Investigation Supports Some Claims of Misconduct by Middletown School Officials

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MIDDLETOWN — An independent investigation into claims of harassment and a hostile work environment within the district supports certain claims of misconduct by three of the district’s four senior administrators — including sexual harassment, unprofessional and retaliatory behavior and failure to effectively enforce COVID-19 protocols.   The findings were summarized in...

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Trooper Isn’t the Only Cause of Mentally Ill Man’s Death

...came this month when the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee approved a $9 million damage lawsuit settlement with the family of a patient at the state’s hospital for the criminally insane, Whiting Forensic Institute in Middletown. A tipster reported grotesque abuse of the patient by many hospital staff members. Surveillance video...

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Wesleyan Student Workers Ready to Form Union

MIDDLETOWN — Students at Wesleyan University today announced their intention to form a union for student workers in the Office of Residential Life. The university said in a statement today that it is willing to “commence the process of voluntarily recognizing that group’s effort to unionize.” “Forming a union will...

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Undocumented Mothers, Just Like the Rest of Us, Can’t Afford it

...never addressing the fact that college tuition has risen 4.6 times the rate of inflation. It’s outrageous what medical facilities and doctors charge. I don’t blame the undocumented mothers wanting to get their kids healthcare, sure, just like the rest of us, they can’t afford it. Matt Malecot Middletown, CT...

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Rash of School Violence in Middletown Prompts Concern

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MIDDLETOWN — Multiple fights at the middle and high school that left at least one student injured have prompted calls from parents for greater transparency and more involvement on the part of the administration.  Jessie Lavorgna, the communications director for the Middletown Public Schools, confirmed that two “physical altercations” —...

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Republicans Take Aim at Connecticut’s ‘Disjointed’ Mental Health Services

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...also for union representatives and state workers. Earlier this month, state employees and advocates held a virtual conference highlighting the lack of availability of mental health services for children, particularly at state-run facilities like the Solnit Center in Middletown, and for other underserved populations such as recently incarcerated people, Spanish-speakers...

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Winery Plans Meet with Questions, Opposition at Middletown Hearing

MIDDLETOWN – At a public hearing Wednesday night, neighbors of the first proposed farm winery in Middletown questioned why a commercial business, and the traffic and noise that would come with it, would be allowed in their quiet, residential neighborhood. Joe DeFrancesco – who is proposing to turn his 7.3...

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New London Presses for Added COVID Testing

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...its Norwich clinic, and state-sponsored testing sites in Middletown and Meriden are also planning to increase their testing capacity to deal with the surge in demand. On December 20, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that seven new state testing sites would be opened.  The week before Christmas, 741 COVID cases were...

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