Yale Students Get Their Hands Dirty At Shortt’s Farm

Shadows cast by a wide-brimmed hat shielded her eyes form late morning sun as Symba Nuruddin, from Berkley, Calif., pulled at weeds crowding a row of beets at Shortt’s Farm & Garden Center Wednesday, August 26. She and other Yale University students in the school's Harvest program spent the week working at the local farm. Ms Nuruddin and another senior, Margaret Shultz, an English major from Iowa City, Iowa, were group leaders this week. Ms Shultz, accompanied by Jacob Middlekauff from Princeton, N.J., and Harry Seavey from New York City, worked a row of tall, purple-green Swiss chard, plucking out damaged leaves.

Lanza Estate Lawsuit Settlements Continue

So far, six plaintiffs among the 16 plaintiffs who have lawsuits pending against the estate of Nancy Lanza have received probate court approval for settlements of their civil actions. The lawsuits stem from the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which Ms Lanza’s son, Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed 20 first grade students and six educators. Attorney Angelo A. Ziotas of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP of Stamford said that Probate Judge Joseph A. Egan, Jr, of the Northern Fairfield County probate district has approved settlements for six of the 16 lawsuits. Mr Ziotas said he expects that all 16 settlements would be approved by the probate courts by early October, as the various cases proceed through the legal review process.

School Supporters Create Newtown Education Foundation

Residents Kristen Bonacci, Aaron Carlson, and Casey Ragan are behind an effort to launch a Newtown Education Foundation to support the local learning environment. The Newtown Education Foundation’s mission is to “enrich the learning experience for our students by promoting innovation and creativity through collaboration with the community,” according to a press release. As the co-founders, Ms Bonacci, Mr Carlson, and Ms Regan announced the foundation on Wednesday, August 26. Ms Bonacci said she thinks Newtown is the perfect town for an education foundation.

Lisa Unleashed: Clean-Up To Ring 5 Please! — Ring Steward Confidential

My senses were overtaken recently by all things dog show! As a ring steward for the Newtown Kennel Club, the Elm City Kennel Club, and the Northwestern Connecticut Dog Club dog shows at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass, I ring stewarded over four days for the judging of nearly 600 dogs. Ring stewards have been called the “office managers” of the dog show ring. The reality is that it’s more like the ultimate test of multitasking, efficiency, and endurance.

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