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Life’s a circus: The birth of a clown

October 17, 2014
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Life’s a circus: The birth of a clown

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It’s kind of like the circus version of “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Are clowns born or are they made? The people most in the know to answer that question are the clowns themselves. And as luck would have it, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus’s…

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Youth’s Zombie Zone fights Crohn’s disease; now open

October 10, 2014
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Youth’s Zombie Zone fights Crohn’s disease; now open

The Pelletier Family of Bristol has had its fair share of scares, namely those related to their youngest son, Andre’, being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 11. Crohn’s disease, along with ulcerative colitis, are painful, debilitating, chronic digestive diseases impacting over 1.4 million American adults and children, with as many as 150,000…

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Touring production of ‘Evita’ delights, leaving you on seat’s edge

October 3, 2014
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Touring production of ‘Evita’ delights, leaving you on seat’s edge

By KATERINA BELALES CORRESPONDENT After opening on Broadway 35 years ago in 1979, Evita has been one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, it concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows…

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Leader of Immigrant Union speaks his mind

October 3, 2014
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Leader of Immigrant Union speaks his mind

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Brent DeBoer of the band Immigrant Union admits he’s never been a politically minded musician, The lead singer, who also is a member of the band the Dandy Warhols, said in a phone interview from Philadelphia, “I’ve never said anything political.” And in regards to his songwriting, he added, “I’ve…

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Plantsville’s The Sawtelles perform in benefit Saturday

September 25, 2014
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Plantsville’s The Sawtelles perform in benefit Saturday

A Common Ground Community Center For Art and Dance is proud to welcome The Sawtelles, from Plantsville, as the featured performers at its monthly benefit coffeehouse on Saturday, Sept. 27. Husband and wife duo the Sawtelles are a balance of four elements, alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop…

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Prepare for your wedding and help women survive breast cancer

September 25, 2014
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Prepare for your wedding and help women survive breast cancer

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Brides to be on a budget, who also want to help in the fight against breast cancer, have an opportunity this weekend to fulfill both desires. Brides Against Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit that tours the country selling donated wedding gowns— with the proceeds directly going towards programs and services…

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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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Summer hours announced for Carousel Museum

June 24, 2014
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Starting July 1, the New EnglandCarouselMuseum in Bristol will be changing its hours of operation. The New EnglandCarouselMuseum will be open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. The museum is available seven days a week, by appointment, for facility rentals,…

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