New Milford Hospital Hosts Bi-Monthly Author’s Series Starting May 29th New Milford Hospital will host a new bi-monthly Author’s Series at New Milford Hospital featuring authors of books who will talk about their latest work. The first Author’s Series lecture takes place on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6 p.m. with featured guest author Kevin Gutzman, JD, PhD, who has written James Madison and the Making of America. The program will be held in Robison Rooms A & B at New Milford Hospital, 21 Elm Street. Books will also be available for sale. More May 24, 2013 - 11:53:25 AM
Malloy: Sequestration budget cuts require states to reduce federal unemployment benefits On Wednesday, Governor Dannel P. Malloy expressed concern over federal sequestration cuts that will adversely impact more than 30,000 claimants in the state who are collecting federal unemployment insurance benefits and will see a decrease in their benefits beginning next month. Additionally, federal sequestration cuts will force CTWorks Career Centers to decrease employment services available to job seekers. More May 24, 2013 - 11:15:59 AM
Sacred Heart University has announced the launch of a new master’s program in cybersecurity, designed to provide students with an introduction to information security, risk and threat management, and security architecture. More May 24, 2013 - 11:06:55 AM
$50 Million Fundraising Campaign for Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital Officially Launched A $50 million fundraising campaign for Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital was publically launched this week at a high-energy, multimedia event at the Candlewood Inn in Brookfield, Connecticut. John M. Murphy, MD, President and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network, announced that to date $30 million has been raised in support of Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospitals. More May 24, 2013 - 7:49:42 AM
DEEP: All 107 State Parks and 32 State Forests Ready for Summer Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced on Wednesday that all state parks and forests will be open for the traditional Memorial Day weekend’s start to the summer season. DEEP encourages all state residents and visitors to spend time outside this year and enjoy the recreational opportunities available at the state’s parks and forests. More May 24, 2013 - 7:46:27 AM
DEEP Offers Tips for Environmentally Friendly Summer Celebrations Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents and visitors of ways to enjoy outdoor celebrations this summer in an environmentally friendly manner. DEEP offers the following tips on how to have an environmentally-friendly backyard barbeque, graduation ceremony, wedding, or when enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. More May 24, 2013 - 7:34:29 AM
Malloy commends Senate passage of minimum wage increase Governor Dannel P. Malloy commended the passage of legislation in the Connecticut State Senate today that increases the minimum wage in the state by 75 cents per hour over a two-year period to a total of nine dollars per hour. More May 24, 2013 - 7:03:53 AM
Bluefish pinched by Crabs The Bridgeport Bluefish were defeated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 12-2 in Thursday night’s game at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. More May 24, 2013 - 7:00:04 AM
Rep. Molgano to Hold Retired Flag Collection In anticipation of Memorial Day, State Representative Mike Molgano (R-144) will hold a “Worn Flag Collection” to help residents dispose of their worn American flags in a dignified and respectful way. The collection will take place from May 24 to June 14 (Flag Day). Rep. Molgano is doing so in collaboration with Pat Battinelli, the Marine Corps League and the Patriotic and Special Events Commission. More May 24, 2013 - 6:30:42 AM
Laura Gianninoto, MSN, FNP-BC, OCN, of Shelton has joined Norwalk Hospital as a breast health specialist at the Smilow Family Breast Health Center located at 148 East Avenue in Norwalk. The Smilow Family Breast Health Center has recently opened this second location on East Avenue. More May 23, 2013 - 10:45:53 AM
UConn's William Benton Museum of Art hosts benefit at The Governor's Residence on June 4 The public is invited to attend a William Benton Museum of Art Benefit Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, June 4, 2013? from 5:30–7:30 pm? at The Governor’s Residence, 990 Prospect Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut. The event includes tours of the residence, jazz by Earl MacDonald and Henry Lugo, and food from Café Louise. Proceeds from the event will support the Benton tradition of providing free exhibitions and programs. Tickets are $100 per person. Space is limited. RSVPs are required by May 31. For complete details, visit www.thebenton.org. More May 23, 2013 - 10:41:00 AM
Malloy names Collins chairperson of CHRO Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on Wednesday that he has selected Gary Collins of Portland to serve as chairperson of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), the state agency responsible for addressing discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and working to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state. More May 23, 2013 - 10:11:57 AM
Branchwater, June 1 at the Warner Branchwater, a 5-piece blues/rock/jazz band from Northwest Connecticut will perform on Saturday, June 1 at 6pm in the Warner’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. Members of the band include: Mike Brightly on lead guitar and vocals, Chris Connelly on guitar, Elliot Hall on drums/percussion, John Carroll on bass and Henry Kavle on organ. More May 23, 2013 - 9:59:15 AM
Safe driving tips for prom season by All-Star Driver According to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens ages 16 to 19. In 2010, 1 in 5 of those teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had alcohol in their blood. More May 23, 2013 - 8:02:50 AM
Esty Opposes Legislation to Mandate Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted against, H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, legislation that would mandate federal approval of all construction and operation permits for the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline regardless of whether the pipeline meets the requirements of the law and without consideration for its long-term environmental impact. Esty offered an amendment to remove a loophole in the bill that would take the unprecedented step of requiring approval of all permit requests by TransCanda, a foreign company, for the future operation and maintenance of the project for the multi-decade lifespan of the pipeline.
“We have to be extremely careful, and apply proper oversight, whenever our environment and public health are at stake, but this bill does just the opposite,” Esty said. “This bill would grant a foreign company mandated approval on construction permits with no regard for the requirements of the law or for the environmental impact. Not only would this dangerous mandate cover construction of the pipeline, it would take the unprecedented step of approving all permits for the future operation and maintenance of the project for all time. That’s completely unacceptable, unwarranted, and reckless.
“Ultimately, tar sands oil is not a solution to our country’s energy needs. We need to be focusing on investments in clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency to boost our economy and put our country on a sustainable path for the long-term. I will continue to stand up for the environment and advocate for solutions that move us towards a clean-energy future.”
The Northern Route Approval Act would mandate that federal agencies approve TransCanada’s permit requests for the project within 90 days of application or the permits would be deemed approved. The bill goes even further than earlier proposals in Congress by requiring permit approval not only for the construction of the project, but also for all future operation and maintenance of the pipeline in perpetuity. This permanent approval is unprecedented in the history of U.S. pipelines.
Esty’s amendment would have removed the new loophole from the bill granting TransCanada mandated approval for all future maintenance and operation requests on the pipeline. The amendment was one of ten made in order for debate in front of the full House, out of twenty-five that were offered.
Esty offered a similar amendment last week when the legislation came before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on which she serves. More May 23, 2013 - 7:57:59 AM
Legislators Collect "Help-A-Hero” Donations for Vets at State Capitol On Wednesday, State Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford), Senate Chairman of the General Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee, hosted a donation drive outside the main entrance of the State Capitol to collect clothing, personal care items and cash donations to benefit homeless Connecticut veterans and the South Park Inn Veteran Drop-In-Center in Hartford. More May 23, 2013 - 7:56:43 AM
Maritime Rowing with 10 medals at regionals Maritime Rowing racked up 10 medals at the North East Regionals Championship and qualified 6 boats for US Rowing’s National Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN. That medal count exceeds any club in our area and comes in just behind powerhouse Community Rowing in Boston, the largest boathouse in the nation. Every boat that Maritime cleared to finals, won a bid to Nationals. More May 23, 2013 - 7:46:51 AM
The 20th Annual RFR Realty 5K Run raised more than their $180,000 goal for The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford at this year's downtown event Thursday, May 16th. Almost 3,000 runners and walkers participated in this largest corporate run in downtown Stamford. Last year the event raised $150,000 with 2,200 runners. More May 23, 2013 - 4:17:54 AM
The Watermark to Host Israeli Cultural Performance On Thursday, June 6, The Watermark at East Hill will welcome the Tzofim Friendship Caravan, a teenage performance troupe from Israel. The performance will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the retirement community, located at 611 East Hill Road in Southbury. More May 22, 2013 - 11:57:11 AM
Secretary Merrill Leading 8-Day Trade Mission to China Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today announced she is currently leading an eight-day trade mission to China with executives from the Connecticut aerospace, biotech, and pharmaceutical industries. The trade mission, organized by the U.S. Commerce Department Export Assistance Center in Middletown, has the dual goal of attracting investment in Connecticut and increase the number of exports to China from Connecticut companies. The delegation of Connecticut entrepreneurs and state and federal officials is spending the majority of its time between Shanghai and Shandong province, a region with strong economic and cultural ties to Connecticut. A meeting led today by Secretary Merrill with COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China) opened the door for Connecticut component manufacturers to become suppliers to the largest Chinese civil aerospace corporation. More May 22, 2013 - 11:44:12 AM