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Hartford Police Arrest Local Man for Illegal Firearm


HARTFORD — Hartford police on Monday arrested a local man for allegedly possessing a gun illegally and resisting arrest.

Amauris Flores, 21, of Hartford, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, violating his probation from a protective order and interfering with police.

Flores, a convicted felon was taken into custody after police interrogated him at his Main Street apartment on Monday. Police found him in possession of a loaded .22 caliber revolver, which is a violation of his probation, police said.

Officers said Flores  “forcefully pulled away” from officers when they tried to apprehend him. He was handcuffed after police chased him, police said.

Flores is being held on a $350,000 bond.

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State Police Arrest Berlin Man for Child Pornography


BERLIN — After state police Berlin man on Wednesday was arrested for child pornography distribution.

Cory Korchman, 25, of 110 Shrub Road in Berlin was arrested on Aug. 11 after state Police Computer Crimes Unit initiated an investigation into child pornography and seized a computer and multiple computer related items.

Korchma was taken into custody and transported to Troop H-Hartford where he was processed.

He is  held on $ $150, 000 bond, and presented in court on Aug. 11.

 

 

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CT Residents Encouraged to Stay Near for College


HARTFORD — The state’s college system will have a college fair for residents in August to encourage them to stay in Connecticut.

A “Super Saturday Registration Blitz” will be held at the Connecticut Community Colleges on August 22 to allow students to “Stay Near. Go Far.” with their college education. The 12 community colleges of the Connecticut State College and Universities (CSCU) system will host this event to help new community college students enroll in fall classes.

The “Super Saturday Registration Blitz” will offer one-stop access to fall 2015 class registration at the state’s 12 community colleges. On Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., campuses will be open for registration and application fee waivers will be available. Community college staff members will also assist students through the registration process and with class schedules, course selection, financial aid, testing and other matters. Food and refreshments will be served.

“At the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, we are making it easy and quick for students to enroll in fall classes,” said CSCU President Gregory Gray. “On Aug. 22, we are making community college staff available to prospective students to help get them started on the path to a college degree at the state’s community colleges — Connecticut’s best value in higher education.”

The event will be held at community college campuses statewide including: Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield; Capital Community College, Hartford; Gateway Community College, New Haven; Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport; Manchester Community College, Manchester; Middlesex Community College, Middletown; Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury; Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted; Norwalk Community College, Norwalk; Quinebaug Community College, Danielson; Three Rivers Community College, Norwich; and Tunxis Community College, Farmington.

For more information, visit www.StayNearGoFar.com.

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Fall 2015 Homeschool Association at Museum


WEST HARTFORD —  The New Children’s Museum of West Hartford is now enrolling for the Fall 2015 semester of their Homeschool Series.

The series is designed to provide supplemental science education for homeschool students in grades Pre-K through High School.

The Museum’s Homeschool Series focuses on three science tracks: Natural Wonders, Space and Earth Explorers, and Team Science. Each class follows Connecticut State Standards and provides families with unique, inquiry-based science learning activities using museum resources.

In addition to seven weeks of hands-on, cooperative science instruction, enrollment in The New Children’s Museum’s Homeschool Association includes a family membership, standards-aligned extension, and further parent resources.

 The 2015 course focus will be Physics.

The Homeschool Series will meet twice a month on Mondays, beginning Sept. 21.

To sign-up or for more information, please call the Museum’s Registration Department at (860) 231-2830 ext. 44.

 

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Hartford Police Arrest Shooting Suspect


HARTFORD — A Hartford man is facing charges of  attempted murder after shooting a Windsor man six times, leaving him in critical condition.

Deshawn Walton, 20, of Hartford, was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Walton allegedly shot  Tequan Vail, 25, of Windsor on on July 18  at about 8 p.m. inside a building at 2006 Main St., police said. Vail suffered six gunshot wounds to his head, neck, chest, back and shoulder.

Walton, who goes by the street name of “Debo” and is a suspect in other shootings, was arrested on Thursday in Hartford.

Walton is being held on a $3.5 million bond.

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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 www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org.

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

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Hartford Receives Federal Grant for Teen Pregnancy


HARTFORD — Despite a 20 percent decline in teen births over the past five years, Hartford still has a teen birth rate that is higher than the national average.

Thanks to a new grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health, Hartford will have financial support for a new teen pregnancy prevention program. The $4,999,995 five-year grant will support a replicated evidence-based program in Hartford within the Hartford Health and Human Services Department.

Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced on Tuesday that Hartford is one of 50 cities across the country to be awarded a grant under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health  Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.

Despite a 20 percent decline in teen births over the past five years, Hartford still has a teen birth rate that is higher than the national average. The grant will focus heavily on a partnership with Hartford Public Schools, local service providers and clinics, city official said.

The funding will also focus on implementing programs in schools, clinics, and community-based settings to allow adolescents and teenagers to receive multiple medically accurate, age appropriate, evidence-based services during their adolescence. Vulnerable youth, such as those in foster care, juvenile detention, expectant and parenting teens, and older youth will be served through this initiative.

“The City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services has played an active and successful role in Teen Pregnancy Prevention since 2010,”  said Mayor Segarra. “This funding, and partnership with key agencies, will help Hartford to continue providing the level of expertise and services to youth and those most in need throughout the city.”

The U.S. HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence –Based Initiative provides an opportunity for a broad range of programs to have a lasting impact on reducing teen pregnancy, HIV and STI’s among middle school and high school youth across the nation. For a list of all grant winners visit U.S. HHS Office of Adolescent Health 2015 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Grants.

 

For questions regarding this initiative or other teen pregnancy prevention questions, please contact Carmen Chaparro at chapc001@hartford.gov or visit www.urlifeurchoice.org.

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Cal Ripken, Jr. Opens New Athletic Fields


By Rosie Garcia, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Major League Baseball Legend Cal Ripken, Jr. hosted a youth baseball clinic at Global Communications Academy on Wednesday to celebrate the official opening of three new athletic fields in Hartford.

 

Thanks to donation from the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

 

The fields feature an all-weather, low maintenance synthetic surface and will accommodate softball, baseball, football, and soccer, city officials said. The fields are located at Global Communications Academy at 85 Edwards St., Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School at 280 Plainfield St., and at Hyland Park at 355 New Britain Ave.

 

“It is an honor to host Cal Ripken Jr. in Hartford and to give our young residents an opportunity to learn from this baseball legend. We are grateful to him and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation for being our strategic partner in building three fields in the Capital City. These sacred community spaces will benefit many young residents and families, promoting physical exercise and activity for years and years to come,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.

 

The city funded the total cost of the three new, multi-purpose artificial turf fields. Officials authorize $1,865,000 for Hyland Park, $1,700,000 for Annie Fisher, and $1,300,000 for Global Communications. The total investment was almost $5,000,000.

 

This brought the total investment in park infrastructure to $17.6 million since 2010.

 

The partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is part of the organization’s national Youth Development Park initiative, which aims to develop unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf to provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States.

 

“It is amazing to look back and see how far we have come in the past 14 years,” said Cal Ripken, Jr. “Without the continued support of our partners, none of this would have been possible. Thanks to them, we can continue to expand our reach across the country and make a lasting impact on our youth.”

 

There are currently youth development parks operating in Maryland, Texas, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Minnesota.

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East Hartford Schools Receive Grant


EAST HARTFORD — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded the East Hartford Public Schools a grant to start pre-Kindergarten services.

The $641,205 start-up funding for pre-K services would allow up to  260 students to participate in the federal Head Start grant.

This grant–for the last 25 years, was coming from the Community Renewal Team.

But this year, the East Hartford Public Schools was a direct grantee, receiving the money directly from Health and Human Services

 

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Stanley Park to Host Outdoor Fun Event


NEW BRITAIN — It’s that time again to experience Tarzan swings, obstacle courses and other outdoor activities.

Go Ape, a highly interactive treetop adventure course, will hold a grand opening celebration on May 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the A.W.Stanley Park.

As part of the festivities, the Holmes School there will be will be doing their Wounded Warrior walk through the Park.

Then, the Holmes school Choir will sing the National Anthem with the Pulaski School Band, followed by a ribbon cutting and remarks from New Britain Mayor Erin E. Stewart, Go Ape USA Managing Director Dan D’Agostino, and New Britain Parks & Recreation Director Bill Demaio.

Participants at the Grand Opening will get to swing from the trees, participate in a raffle for prizes and enjoy a light lunch.

Go Ape offers Connecticut residents and visitors a unique outdoor experience that encourages them to swing from the trees and live life adventurously.

 

 

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