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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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Rethinking Connecticut’s First War

Rethinking Connecticut’s First War

Research conducted by Mashantucket Pequot Museum reveals that much of what we thought we knew about the conflict is wrong.

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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

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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Stepping Out: July 2016

Stepping Out: July 2016

Dancing & Dining in the Dark in Hartford's Bond Ballroom, Anything Goes at The Goodspeed, The Bridge Family Center hosts its 17th annual Children's Charity Ball, and more.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
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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One Drink: Wild Blue Too, a Blueberry & Apple Wine from DiGrazia Vineyards

One Drink: Wild Blue Too, a Blueberry & Apple Wine from DiGrazia Vineyards

This unusual wine is perfect for summertime sipping.

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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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Connecticut Ballet Summer Dance Caravan 2016

Jul 23, 2016

Connecticut Ballet's annual Summer Dance Caravan tour across Connecticut comes to Elizabeth Park in West Hartford on Saturday, July 23 at 6:30pm. Opening act to be announced. Rain date = Sunday, July 24 same time. Entitled 'Fabulous Solos, Duets & Trios,' Artistic Director Brett Raphael will narrate a unique program featuring soloists and principal dancers from the...

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FARMERS, WARRIORS, BUILDERS-The Hidden Life of ANTS

Jul 23, 2016 - Sep 5, 2016

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

Daily, June 18 –Sept. 5, Monday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm; Sundays 11 am - 5 pm. Ants are everywhere, living complex and diverse lives that are mostly hidden from our view. Now, with the aid of a macro lens and the insights of ant expert and photographer Mark Moffett, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Smithsonia's National Museum of Natural...

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Transformation

Jul 23, 2016 - Aug 30, 2016

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

Gallery One, an intentional community of artists whose common bond is a commitment to each artist realizing his/her individual voice, presents Transformation, in which Gallery One’s artists have chosen works that align with The Mary C. Daly’s mission of exhibiting art that  “…expresses a powerful connection to creation in all its forms.” Opening reception on...

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July Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Jul 23, 2016 - Jul 30, 2016

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

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “The Art of Relaxation and Awareness” featuring the meditative realistic and abstract paintings of Norwalk fine artist, Lori DuBois-Caruso. Her exhibit runs July 1 – 30. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

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Paddington Bear comes to Edaville USA

Jul 23, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016

“Every family needs a pinch of chaos!” Paddington Bear is on yet another adventure, this time at Edaville USA! Paddington Bear will be available for meet and greets near the train station. For even more fun guests are encouraged to wear rain boots and raincoats to have fun splashing around just like Paddington – kids who dress the part can stop in at customer service to...

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Barnstormers & Aviators

Jul 23, 2016

Learn about Connecticut’s role in aviation history through the stories of noted stunt flyers, aviation innovators and early supporters of winged flight. Tales of daring pioneers, from Charles K. Hamilton to Edson Gallaudet and Mary Jenson, will delight and amaze during this tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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Stories from Near and Far: Refugee Artists in New Haven

Jul 23, 2016 - Sep 10, 2016

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

The evocative artwork and poignant personal stories of six New Haven artists/refugees who withstood imprisonment, persecution, fear and anxiety, and even death threats in some of the most repressive countries in the world comprise a new exhibition at the New Haven Museum (NHM): “Stories from Near and Far: Refugee Artists in New Haven.” The exhibit will be on view from Wednesday,...

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Sunflowers for Wishes

Jul 23, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016

From July 23rd to July 31st, Make-A-Wish Connecticut will host the 13th Annual Sunflowers for Wishes at Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, CT. Sunflower bouquets,  sunflower themed shirts, hayrides and famous sunflower ice cream cones will all be provided by the Button family who donate all proceeds to Make-A-Wish Connecticut to create wishes for local children battling life-threatening medical...

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Kid Stuff: Children's Items in the Museum Collection

Jul 23, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016

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

Exhibit of children’s clothes, dolls, samplers, artwork, school exercises, and rewards of merit. Admission to the exhibit also includes self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00-4:30. Free parking.

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Connecticut River Museum Paddle Explorations Program

Jul 23, 2016 - Oct 10, 2016

Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard and see the three beautiful coves of Essex at your own pace.  Historic buildings and wildlife abound on the shores of these secluded inlets.  Rentals are available by 2 hour, 4 hour, or all day (7 hour) increments, and paddlers are provided with all the necessary gear including PFDs and a chart of the river around Essex.  Discounts for museum...

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