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Get Baked Hosts Small Business Event

Get Baked

Get Baked is a bakery located in Windsor, Connecticut. On Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, Get Baked hosted over a dozen small businesses in their Central Street location to sell products and promote their small businesses. Get Baked specializes in gourmet frittata, cupcakes, brownies, custom cakes, and much more. They sell serve coffee and bread by the loaf. Find more information at, Facebook, or follow them on Instagram or Twitter @getbakedct.

The Burnt Shop

Denise O’Reilly, owner of the Burnt Shop displayed her kitchen and cooking handicrafts at the small business exposition. According to the Get Burnt website, O’Reilly launched her company after creating spoon gift sets for family and friends. She enjoys creating unique glass and wood products because they are both durable and natural.

“Between working as a professional cheesemonger and taking care of my grandkids, I burn sh*t… on purpose… and etch stuff on glass,” wrote O’Reilly on her website.

Visit for a list of retail locations that sell the Burnt Shop products.

Milo & Molly

Milo and Molly was recently featured in the Connecticut Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide for the third year in a row. According to the Milo and Molly Etsy shop, the company is local to Avon, Connecticut and is run by Kristen, a mother of two. The Milo and Molly line of products are all handmade and include scarves, mittens, headbands, bookmarks, earrings. You can shop these products at and follow the small business on Instagram @miloandmolly and on Facebook.

Mijumi Art

“Mijumi” is an acronym for Michael Justino Michaud, the artist behind the unique creations of Mijumi Art. Mijumi Art features a wide range of products that include framed prints, unisex t-shirts, prints, notebooks, scarves, duvet covers and much more. Follow Mijumi Art on Instagram @mijumiart or support this local business by shopping at


SGA Bullets

by Sarah Willson

The Student Government Association meets every Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. in Bellin A and B in the Student Center.

  • Chris Williams, a former student-athlete who graduated in 2013, has requested the support of the SGA  to allow him to speak on campus in regards to sharing his personal success story at CCSU on leadership and time management skills. More details to come.
  • Anyone interested in participating in “Competition for a Cause” should speak to President Brendan Kruh, as he has stated that although it is going well, participation from more clubs and departments is necessary.
  • The Good Neighbor Campaign will take place on Dec. 2 at 9:45 a.m. in the Sprague Carlton room. According to the SGA, there is an online sign-up sheet to participate.
  • The Coffee Talk event will take place next Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. in Student Center.
  • CCSU’s very own therapy dog going is to be on campus on Nov. 29 in Student Center.
  • The motion to reconsider Central’s Organization for Latin American Awareness Dance Contingency Request of $3,687.00 has been approved. 

Women Fall In NEC Semifinals

by Evan Sobol 

The Central Connecticut State University Women’s soccer team fell 2-1 to conference opponent Saint Francis on Friday in the Northeast Conference Semifinals. The Blue Devils pushed for a comeback late but fell short. They finished the season 10-8 with a 6-2 record in the NEC. All six of their conference wins were consecutive.

The game was scoreless until the second half. The Red Flash got on the board in minute 56. Midfielder Mariana Jaleca scored from inside the box into the left side of the net, her second goal of the season. Alyssa McGhee provided the assist. Saint Francis scored again just ten minutes later in minute 66 when Gabi Morales scored off a corner kick for her seventh goal of the season. These are the first goals Central’s Ashley Cavanaugh gave up since Oct. 1. She recorded six straight shutouts in this span.

Central’s lone goal came in minute 84 when freshman forward Jenna Rae Covello found a through pass in the box. It was her fifth goal of the season. Laura Casanovas Diaz provided the assist, her third of the season.

The Blue Devils’ 10-8 record is their best since 2014. During their six-game win streak they outscored opponents 13-0. Numerous players earned awards as well.

Cavanaugh was awarded the NEC Goalkeeper of the Year award. In 17 games this season, she recorded 62 saves and allowed less than a goal per game with a 0.72 goal allowed average. Her record this season was 9-7 with nine total shutouts. Head Coach Mick D’Arcy recollected on her play this season. “She did not record a lot of saves, but one or two big saves in each game, especially during the win streak. She’s also a good leader to have.”

Senior defender Jennifer Cafferky was awarded NEC Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth time. The Boras, Sweden native has played in 67 games for the Blue Devils and has scored 6 goals. “Winning the award four years in a row is unprecedented. She is a fantastic player overall and I enjoyed to coach her,” said D’Arcy.

Cavanaugh and Cafferky were named to the NEC First Team All-Conference along with fellow Blue Devil Kelly Halligan. In 17 games the senior scored two goals and recorded four assists.

Even though the offseason is approaching, D’Arcy pointed out it is an important time for the players. “It’s important for players to look at the offseason not as a break but an opportunity to get better.”

The women will have a couple games in the spring to help bolster their skills before the regular season starts up again.

Mangiamo La Pasta!

by Brennah Dallaire

Let’s eat pasta!

Mark your calendars for National Pasta Day on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Go out, stay in, cook with friends, but whatever you do celebrate this holiday will a delicious dish of your favorite pasta.

According to there are over 600 types of pasta. A few of the most famous types includes spaghetti, rigatoni, ravioli, penne, linguini and tortellini. In Italian, pasta is the word for dough and was adapted to describe what we know as the noodle course.

In Italy, pasta is eaten as a course of a meal but not the main entree as we typically eat it in the United States. Many pasta enthusiasts belief that pasta was invented by Marco Polo. However, reports that the earliest pasta recipe was found in the will of a man named Ponzio Bastone in 1279. According to this account, Bastone included a simple recipe of water and flour to create macaroni.

It wasn’t until Thomas Jefferson served as an ambassador in France in 1789, that he was served pasta and enjoyed it so much that he brought the first pasta machine to America. Americans didn’t know how much they were missing out.

Connecticut food blog,  ctfoodlovers has featured local restaurants gourmet pasta dishes including:

  • Fettuccini Alfredo from Fratelli’s, Southington,
  • Baked Penne Macaroni & Cheese from The Corner Pug, West Hartford
  • Fresh Bucatini Marinara with “Giant Meatballs” from Blue Plate Kitchen, West Hartford
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs from Joe Pizza, Simsbury
  • Rigatoni Bolognese from Carbone’s, Hartford.

If you’re looking for something close to campus, look no further than Tony’s Central Pizza. Tony’s offers a range of Italian dinners that all include pasta. Options include ravioli, manicotti, baked ziti, eggplant parmesan and more.

If you are interested in indulging your palate, take a trip to Alta Strada, located in the Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. The restaurant makes their pasta fresh daily. The prices per entree range from $19-$30. OpenTable and TripAdvisor reviews give Alta Strada four out of five stars, while Yelp reviews give the restaurant a modest three stars. According to the restaurant’s website, “Alta Strada is considered one of the best, most authentic Italian restaurants in CT.”

Celebrating National Pasta Day doesn’t have to mean eating out. Celebrate the holiday by cooking at home. You don’t necessarily need a pasta machine to enjoy your favorite dish. Below is a recipe for “Tagliatelle alla Bolognese” adapted from the Eataly recipe found at


1 pound dried or fresh Tagliatelle pasta

2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, minced
1 small carrot, minced
1 celery stalk, minced
1 tbsp garlic, minced
4 ounces (1/4 lb) ground veal
4 ounces (1/4 lb) ground pork
4 ounces (1/4 lb) ground beef
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup chicken or beef stock
Fine sea salt, to taste


In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter with the olive oil. Add the onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent (5 minutes). Add the carrot, celery and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and fragrant, for about 2 minutes.

Combine the veal, pork and beef in the pot. Season with fine sea salt. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until the meat has rendered most of its fat and has started to brown (5 minutes). Remove some of the rendered fat leaving just enough to cover the bottom of the pan (lean meats will render less).

Add the wine, and increase the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the wine has evaporated (6 minutes).

Decrease the heat to low, add the tomato paste, stir to combine and cook, stirring frequently (20 minutes). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the stock and adjust the heat to simmer until the stock has reduced but the sauce is still moist (about 45 minutes). Taste the sauce, adjust the seasoning if necessary and remove from the heat.

Remember the best way to eat pasta is to enjoy it with friends and family. Mangia e goditi! Eat and enjoy!

Women’s Soccer Blanked On The Road

by Kimberly Pena

CCSU at Fairleigh Dickinson

The Central Connecticut State University women’s soccer team was not able to manufacture an offensive tempo during their 1-0 lost against Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The Blue Devils on Friday could not push through FDU’s strong defense, only taking 11 shots throughout the game without producing a score.

FDU scored their first and only goal of the game approximately 36 minutes into the match on a head shot by Sofia Albertsson.

CCSU’s goalie Ashley Cavanaugh, recorded three saves in the match while permitting only the first-half goal.

The Blue Devils defense was able to hold on thereafter and not permit another score for the rest of the game.

CCSU came out aggressively during the second-half, only to walk away empty handed.

In the first 15 minutes of play in the opening of the half, the Blue Devils took five shots, all missing the goal.

Junior Kelly Halligan, led the offense with four shots and three on goal.

CCSU at Mount St. Mary University

The Blue Devils did not fare any better against St. Mary, after being held scoreless for a second consecutive game in another 1-0 loss.

Despite out-shooting St. Mary 24-12, including close goals, CCSU was not able to execute a score for their sixth shutout loss this season.

It was also the fourth time that Central lost a game 1-0.

CCSU had possession of the ball for most of the first half, taking 13 shots compared to Mount’s four. However, the Blue Devils were not able to execute any plays to get the ball past the goal.

CCSU’s defense was able to keep the Mountaineers off the board for the first half. Both teams struggled to put up a score for most of the game.

It was not until minute 64 of play where the Mountaineers were able to put up a score on a shot by Chloe Cain.

Cavanaugh recorded a season-high eight saves.

Charlotte Maurer led the offense with four shots. Meanwhile, Senior Jennifer Cafferky and freshman Jenna Rae Covello each recorded three shots. Halligan, Yo Tachibana and Danielle Pearse were three of the seven players who took a shot on goal.

CCSU fell to 4-7 overall and 0-2 in the North East Conference. The Blue Devils will complete their three-game road series next Sunday, Oct. 8 against Sacred Heart. The match is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. at Park Ave Field in Fairfield, CT.