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J.A. Honors Five In Hartford

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ja13 (2)If you learn by imitation, it is no wonder so many young members of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England are doing so well.

Adult mentors in the program are the best of the best as hard workers and leaders, and on Wednesday, five were recognized for those exemplary efforts.

CPTV president/CEO Jerry Franklin, business owners Andrew and Joyce Mandell, The Hartford’s president/CEO Liam McGee and U.S. Rep John Larson were celebrated for their leadership efforts at the 34th Annual Junior Achievement Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

“I was a member of Junior Achievement when I was growing up in Hartford,” said Andrew ja15Mandell, who with his wife, own Data-Mail Inc. and are well-known area philanthropists. “It was those adult business people who volunteered to Junior Achievement that began the teaching I needed to start my own business.”

The Mandells, Franklin and McGee were ja10 (2)inducted in to the J.A. Hall of Fame at the event. Larson, who could not attend, was awarded the group’s 2014 Jim Calhoun Spirit of Achievement Award.

McGee also could not attend, but accepting the honor on his behalf was The Hartford’s commercial markets president, Doug Elliot.

“We are very proud, proud for our people and they have done for Junior Achievement,” said Elliott.

The supportive  adult guidance and mentoring has apparently not gone to waste.

ja22Among the young J.A. members welcoming guests was Dylan Washington, a student at H.A.L.S. Academy in New Britain.

“I want to start an Extreme Sports business some day,” said the precocious 10-year-old. “I’m learning how to be an entrepreneur and I have a plan,” he continued as he laid out his ambitious career path. “First I want to go to M.I.T (Massachusetts Institute of Technology.)”


PBS “Downton Abbey” In CPTV “Downton Hartford”

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cptv15Java has to preface this with a disclaimer. I have never watched the PBS tv hit series  “Downton Abbey” and have little if any familiarity with the dozens of Crawley Family members and servants who are on the show. But I walked into the CPTV “Downton Abbey Masterpiece Ball” Friday willing and able to learn.

And while most of the 150 guests who attended the ball, which included a little sneak peek at Season Four of the Victorian-period soap opera, sure liked the show, they seemed to be more wrapped up in the characters than in the characters’ names.

“Oh, I like the little blonde girl that keeps getting stood up,” explained Nelson Rivera, who with wife Liz Rivera, dressed up in Downton Abbey-inspired wear to get into the proper English partying mood. Java researched but still has no idea who this might be!

Was it any wonder power broker Peter Kelly would like the guy in charge of the whole tv family?cptv21 (1) But again, he was not quite sure of the name.

“The lord of the house is my favorite character,” said Kelly, referring apparently to Hugh Bonneville who plays Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham.  “He’s a good soul.”

And if you are looking for a show endorsement, consider the well-known lawyer’s critique of the show.

“It is the best theater on tv,” said Kelly who attended the bash at the Hartford Marriott with daughter, Bridget Kelly.

Costumes that were worn for the occasion ranged from authentic period pieces like New Britain Museum of American Art executive director Douglas Hyland’s authentic Scottish kilt, one that beloncptv18 (2)ged to his father-in-law.

“Noting on under this,” kidded the plaid skirt outfitted Hyland as he and other frozen guests hurried inside from Friday’s bitter cold. “This could be the end of the family line.”

Hyland’s wife Tita’s wore her grandmother’s 1918 embroidered silk coat while Greater Hartford Arts Council president/CEO and the state’s first lady, Cathy Malloy, went a bit more theatrical.

Malloy, who attended with not-so-Downton abbey clad Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, tapped the Goodspeed theater costume closet where she was fitted in a Downton Abbey-era dress and coat with West Hartford stylist John McGarvey providing the perfect Victorian-era hairdo.

And her favorite character on the show?

“The head of the kitchen, she said, apparently referring to Mrs. Patmore.

For more pictures go here.

DRC’s Mike & Kim, A New Show Together

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Mike and Kim 3It’s official. The WDRC-FM morning show has a new name and new permanent hosts.

Buckley Vice President and General Manager Eric Fahnoe announced Mike Stevens and Kim Zachary are the permanent morning talent on the new “Mike and Kim in the Morning Show.”

The two shared duties with former WDRC Jerry Kristafer on the now defunct “Big D Morning Show.” Kristafer was let go two weeks ago.

Seems WFSB’s Denise D’Ascenzo isn’t the only one going to Boston next month to pick up some silver. Jerry Franklin, president and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), is also being awarded a Silver Circle award by the Boston/New England Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

The Silver Circle is a special recognition that honors veteran television professionals who have made significant contributions to their community, the television industry and to individuals training for careers in the field of television.



A Beach/Bookbag Full of Summer Weekend Options Hartford

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]This might be a weekend of mixed messages Hartford, a combination of traditional summer doings mixed with other events that make one thing of back-to-school and autumn.

But it’s all fun so here goes!

Camp Courant will be the place Thursday where state treasurer Denise Nappier hands out back-to-school backpacks and school bpacksupplies to children with need from Hartford. Called the Backpack Donation Program, it is sponsored by the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET).

But let’s get back to summer please!

Also on Thursday, the Wadsworth Atheneum, with The Amistad Center, will host its Caribbean themed “First Thursday” party.

The “Caribbean Block Party” celebrates the Aug. 1 Emancipation Day holiday celebrated by manycarib countries in the Caribbean and also kicks off the “Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival” in Hartford this weekend. Thursday’s party will feature reggae music by Anthem Band, a performance by Jamaican songstress Karen Smith, poetry readings, dancing, fire dancers and stilt walkers. Admission is $5. Those wearing yellow get in free.

Information: wadsworthatheneum.org

And that brings us to that Caribbean festival at Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza on Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m. The annual event features authentic cuisines, island beverages, costumes, dancing, music as well as children’s activities and live entertainment.

Information: riverfornt.org.

Has anyone noticed all the sunflowers blooming everywhere?

Hesunad over to Lyman Orchards where its annual Sunflower Maze opens Saturday and continues through Aug. 25. The maze is cut through a field of 350,000 blooming red and yellow sunflowers,. A portion of the admission cost is donated to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. For those who head over on opening day, there is a special treat. PBS is a co-sponsor for the kids themed opening day and is bringing network personality “Buddy” from its “Dinosaur Train” to meet visitors beginning at 10 a.m. Raindate is Sunday.

Information: lymanorchards.com

Now if you are a person hunkering for a taste of fall, fair season begins this weekend. The Middlesex and New Haven County 4-H Fair will be held at the Durham Fairground beginning Friday at 5 p.m.

Tcowhe fair includes tractor pulls, home arts exhibits, livestock judging, a dog show, trained steers pull, draft horse pull, tractor driving contest and live entertainment.

The fair is open Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m., to 10 p.m.

Information: 4-hfair.org

And finally, don’t forget, whether you are a foodie or not, you can treat yourself to a really nice dinner for a really affordable price through Sunday.

Timages[3]_opthere are still four more days to Taste of Hartford and that means $20.13 three-course dinners at dozens of Hartford restaurants.

Information: tastehartford.com



CPTV Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary

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cptv16It may have  started as a small educational programming station back in 1963, but in 2013, the now CPTV celebrated a  50th anniversary celebration Saturday that left no doubt as to how much its grown.

From a red carpet welcome featuring its signature purple dinosaur “Barney” to a who’s who of PBS and other tv execs and celebrities; it was a gala reflecting five decades of hard work and success for a network that is cherished by its state and beyond.

“This is an anniversary about celebrating my colleagues,” said CPTV celeb Faith Middleton who began on public radio 33 years ago with shows that became part of the network’s line-up. “I am so privileged to work for CPTV.”

 More than 450 people attended the bash that attracted a wide range of well-known Connecticut people ranging from Webster Bank CEO James Smith and St. Francis and Hartford Hospital presidents,  Chris Dadlez and Jeff Flaks to former U.S. Rep. Barbara Kennelly, UConn board chair Larry McHugh, the Chase Family,  and University of Hartford president Walter Harrison.

cptv13Also attending was celebrity chef Jacques Pepin and PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger who also did emcee duties for the program.

Besides the gala, there was also a wedding going on at the Hartford Marriott Downtown so when very flower girls arrived and saw the red carpet with Barney as the host, they could not believe their eyes.

“This is the best wedding ever,” said one youngster as she watched the oversized dino posing with guests as they arrived for the gala. “I can’t believe Barney is here.”

Best of Everything This Weekend Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]It’s a weekend of the best Hartford, fine food, fine art, fine causes, anniversary celebrations and  more as sights are set on what to do to get out and enjoy.

Thursday,  Carbone’s in Hartford will hold its first ” Serata di Cibo” dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. benefiting the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The fundraiser includes Italian hors d’oeuvres, stations serving pasta, seafood, grilled items,  desserts, all with selected wines and boutique beers. Tickets are $125 a person. Information: carbonesct.comcarbones

Over in Bloomfield on Thursday , Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation will hold its Donor Recognition Evening beginning at 6 p.m. at its facility at 103 Vision Way.  Among the honored guests will be former Gov.  Jodi Rell, Fidelco client Ed Bordley, who works for the U.S. Marshals Service and Navy Lt. Brad Snyder, who was blinded while serving in Afghanistan and went on to win two gold and a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.  Information: fidelco.org

Want to know who is the best when it comes to stores, restaurants, services and such? Head over to the Society Room on Pratt Street in Hartford Friday for Hartford Magazine’s “Best of ” party beginning at 7 p.m. Winners will be celebrated at the event that also marks the 10th anniversary of the magazine. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $65.00

On Saturday, there are lots of choices.

Artartgrab2Space in Hartford will be the place for  the “Art 4 Aids”  fundraiser, benefiting The Richard B. Fried Fund for ACT. The evening includes an art grab, food, music and wine. General admission tickets are $50. Information:  aids-ct.org

It will be a very colorful evening for CPTV as it parlays its famed  purple dinosaur, a black tie and  a red carpet into a golden celebration at the Hartford Marriott Downtown Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. 

The 50th anniversary party includes red carpet interviews, and will be hosted by PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger. Honorary chairs are Gov. Dannel P Malloy and Cathy CPTV50th-Anniversary-logo-color[1]Malloy.

Also on Saturday at the Connecticut Convention Center, Eastern CT Cancer Institute will hold it 2013 “Healium Ball,”  a Parisian-themed black tie fundraiser  that will include dinner dancing and entertainment. It benefits the new John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center, and Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Fund. Information: echn.org

Visit some of CT’s best museums, attractions and historical sites including  Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s  house in Hartford Saturday as part of “Connecticut Open House Day.”

The GOpenHouse200[1]overnor’s Residence at 990 Prospect Ave. will be among the destinations participating in the annual  event. The residence will be open to the public for tours from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

“Connecticut Open House Day provides a great opportunity for residents and tourists alike to take advantage of the fantastic attractions we have in the state,” Governor Malloy said.  “We have nearly 200 destinations located all throughout the state participating this year such as museums, galleries, theaters, vineyards, shops and historic properties.”

  Go to  CTvisit.com to view the list of participants and special incentives being offered as part of Saturday’s open house.