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    On Sunday, the extreme cold weather conditions did not stop people from going out but they were certainly moving a lot faster to get out of it.

    “Very cold. Very, very cold,” says Lesbert Biggs, East Hartford.

    Lesbert Biggs was snow blowing sidewalks. He’d been out working for nine hours, dressed in three shirts and two coats.

    “My body feels warm enough but my face, my feet, and my fingers are the ones that are taking the beating,” says Biggs.

    Hartford Hospital says it’s already seen the impact of this wintry weather.

    As of Friday night, at least four people were rushed there with hypothermia and at least another dozen people fell on the ice.

    The hospital reports lots of broken bones including hips and wrists.

    The extreme weather had some people looking for better protection from it, including new gloves.

    “The gloves I use to go to work I can not use it in this cold weather,” says Solomon Addy, Manchester.

    People made sure trips outside were quick. They were ready to head back inside their warm homes, even if it’s costing them more money to heat recently.

    “Right now it’s coming up to $30 or 40 a month when I used to spend $25, 30. It’s going up,” says Migdalia Rosado, East Hartford. “I have four children at home too who I got to keep very warm.”

    The governor is reminding people the Severe Cold Weather Protocol is in place until Monday the 23rd.

    That makes sure that no one has to be outside during these dangerously cold temperatures and they can head to shelters and warming centers.
     


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    "Saturday Night Live" celebrated four decades of laughs with a special presentation Sunday night on NBC. An all-star cast of past and present performers and some of the biggest names in music gathered together to fete the iconic sketch series. The three-and-a-half hour show included new sketches with classic characters, clips of some favorite sketches, tributes to iconic former cast members and musical performances by Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West.

    Relive the event by reading our live coverage of the gala show:

    11:29 pm: That's all folks!

    Steve Martin and the evening's players took their bows as the credits rolled, but not before calling a visibly emotional Lorne Michaels onstage. It's been a blast.

    11:22  pm: "Still Crazy After All These Years"

    In a fitting tribute to the show and the "SNL" band who have backed so many legendary artists over the decades, Paul Simon performed "Still Crazy After All These Years." A song he once performed live on the show while dressed in a turkey costume. Well, it was Thanksgiving!

    11:14 pm: "It's Party Time!" "Excellent!"

    Wayne (Mike Meyers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) were back on the couch to reveal the Top 10 things about "SNL":

    10. It's a "live" show

    9. Satire

    8. "Saturday Night Dead"

    7. Cast Catchphrases

    6. Musical guests

    5. Kanye Sit Down "Don't storm the stage," Garth told a jumpy West in the audience.

    4. Opening credits

    3. Aftershow orgies/ or Wigs

    2. Lorne Michaels "What can be said about Lorne Michaels that he has not already said about himself," quipped Wayne.

    1. The Crew

    11:05 pm: In memoriam

    Bill Murray introduced the segment honoring those of the "SNL" family who have passed away. There was John Belushi, Jan Hooks, announcer Don Pardo, Tom Davis, Andy Kaufman, Danitra Vance, Charles Rocket, band member Tom "T-Bone: Wolk, Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Gilda Radnor, and those writers, producers, wardrobe organizers, and talent coordinators who helped make "SNL" the ground-breaking must-see TV it has become.

    Oh, and the ongoing joke about a not-quite-yet deceased audience member Jon Lovitz.

    10:50 pm: Here's to the films

    Before they were called digital shorts they were simply "SNL" films, prerecorded skits played between the live sketches. Remember Albert Brooks performing open heart surgery? "White Like Me" with Eddie Murphy? Everybody knows "D--- In a Box" with Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg. And don't forget MacGruber, all those ad parodies and "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders."

    Zach Galifinakis (in a wig borrowed from Sia's performance with Kanye West) introduced a new digital short featuring Adam Sandler and Samberg singing "That's When You Break," an '80s-style power ballad complete with rocker wigs and retro clips of players breaking character and laughing. Special call outs went to Rachel Dratch and Jimmy Fallon.

    10:36 pm: "30 Rock" reunion

    Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin feted former "SNL" player and "30 Rock" co-star Tracey Morgan who, Fey said, wanted to attend the celebration Sunday but was still not well enough following injuries sustained in a traffic accident last summer. A clip of "Brian Fellow's Safari Planet" was played to showcase Morgan's contribution.

    10:24 pm: Seinfeld takes questions

    "People who hosted again and again have nothing going on," Jerry Seinfeld joked before taking questions from audience members who were all either past "SNL" hosts, players or writers.

    Michael Douglas couldn't understand why was only asked to host once when Charles Barkley did it three times. John Goodman was quick to point out he hosted 13 times (or "the Goodman dozen") ahead of a parade of bold-faced names including James Franco, Larry David ("Was I really a writer on 'Saturday Night Live'?") , Ellen Cleghorne ("How many black women were on the 'Seinfeld' show?"), upcoming host and "Fifty Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson, Tim Meadows, Bob Odenkirk and Sarah Palin (who Seinfeld identified as "Tina").

    10:15 pm: "50 Ways" with Miley Cyrus

    Former host and musical guest Cyrus took the stage with the band to perform Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," a song Simon performed on "SNL" in November 1976.

    10:07 pm: Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter introduce the sports skits

    The worlds of NFL and MLB combined to introduce a montage of clips featuring sports stars sending themselves up, including Chris Evert, Hulk Hogan, John McEnroe, Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, Kerryi Strug, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, LeBron James, John Cena, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Dennis Rodman, Evander Holyfield, Mister T, Mike Ditka, Joe Montana and many, many more.

    9:58 pm: Chris Rock introduces Eddie Murphy

    "Every year somebody tries to tell us that someone is the next Eddie Murphy," said Rock, before adding, "There is is no next Eddie Murphy."

    Murphy took the stage to thundering applause before describing Sunday's show as "magical." Murphy last hosted "SNL" in 1984 and was a player from 1980 to 1984. Then, a fumbled cross to the ad break. Hey, it's live television!

    9:40 pm: Martin Short, Maya Rudolph as Beyonce, a wind machine and the music skits

    After battling verses (and that wind machine) the pair led us through a musical showcase of past glories:  Dana Carvey delivered "Choppin' Broccoli," Adam Sandler returned as Opera Man ("Lorne has gathered us together and no ones getting paid-oh!"), there was Kenan Thompson's DeAndre Cole with "What's Up With That?", Steve Martin as King Tut, and Bill Murray belted out the theme song from "Jaws" ahead of a Blues Brothers reunion featuring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi (brother of the late "SNL" original player John Belushi) and slamming rendition of "Everybody Needs Somebody."

    9:20 pm: Cross-Generational "Weekend Update"

    Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Jane Curtain returned to the "Weekend Anchor" desk that helped catapult all three to national fame. 23 players have sat behind the desk across the decades.

    "The times have changed since I did this," Curtain explained. "I used to be the only pretty blonde woman reading fake news. Now there is a whole network." Then the Fox logo appeared behind her.

    Hollywood stars paraded through embodying their favorite characters. First up Emma Stone donned the horizontal wig of Roseanne Rosannadanna (originally played by the late Gilda Radnor), then Edward Norton gasped his way through a Stefon impersonation ("New York's hottest club is called YANK!") before being joined by Bill Hader, the character's creator, and Seth Meyers, Stefon's "SNL" husband.

    Lastly, Melissa McCarthy burst in as Matt Foley (originally played by the late Chris Farley), complete with pants-adjusting ticks, before destroying the desk.

    And then Fey was eaten by the Land Shark.

    9:07 pm: The Californians!!!!! And the kiss of the night!!!

    "SNL" returns to the West Coast – accents and driving directions included. Props to Bradley Cooper as the pool boy, Kerry Washington as the doctor delivering results of the paternity test and Taylor Swift as the ingenue actress, Betty White as the "not dead!" mother turned Catalina pier-performer. And that kiss between Cooper and White! 

    9:00 pm: 40 years of political sketches

    Jack Nicholson takes the stage to introduce four decades of political skits, a video montage highlighting impersonations including Carter, Bush (H. and W.), Clinton (Bill and Hillary), Gore, Obama, Romney, Gingrich, Palin and Biden.

    Adding perspective to proceedings, Nicholson noted that "when 'SNL' started, the last helicopter had just flown out of Vietnam, Watergate was still fresh in everyone's minds, and New York was broke." 

    8:52 pm: McCartney back as musical guest

    Paul McCartney delivers the first full staged musical performance of the evening: "Baby I'm Amazed."

    8:45 pm: "SNL" = New York City

    Former host Robert De Niro describes what the series has meant to NYC, and vice versa. "'SNL' and NYC – that’s the way I like my Saturday nights, that’s the way I like my city," De Niro said. "Anybody got a problem with that?"

    As past sketches showcasing the Big Apple rolled, Alica Keys took to the grand piano to perform a soulful rendition of "Empire State of Mind."

    8:30 "Jeopardy!" returns

    Will Ferrell donned mustache and stern gaze to embody Alex Trebek and host "Jeopardy!," with a star-studded impersonated cast featuring Tony Bennett (Alec Baldwin), Justin Timberlake (Kate McKinnon), word-mangling Sean Connery (Darryl Hammond), Burt Reynolds (Norm MacDonald), Christoph Waltz (Taran Killem), Matthew McConaughey (Jim Carrey, complete with pre-recorded voice-over), and a cocktail-making Bill Cosby (Kenan Thompson).

    Trebek: "The answer is 'This is the color of snow."

    Connery: "What is yellow."

    8:24 pm: Dan Aykroyd delivers first new sketch by revisiting an old one

    Revisiting a April 1976 skit, Dan Aykroyd delivered the first new sketch of the night playing a TV ad sales man showcasing the Bass-O-Matic – basically a blender you put fish in in order to make "mmm ... delicious bass milkshakes." Lucky for viewers, the Bass-O-Matic stalled when stuffed with fresh fish.

    8:08 pm: Steve Martin delivers opening monologue

    "How do you cover all the people who have been on 'SNL' over the years?" 15-time host Steve Martin asked during his opening monologue. "Leave 'em out," Martin said.

    Other multiple hosts Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Rock, Peyton Manning, Miley Cyrus and Billy Crystal took the stage with Martin, along with former musical guests and hosts Paul McCartney and Paul Simon. "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels said Simon had flown 19 hours just to be in attendance Sunday night.

    Martin said to Rock: "I forgot you were once a cast member." Rock: "So did the writers!"

    8:00 pm: Fallon, Timberlake kick-off the big show

    Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake opened the prcoeedings with a rap and musical number referencing some of the most well-loved sketches and characters from the last 40 years, including the Wild and Crazy Guys, Ambiguously Gay Due, the Californians, the Blues Brothers and more cowbell! Rachel Dratch's Debbie Downer and Molly Shannon's Mary Katherine Gallagher joined in.

    7:50 pm: Would Betty White host again?

    The "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Golden Girls" star hosted in 2010. When asked if she would step up again White replied, "Well, I got an Emmy for it. Sure!"

    7:41 pm: Martin Short most asked "SNL" question

    Cast member Martin Short (1984-1985) was asked what he gets asked most often about his time on the show. "Someone asked me do you still do the classic characters from 'SNL' in the '80s," Short told Lauer. Then added with a laugh, "Sadly, yes!"

    7:26 pm: Is Amy Poehler worried about performing tonight?

    Alum Amy Poehler said she wasn't too fazed by the prospect of performing in front of the comedy royalty assembled Sunday night. "They understand bombing," Poehler said.

    7:15 pm: Jim Belushi talks brother Jim's "SNL" legacy

    "John was on the cover of Rolling Stone this year," Jim Belushi said of his brother Jim, who was a founding member of the "SNL" troop in 1975. Belushi walked the red carpet with alum Dan Aykroyd, who famously brought to life the Blues Brothers - both on the series and on the big screen - alongside John, who passed away in 1982. "He’s still the #1 'Saturday Night Live' man," Belushi continued. "He created the legacy for me to follow. We keep Jake and the blues alive. We’ll bring the spirit tonight on the stage."

    7:05 pm: Eddie Murphy returns after 30 years

    In his four years on "SNL," Eddie Murphy brought us Mr. Robinson, Buckwheat, Gumby and Velvet Jones. But since hosting in December 1984, he hasn’t been back. Until tonight.

    "It’s a lot like going back to your old high school, and everything seems really tiny,” Murphy said during the Red Carpet pre-show. "I haven’t been back here in 32 years." Murphy talked what makes performing live special. "There’s nothing like that connection, that feeling, of a live audience,” Murphy said. "Once you’ve done that, you never, ever stop liking it."

    7:02 pm: Sarah Palin calls "SNL" appearance "most fun" moment of her 2008 campaign

    Former Vice President hopeful Sarah Palin walked the red carpet and stopped to chat with Matt Lauer, alongside 16-time "SNL" host Alec Baldwin. When asked about her famous appearance on "SNL" in 2008 during the Presidential campaign (in which she was impressively impersonated by Tina Fey), Palin said it was the "most fun moment" of the campaign for her.

    Baldwin, who has hosted the show more than any other performer, was asked why he keeps returning to Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center. "As Seinfeld said to me, you’re only the record holder because you have so much time on your hands," Baldwin quipped in reply.

    7:00 pm: Red Carpet Kick-Off and Bill Murray is in the House

    And the stars start arriving. Former "SNL" cast member Bill Murray (1977-1980) rushed through without stopping to pose for photographers. Also in the house early: Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Seth Meyers, Billy Crystal, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch, James Franco and Amy Poehler.



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    Jimmy Fallon, left, and Justin Timberlake arrive at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York.Jimmy Fallon, left, and Justin Timberlake arrive at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York.

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    Waterbury Road is closed at Frost Bridge due to a water main break Monday morning.

    Motorists can detour onto Route 262 or Route 8.

    More information will be provided when it becomes available.


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    A Hartford police cruiser was involved in a two-car crash on Broad Street, between School Street and Crescent Street, on Monday morning.

    No one was injured in the crash and police said that the crash doesn't appear criminal in nature.



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    A Hartford cruiser was involved in a crash on Broad Street in Hartford.A Hartford cruiser was involved in a crash on Broad Street in Hartford.

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    Metropolitan District Commission crews have been out in the bitter cold since early Monday morning working on repairing three broken water mains in West Hartford.

    A water main break at Warrenton Avenue has been repaired, but crews are still at the scene of a water main break at Haynes Road and Nursery Drive as well as one on Flatbush Avenue.

    At 3:30 a.m., crews had to shut down an eight-inch water main on Flatbush Avenue, according to Kerry Martin, spokesperson for the MDC.  That resulted in water being shut off to two properties, including the Connecticut Veterinary Center near the intersection with Oakwood Avenue. 

    Not only are crews dealing repairing the main, which was installed in installed in 1954, but they also have to repair the gate valve, which means that the repairs will not be complete until between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

    One lane of Flatbush Avenue is closed on the eastbound side and the road is open to traffic in the other direction.

    There was another water main break on Warrenton Avenue, which affected 16 properties between South Highland and Prospect streets, but water was restored as of 10:30 a.m.

    The 6-inch main installed in 1978 was shutdown at 6 a.m.



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    Metropolitan District Commission crews are out in the bitter cold weather on Monday morning, repairing at least one water main that broke in West Hartford that the issue is impacting traffic.Metropolitan District Commission crews are out in the bitter cold weather on Monday morning, repairing at least one water main that broke in West Hartford that the issue is impacting traffic.

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    Water company crews responded to a water main break at the intersection of Routes 229 and 72 in Bristol on Monday morning.

    There are no lane closures and traffic is moving in both directions on Route 229.

    No further information was available.



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    Crews are repairing broken water mains in West Hartford.Crews are repairing broken water mains in West Hartford.

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    Route 9 North in Middletown is congested from exit 12 after at least one crash.

    The left lane is closed near the Arrigoni Bridge.



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    Route 9 North in Middletown is congested.Route 9 North in Middletown is congested.

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    The intersection of Blue Hills and Park avenues is closed in Bloomfield because live wires are down in the street.

    It’s not clear what brought the wires down.

    A detour has been set up at Park Avenue and Pine Grove Road.

    There is also a two-car crash at Route 218, or Cottage Grove Road, and Walsh Street.

    Check back for details.
     



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    Intersection of Blue Hills and Park avenues in Bloomfield is closed.Intersection of Blue Hills and Park avenues in Bloomfield is closed.

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    Water has been shut off to almost 100 properties in Windsor after a water main break, several roads are closed and the repairs could last well into the afternoon.

    The 12-inch main break is on Kennedy Road near Ravine Road and snow must be removed so crews can excavate and shut off the water, according to Kerry Martin, spokesperson for the MDC.

    Water burst onto Kennedy Road at about 5 a.m. on Monday and froze due to the extreme cold, making it tricky for crew members.

    "I never thought that I would be using my clap ons for the driveway," Scott Hasz, of Windsor, said. "Very slick it's just a mess out here... I can expect that someone will be scraping this off."

    The main, which was installed in 1959, was shut down at 9:15 a.m. and 93 properties on Kennedy Road, from 400 Kennedy Road to Mayflower Road, are affected, according to the MDC. The repairs are not expected to be completed until between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

    Windsor police have closed Kennedy Road between Ravine Road and Canterbury Lane, as well as side streets that run into it, including Glenwood Drive, Pilgrim Drive, Pierson Lane and Canterbury Lane.

    Drivers can detour at Poquonock Avenue or Route 159.

    This is one of several main breaks Monday morning, including West Hartford and Thomaston.



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    Water is out for almost 100 properties after a water main break in Windsor.Water is out for almost 100 properties after a water main break in Windsor.

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    Old Waterbury Road in Naugatuck has reopened after a tractor-trailer carrying potting soil flipped over, but the cleanup is expected to take hours.

    Naugatuck police said there was a partial road closure after the truck turned on its side while trying to navigate a snow bank that contained a concrete barrier, spilling soil onto the roadway.

    The road is known as South Main Street in Waterbury and traffic heading south from Waterbury into Naugatuck, or toward Route 8, was detoured down Platts Mill Road and back around to Old Waterbury Turnpike.

    Expect delays in the area.



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    Traffic is being detoured on part of Old Waterbury Road in Naugatuck after a tractor-trailer flipped over and police are asking drivers to avoid the area for the next couple of hours.Traffic is being detoured on part of Old Waterbury Road in Naugatuck after a tractor-trailer flipped over and police are asking drivers to avoid the area for the next couple of hours.

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    A Southbury man has been arrested after not making payments on two cars he rented from a Milford car rental company and not returning them when the contract expired, according to police.

    Police said Steven Mark Shapiro, 62, of Southbury rented two vehicles from Enterprise Rental located, at 579 Bridgeport Avenue, in July 2014 and failed to make the payments or return them when the contract expired in September.

    Police investigated and obtained a warrant charging Shapiro with two counts second-degree larceny.

    He was released on a promise to appear and is due to appear in court on March 10.



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    A Southbury man has been arrested after not making payments on two cars he rented from a Milford car rental company and not returning them when the contract expired, according to police.A Southbury man has been arrested after not making payments on two cars he rented from a Milford car rental company and not returning them when the contract expired, according to police.

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    Milford police have arrested a man accused of breaking into a Milford restaurant in June and stealing cash, food and alcohol.

    Police responded to the restaurant, Redwood Restaurant at 341 Naugatuck Avenue, on June 17 to investigate a burglary and have obtained a warrant for Vincent Brazeau, 47, of Milford, who is accused of forcing his way into the building and burglarizing it.

    Brazeau has been charged with third-degree burglary, fifth-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.

    He was released on a promise to appear and is due in court on March 10.


    Milford police have arrested a man accused of breaking into a Milford restaurant in June and stealing cash, food and alcohol.Milford police have arrested a man accused of breaking into a Milford restaurant in June and stealing cash, food and alcohol.

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    With yet another snowstorm over and more snow on the way, New Britain officials are reminding residents to clear sidewalks near their homes or face fines.

    New Britain Mayor Erin E. Stewart said that the city plans to enforce a city ordinance requiring residents to clear walkways within a six-hour window of snow or ice accumulation.

    The ordinance states: “The owner, tenant or custodian responsible for the maintenance of property located adjacent to sidewalks on public streets shall, within six (6) hours of daylight following the accumulation of ice or snow upon the sidewalks, have such accumulation removed. If such accumulation cannot be completely removed, sand or other gritty material shall be sprinkled on the sidewalk.”

    If you do not remove the snow from your sidewalks in this window or clear abutting street corners where pedestrians cross, New Britain police will give you a warning and then a $50 ticket if you haven't cleared it within a day of the warning. The city's public works and municipal development department will clear the walkways still snow- and ice-covered after another day goes by, but if it comes to that point then the city will also "lien the property for the full cost of clearing."

    “It is unacceptable that our schoolchildren should have to walk or stand in the street in order to get to school or board their school bus,” Stewart said. “I fully understand that we have absorbed a tremendous amount of snow in a very short time, but the conditions on many sidewalks constitute a real hazard to our children and other pedestrians. Either clear your sidewalks or we will clear them for you – at your expense.”

    Public works will be digging into the snowbanks to allow for wider clearance in the roadways for school buses to pass through safely, as requested by the mayor's office. Crews are checking on the roads to make sure fire, police and EMS personnel can access each one.

    “There is no question that the volume of snow on the ground continues to impair driver sightlines and accessibility across the region,” the Mayor continued. “I ask that everyone drive with an extra measure of caution. Do not park in the street if you have another option – regardless of whether there is a parking ban or not. As long as we all use common sense, we will get through the remainder of this winter just fine.”

    People can report blocked or impassable sidewalks to the New Britain Police Department's Traffic Bureau at 860-826-3071.



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    Stock photo of a person clearing a sidewalk. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)Stock photo of a person clearing a sidewalk. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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  • 02/16/15--09:53: 3 Injured in Vernon Crash

  • Three people were injured in a crash in Vernon on Monday morning and have been taken to Hartford Hospital.

    LifeStar transported one of the three, who suffered a serious leg injury, according to police.

    All three people were taken to Hartford Hospital.

    The two-car crash happened at West Street in front of the American Legion, police said. The road was closed for several hours, but it has since reopened.

    More information will be provided when it becomes available.



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    One person was seriously injured in a two-car crash in Vernon on Monday morning.One person was seriously injured in a two-car crash in Vernon on Monday morning.

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    A Hartford city councilman announced Monday that he's running for mayor.

    Councilman Joel Cruz said that he's unsure whether he'll run as a Democrat or to represent the Working Families Party.

    He'll be up against incumbent Mayor Pedro Segarra.



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    Hartford City Councilman Joel Cruz announced he will run for mayor.Hartford City Councilman Joel Cruz announced he will run for mayor.

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    Animals have been moved from the Waterford-East Lyme animal shelter to the shelter in New London after pipes froze during this cold spell.

    A post on the Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Facebook page says the water pipes are completely frozen somewhere underground and animals will be staying with New London Animal Control “for the foreseeable future.”

    How to protect your home from pipes freezing:

    • Aquarion Water Company warns that the pipes most likely to freeze are those close to an uninsulated wall, door, window, garage, attic, basement or along an uninsulated floor.
    • To help prevent pipes from freezing, open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
    • They also recommend adding insulation to exterior walls wherever possible. wrapping pipes with insulation and making sure all doors and windows to the outside are tightly closed.
    • Let a faucet fed by pipes exposed to extremely cold weather drip to prevent the water inside from freezing.
    • Turn on the water periodically at all faucets that are exposed to cold air when outside temperatures have been below freezing for several days.

    MDC recommends turning off the main valve closest to the water meter if a pipe does burst and calling a plumber.



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    Animals have been moved from the Waterford-East Lyme animal shelter to the shelter in New London after pipes froze during this cold spell.Animals have been moved from the Waterford-East Lyme animal shelter to the shelter in New London after pipes froze during this cold spell.

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    Crews are working to repair two pipes that burst at UConn Monday morning.

    Water pipe breaks at McMahon Residence Hall at 7:30 a.m. and the student union at 11:30 a.m. triggered the fire alarms and people were evacuated for about 15 minutes at each as UConn firefighters investigated, according to UConn Fire Chief John Mancini. Everyone was allowed to return to the buildings once firefighters confirmed there was no fire.

    "They've been evacuating responsibly, which is good in this weather," Mancini said.

    Crews shut off the water in those zones soon after responding and identifying the issue, but water is still accessible in the buildings.

    The cold was a major factor in the pipe bursts and water spilled into common areas in both buildings, but dorm rooms were not affected.

    Mancini said that the cold has been a difficult time for everyone and said that "people need to be patient" and use extreme caution. 

    A major issue UConn has faced in the cold snap and recent snowstorms is getting the snow of the walkways and he said all the sidewalks have been clear.

    Some campus buses were delayed earlier in the day, but the issue has since been resolved, according to university officials.


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    Connecticut is in a deep freeze, with wind chills that feel like 15-to 25-below zero, and more snow is on the way overnight into Tuesday.

    A storm impacting the southern United States will graze Connecticut and bring another two to four inches of snow.

    The snow will develop late on Monday night and continue into Tuesday with light to moderate snow before diminishing in the early afternoon, according to NBC Connecticut First Alert Meteorologist Bob Maxon.

    Many schools are closed for February break, but some will be open for the week, so check for school delays here. 

    If you have not signed up for alerts on school closings or delays, you can sign up to receive them here.

    On Monday morning, the Metropolitan District Commission, which provides water to eight communities, has been working to repair several broke water mains, including in Windsor, where water is out for almost 100 properties

    MDC also responded to water main breaks in West Hartford, Bristol and Thomaston.

    The Tuesday storm comes after a weekend storm brought 3 to 6 inches of snow to much of Connecticut, while most of the "quiet corner" in eastern Connecticut got at least 8 inches and Staffordville and Putnam saw 9 inches.

    Flurries and chilly air are also in the forecast for Wednesday, and Thursday and Friday will also be cold, with highs in the teens. 

    Download our weather app for the latest updates on this week's forecast.

    Send your winter weather photos to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.


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    Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to cut the state sales tax to 5.95 percent, which would be the lowest level since 1971.

    To lower the tax, Malloy would eliminate the sales tax exemption for clothing, which was scheduled to begin on July 1. It would not, however, affect “Sales Tax Free Week” in August, when no sales tax is charged on clothing that costs less than $100.

    “My goal is to support, stand with, and expand Connecticut’s middle class. By reforming our tax system, we’ll be able to lower the cost of almost all items – for everyone,” Malloy said in a statement. “Our economy continues to improve, and the state is seeing the largest private-sector job growth since 1998. By streamlining and simplifying our sales tax structure, we can give working families the lowest sales tax level in four decades.”

    Malloy will be announcing the budget on Wednesday, which includes a plan to reduce the sales tax to 6.2 percent on Nov. 1, 2015, and down again to 5.95 percent on April 1, 2017.

    According to his office, the lower sales tax rates would save residents $70 million in fiscal year 2016, $155 million in fiscal year 2017, $300 million in fiscal year 2018, $311 million in fiscal year 2019, and $323 million in fiscal year 2020.

    Connecticut’s sales tax was 6 percent from 1991 to 2011, between 7 and 8 percent from 1976 to 1991, and 6 percent in 1975, a news release from the governor says.

    Malloy is scheduled to present his budget proposal on Wednesday.
     



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    The thermometer in the shade next to the chairlift at Mount Southington read just below 10 degrees after noon, but the sun was shining and the wind wasn't quite as fearsome as the day before.

    "Yesterday was really rough," said Billy Short, who teaches snowboarding at the slope. "But today the wind's not nearly what it was, even though the temperature's lower."

    Most skiers and snowboarders knew how to prepare themselves for an afternoon on the slope.

    "You've got to just bundle up," said Christopher Poulos. "I've got about three layers on right now. I've got hand warmers in my gloves."

    One woman said her hands were cold and she would be taking breaks to warm up. Inside the cafeteria, many families were doing just that.

    "We've made them come in every hour," said Kiersten Naumann, who had four children in her group. "We've got them completely covered up. It seems to be fine. They're warmer than we are and they're outside."



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