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Big Y recalls beef products

August 1, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
Big Y is recalling meat labeled as fresh ground sirloin 87 percent lean or sirloin steak patties 87 percent lean sold between July 18 and this morning (Aug. 1).

Big Y is recalling meat labeled as fresh ground sirloin 87 percent lean or sirloin steak patties 87 percent lean sold between July 18 and this morning (Aug. 1).

Press Release

Big Y World Class Market has issued a voluntary recall of ground sirloin and certain steak patties because meat at one of its suppliers tested positive for E. Coli bacteria which can cause serious illness.

The beef samples that tested positive come from a National Beef Packing Company, LLC facility.

Big Y meat samples did not test positive for E. Coli, but the corporation is recalling its products as a precaution.

Big Y is recalling meat labeled as fresh ground sirloin 87 percent lean or sirloin steak patties 87 percent lean sold between July 18 and this morning (Aug. 1).

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First ‘extradosed’ bridge in U.S. is in Connecticut

July 28, 2013 Areawide Comments Off
At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.” Photo of new bridge from CT DOT

At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.” Photo of new bridge from CT DOT

At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.”

For more info about the new bridge, click on this link http://i95newhaven.com

About the program

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is improving traffic operations along Interstate 95 in Greater New Haven.

CTDOT’s I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing (NHHC) Corridor Improvement Program is a multi-modal transportation improvement program that features public transit enhancements and roadway improvements along 7.2 miles of I-95, between Exit 46 (Sargent Drive) in New Haven and Exit 54 (Cedar Street) in Branford.

Constructed in the late 1950s, this stretch of roadway is part of the heavily traveled northeast corridor between New York and Boston.

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EPA warns so-called refrigerant substitutes can cause explosion

July 1, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
R-22 is being phased out of production and importation under the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every country in the world designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances.

R-22 is being phased out of production and importation under the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every country in the world designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances.

Press Release

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns homeowners, propane manufacturers and sellers, home improvement contractors and air-conditioning technicians of potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in home air-conditioning systems.

The EPA is currently investigating instances where propane has been marketed and used as a substitute for HCFC-22 (R-22), a refrigerant that is widely used in home air-conditioning systems.

Other names for some unapproved refrigerants include R-290, 22a, 22-A, R-22a, HC-22a and CARE 40.

Home air-conditioning systems are not designed to handle propane or other similar flammable refrigerants. The use of these substances poses a potential fire or explosion hazard for homeowners and service technicians.

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Did you know? It’s National Pollinator Week

June 20, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees.  They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees. They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

On Friday, June 21, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Pollinator Partnership and others will celebrate the 2013 National Pollinator Week, which is designated as June 17-23.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees.

They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

The push for a Pollinator Week to raise awareness of the dangers to our food supply caused by such things as bee die-off and overuse of pesticides was originally initiated by the Pollinator Partnership.

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Gov. Malloy defends new campaign finance law

June 19, 2013 Areawide Comments Off

GOV MALLOY official head shot resized 2011Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (June 19) released the following statement regarding signing new campaign finance legislation  into law:

“Today, I signed into law a bill (Public Act 13-180) that will vastly increase disclosure requirements for independent campaign expenditures.

As the first candidate for governor elected under the state’s public financing system, I am deeply committed to the principle that the people of Connecticut have a right to know who’s paying for the advertisements and other expenditures that are designed to sway public opinion prior to an election.  This bill does that.

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College students honored for high tech environmental inventions

June 19, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
This team from Cornell University won the EPA's P3 Award  for their invention that improves cookstove fuel resources in struggling countries such as Kenya by burning solid fuel without oxygen, which can reduce emissions and create "biochar" for soil enrichment. Photo source: EPA

This team from Cornell University won the EPA’s P3 Award for their invention that improves cookstove fuel resources in struggling countries such as Kenya by burning solid fuel without oxygen, which can reduce emissions and create “biochar” for soil enrichment. Photo source: EPA

Press Release

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today (June 19) announced that seven university and college teams received the coveted P3 Award for their innovative solutions to some of today’s toughest public health and environmental challenges.

EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) award competition was held at the 9th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo.

Each award-winning team qualifies to receive a grant of up to $90,000 to further develop their design and potentially bring it to the marketplace.

Previous P3 award winners have started successful businesses and are globally marketing their technologies.

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Courtney, students at Capitol to testify on student loan interest rates

June 17, 2013 Areawide, Business, Local News Comments Off
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The current fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized student loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is 3.4 percent, but that rate will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless Congress takes action. Photo: Connecticut State Capitol building, Hartford, CT – file photo.

Press Release

Congressman Joe Courtney, Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa Núñez and a delegation of students and advocates from ConnPIRG (Public Interest Research Group) will be at the Capitol in Hartford, CT today (June 17) to ask Congress to keep student loan interest rates from doubling.

With only 13 days until the deadline, they hope to prevent the hike from taking effect on July 1.

The current fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is 3.4 percent, but that rate will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless Congress takes action.

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Statewide art contest includes four students from Mansfield

May 16, 2013 Areawide, Local News Comments Off
For the 2013 Secretary of the State’s annual poster contest, Secretary Merrill honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community. Contributed photo.

For the 2013 Secretary of the State’s annual poster contest, Secretary Merrill (last row, far right) honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community. Contributed photo.

Press Release

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill joined dozens of 4th graders from across Connecticut on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in the Old Judiciary Room at the State Capitol in Hartford for an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Secretary of the State’s 18th annual poster contest.

Secretary Merrill honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community.

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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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