City News Briefs
Matthew Borrelli Named Interim School Chief
Matthew Borrelli, former Assistant Superintendent of West Hartford
Schools, was expected to be named Interim Superintendent of Hartford
Schools by the Board of Trustees overseeing Hartford Schools
Tuesday night, after press time. Borrelli, a Manchester resident,
would replace current Interim Superintendent Benjamin Dixon,
who will be leaving his post to take a job in Virginia.
The nation-wide search to find a permanent superintendent for
the troubled school system is ongoing and may continue into next
year. Borrelli has indicated that he is not interested in taking
the job permanently.
Borrelli, 60, began teaching in his native town of Brooklyn,
New York, before coming to Connecticut in the late 60's. He has
worked in the Hartford, South Windsor and New Haven school systems
as well as West Hartford's.
GOP Candidate "Running" Through First District
Kevin O'Connor, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress from the
First District, began running - literally - for election last
Saturday, August 1, with a five-mile jog through West Hartford.
O'Connor plans to make similar jogs through the remaining 19
towns in the district over the next six weeks. His run through
Hartford on Tuesday, September 16, will be the last leg of his
tour. O'Connor is an avid runner and ran the New York Marathon
South End Group to Meet Tonight
The Southend Neighbors Action Project (SNAP) will hold a meeting
tonight, August 5, at St. Luke's Rectory on Bolton Street to
discuss three key issues facing South End residents: air pollution,
crime and the new recreation center proposed for Goodwin Park.
Mike Grinthal of SNAP said Dr. Mark Mitchell of the Hartford
Environmental Justice Network will answer questions about the
South Meadows Trash-to-Energy Plant run by the Connecticut Resource
Also scheduled to speak at the meeting is South End Community
Service Officer Dan Laffin. Grinthal said Laffin has been invited
to the meeting to discuss resident complaints about drug markets,
chop shops and other criminal activities in the neighborhood.
Councilman Al Marotta has also been invited to the meeting. Marotta
will answer questions about the City's plan to build a new recreation
center in Goodwin Park. Several residents spoke out against the
new center during a public hearing at City Hall two weeks ago
(Hartford News, July 22-29, pg. 1). Marotta has stated that he
feels the majority of South End residents want the center.
CRT's Preschool Program Accepting Applications
The Community Renewal Team (CRT) is currently accepting applications
for its fall School Readiness Child Care Program for three and
four-year-olds. Parents must supply income verification, the
child's birth certificate, social security cards for parent and
child, medical or insurance card and an updated physical exam
form to register. For more information, contact the Head Start
Centers at 170 Douglas Street (244-0299), 175 Enfield Street
(520-1032), 110 Huyshope Avenue (520-1044), 17 Essex Street (520-1058),
25 Ridgefield Street (520-1194, 1700 Main Street (527-0741),
or 555 Windsor Avenue (520-3175.
Kate Shindle, Miss America 1998, will be host and featured speaker
at a Kick-Off Event for AIDS Walk '98 at the Hartford Civic Center
on Monday August 24. An item on the event gave the impression
that Shindle will be participating in the actual walk, which
she will not, on Sunday, October 25. Also, Shindle will be speaking
at Trinity Hill Healthcare Center, not at Peter's Retreat or
Tabor House II, as was reported in the News Brief. Residents
from Peter's Retreat and Tabor House II have been invited to
Shindle's talk at Trinity Hill. We apologize for the misunderstanding.
For more information, call AIDS Project Hartford at 951-4833.
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