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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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Hartford Opens Cooling Center for Heat Wave

HARTFORD — In preparation for the heat wave heading to the state, Hartford officials have opened several cooling  centers.


Mayor Pedro Segarra on Monday announced that Public Library branches are open from Monday through Thursday.


Temperature are expected to reach up to 90-degrees with humid conditions.


“These cooling centers are available to anyone in need of a place to escape the heat and humidity. Please stay cool and remember to look after your relatives and neighbors,” Segarra said.


Cooling Centers:

  • North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street, 8:30am-5:00pm
  • South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue, 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue, 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth Street, 8:30am-4:30pm


Hartford Public Library branches are also available for residents and visitors:

  • Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street, 10:00am to 8:00pm
  • Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Barbour Branch, 281 Barbour Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Mark Twain Branch, 55 Forest Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Park Branch, 744 Park Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
  • SANDS/Ropkins, 1750 Main Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Goodwin, 460 New Britain Avenue, 12:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Blue Hills Branch, 649 Blue Hills Avenue, 12:30pm to 7:30pm

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DOJ Charges Hartford Man with Larceny

HARTFORD — A Hartford man was arrested and charged with fraudulently collecting more than $14,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

Deochand Hemchand, 39, of 30 Bristol Street, Hartford, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count each of larceny in the first degree by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.

According to the arrest warrant, Hemchand fraudulently collected about $14,000 in unemployment benefits from October 2012 through May 2013 when he was employed and grossly under-reported his wages in order to collect the benefits.

Hemchand was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, on May 28.


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CT Announces New Health Equity Office

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Public Health last Wednesday announced a new Office of Health Equity.

Officials said that the office is established to improve the health of all Connecticut residents by working to eliminate differences in disease, disability and death rates among ethnic, racial and other population groups that are known to have adverse health status or outcomes.

Such population groups may be based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, socioeconomic position, immigrant status, sexual minority status, language, disability, homelessness, mental illness or geographic area of residence.

The office’s name and mission statement was adopted by the Connecticut General Assembly as Section 5 of Public Act 14-231 “An Act Concerning The Department Of Public Health’s Recommendations Regarding Various Revisions To The Public Health Statutes,” which was signed into law by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on June 13, 2014.

The office replaces the former DPH Office of Multicultural Health.

“This office emphasizes the principle of health as a human right and social good for all people,” said Malloy. “It reflects the ongoing commitment of this administration to advance the principles of health equity and allow all Connecticut residents to be as healthy as they can be.”

The Office of Health equity will support and further recent efforts at DPH, including the department’s strategic plan, which identified “champion health equity” as one of six agency goals; and the State Health Improvement Plan, in which health equity and the social determinants of health are overarching themes for the entire plan.

“Promoting health equity is central to our mission at the Department of Public Health,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen. “This office will provide support and resources to all our programs so they can incorporate health equity into their everyday work.”

The DPH Office of Health Equity is staffed by two epidemiologists and a research analyst, and is supported by staff across the agency.

For more information, visit www.ct.gov/dph/healthequity.

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CT Voter Registration Deadline Nears

HARTFORD — Connecticut voters have one month to register to vote so they can cast ballots in the Nov. 4 general election.

Voters can register onlineor by mail. The deadline to register is Oct. 21. For in person registration, the deadline is Oct. 28.

So far in 2014, 53,940 new voters have registered, including 15, 924 Democrats and 10, 303 Republicans and 26,276 unaffliated voters, according to state officials.

Overall, there are 1, 931, 880 voters in Connecticut. The total number of registered Democrats in the state is 706, 211. The number of registered Republicans is 402, 840. The number of unaffiliated voters is 803,564.

Polls will be open on Nov. 4 from 6: 00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To find out if you are registered, check www.sots.ct.gov/vote.

Connecticut voters with a valid driver’s license can register to vote at htpps://voterregistration.ct.gov

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Bike Week to Begin at Old State House

HARTFORD — How did a Civil War veteran become the father of the American bicycle and turn Hartford into the bicycle capital of the world?

Join Steve Goddard, author of Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines, on  Sept. 16 at noon to discover how one Hartford factory became the largest employer in New England, producing everything from high wheelers to bicycles to electric cars.

Following  Goddard’s talk, join in a panel discussion about making Connecticut more bike-friendly and promoting bike racing among Connecticut kids with Goddard, Aidan Charles, the Founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, and Kelly Kennedy, Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut. TheConnecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will moderate the conversation.

Following the program, enjoy Wheels for All, a temporary exhibit that showcases six bikes dating from 1869 to 1914, on loan from the Connecticut Historical Society.  This will be on display at Connecticut’s Old State House from Sept. 16-20.

General admission rates apply to this exhibit.

The American Dream Machine: Bicycles Past, Present & Future begins at Noon, attendees are encouraged to enjoy their lunches during this free event inside Connecticut’s Old State House.

For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, visit online at http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org.


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Group Seeks Volunteers to Help Veterans

HARTFORD — Several agencies want to help Hartford veterans, the men and women who served in the armed forces.

Rebuilding Together and the Livable, Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative has teamed up to perform exterior home and yard clean-up aimed at renovating the homes of twelve Hartford veterans.

The group is looking for volunteers to assist in the project, which is scheduled for Sept. 13  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 12 homes of these honored veterans are located throughout the city.

Officials said that volunteers are needed “to help serve those who have served.”

Individuals interested in volunteering can register on-line at www.rebuildingtogetherhartford.org.c When you go to the website, click on the green box that says: “Click here to Register.”

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Program Aims to Help Long-term Unemployed

HARTFORD — Created to appeal to qualified candidates often overlooked in the hiring process, the Platform to Employment program is seeking applications from the long-term unemployed.

Connecticut residents who have exhausted their unemployment benefits are welcome to apply online to the P2E, a program offered statewide. Classes will be held in Bridgeport, Waterbury, New Haven, Norwich/New London and Hartford.

The WorkPlace is about to offer this nationally recognized program, which received $3.6 million to create the first statewide P2E program in the nation.

By partnering with the Connecticut Department of Labor and Vocational Rehabilitation and the states four other workforce investment boards (WIB), P2E will serve 500 Connecticut residents during the program yea, officials said. The program’s first statewide class of 100 is expected to begin in September.

Joseph Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace, said the P2E is to provide tools and resources needed to return the long-term unemployed to work.

“The program provides hope and opportunity for workers that are frequently overlooked when hiring, and it offers employers a risk-free opportunity to consider qualified candidates to meet their needs,” Carbone said.

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10 Hartford Stereotypes That Are Completely Accurate

By Erika Zane, Movoto.com

1. In Hartford, UConn Is Not A College–It’s A Lifestyle Choice…

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Everyone knows that UConn students dominate Hartford-it’s the closest city to UConn’s main campus in Storrs and also is home to UConn Hartford, UConn Business School, and UConn Law school. Plus, the UConn Huskies men’s and women’s basketball teams regularly play games at the Hartford XL Center. Basically, Hartford is UConn country, so don’t be alarmed when you hear a random person in the street yelling: “UCONN,” followed immediately by someone screaming back, “HUSKIES”.

2. Hartfordites Are Drunk, Rowdy, And Often Embarrassing Frat Boys…

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Despite what you may have heard, UConn Spring Weekend is still a thing–there’s just no stopping it. Instead of taking place on the Storrs Campus, however, the party has moved 20 minutes South to Hartford. And Hartfordites (a.k.a The UConn students who overtake Hartford) know how to party.

Sometimes we’re even a bit too rowdy for our own good. And I’m not the first to say it: Dave Chappelle actually condemned the city of Hartford after having to walk off stage during a comedy routine at Hartford’s Comcast Center. The drunk, rowdy crowd just couldn’t keep it together long enough to actually hear the show. Yeah. Not our finest moment, people.

3. Or They’re Geeky Number Crunchers

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If you live in Hartford and you’re not a rowdy UConn student, you’re probably an actuary. Hartford is the insurance capital of the world, and this stereotype defines the city. Driving through Hartford, you’re overwhelmed by the skyline of insurance buildings. Practically everyone and their mother works for an insurance company-Aetna, United, Travelers.

Basically, in Hartford, no one’s afraid to jump off a roof because they’re all 1) skilled enough in probability to know whether or not they will die from the jump and/or 2) They are covered under extremely extensive health/life/car/any-other-insurable-thing-you-can-think-of insurance plans so they simply do not care.

4. Hardfordites Never Miss A Chance To Demonstrate Their Right To Assemble

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Hartford is nicknamed the “Heartbeat” for a reason: the people of Hartford run Connecticut politically and have put on some of the largest political demonstrations in the state. It is the state capitol, after all, so the city attracts a lot of activists, hippies, politicians, and others who will not be silenced!

5. Hardfordites Like Totally Crush On Obama <3 <3 <3

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According to citydata.com, 95 percent of people voted for President Obama on the 2012 presidential election in Hartford. Yes, you read that correctly: 95 percent. That’s a lot of Hartford citizens voting democrat! And it definitely influences the culture of Hartford: Obama paraphernalia is pretty much everywhere you look. So if you lean right, perhaps Hartford isn’t the place for you.

6. Hardfordites Ride Or Die For The Red Sox

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Connecticut is known for being filled with pinstriped wearing, Jeter loving, straight-up diehard Yankee fans. However, while the Yankees may have the allegiance of Connecticut as a whole, the Red Sox have won the hearts of Hartfordites. A higher percentage of Red Sox fans live in Hartford compared to other Connecticut cities, making the state capitol a safe-haven for Boston fans.

7. Hardfordites Are Still In Mourning Over The Hartford Whalers

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Everyone remembers going to see the Hartford Whalers as a kid-it was epic. And now they’re gone. And none of us can let it go. Sigh. The Hartford Whalers used to be an NHL team based in Hartford (and CT’s only professional sports team), but they left the state several years ago. People have petitioned and rallied and started FB pages called, “Bring back the Whalers”-but, to no avail. Most cities would let it go. But Hardford never will. I guess that makes them Hartford …. OK, moving on.

8. Hardfordites Live On A Steady And Oh-So-Tasty Diet Of Paella And Pasteles

Hartford Stereotypes

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Approximately 44 percent of Hartfordites are Puerto Rican, making Hartford the city with the second largest Puerto Rican population in the Northeast. The culture of Hartford is definitely influenced by Puerto Rican food, music, and dance. So if you don’t like paella and pasteles, you should probably move.

9. Hardfordites Are Your Worst Nightmare Behind The Wheel

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Driving through Hartford is every Connecticut resident’s worst fear. It has been theorized that, when designing I-84 through Hartford, the city management wanted it to closely resemble hell. Not an exaggeration. And, let’s be honest with ourselves, Hartford has some crazy drivers. Because the state is sandwiched between New York and Massachusetts, we really are a mixture of the worst of both stereotypical drivers. They drive 60 mph in the left lane and Will. Not. Let. You. Pass. But they also will not hesitate to run you over–“pedestrian right of way”? Pssh, ain’t nobody got time for that.

10. Hartford Is Tougher Than Any Other Connecticut City–If You Have A Problem With It, We Can Take It Outside

Hartford Stereotypes

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Hartford is full of people who don’t take “no” for an answer, who will stand up for their beliefs at all cost, and who won’t put up with any crap. While it’s true that CT is the wealthiest state in the country, it’s important to note that not everyone is rolling in dough here. Connecticut has immense economic diversity with many of its residents living below the poverty line, particularly in the big cities, and Hartford is no exception to this.

This hasn’t brought the city down: we’ve withstood a lot of hardship, and we pride ourselves as a “come-up” city. We are the heartbeat of Connecticut, after all–the UConn-yelling, statistics-analyzing, Obama-lovin’, Paella-eating, butt-kicking, heartbeat.

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Hartford Awards After-School Grants

HARTFORD –  Some 1,100 Hartford students at 19 schools will have access to imaginative and diverse after-school enrichment activities this school year thanks to state funds awarded through the Hartford Public Schools.

Fifteen community-based organizations will receive a total of $375,000 through the 2013-2014 Extended School Hours Grant competition.

The individual grants range from $24,000 to the Ebony Horsewomen, an African-American equestrian group based at Keney Park, for a program at Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School to $10,000 for Hartford Stage, a local theater, to use at Great Path Academy.  Multi-school awards went to groups such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, ConnectiKids and Youth United for Survival.

These programs are intended to provide opportunities for academic improvement, including instructional services to help students meet state and local performance standards, according to the school district’s announcement Friday. The activities also are expected to spark students’ imagination and promote self-discovery through the arts, recreation and fun, socialization, cultural enrichment, service learning, character education, and leadership development.

“ESH grants are an integral part of our district’s reform strategy,” said Superintendent  Christina M. Kishimoto.

Extended School Hours grants are funded by the Connecticut Department of  Education and awarded by Hartford Public Schools through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process that began in October.

The grants cover from Jan. 2 through June 30. A review committee made the awards based on criteria approved by the state Commissioner of Education.

The following grants have been awarded:

Artists Collective, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, $24,000

Blue Hills Civic Association, Culinary Arts Academy at Weaver, $24,000

Boys & Girls Clubs, Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School, $24,000;  Global Communications Academy, $20,000

Catholic Charities, Jumoke Academy at Milner, $15,000

COMPASS Youth Collective, Nalor/CCSU Leadership Academy, $24,000

ConnectiKids, M.D. Fox School, $20,000; West Middle-Middle Grades Academy, $24,000

Ebony Horsewomen, Noah Webster, $24,000

Hartford Stage, Great Path Academy, $10,000

Hispanic Health Council, Maria C. Colon Sanchez Elementary, $24,000

Organized Parents Make a Difference, Montessori Magnet School at Moylan, $18,500

Village for Families and Children, Alfred E. Burr Elementary, $15,000

Urban League of Greater Hartford, Bulkeley High School, HPHS-Law and Government, HPHS-Academy of Nursing and HPHS-Academy of Engineering, $24,000

YMCA, Simpson-Waverly School, $24,000

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