Local Marines continue Toys for Tots tradition

By Brenda Maguire CORRESPONDENT PLAINVILLE — For most people, Toyland is a made-up place seen on television or heard in songs at Christmas time. But in Plainville, Toyland can be found in the U.S. Naval and Marine Corps Reserves’ recreational gym during the months of November and December. Since 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps hasContinue reading “Local Marines continue Toys for Tots tradition”

One more problem: Towns try to manage debris disposal

By Brenda Maguire CORRESPONDENT The most common question heard this week in much of the state is, “When will power be returned to my home?” But running a close second, and the question expected to continue being heard for days to come, is, “How do I get rid of the branches in my yard?” BristolContinue reading “One more problem: Towns try to manage debris disposal”

High school students earn college credits at Goodwin College

NOTE: Written for special education section By Brenda Maguire Correspondent Goodwin College opened the Connecticut River Academy, located on its campus in East Hartford, for students in grades nine through 12 to have a chance to earn early college credit. “Our students are wonderful and grateful for the opportunities that the Connecticut River Academy isContinue reading “High school students earn college credits at Goodwin College”

Downtown Gallery opening holiday exhibit

By Brenda Maguire Correspondent NEW BRITAIN — With snow already on the ground in the region, it’s an appropriate time for the Downtown Gallery to open a holiday exhibit. A group of artists known as “Painters Five” will have their work featured in the gallery from Nov. 10 to Dec. 22 in an exhibit titledContinue reading “Downtown Gallery opening holiday exhibit”

Officials: Restoring power to state will be a slow process

By Brenda Maguire CORRESPONDENT HARTFORD — In 2005 it was Rita and Katrina. Three years later came Ike and Gustav. Now this year it’s Tropical Storm Irene and the weekend snowstorm dubbed by some as Alfred. “This is Connecticut’s one-two punch, only it came in the form of a hurricane and a snowstorm,” said BillContinue reading “Officials: Restoring power to state will be a slow process”

End of a ‘golden’ era: Bilodeau’s Jewelers to shut its doors

By Brenda Maguire Correspondent BRISTOL — Annette Bilodeau in 1984 began an after-school job working sales and stringing pearls at Belanger’s Jewelers, the store her older brother took over from their grandfather in 1980. Now, after continuing in the family business by opening her own store, Bilodeau’s Jewelers, in 1993, she will be closing atContinue reading “End of a ‘golden’ era: Bilodeau’s Jewelers to shut its doors”

Bolstering Manufacturing

By Brenda Maguire CORRESPONDENT BRISTOL — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., wore a smile on his face Wednesday as he toured a manufacturing company and greeted workers, but he didn’t mince words when speaking of China’s affect on Connecticut business. He stopped every so often during his tour of Classic Coil Co. on Century DriveContinue reading “Bolstering Manufacturing”

Mayor puts in a plug for new charging station

By Brenda Maguire Correspondent BRISTOL — As Mayor Art Ward got behind the wheel of a Nissan Leaf he took awhile to get acclimated. He wasn’t sure if the car was on, because it was virtually silent, and he needed a minute to get the car into reverse once it was on. But, all inContinue reading “Mayor puts in a plug for new charging station”

Notice’s father speaks during YWCA’s ‘Week Without Violence’

By Brenda Maguire CORRESPONDENT NEW BRITAIN — It was on Feb. 14, 2009, when Alvin Notice was told his daughter had been stabbed. Upon arriving at the hospital, he learned that her multiple stab wounds had proven fatal. He asked to see her body, much of which was still covered in blood. “That was theContinue reading “Notice’s father speaks during YWCA’s ‘Week Without Violence’”