Cognitive dissonance: when a candidate goes to a debate for south neighborhoods — set in one of them — and proceeds to claim that this part of the city gets advantages that the north end does not. Continue reading 'Election Season: Debate in the South'»
Councilperson Alexander Aponte has announced that he will be announcing his candidacy for Hartford Probate Judge, a position filled until recently by Robert Killian. In April, Killian resigned and announced his candidacy for mayor.
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.
Information provided by data.hartford.gov shows where homicides have been reported.
January 1 – May 15, 2014 and same period, 2014
In the wake of recent violence, Mayor Segarra remarked: “we know that when the weather gets hot, there’s always that increase that we have to deal with.” Continue reading 'Open Data: Homicides 2014 and 2015'»
Wesleyan University professor Nikesha Anderson will be giving a talk on “Connecticut’s Role in Stem Cell Research: Questions and Concerns” at 11:30 a.m. in the Hartford History Center. This is cosponsored by the Connecticut Science Center and Hartford Public Library. HHC is located on the top floor of the library. Free.
- Free yoga in Bushnell Park every Monday at 5:30 p.m. Meet on the lawn between the pond and Pump House Gallery. Bring your own mat.
- Yelp Helps & Bear’s Cares: A Fundraiser for K9s for Warriors. Yelp with Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ will be raising funds to provide a service canine for a vet. They say this would be for someone “suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11″ with hopes that the service canine can help the vet “return to civilian life with dignity and independence.” The event is from 6-9 p.m. at Bear’s on Arch Street. $10, or, you can skip the event and just donate online.
- Learn to Solder class: stop by MakeHartford to learn a cool skill. 6:30-9 p.m. $35. Online registration required. MakeHartford is located at 30 Arbor Street #B7.
- Hartford Jazz Orchestra gives a free performance at the Arch Street Tavern at 8 p.m.
- Free yoga in Keney Park every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Meet on the lawn between the pond and Pond House off of Edgewood Street. Bring your own mat.
- The Hartford Symphony String Quartet will give a free lunchtime performance in Liam E. McGee Memorial Park (née Hartbeat Park) at noon on the rear patio, 140 Garden Street. Rain date: June 3rd.
- Opening day for the West End Farmers’ Market on Clemens Green (385 Farmington Ave). 4-7 p.m.
- Monthly workshop meeting of the Board of Education from 5-7 p.m. at Moylan Elementary School, 101 Catherine Street. No public comment, but the public is welcome to attend.
- Stop by Real Art Ways (56 Arbor Street) for board games, 6-10 p.m. They provide the games. Free.
- Hartford Seminary will be hosting a free screening for Of Many at 7 p.m. Discussion follows.
- Visit The Cottage in Elizabeth Park for the annual sale of tulip bulbs from the park’s Tulip Garden. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Discover the Asylum Hill Neighborhood: Mary Falvey leads today’s “Gospels in Stone” tour. 12-1 p.m. Meet at the YWCA at Broad and Farmington. Wear comfortable shoes. Free.
- Free yoga in Elizabeth Park every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Meet on the Rose Garden Lawn. Bring your own mat.
- Composting 101: learn best practices in this one-time class. 5:30-7 p.m. at KNOX, 75 Laurel Street. RSVP. 860) 951-7694 ext 28 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get HYPEd at The Mezzanine (960 Main). Casual networking event for young professionals. Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your business cards.
- Downtown North Project Update and Panel Discussion at Hartford Public Library. Refreshments at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6. Free.
Though Real Hartford announced the night-time construction on Park Street, many residents were caught completely off-guard. That is despite the City’s press release stating that it and SAMA (Spanish American Merchants Association) would be contacting Park Street business owners and landlords. We have heard from both area landlords and residents that they were not given notice. In an election year when the public is bombarded with a constant stream of information, it is easy for news about travel and sleep disruptions to get lost.
The City of Hartford’s Department of Public Works has posted on its website some information about Spring road construction. As of May 21, 2015, the only dates listed are for the construction that began on Park Street earlier this week.
As it turns out, this is an incomplete list. Continue reading 'Paving Schedules'»
“Why isn’t the mayor here?”
That was the first question asked by an audience member, before the official time for questions began — before anything really began — at the Business for Downtown Hartford’s “Candid Conversations” event. Continue reading 'Conversations with the Candidates: Impressions'»
Volunteers picked up trash, swept debris, and removed paint from the Matthew Furlong memorial in New Ross, County Wexford Park, also known as Heaven Skate Park. They said the amount of garbage was significantly less than in the past; the amount gathered after several months was less than one might have previously picked up during a single week. Continue reading 'Spring Cleaning at Heaven Skate Park'»
- GAZE: LGBTQ happy hour at Real Art Ways. This free and informal event starts at 5:30.
- Liquid Lounge: Dino de Mayo: Cinco de Mayo party, with dinosaurs. This is the Connecticut Science Center’s every-so-often adults only party. There will be strolling Mariachi music with Fiesta Del Norte, live Latin jazz, DJs, live Mexican and desert animals, salsa lessons, and more. 6-10 p.m. Not free.
- Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society galleries from 9-5. Free admission does not include access to their research center.
- Kim Cannon’s POP-UP Art Market: 10-4 p.m. at the Hartford Seminary, 77 Sherman Street.
- Samba Fest at the Riverfront — 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. Dance, get your face painted, or picnic while listening to music from the Ivan Vilela Trio, Trinity Samba Ensemble, GuakiBom Jazz Salsa Ensemble, and the Trinity Steel Band. Take part in the Brazilian dance workshops with Ginga Brasileira; learn Samba, Capoeira, or Maculelê)
- Art reception for Brian Dupont at EBK Gallery, 218 Pearl Street. 6-8 p.m. Art from this exhibit will be displayed through May 10th.
- Maybe this gets the prize for weird event of the month? Continue reading 'May 2015 Events'»
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:
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.