I'm primarily a UI developer focusing on Adobe Flex. I personally haven't dealt with Java too much, but I have worked on projects w/ Java backends. My server side experience is with ColdFusion or .NET.
The Connecticut Java Users Group organizes monthly meetings on new and emerging Java technologies. It aims to help professionals stay abreat of the latest developments in Java and related open source projects. Meetings are free and open to the public. The group was initially founded in 2000 as a special interest group of the Connecticut Object Oriented Users Group. It is presently chaired by Ryan Cuprak who assumed leadering of the JUG in December of 2002.