Saturday, October 26, 2013


Swarms of bees invaded Dodds Theater on the campus of the University of New Haven Friday, October 25 and no one ran for cover or grabbed the bug spray.  That's because the clusters of insects were the contestants in the second annual New Haven Reads Community Spelling Bee and the greatest danger was from the sticky and tacky jokes provided by Master of Ceremonies Matt Scott and Queen of the Hive Ann Nyberg from News 12 CT and WTNH TV, respectively.

Teams of three spellers each, 36 teams in all, competed to spell words of simple to impossible, until there were only 2 teams left.  In an exciting finish, the AARP Misfits triumphed over the Geezer Geeks.  Many dressed in costume, mostly with a honey bee or Halloween theme.

New Haven Reads is a wonderful organization that provides free literacy programs to families in the Greater New Haven community, from one-on-one tutoring for children who need extra help with reading in pre-K and kindergarten and SAT Preparation.  Each week 375 volunteers tutor over 500 students from first grade to high school.  Their Book Bank donated over 130,000 books to schools and area non-profits.

With a mission "to share the joy and power of reading," New Haven Reads welcomes tutors, financial support and gently used children's books.  For more information , go to or call 203-752-1923.  Send donations to New Haven Reads, 45 Bristol Street, New Haven, CT 06511.  To become a tutor, contact Keri Humphries at

Clearly everyone involved in this fun event was abuzz in support of this worthy cause.  Follow the buzzing bee for a honey of a night.

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