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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.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Author David Orr to talk Robert Frost in Stratford Sept. 13

David Orr (contributed photo)
The event is from 3 to 5 p.m. the brewery is at 1700 Stratford Ave, Stratford
According to the publisher, the book comes on the centennial of the publication of Robert Frost’s beloved poem. " The book is an engaging, lively exploration of the enormous skill and complexity that went into the creation of the poem, and how and, perhaps more crucially, why we’ve been misinterpreting it for a century," according to a release.

Further, "the popular assumption is that Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” celebrates the victorious self-assertion of an individual choosing to live outside conformity. However, Orr lucidly argues that the poem’s own lines more persuasively suggest that it’s actually a dramatization of the extent to which we mislead ourselves about the control we exercise over our own lives," the release said.
"The poem reveals a person who chooses between identical roads and yet later romanticizes the decision as life altering; and holds two seemingly contradictory meanings in tension, giving us a portrait of choice without making a decision itself. It is a picture of personal choice and the human self that is distinctly American in its exultation of individualism and exceptionalism."

Orr, a resident of New York State, is the poetry editor for the New York Times Book Review.  He is a graduate of Yale Law School.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Gateway Community College to hold Aug. 8 and Aug. 22 walk-in registration

NEW HAVEN - Students wishing to register for classes at Gateway Community College this fall are invited to come to campus for a walk in one-stop registration days on Aug.  8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to a release.

According to a release, "GCC’s Student Success Center and service offices will be open to assist new and continuing students on a first-come, first-served basis" with: 
admissions counseling
financial aid
payments/payment plans
academic advising
placement testing
identification badges

?Students who are new to Gateway may prepare in advance by visiting Students should bring: photo ID, unofficial transcripts (from high school or college), proof of high school graduation, immunization records (if not previously provided by student)."
Gateway Community College is located at 20 Church St. Parking is validated for the Temple Street garage and doors will open at 9:45 am at the George Street north and Crown Street entrances. The fall semester begins on Aug, 31.

For information call the college admissions office at (203) 285-2010 or email

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dora the Explorer to visit Peabody Museum, meet 'dinosaurs'

Dora (contributed)
NEW HAVEN - The popular Nickelodeon cartoon character Dora the Explorer, backpack in tow, is headed to the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History on  Aug. 15, for "her newest adventure: coming face to face with 150-million-year-old dinosaur skeletons," according to a release. 
Dora is scheduled to greet visitors from 10 a.m. to noon in the Great Hall of Dinosaurs under the watchful glance of Brontosaurus and Stegosaurus, the release said.  Visitors may take photos with Dora using their own cameras, the release said.
The visit with Dora is free with museum membership, Yale I.D. or admission of $6-$13 ($13 adult, $10 senior 65+, $6 children age 3-18 and students with I.D.).  There is no admission cost for children younger than  3. 

The Yale Peabody Museum is a member of the Connecticut Dinosaur Trail (, which made Dora’s visit possible, the release said..
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  The Museum is closed Mondays except for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Columbus Day and Presidents Day.  Admission prices are:  Adults $13, seniors 65 and over $9, children 3-18 $6. Admission is free for Museum members, Yale I.D. holders, and children under age 3. No admission is charged Thursdays from 2 to 5 pm from September through June.  

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

East Haven Animal Shelter to hold 'mega' tag sale

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The East Haven Animal Shelter will act as host for a mega tag sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22, at the shelter, 183 Commerce St., according to a release.
The event is just "in time to shop for dorm, back to school or whatever you need," the release said.

Rain date is Aug. 23.  
All vendors, crafters, and anyone with items to sell are welcome. Each space is a $25 donation, the release said.

Vendors are asked bring their own tables and chairs. "Set your own prices, keep all your proceeds," and to reserve your space, payment (cash or check only) must be received by Aug. 15, the release said. ( No exceptions.)

Call the shelter at 203 468-3249, Teri at 203- 859-4446, or Jean at 203 641-4388 for  payment arrangements or further information.

"Admission and parking are free, so plan to stop by, shop, and maybe meet your new best friend," the release said.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Orange Historical Society Academy Museum acquires postcard collection

At the Academy
The Orange Historical Society Academy Museum, open every Saturday has received a collection of old postcards, according to a release. 

In addition to the antiques and collectibles, the museum offers tours of the 1878 Academy building that once housed town meetings and the secondary school, the release said. 

"Come take a tour and browse  through the shop. You might find just the right gift for your summer events," the release said.

Admission is free.  The building is across from the town Green. (with beautiful horses nearby!)

For information call 203 795-3106.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Historical American Girl Doll Camp in August

The Orange Historical Society will present a Summer Historical American Girl Doll Camp at the Stone-Otis House , 615 Orange Center Road, from 9:30 a.m. to noon August 17, 18 &
The camp is for ages 7 to 12, the release said.
The camp will allow participants to "come join with Historical American Girls as they travel through American history," the release said, and read, write and create.
"Learn about their everyday lives by reading their stories, hear about when they
lived, write in your own journal, make crafts, play games from the doll's
time period and sample food from recipes they would have used." 
The cost is  $60 and includes project materials. Participants also may bring theirown American Girl Doll.  The camp is limited to 10 girls so make your reservations early by sending a check to Orange
Historical Society PO Box 784, Orange, 06477.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sneaker drive to help New Haven youths

NEW HAVEN >> Pastor Brenda Adkins and her husband, John, through their church, His Divine Fellowship Ministry, are in the midst of their "Cover Thy Brethren’s Feet" campaign, with a goal of collecting 1,000 pairs of sneakers by Sept. 20 to be given away in the James Hillhouse High School gym.
The couple, involved in many street ministries through the years, including for a Feed the Children food truck visit in November, has been working with other volunteers through the summer to collect donations.
The effort is in part inspired by learning that children can be made fun of over their footwear, Brenda Adkins has said.

Donations also can be mailed or dropped off at the couple’s home, 330 Munson St., second floor, New Haven, 06511.

The Adkinses have been active in the community for years, feeding the hungry, educating people about HIV/AIDS, counseling newly released prisoners and clothing the needy; after a few years working in another city, they returned to New Haven.

In photo:
From left, Deacon Melvin Bowman, Bishop John Adkins, Pastor Brenda Adkins and Elder Barbara Lawhorn collect donations for the “Cover Thy Brethrenís Feet” campaign, to buy sneakers for youths, outside Stop & Shop at the Amity plaza in New Haven.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Who wants to learn all about owls?

DERBY - Join other owl lovers and find out what each one sounds and looks like at 10 a.m. on July 18 at the Kellogg Environmental Center, according to a release.   
The presentation by Education Staff from Kellogg will "teach you about these magnificent aerial hunters all the way from an egg to an adult. You will get the chance to make your own owl mask at the end," the release said  
All ages are welcome to attend  and it is free program and registration is not required, the release said.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.


The CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Kellogg Environmental Center is at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.  The program is offered free but donations accepted. For more information, directions, or to register, call the Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513 or email


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

'NHSO to Offer Free Family Concerts at Public Schools'

NEW HAVEN  -  The New Haven Symphony Orchestra received a $50,000 special designation in the state budget that allows it to offer free admission for adults and children to its 2016 and 2017 Family Concert Series, according to a release.
Further, through the NHSO KidTix program children under the age of 18 may attend all NHSO concerts free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult, the release said.

 “Performing arts organizations such as the New Haven Symphony Orchestra contribute tremendous public value to our communities, making them vital and engaging places to live and work," NHSO Executive Director Elaine C. Carroll said, also in the release. "The NHSO enhances New Haven’s reputation around the world through ASCAP Awards for Innovative Programming, nationally recognized funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, rave reviews in Gramophone Magazine for our latest album.

"The NHSO reaches 80,000 audience members each year and 30,000 children will benefit from our 220 concerts and education programs which are offered in conjunction with 42 Connecticut school districts," she said.

Carroll also noted, “We thank our local (state) Representatives, Patricia Dillon and Toni Walker, for their tireless advocacy of our programs to the Connecticut legislature and are proud to offer free KidTix and Family Concert Series to local citizens.”

 “I am excited to support NHSO and their community programming. NHSO’s commitment to providing access to the arts for all families regardless of income is a noble endeavor," Dillon said in the release.."The Davis School series was a well-attended success. I want to thank the Appropriation Committee chairs, Rep. Toni Walker and Sen. Beth Bye, for their support.”

Also in the release:

"The NHSO Family Concert Series provides a lively introduction to the orchestra through interactive concerts designed just for children. Each January – March the NHSO presents three Family Concerts at Davis Street School in New Haven and Shelton Intermediate School. This year, the series’ theme will be “Once Upon a Time”; NHSO ensembles will celebrate centuries of fairy tales through music and finish "happily ever after" with a beautiful lullaby sing along. Students are also encouraged to participate in an Instrument Discovery Zone in the lobby before the concerts where they can touch and play real orchestral instruments. To learn more, visit"  

(KidTix must be purchased by phone by calling the NHSO box office at 203.865.0831 x20. The KidTix corporate sponsor is Frontier Communications. )


In 2015 – 2016, its 122nd season in operation, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra continues to fulfill its mission of increasing the impact and value of orchestral music for its audiences through high quality, affordable performances and educational programming. The NHSO presents more than 55 concerts per season throughout the region and reaches more than 30,000 students through its award-winning educational and community programming. For more information, visit


PHOTO Top, NHSO performing at the Shubert Theater with NHSO music director William Boughton conducting and the audience at an NHSO Family Concert program performed at Davis Street School in New Haven on Jan. 10, 2015. Photo Credit: Joe Crawford.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

East Haven Community Kitchen Serving Lunch July 18

The East Haven United Community Kitchen will serve lunch on July 18 to any member of the community wishing to enjoy a free meal alongside neighbors, according to a release.
Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at Christ and The Epiphany Church, 39 Park Place, on the East Haven Green.
All are welcome, the release said. 
For more information or to learn how you can help, contact or call 203-397-6409.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Haven fireworks, concert set for July 4

New Haven announced that a performance by the U.S. Coast Guard Band in celebration of Independence Day will be held on July 4, according to a release
The live concert will be held at 8 p.m. in Wilbur Cross High School Field prior to the city's annual July 4th Fireworks, the release said. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard Band is the "premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security," the release said. "The 55-member ensemble is based at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. In addition to performing concert tours around the nation, the Band has also played in the former Soviet Union, Canada, England, Japan and Taiwan. In 2008, the Coast Guard Band became the first premier American military band to perform a concert tour of Japan. Concerts are free and open to the public and include a broad spectrum of music, from wind ensemble classics to swinging jazz charts."

East Rock Park
Attendees are encouraged to view the fireworks from Wilbur Cross High School Field as no spectators or vehicles will be allowed on the East Rock Park summit for the fireworks display, the release said.
The New Haven's fireworks display can be viewed from any location where the Angel of Peace is visible. Food Vendors will be on site. Parking is available at Wilbur Cross High School. Access to East Rock Summit will be closed to traffic the evening of July 3 through the completion of the fireworks, the release said.


In case of rain, the Coast Guard band will perform in the Wilbur Cross High School Auditorium and the fireworks display will be postponed until July 5, the release said.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Neighborhood Music School "Twilight Tuesdays' coming up

Latanya Farrell
NEW HAVEN - Neighborhood Music School will present "Twilight Tuesdays," an alfresco dinner/concert series of four evenings of music in the Park of the Arts, located behind NMS, according to a release.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Rain or shine. Subscriptions and individual tickets on sale now.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. BYOB is welcome and food trucks will be on site for select concerts, the release said: (The Meat Truck on 7/21, 8/4 and 8/11, and Caseus Cheese Truck on 8/11.  Chestnut Fine Foods will provide picnic suppers on 7/28.)

NMS’s neighboring restaurant, Koffee?, will be open all four nights and offering wine and beer for $6 per glass, the release said.

“Now in its 15th year, our Twilight Tuesdays concert series continues to present some of the region’s best artists to our community. We’re especially pleased to highlight the school’s own talent this summer with Jeff Fuller from our faculty and NMS alumnus Wayne Escoffery, and of course to celebrate our friend Red Balaban, who was such a force in the jazz world. These relaxing evenings in a beautiful setting are not to be missed and the quality of the entertainment makes for serious fun for everyone!” said Noah Bloom, Director of Programs & Community Engagement, in the release

Also in the release:.

July 21: Sambeleza with Jeff Fuller (NMS faculty member), Joe Carter and Isabella Mendes. Sambeleza has been lofting the sounds of Brazilian jazz into the air since 2011, when the group formed to promote and perform the warm sounds of Brazilian music with a jazz twist. Enjoy the sounds of bossa nova, samba, baião and lovely ballads from some of the greatest Brazilian composers, as well as original tunes in the Brazilian style. Sambaleza recently perfomed at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven.

July 28: "A Night at Eddie Condon's" featuring the Red Balaban Tribute Orchestra.
This special event will honor the late jazz legend, Leonard "Red" Balaban, bassist, tuba player, house band leader at Eddie Condon's and loyal friend and supporter of NMS. The event also celebrates the birthday of Red’s wife, Micki. Featured musicians include Paul Boehmke, saxophone/ clarinet/flute; Jim Fryer, trombone; Charlie Freeman, piano; Gim Burton, guitar/banjo; Jim Tutunjian, bass; Jim Royale, drums; and others who performed with Red throughout his career. “What a wonderful way for the community to honor my husband, Red Balaban!” said Micki Balaban. “We had a very special partnership – every night was a celebration. My family and I are looking forward to sharing this tribute event with Red’s musician friends and jazz community.” (Note: This concert is not included in subscription series. $30 per person for reserved table seat with picnic supper.)

August 4:  Wayne Escoffery Quartet Presents: The Music of Our Tenor Masters
Wayne Escoffery, NMS alumnus, has become one of the jazz world's most talented rising stars. An outstanding tenor saxophonist, Escoffery began his career touring and recording with The Eric Reed Septet and is a member of the Mingus Big Band. He toured with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Music of Masters and was chosen by Wynton Marsalis to perform the music of Dexter Gordon and Miles Davis. Featured musicians include Danny Grissett, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; and Ralph Peterson, drums. This concert also features NMS jazz students and will raise support for Summer Jazz scholarships.
August 11: Latanya Farrell/The Connecticut Harp Circle
This concert opens with the Connecticut Harp Circle, which was founded by NMS faculty member Hayley Hewitt to bring harp players together in a relaxed, informal setting. They have prepared a special program of old music from around the world.
Learn more about Latanya Farrell.
Latanya Farrell, dubbed the "Queen of Summer Concerts," by the Hartford Courant, moves audiences with her passion, energy and a love for music and life. Her award- winning vocal talent and style has influences that include Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Jill Scott... just to name a few!

Twilight Tuesdays Concert sponsors are Steve & Sally Glick, and Pinpoint Promotions.
For more information on Twilight Tuesdays, contact Julius Stone, Events & Volunteer Coordinator, at 203-624-5189 x17 or

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival needs volunteers

The Orange Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival will be held July 30 through August 2.
Help is again gratefully accepted and very much needed in the main food tent, organizers said ina release.
Those interested in giving of time for a few hours, it is especially needed on Saturday,
beginning at 11 a.m. for the day shift, or the evening time, beginning at 4 p.m.
Help is also needed on Sunday, beginning at noon. The carnival does not go
into the evening on Sunday.
Assistance also is needed on Thursday and on Friday beginning at 4:30
p.m., the release said
Company employees who would like to volunteer together, as a group, would be
very much appreciated, the release said..
Coldwell Banker-Orange volunteers on Thursday night and Weichert Realtors
Orange comes in on Friday night.
"Remember that aside from having a good time pitching in with your
neighbors and friends to help, the volunteer fire department also helps keep our
town taxes lower," the release said.
Call or email Denise Mirto to add your name. 203-795-1080  or 203-464-9972 or

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Family Fun Run June 27

The Connecticut Irish Festival Feis and Agricultural Fair, sponsored by the Irish American Community Center, partners with the CFMS Fund for a Family Fun Run June 27, according to a release.

Registration is from 10 to 11 a.m. at the North Haven Fair Grounds 300 Washington Ave. (Rte 5) North Haven. The event raises awareness and money for cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis, the release said.

Pre-registration fee is $10 per person or $25 per family, children 12 and younger are free. the registration includes complimentary  cinch sac for first 500 registrants, kids medals, beverages, and free admission into the Festival, the release said. 

Walk/Run begins at 11 a.m. 

Registration at the event is $15 per person and $30 per family.  Register online at

Monday, June 15, 2015

Shark attacks (unprovoked) in the U.S. 1837-2014

Sunday, there were two shark attacks on the North Carolina coast. Both victims survived, but each lost their arm and sustained other injuries. The visuals below show how many shark attacks have happened over time. These visuals show how unlikely shark attacks (and fatalities from shark attacks) are.

Unprovoked Shark Attack Fatalities By State (1837-2014) | FindTheHome


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

'A Passion for Preservation: Urban Mining Explored' in New Haven

NEW HAVEN  - Joe DeRisi of Urban Miners, an architectural salvage store in Hamden, will discuss "the importance of preserving historic buildings, why many are destroyed, and how others can be saved, in a free presentation at the historic Pardee-Morris House" at 2 p.m. June 21, according to a release.
"The first of this year’s 'In-Season Talks' takes place at 325 Lighthouse Road in New Haven’s Morris Cove neighborhood, the release said.
"According to DeRisi, many old materials are irreplaceable, and should be reused."
“The wood used for framing houses many years ago is considered furniture-quality now,” he said, in the release.
"He created Urban Miners in 2007 to salvage building materials and household goods and pass them on to consumers in order to “repurpose” the materials the buildings were made from," ... “No historic structure should be demolished unless the building materials are unrecoverable.”
"Often the difference between deconstructing a historic house (saving more than 80 percent of it), versus demolishing and throwing it away, is only a few thousand dollars. In those cases, DeRisi says, deconstruction should be subsidized.  He will cite specific examples, with numbers to support his argument, and show photos of houses Unban Miners has deconstructed, and others that weren’t."
Also, "DeRisi holds a master’s degree in resource management as well as a certificate in deconstruction, and has worked locally as an environmental analyst, conservationist and former building contractor. He works alongside a staff of talented others who share a vision for a sustainable future and a commitment to customer service."
Also in the release:: The Pardee-Morris House is one of the oldest surviving historic structures in Connecticut, and listed on the national and state registers of historic places.  The original house, built by Amos Morris circa 1750, was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven on July 5, 1779, and later rebuilt and expanded by the Morris family. In 1918, William S. Pardee, a descendant of the Morris family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, today the New Haven Museum.  Sign up for e-blasts at, or call the New Haven Museum at 203-562-4183
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Congrats to all who earned degrees at Albertus Magnus College's 92nd commencement

Undergraduate and graduate students from throughout Connecticut received degrees at Albertus Magnus College's 92nd Commencement May 17, the college said in a release.
Shared here, unedited, is the list of graduates provided by the college. Congrats to all:

Ansonia: Mark J. Debinski, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; Leonora Gecaj, MBA; and Sarah Anne Lustig, Master of Arts
Berlin:  Debra L. Davis, Associate of Science, with honors; and Alicia Sarina Formica, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude.

Bethany:  Laura Codeanne, Bachelor of Arts; and Laurie D. Coppola, Master of Science, with honors.

Bloomfield:  Naciki O. Reid, MBA; Tyrikah O. Robertson-Williams, Master of Science, with honors; Marie Y. Robinson, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Lee E. Williams Jr., Bachelor of Science; and Elaine Antoinnette Wilson, Bachelor of Science.

Branford:  Nelida Bonilla, Associate of Science; Elizabeth C. Carrillo, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Heather Marie Cassella, Master of Arts; David J. Christofani, Associate of Science; Michelle M. Colaccio, Associate of Arts; Deborah Finger, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Demian Garcia-Scalici, MBA, with honors; Yvonne Marie Gordon, Master of Arts; Sarah Eleanor Hovick, Master of Arts, with honors; Theresa B. Kinney-Torres, Bachelor of Arts; Brian N. Levchuk, Bachelor of Science; Chasity London, Bachelor of Science; Blair L. McKenna, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Jennifer Ann Narcisco, Master of Arts; Robert F. Noel, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Minh Cong Pham, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; and Veronica Rhodes-Rojas, MBA. 

Bridgeport: Tira S. Bittle, Bachelor of Science; Tyrone Craig Bryan, Bachelor of Science; Juanita C. Buchanan, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; Gloria Dolores Carrasquillo, Bachelor of Arts; Carlos Hernandez, Bachelor of Science; Yah'tese Q. Hopson, Bachelor of Arts; Sandra Janeth Miguel, Associate of Science; Kelly Brian Nesmith, Bachelor of Science; Dakota Denzel Newton,, Bachelor of Science; Katrina Nicole Robinson, Bachelor of Science; Minerva Solano, Master of Science; Analise Sutila, Bachelor of Arts; and Alexandria Norma Wilhoite, MBA.

Bristol: Tiffany H. Chisholm, Master of Science, with honors; Angela Tinella Larue, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Kelly Maher, Master of Science, with honors; and Molly Ann McLaughlin, Master of Arts.

Burlington: Christine Skrzypinski, Bachelor of Science.

Cheshire: Brent R. Couture, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Ryan Matthew Fowler, Bachelor of Arts; Carol R. Parducci, Bachelor of Science; Mette L. Smith, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Robert Taaylor Snow, Bachelor of Science; and Dianna Stapleton-St. Germaine, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude.

Cromwell: Meghan R. Misenti, Bachelor of Arts, and Ruth M. Diaz-Wiatrak, Bachelor of Science.

Danbury: Renee N. Bergen, Bachelor of Science, cum laude, and Douglas Ferreira De Sousa,  Bachelor of Science.

Derby: Vernitia L. Burton, Master of Science, with honors; Autumn Caraglio, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude; John Hanewicz III, MBA,  with honors; and Alicia K. Leona, Bachelor of Science.

Durham: Meghan Elizabeth McDowell, MBA.

East Hampton: Timothly P. Kearney, MBA; and Stephanie Schneider, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude.
East Hartford:  Shaunda Byrd, Associate of Science;  Tracey Lynn Forbes, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Malcolm E. Freeman Jr., Master of Science, with honors;
Yvette Hughes, Bachelor of Science; Christian A. Moore, Master of Science, with honors;
Timothy A. Martinson, Master of Science; Brandan J. Morgan, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Sabinea Stewart, Associate of Science; and Nancy Araujo Teles, Associate of Science.

East Hartland:  Mary M. Burns, MBA, with honors

East Haven: Alissann Affinito, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Carlee Lynn Brigante, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Jenny Lynn Briggs, Bachelor of Science; Kelly Briggs, MBA; Renee Bureau, Bachelor of Arts; Donna Marie Carranzo, Master of Science, with honors; Joseph R. Celone, Bachelor of Science; Susan Theresa Dalmoura, Bachelor of Arts; Kristopher Daur-Schierholz, Bachelor of Science; Danielle N. Durazzo, Bacher of Arts, magna cum laude; Joseph M. Festa, Bachelor of Science; Jill Annette Franco, Master of Science; Dori Maher, Associate of Arts; Carolyn Marinez, Master of Science, with honors; Ashley Marro, Bachelor of Science; Raymond Andrew Marsico III, Bachelor of Arts; Tracy M. Mingione, MBA, with honors; Melissa Reynolds, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; Amanda Sullivan, MBA; Amanda Lynn Volpe, Bachelor of Science; Eugene Raymond Williams, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; and Candice J. Wright, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude.

Enfield:  Nicole Lindsey Boland, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Douglas C. Brown, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; and Billy Lee Hutsell, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude.

Fairfield: Nichole Jordan, Bachelor of Science; and Jenny Reed, Master of Arts. 

Gales Ferry: Kea M. Hicks, MBA.

Glastonbury:  Jaclyn Felicia Binns, MBA, with honors.

Guilford: Beata Brouard, Bachelor Arts; Kimberly Dawn Hall, MBA; Carolyn Ann Matthes, Bachelor of Science; Kelly Proctor, Associate of Science;  and Kelsey Bentley Proctor, Bachelor of Arts.

Haddam:  Howard Brigham Field IV, MBA, with honors.

Hamden:  Aaron L. Askew, Bachelor of Science; Charles Roland Beasley, Bachelor of Science; Erica Schylon Bright, Bachelor of Arts; Sarah Rose Cantafio, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; Dwight D. Clemmons, Associate of Science; Peter Dorio, Bachelor of Science; Tracy R. Edwards, Associate of Arts; Nicole Marie Evans, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Nesha C. Fountain, Master of Science, with honors; Derek A. Gaieski, MBA, with honors; Shelly M. Garcia, Associate of Arts; Alanda Garner, Associate of Arts; Gwendolyn M. Harrison, Bachelor of Science; Emily Ann Reim Ifrach, Master of Arts;
Pamela Priest Irving, Bachelor of Arts; Telisha S. Jackson, Bachelor of Science; Shannon Knox, Bachelor of Arts; Monique Lathrop, Bachelor of Arts; Donte A. Lloyd, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Darryl Joe Lyons Jr., Bachelor of Arts; Aura Mererci Martinez, Bachelor of Arts; Kaitlyn Lauren Mathews, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Charmaine M. McDaniels, Bachelor of Science; Christopher Miller, Bachelor of Science; Nelsie N. Mills, Associate of Arts; Aimee Elizabeth Mirto, Bachelor of Arts; Tracie Mitchell, MBA; Sara Elissa Mowery, Bachelor of Arts; Alicia Marie Panayotakis, Associate of Science; Michael N. Pellino, Bachelor of Arts; Vincent J. Purgatore, Bachelor of Science; Daniel Torres, Bachelor of Arts; Tanya Levesque Vitali, Bachelor of Science; Nicholas Amory Walters, MBA; Scott R. Warzecha, Bachelor of Science; and Shontel Tavia Winston, Bachelor of Science.

Hampton: Angela Marie Tracy, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude. 

Hartford: Mary Alexander, Associate of Science; Marlowe Barnes, Master of Science, with honors; Tychel Yevette Blatche, Associate of Science; Celeste Cheatem, Associate of Science; Brenda Colon, Master of Science, with honors; Kea K. Fleming, Bachelor of Science; Jane A. Gentles, Associate of Science; Ramon Gonzalez Jr., Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Julia Monique Johnson, MBA;  Marcus A. Jones, Bachelor of Science; Dane C. McLaren, MBA; Veronica Nieves, Associate of Science;  Diane M. Oten, Associate of Science; Noreen Janet Pe'rez, Master of Science; Jose A. Rendon, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Patricia Roman, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Marquea Danielle Smith, Master of Science; and Rashima V. Tyson, Associate of Science.

Ledyard: Stanley Freeman Harris III, Bachelor of Science.

Madison: Ashley Suzanne Burzenski, Bachelor of Science; and Clare Dube, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude.

Manchester: Stephanie K. Harvey, Bachelor of Arts; Virginia Shu-Yan Huie Li, Master of Science, with honors; Glyn Liburd, Associate of Science; Kelly Nicole Lierzer, MBA, with honors; Pamela A. McNamara, Bachelor of Science; Yolanda Ortiz, Master of Science;  Alyssa M. Raucci, MBA; and Jill M. Sanford, Master of Science, with honors.

Meriden: Stephanie Allen, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Michael Robert Barillaro, Bachelor of Arts; Robin Ann Butler, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Isabel Cruz, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; William R. Farm, MBA, with honors; Amber Lynn Gratta, Bachelor of Arts; Leroy Harris, Bachelor of Science; Robert Anthony Kuszpa, MBA; Dennis Labonte, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Donna Lynn Langlois, Bachelor of Science; Chanelle L. Moye, Bachelor of Science; Sindey Y. Parker, Bachelor of Arts; Zachary Sokolis, Bachelor of Arts; Kyle R. Soules, Bachelor of Science; Ramiro Torrico,  Master of Arts, with honors; and Lynn Mary Tylec, Bachelor of Arts.

Middletown:  Christie Alison Arnold, Associate of Science, with honors; Latoris L. Askew-Taylor, Associate of Science; Ashlee Marie Astwood, Associate of Science; Susan Z. Devany, Master of Science; Amy Elizabeth King, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude;
Jerome W. Lorde, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Ryan Pierson, Master of Science, with honors; Nathaniel K. Simmons, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; and Wakine Kimyatta West, Master of Science, with honors.

Milford: Craig P. Barry, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Jeanette M. Call, Master of Science, with honors; Jason J. Domena, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Peter H. Eschweiler, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Erica Lynn Hatrick, Master of Arts;
Joseph D. Ineson, Bachelor of Science; Taylor Jagoe, Bachelor of Science; Ariella L. Jimenez, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; Alyssia Jimenez, Bachelor of Arts; Dawn Renee David-Langston, Master of Science; Arlene C. Lawrence, Master of Science, with honors; Erin McNemar, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Jody E. Mihalek, MBA, with honors; Maria Negron-Tosado, Bachelor of Arts; Paris O'Banner, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; Shaneka L. Ratchford, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; John F. Robinson, Master of Science; Jaime Eugenio Sanz, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Melvin L. Saunders III, MBA; Stefanie Stevens Seslar, Master of Arts, with honors; Stephanie Strosahl, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; Michael T. Sweeney, Bachelor of Arts; Raymond Thomas Testo Jr., Master of Science; Marney Tyrrell, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; and Meghan Williams, Bachelor of Arts.

Monroe:  Alexis Lynn Cornut, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Katie E. Provencher, MBA. with honors; Carlos Alberto Reinoso Jr., Master of Science; and Annmarie Simmons, Associate of Science.

Naugatuck: Patricia Fontes Hernandez, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Allison Langella, MBA; Arber Mehmedi, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Riker John Mitchell, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Richard Arthur Mitchell, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Jillian Powell-Rothbauer, Bachelor of Arts; and Reynold Ali, Master of Arts, with honors.

New Britain:  Kim M. Black, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Richard Downey, Master of Arts; Jonathan Medina, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Celestine Adele Schwenneker, Master of Science; Susan K, Sirotnak, Master of Science; and Damaris Ortiz, Bachelor of Science, cum laude.

New Hartford: Gary R. Marconi, MBA with honors.

New Haven: Gricel Aguilar, Bachelor of Science; Tamika Alexander, Bachelor of Arts; Earl   Ali-Randall, Bachelor of Arts; Holly Ammons, Bachelor of Arts; Maria Alanna Arnold, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude; Crystal Marie Ayala, Bachelor of Arts; Omuni M. Barnes, Associate of Arts; Courtney L. Barr, Bachelor of Arts; Pamela C. Bess, Bachelor of Science; Tasha Blow, Bachelor of Arts; Demetra E. Boyd-Barr, Associate of Science; Selime Bozan, Associate of Science; Toshema Denise Brooks, Bachelor of Science; Gretta Isabelle Buick, Master of Science, with honors; Lamar Brown-Poole, Associate of Arts; Brian Davis Callaghan, Bachelor of Arts; Me'Shea Carmichael-Marks, MBA, with honors; Cody R. Ceotto, Bachelor of Science; Ricardo Charles, Bachelor of Arts; Tamarra Clark, Bachelor of Science; Russell Chidinma Claver-Obinna, Bachelor of Arts; Renee B. Clemons, Bachelor of Science; Jewell P. Cody, Master of Science; Ronald Coker, Bachelor of Arts; James Edward Cousins, Master of Science; M. Alexander Cuevas, MBA; Patricia A. Dawson, Master of Science; Angela Marlene Daye, Associate of Arts; Shaila L. Diaz, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude; Michelle Downer Archer, Associate of Science; Ruth Celeste Drullard, Bachelor of Arts; Delana Katrece Dukes, Bachelor of Science; Jacqueline Ebron, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; Lalla Khadija     El-Hazimy, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; Tiant S. Ellison, Bachelor of Arts; Regina Felder, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Sheila Latoya Garcia, Bachelor of Science; Mary E. Gates, Bachelor of Science; Teresa A. Gregory, Master of Science; Karissa Nicole Hammond, Master of Science; Tara Heard, Bachelor of Arts; Ashley Dorothy Richardson, Master of Science; Samantha Lynn Holman, Master of Fine Arts; Shainetta D. Jackson, Bachelor of Arts; Brandon W. James, Bachelor of Arts; Sonja Johnson-Byers, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Danyelle Monique Jones, MBA; Shayna Kendall, Bachelor of Arts; David Kennedy, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Evelyn Denise Massey, Associate of Arts; Kamaria Kesi Mateen, Bachelor of Science; Melissa Lynn Mathews, Associate of Science; Janet McCarter, Associate of Science; Sheilah Michelle McCray-Fields, Bachelor of Science; Marilyn Faye McCreary, Bachelor of Science; Lisa McDowell-Kellman, MBA; Niyobe Jill McMillian, Bachelor of Science; Zenobia Miller, Master of Science; Parris R.oore, Bachelor of Arts; Obadiah J. Muhammad, Bachelor of Arts; Jessica Lynn Murphy, Bachelor of Science; Shagunna Renee Muse, MBA; Leiyanie Osorio, Bachelor of Arts; Olivia R. Palmer, MBA; Yusimil Perez, Bachelor of Arts; Christopher Michael Pfeffer, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Keith Porter, Associate of Science; Violet Raines, Bachelor of Science; Anthony Reyes, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; Deborah Reynes-Quinones, Bachelor of Arts; Cheryl Ruppel, Master of Arts; Glenn Scheneman, MBA, with honors; Minecia T. Scott, Master of Science; Stacey Michelle Sheffield-Jenkins, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Nathan Lorenzo Smith, Bachelor of Arts; Gina Suggs, Associate of Arts; Toccarra Thomas, Associate of Science; Carmen C. Valencia-White, Bachelor of Science; Marylin Vega, Bachelor of Science; Katherine Viera, MBA; Nicole E. Wade, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Rebecca Weinberger, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; John Williams, MBA; and William Franklyn Wynn Jr., Bachelor of Science.

Newington:  Michael E. Costa, MBA, with honors; Nathaniel C. Fish, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; James Gaglione, Master of Science, with honors; Darmar Andre Jenkins, MBA; Glenn Francis Johnson II, Bachelor of Science; Colette Ann Kingsbury-Rich, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Bryan K. Soucy, Associate of Science; and Brittney Urciuoli, Bachelor of Arts.

Niantic:  Susan J. Hahn, Bachelor of Science.

North Branford:  Jason M. Carolla, Bachelor of Science;  Michael Clark, Bachelor of Science; Michelle Catherine Cox, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Katherine M. Murdock, MBA;  Kelsey Ninteau, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; and Anthony Sidera Jr., magna cum laude.

North Haven:  Jessica L. Beauton, Bachelor of Arts; Daniel J. Boney, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Angela Catalano, Bachelor of Science; Deborah A. DelVecchio, Master of Arts; Jannette Domingo-Leighton, Bachelor of Science; Thomas Andrew Drennen, Bachelor of Arts;  Robyn J. Fisher, Associate of Arts; Lindsey Laudano, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; Alicia Marie Palmer, Bachelor of Arts; Lucia Panico, MBA; Francisco J. Ponce, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; and Cristie A. Rafter-Amato, Bachelor of Science, cum laude. 

Northford:  Amelia Luisa Giordano, Master of Arts; Kevin J. Glenn, Master of Arts, with honors; Gabriele Antonio Scala Jr., Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; Erica Stone, Bachelor of Arts; and Christina M. Umlauf, MBA.

Norwalk:  Dexter Howard Eccleston, Master of Science, with honors; Davida L.Lara, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; and Jessica Jane Lynch, Master of Arts.

Oakville:  Christopher Nicholas Saunders, Bachelor of Arts.

Old Saybrook:  Leigh William Gesick, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude.

Orange:  John James Pritchard, Bachelor of Science.

Plainville:  Christie L. Egan, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude;  and Rebecca Lynn Slivinsky, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude.

Portland:  Susan Erica Dunkerley-Squier, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude.

Rocky Hill:  Kristen Nicole DeCarli, MBA, with honors; and Chelsea Lee Mott, MBA.

Seymour:  Kevin Lawrence Caplik, Master of Science; Cynthia J. Carlson, Master of Science, with honors; and Marlene Guzman, Master of Science.

Shelton:  John F. Amatuzzi, Bachelor of Science; Lindsley Barrett, Bachelor of Arts; Cody P.
Dalling, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Christopher Garrity, Bachelor of Science; Carlos Rene Lara, Bachelor of Science; Joan E. Mauri, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude;  Elizabeth A. Taska, Associate of Science; and Stephanie Tristine, Bachelor of Science.

Simsbury:  Daniel J. Blair, Associate of Science, with honors.

South Windsor:  Lauren E. Bousquet, Bachelor of Science; Talisa L. Palmer, Associate of Science; and Allison Elizabeth Tardif, Master of Arts.

Southbury:  Matthew Patrick Reyher, Master of Science.

Southington: Katherine Mary Kopcha, Master of Arts.

Sterling:  Courtney Meek, Master of Arts, with honors.

Storrs:  Caroline Corinne Evans Abbott, Bachelor of Arts.

Stratford:  Robert E. Day Jr., Bachelor of Science; Tammy Lee Hanna, Master of Science, with honors; Jennifer Ann Hudson, Master of Fine Arts, with honors; Vanessa Raquel Medina, Bachelor of Science; Anthony George Mongillo, MBA; Shannon Murphy, MBA; Haleigh Pallock, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; Christine Elizabeth Simon,  summa cum laude;Jamie Nichole Vesciglio, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; and Richard Victor Wlodarski, Master of Science, with honors.

Terryville: Anyssa Michelle Green, Associate of Science; Scott A. Pare, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; and Meaghan Skidmore, MBA, with honors.

Tolland: Benjamin T. Christensen, Master of Fine Arts, with honors.

Torrington:  Joseph J. Colasurdo, MBA; and Gissella Jasuirkowski, Bachelor of Science.

Trumbull:  Glenys Leight Teixeira, Bachelor of Science; and Julian J. Sanders, Bachelor of Arts.

Unionville:  Jodi Lee Jenkins, MBA; Jennifer Rea McCarthy, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; and Yender O. Salazar, Bachelor of Science, cum laude.

Vernon:  Paula Beth Krutt, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Joseph A. Lastrina, Associate of Science; and Rance Tykari Nelson, Bachelor of Science.

Wallingford:  Ana Raquel Aleman, Bachelor of Science; Amanda Alexandria Barney, Master of Science; Christine M. Donahe, Bachelor of Science; Jason David England, MBA;
Stephen James Frank, Bachelor of Science; Jean Iannuzzi, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Kevin R. Jorgensen, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; Ashley R. McArthur, MBA; Kyle Michael Mischke, MBA, with honors; Taylor Murray, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; Cynthia E. Pomerleau, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Alexis Viola Thomasi, Bachelor of Arts; Danielle Marie Thuerling, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; and Danielle Wollschlager, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude.

Waterbury:  Ricky L. Curtis Jr., Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Alexander De La Peza, MBA; Raina Elyse Hall, Bachelor of Arts; Jason Hesbach, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude; Lemar Larsen Jr., Bachelor of Science; Andreina Manzueta, MBA, with honors;
Peter John Stevens, Master of Science, with honors; and Leanna Velez, Bachelor of Arts.

West Hartford: Ordette Belnavis, Master of Science; Constance Yvonne Dunlap, Master of Science; Michael Scott Lacouture, Bachelor of Science; Adrienne R. Maker, Associate of Science, with honors; Miguel Marrero III, Associate of Science;  and Nnamdi A. Nwachuku, Master of Science.

West Haven:  Betsy Allen-Jean, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Natalie Boyd, MBA;  Tina Burton, Bachelor of Science;  Tameka L. Caesar, Associate of Arts; Lauralee Candelario, Bachelor of Arts; Alicia M. Ciolino, Bachelor of Science;  Braxton D. Darden, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; Laurence S. Dortenzio, MBA, with honors; D'Nai S. Dubose, Master of Fine Arts; Kenneth P. Eccleston III, Bachelor of Science; Elizabeth Estrada, Bachelor of Arts; Amelia Fekieta, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; Whitney E. Finnegan, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Gary Gamarra, Bachelor of Arts; Elizabeth Cresta Gilliam, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; Barbara D. Greene, Bachelor of Science; Rosiland C. Hennah, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Kelli Hurley, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; Anna B. Correia Kirby, Bachelor of Science; Kent Luong, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; Elaina Marie Maio, Bachelor of Arts; Daniel R. Martins, Bachelor of Science; Tameika Le'Shawn Morrison, Bachelor of Science; Kimone I. Nicholson, Bachelor of Science; Jessica Marie Przybylowski,, Bachelor of Arts; Wanda Razor-Edwards, Bachelor of Science; Anthony L. Reeves, Master of Science; Nicholas P. Riccio,
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Andre J. Robinson, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Marquis Rodgers, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Sharnez Samuel, Bachelor of Arts; Vanessa Smith, Master of Science; April D. Snell, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude; William M. Speight III, Bachelor of Science; Thomas L. Taylor Jr., Bachelor of Science; Timothy J. Tilley II, MBA; Douglas J. Turcotte III, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude;  Juliana Marie Vaccaro, Master of Science; Breanna Marie Wajnowski, Master of Science, with honors; and Christopher Omar Whynes, Associate of Science.

Westbrook:  Patricia Ward, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude.

Wethersfield:  Jason Erick Allen, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Matthew Martin Evans, Bachelor of Science; Kimberly Heil, Master of Arts; Elsa Hernandez, MBA; Micah Nathaniel Kerr, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; and Damaris Rivera, Bachelor of Science.

Windsor: Sharon Berger, Bachelor of Science; Geoffrey Grace, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Jacqueline Pagan John, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Aaron Thomas Jubrey, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Paul Michael Lepak, Master of Science; Brian McDonnell Nelson, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude; Leonie Wahi Soumahoro, MBA; and Tanya Darcell Williams, Master of Science.

Windsor Locks:  Jessica D.Suarez, Associate of Science; and Barry A. Albert, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude.

 Wolcott:  Deborah Mary Christoff, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Benjamin Taylor Conroy, Bachelor of Arts; Michael J. Kelly, MBA, with honors; and Matthew John Sheehan, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude.

Woodbridge: Melissa Amy Greenberg, Master of Arts, with honors; Meaghan Lee Hudson, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude; and Patrick Thomas Kenefick, Bachelor of Arts.