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It is truly amazing how many people who grew up in this area come back after having kids! After years in digital marketing, and then several years managing a $50M fund that awarded grants to the families of health care workers who died fighting COVID-19, Sara Beitman decided she wanted to do good in her own community, and joined The Jewish Federation, working on education and family engagement programs. She helps to run Merkaz Community High School for Judaic Studies, and is very excited to be opening a new campus in Westport this Fall. Merkaz is a really cool weekly educational program open to all community teens, grades 8-12. In her spare time, Sara loves spending time with her 2 year old daughter, finding great restaurants, and cooking! Sara is excited to build a program that her own children can partake in as they grow up!
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For anyone in Westport, the restaurants Don Memo, The Whelk, and Kawa Ni are all known for having exceptional food, offering fun atmospheres, and being often impossible to get into! Dad of two boys – Bill Taibe – is the master behind all three, and though an introvert himself, he has loved creating social experiences with amazing food for the people in his community. Bill has been a restauranteur in Westport for 12 years, beginning his journey with the beloved Le Farm, and he hasn’t stopped since. In his spare time, Bill has loved coaching his sons’ sports teams (though they are both grown now!), family hikes with their dogs leading the way, and skiing as much as possible! Bill shares how quickly his kids have grown up, but how they continue to inspire him, and encourages all the dads (and parents) out there to enjoy all the moments along the way! For over a decade now (many thanks to Bill and his team), the Westport food scene has been elevated to a whole new level, and we couldn’t be more grateful he chose to call our community his home! Thank you Bill- we appreciate YOU so very much!
Father’s Day is on the horizon, and we’re sharing a shortlist of A-list Dads who balance busy careers with being engaged parents. Not to mention, they’re all easy on the eyes, ha! Who are your favorite celeb Dads?
Summer is here and if you’re looking to upgrade your backyard fun, we have you covered! In our roundup of Best Outdoor Toys of Summer, we look beyond the usual swing set and share toys that will keep your kids outside and off screens for hours—and make your backyard playdate central.
In honor of Pride month, we are thrilled to feature Sarah – mom to three kiddos – who spent years in NYC pursuing a musical theatre path, followed by several years at NBC Sports Group, and now works in gaming/digital play for the LEGO group, deeming her undoubtedly “a cool mom!” As a “not straight” mom, she spends a lot of her efforts focused on changing perceptions about parenthood and sexual orientation, and is thrilled to be performing at the Westport Pride Rally THIS SUNDAY on Jesup Green and in the Pride Cabaret at the Westport Library (free to the public) on June 17th at 7pm. Sarah opens up about her path to sobriety over the last year, her love for Amy Schumer=) and the exciting transitions her three children have ahead of them! She admits she was reluctant to move to the suburbs originally, but now couldn’t imagine It any other way! In a world that is evolving faster than we can often keep up, we are lucky to have Sarah at the forefront of our community working for positive change!
If you’re a chocolate lover but not so sweet on extra calories, you’ll definitely want to know about our newest find, @gatsbychocolate! Founded by Doug Bouton, the cofounder of Halo Top ice cream, Gatsby Chocolate is the lowest-calorie chocolate you can buy. We spoke to Doug, a Dad of three young kids, about his newest venture, fatherhood and more. Link in bio for all the details – and use code LOCALMOMS50 for 50% off your first purchase!
Summer is around the corner and after a long two years, we are all ready for some travel – and a change of scenery! Many of the adults and older teens and kids are fully vaccinated, but what if your younger child is still waiting on their COVID-19 vaccine? We were lucky enough to get guidance from Connecticut Children’s infectious disease expert John R. Schreiber, MD, MPH, which hopefully will help before and as you make any upcoming summer plans!
Have you ever just needed an extra hand – and fast? This is a rhetorical question, of course – all Moms can use an extra hand sometime, and the busiest life moments seem to happen with little notice! That’s why we LOVE QuadJobs, a company founded by two Moms, Andra Newman and Betsy O’Reilly.
When it comes to educational opportunities for our children, flexibility is key! Virtual Learning can be highly adaptable and often a more efficient way to meet students where they are academically, emotionally, and socially. Kids can learn on their own schedule, and accelerate on their own timeline. Our Virtual Learning Guide is a shortlist of virtual activities including Writing Skills, Public Speaking, Arts & Crafts, Woodworking, Language Programs, Coding Classes, Movie Production Workshops, SAT/ACT Test Prep, Science Activities, Acting Classes, and More! We hope your family takes advantage of some of these amazing opportunities, right in your own home.
Here’s a fun idea from our partner Mosquito Squad to get outside and enjoy your backyard this summer! We give you Backyard Bingo! Download their free bingo card here, and get 25 ideas for summer activities that the whole family can enjoy. Raise the stakes by giving a prize to the first person in the family to cross off five of the following activities in a row! Still need help from the Squad this summer? Call them at 203-989-0054 and mention Local Moms for a special discount.
When Tom Arrix’s dog Cooper was diagnosed with lymphoma, he searched for ways to help him live a longer and better life. By changing his diet with the help of vet nutritionists and veterinarians, Cooper lived for almost two more happy years. Now, Tom (a Darien-based Dad to four kids and two dogs) has a growing dog food and wellness business, Get Joy, that helps dogs everywhere live healthier and better lives. We spoke to the former Facebook executive in this week’s Meet a Dad interview, about this amazing brand. Head to link in bio to learn more and use code MOMSNETWORK for 20% off through July.
If there is such a thing as a real live superhero, Foti Koskinas just may be It. As Chief of the Westport Police – and a Westport police officer for 27 years – Foti didn’t know when he started in this line of work, It would be his lifelong career. Born in Greece, Foti grew up in Westport and felt so privileged to be part of such a strong, supportive community, and after college was honored to help give back to a place that had served him so well! Foti has two daughters (17 and 19) who he has enjoyed watching grow up and play sports, and who he values time with more than anything! According to his wife, he’s a great cook, and if he had a free 24 hours, he would spend time on the tennis court, have a delicious meal with his family and get an uninterrupted night of sleep! Foti keeps our community – and kids – safe, and Westport is so lucky to have him! Thank you Foti; you are truly our Superhero!
As we continue to grapple with the senseless tragedy in Uvalde, Texas – in additon to the truly crazy two years we’ve had, for many of us, parenting only seems to get harder, and we all could use some additional support, Meet Erika – a trained Parent Coach and Educator – who works with families (namely parents) to guide them to feel more present, confident, and connected to their kids. After being a school counselor for many years, Erika discovered that her true passion was working with parents, and she’s never looked back! Erika is a first generation American, who in another life might have had her own talk show. She loves sushi (Oko is a favorite!), family nights on the beach, and can not survive without sufficient sleep! As another school year nears the end, we are grateful for people like Erika who help us navigate these unchartered waters day after day!
The Uvalde, TX school shooting is so many things—tragic, senseless, terrifying. It has also been described as unimaginable, but unfortunately, it is not. And whether our kids are old enough to remember Sandy Hook, Parkland or Columbine, many of them are asking hard-to-answer questions today. Even if your child is not asking any questions, how and when should you be talking to them about what they might be hearing about at school or seeing on the news? We spoke to The Local Moms Network Psychology Contributor Reon Baird, PhD about how she not only advises clients to talk to their children about school violence, but how she’s talking to her own two young daughters about Texas.
School is almost out for summer which means that your kids will have unlimited time for fun (within the boundaries you’ve set). The Coastal Orthopedics team always encourages your children to get outside, get active, and most importantly have fun! There are so many summer activities to choose from such as going on bike rides, playing on the playground, swimming, riding a skateboard and so much more. While it can seem like all fun and games, we advise that you take some precautions first!
At NicoleHD Jewelry, their mission is to make high quality fine jewelry accessible to everyone. Founder Nicole Hendelman-Dersovitz comes from a family of jewelers and has rocked the jewelry industry for over 3 decades – so you can trust she knows that when buying fine jewelry, you want to choose pieces that are timeless and hold their value. Learn more about Nicole and her background in our last post! That’s why she personally curates each collection of our 14k and 18k gold and diamond everyday fine jewelry to ensure the highest quality and craftsmanship. Here are a few of her insider tips on making a jewelry investment.
Let 21 Seeds help you kick off summer right with this delicious recipe for “Tequila on a Boat”!
We all know being a lawyer is a very intense, time consuming job, and doing It with three young children is truly a feat! Janet – partner at Ferro Battey, LLC – a local family and divorce law firm, somehow does It all! From the time she finished law school, she knew she wanted to be in Court, and one of her earliest opportunities after school was at a family law firm, and she never looked back! In another life, she may have been a teacher, but in this life, she survives with lots of coffee, very little sleep, and lots of hugs from her kids when she gets home! As one of seven children, she really understands family dynamics, and loves the work she does! In addition, Janet is also the president of her preschool (St. Paul’s) and President of the Westport Young Women’s League; while we thought WE didn’t sleep, Janet may have us beat!
Local moms are always looking for resources to save time, money and headaches. With that said, we’re excited to introduce you to Humming Homes! Humming Homes is more than just an application and more than just a service: it’s peace of mind knowing that your most important asset is taken care of by the experts. Humming Homes manages a home top-to-bottom and in-and-out. They pair you with a dedicated home coordinator, on-the-ground expertise, and a network of pre-vetted vendors.