(November 23, 2015) Several departments in the City of Hartford are collecting food items, new toys for children and new winter clothing for adults and children to help Hartford families during the holiday season. The Hartford Police Department is accepting nonperishable Thanksgiving food donations; the Department of Health and Human Services is accepting nonperishable Thanksgiving food donations and is fundraising for its annual Celebration of Lights holiday event; the Department of Public Works will begin collecting new toys, winter gear and nonperishable food donations on December 2; and the Hartford Fire Department is collecting toys for children.
“Everyone deserves to celebrate the holidays and I commend all city staff who are spreading the holiday spirit with these drives and fundraisers. We’re counting on the community to help make this holiday season meaningful and special for families in need in Hartford,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.
(November 2, 2015) Today, the Hartford Registrar of Voters reminds residents that they can still register to vote in Tuesday’s election. Residents who have not registered can do so Tuesday, November 3 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the first floor at City Hall, 550 Main Street, Hartford. Some form of identification and proof of residency are required.
“The outcome of municipal elections impacts the everyday lives of Hartford residents. We urge everyone who is eligible to go out on Tuesday and cast a ballot,” said Olga Vazquez, the Democratic Registrar of Voters.
· For additional information visit: www.myvote.ct.gov
(October 30, 2015) The Connecticut Urban Forest Council presented the City of Hartford and KNOX with the Outstanding Urban Forestry Award this week in recognition of their collaborative urban forestry program. Hartford and KNOX have partnered since 2010 to increase the number of trees throughout the city with involvement from the community. KNOX, a nonprofit dedicated to building greener and healthier neighborhoods in Hartford, plants about 1,000 trees along city streets, parks and cemeteries every year with funding from the City of Hartford and other sources. This is the first time that the City of Hartford is recognized by the council with the Outstanding Urban Forestry Award.
“KNOX and the City of Hartford have been working hard over the past several years to grow Hartford’s tree canopy, making the city a healthier and more beautiful place to live and work. It’s such a pleasure knowing that KNOX’s efforts and the efforts of our City Forester and her team are acknowledged,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.
“This is a special award, given only when there’s an interesting and unique program that’s working really well. There are great things going on all over the state, but this is a perfect example of a partnership between a nonprofit and a city that is unique and successful,” said KNOX Executive Director Ron Pitz, who also sits on the Connecticut Urban Forest Council.
“This partnership has blossomed into something incredible that has transformed the City of Hartford. Keeping the public safe and nurturing our natural resources is our focus, along with enhancing the City’s beauty through planting. It is an honor to take care of the capital city’s trees and serve its residents,” said City Forester Heather Dionne.
“Hartford has some great people in it, including some great people in urban forestry willing to step up and provide natural leadership. That is what we see with this award – people from many different organizations getting together to make it happen for their city. Hartford should be proud,” said Chris Donnelly, Urban Forestry Coordinator at the Department Of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Urban Forestry Program.
According to the Connecticut Urban Forest Council, there are more than 500,000 trees across the city helping to remove 2,440 tons of carbon and 73 tons of major pollutants annually. For the last 15 years, Hartford has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation.
(October 26, 2015) Today, the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation and Soccer Shots, a youth soccer development organization for children, announced that free soccer clinics for children ages 3 to 5 will be available this fall, starting November 14, 2015 at the Samuel V. Arroyo Center Gym at Pope Park. The clinics, sponsored by the Department of Children, Families, Youth and Recreation, are a continuation of a soccer program that took place in the spring with support from ESPN and the National Recreation and Park Association. The fall soccer clinics, available to Hartford residents only, are part of an ongoing effort by the City of Hartford to provide young children with physical fitness opportunities. Clinics will take place Saturday mornings on November 14, November 21, December 5 and December 12.
“We want young kids to be physically active. Exercise benefits not only children’s health, it canalso positively impact other areas of their lives. In addition, team sports foster friendship and a sense of community among the young players and their families,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.
The soccer clinics will be coached by trainers from Soccer Shots. Space is limited. Registration is open at Arroyo, Metzner Recreation Center, and Parker Memorial Recreation Center until November 7, 2015. For additional information call (860)757-4888.