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SATURDAY AT MIDNIGHT: MAYOR BRONIN ACTIVATES 12-HOUR SNOW PARKING BAN

SATURDAY AT MIDNIGHT: MAYOR BRONIN ACTIVATES 12-HOUR SNOW PARKING BAN

HARTFORD, CONN. (January 18, 2018) – Mayor Luke Bronin is activating a twelve-hour snow parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at midnight on Saturday, January 19th and ending at 12 noon on Sunday, January 20th.  Mayor Bronin also announced that the City will extend the hours of its overnight warming shelter through Wednesday morning.

“At this point, we expect the first big snow storm of the season to bring four to eight inches of snow beginning Saturday night, with freezing rain, sleet, frigid temperatures, and then some more snow to follow on Sunday,” said Mayor Bronin.  “This is our first snow parking ban since last winter, so please double check to make sure you know where the closest parking lot is.  The parking ban begins at midnight, but I encourage people to start moving their cars to lots before that.  Blue light lots and other lots will be open beginning at 6 PM on Saturday evening.  We may have to extend the parking ban on Sunday if the forecast changes.  It is essential that all residents and visitors respect the parking ban so that our Public Works team can work quickly and safely.  The freezing rain, ice, and strong winds on Sunday could bring down trees and power lines, and we will have a tree service on call.”

“We are also extending the hours of our warming center, because we do not want anyone to have to be outside in this weather,” added Mayor Bronin.

The Willie Ware Center at 697 Windsor Street will be open from 7 PM Saturday, January 19th, through 12 noon on Wednesday, January 23rd. 

During a snow 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 may move their vehicles to one of the authorized parking areas including Blue Light Lots, City Parks, Recreation and Senior Centers, and Hartford Public Schools parking lots by the start of the parking ban at midnight on Saturday, January 19th.  Residents can begin parking in those lots at 6 PM on Saturday evening.

To notify the public a parking ban is in effect, sixteen major intersections will be illuminated with blue light beginning 6 hours before the parking ban and they will remain illuminated throughout the duration of the parking ban. 

Eleven Blue Light Lots are dedicated solely for use during snow parking bans.  These designated Blue Light Lots will provide more parking options for residents who do not have access to off-street parking.  

Vehicles must be removed from City Blue Light Lots within four hours after the snow parking ban has been lifted.  Vehicles must be removed from Hartford Public Schools lots within two hours.

Mayor Bronin also encouraged residents to sign up to receive alerts from the City of Hartford by registering online at http://www.hartford.gov/emergency-services. “We encourage residents to sign up for these alerts so that they can get timely, important information about what’s happening in the City – including parking bans.  We’re not going to overuse this alert system, and you can always decide to unsubscribe.”

To avoid being ticketed and towed, please move all on street cars to the following list of authorized parking areas:

Blue Light Lots
• 130 Sisson Ave
2434 Main St
• 135 Main St
• 50 Curcombe St
• 20 Francis Ct
• 547 Park St
• 60 Chadwick Ave
• 45 Evergreen Ave

• 77 Laurel St

• Sigourney and Homestead
• Learning Corridor Parking Garage - Brownell St Entrance

City Parks and Centers
• Colt Park – Warwarme St Lot 
• Elizabeth Park – Asylum St Lot 
• Elizabeth Park – Prospect Ave Lot 
• Goodwin Park – Hubbard Rd Lot 
• Goodwin Park – Maple Ave Golf Course Lot 
• Keney Park – Woodland St Lot 
• Keney Park – Ridgefield St Lot 
• Rocky Ridge Park – Zion St Lot
• Thomas J. Hyland Memorial Park – Ansonia St Lot
• Foster Heights Park – Amherst St Lot
• Holcomb Health and Human Services Campus - 2 Holcomb St Lot
• North End Senior Center - 80 Coventry St Lot
• Parker Memorial Community Center - 2621 Main St
• Metzner Recreation Center – 680 Franklin Av
• Samuel Valentin Arroyo Recreation Center – 30 Pope Park Dr

All Hartford Public Schools Parking Lots
• For a complete list of schools click here: 
http://bit.ly/2y8NpzP

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MAYOR LUKE BRONIN APPOINTS ACTING BUDGET DIRECTOR

MAYOR LUKE BRONIN APPOINTS ACTING BUDGET DIRECTOR

HARTFORD, CONN (December 21, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that he has appointed Jolita Lazauskas, currently Revenue Manager for the City of Hartford, as Acting Director of the Office of Management, Budget, and Grants (OMBG).  Melissa McCaw, current Director of OMBG, will be joining the Lamont administration as Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management after the new year.

“Jolita is a veteran budget manager with almost two decades of experience analyzing financial data and managing revenues and expenses, and I’m confident she will provide strong leadership to our budget team,” said Mayor Bronin.  “She has quickly become a leader on our budget team and I’m grateful for her willingness to step up and serve in this important role.  I have been working with Melissa and Jolita to ensure there’s a smooth transition, and I want to thank them both as well as the entire team at OMBG for their great work.”

“Throughout my career in financial management I have prioritized integrity and accuracy, and I know budgets aren’t just about numbers – they impact people’s lives and we have an obligation to use taxpayer dollars wisely, transparently, and in the public interest,” said Jolita Lazauskas.  “I am honored to serve as Acting Director of OMBG and I want to thank Mayor Bronin for this opportunity.  I am looking forward to continuing to build relationships with our stakeholders at the local and state level.”

Jolita Lazauskas has seventeen years of experience in finance and accounting in the private sector, and since July of 2018 she has been serving as Hartford’s Revenue Manager.  In that role she has been responsible for forecasting revenue and benchmarking analyses and she has been involved in developing the city’s capital plan.  Before coming to Hartford, Lazauskas worked as the Accounting Manager at Integra-Cast, Inc., a New Britain aerospace manufacturer where she was responsible for preparing the annual budget among many other responsibilities.  Previously, she worked for approximately five years each at All States Materials Group, a Sunderland, MA construction supply company, and Seahorse Bioscience, a Chicopee, MA medical supply manufacturer.  In both jobs she was involved in building financial models, cost analysis, and budgeting.  Lazauskas earned her Master’s in Business Administration from American International College. 

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HARTFORD TO PROVIDE FREE MEALS TO SCHOOL CHILDREN OVER WINTER RECESS, EXTEND RECREATION HOURS

HARTFORD TO PROVIDE FREE MEALS TO SCHOOL CHILDREN OVER WINTER RECESS, EXTEND RECREATION HOURS

HARTFORD, CONN (December 21, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that, for the first time, the City of Hartford will be providing free lunch and dinner to Hartford school-aged children every day during Hartford Public Schools’ Winter Recess at three of the city’s recreation centers, with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day.  The city will also be extending hours at its recreation centers during Winter Recess.  The City is partnering with Our Piece of the Pie to provide the meals.   Please see the graphic here for details.  The meals will be first come, first served. 

These free meals are made possible by a generous donation from the family of Greg and Renata Hayes.  Greg Hayes is the Chairman and CEO of United Technologies. 

“The end of the month can be a tough time for many of our families, and it can be all the more difficult when school is out and school meals are unavailable,” said Mayor Bronin.  “We’re proud and grateful to be able to offer these free meals over the holiday winter recess, to make sure that no school-aged child in Hartford goes hungry – and to extend the recreation hours, so that every child has a warm, safe, fun place to enjoy their winter break.  Our entire city is grateful to the Hayes family for this extraordinarily generous donation.” 

“These fresh, filling meals over the holidays will mean a lot to our students,” said Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools.  “On behalf of Hartford Public Schools, I would like to thank the Hayes family for this wonderful donation. We provide meals to the vast majority of our students each school day, but food insecurity remains a serious problem and this will help alleviate that concern for so many of our students during the holiday season.”

“Our mission is to care for Hartford kids, and we are thrilled to be able to provide these meals during a time when kids can sometimes go hungry,” said Kim Oliver, Director of the Department of Children, Families, Youth, and Recreation.  “I want to thank the Hayes family for allowing us to run this program, and Our Piece of the Pie for partnering with us to make it a success. “

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HARTFORD PROPORCIONARÁ COMIDAS GRATUITAS A NIÑOS DE LA ESCUELA DURANTE EL RECESO DE INVIERNO,  HORARIO EXTENDIDO DE RECREACIÓN

HARTFORD, CONN (21 de diciembre de 2018) - Hoy, el Alcalde Luke Bronin anunció que, por primera vez, la Ciudad de Hartford ofrecerá comidas gratuitas a los niños en edad escolar de Hartford todos los días durante el receso de invierno de las Escuelas Públicas de Hartford en tres de los centros recreativos de la Ciudad, con excepción de Navidad y Año Nuevo. La Ciudad también extenderá sus horarios en sus centros de recreación durante el receso de invierno. La Ciudad se está asociando con “Our Piece of the Pie” para proporcionar las comidas. Por favor, vea el gráfico aquí para más detalles. Las comidas serán por orden de llegada.

Estas comidas gratuitas son posibles gracias a una generosa donación de la familia de Greg y Renata Hayes. Greg Hayes es el Presidente y CEO de United Technologies.

"El final del mes puede ser un momento difícil para muchas de nuestras familias, y puede ser aún más difícil cuando no hay clases y las comidas escolares no están disponibles", dijo el Alcalde Luke Bronin. "Estamos orgullosos y agradecidos de poder ofrecer estas comidas gratuitas durante el receso de invierno de los días festivos, para asegurarnos de que ningún niño en edad escolar en Hartford pase hambre, y extender las horas de recreación, para que todos los niños tengan un ambiente cálido, Un lugar seguro y divertido para disfrutar de sus vacaciones de invierno. Toda nuestra ciudad está agradecida a la familia Hayes por esta donación extraordinariamente generosa ".

“Estas comidas frescas y abundantes durante los días festivos significarán mucho para nuestros estudiantes”, dijo la Dra. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas de Hartford. “En nombre de las Escuelas Públicas de Hartford, me gustaría agradecer a la familia Hayes por esta maravillosa donación. Brindamos comidas a la gran mayoría de nuestros estudiantes cada día escolar, pero la inseguridad alimentaria sigue siendo un problema grave y esto ayudará a aliviar la preocupación de muchos de nuestros estudiantes durante la temporada de vacaciones ".

"Nuestra misión es cuidar a los niños de Hartford, y estamos encantados de poder ofrecer estas comidas en un momento en que los niños a veces pueden pasar hambre", dijo Kim Oliver, Directora del Departamento de Niños, Familias, Jóvenes y Recreación. “Quiero agradecer a la familia Hayes por permitirnos ejecutar este programa, y “Our Piece of the Pie” por asociarse con nosotros para que sea un éxito. "

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