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Thursday: Hartford City Hall Hosts First Annual Boys & Girls Clubs “Festival of the Arts”

(January 24, 2014) On January 30th, from 7 to 9pm, Hartford City Hall will play host to the first annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford’s “Festival of the Arts.” The event is being produced by The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, in conjunction with the City’s Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation, and will feature over 200 works from local youth artists, live jazz music, food, and awards.

“It’s great to bring young people and members of the community together to celebrate art,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra. “We’re fortunate to have a shared space as beautiful as City Hall to host this event. I’m looking forward to it.”

The Festival of the Arts was born from the combination of two existing Boys & Girls Clubs events: the ImageMakers National Photography Program, which encourages education and practice in black and white, color, digital and alternative process photography, and the Fine Arts Exhibit Program, which focuses on drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, and sculpture.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, community members
WHAT: Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford Festival of the Arts
WHERE: Hartford City Hall, 550 Main St
WHEN: Thursday, January 30th, 7pm – 9pm


For Immediate Release: January 24, 2014
Contact: Nelky Maldonado
p. (860) 757-9890
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ICYMI: Hartford’s Mayor Segarra Receives National Award in Washington DC Today, for his Leadership in Youth Employment

(January 23, 2014) The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced today, that Mayor Pedro E. Segarra of Hartford, CT, won first place for medium/small cities in their 1st Annual USCM National SummerYouth Jobs Challenge. This award honors the outstanding achievements in innovative partnerships between cities and local business and non-profit communities to help provide youth with meaningful summer job experiences.

The award is being presented to Mayor Segarra in Washington D.C. during The U.S. Conference of Mayors 82nd Annual Winter Meeting. Approximately 250 mayors, USCM business council members, USCM Workforce Development Council members and other workforce development professionals from major cities across the country will be in attendance.

 Mayor Segarra is committed to the youth and future workforce of the city of Hartford.  Since taking office in 2010, Segarra has invested regularly in youth employment programming, leverageing state and foundationfunds to further expand work opportunities for young people. In 2013, the Mayor secured $1.25 million, that put nearly half of the 2,056 youth in the region to work.  Additionally, in conjunction with 4 other regional mayors, he spearheaded an “unsubsidized” youth employment campaign, aligned with the Obama administration’s Youth Jobs + effort.  That effort resulted in a further 208 employer-paid positions. 

 Also in attendance will be Capital Workforce Partners President and CEO, Tom Phillips who was the 2012 President of the U. S. Conference of Mayor’s Workforce Development Council, and whose organization is instrumental in finding worksites and providing career competencies for over 2,000 youth in the North Central Connecticut region each summer. 

 Along with Mayor Segarra, the USCM will recognize Eugene Morton, a Hartford resident who participated in employment opportunities created through Segarra’s youth initiatives. A 2007 graduate of Hartford’s Sports and Medical Sciences Academy, Morton is currently a Marketing major at Central Connecticut State University with a 4.0 average. In 2013, Eugene took advantage of a summer employment opportunity at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He worked in Lifeline and later transferred to the Human Resources Department where he continued to work to cover his tuition costs, books and other necessities for his studies. Eugene was one of 13 college students who participated in the summer youth employment program offered at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in partnership with the Blue Hills Civic Association. Eugene anticipates graduating in the fall of 2014.

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Today: Mayor Segarra Declares Snow Emergency Effective at 3:00pm

(January 21, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 3pm today until tomorrow, Wednesday January 22 at 3pm—UPDATE: 10:00am instead. All Hartford Public Schools have early dismissal by 12:45pm. The Winterfest skating rink in Bushnell Park will close at 5:00pm and open tomorrow at 11am. The Emergency Operating Center (EOC) will be partially open at 12pm to monitor the storm and fully operational by midnight. The Hartford Fire Department will increase staff beginning at 6pm.

“The snow could be anywhere from 5 to 10 inches in Hartford but residents should also be mindful of extremely cold temperatures over the next few days,” said Mayor Segarra. “We’ve done this before and should take the necessary precautions. I encourage folks to check on their neighbors whenever possible. Our shelters will remain open for 24 hours as long as the temperatures are below freezing.”

During a snow emergency parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. Any vehicles not removed from City streets by the start of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed. Residents without access to off-street parking should move their vehicles to one of the following authorized parking areas before the start of the parking ban:

  • 2 Holcomb Street Lot
  • Keney Park Entrance Lot—Ridgefield Street
  • KDA Center Lot—Naugatuck Street
  • Pope Park Center Lot—Park Terrace
  • Metzner Center Lot—Franklin Avenue
  • Colt Park Lot—Wawarme Avenue
  • Elizabeth Park Lots
  • Morgan Street Garage- 155 Morgan Street
  • All Hartford Schools Parking Lots beginning today at 3:00pm

Residents should remove their vehicles from these lots promptly following the end of the parking ban. Residents whose vehicles are towed during the parking ban should contact the Hartford Police Department at (860) 757-4000. The cost for retrieving a towed vehicle is $97.84. An additional $99.00 ticket will be issued which owners are responsible for paying before the answer date. Please visit for a list of snow emergency parking locations, and for information regarding towed vehicles.

Due to the severe cold weather, residents should take the following precautions:

  • Stay indoors if possible
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Wear a hat and change wet clothes frequently to prevent loss of body heat.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 211. As long as the temperatures are below 25 degrees, the following shelters will be open 24 hours:

  • McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave, (860) 722-6922
  • Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St, (860) 724-4823
  • South Park Inn: 75 Main St, (860) 724-0071


For Immediate Release: January 21, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. 860-757-9731
c. 860-539-5485
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Tuesday: Mayor Segarra Joins U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for a Town Hall Meeting with High School Students

(January 20, 2014) On Tuesday afternoon in Hartford, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will join U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan, Governor Dannel Malloy, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, President of the University of Hartford Walter Harrison, and President of the University of St. Joseph Pamela Reid for a town hall meeting with high school students to discuss increasing student access to college and higher education.


WHO: Mayor Segarra, U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan, Governor Malloy, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, Commissioner Stefan Pryor and Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, students of University High School
WHAT: Town Hall meeting with high school students to discuss access to higher education
WHEN: Tuesday, January 21 at 1:30pm
WHERE: University High School of Science and Engineering, Atrium, 351 Mark Twain Drive. Hartford


For Immediate Release: January 20, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM