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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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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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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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State Approves Schools for Commish’s Network


HARTFORD — The State Board of Education on Wednesday approved two Commissioner’s Network plan revisions for the embattled Dunbar School in Bridgeport and Walsh Elementary School in Waterbury.

Moving forward, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor stressed the difficulty of school turnaround work, saying it requires “a continuous commitment from teachers, students, parents, administrators and the surrounding community.”

He added that Walsh and Dunbar have “demonstrated the grit and determination to build systems designed to last and have successfully navigated unexpected challenges.”

Dunbar has made attempts to improve its profile by revising its plan to include extending the school day and the addition of a new pre-Kindergarten program, state officials said.

And to help shepherd its way to success, Dunbar officials  selected Cooperative Educational Services (CES) to hire and manage academic assistants for the school and to provide high-quality professional development and coaching for Dunbar teachers, among other responsibilities.

Waterbury’s Walsh School has identified a partner to help with implementation and to ready the school for “transformative changes,” state officials said. The district also selected a new principal to lead the school’s turnaround. Innovative Educational Programs (IEP), chosen at the local level through a competitive process, will assist in the implementation of the improvements.

 

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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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Program Aims to Help Long-term Unemployed


HARTFORD — Created to appeal to qualified candidates often overlooked in the hiring process, the Platform to Employment program is seeking applications from the long-term unemployed.

Connecticut residents who have exhausted their unemployment benefits are welcome to apply online to the P2E, a program offered statewide. Classes will be held in Bridgeport, Waterbury, New Haven, Norwich/New London and Hartford.

The WorkPlace is about to offer this nationally recognized program, which received $3.6 million to create the first statewide P2E program in the nation.

By partnering with the Connecticut Department of Labor and Vocational Rehabilitation and the states four other workforce investment boards (WIB), P2E will serve 500 Connecticut residents during the program yea, officials said. The program’s first statewide class of 100 is expected to begin in September.

Joseph Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace, said the P2E is to provide tools and resources needed to return the long-term unemployed to work.

“The program provides hope and opportunity for workers that are frequently overlooked when hiring, and it offers employers a risk-free opportunity to consider qualified candidates to meet their needs,” Carbone said.

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Hartford Unviels Art to Highlight Gun Violence


HARTFORD — In an effort to highlight illegal gun violence in Hartford, a host of politicos and community activists gathered at Bushnell Park on Wednesday to kick off a national advocacy campaign called Raise The Caliber™

Hartford was selected in May to be a launch site for the kickoff, which drew the state’s Congressional caucus, Hartford’s legislative delegation, City Council members, Mayor Pedro Segarra and others, including West Hartford native and Raise the Caliber Founder Jessica Mindich.

Mindich also founded Jewelry for a Cause and is using her visibility to draw attention to illegal gun violence in Connecticut.

All were in the park for the unveiling of a public art installation by the international artist, Michael Kalish.

Kalish’s work, a sculpture created from 2,000lbs of “disassembled illegal guns purchased through voluntary gun buybacks, will remain at Bushnell Park for nine months before moving to Detroit and then across the nation, city officials said.

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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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Bill Clinton to Help Malloy’s Re-Election Bid


By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Big spenders are heading down to New Haven Tuesday to help Gov. Dannel P. Malloy raise funds for his 2014 re-election bid.

And former president Bill Clinton is set to be there at noon. The luncheon will be at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale University.

A July poll shows Republican Candidate Tom Foley leading Malloy in the 2014 gubernatorial race.

Foley has a nine-point lead over Malloy, according to a New York Times and CBS News poll. He led Malloy, 42 percent to 33 percent.

Foley, a Greenwich businessman, ran a tough election four years ago.

Republicans also brought in their heavy hitters: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in the state last month to help Foley’s  campaign.

Foley lost the last gubernatorial race by 1 percent or 6,000 votes, in 2010.

To help Malloy fend off Foley this year and to rally behind other Democratic candidates, donors are expected to donate up to $10,000.

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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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