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Sunday Talks at the Stratford Library Returns

Speaker Bill Preinitz Offers Four Talks September 12th – October 24th
Zoom with us on Sunday September 12th at 2 p.m.

The Stratford Library will begin the new season of its popular “Sunday Afternoon Talks” series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers with four historic talks beginning Sunday, September 12th.

The talks, presented on the Zoom format by Bill Preinitz, are free and open to the public.

“Pursuit & Sinking of the Battleship KMS Bismarck”
Guest speaker: Bill Preinitz
Sunday, September 12th
On Zoom 2 p.m.
Register: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7563442

The KMS Bismarck, a battleship 800 feet long, 50,900 tons fully loaded, with 8 15-inch main guns and a 16 4.1 secondary gun battery was the most powerful ship afloat in the Atlantic, and indeed, the world at the time of its first deployment. Accompanied by the heavy cruiser KMS Prinz Eugen, she lay waiting in a Norwegian fjord north of Bergen, for her chance to breakout into the vital convoy routes of the North Atlantic. Commanded by Admiral Gunther Lutjens, leader of the successful sorties of the KMS Scharnhorst and KMS Gneisenau earlier in the war, she was a grave threat to Britain’s supply chain to America.

The disastrous Battle of the Greenland Straits, which cost the British their largest ship, the battle cruiser HMS Hood, and crippled the new battleship HMS Prince of Wales, sent the entire Royal Navy a shocking message. As the Royal Navy sought to bring the Bismarck to a reckoning, a series of almost incredibly improbable events played themselves out on the stage of the gray North Atlantic!

“Ships for Liberty-The Revolutionary Vessel that Saved the Allies”
Guest speaker: Bill Preinitz
Sunday, September 19th
On Zoom 2 pm
Register: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7563449

Simply and quickly built, lacking many crew amenities, the Liberty ship was the “Ugly Duckling” of the Battle of the Atlantic. The Liberty design was conceived in response to an early recognized problem of a worldwide shortage of medium size general purpose cargo ships. Their direct ancestor was the World War I Hog Island freighter design. The Liberties were the first ship to be built using assembly line technology. They were thus assembled from components that were produced at a distance from the shipyard’s ways, in some case hundreds of miles from the ocean. By the end of 1942, these components had so grown in size and complexity that finally their only constraints were the dimensions of the railroad tunnels and the carrying capacity of key bridges across the U.S.! They fundamentally changed shipbuilding philosophy and so played a critical role in sustaining the vital flow of war material in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Prefabrication, simplified designs, and rigidly enforced production line methods allowed the US to fully replace the catastrophic losses of the early war period. Later modified into no less than 8 major variants, the Liberties consistently fulfilled the ever-changing
requirements of a global war.

Bill Preinitz is a Chicago native currently residing in Weston. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Finance, and an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University. His career began with a brisk and transformative experience in the U.S. Army and has, subsequently, held management roles in consumer banking and publishing in Chicago.

A job relocation to Manhattan led to an over 25-year long investment banking career. After retiring eight years ago, he immediately authored two books and has a special focus on the history of Rome, the American Civil War and World War II. He has also been a guest speaker at Weston Public Library on various international/military/security topics. The upcoming schedule for October at the Stratford Library includes:

“Early Anglo-Saxon Britain & Royal Ship Burial”
Guest speaker: Bill Preinitz
Sunday, October 17th
On Zoom 2 p.m. (Also simulcast in Lovell Room)
Register: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7591172

“The Treasures of Sutton Hoo & Current Investigations”
Guest speaker: Bill Preinitz
Sunday, October 24th
On Zoom 2 p.m. (Also simulcast in Lovell Room)
Register: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7591179

The Farmers Market

The Farmers Market will continue its tradition of starting early on Labor Day so everyone can get the freshest food for their family meals on Labor Day.

The market will start at 10AM! The Gazy’s will hold down the fort until 5PM. The rest of the team will be there mostly until 2PM.

Relax, Breathe, and Be Positive

Stratford Library Offers Guided Meditation Program

Four On-Site Classes Set September 9th – 30th

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming
Straford Public Library

The Stratford Library will host a live, on-site series of guided meditation classes hosted by Stratford’s Laurie Trupp beginning Thursday, September 9th from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. The program, to be held live and in person in the Library’s Lovell Room. It is free and open to the public.

Guided Meditation promotes relaxation and calm. A relaxed state is good for one’s heart, blood pressure and overall physical health. Through the various meditations offered in the class, participants will learn to detach from troubling thoughts, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. A focus on personal breathing and posture can also help to increase energy, mindfulness and concentration. This ancient discipline will help one to develop awareness to be fully present in the moment.

Laurie Trupp is a Stratford resident, an artist and a certified Kripalu Yoga and Meditation Teacher. For over 17 years, Laurie has been teaching gentle yoga, chair yoga and guided meditation in Stratford, Trumbull and Milford. Laurie graduated with a BFA from the University of Bridgeport, and received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

Besides a lifelong passion for yoga and meditation, she also enjoys oil painting, hiking and organic gardening. Her love of nature is a theme often woven throughout her teachings.

Guided Meditation at the Stratford Library will be held on four consecutive Thursday mornings September 9th –30th starting at 11 a.m. Space is limited to 20 participants per class and registration is required (beginning August 18) by visiting:
For further information, call 203.385.4161.

Biking for Domestic Violence

The Center for Family Justice

Alan Masarek, an avid bicyclist and Co-Chair of the Empower House fundraising drive, is cycling 3,800 miles as a pledge challenge benefitting the newly acquired double-sized The Center for Family Justice (CFJ) Safehouse, currently under renovation.

The Bridgeport-based nonprofit, The Center for Family Justice, 735 Fairfield Avenue, celebrates its 126th Anniversary this year. During Covid in 2020, domestic violence grew by 40% in the region, causing a critical shortage of housing for victims seeking refuge. With plans to open in 2022, the new Safehouse will provide temporary housing and support services to domestic violence and human trafficking victims primarily from Bridgeport, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull and Easton.

Debra Greenwood, President and CEO at The Center for Family Justice said, “Talk about going the extra mile! Alan is going the extra 3,800 miles! He’s pedaling to protect victims of domestic violence and we are blessed to have him as co-chair of our Empower House fundraising team”.

Masarek, who is riding alongside 20 bicyclists in the Trek Bicycle “Bucket List” trip, which commenced on August 18th in Portland, Oregon, decided to structure his ride as a fundraising campaign for the Empower House Safehouse. He hopes to generate enough corporate sponsorships and donations on his Empower Ride to close a 40% fundraising gap in the $3.5 million dollar project. His trip ends on October 3rd in Portland, Maine.

Masarek will be cycling for 47-Days, and travel 3,800 miles.  His itinerary and progress will be tracked on the EmpowerRide page at http://www.empowerride.org/.

Donors can sponsor him with a $100.00 per mile pledge or make donations in any amount. Masarek’s daily cycling adventures will be posted on CFJ’s social media sites.

If you, or someone you know need emergency housing and support services for domestic violence abuse, call the Center for Family Justice’s hotline at 203-384-9559 for immediate help. www.EmpowerhouseProject.org

Reel Time!

Monday Movie Matinees Return to Library

Free Monthly Screenings of Popular Films Beginning September 13th

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming
Stratford Public Library

The Stratford Library returns with its popular film series through 2021. The series offers free showings of recent, popular films shown uncut and on widescreen each month.   Patrons must be masked and socially distanced.  Screenings begin at noon – 2 p.m.

PARASITE: September 13th

The first foreign film to ever win both the “Best Picture” and “Best International Film” Oscars, this Korean masterpiece concerns a struggling family who insinuate themselves into a wealthy couple’s home with both comic and devastating results.  R, 132 minutes

A QUIET PLACE 2:  October 11th         

In this sequel to the hit horror thriller from 2019 a family must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. Director John Krasinski continues this exciting story as a mom (Emily Blunt) and her teenage children learn how to fight and survive the monsters.  Special for Halloween!  PG-13, 97 minutes


Notable as the last feature film of Chadwick Boseman (who was Oscar nominated for this role), this film adaptation of August Wilson’s celebrated play takes place in 1920s Chicago where singer Ma Rainey (the great Viola Davis) and her troupe attempt to record a new album.  R, 94 minutes

MINARI :  December 13th          

A  tender and sweeping story that follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother (Oscar winner Youn Yuh-jung). PG-13, 115 minutes

All screenings will be in the Lovell Room and begin promptly at 12 p.m.

For information call: 203.385.4162




Free Concert on Saturday

Check Out the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater

by State Representative Joe Gresko, 121st District

Celebrate the long Labor Day Weekend by coming out to the newly opened Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater on 500 Broad Street in Bridgeport tomorrow (Saturday, September 4th) for a concert featuring the Greater Bridgeport Symphony (GBS).

This will also be a great way to for the Stratford community to see the new venue after the completion of the multi-year renovation project!

The Greater Bridgeport Symphony will entertain with the music of Sondheim, Rodgers, Williams, Webber and Rossini, Strauss, Bernstein, Bizet and more!

For 75 years – since October 1946 – GBS has provided Bridgeport and the region with the finest in orchestral music. Maestro Eric Jacobsen continues to stretch the impressive talents of our musicians with heroic, large scale programming. GBS has recently hosted such worldwide luminaries as Gil Shaham, Colin Jacobsen, Mira Wang, Simone Porter (violinits), Alex Beyer, Andrew Armstrong, Tiffany Poon and the incomparable Yuja Wang (pianists).

The concert is Free, but you will need to get tickets to attend. To reserve your tickets, click on the graphic.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me at the Capitol at 800-842-8267 or email me at Joseph.Gresko@cga.ct.gov.

September’s Goal – get on the pitch!

Last Chance to Register for Fall Soccer

Sterling House Community Center

Sterling House still has some open spots in some of their divisions for last minute Soccer registrations.

Openings Available in:

Co-ed Grades 1 & 2

Boys Grades 3 & 4

Girls Grades 5 & 6

Boys Grades 7-10

Girls Grades 7-12

Don’t miss out on a great season!

Online Registration available on the link below:





Boogie On Down

Stratford Library 70’s Gala

Saturday, September 25th

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming
Stratford Public Library

The Stratford Library Board of Trustees will present its major fund-raiser for the library on Saturday, September 25th beginning at 6 p.m. The seventeenth annual gala event, entitled “The 70’s Project”, will celebrate popular music of the 1970’s. It will be out of sight!

A major tribute band from New York City channeling classic “Chicago” songs, “The 70’s Project”, will perform with brass and horns to blast out that distinctive 1970’s sound.

Here’s the lowdown:
 “The 70’s Project” is a gala evening of music, dancing, appetizers, dinner, fine beverages and delectable desserts.

 Break out those bellbottoms and tube socks, as patrons are encouraged to wear 70’s attire.

 A silent auction will also be included in the festivities and donations are being accepted.

 This year’s event will be held at the Oronoque Country Club in Stratford and all proceeds will benefit the Library’s collections and programs.

 Honorary Chair of the gala is Mayor Laura Hoydick.

Current major sponsors include the Stratford Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament; Berchem Moses, PC; People’s United Bank; Bridgeport Fittings; Halper Keating Family Foundation; Immacula Cann & Family; Joel F. Pleban, CPA, LLC; Kamco Supply Corporation; Mitchell & Sheahan, PC; The Milford Bank; Ashcroft; Barnum Animal Hospital; Florek & O’Neill; and Hubbell Heaters. Sponsors in various categories are still being sought by the Library.

Tickets for the gala are $80/person and include dinner and entertainment. There are discounts of up to $100 off for a table of 10 people. For further information about donating to the silent auction or ticket reservations for “The 70’s Project”, call the Stratford Library at 203.385.4166 or visit: http://stratfordlibrary.org/gala-2021/

Suicide Prevention

C. A. R. E. Meeting
(Citizens Addressing Racial Equity)

Wednesday September 1st, 7 p.m.

CARE’s September meeting on will be on Wednesday, September 1st at 7 p.m. Each month CARE discusses issues that affect and concern our community and how we’re able to enact change that benefits us all.

September is Suicide Prevention month, and our guest speakers are Giovanna Mozza, MSW, Director of The Hub, a program of the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) and Tammy Trojanowski, Director of Community & Senior Services for the Town of Stratford.

Please Join Us:

Topic: CARE Meeting September 1, 2021

Time: Sep 1, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To Join Zoom Meeting Go To:


Meeting ID: 819 0482 2982

Passcode: 441115


Dial by your location

1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

CARE’s August meeting focused on continuing education. Guest speaker Omar Livingston, Director of Financial Aid of Housatonic Community College, presented “What You Need to Know About Financial Aid”.

Omar has been working in financial aid for close to 20 years. He has experience working in both private and public institutions. Omar is passionate about education and helping students and families achieve their educational goals. He often volunteers for events that promote financial aid awareness and access.

Prior to working in higher ed, he worked in the banking and mortgage industry. Omar was born in Jamaica, grew up in Stamford and attended Stamford Public Schools. After graduation he attended Norwalk Community College and then received his Bachelor’s degree from Albertus Magnus in New Haven.

Livingston led the discussion and shared Minorities and College Preparedness, Covid Impact, Financial Aid presentation. Members thanked Mr. Livingston for his informative presentation and grateful for the thoughtful discussion and suggestions.

Points of Interest

Students from high schools that qualify for federal aid because they enroll large numbers of low-income students are significantly less likely than their peers to have applied for aid to attend college, and students from high schools with large minority populations are almost three times less likely to have applied. Suburban students are significantly likelier than their urban or rural peers to have applied.

Normally FAFSA completion is almost a group affair: high schools or community organizations hold “financial aid nights” or attach FAFSA completion workshops to college fairs or other events for students who might be headed for college. And many high schools embed financial aid counseling and other forms of postsecondary readiness support into their broader advising activities, most of which happens in person during the school day.

Beyond those practical impediments, experts on financial aid and disadvantaged students cite evidence that some of them are deprioritizing college-going amid competing demands to work or take care of family members, and that “even in a normal year, those students are going to need more support and encouragement to navigate the college-going process” than their wealthier peers do, said DeBaun.

If they aren’t already doing so, schools and community groups should be conducting virtual college visits and having financial aid counselors conduct virtual seminars. “Now is the time,” DeBaun said.

And given how many colleges and universities are feeling the enrollment pinch more than ever right now, it’s incumbent on them to ramp up their outreach efforts in their big high school feeder districts to encourage FAFSA completion.

For further information, go to:



Treasures, Food, Fundraising

St. James Church and School Tag Sale

Saturday, August 28th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.