Community News for the West Hartford Edition

Community News for the West Hartford Edition

G2K Cinderella

WEST HARTFORD — The Mandell JCC Youth Theater Camp will present G2K Cinderella at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, and 1 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

G2K Cinderella is presented through a special arrangement with R&H Theatricals and is under the direction of Mac Cherny and Musical Director Emily Weiser. In this specially created G2K version, all the beloved songs and familiar characters are present. However, the entire script has been condensed to better suit younger attention spans, and the plot has been slightly altered so as to highlight some important lessons that exist in this timeless tale.

G2K Cinderella stars: Sylvia Barresi (Step Sister: Portia), Katie Chaletsky (Cinderella), Samantha Epstein (King), Tziyona Goldfishcer (Stepmother), Summer Neiditz (Step Sister: Joy), Benjamin Spaeth (Prince), Alyssa Temkin (Queen), and Reagan Baker (Fairy Godmother). The supporting cast includes: Lia Baffaro, Leah Berey, Jake Chaletsky, Samantha Cohen, Hannah Epstein, Sofia Figueroa, Ally Jones, Audrey Karasik, Sophie Kudler, Danielle Kursman, Jordan Lang, Julie Levy, Sam Lyons, Maya Patt, Jeremy Safryn,Veronica Safryn, Caroline Saulsbury, Brooke Shell, Hannah Shtern, Quinn Smith, Myra Stanfield, Lily Temkin, and Austin Torino.

Tickets are $11 for students and $13 for adults and are on sale at the Mandell JCC Box Office, 860-231-6316, [email protected] and at www.mandelljcc.org. G2K Cinderella is sponsored by Mandell JCC Partner, Rosenberg Orthodontics.

School Awards

WEST HARTFORD — American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96 has awarded its 2017 School Awards. The award is presented in "Recognition of the possession of those high qualities of Courage, Honor, Leadership, Patriotism, Scholarship and Service which are necessary to the preservation and protection of the fundamental institutions of our government and the advancement of society." The American Legion School Awards were presented to the following students.

Hall HS: Medal/Certificate, Lucas Booth, Honorable Mention, Emma Chozick; Conard HS, Medal/Certificate, Carly Gorman, Honorable Mention, Ruth Tian;

Northwest Catholic HS, Medal/Certificate, Mitchell Karangekis, Honorable Mention Christopher Ravosa; American School for Deaf, Medal/Certificate, Hector Carrion, Honorable Mention, Esdras Leiv.

King Philip MS: Medal/Certificate, Ethan Chandler, Honorable Mention, Rylie Dagnall; Bristow MS, Medal/Certificate, Joseph LoSada, Honorable Mention, Arianna Fandozzi; Sedgwick MS, Medal/Certificate, Rushil Yerrabelli, Honorable Mention, Tejal Nair.

American Legion State Convention

WEST HARTFORD — For one week at Boys State and Girls State, young men and women learn about state and local government. It is a hands on approach to how government functions with state and local officials guiding the way.

The American Legion Girls State convention was recently held at Post University in Waterbury and attended by seven incoming seniors from local high schools. The attendees were sponsored by American Legion Post 96 Auxiliary to attend one of the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students.

Recipients of the Girls State awards were: Hall HS, Brae Sullivan and Jacqueline McConnell,

Northwest Cath., Clara Barnes, Elizabeth D'Arcangelo, and Eliza Wizner, Conard HS, Grace Andrews and Kaleigh Werner.

The Boys State program was recently held at ECSU and attended by eleven incoming seniors from local high schools. The attendees were sponsored by American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96. Recipients of the Boys State awards were: Hall HS, Craig Wasielewski and Cole Canorie, Northwest Cath., Noah Lisle, Dawid Karpiej, Christopher Raymond, Shayne Rice, and Luke Fox, Conard HS, Jack Moore and Malik Brown, Loomis Chaffee, John Costello, Prince CTHSS, Dante Skyes.

Elizabeth Park Conservancy Summer Concert Series

WEST HARTFORD — Elizabeth Park Conservancy's Summer Concert Series on the Rose Garden Lawn, 1561 Asylum Ave., will run until Aug. 16. The concerts are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The concert line-up is as follows. Latanya Farrell, a gifted singer and songwriter, will perform on July 19. Her award-winning vocal talent and style has influences from Natalie Cole to Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald. She is backed up by the Bookman Styles Band in her presentation of music that ranges from soulful classics to urban contemporary.

Rock Solid Alibi, a rock and roll band playing together for more than 26 years, will perform on July 26. The band consists of Steve Armentano of Manchester on drums, Marty Moran of Wethersfield on bass, and Mike Armentano of South Windsor on guitar.

Mass-Conn-Fusion, a group drawing its talent from both sides of the Connecticut- Massachusetts border, will perform on Aug. 2. The group has an extensive repertoire featuring Motown, R&B, jazz and blues hits of the '60s to the present.

Mighty Soul Drivers, featuring classic soul sounds from Memphis and other points South to the hills of New England, will perform on Aug. 9.

Eight to the Bar will perform on Aug. 16. Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocalists.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, and picnicking is allowed. The rain date for each concert is the Thursday following the originally scheduled.

Pain Management Talk

BLOOMFIELD — Duncaster will host a free program about Pain Management on Wednesday, July 26, at 3 p.m. Erika Cappelluti, MD will be presenting on the topic. This program is part of Duncaster's monthly series, "The Art and Science of Graceful Aging." The program will take place on Duncaster's campus, located at 40 Loeffler Road. The event is open to the public; pre-registration is required.

To register for this session or get more information about Duncaster's Art and Science of Graceful Aging presentations contact Shelly Lombardo at 860-380-5006 or [email protected]

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, July 17 and 31; Aug. 4 and 28; Sept. 11 and 25; October 9 and 23; November 6 and 20; December 4 and 18. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 to 11:30 a.m., July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

For more information, contact: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] or 860-233-3669.

Climbing Mt. Everest

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford resident Lhakpa Sherpa recently made her eighth ascent atop Mt. Everest. The West Hartford Library will host Ms. Sherpa at their location, 20 South Main St., on Tuesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. During the event, patrons will go on a photographic and videographic journey of Sherpa's travels.

To register for this event, call the Reference Desk at 860-561-6990 or visit westhartfordlibrary.org. After parking in the garage, come directly to the library for validation in the meeting room.

Indoor Tag Sale

WEST HARTFORD — An indoor, air-conditioned tag sale will take place at the Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive. The sale will open from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, with a $5 admission fee.

The sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 14, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16. There is no admission fee. A bag sale will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. The sale is closed on Saturday.

For more information, call the synagogue at 860-236-1275 or visit www.emanuelsynagogue.org.

Congregation Beth Israel Events

WEST HARTFORD — Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., is hosting the following events in July and August. For more information, call 860-233-8215 or visit www.cbict.org.

Tot Shabbat: First and third Saturdays of each month at 10:30 a.m. July 15; August 5 and 19. Tot Shabbat services precedes general Shabbat morning services at 11 a.m. Young children sing along with the clergy, hear stories, and receive special blessings. Services are held in the Library Children's Room.

Concert and Picnic in Elizabeth Park with The Tribe: Wednesday, July 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. The rain date is July 20. CBI's group for young professionals and graduate students are hosting a potluck picnic and a concert at Elizabeth Park. Look for a balloon labeled CBI. RSVP is not required, but helpful. Email [email protected] if you'd like to join.

Shabbat Under the Stars: Friday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at Simsbury Town Center, near 933 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury. Congregation Beth Israel will hold its annual Shabbat Under the Stars service and concert in partnership with Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation - Emek Shalom. The service will begin at Schultz Park followed by a "Broadway A to Z" concert at the Talcott Mountain Music Festival. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic dinners to enjoy on the lawn during the concert. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children by July 12th; online registration and more details are available at www.cbict.org.

Shabbark Shalom: Saturday, July 29, and August 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. Locations are TBA. Join Rabbi Andi Fliegel and Reuven, her black Lab puppy, for a walk, refreshments, and brief Havdalah service. Bring your dog or just enjoy the hike. For more information, contact Sunny Kagan at [email protected]

Tisha B'Av Service: Tuesday, August 1, at 5:30 p.m. This summer holiday commemorates the many times in Jewish history when it seemed as if all hope were lost, starting with the destruction of the first and second Temples. Jews read from the Book of Lamentations and reflect on the work ahead to fulfill the vision of hope and promise the Torah provides.

Shabbat Splashdown Pool Party and Havdalah: Saturday, August 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the home of Cantor Phillips. Address provided upon RSVP. CBI's group for young professionals and graduate students hosts a light dinner with fun in the pool. A short Havdalah ceremony brings the sweetness of the evening into the rest of the week to come. Guests are asked to bring a drink or dessert to share. RSVP to Cantor Phillips by Wednesday, August 23, at [email protected]

Celebrate CBI: Sunday, August 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy food, fun, family, and friends in this end-of-summer celebration, free and open to the public

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

Motor Vehicle Tax Bills Delayed

WEST HARTFORD — Due to the uncertainty concerning possible legislation which could result in a change to the uniform statewide motor vehicle mill rate, the mailing of the Motor Vehicle Tax Bills will be delayed until such time as final legislation is adopted by the State of Connecticut.

As soon as information is available, including the mailing date and due date of the Motor Vehicle Tax Bills, that information will be posted on the West Hartford home page, www.westhartfordct.gov and also made available by calling the West Hartford Tax Office phone line at 860-561-7474.

As mandated by Connecticut General Statutes 12-146, you will have a one-month grace period from the established due date to pay the bill without interest.

5K Run Postponed

WEST HARTFORD — Due to unforeseen circumstances, My Sisters' Place postponed its 5K Run/Walk, originally scheduled for Sunday, June 11, at the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave.

Presented by Hartford Toyota Superstore, the new date and time of the race and walk is 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave. The race will be held rain or shine. The first 150 participants to sign up receive an exclusive, free race T-shirt. Awards will be presented for the top three male and female finishers overall and the top three male and female finishers in different age groups.

The free kids' fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Fun run participants are encouraged to bring a donation of diapers, bathroom tissue or laundry supplies. The donated items will help the women and families living at My Sisters' Place, who are starting over or experiencing independent living for the first time.

Registration is available online now at www.mysistersplace5krun.com. Pre-race registration is $30 and race day registration is $35. For more information about My Sisters' Place, Inc. and sponsorship available for the 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk, call Robert Dunbar at 860-895-6629 or email [email protected]

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.

Recycling Beginning In July

WEST HARTFORD — The Town of West Hartford announced that weekly recycling began July 1. Recycling will be collected every week on the same day as regular trash collection.

This past winter, the Department of Public Works began a messaging campaign and held meetings with residents to introduce alternative programs such as SMART, Save Money and Reduce Trash.

During the public meetings, the overwhelming majority recognized and commented that weekly recycling was the number one way to drive down our waste volumes.

Beginning July 1, Paine's will start collecting any extra carts from residents with more than one recycling cart and will begin weekly recycling. Residents are reminded to place carts out before 6 a.m. on collection day, and make sure carts are at least two feet apart.

For questions regarding weekly recycling, contact the Public Works Department at 860-561-8102 or Paine's at 860-844-3000.

ASL-Interpreted Performances

STORRS — Connecticut Repertory Theatre, 820 Bolton Rd., announced that the 2017 Nutmeg Summer will have performances interpreted in American Sign Language through a partnership with the University of Connecticut Interpreting Services, a division of the Center for Students with Disabilities.

ASL interpreted performances will take place during the Saturday matinee performances on July 15 for Disney's Newsies.

Ticket prices range from $45 to $55 dollars, with student and senior discount available. Children must be at least four years old to attend CRT productions. To purchase tickets for the ASL interpreted performances by phone, call 860.486.2113. For additional information, visit www.crt.uconn.edu.

Press Boxers Volunteers Sought

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford Little League's Press Boxers announcer's club offers young teenagers a chance to give back to the community. Press Boxers Volunteer to announce one game a week. Announcing duties include: approaching coaches for line ups, keeping the scoreboard, announcing players and playing music.

Experienced announcers can have trivia and music theme games. Press Boxers develop leadership skills and are held responsible for opening/closing the booth and maintaining the equipment.

Press Boxers work on field one at the Little League sports complex at UCONN. Schedules are determined each week to accommodate the student's schedule. Any West Hartford student who has aged out of Little League through tenth grade, regardless of gender, is welcome to join the club. To join the Press Boxers, contact West Hartford Little League at http://westhartfordlittleleague.com.

Fern Street Community Kitchen Schedule

WEST HARTFORD — 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. on the below dates. Breakfast is served from 9 to 10 a.m.

The dates are every other Monday: July 17, and 31. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10 a.m. to noon, July 22, and Aug. 19.

For more information, contact: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] or 860-233-3669.

New Yard Waste Fee Schedule

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford's annual Yard Waste and Recycling Center permits will be available for purchase at 25 Brixton St. (the former incinerator building), operated by Supreme Forest Products.

A new fee schedule was adopted to simplify and streamline the permit processing. A "Club Fee" schedule allows all West Hartford residents to use the site and cuts down the type of permits issued from 14 to 4.

All vehicles except trucks and full size vans without trailers will be charged $10 per year, $15 with trailer. Trucks and full size vans will be charged $25 per year, $35 with trailer. Day passes will no longer be available. The fee charged is for the administration of the facility.

Over the past year, additional recycling opportunities were added to reduce the high cost of waste disposal and provide sustainable waste programs. These recycling programs include the recycling of paint, electronics, textiles, mattresses and box springs. A film plastic drop off site is also planned for the spring of 2017.

The Yard Waste and Recycling Center hours are 7 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit https://www.westhartfordct.gov/gov/ departments/pw/new_yard_waste_ and_recycling_center_fees.asp

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 [email protected]

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter Energy Assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need Energy Assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. Our board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience necessary. For more information or to join, contact Al at [email protected] or call/text 860-205-1688.

Source : http://www.courant.com/community/west-hartford/hc-wh-0713-communitynews-20170711-story.html

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