Community News For The West Hartford Edition

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.

Christmas Tree Collection

WEST HARTFORD — The annual Christmas tree collection program by the Public Works Department began on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and will run through Jan. 15. Residents in the Monday and Tuesday refuse collection areas should have their trees at the curb by 6 a.m. for Christmas trees to be collected during the first week.

Residents do not have to wait for their trash day to put the trees out as DPW may get ahead of schedule. The town will be making a sweep through the town twice and may get ahead of schedule. Weather permitting, the collection will end on Monday, Jan.. 15.

The collection will proceed from the Monday refuse collection area into the Tuesday refuse collection area, then into the Wednesday refuse collection area and so on until crews make two complete passes of the Town.

Residents are reminded that the trees are recycled into wood chips. Therefore, please remove any plastic bags, ornaments, lights or stands from your tree before you place it at the curb. Please help us during snowstorms by removing your tree from the side of the road.

Residents may also bring their trees to the town Recycling Center at 25 Brixton Center from Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note, there are no weekend hours at the Recycling Center from Dec. 23 until April. Call the Department of Public Works at 860-561-8100 with any questions.

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. 15 and 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., Jan. 20, 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.

Source : http://www.courant.com/community/west-hartford/hc-wh-0111-communitynews-20180109-story.html

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