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Where We Live
8:37 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Town Rankings Are In, But Can You Afford to Live Here?

David Fink, Partnership for Strong Communities
Chion Wolf

It’s town ranking season again, and whether or not you think rankings like this really matter, it’s interesting that Connecticut Magazine is changing things up a bit. Instead of grouping towns based on population, which tends to favor the Greenwichs, Westports and West Hartfords, the magazine grouped towns based on average home value. That puts small communities with more affordable housing at the top of the rankings (hello Colebrook and Barkhamsted).

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:19 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Having Traditions

Credit Jack Newton/flickr creative commons

by Faith Middleton

Traditions can be fun and make life feel better. Join our brainstorming session to become inspired to start your own traditions, from apple-picking; the holiday party; the army buddy reunion; the Vermont Mud Race; to maple syrup on the first snow; and sampling away at The Faith Middleton Show's annual Martini Competition. (Do you know how strange it is to refer to yourself in the third person?)

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

"Helpful Hints From Heloise" Gives Advice For All Your Housework

Flickr Creative Commons, Public Domain Photos

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

"Helpful Hints From Heloise" Gives Advice for All Your Housework

Flickr Creative Commons, Public Domain Photos

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:16 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Lawn Gone!

Ian T. McFarland/flickr creative commons

We'll look at the basics of replacing a traditional lawn with a wide variety of easy-care, no-mow, drought-tolerant, money-saving options that will appeal to today's busy, eco-conscious homeowner. Whether you’re a beginner or expert gardener, green thumb or black, Pam Penick's Lawn Gone! provides realistic choices, achievable plans, and simple instructions for renovating your yard from start to finish.

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Marriage
5:36 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

A CT Family Waits For DOMA Decision

Diane Orson

The US Supreme Court still has to rule on several major cases before the end of the term. Same-sex couples across the country are waiting for a decision on The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.  A report now on how the DOMA ruling may affect one Connecticut family.

Under Connecticut law, same-sex couples can marry and adopt children.  But under DOMA and in the eyes of the federal government same sex marriage is not valid.

"This is my room, the best room in the house because I sleep in it!"

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News
10:34 am
Fri April 12, 2013

The Hidden World of Hartford's Homeless

Susan Campbell

The Hartford Homeless Outreach Team heads out every Thursday to check-in on Hartford's homeless population and hand out lunches. They go out early before the homeless leave their makeshift abodes for the day.

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Cost Of Living
9:57 am
Tue March 12, 2013

As Economy Recovers, Renters Left Behind

More and more Americans are renting instead of owning homes, and rents are skyrocketing. New national data show that some of the families struggling the most live here in Connecticut.

Connecticut has been known for its high cost of living for decades. But research just released from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition shows that situation is getting worse, especially for the neediest families. While wages have hardly budged, housing costs have soared for renters, since demand for rental apartments is so high.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:40 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Novelist Margot Livesey, Designer Steven Heller, and Architect Duo Dickinson

Russell Darnell/flickr creative commons

Margot Livesey talks about her popular new novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy. And architect Duo Dickinson explains how to stay in the house you're in using novel ways to change it.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:40 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

For The Love Of Dogs

The Faith Middleton Show
5:39 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Home for the Holidays and Finding Freedom

Justin Russell/flickr creative commons

Complex encounters when you go home for the holidays. How to have freedom in a confining atmosphere. And understanding autistic people.

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Coming Home Project
8:01 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Homeless Veterans Get Rest, Chance to Restart Lives at Hartford Shelter

Courtesy of South Park Inn

After a decade of wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, more young veterans are back from combat with nowhere to live. New numbers just released from the federal VA and HUD find in the last year, 13,000 homeless veterans were between the ages of 18 and 30.

They make up nine percent of homeless veterans nationwide but their numbers are only expected to rise as troop drawdowns continue.  In Connecticut, there are anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 veterans who are homeless each day.

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Where We Live
10:26 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Ikea

Per Ola Wiberg, Creative Commons

You can find a blog called Colorado Ikea Fans” - where you’ll see a real-time countdown to the store’s opening in Denver on July 27th at 9 AM.  

Now, anxious shoppers - we’ve learned - will be lining up 48 hours before opening day.   

The Ikea craze is widespread – indoctrinating us with their “Life Improvement Plan” mentality.  

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Home Building
12:29 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Connecticut Home Builders Find Ways To Survive

Harriet Jones

This recession began with the bursting of the housing bubble, and home building has been one of the industries hardest hit in its aftermath. Eighty percent of new houses in Connecticut are built by local, small construction companies. WNPR’s Harriet Jones went to find out how those survivors have reinvented themselves.

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