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Driving and Parking May Resume

By , January 27, 2015 3:31 pm

As of 8 on Tuesday evening, cars may once again be parked on the streets of Hartford.

Governor Malloy lifted the travel ban, effective 2 p.m. Malloy has suggested that motorists limit travel, however.

CT Transit will have its buses operational again on Wednesday morning. Hartford Public Schools will remain closed on Wednesday.

Learning Curb: Flaky Parking

Although Mayor Segarra was careful to say “As of 1:00am we had full compliance with our parking ban,” it is worth noting that a FOX CT NEWS vehicle was parked in front of City Hall during Monday’s City Council meeting– hours after the parking ban went into effect. There are nearby parking lots, including the one located directly behind the building.

This is not the first time we’ve spotted mainstream media outlets behaving as if the laws do not apply to them.

Winter Storm Information for January 26-28

By , January 25, 2015 9:27 pm

It’s winter. We’re in New England. Snow storms happen.

Mayor Segarra has declared a snow emergency effective at noon on Monday. The Emergency Operating Center will be activated later in the afternoon.

Emergency Shelter

Anyone in need of emergency shelter can call 211.

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

Parking Ban

A citywide parking ban begins Monday at 3 p.m. and is anticipated to last until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28.

This means that cars should not be parked on Hartford streets after 3 on Monday.

Motorists who do not have off street parking could (1) ask to park in driveways belonging to friends and neighbors, or (2) park in any number of lots available during the parking ban. These lots include those at public schools (Hartford Public School employees will be dismissed at noon on Monday, making those lots open), along with the following: Morgan Street Garage, 2 Holcomb Street, Keney Park entrance lot at Ridgefield, KDA Center lot at Naugatuck Street, Pope Park Rec Center lot, Metzner Center lot on Franklin Avenue, Colt Park lot at Wawarme Avenue, and the lots in Elizabeth Park.

The City of Hartford says: “Residents should remove their vehicles from the lots promptly following the end of the parking ban and contact the Hartford Police Department with questions at (860) 757-4000. The cost for retrieving a towed vehicle is $93.59. An additional $99.00 ticket will be issued which owners are responsible for paying before the answer date.”

This should be common sense. Fewer cars on the street means plows can clear wider paths for travel. It also means less of a chance that your car will be accidentally smacked by a plow truck.

(UPDATE) Driving Ban

Governor Malloy is imposing a travel ban beginning 9p.m. on Monday. This is in place until further notice.

Emergency response and recovery vehicles will be the only ones permitted on the roadways.

Snow Removal

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

Fire hydrants should be cleared of snow. Do you want firefighters having to take time to shovel first before putting out a fire near you?

Other Services

Recycling and trash collection will not take place on Tuesday.

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Freeze!

By , January 24, 2015 10:53 pm

Seen in Frog Hollow Continue reading 'Scenes from the Sidewalk: Freeze!'»

Winter Storm Information

By , January 23, 2015 5:16 pm

The City of Hartford has declared a parking ban effective at 12:01 Saturday morning (just past midnight tonight) lasting through 11:59 p.m. on Saturday.

The purpose of a parking ban is to allow plow trucks to remove snow from the roadways. Vehicles should be parked in public school lots or at these other locations for the duration of the ban:  Morgan Street Garage, 2 Holcomb Street Lot, Keney Park Entrance Lot at Ridgefield Street, KDA Center Lot on Naugatuck Street, Pope Park Center Lot via Park Terrace, Metzner Center Lot on Franklin Avenue, Colt Park Lot via Wawarme Avenue, and Elizabeth Park lots. Continue reading 'Winter Storm Information'»

Get Out of the Cold: Shelters and Centers Open

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By , January 6, 2015 1:59 pm

The City of Hartford has begun taking its routine precautions as the temperatures remain below 25.

Shelters that will operate around the clock include:

  • Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St., (860) 724-4823
  • McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave., (860) 722-6922
  • Open Hearth: 437 Sheldon St., (860) 525-3447
  • South Park Inn: 75 Main St., (860) 724-0071

Warming centers will remain open at variable times:

First Ice of the Year

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By , January 4, 2015 3:30 pm

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A Break from the Gloom

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The Difference of One Week

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By , February 21, 2014 8:44 am

The scene on February 13, 2014… Continue reading 'The Difference of One Week'»

Snow Info, Minus the Drama

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By , February 12, 2014 5:42 pm

This is what a street looks like when a parking ban is actually enforced.

UPDATE: 13 Feb 2014 The parking ban has been extended until 4pm on February 14, 2014. Hartford Public Schools will be closed on Friday.


Pretty much the only thing that’ll be open on Thursday is Red Rock Tavern because they never close
(but you should call first to confirm) so just get over it and limber up for more shoveling.

Hartford Public Schools have already announced that they will be closed. What this means for everyone is that the schools will have plenty of free parking available during the on-street parking ban which begins at 8pm on Wednesday. That parking ban will be in effect until Mayor Segarra announces otherwise. The flip side of this is that if y’all want your little darlings to have teachers when school resumes, you need to remove your vehicles from the lots when the ban is over so that the spaces can be plowed and school staff have a place to park.

If you are not near a school or prefer to park elsewhere, free parking is also available in the Morgan Street Garage, parking lots in Pope Park and Elizabeth Park, the Keney Park entrance lot off Ridgefield Street, the Colt Park lot accessible by Wawarme Street, KDA Center lot on Naugatuck, Metzner Center lot, and the 2 Holcomb Street lot. If you are still hard up, ask a neighbor if she or he has extra room in the driveway.

If you leave your vehicle on the street during the parking ban, it is subject to ticket and tow. A message from the Mayor’s Office states that owners of vehicles:

towed during the parking ban should contact the Hartford Police Department at (860) 757-4000. The cost for retrieving a towed vehicle is $97.84. An additional $99.00 ticket will be issued which owners are responsible for paying before the answer date.

In a previous message from the City of Hartford, it was claimed that “City vehicles will plow to the curb up to eight hours after the storm has passed,” but there are a number of Hartford streets that still lack that curb-to-curb plowing following the storm last Wednesday.

If you are scheduled for trash collection on Thursday, don’t bother. Put your junk out on the curb on Friday instead. The regular Friday collection routes will also experience a one-day delay. Don’t put electronics or bulky items out. They’ll get covered by snow.

Those needing shelter during the storm can call 211 or go to the following shelters:
·        McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave
·        Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St
·        South Park Inn: 75 Main S

These will be open 24 hours during the storm.

We will update this as needed, but don’t expect any pictures of us sticking a ruler into a snowbank. Ain’t gonna happen.

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