<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Local Events, Community Events, and Volunteer Opportunities]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/on-air/community http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usTue, 25 Oct 2016 02:51:15 -0400Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:51:15 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[March of Dimes Ambassadors Want Families to Know They Aren’t Alone]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:40:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Vassiliou+footprint.jpg

NBC Connecticut is partnering with the Today Show for our Run for Today campaign and all month long we’ll be highlighting the health benefits of running and encouraging you to come run with us at the March of Dimes Run for Babies on May 1.

After five years of participating in the 5K and walk, one family has a new role this year with the March of Dimes.

"We weren't trying to be ambassadors,” March of Dimes Ambassador Susan Vassiliou said. “We were just trying to remember our daughter and it just kind of reaffirms everything that we've been doing and I think it's just given us a little bit of a push."

After delivering her stillborn daughter 19 weeks into her pregnancy, Susan Vassiliou was devastated.

"It's so important because I felt so alone when it first happened, when I first found out that our daughter had passed away and I just did not know what to do,” Vassiliou said. “And it's this taboo thing that nobody wants to talk about if they've had a miscarriage or if they've lost a child."

Vassiliou said one in 10 babies are born too soon, one in four women experience miscarriages, but women are talking about it.

“I just want everyone to know what they're not alone," she said.

This year, Vassiliou and her family are talking about it.

“This year, it's been a really big goal for us to be more vocal about our daughter and say her name more often and get more people and get the courage to kind of step up and do those things," Vassiliou said.

And that's what being the ambassadors for the March of Dimes Run for Babies is allowing the Vassilious to do.

"Every year it gets better and better as more of our family can participate, more of our friends hear about the walk and participate,” Susan’s husband, Nick, said. “It's just a tremendous honor to be able to walk with my boys."

"Just to see like more and more people get involved just because of us and because of my daughter who never was on this earth that she could make a difference and influence the lives of others I think that's just what our goal is and what it's meant to us" adds Susan.

And we want to celebrate with all of you on May 1. To join the NBC Connecticut team click here.

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<![CDATA[Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games]]> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:42:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Special+Olympics+CT+winter+games_1200.jpg

The Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games are Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28 and NBC Connecticut is proud to be partners in a caring community with these amazing local athletes.

Join First Alert Meteorologist Bob Maxon at the Cross Country and Snowshoe Opening Ceremony in Windsor on Saturday, February 27 at 10 a.m.

For more information on the different sports and locations of the Winter Games, click here.

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<![CDATA[Running Has Physical and Mental Benefits ]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:39:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Running_app_generic.jpg

NBC Connecticut is partnering with the Today Show for our #RunforToday campaign and highlighting the benefits of running, including how lacing up can help you mentally and physically.

“There’s a 2015 study of 55,000 patients over a 15-year period that showed a significant drop in death from non-cardiac and cardiac reasons and they show that even modest amounts of exercise during the week have a significant impact on the drop in death rates,” Seth Lapuk, a pediatric cardiologist and president of Connecticut Chapter American Heart Association, said.

You don’t need to be running miles and miles to get or stay healthy.

“It doesn’t need to be intense exercising -- even just moderate exercise, like brisk walking or cycling, and it doesn’t have to be done all in one block,” Lapuk said. “You can break it up throughout the day and have the benefits of the exercise.”

The benefits aren’t just physical, there are mental benefits too.

“Builds your self-esteem, self-confidence,” running coach Gino Caro said. “Because it’s something that’s for yourself, it’s something that you do on your own, so if you improve on your 5K time, I mean, you get a good feeling about that”

And the more you run, the easier it becomes.

“Exercising also improves your oxygen utilization of your cells in your body, your muscles in your body. It improves the health of the vessels in your body so they can deliver better oxygen,” Lapuk said.

It might be hard at first, but if you stick with it, running can easily become part of your daily routine.

“Keeps you motivated and it’s good for you it’s great for cardiovascular. It’s great for the overall body,” Caro said. “So there’s a lot of good, good health benefits you can get out of running”

We want to run with you at our March of Dimes Run for Babies on May 1. To join the NBC CT team click here.

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<![CDATA[ NBC Connecticut Free Coffee Connection]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 07:41:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Free+Coffee+connection.jpg

Calling all coffee lovers: come and meet the morning team and enjoy coffee on us! All month long on Thursdays, the morning team will be heading to a diner near you. Show them your NBC Connecticut App and get a free coffee!

Dates & Locations:

  • Feb. 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Olympia Diner in Newington
  • Feb. 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at The Country Diner in Enfield
  • Feb. 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Colony Diner in Wallingford
  • Feb. 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Cosmic Omelet in Manchester
  • March 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Adelphia Cafe in North Haven

Take pictures with our crew, get autographs and don’t forget to enjoy your free NBC Connecticut #CoffeeConnection

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<![CDATA[Penguin Plunge 2016]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:02:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Penguin+Plunge+2016+1200.jpg

We're Freezin' For A Reason – for Special Olympics Connecticut!

Are you brave enough to dive into the chilly Connecticut water for the Penguin Plunge?


Join the NBC Connecticut "Paddling Peacocks" on Sunday, Jan. 24  at 10 a.m. at Winding Trails in Farmington and participate in the largest grassroots fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.

Grab a group of friends, put on your funniest costumes and join other “penguins” as you take the plunge to support over 14,000 Special Olympics Connecticut Athletes and partners!


Be sure to say hi to our brave NBC Connecticut team including Bob Maxon, Todd Piro, Heidi Voight, Ryan Hanrahan, Kaitlyn McGrath and Max Reiss who will be taking the plunge! Over 20 of our employees are plunging!

To join the fun, those who wish to jump must raise a minimum of $100 and must be at least 8 years old.


Can’t make it out that Sunday? Not a problem! Plunges take place throughout the winter season, from January through mid-March across Connecticut. For more information and registration, click here.

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<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut Blood Drive]]> Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:03:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NBC+CT+blood+drive+1200.jpg

NBC Connecticut has joined forces with the American Red Cross for a blood drive in Farmington on Thursday, Jan. 7.

The drive will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Red Cross Farmington Blood Center at 209 Farmington Avenue.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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<![CDATA[Get Connected MS Luncheon]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:03:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/172*120/Get+Connected+MS.jpg

NBC Connecticut and Comcast are proud to support the Get Connected MS Luncheon. Join us on Friday, October 30 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

The lunch and program runs from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The afternoon will be filled with good food, great shopping, and a special appearance by keynote speaker The Today Show’s financial editor, Jean Chatzky. Jean will be sharing tips with attendees on how to attain financial wellness.

NBC Connecticut's own Todd Piro will emcee the event!

Help us raise awareness as well as funds to continue the research for a cure for multiple sclerosis.

Click here to learn more.

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<![CDATA[Spreading the Goodwill at Avon Store on First Anniversary]]> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:54:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/goodwill+avon+2+1200.jpg

The Goodwill store in Avon is celebrating its first anniversary.

To mark the occasion, NBC Connecticut teamed up with the store for a donation drive on Saturday. Viewers stopped by throughout the day to drop off their gently used goods and support the company’s mission of helping others.

“We figured we'd take a quick ride and donate about five bags of clothes that we don't need any more and help somebody else out,” said Lou Pisano, of Burlington.

“Brought multiple clothes, some coolers, lamp shades and books,” said Tom Stevens of Farmington.

As part of the event, the first 50 people who donated items all received a $5 gift card to spend in the store. All items were marked down 15 percent through noon.

“I think anytime you donate for a cause I think that's wonderful and I love the idea of recycling clothing and we all have too many things in our lives and it's great to share,” said Pat Reese of Simsbury.

Not only do donations to Goodwill help families save money, but all sales inside the stores also benefit programs to help people with employment barriers gain independence and support their families, according to Vickie Volpano, the president of Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut.

“Goodwill takes donated items and then sells them through our stores and helps people find work. We also help people who have disabilities and other challenges live a fulfilling life, so we use donations to help people and it really is a wonderful example of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Volpano.

The donation process is easy.

The store in Avon has a drive-thru donation line where workers greet donors right at their cars, take their items, and hand out tax deductible donation slips.

Inside, all items are sorted and tagged and then brought out to the store’s floor where shoppers stock up on the bargains.

“We were donating and we heard the sale so we decided to take a look. You can't go wrong,” said Melissa Murray, of Canton.

The donation drive took place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:19:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/255*120/Sunken+Garden.jpg

NBC Connecticut is a proud sponsor of the historic Hill-Stead Museum’s 23rd Annual Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. This summer long event will take place June 24-August 19 in Farmington. Bring your family for an exciting day of gourmet food, impressionist art, and performances by Pulitzer Prize winning poets.

Prior to the poetry performances there will be food trucks, poetry writing workshops by award winning poets and musical entertainment. In addition visitors can tour the museum’s impressionist art collection, walk the beautiful grounds of the museum and attend pre-performance discussions with the poet showcased. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the creative process behind our nation’s best poets.

There will be five events total, on selected Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the summer. The gates will open at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

For a detailed schedule of events, visit www.hillstead.org.

Save the date for Wednesday August 19th, CT Young Poets Day. This special day will feature two writing workshops with the headlining and opening poets as well as an introduction to the poetry readings by NBC Connecticut.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to picnic as they listen to music and poetry. Tickets are $12 online, and $15 at the gate. They can be purchased at www.hillstead.org. Families are encouraged to attend, all children 18 and under are admitted for free.

Mark your calendars and bring your loved ones to this beautiful festival of nature, music and poetry; an event people of all ages will be sure to enjoy.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Sunday, July 12 

  • Headliner: Marie Howe
  • Opener: Ciaran Berry

Wednesday, July 22

  • Headliner: Vijay Seshadri
  • Opener: Ravi Shankar

Sunday, August 9

  • Headliner: Li-Young Lee
  • Opener: Tina Chang

Outspoken: Celebration of Asian Poetry

Wednesday, Aug. 19

  • Opener: Natalie Diaz
  • Headliner: Aja Monet

CT Young Poets Day

<![CDATA[Participate in MS Spooktacular 5K This Weekend]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:27:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Participate_in_MS_Spooktacular_5K_This_Weekend_1200x675_346359363873.jpg Head to Rentschler Field on Saturday, Oct. 25 to take part in the MS Society Spooktacular, a Halloween-themed 5K.]]> <![CDATA[Walk Now for Autism Speaks This Weekend]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:57:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Walk_for_Autism_Speaks_This_Weekend_1200x675_345265731575.jpg Take part in The Walk Now for Autism Speaks. It takes place at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Camp Harkness in Waterford. ]]> <![CDATA[Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Benefits Cancer Research]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 12:38:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/10514+Jim+Calhoun+Ride+Edited.JPG

Between the sun and the fall foliage, Sunday is a beautiful day for a bike ride or walk.

Participants in the 8th annual Comcast NBC Connecticut Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk will get to do that at Winding Trails in Farmington while raising money for a good cause.

The event raises tens of thousands of dollars every year for cancer research and draws thousands of riders, runners and walkers. Proceeds will benefit the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center and the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer program, founded in 1993.

This year, a mountain biking trail ride has been added to the schedule.

There will also be non-competitive rides of 10, 25, 50 and 75 for people ages 14 and older and a 5K run/walk for all ages.

The day will be filled with family fun activities and music. Flaggstead Smokehouse on Route 4 in Farmington will be serving some of their renowned barbecue.

NBC Connecticut sports broadcaster Kevin Nathan is emceeing the event.

The rides start at 8 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.

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<![CDATA[School Supply Drive 2014]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:33:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/School+Supply+Drive+WEB+%282%29.jpg

NBC Connecticut and Comcast are partnering to support the Urban League and Boys and Girls Club of Hartford with our School Supply Drive!

Help local students get backpacks and the supplies they need to succeed by donating at the following drop off locations:

August 18 to September 5:

  • Comcast Service Centers
  • Bloomfield: 38 Tunxis Ave
  • Cromwell: 4 Willowbrook Road
  • Plainville: 275 New Britain Avenue

September 6:

  • 9 a.m. to Noon: Target parking lot: 475 Hartford Road, New Britain, CT
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Urban League of Greater Hartford Family Day:  40 Woodland Street, Hartford   

Local students, Kindergarten through 8th grade, are in greatest need of backpacks, but other necessary items are listed below. Your support is greatly appreciated!

NBC Connecticut and Comcast, your partners in a caring community.

Items needed:

  • Backpacks
  • Glue sticks
  • Box of crayons
  • Box of washable markers Beginner pencils
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Manual pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Colored pencils
  • Plastic two-pocket folders
  • Blunt-tipped scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Ruled notebook
  • Marble composition books
  • Five-subject notebooks
  • One-subject notebooks
  • 1- 2-inch 3-ring binders
  • Pencil case
  • Index cards
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Highlighters
  • Post-It notes
  • Ruler
  • Box of pens
  • Dividers
  • Scotch Tape
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Zip Lock Bags

Sponsored by

<![CDATA[Online Weather Forecast 8/15/14]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:35:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/webwx081663.jpg Chief Meteorologist Brad Field details the forecast for the over night and looks ahead to the weekend's weather.]]> <![CDATA[GE 5K Road Race]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:35:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GE+Petit+road+race1200.jpg
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<![CDATA[Thank You Donors]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:12:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Red+Cross+NBC+Connecticut+blood+drive+722.jpg

Thank you to everyone who helped kick off the summer by giving the gift of life.

NBC Connecticut and the American Red Cross held a blood drive on June 19 at the NBC Connecticut Studios in West Hartford and collected 120 pints of blood.

We exceeded our goal and your donations will help save 360 lives.

All donors had the opportunity to take a tour of the NBC Connecticut studios at 1422 New Britain Avenue in West Hartford.

If you could not attend, but want to donate blood, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or click here to register for an appointment.

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<![CDATA[21st Century Solutions]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:18:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/225*120/21stCentury_300x160-Plain+image.jpeg A chance for local non-profit organizations to win grant money through new and innovative programs.
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<![CDATA[Earth Week Paper Shredding Event!]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:13:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Shred+Event1.JPG

It's back by popular demand! Join us at the NBC Connecticut Paper Shredding Event on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Westfarms Mall across from J.C. Penney at 1500 New Britain Ave in West Hartford.

American Eagle Federal Credit Union is the proud sponsor of this Earth Week event.

Shredding your old documents is good the environment... and it's the best way to protect your identity. We'll shred up to five boxes of your old documents for free.
Why Shred? To prevent consumer fraud and identity theft.
What to Shred? We are providing FREE and secure destruction of confidential documents such as old checks, tax returns, financial statements, medical records, legal documents, etc.
What happens to the destroyed documents? The destroyed documents, in the form of confetti-sized pieces, are transferred directly to a recycling facility. Once there, they return to the marketplace in the form of items such as recycled household paper products.
How much will it cost? The event is being held free of charge through a partnership between NBC Connecticut and Shred-It.  Learn more about Shred-It here.
Comcast Cares Day Info The Paper Shredding Event is part of Comcast Cares Day, a Comcast and NBCUniversal initiative that brings more than 60,000 volunteers to community projects around the country each year. Find out more information here.
Green Is Universal Info  NBCUniversal’s Green is Universal initiative is focused on bringing an environmental perspective to everything we do, informing and entertaining our audiences while driving more sustainable practices into our own operations. Find out more information here.
Special thanks to volunteers from Comcast and NBC Connecticut for making this event possible!

<![CDATA[Celebrate Life 2013 With Hebrew Health Care]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:14:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/doris+kearns+goodwin.jpg Doris Kearns Goodwin will be the featured speaker at the Celebrate Life 2013 event on May 5.
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<![CDATA[HARC Walk & Run 2013]]> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:56:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HARC+Walk+Run.jpg Join HARC on May 5 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford to support families that deal with the day-to-day challenges of intelectual disabilities.
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<![CDATA[Donate Blood and Save Lives]]> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:25:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/blood+drive+5.jpg

We are holding a blood drive at our West Hartford studio on Tuesday June 18 and we need your help.

The blood drive runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. and donors will receive a tour of our state-of-the-art facility, located at 1422 New Britain Avenue.

The American Red Cross is accepting appointments online. Sign up here or call 1-800-Red-Cross.

Your donation could help save lives!

The entrance for the NBC Connecticut parking lot is on Ridgewood Road.

NBC Connecticut

1422 New Britain Avenue

West Hartford, CT

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<![CDATA[Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk]]> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:42:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Picture+059.jpg Join NBC Connecticut at the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk near you! Together we can change the course of Breast Cancer!
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<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut Back To School Supply Drive 2012]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:35:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/161*120/photo+smaller.jpg Join us at the NBC Connecticut Back to School Supply Drive on August 25th at the Sears parking lot in West Hartford (1445 New Britain Ave).
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<![CDATA[Vanessa Williams To Headline Amistad Center Luncheon]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:43:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/vanessa+williams_fixed.jpg

Actor and best-selling author Vanessa Williams and her mother Helen Williams will headline the Amistad Center for Art and Culture's Phenomenal Woman Luncheon on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. and be held at the Hartford Hilton Hotel at 315 Trumbull Street in Hartford.  Vanessa and Helen Williams have co-authored the book "You Have No Idea" on how they successfully navigated their mother/daughter relationship in spite of their entertainment and Hollywood careers.

Also, on Saturday, October 27th don't miss the 10th annual Fall Gala featuring a concert performance from Ms. Leslie Uggams. The event runs from 6:30pm to 11pm at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  

For more information, click here.


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<![CDATA[Partners In A Caring Community ]]> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:03:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Partners-Logo-RGB-700px_wide3.jpg

NBC Connecticut is proud to support events in our community. Join us and let's do a good thing together as Partners in a Caring Community!

Join NBC Connecticut at the Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education Scholars Golf Classic. It's September 20th at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington.  Click here for more information.
We'll see you at the Liver Life Walk on Sunday, September 23rd at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The money raised helps fund research to help find a cure for Liver Disease. Click here for more information.

<![CDATA[Donate at NBC Connecticut Blood Drive]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 16:51:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/firefighter_blood_drive.jpg

NBC Connecticut has joined forces with the American Red Cross for a blood drive in Farmington.

The drive runs from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the Red Cross Blood Center at 209 Farmington Avenue.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

<![CDATA[Help Raise $20,000]]> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 10:32:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Joy+of+Giving.jpg
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<![CDATA[Fourth Annual GE Petit 5K Road Race ]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 17:41:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/DSC011761.JPG Photos from the Petit GE 5K Road Race

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Broadcasters Blood Drive]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 11:32:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CBA+Blood+Drive.jpg
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<![CDATA[Health & Wellness Festival 2011]]> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:08:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/health+and+wellness+0023.jpg A look at NBC Connecticut's Health & Wellness Festival
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<![CDATA[Stay Healthy, Stay Social, Stay Connected]]> Fri, 20 May 2011 11:27:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CMXXHEALTHYWEEK_ct_30_01h264_722x406_1937726202.jpg

Healthy Week has arrived! From May 21st – 27th, NBC Connecticut is kicking off a summer of health by encouraging locals to stay active and involved. By finding the best places in the city to participate in social sports, NBC Connecticut hopes to inspire locals to try new things, improve their fitness and meet new people along the way. NBC Connecticut’s Social Sports campaign is part of a broader initiative to connect locals with their community and improve Connecticut’s quality of life. Check out our list below to find quality venues in your neighborhood Biking, Yoga, Soccer, Softball, Basketball, Golf, and Hiking

Appalachian Mountain Club, CT Chapter (LAB), Mystic AMC Main Office
5 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-523-0636
Fax: 617-523-0722
Toll Free: 800-372-1758
Road and mountain biking, day and weekend trips

Connecticut Bicycle Coalition

Eastern Bloc Cycling Club
C/O John Legere,
43 East Hill Road
Canton, CT 06019
60-member family-oriented club offers a schedule of road, mtn and cyclo-cross trips.

Hat City Cyclists, Bethel (LAB) –
PO Box 1034
Bethel, CT 06801
Phone: 1-866-HLP-CLUB
Email: webmaster@hatcitycyclists.org
organizes rides and events

NEMBA Connecticut Chapter
Pequot Cyclists (LAB), Gales City

Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club, Westport (LAB)
Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club
P.O. Box 1144
Darien, Connecticut 06820
Email: mailbox@soundcyclists.com

Southern Connecticut Cycle Club, New Haven (LAB)
P.O. Box 51
New Haven, CT 06501-0051
Email: events@ctcycle.org
weekly rides
Thread City Cyclers, Mansfield
Email: threadcitycyclers@gmail.com
100-member club offers road and mountain biking trips

Yankee Pedalers
c/o Suzanne Petke
77 Arrowwood LN
Bloomfield, CT 06002-1697
Email: yankpedal@aol.com
schedules several recreational rides each month in northcentral and northwestern CT

Yoga Centers of Connecticut Directory

Connecticut Adult Recreational Soccer League

Connecticut Football Club
LeagueAthletics.com, LLC.
30 Old Kings Highway
Suite 175
Darien, CT 06820
Email: 203-604-9520

Amateur Softball Association of America
CT Boys Travel Basketball League
CT Girls Basketball League

Connecticut State Golf Association
Golf House
35 Cold Spring Road, Suite 212
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Telephone: (860) 257-4171
Fax: (860) 257-8355
E-mail: info@csgalinks.org

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
P.O. Box 807 799 Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807
Phone: 304.535.6331
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: info@appalachiantrail.org

Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA)
16 Meriden Road
Rockfall, CT 06481
Phone: 860-346-2372
Email: info@ctwoodlands.org

<![CDATA[Become a Mentor]]> Thu, 17 May 2012 12:02:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/school+classroom-722.jpg Become a mentor.
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<![CDATA[Manchester Andrew Isaacs High Five]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:20:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HIGHFIVEANDREWISAACS_722x406_2168378878.jpg Andrew Isaacs is a high school player who is in big demand. The best football colleges in the country are watching him. ]]> <![CDATA[Thousands Turn Out for Ecycling Drive]]> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:23:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ecycingeventstill_722x406_1897064410.jpg Cars streamed into two locations as people turned in old electronic devices to be recycled Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Closed Captioning Questions or Issues]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:10:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/closed+captioning_722_406.jpg

If you have any comments, questions or concerns about our closed captioning, please don't hesitate to contact us:

Keith Barbaria
Director of Technology and Engineering
1422 New Britain Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06110

Ph: 860-313-4210
Fx: 860-521-4860


<![CDATA[Partners in a Caring Community]]> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 15:48:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Autism+Team+still_722_406.jpg

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<![CDATA[National Guard Helps Tolland Clear School Roofs]]> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 10:00:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/roofpic_640x480.jpg Tolland schools are getting help from the National Guard on Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Sign Up for School Closings]]> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 16:43:55 -0400 Link here to sign up to receive school closing Email or Text alerts.
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Note: This article was originally published in 2010.

About 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's Disease will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year.  It' s a disease that disables the movements of the people it inflicts.

However, many patients are finding an escape in a weekly dance class offered on the campus of Connecticut College in New London.

"I was pretty stiff and I couldn't do very much, I was confined to a wheel chair,’ said Billie Lieberman of East Lyme.

Now Lieberman is on her feet. 

"We find the exercise keeps us mobile, just like anyone else like a machine, if you don't run it you get rusty.  so that's the same case with people with Parkinson's you tend to get stiffened up quicker,” said Philip Moore of Norwich.

Each person in the class is at a different stage in the disease. Some come with caretakers, while others arrive alone.
They all  agree though, moving to the music is a powerful medicine.

"There's something magic that happens when you do this to music.  people do things they can't do just standing up in your house or at an exercise class,” said Jeff Lincoln of Guilford.

Instructor, Rachel Balaban, has witnessed transformations in this class.

"People get a sense of where their body is meant to be and they envision and then they put the body there,” said Balaban.

Stan Werthheimer helps head the CPWT, the Parkinson's working group.   He helped start this class.

"When you have pd you live very much in the present so if you feel better for an hour.  that's an hour of your life you feel good and it's a bonus it's a real bonus,” said Werthheimer.

So even if for only an hour at a time, this program is producing results and offering rewards.

"You  move and you don't think about where it hurts.  it's funny you can move to the music but i couldn't move if the music wasn't there and the rhythm wasn't there,” said Werthheimer.

<![CDATA[Thompson School Bonus]]> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 18:17:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Still0914_00000_640x480.jpg Thompson's school administrators will be the first in the state to earn bonuses based on students' performance.]]> <![CDATA[Photos: Guest Speakers at Past Youth Summits]]> Wed, 04 Aug 2010 17:40:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*127/Jim+Calhoun+resized.jpg Take a look at some of the guest speakers at former world peace summits. ]]> <![CDATA[Photos: World Youth Peace Summit Through The Years]]> Wed, 04 Aug 2010 17:51:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/178*120/Peace+Summit-171.jpg In June 2011, the World Youth Peace Summit will be coming to Connecticut. Check out these photos from past Peace Summits. ]]> <![CDATA[What People Are Saying]]> Wed, 04 Aug 2010 17:41:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/178*120/101908-Colin-Powell-p1.jpg
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<![CDATA[Thousands Participate in GE 5K Road Race ]]> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 15:15:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Petit-race-2010-6.jpg Runners and walkers participated in the GE 5K Road Race on Sunday, July 18 to benefit the Petit Family Foundation.

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