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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Family fun at the Benton Museum this weekend

The William Benton Museum of Art on the Storrs UConn campus is hosting a weekend of family events June 14-16.

The William Benton Museum of Art on the Storrs UConn campus is hosting a weekend of family events June 14-16.

Press Release

The William Benton Museum of Art on the Storrs UConn campus is hosting a weekend of family events June 14-16.

Celebrate this Father’s Day at the Benton from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 16 with a host of activities including

  • storytelling by Tom Lee,
  • puppets from the Ballard Museum of Puppetry,
  • chalk drawing,
  • a visit from Jonathan the UConn Husky,
  • ice cream for all and
  • door prizes for Dad from Home Depot, Eastern Mountain Sports, FroyoWorld, Dog Lane Café, and Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

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Statewide property tax pitched for funding CT schools

Economist Stan McMillen said that for the last five fiscal years, Connecticut has underfunded its share of education funding to municipalities required by statute.  He said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall totals around $1.09 billion. Photo by Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

Economist Stan McMillen said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall in Connecticut’s aid to municipalities totals around $1.09 billion. Photo by Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

By Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

Economists at the University of Connecticut are suggesting that a statewide property tax might close a more than $1 billion funding gap in the state’s education cost sharing (ECS) formula.

They pitched that idea in their quarterly “Connecticut Economy” report released Thursday (June 13) at the Connecticut Education Association’s (CEA) Hartford offices.

Stan McMillen, a contributing economist, said that for the last five fiscal years, the state has underfunded its share of education funding to municipalities required by statute.

He said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall totals around $1.09 billion.

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Attn runners – Nipmuck Trail Race is June 30

June 12, 2013 Local News, Sports No Comments
The non-profit Willimantic Athletic Club hosts the Nipmuck South Trail Race on Sunday, June 30. Preregistration is required, and only 100 entrants will be accepted.

The Willimantic Athletic Club hosts the Nipmuck South Trail Race on Sunday, June 30. Preregistration is required, and only 100 entrants will be accepted.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

The Willimantic Athletic Club  hosts the Nipmuck South Trail Race on Sunday, June 30.

Preregistration is required, and only 100 entrants will be accepted. The entry fee is $25.

Official times will be provided and posted online at http://thelastmileracing.com

There will be prizes for the first male and female winners, as well as recognition for age-group winners.

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Coming up – Annual Victorian Bazaar at historic site

Mark your calendars for the Willimantic Camp Meeting Association’s 104th Victorian Bazaar, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Mark your calendars for the Willimantic Camp Meeting Association’s 104th Victorian Bazaar, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

Mark your calendars for the Willimantic Camp Meeting Association’s 104th Victorian Bazaar, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29.

The event is held at the historic site, at 453 Windham Road/Rt 32 South – one mile south of the Frog Bridge (look for the sign on the right).

Take your pick of crafts and fancy work, flowers and plants, linens and fabric – including vintage and retro, “white elephant” items (antiques, household goods and more) and “Christmas in June” items.

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Windham residents eligible for free video production training

Free classes begin June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Charter Studios. Photo from Town Talk, a public access program hosted by Brenda Sullivan, HTNP News Editor.

Free classes begin June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Charter Studios. Photo from Town Talk, a public access program hosted by Brenda Sullivan, HTNP News Editor.

Press Release

The CTV14 Community Access Television Studio (Charter) is now taking applications for a free Public Access Internship program.

Classes begin June 13, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Interns get hands-on experience in all aspects of video production in our North Windham TV studio.

Cover community events and public affairs shows for airing on CTV14. Interns also have the opportunity to use these new skills to produce their own Public Access program.

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Eastern CT State University Class of 2013 – Congrats to Windham-Willimantic graduates

May 25, 2013 Local News No Comments
At Eastern Connecticut State University’s 123rd Commencement exercises 1,256 undergraduates and 41 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements. 2013 Commencement exercises were held at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Contributed photo.

At Eastern Connecticut State University’s 123rd Commencement exercises 1,256 undergraduates and 41 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements.
2013 Commencement exercises were held at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Contributed photo.

Edited by Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News

At Eastern Connecticut State University’s 123rd Commencement exercises 1,256 undergraduates and 41 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements.

Commencement exercises were held at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on May 14.

Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest member of the “Little Rock Nine,” gave the Commencement address.

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Congressman Courtney to participate in Willimantic Memorial Day Annual Pilgrimage

May 24, 2013 Local News No Comments
CT Congressman Joseph Courtney

CT Congressman Joseph Courtney

Press Release

On Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 Congressman Joe Courtney will participate in events marking Memorial Day in eastern Connecticut.

Courtney will take part in parades in Enfield and Vernon, and will attend the Corporal Stephen R. Bixler Annual Memorial Day Weekend Picnic in West Suffield, the Willimantic Memorial Day Annual Pilgrimage and the dedication ceremony of the Arnold E. Holm, Jr. Memorial Park in Waterford.

At 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 26 Congressman Courtney will speak at the dedication of the Arnold E. Holm Jr. Memorial Park at Duck Pond on Rope Ferry Road in Waterford, CT.

Also on Sunday, he will participate in the Enfield Memorial Day Parade, from 1 to 2 p.m., which kicks off from the Town Green.

And at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, he will attend the Corporal Stephen R. Bixler Annual Memorial Day Weekend Picnic at 2900 Phelps Road in West Suffield, CT.

On Memorial Day, May 27, Congressman Courtney will participate in the Willimantic Memorial Day Annual Pilgrimage beginning at 7 a.m. at the Willimantic VFW Hall at 1415 Main St.

At 10:30 a.m., he will participate in the Vernon Memorial Day Parade which kicks off from the Grove Hill Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. and ends at the Town Green at 11:15 a.m.

Posted May 24, 2013

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Vigil today for murdered ECSU student

May 20, 2013 Local News No Comments
20-year-old Alyssiah Marie Wiley, the missing ECSU student who was found murdered - a vigil in her memory will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 20 at the clock tower on the Eastern campus in Willimantic, CT.

20-year-old Alyssiah Marie Wiley, the missing ECSU student who was found murdered – a vigil in her memory will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 20 at the clock tower on the Eastern campus in Willimantic, CT.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

A vigil will be held today (May 20) at 3 p.m. on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University, to gather in memory of 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley, who was found dead after weeks of searching.

Wiley was reported missing on April 24, but was last seen on Main Street in Willimantic on April 20. She had told friends and roommates she was going home, to West Haven, CT.

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Police arrest suspect in murder of ECSU student

May 18, 2013 Local News No Comments

connstatepolice1-251x300By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

CT State Police report that the remains found with the aid of police dogs on Friday in Trumbull near the Bridgeport line is the body of the missing Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah Wiley.

Police also say they have arrested a suspect in connection with her death, a 30-year-old man, Jermaine Richards, of Bridgeport.

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Devastating fire in Willimantic at St. Mary’s Church

May 16, 2013 Local News No Comments
Smokes billows from St. Mary's Church on Valley Street after a fire broke out sometime before 6:30 p.m.  Photo copyright 2013 by Brenda Sullivan.

Smokes billows from St. Mary’s Church on Valley Street after a fire broke out sometime before 6:30 p.m. Photo copyright 2013 by Brenda Sullivan.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

While sounds of live music and other entertainment drifted from Main Street, coming from the first Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest of the season, huge clouds of brown smoke billowed from the nearby St. Mary’s Church on Valley Street.

Next door to this stately landmark, firefighters cut through the Willimantic Food Co-op fence in order to allow access to fire trucks.

Firefighters from surrounding towns – including Scotland and Storrs/University of Connecticut – as well as other departments in Windham were on the scene of the fire that was reported sometime before 6:30 p.m. on May 16.

Small crowds gathered on the Jillson Square green as well as on Maple Street – the back side of the church, which is where the majority of the smoke was pouring from.

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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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