Dec 6, 2013 :
West Hartford earns $15,000 Bright Ideas Grant: The Town of West Hartford earned its first Bright Idea Grant ($15,000) through the Clean Energy Communities program's Energy Efficiency Track after earning its first 100+ points. West Hartford is among 35 Connecticut towns that were recognized at a ceremony celebrating this achievement on December 4 at the State Capitol. West Hartford earned points by employing a dedicated Energy Manager to direct Town efforts efficiently, enlisting 1,769 homes (7% of community) in residential energy savings programs, conducting an annual district-wide conservation challenge in the schools and completing the benchmarking of all municipal and public school buildings. The Town and its Clean Energy Task Force will determine the best use of funds and brainstorm potential projects.
Solarize West Hartford Workshop: West Hartford is hosting a free Solar Workshop on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 PM at Conard High School for residents what want to learn more about this State and Town sponsored program which entitles West Hartford residents to deep discounts on solar installation and considerable energy savings. The more residents participate in the program, the more the price drops, with all residents receiving the lowest possible price for their installation no matter when they sign up for the program. West Hartford residents must sign a contract by February 18, 2014 to qualify. For more go to www.solarizect.com/WestHartford.
Bagged leaf collection continues until December 27: Residents still bagging leaves are encouraged to place their bags at the curb as they bag them. No need to wait for your refuse collection day. Collection crews are routinely getting ahead of schedule each day and advancing into the next scheduled collection area. Residents using a landscape service to have their leaves vacuumed curbside are reminded that leaves cannot be placed in the street and must remain on the greenbelt. As winter approaches, Public Works has a heightened awareness of the effects of how leaves piled in the street create traffic safety issues, impede storm water access to catch basins, and inhibit snow plowing operations.
Gift Cards needed for the Town's Holiday program: Each year through The Town That Cares, the Department of Human and Leisure Services helps low-income families celebrate the season by distributing gift cards at its annual Children's Holiday Party. These families look forward to this party and are treated to pizza, make-your-own-sundae bar and a special picture with Santa. Please consider donating gift cards in the amounts of $20 and $25 from area businesses where parents are able to select appropriate holiday gifts for their children. Cards can be dropped-off at Room 306. Last year, 273 West Hartford children benefited from this program. Thank you and Happy Holidays! Call 561-7561 for more information.
Thanksgiving Dinner delivered: With the help of over 20 volunteers including the West Hartford Fire Department, the Juniper House and Elmwood Kitchen delivered over 200 complimentary Thanksgiving dinners to home-bound seniors. Juniper House has offered this service to the community each and every year and is especially grateful to all the volunteers.
Date set for 2014 Children’s Charity Ball: The Children’s Charity Ball committee has set the date -- January 18, 2014 -- for the Bridge’s 15th annual gala. Reach for the Stars is an open event. Everyone is invited to support the Bridge’s many services for children and families in West Hartford and the surrounding region by attending the event. 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 Bierly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ronald F. Van Winkle