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|Bloomfield Man Killed By Police Was Aspiring Rapper 'Gangstalicious' - Hartford CourantGoogle News / 15 h. 4 min. ago more|
Bloomfield Man Killed By Police Was Aspiring Rapper 'Gangstalicious'Hartford Courant13 at the West Indian Social Club in Hartford with Lud Foe, a rapper from Chicago. Noah Young, the 18-year-old who was in the car, suffered graze wounds and was treated and released from the hospital into police custody. The 15-year-old, who was not ...and more »
|One dead after shooting in Hartford - WFSBGoogle News / 15 h. 31 min. ago more|
WFSBOne dead after shooting in HartfordWFSBPolice said a man was shot and killed on Van Block Avenue in Hartford on Sunday afternoon. (WFSB). Police said a man was shot and killed on Van Block Avenue in Hartford on Sunday afternoon. (WFSB). (WFSB). HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -. One man is dead after a ...and more »
|Parranda de Esperanza Event Celebrates Puerto Rican CultureHartford News / 16 h. 38 min. ago more|
It's estimated hundreds of people fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit and have settled in Connecticut. On Saturday, they were invited to celebrate hope and the holidays at an event in Hartford.
|Thousands disappear as China polices thoughtHartford Courant / 18 h. 29 min. ago more|
Nobody knows what happened to the Uighur student after he returned to China from Egypt and was taken away by police. Not his village neighbors in China's far west, who haven't seen him in months. Not his former classmates, who fear Chinese authorities beat him to death. Not his mother, who lives...
|Operation E.L.F.Hartford News / 1 d. 2 h. 1 min. ago more|
Connecticut National Guard Master Sgt. Lisa Young, left, of Bristol, Conn., attempts to check out while balancing a stack of toys her children picked out as their gift selections, during the annual holiday party for Operation E.L.F. at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford, Conn., Saturday, December 16, 2017.
|New Britain Police Identify Driver Shot By Police ThursdayHartford News / 1 d. 6 h. 25 min. ago more|
New Britain police have identified the driver who was shot and killed by officers on Thursday as 20-year-old Zoe Dowdell of Bloomfield. Police say Dowdell drove his car toward officers as they tried to stop him in connection with a series of violent carjackings and street robberies.
|Red Wanting Blue To Play Stage OneCTNOW / 1 d. 9 h. 56 min. ago more|
Red Wanting Blue has a song about falling in love listening to Jeff Buckley sing Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah.” It’s probably something that a lot of listeners can relate to. The Ohio band has plenty of songs about love but often they’re about the pain of drifting apart or trying to repair...
|The final GOP tax bill is complete. Here's what is in it.Hartford Courant / 1 d. 10 h. 47 min. ago more|
Republicans were joyful Friday as they finalized their tax plan, bridging differences between the House and Senate bills and moving another step closer to getting legislation to President Donald Trump by Christmas. Republicans also appear to, at least for now, have locked down the votes they need...
|Hartford to Hold Gun Buyback ProgramThe Hartford Guardian / 1 d. 11 h. 36 min. ago more|
HARTFORD — Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has joined other New England mayors to announced a partnership with St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and other New England physicians and medical professionals a coordinated gun buyback day in their four cities on December 16. The gun buyback also marks a remembrance of […]
|Hartford, New Haven hold gun buyback events - WTNH Connecticut News (press release)Google News / 1 d. 14 h. 6 min. ago more|
WTNH Connecticut News (press release)Hartford, New Haven hold gun buyback eventsWTNH Connecticut News (press release)HARTFORD/NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Two major gun buyback programs took place in Connecticut. In Hartford, the Capitol Region Collective Gun Buyback was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Renewal Team on Windsor Street. “If you have an unwanted ...Hartford Gun Buy Back Program SaturdayHartford CourantHartford holding gun buyback programCT Postall 53 news articles »
|Malloy to legislature: "Come in and do your job"Hartford News / 1 d. 15 h. 44 min. ago more|
Related Coverage HARTFORD, Conn. - Governor Malloy says state lawmakers should address the ballooning deficit in the new state budget now and not wait until next month.
|Huskies to bring holiday to disadvantaged in Hartford - CT PostGoogle News / 1 d. 16 h. 51 min. ago more|
Huskies to bring holiday to disadvantaged in HartfordCT PostHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Coach Kevin Ollie and his University of Connecticut men's basketball team are bringing the Christmas holiday to some disadvantaged children in Hartford. The team is hosting a party on Saturday evening at the Boys & Girls Club in ...and more »
|AAA Expecting Record-Breaking Holiday Travel SeasonHartford News / 1 d. 20 h. 31 min. ago more|
The end-of-the-year holiday travel forecast is another record breaker with AAA projecting a 3.1 percent increase in travel compared to last December. "Across the board this year, travel has increased year-over-year for every major holiday weekend - Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving - and we project the same for the year-end holiday period," said Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford.
|Cafe Nine Hosts Puerto Rico FundraiserCTNOW / 1 d. 21 h. 56 min. ago more|
You may recall that there was a huge hurricane in Puerto Rico in October. That storm, Maria, was the worst natural disaster on record in the history of Puerto Rico. You may also remember that President Donald Trump insulted many with his handling of the aftermath. Power, food, medicine, shelter...
|Digitour Winter Coming To The WarehouseCTNOW / 1 d. 21 h. 56 min. ago more|
Hey, guys! What’s up? Digitour is coming! Digitour is where the virtual and the actual, or the digital and the physical, get all mashed up and in each other’s face. The concept is that some of the country’s big social media celebrities get together on a tour and go out to do their thing in front...
|Sawyer Fredericks Playing Infinity NorfolkCTNOW / 1 d. 21 h. 56 min. ago more|
Sawyer Fredericks appeared on the singing show “The Voice” in 2015. The flaxen-haired young folky sported flannel and a bowler hat. He won the competition and a bunch of cash and new fans along with it. Fredericks, who was only 16 at the time, had a surprisingly mature and soulful voice. There...
|Union Files Complaint With Middletown Council Over Drew CampaignHartford Courant / 1 d. 21 h. 56 min. ago more|
City union leaders say an employee with a recent complaint against Mayor Daniel Drew has been getting donation requests from Drew’s gubernatorial campaign to her work email, and are seeking a council investigation to determine whether rules have been violated. In a plea to the council sent late...
|What the proposed tax code means for schools, students and parentsHartford Courant / 2 d. 3 h. 38 min. ago more|
Republicans backed away from some of the most controversial education proposals in their finalized tax bill Friday, leaving in place a school supply deduction for teachers and breaks for student borrowers while also declining to tax tuition benefits, a prospect that infuriated graduate students....
|Hartford Man Pleads Guilty In Cold Case MurderHartford News / 2 d. 3 h. 51 min. ago more|
A 29-year-old Hartford man who was arrested on accessory and conspiracy to commit murder charges as a result of a grand jury investigation pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree manslaughter with a firearm and faces 12 years in prison. Ten jurors had been selected for Maldonado's trial when he opted to accept a plea offer negotiated by his lawyer, Norm Pattis, and prosecutor David Zagaja.
|Hearing Set On'Systemic Failures' In Matthew Tirado Starvation CaseHartford News / 2 d. 6 h. 25 min. ago more|
Katiria Tirado, 33, the Hartford mother charged in the death of her 17-year-old autistic son, Matthew Tirado, in Hartford Superior Court. The legislature's Children's Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on the failure of several agencies to save his life.
|UPS Delivery Delays Cause Headaches For Some Connecticut ConsumersHartford News / 2 d. 6 h. 25 min. ago more|
Donna Lovallo, of Simsbury, brings a package into The UPS Store in West Hartford. Record-breaking online shopping sales and the ensuing crush of packages have left some Connecticut consumers experiencing frustrating delivery delays this holiday season.
|Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth controlHartford Courant / 2 d. 10 h. 5 min. ago more|
A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women's access to free birth control. Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction, temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to former...
|Baltimore police arrest driver after car chase, shootings that ended when girlfriend pulled man from carHartford Courant / 2 d. 10 h. 36 min. ago more|
A gunman in a Lexus sped through traffic while spraying bullets at police and passersby during a chase that stretched through West Baltimore for nearly half an hour Friday. By noon, his girlfriend had enough. When he stopped the car and opened the door, she rushed into the street, bear-hugged the...
|GOP Candidates Debate TransportationHartford Courant / 2 d. 11 h. 56 min. ago more|
Republican candidates for governor said Friday that the state needs to solve its transportation problems in order to kick-start the economy and create jobs across the state. In front of more than 300 people, including union members and business leaders from chambers of commerce, 10 candidates spoke...
|CREC Teacher Accused of Inappropriate Relationship - Patch.comGoogle News / 2 d. 13 h. 4 min. ago more|
Patch.comCREC Teacher Accused of Inappropriate RelationshipPatch.comHARTFORD, CT — A teacher employed at a Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) school has been placed on leave pending an investigation into an alleged improper relationship with a student, NBC Connecticut reported Friday. CREC officials identified ...CREC Teacher on Leave After Allegations of Inappropriate ...NBC ConnecticutCREC teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student ...FOX 61all 5 news articles »
|AIM, aka AOL Instant Messenger, dead at 20Hartford Courant / 2 d. 13 h. 6 min. ago more|
R.I.P. AOL's Instant Messenger service was finally erased from the internet on Friday after the company made the announcement in October that Dec. 15 would be the chat platform's last day on earth. Long gone are the days where parents would mandate time limits on teens' internet usage as you messaged...
|Whiting Nurse Charged With Cruelty Receiving $7,000-A-Month PensionHartford Courant / 2 d. 14 h. 36 min. ago more|
The forensic head nurse charged with eight felony counts of cruelty in the patient-abuse scandal at Whiting psychiatric hospital has retired and will continue receiving a $7,000-a-month pension even if he is convicted. Mark Cusson, 49, with 21 years of service and a salary of $173,000 last year,...
|Hartford Stage and Hartford Public Library Unveil New ProgramCTNOW / 2 d. 15 h. 46 min. ago more|
Check out a theater show … at your local library. Hartford Stage and the Hartford Public Library have joined together for what they describe as a “multi-tiered community partnership” which will increase Hartford residents’ access to live theater. The main way that will happen is through free tickets...
|Simsbury Bank Parent Co. Dismisses Public Accounting FirmCommercial Record / 2 d. 16 h. 36 min. ago more|
SBT Bancorp, the holding company of Simsbury Bank, has dismissed its current public accounting firm, Boston-based Baker Newman Noyes, according to a regulatory filing yesterday.
|Commission Formed To Monitor State Budget Will Hold Its First MeetingCommercial Record / 2 d. 16 h. 38 min. ago more|
The newly formed Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth will hold its first meeting later this afternoon in Hartford, according to a statement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
|NAR Warns Members About Net Neutrality RollbackCommercial Record / 2 d. 16 h. 42 min. ago more|
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) warned its members that yesterday’s rollback of the net neutrality rules could put real estate agencies and other small businesses at a competitive disadvantage.
|NAR: Forecasted 2018 Real Estate Trends Provide Opportunity To Market To BuyersCommercial Record / 2 d. 16 h. 42 min. ago more|
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) predicts housing trends in 2018 will center around integrating technology and creating healthy and connected living environments.
|State Approves Merger Of Community College AdministrationsCommercial Record / 2 d. 16 h. 44 min. ago more|
Connecticut is moving ahead with a plan to combine its 12 community colleges into one school with 12 campuses.
|Rebekah Beaulieu To Lead Florence Griswold MuseumCTNOW / 2 d. 17 h. 31 min. ago more|
Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme has named Rebekah (Becky) Beaulieu as its new director, effective Feb. 19. She will succeed Jeff Andersen, who has led the museum, dubbed the Home of American Impressionism, for 41 years. Beaulieu is associate director of Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick,...
|Trump judicial nominee fumbles through painfully awkward confirmation hearing gone viralHartford Courant / 2 d. 17 h. 49 min. ago more|
Nomination hearings for U.S. district judges tend to be dry affairs that offer little in the way of mass entertainment - in other words, they're not typically the stuff of viral videos. But a clip of one of President Donald Trump's federal judicial nominees struggling to answer rudimentary questions...
|AP poll: Most Americans believe Trump did something illegal or unethical with RussiaHartford Courant / 2 d. 19 h. 29 min. ago more|
Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia — and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections. The deeply divided country is more concerned about health...
|A car crashed into her Dairy Queen. She said thank you.Hartford Courant / 3 d. 10 h. 46 min. ago more|
A few days after Thanksgiving, Jennifer Schubert Spencer was in the back room of her Dairy Queen when she heard a terrible noise. Had a bomb exploded? Had the ceiling collapsed? She hurried out front and stared. “Oh my God,” she thought. “There’s a car in my dining room.” A woman driving a Lexus...
|Photo: In this April 8, 2013, file photo, President BaracHartford News / 3 d. 11 h. 45 min. ago more|
In this April 8, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama embraces Scarlett Lewis, mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Jesse Lewis, after speaking at in Hartford, Conn.
|Obituary: Louise Widell Korder, 93, of West Hartford - Patch.comGoogle News / 3 d. 15 h. 52 min. ago more|
Patch.comObituary: Louise Widell Korder, 93, of West HartfordPatch.comThe couple had two children, Bradford G. Korder, who still resides in West Hartford, and Karren K. Teren, who lives in Nashville, TN. Walter died in 2006. Louise was a 77-year member of the First Church of Christ Congregational, where she enjoyed ...
|Hartford Police: Awards Overdue For 2 Long-Retired OfficersHartford News / 3 d. 15 h. 55 min. ago more|
In the 1970s, John Barnas and Raymond Sullivan were patrol officers in the capital city, two members of a department committed to keeping residents safe. They shared one other, grim similarity: Both were injured in the line of duty, shot while responding to domestic disputes.
|Christmas Carol Sing At UConn Hartford CampusCTNOW / 3 d. 16 h. 16 min. ago more|
Late Tuesday afternoon, a little bit of Old Hartford will be revived downtown, with a carol sing on the majestic steps of the UConn Hartford campus on Prospect Street. For years in the 1960s and 70s, Christmas carol sings were held at that location, when the elegant Beaux Arts building was the...
|Bronin: North End Tenants' Activism Prompts Renewed Look At Housing CodeHartford Courant / 3 d. 16 h. 41 min. ago more|
Mayor Luke Bronin is proposing major revisions to Hartford’s housing code enforcement in response to concerns brought to his attention by a group of North End tenants. Bronin unveiled his proposal late Thursday at a meeting organized by the Christian Activities Council and residents of the Clay...
|ALG Procures Apartment Complex In Hartford’s South EndCommercial Record / 3 d. 16 h. 46 min. ago more|
Aria Legacy Group (ALG) purchased the Ritz Grande Apartments in Hartford’s South End for $3.7 million.
|Despite Financial Issues, Connecticut Bonds Draw Strong InterestCommercial Record / 3 d. 16 h. 48 min. ago more|
Despite serious budgetary and financial woes, and receiving a lower credit rating this year, Wall Street still appears to be confident in debt offered by the state of Connecticut.
|Credit Unions Show Strong Asset Growth And Earnings In Q3Commercial Record / 3 d. 16 h. 50 min. ago more|
Credit unions in the U.S. continued to grow in the third quarter and produce strong earnings.
|Growth In National Rental Market SlowsCommercial Record / 3 d. 16 h. 55 min. ago more|
A decade of unprecedented growth in the rental housing market may be coming to an end.
|Unionville’s Farmington Ave Set To Get New RestaurantCommercial Record / 3 d. 16 h. 57 min. ago more|
The former Friendly’s on Farmington Avenue in Unionville will become a new restaurant.
|Stage Checklist: 'Shen Yun' At Palace; Robyn Schall At Funny Bone; Dada Life At FoxwoodsCTNOW / 3 d. 21 h. 56 min. ago more|
The Chinese classical dance spectacle “Shen Yun” promotes itself as “5,000 Years of Civilization Reborn.” The New York-based ensemble revives narrative dance and music traditions that existed in China before Communist rule. “Shen Yun” is created and promoted by practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual...
|Five Years After Sandy Hook: Sharing Stories To Heal Our Collective SoulHartford Magazine / 4 d. 4 h. 38 min. ago more|
Choosing Empathy After 12/14
|Florida firm acquires Westport insurance agencyHartford News / 4 d. 12 h. 14 min. ago more|
Sachs Walsh Insurance President Teri Walsh, left, at a Westport Historical Society event in October 2017 in Westport, Conn., alongside Cathy Prins of Fairfield. Sachs Walsh Insurance President Teri Walsh, left, at a Westport Historical Society event in October 2017 in Westport, Conn., alongside Cathy Prins of Fairfield.
|Goodspeed's Announces 2018 New Musicals Fest; Idina Menzel Performing At Hartford Hospital GalaCTNOW / 4 d. 15 h. 56 min. ago more|
Goodspeed Musicals has announced the three musicals-in-progress that will get hearings (in lightly staged concert versions) at the 13th Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals. The weekend event, a major gathering of musical theater professionals and that special breed of composers and theater...
|CT Concert Announcements: David Byrne, Brit Floyd, YanniCTNOW / 4 d. 15 h. 56 min. ago more|
David Byrne ($48-$102) performs at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on March 9 at 8 p.m. manicpresents.com Brit Floyd ($35-$45) celebrates 45 years of The Dark Side of the Moon at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on April 14 at 8 p.m., followed by Yanni ($35-$85) on May 11 at 7 p.m. oakdale.com...
|Blue Hills Hospital And Its 21 Detox Beds To Stay In HartfordHartford News / 4 d. 16 h. 32 min. ago more|
After months of uncertainty, a substance-abuse treatment facility will remain in Hartford.
|Chef Xavier Santiago Crowned '86'd' Culinary ChampionCTNOW / 4 d. 16 h. 51 min. ago more|
Xavier Santiago, chef de cuisine at Manchester’s Trattoria Toscana, has been named the grand champion winner of the 86’d Culinary Collision competition series. Santiago battled against Max Downtown’s Chris Sheehan in the finale matchup Monday at Zohara in West Hartford, using four mystery ingredients...
|International Creche Exhibit Embraces 'Peace On Earth'CTNOW / 4 d. 17 h. 11 min. ago more|
There are many ways to tell a story. The way it’s told depends on who is telling it. At this time of year, the story on everyone’s mind is the first Christmas. Each December, Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven presents an exhibit of creches. This year the focus is on internationality, featuring...
|5 years after Sandy Hook, mental health care worries lingerHartford News / 4 d. 18 h. 40 min. ago more|
Five years after the Sandy Hook massacre, efforts to improve mental health care for young people have had mixed results.
|Jon Lender: Education Chief Admits Her Department's Failures In Nepotism SnafuHartford Courant / 5 d. 7 h. 46 min. ago more|
James Mindek, a Department of Education administrator disciplined last year after he helped his son and a coworker’s daughter get temporary state jobs, grimaced with an “oh, c’mon” expression as Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell recounted why she imposed a 60-day unpaid suspension that cost...
|Hartford Council Favors Legal Marijuana, Advocates Urge Legislators To Again Debate Issue - Hartford CourantGoogle News / 5 d. 14 h. 49 min. ago more|
Hartford CourantHartford Council Favors Legal Marijuana, Advocates Urge Legislators To Again Debate IssueHartford CourantEarlier this fall, Sacred Heart University conducted the first public opinion poll on marijuana in Connecticut in several years and found 71 percent of state residents supported legalizing and taxing marijuana for adults. But state legislators have ...With New Cannabis Cafes, You Can Smoke 'Em Where You Bought 'EmWBURall 112 news articles »
|Broadway Star Bryce Pinkham Returns To CT For NHSO Holiday ShowCTNOW / 5 d. 17 h. 16 min. ago more|
Broadway star Bryce Pinkham joins up with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet for a special concert event “A Broadway Holiday” Dec. 16 at the First Congregational Church in Madison. Bryce Pinkham starred on Broadway in the musicals “Holiday Inn” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and...
|Hartford Police Sergeant Arrested - Patch.comGoogle News / 6 d. 9 h. 3 min. ago more|
Patch.comHartford Police Sergeant ArrestedPatch.comHARTFORD, CT — A 10-year veteran of the Hartford Police Department was arrested Monday following a self-initiated internal investigation by the department. Sgt. Justin Torniero, who is assigned to the Patrol Division, was charged with sixth-degree ...and more »
|NoRA Cupcake Closing West Hartford 'Pop-Up' Store At End Of MonthCTNOW / 6 d. 12 h. 6 min. ago more|
NoRA Cupcake Company has announced it will close its West Hartford location on Dec. 30, which started as a pop-up shop in Blue Back Square in the fall of 2015. Owner Carrie Carella says the Blue Back store, NoRA’s first expansion beyond its flagship in Middletown, was originally intended to be...
|CT POST Certified Police Officer - Police NewsGoogle News / 6 d. 14 h. 28 min. ago more|
CT POST Certified Police OfficerPolice NewsAnticipated vacancies are in the Police Department. Under supervision, performs law enforcement duties involving the protection of life and property; the prevention of crime and the apprehension of crime suspects; and performs public service duties ...and more »
|SPIRIT TO INCREASE FLIGHTS TO ST. THOMAS IN FEBRUARYInquiring News / 6 d. 14 h. 51 min. ago more|
SPIRIT TO INCREASE FLIGHTS TO ST. THOMAS IN FEBRUARY U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty with basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. at the Ebony Power 100 Gala. On the heels of her visit to New York and Atlanta in November, U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty is reporting a planned increase in air service to the Territory following a meeting with Spirit Airlines in South Florida this week. Commissioner Nicholson-Doty, who was in Miami to meet with airline and cruise partners, disclosed that Spirit’s twice weekly service between Fort Lauderdale and St. Thomas on Wednesdays and Saturdays will increase to four flights per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays), effective February 16, 2018. She reported that a senior Spirit executive is planning a visit to the Territory after the holidays to meet with partners and evaluate the possibility of additional increases in service. Last week, the Commissioner traveled to the West Coast to share updates of the Territory’s ongoing recovery with travel professionals and media in the Los Angeles area, where she also was one of 10 honorees in the “Women Up” category at the Ebony Power 100 Gala. “I am personally very honored and extremely humbled to be recognized by Ebony Magazine,” said Commissioner Nicholson-Doty, who noted the distinction represented an important platform to bring awareness to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hosting a luncheon for a group of more than 35 attendees, including meeting and incentive travel planners, travel agents and members of the media, Commissioner Nicholson-Doty provided post-hurricane updates. “We want our travel partners to know that during our recovery, their clients can still have a very special vacation experience this season, whether they are visiting by cruise or staying at a hotel or villa, and taking advantage of the many activities and attractions, restaurants and shops that are operational,” she said. She shared plans that are underway to rebuild hotel properties, to welcome group travel and to roll out a variety of voluntourism opportunities throughout the destination. While in Los Angeles, the Commissioner held one-on-one media appointments with reporters from TravelAge West and the Los Angeles Times.
|HARTFORD SOCCER STADIUM DEVELOPER SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS IN PRISONInquiring News / 6 d. 15 h. ago more|
HARTFORD SOCCER STADIUM DEVELOPER SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS IN PRISON James Duckett, Jr Hartford – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAMES C. DUCKETT JR., 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a fraud scheme involving the redevelopment of Hartford’s Dillon Stadium and a plan to bring a professional soccer team to the city. On July 6, a jury found DUCKETT guilty of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering offenses stemming from the scheme. According to the evidence at trial, in September 2014, the City of Hartford entered into a professional services agreement with Mitchell Anderson and his company, Premier Sports Management Group (“PSMG”), to secure a professional soccer team and to develop a new, 9,000 seat facility at the Dillon Stadium location. Under the terms of the agreement, PSMG was entitled to receive $775,000 for serving as the project manager for the $12 million plan. In February 2015, Anderson joined with DUCKETT who agreed to be the majority owner of the professional soccer team. DUCKETT and Anderson represented to various city officials that PSMG and DUCKETT’s Black Diamond Consulting Group had merged for purposes of completing the Dillon Stadium project and securing the professional soccer team. DUCKETT represented that he was a former professional football player in the NFL and that Black Diamond was involved in a casino project and sports-related projects in Las Vegas and Atlanta. Beginning in approximately March 2015, Anderson submitted invoices to the city for reimbursement to PSMG subcontractors working on the project. However, rather than pay the total amounts owed to PSMG’s subcontractors, DUCKETT and Anderson directed more than $1 million that PSMG received from the city to themselves, PSMG, Black Diamond, and other entities not related to the Dillon Stadium project. DUCKETT and Anderson also secured invoices from subcontractors who had not performed work for the project, which DUCKETT and Anderson caused to be submitted to the city as if the work had been performed. DUCKETT and Anderson then illegally used the proceeds of the fraud in a series of bank transactions to pay individuals and companies for expenses unrelated to the Dillon Stadium. The investigation revealed that DUCKETT used funds that the city provided to PSMG to purchase a Range Rover that cost approximately $120,000, to pay unrelated attorneys’ fees and a $20,000 “finder’s fee” to an individual, and for other personal expenses including luxury clothing and jewelry items. DUCKETT was arrested on June 23, 2016. The jury found DUCKETT guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, three counts of wire fraud, and eight counts of conducting illegal monetary transactions. The jury found DUCKETT not guilty of one count of conducting illegal monetary transactions. The government advocated for a sentence of 60 months of imprisonment, and Judge Underhill imposed the 36-month sentence over the government’s objection. Judge Underhill will issue a restitution order after further submissions by the parties. DUCKETT, who is released on bond, was ordered to report to prison on January 31, 2018. On February 6, 2017, Anderson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and one count of conducting illegal monetary transactions. He awaits sentencing. Anderson has agreed to make restitution in the total amount of $1,134,595.37 to the City of Hartford and two subcontractors of the Dillon Stadium project. This matter was investigated by the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force, notably the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. The Task Force also includes members from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The Hartford Police Department assisted the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Karwan and Douglas Morabito. Citizens are encouraged to report corruption to the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force by calling 203-238-0505.
|Bobby Gibson Wins Democratic Party Nomination in Special ElectionInquiring News / 6 d. 15 h. 5 min. ago more|
Gibson Wins Democratic Party Nomination in Special Election for Open General Assembly Seat BLOOMFIELD, CT – Before a lively crowd of family, friends, and supporters last Thursday night, Bobby Gibson, a Bloomfield teacher and football coach, won the unanimous support of his fellow Democrats at a nominating convention for the 15th House District, a seat formerly held by David Baram, who resigned earlier this month after being elected Judge of Probate. Last week, Governor Malloy called for a Special Election to be held on January 9, 2018 to fill the empty seat. “I’m honored to receive such overwhelming support, especially from the Democratic Party Delegates,” Gibson said in a statement. “I am very happy to have their support and to be the endorsed Democratic candidate for the 15th district.” “Our state is facing challenging times and the road to recovery will not be an easy one. I’ve made the decision to run for State Representative because I believe the people of Bloomfield and Windsor need someone who will continue to fight for them, someone who will put their interests first, and someone who will be their voice in Hartford,” Gibson stated. Gibson also said he wanted to continue the great work of David Baram on behalf of the residents of the 15th district and stated he would be more than just a representative in Hartford but would also serve as an advocate for the people. “There is a lot at stake for the future of our state as too many young people lack good opportunities, too many working families are struggling to make ends meet, and too many people wonder if they can afford to retire here. We need to work hard to provide every child with a first-class education, create real opportunities for young adults, grow our economy by attracting innovative businesses to Connecticut, expand the tax base, and ensure our seniors can retire with security,” Gibson said. Gibson, a graduate of Bloomfield High School and lifelong resident of Bloomfield, attended the Graduate Institute, where he earned his Master’s of Arts degree. In addition to being a teacher for over 20 years, he has served as a Football, Track & Field, and Girls Basketball coach. For questions or more information, contact Bobby Gibson directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-306-6638 Bobby Gibson
|Diaspora In Shock – Jamaican Bakery Owner Found DeadInquiring News / 6 d. 15 h. 8 min. ago more|
Diaspora In Shock – Jamaican Bakery Owner Found Dead Founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery Commits Suicide in Bronx Factory By. Narda Stephenson QUEENS, New York – The Jamaican diaspora was jolted Saturday evening as news of the death of the renowned CEO and founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, Lowell Hawthorne, circulated throughout the community. Lowell Hawthorne Hawthorne, 57, who migrated to the United States (US) in 1981, shot and killed himself at his New York office on Saturday. The entrepreneurial businessman had had a long-standing relationship with the diaspora community and received numerous philanthropy awards for his contributions both in Jamaica and the US. In recent years, he had been honoured by Children of Jamaica Outreach Inc (COJO), which hosted its 23rd Annual Gala on Saturday evening, for his continuous support in providing scholarships and endowments for underserved children in Jamaica. A GREAT LOSS COJO chairman and founder Gary Williams, who had a time-honoured relationship with Hawthorne, expressed shock at the death of his friend and colleague. “[It’s] very, very sad because we were packing the goodie bags [for the gala] with the Golden Krust buns and newsletter when I got the call. I was shocked and in total disbelief,” Williams said. “Everyone knows Lowell Hawthorne as an icon in our community, an inspiration to all of us, and Golden Krust is a part of everything – they bought tickets for the event last night (Saturday evening) as well. So hearing that was like … . It is a loss for us and my heart goes out to his family.” Marcia Erskine, of Erskine & Associates, a long-time friend and colleague who has worked closely with Hawthorne over the years, echoed similar sentiments. “Devastating! Lowell Hawthorne is someone I know through the University of the West Indies, especially the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies. He was a very focused, very determined [individual]. A high achiever who has done very well in his family business – to take it to another level and put it on sound footing in the Americas and diaspora, but also expanding outwards. A gap is left now, it’s a great void,” she said. Golden Krust opened its first bakery in 1989 at 1381 E. Gunhill Road, Bronx, NY. In 1996, it became the first Caribbean food franchise in the United States. Today, it stands as a proud franchiser of 120 outstanding Caribbean restaurants.
|Leadership Greater Hartford Gets GrantInquiring News / 6 d. 15 h. 13 min. ago more|
The Allstate Foundation awards $1,000 grant to Andre Jett , Inc. Grant supports local nonprofit’s work to develop, connect and inspire diverse leaders GRANBY, Conn., December 4, 2017 – Allstate agency owner Andre Jett recently secured a $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant to support Leadership Greater Hartford, Inc.’s efforts to provide current and merging leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to be effective in a changing world. As a volunteer with Leadership Greater Hartford, Inc., Jett joins thousands of Allstate agency owners and financial specialists around the country who aim to improve their communities by supporting important local causes, such as building strong communities, raising money for domestic violence programs and empowering youth to reach their full potential. “As a small business owner in Granby, I see firsthand the opportunities and challenges facing our area,” Jett said. “Giving back is tremendously rewarding and gives me a sense of purpose. I believe that when we help others, we can be a positive force for change in our communities, which is why I’m proud to support Leadership Greater Hartford, Inc.’s work.” Leadership Greater Hartford, Inc. is one of thousands of organizations this year that will receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grants secured by agency owners and financial specialists on behalf of the nonprofit where they volunteer. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes. The Helping Hands in the Community grants are one example of The Allstate Foundation’s legacy of service and giving: · Since The Allstate Foundation was founded in 1952, it has contributed $400 million to support community nonprofits. · In 2016, The Allstate Foundation gave more than $25 million to charitable causes.
|Stanley and Decker to Move to HartfordThe Hartford Guardian / 12 d. 9 h. 33 min. ago more|
HARTFORD — Stanley Black & Decker is coming to Hartford. The company announced recently that it plans to build a new facility in the capital city at 1 Constitution Plaza and is expected to employ 50 people. The global leader will use some of the 23,000 sq foot space to make improvements on their tools and cyber […]
|It’s Okay to be Black, Woman and ImmigrantThe Hartford Guardian / 12 d. 9 h. 49 min. ago more|
The #JusticeforJazzy movement is akin to the #MeToo movement. Just ask any black woman who has been the victim of white women and thier rage. Does this mean the #JusticeforJazzy like the #MeToo movement will topple white women, who use their positions in racist institutions to further oppress black women? The response to the #JusticeforJazzy movement, which […]
|New Tool Helps Track, Document Rise in Hate IncidentsThe Hartford Guardian / 12 d. 10 h. 37 min. ago more|
New America Media, Lea en español 中文 Since the 2016 election there has been an alarming increase in reports of hate incidents around the country. Reports range from vandalism and hate-fueled graffiti to physical attacks and shootings. The reports come amid heightened fear and anxiety within immigrant and minority communities, fueled by the rhetoric of […]
|‘It’s OK to Be White,’ ExplainedThe Hartford Guardian / 12 d. 10 h. 39 min. ago more|
Based Stickman via Facebook By Michael Harriot, The Root Another controversial wypipo movement has reared its ugly head, so we thought we’d— Hold on for a second. I love these explainers, but now you’re writing them just for the sake of writing them. Why not work on a story about the Libyan slave trade or something? […]
|Hartford Council to Hold Hurricane FundraiserThe Hartford Guardian / 14 d. 11 h. 20 min. ago more|
HARTFORD — The Hartford City Council will hold a fundraiser event for Caribbean friends, who had to relocate to the city after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. The city will hold the event for the Hartford Relief Center at 15 Van Dyke Ave. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. […]
|CT. Sen. Logan Interviews 20-Year-Old Board of Ed MemberInquiring News / 16 d. 13 h. 56 min. ago more|
CT. Sen. Logan Interviews 20-Year-Old Board of Ed Member CT. State Senator George Logan welcomes Middletown Board of Education member Ed Ford Jr. to the Senate Reports. November 28, 2017. Hartford – Sen. George S. Logan’s latest edition of “The Senate Reports” features 20-year-old Middletown Board of Education member Ed Ford, Jr. (at left). Ford, Jr. recently became one of the youngest black Republicans ever elected to public office in Connecticut. Logan (at right) and Ford Jr. discuss the value of public service and how people of all ages can make positive impacts in their communities. The show can be viewed at www.SenatorGeorgeLogan.com and at www.AccessTV.org . Sen. Logan, who serves on the legislature’s Education Committee, represents Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge. He can be reached at George.Logan@cga.ct.gov and 800-842-1421.
|YMCA of Greater Hartford Receives Grant from Black Giving CircleInquiring News / 16 d. 13 h. 59 min. ago more|
YMCA of Greater Hartford Receives Grant from Black Giving Circle at Hartford Foundation to Support Youth Financial Literacy Hartford – (Inqnews.com Report) – Many young people lack even the most basic information about such things as how to open a checking or savings account or how to budget their money to save for the future after they get their first job. Studies show that providing young people with practical, real-world information about finances can have a great impact on improving students’ financial literacy. In an effort to promote this type of learning for black youth in Hartford, the YMCA of Metropolitan Hartford has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Black Giving Circle at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to support financial literacy programming offered to over 200 youth participating in YMCA programs. “We are excited that the grant entrusted to us will be reinvested in the families we serve to help them succeed in their personal and financial goals,” said Harold Sparrow, president and CEO if the YMCA of Greater Hartford. “The key to achieving those goals is education, and we are proud to offer a supportive environment for our students and families to learn how to manage their finances.” The Wilson-Gray YMCA’s financial literacy program will be incorporated into existing youth development programs, including the Y Achievers Fun & Finance Academy, Y Teen Incentive Program (Y-TIP), Girls Creating a Future (GCAF), Boys with a Purpose (BWAP), and Beat Lab, a new multimedia program combining financial literacy, photography and music creation in partnership with the Hartford Public Library. Combined, these programs serve over 200 youth, of whom at least 75 percent are black. Participants will learn about saving for their future, personal budgeting strategies, stock market investing basics, and banking. The goals of our financial literacy programming are to: · Ensure children have the knowledge and tools needed to manage personal finances responsibly; · Engage parents to help them plan for their child’s future by offering strategies for college savings; and · Help students establish savings accounts to begin a personal savings plan. In Y-TIP, GCAF, BWAP, and Beat Lab, the month of February will be dedicated to financial literacy. Students will learn about different aspects of personal finance, including opening and maintaining a bank account, budgeting, and investing. In addition, parents will be invited to at least two seminars during the month wherein they will also receive information on budgeting and saving for college. The YMCA will use a newly revamped Y Achievers national, evidence-based curriculum developed by YMCA of the USA. The content is entitled “Fun and Finance,” and we will use elements of this curriculum in both the Y Achievers Fun & Finance academy as well as in the other youth development areas. The Y Achievers Fun & Finance Academy serves 6th grade students from Hartford and surrounding communities. The program meets two Saturdays per month, from October through May, at the Wilson-Gray YMCA. This is the second grant awarded by members of the Black Giving Circle Fund at the Hartford Foundation. At the beginning of 2017, Black Giving Circle members chose the importance of financial literacy for Black youth as this year’s focus. Members hosted two informational sessions to learn from local and national experts about the issues surrounding financial literacy for Black youth. “This grant helps to facilitate, with intention, a financial literacy program that transforms the way young people view their finances, said Darryl Thames, co-chair of the Black Giving Circle Fund steering committee. “It is our hope that the programming will expand the mindset of money management in such a way that young people and their families view themselves not only as consumers, but as investors in their future. The Black Giving Circle Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is proud to offer this grant to provide more of our young people with the tools and strategies they need to more responsibly save, budget and grow their money to ensure their long-term future.” Now in its second year, the mission of Black Giving Circle Fund is “to create sustainable change in the Black community by leveraging the philanthropic efforts of donors and celebrating Black philanthropy.” Membership to the Black Giving Circle Fund is open to everyone. Donations from members (at least $365 annually per membership) are pooled together in a dedicated endowed fund at the Hartford Foundation. Members of the fund examine issues facing the Black community in Greater Hartford and, collectively, recommend grants to nonprofit organizations that work to address needs in the Black community. For more information, or to join the Black Giving Circle Fund, visit hfpg.org/blackgivingcircle or call Francesca Borges Gordon at 860-548-1888.
|Death of Suicidal Hartford Man Under Investigation - Patch.comGoogle News / 18 d. 17 h. 12 min. ago more|
Patch.comDeath of Suicidal Hartford Man Under InvestigationPatch.comHARTFORD, CT — The Connecticut State's Attorney's Office is investigating the death of a 44-year-old man whop had been in the custody of Hartford police. At 2:09 p.m. Tuesday, Hartford Police Department patrol officers were dispatched to 590 ...and more »
|Broadway Hit Musical 'The Band's Visit' Took A Long, Circuitous Journey From HartfordHartford Magazine / 32 d. 9 h. 35 min. ago more|
Broadway has a new hit with "The Band's Visit," but just like the little lost traveling band at the heart of the musical, the show's journey was a circuitous one — starting in Hartford. It all began when Orin Wolf, who graduated from the theater division of University of Hartford's Hartt School...
|V's Trattoria, HartfordHartford Magazine / 32 d. 9 h. 55 min. ago more|
When a drastic drop in business due to ongoing iQuilt construction forced Vito's By The Park from its location of 20 years, some wondered how the loss of its bucolic, park side, al fresco identity would affect it. The location "was magic," chef-owner Rob Maffucci, told Hartford Courant reporter...
|A Man Of Color Behind The Phantom's Mask: A Quick Q&A With Derrick DavisHartford Magazine / 36 d. 12 h. 18 min. ago more|
A new tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" — conceived by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Laurence O'Connor with new state-of-the-art effects and projections — comes to Waterbury's Palace Theatre Nov. 15 to 26. With it comes Derrick Davis, the first African-American to lead...
|Chango Rosa, HartfordHartford Magazine / 36 d. 16 h. 36 min. ago more|
A few restaurants work out every last detail before they open, and then stick to script to the bitter end. Most, however, are works in progress. Like smart technology, they learn as they go. They evolve. They incorporate what works — and jettison what doesn't. Chango Rosa is the latest restaurant...
|Tom Brady's Anti-Inflammation Diet: How Good Is His Food Advice?Hartford Magazine / 36 d. 16 h. 39 min. ago more|
Tom Brady says the secret to his success includes avoiding mushrooms, tomatoes and eggplants. The New England Patriots quarterback also limits dairy, gluten, white sugar, white flour, processed sweets, condiments, alcohol and salt. Instead, Brady eats mostly fresh, local and organic fruit and vegetables,...
|El Pulpo & Tapas Bar, MiddletownHartford Magazine / 37 d. 17 h. 26 min. ago more|
Spanish food, meaning the cuisine of Spain, is alive and well in Connecticut after two and a half decades, even if many Nutmeggers would still be hard-pressed to distinguish it from the food of Spanish-speaking nations, especially Mexico, to which it bears little resemblance. Spanish food is a...
|Popover Bistro & Bakery, SimsburyHartford Magazine / 38 d. 17 h. 3 min. ago more|
Pam Paydos thought it might be time to take up another line of work when she relinquished The Iron Frog Tavern in Simsbury. But Paydos had friends who battled celiac disease, and when she gave her next move deeper thought, she felt Simsbury could use a restaurant where health-conscious dining never...
|Belvedere Café, New BritainHartford Magazine / 39 d. 13 h. ago more|
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|ON20, HartfordHartford Magazine / 39 d. 16 h. 7 min. ago more|
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|Coached To Better Health: Feeling Accountable Can Make It Easier To Change One's HabitsHartford Magazine / 41 d. 9 h. 12 min. ago more|
If coaching can make some of us better ball players, test takers and actors, think of how it might improve our health. Health coaching — instructing, coaxing and guiding people toward the goal of better health — is a relatively new concept in American health care. So new, in fact, that people are...
|Communities On The Line: Town Centers With Hartford Rail Stops Are Being ReinvigoratedHartford Magazine / 41 d. 9 h. 39 min. ago more|
Imagine. Nearly hourly train service from Hartford to New York. It's coming. This spring. That's when the Hartford Line, the first commuter rail in decades debuts. Yet its impact could provide more than reliable, frequent train service to the rest of the Northeast. New life, or the possibility...
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Farmington interior designer Holly Holden's new CPTV series "You Are Cordially Invited" launches Monday evening, with back-to-back episodes bound to be of interest to Churchill aficionados and to fans of the popular PBS Masterpiece Theatre series "Downton Abbey." In the pair of episodes — which...
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Already? Can the holiday season really be upon us again? If you're casting about for ideas on how to give your own celebrations this year an especially artful boost, the Connecticut Valley Garden Club's seventh annual Set To Celebrate event will offer dozens of inspiring ideas. Kicking off with...
|New Leadership Awaits Hartford PoliceInquiring News / 49 d. 15 h. 43 min. ago more|
New Leadership Awaits Hartford Police Hartford native Lt. Colonel David Rosado of the CT. ST. PD HARTFORD – Mayor Luke Bronin announced that he expects to nominate Hartford native Lt. Colonel David Rosado of the Connecticut State Police to be the Hart- ford Police Department’s next Chief of Police. This announcement comes ahead of a number of community forums in the coming weeks where residents will have the chance to meet and interact with Lt. Colonel Rosado. His nomination would be subject to City Council confirmation. “As we’ve prepared for Chief Rovella’s retirement early next year, I’ve gathered input about potential successors from across Connecticut, and one name that kept coming up was Lt. Colonel David Rosado of the Connecticut State Police,” said Mayor Bronin. “A Hartford native who grew up in Charter Oak Terrace and graduated from Bulkeley High School as well as the UConn School of Law, Lt. Colonel Rosado currently oversees field operations for approximately seven hundred State Troopers. Beyond his distinguished career in law enforcement, Lt. Colonel Rosado brings a deep love and knowledge of our City and a commitment to maintaining our Police Department’s strong partnership with the Hartford community. In the coming weeks, there will be a number of opportunities for the community at large to meet and hear directly from Lt. Colonel Rosado about his vision for the Hartford Police Department. In the coming months, I expect to nominate Lt. Colonel Rosado for the City Council’s consideration as Hartford’s next Chief of Police, and I’m proud that, rather than conduct a lengthy and expensive national search, we have been able to identify and raise up one of Hartford’s own.” Lt. Colonel Rosado currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the Office of Field Operations, an arm of the State Police in the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. “It is an honor to be considered as a potential Police Chief for the city where I was born and raised,” said Lt. Colonel David Rosado. “I’m looking forward to meeting as many City leaders as I can and engaging directly with residents in the coming weeks.” Hartford native Lt. Colonel David Rosado of the CT. ST. PD
|Kim Fields The “A Question of Faith” InterviewInquiring News / 49 d. 15 h. 54 min. ago more|
Kim Fields The “A Question of Faith” Interview By. Kam Williams Fields Revealed! Kim Fields is a veteran actress with an eminent household name, starring in two long – running series, NBC’s “Facts of Life” and Fox’ “Living Single”. Both shows remain in worldwide syndication, consistently reinforcing her place as a global, pop culture icon. As an esteemed and versatile performer, Kim has accumulated numerous starring and guest starring roles in TV movies and series, as well as independent feature films over her 40-year career, including “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” starring Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz. In 2014, she starred in one of the Hallmark Channel’s highest -rated movies, “For Better Or For Worse”, proving her endurance as a fan favorite and industry staple. She has also returned to the stage several times for powerful performances in one-woman shows, as well as leading all-star casts in successful ensemble productions. The start of her next 40 years in showbiz finds Kim currently starring in the new British comedy series, “Living The Dream” for Sky TV. And she is thrilled to return to ABC for the exciting reboot of the hit “Battle of the Network Stars”. But perhaps nothing is more thrilling for Kim these days than the fall release of her highly anticipated autobiography, “Blessed Life.” With arresting transparency, humor and chock full of many personal stories of joy, pain, triumphs and challenges as well as wonderfully-delightful tales of growing up in Hollywood, Kam Williams: Hi Kim, thanks for the interview. I’m honored to have this chance to speak with you. Kim Fields: Oh, right back atcha, Kam. Thank YOU! KW: I was moved to tears by A Question of Faith. What interested you in the film? KF: After reading the role of Theresa Newman, I thought, “Wow! To breath life into this character would be a tremendous opportunity to stretch as an actor and to use some skill sets that I haven’t for awhile and that people don’t normally know me for.” That was my first reason for saying, “Yes.” And right on the heels of that were the movie’s messages, and the way in which those messages were executed. It’s relatable faith. you see people dialoguing the way that real people do. It’s not so sanctified that you don’t see people really struggling with their faith and with each other, because that’s truly challenging. KW: I loved how you and the rest of the cast disappeared into your roles. KF: Thank you so much for that. One of your goals as an actor is to disappear. and as a person of faith, we always say, “Lord, let me diminish. Let me decrease, so you can increase.” I feel the same way as an actor. Let Kim decrease, so the character can increase. So, I’m extremely grateful for that observation and comment from you. KW: You played Tootie for close to a decade between Different Strokes and The Facts of Life. Do you think you were typecast by playing such an iconic role for so long? KF: Not at all. I never felt typecast. I’ve done many different types of projects, some even while playing Tootie, whether TV movies, on the stage or independent features. KW: You’ve directed before Have you thought about directing a film in which you also star? KF: Absolutely! I think of that often. It keeps me up sometimes. I even have a camera in my bedroom. In the near future, I hope to adapt my collection of short stories, “When Bad Women Happen to Good Men,” into a script, and then play one, if not all, of the women featured. I love the world of independent films and hope to be a part of someday. KW: You were once arrested for protesting the police shooting of a black woman. I could see you playing Trayvon Martin’s mother in a docudrama about his killing. Are you still interested in that as an issue? KF: Oh, very much so. In fact, I’m in the midst of creating and launching a social initiative around that and much more. Activism and social awareness have always been a part of who I am, and even more so now as the mother of African-American boys and the wife of an African-American man. A concern for them and for everyone is in the fabric of my DNA. And it’s important to me to that my voice not just regurgitate complaints but offer solutions, which calls for a little more strategizing. I’m not interested in stirring the pot simply for the sake of stirring the pot. At some point, we have to change the ingredients, if we want a different taste. That’s the type of citizen and leader I am. KW: What did you think of President Trump’s waffling response to Charlottesville in which he suggested there were good and bad Nazis? KF: I have a tweet pinned to my refrigerator regarding leadership which I think can apply to many leaders which reads something like, “When do we stop looking for our leaders to change, rather than change leadership.” KW: I know you were born in New York. Do you have any memories of the city before your family moved to Los Angeles? KF: Yes. I grew up in Harlem, right across from St. Nicholas Park. The early part of my upcoming autobiography is devoted to my childhood in Harlem. And its subtitle is “From Harlem to Hollywood.” I still have an affinity for Harlem and live there now. I moved back a decade or so ago. Harlem informs a great deal of who I am as a global citizen, as an artist and performer, and as a wannabe historian. KW: Ling-Ju Yen asks: What is your earliest childhood memory? KF: The black-and-white checkered tiles on the steps going up to my grandmother’s apartment on St. Nicholas Avenue just before 145th Street, heading uptown. She was a dancer at the Savoy. She was part of Billy Eckstine’s nightclub act. She was also one of Pearl Bailey’s dancers. There’s a rich history there. KW: What is your favorite dish to cook? KF: Lasagna. KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? KF: It depends on when I look. Right now, I’m camera ready, so I look fabulous! [LOL] KW: The Viola Davis question: What’s the biggest difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person we see on the red carpet? KF: Probably that I have some version of a Spanx on. [Laughs some more] KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for? KF: Social listening and peace. KW: The Uduak Oduok question: Who is your favorite clothes designer? KF: I’m a fan of Massimo. Let me be clear, the Massimo line in Target. [Laughs] And I’m always at The Gap. I love their jeans. KW: Harriet Pakula-Teweles asks: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in? KF: Oh my goodness! Suddenly, Last Summer. KW: The Tavis Smiley question: How do you want to be remembered? KF: I just don’t want to be forgotten. That’s a start! [Laughs heartily] KW: Finally, Samuel L. Jackson asks: What’s in your wallet? KF: My driver’s license, library card, bank cards, insurance card and my beloved Metro card. Real basic. [LOL] KW: Thanks again for the time, Kim, and I hope we can speak again when your autobiography comes out. KF: Sounds like a plan, Kam. Thanks! To see a trailer for A Question of Faith, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StNvFjirQks
|Bridgeport Honors Three OfficersInquiring News / 49 d. 15 h. 59 min. ago more|
Bridgeport Chief Perez, Bridgeport Police Commissioners Honor Three Officers with Merit Award Bridgeport Chief Perez, Bridgeport Police Commissioners Honor Three Officers with Merit Award Bridgeport, CT – On October 17, 2017, Chief Armando Perez with the Board of Police Commissioners presented three Bridgeport Police officers with the Merit Award for Excellent Arrest. This was the first award ceremony under a new procedure that will award officers for their accomplishments on an expedited basis. The Merit Award for Excellent Arrest may be awarded to any sworn member of the Department who makes an exceptional arrest of a felon who is a danger to the community, using diligence and professionalism in the performance of his duty. The award consists of a citation bar and a copy of the citation. The officers receiving the Excellent Arrest Award are: Officer Anthony Caiazzo, Sergeant Niestemski and Officer Douglas Bepko. • Police Officer Bepko On August 10, 2017, P/O Bepko along with other VCI Officers received information that a red Kia was in the area by the death memorial of Ryan Hernandez located at Park Avenue / Olive Street. Further information revealed that this Kia was known to have possible firearms inside. Officer Bepko was observed by Officer Bepko on Park Avenue and he was able to conduct a motor vehicle stop for a motor vehicle violation. Subsequent to this motor vehicle stop, Officer Bepko seized a loaded 9mm firearm, 20 bags of crack cocaine (2.7g) and 12 folds of Heroine (2.8g). All parties that were arrested were known to VCI officers as possible gang members. Due to his attention for duty, Officer Bepko is awarded with a citation and an award for an Excellent Arrest. • Sergeant Trevor Niestemski On June 12, 2017, Sergeant Niestemski was in the area of Reservoir Avenue / Moffitt Street and observed a vehicle that was wanted for a robbery the day before. Sergeant Niestemski was able to conduct a motor vehicle stop in the suspect’s driveway and further investigation revealed a loaded .32 firearm with obliterated serial number. Upon further investigation, Sergeant Niestemski located evidence from the original robbery the day before. Due to his attention for duty, Sergeant Niestemski is awarded with a citation and an award for an Excellent Arrest. • Officer Anthony Caiazzo On August 8, 2017, Officer Caiazzo was in the area of the Charles Greene Homes Housing Project. He conducted a motor vehicle stop and subsequent to his stop, Officer Caiazzo seized a loaded .357 Magnum, 209 folds of Heroine (2.5g), .5g of Cocaine, 15 Ecstasy pills, 28g Marijuana and $482. Further investigation revealed the suspect was a convicted felon. Due to his attention for duty, Officer Caiazzo is awarded with a citation and an award for an Excellent Arrest.