theater masks vector 12051742The Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF) awarded 772,121 to 132 organizations across the stat. Qualifying groups had to raised more than $15,000 in contributions from non-governmental sources for two consecutive fiscal years. The CAEF is managed by the Office of the State Treasurer and the interest earned on the Fund's principal is distributed annually to eligible arts organizations through the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

 sketchersHAMDEN: The city’s Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization, Dale Kroop, released a statement saying “despite the challenges in the retail and shopping center marketplace, Hamden has been getting positive news about its largest shopping centers.”

He added, “we are seeing continued interest in the Magic Mile and interest at Putnam Plaza in terms of alternative uses that will be good in the long run for the tax base and residents.”

The discount supermarket Aldi is set to open at the Hamden Mart on April 12th, the locally based Wine Merchant will relocate next door to Aldi during the summer.

stolenNEW HAVEN: Paul William Muzyka of North Haven, owner of Ace Amusements on Kimberly street has pleaded guilty to a “large scale fencing operation.”

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced the plea, with court documents saying, ”at Ace Amusements, MUZYKA and others knowingly purchased stolen property from “boosters,” who typically were shoplifters with opioid addictions. The boosters stole the goods from retail stores such as Home Depot, Walmart, Target and Kohl’s, and sold the goods at Ace Amusements for approximately one-third of their retail prices. MUZYKA and others then resold the stolen goods at Ace Amusements, and also online at websites such as eBay.”

According to prosecutors the total value of the goods exceeded exceeds $5.9 million.

MUZYKA pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit the interstate transport of stolen property, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, and one count of interstate transport of stolen property, an an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. A sentencing date is not scheduled. MUZYKA is released on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing.