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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Lisa Russ Spaar book launch

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Mar 11, 2013
6:00 am until 8:00 am

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Lisa Russ Spaar book launch

 

~Book Launch~ Lisa Russ Spaar's The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry Prior to WordForge Reading on March 11, starting at 6PM The Studio @ Billings Forge, 563 Broad St., Hartford CT   Drunken Boat invites you to celebrate the launch of Guggenheim fellow and award-winning poet Lisa Russ Spaar's "The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry," featuring her memorable micro-essays on some of America's finest poets and the relevance of poetry in contemporary life. As novelist Ann Beattie has said about the book, "for people who are a bit wary of poetry, this is the perfect antidote: the poems are amazing, and so are Lisa Russ Spaar’s short essays in the "Hide-and-Seek Muse".... anyone who cares about an inner reality that might be somehow communicated – nailed; set free; amplified; questioned -- would embrace the chance to read poems that elucidate so much about the mind and the heart....I loved every minute of reading this book." The book includes poems by the following poets and Lisa's essays on them for the Chronicle of Higher Education's "Arts-and-Academe" blog: 
                                                                       
Kazim Ali ~ Debra Allbery ~Talvikki Ansel ~ Jennifer Atkinson ~ David Baker ~ Jill Bialosky ~ Suzanne Buffam ~ Jennifer Chang ~ Ye Chun ~ Michael Collier ~ Randall Couch ~ Stephen Cushman ~ Kate Daniels ~ Kyle Dargan ~ Claudia Emerson ~ Monica Ferrell ~ David Francis ~ Gabriel Fried ~ Alice Fulton ~ Rachel Hadas ~ Brenda Hillman - Edward Hirsch ~ Jane Hirshfield ~ Mark Jarman ~ Laura Kasischke ~ Jennifer Key ~ L. S. Klatt ~ Joanna Klink ~ Hank Lazer ~ Paul Legault ~ Willie Lin ~ Maurice Manning ~ Cate Marvin ~ Heather McHugh ~ Erika Meitner ~ Carol Muske-Dukes ~ Amy Newman ~ Meghan O'Rourke ~ Eric Pankey ~ Kiki Petrosino ~ Carl Phillips ~ John Poch ~ Bin Ramke ~ Srikanth Reddy ~ Michael Rutherglen ~ Mary Ann Samyn ~ Philip Schultz ~ Sarah Schweig ~ Allison Seay ~ Ravi Shankar ~ Ron Slate ~ R. T. Smith ~ Larissa Szporluk ~ Mary Szybist ~ Brian Teare ~ William Thompson ~ David Wojahn ~ Charles Wright

Cost Free
Location

The Studio @ Billings Forge
563 Broad Street
Hartford, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorDrunken Boat
Phone860-832-2766
Contact nameRavi Shankar
Contact emailravi@drunkenboat.com
Websitehttp://www.drunkenboat.com
Alternate Phone:: 860-938-2139

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