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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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Arts & Entertainment

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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BACKSTAGE: Chita Rivera, Big Premiere for 'Anastasia' & Yale Actor Breaks Out

BACKSTAGE: Chita Rivera, Big Premiere for 'Anastasia' & Yale Actor Breaks Out

Just say one word — “Chita” — to any Broadway baby and there’s a virtual genuflection. From West Side Story to Bye Bye Birdie to Kiss of the Spider Women and last season’s The Visit, the triple-threat has been synonymous with music, dance and perseverance.

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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
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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CT’s First Craft Beer-Style Cider House Opens in Wallingford

CT’s First Craft Beer-Style Cider House Opens in Wallingford

This cider house rules.

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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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Embodiment /Exploration textile inspired pottery

Jul 27, 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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Taste of Blue Back Square and The Center

Jul 27, 2016

Celebrate the 1st Annual Taste of Blue Back Square and The Center in West Hartford on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.     Location: Blue Back Square Taste delicious food from over 16 local restaurants at this one day, family-friendly event that will showcase West Hartford’s vibrant business community as one of...

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“Billions & Billions of Blocks Project” Opening Reception

Jul 27, 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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Grill 'n Chill

Jul 27, 2016 - Jul 27, 2016

This event occurs every 2 week(s) on Wednesday.

The JCC’s annual Grill ‘n Chill is back and ready to rock! Join us out on the terrace for live music from local musicians, good food, and fun times. Admission is free and open to the public. Food is provided by Abel Caterers and is available for purchase. Attendees can BYOB. Indoor seating is also available. 

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Thursdays on the Dock Free Concert Series

Jul 27, 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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Rock the Docks Presents No Shame

Jul 27, 2016

Join us as NO SHAME, CT's Premier Top 40 & Rock Band, brings the party to our 2016 Rock the Docks SUMMER CONCERT SERIES at Howard T. Brown Park on Wednesday, July 27!! No Shame is a five-piece powerhouse hailing from southeastern Connecticut, playing all your top 40 and rock favorites with our signature "shameless" edge. Our female-fronted band features four-part vocals,...

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Sea Glass: History and Mystery

Jul 27, 2016

Artist of the Month for July and August and sea glass enthusiast Alyssa Shapiro will delight visitors with a new presentation, Sea Glass: History and Mystery, at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 6:00pm. The museum is located at 141 East Avenue next to the Norwalk Health Department, in the red brick house with blue double front doors.  Parking is...

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Music at the Mansion

Jul 27, 2016 - Jul 27, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Wednesday.

The Friends of Long Hill Estate and the Long Hill Estate Authority with sponsorship from Middlesex Hospital and a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County will host their ‘Music at the Mansion’ season at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown in July.  The season opens on July 6th with Shaded Soul.  On July 13th the Hartford Jazz Orchestra will perform. ...

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Free Summer Concerts

Jul 27, 2016 - Aug 31, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Monday and Wednesday.

The summer series  features free concerts each week in Walnut Hill Park, New Britain. Visit the website for a  complete schedule.

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Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights : Melissa & Doug Children's Series

Jul 27, 2016

Boston’s Parents Paper Review: “Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights: What A Zoo! From funk and blues to country and pop, with even a little hip-hop thrown in, this album has a style for everyone. The eclectic stylistic mix is sure to keep a child entertained. It’s original, catchy and suitable for the age group. The band is high caliber, with kid-hop rapper 23 Skidoo...

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