West Hartford Department of Public works will collect Christmas trees curbside from January 4th to January 15th. 
 
Collection will begin on Monday, January 4th in the Monday collection area and continue into the Tuesday area, and so on. Crews will make two sweeps through town and may get ahead of schedule, weather permitting, so residents may put trees at the curb (not in the street) on any day during the first week of collection.
 
Please note: This program will end the week of January 11-January 15. Residents must have trees out by 6AM on their designated trash day. Drivers cannot return for trees put out after your designated trash day.
 
Trees are recycled into wood chips so please remove all decorations, lights and plastic bags. No fake trees. No bags!
 
Please help us during snow storms by removing trees from the side of the road. Crews cannot dig out trees buried under snow.
 
Residents may also bring their trees to the town Recycling Center at 25 Brixton Center Monday-Friday, 7:00AM-4:30PM. An annual permit is required. Please note, there are no weekend hours at the Recycling Center until April.  
 
If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works at 561-8100.
 
 
Watch the Film of the Play Produced By
Playhouse on Park at Auer Farm
 
 
This play was originally scheduled to be produced by Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. live at Playhouse on Park.
As a result of guidelines put forth by Governor Ned Lamont and out of concern for the safety of our staff, cast, and crew, the play was filmed outdoors without the presence of a live audience.
All involved in the making of the film of this play were required to adhere to an extensive safety plan.
 
A remarkable true story from the Western Front. All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 relives an astounding moment in history; in a silence amid the combat, a soldier steps into no man’s land singing “Silent Night.”
Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie between the Allied troops and German soldiers. They lay down their arms to celebrate the holiday, share food and drink, play soccer, and sing carols.
This dramatic retelling weaves together firsthand accounts of World War I soldiers with patriotic tunes, trench songs, and Christmas carols.
 
"... When [the voices] come together, the sensation is tremendous and the musical chill effect engulfing...The show is a lesson...in music as a vehicle for emotion."
The New York Times
"A heartbreaking tribute to the men, who, in defiance of their commanders
had the courage to affirm their common humanity."
The New Yorker
 
Then... Join Us for a Very Special Panel Discussion
 
Shared Gestures of Goodwill: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Sunday, December 27th
4:00pm.   Live on Comcast Cable Channel 96
 
The panel will be moderated by West Hartford’s own Chuck Coursey.
 
Special Guest Panelists include American Folk Music Star John McCutcheon (Christmas in the Trenches); All is Calm creator Peter Rothstein; CT’s own WWI Aficionado Christine Pittsley; and Sam Kassow, a leading Historian of Polish Jewry and the Holocaust.
 
Advanced registration is required. Link to register in advance:
 
 
OR CLICK BELOW WATCH THE PANEL DISCUSSION
Shared Gestures of Goodwill: The Christmas Truce of 1914
 
 
 
On December 16, 2020, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order 9R. This executive order extends the two property tax relief programs previously available to eligible taxpayers, businesses, nonprofits, and residents who had been economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The two programs are the Tax Deferment Program and the Interest Rate Reduction Program. These programs apply ONLY to the deadlines for tax bills that become due and payable on January 1, 2021.
 
Tax Deferment Program:  Available by application for eligible taxpayers. Application due by February 1, 2021
 
The effect of this program is the equivalent of an extended grace period. The due date of the tax bill is still January 1, 2021. Instead of the last day to pay being February 1, 2021, the last day to pay will be extended to April 1, 2021. All taxpayers approved for the Tax Deferment Program must make payment no later than April 1st, or interest will be charged at the statutory rate of 1.5% per month, retroactive to January 1, 2021.
This program is offered to “eligible taxpayers” as defined below by the State of Connecticut, Office of Policy and Management:
 
For Residents: 
Resident has suffered a reduction in income of at least 20% due to COVID-19 and since April 1, 2020, has been either:
 
  1. Furloughed without pay
  2. Work hours significantly reduced
  3. Unemployed
 
The Town of West Hartford has also made this program available to any resident who (1) is age 59 ½ or older as of December 31, 2020 and (2) has suffered at least a 20% reduction in household income not related to wages or employment.
 
Click here for application; Due by February 1, 2021
 
For Business/Non-Profit:
Revenue expected to decrease at least 30% in the October 2020 to January 2021 period versus October 2019 to January 2020 period.
 
Click here for application; Due by February 1, 2021
 
Landlord Eligibility under the Deferment Program:
In order for landlords (or any taxpayer that rents or leases property to tenants or lessees) to be eligible for the Deferment Program, they must provide the Tax Collector with documentation that either the parcel has or will suffer significant income decline, or that commensurate forbearance has been offered to their tenants or lessees.
 
Commensurate forbearance means:
(1) a deferral of 25% of rent for ninety (90) days after its due date;
(2) a deferral of one month’s rent to be paid over the ninety (90) day period; or
(3) forbearance substantially similar to (1) or (2) as determined by the Tax Collector. 
 
The landlord must provide documentation evidencing proof that the tenants or lessees have received forbearance or that the landlord has actively offered forbearance to the tenants or lessees.
 
Click here for application; Due by February 1, 2021
 
Interest Rate Reduction Program:
 
There is no application or eligibility requirements (except for landlords-see below) for the Interest Rate Reduction Program. This program provides for a reduced interest rate for a period of 3 months on the following:
 
Tax Bills due January 1, 2021
 
The last day to pay without interest will still be February 1, 2021. Any payment made between February 2 and March 31 will be subject to interest at the reduced rate of .25% per month. 
 
Any payments made on or after April 1, 2021 will be subject to interest at the statutory rate of 1.5% per month, retroactive to January 1, 2021.  
 
Landlord Eligibility under the Interest Rate Reduction Program
No formal application is required. However, similar to the Tax Deferment Program, in order for landlords (or any taxpayer that rents or leases property to tenants or lessees) to be eligible they must provide the Tax Collector with documentation that commensurate forbearance has been offered to their tenants or lessees).
 
Commensurate forbearance means:
(1) a deferral of 25% of rent for ninety (90) days after its due date;
(2) a deferral of one month’s rent to be paid over the ninety (90) day period; or
(3) forbearance substantially similar to (1) or (2) as determined by the tax collector. 
 
The landlord must provide documentation evidencing proof that the tenants have received forbearance or that the landlord has actively offered forbearance to the tenants or lessees.
Documentation can be provided via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Please include the words “LOW INTEREST” as well as the property location in the subject line of the email.
 
Escrow Payments
Escrow agents are still expected to remit tax payments on behalf of their customers according to the regular timetable, that is, by February 1st.
Additional information at westhartfordct.gov/tax
 
Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A parking ban is in effect beginning at 7PM today, Wednesday, December 16, 2020 until 8AM on Friday, December 18, 2020. (Please note correction in date)
 
During a Parking Ban no on-street parking is allowed so that Public Works crews can remove snow from curb-to-curb. Cars left on the road create a safety hazard for all concerned. The owner will receive a fine and the car may be towed.
 
Please take this parking ban seriously and make safe plans for your vehicle. 
 
Off-Street Parking
Off-street neighborhood municipal lots are open for your convenience. Pay-to-park fees will apply at municipal center parking lots and parking garages.
 
If you use a free municipal or school lot, your vehicle must be removed by 8AM on Friday, December 18, so crews can safely and effectively clear those parking lots. Vehicles left in the lot after noon will be towed.
 
We ask that cars park close together, meaning do not leave parking spaces between cars. This helps DPW clear snow efficiently. 
 
Fees apply in garages and parking lots in West Hartford Center.
 
Enforcement
The West Hartford Police Department will be proactively assisting the Department of Public Works to ensure that the roads are clear of illegally parked vehicles. Cars in violation of the snow ban will be ticketed and towed.
 
Trash & Recycling barrels
Paine’s Refuse & Recycling will collect trash and recyclables on Thursday. Please place barrels 4 feet back from the road. Do not put barrels into the roadway.
 
Overnight Parking Omit disabled
The on-line overnight parking omit system will be disabled beginning at 7PM on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 until the parking ban is over.
 
Sidewalks
Per Town ordinance, West Hartford property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk along their property line within 12 hours after the storm or sunrise, whichever is later, and keeping them clear of snow and ice.
 
Heavily used sidewalks near schools and public buildings, and the commercial areas are particularly important. To report a snow clearing violation, please call the West Hartford Police Department at (860) 523-5203.
 
Hydrants
Please help the Fire Department and protect neighboring properties by shoveling around fire hydrants.
 
Check your neighbors
Please check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled, to make sure they are OK and offer a helping hand. If something doesn't seem right, please call WHPD at (860) 523-5203.

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