City News Briefs
$1 Million Grant Awarded to SAMA
State Senator John Fonfara and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin
B. Sullivan of West Hanford announced the State Bond Commission
has approved a $1 million grant-in-aid to the Spanish American
Merchants Association (SAMA) of Hartford to finance a revolving
loan program for small and minority businesses in the Park Street,
Frog Hollow and South Green areas.
Senator Fonfara said, "I am pleased and proud to have been
a part of the effort to provide new resources for the Spanish
American Merchants Association Revolving Loan Fund. SAMA plays
a vibrant and very important role in the economic vitality of
the Latino community in Hartford"
"I'm delighted we were able to help secure this important
funding for the Spanish American Merchants Association,"
said Senator Sullivan. "This infusion of money will allow
the association to use this revolving fund to provide more low
interest loans for businesses in order to spur economic growth
and improve the job situation in the Park Street area."
Julio Mendoza, Executive Director of SAMA. Mendoza said the revolving
loan program will be able to help 20 businesses, and that will
lead to the creation of some 200 jobs. That includes a manufacturing
facility that will bring 50 new jobs to the area.
Arts Council and Business for Downtown Form Partnership
The Greater Hartford Arts Council and Business for Downtown Hartford
(BFDH) have officially joined forces to help promote the Arts
and Entertainment District in downtown Hartford. Arts Council
Executive Director Robb Hankins, who will be stepping down from
his post this month after serving five years, said, "It's
a natural to align the arts and entertainment community with
the network of quality restaurants and retailers in downtown."
The alliance's first joint projects will be the co-promotion
of this month's Aetna First Thursday and the Family Saturday
event in Bushnell Park this Saturday and an effort to revive
the Internet-based events calendar that was initially launched
by BFDH in 1996.
Other projects may include the development of promotions for
Hartford visitors, including hotel packages that will encourage
overnight stays in Hartford featuring a built-in entertainment
Polish-Americans to Celebrate Heritage on Oct. 11
Greater Hartford's Polish-American community will hold a wreath
laying ceremony and celebration next Sunday, October 11. The
day will begin with a mass at SS. Cyril & Methodius Church
followed by a procession to the Pulaski statue on Main Street,
where a memorial wreath will be placed in honor of Polish-American
veterans. Following the ceremony, a celebration will be held
at the Polish-American Home on Charter Oak Avenue beginning at
11:30 am. Music from John Jeski and Jeff Banas, cultural displays
and performances and plenty of Polish food will be features.
Bushnell Park Map Enhances Foliage Walk
The changing fall foliage of Bushnell Park's more than 700 trees
-some well over one-hundred years old- will be featured at a
free Fall Foliage Walk at 12 noon tomorrow, October 1. The walk
is sponsored by the Bushnell Park Foundation. The 40-minute guided
walk will also introduce a revised edition of the popular Bushnell
Park Tree-Walk Map.
The map includes four self-guided tours of the Park, featuring
50 common and rare species of trees, including many new trees
planted by the Foundation since 1991. The Fall Foliage Walk will
be lead by tree enthusiast Ed Richardson, a past Board member
of the Foundation and Glastonbury resident.
According to Maxine Stewart, President of the Bushnell Park Foundation,
"The time and resources that have gone into replanting and
improving Hartford's 144-year old Park are apparent."
Walkers should meet at the Memorial Arch at Noon. Rain date is
October 2. For more information, call the Bushnell Park Foundation
(860) 232-6710. Additional copies of the Tree Walk Map may be
obtained after October 5 by contacting the Department of Environmental
Protection, Maps & Publications Unit, 79 Elm Street, Hartford.
Bushnell Park is one of the oldest parks in the nation and Hartford
is the first city in America to have built a public park designed,
voted upon and paid for by its citizens.
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