Heather has made Wilton her home since 2007, becoming involved in the community as a parent, advocate, volunteer, observer and commentator. She has volunteered for Ambler Farm, the Wilton Public Schools, the Wilton Library and the Wilton Family Y, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Wilton Education Foundation as well as the communication committee of Temple B’nai Chaim.
For three years, Heather wrote for Wilton Patch. She created a widely read opinion column, From the Driver’s Seat, and reported on daily events in Wilton, from business, education and politics to human interest and lifestyle. Her columns drew attention to Wilton residents in need, to issues faced by locally owned businesses, and to the ongoing centrality of Wilton Schools in day-to-day town life.
“I hope I achieved what I set out to do: to get people talking. I wanted to open up discussions about topics that affected our town but that sometimes weren’t always “safe” to put out there. I talked about personal things hoping that we could get past the social stigmas to find more universal, common experiences—or simply see that it was possible to be vulnerable and still move forward. It was refreshing and validating to hear so many people say, ‘I feel the same way!’ or ‘That happened to me too!’ “I wanted people to pay more attention—not to me, but rather to what was happening to and in town. I hoped by sharing more it would encourage people to be more open to discussion of the issues, to more understanding of the many different people within town borders, and for more connection—connection to friends, to neighbors and to their kids. “Most gratifying of all was when the column helped us as a community come even closer together, to help one another out. Whether it was helping people register for the bone marrow donor registry; raising support for families in need and children fighting cancer; or getting people the help they needed after Hurricane Sandy; I wanted the column to be about doing good, and I think it delivered on that promise.” —“So Long…For Now,” From the Driver’s Seat, Wilton Patch
During her Wilton Patch tenure, she was asked to extend her opinion writing across more than 40 regional Patch.com sites when her second column, PatchIn, was syndicated across CT and NY.
No stranger to media before moving to Wilton, Heather worked for “Entertainment Tonight,” TV Guide and Self, and was a long- and short-form TV/news/video producer in Chicago. Sandwiched in between media gigs, Heather started a children’s knitwear accessories business, la Folie.
She has still been able to keep up with her interests in media, national and local politics, and pop culture, all the while being an active parent to two children. She and her husband, Mikael, try to visit his family in France on occasion, and both enjoy spending some time in the summer down the Jersey shore.
Lisa is a realtor with the Wilton office of William Raveis and a regular contributor to GOOD Morning Wilton, writing about the Wilton real estate market. She can be reached at 203.246.6986 or via email.
Dan has lived in Wilton since 1992. He and his wife have raised their family here and are proud to call this place home. Dan has watched our town grow and change over the past 20-plus years and has been privileged to volunteer and contribute in ways both large and small.
As he thinks about it, a lot of that volunteering has involved hammers, shovels, and things that make him dirty or sweaty, but guitars and singing have also figured prominently the mix. He makes his living in the world of IT and financial services, but is also a busy and passionate musician, and a lover of the outdoors. Depending on the season, this involves running, biking, hiking, marveling at what’s in bloom, and alternately praising and cursing his snowblower. Dan currently sits on the town’s Conservation Commission and is honored to be able to serve Wilton in this capacity.
He is a self-styled keen observer of the world, with no shortage of ideas and opinions about what’s what and how to get from right here to way over there. He is delighted to share some thoughts and observations about all-things-Wilton and is grateful to GMW for inviting him to do so. Through his writing, Dan looks forward to meeting new people with great ideas and insights, and discussing and debating the big happenings, opportunities and challenges of 21st century Wilton.
Jackson is the creator of Jackson’s Weather and provides daily weather forecasts for his own website, JacksonsWeather.com and the Southwestern Connecticut region. He is 15-years-old and is a junior at Wilton High School.
He has been featured in Wilton Magazine as part of the “Top 25 Most Intriguing People in Wilton.” He has also been profiled in Wilton Daily Voice and the Wilton Bulletin.
Jackson’s interest in meteorology began after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy in 2011. That’s when he realized how cool and fascinating weather really is. Later on in March 2015, he created Jackson’s Weather so he can share the weather forecasts, that he creates himself, with the Wilton community and beyond. He was inspired to create his website when friends and family frequently asked him what the weather would be like for the day. He updates his website everyday, seven days a week.
Despite his age, Jackson practices true meteorology. He doesn’t just copy it from other weather websites; instead, he views all of the different weather computer models that predict the weather in the future, and uses them to determine his forecast.
In the future Jackson plans to be a broadcast meteorologist, and he looks forward to the time where everyone will be able to catch him on TV.
Carolyn (“Carey”) Rundle Field was the editor of Wilton Magazine from January 2007 – December 2013. During that time, she wrote over 150 articles, edited at least 3-4 times as many, contributed many photographs, and did the styling for countless fashion and House Tour shoots. Prior to that, she held senior management positions at New York City advertising agencies including McCann-Erickson and Saatchi & Saatchi, where she managed clients from L’Oreal and Smith Barney to AT&T. She is currently a freelance writer, a writing tutor, and a community volunteer, in addition to serving as a mentor for over five years to a now-13-year old Bridgeport girl. She has lived in Wilton with her husband, two kids and dog Lucy for over 17 years.
Karen is a freelance journalist and commercial writer whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Hartford Business Journal, Wilton Magazine, and several regional publications in the Boston area. Whether researching a human interest story or working with a business client to produce effective marketing copywriting, she loves the opportunity to learn new things and cross paths with fascinating people she may not have otherwise met. A newcomer to Wilton in 2102, Karen says she and her family couldn’t be happier with their new hometown and the warm welcome they have received here. Her work can be viewed at her website, www.karensackowitz.com.
GOOD Morning Wilton couldn’t be happier to have created a partnership with Wilton-based photographer Andrea Topalian, whose successful business, Moments by Andrea Photography, has set the bar for telling amazing, emotional stories through portrait and family photography.
We profiled Topalian in September 2013, and have always been impressed with her ability to capture intangible moments in the lives of her child subjects, those spectacular moments of childhood that parents know are the most fleeting and difficult to keep for forever. It’s completely appropriate that her business is called “Moments by Andrea.”
Back then we wrote that “the moments Topalian usually catches digitally are ones of connection, sort of like capturing the essence of her subject and their family bonds.”
So it made us thrilled to know that she liked the mission of GMW enough to want to collaborate, especially on the kinds of stories that profile people who give back to the community, or who have an extraordinary story to tell. Topalian takes special portraits of meaningful GMW story subjects in order to highlight GOOD efforts within Wilton, and to promote connections within the community.
“We both are kindred spirits, I think,” Topalian said. “We like to pay it forward and use our talents to help the community in any way we can, we want to put the good out there. I tell the story with images and you tell it with words, I’m just excited we both get to put it together.”