CNCTB Wed, 01 Dec 2021 18:39:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CNCTB 32 32 Old Saybrook to get mural celebrating diverse heritage Tue, 30 Nov 2021 21:22:00 +0000 By Eric O’Connell / • 11/30/2021 4:22 PM EST

To commemorate Old Saybrook’s diverse past and to present the city as a welcoming community for all, Old Saybrook will soon be the site of a community mural.

Over the next several months, the side of Foodworks will house a mural intended to commemorate the inclusive and diverse heritage of Old Saybrook, according to Old Saybrook March for Justice and the Public Art for Racial Justice Education (PARJE) program. According to a press release from the organizations, Old Saybrook art teachers Hannah Newton and Sara Menga will lead the creation of the Old Saybrook mural. Old Saybrook will join East Lyme, Old Lyme, Norwich and New London, all of which already have murals.

Maryam Elahi, president of the Community Foundation for Eastern Connecticut and an advisor to PARJE, said the idea for the mural came about after such public involvement with people speaking out for justice initiatives and diversity after the murder of George Floyd in 2020.

“It’s a way to send a message of history but also to show that we are a welcoming city. It’s a way to move forward and use art to draw attention to issues of equity and justice, ”Elahi said.

Elahi said people would start painting in the spring, but wasn’t sure how long it would take to finish. To ensure artists are paid for their work and have access to high quality material, Elahi estimated that $ 15,000 needed to be raised. To do this, several fundraisers are planned. The first such fundraiser was on November 28 (after press time for this story), but Elahi said more fundraisers will be scheduled after the holidays.

Pending fundraising, donations can be made via a check sent to the Community Foundation for Eastern Connecticut, mentioning “for Old Saybrook mural” in the line of the memo.

So far Elahi said the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with businesses and individuals stepping up to help with the mural.

“Everyone has been so generous. I just think it’s wonderful that the arts community has supported us all, ”Elahi said. “It’s so important.”

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Gift from shoe king Stuart Weitzman allows Jewish museum to buy building of its own Tue, 30 Nov 2021 17:54:45 +0000

The National Museum of American Jewish History, which did not emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy until mid-September, received a gift from shoe entrepreneur Stuart Weitzman that clears the museum’s construction debt of buildings and allows him to buy his building, at Fifth Street and Market Street. , renaming itself the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History.

In a brief online article published Tuesday for, the museum’s chief executive, Misha Galperin, noted that the bankruptcy settlement reached in September allowed museum trustee Mitchell Morgan to purchase the museum building for $ 10million. dollars and rent it from the museum for $ 1,000 a month.

“The Morgan family has also given us the option to repurchase the building at any time over the next 42 months,” said Galperin.

“The Weitzman donation will allow us to immediately buy the building from the Morgan family.

The amount of Weitzman’s donation could not be determined immediately, and museum officials declined to state the figure, citing a request from Weitzman.

In an interview on Tuesday, Galperin said he couldn’t reveal the exact size of Weitzman’s gift, which he called so important that it brings the museum at least halfway to the goal of a fundraising and endowment campaign not yet announced. Galperin also did not disclose the size of the fundraising campaign.

“I can tell you [the Weitzman gift] enabled us to purchase our building immediately and build an eight-figure endowment, ”said Galperin. ” That’s all I can say. It is very significant and it deserves the name of … museum. It really guarantees our future.

The museum filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2020, citing debt of more than $ 30 million, most of which came from its $ 150 million construction project a decade earlier.

As part of the bankruptcy settlement, a dozen bondholders – businessmen and philanthropists such as Sidney Kimmel, George and Lyn Ross, Ronald Rubin and Joseph Zuritsky, or their trusts – agreed to forgive the over $ 13 million owed to them, only with $ 100,000 to be distributed among the group.

Negotiations with the Dime Community Bank, which owed about $ 17 million, were “a bit prolonged, but not so much on the amount as on how to charge it,” said Lawrence G. McMichael, lawyer for the bankruptcy of the Dilworth Paxson museum, to The Inquirer at the time.

At this point, Morgan and his family invested $ 10 million, which allowed the Morgan family group to take ownership of the building.

In his article in, Galperin wrote that “this settlement was made possible by our modern day Maccabee, Mitchell Morgan and his family who in addition to forgiving the $ 1 million bill they were holding, agreed to buy our building for $ 10. millions so that we could pay off the bank and then rent it out to NMJAH for $ 1,000 a month.

A spokesperson for the museum said Weitzman, originally from Massachusetts and living in Connecticut, was first drawn to the museum out of interest in George Washington’s letter to the Jewish community in Newport, RI. No sanction: George Washington and religious freedom. “

Weitzman graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and began designing shoes for his father’s company, Seymour Shoes.

His shoe designs, which have become known for their use of unconventional materials like vinyl, cork, wallpaper, lucite, and gold, are now sold in over 70 countries, and he has designed shoes for celebrities including Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

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The Bristol Press – US Secretary of Education to visit Central Connecticut State University on Friday Tue, 30 Nov 2021 15:18:39 +0000


NEW BRITAIN – The U.S. Secretary of Education will travel to Central Connecticut State University on Friday to accept an alumni association award and meet with students.

US Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, 1997, will visit the CCSU campus on Friday, December 3 to meet with students and attend an awards reception. The CCSU Alumni Association has invited Cardona, a former university student, and he will be awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. The award is presented to a former student in recognition of outstanding service to the university, service to the community since graduation, and professional excellence in their chosen profession. Cardona will be on campus from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

CCSU President Zulma R. Toro and student members of the Latin American Student Organization CCSU will meet Cardona at Barnard Hall before attending the reception and awards ceremony. In addition to the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Cardona will receive a special gift on behalf of the university. An original art installation created by CCSU art teacher Vicente Garcia will be installed at Barnard Hall, the location of the School of Education and Professional Services, of which Secretary Cardona graduated.

The artwork was commissioned by Toro after Cardona was appointed secretary of education and consists of a series of ceramic vessels and wall discs containing inspirational phrases in Spanish, which are part of the speech of acceptance that Cardona shared upon his appointment. The visit to the university will be Cardona’s first visit to his alma mater as secretary of education.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 10:10 a.m. Update: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 10:13 a.m.

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Ryan Reynolds puts Welsh town on sports map and strengthens tourist profile Mon, 29 Nov 2021 22:19:59 +0000

The Canadian actor became part owner of the Wrexham AFC soccer club.

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When Canadian actor and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds became part-owner of Wrexham AFC football club, many sports experts wondered: why Wrexham? The rest of us, with apologies to the Welsh expats, dug the atlas and wondered: where the hell is Wrexham?


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It is best to leave the answer to the first question on the sports pages. But in a nutshell: a proud club in dire financial straits can attract the interest of deep-pocketed buyers with the right mix of promotional flair and nerve.

As for the destination Wrexham, it is a merchant town in north-east Wales which is trying, like so many others before it, to remake itself in a post-industrial landscape where tourism, green energy, biosciences and high-tech startups are the new gods of economic planning. And while it may never stumble like other UK destinations do, Wrexham has taken a huge step forward in notoriety thanks to Reynolds and his owner partner, the better-known actor and producer Rob McElhenney. for It’s Always Sunny in Crême Philadelphia.

Located in the historic county of Denbighshire, the town and borough of Wrexham lies just five miles west of the English border and was at the forefront of the industrial revolution as a hub for the coal mining, machinery manufacturing and metallurgy.

At the end of the 18th century, it housed the Bersham Ironworks, where John (Iron Mad) Wilkinson built cylinders for the world’s first steam engines and supplied cannons to the British Army during the American Revolution.

“It used to be a big brewing town, a big steel town, a big coal town,” says Humphrey Ker, executive director of Wrexham AFC. Speaking to news site, the English writer and actor admits the city has “seen better days”, but points to its “breathtaking” surroundings. “There are real Game of Thrones s—, if you will.”


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To better appreciate Wrexham’s industrial heritage – and this stunning Welsh landscape – visitors can head five miles south of the town to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, which is part of a heritage site. UNESCO world 17 km long and the “jewel” of the city in civil engineering. Lovers of vertigo can cross the Pontcysyllte bridge on foot. But for a more leisurely ride, hop aboard a canal boat and truly savor the view. Nearby is the 700-year-old Chirk Castle, a symbolic heap built during the reign of Edward I to send a “dark statement of English intent” to the disputed lands. Lucky for us, Brooder Edward and his successors have left behind the lavish attributes of high society and nearly 500 acres (200 hectares) of parkland with wild ponies, sheep and towering trees.

The land also contains a beautifully preserved section of the Offa Dyke, a dirt bank stretching some 130 km and roughly following the border between England and Wales. Inspired by Offa, an Anglo-Saxon king, it was built between AD 757 and 796 to assert his authority and “quell the unruly Welsh”.

Accessible on foot from the town center (four km to the south) is the ‘nation’s favorite historic house’, Erdigg, a huge 18th century mansion set in a 485 hectare ornate garden operated by the National Trust. The estate stretches from the earliest origins of Wrexham to its industrial heyday and is the site of a Norman castle, of which only the earthworks remain.


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Back in town, Americans and academics alike will be in awe of the 15th-century Gothic St. Giles Parish Church – which contains the tomb of Elihu Yale, founder of the eponymous University of Connecticut – and is the largest medieval church from Wales. Its bell tower, which dominates the skyline, is available for climbs booked in advance.

Further glimpses of Wrexham’s past can be found along the Clywedog Trail, which follows the river of the same name from the Minera lead mines, where the Romans are said to have started digging for durable metal, to a old limestone quarry which is now a nature reserve.

To be careful with Wrexham, however, we have to keep our eyes on the ball. Sports enthusiast or not, it is clear that football (or football for the rest of the world) is at the heart of the city’s identity.

The oldest club in Wales and the third oldest professional football team in the world, Wrexham AFC was founded in 1864 and plays its matches at the racecourse, previously used for horse racing and cricket. In 1957, it hosted a record attendance of 34,445 to see the Red Dragons take on mighty Manchester United in the FA Cup competition.

Today the club play in the National League, the fifth and lowest level in the English football pyramid, drawing an average crowd of 5,000 as fans fantasize about returning to the big-budget Premier League and face giants like Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

With Reynolds and McElhenney now in charge, a ‘feel-good factor’ has returned to the club, which became fan-owned in 2011 after it nearly went bankrupt, and this vague Premiership dream is no longer dismissed out of hand. .


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The Hollywood duo, who took full ownership of the team in February, have already impressed home fans with their commitment and promise to inject around £ 2million ($ 3.4million) into the club’s infrastructure . A documentary on its history and reconstruction is also in preparation.

Even for those who consider football boring, nothing beats the atmosphere of a British football match on a busy Saturday where the streets are teeming with sometimes overly exuberant fans singing and chanting before rushing en masse to the stadium.

Then again, you can always head to the Turf Pub on the corner of Racecourse Ground and contemplate the vagaries of the offside rule over a pint of foam. This is exactly what the new owners did on a recent impromptu visit, according to the Daily Mail.

But after watching Wrexham’s live opener, a heart-wrenching 3-2 away loss, Reynolds might need something stiffer than a mug of beer. He told the Daily Post that he almost had a “nervous breakdown” looking sideways.

Welcome to the “beautiful game,” Ryan. Whether it’s a casual spectator or a dedicated owner, whether it’s the Wrexham AFC or the Wawa Juniors, it will have you falling for it every time.

– André Ramshaw



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Time to focus on domestic tourism campaign in light of South Africa travel bans Mon, 29 Nov 2021 07:22:00 +0000

Africa Melane is joined by James Vos from CoCT, to talk about the UK’s decision to put South Africa on its “RED LIST” and the effect it is having on the tourism and travel industry. the hotel industry.

– Several countries have banned travel from South Africa following the discovery of the Omicron variant

– The CoCT Tourism Task Team plans to prioritize a domestic tourism campaign

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James Vos from Cape Town described the re-addition to the ‘red list’ of Covid travel to the UK ahead of the local tourist season as a ‘bitter pill to swallow’.

Much of Europe, the United States, Canada and the Philippines are among those who have joined Britain in barring travelers from South Africa following the discovery of a new variant of Covid that scientists have named “Omicron”.

Vos says he hopes the measures, described by some experts as “knee jerk” and “unwarranted,” are simply a temporary precaution.

It’s going to have a substantial impact on local tourism … seeing the impact on individuals has been heartbreaking.

Alderman James Vos, Member of the Mayor’s Committee for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management – City of Cape Town

I have convened our Tourism Task Force this weekend to chart our next steps under the banner of containment, adjustment and recovery and we will share details of our plans in the coming days.

Alderman James Vos, Member of the Mayor’s Committee for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management – City of Cape Town

Among plans to mitigate the impact on the local tourism sector, Vos says prioritizing a domestic tourism campaign.

We could invest more now in products and packages aimed at the internal market.

Alderman James Vos, Member of the Mayor’s Committee for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management – City of Cape Town

Our internal market is our pillar.

Alderman James Vos, Member of the Mayor’s Committee for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management – City of Cape Town

Vos says he will keep in touch with Cape Town’s “key source markets” via embassies and says he receives regular updates.

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Donors worried about the fate of artifacts as Irish Famine Museum closes Sun, 28 Nov 2021 16:46:30 +0000

In the mid-1990s, John L. Lahey, president of Quinnipiac College, read a book about the 19th century potato famine in Ireland and decided that its causes and consequences, its death toll and the diaspora resulting in a wider exposure.

At least one million Irish are estimated to have died and a further 2 million or more left the country in the years following the devastation of the potato harvest, caused by the disease, which led to a widespread famine.

The college run by Lahey began collecting artwork and famine related materials and in 2012 opened the Great Hunger Museum of Ireland in a former public library building in Hamden, Connecticut, near the campus of the ‘school.

Although the institution focused on specific events, Lahey viewed the story of the famine as more than the agricultural failure that began in 1845, he told people. It was also about the indifference of the British government to the famine and hostility often encountered by those who escaped from it when they emigrated from Ireland.