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Bike Week to Begin at Old State House


HARTFORD — How did a Civil War veteran become the father of the American bicycle and turn Hartford into the bicycle capital of the world?

Join Steve Goddard, author of Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines, on  Sept. 16 at noon to discover how one Hartford factory became the largest employer in New England, producing everything from high wheelers to bicycles to electric cars.

Following  Goddard’s talk, join in a panel discussion about making Connecticut more bike-friendly and promoting bike racing among Connecticut kids with Goddard, Aidan Charles, the Founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, and Kelly Kennedy, Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut. TheConnecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will moderate the conversation.

Following the program, enjoy Wheels for All, a temporary exhibit that showcases six bikes dating from 1869 to 1914, on loan from the Connecticut Historical Society.  This will be on display at Connecticut’s Old State House from Sept. 16-20.

General admission rates apply to this exhibit.

The American Dream Machine: Bicycles Past, Present & Future begins at Noon, attendees are encouraged to enjoy their lunches during this free event inside Connecticut’s Old State House.

For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, visit online at http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

 

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Quinnipiac Poll Shows Foley Leading Malloy in Gubernatorial Race


HARTFORD — Eight weeks before the gubernatorial election, Connecticut voters are thinking Republican candidate Tom Foley would do a better job than Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
That’s according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released on Wednesday. The poll shows Foley leading with 46 points to Malloy’s 40– when asked who would do a better job at handling the economy/jobs.
Hartford-VotersFoley leads 82 to 9 percent among Republicans and 48 to 35 percent among independent voters, while Malloy takes Democrats 77 to 10 percent, the poll finds.
However, Malloy has a 45 to 38 percent lead with women. And Foley has a 54 to 35 percent lead among men.
But it’s too early to call this race, said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.
“In our first likely voter poll, Tom Foley has the edge but Gov. Dannel Malloy is certainly within striking distance,” Schwartz said. “Foley has a double-digit lead among the key swing group, independent voters. With eight weeks until Election Day, there are 6 percent undecided and another 30 percent who say they could change their mind.”
Schwartz added that Malloy’s difficulty is that he has a high negative favorability rating, 53 percent as opposed to Foley’s negative favorability rating of 33 percent.

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John Dempsey Hospital Has Some Explaining to Do


By Ann-Marie Adams

The University of Connecticut’s John Dempsey Hospital has some explaining to do.
After months of requesting medical records for an emergency visit to this hospital in April, I have yet to receive all my records, primarily to prove the horror that occur on that faithful day I was forced into the hospital.
Dr_AnnMarie_AdamsIt was a scary six-month journey of encounters with medical students and doctors who seemed frighteningly out of touch with reality. And this is not hyperbole.
What was frightening to me is that they were not used to interacting with many educated black women such as myself—much less formulate a socio-psycho evaluation of me. In fact, I hardly came in contact with any black or culturally competent doctors.
the-hartford-guardian-OpinionI moved through the Hartford-area medical systems in a state of shock because I did not know it was that bad. The situation then turns into another nightmare when I asked for my own medical records six months ago.
According to Connecticut’s state law, doctors and medical facilities are required to promptly allow patients to review or get copies of their medical records. For John Dempsey, it has been a six-month maze, leaving me to conclude that they are covering up the big mess they caused by their “mistake.”
What was even more frightening is that they were forcing medications on me without a signed consent form. I went into the hospital on April 4, 2014 a healthy, strong woman and came out with all manner of illness. Naturally, I was curious about the details of my stay.
After waiting so long to review the information, I’m starting to believe they are hesitant about even having me review the records because there is something untoward about that faithful day. And it must be investigated.
So I was patient. I made another visit to the medical record office, and I was told that another option was to just make an appointment to review the records. I spoke to Michele Brackett, who is the supervisor of the medical reviewing unit. And a month later, I’m still waiting for an appointment—just to look at those records.
This is odd.
If John Dempsey has nothing to hide, its medical records supervisors should have had a logical explanation when I visited the office recently. They didn’t. It also occurred to me that these people are not aware of that there is a law that exists to regulate this matter. Or they just don’t care.
But it should be said in this case, John Dempsey, that it was the cover up—not the crime—that usually gets the culprits.

Perhaps it’s time for your staff to review the Hippocratic oath. It’s right here.

And send me my damn records—all of it.

Dr. Ann-Marie Adams is an award-winning journalist/historian and the founder of The Hartford Guardian. She has worked for numerous local and international publications, including The Hartford Courant, People Magazine, Washington Post, The Root, Fox News and NBC News4. She has also taught history and journalism at Howard University, Quinnipiac University and Rutgers University.


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Spanish-Speaking Center Puts Out Alert


Updated Sept. 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

NEW BRITAIN — The Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain on Tuesday said Greater Hartford residents should be beware of deceptive business practices from the multi-level marketing company, Herbalife. 

Representatives from the small faith-based community organization that has been serving low and moderate income families since 1964, said the organization’s campaign is “to raise awareness and provide information about the resources available to assist those who have lost money to the nutritional products and weight loss supplement maker.”

They said consumer fraud is pervasive in the Latino community that those who are being deceived are afraid to come forward.

“I am deeply troubled by the stories I am hearing from members of this community who have invested their hard-earned time and money into Herbalife,” said SSCNB Executive Director Mary L. Sanders. “The Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain wants those who have lost money to Herbalife, which is often framed as a get-rich-quick business opportunity, to know that they are not alone—and that resources are available to assist them.”

“I lost over $2,000 of my savings in Herbalife,” said Nereida Duran, a former Herbalife distributor.  “I experienced tremendous pressure to recruit more and more individuals in order to move up the ladder.  The promises I was given included cruises, vacations and a great income.  In the end, I never once received a check from Herbalife.  I encourage others who had experiences like mine to come forward today.”

Herbalife has refuted claims of fraud. According to a press release to The Hartford Guardian.

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“The allegations being made today are misguided and entirely incorrect, and we would welcome an opportunity to educate everyone involved in order to correct the misinformation and misperceptions they have been given about Herbalife.

 

As has been documented in the press repeatedly, Herbalife has been the target of a manufactured and misleading campaign by a Wall Street hedge fund manager with the hope of putting the company out of business to enrich himself and to the detriment of thousands of members, customers, employees and investors.  Unfortunately, this campaign continues today.

 

There is nothing new here.  The data offered is inaccurate and the allegations are ill founded.  Herbalife stands behind the quality of our products and our commitment to member satisfaction and consumer protection. Herbalife’s ‘Gold Standard’ consumer-protection rules provide all members with industry-leading protections including low startup costs, a 100% money-back guarantee for unsold products within 12 months of purchase, clear and accurate product information with business opportunity guidelines and a written acknowledgement of these protections. The company’s ‘Gold Standard’ rules not only meet, but exceed the standards prescribed by the Direct Selling Association (DSA), of which the Company is a long-time member in good standing.

 Herbalife is very proud of its presence in Connecticut, supporting nearly 4,000 independent members throughout the state. Their success is a tribute to the hard work of our members and a clear demand to live a healthy lifestyle.”

 

 

 

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Group Seeks Volunteers to Help Veterans


HARTFORD — Several agencies want to help Hartford veterans, the men and women who served in the armed forces.

Rebuilding Together and the Livable, Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative has teamed up to perform exterior home and yard clean-up aimed at renovating the homes of twelve Hartford veterans.

The group is looking for volunteers to assist in the project, which is scheduled for Sept. 13  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 12 homes of these honored veterans are located throughout the city.

Officials said that volunteers are needed “to help serve those who have served.”

Individuals interested in volunteering can register on-line at www.rebuildingtogetherhartford.org.c When you go to the website, click on the green box that says: “Click here to Register.”

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Do We Need to Reassess Our Immigration Reform Strategy?


By Angelo Falcón, New America Media
ISIS beheadings. The Putining of the Ukraine. The Ebola pandemic. The police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The 2014 mid-term elections. And then there is immigration reform.

The immediate big question is whether President Obama will be taking decisive executive actions to stop and slow deportations before the mid-term elections. A politically cautious move would be to keep promising to do so, but actually doing it sometime after November. This would make the most jittery members of his party running for reelection less jittery while continuing to make promises to Latino and other immigration advocates who otherwise have no place else to go.

national-immigration-reform-blacksOr, who knows, the President might make a bold move by implementing long-overdue executive actions to keep his promises to the Latino community, with the only political benefit to him being using this to promote more unpopular impeachment talk by the Republicans. Then there is a possibility that he will come up with some weak middle ground that nobody will be happy with, except the America with Obama political triangulators.

By postponing any action on deportations until after the midterms, the President then moves the issue within the dynamics of the 2016 Presidential race. This would put more pressure on the Republicans to compromise on some form of comprehensive immigration reform. It would then increase the possibility of the President coming up with some sort of legislative solution to this problem. But will the dynamics change radically in Washington if the Democrats lose control of the Senate? No one really knows.

Within this context, there are still Latino and other immigration advocates who are holding on to the hope (some say foolishly) of comprehensive immigration reform passing the Congress in this session while at the same time pushing for unilateral action on this issue by the President. The Congressional inaction on proposals to address the issue of the unaccompanied border kids should be a clear tip-off that the future of comprehensive immigration reform through the Congress anytime soon is, pardon the pun, the stuff of dreamers.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionAll indications are that any Congressionally created immigration reform will be largely punitive against Latinos and other poor immigrants. The Senate bill, which was widely lauded when proposed last year, creates a bureaucratic nightmare, more of an obstacle course than a path to citizenship. And it would add to an already overly-militarized border, at a time when the Michael Brown case has raised the nation’s consciousness about the negative and often deadly effects of militarizing our police. And this was the best that the Congress could produce; with even more disastrous versions emerging after it failed to get support.

Which raises the question: Does the Latino community need fundamentally to reassess our strategy for immigration reform, both from a political and policy perspective? The move to focus on what the President can accomplish unilaterally through executive action is a good first step. But the political winds in the next few years promise to be tortuous for Latinos and the country as a whole. How we navigate them as a community may require the need to get back creatively to basics.

Angelo Falcón is president of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). He can be reached at afalcon@latinopolicy.org.

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Hartford Police Investigate Car Crash


HARTFORD — Hartford Police are still investigating a night crash that happened on Friday and left one person with serious injuries.

The identity of the victim was unable at press time.

According to reports, the crash occurred at about 11:00 p.m. at Park and Broad streets after a driver of a  SUV collided with a compact car. That driver then struck a third car and then tried to escape on northward on Broad Street, hitting  other vehicles and injuring several people.

Onlookers cornered the driver and held on to him until police arrived on the scene.

Those injured were treated by firefighters and medics and then were taken to hospitals.

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Hartford Library ArtWalk Seeks Submissions


HARTFORD — Hartford Public Library is now accepting submissions for its 2015 ArtWalk program that features artists and their art work.

Library officials say that ArtWalk at the downtown branch on Main Street offers “the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in the city.

Local artists can have their art work displayed on the third floor of the impressively renovated library with it’s spacious gallery with glass windows that gives the art pieces unique visibility and exposure.

The program is to add to the “increasing vibrancy of Downtown Hartford.

Artists from the Greater Hartford area and beyond are invited to apply through Oct. 1. For more information, visit, www.hplct.org.

 

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New CT Grants for Arts in Schools


HARTFORD — Connecticut students will now have access to more arts program, thanks to a grant from the Connecticut State Department of Education.

State officials said that this new grant program—up to $250,000, is to strengthen the arts in education by exposing young people to the arts, so that they can explore a world beyond their immediate surroundings.

The Department of Education is collaborating with the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Connecticut Arts Council to provide mini-grants of up to $50,000.

Officials said this money is for schools to enhance arts instruction “through partnerships with local and state arts institutions, organizations, and artists.”

“These cultural investments will directly enrich lives of students and allow us to preserve and enhance the humanities across Connecticut schools,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The grant was announced at the state’s recent annual Back-to-School meeting for superintendents. Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor announced that the grant will be made available to schools statewide in this first round of funding.

Successful applications should include plans for how the funding will help the school deepen and sustain their arts programming in concert with a partner institution or artist. Applications that include parent and/or civic engagement will receive preference.

More information is available on the State Department of Education’s web site.

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Hartford Residents Should be Skeptical About New Rock Cat’s Stadium


By State Rep. Douglas McCrory

Mayor Pedro Segarra announced Minor League Baseball is coming to Hartford after the Rock Cat’s have decided to make Hartford their new home.

But is this the best option for the Capitol City?

Are we dedicating too much of our time and resources to a playground for future millionaire baseball players and billionaire owners? It’s a strong possibility we are. We should use the $60 million to create, allure and maintain year-round businesses that will not only bring in additional tax dollars to the City but will provide jobs and services to the residents who actually live here and need it the most considering we have an unemployment rate approaching 20 percent.

I don’t agree that this is the right time to spend over $60 million on a new stadium in Hartford. But I would propose, Mayor Segarra and city council representatives, that if you are going to create between 500 and 1,000 jobs, those jobs should go to Hartford residents. That should go into the contract if it is not already there. These people need work, so why not allow them to work on this new playground in their backyard? I am leery that this project will create that many jobs, but any available job should go to Hartford residents looking for work considering the jobs will be temporary and mostly part-time. Thank God we’re raising the minimum wage.

Hartford contractors, and more specifically, minority contractors should be given priority to bid on this project. We have heard too many times recently that minority contractors will be used for projects in Hartford, but that just hasn’t been the case. If this is going to be a Hartford project, truly make it a Hartford project by getting the city residents involved and employed, after all, our taxes are funding the project. Consider what happened with the MLB Washington Nationals. The people in their community were given first priority for employment. Viewing this as a benefit, the community ultimately supported the project which was a win-win for all parties involved.

Doug_McCroryAlso, does it not raise concern that $60 million was seemingly found overnight for baseball? We have had the community voicing their concerns for years that we need a new Martin Luther King Jr. school, among many other needed improvements. If you walk around that school, it’s like a building from the pre- Brown vs Board of Education era. What a shame because it’s named for one of the greatest Americans of all time.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionWe need to be smart about how we are spending the money we have and be very careful in how we invest in the future of the Capitol City. Our tax base needs to be expanded and our citizens need to be employed with livable wages. This can be done by improving the quality of our education efficiently and tackle improvements on the infrastructure of the city. I believe, this is how we can uplift our city and make it a true rising star where people will want to live and raise their families.

The thought behind this project is correct: something needs to change in Hartford. As Connecticut’s Capitol City, providing entertainment is great but we should also ensure Hartford’s community and economic development are a priority. Our focus should be on the best way to get people back to work and have students thriving in school. Then we can talk about a playground for future millionaires.

 

 

 

 

 

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