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News in Brief: Honors, a Concert and a Food Drive

It was also National Nursing Home Week.

Honors:  Rabbi Colin Brodie congratulated Chai Award recipients Anita and Hal Rosnick. The Rosnicks were recently honored for their many years of outstanding dedication to the synagogue and community.

Concert this evening: According to a press release, the Suzuki Music School of Westport is hosting a benefit recital with renowned Yamaha Artist, Frederic Chiu, piano, on Saturday at 5 p.m. The concert, to help the music school's fund for new pianos, will feature a guest performance by the young Trumbull pianist McKenna Mase, a student of Tomoko Uchino. Mase is the winner of the Schubert Club Young Artists Competition and winner of the Danbury Symphony Concerto Competition and is one of a number of gifted young players emerging from the Suzuki Music School of Westport. Hosting and performing in the concert will be Trumbull resident and violinist Andrew Smith. Smith is Director of the Suzuki School and performs internationally. For tickets, call 203-227-9474.

Reading for a cause: On May 13, State reps. T. R. Rowe and Tony Hwang, both R-Trumbull, joined Jill Massari, Principal Charlotte Janis and Stephanie Vaugh for "Sensitivity Day" at .  Sensitivity Day celebrated those with disabilities by inviting community leaders into classrooms to read stories to the students helping foster greater sensitivity and awareness to those with disabilities. Rowe read Moses Goes to School to Beth Byers' first-grade Grade Class during Sensitivity Day at the school.

Gathering Food: Several elected officials hosted another food drive outside of . Sponsors were Rob Pescatore, Jr., Tom Kelly, Andy Palo and Realtor Lisa Valenti. Thomas and  Vickie Tesoro were among those who donated.

The drive benefited the Trumbull Food Pantry, located in the .

Sinatra Style: The  celebrated National Nursing Home Week with a Frank Sinatra-style extravaganza May 12. First Selectman Tim Herbst attended the celebration with internationally noted Frank Sinatra stylists Walt Andrus and Steven Moran, according to a press release. Residents heard a performance of the songs that made Sinatra famous, as well as New York-style refreshments.

It was all part of a week long celebration at the home in honor of National Nursing Home Week. For home residents and their families, the celebrations included a Mother’s Day Breakfast, Hawaiian luau, a Las Vegas casino day and a western-themed party. The facility also sponsored lots of games and events to celebrate the home staff’s part in making it a great place to live, according the press release.

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