Community News For The West Hartford Edition

Police Chief Retiring

WEST HARTFORD — Police Chief Tracey G. Gove, 45, announced he will retire from the West Hartford Police Department on Nov. 30.

Gove was appointed police chief on Dec. 13, 2011, by former Town Manager Ron VanWinkle. He has been a member of the West Hartford Police Department for 22 years.

Gove will be taking a position with The Travelers as Director of Corporate Security where he will oversee security operations in the Greater Hartford area and partner with Internal Investigations and Executive Protection.

During his tenure with the police department, Gove has focused his leadership on collaborating and maintaining ties with the West Hartford community. He instituted Coffee with the Beat Officer in various business districts, Meet your district officer with the Schools, Coffee with the Chief for Faith-Based Leaders, and Community Classroom: Use of Force programs. He also reinstituted the department's Citizen Academy.

Gove partnered with CCSU to create a unique master's degree program for law enforcement and numerous West Hartford officers have taken advantage of the opportunity. Gove's accolades are many. In 1999, he was selected Police Officer of the Year, and over the years has received the police department's Unit Citation Award, Distinguished Unit Citation Award, Police Merit Award, and Distinguished Service Award and Medal. He also received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Enforcement Award.

He graduated first in his class at the Connecticut State Police Academy and while at the Academy received the Samuel Luciano Award for academic excellence and the CSP Academy Alumni Association Award for overall performance. Gove received his Bachelor of Science degree from Westfield State College and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Hartford. He is married and the proud father of three sons.

Assistant Chief Daniel Coppinger will serve as acting police chief in the interim. For more information, contact Matt Hart, Town Manager, at 860-561-7440.

Shop The Halls

WEST HARTFORD — Shop the Halls, a pop-up holiday shopping mall to benefit the Safe Grad Party for the Hall High School graduating class of 2018, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Hall High School, 975 North Main St.

More than 40 vendors will be in attendance. Light refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. Parking and admission are free.

Operation E.L.F.

WEST HARTFORD — Operation E.L.F. kicked off Nov. 13 at Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave. Until Wednesday, Dec. 6, Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, along with three dozen other funeral homes across Connecticut, will welcome donations from the public and will bring them to Operation E.L.F which helps military families.

For 12 years, the funeral directors and suppliers of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association have made personal contributions of gift cards, unwrapped toys, and funds for the Connecticut National Guard's Operation E.L.F, or Embracing Lonely Families, holiday effort.

All gift cards and unwrapped toys collected by Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home and the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association will be delivered directly to Operation E.L.F for the families of Connecticut National Guard soldiers and airmen who are deployed during the holidays. Especially needed are gift cards of any dollar value to grocery, department stores, home supply stores, gas stations, and pharmacies, as well as unwrapped toys for young people of any age. Donations may be dropped off during regular business hours in West Hartford at Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home. Call 860-561-3800 for more information.

West Hartford Town Offices: Thanksgiving Notice

WEST HARTFORD — The Town of West Hartford released the following info on the Thanksgiving holiday. Due to the holiday, there are a few changes in hours of operation.

The collection of trash and recyclable items will be delayed one day only in the Thursday and Friday collection areas. Thursday's area will be collected on Friday and Friday's area on Saturday. Check the website, www.painesinc.com or call Paine's, Inc. 860-844-3000 with any questions.

All town facilities, libraries, schools and Recycling Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23. The following facilities will be closed the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24: Elmwood Community Center, Elmwood Senior Center and West Hartford Senior Center (Bishops Corner) and West Hartford Public Schools.

Other recreation facilities will be open on Friday, Nov. 25, including Westmoor Park, Veterans Memorial Skating Rink and Cornerstone Aquatics Center.

The West Hartford Social Services office will be closed; all visitors to Social Services will be redirected to the Leisure Services office for assistance. The Leisure Services office in Town Hall will be open all day.

The West Hartford Libraries will be closed for the holiday, Thursday, Nov. 23. The libraries will be open on Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25, and will be closed on Sunday, Nov. 26. Visit http://www.westhartfordlibrary.org for more information.

Church Tour

WEST HARTFORD — The sanctuary of St. John's Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Ave., will be open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.

A guided tour, led by Douglas Hyland, takes place at 11 a.m. Featured are a 1909 neo-Gothic building designed by famed architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, sculptures crafted by the noted Lee Lawrie, 32 stained glass windows from important makers including James Powell and Sons of London, England, and an Austin organ with 3,721 pipes in 64 ranks. Contact history@sjparish.net for more information.

Classic Movie Night

WEST HARTFORD — A free classic movie night at West Hartford United Methodist Church, 1358 New Britain Ave., will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. The film being shown is "Citizen Kane." A discussion will follow.

Holiday House Tour

AREA — The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum will hold its 37th annual holiday house tour on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The tour will feature Mark Twain's 25-room home at 351 Farmington Ave. in Hartford, the Wadsworth Atheneum's Austin House at 130 Scarborough St. in Hartford and three private homes, which will be decorated according to their homeowners' holiday traditions. The Mark Twain House will be decorated for a late 19th century Christmas. Visit www.marktwainhouse.org for more information.

Advance tickets are $30 each and will be $35 each on the day of the tour. To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2x7LpLK or call 1-860-280-3130. Tickets also can be purchased at the following local businesses: Emmy Lou's in Glastonbury; Floral Expressions in South Windsor; Flower Box in Wethersfield; Haworth's Flowers in Farmington; Horan's Flowers in Simsbury; and Moscarillo's in West Hartford.

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum is a volunteer organization that has supported the museum for the past 50 years. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the continued restoration, preservation, and educational programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Winter Clothes Donation

AREA — Jewish Family Services Tara's Closet and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford have donated hundreds of winter clothing items to the Centro de Ayuda Para Nuestros Amigos Caribeños, Help Center for our Caribbean Friends, a relief center managed by CREC and local community agencies. The relief center, located at 15 Van Dyke Ave., Hartford, opened on Nov. 1.

The relief center is dedicated to helping displaced families relocating to the Hartford region from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands as the result of recent hurricanes. Its goal is to help these families start their new lives in Hartford as quickly and seamlessly as possible with the aid of volunteer staff, support services, and supplies from community, state, and city partners. One basic necessity is clothing, particularly warm sweaters, coats, scarves, hats and gloves to help these families prepare for the cold winter weather in Connecticut.

In that spirit, Jewish Family Services Tara's Closet donated new and like-new winter clothing and outerwear for men, women, teens, and children. This donation is the result of a clothing drive which was organized throughout the fall. Island communities throughout the Caribbean are beginning a long road to recovery from several major hurricanes that have ravaged the Atlantic. Puerto Rico in particular is facing what local officials have described as a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, Jewish Family Services Tara's Closet, in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, orchestrated its most substantial donation yet to help Puerto Rico's hurricane victims.

Tara's Closet serves all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation. The mission is to help people advance along the path toward emotional well-being, self-reliance, more positive relationships, and a renewed sense of possibility. Clothing for men, women and children are provided at no cost. Tara's Closet provides clothing to individuals and families living in West Hartford, Bloomfield and the entire Greater Hartford area during temporary or long-term times of need.

The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) donated space for the center at its former Two Rivers High School location and is coordinating the services. Attorney Jeffrey Dressler of Dressler Law generously provided transportation, coordinated logistics and informed the Latino community about the clothing donation and the services that will available through the relief center.

Boxes and packing supplies were donated by Connecticut Packaging Materials Inc., located at 85 South Satellite Road in South Windsor. For more information on Tara's Closet and Jewish Family Services, visit www.jfshartford.org or call 860-236-1927, ext. 7129. To learn more about the Jewish Community Relations Council or Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, visit www.jewishhartford.org or call 860-232-4483.

Local Competes For Miss Teen Title

WEST HARTFORD — Genevieve Joynt of West Hartford was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Miss Teen pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26. Joynt learned of her acceptance into this year's competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local area. She submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year's Pageant Coordinator.

Joynt will be competing for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. She will be competing in the Miss Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages of seven through 20 competing in modeling routines, which include Casual Wear and Formal Wear. Most importantly, she will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year's judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.

If Joynt were to win the title of Miss Teen, she would represent her community at the National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Fla. Over $30,000.00 in prizes and awards will be presented at the National Competition while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando, Fla.

Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Joynt in participating in this year's competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Genevieve to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year's Pageant.

Any business, organization, or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Joynt may contact the Miss Teen pageant coordinator, at 1-877-910-4190.

Nutcracker Tickets On Sale

WEST HARTFORD — The Hartt School Community Division's annual tradition of The Nutcracker ballet continues in December at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave.

The Nutcracker Performances will take place on the following times and dates: Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m.

Community Action Agencies Accepting Energy Assistance Applications

AREA — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just released $67,255,113 in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. This amount is 90-percent of LIHEAP funds allocated for the State of Connecticut.

Connecticut residents struggling to pay their utility bills this winter can apply for home heating assistance through Connecticut's Community Action Agency Network. The Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are the only nonprofit agencies administering LIHEAP, which provides home heating assistance to Connecticut's most vulnerable residents. Each CAA has application intake sites throughout their service regions. Some sites may include local town halls, and customers should check with their local CAA for a complete site listing.

In Connecticut this program is called the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and is housed under the Department of Social Services (DSS). The state's Community Action Agencies administer the $74M+ program locally in all 169 cities and towns. CAAs are now accepting CEAP applications for the 2017-2018 winter season and expect more applications in the coming weeks, especially as temperatures begin to drop. Homeowners and/or renters may apply, and funds may be used to pay for whatever source of heating residents have in their homes. This includes wood, electric, oil, kerosene, or natural gas.

CAAs will certify oil deliveries starting Wednesday, Nov. 15, for those who heat with oil, propane, and deliverable fuels. May 1, 2018, is the last day households can apply for benefits unless the household is utility heated and has a shut off notice for its primary source of heat. May 15, 2018 is the last day a utility heated household with a shut off notice for its primary source of heat can apply for benefits.

Another protection for Connecticut's struggling families is the utility moratorium, or winter hardship, which provides protection for eligible households against heat source shut-offs between November 1st and May 1st. Gas and electric utilities cannot be shut off (summer or winter) if lack of the utility creates a life-threatening situation. If a customer is having trouble paying their utility bills during the winter moratorium period, Community Action Agencies will work with them on affordable utility payment programs, including the Matching Payment Program (MPP) and Below Budget Payment Plans. MPP is a payment incentive program that allows eligible utility customers to maintain year-round electric and gas service and pay an agreed-upon amount each month to pay down the balance on their heating bill. If customers cannot afford the utility payment plan, CAAs work with the customer and can submit a Below Budget Payment Plan based on the household income and expenses.

A CEAP benefit to a household automatically makes that household eligible for weatherization services. So, in addition to heating assistance, CAAs will refer customers to those agencies providing weatherization services, which helps minimize energy-related costs and fuel usage in homes through retrofits and home improvement measures. Additionally, there are funds available this year through the CAA for heating system repair and replacement if such services are deemed necessary and as the amount of funds allocated allow. Lastly, when a customer comes to a CAA for energy assistance, the agency will also assist customers in accessing other benefits for which they may be eligible including SNAP and other food programs, financial counseling, child care, and case management.

Connecticut's poorest families struggle each and every year to heat their homes in this a state with one of the highest utility rates in the country; customers many times having to choose between heating and eating or heating and paying for their medicines. CEAP allows them to not only cover high home energy costs and keep warm during the cold winter months, but gives low-income families the opportunity to address other critical, basic needs, rather than having to choose between them. Any resident who needs help paying their heating bill this winter should contact their Community Action Agency immediately.

For more information on Connecticut's Energy Assistance Program, how to find your local CAA to apply, or to make a donation, visit www.cafca.org or contact the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA), 144 Clinton Street, New Britain, CT, 06053, 860-832-9438.

Substance Abuse Support Group

WEST HARTFORD — Turnbridge, an addiction recovery program for young men and women, is sponsoring a new free support group for parents looking to learn more about substance misuse and receive support from other parents of similar experience.

The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Mandell JCC Community Room, 335 West Bloomfield Ave.

This group is facilitated by nationally recognized family addiction and healing specialist, Diana Clark, JD, MA. Over Clark's 20-year career in behavioral health, she has authored and facilitated numerous workshops for family members of those struggling with substance use. She is a recognized force of clear speech, logic, and loving acceptance among her many clients and colleagues.

This group is free and open to any parent of a child with substance use concerns. To learn more, contact Diana Clark at dclark@tpaddictiontreatment.com or 802-236-0145.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Previews

WEST HARTFORD — Join music educator and composer Dr. Wayne Pierce for informative and interactive preview presentations of five of Hartford Symphony Orchestra's 2017-18 Masterworks Series concerts.

The previews will take place at the West Hartford Public Library, 20 South Main St. More information can be found at www.westhartfordlibrary.org or by calling 860-561-6990.

These one-hour discussions, approximately two weeks prior to the concerts, will provide historic and cultural background of the works to be performed, uncover details about the composers, explore important musical details through audio and video examples, provide Q and A and commentary on the concert repertoire from HSO musicians and prepare attendees for a more informative and immersive concert experience.

The next four previews include: Hector Berlioz's La Corsaire Overture, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 and Claude Debussy's La Mer. Concert dates at The Bushnell: March 9, 11, 2018; Shostakovich's Tahiti Trot, Cello Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 5. Concert Dates: May 4, 6, 2018; and Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (with the Hartford Chorale). Concert dates at The Bushnell: June 8, 10, 2018.

These Hartford Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Previews are free and open to the public.

Pierce is an adjunct professor of music at UConn and a member of Kingswood Oxford's Creative Arts Department. He has served as music director of Simsbury Light Opera and Manchester Symphony and guest conductor of Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. The FVSO premiered his Symphony No. 1: Psalms and Dances for orchestra, chorus and soloists during its 30th anniversary concert.

The Kindness Project

WEST HARTFORD — Did you ever read the book "Wonder," by R. J. Palacio? Do you hope to see the movie? The story is one of learning to show compassion and kindness towards others. In that spirit, The West Hartford Public Libraries present The Kindness Project for children of all ages.

The library will collect personal hygiene item donations for men, women and children from the public from Nov. 20 through Dec. 15. Suggested items include: Toothpaste, Floss, Mouthwash, Deodorant, Hair brush, Combs, Shampoo, Hair conditioner, Hairspray, Lotion, Hand sanitizer, Hair accessories, Band-Aids, First aid cream, Aspirin, Cough drops, Powder, Q-tips, Hand wipes, Razors, Shaving cream, Lip balm, Single rolls of toilet paper, Small Kleenex, Unscented liquid soap, Make-up items, Nail care, Tweezers and Small scissors.

On Saturday, Dec.16, at 11 a.m., organizers invite everyone to come back to the Children's Department to help assemble the cases with the donated items and get them ready for delivery to the West Hartford Food Pantry.

Congregation Beth Israel Events

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

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. 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.

Micro WHTY: Sundays monthly at 10 a.m. 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.

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.

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.

The course began Monday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m., and will run for six sessions. The course is 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.

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."

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.

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, Dec. 4 and 18. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 to 11:30 a.m. 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.

Visit: https://westhartford.mobile311.com to view the application.

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.

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