Bravo! Will Strong, Muhlenberg College student and a former Westhill High School actor, starred in three separate roles (moving man, radio announcer and gossip columnist) in his college’s production of “As Thousands Cheer, 1933,” a musical revue drawn from Depression-era newspapers and featuring sketches by Moss Hart and music by Irving Berlin.

Olga Brown-Vanderpool, director of nursing services at the Stamford Department of Health, will receive the Community Advocate Award at the third Annual Sweet Mother Dinner and Awards Cruise on May 7. She is being recognized for launching the Parent Leadership Training Institute in Stamford, where she “empowered parents to become change agents for themselves, their children and their community.” For more information about PLTI, visit

After the recent disaster in Japan, Xinia Robles is relieved that her son, Michael Stein, who is studying in Kyoto, Japan, is safe and sound. Michael, who is an Asian studies major at Amherst College, is certainly spending an eventful year abroad.

Stamford filmmaker Bridget Stokes has produced a "quirky, romantic comedy," called "Herman & Shelly." The movie was filmed locally using venues throughout the city, including St. Basil's College and Seaside Tavern, and used a Connecticut-based crew. It will be screened at the Avon Theater on Saturday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. A panel discussion will follow the showing. Tickets can be purchased at:

Edward Novikov, a junior at the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, beat out thousands of other applicants to be awarded a scholarship to explore engineering careers this summer at the University of California at Berkeley. The two-week conference, organized by the National Student Leadership Conference along with Net Generation of Youth, a NASA affiliate, brings together top engineers and inventors to work with students to build, innovate and create projects that will promote world progress.

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