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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 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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Larson to Host Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young

HARTFORD — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young of the Republic of Korea will hold a special medal ceremony for veterans of the Korean War on Oct. 21.

Larson and Ambassador Ahn worked together to secure the Medal of Gratitude for nearly 100 local Korean War veterans.

Rep. Larson and Ambassador Ahn last met prior to the Congressman’s visit to Korea in August. While in Korea, Larson discussed the impact of the Korean War, his own efforts to ensure Korean War veterans receive the care and recognition they earned, and his visit with our troops who are stationed at the DMZ.



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YMCA to Hold Summer Scholastic Program

HARTFORD — The YMCA is now accepting applications for  its 2016 scholastic summer program in Hartford and East Hartford.

Now in its fourth year, the YMCA is tackling summer learning loss head-on with its free Y-BELL Power Scholars Academy offered at the Simpson Waverly School in Hartford and the Anna Norris School in East Hartford, organizers said. Power Scholars expands learning in the summer so young scholars can return to school ready to learn.
Scholars attend sessions five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for six weeks, combining enrichment activities, and field trips to make learning fun. Breakfast and lunch are included for all participants.
Studies show that without access to summer learning activities, such as camp, travel, and visits to libraries and museums, children from low-income environments can experience significant learning loss. Over time, low-income children continue to lose ground and by the fifth grade, many are two to three school years behind middle- and high-income students.
To become a Y-Bell Scholar, students must have completed grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5 or grade 6. For enrollment information, contact Nicole Porter at 860-937-7808 or email
Certified teachers lead 90 minutes of literacy and 90 minutes of math instruction each day using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Summer Success reading/math curricula, as well as a leveled reader’s library of multicultural titles. Academic teachers lead literacy and math instruction, and enrichment teachers teach STEM, arts, and other hands-on courses in the afternoon. Students participate in field trips or community service projects each Friday throughout the summer, with the program culminating with a trip to Lake Compounce for scholars with at least 85 percent attendance.

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Mayor Leclerc to Present Check to Old State House


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.


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Heroes for Hire Job and Career Fair Set for April

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


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Banking Commissioner Warns of Bank Fraud

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.


Get tips and information and free fraud alerts at<

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Car Hits Two Pedestrians in East Hartford, Streets Closed

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.

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Larson and other Officials to Discuss Transportation

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



Informal Breakfast


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Hartford Police Seize Illegal Fireworks

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.


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