Our Music, Our Faith Concert
EAST HARTFORD — "Our Music... Our Faith" A Celebratory Concert will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1120 Silver Lane.
Musicians and members of Faith Lutheran Church will perform in a concert to celebrate the congregation's purchase of a new Allen digital organ, and the gift of a restored 1966 Steinway Baby Grand piano a several months prior. Each performance in the concert will feature either the organ or piano, and will include vocalists and instrumentalists of all ages, in addition to the church's bell choir.
The community is invited to join the celebration. A free-will offering will be collected, and the proceeds will be given to Benjamin Henderson, a Connecticut resident studying organ performance at the Eastman School of music.
EAST HARTFORD — Bible Talks are being held at the Hillstown Grange, 617 Hills St., each Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. through Nov. 19.
The talks are quiet, reverent, upholding the life and teachings of Jesus. For information, call 860-267-7541.
Senior Center News
The senior center is looking for volunteers to help serve the noon meal, work as an office volunteer or join the special events group. Call the above number if you are interested.
A Dominoes group will take place at 1 p.m. Fridays.
Every Tuesday from 1 to 3:30 p.m., a group meets to knit and crochet. There is no need to sign up, just drop in with your own materials and join in.
Do you want to learn to line dance? Drop in on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. to try the latest dances.
Do you know that the East Hartford Senior Center serves a hot lunch every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday? Call 860-569-5654 before noon on the day before you are coming to make a reservation. A full meal is served for a $2.50 donation.
The center will be offering free balance screenings beginning Thursday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m., sponsored by Stonebrook Village at Windsor. The exercise physiologist will meet with you individually to talk about things you can do to improve your balance. No appointment is necessary but there may be a little waiting. Stop in from 11 a.m. to noon.
Talented musician John Banker is bringing his Island Rhythms performance to the East Hartford Senior Center on Friday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. Visit the islands of the world with a mix of beach and island music made famous by Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, the Baha Men, Harry Belafonte and more. Expect audience participation and a whole lot of fun. Tickets are on sale for $2 in the Senior Center office. Pie from Granny's Pie Factory in East Hartford is sponsored by Newkirk & Whitney. Coffee and tea will be served also. This program is made possible also by the Friends of the East Hartford Senior Center.
UConn Health Center for Public Health and Health Policy with the Area Health Education Center will provide free screenings, pharmacy consultations, information and education on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 12:45 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center. No appointments are necessary.
Learn how to let go of worry, anxiety and other distractions that disturbs your calm, clear and positive mind. Find out what meditation is, and how to practice it so we can begin to improve the quality of our thoughts and intentions and discover our own peaceful mind. Everyone is welcome to attend this free class called Meditation for a Peaceful Mind on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the East Hartford Senior Center with Resident Teacher Kelsang Khyenwang from the Odiyana Center.
On Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m., Metropolitan District (MDC) will give an update on the Clean Water Project. Representatives will give an update about current and future projects. Call to register.
Everyone seems to be having a great time preparing for the holidays unless you are feeling the sadness of loss. The holidays can become more difficult as they bring up strong feelings. Join this small group, facilitated by a trained counselor, to learn ways to cope. Grief and the Holidays will be held on Monday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m.
Join America Recycles Day at the Senior Center on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. Assistant Director of East Hartford Public Works, Marilynn Cruz-Aponte answers all of your recycling questions in a fun way. Come and enjoy the "Recycling Wheel" game show, goodie bags for all attendees, and special prizes and an educational exhibit. Registration is requested.
Staff from U.S. Representative John Larson's office will lead a discussion and answer all veteran's questions and assist with any issues at a Veterans Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m.
Mobile Foodshare Schedule
EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Mobile Foodshare schedule for November is as follows. This program assists low income individuals and 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. Mondays, Nov. 13 and 27; 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. Wednesdays, Nov. 15 and 29; When East Hartford Public Schools have an early dismissal or are closed due to bad weather, Summerfield Foodshare will be canceled that day, or visit https://www.facebook.com/#1!/SummerfieldTownhouses for more information.
St. Isaac Jogues, 41 Home Terrace: 1:15 to 2 p.m. Monday: Nov. 20; When East Hartford Schools are closed due to bad weather, Mayberry Foodshare will be canceled that day. Note location change for winter distributions: Main & Burnside Mobile, 12 Rector St.: 1:15 to 2 p.m. Wednesday: Nov. 22; When East Hartford Schools are closed due to bad weather, Main & Burnside Mobile will be canceled that day.
EAST HARTFORD — Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc and Public Works Director Tim Bockus announced that the town's annual curbside leaf collection program began on Monday, Nov. 6.
The program will feature a one-time vacuuming of leaves placed next to the edge of the road in piles. Leaves were vacuumed Monday through Saturday from Nov. 6 until all leaves are collected once along each street. A second collection pass may occur as weather permits.
The leaf collection program will commence on roads in the northwest corner of town in the area of Pitkin Street and then proceed north and east through the Burnham and Goodwin Street areas. Leaves will be vacuumed once along each street, weather permitting. Collection will proceed in a clockwise direction around town. There will be no leaf collection on two town-observed holidays; Veterans Day on Nov. 10 and Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.
At https://www.easthartfordct.gov/public-works, the Department of Public Works will publish a weekly advisory map. This map will show completed areas as well as the areas where leaf collection is anticipated the following week. Residents will note that these maps are tentative and dependent on weather and the speed of collection and should not be considered a set collection schedule. Progress of the collection is weather dependent and will be affected by rain or snow. Snowfall before mid-December may cause a suspension or cancellation vacuum leaf collection.
Town crews will also pick up leaves placed in biodegradable brown paper bags through Dec. 15, weather permitting. Leaves in biodegradable brown paper bags will be collected weekly on the scheduled waste collection days. The use of the brown bags is strongly recommended as early snow may require suspension or cancellation of vacuum leaf collection until the spring.
Residents must have all of their bagged leaves at curbside by Dec. 15 to ensure collection. Leaves in plastic bags will not be collected and bags with grass clippings, branches or other foreign matter will not be collected.
Residents may also bring their leaves to the Transfer Station on Ecology Drive. Bulky waste permits are not required for residents entering the Transfer Station with leaves only. Normal Transfer Station hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 7:15 A.M. to Noon and 12:30 to 2:45 P.M. and on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 8:00 A.M. to 1:45 P.M. The Transfer Station will also be open on Saturday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 25 for residents to drop-off loose leaves or leaves placed in biodegradable paper bags. Leaves in plastic bags will not be accepted.
The progress of the leaf collection program will be available on the Public Works 24 hour information telephone line, 860-291-7374, or by calling the Highway Services Division at 860-291-7371, Monday through Friday between 7:30 A.M. and 3 p.m.
EAST HARTFORD — Fiber crafters are invited to gather together at the East Hartford Public Library in an upcoming series of programs at 840 Main St.
The library will welcome quilters on Monday nights and other fiber crafters -- knitting, crochet, tatting -- on Wednesday nights, every other week. No experience is necessary. The program will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and no registration is required.
These informal gatherings will be a fun and safe space to practice your craft with other crafters, to learn from each other, meet new friends, and find your common thread with others. Facilitating the program will be Elizabeth Morin and Effie Dibenedetto, librarians who enjoy fiber crafts.
For dates and more information, visit www.easthartfordct.gov/library or call the library at 860-290-4329.
Veterans Garden Dedication
EAST HARTFORD — The Goodwin College veterans invite the public to join them in their celebration of Veterans Day with the dedication of their Veterans garden on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. in the school's courtyard at 1 Riverside Drive.
In addition to the dedication, the Iwo Jima/World War II traveling museum will be on display between the hours of 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Lunch With The Mayor Schedule
EAST HARTFORD — Due to a scheduling conflict, the regularly scheduled monthly Lunch with the Mayor was cancelled for the month of October. As no meeting is scheduled for November, the next lunch is scheduled for Dec. 7 in the Welling Conference Room.
The Mayor cordially invites all East Hartford residents to come to Lunch with the Mayor to discuss issues of importance to the East Hartford community. The public is encouraged to bring a lunch or simply come to hear from their neighbors and contribute to the conversation. Key staff will be on hand as well to assist residents with issues or concerns.
Working Cities Challenge
EAST HARTFORD — East Hartford has been selected to participate, competing with nine other towns and cities across Connecticut, in the Working Cities Challenge. Developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, this Challenge is a multiyear, multistate funding initiative that is designed to foster economic growth in smaller industrial cities in New England, with community based efforts to tackle social and economic challenges.
The East Hartford Working Cities Challenge Team has been working on a design to meet the specific economic and social challenges of the Silver Lane Community. Key partners have been the Town of East Hartford, the United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, CT Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), the Department of Labor, Goodwin College, Hall Keen Management of Summerfield Townhomes, and other key industry leaders and residents.
Residents may visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/working_cities_community_2017_2018 to take a community survey about employment and education experiences.
For more information, contact Paul Mainuli, Director of Business Services for the East Hartford Public Schools at 860-622-5135.
2017 Road Improvement Project Update
EAST HARTFORD — The Town of East Hartford's Road Improvement Project is underway. Contractor Tilcon Connecticut, Inc. will continue road improvement activities, including pavement reconstruction, new curbing installation, manhole adjustments, sidewalk ramp construction, pavement marking, etc. throughout the fall. Residents should be advised that no street has been fully completed. Work may return to their street through the fall.
The following status update for all 2017 Road Improvement Project streets is as of Aug. 25, 2017:
The first layer of paving and curb installation is complete for the following roads. Concrete work is underway for some driveways and accessible ramps. The final surface course paving is scheduled for September: Claremont Street, Deerfield Court, Deerfield Avenue, Edward Street,
Franklin Street, Linden Street, Maplewood Avenue, Oakland Avenue, Stanley Street, Sterling Road, Webster Street, and Woodbridge Avenue.
Columbus Circle has been reclaimed and will be paved once the road has been graded and compacted. Curbing will then be installed.
Drainage work is ongoing on the following roads, and is nearing completion. Then the road will be reclaimed to make the first layer of pavement: Adams Street, Murray Street, Vine Street, Springside Avenue, Rose Street, and Greene Terrace.
Drainage work has started on Jayce Street and Park Avenue. Both will be milled and repaved starting in September. Drainage work has also begun on Barbonsel Road and Godar Terrace, both of these streets will be reclaimed and repaved.
Questions can be directed to the East Hartford Public Works Department, Engineering Division at 860-291-7380, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.easthartfordct.gov/engineering for more information.
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.
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.
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.