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

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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New England Home Healthcare Summit

Event Date/Time

Nov 4, 2013 to Nov 5, 2013
8:00 am until 3:00 pm

Description

NEW ENGLAND HOME HEALTHCARE SUMMIT TO SPEARHEAD DISCUSSION ON INDUSTRY FUTURE IN FACE OF BABY BOOMER DEMANDS, AGING POPULATION, HEALTHCARE, AND NEW TECHNOLOGY NEEDS

A tsunami of change is occurring in the healthcare industry and most of the people and caregivers who service this market will not be prepared to meet the changes changes that lie ahead. In the next decade, more than 1 million home healthcare professionals will be needed to accommodate the aging U.S. population(1). 

Aging baby boomers account for 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964(2). To meet the rapidly expanding challenges and needs of baby boomers, nationally recognized industry experts on home healthcare, aging, and emerging technology will gather Nov. 3-5 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., for the region’s first-ever New England Home Healthcare Consortium Summit http://www.nehhc.org.

Seven speakers will share their insights and provide solutions to prepare the industry to effectively address such critical issues as increasing cost pressures, the affects on families and friends, as well as baby boomer demands for expanded care needs, including new technologies.

"The future of the home healthcare industry is at stake amid unprecedented demand and rising financial constraints from baby boomers,” said Conference Chairperson and Summit Founder, Sandra Sergeant, R.N. who is also President of Caring Solutions, an award-winning home healthcare provider based in
Enfield, Conn. She added, “Baby boomers’ expanding needs, technological advances and industry home healthcare issues require innovative business solutions. The Summit is designed to equip the industry to get up to speed and adapt, enabling providers to significantly improve their services and bottom lines.”

The Summit will feature some of the nation’s most well respected experts on home healthcare and aging, including:

Susan Reinhard, R.N., Ph.D., Senior Vice President of AARP and Director of its Public Policy Institute, who will cover the affect this change will have on families who provide healthcare;

Alexis Abramson, P.h.D., an award-winning journalist, blogger, speaker, author and consultant who champions those over 50, who will discuss baby boomer demographics and specifically how the home healthcare industry can meet increasing demands;

Greg Wellems, President of Imagine! a private, not-for-profit corporation that helps people with disabilities lead fulfilling lives, who will share his business plan for SmartHomes for people with physical, cognitive or developmental challenges;

Robin Crow, a motivational speaker, best-selling author and experienced entrepreneur, who will offer tips on staying ahead of the curve in a quickly evolving market;

John Chapin, a sales speaker, author, trainer and coach, who will share his roadmap for attracting, satisfying and keeping customers in tough markets and economies;

David Mead, a speaker and facilitator inspired by Simon Sinek’s book, "Start With Why," who will tell how beginning by asking "Why?" can help home healthcare providers foster trust and loyalty amid change.

For more information on the Summit and to register, visit http://www.nehhc.org.

For more information on exhibiting opportunities, please call 800.479.2206 or email admin@nehhc.org.

Source:
1. Home Healthcare Industry Sources
2. U.S. Census Bureau
3. The MetLife Study of Caregiving Costs for Their Parents
4. CNN Special ‘InsideMan’ on Aging air date: 7.28.13

Cost $349.00
Location

Foxwoods Resort & Casino
CT

Additional Information
SponsorNew England Home Healthcare Consortium
Phone860-659-4495
Contact nameKim Kania
Contact emailKKania@NEHHC.org
Websitehttp://www.nehhc.org
Alternate Phone:: 800-479-2206

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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