Andrea Grader brings fresh perspective to family business


Longtime clients of Grader Jewelers have noticed a new smile behind the polished rows of glass cases, rings, and gleaming gemstones. At 22, Andrea Grader is the third generation of her family to proudly take her place in this line of work.

Winter Caplanson captures the big picture on local, sustainable living

The skeins of this photographer's many related endeavors weave beautifully around a commitment to locally grown food, natural products and creative living.

Serve Here CT targets twin evils - unemployment and high student debt

Last fall, in collaboration with Child and Family’s executive director Tom Gullotta, local philanthropist Alva Greenberg launched Serve Here CT, a program that matches qualified applicants between the ages of 18 and 29 with jobs at area nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities.

I Remember: Dance coach's example still inspires

I had the good fortune of meeting Amy Jones, or “AJ,” in the seventh grade. I didn’t yet know the specifics of all that she would teach me in the years I knew her ... I didn’t yet know that she’d lead our team to back-to-back All-Star Dance Worlds championship titles. I didn’t yet know the abundance of life...

Josi Davis improvised her way to a life in music

While music has always been her passion, it hasn't always been her profession. There have been times – School of Hard Knocks times, she calls them – when Davis made her living working in far less glam fields.

Salt marshes buffer storms, filter pollution and cradle life

As hostile as civilization has been to salt marshes, humanity has no stronger ally. This can be heaven on earth. In summer, it hosts a vivid fiesta of motion and color.

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Tell Me Something: Lisa Tepper Bates describes her ideal road trip

Lisa Tepper Bates has been the executive director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness since May 2013. The coalition has a big event coming up - its Annual Training Institute May 8 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. At this day-long event for organizations working to end homelessness, CCEH...

L+M's Mary Ann Nash is the queen of reinvention

More than once, Mary Ann Nash has reinvented herself. The third time, or maybe it was the fourth or fifth – truth be told, she's stopped counting – she became someone she'd never imagined: the detail maven in the design of Lawrence + Memorial's new state-of-the-art Cancer Center in Waterford.

You CAN change the world. Erica Mohr explains how

As Erica Mohr was reminiscing recently about a life-altering trip she took to Zambia, she reached for a letter on her living room table.The letter was from Edwin, one of eight children in need Mohr is currently sponsoring through a humanitarian organization, Children International. It had arrived...

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