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Editor's Note: Newsworthy



During major news events is when I focus most on how reporters tell me what I need to know. Like anyone interested in current events, I want to understand what has occured, what the implications may be and what questions remain unanswered. But as a writer, I also want to study how journalists outline their stories. I do this to learn from them.

I’ve worked for great writers and editors over the years; I wouldn’t be where I am without their guidance. Among the many lessons learned is the humbling idea that any story I write can always be improved.

Dateline NBC correspondent Chris Hansen, who graces our cover this month, would probably agree. He tells us he never considered another career but journalism and credits the examples set by his heroes Chet Huntley, David Brinkley and Irving R. Levine, along with many others he has worked with in his own career. But above all, the Stamford newsman calls himself a storyteller who admittedly thrives on breaking stories but is most driven to present informative investigative pieces that he deems important to share.

In that spirit, I’d like to point out that next month is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The volunteers who make up Teen PeaceWorks, a network of student-led groups at area high schools—including Westhill High and Stamford Academy—are working hard to call attention to interpersonal violence among their peers.

These young women trained early in the school year with educators from PeaceWorks, a prevention education project of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Over the course of three evenings, the teens discussed setting up action plans for the school year and coordinating projects for next month. What they learned is that the personal is always political—about 1.4 million women are abused in the United States every year— but cellular techonology has made cyberbullying more prevalent and driven abuse dangerously underground.

In a sign that word is getting out, however, PeaceWorks was recently awarded a grant by the Stop Violence Against Women Fund—managed by the state’s Office of Policy and Management—to form a community response committee to study teen dating violence and cyberbullying in Stamford. This effort should help all of us better understand teen dating violence and offer solutions we can help implement to deal with this issue.

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Stamford Agenda

  • Opening of Amore Cucina & Bar

    2015.01.26

    Amore Cucina & Bar, presented by 5-Time World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio, is a neighborhood Italian restaurant which combines old school...

  • The Loft Artists Gallery presents "Roads and Bridges"

    2015.01.03

    “Roads and Bridges” LOFT ARTISTS STUDIOS + GALLERIES 575 Pacific Street, Stamford, CT 06902 www.loftartists.com 203 247 2027...

  • Franklin Street Works Presents: “About Like So: The Influence of Painting”

    2014.11.22

    Stamford, CT  - “About Like So: The Influence of Painting” is a group exhibition that explores how the histories, forms,...

  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Nocturnal in Nature

    2015.01.30

    Explore the world of nature at night and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals. Meet live nocturnal creatures and then head out on the...

  • Play At Alive @ 5

    2015.01.15

    Stamford Downtown is currently accepting applications from bands interested in playing at Alive@Five and Jazz Up July,  two premier outdoor...

  • Crab Shell CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

    2015.01.15

    CELEBRATING 25 YEARS!! 1989 MENU & PRICES OCTOBER THRU MARCH MONDAY - THURSDAY Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm $5 Wines by the GLASS, BEER &...

  • JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Registration

    2014.08.11

    Registration for the 2014/15 school Our Nursery School programs are designed to help children learn in an interactive and playful way while...

  • FAll 2014 Semester beginning - Ballet School of Stamford

    2014.09.15

    Our Fall semester begins on September 15th in our beautiful studios at Old Town Hall in Stamford. We offer classes for children age 3 to 18. Our...

  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

    2015.01.02

    January 2 - December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre former estate...

  • Middle School Laser Tag

    2015.01.31

    Compete against your friends in the ultimate laser tag battle of the year. Snacks will be provided. Member $10 / Community $15. For more...

  • GARRICK OHLSSON RECITAL

    2015.01.31

    World Renowned Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform selections of Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin at the Stamford’s Palace...

  • Winter Farm Letterboxing Trail

    2015.02.01

    February 1 - February 28, Mon-Sat. 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm Get rid of the winter blues by participating in our new farm letterboxing...

  • Sunday Explorers

    2014.12.07

    Sundays, December 7 - February 22, 1 - 4 pm. (no class 12/21 & 12/28) Winter is a great time to explore the Stamford Museum & Nature...

  • TuB’shevat-Shanahnah With Sandi

    2015.02.03

    For children ages 6 months - 2 years and their parents or caregivers Celebrate a whole year of holidays with the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School...

  • Documentary Night: PELICAN DREAMS

    2015.02.04

    The Avon Theatre, Audubon Connecticut & Stamford Land Conservation Trust Present Documentary Night   PELICAN DREAMS  ...

  • Chocolate & Dessert Wine Lover's Evening

    2015.02.05

    An evening to benefit Shelter for the Homeless "The Ultimate Tasting Experience" Savory samples, tapas, and door prizes with over...

  • Sid the Science Kid

    2015.02.06

    Sid, Gabriela, Gerald and May invite you and your family to join them as they take an incredible journey through the five senses: sight, sound,...

  • Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

    2015.02.07

    When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical! “THE HIT SHOW!” starring PETER STORY Based on the...

  • FTMA Talk Back Series: THE PLAYER

    2015.02.11

    The Avon Theatre and Sacred Heart University Present   The FTMA Talk Back Series   Part 1 of “Making Moview”...

  • French Cinematheque: HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

    2015.02.12

    The Avon Theatre and the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich present   HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR   Directed by Alain Resnais  ...


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