The following articles and headlines appeared in the Stamford Advocate decades ago on Sept. 25.

10 years ago

Dramatic dreams: Students make a play for ‘High School Musical’

Jamie Dolce attended her audition in character — sequins on her pink shrug and flip-flops helped the 12-year-old channel the glamorous, if mean, spirit of the role she hoped to play in Stamford’s first all-school musical.

Jamie wanted to be cast as Sharpay, the scheming diva in “High School Musical,” a Disney production that has become something of a sensation among middle-school children.

“She wanted to feel the role,” said her mother, Lori Dolce, who went with her daughter for the first day of auditions for fifth- through ninth-graders at Rippowam Middle School. The two snapped their fingers in time to the music as they waited for Jamie’s turn to sing.

20 years ago

New office tower for downtown

Stamford’s revitalized office market has inspired the third developer in a year to propose a massive office tower for downtown.

Louis Dreyfus Property Group said it plans to build a 22-story, 500,000-square-foot office tower on Richmond Hill Avenue near the Stamford Transportation Center and Interstate 95.

Louis Dreyfus doesn’t have a major tenant lined up but believes the office market is robust enough to fill the structure, said Jeffrey Sussman, president of the Stamford firm.

30 years ago

Plan ordered to maintain city beaches

City officials have demanded that Parks Superintendent Robert Book immediately formulate a preventive maintenance program to improve what they called Stamford’s deteriorating beaches and parks.

City Rep. James Dudley, D-6, and Parks Commission Chairman William Cahill pointedly criticized Cook about the condition of Stamford’s beaches and parks at the meetings of the Board of Representatives’ Parks and Recreation Committee.

Cook, his voice quivering with anger, rose and turned to leave the meeting.

“I object to this,” Cook then said, turning to Cahill. “This is not the forum for accusations.”