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CPTV To Air Documentary of Barnes Group


HARTFORD — CPTV will be airing a documentary to commemorate the 160th anniversary of respected Connecticut manufacturer Barnes Group, Inc. The documentary will be previewed at a June 16 celebration in Hartford.

Barnes Group has a long and storied history of innovation and technological advancement in manufacturing.  A business that began in 1857, as a small U.S. spring manufacturer in Bristol, Connecticut, has become a global industrial and aerospace manufacturer and service provider, serving a wide range of end markets and customers. Highlights from Barnes Group’s illustrious history include providing the springs used in spacesuits for Astronaut John Glenn’s first orbital flight around the earth in 1962, the Apollo 11 lunar spacecraft in 1969, and NASA’s Curiosity Rover in 2012.

Representatives said they hope the documentary will “shine a light on the state’s rich manufacturing heritage and inspire a new generation of innovators to carry it forward.”

The June 16, 2018 celebration will be held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown starting at 6 p.m., both to celebrate Barnes Group’s legacy and to unveil the upcoming Connecticut Public documentary “The Barnes Way, A Connecticut Original Goes Global.”

The documentary shows how Barnes Group’s culture built on values and its market leadership based on expertise and innovation has fueled its global growth.

Proceeds from the event will benefit “Made in Connecticut,” Connecticut Public’s multi-platform commitment to highlighting Connecticut’s rich manufacturing base – past, present and future.

The documentary is scheduled to premiere locally on CPTV, June 19 at 8 p.m.

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Capital to Hold Summer Program


HARTFORD — Capital Community College will hold a summer computer science program for students.

The program for children 12 to 15 will provide an active and fun loving environment for students while introducing them to computer science, organizers said.

The program will run July 9 to July 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $200 per student. Need based scholarships are available for Hartford and East Hartford students.

Students will learn how to design and create webpages and mobile apps on Android smartphones.  They will also be introduced to a range of programming tools and will participate in leadership activities to build skills in team working problem solving critical thinking and presentation.

To apply, parents or guardians must complete an application at www.capitalcc.edu/csprogram and send completed application forms to sfreeman@capitalcc.edu or mail to Summer  CS Programs, Capital Community College, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Att: Seth Freeman

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Hartford’s 4th District Special Election Set for June


HARTFORD — Hartford residents will have their say in who replace former State Rep. Angel Arce.

Arce represented Hartford’s 4th District. He was forced to resign after allegations of unprofessional conduct with a minor.

So far, three candidates will be on the ballot for the June 4 election: Hartford City Councilman and endorsed Democrat Julio Concepcion, who serves as Vice President for Metro Hartford Alliance; Endorsed Republican Candidate and Hartford Police Detective Bryan Nelson, and petitioning candidate and Connecticut Economic Resource Center employee, Jessica Inacio.

The district includes parts of downtown Hartford, South Green, and Barry Square.

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Artist Collective to Host Jackie McLean Memorial Concert


HARTFORD  — The Artist Collective will host a special concert to honor its founder, saxophonist Jackie McLean, on May 19.

The event will begin at 8 p.m. at the Artist Collective 1200 Albany Ave.

McLean and his wife, Dollie, founded the Artist Collective in 1970. His son, Rene will perform a show entitled “Ancestral Calling, Music of the Spirit” at the concert with a band comprised of Stave Davis, Trombone, Hurbert Eaves  on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, Carl Allen on drums and Neil Clarke, on African percussion.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

For more information, call 860-527-3205.

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CRT’s YouthBuild Program Seeks Applicants


HARTFORD — The Community Renewal Team’s youth program is now accepting applications for its job training, education and leadership development program.

CRT’s Capital City YouthBuild AmeriCorps provides job training and life skills to young adults from 18 to 24 living in Hartford.

Those selected for the YouthBuild program learn job skills and serve the community by building affordable housing in partnership with Hartford Housing Authority and working with various construction companies throughout the region.

CRT provides YouthBuild participants with ongoing support to ensure that new graduates are successful in thier chosen career, organizers said.

For more information, or to apply for a position with CRT’s Capital City YouthBuild program, please call 860-560-5308 or email youthbuild@crtct.org.

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Hartford Police Arrest Three for Kidnapping


HARTFORD — Three Hartford women were arrested Tuesday for kidnapping and other charges after police obtained a video of a woman severely beaten on Rowe Street.

Ada Marrero, 30, of Hamilton Street, Hartford; Waleska Bones, 33, of Hartford and Jacqueline Davila, 38, of Carpenter Street, Hartford were arrested and charged with second degree kidnapping, second degree assault and  cruelty to persons.

Police said the video they obtained shows a woman who was severely beaten and stripped by three females during the day on Rowe Avenue.

Several onlookers who observed the incident encouraged the suspends while they use cell phones to record the incident that occurred in August 2017.

Police said the victim was taken to Rowe Avenue against her will and the incident was related to narcotics.

Bond was set for $250,000.

Jacqueline Davila

Ada Marrero

Waleska Bones

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Hartford Churches to Commemorate King


HARTFORD — In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., six Hartford churches will ring their bells for one minute at 7:01 p.m. on April 4, the day King was shot 50 years ago.

Faith Congregational Church, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Church of the Good Shepherd, St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Emanuel Lutheran Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church will be participating will honor MLK50 years later in a tribute to King’s legacy of civil and human rights.

The death of the civil rights leader is being commemorated with marches, speeches and reflections across the nation. He was 39 years old when he was shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN on April 4, 1968.

 

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LAZ CEO Joins National NAACP


HARTFORD — The founder of a Hartford-based parking garage was recently elected to the NAACP Board of directors.

Alan Lazowski, chairman and chief executive of LAZ parking, joined the longtime civil rights organization in February.

NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell said Lazowski’s “convictions and experiences advocating for positive social change” made him a good addition to the national NAACP board.

Lazowski was nominated by President Barack Obama as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is the founding chairman of Voices of Hope, which shares the experiences of Holocaust survivors.

Lawoski said he feels an obligation to fight against “bigotry and racism of all kinds.”

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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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