(October 23, 2015) Today, City of Hartford City Officials and the Hartford Board of Education announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Monsanto Company for the costs of removing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found at JC Clark Elementary School. The lawsuit seeks to shift the full costs of removal and remediation of the PCBs to the Monsanto Company, the sole manufacturer of the man-made compounds.
The PCBs were discovered during a sprinkler installation project late last year. Since then the schools and the City have been working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and Connecticut’s Departments of Administrative Services, Health, and Energy and Environmental Protection to implement a plan to remediate the space. A pilot program to conduct an experimental round of remediation work was recently approved. The first round of remediation is expected to be completed by January of 2016.
“Our families and taxpayers should not have to bear the costs for this project. By shifting the costs to Monsanto who is ultimately responsible for selling the PCBs we are not burdening our taxpayers or families who have already had to deal with the inconvenience,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.
The Monsanto Company was the only domestic producer of PCBs until the United States Congress banned them in 1979. Before then, Monsanto's PCBs were incorporated into a variety of building materials including paint, caulk, fluorescent lights and electrical equipment.
The City of Hartford has retained Dallas-based Baron & Budd, P.C., a firm that has represented hundreds of public entities nationwide whose water supplies, properties, or natural resources are affected by chemical contaminants.
(October 23, 2015) Members of the community are invited to attend “Learn 2 Live,” a forum on Monday hosted by the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) in collaboration with the My Brother’s Keeper program in Hartford. ‘Learn 2 Live’ is a new national effort that aims to facilitate more positive interactions and improve community relations between young people of color and law enforcement through a total of 100 forums in 100 cities across the country. Hartford is the first host city. Monday’s event will include a presentation by NOBLE followed by an interactive discussion with a panel of police officers from Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, Bloomfield and Windsor.
“Preserving the safety of Hartford residents starts with improving the relationship between our community and our police department. I welcome ‘Learn 2 Live,’ a new initiative focused on opening and maintaining that necessary dialogue,” said City Councilman Kyle K. Anderson, the point person for the My Brother’s Keeper.
“We are always looking for ways to improve our relationship with the community. We embrace this opportunity and look forward to participating in the forum,” said Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley.
My Brother’s Keeper is an initiative by President Barack Obama that calls for community members, including local government leaders, businesses and charities, to help guide young male minorities to colleges and toward careers. The City of Hartford accepted the challenge late last year, with the intent of focusing on ensuring that youth who are out of school are employed and ensuring that youth remain safe from violent crime.
Ten other cities hosting a “Learn 2 Live” program include, Harrisburg, Pa., Philadelphia, Pa., New York, NY, Chicago, Ill., Atlanta, Ga., Los Angeles, CA, Dallas, TX, Wilmington, DE and Washington, DC.
NOBLE is a public service organization with the goal of providing solutions to law enforcement issues and concerns, as well to the ever-changing needs of communities. The organization has nearly 60 chapters and represents over 4,000 members worldwide including chief executive officers and command-level law enforcement officials from federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies and criminal justice practitioners.
Kappa Alpha Psi is comprised of more than 150,000 members and over 700 functioning undergraduate and alumni chapters on major campuses and cities around the world. For more information contact Jimmy McMikle at (860)680-6468.
WHO: Kappa Alpha Psi, NOBLE and My Brother’s Keeper
WHAT: Invite community to launch of “Learn 2 Live” Program
WHEN: Monday, October 26, 2015; 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: First Cathedral; 1151 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield
(October 16, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra invites all members of the community to the unveiling of a large-scale mural in the Upper Albany neighborhood, which is part of the newly, federally designated North Hartford Promise Zone. The project is a collaborative effort between the City of Hartford, the North Hartford Promise Zone, KNOX, Inc., Community Solutions, Art of Tao LaBossiere and Scott’s Jamaican Bakery.
“This beautiful work of art is a wonderful way of acknowledging and celebrating the people and places that make North Hartford unique and vibrant,” said Mayor Segarra. “I want to thank Tao LaBossiere, the artists and everyone involved in this project.”
Master artist and Connecticut muralist Tao LaBossiere led a team of artists who created the mural on the side of Scott’s Jamaican Bakery on Albany Avenue. The artists were selected based on current or former residency in North Hartford and artistic experience. Inspired by the places and people of the neighborhood, each artist created a painting within the mural that represents what ‘home’ means to them. The artists include:
The event will feature live music, snacks, ‘green’ giveaways and an opportunity to meet the artists.
WHO: North Hartford Promise Zone, KNOX, Inc., Community Solutions, Art of Tao LaBossiere and Scott’s Jamaican Bakery
WHAT: Invite community to mural unveiling
WHEN: Sunday, October 18, 2015; 2:00– 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Scott’s Jamaican Bakery; 1344 Albany Avenue, Hartford
(October 13, 2015) Today, the Department of Public Works (DPW) released its 2015 Leaf Collection Schedule. Residents will be assigned two Sundays between November 1 and December 6 to place their leaves curbside for pickup.
Residents can determine their Sunday pickup dates by:
In addition, DPW will post signs in pickup zones two days before the Sunday pickup dates. Residents will also have the option of placing paper leaf collection bags (no plastic bags) curbside seven times on regular trash collection days for seven weeks starting November 9 and dropping leaves off year round at the Bulky Waste & Recycling Center with a Green Permit.