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A fire burned  through 118 storage units in a self-storage facility at 990 Meriden Road in the Waterbury Wednesday February 18th.
The fire started around 12:15 p.m. and was still burning as of 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday afternoon, firefighters brought in an excavator  to tear down the outside of the building so they could access the interior portions that were still on fire. The fire was still burning a day later.

I was coming back from Bridgeport from an assignment when I saw heavy smoke as I made my way from route 8 onto route 84. I chased down the scene and got some great pictures.

 

 

 

The 3rd Annual Hartford Art Sled Derby to say the least was a HOOT! Held at Elizabeth Park on the hill at the Sunrise Overlook the “Derby” was a combination of pirates, fish, animals, and a combination of other earthly and non-earthly sleds. This was the 3rd one that hey have held but I think it is growing! Here are a few images that I captured in the 2 hours that it went on, and my uncontrollable laughter!

This might have been my first Sled Derby, but certainly not my last!

The snowstorm we had last week sent me out to the northeastern part of the state where they received up to 30 inches of snow.

Besides the great video I shot, I managed to spot a few good still images along the way.

This is an idyllic winter photo from Pomfret, Connecticut. Could you not ask for anything more peaceful?

The second one I almost drove off the road once I read this sign.

Snow Cemetery. Really?  Yes, really!

Ashford, Connecticut. Where else could you actually get a place for snow to get buried?

 

 

 

 

For astrophotograpers this has been the best opportunity to get some great shots as it makes it’s way to the sun.

Here is an image I got last night of the comet.

I used a 300mm Nikon lens at f/4.5 tracked with my Losmandy mount. I took 10 images of the comet, each one 45 seconds long at ISO 1600, dark frames removed, and cleaned up in Photoshop.

It took a while to get the polar alignment right in the cold 15 degree weather, but from previous experience shooting comets, it was worth it!

Here’s the image.

 

The comets carbon gas in sunlight produces the coma’s green color, the fainter bluish tail is tinted by ionized carbon monoxide.

Let’s see if this comet gets any brighter! It is already about 4.3mag, visible to the naked eye!

 

Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, is now putting on a great show for skywatchers! Yes, even in Connecticut . It’s at 4th magnitude and not expected to get much brighter but still a neat object to find in the winter sky. If you can find the constellation Orion after it rises in the east just after 6pm, you can find the comet. Look for a green fuzzy star to the right of it about halfway up to the constellation Pleiades. Unless your in a dark sky you had best use binoculars to find this one. If your lucky to get out of the city and into some dark skies you should pick it out no problem.

I went out tonight to my dark sky location and took a couple if images of it. The first one is a wide angle one showing it’s location (in the circle). The second is a closer look at this “green” ball of ice making its way towards the sun!

 

 

 

A mid morning 2nd alarm fire at 1113-1115 Albany Ave. gave a year end present to area fire photographers and photojournalists.

That is, if you only got there in the first 10 minutes. A quick knockdown by two tower ladders made quick work of the visible fire.

I was lucky to catch it when I did. Never the less, a nice photo op to end the year with.

Well the book is finally out! After a year of going through thousands of articles and pictures it was a pleasure to have a book signing at my favorite place, Leaves and Pages on West Main Street!

It was a great turnout seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Even New Britain’s Mayor Erin Stewart stopped by and sat with me for awhile to discuss the book and Walnut Hill Park.

Thanks to all who came to the book signing!

 

Yes indeed! The long awaited “The Life and Times of Walnut Hill Park” books have arrived!

Here are the ways to obtain the book.

The first way if you are in the New Britain area is to stop in at Leaves and Pages bookstore at 59 West Main Street. Arlene and Dan the owners have plenty of signed books in stock.

If you want multiple books for presents for Christmas, or a great unique ”New Britain” gift they have everything you need!

The second way is to contact me at chaniewski@comcast.net and tell me how many books you would like.

The price will be $25.00 per book which covers tax and shipping. I will get back to you ASAP with my mailing address.

Please do this as soon as possible if you would like to have a book(s) for Christmas time. I do not want to run out of books, so this would help me out very much.

 

I am proud to announce that I have completed my second book called “The Life and Times of Walnut Hill Park”.

Located in New Britain, Connecticut it is one of the most beautiful and history laden parks in Connecticut, if not in New England.

Over the past 40 years of photographing the park for work and pleasure I started to look into it’s history. What I found was a treasure chest

of famous people who were involved in the park, historical events that happened in and around the park, and many never seen  bits of New Britain’s “hidden history” that I have revealed!

It is a history book, guide book, and pictorial essay of the park from it’s inception in the late 1800′s to the present day completion of it’s latest renovations.

The book will be available to the public on or about October 10th. You can email me at chaniewski@comcast.net for more information.

There will also be a festive book signing at Leaves & Pages Bookstore at 55 West Main Street, New Britain on October 18th from 10am till 2pm.

All are invited to attend!

There has never been a book expressly about Walnut Hill Park! You will be more than surprised about what facts you find in the book.

It’s a great gift for anybody from, or has lived in New Britain. Don’t forget Christmas is on the way!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It might have been just a EF0 tornado (the lowest, least powerful one, rated on the EF scale), but for parts of the town of Wolcott, Connecticut it was bad enough.

The National Weather Service’s New York office has confirmed that a weak tornado touched down in Wolcott.

The “EF0″ level tornado touched down at 12:50 p.m, the National Weather service tweeted at 4:39 p.m. The small tornado had an estimated wind speed of 80 to 85 miles per hour and spanned about .62 miles, according to its preliminary findings.

A level 0 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale is a week tornado estimated to reach 65 to 85 miles per hour in a three-second gust, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The National Weather Service sent a representative to investigate with the help of Wolcott Emergency Management officials.

“The path began near the intersection of Minor Road and Center Street where a tree was uprooted and facing west” and finally lifted near Stagecoach Lane.

The tornado caused “intermittent tree damage” and “continued along a path to the northeast to Wolcott High School,” blowing “large fixed sports equipment” across the field and knocking down a fence, according to the report.

“Several trees were also topped” and the tornado knocked down several other trees to the northeast on Kalko Drive, the National Weather Service reported.

Here are some of the clouds yesterday afternoon after the tornado had passed through Wolcott. Luckily, we were spared here in Marlborough from any severe weather……this time.

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