Griffin Dunne and John Leguizamo drove up to Hartford during Saturday’s snowfall for an evening conversation to benefit the Burns Latino Studies Academy. Continue reading 'Burns Hot Fundraiser Brings Actors to Frog Hollow'»
You don’t need a branding campaign of any sort to get people out on a snowy Saturday afternoon. What you need is a good idea, being open to having fun, and the willingness to promote a little.
For the second year, Paul Spirito organized a successful Art Sled Derby that was completely free to attend, with expenses only being what participants chose to spend on sleds and materials. No waivers, no fuss.
In a doughnut and bacon slump? Drag yourself out of that.
A free healthy eating and cooking class begins Wednesday.
If you were hoping for demure neutrals and pastels, you won’t find many here.
Carlos Hernández Chávez’s new solo exhibit, Dialogues: Impromptu Conversations in Color, provides a diversion from the time of year when winter is often less than lovely: now. The snowbanks are hard and gray, the streets are still a mess from last week’s storm, and if we hear one more debate over television stations naming winter storms, we are going to scream.
So, thank the artist for a free, temporary escape. Continue reading 'Explosions of Color by Carlos Hernández Chávez'»
Although Tuesday night’s Hartford Board of Education special meeting had only two agenda items for public comment, you would have never known it from the hundreds of people, especially Weaver students, who packed into the Fred D. Wish Elementary School gymnasium. It was a sea of forest green hoodies. Proudly emblazed on the hoodies was the rallying cry of the night: “Weaver Strong.” In addition, Weaver students greeted every attendee with a handout celebrating the school’s achievements. Thundering drum beats in the school’s lobby foretold of a battle. Handheld placards proclaiming “Weaver Forever” were placed on every seat. Ironically, the presumed fight over the future of Weaver High School was the least contentious event of the night.
The massive turnout of Weaver students, parents, alumni, and staff was the dissatisfaction with the Board’s communication with the school’s community. The show of force was to ensure the survival of Weaver, including its traditions, history, and legacy. The issue at hand was the future move of Weaver Culinary Academy to a temporary location at the Lincoln Culinary Institute on Sigourney St. Weaver High School is slated for a $100 million rehabilitation and the entire school must be relocated to Lincoln while construction occurs.
Rumors had been swirling over the future of Weaver, but the real issue, as the school’s principal Tim Goodwin explained, was the glacial pace of the project and the numerous unanswered questions over the school’s future. The leadership of the Blue Hills Civic Association also peppered the board with questions over the developer of the Weaver site and lack of communication with the neighborhood. Continue reading 'Known Knowns and Unknown Unknowns: Hartford BOE Edition'»
Some may have spent the day in isolation with their milk and bread, but we took a walk in our neighborhood to see what was going on.
(Above) An ATV is momentarily stuck near the Park Street Branch of the Hartford Public Library.
Continue reading 'Snow Day, Frog Hollow'»
Those not immersed in the field of education might believe the recent attention to Common Core and teacher evaluations came out of nowhere. With the exception of items that are unavoidable, such as the nonrenewal of the superintendent’s contract, local news reporting has trended glossy on education, biased toward the status quo which goes by the name “education reform.”
Last month, the Hartford Courant and Hartford Public Schools announced the plan to partner, specifically with the Journalism Academy. The details on this, along with potential price tag, are still being hashed out.
Already, HPS has contracts with Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc.
With such partnerships, there are a few clear winners. Continue reading 'When the Media Teams Up with Public Schools'»