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News, announcements and updates from the City of Hartford

Hartford updates and events for the week of January 6, 2020

Below is a listing of City related news, announcements and department updates.  Also included are upcoming special events and community information brought to you by the City of Hartford, Office of Community Engagement.
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Christmas Tree Collection Begins Today, January 6th

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Community Development Blog Grant (CDBG) - Notice of Funding

This is a friendly notice to mark your calendars for the upcoming application period for Fiscal Year July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds.
Applications will be available starting on Monday, January 6, 2020, on the Central Grants website at . Written instructions for the application, and all necessary forms, will also be available.
Completed, signed applications will be due at the Office of Central Grants Administration, City Hall, 550 Main Street, Room 302, Hartford CT 06103, no later than 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
Central Grants staff will hold two public hearing/technical assistance sessions on the development of Hartford’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Annual Plan, including an overview of program and regulatory requirements for HUD funding.   Attendance at one of the following sessions is strongly suggested:
Session #1
Parker Memorial 
2621 Main Street
Tues.  January 7 - 1:30PM
(Snow Date:
Thurs, January 9 – 1:30pm)
Session #2
Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street, CCC Room
Tues., January 7 – 5:30PM
(Snow Date:
Thurs, January 9 – 5:30pm)
This notice is for information only, to assist in your plans to apply for HUD funding. Please feel free to forward to anyone you think may be interested.
If you have questions, please email Lionel Rigler at or Ronnie Vazquez at .

Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Update 

NAA 2019 Application Process
We are is pleased to announce that the CT State Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has released the complete list of the (NAA) approved program contributions for 2019. You can see the complete list in
the attached PDF Titled “2019 Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act Program Summary (Approved NAA Business Contributions)”.
For those interested in applying in 2020, the necessary forms are expected to be released by DRS in March of 2019. The City of Hartford’s Office of Central Grants Administration will send an email notification to existing applicants when it is released, and will also post the new form NAA – 01 on the Central Grants web page.
If you are interested in learning more about the Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Program, you can
visit the
CT DRS website or contact Ronnie Vazquez in Central Grants at 860-757-9284/

Tax Office - January Tax Bill Due Now - Delinquent After February 3rd!

Tax Office Hours are as follows:
MON-WED  8:15AM - 2PM
THURS  8:15AM - 7PM
FRI   8:15AM - 2:30PM

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New laws affect parking, dry cleaning, eye doctor visits. Two dozen new statutes affect everything from health insurance to sales taxes.

More than two dozen new state laws went into effect on Jan. 1, ranging from expanded health insurance coverage and paid leave to changes in court, property and DMV rules.

The state’s sales tax is expanding. The rate remains the same at 6.35%, but it will apply to more goods and services as of Jan 1. You’ll pay sales tax on parking fees, on laundry and dry cleaning, and on interior design and the purchase of safety clothing. State officials expect to net around $25 million from this expanded sales tax in the coming year.

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Good News!
Something's Cooking: Story and Soil: Rated one of the Best Coffee Shops in All of America by Food and Wine Magazine.
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Special NYE Celebration for Patients at Connecticut Children’s in Hartford
The new year arrived a few hours early for the young patients and their families at Connecticut Children’s in Hartford.

A large outdoor party came together on Tuesday evening thanks to the generosity of the staff of the restaurant across the street from the hospital along with help from some kind donors.

The reason why the ‘Making Spirits Bright’ event was happening outside J Restaurant Bar on Washington Street was for all the children who have to spend New Year’s Eve in the hospital.

Organizers wanted to bring the revelry to the kids with a party that the young patients could see from the hospital windows. A DJ, street performers, ice carvers and more helped the kids and their families celebrate the start of 2020.

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City Council Meetings
City Council Meeting 
The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 13th at 7PM, proceeded by public comments at 6PM.

All meetings are held in Council Chambers in Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, 2nd Floor.

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Hartford Public Schools Calendar
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Boards of Education Meetings
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Boards & Commission Meetings
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Community/Public Meetings
Monday 1/6

111 Charter Oak Ave
Start Time: 5:30pm

Upper Albany
Albany Branch Library
1250 Albany Ave
Start Time: 5:30pm

Asylum Hill
224 EcoSpace
224 Farmington Ave
Start Time: 6:15pm
Tuesday 1/7

Clay Arsenal NRZ
Community Health Services
500 Albany Ave
Start Time: 5:30pm

Wednesday 1/8

Parkville NRZ
Parkville Community Center
11 New Park Ave
Start Time: 6:00pm

Thursday 1/9

St Augustine's Church
10 Campfield Ave
Start Time: 6:00pm
Employment Opportunities
City of Hartford Job Opportunities
The City of Hartford is currently hiring for the following positions:
  • Corp Counsel - Asst Corp Counsel
  • Human Resources - Assistant Director
  • Public Works -  Superintendent
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation - Early Learning Teacher Assistant
  • MHIS - Help Desk Support Technician
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation - Life Guard (Seasonal)
  • Emergency Services & Telecommunications - Per Diem Dispatcher Trainee
  • Emergency Services & Telecommunications - Public Safety Communications Supervisor
  • Police Department - Re-Entry Services Specialist
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation - Recreation Assistant (Seasonal)
  • Public Works - Traffic Engineering Technician
  • Public Works - Tree Trimmer
Click here to learn more and apply
Downtown Events Advisory
Monday, January 6

Three Kings Day Procession
Park Street to Pope Park

11:00am - 12:00pm
Tuesday, January 7

XL Center
UConn Hockey

Wednesday, January 8

Bushnell Theater
Warriors Don't Cry


XL Center
Jeff Dunham

Thursday, January 9

Bushnell Theater
Warriors Don't Cry


XL Center

UConn's Women's Basketball

Hartford Stage
Pike St.

Friday, January 10

Bushnell Theater
Warriors Don't Cry


XL Center

Wolfpack Hockey

Hartford Stage
Pike St.
Saturday, January 11

Convention Center
First to Finish

NE Winterfest 2020
8:00am - 5:00pm

XL Center
10:00am - 5:00pm

UConn Women's Basketball

Hartford Stage
Pike St.

Sunday, January 12

Convention Center
First to Finish

NE Winterfest 2020
8:00am - 5:00pm

XL Center
10:00am - 4:00pm

UConn Men's Basketball

Hartford Stage
Pike St.
Hartford Public Library
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