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UConn deal means free football tickets for members of National Guard

July 1, 2013 Local News, Sports No Comments
For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

Press Release

The University of Connecticut announced today (July 1) a special Military Appreciation Offer in partnership with the Connecticut National Guard as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.

For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, 2013 UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8.

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Fishing season opens – get info here about where to fish in Connecticut

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers. Photo courtesy of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) 2013.

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers. Photo courtesy of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) 2013.

Opening day of the Trout Fishing Season is Saturday, April 20 and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has the state’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds stocked and ready.

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers.

DEEP’s spring trout-stocking effort began in early March and will continue through the end of May. When spring stocking is completed, DEEP expects to have stocked about 630,000 trout.

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UConn unveils new leaner, meaner Huskies logo

Weighing in on the new design, women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma said, “This logo is everything that a Husky is supposed to be – powerful, aggressive, determined. It is looking right through you and saying ‘Do not mess with me’.... This is a streamlined, fighting dog and I cannot wait for it to be on our uniforms and court.” Image courtesy of UConn Athletics

Weighing in on the new Huskies logo design, women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma said, “This logo is everything that a Husky is supposed to be – powerful, aggressive, determined. It is looking right through you and saying ‘Do not mess with me’. ” Image courtesy of UConn Athletics

Press Release

UConn Athletics today (April 11) unveiled a new version of the Husky logo.

UConn Athletics has been working with Nike to evaluate all parts of its brand, including word marks, logos and uniforms, for the past 14 months.

The new Husky Dog logo will be featured on uniforms for every one of UConn’s 24 athletic programs in 2013-14 and each of those uniforms will also prominently display the block UCONN word mark outlined in red.

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New Red Sox charity plate for CT scholarships

March 8, 2013 Areawide, Sports No Comments
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman are expected to join representatives from the Boston Red Sox and other state and local officials at a news conference to announce the details of a Red Sox charity license plate program on March 8, 2013.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman are expected to join representatives from the Boston Red Sox and other state and local officials at a news conference to announce the details of a Red Sox charity license plate program on March 8, 2013.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

Editor’s note: Given the forecast for severe weather Thursday evening into Friday morning, this event may be postponed.

On Friday morning (March 8), Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman are expected to join representatives from the Boston Red Sox and other state and local officials at a news conference to announce the details of a Red Sox charity license plate program.

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WHALES ink multi-year deal to play XL Center

February 26, 2013 Business, Sports No Comments
The CT Whale contract calls for the team to play at the XL Center in Hartford, CT for the 2013-2016 seasons, and includes a provision that could extend the term for an additional two years.  Photo source: The Whale newsletter

The CT Whale contract calls for the team to play at the XL Center in Hartford, CT for the 2013-2016 seasons, and includes a provision that could extend the term for an additional two years. Photo source: The Whale newsletter

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Michael Freimuth, Executive Director of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), announced today (Feb. 26) that a multi-year deal has been reached between Global Spectrum and Madison Square Garden (MSG) for the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Whale to play at the XL Center in Hartford.

The contract calls for the team to play at the XL Center for the 2013-2016 seasons, and includes a provision that could extend the term for an additional two years.

The agreement is an early critical milestone as contract negotiations progress between CRDA and Global Spectrum for management of both the XL Center and Rentschler Field.

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State invites applications for Recreational Trail Grants

January 17, 2013 Areawide, Local News, Sports No Comments
Naugatuck River Greenway in Waterbury CT. Image source: Waterbury City Website

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is now accepting proposals for Connecticut’s National Recreational Trails Program Grants. The Naugatuck River Greenway in Waterbury, CT is a past recipient of one of these grants. Image source: Waterbury City Website

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is now accepting proposals for Connecticut’s National Recreational Trails Program Grants.

Applications will be accepted through March 29, 2013.

Grants may be made to any private nonprofit organizations, municipalities, state departments and tribal governments. Grant amounts vary.

The National Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. RTP is administered through the DEEP. Recreational Trails Program funds may be used for: … Continue Reading

Coach P. intends to resume his Syracuse success at UConn

August 17, 2011 Sports No Comments
Whoever ends up at QB can depend on strong blocking from linemen Tyler Bullock (50), Xavier Hemingway (75), Guz Cruz (65), Jimmy Bennett, Joseph Danielson and Stephen Brown (61). Photo © 2011 by Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com Sports

Whoever ends up at QB can depend on strong blocking from linemen Tyler Bullock (50), Xavier Hemingway (75), Guz Cruz (65), Jimmy Bennett, Joseph Danielson and Stephen Brown (61). Photo © 2011 by Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com Sports

Don’t be surprised if the University of Connecticut’s unsettled quarterback situation ends up producing a signal caller on a par to achieve what Donovan McNabb did during his legendary career at Syracuse.

And if the development of a new passing sensation should, indeed, come to pass, it will come as no surprise to UConn’s first-year head coach, Paul Pasqualoni, McNabb’s mentor with the men of Orange.

Discussing his quest to find a starting quarterback during training camp, Pasqualoni told reporters they wouldn’t know his decision until a couple hours before the season opening kickoff against Fordham on Sept. 1.

The newly hired head Husky recalled how, back in 1995, people covering Syracuse had been stunned when Pasqualoni opted to open the season with an unheralded freshman under center, as he chose to tab McNabb instead of the media’s consensus choice.

“Everybody in the media had Kevin Johnson starting and when Donovan McNabb walked out for the first snap, everybody was scrambling to get the press guide to see where he grew up.” Pasqualoni said.

Johnson ended up at wide-out for the Orange and, later, the Browns. Meanwhile, McNabb started and starred, setting Syracuse records that still stand, taking his team to a bowl game all four years (Gator, Liberty, Fiesta, and Orange).

Pasqualoni obviously has a reputation for thinking outside the box – and he might have to do so once again as he ponders the first major decision in store for him in Storrs. Redshirt sophomore Michael Box is the only one of the four QB candidates with in-game experience at UConn.

Senior co-captain Kashif Moore will wear the number 6 this season in memory of his close friend Jasper Howard.Photo © 2011 by Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com Sports

Senior co-captain Kashif Moore will wear the number 6 this season in memory of his close friend Jasper Howard.Photo © 2011 by Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com Sports

“In practice, all four of them rotate. There’s not one main guy at all,” said senior receiver Kashif Moore, whose route-running ability and soft hands can make even a rookie thrower look good.

“That’s something that the coaches are trying to evaluate right now. So the best guy will play and that’s up to the coaches,” said Moore who was chosen as one of the team’s four co-captains according to Coach P, “because of his excellent leadership [along with] his productivity.”

The other captains are senior center Moe Petrus and defensive tackle Kendall Reyes and junior defensive back Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

Moore caught some game passes from Box in 2010 after Box took over the reins in mid-season, subbing for a floundering Zach Frazier who was ignominiously dropped from starter to third-stringer after four games; Frazier got bumped back up to No. 2 after Cody Endres got bounced for alleged drug usage – and the fifth-year senior finally became the re-starting quarterback when Box got hurt.

After regaining the starting role, Frazier regained his throwing touch and led the Huskies to four straight wins, a conference crown and a spot opposite Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Despite the 48-20 loss to the Sooners, 2010 was a dream season for Connecticut which turned in an 8-5 campaign, earned a No. 25 end-of-the-regular-season ranking and shared the 2010 Big East title.

And that’s when longtime head coach Randy Edsall skeedaddled to Maryland, leaving immediately after the Oklahoma game and putting the Huskies in a position where they would learn of their coach’s departure while awaiting their own departure on an Arizona tarmac, young men futilely waiting for their no-show head coach to board the team plane back to Hartford.

Coach Paul Pasqualoni, a Cheshire High grad, has won at Syracuse and in the NFL and is now head of UConn’s football program. Photo © 2011 by Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com Sports

Coach Paul Pasqualoni, a Cheshire High grad, has won at Syracuse and in the NFL and is now head of UConn’s football program. Photo © 2011 by Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com Sports

So now, Pasqualoni, faced with the pressures anyone would when taking over a program, also bears a bonus onus, as it were: taking over a team fresh off its first-ever BCS Bowl game.

“I don’t think that places any extra pressure on me,” said the new UConn coach. “No matter what level you’re at, your goal is to win your conference and get in the playoffs and reset. That’s what I like about the BCS; you win your conference and you’re in the championship series.”

Of the 10 teams invited to play in BCS Bowl games this past season, only two have new head coaches: Pasqualoni, is one, David Shaw at Stanford the other. The two men arrived at their new posts via completely different paths: Shaw, offensive coordinator at Stanford for four years, replaced Jim Harbaugh who left to become head coach of the Forty-Niners.

The new UConn coach, on the other hand, left the pros to head back to campus life where he continues to be affectionately called by the often face-saving and always time-saving moniker of “Coach P.”

Pasqualoni – not to be confused with longtime NFL sportswriter Len Pasquarelli or early 1950s UConn grad Pasquale Leo – is neither new to the Nutmeg State, serving as head coach at Western Connecticut from 1982-86, nor is he new to the Big East, leading Syracuse to four league titles and nine bowl games during his head coaching tenure from 1991-2004.

He left the Orangemen for Dallas where he was the linebackers coach for a couple of Cowboy playoff teams coached by Bill Parcells before they both moved to Miami where Bill was the GM and Paul was defensive coordinator for the Dolphins when they won the AFC East title in 2008.

Quarterback Michael Box (4) started a few games in 2010, but it was Johnny McEntee (18) who grabbed the headlines when his trick passing video went viral this past spring. The two are competing for the starting job with freshmen Michael Nebrich (2) and Scott McCummings (11) and walk-on Blaise Driscoll (17) of Avon Old Farms. Photo © 2011 by Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com Sports

Quarterback Michael Box (4) started a few games in 2010, but it was Johnny McEntee (18) who grabbed the headlines when his trick passing video went viral this past spring. The two are competing for the starting job with freshmen Michael Nebrich (2) and Scott McCummings (11) and walk-on Blaise Driscoll (17) of Avon Old Farms. Photo © 2011 by Vito J. Leo for HTNP.com Sports

“My time with Bill has been a very, very good experience,” Pasqualoni said as he stood in the vast expanse of UConn’s indoor training facility that is the Mark R. Shenkman Training Center.

Like Pasqualoni, his protégé is also set to lead a new team this season, McNabb signing with the Vikings after having been unceremoniously dumped by Washington. After the 2009 season, the longtime Eagle landed in DC on a team as dysfunctional as most of the United States Congressmen who attend the Redskins home games.

Asked about the uncomfortable situation – including a nationally televised benching – in which McNabb found himself during his stay in Washington a year ago – the former Syracuse coach said he really didn’t know what had happened to his college star.

“I’d say that when they reached the point where they weren’t winning, Donovan got more or less demoted,” Pasqualoni said. “And you know, a certain amount of that [winning and losing] goes to the quarterback no matter what level you’re playing at.”

Which is, of course, why Coach P. – back being the big man on a campus – is taking his time before deciding who will start at QB for the Huskies, this second go-round at college coaching infused with wisdom gathered from several years of NFL exposure.

But college or pro, the game still has one ball, four downs and 11 men on the field … although the pay checks are quite a bit bigger in the pros – most of the time.

Paqualoni did point out that a major difference for him is that preparing for college games “the week begins on Fridays. Fridays are the first day of the week to me, it’s just like a Sunday, outside of going to Mass, it’s just like a Sunday to me,” said Coach P.

Posted Aug. 16, 2011

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This Weekend – Tag Sales, Farmers Markets and more

tag-saleSATURDAY, JUNE 18

THRIFT SHOP AND KIDS’ BOUTIQUE
The thrift shop and kids’ boutique is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon at the First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic. New items every week. Spring items have arrived. The shops will be closed Saturday, July 2, for the holiday weekend. Info: (860) 423-6827 or visit www.churchw.org.

CANTERBURY VFW BOOK SALE
Canterbury VFW, Route 169, North Canterbury Road, Canterbury, will be holding a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NEIGHBORHOOD TAG SALE – COVENTRY LAKE
The Gerald Park Association will be hosting a neighborhood tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Streets include: Avery Shores, Dooley Avenue, Fitzgerald Boulevard, Ross Avenue, Washburn Avenue and adjacent streets. Multiple tag sales within a few blocks.

GIANT YARD SALE
Canterbury Finnish Hall, Route 169, Canterbury, will be hosting a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors welcome. Info: (860) 564-7432.

ANNIVERSARY AND SUMMER READING SPECTACULAR
Janet Carlson Calvert Library, 5 Tyler Drive, Franklin, will host a summer reading program from 10 a.m. to noon. Visitors can enjoy a piece of cake and see how the library has grown. Sign up for summer reading and meet winners of the circus-theme anniversary quilt children’s contest.

‘STUPENDOUSLY WONDERFUL MUSIC SHOW’
The Babcock Library, 25 Pompey Hollow Road, Ashford will host Susan Peak’s “Stupendously Wonderful Music Show” at 10:30 a.m. in Knowlton Hall. For children ages 3-10.

SATURDAY BEREAVEMENT GROUP
Hospice of Eastern Connecticut, 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield will hold its Saturday bereavement group from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Group is appropriate for those who are grieving a year or more. Group is open to the community. Info: (860) 456-7288, ext. 293.

COVENANT SOUP KITCHEN 2nd STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Jillson Square, Willimantic, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 Admission (children under 12 Free). Food and beverages available for sale. Games, entertain­ment and door prizes.

SCOTLAND HUNTINGTON HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE
Tour guides will lead visitors through the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust opens the Homestead on the first and third Saturdays of each month through October and is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, donations welcome. Info: (860) 423-1547.

33rd ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
The First Congregational Church of Lebanon will host its annual Strawberry Festival at 7 p.m. Donation $7 adults and $3 children. Take-out available.

CARIBBEAN EVENING – MANSFIELD SENIORS
New summer hours at the Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, begin with a June 23 Caribbean dinner at 5:45 p.m. and entertain­ment provided by Bruce John. $5 payable with reservation by June 20. For info:/reservations call (860) 429-0262.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

FATHER’S DAY BUFFET BREAKFAST
The American Legion Hall, Route 207, Lebanon, will be hosting a Father’s Day breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Adults are $7, seniors $5 and children 12 and under $5.

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park, off Route 44 across from the town hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earth­link.net.

FATHER’S DAY LOBSTER DINNER
The Legionnaires will be serving a lobster dinner at 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 138 Snake Hill Road, Coventry. Cost is $25/person. Reservations suggested. Info:/tickets: Jack Lacek at (860) 742-7017.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET
The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.
Posted 6-17-2011

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Thousands at Victory Parade cheer 2011 NCAA Champions – UConn Huskies

April 18, 2011 Areawide, Sports No Comments
Kemba Walker slaps hands with people waiting outside the State Capitol building as team members come out to board the parade bus - Marie Brennan photo

UConn Huskies Most-Outstanding-Player Kemba Walker greets fans waiting outside the State Capitol in Hartford as team members come out to board the parade bus. Marie Brennan photo April 17, 2011

HARTFORD – Recent University of Connecticut graduate Amy Szymkowicz said a trip to Houston for the men’s Final Four and championship games was well worth the money even if now her “bank (account) is kind of hurting.”

“It was one of the top vacations I’ve ever been on,” said Szymkowicz, a 2010 graduate of the UConn School of Nursing.

And at Sunday’s Victory Parade, all that mattered to this fan was her Huskies.

The West Hartford resident was joined by about 40,000 other fans from around the state who gathered for the parade on a sunny, early spring day.

The parade stepped off from the Capitol, circled Bushnell Park and returned to the Capitol steps for a rally.

Parades have become tradition for UConn. The men’s team has now won three NCAA men’s titles and the women Huskies have won seven championships.

The UConn men capped a winning season this year when they beat Butler University 53-41 in the final NCAA Championship game. For the men’s program, this was the first title since 2004. UConn had a double celebration because the women also came out on top that year.

Every celebration is a good one, though, head Coach Jim Calhoun said at the rally. “This is our third trip here and it doesn’t get old,” said the Hall of Famer.

Calhoun was joined on the Capitol steps by local politicians on hand to congratulate the Huskies – including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D- Conn., Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy – as well as UConn Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway.

The last time UConn's men's team celebrated a NCAA Championship win was 2004, when they shared a parade with the women's team, also NCAA Championships that year. Photo of the 2011 parade in Hartford by Marie Brennan.

The last time UConn's men's team celebrated a NCAA Championship win was 2004, when they shared a parade with the women's team, also NCAA Champions that year. Photo of the 2011 parade in Hartford by Marie Brennan.

Joe D’Ambrosio, one of the radio “voices of the Huskies,” pointed out that many female fans on the parade route held up “Marry Me Kemba” signs as the NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Kemba Walker and his teammates rode by atop a double-decker bus.

“Kemba said he’ll get back to you,” D’Ambrosio said in jest.

Walker, who will graduate early and leave for the NBA, had his fair share of admirers – male and female – in the crowd. Many said he is their favorite player on the 2011 men’s team.

The All-American will likely be picked high up in the NBA draft June 23.

“Kemba is his hero,” said Roberta Zulpa of Woodbury, referring to her son, 8-year-old Jason.

Danny Shew, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UConn two years ago, said it was great to see Kemba “evolve as a player.” He added,”The kid is unstoppable.”

Greg Potrepka, who graduated from UConn in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, said of the Victory Parade, “It was probably the greatest day of my life.” Potrepka returns to UConn this fall to pursue a master’s degree in public administration.

While Huskies fans often travel far and wide to attend games, former Wallingford resident Craig Roberts has them beat.

Roberts, who attended UConn from 2004 to 2006, now lives in Honolulu with his girlfriend, Lisa Kadotani. The couple attended the parade Sunday.

UConn Huskies Head Coach Jim Calhoun isn't revealing yet whether he will retire after 25 years coaching the men's team at UConn. Here he thanks the Huskies loyal fans at a rally on the steps of the State Capitol in Hartford. Photo April 17, 2011 by Marie Brennan.

UConn Huskies Head Coach Jim Calhoun isn't revealing yet whether he will retire after 25 years coaching the men's team at UConn. Here he thanks the Huskies loyal fans at a rally on the steps of the State Capitol in Hartford. Photo April 17, 2011 by Marie Brennan.

Although Roberts eventually graduated from Suffolk University in Boston, Roberts has remained a loyal UConn Huskies fan.

Roberts said he “brainwashed” Kadotani, who was born in Japan, and she now loves to watch the UConn team’s games.

“I’m so excited to see Kemba,” Kadotani said.

For UConn fans and players, the respect is mutual. During the rally, Walker and Calhoun thanked fans for their support. “Without you guys, we wouldn’t be champions,” Walker said.

Calhoun called UConn fans “the number-one fans in America.”

With the men winning a third title under Calhoun’s reign, many have wondered if he will chose this time to retire. He has won more than 800 games throughout his 39-year career, which includes 25 years at UConn. But when interviewed after the rally, Calhoun would only say, “I haven’t said yet either way.”

UConn fans, however, hope he decides to stay another year.

“Why would he want to retire when he has so many players coming back (next year)?” Potrepka said.

Posted April 18, 2011 – as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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UConn Huskies victory parade is on!

April 14, 2011 Areawide, Sports No Comments
A rally at Gampel for both the men's and women's basketball teams in 2009. HTNP.com file photo by Vito J. Leo

A rally at Gampel for both the men's and women's basketball teams in 2009. HTNP.com file photo by Vito J. Leo

As of about 1:30 p.m. today, enough funds were raised to make the Victory Parade for the NCAA Champions, the UConn Huskies, a go!

According to Executive Director of the Hartford Business Improvement District, Mike Zaleski, the final $25,000 to put on the parade came in today (April 14).

Tomorrow was the deadline for raising all the necessary funds, or the parade would have been canceled.

Zaleski attributed the influx of funds to “a desperate plea” put out via the media over the last couple of days.

In total, costs for the parade are expected to reach $50,000 – all of it raised from private sources – much of it for security, insurance, portable toilets and other necessities for a gathering that in the past has attracted upwards of 300,000 fans.

The parade is planned to kick off at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17.

It is being organized by a number of organizations including the Metro Hartford Alliance and the Hartford Business Improvement District.

It will feature bands from around the state and will culminate in a rally on the steps of the State Capitol.

It will begin and end at the Capitol and wind its way around Bushnell Park and the surrounding streets.

This is the UConn men’s team’s third NCAA Championship. The latest victory was UConn’s 53-41 win over Butler on April 4, 2011.

The women’s team has won seven championships.

The heroes

According to the press release, as of 1:20 p.m. today, the following have contributed funds to the parade and rally (a full list of funding and in-kind donors will be released Friday):

  • Aetna;
  • Bank of America;
  • Billy Carlson Heating & Air Conditioning;
  • Buell Securities;
  • CATIC;
  • Connecticut Community Bankers Association;
  • Hartford Steam Boiler;
  • Hilton Hartford Hotel;
  • LAZ Parking;
  • Marriott Hartford Downtown;
  • Northeast Utilities;
  • People’s United Bank;
  • SNY;
  • The Hartford;
  • Travelers;
  • UConn Co-op;
  • United Technologies Corporation;
  • Virtus Investment Partners; and
  • The XL Center.

Parade route

The parade will step off at 3 p.m. from the Connecticut State Capitol Building and will travel north on Trinity Street alongside Bushnell Park, turn right onto Jewell Street, turn left onto Gold Street, turn right onto Main Street, and turn right onto Capitol Avenue before returning to the north steps of the Capitol Building for the outdoor Rally.

The team will travel the route atop a double-decker bus.

Many downtown parking garages and lots will offer discounted parking for spectators.

The Courant reports that CEO of the Hartford Parking Authority Mark McGovern said his agency will offer free parking at the Morgan Street garage on Sunday and a flat rate of no more than $6.50 at two garages on Church Street.

For a map of the parade route and more information, visit www.hartford.com.

Posted April 14, 2011 at 4:53 p.m.; updated at 5:10 p.m. with sponsors and parade route

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Future of local water supply is topic of public forum July 29

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

Questions about water sources, usage and quality have come into focus recently in light of the Storrs Center development, UConn’s plans to bring in water to support a new Tech Park and the concurrent needs of the towns in this region, particularly in terms of their own development plans.

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