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Enjoy the fall colors this weekend before next week's storm by hiking at Brodie Park or one of our scenic hiking trails.  Trick or Treat on the Hill at Regional 7 Friday afternoon and check out the Homecoming Decorations.  Brodie Park welcomes Eastern Bloc Cycling Club for their Cyclocross race on Saturday.  Beekley Library presents the second Historical Lecture in the WWI lecture series and St. Paul's Lutheran Church presents a Fall Festival and traditional German Meal.   Check below for many new events recently added and mark your calendar for upcoming events.

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  September 9, 2017)  at New Hartford Town Hall, 530 Main Street.

Northwestern Regional High School's Student Council invites children aged 13 and under to Trick or Treat on the Hill accompanied by an adult, Friday, October 20, 2017 4:00 - 6:00 pm.  Come up to see the Homecoming Decorations and trick or treat at the classrooms.  Admission is a canned food item per child to be donated to Hands of Grace.

Eastern Bloc Cycling Club presents Brodie Park Cyclocross - Race #3 in the CT series of CX on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  Online registration is available at www.bikereg.comClick here for a flyer with additional information.

Beekley Community Library presents the second part of their Historical Lecture Series: The War That Went On Forever on Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  To some, the First World War was known as the “War to End All Wars.” To many of the soldiers fighting in it, it was “The War that Went on Forever.” The horrors of the weapons and tactics used, the dreary stalemate that held sway in Europe for nearly four years, the far-flung battlefields and the casualties both military and civil seemed to offer no end in sight. This talk will center on the war itself- the tactics, weapons, theaters and battles that made this such a terrifying fight, one so horrific that it seemed inconceivable that anyone would ever again dare to fight on such a scale.  Presented by Hamish Lutris, Professor of History at Capital Community College.  

St. Paul's Lutheran Church presents a Fall Festival and German Themed Meal on Saturday, October 21, 2017 3:00 - 5:30 pm at 28 Prospect St.  Join the "Little Church with a Big Heart" for a free German Themed Meal, a Program on the Historical Significance of the Reformation by our former long time pastor, now Our Church New England District President, Tim Yeadon, Music including a Hymn Sing with songs from the Reformation era and activities for the kids. Sure to be fun and dynamic.  All are welcome!  Please RSVP by Oct 16 to (860)379-3172‬ or

Northwestern Regional School District Board of Education will be holding a Community Conversation, Wednesday, October 25, 2017 6:30 pm in the Roberta O'Hotnicky Little Theater at 100 Battistoni Drive.  This is a chance for community members to come together to receive an update on the excellent work going on at the school.  It is also a chance to share thoughts and priorities for the school and needs ot the communities with the Board.  This year's conversation will include brief presentations from several students sharing their experiences at Northwestern.

The Farmington River Coordinating Committee presents their 12th Annual Open House and Wild and Scenic Art Exhibit on Thursday, October 26, 2017 4:30 - 7:00 pm at Squire's Tavern, 100 East River Rd, Pleasant Valley.  The exhibit will display visual art from members of the community who have been inspired by the area's outstanding Wild and Scenic characteristics: scenic beauty; free-flowing, clean water; wildlife; recreation; history; cultural (native/early American); fish.  View the exhibit between October 26 - November 12.  Sundays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Wednesdays 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Click here for a printable flyer.

South End Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at 20 Antolini Road.  Come see the firefighters, their equipment and fire trucks.  Author Judy Byrne from Collinsville will read her recently published children's book, The Adventures of Fireman Frank.  Come join the fun.  Popcorn and apple cider will be available.

Fall Festival at Hurley will be on Saturday, October 28, 2017 10 am - 3 pm at 37 Greenwoods Rd, 2nd Floor.  Local and Connecticut artists will be exhibiting in various mediums from jewelry to oil paintings.  The event will also include family fun such as crafts, demonstrations and a raffle.

The Northwestern Regional #7 Project Graduation's annual Silent Auction will be Saturday, October 28, 2017 3:00 - 7:00 pm at 100 Battistoni Drive, Winsted. This is the primary fundraiser to support a substance free celebration for the graduating class. 

The New Hartford Women's Club's Halloween Bash is back on Saturday, October 28th 8:00 pm to midnight at Berkshire Hall in Brodie Park.  Bring your best costume and your best friends and dance to music by DJ Jolt Entertainment!  Refreshments will be served, but BYOB…this is an adults only costume party (over 21 only please).  Tickets are $20.  Any questions, please contact Linda at 860-402-8471.

New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance is holding a Pumpkin Carving Contest on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:00 am - 8:00 pm.  All ages are welcome to carve, paint or decorate a pumpkin and drop it off at Ambulance Headquarters, 12B Greenwoods Road.  Drop off anytime before 7:00 pm and pumpkins will be judged by 8pm.  Prizes will be awarded by age group and submissions will be judged by volunteer emergency providers within the ambulance association.

The Bakerville Library presents Boo Fest and Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 5:00 - 6:30 pm.  Events include hay rides, a craft for children, scary stories, and costume contests for children ages 0-6 and 7-12!  Please call the library or go online to register for the costume contest.
FREE! All are welcome.  

Beekley Community Library presents Meditation with Anandi on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 6:30 pm and Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:30 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  You don't have to live with physical-mental-emotional pain, stress and overwhelm. Are you ready to experience more peace and happiness in your daily life and have fun doing it? This class is for people who are    interested in knowing the science behind meditation and implementing a regular daily practice successfully, but who struggle with finding the time or the discipline to make it stick. Anandi teaches the essentials of a strong foundation in meditation which make having a regular meditation practice easy, enjoyable and powerful so you can reap the benefits of meditating regularly. Less stress, less pain, more joy and ease in your daily life!

Northwestern Regional High School's annual Run Like A Deer 5K Run & Non-Competitive Walk will be Saturday, November 4, 2017 8:00 am at Barkhamsted Elementary School, 65 Ripley Hill Rd, Barkhamsted.  Registration opens at 8:00, race begins at 9:30 am.  Registration forms are available at  Prizes will be awarded for top finishers.  Register by October 20 to receive a t-shirt.  Registration fee:  $20 in advance, $22 on race day.

Beekley Community Library presents the third part of their Historical Lecture Series: A Terrible Beauty is Born on Saturday, November 4, 2017 1:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  World War One had many effects that went beyond the conventional battlefield. Mexico’s revolution helped bring the United States into the war. Ireland gained its independence as a result of the 1916 rebellion and subsequent unrest in that country. Countries like Australia and South Africa would gain stature as members of the international community for their parts in the war. Russia became the Soviet Union as a result of the Revolution brought on by the war, setting the stage for the Second World War and Cold War. Finally, the Middle East was set on its path toward modern conflict in the First World War. This presentation will focus on the outlying political ramifications of the war, which remain fresh- and often painful- in today’s memory.  Presented by Hamish Lutris, Professor of History at Capital Community College.  

Beekley Community Library presents the National Beat Poetry Festival Bards Against Hunger (to benefit the Community Soup Kitchen of Torrington) on Saturday, November 4, 2017 3:30 - 5:00 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. Featuring word artists Elizabeth Fontaine and Tony Hanson with musical artist George Porto. For more information please call the library at 860-379-7235.

Beekley Community Library presents Introduction to Mediumship on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 6:30 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  Join Sharon Farber to learn: What is mediumship? How does it work? What types of mediumship are there? What’s the difference between a psychic and a medium? Can one learn to be a medium? This one-hour session includes lecture and Q & A. Pre-registration is encouraged. Sharon Farber is a Massage Therapist, Healer, Artist, Medium, and the owner of Dragonfly Healing Arts. She is the author of the upcoming book: How to Become a Medium When You Aren't Born That Way...Or Are you? to be published by Llewellyn Worldwide.



Licia and Mason Beekley Library BookFriends and New Hartford Business Council present the Holiday Marketplace on Friday, November 17, 2017 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue.  Kick off the holiday season by shopping with local businesses, entering the teacup auction and mingling with friends and neighbors.

Nights at the Beekley Concert Series continues its Eleventh Season with Birds of Chicago on Saturday, November 18th 7:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue. 

The Friends of Bakerville Library are gearing up for their Annual Holiday Festival on Friday, December 1, 2017.  Look for a mix of the reliable and the adventurous—bonfire, tree lighting, carol singing, Mrs. Claus, crafts for kids, Frankie the Balloon Man, refreshments, gingerbread contest, and some new twists on the silent auction.  More information will be posted when available.

The 20th Annual Light New Hartford will be on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm (Tree Lighting at 6:00 pm).  Gather with friends and neighbors for Christmas Carols and festive fun to kick off the holiday season in New Hartford Center.



Beekley Community Library announces that Storytimes will resume following the New Hartford Elementary Schools Schedule.  If schools are closed, storytimes are cancelled.  Please call the library at 860-379-7235 to sign up for any of the following storytimes:

Wednesdays 11:15 am Stories and Finger Plays with Miss Nicole followed by playtime Ages 0-3
Thursdays 6:45 pm Pajama Storytime with Miss Val followed by activities and crafts Ages 3-6
Fridays 10:30 am Stories and Finger Plays with Miss Nicole followed by arts and crafts Ages 3-5

All storytimes require parent or caregiver participation.

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!


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!)




Recording Secretaries
There are several Boards and Commissions that have recording secretaries who are responsible for taking minutes of meetings.  Recording Secretaries receive a stipend per meeting which includes payment for their attendance at the meeting plus payment for the transcribing of the minutes.  These positions require someone who is available on a limited part time basis (one or two meetings per month, average meeting is 2 hours long).  Meetings are generally held in the evenings at Town Hall.  Minutes are time-sensitive, so it is important that the secretary understand the commitment being made.  There is a need for subsititutes for some of the current recording secretaries and there is always the possiblity that a position may open up. Please call Christine at Town Hall (860-379-3389) if you are interested in learning more about recording secretaries and the opportunities that may be available. 

The Town of New Hartord is an EOE/Affirmative Action Employer




The Town of New Hartford WPCA will be assembling a list of licensed plumbers, drain layers and licensed contactors who may be interested in being contacted by New Hartford residents who are seeking qualified professionals to provide connection to the sewer system.  This list is not intended to be a recommendation of any specific contractor, but will serve as information only. If you would like to be included on this list, please contact Christine Hayward or Jill Healey at 860-379-3389.

The West Hill Pond Association would like to make residents aware of an issue with the dam at the north end of West Hill Pond which could impact downstream properties.  During last year's drought it was noticed that water continued to drain from the lake when the dam gate was closed.  This issue places properties at risk for flooding damage downstream and could potentially impact the depth of the pond should the dam fail. Click here for the News Item with Additional Information.  Water level will be drawn down by 5 feet to allow work to be completed, residents should remove boats and docks by September 10th .

The Northwest Hills Prevention Connection (NHPC) is a newly formed, grant funded community coalition covering the towns of Barkhamsted, New Hartford, Colebrook, Norfolk, and Winchester.  The coalitions focus will be reducing substance abuse among the youth in both Region 7 and Winchester.  The coalition currently meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at Northwest Regional 7 School from 12:30 - 2:00.  Next meeting September 26.  For more information, contact Ashley Ishman at (860) 387-9293.

The New Hartford Business Council is seeking businesses to participate in their Internship program with Northwestern Regional High School.  It is a non-working, non-paying program and requires a time commitment of about 1.5 hours per week for three months during either the first or second semester. Businesses do not need to be members of the New Hartford Business Council to participate.  Click here for additional information on the program.

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."