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Get to know Storrs-Mansfield better and win some prizes

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

Healthy Alternative Market & Deli, on Route 44 near Four Corners, is one of the businesses taking part in the 2012 Local First Mansfield scavenger hunt.

As part of “Local First” in Storrs-Mansfield… whose goal is to encourage us to shop locally… you can take part in a scavenger hunt and win some fun prizes.

The game runs from this weekend through Sunday, Dec. 9.

Cards with clues will be available at participating businesses and at Town Hall at 4 South Eagleville Road (Route 275) during office hours – or you can get started by downloading a form with clues (in PDF format).

For the form, click here:

http://www.mansfieldct.gov/filestorage/1904/3389/2012_localfirstmansfield_scavengerhunt.pdf

The Town of Mansfield and the Mansfield Downtown Partnership developed a new initiative this time last year, “Local First Mansfield,” to boost local business.

The program coincides with the busiest shopping time of the year.

According the National Retail Federation, shoppers spend an average of $700 during the holiday season on items ranging from gifts to food to pet supplies.

“The goal of the program is to raise awareness of the many different businesses here in town and to encourage residents to shop local for quality goods and services,” said Mansfield Town Manager Matt Hart.

Participating businesses will display posters in their stores and are listed in the Business section of the Town’s website.

To keep up to date on announcements about Local First Mansfield and participating businesses – such as the One Stop Shop on Sunday, Dec. 9, noon to 4 p.m. and the Give & Receive gift wrapping event on Sunday, Dec. 16, noon to 4 p.m.), visit http://localfirstmansfield.blogspot.com

Businesses that are interested in participating should contact the Mansfield Downtown Partnership office at 860-429-2740 or mdp@mansfieldct.org  There is no fee to participate.

Want to help the local business that provided you with this information?  Tell them you read about it in Mansfield Today, and like us at HTNP News on Facebook!

Posted November 24, 2012, based on publicity materials

Related links:

Local First Mansfield on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Local-First-Mansfield/549674045048947

The Healthy Alternative Market and Deli on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Healthy-Alternative-Market-Deli/332361630098

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Live music and a new restaurant at Storrs Center

November 17, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Business, Local News Comments Off

Storrs Center features live music every Saturday.

A new weekly event – live music – begins this Saturday, Nov. 17 at Storrs Center, the new complex under construction across from the UConn campus on Route 195.

Storrs Center features live music every Saturday.

This Saturday (Nov. 17) from 2-4 p.m. come enjoy the Jan Jungden Trio. Or make a day of it and check out all of the new shops and restaurants now open at Storrs Center. (See full list of shops now open below.)

Moe’s now open

Moe’s Southwest Grill opened Friday at 1 Dog Lane, Suite 101 at Storrs Center.

Ranked  Number 1 in the Fast Casual Mexican Category by Entrepreneur in 2011, Atlanta-based Moe’s Southwest Grill serves fresh, made-to-order burritos and southwest fare in a fun, casual environment.

Moe’s at Storrs Center is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and includes a Moe Monday special which is any burrito, chips, salsa and a drink for only $6.99.

Read more about Moe’s opening here.

And here’s what’s open at Storrs Center as of Nov. 15, 2012…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related links:

Storrs Center on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StorrsCenter

Jan Jungden Trio web site http://www.janjungdentrio.com/

Posted November 17, 2012

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How to make your own public access program

November 10, 2012 CTV 14 program listings, Local News Comments Off

Want to learn more? Charter Access TV 14 will offer an open house between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at the James W. Diaz Community Access Studio/Charter on Tuckie Road in North Windham, CT. Courtesy photo

CTV 14 is your Public Access channel. Residents, like you, from the Charter Communications service area can make their own programs with our equipment and then air them on the local cable access channel.

No prior experience is necessary; our professional producers will teach you how to use our video production studio, editing suites and portable cameras.

Studio time and equipment use is a free service for residents of the towns that Charter Communications serves:

Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, Hampton, Lebanon, Mansfield (Storrs), Pomfret, Scotland, Thompson, Willington, Windham (Willimantic) and Woodstock.

Want to learn more? We will offer an open house between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the James W. Diaz Community Access Studio/Charter in North Windham (207 Tuckie Road, North Windham, CT 06256)

Tour our studio and speak with the Public Access Studio Supervisor about making your own show (or volunteering to help with other projects).

Community Access TV is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience in video production, while providing our community with quality programming that isn’t available anywhere else.

Get involved with Community Access Television, call the studio today at 860-456-8500 or visit our web site at http://www.ctv14.com

Please note that advertising, solicitation of funds/products/services does not qualify for community access use. Call for complete details.

Posted November 10, 2012

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Exhibit documents the life and demise of a landmark

November 9, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

The smokestack, with its uniquely patterned band of brickwork, defined Willimantic’s international and local identity until September 2011, when irreparable storm damage and years of neglect caused it to be dismantled. Judd’s portraits commemorate the smokestack’s monumental beauty, utility and finally, the one-year anniversary of its demolition from the first hit of the wrecking ball to the last pile of bricks. Courtesy photo.

You’re invited to enjoy an exhibit focused on a smoke stack at Windham Mills – a local landmark that towered over Willimantic that was recently demolished – now open at ArtSpace, the renovated mill building/apartments at 480 Main St.

Called “End of an Era, Past Identity/Future Vision,” these photos by Harrison Judd and other documents can be viewed Nov. 9 through Dec. 2 during gallery hours, which are 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The smokestack, with its uniquely patterned band of brickwork, defined Willimantic’s international and local identity until September 2011, when irreparable storm damage and years of neglect caused it to be dismantled.

Judd’s portraits commemorate the smokestack’s monumental beauty, utility and finally, the one-year anniversary of its demolition from the first hit of the wrecking ball to the last pile of bricks.

Supporting historical information along with additional photographs offering a vision for Willimantic’s future complete this community-centered exhibit.

“When the last great smokestack was slated to be demolished last year, I only half noticed at first. Then I heard several people I admire were struggling to save it and took a deeper look. What was it that fascinated them, and now me? How could a smokestack, idle for many decades, be of any importance? Partly it was because it was unexpectedly beautiful, constantly changing with the light and the weather, and partly it was because it was one of the last icons left from a past in which Willimantic was significantly and proudly on the world stage. Its demolition was truly the end of an era.”—Harrison Judd

“End of an Era” has generated many supportive partnerships within the Willimantic and Eastern Connecticut State University communities including the Windham Textile & History Museum, the Connecticut State University System, Thread City Development Inc. and Artspace Windham. Publicity materials for this exhibit were designed by Eastern Connecticut State University Digital Art & Design students.

“End of an Era” will also be on view during Artists Open Studios 2012, which is on the weekends of Nov. 24 – 25 and Dec. 1 – 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the gallery, call 860-465-6761. Harrison Judd can be contacted at 860-465-6761 or harrison@futurehistory.com

Posted November 9, 2012 – links and photos added by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related link:

Harrison Judd’s web site http://harrisonjudd.com/Site/Main.html

“Windham Mills smokestack came tumbling down,” http://windham.htnp.com/2011/09/01/and-windham-mills-smokestack-came-tumbling-down/

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Free Puppet Slam at UConn Saturday

November 9, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

At the Nov. 10 UConn Puppet Slam, from L.A., Caitlin Lainoff and Dan Rae Wilson perform “Little Zoo”, an excerpt from “Zoophilic Follies,” a “puppet-opera adaptation of the Daedalus myth that celebrates the sad and strange hopes of the human heart.” Courtesy photo.

You may have heard of a “poetry slam” – a kind of performance/competition among poets. Now there’s a “puppet slam” – more about performance than competition, though – at the University of Connecticut in Storrs-Mansfield.

Anyone familiar with the programs and performances created by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry (BIMP) knows that puppetry is a varied and often highly sophisticated art form with a history reaching back to the dawn of civilization.

BIMP, itself and its founder Frank Ballard, are known and respected internationally.

The free UConn Puppet Slams present an array of new works for short-form puppetry by vibrant puppet artists from New York City, Boston and around the country, as well as students studying in the University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program.

Please note that many of the shows in the Puppet Slam are geared toward mature audiences and are not appropriate for children.

The Fall UConn Puppet Slam at 8 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 10) will spotlight works by performance artist, sculptor, and videographer J.R. Uretsky   (a UConn graduate in Visual Arts and member of the feminist collective Dirt Palace); S.B. Parks (UConn Puppet Arts graduate and currently Costume Crafter at Hartford Stage); Paul Spirito (Technical Supervisor at the Puppet Arts Program); current Puppet Arts graduate students Penny Benson, Sarah Nolen, Seth Shaffer, Carianne Hoff  and Anna Fitzgerald; and, from Los Angeles, special guests Caitlin Lainoff and DanRae Wilson.

The event is free and will be held at UConn’s Studio Theater in the Drama and Music building.

For more information about BIMP, send email to bimp@uconn.edu or call 860-486-0339. The mailing address for BIMP is: Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut, 6 Bourne Pl, Storrs, CT 06269

Posted November 9, 2012

Related links:

Puppet Slam URL on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/UConnPuppetSlam

BIMP on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ballard-Institute-and-Museum-of-Puppetry/119039334775261

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Love llamas? Visit them and enjoy free event

October 24, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Business, Local News Comments Off

Meet alpacas and llamas, receive free balloons and coloring books, and enjoy some jam tastings and drop spindle and spinning wheel demonstrations. Come to an open house at Safe Haven Farm from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Admission is free.

Here’s something fun and free to do this weekend.

Meet alpacas and llamas, receive free balloons and coloring books, and enjoy some jam tastings and drop spindle and spinning wheel demonstrations.

Come to an open house at Safe Haven Farm from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Admission is free.

Safe Haven Farm is located off Route 6 at 39 Drain St. in Hampton, CT. (From Willimantic/Windham, take Route 6 eastbound approximately 10 miles. Look for signs one mile east of Route 97.)

The open house is hosted by the Hampton Agriculture Commission, Safe Haven Farm and Three Niece Farm.

Start your holiday shopping early in the Safe Haven store. Sample Three Niece Farm’s scones, muffins and breads made from their bread mixes, and a new BBQ sauce will be “unveiled.”

Questions? Visit the Safe Haven web site at http://www.safehavenalpaca.com or call 1-860-455-0054.

Posted October 24, 2012

Related link: Three Niece Farm on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Three-Niece-Farm-LLC/100306683395863

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Meet the authors of history of local firefighters at UConn Co-op this week

October 21, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

A photo about firefighting in Willimantic – Chief Cormier and John Griffin with young visitors. Courtesy photo.

You are invited to meet the authors of “Firefighting in Willimantic,” at 4 p.m. at the UConn Co-op this Tuesday (Oct. 23).

The Co-op is located at 2075 Hillside Road in the Storrs UConn Campus.

As Willimantic moved from a sleepy borough to a hub of busy mills, fire protection became a crucial concern. Beginning with volunteers in 1830, the city turned to professionals in 1917.

Concerned as much with fire safety and prevention as with putting out fires, the firefighters of Willimantic and their families also socialized and participated in community service activities together.

In “Firefighting in Willimantic,” Michael Tirone and Pete Zizka give us a richly illustrated history of these brave men and women.

Tirone, a firefighter from 1974 – 2010, served with the Electric Boat Fire Department, the US Naval Submarine Fire Department in Groton and the Norwich Fire Department.

Zizka is a past volunteer firefighter and avid researcher. Both men are natives of Willimantic.

The foreward was written by current Willimantic Fire Chief Marc A. Scrivener.

Questions? Call the UConn Co-op at 860-486-5027.

Related link: Willimantic Firefighting on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Willimantic-Firefighting/176042315820754

Posted October 21, 2012

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Artist chosen for the 2013-2014 federal Duck Stamp

October 4, 2012 Areawide, Arts & Entertainment Comments Off

Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, CA, is the winner of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, which determines the design for the 2013-2014 stamp.

… a much coveted “prize.”

Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, CA, is the winner of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, which determines the design for the 2013-2014 stamp.

The announcement was made today (Oct. 4)  by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Steiner’s acrylic painting of a common goldeneye will be made into the 2013-2014 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2013.

According to the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), on Sept 29, a panel of 5 judges reviewed 192 waterfowl art submissions and chose Steiner’s work.

Federal Duck Stamps are not valid for postage.

Originally created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today.

Federal Duck Stamps are a vital tool for wetland conservation; 98 cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System (http://www.fws.gov/refuges )

Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $750 million, which has been used to purchase or lease more than 6 million acres of wetlands habitat in the United States for protection.

An estimated one-third of the nation’s endangered and threatened species find food or shelter in refuges established using Federal Duck Stamp funds.*

People, too, have benefited from the Federal Duck Stamp. Hunters have places to enjoy their sport and other outdoor enthusiasts have places to hike, watch birds, photograph and explore. Moreover, these protected wetlands help purify water supplies, store flood water, reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, and provide spawning areas for fish important to sport and commercial fishermen.

Besides serving as a hunting license and a conservation tool, a current year’s Federal Duck Stamp also serves as an entrance pass for national wildlife refuges where admission is charged. Duck Stamps are also popular collector items.

To learn more about the stamps, including when and where to buy them, visit the Federal Duck Stamp web site at http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/Info/Stamps/stampinfo.htm

Posted October 4, 2012 based on a press release, as edited and added to by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sulllivan

*From the Federal Duck Stamp web site

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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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