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.
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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 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:
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:
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:
Here’s a short video I put together of my time spent with the crew at Dirt Floor:
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.
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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:
Every year, Cava Restaurant is a holiday attraction for more than just its food. The owners of the Italian restaurant, on West St. in Southington, have invested approximately $50,000 in seasonal decorations to make the dining experience unique and festive for the holiday season. Each room is decorated in a different theme, and each year the themes change.
It didn’t take long for Connecticut to receive a decent snowfall in the new year. The snow started early Thursday morning and continued throughout the day into Friday morning, leaving much of the state covered with snow. The high winds and low temperatures are also a concern, as mentioned in this weather story by Christine Dempsey.
Mayor Toni Harp was sworn in Wednesday, becoming the city’s first female mayor and the first new mayor elected in 20 years.
Harp, a Democrat, served 11 consecutive terms in the state Senate, beginning in 1992. She defeated Justin Elicker in the Nov. 5 election last year to become mayor.
We all have “Bucket Lists”, mine included Cameron Indoor Stadium, home of the “Cameron Crazies”, which open in 1940 on the West Campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. It has been the site of many memorable basketball games, Tuesday night pitted the #1 UConn Huskies women’s basketball team against #2 ranked Duke. When the dust settled from the wood bleachers one thing was certain, UConn has few teams that can play 40 minutes at their level…
If you’re in the mood for a drink, go ahead a grab a glass and toast to your ability to do so. This week, since it is the eightieth anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. According to this Wikipedia post, the “nationwide ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages,” lasted from 1920 to 1933. Below in this post are a series of photographs, gathered from various sources, from that era.
A beautiful, yet cold, Thanksgiving morning saw the successful running of the 77th Manchester Road Race. As is tradition, skilled and dedicated runners from around the country and world, were joined by local runners and walkers who ran the race in funny costumes.
Living in an increasingly divided, tumultuous and complicated world, the Thanksgiving holiday offers an opportunity to truly reflect on our personal blessings. For many, the value of these blessings is even more treasured as they reflect on times of struggle. To some, adversity came long ago. Others are in the midst of difficult challenges today. Yet finding genuine reasons to be thankful can help us to persevere. There is a time to focus on our troubles for it helps us to recognize them, confront them and, with luck, overcome them. But our nature also demands time for reflection, which helps us establish our priorities, realize how much we depend upon each other, and remain humble. Here we offer you the stories of a few individuals who have faced challenges in their lives, and their brief reflections on what makes them grateful.
I asked one question “What are you thankful for?”
Dan Crowley, Simsbury
On April 9, 1942, U.S. General Edward King surrendered to the Japanese army after a battle on the Philippine peninsula of Bataan. Dan Crowley and a group of other soldiers didn’t obey that order — they fought on. Swimming to the small island of Corregidor, in Manila Bay, Private Crowley somehow dodged the artillery for nearly a month before being forced to surrender. The horrific World War II event that followed is now known as the Bataan Death March. U.S. and Philippine soldiers suffered unspeakable atrocities, and later, Crowley was enslaved 2,000 feet underground in a copper mine until Japan finally surrendered in September of 1945. Through the years, Crowley shared those memories with a fellow P.O.W. and best friend, Harry Johnson, who also survived the experience after being lucky enough to be dug out of a pile of corpses when someone heard him moan. That friendship ended three years ago at the passing of that kindred soul. Over the last year or so, Crowley also lost his wife of sixty-six years to cancer, and has been pre-deceased by his sixty-two-year-old son.
Crowley answers my question about thankfulness and shares his stories with so much passion and perspective.
“I’m thankful to be alive. Thankful that I was somehow chosen to still be alive. All my friends, who I was with in the rotten Japanese slave labor camps are dead,” he says sitting in the drivers seat of his bright red 1997 Mustang Cobra sports car. “I savor life, the Simsbury resident says. “I was in bad shape for a while. No corporation would hire us, when we got home. I went out and sold on my own for straight commission.” Crowley is also grateful for his family, especially his father who he learned so much from, and his wife, who’s parting advice to him was to find a young woman and enjoy life. So what is he doing with the life he is lucky to keep living? “Eat, sleep and make love,” he punctuates with a hearty and sustained laughter.
At 2:00 p.m. on December 7, the state of Connecticut is dedicating a bridge in the Weatogue section of Simsbury the “Bataan Corregidor Memorial Bridge.” Crowley will be communication with the pilots to perfectly time the military fly-over.
“I’m thankful that finally recognition is being given to the memory of the men of Connecticut and throughout the United states,” he says. Crowley has led the effort for years, saying, “his is not about veterans, it’s about those who died in the battle and aftermath as prisoner slave laborers. They must not be forgotten.”
Beth David synagogue celebrated the first night of Hanukkah at the nightly sunset service center in their West Hartford synagogue. The synagogue normally has a larger celebration, however, Rabbi Yitzchok Adler, said the service is smaller this year because it coincides with Thanksgiving. “Normally we have a big Hanukkah event but you can’t compete with Thanksgiving,” he said.
STORRS — Most times, it happens just once a season. But for some strange reason, the sight of Stanford-UConn doesn’t seem to generate the kind of national excitement it seemingly should.
Then again, sometimes in the midst of a hard-fought game between two elite programs, the fire and joy of what transpires is overshadowed.
Not by disinterest, but by the concern for a young woman injured in its pursuit.
No. 1 UConn beat No. 3 Stanford, 76-57, on Monday at Gampel Pavilion, their first meeting at Geno Auriemma‘s castle in the cow pasture since 1993, when national championships were just a dream for him. For the rest of John Altavilla’s story click here: