Students at Eli Whitney School in Stratford created a tribute to fallen soldiers on the school lawn in recognition of Memorial Day.
Archive for May 24th, 2012
The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, in partnership with The Connecticut Light & Power Company and The United Illuminating Company, recently announced the winners of its eighth annual eesmarts™ student contest for students in grades K-12. The contest gave Connecticut students the opportunity to showcase their “energy smarts” about saving energy by answering grade level-specific prompts regarding energy efficient and renewable energy technologies and sustainability through various media forms, including poems, songs, news articles, essays, artwork/posters, and television commercials.
Pictured are Fairfield student winners Karina McMahon, Michael McMahon, Sydney Carlo and Izzy Roth standing with Richard W. Steeves, First Vice Chairperson, Energy Efficiency Board.
The awards ceremony was held in the Old Judiciary Room of the Connecticut State Capitol and attracted over 120 students, parents and energy efficiency supporters in celebration of the students’ hard work and efforts to raise awareness of energy efficiency and clean/renewable energy technologies. Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Dan Esty, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), joined Steeves in congratulating the winners, and WFSB Channel 3 Meteorologist Mark Dixon served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
A Bunnell High School student punched a police officer during a fight that broke out at the school about noon Thursday, police said.
Deputy Police Chief Joseph McNeil said officers are on scene at the school investigating the incident.
McNeil said it is unclear whether the student punched a Stratford police officer or an officer from another municipality.
He said the suspected student is a juvenile and therefore his or her name will not be released.
We will post more information as it becomes available.
Grace Episcopal Church will have a “Glow Festival” Saturday, June 2 starting at 10 a.m.
“The festival will be a fun, community wide celebration of healthy living,” the church’s website says.
Partners of the event are Griffin Hospital, the Center for Women and Families, the Caron Foundation, Trumbull High School, Trumbull Fire Dept. and EMS Service and Trumbull’s First Selectman’s Office.
Local environmental groups will also participate in the event.
Hot air balloon rides will be available, as weather permits. There will also be a mobile solar generator on site and a plant and flower sale as well as a Griffin health van, which will offer free health screenings. Chiropractic, massage, reiki, Qi Gong, tai chi, yoga and other practitioners services and mini-classes will also be available.
Concerts and events will be scheduled throughout the day, including a performance by the Trumbull High School Chamber Singers.
“We’d really like to recover our identity as a community resource,” said Elsa Worth, Rector of Grace Church. “We take very seriously our call to share God’s healing love, and we believe we have been called to find ways to reach out to this community and to use our resources to support people in finding deeper levels of health and wholeness in their lives,” she said.
When state Senator-turned-felon-turned-state Senate candidate Ernest Newton won the Bridgeport Democratic Party’s endorsement this week, political observers around Connecticut began paying attention to that race.
Newton is challenging incumbent Sen. Ed Gomes, who succeeded Newton when he resigned from office in 2005 while under investigation for federal corruption charges.
State Rep. Andres Ayala also wants the seat, and he and Gomes have pledged to face Newton in a Democratic primary in August.
Potentially adding more drama to the race is a lingering threat by the local and state NAACPs to file a lawsuit over a redistricting plan the civil rights groups argue was crafted by white legislative leaders at the Capitol in Hartford at the expense of minority voters in Gomes’ district.
I wrote “potentially” because – based on the NAACPs’ own statements – the organizations may have already run out of time to block the redistricting.
The initial goal when the action was announced in mid-April was to file the lawsuit by May 1. Attorneys advising the NAACPs warned that the further into election season they sought to stop the redistricting, the less inclined a court would be to muck around with the process.
When May 1 came and went, state NAACP head Scot X. Esdaile told me the new goal was to move forward prior to Monday’s nominating meeting for Gomes’ seat, which resulted in the controversial endorsement of Newton.
Carolyn Vermont, president of the Bridgeport NAACP, a few minutes ago told me a telephone conference has been scheduled for tonight to discuss the lawsuit and she will have more information tomorrow.
“Right now the intent is still to move forward. Basically we wanted to make sure we just have all the documentation in place,” Vermont said.