from 21 July 2014 march
From the moment Mayor Segarra stood in front of City Hall to announce his plan to relocate the New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford on the public dime, there have been unanswered questions:
How exactly would this (fully or partially) publicly-funded private business provide true economic development for the city? How many full time, living wage jobs would this create for residents of Hartford? Why were Hartford voters and residents excluded from the conversation until this was declared a “done deal” by the mayor? Why build in this location instead of at the existing Dillon Stadium near Colt Park? Why were key stakeholders in this area omitted from the secret dealings, finding out only after word of the deal reached the media? Why was a stadium not included in the Downtown North Plan and why is this able to displace the types of developments, like mixed-use residential, that had been discussed with residents for months? What kind of environmental studies have been done and how would the expected increase in traffic of this area impact Hartford’s already high asthma rates? Why did the mayor in his press release announcing that he wanted the stadium relocation agreement item withdrawn from the City Council agenda, fail to indicate that he would be making no effort to withdraw the related resolution for City purchase of 271 and 273 Windsor Street, a 2.08 acre vacant parcel considered necessary for the stadium development, a parcel that would cost the City of Hartford $1.7M?
Mary Sanders of Hartford
The meetings of people in opposition to the so-called “done deal” began back in June, with various groups gathering across Hartford. These smaller discussions merged after the first round of meetings happening over one weekend. Residents went from private living rooms to a centrally-located cultural space. Meetings went on during World Cup games, during the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, during a time of year when many are away on vacation. Those who are baseball fans have said they do not appreciate games being played when it comes to politics and tax dollars. Continue reading 'Alienated Public Demands a Voice in City Hall'»
Thursday’s actions in Hartford and New Haven were portrayed by organizers in a press release as a “walk off,” but that term does not seem to fit with what actually went on. At noon on Airport Road in Hartford, there was no dramatic exit of employees from the Dunkin’ Donuts as had been implied; instead, there was one employee from that location present at the rally, who had simply not gone in to work.
A few minutes before the announced start time of noon, protestors were actually across the street, on the sidewalk near Burger King. Two police cruisers were on the south side of the street, with officers telling activists repeatedly to get out of the drive-thru area.
The group, before the announced noon start time, apparently attempted to enter the Dunkin’ Donuts. I was informed that the door had been locked. America might run on Dunkin’, but this one was willing to cut off that fuel supply in Hartford as long as a few dozen people with a drums and a megaphone were nearby. The door was seen opening to allow a patron out, only to be immediately locked again. Continue reading 'BK Keeps Doors Open, Dunkin’ Cuts the Caffeine Supply'»
Without enough grain growing locally, Markham Starr said, the remaining family-owned dairy farms in North Stonington have it trucked in from outside of Albany. Is that sustainable?
Markham Starr, photographer and author of Down on the Farm: The Last Dairy Farmers of North Stonington, spoke at the Dairy Farms in Connecticut: Change and Continuity gallery opening last week. Knowing only this obstacle in feeding many head of cattle may bring into question the future of farming in Connecticut, but in fact, it is hard to leave the exhibit feeling pessimistic.
This is the first exhibit of occupation-based art hosted by the Institute for Community Research. Most of the walls are covered by Starr’s stunning photographs taken over the span of one year in his hometown. During this time he also interviewed the farmers. Their words serve as the labels below each photograph, adding more dimension to their lives and work. Here are two of the many:
Continue reading 'Lactose Tolerance: Dairy Farms in Connecticut'»
“In the huge slum area known as El Fanguito” / San Juan, Puerto Rico / January 1942 / Photo by Jack Delano
Continue reading 'FSA Photographer’s Centennial Exhibit at Trinity College'»
Mille Soto and Rob Harrison speak at the Hartford Rising Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Rally at the Clark School in Hartford
A school is determined to be in need of help; instead of consulting with the community about how improvements should be made, there is an attempt to turn it over to a quasi-public management company. When parents and community members speak out, this is dropped– for the time being — only for another school in a different neighborhood to be told it should be given away. Again, parents and community members speak out. The matter is not settled entirely, but it appears that the people will retain some control over their own schools.
In the neighborhoods where these schools are located, it is sometimes easier to get a beer than affordable, nutritional foods. Continue reading 'Hartford Rising to Create a Community Bill of Rights'»
Practically invisible at a glance, a door to the far right of the patio gives entrance to the Kitchen at Hartford Public Library, a small café and bakery that provides a welcome alternative to Dunkin Donuts.
Pre-packaged salads and parfaits filled a refrigeration case. Another display held small pies. The chalkboard promised sandwiches ranging from a white bean hummus with spinach and roasted tomatoes on caramelized onion focaccia, to a turkey with apple mayonnaise and cheddar cheese on ciabatta roll. Quiche and scones are some of the breakfast options.
Before the speeches and ribbon cutting this morning, café staff stayed in motion, replenishing the complimentary coffee, tea, fruit, and tray of walnut scones and cheese danishes. Continue reading 'A Tasty New Chapter for Library'»
The nonprofit organization reSET will be opening its Social Enterprise Incubator and Community Co-Working space to the public on June 27th. They say they want “hardworking, collaborative professionals and entrepreneurs to help us establish a culture of innovation here.”
A co-working space is essentially an office space shared by freelancers and entrepreneurs.
The space offers Wi-Fi, desk space and work tables, use of conference rooms and meeting space, and access to printing and copying.
Right now, those who have worked with reSET previously in some capacity are able to use the space before it opens to the general public in a few weeks.
For more information, contact 860-560-9120.
A flyer distributed outside of the under construction Capital Grille Restaurant claims that a subcontractor was issued a stop work order by the Connecticut Department of Labor for “misrepresenting employees as independent contractors.” Continue reading 'Front Street Labor Complaint'»
Female entrepreneurs might be interested in a free seminar about State and Federal Set-Aside Programs. From 9:30am-12pm, participants will learn about using government contracts, including how to navigate the new registration system, System for Award Management.
The May 10th seminar will be held at the Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Hartford, which is located in Butterworth Hall, 1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT. Registration is free.
One of Hartford’s public schools — Milner — was hastily handed over to be managed by Jumoke Academy, a charter school.
Less than one year later, Milner/Jumoke is seeking a new principal for the preschool-through-eighth grade elementary school.
From the job posting listed yesterday:
Continue reading 'Administrative Turnover at a Turnaround School'»