Experts on relationships and addiction will speak at Redding church

St. Patrick Parish, at 169 Black Rock Turnpike in Redding, will be hosting a community rally called “Come Holy Spirit!” on Saturday, Dec. 2. The rally will include breakout sessions throughout the afternoon on current topics of the day, such as relationships and drug and alcohol addiction. The event is free. Lunch will be provided. Dom Quaglia, who will be speaking about relationships, is an author serving at parish missions, retreats, private events, and conferences throughout the United States and abroad. He said communication is a fundamental element of any generation in history. Quaglia explained that relationships differ between people … Read more

Curtain Call: There’s no place like home especially in Bountiful

Town Players Little Theatre, Newtown: In keeping with the season, Town Players Little Theatre of Newtown produced a most appropriate play “The Trip to Bountiful” by playwright Horton Foote. This is the story of Carrie Watts, an old widow who desperately wants to return to her home in Bountiful, Texas. She has been living with her son Ludie and daughter-in-law Jessie Mae in Houston. City life in Houston is too big a change for Mother Watts, who is tired of being cramped in an apartment and more tired of being so badly treated by her selfish daughter-in-law. With a weak … Read more

Big Anniversary, Small Works: Loft Artists celebrate 10th anniversary

by Nancy Helle A full range of artistic expression will be on display at the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists’ holiday exhibition and 10th anniversary celebration, Big Anniversary; Small Works. The exhibition was curated by Jeffrey Mueller, director of Silvermine Galleries and professor of art history at Western Connecticut University. A majority of the WALA members are from Darien, New Canaan, Wilton, Westport, Rowayton and Norwalk, and their work represents many different views and points of view. As viewers will discover, there are many routes to a beautiful painting or an inspiring, thought-provoking work of art. Some artists paint what they … Read more

Easton, Redding and Region 9 honor teachers of the year

The Connecticut Department of Education recognized three Easton, Redding and Region 9 teachers at a recent ceremony at the Bushnell in Hartford as teachers of the year for their district. Darcy Scholz, a grade four teacher at Samuel Staples Elementary School, Catherine Cheng, a science teacher at Joel Barlow High School, and Matt Farina, a teacher of gifted and talented students at Redding Elementary School, were recognized for their exemplary teaching skills. Read about Darcy Scholz here. Read about Catherine Cheng here. The Connecticut Teacher of the Year program began in 1952 and is sponsored by the Connecticut Department of … Read more

Scholz named Teacher of the Year for Staples school

Darcy Scholz

Any Easton teacher could be nominated for the Teacher of the Year program. The faculty at Samuel Staples Elementary School voted and chose fourth grade teacher Darcy Scholz to go forward through the state program. Scholz said she was thrilled and gratified to be selected. “Many other people are just as deserving,” she said. “My colleagues are top-of-line. I am lucky to work with fabulous people.” In her role as district teacher of the year, Scholz will serve as a goodwill ambassador for the faculty. “I can’t think of anyone I would rather have in this role for this school … Read more

Cheng named Teacher of the Year for Region 9

Catherine Cheng

“Teaching is not a job, it’s really a profession,” said Catherine Cheng, Joel Barlow High School chemistry and biology teacher, which perhaps hints at why her peers selected her as Region 9’s Teacher of the Year. “Just being here at Barlow, a teacher at this very great school, I already feel so fortunate,” she said. Cheng, 27, is in her fifth year at Barlow. She said she’d received notification of the nomination and had a choice whether to move forward or not. She chose to go forward and provided a requisite philosophy of teaching document. “I very much believe in … Read more

P&Z approves barn in floodplain

Engineer Harry Rocheville, left, of the Bridgeport-based Quill Group represents a property owner seeking to build a barn within a floodplain at a Nov. 13 zoning meeting. — Brad Durrell photo

A Black Rock Road couple has received permission to build a barn within the 100-year floodplain of the Aspetuck River. The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the plan at its Nov. 13 meeting. P&Z also continued work on the town’s new Plan of Conservation and Development and new zoning regulations The barn project previously received wetlands approval from the Conservation Commission. Property owners James and Deborah Carrier plan to build a 26-foot by 48-foot wooden barn with access ramps for personal storage purposes. The barn will be 25 feet high and be placed on a concrete slab above the … Read more

Football: Falcons dominate on Thanksgiving

Keeping its opponent guessing would pay huge dividends for the Joel Barlow High football team on Thanksgiving. The Falcons used their triple option offense quite effectively when they visited Weston on Thursday, Nov. 23. Having a number of athletes who can carry the ball, they racked up the yards in a 50-14 win in the annual contest. This marks the 22nd time the two teams have faced each other in the annual contest. Weston still leads the series 10-8-4. The victory not only earned Barlow a spot in the state Class M tournament for the first time since 2013, it … Read more

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