Young Hartford Latino Wins First Place in Veteran’s Essay Contest

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Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March. Epstein was awarded $350 from the VFW and $150 from the West Hartford Post 9929.

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. The assignment touched Gabriel personally. His cousin Bryan …

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New Democratic State Chairman Faced Criminal Charges In The Past

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Nick Balletto, former town chairman in New Haven, has been unanimously elected as the Connecticut Democratic Party’s replacement for longtime state Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo.

Balletto is a skilled political insider who was New Haven’s Democratic town chairman from 1996 to 2002. He played a key role in helping Dannel P. Malloy get the big New Haven majorities he needed to win the governor’s races in 2010 and 2014.

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