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July 2014 Events

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By , June 26, 2014 7:52 am

Do you need programmed events? Put on some sneakers and walk around. This photo was taken on a path along the Park River, accessible from where Lorraine Street turns. Park River trails are also accessible from Mark Twain Drive (near Plainfield Street) and Brookfield Street (near Flatbush Avenue).

Here’s some of what is happening in Hartford:

July  1

  • Love Wins on Oakland Terrace: free family festival from 5-7pm at Glory Chapel, 221 Greenfield Street.
  • Drop into Real Art Ways for Real Board (Games). Play the games they provide or bring your own. 6-10pm. Free.
  • Fed Up, a documentary about the food industry, screens at Cinestudio at 7:30pm. General admission is $9.

July 2

  • The Kid, a Charlie Chaplin film, will be screened in the Hartford Public Library at 1:30 and 5:30pm today. Free.
  • Love Wins on Barbour Street: free family festival from 5-7pm featuring haircuts, pony rides, face painting, music, and more. This will be hosted by The Hartford Project and the Citadel of Love, 167 Barbour.
  • Every Wednesday — as long as it isn’t raining — there will be free yoga in Elizabeth Park at 5:30pm. Bring your own mat or towel. Yoga is in the picnic area across from the Pond House.
  • Hartford 2000 is hosting what it calls an “informational meeting” about the proposed Rock Cats stadium. This will be held at the Hartford Public Library at 6pm. Mayor Segarra and other City officials are expected to be presented to answer questions and listen to public opinion. As of publication, only Segarra has been named as a speaker. Continue reading 'July 2014 Events'»

No Shoprite for Downtown North Due to Stadium

A Shoprite projected to employ 30-40 full-time workers and up to 250 part-timers is now off the table for 1212 Main Street.

A message from the Hartford Community Loan Fund says that “the [Downtown North] district in general and the 1212 Main Street address specifically identified for the project by the City were no longer appropriate locations given the City’s recently announced plans to build a minor league baseball stadium on the parcel immediately to the north at 1214 Main Street.

At the request of City officials, the HCLF had been working on what it described as a mixed-use project “to include both affordable and market rate housing units over the supermarket, along with ground-level retail space for other community health-related partners, café/restaurant space, and parking” since September 2011 when the Market at Hartford 21 closed. This project was to be anchored by Shoprite.

Hartford Community Loan Fund, with help from the Community Development Financial Institution Fund, connected with UpLift Solutions, a nonprofit consulting firm that supports increased access to healthy and affordable foods. Rex Fowler of the HCLF says that “Uplift and its founder Jeff Brown have worked closely with HCLF and Torna-Shoprite in assessing the local marketplace,” as well as with “developing a sustainable model for the proposed Hartford store. ”

A 2012 study showed that $40 million is spent by Hartford residents on groceries, each year, outside of the city. While downtown itself could not support a  50,000-60,000 sf grocery store, one could be sustained by shoppers from the combination of downtown and the seven neighborhoods surrounding.

Hartford Food System partnered with this project in 2013. There was interest from La Cocina, a culinary training program operated by the Chrysalis Center. There was to be a small walk-in health clinic within the market, along with an on-site nutritionist. Continue reading 'No Shoprite for Downtown North Due to Stadium'»

Farmers’ Market in Downtown Opens Tuesday

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By , June 16, 2014 3:46 pm

The sidewalk on the west side of the Old State House got festive this afternoon in preparation for the opening day of the farmers’ market. The Old State House Farmers’ Market will take place every Tuesday and Friday from 10am until 2pm, through October 31, 2014.

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'»

Frog Hollow on Puerto Rican Day Parade Eve

Each year on the day before the Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade, Park Street and surrounding roads in Frog Hollow and South Green become a place to show off the wheels, a practice not wildly unlike the romanticized cruising culture in American Graffiti. Continue reading 'Frog Hollow on Puerto Rican Day Parade Eve'»

BK Keeps Doors Open, Dunkin’ Cuts the Caffeine Supply

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By , May 15, 2014 3:33 pm

Thursday’s actions in Hartford and New Haven were portrayed by organizers in a press release as a “walk off,” but that term does not seem to fit with what actually went on. At noon on Airport Road in Hartford, there was no dramatic exit of employees from the Dunkin’ Donuts as had been implied; instead, there was one employee from that location present at the rally, who had simply not gone in to work.

A few minutes before the announced start time of noon, protestors were actually across the street, on the sidewalk near Burger King. Two police cruisers were on the south side of the street, with officers telling activists repeatedly to get out of the drive-thru area.

The group, before the announced noon start time, apparently attempted to enter the Dunkin’ Donuts. I was informed that the door had been locked. America might run on Dunkin’, but this one was willing to cut off that fuel supply in Hartford as long as a few dozen people with a drums and a megaphone were nearby. The door was seen opening to allow a patron out, only to be immediately locked again. Continue reading 'BK Keeps Doors Open, Dunkin’ Cuts the Caffeine Supply'»

Central to Close, Tangiers to Open

Tangiers

Tangiers

Central Supermarket (550 Farmington Avenue) will be closing its doors on May 15. According to the Farmington Avenue Wire, a newsletter produced by the Farmington Avenue Alliance and Farmington Asylum Business District, the supermarket’s owner, Adam Hamideh, said the store “never found a successful niche in the West End.” The newsletter says that the owner “believes that he should have concentrated on one market segment rather than to try to serve the diverse needs of the neighborhood.”

Tangiers, currently located on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, will be moving into this space at some point this summer. This grocery sells Middle Eastern, Greek, Bosnian, Armenian, Indian, Turkish, Glatt Kosher, and Halal foods; Tangiers has a small counter and take-out featuring falafel, stuffed grape leaves, gyros, hummus, and more.

The plan is to continue doing take out at the new location. Tangiers is considering expanding its grocery area.

Two months ago, we learned that plans were approved to raze the plaza in which Tangiers currently resides, so that a larger Walgreens could go in its place.

Lactose Tolerance: Dairy Farms in Connecticut

Without enough grain growing locally, Markham Starr said, the remaining family-owned dairy farms in North Stonington have it trucked in from outside of Albany. Is that sustainable?

Markham Starr, photographer and author of Down on the Farm: The Last Dairy Farmers of North Stonington, spoke at the Dairy Farms in Connecticut: Change and Continuity gallery opening last week. Knowing only this obstacle in feeding many head of cattle may bring into question the future of farming in Connecticut, but in fact, it is hard to leave the exhibit feeling pessimistic.

This is the first exhibit of occupation-based art hosted by the Institute for Community Research. Most of the walls are covered by Starr’s stunning photographs taken over the span of one year in his hometown. During this time he also interviewed the farmers. Their words serve as the labels below each photograph, adding more dimension to their lives and work. Here are two of the many:

Continue reading 'Lactose Tolerance: Dairy Farms in Connecticut'»

Five Free Things for Cinco de Mayo

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By , May 5, 2014 9:50 pm

Hartford Prints!, again, provided a classy alternative for those wanting to have fun beyond just drinking on a day that has, around these parts, become equated with drinking. They previously opened up their space following the St. Patrick’s Day parade for those who had outgrown (or entirely bypassed) the stage of life that involves chugging from plastic cups in a parking lot.

Monday night, singer-songwriters Oh, Cassius performed, Studio N111 provided chalk, paper, and other art supplies for the public, and a graffiti wall was created by Los Cinco.

And sure, there were margarita samples available, but nobody was being too ridiculous. Didn’t hurt that there was a d.i.y. taco bar in the back room.

Continue reading 'Five Free Things for Cinco de Mayo'»

Eighth Annual Samba Fest

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By , May 4, 2014 2:08 pm

The rain (mostly) held off on Saturday for Samba Fest at the Riverfront, and for the multiple other competing events around Hartford, including Re:Create CT in Elizabeth Park and a “Marijuana March” in Bushnell Park. Continue reading 'Eighth Annual Samba Fest'»


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