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Benefit Concert for Haiti The Choir of the Basilica of St. John and the Stamford Symphony to perform Mozart Requiem.
City of Stamford will come together to commemorate the 3-month
anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti with a benefit concert
performance of Mozart’s Requiem on Sunday, April 11 at 7:30 pm at the
Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford. Led by musicians of
the Stamford Symphony and conducted by Eckart Preu, the performance
will feature the choir of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, its
director Scott Turkington, organist, soprano Rachel Rosales and tenor
All proceeds from the concert will benefit
victims of the Haiti earthquake. Members of the Haitian American
Catholic Center will be collecting a suggested contribution of $25 at
the door and a Donors Circle at $50 will offer reserved seating and a
listing in the concert program. To contribute visit
Everyone involved with the concert
is contributing their time and talent to the project. Stamford Symphony
musician Peter Weitzner commented, “The musicians, as members of the
Stamford community, wanted to express their concerns and sympathies for
our Haitian neighbors by doing what we do best: making music. We hope
this performance of Mozart’s Requiem will bring solace to those
affected by this tragedy, especially those who are longing for an
opportunity to commemorate family and friends who have died.”
Malerie, author of Stamford on the Cheap, will give $5 to Save the Children Haiti for every comment on her post. I think that is awesome. Please stop by and comment, then take a gander at the rest of the site!
Thanks, Kristine! And a special thank-you to Malerie!
First airlift has reached Haiti, delivering more than $6 million of antibiotics, IV solutions, hospital supplies and other essential aid. Our emergency response team on the ground is working with our partners already distributing this aid as quickly as possible.
I like print. I'm in the magazine business myself, so when I heard there was a new Stamford magazine in the works (to be published by Moffly Media), I thought, "Hey! Print! Stamford! Sign me up."
I have the premiere issue. It's certainly pretty. Very glossy, some great photography and illustration. And kudos to Moffly for having the cojones to launch a print magazine about affluence in this day and age!
But I wasn't really thinking, I guess, when I subscribed. I'm not exactly Moffly's target demographic. I'm not going to drool over pages and pages of photos of people attending benefits. Personally, I'd rather read about the agencies and organizations that the benefits are benefitting; they strike me as more interesting than the photos of the smiling, well-turned-out people who are chit-chatting and sipping beverages on their behalf. But that's not Moffly's beat. And I'm not going to earmark the page that tells me where I can buy a
$1,850 mirror. And that's what Moffly's magazines are all about:
celebrating luxury, high-end, affluent lifestyles.
Stamford fellow blogger Kevin of Always Home and Uncool has asked me to post this as part of his effort to raise awareness in the blogosphere of juvenile myositis, a rare autoimmune disease his daughter was diagnosed with on this day seven years ago. The day also happens to be his wife's birthday.
Our pediatrician admitted it early on.
The rash on our 2-year-old daughter's cheeks, joints and legs was something he'd never seen before.
Reading the Advocate online while sipping coffee is one of my daily rituals. And
one of my daily indulgences has been to take a peek at the Advocate's
Topix message boards, where our
fellow citizens anonymously rant about the Mill
River project, volunteer vs. paid firefighters, school
redistricting, the superintendent, the mayor, overcrowded multi-family
dwellings, and more.
Topix can be a forum for the aggressive, it doesn't exclude the
passive; if you dislike a post, you might select a cheerful little
peanut or flame graphic for "nuts" or "incendiary." If only real life
were that simple. Don't like what your coworker is going on about?
Here's a little peanut sticker for your lapel, sir. 'Nuff said!
Alas, no more will my eyes bug out over the
madcap ravings of other Advocate readers, because the Advocate has
apparently tuned into the fact that the Topix message boards are a
playground for Teh Crazy. They've discontinued the relationship.
admit, I leaned on Topix for a peek into people's experiences with the
public schools in particular, since I have an almost-three-year-old at
home. I learned a few things; many people did provide useful information and thoughtful posts. But I'm not entirely sorry to see the Advocate Topix boards go. Something about the way
Topix was a step removed from the actual Advocate did, I think, foster
dialogue that was also a step removed from civil. In fact, Advocate groundlings often ventured into unbridled troll territory, with posts reeking of racism and xenophobia. Perhaps by moving toward a board moderated by the Advocate, they might rein things in a bit. Or not. Hard to say. (What do you all think?)
I do enjoy having the
ability to directly comment on a story, a la The New York Times,
because I think thoughtful discourse related to an article can
add dimension, but it seems that this option is for the time being only going to be
available for the Stamford 411 blog posts on the Advocate. Which means we most likely won't catch a glimpse of people's myriad thoughts on the angry in-line skater.
We'll see how it goes. In the meantime, I'll give this