Shop small in Stratford

To the Editor:

On Nov. 25, 2017, a small coalition of independent Stratford businesses participated in the annual national event, Shop Small Saturday. Each participating Stratford business featured a special offer to shoppers as a thank you for supporting small businesses. The event was widely publicized well in advance.

It was then disappointing to see no mention of the event in the Stratford Star. Small Business Saturday is a newsworthy event as evidenced by the local and national television and newspaper coverage – and the importance of small business to our economy and to our communities is universally accepted.

I hope that as we continue to promote the strength and viability of Stratford small business in the immediate future, the Stratford Star will also be on board to report on, as well as benefit from, the work we are doing to make Stratford a destination town in Fairfield County. Independent small businesses in Stratford are also encouraged to join this grassroots effort and can learn more about upcoming events by going to

Howard Aspinwall

Positively Stratford


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  • Alta Vista

    Howard: I’ve come to the conclusion that cutbacks at Hersam-Acorn have dramatically decreased their string of papers ability to accurately and even promptly report local news. This is a trend across the country, not just here. And it has accelerated wildly over the last 5-6 years.nnMajor public events (including crimes) often go un-reported here. Critics have their posts deleted and are banned. Then we get news from neighboring towns placed in the Star. Hey, H-A, last time I looked we live in Stratford, not Monroe!nnFrankly, the end is near for outlets like the Star. I doubt the Stratford Star will last another 10 years. If the New York Daily News can’t turn a profit, how can the Star possibly survive?

    • Melvin Mason

      I think we’ll be here for a while.

      • Alta Vista

        Newsonomics: The halving of Americau2019s daily newsroomsnnu201cThe American Society of News Editors found its first double-digit decline in newsroom count since the Great Recession of seven years ago. Newsroom jobs dropped 10.4 percent u2014 down to 32,900 full-time journalists at nearly 1,400 U.S. dailies, 2014 over 2013. Thatu2019s the loss of 3,800 jobs in just one year.u201d Ken Doctor, NiemanLab.nnThere will certainly be no printed Stratford Star in a decade’s time. That is certain. nnAnd whether or not local media will find the correct financial formula to fund their operations is anything but certain.

      • Alta Vista

        Mr. Mason remains optimistic about his job but the news about journalism just keeps getting worse.nn”The local-news machine just keeps getting decimated.”nn”This fall ogreish billionaire Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade, shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist, lively and competitive sources of New York City news, after reporters and editors decided to unionize. This followed the decision by the Village Voice, in August, to end print publication after 62 years and layoffs, and a restructuring of NY1 following the Charter Communications acquisition of Time Warner Cable in a merger last year.” u2013 NY TIMES, Dec. 28, 2017

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