Hartford Region

StoryCorps
3:25 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Best Friends, Sharing 'Two Sides Of The Same Heart'

Starr Cookman (left) says she and Kylee Moreland Fenton have been "connected at the hip" since they were kids in Tucson, Ariz.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:23 pm

Starr Cookman and Kylee Moreland Fenton have been inseparable since childhood. They live on the same street. Kylee, a nurse, was present for the delivery of Starr's son, Rowan. And when Rowan came home from the hospital breathing rapidly and spitting up his food, both friends were alarmed — even when the pediatrician said he was doing fine.

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Earnings
4:50 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Stanley Black & Decker Sees Shutdown Impact

Credit TT Zop / Wikimedia Commons

Stanley Black & Decker has lowered its profits forecast for the full year, saying that the real economic impact from the government shutdown is one factor in its prediction.

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Hartford Insurance Scandal
4:05 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Financial Problems at Work, and at Home, for O'Garro

Earl O'Garro's Marlborough home.
Credit Town Of Marlborough

The story of hundreds of thousands of dollars in missing insurance premiums in the city of Hartford continues to unravel. And the man at the center of the drama appears to have significant financial problems of his own: one of his homes now faces foreclosure.

When he was a student at Wesleyan University, Earl O'Garro felt like it was a crime to be rich. At least, that's what he said in an online profile posted a few years back

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Government Shutdown
1:47 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Shutdown Puts Small Businesses in Tight Spot

Manon Cox of Protein Sciences is impacted by the government shutdown on the regulatory front.
Sujata Srinivasan

The ripple effects of the government shutdown are starting to extend beyond federal employees into the private industry. Small businesses are bracing for a range of issues from delayed regulatory approvals to a possible crunch in cash flow.

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Show Malloy The Money
4:23 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Hybrid Insurance Defaults on State Loan

The insurance company that failed to pay nearly $700,000 in premiums on behalf of the City of Hartford now has another problem. 

The state wants its money back, too. According to a letter sent to Hybrid Insurance CEO Earl O'Garro, the state Department of Economic Development said Hybrid has defaulted on a $100,000 loan.

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Controversy? #HartfordHasIt
3:52 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Hartford's Treasurer, His Wife, and the Workplace

Credit Heather Brandon / WNPR

Earlier this week, we brought you the story of how an insurance firm had failed to pay nearly $700,000 in premiums on the city's behalf.  We also told you that the broker has business ties to the family of City Treasurer Adam Cloud. Now, the story apparently has some legs.  The Courant has dug into it, as has columnist Kevin Rennie.

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International Hartford
1:52 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Hartford Boosts Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Park Street in Hartford.
Credit Tucker Ives / WNPR

People who immigrate to the United States are twice as likely as native born Americans to start their own businesses. A new organization in Hartford says that entrepreneurial spirit needs to be fostered to help the city's economy.

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History
12:36 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Reckoning With the Dutch: the Treaty of Hartford, 1650

New Netherlands and New England. Map published by Willem Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1635.
The Connecticut Historical Society, 2012.172.1

In 1650, representatives from New Netherlands and New England met in Hartford to try to settle their boundary disputes. The Dutch trading post called the Huys de Hope—the House of Hope—located on the Connecticut River at the mouth of the Little River had been established in 1633; Thomas Hooker and his party had arrived three years later, establishing Hartford just upstream from the Dutch post. English settlers kept pouring in during the 1630s and 1640s, establishing new towns up and down the river and along the coast.

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The Wheelhouse Digest
10:49 am
Fri October 11, 2013

GOP Candidates Raising Cash; Norwich Bell Rings; Unusual Busway Ideas

Republican candidate for governor John McKinney.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

While preparation for Saturday's ING Hartford Marathon has understandably gotten the media focused on public safety, there's apparently significant road construction coordination going on behind the scenes. Officials are getting Broad Street in working order (again) in time for the runners to pound the pavement, and there's somewhat off-the-wall talk of using the new Hartford-New Britain busway as a possible marathon route. That and more in today's fall foliage edition of The Wheelhouse Digest.

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Government Shutdown
8:47 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Connecticut National Guard Impacted by Federal Shutdown

The Connecticut National Guard was an assistance statewide during the Sandy aftermath. On November 1, 2012, emergency supplies were loaded onto trucks at dawn to make deliveries.
Connecticut National Guard

Congress has passed a bill to ensure active duty military are paid during the federal government shutdown, but what about the National Guard? There are direct impacts on the families of 5,000 Connecticut guard members who respond to both federal and state missions.

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Show Me The Money
1:42 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Update: Hartford, the Mayor, the Treasurer, and the Unpaid Insurance

Hartford City Hall.
Credit Heather Brandon / WNPR

A couple of days ago, we told you the story of political name-calling in Hartford that centered around a basic fact: a broker for the city had failed to pay almost $700,000 in insurance premiums on the city's behalf. That broker, Hybrid Insurance Group, has ties to the family of city treasurer Adam Cloud.

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Political Influence
8:47 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Rally in Hartford Centers on Campaign Contribution Cap

U.S. Supreme Court.
Credit Noclip / Wikimedia Commons

A coalition of Connecticut citizen's groups rallied outside the federal courthouse in Hartford Tuesday. They're concerned about a case before the Supreme Court that could expand the amount of money individuals can contribute to political campaigns.

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Essential Workers
8:23 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Some Bradley Airport Workers are on the Job Without Pay

Credit redlegsfan21 / Wikimedia Commons

On the surface, air travel appears very much the same as it did before the government shutdown. But there have been big changes behind the scenes. Even when there isn't a government shutdown in effect, most people involved in putting planes in the air are invisible to travelers.

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Extreme Weather
10:48 am
Tue October 8, 2013

October Tornadoes: Rare, But Not Unheard of

The damage caused by the 1979 tornado in Windsor Locks cost more than $800 million in today's dollars.
Credit Windsor Locks Fire Department

Although Connecticut is not in tornado alley, it still has a place in the record books for violent twisters.

Last week's EF-4 tornado in Nebraska was the first violent October tornado to strike the United States in 34 years. Back in 1979, three people died when a F4 tornado hit Windsor Locks, Connecticut. It was one of the costliest tornadoes in U.S. history.

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Patents
9:53 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Three Connecticut Companies are Listed World's Most Innovative

United Technologies Corporation headquarters in Hartford. UTC is one of the companies named most innovative.
Credit DanielPenfield / Creative Commons

Three Connecticut companies made the list of the world's most innovative companies. The ranking comes from Thomson Reuters, which issues an annual list of the top 100 global innovators.

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Nepotism or Desperation?
4:12 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

In Hartford, a Finger Points at City Treasurer

Hartford City Treasurer Adam Cloud (L) and Mayor Pedro Segarra (R).
Credit City of Hartford

In Hartford, a dispute over $600,000 of insurance payments has led to a state investigation and questions about city Treasurer Adam Cloud. But the treasurer says the mayor is out to get him.

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Where We Live
10:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Where We Farm, Live From Holcomb

Holcomb Farm, West Granby
Chion Wolf

It’s Harvest Time for farms all over Connecticut, and that means a growing number of small farms that work on the “community supported agriculture” model. In CSAs, members share the risk of a volatile New England growing season, and share in the bounty as well.

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Local Trade with Australia
4:18 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

State Trade Mission Charms Aussies With 'Made in Connecticut' Products

Officials at a trade mission in Sydney included one dressed as Nathan Hale.
U.S. Department of Commerce

Executives from several Connecticut companies, along with U.S. Department of Commerce officials from Middletown, are on a trade mission in Australia this week to promote exports, inbound investments and tourism. It’s all hands on deck. Officials dressed up as Mark Twain and Nathan Hale at “The Tastes and Sights of Connecticut” event, which kicked off the week-long visit.

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Capital City Cars
2:45 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Segarra Aims To Reduce Number of City Cars

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra on Where We Live.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said his administration has been discussing a reduction in the city's car fleet since last year, before two illegal incidents involving city employees and city-owned cars. During a panel discussion on Where We Live in downtown Hartford, Segarra framed the discussion largely as a fiscal one.

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Where We Live
11:19 am
Tue September 24, 2013

The Wheelhouse Goes Downtown

The next edition of "The Wheelhouse" focuses on the capital city.
Chion Wolf WNPR

We took our weekly political roundtable, The Wheelhouse on the road! We broadcast from a vacant storefront on Trumbull Street in downtown Hartford as part of the city’s iConnect project. The conversation started off with Mayor Pedro Segarra and reporters from the Hartford Courant and Hartford Business Journal joined in with their own questions for the mayor.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:05 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

The Ebb & Flow Of Dada

Jeff Poole is a Connecticut artist, and curator of the Dada Art Show in Hartford, which opens this Thursday the 26th at the Pump House Gallery in Bushnell Park.
Chion Wolf

It's an art form that came out of the chaos of World War One, when times were desperate, yet the art world was still celebrating still lifes, landscapes and nudes. In protest, artists began rebelling with politically aware ironic work, making bold, sometimes vicious points with their art. Times have changed, and Dada resurfaces periodically, like in the exhibition at the Pump House in Hartford opening on the 26th.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:30 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

What Happens When Private Groups Save Public Parks?

Henry Hester is the Vice President of the Friends of Keney Park. He was also one of the founders of the group back in 1988.
Chion Wolf

New Havenites reclaiming a beautiful park in their city got us thinking about urban parks in general. Frederick Law Olmsted is the undisputed father of American city parks, including Central Park itself. He came from Hartford, and he is buried here.

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Sustainable Dining
1:49 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Conscious Diners Drive Up Demand For 'Farm-to-Chef'

Firebox executive chef Sean Farrell, at right. Even though organic, local ingredients are more expensive, business is booming. “We’ve seen a 20 percent growth across the board in sales throughout this full year,” Farrell said.
Sujata Srinivasan

This week was Farm-to-Chef week, as the Connecticut Department of Agriculture makes an effort to promote local produce at Connecticut restaurants. The state’s eateries report they are seeing more demand for locally-grown food.

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Community College
11:21 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Connecticut Community Colleges to Receive Federal Job Training Grants

Capital Community College in Hartford, one of the grant recipients.
Credit John Phelan / Wikimedia Commons

The Obama Administration has announced more than $400 million in job-training grants to community colleges and universities nationwide. Two Connecticut schools will receive more than $4 million in funding: Capital Community College in Hartford, and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

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The Wheelhouse Digest
1:14 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Weighing Sentences; Making Lists; Taking Names

Joshua Nassi after his sentencing in Hartford on Thursday.
Credit The Connecticut Mirror

Sentences matter today at The Wheelhouse Digest. Tom Foley visited Where We Live to explain some accusatory words he levied against Governor Dannel Malloy in recent days. Hours later, Joshua Nassi, former aide to Chris Donovan, was sentenced to time in prison. If you're more of a list person, or maybe you're into puns and names, we've got you covered there too.

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Small Business
4:08 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Hartford Storefront Project Running Months Late

Vacant storefront on Hartford's Trumbull St. waiting for iConnect tenants
Credit iConnect/Hartford

In the spring, the city of Hartford launched the iConnect program, meant to fill vacant storefronts with new businesses. It's an idea that's been tried - with some success - in cities like New Haven, but Hartford's "Pop-up Storefront" has taken months longer than expected.

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Hartford
4:55 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Hartford High School Students Provide Electricity to a Nepalese School

Students and their teacher stand around one of five pallets that comprised the wind turbine/solar panel system that was ready to be shipped out by truck, plane, and helicopter to Saldang, Nepal. L to R: Akeem Brown, Derrick Cardona, Danilo Sena (UConn), Pravesh Mallik (Uconn), Jazzmin Mitchel, Orlando Nugent, Dave Mangus (teacher), Akwayne Wilson, Samuel King (seated).
Credit Dayl Walker / CBIA

A school in a remote village in Nepal is getting electricity, thanks to a group of Hartford High School students, the Associated Press reports. Fourteen students in the school's academy of Engineering and Green Technology designed and built a wind-powered turbine for a school in Saldang, which is in Nepal's Dolpa region, surrounded by the Himalayan mountains.

The school in Nepal has no power and is accessible only by yak. During the winter months when the region is covered with snow, it is not accessible at all.

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Hartford
3:36 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Brazilians in Connecticut Celebrate Independence Day This Weekend

Brazil Day Connecticut

Brazilian Independence Day will be observed with a big celebration this Sunday in downtown Hartford. This is the 9th annual Brazilian Day Connecticut celebration and for Ester Sanchez-Naek, the founder of Brazilian Day Connecticut, the mission is to promote Brazilian culture in the state. "They will have a little bit of Brazil here in Hartford," said Sanchez-Naek. "We are a unique people, and the Festival reflects that."

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Spoiler Alert: the Food Pantry Wins
1:39 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Fight Between a Food Pantry and Hartford's West End

The Grace Seventh-Day Adventist Church runs a food pantry for two hours a week. Some neighbors don't apparently like it.
Credit City of Hartford

A Hartford church operates a food pantry for two hours a week, helping to feed the hungry.

But it does so in an expensive part of town, the city's West End, less than a half-mile from the house of Mayor Pedro Segarra and across the street from the beautiful Elizabeth Park. It has caused a bit of controversy, which has been quite well documented elsewhere. (There's this, too.)

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The Wheelhouse Digest
10:32 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Jersey In Flames; Malloy Mellows; More Hartford Shakeups

Here's how things looked around 7:30 p.m. from the intersection of Stockton and Ocean in Seaside Park.
Credit Photo by Justin Auciello

On Wednesdays on Where We Livewe try to tackle as much of the news you need to know now as we possibly can. But it's a long, long week, don't ya know. So, the Wheelhouse Digest was created to let you see what we're looking at, talking about and shaking our heads over in the newsroom on those other days. 

Let's get to it. It's Friday the 13th, and I'd like to crawl back under my desk and hide.

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