Out on the Town

Polo photo: BobLubash

The local forecast calls for sunny days ahead. Now, what to do? Take advantage of the warm season and head outdoors to explore your favorite town: Greenwich. Cristin Marandino, editor of Greenwich Magazine, offers five picks, appealing to a variety of interests, that every newcomer should know to feel like an insider.

Bruce Museum
With more than a dozen rotating exhibitions throughout the year, the Bruce Museum is a world-class art institution right here in Fairfield County. Past exhibitions have included the first retrospective in more than twenty years of Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley’s work; Contemporary artist Chuck Close; and Danish sculptor Bjorn Okholm Skaarup. Permanent galleries feature the natural sciences. 1 Museum Drive; 203-869-0376; brucemuseum.org

Capitol Theatre
Roc-n-roll is alive and well at the Capitol Theatre just over the Greenwich border in Port Chester. Over the years, the storied venue has showcased everyone from the Grateful Dead to Janis Joplin. On the schedule for this summer are the legendary Bob Dylan (June 13-15) and Pixies (Sept. 24). Hit the Rye House for a Happy Hour of truly great deals before the show or meet up at Garcia’s in the lobby. If you want to make the night an exclusive affair, book a Presidential booth, which holds up to six people and comes with its own private cocktail waitress.  149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, 914-937-4126; thecapitoltheatre. com

Bowman Observatory
You don’t have to schlep to the Hayden Planetarium to get a good look at the summer sky. The Bowman Observatory’s state-of-the-art Carbon Fiber sixteen-inch- diameter Ritchey-Chretien telescope takes stargazing to new heights. Operated by members of the Astronomical Society of Greenwich, the observatory is open to the public free of charge on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Summer hours are 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (clear nights only), and for special celestial events. 180 East Elm St. (on the grounds of the Julian Curtis School), greenwichstars@gmail.com

Photo by: Venera Alexandrova

Greenwich Avenue
While every town has a downtown dotted with shops and restaurants, Greenwich Avenue is a centralized hub of iconicglobal brands like Hermes, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Baccarat and  Tesla. It is also home to local businesses that have been catering to the luxe market for decades—some even more than a century—including jewelers Betteridge and Manfredi, fashion retailer Richards and florist McArdle’s. Choose from a casual bite at a number of eateries, including Méli Mélo and Chipotle, or go more upscale and hit East End or Bistro V. Don’t want to spend any money? At a little over a half-mile long, the Avenue is a perfect stroll for  people-watching and window-shopping.

Greenwich Polo
One of Greenwich’s greatest hidden gems is  Greenwich Polo Club—ranked among the most elite polo venues in the world. Every Sunday in June and select Sundays in July, August and September, visitors are invited to this back-country enclave to watch the majestic game while enjoying an afternoon with friends and family. Bring a picnic lunch (don’t forget the champagne) or visit one of the gourmet food trucks and full bar on the grounds. Dress is casual chic and while hats are not required, they are certainly encouraged. Season passes and match tickets, starting at $40 per car, are available online at greenwichpoloclub.com or pay per car at the gate, $60. (Photo by Bob Lubash.)

For more inside scoop, check our comprehensive Newcomer’s Guide in the June issue.

On The Hunt

The big-eared furry guy is about to hop into town. So grab a basket, a few carrots and head on over to these local hunts this weekend.

For the Whole Family
Greenwich Newcomers Club
Saturday April 8; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tod’s Point, Clambake Area
Family ticket: $20
In addition to the hunt, you’ll find a bouncy house, magician, photos with the big guy himself, refreshments, prizes and more.

Presbyterian Church of Old Greenwich
Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
38 West End Avenue, Old Greenwich
Crafts, face painting and, of course, the hunt!

The Banksville Community House
Saturday April 8, bunny arrives by firetruck just after 1 p.m. to commence the hunt
12 Banksville Road, Greenwich
Free for kids 12 and under
Bring your basket and hop on down to search for the over 1,000 eggs.

For the Wee Ones (under 6)
Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Saturday April 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford
Participants six and under search for eggs around the farm. Once you’ve scored five eggs, turn them in for a goodie bag.
Tickets: $5 per child for members (plus admission for non-members)

Paradise Found

Dress like you’re on vacation with tropical prints in colors that pop. Upgrade your shoes and accessories for a look that will take you from the cabana to cocktail hour.

day look

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REBECCA TAYLOR
Ella one shoulder dress; $795. rebeccataylor.com

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JOIE
Phyllis in Citrus; $295. joie.com

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CALYPSO ST. BARTH
Jaiya tassel beaded sandal; $195. calypsostbarth.com

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APIECE APART
Striped ruffle top; $298. intermixonline.com

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ALICE + OLIVIA BY STACEY BENDET
Weiss fringe vest; $598.Elana suede skirt; $598. aliceandolivia.com

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TORY BURCH
Embellished feather dome clutch; $695. toryburch.com

 

TREND ALERT
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Get ready to show some skin; look for tops like this Bailey44 silk stunner available at Bianca Boutique.


night look

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SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

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ROBERTA ROLLER RABBIT
Beaded earrings; $25. robertarollerrabbit.com

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EDIE PARKER
Jean Panel Luau; $1,595. edieparker.com

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JIMMY CHOO
Portia 120; $575. jimmychoo.com

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BCBG MAX AZRIA
Pavel palms knit skirt; $198. bcbg.com

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Camila printed silk-chiffon maxi dress; $798. net-a-porter.com

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STUART WEITZMAN
Legwrap in bright multi suede; $498. stuartweitzman.com

 

 

Objects of Affection

All images courtesy of Designers/Brands

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Comme des Garçons Play
Red eau de toilette; $110 for 100ml.
Steven Alan, Greenwich, 203-714-8062; stevenalan.com

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Nike
Tennis classic ultra leather; $100.
Westport, 203-226-2236; nike.com

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J.Crew
XO boxers; $18.50.
Greenwich, 203-661-5181; jcrew.com

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Omega
Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch; $5,250.
Manfredi, Greenwich, 203-622-1414; manfredijewels.com

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Hermès
Balade en Forêt vintage silk pocket square; $145.
Greenwich, 203-622-3007; hermes.com

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Trafalgar
Red alligator card case; $295.
Richards, Greenwich, 203-622-0551; mitchellstores.com

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Padron
Family Reserve cigar; $30.
The Tobacconist of Greenwich, 203-869-5401; tobacconistofgreenwich.com

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Tiffany & Co.
Paloma Picasso Love and Kisses cuff links; $275.
Greenwich, 203-661-7847; tiffany.com

 

 

Love Struck

Images courtesy of Designers/Brands

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Cartier
Love bracelet, 10 diamonds in yellow gold; $14,600.
cartier.com

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Christopher Kane
Lara guipure lace mini dress; $4,490.
net-a-porter.com

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Roger Vivier
Pilgrim lips white clutch; $1,200. New York, 212-861-5371;
rogervivier.com

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diptyque
Rosaviola scented oval by Olympia Le-Tan; $50.
Westport, 203-222-3553; diptyqueparis.com

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Betteridge Collection
​Invisibly set ruby & diamond chandelier earrings; $19,500.
Greenwich, 203-869-0124; betteridge.com

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Le Creuset
Petite heart cocotte in cherry; $25.
lecreuset.com

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kate spade new york
Posy court small heart dish; $20.
Greenwich, 203-622-4260; katespade.com

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Aquazzura
Pom pom sandals; $825.
saks.com

 

 

Warm & Fuzzy

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Ralph Lauren Home
Indian Cove lodge sofa; starting at $13,335.
ralphlauren.com

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Trovare Home
Montana log bag; $550.
Cos Cob, 203-869-5512; trovarehomedesign.com

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Lillian August
Lynx cable knit throw; $250.
Greenwich, 203-489-3740; lillianaugust.com

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Arteriors
Gina fireplace screen; $1,950.
arteriors.com

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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Gold beaded faux bois pillow; $220.
Greenwich, 203-661-4480; mgbwhome.com

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Arteriors
Decorative fireplace log set; $288 for set of three.
The Well Appointed House, Greenwich, 888-935-5277; wellappointedhouse.com

 

 

Special Delivery

Above: Vanessa Schenck; TIA Girl Welcome Kit

The TIA Girl Club (the acronym is short for Today I Am) began with a bedtime ritual between Vanessa Schenck and the oldest of her two tween daughters. They often said their goodnights by trading a series of encouraging life affirmations like, “Today, I am awesome” or “Today, I am strong.” For Vanessa, a former Greenwich resident who now calls Stamford home, those moments were her antidotes to a behavior called camouflaging—when girls start to conceal their passions and personalities in a quest to fit in. “When you start acting like someone else, you end up losing your voice,” says Vanessa. “And when you come out of your teen years not knowing who you are, it can take decades to figure it out.” Last September, Vanessa began a retail campaign to share empowering messages with tween girls everywhere. Membership in her TIA Girl Club (about $25 per month) includes monthly delivery of a colorful treasure box filled with inspiring collectibles and a personal letter from TIA Trailblazers, notable women ranging from prima ballerinas to computer coders to racecar drivers, who encourage tweens to follow their own path. Launched with a highly successful kickstarter campaign, Vanessa also created a virtual platform that opens membership to any girl, regardless of whether she’s a paid, subscribing club member. Already, 6,000 girls have become TIA girls via Instagram. Now, that’s empowering. tiagirlclub.com

TIPS TO HELP PARENTS
EMPOWER TWEEN GIRLS

STAY CONNECTED
Even though your daughter may act like she wants nothing to do with you (and she will act this way), stay interested in her world. Keep talking, even if a door or two gets slammed.

KEEP TABS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
If your daughter has an Instagram account (most do), get one too and follow her. “If you see red flags about her social media behavior, start a conversation,” says Vanessa.

CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY
When women say, “I feel fat” or even something as small as, “I’m having a bad hair day,” it sends a message that negative self-talk is part of life.

CELEBRATE A VARIETY OF FEMALE ROLE MODELS
TIA Girl Club “trailblazers” expose girls to a variety of accomplished women. “It can be someone in the media, in sports, in the arts,” says Vanessa. “The idea is to show girls that success and empowerment take many forms.”

BE MINDFUL OF HOW YOU REACT
Show girls that you can gracefully persevere in spite of life’s inevitable disappointments.

 

 

Right for You?

The annual Pap smear, once a woman’s health ritual, may become a thing of the past. In 2009, the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians adopted new guidelines stating that most healthy women, ages twenty-one to sixty-five, could limit the simple test that screens for cervical cancer to once every three years. The test is considered the best way to screen for the disease, which is often caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV, and is highly treatable when caught early but possibly fatal if undetected for a long time.

More recently, a number of major medical organizations have concluded that annually testing in women with a history of normal Pap smears is tantamount to clinical overkill. Citing too many “false positive” results and other data, they began recommending abandoning the annual habit.

Yet some Fairfield County gynecologists say many women—and some of their doctors—continue to request Pap smears once a year. One concern of reducing testing frequency is that it may lead women to be more lax about seeing their doctors regularly, a practice beneficial for overall well-being. “It’s the thinking [that] if my dentist tells me, ‘I want to see you every five years,’ I’ll see him in ten,” notes Dr. Thomas Rutherford, a gynecological oncologist and network physician director of cancer services for the Western Connecticut Health Network.

Dr. Shieva Ghofrany, an OB/GYN affiliated with Stamford Hospital, tells her patients she wants to see them annually no matter what. “You still need a breast exam, you still need a well-woman exam; so if you hear, ‘I only need to see you [for a Pap] every three years,’ it can get confusing.” Since many insurers still pay for the annual screening, Dr. Ghofrany says some women and doctors say yes to the test anyway.

Dr. Rutherford favors individualized testing recommendations based on a woman’s lifestyle—smoking, for example, elevates cervical cancer risk—or whether there is history of abnormal Pap smears. “If you’ve never had an abnormal Pap smear, there comes a time when every three years is probably fine,” says Dr. Rutherford. “The key here is to be honest and talk to your physician so they can determine the best schedule for you.”


CERVICAL CANCER
FACTS

THE RISKS

  1. Contracting HPV
  2. Multiple Sexual Partners
  3. A Compromised Immune System can diminish immunity to HPV.
  4. Smoking “Cervical cancers show up in smokers a lot sooner than lung, bladder or pancreatic cancers,” says Dr. Rutherford

PREVENTATIVE STEPS

  1. Abstinence “is the most foolproof way to prevent the spread of HPV,” says Dr. Ghofrany.
  2. Practice Safe Sex “Condoms help, but know they’re not foolproof,” says Dr. Ghofrany, who points out that cancer of the throat and neck are on the rise because HPV also spreads through oral sex.
  3. Good Health Habits Avoid smoking, drug and alcohol abuse. Eat your fruits and veggies.
  4. Stay Vigilant “Even women older than sixty-five should be screened if they change partners,” says Dr. Rutherford. Although it tends to be a disease of younger women, more than 15 percent of cervical cancer is found in women older than sixty-five.
  5. Get an HPV Vaccine But understand that vaccines –while beneficial—don’t protect against every strain of HPV.

 

 

A Model World

When we photographed this immense train room (which happens to belong to GREENWICH magazine editor Cristin Marandino’s father, Bob), we knew there was no way we’d be able to get all the photos into print. Here, some of the outtakes from our article “A Model World” in the December issue. To see the whole story pick up a copy today!

Photo credit Jacek Dolata

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A Smile that Lights up the Room

Above: Candles by Kyle Norton 

When Lisa Lori opens her new Greenwich boutique, The Perfect Provenance, many of the gifts will benefit Operation Smile, including exclusive new candles that Lisa worked with perfumers to create. For now, they can be purchased on the store’s website. The hand-poured candles are available in two scents: Fir Goodness Sake, a blend of pear with pepper, jasmine, cedar and patchouli; and Sunshine Limone, a fresh mix of bergamot and Italian lemon with peach blossom, musk and amberwood. “I love the idea of getting a kiss of sunshine from this fragrance,” says Lisa. Each candle is $48 and 20 percent of the profits will go to Operation Smile. theperfectprovenance.com

 

 

Thank God It’s Monday

Photographs: Carlo David of Carlo David Photography

When you think office furniture, the words chic and fun don’t normally jump to mind. But for the lucky employees of Atlas Holdings, a private equity firm in town, they do. The firm recently converted a private residence into an over-the-top modern office space. Interior designer HLW and Workwell Partners, a workplace furnishing solutions company, collaborated on the office that would make even Dilbert excited to go to work.

Highlights include: a custom, eighteen-foot-long reclaimed wood pantry table with power access that seats up to twenty people, to encourage collaboration and interaction in the main common area; personal Divyde Desktop Charging Stations, which store, lock and charge electronic devices and other valuables in the open-office setting; and a large conference room with a rectangular table that circles the room, with a cutout in the center that accommodates large group meetings.

We’re pretty sure productivity isn’t a problem here.

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Encouraging employee interaction is one of the main principles behind the design of common areas.

 

 

The Color of MONEY

Above: Brother Jonathan 1865 Gold Coin

A gift of money takes on new meaning when it’s in the form of a rare coin, a collectible historic note or a bar of gold bullion. “Coins and currency are highly portable stores of wealth and discreet gifts of lasting value,” says Chris Moran, owner of The Happy Coin. His Greenwich location is home to currency that’s steeped in history. For instance, the Brother Jonathan gold coin refers to an emblem of the elite of New England in the 1700s and also to a steamer ship that sailed from the West Coast and sank off Crescent City in the 1800s. The coins that were recovered in the mid-90s have significant value and would make an intriguing gift for sailor and history buff alike. Happy Coin also deals in unusual notes and collectible bullion, silver and gold bars that have significant value. Prices range from $20 to six figures and beyond for the most rare and collectible pieces. thehappycoin.com

American Proof Silver Eagle One-Dollar Coins
American Proof Silver Eagle One-Dollar Coins
Certified Gold Bullion
Certificates such as this one reflect a time when currency was also a work of art
Certificates such as this one reflect a time when currency was also a work of art

 

Collector’s Choice

Above: Platinum Moonstone, Sapphire and Diamond Pendant; Photographs – Steven Fox Jewelry

Exquisite, well-made jewelry has always been at the top of gift wish lists, both for its visual appeal and for the meaning behind it. In a town that’s home to top jewelers, Steven Fox stands out due to his distinctive approach and experience, celebrating thirty years in business. The son of a jeweler, Steven handles every aspect of the creation of custom pieces, from designing to selecting gems to setting the pieces. The stones are typically rare jewels you won’t find elsewhere. “There always has to be a sense of whimsy in what we do,” says Steven. “It’s in the way we’re combining colors and gemstones, but at the same time our pieces are sophisticated, timeless and classic.”

In addition to his one-of-a-kind creations, Steven specializes in estate jewelry—pieces with a rich history, from a Faberge diamond and platinum Russian brooch to an Art Deco Chinoiserie Dragon Clock. Steven has developed a close relationship with customers and works to find them pieces with personality.

“People expect the best here, and we like to operate in that sphere,” he says of the Greenwich community, where he and his wife, Linda, have raised three kids. Giving back is a big part of his focus as well. Over the years he has contributed to many causes in town. To assist Kids in Crisis, Steven arranges for the New Haven Pizza Truck to come to the store and give out free brick-oven pizza to shoppers, only requesting people make a donation; later, the truck heads to the Kids in Crisis shelter to deliver pizza dinner to the kids in residence. Stop by for the next pizza day on November 21, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. stevenfoxjewelry.com

HANDMADE & ONE-OF-A-KIND

Mexican Fire Opal and Emerald Earrings
Mexican Fire Opal and Emerald Earrings
Hand-carved Teddy Bear Agate Onyx Gold Cufflinks
Hand-carved Teddy Bear Agate Onyx Gold Cufflinks

 

 

A Closer Look

In recent years some studies have called into question the merits of mammograms—the radiological gold standard for detecting breast cancer—in women younger than fifty. While many esteemed American health organizations continue to recommend annual screenings beginning at forty, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, released a special report in June’s New England Journal of Medicine that concluded there are only “limited benefits” to women having mammograms before turning fifty. IARC cited the number of “false positive” results in younger mammography patients, which can lead to unnecessary further screening and procedures.

In light of the conflicting data and medical viewpoints, we asked medical experts from three Fairfield County hospitals if they would continue to urge their patients to seek mammograms beginning at age forty. Their answer: an unequivocal yes.


“While breast cancer occurs at lower frequency in women in their forties, one in six breast cancers occurs in this age group. The biological nature of breast cancer in these younger women is generally more aggressive, making early detection even more important.”

Dr. Linda LaTrenta
Diagnostic radiologist, Greenwich Hospital


“I give my patients the same advice I would give to my wife, my mother or any other family member—mammograms save lives. We now use 3-D mammography for all patients, regardless of breast density. This technology means we’re calling back thousands fewer women for unnecessary tests, and our ability to detect cancers earlier is among the highest in the country.”

Dr. David Gruen
Director, Women’s Imaging, and codirector, Women’s Breast Center, Stamford Hospital


“A lot of the research interpreting the value of mammograms has come out of other countries, and I think one thing to consider is how their perspectives figure into the American value system of what’s beneficial. Until we get better prospective data, I don’t think we change our recommendations. When you look at breast cancer statistics, the curve begins to escalate at around age forty and that’s when you start to see rates climb.”

Dr. Mary Pronovost
Breast surgeon and medical director, Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

 

 

Legacy of Hope

When Mary Waterman was diagnosed with a stage four breast cancer in 1996, she knew her odds of surviving were slim. Together with a group of friends, including Lucy Day and Cecile McCaull, she founded the Breast Cancer Alliance. Their mission was not only to support research to improve treatment and survival rates, but also to make the lives of breast cancer victims better.

In the almost twenty years since Mary and her friends began the BCA (sadly nine months later Mary passed away), it has evolved into a comprehensive nonprofit that supports everything from cutting-edge research of young innovators to fellowships for promising doctors interested in becoming breast surgeons. It has also helped thousands of local women by backing programs that offer free or low-cost mammograms at Stamford and Greenwich hospitals.

“I think we can look at so many accomplishments, but maybe the greatest one is that what started out with a small circle of friends has grown into one of the preeminent breast cancer foundations in the country,” says Yonni Wattenmaker, the BCA’s executive director.

As we honor breast cancer month, the BCA is set to kick off a year filled with twentieth anniversary celebrations, starting with its annual luncheon on Thursday, October 22, where survivor and reporter Andrea Mitchell will deliver the keynote speech.

BCA president Sharon Phillips with executive director, Yonni Wattenmaker
BCA president Sharon Phillips with executive director, Yonni Wattenmaker

YONNI WATTENMAKER ON COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS

MAMMOGRAMS AREN’T NECESSARY
While there have been some studies that suggest mammograms are not especially effective in detecting breast cancer, Yonni stresses the screening method remains vital. “The truth is that early detection saves lives,” she says. “[Mammograms] don’t pick up every cancer and it’s not foolproof, but they can make a huge difference for so many women.”

BREAST CANCER IS A “SINGULAR” DISEASE
“There are actually so many different kinds of breast cancer that we need to start using the phrase breast cancers in a plural way,” notes Yonni. Indeed, spreading the message that there are many different kinds of breast cancer is critical to understanding why women’s experiences with the disease can be so profoundly different. “It’s important to understand there isn’t one cure, one treatment, one prognosis,” says Yonni. “It’s also why the need for research, which increases our understanding of the various kinds of [breast cancer], continues to be so important.”

FAMILY HISTORY MATTERS MOST
While there are breast cancer genes that do elevate the risk of developing the disease in some women, assuming you are safe because there’s no history in your bloodline is a potentially tragic mistake. “Eighty-five percent of breast cancer is completely random and occurs in women with no known family history,” says Yonni.
“No family history is not a reason to not be vigilant about the disease.”

YOU AGE OUT OF THE RISK POOL
“There are some women who think that if they haven’t been diagnosed by the time they are a certain age, say fifty, that they are no longer at risk,” says Yonni. “This is a disease that affects one in eight women. Half of cancer diagnoses are over the age of sixty-one.”

 

 

Salad Days

Above: (left) The Santa Fe, (right) Mexican Caesar

Yes, there are plenty of local places to get a good salad, but not on the eastern side of town and with this many tasty, low-cal options. One of the first restaurants to focus on salad as a main course, Chopt opened in New York back in 2001; The Riverside Shopping Center location is its first shop in Connecticut. Why are people obsessed with this healthy on-the-go option? The homemade dressings and quality ingredients stand out, including some local baby greens from Satur Farms in Long Island and Euphrates feta and Coach Farms goat cheese from upstate New York. “We’re looking ahead to a future where vegetable eating is the norm, featuring under-utilized varieties such as rainbow carrots or English cucumbers,” says cofounder Tony Shure. “Our customers are no longer shocked to find lesser- known and exotic vegetables like kohlrabi, jicama and chayote in our destination salads.”

CROWD PLEASERS
Latin-inspired salads are the most popular because of their bold flavors and textures. The Santa Fe (avocado, corn, Vermont pepperjack, homemade fried onions and romaine) and Mexican Caesar (cotija cheese, jalapeno peppers, tortilla chips and romaine) are the menu’s suggested “First Time Favorites.” Every salad and dressing is listed with its calorie count, so it’s easy to choose lighter options (say Greek Tzatziki or Balsamic Vinegar at 20 or 15 calories instead of Balsamic Vinaigrette with 140). There’s also a hot-sauce station for kicking up the flavor without a big calorie bump.

SKIP THE FORK
Turn any salad into a handheld by having it wrapped in grilled whole wheat flatbread.

SAVOR THE SEASON
Once you’ve eaten your way through the core menu, check out the seasonal specials, which change each quarter. Right now they’re featuring summer produce in the Baja Corn Cobb and Rio Rancho Grain Salad.

EAT FOR A CAUSE
Chopt supports a number of food and wellness charities. For the Greenwich opening, the chain gave away salads and asked customers to make a donation, with all proceeds going to K4K (Kids for Kids), a group of local students who raise money for students in rural Appalachia. Whenever you order one of the kids’ Mighty Meals, the company donates 5 percent to programs that support healthy eating for children.

Chopt’s Interior

CHOPT
Creative Salad Company
1271 E. Putnam Avenue, 203-409-5811; choptsalad.com

 

 

High Five

1. Say the whole word. Unless you are fifteen and on Snapchat, never sign off with TTFN or TTYL. A simple “talk soon” will more than suffice. Similar rules apply to abbreviating perfectly easy words like “totally” and “adorable.” It’s far from “adorbes” to talk like a fifteen-year-old.

2. Befriend the valet. Whether it’s at Polpo, Louie’s, Gabriele’s, l’escale or Warren Tricomi, get to know the valet guys. First of all, they’re nice (in some cases nicer than who’s inside—we’ll let you figure out who we’re talking about). And, second, once they know you, you’ll get the VIP treatment (no digging in your purse for your ticket at the end of the night—and your car’s always waiting right out front).

3. Don’t be shy. Change tables. Go ahead. You do not have to take the first table offered—in fact, you pretty much never should. We all know they try to ditch the dog tables first. In a similar vein, do not let the host or hostess hand you menus before you’ve even ordered a drink. In civilized society, it’s nice to chat over a cocktail before sticking your head in the menu.

4. Thank a cop on the Avenue. Those guys are out there day-in and day-out, in the rain, snow or boiling heat. It’s good to show your gratitude once in a while. They are there to keep you safe. And if you’ve lived here for a while, you know just how much they’ve changed. Back in the day if you crossed without their OK, they went all Dirty Harry on you. That’s reason enough to say thanks.

5. Stop swearing. Unless you have a really good reason, it’s not cool or cute. End of story.

The Crave-orite List

Georgette Salad at l’escale

A mixture of kale and bib lettuce, quinoa, almonds and sunflower seeds—all lightly dressed in a tangy coriander vinaigrette. Add grilled shrimp for a protein punch pick-me-up.


Lasagna at Golden View Firenze

Remember how Grandma used to make it? Nuf said.


Chicken-Kale Wrap at Aux Delices

Chicken and kale tossed in lemon vinaigrette, wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. A great lunch for the grab-and-go set (read: easy to eat with one hand in the car).


Steak Quesadilla at Blackstones

Perfectly sliced beef tucked into a flour tortilla with gorgonzola cheese, lightly fried (yup, we said it) and served with fresh guac and sour cream. You just gotta love a steakhouse that doesn’t take itself too seriously.


Seafood Salad at Louie’s

It’s hard to put our finger on exactly what makes this so crave-worthy—we just know that the combo of fresh scallops, shrimp, calamari and mussles tossed in olive oil, garlic, herbs and citrus is an absolute must-order.

 Photograph: istockphoto/© boblin

Best in Shelter

NBC Owned Television Stations will premiere the new special Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport.  Long time NBC correspondent, award-winning animal advocate and author Jill Rappaport is the creator, executive producer and host.  The show takes viewers along on a search for the country’s most loveable rescue dogs. With the help of beloved actress and comedian Betty White, Olympic superstar skier Lindsey Vonn, singer Emmylou Harris and other celebrities, the half-hour special will highlight adoption centers from around the country and their endearing animals hoping to find forever homes.  Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport airs locally on NBC 4 New York on Saturday, February 21st @ 7:00 ET and on the NBC Owned Television Stations and NECN.  Viewers in other markets should check their local listings for airtimes.

“This show is about saving lives and finding them ALL forever loving homes,” said Jill Rappaport. “It has been my dream for years to do a show that shines a light on the plight of shelter animals, and the wonderful heart and souls they possess!”

Producing Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport is one way we can draw attention to the important issue of homeless animals and raise awareness to help them find loving owners and permanent homes,” said Meredith McGinn, Senior Vice President of LX.TV, the division’s lifestyle production company.

Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport features categories of dogs often overlooked for adoption such as Seniors, Pitt Bulls, Mutts and Tripods – three-legged dogs. At each shelter, these canines will be judged by celebrity animal advocates based on very serious criteria like “lickability” and cuddle factor! Journalist and host of HBO’S Real Sports Bryant Gumbel and wife and author Hilary Gumbel judge at Main Line Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania, teen actor Lou Wegner at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in California, and singer/actress Bernadette Peters at the ASPCA’s shelter in New York City.  One dog from each shelter will be named “Best in Shelter” and rewarded with a year’s supply of a food-filled care package from show sponsor Blue Buffalo.

“Most importantly, they will all find permanent homes which is what they deserve,” added Rappaport.

“BLUE is a company founded on the incredible bond humans have with our pets,” said David Petrie, Vice President, Blue Buffalo Co.  “Over the years, we’ve helped place over 2.5 million pets in forever homes, and we look forward to a long and helpful future for years to come.”

Show sponsor Subaru has also been a long-standing supporter of animal causes.

“Since 2007, Subaru has donated $12 million to the ASPCA and organized over 1,200 adoption events at animal shelters and at Subaru retailers nationwide,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “Animal welfare is an important part of the Subaru brand and we are very proud to support Jill’s mission to raise awareness for rescue dogs, especially those under-rescued animals featured in Best In Shelter.”

The ASPCA estimates that of the 5 to 7 million pets left to shelters each year, approximately 3 to 4 million will never get out. Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport gives these discarded animals a second chance, and brings attention to the countless abandoned pets worthy of adoption.

Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport will air locally on NBC 4 New York on Saturday, February 21st @ 7:00pm ET and on the NBC Owned Television Stations and NECN.  Tune in to support the adoption of these undeniably loveable dogs.

If You Build It…

Every industry has its gold standard for excellence. For home builders that award is the coveted HOBI (Home Building Industry) Award. Every year hundreds of industry insiders gather to celebrate the best of the best in a variety of categories.

Douglas VanderHorn’s HOBI Award-winning home 

This year’s awards honored some very familiar Greenwich faces. Charles Hilton Architects and Davenport Contracting won several honors for a single project—a New-England shingle-style residence perched on Long Island Sound in Riverside. The honors ranged from Best Custom Home in the 12,000- to 14,000- square-foot category to Best Kitchen over $200,000. Another big winner was Douglas VanderHorn Architects, who garnered accolades from Best Custom Home in the 10,000 to 12,000-square-foot category as well as in the 9,000 to 10,000 category to Outstanding Special Purpose Room, which featured a third- floor basketball court with a sound-deadening floor system. Sound Beach Partners rounded out the Greenwich trifecta with their win for Best Accessory Building.

Charles Hilton’s HOBI Award-winning home

Charles Hilton’s HOBI Award-winning home