Vulnerable User Bill Moving Ahead

Last night the Connecticut State Senate passed SB 191, the Vulnerable User bill. This bill makes it possible for motorists to be fined for endangering, injuring, or killing vulnerable users, which are defined as pedestrians, cyclists, highway workers, skateboarders/skaters, and those operating tractors. Vulnerable users are also those riding/driving animals, those using wheelchairs, and the blind, as well as their service animals. Violators would be able to be fined up to $1000.

It’s now up to the House to take action.

The legislative session ends on June 5th.

Hartford’s 2013 Teacher of the Year: Mario Marrero

(L-to-R) Mario Marrero, 2013 HPS Teacher of the Year; Robert Cotto, Jr. Hartford Board of Education Secretary; Keith Sevigny, 2012 HPS Teacher of the Year.

Mario Marrero received the honor last night of being chosen as Hartford’s 2013 Teacher of the Year at the annual banquet in the Marriott Hartford Downtown Hotel.

Marrero, the lead teacher of the Science Department at Betances says, “Teaching is my passion and I take pride and joy in what I do.”

The fourth-grade teacher at the Betances STEM Magnet School began his teaching career in Hartford, straight out of college, at what was known as the Annie Fisher Magnet School of Multiple Intelligences. He moved on after two years to what was known as the Milner Core Knowledge Academy, where he taught for four years.

A press release from the Hartford Public Schools says that Marrero “credits his time at Milner for making him the teacher that he is today.” (more…)