After a few months of riding a bicycle from Connecticut to Indiana, and back, it is only natural for one to launch a membership and fundraiser campaign for a community bicycle shop days after returning home.
Natural, that is, if you’re Tony Cherolis, who has been instrumental in getting BiCi Co., located at the Center for Latino Progress, up and moving.
BiCi Co. may not be the easiest concept to understand. but if you know what a maker space is, then it’s like that, but with bicycles and the ability to buy them.
Bike education classes were provided for youth there over this past summer, as a first step and as part of a summer youth employment service learning project. Thirty teens were paid for learning some safety and repair basics; they went on to fix up bikes for CRT’s Generations program. Continue reading 'Community Bicycle Shop Coming to Park Street'»
Photo by Christopher Brown
After sitting vacant for some time, following a few short-lived attempts at coffee shops and a bodega, 405 Capitol Avenue is being put back into use. Continue reading 'Coming to 405 Capitol'»
The first ever Hartford Fashion Week put Union Station’s woefully underutilized Great Hall into use this weekend, temporarily converting dead space into a showcase for local designers. Continue reading 'Hartford Fashion Week'»
The Sport and Medical Sciences Academy hosted convocation on Monday.’Convocation’ is a fancy word for ‘professional pep rally.’ All the district teachers come together to be given the uplifting messages needed before entering another year. Continue reading 'Does Equity Extend to the Parking Lot?'»
“Why isn’t the mayor here?”
That was the first question asked by an audience member, before the official time for questions began — before anything really began — at the Business for Downtown Hartford’s “Candid Conversations” event. Continue reading 'Conversations with the Candidates: Impressions'»
Hartford joined around 1600 other locations in protesting against Walmart today, Black Friday. Continue reading 'Black Friday: Picketing for a Living Wage at Walmart'»
Kryptonite? Rock candy? Who can know?!
With all seats in The Society Room filled, Mayor Segarra greeted the crowd with remarks about a woman at a previous event unrelated to social enterprise, doing “Reggaeton perreando.” That comment extinguished anything that may have seemed too zany about the superhero-themed Social Enterprise Awards.
For those not fully indoctrinated, “social enterprise” sounds jargony. All it means is that instead of only seeking to fatten their wallets, business owners first strive to improve conditions for humans and the environment.
On Tuesday, reSET — a social enterprise trust on Pratt Street — presented seven such companies with awards for their vision.
Will Haughey — one of the co-founders of Tegu Corp. — gave the keynote about how he and his brother decided to work with Honduran cooperatives certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to make the toys from mature trees. When getting started, they considered what to make, observing that most of the major exports from Honduras were “low quality.” Continue reading 'Social Entrepreneurs Awarded'»
Unemployment has not been a new topic of conversation in the city, but on the day of the big vote, there was a lot of talk about what might give Hartford a much-needed economic boost. Too many people struggle to provide for their basic needs, for their families.
Meanwhile, on that same day, ten individuals were arrested for doing their jobs. Continue reading 'Crackdown on Jobs'»