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Kevin Counihan, Access Health CT CEO, center with Ellen Andrews, executive director of the CT Health Policy Project, and Kevin Galvin on the left with Small Business for a Healthy CT. CTNJ file photo.
Kevin Counihan, Access Health CT CEO, center with Ellen Andrews, executive director of the CT Health Policy Project, and Kevin Galvin on the left with Small Business for a Healthy CT. CTNJ file photo.

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Photo courtesy of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society.

City Firefighters, Police Honored in Danbury Museum Exhibit

Devin Cleary

  History is all about stories, and at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society in Connecticut [an advertiser on The Mercurial], the stories of the city’s local heroes are being displayed until November 5. Visit the Museum’s ‘Hometown Heroes’ exhibit to meet the police officers… Read more »


Nominate a Local Veteran for the Warrior Award

Mercurial Staff

  The second annual Warrior Award will be given to a local veteran at this year’s Walk of Honor in Danbury, Connecticut’s. The Warrior Award comittee is asking the residents of Greater Danbury to nominate a veteran who has served in a combat zone and who also… Read more »


Connecticut Annual Sales Tax-Free Week Runs August 18 to 24

Mercurial Staff

  Governor Dannel P. Malloy has reminded Connecticut residents about the state’s coming sales tax-free week – an annual holiday that allows shoppers to purchase most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $300 without having to pay the usual sales and use tax…. Read more »

Taste GO Ad 2013

Politics, at Home & Abroad

Connecticut State Senator and New Haven mayoral candidate Toni Harp.

Endorsement Cynicism Run Amok

Patrick Scully

  Once upon a time it was a good and prestigious thing when a candidate received the endorsement of a sitting elected official, a senior statesman, or any generally influential person. It was an indication that people who were thought to know what they’re talking… Read more »

Boughton, running for Lt. Governor with Tom Foley, on election night in 2010.  Photo: Chris Ware/CT

Boughton to Take First Step in Run for Governor

Patrick Scully

  Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is entering the 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race by announcing at Danbury High School Wednesday morning that he is forming an exploratory committee, according to reports. The move allows him to start raising money and forming a campaign staff.   Boughton will join state Senate Minority… Read more »

Boughton, running for Lt. Governor with Tom Foley, on election night in 2010.  Photo: Chris Ware/CT

Don’t Underestimate Boughton in Potential GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Patrick Scully

  Political tongues have been wagging lately with the entry of state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney’s into the 2014 race for the Republican nomination for Governor; an interestingly harsh piece was written by former state Capitol reporter Greg Hladky, and there’s been a silly “No, you’re being coy” back and forth… Read more »

Rep. DebraLee Hovey. Hugh McQuaid photo.

Positions Vary After Newtown FOI Panel’s First Meeting

Hugh McQuaid

  A legislative panel considering privacy and government transparency issues raised by the Newtown shooting began working Thursday with advocates on both sides of the controversial issue favoring very different outcomes.   The task force was formed as part of a new law which prevents… Read more »


Connecticut Still Alone On Passing GMO Labeling Bill

Jacqueline Wattles

  Last month, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to pass a bill requiring labels on genetically modified foods.   The legislation will require sellers and producers of genetically modified foods to label their products as such.   But when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill… Read more »

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Stone wall workshop participants restore a thrown wall at Weir Farm National Historic Site.

Learn Stone Wall Building and Restoration at Weir Farm

Cassie Werne

  Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, will host a two day, hands-on stone wall workshop on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 from 9am to 3pm. The workshop will be led by Master Craftsman Neil… Read more »

Jordan Woodworks and Design - Bethel CT

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Little Pub's Tuscan Burger: half pound of hand-packed Montana beef topped with pepperoni, provolone cheese, oven roasted grape tomatoes, fresh basil, roasted garlic aioli, and sweet balsamic syrup. Photo courtesy of Little Pub's Facebook page.

#83: Little Pub

Amanda Bloom

  Little Pub (an advertiser on The Mercurial) is just as it sounds – it is both little and a pub.   If you’ve never been, you’ve probably heard about it.  The Pub is known for standout food, featuring items such as mini osso bucco,… Read more »

The Octagon House on Spring Street in Danbury, Connecticut.

#82: The Octagon House

Mercurial Staff

from Wikipedia   The Octagon House, in Danbury, Connecticut, United States, is located on Spring Street. It is considered the best octagon house of the 12 that survive in Connecticut. In 1973 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places to avert its demolition in urban renewal.   It is… Read more »

Billy Michael performing at La Zingara's Sunday brunch in Bethel, Connecticut.

#81: La Zingara’s Brunch

Amanda Bloom

  La Zingara in Bethel, Connecticut is a highly regarded Italian restaurant serving up traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist.  The restaurant ranks high with Zagat, and owners Thomas Giudice and Lisa Tassone were invited as guest chefs to the James Beard House in New York City last… Read more »

The Doors at Danbury High School in 1967.  Photo courtesy of YouTube user Rutazzurra.

#80: The Doors Played at Danbury High School

Amanda Bloom

    The Doors performed at Danbury High School before their big break on Wednesday, October 11, 1967. From YouTube user Rutazurra:   “This show is primarily attended by nearby college students from Western Connecticut State College and locals of Danbury. Prior to the show,… Read more »


#79: CT Beer Week

Mercurial Staff

  The Connecticut beer industry is proud to launch the state’s “Brew & Buy Local” campaign, a joint effort among brewers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants to support local industries. The campaign will officially launch during CT Beer Week,  May 11 through 18. This weeklong, statewide event was… Read more »

A CT Farm Fresh Express vehicle, transporting local goods to Connecticut residents.

#78: CT Farm Fresh Express

Ehris Urban

  CT Farm Fresh Express is an organization that delivers fresh and primarily organic products directly from local farms or producers to your home or restaurant, year-round.  They carry everything from fruit and vegetables to fair trade coffee, chocolate chip cookies, raw milk in glass… Read more »