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The CONNsumer: Tips on Being a Costco Strategist

The CONNsumer: Tips on Being a Costco Strategist

Warehouse clubs like Costco, Sam's and BJ's are popping up all over the state. Is it worth it to become a member? Are there other ways to get great deals? Here's your guide to decide.

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BEACHCOMBING: Some of the Best Daycations in Connecticut

BEACHCOMBING: Some of the Best Daycations in Connecticut

One daycation destination: The “Little Poland” neighborhood of New Britain, which boasts a large Polish population. If you walk down Broad Street, you will see more than 70 Polish shops, including restaurants, bakeries and butchers.

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Will New Leadership at Connecticut DMV Make For a Smoother Ride?

Will New Leadership at Connecticut DMV Make For a Smoother Ride?

With its computer system upgrade a downer, forcing customers to continually play the waiting game, Connecticut’s DMV is seemingly in freefall. But with a new commissioner comes hope — again.

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Isabella Beecher Hooker: Mother, Medium, Suffragist

Isabella Beecher Hooker: Mother, Medium, Suffragist

She predicted the future, communed with the dead and believed women should have the same rights as men.

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Arts & Entertainment

The New Haven Ballet Takes to the Shubert Theater Stage May 21

The New Haven Ballet Takes to the Shubert Theater Stage May 21

The New Haven Ballet will stage their spring performance at the Shubert Theater on May 21.

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Feel the Bernhard: Comedian Brings her Signature Sass

Feel the Bernhard: Comedian Brings her Signature Sass

Sarcasm and sass are part of comedian, activist, radio show host, author, singer and actor Sandra Bernhard’s signature stand-up style. Find out what she had to say about aging, Mark Twain and Trump.

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Elizabeth Gilbert, Nile Rodgers & Bill T. Jones in Conversation at The CT Forum

Elizabeth Gilbert, Nile Rodgers & Bill T. Jones in Conversation at The CT Forum

Grammy Award-winning musician Nile Rodgers, acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert and award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones will come together in conversation at The Connecticut Forum panel, "Creative Artists," at The Bushnell on May 13.

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Style & Design

Stepping Out: Shakespeare in Bloom, Big Red For the Arts, Wines of March and more

Stepping Out: Shakespeare in Bloom, Big Red For the Arts, Wines of March and more

Shakespeare on the Hartford Stage, the Stamford Umbrella Club's car raffle, the Greater Hartford Arts Council held its annual fundraiser, and more.

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From Ground to Plate: Gardening Promotes Fresh, Seasonal Food

From Ground to Plate: Gardening Promotes Fresh, Seasonal Food

In the rising tide of the "eat local" movement, what is more local than your own backyard? Gardening is a great way to get your hands on fresh, seasonal food.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
The Uber-Guide to Connecticut's Asian Markets

The Uber-Guide to Connecticut's Asian Markets

Almost 160,000 people of Asian descent call Connecticut home, and a considerable number of grocery stores in the state support the diverse cooking traditions of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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Long a Bristol Tradition, Greer's Chicken Spreads Its Wings to Southington

Long a Bristol Tradition, Greer's Chicken Spreads Its Wings to Southington

Fried chicken connoisseurs rejoice! Poultry mavens Greer's now has a full-fledged, dine-in restaurant in Southington. It's "just like mama makes."

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Barcade Brings Vintage Arcade Games, Great Food, Beer to New Haven

Barcade Brings Vintage Arcade Games, Great Food, Beer to New Haven

Before I left the bar and restaurant I had developed a Pac-Man addiction, reveled in my newfound ability to maneuver a car at ridiculously high speeds around cartoonish racetracks and decided that kids today are far too distracted by their iPads and smartphones and need to remember what’s really important in life — video games.

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Openings: Gourmet Breakfast, An Arcade Beer Bar &  New Restaurant So Cool You’re Not Invited

Openings: Gourmet Breakfast, An Arcade Beer Bar & New Restaurant So Cool You’re Not Invited

A monthly look at some of what’s new and exciting on the Connecticut dining scene

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Health & Science

Solving Autism’s Puzzle

Solving Autism’s Puzzle

A new book by a UConn professor teaches parents exercises for their toddlers that can jumpstart improvement and, in rare cases, have led to a reversal of the diagnosis.

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Derby Company's Spring-loaded Facemask Reduces Facial Impacts for Catchers

Derby Company's Spring-loaded Facemask Reduces Facial Impacts for Catchers

In what could be a game-changer for several sports, the spring-loaded Force3 Defender might help bounce away concussions for baseball and softball catchers and umpires.

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NEW/NOW: Clinton Deckert

May 28, 2016 - Jun 7, 2016

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Explore the surreal world of the NBMAA’s NEW/NOW artist Clinton Deckert. Based in Southington, CT, Deckert produces implied images that allow the viewer’s imagination to take over through an “exploratory and spontaneous” process. What will you find within his works?

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Eric Aho: An Unfinished Point in a Vast Surrounding

May 28, 2016 - Aug 14, 2016

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Challenging what it means to be a landscape artist today, Eric Aho incorporates historical research and personal relationships into his work. Aho breaks from traditional portraiture by representing the landscape in a dynamically abstract form. The exhibition showcases a suite of recent works, some of which are on public view for the very first time—be among the first to view Aho’s...

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Dads & Grads at Tunxis Grill

May 28, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016

It's time to celebrate Dads & Grads!  Celebrate all the special people in your life this season. Whether it's planning a party for your grad or treating dad to a delicious dinner for Father's Day, Tunxis Grill is the place to be! Ask about our private party rooms and catering menu—let's start planning! 

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Essex Steam Train is Open for the Season!

May 28, 2016 - Jun 20, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Sunday and Saturday.

As of Mother’s Day Weekend - May 7th & 8th - the historical Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is now OPEN FOR THE SEASON! Weekend Operation of our Essex Clipper Dinner Train and Train & Riverboat Excursions continue through June 20th (including Memorial Day) when DAILY OPERATIONS - plus our Friday Night Sunset Cruises & Lunch Excursions -  will begin! Bring...

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The Farm Art Festival

May 28, 2016

“The Farm-Art Festival - Inspired By Nature” is a celebration of local artists, small farms, artisan food producers and the Clay & Wattles Theater Company – all inspired by nature and contributing to our area’s vibrant cultural life.   It will take place on Saturday, May 28th, from 11 to 5 p.m. The Gary The Olivia Theater - 249 Flanders...

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Dads & Grads at Three Figs

May 28, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016

Hats off to you!  Celebrate all of the special people in your life this season-both Dads and Grads! Host an event for your graduate, or treat Dad to a special dinner. We'll do the cooking, you bring the party!

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Grove Street Cemetery Historical Tours

May 28, 2016 - Nov 26, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

One (1) Hour Walking Tour of Historical Notables Noah Webster Dictionary

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Exhibit: America's Pastimes: Sports and Recreation in Litchfield

May 28, 2016 - Nov 27, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

ports and recreation are universal experiences. Whether we make it to the big leagues or never leave our backyards, these activities play important roles in our lives. They help us form connections with family, friends, and neighbors. Activities encourage us to move, to think, and to interact with our surroundings. The Litchfield Historical Society’s new exhibit America’s Pastimes:...

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Demolish or Preserve: The 1960s at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

May 28, 2016 - Nov 20, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A new multimedia exhibit with photographs, costumes, artifacts, and music will explore the fascinating and tumultuous decade of the 1960s. Demolish or Preserve: The 1960s at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz will open on May 4, 2016 and run through Nov. 20, 2016.  Opening Reception: May 12, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - $10 for non-members $5 for members....

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Endangered & Re-envisioned: Iconic Landmarks and Interiors

May 28, 2016 - Jul 6, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

In collaboration with the Silvermine School of Art, LMMM will open a new exhibition by artist and professor of photography Bruce Dunbar. The exhibition titled, Endangered & Re-envisioned: Iconic Landmarks and Interiors will open to the public on April 7, 2016, 12-4 p.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT.   Curated by artist and designer Gail...

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