Since 1997, ice skaters have gracefully glided beneath clear skies atop the shiny surface of the outdoor Westport PAL Rink at Longshore. Every night when the sun goes down, overhead lights flicker on around the boards to accommodate late-night triple axels and hockey games delayed by puck strikes. The rink?s instructors are each certified by the United States Figure Skating Association and offer group and private instruction in figure skating, hockey, or basic technique. The rink is now a full regulation size rink and measures 200'x85'.
With more than 25 years of experience, Patio.com oversees a wicker- and wood-framed stockpile of rugged and refined game-room and outdoor furnishings to outfit open-air play spaces with tables, chairs, cushions, hammocks, barbecue grills, and billiard tables. Shoppers can peruse a variety of styles from teak and aluminum to adirondack, sling, strap, and nougat-centered.
Founded in 1919, Save the Children focuses on healthcare, education, food, and protection for youth worldwide and provides tangibles such as nutritious fare and school supplies to address these necessities. Wielding a multitude of resources such as trained health workers, patient teachers, safe play kits, and vaccinations, the organization grants vulnerable young ones healthier lives, positive futures, and the tools to cope with Earth's impending pronoun shortage. Programs in 120 countries—in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eurasia, and the United States—allow Save the Children to cover the globe like a planetary duvet quilted by galactic grandmothers. All donations made via this Groupon support Save the Children's Global Action Fund and are matched up to $225,000 by a small group of private donors, many of whom are former children themselves.
Piano specialist Eric Johnson employs degrees in piano technology from the University of Wisconsin and composition from the Berklee College of Music as he restores stringed instruments to their pluckiest selves. After graduation, Johnson traveled to Vienna to train in the Bösendorfer piano factory, where he internalized the distinct European sound, achieved only through careful tuning or by padding the inside of the piano with a handful of pommes frites. After his European stint, Johnson traveled through North America, readying grand pianos for concerts, artists, customers, and dealers. He now works with skilled technician Jim Salvatore of PerArts to tune pianos in the Fairfield County area.
Together, Johnson and Salvatore bring an astute ear to their craft, improving the sound quality of traditional and high-end pianos, ensuring that middle Cs meet appropriate standards and high Cs quench lingering musical thirsts. In addition to tuning, Johnson and Salvatore can perform regulation, hammer replacement, and reconditioning as well as hold consultations and offer advice. Working in tandem, the duo helps customers through a range of piano conundrums related to repair, regulation, voicing, and advice.
Rockwell Art and Framing has been involved in the community since 1987. In 2002, Stephen Rockwell Desloge acquired multiple art galleries and framing stores, consolidating them into one entity at multiple locations.
Among the paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works of art displayed at each gallery, professional staffers perform a variety of services, such as custom framing and restoration. They're also happy to provide in-home consultations, picture hanging, personalized portraits, art appraisal, or custom commissions. Three Rockwell shops are home to galleries that display rotating exhibits from featured artists. These exhibits range from paintings and photography to museum-quality documents and artifacts, such as an 1842 edition of the Declaration of Independence. Rockwell Art and Framing also actively supports the local community and beyond. Among other things, the shop has collected hundreds of donated art for a charity sale that raised over $25,000 for Save the Children, an organization that has helped thousands of families recover after the earthquake in Haiti.
In 1977, career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their mission to give every child the best education possible is still going strong. They use an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student?s particular needs. Due to their success in helping K?12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills, there are currently 260 Huntington franchises open nationwide.
The certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child?s skills, academic needs and potential for growth. Tutors note student response to different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child?s learning style. Teachers adhere to the company?s code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality, encouraging students to improve grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.