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CT NEWS JUNKIE | Hartford Has Style Fashion Exhibition Turns Pratt Street Into High Fashion Runway

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  • Hartford's Pratt Street was decked out Saturday evening for Hartford Has Style: an evening of fashion, art, and dancing. Pratt Street was transformed into a 100-foot red carpet runway, featuring a fashion show and live auction, hosted by Logan Byrnes, Jennifer Wilder-Jackson, and John Motley.

    The event, organized by small businesses on Pratt Street, highlighted not only fashion but community role models as well.

    Clothing and shoes were presented by
    NIRO and That Flavour Boutique. Models for the event were Byrnes, Yvonne Davis, Jennifer DiBella, Oz Griebel, Jerry Long, Hector Rivera, Donna Sodipo, Tara Spain, Sharon Dichand, and Michael Williams. Designers included That Flavour Boutique, Carmen Veal Swimwear, NIRO Boutique's Penniless Snob, Zubair, Hartford Denim Company, and NIRO Couture.

  • 5/17/2014
  • Album ID: 1802609
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift

CT NEWS JUNKIE | 200,000 Celebrate UConn Basketball Teams in Victory Parade

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  • Sunday's victory parade in Hartford drew more than 200,000 to the city to honor the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams for winning their respective 2014 NCAA championships.

    Hartford police provided a "conservative" crowd estimate of more than 200,000 and said fans were respectful - not a single arrest was reported. Police said it was the largest crowd anyone can remember in Hartford.

    The event was produced by the Hartford Business Improvement District, in collaboration with the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut, and a number of civic and business organizations.


  • 4/13/2014
  • Album ID: 1788019
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift

CT NEWS JUNKIE | Spotlight Theatres Packed for AIDS Connecticut's 20th annual Red Carpet Experience

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  • Red Carpet Experience 2014The 20th annual Red Carpet Experience event at the Spotlight Theatres in Hartford was a raucus success on Sunday, with wall-to-wall people decked out in their best Oscar nominee-themed costumes and black-tie fashions. The event featured a silent auction to benefit AIDS Connecticut (ACT).

    ACT, in partnership with its member agencies, improves the lives of people impacted by HIV through care and supportive services, housing, advocacy, and prevention.
    Donate here.

    Other special features included a VIP reception with local luminaries and elected officials from 6-7 pm, red carpet interviews with JAVA's Maryellen Fillo and WTNH's Teresa Dufour, formal or outrageous attire, prizes awarded for Most Glamorous, a signature cocktail called "The Chion Wolf of Front Street" sponsored by Peel Liqueur, large screens, and a private cinema for viewing the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

    Delicious cuisine was provided by DISH Bar & Grill, Front Street Bistro, The G Stream, Half Moon Coffee & Grille Cafe, Max Restaurant Group, NoRA Cupcake Company, Peppercorns Grill, Pond House Cafe, and The Uncommon Cupcake.

    Event Chair was Stephen Jewett of McDowell Jewett Communications, and Co-Founders are Colin McEnroe of WNPR and Peter Shapiro of Peter Shapiro Associates.


    Proceeds from any prints purchased from this album will go to AIDS Connecticut. Thanks for a great evening!
  • 3/2/2014
  • Album ID: 1773106
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift

CT NEWS JUNKIE | Multicultural Festival & Advocacy Day for Immigrant Rights @ Bushnell Park

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  • The Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance and the Connecticut Immigrants Voices Coalition held a Multicultural Festival and Advocacy Day for Immigrant Rights in Hartford on Saturday.

    The event featured live music, performances by dance and music groups from throughout the state, and testimonials from immigrants whose personal lives are directly affected by immigrant legislation.


  • 6/1/2013
  • Album ID: 1662960
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift

CT NEWS JUNKIE | West Hartford's 14th Annual Mayor's Charity Ball

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  • Saturday's 14th Annual Mayor's Charity Ball at West Hartford Town Hall, benefiting Playhouse on Park and HopeWorks Inc. The dinner event, emceed by Matthew Dicks, featured musical performances by students from Hall and Conard High Schools, live entertainment from Eight to the Bar, silent and live auctions. Photos by Josalee Thrift

  • 5/11/2013
  • Album ID: 1652975
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift

CT NEWS JUNKIE | CT Beer Week 2013 Kicks Off At Rising Pint Brewfest

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  • Saturday's Rising Pint Brewfest at Rentschler Field in East Hartford kicked off CT Beer Week 2013, featuring more than 60 brewers and more than 250 craft beer varieties.

    Events are planned for every day this week all over the state.
    Check out the list here. Photos by Josalee Thrift.

  • 5/11/2013
  • Album ID: 1652949
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift

CT NEWS JUNKIE | Inaugural Sandy Hook 5K Draws 15,000 Runners to Hartford

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  • SandyHook5K-HartfordThe Sandy Hook 5k Run for the Families in Hartford on Saturday was held in honor of the families of the 26 victims of the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    About 15,000 runners registered for the event, making it the largest inaugural 5K event in Connecticut.

    The race benificiary was the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, administered by the United Way of Western Connecticut in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank. A local board of Newtown community leaders is being convened to determine how the fund is most needed and will be best utilized. Photos by Josalee Thrift. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy finished in 26:38. Race results
    are available here.







  • 3/23/2013
  • Album ID: 1628977
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift

CT NEWS JUNKIE | Hartford's St. Patrick's Day Parade | Josalee Thrift photos

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  • StPatricksDay2013-HartfordIrish dogs were smiling in Hartford on Saturday! Check out our images from Hartford's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 9, 2013.











  • 3/9/2013
  • Album ID: 1622876
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift

CT NEWS JUNKIE | The Oscar Experience at the Mark Twain House in Hartford

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  • AIDS Connecticut in collaboration with the Mark Twain House on Sunday presented the Oscar Experience-Hartford for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

    The evening included a VIP reception, private cinema, silent auction, fashion and costume award winners, spectacular cuisine and drinks provided by local restaurants, and of course a visit from a Mark Twain impersonator.

    Oscar Experience 2013CTNewsJunkie was honored to serve as online media sponsor for this year's event along with Independent Media Network partners
    Hot-Dogma! The Belief Blog, RogerCatlin.com, CTReleases.com, and the Middletown Eye News.

    Check out our photos from the party. Did you make it on camera? Proceeds from any photos or prints purchased from this album will be donated to AIDS Connecticut - so go ahead and splurge on a mug or a framed print of yourself in that fantastic outfit! It's for a good cause. (Any single purchase from this album will provide a $25 or $50 donation to AIDS Connecticut.)


  • 2/24/2013
  • Album ID: 1616228
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift

CT NEWS JUNKIE | Supporters of Women's Rights gather at Bushnell Park | Josalee Thrift photos

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  • Supporters of Women's Rights gathered in each state in the country on Saturday to rally against proposed bills in each state and in Washington DC that are perceived to negatively affect women's rights. The event, emceed by Hartford Courant columnist Susan Campbell, included speeches from Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, U. S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Conn. First Lady Cathy Malloy, and Conn. Atty. Gen. George Jepsen, among others.

    Read the story at
    Unite Women Rally Reaches Across Political Aisle
  • 4/28/2012
  • Album ID: 1460039
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift

OSCAR NIGHT HARTFORD | Film Fans Pack Real Art Ways to Benefit the CT AIDS Resource Coalition

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  • The Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition in collaboration with Real Art Ways presented Oscar Night Hartford for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, telecasted in the theater at Real Art Ways. Special features included a pre-event VIP reception, private cinema, silent auction, and cuisine provided by local restaurants. CTNewsJunkie and the Independent Media Network were honored to serve as online media sponsor's for this year's event! (Josalee Thrift photos)

    Are you in one of our photos? Proceeds from any photos or prints purchased from this album will be donated to the CT AIDS Resource Coalition! Get some prints or mugs or something - it was a memorable evening!



  • 2/26/2012
  • Album ID: 1422673
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift

CT NEWS JUNKIE | Academy Awards Nominations 'Pajama Party' at Real Art Ways | Josalee Thrift photos

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  • Film enthusiasts and other members of Hartford's Oscar Night Committee gathered in their pajamas at Real Art Ways in Hartford on Tuesday morning to watch as nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced.

    The party is a precursor to the main event on Sunday, Feb. 26, when Real Art Ways will be the home of Oscar Night Hartford in collaboration with the Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition. The excitement and glamour of Hollywood will come to Hartford for the evening where local residents can experience the glamour and surprises of the 84th Academy Awards!

    Special features will include an exclusive VIP Reception at 6 p.m., swag bags, red carpet interviews, "Most Glamorous" prizes, silent auction, private cinema, large screens throughout and delicious cuisine provided by Carbone's Ristorante, DISH Restaurant Group, East-West Grille, The G Stream, Grants Restaurant & Bar, Max Restaurant Group, Miya's Sushi, Peppercorns Grill, Pond House Cafe, and Salute Restaurant.

    Tickets are $55 or two for $100 GA or $100 for VIP (6-7 p.m. reception). Tickets are now on sale - click on the banner below or visit http://www.ctaidscoalition.org or http://www.realartways.org/ . . . or you can call (860) 761-6699.



  • 1/24/2012
  • Album ID: 1401237
  • Photos by Josalee Thrift
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