Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

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Students document life at NHS

NAUGATUCK — A documentary produced by a group of Naugatuck High School Journalism II students will premiere Wednesday, giving viewers a glimpse into the life of the Greyhounds. Titled “Life@NHS,”…

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It takes a school community

Two mural projects at Long River are almost ready to hang PROSPECT – Tiny dots of pink, red, blue, green and yellow popped from two nearly-finished community murals at Long…

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Pumpkin Patch returning to Prospect

PROSPECT — Thousands of pumpkins are rolling into town for the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch at St. Anthony Church. From Oct. 8 through 31, over 2,000 pumpkins will be on…

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Cello takes center stage with borough musician

NAUGATUCK — Borough cellist Thirzah Bendokas is on a mission to take her instrument from the back of the orchestra to the forefront of classical and popular music. The instrument…

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RiverFest and Duck Race to splash down

BEACON FALLS — Beacon Falls will be quacking the first weekend in October as the annual RiverFest and Duck Race returns for its 13th year. Sponsored by the Lion and…

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NHS marching band bringing the thunder

NAUGATUCK — There’s thunder in the forecast this Saturday over Naugatuck High School’s Veteran’s Field. The storm that’s brewing is, with any luck, purely metaphorical. The Naugatuck High School marching…

CONTRIBUTED Naugatuck musician Bob Semanchik recently released his second album, ‘16 Stories,’ available on iTunes and CD Baby. The album features 16 original pop-rock songs with guitar and vocals by Semanchik.
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Borough musician has “16 Stories” to tell

NAUGATUCK — When Naugatuck guitarist Bob Semanchik released his first album three years ago, listeners told him they liked his three original works better than the covers on the CD….

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Phoenix Stage Company rises into its second year

NAUGATUCK — Phoenix Stage Company recently celebrated its one year anniversary the way it started out—with a tailgate party. In its first production of “Bleacher Bums” last September, Chicago Cubs…

Jordan Jensen, 16, works to get a rifle twirl down during a recent practice of the Naugatuck High School marching band. -RA ARCHIVE
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Marching band learning a new tune

NAUGATUCK — With a new director and increased enrollment that places it in a more competitive division, the Naugatuck High School marching band has hit the ground running. Literally. Students…

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Author to tell her Amish tale at Whittemore Library

Since she left the Amish, many people have asked Saloma Furlong about her unusual name. The question often led to others about her native culture and why she left. Depending…