Hartford Region http://wnpr.org en Hartford's FUSE Scandal Has Advocates Taking a Closer Look at How Charter Schools Operate http://wnpr.org/post/hartfords-fuse-scandal-has-advocates-taking-closer-look-how-charter-schools-operate <p>As the FBI continues its investigation of a disgraced Hartford-based charter school company, some education advocates think it's time to take a closer look at charter school accountability in the state.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:43:22 +0000 Ray Hardman 25874 at http://wnpr.org Hartford's FUSE Scandal Has Advocates Taking a Closer Look at How Charter Schools Operate Hungry for Variety? Hartford Has a Taste http://wnpr.org/post/hungry-variety-hartford-has-taste <p>Food lovers have a chance to savor unique culinary dishes from over 30 restaurants in the capital city as the annual Taste of Hartford continues.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:09 +0000 Katherine Peikes 25861 at http://wnpr.org Hungry for Variety? Hartford Has a Taste For Some Political Incumbents, the Races Are Real http://wnpr.org/post/some-political-incumbents-races-are-real <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Good government advocates sometimes lament how easy it is for incumbent politicians return to office, often uncontested. That's not always the case, though. One long-time, Democratic state senator is facing two challengers from within his party.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:27:07 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25880 at http://wnpr.org For Some Political Incumbents, the Races Are Real For Development Around Stadium, Hartford Wants Federal Funding http://wnpr.org/post/development-around-stadium-hartford-wants-federal-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford officials recently held a pre-bid conference for developers and others interested in building a new minor league stadium and its surrounding neighborhood. While the city fielded questions about available land and other infrastructure improvements it has in mind, one big question sticks out:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Have you identified promising sources of federal or state funds?"</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:35:24 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25781 at http://wnpr.org For Development Around Stadium, Hartford Wants Federal Funding Protesters Rally, Speak Against Hartford Baseball Stadium Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/protesters-rally-speak-against-hartford-baseball-stadium-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 50 people opposed to plans for a new minor league baseball stadium in Hartford held a march and protest Monday.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:11:42 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25665 at http://wnpr.org Protesters Rally, Speak Against Hartford Baseball Stadium Proposal For Stadium, Hartford to Buy Back Land It Once Owned http://wnpr.org/post/stadium-hartford-buy-back-land-it-once-owned <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> needs to buy two acres of vacant land to help make his plan for a minor league baseball stadium a reality. That land, however, has a complicated history.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:58:42 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25639 at http://wnpr.org For Stadium, Hartford to Buy Back Land It Once Owned Vaccines Stored at Improper Temperatures Across Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/vaccines-stored-improper-temperatures-across-connecticut <p>The Hartford HealthCare Medical Group is contacting patients who may have received vaccines that were not stored at the proper temperature.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:27:48 +0000 Tucker Ives 25514 at http://wnpr.org Vaccines Stored at Improper Temperatures Across Connecticut Celebrated Saxophonist Javon Jackson Jams at Hartford's Free, Alfresco Jazz Fest http://wnpr.org/post/celebrated-saxophonist-javon-jackson-jams-hartfords-free-alfresco-jazz-fest <p><a href="http://www.javonjackson.com/" target="_blank">Javon Jackson</a>, a top-seeded modern jazz tenor saxophonist, has plenty to celebrate this weekend as he brings his A-game to <a href="http://www.hartfordjazz.com/" target="_blank">The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz</a>, a free, outdoor bash that’s expected to draw more than 50,000 fans to Bushnell Park on its 23rd annual run from Friday, July 18, to Sunday, July 20.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:50:26 +0000 Owen McNally 25273 at http://wnpr.org Celebrated Saxophonist Javon Jackson Jams at Hartford's Free, Alfresco Jazz Fest Hartford Delivers Summer Meals to Kids in Libraries http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-delivers-summer-meals-kids-libraries <p>All children look forward to summer vacation, but when they're not in class, some of these kids also miss out on free meals and snacks. To feed more children, Hartford Public Schools has expanded its summer food program to libraries.</p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25143 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Delivers Summer Meals to Kids in Libraries Hartford Pulls Out of $60 Million Bond Plan For New Stadium http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-pulls-out-60-million-bond-plan-new-stadium <p>Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has withdrawn a resolution that would have bonded up to $60 million for a new minor league baseball stadium in Hartford.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:24:03 +0000 Ray Hardman 25144 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Pulls Out of $60 Million Bond Plan For New Stadium Thousands of Hartford Students on Waiting List for High-Performing Schools http://wnpr.org/post/thousands-hartford-students-waiting-list-high-performing-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Concerned parents gathered for a rally in Hartford on Thursday afternoon. At issue is the large number of Hartford students currently waiting for a seat in a high-performing school. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:27:07 +0000 Ray Hardman 25098 at http://wnpr.org Thousands of Hartford Students on Waiting List for High-Performing Schools 70 Years Later, the Hartford Circus Fire Still Burns http://wnpr.org/post/70-years-later-hartford-circus-fire-still-burns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On July </span>6<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, 1944, a circus tent in the North End of Hartford caught fire. The tent covered three blocks. It was gone in six minutes.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Roughly 170 people died. You'll understand my imprecision as we go along. Five employees of the Ringling Brothers Barnum &amp; Bailey Circus pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, and served minimal prison sentences. One of them, James Haley, was so unscarred by this that he later served for 24 years in Congress.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 25005 at http://wnpr.org 70 Years Later, the Hartford Circus Fire Still Burns How Litchfield Jazz Festival's Vita West Muir Transformed a Dream Into a Crown Jewel http://wnpr.org/post/how-litchfield-jazz-festivals-vita-west-muir-transformed-dream-crown-jewel <p>Maybe what accounts for <a href="http://litchfieldjazzfest.com/lpa/history/message/" target="_blank">Vita West Muir</a>’s stunning success with founding and leading the celebrated Litchfield Jazz Festival since 1996 is the way she was taught by her Jesuit professors to think in a clear, cool, logical manner while she was majoring in biology and philosophy at Fordham University.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:57:44 +0000 Owen McNally 24936 at http://wnpr.org How Litchfield Jazz Festival's Vita West Muir Transformed a Dream Into a Crown Jewel When a Done Deal Isn't http://wnpr.org/post/when-done-deal-isnt <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Done deal":&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">two words used together that Hartford Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> probably wishes he hadn't used. Now he's in a position to explain just what he meant when he said the deal to build a minor league stadium in Hartford for the New Britain Rock Cats was, in fact, done.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:44:10 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24689 at http://wnpr.org When a Done Deal Isn't Residents Came to Speak, and Sing, About Baseball http://wnpr.org/post/residents-came-speak-and-sing-about-baseball <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the city have spoken a lot about their plans to bring a minor league baseball stadium to Hartford. Hundreds of people gathered at the Hartford Public Library to discuss Segarra's plan.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:55:32 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24673 at http://wnpr.org Residents Came to Speak, and Sing, About Baseball Want to Build a Stadium and a Neighborhood? You'd Better Hurry http://wnpr.org/post/want-build-stadium-and-neighborhood-youd-better-hurry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Developers who want to build a minor league baseball stadium and other surrounding buildings in the capital city aren't going to have a relaxing July.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:10:39 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24641 at http://wnpr.org Want to Build a Stadium and a Neighborhood? You'd Better Hurry Hartford’s Bushnell Park Alive with the Sound of Jazz http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-s-bushnell-park-alive-sound-jazz <p>Hartford assumes its traditional summer role as the Connecticut state capital of free, high quality, mega-outdoor jazz festivals this month as&nbsp;<a href="http://hartfordmondaynightjazz.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Monday Night Jazz&nbsp;</a>in Bushnell Park and The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz camp down once again on their scenic stomping grounds on the city’s historic Bushnell Park.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:42:17 +0000 Owen McNally 24392 at http://wnpr.org Hartford’s Bushnell Park Alive with the Sound of Jazz Voices From the Hardware City http://wnpr.org/post/voices-hardware-city <p><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/when-it-comes-paying-stadium-hartford-changes-course" target="_blank">New Britain may lose its baseball team to Hartford</a>,&nbsp;another blow to a city that, over the years, has lost many of its jobs, and many of the the iconic brands associated with the city. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:48:21 +0000 Catie Talarski 24575 at http://wnpr.org Voices From the Hardware City Hartford Baseball Consultants, Lawyers Were Paid $240,000 http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-baseball-consultants-lawyers-were-paid-240000 <p>Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra&nbsp;hired three consultants and one lawyer for a total of about $270,000 as he held closed-door negotiations to bring a minor league baseball team to Hartford. <strong>UPDATE: </strong>The city has corrected its numbers. &nbsp;It now says the total was just under $240,000.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:28:08 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24578 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Baseball Consultants, Lawyers Were Paid $240,000 With Proposed Hartford Stadium Come Questions, Concerns, and Criticism http://wnpr.org/post/proposed-hartford-stadium-come-questions-concerns-and-criticism <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-f8736877-f1e9-f771-042f-98bbe7680efa" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">When officials from the City of Hartford announced it would build a Minor League Baseball stadium, many people were caught by surprise, including Hartford residents. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24562 at http://wnpr.org With Proposed Hartford Stadium Come Questions, Concerns, and Criticism Teens Savor Hartford Comic Con, "a Divine Experience" http://wnpr.org/post/teens-savor-hartford-comic-con-divine-experience <p>Students from the <a href="http://jma.hartfordschools.org/">Journalism and Media Academy&nbsp;Magnet School</a> Satellite Campus at the <a href="http://www.cpbn.org/program/learning-lab-test">CPBN&nbsp;Learning Lab</a> in Hartford had a chance to visit <a href="http://hartfordcomiccon.com/" target="_blank">Comic Con in the capital city</a> recently. One described it as a "divine experience."</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:00:53 +0000 Heather Brandon 24399 at http://wnpr.org Teens Savor Hartford Comic Con, "a Divine Experience" Curtain Call for Japanalia Eiko and Dan Blow http://wnpr.org/post/curtain-call-japanalia-eiko-and-dan-blow <p>When jazz vocalist Dianne Mower makes her way through a jam-packed house onto the tiny Japanalia stage on Saturday night in Hartford’s West End, odds are it will be an emotional and unifying moment for everyone within earshot.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:11:31 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 24371 at http://wnpr.org Curtain Call for Japanalia Eiko and Dan Blow When It Comes to Paying For Stadium, Hartford Changes Course http://wnpr.org/post/when-it-comes-paying-stadium-hartford-changes-course <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Hartford is changing its plans for how to build, and pay for, a new minor league baseball stadium downtown. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he mayor and the city council now plan to ask developers and private investors to weigh in.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:54:15 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24294 at http://wnpr.org When It Comes to Paying For Stadium, Hartford Changes Course If a Ballpark Comes to Hartford, Who Gets the Luxury Seats? http://wnpr.org/post/if-ballpark-comes-hartford-who-gets-luxury-seats <p><a href="http://articles.courant.com/2014-06-18/news/hc-op-rennie-hartford-luxury-box-tucked-in-stadium-20140618_1_city-suite-ballpark-city-government" target="_blank">Much has been written</a> about whether the city of Hartford should have its own box in the new proposed baseball stadium its considering building to house the New Britain Rock Cats.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:21:52 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24357 at http://wnpr.org If a Ballpark Comes to Hartford, Who Gets the Luxury Seats? Should Minor League Rock Cats Relocate to Hartford? http://wnpr.org/post/should-minor-league-rock-cats-relocate-hartford <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1; white-space: pre-wrap;">The lure of professional sports teams has often been irresistible to municipal leaders. It’s very easy to imagine a stadium filled with happy fans, spending money and spreading civic pride.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24311 at http://wnpr.org Should Minor League Rock Cats Relocate to Hartford? New Documentary Highlights the Work of Frederick Law Olmsted http://wnpr.org/post/new-documentary-highlights-work-frederick-law-olmsted <p></p><p>Frederick Law Olmsted, recognized as one of the greatest landscape architects from the U.S., is perhaps best known for contributing to the design of New York City's Central Park. He was also a Connecticut native, and was raised in Hartford's North End -- where he is also interred, in Old North Cemetery.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Heather Brandon & Allison Ehrenreich 24181 at http://wnpr.org New Documentary Highlights the Work of Frederick Law Olmsted Hartford City Council to Hire Its Own Stadium Consultant http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-city-council-hire-its-own-stadium-consultant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plan to build a new minor league baseball stadium in the heart of downtown is facing more scrutiny from the city council.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:16:33 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24270 at http://wnpr.org Hartford City Council to Hire Its Own Stadium Consultant Celebrated Hartford Cabaret Series Closes After Triumphant Five-Year Run http://wnpr.org/post/celebrated-hartford-cabaret-series-closes-after-triumphant-five-year-run <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a triumphant five-year run that offered a sparkling array of top live cabaret entertainment in Hartford, the flamboyant, innovative impresario/fashion-designer Dan Blow wraps up his popular </span>Music@Japanalia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Series at 7:30 pm on Saturday, June 28, with a grand finale performance by the noted, Hartford-based diva Dianne Mower.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:23:00 +0000 Owen McNally 24125 at http://wnpr.org Celebrated Hartford Cabaret Series Closes After Triumphant Five-Year Run Ballpark Debate Makes For Interesting State Senate Politics http://wnpr.org/post/ballpark-debate-makes-interesting-state-senate-politics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It may be baseball season.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's also political primary season.</span></p><p>When it comes to the ballpark in Hartford, two opposing candidates for state senate have two very different views.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:01:11 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24222 at http://wnpr.org Ballpark Debate Makes For Interesting State Senate Politics Locating Hartford's Proposed Ballpark http://wnpr.org/post/locating-hartfords-proposed-ballpark <p>The city of Hartford <a href="http://articles.courant.com/2014-06-07/business/hc-rockcats-hartford-conn-stadium-develop-20140607_1_hartford-stage-i-84-new-britain-rock-cats" target="_blank">has said it looked at other city locations</a> for a new minor league baseball stadium -- including a location on Market Street, the sometimes-home of Cirque du Soleil.</p><p>Now, there are some documents to back that up.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:17:52 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24195 at http://wnpr.org Locating Hartford's Proposed Ballpark