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CT’s Miss USA Spills About Moscow and Plans To Win Miss Universe

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erinbWe may not make it often to that  pageant runway but when Connecticut does, it is always does it in a big way.

South Glastonbury resident Erin Brady, better known these days as Miss USA, is in Moscow where she is competing in the 62nd Miss Universe pageant this week.

But despite a hectic schedule and a pageant to win, she still made some time for her home state by spilling about the excitement and anticipation with Java here.

CT “Still Revolutionary” A HSMAI Winner

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revoApparently change is good!

The state’s new branding slogan “Still Revolutionary” won three Adrian Awards for its new brand campaign.  The awards wer presented by The Hospitality, Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)  and are awarded to recognize excellence in advertising, public relations and digital marketing specifically tailored for the hospitality, travel and tourism industries. The Connecticut campaign received a gold award for television creative, silver for digital marketing and bronze for repositioning.

“We are honored that the Adrian Awards recognized the value of our new brand.  And we’re thrilled that results from our ad tracking study demonstrate that the still revolutionary campaign is working and inspiring people to visit the state of Connecticut,” said Randy Fiveash, Director of Tourism.

Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and its Office of Tourism recently unveiled new advertising results that demonstrate the state’s $15 million investment in the still revolutionary brand and tourism marketing campaign is having a positive effect.


Vanessa Williams, Helen Williams At Amistad Luncheon

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If you thought all the increased traffic into Hartford on Saturday was just for the ING Hartford Marathon, you were wrong.

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture held their Phenomenal Woman Luncheon at the Hilton on Saturday, featuring special guests Vanessa Williams and her mom, Helen Williams, co-authors of “You Have No Idea.”

The event also honored the Connecticut Chapters of The Links, Inc., for their contributions to community and culture.

“We’re absolutley proud to be honored for our contributions to the arts in all of our communities throughout the state of Connecticut,” said Willena K. Price, president of the Greater Hartford Chapter of The Links.

“Links has always been in the forefront of serving the community, leading with excellence…Any opportunity to serve, to make our communites better is what we believe in.”

Guests included Diane Cloud, event chair; Mary Ann Slomski, consultant to the Amistad Center; Angelina Womack, 2012 Ebony Horsewomen Inc. Jr. Miss Rodeo Queen; Tanya Healis, Ebony Horsewomen chairwoman of the board; Pat Kelly, Ebony Horsewomen president and CEO; State Treasurer Denise Nappier; CCSU professor Wangari Gichiru; and Mrs. Connecticut 2012 Vanassa Sebastian.

“If I had a dollar for every time a Vanessa Williams song played growing up I’d be retired,” said Jennai Williams who was at the luncheon with her mom Kim Davis, a huge Vanessa Williams fan.

So with the release of the book, a skin care line for QVC, working on an album and starring in the new show, “666 Park Avenue” on ABC, Java had to wonder if Vanessa Williams has any free time?

“There’s not a lot of free time,” said Williams.”If I do get any free time it’s usually sitting down and doing a crossword puzzle in the sun. That’s kind of my go-to activity.”

Twain Needs Your Vote Today

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I’m not exactly sure why this has all turned into a competition but apparently the state has got Connecticut tourist sites vying with each other to be part of the new “VisitConnecticut” marketing campaign.

The Mark Twain House & Museum  is scrambling  to be among the top 10 places that will be part of the marketing effort. And that of course is based upon online votes.

Today is the final day of voting and staff are asking supporters and anyone else to go to www.facebook.com/VisitConnecticut to cast a vote for the Twain House.

Can’t help but wonder,  who did  Gov. Dannel Malloy vote for?


“Get Well” Shout Outs To Our CT Chefs

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In case you run into either of these celeb chefs,  make sure you offer some “get well soon” wishes.

Acclaimed chef Jacques Pepin is recovering following shoulder surgery. Biggest complaint around his Madison home, the man just won’t slow down despite a sling.

And in the Greater Hartford area, former Hell’s Kitchen finalist Chef Kevin Cottle ( now executive chef at Jordan Caterers) broke his left wrist and may be undergoing some surgery to repair the mulitple fracture.

That however, did not stop him from participating in  a weekend marketing photo shoot promoting tourism in Connecticut.

Speedy recoveries to both.

NBC CT Nava Headed Back to Texas

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NBC Connecticut news co-anchor and show host Yvonne Nava is going home.

Nava, who has been at the West Hartford-based station since 2007, is returning to Texas to be near family.

“For the past five years, Yvonne has jumped into the community,” said David Doebler, station president and General Manager. “She has done a lot of good stuff on the air and in the community and the opportunity to go back with her child to be close to her family is understandable, ” he said. “Heart strings won out over love for Connecticut.”

The mother of a son, Nava began her career at Telemundo in her hometown of Laredo, Texas and then worked at several other stations in Texas, Tennessee and Florida before coming to Connecticut.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she was recognized by Hispanic magazine for being an outstanding role model for Latinas. Here, she was also named to the Hartford Business Journal’s prestigious “40 under 40” list.

Doebler said the station is now reviewing applicants for her position and expect to name her replacement in the next week.

“She has done a nice job and we loved having her,” said Doebler. “She is a great journalist and we are sorry to see her go, but understand and respect her decision.”