Pipes in the Valley, in its 15th year, continued to attract crowds at the Riverfront on Saturday.
On Saturday, overlapping the Peace, Love & Music Together festival in Elizabeth Park, Envisionfest coordinated a number of activities and events primarily in downtown Hartford. A new addition this year was “Small State Great Beer,” a beer festival featuring beer brewed in Connecticut. (more…)
On Tuesday, Hartford Board of Education will be considering a resolution to de-magnetize the Journalism & Media Academy on Tower Avenue.
JMA was originally intended as a neighborhood school, as part of Weaver High, just down the road where Tower and Granby Street intersect. In 2013, the Connecticut State Department of Education wanted JMA to become a magnet school to serve the Sheff mandate.
Three years later, the Sheff mandate has not been met, and as a side effect, there are empty seats in the school. There are Hartford kids waiting to get into the school. They are waiting solely because those empty seats are held for white and Asian students.
When the decision was made to magnetize it, the plan was to have 400 students enrolled by this school year. The actual number of students at JMA is around 200. (more…)
Free summer meals are available to youth 18 and under at dozens of locations throughout Hartford. Statewide, over 600 locations — with more to be added as they are approved by the State — are offering the same.
In Hartford, Sunday meals are available at these locations: New Dimension Christian Center, Ebenezer Pentecostal Church, South Church, House of Restoration Church (Sat & Sun), Grace Worship Center Church, and Bible Way Temple Nation. (more…)
Friday, June 24, 2016 was the last day that the MIRA Trash Museum (previously, CRRA Trash Museum) was open to the public. The Trash Museum on Murphy Road opened its doors in 1992.
As you would expect, the museum provided information about recycling, upcycling, composting, recovering energy, reducing food waste, along with descriptions of the different types of landfills. The Temple of Trash gave visitors the chance to be grossed out, or to get nostalgic over relics like AOL discs, old cleaning products, toys, and board games. Trashion Fashion outfits were displayed in the gift shop.
Visitors had the chance to go on a scavenger hunt or make arts and crafts. The upper floor included views into the working recycling area; visitors were encouraged to wave at the workers, who would wave right back.
Staying true to the mission, parts of the museum will be packed up and sent to other institutions to be kept in use.