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Stanford Snaps UConn Win Streak

The Stanford Cardinal halted the Husky 47-game win streak in its tracks Monday night in Stanford, California.  A masterful defensive effort against Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and a cool night shooting for UConn, dropped the Huskies to 1-1 for the season.

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Stanford, CA – 11/17/14 – UConn forward Breanna Stewart (30) is tied up by Stanford forward Kailee Johnson (32) at Roscoe Maples Pavilion Monday night. The Huskies 47-game winning streak was snapped as Stanford bested UConn 88-86 in overtime. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | bhorrigan@courant.com

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Election Day – Connecticut 2014

An election day that started early and went well into the next morning, gave us many visual moments of intrigue.  Here are a few that the Courant photographers captured.

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- 11/4/14 – Hartford, CT – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy claims victory at 12:30 am as he took the stage with Lt. gov. Nancy Wyman and his wife, Cathy, right. The Malloy family is behind them. The Society Room on Pratt Street in downtown Hartford served as campaign headquarters for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on election night Tuesday.  STEPHEN DUNN|sdunn@courant.com

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Farewell Landon

The most decorated American international footballer has hung up his boots for the US national team. There has long been debate (voiced by yours truly) about what Landon Donovan could be, or could have been as a player. His club football cameos in Europe were largely disappointing (loans at Everton aside). His eagerness to return to Major League Soccer (a third tier domestic league, here in the US) was questioned. He did after all, unlike so many of his countrymen before him, possess the technique and the speed to compete at a high level in Europe. What is not up for debate however, is the fact that no other player has matched the impact on the national team that Donovan has. Skill, heart and leadership were up for display when Landon donned the US jersey.  And he was clutch. He scored goals on the biggest stages. I remember the bars in which I celebrated his goal against Portugal at Japan/South Korea 2002…his goal against Algeria at South Africa 2010. Not in good form at the time, Donovan was controversially left off the 2014 World Cup roster. Still, he finishes with an incredibly productive 57 goals in 157 international appearances for the starts and stripes. Landon made his final appearance for the US in a friendly against Ecuador Friday night in East Hartford. Following the game, Landon made a lap around the field applauding those who applauded him for so many years. Finally he made his way to the American Outlaws (a supporters club for the US national team) section of Rentschler Field and emotionally greeted them.  It was evident that he savored the moment and hated to head to the locker room. Landon Donovan, you will be missed. LD BLog

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Godzilla Comes Home

 

West Hartford rescued Godzilla, the iguana missing since July 28, who was high in a tree on Lemay Street Wednesday morning. Godzilla, owned by Andrew Frazer of Riggs Avenue, was spotted in the road by neighbor Gregg Gabinelle before he scurried up a tree, Frazer said. West Hartford firefighters Matthew Lyons and Lt. Jarrad Smith worked together to get Godzilla in a cage and then reunited him with Frazer, who "couldn't be more happy." Frazer noted that the rescue was just in time as the days are turning colder -- not a good thing for an iquana.

Godzilla, the iguana missing since July 28.

West Hartford firefighters rescued Godzilla, the iguana missing since July 28, who was high in a tree on Lemay Street Wednesday morning. Godzilla, owned by Andrew Frazer of Riggs Avenue, was spotted in the road by neighbor Gregg Gabinelle before he scurried up a tree, Frazer said. West Hartford firefighters Matthew Lyons and Lt. Jarrad Smith worked together to get Godzilla in a cage and then reunited him with Frazer, who “couldn’t be more happy.” Frazer noted that the rescue was just in time as the days are turning colder — not a good thing for an iquana.

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Bringing Blimp Back

Obsessed. That’s what Russ Magnuson and his small group of volunteers are when it comes to the Goodyear ZNPK-28 Blimp Control Car at the New England Air Museum. His crew has logged 21 years and close to 24,000 hours to date working on the rare airship.  And they still are not done! This is the only WWII configured K28  blimp car in the world.

The Goodyear ZNPK-28 Blimp Control Car that has been undergoing complete restoration for the past 21 years at the New England Air Museum.

The Goodyear ZNPK-28 Blimp Control Car that has been undergoing complete restoration for the past 21 years at the New England Air Museum.

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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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A visit to Faulkner’s Island

A visit to Faulkner’s Island located 3 1/2 miles offshore from Guilford Harbor is a rare event. The whole island is a wildlife preserve and the public is only allowed several times a year during open house sessions. The highlight of the 3 acre island is the lighthouse that rises 90′ above the waters of Long Island Sound. The Faulkner’s Island Lighthouse, built in 1802,  is the state’s second oldest lighthouse tower, and is the only active light station on an island in the state.

Bill Lincoln of Guilford, right, is treasurer of the Faulkner's Light Brigade, a group that is charged with the care, education and preservation of the island and it's lighthouse.

Bill Lincoln of Guilford, right, is treasurer of the Faulkner’s Light Brigade, a group that is charged with the care, education and preservation of the island and it’s lighthouse.

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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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Goshen Fair

Goshen again played host to one of the premier country fairs in Connecticut on Labor Day weekend.goshen_14_blog

Goshen, CT – 08/30/14 – Connor Johnson, of New Milford, carries fresh milk at the Goshen Fair Saturday. Photos by Brad Horrigan.

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Labor Day weekend beaches: hazy, hot, humid… sparse

Brian Gundaker and his wife, Christie Gundaker, enjoy the sunshine as they explore Bradley Point Park and the boardwalk in West Haven with their month-old daughter, McKenzie, on Sunday afternoon. The couple recently moved to New Haven from Miami. While not quite South Beach in Miami, the air temperature was 82 degrees and the water temperature 74 degrees. Patrick Raycraft | praycraft@courant.com

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Exciting Weekend: Kvitova Wins Again

“Kvitova will win in straight sets,” said the New York Post photographer sitting next to me before the match even began. He was right. No contest. Petra Kvitova beat Magdalena Rybarikova in the Ct. Open singles finals, 6-4,6-2, held at the Ct. Tennis Center Saturday.  Kvitova has now won the event twice in the last 3 years and will compete in the U.S. Open in New York this week. The two close friends played before a lower than average crowd of 3,285 Saturday but overall attendance for the event was up, 47,140 from 45,796 in 2013.

NEW HAVEN 8/23/14- Petra Kvitova raises her hands as she defeats Magdalena Rybarikova inn the Ct. Open singles finals held at the Ct. Tennis Center Saturday.

NEW HAVEN 8/23/14- Petra Kvitova raises her hands as she defeats Magdalena Rybarikova inn the Ct. Open singles finals held at the Ct. Tennis Center Saturday.

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Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival

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A spectator captures the launching of several hot air balloons at sunrise Sunday morning at the 2014 Plainville Fire Company’s Hot Air Balloon Festival at Norton Park. About a dozen balloons were launched in near perfect conditions. Patrick Raycraft | praycraft@courant.com

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Connecticut Open – Day 6

Magdalena Rybarikova defeated Camila Giorgi in straight sets (6-2, 6-4) Friday afternoon in New Haven to advance to the women’s final at the 2014 Connecticut Open.

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New Haven, CT – 08/22/14 – Magdalena Rybarikova saves a point in the second set of her victory over Camila Giorgi Friday. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN

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And They’re Off!

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy launched his campaign for a second term as Connecticut’s governor Thursday making several stops throughout the state. Late in the day, he visited several businesses in the heart of New Britain’s Polish community, sampling several Polish delicacies.  “But how do you stay so slim?” asked the proprietor of one establishment, as Malloy tasted some pierogi.  “By running every day,” he said.

NEW BRITAIN 08/14/14 Gov. Dannel Malloy samples a Polish meatball with dill and chicken marsala with rice during a visit to Polonia Taste on Broad Street in New Britain Thursday evening as his reelection campaign gets underway. Malloy spent time visiting businesses along Broad Street in the city's Polish neighborhood. Bartkowicz mentioned that Malloy's Republican opponent, Tom Foley, also sampled the chicken Marsala and rice during a recent campaign visit..   CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

NEW BRITAIN 08/14/14 Gov. Dannel Malloy samples a Polish meatball with dill and chicken marsala with rice during a visit to Polonia Taste on Broad Street in New Britain Thursday evening as owner Sophie Bartkowicz explains the recipe.  Bartkowicz mentioned that Malloy’s Republican opponent, Tom Foley, also sampled the chicken Marsala and rice during a recent campaign visit.. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

 

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CHARLES W. MORGAN RETURNS

Mystic Seaport’s 1841 whaleship, Charles W. Morgan  returned from her historic 38th Voyage on Wednesday to her permanent berth on Chubb’s Wharf at the Seaport. Under tow, the Morgan passed through the drawbridge in Mystic before 5:00 pm escorted by a flotilla of support and spectator vessels. Hundreds were on hand at the seaport to welcome the ship home.

The historic whaleship comes into view while going through the drawbridge on the Mystic River on her way home.

The historic whaleship comes into view while going through the drawbridge on the Mystic River on her way home.

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Challenge Quest 2014

About 70 children from the age of 8 to 18 are taking part in the 2014 Challenge Quest at the Pine Lake Challenge Course in Bristol. The week long camp is sponsored by the Bristol Youth Service Outdoor Adventure Community Partnerships.

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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.