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Thursday, July 19, 2018


WECA is sponsoring three (3) free movie nights. ALL on Thursdays East Lawn of ElizabethPark:


Sound of Music  (1965)

Musical Drama, based on true story

July 19th, Thursday


Join us for the Broadway and film classic.

"You brought music back into the house." - Captain von Trapp.

The plot is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. "Somewhere out there is a lady who I think will never be a nun. Auf Wiedersehen, darling." - The Baroness.

So long, farewell, au revoir, auf Wiedersehen! I'd like to stay. Good night.


Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer as the Captain, Richard Haydn as Uncle Max, Charmian Carr as Liesl, Eleanor Parker as The Baroness Elsa Shrader, Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich, Kym Karath as Gretl.

Directed by: Robert Wise

Music by: Richard Rogers

Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II



A League of their Own(1992)

Comedy, based on true story

August 16th, Thursday


The movie fictionalizes accounts of the WWII era All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). The AAGPBL broke ground for women's sports. Come cheer on the Peaches!!

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great." - Jimmy Dugan, fictional manager of the Peaches.

"Baseball is what gets inside you. It's what lights you up, you can't deny that." - Jimmy Dugan.

"There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!" - Jimmy Dugan


Starring: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Megan Cavanagh, Janet Jones, Tea Leoni, Rosie O'Donnell, David Strathairn, Justin Scheller,

Director: Penny Marshall.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018


This has to be a joke, there is no other logical explanation for it. Yesterday $10 million for a study of tolls and now today, Pedro Segarra nominated as a Workers Compensation Commissioner. Maybe a case of sunstroke?

Governor, after 8 years in office, Pedro Segarra is the best you can come up with?

This erodes the publics trust and any confidence we still have left in our Government with moves like this.

Pedro Segarra, as you are well aware, was a terrible Mayor who couldn't make a decent decision if his life depended on it. What makes you think that has changed and he will now be a suitable Workers Comp Commissioner?

Please Governor Malloy , rethink this and don't make a joke of the process..


(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he is nominating two Connecticut residents to fill vacancies as a Family Support Magistrate and Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.

“The duties of a Family Support Magistrate and Workers’ Compensation Commissioner are critical toward providing the people of our state with the resources needed to seek justice on important life issues, and I thank each of these nominees for taking on this responsibility,” Governor Malloy said.

Family Support Magistrate nominee

  • J. Lawrence Price of Avon : Price is an attorney with 31 years of professional experience as a trial attorney, whose areas of concentration include personal injury, premises liability, family law, dram shop law, liquor liability, municipal litigation, representation before various state boards and commissions, negligent security, negligent supervision, construction, insurance coverage, real estate, arbitration and mediation.  He is currently a partner with the firm of Brown, Paindiris and Scott in Hartford, where he has worked since 2002.  Previously, he worked as Chief Civil Litigator for O’Neil and Associates from 1999 to 2002, and also served as a partner with Gordon, Muir and Foley from 1987 to 1999.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Price was a history teacher in the West Hartford and Farmington school systems.  He is a former member of the Metropolitan District Commission, where he served from 2004 to 2017, and was elected to the West Hartford Town Council from 1986 to 1995.  He is a member of the Chickasaw Tribal Nation.  He received a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University and a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

Workers’ Compensation Commission nominee

  • Pedro E. Segarra of Hartford : Segarra is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the practice of law.  Since 2016 he has been of counsel at the law firm of Shimkus, Murphy and Rosenberger in Hartford.  The firm specializes in the areas of real estate, zoning, probate and estate administration, landlord/tenant administration, organizational law, personal injury, and civil and criminal litigation.  He also operates his own practice in the areas of civil, criminal, real estate, probate, bankruptcy, disability, employment, and workers compensation.  His other legal experience includes working as Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford from 1991 to 1995 and as Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney for the State of Connecticut’s Division of Criminal Justice from 1989 to 1990.  Segarra has held several elected positions in the City of Hartford, including as mayor from 2010 to 2016, and as a member of the city council from 2006 to 2010, which also included service as council president.  He is a graduate of the University of Hartford, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, where he received a Master of Social Work, and the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctor degree.


For Immediate Release: July 18, 2018
Contact: David Bednarz
860-524-7315 (office)
860-770-9792 (cell)


July 31 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Tuesday July 31, 2018 @ 7:00PM

The NBC Connecticut Investigates series, “At a Price!”
 took a hard look at the high cost of living in a state
 with 169 towns and cities. Can we afford to have so
 many municipalities and limited regional government?
 Are we getting our money’s worth? Is there a better way?

Join us for a stimulating discussion on what it means to be
 a taxpayer in Connecticut moderated by NBC Connecticut
 Chief Investigative Reporter Len Besthoff.

Panelists include:
Gary LeBeau, Former Connecticut State Senator
Wildaliz Bermúdez, Hartford Councilwoman / Minority Leader
Jonathan Costa, Assistant Executive Director, EdAdvance
NBC Connecticut Investigates Reporters
Other elected officials and community leaders
This is a chance to have your voice heard. We will be sharing your ideas
and issues with local and state leaders.  And portions of the evening will be used
in an upcoming 30-minute special that will air on NBC Connecticut.
The event is free, but please make a reservation so we know you are coming.
Important! Please be advised that this event is being videotaped/recorded 
for NBC Connecticut (WVIT), a division of NBCUniversal Media, LLC 
(collectively “NBC”).  If you attend this event, you may appear,
 and you agree to appear, in this or another production, in any 
manner and/or media, worldwide, in perpetuity, including in
 advertisements and promotions.  
You will not receive any payment for such use and you waive 
any right to bring any action in law or equity for such use. 

NBC Connecticut: “At a Price!” Community Forum
Tuesday July 31, 2018 @ 7:00PM
The NBC Connecticut Investigates series, “At a Price!” took a hard look at the high cost of living in a state with 169 towns and cities.
 Can we afford to have so many municipalities and limited regional government?
 Are we getting our money’s worth?
Is there a better way?
Join us for a stimulating discussion on what it means to be a taxpayer in Connecticut

 Moderated by NBC Connecticut Chief Investigative Reporter Len Besthoff.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


On July 14, 2018, Hartford Police Units were assigned to the city Fireworks show at the Riverfront plaza.

 After the fireworks had concluded officers were assisting with clearing the people from the area. At 2206 hours, Officers heard multiple gun shots ring out on the upper plaza adjacent to 1 Constitution Plaza. Without hesitation all officers in the area moved to the sound of gun fire.
 Officers J. Rowe, C. Palmieri, and E. Donnelly observed a male dressed all in black firing multiple gun shots towards a crowd of people, then attempt to flee the area southbound. Officer Rowe was the first officer to reach the suspect and ordered him at gun point to get on the ground. The suspect still clinching the firearm turned and threw it over the railing of the bridge onto the sidewalk below.

 Officer Rowe then physically took the suspect to the ground and secured him with the assistance of Officer Palmieri.

 The gun was secured by additional units responding to the area.

 A canvass for victims was negative. A check with local Hospitals was negative for shooting victims.

 A canvass was completed in the area for evidence. Located was property damage to the window and building at 1 Constitution Plaza , also the concrete planters in the courtyard were also damaged by gun fire. On the ground, seven (7) spent 9mm shell casings were found. The area was secured and CSD responded to the scene for processing. V.I.N. personnel was also on scene and assisted with the investigation. Detectives debriefed the suspect and then he was transported to HPD booking.

Arrested; Robinson, Michael, DOB 3/6/99, 11 Heritage Drive Windsor CT. Charges; Unlawful Discharge of a firearm (53-203); Reckless Endangerment (53a-63); Carrying a Pistol without a permit (29-35); Criminal Mischief 1st degree (53a-116); Theft of a Firearm (53a-212); Criminal Attempt Assault in the 1st degree (53a-49/53a-59); Breach of Peace 2nd (53a-181); Interfering with the Police (53a-167a)

Two years earlier . Robinson was allegedly the suspected shooter in a shooting incident on Mather Street/ In that incident it is believed that Robinson had mistakenly shot a young man and left him paralyzed for life. Even though a prosecutor and a judge felt that there was probable cause to issue a warrant for Robinson, GA14 in its typical fashion gave Robinson a slap on the wrist and a stern warning and sent him back into the Community to shoot again.

From the HPD wanted flier that led to Robinson\s first arrest
"The Major Crimes Division is seeking assistance in locating Michael Robinson DOB 03/06/1999. Robinson has an active arrest warrant (Stop # 977) for his involvement in the shooting incident that occurred at 154 Mather Street on Wednesday May 04, 2016 (HPD case number 16-12751). Robinson has a last known address of 11 Heritage Drive in Windsor Connecticut but he is known to frequent the Garden Street, Barbour Street, Martin Street, and Judson Street areas. Robinson may be in the company of Antwane Daniels DOB 01/18/2000 who is also wanted for questioning in this incident. Officers are reminded to use caution if contact is made with Robinson as the firearm used in this incident has not been recovered." 

This time he allegedly fired  into a crowd attending a fireworks display.

Some people , such as Michael Robinson clearly do not belong in a civilized community and our City would be better served with Robinson facing a long period of incarceration until he learns how to behave. Robinson has already cau8sed enough pain and suffering , even at his young age.

Maybe this is a perfect incident for the Feds to take over since the Hartford County States Attorney couldn't get the job done the first time.

Here is more about his first alleged victim


Police Departments across the country are issuing a challenge to other Departments.

 The Law Enforcement Lip Sync challenge has produced some great videos by Police Departments, both large and small agencies.

I am confident that HPD has both the talent and skills to produce such a video.

Many of these videos can be viewed on bt searching Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge

Here are a couple of samples