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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

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

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    2014.12.17

    Join us for the JCC’s first World Series of Dreidel, a Chanukah party for families.  Everyone will receive gelt and a chance to spin the...

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    2014.12.10

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10 THROUGH WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17 FOR PREMIER CARD CUSTOMERS BEGINS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 25% OFF ALMOST EVERYTHING 10%...

  • 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...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • A BILLION BRICKS 2: LEGO® Trains, Planes and Rocket Ships!

    2014.11.22

    November 22 - January 25, 2015 LEGO® returns to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center with its grand opening on Saturday, November 22....

  • NFL Specials

    2014.09.17

    Are you ready to spend Football Sunday and Mondays with us at the Whale? Join us for $4 Bud Light Drafts, $8 Signature Bloody Mary’s and...

  • College Football Specials

    2014.09.17

    Calling all College Football fans! Watch your favorite college football team score a touchdown at Sign of the Whale. Drink specials include $4...

  • 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

    2014.09.01

    September 1 – December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre...

  • BU8: DJ Trivia | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Come test your Wit and skills with TRIVIA. The top 3 teams claim prizes. Great specials and a great time for those who...

  • Winter Solstice Celebration

    2014.12.19

    Celebrate the shortest day of the year and nature in winter! Discover how animals prepare and survive in the winter, explore the winter sky in our...

  • Astronomy Nights: Night Sky Landscapes: Photography by Starlight

    2014.12.19

    Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Night Sky...

  • Neshama Yoga

    2014.09.12

    Fridays Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Nov. 28), 9 – 10:30 am Neshama Yoga is a fusion of Kundalini...

  • The Nutcracker

    2014.12.20

    It's that time again! Connecticut Ballet's holiday blockbuster, The Nutcracker, is returning to The Palace/Stamford for four performances...

  • Brass and Organ Christmas Concert

    2014.12.21

    We joyfully invite you to immerse yourself in the Christmas sound of 4 trumpets, 2 French horns, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 2 percussionists, and a 4,026...

  • 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...

  • Restaurant: Family Night | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Every Sunday evening from 5:30PM - 8:30PM Bring the kids to enjoy our Magician, special kids menu, fun for the entire family!

  • Monday Morning Open House

    2014.06.02

    An advanced workspace, COMRADITY is a GOOGLE-style shared workspace with blistering fast Fiber Optic internet in furnished private and open...

  • Stamford JCC Vacation Day Programs For Grades K-6

    2014.12.24

    Chanukah Madness-Wednesday, December 24 Mad Science- Friday, December 26 Sportime U.S.A.- Monday, December 29 The J’s Top Chef-...


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