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Becoming Martha Stewart

Becoming Martha Stewart

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16 Guard Hill

16 Guard Hill

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Fran Hauser

Fran Hauser

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Emily Bayuk: The Future of STEM

Emily Bayuk: The Future of STEM

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Heather Guadio – Femme de Fine Arts

Heather Guadio – Femme de Fine Arts

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Shaz Khang

Shaz Khang

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O’Hagan & Carlson Wedding

O’Hagan & Carlson Wedding

Kathleen O'Hagan marries Tore Carlson in a beautiful barnyard wedding in Bedford. [pdfjs-viewer url="https://bedfordnewcanaanmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Wedding.pdf" attachment_id="7283" viewer_width=100% viewer_height=800px fullscreen=true download=true...

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Wiz Kid To Watch

Wiz Kid To Watch

James D’Ambrosi was born and raised in Pound Ridge. He’s one of three founders of a start-up called Chalk, which aims to identify deep tech start-ups originating from a network of two dozen top U.S. universities and match the best with venture capital from established...

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Lax Queen: Sammy Jo Tracy

Lax Queen: Sammy Jo Tracy

Sammy Jo Tracy’s two-time All-American performance at UNC puts her at the top of women’s college lacrosse history. She tells B&NC Mag, “Growing up in Bedford, I always felt that the sky was the limit!” [pdfjs-viewer...

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Acting Through Adversity: Matthew Del Negro

Acting Through Adversity: Matthew Del Negro

Matthew Del Negro has Cary Grant good looks. He’s Rock Hudson handsome. But it’s Matt’s discipline and motivation that define him - as an actor and, now also, as an author and inspirational guru. [pdfjs-viewer...

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Running Girl

Running Girl

You’ve seen her out there...running. That long-legged girl with the blond ponytail, tight black top and shorts and a backpack, running...everywhere! She was out there on Oenoke when you were driving from Pound Ridge to New Canaan, she was on Westchester Ave when you...

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Hometown Hero: Zach Allen

Hometown Hero: Zach Allen

Zach Allen is 24 years old, 6’ 5”, 285 lbs., runs a 4.9 40 yard dash, can bench press 430 lbs., and was the #65 draft pick in the 2019 National Football League Draft. Now in his third season, he’s #94, a starting Defensive End, on the league-leading Arizona Cardinals....

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A Sneak Peek @ This Year’s Holiday House Tour

A Sneak Peek @ This Year’s Holiday House Tour

The New Canaan Holiday House Tour is a biennial event hosted by the New Canaan Newcomers Club - that brings YOU inside of some of the most spectacular houses in town... and it's all to benefit great local charities. What could be better?! Peek inside homes that you've...

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60 Years of Ski & Be Seen

60 Years of Ski & Be Seen

When you think about it, isn’t it the people and places that make us love where we live? In our neck of the woods, only an hour or so from Manhattan yet a verdant, spacious, open-sky world away, certain people and places are “home” to us. Skip Beitzel is one of those...

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SWEET: A Rock N’ Roll Re-Do

SWEET: A Rock N’ Roll Re-Do

This rock n’ roll redo of the basement, garage and backyard of a New Canaan in-town residence is about as sweet as it gets! The just-completed space is filled with epic guitars, including axes used and signed by AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, and...

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Billy Fortin

Billy Fortin

You, the B&NC MAG reader, probably already know Billy Fortin. He is the owner/operator of both the Market at Pound Ridge Square and the popular Blind Charlie’s eatery across the street in Scotts Corners, and he’s somewhat ubiquitous in and at every local charity...

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Monte & Angelina Lipman: At Home For The Holidays

Monte & Angelina Lipman: At Home For The Holidays

By: Michael Kaplan Photos: Rhonda Spevak Monte and Angelina Lipman are a hit couple, in perfect sync and balance, with a great mood and rhythm, and singing a delightful tune. They are at once the epitome of the power couple, and still totally relatable, grounded,...

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David Worby: The Renaissance Man

David Worby: The Renaissance Man

By: Michael Kaplan // Photos: Frances Isaac David Worby, a Bedford resident, is most famous for having successfully represented over 10,000 plaintiffs suffering from illnesses relating to their exposure at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attack. He hunted down the...

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Fall 2021 Education Section: Rippowam Cisqua

Fall 2021 Education Section: Rippowam Cisqua

By: Barbara Accetta B&NC Mag shines a spotlight on four of our area's most dynamic private day schools - and what makes each unique! Rippowam has a focus on project-based learning, which leads to more successful and lasting results with students. [pdfjs-viewer...

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Fall 2021 Education Section: King School

Fall 2021 Education Section: King School

By: Barbara Accetta B&NC Mag shines a spotlight on four of our area's most dynamic private day schools - and what makes each unique! King School: Examining the role of athletics in college matriculation, B&NC Mag interviewed a D1 alum from the school who now...

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Fall 2021 Education Section: Ridgefield Academy

Fall 2021 Education Section: Ridgefield Academy

By: Barbara Accetta B&NC Mag shines a spotlight on four of our area's most dynamic private day schools - and what makes each unique! [pdfjs-viewer url="https%3A%2F%2Fbedfordnewcanaanmag.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F09%2FRidgefield-Academy.pdf"...

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Fall 2021 Education Section: New Canaan Country School

Fall 2021 Education Section: New Canaan Country School

By: Barbara Accetta B&NC Mag shines a spotlight on four of our area's most dynamic private schools - and what makes each unique! [pdfjs-viewer url="https%3A%2F%2Fbedfordnewcanaanmag.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F09%2Fcountry-school.pdf" viewer_width=100%...

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Horizons

Horizons

By: Isaiah Bien Aime (a former Horizon's student at the New Canaan Country School, and current Board member for the NCC location) In 1964, the New Canaan Country School Headmaster, George Stevens, had what was then considered to be a bold and prescient idea: That...

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American RoadSchool

American RoadSchool

Photo Journal by: Emily Neville Fisher published: September/October 2021 So in late summer 2020, amid the escalating COVID-19 pandemic and with the treat of another year of remote school and work, my husband, Murray, and I, decided to pull our three kids out of...

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THE FAT JEWISH: May/June

THE FAT JEWISH: May/June

  For the Instagram-less, who have no idea who The Fat Jewish is, or that his phenomena even exists... He’s got over TEN MILLION FOLLOWERS and has managed to parlay his top influencer status into millions of dollars of sponsorships, placements and promotions...He...

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IN-TOWN INFLUENCE: May/June

IN-TOWN INFLUENCE: May/June

Layla Lisiewski & Jessica Blouin of the Local Mom's Network It seems almost obvious that grouping local moms on social media would produce some of the most dedicated and trusting audiences, and that successful influencers in this category can have outsized...

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TIME FOR A VACCI-BRATION: May/June

TIME FOR A VACCI-BRATION: May/June

He looks like every soccer dad and he’s probably one of the most unassuming, soft-spoken, even demure, guys around; but make no mistake, Dan Pearson is the life of the party! Always has been - and when people start partying again - always will be! Chances are, you’ve...

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INFLUENTIAL INSIGHTS: May/June

INFLUENTIAL INSIGHTS: May/June

Knowing which influencers have influence, with whom and how deeply their influence extends, the demographics and behavior of each influencer’s audience, and ultimately what influencer impressions will trigger a purchase decision, is a science. Billions in influencer...

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LOOK THE PART: May/June

LOOK THE PART: May/June

Influencers can offer a window into a seemingly perfect life. For many, a lot of the appeal is based on a flawless appearance. With some making that unattainable image a part of their brand, and others building a business dishing on the behind-the-scenes how-tos. ...

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LIZ & JD WILLITS: May/June

LIZ & JD WILLITS: May/June

Elizabeth (Liz) and Jefferson Dillard (JD) Willits became Mr. & Mrs. Willits on October 17, 2020. The ceremony was held at the St. Matthew’s Chapel in the Woods, a romantic spot with wooden benches that fits about 30 people comfortably, followed by a reception at...

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INFLUENCING THE INFLUENCERS: May/June

INFLUENCING THE INFLUENCERS: May/June

As the business of being an influencer has grown into an industry, early experts have emerged to explain and educate - the influencers and the influenced. Experimentation and experience in the evolving world of influencer commerce can be used to inform the potential...

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WHERE TO GET FIT: May/June

WHERE TO GET FIT: May/June

B&NC MAG follows @the_laura_young, a lifestyle Instagram with 7.4K followers, that highlights Laura Young’s fitness journey over the past few years. Laura is a second grade teacher at South School in New Canaan and lives nearby with her husband, Ben, and their...

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THE BURNHAMS: May/June

THE BURNHAMS: May/June

Martha Lee Civitillo and David Hunter Burnham were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church on September 19, 2020.Martha and Dave met in August of 2016 when they were set up by a mutual friend. Martha tells the adorable story, saying, “...

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THE FACE OF DATING: May/June

THE FACE OF DATING: May/June

The podcast universe is wide and deep. The array of topics about which a podcast exists to talk about it is endless. And when it comes to popular topics - audience size, enthusiasm and loyalty, sores. Ilana Dunn’s Seeing Other People podcast about dating is a great...

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THE ZHUSH: May/June

THE ZHUSH: May/June

With 150k Instagram followers, 57k Pinterest followers (@sued), and 15,000 - 20,000 weekly active readers on her website (thezhush.com), Sue DeChiara is a significant influencer. The @zhush followers are a focused and highly desirable affluent target audience, and...

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INTERIOR INFLUENCE: May/June

INTERIOR INFLUENCE: May/June

Sometimes referred to as micro-influencers, Instagramers with audiences that are too small to move the needle for any mass consumer brand, like Coke or Ford, can be most valuable for advertisers looking for a more pinpointed campaign. Local brands and retailers are...

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COVID CUTS THE COUNT: May/June

COVID CUTS THE COUNT: May/June

Covid has required that all events are limited in size and held with social distancing guidelines. Weddings have been limited, at different times and in different places during the pandemic, to 100, or 50, or even those in a ‘bubble’. Couples with existing wedding...

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I’m Getting a SAGE: May/June

I’m Getting a SAGE: May/June

I turned 62 in January, and have been having what you could call a mid-life crisis...since probably around my 30th! I’m gripped by the notion that, no matter how much I’ve done, where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, and/or how great it’s been...it’s not enough, there are...

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ZEN & THE ART OF BEING A ROCKSTAR: May/June

ZEN & THE ART OF BEING A ROCKSTAR: May/June

Katonah’s Musical Prodigy, Michael Sabath spends a day with B&NC Mag’s Arts & Culture Editor, Drew Bordeaux. Many of us remember our early twenties as a time when we were studying for college exams, or making the best of our first ‘real world’ job. Not so for...

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POSITIVE INFLUENCE: May/June

POSITIVE INFLUENCE: May/June

LIVEGIRL has influence at another level! Influence beyond consumer tastes and spending... LIVEGIRL has a positive influence on lives! ...Although billions of dollars in ad spending now flows through the new generation of social media influencers - and influencers now...

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THE STYLE SISTERS: May/June

THE STYLE SISTERS: May/June

Style and fashion Instagramers may best exemplify today’s prototypical influencers. In the model - and the shadow - of the Kardashians, the style and fashion Instagram-ophere is flooded with those who profess and display nothing more than their own style and...

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Susan Magrino: May/June

Susan Magrino: May/June

Susan Magrino Dunning runs MAGRINO PR, her powerhouse public relations firm, with about fifty trusted and loyal staff, from corporate offices on Park Avenue South. She’s been Martha Stewart’s go-to public relations person since Martha’s second cookbook back in 1983,...

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Artsy Sounds

Artsy Sounds

By: Drew Bordeaux Drew Bordeaux, the new Music Editor at B&NC Mag, was a COO of a business planning and analytics firm prior to focusing full-time on creative pursuits. Drew is a musician, who plays 8 instruments including guitar and violin, and performs over 100...

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Going Green(er)

Going Green(er)

BEDFORD 2020 GOING BEDFORD 2030 By: Karen SabathKaren, the new Green Editor at B&NC Mag, is a sustainability advocate with several facets. She became Bedford 2030 Board President in June after five years as treasurer. She is also CEO of TBM Designs, LLC (whose...

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Planting in the Pandemic

Planting in the Pandemic

by : Jill Brooke Jill Brooke is the new Floral Editor at Bedford & New Canaan Magazine, and is the founder of flowerpowerdaily.com, the first daily floral news site. Jill has been Editor-in-Chief of Avenue, Travel Savvy and Show Circuit magazines, a CNN...

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CAMP BY MAMA

CAMP BY MAMA

by: Megan Schinella New Canaanite and Mommy Blogger (@campbymama)As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change color, it's time to start thinking about what this Fall season has to offer. Fall activities are a great way to introduce a new season, a season...

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The Glass House

The Glass House

In the period immediately after World War II, New Canaan was like something out of a William Hamilton cartoon in The New Yorker – affluent, conservative, WASPy, with architectural tastes that tended toward Georgian and Second Empire Victorian. When Philip Johnson,...

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ACORN HILL: January/February

ACORN HILL: January/February

Sahsa Lawer & Mark Noonan 55 St. Johns Place, New Canaan Sue is an artist, entrepreneur, and seasoned interior design blogger, who loves to provide her readers with up-to-date home decor and fashion advice. She is a former Pound Ridger and a long-term New...

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JUDY RICHTER @ COKER FARM: January/February

JUDY RICHTER @ COKER FARM: January/February

Coker Farm, at 69 Stone Hill Road in Bedford, just east of the intersection with Old Post Road, is a fixture in the landscape that makes Bedford so attractive. The glimpse from the road of big red barns, paddocks, and horses out to pasture is an image that shapes...

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Grace Farms Fights COVID-19

Grace Farms Fights COVID-19

by: Mike CurranGrace Farms Foundation confronts some of the most pressing humanitarian crises around the world. So, when the acute statewide need for life-saving personal protective equipment (PPE) and food relief emerged during COVID-19 pandemic, Sharon Prince, CEO...

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The New Hamptons

The New Hamptons

 REPORT ON THE WAVE OF SUMMER RENTALS, HOME BUYING, AND HOME AND GARDEN IMPROVEMENT Fueled by an ever-increasing wealthy population in Manhattan and relatively low interest rates, the real estate market in the Hamptons has been on fire for the last forty years. The...

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WILL REEVE: January/February

WILL REEVE: January/February

Bedford-raised Will Reeve Comes Back To Visit His Old School (Rippowam Cisqua) And Sits Down For A Chat With B&nc MagWill Reeve is only 28, but his life already reads like a Disney movie; complete with a young and relatable hero, who faces extreme tragedy, and...

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BLOGGER BRIDE: July/August

BLOGGER BRIDE: July/August

For those of you that do not know, I am a CT-based Lifestyle Blogger – I specifically curate beauty and fashion centric content. I started STYLEE LYST in 2018, and took the brand and business full time in 2019. My website is home to my favorite beauty products, go-to...

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BUY/SELL

BUY/SELL

It’s almost too cliche to say that buying or selling a home is often one’s biggest financial decision. To be sure, it’s a meaningful, if not critical, transaction - for everyone. Even for those with multiple homes, the infrequency of buying or selling, and vagaries of...

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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

By: Kathleen & Caroline McCown Kathleen is a Communications Consultant. She is a former Director of Public Affairs for a Fortune 500 corporation and the recipient of several awards for excellence in communication. She has served on the Boards of the Pound Ridge...

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WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT: January/February

WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT: January/February

Lisa Faith Sher & John Wesley Chambers Backyard Bedford Nuptials 8/8/20Lisa Faith Sher (daughter of Michael and Susan Sands and Carol Sands Kaminski) and John Wesley Chambers (son of Louise Chambers and the late Theodore E. Chambers) were married on August 8,...

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A Note From Our President

A Note From Our President

Again, our motto is ‘Always Local, Always Positive!’ We hope our bios of great and interesting local people, getting you inside some of the most spectacular homes in our area, and bringing you features on special things in the community, has your interest. We treasure...

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Cross – Border Buds

Cross – Border Buds

An Interview with Bedford & New Canaan Magazine's Congressmen Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY 18) & Jim Himes (D-CT 4) Bedford & New Canaan Magazine (B&NC):Sean, you represent New York’s 18th congressional district, including all of Bedford, Katonah, Pound...

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MAJOR LEAGUE LOCALS

MAJOR LEAGUE LOCALS

GRIFFIN DEY Pound Ridge local, Kennedy Catholic '15/Yale University '19, Detroit Tigers 2019 Draft Pick, writes about chasing the dream... along with, Curt Casali, New Canaan local and Cincinnati Reds Catcher, Richard Slenker, Pound Ridge local and former Houston...

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