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Foodshare Partners with Center Church


HARTFORD –Foodshare is making efforts to reach more people in need for food.

Thanks to a generous capacity-building grant from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, Foodshare has worked with Center Church—Meal Programs to help them purchase a commercial reach-in freezer and a commercial reach-in refrigerator, much-needed items that would otherwise be beyond their budget.

The new units will let them provide more perishable food to people in need. In addition to this recent collaboration, Foodshare provided 2,898 pounds of food to Center Church – Meal Programs in the past year to support its work to feed those individuals and families experiencing food insecurity in Hartford.

Center Church – Meal Programs provides several meals to the community throughout the week.  They serve a wide range of people, most of whom have lower income and more of whom are homeless or face housing instability.

This purchase was made possible through a grant awarded to Foodshare by the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. With this funding, Foodshare is able to help several food pantries, soup kitchens, and other partner programs in the greater Hartford area purchase new equipment to store and handle perishable food items, such as freezers, refrigerators, prep tables, and shelving. This increased capacity means that together we will be able to distribute more wholesome food, such as produce, meat, and dairy, to our food insecure neighbors.

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Haunted History Tour on Fairfield Ave


HARTFORD — Get ready for a spectacular Halloween tour right here in Hartford.

The Haunted History Lantern Tour at Cedar Hill Cemetery  will take place on the Friday before Halloween at 453 Fairfield Ave. It’s the only night the Cemetery is open to the public after dark.

Led by lantern light, attendees will visit the final resting places of some of Cedar Hill’s notable and not-so-notable residents. Character actors will share their true-yet-darker-tales. To ensure your participation in this tour, reservations are required for specific time slots.

Book your reservations are required for specific time slots. Book your reservations early by Organizers of the tour said this event may not be suitable for children under 13.

Wear appropriate walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. The tour are from 6-9:30 p.m. and admission is $15.

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LGBT Ball Set for Oct. 24


HARTFORD — Greater Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber will host its first LGBT Masquerade Ball on Oct. 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

This grand event will take place in the atrium of historic Hartford City, 550 Main Street, downtown Hartford and is co-sponsored by the office of Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

The event will feature dancing vendors, appetizers, raffles, a best mask contest and more $10 Suggested Donation; cash bar.

For more information, please call the CTGLC office at 860-612-8351.

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Obama to Host Tribal Nations Conference


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will host the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC on Dec. 3.

The conference will provide leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference.

This will be the sixth White House Tribal Nations Conference for the Obama Administration, and continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the lives of Native Americans, White House officials said.

Additional details about the conference will be released at a later date.

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African Americans to Hold Flag Raising Event


The Daughter of Eve and in collaboration with North Hartford Women’s Leadership, and Hartford Area Rally Together, will host an African American flag raising ceremony at City Hall on Oct. 22.

Their ceremony, set for 5 p.m., is being held in honor and memory of community.

Isabel Mendes-Blake founder of the African-American Day Parade.  Participants are asked to wear the Black Liberation colors of red, black and green, as they join Mayor Pedro Segarra and other city, state and community leaders as we celebrate the legacy of Mrs Blake.

For additional information, contact Evelyn Richardson at erichardson@yahoo.com, erichardson@hartofhartford.org, or at 860-888-8906.

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Hartford Honors Fallen Firefighter


HARTFORD — Hartford recently lost a hero: Firefighter Kevin Bell. And now the community is preparing to honor him by preserving his memory.

A memorial fund has been established to benefit his family.

Bell was buried with full honors on  Oct. 13. Bell perished while fighting a fire on Blue Hills Avenue on Oct. 7.

Donations can be sent to Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund c/o Hartford Fire Fighter’s Survivor’s Fund Farmington Bank, 669 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury CT 06033.

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East Hartford Educator is ‘Teacher of the Year’


EAST HARTFORD — Cara Quinn, a sixth-grade teacher, who draws inspiration for teaching from her students, is Connecticut’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.

State and local officials joined Mrs. Quinn to deliver the good news to her students and colleagues last Wednesday at the Sunset Ridge School in East Hartford.

Throughout Quinn’s 11 years as a Connecticut educator, she has distinguished herself as a teacher who challenges her students to “shatter their individual glass ceilings” and to make a difference in the world, state officials said.

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to our world each day through the work that I so dearly love, ” Quinn said.

Besides the academic excellence, Quinn cultivates in her classrooms, she is equally focused on her students’ character development.  She also spearheaded initiatives to broaden student horizons regarding college and careers.  Working with the University of Connecticut, she created a college immersion experience for students. She also organizes an annual Career Day where students have the opportunity to interact with 30 professionals from the community

Quinn was chosen from among four finalists, 15 semifinalists, and over 100 district-level Teachers of the Year. A statewide council of former Teachers of the Year and representatives from educational organizations, businesses, and the community conducted the rigorous selection process, which includes on-site visits, candidate applications, interviews, and observations of teaching.

“The Teacher of the Year Program does not attempt to select the ‘best’ teacher in Connecticut. Rather, it seeks to identify, from among many outstanding educators, one teacher to serve as a visible and vocal representative of what is best in the profession,” said Susan Pelchat, selection committee chairperson for the Connecticut Teacher of the Year (TOY) Council.

 

“Connecticut’s teachers of the year provide an important voice on educational issues in our state,” said Commissioner Pryor. “They participate in an advisory council at the State Department of Education and, in so doing, they offer an invaluable perspective on statewide education policy and its implementation. We are deeply grateful for their contributions.”

Quinn began her career teaching a fourth-grade classroom in Bolton and has taught the last nine years in East Hartford where she focuses on bringing equity to education and closing the achievement gap. East Hartford Public School leaders praised Mrs. Quinn for her work.

“Cara inspires all of us regarding the true meaning of what it means to be a teacher—expect more, love kids and work hard to make a difference.  We are so proud to have Cara represent the great teachers of East Hartford and the entire state of Connecticut,” East Hartford Superintendent Nathan Quesnel said. “Cara will be strong ambassador of the TOY program as she is an example for all of us.”

 

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Hartford Guardian to Celebrate 10th Year Anniversary


HARTFORD —  The Hartford Guardian will kick off its 10th Year Anniversary celebration on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at Aetna Insurance Building on Farmington Ave. in Hartford, CT.

The Luncheon under the theme, Building to Empower and Engage, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to mark this significant milestone in the new media organization, which began in 2004 as a print publication.

Over the past decade, The Guardian has served individuals and families throughout the Greater Hartford area and beyond—disseminating untold stories, news and information that effect change on a local and national level.

The Guardian has won several notable recognitions and awards for its reporting, including the International Center for Journalists, Patch/AOL, Knight Center for Journalism New Media institute and the Hartford Magazine.

The Guardian was founded by Dr. Ann-Marie Adams, an award-winning journalist and historian. She has worked as a reporter and writer for The Hartford Courant, The Norwich Bulletin, Times Herald Record, People magazine, The Washington Post and other local and national publications. She teaches journalism and history, most recently at Quinnipiac University, Howard University and Rutgers University.

The Hartford Guardian was founded in 2004 to build communities through civic journalism. It is one of three programs by the Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities, Inc. CABC, Inc is a nonprofit organization established to encourage and increase civic engagement in Greater Hartford by (i) educating  residents about various social issues and services in Hartford, (ii) educating them about how government and media work, and (iii) offering opportunities to explore and engage in civic journalism.

For more information on how to become a sponsor or purchase tickets, email theguardian@thehartfordguardian.com. RSVP is required for seating and validated parking information.

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Simsbury Land Trust to Hold Family Hike


SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Land Trust is holding family-hike to the Indian Council Caves and Beaver Pond on the Tunxis Trail in Barkhamsted on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Hikers are asked to meet at Legeyt Road Trailhead at 10 a.m. The hike is about two miles around trip on fairy easy terrain.

Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, bring a vater bottle and a snack and plan for the hike to take about three hours.

The hike is free, but registration is required. Call 860-658-6530.

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MARG and SouthWest NRZs to Meet


HARTFORD –The Maple Avenue Revitalization Group will meet on Oct. 9 in the lower level of Saint Augustine’s Church.

The church is at 10 Campfield Avenue in Hartford.

Daniel Loos from the City of Hartford’s Department of Licenses and Inspections and Sara Bronin from Planning and Zoning Commission are scheduled to speak and answer questions from the audience.

MARG respresentatives will also give reports on public safetly and other neighborhood concerns.

For more information, call MARG president Hyacinth Yennie at 860-296-5543. The meeting is open to all city residents.

Southwest Behind the Rocks 

Southwest Behind the Rocks NRZ will meet on Oct. 14 at Broadview Community Church.

The church is at 45 Oliver Street.

For more information, call Capucine at 860-978-0379.

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