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Explore Middletown with your parents

The Middletown Eye has posted a great guide to those places around Middletown you may have missed over the past four years. Grab your parents and learn a little bit about the community around you—or, give them a map and let yourself enjoy some of Reunion & Commencement weekend with your friends.

Check out The Midd You Missed at the Eye, which covers:

  • Where the Coginchaug meets the Mattabassett
  • Wesleyan Potters
  • Hindu temple
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Meadow Meat
  • Miller’s Pond
  • The Airline Billy Joel took
  • Mount Higby
  • Henry Clay Work House
  • Maromas
  • The “insane asylum”
  • An authentic Italian meal and dessert
  • The Noiseless Typewriter factory

[Via Ed McKeon.]

Cromwell Record and CD Riot

Looking for rare music albums, cool DVDs and T-shirts, and other music collectibles? You’ll find over 30 record and CD dealers from the tri-state area at this weekend’s Cromwell Record and CD Riot. See for more information.

Date: Sunday, May 17
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel (100 Berlin Road, Cromwell)
Cost: $3

MPD nabs suspected Wes-area burglar

Yesterday’s string of attempted burglaries on Home, Brainard, and High brought police and K-9 units to the vicinity of campus, and prompted a warning from ResLife.

Early this morning, though, the alleged burglar was nabbed by Middletown Police, reports the Middletown Eye. The suspect, Jeffrey Gramfield, 38, of Meriden, is being held on $5,000 bail for attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

News recap: Morgan’s bail, troubling past; Daniels dies; CVH patient escapes; RBC closed

The lawyer of alleged murderer Stephen Morgan is calling his client’s $15 million bail excessive and plans to seek to lower Morgan’s bail when he’s next in court on May 19, reports the Hartford Courant:

Morgan, [defense lawyer Richard] Brown said, has no prior convictions, is not a flight risk and the evidence shows there were no other weapons found. “This is a person that turned himself in when he didn’t have to,” Brown said.

According to FOX News, an unnamed “former Navy buddy” of Morgan’s also had trouble with the alleged murderer:

“I dodged a bullet on Wednesday and some poor Jewish girl got it instead,” said the 32-year-old veteran, who referred to Morgan as “Psycho Steve” and asked not to be identified for fear of retribution. “I don’t want him getting out of jail and trying to find me. He threatened to kill me so many freaking times. I didn’t think he’d actually go through with it.”

The Courant reports that longtime Wesleyan coach Norm Daniels died yesterday morning in Windsor, CT at the age of 102:

A charter member of the Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame, Daniels came to the school as a physical education instructor in 1934 and coached football, wrestling, baseball, basketball and squash over 39 years.

The Middletown Press is reporting that Fred Concannon, a patient at nearby Connecticut Valley Hospital, escaped Friday night. Police still do not  know where Concannon, who has escaped from CVH at least three times before, is.

“At the time Mr. Concannon left the hospital, he was not considered dangerous to others,” [Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services spokesman Wayne] Dailey said. “However, his level of risk becomes increasingly difficult to predict the longer he remains without supervision and treatment.”

According to the Courant, Concannon was committed to CVH in December 1995 after serving time in prison for manslaughter.

FOX 61 has several videos about last week’s vigil and our return to routine. The Courant ran a story about Friday’s vigil, too.

Finally, the Red and Black Café will be closed until September, according to the café’s website.

Memorial service for Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10

President Roth has announced a memorial service to be held this week for Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10:

I invite you to join with Johanna’s family, friends, and teachers for a celebration of her life and learning at Wesleyan. Johanna’s friends ask that you wear bright colors if you are able to attend.

Written memories or thoughts of Johanna are being collected to be incorporated into Memory Books by Johanna’s friends for her family. If you would like to submit a thought, memory, photo or drawing, please bring it to the service or send it to Dean Marina Melendez by June 7.

The service is apparently open to members of the “Wesleyan University community” only; Wes IDs will be checked at the door. Simulcasts will be arranged should the Chapel fill to capacity.

Date: Thursday, May 14
Time: 7:00 PM; doors open at 6:15 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Police, K-9 unit on Brainard Ave.

Two Middletown Police cruisers, including a K-9 unit vehicle, are double-parked near the Lawn Avenue side of Brainard Avenue, a street housing undergraduates, grad students, and Middletown residents. As of 1:30 PM, two police officers could be seen leading a police dog down Ravine Avenue, towards the corner of Home and Beach.

No word at this time on the cause of the police presence; but, from what I can tell, it does not appear to be any kind of emergency.

[EDIT 4:58 PM] The police presence was likely related to a string of attempted burglaries around the area of High Street, Home Avenue, and Brainard Avenue.

Maureen Isleib of ResLife writes:

We had several attempted burglaries in wood-frame houses today between noon and 1:00 PM. The suspect, an African-American male, 5’8′ with slim build, wearing black jeans and shirt with a black bandana on his head, possibly carrying a book bag, would knock on the front door of the house and, if no one answered, try to force entry at the rear of the house.

If you notice suspicious individuals or activity around campus, contact Public Safety at 860 685-2345.

“Historical Narratives” now available in PAC

The 2009 edition of Historical Narratives has arrived!

This year the journal presents six essays on topics ranging from the 1915 lynching of a Jewish man in Georgia to the history of censorship in the Russian media. Also included are book reviews by the editors and abstracts of this year’s Honors theses in History. This volume represents a lot of hard work and great scholarship on the part of your peers, so pick up your free copy outside the History Department office in PAC!

Want to be involved next year? Contact historical.narratives@gmail.

[Via Hannah Freece ’09.]

Fusion dance show: “FunkyFresh”

Dance by "LSD Freak"Join FUSION for some hip-hop groovin’ in what’ll be the last show for the group’s senior members. Come watch them take the stage and see the debut of Charlie Krem ’12 and Jake Hunt ’12, too. Get ready for some funkyfreshness, starting at 11:00 sharp.

Date: Thursday, May 14
Time: 11:00 – 11:30 PM
Place: Exley lobby

[Via Nick Alt ’09.]

Unlocked Magazine’s latest issue for sale

Unlocked Magazine will be selling the latest issue of their nudity-soaked sex magazine during lunch and dinner this week. There are only about 50 copies left, so get to Usdan and buy your copy—for $3—before they sell out!

[Via David Wolovsky ’10.]