N.Y. Woman Admits to ATM Crimes

by Anthony Buzzeo03/29/11

Sabrina Matache, 22, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud stemming from her participation in an “ATM skimming scheme," the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.

Matache, of Middle Village, N.Y., and others allegedly conspired to install “skimming” devices on ATMs and on card swipe devices at several Peoples United Bank locations in Connecticut. The devices captured the information encoded on the magnetic strips on bank cards, the statement says.

The group also set up devices with pinhole-size cameras on ATMs to record the personal identification

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Forbes: Billionaires Abound in Fairfield County

by Melvin Mason03/10/11

Several of America’s wealthiest residents live in Greenwich, the town farthest south in Fairfield County, according to the latest Forbes Magazine list of the world’s richest people.

Steve Cohen, a hedge fund manager worth approximately $8 billion, resides in Greenwich. He is tied for 114th on the latest Forbes list. The list does not end there. Greenwich resident Ray Dalio, who also works with hedge funds, is worth an estimated $6 billion. Investor Edward Lampert, worth $3.6 billion, also calls Greenwich home. So do Paul Tudor Jones, currently worth $3.3 billion,

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Pop Art Inspires Display at Wilton Library

by Anthony Buzzeo03/08/11

The Wilton Library has brightened its walls with a new display of art called “Pow, Punch, re-ZOOM!” that was inspired by the Pop Art movement of the late 1950s through the 1970s. The library exhibit includes the work of about 20 artists from Fairfield County and Westchester County, N.Y.

“It will be a fun show for kids and adults alike, putting smiles on everyone’s faces,” organizer Susan Frey said in a statement.

About half of the artists in the show are from the Loft Artists Association in Stamford. The Loft artists are:Susan Frey, Paul Larson, Renee Kahn, Francine

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Greenwich Colonial Sits on Desirable Cul-de-Sac

by Fenella Pearson03/08/11

Homes on cul-de-sacs are highly desirable because they’re great places to raise kids. The trouble is, there just aren’t many cul-de-sacs in our busy towns. And when family homes come up for sale in these neighborhoods, they see a lot of buyer activity.

So if you’re looking for a quiet street, take a look at this home in the Cos Cob area of Greenwich. It’s described as a Colonial but it has a decidedly modern twist. I particularly like the large windows, which bring tons of light into the home. The floors are a mix of hardwood and tile, and the kitchen has white cabinets

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New Riverside Waterfront Home Seeks Buyer

by Fenella Pearson02/08/11

Anyone looking for a brand new waterfront home? This colonial might be just the ticket for your family. Built in 2010, the big selling point for this home is its setting. There are views of the Mianus pond from almost every room and even in the snow the views are breath-taking.

Another big plus is the fact that the home is on a cul-de-sac in Riverside, close to the train, the shops and the schools. You’ll have plenty of privacy because this house sits right next to an acre of town-owned property.

The house itself has all the detailing you’d expect from a new Greenwich

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Architects Give Greenwich Colonial a Twist

by Fenella Pearson01/21/11

Are you looking for a family home in Greenwich? This traditional colonial "with a twist" might just be right for you.

Redesigned and renovated in 2006 by MADE LLC, a New York architectural firm, this five bedroom home is just waiting for the right family. New over-sized windows look out onto an acre of lawn and professionally landscaped beds. There might even be room to build a pool.

The sleek kitchen leads into a large family room. While you’re there, check out the handmade back stairs leading from the family room to the second floor. The bedrooms all have custom designed

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They Find Her on the Internet

by Fenella Pearson12/13/10

If there’s one thing Julianne Ward likes, it’s a good list. “I am extremely detail oriented,” she says, “and I keep track of everything.” At the end of every day she takes her different lists and condenses them into one, and her new list gets the next business day going.

Julianne is an agent with Prudential in Greenwich and a member of the Chairman’s Circle. “I often have up to 50 clients at one time and I like to know where everything is with each client,” she says. She’s also involved with Greenwich’s Neighbor to Neighbor and the Transportation Association

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Family Centers Will Light the Night

by Anthony Buzzeo11/17/10

With the holiday season nearly upon us, Family Centers is looking forward to its 18th annual Hope Lights Lives fund-raiser and is asking Fairfield County residents to participate in its luminary project. The event culminates with the entire county lighting luminaries on Dec. 12. Proceeds will go to the Center for HOPE and the Den for Grieving Kids.

"I've been working on the luminary project for the past five years," said Corinne Chelednik of Hoffman Landscapes in Wilton, "and it's the charity closest to our hearts. I feel honored to be a part of it." Hoffman has been working

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Dinner Raises Funds for Food Bank

by Anthony Buzzeo11/17/10

Chefs Bryan Malcarney and Stephen Maronian were among the chefs who donated their talents for the Fifth Annual Connoisseurs Dinner to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Food bank executive director Kate Lombardo said the evening at the Stamford Yacht Club was a success. 

“Everything came together in such a perfect way,” Lombardo said in a press release, “and everyone was there for one important reason -- to raise money so we can continue to provide food through the holidays.”

The food bank supplies groceries

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Bring Your Piano to This House

by Fenella Pearson11/05/10

I like a house with nooks and crannies. They’re the details that make a house interesting, the little surprises carved into a basic box. Sadly, builders of the big mansion-style homes often forget to add such interesting touches, so it’s nice to come across a big new house that is different.

Take a look at the front of 25 Beechcroft Road in Greenwich. There are many different rooflines, and the covered porch off to the side looks like a wonderful spot for morning coffee or evening cocktails. There are several entertaining rooms, including a music room large enough for a

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