Meet the Locals


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Tony and Susan, Mr. & Mrs. Tastease

Tony:  I was born and raised in Hartford.  My father bought this property when I was about six months old.  Oh, I’ve been all over, but […]
Jul 26, 2012 /
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Tim Daggett, Olympic gold medalist

As a Hartford-area resident and native, I am thrilled to have the Visa Championships come to home Hartford!  When I was a competitive athlete, I […]
Jul 26, 2012 /
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The American Outlaws, Hartford Chapter

No city loves their sports team in Connecticut like Hartford does!While we still dream of the return of the NHL, local soccer fans enjoy the […]
Jul 26, 2012 /
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Santa Claus, Honorary Hartfordite

I have many names, from all over the world, but you probably know me as Santa Claus. I wasn’t born in Hartford, but I have […]
Jul 26, 2012 /
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Naimah Spann, NIRO Co-Founder

I first moved to Hartford with my mother when I was ten.Coming from a big city like Philadelphia, I fell in love with the smaller […]
Jul 26, 2012 /

Marilyn Risi, Upper Albany Main Street

Marilyn Risi, Upper Albany Main Street I’m from New York. I moved to Hartford after I remarried. I have found Hartford to be a wonderful place. […]
Jul 26, 2012 /
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Kristina Newman-Scott

I was pretty embedded in the Jamaican art scene 31/2 years ago when I worked as a radio and TV host as well as a […]
Jul 26, 2012 /
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Kerri Strug, 1996 Olympic gold medalist

To my friends in Hartford – thank you for making me feel so welcome during my first visit to Hartford! I enjoyed meeting Mayor Pedro […]
Jul 26, 2012 /
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Julie Beman, Neighborhood Champion

I grew up in Bloomfield and always thought of Hartford as the "big city."  When I came here in 1985 to attend TrinityCollege, I knew I […]
Jul 26, 2012 /
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John Lepak, Designer, OG

Typically, when I’m talking about Hartford, I’m talking about the food.  Like any city, Hartford boasts a diverse population, but the variety of what you […]
Jul 25, 2012 /
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Jesse Stanford, Lead Singer, Heirlooms

Hartford was a once a small river port town. Tucked between the arbors of the Appalachians and the ancient Atlantic ocean, it served as a […]
Jul 25, 2012 /
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James Varano, Smokemaster to the Stars

After enjoying living in the historic LindenBuilding downtown for 15 years, I recently moved my family right over the boarder to West Hartford. It is […]
Jul 25, 2012 /

Forward Motion

As a band, Forward Motion is very proud to say that we are based out of Hartford. The band was formed here a few years ago while […]
Jul 25, 2012 /
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Ethan Boisvert, Artist of Hartford

As an artist aiming for the big leagues of New York, I thought to come to Hartford first to live the urban life without the […]
Jul 25, 2012 /
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Emma, Bushnell Park Carousel fan

My favorite thing in Hartford is the Bushnell Park Carousel. Its one of the oldest carousels in the country. Kids love it. Adults do, too. […]
Jul 25, 2012 /
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Dr. Justin Lundbye, Hartford Hospital

My name is Justin Lundbye; I work at Hartford Hospital as the Medical Director for the Cardiac ICU and Director of Cardiology Inpatient Services.  I […]
Jul 25, 2012 /

Dino Cialfi, Owner, Peppercorn's Grill

Dino Cialfi, Owner, Peppercorn's Grill When I was running my restaurant in Rome, Italy in the mid to late 80's many of my American patrons were from […]
Jul 25, 2012 /
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Colin Burke, Resident Artist

I was from here.  Then I went away for 11 years (Boston, NYC) but my art pals kept in touch.  I came back to visit […]
Jul 25, 2012 /
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Brendan Mahoney, Bureaucrat

Brendan Mahoney, Bureaucrat I grew up in Avon and first started venturing to Hartford when I got my drivers license. I used to hang out on […]
Jul 25, 2012 /
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Alicia Sacramone, Olympic silver medalist

As a co-chair of the 2010 Visa Championships, it's been a pleasure to visit Hartford often. It's a beautiful city that’s just a quick drive […]
Jul 25, 2012 /