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B2 FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 THE HARTFORD COURANT ONNECTICUT GLASTONBURY Voters To Get Say In $3M Land Purchase Town Council Sends Appropriation To Ballot Box For Citizens To Have Final Decision selves." The council holds two public hearings before voting on potential land acquisitions. Councilman William T. Finn, the lone "no" vote on the appropriation, said that although he thinks the fund is a "phenomenal tool," the economic climate doesn't support asking residents for $3 million. "As town council members, we need to lead and, in my opinion, I'm trying to lead in conservative fashion," he said. "I agree the state is experiencing financial hardships," Councilwoman Cara T.

Keefe added. "But this is something that will really benefit this town." Councilman Thomas P. Gullotta said. "Do they want a community with open space and active and vibrant farms or do they want something else? It should be the voter that decides." This will be the 11th time residents have voted on land acquisition. Each time, voters overwhelmingly gave their approval.

Resident Robin Guimont grew up in South Glastonbury and watched as the fields she played in get taken over by houses. "Our town is a beautiful town. We have lots of open space," said Guimont, who has been in town for 63 years. "Once we build on these properties, they are gone and gone forever. The people in Glastonbury are pretty smart.

We don't want to live in West Hartford. Nothing wrong with West Hartford, but it's a whole different vibe. I love the vibe we currently have in Glastonbury and I don't want it lost." Town Manager Richard J. Johnson said the land-buying fund allows the town to "take advantage of opportunities that present themselves." "And opportunities can be unpredictable," he said. "This does not obligate the town to purchase the property, but provides the council with a very effective mechanism to respond when opportunities present them By PETER MARTEKA GLASTONBURY The town council has approved a $3 million appropriation to buy land, and now the voters will have their say on Election Day in November.

Since the program began with $2 million in 1988, voters have approved a total of $28 million to purchase more than 1,550 acres, including places like the Old Cider Mill, Blackledge Falls and the Addison Bog and Woodlands. "Ultimately, it will be the voters who will decide what kind of community they want," SI CAPITOL CONNECTICUT POLITICS MONICA JORGE I MJORGECOURANT.COM MARCO ANTONIO REYES ALVAREZ, right, with his youngest daughter Adriana Reyes, 12, and wife, Fanny Torres, during a rally Thursday in front of the federal courthouse in Hartford. Reyes, a Meriden resident from Ecuador, is faced with deportation. He has been in the United States since 1997. Deportation said.

"Marco faces real danger and death if he returns this is inhumane and intolerable." Community activists from across the state Thursday rallied in support of the Reyes family chanting "Let Marco stay" and "We're here for you" as the family arrived. The rally, organized by Unidad Latina en Ac-cion, drew nearly 50 supporters all toting signs encouraging more humane immigration policies. Reyes' 12-year-old daughter, Adriana, held back tears Thursday as she told the crowd that her family needs her father to stay in the U.S. Wearing a white T-shirt that said 'please keep my Dad Adriana spoke a few words before being overcome with emotion and turning to her father for comfort. "It's a very difficult situation.

I really need my dad here because I can't do anything without him," she said. Fanny Torres, Reyes' wife, thanked the activists and community for their support. "We hope the immigration department gives my husband a chance," she said. "If he leaves, it means we'll probably have to go with him." Community leaders in Meriden called Reyes a "fine, family man" and lauded the contributions the family has made to the city. "This family is a member of our community," Meriden City Councilman Miguel Castro said.

"They have made a major contribution to our city and contribute to our schools, our leaders. They make moral and civic contributions to our community." Continued from Page Bl was released early and has been targeting family members since then. One family member was so harassed, she recently fled to the United States," Baker said. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who heard about Reyes' deportation order at 12:30 p.m.

on Thursday while he was voting on the Senate floor, attended a rally protesting Reyes' deportation outside U.S. District Court in Hartford after catching a 1:45 p.m. flight from D.C. "It was a revenge murder and he faces that if he returns," Blumenthal De Vos Continues To Use East Hartford As Example As she tours the country, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is continuing to tell the story of an East Hartford student who described the local high school as "nothing more than adult daycare dangerous day care." DeVos, a supporter of school choice, has repeatedly used the experience of Michael Robert Biagioni a 2000 East Hartford High School graduate to spotlight failing public schools. "Michael grew up in a rough and tumble neighborhood in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Michael knew he was failing in high school, but he continued to be passed along," DeVos said at a community college in Michigan last week. She told the crowd how after serving in Afghanistan and working at a hotel he went on to enroll at Valencia College, a community college in Florida, where he is an honors student on track for a nursing degree. "Community colleges give students like Michael a new lease on life," she said. "I'm sure many of you can think of the Michaels on your campuses right now." DeVos first told Biagioni's story during hearing on the federal budget this spring. The description of the school as a dangerous place where students run amok and teachers simply pass failing students from one grade to the next irked local educators, students, parents and politicians.

U.S. Rep. John Larson, an East Hartford graduate and former teacher at the high school, said Wednesday that he hand-delivered letters from students to the federal Department of Education and invited DeVos to visit the school. "We still have yet to receive a response, despite numerous follow ups," he wrote in a Facebook post. "Secretary DeVos has continued to speak poorly about East Hartford as she travels around the country.

Secretary DeVos, I am again calling on you to come to East Hartford and see for yourself what the community is like. Until then, stop defaming EHHS, because you don't know East Hartford." In a June opinion piece inTheCourant, Biagioni said he was glad DeVos was sharing what he had told her, even if it brought him unwanted attention and nasty comments on social media. Russell Blair Gov. Malloy Heads To Aspen Gov. Dannel P.

Malloy, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, is in Colorado for the group's summer policy meeting. Malloy, accompanied by his security detail, traveled to Aspen Thursday and is expected to stay until Saturday, when the conference ends. Daniela Altimari Borgen Continued from Page Bl Borgen said. "It took us a few months to realize that going to London is the best option." Their insurance won't cover Maven's extensive treatment at the Harley Street Clinic, a private hospital in London, and the family will have to travel there every six weeks so Maven can get an infusion. The initial procedure will cost about $78,000 and each infusion will cost another $10,000.

Borgen said they expect at least eight transfusions over the coming year. "That process is going to be very long and very expensive. Our first visit is for two weeks so they can place the catheter and then we have to go back every six weeks until there is no evidence of disease or until it's clear the treatment is ineffective," Borgen said. Borgen said both outcomes are equally likely. "It's a 50-50 chance but we don't feel there is a higher percentage going anywhere else," she said.

"Nobody has tomorrow to count on. We try to focus on that." In the meantime, while the Borgens prepare for the treatment, the community is stepping up to support them. On Thursday, the Whey Station food truck held a fundraiser for the family in Bushnell Park. Co-owner Jill Moskites said 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Borgen family. "We actually go to church with them.

We don't know them personally, but we heard it through there," Moskites said. "We have six ldds so I think that ldds are always something we have a soft a spot for and we can't imagine what it's like." On the GoFundMe website, a friend of the family started a page for Maven that so far has raised over $19,000 to help pay for the treatment. "In a way, it's hard to be a recipient, but people's amazing generosity blows me away," Borgen said. "Especially people I didn't know who are ready to be emotionally supportive and financially supportive." daughter. "There is no standard treatment for DIPG after radiation," she said.

"There are just experimental treatments and clinical trials which are also experimental." Nevertheless, Borgen started researching options for Maven. She soon found that one drug used to treat DIPG was not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the U.S. However, the treatment had been approved in the U.K. and the Borgens decided that seeking treatment there was the best option. "It's been an uphill learning curve for us to learn about this and research every option for us out there.

And quite honestly, I felt like the options out there were really not great," five hours before he realized that the bilge was flooded. Carman said "he turned off the boat and powered it down." But by then the water was "up to the battery boxes and only about three inches below the deck." Carman said he asked his mother to bring in the lines which she acknowledged but he never spoke to her or saw her again. Nathan Carman was rescued eight days later by a passing freighter off the coast of Martha's Vineyard after being found floating in an emergency raft His mother has not been found. The insurance report concluded that Nathan Carman failed to take three opportunities to make a distress call on his VHF radio or take an emergency beacon from its cradle and activate it. whether Mr.

Carman had ever made any threats of violence towards your clients andor employees. You responded in the negative," Anderson wrote. Anderson then wrote that the concerns were raised because of "accusations made by others that Nathan killed two people. We agree to disagree." National Liability Fire Insurance Co. and Boat Owners Association of the United States have asked for a declaratory judgment and are refusing to pay the $85,000 policy that Nathan Carman had on the boat.

Nathan Carman was deposed on Dec. 16 and told lawyers that on the morning of the fishing trip his mother and he got to Block Canyon near Martha's Vineyard about 7 am. and started trolling north at 4 to 6 knots per hour. Carman said they fished for about Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating Linda Carman's disappearance. They have obtained search warrants for Nathan Carman's vehicle, cellphone and Vermont home.

In those documents, they indicate they are investigating whether to charge him with "operating a boat so as to endanger, resulting in death." The insurer hired a naval architect and a marine surveyor to assess the alterations to the boat. As a result, the insurance company canceled Carman's policy and refuse to pay his claim. It was the naval architect's opinion, according to the filing, that Carman's repair of the holes near the waterline was inadequate, and the surveyor found that Carman's alterations to the boat affected its structural integrity. Carman Continued from Page Bl his mother or that he killed his grandfather several years ago," Anderson wrote in an email to Farrell that is included in the court file. Farrell also wrote to Anderson that he will not turn over the home addresses and private phone numbers of employees of the insurance company who may be potential witnesses in the case because of security concerns.

Anderson questioned what security concerns employees would have. "I asked the factual basis of these security concerns, and specifically asked you.

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