Category: neighborhoods

Bicycles for Attendance

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By , January 23, 2015 7:29 am

Six SAND Elementary School students who have had perfect attendance this school year through the month of December will receive free bicycles.The Clay Arsenal neighborhood school will hold its celebration this morning.

The locally-grown Julio Lozada Foundation, which also awards college scholarships to Latino youth, is the sponsor of this giveaway.

 

Goodbye/Hello on Pratt

By , January 10, 2015 1:22 pm

Tamarind Grill & Bar on Pratt Street has closed. In its place, another Thai restaurant will open.

Hello Parkville App Demonstration Friday

By , January 8, 2015 5:00 pm

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 allĀ  — 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.

Three Kings Day Parade on Park Street

By , January 7, 2015 8:30 am

Dr. Ramon Jiminez of Hartford Hospital seems to enjoy his ride down Park Street

Every January 6th, three camels are led down Park Street, starting near the Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA) office. Continue reading 'Three Kings Day Parade on Park Street'»

The Voting Situation

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By , January 6, 2015 7:25 am

While the Committee of Inquiry — filled with City Council members — is presumably inquiring on matters related to the Hartford Registrars of Voters, others have taken action about alleged problems during the last election, and the one before that.

What Would Constitute a Denial of Voting Rights?

In November 2013, former Hartford resident Julie Beman schlepped all over the city to ensure she voted. She filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission against Democratic Registrar of Voters Olga Iris Vasquez and other election officials.

Over one year later, the SEEC completed its investigation Continue reading 'The Voting Situation'»

First Ice of the Year

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By , January 4, 2015 3:30 pm

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Scenes from the Sidewalk: The Good Word

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Spotted at Christ Church Cathedral — Church and Main.

Sign faces north.

Closed for Business

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By , January 2, 2015 4:49 pm

Sign in window at former Niro space, announcing the closing sale.

Morton’s the Steakhouse and Niro Couture have both closed.

The Hartford steakhouse has already been dropped from the menu, with its closure happening just two days ago. Morton’s was located in State House Square

Niro Couture on Pratt Street has a sign on its door announcing the closure. Its website and Facebook page have no indication that Niro has closed, but the street-level retail store had its letters removed from the front of the building.

Suggestion Box: More Festive Winterfest

Winterfest is no longer a brand new thing. There has been time enough to iron out the kinks, yet, kinks remain. Since June, residents have been essentially ordered by the mayor to dream big, so here are some modest-sized dreams for improving upon what already exists.

Gimme Shelter

The rink has already been closed several days this season when it has been cold enough for ice to exist, but the skating surface got wrecked by a little drizzle. Extreme cold, extreme heat, and monsoons should close down Winterfest for a day now and then, but a little rain shower should not. A temporary canopy over the ice rink would provide shelter for skaters during light rain and would extend ice time. When severe storms are predicted, that canopy could be taken down and stored. We know that access to one of these exists — it has made appearances at Envisionfest.

At the very least, the Winterfest powers-that-be could redirect those wanting some public skating time to use the year-round indoor rink inside of the Koeppel Community Center on New Britain Avenue on days when the outdoor rink is closed. Continue reading 'Suggestion Box: More Festive Winterfest'»

Happy New Bus Shelters

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By , January 1, 2015 9:09 pm

The sidewalks along Park Street near the under construction busway station have been challenging to navigate for months, with both sides torn up simultaneously. More of the walkway has been made walkable in recent days. Along with that, two bus shelters have been installed between Bartholomew Avenue and Pope Park Highway.

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