St. Francis merger takes a step forward

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center parent St. Francis Care Inc.’s proposal to join a Michigan health system took a step forward this week.

E. Windsor FST office included in Stantec deal

Canada-based design consulting firm Stantec, which has offices in Hartford and New Haven, said it has agreed to acquire an engineering and environmental firm that has an East Windsor office.

Industry study: New England needs energy infrastructure

A new report commissioned by a coalition of industry groups concludes that a failure to invest in natural gas and electricity infrastructure in New England will cost businesses and households...

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Farmington Bank hires former Red Sox knuckleballer as pitchman

Farmington Bank says its signed Former Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield as its starting pitchman.

S&P removes Phoenix from credit watch

With a destacking of its insurance subsidiaries complete, The Phoenix Companies Inc. said Friday that Standard & Poors has taken the company’s long-term credit and financial strength ratings...

Aetna shareholders to vote on Humana stock transfer

Shareholders of Hartford health insurer Aetna will vote at a special meeting in October on a key piece of the company's proposed $37 billion acquisition of rival Humana, the company said.

DMV: Employees getting used to new computer system

The Department of Motor Vehicles, which has struggled with long lines and delays caused by a new computer system, said that it has trimmed its time per transaction to 15 minutes as of Wednesday.

Malloy claims victory over chronic veteran homelessness

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday that Connecticut has received federal designation as the first state in the country to end chronic homelessness among its military veterans.

Marijuana patient rolls up 9 percent in Aug.

The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Connecticut grew 9 percent over the past month, according to the Department of Consumer Protection.

FEMA’s $83K to Mansfield Fire

The Mansfield Fire Department got an $83,467 FEMA grant to upgrade its fire hoses and nozzles, authorities say.

W. Hfd. malpractice broker sold

A New York City insurance brokerage bought West Hartford’s Healthcare Risk Specialists, establishing its first Connecticut outpost.

Travel website: Hartford flights pricey around Christmas

A Christmas-time flight to Bradley International Airport costs more than most other major cities, according to an analysis by online travel booking website Hipmunk.

Meriden's Townline Sq. sold for $44.5M

Gregory Seay |

Meriden's Townline Square Shopping Center has been sold for $44.5 million cash by a Greenwich realty investment trust (REIT) that is actively rebalancing its property portfolio.


Toughest golf courses in Connecticut

(Ranked by slope)

RankCourseTee/Slope/Course rating
1Wee Burn Country Club, DarienBlack/146/75.3
2Great River Golf Club, MifordBlack/146/74.6
3Connecticut Golf Club, EastonBlack/146/73.7
4The Stanwich Club, GreenwichBlack/143/77.0
5Round Hill Club, GreenwichBlue/140/73.3

Sources: Individual courses./Compiled by Roger Magnus. Slope adjusts handicap to the difficulty of the course. The more difficult the course, the more strokes needed. Under slope, golfers no longer have a handicap, they have an index. An average course will have a slope rating of 113. The index is the mathematical calculation of the golfer's playing ability on an average course. Some courses have different rates for carts, seniors, twilight and residents. Please call courses to verify rates. The following courses werec ontacted but either did not respond or declined to participate in this survey: Birchwood Country Club (Westport), Brooklawn Country Club (Fairfield), Club at River Oaks (Sherman), Highfield Club (Middlebury), Lake of Isle Golf Club (North Stonington - two courses), Redding Country Club (West Redding), Richter Park Golf Course (Danbury), Silver Spring Country Club (Ridgefield), The Hartford Golf Course (West Hartford) and Woodway Country Club (Darien).

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