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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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Resurrection

The resurrection of Holy Land U.S.A. in Waterbury began last December with the installation of a new 52-foot high cross overlooking I-84. Two weeks ago Holy Land opened its arms again by welcoming the public to an informal open house… a one-day glimpse of the former religious theme park. Both the devout and the curious flocked to the iconic hilltop on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.  Photographs by Patrick Raycraft | praycraft@courant.com

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An Evening In White

As the late summer sun sunk low in the sky, a flash mob of about 280 guests dressed all in white converged on a vacant lot on Main Street in Durham Sunday evening for An Evening In White, a fundraiser to benefit the United Churches of Durham and the local food pantry. The event was inspired by Diner en Blanc, which originated in Paris in 1988, according to Lisa Davenport, one of the organizers.  Guests were instructed to bring their dinner, china, silverware, drinks and centerpieces and the organizers provided tables, chairs and table linens. The location was not disclosed until a few hours before the event, creating an air of spontaneity and excitement.  FoxCT’s Tony Terzi served as master of ceremonies and live jazz was provided by the Jack Riotte Trio.

 

DURHAM 09/07/14 Guests at An Evening in White hold sparklers aloft as a full moon rises over the scene in a vacant lot on Main Street in Durham Sunday.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

DURHAM 09/07/14 Guests at An Evening in White hold sparklers aloft as a full moon rises over the scene in a vacant lot on Main Street in Durham Sunday. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

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3rd Annual Pooch Plunge

The Bristol Parks and Recreation Department held their 3rd Annual Pooch Plunge at Rockwell Park Monday evening. About 30 dogs, and their owners, came out to cool off and take the plunge as a good way to end the summer season.

 

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Without Water

For some New London’s water main break is an inconvenience. They have water. But for those living at the New London Housing Authority high rise on Colman Street they’ll make due until water is restored.

Several cases of bottled water are delivered to the New London Housing authority highrise on Colman Street by staff from the American Red Cross after residents lost water service Thursday. A water main break in New London's Bates Woods Park nearby caused lowered water pressure for some and interrupted service for others.

Several cases of bottled water are delivered to the New London Housing authority highrise on Colman Street by staff from the American Red Cross after residents lost water service Thursday. A water main break in New London’s Bates Woods Park nearby caused lowered water pressure for some and interrupted service for others.

 

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Whale of a Sail: The Charles W. Morgan’s 38th Voyage

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Serving as nautical backdrops to a day of whale watching, the Charles W. Morgan and the Mystic schooner survey a flat, blue Atlantic seascape as a spouting humpback whale feeds on sand lance (also known as sand eels) within the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary just north of Provincetown, Massachusetts on July 12. Accompanied by the Mystic, the Morgan and a small flotilla of research vessels traveled three nautical miles off the tip of Cape Cod to visit the primary feeding ground for humpback whales. With a rich and perhaps a checkered past of whale hunting and harpooning, the Morgan has now partnered with Mystic Seaport and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to raise awareness about the endangered humpbacks and other whale species. The Morgan will be visiting several ports of call in the Northeast this summer.

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UConn Teams Honored at the White House…Again!

The UConn men’s and women’s NCAA Championship basketball teams were honored by President Barack Obama at the White House Monday afternoon in the East Room packed with invited guests and media.  It was the second time since 2004 that both teams were honored for dual championships.

“It is just a remarkable thing what these two programs have accomplished,” Obama said. “The women were a perfect 40-0 and won their games by an average of 34 points. There was not a lot of suspense. Now, I did not pick the men’s team to win. But neither did anybody else, unless they went to UConn. Tell the truth,” he said, raising his hand,  prodding UConn alumni in the crowd to show themselves.

After the 20-minute ceremony, during which UConn players presented Obama with UConn jerseys, and Stefanie Dolson lost her balance and fell of the riser – she was unhurt as she landed on her feet – a few team members and coaches Auriemma and Ollie proceeded to the White House lawn for a press conference.

To read Dom Amore’s story about UConn’s visit, click here.

WASHINGTON, DC 06/09/14 President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Stefanie Dolson (left) after he was presented with UConn jerseys during a ceremony honoring the NCAA Champion UConn men's and women's basketball teams in the East Room at the White House Monday afternoon. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

WASHINGTON, DC 06/09/14 President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Stefanie Dolson (left) after he was presented with UConn jerseys during a ceremony honoring the NCAA Champion UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams in the East Room at the White House Monday afternoon. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

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Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic

Hundreds turned out Friday at the XL Center seeking free dental care offered by hundreds of volunteers.

 Brenda Davis, of Plymouth, blows a kiss to staff after getting a tooth extracted. She and hundreds of others were in line early Friday seeking free dental care staffed by volunteer dentists and assistants in a makeshift clinic. The CT MOM Free Dental Clinic at the XL Center in Hartford offered a full range of dental services on a first come first served basis starting at 6 A.M. Friday. More than 700 walked through the doors four hours later. The clinic continues Saturday.

Brenda Davis, of Plymouth, blows a kiss to staff after getting a tooth extracted. She and hundreds of others were in line early Friday seeking free dental care staffed by volunteer dentists and assistants in a makeshift clinic. The CT MOM Free Dental Clinic at the XL Center in Hartford offered a full range of dental services on a first come first served basis starting at 6 A.M. Friday. More than 700 walked through the doors four hours later. The clinic continues Saturday.

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Eagles Fall To Hornets 4-3

East Hartford jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings but East Catholic’s rally fell short in a 4-3 loss at home in Manchester Thursday afternoon.

Christian Caballero of East Hartford puts the tag on Josh Zbierski of East Catholic at the plate as he tried to score from second base during their baseball game Thursday afternoon. East Hartford held on for a 4-3 victory.

Christian Caballero of East Hartford puts the tag on Josh Zbierski of East Catholic at the plate as he tried to score from second base during their baseball game Thursday afternoon. East Hartford held on for a 4-3 victory.

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Battle Of The Undefeated

On Monday afternoon UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said “There’s no matchup for Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd. I don’t think anybody in the country has figured out how to guard those two. And I’m not sure we’re going to be able to guard them either.” Maryland thought they had a plan but Notre Dame dispatched them easily with an 87-61 victory. Now two undefeated teams will compete for the national championship Tuesday night. For Lori Riley’s story on the rivalry click here:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Kayla McBride (21) drives up court as Maryland Terrapins guard Laurin Mincy (1) reaches in for the ball during the first half of the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four in Nashville, TN., Sunday night. McBride scored 28 points and Notre Dame easily advanced with an 87-61 victory.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Kayla McBride (21) drives up court as Maryland Terrapins guard Laurin Mincy (1) reaches in for the ball during the first half of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Nashville, TN., Sunday night. McBride scored 28 points and Notre Dame easily advanced with an 87-61 victory.

Notre Dame and UConn did not play each other this year and the rivalry has become more intense over the years so Tuesday nights game should be a beauty. For more photos of how the two teams reached the final click here:

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Coaches Against Cancer

Nearly forty people signed up to have their heads shaved for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fund-raiser at Vaughn’s Public House Tuesday night in Hartford.

Juliette LaRock (C) reacts as Jane Dunbar (L) holds up her ponytail which was just cutoff during a fund-raiser for The St. Baldrick's Foundation at Vaughn's Public House in Hartford Tuesday evening. Nearly forty people, mostly young girls, attended the event that was started by Jon Cohn, a Manchester soccer coach, who learned of the foundation in 2009. Juliette's twin sister Camille (R) looks on as her ponytail is prepared for cutting. The St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in 2000 to over 1,300 events in 2012, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Events take place in pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, malls, military bases, firehouses and any other place you can imagine, according to their website.

Juliette LaRock (C) reacts as Jane Dunbar (L) holds up her ponytail which was just cutoff during a fund-raiser for The St. Baldrick’s Foundation at Vaughn’s Public House in Hartford Tuesday evening. Nearly forty people, mostly young girls, attended the event that was started by Jon Cohn, a Manchester soccer coach, who learned of the foundation in 2009. Juliette’s twin sister Camille (R) looks on as her ponytail is prepared for cutting. The St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in 2000 to over 1,300 events in 2012, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Events take place in pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, malls, military bases, firehouses and any other place you can imagine, according to their website.

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Dirt Floor Recording Studio

The hills are alive, with the sound of music…. Alright, I mean the woods are alive, in Chester anyway where Eric Lichter has made quite a name for himself producing music at his Dirt Floor Studio. For the whole story by Jason Simms click here:

James Maple and Eric Lichter goof around in the studio while cutting a new single for Maple's upcoming recording. Lichter is the owner and operator of Dirt Floor recording studio in Chester. Eric Lichter grew up in CT and after living in NYC for much of his 20s returned to open a recording studio, now located in a historic home in downtown Chester. This operation is different because he records to tape using vintage equipment, he coaches artists and he'll play whatever instrument needed.

James Maple and Eric Lichter goof around in the studio while cutting a new single for Maple’s upcoming recording. Lichter is the owner and operator of Dirt Floor recording studio in Chester. Eric Lichter grew up in CT and after living in NYC for much of his 20s returned to open a recording studio, now located in a historic home in downtown Chester. This operation is different because he records to tape using vintage equipment, he coaches artists and he’ll play whatever instrument needed.

The place is set back from the road on a shared driveway that splits halfway up. I walked into the house and Springsteen was playing on the turntable, a man with a ‘fro from the 70’s stepped up and greeted me with a smile, hi, I’m Eric Lichter. It was like a flashback to the seventies, he reminded me of a young Bob Dylan with the hair and sunglasses, or was it Sly Stone or, Jimi. Wasn’t sure but I could tell there was a good vibe going on as I was introduced to James Maple, Dustin Meadows and Studio Manager Scott “Skip” Lyons. Maple was there to cut a new song and I had the privilege to spend the next couple hours emersed in the artistry as they weaved a song from bare acoustic guitar, raw vocals and a variety of instruments that both Lichter and Maple would play for background harmony. For more photos click here:

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Two Apartment Buildings Collapse in New York City

Two New York City buildings collapsed on Wednesday in an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak, killing three people, injuring at least 36, and setting off a search for more victims feared trapped in the rubble. The explosion scattered debris across Metro North tracks stopping service on the commuter line that passes in front of the destroyed buildings.

New York City firefighters examine the rubble at an apparent building explosion, fire and collapse in the Harlem section of New York, March 12, 2014. Two buildings collapsed in an explosion in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday, killing at least three, injuring at least 17 and setting off a search for anyone trapped in the debris, witnesses and officials said.

New York City firefighters examine the rubble at an apparent building explosion, fire and collapse in the Harlem section of New York, March 12, 2014. Two buildings collapsed in an explosion in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday, killing at least three, injuring at least 17 and setting off a search for anyone trapped in the debris, witnesses and officials said.

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Serving The President

Rob Chivoloni, owner/chef of Café Beuregard, stands wit his wife, Alice Bruno, behind the counter of his New Britain Café. Behind them, sitting on top of a soda cooler, is the chair that President Barack Obama sat in yesterday while eating at their New Britain sandwich shop.

Owner Chef Rob Chiovoloni, of Café Beauregard, stands with his wife, Alice Bruno, behind the counter of his New Britain café. Behind them, sitting on top of soda refrigerator, is the chair that President Barack Obama sat in yesterday while eating at their New Britain sandwich shop.

Owner Chef Rob Chiovoloni, of Café Beauregard, stands with his wife, Alice Bruno, behind the counter of his New Britain café. Behind them, sitting on top of soda refrigerator, is the chair that President Barack Obama sat in yesterday while eating at their New Britain sandwich shop.

About a week ago, Chiovoloni was told that the Governor may stop by for lunch. But he and his employees knew from press reports that the President would be in town for a rally on the minimum wage issue, so they were excited. However, as the week went on, and no one said anything more, he figured it wasn’t going to happen. But some interesting customers, ordering large take out orders, and asking probing questions, piqued their curiosity. Then late Wednesday morning his wife told them that a Secret Service agent was at the counter asking if the President could stop by for lunch.

Chiovolini, a graduate of the class of 1968 from the Culinary Institute of America, has some experience serving Presidents. He was the executive chef at the Madison Hotel in Washington D.C. for both of President Reagan’s Inaugural balls. He’s worked in restaurants since, but only recently opened this restaurant in December of 2013.

A couple hours after the agent arrived, President Obama, four Governors and the Sec. of Labor walked through the door. Obama looked at the menu, then asked Chiovoloni what he would recommend. To Chiovoloni, it was obvious. He suggested the Spicy Korean BBQ Steak, which is a marinated thinly sliced New York Strip steak. “I don’t know of anywhere else you can get such a fine sandwich.” he said. Obama must have liked it, since he ate the whole sandwich, a bowl of chili, a couple of Amaretti cookies, and shared a slice of Tarte Tatin.

While sitting in the main dining room, and before the food was served, Obama talked about the importance of a higher minimum wage, and mentioned that Chiovolini, paid all his workers over $10.00 an hour. Chiovoloni, doesn’t know why the President choose his restaurant over others, but that, and the fact that he and his wife live in New Britain, may have played a role. “They could have chosen anywhere to eat,” he said.

But through his long career serving customers, this is very special. “It’s the coolest feeling to the world. Looking into the dining room and seeing the President and four governors, enjoying your food. Not just eating it, but enjoying it,” said Chiovoloni.

When the group was finished eating, the President offered to pay, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, said since the President was a guest, Malloy would pick up the tab. And since the café doesn’t accept tips, that wasn’t an issue.

Chiovoloni doesn’t know what they will do with the chair. They took it out of circulation just so they have some options. But he’s reluctant to use the fact that President ate at his restaurant as a marketing tool. He’s not sure yet even to change the name of the sandwich. “I’m in the minority, but the majority of the opinion thinks it should be called the Presidential BBQ. But I’m just honored that the president came here and enjoyed the food. There might be a tasteful way to memorialize his visit without slapping his name on a sandwich,” he said, adding, “It is the single coolest thing that has ever happened to me.”

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President Obama Visits New Britain

President Barack Obama chose New Britain, Conn. to make an important policy speech on raising the minimum wage. He brought four New England governors along with him to stress the importance of the issue. But before heading over to Central Connecticut State University, the President brought the governors and Sec. Of Labor to a New Britain restaurant for a quick lunch. One of the reasons he said he chose Cafe Beauregard was because he heard the owners of the restaurant pay  their employees above the minimum wage. 

Please click here, to read a report by Chris Keating, Jenny Wilson, and Daniella Altimari.

From left, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, President Barack Obama, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Tom Perez, Sec. of Labor, and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, sit together for lunch at Cafe Beauregard, in New Britain, before heading over to CCSU for Obama's speech on the minimum wage.

From left, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, President Barack Obama, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Tom Perez, Sec. of Labor, and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, sit together for lunch at Cafe Beauregard, in New Britain, before heading over to CCSU for Obama’s speech on the minimum wage.

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Gov. Malloy’s State Of The State Address

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presented his State Of The State address to a joint senate-house session in the House chamber of the State Capitol Thursday night. The beginning of the 2014 legislative session was delayed a because of the snow storm that hid the state yesterday. Malloy spoke for the better part of an hour, with his speech being interrupted by applause dozens of times.

Please click here to read the story by Chris Keating and Jenny Wilson.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reacts to applause after being introduced to a joint senate-house session to present his state of the state address at the beginning of the snow-delayed 2014 legislative session on Thursday. Behind are Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman, left, and Senetor and President Pro Tempore, Donald Williams.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reacts to applause after being introduced to a joint senate-house session to present his state of the state address at the beginning of the snow-delayed 2014 legislative session on Thursday. Behind are Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman, left, and Senetor and President Pro Tempore, Donald Williams.

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Bill Covitz – Ice Sculptor

Bill Covitz didn’t know where he would wind up after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1991 with the desire to be a chef but for the past 14 years he has mastered the art of carving ice.

Bill Covitz uses a hand grinder to clean and smooth the face of a "Martini Luge" for an upcoming engagement party. Two blocks with the initial of each person is engraved into the front, a plastic martini glass is fitted into the top by carving out the ice then a large dremel is used to carve a flowing groove for the tube that will carry the martini mixture through block to a waiting glass for the consumer of the drink.

Bill Covitz uses a hand grinder to clean and smooth the face of a “Martini Luge” for an upcoming engagement party. Two blocks with the initial of each person is engraved into the front, a plastic martini glass is fitted into the top by carving out the ice then a large dremel is used to carve a flowing groove for the tube that will carry the martini mixture through block to a waiting glass for the consumer of the drink.

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Ancient Egypt Revealed at CT Science Center

The Connecticut Science Center’s latest exhibit, “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science,” will be on view to the public from February 1, though May, 4. The show offers interactive exhibits on translating Egyptian hieroglyphics, doing an archaeological dig, as well as having a real mummy on display.

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  • A real human mummy and a life-size rapid prototype, displaying the mummy in a stage of  “unwrapping”, plus scans and forensic facial reconstructions of mummies
  • Animal mummies, plus scans and information about animals in ancient Egypt
  • Art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt
  • Connections to real scientists working on projects in Egypt, including video interviews, written graphics, objects and photographs from the field
  • Connections to the scientific process used by archaeologists and other scientists, including hands-on challenges, interactive exhibits and technology
  • Connections to how ancient Egyptian people and culture relate to us today
Lexi Prieto, of Waterbury, playing the part of Cleopatra, poses for a visitors to take a photo in front of a model camel she called "Sandy." Preto, who works for Powerstation Events out of Cheshire, said she has done other events at the Science Center, but has never before played the part of Cleopatra.

Lexi Prieto, of Waterbury, playing the part of Cleopatra, poses for a visitors to take a photo in front of a model camel she called “Sandy.” Preto, who works for Powerstation Events out of Cheshire, said she has done other events at the Science Center, but has never before played the part of Cleopatra.

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Super Bowl XLVIII

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will play for the NFL Championship at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, February, 2, 2014. The week leading up to big game turns into a media circus and for the football fan the NFL has created the largest “Fan Festival” by blocking off over a dozen city blocks in Times Square with a variety of events. I will try give a glimpse of the things I encounter along the way with a series of Instagram photos.

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Gearing up for the "Big Game", I went out and purchased a new hat for Super Bowl XLVIII, MAD BOMBER meet @AngryJohnnie. It's supposed to be a cold night, but hey it is New England after all.

Gearing up for the “Big Game”, I went out and purchased a new hat for Super Bowl XLVIII, MAD BOMBER meet @AngryJohnnie. It’s supposed to be a cold night, but hey it is New England after all.

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Shuttered School Decision

The Bristol Planning Commission held a public walk-through of the Memorial Boulevard School Monday afternoon and will hold two public hearings later this month to get ideas on what to next with the property.

01.13.14 Bristol, CT  -  A padlock keeps a rusty gate secured at the original high school in Bristol which later became Memorial Boulevard. The Planning Commission held a public walk-through of Memorial Boulevard School Monday afternoon, public hearings on what to do with the property will be held later this month at City Hall and the Bristol Public Library.   Photo by JOHN WOIKE | woike@courant.com

01.13.14 Bristol, CT – A padlock keeps a rusty gate secured at the original high school in Bristol which later became Memorial Boulevard. The Planning Commission held a public walk-through of Memorial Boulevard School Monday afternoon, public hearings on what to do with the property will be held later this month at City Hall and the Bristol Public Library. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | woike@courant.com

What should the city do with the historic school building near downtown that it closed in 2012? Political leaders have debated selling or renovating it, but no plan has won enough support to proceed. Now the city’s planning commission has scheduled two “listening sessions” this month to hear public opinion. For the rest of Don Stacom’s story click here:

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New Yale Management Campus

On Thursday Yale University opened the new Edward P. Evans Hall – School of Management Campus.

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New Haven, CT 01/09/14 – Final preparations were being done as Yale University opened its new School of Management campus, the Edward P. Evans Hall, on Thursday with a three-day conference in advance of students’ return next week. The school is very proud of this new, modern building, ” With its striking modern design, glass façade, and large courtyard, Evans Hall will take its place among the architectural landmarks that distinguish the Yale campus.”. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | woike@courant.com

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State Police Graduation

Connecticut State Police Trooper Trainees Alexander Cintron, Adam List and Gregory Sawicki sing the National Anthem at the start of the State Police 123rd Training Troop graduation at the University of Connecticut in Storrs Thursday. Eighty three graduated and will be patrolling the state.

Connecticut State Police Trooper Trainees Alexander Cintron, Adam List and Gregory Sawicki sing the National Anthem at the start of the State Police 123rd Training Troop graduation at the University of Connecticut in Storrs Thursday. Eighty three graduated and will be patrolling the state.

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“Everything you need for a year-round business, all lost in a day,”

Hartford – Louis Sanzaro IV looked around his wrecked office Tuesday morning in a warehouse destroyed by fire the night before. It reminded him of his seven months in Iraq. “It was just like Fallujah or something” he said later. “That’s what it looks like.”
2014.01.07  Louis Sanzaro IV stood amongst the ruins of heavy equipment that was once his landscaping and construction company. He suspects the fire started in a new truck that had some electrical problems, he said. Fire officials continue to investigate the cause.

2014.01.07 2014.01.07 Louis Sanzaro IV stood amid the ruins of heavy equipment that was once his landscaping and construction company. He suspects the fire started in a new truck that had some electrical problems, he said. Fire officials continue to investigate the cause. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | woike@courant.com

Sanzaro got a call about the fire about 11:40 p.m. Monday from an acquaintace who saw that the back of the building was burning. Sanzaro raced to the scene from his Wethersfield home and watched his livelihood go up in flames. For the rest of Christine Dempsey’s click here: