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Grad Central

Friends and family of Central Connecticut State University graduates packed the XL Center Saturday for commencement.

Hartford, CT -  5/16/15 - Graduate William Bostic, of Windsor, takes a dramatic selfie at the conclusion of Central Connecticut State University commencement Saturday at XL Center.  Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN bhorrigan@courant.com

Hartford, CT – 5/16/15 – Graduate William Bostic, of Windsor, takes a dramatic selfie at the conclusion of Central Connecticut State University commencement Saturday at XL Center. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN bhorrigan@courant.com

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Blue Skies, Bluegills

05.08.2015 - Stafford, Ct.  -  Cameron Ravetto, 4, fishes with his grandfather James Ravetto on Staffordville Lake. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

05.08.2015 – Stafford, Ct. – Cameron Ravetto, 4, fishes with his grandfather James Ravetto on Staffordville Lake. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Main Frames

05.08.2015 - Stafford, Ct.  -  With the first outdoor show for Arts on Main starting tonight, Lisa Zelonka of Three Graces Vintage hangs an exhibit by Ohio photographer James Pilbeam in her shop. In addition to Main Street business hosting art shows for tonight's event, the blues band One Eyed Johnny & The Gravediggers is scheduled to appear in Stafford's Haymarket square. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

05.08.2015 – Stafford, Ct. – With the first outdoor show for Arts on Main starting tonight, Lisa Zelonka of Three Graces Vintage hangs an exhibit by Ohio photographer James Pilbeam in her shop. In addition to Main Street business hosting art shows for tonight’s event, the blues band One Eyed Johnny & The Gravediggers is scheduled to appear in Stafford’s Haymarket square. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Rally for Charter Schools

Hundreds gathered at the Capital Thursday afternoon to rally for expansion of charter school access for Connecticut students. Two new charter schools (set to open in September) in Stamford and Bridgeport are in danger of not opening and expansion of existing schools is also not guaranteed. Turnout was impressive at that Capitol as the voice of the charter school movement was heard. Hartford, CT - 5/07/15 - A rally to save two new Connecticut charter schools that may not open in the fall, takes place on the steps of the Capitol Thursday afternoon. Here, Booker T. Washington Academy (New Haven) first graders embrace. Clockwise from center: Nasir Christie, Coi Bell and David Johnson. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN bhorrigan@courant.com

Hartford, CT – 5/07/15 – A rally to save two new Connecticut charter schools that may not open in the fall, takes place on the steps of the Capitol Thursday afternoon. Here, Booker T. Washington Academy (New Haven) first graders embrace. Clockwise from center: Nasir Christie, Coi Bell and David Johnson. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN bhorrigan@courant.com

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Human Service

05.06.2015 - Hartford, Ct. - Proclaiming, “Arrest me, I don’t care,” 68-year-old Heddy Castelano sits outside the chambers of the Connecticut House of Representatives expressing her frustration with proposed budget cuts to the Department of Developmental Services. Moments earlier, Barter ordered Castelano and over 100 others gathered outside the chambers, relocate as the House came to session. Castelano’s daughter, Jessica, is 40-years-old, developmentally delayed and suffers from a seizure disorder. And has been on a DDS waiting list for residential services for 23-years. Castelano came to the capitol today, with hundreds of others, to gathering outside of the Hall of the House to show support for people with disabilities, mental health issues and poverty. "We're here to facilitate people participating in the process. Not deprive them of their rights," said Barter. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

05.06.2015 – Hartford, Ct. – Proclaiming, “Arrest me, I don’t care,” 68-year-old Heddy Castelano sits outside the chambers of the Connecticut House of Representatives expressing her frustration with proposed budget cuts to the Department of Developmental Services. Moments earlier, Barter ordered Castelano and over 100 others gathered outside the chambers, relocate as the House came to session. Castelano’s daughter, Jessica, is 40-years-old, developmentally delayed and suffers from a seizure disorder. And has been on a DDS waiting list for residential services for 23-years. Castelano came to the capitol today, with hundreds of others, to gathering outside of the Hall of the House to show support for people with disabilities, mental health issues and poverty. “We’re here to facilitate people participating in the process. Not deprive them of their rights,” said Barter. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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