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John Soto’s Inspirational Life: The Movie

by Allan Appel | Oct 11, 2018 12:24 pm | Comments (1)

CPTV photoAllan Appel PhotoWhen he was a penniless young man of 19 in the Bronx, originally from Puerto Rico, with little or no machine shop experience, John Soto answered an advertisement for a “machinist with one year’s experience.”

As the employer looked at him skeptically, Soto added, “If you hire me, in a year, I’ll be that experienced machinist.”

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High School Artists Honor Heroes Of New Haven

by Brian Slattery | Sep 5, 2018 11:13 am

In one portrait, a man with glasses gazes from the frame, friendly but appraising. In another, Ruth Bader Ginsburg peers out from a background swirling with color, bringing all her intelligence and experience to bear to size up the viewer. In a third, a woman, nobody’s fool, gazes out from a scintillating wall of hues, a clock tower to her left.

It turns out that the woman is Marilyn Walton, a construction worker, hairdresser, and business owner who happened to be the grandmother of artist Jaida Stancil. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, of course, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, rendered by Aliya Anna Hafiz. And the man with the glasses is artist Salvador Bacón, father of Patricio Salvador Bacón Guaray, who painted his father’s portrait.

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Post-Death, Henry Green’s Story Continues

by David Sepulveda | Aug 21, 2018 2:44 pm | Comments (1)

Courtesy of Robert EspositoA bullet that pierced Henry Harris Green IV, aka Renegade, on a Newhallville street eight years ago, and remained lodged in his body is now evidence in an investigation into his recent death.

Call it one more chapter in a compelling story about a young man who embraced life against great odds while injecting humanity into the communal conversation about gun violence.

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