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Florida Police Arrest UConn Student Known for “Mac and Cheese” Video

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — A former University of Connecticut student whose “mac and cheese” video went viral was arrested again in Florida.


Luke Gatti, 20, was charged on May 28 with battery of an officer and resisting an officer in Boca Raton, Fla.

Gatti who lives in Bayville, N.Y. was put on probation after Superior Court Judge B. Farley reviewed the obscenity-laced video about jalapeno macaroni and cheese and sentenced him to do community service.
The video showed Gatti engaged in an argument with the Student Union manager before another worker stepped in.

Gatti was also arrested at the University of Massachusetts for a similar incident.

A spokesperson said that Gatti, who was a student at Storrs when he taped the Oct. 4 video, was no longer a student at the university.



Gatti was given a $500,000 bond.

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HIV Testing Day Slated for June in CT Cities

NEW HAVEN — Planned Parenthood of Southern New England will offer free rapid HIV testing services at select health centers in Connecticut this June.

National HIV Testing Day is June 27.

In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV. In Connecticut, there are more than 10,200 people living with HIV. Almost one in seven do not know they are infected.

“You cannot tell by looking at someone if they have HIV – the only way to know is to get tested. We invite all people who do not know their status to come for a free test,” said Judy Tabar President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. “National HIV Testing Day is a reminder that getting tested for HIV is an important step in stopping the spread of HIV and taking care of ourselves.”

In an effort to promote early detection and a healthy community, PPSNE will be offering free rapid HIV tests at select health centers during normal business hours on Monday, June 27.

Appointments are not necessary, but encouraged. Everyone who gets tested on June 27 will receive a free information bag that includes fun giveaways, educational brochures and safe sex supplies. The following health centers in Connecticut will be providing free rapid tests:

Bridgeport Health Center

211 State Street

Bridgeport, CT 06604

8 AM – 3:30 PM

Hartford Health Center

1229 Albany Avenue

Hartford, CT 06112

11 AM – 6:45 PM

New Haven Health Center

345 Whitney Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

9 AM – 6:30 PM

“Our health centers are open to everyone and we are here to answer any questions or concerns anyone may have. Once you know your status, there is a lot you can do to protect your health, including practicing safer sex,” said Tabar. “The sooner you know your status, the sooner you can get any treatment and information you might need. Early treatment can help prevent serious health problems in the future.”

To make an appointment or for more information, call 1 (800) 230-PLAN (7526) or visit

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Yale Voted Best College in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN — Yale is number one in Connecticut.

That’s according to SmartAsset’s second annual Best Value College study.

The college leads after the result of their performance in categories including scholarships provided, starting slary, tuiton, living costs and retention rate.

Yale received an overall education value index of 80.64, according ti SmartAsset, which gave 25 percent weighting to starting  SmartAsset, which weigh things such as starting salary, tuition, and living costs; and 12.5 percent to scholarships and grants and student retention rate.

UConn had a score of 64.67. The remaining top five schools in Connecticut and their scores were: Trinity College, 54.21; Fairfield University, 51:28; Wesleyan University.

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Hilary Clinton to Visit Hartford’s YMCA Thursday

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD – One week before the Connecticut primary, Hillary Clinton is expected to meet Thursday with Hartford residents affected by gun violence.

Clinton’s visit comes after her eighth democratic debate in Brooklyn, New York and after  Republican Donald Truhilary+clintonmp visited the state, pulling in about 6 million supporters.

The Clinton event will be a small gathering of victims of violence from several cities, including the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown. The small rally will be held at at the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center, 444 Albany Avenue, is open to the public.

In the most recent polls, Clinton is ahead of her challenger Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by six points.

Sanders has not announced a Connecticut visit, but Trump is expected to return before the April 26 primary vote.

Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich is expected to appear at Glastonbury High School on Friday.

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Heroes for Hire Job and Career Fair Set for April

WETHERSFIELD —  The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Heroes 4 Hire Job and Career Fair – the largest and best-attended of its kind in New England – returns to the Rentschler Field Ballroom in East Hartford on April 27.


Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor, the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Travelers, CBS Radio, and the local chamber of commerce. The veteran-focused event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


”More than 75 exhibitors are participating in this year’s Heroes 4 Hire career fair, including employers, service providers and educational institutions,” notes Terry Brennan, Director of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Veterans’ Workforce Development. “Certified Professional Résumé Writers from the Labor Department will also be on-site, offering advice on best ways to showcase résumés to prospective employers. DOL staff will also be available to talk to attendees and employers about employment services and related programs.”


“Veterans bring a strong sense of teamwork, organization and leadership skills to the workplace,” notes Brennan. “An accelerated learning curve allows veterans to enter the workforce with an advantage, plus they offer transferable skills that have been proven in real-life situations. Veterans have also demonstrated efficient performance under pressure and understand the demands of tight schedules and limited resources – providing a valuable perspective to potential employers.“


Additional details, including directions to the event, the list of participating companies and organizations, and an online registration form for employers wishing to participate can be found on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s career fair website at


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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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Museum to Host Discussion Series on Health

WEST HARTFORD — In partnership with The Jackson Laboratory, the New Children’s Museum will host the first event of its new discussion series on family health, community, and education topics.



healthbeatlogoOn  Jan. 28, at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Blake Hanson from The Jackson Laboratory in Farmington, will present “The Human Microbiome: A New Frontier that Might Just Affect Everything” at The New Children’s Museum. The human microbiome is the collection of microorganisms that live on and in the body, affecting everything from digestion to defense against disease. Through the presentation of cutting edge research and discoveries in the field of microbial genomics, Dr. Hanson will discuss how the human microbiome plays a big role in both healthy and disease states for everyone.


Dr. Hanson’s talk will be followed by an open discussion and meet-the-scientist session. Dr. Hanson holds a PhD in Epidemiology from The University of Iowa and is interested in transmission and colonization of infectious diseases. He currently utilizes advanced technologies to study microbial genomics.


Advanced tickets are available online at at $8 for the general public and $5 for members of The New Children’s Museum and college students (with student ID). Tickets will be $10 at the door. Limited seating is available.


The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.


The New Children’s Museum and Roaring Brook Nature Center are the region’s premiere destinations for 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 Rd in

Canton. More information is available at


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Troop H Arrests Two Hartford Men in Cocaine Bust

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer
HARTFORD — Hartford State Troopers recently arrested two men for having about one kilogram of cocaine.
Jose Fontanez, 28, 160 New Britain Ave. in Hartford, was charged with reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld device, illegal possession of narcotics, reckless use of the highway by pedestrian, interfering with an officer. Fontanez’s bond was set at $100,000.
The second suspect, Erick Ortiz-Aguayo, 33, of 159 Wethersfield Ave. in Hartford was also arrest. Police did not state his charges in a press release sent to The Hartford Guardian.


On Jan. 1, 2016 at approximately 6:20 p.m. troopers were conducting motor vehicle enforcement on I-91 southbound in the area of exit 38 in Windsor when they observed the operator of a motor vehicle using their cell phone while driving.
Troopers activated their emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The operator refused to stop the vehicle, and engaged troopers in pursuit.



During the brief pursuit, troopers observed an object being thrown from the vehicle as it exited the highway at exit 38. The pursuit stopped chasing the suspects and then returned to the grassy area of the exit 38 off-ramp where they found a large amount of suspected narcotics.



Troop H officers seized the cocaine, and transported it back to Troop H where it was held as evidence.
On Jan. 2, 2016 at about 12:30 a.m., Troopers observed two males searching the grassy area off of exit 38 where the narcotics were thrown during the pursuit earlier in the evening.



Through the course of the investigation and witness information, troopers determined that both of the males, Fontanez andOrtiz-Aguayo, were in possession of the vehicle at the time of the pursuit, and when the narcotics were thrown into the grassy area off exit 38.
Both males were taken into custody and transported to Troop H were they were processed.
Fontanez was released after posting bond, and Ortiz-Aguayo was held on bond pending his court date.



Both suspects are scheduled to appear in Enfield Superior Court on Jan. 29.



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Mass Shootings and the Media: What Is Terrorism?

Burguan did not answer those questions during a press conference Wednesday evening after the alleged assailants were killed in a shoot out with officers. Hours later, law enforcement officials released the supposed shooters’ names — Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.

A variation of Farouk’s name had been circling in the conservative blogasphere after it was heard on a police scanner. The “Arabic-sounding” name fueled anti-Arab and Muslim sentiments hours before the actual name was officially released. As of Thursday morning, police said the motive of the attack remains unknown.

Anticipation surrounding the identity of the suspects on Wednesday was directly linked to one question: Is it terrorism?

Five days earlier, Robert L. Dear Jr. killed three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Police said he rambled about “baby parts” during the rampage. Dear, described as “deeply religious,” seemed to have a political agenda against abortions. But few in the mainstream media described him as a terrorist.

In progressive circles, Dear was called a terrorist. But mainstream media dismissed the “terrorism” charge early on.

Dear’s “white privilege” spared him the label, comedian and activist Amer Zahr said.

What is terrorism?

In San Bernardino, the terrorism question surfaced almost immediately after the shooting.

According to a New York Times report, there have been 209 mass shootings that killed or injured four or more people so far this year.

The federal government defines terrorism as violence intended to intimidate a civilian population; or acts aimed at influencing government policies by coercion.

The U.S. Code cites mass destruction, assassination and kidnapping for political motives on American soil as examples of domestic terrorism.

However, in the media and even sometimes in the legal realm, terrorism is perceived exclusively as Islamist jihadism and linked to the assailants’ race and religion.

After the Paris terrorist attacks last month, Fox News’ Shannon Bream wondered about the attackers’ skin color.

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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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