This Emmy-nominated TV Host, Lifestyle Expert and best selling author is a master at creating a casual luxury lifestyle made simple and sMARt—and making it quickly understood and easy-to-apply with his trademark ‘sMARt tips’ and techniques. Mar’s inventive and original blueprint for design infuses Mother Nature’s colors and textures throughout the home and garden. As one of the top lifestyle experts, Mar has been featured on HGTV, the Today Show, QVC, and in the New York Times. He is the author of the best selling Life On Mar’s: A Four Season Garden, a nationally acclaimed gardening book, and his newest design book LIFE ON MAR’S, FULL STORY
Natwadee aka "Juju" is a licensed massage therapist who graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mount Kisco, NY where she received certification in Massage Therapy and Hydrotherapy and she also certified Thai Traditional Massage from Taralai Thai Massage School in Bangkok, Thailand.
She practices an integrated style of massage incorporating different techniques into one session. She is trained in a wide range of modalities including Thai Massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-natal, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular/Trigger Point, Shiatsu, Elder Massage, and Reflexology, integrated them to create unique therapy sessions to help restore balance to the body and facilitate optimal tissue function and healthy range of motion. FULL STORY
When Barbara Espinosa Occhino first came to the US from Cuba via Venezuela at age 6 with her mother, Maria Elena, she couldn’t conceive the unpredictable journey that would follow. Their escape from Cuba alone is a story that films are made of, leaving behind her father and relatives. Barbara’s life consisted of moving over 30 times and attending 11 different schools in New Jersey, Florida, California and Venezuela. These were economically lean years during which her mother, who had an accounting degree, could only take jobs in factories in Newark, NJ, due to not being able to speak English. Their drive, faith, and determination would set the ground for many successes in running their own businesses over the years. Barbara learned English and became an honor student, participating in sports teams, and graduating with a degree in Communications (minor in pre-med) from Rutgers University. FULL STORY
What an honor and inspiration to have such a talented artist share this life story with us and we will have follow up articles on this successful and inspirational artist who has more to say.
Ricardo A. Murillo is a graphic designer/print- maker/entrepreneur/photographer born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. As owner of Selfmathematiks Inc., Murillo designs and produces a dynamic clothing line, alongside a thriving photography business.
Murillo resides in the Fairfield County with his wife and two children. Murillo promotes grassroots causes and is passionate about educating the youth.
The son of an El Salvadoran mother and a Costa Rican father, Murillo enjoyed the benefits of Connecticut's public schools with access to culture and art. FULL STORY
Long Term Norwalk Resident, Duece Bug has been involved with music since he was young and even started his own hardcore Band called Blacklisted and then it all just came together.
Duece Bug has been making quite a bit of noise on the East Coast lately, with his unique blend of hip hop, rock, and soul; accompanied by a polarizing live performance that has become notorious in the area. Duece has opened for hip hop heavyweights like Method Man and Redman, B.O.B, Royce da 5'9, Ghostface, Wale, Maino, Sheek Louch of the Lox, KRS ONE, La Coka Nostra, Cory Gunz and most recently, EPMD, Prodigy and Slaughterhouse.
He has also performed alongside some of the underground's best known artists like Mr Lif, Fred the Godson, Apathy, Masta Ace, and La Coka Nostra/House of Pain, all within the last 2 years. FULL STORY
I have been involved the real estate business for more than 8 years, working mostly in the residential aspect. I learned the art of negotiating and developed my management skills while managing two veterinary practices in Norwalk, CT. I have been a top producing agent since making the career change. I have been the #1 agent in closed units in 2009 and #2 agent in closed units in 2011 for my office. I have also been awarded the CT Magazine 5 Start Top Realtor award for 2009, 2010 and 2011. Less than 6% of Realtors receive this award.
As a member of our community, I am an active mentor for a high school, as well as, middle school student. I also have an interest in local and state politics.
I attended High School in Norwalk, CT at Brien McMahon High School, and also attended
Virginia Tech. FULL STORY