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

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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Renowned Connecticut Artist Brings Printmaking to Darien Arts Center

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Nov 28, 2012 to Dec 5, 2012
9:00 am until 2:00 pm

This event occurs weekly on Wednesday.

Description

Renowned Connecticut Artist Brings Printmaking to Darien Arts Center

 

After the wildly successful introduction of “Impressionist Salon” evening workshops in October, the Darien Arts Center welcomes “Monoprint and Monotype Explorations” a two day workshop aimed at Darien’s creative adults.

 

Exploring several processes and techniques (including painterly monotype, Styrofoam prints, stencil prints and plexi-intaglio) students make one-of-a kind images on an etching press.  This process, called monoprint and monotype, is ideal for experienced and beginning artists alike.

 

“My process is about being fearless about the unknown” says visiting instructor Roxanne Faber Savage. “Errors are embraced and appear as distressed, unclear ephemera giving exceptional meaning to the work.” Water based printing inks will be used. Dress for mess and bring lunch. 

 

A multidisciplinary artist, Roxanne relies on printmaking as her primary art form. She is a seasoned educator on the Connecticut Commission on Culture and tourism Teaching Artist Roster. An award winning artist, she has received recognition for her innovative and original prints on paper, plastic, and metal. Roxanne has extensive education in printmaking and drawing, studying internationally in Italy and the U.S. She is affiliated with the Boston Printmakers and the New York Society of Etchers. Roxanne's fall 2012 schedule includes an Artist Residency at Weir Farm Art Center and Master Printing for artists at the CCP Monothon event.

Her works are featured in solo and invitational exhibitions, and are held in corporate and private collections. Select exhibition venues include:  440 Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), The National Arts Club (NY, NY), The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (Norwalk, CT), ArtSPACE (New Haven, CT), The Silvermine Guild Art Gallery (New Canaan) and LionHeart Gallery (Pound Ridge, NY). Roxanne teaches printmaking at The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Creative Arts Workshop, and the Women's Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY). Roxanne earned her BFA from Pratt Institute and an M.S. Ed. from Queens College.

 

The workshop will take place on November 28th and December 5th from 9:00am – 2:00pm. The DAC Visual Arts Studio is located at 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT. Early registration is required. For more information or to register, call the DAC Office at 203-655-8683 or email anne@darienarts.org.

Cost $150 plus $20 registration Fee
Location

Darien Arts Center
2 Renshaw Road
Darien, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorDarien Arts Center
Phone203-655-8683
Contact emaildacadmin@darienarts.org
Websitehttp://bit.ly/R2LJvl
Alternate Phone:: 2036558683

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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