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Hamden's nickname is "The Land of the Sleeping Giant," after a hill formation in the rural northern section of town. It was settled by Puritans after being purchased from the Quinnipiack Native American tribe that originally inhabited the area. When the town was incorporated, in 1786, residents named it after the English statesman John Hampden. During the late nineteenth century, Italian and Irish immigrants poured into Hampden. Today, there is a large Italian-American population. Notable residents include The Rock (Dwayne Douglas Johnson) and Eli Whitney (inventor of the cotton gin).

Population: 60960
Local Newspapers: Hamden Chronicle Hamden Journal
Local Sports Teams: Wolves (USL) New Britain Rock Cats (AA) New Haven Ravens (AA)
Local Colleges: Quinnipiac University Paier College of Art Mount Sacred College

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Towns/Cities near hamden, connecticut : North Haven Wallingford Northford

Hamden News
Report It Recap: June 16, 2017

First, we salute all the dads out there. This weekend is Father's Day. A chance for you to show your love and pride for that special guy in your life.

Dog dies after being left outside in the heat

A warning from the Animal Control Officer in Wallingford after a family dog was let outside on Monday and left for hours in the extreme heat and sun. The dog was found unresponsive by its owners and pronounced dead.

Hamden man gets prison for killing woman, burning her body

A Connecticut man convicted of killing a woman and then setting fire to her body, her car and her home to try to cover up the crime will serve 70 years behind bars. The New Haven Register reports 28-year-old Benjamin Carpenter , of Hamden, was sentenced in New Haven after a jury in April found him guilty of murder and second-degree arson in the death of 45-year-old Jennifer Antonier .

New Park Opens In "New Hamden"

When Connie Vereen first arrived on Cherry Ann Street 21 years ago, the neighborhood was dominated by Southern Connecticut State University students. As the university slowly shifted its campus, more and more young families filled the street's apartment buildings.

Hamden arsonist sentenced to 70 years in prison

The man who was found guilty of setting a home on fire and killing its occupant in 2015 will be behind bars. In April, Carpenter was found guilty of murder and arson for an incident in 2015 resulting in the death of 45-year-old Jennifer Antonier .

Strawberry season delayed across Connecticut

Although it is typically strawberry season around this time of the year, folks at the Hindinger Farm in Hamden are saying the recent rain and cooler temperatures delayed the season about two weeks. "Strawberry season was a little slow coming out of the gate, but we're really starting to catch up," said farm manager George Hindinger.

Wallingford man arrested for public indecency

Police arrested a Wallingford man following a report that he had allegedly exposed himself and hiked naked at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden. A female witness had stated a man had exposed himself and was hiking naked in the popular park on April 1 and again on April 9. Ingraham was released on a $10,000 surety bond.

Connecticut social worker charged with child porn possession

Hamden police say 56-year-old Luis Rivas-Vasquez turned himself in Wednesday after computer equipment seized from his home turned up 13 movie files of child pornography. The state Department of Children and Families , where Rivas-Vasquez was a social worker, says it took "immediate action" after learning of Rivas-Vasquez's arrest, including seizing his state computer.

Seymour man charged in connection to three Hamden burglaries

According to police, Connelly was arrested on Thursday June 1. Police say the burglaries happened early April and late March.

Safety tips before firing up the barbecue grill

As the weather heats up in Connecticut, outdoor grilling season begins. Before you fire up your grill, News 8 spoke with Hamden firefighters to help keep you and your family safe around the grill.

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