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Whats in your family's drinking water?

Whats in your family's drinking water?



I cant help being political in social media



There have been many discussions over the years in Activerain about maintaining a neutral position in political issues so as to not alienate any potential business.  Ive been in the business for 12 years and always felt that perhaps that it was best to remain apolitical and leave those discussions to have only with social friends.


Can we really say that politics has no bearing on real estate and community?  Based on the experiences of our AR friends, Andrea Swindler Denials and Discrimination With a Bank of America Short Sale” , or Gail Robinson Today I Was Told by BOA My Home is Going into Foreclosure” , I’d say that politics and the economy are intrinsic to real estate.


Over the last few years I have acquired more and more friends on my facebook account, and more realtors and professionals I do business with.  This is probably where my lines first started to blur about mixing politics with real estate.


As our post-post modern world becomes more chaotic, I really find I cant hold myself back from expressing my opinions on the issues that matter the most to me.  One of those issues is the fluoridation of water.


This is a very informative video about fluoride from an attorney who represents Fluoride Alert Network


I signed this Petition to remove fluoride from Connecticut Drinking water.  Many communities across the US have also joined in petitioning to remove this additive from public water, some successfully like Dallas.  If we see something in our communities we don’t agree with, its imperative to be take some action to make our world a better place.  If we try to remain impartial or neutral, then we are not really participating members of our community.





Connecticut Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014


This is a compilation of events celebrating Chinese New Year in Connecticut.


Wishing You Great Happiness And Prosperity (Mandarin)


Gong Xi Fa Cai, pronounced gong zee fah chai


Wishing You Great Happiness And Prosperity (Cantonese)


Gong Hey Fat Choy, pronounced gung hey fah choy



Milford, Connecticut


Chinese New Year Performance 2014by Wu Dang Kung Fu Academy


 Monday January 27, 2014 6:30pm

Westfield Connecticut Post

1201 Boston Post Rd., Milford, Connecticut 06460


Followed by Dinner at "Lao Sze" 

1585 Boston Post Rd

 Milford, CT 06460



One of my personal favorite authentic Chinese restaurants in Connecticut.





Ridgefield, Connecticut


Cirque Ziva


March 2, 2014 at 4pm


Ridgefield Playhouse

80 East Ridge st

Ridgefield, CT 06877



Chinese acrobats Ridgefield, CT tickets adults $40 children $35


The newest show from producer and world renowned impresario Danny Chang (Artistic Director for the Golden Dragon Acrobats), Cirque Ziva is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show.  The large cast and spectacular set designs illustrate the best of Chang's brand of artistic merit, high productive value and sold commitment to cultural exchange.

The best of a time honored tradition, some 25 centuries old, meets modern movement and expression in a gorgeous, innovative cirque performance. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as one of the premiere Chinese acrobatic companies touring today. Their Broadway debut earned two Drama Desk Award nominations and audiences on five continents have sat in stunned amazement at their impossible feats.  This is a show of spellbinding artistry that will entertain and delight audiences of all ages!



Stamford, Connecticut


Annual Chinese Dinner Dance

Saturday, Jan 25 5:00p

Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

1 1st Stamford Pl 
Stamford, CT 06902 
(203) 967-2222

Buy Tickets to Chinese New Year Event at Yale

The Organization of Chinese Americans, Fairfield County Chapter (OCAFC) is holding its annual Chinese New Year Dinner Dance on Saturday, Jan 25th, at the Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in Stamford from 5:00 pm to 11 pm. Festivities begin with a Dragon Dance by students of the Chinese Language School of Fairfield County to herald in the Year of the Horse. Entertainment includes traditional dance by CLSFC students, performances by the OCAFC Chorus, renowned concert pianist Dr. Tienni Chen, and international award-winning violinist Richard Lin. Ten course feast, Raffles of popular products and services. And dancing to favorite hits!

The event is open to the public. Call Pauline at 203-966-0511 for questions.


 New Haven, Connecticut


 Lunar New Year with Lunarfest

Saturday, Feb 1 10:00a to 5:00p

Yale-China Association New Haven, CT

442 Temple st

New Haven, Connecticut 06511


Price All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register and view the complete schedule of events, please visit

Age Suitability All Ages

Lunarfest, a day-long event offering cultural programs for adults and children of all ages, will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2014 in celebration of the Year of the Horse.

Lunarfest kicks off at 10:00AM with a lion dance on Whitney Avenue between Grove Street and Trumbull Street. Celebrate alongside the famed Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute’s lion dance troupe as they bring good luck and prosperity to the New Haven merchants and community members.

Connecticut Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014


Lost pet advice in Milford Connecticut


Lost Pets Milford Connecticut 06460 Cat Dog

Lost pet advice in Milford Connecticut 06460

Lost my cat or dog in Connecticut, What do I do to find them…..


This summer I had a lovely stay-vacation planned at a beach house on the waterfront in Milford, Connecticut. The beach communities here are quite beautiful retreats, and are often rented for short term vacation stays to local and international beach lovers.


Relishing the serene environment was unfortunately very short lived. I brought my cat with me to this beach house and being in an unfamiliar location completely rattled her feline psyche and she escaped out the back door of the house the first day of vacation.


The heartache I experienced has been intense and very distracting.  For the last 5 months and 3 weeks I have spent hundreds hours walking and calling for her in this neighborhood unfamiliar to her.  I never truly appreciated how much I loved my little furry buddy until the day she disappeared from my life.


In the first 3 weeks while we stayed at the beach house I walked the neighborhood at all odd hours of the day, calling her name, “Monchi-chi”, and shake her bag of treats vigorously.  I spoke to hundreds of neighbors, posted posters and passed out flyers.  I also called the 4 neighboring animal shelters and filed a missing kitty report. Although I called the shelters every 4 weeks or so, they did say this lost kitty report gets compared to animals brought in so owners could be possibly be reunited.

Milford Animal Control

Stratford Animal Control

Trumbull Animal Control

Bridgeport Animal Control


After 3 weeks, we left the waterfront home sad faced and sans kitty. The next few weeks I spent hours every day posting her photo and description to every lost kitty website I could find, craigs list and lost animal groups on facebook.  While doing this I also checked all these sites for newly found animals obsessively for my girl.


This is a list Connecticut lost pet facebook groups;

Stratford Animal Rescue

CT  Lost & Found Animal Page

Connecticut - Lost and Found Pets

Connecticut Animal Amber Alert

News 12 Connecticut’s Pet Talk

Packleader Pettrackers

Lost pet websites in Connecticut;

Connecticut Cats Lost and Found

Missing Critters

Tabby Tracker 

Missing Pet 911

This list is not to list your lost pet here, but to search animals brought to shelters;


Connecticut Humane Society


About 3 months later I had nearly lost all hope. Mentally, I mourned the loss of my little friend but something in the back of my mind did not want to give up.   In my mind and heart I felt my girl was out there roaming and needed me to find her.  A nice woman at Stratford animal shelter suggested I run a classified ad in the papers.  I had marketed my missing cat all over the internet, but neglected the newspapers. This was partly due to the fact that any real estate classifieds Ive placed these past years have not garnered the slightest attention.


            After running this lost kitty ad I got dozens of phone calls. Many ironically enough from other lost kitty owners who seek to give or get some emotional support from each other.  In the 6 weeks I had the classified running, 3 people positively identified seeing my cat roaming around.   I spent many days walking around the neighborhood with a renewed vigor looking and calling her name, even though 4 months had passed since she got lost.


 One day someone messaged me in the comments of my missing kitty poster, which was in one of the facebook groups for missing pets.  They suggested calling rescue dogs to find my girl.  So I called Heather and Jaime from Packleader Pettrackers.  They came out one balmy fall day and their gorgeous puppies Dexter and Trigger sniffed my kitty’s hairbrush and carry-all, and one of them gave me a kiss on the face and they set off instantly on her scent(which was 3 months old then) showing us where she traversed. 


I really wanted this blog to celebrate finding her through love and persistence….. but 5 months and 1 week later I am still searching everyday for my cat.  Im hoping this post may have a far greater reach than all the other mediums, and could help reunite me with my favorite little buddy.   


            Losing a furry loved friend can be a very destabilizing event.  I learned one piece of extremely information from Heather and Jaime, from Pettrackers, that months of research on the internet did not easily provide.  When you lose your pet, either dog or cat, calling them by their name is probably one of the most futile activities you could possibly do in getting them back.


            When a pet gets lost, their bodies and minds are in a state of high anxiety.  Im guessing something like the biological fight or flight reaction.  Jaime and Heather educated me that even if my cat hears me calling, I am merely a noise to her, and she perceives all noise in this heightened state of anxiety as Danger to her survival! 


            These last 7 weeks Ive set up 2 hava-a-heart animal traps near where her scent was strongest.  So far Ive caught 2 squirrels, 8 raccoons, 11 opossums, and 28 wrong kitty’s.  But I remain hopeful, as nothing is achieved without intense effort and persistence.  


If you lost your pet cat or dog keep these important things in mind in your search;


1.  Don’t walk around hollering your pets name, this will only serve to alarm them. 


2. Call several neighboring shelters, to file a missing pet report.


3. Place classified ads in local papers, there are numerous animal lovers who frequent the section.


4. List your pet for free on craigs list, local patchlocal CT news , and missing pet web pages,

And don’t forget to keep your eye on animals brought to shelters and are put up for adoption


5. Place posters 18” x 24” Neon cardboard, and put the poster in a plastic sleeve to protect it from rain.


6. Hire rescue dogs, Packleader Pettrackers, to follow your lost pets scent and pin point they area they are roaming.


7. Hava-heart humane animal traps are the most successful in catching lost kitties. They are about $50 and sometimes you can temporarily borrow one from your local animal shelter (thanks Milford CT Animal Shelter!).


Follow safe trapping guidelines.

You can buy traps here or here


8. Persist, Don’t give up on your furry friend after a few days or weeks. One of my best friends in Paris told me he found his lost kitty after 4 months of being lost.


If you have seen my lost girl, or have other helpful knowledge or experiences to share please feel free to get in touch! If you live in the Ft. Trumbull beach area of Milford Connecticut, My cat has been spotted on noble ave, willow st, and east broadway.  I would love to hear from you.


Lost my cat or dog in Connecticut, What do I do to find them…..

Lost pet advice in Milford Connecticut 06460




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