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Hartford kicks good Samaritan barber out of park

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published June 13. 2013 12:00PM   Updated June 13. 2013 12:36PM

Hartford (AP) — An 82-year-old good Samaritan who has been giving free haircuts to the homeless for 25 years has been kicked out of a Hartford park by city health officials.

Anthony Cymerys is known as "Joe the Barber." He's been a fixture every Wednesday for years at Bushnell Park, where his friends also hand out food to the needy. The only fee Cymerys charges is a hug.

But shortly after Cymerys set up shop for his Wednesday appearance this week, he says health officials and police told him and his friends to leave because they didn't have permits.

A city health official didn't return messages Thursday. A spokeswoman for Mayor Pedro Segarra says she's looking into what happened.

Cymerys says he hopes to continue cutting hair at a local shelter.

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