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KO Honors Athletes

WEST HARTFORD — Kingswood Oxford honored its college-bound student athletes recently with a ceremony at Alumni Hall. Ten Wyverns were celebrated for their college commitments in tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball and swimming. Kareem Burton (Rhode Island football) and Meghan Dalton (Bryant soccer), who were honored at a ceremony earlier in the school year, were also on hand.

The athletes honored are as follows:

Isabella Pratt, Softball, Keene State College: Issie, daughter of William and Diane Pratt, has been a part of a successful softball program during her time at KO, playing Varsity Softball for 6 years and serving as a captain during her junior and senior years. She has been voted to play in the New England All-Star game this season. She was a part of the New England championship winning team her freshman year and runner-up squads when she was in eighth grade and as a sophomore.

Jack Barry, Swimming, Bowdoin College: Jack, son of David and Anne Barry, heads to Maine to swim for the Bowdoin Polar Bears after helping to lead Kingswood Oxford to back-to-back New England Championships. He placed second in the 200 Freestyle and third in the 100 Butterfly at this year's New Englands and was a part of the 200 Free relay team that won the New England title and recorded the second fastest time in KO history. Jack was no stranger to KO athletics as he also competed on both the soccer team as well as Track & Field.

Mark Billingsley, Basketball, Emmanuel College: Mark, son of Carmen Rivera and Kendrick Washington, has been an important part of the recent turnaround that the KO boys basketball program has undergone over the past few seasons. The year before Mark arrived on campus the boys team had a one-win season. Mark's junior year saw the team improve to 7-14 and this past season Mark was a captain as the Wyverns returned to the NEPSAC playoffs and were one of the top team's for New England in Class B.

Kayla Glemaud, Basketball, Hamilton College: KG, daughter of Stanley Glemaud and Karlene Chacon-Glemaud, was a four-year starter for the varsity basketball team. Kayla scored her 1,000th point as a senior and was a NEPSAC Class B All Star for the third consecutive season. A team captain the last two seasons, Kayla was also selected to the 2016 KIT All Tournament team. Kayla has also been a key component for the Track & Field program.

Brian Gould, Tennis, Connecticut College: Brian, son of Steven and Lisa Gould, played three years of tennis at KO and was named a tri-captain his senior year as well as earning a spot in fourth singles and third doubles. He heads to New London to play for the Camels after being an important part of an extremely successful era for KO tennis.

Madison Kalkstein, Basketball, Rochester Institute of Technology: Madi, daughter of Denise and Seth Kalkstein, played varsity basketball at KO for five seasons starting when she was in the 8th grade. She earned 2015 KIT All Tournament Team honors and was a 2014 NEPSAC All Star and is a Senior captain this season. Madi also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark during her senior campaign.

Trevor Krupp, Soccer, Union College: Trevor, son of David Krupp and Gretchen Hall, heads to Union College after a four-year career as a varsity soccer player for the Wyverns. He earned All-State honors for his play in goal for KO. One of three captains on the soccer team this fall, Trevor heads to a Union program that has won 10 games in each of the last two seasons and that appears on the verge of taking the next step into postseason play. Outside of soccer, Trevor competed on the Varsity Baseball team this year as well.

Matthew Lord, Tennis, University of Virginia: Matt, son of Alman and Iona Lord and step-son of Jackie Lord, is the top tennis recruit in Connecticut as well as New England and is ranked as the No. 9 overall recruit in the COUNTRY! The Cavaliers are getting a good one. Matt is the only player to win the KITT #1 singles title four straight years and he led KO to the Class A New England Tennis Title and an undefeated season in 2016. He should fit right in at Virginia, which has won three of the last four NCAA Championships (2013, 15 and 16), have advanced to the Round of 16 each of the last 14 years and, just earlier today, got their 13th-straight trip to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 win over Florida. Virginia has reached the semifinals in each of the last seven years and nine of the last 10 seasons.

Samantha March, Soccer, Trinity College: An honor student, Sam, daughter of Matt and Lisa March, was selected All-New England for her outstanding soccer performance this fall. She played on the Varsity soccer team for four years and in her time as a Wyvern she has earned many accolades, including making the All-State and All-WWNEPSSA for the past two years. She has also been named a Boston Globe All-Star twice. In her career at Kingswood Oxford, March scored 10 goals or more as a sophomore and junior. In her senior year, she led the team in scoring with 18 goals on the year and seven assists. Her ability to finish helped the team make the Class B NEPSAC tournament the past three seasons.

Robert Siuta, Baseball, Union College: A power-hitting outfielder, Robert, son of Larry and Ellen Siuta, has been a varsity baseball starter in both of his years at Kingswood Oxford. This season Robert showed off some of that power at the plate with a two home run game against Hopkins.

Away from Baseball, Robert was part of the Soccer and Varsity Basketball programs here at KO.

Robert heads to a Union College program that has won 20 or more games in five straight seasons, the longest active streak in the Liberty League. Union won the Liberty League title in 2014 and 2016 and went to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 as well.

Sing With Sound Of New England Chorus

WEST HARTFORD — Join the Sound of New England Chorus, a local award-winning chapter of Sweet Adelines International, for three of their Tuesday rehearsals starting June 6, from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Guests can stay longer if they would like to, as rehearsals run until 9:30 p.m. Interested singers can learn a song provided by the group and perform it with the chorus at Blue Back Square in West Hartford on June 27, July 25 or August 29, from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Visit www.soundofnewengland.org or e-mail hello@soundofnewengland.org for more information.

Governor's Scholar Award

WEST HARTFORD — Dylan Rispoli, a junior at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, has been named a 2017 Governor's Scholar, one of only 30 juniors in Connecticut to receive this prestigious honor.

Pictured are NWC English teacher Joan Keating-McKeon, NWC junior and Governor's Scholar Dylan Rispoli and NWC President David Eustis.

Rispoli of Windsor was chosen from a pool of outstanding juniors from throughout Connecticut. The students, nominated by their principals, must rank in the top 5% of their class, complete an essay, and submit scores from standardized tests.

In addition to being a stellar student, Rispoli is active in several extracurricular activities at Northwest Catholic, including the Mock Trial Team, student newspaper Passages, Student Council, Relay for Life, and Outdoor Track. He plays saxophone in the school's Wind Ensemble and Big Band, as well as co-directs the Unified Jazz Ensemble. Outside of NWC, Rispoli volunteers with agencies such as Foodshare and holds the role of Service Project Manager for the Connecticut Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Alumni Association.

Rispoli was honored at the Governor's Scholars Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on May 18.

HMF FitKids' Final Mile Event

WEST HARTFORD — Students from West Hartford's Renbrook School have been running and training for six weeks as part of the Hartford Marathon Foundation FitKids in School program. The initiative provides support and age-appropriate training guides for students to run a cumulative 26.2 miles, the distance of a marathon, over six weeks in school.

On Tuesday, May 16, almost 800 students from across the state participated in the culminating Final Mile event, produced by HMF at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain.

HMF is committed to helping school children develop a healthy, active lifestyle. To learn more or donate to this worthy cause, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/hmf-fitkids-in-school. To support HMF FitKids in School by Hartford Marathon Foundation, visit www.crowdrise.com.

5K Road Race

WEST HARTFORD — At 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, Northwest Catholic High School, 29 Wampanoag Drive, will host its fifth annual Scholarship Scamper 5k Road Race.

The chip-timed event is competitive for serious runners and welcoming for casual runners and walkers. After the race there will be a celebration, including food, beverages, and fun for the whole family. Awards will be given in 19 categories, including Men's Overall Division, Women's Overall Division, and top male and female high school student finishers.

To learn more about the Scholarship Scamper 5k, including how to register, become a sponsor, or volunteer at the event, visit northwestcatholic.org/5KScamper.

Japan Summer Festival

WEST HARTFORD — The fourth annual Japan Summer Festival is a free, one-day celebration of Japanese culture that will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17, in Blue Back Square, 65 Memorial Road. The rain date is Sunday, June 18.

The main event at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. is a powerful drumming performance by Soh Daiko of New York. Shishimai, traditional lion dancing, will open the festival at noon, followed by a greeting from the Consulate General of Japan from Boston at 12:30 p.m.

Outside at Webster Walk in Blue Back Square, the Japan Summer Festival will have a Chowa Ondo Tanko Bushi Dance, Okinawa Song singing, a Kids Corner with hands-on activities, a karate demonstration, and a Yukata experience where you can try on a traditional Japanese summer robe.

New this year is the Cosplay Contest at 3 p.m. For a $5 entry fee, contestants will show off their hand-made costumes. Cash prizes will be given for craftsmanship, originality and best of show. After the promenade of contestants, everyone can part in the Koisuru Fortune Cookie Dance.

Inside at the West Hartford Library, there will be a traditional tea ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. The demonstration is free.

At 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the library, a Sumi-e demonstration will be given. Sumi-e is the Japanese word for black ink painting.

At 3 to 4 p.m., Kids Corner activities will also be held indoors at the library meeting room. From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., attend the free origami workshop at Barnes & Noble.

The Japan Summer Festival has a Japanese marketplace hosted by Maruichi Japanese Food & Deli and Yume Wo Katare Restaurant, information tables hosted by the Japan Society of Greater Hartford and IACE Travel of Boston, and massage therapy by Dr. Hashimoto's Sotaiho and Kooma. Japanese food and beverages will be available for sale.

For a schedule of events, visit https://goo.gl/itQRWo or contact Mas Hongoh at 860-796-1637 or Renée McCue at 860-561-7521.

Honoring The Rosens

WEST HARTFORD — Join Beth El Temple in honoring Nancy and Rabbi Jim Rosen in celebration of their 25 years of service. Rabbi Francine Green Roston and Deacon Arthur Miller, two nationally-acclaimed social justice leaders, are the featured guest speakers.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave. After leaving her New Jersey congregation to move to Whitefish, Montana, Roston expected to maintain a calm, low profile. She did not expect to be battling hate and anti-semitism. But Whitefish is also the hometown of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. Roston has been a community leader, and has spoken out as a member of "Love Lives Here," a local anti-discrimination organization.

Deacon Arthur Miller's message of radical love bridges socioeconomic divides, suburban-urban distances, and faith differences. A dessert reception follows the event. For more details or to RSVP, visit http://tinyurl.com/Rosens.

Breakfast Fundraiser

WEST HARTFORD — A 'celebrity' breakfast fundraiser for the Park Road Parade will take place from 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Effie's Restaurant, 91 Park Road. Orders can also be purchased to-go by calling Effie's Restaurant at 860-233-9653.

Cost to attend is $15 and guests will receive their choice of breakfast served by local celebrities.

The money raised will help the Park Road Business Association pay various expenses for the 17th annual Park Road Parade to be held on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Brad Davis of WDRC-AM 1360 will be broadcasting live. For more information, call John Paindiris at 860-836-9366.

ASL-Interpreted Performances

STORRS — Connecticut Repertory Theatre, 820 Bolton Rd., announced that each show of its 2017 Nutmeg Summer Series, 1776, Noises Off, and Disney's Newsies, will have performances interpreted in American Sign Language through a partnership with the University of Connecticut Interpreting Services, a division of the Center for Students with Disabilities.

ASL interpreted performances will take place during the Saturday matinee performances on June 10 for 1776, June 24 for Noises Off and July 15th for Disney's Newsies.

Ticket prices range from $45 to $55 dollars, with student and senior discount available. Children must be at least four years old to attend CRT productions. To purchase tickets for the ASL interpreted performances by phone, call 860.486.2113. For additional information, visit www.crt.uconn.edu.

Preventing Lyme Disease

WEST HARTFORD — A presentation on preventing Lyme Disease will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at 20 South Main St. Free parking is available in the Isham Garage. Bring your parking ticket to the event for validation.

Trash Delay

WEST HARTFORD — Due to the Memorial Day holiday, trash, "B" week recycle and bulky collections during the week of May 29 to June 3 will be one day late after the Monday holiday.

Monday collections will be done on Tuesday. The Tuesday collection will be done on Wednesday, with each remaining day of the week being one day later than normal. Visit www.painesinc.com or call 860-844-3000 with any questions.

Press Boxers Volunteers Sought

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford Little League's Press Boxers announcer's club offers young teenagers a chance to give back to the community. Press Boxers volunteer to announce one game a week. Announcing duties include: approaching coaches for line ups, keeping the scoreboard, announcing players and playing music.

Experienced announcers can have trivia and music theme games. Press Boxers develop leadership skills and are held responsible for opening/closing the booth and maintaining the equipment.

Press Boxers work on field one at the Little League sports complex at UCONN. Schedules are determined each week to accommodate the student's schedule. Any West Hartford student who has aged out of Little League through tenth grade, regardless of gender, is welcome to join the club. To join the Press Boxers, contact West Hartford Little League at http://westhartfordlittleleague.com.

Congregation Beth Israel Events

WEST HARTFORD — Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., is hosting the following events in June. For more information, visit www.cbict.org, email bethisrael@cbict.org or call 860-233-8215.

Tot Shabbat will take place every other Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on the following days: June 3 and 17. Tot Shabbat services precede general Shabbat morning services at 11 a.m. Young children sing along with clergy, hear stories, and receive special blessings. Services are held in the Library Children's Room.

Spring Yard Waste Collection

WEST HARTFORD — The Department of Public Works will conduct its Spring Yard Waste Collection over a three-month period to give residents the most opportunity to recycle yard waste instead of disposing of these items into the waste stream. The collection schedule is June 5-9.

Yard waste is defined as leaves, pine needles, pine cones, acorns, twigs, dead plant matter and thatch. Place yard waste into a 30-gallon paper biodegradable bags and put the bags at the curb by 6 a.m. on your trash collection day.

Bundle branches under four inches in diameter and four feet in length with organic string, twine or rope. Branches exceeding these dimensions will not be collected. Lay bundles next to bags. Bags and bundles cannot weigh more than 60 pounds. Material must be manageable for collection crews.

Unacceptable items include yard waste placed in plastic bags, trash cans, cardboard boxes, bundles tied with wire or in other containers. Paper leaf bags containing branches, trash, grass, soil, rocks, bulky or metal items will not be collected.

Only residential properties receiving West Hartford refuse and recycling collection are eligible for curbside spring yard waste collection.

Anyone with questions may contact the Department of Public Works between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 860-561-8100 or visit www.westhartfordct.gov/publicworks.

Fern Street Community Kitchen Schedule

WEST HARTFORD — The Mobile Foodshare will be distributing food in the back parking lot of the Community Kitchen at the Universalist Church at 433 Fern St. from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. on the below dates. Breakfast is served from 9 to 10 a.m.

The dates are every other Monday: June 5 and 19, and July 3, 17, and 31. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. to noon, March 18, April 22, May 20, June 17, July 22, and Aug. 19.

For more information, contact: communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org, foodsharemobile@westhartforduu.org, FernStFood@gmail.com or 860-233-3669.

New Yard Waste Fee Schedule

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford's annual Yard Waste and Recycling Center permits will be available for purchase at 25 Brixton St. (the former incinerator building), operated by Supreme Forest Products.

A new fee schedule was adopted to simplify and streamline the permit processing. A "Club Fee" schedule allows all West Hartford residents to use the site and cuts down the type of permits issued from 14 to 4.

All vehicles except trucks and full size vans without trailers will be charged $10 per year, $15 with trailer. Trucks and full size vans will be charged $25 per year, $35 with trailer. Day passes will no longer be available. The fee charged is for the administration of the facility.

Over the past year, additional recycling opportunities were added to reduce the high cost of waste disposal and provide sustainable waste programs. These recycling programs include the recycling of paint, electronics, textiles, mattresses and box springs. A film plastic drop off site is also planned for the spring of 2017.

The Yard Waste and Recycling Center hours are 7 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit https://www.westhartfordct.gov/gov/departments/pw/new_yard_waste_and_recycling_center_fees.asp

Environmental Educators Needed

WEST HARTFORD — Part time seasonal instructors are needed to teach outdoor nature programs at Westmoor Park and off-site locations. Westmoor Park is a 162-acre environmental education facility with a demonstration farm and gardens, located at 119 Flagg Rd.

Send resume, cover letter and three references to Christy Page, Assistant Park Naturalist, Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Road, West Hartford, CT 06117-2325.

Anyone with questions may call 860-561-8263 or email Christy.Page@westhartfordct.gov.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. Our board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience necessary. For more information or to join, contact Al at prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

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