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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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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CT Dept of Ag to crack down on misuse of Connecticut Grown label

May 28, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
The Connecticut Weekly Agricultural Report announcement cites a 2005 case in which a company paid the state $70,075 for falsely using the Connecticut Grown logo on its egg cartons and deceptively using the word “farm” in its trade name.

The Connecticut Weekly Agricultural Report announcement cites a 2005 case in which a company paid the state $70,075 for falsely using the Connecticut Grown logo on its egg cartons and deceptively using the word “farm” in its trade name.

Press Release

Today (May 28), Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky announced that the Connecticut Department of Agriculture has ramped up inspection and enforcement concerning the use of the Connecticut Grown slogan, logo and label.

“It is essential that consumers who purchase agricultural products labeled ‘Connecticut Grown’ be confident those products were, in fact, grown and produced here in Connecticut,” said Commissioner Reviczky. “It is also critical that products marked ‘local,’ and/or ‘native’ are what their sellers claim them to be. Connecticut laws are very clear about the definition of these terms with respect to farm products.”

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Wal-Mart fined $81 million for illegal disposal of toxic substances

May 28, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
André Birotte Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California said, “Retailers like Wal-Mart that generate hazardous waste have a duty to legally and safely dispose of that hazardous waste, and dumping it down the sink was neither legal nor safe. The case against Wal-Mart is designed to ensure compliance with our nation’s environmental laws now and in the future.”

André Birotte Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California said, “Retailers like Wal-Mart that generate hazardous waste have a duty to legally and safely dispose of that hazardous waste, and dumping it down the sink was neither legal nor safe. The case against Wal-Mart is designed to ensure compliance with our nation’s environmental laws now and in the future.”

Press Release issued by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

According to a statement released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty today (May 28) in cases filed by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and disposing of hazardous materials at its retail stores across the United States.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based company also pleaded guilty today in Kansas City, Mo., to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by failing to properly handle pesticides that had been returned by customers at its stores across the country.

As a result of the three criminal cases brought by the Justice Department, as well as a related civil case filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Wal-Mart will pay approximately $81.6 million for its unlawful conduct.

Coupled with previous actions brought by the states of California and Missouri for the same conduct, Wal-Mart will pay a combined total of more than $110 million to resolve cases alleging violations of federal and state environmental laws.

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Mansfield residents eligible for free video production training

May 25, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Free classes begin June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Charter Studios. Photo from Town Talk, a public access program hosted by Brenda Sullivan, HTNP News Editor.

Free classes begin June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Charter Studios. Photo from Town Talk, a public access program hosted by Brenda Sullivan, HTNP News Editor.

Press Release

The CTV14 Community Access Television Studio (Charter) is now taking applications for a free Public Access Internship program.

Classes begin June 13, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Interns get hands-on experience in all aspects of video production in our North Windham TV studio.

Cover community events and public affairs shows for airing on CTV14. Interns also have the opportunity to use these new skills to produce their own Public Access program.

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Eastern CT State University Class of 2013 – Congrats to Storrs-Mansfield graduates

May 25, 2013 Local News Comments Off
At Eastern Connecticut State University’s 123rd Commencement exercises 1,256 undergraduates and 41 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements. 2013 Commencement exercises were held at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Contributed photo.

At Eastern Connecticut State University’s 123rd Commencement exercises 1,256 undergraduates and 41 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements.
2013 Commencement exercises were held at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Contributed photo.

Edited by Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News

At Eastern Connecticut State University’s 123rd Commencement exercises 1,256 undergraduates and 41 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements.

Commencement exercises were held at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on May 14.

Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest member of the “Little Rock Nine,” gave the Commencement address.

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Vigil today for murdered ECSU student

May 20, 2013 Local News Comments Off
20-year-old Alyssiah Marie Wiley, the missing ECSU student who was found murdered - a vigil in her memory will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 20 at the clock tower on the Eastern campus in Willimantic, CT.

20-year-old Alyssiah Marie Wiley, the missing ECSU student who was found murdered – a vigil in her memory will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 20 at the clock tower on the Eastern campus in Willimantic, CT.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

A vigil will be held today (May 20) at 3 p.m. on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University, to gather in memory of 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley, who was found dead after weeks of searching.

Wiley was reported missing on April 24, but was last seen on Main Street in Willimantic on April 20. She had told friends and roommates she was going home, to West Haven, CT.

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Police arrest suspect in the murder of ECSU student

May 18, 2013 Local News Comments Off

connstatepolice1-251x300By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

CT State Police report that the remains found with the aid of police dogs on Friday in Trumbull near the Bridgeport line is the body of the missing Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah Wiley.

Police also say they have arrested a suspect in connection with her death, a 30-year-old man, Jermaine Richards, of Bridgeport.

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Devastating fire in Willimantic at St. Mary’s Church

May 17, 2013 Local News Comments Off
Smokes billows from St. Mary's Church on Valley Street after a fire broke out sometime before 6:30 p.m.  Photo copyright 2013 by Brenda Sullivan.

Smokes billows from St. Mary’s Church on Valley Street after a fire broke out sometime before 6:30 p.m. Photo copyright 2013 by Brenda Sullivan.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

While sounds of live music and other entertainment drifted from Main Street, coming from the first Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest of the season, huge clouds of brown smoke billowed from the nearby St. Mary’s Church on Valley Street.

Next door to this stately landmark, firefighters cut through the Willimantic Food Co-op fence in order to allow access to fire trucks.

Firefighters from surrounding towns – including Scotland and Storrs/University of Connecticut – as well as other departments in Windham were on the scene of the fire that was reported sometime before 6:30 p.m. on May 16.

Small crowds gathered on the Jillson Square green as well as on Maple Street – the back side of the church, which is where the majority of the smoke was pouring from.

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Statewide art contest includes four students from Mansfield

May 16, 2013 Areawide, Local News Comments Off
For the 2013 Secretary of the State’s annual poster contest, Secretary Merrill honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community. Contributed photo.

For the 2013 Secretary of the State’s annual poster contest, Secretary Merrill (last row, far right) honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community. Contributed photo.

Press Release

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill joined dozens of 4th graders from across Connecticut on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in the Old Judiciary Room at the State Capitol in Hartford for an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Secretary of the State’s 18th annual poster contest.

Secretary Merrill honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community.

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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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