Urban Birds Celebrated in Elizabeth Park

Audubon Sharon sharin’ “Mandala,” a Red-tailed Hawk

Audubon Connecticut and Park Watershed presented a celebration of migratory birds at Elizabeth Park on Thursday, in part to mark 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Besides a guided bird walk and the chance to check out some birds of prey, the event featured chats from national and local experts.

Scott Johnston, Chief of Bird Population Program, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, explained what sparked the need for the treaty. Unregulated hunting of birds, primarily for use in hats, impacted the populations. These hats included all, pieces of, or just feathers from egrets, herons, terns, owls, and hummingbirds.

Today, Hartford and New Haven are recognized as two of the 26 places in the United States designated as Urban Bird Treaty Cities, meaning they have committed to education and action. (more…)

Learn and Speak About Zoning Changes

A draft of the extensive revision of Hartford’s zoning regulations is now available to peruse. In the next few weeks, there will be several opportunities to weigh in on the changes.

The City of Hartford will be hosting two open houses. The first, on December 21, 2015 will take place from 4-6 p.m. on the fourth floor of 250 Constitution Plaza. The second, to be held in the Plaza Level Conference Room at 260 Constitution Plaza, will be on January 4, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Planning & Zoning Commission will be holding its public hearing at 6 p.m. on January 12, 2016 in its regular meeting place, 260 Constitution Plaza, Plaza Level Conference Room.

For those with questions or comments who are unable to attend those meetings, remarks can be passed along to Sara Bronin, Chair of the Planning & Zoning Commission at

CTFastrak: A Seat-of-the-Pants Review

Part One: Frog Hollow to Firefly Hollow

Photo by Christopher Brown

A friend had suggested a Sunday morning meet-up at the downtown New Britain CTFastrak terminal for a leisurely bike ride to Bristol’s Firefly Hollow Brewing Company. I rode my bike to the Sigourney Street Fastrak station in Asylum Hill to catch a free ride to Hard Hittin’ New Britain. A woman in a bright vest offered a decal and advice about the best entrance to use when loading a bike on the bus. (Tip: there’s a bike pictogram by the rearmost door—go in that way) (more…)

Hartford Has Style: Another Weekend, Another Fashion Show

Following hor d’oeuvres and open bar, a few dozen people who haven’t experienced fashion show fatigue yet took their seats along the 100 foot runway installed on Pratt Street Saturday for the Hartford Has Style event.

NIRO and That Flavour Boutique, both of Pratt Street, presented clothing and shoes. Other designers and stores represented included House of Ettienne, Tanijah Gamble, I’m Possible Club, Yanique Mattice, Carmen Veal Swimwear, Zubair, and the Hartford Denim Company. Minimal information was provided about these designers.

Garments were modeled by a mix of models and “role models.” Logan Byrnes, Yvonne Davis, Jennifer DiBella, Oz Griebel, Jerry Long, Hector Rivera, Donna Sodipo, Tara Spain, Sharon Dichand, and Michael Williams were listed as the role models.

There were multiple singing performances and an “Instagram Intermission” during the event; it seemed more chairs opened up after each pause, with spectators leaving as the temperatures dropped and Pratt Street became a wind tunnel — a condition not compatible with strapless gowns.

Let’s look at how this latest show compares with the other recent ones: Kate Couture and Trashion Fashion.




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