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Get Out of the Cold: Shelters and Centers Open

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By , January 6, 2015 1:59 pm

The City of Hartford has begun taking its routine precautions as the temperatures remain below 25.

Shelters that will operate around the clock include:

  • Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St., (860) 724-4823
  • McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave., (860) 722-6922
  • Open Hearth: 437 Sheldon St., (860) 525-3447
  • South Park Inn: 75 Main St., (860) 724-0071

Warming centers will remain open at variable times:

Suggestion Box: More Festive Winterfest

By , January 2, 2015 7:56 am
Winterfest is no longer a brand new thing. There has been time enough to iron out the kinks, yet, kinks remain. Since June, residents have been essentially ordered by the mayor to dream big, so here are some modest-sized dreams for improving upon what already exists.

Gimme Shelter

The rink has already been closed several days this season when it has been cold enough for ice to exist, but the skating surface got wrecked by a little drizzle. Extreme cold, extreme heat, and monsoons should close down Winterfest for a day now and then, but a little rain shower should not. A temporary canopy over the ice rink would provide shelter for skaters during light rain and would extend ice time. When severe storms are predicted, that canopy could be taken down and stored. We know that access to one of these exists — it has made appearances at Envisionfest.

At the very least, the Winterfest powers-that-be could redirect those wanting some public skating time to use the year-round indoor rink inside of the Koeppel Community Center on New Britain Avenue on days when the outdoor rink is closed. Continue reading 'Suggestion Box: More Festive Winterfest'»

Orchard Donates to Shelter

By , December 18, 2014 2:35 pm

Photo courtesy of the West End Community Orchard project

Instead of limiting food distribution to donations of canned goods and jars of peanut butter, one organization has rounded up fresh produce from Hartford’s backyards.

The Open Hearth, a shelter on Charter Oak Avenue, has received 24 pounds of fruit from trees that are part of the West End Community Orchard.

The community orchard is not a single plot of land, but the collection of trees from yards, medians, and parks. This season the project has helped plant fifteen new fruit trees in one neighborhood.

To ensure good production and healthier trees overall, the Orchard will be hosting a pruning event in March 2015.

 

Heaven Week: Commitment

By , October 24, 2014 7:38 am

¬†When the Friends of Heaven Skatepark recently told members of City Council that they wanted assurance that the Downtown North development, including the stadium, would not infringe on the existing park, they received no promises. When the artistic rendering eliminating the skatepark was called into question by the group, someone from the City implied the group was fussing for no reason, that this was merely an artistic rendering and that elected and appointed officials are not looking for ways to sanitize this space in hopes of sparking development. Continue reading 'Heaven Week: Commitment'»

Bring Out Your Dead (Leaves)

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By , October 23, 2014 1:10 pm

Curbside leaf collection begins on November 2 in the city of Hartford, but not all neighborhoods start on the same day. Leaves raked to the curb — not into the street — will be picked up twice, with the last day being December 12. If you want to know the exact dates so that your leaves are not a nuisance to others, go to the Department of Public Works’ interactive map. Continue reading 'Bring Out Your Dead (Leaves)'»

Back to School: A Refresher Lesson for Motorists

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By , August 27, 2014 7:27 pm

With children returning to school this week, the Hartford Police Department kicked up its traffic enforcement on Tuesday. There were three target areas, including New Britain Avenue and Newington Avenue in the city’s South West neighborhood by the Batchelder Elementary School. With police receiving several complaints of motorists passing school buses, an operation was set up in the area of Kenyon Street and Asylum Avenue, a few blocks from Classical Magnet School and Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School. The area of 150 Tower Avenue near the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School was the third location receiving special attention.

The HPD Traffic Division issued 70 tickets for speeding infractions, two for cell phone use, and one for a motorist passing a stopped school bus. The north operation had an additional 15 motor vehicle and several parking tickets issued, along with one motor vehicle arrest and one criminal arrest.

Weekend of Cultural Events

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By , August 18, 2014 8:36 am

Family Day in Keney Park was among the many things happening this past weekend in Hartford. The free event provided dancing and musical entertainment, along with information from community organizations and free health screenings. There were food, book, and clothing vendors on the lawn near the Woodland Street entrance. Continue reading 'Weekend of Cultural Events'»

Puerto Rican Tiple Construction Workshop at Trinity a Hit

By , July 14, 2014 6:24 pm

Nine students, most with no prior woodworking experience, created their own Puerto Rican tiples with instruction from William Cumpiano, a master luthier from Northamption, Massachusetts.

Myriam, a student, called this an “exercise in patience.”

The course offered by Trinity College began one week ago and wrapped up on Sunday, with students averaging over six hours of work on their instruments per day. Continue reading 'Puerto Rican Tiple Construction Workshop at Trinity a Hit'»

Heaven’s Open

By , July 13, 2014 1:54 pm

Photo courtesy of Andy Hart

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Vegan Dinner, Bicycles Everywhere, and Community

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By , June 8, 2014 10:43 pm

Joe Biel and Elly Blue

The Vulnerable User Bill finally got approved. There are bike racks throughout downtown and four bike lockers at Union Station. Transport Hartford — a city-specific alternate transportation group — has launched. There are multiple large organized bike rides and many informal ones.

You’d have to be sleeping to think there’s nothing happening here.

This weekend offered more evidence that there is enthusiasm for cycling, both as recreation and as transportation. Continue reading 'Vegan Dinner, Bicycles Everywhere, and Community'»

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