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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
electric micro grid image

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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Complaints about sexual assault at UConn should be investigated says Gov Malloy

October 25, 2013 Feature, Local News No Comments
“I absolutely support the idea of holding public hearings on UConn’s sexual assault prevention and response procedures,” Gov. Malloy said. Image from the Clothesline Project which supports speaking out about violence toward women.

“I absolutely support the idea of holding public hearings on UConn’s sexual assault prevention and response procedures,” Gov. Malloy said. Image from the Clothesline Project which supports speaking out about violence toward women.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Oct. 25 made the following statement in response to the controversy surrounding complaints filed by UConn students claiming the university failed to responsibly handle their reports of being sexually assaulted.

Legislators are now calling for public hearings on the complaints.

“I absolutely support the idea of holding public hearings on UConn’s sexual assault prevention and response procedures,” Gov. Malloy said.

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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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How Windham and East Hampton resolved minor party ballot issues

October 20, 2013 Feature, Local News No Comments
In East Hampton, the Chatham party holds the majority of seats on several town boards and commissions and could be considered the majority party.   However, because they are not Democratic or Republican, they were required to include signatures, and did not.

Connecticut law requires that all minor party candidates submit a signature with their party’s request for admission to the municipal ballot. That law went into effect in 2010, but was ignored in 2011 elections when minor party candidates were added to the ballots in towns throughout Connecticut without the required signatures.

Ed McKeon – MiddletownEye

While Middletown awaits the decree of a judge, other Connecticut towns have formulated solutions to adding minor party candidate names to the ballot in a year where several candidates have been ejected from ballots for want of a signature.

Connecticut law requires that all minor party candidates submit a signature with their party’s request for admission to the municipal ballot. That law went into effect in 2010, but was ignored in 2011 elections when minor party candidates were added to the ballots in towns throughout Connecticut without the required signatures.

This year, those candidates have been challenged and minor party candidates have been forced off the ballot in several towns, including Middletown.

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Stephen E. Allcroft June 17 1960 – Sept 30 2013

October 15, 2013 Local News, Obituaries No Comments
Stephen E. Allcroft, born June 17, 1960, a big, kind-hearted young many known by many has fought a great fight against an ugly and too prevalent disease called cancer – and LOST – September 30, 2013.

Stephen E. Allcroft, born June 17, 1960, a big, kind-hearted young man known by many has fought a great fight against an ugly and too prevalent disease called cancer – and LOST – September 30, 2013.

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Stephen E. Allcroft, born June 17, 1960, a big, kind-hearted young man known by many fought a great fight against an ugly and too prevalent disease called cancer – and LOST – September 30, 2013.

He became ill in the spring of 2012. His tolerance of treatment amazed medical people, family and friends.

Steve grew up in West Hartford, CT though born in Brooklyn, NY where his father studied architecture. Steve got his GED in January 1978 and went into the Marines.

Upon his honorable discharge, he started attending Central Connecticut State University. Earning money appealed more to him in sales of siding and replacement windows.

Later, he worked at the Seafarer and managed restaurants in the area before moving to South Caroline.

Moving back to Connecticut in 2002, he worked in the automotive department at Walmart in North Windham.

He began to excel in photography and as a graphic artist. He was on the board of directors and on the steering committee of the Windham Area Artists Collective. He had a camera in his hand from the age of five years old.

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Notable Civil Rights movement figure speaks at Eastern

Bernard Lafayette spoke about his role in the Civil Rights Movement at Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 9 2013. To encourage young people to exercise one right in particular – the right to vote – he suggested holding a public birthday party for eighteen-year-olds where the cost of admission would be to show their voter registration cards. ECSU contributed photo.

Bernard Lafayette Jr. spoke about his role in the Civil Rights Movement at Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 9 2013. To encourage young people to understand the importance of  their right to vote, he suggested holding a public birthday party for eighteen-year-olds where the cost of admission would be to show their voter registration cards. ECSU contributed photo.

By Akaya McElveen | Eastern Connecticut State University student

Bernard Lafayette Jr., a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement, spoke on “Reaching Beyond Your Grasp” as part of Eastern Connecticut State University’s “University Hour Series” on Oct. 9.

More than 200 Eastern students, faculty and staff  heard Lafayette say – in response to a question asked by a student – that he was “glad” and “shocked” to still be alive today… Lafayette’s life has been threatened on many occasions, he said.

Lafayette told the audience that before he and his peers decided to take part in the Freedom Rides, he created a will.

Having made that level of commitment, Lafayette said his philosophy was, “No one can take your life if you’ve already given it.”

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Learn more about rights of special ed students

October 9, 2013 Feature, Local News No Comments
At the Oct. 16 meeting, Atty. David Shaw will explain the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (also known as IDEA) and the legal rights conferred to children and parents by this federal law.

At the Oct. 16 meeting, Atty. David Shaw will explain the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (also known as IDEA) and the legal rights conferred to children and parents by this federal law.

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Success Special Education PTO will present, The Legal Rights of Children and Parents Under Special Education Law, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Willington Public Library, 7 Ruby Road.

This talk is open to residents of Willington and neighboring towns.

Success Special Education PTO is a resource for parents and families in Willington, Tolland, Stafford, Ashford, Mansfield and surrounding areas.

It meets monthly at the Willington Public Library. Meetings regularly feature speakers and presentations on topics of interest to parents.

The meeting schedule is posted here www.successsepto.org

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October blood donors can win propane gift card

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

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The American Red Cross encourages all those who can donate to help save lives and support Connecticut’s blood supply.

Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and the only source is from a generous blood donor.

For many, a blood transfusion can make a lifesaving difference.

Donors during the month of October 2013 will be eligible to win a $200 gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Gifts and prizes are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.)

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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

Press Release

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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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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