2014 Crime Stats

By , January 14, 2015 8:36 am

With the release of the 2014 Year End Crime Data, the Mayor’s Office claims there has been a “steady reduction in crime,” particularly in “Clay Arsenal, North Meadows, North East, Blue Hills and Upper Albany.”

The Hartford Police Department routinely releases crime stats weekly, not just at the end of the year. Before celebrating or getting cynical, it’s worth knowing what the numbers actually mean.

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Place this Place

By , January 12, 2015 10:30 am

Where is this? If you know, leave a comment below.

Goodbye/Hello on Pratt

By , January 10, 2015 1:22 pm

Tamarind Grill & Bar on Pratt Street has closed. In its place, another Thai restaurant will open.

Hello Parkville App Demonstration Friday

By , January 8, 2015 5:00 pm

If you want to see how the still under-development Hello Parkville app will work, go to Real Art Ways at 5 on Friday.

This app will send push notifications to nearby devices that have downloaded the program. It will provide a list of events, entertainment, and discounts within the Parkville neighborhood.

The “beacons” — 100 in allĀ  — that will detect when devices are in the vicinity will be managed by the City, and those nonprofits and business owners who purchase them for $250 apiece. This will entitle the business/nonprofit to use the beacon for one year.

A Community Development Block Grant has funded the app, which is part of what the City calls “a larger business and community development strategy.” The City says it is seeking ways to expand so that similar strategies are used in additional neighborhoods.

Three Kings Day Parade on Park Street

By , January 7, 2015 8:30 am

Dr. Ramon Jiminez of Hartford Hospital seems to enjoy his ride down Park Street

Every January 6th, three camels are led down Park Street, starting near the Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA) office. Continue reading 'Three Kings Day Parade on Park Street'»

Get Out of the Cold: Shelters and Centers Open

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By , January 6, 2015 1:59 pm

The City of Hartford has begun taking its routine precautions as the temperatures remain below 25.

Shelters that will operate around the clock include:

  • Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St., (860) 724-4823
  • McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave., (860) 722-6922
  • Open Hearth: 437 Sheldon St., (860) 525-3447
  • South Park Inn: 75 Main St., (860) 724-0071

Warming centers will remain open at variable times:

The Voting Situation

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While the Committee of Inquiry — filled with City Council members — is presumably inquiring on matters related to the Hartford Registrars of Voters, others have taken action about alleged problems during the last election, and the one before that.

What Would Constitute a Denial of Voting Rights?

In November 2013, former Hartford resident Julie Beman schlepped all over the city to ensure she voted. She filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission against Democratic Registrar of Voters Olga Iris Vasquez and other election officials.

Over one year later, the SEEC completed its investigation Continue reading 'The Voting Situation'»

Place this Place

By , January 5, 2015 8:15 am

If you know where this is, leave a comment below (read comment policy first).

Winner is the first person to give the most accurate street address or intersection.

First Ice of the Year

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Scenes from the Sidewalk: The Good Word

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Spotted at Christ Church Cathedral — Church and Main.

Sign faces north.

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