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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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3rd Annual Pooch Plunge

The Bristol Parks and Recreation Department held their 3rd Annual Pooch Plunge at Rockwell Park Monday evening. About 30 dogs, and their owners, came out to cool off and take the plunge as a good way to end the summer season.

 

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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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