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

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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‘Welcome to New York’ Film a Big Break for Connecticut Actress

‘Welcome to New York’ Film a Big Break for Connecticut Actress

Shown at the Cannes Film Festival, “Welcome to New York” has special meaning for Connecticut actress Anna Lakomy, who plays Gerard Depardieu's assistant.

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Great Places to work 2014

Love your job?
We're taking nominations for our upcoming "Great Places to Work" in Connecticut, so tell us why yours is the best. (Minimum 50 employees)

Click here to email your nomination!

 

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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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Fluid Watercolor or Acrylics - You Pick the Medium! - Robert Noreika

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Jan 23, 2013 to Mar 27, 2013
9:00 am until 12:00 am

This event occurs weekly on Wednesday.

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Fluid Watercolor or Acrylics - You Pick the Medium! - Robert Noreika

Robert Noreika is returning this winter with instruction in his signature “fluid” painting method. Students are invited to work in either watercolor or acrylic, and will experience Robert’s relaxed teaching approach, which has been enjoyed by many students and professional artists through the years. Robert has an incredible ability to spontaneously see the big picture and transfer it onto paper by assessing different values and colors to create a painting, not an illustration. Students will learn to take the essence of the subject and transform it into a pleasing painting, while achieving strong, cohesive value patterns with interesting shapes. Using simple palette combinations along the journey, the group will work creatively from photo references and still life setups. Students of all levels, including beginners, will enjoy working with Robert in a structured and accommodating, yet humorous and fun atmosphere.

To register for this class, please contact Bob directly at robertnoreikaart@aol.com or (860) 563-2787.

Instructor Bio: Robert Noreika is a prominent painter whose work hangs in both corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Robert’s passion for art is matched by a natural talent to paint a wide variety of subjects, highlighted by expressive coastal scenes, intimate woodland pictorials and seasonal treks through the countryside. He has illustrated magazine editorials and seven books; the latest, Marsh Morning is now available in book stores. Robert is an Elected Artist member of the Lyme Art Association, Signature Member of the National Casein and Acrylic Society, a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, as well as a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society and the Salmagundi Club in New York. Robert’s work is represented in numerous galleries and he is a popular instructor and lecturer throughout New England. He has received numerous regional and national awards, and his work is part of the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art. The LAA extends its congratulations to Robert for recently winning two major awards: The Alden and Mary Bryan award in the New England Watercolor Society’s 2012 national exhibition, and the Robert Sanstrom Prize and Gold Medal in the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic’s 2012 national exhibition.

Cost $375 for 10 weeks
Location

Lyme Art Association
90 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT
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