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Poland/Capelle Are Now A Married Power Pair

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polandwedHartford’s list of power couples just increased by one.

The new “couple” with clout is Hartford Public Library’s President/CEO and Hartford Board of Education chairman Matt Poland, and Cigna exec Jeff Capelle. They officially tied the knot on Saturday night.

The two may be the newest married couple, but could hold the record for longevity when it comes to courting. They met at a housewarming 18 years ago and have been a couple ever since.

But back to the wedding. The nuptials were held at the Wadsworth Atheneum with about 100 guests looking on. Officiating was Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, who attended with his spouse Charlie Ortiz, together another of the city’s “dynamic duos. “

And among the guests, yet another formidable pair, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his wife, Greater Hartford Arts Council president/CEO Cathy Malloy.

But it was all about the newlyweds and the party after the “I dos” were said.

The reception was held in the museum’s Avery Court, a black, white and red décor with a buffet dinner and more clinking champagne glasses than could be counted.

Among the gifts? Two commissioned seascapes of the Provincetown shoreline, courtesy of a group of friends who know how much the couple loves that Cape Cod town.

And among the toasts, a most heartfelt one from Poland’s daughter Maureen Lynch. She and her husband are scheduled to have their first baby, and Poland’s first grandbaby, in March.  

“Now I have two great dads,” she said, in one of several emotional toasts made to the couple. “And I can’t wait to two great grandpas.”  


New Cafe At Hartford Public Library

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kitch10There’s a new place in town when it comes to dining.

Billings Forge Community Works has opened its second “Kitchen” cafe, this one at Hartford Public Library.The two organizations teamed up for the cooperative venture aimed at bringing more good food to a downtown entity while at the same time providing farm-to-table training for those seeking employment.

“It is cross marketing,”  said Billings Forge executive director Cary Wheaton, who, with library CEO Matt Poland, presided over ribbon cutting ceremonies at the newest location Wednesday. “And at the same time, it promotes what Billings Forge has become known for in terms of increased access to job training and job placement.” A ribbon-cutting party with Billings Forge signature fresh fruit salad, blueberry muffins, and quiche welcome a roomful of invited guests including Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

 Ankitch6d while the new cafe was the reason for the a.m. party, a beaming Poland had other party  plans on his mind.

“We’re getting married Nov. 9,” said Poland about his upcoming nuptials to longtime partner Jeff Capelle.

The two are having their wedding and reception at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Officiating at the ceremony will be Segarra.

“About 100 people including friends and family from Paris and California will be coming ,” said Poland, who is also chairman of the Hartford Board of Education. “We’re excited.”