Stampin' & Scrappin' Time stuffs its store with neat rows of vibrant paper, stamps, craft supplies, and more while helping shoppers craft memorably charming handmade cards and scrapbooks. Peruse the vast inventory of colored and patterned paper ($.50–$1.99/sheet) to begin crafting tableaus of past family vacations, first days of school, and victorious backyard chinchilla races. Hero Arts wood and cling rubber stamps ($7.35–$15.35) and Memory Box wood stamps ($6.35–$11.35) sport letters, filigrees, shapes, and more, allowing crafty customers to dip them in colorful inks ($4.35–$9.35) and add instant flair to pencil sketches of Parisian pigeon parades. Decorate a newly purchased white Ferrari with pens, markers, and watercolor pencils ($3.35–$8.85) and garnish the resulting creation with a selection of stickers ($2.35–$5.35) to finally impress blasé preschoolers. The creative and amenable staff stays on hand to offer advice, suggestions, and tips and tricks.
In 2012, the Bluefish became the first team in Atlantic League history to reach 1,000 victories. It was a huge milestone for a franchise that today, stands as one of only two remaining charter teams throughout the entire league. The 'Fish initially brought baseball back to Park City in 1998, and advanced to the league championship series in a losing effort. A year later, though, they returned with their first league title after defeating the Somerset Patriots.
The team's early success established a winning tradition–in fact, the Bluefish didn't suffer their first losing season until their eighth year of existence. Winning hasn't been the only tradition in Bridgeport, however. The Bluefish battle the Long Island Ducks every season for the Ferry Cup, trying to establish regional supremacy on the baseball diamond instead of by firing a barrage of used baseballs across the Long Island Sound.
When Kaye Williams left his life as a commercial fisherman, he had no intention of leaving behind his passion for the sea. Instead, he and his wife, Vivian, began a new career sharing their love of maritime culture with others. With the help of family and friends, they spent 1982 transforming a weed-infested vacant lot into the family-friendly marina complex that would become Captain's Cove.
More than 350 vessels pass through in any given year, but you don't have to be in a boat or on a pirate's shoulder to join the summer celebration. Yankee magazine hailed Kaye and Vivian's creation as "quintessential summer fun at Black Rock Harbor," honoring the complex with an award for Best Boardwalk. Colonial and Victorian shops sell everything from old-fashioned candies and ice cream to vintage jewelry and nautical gifts for the dinghy in your life. A Queen Anne home originally built in 1893—and relocated to Captain's Cove a century later—serves as a museum, holding 18th-century navigational instruments, photographic histories of three local lighthouses, and other exhibits related to the legacies of Black Rock Harbor, Bridgeport Harbor, and Connecticut's oyster industry.
There's also plenty of space to sit back, watch the boats, and get your fill of fresh seafood. Overlooking the waters of Black Rock Harbor, the 400-seat restaurant is a sprawling complex of decks and gazebos where families share fried clams, lobster rolls, and fish and chips. No matter how nice the weather, you might still want to peek inside at the dining room's massive saltwater aquarium or view the hanging scale models of the Titanic and the flying boat Excalibur up in the bar. Even a night of karaoke or dancing to live music is suffused with history at Captain's Cove: the bar is built around the wheelhouse of a 19th-century tugboat.
Though a lot has changed since Hearst Corporation's humble beginnings in 1887 as a single newspaper, one thing has remained the same: a mission to inform, entertain, and inspire. Hearst Media Services of Connecticut carries out that mission by publishing the four major daily newspapers in Fairfield County.
In southwestern Connecticut, the Connecticut Post keeps readers turning pages with stories such as "Full Disclosure," a tale about toxic waste in Stratford that earned one of the New England Newspaper & Press Association's 2012 Publick Occurrences awards. The News-Times mixes national and international news stories with stories about the Greater Danbury area. The Advocate does the same with Stamford, as does its sister paper, the Greenwich Time, with Greenwich.
Combined with seven weekly newspapers, the four dailies reach more than half a million adults every week. Online, the in-depth investigative reporting of the Connecticut newsgathering team sees an average of 15 million page views per month. They also save people money with the coupons in Savings Source, and they give HealthyLife magazine readers the inside scoop on topics such as fitness, gardening, and how to train dogs to paint white picket fences.
Hearst Connecticut's local newspapers arrive on doorsteps three times a week to equip its readers with The Constitution State’s latest news, sports, and entertainment. Discover local, national, and world headlines, or search for new rides and part-time landscaping work in the extensive classifieds section. Tips on gardening and food preparation fill the Living section in the Connecticut Post, awarded Newspaper of the Year in 2010 by the New England Newspaper and Press association, and the News-Times' Opinion section brings a voice to residents in the greater Danbury areas with letters to the editor. Readers search for local theater productions in the Arts section of the Stamford Advocate, a community publication founded in 1829, or eyes can turn toward Greenwich Time to read the thoughts of its variety of columnists, who stand over readers' shoulders and melodically read their articles about national politics.
As the top affiliate of the New York Islanders, the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers continue their tear through the 2010-2011 season and their quest for the Atlantic Division crown with a pair of upcoming home game. With the first game, ice enthusiasts can cool their heels with kith and kin and watch team points leader Rhett Rakhshani go toe-to-toe with Springfield’s top-scoring Matt Calvert in the battle for center ice. In the second game, catch goalie Kevin Poulin and his ability to send pucks into the 8th dimension as he tries to stop sneaky Portland winger Mark Mancari. Aside from the hard-hitting ice action, Sound Tiger fanatic families can catch the zany antics of Storm, Bridgeport Sound’s lovable blue tiger mascot.