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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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First Night

10.17.2014 - Storrs, Ct. - UConn basketball coaches Kevin Ollie (L) and Geno Auriemma shake hands during First Night. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com.

10.17.2014 – Storrs, Ct. – UConn basketball coaches Kevin Ollie (L) and Geno Auriemma shake hands during First Night. 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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At The Window

09.25.2014 - Willimantic, Ct. - Alice Mott, 82, mother of Cheryl Preston, the owner of A Cupcake for Later, pauses while folding cupcake boxes in the window of her daughter's bakery. "I Like to watch the people walk by. How they dress. What they do," she says about her view of Willimantic's Main Street. Mott, a lifelong resident of the area says she comes in to her daughter's shop to help out "almost everyday." Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com.

09.25.2014 – Willimantic, Ct. – Alice Mott, 82, mother of Cheryl Preston, the owner of A Cupcake for Later, pauses while folding cupcake boxes in the window of her daughter’s bakery. “I Like to watch the people walk by. How they dress. What they do,” she says about her view of Willimantic’s Main Street. Mott, a lifelong resident of the area says she comes in to her daughter’s shop to help out “almost everyday.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com.

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It’s Apple Picking Time

09.19.2014 - Farmington, Ct. - Minutes after the Apple Store in Westfarms opened, Kara McQueeney of Bristol dances out of the store with her new iPhone 6. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant .com

09.19.2014 – Farmington, Ct. – Minutes after the Apple Store in Westfarms opened, Kara McQueeney of Bristol dances out of the store with her new iPhone 6. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant .com

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Bridgeport Factory Fire

09.12.2014 - Bridgeport, Ct. - Wearing a mask to "protect" herself and standing in front of a home with melted sidings, Ana Serrano looks out over the simmering remains of a five-alarm fire that destroyed two factories and forced 400 people to leave their homes. Small amounts of chemicals have been detected in the air, a state environmental official said, although they are not believed to pose any health risk. The U.S. Coast Guard announced a temporary ban on fishing in Bridgeport Harbor and Long Island Sound from Norwalk to Milford. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com.

09.12.2014 – Bridgeport, Ct. – Wearing a mask to “protect” herself and standing in front of a home with melted sidings, Ana Serrano looks out over the simmering remains of a five-alarm fire that destroyed two factories and forced 400 people to leave their homes. Small amounts of chemicals have been detected in the air, a state environmental official said, although they are not believed to pose any health risk. The U.S. Coast Guard announced a temporary ban on fishing in Bridgeport Harbor and Long Island Sound from Norwalk to Milford. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@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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Connecticut Open – Day 4

New Haven, CT   8/20/14 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) serves to Andrea Petkovic (GER) during their ,atch on day four of the 2014 Connecticut Open Tennis Tournament at the Connecticut Tennis Center on the Yale campus in New Haven Wednesday afternoon. Flipkens lost the first set 4-6 but won the second on a tie-break 7-6(4) and they are in the third now.  Photo by JOHN WOIKE | woike@courant.com

New Haven, CT 8/20/14 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) serves to Andrea Petkovic (GER) during their ,atch on day four of the 2014 Connecticut Open Tennis Tournament at the Connecticut Tennis Center on the Yale campus in New Haven Wednesday afternoon. Flipkens lost the first set 4-6 but won the second on a tie-break 7-6(4) and they are in the third now. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | woike@courant.com

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Sunflowers Around the World

2014, August 06 - ENFIELD, Ct. - Brittany Alexander strikes a pose while her mom, Sue Read, holds a light reflector during a modeling portfolio shoot with photographer Dan Minicucci Wednesday evening at the Pleasant View Farm sunflower field in Enfield. The field has drawn many onlookers along Moody and Taylor Streets in Enfield. Both mom and daughter are from Enfield. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | woike@courant.com

2014, August 06 – ENFIELD, Ct. – Brittany Alexander strikes a pose while her mom, Sue Read, holds a light reflector during a modeling portfolio shoot with photographer Dan Minicucci Wednesday evening at the Pleasant View Farm sunflower field in Enfield. The field has drawn many onlookers along Moody and Taylor Streets in Enfield. Both mom and daughter are from Enfield. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | woike@courant.com

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Sun Cycles

07.01.2014 - East Hartford, Ct. - In the last race of three for the night, Category A riders power through a turn in a course set up for bike races every Tuesday night at Rentschler Field. About a hundred racers compete at the criterium races, or "crits," sponsored by Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

07.01.2014 – East Hartford, Ct. – In the last race of three for the night, Category A riders power through a turn in a course set up for bike races every Tuesday night at Rentschler Field. About a hundred racers compete at the criterium races, or “crits,” sponsored by Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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“Like Being in a Cloud.”

2014.08.11 - Bolton, Ct. - "It was pretty surreal out there this morning. You could see about as far as you could cast," said Ed Miller, about fishing in the fog this morning on Bolton Lake, "It was like being in a cloud." Miller, who said he doesn't fish often enough took a trip out on the lake today after giving himself a day off for his birthday. Photograph by Mark Mirko |mmirko@courant.com

2014.08.11 – Bolton, Ct. – “It was pretty surreal out there this morning. You could see about as far as you could cast,” said Ed Miller, about fishing in the fog this morning on Bolton Lake, “It was like being in a cloud.” Miller, who said he doesn’t fish often enough took a trip out on the lake today after giving himself a day off for his birthday. Photograph by Mark Mirko |mmirko@courant.com

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Sun and Stars

 

2014.08.08 - Uncasville, CT - Taliek Brown and Jim Calhoun share a laugh as they catch up on the sidelines before the start of Calhouns' Celebrity Classic basketball game at the Mohegan Sun Arena Friday night in Uncasville. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | woike@courant.com

2014.08.08 – Uncasville, CT – Taliek Brown and Jim Calhoun share a laugh as they catch up on the sidelines before the start of Calhouns’ Celebrity Classic basketball game at the Mohegan Sun Arena Friday night in Uncasville. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | woike@courant.com

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Noyes School of Rhythm

PORTLAND – In a leafy woodland setting by a lake, the Noyes School of Rhythm carries on a 95-year-old tradition. During their stay each summer, ladies discard their confining contemporary clothes, slip on diaphanous tunics and assume Greek names like Pegasus, Selene, and Persephone.

Noyes-School-of-Rhythm-15The experience is uplifting and for many a way of passage from childhood to adulthood returning each year to celebrate all life has to offer.

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A Decision Delayed

2014.07.24 - New London, Ct. - With an item from the evening's agenda projected on the screen behind her, New London Board of Education President Peg Curtin prepares to read a motion to hold off on deciding what to do about Terrence P. Carter until it the board can conduct its own investigation. At issue are charges that Carter falsified his resume that included crediting himself with an PhD. Photograph by Mark Mirko |mmirko@courant.com

2014.07.24 – New London, Ct. – With an item from the evening’s agenda projected on the screen behind her, New London Board of Education President Peg Curtin prepares to read a motion to hold off on deciding what to do about Terrence P. Carter until it the board can conduct its own investigation. At issue are charges that Carter falsified his resume that included crediting himself with an PhD. Photograph by Mark Mirko |mmirko@courant.com

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Calfé Culture

07.14.2014 - Mansfield, Ct. - With a shouldered shade umbrella, Deanna Carola of the Farmers Cow Calfe and Creamery, sets up the restaurant's outdoor seating area for the day's ice cream consumers. "Calfe" manager Justeen Bligh says "people love" the cow and "little kids come and moo at it the second they see it."  Six local dairies provide "Every single drop of milk," used by the eatery, says Bligh, where visitors can sample 38 ice cream flavors and 30 milk flavors. "Kids will walk past the soda case to see our milk flavors," says Bligh. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

07.14.2014 – Mansfield, Ct. – With a shouldered shade umbrella, Deanna Carola of the Farmers Cow Calfe and Creamery, sets up the restaurant’s outdoor seating area for the day’s ice cream consumers. “Calfe” manager Justeen Bligh says “people love” the cow and “little kids come and moo at it the second they see it.” Six local dairies provide “Every single drop of milk,” used by the eatery, says Bligh, where visitors can sample 38 ice cream flavors and 30 milk flavors. “Kids will walk past the soda case to see our milk flavors,” says Bligh. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Fire and Rain

 

07.03.2014 - New Britain, Ct. - (L) New Britain Rock Cats Media Manager Pat O'Sullivan and John Randall, of the Rock Cats television production team, watch from the press box as fireworks explode over New Britain stadium during a rain delay in tonight's double header against the Binghamton Mets. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

07.03.2014 – New Britain, Ct. – (L) New Britain Rock Cats Media Manager Pat O’Sullivan and John Randall, of the Rock Cats television production team, watch from the press box as fireworks explode over New Britain stadium during a rain delay in tonight’s double header against the Binghamton Mets. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Canton High

06.20.2014 - Canton, Ct - With a photograph of Grant Imahara from "Mythbuster" on his cap, because "people think I look like him," Canton High School student Wyatt Campbell photographs Athan Chekas and Dakota Bybee before Canton's graduation ceremony. . Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

06.20.2014 – Canton, Ct – With a photograph of Grant Imahara from “Mythbuster” on his cap, because “people think I look like him,” Canton High School student Wyatt Campbell photographs Athan Chekas and Dakota Bybee before Canton’s graduation ceremony. . Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Kickin’ It

06.19.2014 - East Hartford, Ct - Alex Morgan (bottom, smiling) is mobbed by her U.S. Women's National Team teammates after she scored the second of her two goals in their 2-2 tie against France. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

06.19.2014 – East Hartford, Ct – Alex Morgan (bottom, smiling) is mobbed by her U.S. Women’s National Team teammates after she scored the second of her two goals in their 2-2 tie against France. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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“You Can”

06.03.2014 - Old Wethersfield, Ct - Saying, "You're gonna do this all by yourself because you can," Greg Scruggs helps his daughter, Jenelli Reyes, 4, learn how to ride a bike in the shade and soft grass of Mikey's Place Playground. Reyes has been riding a bike with training wheels and today received this bike from her Aunt. After getting the hang of it she said the feeling of riding a bike was, "great." Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

06.03.2014 – Old Wethersfield, Ct – Saying, “You’re gonna do this all by yourself because you can,” Greg Scruggs helps his daughter, Jenelli Reyes, 4, learn how to ride a bike in the shade and soft grass of Mikey’s Place Playground. Reyes has been riding a bike with training wheels and today received this bike from her Aunt. After getting the hang of it she said the feeling of riding a bike was, “great.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Big Toy

06.02.2014 - Willimantic, Ct - "It's like a big version of a kid's toy," says climber Danny Carroll (above) as yea and a crew from Coleman Brothers Shows assemble the Century Wheel, a 90-foot tall ferris wheel with fifteen gondolas at Jillson Square. The show runs Wednesday through Sunday. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

06.02.2014 – Willimantic, Ct – “It’s like a big version of a kid’s toy,” says climber Danny Carroll (above) as yea and a crew from Coleman Brothers Shows assemble the Century Wheel, a 90-foot tall ferris wheel with fifteen gondolas at Jillson Square. The show runs Wednesday through Sunday. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Got to be a joker

05.19.2014 - Hartford, Ct - Dressed as "Larry the Stag," mascot for The Hartford, Scott Bruzik, returns to his office at The Hartford after attending a free concert by the Hartford Symphony Brass Quintet. The event was attended by over 100 people including students from Trinity Episcopal Day School and Grace Academy Hartford. The free concert is one of two free concerts open to the public and hosted by The Hartford in HartBeat Park. The HSO String Quartet will perform June 4. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

05.19.2014 – Hartford, Ct – Dressed as “Larry the Stag,” mascot for The Hartford, Scott Bruzik, returns to his office at The Hartford after attending a free concert by the Hartford Symphony Brass Quintet. The event was attended by over 100 people including students from Trinity Episcopal Day School and Grace Academy Hartford. The free concert is one of two free concerts open to the public and hosted by The Hartford in HartBeat Park. The HSO String Quartet will perform June 4. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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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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