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, …

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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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College students honored for high tech environmental inventions

June 19, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
This team from Cornell University won the EPA's P3 Award  for their invention that improves cookstove fuel resources in struggling countries such as Kenya by burning solid fuel without oxygen, which can reduce emissions and create "biochar" for soil enrichment. Photo source: EPA

This team from Cornell University won the EPA’s P3 Award for their invention that improves cookstove fuel resources in struggling countries such as Kenya by burning solid fuel without oxygen, which can reduce emissions and create “biochar” for soil enrichment. Photo source: EPA

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today (June 19) announced that seven university and college teams received the coveted P3 Award for their innovative solutions to some of today’s toughest public health and environmental challenges.

EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) award competition was held at the 9th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo.

Each award-winning team qualifies to receive a grant of up to $90,000 to further develop their design and potentially bring it to the marketplace.

Previous P3 award winners have started successful businesses and are globally marketing their technologies.

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Courtney, students at Capitol to testify on student loan interest rates

June 17, 2013 Areawide, Business, Local News Comments Off
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The current fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized student loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is 3.4 percent, but that rate will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless Congress takes action. Photo: Connecticut State Capitol building, Hartford, CT – file photo.

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Congressman Joe Courtney, Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa Núñez and a delegation of students and advocates from ConnPIRG (Public Interest Research Group) will be at the Capitol in Hartford, CT today (June 17) to ask Congress to keep student loan interest rates from doubling.

With only 13 days until the deadline, they hope to prevent the hike from taking effect on July 1.

The current fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is 3.4 percent, but that rate will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless Congress takes action.

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Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge nets town more than $4,500

June 17, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off

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Storrs-Mansfield and Windham-Willimantic town leaders, and representatives from Northeast Utilities will gather in two ceremonies to celebrate the success of The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a three-year community energy savings program that helped local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy.

Over three years, Neighbor to Neighbor engaged residents in 14 towns, including Windham and Mansfield, helping them reduce their energy use by 20 percent.

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Australian Aboriginal music at Mansfield Library

June 16, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Pete Onofrio presents “Learn with the Didgeridoo: Australian Aboriginal Music” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 at the Mansfield Public Library. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up. Photo source: video screen shot.

Pete Onofrio presents “Learn with the Didgeridoo: Australian Aboriginal Music” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 at the Mansfield Public Library. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up. Photo source: video screen shot.

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Pete Onofrio presents “Learn with the Didgeridoo: Australian Aboriginal Music” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 at the Mansfield Public Library. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Let the sounds of the Didgeridoo, the world’s oldest wind instrument, and the Native American flute take you back to ancient times when people were closely connected to nature.

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Mansfield Library events in June

June 15, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
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At the Mansfield Public Library, Friday, June 21 marks the start of the Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Dig in to Reading” and we’ll be kicking off the fun with a Garden Gnome Party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Image source: Wikicommons free usage.

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Look for the return of Wonderful Wednesdays at the Mansfield Public Library, beginning June 19 at 10:30 a.m.

This story time is held in the Program Room, and is followed by a craft or other activity.  All ages are invited and no registration is required.

Also, on Friday, June 21 – it’s Toddler Time!  Open to children from 0-36 months and their parents/caregivers, this playgroup features a brief story time, songs and lots of age-appropriate toys.  The program is a drop-in group beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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Benton Museum names new director

June 15, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Nancy Stula, who has led the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London since 2008, has been named Executive Director of the William Benton Museum of Art, effective July 1, 2013. The museum is located on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus in Mansfield.

Nancy Stula, who has led the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London since 2008, has been named Executive Director of the William Benton Museum of Art, effective July 1, 2013. The museum is located on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus in Mansfield.

Press Release

Nancy Stula, who has led the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London since 2008, has been named Executive Director of the William Benton Museum of Art, effective July 1, 2013.

The museum is located on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus in Mansfield.

Stula was named executive director and curator of Lyman Allyn in 2009 after serving as interim director for a year.

She previously spent six years as curator and deputy director at the museum.

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Family Fun at Benton Museum this weekend

June 15, 2013 Arts & Entertainment Comments Off
The William Benton Museum of Art on the Storrs UConn campus is hosting a weekend of family events June 14-16.

The William Benton Museum of Art on the Storrs UConn campus is hosting a weekend of family events June 14-16.

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The William Benton Museum of Art on the Storrs UConn campus is hosting a weekend of family events June 14-16.

Celebrate this Father’s Day at the Benton from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 16 with a host of activities including

  • storytelling by Tom Lee,
  • puppets from the Ballard Museum of Puppetry,
  • chalk drawing,
  • a visit from Jonathan the UConn Husky,
  • ice cream for all and
  • door prizes for Dad from Home Depot, Eastern Mountain Sports, FroyoWorld, Dog Lane Café, and Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

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Statewide property tax pitched for funding CT schools

June 15, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
Economist Stan McMillen said that for the last five fiscal years, Connecticut has underfunded its share of education funding to municipalities required by statute.  He said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall totals around $1.09 billion. Photo by Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

Economist Stan McMillen said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall in Connecticut’s aid to municipalities totals around $1.09 billion. Photo by Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

By Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

Economists at the University of Connecticut are suggesting that a statewide property tax might close a more than $1 billion funding gap in the state’s education cost sharing (ECS) formula.

They pitched that idea in their quarterly “Connecticut Economy” report released Thursday (June 13) at the Connecticut Education Association’s (CEA) Hartford offices.

Stan McMillen, a contributing economist, said that for the last five fiscal years, the state has underfunded its share of education funding to municipalities required by statute.

He said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall totals around $1.09 billion.

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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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