| Oct 15, 2014
| 6:01 AM
The Hooker Day Parade is a loose and spirited affair that marks the closest Hartford comes to its own Mardi Gras. It’s a celebration of creativity, fun and silliness held in honor of Thomas Hooker, a man who led his congregation through the...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 4:29 AM
Here's a look at upcoming events in the North and Northwest suburbs. Please call the venue in advance. To submit an event for consideration, please visit
Thursday, Oct. 16
"Pleading for the Future: A Play": Watch the production based on the Leopold...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 3:12 PM
It’s October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
That means it’s the Month of the Pink Products. The idea is that if you buy one of those rose-colored items, ranging from pink smartphone cases to pink Cuisinarts to pink-labeled jars...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 11:41 AM
The 560 WQAM Joe Rose poker tournament drew 170 entries at the Mardi Gras Casino Big Easy Poker Room on Friday.
The total prize pool was a $7,650, not bad for a $56 buy-in. The top six players chopped, each taking $738, and Jim Ordway of Davie being...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 12:49 PM
Despite cold and rainy weather, the annual Windsor Chamber of Commerce Chili Challenge was still held as usual on Oct. 11. While it was doubtless that the bad weather affected attendance, many of the culinary-curious still came out to try the dozens of...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 4:43 PM
Slot machines arrived late and left early at Dania Jai Alai.
The casino closed its doors for at least a year Monday, just eight months after slots launched with much fanfare — and bombed. Around 300 people lost their jobs. In order to keep the...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 5:06 AM
Newington officials caused a stir recently by eliminating all remaining Halloween celebrations from elementary schools.
The justification for the decision — that Halloween parties and costume parades exclude children whose religion prohibits...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 11:52 AM
Sure, there are lots of bad things going on in the world right now that most of us can't do much to change. On the other hand, there are lots of things going on in our own back yard that we can change.
And this weekend, we can even have fun while we'...
| Oct 24, 2014
By the time the hatchet-wielding, saloon-smashing Carrie Nation rolled into New Orleans in 1907, the city's vice wars were well in progress.
Draped in her widow's weeds and toting her Bible, despite the battle-dress, she admitted to some ambivalence:...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 11:06 AM
For one night, it will take only creativity — not the gambling gods — to produce some loot. Mardi Gras Casino's annual Halloween costume contest will take place at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, with a $1,000 cash prize for best couple ($500 per...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 12:36 PM
"The Last Fisherman: Witness to the Endangered Oceans"
Abbeville Press, $49.95
Jeffrey L. Rotman is an author, but he is better known for his efforts as an underwater photographer. His work has appeared in National Geographic and on the Discovery...