Tony D'Amico, for 25 years, focused his discerning eye on creating corporate clients' illustrations and ads, winning many awards along the way. Now his gaze is fixed on exquisite landscapes and serene natural settings in Connecticut and elsewhere. Usually, he visits these oases to paint them "en plein air," or outdoors. As he puts it, "One has to capture the essence of a particular scene in a couple of hours as the light of day changes so quickly." Some of Tony D'Amico's striking representational oil paintings are now on view at Darien's Geary Gallery.
Tony's drawing dates to his childhood, though he admits it wasn't necessarily appreciated. "I often got into trouble in school because I was always drawing pictures in my classes — not art class." Later, as a commercial artist-illustrator, his energies were primarily consumed by the needs of his clients, a list that included some of the biggest and most demanding corporations, including American Home Products, Playtex and the Pepsi-Cola Co.
More work followed when he opened his own Southport design firm, Creative Alliance. Though professionally he was thriving, there was little time for his personal art. "I ended up in the creative business but did not actively paint, however, until I took a class with David Dunlop at Silvermine in 2000. Although I could not paint as much as I wanted to at that time due to the demands of running a business, his teachings inspired me to pursue painting as a full-time career."
A teenager allegedly robbed Wednesday said it had happened before. In fact, the people who had robbed him did it again because they weren't happy with how it went down the first time.
"You owe us $40," one of them is alleged to have said after catching up with the 15-year-old victim as he walked on Westport Avenue with friends. They felt the teen hadn't emptied his pockets the first time, according to the Norwalk police report.
The victim had been having lunch with two friends at the McDonald's on Westport Avenue at about 2 p.m. When they left, the two alleged robbers followed them.
The two alleged robbers caught up to the victim in front of Nine West. They were allegedly planning to fight, but the victim handed over $30 to avoid it. The victim also promised to get them a cell phone, because they said he owed it to them, police said. No violence was reported.
Later the victim told his parents. The family went to police headquarters at 7:28 p.m. Thursday to report the incident. After an investigation, police arrested a 16-year-old suspect and Brian Martinez, 21, of 379 Westport Ave. Martinez was charged with robbery, conspiracy and injury, risk, impairing morals. Bond was set at $500.
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Easton Republicans is looking for candidates for the 2011 town elections. Appointed positions to town boards and commissions also need to be filled, said Bob Nicola, chairman of the Easton Republican Nominating Committee, on the group's website.
Nicola's committee will be interviewing people interested in running for office or filling the other vacancies. The Easton Republican Town Committee is also looking for members.
Interested Republicans can contact the nominating committee by submitting a letter of interest and a resume to the ERTC, Nominating Committee, Box 408, Easton, CT, or via email to , or contact Bob Nicola at , ext. 3021, or via email to .
Many incumbents will likely seek re-election, but it is highly probable that the party will need qualified candidates for the Boards of Education and Finance and perhaps others, Nicola said. The following is a list of offices that will appear on the November 2011 ballot in Easton:
• First Selectman
• Town Clerk
• Tax Collector
• Board of Finance
• Easton Board of Education
• Region 9 Board of Education
• Library Board
• Zoning Board of Appeals
• Board of Assessment Appeals
Stamford resident Jules Naudet will bring his ongoing examination of faith to Ferguson Library for a forum Sunday, Feb. 27, with panelists representing a variety of religions.
"My Neighbor's Faith" will feature Kareem Adeeb, imam of the American Institute for Islamic & Arabic Studies; Harbans Arya, a leader of Fairfield County Hindu communities; Rabbi Daniel Cohen, senior rabbi of Congregation Agudath Sholom; the Rev. Arthur Mollenhauer, pastor of St. Mary Parish; and the Rev. Robert W. Perry, senior pastor of Union Baptist Church. Heidi Hadsell, president of Hartford Seminary, will moderate the event.
"One thing that unites all of us is the thirst for a higher meaning," said Naudet, a filmmaker who was working on a documentary in New York City the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. An agnostic, Naudet had many questions about faith after the terror attacks. His search for answers led him to trek around the world, talking to prominent religious leaders. He chronicled those visits in the 2007 documentary "In God's Name." The film was screened earlier this month in preparation for the forum.
The Stamford forum is an idea Naudet took to the Mayor's Multicultural Council for support. The event is intended to promote increased understanding of major faith traditions in Stamford and foster collaborative relationships. The multicultural council is sponsoring it, along with InterFaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut. The discussion will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public, and all are invited.
A similar event will take place in Norwalk on Monday, March 7.
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