshmallow, he or she scrounged the adjacent area for a proper toasting stick (obviously this was before the days of specialty grocery stores selling perfectly symmetrical, hand-whittled beech wood artisanal marshmallow toasting skewers). Finding a good stick on the ground was a simple job fit for a child and if you passed this stage you were on your way to toasting your own marshmallow. Once you could toast a marshmallow without igniting it, blackening it, or dropping it into the hot coals, you moved up in the stages of mastering summer: swimming, sandcastle building, firefly catching, Frisbee throwing, whiffle ball playing, flotation inflating, cannonballing, diving, fishing, and near the top rung, fireworks and demolitions experimentation. If by chance you made it through this stage with all your digits more or less intact, then you were truly ready for the next big step: barbecue grilling. You start off slow, learning how to make a fire and keep the coals CONNECTICUT LIVING
Steven Seagals. Itâ€™s a harsh reality but even Johnny the leg-sweeping Cobra Kai bully from The Karate Kid knows you cannot achieve your black belt in summer mastery until you roast a whole pig and pull off a clambake.
burning. Once proficient, you throw on a hot dog. When the wiener stage is achieved, youâ€™re ready for the meat test. Sadly, cooking a good hamburger or steak on a grill is a stage many people simply never master. Their path toward summer dominance dies at this level. They stall out, left only with the shameful remains of a brown belt and a poorly cooked hamburger. But the truly bold move onward and upward, cooking steaks, grilling chicken, and smoking ribs. But to be truly great you must conquer the two remaining stages, those that separate the Bruce Lees from the 26
I achieved my Roasted Pig Black Belt a few years ago, but only recently pulled off the five-finger death punch of all barbecuing when I kicked up a perfect clambake in a
Weber Kettle. I am now a master of summer and you can be too if you follow my instructions. Trust me, once you have cooked this feast and impressed your friends, neighbors, and family members you can sit in a lotus position with the smile of enlightenment, confidant that you are a true master of the grill, a true master of the clambake, and a true master of summertime. No one will dare challenge you, lest they want a flying tiger roundhouse kick to the grill. And the next time they come to your house, before the first sip of Pinot Grigio, before the first cheese and cracker canape, do not forget to remind them, to bow before their master.
STEP-BY-STEP A classic New England clambake sounds great in theory; you go to the beach, dig a hole and cook your stuff. Simple…or maybe not. First, you have to lug all the ingredients to the beach. That’s a lot of work, and unless you own beachfront property, it can be difficult to find a location for your clambake. Many places don’t allow fires on the beach. Worse yet, if they do allow fires, you have to get permits and fill out paperwork. If you’re like me, the idea of attaining and filling out permits just to chomp on a lobster is about as un-American as it gets. (It’s a well-known fact that black belt summer masters do not do paperwork. Nothing throws off a Kung Fu cooking master’s chi more than waiting in line to beg a clerk to pretty please let me dig a hole in the sand. Summer masters do not grovel). So if you still want to have a clambake but your sensei has specifically forbidden you from filling out paperwork, the solution is to cook all those classic New England clam bake ingredients inside the old summer workhorse known as the Weber Kettle barbeque grill. Just like a blue blazer and good pocketknife, no one should be without a Weber. You can have the fanciest stainless steel, rotisserie, griddle, waffle-making gas grill in town, but you’re nothing but a yellow-belt unless you have a Weber somewhere in the back of your garage. So you’ve got your Weber or another deep charcoal grill with a lid. Perfect. Here then is your step-by-step guide to mastering 27
GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS You will need: 1 - 20 lb. bag of Kingsford original charcoal briquettes 1 - 20 lb. bag of lump charcoal (I use Cowboy Hardwood brand) 1 - 40 lb. bag of polished beach pebbles (I got mine at Home Depot) 10 lbs. or more of seaweed* 4 – 1 lb. lobsters or two 2 lb. lobsters 1 dozen little neck clams 1 dozen blue mussels
Crab legs Chorizo or other smoked sausage 4 lemons, quartered Shucked corn 1 large onion cut into eighths 1 dozen new potatoes 1 dozen peeled garlic cloves Herbs: rosemary, thyme, sage Butter Nut crackers for lobster claws Salt, pepper, Old Bay seasoning 3 eggs
*Note: This is very important. You cannot recreate a proper clambake without briny, sea-smelling, wet seaweed. You can get it from any good fish market, but call ahead and make sure they have it. If not they can order you some. If none is available or it is out of season, you can rehydrate dried seaweed you can order online (try www.vitaminseaseaweed.com).
the backyard clam bake. Once you have gathered up the substantial list of ingredients it’s time to get to work. It will take you a few hours to do this correctly so plan accordingly.
(I use a charcoal chimney to start my fires, but lighter fluid is a fun, eyebrow-singing option). Once the coals are white hot it’s time for the next step. Pour the bag of rocks on top of the coals and spread them out with a shovel until they are evenly distributed and cover the charcoal. During this step if you have a charcoal chimney you can fill it with more charcoal briquettes and light it off to the side. Wait until the STEP 2: ADD PEBBLES.
STEP 1: LIGHT THE GRILL. Take
out the grate of the BBQ and put it aside, it will not be needed. Make sure the air vents on the underside of the kettle are halfway open. Spread out enough charcoal briquettes to cover the entire bottom of the grill and light it up.
rocks begin to heat up. Some may fracture slightly, so don’t lean in too much.
STEP 6: ADD THE SEAWEED.
Once the charcoal is all white and burning down it’s time to add the seaweed. Place a healthy amount of seaweed over the lump charcoal until it’s completely covered. You want the layer to be a good 4-5 inches deep. It is at this stage where the beach comes directly into your backyard: the briny smell emanating off the seaweed is so amazing you could be on a ranch in Kansas and swear you’re on the beach in Cape Cod.
STEP 3: ADD MORE
After the rocks are heated, cover them with a new layer of charcoal briquettes (those ones you’ve had on the side). Wait until this charcoal is burning thoroughly. BRIQUETTES.
STEP 4: ADD A LAYER OF LUMP CHARCOAL. This
might seem redundant, but the idea is to get the rocks super-hot, at least 400 degrees. The lump charcoal burns hotter and faster and will ensure the rocks are hot enough after the seaweed is added.
STEP 7: LAYER YOUR FOOD.
coming. So make sure to soak it for 10 minutes in a bucket if it has started to dry out.
STEP 5: WET YOUR SEAWEED.
You’re going to want to have very moist seaweed to keep the steam
Put your corn, potatoes, and sausage onto the seaweed. Onto that, add the mussels, clams, crab legs, and lobsters. Toss the garlic,
nOW Open TO THe pUBLiC “We are aLL aBOUT FLOOring & SUppLieS”
We Deliver Local & Out-of-State From Bamboo to Mahogany - We Have it aLL!
BeST priCe gUaranTeeD!
CaLL TODaY 203.878.7085 WWW.MaDiSOnHarDWOODFLOOrSCT.COM
HOUrS: MOnDaY-FriDaY 6:30aM-6pM SaTUrDaY 6:30aM-2pM
i-95 eXiT 40 We DO 230 WOODMOnT rOaD, MiLFOrD CT 06460 OFF aCrOSS FrOM piLOT Large SCaLe COMMerCiaL WOrK! FaX: 203.713.8533
onion, herbs, and a few lemon wedges onto the pile and sprinkle with some salt, pepper, and Old Bay seasoning. STEP 8: COVER YOUR FOOD WITH ANOTHER MOUND OF
Cover all the food thoroughly to ensure a good even steaming. Once covered with seaweed, place your eggs on top of the seaweed. These are quite literally, your egg timers. When all of the eggs are hard boiled, your food will be ready to eat. Put the lid on the BBQ and open the vents a crack to let some steam to escape.
If it’s fully cooked you can start to peel off the seaweed to check on your lobsters, clams, and mussels. If your mussels and clams are open and your lobsters are bright red, your food is done.
STEP 9: CHECK YOUR TIME.
After 45 minutes check one egg.
Use long tongs, peel away the top layer of seaweed, and put it aside. Use your tongs to put all of your food on plates. STEP 10: PLATE IT UP.
STEP 11: BUTTER, CRACK, AND CHOW. Melt
some butter, crack some claws, and dig in to your authentic-tasting (and smelling) New England Clam bake. —Gerry McGuire
“IF yOU Need IT qUICK CALL RiCk”
1050 Bridgeport Ave., Milford
CT Lic # P1-204379 Fax: 203-877-0818
1050 Bridgeport Ave., Milford
P1-204379 • S1-385776 • F1-40226 ST1-400482 • HIC-0611483 • Fax: 203-877-0818
On The Move? Are you getting the itch to move? Are you tired of caring for a home you no longer need? Do you wish you could live with people your own age? Now that you’re getting older, an independent senior community might be for you. But before you put the house up for sale, make sure you are ready to make the move. Senior communities are great for those looking for a smaller, easier, more convenient place to live with neighbors their own age. The trick, however, is to find a place that will work for you today and tomorrow. Make sure you
select a community that will allow for the care you might need in the future, whether that be a home health aide coming in once or twice a week or nurses around the clock. Continuing care communities, for example, often have assisted living and nursing home facilities on site in addition to independent living facilities.
bus route nearby or within walking distance of many businesses? For example, if you plan to be active but no longer drive, you will want a community near businesses with access to public transportation.
➻ LOCATION IS IMPORTANT. Is the community in the heart of a downtown or at the edge of town? Is there a
Join us and
➻ NEIGHBORS MATTER. You could be spending a lot of time with the people residing at the community, so pay attention to the population when looking. Meet some of the residents and arrange to spend some
LIVE THE DEL WEBB LIFESTYLE
Open Daily: 10—5
Location: 642 CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE, OXFORD, CT
Come visit us, tour our three professionally furnished model homes, our 14,000+ square foot Ridge Club Clubhouse and enjoy the spectacular views. See why folks like yourself are making Fairview their new home. It’s not just a place to live, it’s a way to live!
time with them one on one. Check out the communal areas and attend a few public functions. Most importantly, Make sure the culture works for you. ➻ ACTIVITIES MATTER. While you might prefer to be alone, occasionally you might want to get out and do something with others. Check the activity calendar at the community facility and see how active it is. Are there bridge tournaments or game nights? Are there classes and workshops for those who are interested? Are there bus trips for
shopping, movies, concerts and other events? ➻ MEALS MATTER. Will you be responsible for making your own entrees, or is there a main dining room? What is the menu like? Are there items that you like? Is the food served healthy? For many, cost is the ultimate factor. Depending upon your income, you may qualify for governmentsubsidized low-income senior housing. Your rent will be based on your income, if you don’t qualify, shop around. Get a list of the rates and find out what these include, for
example, trash, water, utilities and cable. Understand that these rates will likely increase over time, along with your personal expenses. You may need nursing care in the future and may want to plan for that possibility. Learn as much as you can about
the communities of interest. Arrange for a tour and a meal if there is a dining room to try things out. Drop by at different times of the day. Get a feel for the place before you sign on the dotted line, so you can make the most of your golden years in comfort. —Tresa Erickson
ROOFINGSIDING • SIDING • WINDOWS ROOFING WINDOWS DECKS• DECKS SOLAR• GUTTERS INSULATION DECKS
Standing Standing behind Standing behind behind every every job every job job since since 1992. 1992.since 1992. www.berkeleyexteriors.com/living www.berkeleyexteriors.com/living 121 Bridgeport Ave,06460 Milford, CT 06460 6 month no payments 121 Bridgeport Ave, Milford, CT 203.877.4373 or email@example.com no interest financing or firstname.lastname@example.org 203.877.4373 203.877.4373 BE ML Ad Summer 2012.indd 1
BE ML Ad Summer 2012.indd 1
6/8/12 5:58 PM
Avoiding Weekend Warrior Wounds
hatever the motivation, some people overexhert themselves with physical and sports related activity and end up injured. These people are sometimes referred to as Weekend Warriors. These folks spend the week working and try to squeeze in a lot of physical activity during the two days of the weekend. By doing this many people sustain injuries such as strains, sprains, and sometimes even fractures. So if you are a weekend warrior, what can you do to stay healthy? As with any physical activity, make sure you are healthy enough for the activity. This means seeing your doctor for a check up and approval. Let’s assume you have
done that and have being engaged in these physical activities for a while. The first thing to consider concerning your activity during the week is whether your job is
sedentary with little physical activity? If so, your body is not accustom to being suddenly thrust into a softball game or running a 5k and that is when injuries can occur. The best way to avoid injury due to weekday inactivity is to get active during the week. Hit the gym, go for a run, take a walk, or do some stretching. You need to put your body on a regular routine and make sure it is ready for the weekend’s physical activities. Warming up is another way to avoid injury and should be done before any physical activity. This means stretching and slow aerobic activity. A few minutes on the treadmill or around the track, can get your body warmed up. When stretching, hold your stretch for 30 seconds and do not bounce. This may be the way you were taught in gym class, but it can cause injury. Cooling down is also important. After your activity is done, take a walk or slow jog and stretch again. Do not increase your activity too fast. Do not go from running one mile to five miles the next weekend. Consider increasing your activity and intensity slowly every four weeks. Get enough rest, especially if you are over 30. Try to get eight hours of
sleep each night during the week and on the weekends. This will allow your joints and muscles to recover. Make sure you are exercising your whole body. You would be amazed how most physical activity requires the use of your whole body, not just your legs or upper body. Make sure the whole package is ready for the activity. Use the proper equipment and get the proper training. Make sure you have the correct shoes, protective gear or whatever is needed for your activity. Make sure you have been trained to do it correctly, by someone who knows. Using the wrong form or equipment can cause an injury very quickly. Stay hydrated, before, during and after the activity. Make sure your diet is well balanced and consider taking a multi vitamin. Most of all, listen to your body. It will be very clear in telling you if it is injured or if it has had enough. Set goals and limits. Being physically active on the weekends is a healthy way to spend your time. Just make sure that you use common sense, consider these suggestions, and enjoy the time you are taking to be well and fit. —Craig W. Armstrong
~Not ~Not Just Just Kitchens~ Kitchens~
· Full kitchen remodeling - refacing or new cabinets ·· Full - refacing or new cabinets Free kitchen in-homeremodeling consultation ·· Free in-home consultation Hundreds of styles and colors to choose from · Hundreds of styles and colors to choose from
· Full service remodeling and design for every room ·· Full service remodeling and design for every room Complete bathroom remodeling ·· Complete bathroom remodeling LED Lighting • Natural stone & granite countertops · LED Lighting • Natural stone & granite countertops
Your Your Dream Dream Remodel Remodel Begins Begins Here! Here! Celebrating Celebrating 25 Years! 25 Years!
Refacing Refacing saves saves 50% 50% over over buying buying new new cabinets cabinets
Dreaming of creating the perfect space for your home? Make your dreams Dreaming of creating the perfect space for your home? Make your dreams a reality with Northeast Dream Kitchens, but don’t let the name fool you... a reality with Northeast Dream Kitchens, but don’t let the name fool you... our job is to create the perfect space in any room within your budget. Depend our job is to create the perfect space in any room within your budget. Depend on our team of experts to handle all of your remodeling plans. From full on our team of experts to handle all of your remodeling plans. From full service remodels to custom cabinet re-facing, no job is too big or too small for service remodels to custom cabinet re-facing, no job is too big or too small for Northeast Northeast Dream Dream Kitchens. Kitchens. Our Our professional professional staff staff strives strives for for perfection perfection when when it it comes comes to to remodeling remodeling your your kitchen, kitchen, bath, bath, or or other other living living space space in in your your home. home. Please explore our website and learn more on how we can help you. Please explore our website and learn more on how we can help you.
Shop-at-home Shop-at-home Estimate Estimate
ACCREDITED BUSINESS ACCREDITED BUSINESS
500 OFF $1000 OFF
$ Family owned and operated for over 25 years Fully licensed & insured
295 Treadwell St. · Hamden · 203-407-1571 www.yourdreamkitchen.com 00952.04.16 New Haven Co. Market, CT
any purchase of $5000 or more Northeast Kitchens
of $10000 or more Northeast Kitchens
Hamden • 203-407-1571
Hamden • 203-407-1571
With this coupon. Can only be presented at time of contract. Not valid with other offers Expires 6-24-16. 8-24-16. or prior purchases. Expires
With this coupon. Can only be presented at time of contract. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. Expires Expires 6-24-16. 8-24-16.
Big Savings on jewelry, home goods, clothing and more @ LocalFlavor.com/Outlet
GET YOUR GAME ON Shuffleboard Tables
Pool Tables & Game Room Furniture
Indoor & Outdoor Ping Pong Tables
363 Boston Post Road, Orange 203-799-2329 PorchandPatio.com
TAKE THE FUN INDOORS
Indoor Wicker Furniture
Vented & Vent-Free Gas Logs
Enclosures, Screens & Tools
Connecticut Living Home Edition 2016