Leone: Senate makes major change regarding the future of 11th grade student assessments
The State Senate approved a bipartisan plan this afternoon to unburden high school juniors from controversial standardized testing. The proposal would end the requirement that 11th-grade students participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing. Instead, students would be able to take a nationally recognized college readiness exam.
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May 28, 2015 - 9:24:29 PM

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell will be in concert at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, June 3
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Leon Russell has been called a rock and roll Renaissance man, and indeed there is little that this Oklahoma-bred singer-pianist hasn’t done. From leading the famous Joe Cocker's “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” tour, to performing with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh, to his best-selling 2010 collaboration with Elton John, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has given us 50 years of rich musical legacy. Leon’s songwriting credits include “Tight Rope”, “Delta Lady”, “Hummingbird”, “Lady Blue”, “Back To The Island”, “This Masquerade” and “A Song For You”, which is Russell’s best known song and one of the greatest love songs ever written. Russell has shared studios and stages with members of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and others. Leon Russell is returning to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, June 3, at 8 p.m. Special guest is Jamie McLean Band, who bring a raw energy to their music, which is described by ontapblog as “… rock laced with a blues undertone and with an unexpectedly strong country flavor.” Steak House Cellar Door (439 Main Street, Ridgefield) will pour a complimentary glass of wine with dinner the night of this event when tickets are presented. An AllShows.com VIP Party Pass ($25 addt'l per person), which includes a pre-show cocktail party 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. with open bar, hors-d’oeuvre and priority parking, is available for this show which is part of the Xfinity Rock Series with media sponsor i95fm The Home of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
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May 28, 2015 - 7:03:30 AM

Kids in Crisis announces Honorary Chairs for Navigators Stamford KIC IT Race Weekend
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Kids in Crisis has announced its co-chairs for the Navigators Stamford KIC IT Race Weekend, set to take place the weekend of June 27 and 28: Governor Dannel Malloy; Stamford Mayor David Martin; 2012, 2013, and 2014 USA Triathlon Master’s Athlete of the Year Christopher Thomas; and two-time Navigators Stamford KIC IT Triathlon winner and elite QT2 Systems triathlete Brigitte Paulick.
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May 27, 2015 - 10:17:26 AM

Manchester Monarchs 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3
Nick Shore and Zach O’Brien had a goal and an assist each for the Manchester Monarchs Tuesday night at the XL Center, to lead Manchester to a 5-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack in Game Three of the teams’ best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Final series.
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May 27, 2015 - 8:26:05 AM

Stamford Advances New Police Headquarters Project
Mayor David Martin announced last Thursday that the City has come to an agreement with the Stamford Historical Society to purchase the property at 713 Bedford Street and relocate the historic Hoyt-Barnum House to 1508 High Ridge Road. The agreement is the final step in securing the full site for the construction of the new police headquarters and will be submitted to the Planning Board, Board of Finance and Board of Representatives for consideration and approval. The purchase of the other property required for the project, 671 Bedford Street, was given final approval from all three Boards last month.
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May 26, 2015 - 5:51:09 AM

Art of the Northeast 2015 opening June 6
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Curators of Silvermine’s signature competition, Art of the Northeast, have included art critics, artists, curators and directors representing major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The New Museum and the Whitney Museum. This year’s curators, Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, both artists, critics and teachers, and are the first co-curators as well as the first husband-and-wife team to curate the popular event.
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May 26, 2015 - 5:19:52 AM

Manchester Monarchs 7, Hartford Wolf Pack 4
Michael Mersch scored a hat trick, and Sean Backman had two goals and an assist, for the Manchester Monarchs Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Arena, in a 7-4 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack in Game Two of the teams’ best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Final series.
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May 23, 2015 - 11:43:49 PM

Wine and Beautiful butterflies in a June 4 fundraiser to benefit The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
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Flitter among exotic tropical butterflies while savoring and favoring fine wines during a fun evening fund-raiser on Thurs., June 4 to benefit The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
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May 22, 2015 - 5:14:01 AM

Manchester Monarchs 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Michael Mersch scored two goals, including the second-period game-winner, Thursday night at Verizon Wireless Arena, to lead the Manchester Monarchs to a 3-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack, in the opener of the teams’ best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Final series.
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May 21, 2015 - 10:41:10 PM

Norwalk High School Students Raise Funds, Raise Awareness
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Rebecca Gaumerklein and Kassidy Wynne, two Norwalk High School sophomores, organized a week of activities in April to raise awareness about sexual violence. This school-wide initiative marking Sexual Assault Awareness Month was done in collaboration with The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling & Education (The Center).
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May 21, 2015 - 10:22:11 AM

STAR Awarded $100,000 from Norma F. Pfriem Foundation for Vans to Benefit Adults with Disabilities
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STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way... was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Norma F. Pfriem Foundation to purchase three new vans to transport individuals with developmental disabilities each day to their jobs, medical appointments, day programs, recreational activities and other community activities.
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May 21, 2015 - 8:23:38 AM

Alive@Five in Stamford Downtown Announces 2015 Lineup
One of the region’s hottest concert series, Alive@Five on the Budweiser Stage in partnership with Stamford Town Center, Reckson, BevMax and Copa Di Vino kicks off Thursday, July 9 in Columbus Park in Stamford Downtown.
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May 21, 2015 - 5:51:57 AM

United Way of Western CT Pilots the Strong Start Neighborhood Initiative at Park Avenue School
Study after study shows that learning begins at birth, that children who grow up in nurturing, literacy-rich home environments will thrive, and that children whose parents are engaged in their learning and involved in their school will do well academically. Based on this early learning, family-centered approach, United Way of Western CT is piloting the Strong Start Neighborhood Initiative at Park Avenue School in Danbury this year.
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May 21, 2015 - 5:04:36 AM

Community Health Agencies Focus on Quality to Improve Delivery of Public Health Services
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) on Monday announced the “2015 Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative,” a six-month learning opportunity for community health agencies to improve how they provide key public health services.
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May 20, 2015 - 9:10:55 AM

Norwalk Dental Specialists Donate $178,000 in Services to Day Street Community Health Center Patients
Day Street Community Health Center (CHC) recently hosted an appreciation event to recognize six dental specialists and one general dentist from the greater Norwalk area who donated their time to see 150 dental patients from CHC who required specialty care. Over the last three years, these dentists provided more than $178,000 of in-kind services.
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May 20, 2015 - 9:08:00 AM

RFR Realty Installs Putting Green at Stamford Plaza Office Complex Modeled After Augusta National 17th Green
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RFR Realty in Stamford recently announced the installation of an eight-hole putting green on the plaza level at Two Stamford Plaza, part of the four-building Stamford Plaza office complex.
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May 20, 2015 - 8:58:05 AM

Curtain Call's Dancing Stars event breaks records
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Amidst noise-makes, placards and banners akin to an old-fashioned political convention, a crowd of nearly 900 jumped to its feet in appreciation of 11 community leaders stepping out of their comfort zones at Curtain Call’s Dancing With The Stars on Saturday, May 16.
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May 17, 2015 - 8:42:08 AM

Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival Announces 2015 Entertainment Headliners
The Norwalk Seaport Association announced tonight the three national acts that will take the stage during the 2015 Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival. They include:
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May 16, 2015 - 8:44:17 PM

Silversource annual charity golf outing set for May 21
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SilverSource is pleased to announce their sixth annual charity golf outing, set for Thursday, May 21st at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford, CT. The organization, formerly called Senior Services of Stamford, was thrilled with the success of last year’s tournament, which raised nearly $60,000 to support vital programs and services provided to area seniors, including: resources and information on senior issues, the Ride To Wellness Medical Transportation program, individual counseling and an outreach program to prevent homelessness among the aging population, Registration is open, and all are welcome. Visit http://silversourcegolfouting.eventbrite.com or call 203-324-6584.
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May 16, 2015 - 2:05:45 PM

Hartford Wolf Pack 6, Hershey Bears 3
The Hartford Wolf Pack advanced to the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals Friday night at the XL Center, defeating the Hershey Bears 6-3 in Game Six of the teams’ best-of-seven, second-round playoff series.
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May 16, 2015 - 6:40:49 AM

Bluefish keep on rolling
Bridgeport takes advantage of four Riversharks errors for third straight victory

The Bridgeport Bluefish (11-8) erased two three-run deficits and pounded out 12 more hits to defeat the Camden Riversharks (11-10) 8-6 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Friday night in the opening game of a four-game weekend series in battle of Liberty Division foes. The ‘Fish have now won 11 of their last 17 games overall, and were victorious for the seventh time in their last eight in front of the home crowd.
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May 16, 2015 - 6:39:42 AM

Curtain Call's Dancing with the Stars to return for 8th year
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Which Star Dancer's "arresting" performance will wow the judges? Which dancer will "cater" to the judges' tastes? And who's most likely to "insure" a win with the fanciest of footwork? We'll find out on Saturday night, May 16, when 11 local celebrities, (paired with dance professionals), will be performing in CURTAIN CALL’S 8th ANNUAL DANCING WITH THE STARS at The Palace Theatre in Stamford.
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May 14, 2015 - 5:06:49 AM

Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Hershey Bears 4 (OT)
Chris Mueller scored his second goal of the game shorthanded at 11:32 of overtime Wednesday night at Giant Center, to give the Hartford Wolf Pack a 5-4 win over the Hershey Bears and a three-games-to-two lead in the teams’ best-of-seven, second-round playoff series.
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May 14, 2015 - 5:05:56 AM

Westport Country Playhouse Stages “And a Nightingale Sang”
Westport Country Playhouse will stage “And a Nightingale Sang,” a love story surrounding a working-class British family during World War II. Written by C. P. Taylor, and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, the play will run June 9 – 27. The title is based on the 1940s popular song, “And a Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” which, among other music of the war years, is included in the play.
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May 14, 2015 - 5:04:36 AM

National Safe Boating Week Kicks Off Connecticut’s Recreational Boating Season
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announces National Safe Boating Week (May 16-22) and encourages all boaters to be safe on Connecticut’s waters and enjoy the upcoming boating season, which unofficially begins Memorial Day Weekend.
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May 14, 2015 - 5:01:11 AM

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