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I hate Giving Tuesday. It goes: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday. What? So, only after you have shelled out money everywhere else should you consider charitable giving? False. For this reason, we list giving first.
- ImmaCare — emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, outreach, education and employment.
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The Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill, has made available for viewing the ballots for all Connecticut towns and cities holding elections next week.
Rather than rely on rumors and misinformation about who is on the ballot and how many votes may be cast, take a look for yourself.
Hartford Ballot Nov 2015
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Every student attending a Hartford Public School will be eligible for free breakfast and lunch, regardless of family’s income or student’s home address, for at least the next four years.
Besides eliminating any remaining stigma for those receiving free meals, this cuts the excess paperwork — and associated costs — for the school system. Administered by the USDA, the Community Eligibility Provision, a regulatory change that took place as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, now makes it possible for districts in high poverty areas, to offer free meals to all students without processing individual families’ paperwork. The 2014-2015 school year was the first time schools could participate. Continue reading 'Free Meals for All Hartford Students'»
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'»
Though the Board of Education previously voted to allow for Moylan Montessori to move beyond city limits, permanently, it now seems that the push to find a Hartford location for it has been revived, with Thom Deller reportedly looking into four or five sites.
Now, the Luke Bronin campaign is questioning the delay in finding an appropriate permanent home for the school. Bronin says, ““The City of Hartford has known for years that Moylan Montessori needed a new home, but kicked the can down the road year after year — and then decided that there was no option but to move this quality, local public school to West Hartford. ”
The majority of students attending Moylan Montessori live in the Behind the Rocks neighborhood, not exactly neighboring the site voted for on North Main in West Hartford.
Bronin says, “This is a moment for leadership, and I urge the Mayor to identify a specific, suitable site before it’s too late to keep Moylan in Hartford – and before Hartford loses a quality local school.”
Those who attended last week’s Board of Education meeting may have come away believing that the Moylan Montessori community largely supported the move of the school from Hartford to West Hartford, even if only a handful of teachers and parents were present to speak. Most of the questions were made through the PTO or came from members of the school board.
As it turns out, that vote to go ahead and pursue the site at the American School for the Deaf has not been received so well.
Stakeholders are circulating a petition asking for that decision to be suspended. They say that parents were only notified a few days before the vote and were not given full disclosure that the invite to “ask questions” or “show support” before the Board of Education was going to be tied to something so binding, so soon. Continue reading 'Moylan Montessori Community Circulates Petitions'»
The proposal to move Montessori Magnet — currently housed in the Moylan and McDonough Schools — to a site in West Hartford has not been warmly received by all.
The school’s PTO says the proposed move was only made public on January 16, days before it was discussed at the January 20 Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Schiavino-Narvaez said she met with the School Governance Council twice, along with the PTO president. Parents had been contacted during discussions, she said.
While there has been a search for a permanent home for the magnet school for the past six years, not all in the school community had a location at the American School for the Deaf on North Main Street in West Hartford in mind.
Dr. Shelley Best, at the recent Board of Ed meeting, opposed this move: “Montessori education […] has the stereotype of being something that’s really available for the elite and the suburban,” she said, and moving it into the suburbs would only drive that home. Continue reading 'Hartford School Moving to West Hartford?'»