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CT Playwright Searches Spain for Lorca’s Ghost

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On October 2, OLIVES AND BLOOD will open on the stage at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, making its regional theatre and Connecticut premiere. The production marks the culmination of a journey that playwright Michael Bradford began nearly a decade earlier. The play explores the mystery surrounding the unsolved murder of the Spanish poet-playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca. Lorca, a promising and polarizing young artist, was disappeared during the Spanish Revolution.

Michael Bradford, also a professor at UConn, was doing research for a course he was teaching on 20th century drama. Already familiar with the poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, Bradford was captivated by the writer’s poetic voice and startling mysterious murder. It began an artistic journey for Bradford that took nearly a decade to complete.

“I knew about Lorca, but as I was preparing to teach some of his plays, I was really struck by the poetic language of his writing. I began my writing career as a poet, and I write with a poetic voice, so Lorca just really grabbed me at this moment,” said Bradford.

He began to write a play about Lorca, armed with only his pen. “I wrote about four pages, and realized I didn’t know enough.” Bradford thoroughly researched and immersed himself in the life and writing of the poet-playwright, and the details around his unsolved murder. He gave the project some time to rest. And then a little more. Bradford needed a jumpstart.

“I had about 10 pages written. I wasn’t really moving on it, and then John Eisner from the LARK called me up and said ‘I have you scheduled for a workshop in 2 months, and you’ll be pretty embarrassed when you show up and the play isn’t written.’ I really have to thank John Eisner for pushing me to buckle down and write the play,” said Bradford.

Afterwards, Bradford received a Fulbright Scholarship and was able to spend time in Granada, Spain. The time he spent in Spain helped to influence the atmosphere of the play. It was then, after the play was complete that he had the opportunity to meet Lorca’s neice, Laura Garcia-Lorca, and talk with her about the play. “It was an emotional experience for me. Being able to share with her what I knew of her family, and that I had written this play about her uncle. It was incredible.”

OLIVES AND BLOOD received its premiere in 2012 at HERE in New York City. In the fall of 2013 it was presented at Brixton East in London, England. The reviews for the play were positive. The production at Connecticut Repertory Theatre marks the first regional theatre production of the play.

Bradford began his life in the theatre as a second career. He grew up in rural Kansas, and attended a play while stationed in Seattle during a 10 year career in the Navy. Bradford was captivated, and the experience propelled him to follow his passion and begin writing plays. He quickly experienced success and began to establish himself as a promising new playwright. His play LIVING IN THE WIND, is the tale of a slave couple separated by their master on the eve of their wedding, and suddenly reunited after Emancipation. The play premiered Off-Broadway at the American Place Theatre, receiving over ten AUDELCO award nominations. Bradford, makes his home in New London, and writes and teaches drama at the University of Connecticut.

OLIVES AND BLOOD is different than many of Bradford’s previous plays. An African American writer, Bradford has found success in plays focused on aspects of the African-American experience. His play, FATHERS AND SONS, a heartfelt drama about the estrangement of fathers and sons through generations of African-American men and their potential reconciliation, received its world premiere at ACT in Seattle, WA. WILLY’S CUT AND SHINE, is the story of five men that witness a murder outside a barbershop in 1950s Georgia and their struggle to speak the truth in the face of their experiences. The play was first staged at the Lark Theatre in NYC.

“Even my agent asked me about [OLIVES AND BLOOD] when I first started writing about it. When I was in Spain, at the University of Granada, people looked at me like ‘What are you doing writing about Lorca? First of all, you’re not a Spaniard. Second of all you’re black.’ The African-American experience is my cultural experience, and I enjoy writing about that. At the end of the day I’m a human being. At the end of the day my life is bigger than the color of my skin. It may be outside my cultural sphere, but if you take your time to immerse yourself in that world, then you can write that,” said Bradford.

Olives and Blood tells the story of Juan Luis Trescante, an aging fascist that is called before a judiciary tribunal to testify about his involvement in the murder of Spanish poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. 40 years after Lorca’s unsolved death, the aging fascist, Trescante, fights to hold onto the myth of an execution that has defined his life but failed to silence the great poet. Moving in time and space between the 1930s and 1970s, Bradford explores the last days of the talented poet, and the political and social motivations that attempted to silence his voice. Olives and Blood investigates the repression of the artist in times of political upheaval and the power of a poetic voice that resonates beyond the confines of the flesh.

“I teach theatre history and I like Aristotle’s adage that the poet is more important to the life of the community than the historian. If you don’t have any idea about Lorca, when you leave I think you know how he approached his work and why his work is important,” said Bradford.

The cast will features Equity actors Martín Solá (Broadway’s The King and I, La Boheme and Coram Boy), Nicholas Urda as Lorca, Anita Petry as Margarite/The Actress, Anthony J. Goes as Alonso/Ignacio, and Dale AJ Rose as Eduardo. The cast also includes Saul Alvarez, Whitney Andrews, Gabriel Aprea, Kent Coleman, and Derrick Holmes.

Preview performance is October 2, 2014. Opening night is Friday October 3, performances continue through October 12, 2014 onstage at the Nafe Katter Theatre on the campus of UConn in Storrs, CT. Tickets are available online at or via phone at 860-486-2113. Subscriptions for the entire 2014-15 season are still available.


Gary English (Director/Scenic Designer) is the Founding Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre and served as Artistic Director and Department Head in Dramatic Arts for fifteen years. Gary English holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University. In addition to his current position at UCONN he has also served on the Faculty at the State University of New York and at Carnegie-Mellon University. Recent major directing credits include The Miracle Worker, and American Primitive, both by William Gibson, and produced at The Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, MA. Other projects at CRT include A Man For All Seasons, Pentecost, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, A Little Night Music, Carousel, Man Of La Mancha (which received the 1997 Best Musical Award for the Connecticut Critics’ Circle), Wings, The Musical (which was nominated for Best Direction by the Connecticut Critics Circle), Candide, A Cry Of Players, Jesus Christ Superstar, Our Country’s Good, and the world premiere of William Gibson’s play, Jonah’s Dream.

As a designer, his work includes scenery and costumes for Off-Broadway, television and over 70 productions at many of America’s leading repertory theatres, including Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Buffalo Studio Arena, StageWest, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Barter Theatre, Brunswick Music Theatre, American Stage Festival, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and North Shore Music Theatre.

Michael Bradford is an Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts and Director of the Theatre Studies BA at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches theatre history, dramaticnliterature, and playwriting. He has written numerous full-length and one-act plays
produced at various venues in New York, including Off-Broadway at the American Place Theatre, the LARK Play Developmental Center, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Access and the NADA Theatre. His play, Living in the Wind received over 10 AUDELCO nominations Regionally, his work has premiered at the Hygienic Arts Theatre (New London, Ct), eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. (Chicago, Il.), the Playhouse on Park Theatre (Hartford, Ct.), the HERE Art Center (NYC) and a World Premiere at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) (Seattle, Wa.). His workshops and readings include the Manhattan Theatre Club (NYC), The New Black Fest (NYC), Urban Stages (NYC)and Liminal Studios (London) His residencies and fellowships include the Manhattan Theatre Club Playwright Fellowship, the LARK Developmental Theatre (NYC), the New York Stage and Film Company Residency at Vassar, NY, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Writing Fellowship, and a Research Scholar Fulbright to Granada, Spain. His work is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. “A Contemplation of Trees,” was produced by Stonewall Films in the Fall of 2007. Inter-mareas, Portugal and the Univ. of Theatre, Tirgu-Mures, Romania. Michael is also theplaywright-in-residence for the Bated Breath Theatre Company, Hartford, Ct.

The Design Team includes: Thamiris Esteves, Costume Designer; Michael Chybowski, Lighting Designer; Tim Brown and Josh Winiarski, Video Designers; and Lexi Macchiaroli, Sound Designer. The Production Stage Manager is Julien Winter Tremblay.


Martín Solá (Trescante) is delighted to make his CRT debut as Tescante in “Olives and Blood.” He has performed on Broadway in “The King and I”, “La Bohème”, and “Coram Boy”. Martín has also appeared in productions with the prestigious City Center Encores The Public Theater, New York City Opera, and INTAR. Regional credits include The Goodspeed Opera House, The Signature Theater, The Sundance Theater Lab, and The Banff Center. Martin also made an appearance on CBS “Hostages” and starred in the award winning independent film short “ Sabado Morning”.

Nicholas Urda (Federico Garcia Lorca) was last seen onstage as Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona with Shakespeare on the Sound in Rowayton, CT. Other credits include: The Off-Broadway premiere of The Preacher and The Shrink, Counselor James in Billy Witch (APAC), Wheeler in Costa Rehab (MTWorks), Brutus in Julius Caesar (Curious Frog), The Real Thing, The Shrew Tamer (Northern Stage), Private Lives (Two River Theatre), Othello, starring Patrick Page and Avery Brooks, Comedy of Errors, Don Juan, The Persians, Loves Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Theatre Co, DC), Loves Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Co). His film Credits Include: White Irish Drinkers, Audition directed by Matt Herron and many other shorts and commercials.

Anthony J. Goes (Alonso/Ignacio) graduated from UConn in 2014 with his MFA in Acting. Past CRT credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Three Musketeers, Big Love, Hairspray, His Girl Friday, Romeo & Juliet, O Beautiful, and Odysseus DOA. Regional credits include: Chautauqua Theatre Company, Foothills Theatre, Fiddlehead Theatre, and The GAMM to name a few. Anthony is also a graduate of the New England School of Clowning.

Anita Petry (Actress/ Margarite) holds a BA in Theatre from The City College of New York and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University where she studied with Andrei Serban, Anne Bogart and Kristin Linklater. Her New York credits include roles with Classic Stage Company, Mabou Mines and INTAR Theatre. She has performed onstage internationally in Brazil at Teatro Dulcina and Teatro Helena Barcelos. She can be seen as Spanish professor Camila Perez in the original series “Alpha House” and soon in the new Google Translate commercial.

Please call 860-486-2113 for tickets or for more information. Please call or visit the box office for specific show dates and times because performance schedules vary and are subject to change. Tickets available online at

Box Office Location – Please note that the CRT box office is now housed in the Nafe Katter Theatre, located at 820 Bolton Road. There is short term parking on Bolton Road, in the loading zone directly in front of the theatre. CRT tickets can no longer be purchased at the Jorgensen box office. CRT’s box office is open Monday-Friday, noon – 5 p.m., and will also be open one hour prior to show time at the theatre where the performance is taking place.

Weeknight evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. Weekend evening performances start at 8 p.m. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $7 – $37.

For more information or press tickets contact Matthew J. Pugliese at 860-486-4799.

CRT is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. CRT productions are directed, designed by, and cast with visiting professional artists, including Equity actors, faculty members, and the department’s most advanced student artists. The synergy between professional and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment.


Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Hosted by Transportation Coalition

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September 15, 2014

Laura McMillan: 203-787-0646 x137
Sarah Ganong: 203-787-0646 x128

Party-endorsed candidates spoke on transportation challenges and opportunities facing Connecticut

New Haven, Conn.—This morning, a broad-based group of state and regional transportation organizations hosted a gubernatorial candidate forum on transportation. Governor Dannel Malloy and candidate for governor Tom Foley each spoke on their intentions regarding the future of Connecticut’s transportation and took questions from the audience of nearly 250 members of the public.

The candidates were queried about Connecticut’s current transportation challenges and their plans for the future of transportation in the state. The discussion focused on the groups’ recently-released Candidate Bulletin for the fall election, which highlights safety, capacity, reliability, funding, and project development needs facing Connecticut’s transportation systems.

The Candidate Bulletin encourages the gubernatorial candidates and other public policymakers to protect state transportation funding, plan for an uncertain federal funding future, and expedite carefully-chosen projects. Policy recommendations include a lockbox on the state transportation fund to ensure monies are used only for transportation projects, improvements to the State’s ability to deliver projects efficiently, and a statewide transportation prioritization plan.

Hosting groups for the candidate forum include Transit for Connecticut, Connecticut Construction Industries Association, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Regional Plan Association, Connecticut Association for Community Transportation, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, and Capitol Region Council of Governments.


Organizational Contacts:
Transit for CT | Karen Burnaska | 203-261-9243 |
Tri-State Transportation Campaign | Steven Higashide | 212-268-7474 |
CT Fund for the Environment | Roger Reynolds | 203-787-0646 |
Regional Plan Association | Amanda Kennedy | 203-356-0390 |
CACT | Mary Tomolonius | 860-693-0398 |
CT LCV | Lori Brown | 860-236-5442 |
CRCOG | Lyle Wray | 860-522-2217 |
CCIA | Don Shubert | 860-529-6855 |


September 17, 2014 Events No Comments

Impressionism will be the subject of the next series’ of “Great Courses” at Duncaster Retirement Community. The courses will occur on Fridays from October 3 through December 26 at 1:30 pm (no class Nov. 28). They are open to the public with preregistration. Those interested may participate in the full series or in individual sessions.

This series of lectures will introduce participants to the style, subject, and function of Impressionist painting by artists including Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and van Gogh.

The sessions will look at the impact of the public and private worlds of Parisian modernity, life in the countryside, the new leisure class on these artists as well as the influential legacy of Impressionism. The course will be taught by Dr. Brettell, Professor of Aesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas.

The schedule for the course is as follows:

October 3 Lecture 1 – The Realist and the Idealist
Lecture 2 – Napoleon III’s Paris

October 10 Lecture 3 – Baudelaire and the Definition of Modernism
Lecture 4 – The Shock of the New

October 17 Lecture 5 – The Painters of Modern Life
Lecture 6 – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

October 24 Lecture 7 – Impressions in the Countryside
Lecture 8 – Paris under Siege

October 31 Lecture 9 – The First Exhibition
Lecture 10 – Monet and Renoir in Argenteuil

November 7 Lecture 11 – Cézanne and Pissarro in Pontoise
Lecture 12 – Berthe Morisot

November 14 Lecture 13 – The Third Exhibition
Lecture 14 – Edgar Degas

November 21 Lecture 15 – Gustave Caillebotte
Lecture 16 – Mary Cassatt

November 28 Recess

December 5 Lecture 17 – Manet’s Later Works
Lecture 18 – Departures

December 12 Lecture 19 – Paul Gauguin
Lecture 20 – The Final Exhibition

December 19 Lecture 21 – Studio of the South—Van Gogh and Gauguin
Lecture 22 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

December 26 Lecture 23 – The Nabis
Lecture 24 – La Fin

The Great Courses program began at Duncaster in 2009, as part of Duncaster’s dedication to lifelong learning.

Duncaster’s Great Courses are free and open to members of the community, however pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, contact Fran Kent, or 860-380-5006.

Saturday: Save the Sound to host 17 Coastal Cleanups in CT

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Volunteers will be part of the International Coastal Cleanup

Contact: 203-787-0646

New Haven, Conn.—As part of the International Coastal Cleanup, Connecticut coordinator Save the Sound will host 17 public coastal cleanups on Saturday, September 21. Every piece of trash volunteers find will be tracked and included in an annual index of global marine debris to be released in 2015. Last year, nearly 650,000 people picked up more than 12 million pounds of trash along 13,000 miles of coastline worldwide; last year’s global index may be found here. In 2013, 1,554 volunteers cleaned 8,756 lbs of trash from 44 Connecticut beaches. Ocean trash compromises the health of humans, wildlife, and economies that depend on a healthy ocean.

Selected cleanups this Saturday are listed below. For a complete list of ICC cleanups happening in Connecticut throughout September and October, please visit!calendar-of-events/csha.

New London
Ocean Beach Park, 98 Neptune Ave, 10:00am – 11:30am
New London Custom House Pier, 9:30am – 12:00pm. This is a SCUBA dive cleanup.

New Haven
Long Wharf Nature Preserve, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Oyster Shell Park, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Scantic River State Park, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Photographs of Windsor Artist on Display at Duncaster Art Gallery throughout October

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The Duncaster Art Gallery will be showcasing a new exhibit in October featuring the photographs of award-winning artist Leonard Hellerman. There will be an opening reception at Duncaster for the exhibit on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 4- 5:30 PM. The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. until October 31.

A native of Windsor, Hellerman’s works often feature landscape, floral and nautical motifs. His photographs are part of the permanent collections at the New Britain Museum of American Art and the William Benton Museum of Art of the University of Connecticut in Storrs. His work has received awards form the West Hartford Art League, the Essex Art Association and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.

“Photography has given me a great amount of pleasure in my lifetime,” Hellerman says. “Ever since the age of twelve, when I was introduced to its magic, I have been fascinated by it. It has been my principle means of artistic expression. My photographs have appeared in The Hartford Courant, The Sun Sentinel newspaper, and Connecticut Magazine. I was a principle contributor to three editions of the book, Hartford, New England’s Rising Star. Sixty-four of my photographs, including the front cover photograph, appear in the current book, entitled, Hartford: Photographic Moments of the People, Places, and Lives in Our Region.”

Duncaster has been showcasing Connecticut artists for more than 14 years.
Attendance at the Opening Reception is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Visitors are also welcome to visit the exhibit weekdays from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. through the month of September. For more information or to make a reservation to attend the Opening Reception, contact Fran Kent at (860) 380-5006 or

First Niagara Donates $10,000 to VNA of South Central CT Home Health Care Fund

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New Haven (September 11, 2014) – John R. Quinn, President & CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC), recently announced that VNA/SCC was awarded a $10,000 grant from the First Niagara Foundation, the charitable entity of First Niagara Bank. The grant will help provide home health care to Greater New Haven’s underinsured and uninsured for the fiscal year 2015.

Through the VNA/First Niagara Home Health Care Fund, home health services are provided to Greater New Haven residents who are uninsured or underinsured. Home health care visits include nursing care, rehabilitative therapies, wound care, and social work. This generous funding from First Niagara will enable the VNA/SCC to provide over 100 home care visits to those who would otherwise lack necessary treatment.

“For the past four years, First Niagara has helped our VNA fill a large gap,” said John R. Quinn, President & CEO of the VNA/SCC. “Due to the state of the economy, like other non-profits, we have received less philanthropic support these past few fiscal years, yet there is a greater need than ever to provide services to the underinsured. First Niagara recognized the serious need to fill this gap and continues to offer generous financial support, living up to their mission of being a genuine neighbor of choice.”

“First Niagara is committed to supporting organizations that help our community thrive,” said David Ring, First Niagara New England Regional President. “First Niagara has enjoyed a long-standing partnership of support with the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, and we are proud to continue to be part of the solution to keep our neighbors from returning to the hospital because they lacked critical home health care service.”

To make a contribution to support the VNA/SCC’s mission of providing a wide array of high-quality health services for individuals in the home and community, please contact Melissa Healy, Community Development Specialist, at 203-859-6054. You can also donate online at

About VNA Health Systems

VNA Health Systems is comprised of the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC) and CareSource, Inc.

Founded in 1904, the VNA/SCC, which is the original VNA of New Haven, Milford, East Haven, and the Valley, is a state licensed, non-profit, community-based home health care agency. The VNA/SCC staff consists of highly skilled nurses, therapists, medical social workers and home health aides. A vital resource to the communities it serves, the VNA/SCC provides a wide range of specialized clinical services, community programs, the Nurturing Families Network and subsidized care, (through the Valley United Way and First Niagara Foundation) to those who are in need. The agency employs over 150 staff members, has an average daily census of over 855 patients and makes over 132,000 home visits per year. The agency is the founder of the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. The VNA/SCC is supported in part by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Valley United Way, United Way of Milford, First Niagara, and corporate sponsors and individual donors. To learn more about the VNA/SCC visit

CareSource strives to maximize the quality of life for its clients and their caregivers in the home and health care settings. Their services include homemakers, companions and live-in aides. To learn more about CareSource visit

About The First Niagara Foundation

The First Niagara Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable entity. Founded in 1998, the First Niagara Foundation is committed to supporting organizations in the communities in which we live and work, with specific focus on Youth and Education, Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization. In 2013 First Niagara contributed more than $9.0 million in charitable grants to community partners across the bank’s four-state footprint. First Niagara Bank NA is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 410 branches, $39 billion in assets, $27 billion in deposits, and approximately 5,900 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For additional information on First Niagara, visit us at, follow us on Twitter @FirstNiagara, or like us on Facebook at FirstNiagaraBank.

Duncaster Golf Tournament Raises Record Amount for Chairty

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Duncaster Retirement Community’s 6th Annual Golf Tournament Nets More Than $70,000

BLOOMFIELD, CT, September 11, 2014 – This year, Duncaster Retirement Community’s Annual Golf Tournament achieved a new milestone grossing $100,000 and netting more than $70,000 in charitable contributions. This was the sixth year for the event which was held at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course in Bloomfield. Participants and supporters included 140 golfers from 100 organizations and 10 individuals.

“The success we achieved this year was unprecedented,” remarked CEO Michael O’ Brien. “Under the leadership of Vanessa Giannasi, Director of Foundation & Community Relations, changes were made to this year’s event which resulted in record-breaking contributions from our friends and supporters.”

Sponsors included: Platinum Sponsors: Brannack Electric, Community Contractor Services, Olsen Construction; Gold Sponsors: Acoustics, Amenta/Emma Architects, Boisvert Plumbing, Constitution Advisory Group, RBS Citizens; Silver Sponsors: Arthur Shuster Interiors, Cigna, D. Sayadoff & Co., M&E Mechanical, Omnicare, People’s United Insurance, Pierce Construction, P.J. Lodola & Sons, RZ Design, Woodcock Refrigeration; Corporate Sponsors: Andrew Associates, Alliance Rehab of Connecticut, BlumShapiro, BrightStar, Competitive Kitchen Design, Dart Chart Systems, Eagle Ridge Construction, Quinn Heath Care Consulting, Schneider’s Flooring America, Shipman & Goodwin, Simsbury Bank; Cart Sponsor: Milliman; Cocktail Hour Sponsor: Companions for Living; Dinner Sponsor: Retirement Dynamics; Putting Green Sponsor: Valley Fish; and Tournament T-Shirt Sponsor: Jay’s Landscaping. Tee Sponsors included: Andrea Obston Communications, Braman Termite & Pest Elimination, C.E. Floyd Company, FreshPoint, Firetech, Geriatric Medical, Titan Energy, Duncaster management Team, Eastern Bag and Paper, Hartford HealthCare, Landry Communications, New England Power Wash, North Beach Creative, Plantations, Raintech, Suburban Pharmacy, Mayor Sydney Schulman, The Pyne-Davidson Co., US Foods, USA Hauling, WB Mason, Winsor Federal Savings and Worker’s Compensation Trust.

In-kind supporters included: New England Patriots, Woodcock Refrigeration, Duncaster Dining Services, Constitution Advisory Group, C.E. Floyd Co. Brannack Electric, Community Contractors, Ira Nozik Photography, P.J. Lodola & Sons, Abigail’s Grille & Wine Bar, Back East Brewery, Bloomfield Bicycle Shop The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Connecticut Science Center, Crystal Wine & Spirits, Duncaster Beauty Salon, Feng/Ginza, First and Last Tavern, Fran Kent, Funny Bones, Geriatric Medical, Hooker Brewery, Joan Froscio, Brian Emerson, Lox, Stock & Bagel, Lux, Bond & Green, Metro Bis, Michele Kennedy Mayo, Milano’s, Oma’s Pride, Omnicare, Pasticceria Italia, Plantations, Playhouse on Park, Pond House Grille, Robin Bergman, Vega Militariu, Wallach’s Shoes and Whole Foods.

“Every year the support we receive increases which allows us to do more than ever before for community,” said Vanessa Giannasi, Duncaster’s Director of Foundation & Community Relations.

Tournament proceeds benefit the Duncaster community which provides programs and services to residents. In addition, it supports Duncaster’s Community Outreach Fund which provides grants to local not-for-profit organizations contributing to the vibrancy and vitality of the Greater Hartford region. Applications for Community Outreach grant funding may be submitted to Ms. Giannasi quarterly and are due the first day of September, December, March and June. One round of funding remains in 2014. Interested not-for-profit organizations are encouraged to call Vanessa Giannasi (860-380-5021) first to discuss proposals and eligibility requirements in advance of any request.

Monday: Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Transportation

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September 10, 2014

Laura McMillan: 203-787-0646 x137
Sarah Ganong: 203-787-0646 x128

Party-endorsed candidates to speak on transportation challenges facing state

New Haven, Conn.—Regional transportation groups will host a gubernatorial candidate forum on transportation on Monday. The event, open to the public, will query the candidates about Connecticut’s current transportation challenges and their plans for the future of transportation in the state. The candidates will be presenting their positions and given the opportunity to answer audience questions.

The discussion will be focused around the groups’ recently-released Candidate Bulletin for the fall election. The bulletin asks the gubernatorial candidates and other public policy makers to address safety, capacity, reliability, funding, and project development issues facing Connecticut’s transportation systems.

Hosting groups for the candidate forum include Transit for Connecticut, Connecticut Construction Industries Association, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Regional Plan Association, Connecticut Association for Community Transportation, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, and Capitol Region Council of Governments.

The event is open to the public with a $10 registration fee. Please RSVP to 860-529-6855 or Members of the press do not need to register.

Governor Dannel Malloy
Candidate for governor Tom Foley

Best Western Plus North Haven
201 Washington Avenue, North Haven

Monday, September 15
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Forum begins at 9:00 a.m.

Piano Studio Recital

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11/11/2014 8:00 PM

Students in Western’s music program will present a piano studio recital at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit

WBDC Unveils Plans for 13th Annual Business Breakfast Paula Zahn to Lead Discussion: Entrepreneurship is the New Women’s Movement

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WBDC Unveils Plans for 13th Annual Business Breakfast
Paula Zahn to Lead Discussion: Entrepreneurship is the New Women’s Movement

Stamford, Conn. (August 18, 2014) – The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) today announced that Paula Zahn, former ABC News, CBS News, Fox News and CNN anchor will moderate this year’s Annual Business Breakfast.

This year’s event will take place on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Stamford Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Stamford, Connecticut.

WBDC’s business breakfast will bring together over 500 women and men including CEOs, legislators, entrepreneurs and community leaders to engage in a dialogue about leveraging women owned businesses to bring positive and lasting economic change.

The theme, “Connect–Grow–Influence: Women With Impact,” will highlight Entrepreneurship as the New Women’s Movement.

“Women will create over half of the 9.72 million new small business jobs expected to be established by 2018,” said Fran Pastore, President & CEO. “And according to Forbes Magazine, 92% of female entrepreneurs agree the stage is set for even more women to launch businesses this year.”

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro will serve this year’s Honorary Chairwoman.

The panel of esteemed executives and entrepreneurs led by Paula Zahn will include:
- Carla Harris, President Obama’s Appointed Chair of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley
- Amy Millman, Founder and CEO of Springboard Enterprises
- Rose Wang, Founder and CEO of the Binary Group and named one of Fortune’s 2013 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.

“Nationally based research identified four areas which will form a successful foundation in support of this unprecedented growth: Access to Capital, Access to Markets, Job Creation & Growth and Data,” said Pastore. “Our panelists will explore these topics as they pertain to their own successes in business as well as the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

For information about sponsoring WBDC’s 13th Annual Business Breakfast, contact Christopher Landino, WBDC’s Director of Development at 203.353.1750 or via email

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The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to economic independence. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for 15 years. For more information visit or call 203.

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