“It doesn’t even seem as if they really even have a rationale for their massacres”: Responding to Boko Haram in Nigeria

On Jan. 3 Boko Haram swept through the towns of Baga and Doron Baga murdering 2,000 people. On Twitter #NigerianLivesMatter has become a way for those in solidarity with the victims to raise awareness of what happened in the African country of 173.6 million.

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Nonprofit Representatives And Public Officials Get Tips On Applying For Grants

MIDDLETOWN – Representatives from state agencies, towns and nonprofit groups learned about applying for federal and state grants Tuesday.

The workshop offered tips on grant writing as well as opportunities for attendees to network with representatives from the agencies that handle their grants, including the National Park Service, the Department of Education and the Department of Labor, and several Connecticut political leaders.

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Retired Nun Brings Comforting Touch to St.Francis NICU

HARTFORD-Sister Loretta Mann might have retired, but she hasn’t left the life of service to which she made a vow in 1948 when she entered the sisterhood of St. Francis.

Sister Loretta, 85, spends three days a week in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of St. Francis Hospital in Hartford cuddling premature and sick infants while their parents or nurses can’t be there.

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Tolland Plans Its 300th Anniversary Celebration

TOLLAND — Next year, the town will celebrate the 300th anniversary of its charter with a year’s worth of celebration.

Located 20 miles northeast of Hartford, the town features plenty of white church steeples and Colonial-era buildings. Residents congregate every week on the town green for a farmer’s market.

“People who live here, love it here,” said Perne Maynard, marketing chairman for the Tolland 300 celebration. “To me, having lived here for 30 years, myself, it’s a very wonderful community. People are very involved in the town.”

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Ice Cream for a Dream

It’s a simple idea: ice cream for a dream.

“We go out into the community, ask people about their dreams and try to talk with them about how to make their dreams a reality, and when they do I give them ice cream,” said Abdul Raman I. Muhammad of Hartford.

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Jackson Laboratories Brings Opportunities To High School, College Students

Farmington High School is one of the first schools in Connecticut to partner with Jackson Laboratories to develop a science curriculum that includes introducing students to using genetics to treat disease.

“We want to introduce high school teachers across the state to the idea of genomics,” said Walter Nakonechny, Associate Director of Genomic Education at Jackson Lab and a former science teacher at Farmington High.

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School of Rock, Gets Kids Into the Rock and Roll Spirit in Madison, CT

MADISON — A passerby might mistake Madison’s School of Rock location as just another colonial home on the Boston Post Road, but what happens inside the historic whitewashed walls is anything but ancient history.

Inside the colonial exterior, owner Courtney Gibbons runs a franchise of School of Rock, which is a global organization that offers day camps, private lessons and performance programs for kids aged 7 to 17. During the summer months, however, School of Rock’s main attraction is their week long rock ‘n’ roll boot camps. Continue reading

“We’re Losing A Third War in Iraq”: Veteran Journalist Reese Erlich Says U.S. Involvement in Iraq and Syria is Futile

We’re Losing a Third War in Iraq

I wrote this Storify.com piece for an online journalism class in November.