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CT State Police are recruiting new troopers through May 29 2012

May 17, 2012 Areawide No Comments

The Connecticut State Police Department is preparing to accept applications for employment for the position of State Trooper. Enrollment for the Trooper Exam began Monday, May 14 and will continue through May 29, 2012.

The Connecticut State Police offers an exciting career opportunity, a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Applications can be downloaded from the State Police web site at http://www.ct.gov/despp/cwp/view.asp?a=4215&q=494752 or by contacting a State Police recruiter at 203-630-8070.

Also on the State Police web site, potential recruits will find the specific requirements that are necessary to apply to be a Trooper.

Anyone who wishes to compete for the position of Trooper must have completed and submitted the application online by May 29, 2012.

The Connecticut State Police was founded in 1903 and is the oldest State Police agency in the United States.

More than 1,000 Troopers are assigned to barracks scattered across the state and to dozens of specialized units.

State Police Troopers are primary law enforcement providers in 82 of the 169 municipalities in Connecticut. The Connecticut State Police is the third largest police force in New England.

Posted May 17, 2012

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National Bike-to-Work Day is May 18

With the theme, “It’s Easier Than You Think!,” Bike Walk CT is taking the lead to encourage bike commuting on National Bike to Work Day, on Friday May 18, 2012. All events are rain or shine.

Breakfasts for bike commuters will be held in Bethel, Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, Norwich, Stamford, Waterbury, West Hartford, and the UConn Health Center (Farmington). See http://www.bikewalkct.org/bike-to-work for the details.

DEEP Commissioner Esty will ride into the West Hartford and downtown Hartford events, from Cheshire!

We plan to have a friendly competition among the events – the prize is bragging rights for the bike to work event with the highest attendance per capita for the city in which it’s located (so bigger towns won’t have an unfair advantage).

Another “prize” is showing that residents of your town are serious about non-motorized transportation and that it deserves attention and resources. Recruit your family, friends, co-workers, city officials and all the public and private sector employees you can convince that they should give bike commuting a try!

To be sure you have the most up-to-date information on the breakfasts and the meetups on May 18, click this link http://www.bikewalkct.org/bike-to-work/meet-ups

May 1 kicked off the three-month National Bike Challenge. Whether you bike daily or infrequently, for recreation or for transportation, we need you and all of your biking friends to sign up.

Our goal is to end the challenge as a top-10 state; with your help, we can get there.

And you will be eligible for prizes after just three days of riding! Visit the Bike Walk CT web site for details at http://www.bikewalkct.org

Bike Walk CT has a team of 10 and invites others to create their own teams … something like Bike Walk CT – Sound Cyclists… any name that identifies your team as part of the Bike Walk CT organization combined with your own identity.

Simsbury has an event planned for almost every day during Bike Month, including the unveiling of a new bike sculpture on Saturday, May 19.

If you know of other events, please let us know and we will add it to the May is Bike Month calendar, and post it on our web site, Facebook and in our eNewsletter. Send your information to bikewalkct@bikewalkct.org

Posted May 16, 2012

Related link: http://www.slideshare.net/bikewalkct/bike-to-work-on-may-18-events-scheduled-across-connecticut

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Gov. Malloy orders flags to fly half staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 15, 2012 Areawide No Comments

Trooper Memorial. Image source: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy directed the U.S. and Connecticut flags lowered to half staff today in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, observed annually on May 15.

“Our brave men and women in law enforcement do tremendous work to make our communities and our state safer. National Peace Officers Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to honor them and the sacrifices they make to protect and defend Connecticut,” Gov. Malloy said in a written statement today.

“This day also gives us the chance to honor those who have given their lives in the line of duty. Their service to Connecticut will never be forgotten,” Gov. Malloy said.

Started in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, National Peace Officers Memorial Day corresponds with Police Week.

Flags will fly at half staff until sunset on May 15.

Posted May 15, 2012; Photo source Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles http://hsmv.state.fl.us/fhp/PhotoGallery/2008/PG051508.htm

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CT Sunday liquor sales expected to begin by May 20

May 12, 2012 Areawide, Business No Comments

The legislation allows liquor permittees to sell alcohol 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, as well as on the Memorial, Independence and Labor Day holidays, and on Mondays following any Christmas and New Year's Day that falls on a Sunday.

Connecticut residents may be buying alcohol on a Sunday for the first time, in this state, as soon as May 20. That’s what Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told reporters on Thursday morning (May 10) at a post-legislative session press conference.

The legislation allows liquor permittees to sell alcohol 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, as well as on the Memorial, Independence and Labor Day holidays, and on Mondays following any Christmas and New Year’s Day that falls on a Sunday.

Also:

  • No one will be allowed to own more than three package stores (which is an increase from two under the old law).
  • Minimum prices will remain intact, with one exception; retailers can sell one item per month for 10 percent below the cost of acquisition.
  • Discounted items cannot be sold for less than 90 percent of the permittee’s wholesale cost.

The governor said Thursday the bill hadn’t arrived on his desk yet, but added that by early next week, he expects to receive the bill, give it a final review and sign it.

To read the full story, click here: http://www.ctmirror.org/story/16313/sunday-liquor-sales-should-begin-may-20

Posted May 12, 2012

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Five CT small businesses get boost from state program

Stafford Motor Speedway has been a destination for auto racing enthusiasts from across southern New England since 1970. Today, about 110 weekly automobile races, plus “monster truck” events and auto and motorcycle swap meets are hosted at the track in Stafford Springs.

Five Connecticut small businesses located in Stafford Springs, Manchester, Middlebury, North Haven, Rocky Hill have qualified for assistance through the state’s Small Business Express Program (EXP).

The program was created as a part of the bipartisan Jobs Bill passed during last year’s jobs special session to encourage business expansion and job growth.

In total, EXP will provide $100 million to help the state’s small businesses hire more employees and fund capital investments.

The program offers loans and matching grants to Connecticut companies with fewer than 50 employees at the time of application. It is administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

“The Small Business Express Program helps businesses that perform valuable services in their local communities, as well as companies that bring new products to national and international markets,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a press release announcing the grants.

“Whether it’s a mom-and-pop (business) on Main Street or a small tech company with big ideas, small businesses will lead the way to our economic recovery,” Gov. Malloy said.

The businesses qualifying for the grants are:

  • Stafford Motor Speedway, which will combine its own $78,000 and a matching grant for the same amount to make capital improvements, including repair of a deteriorating racetrack surface. The company has been a destination for auto racing enthusiasts from across southern New England since 1970. Today, about 110 weekly automobile races, plus “monster truck” events and auto and motorcycle swap meets are hosted at the track in Stafford Springs. The project will retain four jobs.
  • Onyx Spirits Company of Manchester plans to invest $165,235, plus a $100,000 matching grant, in hiring and training employees, increasing production capacity and expanding distribution throughout New England. Connecticut’s first legal “moonshine” distiller, Onyx has exceeded sales targets for statewide distribution since selling its first case of ultra premium American moonshine in October 2011.
  • Enermore, LLC in Rocky Hill is receiving a $150,000 loan and a $100,000 matching grant. The funds will be invested with $1,450,000 of company money to develop a new line of consumer natural skin care products and market them domestically and internationally. Enermore is creating three new jobs.
  • North Haven Ceramic Tile & Floor Covering qualified for a revolving loan in the amount of $100,000, which will help the company purchase additional inventory and hire subcontractors to meet increasing demand for its services. The company will retain ten positions.
  • Weise Choice Tree Services, a licensed tree care company in Middlebury, is receiving a revolving loan of $26,000, a matching grant of $26,260, and investing company funds of $26,260 in the latest mobile access software for crews in the field, computers and other machinery and equipment. The company will add one position.

For more information on EXP or to apply for the program, visit the Small Business Express Program web page at http://www.ct.gov/ecd/cwp/view.asp?a=3931&q=489792 or contact Michelle Lugo at DECD at 860-270-8052 or Michelle.Lugo@ct.gov

Posted May 10, 2012 based on a press release from Gov. Malloy’s office

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Connecticut gets $6 Million from settlement with drug company

Abbott Laboratories allegedly offered and paid illegal remuneration to health care professionals and long-term care pharmacy providers to encourage them to promote and/or prescribe Depakote

Connecticut Atty. General George Jepsen said Monday (May 7) the state will receive approximately $6 million from settlements with Abbott Laboratories in relation to charges the pharmaceutical company marketed the prescription drug Depakote for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Depakote is approved by the FDA for treatment of seizure disorders, “mania” associated with bipolar disorder and to prevent migraine headaches.

According to complaints, Abbott also marketed the drug for behavioral disturbances in dementia patients, anxiety, conduct disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and drug withdrawal, attention deficit disorder, autism and other psychiatric conditions – uses the FDA has not deemed to be effective.

According to the allegations in the complaint, Abbott Laboratories promoted Depakote for unapproved uses by:

  • making false and misleading statements about the safety, efficacy, dosing and cost-effectiveness of Depakote for some of these uses;
  • improperly marketing the product for use in nursing homes;
  • and by offering and paying illegal remuneration to health care professionals and long-term care pharmacy providers to encourage them to promote and/or prescribe Depakote.

Abbott Laboratories’ marketing for non-FDA approved uses allegedly resulted in false claims to Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs.

Jepsen said these settlements “will serve as a deterrent to other companies who seek to benefit unfairly from government healthcare programs.”

“Most importantly, they will help to protect consumers who were prescribed an expensive drug with little evidence the drug could help their condition,” Jepsen said.

In the settlements, Abbott has agreed to pay the involved states and the federal government $800 million in civil damages and penalties.

Connecticut’s share of Medicaid claims is more than $3.9 million.

Connecticut will also receive $499,000 for state-funded benefit programs administered by the state Department of Social services.

Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said, “Our claims data indicated a significant and inappropriate impact on Medicaid expenditures, a factor that will now be mitigated by this major settlement.”

The company has also agreed to a $700 million criminal fine and forfeiture for violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Another $100 million settlement with 45 states and the District of Columbia, resolves civil consumer protection claims that the company engaged in unfair and deceptive practices by illegal off-label marketing of Depakote.

Connecticut’s share of the consumer protection settlement is more than $1.5 million, including $150,000 for the state Department of Consumer Protection’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said, “The funding that the settlement provides for Connecticut’s Prescription Monitoring Program will directly benefit patient health by assisting pharmacists and physicians to better monitor potentially dangerous drug interactions and prescription errors.”

Abbott also agreed to enter into a corporate integrity agreement with the federal government.

For a period of five years, Abbott must also limit:

  • the creation and use of responses to requests by physicians for non-promotional information about off-label uses of Depakote;
  • dissemination of reprints of clinical studies relating to off-label uses of Depakote;
  • and use of grants and continuing medical education.

It must also disclose payments to physicians and register and disclose clinical trials.

The healthcare fraud settlement was based on four qui tam cases, filed under federal and state false claim statutes that were consolidated and are pending in U.S. District Court in Virginia.

Assistant Atty. General Thomas Saadi handled the consumer protection settlement for the Attorney General with Assistant Atty. General Phillip Rosario, head of the Consumer Protection department.

Consumers can make inquiries of the Attorney General’s office by calling 860-808-5318 during office hours or sending email to attorney.general@ct.gov You can also follow the office on Facebook at Attorney General George Jepsen and on Twitter @AGJepsen

Posted May 8, 2012, based on a press release

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Say adieu to UConn Memorial Stadium – to make way for basketball facility

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has approved $800,000 for the demolition of Memorial Stadium and related work. The site, adjacent to Gampel Pavilion, will be cleared to build a new basketball development center for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The stadium was built in 1953 and was home to UConn football games until the program moved to Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Photo source: Wikicommons - public domain photo

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has approved $800,000 for the demolition of Memorial Stadium and related work.

The site, adjacent to Gampel Pavilion, will be cleared to build a new basketball development center for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Memorial Stadium was where the UConn football team played its home games before it moved to Rentschler Field in East Hartford in 2003.

The stadium has been rarely used outside of joggers using its steps for a workout, but the field has been used for athletics and intramural programs.

Demolition work is expected to begin in early spring.

Trustee Francis Archambault Jr. said the new basketball facility has been “in the works” for more than a year and has long been a need for the men’s and women’s basketball programs.

“Both Hall of Fame coaches (women’s basketball Head Coach Geno Auriemma and men’s basketball Head Coach Jim Calhoun) have been frustrated with the inability to practice as much as they would like,” said Archambault.

University officials plan to construct a 70,000-square-foot facility.

The project will be paid for solely through donations, of which the university has gotten approximately $17 million so far. It is expected to cost approximately $40 million.

It will have practice gyms, locker rooms, coaches’ offices and areas for academic support and training.

The building will be set up similar to the $48 million Burton Family Football Complex. That facility opened in the summer of 2006.

The goal is to finish construction of the basketball facility by late 2013 or early 2014.

Archambault said the new basketball facility would help the university “stay competitive” when recruiting student athletes.

The basketball facility is one of many athletic department projects planned for the campus. UConn also plans to improve facilities for softball, baseball and soccer.

Reportedly, $1 million has been raised for the baseball project and $4.5 million has been raised for the soccer project.

The goal is to finish all of the athletic department projects by 2014.

Although the basketball facility project is important, Archambault said there are other “more pressing needs” on campus, such as the need for a new recreational facility.

Archambault said another top priority is addressing the need for academic space, which is being addressed through the construction of two new classroom buildings.

One of these opened in the fall and the other is expected to be finished this summer.

The buildings are or will be used by departments in the Arjona and Monteith academic buildings.

Posted March 4, 2012 as edited and added to by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related link: “Memories of Memorial Stadium,” UConnHuskies.com http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/110602aaa.html

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Actor Billie Jean Young to perform at ECSU

February 28, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments

Young’s captivating, award-winning one-woman show recaptures the breadth and majesty of Hamer’s brave journey from a downtrodden field worker to a victorious champion of civil and human rights

Actor and poet Billie Jean Young will present at Eastern’s University Hour Series from 3 to 4 p. m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29 in the Student Center Theater.

Young’s presentation will include a performance of the one-woman show, “Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light.”

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Young’s captivating, award-winning one-woman show recaptures the breadth and majesty of Hamer’s brave journey from a downtrodden field worker to a victorious champion of civil and human rights.

In 2004, to coincide with the Democratic National Convention, Young performed her re-enactment of the speech Hamer presented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

Young is a resident of Perry County, AL, where she serves as an artist-in-residence at Judson College in Marion.

Posted Feb. 28, 2012

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