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Friday: Mayor Segarra to Host Lunch Disucssion with Local Business Owners, Attends Restaurant Ribbon-Cutting

(May 8, 2014) Tomorrow, Friday, May 9th from 11:30am-1pm, Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, and Oz Griebel, President and CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance, will host the annual Access City Hall discussion with local business owners in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Later, at 6pm, Mayor Segarra will attend the ribbon-cutting of Ted's Montana Grill, the latest business to open in the City's Front Street development district.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO Oz Griebel, Management and Budget Director Jose Sanchez, local businesses
WHAT: Access City Hall lunch
WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 550 Main St
WHEN: Friday, May 9, 11:30am-1pm

WHO: Mayor Segarra
WHAT: Ted's Montana Grill ribbon-cutting
WHERE: Ted's Montana Grill, 35 Front Street
WHEN: Friday, May 9, 6pm


For Immediate Release: May 8, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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Thursday: Mayor Segarra Kicks Off Community Renewal Team Head Start Parade; Speaks at Sister Cities International Day; Attends Maple Avenue Revitalization Group Meeting

(May 7, 2014) Tomorrow morning, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra will kick-off of the 6th Annual Community Renewal Team (CRT) Head Start Parade in Bushnell Park. More than 1,300 three-to-five-year-old children, along with their parents, grandparents and siblings will celebrate a successful year and transition to kindergarten.
At 5:30pm, Mayor Segarra will read a proclamation at the Sister Cities International Day reception in City Hall.
Shortly after, Mayor Segarra will attend the monthly meeting of the Maple Avenue Revitalization Group (MARG) in St. Augustine Church.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, CRT, Hartford families
WHAT: Annual Head Start Parade
WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 10:45am, parade begins at 11:30am
WHERE: Bushnell Park, Stage Area, Hartford, CT


WHO: Mayor Segarra
WHAT: Sister City International Day reception
WHEN: Thursday, May 8 at 5:30pm
WHERE: Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, Atrium

WHO: Mayor Segarra
WHAT: Monthly MARG meeting
WHEN: Thursday, May 8, meeting starts at 6:00pm, Mayor will arrive at approx. 6:30pm
WHERE: St. Augustine Church, 10 Campfield Avenue, Hartford


For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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City of Hartford Chosen to Kick Off National 'raise The Caliber' Campaign to End Illegal Gun Violence

(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


For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
p. (860) 757.9016
c. (860) 986-1439
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Friday: Information on Housing Resources Available to Hartford Residents

(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.

Participants include:

  • Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
  • Rockville Bank
  • Webster Bank
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Mutual Housing Association
  • CT Fair Housing
  • Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance
  • Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance
  • Home Bridge Financial
  • Hartford Preservation Alliance
  • First Niagara Bank
  • Re/Max Renaissance
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Hartford Area Rally Together
  • Urban League of Greater Hartford
  • Law Offices of Jessica Dornelas
  • People's United Bank
  • Corporation for Independent Living
  • Community Renewal Team
  • Community Solutions

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
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