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A Place for Everyone

Hartford, CT - 5/19/16. Sharad Collier, 19, hits the heat bag at Bright Futures Youth Center (formerly the San Juan Center). Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN |bhorrigan@courant.com

In the 1980’s the boxing scene in Hartford was a vibrant one. But as three of the four gyms in town had closed by the early 1990s, a void was created. In 1992, the San Juan Center opened (now called the Bright Futures Youth Center) and today is the city’s longest running boxing gym. Within the last few years, two other gyms have opened (with a third on the way), giving Hartford boxing enthusiasts new hope for a boxing renaissance in Connecticut’s capital.
Hartford native John “Iceman” Scully was a successful light heavyweight in the 1990’s. Today, Scully trains aspiring fighters at Bright Futures. “A boxing gym is like a park,” says Scully, “it’s a place for everyone.” Serious fighters can be found in the boxing gym; You have those who are there to get into shape. Others are motivated by not getting beat up in the street. Even little kids, who might be too small for other sports, can be found training.”You never know who could be [working out at] the bag next to you,” says Scully, “could be a kid, could be a two-time champion.”

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A Musical Force

Mansfield, CT, 5/16/2016 - Their bows lit with LED lights, seventy students in the Mansfield Public Schools Suzuki String Program perform the theme from Star Wars at Annie E. Vinton school while on an end-of-the-year tour of the town's three elementary schools. Suzuki violin teacher Barbara Vaughn said the idea to light bows like light sabres started after student Brendan Kaufold asked if  they could "take a vacation from" the standard Suzuki songs during their one-day three-school concert. The Suzuki program in Mansfield has been touring their town's elementary schools since 1979. Photo by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

Mansfield, CT, 5/16/2016 – Their bows lit with LED lights, seventy students in the Mansfield Public Schools Suzuki String Program perform the theme from Star Wars at Annie E. Vinton school while on an end-of-the-year tour of the town’s three elementary schools. Suzuki violin teacher Barbara Vaughn said the idea to light bows like light sabres started after student Brendan Kaufold asked if they could “take a vacation from” the standard Suzuki songs during their one-day three-school concert. The Suzuki program in Mansfield has been touring their town’s elementary schools since 1979. Photo by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Tree Tune

New Haven, CT -  4/29/16 - Accordion Adam Matlock plays on Science Hill in New Haven. Photo by Brad Horrigan | bhorrigan@courant.com

New Haven, CT – 4/29/16 – Accordionist Adam Matlock poses for a portrait on Science Hill in New Haven. Photo by Brad Horrigan | bhorrigan@courant.com

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Selfie-Reflection

04.23.2016 - East Hartford, Ct. - Bill Clinton poses for pictures outside Augie and Ray's while on a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

04.23.2016 – East Hartford, Ct. – One the eve of the Connecticut primary, Bill Clinton poses for pictures outside Augie and Ray’s while campaigning for Hillary. A Public Policy Polling survey today showed Clinton ahead of Sanders by just 2 points. Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island hold primaries tomorrow. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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A Calm Conversation

Glastonbury, CT - 4/22/16 - Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich addresses a member of the crowd at a town hall meeting at Glastonbury High School Friday evening. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | bhorrigan@courant.com

Glastonbury, CT – 4/22/16 – Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich addresses a member of the crowd at a town hall meeting at Glastonbury High School Friday evening. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | bhorrigan@courant.com