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Queen Ann Nzinga Center to celebrate Kwanzaa Dec. 27

December 9, 2014
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The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. presents its 25th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. at the historic Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St., New Britain. Tickets are $15, general admission; $10, seniors and children (under 12) and can be purchase on our website or call the office at (860) 229-8389. Kwanzaa, an…

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Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

December 6, 2014
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By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) _ The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths. Flu season has begun to ramp up, and officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant…

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State takes permanent possession of neglected horses

December 6, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State agriculture officials will take permanent possession of a Redding woman’s two horses after she was charged with animal cruelty. The News-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1AbieiM ) that Lisa Lind-Larsen was found responsible for the emaciated and neglected conditions of her two mustangs in a civil suit filed by the state Department of…

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Republican official sees ‘no appetite’ to force out chairman

December 6, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut Republican Party official says the party will not likely force out the chairman after the GOP’s second consecutive defeat for governor. Edward Dadakis, a member of the Republican State Central Committee, told Hearst Connecticut Media (http://bit.ly/1FJliEb ) there seems to be “no appetite” to force out Chairman Jerry Labriola…

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Disability rights group wants institutions closed

December 6, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A coalition of disability rights groups announced plans Wednesday to push Connecticut officials to close six state-run institutions, including Southbury Training School. Representatives from the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities and other organizations said savings from the proposed closures should be used to provide residential services…

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Holidays listings for Dec. 5

December 4, 2014
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Holidays listings for Dec. 5

FRIDAY, DEC. 5 BRISTOL IMAGINE NATION PRESENTS ‘WHOVILLE SPECTACULAR.’ 5 to 8 p.m. Museum will be transformed into Dr. Seuss’s Whoville. Holiday celebration complete with Whoville hairstyling, crafts, music, and sing-alongs. Meet the Grinch and his Whoville friends. Jodie Fitz, author and creator of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club will be serving her Grinch-ified…

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Miscellaneous listings for Dec. 5

December 4, 2014
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Miscellaneous listings for Dec. 5

FRIDAY, DEC. 5 OTHER WOMEN IN BUSINESS NETWORKING. Presented by the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce. 7:45 a.m. Attorney Regina von Gootkin will present and discuss typical mistakes that small business owners make that could land them in legal trouble. Village Gates, 88 Scott Swamp Rd., Farmington. info@CentralCTChambers.org, (860) 584-4718. DEC. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 BRISTOL/…

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Senior listings for Dec. 5

December 4, 2014
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Senior listings for Dec. 5

TUESDAY, DEC. 16 PLAINVILLE AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Course covers the effects of aging and medication on driving, local hazards, accident prevention measures, and more. Films and discussions will be presented and a driver’s manual provided. No written or on the road test required. Upon completion of the course, an…

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Support group listings for Dec. 5

December 4, 2014
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Support group listings for Dec. 5

ONGOING SOUTHINGTON OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS SUPPORT GROUP. Do you suspect food rules your life? Overeaters Anonymous may be the answer for you. It is not a diet club, but a group of people recovering from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no fees or weigh-ins. No…

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Dining listings for Dec. 5

December 4, 2014
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Dining listings for Dec. 5

FRIDAY, DEC. 5 BRISTOL THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FOR UNITED WAY 4TH ANNUAL WINE GALA. 5:30 p.m., doors open. Tastings until 8:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of West Central Connecticut. Sample over 70 wines, try many delicious hor’s d’oeuvres. Raffles. Maple End Package Store in Bristol will provide the wine and will take…

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