Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Granny!

7 Children

12 Grandchildren

15 Great-Grandchildren

9 Great Great-Grandchildren

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Domestic Violence Stats:

20,042. That's the number of family violence incidents reported in 2007 in Connecticut. Here's the breakdown:

  • 22 people died.

  • There were 6,543 reports of assault, 107 reports of sexual assault, 17 reports of kidnapping.

  • Of 18,180 victims, 13,622 were women.

  • In 950 cases, a gun or knife was involved.

  • In 13,183 cases, the weapon or weapons were hands, fists or feet.

  • Children were involved or present in 7,401 cases.

  • Drugs or alcoholwas confirmed in 6,340 cases.

  • A prior court order had been issued in at least 3,692 cases.

  • More incidents occurred on Sundays (3,475) than on any other day, closely followed by Saturdays (3,360).

Source: CT Dept. of Public Safety

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

The FOX 61 Morning News Team dressed up like Gilligan's Island for Halloween! We were also joined by the Six Flags crew who taught us the Thriller Dance!

Logan and I were Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Howell

And since it's Halloween, I have to recommend my favorite Halloween movie... More than 300 years ago, the Sanderson sisters bewitched the lives of little children. Now it's Halloween, and the witches are back! This time, they've got their eyes on immortal life and have turned their wrath on trick-or-treaters! This is a definite must-see... my all-time FAVORITE Halloween movie -- Hocus Pocus -- starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Benefit Show

"Many people walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints on your heart." - Eleanor Roosevelt

This weekend we celebrated the life of Alice Morrin. We presented a beautiful plaque to Alice's family -- which will be placed in our newsroom for all to see.

Coming up on Oct, 17th -- We are holding another event to raise money for the Morrin Education Fund. Please come to this Benefit Show! Bronze Radio Return, Columbia Fields, and Forward Motion are all performing.

Directions: The Warehouse
45 Bartholomew Ave.
Hartford, CT
(860) 985-3100

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Follow my new blog...

We are launching this blog for all of you… those of you who know someone affected by domestic violence, victims of domestic violence, or anyone who wants to offer words of encouragement or advice. I became interested in domestic violence when my dear friend, Alice Morrin, lost her life at the hands of her husband. Alice was the victim of a murder-suicide. Her death is beyond tragic. However, I want Alice to be remembered for the amazing woman that she was and the warmth she brought to everyone. Alice will live on in the family that she raised, the friends that she loved, and the wonderful memories that she leaves behind. My hope is to help others who are going through domestic violence. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been physically or sexually abused during her lifetime. An estimated 3-4 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year. But domestic violence is much more than physical abuse. In fact, many battered women who are controlled by their spouse/partner have never been physically assaulted. Regardless, domestic violence should not happen to ANYONE! Remember, you are not alone, it’s not your fault, and help is available. We need to work together to end Domestic Violence.

Here are some warning signs I found on Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website…

Warning Signs

The following checklist may help you decide if you or someone you know is being abused.

Does your partner…

  • constantly criticize you and your abilities as a spouse/partner, parent or employee?
  • behave in an over-protective manner or become extremely jealous?
  • threaten to hurt you, your children, pets, family members, friends or himself?
  • prevent you from seeing family or friends?
  • get suddenly angry or "lose his temper"?
  • destroy personal property or throw things around?
  • deny you access to family assets like bank accounts, credit cards, or the car, or control all finances and force you to account for what you spend?
  • use intimidation or manipulation to control you or your children?
  • hit, punch, slap, kick, shove, choke or bite you?
  • prevent you from going where you want to, when you want to, and with whomever you want to?
  • make you have sex when you don't want to or do things sexually that you don't want to do?
  • humiliate or embarrass you in front of other people?

It you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be a victim of domestic violence. You are not to blame and you are not alone – millions of women are abused by their partners every year. In any case, you need not face domestic violence alone. You deserve help, and help is available by calling 1-888-774-2900.

Domestic violence does not discriminate against anyone at any age: men, women, teens and children. Tell us your story. Do you know someone affected by domestic violence? Were you a victim of domestic violence? This is a safe place for you to be open, so hopefully we can help others and save a life.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Thank You USA Gymnastics!

First, I want to thank USA Gymnastics for donating a VIP Package for the 2010 National Championships - which will take place at the XL Center!

Be sure to attend the Morrin Education Benefit tonight.

Also, since I'm a gymnastics fan, I've included a link to my blog from last summer when I covered gymnastics at the US Olympic Games for the Olympic News Service.

I've included a few pictures for you as well...

XL Center - 2010 National Championships!

Gymnastics Gold:

XL Center Capture 2010 National Championships

Monday, June 29, 2009

We'll miss you Alice...

I fought back tears during the newscast today, as we all mourn the loss of our dear friend Alice Morrin. Alice had a gift. She could bring happiness into people’s lives. Her warmth and sincerity will not be forgotten.

I learned so much from Alice. As our friendship grew, she and her family welcomed me into their home for Thanksgiving. She has the most loving family, who loved Alice dearly. Marilyn, her mother, with her disposable camera, was the sweetest lady I had ever met. Walter, her father, was a firecracker with a quick wit. Now, I see where Alice gets it.

She was never short of laughter or love. Alice taught me that a sense of humor is a valuable asset. Laugh at yourself. Laugh with others. Laugh often.

It was evident in the way she lived her life that she believed a little encouragement went a long way. And it did! Maybe it's only a few words or a small act of kindness, but that small effort can really encourage another person.

Alice got outside every day, whether it was with her kids or riding her bike. She knew miracles were waiting. She knew each new day was a gift from God, and how she lived her life was her gift to him.

She taught me that you can’t control things that happen to you in life, but you can control how you react to what happens to you in life.

With my short time on earth with Alice, as our friendship grew, I learned that the people you care about most in life are taken from you much too soon. So I’ve learned you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

Alice Morrin was rich with every trait we admire in people. To those who knew her, she leaves behind a space, a presence that can never be filled. There will be less love, less laughter, and less joy.

Her death is beyond tragic. Our loss is unspeakably profound, but her shortened life is nothing short of love and happiness. Ask anyone who knew her. She touched all of our lives. We are all better people because of Alice Morrin. She was not only my colleague, but also my dear friend. She touched everyone here at FOX 61.

Alice will live on in the family that she raised, the friends that she loved, and the wonderful memories that she leaves behind.

I hope and pray that you remember this amazing woman’s life, the genuine warmth she brought to all of us. If we can do that, the darkness of her passing will be overshadowed with the joy and light that was Alice Morrin.