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Paul's Episcopal Church, Riverside Ave. This meeting is open and anyone may attend. First Bank of Greenwich Community Corner: Atelier is Still Making Music Better In a world full of corporations and big busi ne sse s, mom a nd p op sh op s t h at o f fe r s up e r i o r quality are few and far between. Fortunately for music lovers, nestled inside the small shopping center in Cos Cob at East Putnam Ave. Atelier Constantin Popescu, a stringed instrument shop owned by Constantin Popescu and his wife, Rodica Brune, has been in business in Greenwich for over 20 years, f irst in Riverside, and now in Cos Cob since The original location is in Westport, which opened in Atelier sells newly made, or valuable antique stringed instruments such as violins, violas, cellos and basses.

The oldest violins at the Cos Cob location were made in and Popescu and Br une a lso opened up the R iverside School of Music next to the Cos Cob location, which provides private lessons for all stringed instruments and piano. The school offers referrals to other area string teachers as well.

Popescu, a professionally trained double bassist who graduated from the Bucharest Conservatory in Romania and. What was the draw for them? PC: The original draw was the Saint Benedict Center near Harvard and Radcliffe where Cat hol ics, you ng st udents and young professionals could meet, talk and listen to intellectual lectures. It morphed into something very different when the spiritual leader of the Center, Father Leonard Feeney, a renowned Jesuit, took a very strong point of view about the dogma of the Catholic faith that said outside of the Catholic Church, there is no salvation.

He was soon excommunicated. GS: What drew your parents to follow him? PC: They supported his point of view. They were among 51 young men and women who created this religious order, the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in January of , which was separate from Saint Benedict Center, but they became one and the same. Part of the vows they took was obedience to Father Leonard Feeney.

At that time there were only three married couples with children, with fathers who were professors at Boston College. But over the next six or seven years the community would grow to people, with 39 children. GS: So what caused the separation of children from parents? PC: There was a time when the couples each had their own little apartment, raising their own children, in their own way.

We had all our meals together — everyone shared everything. Nobody had money of their own or possessions of their own. We all dressed alike. The separation was decreed by Father Feeney that children three years and older would no longer live with their parents.

This took place when I was six years old. It was the most awful day of my life. The Juilliard School of Music in New York, has performed with the New York Philharmonic and many symphony orchestras in the tri-state area, along with solo performances i n Eu r op e a nd t he Un ite d States. Popescu came to America in with a background as a Luthier — someone who builds or repairs string instruments. Popescu perfected his craft in the U. Brune left a career in the corporate world in to help her husband with his business, which also serves as a passion for the two.

What can be more beautiful than music? It's a wonderful atmosphere here, and I love supporting art and music. Brune is now on the bank's Advisory Board. What they do with music and the kids. Rodica and Constantin have referred many musicians for va r ious pr ivate events for Gaudio, so the two help each other grow and succeed. For more on t he Riverside School of Music, visit riversideschoolofmusic. GS: And your parents went along with this new edict?

PC: They had no problem living a com mu na l life, study ing together, eating meals. But giving up their children, and, subsequently, no longer living as man and wife, they found painful. However, they accepted the separation because they had taken the vow to obey Father Feeney. I grew up very, very young and I took these burdens on myself. That being said, Sister Catherine took great pains to make sure the parents could find out very little about what was going on.

So when my sister Cathy had her eating problems, my parents were oblivious. A large measure of that was because Sister Catherine never gave us enough time to spend with them. If you only had 45 minutes every few months, by the time you talked about what you were doing in school or your favorite pet or something that was positive, the bell rang and the meeting was over. GS: You r com mu n it y t hen moved house to property west of Cambridge, in the village of Still River. How often did you see your parents? PC: Com mu n it y me et i ng s, as they were called, were an opportunity to visit with my family, which was maybe every three or four months.

We sat in a little clan, very much a family. Otherwise, there was a prohibition about any child speak ing to any grown-up. But my father had a variety of ways of communicating — one of which was he would take his little baby finger and wiggle it at me, and my sisters and my brother as well.

I saw more of my mother, because I worked alongside her baking the desserts. She would give me a little wink from time to time just to let me know she was aware of my presence. She boug ht the Still R iver property. As I turned from 12 to 13, I began to realize there was no way out. Sister Catherine started talking about religious life and the calling that we had to be religious.

When I turned 16, I became a postulant, the first step to becoming a nun. GS: What were your coping mechanisms? PC: I never let my fantasies or my imaginings disappear. In addition, because there was a huge amount of individual stress, a lot of my energies were dedicated to looking out for my three little sisters and my little brother. And even, at times,. GS: How did Sister Catherine perceive your growing resistance to a cloistered life? PC: My innocent crushes on grown men in the community were an issue for her, because after I left she basically told people I was destroying the vocations of others.

The mission that Sister Catherine spoke of — how we were to be dedicated to saving souls and willing to lay down our life for the Catholic faith was just falling on deaf ears with me. I had a different idea about what I wanted in my own life. GS: Your brightness as a student began to make its impact. You were directed to apply to and were accepted by Vassar and Bates colleges but not allowed to attend.

PC: For me, this was a mission to save the school and I put every ounce of my energy into succeeding. It was an exercise I was asked to take on after I was informed that I would be forced to leave. This was my home. These were the only people in the whole world I knew. I adored them. GS: Your book describes your challenging path from your ejection at 17 to landing on your feet age 21 when you found your career in financing. What happened to that relig ious community? With her demise. G S : Yo u r e f l e c t o n y o u r childhood with great pleasure which this reporter finds hard to embrace.

PC: The life was very, very structured — the rules were onerous. I became accustomed to a life of silence. That being said, I loved school.

It was a classical education, much more so than exists in general today. Cooking and canning gave me a sense of peace and even now when I engage in those activities, I see myself back at the Center. Today, my friends know me as that wild woman canning in the fall. It was very evident that our parents loved us. But we had no pictures as a family with them after the ones from when I was a tiny child. But in a sense pictures are not the whole story. I have to express that I was not a miserable, unhappy child. I played hard. I had fun.

I was creative. I was always getting into trouble, not so much because I broke rules and there were plenty of rules, but because I always had some crazy wild idea. And frankly, to this day, I still think I lead that kind of a life and my motto is better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

It means longer and warmer days, as everything outside slowly wakes-up from its long winter nap. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself. Perhaps it is because of the increase in daylight that spring always brings with it a sense of renewal and optimism. After the cold gray winter, color begins to slowly reemerge and remind us.

And that is exactly what we are going to do. We are going to stop looking down at our devices and look up at the world around us. It is a special day in a personal sense because many of my ancestors came to the United St ate s f r om I r ela nd. The more I lea r n a bout my family's Irish roots, the more meanigful our personal connection becomes. Our Irish relatives and ancestors make a heck of a story, one definitely best saved for another time. In another sense, this day can be special to ever yone because Saint Patrick was a man of heroic virtue, worthy of emulation by Christians and non-Christians alike.

Born in Britain, he was taken as a slave in his youth by Irish raiders. Uniquely, green is the dominant color. People are usually laughing and being goofy sometimes not quite deliberately! Theirs is a truly rich culture, de ep i n passion as wel l as pensiveness. Besides the traditional I r i sh mu sic , t her e a r e t he bag pipes. Some love them, s ome hate t hem. I happ en to fall into the former camp. But not all bagpipes sou nd t hat way.

There a re many types from all over the world with their own unique sounds. I myself gave the bagpipes a shot when I was a cadet at West Point… although my skills left much and I mean much to be desired. That aside, the Pipes and Drums Band was a terrific group to be part of — we went on fun trips, got to hear some awesome music, and be part of some great events.

O u r band got to be at the head of the entire column as it marched down Sixth Avenue, since the US Army is the oldest branch of the military service and the oldest institution of American government after Congress, who we were fortunate not to have marching in the parade, since their presence would l i kely have broug ht it to a bickering halt. Or seeing some of the pillars of our community like firefighters and police officers out on the march while one of the priests from my parish was up on the stage, offering an invocation.

So, enjoy the festiv ities — take it all in. Learn about the people who are marching and the stories behind them. There is a rich heritage to be discovered, even if you are not lucky enough to be Irish. Francis Ambrogio is a cavalr y off icer in the United States Army. These are his views, and not necessarily those of the Army or Department of Defense.

Soon, North Street will be ablaze with daffodils and tulips. The longer days make it perfect to shake off the winter cobwebs and take a walk. Every weekend, every holiday — as long as the weather permitted — whomever was home from school, friends that we could entice, and the family dogs would be loaded into the car and we would drive to the lake. There was a dirt road that led to a small private beach. We would park off to the side and walk the 2-mile-long road and talk and laugh and hear stories. On the one hand, I wonder how we had so Column much to talk about every weekend back then.

But we did and now we grown children share stories about the walks and can even recall some of the conversations. Very quickly, I wonder on the other the CEO of my own body for the globe was simply one of community. The success.

This mindset energized the best. The presentations In closing, I encourage all physical benefits are abundantly clear. Perhaps it me and helped me offset any were compelling, comprised of you to promote yourself to is because we are all so tethered to our electronic negative thoughts and not give of scientific and clinical data CEO and let the learning begin them power. As CEO I venture blended well w ith true-life as you seek with all your heart devices or other commitments that it is hard to find into, what I refer to as, my testimonies.

The presenters and strength the right path for the time. But find the time we must. Go for it with gumption We are incredibly fortunate in Greenwich morning, to map out the day. In the end, I begin with my quiet time of expertise. Once there, organic, tall green juice and others afford a place to sit and watch the scenery. It Many, if not all, are handicapped accessible. I am so However, the parks listed on the town website just returned from in Florida putting on my armor to manage and acts of kindness. It is a rare happy that the first day of Spring are only the beginning.

There is also the Audubon, and my belief as well. When I the challenges and stress of my place of deep caring and sharing. These little on the boarder with Stamford. All three are I learned from my initial and not to miss out on restful sleep. There is nothing the blooms to start budding and offers different experiences throughout the year. It stands remind us that life is precious radical cells to form a cancerous thrive and stay well and alone in creating a safe, clean and beautiful. There are also other opportunities close by in New tumor in my body and that me Juli a C hi a p pe t ta i s th e requires conscious decisions environment, with air ionizers York state or elsewhere in Fairfield County that are there are even more factors each day.

And that to see that it is never one thing Cancer Therapies Conference, cooking, organic produce from ow ne r of Julia Chiappet ta is exactly what we are going to do. We are going and that there are no magic hosted by The Annie Appleseed local farms, a vegan chef who Consulting. She lives in Cos to stop looking down at our devices and look up bullets. It takes hard work and Project. This think tank of provides a daily juice bar, an all Cob. More information and at the world around us. We are going to talk with one another and listen to one another. We are going to embrace what our town has to offer and celebrate being in Please note our policy, which is applied and free of unsubstantiated claims and offered to the public are the most accurate the company of one another.

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Our goal is to publish as many of these pieces as we can, while ensuring facts. All submissions should be directed to Editor GreenwichSentinel. By Richard Kaufman For Dom inic Franchella, President of Stamford Ford Lincoln, the concept of family is very important, and it has helped his business reach an important milestone. Last Friday, the dealership, which is located at Magee St.

The all-day celebration featured live music, prizes for customers, food and a cake cutting. I really can't believe it's been 10 years. It feels like yesterday. It's been unbelievable. Jim Shrive, the best friend of Franchella's father, lent a helping hand. Jim said, 'Dominic, how much do you need? I'm there for you.

Sometimes it's just a few people in a family, and what I say to them every time is, 'I admire your courage. More power to him and his team who have all worked together to make this a success. His success is our community's success. Fast-forward 10 years later and there are now 75 employees, 10 of which have been there since the beginning.

T h at nu m b e r w i l l g r ow to over 80, when Lincoln of Greenwich opens up at West Putnam Ave. The dealership will be an "automotive boutique," and the first of its kind for Lincoln Motor Company in the United States. The veh icle comes [to St a m ford] for ser v ice , and we'll bring it back," said Franchella, who noted that he's excited to join the Greenwich community. We're not just opening up a car dealership. We're opening up a boutique where ever y experience is molded and tailored to you as a guest, and it's all about you and what you want.

Greenwich First Selectman, Peter Tesei, who is a customer of Sta m ford Ford L i ncol n, was at the 10th anniversary c e l e b r at i o n a n d s a i d h e's e xc ite d to s e e F r a n c h e l l a expand. Stamford Ford Lincoln has really been exemplar y as an automobile dealership. Speaking as a customer, they're highly responsive, very friendly and courteous, they're timely.

It's really a day to celebrate him and the people he employs," Tesei said. But beyond his immediate family, Franchella was quick to credit his friends, employees and customers for the past 10 years. It's about your friends a n d t h e p e o p l e yo u fo r g e relationships with.

Family is my friends, my team members, and our customers. This day is not about me, this day is about them. The evening, sponsored by Frank Gaudio and the First Bank of Greenwich, was a huge success filled with high energy and a lot of fun for students, f r iends, a nd fa m i l ies. The opening reception featured artists, musicians, educators, businesses and community leaders, celebrating the amazing artistic and collaborative talents brought together by the Developing Artist Program.

SPURSE is a growing group of ecologists and artists that see shaping the environment as an art practice itself. The goal of this project was to introduce s t u d e nt s to a n e x p a n s i ve def inition of art and the possibilities of art as a means. According to Faryniaz, "This project with SPURSE captivated the imagination and energy of the students and brought them outside to appreciate the beauty of where we are fortunate to live.

Art is so many things and Ben and Michael, through the Developing Artist Grant, have shown this to the students by bringing in so many interesting artists. This talented group of students collaborate to lead after-school art socials, curate art exhibitions, and develop advertising and marketing strategies to raise awareness for the arts and the positive change that the arts can br ing to their schools a nd com mu n it y. The club will be expanded to all three middle school next month.

Many of the projects Shoe Studios. Gunnery Students Visit with Alum at the Bruce The Bruce Museum r e c e nt ly welc ome d 2 3 a r t students from The Gunnery, a coeducational, independent, college preparator y school l o c a t e d i n Wa s h i n g t o n , Connecticut. The Gunnery is a coeducational independent. The acre campus borders the village green of Washington, Connecticut, a small, beautiful a nd h istor ic tow n in the Litchf ield Hills.

The school was founded in by Frederick Gunn, an educator and prominent abolitionist who is also recognized as the originator of leisure camping in the United States. For more information about The Gu n ner y, ple ase v isit Gunnery. The program will take Creighton will lead a place at First Congregational m a s t e r c l a s s i n m u s i c a l. For more. Thomas Becket was born in London and received a f ine education. He was made the Archdeacon of Canterbury in He worthily represented the King in diplomatic assignments and on the battle field.

He lived large, thoroughly enjoying the privileges of his position. In , Henry appointed Thomas to the. Six years later, a truce was made, but Thomas returned to discover new abuses by Henry. Wit h t he back i ng of t he pope, Thomas excommunicated the bishops who had sided with the king, Henry heard the new in a rage.

Four courtiers took it upon themselves to ride to Canterbury, where they found Thomas in the church and slew him. Father of all compassion, through the intercession of Saint Thomas Becket, make me loyal through and through. We desire to be paid for what we do; and when we are truly wise, we work for God; we choose that professional, of good works, which he patronizes, and we are certain of our wages….


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Religion and work should never be disjointed. For every good work, every kindly thought, or tiny act of humble helpfulness, God gives a reward, a merited return of sustenance for our souls, or answer to our pleading for some. The orderliness of heaven cannot be disturbed, and if our free will is not given wholly to the act, in a consecration clear and sweet, the corresponding mercy cannot approach us.

This is our dignity — we are not paupers before God, though poor. We are not his impotent and lackadaisical children when we are his; but [strong], though crushed to the earth in adoration. It may be fatiguing to think of meriting at each step, but it is also fatiguing to study Greek or Mathematics. The things of most worth are not cultivated without labor. And to a imagine that it would be more generous to do something for God without reckoning at all upon a merciful return from Him of any sort, is not intelligent virtue…. Re-printed with gratitude for the permission received from Magnificat.

Magnificat is a monthly publication designed as a spiritual guide for daily use, to encourage both liturgical and personal prayer. Magnificat, founded in the s by French publisher Pierre-Marie Dumont, offers beautiful prayers for both morning and evening drawn from the treasures of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official texts of daily Mass, meditations written by spiritual giants of the Church and more contemporary authors, essays on the lives of the saints of today and yesterday, and articles giving valuable spiritual insight into masterpieces of sacred art.

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She is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she studied English with a sub-concentration in creative writing. He is the author of three non-fiction books, as well as numerous essays and articles. He is the co-founder of Blank Slate Press. Matuk serves as a contributing editor to The Volta and as poetry editor for Fence. He is professor of English at John Carroll University. Janine Mogannam is a writer and librarian from San Francisco. Her work has been published in several journals and anthologies, including Kweli, Eleven Eleven, and Writing the Walls Down, and she has been selected as a featured poet by Nomadic Ground Coffee.

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