Community News for the West Hartford Edition

Park Road Parade Call For Participants

WEST HARTFORD — The Park Road Association invites the West Hartford community to sign up now for the 19th annual Park Road Parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Park Road Parade comprises about 100 contingents that include clubs, organizations, schools, churches, bands, neighborhood groups, sport leagues, clowns, businesses, antique cars, and public officials.

Each year awards are given to best float, best overall performance, best costume, best musical performance and best community spirit. The parade begins at South Highland and Park Road and ends at South Quaker Lane and lasts about 45 minutes to one hour.

Sign up today by filling out the form found on the parade website: www.ParkRoadCT.com/about-the-parade. Anyone with questions may contact Renée McCue at renee@westhartfordct.gov or by calling 860-561-7521.

Ben Bronz Foundation Welcomes New Director

WEST HARTFORD — Ben Bronz Foundation welcomed new Executive Director Kim Holley. Holley retired from the State of Connecticut in June of this year, where she served as the Superintendent of Schools for Unified School District #1. Holley's tenure in Unified School District #1 lasted over 20 years and included a variety of roles.

In her new role as the head of Ben Bronz Foundation, Holley will direct the programs of Ben Bronz Academy, The Learning Incentive and satellite programs including the Cyber Launch Pad Summer Program.

Holley began her career as a Social Worker Trainee and also held positions as a Special Education Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Central Office Director of Academic Programs. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Wheelock College, a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Sixth Year Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University.

Gazebo Concert

WEST HARTFORD — After a two-year hiatus, the Elmwood Senior Center will be hosting a free gazebo concert on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1106 New Britain Ave.

The concert will feature Elmwood's Jive Five, comprised of Steve Benson on bass, Dan Fine on keyboard, Zev Mamlocki on clarinet, Les Rottner on trumpet, and Ed Wrobel on the drums. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic supper, snacks, lawn chairs and blankets. In the event of rain, the event will be held inside in the climate-controlled Ernest St. Jacques Auditorium of the Elmwood Community Center.

Posture Program

WEST HARTFORD — A free program on posture and musculoskeletal problems will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave. Aaron Ross, exercise physiologist at Cedar Mountain Commons, will lead the program.

Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, call Elmwood Senior Center at 860-561-8180.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

BLOOMFIELD — A seven-week workshop on diabetes self-management workshop with registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Paula Kellogg Leibovitz will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, and Nov. 16, at the Prosser Public Library, 1 Tunxis Ave.

Topics covered include meal planning and holiday food choices, label reading, glucose monitoring and target blood glucose levels, medications and exercising safely. The sessions are interactive and questions from the audience will be answered.

There is no class the week of Oct. 23. Registration is required; call West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District at 860-561-7900, ext. 0.

Dementia Support Group

WEST HARTFORD — Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is presenting a free dementia support group at the West Hartford Senior Center, 15 Starkel Road. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month, from 10 to 11 a.m. Starting in September, the group will meet on the first Tuesday of the month.

Those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia will be able to learn useful skills while voicing their concerns. Topics include communication techniques, caregiver support, safety issues, benefits of activities and daily routine, family dynamics, stages of disease process, behavior management and more. Facilitators are Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, life enrichment coach with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, and Elaine Reid, CDP, director of client services with Companions for Living.

For more information or to register for the dementia support group, call Michelle at 860-276-5399, ext. 4404, email Michelle.Wyman@hhchealth.org; or Elaine at Ereid@companionsforliving.com or 860-712-4614.

Concert Series

WEST HARTFORD — The 2017 Sun is Shining Concert Series will take place at First Church, 12 South Main St. The schedule is as follows: We Happy Few on Aug. 8, Still Kickin' and the Big City Horns on Aug. 15, the Dan Liparini Quartet on Aug. 22 and The Jolly Beggars on Aug. 29.

The concerts take place on the front lawn, from 6 to 8 p.m. The concerts are free, but donations to Food for Friends are welcome. Visit https://www.facebook.com/whfirstchurch for updates.

Rock Painting

CANTERBURY — A rock painting workshop for people ages 11 and up will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Canterbury Public Library, 1 Municipal Drive. Sign-up is required. Those who attend will be able to paint ladybugs and mandalas.

Summer Concert Series

WEST HARTFORD — Elizabeth Park Conservancy's summer concert series on the Rose Garden Lawn, 1561 Asylum Ave., will run until Aug. 16. The concerts are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Mighty Soul Drivers, featuring classic soul sounds from Memphis and other points South to the hills of New England, will perform on Aug. 9.

Eight to the Bar will perform on Aug. 16. Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocalists.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, and picnicking is allowed. The rain date for each concert is the Thursday following the originally scheduled.

Fern Street Community Kitchen Schedule

WEST HARTFORD — The Fern Street Community Kitchen has upcoming dates for free community breakfasts, food pantry and mobile foodshare distribution for neighbors in need.

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.. Breakfast is served from 9 to 10 a.m. The dates are every other Monday, Aug. 4 and 28; Sept. 11 and 25; October 9 and 23; November 6 and 20; December 4 and 18. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 to 11:30 a.m., Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

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

Congregation Beth Israel Events

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

Tot Shabbat: First and third Saturdays of each month at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 5 and 19. Tot Shabbat services precedes general Shabbat morning services at 11 a.m. Young children sing along with the clergy, hear stories, and receive special blessings. Services are held in the Library Children's Room.

Shabbark Shalom: Aug.19, from 4 to 5 p.m. Locations are TBA. Join Rabbi Andi Fliegel and Reuven, her black Lab puppy, for a walk, refreshments, and brief Havdalah service. Bring your dog or just enjoy the hike. For more information, contact Sunny Kagan at skagan@cbict.org.

Shabbat Splashdown Pool Party and Havdalah: Saturday, Aug. 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the home of Cantor Phillips. Address provided upon RSVP. CBI's group for young professionals and graduate students hosts a light dinner with fun in the pool. A short Havdalah ceremony brings the sweetness of the evening into the rest of the week to come. Guests are asked to bring a drink or dessert to share. RSVP to Cantor Phillips by Wednesday, August 23, at lphillips@cbict.org.

Celebrate CBI: Sunday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy food, fun, family, and friends in this end-of-summer celebration, free and open to the public

Public Works' Web App

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford Public Works recently launched Mobile 311, a web application designed to easily report non-emergency public work problems and concerns via the web from the Town's website. Mobile 311 is replacing the current YourGov application.

Mobile 311 is available immediately and is free-of-charge to every Town of West Hartford citizen and available on the Town's homepage under the heading "How can we help you". To use, click on the text to "Report a Problem". From there, you can create an account and report a problem either by clicking on the map or by inputting an address, and selecting "Create Work Request" at the bottom of the map. You can then select a concern from the menu, and add other important information, and submit your request.

We hope Mobile 311 will engage the public in our operations, improve customer service, and respond faster to community issues and concerns. The application has a simple interface and the ability to communicate directly work order management system, so we're confident that we'll accomplish these goals and more.

To access the application, visit: https://westhartford.mobile311.com

Motor Vehicle Tax Bills Delayed

WEST HARTFORD — Due to the uncertainty concerning possible legislation which could result in a change to the uniform statewide motor vehicle mill rate, the mailing of the motor vehicle tax bills will be delayed until such time as final legislation is adopted by the State of Connecticut.

As soon as information is available, including the mailing date and due date of the motor vehicle tax bills, that information will be posted on the West Hartford home page, www.westhartfordct.gov and also made available by calling the West Hartford Tax Office phone line at 860-561-7474.

As mandated by Connecticut General Statutes 12-146, you will have a one-month grace period from the established due date to pay the bill without interest.

5K Run Postponed

WEST HARTFORD — Due to unforeseen circumstances, My Sisters' Place postponed its 5K Run/Walk, originally scheduled for Sunday, June 11, at the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave.

Presented by Hartford Toyota Superstore, the new date and time of the race and walk is 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave. The race will be held rain or shine. The first 150 participants to sign up receive an exclusive, free race T-shirt. Awards will be presented for the top three male and female finishers overall and the top three male and female finishers in different age groups.

The free kids' fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Fun run participants are encouraged to bring a donation of diapers, bathroom tissue or laundry supplies. The donated items will help the women and families living at My Sisters' Place, who are starting over or experiencing independent living for the first time.

Registration is available online now at www.mysistersplace5krun.com. Pre-race registration is $30 and race day registration is $35. For more information about My Sisters' Place, Inc. and sponsorship available for the 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk, call Robert Dunbar at 860-895-6629 or email RobertD@sistersplacect.org.

Kids Can Compost Program

WEST HARTFORD — The Children's Museum, 950 Trout Brook Drive, presents the Kids Can Compost program, an interactive and constantly growing exhibit emphasizing the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle principles in a new and exciting way.

By building and maintaining an aerobic compost bin this summer, The Children's Museum is providing a lesson about sustainable waste reduction as well as teaching biology, chemistry, and environmental science in a hands-on format. Visitors can attend demonstrations every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Looking forward, The Children's Museum will create an indoor vermicomposting, or worm composting, station. For more information, visit www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org.

Recycling Beginning In July

WEST HARTFORD — The Town of West Hartford announced that weekly recycling began July 1. Recycling will be collected every week on the same day as regular trash collection.

This past winter, the Department of Public Works began a messaging campaign and held meetings with residents to introduce alternative programs such as SMART, Save Money and Reduce Trash.

During the public meetings, the overwhelming majority recognized and commented that weekly recycling was the number one way to drive down our waste volumes.

Beginning July 1, Paine's will start collecting any extra carts from residents with more than one recycling cart and will begin weekly recycling. Residents are reminded to place carts out before 6 a.m. on collection day, and make sure carts are at least two feet apart.

For questions regarding weekly recycling, contact the Public Works Department at 860-561-8102 or Paine's at 860-844-3000.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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