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William Caspar Graustein Celebrates 25 Years

HAMDEN — The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund on Thursday will be hosting a series of celebratory events to commemorate 25 years of philanthropic service in Connecticut.

The year-long celebration will kick-off with a launch event on May 17, 2018, to reflect on the successes won, lessons learned, and stories told throughout the years, organizers said. The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to  7:30 p.m. at 2319 Whitney Ave # 2B in Hamden.

The kick-off celebration will bring together those grantees and other supporters of the Memorial Fund from the last 25 years and will feature words from the organization’s trustees and current and former executive directors.

In addition to a launch and closing event, the Memorial Fund host six regional events that bring together past and present grantees, partners and community members. These events will take place in New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury, Hartford, New London, and Middletown.

The Memorial Fund opened its doors in Connecticut 25 years ago with a mission to improve the effectiveness of education. Three years ago the organization adopted a new mission to focus on achieving equity in education by working with those affected and ending racism and poverty.

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CPTV To Air Documentary of Barnes Group

HARTFORD — CPTV will be airing a documentary to commemorate the 160th anniversary of respected Connecticut manufacturer Barnes Group, Inc. The documentary will be previewed at a June 16 celebration in Hartford.

Barnes Group has a long and storied history of innovation and technological advancement in manufacturing.  A business that began in 1857, as a small U.S. spring manufacturer in Bristol, Connecticut, has become a global industrial and aerospace manufacturer and service provider, serving a wide range of end markets and customers. Highlights from Barnes Group’s illustrious history include providing the springs used in spacesuits for Astronaut John Glenn’s first orbital flight around the earth in 1962, the Apollo 11 lunar spacecraft in 1969, and NASA’s Curiosity Rover in 2012.

Representatives said they hope the documentary will “shine a light on the state’s rich manufacturing heritage and inspire a new generation of innovators to carry it forward.”

The June 16, 2018 celebration will be held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown starting at 6 p.m., both to celebrate Barnes Group’s legacy and to unveil the upcoming Connecticut Public documentary “The Barnes Way, A Connecticut Original Goes Global.”

The documentary shows how Barnes Group’s culture built on values and its market leadership based on expertise and innovation has fueled its global growth.

Proceeds from the event will benefit “Made in Connecticut,” Connecticut Public’s multi-platform commitment to highlighting Connecticut’s rich manufacturing base – past, present and future.

The documentary is scheduled to premiere locally on CPTV, June 19 at 8 p.m.

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ActUp Theater Company to Present Hip Hop Remix, The Wiz

HARTFORD — The ActUp Theater Company will present The Wiz, a remixed hip-hop, reggae, jazz version of the legendary movie, The Wizard of Oz.

The event will be at Annie Fisher Magnet School, 280 Plainfield St. in Hartford on June 7 at 7 p.m., June 8 at 7 p.m. and June 9 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are from $15 to $25 and can be ordered online at the wizofoz@Eventbrite.ct

The Wiz was first presented on Broadway in 1974 and later made into a movie in 1978. It starred Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

Act Up will showcase a multicultural cast or more than 50 inner city youth and community members.

The show includes famous songs such as “Ease on Down the Road”, “Be a Lion” and “Don’t Go Bring Me No Bad News”.  Choreography is by JusMove Studio.

For more information about ActUp Theater Inc, visit, or call Preistley Johnson at 860-918-8405, or email

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Hooker Day Parade and Festival to End in Bushnell Park

HARTFORD — The Hooker Day Festival will culminate on May 12 in the Bushnell Park.

The parade, founded in 1991 by former mayor Mike Peters, will have a new format. It will include a weeklong festival that ends with a parade in the Bushnell Park on Saturday.

The one-day event was expanded to five events from May 5 to May 12 and includes an art exhibit, literary reading, food market, a parade and park festival.

Notable participants include award-winning dancer Arien Wilkerson, hip-hop group Uzoo and Hartford Proud Drill, Drum and Dance Team. Hartford recording artist Tang Sauce will be the master of ceremonies.

After the parade on Saturday, there will be performances on Trinity Street.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Website Offers Access to Programs and Services

ROCKY HILL — A new feature on the website makes it easier for people to get connected with essential programs, services and information.

The 2-1-1 Connecticut recently announced the release of a new website feature, My 211 Account. Officials said the My 211 Account makes it easier for people to access the resources they need.

Visitors to the site can sign up for a free and start building, saving and sharing custom resource lists.

The 2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects nearly
94 percent of the nation to essential health and human services either online or over the phone. The 2-1-1 maintains a continuously updated database of more than 40,000 programs and services and is proud to be the first place Connecticut residents turn to access help and find resources in their communities.

With the release of this new website feature, 2-1-1 Connecticut seeks to help more Connecticut residents access the help and information they need.

“With more and more people seeking help and information through our website, we
recognize the importance of ensuring resources can be quickly found, saved and shared.
My 211 Account enables community providers, case workers and individuals to create
custom resource lists and care plans that can be saved, shared, implemented and
updated as needed,” said Richard Porth, President, United Way of Connecticut.

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Congressman John Larson to Hold Public Forum

WEST HARTFORD — U.S. Rep John Larson will be holding a public forum to discuss the cost of higher education, national service and other matters.

The event is scheduled for May 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Lourdes Hall Room 115 at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.

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A Celebration of Women to Feature Judy Woodruff

HARTFORD — Connecticut Public will celebrate female leaders who have made outstanding contributions in media, journalism, or communications at Informed Voices: A Celebration of Women in Media.

The event will take place May 24, beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m., at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Connecticut and will include a breakfast reception at 8 a.m.

The celebration will feature keynote speaker Judy Woodruff, anchor and Managing Editor of PBS NewsHour. Woodruff is a veteran journalist who has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at CNN, NBC, and PBS. She is also the founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communications worldwide.

Connecticut Public will honor Teresa Younger, President and CEO of Ms. Foundation for Women, with the Informed Voices Leadership Award. Under Younger’s leadership, the Foundation launched #MyFeminismIs, a multimedia campaign sparking a national conversation on feminism. The organization also funded a groundbreaking report on the sexual abuse to prison pipeline and joined leading women’s foundations at the White House to announce a $100 million funding commitment to create pathways to economic opportunity for low-income women and girls.

Also during the celebration, Connecticut Public will announce the recipient of the Carla Squatrito Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to a young woman who will be attending a four-year college or university in the fall of 2018.

Guests will also receive a sneak-peek of When Women Gather: Voices from the Sisterhood, a 30-minute local documentary airing on Connecticut Public Television in the fall of 2018.

To purchase tickets to Informed Voices: A Celebration of Women in Media, visit

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Gold Star Parent Khizar Khan to Speak at Student Conference

NEW BRITAIN — Khizr Kahn, Gold Star parent and author of An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Justice, will be keynote the Fourth Annual CSCU Conference on Student Success and Shared Governance on April 13  at Southern Connecticut State University,

The event will be held in SCSU’s  Adanti Student Center at 501 Crescent St., New Haven. Khan will speak from 1-2 p.m.

The daylong conference titled “Preserving Access, Building Futures, Creating Justice,” will focus on educational initiatives and innovative support services that promote student success and feature more than 30 presentations by educators and administrators within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system.

At 9 a.m. Mark Huelsman, a higher education policy analyst at Demos, will speak on the rising levels of student debt and college affordability. From 2-3 p.m., there will be a student panel of current and recently graduated CSCU students who overcame challenges and found opportunities as CSCU students.

At 3 p.m., the Board of Regents Teaching and Research Awards will be presented to CSCU faculty in the areas of teaching, scholarship, research, and shared governance.

Keynote speaker Khizr Kahn and his wife Ghazala made national headlines for a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. The speech evoked the memory of their son, Humayun, who was lost to a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2004, and called for dignity and respect to those who give their lives for the nation.

Kahn is an American citizen and graduate of Harvard Law School who was born in Pakistan. His 2017 memoir, An American Family, has earned praise and was named one of the five best memoirs of the year by The Washington Post.

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Manufacturing Consortium to Host Trade Specialist

WETHERSFIELD — New trade strategies to increase international sales will be explored at the April 18 meeting of the Southwest CT Manufacturing Consortium.

The event will be held at the Housatonic Community College’s Beacon Hall Event Center, Room 214, and will run from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Housatonic Community College is at 900 Lafayette Boulevard in Bridgeport.

Guest speaker will be Melissa Grosso, a senior international trade specialist with U.S. Department of Commerce’s Connecticut office.

“Melissa will share information on export-related services offered by the US Department of Commerce which are designed to help Connecticut companies increase their international sales,” said Lori-Lynn Chatlos, Business Services Coordinator in the Bridgeport American Job Center, and project coordinator.

Admission to the meeting is free, but pre-registration is required.  Please contact Chatlos at to register for additional information.

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‘Second Chance’ Program Recognized

HARTFORD — Hartford-area advocates and volunteers of a program that gives former offenders a second chance will be recognized by state officials this week.

The Second Chance IBEST Program, led by Capital Workforce Partners in partnership with a dozen other agencies, will be holding its Second Annual IBEST Second Chance Recognition Awards Event at the Chrysalis Center in Hartford on April 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The event will honor Returning Citizens, advocates, employers and other partners who have participated and supported 275 Returning Citizens working to gain employment in the Capitol Region in the past two years.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Department of Labor Commissioner Scott Jackson, and Jay Williams, President of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving will join Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Cheryl Cepelak and other state and local officials to recognize the success of the former offenders who have received training and placed in jobs and other partners.

Through the collective efforts of the Hartford’s Best Chance Program, the partnership has supported diverse employment, training, support and retention services to several hundred Returning Citizens for placement in a variety job sectors including manufacturing, culinary, construction, retail, and hospitality.

“The Best Chance Program serves as a model ‘Second Chance Program,’ supporting the importance of employment and training services for Returning Citizens to gain the necessary skills needed to obtain employment self-sufficiency and contribute to the local and regional economy,” said Alex Johnson, President, and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners.

This annual event is in the second year and will issue awards for Personal Achievement, Professional/Community, Employer recognition and the Sharon O’Meara Community Partner of the Year Aw

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