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.
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:
When volunteers spent a few days last year cleaning in and outside of the Burns School in the Frog Hollow neighborhood, some experienced something like culture shock upon seeing that Hartford’s schools do not receive equal maintenance. Despite those efforts, more work is needed.
On April 27th the community is invited to help with various projects at the school from 8am-1pm.
Children have requested that their bathrooms be more kid-friendly, so adding stencils to the walls will be one of these projects. The cafeteria needs painting. One wall of it will be covered in special chalkboard paint. Bulletin boards will also need refreshing. Outside, there is work to do in the garden, along with routine removal of litter and overgrown vegetation.
There’s no need to rsvp — just show up. Burns is on the block between Russ, Putnam, Mortson, and Park Terrace.
If you can’t wait that long to get your hands dirty, there are other community building (and cleaning) events planned. Continue reading 'Hands-on Community Building'»
Now that the initial sting of Fox-CT’s obscene coverage of Women’s Day has subsided, we can all agree that some reflection is in order. After all, the event did mark the 40-year-battle for gender equality in Connecticut.
The obvious takeaways: yes, the progressives’ disdain towards Fox News has been validated. And yes, the footage highlighted that even in a 21st century, blue state like Connecticut, the effects of misogyny and gender discrimination persist at best. Even though Fox was publicly shamed, I can’t help but wonder if they won this round at the end of the day.
Think about it. For those who weren’t able to attend the event, the only newsworthy piece of information revolved around the news outlet’s unfortunate—but unsurprising—distraction from the depth of the issues and their solutions. In Connecticut, full-time working women earn 78% of their male counterparts. The wage gap is even more drastic for African American women and Hispanic women, who earn 59% and 48% of what men earn, respectively (The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, Policy Agenda 2013). Violence against women, whether it’s domestic violence or sexual assault, abounds and causes costly long-term health problems for women everywhere.
But what does this mean for Hartford, where poverty and crime are concentrated more than anywhere else in the state? Continue reading 'Focus on Women, Not Fox News'»
There is no Ivy League college in Hartford, but that has not interfered with the resurgence of a writing culture here. Continue reading 'Hartford Writers: Beyond Harriet, Samuel, and Wallace'»