Thursday, Feb.

16, 2012

BUSINESS
THE

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Business Update
“Connecticut home sales picked up significantly at the end of the year, reflected in strong fourth-quarter pending sales, providing a solid springboard in the first quarter of 2012,” reports Paul Breunich, president and chief executive officer of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. “In many markets, fourth-quarter pending sales also demonstrated improvement versus a year ago.” For December, Fairfield County’s pending sales were a notable 38% higher than December 2010 and 30% higher than 2009. The year 2011 saw market performance in direct correlation to monthly consumer confidence levels, Mr. Breunich said. “There were also significant variations in individual market performance, particularly with communities closer to New York City experiencing meaningful gains in both unit and dollar volume.” Coming off a relatively strong 2010, when residential real estate was heavily supported by government tax incentives, Connecticut’s overall single-family home sales retreated slightly in 2011, he said. Mr. Breunich pointed to the encouraging improvement in sales activity in the higher price ranges as a significant development of the year. In Fairfield County, homes priced $2,000,000 and above showed the greatest improvement, and ultra-luxury properties priced at $5,000,000 and above increased 13% over 2010. “This broadening sales platform is an extremely important factor in strengthening confidence and improving deal flow in all segments of the market,” he said. Inventory levels for the year have averaged a 2% decline from 2010 and 4% from 2009, which will serve as an aid to steadying prices in 2012. “But with both buyers and sellers more knowledgeable than ever, value remains the driving force in all real estate transactions,” he said. “Homes are expected to remain exceptionally affordable with historically low mortgage rates and favorable selling prices. Mr. Breunich looks to 2012 with optimism. “The improving employment picture in Metro New York and financial services industries, coupled with positive national economic data, is helping to improve consumer confidence and is expected to impact our Connecticut housing markets favorably,” he said. “But we’re also aware that global political and economic issues could affect our markets.” For the complete quarterly market report and to view local housing statistics, visit williampitt.com.

Pitt Sotheby sees pickup in Connecticut home sales

Two teams address images

Kaki Johnson of Wilton (left) and Patty Douville of Ridgefield have launched Aplomb, a new business that helps women assess and create outfits.

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Photographer Kristen Jensen, at right, and publicist Kristin Bryson are combining their news writing and photography talents to help business clients raise their public profile.

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Aplomb helps women Jensen, Bryson create find a personal style word-picture publicity
Women more than 40 tend to get frustrated with finding something perfect to wear, getting lost in a sea of rules, fashion trends and ageappropriate concerns, say two entrepreneurs. “Couple that with negative perceptions about individual body types — and dressing after a certain age can be quite challenging,” according to a press release from a wardrobe consulting business. Patty Douville and Kaki Johnson have launched Aplomb, a wardrobe consultancy that specializes in helping women more than 40 create personal style, using clothing from their own closets. “Most women have a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear,” said Ms. Douville, who has experience in fashion and fashion merchandising. “Often, the perfect outfit is right there, hanging in their own closet.” Aplomb offers threehour consultations in clients’ homes. The service includes assessing and advising on fit, reviewing and pairing pieces, and leaving the client with detailed, customized guidelines to suit her individual needs. They tell clients about their specific body type. Ms. Douville and Ms. Johnson said women have been inundated with negative information about body shapes. Current wisdom says “apple” must be unhealthy, with narrow hips and a round tummy. “Are you a pear shape?” Ms. Johnson said. “Saddlebags. Women have been led to believe that nearly any shape is flawed unless it meets the feminine ideal, the coveted hourglass.” “Elizabeth Hurley is an apple, Jennifer Lopez is a pear,” said Ms. Johnson. She said her experience in the corporate world showed her, first-hand, that many women struggle with a fashion industry that ignores their needs. “What those celebrities have, that the rest of us don’t, is someone telling them how to dress.” Aplomb’s mission is “to help everyday women bring balance to their proportions and create signature styles, by dressing classically and ‘putting on an edge’ with accessories unique to each woman. To do this, the two “shop the closet” of their client, pulling together pieces in new ways to create a series of outfits for any occasion. “As we get older, it gets less about trends, and more about what makes a woman look and feel her best,” said Ms. Johnson. “It’s ridiculous to think a woman must have an ingrained sense of style ...But everyone can learn how to dress their own body, to find a personal ‘uniform’ that creates balance and achieves that hourglass look.” They work with clients to layer accessories that express the personality of each woman, such as a bohemian scarf or a vintage necklace. This marriage of classic pieces and cherished accessories is how, they said, “Aplomb creates a signature style for each client.” Aplomb can be reached by contacting 203-403-9157 or emailing info@aplombstyle. com. Two “image makers” have combined their photography and publicity services to offer “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.” Photographer Kristen Jensen of Bethel — a former Ridgefielder — and public relations professional Kristin Bryson of KB Communications in Ridgefield said their oneprice service combines a studio photo shoot with the drafting and distribution of a 1,000-word press release. Ms. Jensen and Ms. Bryson said they designed the offering with the specific needs of entrepreneurs and corporate clients in mind. The flat-rate price of $1,000 reflects a cost-savings over contracting the work separately with either, they said. “In today’s continuing tough economy, our professional clients need to actively communicate their unique abilities and strengths more than ever,” Ms. Bryson said. “To truly communicate effectively, there’s nothing more compelling than a story that’s told well both verbally and visually.” Ms. Jensen said, “A gift Kristin and I both have is an innate ability to really see and work with our clients’ strengths — strengths that many times our clients underestimate or don’t even see themselves. We both get great satisfaction from casting our clients in their best light.” See Publicity on next page

Jim Tarsi earns diplomate in diagnosis and therapy

Jim Tarsi Jr. of Ridgefield Physical Therapy has earned his diploma in mechanical diagnosis and therapy from the McKenzie Institute International. Mr. Tarsi, a Ridgefield native, was accepted into the international program in 2009. Upon completing studies in December 2011, he became the first health care provider in Connecticut to attain diplomate status from the McKenzie Institute. Only 400 providers worldwide have received this level of specialty training for the treatment of musculoskeletal spine and extremity problems. Mechanical diagnosis and therapy, also known as the Jim Tarsi Jr. McKenzie Method, begins with a detailed patient history and assessment. The practitioner then develops individualized McKenzie Method treatment and prevention strategies to address spinal and extremity disorders. “Assessment is the critical step in identifying the best exercise and treatment strategy for each patient’s unique needs,” Mr. Tarsi said. “The highly customized approach enables patients to rapidly decrease pain, restore function and successfully self-treat while minimizing the need for prolonged treatment.” Patients whose musculoskeletal disorders will not benefit from McKenzie Method are referred for alternate care. Mr. Tarsi has been practicing at Ridgefield Physical Therapy for the past six years and plans to purse a faculty position with the McKenzie Institute International in the future. He will be a guest on Ridgefield: Now We’re Talking on Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 to 7 p.m. on Channel 26 For more information, call 203-438-1898 or visit ridgefieldphysicaltherapy.com.

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The Ancient Mariner’s chef Tommy Stevens, former Hell’s Kitchen finalist, took the best Creative Award for his jerk wings in the Hudson River Valley Wing Bowl Contest Jan. 28 His curry wings won for the Hottest with Flavor. Both are offered on the menu and are the Monday night’s bar special for 50 cents each. The Mariner is running a Wednesday Pasta Night Special. In addition, the restaurant donates a dollar to the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department for ever entree served Wednesday nights. The fire department sponsor night runs through March.

Ancient Mariner chef wins awards at wings

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Gobleck will tell retailers how to save money under Durbin

Mary Kate Gobleck of Reliance Merchant Services will tell businesses how to save money in a Chamber of Commerce program for retailers Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 11:45 a.m. to 1, in the town hall’s lower level conference room, 400 Main Street. The Durbin Amendment, a law effective Oct. Continued on next page

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Continued from page 19A 1, 2011, can help retail businesses become more profitable and protected. This amendment reduces — potentially by 50% — the average amount that retailers pay for their debit card transactions. Ms. Gobleck started Reliance Merchant Services Inc. in 2004. Her experience includes Wall Street Investment Banking, a financial Dotcom and e-commerce enabled web designs. Reliance has grown to six employees and is located at 9 Grove Street. She lives in Ridgefield with her husband and two young daughters. For more information, call her at 203438-5961, ext. 12. Pre-registration is required at ridgefieldchamber.org. bikes that were then donated to children at the Carver Center in Port Chester, N.Y. “This type of event creates a win-win for everyone involved, but especially the kids at the Carver Center, many of whom have never had a bicycle before; to see the looks on the kids faces when they receive their bikes is nothing less than priceless,” said Michelle Powers, director of True North Team Building. True North Team Building is a Ridgefieldbased company offering a wide array of team recreation, team building and learning and development workshops. For more information, call 1-877-622-8650. The Carver Center in Port Chester offers educational, recreational, cultural and civic services for children, youth and adults, particularly underprivileged youth.

Comings & Goings
Kelly Farrell to Robert 79 Olmstead Lane: David J. Two houses and a conand Jacqueline L. Gronski and Christine Llewellyn of dominium, worth a total of to Daniel R. Westcott and Longmeadow, Mass., Feb. $2,238,500, changed hands in Emma S. Cartwright of 2, $910,000. deeds filed with Town Clerk Brooklyn, N.Y., Feb. 3, Barbara Serfilippi between 2 Blueberry Lane, Fox Hill: Kimberly Staiti to John Katz Feb. 2 and 8. Transfers includ$1,180,000. of 473 Ridgebury Road, ed: Feb. 3, $148,500. 15 Lincoln Lane: Samantha

Legal Notices
TOWN OF RIDGEFIELD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to Section 102 of the Town Charter, the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Ridgefield will meet in the Veteran’s Park School Auditorium, 8 Governor Street on February 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) for the purpose of holding a public hearing on the following resolution: R E S O L U T I O N A P P R O P R I AT I N G $5,000,000 FOR THE TOWN’S GRANT TO THE RIDGEFIELD LIBRARY ASSOCIATION FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE RIDGEFIELD LIBRARY AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $5,000,000 BONDS OF THE TOWN TO MEET SAID APPROPRIATION AND PENDING THE ISSUANCE THEREOF THE MAKING OF TEMPORARY BORROWINGS FOR SUCH PURPOSE Copies of said resolution are on file open to public inspection at the office of the Town Clerk. NOTICE OF SPECIAL TOWN MEETING TOWN OF RIDGEFIELD, CONNECTICUT February 22, 2012 Pursuant to Section 3-10 of the Town Charter and the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut, as amended, notice is hereby given to the legal voters of the Town of Ridgefield that a Special Town Meeting will be held at the Veteran’s Park School Auditorium, 8 Governor Street, Ridgefield, Connecticut, on February 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) for the following purposes: 1. To consider the resolution entitled “Resolution Appropriating $5,000,000 For The Town’s Grant To The Ridgefield Library Association For The Expansion Of The Ridgefield Library And Authorizing The Issuance Of $5,000,000 Bonds Of The Town To Meet Said Appropriation And Pending The Issuance Thereof The Making Of Temporary Borrowings For Such Purpose”, a copy of which will be made available at the Town Meeting or prior thereto in the office of the Town Clerk. A vote on the resolution will be adjourned to a referendum to be on March 13, 2012. The vote is taken under the authority of Section 3-10 of the Town Charter, and Chapter 152 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended. 2. To transact any other business proper to come before the meeting. Rudolph P. Marconi, First Selectman 2-16 TOWN OF RIDGEFIELD NOTICE OF REFERENDUM TO BE HELD ON MARCH 13, 2012 Pursuant to Section 3-10 of the Town Charter and the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut, as amended, notice is hereby given to the legal voters of the Town of Ridgefield that a referendum will be held on March 13, 2012 between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) for the purpose of voting on the following question: 1. “Shall the resolution entitled “Resolution Appropriating $5,000,000 For The Town’s Grant To The Ridgefield Library Association For The Expansion Of The Ridgefield Library And Authorizing The Issuance Of $5,000,000 Bonds Of The Town To Meet Said Appropriation And Pending The Issuance Thereof The Making Of Temporary Borrowings For Such Purpose, as introduced and read at a Special Town Meeting held February 22, 2012, be approved?” The ballot label for said question shall read as follows: “Shall the resolution appropriating and authorization of bonds in the amount of $5,000,000 for the Town’s grant to the Ridgefield Library Association for the expansion of the Ridgefield Library, be approved? YES____NO___ _” The vote will be by new optical scan voting machine. Those in favor of the resolution referred to in the question shall fill in the oval under the word “YES” under such question. Those not in favor of the resolution referred to in the question shall fill in the oval under the word “NO” under such question. Absentee ballots will be available at the office of the Town Clerk as provided by law. The polls will be open during the hours between 6:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. (E.S.T). Electors will cast their votes at the following polling place: Yanity Gym..............60 Prospect St. Persons qualified to vote in Town Meetings who are not electors shall vote at Yanity Gym. The vote on the aforesaid bond resolution is taken under the authority of Section 3-10 of the Town Charter, and Chapter 152 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, and the votes will be cast and canvassed and the results determined and certified as nearly as may be in accordance with the laws governing the election of the Town officials. The full text of said resolution is on file open to public inspection at the office of the Town Clerk. Dated at Ridgefield, Connecticut, this 9th day of February 2012. Barbara Serfilippi Town Clerk 2-16 Notice is hereby given that the Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Ridgefield, at its meeting of February 7, 2012, took the following action: Item I: APPROVED with conditions: #2012011-REV(SP): Revision to Special Permit application under Section 9.2.A.7.e of the Ridgefield Zoning Regulations to increase the size of the previously approved detailing building on property located at 746 Danbury Road, BMW of Ridgefield in the B2 and RAA zones and within a locally-defined Aquifer Protection Zone. Owner/Applicant: Ridgefield Waterside Properties, LLC. Auth. Agent: Robert R. Jewell, Esq. PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION Town of Ridgefield By: Rebecca Mucchetti,Chairman Dated: February 16, 2012 2-16 NOTICE TO CREDITORS ESTATE OF Gordon B. Cameron (12-0552) The Hon. Joseph A. Egan, Jr., Judge of the Court of Probate, Northern Fairfield County, by decree dated February 9, 2012, ordered that all claims must be presented to the fiduciary at the address below. Failure to promptly present any such claim may result in the loss of rights to recover on such claim. Anna M. Lucchesi, Clerk The fiduciary is: Roger R. Valkenburgh, Esq., Gregory and Adams, P.C., 190 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897 Nancy S. Cameron c/o Roger R. Valkenburgh, Esq., Gregory and Adams, P.C., 190 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897 2-16 AUCTION on February 23, 2012 at 12 noon At Branchville Storage, 70 West Branchville Road, Ridgefield, CT, 06877, of items removed via eviction process Jerry Gay, Phone 203-431-2720 or purchasing@ridgefieldct. org.
PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN
(never known to fail)

Steven Coury joins New York firm

Steven Coury of Ridgefield has joined the real estate practice of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP as special counsel in New York. He had been counsel with the real estate group, Skadden. Mr. Coury has extensive experience representing borrowers, lenders, servicers and investors in connection with commercial mortgagebacked securities and commercial real estate lending. He also counsels clients in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions and

Steven Coury dispositions, financing, leasing, partnerships, joint ventures, development, real estate fund formation, and workouts and reorganizations. Mr. Coury earned his jurisprudence degree from Fordham University School of Law and his bachelor of arts degree from Fairfield University. He lives in Ridgefield with his wife, Lara, and four children.

Christian Horky was the Top Listing Associate and The Morris Group was the Top Listing Team in the Ridgefield/Redding office William Raveis Real Estate Bike shop helps Mortgage & Insurance for needy children January. The Morris Group was True North Team Top Selling Team. Building, LLC and Ellen Brown was Top the Ridgefield Bicycle Company teamed up recent- Producing Agent and The Morris Group was Top ly at a Charity Bike Build Producing Team. in Rye Brook, N.Y. where Ms. Brown was also employees of a financial services company took time honored for Excellence in out of their meetings to build Customer Service.

Top Raveis agents named for January

Publicity...
Continued from page A17 Ms. Jensen, a former international Ford model, launched Kristen Jensen Photography over a decade ago. She attributes her modern, candid style to her vast expe-

rience in the fashion modeling industry coupled with years of international travel to many elegant locations and assisting with some of the top fashion photographers in the industry. Ms. Bryson is a former radio news reporter. Her KB Communications “helps a wide range of busi-

nesses and nonprofit organizations communicate their stories to a larger set of audiences, and with greater impact,” she said. To learn more, contact Ms. Jensen at 203-792-9977 or visit kristenjensenphotography.com. Contact Ms. Bryson at 203-701-9250, or kbcommunicate.com.

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Oh, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine splendor of Heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O, Star Of the Sea, help me and show me, herein you are my Mother. Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth! I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. Oh, show me herein that you are my mother. Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (say three times). Holy Mary, I place this cause for your hands (say three times). Holy Spirit, you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can attain my goal. You who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances in my life you are with me. I want in this short prayer to thank you for all things as you confirm once again that I never want to be separated from you in eternal glory. Thank you for your mercy toward me and mine. Say this prayer for three days and the request will be granted. This prayer must be published after the favor is granted. Thank You Blessed Mother. J.M.H. & D. H.

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During a senior assembly this past fall, it was really quite unfortunate how the Board of Education sidestepped the issue of tenure. While the issue of tenure may be controversial, it doesn’t stop the fact that there needs to be a real discussion about it. It really is unfortunate how no one seems to have the courage to speak up about the issue. At the end of the day tenure is wrong and thus it is time for action to be taken against tenure. In fact, in most cases, there is no job that virtually guar���������� antees employment after three years of work. And while it is ��������� understandable that a teacher ������������� would want job security and would thus want protection from being fired for no good reason, no one is entitled to or should be entitled to a job. As a result of tenure, it is more difficult to make teachers be accountable and ultimately, tenure hurts students the most since tenure allows for bad teachers to be protected. That’s worrisome since bad teachers should not be protected by being able to hide behind tenure. So, it isn’t that far-fetched to say that tenure can enable bad teaching. Additionally, another problem with tenure is that a teacher may lose motivation to be the best teacher that they can possibly be since they have job security after three years, if they end up getting tenure. At no point, should a teacher lose motivation to be the best that they can be. A teacher should always be looking to have education reach new heights. An additional aspect that’s related to tenure that needs to also be addressed is teachers’ unions. Unions are generally a good thing, but when teachers’ unions are in denial about bad teachers and end up protecting bad teachers then it really is clear how teachers’ unions are a part of the problem and not a part of the solution. But just because a teacher has tenure that doesn’t make them a bad teacher, but at the same time there is a link with being a bad teacher and having tenure since a majority of the time if a teacher is not the most perfect teacher, they most likely have tenure and thus it would make it difficult for a specific action to be taken against the teacher. Ultimately, education is at a crossroads, and a decision needs to be made about not sweeping the tenure debacle under the rug anymore. It really is quite unfortunate how tenure is the elephant in the room.

Abolish tenure

80s-themed dance for eighth graders
The Ridgefield Philanthropic Youth Council (PYC) will be hosting an ’80sthemed dance for all eighth graders at the Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $15, and are available for purchase through any of the PYC members. Tickets will be sold in front of Planet Pizza on Feb. 17 and 24 in the afternoon, during lunch at the middle schools Feb. 22 through 24, online at ridgefieldpyc.org, or at the door. The theme of the dance is the ’80s, “so come dressed in your best ’80s attire!” PYC said. There will be dancing and music with DJ Conner Findlay from Findlay Brothers Entertainment. All proceeds are distributed in May to local organizations through the PYC grant distribution process. For more information, email Kelly Coleman at kejcoleman@aol.com.

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Ridgefield High School graduates Tom Lohse and Megan Richiger, class of 2010, will be featured in “RHS Graduates — Where are they now?” on Ridgefield: Now We’re Talking! airing Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m., on Educational Access Channel 26. First Selectman Rudy Marconi will moderate the show on the graduates, lessons learned, and what happens after life at Ridgefield High School. Guests include Bob Tulipani, class of 1946; Barbara Serfilippi, 1960; Tom Belote, 1965; Rudy Marconi, 1966; Jessica Wilmot,1971; Peter Nichols, 1975; Chris Curnan, 1982; Kim Bankes Welton, 1983; Katherine McGerald, 1993; Jessica Mancini, 1994; Brett Almstead, 1995; Jim Tarsi, Jr., 1998; Chris Sturges, 2002; Jeff Bonistalli, 2004; and Ryan Goldberg, 2004. All RHS graduates are invited to share their memories of RHS and where they are today, via email at ridgefieldnwt@ridgefield.org. Viewers may phone in their questions during the entire program at 438-3785, ext. 1198, or email questions to the panel at ridgefieldnwt@ridgefield.org.

Where are RHS grads now?

AnneMarie Surfaro-Boehme

Kids Care Club

STUDENT NEWS
Berklee College of Music Boston, Mass., reports Melanie Bresnan and Sabrina Seidman are on the dean’s list. Sarah Boyce of Ridgefield earned dean’s list honors at Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, Pa., for the fall semester, She is majoring in elementary education. Christina Fernandez, a fourth year student at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., has been named to the dean’s list. She is the daughter of Sue and Tony Fernandez. She double majors in anthropology and religious studies. Five Ridgefielders have been named to the dean’s list at Clemson (S.C.) University: Shannon Beatrice Reed, majoring in early childhood education; Carlye Marie Richter, pre-business; Jillian Angela Richter, biological sciences; John Conner Rivard, pre-business, and Daniel Andrew Soltis Parks, recreation and tourism management (professional golf management). Elise Fernandez, daughter of Sue and Tony Fernandez, has been named to the dean’s list in the University of Notre

Honors

Dame’s first year of studies for outstanding scholarship during the fall semester. Ridgefield students earned honors at Lauralton Hall in Milford for the second quarter. Earning high honors were freshman Elizabeth Martinez, sophomore Elizabeth Renehan and junior Carolyn Savoia. Earning honors were freshman Lorin Pucel, sophomore Victoria Lang and senior Noel Ostrosky. Sisters Brenna Meagher and Eilis Meagher are on dean’s lists. Brenna is at Washington University in St. Louis and Eilis is at Boston University.

In December, Ridgebury Elementary School’s Kids Care Club had its 12th annual Holiday Shoebox Assembly. More than 40 members, alumni and parents stayed after school and helped make holiday gift boxes for underprivileged children in the Danbury area. Parents volunteered to wrap empty shoeboxes that they had at home. The club collected small gifts, toys and books for several weeks to bring to the assembly. This year the Kids Care Club was able to fill more than 130 boxes with toys and books to deliver to children who may not get any presents during the holidays. Pictured above are Nico Weber and Carson Driscoll. —Kristen LeFebvre
Melissa Paladino

City pop-ups

Veterans Park Elementary School’s kindergartners Liam Cringan, left and Cooper Badeer work on their “city popups” in the Katonah Museum’s Education Center. Veterans Park sent three grade levels to The Katonah Museum to experience the “New York, New York! The 20th Century and Storied City” exhibit through docent-led tours and hands-on activities.
History is written by winners, then rewritten by their children. —Russell Baker

Kindergarten registration will be Feb. 25 to 29 this year. Registration times are: Branchville: Feb. 24 and Feb. 27 (morning only); Barlow Mountain: Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 (afternoon only); Farmingville: Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 (morn-

Kindergarten registration

ing only); Ridgebury: Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 (afternoon only); Scotland: Feb. 28 and Feb. 29 (morning only): Veterans Park — Feb. 27 (afternoon only) and Feb. 29. For details and requirements, call your school.

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Sarah Crow, Ryan Biracree plan to wed
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Biracree of Ridgefield have announced the engagement of their son, Ryan, to Sarah Crow, daughter of the late Elizabeth Crow of New York, N.Y., and the late C.P. Crow of Milan, N.Y. Miss Crow holds a bachelor of arts degree in language and literacy education from Bennington College and a master’s degree in digital publishing and new media technology from New York University. She is a full-time freelance writer, having written for Popeater, MTV’s NextMovie, Guest of a Guest, and, most recently, XOJane as a featured columnist. Mr. Biracree is a 2003 graduate of Ridgefield High School. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in literature from Bennington College and a master’s degree in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. He teaches writing at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y., and is the editor of a new small press for experimental poetry, Bovine Excision Editions. They plan to be married in November near their home in Beacon, N.Y.

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