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Goodspeed production to feature songs from creator of Wicked, Pippin and Godspell

January 19, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Teal Wicks and James Snyder in the 2012 production of Carousel at Goodspeed Opera in East Haddam, CT.  Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT and additional works at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT, which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals.

Teal Wicks and James Snyder in the 2012 production of Carousel at Goodspeed Opera in East Haddam, CT. Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT and additional works at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT, which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals.

The two-time Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Opera House announced today (Jan. 19) – at Goodspeed’s 8th annual Festival of New Artists – plans to produce a new musical, “Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook.”

“With book by David Stern and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz – the creator of nearly a dozen hit musicals – it is unique storytelling at its best,” Goodspeed states in its press release.

“Snapshots” takes place in the attic of Sue and Dan, a couple whose 30-year marriage has begun to fall apart. Together they discover a box of photographs that leads them to relive the memories of their past selves captured in the snapshots.

“Featuring fresh lyrics and orchestrations, ‘Snapshots’ reveals the humorous twists of how love united them and why life has pushed them apart,” the release states.

Songs include: Popular (Wicked), Corner of the Sky (Pippin), Endless Delight (Baker’s Wife),That’s How You Know (from the film “Enchanted”), All Good Gifts (Godspell), Fathers and Sons (Working), and many more. … Continue Reading

Tag sale Saturday at Textile Museum

January 18, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Windham Textile and History Museum, which is also the local visitor's center, on Main Street across from the mill buildings. Photo copyright 2011 by Brenda Sullivan

Windham Textile and History Museum, which is also the local visitor’s center, on Main Street across from the mill buildings. Photo copyright 2011 by Brenda Sullivan

The Windham Textile and History Museum will hold an indoor tag sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 19 at the museum at 411 Main St., in Willimantic. … Continue Reading

Sixties concert Saturday benefits Windham Region No Freeze Shelter

January 18, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
“Stuck in the 60s,” with Bruce John, is a live music performance to benefit the regional No Freeze Shelter. The concert will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Elks Club on Pleasant Street in Willimantic, CT.

“Stuck in the 60s,” with Bruce John, is a live music performance to benefit the regional No Freeze Shelter. The concert will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Elks Club on Pleasant Street in Willimantic, CT.

“Stuck in the 60s,” with Bruce John, is a live music performance to benefit the regional No Freeze Shelter. The concert will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Elks Club on Pleasant Street in Willimantic, CT.

The evening’s lineup includes local favorites Bruce John and the Eagleville Band, The Wild Bill Project and Blue Steam with Patty Tuite.

Prizes will be awarded for best 60s outfits.

Desserts will be provided courtesy of the University of Connecticut bakery.

Tickets are $25 each and all proceeds benefit the Windham Region No Freeze Shelter for … Continue Reading

State offers new Youth Fishing Passport

January 15, 2013 Areawide, Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
CT Fish and Wildlife has developed fishing activities and is building a list of fishing vendors who will support passport holders with a special benefit.

CT Fish and Wildlife has developed fishing activities and is building a list of fishing vendors who will support passport holders with a special benefit. CT Fish and Wildlife photo.

Connecticut Fish and Wildlife has announced a new free Youth Fishing Passport.

The Youth Fishing Passport is a program designed to encourage those under 16 to become avid anglers.

CT Fish and Wildlife has developed fishing activities and is building a list of fishing vendors who will support passport holders with a special benefit.

Check out the Geo-Catching, Fishing Challenge and Sponsors links at http://www.ct.gov/deep/yfp

Posted January 15, 2013

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Saturday music series continues at Storrs Center

December 8, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Business, Local News Comments Off

On Dec. 8, the band SDL will play from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by the Conn-Men (http://www.conn-men.org), an all-male a cappella group, from 3 to 4 p.m.
The performances are free, and the public is invited to make a day of it and explore all of the new shops and restaurants now open at Storrs Center.

Local musicians perform every Saturday in December at Storrs Center, Mansfield’s new downtown complex on Route 195 (Storrs Road) adjacent to UConn’s south campus.

On Dec. 8, the band SDL will play from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by the Conn-Men (http://www.conn-men.org), an all-male a cappella group, from 3 to 4 p.m.

The performances are free, and the public is invited to make a day of it and explore all of the new shops and restaurants now open at Storrs Center.

Both groups plan to perform outdoors on Dog Lane. In the event of rain, performers may move indoors to one of the open shops or restaurants in Storrs Center.

The music series continues with the following performers:

Saturday, Dec. 15 – The Recliners

Saturday, Dec. 22 – Full Gael (http://www.fullgael.com )

Saturday, Dec. 29 – Mike Casey Jazz Quartet (http://www.mikecaseyjazz.com)

Questions? Please visit the Storrs Center Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/StorrsCenter

Storrs Center is a new mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented downtown in Storrs-Mansfield, Connecticut with shops, restaurants, services, apartments, a town square and public areas as well as a parking garage open to the public, with a second garage now under construction.

For more information about this ongoing project, visit www.storrscenter.com

Posted December 8, 2012

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Learn more about UConn’s plans for a $170 million Tech Park

December 5, 2012 Business, CTV 14 program listings, Local News Comments Off

You can learn more about the proposed Master Plan for the UConn Technology Park at an open meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building (Town Hall), located at the corner of Routes 195 and 275 (South Eagleville Road) in Storrs-Mansfield.

You can learn more about the  proposed Master Plan for the UConn Technology Park at an open meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building (Town Hall), located at the corner of Routes 195 and 275 (South Eagleville Road).  The info session will be held in the council chambers.

If you are unable to attend in person, you will be able to watch the info session live at this link:

http://townhallstreams.com/locations/mansfield-ct

… and on Charter Cable Community Access Channel 13.

You also will be able to view the recorded session through Charter On Demand for at least 31 days following the meeting.

Charter also will rebroadcast the recorded session several times – check listings at http://www.mansfieldct.gov/channel13 .

The UConn Technology Park will be located on a roughly 300-acre site on a portion of university property known as North Campus, which is bordered by Route 44 on the north, Route 195 on the east, North Eagleville Road on the south and a long stretch of forest, wetlands and other landscape features to the west.

The General Assembly has allocated $170 million in state bonds to pay for the design and construction of an initial facility at the tech park, which will be called the Innovation Partnership Building.

The building will include roughly 125,000-square feet for specialized research equipment, flexible-use laboratories and business incubator space.

The plan is to gradually build out the park with other facilities depending on the types of business partnerships that develop and the market demand for research space.

The Innovation Partnership Building is projected to open in 2015.

One aspect of the project that will affect the local community is construction of a new access road that is expected to relieve UConn-related traffic congestion on Route 195. This part of the project is in the design and permit process.

Based on a feasibility study, UConn has projected the tech park will create between 1,000 and 1,300 new jobs, both directly and indirectly related to the facility, within its first 10 years.

Questions? Please contact Planning and Community Development Assistant Jessie L. Neborsky at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building at 860-429-3330 during office hours.

Posted December 5, 2012

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How to support locally-owned businesses this holiday season

December 3, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Business, Local News Comments Off

Get your Christmas shopping started and meet the owners of several locally-owned businesses on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Local First Mansfield One Stop Shop. This event, organized by the Mansfield Downtown Partnership and the Town of Mansfield is open from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mansfield Community Center on South Eagleville Road (Route 275) in Storrs-Mansfield, CT.

Get your Christmas shopping started and meet the owners of several locally-owned businesses on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at the Local First Mansfield “One Stop Shop.”

This event, organized by the Mansfield Downtown Partnership and the Town of Mansfield,  is open from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mansfield Community Center on South Eagleville Road (Route 275).

The “One Stop Shop” will include businesses that don’t have a traditional storefront, as well as those with “brick and mortar” stores.

Scavenger Hunt participants also can bring their cards to the One Stop Shop to enter a drawing for prizes.

All “One Stop Shop” attendees will receive an entry for the drawing. Scavenger Hunt participants will receive additional entries based on the number of businesses they successfully found.

The goal of Local First Mansfield is to encourage residents to support the many and diverse locally‐owned businesses in Storrs-Mansfield.

Look for the Local First Mansfield posters in participating businesses. You also can visit the Town Web site at www.mansfieldct.gov and click on “Business” for a list of participants – and check back often, as more join.

If you are a Mansfield business owner interested in being a part of Local First Mansfield, please call the Mansfield Downtown Partnership office at 860-429-2740 or send an email to mdp@mansfieldct.org There is no fee to participate.

You can also keep tabs on this community project on Facebook (Local First Mansfield) and on Twitter  @MDPLocalFirst) and by visiting the blog at http://localfirstmansfield.blogspot.com

Posted December 3, 2012

Get to know Storrs-Mansfield better and win some prizes http://mansfield.htnp.com/2012/11/24/get-to-know-storrs-mansfield-better-and-win-some-prizes/

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Don’t miss the free annual Artists Open Studios tour

November 24, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

This an incredible opportunity for you to meet Northeastern Connecticut’s painters, sculptors, fiber artists, photographers, potters, jewelers, glass artists, metal smiths, wood-turners, and other fine artists. Dolphin Vase image fromhttp://www.funkwarepottery.com – one of the studios on the tour.

The Artists’ Open Studios free, self-guided tour is a much anticipated event this time of year.

Traditionally held over two weekends – beginning with Thanksgiving Day weekend – the 2012 tour dates are Nov. 23, 24, 25 and Dec. 1 and 2, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While many of us enjoy fine art by visiting art galleries and museums, we rarely have the chance to meet the artists whose work we admire, and be welcomed into the spaces where they nourish their creativity and produce their art.

This annual event also gives artists the opportunity to connect with you and to share their passion and expertise – a sure cure for some of the isolation artists often feel while they work in their studios day after day.

This an incredible opportunity for you to meet Northeastern Connecticut’s painters, sculptors, fiber artists, photographers, potters , jewelers, glass artists, metal smiths, wood-turners, and other fine artists.

You have your choice of more than 70 artists who work in a wide variety of mediums and styles, and live in an even wider variety of studio environments.

So, pack a bottle of water, bring your brochure and a camera to take in the scenery in the Northeast Corner of Connecticut.

Helpful tips

The AOS brochure contains a complete listing of artists and directions to their studios, a map of the entire tour area (not to scale), and sample images of work for each artist. You can download a copy in PDF format at http://www.aosct.org/member-user-registration/downloads/category/4-brochures.html

The artists also will be glad to assist you with directions for getting from one studio to another.

Editor’s note: You might also want to plan to make two visits – clustering three or four studios near each other per day – because the tour covers a large geographical area.

Posted November 24, 2012 based on publicity materials and the AOS web site

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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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