The slow death of the textile industry in the U.S. was underscored last December by the closure of the last operating mill in Connecticut, the historic Warren Mills in Stafford Springs. That same mill is celebrating its re-opening under new owners.Â
Textiles are once again being produced in Stafford Springs. Eight months after the Warren Corporation mills closed, ending the industry in Connecticut, the newly-reopened company has taken its first work order.
Israel Putnam is a name that stands out in the colonial history of Connecticut as a war hero of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Prior to his wartime glory, he earned the nickname â€śWolf Putnamâ€ť by killing what was believed to be the last wolf in Connecticut when he was a young farmer in the eastern Connecticut town of Pomfret.
As the number of Hispanic students in Connecticut's schools continues to rise, the achievement gap between these students and their white classmates remains. Gaps can be found in every grade, in every subject, in just about every school district in the state.Â The highest percentage of English language learners can be found in the town of Windham. In the past year, there have beenÂ big changes there to the way Hispanic students are being taught.
Yale Law Schoolâ€™s Visual Law Project has created a film about Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, Connecticut. The documentary film sheds light on the hidden world of supermax prisons, where inmates may be held in solitary confinement for weeks, months, and even years at a time. The film is called "The Worst of the Worst."
Putnam has banned non-essential water use as of today because the water level in the Little River is low. Residents may not water lawns and gardens or wash cars, and they are urged to conserve water for showers and household cleaning. No rain is expected for several days, which means the ban could last a week or longer.
Beginning today, Putnam residents are banned from watering lawns and gardens, washing cars and other non-essential water uses. The Putnam Water Pollution Control Authority instituted the ban because the water level in the Little River has fallen below a level that lets the town produce water under state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection regulations, according to a news release from Public Works Director Jerry Beausoleil.
Have you visited the Quiet Corner lately? In nighttime satellite imagery, it shows up as a swath of darkness in a field of twinkling lights. This rural area is larger than you might think - itâ€™s about half the size of Arizonaâ€™s Grand Canyon, and about ten times the size of Acadia National Park in Maine. And itâ€™s almost 80 percent forest and farmland.
Weâ€™re at the Student Union on the Storrs campus as a new school year is underway, and the stateâ€™s flagship school is back in the news once again.Â Theyâ€™re planning new facilities, like a $100-million recreation center for students, and they're preparing for an even bigger rebuild that will require a new flow of water onto campus.
Thereâ€™s also a "flow" of money for top administrators at the school, as some students worry about what this means for the rising cost of college.
The recent growth in farmer's markets in Connecticut speaks to the increasing popularity of locally grown food. Now the state's Department of Agriculture has big plans for Connecticut-grown produce to fuel the economy and create jobs.Â
The new Storrs Center just down the road from the University of Connecticut is buzzing with activity. But that project is only partly finished, and the developers have had to make some very big changes to whatâ€™s left of it. Critics say those changes could undo the attempt to create a college downtown atmosphere where none existed before.
Remember the 1989 Robin Williams movie â€śDead Poetâ€™s society?â€ť An unorthodox and inspirational teacher takes on the establishment culture of a prestigious boyâ€™s school.
The real-life teacher who helped inspire that character has been teaching literature at UConn since 1978. Sam Pickering told us that he doesnâ€™t really think much about the movie. He told us that he â€śonly saw it onceâ€ť and even missed parts of it.