Recently featured in the Hartford Courant, Spin Cycle Café eliminates the boredom and spin-induced hypnosis associated with traditional, un-tricked-out Laundromats. In addition to 25 washers ($2/single load, $3/double load) and 24 dryers ($1 for 24 minutes, $0.25 for additional six minutes), Spin Cycle Café has free WiFi, organic fair-trade coffee, satellite TV, and a full bar and café menu. All-day breakfast items, such as the sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich ($3.95) or the bagel with cream cheese and a small coffee ($3.25), provide nutritional fuel to last you through your clothes’ de-dirtenings. The tomatoes, black olives, shredded chicken, and mozzarella of the chicken-pesto panini ($7.25) inject cleansing sessions with a distinctly boot-shaped flavor. Off-the-clock laundronauts can kick back with an ice-cold beer from Spin Cycle’s bar, and those fed up with the eulogy and tragic- monologue readings that are popular in traditional laundry destinations will enjoy a change of pace with Spin Cycle’s event calendar, which features comedy shows on the last Saturday of every month.
Ivy Bound Test Prep wants to send students away. To top-ranked schools, that is. During prep sessions, tutors help students identify and conquer academic issues, prepare for the rigors of upper education, and raise SAT and entrance-exam scores before they apply to Hunter high schools and top universities. By the end of the program, students often leave with exam scores boosted by up to 600 points and a better understanding of what major universities look for from an applicant. And if anyone knows what top-tier high schools and universities look for, it’s Ivy Bound's tutors; all of its instructors are licensed high-school teachers or college professors, with some hailing from Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale.
North Central Regional Mental Health Board strives to ensure that citizens take part in monitoring the state’s mental-health services. The organization works directly with people who have mental-health or substance-abuse issues through a variety of programs and advocates on their behalf through legislative and fundraising events. One of the many services available, the Day in the Life project, observed the lives of people who receive behavioral-health services through the state to determine how best to help them in the future. In addition, the annual Celebrating Recovery dinner invites individuals in recovery to share their stories as a way of reaffirming that recovery is always possible.