On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Marilyn Risi (7 from the right), Executive Director of Upper Albany Main Street participated in a ‘Step Up To The Plate’ celebration hosted by the MetroHartford Alliance. As part of their 2017 Annual Celebration, members from the Hartford Community were invited to the new Yard Goats Stadium in Hartford, CT to partake in a luncheon and networking event.
Upper Albany Merchants Association (UAMA) is honored to congratulate Terry Waller, owner of TNT Barber Shop, located at 130 Homestead Avenue, on their grand opening. With help from a student in the University of Hartford’s Micro Business (MBI) program, the business is now on track as a provider of hair styling and other beauty treatments to men and boys within the Hartford community and its surrounding towns.
“Whenever social justice issues are debated, one question always comes up: Is there any hope?” says Director & Visionary, Faithlyn Johnson, also a Upper Albany Merchants Association member. “This show motivates us to reject the many excuses to give up, when everyone is pushing you to accept ‘what’s done is done. If we don’t, who will?”
This broadway style production will leave the audience mesmerized and motivated to make a STAND! STAND the musical, will explore social-justice subjects pulled from today’s culture and headlines! We STAND with Hartford Youth… where do you STAND?
Not to be missed, this case brings high energy and a rawness that is hard and rare to capture on stage. The ausnace will laugh, cry and dance but most importantly, they will wrestle with the human struggle in all of us to do the right thing. Despite adversity, we must STAND! The majority of the case is from the local Hartford community and uses ActUp Theater as a safe haven and place to grow.
The overhaul, which will run from Homestead Avenue near the West Hartford line to Bedford Street, includes updates to 20 traffic signals, the addition of curb extensions, and landscaping and lighting improvements.
It’s expected to take about two years.
“My first thought was, I’m so glad I’m still alive to see it,” said Denise Best, chair of the Upper Albany Revitalization Zone. “It’s been a long time.”
While early stages of planning date to 16 years ago, Best said the idea for the streetscape improvements goes back to the late 1970s. State projects in other towns, staff turnover and struggles with funding delayed the upgrades.
Albany Avenue will be redesigned to include a through lane and a turn lane in each direction, and some of its cross streets will be realigned. Ten bus shelters, 430 trees and 330 streetlights will be added. Work is expected to begin near the intersection with Homestead and travel east.
About 80 percent of the cost is covered by federal funding, officials said. The remainder was contributed by the state. Hartford also contributed about $1 million for engineering and design expenses.
“This project is a long time coming,” Mayor Luke Bronin said Wednesday. “We need to have a vibrant city center, a vibrant downtown, but equally important is having vibrant and strong neighborhoods.”
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called the street “a traffic accident magnet” and said the renovations are necessary.
Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker has echoed that, telling The Courant in January that 500 crashes occurred on the road between 2008 and 2010, and 700 more happened between 2012 and 2016.
In advance of the groundbreaking, an informational session on the project is scheduled for May 18 at the Chrysalis Center. A job fair, hosted by DOT, will be held on May 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Artists Collective.
Article taken from the Hartford Courant. To read the whole article on the Hartford Courant website, click here.