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Save your appetite for the return of the Third Thursday Street Fest

Besides live music and other entertainment, the Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest includes tables set up by local businesses, some offering samples of their goods and services. In prior years, for example, massage therapist Diane Marion has offered chair massages - a nice break for visitors after making a tour of everything going on on Main Street. Photo copyright 2011 by Brenda Sullivan.

Have you missed the Third Thursday Street Fest? Well, the new 2012 season begins this week on Thursday, May 17. Admission is free and all are welcome. Forecasts are for sunny skies and comfortable temps.

Downtown Main Street will be closed to traffic from 5 to 9 p.m., and the streets will be taken over by bands and other entertainers, food vendors of all kinds – from burgers to falafel – and tables with representatives of civic groups and other local organizations, as well as a variety of craftspeople and artists.

Good food tastes even better listening to the music by performers on the many stages at the festival, beginning at 6 p.m. until about 8 p.m.

Every year the Street Fest grows – drawing thousands of visitors from the area.

For details about each month’s music, food and other events, visit the web site at http://willimanticstreetfest.com (there you can also find an application to showcase your goods, services or band at a future Street Fest).

Third Thursday is also an opportunity to visit some of the restaurants, businesses, coffee shops and art galleries that make Downtown Willimantic special.

“Way uptown” is the home of Main Street Café and Brew Pub. That’s the one with all the awards, like the 2011 Best Brew in Connecticut, and 2010 6th Best Brew Pub in the World.

Then there is Cafémantic, in the beautifully renovated, colorful “Victorian” building with a large selection of fresh-made gourmet sandwiches and treats, as well as delicious coffees and teas.

Also on Main Street is the newly opened Fred’s Blues and BBQ and the City Side Deli.

The rock-climbing tower at the Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest. Photo copyright 2011 by Brenda Sullivan.

Turn onto Church Street and find The Harp on Church, an Irish spot with tasty sandwiches and drink.

Go “way downtown” and you’ll find Tony’s Pizza, or buy their pizza by the slice at the Third Thursday Street Fest.

Also at the festival:

Domino’s Pizza with pizza and breadsticks; First Congregational Church with fried dough with various toppings; Hosmer Mountain Soda with its famous ice cream floats; Windham Bigg Play will have pulled pork and coleslaw; Wings Express selling Indian food like chicken tika masala, matter paneer and samosas; Ternullo Ministries offering French fries and onion rings; Chappy’s II has custom sausage and smoked products; Keiffer’s Kettle Korn also has Italian ice; Iglesia Corozon will have beef empanadas, rice with pigeon peas and roasted pulled pork; Raw Youniverse will make you an organic smoothie; and for your sweet tooth, cotton candy from St. Mary’s Church.

There truly is something for everyone at the Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest – bring your friends and family.

Editor’s note:Please, if bringing your (friendly) family dog, keep him/her on a leash, plan to clean up after any accidents and bring some water because you, your children and your four-footed friend are likely to get thirsty. And if you have a good time at the festival, why not stop by the main information booth and buy a button to help support future fests. Each festival costs about $16,000 to produce. About $10,000 is covered through in-kind services and volunteer labor, leaving about $6,000 – which includes about $4,500 to pay performers, $1,000 for advertising and about $500 for insurance, Port-a-Potties, postage and other fest expenses.

Posted May 15, 2012, based on a press release from the Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest organizers

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Reminder, upcoming Willington public hearing on energy audit

May 11, 2012 Local News No Comments

The Willington Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education and the Energy Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 in the Community Room at the Willington Public Library at 7 Ruby Road.

At this time, the committee will give a presentation of a detailed Energy Audit/Report for town-owned buildings at a potential cost of over $10,000.

Posted May 11, 2012

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Help make Willington even more beautiful on Saturday

May 11, 2012 Local News No Comments

In 2011, clean-up crews collected 1,580 lbs of trash. Our goal in 2012 is to collect 1,700 lbs. Please help keep Willington beautiful!

The second Annual Willington Clean Up Day is this Saturday, May 12, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

After helping to clean up debris, join your friends and neighbors for free pizza and beverages from noon to 1 p.m.

In 2011, clean-up crews collected 1,580 lbs of trash. Our goal in 2012 is to collect 1,700 lbs. Please help keep Willington beautiful!

We are asking residents to “adopt” a street (or a portion of a street) for clean up and/or beautification.

You can register at the Transfer Station on the day of the event.

On Clean Up Day, collect roadside debris and bring it to the Transfer Station for weighing.  You will be given a ticket for free pizza and a beverage in celebration of your accomplishment and demonstration of good citizenship!

This community event is ponsored by Willington Youth, Family & Social Services and the Willington Parks and Recreation Department…. but made successful by YOU!

Posted May 11, 2012

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Five CT small businesses get boost from state program

Stafford Motor Speedway has been a destination for auto racing enthusiasts from across southern New England since 1970. Today, about 110 weekly automobile races, plus “monster truck” events and auto and motorcycle swap meets are hosted at the track in Stafford Springs.

Five Connecticut small businesses located in Stafford Springs, Manchester, Middlebury, North Haven, Rocky Hill have qualified for assistance through the state’s Small Business Express Program (EXP).

The program was created as a part of the bipartisan Jobs Bill passed during last year’s jobs special session to encourage business expansion and job growth.

In total, EXP will provide $100 million to help the state’s small businesses hire more employees and fund capital investments.

The program offers loans and matching grants to Connecticut companies with fewer than 50 employees at the time of application. It is administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

“The Small Business Express Program helps businesses that perform valuable services in their local communities, as well as companies that bring new products to national and international markets,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a press release announcing the grants.

“Whether it’s a mom-and-pop (business) on Main Street or a small tech company with big ideas, small businesses will lead the way to our economic recovery,” Gov. Malloy said.

The businesses qualifying for the grants are:

  • Stafford Motor Speedway, which will combine its own $78,000 and a matching grant for the same amount to make capital improvements, including repair of a deteriorating racetrack surface. The company has been a destination for auto racing enthusiasts from across southern New England since 1970. Today, about 110 weekly automobile races, plus “monster truck” events and auto and motorcycle swap meets are hosted at the track in Stafford Springs. The project will retain four jobs.
  • Onyx Spirits Company of Manchester plans to invest $165,235, plus a $100,000 matching grant, in hiring and training employees, increasing production capacity and expanding distribution throughout New England. Connecticut’s first legal “moonshine” distiller, Onyx has exceeded sales targets for statewide distribution since selling its first case of ultra premium American moonshine in October 2011.
  • Enermore, LLC in Rocky Hill is receiving a $150,000 loan and a $100,000 matching grant. The funds will be invested with $1,450,000 of company money to develop a new line of consumer natural skin care products and market them domestically and internationally. Enermore is creating three new jobs.
  • North Haven Ceramic Tile & Floor Covering qualified for a revolving loan in the amount of $100,000, which will help the company purchase additional inventory and hire subcontractors to meet increasing demand for its services. The company will retain ten positions.
  • Weise Choice Tree Services, a licensed tree care company in Middlebury, is receiving a revolving loan of $26,000, a matching grant of $26,260, and investing company funds of $26,260 in the latest mobile access software for crews in the field, computers and other machinery and equipment. The company will add one position.

For more information on EXP or to apply for the program, visit the Small Business Express Program web page at http://www.ct.gov/ecd/cwp/view.asp?a=3931&q=489792 or contact Michelle Lugo at DECD at 860-270-8052 or Michelle.Lugo@ct.gov

Posted May 10, 2012 based on a press release from Gov. Malloy’s office

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You are invited – Worldfest 2012 at UConn

The 42nd annual free Worldfest will be held 1 to 4 p.m. in Storrs-Mansfield on Saturday, March 24, 2012. This is an educational experience for all ages. Admission is free of charge. (A fee will be charged for food and beverages.)

The 42nd annual free Worldfest will be held 1 to 4 p.m. in Storrs-Mansfield on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Everyone is invited.

The Office of Global Programs – The International Center, and The International Students Organization are sponsoring this event, which will be held at the University of Connecticut Student Union in the ballroom (third floor)

The hallmark feature of the annual Worldfest has been the exhilarating performances of the various international student groups.

Some of this year’s performers include: the UConn Irish, The Saudi Student Club, Bangladeshi Student Association, Nepali Student Association, Ukraine Dance, UConn Capoeira, Tarang, UConn Taiko, UConn B.A.I.L.E, and the Polish Cultural Society, just to name a few.

Also, be prepared to treat your taste buds with exotic cuisines in “Appetizers from around the World” while you chat with UConn students from around the world.

Have a postcard taken of yourself and friends at the “Postcards from around the World” booth, sponsored by the Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG).

Please join us to celebrate UConn’s rich cultural diversity and show your support for our growing international community.

This is an educational experience for all ages. Admission is free of charge. (A fee will be charged for food and beverages.)

Questions? Please call 869-486-3855.

Posted March 6, 2012

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Coming up, Easter Egg Hunt at Horse Listeners Orchard

The Horse Listener’s Orchard in Ashford, CT invites you to an Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to noon (or until the eggs are gone) on Saturday, March 31.

The Horse Listener’s Orchard in Ashford, CT invites you to an Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to noon (or until the eggs are gone) on Saturday, March 31.

The inclement weather date is Saturday, April 7, same hours. Call the orchard, if in doubt (860-429-5336).

Bring the whole family for a fun morning out. There will be Easter cookie decorating, outdoor games and more.

Pack a snack for the little ones or a picnic lunch for the whole family.

Please pre-register by e-mail with the number of children you will be bringing and their ages, so we can plan, at Horselistenersorchard@gmail.com

The egg hunt is intended for children age 8 and younger to keep the little ones safe. Younger children (age 4 and younger) will have a separate egg hunt area.

Horse Listeners Orchard is located at 317 Bebbington Road in Ashford, CT 06278. It’s only 1.5 miles from the junctions of Routes 44 and 89 in Ashford. Follow the signs at this intersection and turn onto Slade Road, which ends at Bebbington Road.

Posted March 6, 2012

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Say adieu to UConn Memorial Stadium – to make way for basketball facility

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has approved $800,000 for the demolition of Memorial Stadium and related work. The site, adjacent to Gampel Pavilion, will be cleared to build a new basketball development center for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The stadium was built in 1953 and was home to UConn football games until the program moved to Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Photo source: Wikicommons - public domain photo

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has approved $800,000 for the demolition of Memorial Stadium and related work.

The site, adjacent to Gampel Pavilion, will be cleared to build a new basketball development center for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Memorial Stadium was where the UConn football team played its home games before it moved to Rentschler Field in East Hartford in 2003.

The stadium has been rarely used outside of joggers using its steps for a workout, but the field has been used for athletics and intramural programs.

Demolition work is expected to begin in early spring.

Trustee Francis Archambault Jr. said the new basketball facility has been “in the works” for more than a year and has long been a need for the men’s and women’s basketball programs.

“Both Hall of Fame coaches (women’s basketball Head Coach Geno Auriemma and men’s basketball Head Coach Jim Calhoun) have been frustrated with the inability to practice as much as they would like,” said Archambault.

University officials plan to construct a 70,000-square-foot facility.

The project will be paid for solely through donations, of which the university has gotten approximately $17 million so far. It is expected to cost approximately $40 million.

It will have practice gyms, locker rooms, coaches’ offices and areas for academic support and training.

The building will be set up similar to the $48 million Burton Family Football Complex. That facility opened in the summer of 2006.

The goal is to finish construction of the basketball facility by late 2013 or early 2014.

Archambault said the new basketball facility would help the university “stay competitive” when recruiting student athletes.

The basketball facility is one of many athletic department projects planned for the campus. UConn also plans to improve facilities for softball, baseball and soccer.

Reportedly, $1 million has been raised for the baseball project and $4.5 million has been raised for the soccer project.

The goal is to finish all of the athletic department projects by 2014.

Although the basketball facility project is important, Archambault said there are other “more pressing needs” on campus, such as the need for a new recreational facility.

Archambault said another top priority is addressing the need for academic space, which is being addressed through the construction of two new classroom buildings.

One of these opened in the fall and the other is expected to be finished this summer.

The buildings are or will be used by departments in the Arjona and Monteith academic buildings.

Posted March 4, 2012 as edited and added to by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related link: “Memories of Memorial Stadium,” UConnHuskies.com http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/110602aaa.html

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Actor Billie Jean Young to perform at ECSU

February 28, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments

Young’s captivating, award-winning one-woman show recaptures the breadth and majesty of Hamer’s brave journey from a downtrodden field worker to a victorious champion of civil and human rights

Actor and poet Billie Jean Young will present at Eastern’s University Hour Series from 3 to 4 p. m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29 in the Student Center Theater.

Young’s presentation will include a performance of the one-woman show, “Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light.”

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Young’s captivating, award-winning one-woman show recaptures the breadth and majesty of Hamer’s brave journey from a downtrodden field worker to a victorious champion of civil and human rights.

In 2004, to coincide with the Democratic National Convention, Young performed her re-enactment of the speech Hamer presented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

Young is a resident of Perry County, AL, where she serves as an artist-in-residence at Judson College in Marion.

Posted Feb. 28, 2012

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