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Group Of 100 Black Male Professionals Greet Students On First Day, Help Bust Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.14.2015 | Good News

Students going back to school had some awesome cheerleaders to usher them into the new year.  A group of 100 black men gathered outside Mart...

Astoria Characters: The Queen of Ice Cream

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.01.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Jane McGinn has always had a sweet spot for ice cream. She loves it in and of itself, but her affection for the beat-the-heat summer treat is more than cream deep.

Coins for Clemens: Collaborative Fundraising for Mark Twain

Cindy Lovell | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts
Cindy Lovell

Four nonprofit institutions have committed to preserving the legacy of Mark Twain. Now, in an unusual collaborative fundraising initiative, they are joining forces to ask "Twainiacs" around the globe to preserve Mark Twain's homes, papers, and publications.

Gorgeous Properties for $200? WAY Out-of-the-Box, But Ingenious

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Pamela Glasner

Being an Out-Of-The-Box woman myself for as long as I can remember (which is a kinder, gentler, more modern way of calling someone the Black Sheep of the Family), I love it when I find people accomplishing the ordinary by extraordinary means.

Graduation Rates Are Rising, but Too Many Students Are Still Falling Behind

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Stacey D. Stewart

Even with these improvements, one in five students is still not graduating on time, and the graduation rate remains 13.4 percentage points lower for black and Hispanic students than for white students.

David Lohr

Missing College Student's Mom: 'Not Knowing Is Killing Me' | David Lohr | Posted 03.06.2015 | Crime

The mother of Denise Lynette Hart, a missing 25-year-old Connecticut college student whose vehicle was recently found ablaze, is desperate for answers...

My Dogs Were Stolen: The Search for Burton and Zuzu

Amanda Denes | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Amanda Denes

During this time of texting and tweeting and disconnectedness, some say community is fading. But though I've lost my two loves, what I found is a renewed sense of the goodness of people and the existence of community.

Here's a Round-Up of Small Business Surveys That'll Cheer You Up

Gene Marks | Posted 12.21.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

There is some good news. There is one group of people out there feeling successful and optimistic, even in the midst of all these alarming events. Who are these naïve, yet hearty souls?

America's Densest Cities

Wendell Cox | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Wendell Cox

There is a general perception that the densest US cities are in the Northeast, where downtowns tend to be bigger and inner city densities are higher. But in fact, most of the densest major urban areas are in the West.

Hartford Man Offers Haircuts In Exchange For Hugs

Nadine Cheung | Posted 11.07.2014 | Good News

Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence ov...

'They Came to Jeer, But Remained to Whitewash'

Cindy Lovell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Cindy Lovell

When was the last time you reenacted a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? More to the point, when was the last time you whitewashed a fence -- or, better yet -- paid for the privilege?

The Envelope, Please! Announcing The First Annual 'Blurbie' Awards for Truly Ridiculous PR

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Media
Peter Mandel

As a travel writer whose inbox is always jam-packed with profound and deeply moving press releases, it started me thinking. Wasn't it high time that the finest of these works earned the recognition they deserve?

Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From Huckleberry Finn and Hal Holbrook

Cindy Lovell | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts
Cindy Lovell

I've been rereading Huckleberry Finn since I discovered it as the sequel to Tom Sawyer back in junior high school, getting more out of it with each encounter. Hearing Hal Holbrook last Friday inspired me to share a few keepers.

Dear Fabolous...

Thea Montanez | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
Thea Montanez

I think the better question you could have asked is, "Where else are the homeless gonna get free access to support services, man?" And just for the record it's not only the homeless that depend on us.

Defining Outcomes in Arts Education

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

Arts skills are for everyone, not just the future actors and directors and stage carpenters of America. For many children, the only opportunity for this experience is in school.

Social Good for All: Dialing Hartford From the Echo Chamber

Micaela Connery | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Micaela Connery

Do we claim to speak for a generation, our beloved millennials, when, perhaps, we actually speak for a small sect of highly educated, relatively affluent, big-city-hopping progressives?

New England's Ultimate Road Trip: Rolling Along Route 7

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.03.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Rout 7 is U.S. highway, but it doesn't read like it was ever a road for moving goods or getting where you need to go.

A Table With A View

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 08.19.2013 | Travel

Popular reservation website OpenTable has released a list of the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants to pay homage to the summer and outdoor dining season...

Newtown, Hartford and Across America: Searching for Heroes in The Sweetest Land

Miranda Pacchiana | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Miranda Pacchiana

I would not presume to think that I can understand the experience of urban residents whose cities are under siege from chronic gun violence. But I d...

Mark Twain's House Takes on Mark Twain's House

Cindy Lovell | Posted 08.31.2013 | Travel
Cindy Lovell

Whether drawn to Mark Twain by a certain nostalgia that includes fishing and hooky-playing or because of his fiery social criticism, readers can't seem to put Twain's books down.

Hartford Performs: Measuring Student Achievement Through Arts Education

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Brace yourself...this is a big one. Arts education enrichment programs are starting to demonstrate concrete, measurable improvement in student achievement and engagement.

Adam Lanza's Remains Claimed For Burial

AP | MICHAEL MELIA | Posted 03.02.2013 | Crime

HARTFORD, Conn. — The body of the man who massacred 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school was claimed by his father, a family spokesman s...

Goodbye, 1735 Asylum Avenue

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 02.04.2013 | Fifty
Judy Bolton-Fasman

My ancestral address, 1735 Asylum Avenue, is rich with symbolism and irony. But there is something subtler at work here -- something beyond connotations of political or insane asylums.

Opportunities Hartford: Looking Forward With Optimism

Pedro E. Segarra | Posted 10.17.2012 | Impact
Pedro E. Segarra

Mayors do not have the luxury of accepting the status quo, we are often forced (by duty and psychological make-up) to take positions that often run opposite of both conventional wisdom and what's generally politically popular. Opportunities Hartford is primed to do just that, and Hartford, which undoubtedly will be all the better for it.

Connecticut Archdiocese Plans Ministry To Counsel Gays, Lesbians Against Having Sex

Posted 01.05.2012 | Gay Voices

Although New England is generally considered one of the most liberal U.S. regions, one Connecticut-based archdiocese's take on the state's lesbian, ga...