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CT Voter Registration Deadline Nears


HARTFORD — Connecticut voters have one month to register to vote so they can cast ballots in the Nov. 4 general election.

Voters can register onlineor by mail. The deadline to register is Oct. 21. For in person registration, the deadline is Oct. 28.

So far in 2014, 53,940 new voters have registered, including 15, 924 Democrats and 10, 303 Republicans and 26,276 unaffliated voters, according to state officials.

Overall, there are 1, 931, 880 voters in Connecticut. The total number of registered Democrats in the state is 706, 211. The number of registered Republicans is 402, 840. The number of unaffiliated voters is 803,564.

Polls will be open on Nov. 4 from 6: 00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To find out if you are registered, check www.sots.ct.gov/vote.

Connecticut voters with a valid driver’s license can register to vote at htpps://voterregistration.ct.gov

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FoodShare’s President to Resign


BLOOMFIELD –Gloria McAdam, Foodshare’s President and CEO, has accepted a position heading an organization that fights hunger in Northern New York.

McAdam will remain at Foodshare until Dec. 31, 2014 when she will assume the role of Executive Director of GardenShare in Canton, NY, near where she grew up.  During the search for a permanent replacement, COO Christine O’Rourke will serve as interim CEO.

The organization has already activated its succession plan, which includes launching a nationwide search for a new President/CEO.

“We are indebted to Gloria for building a robust and dynamic organization with a strong mission and a deep bench of talented employees,” said Leslie Soler, Chair of Foodshare’s Board.  “Her determination and passion for the twin issues of fighting hunger and ending its causes has been an inspiration for the last 30 years.  We will miss her terribly, but her drive to build this organization into a fiscally sound force against hunger leaves it strong and resilient.”

 

 

 

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OEM Controls, Inc. Employees Eligible for Benefits


WETHERSFIELD – Former employees of OEM Controls, Inc. in Shelton, Connecticut who produced joystick controllers and control systems, were certified on September 9, 2014 as eligible to apply for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance.

The Connecticut Labor Department is mailing an eligibility notice regarding the benefits to all affected employees and is providing information on how to apply for benefits. Employees eligible to apply for federal benefits are those who are or will be totally or partially separated from employment due to lack of work on or after Aug. 8, 2013 and on or before Sept. 9, 2016.
Available assistance may include: training; income support in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA); job search and relocation allowances for qualified workers who seek or obtain employment outside their normal commuting areas.  Individuals 50 years of age and older who return to lower-paying work may be eligible to receive Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) wage subsidies.
Workers who qualify yet do not receive eligibility information are urged to contact their nearest American Job Center for information and assistance.

Those who need to apply for unemployment benefits are reminded that claims can now be taken over the Internet or by telephone. Information can be found on the Department of Labor’s Web site at www.ct.gov.

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CRT Offers Help with Foreclosures


HARTFORD — Help is available for Greater Hartford area homeowners facing foreclosure.

The Community Renewal Team has housing counselors who can work with homeowners to put a plan in place to save the home from foreclosure.

There are no income restrictions to participate in CRT’s foreclosure prevention and homeowners don’t need to have a foreclosure notice before taking part.

CRT’s expanded foreclosure prevention program is due in part to increased federal funding to programs that help homeowners.

For more information on CRT’s Housing Counselling Department and how we can help homeowners at all income levels, call (860) 761-7937 or email foreclosure@crtct.org.

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Historic Pond House Celebrates Latest Addition


The Pond House Café has recently completed a major addition of a brand new patio and walkway around the historic Pond House. The project also included adding a custom built gazebo and numerous gardens surrounding the building. Recently, they held a ceremony to formally donate this patio and walkway to The City of Hartford, The Elizabeth Park Conservancy and The Community.

In attendance were Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Elizabeth Park Conservancy Executive Director Christine Doty, several Elizabeth Park Conservancy Board Members, MetroHartford Alliance Director of Investor Relations Richard Brown, Pond House Owner Louis Lista, Pond House General Manager Kim Yarum, and Tom Linden of Linden Landscape Architects.

Pictured cutting the ribbon are Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Elizabeth Park Conservancy Executive Director Christine Doty and Pond House Café General Manager Kim Yarum.

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Fighting ISIS: A Coalition of Uncertainty


One way to grasp the immense difficulty facing President Obama as he tries to forge an effective international coalition to oppose the Islamic State is to examine the difference between this effort and the last time the United States led a diverse group of countries to take on a conflict in the Middle East: Operation Desert Storm, in 1991.

After Iraq invaded Kuwait in the summer of 1990 and declared it to be Iraq’s 19th province, President George H.W. Bush and his secretary of state, James A. Baker, worked for months to organize a “coalition of the willing” to retake Kuwait and evict the Iraqis.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionIt was a challenging diplomatic feat even though they had the advantage of U.N. Security Council resolutions endorsing such a campaign. The objective was clear-cut and finite. All of Iraq’s neighbors supported it. Everyone accepted the legitimacy of Kuwait’s government. And the countries that were asked to sign on could see that the United States was fully committed to do the heavy lifting: there were half a million American troops in Saudi Arabia, awaiting the signal to begin operations.

As a result, 39 countries participated in the war, including such unlikely partners as Syria, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Honduras. They shared a common objective: restoration of the sovereignty of a member state of the United Nations that had been invaded by another, in an unquestionable violation of international law and world order.

The situation confronting Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry is considerably murkier, to say the least. The United States is not just herding cats, it is herding wolves, rabbits, chameleons, and maybe a few sheep.

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The Latino Political House is Divided On Immigration


Those concerned with immigration reform, deportations, family separations, and unaccompanied minors surrendering at the southern border, are caught in a transfixed credibility debate about President Obama’s announcement to delay any decision to exercise executive action of administrative relief for the estimated 11 million undocumented migrants currently in the country.

After committing publicly at a White House press conference to make a decision by the end of the summer, Obama announced in early September that he would wait until after the midterm elections to decide what action to take. There is nothing conclusive indicating that any relief granted would be sweeping, bold, and inclusive – in any case. Everything about Obama’s trajectory tells us that it would be cautious, limited, and conflictive.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionImmigrant rights activists have harshly criticized the president for one more broken promise. Republicans have denounced him as an opportunist for delaying his decision on electoral grounds and being an imperial executive usurping the legislative role of congress. Vulnerable Democratic Senators in tight competitive races and the Democratic Party leadership, fearful of a white voter backlash, gave off a big sigh of relief. And, administration insider and outsider apologists immediately lined up to defend their patron.

Sadly, Dolores Huerta is only the latest to try and pull Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire with her recent quote from a VOXXI.COM interview, “We have to look at the big picture and don’t get caught up in saying we want it now.” “…we are a community that can wait.” And, “we have to have faith in our president…” How ironic that she expresses no anger at the 70,000 to 100,000 more deportations Obama’s delay will provoke. Multi-millionaire Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of HUD under President Clinton, has repeatedly railed against immigrant advocates for demanding of the president “not one more deportation.” Disgraced and separated vice president of the Service Employees International Union, Eliseo Medina, has probably been the most protective of Obama at every turn. And, Cecilia Muñoz, Director of Domestic Policy Council, and Assistant to President Obama, has been the White House’s pit-bull in silencing critics of the deportation machine.

On the whole, Obama’s Latino defenders all have a financial stake in his regime. They are all recipients of largesse either from the administration directly or through his party or allied private foundations. They belong to the corrupt patronage system and have gladly accepted their proverbial role as house peons who run to save the master’s burning house faster than the master himself. The most immoral observation about their behavior is the lack of transparency about their personal moneyed interests and positions as they implicitly defend massive deportations of historic dimension.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus for its part was incensed at its junior role in the jockeying for the president’s attention and shunted aside in deference to the conservative Democratic Senators. Almost two weeks to the day it finally issued a letter to the president calling on him to comply with his new promise, but refused to hold him to a date certain, and omitted to articulate any possible consequences for not acting before the year’s end. Muñoz met with the members prior to the letter’s release in an effort to placate them and caution against any overreach in their demands on her boss. Caucus members are feeling the heat from the streets by immigrant organizations in their respective districts and are deathly fearful of a lower than normal voter turnout for the elections.

There is a growing movement towards political independence away from both Democrats and Republicans, especially among younger voters and advocates. This is positive outcome of the controversy.

The demand for executive action by the president was not the product of mainstream funded groups, but of independent grassroots base organizations fed up with the legislative impositions emanating out of Washington D.C. Executive action became a necessity due to the impossibility of passing fair and humane immigration reform in the face of two million deportations and family separations, and 700,000 American minors exiled in Mexico with their deported Mexican parents. S.744, the bipartisan “comprehensive immigration reform” passed by the Senate last year, was nothing but a sop to big business and border enforcement xenophobes, and was light on equitable legalization for immigrants.

The National Coordinating Committee for Fair and Humane Immigration Reform 2014, in alignment with a growing independent movement of DREAMer and migrant-led organizations, advocates for immediate administrative relief and not waiting until after the midterms, unless the president suspends deportations for the duration of the delay. Migrant families should not pay the horribly high price for the party’s election anxieties. The relief must be sweeping and bold, and include all migrants contributing to the economic recovery of the country.

Absent such action, we recommend that Latino voters not support any Democratic or Republican candidate in the midterms that does not support an immediate end to deportations and relief, particularly in the five to nine toss-up Senate races of most concern to Democratic Party leaders. It is time to register as independent, and those already registered to re-register accordingly, forge an independent political electorate among Latino communities nationally, and make both parties work for our vote by every day addressing our problematic needs and interests as the largest non-white and fastest growing constituency in America.

We stand on the side of the millions of deportees and their families, and the millions more who still hold out hope for presidential action. Let the apologists be defined on the side of the deportation apparatus, while migrants judge their role in history. September 22, 2014.

The National Coordinating Committee 2014 for Fair and Humane Immigration Reform is an independent binational network of migrant worker and family grassroots organizations and coalitions that struggle for immigration reform according to the needs of our families in California, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, New York, Georgia, Florida and Mexico.

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Judge Sentences Man for Murdering Wife


NEW BRITAIN —  A judge sentenced a New Britain man on Thursday for murder and home invasion resulting in the death of his wife last July.

New Britain Superior Court by Judge Arthur Hadden gave 40-year-old Humberto Diaz-Guzman 10 years for the murder.

In June of this year,  Diaz-Guzman pled guilty to criminal attempt to commit murder and home invasion resulting from an incident in New Britain on July 3, 2013.

Diaz-Guzman entered into a residence armed with a kitchen knife to confront his wife, officials said. When others in the house attempted to get him to leave one of them was stabbed in the abdomen causing serious internal injuries.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Brett J. Salafia.

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Hartford Police Investigate Homicide


HARTFORD — A Hartford man died after suffering gunshot wounds in the area of Sigourney St.

Police said that four to six gunshots were reportedly fired and fatally hit Deon Palmer, 18, lying face down suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to his right thigh and chest.

Emergency dispatch transported Palmer to St. Francis hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

He died at St. Francis hospital at 2:36 p.m., police said.

Major Crimes Division Detectives working homicide assumed the investigation.

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Hartford Police Investigate City’s 10th Homicide


HARTFORD – Hartford police are investigating the city’s 10th homicide after a 28-year-old man was fatally shot on Friday at the corner of Hungerford and Park streets.

Police said the unidentified Hartford man was shot in the head. He already dead when police arrived.

According to police reports, neighbors reported shots fired about 9:15 p.m. Officers arrived on the scene and found the victim on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police major crimes division and shooting task is now investigating.

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