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Art provides local teen with his own voice

August 23, 2013
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Art provides local teen with his own voice

By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER From the time Southington resident Daniel Gagnier was 12 years old, accomplishing tasks that involve the use of his fine motor skills and speech became difficult. At the age of eight, doctors diagnosed the teen with Rasmussen’s Encephalitis, a rare disease that involves constant seizures, loss of motor skills, and…

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Fashion stylist maintains breakneck pace

August 22, 2013
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Fashion stylist maintains breakneck pace

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR No one could accuse fashion stylist Brad Goreski of being an idle sort. “I just had an Emmy sitting (with a client),” said Brad, calling from Los Angeles on Aug. 20 as he recounted his current agenda. But, don’t ask him who he is working with for the television awards…

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Find your global style at Forever 21 for Back to School

August 17, 2013
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Find your global style at Forever 21 for Back to School

by MIKE CHAIKEN Editions Editor Ready to “Declare Your Style?” Through this Wednesday, Aug. 21, Forever 21 has been offering, “Threebies: 3 Weeks, 3 Deals, 3 Outfits.” The retailer has been stoking your Back to School fashion sense with the help of six “Global Influencers.” As the Influencers post their stylized looks on their own…

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Creative juices flow again for K.C. and the Sunshine Band

July 26, 2013
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Creative juices flow again for K.C. and the Sunshine Band

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Harry Casey, a.k.a. K.C. of K.C. and the Sunshine Band, had been in a bit of a creative slumber… at least as far as the listening public had been concerned. 2007’s “Yummy” was the last album from K.C. and the Sunshine Band (who will be performing on the New Haven…

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Famed Irish tenor coming to area

July 24, 2013
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Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan, is coming to The Summit At Plantsville to speak and sing on Monday, Sept. 9 for an “Honor & Remember 9/11” Ceremony. First introduced to audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan has gained international recognition. He is currently one of the most sought after motivational speakers delivering over…

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Compounce hosts fireworks tonight

July 5, 2013
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Looking for fireworks for the post-Independence celebrations. Lake Compounce Amusement Park on the Southington/ Bristol town line, presents its annual display tonight, July 5. They are scheduled to launch at 10 p.m.

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Who will be crowned Miss Connecticut or Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen?

June 18, 2013
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Who will be crowned Miss Connecticut or Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen?

Central Connecticut towns are well-represented in the upcoming Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant to be held June 20 to 22 at the Garde Arts Center in New London. This week and next we will help you get to know the young women who want to be Miss Connecticut or Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen. We asked each…

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‘Fiddler on the Roof’ continues this weekend

May 14, 2013
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‘Fiddler on the Roof’ continues this weekend

“Fiddler on the Roof,” a gem from Broadway’s Golden Age of musicals, is a celebration of life and its challenges. Trying to balance life – like a fiddler on a roof – Tevye attempts to hold onto his traditions despite the sweeping social change that is threatening his town’s very existence. The production is directed…

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Step back in time to Art Deco

April 30, 2013
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Step back in time to Art Deco

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR After reaching back to the era of Elvis and Eisenhower for its 2012 season, the American Clock and Watch Museum is now putting the focus on another celebrated period of the decorative arts in America. On April 11, the museum opened its latest offering, “Art Deco Timepieces: Treasures of the…

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‘Sister Act’ a must see at The Bushnell

April 19, 2013
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‘Sister Act’ a must see at The Bushnell

by MIKE CHAIKEN I had seen the movie “Sister Act” with Whoopi Goldberg back when it came out in the 1990s. So I wasn’t completely unprepared in terms of plot when I headed into the opening night performance of the stage musical, which is based on the movie. But the musical itself was a bit…

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