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.
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.
MAYOR BRONIN JOINS FELLOW ELECTED LEADERS IN DECRYING RACIST VIDEO FROM 96.5 TIC-FM
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 28, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined fellow elected leaders from across Connecticut’s capital city in decrying a racist video that was created by radio personality Gary Craig and posted on the 96.5 TIC-FM Facebook page (link: https://youtu.be/A6eYevXbLC4). The video features Mr. Craig attending the Hartford Latino fest, a multicultural celebration in Hartford that took place last weekend, making racist comments about others in attendance.
“Gary Craig's video is repulsive and bizarre,” said Mayor Bronin. “I was at the riverfront Saturday afternoon, and the festival was everything I love about our city: people of all different backgrounds coming together at our beautiful riverfront to celebrate the dance, music and food of one of our largest and most vibrant cultural communities here in Hartford. CBS Local Media, the owner of 96.5 TIC FM, should get this trash off of their website."
In addition to the Facebook post, the radio station website — 965tic.cbslocal.com — featured the video in a post titled, “Gary Craig: Accidental Tourist at Hartford Latino Fest” (link: 965tic.cbslocal.com/2016/06/27/gary-craig-accidental-tourist-at-hartford-latino-fest/ ).
"The derogatory comments made by Mr. Craig were point blank disgusting,” said City Council President T.J. Clarke. "There is absolutely no way these comments can be justified. For anyone to mention they walked into some ‘parallel universe’ while people were celebrating their culture at last weeks, Latino Fest needs a quick reality check on how culturally diverse this city is. I expect a public apology from Mr. Craig and the management staff of the radio station to the City of Hartford and organizers and members of the Latino community.”
“His comments were completely insensitive and degrading to the Latino population in this City and State,” said City Councilman Julio A. Concepcion. "Whether made in jest or not, his racist undertones are absolutely inexcusable and should be condemned by his employer.”
“I’m appalled by this racist behavior,” said State Representative Angel Arce. “The radio station needs to apologize to the community and take this video down immediately.”
MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES $2.2 MILLION IN PRIVATE FUNDING FOR YOUTH SERVICE CORPS
Hartford Youth Creating Safe Streets, Strong Neighborhoods
Hartford, Conn. (June 23, 2016) — Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Mayor Luke Bronin announced today that his administration has secured $2.2 million in private funding to launch the first phase of the Hartford Youth Service Corps. Five organizations have donated the overwhelming share of funding to the program: The Hartford, Barbara Dalio and the Dalio Foundation, Aetna Foundation, Travelers Foundation, and Newman’s Own Foundation. Various representatives from those organizations joined the Mayor for today’s announcement.
“The single most powerful tool for building a better future for Hartford is to help give Hartford’s young people opportunities for meaningful employment,” said Mayor Bronin. “I believe that unemployment for young men and women in our cities is one of our greatest and most urgent challenges, and I’m incredibly grateful to our partners for stepping up in a huge way to meet that challenge. Giving young people a chance to earn a paycheck while contributing to their community is a powerful way to build safer, stronger neighborhoods. Coupled with the $2 million youth employment grant, we secured from the federal Department of Labor, we’ve put together nearly $5 million to support job opportunities for Hartford’s young people.”
Youth employment is a top priority of Mayor Bronin’s administration. In response to Hartford’s youth unemployment crisis, Mayor Bronin had pledged during the first year of his new administration to partner with community stakeholders in connecting Hartford’s young people to part-time, yearlong employment. Youth Service Corps, set to launch this July, will provide Hartford’s opportunity youth — defined as out-of-school, out-of-work youth ages 16 to 24 — with an opportunity to earn a paycheck while strengthening neighborhoods. Mayor Bronin aims to expand the program to five hundred youth next year.
Beginning in July 2016, the Youth Service Corps will employ two hundred of Hartford's opportunity youth. Members will have yearlong, part-time employment with flexible scheduling, and they will engage in community service-based projects designed to impact Hartford neighborhoods visibly. Projects will address unmet needs in the city, such as blight remediation, home repair, and environmental stewardship. By completing these projects, Youth Service Corps Members will restore and protect Hartford’s natural, cultural, and historic resources and build safer, stronger neighborhoods.
Youth Service Corps' donors expressed enthusiasm while reflecting on their commitment to the program.
“The Hartford is committed to building safe, strong and successful communities, and, as part of that effort, we are proud to partner with the city we’ve called home for more than 200 years,” said David Robinson, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Hartford. “Early on, when Mayor Luke Bronin and the City reached out to The Hartford as a potential partner of Hartford's Youth Service Corps, we were eager to be involved and committed $500,000. We are encouraged by the opportunity to help empower young adults with opportunities to earn a paycheck while providing services so that our communities can prevail.”
Bob Forrester, President, and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation, remarked, "Supporting Hartford's Youth Service Corps is a natural extension of the Newman’s Own Foundation commitment to empowering people and communities. Through our grant making, we continue Paul Newman’s legacy of giving and creating opportunities. Youth Service Corps is a very special way to engage city youth in employment, while at the same time providing experiences and support for their continued development as productive and contributing members of society. We are pleased to be a part of this special public/private partnership and are hopeful that its success will also be a model for other cities nationally.”
"The Aetna Foundation is committed to building a healthier world, and helping people achieve better health – it’s at the heart of our mission," said Garth Graham, MD., MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation. "We work with local, national and select international organizations to spark innovative ideas and programs, like Youth Service Corps, for improving health. We are proud to be a part of this program and investing in our Hartford youth to ensure a brighter tomorrow."
“We admire and support Mayor Bronin’s vision for empowering individuals to build their communities and achieve their dreams,” said Barbara Dalio of the Dalio Foundation. “We are deeply committed to Hartford's Youth Service Corps because it provides hundreds of adolescents and young adults with jobs, mentors, and opportunities to contribute to the Hartford community. We are investing in Connecticut’s future by supporting them.”
Youth Service Corps, funded entirely by private donations, will be led by the City of Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation. Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) will serve as the implementation partner, providing full-time staff to develop and implement projects and manage Youth Service Corps member teams. OPP will provide members with mentorship, assistance in building life skills, and support and employment services. The City and OPP will work to ensure that Youth Service Corps boosts access to economic opportunity by serving as an on-ramp to workforce development programming, career-level professional placements, and permanent employment.
"Hartford’s Youth Service Corps is a unique and exciting opportunity for the youth of Hartford to create opportunity for both their communities and for themselves," said Bob Rath, CEO of Our Piece of the Pie, Inc.
In addition to the $2.2 million raised in philanthropic donations, the Connecticut Department of Housing has approved the use of $1 million in funds from the Urban Revitalization Pilot Program grant, authorized by the State in 2012, for Youth Service Corps projects. Youth Service Corps members, in collaboration with Rebuilding Together Hartford, will renovate between 10 and 20 properties within a designated neighborhood of the North Hartford Promise Zone.
"The Department of Housing is excited to support the City's revitalization of these neighborhoods as part of its Urban Revitalization Pilot Program, which envisions a comprehensive and collaborative approach to strong, vibrant, and inclusive communities,” said Nick Lundgren, Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Housing.
On top of the philanthropic donations announced today, the City recently highlighted that Hartford secured a $2 million a federal grant for youth jobs. The grant will help provide 275 youth with summer and year-round job opportunities and exposure to career pathways for in-demand job sectors as part of Promise Zone Youth Employment for Success (Promise Zone YES!).
Read more about Youth Service Corps on the Mayor’s website: www.hartford.gov/youth-service-corps.