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Green Door Gallery Hosts The Road Not Taken

By , August 27, 2015 9:17 am

Inmates at the Cheshire Correctional Institution have provided photographs of their childhood memories. Each photo is accompanied by text explaining something about the inmate’s background, whether that is a cherished memory or what that individual’s aspirations had been. Some share what they would like to be doing with their lives if and when they are released.

None of the materials indicate what the inmates did to be handed such long sentences, though some allude to what their lives had been like as teens and younger adults.

The Road Not Taken exhibit, co-produced by Thea Montañez and Eriberto DeLeon, will be on display at the Green Door Gallery (255 Homestead Avenue) for at least the next few weeks.

Free Meals for All Hartford Students

By , August 24, 2015 7:53 am

Every student attending a Hartford Public School will be eligible for free breakfast and lunch, regardless of family’s income or student’s home address, for at least the next four years.

Besides eliminating any remaining stigma for those receiving free meals, this cuts the excess paperwork — and associated costs –  for the school system. Administered by the USDA,  the Community Eligibility Provision, a regulatory change that took place as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, now makes it possible for districts in high poverty areas, to offer free meals to all students without processing individual families’ paperwork. The 2014-2015 school year was the first time schools could participate. Continue reading 'Free Meals for All Hartford Students'»

Fifteen Years of Dragon Boat & Asian Festival

By , August 17, 2015 2:12 pm

Photo courtesy of Andy Hart/Hartford News

Between the Dragon Boat & Asian Festival, African-American Parade of Connecticut, Family Day at Keney Park, and more, there was no shortage of free entertainment this past weekend. Continue reading 'Fifteen Years of Dragon Boat & Asian Festival'»

African-American Parade Makes Joyful Return

After a several year hiatus, the African-American Parade of Connecticut returned on Saturday. Continue reading 'African-American Parade Makes Joyful Return'»

August 2015 Events

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By , July 26, 2015 11:19 pm

August 1

  • Tour the Annual Garden at Elizabeth Park. Meet at the Annual Garden for the 10 a.m. tour. Free.
  • Ninah’s Dowry screens free at the Hartford Public Library as part of the Global Lens Film Series, 1 p.m.
  • Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival: Music, food, and family activities by the Connecticut River, 1-11 p.m. Free admission, but food and beverages will cost you. If you’d prefer to bring your own picnic, you can, but no alcohol. But why would you? Isn’t getting food here the whole point?! There are multiple entrances to the Riverfront. You can park for free at Charter Oak Landing and Riverside Park and walk along the path.
  • Church by the Pond: Christ Church Cathedral provides a 2 p.m. service every Saturday by the pond in Bushnell Park. Bagged lunches are provided following the service.

In Your Neighborhood: North East

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By , July 4, 2015 9:06 am

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July 2015 Events

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By , June 30, 2015 8:11 am

July 1

  • North End Farmers’ Market: every Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 80 Coventry Street.
  • Get HYPEd at The Hartford Club: Casual networking for young professionals, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free, no registration required. The Hartford Club is located at 46 Prospect Street. Bring your business cards.
  • Free Chamber Music  from Jesse Irons & Sylvia Berry, Violin and Forte Piano at 6 p.m. in the Chapel at Trinity College.
  • Free yoga: take a beginners class for free thanks to Bikram Yoga Downtown Hartford. Except this won’t be at the studio. Instead, go to the Marriott Residence Inn (942 Main St). Bring a mat, water, towel, and wear comfortable clothing. 6:30-7:45 p.m. No registration necessary.
  • The 1st Connecticut Governor’s Foot Guard Band performs on the Rose Garden Lawn at Elizabeth Park from 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Rain date: July 2nd.
  • The Summer Carillon Series continues with Joey and Vera Brink performing at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and picnic to listen from the Main Quad at Trinity College. Free. Continue reading 'July 2015 Events'»

Asylum Hill Fashion Show

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By , June 26, 2015 8:31 am

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'»

How to Move

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By , June 15, 2015 3:25 pm

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.

Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade & Festival 2015

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By , June 8, 2015 8:03 am

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'»

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