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(September 28, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced the winners of the My Hartford Summer Instagram Challenge during a reception at Hartford Spotlight Theatres, a sponsor of the competition. Contestants posted pictures on Instagram of their summer experiences in Hartford for a chance to win Spotlight movie tickets and have their photos featured on Spotlight movie screens before previews. Four winners were selected by a panel of judges, along with several honorable mentions.
“It was great to see Hartford through the eyes of our residents. I commend all participants who displayed both photographic talent in capturing summer scenes from all corners of Hartford, as well as love for our great city. Congratulations to the winners,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra. “I would like to thank Spotlight Theatres for partnering with us and supporting efforts to promote Hartford.”
The winners are:
Ten honorable mentions were also recognized. The judges were Jill Konopka, WFSB reporter; Pablo Delano, nationally recognized photographer and Trinity College professor; Maurice D. Robertson, radio announcer on WWUH and Jazz scene photographer; and Donna M. Frustere, art educator at the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School.
To see all #MyHtfdSummer submissions, visit: https://instagram.com/explore/tags/myhtfdsummer/
(September 16, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra issued the following statement on the passing of former Deputy Mayor Nicholas R. Carbone:
“Nick was a mentor and a friend to many at City Hall. Personally, I learned a lot from him as my professor at Greater Hartford Community College and as one of Hartford’s great leaders. He was a champion for the City, a passionate advocate for its residents and a visionary. Hartford would not have the progress that is has today without Nick’s vision. We will never forget him. I extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
(September 15, 2015) Today, Democratic Registrar of Voters Olga Vazquez released the following statement urging residents to vote in Wednesday’s Democratic Primary:
“From infrastructure, to city parks, to public schools, voting during municipal elections determines how Hartford progresses and so it is vital for residents to cast a ballot on Wednesday. Show that you care about Hartford; go out and vote!” said Registrar of Voters Vazquez.
· Hartford polling locations: http://gis1.hartford.gov/ElectionPollingPlace/default.htm
(September 11, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced that a five-year agreement with the National Park Service for the management of the Coltsville National Historical Park will go before the City Council on Monday, September 14, 2015. Under the agreement, the City of Hartford will be responsible for providing adequate parking for visitors on City-owned parking facilities, restoring and maintaining the exteriors of historic Colt-era structures in Colt Park and assuring that City-owned land within the park is administered and managed consistent with the purposes and intent of legislation agreements creating the park, among other stipulations. The agreement is one of the final steps toward establishing the Coltsville National Historical Park, a process that may be completed by late this year or early next year.
“I’m glad to see us moving closer toward establishing Coltsville National Historical Park. The once-thriving firearms factory played a significant role in our country’s history and deserves to be restored to a place of prominence where residents and visitors can learn from and appreciate it. I want to thank all the partners who worked hard on this historic project especially Congressman John Larson and our entire Connecticut Delegation,” said Mayor Segarra.
"This is a tremendous step towards finalizing Coltsville's recognition as one of our newest National Historical Parks. I commend Mayor Segarra for all his hard work throughout this process. This has been years in the making, and Hartford richly deserves recognition for its cultural and historical impact on Connecticut and our nation,” said Congressman Larson.
The Colt Gateway was the home of Samuel and Elizabeth and the site of the Colt Factory where the nation’s first revolver was manufactured. Coltsville was named a National Historic Landmark in 2008, an initiative spearheaded by Congressman Larson. In December of 2014, the U.S. Senate approved a bill in that will make Colstville a National Park. The designation will further restore the Colt complex and is estimated to generate $150 million for the regional economy and to create 1,000 jobs over the next five years.