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John Breunig

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The legacy of ‘Rabbi Joe’

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Our editorial about the legacy of Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz: “(He) embraced communication as the path forward. He challenged, he listened, he debated, he taught and he relentlessly chased knowledge.” [Read More]
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A last laugh from a big name

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OK, bear with me for a moment. This post has more flashbacks than a “How I Met Your Mother” episode. I wrote a recent column that flashed back to a summer column about why journalists should never ask for autographs. In it, I recalled that “Beetle Bailey” creator Mort Walker mocked my personal policy by […] [Read More]
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Citizen Pavia

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Brian Cashman’s civility talk at Ferguson Library Monday night included a couple of surprise guests, including Bobby Valentine, who declared “I’ve been a Yankees fan all my life” and shared an anecdote about his meeting as a teenager with a less-than-civil Mickey Mantle. First, though, a familiar face stepped in front of the audience of […] [Read More]
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‘Doonesbury,’ lost and found

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Due to a production error, the Tuesday “Doonesbury” did not appear in The Advocate, but will be published in Wednesday’s editions, when the strip will make a permanent move to the editorial page. We are also adding “Mallard Fillmore” to the edit page, and introducing “Half Full,” by Stamford artist Maria Scrivan, to the comics […] [Read More]
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Memorial service for John Franklin

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A Celebration of Life has been scheduled for John Franklin, former head of the Westport Arts Center and the Westport Sunrise Rotary, who died May 19 at 76. Franklin is survived by Jeanne Franklin, his wife of 54 years. Jeanne Franklin was the founding executive director of the Stamford Senior Center. The service will be […] [Read More]
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My dinner with Celeste

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Of the many fundraisers I’ve attended in Stamford over the years, only one provided me with a shared chuckle with an Oscar winner. My wife, Lisa, and I were just sitting down at our table during a fundraiser for Connecticut Grand Opera and greeting the strangers around us when the woman directly across from me […] [Read More]
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Here comes the flood

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The usual trouble spots along Route 1 in Norwalk are being hit hard by Sunday’s heavy rainfall. Advocate City Editor Jonathan Lucas took the bottom image near Barnes & Noble a few minutes before reader Keith Kulis Sr. submitted the photo below. Keep ‘em coming folks. [Read More]
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A final toast to Levon

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I didn’t have the good fortune to see Levon Helm perform with The Band during its prime, but he never disappointed when I saw him play a quirky assortment of venues over the last few decades. Those venues ranged from a return to the boards at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 16, 1992  for a […] [Read More]
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