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West Hartford Magnet School Awarded Blue Ribbon


By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — A West Hartford school was awarded a 2018 National Blue Ribbon by the U.S. Department of Education.

The University of Hartford Magnet School was one of five schools recently awarded blue ribbons for their high academic performance or progress in closing the achievement gap between white and black, wealthy and poor.

“We congratulate these schools and their teachers, students and families for their collective efforts to nurture positive school communities,” said Gov. Dan Malloy. “They are all helping to shift the growing possibilities for our next generation in a positive direction.”

The University of Hartford Magnet School is operated by the Capitol Region Education Council. It serves pre-kindergartner through grade 5 students from more than 30 Connecticut towns. The school’s theme is “Learning through Multiple Intelligences.”

University of Hartford Magnet School Principal Tim Barber attributes the school’s success to the “close relationships among teachers, staff and families.”

The other schools awarded a blue ribbon were Forest School in West Haven, West School in New Canaan, Haddam-Killingworth High School in Regional School District 17 and St. Mary’s School in Simsbury.

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Reading Program Seeks Volunteers


WEST HARTFORD — Looking to work with children?

Volunteers are needed to read to at risk students in kindergarten through sixth grades in Bloomfield, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain and West Hartford. This is a part of the Children’s Reading Partner’s Elementary Express program that offers enrichment opportunities for local children at a public library in Bloomfield.

To become a reading mentor, volunteers must attend a training session, submit an application and select a 30-minute-per-week time slot to read to a child. Volunteer time slots are available during the school day, after school or in the evening.

Prospective volunteers may attend any of the following training sessions: Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Kol Haverim, 1079 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury; Monday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.n. at the Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford; and Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Community Services Building, 33 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.

To learn more or to sign up for a training session, contact Children’s Reading Partners at read@jewishhartford.org or call 860-236-7323.

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Chabad to Serve Meals in Greater Hartford Area


WEST HARTFORD —Bringing the warmth and tradition of Passover to the Greater Hartford Community, Chabad will be holding at least 7 Public Passover Seders in Greater Hartford area.

West Hartford’s Chabad House kitchen will completely transformed into a fully Kosher for Passover cooking facility, where meals for over 1000 people will be cooked and prepared for all local Chabad Seders. All food is prepared with strict adherence to the numerous Passover laws and traditions, keeping all Chametz or leavened bread locked up, ensuring that not a single crumb finds itself anywhere near the Passover preparations.

A special Seder will be held for the Russian speaking community, many who could not celebrate their Jewish heritage openly while living in the Soviet Union, at the Alfred Plant Senior Building on Farmington Ave.

Seders will be held in Glastonbury, Simsbury, Wesleyan University, Litchfield, U-Conn, University of Hartford and of course, in the Chabad House itself located at 2352 Albany Ave. on March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and again on March 31 at 7:45 p.m.

The March 3o event will include a special children’s program. The Haggadah will come to life with games and fun activities. Older children will have leadership roles in running the Seder.

“Passover is not simply a celebration of the historic liberation of an ancient people,” said *Rabbi Joseph Gopin*, Director of Chabad in the Greater Hartford. “Passover is about our own personal liberation – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Passover inspires us to break free from the shackles restraining us from reaching new heights – in our lives, relationships and connection with God.”

Chabad’s Seders cater to diverse groups of people from all walks of life.

To join the Community Seder, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Reservations can be made online at www.ChabadHartford.com/Seder

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Hartford Mayor to Convene Meeting on Spiked Car Accidents


HARTFORD —  Mayor Luke Bronin will convene a meeting on Thursday with regional and state leaders to discuss the recent spike in car accidents and to call for a coordinated strategy to reduce car thefts by juveniles and young adults, which have been a factor in a number of fatal or serious crashes.

 

“There’s been a disturbing spike in vehicle crashes with fatalities or serious injuries, even as we’ve had fewer accidents overall in Hartford.  We’re particularly concerned about the role that both drugs and stolen vehicles are playing in these tragic incidents,” Bronin said.  “Our Police Department is working hard to make our streets safer through increased speed and DUI enforcement, but we need to work together as a region and as a State to crack down on car thefts.”

Bronin also referred to the number of cars stolen from West Hartford and New Britain that were involved in crashes in Hartford. These car thefts, he said, comprised of a regional problem that demands close coordination between towns, as well as with the State Police and with State and federal prosecutors.

According to the Hartford Police Department,  alcohol or other drugs played a role in at least half of the fatal accidents this year, and in two cases the vehicles involved were stolen.

In response to fatalities in January, the city increased its traffic enforcement this month, adding an additional roving DUI patrol and an additional speed enforcement patrol each weekend.  The State Department of Transportation has also agreed to accelerate three $50,000 traffic-related grants the City was expecting this year, which will pay for additional details focused on speed enforcement, distracted driving, and “Click It or Ticket.”

The City will receive the first of those grants, for speed enforcement, in March.

 

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West Hartford Police Adopt New LGBT Policy


WEST HARTFORD — The West Hartford Police Department has adopted a new policy designed to help officers navigate cases and situations involving members of the town’s LGBT community.

Chief Tracey Gove tells The Hartford Courant that the policy offers guidance and direction to officers who may find themselves working in unfamiliar territory.

In dealing with transgender individuals, the policy states that officers should use that person’s preferred name — which might not be their legal name or name on a government-issued ID. The policy also advises that officers should honor a request by a transgender person to be searched by an officer of a specific gender.

Lt. Eric Rocheleau says the policy wasn’t enacted following a complaint or in response to any issues with the department’s prior interactions with the LGBT community.

Associated Press

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Police Seek Help with Missing West Hartford Woman


WEST HARTFORD —  West Hartford Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a woman who went missing on Aug. 8.

The woman, Mame Alemu Zegeye.  Zegeye, 38, was born in Ethiopia and has lived in the country of Qatar.

Zegeye, a home owner, has been mission since Monday at 2 p.m.

Zegeye was described as being 5’5” in height and weighing approximately 170 pounds.

Police said Zegeye was last seen wearing a brown blouse, black leggings, and brown house shoes.

Please call the West Hartford Police Department at (860) 523-5203, if you have contact with Zegeye or have any information regarding her current whereabouts.

 

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West Hartford Police Arrest Craiglist Rapist


By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

WEST HARTFORD —  West Hartford Police arrested a Hartford man after he allegedly solicited sex on Craigslist.

Joshua Cordero, 26, of  16 Hungerford St. in Hartford was taken into custody on march 18 after police officers were sent to a resident on Glenn Lane for a report of sexual assault.

Cordero was charged with home invasion,  first degree burglary,  first degree kidnapping, first degree and third-degree sexual  assault, first degree unlawful restraint and third degree assault.

The female victim, who has not been identified, gave the officers a description of Cordero, who was arrested close to the victim’s home after his encounter with “a legitimate sale of merchandise posted on Craigslist,” according to the police report.

Cordero is being held on a $1 million dollar surety bond.

 

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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 (www.choiceeducation.org). 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 http://www.choiceeducation.org 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.

LIST OF SCHOOL FAIRS
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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Hartford and ESPN to Sponsor Soccer Clinics


HARTFORD —   The City of Hartford is continuing its soccer program for pre-Kindergarters starting Nov. 14.

The soccer clinics, sponsored by ESPN and the Department of Children, Families, Youth and Recreation, will be held at the Samuel V. Arroyo  Center Gym at Pope Park.

City Officials said this is part of an ongoing effort to provide childrenwith physical fitness opportunities.

The clinics are scheduled Saturday mornings on Nov. 14 Nov. 21, December 5 and Dec. 12.

Children will be coaches by trainers from Soccer Shots, a youth soccer development organization for children ages 2-8.

Parents can register their children at Arroyo, Metzner Recreation Cener unitl Nov.7.

The program is also supported by National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call 860-757-4888.

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New Exhibit at The New Children’s Museum


WEST HARTFORD — Greater Hartford residents are invited to  invent, design, create and build in the New Children’s Museum’s latest exhibit, Tech City, set to open this September in West Hartford.

Tech City features several interactive activity stations that allow visitors to solve real-world problems that engineers face each day,museum officials say.

Visitors can build a structure that will hold up under the force of an earthquake, use a computer program to adjust the flow of traffic and stop a traffic jam, produce their own recordings using a variety of sound effects, and dam a creek to prevent flooding. These activities, among others, encourage an understanding of the natural world and devising solutions based on human needs and issues.

The goal of Tech City is to encourage all young visitors, especially girls and underrepresented groups, to consider engineering careers. Diverse role models, videos and other media, combined with hands on exhibits and programming, encourage problem-solving techniques and thinking.

Tech City opens on Saturday, Sept. 29 and will take the place of It’s a Nano World in the main exhibit hall at The New Children’s Museum. The main exhibit hall will remain closed for renovation and installation from Sept. 4 to 25.

During the exhibit closure, admission to The New Children’s Museum will be buy-one-get-one-free.

The New Children’s Museum is positioned as a premier STEAM education center, integrating science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Home to over 100 live animals, the Museum features hands-on science exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows, and programs for young children and families.

The New Children’s Museum and Roaring Brook Nature Center are the region’s premiere destinations for science and nature exploration. The New Children’s Museum and Preschool are located at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford and Roaring Brook Nature Center is located at 70 Gracey Road in Canton.

More information is available at www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org.

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