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SINA Honors Community Leaders


Last Tuesday, September 22, the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA) honored six individuals who have made significant contributions to the neighborhoods near and around the five partners which make up SINA-Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Connecticut Public Television and Radio, Hartford Hospital, The Institute of Living, and Trinity College.

The event was held at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
This year's winners are being recognized for the following notable achievements:

April Goff Brown, former Director of Youth Services, City of Hartford, founder of the Hartford Youth Network. She ran a grant writing workshop for the Teen Parent Provider Network, and helped facilitate Bulkeley High School's new Health Professions Center of Excellence. Her son accepted the award on her behalf.

Edith Lancy, chair of Frog Hollow South Neighborhood Revitalization Committee, has fought to promote owner-occupied housing, business retention, and the redevelopment of Frog Hollow.

Garry Lapidus, Director and co-founder of the Connecticut Childhood Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. His work has focused around keeping kids safe from violence and accidental injury.

Jose Martinez, co-chair of Capitol District Neighborhood Coalition, and president of Organized Parents Make a Difference, a member of the Governor's Team at Burns School. He helped establish the Pope Park Recreation Center and build the Maria Sanchez School playground.

John Tornatore, Owner of Gordon Bonetti Florist. He is vice president of the Franklin Avenue Merchants Association, and volunteers with Bulkeley High School Institute of Living and Grow Program and South Park Inn. He also trains high school students in ornamental horticulture and teaches welfare mothers who have completed a Uconn program.

Hyacinth Yennie, Chair of Southend Knight Riders Youth Center's Advisory Board, and chair of the Hartford Areas Rally Together's Education Committee, co-chair of the Barry Square Revitalization Committee, and president of Sports Science Academy PTA.

SINA recipients were selected from among many nominations made by local agencies, community leaders and churches. Jose M. Perez, President of SINA , says that "SINA established the Neighborhood Service awards because it's very important to publicly recognize individuals who have worked very hard on behalf of the neighborhoods in south Hartford which are the target of SINA's efforts. This year's winners are perfect role models for anyone who wants to contribute back to their neighborhood and to Hartford. Their hard work and achievements in the areas of education, youth, health, housing and business development benefit Hartford in many different ways."


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