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A Walk on the Dark Side

10.19.2014 - Andover, Ct. - Dark Walk clown Brian Biel (L) gives a "startle scare" to Amy Paiva as he jumps out from behind a hidden door in the haunted circus section of this year's Dark Walk. Dark Walk Director Jim Wieloch says  pacing the scares and disorienting scenes with rich and distracting scene-details are part of what creates Dark Walk's unsettling experience. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com.

10.19.2014 – Andover, Ct. – Dark Walk clown Brian Biel (L) gives a “startle scare” to Amy Paiva as he jumps out from behind a hidden door in the haunted circus section of this year’s Dark Walk. Dark Walk Director Jim Wieloch says pacing the scares and disorienting scenes with rich and distracting scene-details are part of what creates Dark Walk’s unsettling experience. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com.

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Evening Lights

10.16.2014 - Middletown, Ct. - Their fishing excursion to Butternut Hollow Park drawing to a close, Phillip Pope and his grandson Nathan Pope, 17, head to their car as the days clouds are painted with the setting sun and lights illuminate the pond's fountains. The two fish together "two to three times a week," said Pope, who was with his grandson today while Nathan's dad attended a meeting, "We're always together." Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com.

10.16.2014 – Middletown, Ct. – Their fishing excursion to Butternut Hollow Park drawing to a close, Phillip Pope and his grandson Nathan Pope, 17, head to their car as the days clouds are painted with the setting sun and lights illuminate the pond’s fountains. The two fish together “two to three times a week,” said Pope, who was with his grandson today while Nathan’s dad attended a meeting, “We’re always together.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com.

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Rowing on the River

In late August, Amanda Aronson, a supporter of the Aurora Women & Girls Foundation, took part in a Dragon Boat race to help raise awareness and funds for the organization. Inspired by that experience, she then recruited women to row as part of a beginner Women’s Rowing Group that has been meeting since September.

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Aurora’s mission is to be a catalyst for positive change for women and girls in Hartford county, and the creation of this rowing group is proof that a “ripple effect” can be experienced when women take part in empowering activities. Two women from the original Dragon Boat team are on the Thursday morning rowing group and the other women represent mothers with flexible work schedules from around Hartford County–many of whom have long-wanted to row but couldn’t due to traditional rowing times.

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Honoring A Fallen Hero

On Tuesday, October 7, Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell answered his final alarm. He perished fighting a two-alarm blaze at a house on Blue Hills Avenue, just a block from Bell’s firehouse, Engine 16, Blue Hills Station. Monday morning, under cloudy skies, thousands¬†of firefighters and friends gathered at First Cathedral in Bloomfield for funeral services for the fallen firefighter. He was buried at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield following the service.

“What is important to understand is that one of our own firefighters lost his life saving others,” said Hartford Fire Chief Carlos Huertas during his remarks at the service. “Firefighter Kevin Bell is a hero.”

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BLOOMFIELD, CT -  10.13.2014  Firefighter recruits from the Connecticut Fire Academy salute the casket of Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell at First Cathedral in Bloomfield. Bell perished in a blaze on Blue Hills Avenue last Tuesday night. Patrick Raycraft |  praycraft@courant.com

BLOOMFIELD, CT – 10.13.2014 Firefighter recruits from the Connecticut Fire Academy salute the casket of Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell at First Cathedral in Bloomfield. Bell perished in a blaze on Blue Hills Avenue last Tuesday night. Patrick Raycraft | praycraft@courant.com

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