Warner Theatre serves as profound evidence that grassroots efforts can make a difference in the arts. Opened by Warner Brothers Studios in 1931, the Thomas Lamb–designed cinema house served for more than 20 years as the area's top venue to gawk at the silver screen. Yet business declined with the rise of the television, and in 1955 a flood left the venue severely damaged. It was hardly a surprise, then, when the Warner faced foreclosure in 1981. But a non-profit, citizen-run group called the Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts raised the $275,000 needed to rescue the theatre, and repaired the years' damages to the art-deco design. Today, more than 800 volunteer actors, musicians, designers, and crew members bask in the applause and gleefully thrown lorgnettes of an estimated 35,000-plus patrons each season.
Beginning with two brothers, a neighborhood full of spectators, and a helium-neon laser, Mad Science today deploys entertaining educators around the world to inject hands-on science programs with an element of fun. Nearly five million children annually enjoy accessible lessons, which may take the form of a weeklong summer day program or a birthday party that explains the physics of the Earth's revolution around the guest of honor. Schools host afterschool programs every year, which may include a NASA-approved astronomy series, a Rube Goldbergian introduction to simple machines, or an exploration into the science of toys. Living up to their promise of melding education and entertainment, Mad Science's experts have teamed up with scientists of screens large and small to produce live stage shows such as Star Trek Live, CSI: Live, and Movie Magic.
A Class A member of the PGA of America and the winner of more than 100 tournaments as a professional player, Paul N. Brown summons 35 years of experience to help students hone their golf skills at Pro Golf Academy. His teaching method focuses on developing hand-eye coordination, establishing fundamental swing mechanics, and living on a steady diet of arnold palmer drinks and fairway grass.
Half-hour private lessons begin with Paul evaluating his student's swing and physical condition, and then devising a custom lesson plan that may incorporate video instruction, training aids, and equipment recommendations. For group lessons, students are divided into beginner, intermediate, or advanced classes. Early instruction focuses on the basics of setup and etiquette, and later sessions take on the more advanced tactics, such as short-game approaches and how to make a four look like a two on the scorecard.
A lot goes into making a situation safe, and the team at Prepare to Act hopes to prepare individuals for as many of these necessary components as possible. Experts lead medical training courses, including programs specifically tailored to kids that cover topics such as First Aid, CPR, and when to call 911. Their vast expertise also allows them to train adults for the Connecticut state certified EMT exam. Other courses cover self-defense for women and NRA pistol courses that focus on safe firearm ownership and operation.
If necessary, Prepare to Act's experts also travel onsite to ensure the safety of their clients' homes. They inspect dwellings inside and out, evaluating them for risks of fire or burglary. They then make recommendations for boosting each home's level of safety.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Esteban Ramos Music is dedicated to ensuring that each student grows and expands as a musician/vocalist. Each student will have a designated curriculum which meets them at their musical level.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Esteban Ramos Music will provide all sheet music for each student.
Drum students are required to provide a fully functioning drumset as well as drum sticks.
Piano Students are required to provide a piano for all lessons.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The students are my inspiration. My desire to help each and every student reach their goals musically. My number one priority is to ensure that every student walks away with an ability to change lives through their musical knowledge and skills.
What do you love most about your job?
The one thing I love the most is seeing each student grow. I love to see each student set goals and reach them!
Ivy Bound Test Prep wants to send students away. To top-ranked schools, that is. During prep sessions, tutors help students identify and conquer academic issues, prepare for the rigors of upper education, and raise SAT and entrance-exam scores before they apply to Hunter high schools and top universities. By the end of the program, students often leave with exam scores boosted by up to 600 points and a better understanding of what major universities look for from an applicant. And if anyone knows what top-tier high schools and universities look for, it’s Ivy Bound's tutors; all of its instructors are licensed high-school teachers or college professors, with some hailing from Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale.