<![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-usFri, 20 Oct 2017 06:51:55 -0400Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:51:55 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[See Inside: Sting's Palatial Central Park Penthouse Sells for $50M]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:50:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sting+penthouse.jpg Sting's stunningly unique duplex penthouse on Central Park West is now off the market, having sold for a whopping $50 million, according to Page Six. The legendary musician poured more than a bit of his own character into the design. Take a look inside. See more homes for sale with Sotheby's International Realty here.

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<![CDATA[$1,000 Bagel Is Back in New York City]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:52:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WNYTS-Bagel-4.jpg

The $1,000 bagel is back in New York City.

The Westin New York hotel in Times Square is offering the extravagant bagel for a limited time next month, 10 years after it was first introduced on the menu.

The bagel, from New Yorker Bagels, will be dressed in Alba white truffle cream cheese, topped with goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and flaked with golden leaves.

Pound for pound, the white truffle is the second most expensive food in the world, after caviar, according to a spokeswoman for the hotel. The delicacy is grown in the Alba region of Italy beneath certain oak trees, and trained dogs or pigs are necessary to locate them.

Production of the truffles is extremely limited, and they're in season from late autumn to winter. The spokeswoman says the Alba white truffles are the "star" of the bagel creation and the main contributor to the four-digit price tag. 

Tax and tip are included in the $1,000 bagel, which is available for order via 24-hour room service or at the hotel's Foundry Bar during breakfast hours. 

A spokeswoman for The Westin says ever since the $1,000 bagel made its first brief appearance in the fall of 2007, "requests for this over-the-top bagel have come in yearly without fail." 

"Considering how pricing has risen in the past decade (try buying an apartment for the same price as it was in 2007), this bagel at its introductory cost is nearly a deal," says the hotel. 

But the bagel buyers needn't feel too bad about such a lavish expense -- 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

The $1,000 bagel will be offered from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 and must be ordered 24 hours in advance. 

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<![CDATA[Weeklong Culinary Event to Help Puerto Rico]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:10:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CTLovesPR+logo1.jpg

More than 60 Connecticut restaurants are coming together to help Puerto Rico and all Connecticut residents have to do is go out and enjoy a good meal to take part.

CT Loves PR (Puerto Rico) is a weeklong event, from Oct. 21 to 28, to help residents of Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused destruction to the United States territory.

The local restaurants are serving dishes and/or drinks inspired by the island of Puerto Rico and donating proceeds from those menu items to Unidos Por Puerto Rico, an initiative the First Lady of Puerto Rico started in collaboration with the private sector to provide help for the people affected by the hurricanes.

Organizers of the event posted on their website that many people in the hospitality industry have “sought inspiration and solace in the jeweled beaches, emerald rainforests, and warm people of Puerto Rico.”

Learn more about the event and see which restaurants are participating on the CT Loves PR Web site.

<![CDATA[Neiman Marcus Launches 2017 Fantasy Gifts Catalog]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:11:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/2017-nm-fantasy-gifts.gif

Neiman Marcus launched their annual Christmas Book of fantasy gifts for the 2017 holiday season on Tuesday, with the least expensive item being an Omy Coloring book for $9 and the priciest a private New Year's party for $1.6 million.

Company officials revealed this year's catalog at Park Place Premier Collection dealership in Dallas, saying the items were curated from hundreds of submissions.

“These gifts will exceed expectations through exceptional experiences and one-of-a-kind objects that only Neiman Marcus can curate,” said Jim Gold, president and chief merchandising officer for Neiman Marcus Group.

The 300-page 2017 Christmas Book features more than 780 holiday gifts. Nearly 50 percent of the items are under $250.

The most expensive fantasy gift is a private New Year's party for you and 299 of your closest friends atop New York's Knickerbocker Hotel, with $80,000 of the $1.6 million price tag being donated to charity.

This year's catalog also includes "an aerial photo session with Gray Malin, a pampering experience in Paris with Sisley, and a bespoke handbag collection and Parisian experience with Olympia Le-Tan."

The “Yours & Mine” Fantasy Gift is a pair of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited-Edition Dawns in two color options.

First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

"There’s something that creates that wit and whimsy that only Neiman Marcus can create for our customers. We work all year round with a team of our associates to come up with and create these experiences like none other. Something that will really surprise and delight our customers," said Vice President Neiman Marcus Corporate Communications Mimi Sterling.

Among this year's fantasy gifts is one promising to give back 100 percent of its proceeds. Dallas based Paper for Water's origami ornaments are $50, which its young founders say can provide water for someone for a lifetime.

“Without water you can’t live. You can’t work. It also enables kids to go to school because they don’t have to spend their whole day hauling water. They try to position the wells so that nobody has to walk more than 30 minutes to get clean water. That’s just a huge time saver, and it enables people to start businesses and try to get out of poverty,” said Katherine Adams.

A portion of all other fantasy gifts will be donated to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which provides art education for kids.

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<![CDATA[Your Guide to Haunted Happenings in Connecticut]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:04:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trail+of+Terror+in+Wallingford+2.JPG

With just days to go before Halloween, there are haunted happenings all across Connecticut to satisfy your desire for all things spooky.

Here are some of them:

Bristol: The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce, 186 Enterprise Drive 

  • The Haunted Graveyard walkthrough begins at dusk.
  • Cost: Combo rides and graveyard tickets are $34.99 for adults and $27.99 for children who are 11 and younger. The price for only the Haunted Graveyard is $27.99 for adults and $22.99 for children 11 and younger. Parking is $9 if you buy online or $10 at the gate.

East Haven: Haunted Isle at the Shore Line Trolley Museum 

  • Until the end of October, the oldest continuously running suburban trolley line in the U.S. becomes spooky. “Legend has it that somewhere in the woods at the end of the trolley tracks lurk the things that nightmares are made of. This fall a lonely trolley will carry passengers down the tracks to the gate. The choice is yours… enter if you dare!” the website says.
  • This is not recommended for children under 10, anyone who is pregnant, has a heart condition or asthma or is prone to seizures.
  • Trolleys leave from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28.
  • Cost: $12 for general admission, $20 for express admission.

Hamden: Creeperum Haunted House, 41R Marne St. 

  • Creeperum Haunted House boasts a “sinister collection of creepy, fantastic and horrific oddities from around the world” and it is not recommended for children under 13.
  • It is open Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 31 at 41R Marne St., behind Monkey Joe's Party Center.
  • Cost: $20 for advance general admission, $25 at the door general admission, $33 for advance V.I.P speed pass cut to the front of the line, $40 at the door for V.I.P Speed Pass Cut to the front of the line.


North Haven: The Scream Haunted Attraction, 275 Valley Service Road. 

  • The event is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29 and it’s not recommended for anyone under 14.
  • Cost: Tickets are $15. Group discounts are available for groups of 20 people or more.

Norwalk: The Haunting at Mill Hill, Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St.

  • Tour the Mill Hill graveyard by lantern light and hear stories of murder, death and destruction. The organizers say the attraction is appropriate for children ages 8 and up.
  • Tours are available at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 and 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.
  • Tickets are $12 for children between 8 and 12 and $18 for teens and adults.

Shelton: Legends of Fear, Fairview Tree Farm, 2 Sam Mill City Road

  • At Legends of Fear, “unspeakable beings are lurking in the shadows of the eerie October moonlit nights.” On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Nov. 4 take the haunted hayride or be frightened at four attractions: the Hallow (for ages 12 and over), Melon Head Revenge Train, the all-new Helmock Manor Mortuary, Pine Hills Parish and The Dark Harvest.
  • Cost: $25 The Hallow (four attractions); $24 for the haunted hayride; $42 for a combo ticket for all five attractions; or $57 for VIP ticket, which is limited in quantity.


South Windsor: Nightmare Acres, 240 Governors Highway

  • Nightmare Acres, located at Nomads Outdoor Adventure, is not recommended for anyone under 14.
  • It is open Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Oct. 29. Anyone under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost: Tickets range from $12 for the group rate to $35 for the nightmare pass. Cost is $5 to park in the Doosan parking lot.


Stratford: Fright Haven, 411 Barnum Ave. 

  • Open Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 22, Monday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 31. Organizers say you’ll be too scared to scream. Those with weak hearts, health conditions, young children and pregnant women are advised to enter at their own risk. 
  • Cost: General admission tickets are $20 with an advance ticket purchase online or $25 at the door. A V.I.P. Cut the Line Speed Pass is $39 with an advance ticket purchase online or $49 at the door. A special V.I.P. ticket with a T-shirt is $49 with an advance ticket purchase or $55 at the door, which also entitles you to a souvenir fashion Fright Haven T-shirt.

Wallingford: Trail of Terror, 60 North Plains Highway, Wallingford 

  • It is open Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Sundays, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Oct. 29 and it’s not recommended for children under 10 to walk the trail. It is not recommended for young children to attend and children under 5 will not be allowed.
  • Cost:$20 for a timed ticket; $18 for a group timed ticket; $15 for general admission. PNA Park, located at the corner of N Plains Hwy and N Plains Industrial Road, provides parking for the Trail of Terror for $8 per car and $25 per coach or school bus.

Waterbury: Nightmare on Wolcott St., 1058 Wolcott St., Waterbury 

  • Nightmare on Wolcott Street includes more than 55 rooms of terror, including chainsaws, creepy sounds, animatronics, live characters and more. It is open from 6 p.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Sundays. The event runs through Oct. 29. It is recommended for teens and adults. Younger children can go if children bring them, but organizers do not encourage that anyone be carried.
  • Cost: Tickets are $15.

If your favorite haunted happening is missing, comment here or email us at news@nbcconnecticut.com.

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<![CDATA[Fall Favorites: Pumpkintown USA]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:11:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/PUMPKINTOWN+4.jpg

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<![CDATA[Pumpkins, Hayrides and More: Fair Weather Acres Fall Fest]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:03:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Fair+weather+fall+festival+3.jpg

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<![CDATA[Free Coffee Fridays at Cumberland Farms in October]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:34:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cumberland+Farms+Coffee+hot+and+cold.jpg

You can get free coffee at Cumberland Farms stores on Fridays during the month of October. 

Free Coffee Fridays start today at the nearly 600 Cumberland Farms locations in the Northeast and Florida. 

Add an espresso shot, milk, cream, a pumpkin flavor shot or choose from a variety of other flavors, including hazelnut, caramel or classic French vanilla at no additional cost. 

Find locations online here. 

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<![CDATA[Arby's Rolls Out Venison, Elk Sandwiches]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:18:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/arbAP_16300617472964.jpg

Arby's announced Wednesday that it will be selling its venison sandwich at all 3,300 restaurants nationwide starting on Oct. 21, after releasing it in five states last year.

The sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic, salt and pepper and cooked sous-vide for three hours, "Today" reported. The meat is then topped with onions and a juniper berry sauce, all served on a toasted roll. The sandwich will only be available while supplies last.

The nationwide rollout comes after Arby's sold it in 17 locations — most of them  in popular deer-hunting hot spots like Wisconsin, Tennessee and rural Pennsylvania — last fall.

Arby's also will be selling an elk meat sandwich in just three locations in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

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<![CDATA[Smithsonian Accepts Donation of 'The Walking Dead' Artifacts]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:29:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/ET2017-14025.jpg The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has accepted artifacts from AMC’s award-winning television series “The Walking Dead." Cast members, including Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Andrew Lincoln and Lennie James, attended the donation ceremony and presented some props that viewers may recognize from the past seven seasons.

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<![CDATA[Beers From NY, NJ, CT Among Some of the Best in the Country]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:18:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_440181848093.jpg

Hey craft beer aficionados, some of the country’s best beer is brewed right here in area.

NJ.com reports three New Jersey-based breweries received high praise at a recent beer festival in Colorado that featured thousands of breweries all over the country. Beers from Spellbound Brewing in Mount Holly, Eight & Sand Beer Co. in Woodbury and River Horse Brewing Co. in Ewing all won awards in the Great American Beer Festival.

Spellbound Brewing’s Porter Aged on Palo Santo Wood beer won the top medal in the category of best wood and barrel-aged beer, which had 70 entries, NJ.com reports. Eight & Sand Beer Co.’s Bad Hombre won silver in the category of Chili Beer, which had 98 entries, and River Horse Brewing Co. earned the bronze in the Belgian-style Tripel category for its Tripel Horse beer. That category had 77 entries.

Four beers from four different breweries in New York also won awards as well as four beers from three different Connecticut breweries, according to the festival's official list of winners.

For the Empire State, Bay Shore’s Great South Bay Brewery’s Jetty Ale claimed the silver in honey beer, a category that had 69 entries. Bloomfield’s Nedloh Brewing Co.’s 5 & 20 IPA won the bronze for American-Belgo-Style Ale that had 53 entries. Cooperstown’s Brewery Ommegang’s Witte Ale claimed the bronze in the Belgian-Style Witbier. Athens’ Crossroads Brewing Co.’s Black Rock Stout took home the bronze in the Export Stout category.

Branford, Connecticut’s Stony Creek Brewery took home two awards. Its Stony Joe won bronze in the coffee beer category, which had 89 entries and its Dock Time beer also took home the bronze in the Vienna-Style Lager category, which had 87 entries. Stamford’s Half Full Brewery's Bright Ale won bronze in the English-Style Summer Ale category that had 41 entries. Bloomfield’s Back East Brewing’s Porter beer took home the gold out of 57 entries in the brown porter category.

NJ.com reports the beers were judged by nearly 300 experts and the festival is the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

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<![CDATA[See Inside Jennifer Lopez's $27 Million Penthouse]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:49:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/JLO+NYC+PAD+THUMB1.jpg Jennifer Lopez has put her $26.95 million Midtown penthouse on the market. See what realtors have listed as a "crown jewel" duplex.

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<![CDATA[The Best of New York Comic Con 2017]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:59:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wwoman-859152448.jpg New York Comic Con brings some of New York's biggest comic book and pop culture fans under one roof.

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<![CDATA[Beyoncé and Jay-Z Buy $26M Mansion on Long Island]]> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 16:11:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/JAYZ+BEYONCE+HOME+EAST+HAMPTON.jpg Take a look inside the historic, 12,000-square-foot home music-mega-couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z reportedly bought in East Hampton for $26 million.

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<![CDATA[How to Plan a Fall Foliage Getaway]]> Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:44:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/How_to_Plan_a_Fall_Foliage_Getaway.jpg

AAA offers tips on how to plan a trip to see the fall foliage in the region.

<![CDATA[A Fall Twist on a Moscow Mule]]> Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:07:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/A_Fall_Twist_on_a_Moscow_Mule.jpg

A fall twist on a Moscow Mule from Lally's Fine Wine & Spirits in Avon.

<![CDATA[Foxwoods to Add Indoor Kart Racing]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:10:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/On+Track+Karting+2.jpg

Foxwoods Casino is adding indoor European-style kart racing and said the track will include dramatic elevation changes and hairpin turns.

Foxwoods teamed up with On Track Karting for a multi-level track and the casino will have gas-powered, nine-horsepower karts, according to a news release about the new center.

“Our goal is to continue to provide more fun and exciting reasons for guests to visit Foxwoods,” Felix Rappaport, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino said in a statement. “As a leader in the entertainment industry, this is the next logical step as we continue to evolve into the premier resort destination in North America.”

Construction is set to begin in late September and the karting center is scheduled to open in early 2018.

Foxwoods recently opened the Thrill Tower and has plans to open the HighFlyer Zipline.

Learn more about the karting center here. 

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<![CDATA[Where to Celebrate National Taco Day in CT]]> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:26:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Geronimo+national+taco+day.jpg

Sometimes you just need to take a moment and enjoy a good taco.

It's National Taco Day and there are several places in Connecticut to celebrate.

Pro tip: Best practice is to check if your local restaurant is participating in these deals.

Geronimo Southwest Grill has locations in New Haven and Fairfield and you can enjoy many different types of tacos, including mahi-mahi, smoked chicken, yellowfin tuna, smoked buffalo brisket, braised shortrib, pork pibil and pork carnitas tacos.

Wood-n-Tap is offering $3 tacos all day long in celebration of National Taco Day.

Every day is National Taco Day at Chango Rosa in Hartford. You can enjoy tacos with pork, pineapple and cilantro or a carne asada taco, chicken, smoked beets, crispy fish, pulled pork, tritip or crispy calamari.  

The taco menu at Bartaco ranges from baja fish to spicy chorizo, or portobello, cauliflower, falafel and more. It is located in West Hartford, Stamford and Westport. 

With a name like Tomatillo Taco Joint, you cannot go wrong on National Taco Day. There are locations in New Haven, Cos Cob and Stamford. Taco options include hacked chicken, braised beef, baja fish, shrimp, dirty steak (which is a house rubbed steak) carnitas, beef chili or vegetarian.

If you're on the go, Taco Bell has a "National Taco Day Gift Set" for $5. It includes four tacos "gift-wrapped" in a special box.

You can also get tacos at Chipotle or Moe's.

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<![CDATA[White House Turns Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month]]> Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:32:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PinkWH.jpg

The White House lit up a bright shade of pink Sunday night to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

First lady Melania Trump tweeted a photo of her hot pink view from inside the White House, saying, "In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month we lit the @WhiteHouse pink!"

In a statement, Trump encouraged women to talk to their doctors about mammograms and what they can do to reduce their risk of getting the disease.

"More than 250,000 American women and 2,000 men will likely be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer in 2017. Because of early detection and improved treatment options, deaths from breast cancer have decreased significantly in the last decade, but there is still work to be done," read a statement from the White House.

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<![CDATA[Game of Thrones Concert Series Coming to Mohegan Sun]]> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:41:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GOT-LIVE-CONCERT-SERIES.jpg

Winter is coming, and so is the music of Westeros – to Mohegan Sun Arena next fall.

Game of Thrones fans will have the chance to hear composer Ramin Djawadi lead an orchestra and choir as they perform music from all seven seasons of the Emmy Award-winning HBO Series.

The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi will include visuals to create the world of Westeros and other locations in the story, and include some footage from the show itself to accompany the music. The show will be Friday, September 28, 2018 at 8 p.m.

“Bringing the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience to audiences earlier this year was a dream come true, dating back to an idea hatched over three years ago,” said Djawadi in a press release. “The scale and spectacle of the production brought the world of Westeros to life in a truly immersive fashion, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share the experience with fans not only in North America again, but also to cross the narrow sea for the first time and bring the show to Europe.”

Tickets for the performance go on sale Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Tickets range from $59.50 to $109.50.

Mohegan Sun is just one stop on the concert series tour. The tour will visit 20 European cities from May through June, and the North American leg of the tour has 25 dates from Sept. 5, 2018 to Oct. 14, 2017.

For more information, click here. 

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<![CDATA[Middlefield Restaurant to Host ‘Will & Grace’ Viewing Party]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:47:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/willgraceseason2.jpg

The revival of “Will & Grace” premieres Thursday night and a Connecticut restaurant is hosting a viewing party to celebrate.

Fire at the Ridge at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield is hosting a viewing party at 8 p.m. Thursday night. 

The restaurant will be offering themed cocktails and appetizer specials and there will be a look-alike contest, so dress like your favorite character for a chance to win prizes.

The original series, starring Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, ran on NBC from 1998 to 2006.

NBC Universal is the parent company of NBC Connecticut and “Will & Grace” airs Thursday night at 9 p.m., right here on NBC Connecticut.

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<![CDATA[Hartford to Celebrate New Mark Twain Children’s Book]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:30:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mark-twain-portrait-722.jpg

A new children’s book based on a fairytale Mark Twain told his daughters in the late 1800s is being released today, more than 100 years after the death of the famous author, and Hartford is celebrating with a parade.

A parade starts at Hartford City Hall and continues to the front steps of the Hartford Public Library in celebration of the new book, “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.” 

Twain, who was born in Missouri, made his home in Hartford for more than a decade and this illustrated book tells the story of a poor boy named Johnny, according to the publisher

Johnny is alone except for his pet chicken and meets a woman who gives him magical seeds that change his fortune, allow him to speak with animals and send him on a quest to rescue a stolen prince, according to the publisher.

The story is about generosity, empathy and quiet courage – “gifts more precious in this world than power and gold,” according to the publisher.

The cover price for the hardcover book is $32.99 and the eBook will sell for $14.99.

The news conference begins at noon on the front steps of the Hartford Public Library.

<![CDATA[Airport in Bethlehem for Sale]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:23:52 -0400 See the full listing.]]> See the full listing.]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Klemm+Airport+Bethlehem+exterior.jpg

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<![CDATA[SEE INSIDE: Max Downtown Reopens After Renovations]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:11:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Max+downtown+tables.jpg Max Downtown, the flagship restaurant of the Max Restaurant Group, is reopening Sept. 23 after a summer of "top to bottom" renovation.

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<![CDATA[Norwalk Boat Show Sails in This Weekend]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:55:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Norwalk+boat+show_fixed.jpg

Boating lovers will have a chance to check out some great boats at this year's Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show this weekend.

If you're looking for your next vessel, be nearly 300 boats on display in the water and on land.

There will also be plenty of activities, including docking demos, hands-on instruction, and you will even have a chance to try out a stand-up paddleboard, canoe or kayak.

Take a free power boat ride on Long Island Sound in between taking in all of the boats at the show.

Make sure to bring the kids, who can have fun in paddleboats on a mini-lake or check out the toy boat building.

The Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show is Thursday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Tickets are $15 for adults and children 12 and under are free.

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Fall Fairs 2017]]> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:54:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pumpkin-spice1.jpg A list of the Connecticut agricultural and country fairs soon approaching this fall.

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<![CDATA[Oreo's Latest Limited-Edition Flavor Is About to Hit Stores]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:32:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/OREO+Cookie+Butter.jpg

Oreo is about to release a limited-edition cookie butter flavor in time for the fall season. 

"Today" reports the Cookie Butter Oreos will be available in stores nationwide beginning Monday. 

The actual cookies are graham-flavored, and the cream filling is cookie butter-flavored. 

"Today" notes the popularity of cookie butter has skyrocketed in the past few years, particularly among the Trader Joe's set addicted to cult-favorite Speculoos Cookie Butter.

(Trader Joe's, incidentally, has its own version of the cookie butter cookie.) 

A listing for Cookie Butter Oreo sandwiches on sites like Target confirm the existence of the cookies -- though they're not available to order just yet. 

In the meantime, Oreo's fall favorite flavors are still being sold: apple pie, pumpkin spice, mocha, red velvet and even orange-flavored Halloween. There's are also the salted caramel and coconut Oreo thins. 

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<![CDATA['Prettiest Fall Train Trip in U.S.' Starts in NYC]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:41:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Adirondack-HDR-cliff.jpg

Amtrak is set to launch its popular window-covered Great Dome Car on the Adironack route in upstate New York in time for leaf-peeping season. 

Dubbed the "the prettiest fall train trip in the U.S." by Country Living, the Adirondack train, which travels from New York City all the way up to Montreal, offers spectacular views of changing tree colors and Lake Champlain vistas. 

People can board at New York Penn Station, but the Great Dome Car is only attached to the train at the Albany stop -- and then seats are first-come, first serve. 

The historic train car is virtually all window, allowing travelers to soak in all the gorgeous autumnal views. The trip from New York City to Montreal takes about 11 hours, and one-way tickets start at $69.  

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The Great Dome Car will be available on the Adirondack route on select days from Thursday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 29. Find more information at amtrak.com. 

The Great Dome Car is the only remaining dome car in Amtrak service. Built in 1955, it was previously used on the Chicago-Seattle Empire Builder route when the train was operated by the Great Northern Railway and the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad.

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<![CDATA[Museum Highlights New Haven Tattoo History]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:10:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Corey+Hudson+sea+back+300.jpg

When it comes to tattoos, the New Haven area has a rich history that includes Samuel O’Reilly, who patented the first electric tattoo machine in 1891, and Henry Silver, the earliest known tattoo artist to advertise in the New Haven Register, according to the New Haven Museum. Later this month, the museum is hosting an exhibit all about the tattoo industry in the area.

The “Old-School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoos” exhibit starts Sept. 23 and runs until March 10, 2018. 

Several events are planned for opening day, Sept. 23 at the New Haven Museum.

From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be hands-on activities; temporary tattoos; professional photography of visitors and their tattoos, a storytelling booth with the New Haven Story Project, and a reception with the artists from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The free opening marks Museum Day Live!, a national celebration sponsored each year by Smithsonian Magazine

The New Haven Museum is located at 114 Whitney Ave.

For more information visit www.newhavenmuseum.org or Facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum or call 203-562-4183.

We want to see photos of your tattoos. Email them to us at shareit@nbcconnecticut.com or upload them here

Photo Credit: Corey Hudson]]>
<![CDATA[Boutique Delamar Hotel Opens in West Hartford]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:36:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/delmar+weha+48.jpg

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<![CDATA[Help Hurricane Maria Survivors; NBC CT/Big Y/Red Cross Drive]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:56:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Big+Y+Disaster+Relief+Donations.png

Donate online to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund here.

It has been a devastating few weeks for people across the United States.

Hurricane Harvey brought record-breaking rainfall to Texas and Louisiana, destroying homes in its wake. Hurricane Irma left millions without power and a place to live in Florida.

Now, residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands must recover after Hurricane Maria.  

All those people are struggling to put their lives back in order.

Together with Big Y and the American Red Cross, NBC is proud to connect you with a way to help.

From now until September 23, you can make a monetary donation at any Big Y Supermarket.

Whether it’s cash, check or credit card, no donation is too small.

Your donation will help the American Red Cross bring aid to those in need.'

Red Cross volunteers are actively assisting victims of recent storms in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands (including St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix), and the southeastern region of the United States mainland.

If you’re not able to get to Big Y, please consider making an online donation. You can do that by clicking here.  Pick the fund you specifically want to designate your donation to go towards, or select the general "Disaster Relief" fund, which includes all recent natural disasters, including Maria, Harvey, and Irma.

<![CDATA[Chili's Plans to Cut 40 Percent of its Menu on Monday]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:09:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PRINCIPAL-foto-de-chilis-en-Phoenix-Arizona.jpg

Popular casual dining chain Chili's Grill & Bar announced it plans to cut 40 percent of the items from its restaurants' menus starting Sept. 18.

But don't worry, the famous baby back ribs aren't going anywhere!

In a press release, the Texas-based company said it plans to "invest millions to improve the food quality and value of its core menu items that first made the brand famous - burgers, ribs and fajitas."

Chili's started as a burger shack in Dallas in 1975 with 25 menu items, including alcohol and other beverages.  In January of this year, the Chili's menu nationwide had 125 menu items.

The restaurant plans to focus on 75 core items in a new menu plan that it is calling "less is more."  The change will take effect on Monday.

While the company has not released the full list of menu items that will be taken off the menu, TODAY Food reports the Smothered Smoked Chicken Burrito, Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas and Spicy Shrimp Tacos will all disappear from the chain's restaurants as part of the change.

"We value every Guest and we know that cutting even one entrée like Mango Chili Tilapia, or a delicious appetizer like Crispy Asparagus could disappoint a Guest who loves that dish," said Kelli Valade, president of Chili's, in a press release. "But, Guests have also told us they know that today no restaurant can be everything to everyone. So, by eliminating 40 percent of our menu, we've reinvested in meatier burgers, ribs and fajitas – the items that we've always been known for. We apologize to any Guest who misses a departed dish, but with this bold move we commit to all Guests to do a better job of serving our famous food on every visit, in every restaurant."

CNBC reports that customers will see larger portion sizes starting with the change on Monday as it competes with new fast casual chains like Shake Shack.

Chili's said it will release information over the week about the menu changes on its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Coming to CT for 2 Book Signings]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:58:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hillary-Clinton9.jpg

Hillary Clinton will be coming to Connecticut next week and again in October to sign her new memoir, “What Happened.”  

Clinton is scheduled to be at Costco, at 200 Federal Road in Brookfield, on Sept. 16. The book signing is at noon

She will be back in Connecticut on Oct. 21 for a signing at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore, at 413 Main St. in Middletown. The book signing is at 2 p.m. and you will need a ticket, which costs $30 plus tax per person, to attend the event.  

Clinton will also be signing copies of her illustrated children’s book, “It Takes a Village,” at RJ Julia that day. The webpage for the event says she will sign a maximum of two books for each attendee, but will not personalize the books or sign any memorabilia.  

“What Happened,” which will be released on Sept. 12, is about what Clinton was thinking and feeling during the presidential election and what it was like to run against now-President Donald Trump. 

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<![CDATA[Small State Great Beer Festival This Weekend]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:21:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Small_State_Great_Beer_Festival_This_Weekend.jpg

Connecticut's craft beer festival, Small State, Great Beer, happens this weekend in downtown Hartford.

<![CDATA[Start the Day Right: Our Favorite Local Breakfast Spots]]> Sat, 09 Sep 2017 13:43:28 -0400 Cosmic Omelet is an NBC Connecticut staff favorite, and they're more than just delicious food. After 14 years they are still coming up with new and creative specials. The restaurant contains a "Yellow Brick Road" that leads to an art gallery. Along the way you'll find an elaborated painted space floor, and old school arcade, customer pictures on the wall and all kinds of activities for kids. They even have a "flying pig" in the dining room!]]> Cosmic Omelet is an NBC Connecticut staff favorite, and they're more than just delicious food. After 14 years they are still coming up with new and creative specials. The restaurant contains a "Yellow Brick Road" that leads to an art gallery. Along the way you'll find an elaborated painted space floor, and old school arcade, customer pictures on the wall and all kinds of activities for kids. They even have a "flying pig" in the dining room!]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/COSMIC+OMLET+1.jpg

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<![CDATA[Game Day Eats for the Patriots Season Opener]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:38:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000008808602.JPG

Football season returns Thursday with the Patriots live on NBC Boston, so it’s time to start thinking about your game day menus.

The Cunard Tavern in East Boston has only been open for two months, but they’re ready for their first season of Patriots football. 

We caught up with Chef Anthony Pino in the kitchen to find out what people should make for their game day menu. 

Cuban Spring Rolls 

1 Pound Boneless Pork Butt

1 Pint of your favorite Beer

4 oz diced smoked ham

4 oz diced dill pickles

8 oz shredded swiss cheese

3 dozen egg roll wrappers

6 oz clover honey

10 oz Whole Grain Mustard

1 oz cider vinegar

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon coriander

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

4 cloves fresh garlic chopped

Salt and pepper 


Place the pork butt in a braising pan and rub with spices and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in a pint of your favorite beer and cover tightly.

Place in a 300 degree oven and braise for three hours or until tender.

Let cool slightly then shred pork with two forks. (You can use store bought pulled pork if you do not have the time to do the previous steps, just try to buy one that is just braised or smoked and not mixed with an overly sweet sauce) 

Place pork with pickles, ham, and cheese in a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. 

Place one ounce of pork mixture into the center of each eggroll wrappper. Wrap and seal edges with cold water. Deep fry in 350 degree oil for four to six minutes, until crispy on the outside and hot in the center. 

Combine vinegar, honey, and mustard in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

Serve egg rolls with honey mustard sauce on the side for dipping.

Cider Glazed wings 

32 oz Fresh Apple Cider

3 canned chipotle peppers chopped

1 oz cinnamon

1 oz chili powder

4 oz cider vinegar

2 each fresh apples sliced thin

2 Pounds Jumbo Chicken Wings

8 oz flour or cornstarch

Salt and pepper

Oil for frying


In a saucepan pour cider, vinegar, spices and chipotle peppers, bring to a slow simmer and reduce until syrupy in consistency then remove from heat.

Toss wings in your choice or flour or cornstarch, depending on if you want them to be gluten free or not, or just fry wings naked if that is your preference.

If using a turkey fryer, you can fry all the wings at once, if not fry in small batches at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Remove wings from oil, drain excess oil, while still hot toss in a mixing bowl with thinly sliced apples and cider glaze to coat the wings. Mix in the bowl with a spoon or just toss them.

Serve on a plate with some fresh crisp green as garnish. 

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[City of New Haven Searching for 2017 Holiday Tree]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:05:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New+Haven+Tree+Lighting.jpg

The City of New Haven is undertaking an extensive search to find the perfect tree for this winter's holiday festivities on the historic Green, including the popular tree lighting ceremony.

To qualify, the tree must be a 55 to 70 foot Norway Spruce.

If your tree is selected to be the centerpiece of the Green this upcoming holiday season, the city will remove it free of charge.

It will be decorated with 30,000 LED lights over the holiday season.

If you have a tree that you would like to offer for this great event, please contact William Carone with the City of New Haven Parks department.  He can be reached at wcarone@newhavenct.gov or 203-946-8576.

Trees that are currently 25 to 40 feet may be considered for future use.

NBC Connecticut is proud to be the official television partner of the City of New Haven's Tree Lighting Ceremony and winter festivities on the Green. 

<![CDATA[NBC CT 'Relax and Recharge' Lounge Opens at Westfarms]]> Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:41:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/westfarms+nbcct++16.jpg

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<![CDATA[Mario Gets Help in 'Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle' Game]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:11:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MRKB_Screen_Explo_Ang_E3_170612_215pm_1497264516.jpg

In video games, Mario, the intrepid princess-saving plumber, does not usually pair up with anyone outside of the Mushroom Kingdom.

There are exceptions for special events, like Mario teaming up with Sonic the Hedgehog for the Olympics, but generally, the most iconic video game character doesn’t use backup.

Until now.

The Mushroom Kingdom is in danger from an outside force in “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle,” a new video game for the Nintendo Switch gaming console. Mario and friends are getting help from the Rabbids, crazy rabbit-like creatures who speak in gibberish, yelling "BWAAAH!" very often, from another gaming company, Ubisoft.

Creative director Davide Soliani said he and his team wanted to bring something to the Mario universe of games that no one had seen before, and using the Rabbids and their penchant for chaos and slapstick violence provided the perfect injection of new ideas for a bold take on Mario. He said there is a familiarity in the overall look and feel of the game, but surprises are waiting around every corner.

“We used these contrasts as a focus to bring new ideas, new game mechanics, new environments, and that’s why you are in the Mushroom Kingdom, but it is twisted,” Soliani said.

“Mario is very well known as a hero, a brave guy. And the Rabbids are quite the opposite, quite different. How cool it could be if Mario, throughout the game, teaches to the Rabbids how to become heroes? And Mario learns from the Rabbids how to crack a joke, to take it easy.”

Mario is joined by his friends Princess Peach (no rescuing needed this time), Yoshi, and Luigi. They team up with four Rabbid heroes who mimic their Nintendo idols, taking costumes to look like the original gang. In the campaign, these characters will form teams of three to find a way to fix the Mushroom Kingdom by visiting different worlds and battling enemies.

“We wanted make something that Mario players would recognize, like jumping and stomping,” Soliani said. “But at the same time, we were using the Rabbids to inject in those mechanics new ways to spice up the combat, new ways to spice up the Nintendo characters as well.”

The development team at Ubisoft specialized in tactical and strategic games. Making a new game with such beloved characters presented challenges, but Soliani said a turn-based strategy shooter made the most sense to maximize the divergent ideas of gameplay and abilities in the game.

“We should try to stay true to the Mario universe and mix tactical phase, combat phase, which is more in line with the Mario world,” he said. “Finding treasure chests, collect coins to buy new weapons, meet new heroes and be challenged by new enemies.”

When he came up with the idea for the mashup, Soliani knew he would have to not only convince his own company, Ubisoft, he would have to sway Nintendo to allow him to use their characters. He met with Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created the Mario character, originally called Jumpman, in the classic video game “Donkey Kong” in 1981.

Solaini said presenting his idea to “the most legendary game designer in the world” was intimidating.

“When we first presented the game to Miyamoto-san, we had only three weeks in-house to come up with a prototype. When we presented the prototype to Miyamoto-san, he was surprised that we had, in our prototype, Mario and Luigi.”

Miyamoto asked how Solaini got the character designs for Mario and Luigi in the prototype. Solani told him his team made them from scratch for the presentation, impressing the Nintendo game designer.

Early reviews of the game have been very good, mentioning the different elements of gameplay and the creativity used to bring Mario and the Rabbids together. The style of combat is reminiscent of another turn-based shooter, X-COM, with a variety of weapons and the use of cover for defense.

However, Solaini said their inspiration came from another popular game.

“I’m a big fan of X-COM, the original one from Julian Gollop and the new one from (Jake) Solomon,” he said. “But our reference was not X-COM but Mario Kart. We wanted to bring the dynamics, the surprise that you have in go-cart racing to our combat system in a strategy game.”

With delightful and recognizable characters, whimsical environments and dialog, and a battle system that combines movement and shooting into strategic combat, Solaini and his team were proud of what they accomplished.

“Those were the basic foundations that we built up for the rest of the game. When we did that, we said, OK, I think we have something very strong, something that we should explore even more.”

He invited all fans, including diehard Nintendo fans, to experience something different.

“Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle” is available now for the Nintendo Switch. It is rated E+10 for everyone 10 years of age or older due to cartoon violence, comic mischief, and mild language.

Photo Credit: Ubisoft]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Katharine Hepburn Estate Sold]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:15:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/hepburn_46a.jpg The former Old Saybrook estate of Katharine Hepburn is off the market. It sold for $11.5 million.

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<![CDATA[NBC CT/Yard Goats Harvey Relief Drive]]> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 22:15:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Relief+YardGoats+Tonight+083017.jpg

If you can't make it to Thursday night's game, there are still many ways to help the people of Texas and the American Red Cross.

NBC Connecticut is partnering with the Hartford Yard Goats baseball team to hold a Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive to benefit the American Red Cross.

The drive will take place at Thursday's Yard Goats game, the final home game of the 2017 inaugural season at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford.  Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteers will be present at the game to collect monetary donations to assist the victims of Harvey.

You'll find Red Cross volunteers at the main entrance to the park at Trumbull and Main Streets and outside the CTFastrak Guest Services Station inside the park.  In addition, volunteers will be roaming the concourse to collect your donations.

The Red Cross will be accepting cash as well as checks made out to the American Red Cross.

The gates to the park will open at 6 p.m. with the game scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.

NBC Connecticut anchor Gerry Brooks will be at the event meeting viewers and helping give away a special NBC CT gift to Yard Goats' fans who donate during the game.

“The images and stories coming from hurricane ravaged Texas touch us all, no matter where we live," said NBC Connecticut President and General Manager Susan Tully.  "While I’m lucky to call Connecticut my home, I’m a proud native Texan and personally know some of the people enduring this natural disaster. NBC Connecticut is partnering with the Red Cross and Yard Goats because teamed together, we know we can help raise the funds to help those in need.”

If you can't make it to the game or don't have money with you, the Red Cross is also accepting donations online, which can be paid with a credit card or Pay Pal. You can call 1-800-RED CROSS.

“The Yard Goats are pleased to team with our partners NBC Connecticut and the American Red Cross on helping the Hurricane Harvey relief effort,” Yard Goats General Manager Tim Restall said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Houston.

Standing room only tickets are still available for Thursday night's game.  You can purchase tickets through the team's website or the box office at Dunkin' Donuts Park.

Click here for more information on the Red Cross' efforts to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

NBC Connecticut is proud to be Connecting You to Caring.

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<![CDATA[CT Cities Rank Among Worst Real Estate Markets: Study]]> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:16:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-79425812.jpg

A new study analyzing 300 real estate markets around the country ranks four Connecticut cities in the top 10 of worst markets in the nation.

The study by personal finance site WalletHub puts New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford, and Bridgeport as some of the worst cities for home purchases and sales.

In putting together the analysis, WalletHub looked at 21 key metrics, including home value forecast, median home-price appreciation, average number of days until a house is sold, share of 'underwater' homes, and foreclosure rate.

The site also looked at key economic indicators, such as maintenance affordability, population growth rate, job growth rate, unemployment rate, and median credit score.

The best real estate markets in the country on the list are Frisco, Texas; McKinney, Texas; Allen, Texas; Cary, North Carolina; and Richardson, Texas.  Other cities in the top 10 best list include: Seattle, Wash.; Bellevue, Wash.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Denver, Colo.

Several Massachusetts cities, including Cambridge, Boston, and Quincy ranked in the middle of the pack.  Manchester, N.H. was 80 out of 300.  Providence came in at 238 out of 300.  No cities from Vermont or Maine were included in the analysis.

Top 30 Worst Real Estate Cities, according to WalletHub analysis:

1. Newark, NJ

2. Paterson, NJ

3. Elizabeth, NJ

4. Miami Beach, FL

5. Bridgeport

6. Hartford

7. Detroit, MI

8. Waterbury

9. Montgomery, AL

10. New Haven

11. Brockton, MA

12. Cleveland, OH

13. Fall River, MA

14. Flint, MI

15. Miami, FL

16. Baltimore, MD

17. Fayetteville, NC

18. Indianapolis, IN

19. Albany, NY

20. Rochester, NY

21. New Bedford, MA

22. Fort Lauderdale, FL

23. Buffalo, NY

24. Rockford, IL

25. Dayton, OH

26. Miami Gardens, FL

27. Springfield, MA

28. Toledo, OH

29. Yonkers, NY

30. West Palm Beach, FL

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mark Twain Property Up for Sale in Redding]]> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:00:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Clemens+house+in+Redding.jpg

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<![CDATA[UConn Opens Hartford Campus]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:28:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/UConn+Hartford+Times+Building.jpg

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<![CDATA[Cyndi Lauper Drops Asking Price for Stunning Stamford Home]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:25:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Cyndi+Lauper+and+house+1.jpg Cyndi Lauper appears to have dropped the asking price for her gorgeous home in Stamford, Connecticut, from $1.25 million to $935,000, according to the updated listing.

The French Country Colonial-style estate sits on the 1.58-acre property. The 3885-square-foot home's interior was designed by Howard Kaplan, and includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and three fireplaces.

Designer Vince Camuto, founder of Nine West, built the house in 1975. Then, the house was assessed at $601,290. See the listing.

The French Country Colonial-style estate sits on the 1.58-acre property. The 3885-square-foot home's interior was designed by Howard Kaplan, and includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and three fireplaces.

Designer Vince Camuto, founder of Nine West, built the house in 1975. Then, the house was assessed at $601,290. See the listing.

Photo Credit: Berkshire Hathaway and Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[The Best Times to View the Solar Eclipse in Connecticut]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:15:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-144916846.jpg

The solar eclipse will be partially visible in Connecticut on Monday afternoon.

Visibility will start in Connecticut at 1:25 p.m. with peak viewing at 2:45 p.m.

By 4:00 p.m., the solar eclipse will be over in Connecticut.

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<![CDATA[Best CT Towns to View the Solar Eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:51:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Viewing_the_Eclipse_in_San_Diego.jpg

Eclipse viewers in the western and southern parts of Connecticut will have the best chance to Monday's solar eclipse.

The top towns for visibilty by eclipse percentage are Greenwich, Danbury, New Haven, Waterbury, Torrington, and Groton.

The solar eclipse is expected to start to be visible here in Connecticut at 1:45 p.m. with the peak viewing time at 2:45 p.m.  By 4:00 p.m., the eclipse will be over in our state.

Remember to view the eclipse safely using certified ISO safety glasses or by making a pinhole projector.

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