Capital City News



June 11, 2015



This has been a busy week.

Yesterday, we announced that our new baseball stadium will now be known as Dunkin' Donuts Park. The partnership with Dunkin' Donuts will benefit the team, the ballpark and, most importantly, the Hartford community. The ballpark will anchor Downtown North, a new neighborhood that will replace an area blighted for decades. It’s time Hartford had its own team to leverage some of that fierce pride that exists within so many us. The ballpark will also bring jobs to our City and there is a Community Benefits Agreement in place to ensure that as many jobs as possible go to out residents and local businesses. Like many of you, I look forward to throwing that first pitch in 2016.
In other baseball news, we expect a visit from Cal Ripken, Jr. next month. We’re excited that he’ll be checking out Hartford and hope to see as many folks there as possible.
The people of Hartford had a historic win this week as City Council unanimously passed an ordinance creating a municipal identification program for all residents regardless of race, age, gender, arrest or conviction record, citizenship status or sexual orientation. Certain basic needs, like banking and housing, are not easily accessible to everyone and this program can help change that. We are all better off when our neighbors are able to access basic services. A city-issued photo ID is intended to give peace of mind, improve the quality of life for all residents, provide access to opportunity, enhance public safety and instill a sense of unity and pride in our Capital City. I applaud City Council and all the partners who helped make this happen.
As we close this week with some warm weather approaching, I want to remind everyone that we have a lot of activities and programs available for students and families throughout the summer. We have a detailed directory in both English and Spanish. Check it out here.

Thank you for all that you do.
Pedro E. Segarra



Hartford Applies for part of $500 million U.S. Department of Transportation Grant

The City of Hartford is applying for part of the new TIGER VII Discretionary grant, offered by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), in order to help construct a $53 million project that will build on current transportation and development investments.

The grant would help to create essential connections along two of the city's arterial corridors, Albany Avenue and Main Street. The project proposes to complete the Albany Avenue streetscape improvements, redesign the North End Gateway at the five-point intersection of Albany and Main, as well as the South Green Gateway at Barnard Park, and implement complete streets along the entire length including additional improvements along portions of Retreat, Maple, Wethersfield, and Franklin Avenues.

This project will ensure connections from the North Hartford Promise Zone and other neighborhoods all the way south to Hartford Hospital, the recently designated Coltsville National Historic Park, other job opportunities and services along these corridors, and to our current Intermodal Triangle Project – ensuring connections to Union Station and the region. Applications were due June 5th and decisions by the DOT are expected this fall.


Capital Community College Begins New Programs for Displaced Workers, Veterans, Unemployed and Underemployed Individuals

Beginning this summer and continuing into the fall, Capital Community College (CCC) will be hosting a number of new programs. These programs have been made possible through a $2 million grant for non credit courses.

The grant was part of $23.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career and Training (TAACCCT) program that was divided up between The Northeast Resiliency Consortium(NRC), which is composed of seven community colleges in the Unites States' Northeast region (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts) and two national organizations (Achieving the Dream, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).  

The programs are specifically meant for those who are unemployed, underemployed, veterans, and displaced workers in order to help them to get their feet back on the ground in the workforce. 


Street Dinner Features Fresh Food and Community

In the tradition of farm-to-table, a farm-to-street pop-up dinner, being held June 27 along Pratt Street, will bring fresh produce to the table. But, building a sense of community was one of the main motivators behind the event.

"This is more of a grow your community event. We want to bring people in from Hartford, whether they are employees or residents, to come together for conversation and food, to have fun and to notice the businesses that are local," said Krista MacGregor, development director at Hartford Food Systems, one of the hosts.

Other hosts include Hartford Prints! and On20. Hartford Steam Boiler is sponsoring the event.

A $35 general admission fee includes a local, seasonal first course and dessert, prepared by On20, and drinks provided by local beverage sponsors, including Back East Brewing Company. The $60 VIP ticket comes with a private tour of Hartford Food System's "Grow Hartford" farm at the M. Swift & Sons Factory. Guests are encouraged to bring their own entrees.

The dinner will be held outdoors on Pratt Street on picnic tables built by Our Piece of the Pie, a nonprofit that helps Hartford Youth become economically independent adults. The tables will be auctioned after the event.

The Hartford Mobile Market, operated by Hartford Food System, Hartford Pilgrim and Hispanic Health Council, will be on site.

Proceeds from the dinner and auction will benefit Hartford Food System and Our Piece of the Pie.

For more information, click here.


City Jobs Available!

Hartford Job Listings
  • Director of Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs (MECA)
  • Fire Alarm Communication Technician (closes 6/12/15)
  • Senior Account Clerk (closes 6/12/15)
  • Police Officer (closes 6/30/15)
Complete information on available positions can be found at the City of Hartford website:  Follow the links to the Human Resources department to see the job openings and the application process.

Announcements for City Staff

Mass Mutual Representative at Constitution Plaza & DPW Week the of June 15th 
Ethel Pippin, of Mass Mutual, will be on-site at the following locations this week to meet with
employees on their Plan 457 (Deferred Compensation Plan).  

  • 250 Constitution Plaza 2nd Floor Conf. Rm June 15 from 11am to 1pm
  • 40 Jennings Rd (Sanitation) on Thurs June 18 from 6am-8am

Annual Open Enrollment Period for health insurance ends Friday, June 19th.


Capital Spirits

With new businesses and apartments opening and a growing residential community, the owners of Capital Spirits said they saw opportunity for a package store downtown.

In the four weeks since the store opened on Pratt Street there has been heavy foot traffic and plenty of gratitude expressed by customers who appreciate having options, said store manager, Rishi Sachdeva, whose uncle owns the store.

"It's very important to have stores like this and grocery stores and whatever else people need, it's important for people to have options," he said. "There should be no reason for residents of Hartford to travel outside of Hartford to shop. They should be shopping in Hartford."

Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

There are tastings – the offerings alternate between wine, beer and spirits – every Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. or longer. 

There will be a Benromach Scotch tasting on June 19 at 4 p.m. Deliveries can be scheduled with Porter21 and are free of charge, but there is a $25 minimum.

A website is in the works. In the meantime, customers can stay informed about Capital Spirits' events and offerings on Facebook and Twitter.

2015 Hartford Blooms Tour
See all the beauty and history Hartford has to offer during this year's Hartford Blooms Tour, which runs through Sunday, June 14.

For more details click here.

Hartford PAL Youth Cricket Players vs. West Haven Youth Cricket Players
In honor of Caribbean Heritage Month, the Caribbean Leaders Council, in association with Connecticut Cricket League, Inc., is inviting everyone to a family event involving the Hartford PAL Youth Cricket Players and West Haven Youth Cricket Players, followed by an adult cricket game the weekend of June 13 & 14 at Keney Park Cricket field "South," starting at 10:00 a.m.

Impact Fest
Cultural festival promoting resources and services the city has to offer. "Impact Fest" celebrates the diversity and vitality of Hartford.

June 13
Bushnell Park 
11:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Down and Dirty Obstacle Race
Come get Down and Dirty in the Streets of Hartford on June 14 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m at Riverside Park for the Annual 5K and 10K obstacle course race.

Black Eyed Blues Festival
Come on down to Bushnell Park and listen to local and national Blues and Jazz artists on June 20th from 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Pump House Gallery Presents: The Art of Joseph R. Gorneault Jr. & Lynn Turby
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m.
Exhibition Run: June 18 – July 18, 2015

Pump House Gallery
Bushnell Park
60 Elm St.
Hartford, CT

NIRO "Hartford Has Style Fashion Show" 
Watch Pratt Street transform into a catwalk featuring fashions of designer from throughout the state.

Pratt Street Downtown Hartford
June 20
6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Festival of India
Indian cultural festival, featuring music, dance, children's activities and more!

June 21
Bushnell Park
12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.

2nd Annual Kids Fest
Health and Human Services will be hosting it's "2nd Annual Kids Fest" on Thursday, June 25 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This event is a Community celebration focusing on families and children. It will be held in the City Hall Atrium and Burr Mall.

Hispanic Health Council's 2015 Fundraising Event
Join us for a special night of celebration, including:

  • Cocktail Reception
  • Delicious Dinner
  • Silent auction
  • Live entertainment
  • Dance and much more
Honoring Ana Alfaro
Producer/Host, El Show de Analeh,
Univision Corporate Relations Specialist, Eversource Energy

For more information and to RSVP click here.

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May 2015

May 29, 2015



Any time we lose someone, especially a young person, to gun violence it tears families apart and hurts our entire community. The priority right now is to try and keep all lines of communication open, get as much help as we can and reinforce the idea that there is no conflict worth losing a life over.

The success of our young residents and the safety of our community are top priorities. That is why in next year's budget, which takes effect on July 1, the City Council and I included several important initiatives:

  • $250,000 for the North Hartford Promise Zone, a federal designation to help create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, reduce violent crime and improve health outcomes.
  • $150,000 for My Brother's Keeper, an initiative by President Barack Obama intended to help steer young minority males toward colleges, universities and long-term careers.
  • $90,000 for a citywide youth athletics program to be administered jointly by the City and Hartford Public Schools.
  • $9 million over 5 years in the Capital Improvement Budget for police body cameras, stun guns, patrol car cameras and street surveillance cameras.
  • $1.25 million for Summer Youth Employment.

I understand that there's prevention and there's enforcement. We need to do both. We need to get criminals off the street and make sure they're not harming anyone else. And we need to continue to do everything possible to make sure our young men and women feel hopeful about the future. We are going through a tough week, but we can't let a few individuals undo the progress we've made.

I want to thank each and every one of you for caring so much about our City, for your input, and for coming together when the community needs you.

Pedro E. Segarra


Fourteen Police Sergeants Graduate from Eight-Week Community Policing Workshop

In the wake of many community vs. police riots throughout the nation, Leadership Greater Hartford(LGH) partnered with the Hartford Police Department to provide a first ever Community Policing Leadership Initiative for 14 police sergeants. The workshops, aimed at boosting the leadership skills and community awareness of the officers, were created by LGH at the request of Police Chief James C. Rovella.

This Initiative falls in line with Mayor Segarra and HPD's recent efforts to implement a community policing model by encouraging resident youth to become officers in the City of Hartford.

While most of the officers who took part in the workshops were from Hartford precincts, there was also a sergeant from East Hartford and one from West Hartford. Chief Rovella stressed that approaching public safety endeavors from a regional perspective, rather than locally, plays a key role in overall policing improvements.

Delving into Hartford's history and demographics as well as exploring individual leadership strengths and values was the primary focus of the LGH workshop.

Another large component to the workshop required the sergeants to write an essay about why community policing is important to them. These essays were then to be shared with police chiefs from all three communities. Although initially hesitant and less than enthused about this particular portion of the workshop, the officers realized that their research and essays were helping to shape the future direction of community policing in Hartford and America.

LGH president Ted Caroll believes that by helping leaders in public safety learn critical leadership skills and cultural competencies, "the region will be a safer and more welcoming community for all residents."


Keney Park Basketball Courts Win $20,000 Park Improvement Grant

Thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, Keney Park has been awarded a $20,000 grant to help refurbish three of its basketball courts. The grant is part of Parks Build Community, an NRPA initiative to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country. Hartford residents voted for Keney Park over two other projects in an online voting competition in April. Refurbishing the Keney Park basketball courts was one of 15 projects selected from around the country to receive grant funding. The grant will help cover the cost of resurfacing the three basketball courts and installing new goalposts, hoops, and backboards. Construction should be completed in August, in time for the Annual Family Day in Keney Park Festival.

The restoration of the basketball courts at Keney won popular vote over two other projects: new soccer goal posts and nets for two public soccer fields at Colt Park, as well as baseball batting cages at Keney Park and Thomas J. Hyland Memorial Park.

"The tremendous support shown by the public through their daily votes during Earth Month confirms what we truly believe: that parks have immense power to make our lives and the places we live better," said Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO of NRPA.

For more information about the winning Parks Build Community projects click here.


SC2 Challenge Reaches Final Phase

Last Thursday, 10 SC2 Hartford Challenge teams gathered at the Hartford Public Library to present their economic development projects to 10 judges in hopes of being one of six teams to split $800,000 in Economic Development Administration (EDA)-funded prize money.

Phase I kicked off in February 2014 with a call for economic development strategy proposals from multi-disciplinary teams for the City of Hartford. Out of 58 teams who participated, 10 were chosen to develop full-blown proposals to be presented to a panel of judges.

Today, Friday, May 29, at 10AM, all ten teams gathered at City Hall, Burr Mall for the SC2 Hartford Award Ceremony. Here contestants were joined by representatives of the Obama Administration, Connecticut's federal delegation, state representatives and city officials to celebrate the six winning teams.

Thomas E. Deller, Director of Development Services stated, "At the end of this process, the City of Hartford and the EDA will jointly own not one, but six winning economic development plans that may be implemented both in Hartford and in other cities around the country. It is a unique approach with a big yield, and in line with Development Services' mission to create a vibrant, livable and sustainable Hartford."

To see a complete list of all six SC2 winners and a summary of their proposals click here.

For more details about the SC2 Hartford Challenge click here.


City Jobs Available!

Hartford Job Listings

Police Officer

Complete information on available positions can be found at the City of Hartford website: Follow the links to the Human Resources department to see the job openings and the application process.


Announcements for City Staff

ACF Fiorentina vs. FC Porto Hartford City Discount
FC Porto and ACF Fiorentina will face off at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Friday, July 24 as part of the 2015 International Champions Cup North America.

The International Champions Cup is an annual summer soccer tournament organized by Revelvant Sports, featuring the best clubs from around the world. A staple property of Relevant Sports and RSE Ventures, the International Champions Cup brings the best in soccer to iconic sports venues across North America, Australia, Europe and China.

Hartford Municipal Employees can save up to $10 per ticket by using this promotional code listed on CityNet at


Capitol View Apartments

Sekienna Ellis, Property Manager at Capitol View Apartments, has been a "recycling geek" since she was a little kid. So, when she noticed residents at the 264-unit building throwing out an abundance of electronics, she decided to do something about it.

In 2012, she hosted the first electronic waste drop-off for Capitol View residents. The items collected were hauled away and recycled. The event was so well-received, the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association helped her organize subsequent collections and made the event open to the public.

In 2013, 3,000 pounds of electronics were collected and recycled. The amount more than doubled the following year to 7,000 pounds.

"At first it was supposed to be something for the property. Then it blossomed from there. Then it ballooned from there," said Ellis.

The next "Free and Easy Electronic Waste Drop Off" is scheduled to take place Saturday, June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the parking lot behind Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 840 Asylum Ave.

Acceptable items include, answering machines, phones, calculators, TVs, remote controls, camcorders, CD players, VCRs, radios, computers, laptops, printers, scanners, fax machines, copy machines, DVD players, electric typewriters, microwaves, modems, power cords, gaming consoles, household batteries and household medical equipment.

Unacceptable items include, hazardous, flammable, radioactive, corrosive, refrigerant, PCB or explosive materials.

Hartford Earth Festival
Celebrate the earth at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza with fantastic musicians on the Main Stage, such as the Hartford Steel Symphony and the Meadows Brothers. Kids will enjoy musicians, Cyril the eco magician, and more at Inspiration Station from 2-4:30 PM. Plus, check out great exhibits on different environmental topics, learn about the work your favorite organizations are doing, and eat tasty local food!

May 31,2015
For more information click here.

Community Conversation on Mental Health
"A Better Response to Crisis Intervention In Our Community"

Crisis intervention programs are local initiatives designed to forge partnerships between law enforcement, mental health providers, other agencies and individuals/families to enhance awareness and safety for people experiencing a mental crisis in our community.

June 10, 2015 6:00PM
Alfred E. Burr Community School
400 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford

For more information call:
Shelly Jackson at (860)757-9560

Discover the Asylum Hill Neighborhood – 2015
This summer, Aetna, The Hartford, and Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (NINA) will partner to offer eight walking tours of Asylum Hill, each covering a different route or theme. Tours embark from the YWCA Hartford Region at the corner of Farmington Avenue and Broad Street.

Tours are given on Wednesdays in June and July. Each tour starts at noon and runs approximately one hour.

June 3,
June 10,
June 17,
June 24,
July 8,
July 15,
July 22
and July 29

Tours rain or shine. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Please click here for scheduling updates.

For more information please contact David Corrigan, Program Manager, NINA at (860) 244-9390 or by e-mail.

Take a Ride on Asylum Hill's Fresh Express
Direct shuttle service to the farmers' market at Billings Forge.

Thursdays, June 4 – Oct 29
First Shuttle: 10:45 AM
Last Shuttle from Billings Forge: 1:30PM

Direct Shuttles from these locations:
Shuttle #1: The Hartford
Shuttle#2: Aetna
Shuttle#3: Immanuel House

Composting 101
Composting is a means of creating natural fertilizer using organic materials including food and garden waste. In this workshop members will learn what to compost and what not to compost, best practices for a home composting system, and the basic principles of how the composting process works.

This workshop is part of the Urban Roots Workshop Series. See the full schedule of events here.

Emily Petersen
(860) 951-7694 ext 28
or via e-mail.

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