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Hartford Future Leaders Visit Congress


HARTFORD — Future leaders of Hartford and surrounding areas visited  Congressman John Larson (D-01) office in Washington, D.C. last week.

These 10 student leaders (featured picture) participate in an 8-week internship.  Five of the student leaders are from Hartford.  As part of the internship, they have an opportunity to spend a week in Washington DC with 230 other student leaders from across the country.

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Congressman Office Hosts Arts Competition


HARTFORD – Today the office of Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) will host the 31st annual Congressional Arts Competition at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Every year high school students from throughout the First Congressional District are invited to submit works of art for the opportunity to win a college scholarship. This year judges will be quilter, teacher, curator and lecturer, Ed Johnetta and Assistant Professor of Visual Fine Arts at Manchester Community College, Patricia Carrigan.

The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. For information on how to participate in next year’s competition, please contact Congressman Larson’s office at (860) 278-8888.

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Outdoor Skating Registration Begins


NEW BRITAIN — Greater Hartford youth can look forward to the thrill of extreme sports.

Registration for the Second Annual Connecticut Outdoor Challenge has opened for its 2011 in-line skating event.

The event will be held August 27 (rain date, Sunday, August 28) at Walnut Hill Park, New Britain, CT from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Same-day registration is from 8-9:30 a.m.

The course for in-line skaters is considered a smooth, yet challenging, one-mile course. Trophy awards will be made for top three placements in all three events.

This year, COC will welcome Wheelchair Racing in four categories: Elite, Manual, Electric and Handcycle. This new event addition is made possible through support from Hospital for Special Care located in New Britain.

The Inline Speed Skating Divisions provide opportunities for all skaters, from Recreational to Advanced to Pro, as well as ages, including Juvenile (nine and under), Freshman (10-12 yrs.), Junior (13-16 yrs.) Senior (17 and up), Master (35 plus), Veteran (45 and up) and the Grand Veterans category for 55 and older. Races are as follows: 5k, recreational; 10k, advanced; 15k, pro.

Registration materials, race schedule, directions and other event information are available on line at www.ctoutdoorchallenge.com or contact Marvin Bowe, marvin@ctoutdoorchallenge.com directly.

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Hartford Youth Caps Annual Conference


HARTFORD —  The Hartford Office for Youth Services joined with Capital Community College to sponsor the 4th “Youth 4 Change” Conference on Friday.

Organizers said the conference was created by youth for youth to provide skill building opportunities for middle and high school students to identify issues affecting their community, highlight the work young people are leading, and gain new skills that are immediately useful to develop strategies to create positive change in their communities.

The Youth 4 Change Conference gave participants a unique opportunity to choose from one of ten workshops designed and led by youth that address the issues of binge drinking, teen dating violence, marginalized teens taking a stand, and how to prepare for life after high school.

Enid Rey, Director of HOYS said, “The creativity exhibited by Hartford’s youth is undeniable. Youth are constantly seeing the community’s most pressing issues through a unique lens.  This conference [provided] great opportunities for youth to build new tools to address social issues and expand their networks.”

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Police Arrest Three Teens on Wyllys Street


HARTFORD — Three teenagers were arrested for allegedly trying to steal three scooters.

Two 16-year olds from New Britain and Bloomfield were arrested, charged with third degree criminal trespass and released because of their age. The 16-year-old from New Britain was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit along with third degree criminal trespass. He was referred to Hartford Juvenile Court, police said.

The names and addresses of the two 16 year olds were not released because of their ages, police said.

The third suspect, Jack Rodriguez, 19, of 114 Vanderbilt St., West Hartford, was arrested and charged with third degree criminal trespass.

Hartford police said police responded Sunday at about 5: 30 p.m. when a resident called to say three teenagers were  in the backyard at 9 Wyllys St. attempting to cut the chain off three scooters.

Police said they found three teenagers trying to take three scooters.  Officers arrived and secured a 16 year old from New Britain,  a 16 year of from Bloomfield, and a 19-year old from West Hartford.

During a frisk of the 16 year old from New Britain, officers found a loaded Bryco .380 semi-automatic firearm, police said.

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Civic Group Changes Name, Keeps Mission


HARTFORD — The Connecticut Consortium for Law and Citizenship Education, Inc., a non-profit organization that has implemented programs throughout Connecticut schools since 1976, has changed its name to Civics First.

The name change comes at an important time, as the organization seeks to strengthen its programs and expand private support for its popular educational programs, including mock trial and debate competitions for middle and high school students and the new Civics Bee for elementary students, officials say.

Last month, Civics First’s popular mock trial camp for students in middle and high school was held at the Hartford Judicial Courthouse. The week-long competition provided an opportunity for youngsters to conduct a mock trial in a real courthouse with real judges and peer mentors.

More than 20,000 children have participated in the organization’s programs, which are currently supported through grants from the Center for Civic Education and the state Office of Policy and Management.

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Police Release Identities of Homicide Victims


HARTFORD – Hartford Police Detectives have confirmed the identities of two June 29 homicide victims.

The victims, Hector Sample and Justin Pickering, both 16 years of age, are  from East Hartford.

According to a police press release, approximately,  police officers responded to a report of gun fire in the vicinity of Two Wethersfield Ave., at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 29.   On arrival officers located the two victims, Hector Sample and Justin Pickering, suffering from gunshot wounds, the press release.  EMS personnel on scene immediately transported both victims to Hartford Hospital where they were pronounced deceased.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident that could assist in this ongoing investigation to contact Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Supervising Sergeant Rob Davis at 860-757-4256.

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