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Jul 18, 2014 :  Council Briefs

On the Town, July 31-August 3: The 38th Annual West Hartford Summer Arts Festival presents On the Town from July 31 to August 3 at the Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford. Based on Jerome Robbins' ballet Fancy Free, this musical comedy follows the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City for 24 hours. Classic musical numbers such as "Lucky to Be Me," "Some Other Time," and the unforgettable, "New York, New York," are featured. Tickets are on sale now online and at Elmwood Community Center while supplies last. Tickets are $16.

The West Hartford Summer Arts Festival is a collaborative program between the West Hartford Public Schools and the Department of Human and Leisure Services.

Wall Bracing by the Book: The Building Inspection Division is offering a free class to contractors, architects, engineers and homeowners on the recent changes to the 2009 International Residential Code Book as it pertains to wall bracing. Please join us for an informative, hands-on session on Wednesday, July 23, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium. Registration is required; RSVP to iig@westhartford.org. For more information, contact Fred Falcone, Senior Building Official, (860) 561-7533.

ECC and Hartt partner to offer dance classes: Elmwood Community Center and the Hartt School are partnering to offer a new program at the community center this year called, “Hartt at ECC.” Recreational dance classes will be available to residents and non-residents beginning at age 2, year round or by session. Dancers who are interested in pursuing dance on a more serious level will transition to the Hartt School when they are ready.

ECC is excited to continue its tradition of offering a variety of dance options to youngsters of all ages. More information on “Hartt at ECC” will be available in the Fall/Winter program Guide that will be mailed to homes in August.

Fire Prevention Public Safety Announcement contest: The West Hartford Fire Department is joining West Hartford Community TV for a Fire Prevention public safety announcement contest.  The contest will be open to students at the middle and high school levels.  The PSA must be between 30 and 60 seconds in length.  The topic is Candle Fire Safety.  Judging will be held during Fire Prevention Week in October.  The winning PSAs will be aired on WHC-TV and possibly shown as a pre-show trailer at Bow Tie Cinemas in November and December. 

Call for Nominations: Annual Historic Preservation Awards: The West Hartford Historic District Commission announces the call for nominations for its Annual Historic Preservation Awards Program. The program recognizes homeowners and businesses that take special care to improve their properties while preserving their historic character.

Any residential or non-residential property originally built prior to 1945 and located in West Hartford is eligible for consideration. Improvements for which the property is being nominated should have been completed between January 1, 2012 and June 1, 2014.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the Town’s web page or from Office of the Town Clerk. Nominations are due no later than August 18, 2014, and will be reviewed and voted upon by a panel of five jurors. Awards will be presented in September.

Om …. Om….: LaSalle Road will be transformed into an outdoor yoga studio on Saturday, July 26 at 8:00 AM. Bring your yoga mat to this free event sponsored by West Hartford Yoga. Nameste!

Ronald F. Van Winkle
Town Manager