Budget Corrections

By , April 21, 2015 1:53 pm

When we err, we welcome corrections.

The Mayor’s Office sent the following letter to prove that the superintendent was not “unaware” of the budget changes. Notice the date on this letter:

Letter to HPS Superintendent


However, the budget that the superintendent produced and presented to the Board of Education was dated April 7, 2015. That document can be read below.

FY15 16 Budget Book WEB Reduced

Segarra’s Budget: “We’ve Accomplished A Lot Together”

Mayor Segarra has released his recommended budget, saying “this  Budget  is  fiscally  prudent and  accountable  to  all  municipal  stakeholders,” but there have been some questions as to how accountability is being defined.

Richard Wareing, Hartford Board of Education Chair, let known his displeasure with what he says are now confirmed rumors about Segarra’s “intent to use over $12m of the Board’s money to balance the City’s budget for FY 2015-16″ and an “approximately $3.5m in Board money to balance the FY 2014-15 budget.”

On this matter, Wareing says he was left in the dark, learning only through “informal sources within City Hall” that OPEB would be poached.

Wareing, in an email to Mayor Segarra, wrote: “I should have the courtesy of a call from you.  If you have time for cocktails with Brad Davis and well-heeled contributors, you have time to call me to discuss matters which significantly impact the education of our children.” Continue reading 'Segarra’s Budget: “We’ve Accomplished A Lot Together”'»

Place this Place

By , April 20, 2015 8:07 am

If you know where in Hartford this photo was taken, leave a comment below

Artificial Turf Wars

Approximately 12.18 acres at Trinity College may be disturbed to make changes to its athletic fields. While 0.18 acres is expected to be impervious, that does not mean such a small segment of the space will be natural. Continue reading 'Artificial Turf Wars'»

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Detour in Frog Hollow

By , April 19, 2015 4:54 pm

Hartford to Offer Suspended Coffee

By , April 14, 2015 8:17 am

Since The Kitchen Café at the Hartford Public Library opened two summers ago, it has been critiqued for two things: limited hours and pricing. With the exception of opening for special events, the hours have not expanded. A new initiative, however, will begin to address the feeling that coffee at this location is off limits to some of the library’s most dedicated patrons.

The Kitchen, part of Billings Forge Community Works, is joining the “suspended coffee” movement, or caffè sospeso. This means that people who can afford to may purchase extra coffee for those who can not. Patrons who can not afford to purchase their own will be given a free cup of coffee during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8-4. Continue reading 'Hartford to Offer Suspended Coffee'»

Prescription Drug Collection Unit Installed in Public Safety Complex

By , April 13, 2015 11:48 am

Photo courtesy of the Hartford Police Department

A drug collection unit now sits in the Public Safety Complex lobby on High Street. The Hartford Police Department says that this gives the public a “safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.”

This box is one of 1,000 units sponsored by CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project as part of a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 54.2% of prescription drugs were obtained free from a friend or relative, and another 16.6% were bought or taken from a friend or relative. By far, the top reason teens have said that they use prescription drugs is because of access: more than 70 percent of teenagers, according to a 2014 study by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, said that it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets.

Meds can be dropped into this unit 24/7, no questions asked, police say.

Place this Place

Leave a comment here if you know where in Hartford this is

Planet Dirt

By , April 12, 2015 9:51 pm

Saturday night, you could have been at the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival. You could have been listening to stories at Real Art Ways or going from house-to-house in the West End for a friend’s progressive birthday dinner party.

Or, you could have been at the Dirt Salon for “Planet Dirt,” a sci-fi/steampunk-themed art party.

Continue reading 'Planet Dirt'»

Closures and Detours for the UConn Parade

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By , April 11, 2015 9:55 am

Sunday’s victory parade for the UConn Huskies will impact streets Downtown for several hours.

The parade will begin at Elm and Trinity at 3, make its way down Elm Street, go alongside Bushnell Park, and turn up Trumbull Street. The rally at approximately 3:30 will take place in front of the XL Center.

Trumbull between Church and Asylum will close to southbound traffic at 10 and to northbound traffic at 11. This is expect to re-open around 4:30.

Trinity Street between Elm and Capitol will be used as a staging area and be closed to traffic from 1:30-3:30.

The parade route will be closed to traffic from approximately 2:40-3:30.

Additionally, CTTransit reports that the parade will have some effect on bus service. Temporary detours are expected from 2:30-4:30. They say that  buses using Pearl or Asylum Street will use other downtown streets during this time. Buses that enter Downtown from the west, including the New Britain-to-Hartford Busway, will use Spruce and Church Street instead.

During those hours, the following stops will not be served: Asylum Street at Bushnell Park, Asylum and Trumbull, Asylum and High, Gold Street, and Pearl Street near TheaterWorks.

More of the CTfastrak buses will operate before, during, and after the parade on Sunday.

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