Connecticut Improves in Bicycle Friendliness?

By , August 31, 2012 9:46 am

Connecticut was ranked 44 out of 50 for bike friendliness by the League of American Bicyclists in 2010; now, the state has moved to 20. South Windsor was the only new “Bicycle Friendly Community” in the state, receiving a bronze award.

Given the United States’ abysmal cultural attitudes toward people-powered transit, this move up the list may mean little. Continue reading 'Connecticut Improves in Bicycle Friendliness?'»

Open Call for Artists

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By , August 30, 2012 9:28 am

ArtWalk, the gallery space on the third floor of the Hartford Public Library, is seeking submissions for up to four exhibitions for 2013.

Those who live or work in the Metro Hartford area are given preference. Most will be solo exhibitions, but the library reserves the right to create multiple artist exhibitions.

They encourage artists working in all mediums to apply. Past exhibitions have included eggshells (see picture), ceramic trees and flowers, maps, paintings, and photographs.

September 21st is the deadline for submissions.

For more details, download a PDF on the submission guidelines.

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By , August 27, 2012 9:00 am

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Stuff to Do in September

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This event calendar is not intended to be one-stop-shopping. Major events or those already receiving heavy promotion tend to be excluded, as do most events with large price tags, though exceptions are sometimes made, particularly if the cause is good or there are discounts offered.

If there is anything that fits that bill, happens in Hartford, but is missing from this list, leave a note in the comments and/or remind your organization to send out press releases:

September 1

  • Free admission to museum galleries at the Connecticut Historical Society from 9-5 today.
  • Pliny Street Block Party: The Clay Arsenal Neighborhood Revitalization Zone and various community organizations will be on hand from 12-4pm. There will be face painting, food, entertainment, and of course, a moon bounce. Continue reading 'Stuff to Do in September'»

Water Features in Bushnell Park Working

By , August 26, 2012 11:51 am

When the iQuilt project announced that diverting Gully Brook to form a false river above a buried one was in the plans, it was pointed out that this would disrupt the popular playground, which already has a water play area. Sure, the water playground had been broken for longer than it was functional, but it was there, if only someone would get it running again.

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Sprucing Up Burns with a Little Help from the Neighbors

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By , August 25, 2012 1:28 pm

The house cleaning that happened at the Burns School last spring was more than metaphorical. Besides the change in leadership, there have been renewed efforts to get the community involved. There was a major cleanup of the school — inside and out — in March.

In recent weeks, the Summer of Solutions program went to work on a corner of the school grounds, among its other projects in Hartford. The youth cleared weeds and rubbish; installed and painted raised beds; planted vegetables in those raised beds; and placed brightly-colored benches near the new garden space. Previously, this area was an overgrown and underutilized space.

On Thursday, the community was invited to welcome Dr. Monica Brase, the new principal at the school. She is replacing Mr. Sullivan, who served for a few months in the capacity as interim principal. The event also served as an opportunity for voter registration and new student registration.

Today, Knox Parks and Billings Forge led another beautification effort. After tackling more debris, volunteers planted several trees along the property. The school happens to be across the street from Pope Park North, which has received funding for the restoration with an expected completion date of 2013.

Red and Black Ball Benefits Local Non-profit Organizations

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By , August 23, 2012 11:48 pm

A snake draped about the neck was possibly the last accessory anyone was expecting to encounter at Yelp Hartford‘s first annual Red and Black Ball. The event was an opportunity to sample food and learn about area non-profit organizations, such as the snake-wielding Connecticut Audubon Society. Continue reading 'Red and Black Ball Benefits Local Non-profit Organizations'»

DOT Taps the Brakes on Total Closure of Street

By , August 22, 2012 9:34 am

At neighborhood meetings, DOT reps informed residents that the plans to close Flower Street were set in stone. One even claimed that it does not matter how many outraged individuals show up at tomorrow’s hearing, opinion will not be swayed by the public.

As local businesses have collected hundreds of signatures and as more people have let their disapproval be known, the DOT seems to be backpedaling. On yesterday’s broadcast of Where We Live, Mike Sanders of the DOT, indicated that the State has begun to reconsider shutting Flower Street to all traffic this fall. Continue reading 'DOT Taps the Brakes on Total Closure of Street'»

Annual Dragon Boat Races and Asian Festival

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Usually the guessing game is of the outdoors, but this week will begin with an exception to the rule. It is not in a private residence.

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