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The Open Hearth Holds ‘Overcomer Breakfast’

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hearth1 (2)About 250 of Hartford’s well-known started Tuesday by giving to others, and enjoying a good breakfast and some sports talk at the Connecticut Convention Center.

the Open Hearth was the host, marking its 130th anniversary, and the celebrity speaker at its annual “Overcomer Breakfast” was former UConn men’s basketball coach, Jim Calhoun.

But Calhoun didn’t really want to talk UConn basketball and he definitely didn’t want to talk about successor Kevin Ollie’s anticipated $3 million contract.

“I have no comment on it,” said the famed Calhoun about the contract deal that was expected to behearth2 finalized with the fellow NCAA championship winning coach and pro-ball player, who was one of Calhoun’s assistant coaches.

UConn fan Mike Daly of Hartford Investment did however.

“I sure do think we should give Ollie $3 million because we don’t want to lose him to someone who will give him $4 million,” Daly said.

Calhoun did say life is loosened up a bit although e is still working at UConn.

“I do have more time for family,” he said, anxious rather to talk about Open Hearth and its history of providing residential programs for homeless and addicted men in recovery.

hearth3Also at the breakfast was Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman who said she is more than ready for a new campaign season and that like past campaigns, the plan is to work hard.

“You just plan to say goodbye to your family for a while,” she said.

Hartford mayor Pedro Segarra also attended sporting a new spring “do.”

“It’s my ‘getting ready for summer’ or ‘getting ready for budget talks’ hairdo,” he joked about the short-cropped style he was wearing.

Also at the breakfast looking very relaxed was Foodshare president Gloria McAdam, fresh off a two-week vacation to Malaysia.

“I have a girlfriend who is teaching there so I went to visit,” explained McAdam. “She has been a teacher overseas for a while so I have also been lucky enough to visit her in other places including Egypt and Istanbul.”



Easter Seals Celebrates At 27th Annual Crystal Ball

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easter1Jeff Calhoun was once again the featured guest at the Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut 27th annual Crystal Ball. And to the couple, it was an event they could not miss, no matter how well UConn was doing as it prepared for the Elite Eight round on Sunday.

“We are committed to the Easter Seals, they were there for us during our journey with our daughter,” said Calhoun, referring to his now 8-year-old daughter, Reese, who is autistic. “We have been fortunate in our lives,” said Calhoun.” Participating in this event and telling our story is important to us.”

The gala, chaired by Bill and Sandy Selig and senior easter2managing director/CFO of New York Life Investments David Bedard and his wife, Ellen Bedard, attracted about 300 people and raised more than $450,000 at the Marriott Hartford Downtown.

“I think sometimes people forget how many years Easter Seals has stepped up for children with serious health disabilities and the families that need support,” said Rhianna Pinero, a Hartford resident who was part of the gala crowd. “I remember my parents and grandparents supporting the Easter Seals at a time wheaster3en there were not many organizations for children with disabilities.”

Proceeds from Saturday’s ball benefited several East Seals programs including its autism initiative.

And while the night was about a good cause, the chatter was about “bleeding blue” and how UConn men would fare Sunday in the NCAA Elite Eight playoffs. And of course all you had to do was ask a Calhoun and you know you’ll get an answer.

“I went to school with Kevin and I played ball with Kevin,” easter4grinned Jeff Calhoun, referring to Kevin Ollie who succeeded Jim Calhoun as men’s head coach. “And I know you never bet against Kevin,” he said. “”Whenever they said Kevin could not do something, he went in and he did it. “ Calhoun said, alluding to opinions that UConn would be stymied in the NCAA championship climb. “Kevin gets what he wants.”

Steele, Calhoun, Mill At 2T, Martin All In Java News

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sageIf you are an avid tv watcher or sports fan  you may have noticed a Hartford vibe going on in places beyond the local stations.

If you happened to be watching ESPN’s Sage Steele on ABCs “NBA Countdown” earlier this week, did the dress look familiar? Steele was wearing the navy and white sheath that won the AIDS Ct “Project Runway” competition here a few months ago. The dress, which also came with a coat, was created by local designer Jeannie Boccaccio. Steele, who, along with “Project Runway” celebrity designer Mondo Guerra and others including Colin McEnroe, Java, Ricky Trendy and Debbie Wright, judged the show held in Hartford, was so impressed with the winning outfit that she asked Boccaccio if she could wear it on air.

“I am designing a few additional pieces for her as well, and feel so honored and grateful that she will be wearing them on tv!,” said Boccaccio.

You might want to tune in to ABC’s “Good Morning America” this weekend. You will see a familiar face. WTNH’s Erika Martin will be stepping up and doing the weekend weather on the Emmy award-winning morning show.

It’s goodbye and good luck to WVIT NBC Connecticut’s Emma Asante who was the Director of Community Projects there. But don’t be sad. Her departure is an opportunity. She has been named Vice President of Special Projects & Community Relations for the NBC affiliate in Chicago. There is life after basketball.

A shout out to former UConn’s men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun who stepped in for WFSB’s calhouncremevacationing Scot Haney on the “Better Connecticut” show. Calhoun, who co-hosted for a day with regular co-host Kara Sundlun, was all game on for segments that including getting slathered in facial moisturizer and donning an apron to cook ceviche.

At Fox CT, it was good-bye to Jan Carabeo who has moved on to Philadelphia and taken a reporting job with CBS-owned KYW.

In the “did you know” category, did you know that George Sloan, a Quinnipiac University alumnus is a staff writer for the CBS comedy, “How I Met Your Mother?” The award-winning show starring Neil Patrick Harris is ending its run with its series finale scheduled for March 31. Slsage (2)oan is a 2004 graduate of Quinnipiac’s School of Communications.

And in “don’t get in a panic” news, Mill at 2T is not closing. It’s just renovating. The very popular restaurant in Tariffville will close March 16 and when it reopens on April 1 there will be lots of “new” beyond the updated look. Happy Hour, special Monday family dinners, more coveted “counter” area seats, an expanded menu for casual dining and a new vibe will all be part of the transformation. “We love the space and it was just time after five years to give it a facelift,” said Kelleanne Jones who with husband Ryan Jones, have made the place a “must go” dining destination in the Farmington Valley.

“We want to be more than just a special occasion place,” explained Jones. The dark wood tables and chairs, as well as the famous oversized hutch, are being replaced with lighter, more traditional pieces, a new floor is being installed and the more casual “kitchen “ area, where diners can watch Ryan Jones and company create their award-winning food is being expanded to include high top tables and chairs for casual dining. “We will be adding lighter items to the menu as well for people who just want to stop by for a quick bite or share a dish or bring their families,” said Kelleanne Jones. “We will also be having Happy Hours with wine and beer and appetizer specials. It is all going to be great.”

J.A. Honors Four AtBusiness Hall Of Fame Induction

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ja11ja13ja10ja14As a group they are probably some of the best-known names in the state, retired Ernst & Young managing partner Howard Carver, Chase Enterprises vice president, Atty. Cheryl Chase, Stanley Black & Decker chairman and CEO John Lundgren and retired UConn men’s basketball head coach, Jim Calhoun.

On Wednesday it was their business acumen and their philanthropic efforts being celebrated at the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s 33rd annual Business Hall of Fame.

The four were inducted into the organization’s Business Hall of Fame, and more than 350 people turned out at the Hartford Marriott Downtown to celebrate the occasion and the honorees.

“I was surprised to receive this honor,” said Carver, a former J.A. president and board member. “It’s a great honor for me.”

Calhoun, who received the organization’s 2013 Spirit of Achievement Award was the center of attention for many of those attending, because although he may have stepped down as head coach of the team, he is still the go-to guy when it comes to talking college basketball.

And on this night it was women’s basketball that he was talking up.

“They are a great bunch of kids,” he said about UConn’s women’s basketball team that on Tuesday won the school’s its 8th NCAA women’s basketball championship. “And Geno (Auriemma) is one of the most effective women’s basketball coaches in history.”

Chase, herself a Junior Achievement alumnus while a student at Hall High School, was her usual modest self when it came to be chosen for the award. But couldn’t help but become far more animated when it came to the newest addition to the family.

“He is beautiful and so happy,” she said whipping out a picture of new grandson Dylan Jasper Chase-Dyer, son of her daughter, Dara, and son-in-law, beIN cq sports network commentator Ross Dyer.

Although grandson and parents live in southern Florida, Chase has already figured out how to miss business and pleasure so “Grandma” and husband “Grandpa” Stuart Bear, have regular visits with the nearly four-month-old baby.

A beaming Chase explained she is a principal in the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, noting it is in the perfect location, near her daughter and son-in-law’s home.

“We are finding more reasons to go down there on business,” she said smiling.

Junior Achievement Announces 2013 Award Winners

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A retired business executive, a well-known attorney and philanthropist, a CEO and an iconic coach have been chosen as the 2013 honorees by the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England.

Named as the inductees to its Business Hall of Fame are Howard L. Carver, retired managing partner at Ernst & Young, LLP, Cheryl Chase, EVP, principal and general counsel for the Chase Enterprises, Inc, and John F. Lundgren, president and CEO at Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

Retired UCONN  men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun will be the recipient of its 2013 Spirit of Achievement Award.

The four will be honored at Junior Achievement’s  Annual Business Hall of Fame dinner on April 10 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.