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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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Capital to Hold Summer Program

HARTFORD — Capital Community College will hold a summer computer science program for students.

The program for children 12 to 15 will provide an active and fun loving environment for students while introducing them to computer science, organizers said.

The program will run July 9 to July 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $200 per student. Need based scholarships are available for Hartford and East Hartford students.

Students will learn how to design and create webpages and mobile apps on Android smartphones.  They will also be introduced to a range of programming tools and will participate in leadership activities to build skills in team working problem solving critical thinking and presentation.

To apply, parents or guardians must complete an application at and send completed application forms to or mail to Summer  CS Programs, Capital Community College, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Att: Seth Freeman

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Festival of Gospel and Folk Music Comes to Woolsey

NEW HAVEN — The GMChorale and Alchemy will perform in “Singing Together for Peace,” an inter-generational festival of gospel and folk music on May 12.

The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Woolsey Hall in New Haven.

“Singing Together for Peace” is presented by the Saecula Choir Foundation (SCF) in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Elm City & United Girls’ Choirs. The event is a fundraiser for the SCF’s Sisters in Song Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support for girls and young women who would otherwise be unable to afford high-quality musical training. In addition to the public concert, the singers will participate in a masterclass on gospel and folk music led by renowned singer-songwriter Michael Brown.

With 80 singers from 34 Connecticut towns, the GMChorale is known for its compelling performances of choral masterworks and the commissioning of new music from emerging and established composers.

“The ‘Singing Together for Peace’ festival is an excellent opportunity for the singers of the GMChorale to share their extensive choral experience with younger singers from other ensembles. And in turn, they will learn from others who also bring a wealth of experience, and they will be enriched by singing alongside fellow musicians from other communities and other music traditions,” said the GMChorale’s Artistic Director, Joseph D’Eugenio.

The Festival concert on May 12 is open to the public; tickets are available on a “pay what you can” basis. For more information on the Festival, visit


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Hartford’s 4th District Special Election Set for June

HARTFORD — Hartford residents will have their say in who replace former State Rep. Angel Arce.

Arce represented Hartford’s 4th District. He was forced to resign after allegations of unprofessional conduct with a minor.

So far, three candidates will be on the ballot for the June 4 election: Hartford City Councilman and endorsed Democrat Julio Concepcion, who serves as Vice President for Metro Hartford Alliance; Endorsed Republican Candidate and Hartford Police Detective Bryan Nelson, and petitioning candidate and Connecticut Economic Resource Center employee, Jessica Inacio.

The district includes parts of downtown Hartford, South Green, and Barry Square.

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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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Artist Collective to Host Jackie McLean Memorial Concert

HARTFORD  — The Artist Collective will host a special concert to honor its founder, saxophonist Jackie McLean, on May 19.

The event will begin at 8 p.m. at the Artist Collective 1200 Albany Ave.

McLean and his wife, Dollie, founded the Artist Collective in 1970. His son, Rene will perform a show entitled “Ancestral Calling, Music of the Spirit” at the concert with a band comprised of Stave Davis, Trombone, Hurbert Eaves  on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, Carl Allen on drums and Neil Clarke, on African percussion.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

For more information, call 860-527-3205.

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CRT’s YouthBuild Program Seeks Applicants

HARTFORD — The Community Renewal Team’s youth program is now accepting applications for its job training, education and leadership development program.

CRT’s Capital City YouthBuild AmeriCorps provides job training and life skills to young adults from 18 to 24 living in Hartford.

Those selected for the YouthBuild program learn job skills and serve the community by building affordable housing in partnership with Hartford Housing Authority and working with various construction companies throughout the region.

CRT provides YouthBuild participants with ongoing support to ensure that new graduates are successful in thier chosen career, organizers said.

For more information, or to apply for a position with CRT’s Capital City YouthBuild program, please call 860-560-5308 or email

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March of Dimes Walk Set for Sunday

EAST HARTFORD — It’s that time again.

Community residents, corporate teams, and families of premature babies on April 29 will march together to help raise funds to ensure that every baby gets the best possible start.

The march will be at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the march will step off at 10 a.m.

March of Dimes’ largest annual fundraiser is a day for everyone to hope, remember, celebrate and champion moms and babies.

The March for Babies community bands together to fight for the health of all moms and babies.
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. The organization supports research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, March of Dimes also empower every mom and every family.

For more information, visit

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Whoopi Goldberg to Keynote Ceremony

EAST HARTFORD —  Actress Whoopi Goldberg will give the commencement address at Goodwin College in June.

Goldberg has garnered a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony and two Golden Globe awards during a career that has spanned more than 40 years, according to the press release by Goodwin College. She has also been a moderator on the TV talk show “The View.” 

Goodwin’s commencement will be held June 2 at 10 a.m. at its River Campus on Riverside Drive in East Hartford.

The school will award degrees and certificates in health care, nursing, human services, education, business and manufacturing. About 450 of those graduates and their families will attend the commencement.

The ceremony will be live streamed at

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