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New Haven County has BRILLIANT places to ring in St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th!

If you are in the Wallingford area, stop by The Old Dublin on Quinnipiac Street. Paul, the owner, will greet you with the warmth & charm for which the Irish are famous. The food is authentic Irish fare, with some delicious vegetarian options for good measure. The beer is always delicious, the lines are always clean (for you stout connoisseurs, you know this is akin to the holy grail!), and they have Rogue Dead Guy on tap. Need I say more?


If you are in the Hamden area, check out The Playwright on 1232 Whitney Avenue. Its warm atmosphere hosts a bar on one side of the restaurant and a family-friendly dining room on the other. The food is yummy and decidedly Irish (their curry fries are reminiscent of those served in County Cork); the service is friendly & easy on the ears (that lilting brogue!), and if you are not a stout drinker, try the Boddington’s. You’ll thank me when it cascades to a lovely honey hue in your Imperial pint glass.


In New Haven, Anna Liffey’s, The Playwright, and The Lansdowne all offer festive Irish atmospheres. Anna Liffey’s has been doin’ their Irish thing very well for a long time…cozy, simple & good beer. VERY festive for St. Paddy’s Day! The Playwright, a sister to the Hamden location, is worth checking out simply for the décor. Decorated with authentic wood from church interiors in Ireland, the New Haven location maintains its cozy feel with warm hues and cozy booths upstairs, while still instilling the “wow” factor from high ceilings and carved wood. The Lansdowne, a newer establishment located next to The Wine Thief, is worth checking out for its festive atmosphere, young crowd & yummy appetizers.


There you have it…your local guide to ringing in St. Patrick’s Day with proper pomp & circumstance.


Written by Amy Flyntz-Morehouse, Director of ‘Positive Mojo’, Calcagni Associates

In our current economy, with consumer spending down- more people seem to prefer to stay close to home and view their homes as a retreat, a sort of haven… If the place you call home needs a bit of TLC, or you’re looking to increase its value, there are ways to do so while staying within your budget. There are many payoffs – the obvious one being that you will enjoy living in your house, and another being that you may also maintain or increase its value, in the event you ever need to sell.

Tip # 1: Update the Bathrooms

Even if you can’t afford a full remodel, small changes in the bathroom equal a return on your investment. When I moved into my condo, I made the following changes that completely transformed my bathrooms:

  • Removed Wallpaper
  • Updated Lighting Fixtures
  • Replaced Outdated Vanity
  • Updated Plumbing Fixtures with Current Hardware & Finishes
  • Replaced Floor Tiles

These projects were relatively inexpensive to complete and simply required some free time and a little elbow grease. Now, not only do the bathrooms look beautiful, but I’ll be able to sell my condo for more money if and when I decide to move.

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This post is the first in a new series I’m writing that is designed to give you ideas on how to increase your home’s value. Please feel free to post your comments below!

Written by Camille Urbano, Relocation Coordinator, Calcagni Associates

logo-wtnhLast week, Cathy Coleman, a Realtor out of our Cheshire office, appeared on WTNH’s “Connecticut Style” segment to model clothing from Flirt Boutique in Hamden. Looking stunning (as always!), Cathy was a natural in front of the camera, representing the real estate business with the utmost class and plugging an independently owned local business in the process. Great job, Cathy!
If you’d like to check out Cathy’s runway debut, click on the following link:

Written by Amy Flyntz-Morehouse, Dir. of Public Relations, Calcagni Associates