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Daily Five: $4k Check From Dominion, WATERFORDrama's Two Plays

Five things to know for Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

1. Today should be sunny, with a high near 64, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight should be mostly clear, with a low around 48, according to the service.

2. Last week, Dominion – owner of Waterford’s Millstone Power Station – awarded a $4,000 check to Waterford’s Dual Language and Arts Magnet Middle School to support sixth grade students as they embark on an exploration of their local watershed and its impact on Long Island Sound by participating in hands-on, inquiry-based activities, according to a LEARN announcement.

The Middle School is run by LEARN and is located at the former Southwest School building.

3. Recently, the WATERFORDrama program announced its two shows for the upcoming school year, a musical and a play.

The first show of the year will be The Laramie Project, a play, and the second will be Guys & Dolls, a musical comedy. WATERFORDrama previously produced both plays in 2006.

The drama program has a truncated season this year because the auditorium is under construction and won’t open until after Thanksgiving. Originally, WATERFORDrama Director Shane Valle said he was going to take a yearlong leave of absence this year, but changed his mind and will again be the director this year.

Because of the subject matter of The Laramie Project, Valle is requiring all students receive a signed parent permission slip to participate in the play.

“Usually I like kids to keep the details of our shows a bit of a secret. I tell them it is fun when their parents are surprised when they see the show,” Valle said in a press release. “However, with a show like Laramie, I want the parents to know exactly what their child is getting involved in. I think this play is appropriate for high school students to be involved in, but some parents may think differently.”

4. Tonight, the Waterford Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7 in Waterford Town Hall.

At the meeting, the group will begin to discuss the 2013-14 budget and the board’s priorities in that budget, give a presentation on common core state standards and a give presentation on Megan McBryde, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship recipient, according to the meeting’s agenda.

As always, there is a time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting.

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5. On this date in 1966, The Supremes became the first all-women's group to attain a number one selling album with their album A’ Go-Go. And on this date in 1957, the United States suffered its first casualties from the Vietnam War.

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