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I’ve Written A Children’s Book & It’s Published !

Posted on May 20, 2021

  By Jacqueline Bennett   ‘I’ve written a children’s book and I published it on Amazon, “The Dog No One Wanted – From Ordinary to Extraordinary”. Many, many thanks to my niece Debbie Landeck who handled the publishing and her son Nathan ( my great nephew) who helped.   I am absolutely thrilled to say my 15-year-old great, great niece, Sofia Landeck, did the illustrations. She is a talented young artist and did a beautiful job. Her dream is to work for Disney Studios in California,   “The Dog No One Wanted” is the true story of Officer Steven Vesco, now retired from the Windsor, Connecticut Police Department and his K-9 partner Jag. Through their devotion to each other and protecting the community…

Why Kids Are Stressed Out

Posted on February 19, 2021

By Jacqueline Bennett   I can’t imagine why kids are stressed out?   First the powers-that-be decided after the summer break school should start in August rather than the first Monday after Labor Day which had been the long-standing routine . A tradition which allowed families to make plans through Labor Day Weekend which feels like the end of summer.   Then unpredictable shootings began happening in schools which has left young people uncertain what they might face when they leave home in the morning. And it has left all of fearful of knowing the children we love are headed off to school.   Next parents began insisting on more homework, Then recesses were cut back or eliminated which has contributed to childhood…

Connecticut Victory on Ice Conjures Up UConn Hockey Memory

Posted on January 23, 2021

Congrats UConn Hockey !! — newsandviewsjb (@newsandviewsjb) January 23, 2021   By Jacqueline Bennett   As a proud University of Connecticut alum I’m always thrilled when our Husky sport’s teams do well. Yesterday our Men’s Hockey Team beat number one in the country, Boston College, in a shoot out winning what had been a tied game, 3-3. Yea !    Images from the victory conjured up a great UConn hockey memory for me. When I was attending UConn I also worked at Kathy- John’s, an ice cream and sandwich shop just off campus. One of my co-workers – Mike – played intramural hockey at the UConn rink. At that tine, there were so many intramural teams that they played into the early morning…

Journalism Strong

Posted on January 21, 2021

By Jacqueline Bennett   A free press is at the heart of our democracy. No one goes into journalism expecting to win popularity contests or be cuddled by those whom we cover. Nonetheless, it has been tough to witness the treatment of fellow journalists over the past four years, especially the White House Press Corps as they endured lies being told about their work, being called names and even tossed out for doing their job – asking hard questions.   Through it all, they remained true to the guiding principles of the field – truth and accuracy. They did not back down. They kept asking their questions and reporting the facts. What people might not realize is how powerfully most reporters believe in…

Nantucket Blue Bouquet

Posted on January 6, 2021

Story & Photo By Jacqueline Bennett   You had me at ‘Nantucket’.   My affection for Cape Cod and the Islands – Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket runs deep. So this lovely New Year’s gift of a Nantucket Blue Bouquet was quite wonderful.   Truth be told I had never before heard of a Nantucket Blue Bouquet but Nantucket Blue Hydrangeas are very popular. The bouquets come in various designs some are solid blue typically created with blue hydrangeas and blueberry chinoiseue, others are hydrangeas mixed with soft peach and white roses. Mine is a mix of the bright blue Nantucket hydrangeas, with oriental lilies, small white daisies, baby breath and greenery.    It is absolutely gorgeous having found a home in the center…

New Year’s Day Brunch – Perfectly Social

Posted on December 31, 2020

By Jacqueline Bennett   I’ve often thought New Year’s Day Brunch is the perfect social event. None of the pressure of New Year’s Eve – no pressure to drink, no pressure to bring a date, you can dress -up in your new Christmas digs or dress -down in those tried and true jean..   And, it’s New Year’s Day so it’s all about fresh starts and new beginnings. A refreshing way to spend a late morning, early afternoon.   About the only booze one can expect is a Bloody Mary or Champagne Mimosa, should you choose to take an honorary New Yea’s Day sip. Nonetheless,  completely optional.       This is a ideal day to do family pot luck , eventually, members…

Pointsettia Says Christmas

Posted on December 15, 2020

    Photo & Article by Jacqueline Bennett   Little says Christmas more than a pointsettia plant. With festivally scarlet-colored blossoms that welcome, a pointsetia lights up a spot.   Native to Mexico, the plant’s name is derived from John Poinsett who was the first ambassador from the USA to Mexico in the 19th Century. Pointsett had botantical plantations at his home in South Carolina and sent some of these cherry, red plants back to the states which is how they were introduced in America.   They are thought to bring good luck to both the giver and receiver ” if handled with affection.” Keep your poinsettia in a warm room and mist it daily, experts suggest. With proper care,  pointsettias can live…

Christmas Tree Sales Up Amid Pandemic

Posted on December 2, 2020

Story & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett   From the United Kingdom to Wisconsin, USA to local tree lots Christmas Tree sales are reportedly soaring as people seek to raise their spirits amid the COVID -19 pandemic.   “Demand spikes for real Christmas Trees,” reads one headline, with an estimated increase of 25 percent more customers buying trees this season than last season.   Ironically, it was only a few weeks ago that tree growers were worried about about a slow year. Turns out quite the opposite is true.   This first weekend in December is traditionally the busiest time for tree shoppers to visit lots or tree farms, such as the ever popular Dzen’s Christmas Tree Farm in South Windsor, Connecticut. Governors, TV…

84th Manchester Thanksgiving Road Race Goes Virtual

Posted on November 24, 2020

The 2020 Manchester Road Race has gone virtual so there will not be any shoulder to shoulder runners as in years before.

Write-up and photo by Jacqueline Bennett

This year there won’t be any large crowds running instead runners must register with a new app and then can run the 4.748 miles at any location of their choice, even at home . Virtual registration began October 1 and continues to Nov. 24 at 9 pm. The registration fee is $20 – registration is unlimited, according to the MRR website. Runners must complete the distance between 8 a.m. EST Thursday November 19 and 9 p.m. EST Wednesday Nov 28.


Elite runners, many from out of state, or global contenders have not be invited this year due to concern about the pandemic. Where ever runners are completing in the race, officials ask that they please practice social distancing.


Although most events connected with the race have been cancelled, the Ray Crothers MMR Blood Drive will still be held at Manchester High School Friday November 27th from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Leaving Just Rt. 6 Shop, Shady Glen Closes Parkade Store

Posted on October 21, 2020

For those of us who grew up with Shady Glen as a part of our lives, news that the Manchester Parkade shop closed October 17 was indeed sad. I was so young when I began going to Shay Glen – the Rt 6 shop which remans open – that my father used to carry me in with him. The ice cream counter was always three rows deep with customers and Dad always took the time to let me admire the ice cream mural on the wall. We would bring cones out to the family waiting in the car. Their menu also includes signature items like fried cheese , cheesefurters, secret recipe cole slaw. Some years later the Parkade shop opened and was aptly described…