February 2015 Events

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By , January 27, 2015 3:27 pm

Art Sled Derby 2014

Each month we collect and search for events happening in Hartford, but there comes a time when a relationship feels like the give and take is not balanced. So, we decided for February to only publish events that were sent in. If this list looks sparse, that is why. It shows how much is sought out, rather than submitted.

If you want your organization’s events posted in the future, send them to realhartford@gmail.com by the 25th of each month. For instance, if you have an event in March, get that info to us by February 25.

Feb 1

  • The Other Son screens at the Wadsworth Atheneum today at 2. This film, presented with Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, Inc., is about two men — one Israeli, one Palestinian — who were accidentally switched at birth. $9 general admission.
  • The Hartford Jazz Society, WWUH 91.3FM, and Hartford Public Library present another afternoon of music. The Baby Grand Jazz series is sponsored by the Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation. What this means? You can show up at the Hartford Public Library at 3 today and enjoy an hour of music by Jolie Rocke Brown without any admission fee. Show up early to claim your seat.
  • Our Balls Are Inflated at the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective. Doors open at 6p.m. This is a community viewing of the Super Bowl. They say, “Not a football fan? Come anyway. Watch Idina Menzel perform the National Anthem, John Legend will sing and Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz do the half time show, and of course, all those commercials that people will be talking about for days afterwards.” There will be some snacks and soda provided. Visitors are welcome to bring own food/drink, but no alcoholic beverages. The HGLHC is located at 1841 Broad Street. Continue reading 'February 2015 Events'»

Learning Curb: Flaky Parking

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Although Mayor Segarra was careful to say “As of 1:00am we had full compliance with our parking ban,” it is worth noting that a FOX CT NEWS vehicle was parked in front of City Hall during Monday’s City Council meeting– hours after the parking ban went into effect. There are nearby parking lots, including the one located directly behind the building.

This is not the first time we’ve spotted mainstream media outlets behaving as if the laws do not apply to them.

Council Meets During Snow Emergency

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By , January 26, 2015 9:39 pm

Monday’s City Council meeting happened, despite Mayor Segarra having declared a snow emergency hours before and police telling motorists to stay off the roadways.

The public attendance was what one would expect during a blizzard– fewer than ten people took chairs, and many of those individuals were media.

The Stadium Authority ordinance passed with Deutsch (WF), De Jesús (D), and MacDonald (D) all voting no:

Stadium Authority – Ordinance establishing the Hartford Stadium Authority for the purpose
of owning the property on which the Minor League Baseball Stadium will be located, issuance
of revenue bonds for construction of the stadium, management of stadium construction,
and lease of the stadium to the City of Hartford which will sublease it to the baseball team.

For their grand exit, perhaps in honor of the snowstorm, the City Council spun its wheels as elected officials allowed themselves to fishtail through some procedural minutiae before skidding awkwardly to a stop.

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Winter Storm Information for January 26-28

By , January 25, 2015 9:27 pm

It’s winter. We’re in New England. Snow storms happen.

Mayor Segarra has declared a snow emergency effective at noon on Monday. The Emergency Operating Center will be activated later in the afternoon.

Emergency Shelter

Anyone in need of emergency shelter can call 211.

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

Parking Ban

A citywide parking ban begins Monday at 3 p.m. and is anticipated to last until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28.

This means that cars should not be parked on Hartford streets after 3 on Monday.

Motorists who do not have off street parking could (1) ask to park in driveways belonging to friends and neighbors, or (2) park in any number of lots available during the parking ban. These lots include those at public schools (Hartford Public School employees will be dismissed at noon on Monday, making those lots open), along with the following: Morgan Street Garage, 2 Holcomb Street, Keney Park entrance lot at Ridgefield, KDA Center lot at Naugatuck Street, Pope Park Rec Center lot, Metzner Center lot on Franklin Avenue, Colt Park lot at Wawarme Avenue, and the lots in Elizabeth Park.

The City of Hartford says: “Residents should remove their vehicles from the lots promptly following the end of the parking ban and contact the Hartford Police Department with questions at (860) 757-4000. The cost for retrieving a towed vehicle is $93.59. An additional $99.00 ticket will be issued which owners are responsible for paying before the answer date.”

This should be common sense. Fewer cars on the street means plows can clear wider paths for travel. It also means less of a chance that your car will be accidentally smacked by a plow truck.

(UPDATE) Driving Ban

Governor Malloy is imposing a travel ban beginning 9p.m. on Monday. This is in place until further notice.

Emergency response and recovery vehicles will be the only ones permitted on the roadways.

Snow Removal

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

Fire hydrants should be cleared of snow. Do you want firefighters having to take time to shovel first before putting out a fire near you?

Other Services

Recycling and trash collection will not take place on Tuesday.

Hartford School Moving to West Hartford?

The proposal to move Montessori Magnet — currently housed in the Moylan and McDonough Schools — to a site in West Hartford has not been warmly received by all.

The school’s PTO says the proposed move was only made public on January 16, days before it was discussed at the January 20 Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Schiavino-Narvaez said she met with the School Governance Council twice, along with the PTO president. Parents had been contacted during discussions, she said.

While there has been a search for a permanent home for the magnet school for the past six years, not all in the school community had a location at the American School for the Deaf on North Main Street in West Hartford in mind.

Dr. Shelley Best, at the recent Board of Ed meeting, opposed this move: “Montessori education [...] has the stereotype of being something that’s really available for the elite and the suburban,” she said, and moving it into the suburbs would only drive that home. Continue reading 'Hartford School Moving to West Hartford?'»

Scenes from the Sidewalk: Freeze!

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Seen in Frog Hollow Continue reading 'Scenes from the Sidewalk: Freeze!'»

Winter Storm Information

By , January 23, 2015 5:16 pm

The City of Hartford has declared a parking ban effective at 12:01 Saturday morning (just past midnight tonight) lasting through 11:59 p.m. on Saturday.

The purpose of a parking ban is to allow plow trucks to remove snow from the roadways. Vehicles should be parked in public school lots or at these other locations for the duration of the ban:  Morgan Street Garage, 2 Holcomb Street Lot, Keney Park Entrance Lot at Ridgefield Street, KDA Center Lot on Naugatuck Street, Pope Park Center Lot via Park Terrace, Metzner Center Lot on Franklin Avenue, Colt Park Lot via Wawarme Avenue, and Elizabeth Park lots. Continue reading 'Winter Storm Information'»

Bicycles for Attendance

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Six SAND Elementary School students who have had perfect attendance this school year through the month of December will receive free bicycles.The Clay Arsenal neighborhood school will hold its celebration this morning.

The locally-grown Julio Lozada Foundation, which also awards college scholarships to Latino youth, is the sponsor of this giveaway.


I-84 Preliminary Alternatives

By , January 22, 2015 8:14 am

The much-promoted “Public Scoping Meeting” offered residents the opportunity to share thoughts about the future of the I-84/Aetna Viaduct, but little in the way of new information.

Easels lined a room in the Hartford Public Library, showing the interstate’s current state, environmental concerns, goals of the project, and preliminary alternatives to what now acts as a visual and physical barrier between north and south neighborhoods.

For those following this endless conversation, the possible changes offered at Wednesday’s meeting by the I-84 Hartford Project were not completely fresh. To overview: Continue reading 'I-84 Preliminary Alternatives'»

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