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Meet new Mansfield state rep

September 18, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
After the recent redistricting, State Rep. Linda Orange now represents most of the town Colchester, Lebanon, part of Mansfield and part of Windham.

After the recent redistricting, State Rep. Linda Orange now represents most of the town Colchester, Lebanon, part of Mansfield and part of Windham.

Press Release

State Reps. Susan Johnson (D-Windham) and Linda Orange (D-Colchester) will hold an open meeting with constituents from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 in the main meeting room at Windham Town Hall 979 Main St., Willimantic.

“I look forward to hearing people’s thoughts and concerns about state government,” Rep. Johnson said. “When constituents share their ideas, we can be more effective legislators.”

“It is always a joy to meet constituents,” Rep. Orange said. “I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you one-on-one.”

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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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UConn water plan is short-sighted

August 28, 2013 Business, Letters to Editor Comments Off
In 2012, the University of Connecticut asked water utilities to propose new ways to increase drinking water supply to its Storrs campus.

In 2012, the University of Connecticut asked water utilities to propose new ways to increase drinking water supply to its Storrs campus.

Opinion

By Atty. R. Bartley Halloran | MDC District Counsel

In 2012, the University of Connecticut asked water utilities to propose new ways to increase drinking water supply to its Storrs campus.

Those submitting knew that an industrial park was planned, that what is now known as the Storrs Center would be constructed and that UConn was dependent on groundwater wells which, because of excessive pumping, had dried up the Fenton River in 2005.

However, Next Generation Connecticut, the $1.5 billion decade-long expansion plan, had not even been proposed.

That project increases the number of students and faculty at Storrs by about 7,000 (the size of the town of Essex), and so dramatically increases the need for water for housing, labs, restaurants and most important, fire protection.

Conservatively, this new plan will require at least 500,000 gallons a day of additional water.

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Could you outrun a zombie?

August 23, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Business Comments Off
Promo YouTube video for www.zombiecharge.com

From promo YouTube video for www.zombiecharge.com

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

Back in the day, used to be zombies were pretty easy to get away from – unless you happened upon a hive – but today, the rules have changed. Now they can run and in the case of at least one popular zombie film, they can strategize and work as a team.

Those are the kind of zombies you will encounter if you take part in the Zombie Charge 5K run coming up Saturday, Sept. 7 at Bison Brook Farms on Button Road in North Stonington, CT.

The event is being promoted via a Groupon deal with a $55 discount for single entries; the final cost is $39 for a single entry or $75 for two, plus a $4 insurance fee and a processing fee (not specified in the offer) each, payable at registration.

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

August 16, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
Back-to-school graphic

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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Some changes in roadways around Storrs Center this week

August 1, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
Storrs Center - Dog Lane. Photo copyright 2013 Brenda Sullivan

Storrs Center – Dog Lane. Photo copyright 2013 Brenda Sullivan

Press Release

According to a notification from the Town of Mansfield, the construction of Bolton Road Extension and Royce Circle in Storrs Center is now substantially complete, and these two streets are open to vehicles.

Also, drivers heading south on Storrs Road/Route 195 may now use the new, four-way intersection of Storrs Road and Bolton Road.

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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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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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