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Hartford Guardian to Celebrate 10th Year Anniversary


HARTFORD —  The Hartford Guardian will kick off its 10th Year Anniversary celebration on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at Aetna Insurance Building on Farmington Ave. in Hartford, CT.

The Luncheon under the theme, Building to Empower and Engage, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to mark this significant milestone in the new media organization, which began in 2004 as a print publication.

Over the past decade, The Guardian has served individuals and families throughout the Greater Hartford area and beyond—disseminating untold stories, news and information that effect change on a local and national level.

The Guardian has won several notable recognitions and awards for its reporting, including the International Center for Journalists, Patch/AOL, Knight Center for Journalism New Media institute and the Hartford Magazine.

The Guardian was founded by Dr. Ann-Marie Adams, an award-winning journalist and historian. She has worked as a reporter and writer for The Hartford Courant, The Norwich Bulletin, Times Herald Record, People magazine, The Washington Post and other local and national publications. She teaches journalism and history, most recently at Quinnipiac University, Howard University and Rutgers University.

The Hartford Guardian was founded in 2004 to build communities through civic journalism. It is one of three programs by the Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities, Inc. CABC, Inc is a nonprofit organization established to encourage and increase civic engagement in Greater Hartford by (i) educating  residents about various social issues and services in Hartford, (ii) educating them about how government and media work, and (iii) offering opportunities to explore and engage in civic journalism.

For more information on how to become a sponsor or purchase tickets, email theguardian@thehartfordguardian.com. RSVP is required for seating and validated parking information.

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MARG and SouthWest NRZs to Meet


HARTFORD –The Maple Avenue Revitalization Group will meet on Oct. 9 in the lower level of Saint Augustine’s Church.

The church is at 10 Campfield Avenue in Hartford.

Daniel Loos from the City of Hartford’s Department of Licenses and Inspections and Sara Bronin from Planning and Zoning Commission are scheduled to speak and answer questions from the audience.

MARG respresentatives will also give reports on public safetly and other neighborhood concerns.

For more information, call MARG president Hyacinth Yennie at 860-296-5543. The meeting is open to all city residents.

Southwest Behind the Rocks 

Southwest Behind the Rocks NRZ will meet on Oct. 14 at Broadview Community Church.

The church is at 45 Oliver Street.

For more information, call Capucine at 860-978-0379.

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Clay Hill Association Seeks SARS Recruits


HARTFORD — The Clay Hill Association is seeking new recruits interested in working during the upcoming election.

Hartford residents with no criminal record can apply for a training course to become Special Assistant Registrar, or SARs.

The training will be held at the Democratic and Republican offices in Hartford. Additional training is schedule for Oct. 25 at City Hall in the Function Room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City Hall is at 550 Main St. in downtown Hartford.

Those interested should inquiry at clayhillimprovementassc@gmail.com or call Charles Barrow at 860-224-7750.

 

 

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Moody’s Downgrades Hartford’s Credit Rating


HARTFORD — Citing the city’s declining fund balance,  stagnant property values and scant revenue sources, Moody’s downgraded Hartford’s bond rating on Monday.

This move could impact future capital projects in the city, including a proposed stadium and school renovations.

Since 2010, the City of Hartford has held an A1 Bond Rating. City officials said that one notch down to the A2 rating is still a strong investment grade rate that will allow the city to continue to raise capital at lower interest rates.

“It is tough to hear but we have to keep everything in perspective,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra. “In the last four years tax revenues declined, our Rainy Day Fund increased, our pension was fully funded all the while our expenditures grew significantly due to contractual obligations…. As far as cities go, we are doing better than most.”

Segarra is calling for expedited economic development an dmore public/private partnerships to increase the bond rating.

City Council President Shawn Wooden agreed.

“It’s very challenging and yet we have seen tremendous growth in our City over the last few years. The bottom line is that we need new revenue sources to put Hartford on a path of fiscal stability and new development that will increase property values and not place any further burden on our taxpayers.”

officials said that Moody’s rationale for the downgrade was also influenced by unemployment, lack of financial flexibility due to contractual obligations and limited revenue sources.

Several strengths were cited including strong pension fund practices, and the city’s status as a regional economic center.

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CT Voter Registration Deadline Nears


HARTFORD — Connecticut voters have one month to register to vote so they can cast ballots in the Nov. 4 general election.

Voters can register onlineor by mail. The deadline to register is Oct. 21. For in person registration, the deadline is Oct. 28.

So far in 2014, 53,940 new voters have registered, including 15, 924 Democrats and 10, 303 Republicans and 26,276 unaffliated voters, according to state officials.

Overall, there are 1, 931, 880 voters in Connecticut. The total number of registered Democrats in the state is 706, 211. The number of registered Republicans is 402, 840. The number of unaffiliated voters is 803,564.

Polls will be open on Nov. 4 from 6: 00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To find out if you are registered, check www.sots.ct.gov/vote.

Connecticut voters with a valid driver’s license can register to vote at htpps://voterregistration.ct.gov

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Hartford Police Investigate Homicide


HARTFORD — A Hartford man died after suffering gunshot wounds in the area of Sigourney St.

Police said that four to six gunshots were reportedly fired and fatally hit Deon Palmer, 18, lying face down suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to his right thigh and chest.

Emergency dispatch transported Palmer to St. Francis hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

He died at St. Francis hospital at 2:36 p.m., police said.

Major Crimes Division Detectives working homicide assumed the investigation.

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Hartford Police Investigate City’s 10th Homicide


HARTFORD – Hartford police are investigating the city’s 10th homicide after a 28-year-old man was fatally shot on Friday at the corner of Hungerford and Park streets.

Police said the unidentified Hartford man was shot in the head. He already dead when police arrived.

According to police reports, neighbors reported shots fired about 9:15 p.m. Officers arrived on the scene and found the victim on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police major crimes division and shooting task is now investigating.

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Bike Week to Begin at Old State House


HARTFORD — How did a Civil War veteran become the father of the American bicycle and turn Hartford into the bicycle capital of the world?

Join Steve Goddard, author of Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines, on  Sept. 16 at noon to discover how one Hartford factory became the largest employer in New England, producing everything from high wheelers to bicycles to electric cars.

Following  Goddard’s talk, join in a panel discussion about making Connecticut more bike-friendly and promoting bike racing among Connecticut kids with Goddard, Aidan Charles, the Founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, and Kelly Kennedy, Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut. TheConnecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will moderate the conversation.

Following the program, enjoy Wheels for All, a temporary exhibit that showcases six bikes dating from 1869 to 1914, on loan from the Connecticut Historical Society.  This will be on display at Connecticut’s Old State House from Sept. 16-20.

General admission rates apply to this exhibit.

The American Dream Machine: Bicycles Past, Present & Future begins at Noon, attendees are encouraged to enjoy their lunches during this free event inside Connecticut’s Old State House.

For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, visit online at http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

 

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State Approves Schools for Commish’s Network


HARTFORD — The State Board of Education on Wednesday approved two Commissioner’s Network plan revisions for the embattled Dunbar School in Bridgeport and Walsh Elementary School in Waterbury.

Moving forward, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor stressed the difficulty of school turnaround work, saying it requires “a continuous commitment from teachers, students, parents, administrators and the surrounding community.”

He added that Walsh and Dunbar have “demonstrated the grit and determination to build systems designed to last and have successfully navigated unexpected challenges.”

Dunbar has made attempts to improve its profile by revising its plan to include extending the school day and the addition of a new pre-Kindergarten program, state officials said.

And to help shepherd its way to success, Dunbar officials  selected Cooperative Educational Services (CES) to hire and manage academic assistants for the school and to provide high-quality professional development and coaching for Dunbar teachers, among other responsibilities.

Waterbury’s Walsh School has identified a partner to help with implementation and to ready the school for “transformative changes,” state officials said. The district also selected a new principal to lead the school’s turnaround. Innovative Educational Programs (IEP), chosen at the local level through a competitive process, will assist in the implementation of the improvements.

 

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Group Seeks Volunteers to Help Veterans


HARTFORD — Several agencies want to help Hartford veterans, the men and women who served in the armed forces.

Rebuilding Together and the Livable, Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative has teamed up to perform exterior home and yard clean-up aimed at renovating the homes of twelve Hartford veterans.

The group is looking for volunteers to assist in the project, which is scheduled for Sept. 13  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 12 homes of these honored veterans are located throughout the city.

Officials said that volunteers are needed “to help serve those who have served.”

Individuals interested in volunteering can register on-line at www.rebuildingtogetherhartford.org.c When you go to the website, click on the green box that says: “Click here to Register.”

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