<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-usWed, 12 Dec 2018 09:43:45 -0500Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:43:45 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Star Wars' Land: Disney Shares First Look at Millennium Falcon Attraction]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:23:25 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Milleniumfalcon-3.png

Disney Parks released the first official photo of the Millennium Falcon, one of two major attractions that will be part of the forthcoming Star Wars Land. 

The Star Wars-themed addition, called Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, will open in the summer of 2019 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, in the fall of 2019.

The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler Run will take "Star Wars" lovers on a mission to hyperspace while controlling the most famous ship in the galaxy and placing guests in three different crew roles.

The second attraction, which puts guest in the middle of an "epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order," is called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, according to Disney. 

The company said it hopes the new "Star Wars" experience will make guests feel like interstellar travelers "in a galaxy far, far, away."

For upcoming updates on Star Wars Land, you can check out Disney's Website or Instagram

Photo Credit: Disneyland
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<![CDATA['Hamilton' Opens Tonight in Hartford, Digital Ticket Lottery Underway]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:28:14 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hamilton+GettyImages-510508280.jpg

The wait for the national tour of the hit Broadway show "Hamilton: An American Musical" to come to Connecticut is over. Tuesday was opening night at the Bushnell in Hartford.

There will be 23 performances between Tuesday and Dec. 30 and you might not have missed your shot to get tickets.

There is a digital lottery for all performances, except for the show on Dec. 13.

Forty tickets will be sold for $10 each and you can enter through the official Hamilton app or through the Hamilton the Musical website.  

There was a lot of excitement in Hartford when the tickets went on sale in September and people lined up for hours before the box office opened.

“I’m here because my daughters want me to go, but it’s big. It’s all around the country and for Hartford to get this is a really big thing,” Dino Peruccio, of Manchester, said in September.

Staff from the Bushnell Performing Arts Center said the last time they saw people line up overnight for tickets before this was 12 years ago when the “Lion King” came to Hartford.

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<![CDATA[Save These Dates: 2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:17:12 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632514382.jpg

Want to make sure your holiday cards and gifts arrive in time for Christmas? Save these dates, and keep in mind there may be extra surcharges for rush delivery during the holiday season.

United States Postal Service

The United States Postal Service said cards and packages need to be mailed no later than these dates for an expected delivery by Dec. 25:

Dec. 4: Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

Dec. 11: APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

Dec. 14: USPS Retail Ground

Dec. 18: APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express

Dec. 20: First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)

Dec. 20: First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)

Dec. 20: Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

Dec. 20: Priority Mail

Dec. 20: Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

Dec. 22: Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express

Dec. 22: Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express

Dec. 22: Priority Mail Express


For more information on UPS schedules and pricing, click here.

Dec. 18: UPS 3 Day Select

Dec. 20: UPS 2nd Day Air

Dec. 21: UPS Next Day Air


These services and dates are based on shipping from one U.S. location to another, excluding Puerto Rico. For more information and details on international shipments, click here.

Dec. 10: FedEx SmartPost

Dec. 17: FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Ground

Dec. 19: FedEx Express Saver from one U.S. location to another

Dec. 20: FedEx 2Day and FedEx 2Day A.M. from one U.S. location to another

Dec 21: FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight and FedEx First Overnight from one U.S. location to another

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<![CDATA[CT LIVE! Contest: Ellen's 12 Days of Giveaways Prize Pack]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:57:19 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CT+LIVE+Watch+and+Win+1200x675+no+legal1.png
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<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut is Giving Away an Ellen's 12 Days of Giveaways Prize]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 18:01:15 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CT+LIVE+WatchWin+1200x675+with+legal+120418.png ]]> <![CDATA[Southeastern Connecticut Hosts Holiday Events, Festive Spirit]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:37:29 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HOLIDAY+SECT.jpg

Southeastern Connecticut is going to be shimmering in lights and sprinkling holiday spirit the holiday spirit this weekend.

Thousands of lights brightened Olde Mistick Village Friday night as part of the Festival of Lights.

The walkways were lined with luminaries. Treats, live music and a visit from Santa all helped deliver holiday magic.

“Everybody’s filled with love and happiness,” said Joyce Resnikoff, who co-owns Olde Mistick Village.

In Stonington, wreaths were being mounted to the wall and lights were shining brightly on Christmas trees as part of the Deck the Walls Festival.

“It’s just a great Christmas festival,” said chairwoman Kirby Williams.

The Stonington Garden Club and Stonington Historical Society are hosting the festival through Saturday. Money raised will help preserve public access to the open space by the two museums owned by the Historical Society, Williams said.

Those who attend can participate in a silent auction, buy holiday gifts from local vendors and artisans or bid to purchase donated wreaths.

Katherine Ballard, of Stonington got one with sailboats on it—a Stonington flair.

“It keeps the spirit of the town alive in the winter months,” Ballard said of the festival.

If looking for Christmas spirit, look no further than John Wilson, the owner of Sign Craft in Niantic.

He gave NBC Connecticut a look inside his Christmas float for the 2018 Niantic Light Parade. But its theme was embargoed until Saturday night.

“Hey, let’s build a fort. And you borrowed some wood or whatever. So we just build a fort every year,” Wilson said of the experience. He said his family and team started the float two weeks ago and they will be working up until the parade.

His floats are considered masterpieces by many in town. Wilson said he likes to hold them to a “Rose Bowl” standard.

He’s been participating in the parade every year for 30 years and “Frozen in Niantic,” “Dory – Finding Niantic,” “Peanuts” are among his many themes.

“There was talk at 20 years: 20 and done. And then at 25: maybe we’re done. Thirty years now… we got to keep going,” Wilson said.

Wilson is creating one of 40 floats in the parade, according to the Town of East Lyme Parks & Recreation, that’s organizing the event.

For the 30th year, there’s a firework celebration before the parade sponsored by Dominion starting at 6 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Miami's Biggest, Priciest Penthouse Listed for $68 Million]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:49:01 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Most+Expensive+Miami+Penhouse+68+Million+%286%29.jpg A two-story, luxurious penthouse in Miami, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, has hit the market with a whopping $68-million price tag — making it the most expensive listing in county.

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<![CDATA[UConn Music Professor Nominated for Grammy Award]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:21:27 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/41415uconncutsj00000000.jpg

A professor of music composition at the University of Connecticut has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Kenneth Fuchs has been nominated for an award for best classical compendium for “Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’; Poems of Life, Glacier, Rush,” which was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra.

The album, which UConn Today reports is Fuchs’ fifth album of original compositions, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, where the Beatles recorded albums.

Learn more about Fuchs on UConn’s website or his own website

The award ceremony takes place on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. 

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<![CDATA[MGM Springfield Offering Massages While Gambling]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:15:38 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MGM_Springfield_Opens_as_1st_Mass._Resort_Casino.jpg

Want to get a massage while gambling on the floor of a casino?

MGM Springfield is now offering massages to guests while they are gambling.  The massages, which cost $2 per minute, are available at slot machines and tables.

If you are interested in a massage while playing, you can contact a Casino Massage Coordinator to schedule a visit from a masseuse at your table or slot machine.  You can also request a massage from a Pit Boss or Slot Attendant who will reach out to the available therapists.

Currently, the casino has two people on the casino floor providing massages to guests, but the massage company is in the process of hiring more therapists.

The therapists come from A Touch of Luck, which describes itself on its website as the "'premier while-you-play' massage experience in the gaming industry."

<![CDATA[Justin Timberlake Concerts at Mohegan Sun Rescheduled for 2019]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:34:13 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/201*120/GettyImages-1038231616.jpg

Justin Timberlake has postponed the rest of his 2018 Man of the Woods Tour dates, including two that were scheduled for Mohegan Sun later this month, and those shows have been rescheduled for 2019.

Timberlake told fans on Instagram that he needed to postpone the remaining shows because of bruised vocal cords.

The two-night show at Mohegan Sun Arena has been rescheduled to Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, according to a statement from Mohegan Sun.

Tickets for the originally scheduled shows will be honored at the 2019 events. If you require a refund, you can get one where you bought the ticket, according to Mohegan Sun.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for iHeartMedia
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<![CDATA[Frank Sinatra's Desert Hideaway 'Villa Maggio' Relisted for $4.5M]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 17:28:59 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/knbc-frank-sinatra-palm-desert-villa-maggio-tn-2.jpg When Frank Sinatra put down roots in a rocky landscape just outside of Palm Springs, he did it his way, designing a rustic retreat fit to entertain a long list of celebrities and dignitaries.

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<![CDATA[Feeling the Gift-Giving Pressure]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:54:04 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_giftingpressures1130_1500x845.jpg

Great expectations confront both retailers and shoppers during the holiday season. That has some feeling the pressure to not only buy the right gifts, but buy more gifts. A recent BankRate.com survey found nearly half of all Americans feel pressured to spend more on gifts this year. NBC's Chris Clackum reports.

<![CDATA[Windsor Holds ‘The Voice’ Viewing Party for Kymberli Joye]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 22:13:50 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kymberli_Joye_on_The_Voice_Competition.jpg

Kymberli Joye, a Windsor native and 2009 graduate of Windsor High School, has made it to the top 10 on NBC’s “The Voice” and the school is holding a special viewing party Monday to support her. 

The 26-year-old Joye performed Whitney Houston's song "Run to You" during the blind auditions, turned three chairs and secured a spot on Team Kelly. 

“That song means a lot me because it talks about running and wanting to be accepted,” Joye told NBC CT Live in October. 

She was a member of the Windsor High School Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, which is now known as the Honors Chorale, Teens of Praise Gospel Choir and Pizazz! Vocal Jazz Ensemble. 

Joye, who is a backup singer, said she had been on tour with Childish Gambino prior to the opportunity on “The Voice.” 

In Windsor, the talents of a woman the locals knew as Kymberli Rush come as no surprise.

"I’m not saying this because I’m her teacher, but I feel like she can win this. She has what it takes. She has the whole package," said Tracee White, Windsor High School's choral director and Kymberli Joye's former teacher.

Kymberli Joye's family attended the party, and her Aunt Joye, who she's named for, expressed a special sense of pride.

"You have my name! And you bring joy to all of us. Just do it girl. You’ve got this…all the way!" Joye Cotterell cheered.

We'll learn which performers from Monday's show will be eliminated in the next episode.

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<![CDATA[One Pass Gets You Into All Concerts at Xfinity Theatre]]> Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:37:39 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Live+Nation+Lawn+Pass.jpg

Live Nation will be selling the 2019 Lawn Pass for a limited time that will give you unlimited lawn admission to all concerts at Xfinity Theatre in Harford for the 2019 season. 

The Lawn Pass sells for $249, plus taxes and fees and will be available from 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 through Dec. 18 or while supplies last.  

You can buy the pass at lawnpass.livenation.com and use the drop-down menu to select the desired venue.

You will receive a custom laminate with your name and a unique barcode that serves as your ticket on show day.

Photo Credit: Live Nation]]>
<![CDATA[New Haven Tree Lights Up Green]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 21:01:32 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/LIT+TREE.jpg

The holiday season is officially underway in New Haven with the lighting of the tree.

Santa flipped the switch to activate thousands of lights on the massive tree at the New Haven Green at 250 Temple St. in New Haven Thursday night.

The East Windsor Middle School Chorus performed live, their carols filling the air as the ferris wheel went round and round.

The event included a free festival with a petting zoo, carnival rides, Santa visits, refreshments, live entertainment and more!

NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are Connecting You to Joy with coverage of the New Haven Tree lighting.

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<![CDATA[New Haven Tree Lighting]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 19:29:21 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/green-tree-lighting-early.jpg

NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are Connecting You to Joy with coverage of the New Haven Tree lighting.

Come join us on Thursday, Nov. 29th 4 to 8 p.m. as Santa flips the switch to activate thousands of lights on the massive tree at the New Haven Green - 250 Temple St. in New Haven.

The East Windsor Middle School Chorus won this year's "Choral Contest," sponsored by NBC CT and will be performing on the Green and live on television!

Kick off the holiday season with this free festival with a petting zoo, carnival rides, Santa visits, refreshments, live entertainment and more!

NBC Connecticut will also present our special at the New Haven tree lighting! If you cannot join us in person, tune in at 7 p.m. and watch it on NBC Connecticut.  You can also watch it live on our free mobile app.

The show will be hosted by Keisha Grant, Mike Hydeck, Kerri-Lee Mayland and Kevin Nathan.

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Ryan Hanrahan, Justin Schecker, Leslie Mayes and CT LIVE!'s Taylor Kinzler and Jimmy Marlow V will all be joining in the festivities on the Green.  Snow Monster will also be making a special appearance starting at 4 p.m.!

Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra's Cecy Del Carmen will be broadcasting the weather forecast live for Telemundo Connecticut from the Green from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

See the event Facebook invite here.

Here is a look at the beginning of last year's tree lighting broadcast and the moment the tree was lit last year.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Residents Invited to Holiday Open House at Governor’s Residence]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 11:58:28 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Connecticut+governors+mansion.jpg

The Governor’s Residence in Hartford will be decorated for the holidays and the governor is inviting Connecticut residents to attend the open house and take a tour.

The mansion at 990 Prospect Ave. will open to the public for tours during an open house.

The dates and hours of the open house are: Friday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;  Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and  Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year, and Cathy and I love having everyone over for this longstanding Connecticut tradition,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. “Not only does this give us an opportunity to share our own family’s personal collection of Christmas decorations, but a number of Connecticut growers and small businesses are also generously donating seasonal trimmings for us to share. We look forward to having everyone join us in the holiday spirit.”

This is Malloy's final holiday season as governor after deciding not to run for re-election.

Jones Family Farms in Shelton and the Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association made donations for the event.

 Santa will also be at the governor’s residence throughout the weekend.

The governor said the residence is ADA accessible.

There is no admittance fee and tickets are not needed, but donations will be accepted on behalf of Operation E.L.F., an annual initiative of the Connecticut Military Department that assists military families in need.

Suggested donations include:

  • Financial contributions through checks that can be made payable to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc. (in the memo field please write “Operation E.L.F.”)
  • Gift cards for grocery stores, department/home goods stores, pharmacies, and gas stations
  • Contribution of services such as fuel oil, snow removal, and home maintenance services

Live entertainment will be performed by the following:

Friday, Dec. 7:

  • 10 a.m. – Plainfield High School Chamber Choir
  • 11 a.m. – The Woodstock Academy Hill Singers
  • Noon – Hawkapella (University of Hartford a capella group)
  • 1 p.m. – TBA
  • 2 p.m. – The Ethel Walker School music program (Simsbury)

Saturday, Dec. 8:

  • 10 a.m. – Extreme Measures (UConn a capella group)
  • 11 a.m. – Conard High School Choir (West Hartford)
  • Noon – Emmanuel Christian Academy Choir (Newington)
  • 1 p.m. – Opus 4 String Quartet (South Windsor)
  • 2 p.m. – Conn-Men (UConn a capella group)

Sunday, Dec. 9

  • 10 a.m. – Trintones (Trinity College a capella group)
  • 11 a.m. – Newington High School Choir
  • Noon – Hall High School Choraliers (West Hartford)
  • 1 p.m. – Vocaholix

Information about the history of the Governor’s Residence can be found on the governor’s website.

Photo Credit: State of Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Carnegie Deli to Return for 1 Week With 99¢ Sandwiches]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 21:55:53 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/205*120/020609+Carnegie+Deli.jpg

The iconic Carnegie Delicatessen is reopening for one week in December, and it'll be serving up 99¢ sandwiches and sides for even less.

The Jewish deli on Seventh Avenue in Midtown closed in 2016, after 79 years of serving up heaps of cured meat to tourists, theater patrons and workaday New Yorkers. 

But from December 1 to 8, the makers of that ridiculously oversized sandwich will be back with an eight-day popup at 201 Lafayette Street to promote the second season of Amazon Prime Video's period comedy-drama "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." The show is about a 1958 Manhattan housewife who decides to try her hand at standup comedy.

Playing to the theme, the Carnegie Deli pop-up promises to transport patrons back to the 50s. "While it may be 2018 on the outside, it's 1958 on the inside -- the decor, the jukebox, the photobooth and even the menu," the pop-up's website says.

On the menu -- two sandwiches, each 99¢, iconic black-and-white cookies for 50¢ each, cheesecake, pickles and more.

The Carnegie opened in 1937, drawing its name from Carnegie Hall just a block up 7th Avenue.

Fans lined up all week in December 2016 for a last bite at Carnegie Deli when it closed. The restaurant got a star turn in Woody Allen's 1984 film "Broadway Danny Rose" and remained a stop until the end for out-of-towners looking for the classic New York deli experience.

The place, with its walls lined with photos of celebrities who had eaten there, screamed old New York, from its vintage neon sign, to the items on the menu: slices of cheesecake, knishes, tongue and chopped liver and $30 Reuben sandwiches.

The latest edition of the deli is considerably cheaper, so get in quick. Seating is first come, first served, but reservations can be made for parties up to 4 on the website.

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<![CDATA[Meet the Stars of the 2018 National Dog Show]]> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 14:29:10 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Photo362.jpg The National Dog show took place this past weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

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<![CDATA[Westbrook Outlets to Add Indoor Ice Skating Rink]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:39:40 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Westbrook+Outlets+Photo+-+NBC.jpg

Westbrook Outlets in Westbrook will be adding an indoor ice skating rink. 

The company said in a news release that the synthetic ice rink will be across from H&M and there will be open skate hours and learn-to-skate lessons.

The rink is expected to open in December and skaters will be able to bring their own skates or rent them at Westbrook Outlets.

Photo Credit: Westboork Outlets]]>
<![CDATA[See It: Man Painted to Look Like Subway Car and Map]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:41:21 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/crop+4R2A6671.jpg

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<![CDATA[Retailers Look to Fill Void Left by Toys R Us This Holiday Season]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:17:08 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Toys+and+Games+Sign.jpg

Retail stores are preparing to deal with increased demand of toys in the wake of a holiday shopping season without Toys R Us. They're stocking up, expanding aisle space and offering online toy catalogs to ensure the highest customers satisfaction.

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<![CDATA[Enjoy Winterfest Through January 6]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:20:50 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Winterfest+Hartford+2016.jpg

NBC Connecticut is Connecting You to Joy with Winterfest Hartford!

From November 23 through January 6, Hartford’s Bushnell Park is alive with winter activities.

There is free fun for the entire family. Enjoy outdoor ice skating, free of charge from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Skate rentals are free.

The historic Bushnell Park Carousel is open for $1 carousel rides on weekends. Santa’s Workshop is open on Saturdays and Sundays through December 23. You can also sign up for a free skating lesson.

On Wednesday, December 12, join us for NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut Day. Together with Comcast, we’ll be at Bushnell Park from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come meet the team, get a goodie and even get an up close and personal look at Snow Monster.

You will also be able to check out gingerbread houses and take part holiday sing-alongs.

Click here for more information and a complete calendar of events during Winterfest.

<![CDATA[Presidential Turkey Pardoning Through the Years]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:48:13 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/White-House-Turkey-Pic-1.jpg Since JFK first "pardoned" a turkey on Nov. 19, 1963, U.S. presidents have kept up the annual White House tradition, granting last-minute reprieves for 1 or 2 lucky birds before Thanksgiving.

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<![CDATA[5 Fun Things to Try at the New FAO Schwarz Store in NYC]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:38:30 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ribbon_Cutting_FAO_Schwarz_1280x720_1372732483987.jpg

The holiday season is officially kicking off in NYC with the relaunch of iconic toy store FAO Schwarz, which reopened its doors early Friday morning.

And what better a place to let kids — and adults — have their imaginations run wild, with everything from cooking up gummies with candy-making kits, building personalized stuffed animals, creating science experiments, designing customized race cars, and of course playing on the oversized piano famously known for being played by Tom Hanks in the movie “Big.”

In a toy store like no other, there’s too much to do, so we picked the five best things to try in the new FAO Schwarz that you absolutely cannot miss. 

Discovery Science Lab

For the curious minds who can’t help be fascinated by science, the Discovery Science Lab is the place to see employees create cool experiments and chemical volcanic eruptions. The #MindBlown Discovery Lab demonstrates all the science kits FAO Schwarz sells round the clock, so customers can see exactly what all the science kits they sell do. Whether it’s building rockets, learning about rocks, or looking at some super interesting slides under a microscope, the Discovery Lab is a great place to interact with real-life science experiments that you can take home with you.

Alex Bath and Hair Spa

For the child who is all about beauty and self-care, the Alex Bath and Hair Spa lets you take control by allowing full customization to any of the nail, hair, bath, or skin products they sell. Take a seat for a manicure or a glittering hair do with the help of the FAO Schwarz beauty employees, who can help add hair chalk, dye, and glitter to help you get into the holiday spirit. Don’t worry! It’s all washable. If that’s not your thing, create your own DIY lotion or bath bomb by combining different colors and scents to create your one of a kind beauty product. Washable tattoos, body stencils, and body glitter are also available to take home with you. The best part? It’s all scented!

DIY Race Car

Have a need for speed? At the Race Track the FAO Schwarz pit crew will help you build your very own customizable racer, where details are decided by you. Choose the car, color, make, model, and all the little details in between to take home something specially designed for you. Before you go, the pit crew will add the final touch of a motor so that you can actually drive your car with a remote control once leaving the store. If you’re too eager to wait, take a try at the mini race tracks specifically set up so you can race against other customers in the store.

Marvin’s Magic Corner

Hoping to learn a few new tricks? Marvin’s Magic Corner is perfect for anyone interested in figuring out all the secrets of magicians. FAO Schwarz’s employees do round-the-clock demonstrations on how each trick works, so that you can learn a little bit even before you take the magic home! With kits on card tricks, disappearing rabbits, and mind reading games, you too can learn the in’s and outs’ of magic, and are sure to have something to show to your relatives this holiday season.

Adoption Center

The Baby Adoption Center takes interactive to another level. With the help of “nurses,” kids can choose and adopt a baby doll, to name and then take home. There’s a few steps they have to take first. With all new babies, interviews and adoption paperwork must be filled out, before a customer can select which baby they want. Not only do you get to leave the store with a brand new doll and carrier, but you also have the paper work to prove that you own her! Additional accessories like clothes, cribs, and beauty accessories are also sold so that customers can keep the fun coming even once they bring their new baby home.

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<![CDATA[Macy's Reveals New Windows for Holiday Season]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:16:25 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Macys_Reveals_New_Windows_for_Holiday_Season-154239278352300002.jpg

New York's flagship Macy's department store unveils new displays for the holiday season. 

<![CDATA[Deadline Tonight: 2018 New Haven Tree Lighting Contest]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:43:40 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Choral+Contest+submit+1200x675+110918.jpg

Update: Due to a temporary technical issue with entries, the submission deadline for videos has been extended to Wednesday, Nov. 14.

New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest

NBC Connecticut is proud to once again be the official television sponsor of the New Haven Holiday Tree Lighting and the winter festivities on the historic New Haven Green.

As part of the NBC Connecticut Tree Lighting special broadcast on Nov. 29 live from the New Haven Green, we are looking for a childrens' school or youth chorus to perform at least two songs on the show.

To enter the contest:

  • The chorus must sing one of the following three songs in an audition video: Jingle Bells, O' Christmas Tree, or Joy to the World.  Any other songs will cause the video to not be considered.
  • All people under the age of 18 appearing in the submission video, must have a waiver signed by a legal parent or guardian for the chorus to be considered.  Students without a waiver should not appear in the video. Download the required waiver here. 
  • Click the contest link here to submit a video by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
  • You can also now email in your entry! Go to YouTube or Vimeo, upload your video and set it to "Public." Paste the link to your Video into an email and submit an email, which includes the chorus name, chorus hometown, entrant’s phone number, entrant’s e-mail address, and Video Link to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.
  • A panel of judges at NBC Connecticut will select up to five finalists.
  • The videos of the finalists will be posted on nbcconnecticut.com with the public being able to vote or a winner starting in the afternoon of Nov. 16.
  • Winning chorus will be announced Nov. 24.
NOTE: NBC Connecticut will not be able to provide transportation or accommodations for your choir to be at the New Haven Green.


New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest

Official Rules

October 29, 2018 — November 14, 2018

November 9, 2018 UPDATE NOTICE: The Contest Period has been extended to Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET. Accordingly, the affected portions of these rules have been updated and underlined below.

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void outside Connecticut and where prohibited. The New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest (“Contest”) will begin on October 29, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. ET and end on November 14, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. ET (“Contest Period”). All times in the Contest refer to Eastern Time (“ET”). Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. PRIZE (DEFINED BELOW) DOES NOT INCLUDE ACCOMMODATIONS, PARKING, OR TRANSPORTATION.

ELIGIBILITY: Open only to permanent, legal United States residents who are physically residing in Connecticut, and who are thirteen (13) years of age or older as of the start of the Contest Period. NOTE: IF YOU ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF THIRTEEN (13) AND EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE, YOU MUST HAVE PARENTAL PERMISSION TO ENTER THE CONTEST. Entry (as defined below) may be submitted by an individual or by a choir or chorus of twenty (20) or fewer members (“Choir”). Each Choir Member (defined below) of the Choir must comply with the eligibility requirements outlined herein for the Entry to be eligible. Officers, directors, and employees of Contest Entities (as defined below), members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses and/or parents, children, and siblings, and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Contest. Contest Entities, as referenced herein, shall include WVIT, 1422 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, CT 06110, NBCUniversal Media, LLC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112 (collectively, “Sponsors”), and each of their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliate companies, and each of their respective administrative, advertising, and promotion agencies, and any other entity involved in the development, administration, promotion, or implementation of the Contest. Winner (defined below) must be available to attend Event (defined below) that corresponds to Prize, or Prize will be forfeited.

HOW TO ENTER: As part of your Entry (defined below), you will be required to submit an original video (“Video”) on the following theme: “Showcasing your chorus or choir’s vocal talent and personality through singing one of the following songs: “Jingle Bells,” “Oh Christmas Tree,” or “Joy to the World” (“Theme”). You may submit the Video online according to the provided instructions on the Website (defined below). Video must have been taken by you, you must have the permission of any person who appears or is identified in the Video, and it must be in English. If any minors appear in Video, the entrant must be that minor’s parent and/or legal guardian or have signed waivers (provided below) from each minor’s parent or legal guardian. Professional Videos with watermarks are not eligible. Video must be in one (1) of the following electronic formats: MPEG (.mpg), QuickTime (.mov), AVI (.avi), Windows Media (.wmv), Flash Video (.flv), and Real Media (.rm). Video must not exceed two hundred (200) MB and/or be longer than three (3) minutes in length. If Video exceeds three (3) minutes in length, only the first three (3) minutes will be judged.

Email Entry: (1) visit either www.vimeo.com (“Vimeo Website”) or www.youtube.com (“YouTube Website”) and register with the respective sites, or log in if you are already registered; (2) create the Video in accordance with the appropriate Theme; (3) upload your Video to the Vimeo Website or YouTube Website to be considered a valid Entry; (4) set your Video publishing settings on the Vimeo Website or YouTube Website to “public” in order for the Video to be viewed by Sponsors; (5) copy and paste the link to your Video (“Video Link”) into an email; and, (6) submit an email, which includes the chorus name, chorus hometown, entrant’s phone number, entrant’s e-mail address, and Video Link to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com (“Email Entry”).

Video posted on YouTube is subject to and must comply with YouTube terms of service and specifications for user Video and/or video uploads, located at www.youtube.com/t/terms. Video must also comply with www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines and any other policies as may otherwise be posted on the YouTube website. Failure to comply with YouTube’s policies shall result in disqualification at the sole discretion of Sponsors. If you are not an existing YouTube member, log onto http://www.youtube.com and create a YouTube account.

Video posted on Vimeo is subject to and must comply with Vimeo terms of service and specifications for user Video and/or video uploads, located at https://vimeo.com/terms. Video must also comply with Vimeo’s Code of Conduct located at https://vimeo.com/terms#code_of_conduct and any other policies as may otherwise be posted on the Vimeo website. Failure to comply with Vimeo’s policies shall result in disqualification at the sole discretion of Sponsors. If you are not an existing Vimeo member, log onto https://vimeo.com/ and create a Vimeo account.

Facebook Entry: To enter the contest, during the Contest Period, visit the NBC Connecticut Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/NBCConnecticut (“Website”), access the Contest tab (“Contest Tab”) within the Website and follow the provided instructions to complete, and thereafter submit, the entry form, which includes the chorus name, chorus hometown, entrant’s phone number, entrant’s e-mail address, and Video (“Facebook Entry”). A Facebook account is required to enter the Contest via Facebook. If you do not already have a Facebook account, you can go to www.facebook.com to create a free Facebook account. If you choose to submit an Entry via your web-enabled mobile device, data rates may apply. See your wireless service provider for details on rates and capabilities.

If you are under eighteen (18), you must have the permission of your parent or guardian to enter. All Entries become the property of Sponsors and will not be acknowledged or returned.

All minors featured in the chorus or choir Video must have signed waivers from a legal parent or guardian before the Video can be considered. Waivers can be downloaded here.

“Facebook Entry” and “Email Entry” may collectively be referred to herein as “Entry” or “Entries.”

Sponsors may choose to broadcast on-air and/or display on the Website, a selection of Videos as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to the posting of such entrant’s name and Video on the Website and/or on Sponsors’ social media pages, including but not limited to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

You must submit the Video as part of your Entry to enter and be eligible for the Contest. By entering the Contest, entrants grant Sponsors the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable rights to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise exploit the Video and to incorporate the Video in other works in any and all markets and media worldwide in perpetuity. Entrants warrant that they have the sole and exclusive right to grant such rights to Sponsors and that the Sponsors' reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of the Video will not infringe on any rights of third parties, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, privacy, or publicity, or create claims for defamation, false light, idea misappropriation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, or breach of contract. If any Video contains material that is violent, pornographic, obscene, illegal, inappropriate, or racially or morally offensive or if any Video does not comply with these Official Rules or meet Sponsors’ standards for any reason, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, such Video (and the related Entry) may be rejected as ineligible for consideration. Entries must comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Sponsors shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise exploit the Video.

You may enter one (1) time during the Contest Period. Multiple Entries received from any person beyond this limit will void all such additional Entries. Entries must be received before November 14, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. ET to be eligible for the Contest. Sponsors’ computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to this Contest. Entries generated by a script, macro, or other automated means or by any means that subverts the entry process will be disqualified. Entries that are incomplete, garbled, corrupted, or unintelligible for any reason, including, but not limited to, computer or network malfunction or congestion, are void and will not be accepted. In case of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval.

PRIVACY: Entrants will have the opportunity to receive information from Sponsors and selected partners by checking the appropriate box(es). If, at any time, you no longer wish to receive materials from the Sponsors or our partners, please go to our privacy policy, located at http://www.nbcuniversal.com/privacy, or the applicable partner’s privacy policy and follow the procedures indicated.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF FIRST ROUND FINALISTS AND WINNER: There will be two (2) rounds of judging: Round 1: Initial Judging to Determine the Finalists; Round 2: Public Voting and Final Judging to Determine Winner.

Round 1: Initial Judging to Determine the Finalists: On or about November 15, 2018, one (1) or more qualified judges selected by Sponsors (“Judges,” each a “Judge”) will review all eligible Entries received during the Contest Period and select up to up to five (5) finalists (“Finalists,” each a “Finalist”) based on the following judging criteria (“Judging Criteria”): Quality of sound and singing (33.3%), Tone and Style (33.3%), and Overall Excellence to Theme (33.3%). Each Finalist will advance to Round 2: Public Voting and Final Judging to Determine Winner, subject to verification of eligibility. The selection and review process may occur on a rolling basis as Entries are received. In the event of a tie, the Judges will break the tie by selecting the tied entrant who received the highest points from the Judges for Overall Excellence to Theme to advance. In the event a tie remains, an additional tie-breaking Judge will judge the tied Entries, using the Judging Criteria, to determine which of the tied Entries will advance. Sponsors reserve the right to pick fewer than five (5) Finalists (or none at all) or to extend the Contest Entry Period if the Contest does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion.

Round 2: Public Voting and Final Judging to Determine Winner: Beginning on or about November 13, 2018, the Finalists’ Entries will be posted on the Website in a randomized manner for public viewing and voting. On or about November 16, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. ET until November 25, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. ET, or on such other dates and at such other times as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion (the “Voting Period”), visitors to the Website may vote for his or her favorite Finalist according to Judging Criteria, voting rules, and procedures established by the Sponsors, which will be posted on the Website. Finalists will be judged based on the following: 40% public voting and 60% based on Judging Criteria from the Judges, and the Finalist with the highest score, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, will be the winner (“Winner”), subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. For sake of clarity, the Prize will be awarded to the Choir featured in the Entry submitted by Winner and not the individual who submitted the Entry. In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to Finalists above. The Voting Period, voting rules and procedures and voting methods are subject to change, at the Sponsors’ sole discretion, and any changes will be posted on the Website. Voting is currently limited to one vote per person during the Voting Period, but Sponsors reserve the right to change the limit on the number of votes, in its sole discretion. Notification regarding any such change will be announced on the Website. Winner will be required as a condition of continued eligibility to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Waiver of Liability, and, except where prohibited, Publicity Release (collectively, “Contest Documents”) within twenty-four (24) hours of such notification. Noncompliance within this time period will result in disqualification. If the potential Winner cannot be reached or is found ineligible, cannot or does not comply with the foregoing requirements and these Official Rules, if Prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if it does not satisfactorily execute all of the Contest Documents, potential Winner will be disqualified and Sponsors will award the Prize (defined below) to the runner-up Finalist.

PRIZE: There will be one (1) prize (“Prize”) awarded to Winner. Prize will consist of the following: the opportunity for the winning Choir to perform live on NBC Connecticut’s New Haven Tree Lighting Special (“Appearance”) scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. ET at New Haven Green, located at 250 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06511(“Event”). No more than twenty (20) members of the winning Choir may participate in the Event. If Winning Choir is more than twenty (20) people, they must select up to twenty (20) Choir members, (“Choir Members”, each a “Choir Member”) to attend the Event and perform on the stage. Prize may be subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by issuer. Restrictions may apply.

If Winner is a minor, Prize must be accepted by Winner’s parent or legal guardian on the Winner’s behalf. Prize will be awarded to the Choir, and not the individual who submitted the Entry.

Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) of Prize is zero dollars ($0). Actual Retail Value (“ARV”) of Prize may vary. Any difference between ERV and ARV will not be awarded. PRIZE DOES NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATIONS OR PARKING.

All details of Prize will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute Prize (or portion thereof) with a similar prize (or prize element) of comparable or greater value. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Prize are the sole responsibility of Winner. Prize cannot be transferred by Winner or redeemed for cash and is valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of Prize by Winner. If Prize is unclaimed within a reasonable time after notification from Sponsors, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, it will be forfeited, and time permitting, an alternate Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible Entries at Sponsors’ sole discretion.

Winner and Choir Members must be available to attend Event on or about November 29, 2018 (or such other date determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion), or Prize will be forfeited. Sponsors shall have no responsibility or liability for cancellations, delays, or any other change by any company or person providing any element of Prize, and are not responsible or liable for any expenses incurred as a consequence thereof. Date and/or time of Event is subject to change. Event is subject to cancellation. Sponsors reserve the right to change the date and time of Event subject to production exigencies. If Winner chooses to attend the Event with less than twenty (20) Choir Members, the remaining elements of Prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsors’ Prize obligation to Winner and no additional compensation will be awarded. Choir Members may be required to execute and return releases of liability and, except where prohibited, publicity releases (collectively, “Choir Member Documents”), which must be returned with the Contest Documents, or Prize will be forfeited. A parent or legal guardian must accompany all Choir Members under the age of eighteen (18) and must execute Choir Member Documents on Choir Member’s behalf.

RECORDING: Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose to record and/or broadcast the Appearance of the winning Choir on NBC Connecticut. If Sponsors, in their sole discretion, elect to incorporate any such audio and/or video recordings (the “Recordings”) into any NBC Connecticut television shows, the taping and/or the Recordings will not be considered an employment opportunity, and Winner will not be entitled to compensation or credit thereof. Sponsors will determine the nature of the Recordings in their sole discretion. If the Recordings are broadcast, such broadcast will be at a time, for a length of time, and on a date determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Winner and/or Choir Members (or their respective parent or legal guardian if a minor) may be required to return completed and signed appearance releases, confidentiality agreements and such other documents as may be required by Sponsors prior to their Appearance on NBC Connecticut and/or Winner and participation in the segment or rehearsal, if any. Failure of Winner and/or Choir Members to complete and execute these documents in a timely manner, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, may cause Appearance to be forfeited. The content of the Recording as, and if, finally exhibited and the number of exhibits and re-airs thereof, if any, will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Winner will not have a right of review, notice, or approval of the content of the Recordings or any exhibition or exploitation thereof. Sponsors have the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify Winner and/or Choir, and cause Prize to be forfeited, and remove Winner and/or Choir Members from Event at any time, if any behavior of Winner and/or Choir Members is deemed by Sponsors to be disruptive or if it may or does cause damage to person, property, or reputation of Sponsors or if it otherwise violates the policies of Sponsors, or if Winner and/or Choir Members do not follow the directions of Sponsors at all times. These Official Rules and the Contest itself are neither a contract nor an application for employment.

CONDITIONS: By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees for entrant and for entrant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Contest Entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of Prize or any portion thereof (including any travel related thereto); (b) to indemnify Released Parties from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to Prize, including express warranties provided exclusively by prize supplier that are sent along with Prize; (c) if selected as a Winner, to the posting of such entrant’s name on Website and the use by Released Parties of such name, voice, image, and/or likeness for publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval, and, upon request, to the giving of consent, in writing, to such use; and, (d) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Contest itself, and to be bound by all decisions of the Sponsors, which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Contest at Sponsors’ sole discretion.

ADDITIONAL TERMS: Sponsors reserve the right to permanently disqualify from any promotion any person they believe has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Any attempt to deliberately damage the Contest or the operation thereof is unlawful and subject to legal action by Sponsors, who may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. The failure of Sponsors to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Sponsors (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations), or other “force majeure” event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules. Released Parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical, or computer failures of any kind; for inaccurate transcription of entry information; for errors in any promotional or marketing materials or in these Official Rules; for any human or electronic error; or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, late, damaged, or returned. Sponsors reserve the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Contest or any element thereof (including, without limitation, these Official Rules) without notice in any manner and for any reason (including, without limitation, in the event of any unanticipated occurrence that is not fully addressed in these Official Rules). In the event of cancellation, modification, or suspension, Sponsors reserve the right to select Winner in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the time of the event warranting such cancellation, modification, or suspension. Notice of such cancellation, modification, or suspension will be posted on the Website. Sponsors may prohibit any entrant or potential entrant from participating in the Contest, if such entrant or potential entrant shows a disregard for these Official Rules; acts with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other entrant, Sponsors, or Sponsors’ agents or representatives; or behaves in any other disruptive manner (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion). Sponsors reserve the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.


 WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: For the name of the Winner, available after December 5, 2018, visit https://www.nbcconnecticut.com, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by February 5, 2019 to: Attn: Brad Luck, 1422 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06110.

 This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Vimeo, or YouTube. Entrants are providing information to Sponsors and not to Facebook, Vimeo, or YouTube.

<![CDATA[Safety Group Releases 'Worst Toys' List for 2018 Holidays]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 10:54:54 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/219*120/111318+pillow+pet+thumb.jpg

Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, Pillow Pets and Nerf guns may seem like good holiday gifts for children, but one group is warning otherwise.

World Against Toys Causing Harm, also known as WATCH, released its 2018 top 10 list of "worst" holiday toys and featured all of the above. The nonprofit organization says the toys included in its list pose choking hazards, risk blunt injuries and have the potential to cause facial injuries.

For more than four decades, WATCH has released these lists to warn parents of the potential dangers that come with their children’s selection of toys on their holiday wish lists.

This year’s list includes:

  • Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites for its "potential for ingestion and battery-related injuries"
  • Nerf Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster for its "potential for eye injuries"
  • Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw for its "potential for eye and facial injuries"
  • Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade for its "potential for blunt force and eye injuries"
  • Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll for its "potential for choking injuries"
  • Zoo Jamz Xylophone for its "potential for ingestion and choking injuries"
  • Nici Wonderland Doll: Miniclara the Ballerina for its "potential for choking injuries"
  • Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket for its "potential for eye, face and other impact injuries"
  • Cutting Fruit for its "potential for puncture and blunt force injuries"
  • Chien Á Promener Pull Along Dog for its "potential for entanglement and strangulation injuries"

WATCH presented its list on Tuesday at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries happened in the U.S. in 2016. Between January 2017 and October 2018, an estimated 3.5 million units of toys were recalled in the U.S. and in Canada, according to WATCH.

The Toy Association disagrees with the non-profit's claims.

"Each year, WATCH's dangerous toys list needlessly frightens parents and caregivers," the Toy Association said in a statement. "By law, all toys sold in the United States must meet 100+ rigorous safety tests and standards."

Wicked Cool Toys, which manufactures the Cabbage Patch doll that was named in WATCH's list, said safety is their priority.

"We take safety very seriously, and all of the products we bring to market have been through and passed all required safety testing," their statement said. 

The manufacturer reminds consumers that all toys sold in the U.S. are required to exceed safety testing before hitting store shelves.

Hasbro, which manufactures the Nerf Vortex and the Black Panther claw, also said their top priority is safety.

"Our products comply with all applicable global safety laws, regulations and standards, including those enforced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission," Hasbro said in a statement. 

PlayMonster manufactures the Cutting Fruit set and also said they take consumer safety seriously and that it is their priority.

As for the Miniclara the Ballerina doll, a NICI representative said the toy is safe for children.

"This plush kitten is fixed to a plush bag with a 5mm polyester woven tape," a NICI representative said in a statement. "Because the product passed the physical tests necessary to receive the allowance to be sold to consumers we are confident that the product is safe."

Vtech says WATCH's list unnecessarily inflicts concern onto guardians.

"This dangerous toys list, released annually before the holiday shopping season, is biased, inaccurate and greatly misinforms the public, needlessly frightening parents and caregivers," a Vtech spokesperson said in a statement.

"Toymakers and The Toy Association are committed to toy safety year-round," the Toy Association said. "These efforts include providing useful tips for families and caregivers to help them choose age-appropriate toys and ensure safe play."

Toy manufacturers CJ Products, D & L Company and Janod; Juratoys did not immediately comment on the list.

Toys that were featured in 2017’s list included a Wonder Woman sword, fidget spinners, a Spider-Man drone and more.

Photo Credit: World Against Toys Causing Harm]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Arrives At Westfarms And You Can Join His Flight Crew]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2018 18:14:36 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Santa_Arrives_At_Westfarms_And_You_Can_Join_His_Flight_Crew.jpg

Santa Claus has arrived at Westfarms for the holiday season and kids of all ages can enter Santa's Flight Academy to join Santa's Flight Crew.

<![CDATA[Veterans Day Deals and Freebies]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 07:37:22 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/070418americanflag1.jpg

Businesses are giving to those who gave back.

With Veterans Day observed this Monday, Nov. 12, dozens of restaurants, other service-industry businesses and museums are offering deals to veterans and current military members. Check out featured deals below and see the full list here

Corner Bakery Cafe

Veterans & Active Duty Military can enjoy a free “Choose Any Two” offering.

Famous Dave's

In honor of Veterans Day all former and current military personnel will receive a free two meat Combo.


Veterans and active duty military personnel are welcome to enjoy Free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes on Monday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Iron Hill Brewery

Veterans and active duty service members get a free burger or sandwich and non-alcoholic beverage.

Museum of the American Revolution

Free admission to active military, veterans and Blue Star families courtesy of Comcast/NBC Universal.

National Constitution Center

Free admission for all visitors for Veterans Day Family Festival.

Red Lobster

To thank Veterans, active duty military and reservists, Red Lobster will offer a free appetizer or dessert from their select Veterans Day menu. To receive offer, show a valid military ID.

White Castle 

Military veterans and active duty military who show proof of service can visit a participating White Castle location and receive a free breakfast combo or castle combo meal No. 1 through 6.

Photo Credit: Andrew Redington/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Fiddler On the Roof Now Playing At The Bushnell]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2018 18:13:04 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fiddler_On_the_Roof_Now_Playing_At_The_Bushnell.jpg

The popular Broadway classic Fiddler On The Roof is now playing at The Bushnell in Hartford. Jimmy and Taylor got a look behind the scenes with the cast.

<![CDATA[See How a 72-Foot Tree Gets Hoisted Up on Rockefeller Plaza]]> Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:03:50 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tree_Arrival_14.jpg

Photo Credit: News 4]]>
<![CDATA[Backstreet Boys Coming to Connecticut]]> Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:02:07 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Backstreet+Boys+GettyImages-976767360.jpg

The Backstreet Boys are coming to Connecticut.

The Backstreet Boys will headline the 96-5 All-Star Christmas on Friday, Dec. 14 at Mohegan Sun Arena with Gavin DeGraw and AJR.

Tickets will go on sale Monday at ticketmaster.com

The band has a new album coming out in January and also announced its biggest arena tour in 18 years.

Earlier today, the band released the new single, “Chances.”

Photo Credit: Getty Images for 103.5 KTU
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<![CDATA[Homeowners Give 2018 Rock Center Tree Last Hug Before Chop]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 18:41:58 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rock+center+tree.png

The 72-foot tall, 12-ton Norway Spruce that will be the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was cut down from its home in upstate New York Thursday and will head to the city for its new home in the Plaza. 

The tree, which is 45-feet in diameter, comes from the Wallkill home of Shirley Figueroa and Lissette Gutierrez, who gave the spruce a last hug before it was chopped down.

Crews then hoisted the tree on a flatbed to make its roughly 75-mile journey to midtown Manhattan, where it is expected to arrive on Saturday.

"After we bought the house, the previous owner told us, 'Hey, by the way, the tree in the yard? Rockefeller Center has been scouting it," Figueroa told News 4. "When she told me that, I was like, 'Oh, that would be cool,' but I [didn't] believe it. Until they came knocking on the door." 

About 50,000 LED lights and a new Swarovski crystal star designed by Daniel Libeskind will adorn the tree, which will be lit on Nov. 28. 

It will remain on display until Jan. 7.

Last year's tree, also a Norway Spruce, came from State College, Pennsylvania. 

The first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was put up in 1931 by workers building the complex during the Great Depression. The first official tree lighting there was in 1933.

Figueroa and Gutierrez said they plan to replace the tree with new ones. 

"I believe if you take something down, you gotta put something back, so we're definitely going to plant... a few more trees, because she took up a lot of space," Figueroa said. 

While the two homeowners said it was difficult to part with the tree, both were excited to see it in all its glory at Rockefeller Center. 

"It's been a little tougher for me," Gutierrez said. "But it's for a great cause — and everybody's going to see it," she said, noting that the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity and used for home-building lumber after the Christmas season.

"I grew up going to Rockefeller Center every year, and I've only missed a few years that I couldn't get down because of work," Figueroa added.

"It's going to be really amazing to be down there and know that the tree came from our yard." 

Photo Credit: News 4]]>
<![CDATA[Popular Igloo Bar Returns to the Envoy Hotel in Boston]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:48:45 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/261*120/igloo31.jpg

Photo Credit: The Envoy Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Mansion Seen in Lil Wayne, Rick Ross Videos Listed for $12.9M]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2018 09:28:51 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/DJI_0066-HIGH.jpg This sprawling mansion has been the backdrop for plenty of Miami music videos, but you don’t need to be a rapper or musician to get your hands on this property.

Photo Credit: LPG for ONE Sotheby’s International Realty]]>
<![CDATA[Your 2018 Halloween Photos]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 16:34:47 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/Moana+from+Mayra+Ortiz+.jpg

Photo Credit: Mayra Ortiz ]]>
<![CDATA[#DamageDone: Scenes From the Red Sox Championship Parade]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 12:41:51 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_18304596696742.jpg

Photo Credit: Charles Krupa/AP]]>