The Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association has been spotlighting the creativity and diversity of the neighborhood throughout June. Thursday night featured a multicultural fashion show in ArtSpace Gallery. Continue reading 'Asylum Hill Fashion Show'»
We often get correspondence from people looking to move to Hartford or from those trying to relocate somewhere else in town. There are some standard pieces of advice that we will give — check out a neighborhood on foot and late at night, decide what your priorities are when it comes to what you want to live near, and look for rental signs or go word-of-mouth instead of just finding listings online — but we are not experts and are unable to comment much beyond those ideas about comfort vs. safety.
The Connecticut Fair Housing Center has conducted research over several years. They say that they have learned there is “a lack of housing mobility for low-income residents in the Greater Hartford area. Many citizens feel unhappy with their current living situation, but do not believe they can move, even to other neighborhoods in the same city. Obstacles such as lack of knowledge about schools or services in a town, confusion about housing voucher application processes, difficulty finding listings of available apartments, as well as fear of discrimination prevent people from moving.”
To move toward a solution, they have created a “Moving Forward Guide” that shares basic tools for moving, but also delves into eligibility requirements for certain types of housing, financial planning, and how to identify and deal with housing discrimination.
The first edition of the guide has launched today.
Read the guide online or request a copy
The guide’s language is very accessible (we’ve read it), but those who would like more assistance with moving can take a free class provided by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. The first class will take place on July 16, 2015 at the Hartford Public Library. For more info or to sign up, go to the website or call (860) 856-5496.
Photo by Kerri Provost
The crowd line crept ever more away from the curb on Sunday, on occasion making it anyone’s guess as to who was marching in and who was just watching the Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade. Continue reading 'Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade & Festival 2015'»
As is the tradition, vendors lined Park Street in preparation for the Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival, which takes place today. While the parade and festival are more-or-less family-friendly and take place between Colt Park and Bushnell Park, the parade eve continues to feature cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and air horns — up and down Park Street — all vying to be the loudest.
Following several years of nothing happening, an LGBT Pride rally is planned for later this month at the Old State House.
The event on June 26th will mark 33 years since the first Pride in Connecticut. There will be a re-enactment of the Blue Berets’ picket line, something seen at the first Pride in 1982.
The rally, from 5-7 p.m. is free and open to all ages.
A more entertainment-focused festival is slated for September 12, 2015. The last time we saw any Pride event happen in Hartford, it was held in the fall, apparently to coincide with the anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Connecticut. Despite having an openly gay mayor, this popular Pride event had vanished during most of his tenure. Mayor Segarra’s husband serves as president for CLARO’s board of directors; CLARO is the non-profit organizing the rally and festival.
Joanne Berger-Sweeney, president of Trinity College
The ninth annual Samba Fest, produced by Trinity College in collaboration with Riverfront Recapture, breathed some life into the Riverfront Plaza Saturday afternoon with drum beats and the smell of pinchos and pastéis.
Face painting and instrument-making occupied the youth while various bands played, sometimes simultaneously, around the park.
A Samba parade merged the talents of several groups and anyone else who felt inspired to join in.
Continue reading 'Samba Fest 2015'»