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Caroline Simmons Stamford Update: Frank Pepe’s, ShopRite, Books Across Stamford

<p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">MAYOR’S UPDATES</span></p><ul><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">Juneteenth Celebration: Our community rejoiced in the celebration of the Juneteenth holiday this past weekend with music, cultural performances, local food vendors and speeches highlighting the significance of the day. I would like to extend my gratitude to Carmen Hughes, the City’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Janeene Freeman, Director of Partnership and Community Engagement, Jacklyn Williams, and the members of the Juneteenth planning committee for their tireless efforts in organizing this event!</span></li><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">Frank Pepe’s Stamford Grand Opening: This week, I joined Governor Ned Lamont for the grand opening of Frank Pepe’s new location here in Stamford! We are excited to welcome this family-owned business and their pizza to our city. Make sure to stop by their new location at 64 High Ridge Road.</span></li><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">ShopRite Reopening: This week we celebrated the opening of the newly renovated ShopRite store location at 1990 West Main Street. The Cingari Family is dedicated to renovating all their Stamford locations to enhance the shopping experience. </span></li><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">2024 State of the City: On Monday, July 8th at 8:00PM, I will be giving the City of Stamford’s 2024 State of the City address. Please join us at Government Center or watch the live stream available at </span><a href="http://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/http:%2F%2Fwww.boardofreps.org%2F/1/010101903c9bb26b-4746c334-b2a2-4136-b3b6-51c55bafbd47-000000/6ErKmGUZ2IYD8K0qbBOKio9oLAM=380" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">http://www.boardofreps.org/</a><span style="background-color: transparent;">.</span></li></ul><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">CITY NEWS</span></p><ul><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">Food Truck Friday: Join Mayor Simmons for Food Truck Friday on June 28th from 11:30 am – 6:00 pm at the Commons in Mill River Park (1050 Washington Blvd).</span></li><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">Lathon Wider Design Contest: The City of Stamford is thrilled to announce the Reimagine Lathon Wider Competition! The City is seeking innovative minds to develop a Civic Campus plan that will transform the Lathon Wider Community Center into the new heart of the community and renew the spirit of Lathon Wider for Stamford’s South End neighborhood. To learn more and to how to join the competition, click </span><a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Freimaginelathonwider.com%2Farchitectural-competiton/1/010101903c9bb26b-4746c334-b2a2-4136-b3b6-51c55bafbd47-000000/bKwLrKofqdLwmDoBkfJ0cBADtgY=380" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">here</a><span style="background-color: transparent;">.</span></li><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">Shop Local Spring Guide: The City of Stamford’s Spring Shop Local Guide is now available! Residents are encouraged to use the guide during the spring season to shop locally and support our small businesses. For more information, visit </span><a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fwww.choosestamford.com%2Fmade-in-stamford%2Fsmall-business-list/1/010101903c9bb26b-4746c334-b2a2-4136-b3b6-51c55bafbd47-000000/B_9UznUQV3erSMdT2Hdc0vPnBy4=380" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">here</a><span style="background-color: transparent;">.</span></li><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">Parking Garage Demolition: The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has initiated the demolition of the Stamford Transportation Center's 1985 Parking Garage and Pedestrian Bridge. For further details, click </span><a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fportal.ct.gov%2FDOT%2FCTDOT-Construction-Advisories%2F2024%2FDemolition-of-the-1985-Parking-Garage-and-Pedestrian-Bridge-at-the-Stamford-Transportation-Center/1/010101903c9bb26b-4746c334-b2a2-4136-b3b6-51c55bafbd47-000000/oEGeOTrjd8lW4W15UarhLoCcE38=380" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">here</a><span style="background-color: transparent;">.</span></li><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">Paving Update: Click </span><a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fwww.stamfordct.gov%2Fgovernment%2Foperations%2Froad-maintenance%2Froad-paving%23!%2F/1/010101903c9bb26b-4746c334-b2a2-4136-b3b6-51c55bafbd47-000000/3ezeeG1dnvMrz6cNdhhbHWHaRxw=380" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">here</a><span style="background-color: transparent;"> for the priority list for paving operations established in response to a city-wide road assessment in 2022.</span></li><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">Beach Passes Available for Purchase: Beach passes are now available for purchase online or in person. Parking permits are required at Cove Island, Cummings, West Beach, John J. Boccuzzi, Dorothy Heroy &amp; Newman Mills Riverbank Walk Parks from May 1st through September 30th. Click </span><a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fwww.stamfordct.gov%2Faround-town%2Fparks%2Fbeach-parking-permits/1/010101903c9bb26b-4746c334-b2a2-4136-b3b6-51c55bafbd47-000000/b82xHu-3BnLajKD2zHrxBPhNqrk=380" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">here </a><span style="background-color: transparent;">for more information and to purchase your pass.</span></li><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">Stamford Transportation Center Master Plan: Our administration has been meeting with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and city transportation officials to continue to make progress on the Stamford Train Station Master Plan. To view the Stamford Transportation Center Master Plan, visit: </span><a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fwww.stamfordct.gov%2F%3Fsplash=http%253a%252f%252fstcmasterplan.com%252f%26____isexternal=true/1/010101903c9bb26b-4746c334-b2a2-4136-b3b6-51c55bafbd47-000000/4KMqCLU-ZAHUBy3G7mk5Mt3a9YA=380" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">stcmasterplan.com</a><span style="background-color: transparent;">.</span></li></ul><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">CITY EVENTS</span></p><ul><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">Puerto Rican Flag Raising: The Latino Foundation will host a Puerto Rican Flag Raising on Sunday, June 23rd at 1:00 pm at Old Town Hall. See the flyer below for more details.</span></li><li><span style="background-color: transparent;">Books Across Stamford: The Stamford Public Education Foundation will host the Books Across Stamford at the Stamford Police Activities League (245 Selleck Street) on June 22nd from 11 am to 1 pm. See the flyer below for more information.</span></li></ul><p><br></p>

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New England Lobster Bake at The Wheel

<p>The Wheel, located on Stamford Harbor at The Village, invites you to “Party Like a Lob-Star!” at the summer kick-off event.</p><p>A Market Hospitality Group restaurant, The Wheel presents its New England Lobster Bake, a patio party featuring an old-fashioned seafood boil style dinner.</p><p>This seafood extravaganza includes lobster, corn, raw bar, sides and salads.</p><p>Sponsored by local favorite Two Roads Brewing and Jesse &amp; Jon Bon Jovi’s Hampton Water Rosé Wine, guests will receive a complimentary beer or wine with the price of the Lobster Bake.</p><p>Live music by Billy G &amp; Friends and yard games round out this outdoor event.</p><p>Price: $98 Per Person (+ tax and gratuity)</p><p>Reservations: (475) 270-1300</p><p>(48 Hours Prior Required For Cancellations)</p><p>4 Star Point, Suite 101, Stamford, CT 06902</p>

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Why Small Businesses Matter: AFC Urgent Care Stamford

<h2><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(50, 55, 61);">Why Small Businesses Matter&nbsp;</span></h2><p><em style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Shop small, do big things for your community</em></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Meet Brad W Radulovacki, owner of </strong><a href="https://www.afcurgentcare.com/stamford/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>AFC Urgent Care Stamford</strong></a><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">.</strong></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Why did you start your business?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I started the urgent care business to make quality healthcare services more accessible and affordable.</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">What is your best-selling product/service?:</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Physical exams are most in demand at our clinic: back-to-school, pre-employment, Department of Transportation, immigration, and adult wellness physicals.</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Fastsigns, DOT Generation, various restaurants, County Appliance, CVS, Home Goods, Staples, Home Depot, A&amp;N Plumbing and Heating, SuperK Electric, C&amp;C Service, Servpro of Stamford and many others.</span></p><p><br></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Have you reimagined your small business?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">We have transformed our business over the past 10 years to serve our patient's needs. We started as an accessible (walk-in) version of primary care. Then, we pivoted to offer drive-thru and, later, in-center testing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, we are upgrading our patient interactions by offering technology enhancements along with new services.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115);">For more information, please visit </span><a href="https://www.afcurgentcare.com/stamford/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">https://www.afcurgentcare.com/stamford/</a><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115);"> or call 203-969-2000.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115);">AFC Stamford is located at </span><span style="color: rgb(58, 58, 58);">3000 Summer Street.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115);">Follow along on Facebook @</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/AFCUrgentCareStamford" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">AFCUrgentCareStamford</a></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">HamletHub thanks</strong><a href="http://www.jkinfordbeautygroup.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong> </strong></a><a href="https://www.fairfieldcountybank.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Fairfield County Bank </strong></a><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!</strong></p><p><br></p>

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Children's Learning Centers of Fairfield County Holds 8th Annual Golf Outing

<p><strong>Golfing For A Cause&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Children's Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC) held its 8th Annual&nbsp;Golf&nbsp;Outing on May 30 with a full field of golfers and supporters at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich. One of CLC's signature events, the&nbsp;golf outing, was chaired by Bob Rahilly, a member of CLC's Leadership Council and a Partner at Day Pitney, LLP. The sold-out golf outing raised over $150,000. Sponsors included Presenting Sponsor Day Pitney, LLP, Title Sponsors Emcor Group, Inc. and Mavis Tire; Trane,&nbsp;Luncheon Sponsor USI Insurance Services, Breakfast Sponsor Trio Community Meals, Beverage Cart Sponsor EY, Cadillac of Greenwich, who sponsored the hole-in-one contest, and Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media as the media sponsor.&nbsp;</p><p>All proceeds from the 8th Annual&nbsp;Golf&nbsp;Outing will support CLC's students and programs, which prepare nearly 900 low and moderate-income children for kindergarten and a lifetime of learning. "We deeply appreciate our new and returning friends, sponsors, and&nbsp;golfers, who participated in our annual&nbsp;golf&nbsp;outing to help further our mission of transforming the lives of children and families in our community," said CLC CEO Monica Maccera. "Children who attended CLC are doing better in Stamford Public Schools than children without a preschool experience, and we could not provide this early childhood education without donor support."&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The results of the 2024 CLC Outing are as follows:&nbsp;</strong></p><p>1st Place Scramble Gross - Score 61 (-11) - Mike Bodson, Dan Bodson, Jim Cowie and Christian Rogers; 2nd Place Scramble Gross - Score 62 (-10) - Austin Provost, Peter Christian, Steven Elbaum and Craig Way; 1st Place Best Ball Net - Score 58 (-14) - Matthew Kiamie, Russell Blaymore, Garrett Engel and Mike McCall; 2nd Place Best Ball Net - Score 59 (-13) - Fred Christensen, Chad Lavelle, Brett Forbes and Will Christensen; 1st Place Best Ball Gross - Score 65 (-7) - Adam Kilmek, Matt Grodd, Matt Torrance and Kyle Roberts; 2nd Place Best Ball Gross - Score 68 (-4) - Tony Guzzi, John Guzzi, Dan Hasset and Bob Rahilly.&nbsp;</p><p>The results of the Course Contests are as follows: Closest to the Pin - John Bransfield; Beat the Pro - Bob Rahilly; Longest Drive Women - Carmen Hughes; Longest Drive Men - Matt Torrance and Putting Contest&nbsp;- Keith Morris.</p><p>After a morning of&nbsp;golf, attendees enjoyed a Luncheon Reception with a silent auction of incredible&nbsp;golf&nbsp;experiences and a paddle raise to benefit CLC's comprehensive early childhood education programs.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Left to right Noah Lapine and Jason Stuken</em></p>

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Impact Fairfield County Presents $100,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Stamford

<p>Impact Fairfield County (“Impact FFC”), one of the largest women’s organizations in the county, presented $100,000 checks to their 2024 Grant Winners,&nbsp;<strong>Filling in the Blanks (“FITB”)</strong>&nbsp;in Norwalk and the&nbsp;<strong>Boys &amp; Girls Club of Stamford (“BGCS”)</strong>&nbsp;in Stamford.</p><p>In Norwalk, Co-Founders &amp; Presidents of FITB, Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer accepted the check presented by Impact FFC Co-Presidents, Jenny San Jose and Kristen Rosenbaum. CT Senator Bob Duff, CT Representative Tracey Mara and representatives from Congressman Jim Himes and Senator Richard Blumenthal’s offices also spoke. With this grant, FITB will expand its “Fresh Food on the Move” mobile food pantry program to seven events per year, providing over 175,000 pounds of fresh food to community members and bringing local agencies and services onsite to make them easier for families to access.&nbsp;</p><p>“As I’ve said many times, food insecurity is a solvable problem. There is no reason for it, but we have it and thanks to Filling in the Blanks, we’re making such a difference for so many families. I’ve seen it first hand - in Norwalk, at the Mobile Food Pantries - where FITB is making sure that our kids and families across Fairfield County do not go hungry. I’m thrilled that Impact Fairfield County's grant is going to such a worthy organization, and having this large group of women from Impact FFC come together to support the biggest needs in our community is truly incredible,” said CT Senator Bob Duff, Senate Majority Leader.</p><p>In Stamford, BGCS CEO Craig Baker accepted the grant check on behalf of BGCS, along with team members and BGCS after-school youth participants. The 2023 and 2024 Youth of the Years also spoke about the difference that BGCS has made in their lives. With the Impact FFC grant, BGCS will integrate youth mental health support into their after-school services. This initiative will benefit all 3,000 youth that BGCS serves and will provide counseling to 300 children and teens per year, most of whom have experienced trauma or have been exposed to chronic stress or violence.</p><p>“The Boys &amp; Girls Club of Stamford plays an integral role in the Stamford community,” said Mayor Caroline Simmons. “I am thrilled to see their efforts recognized by Impact Fairfield County, which will allow them to further serve our city’s youth by incorporating mental health support into their growing programs.”</p><p>Congressman Jim Himes added, “The outstanding teams at Filling in the Blanks (FITB) and the Boys &amp; Girls Club of Stamford (BGCS) are making Connecticut proud with their efforts to alleviate food insecurity and enhance support for youth mental health initiatives, respectively, across our community. I’m delighted that Impact Fairfield County chose to support these local organizations with generous $100,000 grants, empowering FITB to provide nutritious meals to even more families in need of assistance and BGCS to offer clinical counseling and social-emotional support to more underserved children and teens.”</p><p>Impact FFC celebrated its ninth year of giving, providing over $2.1 million in funding to local nonprofits since its start.&nbsp;“All of this year’s grant applicants were quite remarkable, and we are proud to support the extraordinary efforts of FITB and BGCS as they continue to make such an impact in Fairfield County,” said Impact FFC Co-President Kristen Rosenbaum.</p><p>For more information&nbsp;or to join Impact FFC, please contact&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">membership@impactffc.org.</span></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Nordic Fireplace Services

<h2><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(50, 55, 61);">Why Small Businesses Matter&nbsp;</span></h2><p><em style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Shop small, do big things for your community</em></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Meet Colbert Cruz, head installer and certified service technician at </strong><a href="https://nordicfireplaceservices.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Nordic Fireplace Services</strong></a><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">.</strong></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Why did you start your business?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I have been in the business for more than 28 years. When the owners of Nordic Fireplace Center retired, I took over the service, installation, maintenance, and repair side of the business. I serve previous and new clients.</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">What is your best-selling product/service?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">We take pride in customer satisfaction by providing the best professional services for their units. Clients like that we are clean, detailed and knowledgeable about the services we provide.</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I have a variety of businesses that I use from fireplace companies to chimney cleaners. I also help out serveral independent companies that renovate or construct homes as well as maintain homes for their customers.</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Anything else you would like the community to know?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Nothing is better than the personal touch, the face-to-face you have with a customer or prospective client. We aim to provide the best possible service in any situation.</span></p><p>Nordic Fireplace Services is located 463 Cove Road Unit #6 Stamford.</p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Visit Nordic Fireplace Services online </strong><a href="https://nordicfireplaceservices.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>https://nordicfireplaceservices.com/</strong></a></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Questions? Email </strong><a href="mailto:Nordicservicellc@gmail.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>Nordicservicellc@gmail.com</strong></a></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">HamletHub thanks</strong><a href="http://www.jkinfordbeautygroup.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong> </strong></a><a href="https://www.fairfieldcountybank.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Fairfield County Bank </strong></a><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!</strong></p><p><br></p>

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Frank Peppe's Pizzeria Opens in Stamford Today!

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Stamford is about to get even more delicious thanks to Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria. A slice of heaven - Frank Pepe’s opens today, Monday, June 17 at 64 High Ridge Road in Stamford.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Grand opening events start at 10:30 am Monday, June 17th and we will begin serving pizzas at 11:00am.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Located between the Merritt and I-95, if you are a daily commuter, you may longer be hungry for dinner when you arrive home after a long day.&nbsp;Read more about this historical, coal-fired pizzeria </span><a href="https://pepespizzeria.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://pepespizzeria.com/</a></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Follow along on Instagram </span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/frankpepepizza/p/C6qkeEFBZQA/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">HERE.</a></p><p><br></p>

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