HARTFORD — Award-winning comedian Paula Poundstone is set to perform at the Infinity Music Hall in Hartford with her quirky performance filled with laughter.
“Laughter is the best medicine, which makes this “wellness care,” according to Poundstone said. “Technically, my show should reduce your insurance premiums.”
Heralded as one of our country’s foremost comics, Paula Poundstone is legendary for her razor-sharp wit, her self-deprecating humor and a spontaneity with a crowd that hands-down is without peer
The talents of this brilliant humorist extend beyond standup comedy, but stop short of yodeling. One of her dreams came true when she was cast as “Forgetter Paula” in Disney Pixar’s INSIDE OUT, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2016.
On June 28, 2016, HighBridge, a Grammy Award winning leading publisher of spoken-word audio, will release North by Northwest, Paula’s first “double live” CD.
It was recorded at memorable performance stops in Bayfield, Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon. Says Poundstone, “It’s a joyous romp through a field of cheeseheads and hipsters.”
WASHINGTON – For the second time since the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the U.S. Senate has rejected an effort to expand FBI background checks of gun purchasers.
Lawmakers also killed an effort to bar those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons, as well as two competing GOP proposals.
The 44-56 vote on the legislation that would expand FBI background checks, sponsored by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., was scheduled after Murphy held a nearly 15-hour filibuster last week to press GOP Senate leadership to allow votes on gun legislation. Sixty votes were needed for approval.
The effort to bar those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns, called the “terror-gap” provision, failed on a 47-53 vote.
“Today’s votes would never have occurred were it not for the loud voices of the American people echoing through the halls of the Capitol last week,” Murphy said. “After the deadliest shooting in American history, Senate Republicans weren’t even going to discuss, let alone vote on, measures to stop this endless mass murder enveloping our country.
Murphy, who gave the last speech before the Senate began to vote on the gun legislation – amendments to a spending bill that would fund the Commerce and Justice Departments – said it was likely all measures would fail, given the deep partisanship in Congress over gun control. But he said it was a test that put senators on the record on the issue. “We are going to see where people stand,” he said.
Murphy lost the support of three Democrats on the background-check vote, Sens. Heidi Heitcamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana. He picked up support from only one Republican, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois.
The Murphy amendment was a modification of legislation rejected by the Senate a few months after the Sandy Hook shooting that claimed the lives of 20 first graders and six educators. It would have expanded FBI background checks to sales at gun shows and by individuals over the Internet. It also would have stripped federal policing grants from states that do not fully report felons and those involuntarily committed to mental institutions to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
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At a press conference after the defeat of proposed gun legislation are, left to right, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Sen. Chris Murphy and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Before the vote, several Republicans criticized Murphy’s efforts.
“To hear my colleague discuss it, you would think these gun shows are lawless free-for-alls that sell guns to felons and terrorists,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.
The Senate also rejected, on a 53-47 vote, a Republican proposal sponsored by Grassley that also would have added funding to the FBI background check system. But the GOP proposal would have allowed some of the people now barred from purchasing a gun because they have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution to purchase a gun.
Also rejected was a rival proposal sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, that would have allowed the U.S. attorney general to block a gun sale to someone on the terrorist list, but only after going to court to obtain permission.
“They aren’t even half measures,” Murphy said of the GOP proposals. “They are just shields for members who don’t want to do the right thing.”
The Senate visitors’ galleries, usually empty at that time of the evening, were filled with people, some wearing orange “Enough is Enough” tee shirts in commemoration of the victims or the Orlando shooting.
After the failed votes, several Democrats vowed to continue the fight.
“We are not giving up or going away,” Blumenthal said.
Blumenthal said his reaction to the failure of the background check and “terror gap” legislation was the same as it was when the Senate three years ago failed to approve new gun restrictions.
“Shame on you,” he said.
Blumenthal also said the Orlando shootings have altered “the political dynamics” regarding gun safety. “It is a sea change,” he said.
Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J., said, “If we do nothing, more people in this country will likely die.”
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla,. asked “what am I going to tell 49 grieving families” in Florida? “Sadly, I’m going to have to tell them the (National Rifle Association) won again,” he said.
Like the legislation that would expand FBI background checks, the amendment that would bar people on the terrorist list from purchasing weapons has failed before. It was rejected the day after the mass shooting in San Bernardino in December.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal urges the Senate to support expanding background checks Monday.
Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the amendment would have allowed the U.S. attorney general to ban anyone on the FBI’s various terrorist watch lists from purchasing a weapon, leaving the discretion on whom to bar to the Justice Department because there might be times the move would tip off a suspect that they are on the watch list.
“The amendment gives the Justice Department an important additional tool to prevent the sale of guns to suspected terrorists while ensuring protection of the department’s operational and investigative sensitivities,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is also trying to use the terrorist list to bar the sale of guns in Connecticut, but for six months has said he’s been negotiating with the White House counsel’s office.
“There has been no official decision,” said Malloy spokesman Devon Puglia. “If the request is approved, we will sign the executive order right away.”
Right after the vote, Malloy blasted the GOP-controlled Congress for failing to act on gun control.
“The senators who voted against this legislation tonight should be ashamed,” he said. “Not only for voting against the vast majority of Americans who overwhelmingly support these common-sense policies, but also for putting their own interest before safety.”
Republicans argued the list of people affected by the “terror gap bill” would be too broad and strip those banned of a constitutional right to own a firearm without due process.
To try to brook the divide, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is trying to fashion a compromise that would prevent people on the “no-fly list” and a “selectee list,” a roster of people who are subject to additional screening before boarding a plane, from purchasing weapons.
The federal terrorist contains about 1 million names, but all but about 5,000 of these people live overseas. There are about 1,000 people on the “no-fly” list and about 1,700 on the “selectee list” who are living in the United States.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was supportive of Collins’ efforts, “everybody likes Susan,” he said. But he was skeptical enough Republicans would vote for the compromise.
Murphy said Collins’ effort “could be something that works,” but also said the Maine senator has not released details of her plan.
NEW YORK,NY — More than 65 million people were displaced and had to flee their home countries, according a United Nations reports released on Monday.
That staggering figure represents the number of people in Britain and France, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees report. The number of refugees rose by 5.8 million in 2015 over last year’s figure. And the 65 million displaced to date hits a record high , UN officials said.
The Commissioner also reported that many refugees are mainly displaced by rising violence, insecurity, and persecution.
Of the 65.3 million displaced, 21.3 million fled their home countries, and 40.8 million remain displaced inside their countries.
UN officials said the number of displaced refugees have jumped since the outbreak of Syria’s civil war in 2011.
And Palestinians are the largest group of refugees, at more than five million. Syrians are second, at 4.9 million, Afghans are next at 2.7 million, and Somalians at 1.1 million.
Outside the Middle East and Africa, there is also a growing number of refugees from Central America. In 2015, there was a 17 percent rise in those fleeing their homes.
In a statement to the press, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the war in Syria alone has displaced more than 11 million people – half of that nation’s pre-war population. Millions more have fled Daesh’s atrocities in Iraq, civil wars in Yemen and South Sudan.
Also, political violence in Burundi, and Boko Haram’s rampages through Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad have contributed to that staggering figure.
“The refugees we welcome to the United States will join previous generations who have come to this country to escape violence and persecution – threats to human life and dignity that remain all too real today,” Kerry said.
President Barack Obama noted the resilience and courage of refugees across the nation and said the United States has an open door policy toward most refugees.
“Protecting and assisting refugees is apart of our history as a Nation, and we will continue to alleviate the suffering of refuges abroad, and to welcome them here at home, because doing so reflects our American values and our noblest traditions as Nation.”
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WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama called for flags to be lowered to half staff on Monday in what he said was the deadliest shooting in the nation’s history.
Early Sunday, a gunman shot 49 people and wounded 53 other people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida.
“This was an act of terror and hate,” Obama said in his speech to the nation today from the White House.
After a vigil was held by the state’s Muslim and LGBT communities on Sunday evening at the state Capitol building to speak out against the violent mass shooting in Florida, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin extended condolences to the mass shooting victims in Orlando.
“We grieve today for all of the victims of the horrific attack in Orlando: for the dozens of innocents killed and wounded, for their loved ones and their families, for the LGBT community, for the City of Orlando and for our country,” said Bronin. “The City of Hartford extends our deepest condolences, our prayers, and our commitment to stand united in the face of terror.”
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also directed flags to be lowered to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. U.S. and state flags in Connecticut will fly at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on June 16, 2016, he said.
Gov. Rick Scott called for a moment of silence across the nation at 6 p.m. Sunday. And states of emergency were declared for the city of Orlando and for Orange County.
Sources said that FBI agents interviewed the gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida, in 2013 and 2014 but thought he was not a threat.
Mateen called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers, according to a U.S. official, according to reports.
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Thursday said a petition for recognition from the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe is missing four key elements that would allow the application to move forward.
“The department finds your recently submissions of material, together with [an earlier application for federal recognition filed in 1994] do not meet the requirements for a documented petition,” Lee Fleming, director of the BIA’s Office of Federal Acknowledgement, wrote in a letter to tribal Chief Alan Russell.
The Schaghticoke Indian Tribe said it had filed a petition for federal acknowledgement last week.
The BIA, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, said the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe petition, which it distinguished from another filed by the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation that was ultimately rejected, lacked certification from the group’s governing body, “a concise, written narrative” explaining how the tribe meets the criteria for recognition, supporting documents, and membership lists.
Tribal representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In signing off, Fleming wrote, “we look forward to receiving SIT’s documented petition under the 2015 regulations.” The BIA streamlined the federal recognition process last year.
If the SIT completes its petition, it will find strong opposition to its bid from the state’s political establishment.
“We oppose recognition, and we’re confident they do not meet the criteria for recognition,” said Malloy spokesman Devon Puglia.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called the effort “frivolous,” and said he would fight it.
In response to concerns from Connecticut’s politicians, when the BIA changed its regulations last summer it also barred tribes who have been denied recognition from reapplying.
This week, the BIA also sent letters to the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation and the Eastern Pequots – two state-recognized tribes that lost their bid for federal recognition – telling them they can’t acknowledge “an entity that previously petitioned and was denied federal acknowledgement.”
The BIA said the only recourse for these tribes is to win an act of Congress giving them recognition.
The Schaghticoke Indian Tribe says it’s a different group from the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation and is allowed to seek recognition under the new regulations.
If it were granted, the tribe could revive decades-old land claims.
The General Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut gave the Schaghticokes about 2,500 acres of land, but the reservation shrank because of what the tribe says were illegal land grabs. Some of this disputed land is owned by the Kent School, the Town of Kent, Connecticut Light and Power (now Eversource) and other private entities.
The contentious issue has hounded Kent First Selectman Bruce Adams, forcing his town to pay legal fees for decades to fighting land claims. He was dismayed by the SIT’s plans.
“When does ‘no’ mean ‘no’?” Adams asked. “Is there ever going to be an end to this?”
In Connecticut, only two tribes have won federal recognition, also after protracted battles with the state’s political establishment concerned over land claims, losses of tax revenues and the establishment of casinos.
They are the Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans, who have run casinos in the state since the 1990s.
In May of 1989, Muhammad Ali made a surprise appearance at a community dinner of the South Bay Islamic Association of San Jose, California (http://sbia.info/). It took us about three seconds to change the program and make him the keynote speaker for the evening. Ali spoke slowly, between a rasp and a whisper, and although time has dimmed my memory of the details, I can still recall the essence of his message: Take it easy. Enjoy life. Don’t take yourself too seriously but don’t forget you have a purpose in life as well.
Those who knew Ali only through his hyperbolic self-promotion would have found his mix of play and purpose strange but that was Ali. Beneath the bluster was a serious soul who thought deeply about race, responsibility and justice and how they shaped him into who he was.
Aware that he was blessed in the sweet science, Ali was determined to make it his ticket to success but on his own terms, a daring dream in the Jim Crow South of the ‘60s. When he beat Sonny Liston against all odds in February of 1964 (eighteen days after the Beatles first landed in America) to become the heavyweight champion of the world, white America was stunned but a wide-eyed world embraced the genius of a fast-talking, fleet-footed heavyweight with lightning-fast hands.
For the following two decades, Ali would take us on an emotional roller-coaster ride. When he won, we won; when he lost, we lost. Fight fans will forever debate who the “greatest of all time” is but can anyone dispute that Ali at his best will remain peerless? Even past his prime, Ali could summon that rare intestinal fortitude to beat the fearsome Foreman and Frazier, although at a terrible physical cost.
The confluence of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War convulsed America but transformed Ali into an icon. He spoke truth to power long before politicians turned the phrase into a platitude. From “I have seen the light and I am crowing” to “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong,” Ali opened raw wounds in the psyche of America, provoking hate and anger that in the end proved cathartic for our nation.
Ali’s unique brand of humor eased his acceptance. His punchy poems made us laugh at a time when laughter was scarce. After he had won the light heavyweight gold medal in the Rome Olympics in 1960 and received a hero’s welcome in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali and a friend walked up to a restaurant in his hometown one rainy day.
Waitress: “We don’t serve Negroes.”
Ali: “Well, we don’t eat them either.”
Drawn by the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, Ali had become a Muslim in 1964. Following a falling out with Malcolm X that he was to regret later, Ali gradually gave up on the supremacist ideology of the Nation and settled on mainstream Islam.
Ali found strength, serenity and purpose in his faith but he wasn’t immune to vice. He could be cruel inside the ring – Floyd Patterson, Ernie Terrell – and unfaithful outside. Ali never sought to idealize his life, however, and publicly acknowledged his moral failings. He was as devoted to his two out-of-wedlock daughters as he was to his nine children from four marriages.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, as Ali watched the terrorist attacks unfold on TV at his home in Berrien Springs, Michigan, his confidant Howard Bingham asked him how he felt about different religions. Replied Ali: “Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams. They have different names, but all contain water. Religions have different names but all contain truth.” In my three decades of attending prayer services in mosques throughout America, I never heard an Imam summarize our common humanity in such compelling words. He would later affirm: “I wouldn’t … represent Islam if it were the way the terrorists make it look.”
Today’s generation, weaned on social media and celebrity idiosyncrasies, may find Ali’s legacy hard to fathom. That’s a pity. Ali was the real McCoy. He transcended boxing by standing up for his belief even though it cost him the best years of his career. Racism scarred his soul, traumatized as he was at 14 by the fate of another fourteen-year-old named Emmett Till. But his intolerance was for the sin, not the sinner. Meeting with both triumph and disaster, he came as close as anyone to treat the two impostors just the same.
The United States is better positioned to lead in the 21st Century, President Barack Obama on Thursday told graduates at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
In his final commencement address, Obama strayed away from politics and focused mostly on foreign policy, pressing his good neighbor policy toward other countries.
“America cannot shirk the mantle of leadership,” Obama said. “We can’t be isolationists. It’s not possible in this globalized interconnected world.”
Obama reflected on his seven and as Commander-In-Chief and defended his decision on failing to plan for the aftermath of the U.S. airstrikes in Libya. He also defended his decision to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The commencement address was the third for President Obama in 2016, and the 26th and final one of his presidency.
Disgraced actor-comedian Bill Cosby had two words to say to Pennsylvania District Judge Elizabeth McHugh when she ruled that he must stand trial for sexual assault. The words were “thank you.” The two words were more than simply a case of Cosby being polite. For dozens of women the words were a vindication. These are the women who came forth to say that Cosby drugged, fondled, molested, abused, intimidated, and of course, raped them over the course of many years. They suffered mightily for coming forth. They were lambasted from pillar to post as liars, cheats, sluts, publicity seekers, and every critic’s favorite, gold diggers.
Thousands of others never bought Cosby’s long, loud and bitter denials that he was the innocent victim of a giant con game, or the serial denier’s favorite, the victim of a sinister plot by take your pick: the “white man,” “white media,” “white establishment” or simply some unnamed, nebulous white conspirators to bring down a fabulously popular, rich, supremely successful black man. They also said “thank you.”
There were also more than a few legal experts who did not buy the virtual article of faith that there were no legal grounds to prosecute him because the statute of limitations had long since run out on most of the claims. There were just too many alleged victims. That meant that there had to be a case somewhere that fit the bill for a legal prosecution.
Meanwhile, Cosby fed into the conspiracy paranoia and the public trashing of the women by filing motion after motion to duck a prosecution, and defamation of character counter suit after countersuit against his various women accusers. His holding action sufficiently muddied the stream to cast doubt while delaying what was almost certain to be the inevitable. That was his painfully long delayed plop into a court docket.
In the much cited unsealed affidavit Cosby swore to in 2005, he confessed to giving drugs to one woman and getting drugs for other women he wanted to have sex with. This was tantamount to a smoking gun confirmation of what many of his alleged victims claimed, and that was that he plied them with drink and drugs before he sexually waylaid them.
Even without the affidavit, it was not true that a sexual abuser could get away with their crime simply by waiting out the calendar. More than two dozen states have no statute of limitation depending on circumstances in the nature and type of sexual assault. If the evidence was compelling, a Cosby could indeed be prosecuted even decades after the assault in those states.
This gross misconception about prosecuting sexual crimes implanted the dangerous public notion that rape or sexual abuse could be minimalized, marginalized or even mocked because the clock had wound down on when the crime could or even should be prosecuted. A Cosby prosecution rightly tosses the ugly glare back on the wrong public perceptions about rape and sexual abuse and how easily the crime can still be blown off. And it is.
The Iowa Law Review, in March, 2014, found that rape is routinely underreported in dozens of cities. The rape claims were dismissed out of hand with little or no investigation. The result was there were no report, no statistical count, and no record of an attack.
The study zeroed in on the prime reason for this, namely disbelief. It’s that disbelief that assures men such as Cosby are reflexively believed when they scream foul at their accuser. They lambaste their character and motives. If things get too hot, they toss out a few dollars in hush money settlements and the screams are even louder that it was all a shakedown operation in the first place and the victim is further demonized.
This wasn’t the only reason it took so long to prosecute Cosby. He wasn’t just another rich, mediagenic celebrity whose wealth, fame and celebrity status routinely shielded him from criminal charges. Cosby and men like him have deep enough pockets to hire a small army of the best PR flacks around to spin, point fingers, and hector the media that their guy’s pristine reputation is being dragged through the mud precisely because of their fame, wealth, talent and, of course, goodwill.
Cosby was a special case even by the standards of the rich and famed celebrity world. For a decade he reigned as America’s father figure, not black father figure, but father figure. He embodied the myths, fantasies, and encrusted beliefs about the role that a caring, loving, engaged dad is supposed to have with his family. This rendered him almost untouchable when it came to casting any dirt on his character. That’s all past now, Cosby is now just Cosby, the accused rapist, and that’s reason enough to say “thank you.”
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His latest book is How “President” Trump will Govern (Amazon Kindle) He is an associate editor of New America Media.
STAMFORD – Carly Fiorina seemed to endorse Donald J. Trump, if only by inference Tuesday night. She never allowed herself to say his name, yet vowed to do everything “to make sure that Hillary Clinton is not our next president.”
Presumably, “everything” includes entering a polling place to cast a vote for Trump, even if he is, at least for the moment, the Nominee Who Cannot Be Named, right?
Fiorina, 61, who lingered to chat with well-wishers after her speech at the Connecticut Republicans’ annual fundraiser, the Prescott S. Bush Awards Dinner, just smiled when a reporter interrupted with that question.
“I’m sorry, I’m meeting with voters right now,” Fiorina said, keeping her gaze directed at the Republicans who wanted to shake her hand and pose for pictures. “Sorry, you heard the speech. That’s all there is.”
Fiorina stopped only when the question was repeated.
“We’re not doing interviews,” she said. “You heard the speech. That’s what you got.”
It was good enough for her audience. Her vow to do anything to deny Clinton the White House was rewarded with hearty cheers and a standing ovation, as was a call for unity. Republicans shrugged off the refusal by Fiorina, who has said she is “horrified” by Trump, to explicitly endorse him.
“She gave an endorsement to Trump without mentioning him by name,” said Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven.
“That’s what I thought,” said Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton.
Linda McMahon, the two-time U.S. Senate nominee and major GOP donor who will be a Trump delegate in Cleveland, said Fiorina told her before the speech she intends to campaign for down-ballot Republicans. A willingness to campaign for Trump didn’t come up.
“She and I didn’t really talk politics in that way,” McMahon said.
It’s been a tough month for the 61-year-old Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive who lost a U.S. Senate race in California to Barbara Boxer. On May 2, she fell off a stage while introducing Ted Cruz in Indiana. A day later, she fell off political radar screens, her brief time as Cruz’s running mate ended by Trump’s smashing win in Indiana.
Before Cruz dropped out, the Connecticut GOP faced the unnerving prospect of a keynote speech by a woman intent on telling them they erred by voting for Trump by a landslide in the April 26 primary.
Fiorina offered wan praise for Trump at the outset of her 30-minute speech.
“Our nominee has raised Twitter to an art form. Let’s face it,” she said.
Fiorina said she never mastered how to pack a punch into its 140-character form, but she read that potential Hilliary slogans were trending. She offered a few.
“ ‘It’s my turn, dammit.’ ‘Four out of 10 people find me tolerable.’ And my personal favorite: ‘Experience you cannot trust,’ ” she said.
Fiorina quickly dropped the jokes and delivered a scathing appraisal of the candidate who would be the first female president, a fact that does not seem to be exciting the Democratic base, male or female.
“So, now they are beginning to continuously remind people abot the historic nature of her candidacy, that she is a woman and therefore women must vote for her,” Fiorina said. “So, Mrs. Clinton, I have news for you. I am a woman, and I am not voting for you.”
The crowd whooped and applauded.
Fiorina said Clinton’s gender was no basis for other women to support her for president.
“Feminism is what each and every woman has an opportunity for to live the life she chooses and to use all of her God-given gifts,” she said. “That is feminism, and as a feminist I will do everything in my power between now and November to make sure that Hillary Clinton is not our next president.”
The crowd stood and cheered louder. Their speaker would not say the name of their nominee. She would not promise to vote for him. She would not urge others to vote for him. Maybe she would one day before November.
For now, it was enough that they knew what she meant.
EAST HARTFORD — The Office and Civics Action Lab has been encouraging Old State House visitors of all ages to consider how they can contribute to their own communities. Through this contribution, East Hartford’s spirit for building a strong community that will inspire countless others who visit the space.
From Left to Right: Patrick Sheehan, Chairman of the CT Public Affairs Network; Kid Governor Elena Tipton, Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc, Executive Director Sally Whipple, CT’s Old State House; Asst. Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie, East Hartford Public Schools; Asst. Principal Beatrice Corrado, O’Connell Elementary School; Principal Greg Fox, O’Connell Elementary School.