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In Willimantic, annual Trick or Treat on Main Street

Thread City Development presents the 27th annual Trick or Treat on Main Street from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 in downtown Willimantic.

Thread City Development presents the 27th annual Trick or Treat on Main Street from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 in downtown Willimantic.

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Thread City Development presents the 27th annual Trick or Treat on Main Street from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 in downtown Willimantic.

Thread City Development, Willimantic Downtown merchants and local organizations will once again welcome the area’s little ghouls and goblins and their parents to Main Street for a safe, fun-filled event.

Church Street to High Street will be closed to traffic and more than 30 merchants and friends of downtown will offer treats and entertainment.

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Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get additional funding

October 30, 2013 Business, Feature, Local News No Comments
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Oct. 30 that nine towns that are part of a pilot microgrid program, including Windham and Storrs, are eligible for additional funding.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Oct. 30 that nine towns that are part of a pilot microgrid program, including Windham and Storrs, are eligible for additional funding.

The program was launched following recent storms to develop innovative ways to keep critical buildings (police stations, emergency operation centers, shelters, etc.) and commercial centers powered during electric grid outages.

A pilot microgrid program, administered by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, was created under Public Act 12-148 to increase the safety and quality of life for Connecticut residents during electric grid outage situations.

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Get a jump on toy shopping

October 30, 2013 Business, Feature No Comments
Over the Rainbow Toys in the East Brook Mall on the Mansfield/Willimantic town line is closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, according to an e-blast sent to its customers today.

Over the Rainbow Toys in the East Brook Mall on the Mansfield/Willimantic town line is closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, according to an e-blast sent to its customers today.

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Over the Rainbow Toys in the East Brook Mall on the Mansfield/Willimantic town line is closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, according to an e-blast sent to its customers today.

The store is known for its educational and interactive, and one-of-a-kind toys, books and other children’s items. … Continue Reading

Two Windham schools to house microgrids

October 23, 2013 Business, Feature, Local News No Comments
Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 basis and will include an isolation system so the microgrid can provide power despite any large-scale outages.

Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 basis and will include an isolation system so the microgrid can provide power despite any large-scale outages.

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Connecticut Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. applauds the State Bond Commission’s recent approval of funding for the installation of microgrids at the W.B. Sweeney School and Windham Middle School.

This investment is in response to the multiple incidents of extreme weather that has left Connecticut residents without power for extended periods.

Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 basis and will include an isolation system so the microgrid can provide power despite any large-scale outages.

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Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

“Undergoing cancer treatment is a stressful, life changing experience. For those who are caregivers, especially single parents or grandparents, finding childcare during lengthy treatment sessions can be a huge burden.  Having the peace of mind that your children have a safe and fun place to go certainly relieves some of that stress." - Kate Starkey, Oncology Services Manager, Windham Hospital

“Undergoing cancer treatment is a stressful, life changing experience. For those who are caregivers, especially single parents or grandparents, finding childcare during lengthy treatment sessions can be a huge burden. Having the peace of mind that your children have a safe and fun place to go certainly relieves some of that stress.” – Kate Starkey, Oncology Services Manager, Windham Hospital

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Thanks to local summer camps, a group of children whose caregivers are being treated for cancer at Windham Hospital were given free admission to camp this summer.

Working with the hospital’s Cancer Navigation Program, Holiday Hill Day Camp in Mansfield, CT and the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT provided full admission to the children – and by doing so, also gave some rest to the adults who are experiencing the physical and emotional stress caused by a cancer diagnosis.

In addition, the Town of Coventry Parks and Recreation Camp and Camp Asto Wamah in Columbia, CT each offered free spaces for children of cancer patients.

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How will the state’s new insurance plan affect you?

September 18, 2013 Business, Feature, Local News No Comments
ACCESS HEALTH CT insurance exchange Jason Madrak 09-06-2013

Jason Madrak, Chief Marketing Officer for Access Health CT – the entity charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the state’s new insurance program – was a guest on CTV14’s “Town Talk,” hosted by Brenda Sullivan.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

As host of the CTV14 governmental affairs program, “Town Talk,” I recently interviewed Chief Marketing Officer Jason Madrak of Access Health CT – this is the entity that is charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the new statewide insurance plan as part of the country’s Affordable Care Act.

You can watch my interview with Mr. Madrak online by clicking on this link http://www.ctv14.com and then clicking on the Programming tab. In this drop-down menu, choose VOD archives. On the next page, use the drop-down menu on the left (All Folders) and choose “Town Talk” from the bottom of that list.

In addition to the interview with Access Health CT, there’s a very informative “Town Talk” interview with Windham State Rep. Susan Johnson that also simplifies some of the nuts and bolts of what’s on the horizon.

(You can also speak with representatives of Access Health CT at the final Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest http://willimanticstreetfest.com on Sept. 19, 2013. Look for their booth.)

Below are comments from Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer Kevin Counihan, issued Sept. 18, on getting ready to launch the sign-up program on Oct. 1, 2013.

This first wave of enrollment will continue until Jan. 1, 2014.

You may have noticed an increase in TV ads urging you to sign up for a company’s insurance plan. You may want to know that unless you are enrolled through Access Health CT, you will NOT be entitled to subsidies (in some cases, 100 percent subsidies).

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State Rep Johnson invites you to open meeting

September 18, 2013 Business, Feature, Local News No Comments
State Rep. Susan Johnson, CT 49th District (D-Windham)

State Rep. Susan Johnson, CT 49th District (D-Windham)

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State Reps. Susan Johnson (D-Windham) and Linda Orange (D-Colchester) will hold an open meeting with constituents from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 in the main meeting room at Windham Town Hall 979 Main St., Willimantic.

“I look forward to hearing people’s thoughts and concerns about state government,” Rep. Johnson said. “When constituents share their ideas, we can be more effective legislators.”

“It is always a joy to meet constituents,” Rep. Orange said. “I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you one-on-one.”

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Could you outrun a zombie?

Promo YouTube video for www.zombiecharge.com

From promo YouTube video for www.zombiecharge.com

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

Back in the day, used to be zombies were pretty easy to get away from – unless you happened upon a hive – but today, the rules have changed. Now they can run and in the case of at least one popular zombie film, they can strategize and work as a team.

Those are the kind of zombies you will encounter if you take part in the Zombie Charge 5K run coming up Saturday, Sept. 7 at Bison Brook Farms on Button Road in North Stonington, CT.

The event is being promoted via a Groupon deal with a $55 discount for single entries; the final cost is $39 for a single entry or $75 for two, plus a $4 insurance fee and a processing fee (not specified in the offer) each, payable at registration.

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Rep. Johnson announces major funding for Windham Regional Community Council

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The WRCC provides services to 5,000 people each year, including adolescent crisis services, a teen pregnancy prevention program, HIV/AIDS treatment and case management, supportive housing assistance, veteran services and WRCC has an assistive technology center onsite for people with disabilities.

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State Rep. Susan Johnson (D-Windham) and State Sen. Don Williams (D-Brooklyn) announced  the approval by the State Bond Commission of significant bonding to support programs at the Windham Regional Community Council, Inc. (WRCC)

The $814,500 in bonding will help retire the council’s mortgage debt and free up funds for additional programs that serve all of eastern Connecticut.

The WRCC provides services to 5,000 people each year, including adolescent crisis services, a teen pregnancy prevention program, HIV/AIDS treatment and case management, supportive housing assistance, veteran services and WRCC has an assistive technology center onsite for people with disabilities. (More information on these services can be found online at: http://www.wrccinc.org/ or by calling 860-423-4534.)

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Connecticut microgrid pilot project unique in the nation

August 16, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
The Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program was created under Public Act 12-148.  Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 daily basis.  They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.

The Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program was created under Public Act 12-148. Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 daily basis. They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.

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The state’s progress to mitigate the impact of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions was the topic at a press conference in Hartford, CT on Wednesday (Aug. 14), hosted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and other state and local officials.

Connecticut has taken a leadership role in creating a clean-energy economy, they said, via initiatives that will:

  • “harden” energy infrastructure and modernize the state’s electric grid,
  • reduce harmful carbon emissions through investments in transportation,
  • promote renewable energy projects,
  • and support energy efficiency.

Gov. Malloy said, “We know from first-hand experience that we must make our energy grid stronger, smarter, and more secure… As we see increasingly severe weather and other impacts of climate change, it becomes even more important to harden our infrastructure as we make investments to reduce global warming emissions.”

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In Willimantic, annual Trick or Treat on Main Street

TRICK OR TREAT cropped sign

The family-friendly Haunted House at Arts at the Capitol Theater, the art magnet school at 896 Main St., is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come in costume and experience the Island of Misfit Toys, color spooky pictures and eat tasty treats.

Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get additional funding

electric micro grid image

Microgrids provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7, daily basis. They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.

Get a jump on toy shopping

Over the Rainbow Toys logo 10-30-2013

And between now and Nov. 2, shoppers will receive a 30 percent discount on all in-stock merchandise at the mall location – excluding Lego and Bruder toys.

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