Suggestion Box: More Festive Winterfest

By , January 2, 2015 7:56 am
Winterfest is no longer a brand new thing. There has been time enough to iron out the kinks, yet, kinks remain. Since June, residents have been essentially ordered by the mayor to dream big, so here are some modest-sized dreams for improving upon what already exists.

Gimme Shelter

The rink has already been closed several days this season when it has been cold enough for ice to exist, but the skating surface got wrecked by a little drizzle. Extreme cold, extreme heat, and monsoons should close down Winterfest for a day now and then, but a little rain shower should not. A temporary canopy over the ice rink would provide shelter for skaters during light rain and would extend ice time. When severe storms are predicted, that canopy could be taken down and stored. We know that access to one of these exists — it has made appearances at Envisionfest.

At the very least, the Winterfest powers-that-be could redirect those wanting some public skating time to use the year-round indoor rink inside of the Koeppel Community Center on New Britain Avenue on days when the outdoor rink is closed. Continue reading 'Suggestion Box: More Festive Winterfest'»

Happy New Bus Shelters

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By , January 1, 2015 9:09 pm

The sidewalks along Park Street near the under construction busway station have been challenging to navigate for months, with both sides torn up simultaneously. More of the walkway has been made walkable in recent days. Along with that, two bus shelters have been installed between Bartholomew Avenue and Pope Park Highway.

Free Roadside Assistance Continues Citywide

By , December 31, 2014 9:30 am

Hartford Guides will be providing light roadside assistance citywide, thanks to a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The service will initially be available Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., but days and times might be adjusted to fit the demands for service.

If you need a jump start, they will provide it free-of-charge.

Other services include emergency refueling and tire re-inflation. If you lock your keys in the car, they will help with that. Those providing roadside assistance have been professionally trained. Call 860-462-0127 to reach the roadside assistance vehicle.

This service has been offered since 2000, though at that time it was only available in the central business district.

Kee Borges Resigns

By , December 30, 2014 6:51 pm

As has been typical of the Segarra administration, major news announcements continue to be made past the end of the typical business day. At 5:01 p.m. today, the mayor formally announced that Saundra Kee Borges, Corporation Counsel, is resigning effective January 30, 2015.

Deputy Henri Alexandre will serve as the Acting Corporation Counsel.

Place this Place

By , December 29, 2014 10:30 am

Leave a comment if you know what street intersection this is closest to. Bonus points if you have even more information (in addition to the street intersection).

January 2015 Events

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By , December 27, 2014 4:25 pm

January 1

  • While everyone else is hungover, go to the ice rink in Bushnell Park — 11a.m-8p.m. Free ice time, free skate rentals.

January 2

  • GAZE: The gay happy hour is tonight at Real Art Ways, 5:30. Free

January 3

  • Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society today, 9-5. This is good for all museum galleries, but not the research center. Family programming is planned from 10-1. Artist Robert Charles Hudson will be painting from 10-2. CHS is located at One Elizabeth Street.

January 4

  • Eli Yamin, along with Lakecia Benjamin, Jennifer Vincent and Craig Haynes will kick off the 2015 Baby Grand Jazz series at the Hartford Public Library, 3-4 p.m. This is free and open to the public. Get there early if you want a seat!

A Sign from Above

By , December 23, 2014 2:02 pm

The signs have finally been posted in various locations at Heaven Skatepark. Happy Festivus to them!

Greenway Gets Greener

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KNOX planted ten new trees along the East Coast Greenway Continue reading 'Greenway Gets Greener'»

Most Best Awesome Superlatives of 2014

By , December 22, 2014 10:07 am

There are people who hate year-end lists because it sounds like the creator is putting out some clickbait while spending his days going to Christmas parties.

We’re using this opportunity to review the operation of the city and the City– what helped to build up Hartford and who needs to have a time out to think about what he has done. Continue reading 'Most Best Awesome Superlatives of 2014'»

Place this Place

Everyone’s brains are probably on vacation, so this week’s Place this Place is super easy. What street is this on?

The first person with the most accurate response wins the right to be smug for 24 hours.

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