Community News For The West Hartford Edition

Phantom Of The First Church Crypt

WEST HARTFORD — The Phantom of the First Church Crypt will return for one night to engage in musical treats for Halloween. In addition to some favorites, this year will include organ recitations of some symphonic treasures for the season, including Danse Macabre, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and Pictures at an Exhibition. Some of the Phantom's cohorts will come along for the ride as they explore some music from the Harry Potter movies. The Phantom will appear at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at First Church, 12 South Main St.

There is free parking in the lot when you enter from Farmington Avenue. Cost to attend is a suggested donation of $10. Come dressed for the occasion and have your picture taken with the Phantom of the First Church Crypt.

Jewish Book Festival

WEST HARTFORD — Drama and romance take center stage with actress-turned-author Alexandra Silber's new novel "After Anatevka" on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m., part of the Mandell JCC's 25th Annual Jewish Book Festival at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

The Mandell JCC Signature Book Festival event will include a lively discussion featuring Alexandra Silber and moderated by Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director of the Hartford Stage. Tickets to "After Anatevka" are $20 per person. Tickets to this event, as well as full festival tickets, are on sale at the Mandell JCC Box Office, 860-231-6316, tickets@mandelljcc.org; visit www.mandelljcc.org for more information.

Motor Vehicle Tax Bills Update

WEST HARTFORD — Motor vehicle tax bills were mailed on Oct. 6, 2017. The following notice was issued by the Town of West Hartford.

"As you may know, the Town of West Hartford delayed mailing the motor vehicle bills due to the uncertainty concerning possible legislation which could result in a change to the uniform statewide motor vehicle mill rate.

Unfortunately, the State budget is still uncertain and the Town can no longer postpone the issuance of motor vehicle tax bills.

Motor vehicle tax bills are based on the current State legislation of 32 mills. Should this change when the final State budget is adopted, it may be necessary to adjust the tax levy and issue a supplemental tax bill at a later date.

As soon as any new information is available, the Town will be posted it on the West Hartford home page, www.westhartfordct.gov. Residents may also call the West Hartford Tax Office at (860) 561-7474 x4 for more information.

Motor vehicle tax bills are due November 1, 2017. The last day to pay without penalty is Friday, December 1, 2017.

The tax office will be open on Friday, Dec. 1, from 8:30 a.m.. to 4:30 p.m. We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation regarding the timing of this bill."

A Passion For Daffodils

WEST HARTFORD — Jason Delaney began breeding daffodils and daylilies, lilies and crinums in the late 1990s and will share his love of bulbs, especially daffodils, at the Connecticut Horticultural Society meeting.

The CHS will meet at the Emanuel Synagogue Auditorium, 160 Mohegan Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. but social time begins at 7 p.m. A drop-in fee of $10 is collected at the door from non-members.

The annual bulb sale will also take place, organized by the society and the wisdom and support of White Flower Farm. The evening's proceeds fund the Society's expense to participate at the CT Flower & Garden Show each year.

Art Museum Celebrates Past Donors

WEST HARTFORD — The Art Museum at University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Ave., will celebrate past donors and launch a new planned giving society for works of art named for the Reverend John J. Kelley during a free reception, open to the public, on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

The planned giving society is in honor of a man who gave the first bequest of art to the University in 1966. Reverend John J. Kelley's bequest, along with art donated by the Reverend Andrew J. Kelly in 1937, formed the foundation of the Art Museum's collection. Those attending the reception will witness the unveiling of two new donated works of art, to be announced at the event.

The new gifts will join the current exhibition of recent acquisitions and promised gifts, titled Past Progressive//Future Perfect. This multi-cultural exhibition, which runs through Dec. 17, consists of more than 50 works of art, including the first German Expressionist works to enter the Art Museum's collection, including prints by Max Pechstein, Max Kaus, and Max Beckmann; Latin American woodcuts by Antonio Martorell, and Aliosky Garcia Sosa; works in watercolor and photography by African-American artists Richard Yarde, and Hank Willis Thomas, and drawings and prints by Connecticut's own sculptor Carol Kreeger Davidson, and painter/printmaker Robert Kirschbaum.

The Art Museum will host a Family Day on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Family Day will include museum-based games and activities for families with children from preschool through fifth grade. This event is free and open to the public. The Art Museum at University of Saint Joseph is part of the Connecticut Art Trail.

For more information, visit www.usj.edu/artmuseum or call 860-231-5743.

Hot Buzz About Books

WEST HARTFORD — Everyone loves a classic, and the return of the beloved JCC event Hot Buzz About Books at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, is no exception. Featuring Roxanne Coady, President of RJ Julia Booksellers, this event gives book lovers the inside scoop for this season's literary trends, and is held at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

Part of the Mandell JCC's 25th Annual Jewish Book Festival, the highly anticipated Hot Buzz About Books offers book lovers, book clubs, and aspiring authors a glimpse into the workings of the literary sphere. Hosted by Roxanne Coady, President of RJ Julia Booksellers the event offers the inside scoop to this season's hottest trends in literature. Coady is joined by publishing powerhouses Jennifer Black and Michael Kindness of Penguin/Random House, and West Hartford native, Matthew Dicks as the group discusses which books you won't be able to put down and where the industry is headed.

In addition to the guest speakers, the event includes a community book swap, where guests are encouraged to bring three older books to exchange with one another for a broader reading experience. A dessert reception is included, along with the opportunity to shop some of RJ Julia's latest new arrivals, and special giveaways.

Tickets to Hot Buzz About Books are $5 per person in advance, and $10 per person at the door. Tickets to this event as well as full festival tickets are on sale at the Mandell JCC Box Office at tickets@mandelljcc.org or by calling 860-231-6316.

Educational Seminars For Parents

WEST HARTFORD — Beginning this October, Connecticut Children's Medical Center experts will host a series of evening talks at The Children's Museum in West Hartford, 950 Trout Brook Drive, focused on the latest medical breakthroughs that are keeping children healthy.

The Children's Health Seminar Series, is a three-part series that will offer parents a unique opportunity to participate in open, face-to-face discussions with various physicians from Connecticut Children's. The series kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 18, with 'The Impact of Antibiotics on Childhood Health and Disease,' presented by Adam Matson, MD, MSc, a neonatologist at Connecticut Children's.

Other talks will include discussions about childhood allergies and the latest breakthroughs in stem cell therapies. The Children's Health Seminar Series is open to the public. Visit http://www.thechildrensmuseumct.org for more information.

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.

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.

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. 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. 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

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.

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

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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