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'»
Photo courtesy of the Hartford Police Department
A drug collection unit now sits in the Public Safety Complex lobby on High Street. The Hartford Police Department says that this gives the public a “safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.”
This box is one of 1,000 units sponsored by CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project as part of a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 54.2% of prescription drugs were obtained free from a friend or relative, and another 16.6% were bought or taken from a friend or relative. By far, the top reason teens have said that they use prescription drugs is because of access: more than 70 percent of teenagers, according to a 2014 study by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, said that it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets.
Meds can be dropped into this unit 24/7, no questions asked, police say.
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.
Continue reading 'Planet Dirt'»
Sunday’s victory parade for the UConn Huskies will impact streets Downtown for several hours.
The parade will begin at Elm and Trinity at 3, make its way down Elm Street, go alongside Bushnell Park, and turn up Trumbull Street. The rally at approximately 3:30 will take place in front of the XL Center.
Trumbull between Church and Asylum will close to southbound traffic at 10 and to northbound traffic at 11. This is expect to re-open around 4:30.
Trinity Street between Elm and Capitol will be used as a staging area and be closed to traffic from 1:30-3:30.
The parade route will be closed to traffic from approximately 2:40-3:30.
Additionally, CTTransit reports that the parade will have some effect on bus service. Temporary detours are expected from 2:30-4:30. They say that buses using Pearl or Asylum Street will use other downtown streets during this time. Buses that enter Downtown from the west, including the New Britain-to-Hartford Busway, will use Spruce and Church Street instead.
During those hours, the following stops will not be served: Asylum Street at Bushnell Park, Asylum and Trumbull, Asylum and High, Gold Street, and Pearl Street near TheaterWorks.
More of the CTfastrak buses will operate before, during, and after the parade on Sunday.
Red denotes temporary closure. Purple marks the permanent closure of this portion to motorists.
Beginning on April 17th, the segment of Windsor Street between Pleasant and Trumbull will be permanently closed.
The City of Hartford says that this will initially be used as a construction staging area for the stadium. Later, at an unspecified time, this will be re-opened to pedestrians and cyclists for what officials are calling “Windsor Walk.” Continue reading 'Temporary and Permanent Street Closures'»
Part One: Frog Hollow to Firefly Hollow
Photo by Christopher Brown
A friend had suggested a Sunday morning meet-up at the downtown New Britain CTFastrak terminal for a leisurely bike ride to Bristol’s Firefly Hollow Brewing Company. I rode my bike to the Sigourney Street Fastrak station in Asylum Hill to catch a free ride to Hard Hittin’ New Britain. A woman in a bright vest offered a decal and advice about the best entrance to use when loading a bike on the bus. (Tip: there’s a bike pictogram by the rearmost door—go in that way) Continue reading 'CTFastrak: A Seat-of-the-Pants Review'»
Photo by Christopher Brown
With attempts to remove eleven residents from a 9-bedroom home on Scarborough Street underway, the family gathered today in City Hall to strike back.
The 68 Scarborough attorney, Peter Gosselin, said that his clients instructed him to file a lawsuit in federal district court, alleging that their constitutional rights have been violated. This was filed this morning.
Photo by Christopher Brown
Additionally, they will be filing an injunction to prevent accruing fines until a court ruling is made. If this is not granted, they can be fined $100-250 per day or face ten days of imprisonment.
As became clear yesterday, attempts to amicably resolve the issue have gone nowhere.
Delayed one week due to rain, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade began on Saturday with snow and ended with sunshine.
Continue reading 'St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015'»
A number of streets will be closed on Sunday due to the O’Hartford 5K.
From 10-3, Trumbull Street (Asylum to Jewell) and Pearl Street (Ann to Trumbull) will be closed.
From 10-1:30, Trumbull Street from Church to Asylum will shut down to traffic.
From 12:30-2, these streets will be impacted:
- Main (Pearl to Park)
- Park (Main to Park Terrace)
- Park Terrace (Park to Capitol Avenue)
- Capitol (Park Terrace to Trinity Street)
- Trinity Street (Capitol to Ford)