Author: mchaiken

Republican official sees ‘no appetite’ to force out chairman

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…

Disability rights group wants institutions closed

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…

Powder Puff in action

On a recent Saturday, the Bristol Central High School InterAct Club held its annual Powder Puff football game where the young women in the freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior classes squared off on the football field for a game of…

Police blotter for Dec. 5

The Bristol Police Department reported the following arrests last week. •Jose O. Diaz, 26, of 150 Shawn Dr., Bristol, was arrested Nov. 21 and charged with operation while registered license suspended/revoked and possession of less than .5 ounce of cannabis-type…

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,…

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.…

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…

Kids listings for Dec. 5

SATURDAY, DEC. 6 SOUTHINGTON CHILDREN’S CRAFT FAIR. 10 a.m. to noon. All items made by children 12 years of age or younger. Southington Library and Museum, 255 Main St., Southington. (860) 628-0947, ext. 3. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. 11 a.m. to…

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…

Performance listings for Dec. 5

DEC. 5-6 OTHER KURT METZGER. 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Comix at Foxwoods, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $20 to $50. ComixatFoxwoods.com, 1-800-200-2882. SATURDAY, DEC. 6 OTHER JERRY SEINFELD. 8 p.m. Grand Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $82.50 to $150. Foxwoods.com,…

Health listings for Dec. 5

MONDAY, DEC. 8 BRISTOL BLOOD DRIVE. 6:30 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton, 42 Century Dr., Bristol. 1-800-RED-CROSS. PLAINVILLE BLOOD DRIVE. 1 to 6 p.m. United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill, Plainville. 1-800-RED-CROSS WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10 SOUTHINGTON BLOOD DRIVE. 6:45 p.m.…

Music listings for Dec. 5

FRIDAY, DEC. 5 OTHER CELTIC THUNDER. 8 p.m. Grand Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $30 to $50. Foxwoods.com, 1-800-200-2882, 1-800-745-3000. SLIPKNOT, KORN, AND KING 810. 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. $35. 1-800-745-3000. MoheganSun.com SATURDAY, DEC. 6 OTHER BOB SEGER.…

The women who want to be Miss Southington, Miss Southington’s Outstanding Teen

[portfolio_slideshow id=7604] By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR This Saturday at 7 p.m., a new Miss Southington and a new Miss Southington’s Outstanding Teen will be crowned. The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. at Derynoski Elementary School on 240…

Panera holding Holiday Gift Drive campaign

Twenty-eight Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Greater Hartford/Eastern Connecticut have kicked off their annual Holiday Gift Drive campaign. Customers can participate by simply going to the counter, selecting a gift tag with a specific child’s first…