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Trending: Where gay marriages take place

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Across the state of Connecticut, roughly 7,000 same-sex weddings took place between 2008 and 2013, accounting for 3.7 percent of the marriages documented between Connecticut residents. But some towns had higher rates than others. For instance, the town of Roxbury had the state’s highest rate, while New Canaan had the lowest. If you’d like to […] [Read More]
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Some local towns among highest share of private school students in nation

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A new report published by Trulia shows that 10 percent of school kids between first and twelfth grade attend private schools. But here in southwesern Connecticut, the rate is much higher in many towns. As we reported last year, about one in seven students here attend private schools. If you check out some of those […] [Read More]
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Jennifer Strom Simonte poses next to an example of maternity dress she markets through her self-employed business at her home in Westport, Conn. on Friday July 25, 2014.

Trending: Where we work for ourselves

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Westport resident Jennifer Strom Simonte was 31 when she first launched her own company on the streets of Chicago. Now, a decade later, she’s based in southwestern Connecticut, and her business Belly Dance Maternity has blossomed into a national brand in the maternity fashion realm. Balancing a company that employs about 20 people and motherhood […] [Read More]
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Looking for parents to tell modern tales

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I’m working on an upcoming Trending about unmarried couples who decide to have children without first tying the knot, something that has becoming increasingly common in recent years. Is that you? A friend? I’d love to chat for the story. You can email me at maggie.gordon@scni.com, or reach out through Twitter. Thanks! [Read More]
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Trending: Where women have it good

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Connecticut is the nation’s third-best state for women, according to a new analysis released earlier this month by The Connecticut Economy. The state ranked near the top for family leave provisions, was one of the first states to support the Equal Rights Amendment, low teen birth rates and low assault rates on women, which report […] [Read More]
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Number of millennials moving back home continues to climb

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A new report issued last week by the Pew Research Center shows that the number of multi-generational houses in the United States is continuing to climb: After three decades of steady but measured growth, the arrangement of having multiple generations together under one roof spiked during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and has kept on […] [Read More]
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Trending: Where we’re underwater

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  With 42 percent of homes underwater in the city of Bridgeport, the Park City has the nation’s tenth-highest concentration of homes worth less than what is owed on their mortgages. But Bridgeport isn’t the only local spot that’s drowning. “There are millions of people around the country who are underwater, but they’re not randomly […] [Read More]
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Infographic from Speedo and USA Swimming

Trending: Where swimmers fill the water

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We know that southwestern Connecticut is a haven for boaters, but did you know its one of the best places for swimmers in the entire nation? A new analysis from Speedo by USA Swimming finds that the Bridgeport-Stamford Metropolitan Statistical Area (which has the same footprint as Fairfield County) is among the top 10 best […] [Read More]
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Trending: When wives are more educated than their husbands

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For the first time in history, American wives are more educated than their husbands, and it’s a trend that may be occurring in homes in our area. When the Pew Research Center first began tracking this trend back in 1960, only 7 percent of American women had spouses who were less educated than they were. […] [Read More]
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Boats docked at Sherman Town Park, on Candlewood Lake in Sherman, Conn, on June 29, 2014. Sherman has more boat owners per capita than any other town in southwestern Connecticut. With 370 registered boats and 3,670 residents (U.S. Census Bureau), it ranks No. 4 in the state behind Lyme, Essex and Old Lyme.

Trending: Where we keep our boats

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In Sherman, a small town on the shores of Candlewood Lake, there is more than one boat for every 10 people, one of the highest ratios in the entire state of Connecticut. But you won’t find many people surprised by this. “I think that there are those who are attracted to Sherman for the lake […] [Read More]
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