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The Annual Budget Meeting and Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24th.  The Open Space Preservation Commission will be hosting a final Public Walk of the Michael Butler Farm and Riverfront Preservation Project on Sunday, April 29th.  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.

       

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 10, 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 presents The Ideal House.  An exchange program of drawings by students from Eastern Europe, Asia, the United States and Italy.  Sponsored by the Fermata Arts Foundation of Avon.  This exhibit of art from the Republic of Georgia can be viewed at the library at 10 Central Avenue during the month of April.

The North Congregational Church is hosting a Spring Free Community Meal on Friday, April 27, 2018 6:00 - 7:00 pm at 17 Church Street North.  Come enjoy good conversation with friends and a delicious meal of meat or vegetarian lasagna, salad, garlic bread and dessert.  For more information call 860-379-2466.

Beekley Community Library presents The Greenwoods Consort on Friday, April 27, 2018 7:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  A free concert of Renaissance vocals, readings and dance.  For more information stop in or call the library at 860-379-7235.

The New Hartford Land Trust presents a Spring Wildflower Walk led by Catherine Brooks on Saturday, April 28, 2018 2:00 pm at Henry Buck Trail in American Legion Forest, Barkhamsted. RSVPs encouraged to newhartfordlandtrust@yahoo.com.

The Open Space Preservation Commission presents a Public Walk of the Michael Butler Farm and Riverfront Preservation Project on Sunday, April 29, 2018 1:30 pm.  Come out to see this beautiful and exceptional place prior to the Referendum on May 8.  The two-mile, round-trip walk includes short sections of uphill and downhill but is mostly level. It contains some uneven ground. Full walk will take about 1.5 hours or more if you want to stop and talk with volunteers along the way, etc.  All walkers need to check in with volunteers at the trailhead and sign a waiver/ indemnity form. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Because we cannot anticipate numbers of people, please leave your dogs at home. If you cannot, they have to be kept on a leash.  The Town is grateful to the Butler family for opening their property for these walks. Please leave no trace behind you!  Directions/Parking: Park behind New Hartford Elementary School in Pine Meadow (Blackbridge Road side). Walk north on Blackbridge Road over the bridge across the River. Just past the bridge on the right, you will see volunteers at the trailhead. Please do not enter the property without registering. All walkers will need to sign a waiver/ indemnity form.

 

SAVE THE DATE - UPCOMING EVENTS

The Resilience Grows Here Initiative of the Farmington Valley Health District will be hosting an RGH Chow Hall for veterans and their families on Thursday, May 3, 2018 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Canton Community Center, 40 Dyer Ave, Canton.  This is a pot luck event, please bring a favorite dish to share as you connect with fellow veterans and familes and help the initiative learn how best to serve you.  RSVP to Leesa at 860-352-2333 x 324 or lphilippon@fvhd.org.

Gresczyk Farms will be hosting their Annual Spring Fling on Saturday, May 5 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Check back for more information.

The New Hartford Land Trust presents Moonlight Walk: Moths and Night Sounds with naturalist Diane Tucker on Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:00 - 9:00 pm at New Hartford Land Trust's Dr. Steven Wernick property, Steele Rd. RSVPs encouraged to newhartfordlandtrust@yahoo.com.

The 11th Annual David Childs Memorial Fishing Derby will be Memorial Day weekend, May 26th and 27th.  This event features a $1000 guaranteed top prize and various adult and youth prizes.  Costs are $10 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under with a $15 maximum per family.  Pre-register now at Upcountry Sportfishing, 352 Main Street, Pine Meadow or click here to register online.  Informational flyer can be found here.

 

ONGOING EVENTS

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;
FREE!
All are welcome.  Paddles and balls provided or bring your own.  Refreshments!  All Abilities!

The Bakerville Library invites children to pick up a BINGO Card for the Winter Reading Program beginning February 3rd.  Kids who play BINGO at the Bakerville Library during the month of February and who complete five squares in a row will be entered into a drawing for a raffle prize!  View and print the BINGO card from this link or pick up a copy at the library front desk.

Beekley Community Library Bookfriends are offering a Spring 2018 Fundraiser - Kayak Package Raffle.  Only 500 tickets are available at $10 each.  Enter to win a Dagger Zydeco 9.0 Kayak, Bending Branches Whisper Paddle and Stohlquist Spectrum PFD donated by Collinsville Canoe and Kayak.  Drawing will be held on Saturday, June 23rd Noon at the Beekley Library.  Winner need not be present to win.  For more information call the library at 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

Summer Employment Opportunities:
New Hartford Recreation Department will be accepting applications for summer employment (camp counselors/lifeguards) through March 9, 2018.  Past employees must re-apply if you wish to be considered for the summer of 2018.
Contact Christy Tellier, Recreation Director, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 860-379-3389 or via email at ctellier@town.new-hartford.ct.us

Stanclift Cove will open Father's Day weekend for the 2018 summer season and is currently accepting applications for lifeguards and supervisors.  Contact Christine in the First Selectman's Office (860-379-3389) to obtain an application.  Please apply by April 16, 2018.

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

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.

 

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 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 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.  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.

 

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."