A note from Alex at Vespa Ridgefield . . .

Call Alex for a
Veterans or Active Duty Discount
on Triumph or Moto Guzzi

Until the end of September, get rates as low as 5.9% APR or up to $1,500 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories with the purchase of the following new 2009 or prior year Triumph motorcycles:

  • 5.9% APR or $1,500 in Genuine Triumph Clothing or Accessories: Rocket III or Rocket III Touring.

  • 5.9% APR or $1,000 in Genuine Triumph Clothing or Accessories: Speed Triple, Sprint ST/ABS, or Tiger 1050/ABS.

  • 5.9% APR or $500 in Genuine Triumph Clothing or Accessories: America or Speedmaster.

  • Triumph also has a great promotion on 2009 Daytona 675s: you can get this awesome bike for a $169 with APR. Details on the promotion are here.You might also want to check out the updates Triumph has added to the Daytona 675 for 2009. Fully adjustable front and rear shocks, upgraded brakes and 3bhp have been added to the Daytona, while 7lbs have been shaved off it's total weight.

    We now have Pink Vespas!

    We receive several requests a year for pink Vespas, an option which up until now required an expensive custom paint job. Vespa has finally released a pink version of the popular LX 150. We have two in stock, but predict they won't last long.

    Vespa of Ridgefield
    71 Ethan Allen Highway, Route 7
    Ridgefield, CT 06977
    Telephone: (203) 544-7600
    Website: www.branchvillemotors.com

    Smiler trivia . . .

    Happy Birthday salute to Walt Kelly!

    Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr. (August 25, 1913 – October 18, 1973), best known as Walt Kelly, the cartoonist notable for his comic strip Pogo.

    Walt Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and soon after his family moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut. He grew up in Bridgeport, attended Warren Harding High School and worked for the local newspaper, The Bridgeport Post, as a reporter and political cartoonist.

    Walt Kelly worked for nearly seven years at the Walt Disney Studio, animating on Mickey Mouse shorts and contributing to such features as Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Fantasia.

    He loved to draw and illustrated a biography of Bridgeport, CT native P. T. Barnum (See our friends at Barnum Museum too).

    Kelly image source (1)

    A message from Audubon Greenwich . . .

    Hello from Audubon Greenwich & the Quaker Ridge Hawk Watching Site:

    August 20th was the first day of Audubon Greenwich's Hawk Watching season and that means that it is just one month until our big celebration, the 11th Annual HawkWatch Weekend & Green Bazaar.

    All the event details are listed online here: HawkWatch Festival & Green Bazaar. As you can see from the line-up, this year promises to be as good, if not better than any of the years in the past.

    Many of you already know how volunteering at this event works so I will keep this note short and simple. For those of you who are new to the event, please feel free to call me anytime and I can explain more.

    **NEW** VOLUNTEER BONUS: As a special bonus for volunteers, all friends & family members of volunteers are welcome to the event, free of charge. All we will need are names of people to place on the Guest List. (Please make sure those names are sent to us by September 16th so the list can be prepared.)

    A) Simply select a time slot when you know you can help.
    B) List any and all the "volunteer roles" you are capable of filling.

    With these two pieces of information, we will schedule you into that time slot and then be back in touch with you on or before Sept 18 with details on what role you'll fill. Also, when you arrive to volunteer, there will be a booth to check in and the list of roles will also be there.

    2-HOUR TIME SLOTS: Volunteer "time slots" are as follows.
    • 9 am - 11 am: Set-up (exhibits, tables, chairs)
    • 11 am - 1 pm: Shift 1
    • 1 pm - 3 pm: Shift 2
    • 3 pm - 5 pm: Shift 3
    • 5 pm - 6 pm: Break-down
    Please note: Volunteers who can work a two-hour blocks of time are encouraged. If you can volunteer but need to work for less than two hours, just let us know your availability and we will gladly find you a spot to help at the event.

    VOLUNTEER ROLES: Examples of what may be involved.
    • Admissions (guest check-in, raffle sales, new memberships)
    • Naturalist (honey barn tours, pond help, natural history tables, HawkWatch school)
    • Ambassador (Audubon info. table, email collection, organic lawn info table)
    • Games & Activities (helping guests at various kid-friendly activities)
    • Parking (directing traffic to open parking areas)
    • Store & Center Helper (assist shoppers & supervise indoor learning center)
    • Hawk Counting (must have previous experience counting at Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch)

    *** Send volunteer replies to: jcordulack@audubon.org ***

    Many thanks for your support of Audubon Greenwich and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best regards,
    Jeff Cordulack
    Events and Communications Manager
    Audubon Connecticut/Audubon Greenwich
    613 Riversville Road
    Greenwich, CT 06831
    203-869-5272 x239
    203-613-8813 (cell)

    Norwalk Smiler . . .

    FREE CLASS AT LA Boxing!

    Are you ready to get in the best shape of your life?
    If so, come on in to LA Boxing of Norwalk, CT (USA), take a FREE CLASS and see for yourself!

    Stop by and check out the facilities! Feel free to call or email LA Boxing for an appointment to tour the new location.

    Burn 800-1000 Calories in one class!

    All classes are one hour long, co-ed, and cater to all fitness and skill levels. Each class focuses on a full body conditioning workout as well as instruction from a professional fighter.

    The facility includes a full line of state of the art cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, a full - size boxing ring, 35 150lb Muay Thai Heavy Bags and 500 square feet of floor mats dedicated for Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

    Stop in for a Free Class!

    “You Don’t Have to be a Fighter to Train Like One”

    **Want a chance to win $500 cash. Join the August refer a friend contest at LA Boxing in Norwalk, CT (USA). The member who brings in the most friends for the month of August wins $500 Cash!

    For more information:

    LA Boxing Norwalk
    30 Belden Ave. #2
    Norwalk, CT 06850-3319
    Telephone: (203) 354-3540

    A Smiler from Milford . . .

    The Annual
    Milford Oyster Festival
    Milford,CT (USA)
    August 14th and 15th, 2009

    The annual Milford Oyster Festival features arts & crafts, children's entertainment, a food court, a classic car and motorcycle show, boat races and main stage entertainment.

    Hours are: 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday and 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday.
    Admission is FREE.

    The Annual Milford Oyster Festival will be held Rain or Shine.

    For More Information:

    Sponsor: Milford Oyster Festival
    Address: Milford Green, Downtown Milford, Milford, CT
    Telephone: (203) 878-5363
    Email: info@milfordoysterfestival.org
    Website: www.milfordoysterfestival.org

    A Gopher Ice Cream Smiler . . .

    Gopher Ice Cream
    Win Free Day Passes
    to Quassy Amusement Park

    Enter for a chance to win 4 day passes to Quassy Amusement Park. Free ice cream cup or cone with purchase of sundae, razzle or ice cream cake with each entry.
    Drawing will be held 8/24/09.

    Cut the cone out of Mort Walker's The Best of Times magazine, write email or phone number on coupon and drop it off at your nearest Gofer Ice Cream Shop.


    869 High Ridge Road
    Stamford, CT 06905
    Telephone: (203) 504-3105

    1020 Post Road
    Darien, CT 06820
    Telephone: (203) 202-2661

    522 East Putnam Ave.
    Greenwich, CT 06830
    Telephone: (203) 661-9080

    Smiler Alert from Audubon Greenwich . . .

    42nd Annual
    Audubon Festival
    in Sharon, CT (USA)
    August 8th & 9th, 2009
    9AM -5PM

    Load the car and travel to northwest Connecticut for a special event at Audubon Sharon. This annual nature festival features guided walks, animal demonstrations, live music, good food, kid-friendly activities, and nature-themed displays.

    Gates open:
    8:00am Saturday
    9:30am Sunday
    $7.00 adults
    $5.00 children 12 & under
    No pets allowed

    All ages
    For directions & information, call:
    Audubon Sharon at (860) 364-0520
    visit: www.sharon.audubon.org

    Ferguson Library Smilers . . .

    Main Library
    One Public Library Plaza
    Stamford, CT 06904

    Telephone: (203) 964-1000


    Man on Wire
    August 5th, 2009

    Documentary about a French high-wire artist's daring walk between the World Trade Center towers in August, 1974.

    Time: Noon
    Admission: FREE
    Location: Main Library Third Floor Auditorium
    Ferguson Main Library at
    Bedford and Broad Streets in Stamford, CT (USA).
    For information call: (203) 351-8231


    Comic Book Class
    by Tom Hart
    August 5, 2009

    Tom Hart is the comics creator best known for his Hutch Owen series of comics and will be hosting this comic strip art workshop. The workshop is free. Learn how to draw comic characters from comic book artist, Tom Hart.

    Time: 4pm
    Location: Ferguson Main Library at
    Bedford and Broad Streets in Stamford, CT (USA).

    Registration is required.
    For information call (203) 351-8243

    Late afternoon smiler . . .

    Greenwich Library
    101 West Putnam Avenue
    Greenwich, CT 06830


    August 4, 2009
    3Pm - 5PM

    Drop-in for a screening of Coraline the stop-motion-animated fantasy based on the novella by Neil Gaiman.

    Coraline is the story of an adventurous girl who opens a secret door in her new home and discovers a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home but it has sinister secrets.

    Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

    Start Time: 3:00 PM
    End Time: 5:00 PM

    Library: Greenwich Library
    Location: Meeting Room
    Contact: Margaret Walsh
    Contact Number: (203) 622-7915