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Catholic Charities Hands Out Awards At Hartford's Hope Breakfast Featuring UConn's Bob Diaco

Catholic Charities Hands Out Awards At Hartford's Hope Breakfast Featuring UConn's Bob Diaco

December 12, 2014

If you had a bad week and just needed a lift as the holiday season gets into full gear, a stop at the Marriott Hartford Downtown Friday morning would have just the fix you needed when it comes to spirit and hope.

  • WTNH Lifestyle Show Changes, Ct Youngster Wins Sprout Network's Kind Kid Contest

    December 11, 2014

    WTNH News 8 is closing out the year by announcing some new strategic changes for its current Connecticut Style show.

  • Camp Courant Holds Annual Holiday Party

    December 9, 2014

    What do you get when two Courant publishers meet? A party.

  • Chases Host 'Downton Abbey' Fundraiser For CPTV

    December 8, 2014

    If you are going to throw a Downton Abbey party what better place than at one of Connecticut's grandest estates, the impressive West Hartford home of Arnold and Sandra Chase.

  • CT Forum Brings Great TV Personalities Talking Great TV At Bushnell

    December 8, 2014

    A typical Saturday night for Rose Perrault includes watching past episodes of the popular award-winning television series, 'Arrested Development' and 'Breaking Bad.'

  • Radio Legends Starting New Internet Rock Station

    December 5, 2014

    Mike Karolyi is best known as the guy at The Rock, the one with a fine-tuned music edge who made sure fans got what they wanted on rock station WCCC 106.9 FM.

  • Peppercorn's, Bricco, Anderson Honored At CRA Awards Dinner

    December 5, 2014

    Restaurant Bricco, Millwright's Tyler Anderson and Derek Vitale of Max's Oyster Bar in West Hartford fared well at the Connecticut Restaurant Association (CRA) Salute to Excellence Awards dinner this week at Mohegan Sun.

  • State Inaugural Ball Set For Jan. 7

    December 5, 2014

    Shine up your bipartisan dancing shoes. There's a ball on Jan. 7.

  • NBC Anchor Gerry Brooks Home After Cancer Surgery

    December 4, 2014

    There was a reason veteran NBC Connecticut anchor Gerry Brooks kept mum about his prostate cancer until after successful surgery earlier this week.

  • 'Downton Abbey''s Elizabeth McGovern On Bringing Her Band To U.S.

    December 4, 2014

    Elizabeth McGovern is a world away from her role as the quiet, coy Cora, Countess of Grantham, on the popular TV series "Downton Abbey." The Oscar-nominated actress is also a folk singer and she is bringing her band, Sadie and the Hotheads, to the United States for its first American tour. And among the stops are Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk on Dec. 12 and in Hartford on Dec. 14.

  • Jacques Lamarre Likes His Holiday Role: Playwright

    December 2, 2014

    If you are even semi-active when it comes to the Hartford scene, you surely know Jacques Lamarre. While his day job is serving as director of communication and special projects at the Mark Twain House & Museum, he is also well known as a playwright, writing crazily funny stuff like "Anatomically Incorrect,'' for famed female impersonator Varla Jean Merman and "Jacques Lamarre Has Gone Too Far" for the Hole in the Wall theater.

  • Theaterworks Celebrates Second Year Of 'Christmas On The Rocks'

    December 1, 2014

    There are many holiday traditions in and around Hartford and on Sunday, yet another joined the ranks, the second annual opening of "Christmas On the Rocks" at Theaterworks.

  • Chases To Host CPTV Fundraiser

    December 1, 2014

    The 50,000+ square-foot residence on Avon Mountain is legendary. So is the featured guest, especially if you are a "Downton Abbey" fan.

  • Peppercorn's To Be Honored At CRA Awards Dinner

    December 1, 2014

    A well-known Hartford restaurant will be feted Dec. 2 at the CT Restaurant Association's annual awards dinner at Mohegan Sun.

  • Fashion's Tim Gunn, CT Forum Panelist, Talks TV, 'Project Runway,' Heidi

    November 26, 2014

    It's a new "golden" age of television, some insist. And that is serving as the impetus for Connecticut Forum's upcoming panel discussion, "Today's Great TV" scheduled for Dec. 6 at the Bushnell.

  • HGLHC Hosts One Big Event Fundraiser

    November 23, 2014

    When it comes to doing things big, you can't beat the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective's annual fundraiser.

  • UConn Students Land Dates On Jerry Springer's New Show

    November 20, 2014

    University of Connecticut junior Brian Eilers didn't care that Annalise Lenihan usually goes home from a bar with someone other than the guy she came with. And Lenihan didn't care that one of Eilers' ex-girlfriends successfully sued him for $100,000.

  • Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Host Annual Gala

    November 17, 2014

    Aavon was looking good at the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters "Start Something Big" gala at The Hartford Golf Club Friday.

  • Goodspeed's Michael Price Feted At Party

    November 17, 2014

    For anyone who has ever patronized East Haddam's Goodspeed Opera House, the departure from the show is a well-known tradition. As you get to the bottom of the grand staircase to head out, you will usually find executive director Michael Price waiting at the bottom saying 'thanks for coming' and "hope you enjoyed the show."

  • CT Valley Garden Club Set To Celebrate Fundraiser In Hartford

    November 14, 2014

    If you need some holiday or special occasion table inspiration, get down to the Town & County Club today.

  • Farrelly Brothers Explain 'Dumb and Dumber' Phenom

    November 13, 2014

    You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who has not seen at least one of the Farrelly Brothers movie blockbusting creations like "There's Something About Mary," "Kingpin," and "Fever Pitch."

  • Connecticut Girls Competing On 'Master Chef Junior'

    November 11, 2014

    Cooking is so "in'' that no one was surprised when chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay of "Hell's Kitchen" fame created "Master Chef Junior," the pint-sized spin-off of his popular "Master Chef" reality competition cooking show.

  • Guests Dressed For Circus Theme At Mark Twain Gala

    November 10, 2014

    If you had a yen for sideshow freaks, fortune tellers, guys with whips and all the popcorn and cotton candy you could stuff into yourself, the place to be Saturday was The Hartford Club for the Mark Twain House & Museum's "The Greatest Gala on Earth."

  • O'Jays Help Urban League Of Greater Hartford Celebrate 50 Years

    November 10, 2014

    There was a lot to celebrate Friday night at the Hartford Marriott Downtown — 50 years worth.

  • 'Happy Days' Potsie Writes About His Friend Willie's Life-Saving Advice

    November 7, 2014

    Actor, director, producer and writer Anson Williams is best known as the crush-worthy Potsie Weber from the iconic 1970s sitcom "Happy Days." But a less than happy childhood and a lack of self-esteem made his teen years difficult. And then came Willie Turner.

  • Harry Connick Jr. Lists His Life's Priorities

    November 6, 2014

    He does it all, acting, composing, conducting and singing those songs that fans connect with emotional memories. That's award-winning musician and actor Harry Connick Jr. The married father of three daughters, Connick has racked up three Grammy awards, two Emmy awards and two Tony nominations, and the 47-year-old has even more plans for his already stellar career. Married to former Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre, Connick still has his New Orleans roots in his soul, even with a residence in New York City and a beloved rustic barn-turned-home in New Cannan. On Sunday, Nov. 9, he will perform at Foxwoods Resort Casino where he plans to show off some of that great musical talent. Well-known for his talent and his philanthropic efforts, Connick was funny and sincere as he Spilled the Beans with Java.

  • FOX CT Nuptials, Baby News And A Promotion

    November 4, 2014

    There were big wedding doings recently for FOX CT's Dan Amarante. The weather guy said "I do" to Katie Arntsen at ceremonies recently at Aria in Prospect. The guest list included a who's who of on-air co-workers including Joe Furey, Rachel Lutzker, Tim Lammers, Rachel Frank and Beau Berman.

  • Author Christopher Rice Explains His Brand Of Fright Books

    November 3, 2014

    In case you didn't get your fill of Halloween scares this past weekend, the Mark Twain House & Museum has a little bit of November fright for you. New York Times-bestselling author Christopher Rice and his equally well-known author mom, Anne Rice, will be featured at a program "An Evening with Anne and Christopher Rice'' Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Hartford Stage.

  • HBJ Honors Four With Lifetime Achievement Awards

    October 29, 2014

    Discussion about their combined achievements when it comes to the Hartford community and beyond could have taken up juice and coffee time and beyond at the Hartford Business Journal's 5th Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards breakfast at the Bond Ballroom Wednesday.

  • Baseball's Johnny Damon Comes To Hartford

    October 23, 2014

    Two things you should know if you are a Johnny Damon fan.

  • CPTV Hosts Party For New Documentary On Manufacturing

    October 22, 2014

    There was no red carpet outside and the venue, well, it wasn't deluxe but it was the perfect setting for the premiere of Connecticut's newest movie.

  • Twain Celebrates A Wicked Good Evening With Gregory Maguire and Stephen Schwartz

    October 22, 2014

    The word of the night at the Mark Twain House & Museum Tuesday was "wicked" and it had nothing to do with Halloween.

  • Hartford Symphony Opens 2014/2015 Season

    October 18, 2014

    A summer-like night and a new relationship marked the opening of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season Thursday, the first opening night since the orchestra and the Bushnell entered into a collaborative agreement six months ago.

  • AIDS CT Hosts Runway Fundraiser With Mondo Guerra

    October 13, 2014

    Hartford area designer style and television fashion celebrities teamed up in Hartford Saturday for the 2nd annual "WE CAN With Mondo Guerra" fundraiser benefiting AIDS Connecticut.

  • Connecticut Forum Hosts Reception Before 'Debate'

    October 10, 2014

    The reception talk included comments on latest debate between gubernatorial candidates incumbent Democrat Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley because, well it is election season!

  • Leadership Greater Hartford Presents Polaris Awards

    October 9, 2014

    Besides honoring three women who excel, Wednesday's Polaris Awards dinner featured some other surprises including talent that goes way beyond what some of Hartford's most well-known well-knowns are known for, and a silent auction accoutrement that set a new bar, high or low depending on where you were looking.

  • Actors Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker Help Roberts Foundation Celebrate 50 Years

    October 6, 2014

    When Ned Roberts met Sunny Thorsen during a chance encounter through the former community theater group, the Mark Twain Masquers, it was the start of a Hartford love story and the seeds for a foundation that would benefit many, many arts organizations for years and years to come.

  • Whoopi Goldberg Has No Regrets, Ready For New Season On 'View'

    October 6, 2014

    Academy Award, Grammy Award, Golden Globe and Daytime Emmy Award winning actress Whoopi Goldberg is among an elite group of artists who beyond stage and screen is also a co-host of and award-winning talk show — ABC's award-winning "The View." The performer, comic and producer is bringing her very "mature" rated live show to Foxwoods Resort Casino on Oct. 10. Witty, honest and when she has to be, pointedly frank, Goldberg, who had recently lost her dear friends Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, was on hiatus at her home in New Jersey getting ready for a new season of her daily talk show, which she co-hosts with Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace. And in true vacation mode she made some work-related topics off limits during the telephone interview.

  • At 79, Music Legend Herb Alpert Still Driven By His Love Of Playing

    October 2, 2014

    Herb Alpert is an award-winning American musician who, with his Tijuana Brass, brought us such standards as "Taste of Honey" and "The Lonely Bull," as well as his hit single "This Guy's In Love With You."

  • Connecticut Personalities On TV, Launching A New Magazine

    October 1, 2014

    It's autumn and that means well-known Connecticut personalities are back in the groove with new projects that bring new exposure.

  • CT Science Center Holds Annual Green Gala

    September 29, 2014

    Sight because of the art there is in the world to behold, taste because of the food to be savored and hearing because of the music to be enjoyed were all celebrated at the CT Science Center's fifth anniversary Green Gala Saturday at the center in downtown Hartford.

  • Mark Twain's Spirit-Related Programs Include A Talk By 'Picture The Dead' Author Lisa Brown

    September 25, 2014

    It's nearly October and you know what that means, time for ghosts and goblins and spirits that bump in the night. And of course the Mark Twain House & Museum is more than ready to celebrate the eerie and the unexplainable.

  • St. Francis Celebrates Miracles Silver Anniversary

    September 23, 2014

    It was a near miracle some say, when leadership at St. Francis Hospital and Mt. Sinai sat down a little over 25 years ago to hammer out a plan to merge the two medical entities.

  • HBJ Honors 2014 40 Under Forty

    September 23, 2014

    If you have already achieved at 40 and under, what can you possibly do once you are looking at 50?

  • Jay Leno Keeps The Crowds Laughing

    September 21, 2014

    He may be off late night TV but longtime "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno continues doing his nighttime shtick. But he's doing it these days as part of his live tour that comes to University of Connecticut's Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Center on Sept. 20.

  • Billings Forge Celebrates With Annual Farm-To-Table Dinner

    September 19, 2014

    When Billings Forge held its first Farm-To-Table dinner in 2009, about 50 people attended to help support the fledgling Frog Hollow cooperative.

  • James Earl Jones Talks 'Star Wars,' Retirement And 'Love Letters'

    June 24, 2014

    For many James Earl Jones is best known as that distinctive voice of Darth Vader in "Star Wars," Mufasa in Disney's "The Lion King" or as the older version of author Alex Haley in the television mini-series "Roots: The Next Generations."

  • Hartford Stage Memories From Richard Thomas

    November 5, 2013

    Hartford Stage is celebrating its Golden Anniversary and doing it in style with a slew of events, including the celebration Monday, Nov. 4, at the Hilton in downtown Hartford that was a reunion of sorts. Familiar faces who have appeared at Hartford Stage over the past 50 years including Dana Ivey, Kate Forbes, David Patrick Kelly and Bill Raymond were on the guest list for the party that included an evening of performances by the esteemed actors and a dinner. Also on the list was the award winning Richard Thomas, best known for his role as "John Boy Walton" on "The Waltons" television series. Thomas is equally passionate about and a master of Shakespearian theater and proved it in several roles at Hartford Stage including "Hamlet" and "Richard III." He recently Spilled the Beans with Java, before the Hartford Stage gala.

  • Author Sue Grafton Still Pondering What Happens After 'Z'

    October 3, 2013

    Sue Grafton, author of the popular 'alphabet series' that began with "A is for Alibi" and features private investigator Kinsey Millhone, is coming to New Haven's Schubert Theater on Oct. 9. She, along with fellow blockbuster authors Alice Hoffman, Scott Turow and David Baldacci will be featured at the Mark Twain House & Museum's "Mark My Words" benefit that begins at 8 p.m. Grafton, an author and screenwriter before publishing the first of her alphabet series novels, is the daughter of the late detective novelist, C. W. Grafton. Ready to release the newest in the series, "W is for Wasted" the 73-year-old Grafton had just arrived to her Louisville, Ky., home from a book tour when she kicked back and shared Kinsey's story and her plans for her heroine as the end of the alphabet looms and as she Spilled the Beans with Java.

  • Honoring Hartford's Dean Of Sports On His 60 Years In Broadcasting (Archive)

    July 16, 2008

    The "Dean of Sports," Arnold "Arnie" D'Angelo, held court at Maneeley's in South Windsor Monday as his fans feted him on his 60th year in the broadcast business.

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