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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 in 1994.

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 Recovery Authority.

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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