For minority voters, will ‘status quo’ candidates be enough on Election Day?

The nerves are kicking in, said Constanza Segovia, talking politics outside her house in Hartford before Election Day. The stakes are high — nationally and in the Connecticut gubernatorial race. “Everything’s kind of on the line,” said Segovia, 36, a graphic designer, artist and registered Democrat. And to be “completely honest and straightforward,” she said, … More For minority voters, will ‘status quo’ candidates be enough on Election Day?

Democrat Jahana Hayes goes ‘full steam’ in historic race for Congress

Team Hayes brought out the bullhorn. A League of Women Voters debate was starting in an hour in Danbury, Conn., so a crew of volunteers set up on the side of the road, waving campaign signs at passing cars and chanting about change. “Who’s going to bring it? Jahana!” the cheer went. Volunteer Mary Weber, 66, … More Democrat Jahana Hayes goes ‘full steam’ in historic race for Congress

‘Not going anywhere’: Hartford youth group finds voice in fight against gun violence

Gunfire brought chaos to the West Indian Day Parade in Hartford a decade ago. Some parade goers assumed fireworks — until they saw a kid on the ground. His head was soaked with blood. “All I remember is just running,” Tyrek Marquez, 17, said on a recent morning. “Then after that, it was blank.” Marquez … More ‘Not going anywhere’: Hartford youth group finds voice in fight against gun violence

Off to prep school: Students get scholarships after learning sport of squash

Squash is a global game, but in the U.S., it’s a sport primarily associated with white players. Squash courts tend to be located at private schools and members-only clubs. “The elite, affluent communities … have access to squash, and unfortunately it hasn’t been a super accessible sport for most people,” said Meg Taylor, executive director … More Off to prep school: Students get scholarships after learning sport of squash

In Fight Against HIV, Outreach Workers Take ‘PrEP’ To The Streets

Tatiana Melendez waited in the shade during a New England heat wave, ready to make a move. “I got all the information for you, all right,” Melendez, 46, said as she handed a baggie of info to a passerby. “This is very good for you. For everybody doing sex.” At Hartford’s Barnard Park, a triangular … More In Fight Against HIV, Outreach Workers Take ‘PrEP’ To The Streets

For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

Commencement was two days away and Karina Lasalle Arroyo had hauled out nearly seven months’ worth of luggage from her time in Connecticut. She stood in a dormitory parking lot and confirmed she was ready to go home. “More than ready,” Lasalle, 21, said with a laugh. Check out the full story By Vanessa de … More For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

As Hartford Becomes Home, Puerto Rican Evacuees Take A Trip To Mark Twain House

Minutes into touring the Mark Twain House in Hartford, the visitors came across a black-and-white photo of a young Clara Clemens, a daughter of Mark Twain. Soon, it dawned on everyone that Clara looks a lot like Milianis Rivera, a Puerto Rican evacuee. “Yes, yes. … I saw it right away,” said the tour guide, … More As Hartford Becomes Home, Puerto Rican Evacuees Take A Trip To Mark Twain House

Puerto Rican Evacuees Become College Mentors At Hartford’s Bulkeley High

Communications major Marivelisse Acosta attends Central Connecticut State University. But on Wednesday night, she stood in the cafeteria of Hartford’s Bulkeley High School, contemplating what to say as a mentor to the school’s displaced students from Puerto Rico. “You’re so much better than what you’ve gone through,” said Acosta, 19, herself a Puerto Rican evacuee. … More Puerto Rican Evacuees Become College Mentors At Hartford’s Bulkeley High

At This Hartford School, Welcoming Puerto Rican Evacuees Is Personal

A sprightly “Good morning!” awaited students and parents who approached Sanchez Elementary School on the Friday before spring break. Maybe the school staff was in an extra good mood? But Merelys Torres, secretary of Sanchez’s parent-teacher organization, said it’s like this every morning. She noticed it right away when her family came to Hartford from … More At This Hartford School, Welcoming Puerto Rican Evacuees Is Personal

2020 Census Provokes Mixed Reactions On Citizenship Question

Like many of his neighbors, Bernie Michel came to Hartford from somewhere else. In Michel’s case, Ohio. But for more than two decades he’s lived in Asylum Hill, an area of Hartford that’s become a resettling haven for immigrants and refugees — so many that the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association established its Welcoming Committee five … More 2020 Census Provokes Mixed Reactions On Citizenship Question

Displaced By The Storm, Puerto Rican Students Settle In At Connecticut College

It’s lunchtime at Central Connecticut State University and 10 students converge on their usual spot in the dining hall. They start talking about the food — and it becomes clear that they don’t love the rice. They explain that it’s not as seasoned as the homemade arroz in Puerto Rico. So pizza it is. “I literally eat … More Displaced By The Storm, Puerto Rican Students Settle In At Connecticut College

In Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria, Hartford Educators Say They Need More Help

It’s mid-March and Hartford Public High School teacher Bridget Allison goes over essay-writing tips for her fourth-period class. After a while, she checks in on a group of students who are seated together — a few of the evacuees from Puerto Rico. She wants to make sure they understood her instructions. But Allison doesn’t speak … More In Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria, Hartford Educators Say They Need More Help