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Study finds flu shot could prevent heart attack

October 23, 2013 Areawide Comments Off
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, agreed that preventing the inflammation associated with the flu is the likely reason that getting a flu vaccine reduces the risk of heart problems.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, agreed that preventing the inflammation associated with the flu is the likely reason that getting a flu vaccine reduces the risk of heart problems.

U.S. Dept Health and Human Service

If avoiding an achy, feverish week or so laid up with the flu doesn’t motivate you to get a flu shot, a new study linking flu shots to a lower incidence of heart disease might persuade you to roll up your sleeve.

The flu vaccine is currently recommended for everyone over 6 months of age in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For people with certain health issues, such as heart disease or respiratory problems, the vaccine is highly recommended.

People in the study who got flu shots were one-third less likely to have heart issues, such as heart failure or a heart attack, compared to those who opted against vaccination.

The flu shot was associated with an even greater reduction of heart problems if someone had heart disease to start with, according to the study.

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Gov. Malloy to commemorate funding of Next Generation Connecticut

October 20, 2013 Areawide, Business, Local News Comments Off
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Next Generation Connecticut invests $1.5 billion in UConn to support major expansions across three campuses.

Press Release

On Monday afternoon, Oct. 21, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, joined by state lawmakers, UConn President Susan Herbst and other UConn officials, will hold a ceremony in Storrs-Mansfield to celebrate final approval of Next Generation Connecticut.

A major initiative endorsed by more than 100 businesses, Next Generation Connecticut invests $1.5 billion in UConn to support major expansions across three campuses.

This investment is expected to bring thousands of jobs to the state and over the next ten years, catalyze hundreds of millions of dollars in research investment and business activity.

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Learn more about rights of special ed students

October 9, 2013 Areawide, Local News Comments Off
At the Oct. 16 meeting, Atty. David Shaw will explain the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (also known as IDEA) and the legal rights conferred to children and parents by this federal law.

At the Oct. 16 meeting, Atty. David Shaw will explain the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (also known as IDEA) and the legal rights conferred to children and parents by this federal law.

Press Release

Success Special Education PTO will present, The Legal Rights of Children and Parents Under Special Education Law, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Willington Public Library, 7 Ruby Road.

This talk is open to residents of Willington and neighboring towns.

Success Special Education PTO is a resource for parents and families in Willington, Tolland, Stafford, Ashford, Mansfield and surrounding areas.

It meets monthly at the Willington Public Library. Meetings regularly feature speakers and presentations on topics of interest to parents.

The meeting schedule is posted here  www.successsepto.org

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October blood donors can win propane gift card

October 3, 2013 Areawide, Local News Comments Off
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

Press Release

The American Red Cross encourages all those who can donate to help save lives and support Connecticut’s blood supply.

Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and the only source is from a generous blood donor.

For many, a blood transfusion can make a lifesaving difference.

Donors during the month of October 2013 will be eligible to win a $200 gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Gifts and prizes are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.)

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Court finds Apple part of conspiracy to fix eBook pricing

August 28, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
Judge Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said that evidence presented in a trial held in June 2013 shows that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing a conspiracy designed to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise eBook prices.

Judge Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said that evidence presented in a trial held in June 2013 shows that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing a conspiracy designed to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise eBook prices.

Press Release | CT Atty Gen George Jepsen

According to a press release issued by the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, a federal judge has ruled that Apple Inc. violated federal and state law in conspiring to fix prices in the market for electronic books, or eBooks.

In the order, Judge Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said that evidence presented in a trial held in June 2013 shows that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing a conspiracy designed to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise eBook prices.

The release states that a trial on the request for injunctive relief and damages will now be scheduled.

“As we have said throughout our investigation, consumers are entitled to a fair, open and competitive marketplace,” CT Atty Gen. Jepsen said. “The judge found, by a preponderance of the evidence that Apple conspired to restrain the marketplace for eBooks.

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Governor signs legislation protecting survivors of domestic violence

August 28, 2013 Areawide Comments Off
Provision in Connecticut's new Domestic Violence law include requiring  the Judicial Branch to develop a plan to include temporary financial support as part of the relief available to domestic violence survivors through the civil restraining order.

Provisions in Connecticut’s new Domestic Violence law include requiring the Judicial Branch to develop a plan to include temporary financial support as part of the relief available to domestic violence survivors through the civil restraining order.

Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Aug. 23  joined with a group of legislators and advocates for the ceremonial signing of a new package of laws (Public Act 13-214) that expand protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, under Public Act 13-214.

“Over the past several years, our state has made a number of alterations to how we respond to domestic violence, recognizing that when a person is faced with this matter, it impacts almost every aspect of their lives,” Gov. Malloy said.

“While we’ve made great strides in improving services, we can do more – not only within our criminal justice system, but also with other matters, such as housing and financial issues. These are all parts of a much bigger system that only works best when they are coordinated to work together,” Malloy said.

The legislative package responds to a number of domestic-violence related issues and laws.

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Connecticut’s 2013 sales-tax free week is Aug 18 – 24

August 16, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
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Sales-tax free week allows consumers to purchase most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $300 without having to pay the usual sales and use tax.

Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Aug 16 ) reminded Connecticut residents that the state’s sales-tax free week runs from Sunday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Aug 24.

The annual sales-tax free week coincides with the onset of back-to-school shopping.

It allows consumers to purchase most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $300 without having to pay the usual sales and use tax.

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Congressman Courtney – frustrated by ongoing Sequester

August 2, 2013 Areawide, Business 1 Comment

By Congressman Joe Courtney

Congressman Joe Courtney testifies on the need to end the Sequester. Photo: screen shot from YouTube video

Congressman Joe Courtney testifies on the need to end the Sequester. Photo: screen shot from YouTube videBy Congressman Joe Courtney

Today, (Aug. 2) the House adjourned for a five week district work period without completing action on a 2014 budget.

Like so many of you, I am deeply frustrated that the House is leaving town today without finishing its work on one of the most fundamental duties outlined in the Constitution.

Congress should remain in Washington as long as it takes to finish the budget and complete a plan to end the across-the-board budget cuts known as “sequestration.”

Sequestration taking a toll

The direct impacts of sequestration, which went into effect on March 1, were slow to reach eastern Connecticut. However, in the last few weeks, we have seen increasing effects of the indiscriminate budget cuts that make up sequestration, underscoring the need for action in Congress to reverse this self-imposed economic punishment.

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Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get additional funding

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Press Release Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Oct. 30 that nine towns that are part of a pilot microgrid program, including Windham and Storrs, are eligible for additional funding. The …

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

UConn President Susan Hebst. File photo.

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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