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Orange Bowl donates $80,000 to UConn Sandy Hook Scholarship Fund

January 16, 2013 Areawide, Local News No Comments
The Orange Bowl Committee's gift brings the Sandy Hook scholarship fund to about $800,000.

The Orange Bowl Committee’s gift brings the Sandy Hook scholarship fund to about $800,000.

The University of Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors those who died in the tragic shooting in Newtown, has received a gift of $80,120 from the host of the 2013 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game.

The donation from the Orange Bowl Committee represents $1 for every fan in attendance at the Jan. 7, 2013 BCS National Championship Game, where UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel received the check on UConn’s behalf at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The surprise donation was presented by Orange Bowl President O. Ford Gibson and Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco.

Donations and pledges totaling more than $720,000 had been made to the fund before the Jan. 7 announcement, with more coming in each day.

The Orange Bowl Committee’s gift brings the Sandy Hook scholarship fund to about $800,000.

“While we continue to grieve for those who were lost in Newtown, we’re heartened by the outpouring of support for the scholarship fund,” UConn President Susan Herbst said. “This generous gift will help support the transformational gift of higher education. The fund is a meaningful and respectful way to accomplish that.”

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DMV cancels morning driving tests Jan 16

January 15, 2013 Areawide, Local News No Comments
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has canceled all road skill tests scheduled before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, due to the impending winter storm.

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has canceled all road skill tests scheduled before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, due to the impending winter storm.

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has canceled all road skill tests scheduled before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, due to the impending winter storm.

Testing should resume at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Anyone with a scheduled road test can call DMV to choose a new date.

The numbers to call are 860-263-5700 if someone is within the Hartford area and toll-free 800-842-8222 for those outside the Hartford area.

The DMV is also attempting to contact customers with road test appointments to advise them of the schedule change.

Posted January 15, 2013

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State offers new Youth Fishing Passport

CT Fish and Wildlife has developed fishing activities and is building a list of fishing vendors who will support passport holders with a special benefit.

CT Fish and Wildlife has developed fishing activities and is building a list of fishing vendors who will support passport holders with a special benefit. CT Fish and Wildlife photo.

Connecticut Fish and Wildlife has announced a new free Youth Fishing Passport.

The Youth Fishing Passport is a program designed to encourage those under 16 to become avid anglers.

CT Fish and Wildlife has developed fishing activities and is building a list of fishing vendors who will support passport holders with a special benefit.

Check out the Geo-Catching, Fishing Challenge and Sponsors links at http://www.ct.gov/deep/yfp

Posted January 14, 2013

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News from the Coventry Youth Baseball Association

COVENTRY YOUTH BASEBALL SIGN UP FLYER 2013Coventry Youth Baseball Association (CT) wants coaches and parents to know that The New Britain Rock Cats will hold their annual Coaches Clinic on Saturday, Feb 2 from 10 a.m. – noon at New Britain Stadium (Lower Gymnasium).

Coach Andy Baylock and staff will conduct the clinic, sharing tips on how to be an even more successful coach in 2013 and for years to come.

The areas of focus will most likely include:

  • Pitching Mechanics
  • Hitting Fundamentals
  • Infield Fundamentals
  • Basic Pitches and a Pitching Plan

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn valuable information from some of the best around… FOR FREE.

Lunch will be served in the Stadium Club at the Stadium after the clinic.

Please RSVP to Craig Cugno at (860) 224-8383 Ext. 15 or ccugno@rockcats.com

Posted January 13, 2013

Related link – Coventry Youth Baseball Association on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coventry-Youth-Baseball-Association-CT/339396175861

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Secretary of the State announces changes to voter registration in 2013

December 19, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today (Dec. 19) released the official calendars for the May and November 2013 municipal elections in Connecticut.

And one significant change is that eligible voters will be able to register up to and including Election Day starting in November of 2013.

Legislation enacting Election Day Registration was approved by the Connecticut General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this year.

“Next year (2013) will be an historic election year in Connecticut as we implement Election Day Registration for the first time in our state,” said Secretary Merrill, Connecticut’s Chief Elections Official.

“I look forward to working with our partners in election administration at the local level to make it possible for those late-deciding voters to register and vote on Election Day,” Merrill said.

Election Day takes place in May in a few Connecticut towns, in November in the majority of the state’s cities and towns.

For those towns that have May elections, the day in 2013 will be Monday May 6.

For the rest, Election Day will be Tuesday Nov. 5.

The May-election towns will hold primaries for municipal office on March 11, 2013 so campaigns will soon be underway.

“Important issues such as town and school budgets will be on the agenda (in 2013), so I urge voters to pay close attention to the issues and the candidates and get involved in the decisions made at the local level that are crucial to our quality of life.” Merrill said.

Voters in the towns of Andover, Bethany, Union and Woodbridge, Boroughs of Bantam (Litchfield), Danielson (Killingly), Fenwick (Old Saybrook), Jewett City (Griswold), Litchfield, Newtown, Stonington, Woodmont (Milford) can view their election calendar (in PDF format) at this link .

Voters from other towns can view their calendar (in PDF format) at this link .

Posted December 19, 2012 based on a press release

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UConn establishes scholarship to honor victims of Newtown shootings

December 17, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments

In response to the grief and shock accompanying the tragic killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on Dec. 14, the University of Connecticut has created a memorial scholarship fund to honor those who died.

UConn women’s basketball Coach Geno Auriemma and his wife, Kathy, have made an $80,000 lead gift to the fund.

“Over this past difficult weekend, Kathy and I gave much consideration to what we as a family could do that would have some significance for the future,” Auriemma said. “Because UConn is so important to us, we decided to establish a scholarship and encourage other UConn alumni, friends and fans around the world to invest in the future of the Sandy Hook survivors.”

In response to the grief and shock accompanying the tragic killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14, the University of Connecticut has created a memorial scholarship fund to honor those who died. UConn women’s basketball Coach Geno Auriemma and his wife, Kathy, have made an $80,000 lead gift to the fund.

The Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Connecticut will provide financial aid for any students who currently attends the elementary school, as well as siblings of those killed in the assault and dependents of teachers and other adults who also lost their lives, who are accepted to attend UConn in the future.

Donations will be collected through the University of Connecticut Foundation to establish a fund in anticipation of supporting the Sandy Hook Elementary students enrolled in the K-4 grades today who will be of college age beginning in approximately 2021.

For siblings and dependents of those who died, funds will be immediately expendable to provide them with scholarship assistance at UConn as needed.

All of the monies received will be spent solely for the fund’s purpose. If any funds remain once the needs of the groups above have been met, they will be used to benefit any future student from Newtown who attends UConn.

Ways to donate

More information about how to make a donation to the scholarship fund is available online at the http://www.uconn.edu and http://www.foundation.uconn.edu

  • To make a donation by mail, send your check to The UConn Foundation, 2390 Alumni Drive-Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269-3206. Please note on your check that the gift is for the Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund.
  • Donations also may be made by texting 50555 with uconn newtown. UConn alumni should also add their name and graduation year. For example: uconn newtown John Smith 88. $10.00 donation to support the University of Connecticut Foundation through the mGive Foundation. Charges will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by the account holder. You must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 50555 to STOP. Text HELP to 50555 for HELP. For full terms and privacy policy: s.uconn.edu/txt

Posted December 17, 2012

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Fair warning for Friday

November 25, 2012 Local News No Comments

Police will be stopping cars on Route 44 in Coventry from 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 until 2 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

In a continuing effort to reduce drunk driving throughout the region, the Coventry Police Department – along with other local agencies who participate in Metro Traffic Services – will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Boston Turnpike (Route 44) from 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 to 2 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Traffic in both directions will be affected.

If pulled over at the checkpoint, police may also cite you for other infractions, including not using your seatbelt, or driving with an expired license, defective tail lights, etc.

Grant funding for this program is provided by The CT Department of Transportation to help deter drunk driving.

Metro Traffic Services consists of the police departments for the towns of Coventry, Enfield, South Windsor, Windsor, Windsor Locks, East Windsor, Manchester, Glastonbury, and Vernon.

Posted November 25, 2012 based on a press release issued by the Coventry Police Dept.

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Free Puppet Slam at UConn Saturday

At the Nov. 10 UConn Puppet Slam, from L.A., Caitlin Lainoff and Dan Rae Wilson perform “Little Zoo”, an excerpt from “Zoophilic Follies,” a “puppet-opera adaptation of the Daedalus myth that celebrates the sad and strange hopes of the human heart.” Courtesy photo.

You may have heard of a “poetry slam” – a kind of performance/competition among poets. Now there’s a “puppet slam” – more about performance than competition, though – at the University of Connecticut in Storrs-Mansfield.

Anyone familiar with the programs and performances created by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry (BIMP) knows that puppetry is a varied and often highly sophisticated art form with a history reaching back to the dawn of civilization.

BIMP, itself and its founder Frank Ballard, are known and respected internationally.

The free UConn Puppet Slams present an array of new works for short-form puppetry by vibrant puppet artists from New York City, Boston and around the country, as well as students studying in the University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program.

Please note that many of the shows in the Puppet Slam are geared toward mature audiences and are not appropriate for children.

The Fall UConn Puppet Slam at 8 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 10) will spotlight works by performance artist, sculptor, and videographer J.R. Uretsky (a UConn graduate in Visual Arts and member of the feminist collective Dirt Palace); S.B. Parks (UConn Puppet Arts graduate and currently Costume Crafter at Hartford Stage); Paul Spirito (Technical Supervisor at the Puppet Arts Program); current Puppet Arts graduate students Penny Benson, Sarah Nolen, Seth Shaffer, Carianne Hoff and Anna Fitzgerald; and, from Los Angeles, special guests Caitlin Lainoff and DanRae Wilson.

The event is free and will be held at UConn’s Studio Theater in the Drama and Music building.

For more information about BIMP, send email to bimp@uconn.edu or call 860-486-0339. The mailing address for BIMP is: Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut, 6 Bourne Pl, Storrs, CT 06269

Posted November 9, 2012

Related links:

Puppet Slam URL on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UConnPuppetSlam

BIMP on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ballard-Institute-and-Museum-of-Puppetry/119039334775261

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How to make your own public access program

Want to learn more? Charter Access TV 14 will offer an open house between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at the James W. Diaz Community Access Studio/Charter on Tuckie Road in North Windham, CT. Courtesy photo

CTV 14 is your Public Access channel. Residents, like you, from the Charter Communications service area can make their own programs with our equipment and then air them on the local cable access channel.

No prior experience is necessary; our professional producers will teach you how to use our video production studio, editing suites and portable cameras.

Studio time and equipment use is a free service for residents of the towns that Charter Communications serves:

Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, Hampton, Lebanon, Mansfield (Storrs), Pomfret, Scotland, Thompson, Willington, Windham (Willimantic) and Woodstock.

Want to learn more? We will offer an open house between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the James W. Diaz Community Access Studio/Charter in North Windham (207 Tuckie Road, North Windham, CT 06256)

Tour our studio and speak with the Public Access Studio Supervisor about making your own show (or volunteering to help with other projects).

Community Access TV is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience in video production, while providing our community with quality programming that isn’t available anywhere else.

Get involved with Community Access Television, call the studio today at 860-456-8500 or visit our web site at http://www.ctv14.com

Please note that advertising, solicitation of funds/products/services does not qualify for community access use. Call for complete details.

Posted November 9, 2012

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Coventry Police make arrest in serial burglaries

November 8, 2012 Local News No Comments

Coventry CT Police have charged 21-year-old Paul Carter of Coventry with larceny, burglary, interfering with an officer and other crimes in connection with a series of break-ins. Photo source: Coventry CT Police

On Nov. 7, 2012, Coventry Police arrested 21-year-old Paul Carter, III at Rockville Superior Court GA-19 on three separate warrants.

According to the release issued by police, the warrants stem from cases investigated by the Coventry Police Department.

Warrants for Sept. 25, 2012 are for allegedly breaking into vehicles.

The warrant for Oct. 6, 2012 is for allegedly stealing metal from a barn.

The remaining warrants are for charges of burglary of vehicles, except one that is for breaking into a house.

Carter’s last known address is 2770 Boston Tpk, Coventry, CT.

Carter was processed and held for arraignment. He is charged with:

  • Burglary third-degree / Larceny sixth-degree.Held on a court-set bond of $10,000
  • Burglary third-degree / Larceny sixth-degree.Held on a court-set bond of $25,000
  • Burglary third-degree/ Larceny third-degree/ Theft of a Firearm.Held on a court-set bond of $75,000

All three warrants were issued by GA-19 after investigations by the Coventry Police Department led to Carter as the suspect in these cases.

Coventry Police have additional cases pending and are applying for more warrants on those cases.

Carter was previously arrested by Coventry Police on Sept. 25, 2012 for two cases and charged with:

  • Burglary third-degree/ Larceny sixth-degree
  • Burglary third-degree/ Larceny fifth-degree

Carter was also arrested by Coventry Police on Oct. 6, 2012 and charged with:

  • Burglary third-degree/ Larceny sixth-degree / Reckless Endangerment first-degree / Interfering with an Officer / Criminal attempt to commit Larceny first-degree

These three cases are pending at GA-19 Rockville Superior Court.

Posted November 8, 2012

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Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

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In addition, the Town of Coventry Parks and Recreation Camp and Camp Asto Wamah in Columbia, CT each offered free spaces for children of cancer patients.

Future of local water supply is topic of public forum July 29

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Questions about water sources, usage and quality have come into focus recently in light of the Storrs Center development, UConn’s plans to bring in water to support a new Tech Park and the concurrent needs of the towns in this region, particularly in terms of their own development plans.

Federal programs can support rural cultural ‘economy’

Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylors Falls, MN is a jewel amidst the farms and provides an extra economic boost to the surrounding rural communities as well as cultural enrichment to both local residents and visitors from the Twin Cities.  Photo source USDA via Franconia Sculpture Park.

We had the opportunity to explore ways in which USDA’s infrastructure programs might be able to leverage this new boost of philanthropic support as these communities work to demonstrate how cultural development is an essential ingredient for rural communities in the next generation.

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