Author: PartywithMoms

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe In a previous PWM blog, “High School Guidance/Counselors/College Admissions: Big Caseloads and Little Time," I discussed the challenging demands of high school guidance and college admissions. Since then, a new report has indicated that public high school students lack quality college counseling. The Hechinger Report states that “many public high schools are scrambling to provide students with even basic information about college after years of belt tightening have drained them of counselors. As...

By Remy Cook Paul Sudell & Remy Cook I was honored to attend the 1stAnnual Weevster 18 Golf Outing on Monday, May 6th at The Griff. The outing memorialized Steven “Weev” Sudell, who lost his battle with brain cancer in November 2018 at age 14, and raised funds for an organization dear to his heart, Make-A-Wish Connecticut. Make-A-Wish Connecticut sent Steven and his family to the Bahamas in the year before his death, and they were able to enjoy...

  What do you love to do with your children? How old are they? And what is your greatest wish for them? Graci - I have a 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. They crack me up all day long and constantly keep me on my toes! And as for my greatest wish for them, like any parent, I hope they grow up to be happy and confident and, of course, have wonderful lifelong friendships - Hagar and...

  177 Indian Head Road Riverside, CT 06878 This Classic Colonial on 1.86 gorgeous level acres on waterfront in Riverside is surrounded by beautiful landscaping and views. The first floor boasts a lovely living room with a fireplace, a spacious family room, an elegant formal dining room and a gallery passageway with French doors opening from the sunny eat-in kitchen, to the slate terrace with gardens & gas grill. You can also access the terrace from the living...

  “Every Child is an Artist” – Pablo Picasso The Putnam Indian Field School Annual Art Show never fails to impress and inspire, and this year was no different. In addition to bright and beautiful paintings, drawings, prints and 3-D constructions, the show featured extended project work done by the classes. The Art Show preview party for parents offered cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to admire the work and socialize in relative peace on Friday evening, April...

  Fall light bathed the walls of the Bates’ house. The morning sun made dappled images and everything looked beautiful. Then came a peace-piercing scream. Charlie ran into the kitchen with a pencil in his hand and with the saddest expression a four-year old could have on his still tan little face. The screaming continued. Josh Bates ran up the back stairs. His wife Molly was in the baby’s room, holding Finney, who had a deep cut...

  Kaile Josephs Zagger launched Greenwich’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September of 2018 to honor her late mother, Marilyn Ann Trahan who died at 46 of Ovarian Cancer. “My mom was a beautiful, vibrant woman. Looking back, the signs were there, but she was high-functioning, didn’t miss a beat and lived life to the fullest, so we didn’t worry as much as we should have. One day, it changed…. She went to work, became very ill...

  Good as new again, thanks to Zelenz Brothers Auto Body Shop. Zelenz Brothers has been in business in Greenwich for over 100 years. You can count on them to give a fair estimate and do honest, thorough work.  Accepted by all insurance companies.  They even use Earth-Friendly Waterborne Paint. 37 Sherwood Ave, Greenwich, CT 203 - 869 - 1414  zelenz1@optimum.netwww.zelenzautobodyrepair.com     ...

The Inn at East Hill Farm has advertised with us for over a year now. We loved working with them because the farm looked like such a wonderful place. The photos were beautiful, with gorgeous New Hampshire landscapes, adorable farm animals, smiling children and great looking food. It looked like a perfect place for a family to spend a long weekend or a few days mid-week. They have all kinds of accommodations to suit every...

  What do you love to do with your children? How old are they? And what is your greatest wish for them? My son turned 4 in November and he is my daily sidekick. We are always running errands, grabbing lunch or making a pit stop at the Aquarium. My greatest wish for him is to be happy - happy with the decisions he makes, the person he is and the impact he is making on the...

    By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe By now many people are aware of Operation Varsity Blues. Federal prosecutors allege that William “Rick” Singer touted his knowledge of “the secret of getting into college,” becoming “the mastermind of an enormous, elaborate scheme carried out over years, brazenly paying off coaches and test monitors, faking exam scores and fabricating student biographies – all to help wealthy parents cheat their children’s way into desirable colleges.” Hiring a high-end college admissions...

  A nursery school like no other, PIFS offers the perfect summer experience for a young child. All facilities and grounds are specifically designed for 2 – 5 year olds, with classrooms and play yards full of wonderful, age appropriate activities. PIFS staff know how to introduce a young child to the first school experience, and to make a successful transition from home to school. They combine comfort and assurance with interesting and exciting activities that any...

  By Guest Columnist, Clarisse Clabaugh   Moms always seem busy. In between picking up the kids from school, holding the house down and managing a career, it’s astounding how they keep everything together so well. But with so much going on, fashion and beauty can be less of a priority, and it can be tempting to live in sweats forever. However, a survey conducted by Pew Research Center found that mothers actually feel a lot of unnecessary pressure to look...

  Stop by Val’s - 125 West Putnam Ave On Saturday, March 16th 3 – 6 PM And taste some marvelous Irish Whiskey In Honor of ST. PATRICK’S DAY  GLENDALOUGH DOUBLE BARREL IRISH WHISKEY Winner of Double Gold at The World Spirits Competition in San Francisco Flavor beyond its years Aged twice in both American oak Bourbon barrels for sweet honey and smooth vanilla notes and in Spanish oak Oloroso barrels for dried fruit and nutty flavors  ...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe In February, Dr. Lowe participated in the Washington International Education Conference located in Washington D.C. Dr. Lowe had the opportunity to meet and network with foreign embassy officials involved with the international education community and discuss boarding school and college admissions. He was also able to discuss the latest information on visa issuance and regulations governing international students in the United States with immigration law firms. During the conference, Dr. Lowe...

17 Lincoln Ave Greenwich 06830 Location, location, location! Just one block from Greenwich Ave, walk to shops, restaurants, Whole Foods, movies and train. This jewel of a house was built in 1905, and lovingly restored in 2010, combining the charm of the original Four Square design with all modern conveniences. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, cabinets of reclaimed wood, large windows, stone fireplace, exposed brick walls, wood burning stove, all add to the appeal of this authentically renovated...

  Join Caitlin Hayes, attorney, business woman & spiritual advisor for a special retreat on March 15th. Caitlin will create the sacred space for your evolution that will provide your pro-activity, creativity and self-expression. Using meditative and energetic exercises, Caitlin will empower you with tools to confront, heal and overcome your pain. Tickets include French vegan cuisine lunch and a cocktail reception. All attendees that purchase by March 10 can have a free session prior to event (a...

  Happy National Margarita Day! What better place to celebrate it than at Boxcar Cantina? Sip on a Super Chief and enjoy some delicious guacamole, salsa and homemade chips. Margaritas for days!     203 – 661 – 4774 44 Old Field Point Rd. Greenwich, CT 06830 www.boxcarcantina.com  ...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe Dr. Paul Lowe, Co-Managing Director of New Jersey Admissions Advisors, was invited to speak at 99 Hudson Sales Gallery on “How to Choose the Right Education for Your Child.” His seminar focused primarily on top/elite private school and Ivy League and highly selective college admissions. 99 Hudson Street is a premier luxury condominium complex scheduled to be completed in December 2019, developed by the world-renowned investment and development firm China...

  In Case You Missed Part 1, Help Lorraine and Jane sat opposite each other at the coffee shop. “So tell me about Jared,” Jane said. “What worries you about him?” Lorraine thought for a moment. “Well, he seems to be out of control a lot of the time. I never know what he’ll do next. No matter how I try to guide him in advance, he just does whatever he feels like. And usually the result is not...

    Take your Valentine for a cozy, romantic dinner at Boxcar Cantina tonight. Sip a delicious margarita by the open fire and enjoy their fresh, farm-to-table New Mexican cuisine. Great service, great food and drinks. Your Valentine will love you all the more.     44 Old Field Point Road Greenwich, CT 203-661-4774 www.boxcarcantina.com...

By Marty Olivieri – Owner of Olivieri Roofing Keeping your house clean is probably one of your biggest priorities. Though cleaning isn’t exactly the most enjoyable activity in the world, you no doubt recognize the importance of keeping things tidy and looking nice. However, if you’re like many people, you may forget about the exterior of your home, particularly the roof. Regular maintenance and cleaning of your roof has distinct advantages in preserving the integrity of...

  What are you doing for President’s Weekend East Hill Farm in southern New Hampshire offers an easy and fun getaway for the whole family. Your weekend will include 3 nights lodging in their cozy accommodations, 9 delicious home-cooked meals, visits to their many animals (the kids will love the baby lambs!) and a full schedule of activities. Some of those activities include milking the cows, patting the bunnies, grooming the ponies, bread and butter making, an...

  Lorraine Finch and her two children, Jared and Liza were going to story hour at the Library. Mrs. Etheridge, the librarian was a kind, older woman who had been reading stories to very young children for decades. During the last story hour, Jared had thrown a book at Mrs. Etheridge and knocked her glasses off. “Remember Jared, be nice to Mrs. Etheridge and listen to the story. No bad behavior this time,” Lorraine reminded him. As they walked...

The Greenwich Association of REALTORS® announces the statistics for home sales in The Town of Greenwich, CT for the month of December 2018. There were 50 single-family residential closings reported during this period according to figures provided by The Greenwich Multiple Listing Service, Inc., the multiple listing service used by REALTORS® in the Greenwich area. The number of single-family residential closings decreased, compared to December 2017 when there were 52 closings in December. The median sale price...

  247 Old Long Ridge Road Stamford, CT 06903 History buffs take note! This restored log bungalow is the opportunity of a lifetime. Located in the Long Ridge Village Historic District in North Stamford on 2+ acre with water frontage on Saw Mill Pond, “Orient Lodge” includes a 4,000 square foot main house and 2,000 square foot cottage, with a total of 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 3 stone fireplaces and many of the marvelous details characteristic of the...

By Marianne Riess Your high school junior daughter is invited to a party, but she has a big test the next day. Will she forego the party to study for the test? Your college freshman son has a paper due, but would prefer to watch a football game in the lounge with his friends. How confident are you that he will make the right choice? The ability to stick with an unattractive, but necessary task rather than...

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe Over 20 years of being an admissions advisor, I receive calls from parents to retain our services for college admissions.  All of their children have guidance counselors and many are from suburban public schools in the NJ, CT NY RI and MA.  Students were applying to range of universities and BS/MD programs. Because of the increasing competition to get into top colleges, many families feel overwhelmed and stressed by the college...