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CT Voter Registration Deadline Nears


HARTFORD — Connecticut voters have one month to register to vote so they can cast ballots in the Nov. 4 general election.

Voters can register onlineor by mail. The deadline to register is Oct. 21. For in person registration, the deadline is Oct. 28.

So far in 2014, 53,940 new voters have registered, including 15, 924 Democrats and 10, 303 Republicans and 26,276 unaffliated voters, according to state officials.

Overall, there are 1, 931, 880 voters in Connecticut. The total number of registered Democrats in the state is 706, 211. The number of registered Republicans is 402, 840. The number of unaffiliated voters is 803,564.

Polls will be open on Nov. 4 from 6: 00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To find out if you are registered, check www.sots.ct.gov/vote.

Connecticut voters with a valid driver’s license can register to vote at htpps://voterregistration.ct.gov

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FoodShare’s President to Resign, Heads to New York


BLOOMFIELD –Gloria McAdam, Foodshare’s President and CEO, has accepted a position heading an organization that fights hunger in Northern New York.

McAdam will remain at Foodshare until Dec. 31, 2014 when she will assume the role of Executive Director of GardenShare in Canton, NY, near where she grew up.  During the search for a permanent replacement, COO Christine O’Rourke will serve as interim CEO.

The organization has already activated its succession plan, which includes launching a nationwide search for a new President/CEO.

“We are indebted to Gloria for building a robust and dynamic organization with a strong mission and a deep bench of talented employees,” said Leslie Soler, Chair of Foodshare’s Board.  “Her determination and passion for the twin issues of fighting hunger and ending its causes has been an inspiration for the last 30 years.  We will miss her terribly, but her drive to build this organization into a fiscally sound force against hunger leaves it strong and resilient.”

 

 

 

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CRT Offers Help with Foreclosures


HARTFORD — Help is available for Greater Hartford area homeowners facing foreclosure.

The Community Renewal Team has housing counselors who can work with homeowners to put a plan in place to save the home from foreclosure.

There are no income restrictions to participate in CRT’s foreclosure prevention and homeowners don’t need to have a foreclosure notice before taking part.

CRT’s expanded foreclosure prevention program is due in part to increased federal funding to programs that help homeowners.

For more information on CRT’s Housing Counselling Department and how we can help homeowners at all income levels, call (860) 761-7937 or email foreclosure@crtct.org.

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Historic Pond House Celebrates Latest Addition


The Pond House Café has recently completed a major addition of a brand new patio and walkway around the historic Pond House. The project also included adding a custom built gazebo and numerous gardens surrounding the building. Recently, they held a ceremony to formally donate this patio and walkway to The City of Hartford, The Elizabeth Park Conservancy and The Community.

In attendance were Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Elizabeth Park Conservancy Executive Director Christine Doty, several Elizabeth Park Conservancy Board Members, MetroHartford Alliance Director of Investor Relations Richard Brown, Pond House Owner Louis Lista, Pond House General Manager Kim Yarum, and Tom Linden of Linden Landscape Architects.

Pictured cutting the ribbon are Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Elizabeth Park Conservancy Executive Director Christine Doty and Pond House Café General Manager Kim Yarum.

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Judge Sentences Man for Murdering Wife


NEW BRITAIN –  A judge sentenced a New Britain man on Thursday for murder and home invasion resulting in the death of his wife last July.

New Britain Superior Court by Judge Arthur Hadden gave 40-year-old Humberto Diaz-Guzman 10 years for the murder.

In June of this year,  Diaz-Guzman pled guilty to criminal attempt to commit murder and home invasion resulting from an incident in New Britain on July 3, 2013.

Diaz-Guzman entered into a residence armed with a kitchen knife to confront his wife, officials said. When others in the house attempted to get him to leave one of them was stabbed in the abdomen causing serious internal injuries.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Brett J. Salafia.

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Hartford Police Investigate Homicide


HARTFORD — A Hartford man died after suffering gunshot wounds in the area of Sigourney St.

Police said that four to six gunshots were reportedly fired and fatally hit Deon Palmer, 18, lying face down suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to his right thigh and chest.

Emergency dispatch transported Palmer to St. Francis hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

He died at St. Francis hospital at 2:36 p.m., police said.

Major Crimes Division Detectives working homicide assumed the investigation.

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Hartford Police Investigate City’s 10th Homicide


HARTFORD – Hartford police are investigating the city’s 10th homicide after a 28-year-old man was fatally shot on Friday at the corner of Hungerford and Park streets.

Police said the unidentified Hartford man was shot in the head. He already dead when police arrived.

According to police reports, neighbors reported shots fired about 9:15 p.m. Officers arrived on the scene and found the victim on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police major crimes division and shooting task is now investigating.

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Bike Week to Begin at Old State House


HARTFORD — How did a Civil War veteran become the father of the American bicycle and turn Hartford into the bicycle capital of the world?

Join Steve Goddard, author of Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines, on  Sept. 16 at noon to discover how one Hartford factory became the largest employer in New England, producing everything from high wheelers to bicycles to electric cars.

Following  Goddard’s talk, join in a panel discussion about making Connecticut more bike-friendly and promoting bike racing among Connecticut kids with Goddard, Aidan Charles, the Founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, and Kelly Kennedy, Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut. TheConnecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will moderate the conversation.

Following the program, enjoy Wheels for All, a temporary exhibit that showcases six bikes dating from 1869 to 1914, on loan from the Connecticut Historical Society.  This will be on display at Connecticut’s Old State House from Sept. 16-20.

General admission rates apply to this exhibit.

The American Dream Machine: Bicycles Past, Present & Future begins at Noon, attendees are encouraged to enjoy their lunches during this free event inside Connecticut’s Old State House.

For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, visit online at http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

 

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Spanish-Speaking Center Puts Out Alert


Updated Sept. 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

NEW BRITAIN — The Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain on Tuesday said Greater Hartford residents should be beware of deceptive business practices from the multi-level marketing company, Herbalife. 

Representatives from the small faith-based community organization that has been serving low and moderate income families since 1964, said the organization’s campaign is “to raise awareness and provide information about the resources available to assist those who have lost money to the nutritional products and weight loss supplement maker.”

They said consumer fraud is pervasive in the Latino community that those who are being deceived are afraid to come forward.

“I am deeply troubled by the stories I am hearing from members of this community who have invested their hard-earned time and money into Herbalife,” said SSCNB Executive Director Mary L. Sanders. “The Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain wants those who have lost money to Herbalife, which is often framed as a get-rich-quick business opportunity, to know that they are not alone—and that resources are available to assist them.”

“I lost over $2,000 of my savings in Herbalife,” said Nereida Duran, a former Herbalife distributor.  “I experienced tremendous pressure to recruit more and more individuals in order to move up the ladder.  The promises I was given included cruises, vacations and a great income.  In the end, I never once received a check from Herbalife.  I encourage others who had experiences like mine to come forward today.”

Herbalife has refuted claims of fraud. According to a press release to The Hartford Guardian.

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“The allegations being made today are misguided and entirely incorrect, and we would welcome an opportunity to educate everyone involved in order to correct the misinformation and misperceptions they have been given about Herbalife.

 

As has been documented in the press repeatedly, Herbalife has been the target of a manufactured and misleading campaign by a Wall Street hedge fund manager with the hope of putting the company out of business to enrich himself and to the detriment of thousands of members, customers, employees and investors.  Unfortunately, this campaign continues today.

 

There is nothing new here.  The data offered is inaccurate and the allegations are ill founded.  Herbalife stands behind the quality of our products and our commitment to member satisfaction and consumer protection. Herbalife’s ‘Gold Standard’ consumer-protection rules provide all members with industry-leading protections including low startup costs, a 100% money-back guarantee for unsold products within 12 months of purchase, clear and accurate product information with business opportunity guidelines and a written acknowledgement of these protections. The company’s ‘Gold Standard’ rules not only meet, but exceed the standards prescribed by the Direct Selling Association (DSA), of which the Company is a long-time member in good standing.

 Herbalife is very proud of its presence in Connecticut, supporting nearly 4,000 independent members throughout the state. Their success is a tribute to the hard work of our members and a clear demand to live a healthy lifestyle.”

 

 

 

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State Approves Schools for Commish’s Network


HARTFORD — The State Board of Education on Wednesday approved two Commissioner’s Network plan revisions for the embattled Dunbar School in Bridgeport and Walsh Elementary School in Waterbury.

Moving forward, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor stressed the difficulty of school turnaround work, saying it requires “a continuous commitment from teachers, students, parents, administrators and the surrounding community.”

He added that Walsh and Dunbar have “demonstrated the grit and determination to build systems designed to last and have successfully navigated unexpected challenges.”

Dunbar has made attempts to improve its profile by revising its plan to include extending the school day and the addition of a new pre-Kindergarten program, state officials said.

And to help shepherd its way to success, Dunbar officials  selected Cooperative Educational Services (CES) to hire and manage academic assistants for the school and to provide high-quality professional development and coaching for Dunbar teachers, among other responsibilities.

Waterbury’s Walsh School has identified a partner to help with implementation and to ready the school for “transformative changes,” state officials said. The district also selected a new principal to lead the school’s turnaround. Innovative Educational Programs (IEP), chosen at the local level through a competitive process, will assist in the implementation of the improvements.

 

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