Archive | November, 2016


Woman Reports Crucible Experience with Witches

By Robin Spencer, Contributor

AVON — In what could be described as a crucible experience, a black woman was held hostage and tortured by at least 12 people, who claimed they were witches and wizards.

The woman, who was made unconscious on several occasions during daylong torture sessions since the 2014 presidential election,  was attacked while she was sleeping in her Avon townhouse, which is 15 minutes away from the capital city of Hartford.

Since then the women and men, who claimed they belong to both a Santanic cult and the Ku Klux Klan, also  began isolating her  from her family–after setting up incidents to have her car towed, have her lose job prospects and have her boyfriend kept away.  These so-called witches and wizards also used Santeria to wake up the woman at night, so that she could get bags under her eyes. They slashed her on her face, her mouth, her arms and legs.

Fairy magician. A sorcerer with a glass sphere, a magical spell and a ritual. Elder with a staff and a cross in the forest. Black and white magic. A spell in old book.

A former trained model and actress, the 46-year-old woman apparently attracted someone several witches were  dating, sources said. And they didn’t want her to be as pretty, thin and youthful.

Since April 2014, they have been orchestrating several “witches brew”  and Seances to damage the woman’s teeth,  skin, hair, breasts, nails, figure, clothes, shoes, and  jewelry.

“They clearly wanted to cause damage to a woman, who is youthful, healthy and attractive,” said Robert Cotto.”They were not supposed to stay after the 2014 election campaign was over.”

Cotto said the political operatives, some of whom used witchcraft also  entered the woman’s house to damage her carpet,  windows,  stove, refrigerator,  bathroom, and other parts of her home on Old Farms Road. One of the alleged witches also moved in  the neighborhood to be the woman’s next door neighbor, so she could harass her every night, according to reports.

To date, the woman has made several complaints and there has been no arrests by the Avon Police Department because “the police chief is embarrassed by the witches’s barbaric behavior in Avon.”  However, the police allegedly used paranormal investigators, and the victim’s story was verified by Santeria priests.

According to sources, the modern practices of  “witchcraft” have grown dramatically since the early 20th century. Generally portrayed as revivals of pre-Christian European ritual that involves  varying degrees of magic, shamanism, calling on spirits.

Katie Stevenson , a neighbor watching the crime and who later became involved, allegedly threatened to kill the woman if she reported the crime to the police. The woman has reported several break -ins and harassment by locals, who claim they were chasing blacks out of Avon.

Other  town residents would also accost her while she was in the Avon Public Library, walking or jogging.

So far, the cult has allegedly caused about $3 million in damages.

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Middletown Group to Hold Annual Open House

MIDDLETOWN — Artists for World Peace, a non-profit humanitarian organization, will be holding our annual Open House event on Dec.  3 at the deKoven House Community Center

The event is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. located at 27 Washington St. in Middletown.

Organizers said they will be hosting a community dialogue on peace and unity, and discussing how they can start to heal the divide that has come to light within different communities.  They  are welcoming community members from all over Connecticut to join them fora free event, they said.
They will have food, beverages, a holiday marketplace, and  showcase of the humanitarian work they have accomplished in 2016.
If you have an questions-or comments, call or email:  Kelley Salemi, 860-830-8736 or

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CT Lost 7,200 Jobs in October, but Jobless rate Improved to 5.1 percent

Connecticut’s unemployment rate declined three-tenths of a point to 5.1 percent in October, despite the loss of 7,200 jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Over the last 12 months, non-farm employment has now grown by just 3,200 jobs, or 0.2 percent.

“Connecticut’s two monthly measures of labor market health continue to send mixed signals,” said Andy Condon, director of the department’s Office of Research. “Payroll job counts have declined for four consecutive months, indicating a significant slowing of recent job growth trends. However, the residential employment survey and model continue to show increasing employment, decreasing unemployment and a significant drop in the unemployment rate. We will have to await further data to see which direction our labor markets are headed.”

Private sector employment fell by 4,200 jobs, or 0.3 percent, in October while the public sector lost 3,000 jobs, dropping 1.3 percent.

Connecticut now has recovered 82,200 of the 119,100 jobs lost in the last recession, about 69 percent. The state now is in its 80th month of recovery without tying or setting a new job peak.

After four consecutive months of job losses, two economists warned these numbers don’t paint a positive picture.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Peter Gioia, senior economist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. “There were some bright spots in the report as construction and mining, manufacturing, and financial services—all core industries here in Connecticut—added jobs.”

“But there’s nothing you can sugarcoat when we’re down to only 3,000 jobs year over year added in the state,” he added.

Our worst-case job scenario seems to be unfolding at the worst possible time when the domestic economy is also showing signs of weakness,” said Don Klepper-Smith, an economist with DataCore Partners in Durham and former chief economic advisor to Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

Connecticut now has lost 13,800 jobs over the last two months, and 14,900 over the last four, “suggesting in strong terms that the state’s labor market (is) clearly in retreat,” he added, warning this could be “an important turning point in the overall Connecticut job picture.”

The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford labor market was the only market to add jobs in October, gaining 700 positions. The New Haven and Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk markets lost 2,600 jobs each, while Norwich-New London-Westerly was down 300 positions in October.

Four of the state’s 10 major industry super-sectors gained jobs in October, led by the “other-services” super-sector, which added 1,100 jobs. Gains also were recorded in construction and mining, manufacturing, and financial activities.

While the government super-sector was down 3,000 jobs, losses also were recorded in: professional and business services; education and health services; leisure and hospitality; trade, transportation and utilities; and information.

“Unfortunately, these devastating job numbers speak to the fact that businesses have lost confidence in the state,” Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano of North Haven said. “They are either closing or laying people off because of the extreme uncertainty of future budget deficits. That is why as Republicans and Democrats we need to get together to reverse this trend and show that we are ready to change our state. We need to get into a room now, start a discussion and share our ideas to make a difference.”

Connecticut unemployment over time

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Sandy Hook Families Ask Court to Reconsider

HARTFORD – The families of nine Sandy Hook victims and one of the survivors today asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to hear their appeal after the case was struck down last month by a Superior Court judge in Bridgeport.

Describing the Newtown shooting as a “singular event in Connecticut history,” the families’ appeal argues that the state’s highest court should decide whether the sellers of the weapon used in the shooting can be held accountable under Connecticut law.

As the appeal says, “the loss of twenty first-graders and six educators would shake any community to its core,” the appeal papers state.  “Ours had to grapple with the manner in which those lives were lost,” the appeals says. “… It is only appropriate that Connecticut’s highest court decide whether these families have the right to proceed.”

The families’ appeal asks the Supreme Court to consider the scope of the common law of negligent entrustment in Connecticut – which has not been discussed in the state’s appellate courts in nearly a century – and its application to circumstances and technology that could not have been contemplated when the cause of action was first recognized.

When Judge Barbara Bellis dismissed the case last month, her opinion stated that she was bound by two appellate court rulings from 2005 and 2006 that require plaintiffs to establish a business relationship with the defendants in order to bring a CUTPA claim.

“Nothing will ever bring back my son, Dylan, or the other lives stolen from us on that awful day,” said Nicole Hockley, whose son, Dylan, was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.  “Our only goal in bringing this appeal is to help prevent the next Sandy Hook from happening and we have faith that Connecticut’s Supreme Court will take up what is literally a matter of life and death.”

“As a father who lost a bright and shining child, all we ask is for our day in court to address the negligence of these companies,” said David Wheeler, whose son, Benjamin, was also killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.

As the families’ case makes clear, the AR-15 is a killing machine designed as a military weapon to inflict mass carnage. It can unleash 30 rounds in under 10 seconds and can penetrate body armor.  It has exceptional muzzle velocity, making each hit lethal, and its large capacity magazines allow for rapid-fire, prolonged assaults.

It was built for warfare and has been the military’s weapon of choice for 50 years because of its efficiency as a mass casualty weapon.  When entrusted to the military, the AR-15 requires more than 100 hours of training and is subject to strict protocols on safety and storage.

Still, the weapons’ sellers, including Remington, made a calculated decision to aggressively market and sell the AR-15 to the public, knowing that the necessary structure and oversight found in the military was utterly lacking.  That carefully executed marketing campaign, which continues today, has made the AR-15 the weapon of choice for mass murderers. Indeed, it has been used in massacres at San Bernardino, Aurora and several other preventable tragedies.

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Connecticut State Troopers Investigate KKK Video

EAST WINDSOR — The Ku Klux Klan has emerged waving flags, lighting bon fires, and disrupting residents in East Windsor, police said early Monday.

According to State Police investigating the incident, a video recently  surfaced on Facebook showing someone dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit at a bonfire with Trump signs.

News reports say the video may have stemmed from a bonfire in Stafford Springs.

This is not the first time Connecticut has seen symbols of hate. In 1986,  the Ku Klux Klan held a national convention and burned a cross on an isolated farm in East Windsor.

It was also happening around the country. Most recently, the KKK rallied in Nevada in support of Donald Trump.

The video, posted on social media, shows an individual wearing a robe and a hood waving a Trump flag.

Stafford’s first selectman, Anthony Frassinelli, said he met with law enforcement Monday morning as the video was circulating online. He said they won’t let the actions of “a few ignorant people embarrass our town and its residents.”

Police said these individuals could face trespassing charges because they were rallying on someone else’s property.

East Windsor First Selectman Bob Maynard tells News 8 he believes the video was filmed in gravel pits in the southern part of town.  News 8 also reports that this is an area accessible only by off road vehicles.

Also on Monday, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton posted on Facebook that recently spray painted swastikas in the city.

“Rest assured that the city of Danbury will not tolerate acts of hate. When the person or persons are apprehended they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Boughton wrote.

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East Hartford Police Seek Missing Elderly in Hartford

EAST HARTFORD —  Police is seeking the whereabouts of an elderly man whose last known address was in East Hartford.

Alexander Aleo, 94, was last seen on video and by a teller at Off Track Betting in Hartford. Police said he is a regular customer.

He has not contacted family and travels to very few other locations and always returns home before dark. Family last spoke to him by phone after 8PM on Saturday.

He has no major health issues, police said. He should be operating CT 685TML, a grey 2005 Hyundai Sonata 4 door sedan. Hospitals and other locations checked were negative.

Please give this announcement your widest broadcast.

Please contact East Hartford Police with any information.

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What Immigrant Communities Can Do to Prepare for Trump

SAN FRANCISCO — Two days after Donald Trump’s victory, immigration experts told reporters to keep a close eye on the president-elect’s transition team and his appointments to key government positions, for clues as to what to expect from his administration once he is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017.

“We’re hearing a lot of questions and, honestly, a little bit of panic,” said Sally Kinoshita, deputy director of Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

But, she said, it’s important to put the election in context.

“When you look at the popular vote [which Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won], “the majority of Americans did not vote for Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric,” Kinoshita said on a national press call organized by New America Media and Ready California, a coalition of nonprofits that serve immigrant communities.

“This election,” she cautioned, “is not a reflection of Americans in general and their views of immigrants.”

What the polls got wrong

The election of Donald Trump came as a surprise to pollsters, who had estimated Clinton’s chances of winning at 70 percent and up.

“From a historical standpoint, the polling was wrong for the following reasons: Turnout in urban centers [that traditionally vote Democratic] was slightly lighter than expected; and turnout in rural areas was higher than expected,” explained Anthony Williams, special project director of the Miami-based public opinion research firm Bendixen & Amandi International.

This had the effect of “flipping three states that nobody thought were in play: Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, and, to a certain extent, Florida,” he said.

But a look at the total numbers shows that Trump prevailed in the Electoral College, not because of a swell of enthusiasm for the Republican candidate, but because of a lack of enthusiasm for Clinton.

Trump’s vote total was roughly equal to GOP candidate John McCain’s total in 2008, and he got fewer votes than GOP candidate Mitt Romney got in 2012.

Clinton, meanwhile, got about 60 million votes – six million fewer than Barack Obama got in 2012, and 10 million fewer than Obama got in 2008.

While there was “very little evidence” of an insidious effort at voter suppression in this election, said Williams, there were “other forms of voter suppression, not the least of which was the overwhelming sense that it was over.

“You could make the argument,” he said, “that the perception of [Clinton’s] victory suppressed turnout [in urban areas that would have voted for Clinton].”

An increase in Hispanic, Asian voters and Senators

“The notion that there was a Hispanic wave was real,” noted Williams. “In Nevada, the increase in Hispanic turnout was the difference in the election.”

But Williams said that in other states, such as Florida, there were not enough Latino voters to overcome the increase in the rural, white voter turnout.

Christine Chen, executive director APIAVote, also saw an increased level of voter participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), over two-thirds of whom are first-generation immigrants.

Based on early voter turnout, she said, the AAPI vote doubled in Florida, Arizona, Virginia and North Carolina, and tripled in Georgia.

Two Asian American women were elected to the U.S. Senate, joining Mazie Hirono of Hawaii: Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who is Thai Chinese, and Kamala Harris of California, who is African American and Indian.

In Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto became the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate.

A challenging time ahead

The election of Trump, a candidate who made fear and xenophobia a central part of his campaign, has spurred advocates to pledge to fight for the dignity of all families.

“There’s no doubt we are entering a challenging period. The election was divisive and damaging. We saw hate crimes, hateful rhetoric,” said Kamal Essaheb, national director of policy and advocacy for National Immigration Law Center.

“President-Elect Trump has called for unity in his election night speech, but obviously his actions are going to have to speak louder,” Essaheb said.

The most important thing to do now, he said, is to make sure immigrants are prepared and know their rights.

One thing to keep in mind, he said, are the limits of presidential power.

“The Constitution protects everyone,” Essaheb said. “Law enforcement has to show you [a warrant to enter your house]. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to call an attorney.”

“There are things he can do that will be harmful,” said Essaheb. But, he said, “Trump cannot take away the Constitution. He cannot take away the people’s rights.”

Another thing he can’t take away are state and local laws, such as California’s AB 60, which allows undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license. “State and city-level policies did not change on Tuesday night,” Essaheb said. “The same opportunities are there; the imperative to act is higher.”

Trump has said that he would repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the executive action taken by President Obama in 2012 that gives certain undocumented immigrants who came here as children access to a work permit.

He has said that he would eliminate federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” whose policies limit cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities.

He has talked about stepping up deportations, with “zero tolerance for criminal aliens.”

He has also talked about building a wall, something that experts say is neither practical nor feasible.

He has even hinted at a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants, Essaheb noted, saying that once we enforce our laws, we can start to have a conversation about the people who are already here.

What families can do now

Although it is hard to know exactly what to expect under a Trump administration, there are some steps families can take now to stay safe and plan for their future.

Sally Kinoshita of Immigrant Legal Resource Center noted that Trump is not president until Jan. 20, 2016. Until then, the DACA program remains in effect.

It takes several months for DACA applications to be processed, Kinoshita said, so if people have not applied for DACA, it might be too late.

Trump has said he would get rid of the program; the earliest this would happen is his first day in office.

Renewals, which take eight weeks to be processed, would be much less of a risk, said Kinoshita. Some people are renewing their DACA now while Obama is in office, in order to get a two-year work permit.

Anyone planning to renew DACA now should know that the price for DACA increases to $495 on Dec. 23, 2016. Loans are available through the Mission Asset Fund, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, the Mexican Consulate or local service providers.

Because there is expected to be an increase in enforcement, prioritizing those with criminal records, she said, people should avoid brushes with the law.

“Something like a DUI or a drug conviction can have permanent immigration consequences,” Kinoshita said.

Those who live in California can get certain felonies reduced to misdemeanors under Prop 47.

Kinoshita encouraged all immigrants to go to a qualified legal services provider to be screened for other forms of immigration relief.

To find free or low-cost nonprofit legal services providers near you, go to the Immigration Advocates Network’s national directory.

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President Obama Meets with President-Elect Donald Trump at the White House

AP- US President-elect Donald Trump has said it was a “great honor” to meet President Barack Obama for transition talks at the White House.

Mr Obama said he was “encouraged” by their “excellent” and “wide-ranging” conversation, which lasted for more than an hour.

Mr Trump has questioned Mr Obama’s US citizenship and vowed to dismantle his legacy in the past.

During the campaign, Mr Obama called Mr Trump “uniquely unqualified”.

However, Mr Obama said he was “rooting” for him after his shock defeat of Hillary Clinton.

After their behind-closed-doors meeting in the White House, Mr Obama said: “My number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful.”

He said they had discussed domestic and foreign policy and he had been “very encouraged” by Mr Trump’s interest in working with President Obama’s team on issues facing the US.

Mr Trump said he would “very much look forward” to dealing with President Obama in future.

Photo: President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval office.

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First Choice Health Offers Classes for Diabetes Month

HARTFORD — November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.

This month, First Choice Health Centers will be hosting a number of events to help educate our community on how healthy lifestyle choices can benefit those with   or without this chronic medical condition.

In addition to our events listed below, First Choice Health Centers is proud to offer Care Coordination services to our patients.  The goal of our Care Coordinators is to help our patients navigate the health care system which can often be overwhelming for someone with a chronic disease like Diabetes.  Our Care Coordinators help diabetic patients manage appointments with our Primary Care, Podiatry, Eye Care & Nutrition teams; connect them with outreach services such as SNAP, Medicaid/Medicare enrollment if needed.

They will also communicate with hospital or rehabilitation facilities if the occasion arises.

For more information about our Care Coordinators, please contact Dr. Colleen Rankine, PhD at 860-610-6142 ext. 142

Nov 23rd
Prenatal Yoga @ 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Relieve some of prenatal stress with our experienced yoga instructor with specific stretches to help you and your baby. Call 860-528-1359 ext. 168 to RSVP!

Nov 16th
Diabetes Open House: Learn important information from our guest speaker Anne Lanza a community dietitian with Nova Nordisk about diabetes. Open to public, refreshments will be provided.

Nov 28th
Spanish Speaking Nutrition Class @ 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Basic nutrition class for Spanish-speakers. Topics discussed will be Nutrition labels, basic nutrients, portion sizes, diabetes, and tips for eating healthy on the go.  Got questions about eating healthy?? Bring them to us and we’ll give you answers!

Location for all events:
First Choice Health Centers
110 Connecticut Boulevard, East Hartford CT 06108
2nd floor Conference Room

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Health Care Should Not be Political

Judy Tabar, Contributor

Planned Parenthood has been here for 100 years, and one thing is clear: we will never back down and we will never stop fighting to ensure that Planned Parenthood patients have access to the health care they need. All people, including immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ community, people of faith, and more, are entitled to and deserve high-quality health care without barriers. Every morning, Planned Parenthood health center staff across the country wake up and open their doors, as they have this morning, to care for anyone who needs them, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, income, or country of origin. They will do so today, they will do so tomorrow, and they will do so every day as they have for 100 years.


Judy Tabar, CEO of Planned Parenthood

Judy Tabar, CEO of Planned Parenthood

Health care should not be political. Millions of people rely on Planned Parenthood for health care every year – including 64,000 in Connecticut. When someone comes to our health centers, they are seeking our health care services, resources and information. People from all backgrounds, zip codes and political affiliations need and are entitled to affordable, high-quality reproductive care. The majority of Americans – including those who supported President-elect Trump – support access to the vital services provided by Planned Parenthood health centers every day across the country.


However, much of the rhetoric used in the last several months has created a frighteningly more dangerous America for people of color: one where unlawful stop-and-frisk policies, that have been found unconstitutional, are enforced; where immigrants are at risk of facing immediate deportation; where Muslims may be banned from entering the country; and where discrimination against LGBTQ communities and disabled people is deemed acceptable. This cannot be what it means to live in America in 2016.


We know that many of the people we serve and work in partnership with may be concerned about their safety, and the safety of their families and friends. Together, we are immigrants, Muslims, Black, Latinx*, white, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and everyone else who deserves access to health care in a safe and welcoming place. No matter how great the threat, nothing will ever overcome our commitment to providing high-quality, affordable health care and information to all people.


We will never stop fighting for our patients and all people. For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has faced many challenges and attacks from those opposed to our mission. Through every attack, we have come out stronger. We are going to use that strength in partnership with our allies across progressive movements to lead in the coming days, months and years for those who rely on us. The doors of Planned Parenthood stay open – no matter what.

 Judy Tabar is President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.

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