Vintage and Funky Style at New Rising Sun Boutique in Litchfield

09/24/14

Vintage and Funky Style at New Rising Sun Boutique in Litchfield

Walking into Rising Sun Boutique is like cracking open a treasure chest.

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Eating Our Way Through Foxwoods Casino’s Best Restaurants (Again)

09/23/14

Eating Our Way Through Foxwoods Casino’s Best Restaurants (Again)

We recently sampled food from four of Foxwoods Resort Casino's best restaurants. Here's the deliciousness we found.

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Connecticut Guy Flat Stanley (Friends With Meryl Streep, Obama) Is 50

09/23/14

Connecticut Guy Flat Stanley (Friends With Meryl Streep, Obama) Is 50

Flat Stanley, the diminutive and unlikely world-traveling hero, has gone to the Oscars with Meryl Streep and has hung out with President Barack Obama, just to name two of his famous associations.

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Connecticut Man Faces ‘Swatting’ Charges; Fake Crises but 911 Responses

09/22/14

Connecticut Man Faces ‘Swatting’ Charges; Fake Crises but 911 Responses

They met online and allegedly called in multiple threats in Connecticut and elsewhere. They used Skype and they thought their calls were untraceable.

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Immigration in Connecticut

09/22/14

Immigration in Connecticut

Like the U.S. itself, Connecticut is built upon a proud history of immigration. There are many personal stories to share as well as public issues to discuss.

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My Story: Enxhi Myslymi

09/22/14

My Story: Enxhi Myslymi

July 6, 2000, is a day that has come to define who I am. I was just about eight years old when my parents made the decision to immigrate to the United States of America, with the desire to achieve the “American Dream.” My mother was surrounded by talk of the U.S. after hearing stories and reading letters about her uncles who escaped the communist regime in Albania in the 1950-60s. It ignited desires in her and my father to emigrate in search of a better life. Since the year I was born, my parents both participated in the annual immigrant visa program, a lottery of sorts that selects individuals at random to immigrate to the U.S. However, they did not realize the importance of the lottery until 1997, when a civil war broke out in Albania and brought political...

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09/22/14

My Story: Keyvan Behpour

Most of the immigrant portraits you see throughout the October issue were photographed by Keyvan Behpour, himself an immigrant who at 18 came to the United States from Tehran, Iran, in August 1977. Recruited by a father’s friend to study electrical engineering at the University of Bridgeport, Behpour was expected to earn a degree then return to Iran to work, except the Shah was deposed in 1979 and everything changed. “It was war and revolution—none of which had anything to do with what I believed in,” says Behpour. He decided to stay in the U.S., although he soon realized that electrical engineering was “not my thing,” he laughs. Behpour as a student in 1977; today.  ...

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My Story: Viktoria Sundqvist

09/22/14

My Story: Viktoria Sundqvist

“You’re not a U.S. citizen?” people ask me regularly. “Why not?” Answer: It’s complicated. As a green card holder—a permanent legal resident—I am afforded many of the same rights as a citizen. I can work, pay taxes, and (eventually) get Social Security that I’ve earned. However, I cannot vote, run for office or become a police officer (or federal agent). And if I decide to leave the U.S. for a period longer than 6 months, there’s a chance I will lose my resident status. Some people confuse attaining legal status with becoming a citizen. There are many different immigration statuses and visas, all allowing you temporary legal status in this country. Some allow you to work on a limited basis; others allow you only...

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Immigration Impacting Education

09/22/14

Immigration Impacting Education

Connecticut’s education system suffers the worst achievement gap in the nation between its white and non-white students—and now another gap between those who do and don’t speak English from birth is manifesting itself in schools. Non-English speaking students are becoming a larger segment of the population, and the immigrant population in the state is expected to double in coming years. But some educators and critics are looking for a plan in a season when Common Core, charter school reform and healthy school lunches are the issues du jour and political talking points. “I think the state sees this tsunami coming off in the distance, but if they don’t prepare for it they’re going to be overwhelmed by it, and the existing conditions they have...

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Living the Dream

09/22/14

Living the Dream

In 2000 when Lucas Codognolla was 9, he immigrated with his family from Pocos De Caldas, Brazil, to Connecticut. He adjusted well to his new surroundings; in fact he thrived here, excelling academically and later becoming class president while at West Hill High School in Stamford. But when Codognolla began to think about going to college, maybe at an Ivy League school, he got a cold splash of reality. Codognolla, now 23, and his family were undocumented immigrants. Although Codognolla had always been vaguely aware of that fact, he didn’t fully understand its implications until that point. “When you go through elementary school, middle school it’s all fine. [The problems start] once you get to high school and you start talking about getting a driver’s...

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