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Hartford Parents Offered Money Workshops

HARTFORD —  Hartford parents can now learn steps they can take early on to save for college, use online financial tools, and how to find and apply for scholarships.

The city of Hartford in partership with other stakeholders will offer the following courses:
· Citizenship Status and Attaining Access to Education- Families will learn how citizen status is not a barrier to educational attainment on any level, elementary school to college. Presented by Stefan Keller, College Access Program Coordinator, Connecticut Students for a Dream.
· Careers in Computer Science – Families will learn how the field of computer science is growing and ways that students can fill the shortage in our labor market. Presented by James Veseskis, Project Coordinator Exploring Computer Science CT.
· College Fair – High school students will have the opportunity to talk with admissions representatives from colleges in the Hartford community, such as Central Connecticut State University and Tunxis Community College
· High School Planning- Middle school students will learn how to apply for the public, magnet, technical, and regional schools.
· Food and refreshments will be provided to those who register
· Childcare available for children 2-years-old and older
· Exciting games and prizes for students!
· Registration is currently open on Eventbrite (deadline for registration is October 21):

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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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Northeast NRZ and others to Meet Tonight

HARTFORD — The Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Zone will hold its monthy meeting tonight at the Parker Memorial Kelvin Anderson Center in Hartford.

The meeting will include a special presentation by the   city of Hartford’s Housing Code Enforcement Team.

Representatives will learn more about thier rights and what they can do for occupants living in rental dwellings.

There will also be updates on Promise Zone and Community solutions.

CT Pardon Team Meeting

Is a criminal record following you? If so, you may be eligible for a pardon. To find out more at upcoming meetings of Connecticut Pardon Team in Hartford. The first meeting will be held on Oct. 17 a Hartford Public Library 500 Main St. in Hartford. Call to register at 860-823-1571.

The second meeting will be held on Nov. 7 at hartford Public Library, Ground Floor. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

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“The real Olivia Pope” Asked to Run for Congress

Franklin Henry, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — “Code Red. Code Red. They’re trying to kill her,” someone shouted as  Dr. Ann-Marie Adams lie motionless on her bed at the University of Connecticut’s John Dempsey Hospital in April 2014.

She had never been admitted to a hospital before 2014. So the 15-hour wait in the emergency room left her puzzled as she watched and listened to nurses and doctors attend to other patients. At the time of admittance, she was not ill.  And Hartford Police disrupted her sleep time. They also wasted her prep time for revising a paper to present at the Association for the Study of Connecticut History conference at Fairfield University on the next day.  However, medics thought she should “take precautions” since they were called to the scene on a very significant day in American history.

April 4 was a watershed moment in African-American history. It parallels a tragic day in the Civil Rights Movement:  Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4, 1968. It was also a sign that local law enforcement agents wanted to suppress another journalist and had hoped to stop similar racial uprisings that spurred the Black Lives Matter movement.

So instead of catching up on sleep that day, Adams was in a conversation with Hartford police officers.

“What’s the charge?” Adams asked.

Her sister’s baby sitter called and spoke “jibberish,” according to reports that were later unfounded. While other police officers busied themselves, Adams had a brief conversation with Hartford Police Officer Chris White.

“Being educated can be a dangerous thing,”White said. But it was clear, he said to Adams, nothing was wrong with her. Officers were just responding to a call that dispatched 15 police officers to her location in the West End of Hartford.

To Adams, that implied it was a crime to read, think and write in the Connecticut.  And many locals know that–hence their need to feed her stories. She later learned that police were trying to suppress uprisings because of a spate of police shootings of unarmed black men across the nation such as Ferguson. And they thought there was a need to “tame the shrew.”

However, law enforcement agencies failed to provide a full explanation for the sudden intrusion into her privacy and were breaking almost every law on the books, sources said. But police officers–on condition of anonymity, said the April 4 incident was because of her writings about race and other matters in the state and federal government. As a result, there have been several attempts to disrupt her businesses and “muck up” her writing.

But after further investigation, police officers  said they discovered Adams true identity: She was brought to Connecticut as an Omen to help America restore its blessings. The shootings across the country are tied to 17 years of disruptions of Adams’s life and career, officials said.

The most recent disruptions began two days before Christmas 2013, she received a death threat while Obama was communicating with her about her true identity. Days before that, her perfectly fine 10-year-old Hyundai  Sonata stalled suddenly ans suspiciously on Interstate 91 after a visit to a car dealer in “Klanchester.” After several suspicious incidents as such on Route 44, she concluded she was being targeted. On July 7, 2016, there was another attempt  in Washington, D.C. to disrupt her career–hence the shootings in Florida, sources said.

A lengthy FBI investigation into attempts to suppress her publication and sabotage business relationships morphed into an extension of Sen. Chris Murphy’s 2013 project about how to survive on food stamps for one week. It was seemingly a creative way to injury Adams if she chooses to challenge Murphy, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D–Conn.) or other elected officials.  After she was briefed that someone wanted her to run for office and others wanted to stop her, Adams began to explore a bid for the Senate.

Adams, 46, is considered an ideal pick to run against Murphy, 43. Her resume and bio has a wealth of Connecticut and Washington,D.C. experience, unlike her possible challenger Murphy when he ran in 2012. Murphy is considered a career politician having served as a State Rep since he was 25 years old. Adams, however, has corporate, nonprofit and academic experience to mount a formidable bid if Connecticut voters are ready for diversity in the Congressional delegation that is all white since the 1980s.

Conn. Senator Murphy Takes Food Stamp Challenge

Adams had been covering Gov. Dannel P. Malloy,  Former Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s and President Barack Obama’s administrations. She has written several notable commentaries about the state of government and politics. She has taught U.S. History history and journalism at Rutgers and other universities. An award-winning journalist, who has worked for the Hartford Courant, NBC4, News12 Connecticut, Times Herald Record,  Norwich Bulletin and the Washington Post, she takes pride in covering all corners of the state for more than 15 years. Besides media and academic experience, Adams has been involved in the Urban League of Greater Hartford, the West Indian Social Club, Hartford LatinoFest, and other civic organizations and churches.  Adams is a media executive with a legal mind, many observers said. She became a White House Correspondent in 2013.

Dr. Ann-Marie Adams contemplating a run for Congress.

Dr. Ann-Marie Adams asked to run for Congress.

So April 4, 2014 became a turning point for Adams. And the stories that have unfolded after her most recent interaction with ambassadors, politicians, doctors, social workers and nurses prompted her to run for office–hence  a recent press release by others–asking her to run for office. They  said they watched the corruption surfaced during attempts to  suppress her as a journalist and a historian during two critical years in American history: 2014 and 2105. The year 2104 marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement and the year 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

Noting the lack of representation for working-class and middle-class residents in Congress, Adams is now exploring a run for the U.S. Senate against Murphy. That’s after witnessing a blatant disregard for the law and a deeper level of corruption in the state. Thanks to a tip from White House staffers, who said she’s more inclusive and patriotic than others they have observed.

The sudden switch from academia to politics was thrust upon her. That’s why she is leery about such an offer.

The move comes as a surprise to many locals. Others discovered her identity because she was like a Nielsen kid to the federal government. Adams was used as a model for the television character Denise Huxtable, who grew up to be “the real Oliver Pope,” according White House staffers. And several political operatives have been sabotaging her work and home life while the show was on the air. They stole clothes, money, shoes, jewelry and other belongings during the unusual investigation. Investigators wanted the television series, Scandal, off the air because it disrupted Adams and her family.


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Before laying immobile on the bed almost three years ago, Adams felt a sudden and sharp pain in her abdomen. The pain came while she was in the hospital. She was also scheduled to cover President Obama at the National Action Network’s conference, slated as “the largest civil rights convening of the year bringing our nation’s top activists, political strategists and leading academia together to create an action plan for a civil rights agenda.”

She was told she was being held for further evaluation–only to be told later that there was “nothing wrong.” That’s because she’s thin, toned and not on medication. This hospital visit was the first in a series of overt attempts at media suppression and political obstruction, sources said.  Adams later learned that she was being held because several politicians, who see her as a threat to their candidacy for office, didn’t want her to cover certain political events in the state and in Washington, D.C.  Since August 2013 during the debate on Food Stamps and her article about race matters in Connecticut in, congressional leaders and others began to watch Adams.

The obstruction lasted for two years and 10 months and was watched by the United Nations and the Federal Bureau of Investigations after locals gave them a tip that Adams was being obstructed from running for officer because she had one of the best resumes and profile to mount a formidable challenge against Former Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Sen. Murphy, State Rep. Doug McCory (D-07), State Rep. Brandon McGee (D-05), State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez (D-03), U.S.  Congressman John Larson (D-01), State Rep. Kevin Witkos (D-04) and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D–Conn). Adams, who lives in the 5th Congressional district and owns a business in Hartford, made contact with each representative’s constituent services while other Connecticut residents watched.

The so-called project for Adams morphed into consultations and a tool to keep Adams from covering the White House to serve a full second term in office, sources said. Local residents, who wanted to remain anonymous said they were duped. To date, there are no public arrests, no fixing of the racist political structure and in Connecticut and no money to complete this important project about health reform and how Obamacare was implemented. The project began with the Connecticut Health Foundation’s plan to look at health disparities. It was organized by CHF’s President and CEO Patricia Baker and its Communication Director Maryland Grier. Public Health Commissioner of Health Jewel Mullen was also a part of the project that began before the 2014 election. After a failure to communicate,  the project became a tool to carry out a hate crime.  And a three-year project, which began with Murphy in the 5th Congressional district, was designed to steal Adams’s beauty, money, home and other belongings.

The attempts to cripple Adams physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally was very detailed, said one source. Using hypnosis, State Troopers and local police officers forced her on trains, in hospitals and on planes to exhaust her income and to be away from several public events.  Adams has shown leadership in the community for almost three decades, some say.  Investigators  stayed in her life for an unusual length of time to discover 17 characters and at least 50 scenes from the television series: Scandal.

Murphy and Food Stamp Challenge passed onto Adams in 2013.

Murphy and Food Stamp Challenge passed onto Adams in 2013.

Local residents who watched the event and “were recruiting” Adams to run sent out a press releases after learning that President  Obama wanted her to run because she is an exemplary citizen and an immigrant who can best represent all residents in the state, sources said. Her multi-ethnic background and her years of service to the community makes Adams and ideal public servant.

Adams is also the Harriet Algier for the 21st Century, White House staffers said. That’s why locals and others wanted Adams to run for elected office.

Check back for updates for a list of suspects and arrests for this crime.

Read Dr. Ann-Marie Adams’s articles that prompted this story and Murphy’s three-year Food Stamp campaign:

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IRS Aims to Bring Facebook to Court Again

By Adam Stuhlman I @stuhlman_adam

In January 2013, one Hartford resident was in the United States Tax Court because she couldn’t pay a $213 tax bill. She was unemployed. However, Internal Revenue Service lawyers debated penalties for refusing to pay $213, which should have been deducted for educational tax credit.

Then in February 2013 news broke that Facebook amassed a billion in profit in the previous year and did not pay taxes. In fact, Facebook was expecting a refund.

Like many, she wanted an answer to this blatant disparity in how the court system meted out justice to individual tax payers.

Now the IRS is fighting to get Facebook back to court over allegations that the social media giant has avoided paying taxes through shifting money overseas.

Matt Gardner, executive director for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, said Facebook has been shifting money out of the United States to Facebook Ireland and the Cayman Islands. He said they have also used a legal stock option tax break to reduce the amount of taxes they have to pay.

“The interesting thing about Facebook on this front is that the IRS has been trying to get Facebook to cooperate with their investigation into this precise issue for some time,” said Gardner. “The IRS has issued something like a half dozen different summons to Facebook, which Facebook has basically ignored.”

According to documents from their website, Facebook’s

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg

$5 billion revenue in 2012 represented a 37 percent increase from $3.7 billion in 2011.


Citizens for Tax Justice, a partner organization with ITEP, said that Facebook paid nothing in income taxes in 2012. Gardner said the IRS has issued at least six summons for Facebook to appear in court.

IRS Spokesperson Yadira Nadal declined to comment on this, saying that federal law prohibits the IRS from commenting on any taxpayer, organization’s situation, or case.

Anteneh Daniel, executive for The Brunswick Group, said in an email that Facebook’s statement from their media relations department is as follows:

“Facebook applies with the rules and regulations of all countries where we operate and we have no further comment at this time.”

The Brunswick Group is an advisory firm that “specializes in critical issues and corporate relations,” according to

“It is very difficult to tell what these assets are worth. When companies aggressively seek to lowball the value of these assets it can be very difficult for the IRS to catch up with that and make them value it (assets) correctly,” Gardner said. “That is what makes it a hard thing to police and monitor.”

Gardner said transfer pricing rules are put in place to make sure that when companies transfer assets overseas, “they do so at a fair price.” But the difficulty in enforcing these laws makes it harder on the IRS. He said the only solution is to make sure the IRS has the proper funding and the authority to go after companies that break the law.

While the IRS may be having difficulty with Facebook, it keeps on going when it comes to collecting taxes from other citizens. An April 2014 Gallop poll revealed that 66 percent of Americans feel that corporations pay too little in taxes, with the middle class paying too much. It also said that 40 percent of Republicans felt that lower income individuals pay to less in taxes, as compared to 22 percent of Independents and 11 percent of Democrats.

Connecticut residents want to know whether lawyers in the Office of Chief Counsel, namely William Borgardus and Debra Lynn Reale, are still targeting nonprofit organizations and individuals after news of Facebook’s victory over the IRS.

Multiple calls and emails to the IRS about lack of corporate income tax and any potential impact this may have on other citizen’s taxes were not returned.

To read the gallop poll click here:

To read Facebook’s document click here:

Reporter Adam Stuhlman can be reach on Twitter: @stuhlman_adam

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Hartford Voters Looking to Oust Democratic Incumbents

HARTFORD —  Less than two months before the Nov. 8 election, the Hartford Votes/Hartford Vota Coalition will hold a forum for candidates for Hartford’s State Representative on Oct. 5.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St. downtown Hartford.

The candidates will ask questions, hear representative ideas about the issues.

Invited candidates include District 1: Matthew Ritter, (D) and Ken Lerman (R); District 3: Minnie Gonzalez (D); District 4: Angel Arce (D)and A. Lloyd Carter (R); District 5: Brandon McGee (D) and Paul Panos (R); District 6: Edwin Vargas (D) and Russell Williams (R); District 7: Douglas McCory (D).

All the candidates, except Gonzalez, and McCory. Hartford Republicans are looking to oust incumbents who are unresponsive to the concerns of city residents and business owners.

Petitioning and Minor Party Candidates will also be invited.

For more information, email

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Police Arrest Three Hartford Men for Burglary

WEST HARTFORD –Three Hartford men were arrested on Wednesday for suspicious activities that led to burglary in the Walbridge Road area, police said.

hc-west-hartford-car-burglary-20160921-001Damian Brito, 28, of Rowe Ave.; Angel Cabrera, 22, of Rowe Ave.; and Marcus Gonzalez, 18, of Capitol Ave. were charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, trespassing and sixth-degree larceny.

Police said that after 2 a.m.,  a person called to report that three men  walking through his yard.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the men with stolen property from several cars. They also had rubber gloves and burglary tools, police said.

The three men had fled from officers earlier in the evening when they were seen in the area of Boulevard and South Highland Street, police said.

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Poll: Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Approval Rating Still Low

HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is one of the least popular governor in America.

According to a Quinnipiac Poll, Malloy’s approval rating was at 24 percent. Seven out of 10 voters in Connecticut, or 70 percent,  say they disapprove of Malloy.

Also, a new survey shows similar results about Malloy’s approval rating.

Malloy’s approval rating was 26 percent in the new survey by Morning Consult.

The most popular governor in the survey was South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who had a 74 percent approval rating. The other least popular governor was Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

From May through September, Morning Consult surveyed 71,900 registered voters in all 50 states.

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Hartford Community Schools Receive $1.6 Million

By Chris Senecal

HARTFORD — When Sahar Hakim, Catholic Charities’ after school program director for Thirman L. Milner School, was planning the first year of a new Milner LEADS student summer internship program this past spring, she had no idea that the program was going to make such a positive impact on the entire community.


The eight eighth-grade students selected for the paid internship program spent each morning learning about what it takes to be a leader, and each afternoon organizing neighborhood festivities as a part of National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. All of the students learned how to effectively communicate with local leaders, businesses, and organizations to as a part of their work.


The Milner LEADS students chose “Stop the Violence” for their National Night Out theme. Members of the Hartford Police and Fire Departments, along with Mayor Luke Bronin and former Mayor Thirman Milner, joined in the event. Hundreds of neighborhood residents, community organizations attended and residents enjoyed the festivities, the largest one of several National Night Out events held throughout Hartford.


These types of unique enrichment programs will continue to be offered to hundreds of students and their families thanks to grants totaling $1.6 million from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to support Hartford’s seven community schools.


“Learning to speak to adults and asking them to participate in the event was extremely challenging,” said Alexiah Smith, who was in charge of recruiting entertainment for the event. “But it was so satisfying to see that all of our hard work paid off, and so many people donated their time and resources and so many people participated in the event. It showed us that even though we’re young, we can accomplish positive things for our community.”


First developed in 2008, Hartford Community Schools seek to close a variety of opportunity gaps that Hartford students and families often experience as a result of economic disadvantages. The seven community schools receiving funding from the Foundation include the Asian Studies Academy at Bellizzi, Alfred E. Burr Elementary School, the Fred D. Wish Museum School, Thirman L. Milner School, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, Burns Latino Studies Academy, and West Middle School.


Three Hartford nonprofit agencies currently coordinate student supports and services in the schools working in partnership with the schools’ principals and district leaders. Over the course of an academic year and the following summer, the schools will each provide a broad range of wraparound services such as vision, health and dental care, mental health services, academic support and enrichment, civic engagement programs and cultural activities.


“The Hartford Foundation is committed to promoting educational equity and opportunity through the entire region that we serve,” said Sara Sneed, Director of Education Investments for the Hartford Foundation. “Hartford Community Schools represent a proven model of school improvement and student support that results in better academic outcomes for students and schools as well as significantly increased community engagement in student learning and student success.”


The community school model has been cited by the State Department of Education, Hartford Public Schools and others as a stabilizing force among Hartford schools, due in large part to community schools’ focus on school culture and climate alongside academics and developmental gains. Overall, Hartford Community Schools presently serve more than 4,000 students and connect the schools with more than 60 community partnerships, including partnerships with area universities, health care providers, cultural organizations and others.


The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. In 2015, the Foundation celebrated ninety years of grantmaking in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations. It has awarded grants of more than $630 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit or call 860-548-1888.

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Connecticut Labor Department to Hold Fall Job Fair

WETHERSFIELD – The Connecticut Department of Labor will hold its annual fall career fair series starting this month.

On Sept. 20, there will be Heroes 4 Hire South event in Bridgeport, followed by an Octo. 11 Middlesex County Career fair in Cromwell and an Oct. 27 Diverse Ability Career Fair in Waterbury.

“With more than 19 years of experience in providing job and career services to Connecticut residents, the Labor Department is recognized as a leader in offering effective, well-organized events to help match companies with quality employees,” explains State Labor Commissioner Scott D. Jackson. “Our career fairs have attracted thousands of jobseekers and hundreds of businesses, and many have made very successful employment connections.”

Locations of the career fairs and hours are:

*   Heroes 4 Hire South: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 20, Wheeler Recreation Center, University of Bridgeport, 126 Park Avenue.
*   Middlesex County Career Fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 11 Radisson Hotel Cromwell, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell.
*   Diverse Ability Career Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 27, Courtyard By Marriott, Downtown Waterbury, 63 Grand Street, Waterbury.

There is no cost to jobseekers attending the events and parking in convenient and free. All three fairs will include hands-on assistance from Labor Department employees who will help visitors develop and critique their résumés. Visitors can also receive information about finding a new job, changing careers or using employment services at their local American Job Center.

Employer registration includes an exhibit table at the event, program guide listing, radio, newspaper and Internet advertising, and advertisements at the American Job Centers, veterans’ centers, local libraries and community organizations. For companies planning to attend the Heroes 4 Hire South or Middlesex County career fairs, registration is $300, while the Diverse Ability Career Fair is $200. An additional $25 is charged for each event where electricity is required.

Companies interested in taking part in one or all of the fairs can visit the Connecticut Department of Labor’s career fair website at<>, while jobseekers can visit the site for interview tips, directions to the career fairs, list of participating employers and recruitment events at their local American Job Center.

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