Hartfordcc's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc Sun, 26 May 2019 22:16:40 -0400 HamletHub.com Hartford CC Area High Schools Honored with College Success Award https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1638-hartford-cc-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-15581274711638-hartford-cc-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558127471 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1638-hartford-cc-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-15581274711638-hartford-cc-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558127471

GreatSchools has just announced the winners of the second-annual 2019 College Success Awards. (See the list below for High Schools in Connecticut honored near Hartford CC).

According to GreatSchools, this award recognizes 1,722 high schools across 25 states that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there. Winners represent about 20% of eligible public high schools. Eligibility is determined by data availability and ranges on a state-by-state basis from 13% to 88%.

Avon High School took top honors, and three other CT High Schools received a ten for ten Great Schools Summary Ranking - Weston High School, Connecticut IB Academy, and Marine Science Magnet High School Of Southeastern Connecticut.

The high schools in Connecticut that have won the GreatSchools 2019 College Success Award include:

Rating School Total enrolled % Low-income % College enrollment - State average: 72% Persistence % - State average: 86%
10/10 Avon High School 1038 6% 90% 94%
10/10 Connecticut Ib Academy 192 38% 96% 95%
9/10 Glastonbury High School 2037 10% 89% 93%
9/10 Conard High School 1540 23% 85% 92%
9/10 Hall High School 1463 17% 86% 91%
8/10 Rocky Hill High School 705 15% 83% 91%
8/10 South Windsor High School 1318 12% 88% 91%
6/10 University High School 431 42% 86% 89%

For a full list of schools please go to https://www.greatschools.org/connecticut/college-success-award/

The College Success Award-winning high schools stand out based on school-level college readiness and postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. “This data tells us whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist to their second year,” GreatSchools states.

Learn more about GreatSchools College Success Awards here.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:50 -0400
Ability Beyond Named Beneficiary of 7TH Annual O'Neill's Annual 5K Run on May 19th https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1637-ability-beyond-named-beneficiary-of-7th-annual-o-neill-s-annual-5k-run-on-may-19th1637-ability-beyond-named-beneficiary-of-7th-annual-o-neill-s-annual-5k-run-on-may-19th https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1637-ability-beyond-named-beneficiary-of-7th-annual-o-neill-s-annual-5k-run-on-may-19th1637-ability-beyond-named-beneficiary-of-7th-annual-o-neill-s-annual-5k-run-on-may-19th

The 7th Annual O’Neill’s 5k will help the more than 3,000 people with disabilities served by Ability Beyond as this year's designated charity.

 
The nonprofit is a leading provider of independent housing, day programs, employment initiatives and other critical support services to clients throughout Connecticut and New York’s lower Hudson Valley. For more than 60 years, Ability Beyond has upheld the dignity of individuals with developmental, intellectual, autism spectrum, acquired brain injury and mental health disabilities.
 
“Ability Beyond is extremely grateful to be the beneficiary of the 2019 O'Neill's Annual 5K Run in Memory of Annie Curtin,” said President and CEO Jane Davis. “This year the race that was inspired by Annie will help empower people with disabilities to live full and rewarding lives.”
 
Annie passed away almost nine years ago; she was 6 1/2. To celebrate her life, Annie's parents Paul and Kat Curtin, along with O'Neill's Irish Pub and Restaurant, established an annual fundraising event to help people in the community.
 
An Ability Beyond team comprised of staff members, clients and families will run or walk in the event.
 
“Parents of the individuals in our programs are always extremely supportive of our fundraising efforts that help their children go beyond what was ever imagined possible. Our greatest reward is to see the people we serve gain confidence, joy and hope as they realize their dreams,” Davis said.
 
The course for the May 19th road race in Norwalk, CT is certified by USA Track & Field. It is mostly flat and runs through SoNo and East Norwalk, with a breathtaking view of the harbor at the halfway point. Runners will receive ChronoTrack’s disposable B-Tags to record their times and allow family and friends to track them live.
 
Participants of all ages may sign up as an individual or with a team. They will receive a T-shirt and a swag bag. All are invited to the after party at O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant, 93 North Main Street, Norwalk, featuring a barbecue, awards, entertainment, beer and prizes.
 
“We look forward to this event both for the chance to extend our Irish warmth and hospitality and for giving back to the community by supporting causes about which we are passionate,” said Ollie O’Neill.
 
Register at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/47636 or call 203-838-0222. The cost is $45 for adults the day of the race, with discounts for early registration and youth 11-19. Children 10 and younger are admitted without charge. Parking is in the public lot behind the cinemas (free on race morning), or on the streets in South Norwalk. The race begins at 11 a.m.
 
Runners and teams can create a fundraising page that allows friends and relatives to contribute at http://www.firstgiving.com/abilitybeyonddisability/O-Neill-7th-Annual-5K-Run. Donations can be made to the event without registering to run.
 
“The contributions of O’Neill’s, the Curtins, sponsors, runners, donors and volunteers will make the ‘Beyond’ in our name and our mission possible. This generosity will have a profound impact on the quality of life for hundreds of clients in our community” Davis said.
 
Ability Beyond is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Bethel, CT and Chappaqua, NY with locations in Norwalk and Bristol. It provides a wide range of services to more than 3,000 people with a disability that inhibits their activities of daily living including numerous residential alternatives, employment training, career counseling, job placement services, cognitive and life skills instruction, clinical and therapeutic support, and volunteer and recreational activities. Its services extend through Fairfield, New Haven, Litchfield, Middlesex and Hartford counties in Connecticut; and Westchester, Putnam and Duchess counties in New York.  For more information about Ability Beyond, visit abilitybeyond.org.
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Charities Mon, 13 May 2019 17:18:52 -0400
See Where Hartford CC Schools Rank in U.S. News & World Report https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1636-see-where-hartford-cc-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-15566646241636-see-where-hartford-cc-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-1556664624 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1636-see-where-hartford-cc-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-15566646241636-see-where-hartford-cc-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-1556664624

U.S. News & World Report has just released their 2019 Best High Schools Rankings. The rankings of the schools closest to Hartford CC are:

High School CT Rank Nat Rank Grad Rate Readiness Enrollment
Achievement First Hartford Academy Inc. #3 #285 90% 75 152
Connecticut IB Academy #5 #321 100% 80.9 197
Hall High School #11 #521 98% 62.1 1,447
Conard High School #13 #545 95% 64.7 1,456
University High School of Science and Engineering #44 #2,208 96% 26.9 431
Sports and Medical Sciences Academy #69 #3,377 92% 33.7 444
Wethersfield High School #103 #5,488 93% 26.1 1,152
East Hartford High School #122 #7,424 94% 25.1 1,629
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts #124 #7,689 92% 25.5 469
Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy #126 #8,248 87% 15.4 449
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design #135 #9,118 86% 13.8 421
Classical Magnet School #140 #9,778 90% N/A 360
Capital Community College Magnet Academy #153 #11,273 97% N/A 57
A. I. Prince Technical High School #164-206 #12,935-17,245 schooldat

View the complete ranking of high schools in Connecticut here. View the complete ranking of high schools in the United States here.

U.S. News ranked 17,245 public high schools, out of a review of more than 23,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to U.S. News, the number of ranked schools is up from more than 2,700 last year. The new rankings, developed in conjunction with nonprofit research firm RTI International, are based on a revamped methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality for the 2016-2017 school year. View the methodology here.

The top five high schools in Connecticut

  1. Darien High School
  2. Weston High School
  3. Achievement First Hartford Academy
  4. Ridgefield High School
  5. Connecticut IB Academy

The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams; and graduated in high proportions, according to U.S. News.

U.S. News also assigned a separate STEM ranking for 250 high schools whose students excelled on AP science and math tests. To be eligible, schools had to appear in the top 1,000 of the overall national ranking, according to the article.

Read the article in its entirety here.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Neighbors Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:39:14 -0400
New Boutique Financial Planning Firm Opens in West Hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1635-new-boutique-financial-planning-firm-opens-in-west-hartford1635-new-boutique-financial-planning-firm-opens-in-west-hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1635-new-boutique-financial-planning-firm-opens-in-west-hartford1635-new-boutique-financial-planning-firm-opens-in-west-hartford

Certified Financial Planner Edward Goldberg and Brenda Larkin like to joke that divorce is what brought them together six years ago. Today, the pair of respected professionals is joining forces to form Goldberg Larkin, a personalized boutique financial planning practice. The full-service firm is located at 433 South Main Street, Suite 105, in West Hartford.

“s (CDFA) and members of the Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group,” explained Goldberg. “The more we worked together, the more we realized how similarly we approach the art and science of financial planning. Eventually we simply joined our practices together for form Goldberg Larkin.”

Goldberg, CFP®, ChFC, CDFA®, was previously with Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. in Windsor and Larkin, CDFA®, also with Sagemark Consulting in Windsor. When deciding where they should open their new venture, West Hartford was their immediate choice.

“We work with numerous attorneys who practice in town and many of our clients come to West Hartford to shop and dine,” explained Larkin. “Most importantly, we wanted to create a warm and welcoming environment in an area that is vibrant, fun and accessible.” 

Goldberg and Larkin’s deep, personal relationships with their clients are the reason they chose to become affiliated with Westminster Financial Companies in Ohio. Westminster Financial is a family-owned and run Registered Investment Advisor and Broker Dealer with a proud fifty year history. 

“As a rule, we really know our clients. Westminster is a smaller company, so culturally, it is a much better fit for us, and therefore for our clients as well,” said Goldberg. “We have direct contact with and immediate access to the entire leadership team and the investment team as well.”

Goldberg and Larkin also share the core belief that success starts with a comprehensive financial plan which encompasses all aspects of an individual’s or couple’s financial well-being. This holistic approach is not just focused on investments, but also estate planning, insurance, retirement planning and business succession planning. The firm manages a portfolio of over $100 million. Their clients are primarily couples and individuals, many of whom came to the firm subsequent to divorce.

The team’s extensive work within the divorce process has also provided them with specialized expertise to guide people through other major life changes, such as the death of a spouse or unplanned retirement.  

“People in transition often do not know where to turn,” said Goldberg. “Divorce is perhaps the most emotionally difficult transition of all. Brenda and I feel strongly that by helping people navigate the financial aspects of a life-changing transition, we can empower them to better face their financial future.”

Goldberg cautions that even exciting transitions like a financial windfall from a lottery win or inheritance, requires proper planning. “We had a client who sold his business for a lot of money and wanted to send all nine of his grandchildren to private schools. We demonstrated to him that if he spent that desired amount, he would likely run out of money in about 15 years. He then altered his gifting pattern to a more sustainable level.”

Throughout his more than 25-year financial services career, Goldberg has helped couples and individuals accumulate, preserve and transfer wealth. Sound money management practices and comprehensive planning help his clients achieve their financial goals throughout their business lives and in retirement. 

Goldberg is following his own advice for business owners to start succession planning well in advance. “Oftentimes In the financial planning industry, a vibrant practice can be valued, packaged, and marketed for sale to the highest bidder. I decided to partner Brenda, who is someone who shares my vision of financial planning. That way I know that when I eventually retire in the distant, my clients will be in the hands of someone who cares about them as much as I do.”

Larkin utilizes her 15 years of financial planning experience to develop appropriate strategies that may include: tax reduction strategies, retirement, investment, insurance, college funding and legacy planning. She also has specialized training in Divorce Collaboration and Mediation.

Goldberg Larkin’s official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in conjunction with the West Hartford Chamber on May 9 at noon. 

Goldberg Larkin is a boutique financial planning practice committed to the financial success of each and every client. Affiliated with Westminster Financial, a full-service broker/dealer and registered investment advisor, Ed Goldberg, CFP®, ChFC, CDFA®, and Brenda Larkin, CDFA®, offer their clients a full range of financial products and services. Located at 433 South Main Street Suite 105 West Hartford, CT 06110. To schedule a FREE consultation visit www.goldberglarkin.com or call Ed at 860-706-1100 or Brenda at 860-706-1101.

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PHOTO: Certified Financial Planner Edward Goldberg and Brenda Larkin have recently joined forces to form Goldberg Larkin, a personalized boutique financial planning practice. The full-service firm is located at 433 South Main Street, Suite 105, in West Hartford.

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Neighbors Mon, 29 Apr 2019 19:01:59 -0400
5 Password Pointers from Computer Expert Improves Security https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1634-5-password-pointers-from-computer-expert-improves-security1634-5-password-pointers-from-computer-expert-improves-security https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1634-5-password-pointers-from-computer-expert-improves-security1634-5-password-pointers-from-computer-expert-improves-security

EVERNET shares best practices for world password day on May 2.

 Today people have an overabundance of online accounts for everything from home security to food delivery. In an effort to keep all of this account info straight, many users practice poor password protocol, according to IT tech expert Eric Buhrendorf. The CEO of EVERNET, a computer consulting and service firm in Connecticut, is urging everyone to observe World Password Day on May 2 to protect against hackers who are literally testing every word in the dictionary against your password.
 
“Using the same password for every account would seem to simplify things, but it can actually cause more headaches,” cautioned Buhrendorf. “Hackers are taking the usernames, emails, and passwords from the hack of one company and automatically testing the same credentials at many other companies, as was the case with the latest reported Turbo Tax account hack. Turbo Tax itself wasn’t hacked… it was the poor password habits of their user.”
 
The 2019 State of Password and Authentication Security Behaviors Report, conducted by Ponemon Institute, found that despite an increased understanding of best practices, users are not taking precautions.
 
Passwords continue to trip up users and compromise security. The report noted 69 percent of respondents give coworkers passwords to access accounts, while 51 percent reuse an average of five passwords for both personal and business accounts.
 
Buhrendorf offered these five best practices for businesses and individuals:
 
1. Have unique passwords for every user and every account. Co-workers and family members using the same passwords leads to nightmare situations. To ensure that the length and complexity is appropriate, use a password generator like the free one from LastPass www.lastpass.com/password-generator.
 
2. Enforce a policy to change all passwords in a reasonable frequency – be it weekly, quarterly, twice-yearly, etc. But how do you remember all those passwords? Use a password management process. LastPass also provides a tool called a Password Manager that can be installed on all devices.
 
3. Use layers of authentication for additional protection. Take advantage of such effective safety measures as inputting a PIN emailed or texted to you, and responding to questions with preset answers.
 
4. Strong passwords make it significantly more difficult for hackers to break into systems. They should have more than eight characters comprised of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Spread out the numbers and special characters rather than bunching them together, and avoid the obvious such as a birth date or a child’s name.
 
5. Beware of phishing emails and phone calls looking for passwords. Trust no one – not even contacts you deem safe. Your IT department, boss, friend, bank or government agency should ever ask for your password. Employers can provide training and set protocol to immediately report if a device has been compromised so the damage might be contained.
 
Buhrendorf also warns to avoid any prompt from an outside source to do anything – such as provide a password or click on a link, as it is a red flag signaling a hacking. A good antivirus program can help prevent damage if the hacker is successful.
 
“No matter how strong your passwords are and how meticulous about safety you are, hackers can find ways to monitor your keystrokes. Make it as difficult as possible for them with up-to-date virus scanners and regular updates,” Buhrendorf said.
 
Buhrendorf shared an example of what can happen if virus protection is not updated. During a routine maintenance years ago, EVERNET recommended that a small business client replace its antivirus with the newer product. The owner declined to follow EVERNET’s recommendation and four months later – on Thanksgiving Day – the entire company was the victim of a cryptolocker attack. The entire business was shut down.
 
“We responded immediately and by the following week the business was back to operational,” said Buhrendorf. “With every client, if we see something, we say something. We always make recommendations that meet our standards and those of the industry if we see something deficient.”
 
EVERNET customers can call or email the EVERNET Help Desk with any questions or concerns about the legitimacy of a possible phishing attempt or any security related issue. If there’s been a breach, speed is of the essence to stop the bleeding of data and secure the network.
“Identity theft is one of the world’s fastest-growing crimes. Practicing active password management can help protect business data, personal emails, bank accounts and social media platforms,” Buhrendorf said.
 
Since 2007, EVERNET has provided trusted computer support for Connecticut businesses of all sizes. Its wide range of tailored IT solutions includes managed services, network administration, help desk support, training, onsite computer installation and repair, data backup and recovery, remote IT services and more. For information or to schedule a free consultation visitwww.evernetco.com  or call 860-656-7810.
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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Neighbors Mon, 29 Apr 2019 18:56:25 -0400
Connecticut to Receive New Funding for Tick Research, Hartford CC Tick Data Shown Below https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1633-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-hartford-cc-tick-data-shown-below-15565614611633-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-hartford-cc-tick-data-shown-below-1556561461 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1633-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-hartford-cc-tick-data-shown-below-15565614611633-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-hartford-cc-tick-data-shown-below-1556561461

More help is on the way to study the tick problem in Connecticut.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently funded the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) to collect and test for more organisms that cause human diseases, including Lyme disease, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

According to the article, CAES will begin testing for more tick species and for more pathogens.

The chart below shows the data from collected ticks for towns near Hartford CC in 2017, the latest available:

Town Total_Identified Total_Tested Total_Positive Percent_Positive
Hartford 1 1
West Hartford 17 14 3 0.214
Wethersfield 18 17 5 0.294
East Hartford 1

The full list including all towns is available here. A total of 5,577 ticks feeding on humans were submitted by residents, health departments, and physician offices for identification in 2017. Of these, 3,993 were tested for the evidence of infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative organism for Lyme disease, and 1,277 (32.0%) were found positive.  For information on submitting ticks please go to the CAES website here.

Connecticut provides a number of fantastic resources to help prevent tick-borne diseases including this fact sheet on prevention and use of insect repellents, and a handbook on tick management by Dr. Stafford. The CDC page on lyme disease https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html

The Wall Street Journal said that Connecticut reported more than 35,000 cases of diseases contracted through tick bites from 2004 to 2016, according to the CDC. That makes it the state with the fifth most cases, behind Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Tick season stretches from April to October, although infections peak during the summer months.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Public safety Mon, 29 Apr 2019 08:50:00 -0400
Hunger Challenges Focus at Hungry For Change Legislative Day, May 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1632-hunger-challenges-focus-at-hungry-for-change-legislative-day-may-11632-hunger-challenges-focus-at-hungry-for-change-legislative-day-may-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1632-hunger-challenges-focus-at-hungry-for-change-legislative-day-may-11632-hunger-challenges-focus-at-hungry-for-change-legislative-day-may-1

Hungry For Change, a project of the Connecticut Food Bank, End Hunger Connecticut!, and Foodshare, will host its third annual legislative event on Wednesday, May 1, at the State Capitol. The event is aimed at bringing anti-hunger organizations and advocates together with legislators to raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity and to build connections that will help improve outcomes for people in Connecticut who struggle with food insecurity. The event is set for May 1, from 10:30AM to 12:00PM in the Old Judiciary Room of the State Capitol. 

The event is one of two each year that the project hosts. Each fall, Hungry For Change presents a half-day gathering of food assistance providers, human service agencies, anti-hunger advocates, and others with an interest in strengthening communities to hear from experts in food insecurity and to exchange ideas and best practices in fighting hunger.

“There is tremendous commitment and energy in Connecticut to end hunger,” said Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau. “Along with Foodshare and our colleagues at End Hunger Connecticut!, we are part of networks that work every day to support hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents in need. We want to share that energy and urgency with legislators.”

“We have greater impact when we work together,” said Foodshare President and CEO Jason Jakubowski. “This legislative day provides an opportunity to speak together about this critical issue and to help legislators understand the challenge and their role in the solutions.”

“As the new leader at End Hunger Connecticut!, I look forward to meeting with legislators and my colleagues in the fight against hunger,” said End Hunger Connecticut! Executive Director Robin Lamott Sparks. “We hope that the day will help our networks make connections and reinforce existing relationships. Winning the fight against hunger will take commitment from all parties.”

Hungry For Change Legislative Day is Wednesday, May 1, from 10:30AM to 12:00PM. The event is designed as a forum for anti-hunger and advocates and legislators to meet and build connections to alleviate hunger in Connecticut. Registration for the event is at https://hungryforchangemay1.eventbrite.com. Registration is free of charge. Reservations for the event are required. 

About Hungry For Change:

Hungry For Change is project of the Connecticut Food Bank, End Hunger Connecticut!, and Foodshare, along with membership of their networks and allies in organizations devoted to human service and community development.

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kerry@ducey.org (Paul Shipman) Events Thu, 25 Apr 2019 06:14:23 -0400
2019 Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season Opens https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1631-2019-spring-wild-turkey-hunting-season-opens1631-2019-spring-wild-turkey-hunting-season-opens https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1631-2019-spring-wild-turkey-hunting-season-opens1631-2019-spring-wild-turkey-hunting-season-opens

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding hunters that the 2019 Connecticut spring wild turkey hunting season runs from April 24 through May 25.
 
This year will mark the 39th consecutive year that sportsmen have hunted turkeys in Connecticut. Healthy and abundant wild turkey populations exist throughout the majority of Connecticut’s woodlands.
 
During the 2019 spring season, two bearded turkeys may be taken on state land and three on private land. Hunting is permitted from one-half hour before sunrise until noon each day.
 
Recommended safety precautions for spring turkey hunting:
  • Become familiar with two or more areas to hunt, so if someone is already hunting in one of those areas, you can move to another site.
  • If another hunter is encountered in the woods, remain still and speak in a loud clear voice to announce your presence.
  • Eliminate the colors red, white, blue, and black from your hunting outfit. These colors are associated with a gobbler and could be mistaken as a turkey.
  • Hunters must be sure of their target and what is beyond it, prior to taking a shot.
“Spring turkey hunting requires preparation, patience, and persistence to help maintain a safe hunting experience and the opportunity to harvest a gobbler,” said Michael Gregonis, Wild Turkey Program Biologist for the DEEP Wildlife Division. “Scouting, calling, and hunting techniques for turkeys can be learned by attending seminars, reading articles, watching videos, and talking with experienced turkey hunters.”
 
Additional Information
 
Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp: Hunters are reminded that spring turkey permits for state and private land have been replaced by the Connecticut Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp. This $28 stamp ($14 for resident 12- to 17-year-olds) is valid for the calendar year and is required for hunting wild turkey, pheasant, chukar and Hungarian partridges, grouse, and quail. Stamps can be purchased online (www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing) or over the counter at some DEEP offices, town clerk offices, and commercial vendors that sell hunting, fishing, and outdoor equipment. All revenue from the sale of Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamps is deposited into a separate, non-lapsing account to use exclusively for managing game birds and their habitat.
 
Turkey hunters who hunt on private land are reminded that written landowner permission, on a form provided by DEEP, is required.
 
All harvested turkeys must be tagged immediately and reported to the DEEP online (www.ct.gov/deep/hunting) or by phone (1-877-337-4868) within 24 hours. Hunters must tag their turkeys with a 2019 Harvest Tag. Copies of the 2019 Harvest Tags and instructions are on page 34 of the 2019 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide and also are available on the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting. After reporting their harvest via the Internet or by telephone, hunters will be given a confirmation number to write on their Harvest Tag. This confirmation number serves as proof that the harvest was legally reported.
 
More information on the spring turkey season, hunting regulations, junior hunter training days, and tagging and reporting requirements is contained in the 2019 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide, which is available wherever hunting licenses are sold and on the DEEP’s Web site (www.ct.gov/deep/hunting).
 
Participate in the Annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey: Connecticut residents are encouraged to keep a tally of all sightings of hen turkeys and poults (young-of-the-year) from June 1 through August 31 as part of an Annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey. Results from this survey enable the Wildlife Division to estimate the average number of turkey poults per hen statewide, assess annual fluctuations in the turkey population, gauge reproductive success each year, and evaluate recruitment of new birds into the fall population. Those interested in participating can download a “Wild Turkey Observation Form” from the DEEP website to record observations during the survey time period (www.ct.gov/deep/wildlife, select “Volunteer/Citizen Science Opportunities”). Instructions are on the data sheet. This is a great way to partner with the Wildlife Division to help monitor the state's wild turkey population.
 
Photo: Credit Paul J. Fusco/DEEP Wildlife Division
 
 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Life Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:48:20 -0400
Connecticut Golfer Attacked by Bobcat, Police Euthanize Animal https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1630-connecticut-golfer-attacked-by-bobcat-police-euthanize-animal1630-connecticut-golfer-attacked-by-bobcat-police-euthanize-animal https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1630-connecticut-golfer-attacked-by-bobcat-police-euthanize-animal1630-connecticut-golfer-attacked-by-bobcat-police-euthanize-animal

DEEP Environmental Conservation Police Euthanize Bobcat Suspected in Attacks in Baltic

At approximately 8:00 am today, April 18, a bobcat reportedly attacked a horse in Baltic.

Subsequently, at about 8:30 a.m. a bobcat attacked a golfer at the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Baltic.  Another member of the golfer’s team was able to drive the bobcat off.

The golfer was transported to Backus Hospital for treatment of lacerations.  His condition is unknown.

The horse received lacerations to the neck and eye and is currently being treated by a veterinarian for its injuries.

DEEP Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police were called to the scene.  They successfully tracked and humanely euthanized the animal nearby.   The bobcat was transported to UConn Medical Lab for testing.  DEEP believes this bobcat is the one involved in both attacks this morning.
 
Bobcats are shy secretive animals; attacks on humans are extremely rare.  The last reported incident was in Bozrah in late August, 2014.  That animal was found to test positive for rabies.
 
Background on Bobcats

Bobcats are common in Connecticut and found in most towns throughout the state. They are secretive, solitary and seldom observed, tending to hunt and travel in areas of thick cover.   Compared to many wildlife species, bobcats rarely cause conflicts with human activities and rarely contract rabies.  DEEP recommends that if you encounter a bobcat, you should keep your distance, make noise and back away from the animal.  For more information visit:  www.ct.gov/deep/bobcatfacts
 
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kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Public safety Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:07:52 -0400
Congratulations to the National Corporate Merit Scholarship Winners Near Hartford CC https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1629-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-hartford-cc-15554568411629-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-hartford-cc-1555456841 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1629-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-hartford-cc-15554568411629-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-hartford-cc-1555456841

Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of the first group of winners in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Congratulations to these students close to Hartford CC! Included is the name of the winner, their school, scholarship name, probable career field, home town, and a description of the scholarship.

Erica R. Deskus
RHAM H. S., HEBRON
NATIONAL MERIT BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP
Mathematics
MARLBOROUGH
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc. annually awards scholarships to the children of active, full-time employees of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company U.S. divisions and subsidiaries. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a research-based, diversified health care company whose principal businesses are pharmaceuticals, consumer products, nutritionals and medical devices.
David R. Fu
SIMSBURY H. S., SIMSBURY
NATIONAL MERIT PARKER HANNIFIN SCHOLARSHIP
Computer Science
SIMSBURY
Parker Hannifin Corporation, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, manufactures the world's most complete line of fluid systems components for the industrial, automotive, aerospace, aviation and marine markets. It has employees in more than 150 facilities worldwide. These scholarships are awarded to children of employees on a competitive basis under the sponsorship of the Parker Hannifin Foundation, which also sponsors a matching funds program for assistance to higher education institutions.
Grace Huang
SIMSBURY H. S., SIMSBURY
NATIONAL MERIT NORTHROP GRUMMAN SCHOLARSHIP
Environmental Policy
SIMSBURY
Northrop Grumman Corporation, based in Los Angeles, California, is a global corporation primarily serving the defense and electronic systems requirements of governments, commerce, and industry in the U.S. and friendly nations around the world. Northrop Grumman Corporation annually supports Merit Scholarship awards for the sons and daughters of employees.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited

U.S. college or university of their choice.

Funding for these National Merit Scholarships is provided by corporate organizations that represent nearly all sectors of American industry. Sponsors from the business community have underwritten awards offered in all 64 competitions, expending or committing more than $804 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2018, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated on a state-

representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist was asked to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.

By the conclusion of the 2019 competition, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $31 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships offered each year are underwritten by some 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to honor the nation’s scholastically talented youth and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Merit) Neighbors Wed, 17 Apr 2019 03:00:00 -0400
Connecticut State Police Accepting Applications at Locations Near Hartford CC for State Police Troopers until May 31 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1628-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-hartford-cc-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-15553728101628-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-hartford-cc-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555372810 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1628-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-hartford-cc-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-15553728101628-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-hartford-cc-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555372810

Today is the DAY! The Connecticut State Police is accepting applications for the position of State Police Trooper Trainee. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police is currently accepting applications to establish a pool of qualified applicants to fill future vacant State Police Trooper Trainee positions across the State.    

The Connecticut State Police offers numerous Career Opportunities across our beautiful State, with opportunities for promotional advancement and geographic transfers.   Adding to the attractive locations and upward mobility are excellent Compensation and Benefits including a full Health Benefitspackage, along with additional Supplemental Benefits and a 25 year Hazardous Duty retirement.  

The CT Troop  locations nearest to Hartford CC are:

Troop Street City Phone
TROOP C – Tolland 1320 Tolland Stage Tolland (800) 318-7633
TROOP H – Hartford 100R Washington Street Hartford (800) 968-0664
TROOP H – Bradley International Airport- 30 Firehouse Road- Building 85-361 Windsor Locks (860) 292-7400

There is a six stage process for hiring:

  1. Application Period:How to Apply for the SPTT Job Opening
  2. Physical Fitness Assessment: Candidates must take and pass a Physical Fitness Assessment that measures muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.  Valid CHIP cards will be accepted prior to the CT State Police Physical Ability Test, tentatively scheduled for August.  To register, please follow the instructions on the CHIP Test Schedule.     

   Instructional Video Links:

  1. Polygraph Examination: Inquiries concerning employment history; driving history; medical history; financial history; gambling history; illegal possession, use and sale of drugs/narcotics; criminal activity; military history; illegal sexual activity; use of alcohol; general personal data; prior conduct in police/security/corrections fields; subversive, revolutionary or gang activity; basic honesty and integrity.
  2. Background Investigation:  Comprehensive review of employment, education, training, criminal, motor vehicle and credit history.
  3. Psychological Evaluation: Combination of written tests and interviews to assess suitability for employment in law enforcement.
  4. Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive physical examination, including drug screening.

Operational needs of the agency will weigh heavily on the initial assignment of hired Troopers.  However, we work with our staff to identify locations that are geographically compatible to their desired location.  The agency seeks trustworthy, motivated, driven individuals who are able to work well on their own as well as in a team environment.   We strive to provide superior Public Safety Services for Connecticut and achieve them through our Mission.

DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.

In striving to accomplish this mission, State Police embody core values with great PRIDE:

  • Professionalism through an elite and diverse team of trained men and women.
  • Respect for ourselves and others through our words and actions.
  • Integrity through adherence to standards and values that merit public trust.
  • Dedication to our colleagues, our values, and to the service of others.
  • Equality through fair and unprejudiced application of the law.

To learn more about what it takes to become a Connecticut State Police Troopers, please view the video below and visit www.beaconnecticuttrooper.com.    

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT State Trooper) Public safety Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:04:38 -0400
State of Connecticut Partners With Dalio Philanthropies to Strengthen Public Education and Promote Greater Economic Opportunity https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1627-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-15548148261627-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-1554814826 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1627-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-15548148261627-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-1554814826

Dalio Philanthropies Pledges $100 Million to Connecticut; Collaboration Aims to Raise $300 Million to Benefit Youth and Under-Resourced Communities Throughout the State

(HARTFORD, CT) – Ray and Barbara Dalio of Dalio Philanthropies today joined Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, First Lady Annie Lamont, leaders in the General Assembly, students and other stakeholders to announce the launch of a partnership strengthening public education and promoting greater economic opportunity in Connecticut. Through Connecticut’s leadership and the support of Dalio Philanthropies, the partnership seeks to raise $300 million over five years: $100 million from the State of Connecticut that will be matched by $100 million from Dalio Philanthropies and another $100 million from other philanthropists and business leaders.

A video of the announcement is available here.

The $100 million from Dalio Philanthropies is the largest known philanthropic donation to benefit the state in Connecticut’s history. The partnership will benefit residents of Connecticut’s under-resourced communities, with a specific focus on communities where there is both a high poverty rate and a high concentration of youth (14-24) who are showing signs of disengagement or disconnection from high school.

Dalio Philanthropies and the State of Connecticut formed the partnership in response to the state’s current challenges:

  • More than one out of every five high school students in Connecticut are either disengaged or disconnected from school;
  • The annual fiscal impact of high school dropouts on the state budget is more than $900 million;
  • Connecticut ranks among the highest states in terms of income inequality; and
  • Employers across the state are looking to hire skilled workers in historic and emerging industries.

The partnership will:

  • Work with local stakeholders to ensure that community voice and input shape programming design and help advance positive outcomes as quickly and sustainably as possible;
  • Serve disengaged and disconnected youth or entrepreneurs working in under-resourced communities;
  • Utilize practices with demonstrated positive impact in Connecticut or other states and communities;
  • Monitor, measure, and report progress against specific agreed upon impact objectives; and
  • Likely form an independent organization to leverage community expertise and administer resources with representation from Dalio Philanthropies, and the legislative and executive branches.

Given this unprecedented opportunity to leverage a 2-to-1 match, the governor is proposing to appropriate the first contribution from the projected surplus this year. The state match for future years of the five-year commitment will be discussed with the legislature before developing final budgets.

To promote greater economic opportunity, the partnership will support and encourage microfinance and community entrepreneurship initiatives. For example, the partnership might explore funding entrepreneurs with small loans and early stage equity capital and providing non-financial supports such as mentorship and access to networks to help individuals start their own businesses in under-resourced communities so that they can create opportunities for their families and fellow citizens.

To strengthen public education, the partnership will engage non-profit organizations, high schools, higher education, and employers to connect young people to upwardly-mobile jobs. Public education and workforce development programs will include an integrated focus on youth development and wraparound programming to give youth the holistic supports they need to succeed. This could include collaborative endeavors to support educators and schools in individualizing interventions for each student, particularly at moments of transition, as well as programming to reach disconnected youth by providing the supports they need to get back in school and/or connect to the workforce.

“The Dalios, especially Barbara, have made improving public education a priority and thousands of young people will have a better chance to succeed because of their commitment,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “There are many individuals who care deeply about Connecticut and its future generations. We’ve come together today for a historic investment to support, encourage, and mentor our young people so they can achieve their greatest potential. I’m grateful to the Dalios, to all our community leaders and educators, and to all of our young people who are working every day to make our state the best it can be.”

“Our educators and community programs provide extraordinary support to our young people in Connecticut,” Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) said. “However, our state needs more investment and initiatives in under-resourced communities. This partnership between Dalio Philanthropies, the General Assembly, Governor Lamont, and other philanthropists and business leaders is an important investment in our young people. The entire state appreciates the generosity and commitment of the Dalio family. I also want to thank Governor Lamont for his work in leading this effort that has the potential to be transformative.”

“This is not just about two people being proud of their state and wanting to give back, but also an understanding of the special challenges our youth in certain communities face and investing in their future,” Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin, Southington) said. “Reaching our young people in need with mentoring and opportunity along with encouraging local entrepreneurship is exactly the formula we need, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.”

“We appreciate Governor Lamont’s out of the box creative thinking in moving the state forward in pursuit of alternative methods of funding, such as a public-private partnership,” the legislature’s Republican leaders, Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, said in a joint statement. “We share the goal of creating more opportunity for Connecticut’s youth. This is an idea that is certainly worth exploring, but also that needs to be vetted in great detail. The wellbeing of Connecticut and all who live here is of the utmost importance to all of us and we look forward to many more in-depth conversations to ensure that all people in Connecticut have the best opportunity to succeed.”

“Giving students the education that leads to career and job opportunities is one of the most important responsibilities that we have as a society,” Barbara Dalio, co-founder and director of Dalio Philanthropies, said. “When students are given the career and job training opportunities and they can see a path that excites them, they will thrive. Ray and I are thrilled to partner with Governor Lamont and communities to make this vision possible.”

“Equal access to education and job opportunities are required for any system to be fair and productive,” Ray Dalio, co-founder and president of Dalio Philanthropies, said. “Unfortunately, these are now lacking in Connecticut, particularly in poor areas of the state where poverty impedes children’s ability to get a quality education and for adults to get jobs. I believe that all members of our Connecticut community should pull together to rectify these intolerable circumstances. Barbara has for many years been tirelessly working alongside our state’s educational and community leaders to help provide our public school system with the support it needs to close the educational opportunity gaps. Building on her work and Governor Lamont’s call to work together, we are excited to help initiate this partnership to improve public education and provide jobs and microfinancing opportunities to those in the most depressed areas of our state. We hope to make these changes sustainable over the long run by raising incomes, lowering social costs, and making Connecticut a more hospitable environment for those who will contribute to its well-being.”

About Dalio Philanthropies

Dalio Philanthropies furthers the Dalio family’s diverse philanthropic passions, which include strengthening public education in Connecticut, financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship. Dalio Philanthropies has invested more than $50 million in the state’s public school districts, nonprofit organizations, and communities over the past four years alone. Dalio Philanthropies’ support for financial inclusion efforts total over $72 million to date. To learn more, visit www.daliophilanthropies.org.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT State) Charities Tue, 09 Apr 2019 03:57:47 -0400
Schools Near Hartford CC Awarded by CT Department of Education as Schools of Distinction https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1626-schools-near-hartford-cc-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-15539022521626-schools-near-hartford-cc-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-1553902252 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1626-schools-near-hartford-cc-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-15539022521626-schools-near-hartford-cc-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-1553902252

The CSDE is recognizing 160 schools across the state as Schools of Distinction for high overall performance, high academic growth, and/or improvement in overall performance. It is commendable that 43 of the 160 Schools of Distinction are located in Alliance Districts.

“The 2017-18 accountability results show progress is being made on several performance and growth indicators and it is especially encouraging to see increases in performance and growth for our most vulnerable student groups,” said Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell. “This is a sign we are moving in the right direction and delivering on our promise of equity and excellence for all Connecticut students.

The Schools in the Hartford CC area recognized as Schools of Distinction are as follows:

School Index-Score ELA Math Phys Fitness Distinction
Connecticut IB Academy 94.34% 89.61% 83.29% 88.89% High Performance
Hall High School 89.95% 97.61% 93.34% 60.18% High Performance
Achievement First Hartford Academy Inc. 81.33% 91.32% 85.12% 0.00% High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
House of Arts Letters and Science (HALS) Academy 86.62% 100.00% 100.00% 82.35% High Performance and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
Avon Middle School 81.32% 100.00% 100.00% 57.07% High Growth (All Students) - Math
John Wallace Middle School 75.69% 95.25% 87.63% 47.94% High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Squadron Line School 86.41% 100.00% 100.00% 65.55% High Performance
Norfeldt School 90.24% 100.00% 100.00% 81.16% High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA & Math
Hebron Avenue School 88.90% 100.00% 100.00% 71.26% High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA
Philip R. Smith School 85.58% 100.00% 100.00% 72.92% High Growth (All Students) - ELA & Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Whiting Lane School 82.50% 100.00% 100.00% 55.17% High Growth (All Students) - ELA & Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Myrtle H. Stevens School 82.08% 100.00% 95.29% 69.28% High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Louis Toffolon School 81.96% 100.00% 100.00% 57.14% High Growth (All Students) - Math
Braeburn School 81.62% 100.00% 100.00% 89.74% High Growth (All Students) - ELA and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Duffy School 81.54% 100.00% 100.00% Chronic Absent

Academic growth is a cornerstone of the Next Generation Accountability System. Unlike achievement which is a status measure, academic growth values the improvement in academic achievement of matched students in Grades 4 through 8. It is the best available broad measure of curriculum and instructional effectiveness. Connecticut’s academic growth results in 2017-18 were higher than in 2016-17. There is still room for improvement statewide toward the ultimate target of 100%. The CSDE is also pleased to release a document entitled Voices from the Field: Factors Influencing Academic Growth which is a compilation of the local policies, educator practices, strategies, and/or systems implemented by high growth schools that others may replicate.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Life Tue, 02 Apr 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Board of Regents Sets 2019-20 Average Tuition Rates to CT Colleges to Over $24k For Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1625-board-of-regents-sets-2019-20-average-tuition-rates-to-ct-colleges-to-over-24k-for-residents-15538980211625-board-of-regents-sets-2019-20-average-tuition-rates-to-ct-colleges-to-over-24k-for-residents-1553898021 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1625-board-of-regents-sets-2019-20-average-tuition-rates-to-ct-colleges-to-over-24k-for-residents-15538980211625-board-of-regents-sets-2019-20-average-tuition-rates-to-ct-colleges-to-over-24k-for-residents-1553898021

The system-wide average tuition and fees for the CSUs will be $11,417 for in-state commuter students and $24,716 for resident students for the 2019-20 academic year.

Under the adopted structure, tuition for CSU students will increase by 5 percent while mandatory university fees will be held flat and room fee increases will be capped at 2.5 percent

The Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) today voted unanimously to set tuition and fees for the four Connecticut State Universities (CSUs) and Charter Oak State College (COSC). Under the adopted structure, tuition for CSU students will increase by 5 percent while mandatory university fees will be held flat and room fee increases will be capped at 2.5 percent. All told, CSU average tuition and fees will increase by $479 or 4.4 percent for an in-state undergraduate commuter student and by $860 or 3.6 percent for in-state residential students. Tuition for COSC students will increase by 2.9 percent, while fees will increase by 4.2 percent.

“Tuition increases are always a last resort, and the board did not take this decision lightly,” Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) President Mark Ojakian said. “We have always maintained that we would not balance budgets on the backs of students, and this step is no exception. Even despite the increase, we anticipate drawing down on up to $20 million in university reserves. Our state colleges and universities are and will continue to be the most affordable and accessible option for Connecticut students to receive quality and affordable higher education.”

Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal calls for flat funding plus partial coverage of SEBAC raises. Without additional state funding, this tuition increase is expected to leave universities with a budget gap of approximately $20 million. The ultimate shortfall will be closed with use of reserves, campus spending reductions, or a combination.

CSUs

In-State

Out of State

Tuition

5.0%

5.0%

University Fee

0.0%

-5.0%

*

University General

Fee

Up to 5%

Up to 5%

**

Room Fee

2.5%

2.5%

Food Service Fee

3.6%

3.6%

***

COSC

In-State

Out of State

Tuition

2.9%

2.7%

Fees

4.2%

4.5%

****

 

*  Held flat except out of state may be reduced by up to 5% to address competition

** May exceed 5% to rectify inconsistencies in tuition and fee schedules

*** Based on contractual costs

**** Mandatory fees

 The average COSC student will pay $319 per credit in the 2019-20 academic year. Tuition for community colleges has not yet been set and is expected to be decided at the April BOR meeting.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Board of Regents) Places Mon, 01 Apr 2019 04:00:00 -0400
43,251 lbs. of Unneeded Medication Were Disposed of by CT Residents - Here are the Drug Drop Boxes Closest to Hartford CC https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1624-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-hartford-cc-15537192671624-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-hartford-cc-1553719267 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1624-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-hartford-cc-15537192671624-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-hartford-cc-1553719267

CT State is proud to announce an increase in the use of drug drop boxes in 2018. The drug drop box program helps save the lives of Connecticut children as well as the environment.

Unwanted medication should not be flushed down the toilet or sink!  

There are now 95 drug drop boxes at law enforcement stations in Connecticut registered with DCP. The Drug Drop boxes closest to Hartford CC are as follows:

Location_Name Address
VERNON POLICE DEPARTMENT Vernon Police Department, Vernon
PORTLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT 265 MAIN STREET, PORTLAND
CANTON POLICE DEPARTMENT 45 RIVER RD, COLLINSVILLE
NEWINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT 131 CEDAR ST, NEWINGTON
ELLINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT 33 ARBOR WAY, ELLINGTON
NEW BRITAIN POLICE DEPARTMENT 10 CHESTNUT ST, NEW BRITAIN
MANCHESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT 239 MIDDLE TPKE E, MANCHESTER
WINDSOR POLICE DEPARTMENT 340 BLOOMFIELD AVE, WINDSOR
SIMSBURY POLICE DEPARTMENT 933 HOPMEADOW ST, SIMSBURY
WINDSOR LOCKS POLICE DEPARTMENT 4 VOLUNTEER DR, WINDSOR LOCKS
WEST HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT 103 RAYMOND RD, WEST HARTFORD
EAST HARTFORD POLICE DEPT 31 SCHOOL ST, E HARTFORD
PLAINVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT 19 NEAL CT, PLAINVILLE
DESPP DIVISION OF STATE POLICE TROOP H 100R WASHINGTON ST, HARTFORD
BERLIN POLICE DEPT. 240 KENSINGTON RD, KENSINGTON
SOUTH WINDSOR POLICE DEPARTMENT 151 SAND HILL RD, SOUTH WINDSOR
BLOOMFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT 785 PARK AVE, BLOOMFIELD
HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT 253 HIGH ST, HARTFORD
GLASTONBURY POLICE DEPARTMENT 2108 MAIN STREET, GLASTONBURY
FARMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT 319 NEW BRITAIN AVE, UNIONVILLE
SOUTHINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT 69 LAZY LN, SOUTHINGTON

In CT, there are several ways that consumers can safely dispose of unwanted medications.

“Disposing of unneeded medication safely is just one way to prevent addiction and overdoses,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, “We’re pleased to see a steady growth in the number of drop boxes, and in the medication being disposed of. We want to thank law enforcement for hosting drop boxes in the state, and for their continued collaboration in making this program a success. We look forward to coordinating even more with our sister agencies and partner organizations to keep families safe”

Although using the toilet or sink prevents someone from accidentally taking the medications, disposing of them in this way causes water pollution and has adverse effects on septic systems, sewage treatment plants, fish and other aquatic wildlife. Trace amounts of all kinds of drugs have also been found in some drinking water supplies because they pass through septic systems and sewage plants untreated according to the CT Department of Environmental Protection.

“Thanks to the efforts of the people and communities of our state, in just one year, more than 20 tons of medications have been safely destroyed and kept out of the wrong hands,” said Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon. “Preventing addiction and limiting access to dangerous medications is one way we can all play a role in stemming the tide in the opioid crisis.”

In addition to disposing at a drop box, families can dispose of medication safely at home by running medication under hot water, combining it with an undesirable material, sealing the container, and throwing it out.

Families with complaints, questions, or concerns may contact DCP’s Drug Control Division by emailing dcp.drugcontrol@ct.gov, or by calling (860) 713-6065.

Drop Box Collection Results By Year:

Year

# of Boxes

Amount Burned (lbs.)

2012

22

3,639

2013

34

8,149

2014

49

15,930

2015

53

23,651

2016

71

33,803

2017

79

37,541

2018

95

43,251

 

What CAN and CANNOT be discarded in local medication drop-boxes

YES:

• Over-the-counter medications

• Prescription medications

• Medication samples

• Medications for household pets

• Medicated lotions or ointments

NO:

• Needles or other “sharps”

• Hazardous waste

• Thermometers

• Personal care products (shampoo,etc.)

Safe disposal options for drugs can be found here. For more information, please see the CT State Department of Consumer Protection website here.

Note: Schools that want to dispose of controlled substances should call the Drug Control Division of the CT Dept. of Consumer Protection for assistance at 860-713-6065.     

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Public safety Fri, 29 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400