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Tuesday: Mayor Segarra Participates in Thanksgiving Food Drive; Accepts Award for Work Against Domestic Violence; Attends Opening of Junior Achievement Center; Hosts Ground Breaking for Cal Ripken Youth Athletic Parks

(November 18, 2013) On Tuesday at 6:45am, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will participate in Bank of America’s 14th Annual Turkey Tuesday to support Foodshare, a regional food bank that provides food to community kitchens, shelters, and other social service organizations that serve children, families and seniors.

At 8:00am, Mayor Segarra will accept an award from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence at their “First 100 Plus” Third Annual Breakfast Ceremony in Cromwell.

At 10:00am, Mayor Segarra will join Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Hartford, Alan Kreczko and President of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Lou Golden for the grand opening of the new Junior Achievement Center. The center will be used to host programming on business and financial education for K-12 students in the Greater Hartford area.

At 11:00am, Mayor Segarra will be joined by State Senator John Fonfara, State Representative Doug McCrory, State Representative Brandon McGee, Kevin Bingham, Chief Operating Officer of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and Students from Global Communications Academy for a ground breaking ceremony. The City of Hartford has partnered with the Ripken Foundation for the construction of the City’s first synthetic surface youth athletic parks.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, WDRC’s Brad Davis, Bank of America volunteers
WHAT: 14th Annual Turkey Tuesday
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 6:45am
WHERE: Cityplace 1 Lobby, 185 Asylum Street

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
WHAT: First 100 Plus Third Annual Breakfast and Awards Ceremony
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 8:00am
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell CT

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Alan Kreczko, Lou Golden
WHAT: Grand Opening of the Junior Achievement Center
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 10:00am
WHERE: 70 Farmington Avenue (on-site parking available – enter lot via Asylum Place)

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Kevin Bingham, COO Ripken Foundation, Senator Fonfara, Rep. McCrory, Rep. Brandon McGee, Council President Shawn Wooden, Students from Global Communications Academy
WHAT: Ground Breaking Ceremony for Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Youth Athletic Fields
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 11:00am
WHERE: Global Communications Academy (Former Quirk West), 85 Edwards Street

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For Immediate Release: November 18, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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Mayor Segarra Statement On Conversion of Clark Elementary School

(November 15, 2013) - Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra made the following statement regarding a proposal to convert Clark Elementary to an Achievement First Charter School:

“At the last Board of Education meeting on October 29, I indicated clearly that any decision regarding a redesign of Clark Elementary would be predicated upon parental involvement and support. I’ve listened to the concerns and given parents’ profound opposition I will not support the conversion of Clark Elementary to an Achievement First Charter School. I am committed to identifying an alternate solution that meets our objective of accelerating student learning and closing Hartford’s achievement gap. I encourage all those invested in this issue to stay involved. We have an obligation to prepare students for the future and to do that requires collaboration from all stakeholders including parents, educators, residents and businesses. We should continue to focus on our common goal of improving Hartford schools so that every student has access to the education they deserve.”

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For Immediate Release: November 15, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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Today: iConnect Storefront Revitalization Program Hosts Block Party in Downtown Hartford

(November 8, 2013) The Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs (MECA) Division will host another “iConnect Here” event today Friday from 5pm-9pm. This month’s events will be at 231 Trumbull St (to the left of the XL Center Marquee) with Hartford Denim Co and various other vendors, 64 Pratt St (the old LuxBond and Green space) with a knitting circle and pop up shopping, and 42 ½ Pratt St the new home to Hartford Prints!

The iConnect project aims to re-purpose empty, street-level commercial spaces to create temporary retail and incubation spaces inspired by the creative industry. iConnect’s mixed-use storefront spaces features studios, retail stores, workshops, exhibits, interactive displays and forums for ongoing community conversations around the arts and other local issues.

The iConnect program is partially funded through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of the Arts for the purpose of converting empty storefronts into mixed use spaces. The City’s Marketing Events and Cultural Affairs Department, who administers the project, received over 40 applications from which a total of 5 businesses were selected. Selected businesses receive up to $2,000 for build-out and set up assistance and free rent in a Downtown storefront for 6 months.


WHO: MECA
WHAT: iConnect Here, Block Party
WHEN: Friday, November 8, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
WHERE: 231 Trumbull St , 64 Pratt St, 42 1/2 Pratt Street and Trumbull St
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For Immediate Release: November 8, 2013
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
p. (860) 757-9016
c. (860) 986-1439
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City of Hartford Welcomes Two New Businesses

(November 8, 2013) This Saturday, November 9, Launch Trampoline Park will open its doors at 10:00am on Brainard Road. The 25,000 square foot facility will have 150 trampolines, an area for special events, a café, and an observation mezzanine for parents to watch their children-at-play. This is the second trampoline park for Former New England Patriot Ty Law who is a majority owner, and his partner Rob Arnold. 

“I honestly couldn’t believe the level of care we received. I have never had a project welcomed to a city this way,” said Rob Arnold. “I really appreciated the quick approval and great communication.”

In addition, Downtown’s DISH restaurant will expand its business this month by launching a sister location across the street. Sorella will be casual Italian focusing on handmade pasta and Neapolitan wood fired pizza. The soft launch is on Monday, November 11. Gary Wolfradt, of Dish Restaurant Group said, “We’re extremely excited to roll out our newest concept in Downtown and look forward to opening our roof top patio at Dish in the spring.”

Recently the City streamlined its permitting process and significantly expedited the turnaround time for review and approvals for completed applications. In addition, several new developments are slated for Downtown’s Front Street including two new restaurants opening by early 2014, as well as new housing.

“I congratulate these businesses for their investment in Hartford,” said Mayor Segarra. “I look forward to seeing their success for years to come.”

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For Immediate Release: November 8, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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