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MaryEllen Fillo is an award-winning  reporter, having worked for the Hartford Courant since 1971, covering everything from education, ...

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Two TV Anchors Leave Local Stations

Two TV Anchors Leave Local Stations

April 17, 2015

It's goodbye you guys to two well-known TV personalities in this area.

  • Four Honored At JA Business Hall of Fame Dinner

    April 17, 2015

    Well-known rabbi, philanthropist, Holocaust survivor and activist Philip Lazowski had a busy day Thursday.

  • 'Mama' Still Lives In Vicki Lawrence

    April 14, 2015

    One of the most beloved television personalities of her generation, Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress and singer Vicki Lawrence is best known for her co-starring role on "The Carol Burnett Show," and as the sharp-tongued matriarch, Thelma Harper, on the long-running television hit "Mama's Family," a spin-off from the popular "The Family" sketches from "The Carol Burnett Show." She's bringing both to The Palace Theater in Waterbury on Saturday, April 18. Her new stage show is a little bit Vicki Lawrence and little bit Mama, with both offering music, comedy and some real-life observations. The 66-year-old Lawrence was home in Long Beach, Calif., soaking in the sun, wishing for a little rain, and really quite mellow compared to her well-known "Mama" persona as she spilled the Beans with Java.

  • 'Guys and Dolls' Rekindles Fond Memories For New Goodspeed Director

    April 13, 2015

    Yes, spring is officially here and the reason we know it? The Goodspeed in East Haddam opened for its 2015 season Friday and the ties to the opening production, "Guys and Dolls", were all over the place.

  • Gala Caps First Savor Wine And Food Fest

    April 11, 2015

    A new gala brought a new vibe to Hartford Saturday with celebrity chef Robert Irvine, along with a host of others including many that are well-known to Hartford area diners, capping off the new, two-day Foxwoods "Savor Ct" food and wine fest at the Ct Convention Center.

  • Brown Rudnick Annual Red Wine Night Tradition Continues

    April 10, 2015

    It started "illegally," or so the tale goes. It was just a few dozen political "friends," paella from Costa del Sol and a case of donated red wine in a Capitol caucus room.

  • Women Of Innovation Awards Dinner Held At Aqua Turf

    April 10, 2015

    Several women were recently honored at the 11th Annual Women of Innovation® Awards, presented by the Connecticut Technology Council. At the awards dinner at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville are from left to right are Yu Hui Rogers, Anubhuti Mathur, Sapna Gupta, Radenka Maric, Christina Lampe-Onerud, Serap Aksoy, Monika Weber, Lisa Braden-Harder, Keshia Ashe and Medria Blue-Ellis. Awards are given each year in areas including research, innovation and leadership.

  • Former WFSB Anchor/Reporter Tina Martin Now With Huffington Post

    April 10, 2015

    Former WFSB news anchor and reporter Tina Martin has a new gig blogging for the Huffington Post.

  • Girl Scouts Welcome Actress Geena Davis

    April 9, 2015

    The Girl Scouts of CT brought some star power to Connecticut, and while she left all her awards at home, a smiling Geena Davis brought what was important — her boldness and her commitment to women's equality.

  • Viola Davis Draws Record Crowd To YWCA's Annual Luncheon

    April 9, 2015

    Thursday could have been called "Davis Day" in Connecticut what with the dup of celebrity surnames in the state. While Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis was talking to Girl Scouts at a breakfast in Wallingford, award-winning actress Viola Davis was in Hartford getting ready to address the record-breaking crowd at the 20th annual YWCA "In the Company of Women Luncheon."

  • Viola Davis Talks About Her Trailblazing TV Role And What She'd Like To Do Next

    April 7, 2015

    Viola Davis has been nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes and has taken home trophies from the SAG Awards, the Tonys, the People's Choice Awards and the NAACP Image Awards. Her starring role in the television show "How To Get Away With Murder" on ABC is one of the biggest recent breakout hits.

  • CT Broadcasters Association Names 12 To New Hall of Fame

    April 6, 2015

    They are radio and tv names that are well known to Connecticut's tv viewers and radio listeners. NBC CT's Gerry Brooks, WFSB's Denise D'Ascenzo, the late legendary radio "Dean of Sports" WTIC's Arnold Dean and former tv show host and Connoisseur Media morning radio talk show host Brad Davis.

  • Reese Steps Down As Camp Courant Executive Director/CEO

    April 3, 2015

    The executive director/CEO of Camp Courant has stepped down.

  • Ct Forum's Sugarman Gets A Going Away Surprise

    April 3, 2015

    Java can't remember when there wasn't Richard Sugarman at the helm of the popular Ct Forum, a live panel series that has inspired, educated and in some cases, just brought entertaining celebrity to town.

  • DiLorenzo Joins WPIX

    April 2, 2015

    You might remember him from his days at FOXCT. Well, he's coming back north.

  • American Liver Foundation Hosts 14th Annual Flavors of Connecticut

    April 1, 2015

    You knew you were in for a special treat as soon as you walked into the Aqua Turf in Plantsville Tuesday. There was a room full of over-the-top floral arrangements, lush table linens, tony place settings, glass bubbles, a summertime pergola, bottles of wine and every tantalizing smell you could imagine. It was Flavors of Connecticut night.

  • United Way Marks 90th Anniversary

    April 1, 2015

    There was a whole lot to celebrate down at Infinity Music Hall & Bistro Tuesday as more than 300 people celebrated the 90th anniversary of the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

  • CT's Bill Berloni And His Animals Starring In New TV Show

    March 31, 2015

    It will be all "Lights, camera...bark!" in August when one of Connecticut's most famous and cherished animal trainers and advocates, Bill Berloni, takes on yet another new venture, this time as the star of a new Discovery Family Channel (DFC) show titled, "From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni."

  • Easter Seals Holds Annual Crystal Ball

    March 30, 2015

    Stanley Black & Decker folks were at all the good parties in Hartford Saturday night. While president/CEO Jim Loree was over at the Bushnell at its Ovations bash, company CFO/vice president Don Allan Jr. was over at the Hartford Marriott Downtown for the Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern CT 28th Annual Crystal Ball.

  • Bushnell Hosts Annual Ovations Gala

    March 30, 2015

    Move over Scarlett O'Hara. Rebecca Loree can trump you when it comes to creating a dress from drapes.

  • Hartford's Walter Wick Brings Exhibit to New England

    March 26, 2015

    It was just about a year ago when one of Hartford's most well-known couples, "Can You See What I See" illustrator, author and creator Walter Wick and his philanthropic wife, Linda Wick, closed the doors on their distinctive John Street firehouse-turned-studio and headed south to a new home in Miami.

  • West Hartford Model On Jeweler Catalog Cover

    March 26, 2015

    If the spring catalogs you are being inundated with include one from well-known online jeweler Ross Simons, take another look at the cover. We know that girl!

  • CT Forum Explorers & Adventurers Feted At VIP Reception

    March 16, 2015

    Another of CT Forum's great panel discussions, this time "Explorers & Adventurers," was held at the Bushnell Friday night but before the serious stuff, it was party time at the Hartford Marriott Downtown where the four special guests, Diana Nyad, Cheryl Strayed, Paul Nicklen and Alison Stewart shared the center of attention.

  • Hartford Jewish Film Fest Opens With Sass And Sophie Tucker

    March 13, 2015

    It was all Sophie Tucker-inspired boas, sparkle, smiles and sass Thursday night as the 19th Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish film Fest opened at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford.

  • Malta House 2015 "Wonder Women" Bring Their Strength to Town & County Club

    March 12, 2015

    Some came to the Town & County Club Wednesday sporting their "indestructible" bracelets of power, while others came with just the fire from within to do for others.

  • Swimmer Diana Nyad Urges Others To Embrace Their 'One Wild And Precious Life'

    March 10, 2015

    Diana Nyad is a record-setting swimmer who at age 64 swam non-stop from Cuba to Florida.

  • Velardi Leaving WTNH For PR Job

    March 9, 2015

    WTNH's "Good Morning CT" Anchor Chris Velardi is changing careers.

  • GHAC Celebrates Big Red For The Arts

    March 5, 2015

    If you didn't get to the Greater Hartford Arts Council's annual "Big Red for the Arts" bash Thursday, you are out of luck. It was the last one.

  • Reformed Whores Bringing Sassy Wit, Saucy Songs To Twain House

    March 5, 2015

    If you are 18 or older, you might want to get yourself over to the Mark Twain House & Museum Saturday night. It will be anything but a staid evening at the renowned author's house thanks to the comedic singing duo the Reformed Whores.

  • JA Announces Annual Award Winners, CT Residents Featured on HGTV, GSN

    March 4, 2015

    It's Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Inc. Business Hall of Fame time again and the honorees have been announced.

  • 'Reverberation' Pre-Show Party And A Farewell

    March 2, 2015

    It was a pre-show party that did dual duty at downtown Hartford's Marquee Events dining room Friday. It was not only a party to celebrate Hartford Stage's production of "Reverberation," but it was also a chance to say goodbye to the theater's associate artistic director, Maxwell Williams.

  • Glastonbury Youngster Joins HSO For 'Music of Michael Jackson'

    March 2, 2015

    The stars of the show may have been billed as the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, guest conductor Brent Havens and vocalist James Delisco but the guy who also had the crowd on its feet was nine-year-old Jacob Rodriguez of Glastonbury. The guy can dance!

  • Knox Foundation Celebrates Lush, Green Jungle Style

    March 2, 2015

    If you are desperate for green in this snow-covered New England of ours, it was a lush, green jungle out there on Hartford's Laurel Street Friday night.

  • Victory Lap For Joey Logano Includes A Stop At ESPN And Portland Restaurant

    February 25, 2015

    Daytona 500 winner and Middletown native Joey Logano was beaming as he whipped through ESPN Tuesday to talk about his victory in Florida Sunday. The 24-year-old Team Penske driver, who raced his way into the winner's circle at one of the most prestigious and well-known car races, was "home."

  • Spilling The Beans: Mika Brzezinski On Taking Her 'Know Your Value' Tour Nationwide

    February 24, 2015

    When former Connecticut television personality and MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-anchor Mika Brzezinski promoted the first "Know Your Value" women's conference in Hartford last spring, she suspected she would have a winner. She has.

  • AIDS CT Hosts Oscar Red Carpet Experience Fundraiser

    February 23, 2015

    If there were an Academy Award for "party most like the Oscars in LA" Hartford would win it hands down and Sunday night provided it.

  • FOX CT Names New Anchor/Reporter, NBC CT Stoecker Gone

    February 20, 2015

    Emmy award-winning journalist Lorenzo Hall will be joining Fox CT as an anchor/reporter on April 6. Hall will co-anchor the 4p.m. news with Jennifer Bernstein.

  • Connecticut Woman Cast On 'Little Women: N.Y'

    February 20, 2015

    It's hard to miss Lila Call when she's at a Hartford party because while she may be extra small in stature, she is big on personality.

  • Hal Holbrook: A 90th Birthday To Remember In Hartford

    February 18, 2015

    It was a 90th birthday to remember for iconic film and stage actor Hal Holbrook Tuesday as he entertained a nearly sold-out audience at the Bushnell with his award-winning "Mark Twain Tonight!" show, gathering up gifts and good wishes including proclamations, flowers and three birthday cakes.

  • Amistad Center Celebrates Renovated Space At Wadsworth

    February 16, 2015

    The "renovation and reveal" excitement continued at the Wadsworth Atheneum Friday as the Amistad Center for Arts & Culture, a museum within a museum, unveiled its new area at the Main Street landmark.

  • Manchester Couple's Engagement To Air On Steve Harvey Show

    February 16, 2015

    As we bask in the afterglow of Valentine's Day weekend, Cupid has delivered a couple of love-filled stories to Java's doorstep.

  • Kevin Costner And Danica Patrick Race Around ESPN

    February 12, 2015

    Track was the name of the game at ESPN as actor Kevin Costner and race car driver Danica Patrick did the all-show "car wash" tour at the sports mega-complex in Bristol Wednesday, he pitching his new Disney film, "McFarland USA," about a cross country team from a small California town; and she, her Valentine's Day Sprint Unlimited race at Daytona International Speedway.

  • NBC Connecticut Expands Investigative Team

    February 10, 2015

    AJ Walker have joined NBC Connecticut's investigative unit, Troubleshooters.

  • Portland Mom Brings Swag Bag Balm To Oscar Celeb Lips

    February 9, 2015

    Want to look like a celebrity, well, at least your lips? Pucker up! Brenda Mierzejewski of Portland can hook you up.

  • HSO Hosting Dance Contest For 'Music Of Michael Jackson' Concert

    February 5, 2015

    How are your moonwalking skills? If they are good you could find yourself on the Bushnell Stage.

  • CRIS Radio Names Local Celebrities In Annual Dance Contest

    February 3, 2015

    In these parts this announcement is almost as exciting as each time ABC reveals a new celebrity cast for its popular TV reality show "Dancing With the Stars."

  • TheaterWorks Celebrates 'Dancing Lessons' With A Party

    February 2, 2015

    Opening night at Hartford theaters is always fun, and among them, no one throws a party to celebrate like TheaterWorks.

  • WECA Hosts Annual Neighborhood Dine Around

    February 2, 2015

    Among the long list of things that make winter a bummer in these parts is the fact that there is no over-the-fence kibitzing and impromptu socializing with neighbors.

  • New Coney Island Exhibit Inspires Lively Party At Atheneum

    January 30, 2015

    What's better than one reason to party in the middle of winter's cabin fever season? Two reasons! And that was what was happening at a refreshingly, rambunctious party at the Wadsworth Atheneum Thursday as major supporters of the downtown museum celebrated the completion of Phase One of its major makeover and the opening of the kitschy, nostalgic and sometimes tragic feeling exhibit, "Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008" in the expanded Austin Gallery.

  • Rock Cats Talk About Move To Hartford At Annual Luncheon

    January 30, 2015

    It may seem like most are focused on Sunday's upcoming Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots but on Thursday the talk was all about baseball, Rock Cats baseball, as the soon-to-be Hartford-based Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies team, hosted its annual Hot Stove Luncheon at downtown's Gershon Room.

  • Connecticut Native Kevin Lacz Appears In 'American Sniper'

    January 29, 2015

    Connecticut and its people and its places continue to get some good press and some great exposure.

  • Blues Brothers Excite Black & Red Ball Crowd

    January 26, 2015

    It was a gala visual Java couldn't get out of her head long after she left the Bushnell Saturday night.

  • Brit David Bibbey Is Here To Show You 'All Things Connecticut'

    January 8, 2015

    He's British but opted to move "across the pond." And now businessman, entertainer and producer David Bibbey thinks Connecticut is just the best. And he's sharing that enthusiasm as the host of a new season of the Connecticut Public Television show "All Things Connecticut" that premiered this week.

  • The Gowns, Crowd Were Red Hot At Governor's Inaugural Ball

    January 7, 2015

    HARTFORD — It may have been frigid outside, but inside the Connecticut Convention Center it was red hot with sequined ball gowns, snappy tuxedos, party politics and more as Connecticut capped off Inauguration Day with the traditional First Company Governor's Foot Guard inaugural ball. 

  • Massachusetts Man Pulls Off A Flash Mob Marriage Proposal At Foxwoods

    January 5, 2015

    Now that's love, 2015 style!

  • Geno's Grille Set To Open In Southington

    January 5, 2015

    While UConn head women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma and his team were beating St. John's in the Maggie Dixon Classic in New York City Sunday, son Michael Auriemma, was also at work, giving friends and family a sneak peek at his dad's newest restaurant, Geno's Grille in Southington.

  • NPR, Hartford Foundation Partners For Anniversary Celebration

    December 29, 2014

    The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving recently held its "Celebration of Giving" at the Hartford Marriott Downtown as it prepares for its 90th anniversary celebration.

  • Middletown NASCAR Driver Joey Logano Marries Brittany Baca

    December 29, 2014

    NASCAR star and Middletown native Joey Logano is officially off the singles list.

  • Wildweeds Band From 1960s Draws Sellout Crowd

    December 29, 2014

    What turned into one big Connecticut high school reunion had its soft side too when the Connecticut born and bred Wildweeds got together to play for the first time in 46 years at the HillsPoint Hotel, Windsor Locks, over the weekend.

  • 'America's Next Top Model' Keith Carlos Of Bridgeport 'Still Taking It All In'

    December 26, 2014

    He grew up in Bridgeport and as a stellar athlete ended up playing professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. And now former wide receiver and Bridgeport's Central High School graduate Keith Carlos is on the catwalk.

  • WTNH's Dufour Is Expecting A Baby

    December 23, 2014

    Less than a year ago it was all white lace and promises and an over-the-top New Year's Eve wedding for WTNH traffic reporter and show host Teresa (Labarbera) Dufour.

  • FOX CT's Rachel Frank Welcomes Baby Boy

    December 23, 2014

    It's a boy for FOX CT meteorologist Rachel Frank and hubby Aram Buldoc.

  • Max Downtown The Best Say CT Magazine Readers

    December 21, 2014

    When it comes to dining like a celebrity, opinions about the Hartford area were stellar over the weekend.

  • FOX CT Cancels Dudchik's Capitol Report TV Show

    December 21, 2014

    Politico Tom Dudchik received a Christmas surprise Friday he didn't anticipate.

  • New Investigative Reporter at NBC CT

    December 21, 2014

    Christiane Cordero has made her move at NBC CT.

  • 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

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    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

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    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'

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    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."

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