Clare Dignan


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B.A. in Journalism from Quinnipiac University, where I won the Outstanding Achievement in Journalism award and Excellence in Writing award; former editorial intern for the Record-Journal Newspaper; former copy editor for Quinnipiac Chronicle at Quinnipiac University; former editor in chief for The Tamarack at Naugatuck Valley Community College

Wallingford McDonald's celebrates reopening

WALLINGFORD-After months of construction, the McDonald's on Route 5 held a grand opening ceremony on Thursday. "God bless America and the golden arches," said Steve Zafiris, founder of the Wallingford franchise. The revamped fast-food restaurant at 608 N. Colony Road includes a second drive-thru lane and third drive-thru window, a new playscape and dining area.

New menus as Taste of Southington enjoys 15 years

SOUTHINGTON - Billy Landerrest, 4, with dollars in hand, waited excitedly to buy a chocolate cupcake with s'more filling from Paul Gregory's Bistro at the 15th annual Taste of Southington Wednesday evening. Held on the grounds of the Barnes Museum, 12 Southington restaurants served up their best menu items. Sweet Mango, a Japanese and Thai restaurant, was a new and popular vendor this year.

Throwback Thursday: A business of many names

MERIDEN - The building at the corner of East Main and Center Streets has more history than there appears. What is today La Amistad Bakery and Grocery was the Birdsey & Foster hardware store in the late 1800s, which eventually became Raven's Hardware. The business owners, Francis S. Foster and Eli C.

San Miguel Restaurant and Bakery in Meriden will serve beer and wine

MERIDEN - San Miguel Bakery and Restaurant obtained a license Tuesday to sell beer and wine inside the establishment. The owners of the restaurant at 589 Hanover Road have wanted to obtain a beer and wine license since it opened three years ago.

Telling Global Stories
More Than a Teacher

Four cement buildings make up Escuela la Arenera, an elementary school in the rural community of La Ceiba in León, Nicaragua. Here, children come to school in flip-flops when they can’t afford uniforms. They sit in worn wooden desks covered with decades-old scribbles and learn in classrooms where a chalkboard and some posters are the only furniture.

Meriden group provides opportunities for summer lunch program

MERIDEN - Isaiah Gonzalez, 4, sat on a blanket, sipping his TruMoo chocolate milk in the shade. His aunt brought him to Columbus Park Wednesday for a free lunch. He sat among dozens of other children dining in the park. New Opportunities of Greater Meriden will serve free lunches at nine locations across the city throughout the summer.

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Women Earn More Degrees, But Fall Behind in STEM Fields

Every year, women in the U.S. earn more college degrees. They are more likely than ever to attend college and more likely to graduate than men. But a gender gap persists when it comes to the types of degrees women are earning.

Butterfly habitat still blooming in Meriden

MERIDEN - Tiger swallowtails and white cabbage butterflies float from one flower to the next pollinating the garden-like area of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association Butterfly and Bee Habitat. Despite a stressful season for agriculture and gardens in the state, the area continues to bloom.

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NVCC Addresses Transgender Student Concerns

With a growing population and acceptance of transgender students, colleges across the country are creating or changing policies to accommodate and be more inclusive of this community. But their struggle for recognition is not over, and ending discrimination against them begins with breaking the silence and raising awareness.

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