Culture & Lifestyle, News / October 16, 2017 The Bridge to Independence & Career Opportunities (TBICO) Annual Luncheon

By Daniel Trock

The Bridge to Independence & Career Opportunities (TBICO) held their 2017 Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Anthony’s Lake Club in Danbury, CT. The luncheon’s centerpiece was a fashion show presented by Workspace Collective, a retail and design co-op located in Danbury, CT, specializing in locally made sustainable clothing as well as candles,...

American Dream Series, News / October 16, 2017 The Story of Vera Bourjeili

By Daniel Trock

Our interviewee for this issue is Vera Bourjeili, originally from Beirut, Lebanon. Tell me your story as an immigrant. I came from Lebanon about twenty-five years ago. My husband immigrated in 1993 to be with his family in the USA, who had immigrated a few years earlier. We had been engaged for about a year,...

Columns, Little Brazil / October 15, 2017 Marriage, From Primordial to Current Times

By Karla Rensch

Among all the institutions, family and marriage are the only ones that have survived progressively and indestructibly the inevitable march of humanity. Ancient societies needed a safe and suitable ambiance to perpetuate our species, as well as a system of rules that would address property concession and protect the blood lineage. Marriage was the institution...

The Opioid Crisis in America

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The Opioid Crisis in America

By Valerie B. Calistro, Esq. Managing Partner, Ventura Law

It’s estimated that more than 55,000 Americans die each year from a drug overdose, which has become the leading cause of death among individuals under the age of 50. Sixty percent of these deaths are caused by opioids. The rise in fatalities over the past 15 years has been staggering – a greater than three-fold…

Connecticut Pushes Forward with Retirement Security Program

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Connecticut Pushes Forward with Retirement Security Program

By Nora Duncan

Connecticut is moving forward with the implementation of the Connecticut Retirement Security Program, which will provide the 600,000 people without a workplace retirement savings plan an opportunity to build a secure financial future for themselves and their families. In the process, the program that was signed into law in 2016 and will begin in 2018…

Fascinating Fall Family Frolics

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Fascinating Fall Family Frolics

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Fall is a time for renewed energy; the air gets cooler, school has begun and families start to settle into new schedules. But wait; take a minute to think about all the fascinating opportunities fall brings us. It is a time when we hear the crinkle of leaves under our feet and the hooting of…

An Exclusive Interview with One of the Biggest Bossa Nova Icons, Sérgio Mendes

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An Exclusive Interview with One of the Biggest Bossa Nova Icons, Sérgio Mendes

By Karla Rensch

Bossa Nova means much more than a mix of smooth rhythm that moves the body and nurtures the soul. It is a peculiarity of Brazilian culture born in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s. Its captivating melody is a jazz-influenced version of Samba. With time, Bossa Nova became one of the…

Taste of Greater Main Street

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Taste of Greater Main Street

By Daniel Trock

On September 13, 2017, Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Danbury branch held an event entitled “The Taste of Greater Main Street.” For this event, the school invited several restaurants and eateries from Main Street, White Street, West Street and Liberty Street to bring samples of their food to the Danbury branch building for the students to…

The Story of Víctor Rodríguez

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The Story of Víctor Rodríguez

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

Our interviewee today is Víctor Rodríguez, who was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents. Tell me, what was the reason your parents moved from paradise to the Big Apple? “Puerto Rico is a beautiful island that has incredible natural wealth and people with an unbreakable spirit. It is almost impossible to describe their…

Keeping Financial Information Safe in Natural Disasters

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Keeping Financial Information Safe in Natural Disasters

By Catherine Blinder

We are taught as young children that in case of natural disaster, our first priorities should be access to food, clean water and shelter. Keeping our personal and financial information secure is nearly as important. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, winter storms, floods and other extreme weather conditions often knock out power and limit our…

GOP, Dems Both Lack Solution to CT’s Cycle of Budget Deficits

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GOP, Dems Both Lack Solution to CT’s Cycle of Budget Deficits

By Keith M. Phaneuf | CTMirror.org

Despite their many disagreements over how the next state budget should look, Republican and Democratic legislators have one key element in common: Neither of their plans would spare Connecticut from grappling with another massive budget deficit two years from now. The legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis says the two-year budget crafted by Republican legislators and passed in…

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