Newest Literary Landmarks: Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Newest Literary Landmarks:  Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

The nation’s two newest Literary Landmarks, both in Connecticut, will be announced at ceremonies on October 16. The Mark Twain House & Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center have been selected to be designees for recognition.  The announcement will be made by the Connecticut Center for the Book, CT Humanities and Hartford Public Library.

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Shoppers Alert: SoNo Collection Set to Debut in Norwalk

Shoppers Alert:  SoNo Collection Set to Debut in Norwalk

It’s big, splashy and opening its doors in Norwalk.  The SoNo Collection mall is scheduled to open this week, two and a half years after construction began. It is owner Brookfield Properties biggest retail project in the Northeast since an expansion a decade ago of the Natick Collection mall in Massachusetts. The three-story project features 725,000 square feet of retail space, three atriums, a bowling alley and a rooftop-level garden. 

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Hundreds Clean Up Connecticut Shores with Major Progress Seen

Hundreds Clean Up Connecticut Shores with Major Progress Seen

An estimated 1,000 volunteers showed up to shorelines throughout Connecticut to help put an end to water pollution during the annual International Coastal Cleanup hosted by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound. Volunteers could choose among more than 20 beach clean-up communities in Connecticut.

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Preservation Connecticut: New Name, Growing Agenda Ahead

Preservation Connecticut: New Name, Growing Agenda Ahead

Some things change, some stay the same.  The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has adopted a new name and a new logo to launch with the start of the new year, as plans proceed for engaging programs and continued advocacy work.  Beginning January 1, 2020, the organization will be known as Preservation Connecticut.

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County Disparities Evident in Report on Housing, Food Insecurity

County Disparities Evident in Report on Housing, Food Insecurity

Five of Connecticut’s eight counties, on average, do better than the nation when it comes to the percentage of residents living in housing with substandard conditions, and the percentage who pay more than 50% of their annual income on housing.  An analysis also reveals that in four of the state’s counties, the percentage of people living more than 1/2 mile from the nearest supermarket or large grocery store exceeds the national average

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Grants Will Support Community Organizations, Clinical Care Providers Working Together in Hartford and Waterbury; Multiple Awards to Advance Care

Grants Will Support Community Organizations, Clinical Care Providers Working Together in Hartford and Waterbury; Multiple Awards to Advance Care

group of Hartford social service organizations teaming up to reduce infant mortality and improve outcomes for families of young children and a collaborative of agencies in Waterbury working to better serve frequent emergency department visitors will receive grants from the Connecticut Health Foundation intended to support more systematic links between community-based organizations and local hospitals.

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Short Term Rentals on the Increase; State, Local Regulatory Oversight Less Certain

Short Term Rentals on the Increase; State, Local Regulatory Oversight Less Certain

Are short term rentals (STRs), better known by their popular brand names such as Airbnb, good news for municipalities or asking for trouble?  A new report by the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments seeks to air some of the pros and cons, as the number of stays (and income to hosts) continue to grow rapidly.

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