echs Rob-Murdock-n-David-BrudzJunior Rob Murdock and ECHS band director David BrudzMANCHESTER – East Catholic High School junior Rob Murdock has been selected to participate in the Berklee School of Music’s Summer Rock Workshop.

The Rock Workshop is a full-scholarship program for which eight students have been selected to attend through video presentations by artistic director Marty Walsh, who has performed and recorded with acclaimed recording artists John Fogerty, Supertramp, Eddie Money and LeAnn Rimes.

All together, about 1,000 students from across the country will participate in this program. The curriculum will focus on ensemble and performance skills, stylistic vocabulary, and a historical perspective on contemporary rock.

Berklee seeks to recruit some of the most talented, young rock students in for its workshop. The scholarship covers tuition. room and board as well as comprehensive and registration fees.

Rob will focus on playing the piano at the workshop. He also plays the trumpet and drums. At East Catholic, he also has participated in sports, including basketball, lacrosse, cross-country and football. He also volunteers at a homeless shelter and performs on the piano twice weekly for the elderly.

 

 

facs 7969Mark Kennedy Shriver speaks March 15 at the 13th annual Archbishop's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast. See photo gallery at http://thecatholictranscript.zenfolio.com/p854832655. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

HARTFORD – Mark Kennedy Shriver told 900 people on March 15 that his father, Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver, was wrong to call Mark and his siblings "the lucky seven." Reflecting on his Catholic education and the examples set by his father, Mr. Shriver said, "We were the blessed seven."

His remarks came during the 13th annual Archbishop’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, sponsored by the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS) to raise money for tuition scholarships. The event was held at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Mr. Shriver, senior vice president of Save the Children’s U.S. programs, is author of a recent memoir about his father, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, which was a New York Times and Washington Post best-seller. Sargent Shriver, in addition to founding the Peace Corps, was also the architect of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. The book was available for purchase at the event.

Read more: Kennedy nephew hails Catholic education at archbishop's breakfast

olga 7659Mother Olga Yaqob of the Sacred Heart gets the right answers from students at St. Peter/St. Francis School in Torrington during her visit there on Feb. 25. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

TORRINGTON – There were no wrong answers at St. Peter/St. Francis School Feb. 25 when the celebrated Mother Olga Yaqob visited the school to share her thoughts about Lent.

"Why should we pray to Mary?" she asked the young students in grades one through four who were seated with her in a semicircle on the floor of the gym. The answers included, "Because she gave us Jesus," "She taught us to be good" and "She taught us to obey God."

Everyone who ventured a response received praise from the diminutive, blue-habited, brown-eyed Mother Olga. Many got high fives.

Read more: Mother Olga is a hit with Torrington students

assump gs-Jasmine-and-MarahJasmine Kyeremeh, left, and Marah Zidovsky prepare for the investiture ceremony of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 10679 at Assumption School in Manchester.MANCHESTER – Eight kindergarteners and first graders were invested into Daisy Girl Scout Troop 10679 on March 22 at Assumption School.

The new scouts are Stefaniya Barbieri, Alysa Felici, Tricia Kearney, Jillian Klemyk, Jasmine Kyeremeh, Mary LaMonica, Kaitlyn Soto and Marah Zidovsky.

The troop leaders are Meghan Kearney and Amy Zidovsky.

The ceremony was attended by families and friends. A reception followed.

Iditarod SleddingNEW BRITAIN – Third and fifth graders at Pope John Paul II School spent a month studying the Iditarod Trail by reading books, writing stories, researching Alaskan animals and following "Trail Mail," according to third grade teacher April Stich.

Each classroom sent a letter to be carried by a musher who was following the route sled teams used to take diphtheria serum to Nome in 1925. Students followed veteran musher DeeDee Jonrowe, who came in 10th, and rookie Iditarod racer Paige Drobny.

To bring the race to life for the students, Julia Klaucke and Jen Caulfield, of Urban Mushers, visited the school with four Siberian Huskies. Students also saw a traditional sled.

"It was lighter than I thought. Even I could lift it up," said third grader Julia Burkacki.

Students also learned about dog-sled safety measures and the brake and anchor that stops a team.

Finally, the dogs were harnessed and hitched to a scooter that Ms. Klaucke used to take students across the soccer field and back.

"I want to do that when I’m older," said fifth grader Julia Hynek

 

 

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Grand Oak Villa, Oakville, CT, Watertown, United States
The St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury will commemorate its 37-year record of continual service to the poor of Greater Waterbury with a banquet beginning at 5:30 p.m. March 26 at the Grand Oak [...]
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St. Peter/St. Francis School, Torrington, Torrington, United States
St. Peter/St. Francis School will have open houses in March, April and May. The times and dates are 5:30-7 p.m. March 26, 9-11 a.m. April 22 and 5:30-7 p.m. May 12. Parents may visit [...]
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St. Rita School, Hamden CT, Hamden, United States
St. Rita School in Hamden will present the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at 7 p.m. March 26, 7 p.m. March 27; and at 1 and 7 p.m. March 28.. Tickets cost [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  March 26, 2015
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St. Rita School, Hamden CT, Hamden, United States
St. Rita School in Hamden will present the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at 7 p.m. March 26, 7 p.m. March 27; and at 1 and 7 p.m. March 28.. Tickets cost [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
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St. Rita School, Hamden CT, Hamden, United States
St. Rita School in Hamden will present the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at 7 p.m. March 26, 7 p.m. March 27; and at 1 and 7 p.m. March 28.. Tickets cost [...]
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Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden, CT, Hamden, United States
Sacred Heart Academy is sponsoring a $10,000 cash raffle as part of its annual signature fund-raising event, a live and silent auction, taking place at 5 p.m. March 28. Tickets for the cash [...]
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St. Rita School, Hamden CT, Hamden, United States
St. Rita School in Hamden will present the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at 7 p.m. March 26, 7 p.m. March 27; and at 1 and 7 p.m. March 28.. Tickets cost [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
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St. Ann Church, Bristol CT, Bristol, United States
A tenebrae service, or service of lights, will take place at 7 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 29, at St. Ann Church, 215 West St., Bristol. This service will include hymns, music by a contemporary [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
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St. Mary School, Milford, Milford, United States
St. Mary School in Milford will have an open house from 9-11 a.m. March 31. Teachers, staff and parents of current and former students will be on hand and students will provide tours. [...]
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Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford , Hartford, United States
During the Chrism Mass on March 31 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will bless the oils to be used in the upcoming year during the sacraments of [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
Date :  March 31, 2015

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