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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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Troopers Ramp Up for Holiday Weekend

MIDDLETOWN — On Thursday, Connecticut State Police will begin efforts to ramp up plans to keep drivers safe during the busy holiday weekend.

With tens of thousands of travelers driving through Connecticut during the Thanksgiving weekend, State Police began supplementing normal routine patrol personnel.

Now through Nov. 29 State police will patrol roads and highways across Connecticut. Officials said they will focus on aggressive drivers unsafe dricers and drunk drivers.

Troopers are committed to reducing crashes through preventive enforcement initiatives such as roving DUI patrols.

Troopers will also be looking for violators who cause accidents on Connecticut roads and highways. Every effort to reduce accidents will be taken, they said; however, Connecticut residents are asked to be a part of the public safety solution by obeying traffic laws: don’t follow too close, drive the speed limit, stay off your cell phone while driving and, if you drink, then please do not drive.

Trooper Kelly Grant said residents should remind all young people, especially college students returning home the first time this semester, of the laws regarding alcohol consumption and drinking and driving.

Uniformed Troopers will use traditional and non-traditional patrol cars to observe traffic and issue tickets to reckless and distracted drivers. A reminder to all drivers: anyone who is consuming alcohol should never get behind the wheel. If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 911, this is a true emergency.

Last week, State Troopers made 1,410 speeding arrests, including 314 seat belt arrests. Additionally, there were 52 drunk driving arrests and 3,538 arrests. There was only one fatal accident noted in the 2014 report.


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Hartford Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspects

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

Hartford Police is investigating a recent bank robbery on Franklin Avenue

The first suspect, Eric Jimenez, 35, of Hartford was arrested for first degree robbery and third degree larceny.

The second suspect, Carlos Salgado, 47, of Hartford was arrested for third degree larceny, for engaging police in a pursuit, reckless driving and interfering with police.

According to police, officers responded to reports of a silent hold up at to rob People’s Bank at 290 Franklin Ave.

On Nov. 6, the first suspect entered the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding money and implying that he was armed with a firearm and a bomb, police said.

Hartford Detectives are still trying to locate Jimenez. Also, Wethersfield PD Detectives were in Hartford investigating a different bank robbery in their jurisdiction with a similar suspect description and M.O.

While in Manchester the suspect’s car was spotted and police pursued him after he drove away. Officers pursued the suspect and vehicle, which abruptly stopped and they fled on foot. Police then pursued and apprehended the suspects in the area of Capitol Avenue and Laurel Street.

The suspect vehicle, a 2003 Cadillac CTS, had previously been stolen vehicle from East Hartford, police said.

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CPBN Airs Documentary About Veterans : “11 of Us”

HARTFORD  – WNPR/Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), is still airing the documentary, “11 of Us”, a salute to service.

Now through Veteran’s Day, WNPR will air one compelling story of an individual connected to the veteran community each weekday, as told in his or her own words.

The stories will air each day at 12:04 p.m. on WNPR, now through Nov. 11, and can also be found online at .

Through the “11 of Us”, CPBN will shine a light on Connecticut veterans and their communities. Listeners will hear stories of triumph, hardship, and how these military experiences shaped each of their lives.

From a World War II Army Medic, to a gold star mother who lost her son, the “11 of Us” campaign will recount the sacrifices made by veterans, their families, and others who have dedicated their professional lives to veterans’ organizations throughout Connecticut.

CPBN’s Institute for Advanced Media (IAM), a private vocational training school for adults and the home of the Veterans Vocational Training Program, has teamed up with WNPR to honor these heroes through this campaign.

“Veterans and veteran service organizations often go about their work without much recognition, and yet they provide excellent care and support to our country,” says IAM Manager Mike Komrosky. “The 11of Us campaign is an opportunity for us to bring awareness to the countless veterans and veteran service organizations in Connecticut that continue to go above and beyond the call of duty and serve our country and our communities.”

In addition to the on-air stories, CPBN is hosting a clothing drive for veterans and their families in need in the Connecticut community. The goal is to collect over 1,111 pounds of warm weather clothing for adults in all sizes. The clothing drive will end Tuesday, November 17.

Donations of new with tags on clothing only will be accepted at CPBN’s offices – 1049 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105; Attn: Mike Komrosky.

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School Fair for Magnet Schools Begins Nov. 14

HARTFORD — Want to explore the many great opportunities for your child’s education within the Greater Hartford region?

The Department of Education is inviting you to its second regional school choice fair of the 2016-17 lottery application season on Nov. 14, 2015. The informational event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Metropolitan Learning Center, 1551 Blue Hills Ave. in Bloomfield.

Families planning to attend may sign up in advance online for this fair at RSCO’s web site ( Look for the ‘Sign Up In Advance!’ link under ‘News & Events’ on the main page.

The 2016-17 on-time lottery application period opened Oct. 15, 2015 and closes on Jan. 29, 2016. Officials said that there are approximately 43 magnet school options with specialized themes available; Hartford and suburban students may apply.

Students can apply to attend a non-magnet public school outside of their hometown. Once enrolled, Hartford residents may attend school in their Open Choice district through high school graduation.The largest numbers of available seats tend to be in transition grades, particularly prekindergarten, kindergarten, grade 6 and grade 9.

The fair will feature information about the wide array of options available to Hartford and suburban students entering pre-kindergarten through grade 12. RSCO partners include: the Capitol Region Education Council; Hartford Public Schools’ Host Magnet Program; the Hartford Region Open Choice Program; Goodwin College’s Early Childhood Magnet School and CT River Academy; the Connecticut Technical High School System; Bloomfield Public Schools’ Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School and The Global Experience Magnet School; and East Hartford Public Schools’ Connecticut IB Academy.

The lottery is not first-come, first-served and families are encouraged to make an informed decision.

For more information on school fairs, information sessions and open houses, please visit RSCO’s web site at or call RSCO’s Parent Information Center at 860-713-6990 weekdays (excluding state holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Metropolitan Learning Center

1551 Blue Hills Avenue

Bloomfield, CT 06002

Snow Date & Time: Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 1-4 p.m.

This fair will feature RSCO programming for Grades PK-12

Saturday, December 5, 2015

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Connecticut River Academy

9 Riverside Drive

East Hartford, CT 06118

Snow Date & Time: Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 1-4 p.m.

This fair will feature RSCO programming for Grades PK-12

Saturday, January 9, 2016

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Conard High School

110 Beechwood Road

West Hartford, CT 06107

Snow Date & Time: Saturday, January 16, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This fair will feature RSCO programming for Grades PK-12

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Fourth GOP Presidential Debate Unveils Candidates’ Strengths and Weaknesses

By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

MILWAUKEE — The fourth Republican presidential debate on Tuesday unveiled strengths and weaknesses of the top eight candidates vying to win their party’s nomination to be the next president of the United States.

With no clear winner evident, the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal GOP live debates produced a few zingers and many memorable one-liners from most candidates.

Going into the debate with a one-point lead was political newcomer Ben Carson, who defended himself after a barrage of questions about his resume and his biography, including a claim Carson made that he stabbed someone as a youth. Carson shrugged off questions from Trump, saying: “People who love me know that I am an honest person.”

Some pundits predicted Carson will eventually decline in the polls with his lukewarm performance in a forum designed to let others know more about him and his platform.

Donald Trump, the boisterous candidate known for his candid views on immigration and gender equality, tried to be statesmanlike instead of being like a court jester. But that strategy was halted when he criticized the only woman in the field of GOP candidates, Carly Fiorina, who made an indirect critique at his TV persona.

A moderator asked Trump about his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal under consideration by Congress. He said the deal would harm U.S. workers and stressed the danger in allowing China to continue to manipulate its currency and enter the US market through the backdoor. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) corrected Trump by highlighting his ignorance on the deal. Paul spoke through the moderator to Trump: “Gerard, you might want to point out China is not part of this deal.”

Most of the candidates gave practically the same answers for creating jobs, cutting taxes and curtailing government policies on businesses.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), the young mentee sidestep additional criticism of his former mentor Jeb Bush and delivered a few substantive answers on foreign policy,  tax issues and job creation. He called for more vocational training and criticized liberal arts majors:

“You’re going to make people more expensive than a machine,” Rubio said. “We need more welders and less philosophers.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is competing with Rubio to be a formidable candidate in the general election, was more lively but cautious with his answers, aiming for accuracy rather than comedic moments with memorable lines.

The other candidates aimed to move from the margins in the poll and insert themselves into the middle of the media spotlight.  This approach made Paul or Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas) seen as a possible breakout candidate.

The debate centered on mostly economic issues, which at times lead to a dry  discussion about economic issues that resonated with middle-class voters.


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ProChoice to Hold Awards Celebration

MERIDEN — NARAL ProChoice Connecticut is holding their annual Catherine Roraback awards celebration on  Nov. 19, 2015 at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center in Meriden.

This year’s honorees are Carolyn Treiss, Executive Director, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and Matthew Lesser, State Representative, 100th Assembly District, Middletown. Both Treiss and Lesser are unwavering supporters of reproductive rights in Connecticut, and NARAL is proud to
honor them.

Griswold v Connecticut was a landmark Supreme Court case, ruling that a state’s ban on the use of contraception violated the right to marital
privacy. Prior to that decision, Connecticut law criminalized both the use of and encouragement to use birth control. Catherine Roraback represented
Estelle Griswold and Dr. C. Lee Buxton in their successful challenge to the anti-birth control statute.

Each year, NARAL ProChoice Connecticut honors two state leaders who exemplify the spirit and dedication of  Roraback.

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Greater Hartford Hosts First ‘Learn 2 Live’, Obama Administration’s Initiative

BLOOMFIELD — The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives recently hosted a community forum entitled “Learn 2 Live.”

The event was in collaboration with My Brother’s Keeper program in Hartford. ‘Learn 2 Live’ is a new national effort that aims to facilitate more positive interactions and improve community relations between young people of color and law enforcement through a total of 100 forums in 100 cities across the country.

The Greater Hartford area is the first city to host the event.

The presentation included an interactive discussion with a panel of police officers from Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, Bloomfield and Windsor. “Preserving the safety of Hartford residents starts with improving the relationship between our community and our police department. I welcome ‘Learn 2 Live,’ a new initiative focused on opening and maintaining that necessary dialogue,” said former City Councilman Kyle K. Anderson, the point person for the My Brother’s Keeper.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our relationship with the community,” said Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley. My Brother’s Keeper is an initiative by President Barack Obama that calls for community members, including local government leaders, businesses and charities, to help guide young male minorities to colleges and toward careers.

The City of Hartford accepted the challenge late last year, with the intent of focusing on ensuring that youth who are out of school are employed and ensuring that youth remain safe from violent crime. Ten other cities hosting a “Learn 2 Live” program include, Harrisburg, Pa., Philadelphia, Pa., New York, NY, Chicago, Ill., Atlanta, Ga., Los Angeles, CA, Dallas, TX, Wilmington, DE and Washington, DC.

Photo Courtesy of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

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FOX CT Welcomes New Reporter: Sean Pragano

HARTFORD -- FOX CT has a new reporter, returning to his home state: Sean Pragano. 

Tribune Broadcasting's Hartford station recently announced the news that Pragano would joined the FOX CT news team. Beginning October 13, Pragano will be a general assignment reporter for the station.

Pragano, has been working for the past fifteen years in Charlotte, North Carolina for both FOX Sports Net and Hendricks Motorsports as a reporter, producer, anchor and digital media producer.

"We are excited to welcome Sean to FOX CT. He is an experienced reporter with digital producing and reporting skills," said Coleen Marren, News Director.

Pragano, a Wallingford native, graduated from the University of New Haven with a BA in Communication. He has previously worked for the NFL network, TNN Sports, WXAA in Albany, WFSB-TV in Hartford and WCCB-TV (FOX) in Charlotte.

"It's exciting to be able to return home to Connecticut and join the extraordinary team at FOX CT," said Pragano. "There is nothing more gratifying than trying to make a difference in the community, but doing so in the community where I grew up makes it even more special. I love to tell stories and can't wait to bring that passion to the people of Connecticut."

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Connecticut Veterans Parade Urges Veterans to March

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Veterans Parade is calling all state veterans and active military personnel to register to march in the Nov. 8 parade.


The 16th annual procession will begin at the State Capitol Building at 12: 30 p.m. at 214 Capitol Ave.


Connecticut residents are invited to attend. Those who are active, retired or who are honorably discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including commissioned officers, warrant officers and enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, national Guard or Reserves should participate, state officials said.

The state’s parade is said to be the largest parade in New England and one of the biggest salutes to veterans in the nation.

Organizers said the parade will be hosted for three days before the nation observes Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

Parade organizers also seek veterans groups, patriotic commission local municipalities. To register for the march, visit, or call the Parade or call 860–986-7254.

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