Journey Home’s doing it again

Given the success of their August Dinner in the Park, where Journey Home partnered with area restaurants to feed roughly 200 hungry people, the non-profit organization is doing it again. And they could use your help. Along with Max Downtown in Hartford, Arugula Bistro in West Hartford, and Starbucks Coffee, Journey Home wants to send some people …

Come honor and support two great organizations

HartBeat Ensemble is awarding its Cultural and Civil Leadership Award to the wonderful Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, one of Hartford’s — no, Connecticut’s — treasures, and a bastion of social justice, as was the woman for whom the center was named. As you can see from above, proceeds will go to support HartBeat’s incredible work. “Our …

Look what happened in Hartford on the first day of school yesterday

On Hartford’s first day of school on Tuesday, Pastor AJ Johnson organized some 100 men who came — most of them dressed in suits — to greet the students at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School with high-fives and cheers. What a welcome, and what a wonderful idea. Maurice Eastwood — you can read more …

Free dinner for those in need in Bushnell Park on Aug. 30

Journey Home and Arugula Bistro in West Hartford, Salute Restaurant in Hartford, Whole Foods Market West Hartford, and Starbucks Coffee are providing free meals to people in need in Hartford’s Bushnell Park, starting at 5 p.m. Here’s where you come in: Donate $25 (or more!) to  Journey Home to buy a meal for someone, and …

Maurice Eastwood, revisited

Maurice Eastwood is a CCSU senior who organized a basketball tournament in Hartford recently that was interrupted by gun fire in which a man who’d come to watch basketball, James “Jay” Headen, was killed. I wrote about it here. Now Eastwood has set up a Go Fund Me account for the family of the man, …

What I know so far about Frog Hollow, USA

I am working on a book for Wesleyan University Press on the Hartford neighborhood known as “Frog Hollow,” which is in sight of the state capitol, and it’s slow-going because I am easily distracted by the little anecdotes I keep coming across: During Prohibition, there was a neighborhood speak-easy named “The House of Three Knocks,” …

So how’d the 100-day challenge go statewide?

Watch this video and catch yourself up. In short? It. Was. Awesome. That picture is of Sal Pinna, recently housed through the 100-day effort after 20 years of homelessness, most of those spent in Hartford. He’s hugging Sara Capen Sal0mons, of Journey Home, whom I am proud to call my friend. That’s Sal’s apartment, the …

The Hartford 17 lives

Yesterday, the community court saw the so-called Hartford 17, people who were arrested last Monday for disorderly conduct while protesting in downtown Hartford that Black Lives Matter. The 17 were given three days’ community service, as if what they were doing by protesting was not community service, itself. Prior to their time in court, the …