Day: April 5, 2019

JBHS Recognizes Outstanding Writers

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Now in its 26th year, the Junior Writing Portfolio is an integral part of the Joel Barlow curriculum, and completion of the portfolio at an “Effective” level is a graduation requirement. In the fall of junior year, Joel Barlow students compile five pieces of their writing in categories including creative, formal analysis and personal narrative. In the spring, a team of Barlow teachers and other educational professionals assesses the portfolios and assigns scores on a scale of 1 to 6. “Commendable” indicates a score of 5 and a score of 6 is deemed “Exemplary.” Select portions of these portfolios will serve as models in the Writing Center’s annual publication, Standouts, which will be distributed to all upcoming juniors in the fall.

Tim Huminski welcomed the students and introduced his colleague, Jack Powers. Powers gave the students advice on improving their writing skills and delighted the group with selections from his book of poems, Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar. Powers told the students that “ ‘Write what you know’  is terrible advice or at least only half good. Instead start with what you know and imagine the rest.”

Jack Powers has taught at Joel Barlow High School for 38 years. He teaches special education English, and math; co-directs the Writing Center; and is a peer practice coach.  Powers is the author of Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar. He has won the 2015 and 2012 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contests, and he was a finalist for the 2013 and 2014 Rattle Poetry Prizes. Powers has published over 80 poems in more than forty journals including Poet Lore, The Southern Review, Barrow Street, Cortland Review. His essays have appeared in The New York Times and elsewhere. Powers was the 2005 CCTE Connecticut Poet of the Year and 2008 NEATE Poet of the Year. 

Huminski and Powers thanked the JBHS PTSA for its generous purchase of the classic paperbacks awarded to each student as well as the books given as raffle prizes.

Sophia Danuszar and Gabriella Johnston were each awarded a certificate for their “Exemplary” Junior Writing Portfolios.

Students receiving “Commendable” scores were Tabitha Aime, Erik Areklett, Simon Castonguay, Emily Cavaliere, Annalie Ciolino, Melissa Colasante, Gregory Coleman, Michael Cruz, David Cusick, Grace Doremus, Olivia Fassman, Julia Gjelaj, Crina Gutu, Elia Hafen, Elizabeth Herman, Colin Holm-Hansen, Olivia Houlahan, Kyleigh Keyes, Sage Khanna, Alex Klein Wassink, Dylan Leone, Kathryn Liu, Catherine MacDonald, Grace MacDonald, Kathryn Matsuoka, Madeleine McHale, Sean McHale, Zoe Newbolt, Owen O’Reilly, James Porter, Colby Powers, Schuyler Rae Pritchard, Eric Raut, Thomas Richetelli, Samantha Romaniello, Zachary Shortt, Caroline Spear, William Sutton, Ekaterina Taylor-Yeremeeva, Sarah Tedawes, Robert Tremont, Luke Wergeles, Caroline Wexler, Buster Whaley, and Sara Wiesenfeld.

In addition, 140 juniors received the passing score of “Effective,” and 14 students will work with the Writing Center to revise and resubmit their portfolios.

left: Jack Powers, reads a selected poem from his book, Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar.
right: Jack Powers as the guest speaker for the Junior Writing Portfolio Reception that
honors students for their writing achievement.  Photos by Melanie Mason

Free Fishing Licenses

Aquarion Water Company Offers Free Fishing Permits
for the Unemployed, Active Military, and Veterans

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. – April 1, 2019 – Aquarion Water Company will again be issuing free fishing permits to any unemployed person over the age of 18, veteran, or active duty service member.

On Thursday, April 4 and Thursday, April 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., anglers can obtain a free fishing permit by going to Aquarion’s Aspetuck Environmental Center at 714 Black Rock Road in Easton.

Anglers should bring a valid Connecticut fishing license and official proof of unemployment or a military ID/DD Form 214.

Once issued, fishing is open along designated shorelines of Aquarion’s Saugatuck Reservoir in Weston, the Far Mill Reservoir in Shelton, and the West Pequonnock Reservoir in Monroe.

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About Aquarion Water Company:

Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more than 625,000 people in 52 cities and towns throughout Connecticut, as well as serving customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven largest in the U.S. Based in Bridgeport, CT, it has been in the public water supply business since 1857. Across its operations, Aquarion strives to act as a responsible steward of the environment and to assist the communities it serves in promoting sustainable practices. Aquarion Water Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eversource.
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Holy Week

25 Cross Highway, Redding, CT
203-938-2004 –


  • Palm Sunday, April 14
    • 10:00 AM: Palm Sunday Worship Service
    • (Nursery care & Sunday school through Grade 8)
  • Maundy Thursday, April 18
    • 7:30 PM: Worship Service of Tenebrae and Holy Communion
  • Easter Sunday, April 21
    • 6:00 AM: Easter Sunrise Service with Holy Communion
    • (Sunrise Service at 442 Rock House Rd., Redding)
    • 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM: Identical Easter Sunday Worship Services
    • (Nursery care & Sunday school through Grade 4)