Hartford Region

Snowball
12:56 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Snow Cancels Everything, Except Hartford's City Council Meeting

A meeting in city council chambers in a WNPR file photo.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

The governor has declared a state of emergency. Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has declared a snow emergency. City schools let out at noon, and most city employees were dismissed then, too. There's a parking ban in effect. Even Winterfest at Bushnell Park is closing early.

But Monday night's Hartford city council meeting must go on. 

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Election 2015
1:46 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

In Hartford, Griebel Considers City Council Run

Oz Griebel in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Oz Griebel runs the MetroHartford Alliance and ran for governor in 2010. Now, he's considering a run for Hartford's city council. 

"I am considering a run, but considering is the operative word," Griebel said.

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Election Day Problems
3:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

As City Council Plans to Remove Her, Hartford's Democratic Registrar Plans to Fight

Credit Vox Efx / Creative Commons

As Hartford's City Council is seeking to remove all three of its registrars because of a disastrous Election Day 2014, at least one of them -- Democrat Olga Vazquez -- is planning a strong defense.

"She does not disagree with the fact that there were some serious snafus," said Leon Rosenblatt, Vazquez's attorney. "But the registrars weren't the cause of it. And the report that was written is very one-sided and incomplete." 

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Jazz Corridor
12:45 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Rising, Young Saxophonist Alexa Tarantino Headlines at Baby Grand Jazz Series

Alexa Tarantino, a Connecticut native, and a member of a new generation of jazz musicians, brings her talent to the international stage preforming both at home and across the globe.
Alexa Tarantino

Alexa Tarantino, a gifted, 22-year-old alto saxophonist who grew up in West Hartford, has plenty to celebrate as she performs in a duo concert with the Polish-born piano virtuoso Dariusz Terefenko at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 25, at the Hartford Public Library’s free Baby Grand Jazz Series.

Among the causes for celebration, the versatile multi-instrumentalist/composer has recently graduated from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she earned degrees in jazz saxophone performance and education, as well as a certificate in arts leadership.

Besides the joy of graduation, the emerging saxophonist has a new CD out with Terefenko called Crossing Paths that they’ll be promoting in March on a two-week tour of workshops, clinics, and performances in some of Poland’s premier conservatories. Later this summer, the mini-Poland tour will be followed up with the duo’s appearances in Brazil.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

The Wheelhouse Looks for a Parking Spot

If you don't have a handicap permit, don't park here!
Credit Mr. Nygren / Creative Commons

There is a simple formula for restoring respect for democracy and other American institutions: just study everything that happens in Bridgeport and do the opposite.

On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, Colin McEnroe guest-hosts with check-ins on Bridgeport, New London County, and Hartford. 

The capital city is part of a different formula: study how Hartford runs elections and do the opposite. Also, don't park in a handicap spot, especially if you're a lawmaker using your official state plates.

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Hartford
8:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Hartford City Council Moves to Remove Registrars of Voters

Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden in City Hall last week.
Credit Jeff Cohen / WNPR

Following a disastrous Election Day 2014 in which voters at various city polling places were denied the right to vote, the city council is beginning the process of removing all three registrars of voters.

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Hartford
12:30 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Report: Hartford Registrars Made "Multiple, Serious Errors" Around Election Day

From left, attorney James Rotondo, Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden, City Councilman Alex Aponte, and City Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

An investigation into election day failures in Hartford shows that the city turned people way from the polls, lost track of 70 absentee ballots, and failed to agree on an accurate vote tally.  Now that the problem has been identified, leaders on the city council say they're working on a fix.  

Election day last November began badly in Hartford. Some residents couldn't cast their ballots because the polls weren't open, and the polls weren't open because the voter lists weren't in place. 

A report drafted by lawyers working for the city council say a bunch of factors caused the mess: the city's registrars failed to give the state important voter lists in time, failed to open polling places in time, and failed to resolve discrepancies in vote tallies after the fact.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Do Newspapers Need Paywalls to Survive in the Digital Age?

How much would you pay for a digital subscription to your local newspaper?
Jon S Creative Commons

Last month, The Hartford Courant followed the trend of newspapers across the country by implementing a paywall on its website.

We sit down with two editors to explain the change, and to talk more broadly about the status of "print" journalism today. What is working, and what’s not working, as publications grapple with an increasingly digital world?

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Metcalf on Music
6:54 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Sponsors an Uncommon Competition

Opening night of the 2010 Harford Symphony Orchestra Talcott Mountain Music Festival in Simsbury, Connecticut.
theothernate Creative Commons

In the rarefied category of sub-five-minute classical compositions of importance -- not a huge body of work -- Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” stands apart.

For one thing, it has become one of those pieces works that confers an instantly weighty, ceremonial feel to occasions, from presidential wreath-layings to high-school basketball senior nights. 

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Hartford
1:34 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Luke Bronin, Gov. Malloy's Ex-Lawyer, to Run for Hartford Mayor

Luke Bronin, former legal counsel to Gov. Dannel Malloy, filed his candidacy for mayor Wednesday.
Luke Bronin

Luke Bronin, former legal counsel to Governor Dannel Malloy, is officially entering the race for mayor of the city of Hartford

Bronin said he's planning to file his paperwork with the city on Wednesday.

In a letter to residents posted on his website, Bronin said the city has its strengths: cultural diversity and creativity, the support of the governor, and new state-supported development projects. 

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Jazz Corridor
9:07 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Pianist Eri Yamamoto Brings Lyrical, Melodic Treasures to Baby Grand Jazz Series

Eri Yamamoto.
Jimmy Katz

Although first trained in the intellectual rigors of classical music and later well-schooled in the cerebral practices of free jazz, the exceptional Japanese-born pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto most prizes the invention of pure, basic, heartfelt melody. 

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Crime Trends
1:38 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Hartford: Homicides and Violent Crimes at Four-Year Lows

Credit Tony Webster / Creative Commons

Homicides and shootings are at a four-year low in the city of Hartford, and overall violent crimes are down since last year, too, according to 2014 crime statistics released Monday. 

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Reaching Kids
3:47 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Connecticut Science Center's Revamped Energy Exhibit Aims at Engaging Children

Children can play in an energy conservation house.
Connecticut Science Center

Will a hands-on energy efficiency exhibit aimed at children help them to think about their carbon footprint? 

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Marketing Energy
4:40 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Northeast Utilities Renames Itself Eversource Energy

The outgoing Northeast Utilities name and logo.
Credit Northeast Utilities

Northeast Utilities is adopting a new name as part of a rebranding effort. 

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Cutting the Cord
2:10 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

ESPN Ventures Onto the Web

ESPN on the web: the cord-cutter's dream?
ESPN

It’s news that might be keeping some cable executives up at night: for the first time, viewers will be able to stream ESPN over the web. 

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Where We Live
10:45 am
Wed January 7, 2015

The Wheelhouse: Inauguration Edition

Brian Dowling, Hartford Courant
Chion Wolf

It’s inauguration day in Connecticut! And it’s also Wednesday...and that means The Wheelhouse, our weekly news roundtable. How convenient is that?

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Campaign 2015
12:45 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Hartford's Mayor Pedro Segarra Wants Another Four Years

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra to seek another term.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has said he’s running for a second term in office.

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FUSE Scandal
9:06 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Report Finds "Rampant Nepotism" At Hartford Charter School Organization

Jumoke Academy was managed by The Family Urban Schools of Excellence.
Helder Mira Creative Commons

A newly released investigative report describes “rampant nepotism,” and ineffective oversight of the Jumoke Academy charter school in Hartford, and its management group The Family Urban Schools of Excellence, also known as FUSE. The probe was commissioned by the State Department of Education and carried out by an independent special investigator. 

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Baseball
12:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

For Baseball Stadium, Hartford Changes Financing Plan

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, center, joined by Council President Shawn Wooden and Treasurer Adam Cloud to discuss the new stadium financing plan.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

The city of Hartford is planning to change the way it finances its new minor league baseball stadium, a move that officials say will save taxpayers millions. 

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Grossology
7:04 am
Wed December 31, 2014

The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body at the CT Science Center

Nigel Nose-It-All
Jonathan McNicol/WNPR

At Grossology, a new exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center, one of the first things you see is a nine- or ten-foot-tall model of a human nose with six- or seven-foot-tall nostrils. As you enter, you're surrounded by things like the olfactory epithelium and the conchae, and you learn things like how the Eustachian tubes regulate the pressure around your ear drums and so then a stuffy nose makes your ears feel clogged.

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Prayer Vigil
10:35 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Two Slain NYPD Officers Remembered in Prayer Vigil at Hartford City Hall

At a prayer vigil for the two slain NYPD officers, The Reverend Henry Brown called for unity between Hartford police and the community.
Ray Hardman

Mayor Pedro Segarra and Hartford area religious leaders held a prayer vigil on the steps of City Hall to remember the two New York City police officers shot and killed last Saturday, and to call for an end to violence in Hartford. 

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Coltsville
8:23 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Hurdles Remain Before Hartford's Coltsville Is a National Historical Park

It could take years to transform the Coltsville section of Hartford into a National Historical Park.
Aaron Knox Creative Commons

Congress recently gave final approval to a defense spending bill that includes language creating the Coltsville National Historical Park -- but much work remains before the park is a reality.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Connecticut's Changing Relationship With Guns

This gun is of the first production automatic pistols made by Colt, an M1900. Two hundred of these were delivered to the U.S. Navy.
Naval History and Heritage Command Creative Commons

Earlier this week, the Senate confirmed Vivek Murthy to be the nation’s next Surgeon General. His confirmation had been held up for more than a year by pro-gun lobbyists, because of his support for new gun control measures. Murthy founded the group Doctors for America, which had advocated for gun restrictions, but he has said his focus as Surgeon General will be on tackling the nation’s obesity problem.

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Art Exhibit
12:37 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Art Installation Imagines Iconic New York Buildings as Rockets

The multimedia film "Plan of the City" presumes that all buildings in New York City are equipped with rocket thrusters.
Joshua Frankel

A new installation at Hartford's Real Art Ways imagines New York City lifting off to Mars, building by building. 

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Wake of Newtown
2:45 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Newtown Families to Continue Congressional Lobbying

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty, whose district includes Newtown, marked the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy with a promise to continue to push for gun safety legislation.

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National History
8:50 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Congress Approves Historic Coltsville Park in Hartford

Colt's Armory in Hartford around 1906.
Library of Congress

Connecticut officials are celebrating congressional approval of a new national park in Hartford centering on the historic Colt firearms factory building with the blue, onion-shape dome. 

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Theater
9:28 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Hartford Stage Presents Autism-Friendly Rendition of Christmas Classic

Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage produced its first-ever "sensory-friendly" performance this week. The staging of "A Christmas Carol" was geared toward audience members on the autism spectrum.

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Hartford History
9:10 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Senate Vote Nears on Making Hartford's Coltsville a National Park

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra in October 2013 announced a plan to borrow $5 million and build more apartments at the former Colt factory.
Credit David Panagore

The effort to turn Hartford's historic Colt gun factory into a national park is continuing. 

A century and a half ago, the Colt complex was where Sam and Elizabeth Colt made the revolver. Now, it's a fundamental part of the country's industrial history, and supporters want to turn it and some of the surrounding neighborhood into a national park.

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Election 2015
3:37 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Hartford Mayoral Possibilities Start to Emerge

Hartford City Hall.
Heather Brandon WNPR

Hartford's mayoral election is a year away, and while Mayor Pedro Segarra hasn't yet said whether he'll run, others are considering a run.

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Lady Cora Jams
1:35 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Downton's Elizabeth McGovern Plays Sadie at Hartford's Infinity Hall

Elizabeth McGovern fronts the band Sadie and the Hotheads.
Sky Arts sadieandthehotheads.com

Elizabeth McGovern doesn't want her role as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, to overshadow her identity as a musician. But she does admit it drives people to come see her band. Sadie and the Hotheads have just released a new album, Still Waiting. They'll be at Hartford's Infinity Hall on December 14.

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