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Friday, January 23, 2015

GET OFF THE STREETS OR PAY UP

 The City of Hartford  has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 12:01am on January 24 ending at 11:59pm on January 24, 2015. As it is Saturday, all Hartford Public Schools will be closed and lots will be available for parking.  Currently, there is not a parking ban on Sunday, January 25. Winterfest Hartford in Bushnell Park will remain open.

The snow could be anywhere from 4 to 7 inches in Hartford along with freezing rain  Residents are encouraged  to check on their neighbors whenever possible. Shelters will remain open for 24 hours as long as the temperatures are below freezing.”

During a snow emergency parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. Any vehicles not removed from City streets by the start of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed. Residents without access to off-street parking should move their vehicles to one of the following authorized parking areas before the start of the parking ban:

•       Morgan Street Garage

•       2 Holcomb Street Lot

•       Keney Park Entrance Lot—Ridgefield Street

•       KDA Center Lot—Naugatuck Street

•       Pope Park Center Lot—Park Terrace

•       Metzner Center Lot—Franklin Avenue

•       Colt Park Lot—Wawarme Avenue

•       Elizabeth Park Lots

•       All Hartford Schools Parking Lots beginning today at 3:00pm

Residents should remove their vehicles from the lots promptly following the end of the parking ban. Residents whose vehicles are towed during the parking ban should contact the Hartford Police Department at (860) 757-4000. The cost for retrieving a towed vehicle is $93.59. An additional $99.00 ticket will be issued which owners are responsible for paying before the answer date. Please visit http://www.hartford.gov/snow-parking for a list of snow emergency parking locations, and for information regarding towed vehicles.

Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 211. As long as the temperatures are below 25 degrees, the following shelters will be open 24 hours:

•       McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave, (860) 722-6922

•       Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St, (860) 724-4823

•       South Park Inn: 75 Main St, (860) 724-0071


KEEPING THE HFD PIO BUSY

I'm pretty sure he would prefer to be busy putting out the good news at the Hartford Fire Dept. but lately that seems somewhat rare. The new PIO, Lt Raul Ortiz has his hands full

This rather abrupt statement was emailed a few minutes ago

As of today, January 23, 2015 4:30pm,  Firefighter Cinque Scott is no longer employed with the Hartford Fire Department.

 
For more on Scott's termination, click here

CIRCUS FIRE PHOTO DESTRUCTION STORY GOES NATIONAL

The story of Hartford Fire Captain William Pond destroying historic Circus Fire photos has made the big time, The story appeared on NBC.com late this afternoon. To view the story on NBC's national network page , click here.

Making Hartford Proud.

IT IS ALMOST THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN, ST,PATRICKS DAY FUNDRAISER THIS SUNDAY

The 44th Annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Parade will be Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Come down  early and get your seat! The parade begins at Capitol Avenue by the State Capitol, takes a left on Main Street, a left on Asylum, a left on Ford Street, and then ends by the Memorial Arch. The parade is held rain or shine.
In addition  the Parade will again be broadcast live on FOX CT WTIC-TV beginning at 11:30 a.m. The parade coverage will rebroadcast on St. Patrick’s Day at noon on WCCT-TV.
1/25/2015
 
 HARTFORD PARADE COMMITTEE FUNDRAISER THIS SUNDAY

Time:2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Donation:$25.00


Location:Polish National Home
60 Charter Oak Avenue





Details:The Hartford Parade Committee will be honoring Tim Sullivan as Town Marshal and Jimmy Cosgrove as Town Honoree. Join us for an afternoon of music, food and laughter as we honor Tim and Jimmy.  We will have some terrific raffles prizes for you to win.

I THINK WE HAVE A PROBLEM

The following press release came in this morning from the Hartford Fire Department:


On January 23, 2015 at 1:30 this morning, The Hartford Fire Department received notification from the Connecticut State Police Troop E in Montville that Firefighter Cinque Scott was arrested on charges of Failure to Drive Right, Operating under a Suspended License and Driving under the Influence. 


Firefighter Scott has been a member of the Hartford Fire Department since 2000 and at the time of this incident, was on Administrative Leave with Pay. 


Effective immediately, Firefighter Scott has been placed on Administrative Leave with No-Pay pending further investigation.


There seems to be a pattern of alcohol and drug abuse within the Hartford Fire Department that needs to be addressed and dealt with. I am not sure if their EAP (Employee Assistance Program ) is operational, but it needs to be looked at so that people in a high stress occupation can turn somewhere for help other than alcohol or drugs.


I am also wondering what type of follow up is done to make sure employees have a valid drivers license. According to the release , Scott's license was under suspension at the time of his arrest. Anyone driving a City vehicle or potentially operating a City vehicle in any department should have the validity of their license checked regularly. Just imagine the liability to the City of someone crashing a Fire Truck or DPW Vehicle without a license.


You might recall a few years ago when the driver for Mayor Perez was found to have a suspended license , I believe after an accident with the Mayor's City car . At the time no one had checked his license.


It just seems sad that a respected organization is being embarrassed regularly now by the poor decision making of its members and reflecting on all when it is in reality a very few that need to be addressed At least it keeps their PIO busy
 


 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

TODAY'S PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH DAN LOVALLO

 
 
GO TO CT TALKING WITH DAN LOVALLO AND HEAR THE PODCAST HERE

The interview is about ten minutes long but we covered a lot of territory, the McGeee viral posting, what I thought would be an appropriate penalty for McGee, how the blog started, the Perez corruption Trial and the Registrar of voters controversy and appropriate remedies.