In Willimantic, annual Trick or Treat on Main Street

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

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

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.

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

“One of the most basic responsibilities of our institutions of higher learning is to keep our young people safe. If they have failed in that responsibility in any way, or if any victim of sexual assault has been treated with anything but the utmost respect, I will be outraged.”

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Windham teachers respond to drop in test scores

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“We’re concerned about much more than test scores, but these latest numbers provide an urgent opportunity to ask some tough questions,” said Randall Prose, a social studies teacher and coach at Windham High School. Prose is also President of the Windham Federation of Teachers, Local 1577.

Letter to the Editor

Submitted by Matt O’Connor, Communications | AFT Connecticut

Teachers in Windham Public Schools are calling the second year of steep declines in the district’s student performance results an “urgent opportunity” to unite the community for a better future.

The education professionals are responding to Tuesday’s release (Aug. 13, 2013) of their high school’s Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) scores and are urging a thoughtful discussion for the community and meaningful collaboration among stakeholders.

“We’re concerned about much more than test scores, but these latest numbers provide an urgent opportunity to ask some tough questions,” said Randall Prose, a social studies teacher and coach at Windham High School. Prose is also President of the Windham Federation of Teachers, Local 1577.

“We’re about to start the third school year of major reform. The time is now to come together and demand answers,” Prose said.

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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.

Press Release

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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Get a good shine on for a good cause

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Get your dusty car down to the car wash between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 17 at the North Eagleville Fire house on the corner of Routes 32 (heading toward UConn) and 275 (South Eagleville Road) in Mansfield, CT.

Proceeds benefit the Edwin O. Smith High School choral students who are heading to Carnegie Hall to perform next spring.

It takes MORE than practice to get to Carnegie Hall!

It’s only $7 each for cars, or $10 for trucks and SUVs.

Posted August 16, 2013

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Want the kids to eat more veggies? Check out this event

How about some vegetable-stuffed peppers?

How about some vegetable-stuffed peppers?

There’s lots more to veggies than a garden salad, or a slice of tomato on your burger… in fact, you can forgo the hamburger altogether and still cook up something delicious.

You can get some great ideas and learn a few techniques at the upcoming Vegan/Vegetarian Cooking Class this Sunday, Aug. 18.

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Garden party to benefit Windham scholarship

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The Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association hosts its Sixth Annual Garden Party this Sunday, Aug. 18, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Photo copyright 2013 by Brenda Sullivan.

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Editor’s note: There is no specific admission fee for this event – a donation is requested.

The Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association hosts its Sixth Annual Garden Party this Sunday, Aug. 18, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The event, to be held at 90 Windham St. in Willimantic, is a fundraiser to launch the WVNA Scholarship Program.

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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.

Press Release

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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How to get rich 25 cents at a time and end up in prison

August 16, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
Beginning in 2003 and continuing until the time of his arrest years later, the 57-year-old stole thousands upon thousands of quarters, using bags in his car or his deep-pocketed work pants to transfer the loot to his home, where he rolled the change in coin wrappers and exchanged it for cash at the bank.

Beginning in 2003 and continuing until the time of his arrest years later, the 57-year-old stole thousands upon thousands of quarters, using bags in his car or his deep-pocketed work pants to transfer the loot to his home, where he rolled the change in coin wrappers and exchanged it for cash at the bank.

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A longtime employee for the city of Buffalo, NY was sentenced to 30 months in jail today (Aug. 16) for stealing more than $200,000 – all in quarters – from the city’s parking meters.

James Bagarozzo, employed by the city for more than three decades, became a parking meter mechanic in 2003 but instead of repairing the meters, he and an accomplice rigged more than 75 of them so he could steal quarters.

As a parking meter mechanic, Bagarozzo was supposed to service and repair the city’s 1,200 mechanical machines, but he didn’t have access to their coin canisters and was not authorized to collect money. Instead, he rigged the meters so that deposited quarters never dropped into the coin canisters. Then he retrieved the money for himself.

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Want to learn about wild edibles?

Chances are you've seen this wild edible - Purslane. It's important when foraging to choose areas that aren't contaminated by automobile traffic or dogs, etc. To learn more about foraging, join a walk in Goodwin Forest on Sunday, Aug. 11, in Hampton, CT.

Chances are you’ve seen this wild edible – Purslane. It’s important when foraging to choose areas that aren’t contaminated by automobile traffic or dogs, etc. To learn more about foraging, join a walk in Goodwin Forest on Sunday, Aug. 11, in Hampton, CT.

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Join a field tour at the James L. Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center in Hampton, CT from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11 to learn more about what you might find in the wild to add to your salad or spring roll.

Join Naturalist Emma Lorusso and learn about plants and trees that will help you survive in the wilderness, and plants that just taste good.

The tour covers the Haley Native Plants Wildlife Gardens – cultivated gardens – and then explores the wilder parts of the Goodwin Forest property.

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Congressman Courtney – frustrated by ongoing Sequester

August 2, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
Congressman Joe Courtney testifies on the need to end the Sequester. Photo: screen shot from YouTube video

Congressman Joe Courtney testifies on the need to end the Sequester. Photo: screen shot from YouTube video

By Congressman Joe Courtney

Today, (Aug. 2) the House adjourned for a five week district work period without completing action on a 2014 budget.

Like so many of you, I am deeply frustrated that the House is leaving town today without finishing its work on one of the most fundamental duties outlined in the Constitution.

Congress should remain in Washington as long as it takes to finish the budget and complete a plan to end the across-the-board budget cuts known as “sequestration.”

Sequestration taking a toll

The direct impacts of sequestration, which went into effect on March 1, were slow to reach eastern Connecticut. However, in the last few weeks, we have seen increasing effects of the indiscriminate budget cuts that make up sequestration, underscoring the need for action in Congress to reverse this self-imposed economic punishment.

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Willimantic vigil planned for assaulted homeless men

August 1, 2013 Local News No Comments

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In the wake of an assault on two local homeless men, a vigil is scheduled to be held beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2 at the Garden on the Bridge (next to ArtSpace on Main Street) in Willimantic.

The garden is located on the bridge that overlooks the Willimantic River,  in the renovated mill complex, across the street from the Windham Textile & History Museum on Main Street.

Community members are encouraged to attend to show solidarity against the recent acts of violence and vandalism on the Garden on the Bridge and other areas of the community.

Bring a candle and/or a sign and an open heart. Everyone is welcome.

If you, or someone you know, has information on the assault that took place at the Garden on the Bridge, please contact Cpl. John Trotter at 860-465-3153.

Posted August 1, 2013

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In Willimantic, annual Trick or Treat on Main Street

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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

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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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