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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

NY and CT auto insurance premiums higher than national average

The national average for auto insurance premiums is $1,636.

Reports claim Trump to leave from Stewart Airport to Scotland ahead...

Scotland's first minister suggested Trump would be barred from entering the country.

UConn to offer online courses in disadvantaged high school districts

Students to receive UConn credits through the school’s Early College Experience program.

The Artful Mix closes New Canaan store, switches to e-commerce

The store owner cited the pandemic as contributing to her decision.

Open-air market planned at Stratford’s Shakespeare Theatre site

The celebrated performing arts venue was destroyed in a fire two years ago.

Ex-Trump economic chief Gary Cohn joins IBM as vice chairman

Cohn was the former president and chief operating officer at Goldman Sachs.

PepsiCo debuts marketing push to support Black-owned restaurants

A debut commercial aired on NFL Network Media and NFL.com.

CT Comptroller Lembo projects FY2021 deficit of $615.2M

Lembo credited the state's housing market for helping the local economy.

Fairfield County localities top 2021 ranking of best CT school districts

The Shelton and Stamford school districts had the lowest numerical rankings for the county.

NY and CT among top states for 2020 outbound migration

New Jersey led the nation in outbound migration for the fourth consecutive year.

Bridgeport’s Mangoz Sports Bar fined $10K for violating state Covid restrictions

This marks the first time that a Connecticut business received a $10,000 fine for violating the governor's executive orders.

Feds OK Synchrony plan on ‘dual-feature’ credit card

Synchrony did not provide a timeline on when the new card will be introduced.

Three mothers launch online resource Primerrily to teach civics and history

The co-founders express concern on history offered in The New York Times' 1619 Project.

Moody’s report forecasts financially bleak year for higher education

"Some sector recovery is possible in the second half of 2021," the Moody's report said.

Danbury’s Ibiza Tapas shuts down

The restaurant’s management recently started the Spain at Home e-commerce site.