Heaven Week: On Their Minds

By , October 22, 2014 7:30 am

What people are saying on the village green Continue reading 'Heaven Week: On Their Minds'»

Beautiful Blight Project Unveils Murals

By , October 21, 2014 10:48 am

Painting by Olof Aspelin, an artist from Stafford Springs // Photo by Kerri Provost

When the Beautiful Blight Project was conceived its goal had been to install painted plywood over missing windows in a neglected building while tidying up the yard. Team leaders had been working with the City of Hartford to make this happen, but the first choice of a structure on Garden Street was said to have entered the sale process, so that was nixed. Continue reading 'Beautiful Blight Project Unveils Murals'»

Superintendent’s Transition Report Released

Much of the school superintendent’s transition report is predictable, as its framework had been provided to the public in June. Since coming to Hartford, the new superintendent gathered input from meetings, focus groups involving 700 participants, and surveys completed by 1000 community stakeholders.

What is surprising about the report is not the content in itself but that what has been common knowledge — problems that have persisted for years — is acknowledged in writing by the new superintendent:

  • “Portfolio Strategy” used for most of the last decade has serious flaws, including that “schools were created with agreed-upon design specifications, but in several instances, core specifications have not been realized. Sometimes this appears to be due to limited resources, and on other occasions, this seems to be the result of ambiguity around what a redesigned school can expect from the district” (11).
  • Schools deemed to be high-performing are said to contribute to inconsistencies in curriculum: “Curriculum across schools lacks consistency and significantly more curriculum work is needed at all levels. Decision-making autonomy for high-performing schools has also led to more curriculum inconsistencies across schools” (8). Continue reading 'Superintendent’s Transition Report Released'»

Heaven Week: Getting into the Spirit of Halloween

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Place this Place

By , October 20, 2014 10:00 am

Do you know where this is?

*moderate challenge*

Beautiful Blight Project in Keney Park

The original plan was to beautify a property at the corner of Liberty and Garden, but the Mutual Housing Leadership Academy participants have opted to spruce up Keney Park instead.

Anyone who wants to join in today should meet up near the Westbourne and Ridgefield entrance to the park. Continue reading 'Beautiful Blight Project in Keney Park'»

Heaven Week: Noted

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Hooker Day Parade 2014

By , October 19, 2014 8:18 pm

Photo courtesy of Andy Hart/Hartford News. The Hartford News can be picked up at City Hall, the Hartford Public Library, and other locations around the city.

You could have arrived with the expectation of spectating, only to get talked into marching, throwing candy, and wearing accessories that you did not bring. Continue reading 'Hooker Day Parade 2014'»

Crackdown on Jobs

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By , October 16, 2014 11:10 am

Unemployment has not been a new topic of conversation in the city, but on the day of the big vote, there was a lot of talk about what might give Hartford a much-needed economic boost. Too many people struggle to provide for their basic needs, for their families.

Meanwhile, on that same day, ten individuals were arrested for doing their jobs. Continue reading 'Crackdown on Jobs'»

Redefining Clean Water

South Branch of Park River

The water of Gully Brook, along with that of the North and South Branches of the Park River is not potable, not fishable says Mary Rickel Pelletier of Park Watershed, Inc. Continue reading 'Redefining Clean Water'»

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