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Emmy Winner in the Family – Producer David Doyle Honored

Posted on June 24, 2014

Article by Jacqueline Bennett Producer David Doyle and a team of talented collaborators were honored on June 20 with two Emmys for Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin. The awards for Outstanding Travel Program and Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary/ Travel Program were presented at the 41st Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles, California. Doyle, my niece Jillian’s husband, served as an executive producer for the program. “We are so deeply into what we do, like most people who care about their work we don’t take time to pat ourselves on the back,” Doyle said by phone June 23 from California, “This is an important thing. In our industry, this is a milestone.…

Courageous Paralympian Wows “Dancing With The Stars” Audience

Posted on March 19, 2014

Commentary by:Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Stories about triumph of the human spirit never cease to amaze me. A performance by double amputee Amy Purdy on Monday night’s 2014 season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” wowed the audience, and was courageous. Without prior knowledge that Purdy was dancing on two prosthetic legs, one would not have had a clue from the way she moved and swayed with dancing pro partner Derek Hough during a routine that earned the team a standing ovation and is sure to inspire others with disabilities. Purdy’s willingness to put herself front and center and dance on television in front of millions of viewers was an astounding act of personal strength. It comes on the heels of her winning a bronze…

UConn Nearly Pulls Off Stunner Against Nationally Ranked Michigan

Posted on September 22, 2013

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Two thousand more seats had to be set up at East Hartford’s Rentschler Field last night, where the University of Connecticut nearly pulled off a stunner against the nationally ranked Michigan Wolverines. Husky fans arrived early, made it clear whose house the teams were playing in and stayed to the end. Yankees MLB standout Derek Jeter, who grew up in Michigan, was in attendance and former UConn basketball and NBA star Ray Allen came out to support his Alma mater – he stood on the sidelines with the UConn bench. Yes, it was big game. Blue & white fans did hold our collective breath but not for the anticipated reason (see previous post) that our guys might get creamed, rather in…

Connecticut Man Seeks Swimming Triple Crown 28 Years After Conquering English Channel

Posted on July 16, 2013

Twenty-eight years after swimming the English Channel at age 22, and twenty-four years after circumnavigating the water around Manhattan Island, Marty McMahon, a former president of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce in Connecticut, has his heart set on achieving the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by swimming the Catalina Channel in Southern California on July 17. And, heart is truly what this swim is all about for McMahon. McMahon, who currently heads the WCC’s tourism committee, is taking on the athletic challenge to raise money and awareness for Autism Services and Resources Ct ASRC (; McMahon’s son Denis has Asperger  syndrome, which is part of the autism spectrum. According to Open Water Source, the marathon swims in the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming…

Windsor Connecticut Police K-9 Team Wins First Place in Team Division at USPCA Competition

Posted on June 29, 2012

by: Jacqueline Bennett Officer Steve Vesco and his K-9 partner, Iko, brought a 1st place trophy and medallion home to the Windsor, Connecticut police department.  The K-9 team won the award at the 2012 United States Police Canine Association Region #4 K9 Field Trials. “He did well,” Vesco said of Iko during a June 27 interview at the Public Safety Complex in Windsor. Iko is a 4-year-old solid black, male, German Shephard. The USPCA event was held June 23-24 in Middleton, Massachusetts. With temperatures in the 90s on day one, some of the canines could not handle the heat and four teams dropped out, leaving a field of 26 competing teams. Day two weather conditions were also tough, morning rain gave way to…