Archive | August, 2019

Kevin Kane to Retire Nov. 1

Rose Henry, Staff Writer

HARTFORD – Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane will retire effective Nov. 1.

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Kane’s pending retirement on Tuesday, saying this is a “much deserved retirement” for the state’s seventh and longest serving Chief State’s Attorney since the position was created in 1973.

“Kane worked on and oversaw some of our state’s most challenging, important, and complex cases,” Lamont said in a statement released to the press. “He has worked tirelessly and dedicated his career to pursing justice and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system. I thank Attorney Kane and wish him well in his much deserved retirement.”

Kane began his career as a prosecutor nearly 47 years ago in the Ninth Circuit in Middletown. He is responsible for all state prosecutors, including the chief state’s attorney.

Kane is the administrative head of the Division of Criminal Justice, the independent agency of the executive branch of state government that is responsible for the investigation and the prosecution of all criminal matters in the state.

Kane earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Kane has worked closely with State Attorney Gail Hardy who oversees the Judicial District of Hartford.

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Weaver High School Reopens

By Rose Henry, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — It’s official.

Weaver High School will reopen on Tuesday. Thanks to a $133 million renovation effort to reestablish a familiar institution in the city’s North End.

The new top-tier facility will hold 900 students and include three academies: the Journalism and Media Academy, High School Inc, and the Richard J. Kinsella Performing Arts High School.

An artist rendering of the new top-tier Weaver High School, which opened on Thursday.

The academic portions of the four-story school were finished in time on Thursday for teachers and the staff arrived to prepare for the first day of school.  More renovations are slated to be done in 2020, three years after construction began in 2017.

The state-of-the-art facility offers many amenities including a black box theater, storage space and a renovated radio station.

The mission behind renovating the existing campus was to “promote a new psychology and emphasize the idea of a new start.”

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Wadsworth Atheneum to Present Alive!

HARTFORD — The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is partnering with Breakfast Lunch & Dinner and Cafeteria Radio to present Alive!, a two-part music series.

The event on Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. will be held in the Wadsworth’s outdoor courtyard where a team of DJ’s will play complementary genres of music joined by a live musician.

“We are thrilled to partner with Breakfast Lunch & Dinner and Cafeteria Radio to feature local DJ’s and musicians offering a fresh performance concept and activating our courtyard as a spot to socialize on three summer nights,” says Debbie Gaudet, curator of film and theater at the Wadsworth. “We hope it becomes an annual tradition.”

Cash bar and snacks for purchase will be available. Purchase tickets online at Single tickets are $10 online, $20 at the door; table for 4 (limited): $50 online, $75 at the door.

Alive! at the Atheneum is presented in collaboration with Breakfast Lunch & Dinner and Cafeteria Radio. Rain dates are August 19, and Sept. 16.

For more information call 860-278-2670 or visit

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New Movie Going Experience in West Hartford with Cinépolis

WEST HARTFORD — Greater Hartford residents have another option for how to enjoy the movies.

Cinépolis USA, a leading world-class cinema exhibitor
known for its enhanced movie-going concepts, announced this week the grand opening date of August 16 for Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas West Hartford.

This announcement comes after a complete transformation of its previous theater that closed for renovations in March. 

Guests will enjoy a free small-sized popcorn for ticket holders during
opening weekend. Additionally, the first 100 ticketed guests on Friday
will receive a complimentary ticket to return, while supplies last. The
revitalized six-screen, 21,462-square-foot Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas West
Hartford marks the exhibitor’s first dine-in theater in the Northeast.
It highlights the brand’s signature guest experiences and specialty
film-viewing programs, while serving as the cinema anchor of Blue Back
Square shopping, living, dining, and entertainment district.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to improve the guest experience, and
this upgraded Luxury Cinema with enhanced dining and programming
exemplifies our commitment to offering an elevated and affordable
approach to entertainment,” said Luis Olloqui, CEO of Cinépolis USA. 

Following its multi-million dollar completion, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas
West Hartford offers guests a movie-going experience with 359
fully-reclining leather seats in six auditoriums, each complete with
cutting-edge sound and high-definition projection technology. An upscale
lounge-style lobby space anchors the entry space complete with gourmet
concessions stand and seating options for guests to relax before or
after a movie.

Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas West Hartford offers a full menu and in-theater
waiter service for guests to order dine-in food direct to their seat at
the push of a button. Delivered by stealthy, ninja-like servers to
ensure for minimal movie disruption, the menu features fresh
ingredients, gluten-friendly and vegan friendly options and dishes
created with a chef inspired approach — from hummus plates, edamame and quesadillas to truffle flatbreads, salads and burgers — that are
satisfying but also easy to eat inside a dim auditorium. Pending
approval of a liquor license, Cinepolis will offer a full bar menu that
includes craft beer, specialty cocktails and hand-selected wine program.

On Tuesdays, the theater will participate in the brand’s signature
Cinépolis Handpicked weekly movie-viewing program and offer discounted
$7 tickets to all participants. Cinépolis Handpicked is a carefully
curated alternative programming series that features a wide variety of
digitally remastered specialty content, including favorite cult classic
films, nostalgic oldies, special concert events, documentaries, seasonal
favorites, and more. 

Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas West Hartford, located at 42 South Main Street,
West Hartford, will screen movies seven days a week with ticket prices
ranging from $7-12 for adults and $7-9 for children, with special $7
tickets on Tuesdays. Taxes and special format charges may apply. Guests
will be able to reserve seating via [1] or the
Cinépolis USA APP upon the theater’s opening. For employment inquiries,

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CT Tax Week Begins Aug 18

HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont is reminding consumers in Connecticut that the state’s sales tax-free week begins Aug. 18 and runs through Aug. 24.

During this one-week sales tax holiday, retail purchases of most clothing and footwear items priced under $100 are exempt from the sales and use tax. This exemption applies to each eligible item under $100, regardless of how many of those items are sold to a customer on the same invoice.

Sales tax free week was included as part of the biennial budget that was supported by House and Senate Democrats and signed into law this summer by Governor Lamont. It is estimated that Connecticut shoppers will benefit from approximately $4.9 million in savings during the sales tax holiday, which coincides with the busy back-to-school shopping season.

“Having this tax-free holiday helps working families stretch their dollar a little bit more during the busy back-to-school season while giving businesses an extra boost to their bottom line,” Governor Lamont said. “I also encourage residents during this busy shopping week to consider locally-owned retailers and supporting Connecticut’s small business community.”

“Sales tax-free week offers real savings at an opportune time, when families are planning for the school year and shopping for new clothing and footwear,” Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Scott D. Jackson said. “In addition to promoting Connecticut’s retail sector, the sales tax holiday helps stretch shopping budgets – something we can all appreciate and look forward to.”

“Connecticut retailers work diligently throughout the year to be responsive to their customers and provide outstanding customer service,” Timothy G. Phelan, president of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association, said. “Retailers are also actively involved in their communities and play a pivotal role in the strength and vibrancy of the Connecticut economy. Connecticut sales tax free week provides an opportunity for customers to shop at local retail businesses and save money on their purchases, which can be especially helpful for families preparing for the upcoming school year.”

Many retailers in Connecticut frequently offer additional clothing and footwear discounts during sales tax free weeks, resulting in even more savings for shoppers.

Additional information on Connecticut’s sales tax free week, including examples of individual items that are exempt or taxable as well as specific statutory information, can be found by visiting the DRS website at and clicking the “2019 Sales Tax Free Week” link.

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