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¿Ausente? Indeed. The gymnasium of St. Anne / Immaculate Conception Church on Park Street was recently the venue for a true community dialogue about the history and current state of the Latino vote in Hartford. The dialogue did not dwell in the past, nor did it center on the panelists’ contributions, as audience members readily joined in. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 22, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/democracy/realhtfd_052213.asp

2008 Public Sector Executive Of The Year: Louise Blalock: Chief Librarian Hartford Public Library The appeal and use of the Hartford Public Library has grown under the helm of retiring Chief Librarian Louise Blalock. This is the reason she has been named the 2008 Hartford Business Journal’s Public Sector Executive of the Year. Blalock’s 14-year tenure marks the end of an era of unmatched expansion and recognition of Hartford’s library system. In 2001, Blalock was named the National Librarian of the Year by the Library Journal, and in 2002 the library won the National Award for Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Service. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 20, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/hbj_112008.asp

2009 Safe City Overview In this year-end report, the Hartford Police Department reports that serious crime has declined slightly in 2009, although aggravated assault and burglary increased significantly. (PDF document, 19 pages) Published by Hartford Police Department ; Publication Date: January 11, 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/2009_Safe_City_Overview.pdf

2012 Farmers’ Market Season The addition of a farmers’ market at the Chrysalis Center on Homestead Avenue will bring the number of such markets in Hartford up to seven — eight, if you include the one at the regional market. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 20, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/realhtfd_052012.asp

A Bad Decision Made Even Worse Mike McGarry expresses the opinion that it’s now up to our state legislators to stop the madness on the corner of Farmington and Broad. City planners are trying to build Pathways to Technology Magnet School on that tiny spot. In addition, there is a proposed plan to change the roads around the space – despite tremendous public opposition. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 26 - May 3, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_news_042606.asp

A Bank Flees, And A Company Cleans Up Its Mess Helen Ubiñas writes: If you haven't already heard: Bank of America closed its Barbour Street branch at 2 p.m. on March 26, 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_022510.asp

A Big Help To Hartford Hartford has its challenges, as is obvious, but also its strengths. One of those is the good number of small businesses along the city's major avenues. An agency that has played a key role in this positive development is quietly celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The Hartford Economic Development Corporation, known as HEDCo, was started by the Hartford Chamber of Commerce in 1975 to retain and develop small business and other economic activity in the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 23, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_112310.asp

A Bitter Development The Hartford Courant comments on the recent move by the city of Hartford to serve developer David Nyberg with more than a dozen cease-and-desist orders last month for a project involving a dozen apartment buildings in the city's Asylum Hill neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 01, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_090108.asp

A Career Gets A Trim Queen City Barber Shop closed at the end of June, 2006. The owner, Luigi DeMarco has cut hair for more than 60 years, but will be retiring since the building his shop is in, the former Hastings Hotel and Conference Center, will soon be the Connecticut Culinary Institute. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 29, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_062906.asp

A Catalyst for Redevelopment The Upper Albany Development, Inc.'s ideas for the vacant lot at Albany Ave. and Woodland St. are being put slowly into action after gaining Mayor Perez and the city's support. Difficulties in negotiating with Exxon Mobil, however, have developed over the rights to the lot, where a gas station stood about four years ago. The project is estimated to cost between $400,000 and $800,000. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 4, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_040405.asp

A Celebration Of Accomplishments, Goals Latinos/as Contra SIDA, a Hartford-based community services agency that provides care and services to people with HIV/AIDS, celebrated its 20th anniversary recently with the announcement of a new name and a new project that will expand its outreach to families in need. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 24, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_032406.asp

A Chance To Heal Hartford’s I-84 Scar The Aetna Viaduct has reached the end of its useful life. After more than 40 years of service, the elevated highway between Hartford's West End and downtown must either be torn down, renovated or redesigned. The best option is to redesign the highway to reduce its impact on the city without reducing its usefulness, by bringing it to ground level in some places and covering it in others. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 02, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/Transportation/htfd_courant_080209_1.asp

A City Officer Faces Arrest A grand jury investigation has called for the arrest of Robert Lawlor, a police officer who shot and killed Jashon Bryant in the North End. The investigation's finding represented a small victory in the ongoing effort to improve the often-fractured relationship between Hartford police and the city's African American community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_051706.asp

A Cleanup Will Help Fight Crime Columnist Stan Simpson suggests that until the city gets a cohesive plan to tackle quality of life issues in Hartford's neighborhoods, the incidence of crime won't change, even if there is a spike in arrests. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 16, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_021605.asp Related Link(s): Crime Beware, Comstat is Here ; Police Report for the City of Hartford

A Close Call for Community Programs Trinity College's urban programs that were heavily supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation expired in June, leaving questions about their future. The college decided to merge some urban programs and fold their costs into the school's thin-stretched operating budget. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 11, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_081105.asp

A Community in Mourning In this tribute to Hartford Police Department Chief Daryl Roberts, who recently announced his retirement, the author hopes that the Chief’s leaving will not negatively impact the growing trust between the police and the community. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 01, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_news_100111.asp

A Community Land Trust in Hartford? Heather Brandon has been considering potential private sector solution to the problem of blight: community land trusts. The land trust model is often conceived as useful for protecting natural resources. Urban resources can similarly be protected. Published by Urban Compass ; Publication Date: September 30, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/ucompass_093010.asp

A Corrosive Quality Of Life This article presents one person’s opinion about public safety in Hartford. Hartford's pathetic response to crime is nothing if not consistent. For decades the city has suffered horrific crimes, followed by bizarre statements from public officials, ending in a flurry of heartfelt inaction. But these periodic sprees mask the true problem in Hartford, and it is not serious crime. It is the tolerance of elected officials for the inappropriate behaviors that occur daily throughout the city. It is this tolerance that has infected Hartford and is choking the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_061208_1.asp

A Courthouse Rally? Why Not Rally Together? Helen Ubiñas writes about a rally in support of Hartford police held recently at Hartford Superior Court. A suited-up police union President Richard Rodriguez delivered a prepared speech about the dangers of being an officer, the need for tougher penalties for those who assault them and, more important, respect for those men and women in blue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 03, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_120309.asp

A Crime-Fighting Overture For years, the drunks and drug dealers and hookers who hang out at Hartford's Barnard Park have been all but oblivious to the city's efforts to get them to leave. But now the people who live and work nearby are turning to a new weapon in their effort to reclaim the park. Classical music. A small band of neighbors is working with the police department to enlist Beethoven, Brahms and Vivaldi in their campaign to clean up one of the city's most notoriously abused public spaces. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 4, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_030406.asp

A Day Of Sobering Tributes Mothers United Against Violence urged the city of Hartford to get behind the anti-violence campaigns and to work to make their streets safer as residents mourn the loss of those who have fallen victim to gun violence in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_061205.asp

A Death In Putnam Heights Recently a burglary at 124 Park Terrace became deadly. Threatened by a pair of intruders when he entered his house, the owner who had been renovating the house grabbed a knife and fatally stabbed one of them in the chest, police said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 9, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_060907.asp

A Dream For Weaver Superintendent Steven Adamowski has named a new Weaver renovation steering committee. The group of school employees, parents, students and community members will begin meeting in June to develop plans for renovating the struggling school in the city's Blue Hills neighborhood by 2016. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_053111.asp

A Farewell Of Note More than 1,000 family, friends, students and musicians said goodbye to Jackie McLean in song and prayer recently at the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where he received his first saxophone as a boy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 8, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_040806.asp

A Food Pantry for the Future Three Hartford nonprofits have teamed up to launch a food pantry that will serve the region's poor with fresh food and dignity. Unlike most food pantries, which are consigned to church basement closets or the odd corners of town buildings, this pantry in the Upper Albany neighborhood will offer fresh food in a setting reminiscent of a small supermarket, complete with little shopping carts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Homelessness/htfd_advocate_053107.asp

A Food Super-Pantry Welcome to the future. Freshplace, a super food pantry housed in what once was an old dairy in Hartford's North End, is the product of five years of planning in an unusual collaboration among three heavy-hitting area nonprofits operating under the watchful eye of University of Connecticut researchers. Members can get food here, take cooking classes, enroll in job training and get plugged into social services that might help move them up the ladder, in an effort to move clients into greater self-sufficiency and less reliance on welfare benefits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_081211.asp

A Future That Colt Should Shoot For The success of Hope Artiste Village, in Pawtucket, RI, should hearten Hartford as it strives to remake itself as New England's rising star. Lance Robbins, whose company, Urban Smart Growth, has made rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings its specialty, has taken over the development of the Colt factory complex in Hartford. He hopes to restart the restoration of this National Historic Landmark and do for it what he did for the hulking Pawtucket anachronism — make it a cool and prosperous place to be. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 05, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_040509.asp

A Game, A Reunion The annual Thanksgiving Day football game between Weaver and Hartford Public high schools, fans say, is about more than just football. It is equal parts reunion, celebration and community gathering. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 23, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_112307.asp

A Gift For City Students If all goes as planned, the old M. Swift & Sons building in Hartford will be reborn as a school where volunteer teachers mold children into scholars. The emerging story of Nativity Preparatory School is a sign that good ideas can lead to something. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_122507.asp

A Gift Of Wigs Helps The Sick When the economy pushed Jangwon Son, a graduate of Pratt Institute, back to Connecticut to work full-time in the family's business, Son made the redesign of Hair City, their north Hartford shop, his special project. The bulk of their clientele is African American and Hispanic, says Son. Recently, the business donated wigs to the DIVAS Latina cancer support program at the Hispanic Health Council. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_030310.asp

A Good Sign For Hartford With so many corporations merging, downsizing and bailing out of the city, it's always encouraging when a company reaffirms its place in the local economy. And nothing says "We're here!" louder than 7-foot-high freestanding letters atop your roof. Over the past year, Aetna has added four such signs - complete with the company logo's somewhat whimsical dancing figure - to its headquarters on Farmington Avenue. The signs' brushed metal reflects the sun nicely and they are quite visible from I-84. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_061806.asp

A Good Year? Daryl Roberts entered his sixth month as Hartford’s police chief recently, and it looks like he has some cause for celebration. So far in 2006, the number of serious crimes in the city is down 5.4 percent from the same time last year and 17 percent from two years ago. Crime has been down each month since Roberts took over in July from former chief Patrick Harnett, but the statistics aren’t all good. Over the full year through November, figures for violent crime have been mixed. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 14, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_advocate_121406.asp

A Great Start on a Lifetime of Learning CRT Early Care and Education programs have been a constant presence for new generations of Hartford residents since their inception more than 40 years ago. Developed by a team from Yale University, CRT’s Head Start programs go beyond the traditional preschool classroom to encompass family services, nutrition, health screenings, special needs services, literacy initiatives and case management for all of its families. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 18, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_news_021810_2.asp

A Greater Hartford Starts With Caring Ted Carroll, president of Leadership Greater Hartford for 22 years, expresses the opinion that building community — making our world safer, more virtuous and more joyful for all of us — begins with personal connections and commitments. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_062508.asp

A Hartford Blue Jean Empire Hidden behind frosted glass in Parkville, Leigh Martin runs an empire that cranks out a million pairs of jeans a month and makes $130 million a year. Axis, a blue jeans designer and manufacturer, does business in New York, Connecticut and China. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 09, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_advocate_110907.asp

A Hartford Homecoming Author Michael Downs left Hartford at 3 years old, and Connecticut at 9 years old, but the city of his birth was never far from his thoughts, and inspired his recent book. In the book House of Good Hope, which borrows its title from one of the early names given to Hartford by the founding Dutch, Downs attempts to come to terms with his abandonment and his love of the city. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: May 08, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_050808.asp

A Hartford Oasis Two Hartford eateries, Sully's Pub and Lena’s First and Last Pizzeria recently celebrated 25 year anniversaries. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 14, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_061407.asp

A Home To Be Proud Of Since the late 1980s, Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford has turned vacant buildings into beautiful, affordable homes whose residents form an association similar to a cooperative. Now, the group has a new home of its own. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_031206.asp

A Huge Loss For Hartford Bob Hohler, executive director of the Melville Charitable Trust, died suddenly at the age of 78 while on a hike with his family in England. He knew homelessness as a poor child in Boston. He has kept many Hartford families from the same plight with Billings Forge, the Frog Hollow development that turned a forbidding neighborhood into a vibrant one. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/homelessness/htfd_courant_061511.asp

A Humble Man Who 'Loved His Country' Lemuel Rodney Custis, a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen and Hartford's first black police officer, was remembered at his funeral as a combat hero and a humble man who advanced the integration of the U.S. armed forces. Custis, 89, believed to have been the last member of the first class of black aviators to train at Tuskegee Institute, was buried with military honors at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 6, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_030605.asp

A Landmark Gets Its Due Recently, the weight of Samuel Colt’s legacy was officially acknowledged. A committee of preservation experts, architects and historians who advise the National Park Service voted to recommend the district of Coltsville as a National Historic Landmark. It is the highest honor the federal government bestows on properties of historic and architectural significance. It means that the 100-plus acres of Colt-related sites are closer to joining the company of the Grand Canyon, Valley Forge and Ellis Island as a National Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 09, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_120907.asp

A Legacy Of Caring Yvette H. Bello is the executive director of Latino Community Services, a nonprofit agency on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford. She grew up in the South End and earned an MBA from Albertus Magnus College. In this recent interview, Bello reflected on her life and work in Greater Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 05, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_030512.asp

A Lifeline from Park Street to South Sudan Park Street resident Shadrack Jolobi was named after a Biblical character who was cast into a fiery furnace but survived. Jolobi himself has survived an ordeal almost equally horrific: growing up in the war-ravaged country of South Sudan. Three years ago, Jolobi and part of his family made it to the United States after spending about five years at a refugee camp in Uganda. Jolobi, who is a tribal chief in Sudan, has joined with Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART) to collect donations of gently used clothing, toys, blankets, sheets, housewares and computer equipment to send to South Sudan. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 25 - May 2, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_news_042507_a.asp

A Lifetime Neck-Deep in Politics Ella Little Cromwell, now in her 80s, recently attended a celebration in her honor. Cromwell served on the Democratic town committee for 26 years and still holds a seat on the Democratic State Central Committee. She is perhaps best known for mentoring youngsters with political aspirations. She has always been a stickler about voter registration and participation in city politics and the NAACP. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 13, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_021305.asp

A Little TLC Mixed With Some OMG; Dispatches From Garden Street Three of Hartford's 20 homicides this year have occurred on Garden Street; another six nearby. Courant columnist Helen Ubinas and photographer Rick Hartford spend the week in and around the North End neighborhood talking to residents about living in, and surviving, one of Hartford's tougher neighborhoods. Here are excerpts from her blog from Monday, August 3, 2009, reporting past all the clichés and stereotypes and misconceptions of this North End neighborhood where Taylor Lewis lives. Taylor and her neighbors lovingly tend to their Habitat for Humanity homes - and gardens that would make any master gardener envious. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 04, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_080409.asp

A Looming Battle The dispute about minority hiring between Hartford's African-American Alliance and the Metropolitan District Commission, the quasi-governmental agency that's responsible for water and sewers in Hartford and eight surrounding communities is heating up. The MDC is under orders from both state and federal authorities to fix its leaky, antiquated sewer system that sends about a billion gallons of raw sewage into the Connecticut River every year. Preliminary engineering for the Clean Water Project launched in 2004 recently began. The question for the alliance and others is whether that work has already begun in earnest without the participation of Latino and African-American workers. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 18, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/environment/htfd_advocate_121808.asp

A Major Task Ahead for New Leader ONE/CHANE's new director shares his perspective on ways that ONE/CHANE can re-focus on community organizing and advocacy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 5, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_020505.asp

A Man With Dreams, Now Silenced Robert Banks Jr. of East Windsor died Friday, May 6, 2005 at St. Francis Hospital. He was shot in the wake of an intimidation campaign against a family that has agreed to testify in a murder case. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 12, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_051205.asp

A Meeting of HOPE City residents gathered to celebrate the difference Hartford Organizing for Power and Equality’s (HOPE) is making in the community at its annual meeting recently at Asylum Hill Congregational Church. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 14, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_news_021408.asp

A Memorial to Those Who Served A plan for a memorial to those who have served in the armed forces of the United States was recently presented to the Hartford City Council. The proposed location of this simple, but elegant, tribute to Hartford’s servicemen and women is the corner of Farmington Avenue and Broad Street. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 9 - 16, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Parks/htfd_news_050907_a.asp

A Merchant, Student Exchange The Micro Business Incubator Program, explained in this article, is a collaboration of Upper Albany Main Street, the University of Hartford's Barney School of Business and the MetroHartford Alliance that matches university students with Upper Albany merchants for individualized, on-site business assistance. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 8, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/courant_100804.asp HartfordInfo Data: Hartford City Neighborhood & NRZ Data

A Mom Mourns Again The youngest of Rhonia Green’s four sons, 18-year-old Oshane, died early on the morning of December 26, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, shot twice in the chest after a momentary altercation with a stranger in a grungy takeout joint on North Main Street. She lost another son to gun violence in Hartford on Labor Day weekend in 2003. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_122907.asp

A Mosque Grows on Franklin Avenue Most immigrant groups that have come to Hartford have followed a familiar path, be they Italian, Dominican or Jamaican. First come the people, then a few shops and restaurants, then a house of worship that also functions as a center of the community. That well-worn path is now being followed by Hartford’s Bosnian community. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 1, 2007
Document Link: /Issues/Documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_news_080107.asp

A Native Son Of Hartford Returns With A Big Charge Thomas J. May, recently became the CEO Northeast Utilities. May was raised in Hartford. He now heads what is now one of the nation's largest electricity and natural gas delivery firms. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_051712.asp

A Neighborhood Campaign: City Officials Announce Plans to Scour North End, South End for Quality-Of-Life Violations As part of a pilot "quality of life'' initiative, the city's building inspectors, rodent inspectors and health inspectors concentrate their efforts on a neighborhood in the South End and another in the North End, scrutinizing every house for quality-of-life violations, Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 26, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_102604.asp

A New Look for the North End Several groups and Hartford city officials have been meeting weekly for three months about improving the appearance and accessibility of northern Main Street from Terry Square to the Windsor town line. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 6, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_060605.asp

A New World for Colt Nearly $1.3 million in unpaid taxes may finally shake the old gun factory loose for a new developer. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 03, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_advocate_030309.asp

A New, Glitzy YMCA With the Jewell Street building slated for demolition, the Hartford YMCA opened its new downtown health and wellness center. The new facility has workout views of Trumbull Street, a spacious lobby, and a 21st-century look. It's a short walk from the old YMCA on Bushnell Park to its new home in the brand-new Hartford 21 complex. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_052006_a.asp

A Newcomer Regards Hartford Stan Simpson discusses a newcomer's impressions of Hartford: observations on the amenities that are taken for granted, and aspects of the city that may have never registered before. He concludes that the city has to embrace and promote what it is - a midpoint between Boston and New York with an eclectic mix of cultures, arts attractions and parks. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 28, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_012806.asp

A Nostalgic Trip Back To The North End's Old Neighborhood “Remembering The Old Neighborhood," a compilation of memories and photos of Hartford’s North End from more than 150 former and current residents captures a time long gone and a place now greatly changed. Its recollections span life during the Great Depression, World War II and the post-war boom. A project of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, edited by Joan Walden of West Hartford and designed by Cheryl Dauphin of Wethersfield, the book focuses on the Jewish experience of that time and place. But it also offers reminiscences from Italian, Irish and African American residents of the North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 19, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_071909.asp

A Park With Friends Like most urban parks across the nation, Pope Park fell on hard times in recent decades. Happily, The Friends of Pope Park, a nonprofit board (which happens to include Pope's great-grandson, Albert Pope III) has worked as industriously as the good colonel himself and recently unveiled the completion of the first phase of a comprehensive master plan to restore to its former glory this public resource. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 6, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Parks/htfd_courant_080606.asp

A Part to Play: Hartford Conservatory Should Have A Place In City's Cultural Future In this op-ed, the author discusses the history of the Hartford Conservatory, and its future. She suggests that to root for the city of Hartford is to root for the arts; the post-industrial city will be an arts center if it will be anything. There ought to be a role for the conservatory in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_062506.asp

A Pathetic, Uncaring Decision Stan Simpson comments on the Hartford Public Library's decision to shutter both the Mark Twain and Blue Hills branches to close a budget gap of about $870,000. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 02, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_070208.asp

A Peaceful Day On Martin Street Violence over the past several years has kept some residents of the North End neighborhood in Hartford in self-imposed lockdown. People have been killed and wounded, gunshots have peppered apartment buildings, and thugs are still too easily armed. But community activists, police officers and residents who gathered for a day of summer fun say there are people on Martin Street who work two or three jobs, want to live peacefully and want to give their kids a better life. The good news, according to residents and police, is that the violent atmosphere has calmed a bit. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 30, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_073006.asp

A Perfect Two In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that small infill projects, especially those that restore architecturally significant buildings, should be a big part of Hartford's revival plans. The recent dedication of a brick duplex in Hartford's North End went largely unnoticed. But, the Christian Activities Council celebrated the restoration of a historic but badly deteriorated "Perfect Six" apartment building on Edgewood Street. The houses were not restored to their original six apartments, but instead were made into side-by-side townhouses — a Perfect Two. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 29, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_062908.asp

A Pied Piper Of Jazz Is Remembered A recent ceremony was held at the Artists Collective, the nationally recognized arts center in Hartford's North End to honor and recognize Jackie McLean's vision and passion for teaching music to Hartford children. On the day he would have turned 75, musicians, community leaders, family and former students celebrated McLean's life through music and prayer. Speakers remembered him not just for his musical genius, but for the profound impact he had on thousands of youngsters who came through the Collective's front doors. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_051806.asp

A Place For Everyone La Paloma Sabanera, which closed recently, was a lot of things, but it was never your regular coffeehouse/bookstore. La Paloma — ironically, named for an endangered pigeon found in Puerto Rico — was one of the few places in Hartford — maybe in all of Connecticut — where the clientele was mixed. Opened in mid-2004 by the Cottos, the small shop was home to neighborhood children doing homework in the lending library upstairs, city activists intent on changing the status quo, city politicos intent on preserving it, and a rabble of others who found the Yauco Selecto coffee strong, the music bracing and the company challenging. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 27, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_122707.asp

A Place Of Many Sacraments In this commentary, Mark Winne suggests that gardening, especially community gardening, creates neighborhoods, roots, revival and renewal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 23, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_042306.asp

A Poet's Legacy: The Wallace Stevens Walk Among Hartford's literary luminaries over the past two centuries, Wallace Stevens is right there. Stevens is the poet some Connecticut people have heard of but never read. Stevens won a Pulitzer Prize, National Book awards and many other honors. the Hartford Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens HAVE created the Wallace Stevens Walk, which follows the route Stevens took every day from his home at 118 Westerly Terrace in Hartford's west end to his office at the Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co. building, Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 30, 2011
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A Political Storm Brews Within City There’s a political storm brewing in the 3rd Assembly District. An opponent has risen up, to take on five-term incumbent Minnie Gonzalez in the Democratic primary for State Representative.  Francisco (“Frank”) De Jesus is on the ballot running against her. Published by The Hartford Guardian ; Publication Date: June 21, 2006
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A Preacher In Hartford Realizes Helping Himself Is The Biggest Step Helen Ubiñas writes about Bishop M. Anthony Jones who was a promising Hartford pastor until he became addicted to drugs. Now, he has turned his life around and is trying to rebuild himself by rebuilding his church — and the success, or failure, of one has everything to do with the other. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2010
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A Prince In The City This Hartford Courant editorial is a tribute to Richard Weaver-Bey, who died recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2008
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A Raconteur Who Became A Gay Activist John Barlow was a man about town of modest means. He seemed to be at every art opening, every concert, every lecture. He had a host of friends, and was a conversationalist par excellence. He also was a gay activist, a calling he could not even have imagined as a youth or young man. Barlow, 77, of Hartford, died on June 27, 2011. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 18, 2012
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A Rebirth For Hartford's "Plaza Mayor"? A city corner that's been called the gateway to Hartford's Latino community is now a series of empty lots -- and efforts to develop them failed a few years back. But, city officials say they're ready to try again. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: December 07, 2012
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A Regional Citizen This Courant editorial celebrates the life of Latham Lee Allison, who died in August 14, 2008 at the age of 74. Mr. Allison, known as Lee, seemed to be wherever people were doing worthwhile things. His gentle and self-effacing manner masked a highly analytical mind, Mr. Allison was a corporate executive who voluntarily retired in his 50s to focus on community service work. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 20, 2008
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A Seat at the MDC Table If the Metropolitan District Commission fails to share a big enough piece of its $1.6 billion Clean Water Project pie with minorities, it won’t be because they weren’t warned. Both Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez and the legislature have taken pains in recent weeks to publicly state their expectations when it comes to the MDC’s responsibility to hire minorities. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: May 3, 2007
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A Seething Feud: A Violent Neighborhood Dispute Started As A Rumor Over A Stolen Bicycle A violent feud between rival groups of boys and young men living in the Nelton Court area and those living along Albany Avenue near Vine Street continues in the new year. At least nine young Hartford residents have been shot and four more have been stabbed because of the feud. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 2, 2005
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A Shared Prospect Joe Namnoun says he "chased" the house for 20 years. Built in 1980 by renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern, it stands amid historic mansions on Prospect Avenue in Hartford — the result of the rare subdividing of an estate there and possibly the only building lot to become available along that stretch of Prospect in a century. In 2005, he and his partner, interior designer Marianne Donahue, finally were able to turn their longtime dream into reality and make it their own. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 26, 2010
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A Short, Sad History Plaza Mayor was supposed to be the grand gateway to Park Street. Plaza Mayor, as this proposed gateway to the Hispanic community centered on Park Street is known, was to be filled with shops, condominiums, town homes and a main square facing the South Green from an expanse elevated above Park Street. However, the project has run into funding problems. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 02, 2008
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A Signature Site Elizabeth Brad Noel writes about the construction of the new Pathways to Technology Magnet School. She is convinced that the historic Hartford High location is a signature site because it provides easy access to employment opportunities. And it provides an attractive city location for suburban students, which will help meet the Sheff-O'Neill diversity mandate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 4, 2007
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A Slice Of Tradition On A Corner Of Franklin Avenue Mozzicato's DePasquale Bakery & Pastry Shop feels like family the whole year, but even more so at Christmas. No matter where their travels and travails take them through the year, regulars return every Christmas, on a pilgrimage to get their Italian pastries and to check up on one another. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 26, 2007
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A Small Church In A Small Neighborhood Has A Big Heart Grace Episcopal Church is swimming upstream — but then, that's not new for the scrappy little church in Hartford's Parkville neighborhood. The neighborhood, one of the capital's smallest, is home to cultural anchors like Real Art Ways, as well as restaurants and bakeries that offer food found in Portugal, Vietnam, the Caribbean, South America and Africa. The neighborhood had a history of diversity before diversity was a buzzword Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 05, 2008
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A Speck Of Scum Flows Into Progress Stan Simpson remarks on the daytime carjacking and shooting outside a religious school at one of the safest spots in North Hartford. The corner of Woodland Street and Albany Avenue is home to three community icons in the Upper Albany district - The Artists Collective; The Hartford-Area Seventh Adventist School and The Collin Bennett building. All provide numerous services and programs, including those for young people. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2005
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A Study Report for the Aetna Viaduct - Excerpts from the Final Version, Project 63-616 This document is the structural study for the first phase of the CT Department of Transportation reconstruction of the I-84 Viaduct. (PDF document, 11 pages) Published by Capitol Region Council of Governments
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A Sustainable City The most interesting ideas a recent One City, One Plan POCD meeting arose during the small group discussions. A theme throughout several of the group discussions was that of sustainable design, planning, zoning, and ordinances. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: December 09, 2009
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A Tale of Two Hartfords: The Wide Gap Getween Luxury Condos and Subsidized Housing The story of housing in Hartford today is a tale of two cities. In one case, the state invests over $35 million to spur private development of a new, residential downtown, a metaphorically gated community designed to lure well-heeled couples with no dependent children and cash to spend. If retail development takes off as planned, they won’t have to walk far to spend it. The tale of the other Hartford takes place in the surrounding neighborhoods, which are waking and shaking, blinking back to life--but still weighed down by poverty, less investment capital, neglected structures, and unmet needs for decent, dignified and affordable housing. Published by The Hartford Guardian ; Publication Date: Winter/Spring 2006
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A Teen Remembered Throngs of young teenagers, some in sweat shirts, more in their Sunday best, were asked not to leave their grief at the door of Victory Cathedral, where they gathered Saturday to mourn their friend Kerry B. Foster Jr. Kerry, 15, was shot and killed recently on the porch of his parents' Hartford home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 4, 2006
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A Thinker And Doer Hartford lost one of its great advocates when cancer took Linda Osten on December 20, 2007. Ms. Osten, 49, was a staff planner for the Capitol Region Council of Governments for several years before being picked to serve as chief operating officer of Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford. She lived in the city and was president of the Coalition to Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood, one of the most active neighborhood groups. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 26, 2007
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A Victorian Lady Reborn For Dulcie and Valerio Giadone, their home is much more than a place to live and enjoy their friends and family. It's an extension of their passion for Hartford, its people and its history. Their beloved community is so much a part of their lives that they made design decisions with their role as hosts to neighborhood meetings in mind. The empty-nesters live in a Queen Anne Victorian that has been the cornerstone of a neighborhood revitalization program on Ashley Street in Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 12, 2008
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A Vision Takes Shape In Park Street Revival Along Park Street, you'll see new sidewalks and curbs almost finished from Pope Park to Main Street; new housing with shops on the first floor near Squire Street; and new facades on some blocks. The Gitano Food Warehouse is about to open in the former Carlton Supply plumbing building. More is coming. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 1, 2006
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A Wager On Hartford: New York State Firm Buys 23 Apartment Buildings In $30 Million Investment Real estate experts say Hartford is becoming a more attractive market for apartment investors, especially from New York, where properties are much more expensive. The most recent and largest sale is of 23 buildings in and near Asylum Hill. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 4, 2005
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A Weekly Glance At The Recession This article profiles one example of how people in the Hartford area are making ends meet in the current recession. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 16, 2009
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A Working Partnership One of Hartford's most successful neighborhood revitalization efforts celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, known as SINA, a partnership of Trinity, Hartford Hospital and the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, continues to transform the south-central part of the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
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A Year After Violence Rang Out, West Indian Parade To Make Some Changes It's been a year since the parade celebrating West Indian independence wound its way up Main Street to the Windsor town line, wrapping up a week of food and celebration. It's also been a year since a relative of the city's police chief was killed and six juveniles were wounded by gunfire just as the parade ended. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 07, 2009
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Abandonment Issues A small, but determined group of Hartford residents gathered on the corner of Garden and Mather streets in the North End recently for a walking tour of blighted buildings in the neighborhood, and to continue to press city officials to do more to fight blight. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 18, 2008
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Abe Giles Goes Back To What He Knows: Politics Abraham L. Giles is on the ballot for state representative for the first time in 20 years. He's running to represent the 5th District, which includes both ends of Hartford's economic spectrum — the moneyed downtown business district and the impoverished North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 06, 2008
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Abe Giles, Longtime Politician and Advocate For Hartford's Poor, Dies At 84 Abraham L. Giles, an eight-term state representative and North End power broker hailed by his supporters as a tireless advocate for the city's impoverished, died Saturday, March 26, 2011. He was 84. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2011
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About That Lyric Theater Fund Helen Ubiñas writes that Councilman Luis Cotto clearly forgot that he asked her to stay on him about his plan to start a fund to save the remaining portion of the old Lyric Theater. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2010
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Accessory Apartments Are An Affordable Home Run Tom Condon expresses the opinion that accessory apartments, also known as in-law apartments, could solve the problem of a sufficient supply of affordable housing in Connecticut. But, accessory apartments violate zoning laws. In most of Hartford's residential zones, and those of many other municipalities, accessory apartments violate rules against the number of residential units per lot. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2007
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Acting Hartford Police Chief Has New Plan To Fight Violent Crime After nine months of fighting crime as head of the Hartford Shooting Task Force, James Rovella, now the city's acting police chief, is broadening his efforts. He's developed a new plan to help combat violence and address quality-of-life issues citywide. The effort is intended to build on the success of the shooting task force, which is credited in large part with a 50 percent reduction in homicides and an 8 percent drop in shootings over figures reported at this point last year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 06, 2012
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Activist In The Trenches Of Urban Health Roberto Garcia left his mark in Hartford as a community organizer with a strong interest in the health of Hispanics. Although he was an artist and a trained chef, he spent his life working with drug addicts, gang members and people infected with the AIDS virus. Garcia died Feb. 17, 2012 of a heart attack on a day off he had planned to spend with his family. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2012
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Activist Known As Minister Out On The Street Carl Dudley was an activist, an organizer and a maverick always ready to try to make a difference in his community. He died on April 22, 2009 Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2009
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Adriaen's Neighbors: Watchful As Ever Residents in the Sheldon/Charter Oak area have been vocal and active over the years with developers seeking to alter their neighborhood and are no less involved with Adriaen's Landing and the new Connecticut Convention Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 2, 2005
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Adults Should Snap To When Kids Want To Help Helen Ubiñas writes that here in Hartford, there's a school full of kids ready to help remake their city. Only problem is they seem to be the only ones. A group of students at Hartford Public High School have an idea that they should create a graffiti-free zone decorated by murals around their school, but they need help from adults to make it happen. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 25, 2009
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Aetna Gets Smart About Parking Aetna Inc. will begin charging its employees for parking in 2007. Beginning Jan. 1, parking fees will apply to all users of Aetna's garages and executive parking areas. Beginning in 2008, fees will also be charged to the users of surface parking lots, although those fees have not yet been established. This is a smart growth policy because it will encourage the use of other, less wasteful commuting options and allow the company to use less land for parked cars. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 24, 2006
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Aetna Project A Bold Statement The shortage and expense of parking in downtown Hartford and surrounding areas has long made it difficult to attract and keep businesses in the city. But in Asylum Hill, a $27 million project now underway will bring nearly 1,150 parking spaces to the corporate campus of health insurer Aetna Inc. The nine-level parking garage now rising above Flower Street is a prelude to the transfer of about 4,000 workers from the insurer's Middletown campus by the end of 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 24, 2007
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Aetna Viaduct: DOT Finally On Board Tom Condon applauds the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s decision to commission a report on how to redesign I-84, in particular the elevated stretch of the road known as the Aetna Viaduct, with the goal of creating a vital and mixed-use center city — similar to what was there before the highway was built. The report will look at the possibility of burying the highway, lowering and decking over it, or rerouting the interstate traffic and turning the highway into a boulevard. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2008
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After Capitol West: A New View Of Hartford’s Asylum Hill No one at the recent ceremony marking the end of Hartford’s Capitol West was at all sorry to see that the notorious eyesore would be knocked into rubble in the coming weeks. Not the least of which was Bernie Michel. Michel, the chairman of the neighborhood revitalization zone in Asylum Hill, said the razing of the building would do two things: open up a pleasing vista for motorists on I-84 west and convey that the city cares about what perception it projects. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 05, 2012
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After City Decision, Tastease Owners Still Plan To Close Doughnut Shop The two seating tables at Tastease can stay. But the husband-and-wife owners of the Parkville mini-doughnut and sandwich shop still plan to close June 30, 2012 when their city food license expires. Another potential buyer, a caterer in West Hartford, informed them in recent days that there would be no deal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2012
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After Financial Disaster, Roberto Clemente League Picks Up The Pieces Things looked bleak earlier this year for the Roberto Clemente Baseball League. Due to financial mismanagement that is still being investigated by city police, the league was tens of thousands of dollars in debt. But over the past few months, league officials received strong support from the community in the form of thousands of dollars in donations and new equipment. Last month, the more than 400 children in the league, which sponsors teams for children ages 5 to 16, were able to start playing baseball again. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2011
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After the Clouds, the Sun City Council President Shawn T. Wooden writes about the Hartford Hurricanes - and a community that never quit - brought light to our local community. The Hurricanes are a local Pop Warner football team that recently returned from Florida where they reached the national championship semifinals. When State Representative Doug McCrory brought to the City’s attention that the Hurricanes had no field to practice on, the Mayor and members ofthe City Council went to work to make sure a location was secured in time for the start of the season. Published by Northend Agent's ; Publication Date: December 19, 2012
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Agency OKs Eminent Domain Acquisition Of Capitol West The city's redevelopment agency has voted in favor of acquiring the blighted Capitol West building on Myrtle Street through eminent domain proceedings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2011
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Agency To Close Hartford Office At Year's End The Hartford office of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration, a federal agency that has helped Puerto Ricans in Connecticut register to vote, get birth certificates, find jobs, further their education and establish and maintain economic connections with the island, will shut its doors Dec. 31, 2006. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2006
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Agency Was Its Own Enemy Stan Simpson comments on the end of ONE/CHANE, the 19-year-old north Hartford community organization which closed its doors recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 3, 2006
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Aggression and Transgression in Parkville Real Art Ways is currently playing host to three separate exhibits centering on agents and victims of death. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: February 17, 2012
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Agreement Could Keep Chabad House Open A dispute may be nearing a close in the fight over whether an orthodox Jewish center for University of Hartford Students can stay open. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: March 15, 2011
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Agreement Reached To Buy Capitol West Building The dismal sight of the abandoned Capitol West building off I-84 that has become an unwanted city landmark will soon be gone. Under a negotiated settlement approved by a judge, the city will pay $1.7 million to buy the multi-story building at a key gateway to both downtown and the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 17, 2011
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AIDS Advocate Shifted The Focus To Living Linda C. Jordan, a prominent AIDS advocate whose international message that families dealing with the HIV virus should concentrate on living rather than dying, will be remembered at a funeralrecently. Jordan, who died at the age of 53, lived for 21 years after learning that she had the virus. Her message of hope - carried on 20,000 posters, banners and billboards - was delivered across the country as well as in India, Japan and Africa. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 9, 2006
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AIDS Services Slip Away Earlier this year, a change in how funds are distributed resulted in Hartford and New Haven receiving about half the money expected by organizations that work with people with HIV/AIDS. The cuts decimated some programs and greatly reduced others, and program officials are especially concerned about the effects of the cuts on non-English speaking clients, whose hold on their own medical care is more tenuous. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2007
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Albany Avenue Rising Albany Avenue is making a comeback. Comparing today with 1990 or even 2000 is to see measurable and remarkable progress. At a recent community meeting on "the Ave," the talk was about parking, streetscape improvement and group health care. The neighborhood has a strong and growing portfolio of small and medium-sized businesses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 6, 2005
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Albany-Homestead Corridor Besides hosting rundown buildings, vacant structures and lots, this corridor experiences the wear-and-tear of traffic; the Urban Land Institute says 17,000 vehicles travel on Albany Avenue and 13,000 on Homestead Avenue, daily. While there are plenty of institutions, restaurants, and other vendors along this corridor, navigating on foot or bicycle can be unpleasant, as the existing infrastructure favors motorized vehicles. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: April 03, 2013
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All-Night Problems Hartford city leaders are out to clean up the 24-hour convenience stores they say are all-night drug establishments and a plague on Hartford's neighborhoods. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 14, 2007
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Alleged Slumlord Targets Hartford Emmanuel Ku has topped New York City’s list of worst landlords and evoked the wrath and outrage of renters’ groups across three states. Now he wants to buy housing in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 06, 2007
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Allegro’s: The Tradition Continues Allegro’s Restaurant, a popular Franklin Avenue eatery, has moved on after the death of its founder. Giuseppe Misseri opened Allegro’s almost 35 years ago, and worked behind the counter for over 20 years and continued to work almost every day until his passing on February 21, 2009. John Speziale, his son-in-law, vows that the family will continue the tradition of service to the community – ready with hot coffee and a good breakfast or lunch no matter what the weather. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 26, 2009
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Alternatives to the Highway Through Hartford A consultant-led public workshop—the second of three in a series guided by Boston-based Goody Clancy—took place recently at the downtown Hartford public library. The focus: what to do about the highway through Hartford, specifically the section known as the viaduct. Published by Urban Compass ; Publication Date: March 26, 2010
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Always A Friend In The Drums Mokonje is a musical family of Liberian immigrants. Thanks to a teacher and fellow refugee who recognized their talent and a professional drummer who taught them technique, the family has found in drumming a way to heal and connect to the culture they left behind. Recently, their work culminated in a performance at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 26, 2006
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American Friend Helps Settle People Of Other Cultures Jody Putnam heads the refugee assistance program that operates out of Jubilee House, visiting the various refugee communities in the city. Jubilee House, a nonprofit center operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph, hosts a variety of social service and educational programs for residents from many ethnic backgrounds out of its center in the south end of the city, but Putnam spends much of her time on the road. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2008
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An Activist Librarian In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that some in city government think the librarian's role is simply to hand out books. Chief Librarian Louise Blalock took a broader view. She made the library a cultural and intellectual center of the community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 07, 2008
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An Agency Badly Needs Rescuing Columnist Stan Simpson sheds light on some of ONE/CHANE's difficulties and offers suggestions to the board and executive director. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/legalissues/htfd_courant_042005.asp Related Link(s): North End Agency In Battle for Survival ; Community Groups Finances Investigated

An Assault On Men Of Color Rev. Cornell Lewis comments on the false accusations of a white woman that a black man had sexually assaulted her in Bushnell Park last fall. He argues that her falsehood was an assault on men of color. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 21, 2007
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An Elegant Renewal In 2001, the Christian Activities Council approved a long-term plan for housing development and improvement in the Upper Albany area. Deerfield Avenue was the first street to receive the council's attention. The council's efforts have been augmented by groups, such as the Upper Albany Main Street and the University of Hartford, and the multitude of small businesses opening in the area. The council plans to focus on Vine and Irving Streets next. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2005
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An Evangelist for Hartford Ted Carroll, the head of Leadership Greater Hartford, is seen as a "missionary" and "visionary" and “advocate” for Hartford. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 03, 2011
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An Evening Of Fun For A Serious Cause In its 24th year, National Night Out is designed to heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The event was celebrated in hundreds of cities and towns across the country, 20 in Connecticut. In Hartford, celebrations were recently held at four sites. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 8, 2007
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An Open Letter to Suzanne Hopgood, Chair of CDRA Hartford citizens appreciate the massive investments in Hartford over the last 15 years or so. The jobs, activities and sense of pride all have paid dividends. However, it is the author’s contention that the various facilities in the city of Hartford, now the responsibility of the Capital Region Economic Development Authority (CRDA), should reach out to the citizens of Hartford in a more aggressive manner. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 01, 2012
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An Rx For Loneliness Christmas is a holiday usually spent with family members and friends, but nursing knows no holiday and Christmas is no exception. Nurses from VNA Health Care, the oldest home care agency in Connecticut, visited several of their patients on Christmas Day 2006. In some cases, the nurse is the only person a patient sees any day. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 26, 2006
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An Unabridged Asset The Goodwin Memorial Branch of Hartford Public Library at 460 New Britain Avenue is entering the final stages of a $2.3 million renovation and will reopen soon. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 1, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_050105_A.asp Related Link(s): Hartford Public Library HartfordInfo Data: Southwest Neighborhood Map and General Profile

An Unforgettable Night with Julie Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia, was recently the special guest at One Unforgettable Big Summer Night, Hartford Public Library’s annual fundraiser. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 17, 2010
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An Urban Oasis They fled their rural Burmese homeland and have since created an improbable urban oasis here in Hartford. The diversity of herbs, fruits and vegetables cultivated by the Karen people -- an ethnic minority also known as the Karen tribe -- a few blocks from the state Capitol would rival any community garden anywhere. Hartford's Karen community, most of whom live in a pocket of housing on South Marshall Street, couldn't find the freshly cultivated papaya leaves or the fragrant lemongrass of its tropical homeland until it was embraced by the nonprofit Knox foundation and given the chance to farm. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 25, 2013
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Angel Arce Torres' Death And A Hit-And-Run Arrest Rekindle Hartford's Apathy Debate Nearly a year after the hit-and-run, the arrest of a suspect in the hit and run case which took the life of Angel Arce Torres has reignited the collective conversation begun after the accident, centering on whether the public's reaction would differ today. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2009
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Anger After King's Death Left Lasting Mark On Hartford's North End On the night of Thursday, April 4, 1968, more than 150 people — most of them young, most of them black men — learned that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was dead, felled by an assassin's bullet. They left their homes, frustrated and fearful, and made their way through the North End of Hartford, burning some white-owned stores and looting many more as they went. Later that day, civic and religious leaders took to the city's streets from Clay-Arsenal to Upper Albany to Northeast, working to ease tensions. But, the riot changed the landscape of the Clay-Arsenal neighborhood and left scars still visible today. The riots exacerbated trends that were already in motion — businesses closed and never reopened, the white middle class fled and investment stalled in the North End neighborhood that is in sight, but out of reach, of downtown's wealth. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 06, 2008
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Anguish, Anger In City Over Perez It could be said that Perez's political career started on Park Street, often called the heart of the state's Latino population. And it also could be said that his political career ended here. His months-long criminal trial was launched by his relationship with contractor Carlos Costa, who, in 2003, won the bidding for the $5 million Park Street streetscape project. But some Park Street residents - and people elsewhere in the capital city - had a more complicated reaction to the news of Perez's conviction. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2010
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Another Chance To Make Good Helen Ubiñas relays the story of a young man given a second chance in gun court by a prosecutor who may have taken a harder line. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 19, 2006
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Another Eyesore Headed for Demolition? For well over a decade, the Capitol West building has stood abandoned on Myrtle Street, just west of Union Station, a five-story billboard for urban decay perched within next to one of the busiest stretches of highway in the state. Recently, the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. announced that it will be giving the City of Hartford $2 million to help purchase the Capitol West property, demolish the building and redevelop the site. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 18, 2010
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Another Eyesore Left To Deteriorate In Hartford It's good to know the city is aggressively enforcing the anti-blight ordinance. It hasn't always done so. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 22, 2010
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Another Lift For Park Street Gov. M. Jodi Rell visited Park Street recently to deliver more funding for the ongoing improvement of that bustling Latino commercial strip. Ms. Rell visited the offices of the Spanish American Merchants Association to announce a grant of $1 million for Phase II of the Park Street Streetscape Project. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 6, 2005
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Another Look at the LSNI Assessment The Livable & Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (LSNI) has been troubled since its inception due to poor hiring decisions compounded by an absence of management. Despite its critique of various employees, the assessment seems to be handled too delicately. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: September 08, 2012
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Another Pointless Loss A developer now proposes to demolish the building at the corner of Wethersfield Avenue and Airport Road, and the three residential buildings immediately to its south, to build a small suburban-style strip mall anchored by a CVS Pharmacy. The building was the legendary Pippie's Italian Restaurant from 1959 to 1983, then it became Carmichael's. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2005
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Another Police Substation on Main Street? Though it only takes seconds for the police to reach Main and Asylum from the current substation across from the Hartford Public Library, a new substation was approved across from a major bus stop. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: September 22, 2011
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Anthony Griffin: Words Of Hope Anthony Griffin, a Hartford clothier and entrepreneur, founded Affection New Thoughts (ANT), which provides city youth with a 15 week training course in entrepreneurship. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 29, 2007
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Anti-Violence Rally Set For Site of Man's Slaying An anti-violence rally will be held May 17th at 5 PM at 161 Martin Street, where an 18 year-old man was shot May 14th. The rally will address the mounting tension and youth violence in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2005
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Anticipated Permanent Closure of Flower Street Creates Controversy Critics of the New Britain-Hartford Busway, now called CTfastrak, have questioned the cost of the project, along with how much use it would get. Detractors may not be taking the long view on this, but one aspect of CTfastrak is beginning to receive more scrutiny from those who are supporters of the project as a whole: the closure of Flower Street. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: August 12, 2012
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Appeals Court To Hear Case Of Acquitted Hartford Cop A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in the case of a retired Hartford police officer who sued a former state prosecutor after being acquitted of manslaughter in an on-duty shooting death. Former Officer Robert Lawlor's case is scheduled to go before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2012
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Approve Billboard Plan In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that Gov. M. Jodi Rell's proposal to eliminate billboards on state-owned property might have limited immediate impact. But if her plan is approved by the General Assembly, it will be setting an example that municipalities and others who harbor the giant signs should follow. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 14, 2008
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Approve Landfill's Expansion This Hartford Courant editorial expresses the opinion that the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority's proposal to continue dumping on the eastern slope of its landfill in the North Meadows section of Hartford appears to offer the agency and its 70 member towns some significant economic savings without a negative impact. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 27, 2006
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Architectural Gems: Where To See Hartford's Memorable Buildings, Graveyards Or Neighborhoods The Hartford Preservation Alliance has been contracted by the state Commission on Culture and Tourism to update a historic buildings survey from 1997. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 6, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_070607.asp

Are States Using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit to Enable Families with Children to Live in Low Poverty and Racially Integrated Neighborhoods? The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) produced nearly 1.3 million units of rental housing between the start of the program, in 1987, and 2003, surpassing the size of the public housing program. Creating mixed income housing has become a central objective of housing policy. This report focuses on the extent to which each of the states administering the tax credit program has used the program to place family rental housing in low poverty neighborhoods that are not racially isolated. Published by Poverty and Race Research Action Council ; Publication Date: July 28, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/taxes/LIHTC_report_2006.pdf

Arena Talk Shifts Focus To North End A new sports and entertainment arena on the northern fringe of downtown Hartford is more talk than anything else right now, but the chatter is putting the spotlight back on efforts to undo the geographic and economic isolation of the city's North End. Cut off by I-84, the North End is seeing a small wave of investment as city officials seek to pull the downtown development boom across the highway. A new public safety complex, new housing, and new retail are all in the works. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 30, 2005
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Arrest Made In Rape Claim A woman who recanted a story that she had been raped by an unknown black man in Hartford's Bushnell Park was arrested and appeared in Hartford Superior Court on a charge of filing a false police report. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2007
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Arrest Of Rape Accuser Opens Wounds The arrest this week of a white woman on charges of filing a false rape complaint against an unidentified black man has put two groups already accustomed to prejudice and misconceptions at odds. On one side are rape victims and their advocates. On the other side are members of the African American community who are equally certain that not making an arrest would perpetuate false stereotypes of black men. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 25, 2007
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Art Center Opens in Upper Albany The $22 million University of Hartford’s Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center officially opened on the site of the former car dealerships recently in a ceremony that included performances by some of the students who will be studying at the center. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 18, 2008
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Artists Collaborate On Interfaith Project At Hartford Cultural Center A giant plywood cube sits among the flowers and shrubs in front of the Charter Oak Cultural Center. A group of artists have transformed the box into a symbol of interfaith love and a catalyst for discussion. The art installation, called "Sacred Ground," is the brainchild of Donna Berman, executive director of the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2010
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Artists Open Their Homes, Will Display Their Art at Jane’s Walk in Hartford, Saturday, October 9 As part of Jane’s Walk, a walking conversation concerning urban neighborhoods around the world, a variety of artists and writers in the West End of Hartford recently held open houses for the public. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 07, 2010
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Arts Center Cost Grows Four years after planning a performing arts center on Albany Avenue, the University of Hartford is asking city and state officials for more money to help pay for it. The cost of the project at the former Thomas Cadillac site has grown from $25 million to $30 million in four years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 13, 2005
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Arts Center Funds Pledged The last promised piece of the funding puzzle needed to turn the old Thomas Cadillac site into the new University of Hartford Performing Arts Center has been put in place. Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced recently that the State Bond Commission is likely to approve the $4 million at its meeting later this month. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 21, 2007
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Arts Community Rallies Around Supporter Who Needs Heart Surgery Tao LaBossiere has been a volunteer exhibit coordinator of ArtSpace Gallery on Asylum Avenue in Hartford since 1997, helping hundreds of artists get their works exhibited and, often, sold. Now the city's arts community is rallying around LaBossiere. He was recently diagnosed as needing open-heart surgery. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 17, 2013
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Arts Seeds Nurtured In Jackie's Way The city of Hartford recently officially recognized a section of Woodland St. as "Jackie McLean's Way." With McLean's spirit and consciousness, the University of Hartford Performance Arts Center and the Artists Collective will serve as bookends to an emerging city cultural corridor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 19, 2007
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As Green As It Gets Tom Condon writes about an effort by United Technologies Corp. which will help revitalize Hartford’s North End neighborhood. The company is helping the neighborhood agency SAND Corp. build what are called "Net Zero Energy" homes — homes that will produce about as much energy as they use. They are starting with a pilot project of three homes on Earle Street, a comfortably nondescript, two-block street off Main Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 16, 2008
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As Postal Service Considers Closings, Politicians React The U.S. Postal Service is studying whether to close 15 post offices across the state, including three in Hartford. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Mayor Pedro Segarra oppose the move. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: August 12, 2011
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As Segarra Picks Police Chief, Some Question The Process Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra says that a months-long public process has produced three finalists for police chief. But, Segarra also says he may still choose someone else. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 06, 2012
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As Shootings Spike, City Works On A Response While mounting a campaign for his first full term, Mayor Pedro Segarra has put a strong emphasis on crime, particularly the escalating gun violence that contributed to the 21 homicides this year. The city's solution to the spike in shootings this summer has been to forge a stronger working relationship with the Hartford state's attorney, chief state's attorney and state police, among other agencies, in creating a shooting task force. The task force became active July 5, 2011 and has made at least 14 arrests in connection with shooting incidents, Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 08, 2011
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Ashley Street Mulch Day Mike McGarry comments on neighborliness and beautification efforts in Hartford. "Mulch Day," organized by N.I.N.A. (Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance), refreshed yards and gardens with landscaping and flowers. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 23, 2013
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Ashley Street Redux Today, from Garden Street to Sigourney Street in Asylum Hill, almost all the homes are proudly maintained, and with the "landscape designers contest" held in May, front yards on those blocks have become a tourist attraction. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 16, 2012
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Asian Family Services, Regional Agency Merge A state-licensed social service agency that specializes in serving the mental health needs of Southeast Asian families recently announced its merger with Community Renewal Team, the Hartford regional anti-poverty agency. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2007
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Assault On Hartford Youth Worker Is Attack On Decency Itself Carl Hardrick, aka Brother Carl, has devoted most his adult life to helping young people in Hartford's most challenged neighborhoods. He's negotiated gang truces, intervened in knife fights, coached basketball, visited the homes of troubled teenagers. Anything to help. That makes what happened recently all the more frustrating. The 72-year-old Hardrick was walking home when he was jumped and badly beaten by five or six youths who were attempting to rob him. They ended up stealing his glasses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 05, 2013
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Assault Still Haunts Trinity As Trinity College students were packing to return to school in late August, president James F. Jones Jr. was sending an email to the Trinity community outlining several steps the school was taking to improve campus security. The highlight was the hiring of former New Haven police chief and Yale University security director Francisco Ortiz, by all accounts an excellent choice to head campus security. Other measures include a study of campus security, more training for campus police officers, more bicycle officers and the hiring of a private security firm to augment the campus police force. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 07, 2012
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Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association (AHNA) Strategic Plan This document is the 2009 Strategic Plan for the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association (AHNA), which serves as the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ). (PDF Document, 34 pages) Published by Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association ; Publication Date: 2009
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Asylum Hill Reacts to Planned Flower Street Closure Employees of the Connecticut Department of Transportation met with residents and stakeholders in Asylum Hill, primarily to rehash the presentation given recently to the Frog Hollow NRZ. Following a theme, Asylum Hill residents opposed the closure of Flower Street, while the DOT continued to provide questionable justification for that plan. No new arguments were presented, but residents and stakeholders pressed for more specific explanations. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: August 17, 2012
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Asylum Hill Rehab Project Another Plus The Ashley Cafe at the corner of Garden and Ashley streets in Hartford was a tough joint, a gin mill of low repute, a poor advertisement for a neighborhood trying to revive itself. The operative word is "was." The cafe is gone and the blond-brick, three-story apartment building in which it stood is being done over into a mixed-use structure that will be an asset to the Sigourney Square/ Asylum Hill neighborhood. The Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance Inc. (NINA), which has been rehabilitating Victorian homes in the area for nearly a decade, acquired the building about two years ago. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 23, 2012
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Asylum Hill Revitalization Progressing, But Buildings Stand In The Way In the late 1990s, a neighborhood group in Hartford's Asylum Hill drew up a list of nearly 50 blighted properties as part of an action plan for revitalization. All of those properties except one have either been renovated or knocked down, reflecting a sustained effort to maintain and improve the neighborhood in good times and bad. The lone holdout is a dilapidated Queen Anne-style house at the corner of Laurel and Niles streets. It isn't for lack of effort. Several people and groups have tried to buy it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 08, 2010
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Asylum Hill's Resurgence A group headed by the Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance is restoring homes on Sargeant, Garden, and Ashley streets in hopes of attracting new homeowners and strengthening the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2005
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Asylum Hill's Steve Mitchell: From Church To Cabaret Vocalist Steve Mitchell , a consummate professional Hartford church musician, revealed the secular side of his multi-faceted musical persona as he took the stage at the West End nightclub Japanalia Eiko, one of Hartford 's hippest showbiz shrines devoted to jazz and cabaret performances. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 30, 2012
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At 85, Doc's Going Strong: Celebration Honors Hurley's Dedication Doc Hurley was in posh surroundings recently at the Connecticut Convention Center where 450 people gathered to celebrate his 85th birthday and honor his legacy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2007
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At a New Dutch Point, A Fresh Start A groundbreaking ceremony this week for the new $60 million Dutch Point Colony on the leveled property where the old projects stood. Many former residents, along with other citizens, want to make sure that this time, Dutch Point will be a place where kids can play outside and parents won't have to hole themselves up inside. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2005
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At Forum On Gun Violence, Legislators Ask Hartford Residents For Solutions Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was not the only mother with a grieving heart who spoke at a recent forum on gun violence. But Marquez-Greene, who grew up in Hartford, knows that the public outpouring over her loss has dwarfed the reaction to deadly shootings on city streets. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2013
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At Grace Lutheran Church, A Big Helping Of Fellowship On Christmas Eve In the basement of an Asylum Hill Lutheran church, chafing dishes full of macaroni and cheese, roasted potatoes, turkey with onions and apples, carrots and sauerkraut, and lemon chicken were readied as darkness fell, and the hosts nervously waited. More than 100 people attended — fewer than the 400 they had cooked for, but enough to have at least a few diners at every table in the social hall. About two-thirds were not members of the church. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2010
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At Hartford Forum On Unsolved Homicides, All Agree That Community Must Help Law Enforcement Residents, police and community activists gathered recently for a forum on unsolved city homicides. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 29, 2013
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At La Paloma, A Goodbye To Hartford's Coffeehouse The cappuccino milk steamed for one last day in the coffeehouse known to patrons as Hartford's living room. After a tribute party with a medley of performers and poets — the kind of event that would only happen at La Paloma, customers said — people came back to Capitol Avenue's laidback café to say goodbye to the "third place" in their lives, after work and home. La Paloma officially ceased operations on June 27, 2013. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 27, 2013
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At MetroHartford Alliance, A Young Man Nurtures His Passion For The City Julio Concepcion, of MetroHartford Alliance knows how Hartford ticks. He is the liaison between the city, its businesses and neighborhoods. While his job doesn't require him to be a fly on the wall at countless municipal functions, he enjoys being involved and informed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 12, 2012
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Auction Off For Hartford Building The owners of the former Hartford Office Supply Co. building in Hartford's Frog Hollow recently averted a foreclosure auction, less than two days before the bidding was to begin, court documents show. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2013
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Audit Rips Hartford's Anti-Blight Initiative The city's process for cleaning up blighted private properties and billing owners "was not clearly or adequately documented" and an initiative associated with the cleanups lacked the management and expertise needed to make the program successful, according to a report completed by the city's chief auditor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 19, 2012
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Audrey Conrad: Outside The Box The doors have been open for barely half an hour, but a strong crowd has already gathered at Real Art Ways. It's the third Thursday evening of the month, which means it's Creative Cocktail Hour, a regular event that melds art, music and mingling. Audrey Conrad is often among the minglers . Dressed as she is this evening in her "girl persona," Conrad is also one of a dozen or so cocktail-hour regulars from the transgender community, all at various stages in their search for gender identity. They come here, says Conrad, to find community in the accepting environment that Real Art Ways and its patrons have helped to cultivate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 10, 2008
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Austin Organ Builds To Its Own Beat Its small, white sign off Woodland Street, just past Saint Francis Hospital is the only clue that there’s a 115-year-old company quietly cranking out organ after organ a few feet away. Once occupying the massive brick building at 158 Woodland St., the Austin Organ Company moved to an adjacent building – at 156 Woodland St. -- more than 70 years ago. Although out of sight, it is not out of business. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 28, 2008
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Avenue Worth More Than a Face Lift A makeover of Farmington Avenue, which might help retain the large companies that reside along it, would benefit the whole city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 24, 2005
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Awards Honor Area's 'Unsung Heroes' Edie Lacey, who recently retired as chairwoman of the Frog Hollow South Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, was recently given a special Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA). Four other community volunteers were also honored. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 5, 2005
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Banking On Park Street Park Street's continuing revitalization took another step last week thanks to one man's single-minded intention to fulfill his dream. Alfonso Lopez arrived on Park Street more than 20 years ago from his native Colombia to open a bodega on nearby Broad Street. He later expanded into a small supermarket called El Gitano, and now has opened a larger food warehouse at Park and Lafayette streets. The store has sections for Argentine, Colombian, Dominican, Jamaican, Mexican, Peruvian and Puerto Rican products found in few other places. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2008
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Banned From Speaking A bill intended to help state officials site group homes for people with mental disabilities or addiction problems originally banned members of Hartford's neighborhood revitalization zone committees — grassroots organizations commonly known as NRZs — from even commenting on proposed homes. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 24, 2008
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Bar Beer B-i-n-g-o Bingo. The word calls to mind glitzy casinos and folks with snowy-white hairdos gathered in a church basement. At the Half Door in Hartford, it's a different scene. Every Monday and Thursday nights, patrons in their early 20s and 30s flock to this Irish pub to drink, socialize and mark those bingo cards. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 07, 2008
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Battle Looms Over Capitol West A court fight appears to be brewing between the city of Hartford and the owner of Capitol West over the value of its dilapidated office building, visible to tens of thousands of I-84 downtown motorists daily. But Capitol West’s owner, whose $2 million demand is reportedly at least double what the city has offered to pay so it can tear the building down, isn’t the only one with whom city leaders are butting heads. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 11, 2011
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Battle Over Historic Structure Not much except routine permits stands between The Hartford and its plans to demolish all but the oldest portion of the former MassMutual building on Asylum Hill. But there is still a flicker of opposition that won't be snuffed out: those who want to see a greater part, or even all the historic building in Hartford preserved. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 29, 2008
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Battling Back On Park Street It is the street that gave the world a view of Hartford as a city gone wild, where out-of-control motorists can blindside an elderly pedestrian in broad daylight while onlookers stand by and watch callously. But Julio Mendoza says the image of Park Street that has been replayed countless times on televi¬sion news shows and over the Internet during the past week doesn't represent the street he has worked to improve for more than a decade. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2008
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Battling Blight By The Numbers Like a broken sidewalk, or the cloying odor of a backyard garbage dump, the large map at city hall vividly shows how the quality of life in some city neighborhoods is leaking away. Influenced by statistics-driven management tools used in New York City, Baltimore and a few dozen other cities, Hartford officials are seeking to dramatically improve the way city hall responds to neighborhood problems. These are some of the unknowns as the city embarks on HARTSTAT, its own version of New York's CompStat and Baltimore's CitiStat. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_053111.asp

Beacon Of Hope Cuts The Gloom Stan Simpson writes about Elizabeth Rodriguez, a student at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Scholars program, which pays half tuition for any city student who meets the enrollment requirements. She spends part of her day mentoring young offenders in a program run by Community Partners in Action. She, not the few who make the news for violent crime, represents the majority of teens in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_061306.asp

Beautifying Upper Albany: Breaking Ground Moving Forward An advertising supplement to the Hartford Courant, put together by Upper Albany Main Street (UAMS), which spotlights the growth and success of a variety of development projects and neighborhood businesses in Upper Albany. (PDF file, 6 pages, 6 MB) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 10, 2006
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Bedford Looks Good, For Now The city finally cleaned up Bedford Street -- one of its most neglected, filthiest, drug-riddled streets. The Albany Avenue entrance to Bedford Street is framed by a package store on one side and the former Frontline Café night club, which the federal government recently busted for being part of a international drug ring, on the other. Residents and property owners blame each other for the problems. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2005
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Behind Hartford's Declining Crime Stats Helen Ubinas writes It took a while. But it seems that Hartford's brass has finally learned better than to step in front of the media touting declining crime stats. Especially when the city rang in the new year with a double homicide. Serious crime in 2010, including homicides, was down. But Police Chief Daryl Roberts and Mayor Pedro Segarra quickly added, numbers - even good ones -- don't tell the whole story. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 05, 2011
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Best Of The East: China Is The Inspiration For Carol Silvestri's Decorating Panache Carol Silvestri typically dresses in jeans, sneakers, a turtleneck and fleece vest. No makeup. Yet she is responsible for many of the most high-style accessories and furnishings at the Design Center on Park Street in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 18, 2009
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Better Maintenance Sought At Keney Park Recently, city officials met with residents and representatives from a community organization to address complaints that the Keney Park was being neglected. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 4, 2007
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Bid to End Chronic Homelessness Mayor Eddie Perez has created a 24-member commission to come up with a plan to tackle chronic homelessness in Hartford. The chronic homeless are those who experience repeated bouts of homelessness in a short period of time - and that also suffer from mental illness or substance abuse. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 1, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/homelessness/htfd_courant_020105.asp Related Link(s): Homelessness in Hartford 2004: A Combined Report on the Census of the Homeless of Hartford and the Hartford Homeless Health Survey (PDF Document: 127 pages)

Bid To Return Officer's Case To Grand Jury Fails The lawyer for a Hartford police officer awaiting trial on manslaughter charges recently failed to get his client's case returned to a grand jury for reconsideration. Attorney Michael Georgetti argued in Hartford Superior Court that the grand jury did not hear vital exculpatory evidence that may have prevented a recommendation that charges be brought against Hartford police Det. Robert Lawlor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2007
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Big Tax Hikes Threaten Small Stores Hundreds of small-business owners across Hartford are facing dramatic increases in their bills because of a new tax system, the result of a long-delayed revaluation, that is taking effect this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2007
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Biggest Deals Taking More Time Not only are big real estate deals in the Hartford area becoming scarcer, they also are getting tougher to negotiate. Take, for example, Winstanley Enterprises’ recent 25-year lease of the former Advo building to Metal Management in Hartford’s north end along West Service Road. Winstanley’s journey began when it purchased the building and adjacent10-acres for $6.6 million in 2005. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 20, 2008
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Bike Patrol Officer In Hartford Says He's Visible - And Stealthy Miguel Maldonado enjoys being a bicycle patrol officer because it gives him visibility most of the time and in times of need — stealth. Maldonado, a Hartford Police Department community service officer who covers the Frog Hollow neighborhood, says that being on a bike makes it easier for him to interact with business owners and pedestrians as he pedals the streets and sidewalks. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 03, 2010
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Biked, Walked, and Discovered in 2010 The recent Discover Hartford Bicycling and Walking Tour was an “anti-sprawl, pro-fun, pro-sustainable city, anti-pollution, anti-couch potato, pro-bicycle pro-pedestrian event” meant to show off all the great places within the city of Hartford. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: September 12, 2010
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Billboards: Ambivalence Writ Large Regardless of the products and services screaming at us from bright, enormous roadside signs, few elements of our landscape generate louder opinions than billboards. Gov. M. Jodi Rell's proposal earlier this year to eliminate billboards on state land made national news, spawned a flurry of strongly worded letters to the editor and had bloggers working overtime. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 07, 2008
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Billings Forge A Success Story In Urban Redevelopment Over the past four years, the Melville Charitable Trust has undertaken a series of initiatives to tackle homelessness and poverty in one of the poorest sections of one of the poorest cities in America. When Melville bought Billings Forge — a former factory complex a block from the state Capitol that had been converted into apartments — in 2005, urban redevelopment was still largely a synonym for displacing neighborhoods to build malls or offices. But rather than start from scratch, the foundation aimed instead to invest in what was already available. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2009
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Billings Forge Farmers Market Opens May 22 Riding a wave of popularity that has seen farmers’ markets break the 100 number mark in Connecticut, the Farmers’ Market at Billings Forge in Hartford will open Thursday, May 22, 2008. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 15, 2008
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Black Governors Ball Saturday The John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center and the Black Governors’ Committee held its 2007 Black Governors’ Ball on Saturday, April 28, at the Artists Collective. A procession of 15 outstanding community leaders depicting the historical Black Governors elected in Connecticut from 1749-1856 was led by the 2005 Black Governor, Eric Crawford of Hartford. Consistent with the tradition established in the 2004 and 2005 Black Governors’ Balls, gala attendees wore period dress and contemporary formal attire. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 25 - May 2, 2007
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Black Men's Scary Image Reinforced Helen Ubiñas comments on the case of a white woman who falsely accused a black man of sexually assaulting her in Bushnell Park. Ms. Ubiñas’ conclusion is that allowing the myth of the scary black man to be carelessly thrown about with no consequences sends a terrible signal, and all but guarantees it will happen again. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 7, 2007
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Blacks Knock At MDC Door A black advocacy group rallied outside the Metropolitan District Commission headquarters in Hartford recently denouncing what it said was the commission's opposition to legislation that would guarantee minority contractors got work on a $1.6 billion sewer-upgrade project. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 19, 2007
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Blight Club The Livable & Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative was intended to increase accountability for One City, One Plan. For this, Hartford was divided into four districts — each with a representative from constituent services and a well-compensated district captain. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: June 29, 2012
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Blighted Property Complaint Form If there is a blighted building in your neighborhood, complete this form and mail it to Hartford 2000, 111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 or fax it to 547-1831. Or if you have an electronic copy, email it to Htfd2000@aol.com. Published by Hartford Anti-Blight Coalition ; Publication Date: August 30, 2009
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Block Grant Cuts Feared President Bush is threatening steep cuts in his administration's Community Development Block Grants. In his fiscal 2007 budget, Bush proposed cutting about 20 percent from the popular, 31-year-old program - which already has been cut significantly this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 28, 2006
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Blog Gains Traction With Satirical Approach To Looking At Hartford Not everyone who loves their hometown would promote it under the name "sad city." But two men living in Hartford's West end say their blog, which chronicles random events and people in the city's neighborhoods, gives others a look at the good and the bad. The goal, they said, is to paint Hartford in a realistic light through interviews, pictures and videos. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 26, 2010
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Blue Hills Church of God: The Vision Realized The Blue Hills New Testament Church of God, Hartford, Connecticut, U. S. A., has over 40 Years of Service in the City of Hartford. Founded by the late Reverend Dr. Peter Constantine Barrett in 1965, it holds the distinction of being the first Church of God in Hartford. It recently moved to a new, larger building and celebrated and dedicated the building at the end of October 2009. Published by Northend Agent's ; Publication Date: October 21, 2009
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Blue Hills Library Branch Closed The Blue Hills Avenue branch of the Hartford Public Library closed in March 2009 for several weeks. But neighborhood residents didn’t storm city hall or demand the heads of library officials, because this closure had nothing to do with politics or budgets. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2009
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Blues For Jackie Jackie McLean, the internationally known jazz alto saxophonist, composer, and educator whose life and career had a positive impact on countless city youngsters and numerous proteges, died recently at his home in Hartford after a long illness. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 1, 2006
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Blumenthal: Magnet School Site No Good What started out four years ago as happy plan to build a magnet school called Pathways to Technology, which would train students for technology jobs and help to desegregate Hartford schools, has devolved into a political standoff extraordinaire. Recently, the state attorney general said the city can't build a magnet school on an oddly shaped lot the state gave the city - even though ground has already been broken. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 2, 2007
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Board Approves 4 New Schools Hartford's school board recently approved a plan create four new schools, reviewed a proposal to break Hartford Public High School into four academies and got a preview of big changes planned for Weaver and Bulkeley high schools, which could include tearing down Weaver and building a new school. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 19, 2007
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Board Approves Renovation Of Hartford School The Hartford Board of Education has unanimously approved plans to renovate West Middle Elementary School through a $54.6 million project that supporters say is decades overdue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2011
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Board Awards Project The multimillion-dollar development project at the heart of a federal lawsuit alleging corruption inside the Hartford Housing Authority was awarded to a Massachusetts developer recently, as public housing residents praised the process for its transparency and board members defended themselves against allegations of bid-rigging. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 20, 2006
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Board of Education Election Will Impact You With four of the Board of Education members on the ballot in November 2013, the election presented an opportunity for parents to speak up and out about educational opportunities for Hartford children. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 19, 2013
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Board of Education Public Hearing Tonight at Kinsella Superintendent Kishimoto recently proposed that what has been dubbed as a failing school for not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress be converted into some form of a charter school. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: April 17, 2012
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Bob Long Was A Lifelong Friend To The Handicapped Bob Long's life revolved around his community, beginning in Dorchester, the Irish Catholic section of Boston where he grew up, and extending to the West End of Hartford, where he lived for more than 30 years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2010
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Bond Commission Backs Financing For State Office Building Purchases The State Bond Commission approved nearly $90 million today for financing the state’s purchase and renovation of two Hartford office buildings targeted for consolidating thousands of the state employees in the next few years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2013
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Bonding Commission OKs $750K For Hartford Street Work The state bond commission has allocated $750,000 for the city to help fund streetscape improvements on Wethersfield Avenue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 04, 2012
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Book To Celebrate City's West Indians Members of the West Indian Foundation, the West Indian Social Club and other organizations plan to chronicle the history of Hartford's West Indian community through the publication of a book titled "West Indian-Americans in Greater Hartford: Images of the Past 1920 to 1970." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 21, 2006
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Bosnian Muslims Find A Spiritual Home In Hartford Hartford's Bosnian-American Islamic Cultural Center on Franklin Avenue is being renovated. When the building is completed, it will include a large space for Muslim prayers, classrooms in which children, who might otherwise lose their culture, will learn Bosnian, and adults will learn English. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 14, 2007
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Boston May Seek A Nonprofit Wi-Fi Provider Boston is considering an unusual approach to creating a citywide, low-cost wireless Internet network: putting a nonprofit organization, rather than a private service provider, in charge of building and running the system. Other cities have generally relied on a single private contractor to assume upfront costs and financial risk for a chance to expand its business. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 1, 2006
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Botanical Garden Plan To Be Discussed The Hartford Botanical Garden Committee is planning a public meeting to discuss the creation of a botanical garden in Colt Park. Formed in 1998, the committee's mission is to create a 21st century garden that celebrates the landscape, architecture and history of the city's parks. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 25, 2006
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Botched Latino Firing Raises Questions The sudden and unexplained firing of Fernando Betancourt as executive director of the state Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission by the board's commissioners on Sept. 17, 2008 set in motion the Law of Unintended Consequences. Scores of Latinos and others who have worked with the commission in programs benefiting their communities are incensed and demanding answers: Who are these commissioners? Who nominates and appoints commissioners? Are they answerable to anyone? Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 17, 2008
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Both Sides: Towing Companies - Leeches Or The Public's Friend? Motorists and tow truck drivers in Hartford have gotten into disputes -- even physical confrontations -- in recent weeks over what critics say are aggressive towing tactics used by drivers who haul vehicles from private property. Hyacinth Yennie, a Hartford community leader, and Donald Weisman, a lawyer who represents many of the state's towing companies, offer their views. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2007
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BOTS Pots Help Feed City's Homeless Community organizers from the Charter Oaks Cultural Center have placed 12 hand-painted pots full of vegetable plants around the city for anybody to pick. The pots are watered every day by people who were or are homeless, who receive Walmart gift certificates for their efforts. The pots are funded by donations from local community members, and all the plants and pots were donated as well. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 08, 2013
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Boxing Fundraiser for Johnny Duke Memorial Former IBF Light heavyweight world title challenger John "Iceman" Scully participated in a twelve bout amateur boxing show on Friday, December 5, 2008 at the brand new Lion's Den Gym in Middletown. The event will raise funds to purchase a Memorial Plaque for longtime Hartford trainer and National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame member Johnny Duke, who passed at age 83 away in 2006. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 13, 2008
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Boy's Shooting Highlights Risks For Some Hartford Families The family of a Hartford boy, Carlton "D.J." Forbes Jr., who was shot recently warns that the nature of urban violence makes anyone on the street vulnerable. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2006
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Braking Motorcycle Mayhem Helen Ubiñas expresses the opinion that the city of Hartford needs to address illegal operation of motorcycles. Throwing your hands up and handing over Hartford to a bunch of lawless motorists who are putting everyone's life at risk is unacceptable. She suggests giving out some hefty fines to riders driving illegally, impounding a few bikes, and sending a clear message that the city is done tolerating this nonsense. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 28, 2007
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Brazil Opening Consulate In Hartford A visiting Brazilian ambassador, Oto Agripino Maia, recently announced at the Shaheen Brazilian Community Center in Hartford that his country would open a consulate in Hartford later this year, a formal recognition of the growing Brazilian community in the state. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2008
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Brazilian Consulate To Open In Hartford Monday A little piece of Brazil recently came to Hartford with the opening of the Consulate General of Brazil at One Constitution Plaza. The initial impact will be more convenience. Brazilians who need to obtain passports and other government documents, and Americans seeking travel visas, will no longer have to go to the consulate in New York, which often took a day or more. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 09, 2010
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Breaking Patterns A new mentoring program gives hope to families with young children as the wage war against drugs and violence in Hartford. COMET, the Coalition of Mentoring Excellence, is a partnership between the Greater Hartford Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, Families in Crisis Inc. and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Team. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 5, 2005
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Breaking The Pattern In this commentary, Christine Palm discusses the benefits that Thomas W. Raftery Inc., whose world headquarters is at 1055 Broad St., have accrued from its presence in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford. In a building built at the turn of the last century and once used by the Bond Bread Bakery, T.W.Raftery manufactures draperies, bedspreads, fabrics (4,500 patterns), theatrical curtains, window blinds and solar shades. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2006
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Bridging Park Street Carlos Mouta’s company, Westside Property Management, has a plan to turn 1200 Park St. into a upscale mall called Pope Commons, raise the building height by 10 feet and build a second floor that would house a court of locally owned stalls serving international foods. And, Mouta wants the city to reduce Park Street from four lanes to two and add on-street parking on both sides. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 7, 2006
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Brighter Futures Initiative of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Perceptions of Residents to be served by Family Centers Residents living in the seven communities to be served by Family Centers supported by the Brighter Futures Initiative of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving were surveyed in March, 2002. A total of 1,208 residents were interviewed from households where at least one child eight years old or younger was living. Based on the success of the original Brighter Futures Initiative and the continuing needs of Hartford children, the Foundation, in 2000, committed an additional $15 million over the next 10 years to finance projects and system-wide reform efforts that support young children and their families. To achieve its goals, the Brighter Futures Initiative focuses on four areas: family support and parent education, child care and early childhood education, child and maternal health, and the early grades of school. Family Centers, in partnership with community agencies, provide community-based programs for children and families in seven Hartford neighborhoods. These programs support parents in their own growth and development, their understanding of their child's development, and help families prepare their children for school success. Published by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving ; Publication Date: April 2002
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Bring Back Civility In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the craven cretins who put Angel Arce Torres on a respirator for the rest of his life and Nick Carbone in intensive care have done more than hurt two elderly, defenseless, good-hearted men. They have brought ignominy on the capital city and the state. They've set back a decade of hard work by thousands of people to make Hartford a welcoming community. The people of this city can't let the criminals ruin it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2008
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Bringing Back Hartford's Asylum Hill One Home At A Time Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, since 2004 has been resurrecting some of Hartford's older housing stock in the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Through a unique partnership with other nonprofits, volunteer and apprentice construction workers, and a rigorous collection of available grants, NINA is bringing Asylum Hill back, one dwelling at a time. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 07, 2012
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Bringing Back The Neighborhood Tom Condon touts "The Great Neighborhood Book - A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking.” The book mentions a variety of the activities - community gardens, book groups, bike trails, neighborhood e-mail lists, farmers markets – which promote neighborhood revitalization and to make cities friendlier, safer and more interesting places. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 19, 2007
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Bringing The North End Back Into Downtown When the city's plan to incorporate the facade of the historic Second North District School on High Street into the new public safety complex fell through, all too literally, no one was angrier and more upset than Bill Hosley. Hosley used to run the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, now called Connecticut Landmarks, which owns the lovely Isham-Terry House just down the street from the 19th-century brick school building. He came to see that the North End was, he said, Hartford's Lower East Side, an area that had been home to many immigrant groups and had "so much history." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 22, 2010
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Broad Street Wheat Wheat? In the city? Isn’t that something for the Midwest? Recently, volunteers began to harvest the wheat that was planted in a Grow Hartford plot on Broad Street. The wheat will be used to bake bread, which will be shared among project volunteers. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: July 14, 2010
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Brother Carl's Assault Could Change Snitch Code The man known to legions of friends and admirers in the capital city as "Brother Carl" is mending. When I caught up with Carl Hardrick last week, the 72-year-old Hartford antiviolence mediator was still bruised about the face and probably more emotionally scarred than he was willing to admit. He had endured a pummeling by a group of youths as he walked alone to his North Hartford home one recent night. His assault has outraged the Hartford community, including police officers and gang members. Hardrick is an institution here, one of the few people who can actually bring rival gang members to the table, successfully mediate disputes and keep the peace. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 16, 2013
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Brushing Away Crime Janina Spears has a theory: A brushstroke of paint can help reduce crime in the city. As vibrant colors ran from the tip of her paintbrush onto the side of a grocery store in Hartford's Upper Albany neighborhood recently, she wondered how many people would dare deal drugs in front of the brightly colored mural she's creating. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2010
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Budget Carries Bush Stamp Mayor Eddie Perez and other state and local officials respond to President Bush's budget. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 8, 2005
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Budget Coaching Pays Big Benefits Sherry Coelho, vice president/relationship management at Prudential Retirement recently became a volunteer budget coach with Co-opportunity Inc., a Hartford-based nonprofit that helps move working families toward economic stability. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 09, 2008
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Buffalo? Yes, Buffalo Buffalo's very successful Garden Walk started as a modest tour of 29 neighborhood gardens. Now, on the last weekend of July 2013, three hundred and fifty gardens are open and this is the largest effort of its kind in the United States. Additionally, the "National Garden Festival" spreads the theme over a six week period. The festival ties in with AAA tours. Hartford, with its parks, great architecture, Knox, and great front and back yard gardens might try to duplicate the effort. It's a great way to rejuvenate streets, reenergize neighborhoods, increase property values. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 22, 2013
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Building A Campus Around Capitol As a final assignment for his graduate architecture class in urban issues at the University of Hartford, architect and planner Robert Orr has charged his students with replanning the area around the State Capitol and Bushnell Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 26, 2009
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Building a Landscape of Hope As the nation’s oldest Community Action Agency, The Community Renewal Team has been preparing our community to meet life’s challenges since our founding in 1963. We’ve built on the foundation our organizers laid to become Connecticut’s largest CAA, known throughout the Greater Hartford area for providing services to thousands in need of a helping hand each year. We’ve helped change the lives of our neighbors through our energy assistance, nutrition, housing, Head Start, employment, neighborhood and youth services. But over the past 10 years, we’ve also helped change the landscape of our entire hometown. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 18, 2010
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Bullying By Any Other Name Bullying was the focus of a recent community forum — “Making a Difference: The Bullied Respond” – at the Hartford Public Library. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 03, 2011
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Bullying Forum Focuses On How To Intervene The focus of the forum on bullying held recently at the Hartford Public Library was how to step up and stop bullying. The panelists — a mix of students, teachers and educational experts — brainstormed with the audience to come up with tools and strategies they can use to stop bullying in schools. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 04, 2011
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Bumps in the Road Hartford attempts to fight traffic slumps with road humps. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 13
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Burned-Out Hulk Still There A two-family, three-story house on Homestead Avenue in Hartford was destroyed by fire June 6, 2013, leaving the building a charred hulk. Now, more than three months later, it is still a charred hulk. The upper two floors are all but gone; the lower floor is of uncertain stability. Plywood partly fills lower-floor windows. The reason the building still stands, said city hall spokeswoman Maribel La Luz, is that the owner is looking to rebuild and is not certain if the first floor is salvageable. The owner has applied for loans, and a decision is expected in the next few weeks. She said if the loans fall through and the owner fails to demolish or rebuild, the city will step in. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2013
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Bus Shelters Shouldn't Take So Long Hartford's bus shelters were a mess in the early part of the last decade, full of litter, missing panels of plexiglass and slathered with graffiti. City officials vowed to fix the problem, but didn't. After a prolonged and painstaking negotiations, and with the help of a federal grant, it now appears that CRCOG has brokered a regional program that could bring new bus shelters to Hartford and seven surrounding towns as early as next summer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 12, 2011
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Business Booms, In Spots Hartford's second retail survey yields better news than the data for downtown. Hartford Economic Development Director Mark McGovern provided an update to the downtown survey recently which shows the vacancy rate for retail space is up slightly since last July to 43 percent. The news was much better on Park Street, however, where the retail vacancy rate is just 9.6 percent. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 21, 2010
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Business Owners Seek Delay Dozens of small-business owners fearing painful tax hikes brought their cause to the city's state legislators recently, asking for a year or two to figure out a better way forward. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 23, 2007
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Businesses Launch $1.2M Improvements By the end of May, downtown and Asylum Hill property owners, are expecting a big bang for the 1 percent tax surcharge they are paying to fund improvements in a newly formed Hartford business improvement district. The results largely rest upon the work of a nine-member security guard unit and a six-member cleaning crew. In addition, 200 new flower planters are being placed throughout the district and a small portion of the budget is being spent for marketing the district. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 5, 2007
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Busway Designers To Hear Ideas About Flower Street Bridge After neighbors prevailed in an exhaustive battle to secure a pedestrian bridge over Flower Street in Hartford, people who live and work in the city will get a chance to offer design suggestions. The state transportation department hosted a forum about the bridge and invited individuals, civic groups, community associations, business owners and anyone else with an interest in how the bridge is designed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 15, 2013
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California Developer Breathes New Life Into Troubled Colt Gateway A year ago, Lance Jay Robbins had never even set foot in Hartford. Now, the California developer has taken on the financially troubled Colt Gateway redevelopment project, a massive undertaking that has languished for two years. Robbins, a former real estate lawyer, hopes to finish the $120 million restoration of the former factory complex known for its blue onion dome after the last developer, Homes for America Holdings Inc., ran out of money. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 07, 2009
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Call in the Feds? Murder is up in Hartford, and there's more federal law enforcement at work here than you might think. Still, there are limits on what they can do, says the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 23, 2008
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Call The Auditors When Hartford changed its charter and adopted a strong mayor system in 2002, it also created an Independent Audit Commission to provide objective reviews and assessments of the city's operations and finances. The commission and chief auditor H. Patrick Campbell are trusted and respected. City councilman Matthew Ritter thinks the auditors may be able to resolve the still-roiling controversy surrounding the closing of two library branches by the Hartford Public Library. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 25, 2008
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Camels Walk Mile For 3 Kings Throngs of people lined Park Street in Hartford on January 6, 2008 for the Three Kings Parade, to cheer and snap photos of the camels and brightly robed kings. Some marchers threw candy to children, while others chanted empowerment slogans. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 07, 2008
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Camera Cops? Members of the Maple Avenue Group (MARG) want Hartford to join the growing number of U.S. cities that use video cameras to catch motorists who run red lights, speed and commit other infractions. Once a violation is recorded by the camera, the motorist would automatically be mailed a ticket. But MARG President Hyacinth Yennie said that in order for Hartford to install such cameras, the State of Connecticut would have to pass new legislation allowing their use. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 27, 2008
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Cameras May Give Police Eye on Crime Among the ideas on how to stop violence in Hartford is the use of video monitors, a technique employed in cities like Baltimore and Jersey City. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 10, 2005
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Can Hartford Weather Sub-Prime Lending Crisis? Although Mike Menatian is now president of a well-established mortgage company in West Hartford, he began his career as a street-level organizer for Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART) in the late 1980’s. Some of Menatian’s old organizing passion came to the fore recently during a forum at the Hartford Public Library entitled, “The Sub-Prime Lending Crisis: What Does It Mean for Hartford and the Region?” Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 22, 2008
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Can Our Community Come Together When Danger Approaches? The author writes about how the community of Hartford families can come together when danger approaches. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 22, 2011
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Can Playground Make a Rebound? Forester Heights Park is tucked into a quiet area just north of Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford’s Southwest neighborhood. City Councilman Jim Boucher said the City of Hartford will fund a renovation of the park, but only if residents in the surrounding neighborhood show a commitment to use and support it. To that end, a meeting about the park was held on January 17, at Kennelly School on White St. with the aim of creating Friends of Forester Heights Park. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 22 - 29, 2006
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Can the Remainder of the Lyric Theater Be Saved? On June 10th, the Licenses and Inspections Division of the Hartford Department of Development Services should have answers as to whether the remainder of the Lyric Theater can be saved. On March 27th, the main section of the theater — 856 Broad Street– was demolished. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: June 08, 2010
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Candid As Ever, The King Departs The Rev. King Thomas Hayes has an exalted vision of his retirement years. Let's just say it doesn't include a lot of late-night phone calls. Rev. Hayes retired April 1, 2007 from Shiloh Baptist Church in North Hartford after 31 years in the pulpit. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 31, 2007
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Capewell Horse Nail Factory In Hartford Gets Grant For Clean-Up Plans to convert the former Capewell Horse Nail factory in Hartford into housing have stumbled for more than a decade, but the project got a $2 million boost this week, winning a state brownfields clean-up grant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 18, 2013
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Capewell Townhomes Project Moves Ahead The Corporation for Independent Living (CIL) recently closed on the sale of the first Capewell Townhomes unit in February. CILis a not-for-profit specialist that provides real estate development, construction and management services to state, municipal and other not-for-profit entities. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 21, 2013
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Capitol Area: From Asphalt Desert To Gem A bill introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly, by state Rep. David McCluskey, would direct state officials to inventory all state-owned and -leased parking lots in the Capitol district with a view to reducing the asphalt desert that surrounds the Capitol complex and liberating those acres "for the purpose of community and economic development." The bill would lead to the reduction of state-owned surface parking lots in central Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 4, 2007
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Capitol Avenue Focus Just A Part Of Larger Vision Developing an environmentally friendly neighborhood along Hartford's Capitol Avenue, one that uses sustainable strategies and infrastructure, was the goal of a recent two-day planning session at the Capitol. The gathering was part of the Environmental Protection Agency's "Greening America's Capitals" program. Not surprising for an effort supported by the EPA, there was a lot of emphasis on dealing with water quality and stormwater management. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2011
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Capitol West Building Could Become Housing For years, the building at the Asylum Street exit off I-84 west has been one of the city's worst blights, its eye socket-like cutout a curiosity for passing motorists. But that odd-looking space could become home to a fitness center if the building is converted to apartments or condominiums, as a developer has proposed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 8, 2006
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Capitol West Finally Meeting Wrecking Ball Capitol West, the notorious eyesore at the Asylum Street exit off I-84 west in Hartford, is coming down, after years of steady decay and finally, an eminent domain fight by the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 04, 2012
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Capitol West Owner Sues To Block City's Acquisition Of The Property The owner of the Capitol West building on Myrtle Street has filed a lawsuit to stymie the city's efforts to take the property through eminent domain. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 04, 2011
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Capitol West Owner Sues to Block Seizure Attempt The owner of the vacant Capitol West downtown office building has filed suit to block the city of Hartford from seizing the property through eminent domain. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 09, 2011
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Capitol West: Demolishing Longtime Eyesore Will Enhance Hartford People object when some buildings are torn down, often rightly, saying the building has historic or architectural merit. No such sentiment was heard and no tears were shed recently at a ceremony marking the end of Hartford's Capitol West building. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 04, 2012
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Car-Free in Hartford Since early October 2009, Kerri Provost has been without a car. She has not starved to death. Here is an explanation for how she has been able to meet her various needs and wants while living in Hartford without a car. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: December 04, 2009
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Carbone Recovering From Assault Three weeks after Hartford surgeons reconstructed his face, Nick Carbone was back in his sneakers walking through the park in the backyard of his high-rise apartment to where he was viciously attacked. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2008
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Caribbean Summit Set to Discuss Parade and Other Issues The Hartford West Indian Day Parade is the oldest parade of its kind in North America. Forty-four years after it began, it attracts thousands. But many have realized the parade has lost its vibrancy. In an effort to reignite the fire and bring back the spectacular cultural flavor to the parade, the Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities, Inc. sponsored the Caribbean Issues Summit. Published by The Hartford Guardian ; Publication Date: June 21, 2006
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Carjack Victim Possibly Targeted A Hartford woman initially believed to be the random victim of a shooting and carjacking may have been deliberately targeted because of her relationship with a man involved in the local drug trade, police sources said. A search of the vehicle uncovered at least one gun and $10,000 to $12,000 in cash hidden in an interior compartment. Police suspect that the attack on Jewel Cooper, who was critically wounded in the incident, was intentional. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2005
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Carl Dudley, 76 Carl Dudley, retired professor at Hartford Seminary and a leader in the city's West End, died April 22, 2009. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 24, 2009
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Carlos Toro A Valiant Fighter For The Sick Carlos Toro was a scrappy fighter whose advocacy on behalf of people with AIDS helped hundreds of people around Hartford deal with disease and discrimination. He was the first to admit his flaws. He fought drug addiction most of his life and spent time in jail. His marriage dissolved when he realized he was gay. He died on February 22, 2010 at age 57. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 11, 2010
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Cedar Hill: A Cemetery And A Park In the 19th century, Americans began to see cemeteries as resting places not only for the dead, but also for the living. The rural cemetery movement saw the creation of peaceful, park-like burial places in which the living could takes walks or carriage rides, have picnics or meditate on life's mysteries. Hartford's Cedar Hill Cemetery, a 270-acre greensward that dates from 1863, is one of the finest examples of this bucolic genre. Cedar Hill has lakes, woods and wildlife, plus architecture and monuments by some of the best designers of the period. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 09, 2010
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Celebrating Healthy-Eating Success A nutrition class at the Charter Oak Health Center, a public clinic that provides care to some of Hartford's neediest residents. Participants have learned to control their diabetes by cutting out soda and nibbling on fruit and vegetables instead of chips when she feels hungry. Nutritionist Lorie Reardon and about two dozen other clients recently celebrated the season and their healthy-eating success at a party that featured low-fat entrees. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 22, 2005
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Cemetery Tours To Die For There are many odd and often fascinating things you can learn during a guided tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery. The tours are scheduled regularly, and the themes change. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2010
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Chance Of A Lifetime Done with verve and imagination, the new development of Westbrook Village and Bowles Park housing projects can change the area for the better, even change the image of the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2012
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Change Rattles Asylum Hill Developer David Nyberg has spent more than $11 million to buy more than a dozen apartment buildings with 250 units in Asylum Hill. He wants to spend roughly the same amount to rehabilitate and upgrade those apartments. Nyberg's offers of cash to get people to leave - and his refusal to renew leases - has stirred community concerns that Nyberg is, in the short term, displacing tenants and, in the long term, trying to trade working people for a more upscale crowd. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 15, 2007
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Change the Way We Measure Poverty In this editorial, the Hartford Courant suggests that starting in 2011, the federal government will take a few baby steps toward changing the way it measures poverty, something that is decades overdue. The income levels decide who qualifies for hundreds of state and federal programs such as food stamps. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 03, 2010
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Changes At Lozada Park Some five years of dreaming, hard work and planning will soon result in a $450,000 refurbishing of Lozada Park, a square block of spare open space in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Hartford's North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2008
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Changes In Racial-Profiling Law Gets Boost The Judiciary Committee recently approved changes to the state's anti-racial-profiling law that proponents say will improve compliance and assure that police departments are held accountable if they mistreat motorists. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 21, 2012
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Chapter Ends For La Paloma The popular coffeehouse and bookstore has closed. The popular neighborhood hangout at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Babcock Street is expected to reopen under new ownership in the spring. Named after an endangered Puerto Rican pigeon, La Paloma failed financially. But in the hearts of Cotto and his three sisters, who shared a dream of opening a place where Latin American literature, culture and artistry could shine, it was a success. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2007
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Charities Are Hurting in The State; They Are Reorganizing To Survive While state unemployment hovers just under the national average of 9.6 percent, state charities are reorganizing, and sometimes closing altogether. Locally, according to its seventh annual survey of area nonprofit organizations, the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut's campaign was down by 8 percent — or $2 million — from 2008 to 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2010
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Charities Struggle A report from Connecticut Council for Philanthropy released recently says the number of major fundraising campaigns in Fairfield County and in the Hartford and New Haven areas is at its lowest in 10 years, as is the amount of the combined campaign goals. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2012
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Charter Oak Center: The Art Of Community A tapestry is a cloth woven with rich, often multicolored design. Selection of the Charter Oak Cultural Center as this year's recipient of The Hartford Courant's eighth annual Tapestry Award recognizes the rich and complex weave of cultures, traditions, ethnicities, religions, ages and genders Charter Oak brings together in the heart of Hartford and presents through the arts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2007
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Charter Oak Cultural Center - Winner Nonprofit Organzation of the Year Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center recently was named the Nonprofit Organization of the Year by the Hartford Business Journal. the center serves more than 15,000 people annually, and provides free before- and after-school programs to more than 500 children throughout Greater Hartford. The center sponsors hip-hop dance instruction and performances for area youths, eclectic art exhibitions in its downstairs gallery, and more. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 29, 2009
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Cheap Summertime Thrills Kerri Provost provides some ideas for free, cheap, or cheaper than usual things to do in Hartford. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 24, 2010
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Checking Out the Hartford Public Library What a difference a year and a half makes. In the summer of 2008 we were covering heated protests to save two branches of the Hartford public library: the Mark Twain and Blue Hills locations. There were protests that worked and both branches stayed open. Today, Matt Polland, the CEO of the Hartford Public Library said they're thriving. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2010
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Chief Cites Obstacles to Consent Decree Chief Patrick J. Harnett recently testified in federal court in a case that dates from the early 1970s. The group of residents who are plaintiffs in the Cintron vs. Vaughn lawsuit want the court to find the city in contempt; the city wants the court to nullify the decree. The lawsuit was resolved through a 1973 consent decree that required the city to take steps to be more accountable and responsive to the community, particularly in hiring more minority officers and investigating civilian complaints of police misconduct. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 2, 2005
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Chief Makes Business Presentation Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett presented the city's new community policing plan to the MetroHartford Alliance, a regional chamber of commerce with an interest in making Hartford safer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 9, 2005
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Chief Must Stay Close To Citizens Stan Simpson suggests that new Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts needs to make sure that his community support is rock-solid. Roberts can accomplish this by connecting with the community, being visible and accessible. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 5, 2006
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Chief's Departure Leaves Void In this editorial, the Courant suggests that although Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett's appointment was greeted with skepticism two years ago, his retirement - announced last week - doesn't bode well for the city. As Mr. Harnett promised when he took the job, overall crime in Hartford fell sharply after he restructured the department's manning procedures under the internationally recognized Command Status policing system, known popularly as Comstat. Mr. Harnett's successor should not be tempted to tamper with the system and thereby ruin its effectiveness. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 3, 2006
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Chief's Gamble Paid Off Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts took a lot of criticism in June when, in the wake of four homicides over Father's Day weekend, he broke with tradition and declined the help of state troopers to patrol the streets this summer. Crime statistics during that time show that the chief's gambit paid off. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 30, 2007
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Child Poverty Council Initial Plan The Child Poverty Council, established by the Connecticut Legislature in 2004, is charged with recommending strategies to reduce child poverty by fifty percent within ten years. The report contains an inventory of current programs and 67 recommendations for consideration by the executive and legislative branch. (PDF file - 141 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management ; Publication Date: January 2005
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_01_2005.asp Related Link(s): Fighting Child Poverty

Church Community Protests Priest’s Removal There is no full-time priest at St. Peter’s Church on Main Street in Hartford and its parishioners are angry. More than 150 of them picketed outside the church recently to show their displeasure with the decision to remove Father Michael Galasso from his post at St. Peter’s, a position the beloved pastor had held for almost thirty years. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 12, 2009
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Church Looks To Continue Community Dinners For Pastor Eva Steege, hosting a dinner for low-income and socially isolated people is not just about providing food. It's about building a community that includes everyone. That's what members of Grace Lutheran Church on Woodland Street sought to do when they put together a Christmas Eve dinner last week for about 150 people. Now the parish wants to make the dinner a weekly event. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2010
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Church Prepared A Place For Itself In the late 1980s, St. Monica's Episcopal Church saw a problem coming. Though many of Hartford's most prominent West Indian and African Americans still made their way to the small, stately brick church on Mather Street each Sunday, the parish was graying and not growing. They developed a plan that would keep the church in the city, and the church is now in the process of selling the Mather Street church building and starting construction on a new church on Main Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 4, 2007
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Church To Honor Leader Of 19 Years It's been a long road, but after 19 years as the spiritual leader of Mount Olive Ministries, Bishop James L. Fenner Sr. is proud of his accomplishments and the people he serves. Recently, members of Mount Olive honored Fenner and his wife, Rosa, for their dedication to Mount Olive with a special worship service led by the Rev. David Massey from Hopewell Baptist Church in Windsor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 8, 2006
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Churches Open Doors For Kids Two North End churches - House of Restoration and Phillips Metropolitan CME Church - are the anchors of the collaboration between DCF and city churches to find foster and adoptive homes for children. Known as the Queen Esther program, it has grown to involve 18 Hartford area churches and more recently spread to churches in Waterbury, Bridgeport and New Haven. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2006
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Ciao, Fran Francesca Anna Reale, 60, passed away January 11, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. She was a co-owner of City Fare Catering on Franklin Avenue and founder of Kidzzz, a program designed to teach youngsters the art of cooking. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: January 20, 2011
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Circus Fire Memorial To Be Dedicated A memorial for the 168 victims of the circus fire is dedicated, 61 years after the tragic event on the north end of Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 5, 2005
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City Celebrates School Construction Projects Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez celebrated the start of renovations to Rawson Elementary School with Blue Hills neighborhood residents. Rawson, once on the brink of closure, is part of a $280 million citywide school renovation project. Learn more in this October 7, 2004 Hartford Courant article. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 7, 2004
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City Celebrates Three Kings Day The Hartford's annual Three Kings Day parade was held recently. As in previous years, the parade began in front of the Spanish American Merchants Association at 95 Park St. and concluded with a distribution of toys to local children at the Pope Park Recreation Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 7, 2006
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City Commissions Face Cuts In Support Staff In an effort to eliminate what Mayor Eddie A. Perez describes as "non-essential mandates" in Hartford's municipal code, he wants to remove a requirement forcing the city to supply staff to three city commissions - the Permanent Commission on the Status of Hartford Women, the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues and the Commission on Disability Issues. Any move that involves further reduction to the help those commissions receive would be devastating, volunteers on all three commissions say. The commissions rely heavily on city staff to take minutes at meetings, write and send official correspondence and navigate city hall's often labyrinthine structure, they said. The annual savings in staffing and supplies would total about $25,000 a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2006
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City Community Group Takes New Step Forward Despite angry outbursts and charges of illegality, the election of new directors to the ONE/CHANE board is a step in the right direction according to an optimistic Chairman Terry Waller. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 6, 2005
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City Gunmen Need Individual Attention Studies in Boston, Buffalo and elsewhere have shown that a small number of people are doing most of the violent crime. Hartford police officers report that most of the gun violence in the city can be traced to 30 to 40 major miscreants. Although the city has made noteworthy effort to reduce violence in Hartford, focusing on smaller number of troublemakers might be beneficial. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 3, 2005
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City Hires Demo Team The city has hired Manafort Brothers, Inc. to demolish the blighted Capitol West building on Myrtle Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2012
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City Hires Firm For $50,000 To Plan Move To New Public Safety Complex The city has hired a Farmington-based project management firm to help plan its move to the new public safety complex on High Street in fall of 2012. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2012
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City Hopes to Ignite a Neighborhood Renaissance Hartford’s unfinished $77 million showpiece police-fire-emergency dispatch headquarters is under construction. City officials are certain of the positive impact the public safety complex will have when it opens in July 2012. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 01, 2011
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City In a Danger Zone Hartford police link the spike in gun crime to a dangerous new culture among young people that stresses the need to be armed for protection and a willingness by youths to settle even trivial disputes with guns. State and federal officers have joined up with Hartford police to quell the violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 3, 2005
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City Introducing Recycling Program Mayor Eddie A. Perez wants Hartford to turn its recyclables into cash. Perez announced a pilot recycling program recently that allows city residents to earn cash coupons by recycling their household waste. The coupons would be redeemable at nearly 300 national chains — Staples, Dick's Sporting Goods and CVS Pharmacy, to name a few — as well as a developing list of local businesses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 18, 2008
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City Kids Deserve Safe Place The city of Hartford is demolishing the almost half-century old, dilapidated Parker Memorial Center/Kelvin D. Anderson Gymnasium on Main Street. By 2010, a new, 36,000-square-foot community center will be constructed that will carry the same name. It'll be a place for young people to blow off steam safely. All the amenities will be new — gymnasium, swimming pool, weight room, classrooms, computer labs, game room. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2008
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City Likely To OK Houses A request by two former city officials to build houses on the site of a city park is poised to be approved by the city council, over the objections of some residents and a national low-income advocacy group who say the plan takes away one of the few green spaces left in Hartford's North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 28, 2005
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City Mayors Plead For State Help In Tough Times Connecticut's big-city mayors released a report recently reminding policy makers that their cities have greater costs in serving the poor, and have large swaths of tax exempt property, like not-for-profit hospitals, universities and state offices. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2010
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City Meets with Residents about Flower Street Anna Barry, the Deputy DOT Commissioner, acknowledgeed that the City has been engaged in "vigorous discussion" with the Connecticut DOT concerning the closure of Flower Street in Hartford as a result of the construction of CTfastrak, and that no conclusion has been reached between those parties about what is an acceptable path forward. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: April 26, 2013
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City Mission Comforts Stomachs, Spirits Hartford Rescue Mission, a nondenominational religious organization that rents space at St. Monica Episcopal Church, on Mather Street in the city's North End, provides free meals, clothing and spiritual support using funds obtained through donations and fundraising. "We want the individuals who come here to feel comfortable, to know we care about them and want to help," said the Rev. Gregg Woods, a Baptist minister who runs the mission. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2005
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City Moves Forward With Plans To Acquire Capitol West The city will move forward with plans to take the long-vacant Capitol West building on Myrtle Street through eminent domain proceedings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 25, 2011
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City Noise Plan Is Unsound Street noise can ruin the quality of life in Hartford. People who move out of the city often cite street noise from loud car radios, motorcycles and dance clubs as a determining factor. To quiet the city, however, Hartford officials have amended an ordinance in a way that appears unenforceable and unlikely to win the approval of the state Department of Environmental Protection. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 29, 2007
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City of Hartford Historic Districts and Individual Historic Properties Map A map of local, state, and national historic districts and properties in Hartford as of March, 2007. (PDF document, 1 page) Published by City of Hartford, Planning Division, Department of Development Services ; Publication Date: March 2007
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City of Hartford Neighborhood Stabilization Program Local Action Plan The current foreclosure crisis has affected every neighborhood in the City of Hartford and has had a profound effect on the lives of countless citizens. The nature of Hartford’s housing stock, coupled with the state’s lowest homeownership rate of 24.6%, magnify the crisis. The City’s primary programmatic approach is to support the efforts of the last eight years, by focusing Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds to create diverse homeownership opportunities. This document outlines guiding principles on how to best maximize the opportunities presented in the NSP in Hartford. (PDF document, 68 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Department of Development Services
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/Neighborhood_Stabilization_Action_Plan.pdf

City of Hartford Opposes Flower Street Closure — Partially In late July, a letter from the City of Hartford’s Deputy Corporation Counsel — on behalf of Mayor Segarra — was submitted to the Connecticut Department of Transportation petitioning “to postpone or condition the closure of the Flower Street crossing until adequate and effective measures can be devised and implemented to mitigate the impact the proposed closure will have on north-south traffic flow within the City.” Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: August 15, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/realhtfd_081512.asp

City of Hartford, 311 Open and Closed Cases An interactive map that shows open and closed cases from the 3-1-1 system in the City of Hartford. Published by City of Hartford
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/wsd_11_2010.asp

City of Hartford, Department of Development Services, Project Updates This report is an update on the various planning and development projects undertaken by the City of Hartford Department of Development Services. (PDF document, 73 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Department of Development Services ; Publication Date: January 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/DowntownDevelopment/Project_Updates-January_2013.pdf

City of Hartford: The Neighborhood Conditions Report This document is a report from the City of Hartford on its efforts to fight blight in the City. It includes descriptions and summaries of the activities to rehabilitate or clear blighted properties as of June 30, 2011. (PDF document, 75 pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: June 30, 1011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/antiblightpropertyupdate063011.pdf

City of Trash There were more than 300 illegal dumping cases in Hartford in 2006, or nearly one each day, including 60 cases of asbestos dumping. About 100 of those were on city-owned or private property, and were handled by Hartford Zoning Inspector Courtney Dunstan. The rest were on state-owned or other public land and were handled by the Connecticut DEP. The dumped items include headless chickens, goats, dogs, asbestos, and mattresses. State and city health officers struggle to clean it up. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_032207.asp

City Officer Defends Shootings As more information emerges about the shooting on May 7th and the death of Jashon Bryant, police officer Robert Lawlor's attorney Michael Georgetti defends Lawlor's decision to open fire on Bryant and Brandon Henry. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_051105.asp

City Plan Goes to the Neighborhoods Over 100 people from the Asylum Hill, Parkville and West End neighborhoods crowded into United Methodist Church on Farmington Avenue recently to hear about – and comment – on the City of Hartford’s proposed Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD 2020). The POCD will guide city planning for the next 10 years. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 11, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_news_021110.asp

City Pleased With RecycleBank Pilot The City of Hartford is testing the effectiveness of a community recycling program designed to help both the city and its residents save money. A year-long pilot program that began in May with RecycleBank, a four-year-old New York company, serves 4,500 Hartford residents. If it is deemed a success, it could be put in place throughout the city, potentially reducing the $2.4 million the city now spends on waste management. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 10, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/hbj_111008.asp

City Police Are Testing a BB Gun That Might Have Been Thrown From the Car Hartford police have sent a BB gun, turned in May 12th by an anonymous man, to forensics to investigate its possible connection to the police shooting of two young men in Hartford's North end the previous week. An officer fired at the two men because he believed one of them was reaching for a gun but no such gun has yet been found. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2005
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City Ready To Pull Plug On Plaza Mayor City officials are about to terminate their support for the stalled $32 million mixed-use Plaza Mayor project intended to serve as the gateway to Park Street unless the developers secure financing and submit final plans for approval. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 20, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_072009.asp

City Remembers Legendary Latina Leader, Maria Sanchez When the chips were down in the Hartford political game, there wasn't a tougher, shrewder player than the grandmotherly Maria Colon Sanchez. Those who underestimated her did so at their peril. When she didn't appear to be paying attention, she was counting votes. Ms. Sanchez, who died in 1989, used her political skills to advance her fellow Puerto Ricans and other Latinos who settled in Hartford. Recently, the city dedicated a street in her honor in the Clay-Arsenal neighborhood. It was there, from Maria's Newsstand, her tiny store, that she worked her magic. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 03, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_120308.asp

City Scene: Hartford Artisans Weaving Center A small weaving center on Woodland Street, Hartford Artisans Weaving Center, opened in January 2009. This tax-exempt, nonprofit center serves 22 people who have little or no vision or who are over 55. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 04, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_010410.asp

City Scene: Restaurant Owners Live Karaoke Life Friday nights are karaoke nights at Aqui Me Quedo II at 150 Albany Ave. Wilma and Joel Rohena bought the restaurant five years ago from her father. Joel left his job as manager at Coca-Cola to run the place; she kept hers as a manager at Travelers. Until a few months ago, the Rohenas would close their restaurant and bar for the night and head to East Hartford to sing karaoke. Now, Joel has his own setup. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 20, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_112009.asp

City Scenes: A 21-Year-Old Finds A Job, And A Mentor There's a gaping hole in the road where Albany Avenue and Edgewood Street meet, a 16-foot-deep pit lined with steel that keeps the earthen walls intact as contractors work below. Kewayn Hudson, wearing a hard hat, works a 30-hour-a-week, $8-an-hour training job with the Metropolitan District Commission. He begins most days by keeping track of equipment and people. What began as a summer job training program through the Blue Hills Civic Association and Capital Workforce Partners has expanded to take Hudson through September 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 06, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_110609.asp

City Seeks Buyer For 4-Acre Main Street Parcel Hartford officials announced June 1st that they would like to sell the 4-acre plot of land at 1450 Main Street for roughly $260,000 for “mixed development.” Officials feel the type of development, whether residential, commercial, or retail should be flexible. Responses are due no later than July 29th. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 2, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_060205.asp

City Seeks Time To Ease Tax Burden With hundreds of small businesses facing sharp tax increases, Hartford's city council has asked the state legislature for help. Not for money, but for time. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_052207.asp

City Sees Potential, Makes a Plan Mayor Perez focuses on revitalizing 'Downtown West' with housing, entertainment and retail services. The city's Planning Division has completed an initial study of the neighborhood. The study looks at the area parcel by parcel, identifies development "anchors, challenges, and opportunities" and plans a series of actions that include beginning discussions with property owners, seeking funding for a new public garage, and more. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 9, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_080905.asp

City Shuts Down Occupy Hartford Occupy Hartford began on a sunny autumn afternoon in October 2011 but ended on a dreary December day as the City of Hartford closed down the site on December 6, 2011. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: December 08, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_news_120811.asp

City Sites in Line For Anti-Crime Funds The Upper Albany and Clay Arsenal neighborhoods have been jointly recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as a "Weed and Seed" site, a designation that opens the door to federal crime-fighting funding. The Weed and Seed program aims to rid an area of violent crime and then provide social and economic services to allow residents to reclaim the neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/htfd_courant_061805.asp

City Slates $50M For Neighborhood Rehabs Within a few weeks, the city of Hartford will name a private developer charged with the task of developing a plan for improving multiple properties on Barbour Street in northeast Hartford. In February, the city issued a request for qualifications, or RFQ, for developers that would work with the city on improving the Barbour Street corridor. If successful, there could be similar projects lined up in other areas of the city, including in Hartford’s Franklin Avenue corridor, in the Frog Hollow neighborhood, and Homestead Avenue corridor. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 26, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_052608_1.asp

City Starting Over On Park Street The city of Hartford and local developer Carlos Lopez are moving back to square one following the city’s tabling of Lopez’s ambitious $32 million Park Street neighborhood project known as Plaza Mayor. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 19, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/hbj_101909.asp

City Streets, Sidewalks: New Turf For Skateboarders Skateboarders are now legally able to roll along the city's streets and sidewalks. The city council voted recently in favor of a proposal by Councilman Luis Cotto to repeal a 33-year-old ordinance that banned skateboarding in those areas. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 30, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_063010_1.asp

City Students Pick Out Holiday Gifts For Family Members At Maria Sanchez Elementary School, the recent "Holiday Shopping Spree," organized by physical education teacher Dave Anderson, was a first. The At the school's holiday bazaar Tuesday, the 500 students could pick from digital photo key chains, foot baths and slow-cookers. And all the gifts were free, donated by school staff and their friends. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_121708.asp

City To Enforce Store Ordinance The city will start cracking down on convenience stores that haven't obtained a permit to stay open between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., city officials said recently. In response to citywide complaints from residents that convenience stores were staying open all night and causing problems — some criminal, some not — the city council unanimously passed an ordinance in May 2007 that a $100 city permit would be required to stay open 24 hours. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_031208.asp

City To Hire More Inspectors, DPW Workers The city recently approved the allocation of $1.25 million to hire more inspectors, more public works employees, a lawyer and two interns to address blighted buildings and related issues. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_071811_1.asp

City's Portuguese Mourn The Rev. Jose da Silva, the spiritual leader of Hartford's Portuguese community for half a century and the man who bound it together by expanding its church, died on December 7, 2006 in Portugal after a battle with cancer. He was 80. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 8, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FaithCommunity/htfd_courant_120806.asp

City's Revived Curfew Has Its Doubters, Critics The merits of the curfew, long on the books, but revived for 30 days after a spate of shootings last weekend, are being debated from the city's squad rooms to living rooms, and perhaps in the future in courtrooms, where municipal curfews have been struck down. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 16, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_081608_2.asp

City, Businesses Share Vision A plan called Hartford 2010 has goals big and small, from turning huge swaths of downtown real estate into a nationally marketed site for major development to transforming a North End criss-cross of roads into a nexus of neighborhood retail. But just as significant as the details of the vision is the fact that the city and its business leaders share it. Together, they say, they can better sell the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 5, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_060507.asp

City’s Public Safety Complex On Target Work on the city of Hartford’s $77 million public safety complex on the north rim of downtown is “on schedule and under budget,’’ Mayor Eddie Perez says. Clearing of the 5.3-acre site surrounding 253 High St., former headquarters to the city’s board of education, is well under way and remaining bids are being collected from firms eager to supply materials and services for the two-year project. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 26, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/hbj_102609.asp

Citywide WiFi Plan Shelved Nearly three years after Mayor Eddie Perez promised with fanfare to provide free wireless Internet access citywide by 2009, city officials have quietly tabled the plan. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 14, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/hbj_071408.asp

Civil Lawsuit Dismissed Against Former Hartford Officer in Fatal 2005 Shooting A Superior Court judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit against Robert Lawlor, a former Hartford police detective involved in a controversial police shooting in 2005 in which an 18-year-old was killed. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Lydia Cabrera, Ruben Perez and Dejavahn Watkins, who were injured in a car crash that followed the shooting. Their vehicle was struck by a car driven by Brandon Henry, who had been shot by Lawlor and was fleeing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_031711.asp

Clampdown Riding all-terrain vehicles on city property officially became illegal recently. At a Sept. 8, 2008 meeting, the Hartford City Council amended the city's regulations, making riding four-wheeled ATVs on city property punishable by fines of $99. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 18, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_091808.asp

Classes, Concerts, Candidate Forums: Hartford's Public Library A Real Civic Center Bringing people to the Hartford Public Library is something CEO Matthew Poland and his staff have gotten very good at. The Library offers a remarkable array of classes, concerts, readings and lectures. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 08, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_110812_2.asp

Clean Up Position Volunteers from the West End Civic Association Beautification & Planting Committee gathered recently to clean up Elizabeth Park, rounding out the Week of the Parks. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: August 28, 2010
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Cleaning House Suits claim a local realty company is fleecing former renters, many of them recent University of Hartford grads. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 03, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_advocate_030309.asp

Cleanup Planned At Hartford's Burns School On Saturday Superintendent Christina Kishimoto appointed Tim Sullivan as interim principal of the Burns School in early February 2012, an abrupt leadership change that was criticized because he was a well-liked and successful principal at Classical Magnet School. But Sullivan said he welcomed the challenge and believes changing Burns' environment is a step toward turning around the school. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 09, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_030912.asp

Clearing The Way Toward A More Scenic Connecticut Toni Gold writes in support of . M. Jodi Rell's executive order to ban outdoor advertising on state property. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/htfd_courant_022408_1.asp

Clergy Speaks Out on Violence The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance rallied Thursday, May 12th against violence in response to recent shootings, including the incident involving two police officers and the death of Jashon Bryant on May 7th. The alliance stressed the need for better relationships between city officials, officers, and residents and more thorough investigation into violent crimes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 13, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/faithcommunity/htfd_courant_051305.asp

Cleveland Avenue Copes With City's Latest Shooting Stan Simpson summarizes feelings and opinions of community members in light of recent shootings in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 7, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_060706_a.asp

Closing Hartford Crossing Key For Busway Getting the New Britain-to-Hartford busway, or CTfastrak, past little Flower Street in Hartford is one of the most difficult engineering challenges in constructing the dedicated right-of-way, and one of the most controversial. Neighborhood organizations, residents, bicyclists and others say the loss of this two-block north-south street that connects Farmington and Capitol avenues will cause more traffic congestion, impede pedestrian circulation and make bicycling more dangerous in the area. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 23, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/htfd_courant_082312.asp

Closing Library Branches Was Painful, Necessary This year, given the deepest budget cuts the library have ever faced, the board of directors of the Hartford Public Library was forced to make painful decisions regarding library services and hours. One of the board members writes, “We do not make these decisions lightly. We recognize the important role the library plays in the city and are proud that our delivery of quality services has made the library so vital to our community.” Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 07, 2008
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Clothier by Day, Emcee By Night Life is a cabaret for Dan Blow, the colorful co-owner of Hartford's celebrated West End fashion house, Japanalia Eiko. Especially now that Blow, a shaker-and-doer on the Hartford art scene, has tailored one of the most varied cabaret series Hartford has seen. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 13, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_021311.asp

Club To Shirley Q.: You Go Away, Girl A notorious drag queen show planned for the Chez Est nightclub this month has been canceled amid growing debate over the racial content of the act, which features a white man performing as an alcoholic, Ebonics-speaking, Southern black welfare mother with 19 kids. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 10, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_021007.asp

Club's Influence Proves Priceless Asylum Hill youth are already benefiting from the addition of the Boys and Girls Club. A core of Asylum Hill Congregational volunteers, chagrined by the notoriety of the neighborhood - drugs, prostitution, shootings - decided to change its reputation and transform the street. They led a five-year effort to raise $7 million to build the Boys and Girls Club, which opened in October. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 18, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/courant_121804.asp

Colin Powell Visits Boys & Girls Club, Tells Youths To Pursue Their Dreams Former Secretary of State and retired four-star Gen. Colin Powell spoke to a packed house recently, and that was before he headlined a motivational speaking tour at the XL Center in Hartford. Prior to his speaking engagement downtown, Powell took a tour of the Boys & Girls Club on Sigourney Street and shared some of his life experiences with dozens of current and former club members. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_091009_1.asp

Collaboration Brings New School To Asylum Hill On the lower level of Asylum Hill Congregational Church a new school is taking shape. The School for Young Children on Asylum Hill initially will serve children 6 weeks to 5 years old and is expected to attract both city and suburban families. The preschool, scheduled to open in September 2006, is the first phase of a school project that by 2008 will grow to include children up to fourth grade. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_021706_a.asp

Colleagues Remember Abraham Giles; Dead At 84 Abraham Giles was a Hartford politician and former state representative known for his personality and for his ability to survive in the game when others had long ago lost, or moved on. Giles died recently at the age of 84. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: March 28, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/jcohen_032811.asp

Colt At A Crossroads Colt Gateway is in trouble and needs the state's help. Work has stalled on the historic Colt armory complex, its developers caught in a financial Catch-22. The blue-domed east armory, a landmark familiar to all who travel along I-91 through Hartford, is increasingly vulnerable to time and weather. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_092307.asp

Colt Closing On Goal In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that telling the complex story of Coltsville in a way that engages a diverse audience and does justice to its contributions in shaping U.S. history is both a challenge and an economic development opportunity that may never come this way again. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 03, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_080308.asp

Colt Gateway A historic success after going through a series of developers, the vast area that comprises Colt Gateway is moving along well. With its mix of schools; Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Two River's High School and the River Street School, businesses like Foley Carrier in the South Armory and Insurity in the Saw Tooth building and its current 50 occupied apartments, there is lots of life in Coltsville. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 29, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_news_082913.asp

Colt Gateway Hits New Snag The continued transformation of the Colt Gateway project in Hartford into new apartments is running into another snag, as one of the project's lenders is threatening to foreclose on some of the site's properties. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 30, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_103007.asp

Colt Gateway... A Promise Being Fulfilled Coltsville, in Hartford's South Meadows, has quite a history. In the mid-19th century, it was one of the nation’s largest and most advanced factories, turning out Samuel Colt’s famous six-shooter revolver by the thousands. Today, Connecticut’s congressional leaders are trying to turn the factory and its surroundings into a National Park. The first hurdles in this process have been completed, but others still remain. Colt Gateway (today's term for Coltsville) is a vibrant community with businesses, schools, occupied apartments, some home based business and a new restaurant, Cafe Colt. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: March 07, 2013
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Colt Headed for Failure? Critics of Colt Gateway developer Robert MacFarlane say all his projects run aground and his company is in debt. But MacFarlane says his project is on track. An investigation by the Advocate has revealed the money problems at Colt Gateway — the renovation of Sam and Elizabeth Colt's 19th century firearms factory into commercial and residential space — appear to be far worse than the developer has disclosed. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 01, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_advocate_110107.asp

Colt Lives Yet another developer faces the challenge of reviving Hartford's Colt project. When Robert MacFarlane, chief executive officer of Homes for America Holdings, took over Hartford's crumbling Colt factory in 2002, he promised two things. Colt would be reborn as a residential and retail anchor for the city. MacFarlane is 0 for 2. He has been eased out of ownership in Colt by a new developer — Lance Robbins of Los Angeles-based Urban Smart Growth — and Colt is still far from reborn, although MacFarlane at least kept it on life support. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 07, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_040709.asp

Colt Moves to Clear the Air Colt Gateway Developer Robert MacFarlane says his property taxes are up to date and his entanglement with a bankrupt lender is resolved. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 10, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_advocate_011008.asp

Colt Project on Hold Work has been stalled for months on Colt Gateway, the $160 million project at the center of an effort to gain National Historic Landmark status for the Colt complex. The developer says it's time for the state to step in with some money to get things moving again. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 20
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_advocate_092007.asp

Colt Project Starved For Cash In 2003, when Homes for America Holdings Inc. rode into Hartford like a white knight to save one of the city's most significant historic landmarks, the Colt Gateway project, hopes were high. But complicated financing and the red tape involved in meeting federal historic construction standards have meant delays in residential renovation now underway. Cash flow problems have also put off the restoration of the most visible and historic wing, the east armory. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_060307.asp

Colt Story Begs To Be Told Patience is at a premium for those at the national, state and local levels who yearn to see the dreams of Coltsville realized, The Courant among them. The $110 million rehabilitation of the 19th-century arms factory complex in Hartford has been stalled at times as the developers juggle various funding sources. But the more vexing delays have been in its designation as a National Historic Landmark. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 26, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_082607.asp

Coltsville Deserves To Become A National Park Rick Green comments that Coltsville is our Grand Canyon, an Old Faithful in the Connecticut River Valley. It is our almost National Park in Hartford. It could also be another lost Hartford dream. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 04, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_120409.asp

Coltsville Historic District Gains U.S. Designation The Coltsville Historic District in Hartford, where Samuel Colt made industrial history manufacturing firearms, has reached the end of its years-long quest to be included among the country's National Historic Landmarks. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_101508.asp

Coltsville Looking Like A Landmark Coltsville's place in Hartford history has long been secure. Under the blue onion dome occurred a revolution in firearms manufacturing that won the West and helped the Union triumph in the Civil War. With recent action by National Park Service officials, Coltsville moved closer to gaining a place on the national historic map, a step Connecticut officials hope will spur the long-awaited redevelopment of the one-time manufacturing village into a national park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 06, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_120607.asp

Coltsville So Close To Becoming National Historic Park Coltsville, the brick buildings that made up the renowned 19th-century factory village in South Hartford, Is on the verge of becoming a National Historic Park, with the hope that prosperity it brought to Hartford in the 19th century will repeat in the 21st. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_092911.asp

Coltsville Special Resource Study The National Park Service is undertaking a special resource study of the Coltsville Industrial Historic District to determine the national significance, suitability, and feasibility of making it a part of the national park system. Published by The National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/DowntownDevelopment/coltsville_study.asp

Coltsville Special Resource Study, November 2009 The Coltsville Special Resource Study concludes in this report that the Coltsville Historic District NHL meets the criteria for national significance and suitability. Because of difficulty with accessing the interior and various ownership issues, the study team was unable to conclude that the historic district meets the criteria as a feasible addition to the National Park System. The study also was unable to to determine that a need for National Park Service management exists. (PDF document, 84 pages) Published by U.S. National Park Service ; Publication Date: November 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/history/final_coltsville_report.pdf

Coltsville Special Resource Study, Public Meeting Presentation, December 14, 2009 A public presentation by the National Park Service made on December 14, 2009, which describes the process of the Coltsville Special Resource Study, and which solicits public comment. (PDF document, 13 pages) Published by U.S. National Park Service ; Publication Date: December 14, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/history/Coltsville_Spec_Resource_Study.pdf

Coltsville Study A Road Map To National Park Status Although a newly released federal study concludes that the Coltsville Historic District does not qualify now to become a national park, supporters said recently it provides a road map to reach the goal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 02, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_120209.asp

Coltsville's Big Mo May Really Be Here When Sam Colt put a blue onion dome on his factory in the mid-19th century, it was to make an impression on travelers passing on the Connecticut River. The factory is about to make a good impression again, this time on passengers by car. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 30, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_073012_1.asp

Coltsville's Big Moment This Hartford Courant editorial expresses the opinion that we should not permit economic jitters to overshadow a momentous achievement. The development became official recently when U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne signed off on Hartford's Coltsville Historic District as a National Historic Landmark. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_101908.asp

Coltsville's Big Shot This is a pivotal moment for Coltsville, the former factory town in south Hartford developed by 19th-century industrialist Samuel Colt. It has the momentum to become a major destination for visitors and an economic engine for the region. A new developer, Lance J. Robbins of Urban Smart Growth, is poised to take over rehabilitation of the iconic factory complex, which has been mired in financial uncertainty. At the same time, an extensive study of the feasibility of locating a national park there is ready to be submitted to the National Park Service. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 07, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_120708.asp

Coltsville's Key Place In History The National Park Service recently held a hearing in Washington, D.C. to weigh an important proposal - naming one of Connecticut's most treasured sites, Coltsville in Hartford, as a National Historic Landmark. Sens. Christopher Dodd, Joe Lieberman and John Larson, as well as many members of the local community, have worked hard to bring Colt this well-deserved recognition. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 02, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_120207.asp

Coltsville: More Than Just Bricks And Mortar Amid the push by state legislators to establish a National Historical Park in the Coltsville Historic District, local and state officials met the U.S. secretary of Interior to tour the building and grounds and discuss the steps needed to propel the project forward. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_092411.asp

Comeback Trees It's with a big, poetic sigh of relief that we enjoy the white blossoms of 17 flowering pear trees the state installed alongside its office buildings on Capitol Avenue. They were replanted recently with the help of students working for the Knox Parks Foundation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 16, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/htfd_courant_041606.asp

Coming Home to Hartford: Interim Report of the Mayor's Homeownership Task Force The Hartford Homeownership Task Force identifies numerous specific recommendations and six major goals in this interim report. The Task Force was formed in March of 2002 by Mayor Eddie Perez to develop a strategy and recommendations to increase the homeownership rate in Hartford from 25% to 30% over the next five years. Hartford has the lowest homeownership rate in Connecticut, and the lowest rate in the nation for a city of its size. The Mayor's homeownership initiative has evolved into the Rising Star Block Initiative; Published by City of Hartford; Office of Grants Management ; Publication Date: September 2002
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/HomeOwnership/wsd_09_2002.asp Related Link(s): City of Hartford ; Neighborhoods of Hartford ; Hartford Public Library: Hartford is Home

Commercial Laundry Destroyed By Fire In Hartford Shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, October 3, 2008, when an employee of the Sunshine Laundry Co. drove by the business at 739 Maple Ave., everything was quiet. About a half-hour later, the building was engulfed in flames, destroyed by the fast-moving fire. On Saturday, October 4, 2008, near the smoldering ruins, the building's co-owner said he and his son plan to rebuild and reopen the business as soon as possible. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 05, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_100508.asp

Common Ground, Inc. and the Former Swift Factory Site: Potential for a Community Land Trust in Hartford This thesis, written by Heather Brandon for the Master of Arts in Public Policy, Trinity College, Hartford, suggests various organizational models for the redevelopment of the former Swift factory, a vacant building on 2.6 acres in the Northeast Hartford neighborhood . (PDF document, 73 pages) Published by Trinity College, Hartford, CT ; Publication Date: May 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/Heather_Brandon_thesis.pdf

Community Court Newsletter, Fall 2010 The Fall 2010 Newsletter from the Hartford Community Court includes a celebration of their 12 year anniversary and the more than 340,000 hours of commmunity service that has been performed. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Judicial Branch ; Publication Date: December 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Crime/10CommCourt_Fall_News.pdf

Community Court Newsletter, Fall 2011 The Spring Newsletter from the Hartford Community Court includes a description of Access to Recover (ATR) III that provides assistance to people in recovery from alcohol and other drug use, as well as other services of the court. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Judicial Branch ; Publication Date: November 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/2011_COMMCourtFallNewsletter.pdf

Community Court Newsletter, Spring 2007 The Spring Newsletter from the Hartford Community Court includes a description of a visit by Hartford Police Department's Community Service Officers to the court. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Judicial Branch ; Publication Date: March 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/2007_COMMCourtSpringNewsletter.pdf

Community Court To Be a Mentor Good news for Hartford's Community Court. The decade-old court system -- which uses restitution and rehabilitation to fight prostitution, public drinking, drug use, vandalism and other quality-of-life crimes -- has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice as one of three nationwide "community court mentor" sites. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/legalissues/cityline_032509.asp

Community Development Block Grant Community Meetings, Fiscal Year 2011-2012 A pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation made at the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) community meeting held at the Hartford Public Library on December 15, 2010. (PDF document 21 pages) Published by City of Hartford Department of Development Services Division of Grants Management ; Publication Date: December 15, 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/CDBG_Community_Meeting_Presentation.pdf

Community Gardens Get Funding A new community garden at Earle and Barbour streets, complete with 10 fruit trees, will be built in spring of 2012 with a federal grant. Knox Parks provides members of the community who want to garden with the space, tools, seeds and expertise to do so. Knox Parks already provides 15 community gardens throughout the city, but none with fruit trees. Knox Parks is one of 17 nonprofit organizations and municipalities that will be reimbursed a total of $81,425 from the America the Beautiful (ATB) Urban Forestry Grant Program. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 30, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_013012.asp

Community Groups Finances Investigated ONE/CHANE, a north Hartford community improvement non-profit organization, is under scrutiny for possible financial irregularities and improprieties. To comply with the investigation and to restructure under its new executive director the organization has closed its doors to the public for the time being. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/legalissues/htfd_courant_041305.asp

Community Meeting Set Wednesday To Discuss Hartford's Milner School School officials have planned a community meeting to pitch their proposed Milner School partnership with Jumoke Academy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_052912_1.asp

Community Needed To Help Heal Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez writes that the recent crimes on Capitol Avenue and Park Street serve to remind us that we cannot take our sense of community for granted. These horrific acts call for swift and decisive action on all levels of our community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_061508.asp

Community Organizers More Valuable Than Palin Thinks Sarah Palin, the new it girl in American politics, was doing what a vice presidential candidate is supposed to do — savaging the top of the opposing ticket. But in mocking Barack Obama's lack of executive experience, Alaska's socially conservative governor also revealed a startling disdain for the lifeblood that changes public policy — "community organizers." She was dismissive of their roles in spurring change. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 06, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_090608.asp

Community Organizers Seek To Train New Neighborhood Leaders In Hartford The Hartford Areas Rally Together advocacy group is looking to bolster its ranks of neighborhood volunteers with a new academy that will teach residents the basics of community organizing. The purpose is to develop a "pipeline" of leaders who could become the next wave of community organizers in Hartford, said Mayra Esquilin, HART's executive director. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 08, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_030813.asp

Community Reaction on Perez Following former Mayor Eddie Perez's sentencing recently, Steve Goode went out in the community to get people's thoughts on Perez's legacy, his downfall and the judge's decision to impose a 3-year prison term. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 15, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_091510.asp

Community Schools Educate the Whole Child Hartford is home to seven Community Schools. The Hartford Community Schools received the national excellence award recently, highlighting Hartford’s level of commitment and implementation of this reform model. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 16, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_news_051613.asp

Community Seeks Solutions To Continuing Violence Governor Dannel Malloy, Mayor Pedro Segarra and Hartford Police Chief James Rovella all attended a public forum on the city’s continuing violence recently. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 16, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_news_051613.asp

Companies Should Take Lead On Transit For Workers The Hartford's announcement in December 2008 that it would tear down the MassMutual building for more parking perfectly illustrates the city's most serious transportation issue. Connecticut's capital city has a series of companies struggling to accommodate their large drive-alone workers in a city with very limited transit resources and limited parking. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 13, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/htfd_courant_011308_1.asp

Comparison of Existing Anti-Blight Ordinance with Amendments Adopted by Council March 24, 2008 & June 9, 2008 A table which compares the existing Hartford anti-blight ordinance with the amended version, and which includes an explanation of the rationale for the changes. (PDF document, 9 pages) Published by Hartford 2000 ; Publication Date: June 09, 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/anti-blight_chart.pdf

Comprehensive Communities Partnership (CCP) Project Background In 1994 the City of Hartford was invited by the Department of Justice to design a program to combat the crisis created by drug related violence and the attendant economic implosion of the city's neighborhoods. This new initiative, called the Comprehensive Communities Partnership (CCP), was a three pronged effort involving departments in the City of Hartford, the Police Department and the community. Published by Comprehensive Communities Partnership
Document Link: /issues/wsd/neighborhoods/CCP_Background.pdf

Connecticut Capitol Region Home Sales Price Report; July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004 Presents residential sales price data and analysis for the 2004 fiscal year (all years listed are fiscal years from July 1 to June 30). (PDF document; 22 pages) Published by Capitol Region Council of Governments ; Publication Date: October 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_10_2004.asp

Connecticut Equestrian and Exhibition Center Project Ebony Horsewomen have proposed the development of an equestrian center at Keney Park in Hartford. Collected here are a variety of documents, plans, and press coverage of the issue. Published by Hartfordinfo.org
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/wsd_ebony_horsewomen.asp

Connecticut NAACP Pushes Civil Rights Probe in Jashon Bryant Killing More than 20 supporters of Jashon Bryant vowed recently to urge the federal government to take a closer look at the 2005 fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white police officer. Less than a week after former Det. Robert Lawlor's acquittal of manslaughter and assault charges, family members and friends gathered in front of the federal courthouse on Main Street with the state's NAACP president, who said he will push to breathe new life into an ongoing federal probe of the shooting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_121609.asp

Connecticut's Drug War is a Bust Politicians, academics and former police press for a more candid discussion about the costs of criminalizing drugs. The cost associated with the enforcement of current drug laws may not justify the resources expended. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 17, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/drugs/htfd_advocate_081710.asp

Constituents Sold Out in “Agreement” on Flower Street Kerri Provost asks: How could anyone have been prepared to respond to the City of Hartford’s 180° pulled minutes before the beginning of the recent hearing on the closure of Flower Street? This reversal, issued by Mayor Segarra, has been viewed by some in the community as a betrayal to residents and businesses, as a show of spinelessness, and one more poor decision in a stream of recent questionable choices. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 09, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/realhtfd_050913.asp

Cooling Center Offers A Break From Heat If Connecticut was sticky-hot on a recent day, it felt worse in the city. The thermometer said 90s, and the heat index said worse. But inside Northend Senior Center people are enjoying themselves – playing pool. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 13, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_071311.asp

Coordinated Cultural Events Planned for Late September Promising a good time, EnvisionFest which is planned for late September 2012, is a “unique experience.” Currently, the event seems like a warm(er)-weather version of Hartford’s First Night, where many arts and cultural venues open their doors to showcase what the city has to offer. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: June 28, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/realhtfd_062812.asp

Corey Brinson: Full Court Press Corey Brinson, the University of Connecticut School of Law alum says he feels compelled to repay a debt for all the guidance bestowed on him. So you'll see Brinson, ever dapper in his three-piece suit, scuttling the halls of the city's courts as he gives a (possible) future lawyer the lay of the legal land. You'll see him at schools and community groups, sitting on the boards of nonprofits such as the Hartford Action Plan, linking up with mentoring candidates from high school through law school in any way he can. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 27, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_122707.asp

Cosby Keeps Focus On Community Comedian Bill Cosby recently urged Hartford school parents to reach out to their missing peers: the parents who never show up at meetings, the people who aren't around for their children. In a speech that mirrored many of his lectures around the country about respect, responsibility and accountability, Cosby focused mostly on education and the power it gives people stuck in cycles of poverty and violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_102108.asp

Cosby To Parents: Time To Deal With Kids Comedian Bill Cosby came to Hartford recently with a serious message about responsible parenting. He urged the adults to stop ignoring the social ills that lead to teenage pregnancy, juvenile delinquency and violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_070108_1.asp

Council Approves Street Corner For Giles The Hartford City Council has approved the naming of a city corner after Abe Giles -- a city politician who died last year. Giles is a man remembered for his years in politics -- and for the corruption scandal that brought down a city mayor. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: August 17, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/jcohen_081712.asp

Council Questions MDC on Minority Hiring Representatives from the Metropolitan District Commission's water and sewer agency came before the city council to present the MDC's strategic plan recently, but members of the city council were more interested in talking about the agency's plan for hiring minority firms and workers. It's an issue that the Courant has written about recently, and it's a situation that pits the regional water and sewer agency and members of the city's African American Alliance against each other politically. The commission is in the early stages of its massive, $2 billion Clean Water Project. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/cityline_032309.asp

Council Vote On Equestrian Center A Mystery To Proponent A bewildered Patricia Kelly is trying to figure what to do next, now that the Hartford City Council has effectively killed a plan to build an equestrian center on land in Keney Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 03, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_050309.asp

Councilman Proposes Adopt-A-Median Program City Councilman Luis Cotto emerged from his Park Terrace home recently and noticed what he described as nearly 4-foot-tall weeds growing in the street median. A volunteer effort to clean up parks citywide, Cotto is hoping to spur some interest in the upkeep of street medians. He's proposed an adopt-a-median program that would allow volunteers to select a median and dedicate themselves to keeping it clean and manicured. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 16, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_081610.asp

Councilman Ritter's Hartford Happenings, September/October 2009 A newsletter from Councilman Matthew Ritter, highlighting his activities in Hartford. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/MR_newsletter8.pdf

Councilman Wants Bus Fleet Moved Hartford City Councilman Matthew Ritter and several council colleagues have asked Mayor Eddie A. Perez to review possible new locations for the school district's bus fleet, currently on Main Street in the North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 01, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_030108.asp

Councilwoman rJo Winch Determined to Reopen Blue Hills and Mark Twain Libraries Councilwoman rJo Winch is determined to reopen Blue Hills and Mark Twain branch libraries. Published by Northend Agent's ; Publication Date: September 17, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/northend_agents_091708.asp

Couple Get No Thanks from Cops Relationships between police officers and Hartford residents are strained: the Harrises of Mather Street, after offering their car to police as evidence in a shooting, received some “attitude” from police officers and a bill when they inquired about getting their car back. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 12, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_051205_a.asp

Court Monitor Rules Mayor Must Testify in Police Hearing A federal official has ruled that Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez must testify to determine whether the city's police department has violated the 1973 consent decree that required the city to take steps to be more accountable and responsive to the community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 6, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/legalissues/htfd_courant_040605.asp Related Link(s): Chief Cites Obstacles To Consent Decree ; Standoff Not Helping City Police

Court Of Second Chances Community Court daily handles dozens of nonviolent, largely nuisance crimes during its seven years in existence, evolving from a social experiment into a nationwide model. Defendants can wipe the charges from their records permanently by doing community work from shoveling snow to loading food bank donation vans. At the Community Court a balance is struck between holding people accountable for their offenses and helping the neighborhoods in which those offenses occurred. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 25, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_112505.asp

Cranes & Scaffolds: April '05: Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An at-a-glance commentary on selected proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. (PDF document - 1 page) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 3, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/cranes_scaffolds_0405.pdf Related Link(s): Cranes & Scaffolds: December '04: Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects (PDF document - 1 page)

Cranes & Scaffolds: April '07 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/Cranes_Scaffolds_0407.pdf

Cranes & Scaffolds: December '04 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 1, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/cranes_scaffolds_1204.pdf

Cranes & Scaffolds: December '06 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 1, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/Cranes_Scaffolds_1206.pdf

Cranes & Scaffolds: December '07 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2007
Document Link: /Issues/Documents/DowntownDevelopment/Cranes_Scaffolds_1207.pdf

Cranes and Scaffolds, June 2008 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 22, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/Cranes_Scaffolds_0608.pdf

Create Trust for New Homes The economy has been suffering at the hands of increased housing costs as companies' workers cannot afford housing. State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier's $100 million housing fund, however, has received support and projects nearly 9,000 units over 10 years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_051805.asp

Creating a City-Owned Internet Service Provider Hartford needs to create a municipal internet service provider, much like the City of Wallingford owns an electric company. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 10, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_news_101013_1.asp

Creative Possibility For Hartford Poet's Home In this opinion piece, Dennis Barone suggests that the Wallace Stevens’ house on Westerly Terrace would make a wonderful National Historic Site. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/History/htfd_courant_111906.asp

Creativity, Social Change and You At a recent “Creativity, Social Change and You” event held at Billings Forge, participants were asked to visualize a street they were familiar with– what it looks like now and what this community could look like; to think about whether or not there was litter, if there was a grocery store in walking distance, and if they could safely walk to that store. The purpose? To inspire. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: December 08, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/realhtfd_120811.asp

CREC Drops $32M School Proposal After Hartford Planning & Zoning Defeat The Capitol Region Education Council is dropping its $32 million proposal to expand an elementary magnet school in the city's West End after the planning and zoning commission rejected its pitch for a zoning change. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 11, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_041112.asp

CREC School Expansion Shot Down by PZC Every member of the Planning and Zoning Commission voted against the zone change that would have made possible an expansion of the CREC-run Museum Academy Magnet School located on the former Hartford College for Women site. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/realhtfd_041012.asp

Credit Union Reaches Out To Trinidad When the West Indian Federal Credit Union closed its doors in 1999, the Hartford Healthcare Federal Credit Union stepped in and welcomed its members. Nearly a decade later, Hartford Healthcare’s bond with the region’s West Indian community — which has a population of more than 25,000 in Hartford County — is even stronger, thanks to the credit union’s recent partnership with a credit union in Trinidad. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 03, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/hbj_110308.asp

Cripville Means Pride, Fear Teenagers with roots in Stowe Village have transformed its old nickname “Crookville” into “Cripville,” although those who identify with the new name do not recognize it as a gang or having any relation to the California gang. When Stowe Village was torn down, residents were spread out across Hartford, where their old ties are being mixed in with other similar groups, including those implicated in the shootings in January over a feud. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_051505_b.asp

Critical Mass: City Itself Can Be Catalyst For Revival In the 19th and early 20th centuries, a bunch of very smart craftsmen, machinists, inventors, entrepreneurs and others were drawn to Hartford. They learned from each other, competed with each other, fed off each other. The result was what author Henry James called "the richest little city in the country." To revive the city we must somehow assemble another coterie of the best and brightest, convene the 21st-century Colts, Pratts, Whitneys, Popes, etc. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_032711.asp

Crooner Tony Allen's Wonderful Life How Tony Allen, the 82-year-old legendary troubadour of Hartford's old Front Street, got started in the music biz 60 years ago sounds like something right out of the most upbeat scenarios in Frank Capra's Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 12, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_121210.asp

Crossing The Border: Merchants Find Common Ground Over Line Between City, Town Merchants and restaurateurs along Park Street in Hartford and Park Road in West Hartford have joined forces to help market what the thoroughfare has to offer on both sides of the border. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 06, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_100607_1.asp

Crowd Grieves and Complains at City Council Public Hearing, But Poverty Still Remains Ken Krayske comments on a public hearing held before a Hartford City Council meeting. Person after person paraded to the microphone to air an angry laundry list of the failures of self-governance. The problems in Hartford seem intractable, so embedded and deeply ingrained that this kind of public venting and self-expression – more than 50 speakers at a pre-council meeting hearing – may be the only way to hang onto some semblance of city pride. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_news_081408_1.asp

CT Interfaith Gathering Aims to Raise Voices of the Least An interfaith gathering and conversation regarding a "moral" and "more just" Connecticut budget was recently held at Faith Congregational Church. Faith leaders representing Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Unitarian Universalist congregations participated in "...a time to urge our elected officials, lobbyists and community leaders to remember the least, and the often left out people and parts of our communities in the budget discussions and decisions," according to the program for the gathering. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/faithcommunity/cityline_041510.asp

CTfastone Kerri Provost expresses the opinion that while CTfastrak is attempting a series of public engagement meetings this month, it is simultaneously attempting to disengage one specific segment of the public: those opposed to the complete closure of Flower Street. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/realhtfd_031213.asp

CTfastrak: “Stasis through Obfuscation” or “Flexibility”? The "Service Planning Open House" at the Hartford Public Library sponsored by CTfastrack included people who regularly use public transit and who have something at stake in seeing options improve. Kerri Provost sugests that judging from the questions, it was clear that neither the maps nor the presentation made the "software" of CTfastrak any easier to understand. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: March 19, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/realhtfd_031913.asp

Culinary Institute's Plan Could Come Off Table Plans to convert the dormant Hastings Hotel and Conference Center in Hartford into the new home of the Connecticut Culinary Institute are in doubt again, as the institute's efforts to get state money have proved unsuccessful. The institute has been hoping for $3.5 million that officials say they need to renovate the facility. The money has been approved by the legislature but has stalled on the desk of Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 31, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/EconomicDevelopment/htfd_courant_013106.asp

Culture Of Decency Takes Conviction, Action Hartford is the current setting for this cautionary tale: the parable of "indifference," a reminder to care about things and to act to make things better. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_061808.asp

Cure For Gun Violence? Redirect Violent Young Men A Chicago epidemiologist is treating gun violence like an infectious disease — using his nonprofit as an intervener when street conflicts occur. Like the doctor from the Windy City, James Lane is among a growing number of local ministers who believe that redirecting participants to nonviolent alternatives is the right elixir to combat gun violence in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_052408.asp

Curfew To Be Extended 30 Days Hartford Police will continue their strict enforcement of the city’s curfew ordinance for at least another 30 days, through October 14, 2008, Police Chief Daryl Roberts announced recently. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 11, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_news_091108.asp

Curfew's One Tool In Cutting Violence Daryl K. Roberts, the Chief of Police of the Hartford Police Department comments on the extension of the curfew in Hartford imposed by Mayor Eddie A. Perez. He expresses the opinion that no matter what side of the curfew debate you are on, there is no denying its positive effect in Hartford, which is why the city extended it for another 30 days. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 14, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_091408.asp

Curling Up With A Book Earlier this year, Educational Main Street, a partnership of the University of Hartford with organizations in Hartford's North End, initiated a new program to promote reading in the neighborhood. The plan was to use North End hair salons as reading salons by distributing free books to customer's children. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 9, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Literacy/htfd_courant_050907.asp

Customers Sway Tastease Doughnut Shop To Stay Open Tastease, the Parkville doughnut shop expected to close at the end of June 2012, said recently it will keeping making its tiny doughnuts while looking for a buyer to continue the business. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_061412.asp

Cutting-Edge Food Pantry Planned In Hartford's North End Foodshare, Chrysalis Center and the Junior League of Hartford have teamed up to build Freshplace, a 2,000-square-foot pantry in the Upper Albany neighborhood of Hartford that will offer eligible residents free, fresh food. This super-pantry is thought to be the first of its kind in the country. It also will offer a host of services meant to pull families out of crisis, including assistance for people who don't know whether they qualify for food stamps. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2008
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Daily Bottleneck + Repairs = Perfect Traffic Storm The state Department of Transportation has no definitive plans on how to reduce traffic jams when it begins repairs on a severely deteriorated bridge on Interstate 84 that passes over Hartford. Already the site of a daily bottleneck created by 187,000 vehicles that travel over the bridge during peak traffic times, the traffic delays are expected to become worse when the DOT shuts down lanes on the highway for the repair work. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 21, 2008
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Dancehall Puts Hartford On The Map Greater Hartford has one of the largest populations of Jamaicans in America, somewhere behind New York, and Miami. Taking a trip through the North End you can get a taste of the Caribbean island at the restaurants and bakeries on Albany and Blue Hills Avenue. You can also experience the culture of Jamaican dancehall in a number of venues and clubs in the city. Hartford has its own dancehall scene that is, in many ways, as exciting as those in Miami and New York. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 1, 2007
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Dark Day for Sunshine Late on October 3, 2008, a massive fire destroyed the main building of Sunshine Laundry Company on Maple Avenue in Hartford’s South End. But owner Bruce Johnston was already working to get the company up and running again. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 09, 2008
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Day Of History And Faith Park Street recently erupted with the sounds of salsa and merengue to celebrate Three Kings Day, which brought out throngs of Hartford's Latino population. A parade, led by a police escort, included the Magi's slaves carrying baby Jesus' presents and Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts atop one camel, while the two other wise men walked alongside their animals. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 7, 2007
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Day Of South End Pride Hundreds of people lined Franklin Avenue Sunday wearing, waving and holding the red, white and green of Italy's flag. They turned out on a crisp, cloudless morning for Hartford's annual Columbus Day celebration. The parade through the South End brought together old friends, city natives and residents from around the region to celebrate Italian American heritage and pay tribute to Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 9, 2006
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Day-Taylor House Is One From The Books The Day-Taylor house at 81 Wethersfield Ave. in Hartford was influenced by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a 19th century landscape architect. Constructed in 1858 by Hartford builders Hiram and Sylvester Bissell, it is an example of a style that Downing called "Italianate," since it is based on ordinary Italian farmhouses as depicted in popular landscape paintings of the time. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 1, 2007
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Dead City? Far From It Helen Ubiñas writes that pollsters should find another whipping boy. Hartford ranked third in a list of America's Ten Dead Cities. Oh, please. Dead cities don't have hundreds of people showing up for the Week of the Parks – 264 volunteers helped clean the city's parks, thank you very much. Dead cities don't have the kind of people who exhibited enormous kindness for an elderly robbery victim recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 01, 2010
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Dead Heat In 4th District: A Wakeup Call? Helen Ubiñas writes that you know voters aren't happy when you find yourself in a too-close-to-call race against a convicted felon who doesn't even have a driver's license. In Hartford, the shocker was the dead heat in the city's 4th House District Democratic primary between incumbent Kelvin Roldan and petitioning challenger Angel Morales. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2010
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Deal Saves West End Duckpin Alley As Ducks on the Ave The on-again, off-again salvation of the historic duckpin bowling alley in Hartford's West End is in hand, and the place will be call "Ducks on the Ave," said its new owner, who signed a new lease on the building. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 02, 2012
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Dear Mr. President The Greater Hartford African American Alliance (GHAAA) is soliciting help from both the State Capitol and the White House in its lengthy dispute with the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC). GHAAA leaders say they are working to ensure that Hartford residents and minorities get their “fair share” of jobs that will be created by the MDC’s $1.6 billion Clean Water Project. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: March 19, 2009
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Dear Search Engine Kerri Provost checks blog statistics to find out how people manage to wind up on her blog, Real Hartford. She says the routes to Real Hartford are not all that surprising, but sometimes, there are winners. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: October 21, 2010
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Death of a Dream Brazilian immigrants are leaving Connecticut's recession for a better life back home. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 29, 2008
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Death Of a Young Man At Jashon Bryant's funeral on May 13th, tensions between residents of Hartford's North-End and the city police erupted when Rev. Richard L. Nash denounced the police during the service. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2005
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Death Stills A Hand Of Care John Hunt, 73, died on March 11, 2007 of a stroke. He was a retired vice president of Travelers Group who volunteered as a tutor at Sanchez Elementary School in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood. He was as much a part of the fabric of the place as any beloved teacher. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2007
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Decision: Hartford's Flower Street To Stay Open For Walkers, Cyclists The state can permanently close Flower Street to vehicular traffic to accommodate the busway, but it can't close off the route for pedestrians and bicyclists, a hearing officer has ruled. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 23, 2012
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Declare A Cease-fire In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the city should find new ways to stop gunplay. Hartford had 17 homicides in 2004, but the number has been moving up since, to 33 in 2007 and 32 in 2008. If the trend continues, 2009 will be one of the city's deadliest years since the gang violence of the early 1990s. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 14, 2009
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Deflowering Without Consent Not a single Hartford resident or business owner attending Monday’s special meeting of the Frog Hollow NRZ spoke in favor of the closure of Flower Street. Though the Connecticut Department of Transportation is required to hold a public hearing regarding this street closure, the DOT spokesmen made it clear that they were uninterested in engaging the community in discussing the unilateral decision to further cut off Frog Hollow and Asylum Hill from one another. The viaduct began that job; the busway appears to be finishing it. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: August 14, 2012
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Delayed Start To School Year For Some City Students? One hundred fifty-eight students in Hartford Public Schools were not been placed in a school because of late registration this summer. But, they were placed in a class by the third day of school Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 01, 2011
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Demise Of Neighborhood Agency A Troubling Loss Tom Condon expresses the opinion that it is deeply disappointing to learn that Neighborhoods of Hartford has gone out of business. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2008
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Democratic Unity The city council's Democrats don't often work well as a team of six. But when it came to doling out money from its $400,000 civic and cultural affairs account earlier this week -- each council Democrat got to allocate over $50,000 -- it was all unity, all the time. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2009
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Demolition Plan Part of the Lyric Theater on Park Street came down recently, despite protests. Hartford building official Michael Fuschi did not like what he saw nearly recently when he inspected the Lyric Theater on Broad Street. The city official believed the situation called for emergency measures. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 29, 2010
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Demolition Planned to Clear Street for New Student Housing While an apartment building on Putnam Street was demolished after showing signs of impending collapse, multiple buildings with no apparent structural problems are being prepped for demolition a few streets away. To make room for prefabricated student housing at Trinity College, existing buildings are entering the removal process. At the end of the semester, appliances were being hauled outdoors from Trinity-owned houses on the west side of Crescent Street. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 28, 2013
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Denny’s Will Open First In Expansion Of Hartford Shopping Center A Denny’s restaurant is planned at Hartford’s Charter Oak Marketplace — part of an expansion that will include an addition to the existing Walmart, it was announced recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2013
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Departing Florist Wilted Under Hartford's Taxes Gordon Bonetti Florist Inc. plans to close its Franklin Avenue location and do business only at its Rocky Hill store. The reason? Property taxes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 20, 2011
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Despite Arrest, There Are Questions Helen Ubiñas comments that Luis Negron’s arrest for the hit-and-run accident that caused death of Angel Arce Torres raises many questions. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2009
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Despite Naysayers, Students Determined To Make A Better Hartford Helen Ubiñas writes about Xiomara Colon, Emanuel Morales and Naiomi Serrano, all students at Hartford High, who have been organizing marches against violence in the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 16, 2008
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Despite TB Investigation, COHC to Push for More Parking After screening around 150 individuals from Charter Oak Health Center and a homeless shelter, 28 preliminary tests yielded reactive results for tuberculosis. While the Department of Public Health has issued more subpoenas as it investigates the TB case, Charter Oak Health Center continues to press for an expansion of its parking. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: February 17, 2012
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Detective's Trial Comes Amid Trying Times If ever there was a good time for a Hartford cop to be on trial, this might be it. A controversial and complicated case playing out in a Hartford courtroom right now is the trial of former Hartford police Det. Robert Lawlor, accused of killing 18-year-old Jashon Bryant in 2005. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2009
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Developer On A Short Leash By his own admission, developer and former state legislator J. Martin Hennessey has had his share of failed projects. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 5, 2007
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Developer Reshaping ‘60s Era Plaza In Hartford Hartford developer Carlos Mouta has begun transforming the former Bradlees-Stop & Shop plaza at Park and Laurel Streets, in the city’s Parkville neighborhood, into his $5 million vision of a multi-tenant commercial center. Pope Commons, 1200 Park St., will have at least a half-dozen retail and service tenants in most of the 113,000 square feet of existing space that Motta is refurbishing. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 05, 2010
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Developer Wants Building Returned When developer Jose Reategui bought a city-owned building on Wethersfield Avenue two years ago, he said he was going to knock down the existing structure and put in elderly housing. But financial pressures and opposition from historic preservationists seeking to save the building stalled those plans, Reategui says, and, in November, he defaulted on his contract and the city took the property back. Now Reategui says he has revised his plans. He will retain the building, gut it, and build two-dozen market rate apartments inside. First, though, he'll have to negotiate a way to re-acquire the property. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 09, 2008
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Developer's Plan In Hartford's North End Pits Homeownership Proponents, Green Space Champions Developer Albert Gary has a plan to use vacant land at Brackett Park in the city's North End for a housing development, the second time in a year he's proposed using city-owned open space for private construction. And, for the second time in a year, Councilman Luis Cotto says "no thanks." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 18, 2009
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Developers Break Ground The developers at the heart of a sweeping, now-disputed deal with the Hartford Housing Authority broke ground on 57 units of apartment housing recently. The roughly $15.7 million, publicly subsidized development called The Gateway will turn a vacant, 3-acre parcel just north of Hartford's downtown into a horseshoe of apartments for those living on low incomes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 26, 2007
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Diesel Measure Stalled A half-million dollars earmarked to cut harmful emissions from Hartford school buses has been sitting unused at the Department of Environmental Protection since 2004 because the city hasn’t extended its contract with the bus company, Laidlaw Transit Services. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 5, 2007
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Director Has Vision for La Casa The new executive director of La Casa de Puerto Rico, Candida Flores, has an expansive view of one of Hartford's largest Latino neighborhoods. As La Casa's new leader, Flores said she will advocate for Puerto Ricans, while working to strengthen the 36-year-old agency. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 29, 2005
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Directors At Hartford Library Vote To Freeze Hiring The Hartford Public Library's board of directors has approved a temporary hiring freeze. The move came after the recent posting of two vacant library positions. At the top pay levels, the total cost for the two positions would be about $130,000 a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 07, 2008
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Dirty Truth About Trash North Meadows residents don't want to expand the landfill, which is the first thing travelers on I-91 see when entering Hartford. The mayor has yet to weigh in. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: May 13, 2004
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Disparity by Design: How Drug-free Zone Laws Impact Racial Disparity - and Fail to Protect Youth A document that reports the results of a study of drug free zones in urban areas. The report suggests that because of the density of schools, public housing and parks in urban areas, whole communities become prohibited zones. Further, the report concludes that this impacts minority residents in disparate ways and had no measurable deterrent effect. (PDF file, 51 pages) Published by Justice Policy Institute ; Publication Date: March 2006
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Dispute Ends in Death Four different shooting incidents occurred over the May 14th – 15th weekend, including the death of an 18 year-old and a police car chase near Wethersfield Avenue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2005
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DiversityData.org DiversityData is an online tool for exploring quality of life data across different metropolitan areas, for people of different racial/ethnic groups in the United States. This website allows visitors to explore how metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. perform on a diverse range of social measures that comprise a well-rounded life experience. These data call attention to the equality of opportunity and diversity of experiences for different racial and ethnic groups in America. Visitors can explore issues such as Health, Housing Opportunity, and Residential Integration Published by Harvard School of Public Health
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Do Hartford Residents Care About the City? Do Hartford residents care about the City? This has been the question posed by the Hartford Courant, but the definition of caring is one that Kerri Provost rejects. The Courant has framed the issue as follows: Hartford residents do or do not care about the city based on political corruption and/or low voter turnout. But those are not the only indicators of caring. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 27, 2010
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Does Historic Hartford House Really Have To Go? To stand on Wadsworth Street in Hartford's South Green neighborhood is to grind your teeth at neglect, bad planning and needless demolition. Now a 2 1/2-story, 130-year-old Italianate at 53 Wadsworth St., empty for several years but still salvageable, is threatened with demolition to make way for a building for the Institute for the Hispanic Family, a program of Catholic Charities. The loss of the building would be a shame, because the west side of Wadsworth Street still evokes Victorian Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 5, 2006
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Doing What It Said It Would Just two weeks after winning a court battle that cleared the way for a new development at Nelton Court, the Hartford Housing Authority has picked a contractor to help relocate the public housing residents later in 2009. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 22, 2009
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Domino Effect As with many games, dominoes has centuries of history and is kept alive by those who love it. Played with a passion around the world but particularly popular in Latin American countries, the game of dominoes is alive and well in Connecticut, too. The thriving domino community came together last month as 18 teams squared off at the Hartford Public Library for a cascading series of games of Doble Seis, or Double Six. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2008
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Don't Let Dust-up Sink Crucial Hartford Project The Hartford Housing Authority is poised to initiate a critically important new development, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to redefine the University of Hartford campus and the northwest corner of the city. Because of this, the recent brouhaha at the authority is unsettling and demands close attention. The project is the remake of two aging housing projects, Bowles Park and Westbrook Village. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 10, 2006
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Don’t Replace Civic Center, Says Panel A new sports and entertainment arena replacing the Civic Center would be difficult to finance and not be in Hartford's best interest, a 10-member visiting panel of experts in urban development said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2007
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Donations Pour In For Kids Who Cleaned Streets Twenty-five Hartford youths who weren't compensated for work they did sweeping the streets this summer will get paychecks after all. Just days after it became public that they weren't paid, dozens of individual contributors, one foundation and a nonprofit group have stepped up to help. One of the largest contributions, a check for $3,000, was hand-delivered by John Wilson on behalf of the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Foundation of Avon. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2006
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DOT Offers New Plan For Flower Street Pedestrians: A Detour To Broad Street In exchange for closing part of Flower Street to accommodate the busway, the state is offering to immediately build a 10-foot-wide pathway to Broad Street — and possibly a multimillion-dollar pedestrian overpass sometime in the future. Neighborhood organizations who oppose the Flower Street closing say the ground-level pathway simply isn't enough to help the Frog Hollow businesses that fear losing most of their daily foot traffic. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2013
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DOT Plans City Street Improvements As Part Of Busway Project Busway construction during the fall of 2013 will bring changes to Hartford's heavily used Broad Street and Farmington Avenue intersection, and engineers are already designing a much more ambitious overhaul for sometime in 2015. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2013
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DOT Promises To Consider New Designs For Flower Street Bridge After listening to residents use words like "ugly" and "hideous," state engineers recently said they'll try to design a pedestrian bridge over the busway on Flower Street that doesn't use hundreds of feet of switchback ramps. No matter what design is used, CTfastrak engineers said they plan to build a new overhead passageway for pedestrians and bicycle riders by the time the busway starts operations in early 2015. But they also emphasized that they won't sacrifice any part of the CTfastrak system to do it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2013
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DOT Seeking Solutions To Problems Caused By Closing Flower Street In Hartford Responding to disgruntled business owners and neighborhood groups, state engineers are examining a compromise on the busway project that would let pedestrians and bicyclists keep using Flower Street. A recent outcry by businesses and residents has the Department of Transportation considering the possibility of building an elevated sidewalk and bike lane over the busway and adjacent rail lines. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 23, 2012
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DOT Should Take Another Look At Flower Street Passage In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that there is a valid policy question involved in the Flower Street controversy. If government wants to reduce automobile use, to conserve energy and promote health, should it be making it harder to walk and bike? Flower Street is a short north-south Hartford street that runs from Asylum Avenue across Farmington Avenue to Capitol Avenue. At least, that's where it used to run. It is now temporarily blocked at the railroad tracks between Farmington and Capitol avenues as workers construct the CTfastrak busway. Neighborhood residents, business owners on Capitol and others have battled with the state Department of Transportation for months over whether Flower Street will be permanently closed to bicyclists and pedestrians as well. A decision is expected momentarily from a state hearing officer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2013
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DOT Taps the Brakes on Total Closure of Street At neighborhood meetings, DOT reps informed residents that the plans to close Flower Street were set in stone. One even claimed that it does not matter how many outraged individuals show up at tomorrow’s hearing, opinion will not be swayed by the public. Then, during the DOT “field walk” of the Flower Street site, there was actual discussion between DOT (and its contractors) and residents/stakeholders. The DOT began to entertain the idea of a flyover bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: August 22, 2012
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DOT: Hearing On Busway Dispute Could Take Days The city of Hartford and CTfastrak designers appear to be digging in for a long and adversarial hearing about what to do with the proposed busway crossing at Flower Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 04, 2013
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Double Slaying Brings Hartford's Homicide Total To 30 For The Year The city's 29th and 30th homicides of the year took place recently on Whitmore Street in the South End. Leida "Flaka" Franqui was on a cellphone with her sister shortly before gunfire killed Franqui and a friend as they walked down the street from her home, her father said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 15, 2009
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Down With Blighted Buildings This Courant editorial comments on Mayor Eddie A. Perez's plans to demolish and replace the most prominent eyesores in and around Hartford's downtown. The city's redevelopment agency should approve the plans as soon as possible. These long-vacant, rundown dumps can't come down fast enough. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 17, 2007
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Downtown Living Units Find Takers Downtown Hartford’s newest residential building appears to have tapped an underserved sliver of the urban housing market. The Hollander Foundation Center, 410 Asylum St., opposite Bushnell Park, has signed takers for its 56 apartments priced at below market monthly rents of $600 to $900 for residents whose incomes qualify, leasing officials say. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 26, 2010
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Downtown Substation OK'd; North End Station Still Closed In a Sept. 12 letter to the city council, Mayor Pedro Segarra outlined his plans for a police substation at the corner of Asylum and Main streets downtown. The substation, which would be housed in a former newspaper kiosk, would help address "a recent increase" in violence in the area, Segarra said. The council approved the request the same day. Now some city residents are questioning why city officials moved so swiftly to station police downtown when the department's substation in the city's North End, which has much more crime than downtown, has been closed for months Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2011
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Downtown Upswing: Housing Construction Offers Hope For A Vibrant Neighborhood Hartford Courant writer Mike Swift reviews ideas of local and regional planners on the benefits and possibilities of remaking downtown into a residential as well as a business community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_071604.asp HartfordInfo Data: Downtown Hartford Economic and Urban Design Action Strategy (The Greenberg Report)

Draft I-84 Study This study explores a broad range of replacement options for the I-84 Aetna Viaduct. It is the result of a collaborative planning effort involving the City of Hartford, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and the Capital Region Council of Governments (CRCOG). (PDF document, 54 pages) Published by Capitol Region Council of Governments ; Publication Date: September 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Transportation/i-84_DraftReport.pdf

Dressing The Part A half-dozen women recently attended a "Dress to Impress" community forum, and the small group lent itself to the kind of boutique mentoring and outfitting embraced by Dress for Success Hartford and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the event's organizer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 22, 2007
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Drug Addict Gets Horses' Stalls, And Herself, Clean As the founder of the Ebony Horsewomen, Patricia E. Lawson-Kelly has watched plenty of women come through the program, but then go when they were unable to confront themselves in that stillness which includes only the horse, the manure and themselves. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 09, 2008
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Drug Blight Imperils North End Rehab After buying apartment buildings on Bedford Street in Hartford, developer Raymond Eshaghoff has invested well over $4 million to fix them up. The complex has all kinds of lighting and security cameras, an on-site manager and a police substation. He bought two lots on Brook Street for parking. Rents are not steep. The long-troubled neighborhood appeared on the verge of a resurgence. But, that resurgence hasn't happened and will not happen until something is done about the drug problem in the neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2010
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Drug Conference White Paper Executive Summary of the two day conference on Drug Policy held at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut on October 21 and 22, 2005. The conference “Illicit Drugs: Burden and Policy” sponsored by the City of Hartford, and underwritten by the Aetna Foundation, provided a unique opportunity for multiple stakeholders to begin a dialogue around the problem of drugs in our city. (PDF file, 5 pages). Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: October 2005
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Drug Ring Tied to Mexican Suppliers Government documents show that a recent drug bust in Hartford made a significant impact on drug dealing. Local residents report that there is much more work to be done. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 2, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_020205.asp HartfordInfo Data: Upper Albany Neighborhood General Profile (Map and Data)

Drug-Free Zones Survive Fortunately, time ran out on a bill to shrink drug-free school zones. Before it died in committee, the bill had many wondering why its backers seemed to care more about fairness to drug dealers than about safe streets for children. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 31, 2006
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During Sewer Project, Businesses In Peril A redesigned and renovated Albany Avenue, including a much-discussed new sewer system, will be a boost to the small merchants that line the street, with improved sidewalks, curbs, lighting and other improvements. That is, if they can survive to enjoy the benefits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2010
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Dutch Point Condo Project To Draw Homeowners To City The construction of 58 townhouse condominiums underway at the former Dutch Point housing project on Wyllys Street promises to boost Hartford’s homeownership rate, which is still among the lowest in the nation. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 29, 2008
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Early-America Black Governors Join Parade Not all the politicians who joined the recent annual African American Parade in Hartford were modern-day officeholders. A few came from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Members of a local cultural history center marched in full period costume representing early American black governors who were influential leaders in black communities during the slavery era and acted as liaisons with the white community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 16, 2007
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Echoes of Irish Martyrdom on Hartford's Maple Avenue In a neighborhood once teeming with immigrants from the Emerald Isle, many of whom were active in their support for Ireland's fight for independence, the Hunger Strike Memorial on the corner of Maple Avenue and Freeman Street in Hartford's South End holds significance far beyond the names and phrases. Just as the High Crosses were important in preserving and projecting stories for the early Irish population, so too does the modern likeness on Maple Avenue serve an equal purpose. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2013
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Economic Development: Topping Off Past Initiatives and Setting New Goals When you mention “economic development” and “Hartford” together, most people tend to think of big ticket items like the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford 21 and the new Downtown Marriott Hotel. But – as would be expected in a city as diverse as Hartford – economic development initiatives in the capital city over the past 10 years have been far more diverse, ranging from new car dealerships and shopping centers to small restaurants and convenience stores. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 18, 2010
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Edgewood Street Rehabs Are Christian Activities Council's Latest Effort In Upper Albany Area Two buildings on Edgewood Street are the latest to be transformed by the Christian Activities Council's Upper Albany Revitalization Initiative, which focuses on revitalizing a 15-block area of Upper Albany Avenue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 10, 2009
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Educating Future Employees When it comes to corporate commitment to Hartford's youths, The Hartford Financial Services Group must rank among the most generous. Recently, the company named the 17 student recipients of its two annual college scholarship programs - the Alliance for Academic Achievement and the STAG Leadership Scholarship. Both programs offer four years of financial aid, summer employment, mentoring and life skills courses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2007
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Effects Of Hartford's 9 P.M. Curfew Debated Opinions vary on the effectiveness of the curfew for teens in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 23, 2008
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El Centro Cultural on Park Street This document presents plans for the restoration of a city block running along Park Street by the Broad-Park Development Corporation. El Centro Cultural Community Investment Revitalization Project aims to revive, restore and transform the economic and social environment of the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford (the center of the region's Latino culture) through the restoration, adaptive re-use, modernization and reconstruction of the south side of an entire city block along Park Street, the vital commercial artery running through and serving the neighborhood. Published by Park-Broad Development Corporation ; Publication Date: September 2006
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Election Allegations Target Perez Camp Allegations of political shenanigans leveled by operatives of Hartford Mayor Eddie A.Perez against a bitter rival have sparked a criminal probe, but there are also allegations that it was the mayor and his staff who were up to no good. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 7, 2006
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Election Over, But Change Still On Hold At Chappelle Gardens Residents agitating for change at Chappelle Gardens had hoped an election July 20, 2010 to choose new leaders would be the first step in solving what they say are long-standing problems at the 188-unit affordable housing complex in the North End. But more than a week after the election, the outcome remains unclear and there is more confusion than certainty about the future of Chappelle Gardens. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 29, 2010
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Electronics Repair Shop To Close After Long, Long Run Herbert Rubenstein's TV and electronics repair shop in Hartford has been in the business of fixing TVs, stereo equipment and other electronic devices for 64 years. After six years in a first-floor warren of rooms in a historic industrial building, so filled with vintage equipment and old documents that a move seems impossible, Rubenstein says he's closing shop. But, he is not retiring, he's going virtual. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2010
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Elegance Restored: Hartford Landmark Reopens The Isham-Terry House was built in 1854 at a time when the northern part of downtown was becoming home to the carriage trade. So it was in 1896 when Dr. Oliver Isham, a bachelor, bought the 15-room mansion for his home and practice and moved in with his teenage sisters, who cared for him and served as his receptionists. The house reopened as a museum recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 29, 2012
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Elegant West End Condo Building Lost To Fire The lovely, 12-unit, early 20th century building at 45-51 Evergreen Ave. in Hartford was destroyed by fire recently and had to be demolished. No one was injured, but the airy, elegant, railroad-style condominiums, with high ceilings, fireplaces and other amenities, are gone. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 25, 2010
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Elementary School May Be Closed Barnard-Brown School in downtown Hartford would close as an elementary school next year and undergo renovations as the new site for Capital Preparatory Magnet School under a recommendation announced recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 8, 2007
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Ella Little Cromwell Dies At 88 As a girl growing up in Hartford, Ella Little Cromwell saw the barriers that often kept blacks and other minorities from participating in the political process - barriers that threatened to keep her and her community from realizing their full potential, her friends and family members recalled. Cromwell, who died recently at age 88, spent the rest of her life breaking those barriers down. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2006
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Emergency Curfew Starts Tonight Beginning at 9 pm, August 14, 2008,no city youngster under the age of 18 will be allowed on the streets of Hartford unless they are accompanied by a adult. The curfew was due to expire on September 12, 2008. Youths who are not accompanied by a parent, guardian or another adult approved by the parent or guardian will be picked up by police and taken home to their parent or guardian. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
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Emperor Dethroned It appears that, like Don King before him, Emperor at the Linden owner Sean Eddy can't make the restaurant and lounge space work. Offering high-end food, valet parking and other amenities, the multi-leveled lounge and restaurant was an ambitious entry into downtown nightlife. For the last month, the Emperor has been closed, not because of over-extended ambition, but because of too much noise and not enough money. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
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Encore!Hartford Offers Path From Corporate World To Nonprofit Sector Nonprofit organizations seeking qualified managers will soon have a new source of talent through a program developed by the University of Connecticut together with Leadership Greater Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 20, 2010
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End of an Era for Laurel Corner Neighborhood Association Those of you that travel Farmington Avenue on a regular basis know that the corner of Laurel Street and Farmington Avenue is changing. Green grass and bright flowers have replaced bare dirt and broken glass. Behind these changes is the Laurel Corner Neighborhood Association. The Association is looking for a new home. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 2 - 9, 2006
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End Of Era For Hadassah Thrift Shop For nearly 50 years, the Hadassah Thrift Shop in Hartford has been a godsend to its neighbors, selling lightly used clothing, shoes and housewares at rock-bottom prices. But on April 30, 2007, the shop, which first opened on Albany Avenue and has been at its Park Street location for several decades, will be closed by Hadassah, the Jewish women's charity that operates it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 26, 2007
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End of the First Act The scene at the former Breakthrough Magnet School was festive as neighborhood residents picked up refurbished computers that the city is selling for $150 as part of the rollout of its newly launched wireless network. Mayor Eddie Perez made the wireless project a highlight of his agenda. The city is spending a million dollars to put up wireless antennas on lampposts around Blue Hills and downtown and to subsidize the sale of 900 refurbished computers. Perez wants to eventually extend the system citywide, paying for it with revenue from wireless access fees and an estimated additional $3.4 million in city funds. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 9, 2006
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Ending Hunger Must Go Beyond Providing The Next Meal The policy and advocacy group End Hunger CT proposes a three-year plan to make good food more accessible to people who need it. Its plan includes offering lunches and breakfasts in every school and getting more people who qualify to sign up for food stamps. But, its plan also includes helping low-income families achieve greater economic security; help a household become self-sufficient, and hunger becomes a thing of the past. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 03, 2008
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Enemy Territory Parking for the bars and clubs in the West End pits business against business. With restaurants and shops becoming increasingly popular, parking is at more and more of a premium. Bars, restaurants and retail establishments are becoming increasingly territorial about their parking. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 5, 2007
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Enlivening An Avenue There have been major efforts over the years to "fix Hartford," from Constitution Plaza to the recent "Six Pillars" projects that include the science and convention centers, G. Fox building renovation, housing and riverfront improvements. While these have all helped in some ways — even the plaza, largely considered a failure, kept some major companies in the city — they haven't turned Hartford into a vibrant, prosperous city. Tom Condon suggests that what is needed to accomplish that some kind of engagement — merger, confederation, service-sharing agreement, something — with the region. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2011
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EPA Begins Cleanup Of Former Foundry Site The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun to clean up the former Philbrick-Booth Foundry facility on Homestead Avenue. The 1.2-acre site, bordered by commercial and industrial land, contains the abandoned foundry and several sheds. The state Department of Environmental Protection and the EPA have confirmed the presence of hazardous chemicals, including PCBs, asbestos and heavy metals, in the buildings and soil on the property. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 02, 2009
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EPA Grants $1 Million For Brownfield Cleanup In Hartford, East Hartford The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted a total of $1 million to Hartford and East Hartford to clean up industrial pollution. The grants provide communities with funding necessary to "assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment," the agency said in a statement. The EPA has awarded 54 grants to 32 different organizations across six New England states as part of a more than $62 million nationwide investment in brownfield cleanup. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 10, 2013
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Equestrian Complex Proposed For Hartford's Keney Park The backers of a plan to take 200 acres of Hartford's Keney Park and build a $65 million, world-class equestrian and exhibition center want "tentative" development rights to the property from the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 17, 2009
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Esquilin Seeks Change Through Hartford Areas Rally Together Inc. Mayra Esquilin is new the executive director of Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART). Resident leaders of HART have led efforts to reduce crime and blight, improve schools, increase city services to neighborhoods, help immigrant populations acculturate and generally improve the quality of life for Hartford residents. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 07, 2013
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Ethel May Austin: A Tireless Advocate For Senior Citizens Ethel Austin, a well-known advocate for senior citizens died on Dec. 27, 2011 at age 96. She sang tenor in a women's barbershop group and championed the Asylum Hill community where she lived in Hartford. Charming and outgoing, she was an independent, pioneering career woman who never married. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 20, 2012
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Evelyn W Preston Memorial Trust Fund: 2007 Grant Application The Evelyn W Preston Memorial Trust Fund is a perpetual trust established to fund free public band and orchestral concerts in parks and other appropriate locations in the City of Hartford. Published by Cultural Affairs Office of the Department of Health & Human Services, City of Hartford ; Publication Date: December 1, 2006
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Even Doc Seeks Cure For Guns As a resident physician for a North Hartford medical practice, Dr. Tim Lishnak doesn't just view the young victims of the city's latest shooting spree as unfortunate street casualties. Several of those getting shot or killed are patients of the Asylum Hill Family Practice. The Woodland Street facility serves the mostly poor neighborhoods in the North End. Doctors are in the business of helping patients live long lives. So, when they see young people stabbed, shot or snuffed out, even the docs start wondering what they could be doing to quell the violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2006
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Event Promotes Computer Use Computer training was offered recently during Greater Hartford Black Family Technology Awareness Week, which aims to help families of color by providing free educational activities and access to information technology. This year, basic classes in the Internet and e-mail, Windows and Excel were offered at Capital Community College. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 9, 2006
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Event To Honor City Activist After founding and then running a Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood revitalization organization for 25 years, Bernadine Silvers was recently recognized at a fundraising event held in her honor at city hall. Silvers, The Hartford Courant's 1999 Citizen of the Year, established the Coalition to Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood, or CSS/CON, to ensure resident involvement in neighborhood development, which she says was lacking. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 6, 2007
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Everybody Forgets...Or Didn't Know Mike McGarry reminisces about the changes in Hartford to the area where Walmart and the Hartford Jobs Academy are today, and where a public housing complex called Charter Oak Terrace once stood. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: January 17, 2013
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Evil Prevails When Good People Keep Silent This opinion piece expresses concern about the political process in Hartford’s North End. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 18, 2012
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Ex-City Council Member Dies Steven D. Park, a former Hartford city councilman who in the late 1990s was considered one of Hartford's rising political stars, died Sunday, January 20, 2008, from an infection associated with kidney disease, his family and friends said. He was 58. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 23, 2008
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Ex-Dealership Nearly Ready For Close-Up The former Thomas Cadillac property at the corner of Albany Avenue and Westbourne Parkway is becoming the Irma and Mort Handel Performing Arts Center of the University of Hartford. It will open next summer and be ready for the fall semester, 2008. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2007
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Ex-Hartford Police Det. Robert Lawlor Acquitted Shortly after former Hartford police Det. Robert Lawlor was acquitted Tuesday of manslaughter and assault charges in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Jashon Bryant, the emotionally charged case reached a dramatic climax outside the courthouse. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 09, 2009
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Ex-Officer Will Stand Trial A Superior Court judge recently rejected a defense motion to dismiss manslaughter and assault charges against a former Hartford detective. The case against Robert Lawlor will now go to trial. Lawlor was charged by the state's attorney's office in June 2006 with first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault in connection with an on-duty fatal shooting of Jashon Bryant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2008
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Expand Equestrian Program In Hartford To Serve More Youths Stan Simpson writes in support of expanding the Hartford equestrian program sponsored by Ebony Horsewomen. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 06, 2009
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Exploring The Common Good Where City And Suburb Meet If business owners and local residents can feel more comfortable along this busy artery between Hartford and West Hartford, more people will come to both parts of town. Suburban residents might start to realize that it's worth crossing Prospect Avenue and venturing into the city. Pub