Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get 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, …

Police ask your help nabbing would-be burglar

Also, police in East Lyme and Groton are investigating similar break-ins in their towns.

In Mansfield, Get a jump on toy shopping

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.

Gov. Malloy responds to controversy over UConn sexual assault complaints

“One of the most basic responsibilities of our institutions of higher learning is to keep our young people safe. If they have failed in that responsibility in any way, or if any victim of sexual assault has been treated with anything but the utmost respect, I will be outraged.”

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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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Governor signs legislation protecting survivors of domestic violence

August 28, 2013 Areawide Comments Off
Provision in Connecticut's new Domestic Violence law include requiring  the Judicial Branch to develop a plan to include temporary financial support as part of the relief available to domestic violence survivors through the civil restraining order.

Provisions in Connecticut’s new Domestic Violence law include requiring the Judicial Branch to develop a plan to include temporary financial support as part of the relief available to domestic violence survivors through the civil restraining order.

Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Aug. 23  joined with a group of legislators and advocates for the ceremonial signing of a new package of laws (Public Act 13-214) that expand protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, under Public Act 13-214.

“Over the past several years, our state has made a number of alterations to how we respond to domestic violence, recognizing that when a person is faced with this matter, it impacts almost every aspect of their lives,” Gov. Malloy said.

“While we’ve made great strides in improving services, we can do more – not only within our criminal justice system, but also with other matters, such as housing and financial issues. These are all parts of a much bigger system that only works best when they are coordinated to work together,” Malloy said.

The legislative package responds to a number of domestic-violence related issues and laws.

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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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Two killed in Route 44 crash

August 21, 2013 Local News Comments Off

yellow-tape-500pixelsCoventry Police reported today (Aug. 21) that two people were killed this morning in a one-car crash on Route 44.

The accident was reported at 1:37 a.m., according to police, and occurred on Route 44 west of North River Road.

Police identified the victims of the crash as 25-year-old Jessica Clark of Brigham Tavern Road, Coventry and 20-year-old Walter Parsell of Timber Lane, Willington.

In the statement released by Coventry Police, they state, “We extend our sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of this tragic accident.”

Police say the vehicle, a 2000 Honda Civic, was being driven east on Route 44 when it left the road and struck a utility pole.

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Road closures for Triathlon at Mansfield Middle School

August 21, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News, Sports Comments Off
Kids Who Tri Succeed is hosting a triathlon Saturday, Aug. 24 2013 at Mansfield Middle School, CT. For safety reasons, some surrounding roads will be closed. Photo source: Kids Who Tri Succeed

Kids Who Tri Succeed is hosting a triathlon Saturday, Aug. 24 2013 at Mansfield Middle School, CT. For safety reasons, some surrounding roads will be closed. Photo source: Kids Who Tri Succeed

On Saturday, Aug. 24 2013 Kids Who Tri Succeed is hosting a triathlon at Mansfield Middle School, located at 205 Spring Hill Road. (In the event of rain, the triathlon will be held Aug. 31)

For safety reasons, some surrounding roads will be closed.

Clover Mill Road between the Public Works access road, and Spring Hill Road between Clover Mill Road and Maple Road will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 9:30 a.m. to about noon.

The road closures have been permitted by the Town of Mansfield and will be handled by the Mansfield Resident Troopers office.

Kids Who Tri Succeed is a USAT-sanctioned triathlon for children ages 4-14. Now in its eighth year, this event shows kids how much fun working towards a fitness goal is, and increases their confidence as a result.

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BBQ and Klezmer – what a combo!

August 21, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Klezmenschen band. Photo source: YouTube video screen shot.

Klezmenschen band. Photo source: YouTube video screen shot.

Press Release

Come join Temple Bnai Israel on Sunday, Aug. 25 for their 2nd annual summer BBQ – with special guests Klezmenschen!

Admission is $10 each for adults, $5 each for children

The fun begins at 4 p.m. at the Temple at 345 Jackson St. in Willimantic.

Posted August 21, 2013

Related link: “Klezmer Music in a Few Words” http://borzykowski.users.ch/EnglMCKlezmer.htm

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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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