Posts Categorized: Top Stories

Socio-Politico-Culturo-Salsa-Reggae-Hip-Hop Band Ozomatli Hits It Big with Kids Album

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  Over the past 18 years, LA culture-mashers Ozomatli have sung about everything from immigration protests to Hurricane Katrina. But with their album Ozomatli presents OzoKidz (Hornblow/Megaforce/RED) the band has immersed themselves in a new world of storytelling, one with a very different list of priorities……. Read more »

The Art of the Frame

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  Historic downtown Ridgefield, Connecticut has a new inhabitant on Bailey Avenue, right off of Main Street: The Frame Shop of Ridgefield, which opened its doors to customers and the arts community in November of 2012. The store, owned and operated by Sean Kilroy, a… Read more »

Opening for First of Two “Accessible Art Project” Exhibits at ESCAPE to the Arts This Saturday

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  The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut’s ESCAPE to the Arts will host an opening reception from 4 to 6pm this Saturday, February 16, for  a new exhibition, ‘Aesthetic Expressions’, featuring work by local artistsGary Stanford, Christa Forrest, and Randy Lagana. The show runs through… Read more »

Small Brewer Federal Excise Tax Bill Reintroduced in Congress

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  With the 113th Congress underway, the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies—announced the reintroduction of H.R. 494, the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act) in the House of Representatives. The bipartisan legislation, which… Read more »

High Use Of Antipsychotics In Connecticut Nursing Homes Stirs Concerns, Reforms

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  The Westside Care Center in Manchester is ranked among the best nursing homes in Connecticut, receiving a ‘five-star’ rating for overall quality under a federal rating system.   At the same time, Westside has the state’s highest percentage of residents who receive antipsychotic drugs,… Read more »

Multi-Venue ‘Accessible Art’ Project Kicks Off at Danbury Museum Jan. 26

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  The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is thrilled to announce its 2013 ‘Accessible Art’ exhibiting artists. Throughout the year, visitors and residents can view a variety of fine artwork at five locations – Danbury City Hall, CityCenter Danbury, Danbury Museum & Historical Society, ESCAPE… Read more »

Great Line Up at Ridgefield Playhouse’s Concerts for Hope and Healing

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  Edie Brickell, Paul Shaffer, Bernie Williams, and O.A.R. are just some of the performers on deck for this weekend’s Concerts for Hope and Healing at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  The benefit show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and… Read more »

UK Style Home Brew Competition

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  Monroe, Connecticut’s homebrew supply store Maltose Express and Stamford’s Coalhouse Pizza have joined forces in creating a UK style home brew competition.  The deadline for entries is Saturday, February 16 (you’ve got one month, get brewing!) and all styles from the UK will be… Read more »

Brause Realty Donates Space for HealingNewtown’s Art Activities

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  The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) met last week for the first time in its temporary headquarters for the HealingNewtown project, an operation to help NCAC to manage the overwhelming response by artists, arts organizations, stakeholders, and the overwhelming number of creative contributions being… Read more »

Does Your Neighbor Own a Gun? You’ll Never Know in CT

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  In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, the Journal News of New York published an article and interactive maps including the names and addresses of Westchester and Rockland county gun owners. It prompted outrage from some readers, while others appreciated the information.   The controversial decision by… Read more »

The Craft Beer Blow-up

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  This past December, The Brewer’s Association issued a statement defining what it means to be an American craft brewery along with a call for transparency in beer brand ownership.  The statement has set off significant backlash in the beer world as traditional and multinational… Read more »

WestConn Creates Music Scholarship in Memory of Sandy Hook Victim

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  Western Connecticut State University has created a music scholarship to honor the memory of 6-year-old Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.   The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund was established to pay tribute to Márquez-Greene’s… Read more »

Update: Sandy Hook Shooting

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  From the editor, Monday, December 17:   The Mercurial will not be doing any further reporting on the Sandy Hook shooting and will instead be focusing on getting the word out about how to help the Sandy Hook community.  If you have any information… Read more »