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HARTFORD ANNOUNCES $120,000 IN SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS

HARTFORD ANNOUNCES $120,000 IN SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS

 

HARTFORD, CONN (September 17, 2019) – Today the City of Hartford announced that it will distribute 16 grants of $7,500 to small businesses across Hartford using funds from the Community Development Block Grant, an annual allocation from the federal government. Recipients will use the funding for expenses including façade improvements, marketing and technical assistance, equipment, and more.  The City anticipates announcing another application window for small business grants in the near future.

“Small businesses are crucial for the success of our neighborhoods, and we are excited to be able to support sixteen small businesses across our city,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “These grants will help our small businesses reach more customers, operate more efficiently, and serve our community more effectively.  I want to thank our team at Development Services for facilitating this grant program, and we look forward to opening another application window soon.”

“We are grateful to the City of Hartford for extending Aqui Me Quedo the opportunity to improve our restaurant,” said Joel Rohena, owner of Aqui Me Quedo, one of the grant recipients. “We are a longtime small business, we employ Hartford residents, and this grant will help us attract and maintain customers.  We plan on using the grant to add new outdoor lighting and furniture for inside the restaurant, enhancing the experience of customers new and old.”

Grant applicants had to adhere to a variety of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines.  Recipients must have been appropriately registered, up to date on taxes or on an approved payment plan, and they had to specify the use of funds.

The grant recipients are: Blue Earth Compost, 3580 Main Street; Park Hardware, 415 Park Street; Capital Thirty Three, 248-250 Sisson Ave; The Place 2 Be, 615 Franklin Ave; Living Word Imprints, 450 Homestead Ave; CTown, 165 Wethersfield Ave; Salvin's Shoes, 1307 Main Street; Aqui Mi Quedo, 150 Albany Ave; Sunberry's Restaurant, 65 Pratt Street; Dysontime Enterprises, 24 Eastford Street; Best Practices Home Care, 1409 Albany Ave; Idlewilde Printing Company, 1477 Park Street; Do It All Clothing, 3281 Main Street; Carlton Barber Shop, 3155 Main Street; Story & Soil, 387 Capitol Ave; Lawson Power Source, 786 Tower Ave.

 

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MAYOR BRONIN PROMOTES APPLICATION WINDOW TO JOIN HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

MAYOR BRONIN PROMOTES APPLICATION WINDOW TO JOIN HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

HARTFORD, CONN (September 16, 2019) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin encouraged individuals interested in joining the Hartford Police Department to apply during the open application window for Hartford residents and non-residents.  Applications will be accepted through October 8, 2019.  Potential applicants can learn about the application process by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 860-757-4233.  Separate applications for residents and non-residents will be available at PoliceApp.com/HartfordCT. 

“We’ve consistently recruited police officers over the last three years, and this is another opportunity to help build a diverse department committed to community policing,” said Mayor Bronin.  “I hope anyone interested in serving our community will apply and help us build another large pool of applicants that represents the diversity of our city.”

Since Mayor Bronin took office in January 2016, Hartford has recruited 137 police officers, more than half of whom have been African American, Hispanic, or Asian.

Mayor Bronin encourages anyone interested in applying to submit their application and all required documentation online at PoliceApp.com/HartfordCT, in person, or by mail to the City of Hartford, Human Resources Department, 550 Main Street, Ground Floor, Room 3, Hartford, CT 06103.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application, provide proof of United State citizenship, and possess a high school diploma or GED, as well as a valid driver’s license.  Applicants will face an examination process consisting of a physical ability test, a written test, and an oral test.  To be appointed, candidates must also pass a drug test, a background investigation, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, an interview with the Chief of Police, a physical examination, and a working test/probationary period of one year after graduation from the Police Academy.  All parts of the examination are designed to determine the ability of applicants to learn and perform the duties of a Police Officer in a multi-cultural, diverse environment.

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STATE REPORTS MOSQUITOES WITH WEST NILE VIRUS FOUND IN HARTFORD

STATE REPORTS MOSQUITOES WITH WEST NILE VIRUS FOUND IN HARTFORD

HARTFORD, CONN (August 15, 2019) –This week state officials notified the City of Hartford that mosquitoes trapped on August 1, 2019 in Keney Park tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).  There have been no reported cases of anyone with WNV in Hartford.  West Nile virus has been detected in Connecticut every year since 1999.  Please see Frequently Asked Questions about WNV from the Statehere.  Today Mayor Luke Bronin reminded residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and asked them to report any potential WNV infections to a health care professional. 

“We do not have any reported West Nile infections in Hartford, but we take this positive test seriously, and we encourage residents to take basic steps to prevent mosquito bites,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Tonight, we have one of our free ‘Movies in the Park,’ in Keney Park, and our Health and Human Services team will be there with mosquito repellant to make sure residents are safe.  Please report any potential West Nile virus infection to a health care professional.  I want to thank the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for their work to detect West Nile virus in Hartford.”

The positive mosquito is Culex Pipiens, a predominantly bird-feeding species that has been identified with WNV in previous years.  According to the State, symptoms of WNV can range from a slight fever, headache, rash, swollen lymph nodes and nausea to the rapid onset of a severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, muscle weakness, and coma.

The City of Hartford actively works to control the mosquito population to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.  The City’s catch basins are treated twice over the summer.  Keney Park is also treated, as its wooded environment provides mosquitoes an ideal breeding location.  The City’s Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following steps to avoid WNV or other mosquito-borne illnesses:

Preventing mosquito bites:

  • Be aware that mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn and take preventative steps during that time.
  • Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
  • Use mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.

Preventing mosquitoes at home:

  • Dispose of water-holding containers such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of containers such as those used for recycling.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters.
  • Turn over objects that may trap water when not in use such as wading pools and wheelbarrows.
  • Change water in bird baths on a weekly basis.
  • Use landscaping techniques to eliminate areas where water can collect on your property.

Resources for additional information:

Hartford Department of Health and Human Services: (860) 757-4700; http://www.hartford.gov/hhs

Connecticut Mosquito Management Program:http://www.ct.gov/mosquito

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:http://www.cdc.gov

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