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Foundation Opens Application to Fund Artists


HARTFORD — With the onset of COVID-19, the arts is perhaps the hardest hit sector of the region’s economy, according to advocates.

That’s why the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced the Catalyst for the Arts grant after a recent survey found that Hartford area arts organizations have seen more than a 60 percent reduction in employment as the public health crisis has stretched budgets to their limits, forced venues to be closed and led to the cancellation of countless fundraising events.

The program is expected to provide the tools and techniques to help the sector manage this new landscape.

The program is a strategic partnership between the Hartford Foundation, Fathom and Free Center/CO:LAB and is designed to shift the way arts organizations conduct individual operations, support each other for mutual success, and equitably cultivate truly diverse leaders that can bring the value of the arts to the center of broader community and policy dialogues.

The application to become part of the program is open to the arts community in the Hartford Foundation’s 29 town region.

“This collective capacity building opportunity is one of the approaches we are taking to support the arts sector during these challenging times,” said Jackie Coleman, senior education investments officer with the Hartford Foundation. “We look forward to the possibility of seeing not only the participating organizations transformation but their collective impact on the sector as a whole.”

“Fathom works with leaders to create conditions for unprecedented performance, and design futures that go beyond benchmarks of the past,” said Matt Reiniger, Associate Partner, Fathom. “We’re honored and excited to be a part of Catalyst for the Arts, where we’ll work directly with arts leaders to reimagine what’s possible and to create what’s needed to realize it.”

The program is seeking applicants representing small, medium, and large arts organizations of various types to participate in the program.

Only 15 organizations will be selected to participate, based on a competitive application process.

“Against all conceivable obstacles, the nature of art is to find a way,” said Richard Hollant, founder of CO:LAB and Free Center. “That’s how I see hope. I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to work with our creative community, to uncover all the benefits at the intersection of hope and ingenuity, and to evolve the role of art in the reimagining of our region.”

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Rep. Brandon McGee Hesitant to Declare Victory


By Susan Thomas, Contributor

HARTFORD — Hartford and Windsor residents in the fifth district now face a nail-biting vote-counting process in the tally of the votes in Tuesday Democratic primary.

Late Tuesday, Rep. Brandon McGee had a decisive lead over his challenger, Craig Stallings in the Democratic primary.

The tally for the vote was expected by Friday. But it might be next Monday because of a confluence of events that led to low voter turn out; the COVID-19 pandemic, and its aftermath of social distancing in an urban enclave.

Additional obstruction to Hartford seeing a high voter turn out is media suppression of ethnic journalists or ethnic publications in the capital city of Hartford, according to sources close of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Also, Gov. Lamont signeed an executive order late Monday limited the deadline–despite the carefully crafted obstructions, to accept absentee ballots postmarked by Aug. 11 and arrival of these ballots by Thursday Aug. 13.

In the 5th House District in Hartford and Windsor — incumbent state Rep. McGee held a commanding lead over challenger Craig Stallings with all but one polling location reporting, according to The Hartford Courant.

McGee was unwilling to declare victory because of the low in-person turnout and theuncertainty of the absentee ballot count, but said he appreciated all the hard work of his supporters.

“At the end of the day, I’m really excited and appreciative of the efforts,” McGee said. “I’m honored with the unofficial numbers to say thank you.”

By 9:30 p.m., Stallings conceded.

“This was always a uphill battle. … My purpose for running was to create a new conversation focused on accountability in our community,” he said.

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Gov. Ned Lamont: Some Businesses to Reopen


By Thomas Nocera, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Three months after the global pandemic of the coronavirus, Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday scheduled several type of businesses to reopen.

According to Lamont’s office, barbershops, beauty salons and several kinds of retail stories will be opened in phase one of the plan, but they will follow specific rules as described to stave off the spread of COVID-19.

The first phase – which includes restaurants; offices; hair salons and barbershops; retail stores; and outdoor museums and zoos – is currently planned to take effect beginning May 20.

The governor stressed that the decision to reopen during this phase rests with each individual business owner – they are not required to open if they do not choose.

The protocols were developed by Lamont, members of his office, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with legislators and recommendations made by the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, which consists of several of the state’s leading medical experts and representatives of several business and industry groups.

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State Rep. Brandon McGee Launches Campaign for Mayor


By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Hartford State Rep. Brandon McGee on Monday announced his candidacy for mayor.

The Hartford native kicked off his campaign on Barbour Street, calling for a united city of different enclaves pitted against each other.

McGee, 34, was recently elected to serve a fourth term as a two-town representative in the General Assembly. His district includes parts of Windsor and Hartford. He said his run as mayor is a natural progression from his current position as a legislator because he has fought for education equity, fair housing and blight remediation.

He said he wants to tackle inequalities and spur economic development in neighborhoods, not just downtown Hartford.

“I want to create a city that embraces each and every resident and creates the conditions for them to succeed,” McGee said.

McGee currently serves as the chairman of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. A Democrat, his bid for City Hall comes one week after Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced his reelection campaign.

Both McGee and Bronin will face other challengers in the Sept. 10 primary. So far, Hartford Board of Education Chairman Craig Stallings,  local television businessman J. Stan McCauley and an educator Aaron Lewis have filed papers to run for mayor. The general election is Nov. 5.

McGee currently chairs the housing committee and the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus.

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State Rep Brandon McGee Faces Challenger


HARTFORD — The 5th Assembly District State Rep. Brandon McGee will face off his challenger Lawrence Jaggon at a forum on Tuesday at Hartford Public Library.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The fifth district includes parts of Hartford and Windsor.

McGee, 34, was first elected in 2012. He is a marketing and communications coordinator at Capitol Region Education Council.  McGee failed to get an endorsement of the 5th Assembly District Convention in May.

Jaggon, 55,  is a registered nurse at Community Health Services, and he is the endorsed Democratic candidate. Jaggon is an alternate on the Windsor Planning and Zoning Commission since 2013.

The democratic primary is set for Aug. 14.

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Special Election for 15th Assembly District


BLOOMFIELD —  Two candidates are vying for a seat vacated by former Democrat State Rep. David Baram, who was recently elected to probate judge.

Democrat Endorsed Bobby Gibson

A special election for the vacant 15th House District assembly seat is scheduled for Jan.9.

The district includes Bloomfield and parts of Windsor.

Baram, who served for four terms, resigned after winning the election in the 3rd District probate court in November.

Voters will decide on which Democrat will fill that seat: Bobby Gibson or  Joe Suggs.

Gibson, the endorsed candidate, is a political newcomer. A lifelong resident of Bloomfield, he worked as has been a teacher in Bloomfield and Hartford. He currently teaches at Carmen Arace Middle School.

“As a teacher in the community, I will have the advantage of seeing firsthand how the policies I am working on in the legislature are playing out on the local level.”

Gibson, 50, also serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Joe Suggs

Suggs, 77, is a former mayor of Bloomfield and a former state treasurer will run as the petitioning candidate.

Suggs said his experience as a politician and his financial background make him the right pick to tackle the budget crisis in the General Assembly. Suggs is a retired supervisor at Monsanto.

“I believe the state is on the verge of a fiscal crisis and needs leadership by someone with budget experience and a strong financial background,” Suggs said. “As a former mayor of Bloomfield, I have worked together with the town

council and town manager to produced balanced budgets for our community.”

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Alika Hope and The Ray of Hope Project Drops New Album


HARTFORD —  Alika Hope and The Ray of Hope Project recently announced the release of their first album, Hope for a Motherless Child, with an album release event at the Noah Webster House

The event is scheduled to begin 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  at 227 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT on May 4.

There will be a brief program at 6:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. All album sales from this event will benefit Families in Crisis; a Connecticut based 501(c) (3) which helps children whose mothers are currently incarcerated.

Produced by Alika Hope and Ira Sakolsky, and featuring the sounds of Ray Morant, John Henry Langley, Dexter Pettaway, Geoff Cox, Lawrence V. White, Jason Apostoleris, Charlie Slaughter and Alika Hope, Hope for a Motherless Child highlights classic renditions of African American spirituals such as “Wade in the Water,” “This Little Light of Mine” and “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More.”

Hope for a Motherless Child also introduces exclusive new arrangements of this historic music incorporating jazz, opera, and even some rap! Special guest appearances by Abraham Lincoln, Soujourner Truth, and William Lloyd Garrison round out the recording. Sure to please listeners of all ages, Hope for a Motherless Child educates while it entertains.

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Child Abuse Conference Set for August


WINDSOR — A conference to help survivors of severe child abuse and torture will be held August at the Double Tree Hotel near Bradley Airport.

This conference, schedule from August 7  – 9 between 9 – 5 p.m.., will be  at the DoubleTree Hotel at16 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT.

Ritual Abuse And Extreme Abuse Clinician’s Conference is a one-day conference preceding the regular conference will be open to licensed practitioners in related fields to discuss issues in working with clients suffering from ritual abuse and extreme abuse symptoms.

 The gathering is aim to educate survivors of this abuse and their helpers.

Pre-registration is preferred.

For information write  S.M.A.R.T., P. O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027-1295  E-mail: smartnews@aol.com, conference information is at:  http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/.

Students studying in related fields and retired licensed practitioners may write smartnews@aol.com by e-mail for more information. Internet conference information is available at: http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/ritual-abuse-and-extreme-abuse-clinicians-conference-2015/.

 

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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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Rep. David Baram Garners Public Funds


BLOOMFIELD/WINDSOR — State Rep. David Baram, who serves Bloomfield and Windsor, is one of the first eight politicians to receive grant payments for the August primaries and the November election.

The State Elections Enforcement Commission announced on Friday that it will make its first public grant payments under the Citizens’ Election Program for the Aug. 12 primaries and the Nov. 4 general election.

The CEP program  is a voluntary program that gives money to those seeking public office in the General Assembly and other statewide offices.

To qualify for public campaign financing,candidates must demonstrate they have adequate support from the public. Candidates running for state representative must also raise $5,000 from at least 150 individuals living in their district.

Candidates for state senate accomplish this by raising $15,000 from at least 300 individuals residing in municipalities in their district. Participating candidates may only accept small dollar contributions from certain individuals—the maximum contribution is $100—and no contributions from state contractors or PACs.

Grant amounts vary.

Officials said that the grant program was designed, in part, to reduce the influence of special interests in state politics. In its fourth full cycle of providing public funding to General Assembly candidates, the CEP continues to provide a seawall against the rising tide of special interest money in today’s elections.

The Commission determined that state representative candidates Tim Ackert (R – 8th District), David Baram (D – 15th District), Gail Lavielle (R – 143rd District), Joseph Polletta (D – 68th District), Robert Sampson (R – 80th District), Mary Stone (D – 23rd District), Emily Wilson (R – 142nd District) and Melissa Ziobron (R – 34th District) were eligible to receive Program grants. The Commission also determined that state senate candidate Bob Duff (D – 25th District) was eligible to receive a Program grant. Baram (D – 15th District) began serving in March 2009 and is one the Judiciary and Banking committees.

The Commission will be accepting applications from candidates in primaries until July 18 and, for candidates in the general election, until Oct. 10.

The Citizens’ Election Program is a voluntary program which allows qualifying candidates for General Assembly and statewide offices to receive full public financing.

To qualify for public campaign financing,candidates must demonstrate they have adequate support from the public. Typically, primary grant amounts are $11,140 for state representative candidates and $38,990 for state senate candidates, but amounts are higher if the candidates run in districts where one major party has a large advantage in the number of electors registered with that party.

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