Community News For The West Hartford Edition

Woman Graduates On Her 100th Birthday

WEST HARTFORD — Josephine Rovaldi woke up on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with a lot to look forward to and reflect upon. That day was the day she would graduate from the Passport Rehabilitation program at Hebrew Center for Health and Rehabilitation, and she would complete her rehabilitation on her 100th birthday. What she didn't expect was the group of West Hartford Police officers who would travel to Hebrew Center to wish her a Happy Birthday and let her know they were proud to see her graduate.

Rovaldi has been living across from the West Hartford Police Department since the day they moved in. In fact, she watched them move in from across the home she has lived in for over 60 years.

Officers Tom Lazure, David Strzaka, Jim Mahon and Leigh Cogle arrived on Rovaldi's graduation day with a beautiful bouquet, balloons, cupcakes and hugs. The officers have known Rovaldi since they each started on the police force. For officers like Mahon, that relationship began 19 years ago. Lazure met Rovaldi when he started with the West Hartford Police 15 years ago.

He said: "[Josephine] has been there since before the police department was. She always made a point to come out, pick up any litter off the sidewalk, say hello and would even came into the front lobby to say hello. She always wanted to develop relationships."

Added Cogle, "[Josephine] is a very special lady and she has made it her business to know us. As a new officer 19 years ago, I remember her visiting us and striking up a conversation and it amazes me that on nice days, as recent as this year, we'd still her outside enjoying the sun and keeping our lot clean! All the West Hartford police officers contributed to Justine's gifts today. Detectives and supervisors, too. Her 100th birthday was discussed as part of our roll call this morning."

Watching Rovaldi surrounded by officers, you are reminded of how centurions are powerful teachers. Her small acts of kindness and continued support have relayed a prevailing message of support to the young officers she has watched grow over all her years. On this day, you're hard pressed to see a 100-year-old. What you see is a beautiful woman, capable of great kindness, standing tall and strong, and smiling on her graduation day.

Pictured are (left to right) Officer Tim Lazure, Officer David Strzalka, Josephine Rovaldi turning 100, Officer Jim Mahon and Officer Leigh Cugle.

Former Major League Baseball Player Talks

WEST HARTFORD — The University of Saint Joseph will host a free event with former Major League Baseball player, baseball analyst/commentator, and author Doug Glanville. Glanville's speech, entitled "Responding to Injustice in Ways that Work," will touch on sports, communication, and social injustice.

Glanville will also sign copies of his book, "The Game from Where I Stand: A Ball Player's Inside View," before and after the event, in the University's Hoffman Auditorium, 1678 Asylum Ave. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. Visit www.DougGlanville.com for more information.

Top 401 Retirement Advisors

HARTFORD — Barnaby W. Horton, a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Hartford, has been named by the Financial Times as one of the "Top 401 Retirement Advisors" for 2017 – for the third year in a row. Horton, a 17-year veteran of Merrill Lynch, specializes in corporate and executive retirement benefits, including 401(k) plans, deferred compensation plans, and wealth management. He is active in his community as a board member of Hartford's Camp Courant and as a member of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Sanctuary Choir. He lives in West Hartford with his family.

Congregation Beth Israel Presents Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

WEST HARTFORD — Congregation Beth Israel will host noted Jewish thinker Rabbi Rami Shapiro for a weekend of prayer, learning, and discussion events from Nov. 10 through 12. The public is welcome.

Rabbi Shapiro is an award-winning author, educator, and podcast host. His work explores contemporary Jewish philosophy and spirituality, drawing on practices of eastern religious traditions including Buddhism and Hinduism. He served as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Middle Tennessee State University for ten years, and has published over thirty books. He currently writes a column and hosts a podcast for Spirituality & Health magazine.

Rabbi Shapiro will speak at a Shabbat evening service on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. on the topic "What is Your Jewish Elevator Speech?" He will lead a Torah Study on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the Torah portion Parashat Hashavuah, and give a D'var Torah (short teaching) during the Shabbat morning service starting at 11 a.m. He will also lead a text study on teachings from the Jewish text Pirke Avot on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m., as part of a breakfast sponsored by Beth Israel's Brotherhood.

Beth Israel's Adult Learning Committee will host Rabbi Shapiro for a lunch and study session on the Book of Job on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 12:30 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested; RSVP to Sunny Kagan by Monday, Nov. 6, at skagan@cbict.org or 860-233-8215, ext. 2240.

Letter: Constitution And Trump

To the Editor: Substantial questions regarding Trump' fitness to be commander-in-chief have been raised by national security experts and a host of psychologists. With Trump's thumb on the trigger of the nuclear weapons, this is an intolerable situation. Considering his threats to burn North Korea to the ground perhaps with a first strike nuclear attack or following a provocation, the military must be prepared to refuse an order from the Commander-in-Chief.

Under no circumstance should it follow an order to nuke North Korea. The Constitution is perfectly clear that the war-making powers rest in the Congress. Any order from Trump to launch a nuclear attack without a Congressional act of war is unconstitutional-illegal. The same goes for a conventional attack.

Can he order a limited strike against a missile battery that has opened fire on our armed forces in international territory, of course. What he cannot do is to start a full-fledged war without a Congressional declaration of war. We are a nation ruled by law not as in a dictatorship by one person.

I urge armed forces members that have taken an oath of office to defend the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic to refuse any such orders and arrest any officer directing them to do so. North Korea does not possess nuclear forces significant enough to justify a launch of US nuclear weapons based on a launch-on-warning response directed by the President. This is not a situation where there wouldn't be time for Congress to declare war against North Korea. This is not a question about North Korean behavior, it is about our Constitution and the rule of law.

Demand that your Representative support: H.R. 1448-Reclamation of War Powers Act sponsored by Rep. Himes (D-CT).

Tom McCormick, West Hartford

Veterans Lunch

WEST HARTFORD — The Elmwood Senior Center and American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96 of West Hartford will host a special luncheon for veterans at noon Thursday, Nov. 9.

The guest speaker for the luncheon will be Marine veteran Brad Davis, who has been behind the mic on WDRC and The TALK of Connecticut since 1977. The luncheon is free to all veterans. Seating is limited to 100 veterans and reservations are required. The event location is at 1106 New Britain Ave. Access to the driveway is on Burgoyne Street. Reservations can be made by emailing alpost96@comcast.net or calling 860-233-9029.

Veterans Day Ceremony

WEST HARTFORD — Sedgwick Middle School Principal Andrew Clapsaddle will be the guest speaker for the 2017 Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Connecticut Veterans Memorial, located in Veterans Park, opposite the Goodman Green in West Hartford Center.

Born and raised in Baltimore, M.D., Clapsaddle joined the Marine Corps after completing high school and served four years as a combat photographer. He received an honorable discharge after his four years of service. His father and older brother served in the Army and Marine Corps respectively.

Clapsaddle received his Bachelor's degree from Towson University and Master's degree from California State University, San Marcos. He has been a classroom teacher in New York and California and an assistant principal in California and Connecticut at the middle and high school levels. He currently serves as the principal of Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford. More information is available on the Post's website at www.post96.org or phone the Post at 860-233-9029.

Music And Magic

WEST HARTFORD — Join the Sound of New England Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, for an evening of a cappella and magnificent magic at their "Music, Magic & Mayhem" show. Special guests are 2017 North Atlantic Regional quartet champions, Boston Accent, and professional magician David Coraro. The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. but feel free to come at 6:30 p.m. to browse and buy raffle tickets for several themed baskets. Tickets for the show are $20, and can be ordered by emailing hello@soundofnewengland.org, visiting www.soundofnewengland.org or calling 1-877-LUV-2-SING, ext. 9.

The Sound of New England Chorus is a non-profit, award-winning Sweet Adelines chorus that fosters a cappella barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance. This dynamic and entertaining female chorus rehearses at 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening in the auditorium of Saint Mary Home, a part of the Mercy Community campus, located at 291 Steele Road.

Science Of Children

WEST HARTFORD — The science of children will be explored and explained with journalist Bonnie Rochman's latest book, "The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies are Changing the Way We Have Kids - and the Kids We Have," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

The event is one of several Signature Events that are included in the Mandell JCC's 25th Annual Jewish Book Festival.

Every parent hopes for a healthy child, but to what extent would you go to achieve that? Award-winning journalist Bonnie Rochman explores hot button questions as she guides readers through the new frontier of gene technology and how it is transforming medicine, bioethics, health care, and the factors that shape a family.

Tickets to the Gene Machine Mandell JCC Jewish Book Festival Signature Event 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. For full festival details, visit www.mandelljcc.org.

The Mandell Jewish Community Center is open to everyone and supported by funds raised by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, a recipient of funding from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, and a member of the JCC Association of North America. For updates, follow the Mandell JCC on Facebook and Twitter.

Florals For The Holidays

WEST HARTFORD — The West Hartford Garden Club Meeting will feature Julia Harrison of Natural Elegance Design, speaking on florals for the holidays, at noon Thursday, Nov. 9, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Ave.

Harrison will speak on keeping homes festive and fresh for the holiday season with unique designs and greenery. A light lunch will be served. Reservations are required by calling 860-561-0724. Cost to attend is $10 per guest. Visit www.westhartfordgardenclub.org for more information.

New Country Motor Cars Drives Awareness For Pancreatic Cancer

HARTFORD — During National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month in November, New Country Motor Cars of Hartford is once again supporting the Ron Foley Foundation's mission to find a cure for one of the most deadly cancers. On Friday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at its Mercedes Benz dealership, New Country will host a special fundraising event called Rock Away Pancreatic Cancer.

The event will include light fare and beverages and most exciting, a private concert by musician Rich Ortiz. The evening has a capacity crowd of about 220 people. The minimum suggested donation is $50. Established in memory of Ron Foley who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in October of 2005, the Foundation bearing his name is dedicated to promoting early detection and ultimately finding a cure through ongoing research. The foundation also provides financial assistance to pancreatic cancer patients in need through the Ron's Rescue fund.

Additionally, New Country has served as the presenting sponsor of the Ron Foley Foundation's Annual Ron's Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Day gala event for the past five years.

Rock Away Pancreatic Cancer is one of several charity events New Country has hosted at its various dealerships. Four years ago, New Country launched a program of its own to benefit Hartford students in need with the Stuff the MINI to the MAX school supply drive in August and Stuff the MINI winter clothing collection in December.

Other fundraisers and organizations that New Country supports include CRIS Radio (Connecticut Radio Information System), the West Hartford Chamber and Channel 3 Kid's Camp golf tournaments, Make a Wish and the CCMC Ferrari event.

Congregation Beth Israel Events

WEST HARTFORD — Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., is hosting the following events. Visit www.cbict.org for more information.

A veterans dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave. The event is free for CBI member veterans; congregants and non-member veterans may attend for $18 per person. Visit https://www.cbict.org/events/shabbat-dinner to sign up.

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

Tot Shabbat: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 4 and 18; Dec. 2 and 16. 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.

Parent/Child Discussion of The Diary of Anne Frank: Sunday, Nov. 5, at 11:30 a.m. How do we as parents and children understand Anne Frank's diary? This discussion is appropriate for

students in grade five and up, and will be facilitated by congregant and YEP teacher Scott Myers. Copies of the book will be available in the library.

Guest Speakers: Ruth and Heidi Fishman: Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6:45 p.m. Ruth and Heidi share memorabilia and reflections. Heidi will share some of her research for her book about her mother's experience during the Holocaust. Wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Kim Bingham: Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. Kim will share the story of his father, Hiram Bingham IV, an American diplomat who wrote visas for Jews to immigrate to the US. Kim has written a book about his father and will bring copies to sell and sign. Wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m.

Discussion of The Diary of Anne Frank: Friday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. "Pre-neg" and discussion facilitated by Karen Beyard. Snack and drinks provided. Shabbat service to follow.

Micro WHTY: Sundays monthly at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. Tots under three and parents gather in the CBI Playroom for socialization and connection on one Sunday morning each month. Siblings under four can attend.

CBI Sisterhood Annual Potluck and Pocketbook Auction: Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. Join the CBI Sisterhood for a celebration of Channukah. Donations of new or gently used pocketbooks, gloves, or mittens for a woman or child will be donated to local women's shelters. Sign up with Gayle Wintjen, gaylewin@gmail.com or Mari Maidman maidman3@att.net. Guests are welcome.

Social Justice Shabbat: Friday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Sara Salomons, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is the Director of Development and Communications at Journey Home, an advocacy group for the homeless in the Hartford area. Rev. Salomans will help lead a discussion on the topic of homelessness in our community following our Shabbat service.

Annual Chinese Dinner: Friday, Dec. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the end of the secular year with a dinner catered by Black Bamboo. Cost of $20 per adult and $10 per child under 13. Walk-ins are an additional charge of $10 per person. RSVP at cbict.org/events/Shabbat-dinner by Friday, Dec. 22.

Great Children's Read

WEST HARTFORD — Families gather for a morning filled with stories and fun at the Mandell JCC and Family Room Parenting Center's 8th annual Great Children's Read on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave. At the Mandell JCC's Great Children's Read, local personalities will read classic children's stories and PJ Library favorites aloud to children and their families. The event includes sing-a-longs with Music Together, a make-your-own-snack session, and special Scholastic Book Fair where families can purchase new books to add to their collection.

The event will also include the opportunity to make donations of toiletries including shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and more, to be given to those affected by the recent hurricanes. Children will also create greeting cards to include along with the donations.

The Great Children's Read is a free and open to the community. For more information on the Mandell JCC's 8th Annual Great Children's Read, contact Jane Pasternak at jpasternak@mandelljcc.org, visit www.mandelljcc.org or call 860-231-6342.

Unique Shopping Boutique

WEST HARTFORD — Holiday shoppers can spread a whole lot of cheer when purchasing unique and one-of-a-kind gifts that help give back to adult special needs and programming for families with young children at the Mandell JCC's Unique Shopping Boutique from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

A one-stop shopping experience for everyone on your list, the Mandell JCC's Unique Shopping Boutique features a diverse group of vendors with crafts and homemade gifts, including apparel, children's clothing, jewelry, accessories, home décor, and more. Proceeds from this event will the Family Room Parenting Center and Adults Special Needs programming at the Mandell JCC.

For more information on the Unique Shopping Boutique, or to enquire about being a vendor, contact Jane Pasternak at jpasternak@mandelljcc.org, visit www.mandelljcc.org or call 860-231-6342.

Poetry Reading

MANCHESTER — A free poetry reading featuring the Connecticut State Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilken, together with various Connecticut town poets laureate, including Julia Paul, Manchester; Alexandrina Sergio, Glastonbury; Davyne Verstanding, Washington; Rhonda Ward, New London; Julie Choffel, West Hartford; Dr. Daniel Donaghy, Windham County; Tarn Granucci, Wallingford; Joan Hofmann, Canton, Charles Margolis, South Windsor; and Virginia Connors and Christine Beck, West Hartford (emeriti), will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at historic Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road.

The event is sponsored by the Manchester Arts Commission and the CT Coalition of Poets Laureates. Refreshments will be available. Contact Julia Paul at julia.paul@cox.net for more information.

Leaf Bag Collection

WEST HARTFORD — The Town of West Hartford's leaf bag collection service began on Monday, Oct. 23, and will continue for 10 weeks until Dec. 29.

Only 30-gallon, biodegradable leaf bags will be collected; no plastic bags. Leaf bags should be free of grass, twigs, rocks and trash, and should not weigh more than 60 lbs. There is no limit to the number of bags a resident can place at the curb. Simply place your leaf bags at the curb by 6 a.m. on your trash collection day, or sooner, and a truck will come by to pick them up. Crews will advance into other collection areas once they have completed their day's assignment and may pick-up your bags before your trash day.

Leaf bags are commonly found at hardware and grocery stores. Public Works offers a residential leaf voucher disposal program free of charge to eligible residents. The voucher program is available during the ten-week leaf collection season. Vouchers allow your contractor to dump leaves, generated from your residential property only, free of charge. Residents may use as many vouchers as needed during the ten-week collection period. Visit www.westhartfordct.gov/publicworks for the leaf voucher guidelines and documents.

Note leaf bags and leaf piles cannot be placed in the street because they pose a hazard to traffic, clog storm drains and impede snow plowing operations. The Town's Compliance Officer routinely monitors collection areas and will issue written warnings and then fines for each day that the leaves remain in the street.

Leaf bags and piles should not block pedestrian sidewalks, as well. There are other options to bagging leaves. Consider mulching your leaves with your mower. Make a couple of passes over your lawn until leaves are ground down into a fine leaf mulch. The end product is a good source of nitrogen for spring growth. Leaf compost also enriches the soil in gardens and flower beds.

If you don't want to wait for the weekly pick up, residents may bring their bagged leaves to the Yard Waste and Recycling Center at 25 Brixton Street and dispose of them there. Leaves in plastic bags will need to be emptied in the appropriate area.

Extended Saturday hours for fall yard material drop-off at the Yard Waste and Recycling Center began Saturday, Oct. 28. The facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays until Dec. 16. Weekday hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Yard Waste Permits may be purchased at the Recycling Center, 25 Brixton St., Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday beginning Oct. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Permit pricing is as follows: Passenger Vehicles, SUVs, CUVs & Mini-Vans w/o trailer - $10; Passenger Vehicles, SUVs, CUVs, and Mini-Vans with trailer - $15; Pick-up trucks, Full size vans, without trailer - $25; and Pick-up trucks, Full size vans w/ trailer - $ 35.

For more information on the 2017 Leaf Collection program, visit the Department of Public Works website www.westhartfordct.gov/publicworks or call the Leaf Collection hotline at 860-561-7954.

Cinema And The Sacred

WEST HARTFORD — Cinema and the Sacred will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at First Baptist Church, 90 No. Main St.

On Nov. 4, the family film, "Simon Birch" will be shown. Loosely based on the book "A Prayer for Own Meany" by John Irving, a unique young boy is convinced that God has a great purpose for him. This 1998 movie has an MPAA rating of "PG" and stars Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt and many more.

The Great Debates That Rocked The Jewish World

WEST HARTFORD — Chabad of Greater Hartford will be hosting an exploration of 2,000 years of Jewish history through the lens of six epic debates that rocked the Jewish world and still resound powerfully today.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Chabad of Greater Hartford will be offering a new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), titled Great Debates in Jewish History.

In commemoration of 70 years since the discovery of the first Dead Sea Scroll in November of 1957, the community is invited to examine and unlock the stories of these ancient manuscripts and what their texts reveal about the heated dispute between the Dead Sea Sect and the Jewish establishment.

Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 860-232-1116 or visit www.ChabadHartford.com/Course for registration and for other course-related information. The sessions take place at Chabad of Greater Hartford, 2352 Albany Ave.The fee for the series is $99.

Understanding Hoarding

BLOOMFIELD — Duncaster Retirement Community will host a free program about hoarding at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at 40 Loeffler Road.

The talk will feature, Janet G. Ragno, LCSW, Lead Primary Therapist at Windham Hospital's Older Adult Program. The event, which is part of Duncaster's ongoing Art & Science of Graceful Aging series, is open to the public with preregistration.

The session will help participants define and understand hoarding and explain the steps that can be taken to overcome the condition. Sufferers of this condition are overwhelmed by the amount of clutter they have accumulated, and as they age their ability to manage it declines. In many cases, the clutter is so severe that rooms in their homes can no longer be used for their intended purpose, leading to isolation and problems with hygiene, safety and nutrition.

Music University

WEST HARTFORD — Cantor Joseph Ness of Beth El Temple will be presenting a series of three seminars called Music University 2917. Cantor Ness will teach on how words and music work together. He will discuss what lyrics mean and how the music changes their meaning. Each class will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The first lecture was Wednesday, Nov. 1, and discussed cantatas and oratorios. The second lecture will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 8, and discuss the language of revolution in baroque choral music. The third lecture will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 16, and discuss opera libretti. There is no charge and no registration is required.

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."

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.

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. 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.

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, 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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