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HARTFORD ANNOUNCES COLD WEATHER SHELTER OVER THANKSGIVING

HARTFORD ANNOUNCES COLD WEATHER SHELTER OVER THANKSGIVING

HARTFORD, CONN (November 21, 2018) – Following the State of Connecticut’s activation of the Severe Cold Weather Protocol, Mayor Luke Bronin announced the following warming centers that will be available in Hartford over the next several days. 

“We’re going to have a cold spell over Thanksgiving so please stay warm and indoors as much as possible,” said Mayor Bronin.  “For anyone who doesn’t have a place to stay, there will be warming centers open in Hartford over the next few days during the day time, and if anyone needs a warm place to stay overnight, please call 2-1-1.  We have been working with non-profits and shelters to make sure 2-1-1 has all the information to help people in need.  I also urge residents to check in on any neighbors, particularly seniors or people with disabilities, who may be home alone.”

Thursday, November 22nd

Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center, 30 Pope Park Road: 9 AM - 5 PM

Friday, November 23rd

Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street: 12 PM – 7 PM

Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center, 30 Pope Park Road: 12 PM – 7 PM

Hartford Public Library, Downtown Branch: 9:30 AM – 5 PM

Hartford Public Library, Albany, Barbour, Camp Field, Dwight, and Park Branches: 10 AM – 5 PM

Saturday, November 24th

Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street: 12 PM – 4 PM

Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center, 30 Pope Park Road: 12 PM – 4 PM

Hartford Public Library, Downtown Branch: 9:30 AM – 5 PM

Hartford Public Library, Albany and Park Branches: 10 AM – 5 PM

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TWO DOZEN HARTFORD SMALL BUSINESSES OFFERING SALES FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, FREE PARKING AVAILABLE

TWO DOZEN HARTFORD SMALL BUSINESSES OFFERING SALES FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, FREE PARKING AVAILABLE

HARTFORD, CONN (November 21, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin and Business for Downtown Hartford (BFDH) announced that this Saturday, November 24th, twenty-four Hartford small businesses and restaurants will be offering special discounts, giveaways, and holiday deals as part of national Small Business Saturday (SBS).  A full listing of participating businesses and a map is available here.  Free parking is available for any visitors who mention “SBS,” and park at the Hartford Parking Authority lot on the East side of Main Street between Morgan Street and Trumbull Street.

“Hartford has a unique collection of terrific small businesses and restaurants and I encourage families from our entire region to plan a Saturday in their Capital City and take advantage of the many special offers – as well as the start of free ice skating at Winterfest,” said Mayor Bronin.  “I want to thank Business for Downtown Hartford for their great work in putting this year’s SBS together, and the dozens of small businesses for participating by offering promotions and discounts.”

“We encourage everyone to shop small because for every dollar spent locally, sixty-eight cents stays locally,” said Wendell Davis, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Regional Administrator for New England.  “Small business owners continue to be the backbone of our economy.”

“Business for Downtown Hartford is very excited to showcase the many shopping opportunities that are available in Hartford,” said Jennifer Cassidy, Executive Director of Business for Downtown Hartford. 

In 2010, American Express launched Small Business Saturday to encourage people to “shop small” between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to support their local businesses and communities.

This is BFDH’s second year coordinating SBS, and they helped to more than double the number of participating businesses from 11 to 24.  People can start their SBS by stopping at the Welcome Station at Morneault’s Stackpole Moore Tyron at 242 Trumbull Street.  They will be able to pick up a map of participating businesses and deals, have a snack, and take a chance on a free drawing for merchandise from participating SBS merchants.

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MAYOR BRONIN APPOINTS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

MAYOR BRONIN APPOINTS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

HARTFORD, CONN (November 16, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that he is nominating Walter Veselka to serve as Director of the Department of Public Works.  Veselka will start on November 19, 2018, and his nomination is subject to confirmation by the City Council.  

“Walt Veselka has been a highly regarded public works director in Connecticut for more than two decades, and we are excited that he will be joining our team and serving our city in such an important position,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Walt’s extensive experience managing the full range Public Works responsibilities will be invaluable to our city and to our Department.  I also want to thank Chief Freeman for his tremendous leadership over the last two years simultaneously managing two of our most important departments.  We are incredibly fortunate that Chief Freeman was willing to serve as interim director, and I am grateful for his dedication, professionalism, and leadership in multiple roles for much longer than anticipated.”

“Public Works is an essential city function that has such a significant impact on the quality of life of our residents and I am glad we were able to recruit someone with such extensive experience to the City of Hartford,” said City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames.

“I’ve dedicated my professional life to public works and I am excited to get to work serving the people of Hartford,” said Walter Veselka.  “Public works plays a critical role in creating a livable, sustainable, and thriving community and it will be an honor to work in our state’s Capital City.  I am looking forward to getting to know city leaders and residents in the weeks ahead.”

Since 2003, Veselka has served as Public Works Director for the City of Bristol, where he managed all facets of public works service delivery and oversaw a staff of more than 120.  He was recognized as a Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year in 2016 by the American Public Works Association.  Between 1995 and 2003 he served as Public Works Director for the Town of Coventry.  Between 1975 and 1995, Veselka served as a commissioned officer and civil engineer in the United States Coast Guard.  He attended the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, graduating in 1975 and earned masters’ degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Hartford.

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