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UConn’s Kevin Ollie to Speak at Summer Soiree

By Shakira Johnson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — The Greater Hartford Arts Council will host its first Summer Soirée on June 17 at the historic Philip Cheney Mansion in Manchester with basketball coach Kevin Ollie.

Ollie, UConn’s head basketball coach, will speak at the event to benefit the Arts Council’s 2015 United Arts Campaign and Neighborhood Studios, a summer arts apprenticeship program for teens. The event will begin at 5:30p.m.

The event will also feature live entertainment by Neighborhood Studios apprentices and master teaching artists. Guest speaker, Coach Ollie, will speak about the importance of youth engagement and development through community programs like Neighborhood Studios.

Coach Ollie made national headlines in 2014 when The Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA men’s championship.

Arts Council officials said Ollie is known for his commitment to building strong, professional teams that aligns with the mission of Neighborhood Studios.

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online at

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YMCA Honors Former City Councilman Matthews

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Former City Council Member I. Charles Matthews was recently honored by the YMCA of Greater Hartford.

Mathews of West Hartford received the 2014 Robert C. Knox, Jr. YMCA Distinguished Leadership Award at the YMCA’s 162 Annual Meeting.

The award honors the memory of the late Robert C. Knox, Jr., a Hartford insurance executive, whose dedication helped the YMCA grow, prosper and fulfill its mission to serve others.

Officials said the award is the YMCA of Greater Hartford’s highest honor recognizing volunteers.

After a career in corporate law and city government, I. Charles found a new calling in the Y.

“I’ve got 4,000 kids at the Wilson-Gray YMCA,” Matthews said and his volunteers are mentoring them all, starting in grade school with a program that brings in speakers– doctors, lawyers, engineers, business leaders– who give them a glimpse beyond their neighborhoods.

Matthew said he has helped to expand community engagement with the state and Hartford city official and to increase the Y’s presence within the local neighborhood by establishing community events.

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Historian to Discuss First Black Female Abolitionist

HARTFORD – June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month. And in celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Dr. Ann-Marie Adams will hold a discussion about race, gender, and education in Connecticut at the Avon Public Library on June 30.

Dr. Adams’ talk entitled Maria Stewart: Alchemy of Race, Gender, and Education in Antebellum Connecticut, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Library’s conference room at 281 Country Club Road in Avon, CT.

Adams, a historian and journalist, will also discuss the contours and complexity of the long Civil Rights Movement in Connecticut, which catapulted Maria Stewart to fame in the 1800s. Stewart was the first black, female abolitionist, a contemporary of Frederick Douglass.

She was also the first black woman to give a public speech in America.

She was also known for giving the first speech before a mixed audience of men and women. In the 1800s it was not proper for women—black and white—to speak before an audience with men.

And unbeknown to many, Stewart was from Connecticut.

A Caribbean-American, Dr. Adams said she is delighted to share this hidden history with the public.



Stewart has been heralded by many black feminists, but she does not get the attention of Frederick Douglass or Harriett Tubman.

Stewart was born in the West Indies.

For more information, call 860-403-0055.

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U.S. Removes Cuba from Terrorist List

By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

WASHINGTON—United States officials on Friday removed Cuba from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

The move comes more than six months after President Barack Obama announced plans to re-establish diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana. That’s because State Department officials’ 45-day review was the last hurdle to cement a relationship with Cuba.

State Department officials said that even though the country was removed from the list, the U.S. and Cuba still have differences. The U.S. placed Cuba on the list in 1982 because it allegedly support terrorist organizations in Latin America.

“While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation,” spokesman Jeff Rathke said.

Currently, only Syria, the Sudan and Iran remain on the list.

The President in December 2014 officially requested Cuba’s removal after a meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro in Panama, where the Summit of the Americas was held.

This move paves the way for the U.S. to have embassies in America and Cuba. Officials are expected to announce details next week.

The recent development will also remove selected trade barriers against Cuba. However, Congress would have to reverse the overall embargo.






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State Officials: Hurricane Season Begins June 1

Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD —  June 1 will mark the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season.

As a result, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a press release reminds residents to be prepared for severe weather that may impact the state.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 with most of the threat period for the state occurring between mid-August and mid-October.

“As we have experienced, it only takes one hurricane or tropical storm to make landfall to have a devastating impact on our state,” Malloy said.  “Now is the time to prepare.  I urge residents to take three simple preparedness steps: Get a kit, make a plan, and stay informed. These three steps will allow you to become more resilient to any storm or emergency you may face.”
State officials said the potential risks to the community includes storm surge, flooding, road or bridge closures.
 “If a storm is approaching your area, carefully monitor weather reports and follow all of the instructions provided by public safety officials,”Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora B. Schriro said.
Connecticut residents can subscribe to get alert messages by going to to register.



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Hartford Man Arrested for Fraud

HARTFORD — A Hartford man was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly collecting more than $18,000 in unemployment compensation benefits.

Marcos A. Lozada, 48, of 71 Rowe Ave., in Hartford 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 report, Lozada fraudulently collected approximately $18,324 in unemployment benefits from November 2010 through October 2011 when, in fact, he was employed.

Lozada was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on June 4.


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Stanley Park to Host Outdoor Fun Event

NEW BRITAIN — It’s that time again to experience Tarzan swings, obstacle courses and other outdoor activities.

Go Ape, a highly interactive treetop adventure course, will hold a grand opening celebration on May 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the A.W.Stanley Park.

As part of the festivities, the Holmes School there will be will be doing their Wounded Warrior walk through the Park.

Then, the Holmes school Choir will sing the National Anthem with the Pulaski School Band, followed by a ribbon cutting and remarks from New Britain Mayor Erin E. Stewart, Go Ape USA Managing Director Dan D’Agostino, and New Britain Parks & Recreation Director Bill Demaio.

Participants at the Grand Opening will get to swing from the trees, participate in a raffle for prizes and enjoy a light lunch.

Go Ape offers Connecticut residents and visitors a unique outdoor experience that encourages them to swing from the trees and live life adventurously.



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HARC Honors Hartford Resident

HARTFORD –An area resident was honored for her service to people with intellectual and related disabilities.

HARC, Inc.,an organization serving people with intellectual and related disabilities, announced that Karene Charles of Hartford and St. Lucia is the first recipient of the newly established Storm-Appleton Award for Exemplary Service.

Charles, who began working at HARC in January, 2014 as a job coach in HARC’s Bulova Center, graduated in 2013 from the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While at school on St. Croix, she worked as a writing tutor and also at the Lutheran Social Services / Queen Louise Home for children and young adults with disabilities.

Charles states, “I have a passion for helping others, and I love working with this population in particular. People with intellectual disability go through so much, and yet they are so joyful. When you are with them, you are truly living in the moment. They show such appreciation  . . . it just warms my heart.”

Charles, who has plans to get a Master’s Degree in School Psychology and Doctorate in Counseling, came to Hartford to live with her cousin, Cindy Cote. Her family and extended family live in St. Lucia.

The Storm-Appleton Fund was established by Robert Storm within HARC’s Endowment Fund in 2013. Each year, an honorarium of $1,000 from the proceeds of the fund is to be awarded to a direct-care staff person, chosen by HARC’s management team, who has embodied HARC’s mission by giving exemplary service in the performance of their job.

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DOJ Charges Hartford Man with Larceny

HARTFORD — A Hartford man was arrested and charged with fraudulently collecting more than $14,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

Deochand Hemchand, 39, of 30 Bristol Street, Hartford, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count each of larceny in the first degree by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.

According to the arrest warrant, Hemchand fraudulently collected about $14,000 in unemployment benefits from October 2012 through May 2013 when he was employed and grossly under-reported his wages in order to collect the benefits.

Hemchand was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, on May 28.


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Charter School Advocates Fight Budget Cuts

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer
HARTFORD — Nearly 40, 000 Connecticut children attend under performing schools and many of them can’t read or do math at grade level, charter school advocates said this week while touting the number of people signed a petition demanding support for charter schools.

The Coalition For Every Child on Wednesday announced that 3,782 people have signed on to a petition to state leaders demanding that they support a great school for every child. The petition will remain open to collect more signatures until the end of the legislative session.

“Right now, there are 40,000 Connecticut children who attend under performing schools where the majority of students cannot read and do math at grade level,” the petition reads. “Most of them are low-income students or children of color. This is unacceptable. All children deserve the opportunity to get a great education, and they need it now. Connecticut needs expanded access to high-quality public schools for all children.”

Advocates said that the solution for under performing schools is to “continue to open high-performing public schools, fund all public schools equitably, and hold all schools accountable for results while also protecting the flexibility of individual schools to effectively serve the needs of all students, regardless of race, economic status or zip code.”

The announcement comes after 1,500 people from across the state attended a rally on the North Steps of the Capitol to voice their opposition to the Appropriations Committee budget, which proposed cuts for new public charter schools in Bridgeport and Stamford.

Funding for both schools and seats at existing charter schools was previously included in the budget release by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in February.

There are currently more than 3,600 students on wait lists for charter schools in the state. The budget proposed on Tuesday by the Appropriations Committee would do little to, charter schools advocates said.

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