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‘Staffer’ Podcast Features Discussion on Redistricting

Kelly Burton, President of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), is the featured guest on the fall premiere of Global Strategy Group’s podcast “Staffer,” where she discusses the important role of public participation - and Census data - in putting together fair maps for voting districts that adequately represent the needs of every community. The process of redistricting occurs every 10 years after Census data is taken and used to redraw the lines for voting districts. While...

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Officers are First Graduates of Connecticut Institute for Youth and Police Relations

Fourteen police officers from seven municipalities are the first-ever graduates from the Connecticut Institute for Youth and Police Relations, from which they will go back to their communities with their own programs that will benefit the local youth and help build strong relationships, officials said. The University of New Haven’s Center for Advanced Policing and Tow Youth Justice Institute held the graduation last week at the Hartford Public Library. This initiative was designed to provide...

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Work of Renowned Japanese artist featured in Upcoming Exhibit at The Art Museum, USJ

The Art Museum at the University of Saint Joseph will soon open its “TAJIMA IN RELIEF” exhibition featuring a retrospective of relief prints by renowned Japanese artist Tajima Hiroyuki. The exhibit will officially open with a public reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, and will continue through Dec. 11.The exhibit will feature more than 60 prints, and “examines Tajima’s recurring themes and his approach to abstraction. Tajima exemplifies the inventive incorporation of...

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New Haven Foundation and UConn Start BIPOC Cohort for Nonprofit Leadership Program

With current nonprofit executive leaders retiring, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has started its first BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color) Cohort for Nonprofit Leadership Program.Created in partnership with the University of Connecticut, the cohort officially kicked off this month and aims to develop new and more diverse leadership, organizers said. “This program intentionally focuses on building leadership and practical skills of people of color who are already...

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CT DOT Launches Pedestrian Safety Campaign Ahead of Oct. 1 Changes to Law

New rules aimed at better protecting pedestrians will soon go into effect in Connecticut, and the state Department of Transportation is making the public aware of those rules through its “The Pedestrian Rules” campaign. One law, which goes into effect Oct. 1, expands the circumstances under which drivers will have to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at both marked and unmarked crosswalks that are not controlled by traffic signals or police officers. According to the law, a driver must...

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CT Restaurant Association’s Executive Director Talks Recovery

The state’s restaurants that survived the COVID-19 pandemic still face challenges in the months ahead, including the virus’s delta variant and worker shortage, according to the Connecticut Restaurant Association’s executive director. Scott Dolch, a recent guest on the National Restaurant Association’s podcast “Order Up,” said the industry’s workforce in Connecticut – according to June numbers – is nearly 30,000 jobs short of where it was pre-pandemic. Restaurants “have the demand but how are...

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CT State Dental Association Welcomes New Executive Director

The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA), a statewide professional membership organization with more than 2,000 members, has a new executive director. The CSDA has appointed Kathlene Gerrity to the position, according to an announcement made this week. Gerrity most recently served as executive director of the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation.Gerrity said in the announcement that she plans on spending the next few months meeting the group’s members. Gerrity will work with the CSDA’s...

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South Windsor Student Places 3rd In Global Invention Competition

A 6th grader from South Windsor recently took third place in a global competition for her invention of a reusable and affordable filter. Gauri Kumbar’s invention, The Ultimate Filter, placed third in the 3rd- to 5th-grade category at the first Invention Convention Globals presented by Raytheon Technologies. The virtual awards celebration was Aug. 20, and was hosted by Gray Bright, Senior Director of Development at Hasbro, with special keynote speaker William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy Who...

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Mashantucket Pequot Nation To Present ‘Schemitzun’ Feast

The public can enjoy tribal dance exhibitions, music, as well as Native American-made crafts and cuisine at the annual Schemitzun: Feast of Green Corn and Dance, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28 and 29, at the Mashantucket Pequot Cultural Grounds. The event is family-friendly and marks the ushering in of the 2021 harvest season, where the Nation will “give thanks to the Creator for our rich heritage while honoring our ancestors, warriors, veterans, and Elders,” according to the...

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Capitol Hill Veteran Discusses Immigration Reform on Podcast

Capitol Hill Attorney Debra Dixon recently joined host Jim O’Brien on “The Political Life” podcast to discuss immigration, politics, and her new job as a principal at Ferox Strategies, a bipartisan government relations firm.Dixon worked for former Congressman Xavier Becerra of California as his chief of staff. Becerra is now serving as the 25th U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dixon said she was working under Becerra at a time when there was an opportunity to reform the country’s...

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