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State Monitors Hurricane Earl


HARTFORD —  Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Wednesday announced that she is continuing to closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Earl, participating in a conference call with federal Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Director William Craig Fugate and remaining in close contact with state officials.

Yesterday marked the first day of National Preparedness Month.

The hurricane, which is currently off North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras, has prompted storm warnings for portions of the mid-Atlantic seaboard and storm watches – a lower level of alert – for the East Coast from Virginia toDelaware. If the storm follows its present track it is expected to remain largely offshore and deal a glancing blow, at most, to southern New England – but predictions at this stage are tenuous at best.

“The uncertainty of the hurricane’s course means we will watch the storm every step of the way,”  Rell said. “We are getting a constant stream of information from the Coast Guard, FEMA and our own Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Department of Environmental Protection. The state is also working closely to keep municipal leaders, first responders and other critical agencies ‘in the loop’ as we learn more about the hurricane’s course.

“In the meantime, even if the storm does not hit us it is likely to create hazardous conditions for boaters, including high winds and waves,” Rell said. “I am strongly encouraging every mariner to check the weather conditions before setting out – especially over the Labor Day weekend, when our waterway tend to be particularly crowded. Be mindful of small craft advisories and wind warnings, which are not only posted at marinas but are available on the Internet and on marine radio VHF Channel 16.”

Additional information on preparedness, including preparing for hurricanes, is available atwww.ct.gov/hurricane.

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City To Celebrate GrandParents Day


HARTFORD — Grandparents this month will have thier day at the Park .

For eight years, the citt has been having its Annual Grandparents Day Family Fair at Bushnell Park near the Carousel. This year, it is slated for Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.

The City celebrates this day in honor of more than 2,000 grandparents who are raising their grandchildren in Hartford and more than 18,000 grandparents raising kin in the State of Connecticut, organizers say.

Families can bring a picnic lunch while enjoying this event filled with games, arts and crafts, family relays and other entertainment.  Grandparents and their families will have the opportunity to learn more about special services and programming that are available to them in their community.

“This celebration is a wonderful way to highlight the importance of a strong family foundation and what better place to do it than in our historic parks.  Here families can enjoy each other, the great outdoors, wonderful entertainment and receive important and useful information,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.

“Our Grandparents Day Family Fair has become a wonderful tradition in the City.  In addition to the services we provide to these very important families, it is a great pleasure to be able to provide the Hartford community with such a great opportunity to honor their work and have fun in the process!” stated Carlos Rivera, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

This Saturday Hartford celebrates families with three great events at Bushnell Park:  The 8th Annual Grandparents Day Family Fair by the Carousel, the 15th Annual Lift Every Voice and Sing (LEVAS) Gospel Festival & Fair and The 2010 Discover Hartford Bicycling & Walking Tours.

For more information about this family fair, please contact Milagros Acosta (860) 757-0853.

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