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Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get additional funding

October 30, 2013 Business, Feature, Local News Comments Off
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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.

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 program was launched following recent storms to develop innovative ways to keep critical buildings (police stations, emergency operation centers, shelters, etc.) and commercial centers powered during electric grid outages.

A pilot microgrid program, administered by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, was created under Public Act 12-148 to increase the safety and quality of life for Connecticut residents during electric grid outage situations.

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In Mansfield, Get a jump on toy shopping

October 30, 2013 Business, Feature Comments Off
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.

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.

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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.

The store is known for its educational and interactive, and one-of-a-kind toys, books and other children’s items. … Continue Reading

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

October 23, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
UConn President Susan Herbst and Lawrence D. McHug.  File photo

UConn President Susan Herbst and Lawrence D. McHugh. File photo

The following comments were made at the Oct. 23, 2013 UConn Board of Trustees meeting by UConn President Susan Herbst in response to a press conference called Oct. 21 by current and former UConn students – see the related link following this transcript.

“…earlier this week a press conference was held in Hartford that included a group of current and former UConn students who have directed a series of allegations against the university, all revolving around the issue of sexual harassment and assault.

It should go without saying that as an institution, and as individuals, we have nothing but heartfelt compassion for any victim of sexual violence, anywhere. We prioritize campus safety above all else, and I commend any student who is working to raise awareness and to preventsexual harassment and sexual assault.

And we urge any UConn student – or anyone – who has been a victim of sexual assault to immediately utilize the many resources that the university has to offer victims.

Numerous allegations were made at Monday’s press conference regarding specific cases.

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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.

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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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Public hearing Oct 17 on permit for Storrs Center daycare center

October 12, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Audrey P. Beck Building (Town Hall), in the Council Chambers, at 4 South Eagleville Road. (Corner of Routes 275 and 195.) The hearing concerns a Zoning Permit application by Educational Playcare for a day care center in Building VS-11 of Storrs Center.

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Audrey P. Beck Building (Town Hall), in the Council Chambers, at 4 South Eagleville Road. (Corner of Routes 275 and 195.)
The hearing concerns a Zoning Permit application by Educational Playcare for a day care center in Building VS-11 of Storrs Center.

Press Release

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Audrey P. Beck Building (Town Hall) in the Council Chambers, at 4 South Eagleville Road. (Corner of Routes 275 and 195.)

The hearing concerns a Zoning Permit application by Educational Playcare for a day care center in Building VS-11 of Storrs Center, located on the east side of Wilbur Cross Way, north of Charles Smith Way.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive written or oral comments regarding whether the submitted Zoning Permit application is in compliance with approval criteria for the Storrs Center Special Design District (the Storrs Center Special Design District regulations are available on the Partnership’s website, www.mansfieldct.org/mdp – click on the Storrs Center tab).

The public hearing will include a presentation of the proposed plans.

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Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

October 2, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
“Undergoing cancer treatment is a stressful, life changing experience. For those who are caregivers, especially single parents or grandparents, finding childcare during lengthy treatment sessions can be a huge burden.  Having the peace of mind that your children have a safe and fun place to go certainly relieves some of that stress." - Kate Starkey, Oncology Services Manager, Windham Hospital

“Undergoing cancer treatment is a stressful, life changing experience. For those who are caregivers, especially single parents or grandparents, finding childcare during lengthy treatment sessions can be a huge burden. Having the peace of mind that your children have a safe and fun place to go certainly relieves some of that stress.” – Kate Starkey, Oncology Services Manager, Windham Hospital

Press Release

Thanks to local summer camps, a group of children whose caregivers are being treated for cancer at Windham Hospital were given free admission to camp this summer.

Working with the hospital’s Cancer Navigation Program, Holiday Hill Day Camp in Mansfield, CT and the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT provided full admission to the children – and by doing so, also gave some rest to the adults who are experiencing the physical and emotional stress caused by a cancer diagnosis.

In addition, the Town of Coventry Parks and Recreation Camp and Camp Asto Wamah in Columbia, CT each offered free spaces for children of cancer patients.

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Are you ready for the state’s new insurance program?

September 19, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
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Jason Madrak, Chief Marketing Officer for Access Health CT – the entity charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the state’s new insurance program – was a guest on CTV14′s “Town Talk,” hosted by Brenda Sullivan.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

As host of the CTV14 governmental affairs program, “Town Talk,” I recently interviewed Chief Marketing Officer Jason Madrak of Access Health CT – this is the entity that is charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the new statewide insurance plan as part of the country’s Affordable Care Act.

You can watch my interview with Mr. Madrak online by clicking on this link http://www.ctv14.com and then clicking on the Programming tab. In this drop-down menu, choose VOD archives. On the next page, use the drop-down menu on the left (All Folders) and choose “Town Talk” from the bottom of that list.

In addition to the interview with Access Health CT, there’s a very informative “Town Talk” interview with Windham State Rep. Susan Johnson that also simplifies some of the nuts and bolts of what’s on the horizon.

(You can also speak with representatives of Access Health CT at the final Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest http://willimanticstreetfest.com on Sept. 19, 2013.  Look for their booth.)

Below are comments from Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer Kevin Counihan, issued Sept. 18, on getting ready to launch the sign-up program on Oct. 1, 2013.

This first wave of enrollment will continue until Jan. 1, 2014.

You may have noticed an increase in TV ads urging you to sign up for a company’s insurance plan. You may want to know that unless you are enrolled through Access Health CT, you will NOT be entitled to subsidies (in some cases, 100 percent subsidies).

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Connecticut Water refutes criticisms of UConn water plan

September 18, 2013 Business, Letters to Editor, Local News Comments Off
Connecticut Water CEO Eric Thornburg was a guest on CTV14s "Town Talk" regarding UConn's future water needs.

Connecticut Water CEO Eric Thornburg was a guest on CTV14′s “Town Talk,” regarding UConn’s future water needs.

Letter to the Editor

Editor’s note: The following is a rebuttal to a Letter to the Editor published by HTNP News on Aug. 8, 2013 by Atty. Halloran, counsel for the Metropolitan District Commission, “UConn water plan is short-sighted.”

Connecticut Water Company is pleased it was chosen by the University of  Connecticut Board of Trustees, following an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE), to bring additional water supply to the university and the Town of Mansfield to serve the community’s long-term water needs.

The comprehensive EIE process undertaken by the town and university clearly demonstrates that the Connecticut Water proposal is the most economically sound, financially responsible option, with the least environmental impact.

As important, the option is deemed to be the most consistent with Connecticut’s state Plan of Conservation and Development.

The parties are now engaged in preparing the necessary agreements and plans to implement this important public-private partnership.

Connecticut Water will continue to serve our customers and easily provide for the projected water supply needs of the university and the Mansfield area.

These needs, estimated to peak at 2.2 million gallons of water per day (mgd) over the next 50 years, will come from our Shenipsit Lake Reservoir, which has a capacity of 5 billion gallons of water, a registered diversion of 15 mgd and an approved safe yield of 10 mgd.  These water supply reserves far exceed the company’s average daily reservoir withdrawal of 4 mgd.

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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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