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Malloy and Harp Announce Plans for New Haven


NEW HAVEN — Connecticut Democrats are seemingly making moves to help Gov. Dannel P. Malloy win the reelection, teaming up with other high-profile politicos from New Haven.

Malloy joined by New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro, New Haven Board of Alders President Jorge Perez and LiveWorkLearnPlay Co-Managing Partner and Founding Principal Max Reim on Thursday announced a $21.5 million investment in phase two of the New Haven’s Downtown Crossing Plan.

Officials said that these funds will provide the infrastructure improvements needed to pave the way for the $395 million redevelopment of the former New Haven Coliseum site by developer LiveWorkLearnPlay.  The project is expected to generate 2,809 permanent jobs at full operation creating $188,810,000 in annual wages.

LiveWorkLearnPlay officials said they, too, are also working with the city and New Haven Works to ensure employment opportunities for residents.

The Downtown Crossing Phase II project transforms this area of New Haven, removing a highway that has been a barrier to connectivity, and replacing the highway with urban boulevards.  This funding will allow for Union Station, the Medical District and the Hill neighborhood to connect with Downtown New Haven by rejoining South Orange Street across the current Route 34 towards Union Station, along an at-grade street for pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles.

Downtown Crossing is expected allow the Coliseum Site Redevelopment to attract 35 to 40 new small to mid-sized permanent businesses and up to 25 seasonal incubator businesses, along with a mix of quality housing options ranging from market rate, low, moderate, workforce and affordable housing.

Downtown Crossing, the city’s plan to transform Route 34 East reclaiming 10 acres of land ideally suited for transit-oriented development, is a major keystone in the city’s overall redevelopment efforts providing a dense mix of commercial, retail, and housing located within an easy walk of transit.

 

 

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Radio Station to Host Last Gov. Debate


HARTFORD — Connoisseur Media’s 1029 DRC, 991 PLR and 95.9 the FOX morning show  “Chaz and AJ In The Morning,” will host the last Connecticut Gubernatorial debate less than 24 hours before the polls open in this dead heat race.

The debate, which will feature incumbent Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and his Republican challenger Tom Foley, will take place live in studio and broadcast over the 3 signals on Nov. 3rd at 8:30am. Both Malloy and Foley will take questions from Chaz and AJ and listeners of the show.

“With the amount of undecided voters in a race that is a dead heat, this an incredibly important debate,” co-host Chaz says.  “It’s the very last impression voters will get of the candidates right before they pull the lever.”

“Chaz and Aj are the only show of this type in Connecticut,” says Connoisseur Media Connecticut Operations Manager Keith Dakin. “Governor debate one minute…shock collar trivia the next.”

The debate will be heard throughout the state on three of Connoisseur Media’s Connecticut FM stations.  WPLR 99.1 is a 50,000 watt FM Mainstream Rock Station licensed to New Haven, CT.   WFOX 95.9 is a 3,000 watt FM Classic Rock Station licensed to Stamford/Norwalk, CT.   WDRC 102.9 is a 50,000 watt FM Classic Hits Station licensed to Hartford, CT.

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Latino Workers Dying in Job Accidents, Report Shows


As Latino workers take on more and more of the nation’s toughest and dirtiest jobs, they increasingly are paying for it with their lives.

Preliminary federal figures released last week showed that of the 4,405 U.S. workers killed on the job in 2013, 797 were Latinos. That equates to 3.8 of every 100,000 full-time Latino employees in the U.S. dying in workplace accidents during the year.

The fatality rate for Latinos was up marginally from 3.7 per 100,000 workers in 2012, and was significantly higher than the 2013 fatality rates of 3.2 for whites, 2.9 for blacks and 1.5 for Asians.

Safety experts point to reluctance among many Latino workers, particularly immigrants, to protest job hazards. They commonly attribute the reluctance to language barriers or fears that complaining about working conditions will cost them their jobs or even lead to deportation.

In addition, worker advocates blame weak federal and state regulation and a trend of employers increasingly giving dangerous jobs to temporary workers, including some with little training.

Last year’s victims included Luis Rey Rivera Pavia, a 32-year-old machine helper for a Wire Mesh Sales LLC factory in Jacksonville, Fla., where most of the workers were Latino immigrants. Federal authorities said Rivera was killed in August when he tried to retrieve a metal bar that fell into a wire mesh manufacturing machine, and wound up being struck by a piece of the equipment.

While investigating the case, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors discovered that two other workers previously suffered severe injuries on the same machinery. One worker had a limb amputated, and the other suffered a crushed forearm. David Michaels, OSHA’s chief, last week highlighted the Wire Mesh case when he outlined his agency’s adoption of new rules for reporting severe injuries, a change intended to help authorities better target their inspections.

He later added that immigrant workers “are vulnerable workers, and they often have the worst jobs.”

Another Latino worker killed on the job last year was Adan Sotelo Preciado, who died in September when he fell from the roof of a building at a construction site in Northville, S.D. He was helping build an addition to a warehouse when he stepped from the metal decking onto an unsupported patch of insulation, and plunged to the concrete floor 20 feet below.

Preciado, who was working for a company named Sierra Steel Buildings Inc., found the job through an ad on the Craigslist website. He received no training and wasn’t given a safety harness to guard against the risk of falls.

An OSHA report on accident said the employer “was fully aware of the hazards associated with steel erection.” Yet even after a company supervisor was notified of a near accident involving a worker who stepped through the insulation, “no corrective action was taken.”

In most workplace fatality cases, regardless of the race or ethnicity of the employees killed, regulatory penalties are light — a factor often noted by safety advocates. While OSHA has proposed unusually high fines of $697,700 from Wire Mesh, it imposed only $19,200 in penalties against Sierra Steel after citing the company for one willful and two serious violations, along with a lesser violation.

Likewise, OSHA proposed only $14,000 in penalties against Monarch Tower Inc. of Sarasota, Fla., after citing the company for two serious violations following the deaths of two cell tower workers. The employees plunged more than 200 feet to their deaths in a July 2013 accident near Belden, N.D.

Linda McCardle of Homerville, Ga., the mother of one of the victims, 25-year-old Zach Roberts, said the accident was devastating to her family. Her husband, Matthew McCardle, was working on the same tower, and witnessed his stepson’s fall. Shaken by the tragedy, Matthew McCardle only recently returned to work.

“He couldn’t deal with it,” Linda McCardle said of her husband. “He couldn’t go back to work, or talk to anybody about it.”

Linda McCardle remains uncertain about why her son’s safety harness failed. She said her son, who was married and the father of four children, “loved his job, and he was smart at it, real smart, and safety conscious.”

The preliminary job fatality figures, overall, were roughly in line with the annual totals for more than five years running. The preliminary figure of 4,405 reported last week for 2013 was up slightly from the 2012 preliminary figure of 4,383. But, every year as new reports of fatal job accidents trickle in, the numbers are revised upward. For 2012, the final figure rose by 245, to 4,628, by the time the final numbers were released in April. Even those so-called final numbers, however, are an undercount, because they exclude deaths from illnesses linked to the workplace, such as cancers associated with exposure to toxic chemicals.

The breakdown of the deaths by category also resembled the pattern of previous years. Transportation accounted for 40 percent of the deaths, followed by violence, including homicides, at 17 percent. Next came falls, slips and trips, at 16 percent, and contact with objects and equipment, also at 16 percent.

“There hasn’t been much change, which means that we’re not making the kind of progress that we need and, for some groups, things have gotten more hazardous,” said Peg Seminario, safety and health director for the AFL-CIO labor federation.

Myron Levin contributed to this story.

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is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit investigative news organization focused on public health, safety and environmental issues.

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Hartford Police Investigate 13th Homicide


HARTFORD —  A Hartford man died on Wednesday after suffering multiple wounds from a shoot-out in the South-end of the city, making this the 13th homicide for 2013.

The victim, Jose O’Casio, 24, of 833 Park St. in Hartford.  O’Casio was on probation at the time of his death, police said.

According to Hartford Police, they found O’Casio with several wounds after responding at 198 Jefferson St. to a Shot Spotter notification of “multiple shots fired.”

Upon arrival officers found him, suffering from those wounds to the head and body.

The victim was unresponsive and pronounced dead at 1:36 a.m. by responding to EMS personnel.

Police is still investigating.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call HPD/MCD Homicide LT Brandon O’Brien (860) 757-4089; or web tips can be submitted at http://www.hartford.gov/Police (click “Submit and anonymous Tip”).

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Greater Hartford Y Receives Grant


HARTFORD — The YMCA of Greater Hartford received grants totaling $7,000 from the Berkshire Bank Foundation in support of the Wilson-Gray YMCA’s Teen Incentive Program and YMCA Celebrates Champions.

 The goal of Y-TIP is to break the cycle of poverty for as many teens as possible by saving lives, building dreams, inspiring learning, and providing impoverished teens with the skills needed to compete in the global marketplace.

The program benefits underserved teenagers from Hartford’s Clay-Arsenal and Upper Albany neighborhoods. 

 

 

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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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