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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Connecticut DEEP offers tips for state park and forest use

Woodland creatures you might see

The state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection reminds trail users of rules and trail etiquette for Connecticut’s state parks and forests that aim to "make your outdoor experience as safe and enjoyable as possible," according to a release.
State park and forest recreation areas are open daily between sunrise and sunset, the release said and the following are tips the agency shared:
What you can and cannot do on the trails:
Ø  Trails and service, logging and other roads are open to non-motorized, multiple use activities (foot travel, mountain biking, equestrian) unless posted closed.
Ø  Connecticut Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails and the National Park Service Appalachian and New England Trails are limited to hiking except where they overlap a multiple use trail.
Ø  Public roadways in state parks and forests are open to registered motor vehicles (includes registered dirt bikes) and non-motorized multiple uses unless posted closed.
Ø  Effective January 1, 2006, riding an ATV on state or municipal property may result in charges of criminal trespass. (Public Act 05-234) At the current time, Connecticut does NOT have any public areas open to quads. 
Ø  Registered dirt bikes can ride on the motorized trail at Pachaug State Forest or at the Thomaston Dam.
Ø  Trail building and maintenance is illegal unless authorized.  To request permission to put in a new trail contact DEP’s Trails Coordinator at 860-424-3578.  For permission to perform trail maintenance contact the Park Supervisor.
Ø  After it rains, please be aware of fragile areas that should be avoided such as wetlands and steep slopes. For your safety and to prevent erosion and disruption of habitats always avoid travel through streams that have no bridges or stepping stones.
The agency also asks that if you see an illegal activities please call the State Environmental Conservation at:  860 424-3333



Essential for Safe Trail Use: 

Ø  Plan your route!  Trail maps are often found at trail heads and always found on the DEEP website.

Ø  Remain on trails that are blazed.

Ø  Always let others know where you are and when you expect to return. 

Ø  Be aware where hunting is allowed and if hunting season is open.  Wear bright orange for extra protection.

Ø  Cyclists and motorized users yield to pedestrians and equestrians.  Pedestrians yield to equestrians.

Ø  Park in designated areas only.

Ø  Keep your dogs on a leash.

Ø  Respect private property - when you are leaving State Land you may no longer have permission to recreate.



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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

West Nile virus identified in a New Haven resident

A human case of West Nile virus has been identified in New Haven, and it is among eight cases in Connecticut so far this year, the State Mosquito Management Program announced Wednesday.

Six of the cases are Bridgeport residents, which health officials say is an unusual number for a single community. The other two patients include a Shelton resident and the New Haven resident, according to a press release from the state Department of Public Health.

All eight are adults ranging in age from 30 to 90, the release said. Seven patients were hospitalized and one remains in the hospital.

West Nile-infected mosquitoes have been found in 11 different towns and cities across the state since July 20 and the most recent discovery was in East Haven on Sept. 29.

Although health officials said the risk of being exposed to the disease subsides in October because of colder temperatures killing off most mosquitoes, they urge everyone to wear pants and long-sleeved shirts when outside for long periods of time.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

An Afternoon of Celtic Music and Dancing Will Light Up a Fairfield University Stage

FAIRFIELD — Fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will perform at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 3 p.m., Nov.  8, according to a release.

 The afternoon will "include dancing, singing and world-class music-making," the release said.

Tickets are $50, $45 and $40. Fairfield University student tickets are $5. For tickets, visit or call the box office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. The performance is sponsored, in part, by The Westport Inn, Madison Mott, WPKN and Moffly Media, the release said.

"MacMaster and Leahy are two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers, and in their new show 'Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration' they form a power duo fit to excite any audience," the release said. " Audiences become part of the journey, as the fiddlers explore their Irish and Scottish roots as well as highlight the unique talents, influences and stories of their Nova Scotia home. This performance is perfect for the whole family, filled with exhilarating music, dancing and pure fun. "

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Celebration of Latino cultures focus of free festival at Peabody Museum

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NEW HAVEN - The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will host “Fiesta Latina,” its 13th annual celebration of Latin American cultures from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Oct. 10, at 170 Whitney Ave., according to a release.

The event is free and open to the public, the release said. Parking is also free.

 "The Great Hall of Dinosaurs is the stage for music and dance performances throughout the day.  At 11 a.m. Sabrosura, a Latin dance team at Yale, will perform salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia. At noon Carlos y su Momento Musical will entertain with merengue, salsa and bachata music," the release said.
Then, at 1 p.m. "Tarpukuy will perform Peruvian dance. At 1:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale will perform traditional folk dances from several regions of Mexico.  also, at 2 p.m. "the students of Mariachi Academy of Connecticut will perform traditional Mariachi song and dance."

"Specimens and artifacts from Latin America and around the world will be on display with an opportunity to meet an archaeologist.  Live creatures found in Latin America will greet visitors too. Fur, Feathers & Beyond will have live birds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Curious Creatures live animals from noon to 3 p.m."

"Latin American games and craft activities will be offered for children as well as face painting and a fossil dig. One activity involves coloring a maraca with the Yale Latino Networking Group.  Another involves decorating a Latin American bird with the Girl Scouts of Connecticut.  Numerous organizations will host additional activities and awareness booths throughout the day."


Fiesta Latina is sponsored by UNIVISION, Yale Latino Networking Group, Access Health CT, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and International Association of New Haven, the release said.
The following is a more detail list of Program Activities:


The Great Hall — 1st Floor


    11:00   Sabrosura — Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Cumbia

    12:00   Carlos y su Momento Musical — Merengue, Salsa, Bachata y Boleros

    1:00     Tarpukuy- Peruvian Art & Culture — Peruvian Dance

    1:30    Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale

2:00     Mariachi Academy of Connecticut

Hall of Mammalian Evolution — 1st Floor

Fossil Dig

Color a Maraca with the Yale Latino Networking Group

Latin American Culture Game

Hall of Pacific Cultures — 1st Floor

Vertebrate Zoology Collection — Specimens from Latin America

Mineral Collection — Minerals from Latin America

     Anthropology Collection — Artifacts from Latin America and meet an archaeologist!

 Hall of Native American Cultures — 1st Floor

Fur, Feathers & Beyond — Live birds (11:00 to 3:00)

Machu Picchu: An Inca Country Palace — 1st Floor

      Learn about the Taino Culture with Irka Mateo

Auditorium — 3rd Floor

      Face Painting

      Photo Booth

North American Dioramas — 3rd Floor

North American Diorama SciCarts (12:00 to 4:00)

Birds of Connecticut — 3rd Floor

Color a Flag!

Decorate a Latin American Bird with the Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Birds SciCart (12:00 to 4:00)

Southern New England Dioramas — 3rd Floor

Curious Creatures — Live Animals (12:00 to 3:00)

The following organizations will host Activity Areas on the day of the celebration:

Access Health, Arte Inc., Consulate of Ecuador in Connecticut, Fair Haven Community Health Center, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Junta for Progressive Action Inc., New Haven Community Hiring Initiatives, New Haven Promise, State of CT DEEP/Kellogg Environmental Center, UNIVISION, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Yale Latino Networking Group



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Friday, September 25, 2015

Address by Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. to Quinnipiac University

 Quinnipiac University conferred an honorary degree in humane letters Thursday to Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

Watch the speech or read it as prepared for delivery below.

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Birds of Haiti and Connecticut - Migrators and Locals

The "Birds of Haiti and Connecticut - Migrators and Locals" is the theme of the program from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Essex Town Hall auditorium, West Avenue, according to a release.
the event is sponsored Sister Cities Exxex Haiti. The public is invited and admission is free, the release said.
The speaker, Sister Cities Essex Haiti Board member and Professor  Bob Lamothe, "is an avid photographer and ornithologist," the release said. "His interest in birds began as a youngster.  He was fascinated by their communication skills; different calls for different reasons."

"At a young age Bob realized roosters would give a specific warning signal to the hens to take shelter when a hawk appeared overhead.  That led to deeper observations of all sorts of birds in Haiti.  He continued that interest when he moved to (Connecticut) and focused and honed much of his photographic skills on birds and their activities."
Further, "Bob found that many of the birds he knew in Haiti were here in (Connecticut) as well, either as permanent residents of both areas or as migrating birds.  He has a vast collection of photos of birds that are unique to each area.  Bob’s passion for ornithology and photography combine to make this an outstanding talk."
For more information call 860-767-3181.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Scandinavian Dance party in New Haven

NEW HAVEN - A Scandinavian Dance, with live music from with John Parejko & friends will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at 1253 Whitney Ave., Hamden, according to a release.

The event will includes dance lessons with Jennifer and  Laine at 3 and 4 p.m., dancing from 4 to 7 p.m. and a potluck supper from 7 to 8 p.m., the release said.

Jen and Laine “have been dancing Scandinavian dances for a long, long time and love to share them,” the release said. “This is a very special opportunity to hear a fine fiddler, John Parejko, and friends, while John is still local.”

General admission is $10, students, seniors, and 1253 members are $5; and there is no charge for those younger than 18, the release said.





Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Make every day Peace Day"

A Peace Day celebration was held in New Haven and East Haven this week. See photos here. See coverage by WTNH New 8 here.
These are the remarks of participant Wayne Andrighetti, who spokes at the city observance at City Hall:
Thank you, city of New Haven for asking me to fill in today for Clifton Graves, who was called away on city business.  My name is Wayne Andrighetti, and I work with the NGO Peace Teams. On behalf of the Secretary-General and the United Nations, thanks to all of you in attendance. Each of you are here today because the concept of peace means something to you.
This year’s theme for the International Day of Peace is Partnerships for Peace- Dignity for All. There could not be a more important message to convey to the world, especially as we watch videos each day of conflict-fleeing refugees, being beaten, detained and dying, all for the chance to live in peace.
Franklin D Roosevelt summed up the concept of “Dignity for All” in his Four Freedoms speech in 1941. He stated that “we look forward to a world founded upon four essential freedoms. They were:
First, Freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world
Second, freedom to worship God in your own way – everywhere in the world
Third, Freedom from want, economic opportunities for all that allows people to provide for their families - everywhere in the world
And fourth, freedom from fear,  and I quote, “which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-- anywhere in the world”
Most wars are fought because one party feels that they do not have one or more of those four freedoms.
While we, here today, may not be able to change the world, we do have an opportunity each day to make the changes that have a positive impact to peace in our community. Whether that be helping an unemployed person find work that pays a living wage, so they can provide for their family, or providing forums for people with disparate views to have civil discussions that lead to solutions, or stopping racism or bullying when we see it, or providing support and understanding for undocumented aliens, each and every one of us has opportunity to make our little corner of the world a better place.
In closing, I ask each and every one of you to take a moment and think of something that you can do to help others feel that they are being treated with dignity- and then act on it.  It has to start somewhere.
Make every day Peace Day. The world is counting on you.

Monday, September 21, 2015

What's coming up at Massaro Community Farm in Woodbridge.

There is a lot going on at the Massaro Community Farm.  41 Ford Road, Woodbridge, Connecticut.
The following is shared here unedited a s a public service:
Fall Session of Kids Dig Farms: Get your child unplugged and outdoors through this hands-on farm program. Kids will learn fall farming basics , the role of food preservation, make a harvest pizza, prepare for seasonal transformation, plant garlic and more. Snacks included. $110/Woodbridge residents; $120/non-residents. Runs every Monday from 9/21-11/16, 3:30-5:30pmREGISTER HERE.
Exploring Climate Change Adaptation Strategies through CT Agriculture: This workshop, taking place this Wednesday, September 23 from 5:00-7:00pm, will offer attendees a chance to explore and share strategies to help farms cope with the challenges of climate change associated with drought, heat stress, excessive moisture, longer growing seasons, unpredictable weather, and changes in pest pressure.  Participants will also learn about State and Federal programs that can help them adapt, including conservation programs, risk management tools, and crop insurance products. Current examples and techniques from the Massaro Farm will be discussed. REGISTER HERE.  Bring a potluck dish or snack to share for a social time with beginning and experienced organic farmers.
The Basics of Essential Oils:  Join class leader Kristin Gholson this coming Saturday, September 26 at 10:00am as she leads us through the basics of using essential oils at home. Attendees will receive a basic overview of essential oils and how they can be used for home health care, clearning & gardening. Attendees will also receive a product buying guide and get to assemble & take home a jar of detox bath salts! There will be some essential oils door prizes; bring a friend for an extra chance to win! $10/pp at the door includes class & all materials. REGISTER HERE.
Family Fun Day, Saturday October 3 1:00-5:00pm (rain date October 4): Visit the farm for our annual fall extravaganza! At this family-friendly event you can ride a hay wagon, get your face painted, paint a pumpkin, plant some garlic, play corn hole, play tug of war or try your hand (or leg) at sack races, and much much more! This year we are also very happy to host the Woodbridge Rotary who will be registering kids for Amber Alerts. Parents will greatly appreciate this FREE service of having vital information on hand in case of an emergency. This year's event is part of Woodbridge Day, a town-wide celebration including a road race, car show, and scarecrow celebration. $10/family. Food available for purchase. Those interested in volunteering their time & talents in leading a game or craft should contact Caty Poole at (203) 736-8618 or via email at

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Job Search Boot Camp Special Event

An event featuring Mike Fazio of Workforce 180, and titled “Selling Yourself at Job Fairs and Interviews,” will be presented at no charge from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 24 at the Blackstone Library,
758 Main St., Branford by Workforce Alliance / CTWorks, according to a release.
 Fazio is a "nationally known speaker on high level workforce development and employment issues." the release said.

Resume critique and LinkedIn profile reviews and profile photos will be done onsite by trained CTWorks staff.

To register, email or call the Library: (203) 488-1441.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sikorsky’s 10th Annual Motorcycle Ride and Classic Car Show benefits Wounded Warrior Project

STRATFORD ---Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. will hold its 10th annual Motorcycle Ride and Classic Car show to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, United Way and Community Health Charities, Sept. 13, at the company’s campus, 6900 Main St.
The Wounded Warrior Project began more than a decade ago, starting as a program to provide comfort to wounded military service members and growing into a rehabilitative effort to help wounded service members recover and transition back to civilian life, according to a release.
The scenic, two-hour ride will wind through seven area towns, covering more than 60 miles, the release said.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Sikorsky parking lot, and the ride kicks off at 9 a.m.
The cost is $20 per rider and $5 for each passenger. Breakfast is included for both the rider and passengers, the release said.
To display a classic car, truck or motorcycle, registration begins at 9 a.m. The car show runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost to enter a car is $20.
General admission is $5 and children younger than 12 are admitted at no charge.
After the ride, there will be food vendors and live music, the release said. A portion of the proceeds from food sales will also go to the various charities Sikorsky supports.

For more information about the event email

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Grapes, history and jam

The staff at the historic Stone-Otis House, over the years, has made grape jelly from the vine in back of the 1830 homestead, but this year, without any attention from the gardeners, the vine has flourished and found its way here and there, according to a release.

Recently, Jan Clarke and Orange Historical Society President Ginny Reinhard cut the grape clusters, which totaled more than 30 pounds, the greatest yield ever seen produced by the vine, the release said., Normally when making one jelly batch, 6 pints are produced. Each batch produced 10, 8 ounce jars, the release said.

“It is understood that Mr. Dennis Stone, planted the vine where it is located, using a letter to his nephews, Fred and Clark Stone, to send him some shoots as he had moved to Twelve Mile Creek in Kansas in the mid 1800's to help his son, Legrand start a community of New Haven families there,” the release said.

“Since Mrs. (Sarah) Stone had died earlier, we can assume that the grapes, in Kansas, would be for wine but…can imagine that while her children were growing up that she too made jelly, maybe even jam.”

Society members are “sure Mr. Stone would be very happy to know that the Orange Historical Society has kept his precious plant alive and well.  It has not been neglected over the years but this year, it did itself proud, all by itself,” the release said.

The Stone-Otis House will be open Oct. 3 and Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment by calling  203-795-3106.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Workshop aims to improve reading, comprehension skills

A workshop, led by education specialist Rick Bolton, "brings together the latest research and best practices to show everyone from elementary school students to senior citizens how to dramatically improve their reading speed and comprehension," starting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Fairfield Public Library, according to a release.

 "Although reading is a skill that needs to be developed, most people do not materially improve their reading ability after age 12. This program is guaranteed to show how anyone, with just a few hours of training, can learn to increase their reading speed from 50 to 200 (percent) while also improving comprehension," the release said.

This program also will be offered at the Library at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 in the Memorial
Room at the Main Library.

Presenter Rick Bolton has been working in education and training since 1999, most recently as vice
president, North America for Tycoon Systems, "a leader in business simulation and gamification
technologies for executive leadership training," the release said. 

Bolton  is currently completing his doctorate in Educational Leadership at Southern Connecticut State University, the release said.  His dissertation "explores many of the causal factors that determine success on standardized tests, including the dynamics of reading," the release said.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free.  To register, or for more information about this and other programs, visit: or call 203-256-3160.  Follow the
Fairfield Public library on Twitter: and

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Tips on preventing 'distraction' burglaries, courtesy New Haven police

New Haven police on Monday took the time to remind residents here and everywhere that: "Thieves will do whatever they can to take what isn’t theirs and there’s a growing trend that people need to know about. ‘Distraction Burglaries’ have been perpetrated in the past but seem to have become a more popular method these days."
"The crime involves a conspiracy and a trusting victim. Here’s how it works; A man approaches a woman who’s gardening in her front yard. He engages her in conversation. Perhaps he claims to be a contractor who could clean her gutters. The two walk around the house to the back yard. He points to the roof line and keeps the unsuspecting woman involved in the bogus inspection. Meanwhile, the home is being ransacked by the man’s associates who’ve easily made it inside through the open front door. Sound familiar? Such a burglary took place this past Spring. Other more common methods are perpetrated by the phony utility worker, census taker, magazine salesman or any number of characters who are experts at making you drop your guard." 
The NHPD urges residents not to be fooled, "These scoundrels most often pray on the elderly but any trusting person is fair game."
Remember: "Good locks, bright lights, active block watches and some common sense can prevent most property crimes."
The following "tips on how to prevent distraction burglaries and scams" is courtesy NHPD spokesman Officer David Hartman (posted as a public service here and unedited).

  • Utility workers rarely need access inside your home. If they do, it’s likely arranged by appointment.
  • Utility workers are most often in uniform.
  • Utility workers always carry company issued photo identification.
  • Utility workers drive company vehicles bearing their logos
  • Never allow someone you don’t know and trust into your home. Call the utility company and/ or Police if you suspect someone to be misrepresenting themselves.
  • If a suspicious person confronts you at your home, don’t open the door. Take a good look at the suspect and report his or her description to Police. Include any vehicle description and direction of travel as well.
  • Notify your neighbors or block watch group of suspicious people in your neighborhood.
  • An increase in reported utility scams nationwide involves callers claiming to represent utility companies, demanding payment for a past-due balance through a prepaid card, and threatening to shut off service if payment is not received.
  • This is an attempt at fraud. Some of the attempts have included emails and phone calls. Our local utility companies discourage all customers from providing personal, confidential information to any unknown party. Please report suspicious calls or other types of contact to the Police or Federal Trade Commission.
  • Never turn over payment in any form to anyone at your home. Utility company associates do not accept payment outside of their offices.


UIL Utility Contact Numbers:
• UI: 800-722-5584 (800-7-CALL-UI).
• SCG: 800-513-8898
• CNG: 860-524-8361
• Berkshire: 800-292-5012


Here are some tips on how to prevent burglaries:

  • Report suspicious people and vehicles to Police and your neighbors
  • Keep doors & windows secured with good quality locks
  • Add window casement locks or locking pin to keep windows ‘cracked’ a bit
  • Secure window air conditioners to the sash and sill
  • Set your burglar alarm – even when you’re at home
  • Keep porch lights on all night
  • Use motion sensors lights for driveways and back yards
  • Trim back trees & shrubbery
  • Never let strangers into your home
  • Demand and verify identification of utility co. associates, poll takers & sales people.
  • Make your home look occupied. Time lights, radios & televisions
  • Avoid hiding keys outside. Give a spare to a trusted friend
  • Never attach personal information to your key ring
  • Arrange for mail pick up if away for more than a few days
  • Maintain a clearly visible house number so emergency personnel can find you
  • Keep valuables in a hidden secure spot or bank safety deposit box
  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Report nonworking street lights and tree canopies that are below the lights
  • Engrave property with your phone number. Record serial numbers
  • Don’t ignore audible alarms. Call the Police
  • Keep all firearms out of sight and locked up
  • Don’t leave ladders outside your home


  • Set appropriate privacy settings on social media sites and check them often. If you must post vacation pictures, do so after you’ve returned.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New Haven Bereavement Care Network to hold increase the peace rally

NEW HAVEN >> Bereavement Care Network, Inc. will hold its 3rd annual "Decrease the Violence Increase the Peace" march and rally beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Charles Street Substation at 26 Charles St., organizers said in a release.

The march will proceed to the Dixwell Q-House and carry over to the side of the building at Wexler Grant Field. The rally begins at 2 p.m. The rain date for the event is Oct. 3.

Bereavement Care Network is working bring communities together, to form a network of individuals/groups to work toward solutions to stop violence in the city, while assisting families as they manage the grief of losing a loved one, founder Nakia N. Dawson said in the release.

There will be speakers, performances, and vendors, Dawson said. “This will be a time for our young people to come (in) fellowship together in peace.”

Organizations seeking to have an information booth or become a vendor should R.S.V.P. no later than Sept. 5, with group/organization’s name and number of participants. Confirm via email at, or call  203-589-5538.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mystic Aquarium: Snapping turtle conservation efforts highlighted with crittercam deployment

OLD LYME - "A group of scientists, researchers, dignitaries and students converged on the Tributary Mill Conservancy" Thursday "to highlight conservation efforts of Connecticut’s snapping  turtle population," according to a release.

"The day’s activities commenced with a discussion by representatives of a conservation partnership on the current status of Connecticut’s snapping turtle population and the conservation efforts currently underway," the release said

The partners include Mystic Aquarium, Tributary Mill Conservancy, National Geographic, Department of Energy and Environmental  Protection and Arcadia University, the release said.

Among dignitaries at the event was state Rep. Matthew Lesser, D– Middletown, who "has spearheaded legislation for the protection of snapping turtles. The recent protections set aside by state government for snapping turtles have provided a strong foundation; however, additional protection is the key to the conservation of the species," the release said.

“[We are] moving forward on more and bolder steps to protect Connecticut’s remaining snapping turtles but we need to have the data to let science speak to inform our policy makers about what we need to do to protect this important part of our ecosystem,” Lesser said, also in the release.

The following parts of the release re shared unedited here:

A first-hand account of the project and partnerships was provided by Dr. Tracy Romano, Chief Scientist & Vice President of Research-Mystic Aquarium; Greg Marshall, National Geographic Fellow/Research; Tobias Landberg, assistant professor at Arcadia University; and Dr. Allison Tuttle, Vice President of Biological Programs - Mystic Aquarium.

A health assessment was demonstrated by the Aquarium’s animal care team followed by a crittercam deployment which highlighted an informative morning of conservation and science. Greg Marshall, National Geographic Fellow/Research Associate, developed Crittercam-a video acquisition system aimed at providing insight to animal behavior.

This small camera is carefully mounted on an animal to provide scientists with valuable information about the creature and its environment. The goal is to learn as much as possible about the turtles in hopes of protecting them for generations to come.

Video footage from Thursday’s deployment will be collected and studied by the collective panel as it becomes available.

All of the partners involved are working together to help protect CT’s snapping turtles and to engage and recruit students of all ages to help with protecting the turtles and their environment.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Free Day at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Aug. 29

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Summer’s Last Roar in New Haven
NEW HAVEN -  The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will hold its sixth annual end-of-summer free admission day, “Summer’s Last Roar,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 29,  at the museum at 170 Whitney Ave., according to a release.
"A fun day is planned that includes puppet shows, interpretive science and door prizes. All galleries will be open to the public," the release said.
"Interpretive guides will be stationed throughout the day in the featured exhibition, 'Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace,'" the release said. 
"Local high school students in the Peabody’s Sci.CORPS Museum Interpreter Program, a division of the Museum’s after-school EVOLUTIONS program, will demonstrate objects from the collections in several exhibition halls, encouraging visitors to touch real fossils and artifacts. An instant winner game will give everyone a chance to win a prize. "
Puppeteer Betty Baisden will do two performances of "Roxi and the Samurai," created for the event, the release said. "Roxi Fox explores Japanese history as he travels back in time to Tokagawa, Japan where he gets a visit from an 18th century Japanese" warrior.  "Roxi encounters a desperate crab family, an angry shogun ruler, and a perplexed puppeteer as he tries to solve everyone’s problems." Show times are 11 a.m. and noon.
There is free parking in the Peabody lot and adjacent Yale lots. The entrance is one block north of the museum at the intersection of Whitney and Humphrey Streets.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

DEEP announces (private property) deer bow hunting on Sundays

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said in a release that as of Oct. 1 "bow hunting on Sundays during the private land archery deer season will be permitted in most deer management zones in the state – except for those in north central Connecticut."

“This new opportunity for hunters will support DEEP efforts to maintain healthy deer populations and ecosystems,” Rick Jacobson, DEEP Wildlife Division director, said in the release.  “When the density of the deer population in a given area is too high – as it is in much of the state – it is not healthy for deer, other species, or forest lands.”

The General Assembly this year approved Public Act 15-204, "An Act Authorizing Bow and Arrow Hunting on Certain Private Property on Sundays," the release said. 
"This new law authorizes DEEP to establish a season for Sunday bow hunting on private properties during the fall archery season in areas of the state with an overpopulation of deer.  The law also requires that all such hunting must take place at least 40 yards away from blazed hiking trails. As with all deer or turkey hunting on private lands, hunters must have written permission from the land owner."

The fall archery deer season runs from Sept. 15 through Dec. 31 in most zones, and through the end of January 2016 in Deer Management Zones 11 and 12, which include communities along Long Island Sound, the release said.

"DEEP determined that Sunday archery deer hunting on private lands will be permitted in all but three of the state’s Deer Management Zones (DMZs) based on its assessment of the deer population in each of the zones.  The three zones where Sunday hunting will NOT be permitted – DMZs 2, 3, and 4A – are in north central Connecticut, including portions of Hartford, Litchfield, and Tolland Counties.  The DMZs where Sunday hunting on private land will be permitted include 1, 4b, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12." (see attached map)

"The Deer Program administered by DEEP’s Wildlife Division has focused on stabilizing or reducing deer population growth for the best long-term interest of the deer resource, native plant and animal communities, and the public," the release said.

“Regulated deer hunting has proven to be an ecologically sound, socially beneficial, and fiscally responsible method of managing deer populations” Jacobson said, also in the release..

“Our efforts have focused on increasing harvest of antlerless deer, coordinating controlled hunts for overabundant deer herds, and assisting communities and large landowners with deer management issues,” Andrew LaBonte, a Wildlife Division biologist with Connecticut’s Deer Program said, in the release. “Permitting hunting on Sundays is just one more tool to aid in those management efforts.”

"Allowing deer hunting on Sundays also provides more opportunity for hunters to go out in the field during multiple days on the weekend, instead of just on Saturdays."

“Sunday hunting is expected to increase – by a small percentage – the current annual harvest of about 10,000-13,000 deer for all hunting seasons,” Jacobson said in the release.

All deer harvested must be reported through DEEP’s online harvest ( or telephone reporting system (1-877-337-4868).

Information on hunting seasons is available at

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Walk-in registration at Gateway Community College Aug. 22

Gateway Community College issued the following release (unedited here):
Gateway Community College (GCC) will participate in a state-wide  “Super Saturday Registration Blitz”  from 10am to 3pmSaturday, August 22 to accomodate students who still need to apply and register for the fall semester. 

Gateway Community College is one of 12 community colleges in the Connecticut State College and Universities (CSCU) system participating in “Super Saturday Registration.”  

"Our previous Saturday Walk-in, One-stop registration day was very busy," explains GCC President, Dorsey L. Kendrick. "It was very clear that Saturdays are a great day for our students to take care of college business. It was so popular that people came early to apply and register, and we expect they'll do so again on August 22." 

With fall classes starting on August 31, the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education are encouraging students to take advantage of Super Saturday Blitz. Students attending will receive personal assistance through the registration process, including class scheduling, course selection, placement assessment, financial aid and payment plans. All in attendance on Aug. 22 will also be invited to enter to win one of fifty $50 bookstore gift certificates. 

“At the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, we are making it easy and quick for students to enroll in fall classes,” said CSCU President Gregory Gray. “On Aug. 22, we are making community college staff available to prospective students to help get them started on the path to a college degree at the state’s community colleges — Connecticut’s best value in higher education."

For those unable to attend Super Saturday Registration Blitz on August 22, but still want to attend Gateway Community College in the fall, service offices will remain open on Wednesdays until 7:00pm through September 9

Information about Gateway Community College's course offerings, admissions and registration can be found at Inquiries can also be made via the college website, through the GCC Facebook page at Facebook/Go2GCC, by email to and by phone to (203) 285-2000.