Dec 27, 2013
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The Connecticut Story

2013 in Connecticut (Magazine): Best Dining, Arts, Politics, Issues, Fashion & More

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August: As the year titled toward November and the municipal elections, we focused on lens on classical mode corruption in Connecticut.

September: Our annual Best of Connecticut, with resources ranging from dining to shopping and so much more, scored the September cover.

Inside the magazine was a story that got just as much attention—a feature on Connecticut’s animal welfare groups that passionately protect pets. It opens like this.

In his seminal 1923 work The Philosophy of Civil­iza­tion, Albert Schweit­zer wrote, “We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.” Roughly 80 years later, comedian Ricky Gervais said, “Dear intel­ligent people of the world, don’t get shampoo in your eyes. It really stings. There. Done. Now f--king stop torturing animals.” As time goes on, we, as “in­telligent” peo­ple, still aban­­­don our cats and dogs to the streets in harrowing num­bers, hunt wild animals for sport and slaughter them in­­­hu­manely for food. Fortunately, there are many animal rights and animal welfare organizations in Connecticut work­ing to secure our animals’ well-being.

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October: We got the jump on the new season for UConn men’s basketball with a cover story on Coach Kevin Ollie, notably illustrated by terrific portraits taken by New Haven Register veteran photographer Peter Hvizdak.

Another story from the issue that drew some buzz was our piece on who controls the media in Connecticut.

November: Our Rating the Towns feature and package of stories was crushed with traffic the moment it went online. We built a hierarchy in a new way this year, choosing median home prices as the yardstick for grouping communities.

Tucked inside the magazine was a feature that can give you shivers. Here’s the opening:

The 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also known as the “Night of Broken Glass,” which served as a violent prelude to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, will be observed Nov. 9, but for Oscar Berendsohn its horror has not faded with time.

“It was the most horrible night of my life. You cannot imagine the terror,” says the 89-year-old Newtown resident, who was a teenager in Hamburg, at the time. “There was no judge and no policeman who would help you.”

Yet Berendsohn, who is of Jewish descent on his father’s side, would escape the clutches of the Third Reich and live a life that seems dreamed up by a Hollywood screenwriter. He arrived in the U.S. during World War II on a banana boat and later would work on national security projects so sensitive that they would be classified for more than 40 years.

Living in Connecticut with his wife and children was a world apart from the hatred and racism he escaped after Kristallnacht.

Read the full story.

December: The return of Powder Ridge and skiing in Connecticut grabbed attention on our December cover; if only the weather had been more wintry and less fickle.

The “slopes” that really grabbed attention in the December magazine were the ones on a real-life castle in Woodstock in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner. It hardly looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale in photos—and there’s quite a story behind it.

2013 in Connecticut (Magazine): Best Dining, Arts, Politics, Issues, Fashion & More

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