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CT Business 'Most Read' Stories Of 2017

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During 2017, published hundreds of stories.   They covered such topics as politics, education, business, human interest, health and business regarding Latinos in Connecticut and in other parts of the country.  Locally, we took special pride in offering news stories by our writers with a news angle on a topic other media does not cover.
As we all know, certain stories appeal to different readers, but there were several particular news stories that clearly hit home with the majority of our diverse readers throughout the state.  When we took a look back to assemble these most read  stories and the stories most shared on social media by our readers, we found some interesting and perhaps surprising articles that made it clear our readers weren’t seeing these reports anywhere else and wanted to know more about the topic.
They ranged from our feature pieces, such as our coverage of what the Yard Goats baseball team in Hartford was doing to attract Latino fans, to politics with our report on Latino candidate victories around the state during election time, to a sentimental piece of the passing of a Puerto Rican family matriarch, who most people didn’t know, but they could fondly identify with her.
Our top two stories, however, are actually about the same person, which illustrates how Latinos in our state want news about their own, and are perhaps not quick to believe or find different news view points offers while always upholding journalistic standards.
The sudden fall of Dr. Nivea Torres appears to have especially struck Latinos who wanted to know more about the incredulous story of the demise of a rising star in the community. We talked with Latino leaders for our story, who questioned how her situation was handled.  Our second most read story was also about Dr. Torres; we checked in with her months after her departure as superintendent of the state’s technical schools.  Our readers had also been wondering.
Here are the  top stories in 2017 based on our readership.

A Question About Fair Treatment of Dr Nivea Torres 

During her rise from teacher to superintendent of Connecticut’s 10,500-Nivea torresstudent technical high school system, Nivea Torres has earned professional recognition and has become so highly regarded within the state’s Latino community that several of its leaders advocated for her selection two years ago for the then open position of state education commissioner.

Torres not only did not get the appointment, but she now finds her professional status and public image resting on very wobbly legs, having been indefinitely suspended by Dianna Wentzell, and the most visible figure in a widely publicized investigation of the millions of dollars that the Connecticut Technical High School System paid to a marketing and public relations firm during her tenure as superintendent.
It remains unclear as to whether…..


Exclusive:  Dr Nivea Torres

                                                It’s been nearly three months since Dr. Nivea L. Torres has been able to NiveaTorres 1work or even visit her office, and more than a month since her resignation became effective, but what Dr. Torres wanted to talk about in a recent interview with…..

CT Puerto Rican Agenda To Be First Official State Chapter Of National Alliance
Members of the newly formed CT Puerto Rican Agenda Alliance. Bill Sarno/ Jason Ortiz had returned to Connecticut ct pr agenda 1last fall from seeing first-hand the economic and humanitarian toll inflicted….
Hartford Yard Goats Reaching Out To City’s Latino Residents
Even before the first batter takes a swing at Dunkin Donuts Park, the Hartford Yard Goats are making a strong pitch to excite and engage the city’s large and mostly Puerto Rican Latino population through various targeted outreach and employment programs, and by recognizing one of Puerto Rico’s most revered and iconic figures, Roberto Clemente.

Puerto Rico has a long affinity with baseball and

Maria Mercedes Ramos: Like All Latina Mothers A Quiet Contributor To Our Community

Many Latinos in Connecticut may not have known Dona Mercedes will's MomRamos, also known as Mama Mercedes, but we all  know her story. It is the story of so many of our Latino families.  When you entered her home, you were welcomed with a huge sonrisa (smile) and the all-important question;  Ya comiste? Have you already eaten? Her warm and huge heart reminded you of your own Mama.

Election Results:  Latino Candidates Who Won
Latino candidates achieved some major successes in Tuesday’s local Yolanda castilloelections across Connecticut, including the election of the first Latino, Yolanda Castillo, to Manchester’s Board of Directors.

In addition, Latinos now hold six seats on New Britain Board of Alders. Four are Democrats who helped gain their party a 9-6 majority, and two are Republican incumbents. State Rep. Robert Sanchez commented on Facebook that he believed this is the first time six Latinos will serve on the New Britain Council.
Joseph Rodriguez, a statewide Democratic and Hispanic leader, also saw a broader impact on…

The  Other Five News Stories That Landed In The Top Ten List For 2017

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Here are the other news stories that landed in the Top Ten most read and shared on social media list.  All also feature key Latino leaders in CT, or interest in young and upcoming Latinos who are trying to do their part for the betterment of the community, Puerto Rico’s plight, and to round out the list a strongly worded, very different perspective opinion piece on Hartford schools.  Please do stay with us as we tackle 2018, keep reading and sharing on all social media platforms.
-UConn Latino Medical Students Work To Increase Numbers And Improve Healthcare For Community
-Joe Rodriguez Key Player On Senator Blumenthal’s Staff
-Opinion/Mayor Bronin To Hartford’s School Children: Drop Dead
-Puerto Ricans In CT Ready To Provide Aid To The Island After Irma

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