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Hartford Declares Snow Emergency Parking Ban, Malloy’s State of the State Address Postponed


Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Brace yourself.

About 12 inches of snow was predicted to arrive in Southern New England late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. But in the Greater Hartford area, up to 4 inches is expected—mostly after midnight.

Temperatures will be in the lows to mid 20s. Light and variable winds…becoming northeast around 5 mile per hour after midnight, according to the weather service.

The city of Hartford has announced a snow emergency parking ban for Hartford, beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesday and ending at 10 p.m. on Feb. 5.

“This heaviest precipitation from the storm is projected to hit during the morning rush hour, and brings considerable potential for icy conditions,” said Mayor Pedro Segarra. “I’m encouraging all Hartford residents to stay home if at all possible tomorrow. Keeping the streets clear will increase safety for everyone and make it easier for DPW and emergency responders to do their jobs.”

Officials said all Hartford Public Schools and the administrative office will be closed. The Emergency Operating Center (EOC) will be open throughout the ban to monitor the storm, and the Hartford Fire Department will have increased staff on hand.

Also Gov. Dannel Malloy’s State of the State address, scheduled for Feb. 5,  has been postponed until Feb. 6 at noon. Malloy’s address was to signal the start of the legislative session for 2014. The state as partially activated the state emergency operation to “to better coordinate a rapid response to any problems that may arise during the height of the storm.”

“Given the forecast over the next couple of days, I’ve asked legislative leaders to postpone the start of session until February 6,” Malloy said.   “While I hope the storm is not as bad as the predictions suggest, I also don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way.  I want to thank the leaders for accommodating this request.”

Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn) agreed.

“Safety is first and foremost,” William said .  “It makes sense to exercise caution and move opening day to Thursday given the blizzard-like conditions being predicted for tomorrow.”

 

 

 

 

During a snow emergency parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. While the ban does not begin until 10pm today, City residents are encouraged to begin parking in snow emergency lots any time after 6pm. Any vehicles not removed from City streets by the start of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed. Residents without access to off-street parking should move their vehicles to one of the following authorized parking areas before the start of the parking ban:

 

  • 2 Holcomb Street Lot
  • Keney Park Entrance Lot—Ridgefield Street
  • KDA Center Lot—Naugatuck Street
  • Pope Park Center Lot—Park Terrace
  • Metzner Center Lot—Franklin Avenue
  • Colt Park Lot—Wawarme Avenue
  • Elizabeth Park Lots
  • Morgan Street Garage—155 Morgan Street
  • All Hartford Schools Parking Lots

 

Residents should remove their vehicles from these lots promptly following the end of the parking ban. All vehicles remaining in Hartford Schools lots past the end of the ban will be subject to ticketing and towing.

 

“Given the forecast over the next couple of days, I’ve asked legislative leaders to postpone the start of session until February 6,” said Governor Malloy.   “While I hope the storm is not as bad as the predictions suggest, I also don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way.  I want to thank the leaders for accommodating this request.”

 

“Safety is first and foremost,” said Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn).  “It makes sense to exercise caution and move opening day to Thursday given the blizzard-like conditions being predicted for tomorrow.”

 

“In consideration of the safety of everyone who will be participating and visiting, we have decided to delay the joint legislative session of the General Assembly by one day to Thursday, February 6,” said Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden).  “This decision was based on the latest forecast for a serious winter storm Wednesday, and is the prudent thing to do for the safety of all concerned.”

 

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Merrill to Host Immigrant Day at the Capitol


HARTFORD — Dr. Jose B. Gonzalez will keynote the 16 annual Connecticut Immigrant Day hosted by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill at t the State Capitol in Hartford.

Merrill will join the Connecticut Immigrant and refugee Coalition (CIRC) in hosting the “Immigrant Day” ceremony on  April 11 at 1:00 p.m. in the Old Appropriations Room.  Immigrant Day honors immigrants and naturalized citizens from Connecticut, and celebrates their long lasting contributions to their communities and professions.  The Connecticut Immigrant & Refugee Coalition is an association of volunteer ethnic and social service organizations working to promote the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees in Connecticut, and to foster their civic participation.

JoseBGonzalezPortrait“It is such an honor to pay tribute to hard working citizens who contribute so much to our communities who in some cases overcame very difficult circumstances to come to America, just like my family did 100 years ago,” Merrill said.  “Our strength as a Democracy comes from our diversity and the fact that anyone – from anywhere in the world – can succeed in this country if you work hard enough.  Each of those honored on Immigrant Day have not only done well for themselves and their families, but they have also had a lasting impact in their community.  Our entire state has benefitted from their talent and tireless efforts.”

Dr. Gonzalez, a renowned scholar, was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and immigrated to New London, Connecticut at the age of eight. He knew no English and now holds a Ph.D. in English. Gonzalez has been featured as speaker at colleges, universities, and organizations through the US and has contributed to critical and nonfiction essays to several journals, to National Public Radio. He has received national and regional awards for his teaching. Jose infuses his presentations with a mix of poetry, humor and social commentary.

These immigrants and refugees, like many of us, have come from around the world to this country and to Connecticut and have made invaluable contributions to our state and our communities.

 

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Sending Love and Support to Newtown


Dear Editor:

letterstohartfordguardianAs a clinical psychologist for over 20 years, I have often been called upon to train other behavioral health professionals. I have developed and delivered training for the Department of Defense related to PTSD and Post-Traumatic Growth, as well as training related to trauma recovery in the state of Connecticut. After watching news reports and speaking with colleagues who are presently in Newtown, perhaps, it is best that I am not in the role of a professional providing services. For the first time in my career, I wonder if I would really be able to “keep it together.”

Would I beable to be the consummate professional who puts her own feelings aside? My fearis that I would break down and reveal the pain that I internalize in orderto persevere and be strong in the face of adversity.

This is one of those rare times in my career that I’d rather be a mother whose heart and soul aches with the despair that only a mother can attempt to identify with.

Any loss is unbearable, but I can’t even begin to imagine the loss of a child. There are no words to help lessen such aloss; no words to console the family; no words to help understand the loss; and no words to explain why this senseless massacre.

As I sat that same day listeningto my 20-year-old son talk about writing down his goals in life, and consoled my 25-year-old daughter about job-related stress, I reminisced about their early elementary school years – innocents going off to their classroomseach day. I suddenly experienced the intrusive thought of when my daughter wasseriously injured as a young child and remembered asking God to take meinstead of her, and if He needed to take her, to please take me too.

I couldn’t imagine life without her and clearly didn’t want to live without her. I had immediately called my own mother to help me deal with my thoughts. Later that day, when my mother was sitting in my living room after abruptly leaving work in New York and taking the train to Connecticut, she told me that she prayed the same prayer I had been repeating throughout the day. My daughter not only survived the accident, but had a full recovery. I often wonder how I would have survived if she had not.

My prayers for resiliency are with every Newtown,Connecticut parent who lost a child or loved one. Dealing with the anguish and residual anger can be overwhelming, but is an integral part of the healing process. Although I have personally experienced trauma in my life, it comes nowhere close to that which you experience today, nor can I fully appreciate the depth of your despair. Professionally,I know how to counsel trauma victims, but nothing compares to what you have experienced in losing a young child to unexplainable violence. There are really no steadfast clinical rules to offer in times such as this. There is only compassion, understanding, and love. Iwant to hug you instead of just counsel you. I want to cry with you. I want to tell you that I don’t understand instead of pretending that I have answers and solutions for your grief. I want you to know that you are loved and that your child is loved. Only God’s love, grace and mercy will help us all to heal.

Dr. Darlene Powell Garlington

Sayville, New York

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