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Congratulations to our Northwestern Regional 7 Graduates on Friday.  Check out the Sizzlin Summer Tag Sale at the North Congregational Church this weekend.  There is more summer fun coming up.  Stanclift Cove is open with passes available at the cove.  Brodie Beach passes will also be available at the beach.  Brodie Beach opens at 1:00 pm June 19-23 weather permitting.  Camp Brodie begins June 26 and the beach will open at 10 starting on the 26th.  Registration has opened for Camp Brodie, visit the Recreation Department page.  The schedule of performers for the Brodie Park Summer Concert Series and the new Riverview Market have been announced.  Check below for additional information on 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  May 6, 2017)  at New Hartford Town Hall, 530 Main Street.

New Hartford Business Council welcomes Route 44 Wine & Liquor Store with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Business After Hours event on Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 pm.  Check out the new layout and extensive inventory of this renovated business.  Click here to register. 

North Congregational Church presents the Annual Sizzlin Summer Tag Sale on Friday, June 23, 2017 4:00 - 7:00 pm (Early BIrd $5.00 3:30 - 4:00 pm) and Saturday, June 24, 2017 8:30 am - 2:00 pm at 17 Church Street North.  2 Days of Hot Bargains.  For More information call 860-379-2466.

Beekley Community Library presents their annual Paul Cryan Photo Fundraiser on Wednesday,  June 28th 9:00 am - 5:30 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  Here’s an opportunity to have your child’s photo taken by our favorite photographer, Paul Cryan. (He’s Hartford Magazine’s #1 Photographer, too!)  All proceeds from this photo session will be donated by Cryan Photography to the library. The Library has a sign-up sheet.  You’ll need an appointment, so stop by the Library or call 860-379-7235.  There’s time to photograph about 75 children, so call soon to ensure a spot on the schedule.

Beekley Community Library welcomes the Lionheart Puppet Company as they present the Reluctant Dragon on Thursday,  June 29th 11:00 am at 10 Central Avenue.  Kick off your summer reading program by grabbing a journal then settle in for a puppet show! The show is a one-man production, featuring hand and rod puppetry as well as original music! The show is suitable for ages 4-11.What happens when Harold, a young village boy, discovers a dragon in the mountains? Can Harold convince the villagers that the dragon just wants to be friends? Based on the story by Kenneth Grahame.  Call the Beekley at 860-379-7235 to sign up.

 

Brodie Park Summer Concert Series
8 Weeks of Musical Entertainment for Your Enjoyment

Get out of the house and join us in front of Berkshire Hall for a relaxing evening of live musical entertainment.  Bring a picnic, blanket, lawn chairs.  Visit with friends and neighbors.  Don't miss this great experience!  These Wednesday evening concerts begin at 6:30 and are FREE!

July 5 Bootleg Band Country & Rock Classics, Nu-Country
July 12 West Hill Groove B-Sides and Blues
July 19 Magic Moments Classic Rock & Oldies from the '50's, '60's & 70's
July 26 Kenn Morr Acoustic, folk, rock & Americana stylings of original hits
August 2 Army Band Rock Band Rock Cover Band
August 9 Simply Swing Ten-piece brass ensemble
August 16 Last Fair Deal American roots music from bluegrass, jazz, acoustic rock
August 23 Lost Together Classic Rock & Oldies

July 6 Anne DeMichiel
July 13 John Macbeth
July 20 To Be Announced
July 27 The Regulators
August 3 Anne DeMichiel
August 10 The Tradesmen
August 17 Durty Burds
August 24 Caribbean Vibe
August 31 John Macbeth

Thursdays, from 4 - 7 pm visit the New Hartford Riverview Market behind Town Hall for live music, kids' crafts, food demonstrations, fresh produce, goods & wares from local farmers, artists and craftspeople.  Community Yoga will be offered beside the river from 6-7 pm (except 7/13 & 7/27). 

 

Participating local vendors include Barden Farm, MarWin Farm, Howling Flats Farm, Gresczyk Farms and Better Baking by Beth.  A variety of jewelry makers and artists will be highlighted each week.  Local shops and restaurants will also be offering specials each week - stop by the recreation table for more information.

Beekley Community Library presents Experimental Meditation Encounter with Anandi on Monday, July 10th and Monday, August 7th 6:30 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  Do you want to experience your natural state of joy and ease?  Do you want to reap the many benefits of meditation without the effort of willful techniques?  Join us and meditate like the masters. Learn the meaning of Surrender and how to use it in meditation...Get the secret Key to meditating successfully without techniques...Practice meditation effortlessly and effectively.  Call the Beekley at 860-379-7235 to sign up.

Beekley Community Library presents Summer Nutmeg Book Club at the Beekley for grades 3-6 on Tuesdays from July 11th - August 15th 6:30 - 7:45 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  Join educator Fran Stoffer at The Beekley Library for engaging discussions and activities around this year’s Nutmeg nominees. Call the Library at 860-379-7235 to sign up as space is limited.

Beekley Community Library is offering Crochet Classes with Jenn Frasca on Thursdays from July 13th - August 17th 6:00 - 7:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  Each class will cover a different topic.  All supplies will be provided.  Ages 6 and up.  Call the Beekley at 860-379-7235 to sign up.

Beekley Community Library presents Learn American Sign Language with Miss Ada at Friday Storytime for children ages 3-5 with parent or caregiver on Fridays at 10:30 am at 10 Central Avenue.  Learn the ASL alphabet, your name, colors, animals, and some basic words. Listen to Miss Nicole read stories as you sign some words with Miss Ada. Each class will have a craft. The dates of Friday Storytime with ASL are July 14th, 21st and 28th and August 4th and 11th. Storytime runs from 10:30-11:30. Sign up as space is limited!

Bakerville Library presents the Second Annual New Hartford Yard and Garden Tour on Saturday July 15, 2017.  Pick up or purchase a passport on the day of the tour at 6 Maple Hollow Rd.  The passport gives the addresses, descriptions and directions for the homes on the tour.  Yards will be open from 9 am - 1 pm so you can take a leisurely stroll or quick walk through - whichever suits you.  Tickets are $25 each with all proceeds benefiting the library.  You may purchase your tickets in advance at the library or online at www.bakervillelibrary.org.

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.

Beekley Community Library presents Fairy Houses on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:30 am - Noon at 10 Central Avenue.  Open to all ages!  Bring bark, shells, acorns, twigs, feathers, stones, and any other natural material you can find to build fairy houses in the library’s gardens.   Supplies will also be available at the library for use. Please sign up in advance at the library or call 860-379-7235.

SAVE THE DATE - UPCOMING EVENTS

Beekley Community Library welcomes back Animal Embassy on Friday, August 11th 1:30 - 2:30 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  Want to meet and learn about a diverse group of animals? Lucky for you, Animal Embassy is returning to the Beekley!  Meet live animals such as a Monk Parakeet, a Red Foot Tortoise, a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula, an Argentinian Horned Frog and an African Hedgehog or African Porcupine. Learn about nest building, burrow making and web spinning as well as how structures created by some animals help others to survive. ‚Äč Ages 4 and up.  Call the Beekley at 860-379-7235 to sign up.

New Hartford Day - Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Brodie Park

 

 

ONGOING EVENTS

Friends of Bakerville Library are be selling raffle tickets for a 2017 Challenger R/T in Octane Red, named Ruby.  Tickets are $100.00 each, and only 550 have been printed.  Watch for Ruby displayed at businesses around the area and at local car shows and other events.  Tickets may be purchased at these events, as well as the Bakerville Library, 6 Maple Hollow Road in New Hartford, or from any Friend.  For more information, call 860-307-3243 or visit bakervillelibrary.org.

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 Baby & Toddler Storytime with Miss Nicole for children under 3 with parent or caregiver on Wednesdays at 10:30 am at 10 Central Avenue.  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.  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

The Town of New Hartford is seeking bids for services related to the complete Reappraisal and Revaluation of all taxable and exempt Real Property located within the corporate limits of the Town of New Hartford. Bids are due Monday, June 12, 2017 at 12:00 noon.  Copies of the Contract Documents are available by contacting the Office of the First Selectman located within Town Hall at 530 Main Street or by calling the office at 860-379-3389.

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."