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CITY OF HARTFORD COOLING CENTERS OPEN STARTING TODAY

(August 31, 2015)  Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced that the City’s cooling centers and Hartford Public Library branches are open today through Thursday in response to an anticipated heat wave with 90-degree temperatures and humid conditions.

“These cooling centers are available to anyone in need of a place to escape the heat and humidity. Please stay cool and remember to look after your relatives and neighbors,” said Mayor Segarra.

 

Cooling Centers:

•             North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street, 8:30am-5:00pm

•             South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue, 8:30am-5:00pm

•             Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue, 8:30am-3:30pm

•             Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street, 8:30am-4:30pm

•             Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth Street, 8:30am-4:30pm

Hartford Public Library branches are also available for residents and visitors:

•             Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street, 10:00am to 8:00pm

•             Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue, 12:30pm to 5:30pm

•             Barbour Branch, 281 Barbour Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm

•             Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue, 12:30pm to 5:30pm

•             Mark Twain Branch, 55 Forest Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm

•             Park Branch, 744 Park Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm

•             SANDS/Ropkins, 1750 Main Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm

•             Goodwin, 460 New Britain Avenue, 12:30pm to 7:30pm

•             Blue Hills Branch, 649 Blue Hills Avenue, 12:30pm to 7:30pm

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MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS IN HARTFORD

(August 27, 2015) – Today, the State of Connecticut reported that mosquitoes trapped on August 19, 2015 at Keney Park tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The risk of contracting WNV by humans is very low. However, there is a higher risk of exposure during warmer weather. The City of Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urges the public to take the following protective measures:

  •          Use mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors
  •         Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, especially during dusk and dawn hours. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin
  • Remove any pools or standing water in and around your home:
    • Dispose of water-holding containers such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings
    • Drill holes in the bottom of containers such as those used for recycling
    • Clean clogged roof gutters
    • Turn over objects that may trap water when not in use such as wading pools and wheelbarrows
    • Change water in birdbaths on a weekly basis
    • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and cover pools when not in use
    • Use landscaping techniques to eliminate areas where water can collect on your property
  •         Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active
  •         Ensure that door and window screens are tightfitting and in good condition. Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in unscreened structure

Resources for additional information:

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MAYOR SEGARRA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP

(August 13, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced the launch of Operation Clean Sweep, a targeted effort by the Department of Public Works (DPW) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to clean up specific areas of the City with a history of accumulated debris resulting in persistent pest control issues and blighted conditions. The program, which is free for residents, is the result of months of data collection by HHS and DPW that identified specific streets with consistent pest management problems and/or violations associated with large debris accumulation. City staff has been informing tenants and landlords along targeted streets about Operation Clean Sweep through a door-to-door and literature drop and letters encouraging them to place all waste from their properties, including garages, basements, living units and yards on the curb for free collection during the four-to-six week program. Part of the goal of the program is to get large debris, such as junk cars and mattresses, off the streets and improve the quality of life for residents.  Waste that is collected during Operation Clean Sweep will be sorted and taken to disposal and recycling facilities that the City has contracts with.

“The City used community feedback to identify a problem and developed a solution. We understand the challenges of getting rid of large pieces of waste and this is an opportunity for property owners to clean up their properties free of charge so that we can improve the quality of life for our residents. We hope residents will keep our neighborhoods clean once the program is completed,” said Mayor Segarra.

“We are offering properties in specific areas the opportunity to set out waste on the curb voluntarily to help DPW clean up these streets. When you have an accumulation of debris, you not only create a blighted-looking neighborhood, you also create homes for pests,” said Marilynn Cruz-Aponte, Assistant Director of Public Works.

Operation Clean Sweep will take place on Saturdays, beginning on August 15, 2015. Click HERE for more information and a list of streets. Once the program has concluded, property owners with debris accumulation may be cited. The Department of Public Works will accept any and all waste, including household bulky waste, building or demolition waste, wood and brush, electronics and tires as long as the waste is separated. Property owners with junk and inoperable motor vehicles can arrange for free removal by calling the Sanitation Inspector at (860)840-3331.

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MAYOR SEGARRA APPLAUDS APPROVAL OF PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVE

(August 10, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra applauded the City Council’s approval on Monday night of an ordinance establishing a Public Safety Initiative to increase the number of Hartford residents working in the Hartford Police Department by creating pathways for young people to the Police Academy. Elements of the initiative would also prepare residents for careers in firefighting and emergency medical response.

“This initiative is among several efforts by the City to improve the relationship between the police department and the community. Making this a law ensures that future administrations dedicate the resources to filling our police and fire departments with local residents and to guiding our young people toward fulfilling careers. I applaud the Council for moving this program forward,” said Mayor Segarra.

“Every municipality wants to have a police force that’s reflective of its community. This grow-your-own process is absolutely exceptional,” said Council Kenneth H. Kennedy, Jr.

Tim Nee, Assistant Executive Director of Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) added: 

CREC is pleased to partner with the city of Hartford’s police and fire departments and Capital Workforce Partners to develop the Hartford Public Safety Initiative’s Summer Youth Employment Program and to pilot an extended year version of the program for students attending Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy and the CREC Public Safety Academy.  

The Hartford Public Safety Ordinance will provide the city and CREC the opportunity to continue our collaborative work and further develop other pathways for more city residents to enter public safety careers with a focus on law enforcement. The ordinance will support the development of programs for high school students and police to build positive relationships; it will create test preparation opportunities for men and women to take the police academy exam; and it will support and mentor young people from our city to pursue post-secondary degrees that lead to public safety roles within our city. CREC appreciates the City Council’s support of these initiatives and is poised to facilitate their implementation.

The City developed the initiative with help from the Hartford Police Department and the CREC which has experience running a summer program for students from the CREC Public Safety Academy and the Law & Government Academy at Hartford Public High School. The Public Safety Initiative would incorporate CREC's existing summer program and would add new components to reach Hartford students during the school year and beyond high school. 

The initiative calls for four programs:

  • Outreach and recruitment campaigns to inform Hartford residents of the Public Safety Initiative and recruit them as participants. 
  • A five-week summer program for at least 45 high school students from Hartford who have expressed an interest in public safety careers. The program shall include placement in Hartford Police and Fire Departments, training in first aid and CPR, physical fitness, team building and experience with practical law enforcement skills.
  • An extended year program offering mentoring, counseling and stipends during the school year for students who participated in the summer program. 
  • A post-secondary program offering mentoring, counseling, tuition assistance, stipends for books and activities between semesters for students attending colleges or high school graduates who plan to pursue a career in law enforcement. In addition, the program will prepare individuals for exams to enter the Police Academy and to apply for other public safety jobs. 

The post-secondary program would fill a gap in support and services between high school and the age of 21, the age requirement to take an exam for admission to the Hartford Police Academy. The Police Cadet Program will continue to be an option for young people ages 18 to 24 and 50 percent of slots in the Police Cadet Program will be made available to participants in the Public Safety Initiative. The age requirement to take the exam for admission to the Fire Academy is 18.

The Public Safety Initiative will be implemented by CREC under the direction of the City. Other partners include Capital Workforce Partners, the Greater Hartford YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs and the Police Athletic League. The Summer Youth Employment Program will move forward as part of the Hartford Public Safety Initiative with 46 Hartford residents who attend either the Law & Government Academy at Hartford Public High School or the CREC Public Safety Academy. 

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