City News Briefs
Neighborhood Group Hires Attorney to Recover Money
Hartford Neighborhood Centers (HNC) have hired Austin McGuigan,
former Chief State's Attorney, to try and recover monies owed
to the organization by contractor Barry Alexander. An investigation
by the State Attorney General's Office found that Alexander received
over $700,000 in no-bid contracts from HNC between 1995 to 1997
and that much of the work specified in the contracts was not
completed, not started or poorly done. The announcement of McGuigan's
appointment comes after an advisory panel to the HNC disbanded
last month after criticizing the agency for its delay in seeking
reimbursement from Alexander. Both Alexander and Lois Stevenson,
a former HNC Board Member, are currently being sued by the Attorney
General's office for alleged irregularities in the awarding of
the no-bid contracts.
African-American Parade Committee Announces Activities
The Connecticut African American Parade Committee is holding
a series of activities leading up to this year's parade, which
will be in Hartford this year on Saturday, September 26. This
Sunday, September 20, at 4:55 pm a Gospel Music Fest entitled
"Giving God the Glory" will be held at Phillips CME
Methodist Church at 2550 Main Street. On Monday, September 21,
Capital Community-Technical College will hold an African Dance
& Jazz Soiree at 7:05 pm at the College's campus on Woodland
Street. On the night before the parade, Friday, September 25,
"Steppin' Out," a Greek step/drill team competition
will be held at the old Hartford Jai Alai building at 89 Weston
Street in the North Meadows at 5:45 pm. Following the parade,
which steps off from Bushnell Park at 10 am, a Rib Burn-Off and
Fish Fry will be held at Keney Park from noon until 7 pm. For
information on the parade, call 242-1734.
Machinist Training Program Accepting Applications
There is still time to apply for a tuition-free training program
for careers in the precision manufacturing industry. The 26-week
course, created by the MetroHartford Millennium Project in conjunction
with area manufacturers and the Connecticut Community-Technical
College system, is designed to train students for entry-level
positions in machining, tool and die, and other precision manufacturing
companies in the region, which currently are facing a shortage
of qualified workers.
Assessment for admission is being held now for classes that begin
later this month at Asnuntuck Community Technical College, and
next month at Capital and Manchester Community Technical Colleges.
Both men and women are encouraged to apply. Assessment appointments
can be scheduled by calling 1-800-392-2122. The assessment, as
well as the 26- week training course are free, thanks to grants
provided by the MetroHartford Millennium Project and the Connecticut
Departments of Labor and Economic and Community Development.
Candlelight Vigil for Fight Against Cancer
Next Wednesday, September 23, a candlelight vigil will be held
in support of "The March...Coming Together To Conquer Cancer,"
which will be held in Washington D.C. on September 25 and 26.
"The March" is a nation-wide effort to call attention
to the importance of winning the war on cancer.
The Hartford vigil will begin at 7 pm on the steps of the State
Capitol Building. Television meteorologist Dr. Mel Goldstein,
Ruth-Ann Lobo, mother of basketball star Rebecca Lobo, and Dr.
Andrew Salner, Chairman of the Board of the American Cancer Society,
New England Chapter, are scheduled to speak at the event. For
more information, call 561-9590.
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