Celebrating Black History Month

Women’s Suffrage Movement Roots in the Abolition Movement Source: Lakshmi Gandhi; Earnestine Jenkins; History.com In the fight for women’s suffrage, most of the earliest activists found their way to the cause through the abolition movement of the 1830s. Abolitionist groups such as the American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS), led by William Lloyd Garrison, provided women with opportunities to […]

It’s Black History Month

Town Cancels Lease with The Alliance for Community Empowerment, (The Alliance) South End Community Center Non-Profit A nonprofit organization that acts as a one-stop shop for South End residents for services from child care to rent, fuel and utility assistance, finds itself searching for a new home after decades of serving the South End of […]

Shadow Forecasting – Spring? Or Winter?

Source: History.com Falling midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, February 2nd has been marked by both ancient and modern traditions.  When German immigrants settled Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, they brought the custom of pronouncing the day sunny only if badgers and other small animals glimpsed their own shadows,    with […]

Termination of Head Start Classrooms at South End Community Center

By Stephanie Philips Email sent to Mayor Laura Hoydick I am deeply concerned about the recent news of the Town of Stratford terminating the Head Start Classrooms at the South End Community Center.  I understand there is a planned renovation; however, the Alliance program has said that six months is not nearly enough time to […]

“Angry, Raucous & Shamelessly Gorgeous”

If you ask me… by Tom Holehan Connecticut Critics Circle Hartford Stage The attention-getting title of Pearl Cleage’s “Angry, Raucous & Shamelessly Gorgeous” may suggest a riotous evening of theatre, but Cleage’s seriocomic look at the plight of older African-American women in the arts doesn’t always fit that description. The uneven production, from the author […]

If you ask me…

“Fires in the Mirror” Solo Performance Blazes at Long Wharf By Tom Holehan Connecticut Critics Circle “Fires in the Mirror”, Anna Deavere Smith’s powerhouse solo play based on the Crown Heights riots of 1991, is as sadly timely, relevant and potent as it was when it opened in 1992. At that time it was the […]

“The Land of Snow”

Morley Anders Author of “This Land of Snow” on Zoom Sunday Talks Sunday, January 30th at 2 p.m. Stratford Library The Stratford Library continues its popular “Sunday Afternoon Talks” series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers in 2022 with “This Land of Snow: A Journey Across the North in Winter” on Sunday, […]

The Soap Box

“Out of Touch” By Timothy Bristol https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-bristol/ This week Bob Stefanowski announced that he is running for governor in a possible rematch of the 2018 campaign. He then released a million-dollar ad buy, according to the CT Mirror. The Ad is an attempt a rebrand Mr. Stefanowski from a Payday loan CEO to a self-made […]

Monday Matinees

The Stratford Library welcomes 2022 with its popular film series offering free showings of recent, popular films shown uncut and on widescreen each month.  All shows will be presented in the Lovell Room at 12 p.m.  For information call: 203.385.4162. King Richard       February 14th.  Will Smith stars as the demanding father of legendary tennis champions […]

Urgent Call From Red Cross

State Representative Phil Young (D) 120th Connecticut House District Dear  Neighbor, As National Blood Donor Month comes to a close the Red Cross faces the worst blood shortage in a decade and more than ever, your help is needed. Make an appointment today to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor […]