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Better Memories

A look back at Season 11 of ‘Better Connecticut’

Today marks the 186th new show of this season, and it’s the final show for 2017-2018.  Here’s a look back at some of the highlights of our year.

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Better Adventures

The magic of Thimble Islands

Scot went to The Thimble Islands, right off the coast of Stony Creek in Branford.  He got an awesome tour aboard the Thimble Islander.  Click here to plan your trip!

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Better Travel

Things to do and see in Ireland

Ireland is known for beer and breweries like Guinness and Smithwicks, and there’s a lush landscape too!  Kim-Marie Evans, The Luxury Travel Mom, is back from the Irish isle and is sharing some fun suggestions.  Click here to follow Kim-Marie’s blog.

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Better Food

Get excellent food delivered to your door with October Kitchen

Don't have time to cook, don't know how to cook, but you still want to eat good food without spending a fortune?  October Kitchen is for you!  It's a company that delivers excellent food right to your front door.  Click here to get started.

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Better Advice

How to relax on vacation

Once you get to your summer vacation destination...are you really relaxed?  If you don't want to come back feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation, here are some tips from Kara!  Click here to learn more about Cheryl Jones.

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Better Food

A Latin inspired brunch from The Pond House Café

Executive Chef Ani Robaina at The Pond House Café is showing us how to make a Latin inspired brunch.  We’re learning how to make Eggs and Empanadas.  Click here to see a menu from The Pond House Café.

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Better Products

Unique products to get you ready for back-to-school

It's not too early to start thinking about back-to-school!  Carly Dorogi and Sherri French are showing us some unique products to make the transition from work to play a little easier.  Click here to see more from Capital M Media.  

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Better Food

Renee DiNino and her niece show us how to make a New England Clambake!

Renee DiNino is showing us her special recipe for a New England Clambake.  She brought some help with her, her niece Maeve from England!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website.

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Better Laughs

Comedian Joe List in ‘Studio B’

Joe List, a New England native, has appeared on Netflix, on big network late shows on TV, and has his own podcast!  Joe will be performing at the Hartford Funny Bone tonight and tomorrow night.  Click here for all the details.

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Better Weekends

Christopher Robin in theaters, the Potato and Corn Festival, The Lion King, and Boy George!

Renee DiNino and her niece Maeve are sharing some great movies and activities happening in Connecticut this weekend.  Click here to see Renee’s Better Weekends Blog.

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Better Entertainment

Everything you need to know about the Shoreline Wine Festival

One of the great traditions in our state is happening next weekend at Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford.  Sarah Bishop DellaVentura is giving us a preview of the 12th Annual Shoreline Wine Festival.  Click here for all the details.

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Today's Headlines

It's National Watermelon Day, Pretty Woman The Musical, and top 5 moments to relive

In today's headlines...it's National Watermelon Day, Pretty Woman The Musical, and top 5 moments to relive.

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Better History

Fascinating items from the school days of old

Jody Blankenship, CEO of the Connecticut Historical Society is showing us some intriguing  and nostalgic items from school houses back in the day.  Click here to plan your trip.

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Better People

A local author captures the story of boxing legend Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano was a legendary boxer, and never lost a professional fight.  Local author, Mike Stanton, captured his story in the new book “Undefeated: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World.”  Kara went to meet him to find out why this story is still captivating audiences today.  You’ll find the book in stores and online.

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Better Relationship

Money challenges for couples

A new study from Fidelity Investments finds that more than half of couples surveyed carried debt into their relationship that had a negative impact for them.  Kelly Lannan, director at Fidelity, is telling us why money is a big relationship challenge.  Click here for more information.

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Better Living

Products you’ll want to send your kids to college with

From school supplies and organization to fun and innovative gear, Limor Suss is showing us some awesome products you won’t want to be without for the new college semester.  Click here to follow Limor’s new blog!

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Better Fitness

Common mistakes people make when exercising

Joe Carabase of m.e.l.t. Fitness is telling us about some of the common mistakes people make when exercising.  Click here to learn more about m.e.l.t.  

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Today's Headlines

"Alf" reboot, Dunkin' Donuts gluten-free product, and police rescue a kitten

In today's headlines..."Alf" reboot, Dunkin' Donuts gluten-free product, and police rescue a kitten.

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Back To School

Healthy ways to mix up school lunches this year

Registered dietitian Dana White is showing us some easy ways to make healthy lunches that kids will actually eat!  Click here for more healthy eating tips and to learn more about Dana’s services.

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Better Movies

See why “Eighth Grade” is already captivating audiences

Middle school can be a rough transition for some kids.  There’s a new film that captures the fun, yet sometimes awkward time of middle school.  It’s called “Eighth Grade.”  Writer and producer Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher who plays Kayla, are joining us.  “Eighth Grade” is in theaters now.

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Back To School

Incredible products designed for busy families this school year

Carly Dorogi and Sherri French of Capital M Media are showing us innovative products designed for busy families during the school year.  Click here for a closer look at the products and to learn more about Capital M.

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Better Places

Good, ol’ fashioned ice cream on the shoreline

Melissa Cole went to visit a local gem that’s been scooping ice cream since the 1940’s!  Michael’s Dairy is located on the Mitchell College campus.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Hair

No fuss summer hair style to go from beach day to fun night

Jay Roberts from Blades International Salon is showing us how to do a hair style that will be great at the beach and take you right into the night without having to do your hair again.  Watch to get the look and click here to learn more about Blades International Salon.

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Today's Headlines

Double Bubble rally cap, Met's worst loss in history, and a Fantasy Island movie?

In today's headlines, Double Bubble rally cap, Met's worst loss in history, and a Fantasy Island movie?

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Better Food

Learn how to make an elegant lobster dish!

Chef Michael Yaffe, Chef de Cuisine at Vue 24 at Foxwoods Resort Casino.  He's showing us how to make an elegant lobster dish!  Click here to learn more about Lobster Madness at Foxwoods Summer of Dreams. 

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Better Products

What to add to your back to school shopping list

Back to school products are already on store shelves.  Lauren Barth, editorial director for the website MomTrends.com is telling us about some trending gadgets, gear, snacks, and fashion for the back to school season!  Click here to see more.

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Better Books

"Awakened": A tense, exciting thriller based in NYC

Authors James Murray and Darren Wearmouth are telling us about "Awakened," a new thriller that takes place in the subways of New York City.  You'll find the book on store shelves now.

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See how you can burn fat while laying down

How would you like to get the equivalent of doing 20,000 crunches or squats without doing anything except lying on a table?   Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa in Bloomfield is one of the first places in the state to get a machine called The Em-Sculpt.  Dr. Lori Greenwald is telling us all about it.  Click here to get signed up.

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Better Products

Products designed just for lefties

Julie Kieras of Happy Strong Home is showing us some back to school items designed with lefties in mind!  Click here to see Julie's blog.

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Today's Headlines

Stolen shark returned, van driver gets fired, celebrity chefs feeding firefighters, and mayo ice cream?

Stolen shark returned, van driver gets fired, celebrity chefs feeding firefighters, and mayo ice cream?  All that and more in today's headlines!

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Better Smile

How to get whiter teeth in minutes

How can you get your teeth looking as great as possible?  Melinda Mckinsey is telling us about Powerswabs.  Click here to learn more.  

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Better Candy

Customizable chocolate, popcorn, chocolate pretzels and more at IT Candy!

What is "IT" you ask?  "IT" is a candy craze that started 8 years ago in Karen Masi's kitchen!  It's not ordinary candy, we're talking chocolate in unique shapes, popcorn, chocolate pretzels and more!  Click here to see more.

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Better Shoes

Make a statement with new shoes from New Balance for the new school year

In just about a month, most kids in our state will be back in school!  That means new shoes for the new school year.  Melissa Cole went to check out the variety of sneakers at New Balance in South Windsor and the special way they guarantee a great fit!  Click here to learn more.

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Better Books

Squeeze in some of these books in the last weeks of summer

The summer isn't over just yet, that means more time to read by the pool or the beach!  Lori Fazio from RJ Julia Booksellers is sharing a few new and popular reads to enjoy wherever you are.  Click here to learn more about the book shop.

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Better Food

Connecticut kids start baking company: Batch From Scratch

Do you have kids who love to be in the kitchen with you?  So do three girls from Guilford!  They started their own business called Batch From Scratch.  Vera, Gabriella, and Daniella are showing us how to make a delicious cookie.  Click here to follow them on Facebook.  

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Today's Headlines

A great white shark too close for comfort, Mr. Rogers movie, and it's National Cheesecake Day!

A great white shark too close for comfort, Mr. Rogers movie, and it's National Cheesecake Day!  All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Toys

Back-to-School themed toys

Laurie Schacht is the Chief Toy Officer and Toy Insider Mom with The Toy Insider.  Today she’s showing us some toys that can help kids’ brains bounce back for the start of the school year.  Click here to see more trending toys.

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Better Living

Mediterranean themed drinks

Our friend Dimitrios Zahariadis has returned from an exotic trip to Greece!  He’s back with some Mediterranean themed drinks.  Click here to learn more about him. 

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Better Pets

What’s lurking in your pet’s ears?

Your dog or cat might be giving you signs they have itchy ears.  Dr. Andrea Dennis of the Bloomfield Animal Hospital is telling us about what causes itching and how you can put an end to it!  Click here to learn more about Dr. Dennis.

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Better Weekends

K9 Olympics, Katey Sagal, movies and more!

Renee DiNino from the River 105.9 is telling us about some awesome weekend events coming up and the must-sees at the box office!  Click here to see Renee’s Better Weekends Blog.

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Better Entertainment

Paul Mecurio on his new show “Permission to Speak”

Do you ever catch yourself listening in to someone else’s conversation and wondering what their life is like?  That’s the premise behind a new show coming to Broadway where people in the audience get to tell their stories.  “Permission to Speak” is a one-man-show by Paul Mecurio.  Click here for tickets.

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Better Entertainment

How to prepare a refreshing and unique summer cocktail

Jake from the Flagship Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA is showing us how to make a delicious summertime cocktail. For more information about Table & Vine, click here

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES

It might only be July, but we're getting ready for back to school!

It may only be July but we're talking back to school must haves. Sara Skirboll from Retail Me Not has a look at this year's back to school trends. For more savings you can take advantage of, click here

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BETTER LIGHTING

A local spot packed with ideas for your home.

Everything from lamps and shades to accessories and furniture, Restoration Lighting has it all. Click here for more information. 

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BETTER HAIR

We all know about sunscreen for your body, but what about your hair?

Jay Roberts from Blades International shows us how to protect your scalp from the sun, and make sure you don't mess up your hair color later. For more information about Blades, click here

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BETTER SUMMER

Enjoying the lazy days of summer, while still getting things done.

Enjoying the lazy days of summer, while still getting things done. Michael Miller is here to help us get things accomplished. To learn more about Michael, click here

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BETTER LIVING

Enjoying plantlife without having to do much maintenance.

If you're having no luck with gardening, there is still hope for you to enjoy plantlife. They're called air plants. Stephen Orr from Better Homes and Gardens explains how these plants require little maintenance. For more information on Better Homes and Gardens, click here

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CLAM CASTLE

From fried clams to lobster rolls, this restaurant has it all!

Fried clams, chowder and lobster rolls, Donahue's Clam Castle in Madison has it all. They were recently named one of the best places to visit by Yankee Magazine. Melissa Cole went to check it out. For more information about Donahue's Clam Castle, click here

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TODAY'S HEADLINES

Is there a sequel to a classic movie in the works, and could Frasier be getting a reboot?

Is there a sequel to a classic movie in the works, and could Frasier be getting a reboot? Also big changes are underway for the makers of Barbie. Scot and Kara break it all down in today's headlines. 

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BETTER MONEY

5 big investment mistakes.

Joel Johnson, a certified financial planner and managing partner at Johnson Brunetti, tells us about five of the biggest investment mistakes people make. if you have any questions for Joel and his team, click here

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BETTER FITNESS

Moves to tone your booty!

Everyone wants to look good while rocking a swimsuit. Connor Clark from Melt Fitness in Glastonbury shows us moves to keep your booty toned. Click here for more information on Melt Fitness. 

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BETTER VIDEOS

Sideswiped: swipe right for yes and left for no.

"Sideswiped" is a new comedy on Youtube that sheds light on dating apps like "Tinder." Stars Carly Craig and Chelsea Frei give us a sneak peak. 

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BETTER FOOD

Sip, eat and repeat. Checking out the Place 2 Be restaurant.

Melissa Cole paid a visit to a restaurant we first told you about back in February. The Place 2 Be is serving up delicious dishes in a really cool atmosphere. For more information, click here

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BETTER FASHION

The latest and greatest fall trends.

It will soon be time to break out the fall clothes. Fashion stylist Debbie Wright gives us a sneak peak of this year's trends. For more information, contact Debbie on Instagram @dlwrightfashionstylist.

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BETTER GARDENING

There is nothing quite like a perfect hydrangea

There is nothing like stepping outside on a warm summer day to be greeted with the beauty and scent of hydrangeas. They are a favorite flower for lots of people. Editor and chief of "Better Homes and Gardens" Stephen Orr explains how to care for these beautiful plants. Click here for more information on Better Homes and Gardens. 

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BETTER MAKEUP

How to look perfectly sunkissed in the summer.

Local makeup artist Erin Infantino from Simply Gorgeous in Southington shares some tricks of the trade to get that perfect sunkissed glow. For more information about Simply Gorgeous by Erin, click here

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TODAY'S HEADLINES

Demi Lovato's recovery, an update on a helpful police officer, and are the Spice Girls reuniting?

Singer Demi Lovato is recovering after a reported overdose. An update on the Florida officer who helped out a homeless man. And could the Spice Girls be working on a reunion? All those stories and much more in Today's Headlines. 

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TODAY'S HEADLINES

Demi Lovato recovering, Spice Girls announcement, and big things for Hamilton.

Singer Demi Lovato is recovering after a reported overdose. An update on the Florida officer who helped out a homeless man. Could the Spice Girls be working on a reunion? All those stories and much more in Today's Headlines. 

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Better Travel

How to plan a vacation on a budget

Will you be able to afford your next vacation?  Travel and finance expert Stefanie O'Connell has some great tips and trends for vacationing on a budget.  She's the founder of hollywire.com.  Click here to see more tips and trends form Stefanie.

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Better History

Former Hartford Times journalist and legendary CT reporter talk about new article in Seasons Magazine

James Battaglio writes about the violence and protests surrounding the civil rights movement in 1968 in the current issue of Seasons Magazine.  He talks about the things that were happening in Connecticut.  Joining him is Lew Brown, the legendary Connecticut reporter who retired a bit ago.  Click here to check out the article and look for Seasons in your mailbox!

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Better Chocolate

The world's leading chocolate taster shares industry secrets

He's a man who is truly living his dream job.  Angus Kennedy is known as the world's leading chocolate taster.  He just released a new book "Bitter Sweet: The Life and Times of the World's Leading Chocolate Taster."  Check out our conversation to learn something new!

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Better Food

A delicious meal made with fresh ingredients from a scratch kitchen

Paul Staley and his sister Diana from Reverie Kitchen in Branford are showing us how to make maple glazed salmon with quinoa and spiralized veggies .  Everything is made from scratch at Reverie Kitchen.  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here for more information.

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Better TV

Melanie Lynskey on her roll in the thriller series, “Castle Rock”

You probably know Melanie Lynskey as Rose from “2 and a Half Men,” she’s switching genres in a new horror series from JJ Abrams and Stephen King.  It’s called Castle Rock.  Melanie is telling us about it today.  You can stream the show on Hulu starting this Wednesday.

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Better Food

Think outside the box: pizza on the grill!

Do you need a break from hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill?  Chef Bill Carbone from Dish Bar & Grill is showing us how to make a simple pizza on the grill!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website.  Click here to learn more about Dish Bar & Grill.  Promotional consideration provided by Arnold Bread.

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Better Adventures

See what’s new at Six Flags New England!

Six Flags New England has been providing thrills for years!  There’s a lot going on at the park this summer, Scot went to check out some of the new rides and food!  Click here to plan your trip.

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Better Adventures

A new way to see Hartford

There’s a new way to get around the capital city!  They’re Lime Bikes and they’re the hot new thing in Hartford.  Kara went to try it out!  Click here to learn more.

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Better Books

Jump start your summer reading list with these suggestions

Looking for something new to read?  Author of “1,000 Books to Read Before You die,” James Mustich, is sharing some popular titles that will be flying off the shelves this summer and fall.  You'll find James' book in stores in October!

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Better Camp

Advanced Window Systems helps the Channel 3 Kids Camp

The Channel 3 Kids Camp has many needs, one of them was new windows for the house that the resident director lies in.  Advanced Window Systems came to the rescue!  Click here for more information about AWS.

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Today's Headlines

Krispy Kreme branching out, a python massage, and Serena Williams' husband flies her to Italy for Italian food

Krispy Kreme branching out, a python massage, and Serena Williams' husband flies her to Italy for Italian food...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Food

“The Best Baker in America” in the ‘Better’ Kitchen!

Adam Young of Sift Bake Shop came out on top on the Food Network’s “Best Baker in America!”  Today he’s showing us how to make a carrot cake role!  Click here to see the menu at Sift Bake Shop.

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Better Fun

Breaking a paper airplane world record

You probably remember making paper airplanes as a kid, now one grown up is looking to break a world record for flying a paper airplane!  We’re talking to John Collins and a fan of his, Parker Andrews.  Click here to follow the challenge.

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Better Laughs

Comedian Leonard Ouzts in ‘Studio B’

Leonard Ouzts is only 25-years-old, but that doesn’t make him any less witty and hilarious!  He’ll be on stage at the Hartford Funny Bone this weekend, click here for show times and ticket details.

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Better Weekends

Better Weekend Blog: Mamma Mia 2 premieres tonight! Plus fun concerts and events!

There’s so much to do this weekend, including the Guide Dog Ride for Independence!  Kane is helping to spread the word.  Renee DiNino is also highlighting concerts and movies coming to Connecticut this weekend.  Click here to check out Renee’s Blog.

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Better Living

Plan a berry picking trip this summer!

A great family activity to do in the summer is berry picking!  Melissa Cole went to Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford, one of the great pick your own orchards in our state.  Click here for more information.

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Better Living

Awesome deals you’ll find at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

From clothes to shoes to accessories and more, you’ll find it all at Nordstrom!  Right now there are great deals on everything for the Nordstrom  Anniversary Sale.  Kristen Hanley and Erica Black from The Pretty Gritty are showing us what you’ll find!  Click here to check out the Pretty Gritty Blog.

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Today's Headlines

Mamma Mia 2 in theaters today, Texas heat brings out scorpions, and Fortune's 40 under 40 list

Mamma Mia 2 in theaters today, Texas heat brings out scorpions, and Fortune's 40 under 40 list...All that and more in today's headlines!

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Better Wine

The fine wines of summer

Beer is big in the summer, but wine is more than fine!  Renee Allen, founder of the Wine Institute of New England is letting us in on which wines are better in the summer.  Click here to learn more about Renee.

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Better Food

The incredible desserts at Max Downtown

Not only will you find delectable food at Max Downtown, you’ll also be able to enjoy incredible desserts.  Warren Hardman, Executive Chef at Max Downtown is showing us how to make one of those desserts.  Max Downtown will be participating in the Taste of Hartford.  Click here to see the other restaurants that will be there. 

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Better Safety

Tips to prepare for hurricane season

Hurricane season is here, New England doesn’t get storms that often, but when they do they cause big problems.  FEMA’s Assistant Administrator for Federal Insurance, Paul Haung, is joining us with tips on how to be prepared for hurricane season.  Click here for more tips.

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Better Entertainment

Check out all the fun happening at Foxwoods this summer!

There are so many events and concerts happening at Foxwoods this summer.  We went to see the amazing places to party and take in all the entertainment Foxwoods Resort Casino has to offer.  Click here to plan your trip.

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Better Travel

Late summer travel ideas

It’s not too late to get away this summer, there are still some great deals out there!  Travel expert Jeanenne Tornatore is telling us all about them.  Click here to check out her blog.

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Better Skin

Get brighter looking skin this summer with a special product

Everyone wants to look brighter in the summer, one way to do that is to get rid of the bags under your eyes!  Melinda is showing us how a product called Plexaderm works and how it can help.  Click here for more information.

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Better Health

Weight loss success stories

Dr. Eric Kusher, owner of Compass Fat Loss Centers, is in the studio with two clients who have lost significant amounts of weight.  They're sharing their success stories today.  Click here to see how Compass Fat Loss can help you.

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Better Food

Learn how to make a delicious summer pasta dish

Jocelyn Ruggiero of Foodie Fatale is showing us a delicious recipe for summer pasta featuring radish and zucchini!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to check out Jocelyn's website.

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Better Books

Journalist Dan Abrams on his book, "Lincoln's Last Trial"

Lawyer and journalist Dan Abrams is out with a new book that looks into how life events prepared Abraham Lincoln for presidency.  It's called "Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to The Presidency."  Dan is joining us to talk about it today, you'll find the book in stores now.

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Better Makeup

The magic of a lash lift and tint

Do you ever feel like you look like a different person without mascara?  What if you could have dark curl lashes without any makeup?  A new procedure called Lash Lift and Tint makes it possible! We went to Simply Gorgeous by Erin in Southington to learn more!  Click here for more information.

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Better Living

Tips, tricks, and common mistakes made in the process of painting

Paint can really transform a space, but there are common mistakes people make in the process of painting.  Color and design expert with Benjamin Moore, Andrea Magno, is sharing tips on picking colors and helping us to avoid those mistakes.  Click here to pick your paint colors.

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Better Food

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day at Blackie's

Blackie's in Cheshire just celebrated 90 years in business and their hot dogs have been named "Best in Connecticut" by People Magazine!  Melissa Cole went to check out the incredible food.  Click here to see the menu.

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Today's Headlines

Crazy storm footage, Thai soccer team homecoming, and a dangerous way to cut watermelon

Crazy storm footage, Thai soccer team homecoming, and a dangerous way to cut watermelon...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Books

A new thriller by Daniel Silva to add to your summer reading list

Daniel Silva just released a new thriller called "The Other Woman," he's joining us today to talk about it!

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Better Gardens

Find out which plants do well in the heat of the summer

The editor-in-chief of 'Better Homes and Gardens' is filling us in on the varieties of plants that can stand the heat.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Service

Tony LaRussa helping U.S. veterans get service dogs

You probably know Tony LaRussa for his baseball career, but he's also the founder of the Animal Rescue Foundation.  One of his missions is the get service dogs to U.S. veterans who need them.  We're talking to Tony and Danny Kimbrell, a veteran and trainer for the foundation.  Click here to get involved.

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Better Food

How to use vegetables from your local farmers market

Laura Grimmer of The Perfect Pear is showing us how you can use all the fresh vegetables now available at your local farmers market!  Click here to learn more about Laura's shop.

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Better Food

Flatbread Co. opens a new restaurant in South Windsor

If you love pizza, you'll love flatbreads.  Flatbread Co. focuses on making delectable, fresh, and unique flatbreads.  Scot went to check out the new location in South Windsor.  Click here to check out the menu.

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Better Food

A delicious, farm fresh salad for the summer

Chef Hunter Morton is the culinary director of the Max Restaurant Group.  Today he's showing us a farm fresh, delicious summer salad!  Be sure to find the recipe int he recipe section of our website.  Click here to learn more about the Max Restaurant Group.

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Better Adventures

Scot goes crabbing

Scot is going crabbing for the first time ever!  He went to the Connecticut Crabinators in Niantic to learn how.  Click here to visit their Facebook page.

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Today's Headlines

Amazon Prime Day glitches, Mama Mia premiere, and high heeled crocs

Amazon Prime Day glitches, Mama Mia premiere, and high heeled crocs...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better TV

Caroline Rhea talks about her new show, "Caroline and Friends"

You might know her as "Aunt Hilda" from "Sabrina The Teenage Witch," now Caroline Rhea is the host of a new show that highlights some of the funniest home videos.  You can watch weeknights at 4:00pm on the Game Show Network.

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Better TV

The newest project from Piers Morgan comes to the U.S.

Piers Morgan is a presenter on a national morning show in England, a judge on "America's Got Talent," and one of Donald Trump's celebrity apprentices.  His newest project comes to television in the U.S. tonight, it's a show called Serial Killer with Piers Morgan."  Watch to see what it's about.  You can watch Monday nights at 7:00pm on Oxygen.

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Better Toys

Fun new toys for kids to ride around on this summer

Marissa DiBartolo from The Toy Insider is showing us some awesome toys for kids to ride around on this summer!  There's fun for all ages with these toys.  Click here to see more toys.

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Better Shopping

A look at some of the sweet deals on Amazon Prime Day

Are you ready to strike some amazing deals?  It's Amazon Prime Day, and this year Prime members have more time to shop!  Lori Tergerson is highlighting some of the latest and greatest products you'll find on Amazon today.  Click here to start shopping.

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Better Living

Check out this fun, beachy boutique!

One of the most fun beach boutiques can be found in Niantic right on Pennsylvania Ave.  It's called Grace.  Rachel Rinoski and Halli Ballantyne are joining us to show off some of their favorite products.  Click here to shop online.

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Today's headlines

Pictures from the Royal Christening, a rhino baby at the zoo, and a rose pyramid!

Pictures from the Royal Christening, a rhino baby at the zoo, and a rose pyramid!  All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Food

Whip up a southern style breakfast

Victoria Ward, a former contestant on The Food Network’s “Cooks or Cons,” is showing us how to whip up a southern style breakfast featuring hush puppy waffle fries and spicy maple syrup!  You can follow Victoria on Instagram @hawthornechic. 

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Better at the Zoo

Check out the tropical rain forest being built at the zoo!

The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence Rhode Island is working on a new project.  They’re building a new tropical rain forest that’s a must see this summer.  Scot went to check it out!  Click here to plan your trip to the zoo.

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Better Laughs

Comedian Juston McKinney in ‘Studio B’

Juston McKinney was born and raised in New England.  His career actually started as a deputy sheriff, now you’ll find him on stage in theaters and at comedy clubs!  He’ll be at the Hartford Funny Bone this weekend, click here for ticket details. 

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Better Beauty

What does beauty look like around the world?

Super model Rachel Hunter is telling us about a new show where she’s touring the world in search of true beauty.  Check out our conversation!

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Better Weekends

“Yes,” “Lynyrd Skynyrd” and more concerts in CT this weekend

There are some awesome concerts you won’t want to miss this weekend.  We’re talking “Yes,” “Lynyrd Skynyrd” and more!  Renee DiNino from The River 105.9 has all the details.  Click here to check out Renee’s blog.

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Today's Headlines

Barbie feet are a thing, a GoFundMe for Kylie Jenner, and the heat makes people dumber

Barbie feet are a thing,  a GoFundMe for Kylie Jenner, and the heat makes people dumber...All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Food

Check out this delicious, no-bake dessert

Sometimes you just want a delicious dessert, but who wants to turn on the oven in the heat?  Maria Sanchez of Sweet Maria’s is sharing her recipe for peanut butter bars with milk chocolate ganache!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website, and click here for more information about Sweet Maria’s.

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Better Entertainment

Fun toys to keep kids occupied while traveling

Gone are the days of being bored in the car or on a plane!  Marissa DiBartolo of The Toy Insider is showing us toys that are sure to keep the kids occupied as you travel.  Click here to see more toys.

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Better Hair

Smart hacks to keep in your beach bag this summer

Jay Roberts from Blades Salon is showing us simple ways to keep hair looking healthy and clean all summer long!  Click here to follow Blades Salon on Facebook.

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Better TV

Whistleblower: a new show exposing the truth

A new show premieres tomorrow on Channel 3.  It’s called Whistleblower and it celebrates people who put everything on the line to do what’s right.  We’re talking to the host of the show, Alex Ferrer.  You can watch tomorrow at 8pm.

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Better TV

Some of your favorite black-and-white shows are now on Netflix!

Iconic shows like “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Andy Griffith Show” are now available to stream on Netflix!  Joan Lunden is telling us what other older shows are coming to the streaming service.  Click here to set up an account with Netflix.

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Today's Headlines

Longest finger nails cut, Demi Moore's credit card stolen, J Crew offering plus sizes, and more!

Longest finger nails cut, Demi Moore's credit card stolen, J Crew offering plus sizes...All that and more in today's headlines!

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Meet a Connecticut Etch-A-Sketch artist!

Today is National Etch-A-Sketch day, and Connecticut is lucky enough to be home to one of the premiere Etch-A-Sketch artists in the world!  Bryan Lee Madden is showing us some of his work and how he does it.  Be sure to follow him on Instagram for amazing artwork @bryanetch. 

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Better Living

Pool party essentials

The summer is a great time to have people over.  Limor Suss is sharing some pool party essentials to make sure everyone has a fantastic time!  Click here to learn more about Limor.  Promotional consideration provided by: Premier Protein, Black Box Wine, Band-Aid, BIC, Avon.

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Better Music

Find out where you can see trumpeter Doc Severinsen perform!

The one and only Doc Severinsen will perform with at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center on Friday night!  It’s all part of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival.  Click here for ticket information.

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Better Food

Delicious ways to prepare tomatoes

Tomatoes are growing wild right now, so what can you do with all of them?  James O’Shea of the West Street Grill is sharing some delicious ways to prepare them.  Click here for more information about the West Street Grill.

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Better Health

Meet Dr. Pimple Popper

Dr. Sandra Lee is known for her videos online which led to a series on TLC called Dr. Pimple Popper.  She’s telling us about her journey and the new show!  It premieres tonight at 10:00 on TLC. 

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Better Health

Finding the right kind of prosthetic

Losing a limb is something many of us can never imagine going through.  For those who are forced to take that journey, finding the right kind of prosthetic makes a world of difference.  See how Prosthetic and Orthotic Solutions made a difference for one man.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Fitness

Tips for staying fit and healthy in the heat

Staying fit in the hot weather puts our bodies to the test.  Mary Ransom of m.e.l.t. Fitness has some helpful tips to follow this summer.  Click here to learn more about m.e.l.t.

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Today's Headlines

Thai cave rescue to become a movie, Drake breaks Beatles record, and no more peanuts on the plane

Thai cave rescue to become a movie, Drake breaks Beatles record, and no more peanuts on the plane.

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Better Living

Dive into the culture of food with “No Passport Required”

New Six-Part Series Hosted by Chef Marcus Samuelsson is premiering on PBS. He tells us all about diving into cultures with his new book “No Passport Required”.

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Better Living

“Cool” tech ways to stay cool this summer!

Consumer tech expert Katie Linendoll shares ways to help you beat the heat this summer! Click here for more.

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Better Living

Preparing for bigger life purchases!

Glenn Davis from Liberty Bank shares advice on paying for bigger purchases in life. To learn more, click here!

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Better Food

Celebrate Pina Colada Day with our “Better Bartender”

Our “Better Bartender” is sharing the original recipe for a Pina Colada! Click here for more. 

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Better Food

Celebrate Pina Colada Day with our “Better Bartender”

Our “Better Bartender” is sharing the original recipe for a Pina Colada! Click here for more. 

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Better Living

Celebrate National Picnic Month!

July is National Picnic Month. Julie Kieras from “Happy Strong Home” is here with some cool ways to make your next one memorable. Click here for more.

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Better Sports

Looking for a fun activity this summer? Learn about and play mini golf!

Play a round of miniature golf while enjoying a museum at The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. For more info, click here.

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Better Food

A new recipe from Chef Zipora's cookbook

Chef Zipora is author of the new cookbook "Recipe for a Delicious Life". Click here for more.

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Better Living

Looking for summer plans? Foxwoods has you covered!

Make summer plans at Foxwoods Resort Casino "The Pepsi Summer of Dreams" taking place right now. Click here for more. 

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3 Things

How to improve your relationships with others

Michael Miller is back to give us three things to improve our relationships with others. To learn more, click here

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Better Fashion

Visit a popular flip-flop company based here in CT!

Melissa Cole visits a flip-flop company based right here in our state. Click here for more.

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Better Living

Flashback to an amazing blueberry lemonade recipe

Lemonade is a summertime staple, we’re sharing a recipe for blueberry lemonade that Nora Murphy of Nora Murphy Country House showed us last summer.  Click here to see the recipe.

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Better Adventures

Scot goes clamming

Scot had the chance to go clamming for the first time last summer!  We checked in with Captain Morgan’s in Guilford, they said they are doing great!

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Better Holiday

National Fried Clams Day

Today is National Fried Clams Day!  We’re celebrating with Chelsea Mears, owner of Costello’s Clam Shack located in Noank.  Click here to visit their website.

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Do-It-Yourself

Quick improvements you can make on your home this summer

Tracy Metro is a home design expert, she’s sharing a few quick improvements you can make to your home his summer!  Click here to watch Tracy’s improvement videos.

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Better Sports

Figure skater Michelle Kwan talks about the Special Olympics USA Games

The Special Olympics USA Games are underway in Seattle.  It’s the 50th anniversary of the event.  Figure skater Michelle Kwan and Special Olympics Ambassador Novie Kraven are joining us.  Click here to learn more about the inclusion pledge.

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Better History

Fascinating history about the 4th of July

Many of us celebrate the 4th of July by spending time with friends and family, but we don’t want to forget why we celebrate this day.  Professor Phil Goduti from Quinnipiac University is sharing his knowledge.  Click here to learn more about Professor Goduti.

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Better Holiday

4th of July ceremonies and celebrations from Connecticut's past

We're going back in time to talk about the 4th of July celebrations and ceremonies that are part of Connecticut's history.  Ilene Frank is the Chief Curator and Chief Operating Officer at the Connecticut Historical Society and Museum.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Food

Grilled shrimp gazpacho: a go to meal for cold and quick!

Our friend Steve Cassarino, AKA Chef Roc is showing us how make Grilled shrimp gazpacho.  It's perfect when you need something cold and quick!  Click here for more recipes from Chef Roc.  Promotional consideration provided by Marina Del Rey Foods.

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3 Things

How to get better customer service

Michael Miller is back, today he's giving us three things we can do to get better customer service.  Click here to learn more about motivational speaker, Michael Miller.

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Better Living

Great ideas to celebrate the 4th of July

Are you ready for some 4th of July fun?  Alex Zarlengo has pulled together some great ideas to celebrate our country's birthday!  Click here to see more of his blog.

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Better Living

Restoring patio furniture

A couple of years ago we did a story with Steve Gentino of Chair Care who has earned the reputation of being the 'go to' guy to fix patio furniture.  Steve is joining us to tell us how business is now.  Click here for more information.

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Better Adventures

Fun activities on the Essex Stream Train and River Boat

If you’ve never taken a ride on the Essex Steam Train and River Boat, now is the time!  Melissa Cole is showing us the line-up of activities this summer.  Click here to book your trip.

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Better Weekends

Country music stars and other great concerts in Connecticut this weekend

It’s a busy time of year with the 4th of July right around the corner.  If you’re staying in Connecticut for the weekend, Renee DiNino of the River 105.9 has some great concerts and events  you might want to head to.  Click here to see Renee’s Better Weekends Blog.

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Better Laughs

Comedian Gary Johnson in ‘Studio B’

Comedian Gary Johnson, AKA G. Thang, is stopping by our studio before heading to the Hartford Funny Bone for a few shows.  Click here for ticket information.

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Better Food

Barbeque Asian style pork tenderloin

Bob and Danita Sulick, owners of The Mulb in Manchester are showing us how to make barbeque Asian pork tenderloin with Asian vegetable slaw.  Be sure to find this recipe in the recipe section of our website.  Click here for more information about The Mulb.

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Today's Headlines

A Crumpet Crisis in the UK, an Abundance of Cheese in the US and a $185 Sandwich?

A Crumpet Crisis in the UK, an Abundance of Cheese in the US and a $185 Sandwich?  All that and more in today's headlines!

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Better Living

A wonderful and simple blueberry crisp recipe

Nora Murphy of Nora Murphy Country House is showing us a fresh and delicious recipe for blueberry crisp!  Click here for the recipe and to see more from Nora’s online magazine.  You’ll also find the dishes featured in this story at unoallavolta.com.

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Better Living

Entertainment tips for your 4th of July celebrations

Limor Suss is sharing some patriotic inspiration for your holiday celebrations!  Click here to see more recipes and do-it-yourself ideas!

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Better Fashion

Trendy beach wear from a Connecticut company for the 4th of July

The Coastal Crab is a Connecticut based company, they sell all kinds of coastal apparel to have you looking the part of a beach lover!  Owners Rachel Redding and Laura Westner are joining us.  Click here to shop now!

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Pretty Gritty

Mom Hacks: quick tips on how to dress for the summer

Johanna Peck and Monica Lamoureux of Pretty Gritty are sharing some Mom Hacks on how to dress and accessorize for the summer.  If you have a mom hack, Pretty Gritty would love to hear from you, just email it to prettygrittygirlsmail@gmail.com.  Click here to check out the Pretty Gritty Blog.

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Better Manners

Tips for proper beach etiquette this summer

Beach season is upon us, etiquette expert Jodi RR Smith of Mannersmith is sharing some tips on proper beach manners so we can all get along!  Click here to learn more about Jodi.

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Better Drinks

Tasty 4th of July drinks everyone will love

Are you looking for something to serve at your 4th of July party that will really impress your guests?  Dimitrios Zahariadis, AKA The Cocktail Chemist, has just the thing!  He's showing us a few of his favorite patriotic drinks.  Click here to follow Dimitrios on Facebook.

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Better Shopping

Check out the newly renovated Highland Park Market

Scot went to visit the newly renovated Highland Park Market in Farmington.  They bought the liquor store next door and made the market bigger and better with a kitchen that's sure to impress you.  Click here to see all that Highland Park Market has to offer.

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Better Hair

Give your hair a summer cleaning with products from the kitchen!

In the summer chlorine and sunscreen ends up in your hair, and it doesn't wash out with just shampoo.  The good news is that you probably have all the items you need to clean your hair in your pantry!  Jay Roberts of Blades Salon in Old Wethersfield tells us how.  

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Better Entertainment

Plan some fun at Foxwoods this summer

Are you ready to plan some fun this summer?  Foxwoods has some great concerts and shows to book.  Watch to find who is coming to Connecticut and click here for more details.

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Today's Headlines

Body odor detector, science and technology Barbie, and Dunkin Donut's fries

Body odor detector, science and technology Barbie, and Dunkin Donut's fries...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Today's Headlines

It's National Sunglasses Day, Westport named one of the best beach towns, and rainbow pizza!

It's National Sunglasses Day, Westport named one of the best beach towns, and rainbow pizza!  All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Travel

Peter Greenberg's top summer travel destinations

Check out the advice from travel journalist, Peter Greenberg!  He's telling us about the top summer vacation destinations.  Click here to learn more about Peter.

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Better Fitness

Workouts you can do on vacation

If you're getting ready to go on vacation but you don't want to break your workout streak, Ronand Mainor of m.e.l.t. Fitness has some fat burning exercises to show you!  Click here to learn more about m.e.l.t. Fitness.

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Men's Health

Important information about enlarged prostates

An enlarged prostate is common among men, especially later in life.  There's an outpatient procedure at Starling Physicians that can minimize the uncomfortable symptoms with little or no downtime.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Health

Meet a door-to-door audiologist

Hearing loss is something people can face as they age.  Hearing aids today aren't the same as our grandparents' hearing aids!  Melissa Cole met up with an audiologist who visits patients at their home and offers trendy hearing pieces.  Click here to get in touch with Nancy.

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Better Adventures

Have a blast at Quassy Amusement Park and Water Park

Looking for a place to cool down this summer?  Quassy Amusement Park and Water Park in Middlebury just opened some new water slides, Kara went to check them out!  Click here to book your trip today.

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Better Food

Flavorful recipe for Limoncello Shrimp

There's nothing better than a meal that's easy to make and tastes great!  Chef Francesco D'Amuri of L'Orcio Restaurant in New Haven is showing us how to make Gamberi al Limoncello, or Limoncello Shrimp.  Click here to see a menu and be sure to find this recipe in the recipe section of our website.

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Better Fun

2018 fair season preview

The fair season gets underway in just weeks, here to preview some of the fun you'll find this year is Kathy Naples.  She's on the board of The Association of Connecticut Fairs.  Joining her are livestock handlers Reba, Gabby, and Amy.  Click here for more information.  

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Better Living

How to set up the perfect table for The 4th of July

The Fourth of July will be here before you know it!  Nora Murphy of Nora Murphy Country House is showing us how to use flags to decorate a house and set the perfect table to celebrate America's birthday.  Click here to check out her online magazine.

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Better Money

Here’s why you don’t want to procrastinate planning for retirement

Planning for retirement is one thing Joel Johnson says you don’t want to procrastinate on.  Joel is a Certified Financial Planner and managing partner at Johnson Brunetti.  Click here for the free offer mentioned by Joel.

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CT Lighting

There’s no better time to put in a ceiling fan!

If you’re not a fan of the hot weather, you’ll want to consider having fans in your home.  Scot went to CT Lighting to see variety of fans they offer!  Click here to see more products.

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Better Pets

See how an organization is saving dogs from a horrible practice

No one wants to think of a household pet as food, but it happens in certain countries.  Humane Society International is making a difference by getting these dogs out of South Korea.  Click here if you want to help.

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Better Adventures

Have a blast at Powder Ridge this summer – No snow needed!

How much fun can you have at a ski resort in the summer?  Scot is showing us!  Powder Ridge has some awesome activities like zip lining and summer tubing.  Click here for more information.

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Better Adventures

Summer fun and sightseeing on the water

Looking for some summer fun on the water?  Kara took a tour on the Cross Sound Ferry for a lighthouse cruise!  Click here to book your trip.

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Today's Headlines

It’s a top 10 day of the year, a car that turns into a boat, and Ed Sheeran really had to go

It’s a top 10 day of the year, a car that turns into a boat, and Ed Sheeran really had to go…all that and more in today’s headlines

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Better Food

Coleslaw: the perfect side dish with BBQ

Ricky D of Ricky D’s Rib Shack in New Haven is showing us his coleslaw recipe that goes great with BBQ!  Click here to see a menu from Ricky D’s.

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Better Books

Here are some suggestions for your next summer read!

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a good book or two.  Lori Fazio from R.J. Julia Booksellers is showing us a few great reads that are just out.  She's also telling us about "The Great American Read," featuring classic books.  There are two store locations, one in Madison and one in Middletown.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Toys

Beat the heat with these awesome water themed toys!

Beat the heat with some of the best water toys on store shelves.  Marissa DiBartolo from The Toy Insider is showing us some of the most popular toys.  Click here for more summer ideas.

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    8.3.18 New England Clambake

    8.3.18 New England Clambake

    Friday, August 3 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-08-03 16:01:18 GMT
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    New England Clambake  Recipe provided by Renee DiNino Ingredients: 3 ears of fresh corn, break in half About 2 to 3 lbs small red potatoes 2 lbs or more if you like raw Large Raw Wild caught USA Shrimp 2 lbs or more if you like USA Little Neck Clams 1 package kielbasa ( I used Kayem) Old Bay seasoning to your taste ( I used about 1/4 cup while cooking then added more at the end) 2 cups low sodium chicken broth 6 quarts water 1 stick butter (optional) Your favorite&n...More >
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    7.24.18 Maple Glazed Salmon with Quinoa and spiralized veggies

    7.24.18 Maple Glazed Salmon with Quinoa and spiralized veggies

    Tuesday, July 24 2018 1:11 PM EDT2018-07-24 17:11:08 GMT
    Maple Glazed Salmon with Quinoa and spiralized veggies Recipe provided by Paul and Diana Staley Ingredients: 3/4 cup Grade A Amber maple syrup. Do not use imitation syrup! 6 tablespoons soy sauce 1 ½ teaspoons fresh garlic, finely minced ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper Four 6 ounce Salmon filets Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325° convection oven, or 375° conventional oven. 2. In a food processor, blend the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic and blac...More >
    Maple Glazed Salmon with Quinoa and spiralized veggies Recipe provided by Paul and Diana Staley Ingredients: 3/4 cup Grade A Amber maple syrup. Do not use imitation syrup! 6 tablespoons soy sauce 1 ½ teaspoons fresh garlic, finely minced ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper Four 6 ounce Salmon filets Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325° convection oven, or 375° conventional oven. 2. In a food processor, blend the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic and blac...More >
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    7.23.18 Easy Margherita Thins Pizza

    7.23.18 Easy Margherita Thins Pizza

    Monday, July 23 2018 1:04 PM EDT2018-07-23 17:04:18 GMT
    Easy Margherita Thins® Pizza Recipe provided by: Arnold Breads Ingredients (1 serving) 1 Arnold roll 4 thin tomato slices 1/2 tsp. oregano seasoning 2 basil leaves 2 tbsp. mozzarella and Parmesan cheese Directions Place two slices of tomato on each half of the roll. Add mozzarella and Parmesan cheese to each half. Sprinkle on oregano. Place pizzas on a baking sheet and bake for 3 to 5 minutes to heat and infuse all the flavors. Let the pizzas cool for 1 minute and top eac...More >
    Easy Margherita Thins® Pizza Recipe provided by: Arnold Breads Ingredients (1 serving) 1 Arnold roll 4 thin tomato slices 1/2 tsp. oregano seasoning 2 basil leaves 2 tbsp. mozzarella and Parmesan cheese Directions Place two slices of tomato on each half of the roll. Add mozzarella and Parmesan cheese to each half. Sprinkle on oregano. Place pizzas on a baking sheet and bake for 3 to 5 minutes to heat and infuse all the flavors. Let the pizzas cool for 1 minute and top eac...More >