Community News for the West Hartford Edition

Cinema And The Sacred

WEST HARTFORD — Cinema and the Sacred will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at First Baptist Church, 90 No. Main St. The film shown will be "The Lady in the Van." Based on the true story of Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins, she "temporarily" parks her van in Alan Bennett's London driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. What begins as a grudging favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Park Road Parade Days

WEST HARTFORD — The Park Road Association is proud to announce Park Road Parade Days, a week of events leading up to the annual parade on Oct. 7.

In celebration of the 19th annual parade, a special 19-percent off discount card is available for a $20 donation that will help defray the costs of the parade. The card may be used at 15 participating restaurants, stores and businesses on Park Road from Oct. 2 through Oct. 7. Visit www.parkroadct.com/parade-days for a full list of participating businesses.

The card is available for purchase at Effie's Restaurant at 91 Park Road, Playhouse on Park at 244 Park Road, and Zest 280 Eatery, 280 Park Road.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m., a happy hour fundraiser will take place at Park & Oak Restaurant, 14 Oakwood Ave. Owner/Chef David Borselle, Jr. is expanding the regular happy hour and is generously donating a percentage of the proceeds to the parade. Choose from a variety of menu and beverage items for only $4 to $6.

During the month of October, bring your cans and bottles to ShopRite of West Hartford, 46 Kane St., for recycling and donate the nickel refund to the Park Road Parade. Simply bring your slip to the cashier and say "I would like to donate this to the Park Road Parade." At the end of the month, ShopRite will present a check to the Park Road Association representing a grand total of all the bottle returns donated by store patrons.

The 19th annual Park Road Parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 10:30 a.m. This year's Grand Marshal is Heidi Voight, morning anchor at NBC Connecticut Today. Visit ParkRoadCT.com/about-the-parade for more information. In the event of heavy rain, the parade will be canceled and not rescheduled.

Jewish Book Festival

WEST HARTFORD — The Mandell JCC gets cooking with its kick-off signature event for the 25th annual Jewish Book Festival featuring New York Times best-selling cookbook author, Joan Nathan, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

The event features culinary guru Joan Nathan and her new cookbook, "King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World," where Nathan takes you on a global journey from France to India; Italy to Mexico; El Salvador to Israel; and of course all across North America in a gorgeously illustrated culinary exploration filled with fascinating historical details, personal histories, and delicious recipes that showcase the diversity of Jewish cuisine.

The event offers two opportunities to hear Nathan first-hand, including a special pre-event meet and greet lunch where pre-event lunch ticket holders will sample some of her recipes, meet the author, receive reserved seating for the key-note, and a signed copy of King Solomon's Table. For those with smaller appetites, the keynote and book signing are a second available option. Prices vary for each.

Tickets prices for the kick-off Signature Event featuring Nathan are $100 per person for the pre-event lunch meet and greet, which includes lunch with the author, reserved seating for the keynote, and a signed copy of King Solomon's Table. Cost to attend the keynote speech only is $40, which includes attending the key-note and book signing. Joan Nathan tickets and full festival tickets are on sale at tickets@mandelljcc.org or at 860-231-6316.

Open Sukkah

WEST HARTFORD — Hoffman SummerWood is hosting an open house and open Sukkah on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will also be live music by the KlezShpilers. Hoffman SummerWood is an award-winning senior living community and is located at 160 Simsbury Road in West Hartford. For more information, contact Valerie Bartos at 860-523-3808.

BBQ Benefits Food Bank

WEST HARTFORD — The St. Peter Claver Knights of Columbus, Council 10817, will hold their 8th annual BBQ dinner to benefit the West Hartford Food Bank at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the St. Peter Claver Parish Hall, 47 Pleasant St.

Over the years the Knights have raised over $8,000 for The Town That Cares Fund. Joe Whittel will again be creating some of the best BBQ in the area. Whittel has been a member of the Purple Turtle Catering Company Competitive BBQ Team, a member of the New England BBQ Society or NEBS, now North East BBQ Society, Kansas City BBQ Society and a certified BBQ judge.

The evening will also feature entertainment by local musicians from Stringing You Along.

Tickets can be reserved by emailing joewhittel@gmail.com or calling 860-519-5024. Tickets are also available at the St. Peter Claver Church Office at 47 Pleasant St.

Clothing/Book Drive Benefits Never Going Back to Abuse Project

WEST HARTFORD — The Never Going Back to Abuse Project of CT-ALIVE will benefit from the proceeds of a clothing and book drive on Saturday, Oct. 21 and 28, to mark April as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In cooperation with Charities of Hope of Hartford, the Connecticut Alliance for Victims of Violence and Their Families, Inc. (CT-ALIVE) will hold the drive both days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Price Rite Shopping Plaza, 983 New Britain Ave., near Shield Street Post Office.

CT-ALIVE and Charities of Hope will accept gently used clothing as well as shoes, boots, coats, linens and comforters as well as jewelry, purses and small household goods. Also accepted will be books including hardcovers and paperbacks, CDs, DVDs, audio books and textbooks. Please no magazines, VHS tapes, catalogs or encyclopedias.

The Never Going Back to Abuse Project helps women who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence or other abuse, move from victim to survivor to thriver. Through this project, CT-ALIVE, a non-profit organization, supports the award-winning My Avenging Angel Workshops. The workshops, provided free of charge, are based on the idea that "living well is the best revenge." Visit www.myavengingangel.com for more information.

For more information about the clothing drive, contact Susan Omilian at ct-alive@comcast.net or 860-236-2401.

Once Upon A Mattress

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford Community Theater's actors and production team members are busy rehearsing and eager to present Once Upon a Mattress this November.

The play will take place at Hall High School, with four performance dates scheduled: Nov. 11 and 18 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 12 and 19 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at westhartfordtheater.org or by calling 860-992-9428.

45th School Reunion

WEST HARTFORD — The William H. Hall High Class of 1972 is hosting its 45th high school reunion from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Wampanoag Country Club, 60 Wampanoag Drive.

Cost per person by Oct. 15 is $60. Cost per person after Oct. 15 is $70. Ticket price includes a full buffet dinner with dessert and a cash bar. Organizers ask that former students share this information with classmates. Email hallclassof72@yahoo.com with questions. RSVP by Nov. 10.

Holy Family Retreat

WEST HARTFORD — Holy Family Retreat Center has announced that "Grace Enough" will be the theme of its 2017-18 retreat season, which runs Sept. 22 through June 10.

The new season will include 14 men's weekends, six women's weekends, and one couples' weekend, along with weekends for teens, college students and young adults. Retreatants enjoy dynamic teaching, delicious meals, uplifting music, and free time.

In addition to the weekend themed retreats, Holy Family offers day and evening programs, recovery retreats, and more. A highlight of the new season will be a presentation on Nov. 10 by the noted Jesuit priest, author and journalist Fr. Tom Reese titled, "Pope Francis: The First Five Years."

The Holy Family campus is located at 303 Tunxis Road. For more information and a schedule, visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org or call 860-760-9705.

Jewish Federation's Voices, Visions Programs

WEST HARTFORD — Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford's Visions will take place on Oct. 17 and will focus on the intersection of Jewish values and leadership. Guest speakers Lieutenant Commander Alexa Forsyth Jenkins of the U.S. Navy and UConn Athletics Director David Benedict will share how their Jewish upbringings have influenced their approach to leadership, service, and teamwork under pressure.

To learn more or to register, visit bit.ly/Voices2018RSVP or contact Jill Nulsen at 860-727-6119.

Tax Exemption Deadline For Disabled West Hartford Veterans

WEST HARTFORD — The Town of West Hartford's Assessment Office is reminding honorably discharged veterans and active duty military persons that they may be eligible for exemptions. Resident veterans who already filed with the town for their exemption, and are not disabled or do not meet the income requirements, do not need to file again. The filing period is Feb. 1 through Oct. 1 of each year.

Veterans and active duty military persons may be entitled to additional exemptions if their income does not exceed $35,200 for a single person and $42,900 for married couple for the State program; $60,200 for a single person and $67,900 for a married couple for the local exemption program.

Veterans must have served 90 days active duty during a war period, and file an original or certified copy of their DD214 with the Assessment Office prior to Oct. 1.

Resident veterans who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for the exemption in the Assessment Office, Room 142 of Town Hall at 50 South Main St. Questions may be directed to the Assessment Office at 860-561-7414.

Disabled veterans must file their disability certificates from the Veteran's Administration with the Assessment office. The disability certificate must be filed more than once only if the disability rating changes. At age 65, filing is no longer required as all 65 year old disabled veterans are entitled to the 100-percent disability rating reduction. Disabled veterans who have motor vehicles specially equipped or adapted to accommodate their disability are eligible for a 100-percent assessment exemption on their vehicles. Annual filing is required for all specially equipped motor vehicles by Nov. 1 of each year.

Parade Volunteers Sought

WEST HARTFORD — The organizers of the 21st annual Park Road Parade need volunteers on Oct. 7 to help with the setup of parade participants, which total around 900 to 1,000 people. In addition, volunteers are needed to help manage the 8,000 to 10,000 spectators that come to this event each year.

The Park Road Parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 10:30 a.m . Volunteers are needed from 8:15 a.m. to the end of parade which is at about noon. To sign-up as a volunteer, email your name and desired position to Rita Soovajian at rsoov@comcast.net; volunteers are needed to serve as coordinators, clean-up and ambassadors.

Congregation Beth Israel Events

WEST HARTFORD — Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., is hosting the following events. All events are at the congregation, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 860-233-8215 or visit www.cbict.org.

Torah Study will take place every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Clergy will lead a spirited exploration and discussion of the sacred text. All are welcome.

Tot Shabbat will take place the first and third Saturdays of each month at 10:30 a.m.

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.

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. 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.

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, Oct. 9 and 23; Nov. 6 and 20; Dec. 4 and 18. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 to 11:30 a.m., on Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

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

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.

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 Program

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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