HARTFORD — The YMCA is now accepting applications for its 2016 scholastic summer program in Hartford and East Hartford.
HARTFORD — The YMCA is now accepting applications for its 2016 scholastic summer program in Hartford and East Hartford.
EAST HARTFORD — The Office and Civics Action Lab has been encouraging Old State House visitors of all ages to consider how they can contribute to their own communities. Through this contribution, East Hartford’s spirit for building a strong community that will inspire countless others who visit the space.
From Left to Right: Patrick Sheehan, Chairman of the CT Public Affairs Network; Kid Governor Elena Tipton, Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc, Executive Director Sally Whipple, CT’s Old State House; Asst. Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie, East Hartford Public Schools; Asst. Principal Beatrice Corrado, O’Connell Elementary School; Principal Greg Fox, O’Connell Elementary School.
WETHERSFIELD — The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Heroes 4 Hire Job and Career Fair – the largest and best-attended of its kind in New England – returns to the Rentschler Field Ballroom in East Hartford on April 27.
Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor, the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Travelers, CBS Radio, and the local chamber of commerce. The veteran-focused event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
”More than 75 exhibitors are participating in this year’s Heroes 4 Hire career fair, including employers, service providers and educational institutions,” notes Terry Brennan, Director of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Veterans’ Workforce Development. “Certified Professional Résumé Writers from the Labor Department will also be on-site, offering advice on best ways to showcase résumés to prospective employers. DOL staff will also be available to talk to attendees and employers about employment services and related programs.”
“Veterans bring a strong sense of teamwork, organization and leadership skills to the workplace,” notes Brennan. “An accelerated learning curve allows veterans to enter the workforce with an advantage, plus they offer transferable skills that have been proven in real-life situations. Veterans have also demonstrated efficient performance under pressure and understand the demands of tight schedules and limited resources – providing a valuable perspective to potential employers.“
Additional details, including directions to the event, the list of participating companies and organizations, and an online registration form for employers wishing to participate can be found on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s career fair website at www.ctjobfairs.com.
HARTFORD — State Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez has become aware of a text scam targeting customers of Webster Bank.
Banking officials said the fraudulent text appears to be a genuine notice from Webster Bank indicating that they are currently performing maintenance of their system and asking the recipient to click on a link to renew personal details. While this particular text targets Webster customers, other text scams have targeted many other banks and businesses, they said.
“This is a cautionary tale,” Perez said, “a reminder to be especially vigilant as we head into the busiest season of the year when we are bombarded by emails, text and telephone calls.”
Commissioner Jonathan Harris of the Department of Consumer Protection said that if residents receive a text, they should reach out to the bank or business to verify that it’s not a scam.
The growth of electronic communications and social media continues to provide new ways for scammers to reach their targets. Connecticut consumers should stay vigilant when receiving electronic business communications.
The high-tech scammer sends highly accurate emails or texts that contain links to what appear to be genuine websites, but instead are fraudulent sites that will steal personal information.
“Unfortunately, the holiday season is one of the busiest times for scammers,” said AARP Fraud Watch Volunteer Byron Peterson. “Each year ID theft and fraud steal millions of hard-earned dollars from unsuspecting residents.”
Any consumers who did click the link should contact the Department of Bankin by calling 1-800-831-7225.
In Connecticut, the Fraud Watch Network – in collaboration with other organizations and is working to educate the public and prevent consumer fraud.
EAST HARTFORD — Main Street in East Hartford was closed after a car struck two people Sunday night and police were investigating.
At about 7 p.m. police responded to a report of two injured pedestrians at 1209 Main St. The two victims, only identified as a male and a female, were taken to a nearby hospital with non life-threatening injuries, police said.
The driver, identified only as a male, stayed on scene and cooperated with police.
Main Street was initially shut down between Burnside Avenue and Prospect Street at 7:30 p.m. while police investigated.
The entire road reopened around 11:30 p.m.
HARTFORD — Rep. John B. Larson on Monday will hold a series of meetings with Rep. Bill Shuster (PA-09), Chairman of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
With the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems in need of repair, it is more important than ever to make critical investments in the interest of public safety. To that end, Larson and Shuster will visit several key sites in the First Congressional District to highlight the infrastructure needs of the region.
First, at 8:45 a.m., Larson and Shuster will visit Augie & Ray’s Drive In in East Hartford for breakfast and an informal discussion with the local community.
Then, Larson and Shuster will travel to Pratt & Whitney from 9:45 AM to 10:30 a.m. for a brief tour and a discussion on the infrastructure challenges in providing access and egress to Pratt & Whitney’s new headquarters as well as Goodwin College and Rentschler Field.
Deputy Commissioner Anna Barry of the Connecticut Department of Transportation will also attend.
Later, Larson, Shuster, and Barry will join Rep. Rosa Delauro (CT-03) and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra for a press conference at Union Station from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They will discuss ongoing infrastructure projects in Connecticut and the Aetna viaduct.
Rep. John B. Larson
Rep. Bill Shuster
HARTFORD — Hartford Police seized about $5,000 in illegal fireworks from a van in the North End on Friday night.
According to media reports, 179 items were seized and kept by department’s bomb squad because of the volume of explosives.
Deputy Chief Brian Foley said officers responded to Garden Street after witnesses called to report a man selling fireworks out of a van.
Police have since identified a 35-year-old man from East Hartford.
Foley said police will soon make an arrest warrant application in the case.
By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The White House recently honored one of Connecticut’s best teachers.
President Barack Obama honored Cara Quinn, one of 55 teachers from across the nation who gathered in the Rose Garden on a sunny afternoon. a East Hartford resident.
Quinn, who is not teaching now because of her father’s illness, has taught sixth grade at Sunset Ridge School for more than 10 years.
During her career, Quinn has developed programs to prepare students for college, including a college immersion experience. She said she focuses not only on academics, but on character development.
“I think its important to nurture students to be globally aware,” she said.
Last October, Quinn was also named Connecticut’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.
“In her classroom, Mrs. Quinn not only teaches the material, she also teaches her students about their community and about their world,” Former Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said in a press release. “She encourages her students to give back through service and inspires them to make a difference.”
A teacher of 11 years, Quinn was chosen from over 100 district-level Teachers of the Year.
Quinn succeeded the 2014 Connecticut Teacher of the Year, John Mastroianni. He is a music teacher at William H. Hall High School in West Hartford
EAST HARTFORD — Cara Quinn, a sixth-grade teacher, who draws inspiration for teaching from her students, is Connecticut’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.
State and local officials joined Mrs. Quinn to deliver the good news to her students and colleagues last Wednesday at the Sunset Ridge School in East Hartford.
Throughout Quinn’s 11 years as a Connecticut educator, she has distinguished herself as a teacher who challenges her students to “shatter their individual glass ceilings” and to make a difference in the world, state officials said.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to our world each day through the work that I so dearly love, ” Quinn said.
Besides the academic excellence, Quinn cultivates in her classrooms, she is equally focused on her students’ character development. She also spearheaded initiatives to broaden student horizons regarding college and careers. Working with the University of Connecticut, she created a college immersion experience for students. She also organizes an annual Career Day where students have the opportunity to interact with 30 professionals from the community
Quinn was chosen from among four finalists, 15 semifinalists, and over 100 district-level Teachers of the Year. A statewide council of former Teachers of the Year and representatives from educational organizations, businesses, and the community conducted the rigorous selection process, which includes on-site visits, candidate applications, interviews, and observations of teaching.
“The Teacher of the Year Program does not attempt to select the ‘best’ teacher in Connecticut. Rather, it seeks to identify, from among many outstanding educators, one teacher to serve as a visible and vocal representative of what is best in the profession,” said Susan Pelchat, selection committee chairperson for the Connecticut Teacher of the Year (TOY) Council.
“Connecticut’s teachers of the year provide an important voice on educational issues in our state,” said Commissioner Pryor. “They participate in an advisory council at the State Department of Education and, in so doing, they offer an invaluable perspective on statewide education policy and its implementation. We are deeply grateful for their contributions.”
Quinn began her career teaching a fourth-grade classroom in Bolton and has taught the last nine years in East Hartford where she focuses on bringing equity to education and closing the achievement gap. East Hartford Public School leaders praised Mrs. Quinn for her work.
“Cara inspires all of us regarding the true meaning of what it means to be a teacher—expect more, love kids and work hard to make a difference. We are so proud to have Cara represent the great teachers of East Hartford and the entire state of Connecticut,” East Hartford Superintendent Nathan Quesnel said. “Cara will be strong ambassador of the TOY program as she is an example for all of us.”
WETHERSFIELD – Southwest Connecticut employers are invited to learn more about the Subsidized Training and Employment and Training Program (Step Up) as well as a variety of other hiring and tax incentives designed to benefit their businesses by attending a May 29 conference being held in the Westport Inn Ballroom.
Officials said that the conference aims to target companies of any size that can learn about the opportunities and benefits available to their business, including the wage reimbursement program through Step Up, low interest financing under the Small Business Express Program, assistance on recruitment and business plan development, and tax incentives for equipment upgrades and job creation initiatives.”
Taking place from 8 to 10:30 a.m., the event, begins with networking and light refreshments at 7 a.m. Employers can pre-register online for the conference by visitingwww.StepCT.com or more information can be obtained from Dolores Ryan, BridgeportAmerican Job Center by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 455-2602.
Additional conferences, also to be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m., will be offered on the following dates: