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Mayor Segarra Statement on Parents Decision Regarding Turnaround Plan for Clark Elementary School

(April 8, 2014) Today, Mayor Segarra made the following statement regarding the proposed turnaround plan for John C. Clark Elementary School:

“It has always been my belief that when a school partners with its families and community groups, children will stay in school longer and have a better chance of success. A critical component of a providing a quality education is making sure the parents have a voice in the school process. Parents who are actively involved in their children’s education are helping to build a foundation for their children’s future success. The parents at Clark Elementary School have actively engaged in discussions surrounding the reform process for the school and have made their desires clear.

“The Clark School Governance Council voted unanimously in favor of partnering with the Friendship Public Charter Schools to assist in the school’s turnaround work. It is disappointing to see that despite this clear recommendation from the School Governance Council, the Clark Turnaround Committee failed to reach consensus on a plan that would have provided the Clark Elementary School with the resources that are needed for a successful turnaround plan. As Mayor, I support the School Governance Council’s recommendation to partner with Friendship Public Charter Schools to undertake this important work.

“I am asking that Stefan Pryor, Commissioner of Education for the State of Connecticut, exercise his statutory authority and contact Friendship to formally request that they reconsider being the lead partner with Clark Elementary School.”

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For Immediate Release: April 8, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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Friday: Mayor Segarra Participates in Playground Dedication Ceremony in Elizabeth Park

(April 3, 2014) Tomorrow evening, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will participate in the grand opening of the Ana Grace Marquez-Greene Playground in Elizabeth Park.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, The Sandy Ground Project, Nelba Marquez-Greene, Jimmy Greene
WHAT: Grand Opening of the Ana Grace Marquez-Greene Playground
WHERE: Elizabeth Park East, Corner of Elizabeth Street and Oxford Street
WHEN: Friday, April 4, 2014, at 6:00 pm

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For Immediate Release: April 3, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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City of Hartford Makes Significant Investment to Open Bushnell Park Carousel Year-Round

(April 1st, 2014) In recognition of the Bushnell Park Carousel's 100th anniversary, the City of Hartford will make a million-dollar investment in renovations adding heat, restroom facilities, and a multi-function room to the pavilion, and allowing the Carousel to be used year-round. The Department of Public Works will guide the upgrade, as part of a wider collection of projects in Bushnell Park, carried out in conjunction with the iQuilt Partnership and the Bushnell Park Foundation. Other efforts will focus on repairs to park sidewalks and landscaping, and restoration of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch.

"The Bushnell Park Carousel is a beloved piece of Hartford history and one of Downtown's most popular attractions. Celebrating its 100th anniversary by opening it year round for residents and visitors alike is a great step toward making Hartford one of the Best Capital Cities in America," said Mayor Segarra.

"We want to encourage people to come and enjoy this treasure and learn about its unique history and art. If people begin caring and supporting Hartford's carousel today, then it can be still be around for their great-grandchildren to enjoy in the future," said Louise Demars, Executive Director of the New England Carousel Museum of Bristol, which manages the carousel for the City of Hartford.

Starting in mid-April the Department of Public Works will begin fencing off areas of the park identified for repair, including the Bushnell Park Carousel, though the remainder of the park will continue to be open to the public during this time. Construction on the pavilion will pause for the Carousel's 100th Birthday celebration on Saturday, July 26, 2014, and for Envisionfest on Saturday, September 20th.

Once officially reopened in November of 2014, the Carousel hours will be Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To follow the restoration progress or to donate to help the Carousel's restoration process, including the Adopt-A-Horse campaign, call (860) 585-5411 or visit www.thecarouselmuseum.org.

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For Immediate Release: April 1, 2014
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
p. (860) 757-9016
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Tuesday: Mayor Segarra Recognizes National Service Programs in Hartford; Attends News Conference on State Electric Supplier Market

(March 31, 2014) Tomorrow morning, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will join more than 1,750 mayors across the country in the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service to highlight the positive impact of the 390 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serving in Hartford.

Later in the day, Mayor Segarra will join Governor Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz in a news conference to address increasing consumer complaints in Connecticut’s electric supplier market.

WHAT: Mayor Segarra recognizes national service participants as part of the national Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
WHO: Mayor Segarra, Social Innovation Fund Executive Director Michael Smith, Connecticut State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Connecticut Commission on Community Service, AmeriCorps
WHEN: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, Function Room on the Second Floor

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WHO: Mayor Segarra, Governor Malloy, Attorney General Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Swanson Katz
WHAT: News conference to announce efforts to address consumer complaints in Connecticut’s electric supplier market
WHEN: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: South End Wellness Senior Center; 830 Maple Ave, Hartford, CT 06114


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For Immediate Release: March 31, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485

HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM