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Bound and Determined—When Whitlock’s Book Barn* in Bethany was put up for sale, its many devoted fans worried what the future would bring. Fortunately, the book collector's paradise found a new owner, in an unusual match that might have been made in heaven.
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POS CONN TIME AGAIN!!!
Premieres Thursday, August 25 at 9 p.m. on CPTV
CPTV Celebrates Ice Cream, the Game of Cricket and More With Diane Smith in an All-New Episode of Positively Connecticut™
(Repeats Saturday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, September 11 at 3 p.m., Thursday, September 22 at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 25 at 10:30 p.m.)
HARTFORD, Conn. (August 11, 2005) – A tasty way to cool off, an international sport taking hold in Connecticut, an orthodontist who makes house calls in Haiti, a Nobel Prize-winning playwright who left an enduring legacy and a new chapter for an old book nook are the new Positively Connecticut™ stories reported by Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Diane Smith. Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) premieres its newest edition of Positively Connecticut™ on Thursday, August 25 at 9 p.m.
Repeats of this Positively Connecticut™ episode are scheduled for Saturday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, September 11 at 3 p.m., Thursday, September 22 at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 25 at 10:30 p.m.
The new program features:
Hot Licks —On hot and humid summer days, the old rhyme, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream,” is on everyone’s lips. It's a sweet assignment for Diane as she crisscrosses the state with nationally known food writers Jane and Michael Stern, stopping in Storrs, Ridgefield, Old Lyme, Bridgeport and Prospect to get the scoop on the best – and most unusual – ice cream in Connecticut. From soft-serve to waffle cones to ice cream sodas, it's a Positively Connecticut™ taste test of toasted almond, “Guinness Stout Cream” and ice cream so fresh that the milk went almost directly from the cow to the ice cream machine!
Tricky Wickets—Baseball is the sport known as the great American pastime, but in early America, the game was cricket. After nearly becoming extinct in this country, cricket is making a comeback, and Connecticut’s rich, ethnic diversity is a major contributing factor. Positively Connecticut visits Norwalk to find out why so many Connecticut residents can't live without this “tricky wicket."
Hometown Boy—Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) was America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, and he grew up on Connecticut's shoreline. Diane visits New London and Waterford for a special look at the environment of one of history's greatest playwrights. The tour begins at 325 Pequot Avenue, New London, the site of O’Neill’s boyhood home and the setting for two of his most notable
works. The cottage has recently been restored, and this national landmark attracts thousands of tourists, playwrights, actors and directors. At the theater center in Waterford named for O'Neill, playwrights perfect their craft, and audiences see brand-new works take shape before their eyes.
Sharing Global Smiles—When you sit in Doctor Jeremiah Lowney's chair, he's focusing strictly on your teeth. But out of the office, his mind often wanders... to a far, faraway place. That's because he has two full-time jobs: one as an orthodontist with a busy practice in Norwich, the other as founder and president of the Haitian Health Foundation. Find out how a request from Mother Teresa prompted the good doctor and people from all over Connecticut to reach out to one of the poorest places on the earth.
Bound and Determined—When Whitlock’s Book Barn in Bethany was put up for sale, its many devoted fans worried what the future would bring. Fortunately, the book collector's paradise found a new owner, in an unusual match that might have been made in heaven.
Positively Connecticut™ began as a series of features Diane Smith made famous during her 16 years as a news anchor and reporter at WTNH-TV8 (the ABC affiliate in New Haven). After leaving WTNH, Smith joined Ray Dunaway as co-host of the top-rated “Morning Show” on WTIC-AM News Talk
1080 and Positively Connecticut™ found a new home on CPTV.
The inspiring features from the show are the basis for Smith’s books, which are available in bookstores throughout the United States. Her newest book, Summer in Connecticut, A Positively Connecticut™ Book (The Globe Pequot Press, 2004), was released in June 2004. Smith is also the author
of Positively Connecticut™ (The Globe Pequot Press, 1998), Absolutely Positively Connecticut (The Globe Pequot Press, 2000) and Christmas in Connecticut (Globe Pequot Press 2001).
Positively Connecticut™ is made possible through leadership funding from People’s Bank with additional support from the Connecticut Development Authority.
“For over 150 years, we at People's Bank have always been committed to Connecticut,” said John Klein, president, chairman and chief executive officer of People's Bank. “That's why we're delighted to help Diane Smith introduce us to so many of the interesting people and places that make Connecticut special.”
“Positively Connecticut™ is the perfect way to renew your sense of pride in Connecticut,” said Jerry Franklin, president of CPTV. “Diane has hand-picked a collection of special stories about Connecticut places, people and pastimes that are well worth celebrating.”
Smith, who earned an Emmy Award for her work at WTNH-TV8, has received two Emmy Award nominations for her Positively Connecticut™ series on CPTV.
Positively Connecticut™ is produced by Diane Smith. Michele Russo is associate producer. Jay Whitsett is executive producer.
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