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!

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Connecticut Today

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Rowland’s $52,000 Annual Pension Remains Intact Despite 2nd Conviction

Rowland’s $52,000 Annual Pension Remains Intact Despite 2nd Conviction

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
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6 Upcoming Connecticut Beer Fests You Don't Want to Miss

6 Upcoming Connecticut Beer Fests You Don't Want to Miss

Almost every weekend for the next month Connecticut has a major beer festival coming up.

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Connecticut Politics

by Jennifer Swift
Democrats Claim Tom Foley's Use of Think Tank's Work Violates Election Laws

Democrats Claim Tom Foley's Use of Think Tank's Work Violates Election Laws

Democrats are claiming Tom Foley’s use of material researched by the Connecticut Policy Institute, which the candidate founded as a business entity, is a violation of state election laws.

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Tom Foley's Schools Plan Fails, Malloy, Democrats Say

Tom Foley's Schools Plan Fails, Malloy, Democrats Say

Republican gubernatorial contender Tom Foley's schools plan comes under fire from Gov. Dannel Malloy and Democrats.

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Arts & Entertainment

Connecticut Halloween 2014: Haunted Attractions & Cemetery Tours

Connecticut Halloween 2014: Haunted Attractions & Cemetery Tours

Tis the season for screams, chills and frights. Some of the best that October has to offer:

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Autumn Glows in Show of New Paintings by Connecticut Landscape Master

Autumn Glows in Show of New Paintings by Connecticut Landscape Master

The title of Tom Adkins' new show at the Gregory James Gallery in New Milford, “Pastoral Solitudes,” suggests the state of being that the contemporary realist from Southbury captures in paintings typically begun en plein air and finished in the studio.

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Style & Shopping

Vintage and Funky Style at New Rising Sun Boutique in Litchfield

Vintage and Funky Style at New Rising Sun Boutique in Litchfield

Walking into Rising Sun Boutique is like cracking open a treasure chest.

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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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Health & Wellness

Guilford Art Center Creates Clay Hearts for Terminally Ill Patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital

Guilford Art Center Creates Clay Hearts for Terminally Ill Patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital

Now, the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital has partnered with the Guilford Art Center to create small clay hearts that are put in the memory boxes, given to all families of terminally ill patients.

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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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History

Castle Craig Offers Towering Views of Fall Foliage

Castle Craig Offers Towering Views of Fall Foliage

The latest feature in our ongoing series on Connecticut castles is a state landmark and perfect fall destination.

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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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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

Yale 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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MADRE LATINA GALA & AWARD

Event Date/Time

May 11, 2013
6:00 pm until 12:00 am

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MADRE LATINA GALA & AWARD

 

MADRE LATINA ORGANIZATION

Gala & Award Night

For Immediate Release                     

Contact:                Yoellie Iglesias

                                                                      

Www.madre-latina.com

203-232-7779

Waterbury, CT—Madre Latina Organization (www.madre-latina.com), a local group that fosters education, connection and empowerment for Hispanic Women, invites the community to participate in the First Annual “Gala & Award Night”. 

 

The Gala will be held at Coco Key Hotel on Saturday May 11, 2013 from 6pm to 12:00am.  The event features a pre-cocktail hour, award reception, elegant dinner, live music and dancing until midnight.  The live music show is sponsored by Fox Hill Inn.

 

This unique event offers the community a comfortable atmosphere to network and inspire women to fulfill their dreams by propelling connections and collaboration(with others organizations) As well as a night to inspire our network to invest in the future (of our organization, madre latina)..  Founder Yoellie Iglesias, along with President Luanelly Iglesias and the Planning team helped to coordinate the organization’s Annual Gala.

 

The Gala will provide a “Network session” beginning at 6:00 pm followed by the Award Reception at 7 pm and a sit down dinner.  The music show is a “potpourri” of artists sponsored by Fox Hill Inn.

 

Individuals will be recognized for their leadership and contributions to the Hispanic Community. The distinguished honorees of the Gala & Award: Leadership Honoree Dr. Kathleen Ouellette, Waterbury Public School Superintend; Entrepreneur Honoree Addy Salazar; Owner of A&A Natural Center; Entrepreneur Spirit Honoree Yasmin Ramos; Silver Manager of Xyingular; Great Hispanic Teacher Honoree Santa Perez; Social Impact Honoree Marilyn Calderon, Executive Director of CT Parent Empower, Social Justice Honoree Carmen James Dolton; Spirit of Broadcasting Honoree Margarita Cortavarria; Young Women of Tomorrow Honoree Yadiris Vega; Media Honoree Ana Alfaro; The Community Partner Honoree Rafael Herrera, Executive Director of St. Margaret, Willow Rec; Bridge Builder Honoree Felicia Diaz.

 

Ticket levels: Individual, $45.00, Table, $400

For more information, call (203) 232-7779. Visit Madre Latina webpage: www.madre-latina.com

 

 

Cost $45.00 PER PERSON
Location

COCO KEY HOTEL
3580 EAST MAIN STREET
WATERBURY , CT
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Alternate Phone:: 203-232-7779

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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