This Weeks Feature
Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15

This year's theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is 'A History of Serving Our Nation.' The Center for Puerto Rican Studies, The Latin American Network Information Center, The Hispanic Museum and Library, The National Education Association, The Census Bureau, National Hispanic Heritage Month, and the National Park Service all have rich collections of information about the history, culture, art, and language of Hispanics in America.

News & Notes
Census Week of Action September 21-24

  • Monday, Sept. 21, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Wilson Gray YWCA, 444 Albany Ave.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 22, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Swift Factory, 10 Love Lane

  • Wednesday, Sept. 23, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Weaver High School

  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Library at Parkville

  • Friday, Sep. 25, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dwight Bellizzi Dual Language School (formally Asian Studies)*

*location and time may change

Hispanic Heritage
The Connecticut Science Center has a blog by Lisette Velasquez that highlights local scientists such as Franklin R. Chang-Diaz, the first Hispanic Astronaut and graduate of Hartford High School, as well as other Hispanic scientists including Guilermo Gonzalez Camarena, whose invention was used in the 1979 Voyager mission, and Olga D. Gonzalez-Sanabria, who was a Puerto Rican scientist, chemical engineer, and inventor and the highest ranking Hispanic at NASA.

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Hartford Business Owner Thrives Amidst Uncertain Times

"I think the pandemic is going to bring people closer together and also focus on helping small businesses grow instead of going away," said Jerry Fornarelli, owner of The Tavern Downtown, The Russian Lady and Rocking Horse Saloon. "The City of Hartford has been great during COVID-19 about letting local restaurants open to the street outside. I had been working with the MetroHartford Alliance and especially the Hartford Chamber of Commerce before, so our relationship is getting stronger. They’ve been actively reaching out asking: What can we do to help you?"

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