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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES COOLING CENTER HOURS FOR JULY 14-15 AND TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT

MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES COOLING CENTER HOURS FOR JULY 14-15 AND TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT

“The weather’s going to be very hot and humid over the next couple of days, and I urge residents to stay indoors as much as possible, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and feel free to make use of the cooling centers located across the city. Along with our libraries and outdoor pools, the cooling centers are available to any resident who needs to find some relief from the heat.” — Mayor Luke Bronin
 
HARTFORD, CONN. (JULY 14, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that cooling centers throughout Hartford will be open on July 14-15, giving residents relief from the extreme summer heat.
 
“The weather’s going to be very hot and humid over the next couple of days, and I urge residents to stay indoors as much as possible, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and feel free to make use of the cooling centers located across the city,” said Mayor Bronin. “Along with our libraries and outdoor pools, the cooling centers are available to any resident who needs to find some relief from the heat.”
 
Hartford Fire Department (HFD) Chief Reggie Freeman stated that the HFD Special Services Unit is giving out cold water to people at bus stops citywide while at peak times today. HFD Chief Freeman also warned residents that opening fire hydrants without spray caps is wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened fire hydrants can put children at serious risk, because the powerful force of an open hydrant without a spray cap can push them into oncoming traffic.
 
List of Cooling Centers:
• North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
• South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
• Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue, Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
 
Public Pools will be open to families at the following locations:
• Colt Park Pool, 106 Wethersfield Avenue, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
• Goodwin Pool, 1130 Maple Avenue, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
• Keney Park Pool, Woodland Street entrance, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
 
The Hartford Public Library is available for residents and visitors. Below are hours of operation:
• Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 10:00am-8:00pm, Fri 10:00am-5:00pm
• Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:30pm-5:00pm
• Barbour Branch, 281 Barbour Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Mark Twain Branch, 55 Forest Street, Time: Wed-Fri 1:00pm-5:00pm
• Park Branch, 744 Park Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• SANDS/Ropkins, 1750 Main Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:30pm-5:00pm
• Goodwin, 460 New Britain Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Blue Hills Branch, 649 Blue Hills Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
 
Helpful tips to beat the heat include:
• Drink water regularly and often, avoid large amounts of caffeine and alcohol as it causes dehydration.
• Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
• Stay indoors as much as possible. Avoid the sun and use an SPF of 30 or more if you have to be outdoors.
• Go somewhere to get relief from the heat such as libraries, malls, movie theaters, or places with air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day.
• Never leave children or pets inside a closed vehicle. Do not leave pets outside for long periods of time.
• Cover windows that get direct sunlight.
• Take time to check on neighbors and friends who may be homebound.

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MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION TO ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE AND ZIKA VIRUS BEFORE TWO-MONTH SUMMER RECESS

MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION TO ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE AND ZIKA VIRUS BEFORE TWO-MONTH SUMMER RECESS
 
HARTFORD, CONN. (JULY 14, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin urged Congress to take action to address two critical public health threats facing the nation — gun violence and the Zika virus — before leaving for a seven-week summer recess. Mayor Bronin also thanked Connecticut's Congressional delegation for leading the charge on these two issues.
 
“If members of Congress fail to approve much-needed funds for combatting the Zika virus and the epidemic of gun violence, they will have failed in their most basic responsibility -- protecting public safety,” said Mayor Bronin. “Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, Representative Larson, and Connecticut’s entire Congressional delegation have been leading the charge to pass common-sense gun laws and funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus. I’m urging Congress to follow the lead of the Connecticut's Congressional delegation and to take action on these two critical issues before leaving Washington."
 
Congress has yet to approve funding necessary for anti-Zika vaccine development, despite President Obama's request in February for $1.9 billion to prevent, detect, and respond to the Zika virus and its associated health effects. Nationwide, more 935 people — including over 287 pregnant women — have been infected by the Zika disease to date. In the Constitution State alone, 25 people have tested positive for the Zika virus to date, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
 
Mayor Bronin also expressed concern that the burden of a Zika outbreak will fall disproportionately on vulnerable populations. He stated that this is due to disparities in exposure to environmental and health hazards — such as abandoned buildings, lack of screens and air-conditioning, vacant lots, and standing water — that serve as breeding grounds for the types of mosquitos that can transmit diseases.

“Given the profound health effects of the Zika virus, and the obvious threat to citizens across the country — especially pregnant women and their babies — it would be unconscionable for Congress to ignore this chance to combat Zika."
 
Mayor Bronin also urged Congress to take action to enact common sense gun laws. Despite mass shootings in recent weeks, Congress is preparing to go on a two-month recess without passing common-sense gun measures.
 
“How many more tragedies do we have to see, how many more moments of silence and flags at half mast, before Congress takes action?” said Mayor Bronin. “Congress needs to take action on common-sense gun measures, and I commend our Connecticut delegation for pressing their colleagues to do their job."

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MAYOR BRONIN REMINDS RESIDENTS OF COOLING CENTER HOURS AND TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT

MAYOR BRONIN REMINDS RESIDENTS OF COOLING CENTER HOURS AND TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT

“The weather’s turning very hot and humid, and I urge residents to stay indoors as much as possible, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and feel free to make use of the cooling centers located across the city. Along with our libraries and outdoor pools, the cooling centers are available to any resident who needs to find some relief from the heat.” — Mayor Luke Bronin
 
HARTFORD, CONN. (JULY 7, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin is reminding residents that cooling centers throughout Hartford are open to give residents relief from the extreme summer heat. The heat index is likely to get to 91 degrees in Hartford today, according to the National Weather Service.
 
“The weather’s turning very hot and humid, and I urge residents to stay indoors as much as possible, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and feel free to make use of the cooling centers located across the city,” said Mayor Bronin. “Along with our libraries and outdoor pools, the cooling centers are available to any resident who needs to find some relief from the heat.”
 
Hartford Fire Department (HFD) Chief Reggie Freeman stated that the HFD Special Services Unit is giving out cold water to people at bus stops citywide while at peak times today. HFD Chief Freeman also warned residents that opening fire hydrants without spray caps is wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened fire hydrants can put children at serious risk, because the powerful force of an open hydrant without a spray cap can push them into oncoming traffic.
 
List of Cooling Centers:

• North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
• South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
• Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue, Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
 
Public Pools will be open to families at the following locations:

• Colt Park Pool, 106 Wethersfield Avenue, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
• Goodwin Pool, 1130 Maple Avenue, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
• Keney Park Pool, Woodland Street entrance, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
 
The Hartford Public Library is available for residents and visitors. Below are hours of operation:
• Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 10:00am-8:00pm, Fri 10:00am-5:00pm
• Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:30pm-5:00pm
• Barbour Branch, 281 Barbour Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Mark Twain Branch, 55 Forest Street, Time: Wed-Fri 1:00pm-5:00pm
• Park Branch, 744 Park Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• SANDS/Ropkins, 1750 Main Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:30pm-5:00pm
• Goodwin, 460 New Britain Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Blue Hills Branch, 649 Blue Hills Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
 
Helpful tips to beat the heat include:

• Drink water regularly and often, avoid large amounts of caffeine and alcohol as it causes dehydration.
• Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
• Stay indoors as much as possible. Avoid the sun and use an SPF of 30 or more if you have to be outdoors.
• Go somewhere to get relief from the heat such as libraries, malls, movie theaters, or places with air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day.
• Never leave children or pets inside a closed vehicle. Do not leave pets outside for long periods of time.
• Cover windows that get direct sunlight.
• Take time to check on neighbors and friends who may be homebound.

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MAYOR BRONIN AND CT LAWMAKERS ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION TO HELP YOUNG ADULTS IN PROMISE ZONE REINTEGRATE INTO COMMUNITY

MAYOR BRONIN AND CT LAWMAKERS ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION TO HELP YOUNG ADULTS IN PROMISE ZONE REINTEGRATE INTO COMMUNITY
 
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 29, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined U.S. Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, and Congressman Larson, in announcing that the City of Hartford will receive approximately $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor. The federal funds will help young adults in North Hartford’s Promise Zone who are exiting the correctional system find employment, reunite with their families, and reintegrate back into the community.
 
“This is great news for Hartford," said Mayor Bronin. "We are working hard to make sure that our Promise Zone designation really pays off, and the STRIVE grant will help us make progress on two of our top priorities: expanding youth employment and offering second chances. Thanks to Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and Congressman Larson, as well as the Obama Administration, for their support. I also want to thank the STRIVE program and other community groups who are helping us build a stronger, safer community through programs like this that provide second-chance employment opportunities.”
 
The City of Hartford received priority consideration for the federal grant as a result of North Hartford’s Promise Zone designation. The nearly $1 million grant will build on the city’s Promise Zone initiative and design Reentry Demonstration Projects for young adults ages 18 to 24 that apply evidence-based interventions — such as mentoring, career pathways, and registered apprenticeships — that lead to meaningful employment.
 
"Too often, young men and women return from the justice system without the support they need to find a job and care for themselves and their families. Instead, they face stigmas and barriers that put them at risk of returning to crime and falling into a dangerous, downward spiral,” said Blumenthal, Murphy, and Larson. “This grant will help dozens of young men and women get the second chance they deserve to be successful, law-abiding members of our community. We’re thrilled to see it bring more life-changing opportunities to the people of North Hartford.”
 
This grant marks the third award benefiting youth and young offenders that the North Hartford Promise Zone has received in three months. In April 2016, the Promise Zone received a $100,000 grant for the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program and in May 2016, the Promise Zone received a Summer Jobs and Beyond Grant.

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