Manchester marked Memorial Day with a parade down Main Street and ceremony at Center Memorial Park.
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.
April 28 was National Superhero Day and at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Patients and staff wore wear capes and costumes to honor all the superheroes at the medical center. This was the CCMC’s first superhero event, which featured superhero window washers, face painting, arts and crafts and other activities.
While Pope John Paul II was canonized a Saint at the Vatican in Rome Sunday, students and families from Pope John Paul II School in New Britain attended Mass at Holy Cross Church, to pray for their patron saint and to re-dedicate their school to him. More than 900 attended the Sunday mass which was given in Polish. Pope John Paull II, who was Polish, had visited the Holy Cross School when hew was a Cardinal in 1969.
By ALAINE GRIFFIN, KELLY GLISTA and DENISE BUFFA, email@example.com
MILFORD — Maren Sanchez adjusted the microphone and took a seat on stage with her guitar, the instrument that she taught herself to play.
She didn’t know it at the time, but Maren’s soft, lullaby-like version of Phillip Phillips’ song “Home” — captured on a 2012 YouTube video and widely circulated throughout social media Friday — would end up being a gift that she would leave to the many loved ones she left behind.
“Don’t pay no mind to the demons,” Maren sang from the stage at Jonathan Law High School, lyrics that would prove startlingly prophetic. “They fill you with fear. The trouble it might drag you down.”
Maren, a 16-year-old junior, was stabbed to death Friday morning in the hallway of the school by another student, whose name has not been released. Police are investigating whether the 16-year-old male, who has been charged with murder, had wanted to take her to the junior prom, which was scheduled for Friday night.
Wednesday night former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Edmond Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum at the Jorgensen Center For The Performing Arts on the UConn campus. To read Daniela Altimari’s story on Clinton’s visit click here:
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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.