Student awards, birth announcements, other community highlights

April 15, 2019 GMT

BethelStudent ranks fourth in competitionAkhil Kosanam, a seventh-grader at Bethel Middle School, recently ranked fourth in the Connecticut State Geo Bee.The National Geographic Society conducts this competition.BethelStudents earn art awardsTwo students have earned national art awards from Scholastic Arts.Louis Bretti, an eighth-grader at Bethel Middle school, won a silver national scholastic medal for his anti-smoking necklace.Thomas Conlin, a senior at Bethel High School, was awarded a National Gold Medal with Scholastic Arts for “New York Bakery,” which is a slab built ceramic form that depicts a New York style bakery.Conlin and Danielle Merrill, his art teacher, will attend the National Scholastic Medal Ceremony in April in New York City.BrookfieldVFW donates food, gift cards to Coast GuardThe Jason D. Lewis Brookfield VFW Post donated food and gift cards to members of the New Haven Coast Guard during the government shutdown earlier this year.Nicholas Nunnally, who retired last year from the U.S. Coast Guard and recently joined the local VFW, spearheaded the effort to help his old unit members and others who were missing paychecks due to the shutdown. Joining in the effort were the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company and Country Kids Daycare.The VFW drove three full SUVs of food stuffs and toiletries and over $350 in gift certificates to the base in New Haven.BrookfieldBoy Scouts sell mulchBoy Scouts Troop 5 is accepting orders for its annual mulch sale fundraiser.Orders must be placed at www.brookfieldtroop5.org by April 24. Scouts will deliver orders the first weekend in May. For an additional donation per bag customers can request that the scouts spread the mulch on their property.Proceeds help the troop purchase needed supplies and pay for summer camp. The troop’s goal is to sell between 3,000 and 3,500 bags of mulch.Troop 5 is comprised of 39 local boys age 11 to 17.DanburyDocumentary on Planned Parenthood screenedA full theater watched a pre-screening last month of the documentary “Unplanned” at Lowes movie theater in Danbury.The Brookfield Knights of Columbus handed out tickets to the movie, which tells the story of a former clinic director at Planned Parenthood who now speaks out against the organization and abortion.The movie played in the theater in the furthest corner from the main entrance and did not have signage, but a wide variety of people attended, organizers said.DanburyRotary club names Student of the MonthThe Rotary Club of Danbury named Annie Rodrigues as its Student of the Month in March.Rodrigues, a student at Henry Abbot Technical High School, is involved in numerous school activities and functions.DanburyStudents awarded at science competitionSeventh and eighth-grade students at St. Gregory the Great School were awarded outstanding prizes in numerous areas of physical and life science at the CT Science and Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony held at Quinnipiac University on March 16.More than 500 students from 211 schools across the state competed.Eighth grade student Thomas Fanelli earned first place for the Laboratory Life Sciences Trophy and $300, the Alexion Biochemistry Trophy and $200, the Sister Mary Christine Life Sciences Award and $100, the Frank J. Link Family Award for Energy Related Research and $50, and the Connecticut Science Teachers Association Marty Tafel Student Research Award for 2019 and $500. He was also nominated for the National Broadcom Masters, with potential awards up to $25,000.Max Coisman, an eighth-grader, was a finalist for the Lockheed Martin Physical Sciences Awards, a middle school finalist for the Computer Sciences Awards, finalist for the Collins Aerospace Engineering Awards, and second place for middle school for the Alternative/Renewable Energy Awards, which earned him $200. He also earned a certificate and $25 gift card from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and $100 from the MIT Club of Hartford K-12 Initiative.Aiden Doolabh, an eighth-grader, was a finalist for the Environmental Sciences and Future Sustainability awards. She also received a six-pack of free passes to the Yale Peabody Museum.Seventh-graders Ryan Devin, Jack Halas and Patrick Heslin were awarded third place in the Jackson Laboratory Life Sciences Awards and were middle school finalists for the Future Sustainability Awards. They were invited to compete Broadcom MASTERS.Tyler Fahey, seventh-grader, was a middle school finalist for the Future Sustainability Awards.DanburyHabitat names new board member, accepts donationsRandall Scolfield, business sales specialist at Microsoft, was recently named to the Housatonic Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.After more than a decade as a retail sales specialist, Scolfield joined Microsoft’s business development team three years ago.Bedoukian Research Inc., of Danbury, also recently donated $15,000 to the organization. Since 2007, the firm has donated more than $120,000 to Habitat to help build work-force homes for local families.Mobile Mini Solutions is donating one of its trailers to the organization’s 10,000-square-foot thrift store in Danbury.This is the third time the local New Milford branch of Mobile Mini Solutions has given one of its trailers to the nonprofit. The thrift store is packed with merchandise donated by homeowners and businesses and needed the extra 400 square feet the trailer provides.Saint Stephen’s Church in Ridgefield recently donated $2,000 to the nonprofit. The church is one of Housatonic Habitat’s founding supporters and has donated more than $10,000 since 2007 and participated in many volunteer opportunities.DanburyStudent exhibit opens at WCSUThe Senior Portfolio Exhibition, featuring works by 38 Western Connecticut State University undergraduate art majors who are candidates this year for the Bachelor of Arts degree, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Westside campus.Viewing will be offered from April 22 through May 6. Gallery hours will be from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission will be free to the reception and the exhibition, and the public is invited.New MilfordApplications open for culinary schoolThe Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut is accepting applications for its next 12-week session, beginning April 22.The school trains people ages 18 and older for jobs in food service, arranges internships for students, and trains them in the life skills necessary for getting and keeping a job, and assists with job placement.Meals students prepare are distributed to those in need through the New Milford Food Bank.Tuition is free for qualifying candidates.Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at St. John’s Episcopal Church. For more information, call Dawn Hammacott at 203-512-5791 or email culinaryschool@sbcglobal.net.New MilfordEaster egg hunt to be heldHarrybrooke Park will hold an Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.Children are invited to bring their own basket and collect 10 eggs, which can be turned in to receive a free Scholastic book.The Easter Bunny will also be on hand for photographs.The cost is $5.ReddingStudents recognized for writing successStudent at Joel Barlow High School were recognized for scoring “Commendable” or higher on their Junior Writing Portfolios.There were 47 juniors who earned this honor. Completion of the portfolio at an “effective” level is a graduation requirement. Student portfolios are scored on a scale of one through six, with “commendable” indicated by a five and “exemplary” indicating a six.Jack Powers, an English teacher and author, gave the students advice, while Tim Huminski, another English teacher, presented the students with certificates of accomplishment and raffled off books about the art and craft of writing.ShermanMother, daughter to discuss art, philosophyA mother-daughter duo will discuss their painting process and how it relates to their personal philosophy at the Sherman Library at 2 p.m. Saturday.Sylvia and Dalia Hierro will give the talk, “Creating OF THE SEA Paintings.” Their paintings have been on display since March 14. The exhibit ends April 24.WashingtonChant performance to be heldThe Chant Performance Workshop, under the direction of Marguerite Mullee, will present a half-hour Chant Meditation at noon on Good Friday at St. John’s Episcopal Church.The program will feature chants specific to Good Friday from different Christian traditions. Free will offering. For more information, call 860-868-2527 or email musicdirector@stjohnswashington.org.WashingtonLibrary to host author, exhibitGunn Memorial Library will present a program with local author George Goens, PhD, who will discuss and sign copies of his recently released book “Civility Lost” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.For more information and RSVP, call 860-868-7586.The Stairwell Gallery at the library will also open its next show, “No Boundaries,” featuring new paintings by Chandra Rogers, with a reception from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.The show will run through June 1.WashingtonClub to host meetingNew Preston Women’s Club will hold its next general meeting Thursday at the Community House.The meeting will include a happy half-hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. business meeting and a program with Elizabeth D. Aleksinas, owner of Bramasole Yoga and Fitness in Morris, who will present “The Power of a Quiet Mind.”Aleksinas is a yoga teacher, healer, fitness coach, motivational speaker, author, and a wife and mother who has more than 30 years of experience as a transformational steward.Members meet the third Thursday of the month from September through May. New members from surrounding communities are welcome.For more information, call Jane Moore at 860-868-7022.BirthsA daughter, Olivia Grace Testani, was born Feb. 25 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Amy Kristine Testani and Christopher Vincent Testani, of New Milford.A son, Roman Markus Lyon, was born March 20 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Mark and Meghan Lyon, of New Milford.A daughter, Kennedy Alexander Wellington, was born March 20 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Jennifer and Adam Wellington, of New Milford.A son, Aaron Connor Cawalho, was born March 29 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Victoria Lynn Cawalho and Sandro Miller Cawalho, of New Milford.A daughter, Reece Nichole Owens, was born March 31 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Alexandria Nichole Owens and Nicholas Joseph Owens, of New Preston.