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MAYOR BRONIN RELEASES STATEMENT ON AETNA

MAYOR BRONIN RELEASES STATEMENT ON AETNA

 

HARTFORD, CONN (June 29, 2017) – This morning Mayor Luke Bronin released the statement below on Aetna.

 

“Now that Aetna has made its decision final, I hope it serves as a clear and powerful message to leaders of both political parties in Connecticut that we need to take bold action quickly.  The City of Hartford is finally seeing the start of the revitalization that eluded us for so long, and you can feel the new energy in the Capital City.  But at the same time, Hartford and the State of Connecticut as a whole are facing fiscal crises that are decades in the making, and can’t be fixed with stop-gaps or band aids.  I hope that, as a state, we can use the loss of Aetna’s flag as a rallying cry to put Connecticut on a sound fiscal path and position our cities – including Hartford – to be the strong, vibrant centers of growth that Connecticut needs and that our major employers demand,” said Mayor Bronin.

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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES ALL WASTE WILL FUND BUSHNELL PARK CAROUSEL

MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES ALL WASTE WILL FUND BUSHNELL PARK CAROUSEL

 

HARTFORD, CONN (June 21, 2017) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined representatives from the Bushnell Park Carousel and All Waste, Inc. to announce that All Waste has generously offered to donate $75,000 towards the operation of the carousel.  In the past, Hartford has contributed that amount for the carousel’s operation through its annual budget.

 

“At a time when Hartford has had to make dramatic spending cuts, I am enormously grateful that members of our community have stepped up time and again to fund events and activities that our residents value,” said Mayor Bronin.  “All Waste is a local company, with a longstanding commitment to our community, and I want to thank Russ Lallier and All Waste for this extremely generous contribution to the Bushnell Park Carousel.  Because of that commitment, thousands of children and families will be able to enjoy our beautiful, historic carousel all year.”

 

“The Bushnell Park Carousel has been operating in our city since 1974 and was originally crafted in 1914 in Brooklyn, New York.  The carousel is an integral piece of the fabric of our city and an amazing part of history which is ridden by thousands from in and around Hartford each year.  The carousel was brought to our great city by the Knox foundation which was run by Jack Dollard at the time – his vision for the horses was that they would symbolize Hartford’s restoration.  All Waste, Inc., being city-based, believes that vision is needed now more than ever and we are pleased to help keep this symbol of Hartford running,” said Russ Lallier, President of All Waste, Inc.

 

“Thank you to the City of Hartford for finding an angel for the Bushnell Park Carousel.  We are excited to learn that All Waste is going to sponsor the Carousel this year and help to keep her running for her 103rd year,” added Louise DeMars, Executive Director of the New England Carousel Museum, which manages the Bushnell Park Carousel.  “The Carousel is a jewel in Bushnell Park bringing joy to many children and adults.  We are grateful to Russ Lallier, President of All Waste and our new best friend, for providing the funding to keep the Carousel spinning.”

 

What is now known as the Bushnell Park Carousel began operating outside of Albany, New York in 1914.  It moved to the Meyers Lake Amusement Park in Canton, Ohio in the early 1940’s.  The carousel was brought to Hartford in 1974 and has been operating here since then.  It’s one of less than 200 antique operating carousels nationwide.  In 1999, the New England Carousel Museum began managing the Bushnell Park Carousel.

 

More information about the carousel, including operating hours, is available at: http://www.bushnellpark.org/attractions/the-carousel.

 

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HARTFORD, ARTS COUNCIL LAUNCH “SUMMER IN THE CITY” PROGRAM, RETURN OF FIREWORKS ANNOUNCED

HARTFORD, ARTS COUNCIL LAUNCH “SUMMER IN THE CITY” PROGRAM,
RETURN OF FIREWORKS ANNOUNCED

 

HARTFORD, CONN (June 13, 2017) – Today, the Greater Hartford Arts Council (Arts Council), the City of Hartford, and United Technologies announced the “Summer in the City” partnership program to celebrate arts and culture in Hartford.  The program will pay for costs associated with hosting a series of existing regional events, and for promoting and highlighting the region’s vibrancy through an online event calendar, community engagement campaign, and neighborhood events.  In addition, Riverfront Recapture announced that Riverfront Fireworks will return this summer on July 8th.

 

“Hartford has a great lineup of concerts and festivals every summer, but the City has never had the resources to promote and support these events as part of a coordinated summer series," said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “These events happen every year because of committed, dedicated volunteers.  As our fiscal challenge forced the City to cut back on subsidizing those events, we asked private funders to help us do what we really aspired to do, which is not just to help keep particular events going, but to bring them together into one, well-branded Summer in the City series.  I’m grateful to our program supporter and to the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the event organizers for their tremendous partnership.” 

 

"The Arts Council is thrilled to partner with the City of Hartford to help highlight the incredible vibrancy of our community,” said Cathy Malloy, CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council.  “Summer in the City is a showcase of the arts and cultural events that make Greater Hartford such an exciting place to live, work and visit.

 

“Riverfront Recapture is pleased to be bringing back our mid-summer fireworks display to the Connecticut River,” said Mike Zaleski, CEO of Riverfront Recapture.  “Many have worked hard over the past year to secure the private sector funding required to put on this fun, free celebration.  My thanks to Mayor Bronin, the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the numerous companies and corporations that stepped up to support fireworks on the river and all of our summer events.”

 

Mayor Bronin secured the private funding to support “Summer in the City” and asked the Arts Council to manage the coordinated, branded summer event series.  The Arts Council will manage the program, coordinating with event organizers, developing the website, and ensuring that the Greater Hartford community is aware of the program so that they can enjoy the many events being offered.

 

Events that are part of “Summer in the City” include:

  • June 17: Black-Eyed and Blues Festival
  • June 24: Greater Hartford Latino Fest
  • July 8: Riverfront Fireworks
  • July 14-16: Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz
  • August 5: Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival
  • August 12: West Indian Independence Celebration
  • August 19: Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival
  • September 9: Hartford Capital City PrideFest

 

Program support provided by United Technologies.  To learn more, please visit: www.SummerInHartford.com

 

About the Greater Hartford Arts Council

The Greater Hartford Arts Council uses the power of the arts to improve lives and transform communities. The organization is dedicated to connecting all citizens to the arts in their community and promoting the arts as a regional asset. To learn more about the Arts Council’s programs and services, visit LetsGoArts.org or follow @letsgoarts_org on Twitter.

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TOMORROW: SUMMER LEARNING KICK-OFF HOSTED BY HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY AND CITY OF HARTFORD

TOMORROW: SUMMER LEARNING KICK-OFF HOSTED BY HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY AND CITY OF HARTFORD

 

HARTFORD, CONN (June 9, 2017) – Tomorrow, the Hartford Public Library (HPL) and Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation (DFCYR) will host a Summer Learning Kick-Off at the downtown library branch and on Burr Mall between 12:30 PM and 3 PM.  The celebration will be carnival themed, and there will be many activities for children.  There will also be opportunities to sign up for HPL’s Summer Learning Program and City summer recreation programs, and to meet with community groups providing their own programs. 

 

The Summer Learning Program allows participants of all ages to set learning goals, but particularly encourages young students to read books so that they don’t lose the progress they made during the school year.

 

“The Hartford Public Library’s Summer Learning Program will help kids avoid the ‘summer slide,’ and continue the progress they made on basic literacy during the school year,” said Kim Oliver, Director of Hartford’s DFCYR.  “I’m grateful for the Library’s leadership in this area, and I’m looking forward to an afternoon of fun to begin the summer.”

 

“Saturday's kickoff gives a taste of all the programs that will be offered by the Library and City organizations that help children and families continue to learn through fun activities,” says Marie Jarry, Director of Central Public Services for Hartford Public Library.

 

Residents of any age can earn one ticket to the Yard Goats game on August 31st by completing self-selected learning goals by the end of the summer.  Anyone interested can visit hplct.beanstack.org to create an account and track their progress.

 

Activities and entertainment will include: face painting and airbrush tattoos; a scavenger hunt in the library; balloon animal artists; caricature artists; stilt walkers, jugglers, and a unicyclist; free treats from Ice Cream for a Dream; signups for a year-long membership to the Connecticut Science Center at reduced rates; and a concert by FriendZWorld Music at 1:30 PM.  There will also be an opportunity to interact with animals, including reptiles, thanks to Curious Creatures. 

 

To learn more about the Summer Learning Program at the Hartford Public Library, go to: https://www.summer.hplct.org/

 

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