In this week’s Wilton Bulletin for Jan. 17

Here are some of the stories and features in this week’s Wilton Bulletin, in mailboxes and on newsstands today:

• The concert celebrating the life and music of Dave Brubeck is the focus of a new story, a commentary, letters, and lots of photos by award-winning photographer Bryan Haeffele. More photos from the big event are planned to be posted online.

•  Wilton therapist Amanda Pasciucco, an experienced trauma counselor, is offering free crisis counseling to Newtown folks.

• A forensic psychologist tells the audience at a Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force program that a student’s odds of being hurt in school are “one in a million,” but when it comes to school shootings 95% are committed by students. And guns play the biggest factor.

• The early school budget proposal would increase spending by almost 4.4%. A public hearing on the superintendent Gary Richard’s recommended budget is coming up on Jan. 24.

• Meanwhile, the current town budget is holding the line, says Sandy Dennies, chief financial officer, and nothing unusual has cropped up.

• The selectmen want to raise the penalty fees for repeat false alarm offenders, but first the public gets to have its say at a hearing on Tuesday night.

• Wilton’s firefighters are finding their quarters a bit more comfortable these days, courtesy of Realty Seven’s donation of brand new chairs.

• Late last week the Bulletin let folks know online that it was not too late to get a flu shot. By Wednesday morning, according to a NewsNote, people showing up for a shot was almost nonstop, and the supply of the vaccine is no longer ample at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. In fact, the nurses were expecting to run out.

• Letters: Iola, Chris and Tish Brubeck extends thanks; husband and wife teachers question the full-day kindergarten proposal; an appeal for stricter gun laws; a complaint about the governor’s pick for a judgeship; and appreciation expressed for support given to a concert "for Newtown."

• In his The TASC List column, Joe Brenner satirizes the fiber optic conduit project (which he calls “folly”) with recollections of an old radio comedy. Columnist Stephen Hudspeth reviews “the bittersweet celebration” that recalled the life and music of Dave Brubeck.

• There’s a new chief in Hartford — Toni Boucher has been named chief deputy minority leader.

• State Reps. Gail Lavielle and Thomas O’Dea have invited citizens for coffee at Orem’s on Jan. 25.

• Wilton Democrats will celebrate the contributions of Louise and Fred Herot and David Borglum at a dinner at Trackside on Jan. 31.

• Cider Mill and Fatima School students have been announced as winners in the fire department’s fire prevention poster contest.

• Wilton High students have been honored for their findings, based on a score of “trawling trips” into Norwalk Harbor, at a regional scientific conference.

• Warrior Words columnist Jillian Finkelstein has a goal of watching all the Best Picture nominated films before Oscar Night, Feb. 24.

• Five bands are set to “battle” at the teen center on Saturday.

• “Thunder Soul,” a film which tells a music teacher’s “breaking the color barrier” story, will be screened at the library Saturday.

• Thinking outside the box, Westy Self Storage has a new approach to the business.

• Wiltonian Bo Mitchell, president of 911 Consulting and a former police commissioner, will be among the speakers at the upcoming “After Sandy Hook” summit in Wallingford.

• Closing Comments columnist Marion Filley recaps the real estate market in 2012, noting that the average house sale price has risen to a level not seen since 2008.

• Masters & Mixers is a new art and wine experience starting soon at the Georgetown School of the Arts.

• The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps is offering the American Heart Association’s “Hands-Only” CPR class soon. Organizers encourage parents and others to learn life-saving techniques.

• The WHS boys basketball team has stayed hot with back-to-back wins.

• The Warrior girls hoops team has improved its record, too, but big tests await.

• The WHS skiing team is off to a perfect start.

• Wilton will play host for its first-ever youth wrestling tournament on Sunday in the fieldhouse.

• Arts & Leisure: Wilton’s Candlelight Concerts will feature the very unusual combination of harpsichord and countertenor on Sunday; a number of Martin Luther King, Jr., events are planned in the area; The Reel Dad says Silver Linings Playbook is a “romantic comedy gem”; and The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is offering James Bond in Skyfall in IMAX format. Looking for a seven-seater? Check out the 2013 Kia Sorento SX, says test driver Steven Macoy.