It looked like another traffic jam getting into the Xfinity Theatre parking lot in Hartford Wednesday morning, but the performers were volunteers, distributing to each vehicle $300 worth of food and hygiene products. "Giving to the community to try to help everybody - that's excellent. That's the best thing we can do," Alfred Herger, normally a foreclosure preventer at Community Renewal Team, said.
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Cruel irony lies at the core of our current economic conditions. We have never been wealthier, more productive, or more efficient, yet, for many, the odds of obtaining meaningful employment, economic security, quality education, and adequate healthcare grow ever longer.
Declaring that "Connecticut is defaulting on its constitutional duty" to fairly educate its poorest children, a Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered the state to come up with a new funding formula for public schools.
The Human Resources Agency of New Britain on Wednesday hosted representatives from the Internal Revenue Service to detail what HRA calls “a holistic approach to financial capability.”
The two Connecticut school districts sit side by side along Long Island Sound. Both spend more than the national average on their students. They prepare their pupils for the same statewide tests. Their teachers, like virtually all the teachers in the state, earn the same high marks on evaluations.
Isaiah Gonzalez, 4, sat on a blanket, sipping his TruMoo chocolate milk in the shade. His aunt brought him to Columbus Park Wednesday for a free lunch. He sat among dozens of other children dining in the park. New Opportunities of Greater Meriden will serve free lunches at nine locations across the city throughout the summer. The group distributes about 55 lunches every day. Low income families or parents who are unemployed come with their children to receive the free lunches, said Frances Alemar, who was serving lunches at Columbus Park Wednesday.
More than 80 percent of Head Start/School Readiness preschoolers enrolled at the Human Resources Agency of New Britain are suitably prepared to enter kindergarten next fall, the organization said Thursday. The data show 170 of HRA’s 212 four-year-olds meet or exceed expectations for school readiness, said Rocco Tricarico, executive director of HRA.
Although Connecticut reports gains in various areas related to the overall health, welfare and security of its children, experts say averages ignore great disparities in income and racial segregation. The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Connecticut the fifth best state in the nation for children; the report ranked the state especially high in the arenas of health and education because of declining levels of childhood drug abuse and teen pregnancy.
The Thames Valley Council for Community Action announced Thursday that it will eliminate two housing and homeless prevention programs as of June 30 because of state budget cuts. TVCCA announced it will cease operating the Eviction/Foreclosure Prevention Program and the Security Deposit Guarantee Program after receiving notification from the state Department of Housing that the funding for the programs will not be renewed.
Kathy Crouch of East Windsor was recognized last week for her 35 years as a volunteer driver for the East Windsor branch of the Meals on Wheels program. Through the program, Crouch delivers nutritious meals on a weekly basis to local seniors and “shut-ins,” people confined to their homes as a result of medical constraints. The program currently is in need of more people like Crouch to help deliver meals for the Community Renewal Team, or CRT, based in East Hartford.