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Hartford Receives $1.5 Million Grant for Colt Park


HARTFORD — Hartford’s Colt Park just moved to becoming a National Historic Park. Thanks to a $1.5 million grant package from government grants.

The package include the $750,000 grant from the National Park Services,  a $50,000 from the state and $300,000 from the city of Hartford.

With this package Hartford will be able to “renovate and innovate” Colt Park facilities.

Plans include two new softball fields and basketball courts, improving on existing facilities such as walkway access to fields and completing the loop road of the park.

Creating of the park won Congressional approval in 2014.

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Meet the Candidates Forum Set for July 18


HARTFORD — The Hartford Votes Coalition will present a candidate forum featuring Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor on July 18 at the Hartford Public Library.

The public is invited to this free event to meet, hear from and ask questions of the candidates.  All candidates who will be on the Aug. 14 primary ballot have confirmed their attendance:  Candidates for Governor include Ned Lamont and Joe Ganim. Candidates for Lt. Governor include Susan Bysiewicz and Eva Bermudez Zimmerman.

The moderator will be Emmy Award Winning Journalist Diane Smith.

The event will be at Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St. Meet and greet will be at 5 p.m. and the forum will begin at 5:30 p.m.

For Spanish-English translation, child care, bus passes, or other accommodation, please call by July 16 at 860-201-6510.

The Hartford Votes ~ Hartford Vota Coalition is a non-partisan coalition of the organizations listed below working to increase voter engagement in Hartford. Hartford 2000 – Blue Hills Civic Association – CT Community Nonprofit Alliance – MetroHartford Alliance Hartford Public Library – League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford – Achieve Hartford! CT Center for a New Economy – Common Cause in
Connecticut – City of Hartford Registrars of Voters, A Better Way Foundation, Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work Office of the Secretary of the State – Hartford Listens/Community Capacity Builders.

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Stowe Center Presents “Quakers and Civil Rights”


HARTFORD — The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s Salons at Stowe will present “Quakers, Anti Slavery and Civil Rights: The Past and Present of Faith-Based Activism” on July 21 at the Stowe Center.

The free event will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 77 Forrest Street in Hartford.

The discussion will be on the history of Quaker involvement in the antislavery and civil rights movements as well as faith-based activism embodied by Quakers today.

From Levi and Catherine Coffin to Bayard Rustin, Quakers or the Religious Society of Friends have a long-standing history of social activism. From abolitionists to civil rights leaders, Friends have participated in causes furthering social equality for centuries

Speakers will include George J. Willauer, Professor Emeritus of English and Charles J. MacCurdy Professor Emeritus of American Studies at Connecticut College and John Humphries, Governor’s Council on Climate Change.

For more information, call 860-522-9258 x 317.

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CREC to Offer Free Summer Meals


HARTFORD — Capitol Region Education Council will help provide free meals to children 18 and under this summer.

Breakfast and lunch will be offered at CREC locations in Hartford, East Hartford and West Hartford.

Breakfast will be served from 8:40 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch will be served 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Greater Hartford Academy of Arts High School at 160 Huyshope Ave.
Meals will be served daily through Aug. 4 except for July 4.

Those interested in receiving more information should contact CREC at 111 Charter Oak Ave. Hartford or call 860-509-3774.

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Monday Night Jazz to Begin July 9


HARTFORD — The 51st annual Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz series will begin its 2018 season on July 9.

The event will feature Michael Palin and the other Orchestra plus the Jason Palmer Quartet featuring Donny McCaslin from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford.

The series is presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and will continue every Monday night through Aug. 13. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Other performances include Eli Williams Blues Jazz Project and the Dr. Lonnie Smith trio; Don DePalma Trio with vocalist Linda Ransom and the Laszlo Gordony Sextet; West End Blend and the Theo Croker Quintet.

All concerts will be broadcast on WWUH 91.3 FM and on line at www.wwuh.org. The rain venue for Monday Night Jazz is Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford.

For more information about featured artists, visit www.hartfordjazzsociety.com

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Latino Fest Has New Location


HARTFORD — Latino Fest has a new location this year.

The Fourth Annual Latino Fest will be held June 23 on the lawn of Good Shepherd Church 155 Wyllys St at the corner of Charter Oak Avenue. The free event will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Latino Fest will kick off at 1 p.m. with performances by several youth dance groups.

The event will also host Mariachi Corazon de Oro and Mariachi Mexico Antiguo at 2 p.m.  This will be followed by famed Hartford guitarist Lorena Garay and the Surcari Band to perform a wide range of traditional and contemporary Latin American music.

Other acts for the day will include Grupo Mambo Tropica with meringue and Bachata music, Joe Diaz y Su Grupo Boriken and King Heric and Tina Torres with Latin Pop songs.

The final act by Edwin Pabon y su Orquestra will pay tribute to Puerto Rico.

For more information, visit hartfordlatinofest.com.

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Historical Society to Host Irish Music Concert


HARTFORD — The Connecticut Historical Society will host an outdoor Irish music concert this summer featuring fiddle music, step dancing and old style singing.

The quartet of Irish music masters will be held on June 21 at CHS, 1 Elizabeth St. in Hartford from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The concert is one in a series of the Connecticut Historical Society’s outdoor concert series on summer third Thursdays. This is also a part of Make Music Day, a global celebration of live free music in over 800 places including ten Connecticut cities.

The performers will be traditional dancer Kevin Doyle, designated as a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts; Bridget Fitzgerald, performer of the Irish traditional style of unaccompanied singing known as sean nos; fiddle player Dan Foster who will play tunes from his extensive repertoire and provide accompaniment for Kevin’s dancing; Mary Lee Partington, a singer and song writer inspired by local traditions and stories.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 860-236-5621 or go to www.chs.org.

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Beecher Stowe Offers Free Admission for Dads


HARTFORD — In an effort to honor Father’s Day, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will offer free tours for fathers on June 17.

The tour will be from noon to 5 p.m. at the Center at 77 Forest Street in Hartford.

The tour will preview the famous author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which will inspire the family with a lesson about how one person can change the world.

Reservations are suggested for the 1:30 p.m. Family Tour, a hands-on , minds-on tour of Stowe’s home where storytelling, photographs and historic letters connect the past to the present for kids 5-12 with an adult.

Email info@stowecenter.org or call 860-522-9258 x317. Or visit HarrietBeecherStowe.org for more information.

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Julio Concepcion Takes Seat in Connecticut House


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HARTFORD — Julio Concepcion, a vice president at the MetroHartford Alliance and a Hartford city councilman,  was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the state House of Representatives, bringing the House to full strength and the Democratic advantage back to 80-71.

Concepcion won a special election last week to complete the term of Angel Arce, a Democrat who resigned under pressure over an inappropriate exchange of text messages with a teenaged girl. Concepcion intends to seek a full term in November.

The newest member of the House is the grandson, son and brother of educators, but he became interested in politics while a student at East Hartford High School, where he was the class president.

“When I told them I was not interested in being a teacher, it came as a little bit of a shock them, but they have been as supportive as they can be,” Concepcion said from the dais in the House. He thanked them and asked for a round of applause for them.

His father, who recorded a video of his son’s comments on an iPhone, nodded and blew him a kiss.

Concepcion represents the 4th House District, which covers the southeastern corner of the city, stretching south from the downtown to the Wethersfield line.

He was born in Puerto Rico, but has lived in the Hartford region since age three. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is married to Erin Concepcion. They are the parents of a three-year-old daughter, Alexa.

Concepcion moved to Hartford after his college graduation in 2004 to take a job as a community liaison for the administration of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. In 2007, he moved to the MetroHartford Alliance, which functions as the region’s chamber of commerce.

 Featured Photo: Secretary of the State Denise Merrill administers the oath to Julio Concepcion. Watching are his wife, Erin, daughter, Alexa and House leaders Joe Aresimowicz and Matt Ritter.

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Hartford Jazz Society to Hold Contest


HARTFORD — The Hartford Jazz Society will present its second Emerging Jazz Artists Showcase this summer in Hartford.

The winner will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform at the Hartford Jazz Society 57th Annual Jazz Cruise. Applications must be submitted by June 16.

The Hartford Jazz Society will accept submissions from musicians who have never been signed to a recording contract and who have not released any widely distributed recordings as a leader. Applicants must be 18 to qualify. The Hartford Jazz Society reserves the right to not accept any submissions that it determines do not to meet minimum standards for the competition.

During June and July, the Hartford Jazz Society will feature up to four videos on its website and invite the jazz audience to vote on its favorite solo artist each week. Four finalists will be selected and invited to perform one song as a soloist during the intermission at the 2018 Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz series July 9 through Aug. 13.

For more information on how to apply, go to the website www.hartfordjazzsoceity.com/artistshowcase.

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