Archive for August, 2008

City Bloggers on Face the State
August 22, 2008

The blogosphere is expanding left and right…heck,  I even have this blog!    This Sunday on Face the State we are joined by three bloggers from the city of Hartford to get their take on your capital city.

Amy Bergquist:

Ken Krayeske:

Kerri Provost:

The Grand Jury Investigation
August 15, 2008

This Sunday on Face the State, Channel 3′s Len Besthoff will share with us information he’s been gathering about the grand jury investigation into allegations of corruption at Hartford City Hall and the administration of Mayor Eddie Perez.

You’ll also see how difficult it is to get that information.

If you know anything let us know.

Starbucks Comes Around
August 14, 2008

Big news in downtown Hartford:  Starbucks is now open on Sundays!!    Your complaints have been heard all the way in Seattle.

It might not seem like a big deal, but it really is.   Investors and taxpayers have been spending millions on new homes downtown along with a Convention Center and the Science Center.  The goal is to make Hartford a 24 hour city.   You can’t do that when businesses refuse to open on Sundays, namely the country’s best known coffee company in the state’s tallest skyscraper.  When the hundreds of new residents woke up in their shiny new apartments and wanted breakfast at Starbucks they were stunned to see the shop closed.    That is no longer the case.

When I asked Starbucks about their refusal to open on Sundays, a spokeswoman basically told me there was no marketing research  to indicate they should open.   I told them the research was old!

This may be a little step for Starbucks, but it is a giant step for downtown.

By the way, it never hurts to ask a business to serve your needs.   A while back Kara and I asked the CVS on Central Row to stay open later.  It used to close at 6:00PM.    Kara spoke to a higher up at the company explaining the fact that so many new people were now living downtown.

That CVS now closes at 8.  

Now if we could only convince the former Euro Cafe/ Bistro to have high-chairs for children.

Time for Glasses?
August 14, 2008

A few weeks ago I noticed it was getting a little difficult to read the newspaper, books and magazines.   The words were blurry!   Could it be that I needed glasses?

Like everyone I’m getting older, but I’m not ready for Depends, dentures or a Camry.   I shouldn’t feel badly….I’ve known people who have worn glasses since childhood.   Once a man turns 40, your eyesight can change.   That’s according to one of our neighbors, Stan Zyskowski whose family owns Central Optica in West Hartford.    “It happened to me, too, Dennis,”  Stan told me.   We are not alone.  Stan says a decline in eyesight can happen suddenly once you hit the big 4-0.

Anyway, he referred me to an optometrist.   Until my checkup, I’s using a cheap pair of reading glasses from  the drug store.   I’ll keep you posted.

Who’s to blame for the North End violence?
August 12, 2008

1.     Parents who don’t keep an eye on their teenagers, and let them roam the streets all night long?

2.     Those who turn away and won’t give police the names of the troublemakers?

3.     Property owners who refuse to maintain blighted buildings creating a perfect landscape for crime?

4.     City Hall?

5.     The state for not keeping watch on ex-convicts?

6.      No one is to blame except for the criminals themselves.

Who do you think is responsible?



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