Since The Kitchen Café at the Hartford Public Library opened two summers ago, it has been critiqued for two things: limited hours and pricing. With the exception of opening for special events, the hours have not expanded. A new initiative, however, will begin to address the feeling that coffee at this location is off limits to some of the library’s most dedicated patrons.
The Kitchen, part of Billings Forge Community Works, is joining the “suspended coffee” movement, or caffè sospeso. This means that people who can afford to may purchase extra coffee for those who can not. Patrons who can not afford to purchase their own will be given a free cup of coffee during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8-4. Continue reading 'Hartford to Offer Suspended Coffee'»
Saturday night, you could have been at the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival. You could have been listening to stories at Real Art Ways or going from house-to-house in the West End for a friend’s progressive birthday dinner party.
Or, you could have been at the Dirt Salon for “Planet Dirt,” a sci-fi/steampunk-themed art party.
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Delayed one week due to rain, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade began on Saturday with snow and ended with sunshine.
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Photo courtesy of the Hartford Police Department
If you want to get more mileage out of those tax dollars, you can now use the Hartford Police Department’s parking lot to conduct your Craigslist transactions.
With a number of those exchanges turning into robberies — and worse – it might bring peace of mind to buy and sell within shouting distance of the law. There is video surveillance of the lot and the front desk is staffed every hour of every day. Continue reading 'Police Offer Public Use of Lot for Transactions'»
For the third year in a row, the Art Sled Derby brought hundreds of people to Elizabeth Park. Saturday’s free event attracted children, college students, and people who should be old enough to know better than to ride items down a hill that could potentially impale them.
Dave Mourad gets a push from Heather MacFarlane. He proposed to her just moments before.
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Tamarind Grill & Bar on Pratt Street has closed. In its place, another Thai restaurant will open.
If you want to see how the still under-development Hello Parkville app will work, go to Real Art Ways at 5 on Friday.
This app will send push notifications to nearby devices that have downloaded the program. It will provide a list of events, entertainment, and discounts within the Parkville neighborhood.
The “beacons” — 100 in all — that will detect when devices are in the vicinity will be managed by the City, and those nonprofits and business owners who purchase them for $250 apiece. This will entitle the business/nonprofit to use the beacon for one year.
A Community Development Block Grant has funded the app, which is part of what the City calls “a larger business and community development strategy.” The City says it is seeking ways to expand so that similar strategies are used in additional neighborhoods.