15 take on the Energy Challenge

December 29, 2009 Columns, Recycling-V.Walton Comments Off

compact-flourescent-bulbs-green-graphicFifteen Mansfield families have just begun an Energy Challenge.

And five months from now, we will find out who saved the most money by taking advantage of good advice.

The Energy Challenge program kicked off in October with an introduction to interested residents; afterward, 15 households signed on to participate.

The Energy Challenge is focused on conserving the use of electricity.

The program is overseen by the Mansfield Energy Education Team, which is a subcommittee of the Mansfield Sustainability Committee.

The households taking part in the Energy Challenge are getting assistance from the Energy Education Team acting as energy coaches, of which I am a part.

We energy coaches, although not professional auditors, are going to participants’ homes to see how electricity is being used and based on our house tours, will make recommendations on some obvious ways to reduce energy consumption.

We are providing Energy Challenge participants with a starter kit of materials to help them begin reducing energy use.

We also will be using a camera with infrared imaging to detect where heat is escaping from the house.

And the Challenge is being videotaped, so that even if you aren’t enrolled in the program, you can learn from your neighbors. These visits will be aired on the Charter Community Access Channel 14 at dates to be announced.

In some cases, we are recommending that participants arrange for a professional energy audit offered through Connecticut Light & Power, called Home Energy Solutions.

There’s a $75 fee for this audit, but potential savings can quickly offset this cost.

One of the things the Home Energy Solutions auditors will do is use a fan-like device to pull air through the house – this allows them to discover where cold air is coming into the house – or warm arm is escaping (or in the summer months, where the hot air is coming in and making the air-conditioner work overtime).

Once the air leaks are pinpointed, the auditors can do a number of things, such as seal window air leaks or install “sweeps” at the base of doors.

The auditors may also replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents, including specialized bulbs for recessed lights or fixtures that use dimmers.

They might also provide a low-flow shower head to reduce hot water use, or advise the resident to add insulation, for example, in the attic. In this case, the resident would be eligible for a 30 percent discount towards purchasing insulation.

One neat device given to the resident during the audit is a Kill-A-Watt meter. This helps track which appliances may be using a lot of energy.

So, for example, the refrigerator would be plugged into the Kill-A-Watt meter, which is then plugged into the outlet – and it provides a measure of how much electricity this appliance is using. Old refrigerators can be notorious for consuming energy.

These devices also can detect whether an appliance is still drawing energy, even after it is shut off.

This is a really good time – because of the federal government’s stimulus funds – to take advantage of programs that help with energy savings, such as rebates for buying energy efficient appliances.

It’s also good to know that there are tax credits available when you purchase some energy-saving products.

If you can afford it, this is the time to act.

If you’d like to know more about how to reduce energy use, call me at 860-429-3333.

You can also learn more about CL&P’s energy saving programs on their Web site at http://www.cl-p.com/Home/SaveEnergy/Rebates/HomeEnergySolutions.aspx

Posted Dec. 29, 2009

Related links:

Energy Star rebate finder

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=rebate.rebate_locator

Database of state incentives for renewables and efficiency

http://dsireusa.org/

John David Allie: Feb. 24, 1920 – Dec. 18, 2009

December 28, 2009 Obituaries Comments Off

canoe-graphicJohn David Allie of Storrs (Mansfield, CT) died Dec. 18, 2009 at the age of 89. He was born in 1920 in St. Paul, Minn.

He briefly studied Forestry at the University of Minnesota, and then went to art school.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the Philippines.

He met his future wife, Mary Argenbright, while studying journalism at Iowa State University. They were married in 1953, and moved to Brookings, South Dakota.

He worked as a commercial artist at South Dakota State University, where he also completed his journalism degree.

John and Mary’s three children were born while they were living in South Dakota: daughter Adrienne in 1955, son David in 1957, and daughter Renee in 1960. Shortly after Renee’s birth, the family moved from Brookings to Storrs (Mansfield, CT).

John worked for 26 years in the Agricultural Publications office of the University of Connecticut as a commercial artist and editor, retiring in 1986.

John was also involved with the Mansfield Parks and Recreation committee and the Mansfield Library Board.

He enjoyed calligraphy, opera, books, canoeing, conversation and hiking the local trails. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Allie of Storrs/Mansfield; Adrienne Bean and Clarke Bean and their children Laurel Bean and Leslie Bean of Sugar Land, TX; David Allie and Jeanne Allie and their children John Allie, Daniel Allie and Katy Allie of Storrs/Mansfield; daughter Renee Allie of New Orleans, LA; and sister Mavis Vinciguerra of Florida.

A Memorial Service is planned for the Spring.

Arrangements were handled by the Potter Funeral Home, Willimantic CT

Posted Dec. 28, 2009

Janet M. Austin: Aug. 28, 1939 – Dec. 25, 2009

December 28, 2009 Obituaries Comments Off
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Janet Mae (Eldredge) Austin

Janet Mae (Eldredge) Austin, of Mansfield, CT passed away Christmas Day at Hartford Hospital due to complications of Multiple Myeloma which she had been fighting for the past two months.

Born on Aug. 28, 1939 to Henry and Lillian (St Laurent) Eldredge of Providence RI, she moved to Coventry, CT with her parents at age 13. Later she attended Windham Technical Institute where she studied nursing.

While working as an LPN at Windham Memorial Hospital, she met and married Norman Major.

Norman and Janet produced two children, Steven and Michele, but unfortunately Norman was tragically killed in a car accident, widowing the 27-year-old mother of two.

Janet married Dana Austin in 1967 and together they produced one more child, named Andrew.

Janet and Dana lived in Ellington, Andover and finally, Mansfield CT.

She was employed for 17 years as a nurse by the Rockville Memorial Nursing Home and then volunteered at the Andover Public Library, where she was able to indulge her hobby of reading.

While in Storrs, Janet became active in the First United Methodist Women’s Friendship Club and enjoyed knitting and crocheting for charity.

She was predeceased by her sister Joyce Rivers, and her daughter Michele Muten of Acton, MA and leaves behind her beloved husband Dana Austin, her sister Karen Haddad of Willimantic, CT and her sons, Steven Austin of Tolland, CT and Andrew Austin of Colorado Springs, CO and 6 grandchildren.

Memorial services will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, CT located at 29 Puddin Lane, Mansfield Center (1-860-423-1130).

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, 29 Puddin Lane, Mansfield, CT 06250.

The Potter Funeral Home in Willimantic assisted with arrangements.

Posted Dec. 28, 2009

Officials: Get vaccine before flu's third wave

December 28, 2009 Local News Comments Off

flu-shot-copyA combination of increased supply and reduced demand among priority groups has led local and state health officials to make vaccinations for the H1N1 flu virus available to the general public.

Health officials also said the vaccines are now available through more traditional avenues, including walk-in clinics, doctors and pharmacies, making it easier for the general public to get their vaccination.

Eastern Highlands Health District Executive Director Robert Miller said people should take advantage of the opportunity, noting there is a potential for a third wave of flu infections.

“I think a third wave is a real possibility and, as a result, we need to encourage people to get vaccinated,” he said.

The EHHD is a regional health district that includes Andover, Ashford, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Mansfield and Scotland, among other towns.

William Blitz, executive director for the North Central District Health Department, which includes Windham and seven other towns, could not be reached for comment this morning.

The state is currently seeing a decrease in the number of confirmed H1N1 cases, but state officials said people should remained prepared for another wave.

“Fortunately, the state is seeing fewer H1N1 cases,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said last week. “However, it remains very important for everyone to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy this winter.”

Rell said last Wednesday the state received 900,000 additional doses of the vaccine, meaning the state now has enough to make them available to the general public.

Miller said officials have also seen lower turnout among priority groups, which include children 2 to 24, caregivers for infants and health-care workers, during recent clinics.

“It appears, at least in some sections, demand has waned in some priority groups,” he said.

Because the state is no longer focusing on priority groups, Miller said the state does not need to control vaccine supplies, meaning officials can make the vaccines available to doctors, walk-in clinics and pharmacies.

He said health districts are also planning to administer vaccines differently, working with visiting nurse organizations, including VNA East in Mansfield, and other health-care providers.

“I think we’re modifying our strategy to one of embracing our partners and the private sector,” he said.

The result will be smaller clinics focusing on smaller groups, like seniors, to make the process more convenient for groups who previously could not get vaccines.

Miller also urged people to take advantage of the opportunity, noting a third wave is very possible, but hard to predict.

Historically, some flu strands have had deadly third waves, but Miller said there is no telling when, or if, another wave will occur, or how serious it could be.

“Those three things are impossible to predict,” he said. But he urged people to check with their local health districts and other groups for future clinics and other updates.

For more information, visit the Eastern Highland Health District’s web site at www.ehhd.org, or the North Central District Health Department’s web site at www.ncdhd.org

Fitness center planned at East Brook Mall

December 28, 2009 Business, Local News Comments Off

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The Mansfield planning and zoning commission accepted an application for a special permit to put a fitness center in the East Brook Mall at its Dec. 23 meeting. The plan was submitted by the Glastonbury-based Cardio Express. The application was referred to town planning and zoning staff for review.

Residents will have a chance to weigh-in on the topic at a public hearing scheduled for Jan. 19 in the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building. Although the hearing is scheduled for one meeting, it could take more time, said Jessie Shea of Mansfield’s planning and zoning office.

According to the application, the fitness center would fill the space left vacant The Hoot which relocated across Route 195, next to Staples.

“The existing 9,880 square foot tenant space, formerly The Hoot, will be converted to a Cardio Express fitness club,” reads the application. Plans include strength and cardio equipment, locker rooms, restrooms with showers, tanning rooms and areas for stretching.

The application – which includes information from Hartford-based architect firm Archimage Group – indicates that construction or changes to the space will be entirely within the existing square footage.

The facility will be open around the clock, from 5 a.m. Monday to 9 p.m. Friday as well as from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The application states that during the fitness club’s peak hours, 40 parking spaces would be needed, and that the mall currently provides sufficient parking to accommodate these 40 spaces.

Estimated sewer usage would be approximately 2,862 gallons a day.

A map attached to the application shows there would be a front desk and sitting area to the immediate left of the club’s front entrance.

Three separate workout areas – including the strength area, free weight area and cardio deck – will take up nearly half of the available unit.

In addition to maps, the application includes weekly tallies illustrating how many people visited the Tolland club during three different one-week periods.

If the East Brook Mall location receives comparable business, there could be between 4,000 and 6,000 gym visitors a week.

Posted Dec. 23, 2009

Gov. Rell submits legislation to expand her authority to cut budget

December 28, 2009 Areawide, Letters to Editor Comments Off
Gov. M. Jodi Rell. File photo.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell. File photo.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today [Dec. 28, 2009] announced she has vetoed Senate Bill 2101, An Act Concerning a Deficit Mitigation Plan for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2010 and House Bill 7101, An Act Concerning the Estate and Gift Tax.

She issued a release calling both bills “further examples of the Democrat-controlled Legislature’s refusal to confront the reality of the state’s financial crisis by cutting spending.”

“Because the majority party in the Legislature is unable to make the needed cuts,” the release states, Rell is submitting legislation expanding the authority of governors to make budget cuts – also known as rescission authority.

Invoking more power

“The failure by Democrats in the Legislature to address the shortfall in the budget they passed just three months ago demonstrates – yet again – that they are simply incapable of cutting state spending,” Rell said. “If they are not willing to do what it takes to reduce government spending, then they must give me the power to do it by increasing the rescission authority of the governor.”

Rell states that since the budget crisis began, the vast majority of the spending cuts have come through use of her statutory authority to order rescissions – generally, cuts in Executive Branch agency budgets – granted in Section 4-85(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes.

“The legislation that I have drafted does not give a governor unlimited power to slash budgets… Writing and following a state budget is – and should remain – a balanced process, something that involves all three branches of government. But when the process – and the budget – is badly out of balance, as is certainly the case right now, someone must be able to restore that equilibrium. As Chief Executive of our state, it makes sense that a governor has that authority,” Rell said.

Under existing law, a governor can make rescissions when a budget deficit is greater than 1 percent of the General Fund.

Current rescission authority is limited to up to 3 percent of the total appropriation from any fund or 5 percent of any appropriation.

Rell proposes that the governor’s rescission authority be increased incrementally:

* Up to 6 percent of the total appropriation from any fund or 10 percent of any appropriation when a deficit of 3 percent or more exists

* Up to 10 percent of the total appropriation from any fund or 15 percent of any appropriation when a deficit of 5 percent or more exists

“These are modest – but necessary – changes…They will help ensure that the failure of the usual system for dealing with budget shortfalls does not wind up creating a lingering crisis, or worse, being solved on the backs of taxpayers with tax increases or ill-considered borrowing,” Rell said.

The rescissions statute does not allow a governor to cut aid to municipalities.

In addition, the governor is constrained from cutting appropriations for entitlement programs or pension and health benefits for state employees and retirees – expenditures that comprise much of the budget, Rell said.

A “feeble” $12.4 million

“Called into special session to deal with a budget deficit estimated between $337 million and $550 million, the Democrats in the Legislature managed to trim state spending by a feeble $12.4 million,” Rell said.

“It is a repeat of the same pattern we have seen time and again this year. Regrettably, it is an outright refusal to admit that state spending has far exceeded the ability of state taxpayers – any state taxpayers – to pay for it,” she said.

“The Democrats want to move money around from one account to another and one fiscal year to another, in the vain hope that increased taxes will fill the holes left behind… The increased taxes passed this summer have not produced the expected revenue – why do they think more taxes would change that? Homeowners and employers in Connecticut are not able to balance their checkbooks this way and they will not stand for lawmakers trying to do so,” she said.

S.B. 2101 “unworkable”

Rell said she found numerous problem areas in S.B. 2101. Many of the proposed savings are likely to be “unworkable,” she said.

As an example, she noted the bill merges the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners into the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), but DAS has neither the staff nor the law enforcement authority to perform the firearms board’s work, she said.

Similarly, she said, the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) has raised concerns about the bill’s attempt to convert “disproportionate share” dollars – money paid to hospitals for treating uninsured and underinsured patients – into a Medicaid rate increase that would be matched by the federal government under the stimulus law. OPM notes that the stimulus funding specifically exempts disproportionate share dollars from the enhanced match, Rell said.

H.B. 7101 postpones estate tax changes

H.B. 7101 would postpone changes in the state’s estate tax that are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 that “would raise millions of dollars through additional taxes” on the estates of those who die between Jan. 1, 2010, and Jan. 1, 2012, Rell said. [See copy of Rell's letter to Sec. of the State Susan Bysiewicz, below, for additional explanation.]

“This approach is simply not sustainable. I cannot and will not support yet another tax increase, even a temporary one, at a time when so many of our residents are already struggling,” Rell said.

Posted Dec. 28, 2009


Gov. Rell’s Dec. 25, 2009 letter to Sec. of the State Susan Bysiewicz:

Dear Secretary Bysiewicz:

I am returning to you without my signature House Bill 7101, An Act Concerning the Estate and Gift Tax.

Under current law, the following changes are scheduled to take effect for deaths occurring and gifts made on or after January 1, 2010:

(1) an increase, from $2 million to $3.5 million, in the minimum value of an estate or gift subject to the estate and gift taxes;

(2) a reduction of 25 percent in marginal tax rates on estates and gifts valued at $3.5 million or more; and

(3) elimination of the so-called “cliff” in the tax.

House Bill 7101 delays the increase in the tax threshold and the 25 percent rate reduction for two years, but retains the elimination of the “cliff” effective January 1, 2010.

Since elimination of the “cliff” will result in a revenue decrease, the bill temporarily increases the tax rates on taxable estates and gifts to a range of between 8 percent and 18 percent from 5.085 percent to 16 percent.

These higher rates affect estates of those who die, and gifts made, on or after January 1, 2010 and before January 1, 2012.

As I have repeatedly stated, I do not believe that we can tax our way out of our current economic difficulties.  The General Assembly has become addicted to spending and taxing and borrowing to pay for their extravagance.  This approach is simply not sustainable.  I cannot and will not support a tax increase, even a temporary one, at a time when so many of our residents are already struggling.

We must, instead, accept the fact that we cannot afford our current state government.  I understand and appreciate the good intentions of the proponents of this bill, but I believe we must stand firm.  We cannot make exceptions for well-intended bills, because, frankly, most are well-intended.

Accordingly, pursuant to Section 15 of Article Fourth of the Constitution of the State of Connecticut and Article III of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State of Connecticut, I am returning House Bill 7101 without my signature.

Very truly yours,

M. Jodi Rell, Governor

UConn women trounce Stanford 80-68

December 23, 2009 Sports Comments Off
A sellout crowd of 16.294 at the XL Center got an early Christmas present. Photo © Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com

A sellout crowd of 16.294 at the XL Center got an early Christmas present. Photo © Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com

HARTFORD – Coach Geno Auriemma’s top-ranked team gave fans a festive start to this long Christmas weekend with a convincing 80-68 win over No. 2 Stanford before a capacity crowd at the XL Center Wednesday.

Down by two at the half, 40-38, in this battle of collegiate unbeatens, the Huskies dominated after the intermission, going up by as many as 22 points en route to the team’s 49th straight victory – all of which were, astonishingly enough, by double-digit margins, an NCAA record.

UConn opened the second half with an 18-7 run, effectively offsetting a 17-4 spurt Stanford had put together midway through the first half to take a 29-25 lead.

“We buckled down in the second half, played a more aggressive defense, and that seemed to wear them down,” said Associate Head Coach Chris Dailey.

UConn center, Tina Charles (41) scored 20 points, while holding All American Jayne Appel to 12. Photo © Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com

UConn center, Tina Charles (41) scored 20 points, while holding All American Jayne Appel to 12. Photo © Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com

Auriemma said he took a gamble – which turned out to be a winner – when in the second half, he asked his squad to play tighter on defense and force the Cardinal players away from the basket and their comfort zone from which they had shot 57 percent in the first half.

Auriemma said being down by two at the half “gave him something to do” for a change, after having seen his team easily get past the first nine opponents of the season.

“It’s good to be back in that scenario where you’re trying to manage the game, rather than watch it unfold in front of you. I was really happy.” Auriemma quipped.

Maya Moore (23) led the Huskies, ironically, with 23 points. Photo © Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com

Maya Moore (23) led the Huskies, ironically, with 23 points. Photo © Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com

Auriemma’s toughest decision may have come early in the game when Maya Moore picked up a pair of early fouls. He sat Moore for awhile and that strategy paid off when she ended up leading the Huskies with 23 points in the game, followed by 20 from center Tina Charles, 17 from Kalana Greene and 16 by Tiffany Hayes.

“Those [early fouls] are little things that I am going to learn from and know that I can’t be that careless in the beginning,” Moore said. “I just had to stay aggressive because I can’t be out there and not be aggressive- that will hurt my team.”

Moore said it was good for the team to fall behind at halftime.

“It shows we can be challenged and still come back and win,” said Moore, who tied Greene with nine rebounds each, while Charles snagged an even dozen boards.

Connecticut is now 10-0 and travels to Florida State for a Dec. 28 contest.

Stanford falls to 9-1,  but the Californians have been here before, losing to UConn by 12 during the regular season and then coming back during the tournament that spring to oust the Huskies from the NCAA tourney in 2007.

And a reunion

The game also featured a halftime ceremony to honor the 10-year anniversary of UConn’s 2000 NCAA National Championship Team to induct the squad as “Huskies of Honor.”

UConn's women's basketball champions of 2000 were honored during halftime. Photo © Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com

UConn's women's basketball champions of 2000 were honored during halftime. Photo © Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com

The 2000 edition of the Huskies finished 36-1 en route to capturing the program’s second national title with a 71-52 win over Tennessee in Philadelphia.

Members of the 2000 NCAA National Championship squad scheduled to attend included:

  • Svetlana Abrosimova,
  • Sue Bird,
  • Marci Czel,
  • Stacy Hansmeyer,
  • Kennitra Johnson,
  • Asjha Jones,
  • Shea Ralph,
  • Christine Rigby,
  • Kelly Schumacher,
  • Paige Sauer
  • and Keirsten Walters

Posted Dec. 23, 2009

YouTube video by Vito J. Leo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOk17oR77PA

The sellout crowd at the XL Center had the place rocking as the Huskies dominated Stanford in the second half en route to an 80-68 victory.

Gov. Rell issues update on 'Operation Home for the Holidays'

December 22, 2009 Areawide Comments Off
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The winter breaks run from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2 for the 1/102nd which will be deploying to Afghanistan, and from Dec. 22-Jan. 2 for the 250th Engineers, which will be deploying to Iraq.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced this afternoon (Tuesday, Dec 22) that the first of two Connecticut Army National Guard units coming home for the holidays – 250th Engineer Company – was expected to arrive at Camp Rell in Niantic between 5:30 and 6:30 pm today.  This unit has been training at a mobilization station in Wisconsin since November.

And as of this afternoon, the second unit – the 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry – who have been training at a mobilization station in Indiana since November, is expected to arrive at the William A. O’Neill Armory in Hartford at approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23.  (Due to uncertainty about Wednesday’s weather and traffic conditions, more exact arrival times can be obtained by calling Major Charles Jaworski at 860-883-3268, 4 hours prior to the buses’ arrival.)

Gov. Rell kicked off Operation Home for the Holidays in October to raise funds to provide bus transportation for the two units to travel to and from mobilization stations in Indiana and Wisconsin to Connecticut during a 10-day break in their training.

The two units, which have been training in Wisconsin and Indiana since November, are preparing for deployment overseas after the New Year.

More than $200,000 raised

Gov. Rell announced last week that fundraising efforts not only reached the goal of $200,000 but far exceeded it. The remaining funds will be used to provide other kinds of support to these soldiers and others who are already deployed.

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell

“Thanks to the overwhelming generosity and the sincere acts of kindness on the part of Connecticut citizens and businesses, hundreds of Connecticut National Guard soldiers will get the best present they could ever imagine: being at home this holiday season with their family and friends before they are deployed on their mission overseas,” said Gov. Rell.

“When the troops arrive home Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be hundreds and hundreds of people from across the state – not just their families and friends – waiting with tears of joy in their eyes as they get off the buses. It is my honor and privilege to join their loved-ones in saying ‘glad your home for the holidays,'” Gov. Rell said.

Maj. Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin of the Connecticut National Guard added, “We are grateful to the Governor and to the many generous residents and organizations who contributed to this effort to bring Connecticut service members home to their families during this holiday season.”

The winter breaks run from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2 for the 1/102nd which will be deploying to Afghanistan, and Dec. 22-Jan. 2 for the 250th Engineers, which will be deploying to Iraq.

The 102nd Infantry is headquartered in New Haven with units located in Norwalk, Manchester, New Britain, Branford and Southington.  The unit will deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The 250th Engineer Company is located in New London, and will deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Connecticut National Guard currently has nearly 500 soldiers and airmen mobilized and deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Soon after New Year’s Day, the units will return to their mobilization stations at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and Fort McCoy in Wisconsin before heading overseas.

Received and posted Dec. 22, 2009

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In Mansfield, Get a jump on toy shopping

Over the Rainbow Toys in the East Brook Mall on the Mansfield/Willimantic town line is closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, according to an e-blast sent to its customers today.

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.

UConn President responds to accusations school failed to act on sexual assault complaints

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There are circumstances under which the university should notify a student that another student who may have been suspended or expelled from campus will be returning, if they are returning. It is my understanding that this notification did not take place in a case that occurred three years ago and it should have. This process was corrected. – UConn President Susan Herbst

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