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Champion of Children Award Recipients Named

HARTFORD — The Center for Children’s Advocacy has named Connecticut’s 2018 Champion of Children Award Recipients, to be honored at the Center’s annual Spring for Kids event at Infinity Hall, Hartford on May 8, 2018.

This year’s Champion of Children awards go to Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents; and Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad, Executive Director of My People Clinical Services.

Fran Rabinowitz has been a dedicated and respected Connecticut educational leader for over 30 years. Prior to her appointment at CAPSS, she served Associate Commissioner of Education for the State of Connecticut, Superintendent of Hamden Public Schools, and Interim Superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools.

Abdul-Rahmann Muhammad leads My People Clinical Services, a community-based social service organization that helps Hartford-area youth and families rebuild their lives. Services include therapeutic support and crisis intervention, helping youth overcome the impact of family disruption, domestic violence, substance abuse and other barriers to health and safety.

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Chabad to Serve Meals in Greater Hartford Area

WEST HARTFORD —Bringing the warmth and tradition of Passover to the Greater Hartford Community, Chabad will be holding at least 7 Public Passover Seders in Greater Hartford area.

West Hartford’s Chabad House kitchen will completely transformed into a fully Kosher for Passover cooking facility, where meals for over 1000 people will be cooked and prepared for all local Chabad Seders. All food is prepared with strict adherence to the numerous Passover laws and traditions, keeping all Chametz or leavened bread locked up, ensuring that not a single crumb finds itself anywhere near the Passover preparations.

A special Seder will be held for the Russian speaking community, many who could not celebrate their Jewish heritage openly while living in the Soviet Union, at the Alfred Plant Senior Building on Farmington Ave.

Seders will be held in Glastonbury, Simsbury, Wesleyan University, Litchfield, U-Conn, University of Hartford and of course, in the Chabad House itself located at 2352 Albany Ave. on March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and again on March 31 at 7:45 p.m.

The March 3o event will include a special children’s program. The Haggadah will come to life with games and fun activities. Older children will have leadership roles in running the Seder.

“Passover is not simply a celebration of the historic liberation of an ancient people,” said *Rabbi Joseph Gopin*, Director of Chabad in the Greater Hartford. “Passover is about our own personal liberation – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Passover inspires us to break free from the shackles restraining us from reaching new heights – in our lives, relationships and connection with God.”

Chabad’s Seders cater to diverse groups of people from all walks of life.

To join the Community Seder, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Reservations can be made online at

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Infosys to Create Hub in Hartford, Bring 1,000 Jobs

HARTFORD — A tech company with 1,000 new jobs will move to Hartford soon.

Infosys plans to build a technology and Innovation Hub in Hartford to be a training site to other companies by 2022.

The company’s president says Hartford is a good fit.

“This is going to be a start of a journey in Connecticut for us. Where we are going to set up centers of excellence for insurance, for health care and for manufacturing. This is such a vibrant set of businesses in the state,” said Infosys President Ravi Kumar.

Mayor Luke Bronin welcomed the news:

“I am thrilled that Infosys, a global information technology company, is making Hartford one of four innovation hubs in the United States,” Bronin said.  “This announcement is huge for Hartford and for Connecticut.”

Bronin said that Hartford’s innovation ecosystem “develop rapidly, with our Insurtech Accelerator up and running Stanley Black & Decker’s advanced manufacturing accelerator on the way, and Infosys’ decision to bring a thousand innovation jobs to Hartford represents the next big step.”

The company was attracted to Hartford because of  the number of insurance companies in the region, and the ability to partner with them to train their workforce.

Congressman John Larson said this was a boon for Hartford and the state.

“ I’m looking forward to Infosys adding to our region’s economy and taking advantage of Connecticut’s skilled workforce,” Larson said.

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Nzinga Center to Host Annual Women’s Concert

NEW BRITAIN – The Queen Ann Nzinga Center will host its 9th annual Connie Wilson Collins Exceptional Women Concert, honoring outstanding women from the Greater Bristol, Plainville and New Britain community on March 24.

The celebration includes live musical performances, poetry, dance and tributes to the honorees. It will be held Trinity-on-Main on 19 Chestnut Street, New Britain at 4 p.m.

Betty Harris and Nzinga’s Daughters and more will perform.

The event was renamed in 2014 in honor of Constance “Connie” Renee Wilson
Collins (1928-2013), an African-American woman who made a tremendous
contribution to the Greater New Britain community. Collins worked to help
people reach their full potential through her work in political, spiritual,
fraternal and nonprofit organizations.

Collins is an exemplary role model for the children and teens who
participate in the Queen Ann Nzinga Center programs, says Executive
Director Dayna Snell, and she continues to inspire youth to reach their
full potential and use their talents for the good of the community.

The 2018 celebration will honor Valeriana DeBrito of Rocky Hill; Pamela Floyd-
Cranford of Manchester: Pamela Kristoff of Plainville; Eileen McNulty of
Bristol; Tracy Nixon Moore of New Britain and Mayor Erin Stewart of New

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available on our website at at the door at the event, or contacting QANC at 860-229-8389.

All proceeds help fund programming for the Queen Ann Nzinga Center, a nonprofit
which emphasizes artistic expression and teamwork to build program
participants’ skills. The Queen Ann Nzinga Center and Trinity-on-Main are
collaborating on the event.

For more information please email the QANC at

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Ugandan Flutist to Perform at Hartbeat Theater

HARTFORD — Samite Mulondo, a Ugandan musician who performs internationally as Samite, will perform this March at the Hartbeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Theater in Hartford.

Mulondo is an internationally acclaimed flutist who has recorded with Paul Simon and toured with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  And he has been touring America.

Now he brings his one-man theater and music show — “Resilience” — to Hartford.

There will be three preview performances of “Resilience” March 15 to 17 at Hartbeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Theater in Hartford before the show’s world premiere March 23 at the University of St. Joseph’s Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities in West Hartford.

The show, which involves seven stories, seven songs and projections, is directed by Brian Jennings, a HartBeat Ensemble member, and produced by Steven Raider Ginsburg, who co-founded HartBeat and is also the director of the Autorino Center

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Health care, wage issues top minority caucus agenda

HARTFORD — Pay equity, a “liveable” wage and protecting women’s health care topped a list of priorities unveiled Monday by the General Assembly’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus.

And while the agenda does not propose specific tax hikes, the 24-member caucus does back several revenue-raisers to fund critical services, according to its chairman, Rep. Christopher Rosario, D-Bridgeport.

“Supporting our middle-class families and creating opportunities for everyone is something we fully support as a group,” he said.

A state panel recently proposed boosting Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, while the House and Senate Democratic caucuses and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy have called for the legislature to reduce the gender pay-equity gap this year.

Other priorities on the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus’s agenda include:

  • Securing support for displaced families from Puerto Rico and providing disaster assistance to citizens who have relocated to Connecticut.
  • Addressing mistreatment of inmates and providing quality healthcare, including treatment for opioid addiction, in all Connecticut prisons.
  • Facilitating recruitment and retention of minority teachers.
  • And continuing to promote workforce development.

“These priorities build on work we’ve previously done and reflect issues raised by our constituents,” said Rep. Brandon McGee, D-Hartford, the caucus’s vice chairman. “From criminal justice reform to economic justice measures like earned family and medical leave, these issues disproportionately affect Black and Latino communities.”

Several of these priorities, particularly those involving healthcare, would require millions of dollars in funding.

Caucus members noted, for example, that the new state budget adopted last October tightened eligibility requirements for subsidized health care through the Husky program for poor adults, removing about 9,500 people from the rolls. Reversing this cut would cost about $11.3 million per year.

Rosario said even though revenue proposals aren’t on the agenda, most caucus members consistently support raising income tax rates on the wealthy. Other revenue-raising options include taxing sports betting and recreational marijuana sales.

“Those are options that can definitely be looked at,” he said.

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Hartford Police Arrest Suspect for Stolen Car

HARTFORD — Hartford Police on Wednesday arrested a Hartford man for allegedly stealing a white Subaru Legacy from Newington.

Jonathan Rivera, 25, of 31 Mortson St. in Hartford was arrested for second degree larceny, taking a motor vehicle without owner’s permission, and operating a motor vehicle without endorsement.

According to police, Rivera was caught after he drove the stolen vehicle to court to answer for another stolen car. The suspect parked the car, which was a 2014 white Subaru Legacy, with another set of plates that belonged to another reportedly stolen car in February.

When Rivera entered the car and tried to drive away, he was apprehended by police officers.

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Anika Noni Rose to Keynote Women of Color Gala

HARTFORD — Tony Awards winning actress Anika Noni Rose will keynote the third 100 Women of Color Gala in Hartford on March 16.

The event is hosted by Eleven28 Entertainment to recognize women of color from Springfield to Stamford who have achieved distinction in their profession or industry, and made a difference in the community, organizers said.

The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on March 16, 2018 at The Bushnell, formerly The Bushnell Theater.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will support a number of nonprofit organizations to fund scholarships, community activities and other nonprofit organizations.

Rose  has graced the silver screen as the first African-American Disney Princess in “The Princess and The Frog”, “Dream Girls”, the Starz breakout show “Power” and BET’s “The Quad.”

Rose is a native of Bloomfield Connecticut. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Governor Dannel Malloy will also be in attendance to address these women of distinction.

For more information about the 100 Women Of Color Gala and Awards Recipient list, visit and

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American Legion to Hold Annual Youth Week

MIDDLETOWN —  The American Legion  will hold its annual state police youth week this July in Meriden.

State Police Youth Week  is a law enforcement practicum for high school students completing their junior year in 2018 at an accredited high school. SPYW will be held at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy in Meriden from July 8 to July 14. 

Organizers said the program offers insight into the training, duties and expectations of law enforcement officers. It also provides realistic experience, patterned after recruit training at the Connecticut State Police Academy and affords students considering a law enforcement career the opportunity to gain knowledge of the professional life of a police officer. 

SPYW cadets will participate in a variety of mentally and physically demanding instructional sessions, including patrol techniques, Connecticut criminal and motor vehicle laws, criminal and accident investigation, firearms safety and training, water safety training, team-building and confidence training, defensive driving techniques, and other law enforcement skill training. 

Cadets will experience the daily activities of recruit training, including the 5:15 a.m. reveille wake up call, physical conditioning, inspection of quarters, and participation in assigned details. 

Completed applications, including personal statements, recommendations and $125.00 fee, must be received by April 23, 2018.  

Selection date this year will be May 2, 2018. If you have not heard anything by the second week of May please contact the American Legion at 860-296-0719.

Visit for more information and application or contact your high school guidance counselor, school resource officer, local post of the American Legion or the American Legion Department Treasurer at 860-296-0719.

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Hartford Police Arrest Windsor Street Shooter

HARTFORD — Hartford Police arrested a local man who alleged fired shots on Windsor Street Thursday morning.

Police arrested Johnathan Smith, 24, of 195 Sigourney St. in Hartford for carrying a pistol without a permit, having weapons in a car, first degree attempted assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge, and possession of a stolen firearm. The firearm was stolen from South Hadley, MA.

According to report, police responded to shots fired at 729 Windsor St. at 11:54 a.m. Thursday.

There were no victims.

However, witnesses reported that a gold Infinity pulled up to a parked black Lexus and the occupant of the gold Infinity shot at the black Lexus. Both cars then fled the scene.

While traveling south on Main Street Thursday, the suspect was spotted by a police officer . The suspect was stopped and removed from his car. Officers recovered the stolen firearm.

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