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05.08.2015 - Stafford, Ct.  -  With the first outdoor show for Arts on Main starting tonight, Lisa Zelonka of Three Graces Vintage hangs an exhibit by Ohio photographer James Pilbeam in her shop. In addition to Main Street business hosting art shows for tonight's event, the blues band One Eyed Johnny & The Gravediggers is scheduled to appear in Stafford's Haymarket square. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

05.08.2015 – Stafford, Ct. – With the first outdoor show for Arts on Main starting tonight, Lisa Zelonka of Three Graces Vintage hangs an exhibit by Ohio photographer James Pilbeam in her shop. In addition to Main Street business hosting art shows for tonight’s event, the blues band One Eyed Johnny & The Gravediggers is scheduled to appear in Stafford’s Haymarket square. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Rally for Charter Schools

Hundreds gathered at the Capital Thursday afternoon to rally for expansion of charter school access for Connecticut students. Two new charter schools (set to open in September) in Stamford and Bridgeport are in danger of not opening and expansion of existing schools is also not guaranteed. Turnout was impressive at that Capitol as the voice of the charter school movement was heard. Hartford, CT - 5/07/15 - A rally to save two new Connecticut charter schools that may not open in the fall, takes place on the steps of the Capitol Thursday afternoon. Here, Booker T. Washington Academy (New Haven) first graders embrace. Clockwise from center: Nasir Christie, Coi Bell and David Johnson. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN bhorrigan@courant.com

Hartford, CT – 5/07/15 – A rally to save two new Connecticut charter schools that may not open in the fall, takes place on the steps of the Capitol Thursday afternoon. Here, Booker T. Washington Academy (New Haven) first graders embrace. Clockwise from center: Nasir Christie, Coi Bell and David Johnson. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN bhorrigan@courant.com

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Human Service

05.06.2015 - Hartford, Ct. - Proclaiming, “Arrest me, I don’t care,” 68-year-old Heddy Castelano sits outside the chambers of the Connecticut House of Representatives expressing her frustration with proposed budget cuts to the Department of Developmental Services. Moments earlier, Barter ordered Castelano and over 100 others gathered outside the chambers, relocate as the House came to session. Castelano’s daughter, Jessica, is 40-years-old, developmentally delayed and suffers from a seizure disorder. And has been on a DDS waiting list for residential services for 23-years. Castelano came to the capitol today, with hundreds of others, to gathering outside of the Hall of the House to show support for people with disabilities, mental health issues and poverty. "We're here to facilitate people participating in the process. Not deprive them of their rights," said Barter. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

05.06.2015 – Hartford, Ct. – Proclaiming, “Arrest me, I don’t care,” 68-year-old Heddy Castelano sits outside the chambers of the Connecticut House of Representatives expressing her frustration with proposed budget cuts to the Department of Developmental Services. Moments earlier, Barter ordered Castelano and over 100 others gathered outside the chambers, relocate as the House came to session. Castelano’s daughter, Jessica, is 40-years-old, developmentally delayed and suffers from a seizure disorder. And has been on a DDS waiting list for residential services for 23-years. Castelano came to the capitol today, with hundreds of others, to gathering outside of the Hall of the House to show support for people with disabilities, mental health issues and poverty. “We’re here to facilitate people participating in the process. Not deprive them of their rights,” said Barter. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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CT American Idol Returns Home

After months of performance on the road and competition on the television show “American Idol,” Nick Fradiani returned to his native Guilford Friday. The show of support was overwhelming even to Nick, who is now a finalist on the hit show. Nick received a hero’s welcome at his alma mater Guilford High School, playing a song in the same gymnasium that he played high school basketball. From there, Fradiani went to Bishop’s Orchard, where he scooped a new flavor of ice cream, “Fradiani Frenzy.” Lastly, a parade guided Fradiani to the Guilford Town Green where he gave a performance to thousands.

Guilford, CT - 5/01/15 - Guilford native and American Idol finalist Nick Fradiani returns home for a pep rally at Guilford High School. Here he takes a photo with Guilford High student. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN bhorrigan@courant.com

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CT State Latin Day

The 34th annual Connecticut State Latin Day was held Friday at the Holiday Hill resort in Prospect.  Latin students, most clad in togas, from 52 middle and high schools from across the state took part in the day-long event that included activities that reflected ancient Greek and Roman culture.  Students competed in academic competitions in grammar, history, mythology, and geography, and took part in workshops like sculpting, fresco, Roman coins, calligraphy and Greek dancing. There were also athletic games and competitions including tug-of-war, discus (Frisbee) and a decimated marathon of 2.6 miles. Students were able to rotate through various games like volleyball, bocce and badminton throughout the day.

The day concluded with chariot races with chariots built by the students. The annual event is run by the Classical Association of Connecticut, a state-wide organization for Latin and Greek teachers and professors. “We do Latin Day to let people know that Latin is alive and well,” said Amy White, chairperson of the event and a Latin teacher at Ellington High School. The theme of this year’s event was “Non semper ea sunt quae videntur” (Things aren’t always what they  seem.)

PROSPECT 05/01/15 Dressed in togas, Mark Zebrowski (right) pulls the rope with classmate Luke Devine (second from right) as they fight against Stratford High School in a tug-of war contest at the 34th annual Connecticut State Latin Day at the Holiday Hill resort in Prospect Friday. Latin students from fifty-two middle and high schools across Connecticut competed in academic and athletic contests throughout the day. Rocky Hill won this heat of the tug-of-war.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

PROSPECT 05/01/15 Dressed in togas, Rocky Hill High School students Mark Zebrowski (right) pulls the rope with classmate Luke Devine (second from right) as they fight against Stratford High School in a tug-of war contest at the 34th annual Connecticut State Latin Day at the Holiday Hill resort in Prospect Friday.  Rocky Hill won this heat of the tug-of-war. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

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