Chef on TV, health & wealth, Morgan Stanley, bike trips

Sagi Chef Demasi will cook on TV

Bianca Demasi, founder and owner of Sagi Cucina Italiana on Catoonah Street, will be on television today.

Chef Demasi will prepare a favorite spring pasta dish on “Better Connecticut,” a show on WFSB, Monday, June 17, at 3 p.m. WFSB in Hartford is Channel 3 on many systems.

“The dish will be featured as a special at the restaurant that week so if you miss her on TV then come on in and try the dish,” said Sabrina Rullo, manager (and Ms. Demasi’s daughter).

Health and wealth: networking Monday

The health and wellness company, Isagenix International, and Drew Berman of Ridgefield, will have a networking event, “Fit, Fabulous, and Financially Free,” Monday June 17, from 6 to 9:30 at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

“Don’t miss your chance to network and learn with local business experts and entrepreneurs!” said Mr. Berman. “Healthy food tips, fun, networking and brilliant information will be shared on improving health and wealth.”

Guest speakers will include: Millionaire Bill Constain, financial planner, social media marketing expert; Mr. Berman, author of, “YouOnlineYouOffline;” Keith Deyo, gym owner and fitness expert; Tammy Gruber, Pilates instructor and owner of a Wellness Life; Jessica Mancini, owner of The Fitness Studio, dance and Zumba instructor; and Dr. Nicole Kafka, Harvard/Cornell graduate, NY board certified surgeon and nutritional expert.

Focus topics include social media strategies, tax advantages, eliminating debt, losing weight, improving athletic performance, and having more energy.

For free tickets, contact Mr. Berman at 917-226-6901; [email protected] or

Lori Fusco joins Morgan Stanley office

Lori M. Fusco has joined The Ridgefield Group at Morgan Stanley  as a financial advisor in the firm’s wealth management office at 90 Grove Street.

Formerly with Merrill Lynch for seven years, Ms. Fusco is a native of Scarsdale, N.Y. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lafayette College. She currently lives in Ridgefield with her fiancé and three children.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, banking and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.

For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit

Foley offers tours by bike in Vermont

Caitlin Foley, a Ridgefield High School Class of 2004 alumna, has launched Kingdom Tours, a bicycling tourist company in the “Northeast Kingdom” of Vermont.

“The Northeast Kingdom was ranked at the number one American destination by the National Geographic Society for their Geotourism Initiative,” said Ms. Foley.

“Inspired by the lack of options of guided excursions in this incredibly beautiful area, Kingdom Tours was born to ‘fill the gap,’” said Ms. Foley.

Kingdom Tours’ offerings include half-day mountain biking trips, “Boutique Bike-and-Stay Packages,” and private tours.

She lived in Rome, Italy, for seven years where she worked as a tour guide at the Vatican and started her own tour company, before moving back home to start the new venture.

Ms. Foley has partnered with Village Sport Shop in Burke, as a base of operations.

Description of tours may be found at She also has a Kingdom Tours facebook page.

Laurel Ridge helps in Alzheimer fight

The Alzheimer’s Association partnered with Laurel Ridge Health Care and the Playhouse June 2, to create awareness for people affected by the disease.

Kristen Cusato, southwest Connecticut regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association, educated people who were interested in finding out more information about the Association or ways to support the CT Chapter during the event.

Laurel Ridge, which has been a long-time supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission, helped to underwrite the Bacon Brothers show and donated door prizes in order to fund-raise for the Chapter. The  Playhouse also donated a portion of the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Newman attends Little Gym reunion 

Erica Newman of The Little Gym of Ridgefield recently attended the company’s annual “Reunion” Conference  in Jacksonville, Fla.  April 25 to 27 with more than 300 owners and key team members of The Little Gym franchises.

Each year, The Little Gym uses its reunion conference to keep the focus on improving programs through their franchisees.

During the conference, Ms. Newman had the opportunity to share best practices with both owners and other team members in large group and small group settings meetings on how to deliver great programs while maintaining profitability and operating efficiencies.

“Every reunion is an opportunity for me to meet other franchise owners and team members, exchange ideas, learn about the latest programs and offerings, and discover new ways to keep The Little Gym of Ridgefield a fun, energy-filled, worthwhile experience for all of our children,” said Ms. Newman. “At the end of the day, The Little Gym is about using fun physical activities to help children develop self-confidence and new skills, while emphasizing healthy habits that benefit the whole family. That’s a great goal to strive for — for my business and for the families we serve, too.”

For more information, call  203-431-2150,   [email protected] or visit

 Raveis announces awards for May

Deb McCarty was recognized as the Top Listing Associate and The Morris Group was Top Listing Team in the Ridgefield/Redding office of William Raveis Real Estate Mortgage & Insurance for May.

The Morris Group was the Top Selling Team.

Ms. McCarty was  Top Producing Associate and The Morris Group was Top Producing Team.

The Karlson & Jasinski Group was honored for Excellence in Customer Service by William Raveis, chief executive officer and chairman.

Pitt Sotheby’s video on supply and demand

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty has launched the latest episode of its “Supply and Demand” online video series. In the video, president and chief executive officer Paul Breunich explores recent trends in real estate and how they are impacting the market.

Mr. Breunich discusses the four traditional phases of the market with host Ana Berry, explaining that the market has cycled through all four phases in recent years and has now returned to the initial peak stage, last seen in the years 1997 to 2005.

According to Mr. Breunich, this phase is characterized by high demand, illustrated by increasing unit sales, and low supply, which has the effect of driving prices upward. The peak period was followed by a correction period in 2006, with decreasing sales causing inventory to increase while prices remained unaffected; a trough period in 2008, with supply at its highest and demand at a low point; and a recovery period in 2011, with supply shrinking and unit sales finally rising.

The “Supply and Demand” video is now available to view on

Study ebook offered,workshops planned

Successful Study Skills 4 Students (S4) is offering Ridgefield students, a free e-book, “S4’s Test and Exam Study Tips,” as a service to middle and high school students.

The book provides strategies for preparing to take a variety of tests. Strategies are outlined for specific content areas — English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language, and specific test types, including multiple choice, short answer, essay, and open book.

The strategies are adapted from S4’s study-skills workshops, which The Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club will be hosting in July and August. The workshops offer a more in-depth approach to studying, note-taking, time management, project management, and self-advocacy. More information about the workshops can be found at

The e-book will be available for download at through June 10.

Schimenti buildsBed Bath project

Schimenti Construction Company, headquartered in Ridgefield has broken ground on a new $15 million retail shopping development in the Deptford Town Center shopping center in Deptford, N.J. The one-story 100,000-square-foot building will include every Bed Bath & Beyond brand under one roof: Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, buybuy Baby and Harmon Face Values.

Schimenti Construction, founded in 1994, builds retail shopping stores for some of the nation’s leading retailers, including Clarks, Fossil, Kohl’s, REI, Sephora, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret and Zara.

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