<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSun, 22 Jan 2017 15:33:45 -0500Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:33:45 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Honoring MLK, from Services to Activism]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:18:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MLK-Bible.jpg

Cities and towns honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today. All events listed are scheduled for Monday unless otherwise noted.

BLOOMFIELD: Bloomfield Interfaith Association presents "Let Justice Roll Like a Mighty Stream” featuring music and readings at the Beth Hillel Synagogue, 160 Wintonbury Ave at 7 p.m. Refreshments to follow.

BRIDGEPORT: Bridgeport's Black Pride MLK Day Service at Mount Aery Baptist Church. 8:30 a.m., Mount Aery Baptist Church, 73 Frank Street, Bridgeport.

BRIDGEPORT: University of Bridgeport students participate in the University's 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service starting at 9:45 a.m. University of Bridgeport Student Center, 244 University Avenue, Bridgeport.

BRISTOL: Come celebrate the legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at one of Bristol's long running traditions. Breakfast, Music, and Keynote Speaker bringing the message of Dr. King to all of us. Tickets $12 each, $6 for children 12 and under. 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Bristol Eastern High School, 632 King St, Bristol.

BRISTOL: Imagine Nation Museum will be open starting at 9:30 a.m. One Pleasant Street, Bristol.

CHESTER: Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Create, dance, sing, role play and more as we spread the message of brotherhood, freedom, and equality. Volunteers from the Chester Public Library Teen Action Group will join us this year to decorate sugar cookies! All are welcome. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Circle of Friends Montessori, 25 W Main St, Chester.

DEEP RIVER: Join us on Martin Luther King Day for a facilitated discussion of his legacy in the era of Black Lives Matter. This event is designed for young people between the ages of 15 and 25. 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Steve Milton Memorial Community Room and Gallery, 169 Main Street, Deep River.

FAIRFIELD: Fairfield Museum & History Center: Join Museum Education staff for a Scavenger Hunt in the “Creating Community” gallery to explore and discover people who’ve made a difference in our community. Bring a photo or image of your own hero to create a painted portrait in the Education Classroom. Sponsored by People’s United Bank. 370 Beach Rd, Fairfield.

FARMINGTON: Hill-Stead Museum will offer Extended Museum Hours from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday. Martin Luther King Day vacation workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ages 7 to 11. $40 members; $50 non-members. Register at www.hillstead.org. 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT.

GREENWICH: Bruce Museum: Fun family activities with themes of dreams, peace and community from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. African and African-American storytelling performance by Eshu Bumpus at 11:00 am and again at 1:00 pm. Eshu is a renowned storyteller, an accomplished jazz vocalist and a master at physical characterization, who has performed in 26 states across the country. Performances and activities are free with museum admission. 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich. 

HARTFORD: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE admission and activities all day long. Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with family-friendly music by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and students from Charter Oak Cultural Center, hands-on art activities, and a theater performance about the Underground Railroad. 600 Main Street, Hartford.

HARTFORD: Mark Twain House and Museum: Free admission for Hartford residents. Proof of residency required. Living history characters will be on hand to greet visitors. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Last tour starts at 4:30 p.m. 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford.

HARTFORD: In recognition of civil rights icon The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hartford Public Library presents two dramatic performances of King’s speeches and writings, with New York-based actor David Mills. As MLK, Mills will deliver excerpts from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, “Early Days”, “Be the Best”, “Promised Land”, “If I Had Sneezed” and the “I Have a Dream” speech from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. Wednesday, January 18 at 2 p.m. at “The Bench” Performance Space, Main Floor, Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Ave. 

HARTFORD: Connecticut Science Center: The Connecticut Science Center has been busy building a new look for the new year. Join us when we re-open to the public on Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day). Preview the all-new Science Alley and experience ten-stories of interactive and immersive exhibits from the depths of the deep sea to the far reaches of outer space. See the unseen and discover what lies beneath the skin of a life-size Sperm Whale or inside a Mercury-Redstone Rocket. Everyone pays kids admission price today from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford.

HARTFORD: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.'s 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III. Connecticut Convention Center, 9 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Donation is $55. 

HARTFORD: The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will hold an open house on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Day. The event features tours of the Katharine Seymour Day House, hands-on family activities, a film screening and discussion, and bell ringing for nonviolence and peace. All activities are free. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bells will ring at noon. In the spirit of giving, visitors can bring new bath towels and feminine hygiene products for donation to emergency shelters -- a project of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. 77 Forest Street, Hartford. 

HARTFORD: The Greater Hartford Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will collect handbags from 10:00 am to noon on Monday, January 16th at The Amistad Center for Art & Culture's MLK, Jr. Community Day. The Handbag Project is an international effort to support women who are homeless or who have been victimized by rape or domestic abuse, or both. The handbags we collect will be donated to a local shelter. To participate, simply take a handbag that you no longer use and fill it with personal care items. The Amistad Center for Art & Culture is within the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art located at 600 Main Street in Hartford.

HARTFORD: On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, True Colors is hosting a GSA Summit for racial justice. This summit is free and open to everyone, with lunch provided. During the day, we’ll explore the intersections of our identities, history, and social movements. 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 30 Arbor Street, Hartford. Stay tuned for more updates over the following weeks, and click this link to RSVP to the Summit: https://goo.gl/forms/wt8CIlBCbY6mWcsA2

HARTFORD: The State of Connecticut Holiday Commission invites you to attend the 31st annual bell ringing ceremony and commemoration of the lift of Dr. King. Hall of Flags of the State Capitol Building, Hartford. 10:00 a.m. breakfast, 11:00 a.m. ceremony.

MANCHESTER: The Town of Manchester’s 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Celebration will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:30-8:00pm at Manchester High School (Bailey Auditorium). The theme for this year’s celebration, “LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!” addresses Dr. King’s belief that “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” The event will include entertainment by the Manchester High School Jazz Ensemble, keynote from the Manchester Youth Commission and presentation of awards to recognize students who are promoting positive change in their school and community. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, please contact the Manchester Youth Service Bureau at (860) 647-5262.

MERIDEN: 32nd Annual MLK and Albert Owens Scholarship Breakfast. Local and state elected officials, religious leaders, and city educators expected to attend at Maloney High School Cafeteria, 121 Gravel Street, Meriden starting at 8:00 a.m.

MIDDLETOWN: The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee of Greater Middletown will host its 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther Dr. King Jr. birthday celebration Monday at 12:30 p.m. at South Congregational Church on Pleasant Street. Prior to the formal celebration, there will be a noon-time speaking program at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Main Street. All are invited to attend the event and celebration at South Congregational Church, U.C.C.; 9 Pleasant St, Middletown.

MIDDLETOWN: The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Saturday night: Warren Byrd’s Byrdspeak Sessions brings The Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King into high focus. January looms large in Byrd’s calendar as not only the month of his birth but also of one of the stellar Americans of the 20th Century. Martin Luther King will be the subject of one of Warren’s latest “Palettes”, to be premiered with co-innovators Dutch Jazz luminary Saskia Laroo on Bass, Trumpet, and alto sax, New England jazz legend Mixashawn Lee Rozie on tenor sax and Emile de Leon on drums. Spoken word will also be an aspect of this presentation with excerpts and renditions of selected poets. 605 Main St, Middletown. 8:00 p.m. $10 

NEW BRITAIN: Join Mayor Erin Stewart in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. Event hosted by Mayor Stewart's office and the New Britain Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities at Angelico's Restaurant, 542 East Main Street, New Britain. Event begins at 9:45 a.m.

NEW BRITAIN: New Britain Museum of American Art Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy free admission to the Museum all day and participate in a variety of activities. Walk-in tour at noon and 2 p.m., story reading of Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach in the Moser Library at 1 p.m.; create art inspired by in the art studio from 3-4 p.m. Free admission. 56 Lexington Street, New Britain.

NEW HARTFORD: Lam is teaming up with Donna Gentile at The Hive for a free day of events called "Peace Out." It's a free community day, aimed at teenagers - and celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Lam will offer three free classes that day - our regular 9:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. classes, along with a special 11:00 a.m. class. All ages are welcome. Lam Yoga, Hurley Business Park, 37 Greenwoods Rd, New Hartford.

NEW HAVEN: Storytelling & Amistad Exhibit at the New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue. Free Admission to the New Haven Museum from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At 11:30 a.m. Joy Donaldson presents “Martin Luther King Word and Song.” 1:00 p.m. Waltrina Kirkland Mullins presents “We’ve Come a Long Way! Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King.”

NEW HAVEN: Peabody Museum’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Various World Stage Performances (Great Hall of Dinosaurs) including Hip Hop Dance Battle, Community Poetry Open Mic and drum circle. David Friend Hall (3rd floor) showing of “I Have A Dream” starts at 10:30 a.m. Free admission. 170 Whitney Ave, New Haven. 

NEW HAVEN: 7th annual MLK Concert celebration honoring the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Music Haven students and teachers, Harmony in Action, and St. Luke's Steel Band will perform. 2:00 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 111 Whalley Avenue, New Haven.

NEW HAVEN: The Connecticut American Red Cross and the City of New Haven are joining together to offer free smoke alarms and installations to residents in New Haven on Monday, January 16 as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The smoke alarm installations are part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries. Residents can schedule a visit by visiting www.redcross.org/ct/schedule-a-visit or by calling 877-287-3327 and choosing option 1 on the menu to request a smoke alarm installation.

NEW HAVEN: An MLK Day Tea with Blain Snipstal. 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Blain Snipstal is a peasant farmer and food sovereignty activist. Sponsored by the Yale Sustainable Food Program, Pierson College, and the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity & Transnational Migration. Free and open to the public. Pierson College, 211 Park St, New Haven.

NEW LONDON: MLK Day March and Ceremony at City Hall and Shiloh Baptist Church. March begins at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall at 181 State Street, followed by service at Shiloh Baptist Church at One Garvin Street.

NEWTOWN: EverWonder Children’s Museum will be open on Martin Luther King Day. Make mixed media winter paintings in the classroom from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 31 Pecks Ln, Newtown.

NIANTIC: Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT: Stop by the museum to learn about how Dr. King wanted to make the world a better place. Complete a craft activity on what you would do to change the world. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 409 Main Street, Niantic.

NORWALK: The Stepping Stones Museum for Children is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Watch King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech from 11:00 a.m. to noon; children can also make paper doves for peace. $15 adults and children and $10 for seniors. Children under 1 are free. 

NORWICH: Norwich NAACP Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom March and Program. Honoring Dr. King with a freedom march and program. 1:30 p.m. at David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard at Norwich City Hall.

RIDGEFIELD: The Town of Ridgefield will present the 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration with a special performance by Broadway’s Daniel Levine and Bryan Perri. This year’s ceremony will also include a special posthumous award presented to the family of Tom Belote. This event, which begins at 3:00 p.m. at The Ridgefield Playhouse is free to the community and will also feature performances by The Ridgefield Chorale, Deborah Katchko-Gray, Kimberly Wilson and student from Keys, anon-profit organization that brings music education to underserved inner city children. The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E Ridge St, Ridgefield.

SIMSBURY: The annual MLK Day in Simsbury Celebration is an annual event recognizing and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the time he spent in Simsbury. The 2017 keynote speaker is Greg Jones of the Legacy Foundation Hartford. International performing artist Jolie Rocke Brown will perform in song at the event. 2:00 p.m., First Church of Christ Simsbury, 689 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury.

STAMFORD: 3rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Stamford Community Breakfast. A citywide celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a message from Professor Marilyn Ford, Esq. of Quinnipiac University. Presented by the Stamford Community Collective. 8:30 a.m. to11 a.m. at the Patio Café, 888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford. *Tickets $50 at the doors

STAMFORD: 2017 Stamford MLK Committee's Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Noon luncheon program. Yerwood Center, 90 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford.

STORRS: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Observance at the University of Connecticut. The UConn community celebrates and reflects on the works and teachings of Dr. King, and the efforts that continue in his name today. The keynote speaker for 2017 will be Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is the host of BET News and VH1 Live, as well as a political contributor for CNN. Monday, 4:00 p.m., Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. 2132 Hillside Road, Unit 3104, Storrs.

WALLINGFORD: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, 10:00 a.m. Monday. Artwork, essays, readings, Lyman Hall HS choir performs. Town Hall, Robert F. Parisi Town Council Chambers, 45 South Main Street, Wallingford.

WATERBURY: Waterbury Fellowship of the Christian Churches' service honoring Dr. King. Representatives with member churches Grace Baptist Church, Mt. Olive AME Zion, and Zion Baptist Church will be in attendance for the event. Mount Olive AME Zion Church, 82 Pearl Street, Waterbury. Service starts at noon.

WEST HARTFORD: The community is invited to come together for the 21st annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at the West Hartford town hall auditorium, 50 South Main St., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This year’s keynote speakers are Victoria Christgau and Pastor James A. Lane, Jr. of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence, Hartford.

WEST HARTFORD: “Inclusion, Acceptance and Social Justice Advocacy: The Legacy of Martin Luther King,” an evening of storytelling with various storytellers, including Maxx Smith-Rapaport, a student at Solomon Schechter Day School (SSDS); co-hosted by SSDS, West Hartford Public Schools and Speak Up; 7 – 8:30 p.m.; at SSDS, 26 Buena Vista Rd., (860) 561-0700, rsvp@ssds-hartford.org. FREE

WEST HARTFORD: West Hartford – In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: “A History of Black-Jewish Relations and Why It Matters Today More Than Ever,” with guest speaker Dr. Cheryl Greenberg, a history professor at Trinity College; light refreshments; 7 p.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 236-1275.

WEST HARTFORD: "Continuing the Legacy: Freedom, Peace, Respect for All" will be the theme of the University of Hartford's Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance being held from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 16 in the University's Lincoln Theater. This event, which is free and open to the public, will feature an inspirational program of music and reflections commemorating the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Parking is available in Lot F.

WEST HARTFORD: First Baptist Church Free Screening of the 2016 Netflix Original "13th" The Documentary: A Community Conversation about Racism in America. “13th” is not rated and has a run time of 1 hr 40 min. This event will begin a series of conversations about building relationships across the lines of social difference. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. First Baptist Church West Hartford, 90 N Main St, West Hartford.

WINDSOR: The Archer Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church is sponsoring its' annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration for the community at the Windsor Town Hall Council Chambers. Keynote speaker is Windsor High School Principal Uyi Osunde. The program will include musical tributes and words of reflection. All are welcome to celebrate Dr. King's life, dream and legacy. The event is free and open to the public. 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the program. For more information, please call 860-688-5225.



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<![CDATA[Your State's Favorite Netflix Original Series Is ...]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:28:03 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Netflix-GettyImages-464215297.jpg

If you ever found yourself hunkering down under a blanket at home weathering some type of storm, be it physical or emotional, you've probably turned to Netflix for solace at some point.

According to Fortune, more than half of Americans use the streaming service for access to both movies and TV episodes, and in recent years, many subscribers have turned to Netflix originals for some fresh content.

So which binge-worthy series was most likely to be streaming in neighborhoods near you? Cable TV looked at state data from Google Trends in 2016 to identify the top Netflix original series for each state.

New York's favorite original Netflix series last year was "The Get Down," a show about a ragtag group of teenagers running wild in the streets of the Bronx in the 1970s, according to Cable TV's research. 

Streamers in New Jersey, along with Netflix bingers in 13 other states, preferred "Daredevil," while Connecticut viewers streamed "Bloodline" more than any other original series provided by the service.

Click here to see the full methodology and map by state. 



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<![CDATA[IHOP Brings Back 'All You Can Eat Pancakes' ]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ihop+GettyImages-84259123.jpg

IHOP is bringing back its “all you can eat pancakes." 

The restaurant chain said the offer, which will be available at any time of day, will continue until Feb. 14. It started Wednesday. 

As part of the deal, customers can order either five “famous buttermilk pancakes” or a short stack of two pancakes with a combo plate of eggs, golden hash browns and a choice of breakfast meats. Once the initial serving is finished, customers can “keep a short stack of two buttermilk pancakes coming again and again until they have had… all they can eat,” the restaurant said.

“Since the moment we opened 57 years ago, our guests have been able to get the perfect breakfast any time of day,” Kirk Thompson, vice president of marketing for the International House of Pancakes, said in a statement. “And now, with the return of All You Can Eat pancakes, one of our most beloved traditions, it’s even easier for our guests and fellow breakfastarians to get their fill of our warm, delicious buttermilk pancakes, morning, noon and night through February 14 — and what better time to end this promotion than Valentine’s Day, when breakfastarians can celebrate their love of IHOP!” 

Pancake eaters can add toppings to their pancake stacks for an additional cost, according to IHOP. 

The offer is available for dine-in only and price and participation will vary, the company said. 

IHOP, which is based in California, has more than 1,600 restaurants across the country and in Canada and Mexico.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years With New S'mores Cookies]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:33:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/207*120/smores-cookie.jpg

Girl Scouts cookies fans can look forward to a new flavor that honors an old campfire classic: the s'more. 

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookies, the company has added two s'mores-inspired treats. The ABC Bakers S'mores layers a creme icing and a chocolate coating over a graham cracker wafer. The Little Brownie Bakers version is a "crunchy graham sandwich with creamy chocolate and marshmallow-y filling."

The new flavor pays tribute to the Girl Scouts' history of getting girls outdoors, and of course, enjoying s'mores around the campfire, the organization said in a press release.

The Girl Scouts were one of the first to spread the recipe, publishing it under the name "Some More" in 1925 in a Girl Scout Leader magazine.  

During the six-week 2015-2016 cookie season, girls in the NYC area sold 1,107,524 individual boxes. All proceeds from the annual fundraiser remain within the five boroughs, with $0.65 per box going directly to the individual troop. 

Customers can use the Cookie Locator App to find the nearest booth sale. The upcoming cookie season is set to begin early this spring.



Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas]]>
<![CDATA[News Team Gags on Artichoke Dip Gone 'Terribly Wrong']]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:46:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Global-News-Calgary-artichoke-dip-choke.jpg

Something went "terribly wrong" when one Canadian newscaster made artichoke dip to share with her team, and the noxious results are being seen across the world.

The team at Global News Calgary was sharing holiday recipes last week and traffic reporter Leslie Horton decided to make artichoke dip, according to a clip from the news agency posted to YouTube that's racked up more than 800,000 views since Friday.

The soggy, yellow dip that Horton whipped up gave her co-hosts the jitters, and when Horton passed it around she admitted, "I'm telling you right now, this did not work out."

Only two of her three colleagues were brave enough to find out first-hand.

Meteorologist Jordan Witzel took a big bite and nearly turned green.

"At first I'm like, well, it's not that bad, but the vinegar..." he said.

"But there's no vinegar in there!" Horton replies, before Witzel cuts her off by retching the food into a napkin.

The Global News team took turns laughing and gagging as they wondered what possibly could have turned a holiday artichoke dip so foul. Turns out, Horton improvised a bit when she made the recipe, trading lemon for an orange she had in the house and spicing it with celery salt and oregano.

Anchor Amber Schinkel also took a bite and managed not to bad-mouth the bad-tasting dip, at least until she was asked what she thought of Horton's creation.

"It burns," she said, holding her throat.

That vinegar taste apparently came from Horton's use of pickled artichoke rather than the real thing, she tweeted as the video went viral. Horton took the "#CookingFail" in stride, telling her TV station, "My co-workers’ reactions were priceless" and saying it's a good reminder that the morning news team has its fails, just like their viewers do.

She even tweeted "The Ellen Show" Monday that she's happy to share the recipe, "if you're up for it."

The video jumped as high as #21 on YouTube's trending video page Monday, with under a week until Christmas.



Photo Credit: Global News Calgary / YouTube
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<![CDATA[Several Christmas Movies Are Based in Connecticut]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:12:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Christmas+in+Connecticut_.jpg

‘Tis the season for Christmas movies and our beautiful state is the setting for some classics, as well as some newer films.

The two most popular are “Christmas in Connecticut” and “Holiday Inn.”

The 1942 film “Holiday Inn” is set in a Connecticut inn that is only open on holidays. The movie, set in fictional Midville, was actually shot in California. The inn in the film was later revamped to be a Vermont inn in the movie “White Christmas.”

The 1945 film, “Christmas in Connecticut,” is about a food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife and goes to elaborate lengths to cover up that lie when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her Connecticut home for a traditional family Christmas.

The film was not actually shot in Connecticut. Instead it was shot at Warner Brothers studios in Burbank, California. The film was remade in 1992.

Connecticut native Wally Lamb’s novel, “Wishin’ and Hopin’” was turned into a 2014 film and it was shot in Norwich and Willimantic. It’s set in the fictional town of Three Rivers in the 1960s. 

The Hallmark Christmas movie, “Broadcasting Christmas,” stars Melissa Joan Hart, who lives in Connecticut, and Dean Cane.

Hart plays a human interest reporter for a Connecticut station in this love story about two news broadcasters fighting for a coveted position as a morning talk show host. 

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

What's your favorite movie based in Connecticut? 



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<![CDATA[Casey Affleck is a 'Real' Dunkin' Donuts Customer on SNL]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:56:47 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/affleck+dunkin+donuts+customer.jpg

Saturday Night Live is known for its spot-on parodies, and the show's Dunkin' Donuts commercial this past weekend was no exception.

The fake commercial stars SNL guest host Casey Affleck as a "real" Dunkin' Donuts customer, who might just strike a familiar chord with New Englanders.



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<![CDATA[Best Places to Watch the New Year's Eve Fireworks ]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:05:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fireworksnyccrop2.jpg

New Year’s Eve is around the corner and it’s time to make some plans. Wondering where to get the best views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks? Here are the best places in NYC to take in the fireworks spectacular.

Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza and Ninth Street is the perfect cozy spot to huddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and watch the fireworks burst over Long Meadow.

Central Park at South 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue is the spot where runners participating the Midnight Run will meet after the run but all are welcome to join the party. Bring your dancing shoes because there will be music and other New Year's celebration activities.

Luna Park at Steeplechase Plaza makes for a magical evening of fireworks by the water. Do something different this year and revel in the excitement from Brooklyn’s own Coney Island. New Year’s Eve at Luna Park is sure to be a packed night of entertainment, food and fun. 

Times Square at Broadway and Seventh Avenue never fails to put on the ultimate New Year's Eve experience for tourists and New Yorkers alike. Claim your spot around the grand ball by 3 p.m. and rock out to show-stopping performances from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Grab a snack and plenty of water to avoid losing your spot in the crowd.



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<![CDATA[2016 Holiday Events, Activities and Displays]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:00:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fantasy+of+lights_new+haven+.jpg

Looking to get out and about in the community for the holidays? We’re Connecting You to Joy with a list of spirited activities across the state.

Bethlehem:

Christmas Town Festival
Friday, December 2, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Bethlehem Green at Route 132 and Route 61

Bridgeport:

Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The McLevy Green

Bristol:

Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce
Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 18 Fridays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lake Compounce, 186 Enterprise Dr

Lights on Rosewood
Saturday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec, 25 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
111 Rosewood Drive

East Windsor:

Winterfest at the CT Trolley Museum
Friday Nov. 25 through Friday, Dec. 23 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 - Sunday Dec. 30 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Essex:

Santa Special at Essex Steam Train
Saturdays Dec. 4 through Dec. 18, Friday Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday, Dec. 27. Trains depart from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
*Varies depending on day, ticket required
1 Railroad Avenue

Fairfield:

Wonderland at Roseville
Thursday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Dec. 31, Sunday - Thursday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
226 Roseville Terrace

Groton:

Holiday Lights Parade
Saturday, December 3, at 5 p.m.
Starts at Route 1 and South Road

Guilford:

Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Guilford Green

Hamden:

Silverbells Celebration
Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2:30 p.m.
Free events at 2761 Dixwell Ave.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. *Requires reservation
480 Sherman Ave.

Hartford:

Winterfest
Friday, Nov. 25, to Sunday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. *Times may vary for holidays
Bushnell Park

Madison:

Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m.
26 Meeting House Road

Meriden:

Winter Wonderland Celebration
Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
133 Parker Avenue

Christmas in the Village
Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Main Street

Hubbard Park Silver Lights
Now through Tuesday, Jan. 3, 5 p.m. to midnight
Hubbard Park

Middletown:

Holiday on Main Street
Saturdays from Nov. 26 through Dec. 17, From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Downtown Middletown

Mystic:

Holiday Carnival
Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m.
27 Coogan Boulevard (Olde Mystick Village)

Olde Mistick Village Festival of Lights
Friday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m.
27 Coogan Boulevard (Olde Mystick Village)

New Britain:

New Britain Downtown City Christmas Tree Lighting Event
Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Central Park

Christmas House
Friday, Dec. 16 through Friday, Dec. 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lexington Street

New Haven:

New Haven Tree Lighting
Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The New Haven Green

Winter Festival on the Green
Saturdays Dec. 3, through Dec. 17, noon to 4 p.m.
The New Haven Green

Easter Seals Goodwill Industries' 22nd Annual Fantasy of Lights
Friday Nov. 18 through Sunday Jan 1. Open Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lighthouse Point Park

North Haven:

Tree Lighting
Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
North Haven Town Green

Norwalk:

Holiday Tree Lighting at Norwalk City Hall
Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.n. to 7:15 p.m.
Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue

Plainville:

Hillscrest Road Holiday Display
Sun. Dec. 4, through Tues. Jan. 3, Monday through Friday 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm
15 Hillscrest Road

Southington:

White Christmas in the Community
Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Southington and Plantsville

Stratford:

Holiday Tree Lighting Festival
Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Stratford Town Hall, 2725 Main St.

Torrington:

The Christmas House
Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 25. Open inside 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and outside 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
85 Main St.

69th Season of Christmas Village
Sunday, Dec. 11 through Dec. 23 from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon
Carl Bozenski's Christmas Village, 150 Church St

West Hartford:

Holiday Stroll
Thursday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square

Fire on Ice
Sunday, Dec. 25, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Blue Back Square

If you know of a great winter event or display that’s not on the list, let us know by emailing the information to news@nbcconnecticut.com.



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<![CDATA[What's Your State's Favorite Holiday Movie?]]> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:29:32 -0500 View the listing. ]]> View the listing. ]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/home_alone_050611.jpg

As the temperature drops, households around the country hunker down in front of their TVs, computers or smartphone screens for a time honored tradition: hot chocolate and little dose of nostalgia.

The holidays aren't complete without the quintessential seasonal flick — whether it’s a classic tearjerker like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or a modern-day comedy like “Elf.”

And while each of us has our own holiday favorite, the state you live in might make you more likely to watch certain films, according a new report from CableTV.com.

The results are based on AMC's top 20 Christmas movies (voted on by viewers), which were then cross-referenced with Google Trends state data from the past decade to see which holiday favorites were most likely to pop up on TVs in different parts of the country.

"Elf," starring Will Ferrell, dwarfs the competition. Many households also tune in to "Home Alone." But beyond the widely popular titles, states’ seasonal favorites appear to say something about our regional differences.

In the southwest, states like California, Nevada and Arizona like to cozy up with Jack Skellington and Sally in Tim Burton’s stop-motion animation, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Across the lower Midwest and some of the South, people enjoy quality time with the Griswolds in “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.” In the sunny southern regions, states prefer "Home Alone." 

Way up north in the ice and snow, New Englanders like to warm up with the classics like "Miracle on 34th Street," "White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful life."

"There’s a marked preference for older festive fare that captures Christmases of long, long ago," Cabletv.com's Kaz Weida wrote.



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<![CDATA[17 Places to Ring in 2017]]> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:27:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/fireworks-generic-10.jpg

NBC Connecticut is Connecting You to Joy with a list of New Year's Eve events across the state for Dec. 31, 2016. Suggestions range from a glamourous night on the water to a family-friendly bowling party. Check out the list below. 

Dancing New Year's Eve CT

Show off your moves at this dance-inspired New Year's Eve event. Classes begin at 3 p.m. and the party goes through the night! Open bar included from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
3 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Sheraton Stamford Hotel
700 East Main Street, Stamford, CT

First Night Hartford

Hit the streets of downtown Hartford for the 28th Annual First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration! This family-friendly event has setups all around downtown and includes two fireworks shows.
2 p.m. to midnight
Downtown Hartford, CT

New Year's Eve at Foxwoods

Check out the offers at Foxwoods Resort Casino for a variety of NYE's options. 
10 p.m.
350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, CT

New Year’s Eve at Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun offers a variety of New Year’s Eve festivities. Visit their website to browse the offerings.
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT

New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Masquerade Cruise

Spend New Year’s in a thrilling murder mystery masquerade as you cruise down the river on a Lady Katharine Cruise. Must book ahead!
6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
105 Reserve Road, Hartford, CT

Lessard Lanes NYE Family and Adult Parties

Looking for some family fun this holiday? Lessard Lanes in Plainville is open all day New Year’s Eve and offers special party packages starting in the evening until midnight.
5:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
136 New Britain Ave, Plainville, CT

Shakedown New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

Is live music your idea of a good time. Then pick up tickets for Shakedown’s all ages show at Toad’s Place in New Haven
Doors at 7:30 p.m.
300 York Street, New Haven, CT

The New Year’s Eve Torch Run and Torchlight Parade

Get outside and enjoy the slopes at the New Years Eve Torch Run and Torchlight Parade at Powder Ridge. Anyone with a lift pass can join the parade
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
99 Powder Hill Road
Middlefield, CT

New Year’s Eve Bash: Casino Royale

Looking to class it up with a river view? Check out the New Year’s Eve Bash: Casino Royale at the Mystic Yatching Center. This event is for the 21+ crowd.
8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
90 Essex St, Groton, CT

New Year's Eve Gala at the Country House

Feeling fancy? This event at the The Country House includes dinner and entertainment for $200 a couple.
7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
990 Foxon Road, East Haven, CT

New Year's Eve at McFadden's & BarBQ

One ticket - two bars! That's the idea behind the McFadden's and BarBQ New Year's Eve event. Ticket includes top shelf open bar a full dinner buffet, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight.
8 p.m. - midnight
261 Main Street, Stamford, CT

Stand Up and Count Down to 2017

Let laughter ring in the new year. The 7 Angels Theater in Waterbury offers two stand-up comedy shows featuring four NYC comics - and the later show features a champagne toast at midnight.
6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
1 Plank Road, Waterbury, CT

New Year's Eve Parties at Galaxy Roller Rink

Galaxy Roller Rink offers two alcohol-free NYE parties - an early party of the youngsters, and a late party for everyone else. Bring on the family fun!
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
210 Bridge Street, Groton, CT

New Year's Eve Contra Dance Party

A potluck dinner followed by a dance and a toast at midnight! Bring the whole family to this dance event in West Hartford
6:45 p.m. to 12:20 a.m.
West Hartford Town Hall

New Year's Eve Party

For $100 a person enjoy a night of food, drinks and entertainment at Amarante's Sea Cliff. Reservation required.
7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
62 Cove Street, New Haven, CT

New Year's Eve 2017

DJ Seaneo spinning songs all night long sound like a good time? Join the team at Black Bear Saloon in Hartford for a popping New Year's Eve - complete with a toast at midnight. 21+
8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
187 Allen Street, Hartford, CT

Danbury New Year's Eve 2017 Party

A grand buffet dinner is followed by an open bar and live entertainment sponsored by I95 Rock and Kicks 105.5 all night. This event hosted at the Crowne Plaza Danbury is 21+ and starts at $259 per couple.
Starts at 7 p.m.
18 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury, CT



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<![CDATA[Best Buy Workers Pitch in to Buy Kid a Wii U Console]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:50:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/best+buy+act+of+kindness.jpg

Heartwarming video of an employee at a Long Island electronics store giving a Nintendo console to a boy has gone viral.

The act of kindness was captured at the Valley Stream Best Buy earlier this month after store employees pitched in to buy a Wii U for the boy.

Workers noticed that the boy had been playing the console at the store for weeks. Employee Ken Fernandez gathered some of them together and they put money towards buying the gaming system for him, Best Buy confirmed.

A YouTube video that had amassed some 1.3 million views by Tuesday shows Fernandez giving the stunned boy the Wii U.

“On behalf of all of us here at Best Buy, we got you a Wii so you don’t have to come here every day and play,” Fernandez says in the video.

The disbelieving boy looks on as he sits at the Wii U playing station.

“For real, it’s just for you. It will be your Christmas present, an early Christmas present,” Fernandez says. “You don’t have to be here, you can go home and play.”

Fernandez later dropped off the console and a copy of Mario Kart, which cost around $300, at the boy’s home.



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<![CDATA[Danbury Mayor Knows How to Survive Zombie Apocalypse]]> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:58:03 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/Screen1.PNG

The biggest Walking Dead fan in New England might be an elected official in Connecticut who takes zombies as seriously as his Twitter feed.

Danbury mayor Mark Boughton is a superfan when it comes to The Walking Dead and isn’t afraid to make it known. It is just one of the many things you can find him talking about in his Twitter feed each day.

Boughton has almost 29,000 followers with whom he shares his love for binge-worthy television. Unlike many politicians who play it safe, Boughton lets his personality shine on social media.

"Most politicians use Twitter and they just keep tweeting out press release after press release,” he said while watching and tweeting about the season seven midseason finale of The Walking Dead. “If you really want people to know who you are, you let them into your world"

Zombies are a big part of Boughton’s world both in entertainment and in the real world. He even has an official emergency plan for a zombie apocalypse, and has trained a small group of citizens how to fight off zombies.

Boughton’s passion for zombies, and the popular AMC series with them, landed him on web headlines after he jokingly cancelled Halloween in the state after a couple of his favorite characters were brutally murdered in the season seven premiere.

He added in a delayed opening for schools and memorial service for good measure. Some people got the joke, but some people truly believed he would cancel a holiday over a television show.

Boughton doesn’t mind naysayers on social media and will gladly engage in a good debate over any policy issue. He just also really likes joking around and having some laughs on Twitter to unwind.

"I make very important decisions every day that literally affect thousands of people. If I can kind of bury myself for an hour into a show, it is very fun and a great stress relief for me."

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<![CDATA[LIRR, Metro-North Ban Alcohol for SantaCon Weekend]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:26:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/121314santa.jpg

SantaCon revelers traveling into New York City via the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North are being warned not to bring alcohol onto trains this weekend. 

The annual pub crawl, taking place in Williamsburg for the second straight year, draws thousands of festive partiers from across the region.

But those taking the commuter trains in won't be allowed to start sipping early. The MTA has banned alcohol on Metro-North and LIRR trains and stations from noon on Saturday, Dec. 10 through noon on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The timeframe coincides with the normal LIRR ban on alcohol between midnight and 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

MTA police will be enforcing the ban at Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal and stations throughout the area, as well as on trains. The MTA says police will confiscate alcoholic beverages and issue summonses carrying fines or jail time.

Violators could also be removed from trains or stations, the MTA says. 

New Jersey Transit said a system-wide ban on beverages for SantaCon will go into effect starting Saturday, Dec. 10 into the early morning Sunday, Dec. 11, the transit agency announced Thursday. The ban will also take place early morning Saturday Dec. 17 until Dec. 18.

The agency noted that existing NJ Transit policy does not allow beverages on buses at anytime, not just during SantaCon.

Neighborhood organizations and business owners have derided the popular pub crawl, and the pushback in some neighborhoods forced organizers to move the event. 

At last year's SantaCon, five people were arrested and more than 100 red-suited participants were issued summonses, the Daily News reports.

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<![CDATA[Delta Latest Airline to Upgrade Its Snacks]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:14:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/delta-snacks.jpg

If it's true that an army travels on its stomach, will better snacks keep passengers loyal to one airline? 

Delta Air Lines is rolling out new free snacks for customers in the main cabin, including brand-name yogurt bars and pretzels. Some will come in larger portions than before because, Delta has figured out, that's what customers crave. 

The menu move comes about a year after United Airlines brought back free snacks by offering noshes like stroopwafels — a gooey Dutch confection — and better coffee. Earlier this year, American Airlines restored free snacks on domestic flights. 

Airline executives say they're focusing on both big and little things in the battle for customers. 

Delta said Thursday that beginning next week it will retire the airline's brand of peanuts and pretzels and replace them on longer flights with Snyder's of Hanover pretzels, Squirrel honey-roasted peanuts and NatureBox yogurt bars. 

Fans of the Biscoff cookies need not fret — those are staying. 

Delta also is testing free sandwiches and other meals in economy on some flights between New York and California.

The company stopped selling food on its flights in 2005, The New York Times reported at the time

For decades, air travelers took it for granted that they would be served meals as part of their ticket price. Airlines gradually took away that perk to save money, but came off looking Scrooge-like. 

Continental Airlines claimed it would save $2.5 million by no longer giving away pretzels in 2011. That year parent United Continental Holdings Inc. earned $840 million. 

Airlines today seem even more financially healthy enough to feed their customers: Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. earned $4.5 billion last year.



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<![CDATA[Meghan Trainor Cancels Mohegan Performance Due to Illness]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:56:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trainor-AP257101418234.jpg

Meghan Trainor will not be performing at Mohegan Sun Arena tonight because she has been placed on vocal rest.

She was scheduled to perform tonight during the All Star Christmas show.

OneRepublic, James Bay and Lindsey Stirling will still perform and Connecticut Native Nick Fradiani will make a special performance, according to Mohegan Sun.

A post on Trainor’s Facebook page says she has not been feeling well and went to the doctor today and has been placed on strict vocal rest for the next two weeks.

A Tweet from Mohegan Sun says refunds are available at point of purchase prior to 7pm start of the show tonight. For refund questions, call the box office at 860-862-8499.

For more information please visit www.mohegansun.com.



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<![CDATA[Photo of Fake 'Happy Hour Playset' Sparks Online Outrage]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:30:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fisher-price-photo2_blurred-faces-2.jpg

An online backlash over a supposed “happy hour playset” for kids has proven to be misplaced since the item in question doesn’t exist.

After a Facebook user posted a photo Tuesday that showed the set –  complete with bar stools, plastic bottles and featuring what appeared to be the Fisher-Price logo – people began to post messages on the company’s social media pages condemning the product.

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The box featured three toddlers, two holding bottles while a third appearing behind the bar.

The hoax debunker website Snopes.com investigated the item and found that it isn’t real.

Fisher-Price also responded with a statement saying the set is “not endorsed, produced or approved.”

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<![CDATA[Target Reissues Menorah Recall Over Fire Hazard Concerns]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:55:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/menorah11.jpg

With Hanukkah several weeks away, Target is reminding customers it has recalled thousands of menorahs because they post a fire hazard.

The clear acrylic menorahs, sold in Target stores nationwide from October 2015 through December 2015 for about $20, can melt when the candles burn, Target says. The company said it has received eight reports of the menorahs melting, including three reports of fire. No property damage or injuries were reported.

The 2,600 menorahs were originally recalled in May, but if customers still have them, they should toss them before the holiday or return them to Target for a full refund. 



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<![CDATA[Report Lists 'Best Places' for New Year's Eve]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:13:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/205*120/SanFranciscoNYE-AP_578741301497.jpg

A new report from the personal-finance site WalletHub lists the top destinations in the United States to celebrate New Year's Eve.  The report says the best city to ring in 2017 is Orlando followed by San Francisco and Atlanta.

The site ranked the top 100 most populated cities in 20 metrics, including the average price of an NYE party ticket to the current weather forecast for December 31.  WalletHub also factored in safety and accessibility along with food and entertainment options into its rankings.

New York came in at 38 on the list because of the high cost of attending many NYE events in the Big Apple.  Boston was 19. 

The most popular actual travel destinations for New Year's Eve are Orlando, New York City and Honolulu, according to the site.

WalletHub says 77 percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday in some fashion, with many people enjoying large, organized events. 

Here are the top 40 "best cities" to celebrate Dec. 31, 2016 according to the list in the report:

1. Orlando, FL

2. San Francisco, CA

3. Atlanta, GA

4. Denver, CO

5. Buffalo, NY

6. Cincinnati, OH

7. Miami, FL

8. St. Louis, MO

9. Pittsburgh, PA

10. Las Vegas, NV

11. Washington, DC

12. Minneapolis, MN

13. Tampa, FL

14. New Orleans, LA

15. Seattle, WA

16. Scottsdale, AZ

17. San Diego, CA

18. Sacramento, CA

19. Boston, MA

20. Honolulu, HI

21. Birmingham, AL

22. Omaha, NE

23. Virginia Beach, VA

24. Madison, WI

25. Lincoln, NE

26. Portland, OR

27. Los Angeles, CA

28. Chicago, IL

29. Irvine, CA

30. Cleveland, OH

31. Philadelphia, PA

32. Baltimore, MD

33. Baton Rouge, LA

34. Santa Ana, CA

35. Norfolk, VA

36. Anaheim, CA

37. Louisville, KY

38. New York, NY

39. Colorado Springs, CO

40. Austin, TX



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<![CDATA[Ballerina Misty Copeland Launches Dancewear Line ÉGAL]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527358950.jpg

Ballerina Misty Copeland, who is known for breaking body stereotypes in the dance world, has launched her line of dancewear apparel.

The prima ballerina has often spoken publicly about her career-long struggle to find dancewear designed for women who have busts, hips and thighs. It from that void that Copeland says ÉGAL Dance was born.

ÉGAL Dance features designs inspired by Copeland's personal style and a desire to provide dancewear that is "truly supportive, appealing and flattering to a variety of body types."

"The ÉGAL woman is looking for high-performance, functional dancewear that is fashionable, durable and most importantly, helps them to achieve their movement goals," says Copeland. "We have shared our garments with both professional and recreational dancers, and early feedback has shown that dancers from dance forms including ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and Broadway, have an overwhelming need for this type of leotard."

ÉGAL Dance's initial launch is comprised of the brand's capsule collection including leotards, crop tops, a skirt and a warm-up tunic. Copeland's dancewear line is available exclusively online at www.egaldance.com.

Copeland made history last year as the first African-American woman promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

Reaching the pinnacle of success as a dancer was only the beginning. The world-renowned ballerina has been able to forge a career outside the dance world with her trailblazing accomplishments, a rare feat for someone from the dance world. In addition to various endorsement deals and TV appearances, the 33-year-old has published two New York Times best-selling books, was the subject of a documentary, appeared on Broadway, named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people and was recently honored with her own Barbie doll.



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<![CDATA[Santa's North Pole Home Listed on Zillow]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:31:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/p_f_Outside_024.jpg Popular real estate marketplace company Zillow added a new property listing to their website just in time for the holidays -- Santa Claus' North Pole house. Maison Krin is described as a "toy-lover's paradise nestled on 25 idyllic acres at the North Pole -- perfect for spirited reindeer games." The company priced the home using "comparable homes in remote locations" and "applying a Santa premium," they said in a press release.

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<![CDATA[Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro Reunite for Burger King Ad]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:25:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/nd51120735.jpg

Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro are back…for Burger King, that is.

Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez reunited for a commercial for Burger King’s limited-time offering of cheesy tots.

The commerical plays off of Napoleon's love for the cafeteria side dish in the movie. 

"Whoa, are those cheesy tots?” Heder as Napoleon asks Ramirez, before requesting to try one.

He then takes a handful of tots, including one out of Ramirez’s hand, for himself.

“Dang it, those are good,” Heder says.

“Fans have been craving the return of Cheesy Tots for some time now,” Burger King president, North America Alex Macedo said in a statement. “So we wanted to give loyalists a holiday surprise after we heard so many of their requests. Now they’ll be able to warm up to these cozy cheese and potato bites this holiday season.”



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<![CDATA[$2 Gets You a Free Wendy's Frosty With Each Visit in 2017]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:52:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-52821036.jpg

Next year just got a whole lot sweeter.

Wendy's is providing customers with key chains that will get them a free frosty with their purchases until the year's end

For just $2, customers that are participating Wendy's National Frosty Key Tag Program can flash their key chain to cashiers and get a free Jr. Frosty next year with our purchases.

Last week, Wendy's tweeted that for just $2, customers can enroll in the program for 2017.

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Wendy's charity affiliate, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption was selling the tags on its website but have sold out. 

"Due to overwhelming popularity, the 2017 Frosty Key Tags are sold out!" the site reads.

However, Wendy's tweet last week encourages customers to still come and buy a $2 tag at their nearest location.

Anyone interested in purchasing a key tag by the end of 2016 can do so at their local Wendy's. 



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<![CDATA[New Britain 'Christmas House' Decorated One Last Time]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:56:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rita+christmas+house_1200.jpg

It's the end of an era on Lexington Street in New Britain.

2016 will be the final year for the Christmas lights at Rita Giancola's house, according to her granddaughter, Michelle. Rita passed away in August.

"We decided to do it for one last year for the community and for us as well. We wanted to put it out there that this is it. And she wanted us to do it, so we had to," Michelle said.

Even though Rita had been putting up her Christmas display for years, it wasn't always an open house.

"There were people peaking in her windows, so then in 1978 she decided to open it to the public and it just took off from there," said Michelle.

Rita's family tradition grew, delighting generations of people, young and old alike.

"She, I could imagine right now, is smiling so big up there and feeling all the joy that she herself was spreading to everybody else. And I know that she is now looking down and feeling it and smiling huge," said Michelle.

While this may be the final year for actual lights, the light that Rita was for her community will shine long into the future.

"She was doing this all the way up until the end. She was going to plan on doing it still if she was still with us. She was going to still try to get up on those ladders and do as much as she could," Michelle said.

The open house on Lexington Street will be the week of December 16 through 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. Admission is a non-perishable food item. Rita's family will also be lighting the outside as often as they can during the Christmas season.



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<![CDATA[Black Friday Store Hours]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:08:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-72639925.png

Stores throughout Connecticut opened early the Friday after Thanksgiving. Most stores are planning to stay open late for the popular shopping holiday known as Black Friday.

Some stores encouraged their shoppers to instead enjoy the time off from work to be outdoors.

Here's when a number of popular stores will be open.  Local mall hours are below as well.

It’s important to note that hours may vary by store or location so please check to confirm the hours of the store that you plan to visit.

Stores Open on Thanksgiving

Best Buy

Best Buy will open on Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. and stay open until 1 a.m. on Friday. It then will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday. Hours may vary by store. 

Dick's Sporting Goods

Dick's Sporting Goods will open on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. and stay open until 2 a.m. Friday. It then will reopen Friday at 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. Hours may vary by store.

JCPenney

JCPenney opens at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remains open until 5 p.m. Friday. Hours may vary by store.

KMart

KMart will open at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remain open with doorbusters ending at 2 p.m. on Black Friday. Hours may vary by store.

Kohl’s

Kohl’s opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remains open overnight. Doorbusters will end at 1 p.m. on Friday. Hours may vary by store.

Macy's

Macy’s will open at 5 p.m. Thursday through 2 a.m. Friday. It will reopen Friday at 6 a.m. with doorbusters ending at 1 p.m. Hours may vary by store.

Michaels

Michaels will be open at 6 p.m. Thursday and remain open until midnight. It will reopen Friday at 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Hours may vary by store.

Modell's

Modell’s opens on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. with doorbusters lasting through Friday at 2 p.m. Hours may vary by store.

Old Navy

Old Navy will open at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remain open through midnight on Black Friday. Hours may vary by store.

Sears

Sears will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open until midnight. It will reopen on Black Friday at 5 a.m. Hours may vary by store.

Target

Target will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open through Black Friday, until 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the store.

Toys"R"Us

Toys"R"Us will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remain open through 11 p.m. on Black Friday. Hours may vary by store.

Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty will open on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. and remain open until 2 a.m. It will reopen on Black Friday at 6 a.m. Hours may vary by store.

Walmart

Walmart will open on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. Hours may vary by store.

 

Stores Closed on Black Friday

REI

REI will be closed on Black Friday as they promote their #OptOutside campaign, which encourages people to forgo the stores and get outside instead.

 

Local Mall and Outlet Center Hours

Westfarms

Westfarms will open on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. and remain open until midnight.  It will reopen on Black Friday at 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Connecticut Post

The Connecticut Post Mall be closed on Thanksgiving.  It will reopen on Friday at 5 a.m. and remain open until 10 p.m.

Brass Mill Mall

The Brass Mill Mall will open on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. and remain open until midnight.  It will reopen on Black Friday at 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk

The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk will be closed on Thursday but will be open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods

The Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open until 11 p.m. on Black Friday.

The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

The Shoppes at Farmington Valley will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but reopen on Black Friday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Shoppes at Buckland Hills

Check with the individual store for hours.  Some stores will be opening Thanksgiving evening but others will be closed for Thanksgiving.  Hours vary on Black Friday.

Westfield Meriden

The Brass Mill Mall will open on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. and remain open until midnight.  It will reopen on Black Friday at 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Enfield Square

The Enfield Square Mall will open on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. on Friday.

Crystal Mall

Waterford's Crystal Mall will open on Thanskgiving from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.  The mall will then close for a few hours and reopen from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Black Friday.

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

The Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets will be open on Thanksgiving from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.  The stores there will be open Black Friday from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Danbury Fair

The Danbury Fair Mall will be open on Thanksgiving from 6 p.m. until midnight.  The mall will reopen on Black Friday from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Candace Bushnell’s Roxbury Home Goes on the Market]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:23:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Candace+Bushnell+compound+Roxbury.jpg

The woman who wrote “Sex and the City” and created the beloved characters Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda is selling her home in Litchfield County.

Klemm Real Estate has just listed Candace Bushnell’s mini-estate in Roxbury for $1.365 million.

The three-bedroom Victorian house built in 1890 is on three acres and includes a guest and pool house, outdoor shower, four garage bays, a barn and gardens.

“One of the jewels of Roxbury in a coveted location has been the home of two major people: Harrison Salisbury and Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell. A great opportunity for a buyer,” Carolyn Klemm, founder of Klemm Real Estate said in a statement.

Bushnell is also author of The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up and Four Blondes. 

“Classically charming country perfection, will take your breathe away, combining antique chic with current, recreation, flowers, trees, birds and bees,” said Maria Taylor, of Klemm Real Estate who is also representing the seller.



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<![CDATA[Lego Kidsfest Comes to Hartford]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:56:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lego_Kidsfest_Comes_to_Hartford_1200x675_811540547601.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Classic Oreo Cookies Are Now a Candy Bar]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:49:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/milka-oreo-big-crunch-chocolate-candy-bar-today-161114.jpg

Oreo, the chocolate cookie with white icing, is taking its classic taste to candy shelves.

The brand's first candy bar, a Milka Oreo Big Crunch Chocolate Bar, was released Monday and is available at some retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Kroger, ShopRite and Albertsons, according to a company statement.

It features a layer of crunchy Oreo cookies between two layers of rich vanilla creme, coated in European Milka chocolate candy, according to Oreo's website

“Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bars are a natural progression for Oreo,especially with Mondelēz International’s global leadership position in chocolate and Milka being the No. 1 chocolate candy in Europe," said spokesperson Samantha Greenwood.

"The combination of these two global powerhouse brands – both of which are known for their delicious taste – has led to a product line that is unique and truly differentiated in the U.S. chocolate candy category.”

Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar will debut in January 2017. It boasts vanilla cream studded with bits of chocolate Oreo cookies, then coated in Milka milk chocolate. Also, an Oreo Choco-Mix Snack Mix Bag will also be available next year.



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<![CDATA[New Kids on the Block to Tour With Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:39:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP253752335652.jpg

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New Kids on the Block are kicking off another tour starting next spring, and tickets will go on sale this week. The Boston-based 80s boy band will be joined by fellow throwback stars Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men.

"We're bringing happy back," Donnie Wahlberg said on NBC's "Today" show.

The tour, which starts May 12 in Columbus, Ohio, will have a Boston show at Fenway Park on July 8.

Other states the tour will hit: Michigan, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Washington, D.C.  

Tickets go on sale Nov. 19, but Block Nation Fan-Club Members and American Express card members can get advance tickets starting Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Below is the full concert tour schedule:

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<![CDATA[Santa Flight Academy Opens at Westfarms]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:16:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/santa+flight+academy.jpg

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<![CDATA[Election Day Freebies and Deals]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:07:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/voting-booths-generic.jpg

Americans head to the polls on Tuesday and can come away with more than an "I Voted" sticker. National brands will offer Election Day freebies and deals. Check out some of the specials.

Krispy Kreme
Show your "I Voted" sticker at participating locations and get one free doughnut of your choice. 

7-Eleven
Customers with the 7-Eleven mobile app can get a free coffee of any size at participating stores.

California Tortilla
After casting your vote, enjoy free chips and queso with any purchase at California Tortilla. All you need to say is one of the secret passwords: "I vote for queso," "Make queso great again" or "I'm with Queso."

Bob Evans
The restaurant is offering 30 percent off any dine-in or carryout order after 2 p.m. Get the special coupon here.

Great American Cookies
Show your "I Voted" sticker at participating shops and get one free cookie.

World of Beer
The tavern wants voters to "come together over a pint of common good." Mention the offer to your server on Nov. 8 and receive your first beer for $1.

Uber
Need a ride to the polls? Uber has an in-app feature that helps you find your polling place and lets you request a ride to the location. First-time customers can use the promo code VOTETODAY for $20 off the first ride.

Zipcar
In an effort to #DRIVEtheVOTE, more than 7,000 Zipcar vehicles are free for members to use from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday. The cars are available in hundreds of cities, towns and college campuses and can be reserved on Zipcar's website or mobile app.

Gold's Gym
Work off Election Day stress with free entry to your local Gold's Gym. Bring your valid "I Voted" sticker on Nov. 8.

eBay
Stock up on candidate figurines, campaign buttons and more. Until Nov. 9, bid on patriotic items in eBay's Cast Your Vote 2016 event.



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<![CDATA[Taco Bell Giving Out Free Tacos Wednesday Thanks to World Series ]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:23:47 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/taco-bell-doritos.jpg

If you’re in the mood for a free taco this afternoon, you’re in luck. And you have the Cleveland Indians to thank for it.

As part of their “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” campaign during the World Series, Taco Bell is offering customers a free Doritos Locos Taco from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, while supplies last.

The fast food giant said they would offer the free treat if someone stole a base during the first two games of this year’s Fall Classic between the Indians and the Chicago Cubs. When Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor came up with a stolen base in Game One, everyone became a winner.

It’s the sixth time the company has done this promotion in conjunction with Major League Baseball. Taco Bell has also given away free tacos during the NBA Finals when the visiting team won a game.

No purchase is required, but Taco Bell says it will deny service to anyone they believe is double dipping for the snack.



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<![CDATA[Twins' Adorable Age Discovery]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 20:49:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/twins+older+youtube.jpg

A pair of adorable twin sisters from New Jersey delighted in learning that being identical meant they get to look alike — but their reactions quickly diverged when they learned one inevitably had to be the older twin.

The parents of 3-year-old Ava and Alexis, from West Orange, posted video on YouTube last week showing the conversation the girls' mother had with them about what it meant to be a twin. 

"Lexi, what do you think being identical twins means?" the girls' mother Ami is heard asking.

"Adordable!" Alexis replies. 

The girls hug each other as Ava explains that it means they have the same birthday. 

"It also means you look alike," their mother tells them, and the sisters look closely at each other and grin as they confirm that they indeed resemble each other. 

But when their mother tells them that Ava is one minute older, Alexis promptly starts crying.

"But I want to be older!" Alexis says.

"I'm just one minute older," Ava tells her mournful sister, grabbing her chin as she tries to comfort her. "I'm just one minute older, that's it." 

But the tables quickly turn when the girls realize that Alexis is actually the taller twin, by about a half-inch.

"I'm bigger than Ava!" Alexis announced proudly as Ava begins to cry.

Then it's Alexis' turn to hug her sister. 

Ava and Alexis' mother Ami told NBC 4 New York the girls have always been very competitive but that they're also "naturally very affectionate with each other." 

The twins were born six weeks early, weighing 3 pounds, 9 ounces and 3 pounds, 6 ounces, according to their parents. Since they came home at around four pounds, life for dad Justin and mom Ami has been "chaotic but wonderful." 

The family loves going to the park and the playgrounds, and they especially enjoy the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.



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<![CDATA[Obamas Host Last White House Halloween]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:51:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/103116+White+House+Halloween.jpg

The president and first lady hosted their final Halloween party at the White House Monday afternoon.

The first couple welcomed students from D.C., Virginia and Maryland schools, as well as children of military families, to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House.

More than 4,000 people were expected at this year’s Halloween festivities, according to a statement from the Office of the First Lady.

For this year's theme, the White House and surrounding grounds were transformed into A Storybook Journey, which included decorations and performances inspired by classic tales such as "Mother Goose," "Peter Pan," "Alice in Wonderland," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Peter Rabbit."

Students from the Joy of Motion Dance Center led a flash mob to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The Obamas joined in from the sidelines, showing off their own "Thriller" moves. 

The president handed out White House Hershey's Kisses while the first lady handed out cookies.

In addition, an assortment of treats were also provided, including White House M&Ms, fruit bars, kettle corn, and Bo and Sunny baseball cards.

"Because you being up all night with a sugar rush is exactly what your parents want," Obama joked. 

The president took mock offense to one trick-or-treater's President Obama costume, which included silver spray-painted hair.

"Is this supposed to be me?" Obama asked. "Man, I'm not that gray yet." 

Want to add some White House style to your own Halloween party? The official White House Halloween press release included the "official" White House Halloween cookie recipe:

  • 1 lb. sugar
  • 2 lbs. butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 lbs. all-purpose flour

Mix the butter and sugar till soft and well beaten. Then add eggs, vanilla, salt and half the flour. Beat on slow speed till mixed, then add the rest of the flour and mix until incorporated.

Push flat onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate overnight. Roll out to one quarter inch thick and cut out cookie shapes with cookie cutter.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 minutes and allow to cool.



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<![CDATA[Best 'Today' Halloween Costumes]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:16:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/kathie-lee-and-hoda-as-regis-and-kathie-lee-tease-today-161031-sm.jpg From iconic figures from the 1990s, to "Star Wars" characters, to the royal wedding, to classic TV shows like "SNL," "Today" show hosts have paid tribute to a wide range of pop culture personas through their Halloween costumes. Click to see some of the best.

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<![CDATA[XTina, Magician and Dragon: Celebs Get in Halloween Spirit]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:19:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/halloween_2016.jpg

Celebrities are known for their wild and daring Halloween costumes, and so far this year, they haven't disappointed. 

Over the weekend, many celebs carried on the annual tradition of dressing up and sharing photos on social media of their elaborate, sometimes spooky and occasionally controversial creations.

Take a look at their costume ideas below: 

Katy Perry, Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Kylie Jenner, Christina Aguilera (XTina)

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Beyonce, Salt-N-Pepa

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Kourtney Kardashian, witch

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Lauren Conrad, circus performer

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Hilary Duff, whose costume drew some criticism...

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Especially when standing beside her boyfriend, Jason Walsh.

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Shakira, magician

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Mariah Carey: The singer is dressed as She Devil, holding her son Moroccan, sporting a Mario costume. Carey's ex-husband, Nick Cannon, is dressed as Luigi. He holds daughter Monroe who's wearing a princess costume.

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Joseph Gordon Levitt: Bloody country singer

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Beyonce and Jay Z: Barbie and Ken

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DJ Pauly D, dragon, and Aubrey O'Day, angel

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Tara Reid, Greek goddess

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But it may be John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's baby daughter Luna who taks top prize for the cutest Halloween costume. Teigen has proven that baby Luna has no shortage of adorable Halloween getup. 

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<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut Unveils Barn Yard Outdoor Studio]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:56:45 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pavilion+barn+yard_1200.jpg

NBC Connecticut unveiled our new Barn Yard Outdoor Studio on Thursday.



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