First Citizens Academy class graduates at Town Hall
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Nov. 11, 2011
Do you know what East Hartford's annual budget is, or who is the largest employer in town? How about how many books there are in the town library? If you were a member of the first Citizens' Academy class, you'd know the answers to these questions and many more.
About 30 people have been meeting for a 10-week course that gave participants a close-up look at town government, introduced residents to town officials, with visits to police and fire departments and other services. The course began Sept. 8.
Mayor Marcia Leclerc presented the academy class with certificates of participation. Another academy class could be held in late spring or next fall. During the final class held, which was took place in the Town Council Chambers at Town Hall on Nov.10, academy members listened to Town Clerk Robert Pasek discuss the treasure trove of information available in town records. Presentations were also made by Youth Services Director Cephus Nolen, and Raymond Library Executive Director Pat Jones.
Resident Elaine Dube said she took the course because of an increased interest in political issues in town. “Its a great program – you learn a lot of history, and you get to go to the police department to really see what they do,'' said Dube, who is a life-long town resident. “Even though I've lived here my whole life, I really didn't know a lot about town government and how it works. It's really a great program.''