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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 ( 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 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.

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.

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Children’s Museum Receives Grant

WEST HARTFORD —  The New Children’s Museum received a $20,000 grant from SBM Charitable Foundation and a $5,000 grant from the programs for Manchester schools.

Through its SAFA programs, the Museum engages students at low-income schools with innovative, hands-on STEM activities. SAFA programs span a wide range of subject matter including engineering, chemistry, zoology, astronomy, physics, and environmental science. Programs are designed to excite children about learning and help close the achievement gap.

Support from SBM and the Ruddell Fund will allow the Museum to purchase new equipment for ecology activities, develop new curricula, and carry out SAFA programs with K-6 Manchester students throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. These enhancements will build upon last year’s programs, in which students learned real-life scientific skills. In one SAFA class, students collected water, sediment, and microorganism samples at a nearby stream, collaboratively analyzed the samples, and translated their findings into visual data.

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

For more information on Science Achievement for All or to sponsor an educational program, please contact Julie Barnofski Portfolio, Grants Manager, at or (860) 231-2830 x51.

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Gov. Malloy’s Chief of Staff to Leave Office

By Ann-Marie Mesquita, Staff Writer

HARTFORD —  One of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s top aide will be leaving his post by the end of 2015.

In an announcement to the press on Monday, Malloy said the departure of his longtime Chief of Staff, Mark Ojakian is necessary. Ojakian has served in one of the state’s most powerful position for almost four years. Known as OJ inside the state capitol, Malloy’s top advisor works long hours and serves as his confidante on many issues.  He  has  “a reputation for working people pretty hard.”

“I will miss working with Mark on a daily basis, but I understand it is time for him to turn the page to a different chapter in his life.  Mark has been one of my most trusted friends and advisors,” Governor Malloy said.  “Through his efforts, we have been able to make an agreement with labor that allowed the state to cut billions in long-term debt, passed an increase in the minimum wage, implemented paid sick leave, made record investments in transportation, and passed a sweeping reforms to our criminal justice system.”

Before joining Malloy’s office, Ojakian, 61, served as Deputy Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and served as Deputy Comptroller under then-State Comptroller Nancy Wyman for 16 years.

In his role as Deputy Comptroller, he acted as senior policy advisor, oversaw over 250 employees, and had fiscal responsibility for over $1 billion in state accounts.

Malloy said Ojakian, who is openly gay, agreed to move on to another chapter in his life.

“It has been an honor to serve Governor Malloy.  He is not only a dedicated, hardworking public servant who has put our state on the path of progress, but he has also been a great friend,” Ojakian said.  “I will miss working with Governor Malloy.”

Ojakian lives in West Hartford with his husband, his two sons and two grandchildren.

Malloy is expected to announce Ojakian’s replacement in the coming weeks.

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State Offers Aid to Companies for Employment

WETHERSFIELD – Southwest Connecticut employers are invited to learn more about the Subsidized Training and Employment and Training Program (Step Up) as well as a variety of other hiring and tax incentives designed to benefit their businesses by attending a May 29 conference being held in the Westport Inn Ballroom.

Officials said that the conference aims to target companies of any size that can learn about the opportunities and benefits available to their business, including the wage reimbursement program through Step Up, low interest financing under the Small Business Express Program, assistance on recruitment and business plan development, and tax incentives for equipment upgrades and job creation initiatives.”

Taking place from 8 to 10:30 a.m., the event, begins with networking and light refreshments at 7 a.m. Employers can pre-register online for the conference by or more information can be obtained from Dolores Ryan, BridgeportAmerican Job Center by contacting her at or (203) 455-2602.

Additional conferences, also to be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m., will be offered on the following dates:

  • June 3, Progress Square Industrial Park, 32 Valley Street, Bristol
  • June 5, Western Connecticut State University, Westside Ballroom, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury
  • June 11, Goodwin College, Main Campus – Auditorium, 1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford
  • June 12, University of Connecticut’s Torrington campus, 855 University Drive, Torrington
  • June 19, Simsbury High School Auditorium, 34 Farms Village Road, Simsbury
  • June 24, Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich
  • A future conference is also being planned for the town of Meriden.


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Author of ‘Infectious’ Book to Give Talk

HARTFORD —  Achim Nowak, author of Infectious and an internationally recognized authority on executive presence and infectious personal connections, will be in town to kick-off Leadership Greater Hartford’s  fourth Lessons in Leadership series on Friday morning February 28, 7:30 a.m., in the Crystal Room at the University of Saint Joseph.  A book signing will follow the breakfast discussion.

 Lessons in Leadership is a book discussion series for business and nonprofit leaders interested in continuing their leadership understanding and skill development.  Because it is important for leaders to take time to grow personally for the benefit of those they serve, Lessons in Leadership fosters a sense of common purpose where leaders from different disciplines can meet, share their diverse perspectives, and identify mutual interests.

In an age where communications have been reduced to efficient sound bites, the series will explore Nowak’s four key levels of connection that will help professionals connect deeply with others in order to become “Infectious” leaders.

Registration for the February 28 Kick-Off and book signing is on a first come, first served basis.

The cost is $15 per session.  Registration is free for Leadership Greater Hartford members, BlumShapiro employees, University of Saint Joseph faculty and staff, and HYPE members. Visit for scheduling and more detailed information.


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