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REALM CONNECT – Another Way to Give

Our church is moving to a new kind of church record keeping solution called Realm®. It primarily serves the administrative needs of our staff, but it also offers some exciting opportunities to support the way you are involved in our church. Not only will this improve work life for our ministry staff, it will make it easier for our church family to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a connected community of believers.

There are three things you should know before we highlight what you can do:
1. We’re updating the administrative tools our staff uses to run the daily operations of our church.
2. We’re adding more ways to communicate and connect as a church, all while leaving current methods in place.
3. You determine how much you want to make this part of your experience with our church, but we encourage you to participate.

To get the app at iTunes, click below.

To get the app at Google Play, click HERE.

OR click on the QR graphic here….

To utilize REALM CONNECT you must first receive an Invite Code. If you have any questions, please contact Treasurer Gail Martin at faithmatters.treasurer@gmail.com.

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Monday, Wednesday & Friday  9:00 am – 12 noon   860-547-0820

Join Us for An Outdoor Worship Service

Sunday, September 27, 2020   10am

Join Us for 10am Online Worship this Sunday, September 27th
It’s an extra special Sunday as three new members are welcomed into the Immanuel church family and Bibles are presented to seven young people! Share these links as all are welcome, always.

Online Worship Service, Worship 
We encourage you to join us for worship in our Facebook Watch Party at 10am, as it’s truly an opportunity to be in community. Click here: 

You can also watch on Vimeo at your convenience. Click here: 

Another option is to watch on Immanuel’s and Faith’s website homepage by clicking here:

Click here for a simple worship program:

Thank You for Giving!

Second Hour Online Discussion this Sunday, September 27th, following Online Worship

Whether or not you’ve read Solitary, ALL ARE WELCOME to join in what promises to be a meaningful discussion about the inhumanity of solitary confinement in the United States and around the world, and what might be done about it.

Albert Woodfox’s Solitary was this summer’s all-church book selection, and is the 2020 winner of The Stowe Prize. We will use the content of the book to frame our Sunday discussion, but it is not necessary to have read it. Immanuel’s members and friends have been reading and discussing the Stowe Prize books since the prize’s inception in 2011. We have also hosted the lectures given by the prize-winning authors. 

Here is a fuller description of the book:
Solitary is a chronicle of rare power and humanity: the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement in notorious Angola prison in Louisiana—for a crime he did not commit. Aware that bitterness would destroy him in solitary, sustained by the solidarity of two fellow Panthers, Albert turned his anger into activism and resistance. That he was able to emerge with his humanity and sense of hope for the future intact is a triumph of the human spirit and makes Solitary a clarion call to reform the inhumanity of solitary confinement in the U.S. and around the world.”

We hope you’ll participate! To receive the Zoom invitation for the discussion, please contact Gretchen Hathaway, mvhathaway@gmail.com.

Please note there will be no virtual coffee hour this Sunday in the hope that many will join the book discussion instead.


My Voting Ballot Application Came in the Mail. Now What?

Following is a link to an article from the Hartford Courant, providing a rough guide to the absentee ballot application process, with additional information added about the ballots themselves. We hope you find it helpful.


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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We look forward to the day when we will once again gather in our beautiful sanctuary to worship together.  We are pleased to share with you a letter which is part of a document from the conference ministers, “Guidance for Phasing Forward to In-Person Gatherings.”  Please note the Conference’s conclusion at the end of the letter pertaining to in person worship being suspended through “at least” the end of the summer.  The part of the letter you’re receiving in this e-mail does not include the recommended phases, which is a detailed guide to resuming in-person gatherings.  We encourage you to read these phases in the complete document by going to the Southern New England Conference website, www.sneucc.org . There’s a new section, Phasing Forward.  Additionally, there is also a video which can be viewed on Facebook.


The Worship Committee (Ashley Rogers, Arthur Rooks, Andrew Strother)

Deacon Charron Stoddart, Chair

Patricia Hollis, Moderator

Guidance for Phasing Forward to In-Person Gatherings

Updated version – May 20, 2020

  “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” ~ Jeremiah 29:7

This is a time unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes.  This is a challenging time for all of us.  We have had moments of creative ingenuity and moments of overwhelming exhaustion.

We entered it in chaos, we plan to move through it with intention.  We’re not reopeningBecause we never closed.  We have engaged ministry in new ways.  We will move forward in new ways.

First, there is no way to ensure the overall safety of our congregations and communities until there is a trusted vaccine.

Second, in person worship in sanctuaries is one of the types of gatherings that is most likely to spread the infection.

  • In an enclosed room over a length of time the airborne viral particles can reach every corner.  6-foot or 12-foot physical distancing will not prevent this.

  • Speaking, praying and singing aloud propels the virus even further than just breathing.

  • Using masks limits but does not prevent the transmission of the disease.

  • Common surfaces abound.

  • We know that people can be carriers of the virus without any symptoms.

Third, we don’t know everything about this disease and its impact on all ages.  New information is coming out daily.  This makes it hard to predict trends, safety measures, and phases.

Fourth, our congregations are comprised of the populations most vulnerable to Covid-19.

Fifth, an outbreak in our churches impacts our communities and the capacity of our health care system.

We have been reviewing dozens of documents and websites on next steps for places of worship.  This document is an integration and distilling of those resources tailored for our churches.  We are presenting a phasing forward approach beginning with our current Base Phase and moving through 4 phases that are tied to local conditions and the guidance of local government and health care professionals.

There is no one date that can be universally applied across our Conference to every church and every community.  Things differ; local regulations, building size and condition, age of congregation, size of congregation, health care capacity in community, rate and incidence of spread in community.

The way forward won’t be linear.  There is the possibility of new spikes in infection that may return us to Stay Home Stay Safe requirements.

Based on these phases and the current trends we believe in person worship in buildings will need to be suspended through at least the end of the summer.


Marilyn Kendrix                        Don Remick                             Kent Siladi


Faith Congregational Church, a vibrant, inclusive Christian community working for social justice through service to God, each other and our neighbors.

Welcome to the Faith Congregational Church website. You will find exciting videos, articles, and information designed to lift your spirit and feed your desire for helpful information. Faith Church is a diverse worship community, an inclusive, justice-minded and unapologetic about our faith and our witness. We celebrate diversity, we celebrate community and we celebrate Jesus Christ. It’s that simple, but be clear that there is so much more.

We invite you to explore the many ways we seek to be a faithful church in these challenging days. Ask us your questions, we like questions. Our church may be old, in fact, it is the oldest predominately black church in the city of Hartford, but our thinking is not old at all. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the first mainline church in America to speak out against slavery, the first mainline church to ordain a woman and the first church to ordain a gay person into ministry in our nation. We stand on the side of justice because we want to always seek to be on the right side of history and besides that to do what we believe Jesus our elder brother and head of the church commands.

If you are in the Greater Hartford area, come worship with us. Whoever you are, you are very welcome at Faith. Now explore the website fully, come back to it often and know that we seek your prayers as we go forward in faith.



 Exodus 17:1-7

17 1-2 Directed by God, the whole company of Israel moved on by stages from the Wilderness of Sin. They set camp at Rephidim. And there wasn’t a drop of water for the people to drink. The people took Moses to task: “Give us water to drink.” But Moses said, “Why pester me? Why are you testing God?”

But the people were thirsty for water there. They complained to Moses, “Why did you take us from Egypt and drag us out here with our children and animals to die of thirst?”

Moses cried out in prayer to God, “What can I do with these people? Any minute now they’ll kill me!”

5-6 God said to Moses, “Go on out ahead of the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel. Take the staff you used to strike the Nile. And go. I’m going to be present before you there on the rock at Horeb. You are to strike the rock. Water will gush out of it and the people will drink.”

6-7 Moses did what he said, with the elders of Israel right there watching. He named the place Massah (Testing-Place) and Meribah (Quarreling) because of the quarreling of the Israelites and because of their testing of God when they said, “Is God here with us, or not?”

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Our God who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy matchless name
Let Your Kingdom reign in heaven. Dwell on earth in us, the same
Give us, Lord, this day for worship; Give us manna from on high
Give us bread to serve your kingdom, Lord our name we glorify.

Lord, forgive us, free us, love us, Grant us wisdom to forgive
Lead us not into temptation; grant us grace so we can live
Evil cannot stand against us, Your deliverance we need
Bind us, Lord, in one another, We, Your church, Your love receive.

Thine the kingdom, Thine the power, Thine the glory evermore
Thine all majesty and honor God to you we praise, adore
You are God, You reign forever, “Sovereign Holy Lord!” we sing
Our God who art in heaven Lord, eternal King of Kings.

Written by Tony McNeil and dedicated to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and sung to the tune “Nettleton/Come Thy Fount.”


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MEN OF FAITH  Men’s Ministry Monday evenings @ 5:30 p.m.   Bible Study, Food and Fellowship! All men are welcome.  


Don’t forget, GIRL SCOUT TROOP 10003 meets on 2nd and 4th Sundays from 1 – 2:30 pm. We are really proud of our girls.


There is a seat for you on Tuesday at Bible study. We start at 7 pm. Bill Hollis is leading. Great group, great conversation, and great learning! 


The CHOIR could use your voice! It’s a great way to serve at Faith Church. Wayne Dixon is waiting. Choir rehearsal on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  


Sunday School


Sunday School for children is in the fall/winter term.  Join us during worship service. Volunteer for one Sunday per month. We look forward to seeing you and your children.


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Faith Church cookbooks are still available for purchase at $20 each. Please see Jennifer Robinson on Sundays or contact the church with your contact information and leave it with our Administrative Assistant.  Thank you

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Want a CD of the service? Give Bruce MacCullagh a written request or send him an email.  
Need a ride to church? See Deacon Pam Walters for details and to schedule a pickup.
Know someone in need? Leave a message with Patricia Gray or Deacon Pam Walters.
Need more information?  Call the church office  860-547-0820 Monday,  Wednesday or Friday mornings. Sunday service begins at 10 am.


Nursery Staffed for Sunday Services

A reminder: The Nursery is available when your child is restless or unhappy during service. You may not mind your child’s crying, but others would like to hear the service.



Would you like to volunteer? We need Sunday School teachers,  a historian,  and just maybe you can think of ways that you can help! See Patricia Hollis for details.


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Are you tired of bad news? Impeachment? Murder and mayhem? Try Good Black News for information that makes you feel good. Also try these sites…

The Christian Citizen


Want to go to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture?

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Same-day timed entry passes are available online beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET daily until they run out. Same-day passes are not available via phone.   CHECK SAME-DAY AVAILABILITY


Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released monthly. Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released on the first Wednesday of each month.  Passes go very quickly when released.


Want to take a road trip?

Museums & Historical Sites

African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnatti, OH

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO

National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN

International Civil Rights Center and Museum iin Greensboro, NC

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Tuskegee, AL

Northwest African American Museum in Seattle, WA

National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA

The Legacy Museum  in Montgomery, AL

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, AL

DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, IL

National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL


Every Month is Black History Month Because Black History Is American History


Are you aware of the series “1619” in the NY Times?  According to the NYT, “The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.” Read, watch and listen HERE. 


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Church leaders urge education, caution and common sense as U.S. coronavirus cases increase

Here are a number of precautionary measures the UCC Human Resources Department shared with staff in the national offices.

• Stay home if you are feeling sick.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
• Disinfect surfaces used regularly.
• Use hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
• Practice these precautionary measures at home and pass this information along to family and friends.

If you have traveled internationally during the last 14 days, feel sick with fever or cough, or have difficulty breathing the CDC has several recommendations:

• Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
• Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
• Avoid contact with others.
• Do not travel while sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Bookmark these resources for developing information:

  • CDC COVID-19 updates.
  • CDC New travel alerts.
  • World Health Organization updates.
  • WHO Preparedness resources.
  • Coronavirus resources from the UCC.
  •  Ohio Department of Health information.
  • FEMA, general disaster guidance for Houses of Worship.


Should Churches Return to Worship in Their Sanctuaries?

A Pastoral letter from the Leadership of the Wider United Church of Christ 


As the country debates how, when, and under what circumstances life might return to normal, leaders in every setting of the church are deliberating about returning to their sanctuaries for worship.

As leaders in the United Church of Christ, we want to send a clear and strong message to congregations who are considering going back to meeting in person: We urge you to wait until ALL safety concerns have been addressed. We want to offer what guidance we can about issues you should consider in your deliberations.

We are sure that, like us, you have been inundated with materials about the COVID-19 virus. Some of it seems to be contradictory at times. Much of it is being and has been politicized. Discerning fact from fiction can be tricky. We would like to share with you the resources that we have found helpful in our own deliberations, as well as any wisdom we have that could be useful to you. 

Among the most impactful articles we have seen is “The Risks—Know Them—Avoid Them,” by Erin Bromage. The article talks in great detail about how the virus is spread and mentions in particular how church life which we experience as normal could prove to be a threat to our worshipers. We strongly encourage you to read this as a part of your decision-making process. Here is the link to that article.

Of all the things we could say, we lead with this principle: Please make every decision based on how it will affect the most vulnerable among you. Many of us will be able to attend services and activities as fully healthy, low-risk individuals. Others, though, will come out of a deep love for and obligation to their church, deciding to take a risk in order to be back with their church family. We urge you to keep that in mind as you process your decisions.

Conference leaders have sent guidance to their churches about the process of deciding how and when to return. We, as national and regional leaders are encouraging churches to consult their Conference website for materials relevant to their setting for ministry.

In a recent email, the Rev. Nigel Uden, Moderator of the United Reformed Church (United Kingdom), offered his prayerful support. In it, he wrote about a deacon of the church in Coventry. That deacon was trying to persuade a young pastor to serve that church in the decade that followed not only the Second World War, but the utter annihilation of the city of Coventry at the hands of the Germans. Their precious church was laid bare. What the deacon said to the young pastor convinced him to come and serve: “There is nothing in this church that cannot be changed as long as the Gospel is preached and the Kingdom of God extended.” 

Those words have proven to be quite precious and prescient. They have reminded us that when the world forces change upon us, and with it the tremendous burden of grief and loss, our task remains but this: preach the Gospel and extend the Kindom. No matter what we decide in the coming days, even if it means sheltering in place a while longer, the gospel will be preached and the realm of God will grow through our efforts.

In the words of Julian of Norwich, written from her cell at the church in Norwich that was built as her own shelter in the time of the Plague: “All shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of thing shall be well.” 


The Council of Conference Ministers United Church of Christ

The National Officers of the United Church of Christ

The Rev. Dr. John C.  Dorhauer
General Minister and President              
The Rev. Traci Blackmon
Associate General Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries
The Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson
Associate General Minister, Wider Church Ministries



History? Of Course…

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The Amistad was and is many things:

  • It was a Cuban coasting schooner,
  • It was a famous court case,
  • It was an historic event that shaped the nation and the United Church of Christ,
  • It is a contemporary floating museum,
  • It is a special Sunday in the United Church of Christ,
  • It is an inspiration.


In 1839, a group of enslaved Africans broke free while being transported around the island of Cuba aboard the coasting schooner Amistad. They attempted to sail the small vessel back to Africa, but where captured by the US Revenue Brig Washington off the coast of Long Island, charged with mutiny, and threatened with return to slavery.

Connecticut Congregationalists formed the Amistad Committee, which organized a legal defene, eased the captives confinement during the lengthy court case, and eventually funded their return to Africa after winning a favorable decision from the US Supreme Court. [Faith Church’s ancestor congregation played an important role in the entire event, raising money to assist in the defense, and sent 2 missionaries to accompany the former captives back to Africa.]

The Amistad Committee became a seed for wider advocacy for the abolition of slavery in the United States. In 1846, Lewis Tappan, an Amistad Committee leader, founded the American Missionary Association, the first abolitionist organization with integrated leadership. After the Civil War, the AMA went on to found schools, churches, libraries and universities for the newly freed African Americans of the South.

Freedom Schooner Amistad

In 2000, a two-year building project sponsored in part by the UCC climaxed in the launch of the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a reconstruction similar to the schooner of 1839, as a floating museum about the Amistad Incident and the history of slavery. Homeported in New Haven, Connecticut, she sails the Atlantic coast on her mission of education and reconciliation. The non-profit organization Amistad America operates the schooner.

Amistad Sunday

The UCC commemorates the 1839 struggle for freedom, the Amistad Committee, and the American Missionary Association’s heritage on Amistad Sunday, typically held the second Sunday in March.

Amistad Videos

Go to an annotated bibliography of Amistad videos available through the Ruth Dudley Resource Center


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Bloomfield, CT is a bi-weekly FoodShare site.  Anyone age 16+ can come to the Senior Center every other Tuesday beginning May 19, June 2, 16 and 30 and beyond.  The truck arrives at 12:45 pm.  People begin to arrive at noon, they get a number, wait in the Carmen Arace parking lot, then are called to drive through to get food which will be placed in your trunk or back seat. So many people are struggling to make it.  This is just another opportunity to get help.  No names or questions are asked. 


Attention: Self Employed, Independent Contractors

Labor Department Launches New System Today For Self-Employed

To Apply For Federal Unemployment Benefits

April 30, 2020

WETHERSFIELD – Today, the Connecticut Department of Labor began accepting claim applications for the self-employed, many who are eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

“Our agency is proud of the work it has accomplished in order to serve the self-employed – individuals who have not been to apply for unemployment benefits in the past, but are now facing workplace situations never seen prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said State Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby.  “The new online ReEmployCT system meets mandated integrity requirements while providing a federally-required two-step application process.

Federal guidelines require that self-employed individuals, including independent contractors and “gig” workers, first apply through the Connecticut unemployment system located on www.filectui.com.  Applicants must receive a determination notice in the mail from the Connecticut Department of Labor before they can apply on the newly-designed Pandemic Unemployment Assistance online system that will also be located at www.filect.com.

Self-employed individuals will follow this two-step application process:

Step 1) Beginning April 30:

  • File a regular state claim application with the Connecticut Department of Labor at filectui.com, using the BLUE button to file.

Note: Self-employed individuals who already filed a claim application through this system SHOULD NOT file again.  The agency has these original claims and a duplicate is not needed.


Rebuilding Together Hartford

African American Literature Book


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Saving Ruby King
by Catherine Adel West

Set in the South Side of Chicago, an epic, enthralling story of a young woman determined to protect her best friend while a long-buried secret threatens to unravel both their families.

Family. Faith. Secrets. Everything in this world comes full circle.

When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it means she’ll be living alone with her violent father. The only person who understands the gravity of her situation is Ruby’s best friend, Layla. Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what are his true motives? And what is the price for turning a blind eye?

In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla comes to discover the murky loyalties and dark secrets tying their families together for three generations. A crucial pilgrimage through the racially divided landscape of Chicago, Saving Ruby King traces the way trauma is passed down through generations and the ways in which communities can come together to create sanctuary.

Saving Ruby King is an emotional and revelatory story of race, family secrets, faith and redemption. This is an unforgettable debut novel from an exciting new voice in fiction and a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present, and that the bonds of friendship can forever shape the

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Voices of the Harlem Renaissance: Originally Published as The New Negro an Interpretation
Edited by Alain Locke and Introduction by Troy Johnson

With a New Introduction by AALBC’s Founder Troy Johnson

The New Negro: Voices of The Harlem Renaissance was published in 1925 by the Albert and Charles Boni Publishing Company. Dr. Alain LeRoy Locke edited this groundbreaking anthology, which he described as

“…embodying these ripening forces as culled from the first fruits of the Negro Renaissance.”

This preeminent collection introduced the artistic and cultural expression of African American writers, poets, and artists to a wider audience. Almost 100 years later, this treasure trove of innovative work by our foremost thinkers, creatives, and storytellers, continues to inspire and inform a new generation of writers, thought leaders, intellectuals, and activists inciting change today, on a global scale.

Locke was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 13, 1885. A highly accomplished academic and intellectual, he was the first African American Rhodes Scholar and earned a PhD in philosophy at Harvard University. Jeffrey C. Stewart, author of Locke’s critically acclaimed biography, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke published byOxford University Press in 2018, describes Locke;

Alain Locke a tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro — the creative African Americans whose art, literature, music, and drama would inspire Black people to greatness.”

Despite his small stature Locke loomed large in terms of accomplishments. An educator, philosopher, and patron of the arts he is recognized as the “Dean of the Harlem Renaissance,” not only for his literary contributions, but for his behind the scenes work supporting authors, and teaching at Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington, DC, for over 40 years.

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Free Virtual Program for High School Students

City of Hartford Job Opportunities

The City of Hartford is currently hiring for the following positions:

  • Accountant
  • Environmental Health Services
  • Firefighter
  • Life Guard (Seasonal)
  • Maintainer III
  • Nutritionist I
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Recreation Assistant (Seasonal)
  • Traffic Engineering Services Manager

Click here to learn more and apply:



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Hartford Public Schools

Return-to-School Update

Return-to-School Update

Dear HPS Students and Families, This evening, Governor Lamont and Education Commissioner Cardona announced that they are recommending that schools will reopen full time in the Fall. Their decision was based on the current outlook of COVID-19 in the state of Connecticut. However, safely reopening schools will require significant health and safety measures to be implemented. We expect detailed guidance …

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Capital City Youth Build

Earn As You Learn

Hartford Residents 17- 24 years old


Construction Skills Training with OSHA Certification

Complete Your GED or Start on a College Education

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Earn Industry-Recognized Certificates

– Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

– Machine/Manufacturing

– Security Guard/Protective Services

– Phlebotomy and Lab Services

– Medical Assisting

Call (860) 560-5308

Or Email: youthbuild@crtct.org

1443 – 1445 Main Street, Hartford


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Assessors Office – Important Revaluation Data Mailer

The assessor’s office has begun the 2021 real estate revaluation process with a mailing to residential real estate owners requesting verification of the physical descriptions of their properties. Please review the information on the mailer and return it to the assessor’s office in the envelope provided with any corrections that you believe necessary or none if you believe the general description to be accurate.

The information will be used as the foundation for an October, 2021 city-wide reassessment. Revaluations, mandated by Connecticut State Statute, must be conducted every five years. They are required to re-align real estate assessments with current market values and correct any assessment inequalities that may have developed since the previous revaluation in 2016.

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Like Jazz? Want to Keep Up With What’s Happening?

You can add the Hartford Jazz Society’s events to your calendar automatically HERE.




Hartford Stage

Live in Hartford? Get Your Free Tickets Today!

Hartford residents who are Hartford Public Library cardholders can now reserve up to 2 free tickets to plays at Hartford Stage as part of our new partnership.  Each of the seven branches of Hartford Public Library will have a two-ticket pass per eligible show. Patrons can check online to see where passes are available, but they must ask for them in person at any of the seven Library locations.  Once you have reserved the tickets at a Library branch, you must confirm the seats by calling the box office at Hartford Stage, 860-527-5151.

The Complete History of Comedy

The Complete History of Comedy [Abridged]

Rescheduled: October 1-11, 2020

Written and Directed by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor

From the highbrow to lowbrow, and everything in between, The Reduced Shakespeare Company in THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (abridged) covers comedy through the ages. Enjoy fast and furious funny from such sources as Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Molière to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Drunk History.

Ah, Wilderness!

Ah, Wilderness!

Rescheduled: October 22-November 15, 2020

By Eugene O’Neill

Directed by Melia Bensussen

Ah, Wilderness! takes place in a picturesque Connecticut town at the turn of the 20th century and paints a nostalgic portrait of small-town values, teenage growing pains, and young love. The warm-hearted play centers on teenaged Richard Miller, an aspiring poet who falls in love with the “girl-next-door.” His love letters and ensuing adventures lead his parents to recall their own romance and youth. Bensussen’s production of O’Neill’s only comedy promises to be a joyous ode to Americana and the celebration of family, infused with period-appropriate live music.

Hartford Public Library

Hartford Public Library Launching Racial and Social Justice Themed Book Clubs

HARTFORD – Hartford Public Library is launching two book clubs wrestling with the topics of anti-racism and social justice.

The first, called The Awakening Book Club, will start on August 13 at 6 pm. The club is targeted for young adults ages 13 to 25. Click here to sign up: bit.ly/TheAwakeningBookClub

The club hopes to create a safe and open space for young adults to connect around a good book. The biweekly discussion series will center on a book of the month that prompts much needed conversation about past and present racial injustices. Not an avid reader? Come and hear what others have to say about this important dialogue.

“Connecting around a good book is one of the most meaningful ways to learn more about ourselves, each other and the world we live in. We want to inspire, engage and empower our young people to be thought leaders and decision makers. The future of our society is in their hands – and sharing ideas from great works of literature and non-fiction paves the way for them to form their own ideas about the world and form relationships with others that will last a lifetime,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, HPL’s president and CEO.

Liz Castle, programming manager for the library, said that the book club was a result of a meeting with young local organizers in early June. “We basically asked them how we can support them as a library. They told us the most useful thing we could do is to help them connect with other young people, reading books, discussing books and how literature can help inform how they move forward with their social justice work,” Castle said.


A toll-free, non-emergency call center, designed to connect Hartford residents, businesses and visitors to City services.

Hartford City Hall
550 Main Street
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Utility Scammers Strike After Summer Storms
They falsely promise to restore your services — for a fee
by Sandra Guy, AARP, August 17, 2020 

A downed tree levels power lines after Tropical Storm Isaias swiped Massachusetts on Aug. 4.
Summertime is thunderstorm season, when scammers get busy and lie, cheat and steal from consumers. Tornadoes and tropical storms in August led to massive power outages, which are particularly vexing for people working from home or caring for ill or frail relatives.

Utility companies urge customers to beware of the bad actors who try to bully people into paying a fee to have their electric service restored.

Scammers had plenty of opportunity after Tropical Storm Isaias on Aug. 4 knocked out power to more than 2 million utility customers throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Howling winds portend fraud
The storm’s 70 mph gusts — the strongest recorded in the region since Superstorm Sandy in 2012 — left 257,000 customers without power in New York City and suburban Westchester County alone. It was the second-largest outage in energy company Con Edison’s almost 200-year history. The utility reports that 204 customers were still without power Aug. 17. In the Midwest a ferocious storm called a derecho unleashed lightning, hail and wind gusts exceeding 80 mph on Aug. 10, leaving 820,000 Chicago-area residents without power. According to the local utility, Commonwealth Edison, 63 customers still lacked power as of Aug. 17.

So-called utility scams vary. Sometimes con artists threaten to cut off power for phony past-due balances or manufacture a fake problem with your meter. And they don’t restrict themselves to electric power; some concoct problems with your gas or water service.

After storms, swindlers rush in
“After major storms we typically do see an uptick in scammers contacting residential and business customers, saying that they need to pay a fee to get their power restored or that an outstanding balance needs to be paid before power will be restored,” says Brian Reil, director of media relations at Edison Electric Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based association for investor-owned electric companies in the U.S.

What’s important to know: “Your electric company will never request upfront payment or a reconnection fee following a natural disaster or other related outage,” Reil says.

Congressman cautions constituents
The scam caught the attention of U.S. Rep. John Larson, (D-Conn.), who, after Isaias struck, in a tweet urged people not to fall victim to those seeking a credit card number to purportedly restore electricity. In the tweet, Larson provided the phone number for Eversource, the utility serving Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Devious scammers may record a portion of a real phone message from a utility to seem authentic, warns Monica Martinez, executive director of Utilities United Against Scams, a consortium of firms set up to crack down on such illicit conduct.

Even in good weather, beware of utility scammers. Don’t put it past them to knock on your door, a frightening technique swindlers have used for years. [Read More]


4 Things to Know When Taking a Loved One to the Doctor During COVID-19
Caregivers need to be aware of new policies and procedures

by Barbara O’Dair, AARP, August 17, 2020

Allen Neylon lives in Brick Township, New Jersey, with his wife, Mary Beth, who has Alzheimer’s. Last spring, when New Jersey COVID-19 hospitalizations were spiking, Neylon took his wife to the hospital to get some worrying symptoms checked. “I wasn’t allowed to go in with her,” he says, so a nurse met him outside to get information. Neylon told the hospital staff that Mary Beth had dementia. But once she was inside the facility, “they took everything she said as gospel,” he says — and did not verify what she said with him. “Later, they said they didn’t know my wife had dementia. They thought it was vertigo.” It was traumatic for his wife, Neylon says, “and it was ripping my heart out because I [couldn’t] do anything” for her.

Restrictions for visitors, including caregivers, have eased since the spring, and exceptions are made more readily, according to doctors around the country. Still, helping older loved ones navigate their health care under COVID-19 precautions and restrictions can be complicated.


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The first order of business? “Know the rules. Don’t show up at the door surprised,” stresses J. Allen Meadows, an allergist in Montgomery, Alabama, and president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Here are four other things to keep in mind as you plan doctors’ appointments.

Is the appointment needed right now?
As many doctors’ offices reopen, some caregivers of older Americans may be tempted to schedule a slate of routine appointments. But while health care practitioners struggle to return to normal, even with precautions in place, many of them are holding off on scheduling nonurgent visits. At present, “most doctors don’t advise patients to come into their office for routine follow-ups,” Meadows says. But, he adds, “If you have an urgent issue, go see your doctor.”

What is urgent? If your loved one is experiencing life-threatening or harmful symptoms that need to be immediately addressed — difficulty breathing, acute injury or chest pain — bring them to an ER or urgent care center at once. For concerning symptoms that don’t require a visit to the ER, call their health care provider, who can decide if the patient should be seen. “Depending on [the patient’s] risk factors such as age and comorbidities, a discussion with [their] physician is critical before delaying any treatment,” says Ramin Fathi, a Phoenix dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, who treats skin cancer patients. “Some skin cancers are slow-growing and asymptomatic,” he says, “and others are aggressive and life-threatening and need to be addressed sooner rather than later.”

The doctor makes the call on how quickly to attend to an issue. Last spring, dentist Arthur Yeh, who runs his own practice in Bloomfield, New Jersey, saw only patients who “were experiencing swelling, pain, or difficulty eating or chewing,” he says. He would treat them alone in his office to limit the risk of COVID-19 infection. The American College of Surgeons has issued a useful guide for more details on what to see the doctor about and what can wait.

What is the office’s visitor policy?
If the doctor suggests you bring your loved one to the office, check its visitor policy before you go. In the time of COVID, policies are stricter. “Currently, we only [allow] scheduled patients in the office,” Yeh says. “With older patients, we make exceptions for their caregivers as needed, but we also ask that, once the patient is seated, the caregiver go back to wait in the car.” At the Montclair Breast Center in Montclair, New Jersey, policy changes include keeping friends or family outside the building. It’s the same at the Santa Barbara Women’s Imaging Center in Santa Barbara, California, which “discourages non-patient people from entering the office.” Says Brian Jenkins, director of marketing at the center, “We recommend that caregivers wait in the car or outside the building” while the patient is in the waiting or exam room.

Hospitals also tightened their regulations for visiting caregivers. “Early on [in the pandemic], there was a concern that caregivers could be a source of transmission into the hospital, which meant they couldn’t accompany sick family members,” says Sam Torbati, an emergency care physician and co-medical director of the Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. “Now that we have a better understanding of COVID-19 and [personal protective equipment], and we have universal guidelines around screenings, we’re in a better place to allow for more visitation and family.”

Carol Jones, chief nursing officer at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey, part of the Atlantic Health System, says that when caregivers were required to wait in the car at her hospital, the center’s medical team took over to provide extra care for both admitted patients and outpatients. “[We] had to become the eyes and ears of the patient and communicate with family,” Jones says.

Still, many medical facilities, Morristown included, made exceptions for caregivers who could not be replaced, Jones says. “The medical team would ask, ‘Is this [caregiver] needed by the patient?’ When a caregiver felt strongly, we would weigh the pros and cons and make a decision. Some adults or adult children who are caregivers to a compromised patient … if they’re caring for [their older loved one] around the clock at home, they can be with us as long as they’re respectful of our rules.”

How is the office or center taking precautions against COVID-19?
Right now, in most health care facilities, including imaging centers, doctors’ offices, hospitals with outpatient services, ERs and labs, vigorous facility cleaning and sanitizing, universal masking, physical distancing and hand sanitizing are the norm. Patients are almost always met at the door with a thermometer and a COVID-19 questionnaire. Preregistering for appointments is encouraged at the Santa Barbara Women’s Imaging Center, a practice that cuts down on time spent in the waiting room. Special precautions used at other medical facilities include removing magazines, as Fathi’s dermatology office has done, to protect against the risk of virus transmission, and asking that all patients use a special rinse before their dental exams, as does Yeh. He wears an N-95 mask, usually with another surgical mask on top of it, a full-face shield and a full protective gown, and his staff is protectively dressed as well.

In addition to installing medical-grade air purifiers in the office, Yeh uses a fogging machine that sprays a compound of salt and vinegar called hypochlorous acid into the air. The compound bonds to viral particles in the air and destroys them, says the dentist, who mists the ceiling of every room with it himself.

How should you prepare for an in-person appointment?
Both caregiver and patient should wear a mask and arrive on time. When you call to make the appointment, ask this simple question: If the visit is a preamble to a scheduled surgery or procedure, does the patient need a COVID-19 test? Today, a test is often required two to four days before the procedure and is usually administered in the office.

If your older loved one’s present health care need is not urgent but pressing, it will help everyone to bring along a couple of important documents. One, a list of medications — names, dosages and frequencies, Jones says. (You should also note the number of refills left.) Second, a medical history that includes symptoms, dates and durations can also be useful, not only in filling out the COVID-19 questionnaire but also to get more value out of the appointment. A list of questions for the doctor is also useful. [Read More]


Study: Steroid Improves Survival of Patients with Severe COVID-19

The drug is cheap and widely available

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En español | Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A cheap, widely available steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients.

Results were announced Tuesday, and researchers said they would publish them soon. The study is a large, strict test that randomly assigned 2,104 patients to get the drug and compared them with 4,321 patients getting only usual care.

The drug was given either orally or through an IV. After 28 days, it had reduced deaths by 35 percent in patients who needed treatment with breathing machines and by 20 percent in those only needing supplemental oxygen. It did not appear to help less ill patients.

“This is an extremely welcome result,” one study leader, Peter Horby of the University of Oxford, said in a statement. “The survival benefit is clear and large in those patients who are sick enough to require oxygen treatment, so dexamethasone should now become standard of care in these patients. Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide.”

Even though the drug helps only in severe cases, “countless lives will be saved globally,” said Nick Cammack of Wellcome, a British charity that supports science research. [Read More]


Step-by-Step Guide to Making a No-Sew Face Mask From an Old T-Shirt

Easy DIY instructions for a summer-friendly cotton face covering


Coronavirus case counts are rising nationwide, prompting more state and local governments to call on people to cover their faces in public to help curb the spread, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Temperatures are rising, too, with the National Weather Service warning that the “heat dome” scorching much of the country could linger in some areas for weeks.

Those two circumstances will make for a lot of sweaty faces this summer. But there are ways to make covering up a little more comfortable, even in record heat. According to researchers at the University of Illinois, a two-layer face mask made from a cotton T-shirt can be both breathably cool and effective in blocking potentially virus-carrying respiratory droplets.

And you can make one in a few minutes, no needle, thread or even staples required. Here’s how to make a fast, no-fuss T-shirt mask for summer safety.

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1. Gather your materials. You’ll need a ruler, scissors and a T-shirt, preferably 100 percent cotton. Make sure the sleeve is big enough to cover your nose and mouth.

Cutting a sleeve off a cotton t-shirt with scissors.



2. Lay the shirt flat on a table. Cut along the seam of one sleeve, then set it aside.

Cutting a strip from the bottom of a cotton t-shirt



3. Cut a 1-inch strip along the bottom of the T-shirt, all the way across, providing a loop of fabric.

Scissors cutting through strip of a cotton t-shirt.



4. Cut through the loop so you have a long strip of cloth. This will be the strap of your mask.

Laying a cotton sleeve on the table.



5. Lay the sleeve on the table with the seam in the middle, facing up. Slide the ends of the strip through the sides of the sleeve, leaving a loop at the top.

Spreading out a cotton face mask on a table.



6. That’s it! Your mask is ready to wear.

Man putting on cotton face mask made from a t-shirt.



7. To put it on, arrange the mask on your face with the loop over the top of your head. Pull the straps out and back to cinch up the sides, and tie the ends behind your neck. The mask should fit snugly and comfortably, with both layers covering your mouth and nose.

Two cotton face masks lying on a table.



8. Repeat with the other sleeve and you’ve got a pair of soft, breathable, washable masks.

 This mask can be both breathably cool and effective. 

Billings Forge Farmers Market

539 Broad Street, Hartford     Next to Firebox Restaurant

Phone: 860-548-9877

We accept Cash, Credit, Debit and SNAP / EBT (We match SNAP up to $20)

The Farmers Market is a place where corporate employees venture into the Frog Hollow neighborhood, where seniors and SNAP recipients stretch their food dollars, and where communities co-mingle. The Market is situated on the green, adjacent to Firebox Restaurant on Broad Street. It is open June through October, on Thursdays from 11AM until 2PM.