Month: March 2013

Thomas Edison National Historical Park — April 19, 2013

Thanks to Bob Smith for these photos!

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Speaker — April 10, 2013
Katie Koroleva

Katie Koroleva was born in Vorkuta City, Russia. Vorkuta is located in the Far North, North of the Polar Circle. The city is best known for its prison with no walls—too cold and too remote to go anywhere. At the age of 8 she and her family moved to Nizhny Novgorod, which is about 5 hours from Moscow. She completed her schooling there including her BA in Public Administration and English interpretation. After college she came to the US, where she has been for the past eight years. After working for Toyota, she currently works in sales for Lexus.

She will present some interesting insights into a youngsters life in Russia as contrasted with life in the US, as well as her view of current Russia.

New England Air Museum and Mark Twain House Photo Gallery — Part 1 — March 14, 2013

Thanks to Frank Johnson for these photos!

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New England Air Museum and Mark Twain House Photo Gallery — Part 2 — March 14, 2013

Thanks to Bob Smith for these photos!

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Speaker — April 3, 2013
Kristen Crusato

Kristen Crusato, Southwestern Regional Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, will speak on how to deal with people with Alzheimer’s.

Kristen CrusatoKristen received her B.A in Communications from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and has 22 years working in the television industry. Her career path began at Cable 6 TV in Middletown, NY. She went on to KCBD in Lubbock, Texas and then spent 9 years at WTNH as an anchor/reporter.

After spending 4 years in San Diego working at KUSI-TV, Kristen returned to Connecticut in 2009, to help take care of her mother who had been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. Kristen went back to her job as the Co-Anchor of Good Morning Connecticut on WTNH News 8. She Emcee’d the New Haven Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 2010 and 2011, and late in 2011 left News 8 to join the CT Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

In her role as the Southwestern Regional Director, Kristen coordinates and implements all Chapter services and programs for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, families, professionals, and the general public. She is working towards the mission of a World Without Alzheimer’s, so that other families don’t have to lose loved ones to this mind-robbing disease.

Our Current Read — April 10, 2013

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour, comes City of Thieves, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

Our Current Read — March 13, 2013

At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation’s burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal.
Graced by David McCullough’s remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, The Johnstown Flood is an absorbing, classic portrait of life in nineteenth-century America, of overweening confidence, of energy, and of tragedy. It also offers a powerful historical lesson for our century and all times: the danger of assuming that because people are in positions of responsibility they are necessarily behaving responsibly.

Speaker — March 27, 2013
U.S. Congressman Jim Himes

James A. “Jim” Himes the U.S. Representative for Connecticut’s 4th congressional district, serving since 2009, will be our guest speaker. Jim is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity, and the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises.