Hartford’s Community Renewal Team hosted the premiere of Captain Marvel at Spotlight Theatres in Hartford in March. From left, Lena Rodriguez, president and CEO of CRT; Renee DiNino, on-air personality with The River 105.9 and guest emcee for the event; CRT volunteer Prati Kaufman (aka “Captain Marvel”); and state Rep. Pat Wilson Pheanious.
In March, the Welsh Society of Western New England held its annual St. David’s Day Luncheon during Wales Week in New England, part of a worldwide celebration of Wales, at The Nutmeg restaurant in East Windsor. From left, Edward Brown (in a Welsh slate quarryman’s outfit), Danny Gilmartin, Beth Roberts Brown (in traditional Welsh national dress) and Shirley Jones Gilmartin.
Dean Marchessault, president and CEO of American Eagle Financial Credit Union, was named 2018 Business Person of the Year by the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce. From left, CRV Chamber of Commerce President Mary Ellen Dombrowski, Marchessault and Joseph P. Jaconetta, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors.
At a pre-show dinner party for friends on the opening night of Monty Python’s Spamalot in February at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven: from left, Shubert board member Michael Loftus, Rebecca Newman, Iain Burchell; Spamalot cast members Amy Laviolette, Joey Fontana and Stephanie Wasser; Stephanie Burchell and Tom Newman.
In March, the Greenwich Youth Film Festival screened 22 winning films in Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium for an audience of more than 100 student filmmakers, parents, faculty, media and supporters. From left, festival co-chairs Bharti Chojar and Meg McAuley Kaicher, filmmaker-actor Kabir Chopra, Greenwich Arts Council Executive Director Tatiana Mori and Greenwich Arts Council Board President Laura Cunningham.
From left, cartoonists and Greenwich natives Phil Lohmeyer, Brian Walker and Neal Walker, in front of a Beetle Bailey comic at Bruce Museum’s Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art exhibit during a visit from the Family First in Education after-school program in April. The Walkers continue to produce new Beetle Bailey strips with their brother, Greg, while Lohmeyer worked on the strip in the mid-2000s as an inker for Neal’s pencil sketches.
Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted its annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Year event at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford in April. From left, Nutmeg’s Big Sister of the Year Kim Mauro, Nutmeg’s Director of Community Programs Ryan Matthews, and Kim’s “little sister” Natasha.
Andy Fleischmann, left, presents one of the evening’s Children’s Champion Awards to Gov. Ned Lamont at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Year event.
In April, featherweight boxer and New Haven native Tramaine Williams, right, hosted youth from Connecting Through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, Their Children, and Caregivers (CLICC) for a pizza-making community event at Frank Pepe Pizzeria in New Haven. With Williams are Colin M. Caplan, author, historian and owner of Taste of New Haven, and Gary Bimonte, center, grandson of Frank Pepe, who taught pizza-making and its history in New Haven.
A team from Glastonbury-based technology consulting firm Kelser Corp. was the top fundraising group at the Lake Coventry Penguin Plunge in March, responsible for $3,380 of the $20,000 raised for Special Olympics Connecticut. Representing Kelser, from left, Devin Kelly, Tom Polo, Tushar Dadarwala, George W. Kudelchuk III, Tom Ferreira, Jason Simms, Tom Sharp, Jon Stone, Lisa Carroll, Mark Lepak and Rob Backus.