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‘Coffee with a Cop’ Aims to Build Community


EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Police Department would like to build relationships – one coffee cup at a time.

The department is inviting everyone to sit with a cop and sip coffee in an effort “to bring police officers and the community members they serve together to discuss concerns and learn more about each other.”

The event,  “Coffee With A Cop,” will be  Sept.  8  from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts, 303 Ellington Rd. in East Hartford.

Since 2016, the East Hartford Police Department has hosted a regular “Coffee with a Cop.” Organizers said there won’t be an agenda or speeches. Instead, residents will be able to spend some time with local police officers in a casual atmosphere and discuss their neighborhood, ask questions, share concerns, or stop by just to chat.

“The ‘Coffee with a Cop’ program gives us an opportunity to relax and chat with residents in a non-emergency setting,” said Police Chief Scott Sansom.  “It allows access and opportunity for distraction-free conversations. If you have a few moments, stop by for a cup of coffee and a friendly chat with an officer.”

The “Coffee With A Cop” initiative is recognized on a national level for building community trust.  In a short period of time, it allows citizens and police officers to get to know each other and discover mutual goals for the communities they live in and serve.

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East Hartford Police to Hire New Officers


EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Police Department is hiring.

The Department is accepting applications for the position of entry-level police officer.

East Hartford is a demographically diverse community with a population of about 50,000 in an urban/suburban environment. The East Hartford Police Department is one of the largest municipal police departments east of the Connecticut River with 122 sworn officers, specialized units and great promotional opportunities and career advancement.

To qualify you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or its equivalent, and be a non-smoker.  Experience or education in some phase of law enforcement or criminal justice will be very helpful.  Motivation, enthusiasm, and commitment to the community are mandatory.

East Hartford is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Applications from women and members of minority groups are encouraged.

If you have any further questions regarding the job, please email them to Skyeremateng@easthartfordct.gov. For more information, requirements and application process please click Police App.

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East Hartford Police to Participate in Torch Run


EAST HARTFORD — This June, the East Hartford Police will join other police departments around the state to “carry the torch” for a noble cause.

More than 20 East Hartford police officers will escort the Connecticut Special Olympics Torch through East Hartford on June 7 as part of the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run.

This multi-day event raises money and awareness about special olympics in Connecticut. The East Hartford Police Department has run this event since its inception in 1986.

Chief Scott Sansom said: “It is an honor to participate, to help ‘carry the torch’ for such a noble cause. The courage and dedication displayed by Special Olympics athletes is an inspiration for all.”

The East Hartford leg of the Torch Run will begin  at 12 p.m.  on June 7, when the South Windsor PD passes the torch at the South Windsor / East Hartford Town Line on Ellington Road.

The EHPD will carry the torch down Ellington Road and Main Street, passing Town Hall, to the Glastonbury Town Line, where they will hand it off to the Glastonbury Police Department.

For more information, and an approximate schedule, please consult the Special Olympics of Connecticut Website at: http://www.soct.org/ways-give/lawenforcement-torch-run

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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 www.capitalcc.edu/csprogram and send completed application forms to sfreeman@capitalcc.edu or mail to Summer  CS Programs, Capital Community College, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Att: Seth Freeman

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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 marchforbabies.org/event/greaterhartford

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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 www.goodwin.edu.

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East Hartford Public Library to Host Poetry Reading


EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Public Library will host poet John L. Stanizzi on April 17.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free at the Library at 840 Main St.

Stanizzi is the author of six collections – Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, and High Tide – Ebb Tide. Besides the CRR, his poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Cortland Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, and many others. He’s been translated into Italian and appeared in El Ghibli, the Journal of Italian Translations Bonafinni, Poetarium Silva, and L’Ombra delle Parole. His new collection, Chants, will be out in 2018 with Cervena Barva Press.

Stanizzi has read at venues all over New England, including the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and Mystic Arts Café, and he is a teaching artist with Poetry Out Loud, as well as the coordinator of Hill-Stead Museum’s Fresh Voice Poetry Competition

A former New England Poet of the Year, Stanizzi grew up on Collimore Road in East Hartford. After graduating from St. Mary’s School he went on to East Hartford High School, where he first began to work seriously on his poems, with the help of his English teacher and dear friend, Teresa Vincenzo. John also worked in his father’s upholstery business, “Office Seating Service,” on John Street in East Hartford before heading off to Wesleyan University. These days, he teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT and he lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry.

Stanizzi’s reading is co-sponsored by the East Hartford Public Library and the East Hartford Commission on Culture and Fine Arts. For more information and to register, visit easthartfordct.gov/library or call the library at 860-290-4332.

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East Hartford Public Library to Host World War I Digitization Day


EAST HARTFORD — Do you have your grandfather’s World War I photo album tucked away in a closet? A stack of letters your great-grandmother kept in a box in the attic? A story your neighbor told you about the local homecoming parade, in the back of your mind?

Help us learn more about the men and women who served during World War I by bringing your collection to the East Hartford Public Library on April 7 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to be scanned or photographed by staff from the Connecticut State Library. The East Hartford Public Library is at 840 Main St.

Library staff will be on hand to work with you to create a profile for the World War I era person you want to remember. They will scan or photograph the pictures, letters, or souvenirs you bring in and return them to you the same day. Then they will add all the images and stories created to an online World War I collection and to the Connecticut Digital Archive, to be preserved for future generations.

The Remembering World War I Digitization Day has been made possible in part by the Connecticut State Library with major grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. East Hartford’s local program is co-sponsored by the East Hartford Public Library and the Historical Society of East Hartford. For more information, visit the project’s website at http://ctinworldwar1.org/ or call the East Hartford Public Library at (860) 290-4331.

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East Hartford to Hold Annual Charity Ball


EAST HARTFORD — East Hartford will once again hold its Charity Ball at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium Club at Rentschler Field.

The charitable event will be on March 10 to raise funds for local charities.

Each ball 100%  of the sponsorship money raised is donated to causes that contribute to thevitality and quality of life in our community, organizers said. The 2018 charitable
beneficiaries are the East Hartford Interfaith Ministries, East Hartford YMCA, Friends of East Hartford Senior Centers, Protectors of Animals Spa & Neuter Clinic, Believe 208, East Hartford Summer Youth Festival, and many other community organizations and programs.

Pratt & Whitney has once again stepped up to be the presenting sponsor for the Charity Ball. The event is black-tie optional and tickets will be $125 per person. More information on sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available by emailing easthartfordcharityball@gmail.com or calling 860-528-9966.

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Cities Announce Protocol for Warming Centers


STATEWIDE — Bracing for the bitter artic cold coming this week, the state has joined with cities and towns to provide warming centers for those who need shelter.

In Hartford, Mayor Luke Bronin’s office announced its severe weather protocol:

As result of the forecasted long duration of arctic cold conditions that could last into next week, with potentially negative wind chill factors, the State of Connecticut has implemented its severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather.  The current protocol will be in effect from today, December 26, 2017, until Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

“I urge residents to stay indoors as much as possible to protect themselves against this bitter cold,” said Mayor Bronin. “Severe weather protocol helps ensure anyone who needs warm shelter has access to it.”

List of Daytime Warming Centers

*   Hartford Public Library, Downtown Branch, 500 Main St: Monday – Thursday 9:30 am – 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
*   Center Church, 60 Gold St: Wednesday through Sunday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
*   Hands on Hartford, 45 Church St: Mondays and Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
*   South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Ave: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
*   North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry St: Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
*   Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Ave: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
*   Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main St: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
*   Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth St: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

In East Hartford, Mayor Marcia Leclerc issued the city’s cold weather protocol:
The first resources available to the community are the public warming centers offered throughout town. These warming centers are located in the following locations:

The Public Safety Complex Lobby (31 School Street, open 24 hours, 7 days a week) and

The South End Senior Center (70 Canterbury Street, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).

Additional resources for adequate shelter can also be found by contacting 2-1-1, which is a free informational service offered to anyone in Connecticut regarding shelter, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention, and much more.

All people are welcome to come in and warm up. For more warming center, call 2-1-1.

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