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October News & Neighborhood Meeting

Let's work together to make our great neighborhood even better!

Greetings, Neighbors. After over two years of meeting only on Zoom, we have two opportunities to gather in person this month!

The next SoDo NRZ meeting of the 2022-23 year will be IN PERSON Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue (enter through the front door). Many thanks to our neighbors Pastor Nancy Baseel and the First Presbyterian staff for generously offering us their space for our meeting. Here is the Agenda.

And on Saturday, October 22, we'll be meeting up IN PERSON from 9 am to 12 pm for a Neighborhood Cleanup, part of the City and Knox Foundation's Love Hartford Week

PLEASE register in advance at this link so Knox knows how much equipment to bring.

Meet on the northwest corner of Main & Buckingham Streets, in Buckingham Square Park. Gloves, trash bags, water, etc. will be provided. Following the cleanup, all participants are invited to a celebration at Goodwin Park from 11-2 for refreshments. 

We look forward to catching up on neighborhood news with you in person!
Sign up for the Neighborhood Cleanup here!
The next SoDo NRZ meeting of the 2022-23 year will be IN PERSON, Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue. Enter through the front door of the church. We look forward to catching up on neighborhood news with you!
Our meetings typically include reports from Hartford NEXT, Community Garden, and the Outreach and Social Committees, reports from HPD and HFD on activity in the neighborhood, and updates from various City offices such as Community Engagement, Planning & Development Services, and Sustainability. We occasionally have special guests who share information relevant to quality of life in the city or the neighborhood.

Our Board Elections are held at our Annual Meeting in June. Interim elections can be held when there are Board vacancies. Any member of the SoDo neighborhood is eligible for nomination to the Board. Want to know more? Email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com with your questions.

Who qualifies as a member of an NRZ? All residents (including tenants), property owners, business owners, and non-profits within an NRZ's neighborhood boundaries are automatically members of the NRZ. Our meetings are public and open to all. If you are not sure if your home, property, business, or organization lies within the SoDo NRZ boundaries, please check out this map. If you think you might qualify for another NRZ, check out this map. If you have questions, email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos.

Please share this email with your neighbors. And support our local restaurants by ordering some takeout directly from them (the delivery services take up to 30% as their fee!). Here are the ones in our neighborhood that are open: Nevin's PizzaPeppercorns, Republic at The Linden, Rinconcito Peruano.
Scroll down for info on free COVID tests & vaccines for Hartford Residents. Stay safe & healthy!
The next SoDo NRZ meeting of the 2022-23 year will be IN PERSON, Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue. Enter through the front door of the church. We look forward to catching up on neighborhood news with you!
SoDo location considered for new federal courthouse
Neighborhood Cleanup October 22
Free Museum & Theater Passes Available at the Library.
City of Hartford 2022 Fall/Winter Resident Guide Now Available
We have free N95 masks for our neighborhood.
Polish National Home is open again!
Where to get free Covid vaccines, tests, masks.
What is the SoDo NRZ? (TL;DR - your neighborhood association).
PS - As a reminder, our meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, please mark your calendars now for the 2022-23 year:
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December TBD/Holiday Gathering
  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 18
  • May 17
  • June 14 Annual Meeting & Elections
The next SoDo NRZ meeting of the 2022-23 year will be IN PERSON, Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue. Enter through the front door of the church. We look forward to catching up on neighborhood news with you!
Sign up for the Neighborhood Cleanup here!
Are you interested in growing hydroponic vegetables and selling them locally through the Levo CSA?

Click here to read more and apply for training and equipment.
Forge City Works is collecting gently used coats, jackets, and snowsuits for women, men, and children until October 22. Coats can be dropped off at: the Farmer's Market on Broad Street every Thursday from 11am-2pm, or at 559 Broad Street or 227 Lawrence Street.

Coats are available every Thursday at the market from 11-2.
Need N95 Masks? SoDo NRZ received a supply of individually wrapped N95 masks from the city to distribute throughout the neighborhood.

If you or a neighbor need masks, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

Mid-Term elections are November 8. They may not seem very exciting but they are important to our democracy. In addition, Connecticut’s November general election ballot will let voters weigh in on a state constitutional amendment that would allow the Connecticut General Assembly to introduce early in-person voting. We are one of only four states that does not allow early voting.
Are you registered to vote in Connecticut? You can register in advance by November 1. More information is available here.
The City of Hartford currently has a number of jobs open, find out more here.
The OneHartford weekly email is a great resource for news about upcoming city programs, meetings, activities, and other useful information, including assistance programs for Hartford residents, organizations, and businesses. Included each week are updates on free COVID tests and vaccines, flu shots, job openings, rental assistance, tax info, and food and coat distribution. You can sign up here.
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Header photo: Looking east on Capitol Avenue at the beginning of October.
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