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The CONNsumer: Avoid the Pain of Returns By Knowing the Rules

The CONNsumer: Avoid the Pain of Returns By Knowing the Rules

In Connecticut, most local retailers offer an exchange or refund. But they don’t have to. The state allows businesses to establish whatever exchange and refund policy they like, as long as it’s posted conspicuously.

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Derby Creator of ‘Defender’ Facemask Sole Survivor of Plane Crash

Derby Creator of ‘Defender’ Facemask Sole Survivor of Plane Crash

The Derby businessman responsible for a baseball catcher’s mask designed to help prevent concussions was the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash last weekend in New York.

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UPDATE: Woodbridge Doctor James Magner Eliminated from 2016 WSOP

UPDATE: Woodbridge Doctor James Magner Eliminated from 2016 WSOP

Dr. James Magner, the Woodbridge doctor profiled here and in the July 2016 issue of Connecticut Magazine after finishing 27th in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, winning over $250,000, was eliminated in Day 3 of this year's competition. Here's his story of the 2016 tournament.

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BEACHCOMBING: ‘The History of America in Toys’

BEACHCOMBING: ‘The History of America in Toys’

A colorful history is on display at the Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum in Cheshire. Its 80,000 items are jaw-dropping to behold, especially for the baby boomers who grew up on Howdy Doody, Lassie and Superman.

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8 Events to Get You Through the Steamy Month of August

8 Events to Get You Through the Steamy Month of August

Set sail with the Model Yacht Regatta at Mystic Seaport, wander through the Sunflower Maze at Lyman Orchards, bring your pup to Woofstock in Branford and much more during the month of August.

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Westport Native Courtney A. Kemp Debuts Third Season of Hit STARZ Show "Power"

Westport Native Courtney A. Kemp Debuts Third Season of Hit STARZ Show "Power"

Westport native Courtney A. Kemp combined characteristics from her father and rapper 50 Cent when she created "Ghost" in the popular STARZ show "Power," which comes back for it's third season on July 17.

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Fresh Off a European Tour, Shelton Native Comes Home to Connecticut

Fresh Off a European Tour, Shelton Native Comes Home to Connecticut

Matt Bednarsky, a Shelton native, just brought his self-described sound of “pop rock with elements of folk, jazz and blues” to 24 audiences across six European countries. This summer, he’ll tour North America, including a special stop back home in Connecticut.

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Style & Design

Mother-Daughter Jewelry Designs Worn by Celebrities in Support of Local Charities

Mother-Daughter Jewelry Designs Worn by Celebrities in Support of Local Charities

Stamford-based mother-and-daughter jewelry business supports local charities.

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New Luxury Guesthouse Tall Tales Sprouts up at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

New Luxury Guesthouse Tall Tales Sprouts up at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

The original plan was for the new, six-room boutique “beach house” in Old Saybrook to be a bit more diminutive than the elegant Three Stories next door. But flood elevations kept rising, necessitating engineering changes that resulted in a taller-than-expected building.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Review: The Cottage, Westport

Review: The Cottage, Westport

Star Connecticut Chef’s New Spot Offers Laid-back Gourmet Cuisine

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21 Destination Connecticut Wineries with Great Dining Options

21 Destination Connecticut Wineries with Great Dining Options

Every winery on our list serves some edible delight, from meats to vegan specialties, cheeses to chocolates, antipasto to fondue and fruit pies to pizza pies.

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Foraging with Chef Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven

Foraging with Chef Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven

To visit with chef Bun Lai is a lesson in locally sourced produce, with no pesticides or flavor or color enhancements. Foraging is “the most natural way of eating… the “gathering” part of the hunter/gatherer."

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Zaragoza Brings Tapas, Cocktails and Sleek Vibe to New Milford

Zaragoza Brings Tapas, Cocktails and Sleek Vibe to New Milford

This new restaurant features small plates, big taste.

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Health & Science

Fighting Zika From Connecticut

Fighting Zika From Connecticut

A Meriden company moves forward with a vaccine as state officials monitor mosquito population

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Bridgeport Non-Profit Homes for the Brave Provides Help to Veterans

Bridgeport Non-Profit Homes for the Brave Provides Help to Veterans

Bridgeport-based organization Homes for the Brave provides housing and support to veterans who served our country.

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“Billions & Billions of Blocks Project” Opening Reception

Jul 29, 2016 - Aug 13, 2016

Danbury, CT – Trailer Box Project will unveil a new solo exhibition by local artist Chris Durante. The “Billions & Billions of Blocks Project” will feature Durante’s drawings as well as his work in process -- a series of numerous mixed media and wood blocks that viewers are encouraged to stack and sort as they see fit. The exhibition opens to the public at 5:00pm on...

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Embodiment /Exploration textile inspired pottery

Jul 29, 2016 - Aug 5, 2016

"Embodiment/Exploration"  Adero Willard pottery inspired by textile designs -- from American quilts to hand-sewn Indian wedding dresses. Adero Willard plays with surfaces in ways similar to the textile artist: overlap, camouflage, veiling, and decorating. Her newest pieces use a traditional sgraffitto technique,  imagery is carved into the top layer of the paint to...

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Thursdays on the Dock Free Concert Series

Jul 29, 2016 - Aug 25, 2016

The Connecticut River Museum is proud to once again offer its free series of weekly concerts throughout July and August.  These Thursday evening performances feature a different musical act each week, on the front lawn of the Museum.  Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chairs and a picnic.  Porky Pete’s BBQ offers food from the grill and the Museum will...

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Sunset Cruises!

Jul 29, 2016 - Sep 2, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Friday.

Are you looking for the quintessential New England shoreline experience this summer? The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat has just the ticket... introducing the perfect option for Friday Night Date Night - Sunset Cruises!    For just $30/person you can enjoy this intimate sunset riverboat excursion.  Join the...

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Essex Clipper Lunch & Dinner Train!

Jul 29, 2016 - Sep 4, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Friday and Saturday.

Bring the whole family to Essex Station and be transported to another era during an intimate & unique dining experience on the ESSEX CLIPPER DINNER TRAIN, as featured in the “Memorable Meals” section of USA Today!   All Aboard the elegant Essex Clipper Lunch & Dinner Train for a three of four-course meal served in beautifully restored 1920’s...

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On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina® presents Rock the Border Summer Music Series!

Jul 29, 2016 - Jul 29, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Friday.

There is no better way to kick off summer than with live entertainment, thirst quenching beer, and our flavorful guacamole! On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is inviting you to join the fiesta with your amigos at our patio throughout the month of July! Every Friday in July, On The Border is giving everyone a reason to celebrate summer through our Rock The Border concert series and...

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A Sign of the Times

Jul 29, 2016 - Sep 4, 2016

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

1965. The pulse of a changing era lures Cindy from Middle America to the swirl of Manhattan. Unexpected friends, lovers, careers and conflicts are all a subway ride away in a pop-fueled new musical featuring songs made famous by Petula Clark and other hit-makers of the day. "I Know a Place," "The Shoop Shoop Song" and "If I Can Dream" are among the fabulous...

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Foreigner at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Jul 29, 2016

With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.   Just Announced – an opportunity to meet...

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An Intimate Performance by Sarah McLachlan

Jul 29, 2016

Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner and a three-time Grammy Award winner.   McLachlan's landmark fifth album, the 10x-platinum Surfacing, contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks, "Building a Mystery" and "Last Dance."  ...

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Otis & the Hurricanes : Free Concert

Jul 29, 2016

Otis & the Hurricanes serve up a party mix of Delta blues, New Orleans funk, and some good-time rock & roll. A special treat for discriminating music fans!  Note: Lawn & Concession open to the public one hour before show-time. Facility is closed to public during load-in and sound-check. Picnics are welcome. The Levitt Pavilion and its perimeter is a non-smoking area. Pets...

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