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There’s Something About October- Windsor Chili Challenge-Pumpkintown Village-UConn Homecoming & More

Posted on September 29, 2015

Write-Up & Photos By: Jacqueline Bennett There is something about October. It brings autumn’s colorful foliage and cooling air on dry, sunny days that make a heart feel light. It’s a time to savor every tinge of deep auburn, burnt orange and brilliant yellow of the turning leaves and even the muted tones that follow. Drinking in the beauty of this time of year is concurrently peaceful and exhilarating.   October brings a cornucopia of activities. On Saturday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. the town green in Connecticut’s oldest town, Windsor, once again be the site of the Annual Chili Challenge – rain date is Oct. 4. In its 20th year, the Chili Challenge is a fun event where participants…

Busy Day On Tap for Connecticut Govenor Dannel Malloy – Parade, Inauguration & Ball

Posted on January 6, 2015

Write-up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett   Tomorrow will be a busy day for Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. Re-elected for a second term, Malloy, a Democrat, is scheduled to be sworn into office for a second time Wednesday, January 7, 1:30 p.m. at the William O’Neill State Armory, 360 Broad Street, in Hartford -doors open at 11:30 a.m.   Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman is slated to be sworn in during a separate ceremony earlier in the day.   “It is an honor and a priviledge to serve the people of the state of Connecticut and Nancy and I look forward to sharing this day with as many residents as we can,” Malloy was quoted as saying in a press release posted on the governor’s website.   Other constitutional…

Malloy Claims Victory in Governor’s Race – Connecticut True Blue While Other States See Red?

Posted on November 5, 2014

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   While other states are now seeing red in the governor’s office, it appears Connecticut has stayed true blue – red being the color traditionally symbolic of Republican conservatives and blue representing liberal Democrats. Incumbent Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, a Stamford Democrat, began claiming victory over GOP challenger, Greenwich Republican Tom Foley, in the early morning hours following the November 4 election. At 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, with 90 percent of precinct results in, Malloy was reported to be ahead by 3 percentage points. In a race projected to be extremely tight – neck and neck – just after midnight it was Foley in the lead by a small margin. However, as more vote tallies rolled in Malloy appeared…

Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial To Break Ground on April 17

Posted on March 26, 2014

Write-up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Groundbreaking for the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial will be held April 17, 2014. Scheduled for 2 p.m. the groundbreaking will take place at Veterans Memorial Park, Walnut Grove Road, in Middletown, Connecticut which was selected as the memorial site in June of 2012. Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew worked with the CTHM committee to select a date for the groundbreaking – a long awaited moment in the continuing journey to build a unique, living trees memorial to honor the American military men and women who died in service to the nation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – in particular the 65 fallen from Connecticut, as well as all veterans. “This memorial will be a tribute…

A Grand 2014 St. Patrick’s Parade for Greater Hartford, Connecticut

Posted on March 16, 2014

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb   It was another grand St. Patrick’s Parade that drew an estimated 60,000 spectators to downtown Hartford, Connecticut Saturday, March 15 to watch five thousand marchers.   This year’s Grand Marshal was Beverly Concannon, a longtime volunteer for the Irish American Home Society.     Early morning clouds gave way to sunshine by the 11:00 a.m. onset of the parade.   Irish folk music filled the air, as well as, the sounds of “Danny Boy” performed by various high school marching bands.   As is tradition the Hartford Police Department led off the parade followed by the Hartford Fire Department Emerald Society.   Of course, there were bagpipers in kilts and a sea of green revelers who…

Luck of the Irish Shines on Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013 – Newtown Victims Honored

Posted on March 10, 2013

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett The Luck of the Irish clearly shone on the 2013 Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade held Saturday March 9, under sunny skies with temperatures approaching 50 degrees. Just a day before 20 inches of snow fell on the area. Nonetheless, the capital city’s streets and sidewalks were cleared to the bone to accommodate the tens of thousands of spectators who turned out for one of its most popular events. Naturally, green was the color of the day! Green and white ribbons were also worn by some 300 parade units in honor of the 20 first graders and six educators killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown three months ago. Sandy Hook first responders took part and…

Snowbound in Connecticut

Posted on February 9, 2013

(Writer’s note-Awoke to 29 inches of snow outside at 5:45 a.m. and snow still falling. The snow is too high to open my doors so for now I’m snowbound in Connecticut.) Early this morning Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered all roads closed as the state continues to be pounded by a blizzard that is immobilizing parts of New England. “The only vehicles that should be on any road right now are emergency response and recovery vehicles with capacity to maneuver in heavy snow,” Malloy twitted, “This is a record breaking storm. It’s going to take time to dig out of the snow.” Thus far, about 36,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers are reportedly without power. In anticipation of what has been dubbed Blizzard Charlotte…