NEWS&VIEWS by Jacqueline Bennett

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“Beware the Ides of March”

Posted on March 11, 2015

Essay By Jacqueline Bennett   I awoke on this breathtakingly beautiful March morning, with my birthday but three weeks away, contemplating what it means to be a writer/journalist and the great joy I take in writing. As any contemplation of writing always does for me, it led me to “The Bard of Avon.” So gentle reader, please indulge me my admiration of William Shakespeare and this essay.   I would dare say Shakespeare is my favorite author/playwright. Each year as his April birthday nears, I cannot help but ponder the thrust, impact and longevity of Shakepeare’s body of work. It is truly amazing as evidenced by the phrases from his writings that remain part of modern language with relevant meanings.   With the approach of March 15, the first…

Whimsical Cats & Dogs Scavenger Hunt Underway in Windsor, Connecticut

Posted on April 16, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb The hunt is on! A whimsical scavenger hunt for fancifully decorated statues of cats and dogs got underway April 15 in Windsor, Connecticut. It is part of the “Raining Cats and Dogs” public art exhibit and fundraiser to benefit two non-profits, the Windsor Education Foundation (WEF) and Windsor Chamber of Commerce (WC of C). The hunt continues through to May 20 and the winner will pocket $500. The month long hunt leads up to an auction of the animal art to be held on May 23, 2014 at historic Grace Church. And, some of the animals will be featured in a calendar. “Anyone can participate – residents, non-residents, in-state, out-of-state,” Jane Garibay, Executive Director of WC of…

Stop Common Core in CT Movement Takes Center Stage at State Capitol

Posted on March 18, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Bright red t-shirts that read “STOP COMMON CORE” dominated the halls of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Connecticut last week where a marathon hearing on the issue began at noon March 12 and ran late into the night. Three hundred people turned out for the hearing and some of the one hundred said to have signed up to speak waited for their turn to come at 11:00 p.m. and beyond. Common Core standards adopted by the state Board of Education in 2010 came under fire despite an appeal from the BOE chairman to save them. Lighter moments were not characteristic of this agenda, rather the day was marked by serious looks on serious faces on differing sides…

Truer Than True – In 2016 It’s Now Happy 112th Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

Posted on March 2, 2014

  (3/2/2016 I am re-posting this piece originally published in 2014, and adding Happy 112th Birthday Wishes to Dr. Seuss!! It is a personal favorite of mine because it highlights a wonderful author of children’s books, and seeks to recognize the many teachers who everyday inspire young people to love reading. For me, my sister is tops on that list. I visited her classroom many times and observed her students mesmerized by whatever storybooks she was sharing aloud with them in the most entertaining ways. To pass on a love of reading is one of the greatest gifts one can give in life.- JB)   Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is…

UConn Ranked Among Top Universities by U.S. News & World Report

Posted on September 10, 2013

Write-Up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett The University of Connecticut, my alma mater, has once again been ranked among the top public universities in the nation. In its annual rankings for 2014, U.S. News & World Report has placed UConn at number nineteen, returning to its position among the top twenty colleges nationwide and highlighting something that those of us who attended already knew – UConn is one of the best universities in the country. U.S. News & World Report cites UConn as a leading research university for programs such as Bioscience Connecticut. The university was also praised for offering one hundred majors and a special mention was made of The Neag School of Education’s kinesiology doctoral program. It was two years ago…

Old Sturbridge Village Offers $5 Friday on August 23

Posted on August 13, 2013

Interested in stepping back in time? Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is offering visitors a chance to do so on August 23, at a reduced ticket rate called “$5 Friday.” This will be the third and last $5 Friday for the 2013 summer. The opportunity is being made possible by the Southbridge Credit Union, according to the OSV website. Admission is usually $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $8 for ages 3-17 and free for age 2 and under – although this season OSV is also offering free admission for ages 17 and under throughout the month of August. A living history museum, at OSV visitors can experience what life was like in America centuries ago by visiting the blacksmith, potter, and farm animals such…

Mystic Seaport to Launch “America’s Last Surviving Wooden Whaleship” – Charles W. Morgan

Posted on July 15, 2013

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Visitors continue to climb aboard the Charles W. Morgan for an up-close look at its restoration in the final days before a July 21 launch of “America’s last surviving wooden whaleship” by Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. Yesterday, a steady stream of visitors of all ages ascended the wooden stairs leading to the Morgan to get a  firsthand look at the historic vessel that is slated to embark on its 38th voyage in the spring of 2014 and make its way to historic ports throughout New England. According to the story of the Morgan provided by Mystic Seaport, a maritime museum, the 19th Century whaling ship was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States secretary of the interior in…