Thursday, February 23, 2023

Can a Fetus be Illegally Detained? A Florida Lawyer Argues in Court

 From the Guardian, February 23, 2023

[Florida] Lawyer argues fetus of jailed pregnant woman is being illegally detained

by Julia Carry Wong
Thu 23 Feb 2023 06.00 EST

A lawyer’s attempt to have his pregnant client released from jail ahead of trial by arguing that her fetus has been subject to “unlawful and illegal detention” could have profound consequences for the rights of women in Florida.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Auditions for ages 14 - 20 in Middletown

Auditions are March 6 and 9 in Middletown for actors ages 14 - 20 looking for a powerful and challenging performance experience this spring.

Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company 2023 announces auditions for

“Much Ado About Nothing", the classic comedy by William Shakespeare.

Audition dates are March 6 & 9, 6:30 - 9 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown.

Anyone wishing to audition should:

*Register for one of the two evenings 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 20 and will be Mondays and Thursdays, 6 - 9 pm. 

Performance dates May 19 - 21 and 27-28.

“Much Ado About Nothing” is a comedy about love, jealousy, intrigue, friendship 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. Email to register for one of the two auditions, or call (860) 347-6143 for more information.

Circophony’s Cirque du Schooleil: Operation Snakeout opens March 2

Circophony Teen Circus presents Cirque du Schooleil: Operation Snakeout March 2 - 4 in Middletown.

The latest original Circus-Theater piece by Circophony Teen Circus tells the tale of Nero, a ball python who is also a high school mascot, and the unlikely group of friends who set out on a mission to save him from life in a cage. Directed by Allison McDermott, 

Cirque du Schooleil: Operation Snakeout runs March 2 -4  at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown. Performances are at 7 pm on March 2, 3 and 4, and there is also a 2 pm matinee performance on Saturday, March 4. The performance on Thursday, March 2 is a “pay-what-you-can” Preview.

Cirque du Schooleil: Operation Snakeout 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 12 trained performers ages 12 to 20. McDermott has created an original circus-theater piece annually for the past 6  years and it is a highlight of winter in Middletown. This winter’s show features acrobatics and contortion choreography by Naja Muller and equilibristics and capoeira choreography by Joel Melendez. Scenic design is by Luke Reinwald, costume design by Marion Imbruglio, lighting design by Jon-Paul LaRocco, sound design by Rowan Trowbridge-Wheeler, and properties design by Artemisia Omani and Patience Armstrong. Technical direction by Myke Halpin.

Oddfellows Playhouse is located at 128 Washington Street in Middletown. Tickets for Cirque du Schooleil: Operation Snakeout are $15 for adults and $8 for students and may be purchased at or by emailing or calling (860) 347-6143.

Circophony’s Cirque du Schooleil  is made possible with generous support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD; Middletown Commission on the Arts; City of Middletown Health Department; The Fund for Greater Hartford; State of Connecticut Judicial Branch (Youth Violence Prevention); Evan Boyd Knoll Memorial Fund; Middletown Youth Services Bureau; Thomas J. Atkins Memorial Trust Fund; Middlesex United Way; CHEFA CT Cultural Fund; and many generous individual donors.

Thursday, February 16, 2023


Happy National Random Acts of Kindness Day-February 17, 2023! Pass It On!


Friday, February 17th is 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 "Random Act of Kindness Day-February 17,2022" article from Also, say hello to people you don't know and people you do, write a positive handwritten note to your teacher, friend, co-worker 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.

Please just 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.


For more information about National Random Acts of Kindness Day please see the following websites:


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Saturday, February 4, 2023

ZOOM Genealogy Club - Saturday, February 18, 2023

Hosted by Godfrey Memorial Library

On Saturday, February 18, we will welcome Paul O'Pecko, Director of the Collections and Resources Center at Mystic Seaport Museum.

Mystic Seaport is well-known to most Nutmeggers and is one of the premier maritime museums in the country (maybe even the world?). Paul will talk about the types of resources available and how to go about searching for information about ancestors who spent all or part of their lives on the water.

The Zoom presentation will take place at 1:30 pm (EST).

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 ( and send to Godfrey Memorial Library.  Then register using the above email.

Please register by 4:00 PM Friday, February 17.