Last week I saw a shy and soft-spoken four-year-old Sophie Villa come out of her shell.
In the first week of March, Imagine Project Inc., a New York-based non-profit organization, held a workshop at The Ballet School of Stamford. The workshop focused on acting, song writing and dance, all based on ideas from the children involved.
The non-profit organization is aiming for children like Sophie. The organization’s statement says, “We have nurtred underserved children who barely speak; to sing, children who hardly move; to dance, children who never thought it possible, to turn their own ideas into staged works of art with music created by the children themselves.”
For 13 weeks Bill Bartlett, the director of Imagine Project, Inc., will work with the children to create exactly that, a finished product incorporating acting, dance, and song writing all created by the children.
By the end of the first class, with a little coaching from Bartlett, Sophie was dancing and acting in front of her classmates. For the next few weeks and beyond the sky is the only limit for Sophie.
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Thousands came out a week early, Saturday, Mar. 9, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Milford, Conn.
Dave Conroy, above, marches with the Irish Heritage Society of Milford.
John Sinnott, left, looks up at his 20-month-old son Colton, of Milford, as he eyes the marchers.
Ten-year-old Margaret Scull, of Branford, below, watches bag pipers move along the parade route.
You know that quote about relying on the kindness of strangers? That was me yesterday.Near the end of my hunt for weather photos, I came upon a woman trudging through the snow. Barbara Oster was getting a shovel so she could clear a path for her 97 year old mother. I wanted the picture. And I was so sure my SUV could handle the deep, unplowed snow on her down-hill driveway, I pulled in to get my shots. Finished, I went back to my car and found myself hopelessly stuck. Wheels spinning, rubber burning – under the snow, a think layer of ice. It was awful. Then, a truck stopped. A Good Samaritan offered to help. He shoveled. Threw dirt. And drove my car on to the road. He insisted he didn’t want money- said something about paying it forward. I shoved all the money in my wallet into his hands as he protested. (not much, I never have much!) . On a cold day, I found warmth in a kind heart.
We haven’t had a lot of snowstorms, but boy the ones we had produced a lot of snow!
Thank goodness spring is right around the corner.Bill Smith shovels his driveway on Szost Dr. in Fairfield, Conn. as snow continues to fall on Friday, March 8, 2013.
I got to spend some time recently with the curlers at The Nutmeg Curling Club in Bridgeport, Conn.
Two Bridgeport club members, Charissa Lin, above, and husband, Derek Surka, of New Haven, below, will be representing Nutmeg at the 2013 Mixed Nationals competition set for March 16-24 in Willmar, Minn. Naida Leslie, of New Canaan, delivers a curling stone during a tournament game Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at the Nutmeg Curling Club in Bridgeport, Conn.
While I would never submit the photo for print publication, I think we can all enjoy this photo of Stamford mayoral candidate Eileen Heaphy wearing this toy firefighter’s hat:
I quickly snapped the photo with my iPhone but didn’t tweet or submit it because there’s no context visible. Heaphy was playing with her grandson, pictured in this family group shot at far right:
I don’t think the photo is representative of her candidacy or even the event I covered, which is why I didn’t use it. I think it’s nice, however, to sometimes see a political photo with a different or unexpected twist!
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Oscar Ike of Westhill-Stamford during the 200 IM event that he won during the FCIAC Swimming championships at Greenwich High School, Thursday night, Feb. 28, 2013.
Kate Ray of New Canaan High School during the FCIAC Diving finals at Westhill High School, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 201
It certainly is a different world when viewed at 1/1000th of a second.