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American Pharoah Triple Crown Victory – A Race Dad Would Have Enjoyed

Posted on June 7, 2015

Reflection by Jacqueline Bennett   At the risk of sounding perpetually sentimental, I couldn’t help but think of my father yesterday when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in thoroughbred horse racing at the 147th Belmont Stakes. So many elements kept bringing my thoughts back to Dad.   With an opening salvo for the playing of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York”, the one and half mile long Belmont took place in Elmont, New York one day after the anniversary of my father’s June 5th birthday. My dad was originally from Upstate New York. He grew up on Sunny Crest Farm with a sable of horses on the property and an accomplished equestrian for a mother, so he very much appreciated these fine…

“Blue Bloods” Celebrates 100th Episode -Tackles Moral Dilemmas with Character

Posted on November 13, 2014

Commentary by Jacqueline Bennett   Tom Selleck continues to lead a strong cast in the 2014 fall season of the CBS Friday night drama, “Blue Bloods” – which this week celebrated filming of its 100th episode. With aplomb, Selleck as Francis “Frank” Reagan, plays the commissioner of the New York City Police Department and patriarch of an Irish-American family which tackles moral dilemmas with the kind of character that helped build and define America. Throughout the show the Reagans come together and air their differences while struggling with their personal moral compasses at the family dinner table – their father seated at one end and their grandfather/great-grandfather, a retired NYPD commissioner, Henry Reagan played by Len Cariou, seated at the opposite end. Blue…

‘Glad I Didn’t Know the Way It All Would End’ Lyrics Sum Up Jay Leno’s Emotional Adieu

Posted on February 7, 2014

By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Regardless of where one’s allegiance is in the late night talk show arena, last night was clearly an American cultural milestone when an emotional Jay Leno wrapped up 22 years as host of the iconic “Tonight Show”. The show included a stellar performance by country artist Garth Brooks of his classic “The Dance “- a favorite of Leno’s, the moving, bittersweet lyrics of the ballad seemed to sum up his departure. “And now I’m glad I didn’t know – The way it all would end, the way it all would go – Our lives are better left to chance – I could have missed the pain – but I’d have had to miss the dance,” sang Brooks. Despite retaining his…

Unique Boom Box Parade Celebrates Fourth of July

Posted on July 4, 2012

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb The 27th annual Boom Box Parade drew thousands of participants and spectators to Willimantic, Connecticut today to celebrate the Fourth of July. The unique parade began in 1986 after no marching bands could be found to take part in the town’s Memorial Day Parade. Thanks to Yankee ingenuity and WILI – the local radio station – a few weeks later the idea for a boom box parade came to life. It quickly became enormously popular and has captured attention well beyond the borders of this small community nestled in the eastern corner of the Nutmeg State.   Anyone can march in the parade down the Main Street. Participants are asked to wear red, white and blue and…