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October 25, 2013 Feature, Local News No Comments

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Posted October 25, 2013

Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

October 2, 2013 Business, Local News No Comments
“Undergoing cancer treatment is a stressful, life changing experience. For those who are caregivers, especially single parents or grandparents, finding childcare during lengthy treatment sessions can be a huge burden.  Having the peace of mind that your children have a safe and fun place to go certainly relieves some of that stress." - Kate Starkey, Oncology Services Manager, Windham Hospital

“Undergoing cancer treatment is a stressful, life changing experience. For those who are caregivers, especially single parents or grandparents, finding childcare during lengthy treatment sessions can be a huge burden. Having the peace of mind that your children have a safe and fun place to go certainly relieves some of that stress.” – Kate Starkey, Oncology Services Manager, Windham Hospital

Press Release

Thanks to local summer camps, a group of children whose caregivers are being treated for cancer at Windham Hospital were given free admission to camp this summer.

Working with the hospital’s Cancer Navigation Program, Holiday Hill Day Camp in Mansfield, CT and the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT provided full admission to the children – and by doing so, also gave some rest to the adults who are experiencing the physical and emotional stress caused by a cancer diagnosis.

In addition, the Town of Coventry Parks and Recreation Camp and Camp Asto Wamah in Columbia, CT each offered free spaces for children of cancer patients.

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Governor signs legislation protecting survivors of domestic violence

August 26, 2013 Areawide No Comments

STATE CAPITOL via Capitol PR 2011Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday (Aug. 23 ) joined with a group of legislators and advocates for the ceremonial signing of a new package of laws (Public Act 13-214) that expand protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, continuing a trend to better coordinate services to best assist survivors.

“Over the past several years, our state has made a number of alterations to how we respond to domestic violence, recognizing that when a person is faced with this matter, it impacts almost every aspect of their lives,” Gov. Malloy said.

“While we’ve made great strides in improving services, we can do more – not only within our criminal justice system, but also with other matters, such as housing and financial issues.  These are all parts of a much bigger system that only works best when they are coordinated to work together,” Malloy said.

The legislative package responds to a number of domestic-violence related issues and laws.

Provisions include:

  • Requiring probation officers to provide notice of suspected probation violations assigned to victim advocates;
  • Requiring state courts to maintain separate, secure rooms in certain courthouses to be utilized privately by survivors and victim advocates;
  • Permitting a sexual assault survivor to terminate a rental agreement without penalty under some circumstances;
  • Requiring the Judicial Branch to develop a plan to include temporary financial support as part of the relief available to domestic violence survivors through the civil restraining order;
  • Requiring the Judicial Branch to make the family-violence training program for judges, Judicial Branch personnel, and court clerks available to guardians.

Gov. Malloy specifically thanked State Rep. Mae Flexer (D-Killingly, Plainfield), who serves as Chair of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and has been among the legislature’s most vocal advocates on behalf of domestic violence issues.

“I was proud to stand with Gov. Malloy as he signed legislation that continues our effort to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,” State Re.  Flexer said.  “These new measures will help victims avoid the devastating effects an abusive relationship can have on their finances, protect victims facing abuse from a neighbor, and enables victims to meet privately with victim advocates in our courthouses.”

“Connecticut has long recognized that domestic violence is no longer a private, family matter, rather it is a societal crisis that requires a coordinated community response,” State Victim Advocate Garvin Ambrose said.

“The creation of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence has brought forth more awareness, attention and response to strengthen the criminal justice community’s response to incidents of domestic violence, while further enhancing protections for victims and their families.  The measures of Public Act 13-214 are another step toward improving our commitment to combat and end domestic violence in our state.  In addition, the law will provide the same safe housing protection to victims of sexual assault that are already afforded to victims of domestic violence,” Ambrose said.

Karen Jarmoc, Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said, “Connecticut’s most recent measures to strengthen our state’s response to victims of domestic violence provides meaningful opportunities for systems to work more collaboratively, improve training and offer a more effective coordination of services to victims. Most importantly, this new law aims to provide better outcomes to some 60,000 victims of domestic violence that come through the doors of domestic violence agencies in Connecticut annually for help.”

Posted August 26, 2013

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Update – Two dead in Coventry following dispute

August 26, 2013 Local News No Comments

COVENTRY POLICE SIGNWFSB Channel 3 is reporting that two Coventry residents were found dead inside a home at 6 Stage Road and that police believe it to be a murder/suicide.

Connecticut State Police have identified the two victims as Janice Lesko and Gregory Pawlovski.

To read the full report, please click here. http://www.wfsb.com/story/23245359/police-n-scene-of-murder-suicide

Posted August 26, 2013

Update – Following is the press release issued by CT State Police, received by HTNP on Aug. 26 after the above posting.

On Aug. 23 2013, at approximately 10:14 p.m., Coventry Police received a 911 call to report a disturbance at a residence located at 6 Stage Road in Coventry. It was reported the incident possibly involved a firearms.

Upon arrival, Coventry police officers established a perimeter around the residence and attempted to also establish communication with the occupants of the residence without success.  Assistance was requested from a regional tactical team to also respond to the scene.

At approximately 1 a.m. (Aug. 24) the Capital Region Emergency Services Tactical Team made entry into the private residence and located inside the house two (2) deceased people.  Coventry Police secured the crime scene.

At the request of the Coventry Chief of Police and the State’s Attorney, the Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crime Squad was requested to respond to conduct the criminal investigation, assisted by Coventry Police. Detectives are processing the scene and collecting both physical and forensic evidence.

Preliminary investigation by State Police has determined that these untimely deaths appear to be a murder/suicide involving a firearm.

Detectives are continuing the investigation.

The Office of the Chief States Medical Examiner will conduct a post mortem examination of both deceased to determine the manner and cause of death.

** UDPATE **

The deceased have been identified as: Gregory Pawloski (DOB 09-29-67) and Janice Lesko (DOB 11-25-65). They resided at 6 Stage Road, Coventry.

State Police are continuing the investigation.

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Two killed in Coventry accident

August 21, 2013 Local News No Comments

yellow-tape-500pixelsCoventry Police reported today (Aug. 21) that two people were killed this morning in a one-car crash on Route 44.

The accident was reported at 1:37 a.m., according to police, and occurred on Route 44 west of North River Road.

Police identified the victims of the crash as 25-year-old Jessica Clark of Brigham Tavern Road, Coventry and 20-year-old Walter Parsell of Timber Lane, Willington.

In the statement released by Coventry Police, they state, “We extend our sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of this tragic accident.”

Police say the vehicle, a 2000 Honda Civic, was being driven east on Route 44 when it left the road and struck a utility pole.

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Silver alert issued for Coventry girl cancelled

July 23, 2013 Local News No Comments
Connecticut State Police are searching for a missing 17-year-old girl who may be in Coventry, Manchester or Enfield – Kaytlyn Wasilewski – who was last seen on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Photo source: Coventry CT Police

Connecticut State Police are searching for a missing 17-year-old girl who may be in Coventry, Manchester or Enfield – Kaytlyn Wasilewski – who was last seen on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Photo source: Coventry CT Police

Update July 24: According to an email from Coventry Police Chief Mark Palmer, Kaytlyn has been located.

Press Release

Connecticut State Police are searching for a missing 17-year-old girl who may be in Coventry, Manchester or Enfield – Kaytlyn Wasilewski – who was last seen on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

She is described as a white female with brown hair, 5’7″ and weighing 155 pounds. Police do not have a description of what she was wearing when last seen.

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Future of local water supply is topic of public forum July 29

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

Press Release

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR at UConn) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

This event is free and open to the public.

The “Regional Water: Where Is It? Who Uses It? Who Decides?” program will be wide-ranging and fast-paced, with three different panel discussions:

  • Regional Water Resources,
  • Regional Water Systems, and
  • Water, Economic Development and Regional Planning

Panelists include water experts from the University of Connecticut, representatives from Windham Water Works, CT Water Company and representatives from the Economic Development Commissions of Windham, Tolland and Mansfield.

Members of each panel will give very brief presentations, with most of the time allotted to answering written questions from the audience.

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Coming up this week…

Gail Wade music on the lawn at Storrs Cong July 22 2013

On Monday, July 22 beginning at 6:15 p.m. enjoy a free concert on the lawn featuring the folk music of the Gail Wade Trio, followed by gifted Carillonneur Isaac Wong and at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs campus.

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Free concert

On Monday, July 22 beginning at 6:15 p.m. enjoy a free concert on the lawn featuring the folk music of the Gail Wade Trio, followed by gifted Carillonneur Isaac Wong and at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs campus. Picnic dinners will be available for $8. Concerts on the Lawn! is sponsored by SCC’s Music Board through the generosity of the Lamb Fund in memory of past UConn carilloneur Jack Lamb. Questions? Call 860-429-9382 or visit http://www.storrscongchurch.org

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Federal programs can support rural cultural ‘economy’

Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylors Falls, MN is a jewel amidst the farms and provides an extra economic boost to the surrounding rural communities as well as cultural enrichment to both local residents and visitors from the Twin Cities.  Photo source USDA via Franconia Sculpture Park.

Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylors Falls, MN is a jewel amidst the farms and provides an extra economic boost to the surrounding rural communities as well as cultural enrichment to both local residents and visitors from the Twin Cities. Photo source USDA via Franconia Sculpture Park.

By Chris Beck, Senior Projects Advisor | USDA Rural Development

As rural communities search for new and viable economic approaches, it is becoming clear that one core component of many successful rural communities is the presence of vibrant arts and cultural opportunities.

Last month I had the opportunity to speak about rural arts initiatives and how USDA Rural Development is engaged with local communities and private foundations to provide awareness of our infrastructure programs and how they can assist in supporting local cultural strategies.

At the Americans for the Arts annual meeting I had the honor of representing USDA on two panels where our Rural Development programs were part of the mix.

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New USDA standards aim for ‘smart snacks’ at school

The USDA launched a new $5 million Farm to School grant program in 2012 to increase the amount of healthy, local food in schools. See http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool

The USDA launched a new $5 million Farm to School grant program in 2012 to increase the amount of healthy, local food in schools. See http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool

Press Release

“Many parents are working hard every day to make sure they provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks to their kids. Unfortunately, we don’t always have control over the snacks our kids have access to when they’re away from home. That’s why, as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our kids stay healthy,” said First Lady Michelle Obama about the USDA’s new standards for school nutrition.

The USDA is focused on improving childhood nutrition and empowering families to make healthier food choices by providing science-based information and advice, while expanding the availability of healthy food.

America’s students now have healthier and more nutritious school meals due to improved nutrition standards implemented as a result of the historic Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Now these standards are extended to snacks available in schools.

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Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

CHILDREN RUNNING from Windham Hosp FB page

In addition, the Town of Coventry Parks and Recreation Camp and Camp Asto Wamah in Columbia, CT each offered free spaces for children of cancer patients.

Future of local water supply is topic of public forum July 29

water - drinking water - water faucet

Questions about water sources, usage and quality have come into focus recently in light of the Storrs Center development, UConn’s plans to bring in water to support a new Tech Park and the concurrent needs of the towns in this region, particularly in terms of their own development plans.

Federal programs can support rural cultural ‘economy’

Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylors Falls, MN is a jewel amidst the farms and provides an extra economic boost to the surrounding rural communities as well as cultural enrichment to both local residents and visitors from the Twin Cities.  Photo source USDA via Franconia Sculpture Park.

We had the opportunity to explore ways in which USDA’s infrastructure programs might be able to leverage this new boost of philanthropic support as these communities work to demonstrate how cultural development is an essential ingredient for rural communities in the next generation.

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