Category: transportation

CTFastrak: A Seat-of-the-Pants Review

By , March 30, 2015 8:43 pm

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'»

April 2015 Events

By , March 29, 2015 9:56 pm

April 1

  • Real Art Ways will be screening The Magnificent Seven at 1 p.m. A conversation will follow: “In the 1950′s, the Western got big and the screen got wide. By 1960, classical Hollywood was breaking down. Conversation addresses some of the causes, and some of the relics that hold the Western together – deadlines, static shots, and operatic violence. It also considers the pressure on postwar manhood and the role of Hollywood in global film culture.” General admission: $11.
  • The McGill Lecture in International Studies features “China and the United Nations” with Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Ambassador of China to the United Nations. This will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Washington Room of Mather Hall at Trinity College. Free.
  • Get HYPEd at the Black Bear Saloon, 187 Allyn Street. They say: “Get HYPEd is a casual event that offers an opportunity to network with other young professionals. Join us for Get HYPEd at Black Bear Saloon and make sure to drop a business card for your chance to win a prize! At this Get HYPEd, our Community Involvement Committee is holding a Community Collection for Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation. Their food pantry needs donations to be successful, and they’ve given us a list of most needed items. You can find the items needed here.” 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Talk & Book Signing: Coney Island 40 Years: Photographer Harvey Stein discusses the work in his book, Coney Island 40 Years. Starts at 6 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Free.  Arrive from 5-6 p.m. to check out the awesome Coney Island exhibit before the talk.
  • Take a tour of MakeHartford, Show & Tell about your current project, hang out with the String Thing group. 6-9 p.m. at MakeHartford, 30 Arbor Street.

April 2

  • First Thursday After Hours: every month the Wadsworth Atheneum hosts a little party. Check out the museum, listen to music, take a tour, and make some art. This is from 5-8 p.m. Admission is $5. At 8, they will be screening Wild, so stick around for that.
  • Open reception at the Pump House Gallery for Resounding Images: 25th Anniversary of Judy Dworin Performance Project. This starts at 6 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 21. The Pump House Gallery is located in Bushnell Park.
  • Poet Mark Doty will be reading from his new book Deep Lane as part of the Cardin Series on the University of Hartford campus. This free, public event will take place in Wilde Auditorium at the Harry Jack Gray Center. 6-9 p.m.

Road Closures on Sunday

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By , March 18, 2015 8:00 am

A number of streets will be closed on Sunday due to the O’Hartford 5K.

From 10-3, Trumbull Street (Asylum to Jewell) and Pearl Street (Ann to Trumbull) will be closed.

From 10-1:30, Trumbull Street from Church to Asylum will shut down to traffic.

From 12:30-2, these streets will be impacted:

  • Pearl
  • Jewell
  • Main (Pearl to Park)
  • Park (Main to Park Terrace)
  • Park Terrace (Park to Capitol Avenue)
  • Capitol (Park Terrace to Trinity Street)
  • Trinity Street (Capitol to Ford)

Man Struck, Killed by Vehicle

By , March 9, 2015 7:58 am

A motorist, who, according to police appeared to be intoxicated, struck a pedestrian with the SUV, killing him, on Sunday evening.

The victim has been identified as Frank Morales, 38, of Hartford. He was pronounced at St. Francis.

The investigation is ongoing, but in addition to the deceased, the yet-to-be-named motorist operating a 2001 Chevy Blazer appears to have struck a parked vehicle and run a red light at the intersection of Albany and Edwards where Morales was hit as he exited a convenience store.

Witnesses and those with information are asked to contact the Hartford Police Department: (860) 757-4000.

River Access?

By , February 26, 2015 10:37 pm

Signs point to “no” Continue reading 'River Access?'»

More Hartford Public School Students to Receive Bicycles

By , February 18, 2015 6:00 am

Not to be outdone by SAND, six students at Milner who have had perfect attendance in November, December, and January of this school year, will be given free bicycles and helmets on Wednesday.

The Julio Lozada Foundation is providing the equipment for students at the school on Vine Street.

 

Art Sled Derby 2015

By , February 14, 2015 6:16 pm

For the third year in a row, the Art Sled Derby brought hundreds of people to Elizabeth Park. Saturday’s free event attracted children, college students, and people who should be old enough to know better than to ride items down a hill that could potentially impale them.

Dave Mourad gets a push from Heather MacFarlane. He proposed to her just moments before.

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Storm Info: February 15, 2015

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Emergency Shelter

Anyone in need of emergency shelter can call 211.

The following shelters will remain open throughout the storm:  ImmaCare: 560 Park St, (860) 724-4823; McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave, (860) 722-6922; South Park Inn: 75 Main St, (860) 724-0071.

Snow Removal

Tenants, property owners, and occupants are responsible for clearing snow and ice within five hours after the storm has ended.

Parking Ban

There will be yet another parking ban, reportedly beginning at 12:01 Sunday morning and ending at 6 on Sunday evening. This is according to the City of Hartford website. No email was sent by the mayor’s communication team.

The norm had been to give residents four hours to remove vehicles from public school and other approved lots, but the time frame was significantly shortened during the last storm. This time, no grace period has been announced.

Snow Storm Aftermath

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By , February 10, 2015 7:41 am

Here are the numbers released by the Hartford Police Department:

Vehicles towed during Monday’s storm: 10

Vehicles towed during last week’s: 515

Tickets issued for violating parking ban on Monday: 49

Tickets issued for violating parking ban last week: 733

The HPD says there was more compliance this time.

How are the streets? Is yours plowed curb-to-curb?

Storm Info for 2/8-2/10

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By , February 8, 2015 4:10 pm

According to one of the mayor’s spokeswomen, there is a parking ban in Hartford from midnight of Sunday/Monday until 6a.m. on Tuesday. Hartford Public Schools will be closed yet again on Monday.

As of publication, this message was not posted on the City of Hartford website nor sent via email.

We hope it’s safe to assume that the parking lots to be used during this parking ban are the same as from previous ones.

We will post updates here as we receive information.

UPDATE 8 Feb 2015 5:15 p.m.

A press release was just sent out saying that Mayor Segarra has “declared a snow emergency parking ban” effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday. Same lots as always appear to be available for residents who do not have off-street parking.

UPDATE 8 Feb 2015 11:35 p.m.

The City of Hartford has this notice posted on its website:

UPDATE 9 Feb 2015:

If you were hoping for another case of deja vu, here it is. The City of Hartford is again playing around with the time that the parking ban is over. They say that the parking ban is lifted at 6 on Monday and that residents must removed vehicles by 8p.m. There is no reason given for why the normal four-hour grace period is not provided.

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