Community News For The West Hartford Edition

Concert Of Jazz Scholarship Winners

WEST HARTFORD — The Musical Club of Hartford will present a concert featuring the High School Jazz Competition scholarship winners at the Universalist Church at 433 Fern St. at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. The concert is free and open to the public.

Jazz Competition winners include first place winner Lucas Gazianis, piano player; second place winner Ryan Griffiths of New Haven, tenor saxophone player; and third place winner Jacob Donald of South Windsor, guitar player.

Honorable Mention was awarded to trumpet player Ryan Farrell, a junior at Joseph A. Foran High School in Milford.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Previews

WEST HARTFORD — Join music educator and composer Dr. Wayne Pierce for informative and interactive preview presentations of Hartford Symphony Orchestra's 2017-18 Masterworks Series concerts. These one-hour discussions, approximately two weeks prior to the concerts, will provide historic and cultural background of the works to be performed and provide Q and A and commentary on the concert repertoire from HSO musicians.

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.

The previews include Stravinsky's Jeu de Cartes (Game of Cards), Symphony in Three Movements, and Tchaikovsky's music from Swan Lake, Concert dates at The Bushnell: March 9 to 11; Shostakovich's Tahiti Trot, Cello Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 5, Concert Dates: May 4 to 6; 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 to 10.

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.

Reclaiming Human Connection

WEST HARTFORD — Chabad of Greater Hartford seeks to reclaim the lost art of human connection in a world surrounded by technology. Rabbi Shaya Gopin of Chabad of Greater Hartford is offering 'Communication: Its Art and Soul,' beginning Monday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. He will present the first part of this new six-session series from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute.

Medical and mental health professionals, including social workers and family therapists, can earn continuing education credits for attending Communication: Its Art and Soul. 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.

Interested students may call 860-232-1116 or visit www.ChabadHartford.com/Course for registration and for other course-related information. The first session is open to the public for free without any need to commit to the entire series.

The sessions take place at Chabad of Greater Hartford, 2352 Albany Ave. The fee for the series is $99.

Special Education Law Workshop For Parents

WEST HARTFORD — A special education workshop for parents at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, will focus on reviewing the importance of evaluating a child's behavior by conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), the procedures for conducting an FBA, using information from the FBA to develop a comprehensive Behavior Support Plan (BSP), requesting an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) when the parents are not in agreement with the evaluation, and 10 quick tips to prepare for a Parent Placement Team (PPT) to review an FBA.

The speaker will be Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. from Forte Law Group, LLC, an education law and child advocacy law firm. Registration requested. Visit http://bit.ly/libparking for parking information. This event will be held at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St.

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Series

WEST HARTFORD — The Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Series will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, at Hebrew Senior Care Senior Day Center, 1 Abrahms Blvd.

Plan to attend all sessions if you are able. Park on the left side of the building and proceed to the Senior Day Center Entrance. Refreshments will be served. Contact Heather Dobbert at 860-920-1810 or hdobbert@hebrewseniorcare.org to register.

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, Jan. 28. The movie shown is the 1956 classic, "The Searchers."

Nominations Of Extraordinary CT Residents Over Age 60 Now Open

BLOOMFIELD — Nominations for the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60 are now open. For the second year, the 60 Over 60 awards are looking for 60 Connecticut individuals over age 60 who make a difference with their businesses; in their communities and for their families.

Duncaster created this award-winning program in 2017 as a way to recognize the state's movers and shakers over the age of 60. Last year's honorees came from 26 towns across the state of Connecticut. They included leaders in the fields of business, medicine, sports and nonprofit organizations; activists; artists; inventors; politicians; volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Those wishing to nominate someone or themselves can go to the Duncaster website at www.Duncaster.org/60-Over-60; to nominate by email, contact ewest@aomc.com for a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 13 at midnight.

A panel of judges, including three of last year's recipients, will pick the members of the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60. Winners will be notified by the end of March. They will be featured in a special statewide newspaper supplement, showcased on the Duncaster site and honored at a celebration in May.

For the second year, we are launching a search for 60 people over age 60 who best represent the doers and dreamers of Connecticut; those whose everyday acts of kindness or achievements make an impact on the lives of others, said Carol Ann McCormick, Duncaster's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. McCormick was recognized by LeadingAge Connecticut for creating the program in 2017.

Anyone may nominate someone who is age 60 or better by Feb. 13. Nominees must live in the state of Connecticut at least five months a year. Nominators need not be from Connecticut. Self-nominations and multiple nominations are encouraged. For more information, see Duncaster.org or call 860-380-5006.

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. 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. 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. Sunday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m.

Shabbark Shalom: Saturday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. MDC Reservoir, Farmington Ave. Bring your dog or just enjoy the outdoors with members of our community.

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.

Book Club: All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Jane Zande will lead the discussion of this novel that revolves around a love affair between an Israeli student and a Palestinian artist. Everyone is welcome. CBI Learning Center. Contact Jane Zande at jane.zande@gmail.com for more information.

Beth Israel Organ Sounds Concert: Friday, Feb. 9, at 6:45 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel's Music Director Natasha Ulyanovsky presents a concert featuring saxophonist Max Schwimmer. The concert includes romantic music for saxophone and organ by Claude Debussy and Astor Piazzolla as well as klezmer favorites. Shabbat service will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Annual Purim Shpiel and Carnival: Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. Purim is an annual Jewish holiday celebrating religious freedom. Watch the story of Purim come alive in an adaptation with your favorite animated-movie melodies. Following the shpiel, the Purim Carnival features family entertainment including pizza, hamentaschen (traditional pastries), bounce houses, games for children, balloon artistry, a young child room with face painting, a "Haman's Hideout" room for those over 21, and entertainment by the klezmer band in the lobby. Free and open to the public.

As Temperatures Drop, Risk Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Rises

STATEWIDE — Now that CT residents have turned on the heat in their homes, it is especially important to remember about the dangers of carbon monoxide gas. Everyone who uses oil, natural gas, liquid propane, or wood and pellet stoves should make sure that their heating system has been cleaned and inspected within the last year. If the burning of fuel is incomplete, carbon monoxide gas can form and build up in your home.

The deadly gas has no odor or warning properties. A carbon monoxide alarm is the only way to know if it is building up in your home. If you have a carbon monoxide alarm, it is important to test it to make sure that it works. If you don't have one, now is the time to purchase one. Make sure to place the carbon monoxide alarm in your living space, preferably close to bedrooms or where you spend the most time. You can also place another carbon monoxide alarm in the basement near the furnace as an early warning signal. Even if you heat your home with electricity instead of burning fuel, if you use a portable generator or a stationary home backup generator during a power outage, it is very important to have a working carbon monoxide alarm in your living space because the deadly gas can enter your home by getting in around window casings, door frames, and any penetrations through outside walls.

Sometimes it is hard to tell if you have early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, because those symptoms can resemble the flu- headache , feeling light headed, and sleepiness are common to both illnesses. If there are other people in the house and a number of them develop these symptoms around the same time, carbon monoxide gas may be seeping into your living space. The longer you are exposed, the more dangerous it is. Carbon monoxide quickly gets into the bloodstream, where it replaces oxygen. If not treated quickly, it can cause brain damage and death. If you think you may have carbon monoxide poisoning, get people and pets out of the house immediately. Once outside, call 911 from a cell phone or neighbor's house.

Carbon monoxide alarms are required in all Connecticut public and private school buildings and in certain one and two family homes that have a building permit for new occupancy issued on or after October 1, 2005. If you are buying or selling a one or two family home that has a building permit for new occupancy issued before October 1, 2005, the seller must provide an affidavit certifying that either the home is equipped with working carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment, or, that there is no exposure source- specifically, no fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

Specific questions about required placement of carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment, and about battery vs. hardwiring or other technologies should be directed to your local building official or local fire marshal.

For more information about the dangers of carbon monoxide, contact your local health Department, visit http://www.ct.gov/dph/CO or call the CT Department of Public Health at 860-509-7740.

West Hartford Revenue Collection Update

WEST HARTFORD — The following press release was sent by the Town of West Hartford. On Friday, Dec. 15, the West Hartford Revenue Collection office sent second installment real estate, business personal property, and supplemental motor vehicle tax bills.

Nearly nine thousand people who registered a new car after October 1, 2016 and before August 1, 2017, have received a supplemental motor vehicle tax bill calculated at the original 32 mills.

The Town Council agreed not to increase the mill rate for vehicles, even though that was an option available to municipalities.

"The supplemental motor vehicle bill serves to capture those vehicles purchased after the October 1, 2016 Grand List," said Helene Lefkowitz, Revenue Collector. "These bills should not be confused with a mill rate adjustment," she said.

For real estate, tax bills are mailed twice each year. The first installment bills are mailed mid-to-late June and the second installment mid-December. The 2017-2018 mill rate for real estate and business personal property is 41.04 mills.

Payment is due Jan. 1, 2018. The last day to pay without penalty is Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

52 Travel And Animal Photos

BLOOMFIELD — Duncaster presents West Hartford artist Rachel Braver and her work, entitled, "52 Travel and Animal Photos," in the Duncaster Art Gallery during the month of January. The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Feb. 2.

Using photography to depict her experience during her travels, Braver's artwork reflects foreign culture to capture a glimpse of local lifestyle across the globe. Braver has enjoyed taking pictures as a hobby her whole life. She became a serious amateur photographer in the last 20 years when she joined a camera club.

For more information, contact Shelly Lombardo at sLombardo@Duncaster.org or 860-380-5006.

Free Braille Calendars

AREA — The Community Outreach Office of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2018 Braille calendars, free of charge. For more information, contact info@nfbct.org or 860-289-1971.

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, Jan. 29, Feb. 12 and 26, and March 12 and 26. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 17 and March 17.

For more information about the Fern Street Community Kitchen, contact: communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org, foodsharemobile@westhartforduu.org or 860-233-3669.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Road.

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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