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Fall is in the air.  Perfect weather to visit one of our many hiking trails to view the Fall colors in our scenic Town for All Seasons.  The Beekley Library's timely three part program titled The Weight of Suicide, Together We Survive Stronger, concludes on Friday.  Saturday is the Annual Silent Auction at Regional to fund Project Graduation - get an early start on your holiday shopping and support the substance free celebration for the graduating class.  Hands of Grace is holding an indoor tag sale on Saturday as well.  The Women's Club's Adult Halloween Bash is coming up.  See below for more details and additional 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 announces their Fall Art & Pottery Show (as of September 8, 2018)  at New Hartford Town Hall, 530 Main Street.  If you are interested in joining the New Hartford Art League, please visit their Facebook page.


Beekley Community Library's final session of their three part program: The Weight of Suicide, Together We Survive Stronger presented by Dr. Cara Latizzori Nguyen, Psy.D will be on Friday, October 19, 2018 6:30 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  The third session is titled Peer Support During Times of Loss. Open to Teens, tweens and parents.  Come listen and exchange ideas and experiences that are common to the process of grieving and what you can do to get and receive support for friends who are also struggling.  Call 860-379-7235 to reserve your space.

Hands of Grace is hosting an Indoor Tag Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, October 20, 2018 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at 8 Wickett St., Pine Meadow.  Items available include christmas decorations, household items, toys, books, clothing and much, much more!

Northwestern Regional High School will be hosting their Annual Silent Auction on Saturday, October 20, 2018 3:00 - 6:00 pm at 100 Battistoni Drive to fund Project Graduation, a substance free celebration for the graduating class.  Come down and start your holiday shopping with the wide variety of items donated by faculty and parents.

The New Hartford Historic District Commission is hosting an Informational Session on Sunday, October 21, 2018 2:00-4:00 pm at Chapin Park Bed and Breakfast, 45 Church Street.  Have you ever wondered about what goes into establishing and maintaining a historic district? Our district in Pine Meadow is a classic example of New England splendor, and we want to help residents understand the designation.  The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

North Congregational Church will host a Free Autumn Community Meal on Friday, October 26, 2018  6:00 - 7:00 pm at 17 Church St. North (behind the post office in downtown New Hartford).  A delicious meal of appetizers, chicken and biscuits, salad and dessert will be served.  All are welcome to gather with friends and neighbors for good food and fellowship.  Please call 860-379-2466 for more information or directions. 

Northwest Community Bank is offering a Free Community Shred Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018 10 am - 1 pm at 141B Main Street.  (5 box limit).  They are also collecting non-perishable food items for local food banks.

Beekley Community Library announces the return of the Historical Lecture Series featuring Hamish Lutris on Saturday, October 27, 2018 1:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue. The subject of the first lecture is The Harlem Renaissance.  The series will continue with new topics each month in November, December and January.  Check back for additional details.

The New Hartford Women's Club's is hosting its annual Adult Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 27 from 8PM-12AM at Berkshire Hall in Brodie Park.  Bring your best costume and your best friends and dance to music by Music Express DJ Service!  Refreshments will be served, but BYOB...this is an adults only costume party (over 21 only please).  Tickets are $20 for purchase in advance or at the door - same price!  Any questions, please contact Linda at 860-402-8471.  The New Hartford Women’s Club  is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.  Not only is the Halloween Bash loads of fun, but you’ll also be helping to support our community and those in need!
Brodie CX (Cyclocross) returns to Brodie Park on Sunday, October 28, 2018 - races run every hour from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.  Sponsored by Benidorm Bikes/Eastern Bloc Cycling Club and the Farmington Valley Youth Cycling team, the race is part of the Connecticut series of Cyclocross and will have a large junior racer participation (ages 9 - 17) from the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program.  There will also be a beginner race at Noon.  Fresh Harvest Food Truck will be there.  All race proceeds go to the New Hartford Neighbor to Neighbor Fund.
The Bakerville Library will once again be hosting their BOO FEST on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, Time TBD.  Bring your little ones for a Trunk or Treat event at the library.  Volunteers needed to decorate their trunks for the event or donate candy.
The New Hartford Land Trust presents Eagles in Connecticut on Saturday, November 3, 2018 9:00 am.  Ginny Apple will present a program in the Senior Center followed by a walk and viewing along the Farmington River.  For more information and to RSVP email or call 860-379-7204.

New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance Explorers Post #379 will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, November 3, 2018 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Pine Meadow Fire Station. Enjoy a buffet style meal including pasta, salad, bread, drinks and dessert for just $10 per adult and $8 per student or senior (65 and over).  Children under 5 are free.

Beekley Community Library's Nights at the Beekley Concert Series continues featuring James Maddock on Saturday, November 3, 2018 7:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  This Leicester UK-born native now calls NYC his home.  His career in rock and roll has featured the entire roller coaster - top five radio hits, touring with some of the best known bands, establishing a dedicated fan base internationally.  This year's release of the album "Insanity vs Humanity" has once again brought him a following including the producer of this series.  He comes with his band to leave his indelible mark on us.  A not to be missed evening with a man who has made a life with music and rock and roll. Tickets are $30 at the door.  Visit for additional information.



Beekley Community Library will host their Annual Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10 Central Avenue.  Stay tuned for additional info.

The New Hartford Women's Club will host the Annual Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Ann Antolini School.  Stay tuned for more information on the coloring contest, raffle and Giving Tree.

Light New Hartford will be on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Town Center.

The Bakerville Library will host their annual Holiday Festival on Friday, December 7, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Library, 6 Maple Hollow Road.  This event features the opportunity to visit Mrs. Claus and pick up some wonderful gifts at the Silent Auction.  Stay tuned for additional details.

North Congregational Church is hosting a Holiday Dinner prepared by local caterer, Mitch Goran on Sunday, December 9, 2018 5:00 - 7:00 pm at 17 Church Street North (behind the Post Office).  Chef of all seasons, Mitch Goran is preparing roasted herb-crusted pork loin, rosemary root vegetables, local grown apple-ginger compote, buttermilk & chive mashed potatoes with egg-free chocolate mousse for dessert.  Homemade macaroni & cheese will be available for the children. Adults $15, Children 12 or under $6, Seniors 62 and over $12.  Please call the Church at 860-379-2466 or Jane at 860-379-1634 for reservations.

Beekley Community Library's Nights at the Beekley Concert Series continues featuring The Lynnes on Saturday, January 26, 2019 7:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  “Individually, both Lynnes are formidable forces in contemporary music, together they just might be unstoppable.“    Huffington Post   "One of the front runners for Americana album of the year. A massively accomplished result. I cannot praise this record enough. It is pretty eyebrow raising."    Music Republic Magazine  “With clever lyrics, superb harmonies and high quality backing musicians, this debut album is an absolute joy from first track to last.”   FATEA Magazine (UK)  Tickets are $27 at the door.  Visit for additional information.



Beekley Community Library announces that Storytimes follow 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.

The Bakerville Library presents a Fabulous Plus Forty Yoga Wellness Series meeting on Tuesday and Friday mornings beginning on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 7:30 - 8:30 am thru Friday, November 16, 2018.  Pre-registration is required at

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!)
This program is currently on hold pending the hiring of a new Senior Director.




Land Use Administrator - full time; 35 hours per week plus night meetings; Duties include zoning enforcement, inland-wetlands enforcement, flood plain manager.  Union position, full benefits, competitive salary.  Certification preferred, but willing to train if there is experience in a related field.
Call First Selectman's Office at 860-379-3389 for additional information.

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.  (ongoing posting - no closing date)

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

Regional Refuse Disposal District
The Regional Refuse Disposal District #1 is currently hiring for positions in all departments.  Applications are available at the RRDD office.  Click here for additional information on the openings and skills required.



Kindergarten Registration is open.  If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall, please visit the District web site - Enroll new student, complete the census and download the enrollment packet.  Call the school or Superintendent's office with any questions.

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 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.  For more information, contact Ashley Ishman at (860) 387-9293.

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."