Town, ShopRite Commit To Recycling More
EAST HARTFORD — East Hartford, in partnership with ShopRite, is rolling out a major new environmental sustainability initiative to dramatically increase recycling of plastic wraps and bags.
The initiative seeks to educate East Hartford residents about the importance of recycling their plastic wraps, bags and other flexible film packaging at retail drop-off locations like ShopRite and other local grocery and retail stores, and not in curbside recycling bins.
The initiative is part of an ongoing statewide Wrap Recycling Action Program Campaign, an innovative public-private partnership that promotes recycling of flexible film packaging. Nationwide, more than 18,000 grocery and retail stores collect flexible film packaging for recycling—yet consumer awareness remains low.
Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc said many people may not be aware that they can't place these plastics in their blue recycling bins and the goal is to raise awareness and divert 100-percent of plastic film from curbside bins by 2020.
Residents in East Hartford and across the nation can recycle a wide variety of clean and dry flexible plastic wraps and bags. Visit the East Hartford WRAP website at www.easthartfordct.gov/wrap for more information.
Pictured placing the first recycling in the new bin, built by East Hartford DPW, are (left to right) Director Tim Bockus, DPW; Assistant Director Marilynn Cruz – Aponte, DPW; Carpenter Dan Foran, DPW; Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc; Jordan Coe, Waverly Markets LLC, ShopRite of East Hartford; Sarah Lindsay, American Chemistry Council; Wayne Pesce, Connecticut Food Association; Sherill Baldwin, DEEP; and State Rep. Jeff Currey, East Hartford.
New Recreation Supervisors
EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Parks & Recreation Department recently added two new additions to its programming staff. Sharon O'Neil and Jonathan Cooper started full time with the department in July and spent the summer getting acquainted with the aquatic and summer camp programs.
O'Neil is the recreation supervisor who oversees aquatics and other areas. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been working full-time in the Parks and Recreation field for the past 14 years for the towns of Mansfield and Newington. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Cooper is the recreation supervisor focusing on summer camps and youth programs. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from Central Connecticut State University. He has a diverse background working with communities and people, as a Parks & Recreation Professional, American College of Sports Medicine- Exercise Physiologist, a K-12 Certified Youth Sports Educator and Football, Lacrosse and Exercise Club coach. Most notable he is enthused to be planning and being a part of this year's Fall Fest and growing the Special Olympics program. Email email@example.com with questions.
AREA — Mr. and Mrs. Tyrone and Kiva Bynum of Hartford announces with great pleasure the engagement of their daughter, Kayla J. Bynum to Brandon J. Lilly, son of Pastor Ranford A. Lilly, II, and Mrs. Sherrie D. Lilly of Windsor. Kayla is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a Master of Education from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., and is currently working as a youth development specialist at Our Piece of the Pie located in Hartford. Brandon, a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering, is an associate quality engineer at QuEST Global in East Hartford. The couple is planning an April 2019 wedding.
EAST HARTFORD — The Hillstown Grange will host its annual Agricultural Fair on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Grange Hall, 617 Hills St.
The public is invited to enter their needlework, flowers, crafts, hobbies, vegetables, baked goods, canned goods, jams, and jellies. Ribbons and cash prizes are awarded to winning entries. Items for the exhibits, to be judged, need to be dropped off Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Forms are available by email to save time filling them out Thursday. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 860-568-6268 or text/call 860-690-2845.
Mobile Foodshare Schedule
EAST HARTFORD — East Hartford's Mobile Foodshare schedule for September is as follows. This program assists low income individuals/families.
Hockanum Park Complex, 75 Hamilton Road: 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.; Veterans Terrace Complex, 102 Columbus St., 10 to 10:30 a.m.; Monday: Sept. 18. When Town Hall is closed or East Hartford Schools have a delayed opening or are closed due to bad weather, Hockanum Park and Veterans Terrace Foodshare will be canceled that day. Also watch Channel 3 news or check their website, www.wfsb.com, for cancellations.
Summerfield Townhouses, 156 Plain Drive, 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday: Sept. 20. When East Hartford Public Schools have an early dismissal or are closed due to bad weather, Summerfield Foodshare will be canceled that day.
St. Isaac Jogues,11 High View, 1:15 to 2 p.m. Monday: Sept. 11 and 25. When East Hartford Schools are closed due to bad weather, Mayberry Foodshare will be canceled that day. Note location change for summer distributions.
Main and Burnside Mobile,12 Rector St., 1:15 to 2 p.m. Wednesday: Sept. 13 and 27. When East Hartford Schools are closed due to bad weather, Main & Burnside Mobile will be canceled that day.
EAST HARTFORD — Meditation classes at Odiyana Center, 36 Main St.., will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.
Each class includes guided meditations, practical advice, time for discussion and Q & A. Classes are perfect for beginners and advanced meditators alike; everyone is welcome.
Cost to attend is $10 to $12 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds. For more information, visit meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.
Commission On Aging Events
EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Senior Picnic, sponsored by the Commission on Aging and Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Club, 200 Clement Road.
Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. sharp. This year's menu includes BBQ chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and dessert. Dale Griffith of Into the Groove will provide musical entertainment. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon.
Tickets are $6 each or $10 for non-residents and will be sold at the South End Senior Center, 70 Canterbury St., by the Commission on Aging Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Sept. 8.
Tickets will not be sold at the door. Dress to impress for this year's theme, which is Polynesian. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed.
Senior Aqua Aerobics will take place Monday, Sept. 18, through Thursday, June 14 ,on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.at the East Hartford Middle School pool. The fee for residents is $60 for September through June and $35 for January to June only. The non-residents fee is $75 for September through June and $45 for January through June. Please register in the East Hartford Senior Center office.
Dental Hygiene students from Goodwin College are offering a presentation on oral health at the Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m. Learn about maintaining your teeth and caring for your dentures and about the free dental hygiene clinic at Goodwin College. A free toothbrush, toothpaste and product samples will be given. Call the Senior Center to register, at 860-569-5659.
Do you play Dominoes? Let's get a group together to play. The first organizational meeting will be on Friday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. Bring your dominoes set with you. If you are interested, call 860-569-5659 and let staff know you are attending.
On Monday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m., Marilynn Cruz-Aponte, Assistant Director of East Hartford Public Works, will introduce a new plastic recycling plan, the WRAP Recycling Action Program. This is a great opportunity to learn about bulky waste permits and leaf collection also.
Many people are using the Computer Learning Center. You can drop in Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to surf the net, play computer games, or use available applications. But we are offering an upcoming Getting More Out of Your Computer Series on Fridays in September from 1 to 3 p.m. Register for one or more of the following: September 8 – Facebook, September 15 – Pinterest, September 22 – Tech Drop-In, September 29 – Instagram – Share your Photos. Bring your e-mail address with you to class.
The iPad User Group brings together people who use the iPad and want to go a bit further. Share your knowledge with others and you will pick up some tips yourself. The group will begin on Monday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. Call 860-569-5659 if you are planning to attend. Visit www.easthartfordct.gov for more information.
Edith Wharton Celebration
EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Public Library and the East Hartford Fine Arts Commission will collaborate on a series of events in September in celebration of author Edith Wharton.
The centerpiece of the series is a bus trip sponsored by the Fine Arts Commission to the Mount, Edith Wharton's home in the Berkshires. The bus will leave the Community Cultural Center parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, and will return by 4:30 p.m. The trip costs $33 and includes a house tour and lunch, with time to enjoy the gardens before returning to East Hartford. Tickets were available at the reference desk at the library, payable by cash or check through Sept. 1.
Prior to the bus trip, the library will host a program to celebrate Edith Wharton and her work. On Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., join Jason Pannone for an informal hour of discussion. No reading assignment is required, but participants are encouraged to read one of Edith Wharton's short stories or novels prior to the program. Books will be available in advance at the circulation desk. Light refreshments will be served, and registration is encouraged. All are welcome.
Following the bus trip, participants are invited to a follow-up conversation at the library on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 6:15 to 7 p.m. to discuss the trip: what you learned about Edith Wharton, her home, her gardens, and her contributions to the literary canon. Light refreshments will be served, and registration is required.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, the library will be hosting a viewing of "The Age of Innocence" directed by Martin Scorsese and released in 1993.
For program registration, visit www.easthartfordct.gov/library or call the library, 840 Main St., at 860-290-4329.
Blue Star Flag Flies For Deployed Firefighters
EAST HARTFORD — Continuing a long standing tradition, the East Hartford Fire Department is flying the Blue Star Flag at each fire station to recognize the overseas service of two of its members. Lieutenant Nicholas Calsetta and Firefighter/Paramedic Darrel Hanrahan are both deployed overseas with units of the Connecticut Air National Guard.
A tradition lasting to the First World War, the Blue Star Banner and its associated flag is a federally recognized symbol indicating that a family member is serving overseas in the Armed Forces. The East Hartford Fire Department has flown the flag for each deployment of a department member since 2010. Visit https://www.legion.org/troops/bluestar for more information about the Blue Star Banner.
Mental Illness Support Groups
EAST HARTFORD — The Manchester affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold a support group on the first Thursday of the month at the Crossroads Community Cathedral, 1492 Silver Lane, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances. Contact Dama at email@example.com or Sandra at 860-461-6695 for more information.
EAST HARTFORD — The Practice of Meditation, a free public talk, will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 10, at Odiyana Center, 36 Main St. Resident Teacher Kelsang Khyenwang will give a talk on the power and joy of the practice of meditation and then guide a brief meditation. Everyone is welcome. For more info, visit meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.
Students Head Back To School
EAST HARTFORD — Children across the state are heading back to school and the East Hartford Police Department wants to remind all drivers to stop when the lights on school buses are flashing red. Connecticut State law requires that drivers stop for school buses that are flashing red warning lights, on all undivided highways whether they are approaching or behind the school bus. Failure to stop can cause serious consequences. Failure to obey this law carries fines for motorists starting at $465 for the first offense.
East Hartford Police Chief Scott Sansom offers these safety tips to remember: Have a safe place to wait for your bus and enter and exit the bus away from traffic; Stay away from the bus until it comes to complete stop and the driver signals you to enter; When being dropped off, children should exit the bus and walk ahead of it before crossing in front as the bus driver can see you better; Use the handrails to enter and exit the bus; Children should be aware of their surroundings and be extra careful while crossing the street as not all drivers obey the law; Children should always look both ways before crossing any street. If children have questions regarding their safety or the behavior of other riders during their trip, they should bring their concerns to their parents, police, or school officials immediately to ensure the safety of all.
Over the next couple of weeks, officers will be stepping up enforcement in school zones and bus routes to ensure that the motoring public is obeying traffic laws so our children can stay safe.
Renters Rebate Program
EAST HARTFORD — East Hartford Social Services reminds residents that they are continuing to accept applications for the State of Connecticut, Office of Policy and Management, Renters Rebate Program. Applications are being accepted on a walk-in basis, no appointments necessary, every Tuesday in September, between 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.
This program may provide elderly and disabled renters with a small refund check based on the amount of rent and utilities they paid in 2016. At the time you apply, please make sure that you bring all of the following documentation with you, which applies to your situation:
Eligibility requirements are: 65 years of age or older or 100-percent disabled, age 18 or older (by 12/31/16); 2016 GROSS income (including all Social Security benefits) must not have exceeded $42,900 for a married couple or $35,200 for a single individual.
Required Income Documentation (all for calendar year 2016): Social Security Income (form SSA 1099) & SSI if applicable; Copy of 2016 Federal Income Tax Return, if filed, or 1099 forms for pensions, dividends, interest, stocks & bonds, etc.; W-2's from employment; Veterans Disability or Railroad Retirement; 100-percent disabled: Benefits Verification form from Social Security showing date disability began and proof of SSI benefit, along with other forms listed above, if applicable.
Required Expense Documentation: Rent receipts for 2016 (all 12 months); Utility bills you paid in 2016 (heat, gas, electric, only). NO telephone, cable or medical bills.
Applications cannot be processed without all of the required documentation. The 2017 application period ends on September 29, 2017. Questions can be directed to Social Services at 860-291-7248.
Mayor's Cleanup Day
EAST HARTFORD — The annual mayor's clean-up day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Town Green on Main Street. Volunteers are needed.
The one day event is an expansion of Mayor Marcia Leclerc's townwide beautification efforts. Volunteers from local youth groups, churches, organizations, civic clubs, businesses and individuals are invited to join.
Community volunteers complete a "bridge-to-bridge" clean-up of Main Street and the gateways of East Hartford, weeding, cleaning and removing debris all along Main Street from Main and Pitkin up through Main and Burnside.
Local organizations, businesses and individuals interested in volunteering are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-291-7200. Visit https://www.easthartfordct.gov/mayorscleanup/register to register online.
A celebratory lunch will be provided for all registered volunteers at noon. Community service hours can be completed during this time and certificates of participation will be provided upon request.
Walk To End Alzheimer's
EAST HARTFORD — The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held Sunday, Oct. 1, at Rentschler Field, 615 Silver Lane. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the walk ceremonies starting at 9 a.m.
The Alzheimer's Association is a nonprofit organization. The Connecticut Chapter provides hundreds of help line calls, performs Care Consultations and many Educational Programs where over 150 people attended from all over the state. All of these services are provided free of charge to the community. To register a team, visit alz.org and search for the local walk.
EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Senior Picnic, sponsored by the Commission on Aging and Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Club, 200 Clement Road.
Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. sharp. This year's menu includes BBQ chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and dessert. Dale Griffith of Into the Groove will provide musical entertainment. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon. Tickets are $6 each or $10 for non-residents and will be sold at the South End Senior Center, 70 Canterbury St., through Sept. 8. Tickets will not be sold at the door. The theme is "Polynesian" and prizes will be awarded for best-dressed.
Bids, Bites And Beer
EAST HARTFORD — From 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, the CT River Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Jordan Porco Foundation will be hosting 'Bids, Bites & Beer,' at the Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown, 100 East River Drive.
The evening will include live and silent auctions. In celebration of Sept. 7 being National Beer Lover's Day, guests will enjoy a variety of tastings from craft breweries, in addition to wines, spirits and a full cash bar. Locally-sourced food pairings have been supported by Glastonbury farm Killam & Bassette.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jordan Porco Foundation, founded in 2011 by Ernie and Marisa Porco after they lost their son, Jordan, to suicide when he was a freshman in college. The auction takes place during national Suicide Awareness week and the mission of the Jordan Porco Foundation is to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults.
Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance. Register at crvchamber.org and more information, to donate or sponsor, contact the Chamber at 860-659-3587.
Donations Sought: Back-To-School Program
EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Social Services Division will be transitioning their Back-to-School Supplies Program to a Back-to-School Shoe Program.
Donations are currently being sought for the newly established "Payless Back-to-School Shoe Program." These funds will be used to purchase discounted Payless Shoe gift cards to distribute to the students previously served by the "Back-to-School Supplies Program."
The goal of the program is to provide parents with a $25 one time use gift card to Payless ShoeSource. Any individual, organization or group wishing to find out more about this program or make a donation are encouraged to contact Social Services at 860-291-7248. Checks should be made payable to: Payless Back-to-School Shoe Program and are fully tax deductible.
Smoke Alarm Installations
EAST HARTFORD — The Connecticut American Red Cross and the East Hartford Fire Department are offering free smoke alarms and installation to residents in East Hartford. Installations took place on Friday, Aug. 4. Residents can schedule a visit on the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross's website or by calling 877-287-3327 and choosing option 1 on the menu to request a smoke alarm installation.
Visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/prevent-home-fire for fire safety tips.
Historical Society Of East Hartford Museum
EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Historical Society at Martin Park is open for the 2017 summer season from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday afternoons during August. The Park location is at 307 Burnside Ave. The 1761 Makens Bemont House, also known as the Huguenot House, is restored to its original 18th century appearance with period furnishings. Also open is the 1821 Goodwin Schoolhouse and the 1850 Burnham Blacksmith Shop. Tours are free; donations are accepted. Visit www.hseh.org or call 860-528-0716 for more information.
EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Farmers Market begins its 25th year of operation. The market will be open Fridays through Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Raymond Library, 840 Main St.
All Connecticut farmers markets are affiliated with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Farmer's Market Coupon Program. They are authorized to accept their produce and vegetable vouchers.
The Farmers Market is Co-sponsored by East Hartford Health Department and the East Hartford Public Libraries. These organizations and other agencies will conduct health, education and outreach activities at the market, and representatives from the Health Department's Community Nursing Services Division, the VFW, East Hartford Childplan and First Choice Community Health Center will be there. Special events will be announced as the season progresses.
New Taxes Billing System
EAST HARTFORD — Tax Collector Iris Laurenza is reminding residents that the first installment of real estate, motor vehicle and personal property tax for the fiscal year was due effective July 1.
Residents wishing their payment to be marked as on time should complete or postmark payment on or before August 1, 2017. Late payments are subject to an interest charge of 1 1/2 percent per month from the due date of July 1, 2017, with a minimum interest payment of $2.
Residents are reminded that failure to receive a tax bill does not excuse residents from paying the tax or added penalties. Residents with questions about vehicles which were sold, stolen or destroyed should contact the East Hartford Assessor's Office at 860-291-7260. Residents requesting a receipt with mailed tax payments should include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
The Town has an online billing system, InvoiceCloud, which saves time, reduces errors, and allows paperless billing. Residents will be able to access their bill at any time, from anywhere. Residents who register can take advantage of payment scheduling and auto-pay features which save time and prevent missed bills. The new system can also send payment reminders by email or SMS text message and includes pay by text functionality for those who have set up a profile with a payment method. Residents can choose from a range of online payment options, including credit, debit, ACH and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Please note that there may be fees associated with different online payment methods.
For more information about the online bill payment system or to pay your bill, visit http://www.easthartfordct.gov/tax-collector.
Bulky Waste Permits
EAST HARTFORD — Residents may begin purchasing bulky waste permits for the next fiscal year of 2018. All current year permits expired on June 30.
New permits and ticket books may be purchased at the Public Works Administration Office located at 61 Ecology Drive. Permits may also be obtained by mailing a completed application, along with a check and a copy of the resident's photo ID or other document showing proof of residency, to Town of East Hartford Public Works, 740 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06108.
Residents should be aware that, due to the popularity of the Bulky Waste program, there may be delays in purchasing permits at the DPW office. Residents are advised to visit the Public Works Office prior to their arrival to obtain pertinent information and forms to assist in processing their application and avoid delays. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Being prepared with the proper documentation can also speed up the process. Residents are reminded that a valid Connecticut driver's license (or non-driver ID), as well as a tax bill and/or utility bill as documentation of residency is needed to complete the application. Residents can also print and fill out the Bulky Waste permit application from the Town website which will expedite the process. The application can be accessed at the following link: https://www.easthartfordct.gov/waste-services
Annual permit fees are $15 for senior residents and $35 for all others. Permit holders will receive a book of five tickets for use at the transfer station and two appointments for curbside service. Supplemental books of five tickets each may be purchased for $30 each. Supplemental tickets will not expire, but the user must have a valid permit to access the Transfer Station. Owners of 1-6 family properties and renters are eligible. Accepted forms of payment include cash, check or credit/debit card, with a $3 fee.
Residents may continue to drop off recyclables including leaves and grass, cardboard, single stream items, waste oil, textiles, Paint Care approved paint products, mattresses and electronics at the Transfer Station free of charge without a permit by showing an East Hartford photo ID.
Questions about the bulky waste program and fees may be answered by calling 860-291-7363. Information is also available on the Internet at www.easthartfordct.gov.
Thrift Store Volunteer Opportunities
EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Senior Center's 'New to You' thrift store is seeking volunteers to help with two positions. The first is testing a variety of donated electronics, everything from flashlights to computers.
The store is also looking for someone to manage Craigslist postings: photography, descriptions, pricing, and meeting buyers will be done by staff. For information about volunteering, contact Kathy Kane at 860-569-5659. Proceeds directly benefit Seniors through the East Hartford Senior Center, 70 Canterbury St.
CoDA Meets Tuesdays
EAST HARTFORD — Co-Dependents Anonymous, CoDA, is a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from co-dependence and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. The local CoDA meetings are on Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1120 Silver Lane. Call Dan at 860-836-6566 for details.
Operation Fuel Offering Energy Assistance
HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide network of fuel banks started taking energy assistance applications on Wednesday, July 5, from households that are in financial crisis and are in danger of having their utility services terminated.
Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. The annual winter moratorium, which prevents households from having their electricity and gas shut off, ended on May 1 and will not resume until November 1, 2017.
Energy affordability is a year-round problem for more than 322,000 Connecticut households. Operation Fuel is Connecticut's only statewide nonprofit energy assistance program. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Operation Fuel has provided over $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. This includes $2.1 million in energy assistance for the 2017 winter program and $1.2 million in energy assistance last summer.
Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.
For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.