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“Alarming” Levels of Obesity in CT Kids


By Arielle Levin Becker

HARTFORD –About one in three Connecticut kindergartners and third graders are overweight or obese, and about one in seven are obese, according to a study by the state Department of Public Health.

The study found disparities by race and income, with 41 percent of black and 43 percent of Hispanic children considered overweight or obese, compared with 27 percent of white children. In addition, obesity rates were higher in schools in lower income communities, according to DPH.

The study was based on a sample of 74 elementary schools from 2010 to 2011.

Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen called the childhood obesity rate “alarming,” and noted that the condition is a risk factor for chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

“Children who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop these serious chronic diseases at earlier ages that lead to premature disability, early death, loss of productivity and decreased quality of life,” Mullen said in a statement. She added that parents, schools, communities and policymakers must work together to address obesity.

This was first published on ctmirror.org.

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Hartford Police Arrest Suspects in Armed Robberies


HARTFORD — Using “all means necessary”, Hartford Police have arrested four male suspects in a multi-state armed robberies in South Hartford, police said.

The four individuals below were arrested and charged with robbery by Hartford Police on Oct. 24, police said.


Anthony Carrier, DOB 11/30/1974, of 7 Brownell Avenue, Hartford.  Charged with an armed robbery that occurred at the Anacaona Grocery, 1022 Broad Street, on October 24, 2012.
Pedro Perez, DOB 5/13/1982, 10 Marshall Street, Hartford. Charged with a Willard Street robbery of a woman’s purse on October 24, 2012. Two juveniles charged with a street robbery at 61 Bliss Street on October 24, 2012.

Also, police said Jerome Betsey, 28, of 111 Skawn Dr., Bristol, was arrested on Thursday and charged with first degree robbery and first degree conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with a robbery that occurred at 344 Franklin Ave., in Hartford after police in Bloomfield, and other towns.

Betsey, (in picture below) was wanted by Hartford Police on an outstanding warrant. His bond was set at $1 million.

Police said Betsey made admissions to multiple robberies dating back to September in the towns of Bristol, Bloomfield, Hartford, Plainville and East Hartford.

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Connecticut Braces for Hurricane ‘Sandy’


HARTFORD — With Hurricane Sandy potentially threatening Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is asking residents to closely monitor the storm’s path over the next few days and to be prepared.

“Just as the state is monitoring and preparing, the public should do the same,” Malloy said.  “Some models predict that Sandy may move onshore somewhere in New England early next week.  Although we are not certain the storm will impact the state, we need to be prepared.  That means everyone, especially the state’s utility companies.”

The state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is monitoring this storm very closely and is prepared to coordinate any potential state response.  DEMHS is participating in National Weather Service conference calls to get the latest information on the storms track and is sending out regular updates to all municipalities and tribal nations.

DEMHS is also in communication with Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating regarding their preparations and posture.

“Although hurricanes are unpredictable, this storm has the potential to impact Connecticut and we need to be prepared,” said DEMHS Deputy Commissioner William P. Shea.  “Because a shift in the track of the hurricane of just a few miles can have a significant impact on the state, it is important to stay informed by listening to TV and radio and heed the warnings of public safety officials.”

Malloy and DEMHS offered the following preparedness tips:

Basic Emergency Supply Kit

  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.

Family Emergency Plan

  • Identify an out-of town contact.  It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.  If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know.  Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging.  Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Subscribe to alert services.  Many communities/states now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about severe weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. In Connecticut, go to www.ct.gov/ctalert to register for alerts.

For more information on Hurricane Preparedness, visit ct.gov/hurricane.

 

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AG: Beware of Debt Collector Scams


HARTFORD — In an effort to help consumers avoid scams, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Banking Commissioner Howard F. Pitkin have issued an alert to consumers about misleading scam debt collection practices and what they can do to protect themselves.

“Scammers may claim to be from law firms, government agencies, or even law enforcement agencies and threaten to arrest consumers if they don’t pay,” Jepsen said. “The law prohibits legitimate debt collectors from such practices.”

Commissioner Pitkin noted that “Consumers may fall prey to these calls because they may be frightened by the scammers who often have accurate personal information about the consumers they target. They may demand payment, but refuse to send consumers any written proof that the debts are legitimate. Federal and state law requires a debt collector to send proof of a debt.”

The Attorney General and Commissioner Pitkin offer the following suggestions to consumers who receive intimidating calls:

·         First, check your records to determine whether you owe the debt. If you have no record of the debt, do not make a payment or follow the caller’s instructions until you receive proof of the debt.

·         If you have provided banking information to the caller, alert your bank that your account may have been compromised. Also, consider putting a fraud alert or security freeze on your credit reports through the three credit reporting agencies.

·         Do not confirm or provide additional personal information to a caller until you verify with the Department of Banking that the debt collector is licensed to operate in Connecticut. If the caller is licensed, report any abusive behavior.

·         Do not be intimidated into making payments on an unknown debt by a caller who falsely claims to be from a government agency, or who threatens arrest.

·         If you believe you are in physical danger, contact your local police department.

·         Carefully review copies of your credit reports and look for fraudulent activity.

Consumers may check the license of a debt collector, or make a complaint, by contacting the Department of Banking Consumer Affairs Division at 860-240-8170, or toll-free at 1-800-731-8225, or online at www.ct.gov/dob.

For more information about how to handle callers who claim to be debt collectors, see Who’s Calling? That Debt Collector Could Be a Fake on the Federal Trade Commission’s website.

For more information about debt collection practices and protections for consumers, see Debt Collection FAQs: A Guide for Consumers.

Consumers who believe they have been a victim of debt collection scam also may contact the Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Inquiries, at 860-808-5318, or e-mail attorney.general@ct.gov.

 

Assistant Attorney General Sandra Arenas-Charles is assisting the Attorney General on this issue with Assistant Attorney General Phillip Rosario, head of the Consumer Protection unit.

 

Consumer advisories are issued to inform the public of unfair, misleading or deceptive business practices, and to provide information about other issues of concern. The advisories are not legal advice, legal authority or a formal legal opinion by the Attorney General.

 

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Voter Suppression Laws Cast Chill on Af-Am Community


By Khalil Abdullah, NAM Contributor

As voter suppression laws continue to be debated in states across the country, members of the African-American press and voting rights advocates say the repercussions of that debate are already being felt. The most immediate metric, they note, will be whether voter turnout is reduced.

For some observers, that is a likely prospect.

“Talking about the guys who are not going to vote, four years ago, they took chances,” said Harold Meeks, publisher of the Tell Us USA News Network, an on-line news magazine with bureaus in several cities. “I owe $23,000 in child support, but I’m going out to vote for the black man,” Meeks said, describing a hypothetical Detroit voter in 2008.

“They’re not going to take those same chances again, particularly with these other voices saying that we’re going to scrutinize you,” he continued. “We’re going to see if there are any warrants out for you, so don’t you dare register. It’s that intimidation factor, it’s real.”

Meeks acknowledged that restrictive laws in several states have been rescinded but feels those who sponsored them “have got their point across” and that, in a tight election, those absent votes could weigh on the outcome.

Court victories – most recently in South Carolina and Pennsylvania – have dispensed with the need for photo IDs in this year’s election. Still, the furor over that issue, and the repeated attempts at totally repealing early voting only recently stymied in Ohio, for example, and efforts to purge voting rolls and curtail registration periods, have engendered a spectrum of responses.

Misinformation in Minnesota

Charles Hallman, staff writer for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder in Minneapolis said what he fears most is misinformation.

“E-mails have been sent out to churches telling them that their parishioners might not be eligible to vote this year even though there have been no changes in the registration forms,” he said.

Hallman has taken it upon himself to tell ministers to keep the correct information in the pulpit and has encouraged them to urge parishioners to check with the secretary of state’s office if they have questions regarding eligibility. He added that his paper’s publisher and staff have been consistent in running stories and weekly updates on why voting matters. “It’s not just about the presidential election.”

In November, Minnesota citizens will be voting on two hotly contested ballot initiatives to amend the state’s constitution. One would legally define marriage as between one man and one woman; the other would require a photo ID for future elections.

Hallman said his paper has been neutral on the marriage amendment. On the photo ID law, he says passage would negatively and disproportionately affect a wide swath of citizens. “That’s Native Americans, that’s blacks, that’s Latinos,” Hallman said, pointing to a report showing that thousands of Minnesotans lack the photo ID required under the amendment.

He contends the photo ID amendment is a GOP-sponsored strategy to limit the number of Democratic voters – African-Americans among them. And though Minnesota is considered a blue state, he said, voter attrition through whatever method has electoral consequences.

“We don’t have a big turnout of black people who come out to vote for a number of reasons,” Hallman explained, noting that their relatively low participation in the 2010 election was likely a factor in Republicans gaining control of the state’s legislature.

Young Voters in Old Dominion

While a low turnout of African-Americans in Minnesota might not lose the Oval Office for the Democratic Party, it certainly could in Virginia. With 13 electoral votes at stake, both parties are aggressively courting Old Dominion voters.

Virginia enacted a voter photo ID law this year, one considered by both supporters and detractors as having the least onerous requirements among laws of its type. For Foster Stringer, who has spent time visiting schools as part of a broad-based voter registration drive spearheaded by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, how the state’s young voters will respond has yet to be answered.

“These were majority black and Hispanic kids, very few white children in these schools,” said Stringer, who recently retired as Director of Human and Civil Rights for the American Federation of Teachers. He said that even before the second presidential debate, “there would be this interest in talking about the election. ‘We gotta be talking about Pell grants and student loans. I want to go to college, but I don’t want to get saddled with all that debt.’”

Stringer said he had not anticipated their interest. “After all the negative talk we hear about a lost generation of African-American youth, I was surprised. It was very encouraging for me.”

He attributes that enthusiasm, in part, to the 2008 election of President Obama. “Some of these kids were 13 when Obama was elected and now they’re at an age where they want to be responsible.” He said the speculation that an African-American president would manifest in unexpected ways is being borne out.

In New Orleans, Poverty is Suppression

The picture in New Orleans appears less bright for David Baker, associate editor for the Louisiana Weekly. He says he’s yet to see the kind of eagerness to register described by Stringer.

“I haven’t seen as many 18 or 19-year-olds registering voters outside of grocery stores … like during the last election.” He said he is aware that there were ongoing voter registration campaigns in the city, but added, “New Orleans has been mired in crime, violent murder crime. A lot of people’s focus has been on that issue.”

Baker also expressed disappointment in the failure of both candidates to draw clear lines around what middle class means for different communities. That Obama and Romney would consider a person in the African-American community who even neared earning the $200,000 to $250,000 cap they cite as being middle class is not grounded in the reality of American life, he said.

Poverty, Baker insisted, is the ultimate voter suppression issue. Not only does it impose its own limits on civic participation, but its absence in policy discussions erodes confidence in America’s future.

“I don’t see poverty being debated. That’s the problem that continues to be unaddressed.” Baker said. “I actually heard my grandmother talk about the importance of voting, but then she’ll say, ‘No matter who wins the election, I’m still going to be poor.’”

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Five Mitt Romneys, None Electable


By Lakshmi Chaudhry and Sandip Roy, By First Post,

Some experts are calling it a tie, while snap polls anoint President Obama as the winner. But the more accurate reading of the second presidential debate is to say simply: Mitt Romney lost. Yes, Obama was “much improved” as one CNN pundit put it, but his re-energised avatar would have been less impressive without Romney’s help.

The former governor of Massachusetts committed five key unforced errors that determined the outcome of the debate, each revealing a different and un-electable Mitt Romney.

The Billion Dollar Man

The question was on immigration policy, which has never been Romney’s strong point given his history of flip-flopping. But Romney chose to resolve his conundrum by jumping straight out of the pot into a Chinese wok. Using his allotted time to rebut Obama’s charges about his investments in China, he said, “Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust and I understand they do include investments outside of the United States, including Chinese companies.”

Fair enough, but then he took that step too far. “Mr President have you looked at your pension?” Romney asked Obama, repeating the question as he walked right up to him: “Have you looked at your pension?”

The “pension” moment underlined Romney’s tone-deaf, billionaire image. Only an out-of-touch candidate would justify his hugely profitable foreign investments by attacking someone’s retirement savings. The very word “pension” evokes the image of a middle class retiree in Florida with a little nest egg saved up for the golden years. In one fell swoop, Romney conflated Obama with that little old lady in Fort Lauderdale — an unexpectedly generous gift.

Obama didn’t even have to spell it out. He just shrugged and slid in the dagger, “I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours, so it doesn’t take as long.” Everyone laughed — one of the rare moments of audience reaction during the debate — because they know exactly what he’s talking about.

So Romney dug himself deeper: “Let me give you some advice. Let me give you some advice: You also have investments in Chinese companies, you also have investments outside of the United States. You also have investments in a Cayman trust.” He’s probably right, but you don’t win elections as a billionaire investor by implying that the vast majority of Americans are every bit as compromised because their $50,000 “pension” fund includes some Chinese stocks.

The Ladies Man

Sometimes it just comes out wrong. Mitt Romney didn’t mean to sound like he was running a modeling agency when he said he had “binders full women” but that little gaffe is going to be the meme of the night says The Guardian.

“Binders full of women” became #bindersfullofwomen on Twitter, a Tumblr page and a Facebook page which within half an hour had over 20,000 likes.

But it also revealed something Romney doesn’t want revealed — his patronising attitude toward women and he wasn’t even in the tricky terrain of reproductive rights. The question was about the workplace. Romney expressed his shock (!) that his staff only brought forward the resumes of men. “And I said, ‘Well, gosh, can’t we — can’t we find some — some women that are also qualified?’”

Then Mr Fix-it got to work.

“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

First off, what kind of staff does he surround himself with that they didn’t have any women they could recommend off the bat? And are qualified women a sort of rare and endangered species that you have to go on a special safari to find them? Ultimately, his great claim to championing women in the workplace was that he let his chief of staff go home early so she could fix dinner for her kids. Nice for his chief of staff but equal pay for equal work is means your promotions and perks don’t have to depend on the kindly largesse of bosses like Mitt Romey. Equal pay for equal work is about policy. Romney offered a little dinner-table anecdote instead.

By the way, that claim about Romney as the great white knight rushing to the rescue of ignored women, that’s not exactly true either. A non-partisan group called MassGAP was responsible for that effort according to the Boston Phoenix.

Either way, unfortunately for Mitt Romney, for undecided women watching the debate, the question becomes: Do you want to be in Mitt’s binder?

The Rubber Stamp Man

One of the things American voters discovered in this debate was that Mitt Romney had once been the governor of Massachusetts. Since he became a born-again conservative Republican after leaving that office, Romney doesn’t like to talk about his record of running that liberal state too much in front of his party base. But today trying to tap into undecided voters he brought it up again and again as part of the kinder, gentler Mitt Romney. But it tripped him up when the fierce opponent of gun control was asked about how he’d signed a ban while he was governor. Oh, that, said Romney, was all about bipartisanship.

“In my state, the pro-gun folks and the anti-gun folks came together and put together a piece of legislation.” Gee whiz, then you don’t need to be much of a leader to sign it, do you?

Romney was trying to turn his gun control flip-flop on its head to show he could break through gridlock but bipartisanship does not mean pushing the tough decisions onto someone else’s plate. Bush Jr. famously touted his experience in working with Democrats in Texas to show he could rise above partisanship. We all know how that turned out when it came to working with Democrats in Washington.

If Democrats and Republicans could agree on a healthcare reform then Americans wouldn’t need an Obama to fight for it. A President has to fight for what he believes in whether it’s health care or immigration reform. He does not just get to show up for the signing ceremony with a fancy pen. That’s the job for empty suits.

The Used Car Salesman

Candidates are notorious for promising the moon but Romney is happy to sell you a bit of Mars as well if he thinks it will get your vote. Moderator Candy Crowley said they are making iPads in China. Would America ever get these jobs back? “We can compete with anyone in the world as long as the playing field is level,” responded Romney airily. Gas too expensive – no reason why it shouldn’t be under 4 dollars a gallon. And Jeremy who is worried about a job after he graduates, don’t worry. “I’m going to make sure you get a job,” said Romney. One almost expected him to promise a chicken in every pot while he was at it.

Obama in response simply said “Candy, there are some jobs that are not going to come back”. There isn’t a playing field level enough to turn American manufacturing into China’s economic zones. Then he smartly flipped it around to say those were low-skill jobs, what he wanted were “high-wage high-skill” jobs. Can he get enough of them for all the Americans out of work? He didn’t answer that question but it didn’t matter. He sounded like he was leveling with his audience whereas Romney was selling them a fictitious level playing field.

Benghazi Blunderer

With the Secretary of State taking responsibility for the attack on the Benghazi consulate, the Benghazi tragedy offered Romney a chance to put Obama on the defensive — and on an issue, terrorism, that has been his strong suit ever since the killing of Osama bin Laden. The exchange over Libya instead is being deemed the game-changer, the moment when Romney lost the plot, and his edge.

“[T]hat moment is going to be one that’s going to be replayed and replayed… Mitt Romney seemed to stumble, and he seemed to be rattled after that question,” said NBC analyst Chuck Schumer.

For starters, Romney grabbed the bull by the wrong end by focusing on the conflicting statements released by White House, and therefore opened the door for Obama to neatly sidestep the issue and go all presidential:

I am ultimately responsible for what’s taking place there because these are my folks, and I’m the one who has to greet those coffins when they come home… And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the secretary of state, our UN ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president, that’s not what I do as commander in chief.

Romney then compounded his woes by insisting that Obama was lying: “You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror. It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying?… I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.”

As it turns out, Obama had indeed referred to “acts of terror” in his Rose Garden speech, leaving Romney in the unenviable position of being fact-checked on the spot by the moderator.

Some analysts ascribe Romney’s gaffe to the Republican echo chamber, which views Benghazi as evidence of White House dishonesty. But the critical gaffe also revealed a deeper weakness: The failure to acknowledge a post-George Bush reality.

The war on terror is no longer an advantage for the Republicans, and each time they talk tough on terror, they evoke memories of the disastrous Iraq invasion. That Obama was the one to finally get bin Laden, having promised to do so, merely compounds their weakness. Where Bush is now seen as having lied, over and over again, to the American people, Obama can safely insist, “You know that I mean what I say.”

The credibility gap was plain to see when one of the undecided voters in CNN‘s focus group said, “The President took responsibility as the commander-in-chief. He plainly said that whatever happened was on his watch. And Romney should have just left it at that.” Romney instead came across as mean-spirited, disrespectful, and worse, disingenuous.

Mitt Romney has long been vulnerable to charges of expediency, often accused of tailoring his persona and his politics to win votes, saying one thing on the stump and another behind closed doors with wealthy donors. He may indeed be a different man for different seasons, but Romney’s bigger problem is that none of the men on display in Hofstra seemed likely to win this election.

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Hartford Police Investigate Cemetery Vandalism


HARTFORD — Hartford Police  was still investigating a recent cemetery vandalism at Waverly Street and Tower Avenue, police said.

About 40 gravestones were rooted up and turned over in a vandalism spree that probably occurred between Oct. 15 and Oct. 19, police said.

Congregation Israel cemetery superintendent said the vandalism was expected to cost more than $20,000 to properly repair the damage. He added that most of the overturned headstones were secured at their bases, requiring extensive repair work. One monument was over six feet tall when standing. In two locations a number of gravestones in a row were overturned, police said.

The superintendent said he was notified by a congregation member who regularly visits his son’s grave.  There are no known suspects at this time.  Police said extra patrol attention was  directed for these cemeteries.

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Malloy to Tour Jumoke at Milner School


HARTFORD —  Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is scheduled to visit a Hartford school on Friday to “showcase some of the reforms that are underway as a result of the education reform legislation” passed in the last session and signed by the governor,” state officials said.

Jumoke Academy at Milner was approved earlier this year as one of the  “Commissioner’s Network”, which official said “enables the state to provide intensive supports and interventions in some of the state’s lowest-performing schools.”  Each school represents a different turnaround model for reform.

The visits will allow Malloy an opportunity to speak with students, school representatives, local elected officials, and teacher union representatives.

Malloy is also scheduled to visit Norwich to do a similar tour. On Thursday he toured New Haven and Bridgeport.

 

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Hartford Officer Charged in Albany Avenue Car Accident


HARTFORD — Hartford Police arrested a fellow officer who was involved in a car accident that critically injured a civilian at the corner of Albany Avenue and Woodland Street, police said.

Officer Taikwon Dudley was arrested and charged on Thursday with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, traveling too fast for conditions and failure to obey a traffic signal, police said.

The Hartford Guardian first broke the news after sources reported an accident with a civilian critically injured was ignored while Officer Dudley was being treated by the ambulance on the scene.

 According to police internal investigation, Taikwon was involved in a motor vehicle accident on July 13 while he was responding to the area to assist other officers who were trying to catch an armed suspect in to custody. However, Taikwon was speeding “too fast” for conditions at about 2 : 00 a.m. on Albany Ave.
Taikwon’s car collided with Anthony Mansfield’s car. Mansfield, 50, was critically injured and ultimately succumbed to his injuries at St. Francis Hospital on July 20. Mansfield is a relative of Hartford State Rep. Douglas McCrory.

The accident involving Dudley was investigated by the Hartford Police Accident Reconstruction Unit and the Hartford Police Internal Affairs Division, with the cooperation of the Connecticut State Police and New Britain State’s Attorney’s Office.

Today, Oct. 18, Officer Dudley was placed under arrest and processed for the mentioned charges by Hartford Police.  Officer Dudley was released on a Written Promise to Appear and in Hartford Superior Court on Oct. 25.

“I continue to express my condolences to the Mansfield family in this difficult time.  I thank them for their patience in allowing us to complete a complex investigation as thoroughly and completely as possible,” said Hartford Police Chief James C. Rovella.

 

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President of Hartford Negro Women’s Council Dies


BLOOMFIELD — Jean Ward, a community organizer with a “gentle spirit” and president of an historic organization that aims to uplift black women, died on Saturday. She was 58.

Ward was the president of the local chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, founded by  Mary McLeod Bethune. In the last few weeks of her life, she was busy recruiting young professionals to join the organization and also putting final touches on a Nov. 6 Founder’s Day scholarship luncheon, friends said.

Ward was also a city council staff. Most recently, she served as the executive assistant to Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings, whom she helped attain office. Jennings is the only woman on the council.

However, Ward was always willing to help anyone who needed help, friends said.

“Jean served our city for many years – both in government and in the community. In fact, she was an important part of keeping the City Council connected with the community and was instrumental in helping the City Council successfully launch the Faith-based Anti-Violence Summit,”  City Council Chairman Shawn Wooden.

The daughter of Alice Ward and the late Johnnie Ward was born in Chatham County, Savannah, GA on September 21, 1954. Friends and family said she was a daughter, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and devoted friend is survived by her mother, Alice Ward; five children and nine grandchildren.

Her calling home ceremony will be held on Oct. 19, at the Phillips Metropolitan CME Church located at 2500 Main St., in Hartford.
Viewing hours from 9-11 a.m. with the funeral following at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to contribute to a memorial fund set up to assist her son who has just started college may send donations to the Ahmad Jamal Jordan Scholarship Fund, c/o Hartford Municipal Credit Union,443 Franklin Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114.
For online condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

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