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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Connecticut to celebrate new bridge

July 28, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.” Photo of new bridge from CT DOT

At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.” Photo of new bridge from CT DOT

At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.”

For more info about the new bridge, click on this link http://i95newhaven.com

About the program

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is improving traffic operations along Interstate 95 in Greater New Haven.

CTDOT’s I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing (NHHC) Corridor Improvement Program is a multi-modal transportation improvement program that features public transit enhancements and roadway improvements along 7.2 miles of I-95, between Exit 46 (Sargent Drive) in New Haven and Exit 54 (Cedar Street) in Branford.

Constructed in the late 1950s, this stretch of roadway is part of the heavily traveled northeast corridor between New York and Boston.

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Windham Region Transit District gets $9.9 million for new facility

Senate President Donald E. Williams said, “The Windham Regional Transit District helps thousands of area residents with transportation needs and a better quality of life… This bonding is an investment in the families that benefit every day from the services the WRCC provides.”

Senate President Donald E. Williams said, “The Windham Regional Transit District helps thousands of area residents with transportation needs and a better quality of life… This bonding is an investment in the families that benefit every day from the services the WRCC provides.”

Press Release

State Rep. Susan Johnson (D-Windham) and State Sen. Don Williams (D-Brooklyn) issued a press release today (July 26) announcing that the State Bond Commission has approved funds to build a new Windham Regional Transit District facility.

The $9,985,000 in bonding will finance the development of a new administration, storage and maintenance center.

“I am very pleased to see this bonding approved and thank Gov. Malloy and Sen. Don Williams for their support and commitment to the Windham Transit District,” said Rep. Susan Johnson.

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Transportation projects expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction jobs

July 26, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (July 26) announced that the State Bond Commission has approved more than $537 million in state funds to finance a series of construction and maintenance projects through the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (ConnDOT) capital infrastructure program.

The program includes 250 lane miles of state highway resurfacing and more than 40 bridge restoration projects around the state.

The funds will be used to leverage about $600 million in federal transportation aid to update, strengthen and improve the safety of Connecticut’s highways, bridges, rail and transit systems.

Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

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Fundraiser this weekend for victim of beating at Willimantic Garden on the Bridge

Currently, the Windham Region No Freeze Hospitality Center, Inc. has been re-opened for the protection of the homeless in light of the brutal beating of two homeless men last Saturday morning, June 20.

Currently, the Windham Region No Freeze Hospitality Center, Inc. has been re-opened for the protection of the homeless in light of the brutal beating of two homeless men last Saturday morning, June 20.

Brenda Sullivan | Editor HTNP News

A three-day fundraiser will be hosted this weekend at the newly opened Fred’s at the Frog Bridge – located at 600 Main Street (the corner of Main and Jackson Streets, next to the bridge and Winners )

Donations will be accepted throughout the weekend to benefit the Windham No Freeze Shelter  .

The same fantastic food, the same super staff and the same great atmosphere you’ve come to know at Fred’s Brick Oven Café  is now at Fred’s at the Frog Bridge.

They’re kicking off their first weekend at their new location tonight (Friday, July 26).

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Police locate missing teen

July 23, 2013 Local News No Comments
Connecticut State Police are searching for a missing 17-year-old girl who may be in Coventry, Manchester or Enfield – Kaytlyn Wasilewski – who was last seen on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Photo source: Coventry CT Police

Connecticut State Police are searching for a missing 17-year-old girl who may be in Coventry, Manchester or Enfield – Kaytlyn Wasilewski – who was last seen on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Photo source: Coventry CT Police

Update July 24/25: According to an email from Coventry Police Chief Mark Palmer, Kaytlyn has been located. She was located in Enfield based on a tip from a resident.

Press Release

Connecticut State Police are searching for a missing 17-year-old girl who may be in Coventry, Manchester or Enfield – Kaytlyn Wasilewski – who was last seen on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

She is described as a white female with brown hair, 5’7″ and weighing 155 pounds. Police do not have a description of what she was wearing when last seen.

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Gail Wade music on the lawn at Storrs Cong July 22 2013

On Monday, July 22 beginning at 6:15 p.m. enjoy a free concert on the lawn featuring the folk music of the Gail Wade Trio, followed by gifted Carillonneur Isaac Wong and at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs campus.

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Free concert

On Monday, July 22 beginning at 6:15 p.m. enjoy a free concert on the lawn featuring the folk music of the Gail Wade Trio, followed by gifted Carillonneur Isaac Wong and at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs campus. Picnic dinners will be available for $8. Concerts on the Lawn! is sponsored by SCC’s Music Board through the generosity of the Lamb Fund in memory of past UConn carilloneur Jack Lamb. Questions? Call 860-429-9382 or visit http://www.storrscongchurch.org

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Future of local water supply is topic of public forum July 29

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

Press Release

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR at UConn) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

This event is free and open to the public.

The “Regional Water: Where Is It? Who Uses It? Who Decides?” program will be wide-ranging and fast-paced, with three different panel discussions:

  • Regional Water Resources,
  • Regional Water Systems, and
  • Water, Economic Development and Regional Planning

Panelists include water experts from the University of Connecticut, representatives from Windham Water Works, CT Water Company and representatives from the Economic Development Commissions of Windham, Tolland and Mansfield.

Members of each panel will give very brief presentations, with most of the time allotted to answering written questions from the audience.

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Learn how to cut electric costs and enjoy a cookout July 22

CTV14 recently taped a very informative interview with C-Tec Solar, the official installer, and a representative of Solarize Connecticut, Kate Donnelly, that can be viewed online at no charge at http://www.ctv14.com   Photo source: Screen shot from CTV14 video

CTV14 recently taped a very informative interview with C-Tec Solar, the official installer, and a representative of Solarize Connecticut, Kate Donnelly, that can be viewed online at no charge at http://www.ctv14.com Photo source: Screen shot from CTV14 video

By Ginny Walton | Town of Mansfield

As Solarize Mansfield-Windham draws to a close, volunteers are planning a solar installation event, an opportunity to see solar arrays installed and to ask questions of the official installer C-TEC Solar, before the July 31 deadline to sign up.

The event is Monday, July 22 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 137 Oxbow Drive in Willimantic.

Due to the strong response by residents in both towns to Solarize Mansfield-Windham, the program has now reached Tier-5 pricing, which is the lowest possible price.

Homeowners who sign contracts through the town-sponsored Solarize program can expect to save thousands of dollars for the solar installation as well as reduce annual electric bills by approximately $1,000, depending on the size of the installed system.

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Federal programs can support rural cultural ‘economy’

July 20, 2013 Business No Comments
Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylors Falls, MN is a jewel amidst the farms and provides an extra economic boost to the surrounding rural communities as well as cultural enrichment to both local residents and visitors from the Twin Cities.  Photo source USDA via Franconia Sculpture Park.

Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylors Falls, MN is a jewel amidst the farms and provides an extra economic boost to the surrounding rural communities as well as cultural enrichment to both local residents and visitors from the Twin Cities. Photo source USDA via Franconia Sculpture Park.

By Chris Beck, Senior Projects Advisor | USDA Rural Development

As rural communities search for new and viable economic approaches, it is becoming clear that one core component of many successful rural communities is the presence of vibrant arts and cultural opportunities.

Last month I had the opportunity to speak about rural arts initiatives and how USDA Rural Development is engaged with local communities and private foundations to provide awareness of our infrastructure programs and how they can assist in supporting local cultural strategies.

At the Americans for the Arts annual meeting I had the honor of representing USDA on two panels where our Rural Development programs were part of the mix.

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Kenneth Parzych May 11 2013

Ken Parzych taught at Nicholas College, SUNY Fredonia, and spent 38 years at Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham, CT, ending as professor emeritus.  Photo source: ECSU website

Ken Parzych taught at Nicholas College, SUNY Fredonia, and spent 38 years at Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham, CT, ending as professor emeritus. Photo source: ECSU website

Obituary

Kenneth M. Parzych was a great man. He moved into eternal life on May 11, 2013.

Ken was an amazing husband, father, and Jaju (that’s grandfather in Polish). He was a true example of love and compassion to all who knew him. Ken will be deeply missed by his family and friends, but his life will always be celebrated.

Taught a strong, Polish work ethic by his parents, Stanley and Mafalda of Easthampton, Mass., Ken paid for college by working at a dairy farm and by playing drums in a polka band.

He loved his polka music almost as much as he loved his whoopie pies. While spending a summer as a polka DJ with his son, he was known to refer to the “toe-tapping music” as “Happy Music for Happy People.”

In addition to the occasional polka hop with his wife, Mary, Ken’s favorite past times involved his grandkids and his love for the outdoors. Ken could be found visiting the barns at UConn, where he knew most of the cows by name, and would note, “no trip is complete without an ice cream from the Dairy Bar!”

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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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