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Daily Five: Sandy on the School Calendar, New Store at the Mall

Five things to know for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

1. Today should be sunny, with a high near 48, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight should be mostly clear, with a low around 31, according to the service.

2. At the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Jerome Belair said as of now the school district will not adjust its school calendar because of Superstorm Sandy.

Some school districts like Stonington have adjusted their calendars after districts lost a week of school because of Superstorm Sandy. Belair said he will not adjust the calendar as of now and is hoping for a winter like last year, which produced no snow days.

He added that he didn’t want to add school days to April Break because that was the week the high school would be moving into its new addition. He added that if the students had to be in class later in June, at least there will be air conditioning at all five schools.

3. GameStop Kids has opened at the Crystal Mall, according to the Crystal Mall’s Facebook page. The store will sell video games, toys, accessories and collectibles aimed at children.

According to joystiq.com, GameStop just began the new line of stores this year, with the location in the Crystal Mall one of 80 across the country.

"This is really a way for us to take share away from people who are in the toy business and have an expanded assortment," GameStop CEO Paul Raines told the Dallas Business Journal, "and show people how to drive kids to new experiences, new products or an expanded assortment of existing products like Skylanders and Angry Birds."

4. Tonight, the Board of Finance will meet in Town Hall at 7.

The board will receive an update from the Board of Education on its current year budget and will get an update from First Selectman Dan Steward on the financial impacts of Superstorm Sandy. As always, there will be time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting.

Also tonight, the Youth Service Advisory Committee will meet at 5:30 in the Youth Services Bureau, the Economic Development Commission will meet at 6:30 in Town Hall and the Ethics Commission will meet at 7:30 at the Police Department. All of those meetings are public as well.

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5. On this date in 1967, American physicist Theodore Maiman was given a patent for his laser ruby laser system, the world’s first laser. And on this date in 1889, journalist Nellie Bly began her effort to circle the world in 80 days. She wound up finishing in 72 days.

Quote of the Day

“Putting out a newspaper without promotion is like winking at a girl in the dark – well intentioned, but ineffective.”

-William Randolph Hearst

Trivia of the Day

What newspaper did Bly work for when she circled the globe? Who was the editor of the newspaper (hint: he has a famous award named after him)?

Yesterday’s Answer: Danny DeVito played The Penguin in the 1992 movie Batman Returns.

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