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Week in Review: July 3-9

Two music superstars visit Stamford, the assistant police chief saves a life and Stamford Public Schools work to make students healthier.

Arts

Stamford residents were treated to two great outdoor concerts this week. First up was pianist/composer/radio personality John Tesh, who downtown's first "Jazz in July" series on Wednesday. Tesh came equipped with a new big band sound that had attendees dancing in the street.

The next day, MC Hammer the Alive @ Five stage at Columbus Park. He had an arsenal of dance moves and hits that had his biggest fans singing and dancing right along. Bandapalooza winner Mad Things and Harlem-based opened for MC Hammer.


Business

Patch contributor Jackie Schechter spoke this week with Morgan Leykam, who as contracted by the city's Land Use Bureau to create a map highlights everything environmentally friendly about Stamford,  including its recycling centers, parks, organic restaurants, green businesses and more. The Green Map can be viewed by clicking here.


Police & Fire

A 29-year-old Stamford man was while walking in an alley behind the Bell Street parking garage Thursday evening, according to police. The assault occurred shortly after large crowds gathered nearby in Columbus Park for the weekly Alive @ Five concert series. The victim was transported to Stamford Hospital where he underwent surgery Thursday night to repair the wound. Police are in the process of following some leads.

The same evening, Assistant Police Chief Jonathan Fontneau after he threatened to jump off the roof of the parking garage at Stamford Town Center. After about 30-40 minutes of communication between the man and Officers Chris Brown and Heather Franc of the Stamford Police Department's negotiation team, Fontneau was able to get on the roof, approach the man from behind, grab him and secure him to safety.


Schools

On June 28, the Stamford Board of Education in a 5-to-1 vote, with two abstentions, that the district would not participate in the Healthy Food Certification program in the state of Connecticut. But according to Trish Shoemaker, registered dietitian for Stamford and Wilton schools with Chartwells, SPS has in fact begun advocating for healthier food in its schools.

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