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Make a Wish – It Is National Plum Pudding Day

Posted on February 12, 2017

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   A message from National Day Calendar declaring today – February 12 – as National Plum Pudding Day was waiting in my e-mail inbox this morning. Immediately I thought of a post I had written which featured my Great-Grandmother Reeve’s recipe for Plum Pudding. That post was part of my Mom’s Recipe Box Family Series from two years ago.   Here’s the link to that story https://newsandviewsjb.com/2015/01/16/moms-recipe-box-great-grandmother-reeves-english-plum-pudding-with-brandy/ ¬†   As is true of so many recipes they represent much more. In this case, my great- grandmother’s plum pudding recipe provides a direct connection to the Bennett’s English heritage, which was talked about among the family over the years as we poured through old family photo albums, and has since been…

Winter Storm Chris To Drop Up To 18″- Precedes Snow Moon

Posted on February 9, 2017

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Anyone who thought Connecticut might escape the winter of 2017 without a major snowstorm was wrong. A so-called “nor’easter” named Winter Storm Chris is upon us and is expected to drop between 10 to 18 inches across the state by nightfall.   Snow got underway around 6 a.m. this morning in suburbs just outside of Hartford. An hour later, what had been a gentle coating showed rapid accumulation.   Gov. Dannel Malloy had already partially opened State Emergency Operations then provided an update at a 9 a.m. televised press conference. As of last report to him, Malloy said Connecticut State Police had responded to 200 calls and of those 30 were accidents, a few had minor injuries but none…

Historic Victory for Tom Brady, Patriots & Super Bowl Return to Sadler’s Ordinary

Posted on February 6, 2017

Commentary by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   “The G.O.A.T.” took New England Patriots fans on a wild ride last night. Ultimately, quarterback Tom Brady and his teammates delivered a 34-28 ¬†comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. It was historic on so many levels, from the historic seventh appearance in a Super Bowl of a head coach-quarterback combination, to their historic fifth win, to Brady’s fourth MVP trophy to the five Super Bowl rings our New England ‘Lord of the Rings’ can now wear, to the first overtime win in a Super Bowl. Last but far from least, the Patriots victory delivered some sweet justice in the aftermath of the NFL commissioner whom -in connection to allegations without evidence- wrongfully punished our…

Coast to Coast New England Patriots Family Unity

Posted on February 3, 2017

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   From coast to coast my family is united with New England Patriots spirit! Like the country in which we live, our family spans from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans. Also like the country in which we live our roots are in New England.   A number of relatives now call other regions of the country home and have affiliations to different teams. Nonetheless, ever the idealist I wondered – even if that were the case – could we come together behind the National Football League Pats as they head to Super Bowl 51?   A tall order I suppose, one easier for me residing in Connecticut, Patriots territory. As it turns out, I learned New England and family loyalty…

Connecticut Republican Linda McMahon Tapped to Head Small Business Administration – Remember When She Stopped by the Peach Festival?

Posted on January 25, 2017

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Connecticut Republican Linda McMahon has been tapped to head the Small Business Administration by President Donald Trump. In a show of bi-partisan support, she was introduced at her confirmation hearing on Capital Hill January 24 by two former political opponents, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, both Connecticut Democrats.   “I think she would be an excellent fit for this agency, “Blumenthal said at the hearing, “She knows, as I do, that small businesses are the backbone of the economy.” Blumenthal went on to say that McMahon has utilized her expertise to help veterans and women realize their dreams.   Various news organizations featured a side-by-side photo of McMahon, Blumenthal and Murphy at the confirmation hearing.…

New England Patriots Make Magic – Magician in the House, Yes Really

Posted on January 22, 2017

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   (Magic: Use of special powers to make things happen that would usually be impossible; a special, exciting quality that makes something or someone different and better than others – Cambridge English Dictionary)   Fans will be hoping for a little more magic when Hall of Fame-bound New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Head Coach Bill Belichick and an array of talented receivers enter Gillette Stadium tonight in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Fans will be hoping Brady’s and Belichick’s seemingly special powers beat the Steelers in the AFC title game and once again bring the Pats to the Super Bowl. For more than a decade Brady and Belichick have provided New England Patriots fans with magical¬†memories, including multiple Super Bowl championships setting…

Inheriting the Dream – Simsbury Honors Martin Luther King Day

Posted on January 17, 2017

      Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Inside the Simsbury, Connecticut church where a young Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice stood out, town leaders spoke of pride in their place in American history. People filled the pews flowing upstairs into the balconies at the First Church of Christ Monday, January 16, for the 7th Annual MLK Day in Simsbury Celebration.   “A great man once graced Simsbury with his presence,” said First Selectman Lisa Heavner.   First Church of Christ Pastor the Rev. George Harris recounted a story, by now well-known, about Martin Luther King Jr. working on a Simsbury tobacco farm in the summers of 1944 and 1947 to earn money to attend Morehead College. While attending a Sunday…