Hartford Voting Guide

On Tuesday, November 6th, as with every election, the polls are expected to be open from 6am-8pm on Election Day.
This year’s ballot question (yes or no) asks whether or not more funds should be appropriated for the massive MDC project. According to The Hartford Votes-Hartford Vota Coalition, the question — in layperson’s terms — reads:

Approval for the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) to appropriate an additional $800 million for Phase 2 of the Clean Water Project, which is being implemented to comply with a Federal consent decree and State consent order requiring the reduction of sewage overflows.  The appropriation is to be financed through grants, loans, and MDC issuance of bonds.

But on MDC literature, it is stated as follows:

Shall the appropriation of an additional $800,000,000, to be financed, in part, by the
issuance of bonds and Clean Water Fund grants and loans, for Phase II of the Metropolitan
District’s combined sewer overflow, sanitary sewer overflow and nitrogen removal programs to decrease levels of pollution in Metropolitan District member towns, the Connecticut River and its tributaries, and Long Island Sound to comply with a consent decree of the United States District Court of the District of Connecticut and a consent order of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, be approved?

Currently, diluted sewage is sent into the Connecticut River and its tributaries. The Clean Water Project will deal with the “approximately 1 billion gallons of combined wastewater and storm water currently released each year to area waterways,” says the MDC. Residents of Bloomfield, East Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor will also be able to vote on this question.

As for the candidates, voters should have taken responsibility to learn about their options by now; however, one’s choices might seem limited if a person’s total knowledge of the process comes from advertisements, commercials, and phone calls. Besides the choices listed on the ballot, it is possible to write in candidates. The Registrar of Voters is not required to have the names of all candidates listed on the ballot; in other words, it is up to the voter to know the names of write-in candidates when they enter the polling place. The Hartford Votes-Hartford Vota Coalition has provided a list of options:

In addition to the listed candidates for President,  it is possible to write-in Stephen Durham, James E. Harris, Tom Hoefling, Raymond Sizemore, Jill Stein, and Gerald Warner.

Stephen Durham is an openly gay candidate running with the Freedom Socialist Party; his running mate is feminist Christina López.

Tom Hoefling is an America’s Party candidate; this party believes that abortion and euthanasia violate the U.S. Constitution.

Jill Stein, Green Party candidate, is running with Cheri Honkala.

Individuals do not need to vote along party lines. For example, a registered Democrat can vote for a Libertarian candidate if he feels so inclined. Voters can also choose not to vote, either in general or for any position or question. Even if only one choice is provided for a particular seat, there is no obligation to cast a vote for that candidate. While this seems like commonsense, less informed voters are sometimes given misinformation by cheerleaders standing outside of polling places, and worse, by poll workers. Continue reading “Hartford Voting Guide”

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Shelters Closing

Mayor Segarra has announced that the emergency shelters in Hartford are closing.

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Mayor Segarra Provides Storm Updates

Besides having two emergency shelters open, a “senior and chronic health center” has been opened in the South End Senior Center, located at 830 Maple Avenue.

Three fire stations are now open to the public for showering and charging electronics: 181 Clark St., 129 Sigourney St., and 510 Franklin Ave.

There will be no trash collection on October 30th and Hartford Public Schools will also be closed on Tuesday.

In a message from Maribel La Luz, the Director of Communications and New Media for the City of Hartford, it was stated that a recorded message about storm information has been sent to “30,000 unique telephone numbers.” Segarra said, “We will continue to do everything possible to respond as quickly as we can and expedite a return to normalcy.”

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Emergency Shelters in Hartford

The City of Hartford will have emergency shelters at the following locations:

  • Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street
  • Pope Park Recreation Center, 30 Pope Park Drive

These will be open as of 7am on Monday, October 29th.

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Front Street Movie Theatre: Save the Date

It has not been revealed yet what films will be playing when the theatre opens November 16th, but the Hartford Flick Fest is scheduled for early December.

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November Events

November 1

  • “Livable Communities at All Ages”: Coralette Hannon from AARP will be the keynote speaker at this event; panelist speakers include Jim Finley of CT Conference of Municipalities, Julia Evans Starr of CT Commission on Aging, Nancy Roberts of CT Council for Philanthropy, and Dawn Lambert of Department of Social Services. This will take place from 9am-12:30pm in the Legislative Office Building.
  • The Wadsworth Atheneum’s First Thursday party, Art After Hours, has a Moulin Rouge theme this month. After touring the Medieval to Monet exhibit, you can watch the Connecticut Ballet give a can-can demonstration. Bated Breath Theatre will perform, and, visitors can make their own tarot cards. The event goes from 5-8pm; $5 admission for those who are not museum members.

November 1-4

Free French Film Weekend: The Well Digger’s Daughter (La Fille du Puisatier), Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis), The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne D’Arc), The Princess Of Montpensier (La Princesse de Montpensier), Cyrano De Bergerac, Perfume: Story Of A Murderer, and Farewell, My Queen (Adieux à la Reine). These range from PG to R to NR and include films with subtitles, that are in English, and are silent. These are showing at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

November 2

RIDE: The Dirt Salon celebrates its one year anniversary with a group exhibition of contemporary art. Sculpture, video, painting, and yarn bombing to be displayed at 50 Bartholomew Avenue, 7:30pm.

November 3

  • Free admission to museum galleries at the Connecticut Historical Society from 9-5. There will also be family programming and a gallery talk for the Tiny Art: Connecticut Poster Stamps exhibit.
  • “Walk of Light” at Cedar Hill Cemetery. This is a sunset candlelight vigil for lost loved ones. There will be poetry and music. This starts at 5pm. Free.
  • Echo & Drake will give a benefit show in Wilde Auditorium on the University of Hartford campus. Proceeds will go to the Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project. The show starts at 7pm. Tickets can be obtained in advance.
  • Día de los Muertos acoustic celebration at La Paloma Sabanera. Donna Gentile, “Rob the Drummer,” Justin Migliorisi, Angela Luna, and Dave Giardina will be performing. The audience is asked to dress festively and is invited to bring a candle or photos of ancestors for the altar. Suggested donation: $10; music starts at 7:30pm.

November 3 and 4

There will be high fashion in Parkville.

Fashion is wearable art, and you can come browse this exhibit of vintage and high end textile and jewelry for free. Pieces designed by Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, and Schiaparelli, among others, will be on display at 1429 Park Street, in the Design Center. This art can be bought; proceeds support the Wadsworth Atheneum. Saturday, 10-5. Sunday, 12-5. Continue reading “November Events”

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Beating Cabin Fever Before It Starts

On Saturday, October 27th, you have a few reasons to get up and out of the house before you’re potentially stuck there for years days due to the impending apocalypse storm.

Cinestudio, located on the Trinity College campus, will be hosting pixELATION!, a benefit to celebrate the new digital cinema. The event begins with a reception at 6pm (snacks, desserts, and beverages). There will be a screening of Hugo at 7pm. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Colin McEnroe. General admission: $30. Students w/ ID, Seniors, and Friends of Cinestudio: $25. This is being billed as a red carpet event.

You’ll just be wearing flannel and corduroy after the storm hits, so you might as well take the fancy schmancy clothes out for a final stroll.

For something more low-key, the Emanuel Lutheran Church (311 Capitol Avenue) will be holding its annual craft fair. There will be a bake shop, coffee shop, “attic treasure area,” and various crafts. Great opportunity to stock up on all the baked goods, which don’t go bad as soon as the power fails.  The fair goes from 9am-2pm.

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