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Don't forget to TAG YOUR WAG during dog license month.  Brodie Beach is now open on weekends only until the last day of school when it will be open daily (weather permitting).  Beach passes are available from the lifeguards on weekends or at Town Hall on weekdays.  Stanclift Cove opens this weekend, passes will be available at the Cove.  Camp Brodie begins June 25, 2018 - see the Recreation Department page for a Registration Link.  See below for more details and additional upcoming events including the schedules for the Riverview and Brodie Summer Concert Series.

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.



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  If we don't know about it, we can't publicize it.

The New Hartford Art League has a new juried show (as of May 5, 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.  The current exhibit features art from Armenia and Tajikistan and sculptures by the Russian artist Nikolay Pogorelov and can be viewed at the library at 10 Central Avenue during the month of May.

Make Music Day 2018 June 21, 2018 - An international event where participating cities invite musicians to participate in  free, open-air celebrations of music.  Promoted by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council and organized by local resident Sierra Maust,  New Hartford will participate by having students from New Hartford Simply Guitar Studio performing  in the Downtown Pavilion on Main Street from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.    Grab a chair or blanket and enjoy the performances.


Beekley Community Library Bookfriends will be drawing the winner of their Spring 2018 Fundraiser - Kayak Package Raffle on Saturday, June 23rd Noon at the Beekley Library..  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.  Winner need not be present to win.  For more information call the library at 860-379-7235.

Join Ginny August and Pam Chambers for their Summer Open Studios Pottery Sale and Demonstrations on Saturday, June 23, 2018 and Sunday, June 24, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at 56 and 66 Tanglewood Rd.  See additional artists at Susan Rood's studio at 345 Ramstein Rd.

The New Hartford Land Trust will be hosting Paddle for Preservation on Sunday, June 24, 2018.  Race your kayak or canoe from the Pleasant Valley Bridge to Main Stream. Not a paddler? Come for the party. Awards! Food Trucks! Lemonade! Beer! Music! Fun for all! Call 860-309-6664 for details or visit us at  

Beekley Community Library has scheduled their annual Paul Cryan Photo Fundraiser for Tuesday, June 26, 2018 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.  Stop by the library or call 860-379-7235 to reserve your five minute appointment to have Paul Cryan take about 30 shots of your child.  His staff will select the three best shots and make up a 5x7 print of each one.  The package of 3 photos is $68.00, two photos for $60 or individual photos for $30 each.  Call early as slots are filled quickly.

Bakerville Library will be offering a Cartooning Program for Kids on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 10:30 amKids will have fun as they learn how to draw classic cartoons by following along with Debi's cartoon chalk talk.  They will work with Debi step by step as they make some fun TV cartoon characters from the past.  Children will also complete a fun classic cartoon project to take home.  Sign Up here:

Beekley Community Library presents four monthly sessions of  Awake Natural Meditation with Anandi on Wednesdays, May 2, 2018, June 6, 2018, July 11, 2018 and August 1, 2018 6:30 - 8:00 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.  For more information stop in or call the library at 860-379-7235.

The Riverview Market and Concert Series will return to the Downtown Pavilion area behind Town Hall on Friday Afternoons from July 6 thru August 24, 2018 4:00 - 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in participating as a seller at the market, please apply to the New Hartford Recreation Department at 860-379-3389.



The Riverview Summer Concert Series will be on Fridays during July and August.  These Free concerts begin at 5:00 pm.  Grab dinner from one of our local restaurants or the vendors at the nearby Riverview Market, bring a blanket or a chair and start your weekend relaxing by the beautiful Farmington River.  Click here for a printable flyer.

Date Band Style
July 6, 2018 Dark Horse Light Rock, Country, Motown, Folk
July 13, 2018 B-Sides B-sides & Blues
July 20, 2018 DenMar Jams Classic Rock, Blues & Country
July 27, 2018 John MacBeth Classic Rock
August 3, 2108 Anne DeMichiel Acoustic Rock, Folk & Originals
August 10, 2018 KeBar Acoustic Rock Classics
August 17, 2018 Donny Sawyer Country to Rock Classics & Originals
August 24, 2018 Hannah's Field Modern Hippie Rasta Folk Music


BrodiePark, Inc has scheduled OUTDOOR MOVIE PARTY NIGHTS on Fridays in July at the Brodie Park Field House.  Visit for additional information and to sign up.

Torrington Savings Bank sponsors a different family friendly feature each week.  Movies begin at Sunset.  Gate opens at 7:30 pm bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show:

July 6, 2018 - Paddington 2, July 13, 2018 - Peter Rabbit, July 20, 2018 - Despicable Me 3 and July 27, 2018 - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle




The Brodie Park Summer Concert Series returns on Wednesdays in July and August at Brodie Park.  Bring a picnic, blanket, lawn chairs and visit with friends and neighbors while enjoying a relaxing evening of live musical entertainment.  Free concerts begin at 6:30 pm each Wednesday.  In case of inclement weather, call Town Hall at 860-379-3389 for cancellation information.  Click here for a printable flyer.

Date Band Style
July 11, 2018 Caribbean Vibe Steel drum Caribbean music
July 18, 2018 Fun Factor Classic Rock and Oldies
July 25, 2018 The Tradesmen Classic Rock, Blues, Country
August 1, 2108 The Regulators Root Rock Americana w/country flair
August 8, 2018 Kenn Morr Original Acoustic, Folk, Rock & Americana
August 15, 2018 The Zolla Boys Blue grass
August 22, 2018 West Hill Groove B-sides and Blues


The Bakerville Library will be hosting their annual Pig Roast on Saturday, August 11, 2018.  Stay tuned for additional details.



The Friends of The Bakerville Library are selling raffle tickets for a 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus in Yellow Jacket, named Lucille. Tickets are $100 each, and only 550 have been printed. The drawing will take place September 29, 2018 at the Bakerville Library. You need not be present to win.

 Watch for Lucille displayed at businesses around the area and at local car shows and other events. Tickets may be purchased at these events, as well as at the Bakerville Library, 6 Maple Hollow Rd. in New Hartford, or from any Friend. For more information, call 860-307-3243, or visit   Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Bakerville Library, including the continuing improvement of the library Annex.

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!)




Summer Employment Opportunities:

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.




JUNE IS DOG LICENSE MONTH.  See the Town Clerk to Tag Your Wag.  A License is a Lost Dog's Ticket Home.

All dogs six months of age must be licensed annually in June.  Licenses must be renewed every June regardless of when the last license was issued.

Proof of rabies vaccination that will be effective as of July 1 is required to renew or obtain a new license.

A one dollar late fee per dog will be charged for each month late beginning July 1.

Click here for additional information and the link to renew online.



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."