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'»
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:
- Southend Senior Wellness Center polling place opens late due to moderator oversleeping.
- 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.
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'»
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.
Continue reading 'Hidden Treasure(r)?'»
- 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'»
The Sport and Medical Sciences Academy hosted convocation on Monday.’Convocation’ is a fancy word for ‘professional pep rally.’ All the district teachers come together to be given the uplifting messages needed before entering another year. Continue reading 'Does Equity Extend to the Parking Lot?'»
The parking lot at Bulkeley High has seen better days. Grass grows up in a handicapped spot. An empty bottle of booze sits where someone left it. The building is imposing, with few windows and no signs of joy. It looks and feels like a place one attends by force, not because it’s a center for intellectual growth that one may opt into.
With the Democratic Town Committee‘s convention slated to begin at 6 p.m., politicians, committee members, and families began to gather hours in advance on Bulkeley’s steps, some to rally for their candidates, others to avoid sitting down.
It’s not hard to stand and chat, delaying entrance to what will no doubt feel like a cage for the rest of the evening. Knowing how these go, we knew it would be inexpedient and frustrating. Snacks would need to be eaten surreptitiously, lest we get asked to leave and end up missing something. They want to preserve the auditorium’s new carpet, and who can begrudge them of that? It appears to be the only update to the room that is otherwise stuck in the mid-1970s. There’s no Wi-Fi. Outlets are hard to find. If they have any technology developed in the past 40 years, they weren’t using it, with the vote tally later being kept on a large white board that could barely be read. Continue reading 'Another Disorganized Convention Results in Endorsements Over Two Days'»
From the sensationalist headlines throwing out theories that neither Hartford residents nor our police are buying, to the ever-present discussion in campaign season, the homicide rate this year is getting attention. That number does not include deaths that have not been classified yet, like the incident from early Saturday morning on Bond Street that involved a person dying after being struck by a vehicle driven by someone who did not care to stick around. (That vehicle is described as a gray or silver, two-door Infiniti sedan with dark tints. No description of the motorist has been provided).
The homicide rate for 2015 is high, but taking the longer view, one can see that these rates fluctuate. The following data, provided by the Hartford Police Department, shows how the rate ebbs and flows.