July 2013

Does Status of Bees Threaten Connecticut's $3.5 Billion Agrarian Industry?

08/25/13

Does Status of Bees Threaten Connecticut's $3.5 Billion Agrarian Industry?

Bees have been much in the news as apocalyptic reports of Colony Collapse Disorder, an umbrella term encompassing a myriad of apian woes, have appeared in the press. With the Western Honeybee reigning as the dominant pollinator of crops in the United States and Europe, the alarming disappearance of these bees is causing fears about the future production of food and the economies that underlie that production.

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Worlds Collide in New Haven Outside of Ted Nugent Concert at Toad's Place

08/07/13

Worlds Collide in New Haven Outside of Ted Nugent Concert at Toad's Place

Protesters were out in full force at the Ted Nugent concert in New Haven.

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Clinton Resident Helps Others Get Over Dance Floor Jitters

08/06/13

Clinton Resident Helps Others Get Over Dance Floor Jitters

Sharyn Farrell, a self-employed dance instructor and the founder of Dancealife, has made a business of meeting people in the privacy of their own homes and showing them exactly how to dance.

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Two Women Face 11-14 Years in Shoreline Gifting Tables Sentencing

08/05/13

Two Women Face 11-14 Years in Shoreline Gifting Tables Sentencing

Two women convicted in February in the Women’s Gifting Table case may face 11 to 14 years in jail, with the government pushing for a “substantial” sentence.

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Katharine Hepburn's Old Saybrook Estate Taken Off the Market

08/02/13

Katharine Hepburn's Old Saybrook Estate Taken Off the Market

Katharine Hepburn’s estate, which the legendary actress called “paradise” and was listed for a cool $30 million, has been taken off the market by its current owner.

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CNBC's #TwitterRevolution Includes Segment on Torrington Rape Cases

08/02/13

CNBC's #TwitterRevolution Includes Segment on Torrington Rape Cases

A one-hour CNBC documentary titled #TwitterRevolution is scheduled to air on Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. and will focus on the social media network’s growth and impact on how the world shares information. The documentary, led by Carl Quintanilla, will explore Twitter’s reach ranging from sports coverage and celebrity gossip to news of events such as the Boston Marathon bombing, conflicts in the Middle East, and even the Torrington rape case that made national headlines earlier this year after a March 20 Register Citizen article detailed Twitter cyber-bullying against two 13-year-old victims.

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Forbes Parses How 'Rich Connecticut' Now One of Nation's Worst Economies

08/01/13

Forbes Parses How 'Rich Connecticut' Now One of Nation's Worst Economies

Connecticut has so many advantages that it might be hard to understand how it became one of America’s worst-performing state economies.

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Shock Rocker Rob Zombie's Wife: Woodbury Skateboarders Too Loud

08/01/13

Shock Rocker Rob Zombie's Wife: Woodbury Skateboarders Too Loud

Reports are popping up online that the wife of shock rocker Rob Zombie has complained about the noise from a skateboard park in Hollow Park in Woodbury. The skate park is located in the corner of the municipal park that is closest to the Zombies' historic estate.

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UConn Women's Basketball Team Honored by Obama at White House

08/01/13

UConn Women's Basketball Team Honored by Obama at White House

Decades from now as the members of the 2013 national championship UConn women’s basketball team offer up recollection of Wednesday’s trip to the White House there figures to be no mention of the series of events leading to their plane taking off a little later than anticipated or that their audience with President Barack Obama began about 10 minutes late.

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Torrington Statutory Rape Cases Continue to Play Out in Court

08/01/13

Torrington Statutory Rape Cases Continue to Play Out in Court

A former Torrington High School football player appears on track for trial on accusations of statutorily raping a 13-year-old girl on two occasions. He appeared before Judge John A. Danaher III for pre-trial motions Wednesday. Joan Toribio, 18, 330 Highland Ave., Torrington, is facing two counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts of risk of injury to a minor. Toribio is one of four former Torrington High School football players facing sexual assault charges.

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Human Remains Found After Early Morning Fire in Seymour

07/31/13

Human Remains Found After Early Morning Fire in Seymour

Human remains were found at 105 Davis Road in Seymour after an early morning fire Wednesday.

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FBI Removes Underage Girl Held Against Her Will at Milford Motel, Worker Says

07/31/13

FBI Removes Underage Girl Held Against Her Will at Milford Motel, Worker Says

In the wake of a nationwide FBI operation targeting underage prostitution, a Milford hotel worker said the FBI removed a juvenile from the premises who allegedly was being held against her will.

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As Wadsworth Falls Park in Middlefield Keeps Getting Trashed, Concerns Grow

07/30/13

As Wadsworth Falls Park in Middlefield Keeps Getting Trashed, Concerns Grow

Workers from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spent Monday morning cleaning up debris and other trash once again left behind over the weekend at Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middlefield.

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Massachusetts Governor Keys in on Rail Service to Manhattan Via Western Connecticut

07/30/13

Massachusetts Governor Keys in on Rail Service to Manhattan Via Western Connecticut

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick believes that his state can absorb the cost of restoring passenger rail service through Berkshire County on the Housatonic Railroad, but said the state of Connecticut’s participation is necessary to link all the way to New York City.

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Family Day at Gathering of the Vibes Brought Out the Kid in Everyone

07/29/13

Family Day at Gathering of the Vibes Brought Out the Kid in Everyone

Family Day at the Gathering of the Vibes music fest in Bridgeport was a fun time with special events for kids, inclluding activities such as paining, costume-making, arts and crafts, dancing with puppets and hula hooping.

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Connecticut Animal Attacks Highlight Issue of Unlicensed Dogs

07/28/13

Connecticut Animal Attacks Highlight Issue of Unlicensed Dogs

The number of reported dog bites in the city varies from year to year but there were 10 reported bites in 2011 and 42 in 2010, according to a state Department of Agriculture report. Waterbury had the most reported dog bites in 2011 at 139 for the year. Groton came in second with 100. Bridgeport had 20 reported dog bites in 2011 and Hartford had 18.

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Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, and Audience, in Full Swing; Sunday Is Family Day

07/27/13

Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, and Audience, in Full Swing; Sunday Is Family Day

As if the music wasn’t dazzling enough, Friday’s second day of 18th Annual Gathering of the Vibes brought something in the afternoon that put everything in a different light.

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Former Litchfield Jail Built in 1812 Can Be Yours, It's on the Market

07/27/13

Former Litchfield Jail Built in 1812 Can Be Yours, It's on the Market

Like historic structures? Why not buy a historic jail in Litchfield built to house prisoners in the War of 1812. Adding to the appeal, it was the only jail in the U.S. to share a common wall with a bank.

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Connecticut Bell Factory Owner Trying to Unseat Mitch McConnell in Kentucky Senate Race

07/26/13

Connecticut Bell Factory Owner Trying to Unseat Mitch McConnell in Kentucky Senate Race

Matt Bevin, owner of the of East Hampton's signature bell factory has taken on a new challenge: he is running as a Republican candidate for U.S. senator from Kentucky.Bevin is trying to un-seat arguably the most powerful Republican in the senate, minority leader Mitch McConnell in 2014.

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Emerald Ash Borer Invades Cheshire, Hamden, Naugutuck Valley Towns

07/26/13

Emerald Ash Borer Invades Cheshire, Hamden, Naugutuck Valley Towns

They aren’t the ugliest of bugs. Actually, the species’ common name reflects its rather precious verdant hue. Do not be fooled. The emerald ash borer is destructive and invasive, and it has no business outside its native region, which just so happens to be the other side of the planet.

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Middletown Teen Saves Girlfriend From Drowning at Misquamicut

07/25/13

Middletown Teen Saves Girlfriend From Drowning at Misquamicut

A recent high school graduate in Middletown saved his girlfriend from drowning over the weekend when a beach trip took a turn for the dangerous.

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The Old Q Bridge in New Haven Ready for Demolition

07/24/13

The Old Q Bridge in New Haven Ready for Demolition

Goodbye, old bridge. We made it past 50 years together — longer than anyone expected — but it’s time for you to go.

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Ed and Lorraine Warren of "The Conjuring" Have a Long History of Paranormal Investigation in Connecticut

07/23/13

Ed and Lorraine Warren of "The Conjuring" Have a Long History of Paranormal Investigation in Connecticut

The hit film "The Conjuring" is the first time that many are hearing of The Warrens, but we've known about Connecticut's favorite demonologists for decades.

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New U.S. Transportation Secretary Visits Connecticut First

07/23/13

New U.S. Transportation Secretary Visits Connecticut First

It’s too early to tell whether symbolism will translate into more support for Connecticut transportation, but the state’s political leaders were pleased Monday that Anthony Foxx made Connecticut the first state he visited as the new U.S. secretary of transportation.

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Ghost Hunters Explore Historic Meriden House

07/22/13

Ghost Hunters Explore Historic Meriden House

The long-deceased former inhabitants of the historic Andrews Homestead in Meriden are said to still roam its rooms.

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Connecticut's Latest Culinary Crop: Kelp for Martinis, 'Pasta', Ice Cream ...

07/21/13

Connecticut's Latest Culinary Crop: Kelp for Martinis, 'Pasta', Ice Cream ...

Just a few months ago, there was no Long Island Sound seaweed industry at all. Now, sugar kelp produced through decades of research at the University of Connecticut in Stamford, under the direction of one of the world’s authorities on seaweed, and grown in the Thimble Islands by former shellfisherman Bren Smith of Guilford is being served in cutting-edge restaurants in New York City. Kelp butter, kelp ice cream and kelp “pasta” all have turned up in recent months on menus at Manhattan restaurants and supper clubs aimed at “really high-end foodies,” according to Smith and some of the people experimenting with it as an ingredient. Smith's kelp, grown in the late fall, winter and spring in an offshore area leased from the town of Branford,...

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Ralph Nader's Tort Law Museum Plan for Winsted Raises Questions

07/21/13

Ralph Nader's Tort Law Museum Plan for Winsted Raises Questions

By the end of August, the construction and remodeling will begin on the country’s first tort law museum, which Ralph Nader decided to put in his hometown of Winsted in northwestern Connecticut.

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Justice for Trayvon Martin Rally Saturday in New Haven Is One of 100 Nationwide

07/20/13

Justice for Trayvon Martin Rally Saturday in New Haven Is One of 100 Nationwide

A “Justice for Trayvon” rally organized by five local groups begins at 11 a.m. Saturday outside the federal building at 157 Church St. in New Haven.

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UConn Releases Photos of New Football Helmets

07/19/13

UConn Releases Photos of New Football Helmets

UConn unveils its football helmets featuring the new, "meaner" Jonathan design.

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Federal Changes Could Aid Schaghticoke Tribe's Connecticut Casino Plans

07/19/13

Federal Changes Could Aid Schaghticoke Tribe's Connecticut Casino Plans

Kent First Selectman Bruce Adams recently met with representatives of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty to discuss proposed changes to the process by which Native American tribes achieve federal recognition. Also joining in the conversation were state Sen. Clark Chapin and state Rep. Roberta Willis.

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Ted Nugent’s Comments on Zimmerman Trial Put Heat on New Haven Concert Date

07/19/13

Ted Nugent’s Comments on Zimmerman Trial Put Heat on New Haven Concert Date

Ted Nugent won’t be welcome by some in the community when he comes to New Haven for a concert next month after making controversial comments about the Zimmerman trial verdict.

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Martina Hingis Adds New Haven Open to Comeback Tour

07/18/13

Martina Hingis Adds New Haven Open to Comeback Tour

New Haven Open tournament director Anne Worcester was sitting at her office computer earlier this week when an email popped up in her inbox.

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Off-Duty Connecticut Firefighter Saves Choking Restaurant Customer

07/18/13

Off-Duty Connecticut Firefighter Saves Choking Restaurant Customer

A firefighter in West Haven may have been off-duty Tuesday night while grabbing dinner at a local restaurant, but that didn’t stop him from springing into action to help someone there.

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HBO Documentary Looking Into Petit Cheshire Home Invasion Murders Airs Monday

07/17/13

HBO Documentary Looking Into Petit Cheshire Home Invasion Murders Airs Monday

After five years spent focusing on the Cheshire triple homicide, including attending many days of the trials for the two perpetrators, a husband-and-wife filmmaking team will have their documentary shown by HBO next week.

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Ralph Nader to Open Tort Law Museum in His Connecticut Hometown, Winsted

07/16/13

Ralph Nader to Open Tort Law Museum in His Connecticut Hometown, Winsted

The former Winsted Savings Bank on Main Street in Winsted will soon be home to the nation’s first tort law museum, according to city native and nationally-known political activist Ralph Nader.

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Coordinated Community Efforts Needed to Control Ticks and Spread of Lyme Disease

07/15/13

Coordinated Community Efforts Needed to Control Ticks and Spread of Lyme Disease

A coordinated, region-wide effort is going to be needed to eradicate Lyme disease.

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Tornadoes in Connecticut: Consistently Inconsistent

07/12/13

Tornadoes in Connecticut: Consistently Inconsistent

When it comes to tornadoes, Connecticut is not exactly the Land of Steady Habits.

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Milford, Where Ku Klux Klan Group Dropped Leaflets, Has Racist Incidents in Its Past

07/10/13

Milford, Where Ku Klux Klan Group Dropped Leaflets, Has Racist Incidents in Its Past

MILFORD-A self-described Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group that leafleted a city neighborhood Monday is just the latest in a series of similar incidents over the years.

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Vogue "It Girl" in South Windsor

07/10/13

Vogue "It Girl" in South Windsor

Julie Macklowe will be on hand today at Soft Surroundings from 12 to 3 to promote her new beauty line.

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To Fight Danbury Area Domestic Violence, Cocktails by a Litchfield County Pool

07/09/13

To Fight Danbury Area Domestic Violence, Cocktails by a Litchfield County Pool

“What we’re all working for is to end the violence, not only toward women but children and men as well.” That's the motivation driving a July fundraising event for the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury.

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The Connecticut Shoreline Continues to Rebuild While Preparing for Another Hurricane Season

07/01/13

The Connecticut Shoreline Continues to Rebuild While Preparing for Another Hurricane Season

After being battered by hurricanes for two straight years, is the Connecticut shoreline prepared for the next big storm?

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