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Today: Hartford Winterfest Closed

Please be advised that the Hartford Winterfest Skating Rink in Bushnell Park will be closed, today, January 7, 2014 due to the severe temperatures.

Maribel La Luz
Director of Communications & New Media
Mayor Pedro E. Segarra
p. 860.757.9731
c. 860.539.5485
t. @maribellita
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Tuesday: Mayor Segarra Announces New Anti-Blight Housing Program

(January 6, 2014) Tomorrow, January 7th, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will announce a new anti-blight program for the City of Hartford. The event will take place at noon, at 194 South Whitney Street. Mayor Segarra will be joined by Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner, Evonne Klein.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Commissioner Evonne Klein, CT Department of Housing
WHAT: Announcement of New Anti-Blight Initiative
WHEN: Tuesday, January 7, 12:00pm
WHERE: 194 South Whitney Street, Hartford


For Immediate Release: January 6, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Mayor Segarra Urges Residents to Prepare for Freezing Temperatures

(January 3, 2014) - Mayor Segarra urges residents to take all necessary precautions to prepare for the freezing temperatures over the next few days.

“Although the snow has passed, the temperatures will drop tonight to a level we haven’t seen in years,” said Mayor Segarra. “It’s important to be prepared, do what you can to stay warm and dry and whenever possible check on your neighbors. Our shelters will remain open for 24 hours as long as thetemperatures are below freezing.”

Here are some steps residents can take to prepare their homes:

  • Make sure that all cellar andhouse windows and doors are closed tightly.
  • If you did not turn off your exterior faucets turn them off now in the basement. That way if they did freeze when they thaw out the water will not flood the basement.
  • Find where your Main water shutoff is in the basement. That way if a pipe does burst you know where to turn off the water before it causes major damage. It should be near the water meter.
  • Open up the cabinets under the Bathroom and Kitchen sinks to allow some warm air to the pipes.
  • If you have older windows tape some clear plastic on the inside to lessen drafts.
  • If you have a thermostat that automatically lowers the temperature you may want to leave it at the normalhigher setting as your heating system may not be able to raise the room temperature back up when the exterior temperature is below 10 degrees and the wind is blowing.
  • If you are using electric space heaters be sure to keep them 3 – 5 feet away from anything that can catch fire-curtains, clothes, furniture, etc.
  • Follow the instructions for clearances and do not use extension cords unless they are allowed by the manufacturer and are the proper wire size.
  • Do not use any fuel burning heaters inside your house such as propane or kerosene heaters.
  • Be sure that your Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors are working have fresh batteries and test them.
  • Check to be sure that snow or ice has not blocked any combustion air intakes or exhaust vents for your heating equipment.
  • Shovel a path so the Fuel Delivery person can get to the fuel fill pipes.
  • Shovel the sidewalk and around the Fire Hydrant if you have them on your property.
  • Be careful of ice hanging off roofs especially when you are knocking them off.
  • Do not forget about your pets thecold also affects them.
  • Do not warm your automobile up inside the garage. Move it outside to warm it and be sure the exhaust fumes are not blowing towards the house if possible.


For Immediate Release: January 3, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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Wednesday: City of Hartford Presents Final Development Plan for Downtown North

(December 9, 2013) On Wednesday December 11th, the City of Hartford’s Department of Development Services will present its final plans at a public meeting for the redevelopment of the area north of I-84, east of the Connecticut River often referred to as Downtown North. The area has now been expanded to include parts of Union Station known as Downtown West. The city has held two previous public meetings on this issue; one in July and another in October.

The final presentation will summarize priority development sites with the highest potential for mixed usage. Results build on past efforts as well as new research including a retail market study commissioned by the City and conducted by national urban planning expert, Robert Gibbs of Gibbs Planning Group. Data from a new housing market analysis that considers traffic patterns, pedestrian connectivity and road conditions will also be discussed. Recommendations will consider design standards and zoning to ensure development is beneficial for surrounding residents.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

WHO: City of Hartford Development Services
WHAT: Public Meeting on Redevelopment of Downtown North
WHEN: Wednesday, December 11, at 6:00pm
WHERE: Hartford Public Library, Downtown Branch, 500 Main Street
* Free parking available after 6:00 pm in the Arch Street parking garage.


For Immediate Release: December 9, 2013
Contact: Laura McMenamin
p. 860-757-9053
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