Cover / April 19, 2018 CT’s Performance on “Nation’s Report Card” Doesn’t Budge

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Jake Kara | CTMirror.org

Connecticut’s performance this year on the so-called “Nation’s Report Card,” the country’s most comprehensive assessment of what students know, was remarkably the same as it was the last time the test was given two years ago. The average student’s performance and the gaping gaps in achievement between different groups of students were largely unchanged. This...

Columns, What's Next In Your Life / April 19, 2018 2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

By Nora Duncan

The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications through May 16, 2018 to fund “quick-action” projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP’s nationwide work on...

Culinary // Food, Culture & Lifestyle / April 18, 2018 Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

By Alicia Ghio

According to the calendar, it is officially spring, but I don’t think anyone has mentioned it to Mother Nature. Chilly mornings, complete with a few snow flurries, are still hanging on. What better way to deal with them than a warm breakfast that reminds me of dessert? This carrot cake baked oatmeal is a healthy...

The Story of Britta Pedersen

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The Story of Britta Pedersen

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is Britta Pedersen, from Dusseldorf, Germany. What motivated you to come to the United States? “I was motivated by the desire to learn English. In Germany, I was working as a dental hygienist but wanted to improve myself, and learning another language was a good tool to achieve this goal. I came…

Families Network of Western CT Turns 20, Brings Attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Families Network of Western CT Turns 20, Brings Attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month

By Ryan Stewart

If you are wondering what the pinwheels along Danbury’s Main Street mean, wonder no more. The Danbury-based Families Network of Western CT (FNWC), a non-profit dedicated to ending the abuse of children and supporting families in the Greater Danbury area, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, which has been observed as the country’s National Child…

Facebook’s Reach and Your Privacy

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Facebook’s Reach and Your Privacy

By Catherine Blinder

Recently, it was discovered that the private information of 50 million Facebook users was compromised – we don’t know exactly what that means, but we can be assured that at the very least, it means that a lot of personal information is no longer personal. But was our personal information ever personal? Facebook has become…

Low Carb Southwest Steak Burrito Bowls

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Culinary // Food

Low Carb Southwest Steak Burrito Bowls

By Alicia Ghio

Think of this meal as a deconstructed steak burrito. It’s got the steak, beans, corn and fresh salsa you’d expect, but it’s all placed on top of riced cauliflower instead of being wrapped in the flour tortilla with lots of rice. It’s healthy, low carb and full of flavor. Plus, it comes together in under…

2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

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2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

By Nora Duncan

The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications through May 16, 2018 to fund “quick-action” projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP’s nationwide work on…

Keeping Our Children Safe

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Keeping Our Children Safe

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

All parents want to provide for and keep their children safe; however, our world has changed. At home, we lock our doors, and teach children stranger danger and how to navigate our community and schools. Inevitably, it has become the responsibility of everyone to ensure our children’s safety. As children go to school, questions arise…

Pianist and Mezzo-Soprano Brazilian Divides Your Musical Passion

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Pianist and Mezzo-Soprano Brazilian Divides Your Musical Passion

By Karla Rensch

Music is one of the passions that accompanies a human being during his or her evolution process. In addition to acknowledging and surpassing cultural and economic boundaries, music is for many people the food that nourishes their soul. We can observe that in both the United States and in Brazil, love for music is widespread…

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