After Two Deaths, HPD Heeds Parents’ Demand for Crossing Guards


After Two Deaths, HPD Heeds Parents’ Demand for Crossing Guards

Denise Fillion, School Crossing Guard Supervisor for the Hartford Police Department (HPD) Traffic Division, sent a letter to the Milner School office dated August 22, 2017, informing the school that two crossing guard posts associated with the school would be closing. Fillion cited “low number of students” as the reason for closing the posts at the intersections of Albany Avenue and Vine Street, and Mather and Garden streets.

Adriena Baldwin, the mother of two students at Milner and secretary of its Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), thought that removing the crossing guards was a recipe for disaster and tragedy. Ms. Baldwin, the PTO, and AJ Johnson, Organizer for the Christian Activities Council, sprang into action by conducting their own survey.

The group monitored the intersection at Mather and Garden streets for two days. On November 13, forty-six children crossed, and on November 17, thirty-three children crossed. The parents were troubled to witness children, in the absence of a crossing guard, haphazardly crossing the street as cars ignored speed limits and traffic signals. Armed with their own action research, the PTO and AJ met with Ms. Fillion and Traffic Commander, Lieutenant Laureano. Unfortunately, the request was again denied due to the “stricter criteria” used by the traffic division to count the number of children crossing.

Tragedy did strike on January 16, 2018, when a speeding car hit Tina Fontanez and Catalina Melendez near 95 Vine Street, just steps away from Milner. Both women died. Although no children were injured, the two deaths alerted police to dangers flagged months prior by the organized parents. Police set up direct patrols on Vine Street the weeks following the accident that resulted in them issuing 25 citations for driving violations and making four DUI arrests. Subsequently, the HPD Traffic Division is restoring crossing guards to the sites requested thanks in large part to the power of organized parents.

With Hartford Public School Superintendent’s approved plan that includes relocating and restructuring Milner, the PTO is gearing up to launch a new safety campaign. Milner students in PK-5 will be relocated to Wish or SAND. Under the current policy, the new schools are close enough to the Milner neighborhood to render students ineligible for school bus service. However, parents are concerned about the safety of their young children having to walk long distances through neighborhoods that are unfortunately still plagued with criminal behavior. The PTO has already alerted HPS to the potential dangers, hopefully, HPS will listen to the parents on what’s best for their children and take action before tragedy strikes.  (from the Christian Activities Council)



Child, Child'S Hand, Refugee, Prison, Imprisoned

In 2006, Cyntoia Brown was convicted of murdering a man who hired her for sex and sentenced to life in prison. She was sixteen years old. Brown testified that she killed the man in self defense, that she was forced into prostitution by an abusive boyfriend after escaping an abusive home. None of that mattered in the Tennessee court where she was tried as an adult.

Brown is far from alone. She is one of about 10,000 Americans serving life sentences for offenses committed as a child, meaning under the age of eighteen. Of them, approximately 2,500 are serving an even more dire sentence—life without the possibility of parole (LWOP). The United States is the only country in the world that sentences people to die in prison for offenses committed as children.  Listen to the podcast HERE.

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The School of the NY Times

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Upcoming Weekend Courses
For students ages 13–18 | From 4 weeks to 12 weeks
Meet thought leaders shaping a wide range of industries and explore topics you won’t find in a typical high school setting. From sports management and the environment, to arts, culture and more, our weekend courses provide access and insights that set students apart as they prepare for college and beyond. Upcoming featured courses include:
Climate and Sustainability
The Future of Fashion
Reporting in New York
Writing for Television
Social Media Essentials
Sports Statistics
Personal Essay Writing
Jane Austen in the 21st Century

The 2015-2016 Youth Non-Violence Initiative

The 2015-2016 Youth Non-Violence Initiative

The 2015-16 cohort of the Youth Non-Violence program traveled to Washington, D. C. this month. Fourteen youth, who were accompanied by Pastor Camp and their chaperones, were able to make this journey. They spent two days in D.C. studying and discussing past and current war, violence and peace-making events.  The youth visited the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King memorial, the Holocaust museum, the Lincoln memorial, the U. S. Capitol, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Smithsonian African Art Museum.

See additional photos documenting their journey in the slideshow on this page.


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Our Girl Scouts Rock!




🌟Mother’s Day Community Service Project🌟

Hartford Girl Scout Troop 10003 has partnered with My Sister’s Place in Hartford to recognize the 26 women in the program on Mother’s Day. This was a very worthwhile and humbling project, where we  continued to teach our Girl Scouts about the importance of community involvement, giving back, practicing selfless acts of kindness, gratitude and helping those in need.

We wanted the mothers at My Sister’s Place to know that they matter and they are appreciated on this special day (Mother’s Day).

Thanks for your support!

Lisa Butler, Troop Leader

Fuller Scholarship Fund

Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund
Bank of America, Trustee
c/o Trinity College
Hartford, CT

Origin of the Fuller Scholarship Fund

Frank Roswell Fuller was born in Hartford on August 23, 1873, and attended local public schools. He went to New York City at the turn of the century and commenced a long and successful career in the brokerage business. He later formed his own company at 40 Wall Street known as Fuller & Company, which operated from 1904 to 1920. When he retired, he came to live in West Hartford where he purchased several large farms in the northwest section of the town. He died on March 1, 1957. Mr. Fuller was always interested in helping “needy, deserving” students obtain the education that he had not been able to enjoy himself. His will, probated in the Probate Court for the District of Hartford, establishes a substantial scholarship fund with the Connecticut Bank and Trust Company, now Bank of America, as Trustee. A committee of five was appointed by the will to determine the scholarships.

Members of the
Fuller Scholarship Committee
President, Trinity College
Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Trinity College
Chairman, Bank of America, Trustee
Master, Connecticut State Grange
Conference Minister, Connecticut Conference of The United Church of Christ
(Congregational Christian Churches)

Eligibility Requirements

In order to meet the eligibility requirements for a Fuller Scholarship you must be:
1. Able to demonstrate financial need (determined by filing the FAFSA)
2. Currently in your senior year at a high school located within Hartford County
3. Maintaining an average of 70 or better (or its equivalent)
4. A member of the UCC/Congregational Church and “professed to be of the Congregational faith”
5. Planning to attend a fully accredited four-year college as a candidate for a baccalaureate degree
The Application Process
If you meet the eligibility requirements of the Fuller Scholarship Fund, you may request an application packet by writing to:
Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund
c/o Trinity College
Financial Aid Office
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106-3100
Or email:

Important dates for the award process are as follows:
March 1: Request scholarship packet;
Complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
May 15: DEADLINE for submitting the following:
• Application
• High-school transcript
• Church recommendation
• SAR (Student Aid Report)
• College’s Financial Aid Award Notice
June: The Committee meets to select recipients
July: Applicants are notified; recipients must acknowledge acceptance of award and provide final high school transcripts
August-September: Checks are sent from the Fuller Scholarship Fund to the Financial Aid Office at the recipient’s college

Terms of the Award

Fuller Awards are made in the form of a grant (which does not need to be repaid.) The grant award is applied to the recipient’s total expenses for room, board, and travel to and from home to college (one round trip each semester). Fuller grants cannot be used to pay tuition.

Renewal of Awards
Frank Roswell Fuller Awards can be renewed for up to four years of undergraduate study, providing you are maintaining satisfactory progress and continue to demonstrate need. Leave of absence or transfers to another institution must meet with the approval of the committee before an award can be renewed. The Frank Roswell Fuller Award cannot be continued on to graduate school.

IMPORTANT: Renewal candidates must submit a copy of their Academic Transcript each year by July 1st. Renewal candidates who have transferred to a different institution must submit a copy of their college’s Financial Aid Award Notice, an Academic Transcript, and a copy of their SAR by July 1st.

If you have any questions concerning the eligibility guidelines or the application process, please direct them to the Manager of the Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund at the following address or telephone number:
Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund
c/o Trinity College
Financial Aid Office
300 Summit St
Hartford, CT 06106-3100
Tel: (860) 297-2046
Fax: (860) 987-6296

The South Isn’t The Reason Schools Are Still Segregated, New York Is

New York City might be a liberal hub, but that doesn’t mean white parents want their children going to school with black kids.

Rebecca KleinRebecca Klein  Editor, HuffPost Education

New York City didn’t experience school desegregation in the 1960s and ‘70s like other metropolitan areas. Unlike in Little Rock, Arkansas, the National Guard was never brought in to make sure black students could safely enter an all-white school. Unlike closer hubs, like Boston, resistance to school desegregation never escalated to a citywide crisis. New York never saw a large-scale integration program, and it was never ordered by courts to make its schools more racially balanced.  In historian Matthew F. Delmont’s new book, Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregationhe explains how New York City drove the rhetoric and resistance that allowed school desegregation to falter nationwide. In the late 1950s, years before any serious action was taken to desegregate most schools, New York City parents created the language that would lead opposition to racially mixed schools. This language — which emphasizes the importance of neighborhood schools and opposition to citywide busing — remains the weapon of choice for communities who fight integrated schools today.  Read more 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