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Infosys to Create Hub in Hartford, Bring 1,000 Jobs

HARTFORD — A tech company with 1,000 new jobs will move to Hartford soon.

Infosys plans to build a technology and Innovation Hub in Hartford to be a training site to other companies by 2022.

The company’s president says Hartford is a good fit.

“This is going to be a start of a journey in Connecticut for us. Where we are going to set up centers of excellence for insurance, for health care and for manufacturing. This is such a vibrant set of businesses in the state,” said Infosys President Ravi Kumar.

Mayor Luke Bronin welcomed the news:

“I am thrilled that Infosys, a global information technology company, is making Hartford one of four innovation hubs in the United States,” Bronin said.  “This announcement is huge for Hartford and for Connecticut.”

Bronin said that Hartford’s innovation ecosystem “develop rapidly, with our Insurtech Accelerator up and running Stanley Black & Decker’s advanced manufacturing accelerator on the way, and Infosys’ decision to bring a thousand innovation jobs to Hartford represents the next big step.”

The company was attracted to Hartford because of  the number of insurance companies in the region, and the ability to partner with them to train their workforce.

Congressman John Larson said this was a boon for Hartford and the state.

“ I’m looking forward to Infosys adding to our region’s economy and taking advantage of Connecticut’s skilled workforce,” Larson said.

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Ugandan Flutist to Perform at Hartbeat Theater

HARTFORD — Samite Mulondo, a Ugandan musician who performs internationally as Samite, will perform this March at the Hartbeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Theater in Hartford.

Mulondo is an internationally acclaimed flutist who has recorded with Paul Simon and toured with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  And he has been touring America.

Now he brings his one-man theater and music show — “Resilience” — to Hartford.

There will be three preview performances of “Resilience” March 15 to 17 at Hartbeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Theater in Hartford before the show’s world premiere March 23 at the University of St. Joseph’s Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities in West Hartford.

The show, which involves seven stories, seven songs and projections, is directed by Brian Jennings, a HartBeat Ensemble member, and produced by Steven Raider Ginsburg, who co-founded HartBeat and is also the director of the Autorino Center

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Hartford Police Arrest Suspect for Stolen Car

HARTFORD — Hartford Police on Wednesday arrested a Hartford man for allegedly stealing a white Subaru Legacy from Newington.

Jonathan Rivera, 25, of 31 Mortson St. in Hartford was arrested for second degree larceny, taking a motor vehicle without owner’s permission, and operating a motor vehicle without endorsement.

According to police, Rivera was caught after he drove the stolen vehicle to court to answer for another stolen car. The suspect parked the car, which was a 2014 white Subaru Legacy, with another set of plates that belonged to another reportedly stolen car in February.

When Rivera entered the car and tried to drive away, he was apprehended by police officers.

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Anika Noni Rose to Keynote Women of Color Gala

HARTFORD — Tony Awards winning actress Anika Noni Rose will keynote the third 100 Women of Color Gala in Hartford on March 16.

The event is hosted by Eleven28 Entertainment to recognize women of color from Springfield to Stamford who have achieved distinction in their profession or industry, and made a difference in the community, organizers said.

The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on March 16, 2018 at The Bushnell, formerly The Bushnell Theater.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will support a number of nonprofit organizations to fund scholarships, community activities and other nonprofit organizations.

Rose  has graced the silver screen as the first African-American Disney Princess in “The Princess and The Frog”, “Dream Girls”, the Starz breakout show “Power” and BET’s “The Quad.”

Rose is a native of Bloomfield Connecticut. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Governor Dannel Malloy will also be in attendance to address these women of distinction.

For more information about the 100 Women Of Color Gala and Awards Recipient list, visit and

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Hartford Police Arrest Windsor Street Shooter

HARTFORD — Hartford Police arrested a local man who alleged fired shots on Windsor Street Thursday morning.

Police arrested Johnathan Smith, 24, of 195 Sigourney St. in Hartford for carrying a pistol without a permit, having weapons in a car, first degree attempted assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge, and possession of a stolen firearm. The firearm was stolen from South Hadley, MA.

According to report, police responded to shots fired at 729 Windsor St. at 11:54 a.m. Thursday.

There were no victims.

However, witnesses reported that a gold Infinity pulled up to a parked black Lexus and the occupant of the gold Infinity shot at the black Lexus. Both cars then fled the scene.

While traveling south on Main Street Thursday, the suspect was spotted by a police officer . The suspect was stopped and removed from his car. Officers recovered the stolen firearm.

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Hartford Job Center Offers Employment Workshops

HARTFORD — Hartford American Job Center on Main Street will offer a variety of training and employment workshops in March to assist area residents.

Advance registration is encouraged due to space limitations. Please call (860) 256-3700 to register for these no-cost workshops to be held at 3580 Main St,

The first workshop on March 5 from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. is for those over 40 and looking for work: Attendees will discuss the challenges and employer expectations for workers over the age of 40. Strategies will be developed to combat the myths of the “older worker” in the hiring process.

On March 9 from 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. there will be a workshop on Interviewing Skills designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to effectively compete with other candidates, this interactive session targets preparation, methods and follow-up and includes simulated interview questions, so attendees should be prepared to participate and share interview
stories. Constructive feedback is designed to help you grow and excel in your interviewing techniques.

Other workshops include:

Fundamentals of Résumé Writing: Intended for those who have never had a résumé or do not have a current résumé, this lecture and discussion will cover the basics of résumé creation. The value of different résumé formats will be presented, along with what should and should not be included. This is designed to give participants a thorough understanding of the essential parts of a résumé and its purpose; the basics of cover letter writing will also be addressed. A manual will be included for
participants to take with them.
March 12 and 23 (9:15 – 11:45 a.m.)

Successful Job Search Strategies: Understanding the process, research involved, and technologies that work are essential in conducting an effective job search. This workshop provides the skills needed to make a job search efficient and focused, and offers tips on utilizing online resources for researching companies and occupations.
March 16 (9:15 – 11:45 a.m.)

Advanced Résumé Writing: Participants can enhance the content of their current résumé by fine-tuning the summary/profile, keywords, accomplishments and achievements. Information about cover letters will also be provided.
March 12 (9:15 – 11:45 a.m.)

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Hartford Mayor to Convene Meeting on Spiked Car Accidents

HARTFORD —  Mayor Luke Bronin will convene a meeting on Thursday with regional and state leaders to discuss the recent spike in car accidents and to call for a coordinated strategy to reduce car thefts by juveniles and young adults, which have been a factor in a number of fatal or serious crashes.


“There’s been a disturbing spike in vehicle crashes with fatalities or serious injuries, even as we’ve had fewer accidents overall in Hartford.  We’re particularly concerned about the role that both drugs and stolen vehicles are playing in these tragic incidents,” Bronin said.  “Our Police Department is working hard to make our streets safer through increased speed and DUI enforcement, but we need to work together as a region and as a State to crack down on car thefts.”

Bronin also referred to the number of cars stolen from West Hartford and New Britain that were involved in crashes in Hartford. These car thefts, he said, comprised of a regional problem that demands close coordination between towns, as well as with the State Police and with State and federal prosecutors.

According to the Hartford Police Department,  alcohol or other drugs played a role in at least half of the fatal accidents this year, and in two cases the vehicles involved were stolen.

In response to fatalities in January, the city increased its traffic enforcement this month, adding an additional roving DUI patrol and an additional speed enforcement patrol each weekend.  The State Department of Transportation has also agreed to accelerate three $50,000 traffic-related grants the City was expecting this year, which will pay for additional details focused on speed enforcement, distracted driving, and “Click It or Ticket.”

The City will receive the first of those grants, for speed enforcement, in March.


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Hartford Selected for Bloomberg Challenge Grant

HARTFORD — Hartford was one of 35 Champion Cities recently selected  as a finalist in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition by Bloomberg Philanthropies that encourages city leaders to pursue bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face.

In October, four cities will receive $1 million awards and one will receive a grand prize of $5 million to bring their ideas to life.

Hartford’s proposal, Alleviating Child Trauma in Our Neighborhoods, uses the City’s ShotSpotter technology to ensure that educators, early childhood professionals, and youth support organizations are able to recognize and respond in real time when a child has been exposed to the trauma of gun violence.

“In too many communities around the country, young people who are exposed to the trauma of gun violence in their neighborhoods never get the support, treatment, or even the acknowledgement that they need,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Our proposal was designed to help provide timely support and assistance to kids exposed to gun violence in our own community.

The city will work with stakeholders including Hartford Public Schools, the Hartford Police Department, and the Village for Families and Children to further develop the plan, Bronin said.

Research shows that more than 76 percent of youth who are exposed to gun violence nationally are never referred to care, and traumatic stress from that exposure can result in persistent emotional and cognitive damage.

The city’s proposal was selected from a pool of more than 320 applications.  Hartford now advances to the six-month “Test, Learn, and Adapt” phase of the competition. Cities will refine their ideas during this process with up to $100,000, as well as personalized support from innovation experts, to test and begin building support for their urban innovations and submit a new application in August 2018.

Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

For more information, visit and @BloombergCities on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tech Savvy Conference for Girls Slated for March

While women hold nearly half of jobs in our economy, they continue to hold less than a quarter of science and engineer  jobs. The American Association of University Women Connecticut Chapter is working to improve those numbers–beginnning with a tech savvy conference this March.

The Connecticut Chapter will host its fifth annual Tech Savvy Conference at Trinity College, Mather Hall, 300 Summit Hartford on March 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference is open to sixth to ninth grade girls who want to learn about careers in science, technology, math and engineering, and for parents and educators who want to encourage girls to realize their potential in these fields, organizers said.

Girls, their parents/guardians and advisors may register for the conference online at HTTP://OW.LY/GMTS30I6O4O or contact Alison Draper at

The event will include more than a dozen hands-on workshops and presentations led by female leaders in STEM professions. Workshops will include Make Your Own Android App, 3D Design and Printing, Forensic Science, Saving a Life: Heart Valve Replacement and more.

Successful women professionals will offer firsthand information on how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields can lead to exciting careers. During the one-day program, adults will receive information on how to help girls get on a path to a college education and a career in STEM.

Adult workshops and panel discussions, including panel discussions with women in STEM careers and current STEM women college students, will provide parents, guardians and teachers the tools to encourage girls’ exploration
of STEM careers.

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Real Arts Way Presents Photo Exhibit

HARTFORD — Real Art Ways will present an exhibition of large-scale photographs by Andrew Buck this February through May.

The opening event is scheduled for  Feb. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during Creative Cocktail Hour. The exhibition will be on view through May 27. Gallery hours are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Andrew Buck’s sense of the term “landscape” is inspired by the writings of John Brinkerhoff Jackson. “He went back to the source word, the German landschaften, which referred to that which results when ‘man’ reconfigures and uses the land, in essence creating his own landscape on the natural landscape.”

Real Art Ways Executive Director Will K. Wilkins says, “Andrew Buck’s work is abstract, specific, tactile and spirited. There is a lot going on in what seems like straight-forward landscape.”

Buck is interested in the documentary aspects of his work, but he also cites abstract expressionism as an inspiration.

“The sheer size of the space of most quarries is awe-inspiring in a strange manner,” he says. “That is, that these spaces are man-made, not natural. Many of them are otherworldly in both appearance and in actual experience. The overwhelming silence enhances the experience.”

Buck lives and works in Farmington, Connecticut. His work is included in many public and private collections, include the Yale University Art Gallery and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

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