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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Get a good shine on for a good cause

August 16, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

car-washPress Release

Get your dusty car down to the car wash between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 17 at the North Eagleville Fire house on the corner of Routes 32 (heading toward UConn) and 275 (South Eagleville Road) in Mansfield, CT.

Proceeds benefit the Edwin O. Smith High School choral students who are heading to Carnegie Hall to perform next spring.

It takes MORE than practice to get to Carnegie Hall!

It’s only $7 each for cars, or $10 for trucks and SUVs.

Posted August 16, 2013

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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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Want to learn about wild edibles?

August 7, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Chances are you've seen this wild edible - Purslane. It's important when foraging to choose areas that aren't contaminated by automobile traffic or dogs, etc. To learn more about foraging, join a walk in Goodwin Forest on Sunday, Aug. 11, in Hampton, CT.

Chances are you’ve seen this wild edible – Purslane. It’s important when foraging to choose areas that aren’t contaminated by automobile traffic or dogs, etc. To learn more about foraging, join a walk in Goodwin Forest on Sunday, Aug. 11, in Hampton, CT.

Press Release

Join a field tour at the James L. Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center in Hampton, CT from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11 to learn more about what you might find in the wild to add to your salad or spring roll.

Join Naturalist Emma Lorusso and learn about plants and trees that will help you survive in the wilderness, and plants that just taste good.

The tour covers the Haley Native Plants Wildlife Gardens – cultivated gardens – and then explores the wilder parts of the Goodwin Forest property.

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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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Coming up in August at Mansfield Public Library

August 1, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Joe Hurley will discuss his book “Ten Million Steps on Route 6, a Fresh Look at America & Americans from Cape Cod to California,” on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Mansfield Public Library's Buchanan Auditorium.  This program is free and open to the public.

Joe Hurley will discuss his book “Ten Million Steps on Route 6, a Fresh Look at America & Americans from Cape Cod to California,” on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Mansfield Public Library’s Buchanan Auditorium. This program is free and open to the public.

Press Release

Let’s make compost soup

On Friday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m., there’s some messy fun at the children’s program, “Compost Soup,” presented by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Children will learn about compost and soil, and build a “seed bomb” to plant in their own yard or garden. No pre-registration is necessary.  This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Because children will be playing with dirt, please dress them in clothes that can get messy!

Natural art

Calling all Teens and Tweens… on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. for “Sticks and Stones.”  Create something beautiful using objects from nature.

Tasty event

The library’s annual ice cream social begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 on the library lawn. Make your own sundaes and enjoy some fun and games.

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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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First ‘extradosed’ bridge in U.S. is in Connecticut

July 28, 2013 Areawide Comments Off
At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.” Photo of new bridge from CT DOT

At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.” Photo of new bridge from CT DOT

At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.”

For more info about the new bridge, click on this link http://i95newhaven.com

About the program

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is improving traffic operations along Interstate 95 in Greater New Haven.

CTDOT’s I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing (NHHC) Corridor Improvement Program is a multi-modal transportation improvement program that features public transit enhancements and roadway improvements along 7.2 miles of I-95, between Exit 46 (Sargent Drive) in New Haven and Exit 54 (Cedar Street) in Branford.

Constructed in the late 1950s, this stretch of roadway is part of the heavily traveled northeast corridor between New York and Boston.

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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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