• 13 Steps to fit Into Hall High Being a Black Male or Female in West Hartford.

    13 Steps to fit Into Hall High Being a Black Male or Female in West Hartford.

    Deonna Hightower, Writer

    January 12, 2018

    Dear Hall High; Being a minority student and going to a school that is made up of 65% of white kids  is hard to fit in, you can only imagine. I am apart of the 35% minority but out of the 35% only 9% are black. Now imagine going to a school and there's only 9% of your race? How would you act? Can y...

    Keeping your crown high in negative situations.

    Drawing By: Nicholle Kobi

  • Interview with Milken Award Winner Ms. Capo

    Interview with Milken Award Winner Ms. Capo

    Jacqueline McConnell and Naiela Sulieman

    December 13, 2017

    Leaders in the music industry receive the coveted Grammy, expert directors and actors received the illustrious Oscar, and all-star athletes receive the one-and-only Olympic medal, but what about the educators that taught these global leaders? The Milken Educator Foundation recognizes these educators annually w...

  • Lavar Ball: Crazy or Genius?

    Lavar Ball: Crazy or Genius?

    Joe Kitz, Sports Section Editor

    December 13, 2017

    It seems like the saga never ends when it comes to the Ball family. The main culprit, the loud and rambunctious Lavar Ball, presents himself as an over-the-top dad who people love to hate—but that is exactly what he wants. His most famous comments, both of which brought him to national stardom, includ...

  • School Start Times

    School Start Times

    Meredith Swanson ‘21, Staff Writer

    December 12, 2017

    There has been a lot of debate throughout the nation regarding whether or not high schools should start later in the day. Personally, as a high school student, I think that starting later  is an excellent idea. School would end later, but students would still be able to benefit from the extra hour(...

  • Helping the Helpless this Holiday Season

    Helping the Helpless this Holiday Season

    Sean Donovan, Features Editor

    December 10, 2017

    A holiday tradition among most American families is to sit down, eat wholesome food, and just talk. Sadly, many people do not have that luxury - many in our own community. This holiday season the weather will be freezing and homeless people in West Hartford and around Connecticut will sadly suffer. ...

    This was taken about halfway up the block on the east side of Broadway, between 79th and 80th Street. It's at the north end of the "Filene's Basement" store on the corner, and it's a place where I've often seen homeless people holding up a sign that asks for assistance... With very rare exceptions, I haven't photographed these homeless people; it seems to me that they're in a very defensive situation, and I don't want to take advantage of their situation. But something unusual was happening here: the two women (who were actually cooperating, and acting in tandem, despite the rather negative demeanor of the woman on the left) were giving several parcels of food to the young homeless man on the right. I don't know if the women were bringing food from their own kitchen, or whether they had brought it from a nearby restaurant. But it was obviously a conscious, deliberate activity, and one they had thousght about for some time... What was particularly interesting was that they didn't dwell, didn't try to have a conversation with the young man;they gave him they food they had brought, and promptly walked away. As they left, I noticed the young man peering into his bag (the one you see on the ground beside him in this picture) to get a better sense of the delicious meal these two kind women had brought him... ********************** This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan -- between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. I don't like to intrude on people's privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they're still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what's right in front of me. I've also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting -- literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I've learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture ... after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it's pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject. For the most part, I've deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don't want to be photographed, and I don't want to feel like I'm taking advantage of them. I'm still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We'll see how it goes ... The only other thing I've noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They're probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I've photographed ... but there was just nothing memorable about them.

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