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Jeanne Muchnick

Features Editor jmuchnick@dailyvoice.com

Jeanne Muchnick, Daily Voice Features Editor, has covered everything from baby advice for Parents Magazine to travel finds for The Rough Guides to human interest features for The New York Times to lifestyle insights for prevention.com. She has been a Senior Editor at top national women's magazines including Woman's World and Woman's Day and was instrumental in the launch of Gannett's InTown, Rockland and Putnam magazines. She is also the author of Dinner for Busy Moms. Among her favorite things to write about: Her neighbors and surrounding communities. So email her and fill her in on what's happening near you.

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  1. Ridgefield's Toscana Ristorante Reopens After Renovation

    Ridgefield's Toscana Ristorante Reopens After Renovation

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. --- If you haven't been to Toscana Ristorante lately in Ridgefield, take another look. The Italian eatery has been renovated with a sleeker, more modern look.It's all thanks to new owners Valmir, aka Val, and Adelina Rraci. Val, it should be noted, is the son of  David “Giovanni” Rraci who has long run the popular eatery and is now taking a step back.The restaurant was ...

  2. Say Hello To A New Louie's; Cos Cob Eatery Opens Second Location In Darien

    Say Hello To A New Louie's; Cos Cob Eatery Opens Second Location In Darien

    DARIEN, Conn. -- Louie's Italian Restaurant & Bar has officially opened in Darien, taking over the former Darien Social spot, at 10 Center St.The eatery, with a location in Cos Cob, is known for its Italian specialties.It is open Sunday to Thursday 11:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays to 11 p.m. Call (203) 309-5818 or visit www.louiesrestaurantbar.com/ for more ...

  3. Stew Leonard's 'Whips' Up Summer With New Frozen Pineapple Treat

    Stew Leonard's 'Whips' Up Summer With New Frozen Pineapple Treat

    DANBURY/NORWALK, Conn. -- A taste of Disney has come to Fairfield County: Stew Leonard's is now dishing up its new Dole Pineapple Whip.The soft-serve treat — it's vegan, dairy-free, cholesterol-free, fat-free, and lactose-free — is made with all-natural colors and is produced in a peanut-free facility. Fans say it tastes like frozen pineapple.The ice cream department manager at the ...

  4. After Crowdfunding, Danbury Band Is Ready To Rock With New CD

    After Crowdfunding, Danbury Band Is Ready To Rock With New CD

    DANBURY, Conn. -- A lot of local love -- and blood, sweat and tears -- have gone into this Saturday’s performance of Phoenix Tree.The band recently debuted its new crowdfunded studio album and will unveil its songs at Billy Bean’s Pub in Danbury on Saturday, May 27 at 10 p.m.The album was a year in the making, from concept to prep and crowdfunding (via Indiegogo) which included ...

  5. 7 'Must Read' Summer Books: Bethel Bookstore Owner Shares Top Titles

    7 'Must Read' Summer Books: Bethel Bookstore Owner Shares Top Titles

    BETHEL, Conn. -- With the Memorial Day weekend comes the start of beach reading season. So, what should be on your list? We went to Alice Hutchinson, owner of the independent Byrd's Books in Bethel, for some ideas.Adult TitlesInto the Water by Paula Hawkins: The author of "The Girl On The Train" returns with this addictive new novel of psychological suspense about a single ...

  6. Start Your Shopping 'Spree' At This Darien Store

    Start Your Shopping 'Spree' At This Darien Store

    DARIEN, Conn. -- Live in a town long enough and you know what it needs.That was basically the driver behind Spree, the women's clothing store opened by Lindsay Westbrook in August 2011. As someone who has always loved clothes -- and dreamed of opening her own boutique -- the Darien resident saw a hole in the market for fun, stylish, and affordable clothes for women.The rest, as they ...

  7. Ridgefield Teen Sends 'BearHugs' To Military Families

    Ridgefield Teen Sends 'BearHugs' To Military Families

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- What started as a school project has turned into a full blown 501(c)(3) nonprofit for 15-year-old Campbell Kinsman.The Ridgefield High School sophomore came up with the idea after an eighth-grade teacher assigned the class a yearlong project on making a difference. "It sounds cliche, I know," said Kinsman, "But helping others is always something I ...

  8. Have You Voted, Fairfield County? DVlicious Best Bagel Winner Is Up To You

    Have You Voted, Fairfield County? DVlicious Best Bagel Winner Is Up To You

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- In the mood for a smear? Or like yours toasted? Five finalists are in the running for Fairfield County's DVlicious best bagels. If you're not hungry yet, you will be when you read each profile. But first, vote.You have until 4 p.m. Monday, May 30 and can vote multiple times, albeit once per day.Bagelman Danbury, BrookfieldBagel King, Bridgeport, FairfieldStew ...

  9. Barbecue Bliss: Five Finger-Licking 'Must Try' Fairfield County Caterers

    Barbecue Bliss: Five Finger-Licking 'Must Try' Fairfield County Caterers

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- It's barbecue season! Or, at least it will be once the rain stops and Memorial Day jump starts the unofficial start of summer.This year, let someone else to the grilling. We've rounded up five companies willing to do the work for you. Your go-to not on the list? Tell us about it in our Comments or add to the discussion on Facebook.Clambakes of Connecticut: ...

  10. In A Rush? Java Up At One Of Fairfield County's Drive-Thru Starbucks

    In A Rush? Java Up At One Of Fairfield County's Drive-Thru Starbucks

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Ya gotta love a drive-through Starbucks. And luckily, Fairfield County is full of them. Got a favorite? Tell us. Meanwhile here's where to go when you're in a rush and/or have a sleeping toddler in the car and/or are just too lazy (or it's raining too hard) to get out and walk across the parking lot.Bethel: Big Y Plaza, 87A Stony Hill Rd., 203-797-8265; open ...

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