(May 7, 2014) The City of Hartford has been selected as the kick off site for "Raise The Caliber" a national advocacy campaign to end to illegal gun violence. Central to the campaign will be the unveiling of a public art piece by internationally renowned artist Michael Kalish. The work, a 60-foot high sculpture created from 2,000lbs of shredded illegal guns bought off the streets through voluntary gun buybacks, will be unveiled in Hartford in July and stay for nine months.
"In cities across the country, gun violence is impacting too many families, and cutting too many lives short. We're doing everything possible to combat that in Hartford and we welcome anyone willing to stand alongside us to help raise awareness of this issue that affects everyone in our community," said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.
"This monument is truly the most powerful piece I have ever created and I am really honored to hear about Hartford's enthusiasm for it," said artist Michael Kalish.
Raise The Caliber was founded by CEO of Jewelry for a Cause NYC, Jessica Mindich, and has several partners including, furniture designer Joseph Jeup, women's clothing brand Tibi, and retired Connecticut Police Detective and FBI Task Force Agent, Charles Grady.
"I am humbled and inspired every day by the outpouring of support that we've received from people around the world who are sick and tired of the devastation created by the illegal use of guns," said Jessica Mindich, CEO and founder of Jewelry for a Cause and the Raise The Caliber campaign. "On behalf of all the great people and conscientious brands behind the Raise The Caliber campaign, we deeply appreciate the welcome and support we've received from Mayor Segarra, Police Chief Rovella and the citizens of this great American city. I grew up in Hartford, my father has always worked downtown and both of my parents are very involved in this community. I am honored to be working with all of you to help make illegal gun violence in Connecticut's Capital a thing of the past."
"Having spent my career in Connecticut law enforcement, I have seen firsthand the devastating effect illegal gun violence has on individuals, families and communities," said Charlie Grady, retired Police Detective and FBI Task Force Agent. "Jewelry for a Cause has created an inspiring and effective platform that provides a way for communities, concerned citizens and socially responsible brands to join forces and make our streets safer."
Jewelry for a Cause partners with cities to fund local gun buyback programs through The Caliber Collection, a series of bracelets and cufflinks engraved forged from illegal guns and shell casings. Joseph Jeup and Tibi support the campaign through a Raise The Caliber-branded lighting collection and t-shirts, respectively. Mr. Kalish will create limited edition, small-scale, versions of his sculpture, and the proceeds from all branded pieces will be used to fund public safety initiatives designed to reduce illegal gun violence nationwide.
For more information about Raise The Caliber or to purchase pieces from The Caliber Collection, please visit jewelryforacause.net.
For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
p. (860) 757.9016
c. (860) 986-1439
(May 6, 2014) In an effort to increase homeownership within the City of Hartford and to present all the housing resources available for Hartford residents, the Livable & Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative is hosting a Housing Fair for the community on Friday, May 9th, 2014, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., in the City Hall Atrium.
In collaboration with the City's Department of Development Services Housing Division, the event will allow current and future residents to meet with City staff and other experts regarding home improvement programs, foreclosure prevention, mortgage finance assistance programs, and the responsibilities of the City and homeowner in maintaining and improving Hartford's housing stock. In addition, local realtors, financial institutions, community based organizations, utilities, and state housing officials will be on hand to discuss their programs.
WHO: City of Hartford staff, local realtors, financial institutions, community based organizations, utilities, and state housing officials
WHAT: City Housing Fair
WHEN: Friday, May 7, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
WHERE: Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, Atrium
For Immediate Release: May 6, 2014
Contact: Carlos A. Perez
p. (860) 860-757-9591
c. (860) 860-989-1980
(May 5, 2014) - Today, Mayor Segarra made the following statement regarding the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Adopted State Budget:
“Hartford, like a lot of cities across Connecticut, drives significant economic growth while facing the harsh reality of shrinking budgets and disappearing revenues. Hartford is also unique in that most of our properties are untaxable, yet despite these real challenges we’ve sustained unprecedented growth over the last four years. We’ve done our part by holding the line on spending and investing in critical areas that spur growth. The State’s Adopted Budget does not jeopardize our momentum and helps us protect our most vulnerable populations. I applaud Governor Malloy, and the legislature for passing a responsible budget that invests in public education, in working families and provides assistance to urban areas that need it most.
“As a result of the increased revenue from the State’s Adopted Budget, I will restore the new police class in my proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 and the mill rate increase will be reduced to 2.3.”
For Immediate Release: May 5, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
(May 2, 2014) – The City of Hartford will begin street milling and paving operations at several locations as part of its ongoing Capital Improvement Projects. Over nine centerline miles of pavement are scheduled for rehabilitation, representing an investment of $2 million dollars in City infrastructure for the current fiscal year. The work will bring the total road milling and repaving investment under Mayor Segarra to $13.3 million dollars.
Work is scheduled to run as continuously as possible, and should be completed by Summer of this year. During construction, drivers should be alert for modified traffic patterns, short travel delays, and construction vehicles entering and exiting work sites.
A complete list and schedule of road rehabilitation under is available on the City website: http://www.hartford.gov/dpw/updates/903-schedule-of-phase-1-cip-road-construction
For Immediate Release: May 2, 2014
Contact: Constantin Banciulescu, P.E.
City Engineer / Assistant Director DPW