What Religions Are The 2016 Presidential Candidates?

What Religions Are The 2016 Presidential Candidates? Republican And Democratic Faiths Explained

Tune in to a 2016 presidential-campaign rally, and it’s likely the  candidate will be weaving religious beliefs into his or her speech. Among some of the candidates, faith appears to be a fundamental element not only of their lives but also of their campaigns.

Some of the candidates’ paths to faith are more complicated than others, as they either deepened or found their faith at different points in their lives. Here we take a look at how each candidate identifies religiously, as well as at the religions of their children, spouses and parents.  Read here.

We Are Not Cured’: Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

We Are Not Cured’: Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

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Marc welcomes the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the garage for conversation about college, fitting in, race relations, gun violence, changing the status quo, disappointing your fans, comedians, fatherhood and overcoming fear. And yes, this really happened. This episode is presented without commercial interruption courtesy of Squarespace. Go to  MarcMeetsObama.com to see behind-the-scenes photos and captions.

We Have Bears!


 We Have Bears in CT!

Bears are coming out of hibernation and will begin to move around. If you live in an area where bears were seen last spring, be aware that they will probably be back.

To avoid attracting bears the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says:

  • Remove bird feeders from late March through November. If a bear visits a bird feeder in winter, remove the feeder.
  • Wait until the morning of collection before bringing out trash. Add a few capfuls of ammonia to trash bags and garbage cans to mask food odors. Keep trash bags in a container with a tight lid and store in a garage or shed.
  • Do not leave pet food outside overnight. Store livestock food in airtight containers.
  • Do not put meats or sweet-smelling fruit rinds in compost piles. Lime can be sprinkled on the compost pile to reduce the smell and discourage bears.
  • Thoroughly clean grills after use or store in a garage or shed.
  • Never intentionally feed bears. Bears that associate food with people may become aggressive and dangerous. This may lead to personal injury, property damage, and the need to destroy problem animals.
  • Encourage your neighbors to take similar precautions.

If you see a bear on your property you can either leave the bear alone and wait for it to leave or make loud noises from a safe distance to attempt to scare the bear away. After the bear leaves the property, remove anything that may have attracted it to the area.

Read more HERE.


Not in the UCC of Course…

Many of the largest religious denominations in America, including Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and the Southern Baptist Convention, don’t allow women to be ordained into the priesthood or hold the top leadership positions within the church.  And even within the religious organizations that do allow women to lead, it’s rare for women to serve at the very top. (The UCC had our first woman president in 2000 what?) Sojourners, a faith-based social justice organization, released a video on Tuesday that took a satirical look at this nearly 2,000-year-old trend. See video HERE.

STEM Programs for Teens

Interested in STEM, teens? Hartford Public Library has programs just for you!

YOUmedia is where teens ages 13 to 19 go to Hang Out, Mess Around, and Geek Out!

Tricia George, Director of YOUMedia & Teen Services, and Gabbie Barnes, Teen Librarian, spent the first week of January in Austin, Tex., meeting with other YOUmedia specialists from libraries, museums, and community organizations across the US. They returned to do a week of planning for the future of YOUmedia Hartford. “We are bolstering our workshop offerings to include a more structured orientation to the space for youth and additional tech workshops in graphic design, Photoshop, and Illustrator,” George says.

Click here to view the YOUmedia program calendar

Lifeline Assistance Program

Assurance Wireless is a federal Lifeline Assistance program brought to you by Virgin Mobile. The Lifeline Assistance program is available for only one wireless or wireline account per household. New customers who qualify for Lifeline Assistance will receive a FREE phone, 500 FREE minutes for the first 4 months and Unlimited FREE text messages each month. After 4 months, you get 250 FREE Voice Minutes each month. You will continue to receive UNLIMITED FREE texts each month for as long as you are eligible. To see if you qualify and for information about Connecticut, click here.

Meet the Real Villain of High Blood Pressure—Sugar

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Meet the Real Villain of High Blood Pressure—Sugar

April 6, 2015
Daily Health News
James J. DiNicolantonio, PharmD

When it comes to high blood pressure, Public Enemy #1 has always been salt. For years, our doctors, governments, dietary guidelines, health institutes (such as the American Heart Association) and the media have bombarded us with warnings to reduce our sodium intake or face a higher risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease and death. We listened…and most of us did what we thought was right and cut back on salt. But some researchers are suggesting that this has all been one more big, long-standing jag of health misinformation. They provide evidence that salt isn’t all that bad and has a minimal effect on blood pressure and that another ubiquitous food flavoring—sugar—is the real culprit behind the explosive rate of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in America.  READ MORE HERE.

Hartford Food Pantries

Hands On Hartford, 40 Pratt Street, Hartford, CT 06103, 860-728-3201

End Hunger Connecticut!, 509 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, CT  06114, 860-296-1127

Walk In The Light Outreach Center, 672 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT  06112, 860-242-5242

Warburton Community Church Food Pantry, 420 Brookfield Street, Hartford, CT 06106, 860-951-0058

United Methodist Church of Hartford Food Pantry, 571 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT  06105, 860-523-5132

Three Angels Adventist Community Service Food Pantry, 500 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT  06112, 860-524-5176

The Village – Burns School Family Resource Center, 195 Putnam Street, Hartford, CT 06106, 860-236-4511

The Village – Village South Center For Community Life, 331 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT  06114, 860-236-4511

Shiloh Baptist Church Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, 350 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT  06120, 860-247-3767

Saint Monica’s Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, 3575 Main St., Hartford, CT  06120, 860-522-7761

Salvation Army – Greater Hartford South End Complex, 217 Washington Street, Hartford, CT  06106, 860-543-8413   

Saint Michael’s Church Food Pantry, 7 Clark Street, Hartford, CT  06120, 860-522-6184

Saint Lawrence O’Toole Church Food Pantry, 480 New Britain Avenue, Hartford, CT  06106. 860-522-1129

Sacred Heart Food Bank, 49 Winthrop Street, Hartford, CT  06103, 860-527-6459

Saint Ann’s-Immaculate Conception Church Food Pantry, 820 Park Street, Hartford, CT  06106. 860-525-1522

Saint Augustine’s Church Food Pantry,10 Campfield Avenue, Hartford, CT  06114, 860-522-7128

Saint Francis Hospital And Medical Center – Burgdorf Center, 131 Coventry Street 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT  06112, 860-714-2845

North United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 1205 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112, 860-525-0573

Northend Church of Christ Food Pantry, 687 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT  06112, 860-525-5463


Want to start a business? The Greater Hartford Chapter of SCORE offers free business mentoring, workshops, and a host of resources for start-up businesses, and those already in existence.  SCORE® Chapter 56, 330 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106 | Call: 860.240.4700 | Email: contact@hartfordscore.org

FREE EDUCATIONAL INSURANCE! Are you aware of the LifeBridge program? This free life insurance program is designed to protect your child’s education at no cost to you. The program will issue a $50,000 term line insurance policy to a trust for 10 years at no cost to you. If you die within that time period, the $50,000 is used to cover the educational expenses of your children, and your children have until 10 years after your death or age 35 to use this $50,000 educational benefit. For more information visit http://www.massmutual.com/mmfg/pdf/lifebridge_eligibility.pdf or call 800-272-2216.

Do you receive some kind of public assistance? You may be eligible for a free cellphone with limited minutes. Go to Safelink Wireless for more information.

Statewide Legal Services is a telephone hotline helping callers with legal problems in Connecticut. We talk to callers about many different non-criminal legal problems. Some of the problems we can talk to you about include family, employment, public benefits, housing and consumer problems like bankruptcy. There is no charge for our services, but we can only help people with very low income.

Legal Services
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Hotline Call-In hours:
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Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Hotline Call-In hours on Wednesdays: 1-3 p.m.

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