Ned Lamont Finally is ‘in the Room Where it Happens’

By Mark Pazniokas  Connecticut’s new governor showed himself Wednesday to be affable, straightforward, optimistic, playful — and even slightly goofy — in his first address to the General Assembly, promising a collaborative approach to rebranding a state down on itself. Less than two hours after taking office, Gov. Ned Lamont matter-of-factly warned lawmakers that the […]

Ned Lamont Finally is ‘in the Room Where it Happens’

Hartford Native Shawn Wooden Sworn in as State Treasurer

By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer HARTFORD — Hartford native and former City Council Chairman Shawn Wooden was sworn in as Connecticut’s 83rd State Treasurer, pledging to use his office to protect worker’s retirement security while spurring improvements in the state’s economy, infrastructure and educational system. The Hartford resident was among several elected state officials, including Gov. […]

Hartford Native Shawn Wooden Sworn in as State Treasurer

If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours

A new data analysis by ProPublica and the Urban Institute shows more than half of older U.S. workers are pushed out of longtime jobs before they choose to retire, suffering financial damage that is often irreversible. By Peter Gosselin Tom Steckel hunched over a laptop in the overheated basement of the state Capitol building in […]

If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours

Hartford Land Bank Receives $175K Grant to Address Blight

16 January 2019

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer HARTFORD — Blighted properties in Hartford are scheduled to get some much needed attention. Thanks to a $175,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The grant will help the Hartford Land Bank to assess about 400 vacant and abandoned properties in the city. “The Hartford Foundation is proud to […]

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Hartford Stage Hires its First Female Director: Melia Bensussen

10 January 2019

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer HARTFORD — Hartford Stage has hired a new artistic director: Melia Bensussen. Bensussen, an award winning director based in Boston, will be Hartford Stage’s sixth director effective June. She will be the first woman to serve in that role. Hartford Stage President David R. Jimenez announced the news on Wednesday. “Melia […]

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Hartford Public Library Receives Grant to Address Opioid Overdose

07 January 2019

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer HARTFORD — Hartford Public Library recently received a grant to arm staff with a lifesaving opioid reversal drug: naloxone. Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation. The grant comes amid a spike in opioid-related deaths in the state. According to officials, more people are dying of accidental overdose of […]

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Sen. Beth Bye to Resign to Join Ned Lamont’s Administration

02 January 2019

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer HARTFORD — State Sen. Beth Bye will resign to take a job with Gov. elect Ned Lamont’s administration. Lamont picked Bye to lead Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood, which was created in 2013. She will help to develop a cohesive early childhood care and educational system. “Beth Bye has devoted […]

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Ned Lamont Picks James Rovella for Commissioner

28 December 2018

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer HARTFORD —  Gov. elect Ned Lamont has nominated a former Hartford Police Chief to be a commissioner. Lamont tapped James Rovella, 60, to be the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Commissioner. Rovella has selected Regina Rush-Kittle of the Middletown Police as Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Management and Stavros […]

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Ebony Horsewomen Secures Grant for Cowboy Museum

26 December 2018

HARTFORD — Ebony Horsewoman Inc. of Hartford is among a dozen cultural organizations to receive grants from the state. The Department of Economic and Community Development’s Good to Great initiative funds projects that link art, history and tourism in ways that enable cultural and historical sites to enhance visitors’ experience. The funding is targeted for small […]

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Hartford Delta Sigma Theta Announces MLK Breakfast Speaker

20 December 2018

HARTFORD — The Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has announced its keynote speaker for its annual Martin Luther King Breakfast to be held Jan. 21. The event will feature Shavon Arline-Bradley, a founding principal of R.E.A.C.H.  Beyond Solutions LLC, a public health policy and faith advocate. She is also the co-founder of The […]

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Frontier Airlines Returns to Bradley International Airport

18 December 2018

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer HARTFORD — Greater Hartford residents will now have access to more discount flights out of Bradley International Airport. That’s because the discount airline Frontier will return to the region March 28. Fares will be as low as $59. Frontier will offer direct flights from Denver to Bradley. It will be […]

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