Local and state briefs for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Local and state briefs for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013


Make ‘Holiday Wishes’ at Foxwoods

MASHANTUCKET — Foxwoods is holding a “Foxwoods Holiday Wishes” contest, inviting the public to submit their most desired holiday wishes on behalf of a loved one.

Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 15. To submit a wish, download the application at Foxwoods.com and email the completed form to holidaywishes@foxwoods.com or drop it off in person into a large gift box located at Foxwoods. Wish fulfillment will begin on Dec. 16.

NESS holding Hogwarts classes

WESTERLY — New England Science and Sailing will hold Hogwarts classes, for children in grades 1-4, at Tower Street Community Center, 93 Tower St.

Three sessions are scheduled for Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. Participants will discover the mysterious world of squid in Care of Magical Creatures, experiment with water properties in Potions Class, and investigate the strange phenomena of Meteorology in Muggle Studies.

Tuition for the sessions is $65. To register, visit 93tower.org.

‘Cultivating Compassion’ series to continue

MYSTIC — The Mystic Area Ecumenical Council will present the third in its series “Cultivating Compassion: Perspectives on Israelis, Palestinians, and Possibilities for Peace” at Mystic Congregational Church, 43 East Main St., on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Two visiting teenagers from Israel, here for the academic year and sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Southeastern Connecticut, will discuss teenage life in Israel and engage in dialogue with attendees. Part of a group of 16 visiting young emissaries throughout the area, these young post-high school/pre-military teens, hosted by local families, come to our communities to share Israel’s successes and challenges.

The Mystic Area Ecumenical Council consists of 20 churches in the Mystic/Groton/Stonington area. For more information, call the Rev. Ann Aaberg at 860-536-4259 or visit mysticucc.org.

Workshop on the Affordable Care Act

GROTON — Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut will present a workshop on the Affordable Care Act at the Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, on Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m.

In this workshop, people will learn the basics about what the law means for individuals and small businesses. The session is designed to be user-friendly so each participant walks away with a basic understanding of the law, good resource information and referrals, and a clear view of what comes next.

This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call 860-441-6750.

Newport mansion pulls request for energy subsidy

NEWPORT (AP) — The owner of the jewelry maker Alex and Ani has withdrawn a request for a state energy subsidy for a solar power system on her Newport mansion.

The Providence Journal reports that the state’s Economic Development Corp. was notified Monday that the application for renewable energy funding had been withdrawn. The EDC board had planned to take up the request on Thursday.

Carolyn Rafaelian, Alex and Ani’s designer and majority stakeholder, tells the newspaper she didn’t know the company working on the solar energy project was seeking $18,500 in state funding.

She says she asked the company to withdraw the application once she learned about it.

Rafaelian purchased the 60-room mansion, Belcourt Castle, in 2012.

Brown group holding public benefit for Philippines

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A Brown University student group is holding a benefit concert to raise funds for victims of the typhoon that recently devastated parts of the Philippines.

The Filipino Alliance is hosting the “Bayanihan” concert Sunday evening with the sponsorship of the university. Several Brown student groups will perform.

Admission is $5, but larger donations are encouraged. Brown President Christina Paxson will match the first $2,500 collected.

Bayanihan roughly translates to “being a nation together” or the Filipino spirit of community solidarity.

Organizers say Saturday is the global day of solidarity for the Philippines.

The concert is part of a series of events being held in cities including New York, San Francisco, Paris, Manila, London and Melbourne.

The typhoon killed or left missing more than 5,000 people and displaced some 4 million.

Auction set for 38 Studios intellectual property

PROVIDENCE (AP) — The intellectual property of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s bankrupt video game company will be sold next month, and an auction house executive said about two dozen parties around the world have expressed interest.

Nick Jimenez of Heritage Global Partners said the auction for 38 Studios’ assets, including the unfinished game “Copernicus,” is Dec. 11. He declined to estimate the property’s worth but says he hopes bidders see “tremendous value.”

Court-appointed receiver Richard Land said well-known industry figures are among the interested parties.

Rhode Island’s economic development agency gave 38 Studios a $75 million loan guarantee in 2010. The state is on the hook for some $90 million related to the deal after the company collapsed.

Some industry analysts say they’re doubtful the intellectual property is worth much.


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