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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

BACKSTAGE: Broadway's 'If/Then' at The Bushnell, the Malloys Yuk It Up, Bruce Vilanch's New Goodspeed Musical

BACKSTAGE: Broadway's 'If/Then' at The Bushnell, the Malloys Yuk It Up, Bruce Vilanch's New Goodspeed Musical

Bruce Vilanch, the comic writer for Bette Midler, many Oscar telecasts and the go-to gag man on Hollywood Squares, has crafted a script to Sign of the Times, a new musical that will receive a developmental production at Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre in Chester.

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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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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
Craft Cruising: 7 Connecticut Beer & Wine Events

Craft Cruising: 7 Connecticut Beer & Wine Events

Our monthly look at what's happening in the world of beer, wine and more.

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Fresh from the Dock to your Table at Citarella Greenwich

Fresh from the Dock to your Table at Citarella Greenwich

Citarella Gourmet Market brings the freshest seafood to Greenwich.

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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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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 30, 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 30, 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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Bugs & Beasts! Annual Summer Family Campout

Jul 30, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 5:30 pm - Sunday, July 31, 9 am Join us for our annual campout! This year we will focus on the amazing animals that call SM&NC home. We'll celebrate the smallest residents of SM&NC from those found in our forests to those highlighted in this year's summer exhibition — FARMERS, WARRIORS, BUILDERS: The Hidden Life of Ants. Explore the world of the...

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Thursdays on the Dock Free Concert Series

Jul 30, 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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Essex Clipper Lunch & Dinner Train!

Jul 30, 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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Will and Peter Anderson Quintet perform at Music Mountain

Jul 30, 2016

The Catskill Jazz Factory Presents the talented Will and Peter Anderson Quintet performing Sax Squared on Saturday, July 30 (6:30PM) at Music Mountain. Called "virtuosos on saxophone" by the New York Times, Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary sibling teams performing music today. They have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln...

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Music From the African Diaspora Concert

Jul 30, 2016

Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. presents its annual free, family friendly Music from the African Diaspora concert with headliners Nzinga's Daughters.   Also performing are the world-renowned soul singer Betty Harris, Changes, Crystal Blue Project, VOICES, LLC, Nzinga’s Daughters R&B Band, Orice Jenkins Band, Toni Ligoin and Laticia Lewis. Doors to the theater open at...

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Impractical Jokers at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Jul 30, 2016

The Tenderloins are the creators, executive producers, writers and stars of truTV’s hit television series, Impractical Jokers. About to enter its 5th season, the Impractical Jokers follows the Tenderloins’ four members - Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano - as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. With each new...

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Connecticut Ballet Summer Dance Caravan 2016

Jul 30, 2016

Connecticut Ballet's annual Summer Dance Caravan tour across Connecticut comes to Middlesex Community College in Middletown on Saturday, July 30 at 7:00pm in Chapman Hall on campus. Opening act to be announced. Entitled 'Fabulous Solos, Duets & Trios,' Artistic Director Brett Raphael will narrate a unique program featuring soloists and principal dancers from the state's...

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Robert Davi at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Jul 30, 2016

Robert Davi is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and jazz vocalist. An entertainer few can rival, he is a movie star and is being hailed by many as one of today's Great interpreters of song. A new Documentary on his musical journey is currently in post production, Tentative title is called "Davi's Way" by the award winning Creative Chaos team.

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