Community News For The West Hartford Edition

Riverwood Poetry Series

WEST HARTFORD — The Riverwood Poetry Series features Maria Luisa Arroyo's workshop on understanding and writing American Ghazals. Arroyo is Assistant Professor of writing at Bay Path University in Long Meadow, Mass.

She leads workshops, is the Poet Laureate of Springfield, Mass., and is the author of "Gathering Words."

The workshop will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern St. Doors open at 7 p.m. The suggested donation is $10. Visit riverwood for more information.

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 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 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: November 10, 12, 2017; 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, 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.

Letter: Iranian President and IAEA Chief

To the Editor: Regarding "Iran asks U.N. nuclear chief to confirm it complies with deal," the headline would have been more informative if it read "Iranian president asks IAEA head to lie."

Even though Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, recently explained that he didn't have the tools to confirm Iranian compliance and Iran hasn't allowed any access to its undeclared military sites - the very locations where it would do its serious cheating - we know Iran have violated the nuclear agreement at least twice by exceeding its allowable amount of heavy water. The United States, under the Obama Administration, even purchased Iran's illegally produced heavy water one of those times, effectively rewarding Iran for cheating.

Rouhani, apparently with his fingers crossed behind his back, even refers to "the full cooperation of Iran." As I write this, it's Halloween; I would have thought it was April Fool's Day.

Alan Stein, President emeritus, PRIMER-Connecticut, Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting

Woodland Treasures With John Lonsdale

WEST HARTFORD — On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 16, John Lonsdale will discuss a selection of the many unusual and beautiful woodland plants which he grows in his garden in Exton, Penn. His presentation – Woodland Treasures - will highlight plant families suitable for a variety of conditions from dry shade to moist sunlit woodland edges, including Trillium, Galanthus, Cyclamen, Corydalis, Hepatica, Erythronium, Cypripedium, Epimedium and Arisaema. John is particularly interested in pushing the limits of cultivation of many of these plants, and his talk will emphasize methods for their cultivation and propagation. John is currently a Research Specialist at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Penn. where he is responsible for managing the experimental nursery and plant trials.

The CT Horticultural Society meets at Emanuel Synagogue Auditorium, 160 Mohegan Drive. A drop-in fee of $10 is collected at the door from non-members. The speaker starts at 7:30 p.m. but come by 7 p.m. to socialize, browse CHS library books or participate in the raffle.

Talk By Rabbi

WEST HARTFORD — This November marks 79 years since Kristallnacht, a time of terrible persecution of the Jews in Germany. In commemoration, on Nov. 14, Chabad of Greater Hartford will be hosting a talk by the first ordained rabbi born in Germany after the Holocaust, Rabbi Yitzchak M. Wagner. He is also the first rabbi in his hometown of Krefeld in more than 70 years.

Anti-Semitism, Philo-Semitism, European Secularism, and Jewish Infrastructure in Contemporary Germany are some of the issues Rabbi Wagner will address. Presenting many photos and fascinating personal accounts, Rabbi Wagner will provide a brief synopsis of the history of the Shoah from the perspective of the medium-sized Jewish community of Krefeld.

He will then speak about the state of Jews in Germany today. Has Germany changed? Should Jews live there? These will be among the questions addressed.

The talk will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the Chabad House, 2352 Albany Ave. The fee for the lecture is $10 advance payment or $13 at the door.

For more information or to register, email, visit or call 860-232-1116.

Resident Opinion Sought For Outdoor Aquatics Survey

WEST HARTFORD — The Department of Leisure Services is reviewing the operation of its four outdoor pool facilities to examine how well the town meets the needs of the community during an eight-week summer season. The survey ends on Nov. 12.

Residents are invited to participate in a seven-question survey. Visit to take the survey, or visit, under "News."

Responses to the survey will allow the town to consider ways to maximize use and to improve the efficiency of its outdoor pools facilities and programs. A community outreach meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at Elmwood Community Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., to review the survey results and receive additional comments from residents about the outdoor pools and splash pads.

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. You too can join the Kindness Project by helping to create 'Kindness Cases'. Each case will be filled with donated personal hygiene items to bring to the West Hartford Food Pantry for children and adults in need.

Meet in the Noah Webster Children's Department main floor, 20 South Main St., to make duct tape zip lock pouches at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, or 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18.

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.

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 for more information.

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 or 860-233-8215, ext. 2240.

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 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 or phone the Post at 860-233-9029.

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 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 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. 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.

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, or Mari Maidman 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 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, visit 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, visit 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 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 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 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.

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 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 presented 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 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, 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 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 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. 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; or Elaine at 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. 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:,, 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:

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

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

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