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 seemed liked a good alternative. Photograph by Mark Mirko | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 side of Horsebarn Hill to build a 4-foot ramp “with a strong lip for flips.” It took long enough to build that by the time he was done it was dark and Isselee only got in a few runs. Today after classes, with the sun falling behind Horsebarn Hill but with enough light for riding, Isselee hit his ramp saying, “I spent all day in class daydreaming,” Photograph by Mark Mirko | email@example.com
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 the building, five have been treated for smoke inhalation and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Photograph by Mark Mirko | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Development and Family Studies at UConn. Experiencing snow for the first time she says, “The winter at home is like summer in Connecticut.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | email@example.com
2013.12.30. – West Hartford, CT – “An important element of doing public art is that we get to interact with the public while we’re doing it. ” says Hartford artists Tao LaBossier (right), “I love to inspire people to take an interest in their own creative self-expression.” LaBossier and fellow Hartford artist Sarah Paolucci are painting the ceiling of the Pond House Cafe with “Hundreds of feet of rose vines, thousands of rose leaves and hundreds of roses” as “an homage to the Eliazbeth Park Rose Garden” says LaBossier. Photograph by Mark Mirko | firstname.lastname@example.org
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2013.12.04 – Somers, Ct – With Glen Reynolds (L-R) of the Somers Fire Department, friend Lori-Anne Davis, and Robert Morpurgo (R) of the Somers Fire Department, Karen Harvey (L), makes a call from outside the home where her daughter, Katie Colgan, 33, and granddaughter Kerra Colgan, was inside when it caught fire early this morning.
By MIKAELA PORTER and TONY TERZI: Both victims were taken to Bay State Hospital in Springfield. But Harvey said Kerra Colgan was transferred to Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston and Katie Colgan was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Somers Deputy Fire Chief Frank Falcone said a passerby went into the house and rescued the 7-year-old girl. Firefighters rescued a semi-conscious woman in her 30′s on the second floor, where they believe the fire started.
Harvey asked for the passerby who rescued her granddaughter to come forward.
“Whoever you are I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you so very much. Please come forward so we know who you are so I can thank you personally for saving my daughter’s life and my granddaughter’s life,” she said.
2013.12.03 – Old Lyme, CT – “Twenty percent of kids today perform music. Eighty percent of adults wish they had.” So says Gail Stevens, owner of Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe, were every Tuesday her husband “Ramblin’” Dan Stevens (right) leads music clinics for area children.
“I liken it to a one room schoolhouse because everybody learns from everyone,” says Stevens (right) 59, a full-time blues musician with four cd’s to his credit.
“We are learning.” says Delaney Gagnon, 9, singing “Feliz Navidad” with Quinn Brandin, 9, Natalie Brandin, 11 (l-r), ”We know we are learning. But it doesn’t feel like learning, it feels like fun.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | firstname.lastname@example.org
“You know what was impressive about Cochran in his first home start at quarterback? Not his arm, although it was plenty precise. It was his poise. There wasn’t an answer to any prayer, because there was no prayer needed. All afternoon, Cochran played like he meant it. He knew what he was doing. He led. He commanded.”
By MATTHEW CONYERS, email@example.com
The Hartford Courant
WATERBURY — Glastonbury got another dramatic game-tying goal in the final minutes of a Class LL tournament game Saturday.
The Tomahawks just didn’t get one after it.
Instead, Ridgefield, playing a man down after losing a player to his second yellow card, and Glastonbury, coping with injuries, fought to a physically and mentally draining 1-1 tie in the Class LL championship at Municipal Stadium.
By MARA LEE firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hartford Courant
NEW MILFORD — A year is long enough for a teenager to make a new friend, but not long enough to stop missing his old ones.
It’s long enough for a Sandy evacuee to start her own law practice, and her family to start a new life.
But it’s not long enough for all the homes that burned in Breezy Point, N.Y., during the hurricane to be rebuilt. It’s not long enough for the lowest-income refugees of the storm, living on disability checks, to figure out where to go next.
By KATHLEEN MEGAN, email@example.com
The Hartford Courant
A high-profile civil rights lawyer says seven women — some graduates of the University of Connecticut and others undergraduates — have filed a federal discrimination complaint against the school Monday, alleging that it neither protected them from sexual assault, nor afforded them their rights after the assault.
“I have been let down by a school I was once proud to be a part of, and I feel betrayed,” said Erica Daniels, a senior at UConn. “I was told from the start reporting a rape would be hard, but I never imagined that my university would turn its back on me.”