City News Briefs
Kid'rific Cancelled For Second Year
For the second year in a row the Downtown Council has announced
that the Kid'rific festival will not be held this year. Anthony
Caruso, Executive Director of the Downtown Council, said there
were not enough corporate sponsorships to fund the event.
The festival had been held for 11 years on Main Street in downtown
Hartford, usually on the weekend after Labor Day.
City Residency Rule Challenged in Court
Bruce Bolieau of Stafford has filed a lawsuit claiming Hartford's
residency requirement for new city employees is unconstitutional.
Bolieau, an experienced volunteer firefighter with certifications
in scuba diving and handling of hazardous materials, applied
for a job with the Hartford Fire Department last August. The
job posting stated that the applicant must be "a bona fide
resident of Hartford at the time of application." On his
application, Bolieau clearly stated that he lived in Stafford
and, two months later, was told that he would not be considered
for a job because he wasn't a city resident.
Gray Drops out of 2nd District Race
Citing negative campaigning tactics, Anthony Gray has withdrawn
from the race for State Representative from the 2nd District.
That leaves Gray's fellow Democrats John Gale, Barnaby Horton
and Cynthia Jennings and Republican Peter Brush still in the
race for the 2nd district seat, currently held by John Ritter.
Kirkley-Bey to Hold Meeting on HUSKY Plan
State Representative Marie Kirkley-Bey (D-5th) will hold an informal
meeting with her constituents next Monday, August 24, at 6 pm
in the gym of the Salvation Army Center at the corner of Nelson
and Barbour Streets to discuss the state's new HUSKY plan. HUSKY
is a health insurance plan aimed at providing health care to
uninsured children and teenagers under the age of 19. Officials
from the State Department of Social Services will be on hand
at the meeting to explain eligibility requirements and will have
applications and information about the plan available.
Kirkley-Bey said she is holding the meeting because a disproportionate
number of children from lower-income families do not have adequate
health insurance coverage. "All uninsured children in my
district are entitled to quality health care, no matter what
their parents' income," she said.
Jennings Receives Federal Appointment
Cynthia Jennings, candidate for 2nd District State Representative
and a long-time environmental activist has accepted an appointment
to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)
of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The appointment
was made by Carol Browner, a member of President Clinton's cabinet
to serve on that agency.
As a member of the 25-member council, Jennings will participate
in formulating policy and directives on all issues concerning
environmental health and justice. This appointment, effective
immediately, is a two-year term ending December 31, 2000.
Language Association Conference Coming to Hartford
The Modern Language Association of America (MLAA) recently selected
Hartford to host its Annual Northeast Regional Conference slated
for April 2001. Over 1,200 delegates are expected to attend.
It's anticipated that the conference will generate nearly $1
million in direct spending for the greater Hartford region.
The decision to meet in Hartford followed a site visit to the
city in May by Michael Manson, Executive Director of the MLAA.
Scott K. Dresser, Vice President of Sales at the Greater Hartford
Convention & Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) led Mr. Manson on a
tour of the city and the downtown hotels.
The MLAA plans to use the Sheraton Hartford as the headquarter
hotel. The Holiday Inn Downtown and the Goodwin hotels will be
used as overflow to house the attendees.
"The Bureau is extremely pleased to welcome the MLAA to
Hartford," said GHCVB President, H. Scott Phelps. "It
goes to show that Hartford continues to be a popular meeting
choice for educator forums."
The Modern Language Association is made up of modern language
teachers from secondary and prep schools, colleges and universities
throughout the United States. The MLAA joins a number of other
educator groups including the National Council of the Social
Studies, Reading Recovery, American Accounting Association, National
Music Educators Association and the National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics which have chosen to meet in Hartford in recent
St. Francis and Cape Verde Announce Medical Exchange Program
Carlos Alberto Wahnon Veiga, Prime Minister of the Republic of
Cape Verde, recently announced the creation of a medical exchange
program between his country and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Under the program, four physicians from the Agostinho Neto Hospital,
in the Cape Verdean capital city of Praia, will spend six weeks
at Saint Francis this fall, observing medical procedures and
attending lectures and other educational programs in cardiology,
infectious diseases, radiology and emergency medicine.
Specialists from Saint Francis, in turn, will later spend four
weeks in Cape Verde, reviewing procedures performed at Agostinho
Nero Hospital and training local physicians. Arrangements also
have been made through Saint Francis' membership in Premier,
Inc., an alliance of not-for-profit hospitals, for Agostinho
Nero Hospital to purchase medical equipment and supplies at better
Other potential projects identified for the partnership include
making Saint Francis' medical library available to Cape Verdean
physicians through the Internet and the production of a public
health education video.
A former possession of Portugal, Cape Verde gained its independence
in 1975. The nation is composed of a group of islands located
in the North Atlantic, 375 miles off the west coast of Africa.
"Obviously this is an agreement of extraordinary importance
for us, since it will address areas in which Cape Verde is in
need of assistance, like training and medical equipment, and
also because it opens the possibility of evacuation [to Hartford],
in the future, of patients who cannot be treated in Cape Verde,"
said Prime Minister Veiga.
Currently, many Cape Verdeans travel to Portugal for specialized
surgery that is not available in their country. As the relationship
between Saint Francis and Agostinho Neto Hospital grows, officials
hope it will lead to patients from Cape Verde coming to Saint
Francis for surgery.
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