Tolland and Windham Region

Our Tolland and Windham Region coverage includes stories about all the towns in the Tolland and Windham Counties, ranging from Somers and Hebron to Thompson and Sterling.

Higher Education
9:43 am
Tue December 9, 2014

UConn in Negotiations to Buy Storrs Hotel

The Nathan Hale Inn is already more than half-filled with student housing.
University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is in negotiations to buy a hotel in Storrs and eventually turn it into a student dormitory.

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Election 2014
11:31 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Watch: Candidates for Connecticut Governor Debate in New London

From left, Joe Visconti, Gov. Dannel Malloy, and Tom Foley at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Tim Cook The Day

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy, Republican challenger Tom Foley, and Independent candidate Joe Visconti met on Thursday for a gubernatorial debate at the Garde Arts Center in New London. 

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Student Protest
1:52 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

At UConn, Does "Civility" Trump Free Speech?

George Washington University, 2005
dcJohn / Creative Commons

On August 28, UConn held a pep rally for the football team on a patio outside the Student Union. The 6:00 pm event included the UConn marching band and cheerleaders, and was emceed by UConn IMG Sports Radio Network -- pretty typical for this sports-crazy campus.

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Election 2014
12:23 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Economy Takes Center Stage at Second Congressional District Debate

Joe Courtney, left, and Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh debate in New London.
Sean D. Elliot The Day

Four-term Democratic congressman Joe Courtney faced his Republican challenger in the second district in a debate hosted by WNPR and The Day newspaper.

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Election 2014
8:57 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Candidates for Connecticut's Second Congressional District Face Off at Debate

Joe Courtney, left, and Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh debate Tuesday night.

Two candidates vying for Connecticut's Second Congressional District seat, which represents the eastern half of the state, faced off at a debate in New London on Tuesday evening at the Garde Arts Center. 

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Industry Revival
9:18 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Why a Banker is Re-opening a Textile Mill in Connecticut

The main offices of the American Woolen Company in Stafford Springs.
J Holt WNPR

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. 

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Industry Revival
2:12 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Stafford Springs Textile Mills Back in Action

American Woolen has restarted production at Stafford Springs.
American Woolen Company

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.

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History
1:23 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

The Last Wolf in Connecticut

Putnam’s Cave or Wolf Den. Drawing by John Warner Barber, ca. 1835. The story of Putnam and the wolf was an oft-repeated tale throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Connecticut Historical Society, 1953.5.313
Connecticut Historical Society

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 “Wolf Putnam” 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.

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Language Education
4:09 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

End of Bilingual Education in Windham Forces English Language Learners to Cope

Credit carlosbezz/iStock / Thinkstock

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. The highest percentage of English language learners can be found in the town of Windham. In the past year, there have been big changes there to the way Hispanic students are being taught.

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Incarceration
1:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Film Sheds Light on Hidden World of Supermax Prisons

"Solitary has become legitimated as a prison practice when all of the data shows that it destroys inmates psychologically and physically, and actively makes them worse," says Aseem Mehta.
Visual Law Project

Yale Law School’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."

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10:29 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Putnam Bans Non-Essential Water Use

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.
Where We Live
10:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Small Business After Hours: The Not-So-Quiet Corner

Live radio inside The Vanilla Bean in Pomfret, Connecticut.
Credit Tucker Ives / WNPR

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 - it’s about half the size of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, and about ten times the size of Acadia National Park in Maine. And it’s almost 80 percent forest and farmland.

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Where We Live
1:23 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Live from UConn: One-on-One with Susan Herbst

UConn President Susan Herbst with John Dankosky live in the UConn Student Union.
Jillian Ives

We’re at the Student Union on the Storrs campus as a new school year is underway, and the state’s flagship school is back in the news once again. They’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.

There’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.

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News
1:06 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Agriculture Chief Hopes Grants Boost "Locally Grown"

Sujata Srinivasan

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. 

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Connecticut
7:28 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Storrs Downtown Supermarket Plans Hit A Snag

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 what’s left of it. Critics say those changes could undo the attempt to create a college downtown atmosphere where none existed before.

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Where We Live
1:35 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Sam Pickering "Doesn't Have An Answer"

Wikimedia Commons

Remember the 1989 Robin Williams movie “Dead Poet’s society?” An unorthodox and inspirational teacher takes on the establishment culture of a prestigious boy’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 doesn’t really think much about the movie. He told us that he “only saw it once” and even missed parts of it.

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