Nov 21, 2014 :
Thanksgiving Distribution: On Nov. 20, the Social Services Division distributed grocery gift cards to 250 households so families could purchase food for Thanksgiving. An additional 70 households are expected over the next few days. Those served include low-income West Hartford residents, both elderly and households with young families.
The gift cards were purchased using funds specifically donated to the food pantry through the Town That Cares, a program that funded through the generosity of the community.
The Holiday Stroll: Horse drawn carriage rides, carolers and street entertainment . . . all evoke images of a traditional New England winter season and now West Hartford Center brings the magic of the holidays to the Annual Holiday Stroll. This free event will be held on Thursday, December 4, 5:30-8:30 PM
The Holiday Stroll features Santa and Mrs. Claus, marshmallow roasting, food sampling from area restaurants, and ballerinas from The Nutcracker, music and dancing, choirs from local groups and public schools, a Festival of Trees at First Church of Christ, and much more. For more information, contact Barbara Lerner, at the Chamber of Commerce, 521-2300.
Niche ranks West Hartford schools among the best in Connecticut: West Hartford Public Schools has been ranked as the 16th best public school system in Connecticut, according to the 2015 rankings released by Niche, a national online educational and neighborhood ranking service. Additionally, Conard High School and Hall High School were ranked among the best high schools in the state. Conard was 11th and Hall came in at No. 20.
Niche’s Best Public School Districts survey ranked 8,738 school districts based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly.
Board of Education appoints new chair: Following the November 4th election, the West Hartford Board of Education appointed a new chair, Mark Overmyer-Velázquez. He has served on the Board since 2011. Mark Overmyer-Velázquez is the founding director of the Institute of Latino, Caribbean and Latin American Studies at UConn. He received his PhD from Yale University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile. Mark is a member of the Jewish Cooperative, Kehilat Chaverim, he plays keyboard for the UConn faculty band “Blues without Borders” and is a past soccer coach and PTO member at Smith School.
Sgt. Anderle receives First 100 Plus award: Sgt. Anthony Anderle was honored on Nov. 14 as one of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence First 100 Plus Class of 2014; male leaders working to improve the lives of domestic violence victims. Sgt. Anderle coordinates WHPD’s Lethality Assessment Program, acts as the department’s domestic violence liaison with state agencies, non-profits, and our various law enforcement partners and conducts quality control checks on WHPD’s domestic violence investigations and reports. Through these efforts Sgt. Anderle has managed to reduce the number of pending domestic violence cases
The Taste Book discount dining and entertainment book, a fundraiser for ECC: Elmwood Community Center is once again selling The Taste Books, a dining and activity book with over $1,000 in savings at area restaurants, retailers and attractions. The book sells for $25 and is available at ECC and at the Customer Service Desk at Town Hall. Proceeds from the sale support Elmwood Community Center programs and special events.
Ronald F. Van Winkle