A Goose in Springtime muses
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra recognized Earth Day by kicking off the CleanHartford anti-litter program at Keney Park in Hartford Tuesday. CleanHartford is the city’s first coordinated campaign that to address litter through enforcement, abatement and education. Driven by the city’s department of public works, the Knox Parks Foundation, the Hartford Police and local community groups, it is aimed at empowering Hartford residents and businesses to clean up their community. Volunteers can participate by selecting a public street, space, park or playground to clean and beautify. There will be a Hartford Public High School clean up April 26 from 8 a.m., to noon; at the Keney Park West Meadow Section April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; an Enfield, Capen and Edgewood Street clean up April 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Sigourney Park clean up April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Thousands were affected by the Boston Marathon bombing last April. The Courant caught up with five people with Connecticut ties who vow to return this year to help restore and celebrate the great race’s tradition. Please check out the video below.
Flames engulfed the third floor of a empty three family home on Zion Street near the intersection of Summit Street in Hartford Thursday afternoon April 10. Fire Chief Carlos M. Huertas said that given the intensity of the wind the threat to the neighborhood was significant and he credited firefighters for their tactical move of spraying down the adjacent buildings to keep the fire from spreading. “This could have been a lot worse,” he said. The two adjacent buildings were evacuated. No one was injured in the blaze, the chief said.
The UConn women’s basketball team was honored with a victory lap around campus on Wednesday after winning its ninth national championship and completing a 40-0 season Tuesday night with a 79-58 win over previously unbeaten Notre Dame in Nashville.
Seconds left, Boatright has the ball. UConn is going to win the national championship. My mind is racing. Who do I focus on at the buzzer? There are 20 photographers on my side of the court, some of the best sports shooters in the country. Probably 90-100 cameras between us all. But not one photographer is making a sound. We are all locked in, ready to go. Seconds are counting down, Boatright is just dribbling in circles. The buzzer sounds. UConn wins it’s 4th national championship. Mayhem, the roar of the crowd. Players are jumping into each others arms. Confetti fills the arena. Not one photographer moves. We are just picking our targets and capturing the moment. And the moment does not last long. The players are in an emotional high for these few seconds. These are the photos we need. Holding a trophy and cutting down nets later will make good photographs but these few seconds are the real deal. One minute later a small stage appears at center court. The team climbs up. We move into position and lock in our lenses once again. Then, BAM! A monster confetti gun fires, filling the arena and we can’t see a thing. Who’s idea was that? The paper and smoke clears and we get to work. Deadline is looming.
After the game, UConn senior guard, Shabazz Napier, explained to the crowd at AT&T Stadium in Dallas Texas how UConn defeated the odds, and some of the country’s highest ranked teams, to win their fourth national title. They were hungry. They were the “Hungry Huskies.” UConn left it all on the floor as they beat an extremely talented Kentucky team by a score of 60 to 53.
Click here to read Dom Amore game story and click here to read his story about how this championship will be a goldmine for recruiting, and a new contract for the coach. Click here to read Jeff Jacobs column on how the Huskies won the championship by climbing one step at a time.
The game ended much differently than it started. Midway through the first period, UConn was down by twelve points, 16 to 4. But after a called timeout UConn roared back to score 11 unanswered points, which saw DeAndrea Daniels hit the three-point- shots. When UConn ended the first half with a three point lead, the tide had turned, and the Huskies had the waves at their back the rest of the way. UConn defeated the Florida Gators Saturday night to advance the the NCAA Division I Championship game against Kentucky Monday.
Click here to read Dom Amore’s game story. Click here to read Paul Doyle’s story on Shabazz Napier, the kid from Roxbury. Click here to read Jeff Jacobs’ column about UConn being one game away from redemption. Click here for Dom Amore story on UConn brimming with confidence.
It didn’t feel like spring, but local fishermen and women took to the pond at Manchester Coon and Fox Club in Coventery Saturday for the group’s annual fishing derby.
Coventry, CT – 04/05/14 – Emily McCrystal, 4, of Vernon, makes a dramatized, sad face after discovering that her hook has no fish on it. Looking on is her brother Kyle McCrystal, 9. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | firstname.lastname@example.org.
A hip hop dance workshop was held April 4 at the Ninth Annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival at Trinity College in Hartford. The class was taught by Black Noise, a hip hop crew from South Africa. The festival continued Saturday. Performers included Talib Kweli, Black Noise, Haitian-Canadian emcee Vox Sambou and others. There were
also lectures, workshops, films and urban art exhibitions, including a live graffiti exhibit, all free and open to the public.
The UConn men’s basketball team entered the massive AT&T Stadium for practice Friday and were in awe of the 80,000 seat venue. This place is HUGE! The stage is set for their Final Four semi-final game against Florida Saturday night. Stay tuned!
With a decisive 69-54 win over the Texas A&M Aggies in their NCAA Elite 8 game at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Lincoln Regional Monday night, the UConn women’s basketball team (38-0) is two games away from a perfect season. A win over Stanford in the national semi-final in Nashville Sunday night would send them to an expected – well, at least hoped for – championship showdown with the only other undefeated team – the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. On the eve of the Huskies pursuit of a record ninth national championship, here is a look back at their Elite 8 victory in Lincoln, Nebraska. Click here to read John Altavilla’s game story. Click here to read Lori Riley’s preview story on UConn’s semi-final game against Stanford.
The Centaur of Tymfi was unveiled at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport April 1. The Mayor of Bridgeport, the State Archeologist and others joined in on the April 1 presentation of what museum executive director Kathleen Maher described as an “inexplicable specimen.” Local experts, with tongues placed firmly in cheeks, revealed that The Centaur of Tymfi is the best specimen of its kind of record due to preservation within a cool, dry cave at 1,900 meters elevation in the Tymfi Mountains of northwestern Greece. Nicholas Bellantoni, the state archeologist, said after his scientific presentation about the centaur Tuesday that he felt as if his nose was, somehow, getting longer.
The UConn women defeated the BYU Cougars, 70-51, before a packed house at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, in an NCAA Sweet 16 game in the Lincoln Regional. Stefanie Dolson was given the assignment to guard BYU’s 6’7″ center, Jennifer Hamson. After a tight first half, with eight lead changes and three ties, and UConn only up by one point at the half, the Huskies came out swinging in the second half, pulling away to win it and advance to the Elite 8. They will play the Texas A&M Aggies as they continue their journey toward the Final Four and a record ninth national championship. Read John Altavilla’s game story here.
Tyler Lauretti of Conard High School stars in Shrek The Musical March 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. at the school. To see and hear him talk about his role, click on the link below the picture.
Practice was open to the public and the media Thursday at MSG, as Iowa State prepared for Friday’s matchup against UConn. When 7 year-old Noah Miller flagged down DeAndre Kane (not pictured) for an autograph behind the basket, he could not have foreseen what was about to happen. After Kane, (Iowa State’s biggest star) graciously signed the boy’s basketball, he led the youngster onto the court where he sought out Melvin Ejim (another impact player for the Cyclones) for another signature. Ejim, like Kane, was happy to take the time out for Miller, who lives in Mt. Kisco, NY. Miller’s parents are both Iowa natives and his paternal grandparents are ISU alumni. This was surely a Garden moment that the boy will never forget.
New York, NY – 03/27/14 – Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim, signs an autograph for Noah Miller, 7, of Mt. Kisco, NY, during Thursday’s practice at Madison Square Garden ahead of Friday night’s NCAA east regional semifinal game against UConn. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | email@example.com
Jim Calhoun was holding court again Wednesday at Madison Square Garden reminiscing about the great UConn moments at the historic arena. The Hall of Fame coach talked about two images that are burned into his brain, the 1988 photo of Jeff King and Phil Gamble sitting atop the backboard after winning the 1988 NIT Championship, and the photo of Kemba Walker breaking down his Pitt opponents to make a shot at the buzzer and win the Big East game. UConn went on to win the tournament and the NCAA national championship.
Both of those images are mine.
I teach my photojournalism students that our job is to “capture a moment in time, for all time.” Listening to the coach last night and revisiting my images brought back a flood of memories. Time to make some more.