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Today: Mayor Segarra Attends House of Bread Banquet

(November 20, 2013) Today at 11:30am, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will speak at the House of Bread’s Annual Hunger Banquet. Proceeds from the banquet benefit the organization’s soup kitchen.

WHO: Mayor Segarra
WHAT: House of Bread’s Annual Hunger Banquet
WHEN: Tuesday, November 20 at 11:30am
WHERE: Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry, 285 Church St.

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For Immediate Release: November 20, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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City of Hartford Partners with Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to Build City’s First Synthetic Surface Youth Recreation Park

(November 19, 2013) - Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra officially marked the beginning of construction on the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Youth Development Park in the City’s Clay-Arsenal neighborhood. The facility, part of the Downtown North development plan, is one of three new youth recreation parks built in partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. The parks feature an all-weather, low maintenance synthetic surface, and will accommodate softball, baseball, football, and soccer. The other parks will be located at the Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School at 280 Plainfield St, and Hyland Park. Construction is scheduled to be complete by spring 2014.

“This is an exciting and important project,” said Mayor Segarra. “I’m especially pleased with how quickly everything has come together. I want to thank the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for providing their expertise. City parks are sacred community spaces. This will be an opportunity for a community that truly deserves it.”

The City has contributed almost $4 million of this year’s capital improvement budget for the construction of the three parks, bringing the total investment in park infrastructure to $17.6 million since 2010. In addition to ongoing upkeep and ADA compliance features, parks across the city underwent restoration this summer including; Cronin Park Playground, Goodwin Park Pond House, Hyland Park Playground, Keney Woodlands Playground, Pulaski Mall Playground, Sigourney Square Playground and Willie Ware Playground.

The partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is part of their national Youth Development Park initiative, which aims to develop unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf to provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States. There are currently youth development parks operating in Maryland, Texas, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Minnesota. The Ripken Foundation will continue to work with the City post-construction to create baseball- and softball-themed programs to address a variety of youth development needs that include character development, health and physical education.

“When we started the Foundation twelve years ago, we wanted to help kids and pay tribute to our dad,” said Cal Ripken, Jr., Baseball Hall-of-Famer and co-founder of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. “However, we never imagined we would be able to do so much for kids across the country. We now have a model that we are bringing to many other communities. I want to thank all of the people who helped make this possible and we are thrilled that children in Hartford will benefit from this wonderful field.”

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For Immediate Release: November 19, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Tuesday: Mayor Segarra Participates in Thanksgiving Food Drive; Accepts Award for Work Against Domestic Violence; Attends Opening of Junior Achievement Center; Hosts Ground Breaking for Cal Ripken Youth Athletic Parks

(November 18, 2013) On Tuesday at 6:45am, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will participate in Bank of America’s 14th Annual Turkey Tuesday to support Foodshare, a regional food bank that provides food to community kitchens, shelters, and other social service organizations that serve children, families and seniors.

At 8:00am, Mayor Segarra will accept an award from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence at their “First 100 Plus” Third Annual Breakfast Ceremony in Cromwell.

At 10:00am, Mayor Segarra will join Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Hartford, Alan Kreczko and President of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Lou Golden for the grand opening of the new Junior Achievement Center. The center will be used to host programming on business and financial education for K-12 students in the Greater Hartford area.

At 11:00am, Mayor Segarra will be joined by State Senator John Fonfara, State Representative Doug McCrory, State Representative Brandon McGee, Kevin Bingham, Chief Operating Officer of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and Students from Global Communications Academy for a ground breaking ceremony. The City of Hartford has partnered with the Ripken Foundation for the construction of the City’s first synthetic surface youth athletic parks.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, WDRC’s Brad Davis, Bank of America volunteers
WHAT: 14th Annual Turkey Tuesday
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 6:45am
WHERE: Cityplace 1 Lobby, 185 Asylum Street

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
WHAT: First 100 Plus Third Annual Breakfast and Awards Ceremony
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 8:00am
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell CT

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Alan Kreczko, Lou Golden
WHAT: Grand Opening of the Junior Achievement Center
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 10:00am
WHERE: 70 Farmington Avenue (on-site parking available – enter lot via Asylum Place)

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Kevin Bingham, COO Ripken Foundation, Senator Fonfara, Rep. McCrory, Rep. Brandon McGee, Council President Shawn Wooden, Students from Global Communications Academy
WHAT: Ground Breaking Ceremony for Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Youth Athletic Fields
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 11:00am
WHERE: Global Communications Academy (Former Quirk West), 85 Edwards Street

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For Immediate Release: November 18, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Mayor Segarra Statement On Conversion of Clark Elementary School

(November 15, 2013) - Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra made the following statement regarding a proposal to convert Clark Elementary to an Achievement First Charter School:

“At the last Board of Education meeting on October 29, I indicated clearly that any decision regarding a redesign of Clark Elementary would be predicated upon parental involvement and support. I’ve listened to the concerns and given parents’ profound opposition I will not support the conversion of Clark Elementary to an Achievement First Charter School. I am committed to identifying an alternate solution that meets our objective of accelerating student learning and closing Hartford’s achievement gap. I encourage all those invested in this issue to stay involved. We have an obligation to prepare students for the future and to do that requires collaboration from all stakeholders including parents, educators, residents and businesses. We should continue to focus on our common goal of improving Hartford schools so that every student has access to the education they deserve.”

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For Immediate Release: November 15, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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