Category: politics/government

Hundreds Extend Welcome to Syrian Refugees

By , November 29, 2015 10:06 am


More than 200 people rallied in the rain outside of the Connecticut State Capitol Saturday morning in support of Syrian refugees. Their messages included the ability and willingness for the United States to care for both new refugees and our existing homeless population, dismissing the either/or rhetoric that has been presented as fact in recent weeks. Speakers also dismissed the idea the refugees would be given a free ride once here, or that the State has any control over who the United States does or does not accept. Continue reading 'Hundreds Extend Welcome to Syrian Refugees'»

Ladies Rising

By , November 10, 2015 4:49 pm

Photo courtesy of Wildaliz Bermudez

Hartford’s Democratic Town Committee endorsed exactly zero women in 2011. That Cynthia Jennings served on City Council beginning in 2012 was thanks to her affiliation with the Working Families Party.

The last four years must have sent a message. This time around, the Democrats, Working Families, and Republicans each endorsed two women on their respective slates; ultimately, voters opted for two newcomers,Wildaliz Bermudez and Glendowlyn Thames, along with incumbent Cynthia Jennings and rJo Winch, who previously served on City Council, but not during the current term.

Of the four women, Ms. Bermudez is also coming in as the first Latina member of City Council since the previous was elected in 1999.

Though new to this position, Bermudez is not new to Hartford or City Hall. She was moved to run out of “frustration” with “fighting things from the periphery,” namely, the baseball stadium that is currently being erected in Downtown. Continue reading 'Ladies Rising'»

Parties Without Borders

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By , November 5, 2015 5:55 pm

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman at Real Art Ways

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A (Nearly) Clean Slate

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By , November 4, 2015 1:09 am

Sara and Luke Bronin

On Tuesday, Hartford voters selected a new mayor, Luke Bronin, and a number of other new faces to City Hall. Continue reading 'A (Nearly) Clean Slate'»

Democracy in Hartford

By , November 3, 2015 5:00 pm

Even with all the extra attention given to the Hartford Registrar(s) of Voters, even with the election monitor, voting has not gone smoothly this Election Day:

  • Reports of issues with machines at several polling places. Low battery before 7 a.m. at one; same issue by 8 a.m. at the Hartford Public Library polls (Downtown). Reports that the United Methodist (West End) polling place would be counting ballots by hand.
  • City Council candidate Nyesha McCauley’s supporters at Annie Fisher School (Blue Hills) spotted standing in the travel lanes on Plainfield Street, holding signs.
  • Reports of a moderator at Grace Lutheran Church (Asylum Hill) telling residents to “vote Row A”
  • Voter at United Methodist (West End) told she is not allowed to view the number on machine that indicates which number voter she is for the day. Explanation given: new policy this year. Her husband voted fifteen minutes later at same location and was able to view the number with no interference.

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November 2015 Events

By , October 29, 2015 6:13 am

November 1

Photo courtesy of Trinity College // “The Red Chador: What is it you fear? Performances from Paris to Hartford” opens November 3, 2015

  • Jimmy & Lorraine at the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue. $25. 2 p.m. They say: “Jimmy and Lorraine, a new play written by New York-based playwright Talvin Wilks and directed by HartBeat Ensemble member Brian Jennings, is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Together, the lives of these two social activists give a profound perspective on the quandary of the artist in the political struggle and challenges of a radical life.”
  • Infinity Bistro hosts a free open mic every Sunday. It’s free to perform or to just listen to the music. Sign up for performers begins at 6:30; music starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Bronin Wins Primary, Segarra Concedes

By , September 17, 2015 8:20 am

Photo by Christopher Brown

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Family and Zoning in the R-8

By , September 14, 2015 12:03 pm

It appears that Mayor Segarra may have something in common with the residents of 68 Scarborough.

Pedro Segarra and his spouse, Charlie Ortiz, live in a home on Prospect Avenue within the R-8 zone. This is the same zone where it is not permitted for more than two unrelated individuals to live together. In terms of regulations, this is the strictest zone in Hartford.

While the family at 68 Scarborough has been fighting its legal battle publicly, garnering international attention, Mayor Segarra has been quiet on the matter, saying little as the Scarborough Street family has been sued by the City of Hartford. Continue reading 'Family and Zoning in the R-8'»

Hidden Treasure(r)?

By , September 1, 2015 5:31 pm

With a filthy mayoral race underway, it’s easy to forget that there are several candidates for Treasurer: Adam Cloud, the endorsed Democrat; David Morin, a Democrat on Segarra’s slate; and Marc Nelson, also a Democrat.

Multiple sources have informed us that should Morin get elected, he would resign from the position. In his place, according to these sources, Council would appoint Ramon Arroyo. Sources, some of whom are on the Democratic Town Committee, have said that this discussion has taken place at meetings involving members of Segarra’s slate.
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September 2015 Events

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By , August 28, 2015 7:23 pm

September 1

Connecticut River. Really not sure what to do with yourself? Go stare at the river. Or clean it.

  • Free yoga in Keney Park at 10 a.m. Meet near the Pond House. Bring your own yoga mat/towel and water.
  • Garrison Leykam will be the featured author at the launch of Hartford Public Library’s The Author’s Table. Today he launches his book Postcards from the Highway of Life, which he says is “both a rich essay about baby boomer values as well as a wake-up call to preserve an entire generation’s identity.”  This free event will take place from 12-3 p.m.
  • West End Farmers’ Market happens on Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m., on the green near the Mark Twain House & Museum. Rain or shine. Sometimes they have live music and artists, if the bread and vegetables aren’t enough.
  • On Tuesdays you can find the Hartford Mobile Market at the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, 1 Nahum Drive, from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Toivo offers $5 Zumba classes! This one-hour session begins at 6 p.m. This is at 399 Franklin Avenue.
  • Real Board Games returns to Real Art Ways at 6 p.m. Just show up and play. You’re welcome to bring a game of your own.
  • Being out of town for a few days where WiFi was spotty at best, I felt grateful for having a readymade excuse for disconnecting. Tonight, there will be a discussion at ArtSpace Gallery on “Connection or Obsession: A Healthy Relationship with Social Media.” This will be a talk about what the “experts are saying about the dangers of overdoing our screen time, and we’ll strategize about ways to use these tools in the healthiest way possible.” The Healthy Potluck (bring a dish to share, list all ingredients) begins at 7; discussion goes from 7:30-8:30. A small donation is suggested. Continue reading 'September 2015 Events'»
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