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Free fries, then free coffee: McDonald’s giving it away

September 9, 2014
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Free fries and free coffee are coming your way from the house that Ronald built. McDonald’s restaurants in Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County) Western Massachusetts will be celebrating Free Coffee Week from September 16-29 by offering customers a free small McCafé® coffee during breakfast hours. To celebrate two additional weeks of free coffee, McDonald’s is calling…

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Barley Vine, Onyx team up for ‘Summer Shine’

August 15, 2014
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Onyx Spirits Company is partnering with Bristol gastro pub Barley Vine to host the second annual “Summer Shine” event. “We’ll be featuring award winning Onyx Moonshine cocktails and infusions along with Onyx 111, Onyx Cape Cod Cranberry and their rarest release, Secret Stash – Connecticut’s first barrel-aged whiskey,” said Terry Lugo, owner of Barley Vine…

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New Dunkin’ Donuts opens in Compounce Saturday

August 7, 2014
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New Dunkin’ Donuts opens in Compounce Saturday

A new Dunkin’ Donuts is opening in LakeCompounce. On Saturday, Dunkin’ Donuts will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Connecticut restaurant, located near the Wave Swinger with a ribbon cutting at 12 p.m. The first 200 customers at the Dunkin’ Donuts location will receive a FREE donut with any beverage purchase, and adult guests…

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Bristol’s West End to host festival again in August

July 9, 2014
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Bristol’s West End Association, a non-profit neighborhood group of merchants and residents committed to the preservation, safety and overall quality of living in the City’s West End, is hosting its third-annual summer festival at RockwellPark on Saturday, Aug. 16. The festival – which attracted more than 10,000 visitors last year –showcases and celebrates Bristol’s West…

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Central Connecticut continues success in Miss CT prelims

June 28, 2014
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Central Connecticut continues success in Miss CT prelims

    Central Connecticut contestants continued their run of success in the second evening of preliminary competition for the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen crowns. Although the Bristol, Southington, and Plainville specific competitors did not win any preliminary competitions, contestants with ties to the towns and located in surrounding towns did well, with…

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Hot night with Goo Goo Dolls

June 21, 2014
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Hot night with Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls arrived at the Toyota Oakdale in Wallingford June 12 with Daughtry and Plain White T’s. Here is the view from the photo pit as the Buffalo-based band entertained their cadre of loyal fans. PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN portfolio_slideshow id=7799

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Three-plus decades on, world still has its Goo; Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry come to CT Thursday

June 8, 2014
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Three-plus decades on, world still has its Goo; Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry come to CT Thursday

  by MIKE CHAIKEN Editions editor For more than 30 years, the world has had Goo Goo Dolls’ music to sweeten up their ears. Whether it’s on record, or on the band’s endless tours to support each release, the Buffalo-originated band has been a going concern—even before they hit the general public consciousness with the…

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Local IGAs going strong despite competition from chain stores

May 28, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Wrtier From retail stores such as Walmart and Target to supermarket chains such as Stop and Shop to local pharmacies such as CVS, consumers can buy their groceries from a variety of places. For local, family-owned grocery stores like Gnazzo’s in Plainville and Tops Market in Southington, they can feel the…

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After personal tragedy, woman fulfills dream of being Pats’ cheerleader

May 25, 2014
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After personal tragedy, woman fulfills dream of being Pats’ cheerleader

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On the sidelines of the New England Patriots’ home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. this coming season, Bristol residents may see a familiar entertain the crowd. And her journey toward this accomplishment is an example of overcoming physical adversity. Karen Link, the former Miss Teen Bristol in 2007…

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ enchants… but with a few reservations

May 15, 2014
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ enchants… but with a few reservations

By KATERINA BELALES CORRESPONDENT After being released more than 20 years ago in 1991, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” has become one of the most classic and iconic movies throughout time, due to its loving, charming, and passionate storyline. “Beauty and the Beast” focuses on the relationship between the Beast, a prince who is magically…

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