Thursday, February 22, 2024

Attention Classroom Teachers! Win a Grant for your Class Trip Next Year!

Consider the Education First (EF) Approach  
to Educational Travel 

Travel for fun, travel for inspiration, travel for world peace.

For over 55 years EF has been dedicated to one global mission:
Opening the World Through Education.

Explore America with your students!

Let this be your homework this summer: Win
a travel grant for a class trip for your students. Then create your own tour with EF's guidance.

Official free trip terms and conditions

1. HOW TO ENTER: No Purchase Necessary. To enter, contestants should either call EF Educational Tours at 1-800-637-8222 or EF Explore America at 1-800-503-2323 and express interest in the contest, visit or or send in a postage-paid business reply card entry form. Required information includes the contestant’s name, address and telephone. EF Educational Tours and EF Explore America can be contacted at Two Education Circle, Cambridge, MA 02141. One entry per person.

STEM tours that examine
the real world
2. ELIGIBILTY: The contest is open to either full or part-time teachers or administrators at the middle school, junior high school or senior high school level living in the United States. Employees (and their immediate families and household members) of EF and its affiliates are not eligible.

Explore America! with your students.

Click on links below for additional information. With a little work and a lot of patience, you & your class could enjoy a free trip next year!     
Explore America Travel  

Tours at Gettysburg or Valley Forge where
reenactors recreate their valiant efforts

Social Studies Tours:  Investigate important elements of our society by walking the streets where history happened and today's culture was created.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Teen Repertory Auditions for As You Like It Ages 14-20


Photo attached by Bill De Kine 

Auditions are March 4th and 6th in Middletown for actors ages 14 - 20 looking for a fun and challenging acting experience this spring.

Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company 2024 announces auditions for

“As You Like It", the classic comedy by William Shakespeare.

Audition dates are March 4th & 6th, 6:30 - 9 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse, 

128 Washington Street, Middletown.

Anyone wishing to audition should:

*Register for one of the two evenings at, or fill out the audition form directly at

*Arrive on time, dress to move, and be prepared to stay the entire 2.5 hours

*Open to anyone ages 14 - 20

*Everyone who auditions and commits to the rehearsal and production schedule will be cast!

Rehearsals begin March 18th and will be Mondays and Thursdays, 6 - 9 pm. 

Performance dates May 16th - 18th and 24th-25th.

“As You Like It” is a comedy about love, friendship, cross-dressing, envy, entanglement, survival, forgiveness, confusion, nature, singing together and loyalty. It offers many engaging and challenging roles. The play will be directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Dic Wheeler.

Tuition for Teen Rep is $300. Financial aid or work-study are available for all who need it. To register for one of the two auditions, go to For more details or more information, email or call (860) 347-6143.

Friday, February 16, 2024



Happy National Random Acts of Kindness Day!  Pass It On!

Saturday, February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It is easy to do and celebrate. All you have to do is to be extra kind and extra nice to someone that you know and don't know. 


Here are some ways to practice this random act on February 17th & every day such as compliment a stranger, treat a homeless person to lunch according to the "Random Act of Kindness Day-February 17,2024¨ article from Also, say hello to people you don't know and people you do, write a positive handwritten note to your teacher, friend, coworker, or supervisor, pick up litter at a public park or school, place positive notes at work and home, pay for someone’s coffee or snack, shovel someone’s driveway, check on a neighbor, spread cheer wherever you go and on social media.

According to the National Day Calendar ¨Kind words and actions can seem so small, but their effects are truly endless."  Please remember “No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small Is Ever wasted.” Aesop.  Most importantly, smile. Please be kind to everyone you see every day one smile at a time.

Once you do this today don't stop on February 17th. Make it a habit and do it every day.

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Wondering what to do on tha is snowy day? Try these targeted exercises to Revitalize your Legs & Hips!

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The targeted exercises featured below can bring almost immediate relief for some hip and leg pain. The exercises are tested & designed to work -- and they do! 

The source of these exercises is Silver Sneakers, a widely known, fitness program for seniors that's included with many Medicare Advantage insurance plans and includes FREE membership to countless gyms & fitness centers across the country.   

  "SilverSneakers programs are helping millions of people on Medicare defy the odds, shatter stereotypes and answer every challenge with, 'I can do this!'”  [That attitude is contagious and the exercises are very effective!]

  "SilverSneakers includes access to every participating gyms and fitness centers in the network. [That’s means a possible free membership at more than 15,000 locations.] We also offer fitness classes for all abilities led by our SilverSneakers trained instructors at gyms and other locations."

Check to see if SilverSneakers membership is free with your Medicare Advantage plan. If it is, you plan will likely include (free) access to every participating gym and fitness center in the SilverSneakers' network. And, by the way, dozens of SilverSneakers targeted exercise routines, like those presented below, are available on YouTube with no login. Give them a try!

Do you have Pain & Stiffness
from Sitting Too Much?

Try these targeted exercises to
Revitalize your Legs & Hips

It only takes a few minutes a day to feel better. 

SilverSneakers Desktop Logo

  Here are FIVE Silver Sneakers exercise routines in one link, video demos are included, no login required. You may have seen these when they were shown on The Middletown Eye in 2021.'s-how-to-fix-it/ online has hundreds of on-demand video demos. Many are targeted so that you can easily identify the type of routine you need. Many Silver Sneakers routines are available on youtube, no login required. It only takes a few minutes a day to feel better. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

ZOOM Genealogy Club - Saturday, February 24, 2024


Presenter:  Annette Burke Lyttle
Topic:  Finding & Using Digitized Manuscripts
Time:  1:30 PM (ET)

We will welcome Annette Burke Lyttle to talk about where you can find digitized versions of manuscripts for your genealogical research.

Manuscript collections can contain genealogical gems. Letters, diaries, photos, histories, and many more information-packed wonders reside in repositories around the world. Many repositories are digitizing parts of their collections and making them available online, but finding these collections can still be a challenge. Learn how to search for online collections, use finding aids to determine their usefulness for our research, and locate amazing records.

Please register by 4:00 PM Friday, February 23.  The invite will be sent out on that Friday.

Godfrey Premium members can register for free at the following email:

If you are not a Godfrey Premium member and want to attend the presentation, you can pay $10 via PayPal ( with the payment sent to Godfrey Memorial Library.  Then register using the above email.

Monday, February 5, 2024

Circophony Teen Circus Presents: Enjoy the Silence


Photo attached by Bill De Kine of Circophony

Circophony Teen Circus presents Enjoy the Silence February 29th - March 2nd in Middletown.

Enjoy the Silence is a tale of a group of contestants on a reality TV show who are challenged to take

a vow of silence.

The contestant who can outlast the competition and stay silent the longest

wins a luxury trip to space!

Directed by Allison McDermott, Enjoy the Silence runs February 29th - March 2nd

at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown.

Performances are at 7 pm on February 29th, March 1st and 2nd, and there is also a

2 pm matinee performance on Saturday, March 2nd.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for kids and students. The performance on Thursday, February 29th is a “pay-what-you-can” Preview. 

Enjoy the Silence includes acrobatics, juggling, contortion,

stilt walking, unicycling and more! Circophony Teen Circus is a collaboration

between Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and the

Middletown-based theater company ARTFARM. 

This year’s show includes a cast of 15 trained performers ages 13 to 20.

McDermott has created an original circus-theater piece

annually for the past 7 years and it is a highlight of winter in Middletown.

This winter’s show features acrobatics and contortion choreography by Naja Muller,

poi choreography by Grey Simon,

and equilibristics and capoeira choreography by Joel Melendez.

Scenic design is by Dan Schmidt, costume design by Marion Imbruglio,

lighting design by Emma Graydon, sound design by Rowan Trowbridge-Wheeler,

and properties design by Patience Armstrong. Technical direction by Myke Halpin.

Oddfellows Playhouse is located at 128 Washington Street in Middletown. Tickets for

Enjoy the Silence

are $18 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased at or by emailing or calling (860) 347-6143.

Circophony’s Enjoy the Silence  is made possible with generous support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD; Middletown Commission on the Arts; City of Middletown Health Department; American Savings Foundation; George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation; The Fund for Greater Hartford; State of Connecticut Judicial Branch (Youth Violence Prevention); Evan Boyd Knoll Memorial Fund; Community Foundation of Middlesex County; Middletown Youth Services Bureau; Thomas J. Atkins Memorial Trust Fund; Middlesex United Way; and many generous individual donors.

Sunday, January 14, 2024



Why Is The Legacy Of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Still Important In 2024?

Response By The Reverend Allan Marshall, II Of The Shiloh Christian Church Middletown, Connecticut

Legacy has often been shaped in the pages of history, between the columns of books authored by great men and women, passed down ideologies from grandparents, and iconic speeches that shape the narrative of future events. Such is the case when studying the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was more than a prolific speaker and social justice advocate; he was a prophet who spoke about the possibility of equality at a time when it didn’t seem possible.

In my work with the Middlesex NAACP, I find the legacy of Dr. King lived out every time I hear the word: first. Whether it be the first student of color to go to college in the family, the first to buy a home, start a business, or vote in an election, there is the startling reality that we as a people are still unpacking what it means to experience the equality that Dr. King fought valiantly for as a civil rights leader. We are still exploring what it means to have a role as thought leaders, educators, politicians, and businesspeople in a world dominated by systems where barriers still prevent us from reaching the highest levels of success. 

As a modern-day freedom fighter, I find solace and relevance in the words of Dr. King when he states: "We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." As we gaze at the climate of injustice juxtaposed with the successes achieved by people of color in America, we can see that the arc of justice is slowly bending toward equality. Where we once had impenetrable blockades, we now have barriers that are being moved because of the work of forerunners. 

The relevance of Dr. King’s legacy is breathed out daily through the impartation of leaders in Middlesex County, namely by people like Rev. Debra Hopkins, Anita Saunders, Grady Faulkner, Patti Vassia, Moses Harvill, Paul Hylton, Barbara Holloman, and William Mckissick. It is traversed by Millennial and Gen Z freedom fighters who decided to pick up the mantle and run forward, like Ed Ford Jr., Sacha Crockett, Sana and Josh Cotten, Precious Price, Parrish Holloman, and many others. While the names mentioned capture only a snippet of our community, they tell the story of a man who once had a dream. A dream that we are still aspiring to fulfill in our lifetime. 

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Saturday, January 13, 2024





Article By Frank LoGiudice


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee of Greater Middletown will be presenting the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, on January 15, 2024, at 12:30 p.m. for a live in- person service in honor of Dr. King at the First Church located at 190 Church Street in Middletown


Who was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Why do we honor him with a national holiday?

Dr. King was a civil rights leader who championed equal rights for all and that “All men are created equal,” according to the article “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” from the Department of Defense Education Activity( website. 


He began his quest for civil rights in 1955 with the Montgomery Bus Boycott and continued his path for social justice during the turbulent 1960’s until he was assassinated in 1968 according to the article “Martin Luther King, Jr.” from U.S.


Two words that could describe who Dr. King was “equality and nonviolence” according to U.S. Why? He was a proponent of nonviolent means to overcome the racial discrimination and injustices of the time. Dr. King “created change with organized sit-ins, marches, and peaceful demonstrations that highlighted issues of inequality,” according to the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” article from the website.


Dr. King created the Southern Christian Leadership Conference whose purpose was the “advancement of rights for African Americans,” from U.S. In April 1963 he planned a protest in Birmingham, Alabama because according to Dr. King this was “the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States" during this time period. He organized peaceful protests against the racial injustices there. Dr. King was jailed numerous times in Birmingham for his peaceful protests against the racial discrimination towards African Americans according to


On August 28, 1963, the Reverend Dr. King organized the “March on Washington” which ended at the Lincoln Memorial. The goal of this march was for “Jobs and Freedom… to shed light on the injustices African Americans continued to face across the country according to the website article “Martin Luther King Jr.” This peaceful demonstration attracted approximately 200,000-300,000 people and is considered a milestone in the “American civil rights movement and a factor in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” according to the same article. Also, the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The March on Washington was where Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream Speech.” 


In 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on combatting racial discrimination and was the youngest person ever to receive this award according the website article “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.”


In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed legislation creating a U.S. federal holiday in honor of Dr. King. It was first celebrated in 1986 and it is observed on the third Monday of January annually according to’s article “Martin Luther King, Jr.”


This year will mark the 29th anniversary of the National Day of Service in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. according to the website. It states, “This day was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. ¨It also noted that the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday should be a “Day On, Not A Day Off.”


Why is the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. still important in 2024?

According to the Reverend Alan Marshall II the Youth Works Chair of the Middlesex County NAACP stated “Dr. King was more than a prolific speaker and social justice advocate; he was a prophet who spoke about the possibility of equality at a time when it didn’t seem possible.”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee of Greater Middletown will be presenting the 31th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, on January 15, 2024 at 12:30 p.m. for an in person service in honor of Dr. King. It will be held at the First Church 190 Court Street in Middletown.  The keynote speaker will be the Reverend Robyn Anderson of the Cross Street AME Zion Church in Middletown. The Master of Ceremonies will be the Reverend Alan Marshall II of the Shiloh Christian Church in Middletown. 


According to President of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee Ms. Britany Hardy stated,” This is our 1st year back in person since the pandemic; however, we are not having the march this year but will look to resume it next year.”  Admission is free and open to the public.


In 2022 Hardy commented, "This program is our key fundraiser in honoring Dr. King’s dream for equality and his articulated stance on education. It also allows us to provide financial support to upcoming high school graduates continuing on to higher education". Hardy further stated, "We as a community have an opportunity to support and help our youth become positive, productive members of society, who in return will give back and help to educate and support others." 


The MLK, Jr. Scholarship Committee is asking residents to make a contribution to this fund. People may mail their donations to P.O. Box 282, Middletown, Connecticut 06457. For more information, please email

For more information about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. please see the following websites:


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