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Tonight, the North Congregational Church presents Jen Chapin in concert for donations to feed the hungry.  Tomorrow hopefully the weather will permit Donny Sawyer to perform at the FREE Riverview Concert and Farmer's Market.  Grab takeout from a local restaurant or goodies from the Market, bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy the free music.  Saturday brings the Bakerville Library's rescheduled  Community Pot Luck Pig Roast.  If the weather cooperates, the final Wednesday Concert at Brodie will be West Hill Groove and then Hannah's Field closes out the Friday Riverview Concert Series.  Catch these great events before the summer winds down.  See below for more details and additional upcoming events.

Brodie Beach is now open (weather permitting).  Beach passes are available from the lifeguards or at Town Hall during normal hours.  Stanclift Cove passes are available at the Cove. 

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 Ukraine with the theme, Home, Family, Motherland.  Sponsored by the Fermata Art Foundation of Avon.  On display for the month of June.

The North Congregational Church presents Jen Chapin in Concert on Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:00 pm in the Church Sanctuary, 17 Church Street North.  Although she is Harry Chapin's daughter, Jen Chapin's music is urban folk soul and reflects the diversity of her life experience.  Admission to the concert is a $15 donation or food items.  Profits go to an organization which promotes food security in the U.S. and the world.  Call 860-379-2466 for more information.  Click here for a list of items needed at the Food Bank.

The New Hartford PTO presents their annual Kindergarten Mingle on Saturday, August 18, 2018 10:00 am at Brodie Park Playground.  Incoming Kindergarteners are invited to gather at the park to meet and play with new classmates.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, email the PTO at

The Bakerville Library has rescheduled their annual Community Pot Luck Pig Roast on Saturday, August 18, 2018 5:00 - 8:00 pm at 6 Maple Hollow Road.  This year's festivities feature an adult blueberry pie baking contest, a children's blueberry muffin baking contest, acoustic music by The DT's, and a New Hartford Amateur Photo Contest (click here for photo contest rules).  Pig and corn on the cob provided.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  To RSVP or enter any of the contests, visit, call the library at 860-482-8806 or click here

The West Hill Pond Association is hosting a Pig Roast Fundraiser on Sunday, August 19, 2019 2:00 - 6:00 pm at Berkshire Hall, Brodie Park.  The event features 2 live bands, 50/50 raffle, pig roast, bbq chicken, salad, dessert and beer and wine.  This is a 21 and over event.  $40 per person includes one drink.  Tickets available at The North End Store, Passiflora Cafe & Tea Room, Gresczyk Farm, Morsel Munk and Ledgebrook Spirit Shop or call Sue @ 860-379-1943.  Checks should be payable to WHPA.  All proceeds go toward maintaining West Hill Pond's healthy lake environment including week remediation and water quality testing.

Beekley Community Library presents  Beekley Bingo Night on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  A great way for the whole family to end the summer.  Prizes include games, books, bubbles and more with snacks provided.  Stop by the library or call 860-379-7235 to reserve your spot.

The North Congregational Church presents their 22nd Annual Peach Fest and Craft Fair on Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Chapin Park/Pine Meadow Green.  Enjoy handcrafted peach products, children's activities and visit with artisans and craftspeople.

The Bakerville Library presents a Radical Raptors program for children on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 10:30 - 11:30 am at the Library Annex, 6 Maple Hollow Road.  White Memorial presents an interactive presentation which covers the hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons that call northwest CT home. You’ll even get to meet our two most common raptors, the barred owl and red-tailed hawk, up close and personal!  Please click here to RSVP or call the library at  860-482-8806.

The Bakerville Library presents an Author Talk with Beth Caruso on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 6:30 - 8:00 pm at 6 Maple Hollow Road.  One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America's First Witch Hanging is a chilling story from Windsor, Connecticut's earliest town and the home of Alice 'Alse' Young, the unfortunate first victim of the Connecticut Witch Trials.  This novel is based on the life of Alice 'Alse' Young and the possible events that led to the first witch hanging in the American colonies.  The author uses extensive historical research combined with literary inventions to bring forth a shocking and passionate narrative theory explaining this tragic and important episode in American history.

The New Hartford Land Trust presents Mushrooms on Saturday, September 15, 2018 9:00 am.  Join Marlene Snecinski for a presentation at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue followed by a guided walk at a location to be determined. 



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


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




BrodiePark, Inc has started planning the 45th Annual New Hartford Day on Sunday, September 16, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Brodie Park.  This year's theme is A Salute to New Hartford Farmers Past and Present.  Are you interested in Booth Space?  Applications are available here, at or email Pam Fitzgerald: 

The Bakerville Library presents a The Bear Reality program on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Library Annex, 6 Maple Hollow Road.  Felicia Ortner, a Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC) and a bear enthusiast, will provide education and facts about bears and help dispel myths and common misunderstandings.  Please click here to RSVP or call the library at  860-482-8806.

The Bakerville Library announces that David Krimmel, former Town Historian, will present a program about historical homes in the area on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:00 pm at 6 Maple Hollow Road.  

The New Hartford Land Trust presents Prying into Land Use History a two part program led by NHLT Board Member and Town Historian Anne Hall.  On Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Anne will present a slide presentation at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue.  The second part features a guided walk at NHLT's Alfred Sabolcik Preserve on Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 am - Noon

The Bakerville Library will be offering a performance of Nappy's Puppets, an awesome puppet show for kids on Saturday, October 13th 10:00 am at 6 Maple Hollow Rd.

The Bakerville Library will once again be hosting their BOO FEST on October 31, 2018, Time TBD.  Bring your little ones for a Trunk or Treat event at the library, including a hay ride and crafts 



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 will be offering Summer Yoga Sessions:

Children's Yoga for Ages 5 - 10 will be offered in the Garden on Thursdays from June 28th thru August 16th 10:30 - 11:30 am.  Kart Maalinn will be presenting classic yoga with games for the children.

Spaces are limited, pre-registration is required, stop by or call the library at 860-379-7235.  Bring a mat or towel.

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.

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!)




Senior Center Director:
The Town of New Hartford is seeking a qualified individual to serve as Director of the Senior Center. This person is responsible for Senior Center operations, programs and special events.  This is a 20 hour per week, part-time position.
Experience preferred, but willing to consider candidates who have strengths in areas that would serve this position well.  Call Christine at 860-379-3389 for additional information or to request an application.  Application deadline:  September 3, 2018.
The Town of New Hartford is an EOE/Affirmative Action Employer.
(posted August 15, 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. 
(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."