(April 29, 2014) Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra encourages Hartford residents to attend the public hearing on City of Hartford’s budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, on Wednesday evening at Bulkeley High School. This annual event offers members of the public their opportunity to offer feedback on the City’s financial plan for the upcoming fiscal year to Mayor Segarra, City Council members, and other public officials. Residents who wish to speak publically at the event must sign in on arrival.
WHO: Mayor Segarra, City Council Members
WHAT: The City of Hartford’s Annual Public Budget Hearing
WHEN: Wednesday, April 30th at 6:00pm
WHERE: Bulkeley High School, 300 Wethersfield Avenue, Auditorium
For Immediate Release: April 29, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
(April 23, 2014) - Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will host a 40th anniversary celebration of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., in the Atrium of Hartford City Hall.
As part of the celebration ceremony, HUD Community Planning and Development Director Gary Reisine and Program Manager Caroline Carlson will be honored for their combined 68 years of public service to HUD and our community by Mayor Segarra and the Office of U.S. Congressman John B. Larson.
Past and present CDBG program recipients will have presentations about their programs and services on display in the Atrium for public viewing. All are welcome.
WHO: Mayor Segarra, Congressman Larson, HUD Community Planning and Development Director Gary Reisine, Program Manager Caroline Carlson.
WHAT: U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program 40th Anniversary Celebration
WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Atrium, Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street
For Immediate Release: April 23, 2014
Contact: Nancy Mulroy
p. (860) 757-9284
(April 22, 2014) In celebration of Earth Day and as part of its on-going beautification efforts, the City of Hartford has launched “Clean Hartford” its first city-wide coordinated anti-litter campaign. Clean Hartford leverages existing programs to address litter through enforcement, abatement and education. In collaboration with KNOX, the Hartford Police Department, Community Court, and other local community groups, the goal is to empower Hartford residents and businesses to take action in cleaning their communities, and improve the quality of life for everyone in Hartford.
“We want to improve the quality of life for all residents in our City. Hartford is a beautiful place with amazing historic assets. It’s our home and we should be proud of it. We need to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to preserve our home, so that it reflects the pride we have in our communities. We are also sending the message that if you disrespect the community by littering, there will be consequences.”
The City’s Department of Public Works plans to increase trash receptacles, especially around school areas, by 10% to make proper waste disposal easier for residents and visitors. Additional measures will include cameras to spot illegal dumping, additional cleaning in public parks cleaning and new signage added to city parks.
“Public Works collects over 30,000 tons of refuse, but we still find that residents place refuse on the curb in a way that increases litter,” said Marilynn Cruz-Aponte, Assistant Director of Public Works. “To help residents improve their curbside presentation of refuse, Public Works will ramp up our focus on sanitation inspection and ticketing, sweeping streets, and education to change behavior. As Hartford welcomes residents and visitors, we need to set standard of pride and commitment to a litter-free community.”
The Hartford Police Department along with Community Court plans to increase enforcement for individuals and businesses caught throwing trash on their streets or storefronts. Community Service Officers will be meeting with the NRZs as part of their “Safe City Initiative” throughout the summer to discuss quality of life issues such as littering, excessive noise, public drinking and loitering.
“The little things such as littering affect the quality of life for everyone,” commented Deputy Chief Robert E. Ford, Jr. “Criminals do not want to hang out in areas that are clean and well-lit. By keeping your storefronts and streets clean you’re inevitably are helping to reduce the climate for crime.”
“I’m a lifelong Hartford resident and having clean, beautiful, litter-free neighborhoods is something I’ve worked on for 25 years,” said Charmaine Craig, Director of Community Outreach for KNOX. “I’m happy to see the City of Hartford rally around this issue. KNOX has partnered with the City of Hartford for years, and we’re here to support Hartford's communities in whatever way necessary.”
Between now and the beginning of June, there are 16 clean up events scheduled in five different Hartford Parks, and neighborhoods across the City. Neighborhood groups are encouraged to organize volunteer events for the summer and fall.
Upcoming Clean Up Events:
For more information: http://www.hartford.gov/cleanhartford
For Immediate Release: April 22, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
(April 21, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Richard Wareing, Chairman of the Hartford Board of Education, announced today that after an extensive nationwide search that began in January 2014, the Board selected Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez to be the Superintendent of Schools.
Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez is currently the Deputy Superintendent of School Support and Improvement in the Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools, a system that serves 151,000 students in 202 schools. Her office is responsible for the supervision of all principles and for supporting their school improvement efforts as well as for the district’s leadership development program and coordination of professional learning.
“The search committee, which included a variety of stakeholders from different sectors of the community, overwhelming selected a candidate among two highly qualified individuals,” said Mayor Segarra. “I’m proud of their work. Now we can get continue our efforts to ensure that our students get the high quality education they deserve. I look forward to partnering with Ms. Schiavino-Narvaez to fulfill our responsibilities to the families and children of Hartford.”
“We are fortunate to have an educator with Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez’s leadership experience in diverse communities, with large complex organizations, assume the leadership role for our team, which includes the mayor, board, staff, parents, students, and our entire community,” Chairman Wareing commented. “We are committed, under Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez’s leadership, to expanding educational opportunities for every child in Hartford.”
The search was conducted by Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, drew over 219 inquiries from 35 states. Of the 219 inquiries, 59 candidates completed the application process. Based on the characteristics identified by a diverse 13-person stakeholder search committee, 17 candidates were identified for vetting before 13 were selected as semi-finalists. The 13 semi-finalists for the Hartford Public Schools search were from the states of California, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. After further consideration, six were selected for in-depth interviews and three were asked to make a substantive presentation to the search committee.
Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez and Dr. Ronald Taylor, the Superintendent of Willingboro, New Jersey, were selected by the Search Committee to participate in a series of community forums on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Prior to joining the Montgomery County Public Schools, Schiavino-Narvaez was the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in the Springfield, Massachusetts Public Schools. She began her career as a Fulbright scholar in South Korea, where she taught English at a Korean public high school. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati.
In addition to her international experiences, Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez worked as a teacher in an urban middle school in her home state of Pennsylvania. After completing her Master’s degree in school leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education, she served as an Elementary and Middle School Principal in the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Public Schools. Schiavino-Narvaez has a BS in Elementary Education from Penn State University, an Ed.M in School Leadership and an Ed.D in the Urban Superintendency, both from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Chairman Wareing indicated that upon the completion of contract negotiations, Dr. Schiavino-Narvaez would be reintroduced to the Hartford community in an upcoming special event day. July 1, 2014 is the anticipated start date for the new superintendent.
Wareing stated that this successful process would not have been possible without the passion and diligence that was displayed by the 13-person search committee. “We are grateful to every member of the committee for their contribution to this process,” he added. “I also thank and praise the two co-chairs of the search committee Dr. José Colon-Rivas and Robert Cotto Jr., for their leadership.”
“I thank Mayor Segarra and my fellow board members for their efforts, hard work, and support throughout this very important process,” Chairman Wareing said. “This wasn’t an easy decision for us, but it was the right one.”
For Immediate Release: April 21, 2014
Richard Wareing, Board of Education Chairman
José Colón-Rivas, Superintendent Search Committee Co-chair
Robert Cotto, Jr., Superintendent Search Committee Co-chair