City News Briefs
Aetna Seeks Developers for Civic Center
Aetna Inc., owner of the Hartford Civic Center, is once again
seeking developers to revitalize the Hartford Civic Center. The
insurance giant recently mailed out a request for proposal to
over 100 developers across the country. Proposals for the revitalization
project are due back November 17. Aetna went through a similar
process last year but received only two responses to the more
than 60 requests it sent out.
Hartford's City Council recently turned down a proposal by LaSalle
Partners, which currently manages the mall, to renovate the ailing
Civic Center Mall. The LaSalle plan called for consolidating
all Civic Center Mall shops on the first and lower levels and
making them more open to the street. When the Civic Center was
built in 1975 it was designed to compete with suburban-style
shopping malls with all shops opening on a central atrium. Experts
now feel such a design is incompatible with an urban setting
because it cuts the shops off from pedestrians.
Hartford City Council must approve any plan to renovate the Civic
Center since the City owns the land beneath the building.
Exhibit on Sheldon Charter Oak Neighborhood Opens this Sunday
On Sunday, October 18, the official opening of the new exhibition
"Who We Are and What We Want - A Self-Portrait of the Sheldon/Charter
Oak Neighborhood" will be held at the Charter Oak Cultural
Center from 3-6 pm. The exhibit will be on display through January
Through the photography of Nick Lacey and interviews conducted
by Jayne Keedle of the Hartford Advocate, "Who We Are and
What We Want" celebrates the residents and stakeholders
of Hartford's "oldest, most diverse and most democratic
In addition to 37 portraits by Lacy with wall text from the Keedle
interviews, there will be a mosaic of photographs taken by neighborhood
residents, a "wish wall," where people can record their
hopes for the future, and table models, maps and sketches of
the neighborhood by students in the Kinsella and Betances schools
showing how they would like to see things change.
The gallery is open Tuesdays - Fridays from noon to 5 pm, Sundays
from 2 to 5 pm on November 1 and December 13. Following its run
at Charter Oak, the show will be presented through February at
the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The exhibit is free
and open to the public. Call 249-1207 for more information
The Hartford Launches Scholarship Program
The Hartford Financial Services Group will be contributing up
to $500,000 annually to enable Hartford students to attend Trinity
College, the University of Connecticut or Howard University.
The announcement will be made today by The Hartford's Chairman
and CEO Ramani Ayer.
The Hartford's financial aid will be used to supplement scholarship
monies provided by the three colleges to students on the basis
of need. In addition to financing, the scholarship program will
provide summer employment, mentoring from professionals at The
Hartford and business skills training from the company's corporate
Residents to Voice Concerns about Public Safety Issues
On Wednesday, October 21, members of North Hartford's block clubs
and Problem Solving Committees will attend a meeting of the Quality
of Life, Housing and Public Safety Committee at 5:30 pm in Council
Chambers, Hartford City Hall. Lorenzo Jones, a spokesman for
the group, said residents will be voicing their concerns about
issues such as open-air drug markets, prostitution, and speeding
cars in their neighborhoods. The public is invited to attend.
Gas Station Donates $2,000 to Mayor Mike's Companies for Kids
Last Friday, October 9, Cal Gamal. Owner of the Chestnut Mobil
on the Run gas station on Washington Street presented Mayor Mike
Peters with a $2,000 check for Mayor Mike's Companies for Kids
(MMCFK). The station donated one cent for every gallon of gas
it sold over the last two months. Established in 1994 by Peters
and a group of volunteers, MMCFK is an effort to link businesses,
organizations and individuals in a concerted effort to help the
children of Hartford. To date the organization has raised over
$600,000 and arranged thousands of hours of volunteer time to
benefit Hartford youngsters.
North Hartford Seniors to Hold Congress
North Hartford Seniors in Action will hold their 10th annual
Congress on Thursday, October 22, at 1 pm at Metropolitan A.M.E.
Zion Church on Main Street. Among the topics up for discussion
are police visibility, Dial-A-Ride, a patients' Bill of Rights
for those using Medicare HMO's and environmental justice. The
group will also celebrate its successes over the past year. Interested
North Hartford seniors are invited to attend. For transportation
arrangements, contact your steering committee representative
or call Effie Barnes at 242-5860.
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