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School in the pool:
Giving kids ‘Wings Over Water’
By Melissa Ezarik
With pools in many schools and a community center off nearly every exit of I-95 and the Parkway, there’s no shortage of places for kids in Southwestern Connecticut to learn to swim. And the facility for Wings Over Water School of Swimming in Fairifeld might, at first glance, look like others. But, being made for swim lessons, the pool is a maximum of 4.5 feet deep, the water is 90 degrees, and the instructors are adults. “The people who work here, this is what they do,” said Melissa Flannery, co-owner of the school, which also has a facility in Brewster, N.Y. “No offense to part-time swim instructors, but we don’t hire high school students to teach or lifeguards to teach.” Instructors complete 40 hours of training in the curriculum, plus monthly in-house trainings, and are certified in CPR and first aid. The staff also teaches from inside the pool. “It’s a totally different philosophy. If you want a child to be underwater, the teacher needs to be in the water. We don’t teach from the deck,” said Flannery, adding that instructors also don’t push students who aren’t comfortable in the water. “Sometimes you just need to backtrack. We had this little guy who did his first lessons dry. He never got in the water. He needed to establish that trust [with the teacher].” In other words, the approach isn’t “cookie cutter. Each one of those children is different. You have to be open to seeing each individual child,” she pointed out. The school’s philosophy emphasizes students of all ages experiencing the aquatic environment safely and with joy, and instruction incorporates the Swimplicity method for learning stroke development, tri-athlete training or adaptive aquatics. The parent and tot programs are particularly popular, as is the beginners program for ages 6 and up, Flannery said. “This is where you will see the greatest improvement in children. I always joke that the parent will give us a call when their child does their first cannonball.” The spring session will end in June, and Wings Over Water offers programs, as well as birthday parties, year-round. Its Fairfield location, at 2221 Black Rock Turnpike, can be reached at 203-212-3950 or via WingsOverWater.com.
Overcoming Water Fears
It’s not uncommon for children to exhibit some fear or hesitation when first being introduced to swim classes. Melissa Flannery of Wings Over Water School of Swimming will say this to parents of struggling kids: “If the goal is for your child to learn to swim, you need to persevere. It’s a life skill, and it gets harder as the child gets older.” Cindy Freedman, co-owner of Angelfish Therapy (AngelfishTherapy.com), which provides aquatic therapy and swim lessons to children with sensory issues and other special needs at five Connecticut locations, offers these possible strategies for overcoming common roadblocks: • For children who can’t take their feet off the pool bottom, which is due to struggles with the buoyancy of the water taking away their gravity: try small half-pound ankle weights or canvas tennis shoes so they can feel where their legs and feet are in space. To start, have them sit at the steps and move their feet up and down. Then have them “make” a choo-choo train on the side of the pool and explain that the water makes their feet float, but their bodies are safe. • For those with swimming abilities but a fear of going under water: have the child lay on his side, cheek in the water, and then turn and blow bubbles. Wipe his face firmly with your hand, and then his own hand, chin tucked. Explain that the uncomfortable feeling of the water will be washed away. In any difficult situation, tangible reinforcements — such as reward pegs, coins, or toys — can be great motivation for testing the water, Freedman says.
At top: Young children discover the joy of swimming, safely, at Wings Over Water in Fairfield. Bottom: Melissa Flannery, owner of Wings Over Water, helps a young student get in the swim of things.
“It’s About More than Dance... It’s About Enriching Lives”
YOUNG DANCERS CAMP 4-6 YR. OLDS Session 1 • July 8th-July 12th Mon-Fri • 9am-11:30am “Dora the Explorer” Mon-Fri • 1pm-3:30pm “Angelina Ballerina”
Session 2 • July 22 -July 26 Mon-Fri • 9am-11:30am “Disney Princess” Mon-Fri • 1pm-3:30am “Fancy Nancy” 3 YR. OLDS Pre-Dance Saturdays 9am-9:45am
Session 2 • July 22nd-July 26th Mon-Fri • 9am-3pm “Broadway Week”
DANCE FEVER 2013 7-12 YR. OLDS Session 1 • July 8th-July 12th Mon-Fri • 9am-3pm “Glee Week”
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CREATIVE MOVEMENT & MODERN Session 1 • August 5th-9th 9am-11:30am • 3-5 yr. olds 2pm-5pm • 6-9 yr. olds Session 2 • August 12th-16th 9am-11:30am • 3-5 yr. olds 2pm-5pm • 6-9 yr. olds
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Students will take four master classes daily for one hour and 15 minutes each. Retro Week. Discover It. learner-centered summer programs in the area. with a lunch break. camps and programs are open to non-residents.com.org 203. DSS does its best to meet the educational. Skating Director: 203-258-6462 www. More info: maritimerowing. while availing their children of some of the best teachers and programs in Fairfield County. and row on the river to develop their sculling skills in the 1x and the 2x. director. row. so parents can ‘stretch’ their dollars. snack craft.to 9-year-old session consists of modern dance class. Classes are taught by artists brought in from NYC daily. with a presentation for family at the end of camp. and Outdoor Art Blast —Toddlertime Nursery School. he coined the phrase "computer camps" and founded National Computer Camps.org Kids can kick it this summer Everton America CT is a premier soccer club based in Norwalk. transitioning and separation from caregiver. New this summer are two field trip camps. Everton FC. thematic material from craft activities and story time will be incorporated into the creative dance lessons. snack. It’s a full day with four classes daily. All classes. The summer camp is for children ages 21 months until they enter kindergarten and runs single and multiple week sessions between June 17 and Aug. The summer program runs from June 17 through August 9.852. and story time. info@nccamp. More info/register: 203-972-3111. Each 6. Tinker Lab. Master Class Intensive in July is for the intermediate and advanced dancer. is offering a selection of one-day camps throughout the summer. the club also offers a program for advanced rowers in their junior year. During August.” In the DSS catalog (online at dariensummerschool. Pre-care & extended care available. stories. America's original computer camp. bringing a C summer intensive to Monroe.com Summer Camp Gets Close at The Maritime Aquarium Sessions start June 24.Wonderlandskatingschool. For all ages. social and physical needs of local children. They will compete in two summer regattas. NCC's educational philosophy reflects its passion about the vital role of computer technology in the education of today's youth.com Row. In Discover New Canaan. MaritimeAquarium. More info/register: 203-268-1200. story time and a creative dance class.852. Times vary depending on age. Scratch Programming introduces youngsters to the world of programming in an intuitive and fun way. monroedance. modern ballet. in New Canaan.com Darien Summer School Darien Summer School offers “one of the most comprehensive. 2013 • Camp Sampler Toddlertime offers camps with weekly. For those not ready to be dropped off. Pick from one-day or one-week sessions.net National Computer Camps powers up for another summer The concept of a computer camp was invented by Dr. Memorial . As the official partner of the English Premier League team. We continue to keep an eye on our tuition prices.com Monroe Dance Academy offers dance camps Registration has opened at Monroe Dance Academy for its July and August summer programs. New this summer at NCC is a morning program for 7. campers will take advantage of Toddlertime’s in-town location to get a behind the scenes look at their town. there is a Two Together program for a child with a caregiver. 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Campers in the Explorer’s Club will get their first school bus experience and head out of town to a different location in Fairfield County each day. a pre-dance class is offered Saturdays from 9-9:45 and a pre-ballet/pretap class from 9:45-10:45. Michael Zabinski. 2. More info: evertonamericact.” Basta said.com). The camps take place at Fairfield University.to 5-year-old session consisting of pre-ballet/ pre-tap class. Classes will include. arts and crafts and more. In July. It focuses on social interactions with peers. Social Butterflies is a program for two year olds and young three year olds without any previous drop-off experience. row your boat Come to the Maritime Rowing Club and enjoy learning to row during the summer camp weeks. Everton America CT plays in a number of state and regional leagues.and 8-year-old campers. Discover New Canaan and the Explorer’s Club. while keeping our programs within the financial reach of all local residents. In July. Sound Scientists summer camp ages 6-15. .” These camps are for the child just learning to dance or wanting to improve. Also in July is Dance Fever 2013 for the older dancer age 7-12.Basic Skills �� Hockey �� Figure Skating �� NEW: CIRQUE de WONDERLAND Full and Half Day Weeks Available June 24th through August 23rd Feed a Lorikeet in our summer exhibit. During the summer. a Creative and Modern Dance Camp will include a 3. The club offer first time rowers. intermediate and advanced Scratch is offered. you will find classes for students from preschool to high school students applying for college and learning to drive. toddlertimens. and are geared towards teaching students technique while having fun. In 1977. and will culminate in a creative dance class. “Each year. NCC also offers a residential camp and a day camp. artistic. Each week beginner. jazz. the academy offers creative/modern combination class from 5-7.org MaritimeAquarium. The weekly summer camp themes are intentionally open-ended to allow the campers to enjoy play without an end goal in mind. Offerings range from basic academics COMMIT TO GET FIT for a Lifetime A Sport. the school will offer a Young Dancers Camp for beginners age 4 to 6 years old. The Scratch curriculum is continuous and campers who attend more than one week do not repeat what they already learned.0700. craft. On Tuesdays. This is designed to help them increase their erg scores and physical fitness toward college coaches expectations. recreational rowers and competitive rowers the chance to work with their experienced coaching staff and increase their skills. Campers may sign up for any one or more weeks from June 24 to August 2. day choices In addition to its weekly camps themes — Out of a Box.•2• • Kids World • Hersam Acorn Newspapers • • April 4. Dancers have the opportunity to review their skills. Themed weeks include "Glee Week" and "Broadway Week. More info: 203-710-5771. 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Kayla. rain or even unknowing people may have removed it from its site.” which uses clues and reference to landmarks that have been embedded in stories. our full recording Our or karaoke adult parties. They can be found underwater or significantly off-road. She examined it closely. The GPS will give you the coordinates. She’d lift one. What IS geocaching? Geocaching is a new craze that’s sweeping the country. They also discussed joining one of the many groups and decided that the cache-in. and at last count. etc.NET and look for us on FACEBOOK!! 335 Ferry Blvd Stratford CT. They hopped off and started rummaging about in the sea oats. or Windows phone. put it to the side. as well as the world. His dad answered. before re-hiding it in the same place. It started in the year 2000. “This is a travel bug. but if we need help it’s also on this website.” the boy grunted.” The treasures. • Bring a couple of trinkets in case the cache is a large one. ornamental buttons. then when we get home we can track its coordinates to see where it’s been. studio. or involve extensive travel. One rock surprised her because it was so light. trash-out option sounded like the most fun. webOS. there are close to two million active geocaches worldwide with more than six million geocachers. The boys and their dad got back on their bikes. nature lovers and treasure seekers. but not before giving one another high-fives. ammunition boxes and empty pill containers. pulled out a piece of paper.” they said in the same breath. One of the books revealed that there are more than a dozen types of cache sites with different variations of the original idea. but won’t tell you if there is a river or chasm you’ll need to cross. adult parties. Aiden bought two books about geocaching. He signed the paper and took something out of his pocket. on which a person can download applications.” Typical containers are plastic boxes with lids. Getting into it After a few more successful geocache adventures. On the outside of the egg a code was written. It was a large plastic rock like the kind you hide house keys in. One of their first questions was what kind of equipment they’d need. visit the hide and seek cache page.
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violence and sexuality. But time intervened and elementary school started flying by. I happily brought what I thought would be a wonderful book to share.• April 4. but whose maturity level is not. it’s been a long. it can become a challenging situation for a child whose reading level is advanced. There are some marvelous choices which will make for great discussions and insight into the vision of the world your child has at this rather tumultuous time in their/your life — the tween/teen years. Reading during the day wore down to solely a chapter at bedtime. So. I am hard pressed to explain how some of them are YA and not adult.” we were able to explore so many places together. to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. not the Yellow Brick Road. Between the homework at the start of middle school. various evening sports practices. Realistic fiction begins to present situations where friends are not able to resolve problems with a smile and a hug. mental illness and terminal illness. I suppose it can be said that while there are often adult conflicts.CreativeLearningLaughandLearn. Sigh. if not beforehand. long time since those words were spoken. suicide. Realistic Fiction The Realistic Fiction genre has a number of authors conversant in the often turbulent emotions and situations of growing up. books that were often meant for a solitary internal journey. I embraced in theory the importance of working through those conflicts in their own heads. it may be considered a Young Adult book. creative environment Enrichment Classes •Music • Drama Sign Language •Mommy & Me Art Classes 181 Josies Ring Road • Monroe • 203-880-4114 www. It seems that whatever the subject matter or content. Young Adult genre The tween and teen (Young Adult or YA) genre is much more varied now than it was when I was an adolescent. a day did not go by when a book (or several) was not part of our day. if reading aloud is no longer happening at your house and you are wary of this aspect. One such author who does so beautifully Creative Learning Laugh and Learn Daycare $ See Books on page 8 ������������� ���������������������������� �� ����������� �������������� ������������� �������������� ���� �������������� ���������������� ��������������� ����������������� ������������� ������������������ ���� ������������� ���������������� �������������� ���������������� ����� ������������� ������������ �������� Full-Time Enrollment 100 Oﬀ A place for kids to “laugh and learn” in a fun. And in some instances. Imaginary lands are fraught with visions of a future gone awry. Because some of the content of these books can include a fair amount of profanity. Being hopeful during a middle school vacation. And oh. if there is a protagonist who falls between the ages of 13 and 19. In retrospect. both boys suggested that really. And much of these topics go beyond day-to-day teen angst and cover topics such as divorce. they would rather read it to themselves. From “Where the Wild Things Are” to the “Magic Treehouse” series. 2013 • • Kids World • Hersam Acorn Newspapers • •7• Good Night Moon … Hello Twilight: Books for tweens and teens By Melissa Thorkilsen “Read me a story!” “Again! Again!” As a parent of teenagers.com from 6 mon�s to 12 years of age � ������������������������������������������ ������������� � ����������������������������������������� �������������������������� � ����������������������������������� �������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������� � ���������� ���������������������������������������������������� ������������������������ �������������������� 1 to 5 pm �� �� � �������������� � ������ ����������������� ����������������� �������������������������������������������� ��������������������� ���������������������� ���������������������������� � �������������������� ��������� � �������������� � ���������������� � �������������������������� ������������ ����������� �������������� ������������� ���������������������������� �������������������� May 5 •1 to 5 pm th Open House . how I miss them! Practically from birth on. all of a sudden a hug and a kiss and a “sweet dreams” were all that was left of the nighttime ritual. they are viewed through the eyes and voice of a teenager. then start reading the same books alongside Bryan Haeﬀele your child. And while I would have loved to share in that journey through reading aloud. but at 11 and 13. I have come to the realization that the books they were going to be reading next were an echo of their own growing period.
out in June.” series. her 10th book.A. Baseball player R. “Fragments. and personal choice for each family must all come into play.J. ext. but more middle school.” by S. has followed up with the sequel.” 10. For those. there is an historical aspect as well. Just out this past fall. As a result of it being set in the 1920’s. Dan Wells. prisingly relevant to our own time. His novel. by Gabrielle Lord. I have been made aware even more so of what might be perceived as the gap between books for the tween and the teen. one covering each month of the year and the final one called “Revenge.” the unfortunate outcome of two teens with anorexia and bulimia is detailed in a frank and moving way.” The series focuses on 15-year-old Cal Ormond who has to be on the run for 365 days to figure out the conspiracy that threatened his and his family’s lives. “Liar and Spy” has both spies and liars. “What Happened to Goodbye. not only make unusual book using black and white photos.” her book dealing with rape. 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The fourth book in the series is due interpreting social and moral issues often surthe feeling of growing up in the early 1960’s. grief and loss. goes against the grain by being divergent or suitable for more than one trait. are “Wonder. “Hey Mom. “Between Shades of Gray. but more about dystopic societies set in a future where things readers who were mourning the end of Historical Fiction Stephanie Meyers “Twilight” series. read. Her choice of topics are both frightening and beautifully written.m.” explores the tragic but brave and amazing life of Liesel who steals books from the Nazi’s. “Crewel” describes a fantastic world where certain people have the gift of weaving time.” by Veronica Roth (scheduled for Maggie Stiefvater has written the “The Wolves forcibly removing Lithuanians from their movie release March 2014). Society is divided book that should be mentioned somewhere her mother and brother are separated from into factions based on human traits and at in this section is “Diviners. “Insignia. Of course. is set in 1941 at a time when the Soviets were “Divergent. Sports Sports fans should also take note of some recent releases in the sports genre. courage and sportsmanship and the dedication of a young woman who takes over the coaching of a young team of refugees outside of Atlanta. and its sequel.” by Rebecca Stead. the are grim or distorted. no discussion of YA historical fiction would be complete without mention of “The Book Thief.” out last February. “Looking for Alaska.” by Markus Zusak.” the book For those more interested in werewolves.” is a quirky coming of age saga with a boy protagonist and his understanding of friendship. 2013 • Books Continued from Page 7C is John Greene. An event that almost could have happened in New Canaan this year! Bryan Haeﬀele which faction they must adhere to. It is a story of adversity and triumph. “Out of the Easy. Working in a bookstore. I am equally enthralled when I hear.kingsmen. starting with “Shiver” homes and sending them to live in work “Insurgent. I am not inclined to be the “book police” and do not want make the decision for anyone as to who is ready at what age to read certain material. and “Liar and Spy. well.” and coming out in April.J. religion. pires and Shadowhunters who destroy for great escapism. plus military action and virtual reality. Getting away from the hardcore reality fiction is Joan Bauer’s “Peeled. Two realistic fiction novels that are not considered YA. The individual books are quite short and very action packed. I just read the best book. “Trapped. Sepety’s most recent book. and good winning out. But for many of these YA Historical Fiction covers a wide variety next read for many has been “The Mortal books. Instruments” series by Cassandra Clare. Kincaid. His writing has some mature content. is an replete with characters who turn into vamdilemmas the characters face. In “Wintergirls.” “Along for the Ride. this could be the ticket. Rich character development and themes of race and religion make it a compelling. a lifelong reader. In the midst of March Madness. consists of 13 books. ������������������ ���������������� ������ April 9 & May 14 at 9:00 a. In “Wonder. has worked as a book buyer/ seller at Booktopia Book Fairs. I think you should read it too!” Melissa Thorkilsen. Some of her titles are “Lock and Key.” street basketball short stories written by nine notable YA authors and edited by Marc Aronson.” about a girl’s close relationship with her father.” about Hildy Biddle and her desire to become a journalist. but are an exercise in and sections of songs and speeches to evoke demons.” Another adult read adapted for a younger audience is “Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town.” by Michael North. Reading to our children allowed us teachable moments. There are some creative and original concepts in this book and the writing is lush and descriptive. everyone is tested to determine although only because there are elements of where she finds both solace and hope in her drawings documenting her plight. but not a light. of Mercy Falls” trilogy. This book discusses how Lina and popular of the category. John. but a troubled one with her mother. At this age. the paranormal.” Another amazing camps. thanks to movies like the “Hunger off most of the human race with a virus. will be popular with fans of Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game. For fans of the “Hunger Games. On a lighter note. despite the ability to read.” discusses New Orleans in the 1950’s. yet still have topics that are relevant enough to be compelling. This book. CT 06611 www. her father and sent by train to a work camp the age of 16. I am including a couple of short books that may inspire a longer read in the future. It is an inspirational true story of perseverance.•8• • Kids World • Hersam Acorn Newspapers • • April 4. While I miss the little voices pleading for another story.year-old August was born with a facial deformity and has been home schooled his whole life. And the “Countdown.” speaks emotionally and candidly about a girl’s struggle of being diagnosed with cancer at 13.” by Deborah Wiles. Laurie Halse Andersen writes both realistic and historical fiction. Maturity.” featuring a sociScience Fiction The Science Fiction genre is currently huge. “The Fault In Our Stars. In writing this. although the reverse could be said as ence in their SciFi than fantasy. 555 For the 2013-2014 academic year for all students in grades 9 through 12 NEW! 575 White Plains Rd Trumbull. Ga. basketball fans will enjoy “PickUp Game. the familiar theme of good vs. For those who are interested in a little more sciGames” from the book series by Suzanne Collins.” by R. Tris. but is about to enter fifth grade and the mainstream school system. and is happily recommending and selling and books as a floor manager at Elm Street Books in New Canaan. For teens. but we learn that both are not what they seem and the ending caught me completely by surprise.” Boys who want to see a male protagonist in SciFi. will not be disappointed. Dickey has adapted his adult biography for a younger audience now called “Throwing Strikes. but relevant and moving for an older teen. evil of offerings. “Speak. “The Conspiracy 365.” by Ruta Sepetys.org .” by Warren St. has a young girl who purchases a vintage dress that transforms her into the time period of the Titanic in the first novel and into the court of Marie Antoinette in the second. is perhaps not the first choice for a tween. set during the Holocaust and written by “Death. Author Sarah Dessen is popular among teenage girls and covers a variety of topics in which relationships figure strongly. Another of his novels. but he has an uncanny ability to communicate with the voice and feeling of both male and female teens. who wrote “Partials. for Fantasy Fiction and high speed space ships. is a short survival story with seven high school students trapped in their high school for several days by a snowstorm. Respecting and becoming involved in the reading choices of our older children allows us all to grow and learn. “The Time Traveling Fashionista” series by Bianca Turetsky. These books are definite page turners and there is still a third scheduled to be released in the fall.ety where “engineered organics” have killed ly popular.
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two-button black tuxedo. classic are popular. which are very high schooler resides will eventually have a prized appealing when a girl is on the chubby side. for the few really in. the Wednesday) young men are choosing the classic store’s owner says. and four days in their lifetime when they really want to then you usually do. quite dazzling.” And it’s dresses are fitted around the bust line. so. put it on hold and then renttherunway. there’ll classic. who are much more frenour customers to be happy. “We have cedure is that a girl will come in with Check out: Rent ‘Bodycon’ dresses — which means some friends. which prides itself on being the largest senior prom. for the sospring as daffodils and forsythia. What’s “in” for 2013 Tandon says. body-hugging style are what they wear everyday. “ zied. dresses. the Mermaid dress. we will the premises. available to rent be at the same prom.” factor. pastel pink on age first picks. For instance. multi-colored stones. there “long or short?” although she believes exact same dress to someone who’ll are designer dresses long dresses are still the favorites. 2013 • Prom Fashions: What the teens will be promenading in this spring get dolled up. try on lots of dresses.” pricier prom dress. some with cut“Every young lady is a new chalAnd nobody will outs in the back or at the midriff. no matter whether you have the greatest season on prom fashions.com. usually fully beaded to look glamorous. long dresses for the Norwalk. the Runway at ‘body conscious’ — also known as pick one. As for short or long.” an 18 in their shop. you might want to For the first time. If you aren’t interested important as the choice of a wedding “We have really glamorous prom in — or can’t afford gown. and then that time of year again — proms.” Tandon says. with two back be fresh new merchandise to try on. Atiana’s Boutique in Milford has 5.” Some of his very popular styles are strapless chifPossibly every home in Fairfield County where a fon flares in several different colors. Junior and/or flare out. with lots of beadwork. “The usual probe the wiser! are popular. hips. We constantly tuxedo.” he says. because we want But back to the girls. at any time. One Step Ahead is they’re not just for one-time use. for up to a week. One thing we do is: after a girl has source of rental styles. etc. lenge. but Danna. 20 fitting rooms. with fitting and alteration on bought her dress.” The big color vents. and owner Sumit year-old says. “Bright colors. “most figure or not. they’re available. It seems as though choosing a makes being on the slim side very Rentals? prom dress has become almost as sexy. Of course. Caren Forbes (of They handle the exclusivity facconsider renting one. Empire style. Ivory and pastels The Darien Sport Shop sells single button. but look rather year’s styles. This would seem to encourtheir minds (red dress on Monday. says tor at Atiana’s by recording the girl’s For a fraction of she’s hearing conversations about school and trying hard not to sell the the retail price. The have new styles coming in. she says. “After all. if she changes her mind.000 dresses “What you wear to the prom is important. satin lapels and buttons makes every young this year is nude. young men who still go for baby blue or cocoa I think that Downton Abbey has influenced this brown tuxedos. that depends notched lapel tuxedos. ‘English rose’ look. Caren Forbes in New Canaan). called hour-glass. bring mom in to approve. and shopping early. it just gives you a feeling of confiof my customers are only going to have three or dence that you’re going to have a good time.” by Lois Alcosser Dave Stewart ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������� � ���������� ������������� ������������������ ����������������� � ��������������������� ������������������ ����������������� ������������� � ��������������������� ������������������ ����������������� � ������������ ����������� ����������������� ������������������ �������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������������� ����������������������� � �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� � ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������� �� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� � ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� � ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� � ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������� ������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������ ���������������������� ����������������������������� �������������������������� ������������������������������� �������������������� ��������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������������������� ����� � ����� � ������ � ������������� � ��������������� � ������������������� .” Forbes said. — to buy a fancier. but the store that started the “exclusivity” very appropriate for other dressy occasions. exchange the dress for another. small-waist figure. according to Tuxedo World in Milford. short very well served renting a tuxedo from Camillo’s in dresses are for the junior prom. “Customers are looking nerdy.” Our prom dresses are elegant and In Stamford.” Danna says.• 10 • • Kids World • Hersam Acorn Newspapers • • April 4. The photo on display: “Me in my Prom Dress. They won’t sell the same dress to any girls While young women are known for changing from the same school. “because when you feel you’re lookTandon says that he spends about $1 million each ing pretty. senior high school proms are as much of a sign of On the other hand. especially when compared to “Nude and the Mermaid. concealing waist. Young men would also be on the school. for a softer. “Not necessarily. man look attractive. in Ridgefield. tightly form-fitting Mermaid styles.
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