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Oct 24, 2014 :  Council Briefs

Richard Patrissi Clock Dedication: Richard Patrissi was honored by the community at a ceremony on October 18 that unveiled a 15½ foot 1890s Replica Street Clock in his honor.

Patrissi, who passed away on March 7, 2013, was known as the “Mayor of Park Road” for his tireless efforts to better the neighborhood. The clock stands at the crosswalk at the mid-point on Park Road, near the Playhouse on Park and A.C. Petersen’s Restaurant. This memorial clock is West Hartford’s way of saying, “Thank You, Richard.”

Health District offers Flu Immunizations: Each year about 114,000 people in the United States are hospitalized with the flu.  The West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District will help protect residents with three public flu immunization clinics:

* Tuesday, October 28, 10 AM-12:00 PM, at the Bloomfield Senior Center

* Wednesday, October 29, 2:00-4:00 PM, at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium

* Thursday, November 20, 12:00-2:00 PM, at the Elmwood Community Center

All clinics are walk-in, no appointments necessary. Call 561-7900 x0 for more info.

Connecticut Law Enforcement Challenge:  On October 17, the West Hartford Police Department received an award from the Connecticut Police Chief’s Association for its participation in the Department of Transportation’s Law Enforcement Challenge. Throughout the year the Police Department is supported by funding from the DOT’s Highway Safety Office for traffic safety campaigns including DWI enforcement, Click-it-or Ticket, and Distracted Driving. The Law Enforcement Challenge also recognizes town-wide efforts to make our roads and sidewalks safer including traffic calming initiatives, share the road signage, and pedestrian crossing signals

This is the fourth consecutive year that the West Hartford Police Department has received an award for the Law Enforcement Challenge.

Upcoming Capital Projects:

*  Two Beachland Pools will be replaced with one similar to the Fernridge Park pool

*  Cornerstone Aquatics Center outdoor stairs

*  New concession stands at the Miracle Field ball field

Planning underway for the Children’s Charity Ball: The Children’s Charity Ball committee is meeting regularly to plan the Bridge’s 16th annual gala on January 17, 2015. Light Up A Life is an open event—all are invited to support the Bridge’s many services for children and families in West Hartford and the surrounding region. If you have not received an invitation in the past and would like to be added to the list, call the Bridge at 860-521-8035 or email judy@bridgefamilycenter.org,

Winning Candle Safety PSAs announced:  West Hartford middle and high school students were challenged to create a 30-second public service announcement on candle safety and fire prevention. Entries were judged by the five fire stations and the winners are:

Judges Choice: How to Handle a Candle, Hall High School Film Making Club

People’s Choice: Rewind, Hall High School Film Making Club

Middle School Award: Candle Safety, Saint Brigid’s School

Winning productions will be posted on the Fire Department’s website and shown on WHC-TV, Comcast Ch. 5, from November 15th through January 15th. Due to the great response this year, another contest will be held next year with the inclusion of the elementary schools. Winning teams will be presented with a plaque to be hung in the school.

Ronald F. Van Winkle
Town Manager