Kryptonite? Rock candy? Who can know?!
With all seats in The Society Room filled, Mayor Segarra greeted the crowd with remarks about a woman at a previous event unrelated to social enterprise, doing “Reggaeton perreando.” That comment extinguished anything that may have seemed too zany about the superhero-themed Social Enterprise Awards.
For those not fully indoctrinated, “social enterprise” sounds jargony. All it means is that instead of only seeking to fatten their wallets, business owners first strive to improve conditions for humans and the environment.
On Tuesday, reSET — a social enterprise trust on Pratt Street — presented seven such companies with awards for their vision.
Will Haughey — one of the co-founders of Tegu Corp. — gave the keynote about how he and his brother decided to work with Honduran cooperatives certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to make the toys from mature trees. When getting started, they considered what to make, observing that most of the major exports from Honduras were “low quality.” Continue reading 'Social Entrepreneurs Awarded'»
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'»
A reminder when the wind is gusting and rain is going sideways that not everything in sight has to be drab Continue reading 'Heaven Week: Dull Days, Bright Colors'»
Painting by Olof Aspelin, an artist from Stafford Springs // Photo by Kerri Provost
When the Beautiful Blight Project was conceived its goal had been to install painted plywood over missing windows in a neglected building while tidying up the yard. Team leaders had been working with the City of Hartford to make this happen, but the first choice of a structure on Garden Street was said to have entered the sale process, so that was nixed. Continue reading 'Beautiful Blight Project Unveils Murals'»
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You could have arrived with the expectation of spectating, only to get talked into marching, throwing candy, and wearing accessories that you did not bring. Continue reading 'Hooker Day Parade 2014'»
In an area of Downtown, beyond the parking garages and towers, is a park that sits atop the I-84 tunnel. Two of its three segments — east of Main Street and west of Trumbull Street — are nothing more than vegetation and rarely used benches. The central piece, known as Heaven, has evolved from hosting underutilized four square and basketball courts, to attracting skateboarders, graffiti artists, and others. It has been featured in skateboarding videos and magazines.