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Street Yoga

LaSalle Road in West Hartford was flooded with people practicing yoga in the morning sunlight Saturday. West Hartford Yoga’s “Yoga on LaSalle” keeps growing each year and around 1000 people could be seen with yoga mats on West Hartford’s LaSalle Road this weekend.

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West Hartford, CT – 07/26/14 – A communal yoga class takes place during West Hartford Yoga’s “Yoga on LaSalle” Saturday morning.  Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | bhorrigan@courant.com

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Reptilian Road Show

Brian Kleinman, a naturalist from North Granby, brought his live animal education program, Riverside Reptiles, on the road to the Levi E. Coe Library in Middlefield Tuesday.  Kleinman brought nine animals from of his collection of 140 for his hour-long program in which children were able to see and touch a variety of common and exotic reptiles and amphibians, including a bearded dragon, native to Australia, a European legless lizard and an 80-pound Burmese python named Percy. Kleinman’s mission is “to educate people about how to better understand, appreciate, and coexist with the natural world,” according to his website, www.riversidereptiles.com. He saves Percy – the biggest and best – for the end of his show.

MIDDLEFIELD 07/22/14 Brian Kleinman, of North Granby, lifts Percy, an 80-pound Burmese python over his head to place on his shoulders while presenting his reptile and amphibian show, Riverside Reptiles, at the Levi E. Coe Library in Middlefield Tuesday. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MIDDLEFIELD 07/22/14 Brian Kleinman, of North Granby, lifts Percy, an 80-pound Burmese python over his head to place on his shoulders while presenting his reptile and amphibian show, Riverside Reptiles, at the Levi E. Coe Library in Middlefield Tuesday. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

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Hillary Promotes Book in Madison

As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed books inside RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, dozens of opponents protested across the street and a line of hundreds of supporters snaked down Boston Post Road. This latter group was hopeful that they would get a chance to meet Clinton herself and perhaps take home an autographed copy of the memoir entitled “Hard Choices.”

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Madison, CT – 07/19/14 – Copies of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices,” line the wall at R.J. Julia Booksellers Saturday.  Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | bhorrigan@courant.com

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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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Heaven in Hartford

Heaven has arrived in downtown Hartford. A combination of $150,000 in federal grant monies and $10,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation has allowed a large portion of New Ross, County Wexford Park to be converted into a skatepark. Finally, the capital city has a place that local kids can skate, perform and write graffiti. And that place is called Heaven.

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Shabazz Drafted…Then Traded

Former UConn standout Shabazz Napier knew he would be a first round selection in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, but he (like the rest of us) was unsure just when his name would be called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.  The Charlotte Hornets selected him 24th overall at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn…but then promptly traded Shabazz to the Miami Heat, where LeBron James had lobbied for his team to draft Napier.

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Brooklyn, NY – 06/26/14 – Shabazz Napier addresses the media in Barclay’s Center’s interview room during the NBA Draft Thursday night. Napier was drafted by the Hornets before being traded to the Heat. Photo by Brad Horrigan | bhorrigan@courant.com

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Last of the Whaling Ships Sails Again

As a child our family spent time aboard an old, wood Chris Craft and we would often tie up inside Mystic Seaport for the weekend. When all the guests had gone and the sun went down, my three siblings and I would explore the seaport and inevitably end up at the ancient whale ship, Charles W. Morgan. At the time she was a static exhibit set in sand and mud but she looked huge when I was about 10 years old. I remember looking aloft at the rigging dreaming about climbing to the top well out to sea looking for whales and other ships. Flash forward 50 years. On June 15, the venerable 1841 whaler, the only surviving wooden whaling ship in the world, left New London and began her journey up the coast of New England, to Newport, RI. I was one of the select few to be aboard to document the crew making the voyage. The ship that was once land locked in sand, has undergone a 5 year, $12 million restoration and was on her first voyage since last sailing in 1921, her 37th voyage. And yes, I climbed the same rigging that I had stared up at as a child. This time I was aloft to take photos but the view was awesome.  The ship is now at a pier at Fort Adams in Newport and open to the public. She will then sail to Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Boston, and then back to New London and Mystic.

To track the Charles W. Morgan, please go to: http://www.mysticseaport.org/38thvoyage/

The crew of the  Charles W. Morgan goes aloft to set sails Sunday afternoon during  the ship's first cruise in close to 100 years. As the wind freshened the captain ordered all sails set including the Royal, located at the very top of the mainmast. this is the first time the royal has

The crew of the Charles W. Morgan goes aloft to set sails Sunday afternoon during the ship’s first cruise in close to 100 years. As the wind freshened the captain ordered all sails set including the Royal, located at the very top of the mainmast. this is the first time the royal has

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Comic Art at the Tobacco Shop

Guest artists at Hartford Comic Con, which is being held through June 1 at the XL Center in Hartford, made their art at the Tobacco Shop on Pratt Street Friday night. Artists also created comic art with cigar boxes which came from the shop. The

Illustrator Chrissie Zullo, of New Haven, left, a guest artist at Hartford Comic Con, which is being held through June 1 at the XL Center in Hartford, turns to talk to a visitor at the Tobacco Shop on Pratt Street Friday night where she and fellow artist Christopher Uminga, also of New Haven, right, were making art to be displayed at the shop for the remainder of the show. She was doing a watercolor of "Death," a character from the Sandman comic books. Other artists who were slated to make art at the shop were Jim Mahfood, Kaare Andrews and Dave Johnson. Artists also created comic art with cigar boxes which came from the shop. The  proceeds from the sale of the boxes, at $200 each, will go to the UConn migrant farmers clinic.

Illustrator Chrissie Zullo, of New Haven, left, a guest artist at Hartford Comic Con, which is being held through June 1 at the XL Center in Hartford, turns to talk to a visitor at the Tobacco Shop on Pratt Street Friday night where she and fellow artist Christopher Uminga, also of New Haven, right, were making art to be displayed at the shop for the remainder of the show. She was doing a watercolor of “Death,” a character from the Sandman comic books. Other artists who were slated to make art at the shop were Jim Mahfood, Kaare Andrews and Dave Johnson. Artists also created comic art with cigar boxes which came from the shop. The proceeds from the sale of the boxes, at $200 each, will go to the UConn migrant farmers clinic.

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proceeds from the sale of the boxes, at $200 each, will go to the UConn migrant farmers clinic.

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Tough Man At New Britain High

The annual Tough Man competition fundraiser at New Britain High Thursday. Two student teams, a teacher team and the U.S. Marines competed.  Teams competed in strength and agility contests. Money raised goes toward equipment and other expenses for the J-Crew, a NBHS Bible club which is involved in mentoring and other community service activities.

Adam Zamojski, 18, a junior at New Britain High, carries approximately 100 pounds of water in each hand during the annual Tough Man competiton fundraiser at New Britain High Thursday. Two student teams, a teacher team and the U.S. Marines competed.  Teams competed in strength and agility contests. Money raised goes toward equipment and other expenses for the J-Crew, a NBHS Bible club which is involved in mentoring and other community service activities.

Adam Zamojski, 18, a junior at New Britain High, carries approximately 100 pounds of water in each hand during the annual Tough Man competiton fundraiser at New Britain High Thursday. Two student teams, a teacher team and the U.S. Marines competed. Teams competed in strength and agility contests. Money raised goes toward equipment and other expenses for the J-Crew, a NBHS Bible club which is involved in mentoring and other community service activities.

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Memorial Day in Manchester

Manchester marked Memorial Day with a parade down Main Street and ceremony at Center Memorial Park.

Dignitaries follow a horse drawn caisson carrying a casket representing war dead in Manchester's Memorial Day Parade Monday.

Dignitaries follow a horse drawn caisson carrying a casket representing war dead in Manchester’s Memorial Day Parade Monday.

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Wethersfield Revolutionary War Encampment

The sixth annual Revolutionary War Encampment was held at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum in Old Wethersfield  Saturday. The WDS Revolutionary War Encampment also included members of the 54th Regiment of Foot, a dashing band of British redcoats who launched a  “surprise” attack on the Continental soldiers, historical reenactments and period entertainment.

Captain Sal Tarantino, of Colchester, leader of the Sheldon's Horse, Second Continental Light Dragoons, demonstates firing a pistol on horseback during the sixth annual Revolutionary War Encampment at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum in Old Wethersfield  Saturday.

Captain Sal Tarantino, of Colchester, leader of the Sheldon’s Horse, Second Continental Light Dragoons, demonstates firing a pistol on horseback during the sixth annual Revolutionary War Encampment at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum in Old Wethersfield Saturday.

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Mr. Potato Head

The new Mr. Potato Head exhibit at Connecticut Science Center’s Ribbon Cutting and preview of the new traveling exhibits Mindbender Mansion and The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD.Mindbender Mansion is presented by Travelers and The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® is  presented locally by Citizens Bank. The two nationally touring exhibits will be on display May 24 through Aug. 31 in the Saint Francis Care Traveling Exhibit Gallery on the Science Center’s fourth floor.

A dad takes his son's picture with Mr. Potato Head at Connecticut Science Center's Ribbon Cutting and preview of the new traveling exhibits Mindbender Mansion and The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD.

A dad takes his son’s picture with Mr. Potato Head at Connecticut Science Center’s Ribbon Cutting and preview of the new traveling exhibits Mindbender Mansion and The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD.

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World’s Last Wooden Whaling Ship

The Charles W. Morgan, the world’s last wooden whaling vessel, has just undergone a five year, $10 million rebuilding project. The ship is currently docked in New London and is being outfitted for its historic 38th sailing voyage which is scheduled to take place on June 14th. the historic ship will be open to the public at the state pier on May 24-25 and May 31-June1.

 The crew has been busy aboard the Charles W. Morgan this week in preparation for the whaling ship's return to sea in June.

The crew has been busy aboard the Charles W. Morgan this week in preparation for the whaling ship’s return to sea in June.

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A Moment in the Sun

The Republican Convention was held at the Mohegan Sun Saturday.

UNCASVILLE--5/17/14--The Foley family on stage at the Republican Convention at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Saturday.

UNCASVILLE–5/17/14–The Foley family on stage at the Republican Convention at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Saturday.

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The Republican Convention was held at the Mohegan Sun Saturday

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USS San Juan Returns

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS San Juan returned to Connecticut Friday, May 16. San Juan’s crew of more than 140 Sailors departed Naval Submarine Base New London Oct. 15 to conduct maritime operations in the Middle East and Europe. The submarine visited ports in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal and Spain while deployed.  Three newborns met  their dads for the first time Friday. San Juan was commissioned in August 1988. The 25-year-old vessel is the third U.S. Navy ship named for Puerto Rico’s capital city.

Posing for a portrait, Marina and Chris Johnston, of New London, hold her sign and kiss upon his return from a seven month deployment Friday. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS San Juan returned to Connecticut Friday, May 16. San Juan's crew of more than 140 Sailors departed Naval Submarine Base New London Oct. 15 to conduct maritime operations in the Middle East and Europe. The submarine visited ports in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal and Spain while deployed.  Three newborns met  their dads for the first time Friday. San Juan was commissioned in August 1988. The 25-year-old vessel is the third U.S. Navy ship named for Puerto Rico's capital city.

Posing for a portrait, Marina and Chris Johnston, of New London, hold her sign and kiss upon his return from a seven month deployment Friday.

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Tolland Green Day

Students from Tolland Intermediate School, grades 3-5, converged on the town green Thursday, wearing colonial dress, portraying ancestors in character, visiting museums and participating in crafts and games of that era.

Allison Free, 9, left, and Clara Canavan, 9, both third grade students, dance on the Tolland Green during Tolland Green Day Thursday.

Allison Free, 9, left, and Clara Canavan, 9, both third grade students, dance on the Tolland Green during Tolland Green Day Thursday.

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UConn Class of 2014 Commencements

The UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences held commencement ceremonies at Gampel Pavilion Sunday, while the Neag School of Education graduation was held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.  Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, who protected her 15 first-graders when gunman Adam Lanza shot his way into the building on December 14, 2012, killing 20 children and six adults, by hiding them in a cramped bathroom, gave the commencement address to the Neag School graduates, And University of Texas professor of mathematics Philip Uri Treisman told CLAS grads that “democracy is not a spectator sport.” To read Chris Hoffman’s coverage of the events click here and here.

STORRS 05/11/14 Graduates with UConn's Neag School of Education applaud commencement speaker Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Sunday. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

STORRS 05/11/14 Graduates with UConn’s Neag School of Education applaud commencement speaker Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Sunday. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

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Thistle Lawn Bowling Club

Jack Miller of West Hartford didn’t want anything to do with lawn bowling.

Joe Morin kept at him.

“For two years he hounded me.”

Well, he’d go once to get him off his back.

He’d try it.

Say he hated it.

And that would be the end of it.

Miller eventually  became president of the club.

A while ago Susan Abrams contacted Miller.

Her father Halstead Bartholomew, a lawn bowler, passed away.

She wanted somebody to take his bowls.

Miller took them.

They have a good feel to them.

Jack Miller, of West Hartford, at center, didn't think he would like lawn bowling. Now he's a pro.

Jack Miller, of West Hartford, at center, didn’t think he would like lawn bowling. Now he’s a pro.

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UConn School of Engineering Graduates

Not every commencement speaker can deliver his speech floating upside down and still lend some gravity to his remarks. UConn alumnus Rick Mastracchio, Class of 1982, who did both, gave the commencement address from international Space Staton Saturday, with the UConn graduating class from the School of Engineering listening to the pre-recorded address at Gampel Pavilion.

Meaghan Sullivan, of Dartmouth, Mass., at left, surprises friend Richard Baldio, of Salem, New Hampshire as he is about to take a picture of friends in the field house on the UConn campus Saturday morning as they waited for graduation exercises to begin.

Meaghan Sullivan, of Dartmouth, Mass., at left, surprises friend Richard Baldio, of Salem, New Hampshire as he is about to take a picture of friends in the field house on the UConn campus Saturday morning as they waited for graduation exercises to begin.

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Adulation

Celebrity Nick Cannon came to CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Wednesday. Principal of the Day. The decibel level from his fans was within the realm of managable until he took off his pseudo motorcycle jacket, revealing him in his Brandoesque muscle shirt. Then:

Thanks to a local radio contest, CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts had a special "principal of the day" Wednesday: Nick Cannon, the MTV-generation actor and host of America's Got Talent. Cannon performed and posed in photos with students at the school

Thanks to a local radio contest, CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts had a special “principal of the day” Wednesday: Nick Cannon, the MTV-generation actor and host of America’s Got Talent. Cannon performed and posed in photos with students at the school.

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 A volcano of sound erupted. An F-16 of screams flew through the room. The earth was knocked off its axis. The sound of teenage bliss. A lineage that goes back to Elvis gyrating to the masses on the Ed Sullivan Show. Its good to be young.

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MAHOGANY DREAMS

The ninth coat of marine varnish was applied to the 1942 Chris Craft Special Runabout inside Boyd Mefferd’s boat restoration shop in Canton. The mahogany decks gleamed in the north light spilling in through the giant windows and the rich, red wood looked almost three-dimensional. The 17’ classic boat will be done soon, a four-year project for Mefferd and John Carl, the craftsman who works with him. Since the early 1980’s Mefferd and Carl have been rebuilding, restoring and refinishing mahogany Chris Crafts, Gar Woods, Fay and Bowens and other classics and have clients from all over the world.

Boyd Mefferd wipes down a vintage 1942 19' Chris Craft barrel stern double cockpit mahogany runabout inside his shop. Mefferd's shop completely rebuilt the deck on the rare boat. At left is a 1950 22' Chris Craft Sportsman and at right is a classic Fay & Bowen 30' triple cockpit, one of only two ever built. On the rack above is Mefferd's own 1956 Chris Craft Sportsman.

Boyd Mefferd wipes down a vintage 1942 19′ Chris Craft barrel stern double cockpit mahogany runabout inside his shop. Mefferd’s shop completely rebuilt the deck on the rare boat. At left is a 1950 22′ Chris Craft Sportsman and at right is a classic Fay & Bowen 30′ triple cockpit, one of only two ever built. On the rack above is Mefferd’s own 1956 Chris Craft Sportsman.

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Storm-Weary

Cleanup continues in Arkansas after tornadoes battered the South for days. In Arkansas and Mississippi, the hardest hit states, 27 people have died and mare than 200 have been injured as storms reduced homes to splinters. Makeshift shelters have been set up for thousands of families left homeless while the National Guard, police and residents sifted the rubble looking for more victims.

Rescue workers and volunteers stand amid debris of homes one day after they were destroyed by a tornado in Vilonia, Arkansas April 28, 2014. A ferocious storm system caused a twister in Mississippi and threatened tens of millions of people across the U.S. Southeast on Monday, a day after it spawned tornadoes that killed 16 people and tossed cars like toys in Arkansas and other states.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Rescue workers and volunteers stand amid debris of homes one day after they were destroyed by a tornado in Vilonia, Arkansas April 28, 2014. A ferocious storm system caused a twister in Mississippi and threatened tens of millions of people across the U.S. Southeast on Monday, a day after it spawned tornadoes that killed 16 people and tossed cars like toys in Arkansas and other states. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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Cameras Rolling

Marsha Karp, producer of  “Cameras Rolling,”  filmed the May episode on West Hartford Community Television with guests Reno Venturi, owner Of Actors Gym and producer of “Pleading Sanity” and Russell Bernstein Actor/Writer of the “Pleading Sanity” web series.

Marsha Karp, producer of "Cameras Rolling," filmed the May episode on West Hartford Community Television with guests Reno Venturi, owner Of Actors Gym and producer of "Pleading Sanity" and Russell Bernstein Actor/Writer of the "Pleading Sanity" web series.

Marsha Karp, producer of “Cameras Rolling,” filmed the May episode on West Hartford Community Television with guests Reno Venturi, owner Of Actors Gym and producer of “Pleading Sanity” and Russell Bernstein Actor/Writer of the “Pleading Sanity” web series.

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