Kenny, I live a few miles from you and I would suggest the simplest thing to do starting out is to go to Ritz (the one in the new Canton shops) and buy some C-41 B&W. I prefer Kodak over Ilford (XP2) and just let them process it for you.
If you decide to process yourself, you can buy chemicals and tanks at Simonds in East Hartford. I have been doing that with HP5 and Tri-X a roll at a time(120 film). I then scan it with a Nikon and print. If you shoot chrome (I do Ektachrome) then Kula in Hartford has same day turnaround. In fact, Kula may do silver B&W on site as well, I never checked.