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Connecticut Department of Labor Sponsors Job Fair

WETHERSFIELD — More than 35 employers will be on hand in Waterbury to meet with job seekers and discuss employment opportunities during a Diverse Ability Career Fair.

The event will be held Oct. 29 at the Courtyard by Marriott 63 Grand St., Waterbury.

The job fair, “Build a Diverse Workforce – Boost Your Bottom Line,” is a free event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,  looking for employment opportunities, as well as a resource fair for employers interested in learning about recruitment and training resources, and available support services when hiring employees with disabilities.

Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor and the Department of Rehabilitation Services, along with partners Northwest Regional Workforce Board and the Connecticut Business Leadership Network, the event features a career fair from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.,

Résumé Critique/Practice Interview session for job seekers from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and a “Making Section 503 Work for You” workshop for employers at 2 p.m.

In addition, ongoing résumé critiques will be offered throughout the career fair and American Sign Language interpreters will be onsite.

Free parking will be available in the garage adjacent to the Marriott. For additional information about the Diverse Ability Career, please visit

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Veteran Affairs to Host Dental Clinic, Medical Screenings

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

Veterans will have access to free medical help on Saturday in Rocky Hill Veterans Home.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will host the Stand Down program on its campus in Rocky Hill.The event will be from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Stand Down is a one-day resource and service fair where Connecticut Veterans have access to a full dental clinic, medical screenings to include cardiac and oncology, eye and hearing exams, and many other support services such as housing, employment, education, and legal assistance; all at no-cost to Veterans.  This year, there are more than 90 agencies and organizations participating in the event with close to 200 volunteers registered to assist.

Commissioner Connolly said, “Stand Down is the Department of Veterans’ Affairs signature event of the year for Veterans in Connecticut. I am so proud of the entire Department’s dedication, teamwork, and months of coordination and grateful for the many organizations that are providing their services and making Stand Down 2015 the best yet.”

Last year, more than 1,100 Veterans attended Stand Down with 70 agencies and companies providing information, donations, and services.

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Labor Department to Host Breakfast Roundtable

WETHERSFIELD – The importance of selecting the correct type of flame resistant clothing will be discussed during a Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group meeting sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Guest speaker Peter Kumiega, New England sales manager for Bulwark FR Apparel, will provide information and answer questions during the 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. roundtable meeting to be held at the agency’s Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Blvd. in, Wethersfield on Aug. 18.

The morning session will include a continental breakfast.

“When it comes to selecting this type of clothing, employers and their employees face many options,” explains John Able, CONN-OSHA Certified Safety Professional and coordinator of the Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group.  “As a certified trainer with more than 15 years of experience in the flame resistant industry, Peter will use his expertise to help guide people in the right direction.”

Kumiega will focus on three points: understanding flame resistant options and how they relate to NFPA 70e and 2012 standards; the effects of the new OSHA standard 1910.269; and tips for partnering with a supplier that can meet specific company needs.

According to Able, admission to the seminar is free, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Able at or call him at (860) 263 – 6902 to register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information.


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State Police: Cruiser Hit by Another Vehicle on I-91

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — While parked in the breakdown lane on I-91 on Friday, a state police cruiser was struck by another vehicle, police said.

According to reports,  a Nissan Altima was traveling in the left lane until it reached slowing traffic at about 5 p.m.. It then swerved right near at Exit 33.

The driver, Elmarie Aviles, hit the driver’s side door of a car on her right, police said.

Aviles struck another vehicle in the right center lane and then slid across three lanes into the breakdown lane, where it struck the police cruiser, police said.

The state trooper, who was sitting in his cruiser at the time, was not seriously injured. However,  other people suffered minor injuries, police said.

Aviles was issued an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions and failure to move over when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle.

She then over-corrected, causing her car to veer and strike another vehicle in the right center lane. Aviles’ car then slid across three lanes into the

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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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Job Fair for Veterans Set for March

WETHERSFIELD — The state Department of Labor has scheduled a series of career fairs, including two events geared for veterans, starting in March at several sites, including East Hartford and Cromwell.

Certified professional resume writers from the labor department will  be at each career fair to review and critique resumes, and to offer employment tips and suggestions, according to a department press release.

Additionally, DOL employees will lead a series of information sessions about services and free workshops offered at American Job Center offices.

These workshops include re-employment strategies and job search techniques, computer skills, and hiring incentive programs such as Connecticut’s Subsidized Training and Employment Program (Step Up), which provides wage and training subsidies to employers that hire an unemployed jobseeker.

DOL advises jobseekers to bring ample resumes and schedule enough time to meet with every company representative they have identified as a potential employer.

The jobs fairs for veterans are:
Heroes 4 Hire: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 21 – Rentschler Field Ballroom, 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford.
Veterans’ Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 19 – Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury (hotel ballroom).
Other job fairs will be held at the following sites:
Danbury Career Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 3 – Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury (hotel ballroom).
MCC Regional Job Fair: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 21 – Manchester Community College Gymnasium, 60 Bidwell St., Manchester.
Middlesex County: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., June 17 – Crowne Plaza, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell.

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DMV Report Shows Teen Driving Improved

WETHERSFIELD —  A new report on the third anniversary of the state toughening teen driving laws shows continued overall improvement in teens’ behind-the-wheel behaviors following enactment in August 2008 of these measures designed to make them better drivers.

The report points to a progressive downward trend in overall crashes involving 16 and 17-year-old drivers coupled with data showing a steady decline in the number of this age group obtaining licenses, despite their populations remaining relatively constant. In addition, convictions for most teen-driving related offenses continue to fall.

“This is an issue that affects the safety of all of us and our families, and it is very encouraging to see such positive results,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said. “We know there is no magic bullet to prevent all crashes, but the push to educate young drivers and enforce stricter driving laws is proving to be an effective tool that can help save lives.”

DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey added, “These numbers demonstrate improvement we like to see, but there’s always more work to do in this area of educating teens about safe driving.”

The annual report highlights the following:

  • Overall crashes are down by 28 percent when comparing 2007 to 2009, the latest figures from the state Department of Transportation for crashes in which 16 or 17 year-old drivers’ were determined to be the contributing factor.


  • Fatal crashes regardless of fault involving a 16- or 17-year-old driver numbered nine in 2010 remaining below an historic 13 per-year from 2005 through 2008 the year the new laws began.


  • Convictions for cell phone use and distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence (per se), and failure to wear a seat belt or having more passenger than seat belts, all show a downward trend

Most noticeably the number of 16 and 17 year-olds holding licenses has continued to decrease, despite their statewide population remaining stable since 2008 when the laws were enacted. Safety advocates say both the tough laws and poor economy play major roles and make this beneficial for Connecticut’s progress.

(To view the entire report The report is produced annually by the DMV Center for Teen Safe Driving).

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City Gears Up For St. Patrick’s Day

HARTFORD — The city is expecting 30,ooo people to enter the city for the St. Patrick’s Day parade this Saturday.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and will move along on Capitol Avenue, then onto Main Street, Asylum Street and Ford Street. It will end at  the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch.
Donald and Bridget McSweegan of Wethersfield is slated as the parade’s grand marshals. Donald McSweegan, 73, is an army veteran and a retired postmaster. He was born and raised in Hartford. His great-grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland. Bridget, 76, was born in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.

The Hartford Parking Authority is offering free parking Saturday for parade spectators and participants.

A St. Patrick’s Day Mass is scheduled for  Friday at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church on Main Street..

For more information, visit

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Motor Vehicle Department Releases New Holiday Hours

By Ernie Bertothy, Contributor

WETHERSFIELD – All Department of Motor Vehicles offices will close to the public on Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. and not re-open until Dec. 28, at 8 a.m.

The closing combines both the holiday observance of Christmas, the unpaid furlough time required of all state employees and the regular weekend shutdown of DMV offices.

DMV is advising customers early so that they can plan any necessary visits around this closing time.  With DMV having staggered operating times, these holiday closings and state-required unpaid furlough create a string of consecutive days that the agency does not operate.

While the offices will not be open for transactions, the web site and the automated phone system will be available to obtain information, DMV officials said.

Information about the regular hours of specific DMV offices can be found on the agency web site a or through the DMV telephone center at 860-263-5700 in the Greater Hartford area and 800-842-8222 for the remainder of the state.

Through the website and phone center, customers can find specific information 24 hours a day on a non-driver identification, change of address and change of name.  In addition, they have details regarding vehicle tax questions, records information, forms, emissions, inspections, operator’s licenses, titles and registrations and directions to DMV branch offices and photo license centers.

They also supply details on boating registrations, handicapped driver training, commercial vehicle safety, and instructions on how to file a complaint against a dealer or repairer.

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Police Indentify Franklin Ave Shooting Victim

HARTFORD — City police have identified the Franklin Avenue homicide victim.

The victim is Jeanna Flores, 27, of  Wethersfield.

According to police, officers responded to the area of  The Franklin Bar and Grille” at 451 Franklin Ave. on Thursday at about 12:55 a.m after receiving a call about a shooting.   Upon arrival, officers found three victims, one female and two males, suffering from gunshot wounds.

Emergency Medial Service personnel responded and transported the victims to Hartford Hospital for treatment.  Flores died at 1:20 am, police said.

The two male victims’ injuries were non-life threatening and they were treated and released, police said.

The Hartford Police Department’s Major Crimes Division and Crime Scene Division  are still investigating the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Sergeant Brandon O’Brien of the Hartford Police Department’s Major Crimes Division at 860-757-4089 or to call the Hartford Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 860-722-8477.

Anonymous, confidential tips may be made by calling Hartford Crime Stoppers at 860-722-TIPS (8477).  Hartford Crime Stoppers is a community and business based organization that awards up to $1,000.00 for information from confidential sources that leads to the arrest of a suspect in a police investigation.

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