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CT Nonprofit Founder Marks 25 Years of Seeing Beyond the Spectrum
It’s not uncommon for Donna Swanson, co-founder of the FOCUS Center for Autism, to drop everything and race to the rescue of one of her “kids”. While she has no children of her own, she is everything a mother should be; fierce protector, tireless advocate and compassionate teacher. Ever since she opened her private practice in 1992, Swanson has looked beyond a child’s Autistic behaviors to connect with the person inside.
Aug 17, 2017 - 8:15:57 AM

Fall Direct Service Volunteer Training Session
The Women’s Center is now accepting applications for our fall 2017 dual Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Certification program. This 48-hour training class certifies volunteers to perform crisis intervention at the Center during business hours or from home when the Center is closed; it is a prerequisite for court advocate, counselor advocate, group facilitator, and other advanced direct service volunteer positions. Day and evening training classes begin Tuesday, September 5th, and meet through late month in the Center’s 2nd floor Training Room at 8 West Street in Danbury.
Aug 16, 2017 - 2:30:07 AM

Appreciating Art: Is Art Good, Bad, Real, or Fake? A Program by Professor Philip Eliasoph at Pequot Library
Who defines good and bad art? Come learn the answer from award-winning, Fairfield University art history professor Philip Eliasoph during his 7:30 p.m. program on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Appreciating Art: Is Art Good, Bad, Real, or Fake? at the Pequot Library in Southport.
Aug 16, 2017 - 2:22:54 AM

See a partial solar eclipse in Westport
IF THE SKIES ARE CLEAR - Visit the Westport Astronomical Society for views of a partial solar eclipse on August 21st. One of the most memorable astronomical events of our lifetimes is about to take place as a total solar eclipse dazzles viewers across the United States. The big show will occur along a narrow path of totality less than 70 miles wide stretching from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, and you should make every effort to be within that path.
Aug 15, 2017 - 2:15:22 AM

Insurance Commissioner Warns Of Phone Caller Posing as Department Staff
Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade is advising consumers to be wary of a phone caller who identified herself as an Insurance Department employee and is asking people for their insurance information.
Aug 14, 2017 - 2:31:36 PM

Malloy: CTTransit bus service will expand to the UConn Storrs campus beginning August 31
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker last week announced that beginning August 13, the existing CTtransit bus route that services destinations between Hartford and Tolland is expanding further east and will now include new stops in Storrs. The route extension will – for the first time ever – provide UConn students, faculty, and staff the ability to connect to the main UConn campus in Storrs, the downtown Hartford campus, and UConn Health in Farmington via public transit, in addition to a wide variety of other destinations in between.
Aug 14, 2017 - 8:20:43 AM

Conn. Leads $5.5M Multistate Settlement with Nationwide Insurance Company over 2012 Data Breach
Connecticut has joined with 31 other states and the District of Columbia in a $5.5 million settlement with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company, that resolves the states' investigation into a 2012 data breach that exposed sensitive personal information of 1.2 million consumers across the country, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull announced last week.
Aug 14, 2017 - 2:39:46 AM

CT Sun Feature Planned Parenthood
The Connecticut Sun WNBA team is highlighting Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) as the Community Spotlight organization at its August 23 game. Special discounted tickets are available for the basketball game, with a portion of ticket sales benefitting PPSNE.
Aug 14, 2017 - 2:37:09 AM

New Country's 4th Annual Stuff the MINI School Supply Drive for Hartford Students
Hartford auto dealer New Country MINI Cooper of Hartford is continuing its support of local students with the 4th Annual “Stuff the MINI to the Max” charity campaign. From August 14th through August 27th, New Country MINI will accept donations of backpacks and school supplies for Hartford Public School children. Then on August 28th a caravan of MINI's will transport all of the donated supplies to the Hartford Public Schools’ Welcome Center to help kick off a wonderful new school year.
Aug 14, 2017 - 2:34:00 AM

It Pops Up and Disappears
Pop into a special fall Pop Up show by the Westport Artists Collective on Wednesday, September 6 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m at the Westport Arts Center. The Pop Up is free and open to the public, and will be on view through Saturday, September 9. The Pop Up can also be previewed during the day on September 6.
Aug 14, 2017 - 2:05:06 AM

Blumenthal, Murphy, Larson, Bronin Applaud $2.8 Million Grant For North Hartford
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1) and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin applauded the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) on Thursday for awarding a $2.8 million grant to help build a food-focused business incubator and manufacturing facility at the Swift Factory complex in North Hartford. The project – which will be called the Swift Community Food and Business Development Center – is expected to create 125 jobs and spur $9.75 million in private investment. North Hartford receives priority consideration for federal grants like this as a result of their Promise Zone designation. The nearly $3 million grant will build on the city’s Promise Zone initiative to create jobs and boost economic activity in the community.
Aug 14, 2017 - 1:56:53 AM

Norwalk River Rowing Fall Registration Begins
Registration is now open for the Fall Varsity, Novice, Masters and Learn to Row programs at Norwalk River Rowing Association (NRRA). This fall season features programs for conditioning, fitness and learning for rowers of all skillsets, from experienced to those who’ve never put an oar in the water. By working with NRRA’s experienced coaches and staff, participants can significantly improve their rowing skills and enjoy the fall season out on the water.
Aug 14, 2017 - 1:52:12 AM

UB40 with original founding members Ali, Astro and Mickey bring a night of hits to The Ridgefield Playhouse on September 10
UB40, featuring original founding members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue along with a fantastic eight-piece band, will be bringing their signature blend of reggae and pop hits to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, September 10 at 8pm as part of the Pepsi Rock Series Powered by xfinity and the Ingersoll Auto of Danbury World Music Series. UB40 have released hit after hit since they formed in 1979. Best known for their chart toppers “Red Red Wine,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” and “I Got You Babe” (featuring Chrissy Hynde) among many others, the band achieved huge success including number 1 albums and multiple top 10 gold and platinum selling albums and Grammy nominations, 4 number ones worldwide and a total of 70 million plus sales.
Aug 11, 2017 - 9:11:48 AM

Charter Oak Brewery at the Hempsted Houses
Love beer? Ever wonder about its history? Why is an IPA called an IPA? Charter Oak Brewing Company may be the newest brewery in the state, but they sure know their brew history. On Friday, August 18th at 6 pm, join Scott Vallely of Charter Oak Brewing as he brings his knowledge – and his beer – to this Hempsted brew-haha.
Aug 11, 2017 - 9:08:43 AM

PIPPIN wrapping up at Curtain Call
Curtain Call's summer season is coming to a close with the final five performances of the Tony Award-winning musical, PIPPIN. Playing in The Kweskin Theatre, through August 12. PIPPIN has been thrilling audiences since 1972 (the same year The Kweskin Theatre opened) with its unforgettable score by Connecticut resident Stephen Schwartz.
Aug 10, 2017 - 6:55:32 AM

Mystic Aquarium opens Our Blue Park exhibit
Recently Mystic Aquarium celebrated the opening of a new gallery exhibit dedicated to the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean. Through the generous support of the Naktenis Family Foundation, “Our Blue Park” takes guests on a photographic journey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. Mystic Aquarium senior research scientist, Dr. Peter Auster called the exhibit a “visitor’s center for this ocean wilderness.”
Aug 9, 2017 - 1:16:14 PM

The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education Welcomes New Executive Director
The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education (The Center) welcomes a new Executive Director, Quentin Ball, to lead the organization. Per Quentin, “I am thrilled to take over from Ivonne Zucco, under whose leadership The Center was recently awarded the Impact Fairfield County grant. This grant, coupled with a robust counseling program and a far-reaching preventative education program, positions The Center for a successful 2017-18 fiscal year.”
Aug 8, 2017 - 8:52:27 AM

Bridgeport Mayor Ganim Announces Developers & Operators Selected to Bring Entertainment To Bridgeport’s Harbor Yard
Mayor Ganim, is pleased to announce that Live Nation, the world’s largest and most complete live entertainment company, along with local owner of SportsCenter of Connecticut, Howard Saffan have partnered to create “Harbor Yard Amphitheatre, LLC” and have been selected as the developers and operators to bring entertainment to Bridgeport’s Harbor Yard with the development of a state-of-the-art Amphitheater. The ownership of the Amphitheatre will be retained by the City and will be developed at the investment of approximately $15 million dollars through a public/private partnership.
Aug 8, 2017 - 8:49:52 AM

Norwalk teens in free STEM-focused camp at Maritime Aquarium
Twenty-five Norwalk teens spent last week building hydraulic arms, making toys for an octopus, examining plankton with microscopes, collecting data on fish and crabs brought up out of Long Island Sound, and more during a free experience at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
Aug 7, 2017 - 5:25:02 AM

Country Crock Taps TFI Envision, Inc.
Country Crock® enjoys the privilege of being America’s favorite margarine spread, & repays that loyalty by maintaining a consistently high standard of taste & value. While there’s certainly a timeless, maybe even old-fashioned, appeal to Country Crock®, it also satisfies the priorities of today’s most health-conscious households, bringing a deliciously creamy alternative to butter with 0g trans fat per serving and no hydrogenated oils.*
Aug 3, 2017 - 9:49:35 AM

OCC, AGs and others oppose elimination of some low-income energy assistance programs
On July 31, 2017, Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz joined with 35 attorneys general and state consumer advocate agencies (collectively, “Advocates”) to urge members of Congress to preserve and expand Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funding in the 2018 federal budget.
Aug 2, 2017 - 6:26:36 AM

Stamford Mayor Martin Awards CAPP Grants to Local Arts Organizations
Stamford Mayor David Martin presented several deserving local arts organizations with Community Arts Partnership Program (CAPP) grants on Friday. The grants are part of the commitment of Mayor Martin to develop audiences for local arts organizations and increase enjoyment of the arts by all Stamford residents.
Aug 1, 2017 - 1:48:08 AM

The Community Fund of Darien awards Building One Community $22,000 grant
Building One Community - The Center for Immigrant Opportunity - has been presented a grant of $22,000 from The Community Fund of Darien. This grant supports the enhancement of B1C’s job preparation programs, which teach the skills needed by the low-income immigrants to earn a living wage and support themselves and their families.
Aug 1, 2017 - 1:44:53 AM

Historic Steamboat Sabino Returns to Service August 2
Mystic Seaport announced Monday it will resume operating its steamboat Sabino for public cruises on the Mystic River Wednesday, August 2. The vessel has been under restoration in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard for more than two years and is the oldest coal-fired steamboat in regular operation in the United States. Mystic Seaport operates her as a working exhibit providing passengers with an authentic early 20th century steamboat experience.
Aug 1, 2017 - 1:42:20 AM

GasBuddy: CT gas prices rise 3.5 cents in the last week
Average retail gasoline prices in Connecticut have risen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.47/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,540 gas outlets in Connecticut. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.31/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Jul 31, 2017 - 1:54:23 PM

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