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It is that time of year again when we begin to administer our annual leaf collection program. Public Works began leaf collection on Monday, October 31st and will continue through December 10, weather-permitting. I know, many might feel we are starting too early. Please understand, we are racing against mother nature to ensure the leaves are picked up substantially before the snow starts.
Please watch out for leaf signs in your area that indicate when crews will be in your neighborhood, check our interactive map periodically here and sign up for town service updates through EH Alerts at this link to keep up with our leaf progress. I thank you for cooperation.
-Mayor Michael P. Walsh
Get Vaccinated for Flu & COVID TODAY!
An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help reduce the risk of getting flu and any of its potentially serious complications. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually. Generally, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection.
The East Hartford Health Department will be holding two public flu/COVID-19 booster clinics in November. The Fluzone high dose quadrivalent will be available for those 65 and over. The Flucelvax quadrivalent will be available for those 12 – 65 years, and the bivalent COVID-19 booster will be available for all ages 12 and up. Appointments are encouraged; walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Residents are advised to bring their insurance and ID cards; however no one will be turned away. To speak with a public health nurse or to make an appointment, contact the East Hartford Health Department at 860-291-7324 (option 1). For more clinic options, follow the Town of East Hartford Facebook page or visit the Health Department website.
Saturday November 5, 2022
11 AM – 2 PM, former North End Senior Center at 30 Remington Road.
Thursday November 10, 2022
1 – 4 PM, Senior Center at 15 Milbrook Drive
Quit Smoking This November
November is National Smoking Cessation Month, and if you're a smoker, there's no better time to kick the habit. Did you know that quitting smoking can bring immediate health benefits, even if you already suffer from a smoking-related disease? Three months after quitting, your lung function and circulation will improve. After a year, your risk of heart disease will be cut in half. You'll also reduce your risk of cancer and the likelihood of heart attacks, strokes, and chronic lung disease. Smokers can and do quit smoking for good. In fact, since 2002 there have been more former smokers than current smokers. If you or a loved one smoke cigarettes and want to quit either for the first time or to make another attempt, do not give up, and know that you are not alone.
Visit SmokeFree.gov to build your quit plan, download quit apps, and explore quitting tips from the National Cancer Institute.
Leaf Collection Underway
Leaf Collection Program is now underway and will continue through December 10, 2022, weather-permitting. The program features a one-time vacuuming of leaves placed in piles by the curb. Residents are asked to start piling their leaves on the curb.
Take Affordable Housing Survey
The Town has begun the development of an Affordable Housing Plan, per the requirements outlined in Connecticut Statute 8-30j. To better inform the plan’s development, East Hartford residents are asked to complete a survey on the current housing situation.
General Election Information
Please be advised the statewide general election will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, from 6 AM to 8 PM at designated polling places. In order to be able to vote in the general election, citizens must be registered voters. Individuals who have registered in the past and have not changed their residential address since then, do not have to register again.
First Time Home-Ownership
East Hartford Works! invites all individuals who are new homeowners or are about to purchase their first home, to an information session on homeownership! The session will be held Wednesday, November 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the East Hartford Public Library, located at 840 Main Street.
Please register in advance as space is limited! Register here.
Join us for a wreath-laying ceremony at the World War I memorial in front of Raymond Library in honor of all Veterans. The event will be held on the front lawn of the Raymond Library at 840 Main Street in East Hartford on Veterans Day, November 11, 2022 at 10:30 am. This ceremony will commemorate the veterans of East Hartford from that conflict as well as all veterans, living and deceased.
All town offices, including the East Hartford Transfer Station, will be closed Friday, November 11, 2022 in observance of Veterans’ Day. Leaf collection will not occur on Friday, November 11, 2022. All town offices will reopen on Monday, November 14, 2022 for regularly scheduled hours of operation.
Curbside trash and recycling pickup will run on schedule with no delays.
Ask the Mayor!
Ask Mayor Mike questions about East Hartford that you have been meaning to ask for a while! The questions are accepted weekly, Monday through Friday and answered in a video message on Wednesdays. The Mayor’s previous responses are available here.
All town offices, including the East Hartford Transfer Station, will be closed Thursday, November 24, 2022 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. All town offices will reopen on Friday, November 25, 2022 for regularly scheduled hours of operation.
Curbside trash, recycling and leaf pickup will be delayed by one day.
Planning and Zoning
November 3, 2022 at 6 PM, Town Council Chambers, 740 Main Street.
Remote access: +1 929-235-8441; ID 740085780#
The purpose of the meeting is to gather input on proposed changes to East Hartford’s Zoning Regulations. The Zoning Regulations are being revised to make them easier to use and understand. The revisions will also ensure the regulations are up to date and address important issues. More information, including a summary of the major changes, is available on our website here.
The McCooks of Main Street
Thursday, November 3, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
From 1865 to 1927, Rev. John James McCook was a presence on East Hartford’s Main Street as the pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church, as much as he was on Hartford’s Main Street, where he resided as the patriarch of the Butler-McCook family. Learn more about this historic figure and his years at St. John’s, the historic Main Street church structure by renowned architect Edward Tuckerman Potter, and the McCook family’s continued connection to the parish, through artifacts and articles in the EHPL museum collection.
Virtual Program: Poets Reading Poetry
Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Poets are invited to share their poems on the theme of “play” (noun or verb). Ten poems/poets will be chosen to read in a prepared program followed by an open mic. Videos of performed pieces may be sent to email@example.com, or email text of poem(s) to be read. Limit of four (4) minutes per poet. Featured poets with East Hartford roots include Marilyn Johnston, Jane Schneeloch, John Stanizzi and Elizabeth Thomas. For adult and teens. Registration is required.
Virtual Program: Dino Diorama
Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Spotlight your favorite dinosaurs in a pocket-sized scene to celebrate Dinovember! Register in advance for a kit, and we’ll craft together over Zoom. For tweens, teens, and adults.
Creative Arts Open Hours: Threads of Assumption Artists
Thursday, November 17, 6 – 7:30 PM
How have we experienced gender bias in our culture, families, communities, and religious affiliations?
Threads of Assumption artists, Martha, Sofie, U-Meleni, and Maria, invite the community to participate in the upcoming art exhibition of poetry, music, and weavings. Join the artists for a workshop on Thursday, November 17 from 6 – 7: 30 PM in the East Hartford Public Library Makerspace.
Using provided looms, workshop attendees will make an individual yarn weaving using their own stories around gender bias as inspiration. While weaving and chatting with the artists, attendees can tell their stories to one another or write them down individually. The stories and weavings will be made anonymous and translated by both the artists and artificial intelligence for the exhibition at the library in April 2023. The workshop is free and open to the public. People of all genders are welcome.
JOIN A BOARD & COMMISSION
Are you interested in volunteering for the town? East Hartford has a variety of boards and commissions that are in need of volunteers. To learn more, view available vacancies and apply to be considered here.
Thanksgiving/Christmas Assistance Programs
Today is the last day to submit applications for Thanksgiving/Christmas Assistance Programs.
Sign Up For Town Alerts
If you would you like to receive non-emergent, timely notifications from the Town of East Hartford via a text message, email or phone call, please register today! To receive non-emergency messages, please select "Town Services" during registration in the drop down menu. All subscribers will receive emergent life safety notifications as well.
Affordable Connectivity Program Signup Help
Parents and caregivers! Did you know that all families with students in East Hartford Public Schools qualify to save $30/month on Internet at home? Contact our digital navigators to make an appointment for help signing up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a federal Internet subsidy. You’ll need to bring a copy of a recent report card and to know the Social Security Number or National ID for your student. We can also advise on eligibility for residents who do not have a student in East Hartford Public Schools. Call or text 860-471-1484, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Help us fight the blight. Report any issues of concern through “My East Hartford” – the town’s customer relationship management platform for a prompt and timely resolution.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Requests are NOT monitored 24/7 and are addressed during business hours only. If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
AMERICA RECYCLES DAY
America Recycles Day is celebrated on November 15, 2022. It began in 1997 to remind Americans of the importance of recycling year-round! The recycling rate in America has increased from less than 7 percent in 1960 to the current rate of 32 percent as a result of education about conservation of natural resources, protection of the environment and reuse of materials.
The recycling efforts of communities and businesses throughout the United States have helped with this success and growth. However, we can all do more, especially in terms of RECYCLING CLEAN!
RECYCLING CLEAN means careful placement of items in your recycling blue carts. Please be thoughtful about what you place in the blue cart: when in doubt, throw it out in your green trash cart.
Thanksgiving is around the corner and we will all be cooking, baking, eating and drinking. With more than 50 million turkeys consumed each Thanksgiving, it is important to know what to do with those turkey trays and other items such as pie tins, cranberry cans, soup cans, beverage bottles (glass, plastic, aluminum), plastic wrap & foil. In fact, not all items are recyclable if they are not CLEAN. Do not recycle plastic wrap, soiled paper plates, soiled napkins, soiled aluminum foil, food waste, black plastic food containers, styrofoam or plastic silverware. Put these items in your trash cart.
Remember, East Hartford Recycles Clean!
HELPFUL TIPS FROM THE ASSESSOR’s CORNER
Personal Property Declarations can now be filed online!
If you have received a letter from the Assessor’s Office with an access code, you are eligible for filing your declarations online.
All 2020 Grand List Vehicles have until December 31, 2022, to get any adjustments done. After that date we can no longer adjust the bills.
All Active-Duty Military needing to file an exemption for a vehicle must do so no later than December 31, 2022 or the exemption will be waived for the 2021 Grand List.
Service Learning Opportunity
The East Hartford Youth Services Department has an upcoming service learning opportunity for high school youth. Participants must live in East Hartford but can attend any high school be it in the district or not. This is a chance to be a part of the election process.
Students will be at Town Hall (740 Main Street) on Election Day: November 8, 2022. They will help voters to get registered. Students will also help answer questions that voters might have. Register by November 1, 2022.
Volunteer With Us!
East Hartford is looking to create a network of volunteers to assist with a variety of volunteer tasks. Help us reach our goal of 100 volunteers by December 31, 2022.
The Town of East Hartford is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.
ARE YOU A BUSINESS IN EAST HARTFORD?
Become a member of the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce!
Brand new networking for our East Hartford Community!
Join us the second Thursday of the month from 9:00 am to 10:15am. All are welcome! This networking group will be facilitated by Mike Keiser of E Circle Marketing.
Goodwin College Community Room
1 Riverside Drive
**Parking is available in front of the Main Entrance
**Enter the lobby, and the Community Room is the first door on the right.
FREE, registration required
Learn more: CLICK HERE
To register for the Thursday networking group or any other networking events please visit the CT River Valley Chamber events calendar: Chamber Calendar of Events
BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH
The Russell Grab and Go
1084 Main Street, East Hartford, CT
TEL: (860) 969-6801
The Russell was first established in Hartford in 2005 by founder Hugh Russell, providing unparalleled customer service, welcoming atmosphere, and amazing food for the residents and visitors of downtown Hartford. Since then, Hugh Russell has proven to be a successful entrepreneur and businessman in the state of Connecticut, transforming 14 years of hospitality work into four successful restaurant locations around Hartford county.
East Hartford eagerly welcomes The Russell to our community and we are
excited to have a new restaurant right on Main Street. The Russell Grab and Go on Main Street is now open and is offering delicious food, including some authentic Caribbean dishes, mouthwatering desserts, snacks and refreshing drinks. Visit them at 1084 Main Street and support their new location.
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Small Business Support Open Hours
Friday, November 18, 10:30 – 12:30
Are you thinking of taking the next step and opening your own small business? Are you in business already and interested in learning more about the resources available to you? Join us at the library for Small Business Support open hours on the third Friday of the month. Learn about help available for both aspiring and established small business owners, and speak with representatives from SCORE and from the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce, which represents over 400 members in East Hartford Marlborough, and Glastonbury.
Register for a reminder, and to be notified of event updates, including featured partners. Walk-ins welcome! Small Business Support Open Hours are sponsored by the East Hartford Public Library, the Town of East Hartford Development Department, SCORE, and the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Message from the Fire Chief
Cold weather is fast approaching! Did you know that heating appliances are the second leading cause of home fires and the third leading cause of residential fire deaths?
As we transition into the cold weather months, it is important to remember some fire safety tips to keep you and your family safe. First and foremost, use approved heating devices. Space heaters can be used to help assist in areas of your home that may be cooler than others, but they should not be used exclusively to heat your home. In fact, 81% of heating fire deaths are attributed to a space heater.
Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association to stay safe while using space heaters:
Keep anything that can burn at least 3’ from all heating appliances.
Have a 3’ “kid-free” zone around space heaters to prevent burns and tipping.
Consult a licensed professional if questions arise over heating appliances.
Never leave a portable heater unattended.
Use only listed and rated equipment and NEVER use extension cords.
Inspect cords regularly for cracks or fraying.
Test your smoke alarms twice a month.
Our offices are prepared to answer any questions you may have about fire safety. And don’t forget, our Fire Marshal’s office is always available for free smoke alarm installation. The FMO can be reached at 860-291-7405.
-Chief Kevin Munson
The Town of East Hartford once again partnered with the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce and Pratt and Whitney to bring the much-loved Trunk or Treat back to the Pratt and Whitney’s Runway. The event took place on Sunday, October 30 bringing about 500 families to the airfield for candy, Halloween spirit and fun.
Thank you for your interest in the Town’s newsletter. The newsletter will be issued monthly, on the first day of each month. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at 860-291-7100 or by email at email@example.com. My door is always open and my staff is equipped and ready to assist you.
-Mayor Michael P. Walsh