Best of connecticut 2014

Welcome to the 17th edition of Best of Connecticut, our annual compilation of all of what we think makes our state such a special place. This year we’ve narrowed our focus over years past, trying to concentrate more on categories that merit a debate while expanding our coverage over the entire state.

As always, we invite you to share your thoughts and tell us about places we may have missed. Best of Connecticut is a project we research and  work on year-round. Send suggestions for next year's winners, and even new categories, to Content Manager Ray Bendici or Verticals Editor Doug Clement.

Like you, we're interested in exploring where we live and finding the best it has to offer. Enjoy!

Food & Drink: From beer and burgers to cake and cannolis, and everything in between.

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Connecticut Today

Connecticut Man Faces ‘Swatting’ Charges; Fake Crises but 911 Responses

Connecticut Man Faces ‘Swatting’ Charges; Fake Crises but 911 Responses

They met online and allegedly called in multiple threats in Connecticut and elsewhere. They used Skype and they thought their calls were untraceable.

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UConn Professor Criticized for Criticizing Tom Foley, GOP Candidate for Governor

UConn Professor Criticized for Criticizing Tom Foley, GOP Candidate for Governor

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney doesn’t like what a University of Connecticut economics professor said about Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley and he has charged that the professor “likely” violated both state and university employee policies against promoting a political agenda.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Zinc in New Haven at 15: Delicious Food, Great Pizza, Two Cozy Spaces

Zinc in New Haven at 15: Delicious Food, Great Pizza, Two Cozy Spaces

Zinc and Kitchen Zinc, New Haven restaurants owned and operated by culinary team Donna Curran and Denise Appel, are celebrating 15 years in business.

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Hana Tokyo Brings High-End Hibachi to Fairfield

Hana Tokyo Brings High-End Hibachi to Fairfield

When it’s done right hibachi is fun, silly and ultimately sizzlingly delicious, and Hana Tokyo, which recently opened, certainly does hibachi right.

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Connecticut Politics

by Jennifer Swift
Report on UConn's Economic Impact Becomes Governor's Race Political Football

Report on UConn's Economic Impact Becomes Governor's Race Political Football

A report released Wednesday on the University of Connecticut found it has a $3.4 billion annual economic impact on the state, with a future return that is expected to be brighter.

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Foley Ad Showing Malloy in Newtown on Day of Shooting Sparks Controversy

Foley Ad Showing Malloy in Newtown on Day of Shooting Sparks Controversy

The Connecticut Democratic Party called a digital ad criticizing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy put out by his gubernatorial opponent “out of bounds” and asked that it be taken down.

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Arts & Entertainment

Connecticut Guy Flat Stanley (Friends With Meryl Streep, Obama) Is 50

Connecticut Guy Flat Stanley (Friends With Meryl Streep, Obama) Is 50

Flat Stanley, the diminutive and unlikely world-traveling hero, has gone to the Oscars with Meryl Streep and has hung out with President Barack Obama, just to name two of his famous associations.

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James Taylor to Play Mohegan Sun Dec. 4; Tickets on Sale Sept. 19

James Taylor to Play Mohegan Sun Dec. 4; Tickets on Sale Sept. 19

Singer and songwriter James Taylor will play the Mohegan Sun Arena on December 4. Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 19 on Ticketmaster and at the box office the next day.

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Style & Shopping

Katie Couric, Vogue Paris Like Connecticut Jewelry From Évocateur

Katie Couric, Vogue Paris Like Connecticut Jewelry From Évocateur

"Each piece conjures a story that’s yours to tell … tales of ancient times and memories of favorite places … the magic of new love … the glimmer of dreams just begun.”

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Oriental Rugs as Essential Style: Woodbury Shop Marks 10th Anniversary

Oriental Rugs as Essential Style: Woodbury Shop Marks 10th Anniversary

Karen Reddington-Hughes didn’t start out wanting to be an Oriental rug specialist, but for 10 years she has been very successful at it.

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Health & Wellness

Connecticut's Rate of Breast Cancer is Among the Highest in the Nation

Connecticut's Rate of Breast Cancer is Among the Highest in the Nation

Connecticut is one of the nation’s leaders in per capita rate of breast cancer—why?

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Facials and Fresh Salt Pair in a Girls Night at Saybrook Point Inn

Facials and Fresh Salt Pair in a Girls Night at Saybrook Point Inn

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa will host its monthly Girls Night Sept. 25, complete with spa treatments and a prix fixe menu from the fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt.

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History

Go Inside, Even Fly In, World War II Bombers at Bradley Airport Event

Go Inside, Even Fly In, World War II Bombers at Bradley Airport Event

The amazing history and punishing force of American air power during World War II will come to life in hands-on fashion in Connecticut once again Sept. 22 to 24 at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.

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JFK Assassination and Conspiracy Theories Are Topic at Mark Twain House Event

JFK Assassination and Conspiracy Theories Are Topic at Mark Twain House Event

More than 50 years later, the debate and conspiracy theories as to what happened on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas continue.

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Education

Daughter of Bridgewater Chocolate Founder a Crimson Tide Golf Phenom

Daughter of Bridgewater Chocolate Founder a Crimson Tide Golf Phenom

Mia Landegren, a graduate of Shepaug Valley High School in Washington, Conn., didn’t pout or become down when her freshman season with the University of Alabama women’s golf team began slowly.

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Yale's Tax Exempt New Haven Property Assessed at $2.5 Billion

Yale's Tax Exempt New Haven Property Assessed at $2.5 Billion

ale University, a premier, world-renowned research institution, takes up large portions of downtown, and doesn’t pay taxes on its dorms, classrooms, libraries, research labs or the grassy oases inside the residential quads.

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2013 Convention - National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.

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Oct 3, 2013 to Oct 6, 2013
8:30 am until 5:00 pm

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2013 Convention - National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PARALEGAL ASSOCIATIONS (NFPA®) ANNOUNCES ANNUAL CONVENTION IN HARTFORD

Central Connecticut Paralegal Association, Inc. (CCPA) is proud to be the host of The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. ("NFPA")Annual Convention in Hartford, CT on October 3rd through the 6th at the Marriott Downtown Hotel.

The benefits of attending the NFPA Annual Convention include personal connections with fellow paralegal professionals, networking opportunities with legal vendors, continuing legal education courses, and pure inspiration from fellow Convention attendees.

This year the Convention is offering sixteen education sessions for attendees with a CLE credit value of 1.25 credit hours each. The sessions include the topics of:

 

  • 2010 UCC Article 9 Amendments
  • Evidence & Expert Testimony
  • Federal Estate Tax Planning
  • Legal Issues Surrounding Cloud Computing
  • Internet Research Skills
  • Ethics in E-discovery
  • Medicare Set-Asides and Special Needs Trusts
  • Social Networking
  • Special Purpose Entities
  • Legal Research on the Web
  • Ethics & Privileges Issues
  • Legal Writing and Communication Skills
  • Corporate Transaction Duel Diligence Process
  • Trial Preparation
  • Time Management
  • Title Insurance Claims

 

The 2013 Pro Bono Conference held in conjunction with NFPA's Annual Convention will include presentations by paralegals working on pro bono projects across the country, as well as information on how to start or enhance your association's pro bono efforts.

This year's Convention charity will be Billings Forge which has turned a formerly notorious Hartford neighborhood into a nurturing environment. They host job training, art classes, sewing classes and a community garden, and offer safe apartment living for residents. Billings Forge opened a fantastic farm-to-table gourmet restaurant, the Firebox, which also helps support the neighborhood and employs local residents. Billings Forge offers opportunities to economically challenged families and helps them down the path to self-sufficient, healthy living.

NFPA is a non-profit professional organization representing more than 9,000 paralegals and is headquartered in Edmonds, WA. NFPA's core purpose is the advancement of the paralegal profession. NFPA promotes a global presence for the paralegal profession and leadership in the legal community.

NFPA - The Leader of the Paralegal Profession®

http://www.paralegals.org/

Cost Various - Choose events or come to all!
Location

Hartford Marriott Downtown
200 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorCentral Connecticut Paralegal Association, Inc.
Phone860-251-5122
Contact nameShelly Bender
Contact emailsbender@goodwin.com
Websitehttp://ctparalegals.org

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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