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BRISTOL, CT -- The 13th Annual Wonder of Women (WOW) event, held by by the Women & Girls’ Fund at Main Street Community Foundation, will be Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. The event will feature guest speaker Cari Champion of ESPN.

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HARTFORD and SUFFIELD, CT -- Construction is expected to begin this summer on a handicapped-accessible addition to the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield, thanks, in part, to a $200,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

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MIDDLETOWN, CT — Students and faculty from Wesleyan University and Middlesex Community College, with The Rockfall Foundation and U.S. Climate Plan, are sponsoring a day-long Climate Justice Conference of Solutions on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Exley Science Center at Wesleyan.

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COLUMBIA, CT -- The Saxton B. Little Free Library in Columbia has been awarded a $10,000 grant from New Alliance Foundation. The grant will be used to assist with the planned renovation and expansion of the library.

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Washington, DC -- House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., recently unveiled a draft comprehensive tax reform plan that seeks to broaden the tax base while lowering corporate and individual income tax rates. The draft makes significant changes to federal tax rules connected to housing and homeowning.

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HARTFORD, CT -- Through its 2013 Regional Grants Program, the Aetna Foundation made grants totaling nearly $3.5 million to nonprofit organizations in communities across America.

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HAMDEN, CT -- Twenty-two volunteer judges from across United Technologies’ businesses were on hand at the 2014 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. UTC was presenting sponsor of the event and provided funding to support student awards, which will be presented at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in May.

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NEW YORK, NY -- It’s the season for tax reform. Besides House Ways and Means Chair Dave Camp, both Senate Finance Committee member Rob Portman of Ohio and President Obama have unveiled their own plans to overhaul the tax code. Portman’s is very light on details, and Obama’s is still another budget proposal that would change international taxation rules and raise revenue, but there’s no doubt that Washington is now filled with tax ideas. But the political situation makes it unlikely that any major legislation will progress soon. Could that change after the elections in November?

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Washington, DC -- On February 26, 2014, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released draft legislation for the Tax Reform Act of 2014. Over the past three years, Congress has held more than 30 hearings in the process of developing this proposal. Also, Chairman Camp and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) formed 11 separate bipartisan Tax Reform Working Groups to focus on specific issues that included tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving.

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BRISTOL, CT -- The Bristol Technical Education Center’s (TEC) SkillsUSA Team will now have official red SkillsUSA blazers and a SkillsUSA banner with the school’s logo on it, unifying the team and building the students’ confidence. The blazers and the banner were purchased with a $1,520 grant from the Technical Education Fund at Main Street Community Foundation.

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