In this week's Herald

Here are some of the stories and features in this week’s Herald, out today:

• Fund-raiser is planned to help eight year-old Shelton girl who suffers several medical issues and needs brain surgery.

• More counselors? That’s what one Shelton elementary school teacher wants to see.

• Four students chosen for regional musical festival ensemble.

• Shelton High School’s drama club is performing Adaptations this weekend. See photos from rehearsals.

• Shelton resident, Casey Harrington, travels the world and explores famous works of art.

• Shelton state Rep. Jason Perillo tapped for leadership position in the 2013 session.

• Police news

• City loans available property owners.

• Kindergarten registration begins Jan. 29.

• Cabaret show this Friday and Saturday

• Local happenings listed in Spotlight and Library news.

• Meet our Pet of the Week, Izzy. She is a mature female bulldog mix that needs a home and would be a great watchdog.

• In Sports: Gaels place fourth in wrestling, Girls basketball takes on Amity, sports schedules and more.

In this week’s Section B:

• A custom-built Colonial on Abbey Road leads our Real Estate Showcase.

• There’s a home on Raspberry Hill that celebrates the Colonial Revival.

• A real estate agent gives tips on how to spruce up your appliances if you’re selling your home — or just want to change the ambiance of your kitchen.

• There are two stories on energy efficiency savings.

• Winter brings post-grunge bands to Fairfield’s StageOne.

• A review on “Zero Dark Thirty,” a recipe for healthy eating, arts calendar of events, automobile reviews and more.