Stemerman: Run state like a business

David Stemerman of Greenwich started his own business in January 2008. Immediately, he faced “the worst financial crisis in 70 years.” Steering his company through that and beyond, he said, gave him the experience needed to get Connecticut through its current fiscal crisis. Stemerman is one of four candidates in the Aug. 14 Republican gubernatorial primary, along with endorsed candidate and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and businessman Bob Stefanowski. Stemerman and Stefanowski opted not to participate in the Republican convention. “I view that the qualities of leadership that were needed in order both to … Read more

Walsh’s Wonderings — The importance of silly

In what was the most expensive act of littering in the history of our planet, Elon Musk launched his cherry red Tesla Roadster into space last week. Because ’Merica. The enduring image was of the mannequin in the spacesuit lounging behind the wheel of the open convertible while Earth looms in the background. The incongruity of a car in space captures both the audacity and absurdity of Mr. Musk’s latest effort to monetize the final frontier. It was at once silly and significant. As ridiculous and admittedly useless as firing a car into orbit around the sun is, the act … Read more

Ways to volunteer

By Peter Houlahan, Contributing writer With every new year come new resolutions. For many, this includes a commitment to giving back to the community by volunteering one’s time and expertise to a good cause. “The town would cease to function without its volunteers,” said Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton. “They play an enormous role in the community.” Every town offers an abundance of organizations and clubs, whatever one’s interests, skills or time constraints. Sometimes the trick is just finding them. Here is a small sample of organizations that could use your help. Additional opportunities to volunteer are provided on each of … Read more

Teens cook breakfast to celebrate Three Kings Day


While the weather may have been freezing outside, several dozen Redding teenagers — dressed in gold crowns and colorful robes — worked up a sweat as they cooked and served a hot breakfast to more than 150 parishioners at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Redding. The event took place on Sunday, Jan. 7, to recognize Three Kings Day, or the Feast of the Epiphany, which was on Jan. 6. The breakfast cost $6 and consisted of pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, and hot chocolate. The teens served breakfast in two shifts, with more than 80 parishioners attending … Read more

Y’s Men interview James Naughton

The theatrical career of Tony Award-winning actor James Naughton will be examined when Play With Your Food artistic director Carole Schweid interviews him at Y’s Men of Westport/Weston on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 9:30 a.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport. A Weston resident, Naughton won his first Tony for best actor in a musical in City of Angels and his second for his role in Chicago. Schweid was an original cast member of A Chorus Line and is a co-founder of JIB Productions Inc. a non-profit producer of professional performing and visual arts programs in … Read more

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