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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New foster care program comes to northeast CT

We will offer trauma-informed, home based services to our Therapeutic Foster Care providers- something that is uncharted territory in our state.

We will offer trauma-informed, home based services to our Therapeutic Foster Care providers- something that is uncharted territory in our state.

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We are excited to announce that on July 1, 2013 Justice Resource Institute  will merge with Community Care Services to offer non-profit social services in the Northeast corner of Connecticut.

Community Care Services is now a Division of the Justice Resource Institute

As the merger is complete, Justice Resource Institute will now offer Therapeutic Foster Care as one of its services to people in the area.

There has been a significant shortage in services in the Northeast, and with this new opportunity there is an incredible amount of buzz in the state’s Department of Children and Families.

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Catch the ‘air show’ in Willimantic July 1, 2013

Chimney Swifts, by Judy Grund, via Willimantic Wildlife Habitat on Facebook 2013

Chimney Swifts, by Judy Grund, via Willimantic Wildlife Habitat on Facebook 2013

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Willimantic Wildlife Habitat (visit their Facebook page ) wants you to know, it’s Chimney Swift Night on Monday, July 1, at the Willimantic Brewing Company on Main Street in Willimantic!

The pub has brewed Flying Cigar Ale – “flying cigar” is a nickname for this bird – and will donate portions of proceeds to chimney swift conservation.

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Author of revealing look at casinos to speak at Guilford Smith Library

Robert Steele, author of The Curse... The book comes at a time when Connecticut’s casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and there is growing political pressure to legalize Internet gambling.  Publicity photo.

Robert Steele, author of The Curse… The book comes at a time when Connecticut’s casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and there is growing political pressure to legalize Internet gambling. Publicity photo.

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Robert H. Steele, the author of “The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town” (Levellers Press, Amherst, MA), will talk about his book and his legislative career at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at the Guilford Smith Memorial Library, 17 Main Street in South Windham, CT.

Robert H. Steele is vice chair of an international retail marketing agency and has been a director of numerous companies. A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, he served in the CIA and Congress, and was a candidate for governor of Connecticut. He lives with his wife in Essex, CT.

“The Curse” is set against the explosion of casino gambling that hit Connecticut during the 1990s, when two Native American tribes built the world’s two biggest casinos in the southeastern corner of the state.

The story begins with the Pequot War in 1637, then jumps 350 years as a Connecticut family becomes embroiled in a struggle to block a third casino that threatens the family’s town and ancestral home.

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Willimantic Police Officer shot, man found dead

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Police have released the name of the 34-year-old man who allegedly shot a Willimantic Police officer responding to a call for assistance at a Tunxis Lane home.

By Brenda Sullivan

CORRECTION - Andrew Samuolis was scheduled to appear in Superior Court GA 11 in Danielson, CT on Wednesday, June 26. The location of the court was incorrectly reported in the original post. Samuolis is charged with breach of peace and interfering with police, but according to Lt. Vance, additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Police have released the name of the 34-year-old man who allegedly shot a Willimantic Police officer responding to a call for assistance at a Tunxis Lane home.

In a press conference at 4 p.m. today, State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said police had received a phone call requesting a “well-being check” and when they arrived at the home, a white male – now identified as Andrew Samuolis – ambushed and shot a police officer in the arm.

They also found the body of another male in the house. Police were not disclosing this person’s identity as of this posting.

The suspect fled on foot into a wooded area.  Police called for assistance and police dogs were brought in for the search.

Lt. Vance said gun fire was exchanged between the suspect and police.

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Are you marching in the 2013 Boom Box Parade?

Mayor Ernie Eldridge rides in a float depicting the Titanic (in honor of the exhibit at the Windham Textile & History Museum) in the July 4, 2012 Willimantic Boom Box Parade. For more photos and info visit www.wili.com/am

Mayor Ernie Eldridge rides in a float depicting the Titanic (in honor of the exhibit at the Windham Textile & History Museum) in the July 4, 2012 Willimantic Boom Box Parade. For more photos and info visit www.wili.com/am

Mark your calendar for the 28th annual WILI July 4th BOOM BOX PARADE, which begins at 11 a.m. at Jillson Square in Downtown Willimantic.

It’s the largest parade of its kind in the world.

In 1986, no marching band could be found for Windham’s Memorial Day Parade – and so, for Independence Day, the Boom Box Parade concept was born (an inspiration of the Clark family).

WILI-AM radio broadcast marching band music and parade participants played the tunes on their floats with their radios (once known as “boom boxes”).

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SAVE THE FROGS talk is June 23

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Learn more about the disappearing frog populations around the world at a June 23 talk/slide presentation by SAVE THE FROGS! at the Windham Textile & History Musuem. Photo source: Screen shot from YouTube Smithsonian video http://youtu.be/gWnF4SVGFzk

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

The frog is the beloved mascot of Windham, CT.  But real frogs are in real danger… learn more about this on Sunday, June 23 at a talk called, “SAVE THE FROGS!”

At 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St. in Willimantic (across from the mill complex) hear Michael Starkey speak and show slides about the dire threat facing the world’s amphibian populations today.

Forty percent of all the frogs in the world are in danger of extinction, according to the Smithsonian Institution.

Mr. Starkey is chair of the advisory committee of SAVE THE FROGS!

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Coventry Farmers Market invites you to a ‘wellness’ swap

Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday is Coventry Regional Farmers Market's annual Wellness Fair on June 23, 2013. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions.

Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday is Coventry Regional Farmers Market’s annual Wellness Fair on June 23, 2013. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions.

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Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday (June 23) is Coventry Regional Farmers Market’s annual Wellness Fair. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions. Don’t forget that baking or jam making can contribute to wellness too!

As always, anything handmade, handcrafted or homegrown is swappable. But remember – you must sign up and bring something to get something in return!

You need to sign up for a swap ticket if you plan to attend.

Time: BEFORE the market: Set up any time after 10 a.m. Announcement of the swap will be around 10:30, and swapping starts around at 10:40 a.m.

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Courtney, students at Capitol to testify on student loan interest rates

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The current fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized student loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is 3.4 percent, but that rate will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless Congress takes action. Photo: Connecticut State Capitol building, Hartford, CT – file photo.

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Congressman Joe Courtney, Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa Núñez and a delegation of students and advocates from ConnPIRG (Public Interest Research Group) will be at the Capitol in Hartford, CT today (June 17) to ask Congress to keep student loan interest rates from doubling.

With only 13 days until the deadline, they hope to prevent the hike from taking effect on July 1.

The current fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is 3.4 percent, but that rate will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless Congress takes action.

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Tell your story – or enjoy your neighbor’s

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, VoiceMail returns to Cafémantic in beautiful, downtown Romantic Willimantic.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, VoiceMail returns to Cafémantic in beautiful, downtown Romantic Willimantic.

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At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, VoiceMail returns to Cafémantic in beautiful, downtown Romantic Willimantic.

Cafémantic is located in the bright yellow Victorian building at 948 Main St.  across from Willi Brew Pub.

The evening includes open mic storytelling – for adults, with featured teller Ellie Toy on at 7:30 p.m. Please come early to get your dinner!

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Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge nets town more than $4,500

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Storrs-Mansfield and Windham-Willimantic town leaders, and representatives from Northeast Utilities will gather in two ceremonies to celebrate the success of The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a three-year community energy savings program that helped local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy.

Over three years, Neighbor to Neighbor engaged residents in 14 towns, including Windham and Mansfield, helping them reduce their energy use by 20 percent.

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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

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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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