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Commission Approves Millions for CSCU Projects

HARTFORD —  The State Bond Commission recently approved $27.25 million in capital improvement projects for the 17 institutions of the Connecticut State College and Universities  system.

The funding will be used for laboratory and research equipment; the consolidation and upgrade of student and financial information technology systems; the financing of advanced manufacturing and technology programs; and the restoration of academic facilities, safety system upgrades, deferred maintenance and ground improvements throughout the CSCU system.

“This funding will play an integral role in expanding our academic programs and strengthening our infrastructure to attract new students and train the workforce of tomorrow,” said CSCU President Mark Ojakian. “I thank Governor Malloy and the legislature for their ongoing support in helping our state colleges and universities update and modernize their facilities. The investments we make today will lead to technologically advanced classrooms and new IT systems linking our institutions in ways that will enable us to serve all our students better.”

Included in the bonding is:

  • $2 million to finance new and replacement instruction, research and/or laboratory equipment at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury.


  • $10 million to continue the advancement and development of IT networks and capabilities throughout the 12 CSCU community colleges, and to continue the implementation of the consolidation and upgrades of student and financial information technology systems.


  • $2.5 million to finance the advanced manufacturing and emerging technology programs at the 12 CSCU community colleges.


  • $7.75 million for various alterations and improvements to the 12 community colleges, Charter Oak State College and System Office buildings.


  • $5 million for various alterations and improvements to buildings at Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut State Universities. These alterations and improvements will include restoration of academic facilities, upgrading safety systems and other ground improvements.

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Norwich Woman Faces Unemployment Fraud Charges

NORWICH — A Norwich woman was arrested on Monday and charged with illegally collecting Unemployment Compensation benefits from the State of Connecticut when she was working in Maine.

Tanya M. Stonick, 38, of 91 Prospect St., Norwich, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Unemployment Compensation Fraud.

The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney following a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Stonick fraudulently collected approximately $11,690 in unemployment benefits from May 2011 through February 2012 when, in fact, she was working in Maine and after she had voluntarily left her job and was thus ineligible for benefits.

Stonick was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on Feb. 4, 2016. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent unless and until she is found guilty.

Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community is a Class B felony punishable by not less than one year nor more than 20 years in prison or up to a $15,000 fine.

Unemployment Compensation Fraud in excess of $500 is a Class D felony punishable by not less than 1 year nor more than 5 years in prison or up to a $5,000 fine.


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Gov. Malloy Accused of Condoning State Sanction Terrorism

hartford adHARTFORD — For about two and a half years, Gov. Dannel Malloy has been governing a state that promotes state sanctioned terrorism. And he has yet to intervene on behalf of a journalist who has been suppressed and subjugated.

As a result, there is a United Nations report filed against the state of Connecticut and the United States for, among other things, failure to protect a citizen under the 14th Amendment.

At press time, The Hartford Guardian was still waiting for comment.

According to the report by the person who wants to remain anonymous,  her privacy has been invaded since 2013. That’s because she was invited by several Connecticut residents to learn about what the state and rogue police officers had done to them. They wanted her to “tell the story,” so that the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division could intervene.

After a year and a half of investigating the story,  several  officers from the Avon Police Department, the Hartford Police Department and other government agencies have had the journalist under surveillance to monitor coverage of that and other stories.

According the report file on Nov. 17 with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the police have tried to kill her in “innocuous ways,”  interfered with her writing style and her journalistic integrity.

Using high-tech devices, they have stopped her from writing stories about education and politics in the state, primarily because Malloy touts himself as “the education governor,” sources said.

They have also allegedly blocked her from other job opportunities, damaged her property, stole her money, phones and computer.

Sources said the reporter, who has reached out to several agencies to investigate this matter, has been asked to leave the state by others who are watching and said they fear for her losing her life.

The Hartford Guardian will have more of this story in the coming weeks.



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African American Affairs Commission to Host Exhibit

HARTFORD — The African-American Affairs Commission will host a series of events to celebrate black history month.

The events include “ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert” a Black History Art Exhibit, Film Screening and History Exhibit, which will be screened on Feb. 24, in the Old Judiciary Room of the State Capitol at 1:30 p.m. at the CT State Capitol.

After the screening, there will be a film screening & discussion.

Rembert is a self-taught artist, who works out of a humble home in the Newhallville Section of New Haven, CT.  Rembert hand-tools and paints on leather canvases. He uses large sheets of tanned leather into which he carves pictures and then paints them with indelible leather dyes, expressing his colorful, often painful, memories of the Jim Crow south during his youth.

Rembert grew up in Cuthbert, Georgia, where he spent much of his childhood laboring in the cotton fields. He was arrested during a 1960s civil rights march. As a prisoner, he learned to make tooled leather wallets and design on leather.

Now Rembert is telling the next chapter of that story—how a man who learned to tool leather in prison has emerged as an artist on a national platform. The story is captured in a documentary “ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert.”

Artist Winfred Rembert and the film’s Director, Vivian Ducat will be on hand for Q&A after the film.  Click here to view the film trailer.

Rembert’s art work will be displayed in the Legislative Office Building Concourse, 300 Capitol Ave., in Hartford.

The public is invited and encouraged to stop by to view the art exhibit, week days during business hours Feb. 15 – 29.

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Councilwoman Winch to Hold Community Meeting

HARTFORD — Councilwoman rJo Winch wants to hear from her constituents.

That’s why the councilwoman, after off the council for about 6 years, will be hosting a community meeting Jan. 20, 2016 in City Hall Council Chambers at at 6 p.m.

Winch, who returns to the Council with Mayor Luke Bronin’s slate in the recent election, is asking Hartford residents to  bring community ideas around labor, workforce, education and youth.

Winch said she “is committed to hearing from the community and addressing” thier needs.

This event is open to the public.


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United Way Seeks Volunteer Readers

HARTFORD — Learning to read at a young age is the most important predictor of time high school graduation, yet it can be a frustrating experience for some students. Just a little help goes a very long way.

Last year, 200 students enrolled in United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s Readers program and 95 percent of them improved their literacy skills. This year, more students in our community need you.

As a United Way Reader, you’ll help more students learn to read so they build the skills needed to do well in school and become successful adults. Each week, you and a student will work one-on-one. You’ll read together and do educational activities, helping them improve their overall reading skills, and gain confidence in sounding out words and vocabulary.

Learn more and hear Katrease share her experiences as a United Way Reader:

Become a United Way Reader today! Signing up is easy:
• Visit to sign up as a reader in Enfield, New Britain or Hartford
• Choose one day a week to volunteer for an hour from February-May 2016
• Attend an orientation prior to starting the program
• Show up each week at your assigned school to read with the same student

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut is a proud leader in the local Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. This program is one way United Way and its partners help hard-working ALICE households succeed by ensuring their children learn to read by the fourth grade.
Learn more at

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Troopers Arrest West Hartford Man for Marijuana

Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

WEST HARTFORD —  A  West Hartford man was arrested for s slew of criminal activities, including operating a drug factory in his home on Quaker Lane.

Christopher J. Colby,  34,  at 443 Quaker Ln., West Hartford was charged with cultivation of marijuana, operating a drug factory, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of fireworks, risk of injury to a minor

The Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force – North Central office, along with Special Agents from the DEA, Detectives from the West Hartford Police Special Investigations Unit, and the West Hartford Community Interaction Team executed a Search and Seizure Warrant on Colby’s home,  resulting in his arrest.

During the course of a lengthy investigation, detectives from SNTF-NC discovered that Colby was cultivating marijuana from inside his residence in West Hartford.

Detectives applied for, and were granted, a search and seizure warrant from the superior court for the residence.

On Jan.  12 at about 5:45 a.m. detectives conducted the search of the residence where they located a “grow room” in the attic of the residence and seized over 66 marijuana plants at different stages of growth.

Detectives also seized several high intensity lights and ballasts, consistent with the cultivation of marijuana, 27 mason jars containing a large quantity of marijuana buds —  of various strands of marijuana, a large quantity of “THC-Butter” made from the extracted marijuana oils, and numerous paraphernalia items such as pipes, bongs and fertilizing agents.

Detectives also located a small stash of illegal fireworks.

Colby was taken into custody on scene and transported to Troop H-Hartford, where he was processed. Colby was released after posting bond and given a court date.

The marijuana, and other evidence, was seized and transported to Troop H.

State Police Emergency Services Unit bomb techs responded to the residence and seized the fireworks and the Department of Children and Families was notified because there was a three-year-old child in the home at the time.





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Access CT to Hold Community Chats, Open Enrollment

HARTFORD —  Access Health CT  recently announced it is urging community organizations and leaders to join them for a series of Community Chats throughout the month of January in preparation for the end of the Open Enrollment period.

AHCT Staff will provide an overview of the accomplishments of Connecticut’s insurance exchange program and lead a discussion on ways AHCT can help bring quality, affordable healthcare to more residents in their communities.

The first of this series will be held in the community of Hartford on Jan. 5, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Phillips Metropolitan CME Church.

“Community Chats offer a direct line of communication to the state’s healthcare exchange-and another opportunity to get feedback on the enrollment process,” said Lt. Governor Wyman. “As we approach the end of the Open Enrollment period, educating consumers will be the key to reducing barriers to care, bolstering enrollment, and ultimately creating healthier communities.”

Details for all upcoming Community Chat events are listed below:

Hartford North End Community Chat
January 5, 2016
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Phillips Metropolitan CME Church, Banquet Hall
2550 Main Street Hartford, CT
Bridgeport Community Chat
January 7, 2016
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Burroughs-Saden Library, 3rd Floor Community Room
925 Broad Street Bridgeport, CT
Hartford South End Community Chat
January 13, 2016
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
St. Augustine’s Parish
10 Campfield Avenue Hartford, CT
Waterbury Community Chat
January 21, 2016
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Silas Bronson Library
267 Grand Street Waterbury, CT
Click here<> to register for this event.

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Labor Dept Sponsors Talk on OSHA

WETHERSFIELD — It’s one the marvels of modern space travel – how does clothing worn by astronauts aboard the space station protect those individuals against environmental hazards?

Jack Braddock, formerly of United Technologies Corporation and Pratt &Whitney, will discuss that subject during the Jan.19 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Braddock’s talk is titled “Protecting an Astronaut in Space: Is the Suit Personal Protective Equipment or a Small Self-Contained Space Craft?”

Offered from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m., the roundtable will be held at the agency’s Central Office located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. According to CONN-OSHA Occupational Safety Training Specialist John Able, who is coordinating the seminar, the presentation will include an overview of the Extra Vehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) and an overview on how the suits are designed to protect the astronauts.

Admission to the seminar is free, but pre-registration is required.

Please contact Able at to register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information.

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Hartford Police Arrest Two for Sex Trafficking

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Hartford Police on Wednesday arrested a two men for sex trafficking of a teenage girl found in a drug raid on Main Street, police said.

Dwayne “Crash” Hairston, 31, was arrested and charged with trafficking in persons, kidnapping and promoting prostitution, and other crimes.

Hartford Detectives also obtained a warrant charging Hairston and another man, Eric “Nut” Williams, 25, for first-degree sexual assault.

Police said that on Sept. 27, 2015,  the department’s Special Investigations Division learned from another agency that an 18-year-old had been kidnapped from outside the city and that the victim was in the North End of Hartford.

Detectives then discovered that the woman was held for about a month and had been sexually and physically abused, police said.

Detectives also located 28 1oz bags of crack cocaine, 27 bags of heroin, 13 bags of marijuana, $89.00 and $150 of counterfeit money.

Police also located an 8-year-old and 10-year-old child from the home and notified the Department of Children and Families.

Hairston was charged with trafficking in persons, first-degree kidnapping, promoting prostitution, unlawful restraint and second-degree assault.

The case is still under investigation. Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Hartford Police Department at 860-757-4000 or by clicking here.

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