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.
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.”
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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 | email@example.com
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/
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
proceeds from the sale of the boxes, at $200 each, will go to the UConn migrant farmers clinic.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Hedberg, 9, of Southington, who is battling bone cancer, had his recreation room at his Southington home renovated by Make-A-Wish. The finished room, which was done in a nautical theme, was revealed to him for the first time Tuesday evening. Here he sits on the couch with his family, friends, and media watching.