Daily Archives: January 16, 2013

Smart Power: Bethany Juber Makes Cazenovia College Dean’s List

Cazenovia College recently released names of students honored for academic achievement during the fall semester of 2012. The College is home to about 1,000 degree-seeking students; those named to the Dean’s List have achieved a 3.5 or better grade point average for all courses attempted, and have earned 12 or more academic credits during the semester.

Bethany R. Juber of Ledyard, Conn., is on Cazenovia College’s 2012 fall semester Dean’s List. Juber is a junior majoring in Interior Design, and is a graduate of Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, Conn.

Lieberman Receives Highest Civilian Honor From DHS

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman receives the Department of Homeland Security’s Distinguished Public Service Medal from Department Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman receives the Department of Homeland Security’s Distinguished Public Service Medal from Department Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman received the Department of Homeland Security’s Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor the department can award to a civilian.

Department Secretary Janet Napolitano was joined by former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff in presenting the honor.   Each spoke of the Senator’s legacy creating, supporting, and improving the department.

“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from Secretary Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security,” said Lieberman. “For the past eleven years, DHS has been instrumental in keeping America safe.  However there is no destination point in homeland security and we can always do better. I am proud to have played a role in the creation of the DHS, and I will surely miss working side by side with the fine members of the homeland security community.

“I am confident that my successors will ensure that the department continues, and improves upon, its mission.”

Antiques: Russel Wright Dinnerware

Q: I have a full set of Russel Wright dinnerware in the American modern. I love the simplicity of the pattern, and I’d like to know a little more about the company. — Susan, Batavia, IL

A: Russel Wright was one of America’s most creative industrial designers and was instrumental in creating several lines of dinnerware, glassware and aluminum items. All are extremely popular with collectors. The “American Modern” pattern was manufactured at the Steubenville Pottery Company in 1939 and production continued until about 1959. Pieces of this pattern in White, Bean brown, Cantaloupe and Glacier Blue are especially desirable. Typical prices are mug, $50; coffee pot, $150; refrigerator jar, $160; and 10-inch dinner plate, $10. If any are in the colors mentioned earlier, values would double.

Q: I have 12 postcards from the New York World’s Fair of 1939. What would they be worth?  — Josie, Ormond Beach, FL

A: There were millions of postcards printed and sold during the fair. Most sets sell in the $15 to $25 range, depending on quality and views.

Paws Corner: Puppy-Mill Dog Not So Chipper

by Sam Mazzotta

Paws cornerDEAR PAW’S CORNER: This Christmas, we thought we bought the perfect puppy for our son. “Chipper” looked adorable and healthy at the pet store when we picked him out. However, a couple of days after we brought him home, Chipper got very ill; he was lethargic and vomiting. We took him to the vet right away, where he remains, recovering from several issues the vet said are typical of puppy-mill dogs. He also said that puppy-mill dogs can have behavioral problems as well. Now I’m not sure we should keep him. What should we do?
— Taken for a Ride in Pennsylvania

DEAR TAKEN: OK, first off, please keep Chipper. Even though he is not the perfectly healthy puppy you expected, it’s not his fault. Furthermore, you made a commitment to bring a pet into your home, and you should stick with that promise.
Second, you can complain about what happened. Complain to store management, write the corporate headquarters, if there is one, and complain to the Better Business Bureau.

Pet stores and breeders must be licensed by the USDA to sell pets, and are supposed to be inspected regularly. You can contact the local SPCA, the Humane Society of the United States (hsus.org) or the ASPCA (aspca.org) if you think Chipper came from a puppy mill.

Again, please keep him if at all possible. Too many puppy-mill dogs wind up in shelters, or are euthanized, due to health and behavioral problems that their owners didn’t want to deal with. If his health issues become overwhelming, talk to your vet about treatment and payment options. To head off potential behavioral problems, contact a dog trainer who has experience dealing with difficult dogs.

Christopher Plummer Receives 13th Annual Monte Cristo Award

On April 15, 2013, The Eugene O’Neil Theater Center will honor Christopher Plummer with their 13th Monte Cristo Award.

On April 15, 2013, The Eugene O’Neil Theater Center will honor Christopher Plummer with their 13th Monte Cristo Award.

On April 15, 2013, The Eugene O’Neil Theater Center will honor a titan of theater and film with their 13th Monte Cristo Award. Christopher Plummer is widely recognized as one of the finest classical actors of his time, enjoying nearly 60 years active in theater and a veteran of over 100 motion pictures. After his New York debut in 1954 he went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway, London’s West End, and Stratford, Ontario, winning accolades on both sides of the Atlantic.

From the time Sidney Lumet introduced him to the screen in “Stage Struck” (1958), Plummer’s range of memorable films include “The Man Who Would Be King,” “Battle of Britain,” “Waterloo,” “Fall of The Roman Empire,” “Star Trek VI,” “Twelve Monkeys,” and the 1965 Oscar-winning “The Sound of Music.” More recently, he is known for roles in the Oscar-nominated “The Insider,” the Oscar-winning “A Beautiful Mind,” “Man in the Chair,” “Must Love Dogs,” “National Treasure,” “Syriana,” and “Inside Man.”

He won the Oscar in 2012 as Best Supporting Actor for “Beginners,” and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “The Last Station” opposite Oscar winner Helen Mirren.  Plummer was awarded two Tony’s and seven Tony nominations, the latest for performances in “King Lear” (2004) and as Clarence Darrow in “Inherit the Wind” (2007), three Drama Desk Awards, and the National Arts Club Medal.

Importantly, he played James Tyrone from Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night on the PBS American Masters documentary of Eugene O’Neill.

Submarine School Enlisted Sailors Graduate With Distinction

Basic Enlisted Submarine School Graduation

Seaman Apprentice Guillermo Villerreal, Class Honorman of Basic Enlisted Submarine School Class 13060.

Seaman Apprentice Guillermo Villerreal, Class Honorman of Basic Enlisted Submarine School Class 13060.

Eighty-three Sailors, “Class 13060”, USS Skipjack (SSN-585), graduated from Basic Enlisted Submarine School, on January 11.

Seaman Apprentice Guillermo Villarreal was Class Honorman with a 96.46 Grade Point Average. Villarreal, who was also meritoriously advanced because of his academic achievement, continues in Apprentice Team Training, ATT.

Seaman Noel Runyon received the Navy Core Values Award for best exemplifying the standards and expectations of a United States Navy Sailor and Seaman David Williams, Class Leader, was recipient of the Heritage Award.

Both Runyon and Williams join Villarreal in ATT.

With Grade Point Averages exceeding 90.0, Fire Apprentice Benjamin Renfro, Fireman Recruit Braden Anton, Seaman Alexander Meaux, Seaman John Shackleford, Machinist Mate Third Class Michael Lamprecht, Fireman Recruit Ryan McKenney, Seaman Apprentice William Smartwood, Seaman Recruit Jared Brooks, Seaman Recruit Shawn White, Seaman Recruit Joshua Chandler, Seaman Apprentice Sean Blaine, and Seaman Apprentice Steven McSperrin joined Runyon as Graduates with Distinction.

Machinist Mate (Weapons) “A” School Graduation

Fireman Jacob Young was the Class Honor Graduate of Machinist Mate (Weapons) Apprentice Training Class 13010.

Fireman Jacob Young was the Class Honor Graduate of Machinist Mate (Weapons) Apprentice Training Class 13010.

Nine Sailors of “Class 13010” graduated from Machinist Mate (Weapons) ‘A’ School on Friday, 11 January.

Fireman Jacob Young received the Torpedoman Plaque as Class Honorman with a Grade Point Average of 95.21 and was meritoriously advanced because of his academic achievement.

Machinist Mate (Weapons) ‘A’ School is a ten week enlisted apprentice training school providing basic knowledge and skills at the entry level in the MM (Submarines) rating in Shipboard 3-M, Mechanical Skills, Three-Inch Launcher operation, Explosives, Torpedo Tubes and MK 48 ADCAP torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Drink Better in 2013

David White

David White

Ask a wine enthusiast to name his favorite value wines, and he’ll likely to steer you towards bottles that cost between $15 and $25 each.

This makes sense—many oenophiles think nothing of dropping $25 or more on each bottle of wine. But this ignores market realities. The average bottle of wine in the United States sells for just $6.22, according to Nielsen. A full 90 percent of all wines sold cost less than $12 per bottle. Americans like to drink cheap.

In 2013, resolve to splurge more often. Even if this means drinking less wine to keep your budget balanced, your palate will thank you.

This isn’t to say that wines costing less than, say, $10 per bottle are inevitably bad. There are plenty of satisfactory options at that price point. The shelves at stores like Trader Joe’s are full of such wines. But spending so little generally relegates one to mass-market brands that benefit from economies of scale.

Spending $15-25 per bottle increases the possibility of finding a wine that’s exciting—a wine that’s both delicious and intellectually captivating.

One could compare it to the difference between a national franchise and the local Italian joint. The former is certainly adequate, offering heaping piles of salad, breadsticks, and focus-group-tested entrees. The latter is hit-or-miss, but investigating such restaurants is always exciting. And exploration—with food, wine, and so much else—is the only way to discover underappreciated gems.

Once you’re at the $15 to $25 price point, the number of options is virtually endless. Sure, even at $25, it’s nearly impossible to find Champagne, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, or high-quality Pinot Noir. But if you’re willing to drink bravely—to explore the unfamiliar by trying unusual grapes from unusual regions—you can sample some of the greatest wines in the world.

So long as you’re willing to spend $15-25, you can easily explore some of the most renowned whites from South Africa, France, Italy, Austria, and Germany.

Early January is the perfect time to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the new one. For those of us who take wine seriously—or at least want to—it’s smart to include wine in our New Year’s resolutions. The world of wine offers endless possibilities. So in 2013, make sure to explore those possibilities—and drink better!

Dear Neighbor of Southeastern Connecticut and Southern Rhode Island…

Lisa Konicki, Executive Director, Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lisa Konicki, Executive Director, Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hurricane Sandy had a catastrophic effect on the Misquamicut beach community in Westerly, RI.   With 27 businesses devastated and hundreds of jobs impacted, we have moved from crisis to recovery mode.  The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce knows it’s critical to get these individuals the help they need.  The affected businesses generate $9.3 million a year in sales for our community and that figure does not include the multiplier effect for all of the other businesses throughout our region.  Tourism is critically important to the economic well being of this two-state community, and Misquamicut’s recovery is essential.

The Greater Westerly-Chamber Foundation created the Jump Start Small Business Recovery Program to provide grants to help small businesses with the many significant expenses that are not covered by insurance.  We are committed to helping every business resume operations by Memorial Day.  Already, significant progress has been made to restore our dunes, repair our infrastructure and rebuild.  Misquamicut WILL be fully operational in the Spring and we look forward to our best season yet.

Thanks to widespread community support of our fundraisers, and over $22,000 in sales of our “Bring back the Beach” t-shirts and hoodies, we’ve raised over $170,000 towards our goal of $400,000.  If you are interested in supporting this initiative, please join us at some of the many upcoming fundraising events:

February 9- Beach Bowl-A-Thon at Alley Katz Bowling Alley. 7-9:00 pm.  Sponsor a team and join in the fun or sponsor a lane to advertise on.  There will be numerous raffle prizes, music and great food. 25% of beer/food sales at Cleats will be donated to the fund as well.

February 17- Blues FOR the Beach concert at the Knickerbocker.  100% of the proceeds to benefit improvements to the Westerly Old Town Beach pavilion that was destroyed.

February 23- Black & White Masquerade at the Ocean House.  This black tie event, modeled after Truman Capote’s “Party of the Century” promises to be nothing short of spectacular.  Tickets are $125 and include food stations, open bar, music by High Definition,  roving entertainment, and a silent and live auction. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Bring Back the Beach fund.  Thank you to our sponsors, Olde Mistick Village, Valenti family of Auto Dealerships, The Washington Trust Company, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Cottrell Brewery, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, and Grey Sail Brewery.

May 17-We welcome the entire community to participate in the “Hands Across the Sands” event along the shore of our beautiful Misquamicut beaches. This will be the first official event to usher in the season and celebrate our recovery.  From the Pleasant View Inn to the Seaside Beach Club, hundreds of school children and residents will line the beach, holding hands. Many will wear their “Bring Back the Beach” t-shirts and hoodies and a helicopter will fly by and record this activity.

May  18 & 19- We will host the Bold R Dash obstacle course event in Misquamicut.  This rigorous and challenging 5k military style course will test the endurance, strength and coordination of 3,000 participants and raise another $15,000 for our grant fund. The course will be laid out entirely in the sand at Misquamicut Beach and Westerly Town Beach, and  participants will face 20+ obstacles including walls, cargo nets, boulders, chains, mud, and more.  Registrations can be made at boldrdashrace.com.  This is also the weekend of the annual Misquamicut SpringFest, known as the largest carnival in the region and a showcase of musical legends.

Finally, I am truly excited to announce Grey Sail Brewery’s “Bring Back the Beach” beer, a custom made blonde ale that has been brewed specifically to support our community fundraising campaign. You will find this terrific, limited edition beer at local package stores and many of Westerly’s pubs.

For more information on any of these activities, and a complete description of the Greater Westerly Chamber Foundation and this fundraising effort, visit www.westerlychamber.org.  Photos and updates are found on our Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who has supported our community thus far, including the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Norwich Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of Southeatstern CT. The response has been overwhelming and we are truly grateful.

Warm Regards,

 Lisa Konicki    
        Executive Director
        Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of  Commerce

Hollywood: Hugh Jackman Stars in ‘Movie 43’

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

by Tony Rizzo

Hugh Jackman, who hit screens Christmas Day in “Les Miserables,” has completed “Movie 43” with Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Kate Bosworth, Bobby Cannavale, Josh Duhamel, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet and a host of others. He’s also completed shooting the “X-Men: Origins” sequel: “The Wolverine.” Budgeted at $100 million, it shot in New South Wales, on the shores of Botany Bay, around Sydney, and finished shooting in Picton, Australia, which doubled as a town in Canada’s Yukon region. The next seven months will be used to lay in special effects, and it will premiere July 26, 2013.

Ryan Reynolds, Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the original “X-Men: Origins,” will not reprise the role because producer Shuler Donner stated she wants to “ignore the version of Deadpool we saw in ‘Wolverine’ and just start over again. Reboot it.” Reynolds next film is “R.I.P.D.” (“Rest in Peace Department”), with Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon, due out July 19. With “The Wolverine’s” big budget and special effects, Ryan’s “R.I.P.D.” is opening a week earlier — hoping they won’t rest in pieces when “The Wolverine” opens and slashes everything in sight at the box office!

Goodner Is Submarine School 2012 Sailor of the Year

Leading Petty Officer of the Fire Control Technician Advanced Training Pipeline, Sean Goodner, is Naval Submarine School’s 2012 Sailor of the Year.

Leading Petty Officer of the Fire Control Technician Advanced Training Pipeline, Sean Goodner, is Naval Submarine School’s 2012 Sailor of the Year.

Fire Control Technician First Class (Submarines) Sean Goodner is Naval Submarine School’s 2012 Sailor of the Year.

Petty Officer Goodner, the Leading Petty Officer of the Fire Control Technician Advanced Training Pipeline, is responsible for the leadership, mentorship, and qualification of six Instructors. Additionally, he is Course Supervisor for seven courses, including the Master Fire Control Technician Pipeline, totaling 544 curriculum hours with more than 100 students. Goodner annually provides basic and advanced training to over 5,000 officer and 7,000 enlisted sailors.

A native of Pasadena, Texas, Goodner, who joined the Navy in 2005, reported as an instructor in the Advanced Training and Readiness Department in May 2010 and qualified as a Navy Master Training Specialist (MTS) in August 2012.

Goodner also serves as the Silver Dolphins administration officer, and is responsible for the daily personal affairs for 40 of Naval Submarine School’s most promising initial accession Sailors who perform in over 200 community events and patriotic observances as a flag team, color guard and rifle drill team annually across New England.

The usually voluble Goodner was surprised and humbled by his selection. “I’m fortunate to be a member of the instructional team here in the schoolhouse. As an instructor you have a rare and rewarding opportunity to leave your fingerprints on the next generation of Undersea Warrior. It’s a challenge that’s both daunting but also exhilarating!

“We have so many talented sailors on the staff, it’s an honor to even be considered and to be selected is truly amazing! I’m fortunate to have great shipmates as instructors in my department and together, we work hard to set high expectations and maintain even higher standards of performance both for ourselves and our students. In many ways, this award is recognition of all of our hard work.”

In celebrating Goodner’s achievement, Captain David Roberts, commanding officer, Naval Submarine School, noted, “Petty Officer Goodner’s dedication, leadership and sustained superior performance is nothing less than extraordinary. He embodies exactly what any command needs in a First Class Petty Officer, providing energetic and intrusive deck plate leadership and much needed mentorship to junior sailors.

“His attention to every critical detail and ability to foresee problems is unmatched. Petty Officer Goodner always takes on the hardest assignments and always produces the best results. He has unlimited potential that would guarantee success in any position of greater responsibility.”

Goodner now advances to the next level of consideration and competition, as the Submarine Learning Center (SLC) Sailor of the Year, together with select Sailors from SLC training sites in Norfolk, Virginia, San Diego, California, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as well as the Trident Training Facilities in  Silverside, Washington and Kings Bay, Georgia.

The sailor selected in that review will then represent the SLC as its nominee for the Naval Education and Training Command 2012 Sailor of the Year.

Jordan Sandor Returns in ‘Targets’

by Roger Zotti

“Targets of Opportunity” is a fast-paced thriller.

“Targets of Opportunity” is a fast-paced thriller.

Jeffrey S. Stephens says what prompted him to write his latest work, “Targets of Opportunity,” was “a real life clandestine operative. I can’t say much more than that, but I am grateful to those anonymous men and women who work in the service of keeping our country safe.” A smart thriller, “Targets of Opportunity” brings back CIA agent Jordan Sandor, who this time is trying “to frustrate a planned terrorist attack on our shores that will have catastrophic effects when unleashed. “

What Jeffrey hopes readers will take away from “Targets of Opportunity,” which is the sequel to “Targets of Deception,” is heroism. “It comes in many forms,” Jeffrey says. “But I believe the purest type comes in the act of doing the right thing, the brave thing, even when your actions will never be known or acknowledged. Humphrey Bogart at the end of ‘Casablanca’ comes to mind. In that iconic last scene he gives up the woman he loves for the good of a greater cause.” He adds that when “a man acts for motives beyond his selfish instincts, for things he holds as most important to him, that is when we are really at our best.”

Jeffrey resides in Greenwich, Connecticut, and has been writing “for as long as I can remember.” He credits J.D. Salinger with “making me want to become a writer when he introduced me to Holden Caulfield.”  From Ernest Hemingway he learned that “less is more, and that the heart and soul of a human being is about how one deals with the brutal truth of life and mortality, not about the material things that surround us.” Citing Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises,” Jeffrey asserts, “It invites you into the lives of his melancholy and sometimes pathetic band of travelers that reaches me in ways modern writers do not.”

In “Targets of Opportunity,” we witness Sandor’s controlled anger and strength when he roughs up Times reporter Frank Donaldson. The brash newsman’s piece—which Sandor correctly believes is “highly inflammatory”— was about Sandor’s recent mission, “a United States incursion into North Korea.”  Shoving the terrified reporter against the wall, Sandor intones, “If you print anything that screws up the exchange of my men [Bergenn and Raabe]…you’ll answer to me.” Then he storms out of the Times’ office and enters the lobby, “a smile on his face…”

Sandor is also a man of deep feeling. After a horrific terrorist attack on a commercial jet, “he imagined the stunned passengers as the aircraft was torn apart and began its accelerating dive into the Caribbean. How long had people remained conscious? … He was not able to shake the image of their last chaotic moments.”

Jeffrey Stephens’ fluidly written novel, with its short chapters, muscular prose, and realistic dialogue, achieves an action rhythm, a breathlessness, which propels the storyline forward from the opening page.  The heroic, quick thinking Jordan Sandor is someone who risks life and limb to do the right thing.  Move over, Jack Reacher.