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Casa Linda: The Block

By , August 26, 2015 8:36 am

With all the ugly new construction around Hartford — the kind that looks like a stiff breeze might topple the plastic structures — it’s refreshing to see an historic development remaining in use and decent shape. Continue reading 'Casa Linda: The Block'»

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'»

Stolen Bike Recovered

By , June 29, 2015 8:32 am

Photo provided by the Hartford Police Department

Officer Robert Iovanna recovered one of the missing Bantam Bikes last week at a pawn shop near Park and Washington. Continue reading 'Stolen Bike Recovered'»

Casa Linda: Blue in Blue Hills

By , June 17, 2015 7:47 am

This home on Tower Avenue is classified by the City of Hartford as “Old Style,” probably built in 1915.

We classify it as cute. It’s maintained. There’s pride in the front yard, which is a good model for how something can be both beautiful and not a grass lawn.

This home is on the narrower stretch of the road — between Weaver High and the Mount Sinai campus — where most of the houses are kept up.

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.

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)'»

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