May 24, 2016

Broken Arrow Nursery Manager Andy Brand Presents “Spectacular Native Plants,” June 14

Andy Brand

ESSEX – The forests, fields and wetlands of the Northeast are filled with an amazing array of beautiful plants that are frequently overlooked when we design our landscapes. On Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library, Andy will take us on a journey through the year highlighting the many exceptional plants that grow right in our own backyards. Both herbaceous and woody plants will be discussed along with their cultivars.

An employee of Broken Arrow Nursery for over two decades, Andy Brand now manages the nursery. He received his BS and MS from the University of Connecticut in Horticulture and Plant Tissue Culture. He was the past president of the American Rhododendron Society, past president of the Connecticut Butterfly Association, and past President of Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association.

This program is free and open to the public. Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 to register or for more information. The Essex Library is located at 33 West Ave. in Essex.

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Deep River Presents Annual Strawberry Social, June 12

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Marian Staye (left) and Gail Gallagher serve up fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream in Deep River.

DEEP RIVER – The Deep River Historical Society is holding its annual Strawberry Social on Sunday, June 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. Yes, you can expect fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream! Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children 5 years and under. The event will include other surprises for the guests.

The event is held in the Carriage House on the grounds of the Deep River Historical Society at 245 Main Street (Rte. 154), Deep River.

 

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Lecture and Tasting with the Beer Snob in Essex, June 11

Will Siss, 'The Beer Snob'

Will Siss, ‘The Beer Snob’

ESSEX – Will Siss has been writing the “Beer Snob” column for the Waterbury Republican-American since 2005. In 2015 he published the book, “Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing,” a profile of the beer breweries in Connecticut, including profiles of the brewers, pubs and restaurants that focus on craft brews.

On Saturday, June 11, at 4 p.m. in the Essex Library, Siss will present an illustrated talk on the current craft beers being produced in Connecticut and will conduct a beer tasting with attendees afterwards. Siss earned a BA in English from Gettysburg College and an MS from the Columbia School of Journalism.
This event is free and open to the public (21 years and over) but seating is limited. Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 to register and for more information. The Essex Library is located at 33 West Ave. in Essex.
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Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus Concert, June 11 & 18

cappella-cantorum-for-webOLD SAYBROOK –  Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus presents its annual concert on Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Rd. Old Saybrook, and on Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 11 Park St., on the Guilford Green.

The music will include “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “Rutter,” selections from “Guys & Dolls,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Men of Harlech,” “Ride the Chariot,” “Va Pensiero” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Tickets are $20 (age 18 and under are free) and can be purchased at the door or through CappellaCantorum.org. Contact Barry at 860-388-2871 for more information.

 

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Celebrate CT Trails Day, June 4, in Chester at Cockaponset

ct trails dayCHESTER – On the weekend of June 4 and 5, Connecticut is set to host Connecticut Trails Day — the largest National Trails Day (NTD) celebration in the nation with 200-plus free events scheduled statewide.

This annual celebration features activities for everyone, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, bird watching, letterboxing, and more. These events are guided by knowledgeable volunteers from local hiking clubs, parks and recreation departments, state agencies, conservation organizations, historic groups, education programs and land trusts.

In Chester, join leaders Rob Butterworth and Melissa Evarts on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Pattaconk Reservoir Recreation area in Cockaponset State Forest (S.F.) for an outdoor adventure sponsored by the Bridle Path Conservancy, the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, the Lower Connecticut River Valley Horsemen’s Club(LCRVHC) and the New England Mountain Biking Association’s Central Connecticut Chapter.

Come and help celebrate the 10th anniversary “Combined Arms” event. For a decade now, trail volunteers of all type have been coming together to make the Cockaponset S.F. trails better for all. This year’s event will be the kickoff to restoring the yellow trail in the Pattaconk Reservoir section of the state forest.

Projects will include painting blazes, trimming back brush and building a new section of trail. Work party attendees will be treated to a cook-out, courtesy of the LCRVHC, and a raffle. This is a volunteer-led event in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Bring clothing, food, water and bug spray suitable for a day out in the woods. Bring loppers if you have them, but tools will be provided.

Preregistration is requested, but not required (it helps with planning for food and tools). Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information, visit www.ctwoodlands.org/ct-trails-weekend/events-2016/chester-trail-maintenance-record-2877

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“Operatic Disasters,” a Free and Fascinating Lecture, June 4

Kuslan_James editOLD SAYBROOK – James Kuslan, opera devotee and popular dynamic speaker on operatic topics, will present a lecture entitled “Operatic Disasters” on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at the Acton Public Library. This event is sponsored by the library and the Guild of Salt Marsh Opera.

With the help of fascinating and some hilariously funny sound clips, Kuslan will explore the challenges of singing opera. According to Kuslan, “My objective is not to ridicule, but to demonstrate that the extreme difficulty of the art form means that an audience in the presence of a superb performance is, in reality, beholding a miracle.”

Kuslan graduated with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.  He has consulted for the German classical music recording giant, Deutsche Grammophon.

“Operatic Disasters” at the Acton Public Library is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible. For additional information, call 860-388-2871. The Acton Library is at 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook.

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Enjoy a Tour of Private Gardens in Essex, June 4

See this beautiful private garden in Essex on June 4.

See this beautiful private garden in Essex on June 4.

ESSEX – On Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., plan to stroll through eight of the loveliest and most unusual private gardens in Essex. Some are in the heart of Essex Village while others are hidden along lanes most visitors never see.  While exploring, you will find both formal and informal settings, lovely sweeping lawns and panoramic views of the Connecticut River or its coves.  One garden you will visit is considered to be a ‘laboratory’ for cultivation of native plants. Master Gardeners will be available to point out specific features, offer gardening tips, and answer questions.

The garden tour is sponsored by the Friends of the Essex Library. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the Essex Library the day of the event.  Cash, checks, Visa or Master Card will be accepted. Tickets can be reserved by visiting the library or by completing the form included in flyers available at the library and throughout Essex beginning May 2.  Completed forms can be mailed to the library.  Confirmations will be sent to the email addresses on the completed forms.

Your ticket will be a booklet containing a brief description of each garden along with a map of the tour and designated parking. Tickets must be picked up at the library beginning at 9:45 a.m. the day of the event.

Richard Conroy, library director, has said, “The Essex Library receives only about half of its operating revenue from the Town. The financial assistance we receive each year from the Friends is critical.  It enables us to provide important resources such as Ancestry.com and museum passes, as well as practical improvements like the automatic front doors that were recently installed.  I urge you to help your Library by helping our Friends make this event a success!  Thank you for your support.”

The tour will take place rain or shine.  For more information, please call 860-767-1560. All proceeds will benefit Friends of the Essex Library.

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“Clouds & Shadows” — Essex Art Association’s Show Opens June 3

 

Judy plein air painting in Chester

Dianne Gorrick plein air painting in Chester

ESSEX – The Essex Art Association will continue its 2016 season with the Elected Artists Member Show, opening June 3. Juror, Judy Atlas, is an exhibiting member of City Gallery in New Haven and teaches art classes at Creative Arts Workshop, also in New Haven. A total of $1900 in award money will be given to exhibiting artists for their work in various media.

Each season five EAA artists are selected by a juror to exhibit their work in the small “Exit Gallery.” The Exit Gallery artist during this exhibition is plein air painter Dianne Gorrick, who creates vibrant works of art depicting the beauty of the natural world. Although she selects peaceful subjects, her paintings are invigorated by bright colors and impasto painting. Gorrick explains that the thick application of paint gives the paintings “a three-dimensional quality,” which enhances the sense of depth within her compositions. Concerning her technique, she writes, “I would say my style is Romanticized Realism. I want the viewer to be drawn into the scene and to enjoy looking at the painting.”

Gorrick’s paintings display skill and knowledge, which she acquired from years of study and exploration. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s in Studio Art from Wesleyan University, she continued her education in painting at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Dartmouth College and the Scottsdale Artist School with the Plein Air Painters of America.

Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the state of Connecticut, earning numerous awards and grants over the years. She is the recipient of two National Endowment Fellowships; a research grant concerning the Hudson River School of Painters and a fellowship to attend Dartmouth College, where she studied the art and culture of New England. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the New Britain Museum, the Slater Museum, and the Ward-Nasse Gallery in NYC. She is an Elected Artist of the Essex Art Association and the Mystic Art Center. Currently, she teaches painting and drawing at the Glastonbury Art Guild. Gorrick had a long and rewarding career as an art educator in the public school system at Bacon Academy, where she also served as department head.

The “Clouds & Shadows” exhibition opening will be held Friday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Essex Art Association Gallery is located in the sunny yellow building in the center of Essex at 10 North Main Street. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays. For more information, call 860-767-8996.

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Author Sara Ingram Performs at Carriage House, June 2

Sara Ingram, author, and curator Rhonda Forristall discuss the upcoming event to be held at the Carriage House. Photo by Susanne Wisner

Sara Ingram, author, and curator Rhonda Forristall discuss the upcoming event to be held at the Carriage House. Photo by Susanne Wisner

DEEP RIVER – Sara Ingram will act out stories and poems from her published book, Sounds of House and Wood, on Thursday, June 2, at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Deep River Historical Society.

Many of Sara’s poems recount her early life growing up in Deep River where her grandmother and mother were the Deep River librarians for a combined total of 50 years. Sara’s father was an early member of the Deep River Historical Society and the driving force in renovating the Carriage House to be used for local events.

Sara has worn many hats as editor, dancer and teacher. She has been involved with literature and arts-related pursuits for many years. She is a certified teacher and has been an instructor of the gifted in Connecticut public schools for over 25 years.

This free event, sponsored by the Deep River Historical Society, is open to the general public also. Light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in purchasing Sara’s book can have it personally signed by her at the event.

Sounds of House and Wood, published by Antrim House, 2013, celebrates the essence of New England – nature, discovery, family and the four seasons. Please join in an enjoyable and entertaining evening.
Sara Ingram, author, and curator Rhonda Forristall discuss the upcoming event to be held at the Carriage House. Photo by Susanne Wisner

 

 

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Public Lectures at Chester Village West Continue June 2

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Dr. Christine Signore

CHESTER – Regardless of the formal education we’ve received over our lifetimes, continuous learning is what keeps us young, enthusiastic and engaged in retirement.

Chester Village West, a senior living community, in partnership with the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning and Middlesex Hospital, is offering a series of lectures and informative presentations by biographers, historians and medical experts in April, May and June.

All lectures, which begin at 4 p.m. in the community’s event room, are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Each lecture will be limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first served basis; early registration is encouraged. To register, call (860) 333-8992 or visit the website at http://www.chestervillagewestlcs.com/events-and-resources/lifelong-learning-program.

The upcoming Chester Village West Lifelong Learning Program schedule of lectures is as follows:

 

Thursday, June 2, 4 p.m. – It’s Worth a Shot
Alina Filozov, D.O., an infectious disease physician specialist at Middlesex Hospital, will review current recommendations on routine and travel-related immunizations. She will discuss who is appropriate to receive various vaccines recommended for seniors, including those for shingles, pneumonia and whooping cough. Pre-travel vaccine advice will also be discussed. Register here.

Tuesday, June 28, 4 p.m. – Is It More than Just the Blues?
Robert A. Grillo, Jr., M.D., a specialist in geriatric psychiatry at Middlesex Hospital, will review the symptoms, diagnosis and epidemiology of depression in the elderly. He will also discuss specific risk factors of developing depression for older persons, treatment options and prevention. Register here.

Editor’s note: Located at 317 West Main St. (Rte. 148) in historic Chester, CT, Chester Village West gives independent-minded people a new way to experience retirement and live their lives to the fullest. Since the independent seniors community was founded more than 25 years ago, Chester Village West residents have directed and embraced active learning. Within a small community of private residences that offer convenience, companionship, service and security, Chester Village West enriches lives with a comprehensive program that enhances fitness, nutrition, active life, health and well being. Find out more at chestervillagewestlcs.com.

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“The 39 Steps,” Zany Spoof of Hitchcock Movies, Opens at Ivoryton Playhouse, June 1

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Dan Fenaughty and Larissa Klinger. Photo by Ivoryton Playhouse

IVORYTON – Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

“The 39 Steps” is set in England, just before the war. A young man bored with life meets a woman with a mysterious accent who says she’s a spy and needs to take refuge in his apartment. Murder and mayhem soon follow as our hero is chased across the wild and wooly British countryside, meeting a host of ridiculous characters and climaxing in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, “The 39 Steps” amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

The first version of the play was written by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon for a cast of four actors and funded by a £1,000 Yorkshire Arts Grant. It premiered in 1995 at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, before embarking on a tour of village halls across the north of England. In 2005, Patrick Barlow rewrote the script, keeping the scenes, staging and small-scale feel, and in June 2005 this re-adaption premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2006, it opened in the West End and in 2008 it premiered on Broadway to rave reviews. The New York Times proclaimed, “Theatre at its finest!… Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands.”

This production introduces Ivoryton audiences to the husband and wife team of Dan Fenaughty and Larissa Klinger, who have both performed these roles before in the national tour. The clowns are played by Ivoryton favorite, David Edwards, and Jonathan Brody, making his Ivoryton debut. All four actors are members of Actors Equity. The play is directed by Erik Bloomquist, a two-time Emmy-nominated writer/director/producer and former Top 200 Director on Project Greenlight. Erik is currently in post-production on the television adaptation of “The Cobblestone Corridor,” a seriocomic mystery series based on his internationally acclaimed short film of the same name. The set design is by Dan Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Cully Long.

“The 39 Steps” opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on June 1 and runs through June 19. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $44 for adults; $39 for seniors; $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting www.ivorytonplayhouse.org 

Ticket prices go up on June 1 to $50 for adults and $45 for seniors, so purchase tickets now for all the summer shows for the best prices. (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

 

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Tri-Town Youth Services Collects Diapers for Mothers in Need through May 31

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REGION 4 – Tri-Town Youth Services kicks off Diaper Drive for mothers in need. The agency is working with preschools in Region 4 to collect diapers from May 9 to May 31.  Diapers can be dropped off at Tri-Town, 56 High Street, Deep River, weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Collection boxes are also located at KinderCare in Essex; Schoolmates in Ivoryton; CDE Nursery School in Deep River; and Circle of Friends Montessori in Chester.

An adequate supply of diapers can cost over $100 per month, which is not feasible for some low-income families in our area. Babies are at risk of spending a day or longer in one diaper, leading to potential health risks.

Collected diapers will be donated to the Diaper Bank for distribution to families in need throughout Middlesex County. The Diaper Bank ensures that families living in poverty have an adequate supply of diapers for their infants and toddlers.  Their greatest needs are diapers in sizes 5 and 6.

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Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries Spring Appeal Continues Through May 31

Volunteers at SSKP Old Saybrook Pantry.

Volunteers at SSKP Old Saybrook Pantry

AREAWIDE – “The food pantry changed my life. It made me believe again that God exists.” These words were recently written by a local resident, according to Patty Dowling, executive director of Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.

“In January one of our guests wrote this very heartfelt message. We asked her if we could share it with the community, so they could understand how much the pantry means to her and her family, and she said yes.”

For 27 years the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) has been providing groceries through five weekly pantry distributions and offering daily hot meals at eight local meal sites, providing help to over 8,000 residents last year. The towns served by SSKP are Old Saybrook, Essex, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Lyme, Chester, Clinton, Madison, Killingworth, Westbrook and Deep River.

One out of ten coming to an SSKP pantry are seniors, many on a fixed income; others are disabled or suffering from physical or mental illness. Many are employed, but with wages too low to be self-sufficient. Over half of the pantry registrants last year were families of four or more, and 35 percent were children or teens.

According to Dowling, the number of those coming for help has risen steadily over the years. “Last year, for the first time, we distributed food for over 1 million meals,” she explained. “Recent data indicates a complicated economic and demographic future for many living on the shoreline.

“But despite these increases,” she added, “our shoreline community responds to the need. When we reach out for support to provide food and fellowship, so many have answered abundantly. To respond best to the current needs, and to prepare for what may be greater need, we are launching a new annual Spring Appeal.  We’re also contacting private foundations and corporate supporters.”

The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries receives no direct state or federal funding, and operates with the support of 900 volunteers in partnership with local faith communities.

“We will continue to provide all who register at an SSKP pantry free groceries every week for everyone in their household, and a daily hot meal to those who attend our meal sites,” said Dowling. “Thank you for caring, and know your support gives your neighbors hope. They believe that someone has their back on their most difficult days, and they can see the presence of God in their lives.”

The SSKP Spring Appeal will be held through May 31. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 804, Essex, CT 06426 or online at www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org.

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Spring on the Homefront 1776 at Bushnell Farm, May 28

Plowing with a team of horses is one of the free events at Bushnell Farm on May 28. photo by Jody Dole

Plowing with a team of horses is one of the free events at Bushnell Farm on May 28. photo by Jody Dole

OLD SAYBROOK – Bushnell Farm will be open to the public on Saturday, May 28, for its annual free spring event.  This year the farm will be shearing sheep at noon and plowing the field with horses in the early afternoon. The private 22 acres are owned by Herb and Sherry Clark of Essex and is opened for seasonal events, for school programs and for summer camp for the Connecticut River Museum.  Located at 1445 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, the event is free with on-site parking.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., looks back 240 years to 1776, the outbreak of the American Revolution and the role that families played in supplying the troops. The Bushnell family were weavers as well as farmers and timber suppliers. They would have woven blankets, cloth for coats and tow-cloth for army tents. In 1776 the town of Saybrook, which included the present towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex, Westbrook and Old Saybrook, was responsible for equipping and supplying militia soldiers from Saybrook throughout the nine long years of war.

 

Visitors on May 28 can help with washing, dyeing, carding and spinning wool that will be woven into blankets for soldiers. They can learn about processing flax, which was turned into linen for a variety of uses.  If you ever wanted to walk behind a plow, this is your chance. Foxglove Farm will be plowing for planting wheat to sell to the town to feed their soldiers. The blacksmith will be making cooking utensils to send to troop encampments and there will be a host of other “domestic industries” underway.

 

This 17th-century house and farmstead is used to interpret agriculture and industry in the pre-industrial age. The private 22 acres are owned by Herb and Sherry Clark of Essex and are opened for seasonal events, school programs and summer camp for the Connecticut River Museum.  Located at 1445 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, the event is free with on-site parking. For more information, call (860) 767-0674.

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Eastern CT Ballet Presents Spring Showcase, May 28

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DEEP RIVER – Eastern Connecticut Ballet presents its Spring Showcase on Saturday, May 28, at 1:30 and 7 p.m. at Valley Regional High School in Deep River.

The afternoon performance features company works by Artistic Director Gloria Govrin (classical ballet) and guest Broadway veteran and choreographer Stephen Reed (musical theater). Matinee audiences will also enjoy “Bon Voyage,” a lively around-the-world dance adventure featuring ECB’s youngest performers (ages 3-7).

The evening performance showcases company works and class pieces from ECB’s graded classical ballet program and modern program (ages 7-18).

Tickets may be purchased in advance (prior to May 20) at Eastern Connecticut Ballet (435 Boston Post Rd., East Lyme). Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for children (age 4 and up).  Children age three and under are free when seated on an adult’s lap.  Tickets are also available at the door: $22 for adults, $20 for children.  Call Eastern Connecticut Ballet at 860-739-7899 for further information.

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What Happens to Your Money? Authors Speak on Financial System’s Failures, May 22

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Stephen Davis

CHESTER – Every year, Americans pay billions of dollars in fees to those who run our financial system. The money comes from our bank accounts, our pensions and our borrowing, and often we aren’t told that the money has been taken. These billions may be justified if the finance industry does a good job, but as an important new book shows, it too often fails us.

This is the message of the three authors of the book, What They Do With Your Money, two of whom will be at a free Books & Bagels program open to all at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 22, at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester.

Stephen Davis and Jon Lukomnik will talk about the ways that financial institutions place their business interests first, charging for advice that does nothing to improve performance, employing short-term buying strategies that are corrosive to building long-term value, and sometimes concealing both their practices and their investment strategies from investors.

Praise for the book comes not only from international authorities but from former U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd, co-author of the Dodd-Frank legislation intended to prevent a repeat of the banking system collapse that occurred in 2008. Dodd says, “As only insiders can, Davis, Lukomnik, and Pitt-Watson shine a spotlight on hidden cracks in the system that can still put hard-earned savings at risk. This is a vital book for anyone concerned about how to make the finance industry generate wealth for all of us.”

Along with their third collaborator, David Pitt-Watson, Davis and Lukomnik also wrote the prizewinning book, The New Capitalists, in which the authors demonstrated how ordinary people are working together to demand accountability from even the most powerful corporations.

Jon Lukomnik

Jon Lukomnik

The three address such issues from authoritative academic perspectives. Davis is a senior fellow at Harvard Law School’s program on corporate governance. (He is also president of the board of the Chester synagogue.) Lukomnik is executive director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center. David Pitt-Watson is the former head of the Hermes shareholder activist funds in Europe and an executive fellow of finance at the London Business School.

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester. As always for the Books & Bagels programs, the program is open at no charge to the public, and reservations are not required.  For more information about CBSRZ, visit cbsrz.org or call the office, 860-526-8920.

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Old Lyme Town Band Kicks off 2016 Season at Christ the King, May 22

Old Lyme Town Band

Old Lyme Town Band

The Old Lyme Town Band, under the direction of Carolyn Whinnem, will perform the first concert of their 2016 season at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 4pm.  Their second concert will be at The Kate, Old Saybrook, on Wednesday May, 25, 2016 at 7 pm.

For more details visit the Old Lyme Town Band website at www.OldLymeTownBand.org

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Registration Open for Summer Co-op for Tri-Town Middle School Students

2015 Co-oREGION 4 — Tri-Town Youth Services will kick off its three-week summer Co-op 2016 with “Water Week,” which will take place June 27-30.  Each day will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. at Tri-Town Youth Services, 56 High Street, Deep River.  The week includes trips to Ocean Beach, Huck Finn, Brownstone and Lake Compounce.

Session II of the Summer Co-op runs July 5-7.  “Surf ‘n’ Turf” features trips to Empower Zip Lines, Hammonasset Beach and Six Flags.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Session III, July 11-14, is “Equine Adventure,” which includes learning about horses, their care and riding lessons.  Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Brochures with details and registration forms are available throughout the tri-town region at elementary schools and at John Winthrop Middle School.  These programs are open to students entering grades 7, 8 or 9 who live in Chester, Deep River or Essex.

For further information, call Tri-Town at 860-526-3600, or visit www.tritownys.org

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Literacy Volunteers Celebrate Spring in May Book Promotion

WESTBROOK – Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore (LVVS) is celebrating Spring and all things new during its May book promotion. This promotion features quarter, dime, nickel pricing. Selected hardcovers are a quarter, select paperbacks a dime and puzzles only a nickel!

Also this month, all LVVS cookbooks with international student recipes are half price. LVVS is always accepting gently used books from 2006 and newer. Look for new promotions each month.

Stop in at the book sale Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. LVVS is located on the lower level of the Westbrook Library, 61 Goodspeed Dr., Westbrook. More information at 860-399-0280.

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