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City of Hartford Marketing, Events & Cultural Affairs Division (MECA) Announces 2nd Annual Creative Youth Essay Award

(February 6, 2014) The City of Hartford, Marketing, Events & Cultural Affairs Division (MECA) announces the 2nd Annual “Creative Youth Essay Award,” which supports creative energy among city youth by encouraging Hartford students Grades 7-12 to submit original essays exploring art, culture, and their impact in the community.

Overview:

Participants will submit a one-page essay elaborating on the following questions:

  • How does art make a difference in your life?
  • Describe at least one example of art you see in Hartford.
  • Describe the art form that is most special to you.
  • If you could, how would you give back to the community and impact others through art?

Judging Criteria:

Entries will be evaluated on the basis of content and creativity.  Please note that each of the above questions must be answered.  

Categories and Awards:

  • Grades: 7th – 8th (1st place - $100, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50)
  • Grades: 9th – 10th  (1st place - $100, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50)
  • Grades: 11th – 12th (1st place - $100, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50)
  • All participating students will be acknowledged with a certificate

Eligibility:

  • Open to all Hartford residents currently enrolled in Grades 7 through 12.
  • Hartford residents at public, private, or magnet schools outside Hartford are eligible.
  • Non-residents who attend a Hartford-based school are also eligible

Criteria:

  • All entries must be typed on standard 8 1/2” X 11” paper. Entries submitted on smaller or larger paper than specified size will be eliminated.   
  • If emailing your essay, please save it as a Microsoft word document with your last name and name of the school as the file name. Example: Thomas Hartford Academy of the Arts
  • All entries must have complete information at the top of the paper: student’s name, complete home mailing address, school, teacher’s name, grade, and age.
  • Essays should be a minimum of 300 words and should not exceed 800 words.
  • Essay must be the entrant’s original work.   
  • Essays that have won other contests or that have appeared in any print or online publications are not eligible.

Judges:

  • Two MECA staff members
  • One Commission on Cultural Affairs member
  • One member of a Hartford arts organization

Deadlines:

  • Applications Release Date: February 6, 2014
  • Deadline: Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:00 P.M.
  • Winners Announced: Friday, April 11, 2014

To apply:

Please contact Andres Chaparro.  Interested applicants may request an application to be emailed or mailed.

c/o Andres Chaparro
City of Hartford
Department of Development Services, MECA Division
250 Constitution Plaza– 4th floor
Hartford, CT 06103
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MECA will hold a reception for the winners on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Hartford City Hall, 550 Main St. Pizza and refreshments will be served, and all participants and family members are invited to attend.

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For Immediate Release: February 6, 2014
Contact: Andres Chaparro
p. 860-757-4895
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Hartford Police Successfully Fund Mounted Patrol with Help from the Community

(February 6, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced today that, through community donations, the City of Hartford’s Mounted Patrol would remain active through at least June 30. The City recently received a donation from Halloran & Sage LLP covering the unit’s funding for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Originally established in 1985, Hartford’s Mounted Patrol Unit consists of four officers and four horses, although recent cutbacks have limited it to three. When continued budget reductions threatened to dismantle the unit entirely, the Hartford Police Department (HPD) initiated a private fundraising campaign. Several downtown businesses and civic groups responded with donations. 

“We know how much everyone loves the Mounted Patrol, so I’m glad the support was there,” said Mayor Segarra.  “They do provide a great service for our parks. Hopefully with continued support we can keep them active.”

Halloran & Sage Managing Partner William J. McGrath Jr. is pleased to donate the funds. “The horse patrols instill confidence and make our citizens more likely to use our parks and public spaces.  It is an important community service and we are happy to be involved. As a long established Hartford law firm, we are proud to sustain this important public service through the fiscal year."

Plans for the next fiscal year are to be determined.

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For Immediate Release: February 6, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. 860-757-9731
c. 860-539-5485
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Reminder: All Cars Must Be Removed from Hartford Public Schools Lots

(February 5) As of 10pm tonight, the City of Hartford's snow emergency Parking Ban has ended. As made clear in the press release announcing the snow emergency, all residents parking in Hartford Public School lots during the parking ban must remove their cars from the lots immediately following the ban's conclusion. 

As of 10pm, hundreds of resident vehicles remain in public school parking lots. These lots must be cleared and plowed for the opening of school in the morning. Vehicles remaining overnight are subject to ticketing and towing for trespassing, which carries the same fine and towing fee as a snow emergency violation. Towing will begin on the school lots at 11pm tonight.

 

Mayor Segarra Declares Snow Emergency Parking Ban from 10pm February 4th to 10pm February 5th

(February 4, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 10pm today, February 4th, and ending at 10pm tomorrow, February 5th. All Hartford Public Schools will be closed. The Emergency Operating Center (EOC) will be open throughout the ban to monitor the storm, and the Hartford Fire Department will have increased staff on hand.

“This heaviest precipitation from the storm is projected to hit during the morning rush hour, and brings considerable potential for icy conditions,” said Mayor Segarra. “I’m encouraging all Hartford residents to stay home if at all possible tomorrow. Keeping the streets clear will increase safety for everyone and make it easier for DPW and emergency responders to do their jobs.”

During a snow emergency parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. While the ban does not begin until 10pm today, City residents are encouraged to begin parking in snow emergency lots any time after 6pm. 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

Residents should remove their vehicles from these lots promptly following the end of the parking ban. All vehicles remaining in Hartford Schools lots past the end of the ban will be subject to ticketing and towing. 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 http://www.hartford.gov/snow-parking for a list of snow emergency parking locations, and for information regarding towed vehicles.

Due to DPW’s snow removal efforts, residents with Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday trash collection routes will be operating on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. Wednesday routes will be collected on Thursday, Thursday routes on Friday, and Friday on Saturday. Bulky items and electronics for curbside pickup should be held until spring collection dates to avoid becoming buried in the snow. Finally, Residents are reminded to clear their sidewalks after DPW plowing is complete, and that it is illegal to shovel or blow snow back into the roadway.

Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 211. During the storm, 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

 

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For Immediate Release: February 4th, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. 860-757-9731
c. 860-539-5485
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