Art Sled Derby 2015

By , February 14, 2015 6:16 pm

For the third year in a row, the Art Sled Derby brought hundreds of people to Elizabeth Park. Saturday’s free event attracted children, college students, and people who should be old enough to know better than to ride items down a hill that could potentially impale them.

Dave Mourad gets a push from Heather MacFarlane. He proposed to her just moments before.

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Storm Info: February 15, 2015

Emergency Shelter

Anyone in need of emergency shelter can call 211.

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

Snow Removal

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

Parking Ban

There will be yet another parking ban, reportedly beginning at 12:01 Sunday morning and ending at 6 on Sunday evening. This is according to the City of Hartford website. No email was sent by the mayor’s communication team.

The norm had been to give residents four hours to remove vehicles from public school and other approved lots, but the time frame was significantly shortened during the last storm. This time, no grace period has been announced.

Valentine’s Day in the City

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By , February 11, 2015 6:26 pm

To start the day, stop by City Hall at 10 a.m. to catch a last minute meeting. This is a “special meeting” dealing with the Hartford Stadium Authority. The item for Saturday:

Stadium Authority. Ordinance authorizing the City to lease the land, on which the stadium will be built, to the Stadium Authority and to lease the stadium back from the Authority after it is constructed.  (Segarra).
There is no word if Mayor Segarra or City Council will be holding any special meetings to address the snow removal efforts that have left city streets headache-inducing for the last few weeks.
After you have had your fill of that spectator sport, head over the Elizabeth Park — with roads being what they are, you might need to carve out two hours for that schlep — for the Art Sled Derby. There is no fee to watch or participate. This is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

Stadium: Paying and Digging

By , February 10, 2015 6:26 pm

The City of Hartford has announced that Fat Tuesday will be the day of the stadium groundbreaking.

If you are wondering about how it’s going to get paid for, here’s something about that:


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In addition to the stadium, the City of Hartford says that  “the new mixed-use neighborhood will include a supermarket of up to 50,000 square feet, a brewery, new housing, retail, [and] restaurants.”

Snow Storm Aftermath

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Here are the numbers released by the Hartford Police Department:

Vehicles towed during Monday’s storm: 10

Vehicles towed during last week’s: 515

Tickets issued for violating parking ban on Monday: 49

Tickets issued for violating parking ban last week: 733

The HPD says there was more compliance this time.

How are the streets? Is yours plowed curb-to-curb?

Neo-Puritans and Political Sex Scandals

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By , February 9, 2015 7:48 am

Note: This was written in October 2011 in anticipation of a mayoral candidate’s decades’ old personal history being released as a way to fling mud. It has sat dormant as a draft until now, since that “news” was just published elsewhere. I will be providing no links to that material and will let this piece speak for itself. Continue reading 'Neo-Puritans and Political Sex Scandals'»

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Storm Info for 2/8-2/10

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By , February 8, 2015 4:10 pm

According to one of the mayor’s spokeswomen, there is a parking ban in Hartford from midnight of Sunday/Monday until 6a.m. on Tuesday. Hartford Public Schools will be closed yet again on Monday.

As of publication, this message was not posted on the City of Hartford website nor sent via email.

We hope it’s safe to assume that the parking lots to be used during this parking ban are the same as from previous ones.

We will post updates here as we receive information.

UPDATE 8 Feb 2015 5:15 p.m.

A press release was just sent out saying that Mayor Segarra has “declared a snow emergency parking ban” effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday. Same lots as always appear to be available for residents who do not have off-street parking.

UPDATE 8 Feb 2015 11:35 p.m.

The City of Hartford has this notice posted on its website:

UPDATE 9 Feb 2015:

If you were hoping for another case of deja vu, here it is. The City of Hartford is again playing around with the time that the parking ban is over. They say that the parking ban is lifted at 6 on Monday and that residents must removed vehicles by 8p.m. There is no reason given for why the normal four-hour grace period is not provided.

Clark School to Stay Closed for 14-15

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By , February 5, 2015 7:37 pm

Because of PCBs, the Clark School will not reopen this school year. Students from that school were dispersed to others in the city and will remain in those temporary locations through the end of this school year.

City Responds to “Conference”

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By , February 4, 2015 6:52 pm

The City of Hartford has responded to the publication of the canceled “conference“:



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