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Monday, August 2, 1999 THE HARTFORD COURANT A3 CoNNEcncur. New Chef May Help Economy The Face Of Determination eave n Unsolved Deaths L pil 411.14 . Stan Simpson N orris Bacho, Hartford's first economic development czar, left in February 1997 after 12 months on the job. His lax management style and offbeat personality proved to be a bad fit A permanent full-time replacement is expected to be hired in January - at the earliest - after a national search. That means three years will have gone by since Bacho left, an inexcusable gap for such an important position. The void speaks to the city's haphazard redevelopment efforts, which are forever starting, stopping and lacking follow-through. ! The good news is Hartford seems to be getting its act together. A new and redefined economic 'development commission - a recently appointed 11-member group - has been formed and offers much promise because of its unprecedented autonomy, infusion of youth, and ethnicity. The commission can raise its own funds, hire its own economic development czar and staff, and will develop, implement and update a plan for improving the city particularly its neighboroods. The diverse mix of commissioners - six of the 11 members are African American or Latino, three are 35 or younger -comes close to reflecting the ethnic and professional makeup of the city. Its members have expertise in finance, real estate, law and business and include: former Lt Gov. Eunice Groark; businesswoman Suzanne Hopgood, the commission's chairwoman; Richard Staples, vice president of BankBoston; Bulkeley High School Vice Principal Rafael Lopez Hernandez; and Adam Cloud, a vice president at Advest "These guys have a real strong feeling for the community," said commission member Carlos Lopez, a Hartford entrepreneur. "So far, we have good chemistry." The commission will report to City Manager Saundra Kee Borges. Recently, it hired Glenda Copes Reed, a Hartford native who is the former head of corporate real estate for Aetna Inc., to serve as its interim executive director. When it comes to economic development in the capital city -its most important undertaking, along with improving the public schools - there are still a lot of chefs in the kitchen. Yet development plans, once expected to be simmering, are still lukewarm. While the Capital City Economic Development Authority and consultant Ken Greenberg focus on redeveloping downtown Hartford, and the MetroHartford Millennium project takes a more regional look, the new commission will reach out to the city's neighbors and small businesses. Most of the delay in getting the commission set up was caused by the city council. It spent too much time dickering over the commission's role and evolution into a so-called "public-private" venture, funded by the city. Now its mission is clear. The commission will serve as a link between the oft-forgotten neighborhoods and city leaders. "My perspective of neighborhood business is it's one of the most valuable employers in the city," Lopez said. "You should have a vibrant downtown to attract people, but you need a balance of both improved neighborhoods and downtown, or it falls apart" The attention to the neighborhoods should promote an exchange of ideas that gets everyone involved in Hartford's expected resurgence. Who knows, it may even bring some of these deve'pment plans to aboiL 1 1v i A ' ' ? v; ;" - v . ,v . i N A V V j'V JEFF BAILEY, of Enfield, competes with friends in the greased pole contest at Italian Festival in Enfield Sunday. The object is to reach the Italian meats and Hartford Man Gunned Police Following Leads In Killing Of Early Sunday By JOHN M. MORAN Courant Staff Writer A yellow scrap of crime-scene tape remained tied to a street sign in front of 259-261 Martin St - a white triple-decker not far from where police say a Hartford man was gunned down early Sunday. The victim was identified as 36-year-old Shaun Manderville, of 180 S. Whitney St Good Hopes Mixed With Sad Memories At Blessing Of Fleet By LETITIA STEIN Courant Staff Writer STONINGTON - Each year Richard Moffitt returns to Stoning-ton Village for the annual Blessing of the Fleet - and to honor the memory of his brother, a fisherman lost 11 years ago in the chilly waters near Block Island. "I know most everyone that we have lost at sea," he said, referring to a dockside memorial tablet that lists the names of those who have been lost. Now in its 45th year, the annual blessing is intended to bring good luck to the fleet throughout the year. It's a day for Moffitt and the others to remember those who never returned and to pray for the safety and good fortune of those 1 i ir - t X ft? v ' vt, $ Witnesses told police that Manderville had approached another man near the corner of Martin and Risley streets at about 2 a.m. The suspect then began chasing Manderville down the street and several gunshots were heard. A female witness, who refused to be identified, said the suspect chased Manderville and "shot him at close range." She said the shooter went through Manderville's pockets as he sat bleeding on the street and then shot him one final time. Arriving officers found Manderville lying in the street suffering from several gunshot wounds. They and emergency medical personnel tried to save Manderville, but he who continue to earn their living at sea. Steeped in the customs of Ston-ington's once largely Portuguese fishing community, the day of the blessing began with a morning Mass for the fishermen. That was followed by a parade, an hourlong succession of pirate-adorned floats and marching bands, that proceeded from the town dock through the village streets. By midafternoon, the celebration had moved dockside, where the colorfully decorated fleet prepared for an annual group voyage. Fishermen invited family and friifnds from across the region to participate in this year's Blessing of the Fleet. Butch Gilbert, a fisher-Please see HONORING, Page A5 I ft ' t i ft s v KATHY HAN LEY THE HARTFORD COURANT Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society's fruits near the top. was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center at 2:48 a.m. Police said the suspect fled through backyards in the residential neighborhood. The Newington police canine squad was summoned in an effort to track the suspect's escape route. Police are actively pursuing several leads in the case, according to a statement from Sgt Eddie M. Rivera, supervisor of the department's major crimes division. But the statement added that no suspects had yet been arrested and that no motive for the shooting was immediately apparent By midday Sunday, there was little evidence of the violence that had It A WREATH SHAPED INTO A BROKEN ANCHOR floats on Die waters of Fishers Island Sunday at thlend of the 45ti( . annual Blessing of the Fleet. The blessing is intended to bring good luck to fishermen throughout the year. Mystery Suspected Killer's Ex-Wife Disappeared In 1990 Associated Press A man police believe killed his ex-girlfriend and shot a man Friday in Rhode Island, then fled to Connecticut and killed himself, was suspected in the disappearance of his wife in 1990. Stephen Marfeo, 50, of Johnston, R.I., died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound MARFEO early Saturday near the Barkamsted Reservoir, police said. His slain ex-girlfriend was Laura Vincent 38. The injured man, Salva-tore Puleo, 56, was in critical condition Sunday at Rhode Island Hospital Marfeo was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound when he was found in his car early Saturday by police in Barkhamsted. Johnston po- lice are now turning their attention to that area, wondering whether the location is related to the disappearance of Marfeo's wife, Doreen. Mrs. Marfeo vanished without a trace in f" 4 s i 4 DOREEN MARFEO March 1990. Johnston police have long suspected her husband in her disappearance, but he was never charged. The television show "Unsolved Mysteries" featured her disappearance in a 1993 report Police are still trying to deter Down On Street occurred on Martin Street just hours earlier. No one was living in a fire-damaged building at the corner of Risley and Martin, where the incident began. A sign on a neighboring structure announced: "No Trespassing, Violators will be Prosecuted." Two women returning from the Save-A-Lot shopping plaza, behind which the Martin Street shooting occurred, said they were unaware of the incident even as they walked by what appeared to be wine-colored blood stains on the street and sidewalk. Manderville was employed part time by The Hartford Courant at Please see HARTFORD, Page A5 yzYif i T mine why Marfeo shot Vincent and Puleo, both of North Providence, R.I., Friday night Puleo has been unable to speak to police. North Providence Police Maj. Albert DeCristofano would not say how Marfeo became an immediate suspect in the North Providence shootings. Police first responded to the scene about 10:15 p.m., on a report of a horn sounding. "It was just good police work, knocking on doors," he said, adding that Marfeo and the shooting victims all knew each other. Puleo and Vincent both divorced, began dating about six months ago. Friends said they both seemed hap- py. Meanwhile, Marfeo's mother, Angelina, said her son had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance and had suffered much since. She said he was home until about 9:30 p.m. Friday before leaving with an overnight bag. Angelina Marfeo said her son "really liked" Laura Vincent but he. "wasn't ready to make a commitment because she had two children." She said Marfeo and Vincent broke up months ago. Marfeo had two children with his first wife and no children with Doreen Marfeo, his second wife. She said Marfeo and Puleo knew each other, noting that her son bought his car from Puleo. The mother said she knew her son was troubled. She said he had talked of hurting himself in the past Police say Marfeo also had a jealous streak. Johnston Police Det John L Nar-dolillo Jr. said he has long believed Marfeo was responsible for his wife's disappearance. "There's no doubt in my mind," he said. "I've been on this guy's tail for 9"2 years." ri 4soJ rhpirt l $1 o - i - RICK HARTFORD THE HARTFORD COURANT

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