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Sep 12, 2014 :  Council Briefs

Transportation Options for Seniors forum: The Division of Human Services, Elmwood Senior Center and West Hartford Senior Center will sponsor a forum on transportation options available to seniors in West Hartford on September 16, 1:30-3:00 PM, at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium. The forum is free and open to the public. Representatives from West Hartford Dial-A-Ride, Greater Hartford ADA Paratransit Service, Freedom Rides, ITN, Seniors Job Bank and AmRide will be on hand to offer information, answer questions, and distribute brochures.

Transportation is vital to the health, economic and social well-being of older adults. For more information, contact Susan Huleatt, Human Services Manager, at 561-7578.

West Hartford Food Pantry in need of food! The West Hartford Food Pantry relies on generous donations from the community to help local residents in need.  At this time, the Food Pantry is in urgent need of the following items:

  • Pasta (boxes or bags)
  • Canned Baked Beans
  • Canned Spaghetti O’s/Ravioli
  • Boxed Cereal
  • Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, salmon)
  • Jelly/Jam

Food donations can be dropped off in the Town Hall lobby, Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30 PM.

New Executive Director appointed to the Noah Webster House: The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society's is happy to announce Jennifer DiCola Matos as the new Executive Director.

Jennifer has been the Head of Education at Connecticut’s Old State House since January 2011. Previously, she had been the Director of Education at the Noah Webster House where she designed programs to fit school curriculums and wrote state grants. She has also developed Community Accessibility Project exhibit at the Old State House. Welcome back, Jennifer!

2014 High School Parent Survey: The West Hartford Substance Abuse Prevention Commission, in partnership with the Institute for Community Research, is requesting your participation in its 2014 High School Parent Survey. If you are the parent of a West Hartford teenager, please click on the link to participate, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GDPK7QC. Through this survey the commission hopes to better understand parental attitudes and knowledge related to underage substance use so that it can best serve the community. The survey is anonymous and confidential.

West Hartford Art League’s 80th Anniversary exhibit opens: The West Hartford Art League will open their 80th Anniversary exhibit, 80 years, 80 Days of Art on Sunday, September 14, 2:00-4:00 PM, in their two galleries at 37 Buena Vista Road. The opening is free and open to the public.

This exhibit will celebrate the Art League’s 80 year history and showcase work by 80 of its member artists. As part of the month long exhibit which runs through October 12, there will be a series of free artist demonstrations and talks every Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Donna Namnoun earns ‘Build No Fences Award:’ The Bridge Family Center held its 28th annual Breakfast on the Bridge on September 10 for nearly 140 school, civic, and community leaders from West Hartford. The breakfast is an opportunity for individuals who work with children and families in West Hartford to kick off a new year of collaboration.

The breakfast is also the venue for presenting the annual ‘Build No Fences Award’ that was presented to an individual who works collaboratively to provide support for young people and families. The recipient this year was Donna Namnoun, retired Assistant Principal of Hall High School.

Ronald F. Van Winkle
Town Manager