<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Local Events, Community Events, and Volunteer Opportunities]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/on-air/community http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usMon, 23 Oct 2017 20:23:29 -0400Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:23:29 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Get Hired Hartford' Goodwill Career Expo 2017]]> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:56:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/goodwill+pic.JPG

A career expo with 75 employers looking to fill 3,500 open positions will take place Thurs., Oct. 5 in Hartford.  Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut will host the "Get Hired Hartford" Career Expo with the goal of connecting jobseekers with hiring managers.
The event is set to take place at the Connecticut Convention Center from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday.
Employers at the event are hiring in a number of fields including banking, insurance, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and healthcare.
“Goodwill’s mission is to provide individuals with the means to achieve independence and provide them the opportunity for meaningful employment,” said Vickie Volpano, President and CEO, Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut. “This event furthers our mission by connecting employers with qualified job seekers.”
In addition to meeting job seekers, job candidates will able to utilize other resources including resume reviews, free career workshops, and professional portraits or headshots.
NBC Connecticut is a proud sponsor of the "Get Hired Hartford" career expo.
For more information, including a full updated list of employers who will be at the event, visit www.gethiredhartford.com or call (203) 581-5040.

A career expo with 75 employers looking to fill 3,500 open positions will take place Thurs., Oct. 5 in Hartford.  

Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut will host the "Get Hired Hartford" Career Expo with the goal of connecting jobseekers with hiring managers.

The event is set to take place at the Connecticut Convention Center from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday.

Employers at the event are hiring in a number of fields including banking, insurance, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and healthcare.

“Goodwill’s mission is to provide individuals with the means to achieve independence and provide them the opportunity for meaningful employment,” said Vickie Volpano, President and CEO, Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut. “This event furthers our mission by connecting employers with qualified job seekers.”

In addition to meeting job seekers, job candidates will able to utilize other resources including resume reviews, free career workshops, and professional portraits or headshots.

NBC Connecticut is a proud sponsor of the "Get Hired Hartford" career expo.

For more information, including a full updated list of employers who will be at the event, visit www.gethiredhartford.com or call (203) 581-5040.

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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.


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<![CDATA[NBC CT Holds 'Relief for Irma' Drive Until 7 p.m.]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:35:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/RELIEF+FOR+IRMA+PHONE+number.png

To donate now to the American Red Cross Hurricane Irma Fund, click here.

All month long, NBC Connecticut has been proudly connecting you to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. Your generosity has helped thousands in Texas and Louisiana.

Now, Hurricane Irma has impacted millions of people in Florida, leaving many without a place to call home, picking up the pieces after this historic storm.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 4-7 p.m., you can help during our “Relief For Irma” event. We’ll be broadcasting live from the NBC Connecticut studios taking your calls and monetary donations.

Donations go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Irma fund, which has dispatched volunteers to the hard-hit areas, assisting with food, shelter and resources for rebuilding after Hurricane Irma.

Watch NBC Connecticut Tuesday from 4-7pm, where we’ll display the number to call. If you would prefer to donate online, please click here.

An estimated 208,000 people sought shelter from Irma at government and Red Cross centers across 6 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  There are an estimated 200,000 people at shelters in Florida.  More than 1,800 Red Cross workers have responded to areas impacted by Irma with 400 more volunteers headed there.


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<![CDATA[NBC CT, Big Y, Red Cross Harvey Relief Drive Happening Now]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:51:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Relief+Big+Y+Dates+083017+1200.jpg

NBC Connecticut is partnering with Big Y World Class Markets and the American Red Cross to help raise donations for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

From Friday, Sept. 1 through Saturday, Sept. 16, Big Y customers and employees can donate to the Red Cross at all Big Y locations in the state.  You will have the option to add a donation on to your credit or debit card when checking out. There will also be donation containers for cash and checks available at the registers at all Big Y stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers and employees are currently in the region impacted by Harvey, including more than 40 from Connecticut.

“The Red Cross is grateful for the support of Big Y World Class Markets and our partners at NBC Connecticut,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “This campaign will enable the Red Cross to aid in the recovery of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The outpouring of support we have seen over the years from Big Y employees and their customers has been tremendous.”

“The partnership with NBC CT is invaluable,” Bruno added.

The American Red Cross is helping provide supplies for shelters and families stranded in their homes, including ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, and kitchen and cleaning supplies.

If you cannot make it to a Big Y to donate, you can donate online through the American Red Cross website by clicking here.  You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or make a $10 donation by texting "HARVEY" to 90999.

NBC CT, Big Y, and the American Red Cross previously partnered together on a relief drive in 2016 to help victims of Hurricane Matthew.

NBC Connecticut is proud to be Connecting You to Caring.

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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[NBC CT Health and Wellness Festival Set for Oct. 28]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:39:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HW2016+pic.jpg

NBC Connecticut is proud to be connecting you to better health at our 2017 Health & Wellness Festival on Saturday, October 28, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This daylong festival at the XL Center in downtown Hartford features health screenings, interactive booths and activities for the entire family.

In addition to free flu shots for the first 500 adults courtesy of ProHealth Physicians, each visitor will receive a free voucher for an upcoming Hartford Wolf Pack game.

The entire day delivers a value of $250 in free flu shots, screenings and giveaways for a family of four.

FAMILY 5K

Kick the day off on a healthy note at the NBC Connecticut Family 5k, where runners do laps inside the XL Center concourse. It’s flat, climate controlled and fun for the whole family! Sign up now!

There will be two heats: 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

This race fills up fast, so click here to register and visit http://NBCCTFamily5k.com. or e-mail Scott Sutter at scott@srtins.com

SCAVENGER HUNT

You have a chance to enter to win a super cool Smart Watch at the Health & Wellness Festival if you complete a fun scavenger hunt.  

Click here to download the scavenger hunt guide.

DONATE BLOOD

Help save up to 3 lives by donating blood at the American Red Cross mobile blood drive.  Register to donate here.

PARTICIPATING VENDORS

There is still time for vendors to register. Call 860-313-4226 or email WVITHWFestival@nbcuni.com

Thank you to our other sponsors:




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<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut Takes Flight with DroneRanger]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:42:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DroneRanger+WVIT.jpg

HARTFORD, CT – (July 12, 2017) – Reaching new heights in local broadcasting, NBC Connecticut / WVIT today announced the unveiling of DroneRanger, Connecticut’s only fleet of top-of-the-line UAS drones for broadcast that will help to enhance the station’s local news and weather coverage by capturing exclusive, close-up views of local breaking news and weather events that take place throughout the market. DroneRanger is also the only local fleet with high definition zoom lens and the capability to fly at night. WVIT is the first local television in the Hartford (CT) market to employ state-of-the-art drone technology for broadcast, in partnership with PhotoFlight Aerial Media. 

“Drone technology allows us to apply a unique perspective to every aspect of news coverage. When a fire recently destroyed a local landmark, the DroneRanger fleet delivered a bird’s eye view of the event and helped our station deliver a visual of local breaking news unlike any other station in the market,” said Susan Tully, President and General Manager of NBC Connecticut. “From capturing distinctive views of local news and weather events to changes in the seasons, nothing compares to the viewpoint from high above the New England landscape.”

NBC Connecticut and PhotoFlight Aerial Media, one of the country’s largest drone operators, conducted extensive testing of shots and locations throughout Connecticut to ensure the deployment of the DroneRanger fleet adheres to federal, state and local regulations. With an on-the-ground team of professional pilots and visual observers maintaining constant communication with WVIT producers inside the station, the team works together to ensure the drones are operated according to FAA regulations and viewers are receiving a unique experience through the lens of the drone fleet. .”. As a result, audiences can see live aerial views of news on-air and across all platforms, including desktop and mobile.

"We are proud to partner with NBC Connecticut as their exclusive UAS drone operator and help the station integrate UAS drone technology, such as a live drone video feed, into its broadcast operations,” said David Weiner, CEO of PhotoFlight Aerial Media. “Together, NBC Connecticut and PhotoFlight Aerial Media recently delivered one of the first live drone video broadcasts, including live zoom, multiple live drones and night-time live video broadcasts. We look forward to working with WVIT to help the station deliver exclusive and unique views that only their exclusive DroneRanger fleet can provide.”

NBC Connecticut has a proud history of using state-of-the-art technology in the studio to help keep viewers informed. NBC Connecticut’s news gathering and weather data tools provide viewers with the most current and accurate information available.

Local audiences can follow DroneRanger via the station’s social media platforms @NBCConnecticut and use hashtag #nbcct to see drone footage.

PhotoFlight Aerial Media is a FAA licensed and insured drone operator with nationwide reach providing the highest quality drone services, while ensuring compliance, consistency, privacy and safety. More information may be found at photoflightam.com and @PhotoFlightAM.

About NBC Connecticut

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Connecticut / WVIT serves its audience with local news and weather information across multiple platforms, including more than 40 hours of newscasts each week on WVIT, news segments on CT COZI TV and online at NBCConnecticut.com. The station is Connecticut’s leader with Facebook and Instagram followers and provides mobile users on-the-go breaking news updates and weather information through a customized application. NBC Connecticut’s commitment to excellence in journalism has been recognized with numerous Emmy Awards, and the prestigious Peabody Award and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Laura Gremelsbacker

860-313-4215

Laura.Gremelsbacker@nbcuni.com

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<![CDATA[Popular Sailfest Event Returns to New London for July 7-9]]> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 10:03:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sailfest+ship_1200.jpg

Join NBC Connecticut for the 40th annual Sailfest in New London from July 7-9.

Sailfest is Southeastern Connecticut’s premier summertime event, attracting over 300,000 people across the three-day event. There is plenty of free fun for the entire family, including tall ships, over 200 vendors, dozens of food options, amusement rides, free entertainment.

On Saturday, stay for the spectacular fireworks display.

Sailfest came in first place in The Day 2016 readers’ choice for best Festival/Fair. There will be plenty for every one of all ages and all throughout the state to come see, buy and eat all throughout New London’s waterfront park and nearby streets.

On Saturday, you can come down and meet members of the NBC CT on-air team!  Visit us in Parade Plaza! Morning anchor Ted Koppy will be there from 1 to 3 p.m.  Meet Meteorologist Josh Cingranelli from 2 to 4 p.m. and come say hello to shoreline reporter Heather Burian from 3 to 5 p.m.

Click here to find out more information.

NBC Connecticut is proud to be the official television partner of Sailfest.



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<![CDATA['Supporting Our Schools' Supply Drive and How You Can Help]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:09:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SOS+web+image.jpg

You can DONATE NOW through our site on donorschoose.org

The first day of school may seem far off in the future, but right now students and teachers are struggling to prepare. Teachers are spending their own money to stock their classrooms with necessary supplies. Many school children and families in the Hartford area start the school year at a disadvantage, without the common items needed to learn.

All too often, kids don’t have the school supplies — pens, paper, notebooks and more — that they need to succeed in school. Teachers struggle to fill the gap without the resources they need.

NBC Connecticut, together with Travelers and Hoffman Auto Group are joining forces for the 2017 Supporting Our Schools drive. All proceeds will benefit students and schools affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. From backpacks to books, students in the Hartford area start the school year at a disadvantage. This is your opportunity to make a difference for children and classrooms from kindergarten through high school.

This is all part of a national effort from the NBC/Telemundo Owned Television Stations.

“Every year, teachers pay for classroom supplies their students will need out of their own pocket while students and their families weigh the costs of paying for school supplies and other household financial needs. To help address these needs, our NBC and Telemundo stations are hosting “Supporting our Schools,” a monthlong awareness campaign to help raise awareness about classroom needs and what communities can do to help local educators and school-bound children. Education is the key that unlocks the doors to endless opportunities and I’m proud that our local teams are stepping up to the plate to help their neighbors and strengthen their communities.”

- Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations

This year there are three different ways you can participate:

--July 1 - 29: Donate directly at donorschoose.org/nbcct. This site will direct you to specific teacher requests for enrichment tools for their classroom.

--July 29th is our one day drive from 9am – 12pm at Hoffman Auto Group of East Hartford, 650 Connecticut Boulevard, East Hartford, CT, 06108.  We hope you'll come out and donate, and say hi to our NBC CT team!

--July 1 – 29 all 12+ Hoffman Auto Group locations will have a donation box that you can stop in and donate school supplies there. The locations include:

East Hartford

  • Hoffman Audi/Auto Body - 700 Connecticut Boulevard
  • Hoffman Ford Lincoln - 600 Connecticut Boulevard
  • Hoffman Lexus - 750 Connecticut Boulevard
  • Hoffman Porsche - 630 Connecticut Boulevard

West Simsbury

  • Hoffman Honda - 40 Albany Turnpike
  • Hoffman Nissan/Auto Body - 46 Albany Turnpike, Route 44 Avon/Canton line
  • Hoffman Toyota - 36 Albany Turnpike

New London

  • Hoffman Audi - 490 Broad Street

Watertown

  • Hoffman BMW - 699 Straits Turnpike


Here is a list of school supplies needed:

• Backpacks big enough to fit a 3-inch 3 ring binder in and other school supplies

• Pens

• #2 Pencils/ #7 Mechanical Pencils

• Permanent Black Markers

• Highlighters

• 1-subject notebooks

• 3-inch 3 ring binders

• 3 hole, colored subject dividers

• 3 hole folder

• Eraser, pencil eraser tops

• Scissors

• Crayons

• Markers

• Ruler

• Stapler, staples, staple remover

• Loose-leaf, college ruled, three hole punch paper

• Calculators

• Portable dictionaries/ thesaurus

• Glue sticks

• Pencil sharpener

• Construction paper, various colors

• Index cards

• Pencil holder

• Book covers


Supplies for teachers/classrooms:

• Facial Tissue

• Paper Towels

• Wipes

• Hand soap

• Hand sanitizer

• Copy Paper

• Duct tape

• 3 hole punch

• Dry erase markers

We’ll be telling stories through the end of July from Connecticut to raise awareness about what can be done to help students and teachers thrive.

Again, you can donate directly during through July 29 by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[NBC CT American Red Cross Blood Drive at Dunkin' Donuts Park]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:41:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/caped+crusaders+2.jpg The NBC Connecticut/American Red Cross Blood Drive took place June 22.

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<![CDATA[Walk for Wishes at Lake Compounce with the NBC Connecticut Team]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 11:14:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/252*120/Make-A-Wish_logo.png

Join the NBC Connecticut team as they loop around Lake Compounce for Make-A-Wish. The 2017 Walk for Wishes is on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The three mile walk around the park begins at 9:00 a.m. Following the walk, watch an exciting “wish celebration,” where a child’s wish will be granted, live! REGISTRATION IS FREE! There is a free pancake breakfast, children’s activities, giveaways, snacks, DJ, and a prize drawing! There are also great fundraising incentives. All individual participants who raise $30 will receive a Walk for Wishes T-shirt. All individual participants who raise $100 receive free admission to Lake Compounce.

- All families who raise $350 receive free admission for 4 to Lake Compounce.

Additional Lake Compounce tickets will be available for purchase the day of the Walk at a reduced rate (to be determined that day). Make-A-Wish merchandise and prize drawing tickets will also be available for purchase.

Every 35 minutes, Make-A-Wish grants the wish of an eligible child with a life-threatening medical condition.

In January, NBC Connecticut connected you with Make-A-Wish for its annual ‘Miles for Smiles’ campaign. Make-A-Wish says it receives travel-related wishes more than any other type of wish. Considering the over 2.5 MILLION miles and $4,500 in cash donations the campaign reined in, many kids can have their travel-wish granted!

Want to help grant a child’s wish? Walk with us by registering here.

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<![CDATA[Connecting You...American Red Cross 'Installathon']]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:20:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/IMG_7190.JPG

NBC Connecticut is proud to connect you to the American Red Cross’ Install-A-Thon. You can register to have free smoke alarms installed and a safety assessment of your home if you live in the targeted cities. The Connecticut American Red Cross is partnering with communities across the state to install 1,200 free smoke alarms on March 6-10 in these cities:

• Torrington (March 6)

• Norwalk (March 7)

• New Britain (March 8)

• New London (March 10)

Red Cross workers, local municipalities, fire departments and community volunteers will visit homes across the state to share fire safety and preparedness information, as well as install free smoke alarms in homes.

To schedule a Red Cross visit to your home, sign up here.

Already prepared for emergencies and want to share your knowledge? Those interested in volunteering can sign up here



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<![CDATA[Connecting You to the 'Evening of Wishes' Gala]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:15:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/TinaMarie160430-153.jpg

NBC Connecticut is connecting you to the Make-A-Wish ‘Evening of Wishes Gala’ at Mohegan Sun. Make-A-Wish Connecticut is welcoming you to an incredible evening, intended to celebrate sports-themed wishes with a delicious dinner, dancing, auctions and special guests. NBC Connecticut’s own Kerri-Lee Mayland will be emceeing the event.

The black-tie optional gala is on Saturday, March 25 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. To attend the event, register here

In January, NBC Connecticut was proud to partner with Make-A-Wish for its annual ‘Miles for Smiles’ campaign. The campaign reined in 2.5 MILLION miles and $4,500 in cash donations. Thanks to our viewers’ generosity, we were able to grant wishes like Morgan’s, who will take a trip to Costa Rica in April with her family.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Join us for a wonderful, heart-felt evening!



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<![CDATA[Connecting You to Joy: New Haven Tree Lighting]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:18:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NH-tree-lighting-2016.jpg

You could hear it, you could feel it, and when Santa flipped the switch Thursday night, you could feel the joy on the New Haven green.

NBC Connecticut is proud to be Connecting You to Joy with coverage of the New Haven Tree lighting. Hundreds showed up to watch the tree light up, and the 65-foot tree with its 30,000 lights stole the show.

There was live music provided by a cappella group “What’s on Tap.” And of course, no holiday event would be complete without the one and only Santa Claus!

NBC Connecticut thanks its partners at the City of New Haven and Wells Fargo, and everyone who came out to join us on the green for making the night a success.



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<![CDATA[Connecting You to Joy: Toy Drive]]> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:14:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Connecting+You+to+Joy+Toy+Drive+2015.JPG

NBC Connecticut and Comcast are Connecting You to Joy with our annual Toy Drive to benefit Toys For Tots. This year we were at a new location at the Westfarms Mall.

With your help, we collected over 1,700 toys in just three hours - and donations continue to come in. Thank you for making a difference in the life of a child in need this holiday season!

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If you were unable to donate this year, no problem! We'll be back in 2017.



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<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut Partners With Special Olympics For Unified Bowling]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:20:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/soct+bowling.jpg

Nearly 20 NBC Connecticut employees and their families bowled Sunday with Special Olympics athletes at the organization's Unified Sports Holiday Classic.

For the past seven weeks, unified teams from the West Hartford chapter practiced at Callahan's Bowl-O-Rama in Newington.  Sunday was the big finale at the state tournament in Milford.

Members of the team from NBC Connecticut include: Ryan Hanrahan, Max Reiss, Jill Konopka, Kate Rayner, and employees from all the station's departments.

The event is open to the public and spectators are welcome to cheer on the athletes.

For more information on the Unified Sports Holiday Classic, click here.

For more information on how to volunteer with Special Olympics Connecticut or participate in future unified sports opportunities, click here.

NBC Connecticut is proud to be the official media sponsor of the Special Olympics Connecticut 2016 Unified Sports Holiday Classic.



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<![CDATA[March of Dimes Ambassadors Want Families to Know They Aren’t Alone]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:40:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Vassiliou+footprint.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the more you run, the easier it becomes.

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

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

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

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



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

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

Dates & Locations:

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

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



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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to learn more.



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

The Goodwill store in Avon is celebrating its first anniversary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The donation process is easy.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The schedule of events is as follows:

Sunday, July 12 

  • Headliner: Marie Howe
  • Opener: Ciaran Berry

Wednesday, July 22

  • Headliner: Vijay Seshadri
  • Opener: Ravi Shankar

Sunday, August 9

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

Outspoken: Celebration of Asian Poetry

Wednesday, Aug. 19

  • Opener: Natalie Diaz
  • Headliner: Aja Monet
     

CT Young Poets Day
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBC Connecticut sports broadcaster Kevin Nathan is emceeing the event.

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



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

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

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

August 18 to September 5:

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

September 6:

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

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

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

Items needed:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your donation could help save lives!

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

NBC Connecticut

1422 New Britain Avenue

West Hartford, CT


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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connecticut Bicycle Coalition
www.ctbike.org

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

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

NEMBA Connecticut Chapter
www.ctnemba.org
Pequot Cyclists (LAB), Gales City
www.pequotcyclists.com

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

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

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

Yoga:
Yoga Centers of Connecticut Directory
http://www.yoga-centers-directory.net/usa/connecticut.htm

Soccer:
Connecticut Adult Recreational Soccer League
george@carsl.org
http://www.carsl.org/Links.html

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

Softball:
Amateur Softball Association of America
http://www.connecticutasa.com/
Basketball
CT Boys Travel Basketball League
http://www.cbtbl.com/
CT Girls Basketball League
http://www.ctgirlsbasketballleague.org/

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

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

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

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