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Spring is in the air and warmer weather brings opportunities to enjoy our wild and scenic Farmington River or other outdoor recreation areas.  Take note:  the Regional School District Budget Referendum will be on Tuesday, May 2nd at TOWN HALL from Noon to 8:00 pm (details on the home page).   It's the last week to stop by Town Hall during April to see the beautiful Farmington River Quilt Project presented by the FRCC.  The panels provide a spectacular vision of our Wild and Scenic natural treasure but will be taken down on Friday.  

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.

       

SPECIAL EVENTS

In order to let people know what is going on, we need YOU TO INFORM US so that we can spread the word. Please send your events to town@town.new-hartford.ct.us  If we don't know about it, we can't publicize it.

The New Hartford Art League has a new exhibit (as of  March 11, 2017)  at New Hartford Town Hall, 530 Main Street.

FRCC's Farmington River Quilt Project is on display at New Hartford Town Hall during the month of April.  The FRCC is proud to present this fabulous quilt which consists of 25 individual panels which together form a continuous view of the Farmington River.  Each section is 21" high by 24" wide, though the tree line and sky change from section to section to show each area, the river runs smoothly uniting the sections into one continuous quilt.  Along the quilt you can see the wildlife, deer, bear, eagles, herons and ducks that live by the river as well as the fishermen, kayakers, campers, and tubers who come to the river to enjoy the peace, beauty and sometimes the wild ride it provides.  The panels are located on the 2nd floor - main level (street level) of the Town Hall. Start at panel 1 and follow the river as it winds through the hallway and ends in the main foyer.

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 are currently available.

Beekley Community Library presents Theory of Mind: Why We Might Have Difficulty Changing Negative Patterns and Habits on Tuesday, April 25th at 6:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue. If we want to be able to respond to someone compassionately, we must first understand what he or she may be thinking, feeling, or perceiving—we must have a theory of his or her mind. Carl Brown, a Connecticut licensed hypnotist, will discuss how we develop our own point of view by ways in which we take in information using the subconscious, conscious and critical parts of our mind. The program will conclude with some light hypnosis with emphasis on relaxation and stress reduction.

The New Hartford Land Trust is hosting a program on Natural Lawn Care presented by Aimee Petras of the Farmington River Watershed Association on Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:00 pm at the South End Fire Station, 20 Antolini Road The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) and the New Hartford Land Trust want you to get your lawn in shape without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Skeptical? Celebrate Earth Week and attend the upcoming workshop!  This program is free and open to all. Please RSVP, if possible, to help with logistics. Thank you! E-mail NHLT at newhartfordlandtrust@yahoo.com or call 860-480-4844.

The North Congregational Church is offering a Spring Community Meal on Friday, April 28, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 pm at 17 Church Street North (behind the New Hartford Post Office).  Join with neighbors and friends for good conversation and a delicious meal of appetizers, Mediterranean chicken, roasted potatoes, spring salad and dessert.  Call 860-379-2466 for more info or directions.  All are welcome!

The North Congregational Church presents the Farmington Valley Band in concert on Sunday, April 30, 2017 3:00 pm at 17 Church Street North (behind the New Hartford Post Office).

New Hartford Business Council presents Business After Hours at Torrington Savings Bank, 518 Main Street on Monday, May 1, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 pm.  This special Business After Hours event features a presentation of a check for the New Hartford Business Council Scholarship Fund from Torrington Savings Bank.  Please click here to register for this special event.  

BUDGET REFERENDUM for Regional School District Number 7 Budget ONLY.  Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Noon to 8:00 pm at Town Hall.  Please note - to reduce costs all electors and property owners qualified to vote at town meeting from both districts shall vote at Town Hall for this referendum.

Beekley Community Library presents the National Beat Poetry Festival on Saturday, May 6, 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. For more information please call the library at 860-379-7235.

The New Hartford Land Trust is hosting an Edible/Medicinal/Wildflower Plant Walk on Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00 am at the Henry Buck Trail in the American Legion State Forest.  Email newhartfordlandtrust@yahoo.com or call 480-480-4844 for more information.

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.

South End Volunteer Fire will be hosting a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross at 20 Antolini Road on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 1:30 - 6:30 pm.  Please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) to to make an appointment. 

New Hartford Business Council is hosting a Morning Mingler at Chapin Park Bed and Breakfast on Thursday, May 11, 2017 8:00 am

The New Hartford Garden Club is hosting its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 13, 2017 8:30 am to 2:00 pm in the New Hartford Town Hall lobby at 530 Main Street.  Included In the sale will be tomato and vegetable plants; hardy perennials raised by local gardeners; hand-made all-weather hypertufa planters filled with plants to gift for Mother’s Day; and flower-filled hanging baskets. Garden club members will be available to answer gardening questions. All proceeds will fund the club’s town-wide beautification projects.

Eureka Grange presents their Baked Potato Extravaganza and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 13, 2017 5:00 - 6:30 pm at Eureka Grange Hall, 777 Litchfield Turnpike (Rte 202).  Only $5 for delicious baked potatoes with all the toppings.  Beverages are included.  There will also be a bake sale.  For more information call 860-482-1111 or 860-307-7000.

Neighbor to Neighbor will be holding a Pasta Supper fundraiser at the North Congregational Church,17 Church Street North (behind the Post Office) on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  TWO seatings; 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM.  Take out will also be available.  Ticket prices are $10.00 for ages 12 and up; $5.00 for children ages 6 - 11; Ages 5 and under eat free!  Family Package $25.00.  Meals will include Salad, Pasta w/Sauce, Meatballs, roll, water and coffee.  Desserts will be available for purchase.  For more information, call Town Hall at 860-379-3389.  COME AND SUPPORT THIS LOCAL FUND that is available to help your neighbors during difficult financial times.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE - UPCOMING EVENTS

The Litchfield Hills Olympic Triathlon will be returning to New Hartford on Sunday, July 16, 2017.  The triathlon features a 1.5K swim in a crystal clear lake, stunning mountain vistas along the 40K bike course, and scenic, rural back roads during the 10K run. The Aqua/Bike event will run simultaneously with the triathlon on the same swim & bike course. The duathlon starts with a 4.5K run and then joins the triathlon’s bike course and finishes with a 10K run. Click here to visit the Hartford Marathon website to register.

 

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.

 

 

 

ONGOING EVENTS

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;
FREE!
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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TOWN JOB OPENINGS

Stanclift Cove is currently accepting applications for seasonal summer employment.  The Cove is open from Father's Day through Labor Day.  Click here for an application form which must be submitted by April 15, 2017.

 

 

TOWN NOTICES AND GENERAL INFORMATION

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.

 

HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS......

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. 

 

NOTICE TO NEW HARTFORD RESIDENTS REGARDING FIRE DISTRICT TAXES

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."