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Connecticut State Police put out warning for ‘Drinksgiving’

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The most traveled day of the year can also be one of the most deadly. The Connecticut Department of Transportation is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to deliver lifesaving messages to deter people from driving while intoxicated. The day before Thanksgiving is also known as “Drinksgiving” […] → Read More

‘Patsy’ Dilungo Veterans Memorial Ice Rink reopens

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – After two years of renovations, the ‘Patsy’ Dilungo Veterans Memorial Ice Rink in East Haven is back open. The rink, which opened in 1973, was showing its age and closed down two years ago for major renovations. The piping that was starting to crack after years of usage was fixed […] → Read More

Glastonbury jeweler creates bracelet to honor fallen Bristol officers

In the two weeks since two Bristol officers were killed while responding to a 911 call, local communities have covered a police cruiser in flowers, donated almost $1 million the families and closed down schools so that students could attend the joint funeral. → Read More

MacKenzie Scott donates $2.4M to Girl Scouts of Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — MacKenzie Scott will donate $2.4 million to the Girl Scouts of Connecticut as part of a $84.5 million donation to 29 chapters across the nation. The donation to Connecticut’s chapter will help hold programs and reach more girls, according to Diana Mahoney, the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. […] → Read More

Over 100 charities benefit from the Travelers Championship

What makes the PGA Tour different from most other sports events is that all the money goes to charity. Charitable dollars have meant even more for many organizations amid the pandemic. → Read More

Puerto Rican Festival of New Haven set to return this summer

There were plenty of smiles at Tuesday’s press conference in New Haven to mark the return of the Puerto Rican Festival of New Haven following a two-year hiatus. → Read More

Somers teen competing for Scripps National Spelling Bee

SOMERS, Conn. (WTNH) – Julia Settevendemie, a Somers native is vying for the chance compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Settevendemie is competing against 234 spellers from across the globe. In order to reach Wednesday morning’s quarterfinals in Washington, D.C., Settevendemie, an eighth grade student at Mabelle B. Avery Middle School had to advance […] → Read More

Brookfield couple raise awareness on veterans suffering from depression

BROOKFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – A Brookfield couple who served in the United States Military is doing their part to bring awareness to veterans battling depression through their company “Calculated Survival.” “Calculated survival” prepares others for what they call the “best and the worst the wilderness has to offer.” The Brookfield couple is leading others away […] → Read More

Connecticut staple celebrates 100th anniversary

Think about the great tandems in life. Bonnie had Clyde, salt has pepper and peanut butter has jelly. What would New Haven style pizza be without Foxon Park soda? → Read More

Simple, yet important piece of clothing helping transgender youth better their emotional wellbeing

(WTNH) – For members of the transgender community, it’s not just what they see, but also how they feel. Their despair can land them in the hospital or worse. There’s a simple, yet important piece of clothing that can smooth the way for their emotional wellbeing. For transgender males and non-binary individuals, a chest binder, […] → Read More

Researchers using autopsies of COVID victims to learn more

The World Health Organization says moving forward in the COVID-19 pandemic, comprehensive research and innovative effort need to be at the core of pandemic response, and that research includes autopsies. → Read More

Gov. announces launch of digital COVID vaccine card option in Conn.

People in Connecticut can now store their COVID-19 vaccine cards on their phones. Governor Ned Lamont announced the launch of a digital option Monday afternoon. → Read More

Pawliday Lights event back at Lake Compounce this weekend

Lake Compounce is bringing back its popular Pawliday Lights event this Saturday, Dec. 5. It is being held on the second weekend of Holiday Lights in the Park. → Read More

CTDOT offers $10 Uber discount code during holiday season

With traffic fatalities on the rise across Connecticut, the state Department of Transportation is offering a $10 discount code to deter potentially impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel over the holiday season. → Read More

New Haven PD working with ATF to get outlawed ‘ghost guns’ off CT streets

On the street, they’re known as “ghost guns” and law enforcement is seeing them more and more across the country and the state. → Read More

New improvements coming to Union Station in New Haven

New Haven’s Union Station is 101 years old now, having been renovated in 1985. Now there’s a deal In place for an upgrade. → Read More

Several new laws go into effect on Oct. 1

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Many new laws will take will go into effect on Friday, October 1. Passed as part of legalizing recreational marijuana, patients who use medical cannabis can start growing their own at home. Only residents who are prescribed marijuana can grow up to six plants. Recreational cannabis users have to wait until […] → Read More

‘Save the Children’, IRIS helping families in Afghanistan, those fleeing as Taliban takes back control

More than ever, there is concern for the children of Afghanistan. That's why the work of organizations like "Save the Children" is critical. → Read More

‘POTENTIAL SPAM’: CT AG Tong urging FCC to take further action to prevent scam, robocalls

Are you getting inundated with those annoying robocalls? Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is urging the FCC to take action. Not only are those calls annoying, but they could be costly. → Read More

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’: Hartford local Aswad Thomas pens story on surviving gun violence

It’s an idiom that you’ve heard forever: "Don’t judge a book by it’s cover". It comes to mind when you meet or speak with Aswad Thomas. → Read More