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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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Mansfield and Windham now eligible for funds to cover Hurricane Sandy damages

November 24, 2012 Business, Local News Comments Off

Hurricane Sandy, which was later downgraded to a Tropical Storm, pounds Connecticut on Oct. 29, 2012. Image source: FEMA

FEMA has announced that state and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in three additional Connecticut counties are now eligible to receive federal disaster assistance under the Public Assistance program to supplement state and local response to Hurricane Sandy.

Windham and Tolland counties were added to the major disaster declaration issued Oct. 30, 2012, as well as Litchfield County.

Windham County includes Ashford,  Brooklyn,  Canterbury,  Chaplin,  Eastford,  Hampton,  Killingly,  Plainfield,  Pomfret,  Putnam,  Scotland,  Sterling,  Thompson,  Windham (Willimantic) and  Woodstock.

Tolland County includes Andover,  Bolton,  Columbia,  Coventry,  Ellington,  Hebron (Amston),  Mansfield (Storrs),  Somers,  Stafford,  Tolland,  Union,  Vernon and  Willington.

Governments in these towns, as well as some nonprofits, are eligible for funds to cover permanent work to repair and rebuild disaster-damaged infrastructure, as well as costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

The funds are available based on a federal cost share of at least 75 percent.

In Connecticut, cost share for emergency power restoration and emergency public transportation was 100 percent at the height of hurricane recovery through Nov. 14.

Grants also help pay for emergency protective measures such as police overtime; debris removal from public roads and rights-of-way; and permanent repairs to roads, bridges and public buildings.

Previous counties designated under the declaration are Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London, and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribal Nations in New London County.

For more information about assistance, visit http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4087

Posted November 24, 2012, as edited and added to by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan

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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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Still recovering after Hurricane Sandy, FEMA releases $455 million

November 11, 2012 Areawide, Business, Local News Comments Off

Rockaway, N.Y., Nov. 3, 2012 – Local crews work to remove sand on streets left by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA – used with permission.

At the direction of President Barack Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to lead the federal government’s effort to provide assistance and support to states affected by Hurricane Sandy that hit the East Coast on Oct. 29, 2012.

As FEMA and its partners continue an aggressive power restoration effort in New York and New Jersey, the President has approved extension of the 100 percent cost share for emergency work performed by state, tribal and local governments through Nov. 14, 2012.

The 100 percent funding was set originally for 10 days, beginning Oct. 31.

It specifically applies to the costs of restoring power and public transportation, including direct federal assistance for New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in counties designated for FEMA Public Assistance.

Other forms of Category B (emergency work) public assistance remain at a 75 percent cost share.

“More than $455 million has already been approved for individuals to assist with housing and other disaster-related needs,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Impacted residents and business owners in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York should apply for assistance today.”

To apply for this assistance, the first step (for individuals and businesses) is to register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

The toll-free telephone numbers are operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA is one part of a large team working together to support the states in meeting the housing needs of disaster survivors.

Milford, CT, Nov. 8, 2012 – Homes along the Connecticut coast were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, many beyond repair. FEMA Community Relations teams are in these areas, going door to door answering questions for those who need assistance. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA – used by permission.

This joint effort includes housing and technical experts from the states, FEMA, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Army Corps of Engineers, Small Business Administration (SBA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and volunteer agencies.

The affected states are taking the lead to identify their local needs and resources by convening State-led Disaster Housing Task Forces.

Working together, housing priorities are being established and the team is working to ensure they are making the greatest use of existing housing resources (such as apartments and rental units), enlisting voluntary agencies to make minor repairs so survivors can remain in their homes, and investigating other temporary housing options suitable for the area.

As of 3 p.m. today (Nov. 11), more than 369,000 individuals in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have registered for assistance, and more than $455 million has been approved in FEMA housing and other needs assistance.

Currently, a total of 55 Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut (26 in New York, 22 in New Jersey and 7 in Connecticut) and more will continue to open.

To find a disaster recovery center location online, use the disaster recovery center locator at FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by mobile phone at m.fema.gov. You may also text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).

FEMA has also established a Housing Portal to assist individuals and families, displaced by a disaster. By moving individuals and families into local rental units quickly, it allows them to move forward with their personal recovery with the least amount of disruption. The portal consolidates rental resources identified and provided by federal agencies and is available at www.fema.gov/housingportal.

More than 7,200 FEMA personnel have been deployed to support response operations, including search and rescue, situational awareness, communications and logistical support in states affected by the storm.

Community relations teams are on the ground in the hardest hit areas going door-to-door to inform disaster survivors about available services and resources and to gather situational awareness.

Nov. 8, 2012 – The remains of a home in Union Beach, NJ after Hurricane Sandy swept through the area. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA – used with permission.

More than 2,000 housing inspectors are on the ground, meeting with disaster survivors to identify damages to homes, to further expedite assistance to individuals; and more than 80,000 damage inspections have already been completed in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

To date, the President has declared that major disasters exist in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island and emergency declarations have been made in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.

FEMA continues to deliver commodities including food, water, blankets, fuel, generators and others resources to distribution points across the region impacted by Sandy.

 

Other response activities

  • Small Business

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as of Nov. 10, has issued 248,094 disaster loan applications to residents and businesses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

That includes 196,822 home disaster loan applications, and 51,272 business disaster loan applications.

For more information, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or go to www.sba.gov

The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private non-profit organizations, to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

  • Public Health

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has more than 1,100 HHS personnel deployed to provide public health and medical assistance to New York and New Jersey.

These personnel include disaster medical assistance teams (DMATs), a group of professional medical personnel organized to provide rapid-response medical care.

To read more about DMAT teams active in the Hurricane Sandy response visit: www.phe.gov/asprblog

The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps also continues to support shelter operations.

Nearly 60 officers from three Mental Health Teams have assisted approximately 700 residents and first responders a day, helping address basic mental health issues and facilitate in shelters.

In addition, residents can connect with local crisis counselors through the National Disaster Distress Helpline. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).

  • Donations

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced special relief intended to support leave-based donation programs to aid survivors who have suffered from the extraordinary destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Under these programs, employees may donate their vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for employer cash payments made to qualified tax-exempt organizations providing relief for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

Also, the Treasury Department and the IRS announced an expedited review and approval process will be offered for organizations seeking tax-exempt status in order to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The IRS continues to encourage people to use existing organizations currently working on immediate aid efforts.

  • Fuel supply

The Department of Energy (DOE) in response to a request from the State of Connecticut, will loan an additional 4.2 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), to provide emergency loans to fuel distributors in Connecticut to address fuel shortages in the state.

Washington, DC, Oct. 28, 2012 – President Barack Obama at a briefing with federal agency partners on preparations for Hurricane Sandy at FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center. At right is FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. FEMA/Aaron Skolnik – used by permission

This is a continuation of the agreement announced a week ago when President Obama declared that Hurricane Sandy has created a severe energy supply interruption.

The fuel will be provided to distributors in the state and to be repaid directly by the distributors in the next 30 days.

DOE and DLA stand ready to make available additional fuel as needed.

 

  • Department of Defense

Under the Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has nearly 4,000 personnel supporting Hurricane Sandy relief operations in the affected areas.

Air Force teams completed unwatering (removing water) operations at Rockaway Waste Water Treatment facility, and East School in Long Beach, N.Y., and provided teams to support fire departments conducting unwatering operations in Breezy Point, N.Y.

Army divers repaired the pier system at Caven Point, N.J.

Navy dive detachments continue to support the World Trade Center site and Marine pump teams are assisting pumping operations at Breezy Point.

Helicopters from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are transporting and re-locating generators in affected areas to support critical infrastructure.

Navy Seabees and Marine personnel restored the beach at Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook and continue supporting debris clearance operations at locations in Bayonne, N.J. and the Battery, N.Y.

The Defense Logistics Agency continues to supply FEMA with much needed emergency supplies, medical equipment, fuel and now cold and wet weather clothing to help those working toward recovery after Hurricane Sandy.

DLA has delivered more than 1.8 million gallons of fuel to federal government distribution points in the New York/New Jersey region.

DLA has contracts in place to support waste water clean-up, hazardous material removal, and debris removal operations. DLA has also awarded two contracts for 330 roll-off dumpsters and 34 trucks for overland trash hauling; 2.5 million pounds of debris have been removed in the last 48 hours.

  • Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has more than 3,000 employees from the North Atlantic Division – with an additional 960 team members deployed from other USACE divisions across the nation – engaged in supporting the response mission.

Response teams are assisting with debris management, commodities distribution, infrastructure assessment, temporary roofing, critical public facilities, water planning, and temporary housing.

More than 5,600 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 11 states are conducting food, water, and fuel distribution, communications, security, sheltering, debris removal and transportation missions in support of recovery efforts.

Civil Air Patrol is launching 23 aircraft from states along the Northeast seaboard to photograph hurricane damage in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and to conduct low-level missions over waterways that would correspond to varying tidal conditions to pinpoint oil spills and navigation hazards for the U.S. Coast Guard.

These flyovers, involving aircraft from as far away as Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, will also assist federal agencies to assess where to most-effectively deploy debris teams.

The U.S. Fleet Forces (Navy and Marine Corps) are assisting the Army Corps of Engineers in power restoration, cleaning and dewatering efforts in NY and NJ.

  • U.S. Postal Service

The United State Postal Service (USPS) reminds customers who have evacuated or relocated due to hurricane Sandy to submit a change of address, place mail on hold or request that mail be temporarily forwarded to their new location. For the latest service updates regarding hurricane Sandy, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).

  • USDA

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has distributed an initial $5.3 million to 11 states affected by Hurricane Sandy. NRCS provides this funding through its Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is allowing flexibility to New York City Public School District to serve all meals free through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the month of November.

Nov. 8, 2012 – A Hurricane Sandy survivor at a Disaster Recovery Center waiting to speak with a FEMA Individual Assistance specialist. FEMA is working with many partners including federal, state, local and tribal governments, voluntary, faith-based and community-based organizations, and the private sector to assist residents who suffered losses in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Patsy Lynch, used with permission from FEMA News.

FNS has also approved New Jersey’s request to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP- formerly Food Stamps) recipients in affected counties to purchase hot foods with SNAP benefits through the end of November.

  • AmeriCorps/Senior Corps

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has 1,008 national service members who have been deployed to seven states.

AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia are assisting with shelter operations, call centers, debris removal, and mass care.

About 435 members of FEMA Corps, an innovative partnership between FEMA and AmeriCorps, are working directly with disaster survivors in New York and New Jersey.

  • Dept. of the Interior

Under the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), more than 1,200 wildland firefighters from all agencies, including about 260 wildland firefighters from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park service are responding with fellow wildland firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and State Forestry Divisions to support FEMA staging areas, assist in emergency operations centers, and provide crews to clear trees for emergency access and power crews.

  • National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) has deployed more than 300 incident management personnel, technical experts and work crews to assist parks and refuges throughout the region in recovery operations.

Working with interagency partners, NPS has also established a debris transfer site at Jacob Riis Park in New York to support local clean-up activities and is providing meals for emergency workers in the vicinity of its logistics base at Fort Wadsworth in the Gateway National Recreation Area.

Posted November 11, 2012 – release edited and photos added by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan

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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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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

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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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