Dispatching with Safety

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By , October 16, 2014 8:21 am

Nothing on the City Council agenda hinted at there being a shortage of emergency telephone operators, yet person-after-person in Council Chambers spoke about the need for more dispatchers.

The public learned that for approximately the last three months, some dispatchers have had mandatory double shifts almost every day. 16-hour shifts. Some members work over 100 hours each week. Continue reading 'Dispatching with Safety'»

Halloween and Day of the Dead Events

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By , October 15, 2014 6:40 pm

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The Little Park That Could

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In an area of Downtown, beyond the parking garages and towers, is a park that sits atop the I-84 tunnel. Two of its three segments — east of Main Street and west of Trumbull Street — are nothing more than vegetation and rarely used benches. The central piece, known as Heaven, has evolved from hosting underutilized four square and basketball courts, to attracting skateboarders, graffiti artists, and others. It has been featured in skateboarding videos and magazines.

Downtown North Plan Approved

As expected, the deal was voted through, with no nay votes but three abstentions: Larry Deutsch (Working Families), David MacDonald (Democrat), and Raúl De Jesús, Jr. (Democrat).

Before casting his vote, De Jesús said the serenity prayer in Spanish, then English. Continue reading 'Downtown North Plan Approved'»

Reader Questions About Downtown North Development

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By , October 13, 2014 5:30 pm

As the controversial Downtown North proposal goes to vote on Tuesday, there are still dozens of questions remaining unanswered, not to mention an outstanding FOIA request placed initially to Thomas Deller and Wayne Benjamin, and now to Maribel La Luz. Two camps seem to have emerged on this issue, and it’s not pro-stadium/anti-stadium. It’s those who find it reasonable to ask questions and expect thorough, detailed answers, and those who find critical thinking cringe-worthy.

We have been compiling reader questions since June. Here is what people still want to know about this project. Some reader questions were edited to add clarity:

  • What details exist on the retail space and potential tenants?
  • The City would be contributing land for the the construction of a brewery. Is it acceptable to use public funds to facilitate the production, distribution, and consumption of alcohol?
  • What would the rent be for the housing? Would this fulfill the demand for the type of housing that exists in Hartford?
  • How exactly would a stadium drive development? Give details. How has this occurred in cities that are comparable to Hartford in terms of population and wealth?
  • Why isn’t there a proposal without a stadium?

Place this Place

If you know where in Hartford this is, leave a comment below. Continue reading 'Place this Place'»

Night Fall Entertains Children with Puppets and Dance

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By , October 12, 2014 3:15 pm

Some towns have apple festivals. Continue reading 'Night Fall Entertains Children with Puppets and Dance'»

Into the Light: Conservation of Art

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Through October 26th, paintings from the Kress Collection will be on view in the Widener Gallery at Trinity College.

“Into the Light” features Italian, British, and American Old Master pictures. Four of these recently underwent conservation treatment. The exhibit explains these processes, showing before-and-after images; without the “before” image, the areas of distress and damage would be invisible to the untrained eye.

The art work includes landscapes, portraits, and religious panels. Historic pigments and the associated raw materials are displayed (pictured).

The gallery, inside Austin Arts Center, is open 1-6 p.m. every day except for Sundays.

21st Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon

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By , October 11, 2014 9:07 am

Ready

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DPW Audit

By , October 10, 2014 5:03 pm

The City of Hartford’s Department of Public Works was recently audited. The resulting report includes details such as the cost of a part entered incorrectly (“$5,180 instead of $5.18″) and how 30% of the parts inventory is either overstocked or obsolete.

Works Equipment Services Division Accounts and Operations Audit

Management has been given until the end of 2014 to take action.

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