A Decision Delayed


Calfé Culture

Fire and Rain


Canton High


Kickin’ It


Rose, The Bluefish


“You Can”

Big Toy

Got to be a joker


The River’s Edge

The River’s Edge from Mark Mirko on Vimeo.

“Her spirit will be with us forever.”

By ALAINE GRIFFIN, KELLY GLISTA and DENISE BUFFA, agriffin@courant.com MILFORD — Maren Sanchez adjusted the microphone and took a seat on stage with her guitar, the instrument that she taught herself to play. She didn’t know it at the time, but Maren’s soft, lullaby-like version of Phillip Phillips’ song “Home” — captured on a 2012 [...]

Be The Media

03.26.2014 – West Hartford, Ct – Editing a video to be broadcast on West Hartford Community Television, students Kate Chritton, 9, and Avi Jacobs, 9, work with mentor Sophya Esponda during a Be The Media workshop sponsored by WHC-TV and held at the West Hartford Public Library. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

Championship Weekend

East Catholic boys and Capital Prep girls came out of Mohegan Sun Arena State Champions on Saturday. East Catholic defeated Weaver 87-60. Capital Prep defeated Weaver 69-53. Game Photos are HERE Lori Riley’s Capital Prep story is HERE. Tom Yantz’s East Catholic story is HERE.

What’s So Funny About an Angry Chicken?

2014.03.11 – Hartford, Ct – (L-R) Cindy Satkowski of Ellington, Myléne Claire Poitras, of Middletown, Henry Strom of Portland, Carlie Klimkiewicz of Ellington, Katie O’Neil of Glastonbury and Nicole Folio of Stafford Springs participate in a Laughter yoga class led Tuesday night by Laura Le at Hartford ArtSpace. Asked by Le to describe how they [...]

Time Served

2014.03.05 – Meridan, Ct – Forensic Science Examiner Jill Therriault pulls a handgun from a firing chamber after firing the weapon to retrieve it’s bullets to identify marks left by the guns barrel. Since December, 2012, with the appointment of a new director, Guy Vallaro, the Crime Lab has experienced a clear reduction in backlogged [...]


2014.02.14 Windsor Locks,ct – “The stupid snow is making it hard to skate lately,” said Kyle Roberts, 16, of Windsor Locks. Roberts, who is out of school for February break, said that he hadn’t jumped trash cans in front of his house before but because his usual skating places are covered in snow this idea [...]

In Tow

02.13.2014 – Mansfield, Ct – How much does it weigh? “A lot,” says Shawn Allen, a 42-year-old Marine Corps veteran. Allen, who works as a tree-trimmer, says he walks several miles a day pulling the log with the goal of, “The bigger the better.” Adding, “besides, they make good mantle pieces when they’re done.” This is the [...]

Friday Night Light

02.07.2014 – Storrs, Ct –  Four years ago Tim Isselee of Bethel, Ct, saw a video that inspired him to learn how how to do backflip while riding a snowboard. “I fell in love with doing flips into powder,” he says. After classes yesterday afternoon, the UConn Physical Therapy student started piling snow on the [...]

Today in History Class

02.04.2014 – New Britain, Ct – DiLoreto Magnet Elementary School sixth-grader Miguel Rodriguez, dons a whit coat for his portrayal as Albert Einstein in the Live Wax Museum organized by  teacher Kit Moya. For the past two weeks Moya’s 24 students have been studying historical figures and events of their choosing, from pilgrims to the [...]

Snow Bird

02.03.2014 – Manchester, Ct – Mike Bruckner cleans fresh snow from the sidewalk outside his store, Hardware on Wheels. Bruckner says his store specializes in nuts and bolts saying, “People come to me when they can’t find it anywhere else. I’m known as the guru of nuts and bolts.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com.


By SHAWN R. BEALS, sbeals@courant.com The Hartford Courant VERNON — As groups throughout the country mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with community service projects, a group from South Windsor-based Temple Beth Hillel made its 10th annual Shema Tour to choose a project for the coming year. Shema – the Hebrew word for listening – [...]

Shelton Fire Displaces Dozens

2014.01.06. – Shelton, CT – John Barber (above), who heard shouts of “Johnny! Fire! Johnny! Get Out!” before fleeing his burning third-floor apartment early this morning, looks over the smoldering remains of the building that was once his home and housed about half a dozen businesses and 24 apartments.  Firefighters rescued about 30 people from [...]


2014.01.03. – Mansfield, CT – In temperatures dipping below 10-degrees, Mansfield residents Betsy Parker (L) and Carl Opderbeck clear out their driveways after this morning’s storm. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

First Snow

2014.01.02. – Storrs, CT – “I work out everyday at the gym but this is the workout for today.” says Sumbleen Ali of Lahore, Pakistan, (right) as she shovels snow from Nancy Rohner’s (left) driveway. Ali, a UConn graduate student from Lahore, Pakistan, is living at Rohner’s home while pursuing a graduate degree in Human [...]