By the looks of the XL Center on Wednesday morning, it’s hard to believe that the 1.5 mile Ringling Bros train only arrived late the night before. Within twelve hours of reaching Hartford, the crew had assembled a major piece of the stage.
A few blocks away, at the Old State House, a crowd grows restless as the elephants are late to make an appearance. Most, seemingly affiliated with CRT, are not privy to the knowledge that the train was delayed three hours Tuesday night, meaning that it was not until almost midnight when the convoy from railroad tracks-to-civic center happened.
Behind-the-scenes, horses and elephants milled about quietly in their respective areas, which seemed more spacious than those found at county fairs. With elephants pacing behind him, Ryan Henning, an Animal Care Specialist with Ringling Bros, says he could never work a desk job. Being outdoors, traveling, and working with the animals he says he loves are preferred to the standard 9-to-5 fare. Continue reading 'Ringling Bros. Brings Controversy, Clowns, and a Cannonball'»
Female entrepreneurs might be interested in a free seminar about State and Federal Set-Aside Programs. From 9:30am-12pm, participants will learn about using government contracts, including how to navigate the new registration system, System for Award Management.
The May 10th seminar will be held at the Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Hartford, which is located in Butterworth Hall, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT. Registration is free.
Re:Create CT, the first holistic and green living event in Hartford’s Elizabeth Park, made an impact. Continue reading 'Holistic, Green Living Event Proves Popular'»
Ed Fast & Conga-Bop perform beside the Connecticut River at the 7th annual Samba Fest
Continue reading '7th Annual Samba Fest'»
Growing up, I made maps of the woods, marking all of the forts. Most of those “forts” were not structures as much as imaginary spaces, large rocks, or easy-to-climb trees. Because this was my map, the places would be named and given the status of “secret forts.” Some of the images in this edition of In Your Neighborhood represent secret forts around Hartford’s Behind the Rocks neighborhood. I’m not going to give exact coordinates for where each photograph was taken, but all of the locations can be found with the willingness to explore the city on foot. Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: Behind the Rocks (round two)'»
One of Hartford’s public schools — Milner — was hastily handed over to be managed by Jumoke Academy, a charter school.
Less than one year later, Milner/Jumoke is seeking a new principal for the preschool-through-eighth grade elementary school.
From the job posting listed yesterday:
Continue reading 'Administrative Turnover at a Turnaround School'»
In tenth grade I dropped out of Physics during the first week. Not the teacher, guidance counselor, nor anyone else in school challenged this decision, which sprang out of frustration with one homework assignment, despite my finding the classes to be accessible and engaging. One’s plans of being an astronaut get thwarted by missing Physics credits.
Even while abstractedly knowing about the gender gap in the sciences, it wasn’t until Laura Huerta Migus spoke at the Connecticut Science Center on Tuesday that I heard another female tell a similar story. While at Texas A&M University, Huerta Migus changed majors after having a discouraging lab experience. Nobody challenged her on this decision or offered any kind of advising or mentoring.
Title IX may have removed structural barriers for women, but a culture persists in which females take themselves out of the running, either as adolescents or while in college. Continue reading 'Celebrating Women in Science Initiative Launched'»
Scenes from the Sidewalk is a collection of interesting or strange things found while walking through Hartford.