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Past articles by Rich:

What to ask before approving a sleepover

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Are sleepovers healthy for children or harmful? It’s a timeless debate that’s been reignited with spotlights on COVID-19 and gun violence. But Dr. Ryan Loss, a clinical psychologist and the executive director of Connecticut Behavioral Health, said parents should ask difficult, but important questions before giving their OK for their […] → Read More

East Haven mayor running for reelection

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — East Haven Mayor Joe Carfora (D) recently announced his plans to run for a third term in the mayoral election. Carfora told News 8 it was an easy decision to make, stating that he still has some work to do.A Democrat, Carfora succeeded Joe Maturo, a Republican who served nine […] → Read More

Is Milford-based Subway eyeing a sale?

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Are the days numbered for the famous footlong’s footprint in Connecticut? According to the Wall Street Journal, the Milford-based Subway could be up for sale. The outlet claims that the company is fielding inquiries from operating companies and private equity firms for a potential $10 billion. John Cadden, a professor emeritus […] → Read More

More children are getting poisoned by accidentally eating cannabis gummies

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Looks can be deceiving, and when it comes to edible cannabis products, that can come with dangerous consequences. Cannabis products, which can be legally sold in Connecticut starting next week, can easily be mistaken for normal candy. A study released this week in the journal Pediatrics found that the number […] → Read More

Wolcott steps in after family loses everything in fire

WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH) — In the true spirit of giving, the Wolcott community is coming together this holiday season to help a family that was displaced by a fire. The fire broke out at about 1 a.m. Tuesday on Spindle Hill Road. The family got out safely, but lost their belongings, according to Wolcott Fire […] → Read More

Branford cookbook shows families how to optimize food pantry items

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Food security continues to be a problem throughout the state, but one college student is trying to help. As a high school student, Carter Shannon volunteered at the Community Dining Room. Now a sophomore at Northwestern University, he wanted to know how people can maximize what they get at a food […] → Read More

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