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Residents Plan Relaxing Labor Day

Stamford resident Yuly Madizabal doesn't want to catch store sales on Labor Day. She's not looking to take a vacation to mark the waning days of summer. She isn't even interested in hanging out with friends. She just wants to enjoy time with her family.

"I like Labor Day because my mom and dad are in the home, and everyone in my family is at home," Madizabal said. "We make food, and we put on music, and if you like, you can dance. I like that."

Several Stamford residents are eagerly anticipating the Labor Day holiday Monday for the same reasons Madizabal described. They get to relax for a day and spend time with loved ones who are off work and out of school.

"I'm going to go to a picnic," said Stamford resident Mike Cannizzio, adding that the local event will involve neighbors all bringing items to eat. "I'll probably take a watermelon."

For Carmen Hooper, the day will be busy.

"I'm doing all kinds of things," she said, adding that she especially looks forward to spending time with her daughter and son-in-law. "We're going out to visit friends in Norwalk."

Intended as a tribute to American workers, the celebration of Labor Day is more than 100 years old. The first Labor Day took place in 1882 in New York City. It wasn't a national holiday then; that didn't happen until several years later. But in the interim, Connecticut was among several states that enacted legislation creating the holiday and giving workers a break from what at the time could be grueling working conditions.

Liz Cephas said her Labor Day plans this year definitely will not involve labor.

"I think I would say I'm just going to be hanging with friends beach-wise," she said.

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