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.
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.
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.
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 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 | email@example.com
“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.
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
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.
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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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.
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 | email@example.com
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.