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Mayor Segarra Supports Richard Wareing as Board of Education Chairman; Appoints Dr. Shelley Best to the Board

(January 30, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra has announced today that he supports Richard Wareing to serve as Chairman of the Board of Education. Wareing has served on the board since February 2012.

In addition, the Mayor announced that he is appointing Dr. Shelley Best to serve as a member on the board.

"Rich has been a passionate member of the Board of Education and I'm excited that he has accepted this opportunity to serve as its chairman," said Mayor Segarra. "His passion for the City and his commitment to strong parental engagement will help strengthen the Board's focus on providing Hartford students with the high quality education they deserve."

Wareing is an attorney with the firm Natalie & Wolinetz and has practiced in Hartford since 1994. He has been active on numerous boards and commissions including two charter revision commissions and the Hartford Redevelopment Agency. Wareing was also appointed to the Metropolitan District Commission at the age of 28 where he served for 9 years.

Wareing is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the College of the Holy Cross.

"Public education has always been a priority for me. It has been a privilege to work alongside my colleagues on the Board of Education" Wareing said. "It's an honor to be asked by Mayor Segarra to lead our efforts."

Dr. Best has been President and CEO of The Conference of Churches since 2001. During her tenure she has led her organization in the acquisition and redevelopment of the former Hartford Courant Arts Center to "The 224," a 30,000 square foot, health and wellness, leadership development conference center located at 224 Farmington Avenue in Hartford.

She is recognized as a thought leader in the areas of health equity, cultural competence and faith-based community development.

Dr. Best is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Yale University and Hartford Seminary.

"I am truly honored to be appointed and look forward to working with the Board of Education to ensure Hartford's young people receive a world class education that prepares them for success in their future," Best said.

Dr. Best's and Mr. Wareing's appointments are subject to confirmation by the City Council and the Board of Education respectively.

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For Immediate Release: January 30, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Mayor Segarra Encourages Residents To Take All Fire Safety Precautions

(January 30, 2014) After a fire on Bedford Street claimed two victims this week, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, along with the Hartford Fire Chief and the Court of Common Council want to encourage residents to take all safety precautions possible.

"As a community we need to ensure that our homes are safe," said Mayor Segarra. "When tragedies like this occur every one of us is impacted. We want to make sure that we take steps to keep our families and neighbors protected."

Since October of last year, the Hartford Fire Department has installed over 900 free smoke alarms in homes across the City. Efforts will continue and residents are urged to exercise the following fire and building safety precautions:

  • Have an emergency escape plan and make sure all family members are aware of it.
  • Install a smoke alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. Test it monthly. 9-volt batteries should be changed twice a year.
  • Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. Test it monthly.
  • Electric space heaters should be kept 3 – 5 feet away from anything that can catch fire such as curtains, clothes, furniture, etc. Keep children and pets away and never leave children in a room alone when a space heater is in use. Do not use extension cords unless they are allowed by the manufacturer and are the proper wire size.
  • Do not use any fuel burning heaters indoors such as propane or kerosene. Kerosene heaters are NOT permitted in the City of Hartford.
  • Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Get fresh air right away if you experience these symptoms.
  • Have your fireplace chimney and flue inspected each year and cleaned if needed. Burn only untreated wood; never burn paper or pine branches as pieces can float out the chimney and ignite your roof, a neighbor's roof, or nearby trees.
  • Never use your range or oven to heat your home, even for a short time.

For more information check: www.hartford.gov/fire

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Mayor Segarra Attends Candlelight Vigil in Honor of Bedford Street Victims

(January 30, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra released the following statement in response to the second victim claimed by the fire on Bedford Street:

“I am truly disheartened to hear that the mother of Shantay Drake has passed. Fire and Health & Human Services are doing everything possible to assist the families and residents of that area. I also want to acknowledge the outpouring of support from everyone in our community. When tragedies like this occur, we join together and pray for those who are suffering grief and loss.”   

Mayor Segarra will be attending a candlelight vigil tonight at 6pm at Jumoke Academy at Milner.

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Mayor Segarra Statement on Fatal Fire on Bedford Street

(January 28, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra released the following statement in response to the house fire that occurred on Bedford Street earlier this morning:

“We are sincerely saddened by this horrific tragedy. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and the families that have been impacted by this terrible loss. I have instructed our Health Director to provide any support necessary as we monitor the situation over the next several days. Any time a child is lost in our community it affects every single one of us. ”


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For Immediate Release: January 28, 2014
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