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Hartford Residents to Protest Decision on Immigration

HARTFORD — In response to the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision on the immigration case of United States v. Texas, a group of Hartford residents will protest outside the federal Immigration & Customs Enforcement office in Hartford on June 27 at 4:00 p.m.

The event will be at 450 Main St. Hartford, CT. Groups of immigrants, workers, youth, and community members will gather to demand a moratorium on deportations, detentions and raids.

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court released an equally divided 4-4 vote on the case of United States v. Texas.

The case now returns to the lower courts for consideration, while the injunction on both DAPA and Expanded DACA programs remains in place nationwide, stalling deportation relief and work permits to 5 million undocumented people.

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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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Hartford Residents Now Have Special Services

HARTFORD —  Mayor Luke Bronin on Tuesday announced the launch of a new Hartford Resident Service Center

The center, located on the ground floor of City Hall 550 Main St., comes after many local residents complained about city services serving mostly people who live in the suburbs.

The Resident Service Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and representatives are available to help residents navigate City Hall and report quality of life concerns.

“For years, it’s bothered me that the resident service center on the first floor of City Hall was empty and dark, while residents wandered around looking for help,” Bronin said. “Now, when residents come in seeking information or assistance, they’ll see our welcome center staffed and ready to help…. I hope this new welcome center will send a strong message that we are focused on serving our customers – the residents and taxpayers of Hartford.”

The Resident Service Center will be staffed by representatives of Hartford 311, which has been moved into the Office of Community Engagement.
The Resident Service Center can be accessed anywhere within the City from both landlines and cell phones, and should only be used for non-emergencies.

*   Mobile: Download the Hartford 311 app for your iPhone or iPad from the Apple Store
*   Web:
*   Email:
*   Phone: dial 3-1-1 or (860) 757-9311 from landlines

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Consumer Protection Warns of Electricity Scam

HARTFORD — Utility scams are on the rise again according to the Department of Consumer Protection.  Consumer protection said scammers are taking advantage of individual consumers and businesses by scaring them into thinking they will have their electricity turned off.


According to information submitted to the agency, utility scammers will call an individual or business, and tell them their power will be turned off if they don’t pay a large sum of money. The caller insists that the consumer send the money via wire transfer in the next 45 minutes. Once the individual or business wires the money – it’s gone.


“Scammers will often try and get businesses or consumers to act immediately, and that’s almost always a red flag,” said Deputy Commissioner Michelle Seagull, “We want to make sure consumers know that they can always take a step back to verify whether or not they truly owe their utility company money. If you believe you’ve paid your bills on time, you probably have.”


State officials recommend hanging up immediately if you get one of these calls, and call the number for customer service listed on your utility company statement, or check your statement online through your secure account to verify that you have paid your bill. Taking those extra few minutes to verify you have paid your bills properly can save you hundreds of dollars.

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Foodshare Summer Meals Begin This June

HARTFORD —  This summer Foodshare is partnering with several organizations to present Summer Meals Madness, a series of basketball events that will inform, engage and excite kids—and everyone 18 and under will receive a free meal.

Summer Meals Madness will run June through August at locations across the region, including Hartford, New Britain and Windsor. The program will offer
  • Free meals for all kids 18 & under, with information on free meals locations near you this summer. Mini skills clinics, with support from local athletes
  • A basketball competition for kids of all ages—winners will be invited to compete in our championship event in early August!
  • Special guest appearances by Fox 61 or iHeart Media
  • Prizes & Giveaways
For a complete list of participating sites, visit us online or call (860) 286-9999.

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Police: Student Detained After Threat to Hartford School

HARTFORD — A 19-year-old man was detained and later arrested after an anonymous post made on a school app, state police said.

The man, Gian Carlos Diaz,  is a student believed to be the suspect that made the threat after a locked down a tech school in Hartford.

Police arrested him man in connection with a threatening “anonymous post” made on an after school app that sent all four Ansonia Public Schools into lockdown in on May 23.
Through investigation, police arrested 19-year-old Ansonia resident and senior at the high school.

Police charged Diaz on Friday with first-degree and second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

Diaz was released on a $5000 bond and is expected to appear in court on June 17.

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CRT Offers Workshops to Avoid Foreclosure

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — The Community Renewal Team will offer a free workshop to help Connecticut residents to prevent foreclosure.


The event for homeowners will be on June 11 and will cover the steps they can take before and during the foreclosure process.


The workshop will help people understand their mortgage consider their alternatives and complete an application to modify their loan if appropriate.


The workshop comes in the wake of  a new wave of foreclosures that is expected this year. The last wave of foreclosures was in April 2008.


The workshop will be offered in English from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 11:00 to noon in Spanish. At 330 Market St in Hartford.


Preregistration is preferred by June 8, 2016 so that the staff can advise participants on what documents to bring to the workshop, organizers said.


For more information or register, email on the Housing and Shelters tab.

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I.A.C. To Announce 2016 Scholarships

HARTFORD — The Italian American Celebration Honoring Christopher Columbus Committee is set to announce the recipients of the scholarship winners for 2016 at its annual fundraiser at St. James Church Hall.


Organizers said the recipients will be selected by a scholarship committee, headed by Professor Dario Del Puppo of Trinity College, Hartford.


Seven $1,000 scholarships will be announced by Columbus Day Parade Grand Marshall Joe Mioli and the scholarship presenters Frank Bellantoni, Josie Boscarino, Olivia Dignoti, Corrado Santangelo and Angelo Vignone.


The fundraiser, “An Evening at St. James Church Hall, will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at St. James Church Hall, 767 Elm St., Rocky Hill. Fine foods, including pasta, porchetta and sausage from local establishments will be served. Tickets cost $30 per person. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Columbus Day weekend activities in October.


For information contact I.A.C. Chairman, Al Marotta at 860-712-1300.

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North End Keney Golf Course Receives Award

HARTFORD — Hartford’s Keney Park Golf Course was recently awarded “Renovation of the Year 2016” by Golf Inc. magazine.

The award brings national attention to this historic and newly restored 18-hole course that is already proving to be a destination of choice for golfers throughout Hartford and the Greater Hartford Region, city officials said.

The 18-hole, par 70 golf course occupies 6,014 yards of Hartford’s historic 700-acre Keney Park, located in the city’s North End.

In 2013, the City closed the course after a contractor that had been operating it since 2009 allowed the course to deteriorate, failing to make required capital improvements. The contractor also cut down hundreds of trees without proper permission.

On May 1, 2016, Keney Park Golf Course officially re-opened to the public for the first time in three years. Currently, the course is open from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm, seven days a week.

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Letter: Gov. Malloy and Hartford’s Stadium


letterstohartfordguardianDear Governor Malloy:
We are writing to urge you not to use state taxpayer dollars to bail out Hartford’s Dunkin Donuts Stadium.
As a result of construction of the stadium exceeding the agreed upon deadline, we understand that costs are now likely to increase for the project. We are also aware of comments from the Hartford Stadium Authority indicating that they will not go back to the city to seek the needed added capital. That needed capital should not come from the state and our already overburdened taxpayers.
We want to remind you of multiple statements from you and your administration that promised the state would not get involved in this project which taxpayers and the lawmakers who represent them at the Capitol never had a say in authorizing. That commitment will be broken if you sign the state budget passed by Democrats that allows taxpayer dollars through the admissions tax to go towards stadium construction debt service. That commitment will also be broken a second time if any additional aid is given to Hartford for this project’s new costs due to missing its deadline.
We fully understand the predicament Hartford is in and truly empathize with the people of Hartford who have serious concerns about the Yard Goats’ stadium project and the burden it places on the city. But the state is in no position to hand out any additional funds. Democrats just passed a budget that slashes from core social services, cuts state education funds, and hurts some of the most vulnerable populations in this state. Yet at the same time their budget gives up $400,000 annually in taxpayer dollars to go towards the Hartford stadium. It is not right that at a time when support for the poor, sick and elderly is being cut, a project that had zero taxpayer support is profiting.
No state taxpayer dollars should go towards the delayed stadium.
                                                                             Senate Republican Caucus Chair Len Fasano, et al

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