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Spring is here (at least according to the calendar) and soon March winds will give way to April Showers and May Flowers.  If you missed the informational meeting on the Michael Butler Farm Preservation & Riverfront Trail Project be sure to catch the presentation on Saturday morning at Town Hall.  Both libraries are having informational programs on Saturday.  The Lions Club is offering a Fundraiser to support Christian Mumm Saturday evening and the DTC is having a Hometown Baked Potato Bar on Sunday including a visit from Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman.  The New Hartford Land Trust's annual meeting is also next week.  Check below for new Fundraising and library events recently added.  If you enjoy receiving this information, please encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up to receive these Special Event emails and other town notices at

New Events are always being added to the Around Town Page which promotes Activities and Events that are occurring "Around Town".  (Scroll down the entire page to see all the listings or click on the button below to reach items of interest.) Job Openings, Request for Proposals, Invitations to Bid and other miscellaneous Town Notices will also be posted here.



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The New Hartford Art League has a new exhibit (as of January 16, 2017)  at New Hartford Town Hall, 530 Main Street.

South End Volunteer Fire was scheduled to host a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross at 20 Antolini Road on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  Unfortunately, due to the winter storm and travel ban, many blood drives across the state were cancelled creating a greater need.  If you are interested in donating blood to help fill that need, please visit or call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) to find a location in the area.  Once a new date has been scheduled for the Fire Department it will be posted here.

Open Space Preservation Commission presents an informational session on the Michael Butler Farm Preservation & Riverfront Trail Project on Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:30 am at Town Hall.  Learn all about this preservation and trail proposal.  Get your questions answered.

Bakerville Library presents "Put Your Best Fork Forward" on Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:30 am at 6 Maple Hollow Rd.  In recognition of National Nutrition Month bring your children aged 3 - 6 to learn how each of use holds the tool to make healthier food choices.  This program is free.  Please RSVP to 860-482-8806 or

Beekley Community Library presents "The 1960's - The Kennedy Years" on Saturday, March 25, 2017 1:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  This is an hour-long multi-media lecture/discussion about the early 1960s, and the turmoil and successes of the first 3 years of that decade, commonly known as "The Kennedy Years. It was a time of guarded optimism and of growth. It was the season of a new generation being forged from the kids of the post-World War 2 years--The Baby Boomers.  This is the first in a series of four planned lectures that will cover the 1960s. Presented by D.H. Robbins, the author of two historical novels The Tu-Tone DeSoto and Chamelea which focus on the 1960s.

New Hartford Lions Club present Tim MacDonald and Friends to benefit New Hartford's Christian Mumm on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 7:00 - 11:00 pm (music starts at 8:00) at La Trattoria Restaurant in Canton.  Tickets are $15.00 per person and are available by calling 860-989-3401.

Beekley Community Library will once again be offering The Beekley Seed Library including free organic, non gmo vegetable and flower seeds.  Seeds have been donated by High Mowing Seeds, John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, Seed Saver's Exchange and the Hudson Valley Seed Library.  Seeds will be available starting March 25th.

New Hartford Democratic Town Committee is hosting a Hometown "Baked Potato Bar" Fundraiser on Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at South End Firehouse, 20 Antolini Road.  Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman will be attending this event from 4:00 - 4:30 pm.  Suggested donation $15.00 per person or $25.00 per family. 

Passiflora announces that Podunk Throwbacks will be performing on Sunday, March 26, 2017 1:30 - 4:30 PM at 526 Main Street.

The New Hartford Land Trust presents  Climate Change in New England: What to Expect and How to Plan for the Future featuring Adam Rosenblatt, Ph.D. at their 2017 Annual Meeting and Presentation on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm at New Hartford Town Hall.  Click here for more information.

Beekley Community Library presents Taste of Korea: Korean Culture Full of Wisdom and Nature on Saturday, April 1, 2017 11:00 am at 10 Central Avenue.  Learn about the culture and health benefits of Korean food.  Chefs will prepare five traditional dishes.  A one hour talk and discussion will be followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch.  Seats are limited so please call the library at 860-379-7235 to reserve your place.

Beekley Community Library presents National Beat Poetry Festival on Saturday, April 1, 2017 3:30 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  Beat poets & musicians reading and playing their own creations, works from the original Beats and an open mic for all who would like to read their own. For more information please call the library at 860-379-7235.

Beekley Community Library is currently hosting The Ideal House, an exhibition of children's drawings from the Ukraine.  A lecture will be presented by the Embassy of Ukraine about current events and changes in Ukraine, once part of the USSR and whose recent history has included the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia.  The exhibit is ongoing and the lecture will be on Tuesday, April 6th at 6:30 pm at 10 Central Avenue.

Beekley Community Library Bookfriends presents Antiques: What Are They?  Why Do I Want Them?  What Do I Do If I Have Them? on Sunday, April 9, 2017 2:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  Come hear Jay Kohler discuss antiques in today's marketplace after which he and Greg McEldowney will offer free verbal appraisals, limited to one item per person.  Categories include decorative arts, furniture, maritime, gold, silver, jewelry, primitives, maps, toys, clocks and watches. No guns, knives or military items.  Program and Q&A at 2:00 pm, appraisals 2:30 - 4:00 pm, first come first served 

New Hartford Business Council is hosting a ribbon cutting to welcome Samantha Gale Designs on Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:15 pm

The Parrott Delaney Tavern announces that David Foster & The Shaboo All-Stars will be performing on Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 8:00 PM at 37 Greenwoods Road.  They're back for an encore performance.  If you missed their sold out show the first time, don't make the same mistake.  Tickets on Sale Now for $30 (plus credit card fee) at

The Parrott Delaney Tavern and the New Hartford PTO present a FundRaising night to benefit the New Hartford Education Fund featuring the band Uncle Rico on Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 5:00 - 10:00 PM at 37 Greenwoods Road.  Support the New Hartford Education Fund!  Enjoy an evening of great food, awesome entertainment, silent auction, raffles and more.




Exciting News from New Hartford Recreation:

Thursday afternoons this summer during July and August visit the New Hartford Riverview Market for fresh, local produce, items for purchase, musical entertainment, demonstrations and activities.  This market will be held in New Hartford Center behind Town Hall near the newly constructed pavilion from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.  Stay tuned for a schedule of vendors, musicians and activities.





Bakerville Library presents Story Time and Crafts on Tuesdays at 10:15 am at 6 Maple Hollow Road.

Beekley Community Library presents Baby & Toddler Storytime with Miss Nicole for children under 3 with parent or caregiver on Wednesdays at 10:30 am at 10 Central Avenue beginning September 14, 2016.  Storytime is for New Hartford residents only and follows the New Hartford Public School calendar.  During vacation weeks, check the library website for special programming or call 860-379-7235.

PING-PONG at the Bakerville Library Annex - Maple Hollow Road; Thursdays 7:00pm- 9:00 pm;
All are welcome.  Paddles and balls provided or bring your own.  Refreshments!  All Abilities!

Beekley Community Library presents Pajama Storytime with Miss Val for children ages 3-6 with parent or caregiver on Thursdays at 6:45 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring along their favorite stuffed friends.  Please call to confirm at 860-379-7235.

Beekley Community Library presents Preschool Storytime with Miss Nicole for children ages 3-5 with parent or caregiver on Fridays at 10:30 am at 10 Central Avenue beginning September 16, 2016.  Storytime is for New Hartford residents only and follows the New Hartford Public School calendar.  During vacation weeks, check the library website for special programming or call 860-379-7235.

COMMUNITY CAFE - at the New Hartford Senior Center;  Wednesdays and Thursdays; $4.00 lunches for seniors; $5.50 for all others (you don't have to be a Senior to dine at the Community Cafe!)  Reservations MUST be made a day in advance ( by noon!)




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Kindergarten Registration is open. If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall, please visit the district enrollment page, complete the census and download the enrollment packet. Please contact the Central Office at 860-379-8546 as soon as possible so they have enrollment numbers for planning purposes.

The New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department and South End Volunteer Fire Department are offering Emergency Services reflective Road Signs to residents to ensure that emergency services can find you if needed.  Signs are $20 picked up or a bargain at $25 installed.  All profits will go to support the fire department for your district.  Click here for the order form.



Local Town-wide Social Services is administered by the Administrative Assistant to the First Selectman.  Working in conjunction with local churches, the schools and local non-profits, a vetting process is used (confidentiality is maintained) to insure that the need is verified and also to insure that assistance is not being sought from multiple sources.  Grocery and Gasoline Gift Cards are always welcome!

PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER a monetary donation to NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR (provides payments direct to utlility companies/oil providers to assist with heat/electricity or other necessary expenses -NO CASH is given to the applicant - a committee reviews requests (confidentiality is maintained) 100% of donations are used to provide assistance to LOCAL families.  Call Christine at 860-379-3389 if you would like additional information about this fund.

Prescription Discount Cards are saving money for New Hartford Residents. Click here for information regarding this plan.

Black Bears in your neighborhood?  Click here for tips from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

PAINT THE PAVEMENT -Was held on Saturday, September 19, 2015.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered for this community-building, town-beautifying project co-sponsored by the New Hartford Art League and the Town of New Hartford.  New Hartford is the first town in New England to participate in this program. Click here to see the amazing results.  Better yet,  check these out in person!  Come down to the Center of Town and see these incredible works of art. 



The Tax Office and the First Selectman's Office receive numerous calls regarding Fire District Tax Payments.  Please be aware that there are three separate fire districts within the town and residents are taxed according to the district they in which they reside.  The Fire Districts are entirely separate from the Town.  They each set their own mill rate and are responsible for the collection of taxes within the district.  The Town has absolutely no  authority over the districts.  Fire District Tax Payments cannot be accepted at Town Hall.   Each district elects Commissioners who act as the governing body of their specific district.  Tax Collectors are also elected to their position.  Elected Officials serve for a specified term and are elected at Annual Meetings scheduled by the district.  Concerns regarding the operations of the district need to be addressed to the Commissioners of the district.  Monthly operational meetings are also held for each district at a location specific to the district. Members of the public are encouraged to attend fire district meetings and participate in discussions.  For additonal information concerning FIRE DISTRICT TAXES, please call the district tax collector:

New Hartford Fire (Village or First District)  860-738-3407
South End Fire (Second District) 860-482-5758
Pine Meadow Fire District: 860-238-7958

OPEN BURNING IS BY PERMIT ONLY (when conditions allow)!  Please call the town hall (379-3389) to receive contact information for the burning official.  The Burning Official is responsible for issuing burning permits.  Call him to make arrangements for him to check your pile and issue a permit on site.  The permit fee is $25.00.  Reminder:  Burning should not be done on wet, cloudy days.  The smoke cannot rise as it needs to in order to prevent a disturbance to your neighbors.  For additional information on open burning, visit the web page "burning official."