Community announcements July 16

Community Announcements

Meet and Greet with new Town Manager Josh Kelly 

WINSTED —  Winchester’s new Town Manager Josh Kelly will host a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, July 21 from 5PM to 6:30PM.  It will be held on the second floor at Town Hall in the P. Franics Hicks Room.  This event is open to the public, and all Winsted and Winchester residents are encouraged to attend! Light refreshments and bottled water will be provided on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Doors open at 5PM with a planned end-time of 6:30PM. The Town Manager will address attendees as a group at 5:30PM with a short question and answer session to follow. The time before and after this session will be an open social opportunity for all attendees.

This event will be held in-person.  Residents are reminded that vaccinated individuals are permitted to remove their masks while in Town Hall whereas unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks at all times while in the building.  Please feel free to email with any questions.

Town Clerk’s Office Announces Reduced Hours for Last Week of July

WINSTED —   The Town Clerk’s Office will be closing early each day during the last week of July.  Beginning Monday, July 26, 2021 through Thursday, July 29, 2021, the Town Clerk’s Office and Registrar of Vital Statistics will be open for limited hours.  The office will be open that week from 8AM to 1PM.  Regular office hours will resume on Friday, July 30, 2021.  Residents, title searchers, attorneys, and surveyors are encouraged to plan accordingly. 

Please feel free to phone (860) 738-6963 or email with any questions.

Beekley Library announcement – StoryWalk: Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr and Ben Cort

NEW HARTFORD — The 2021 Lee Tangarone StoryWalk is up during the month of July in the Children’s Statue Garden of the Beekley Community Library. This year’s selection is Octopus’s Garden, by Ringo Starr and Ben Cort. The pages of the book are displayed on posters attached to lawn signs. Take a walk and read a book!A StoryWalk is a self-guided strolling and reading experience for kids of all ages. Pages of a book are mounted on posters and displayed in order so that participants can follow along and read as they stroll. The StoryWalk concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.The New Hartford StoryWalk takes place annually in July to honor Lee Tangarone, a long-time resident and civic leader, who died in 2012. It is constructed by Lee’s granddaughter, Corrin Tangarone, with support from Lee’s neighbor, Fran Stoffer.

New Chordtet outdoor jazz concert at Torrington Historical Society 
TORRINGTON —    The Torrington Historical Society 2021 outdoor concert series will continue with the second performance of the season featuring a jazz concert by New Chordtet on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 6:30 pm (rain date July 18th). This concert is sponsored by Eastside Electric, O&G Industries, Northwest Community Bank and Union Savings Bank. Tickets are $12 for Torrington Historical Society members and $15 for non-members. To purchase a ticket please visit outdoor performance is set on the lawn and gardens of the historic Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, 192 Main Street, home to the Torrington Historical Society. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs and are welcome to bring refreshments. Featuring Peter McEachern on trombone and Dave Santoro on bass, New Chordtet will include Joe Magnarelli (trumpet), Tom Melito (drums) and Larry Ham (piano). The group has found fertile ground in jazz classics by important and underappreciated composers such as Sonny Clark, Herbie Nichols, Curtis Fuller, Carla Bley, and Roswell Rudd, as well as originals by members of the group.

The next outdoor concert will be held on August 13th featuring Kris Jensen Jazz All Stars with Linda Ransom, vocalist. Tickets are available at https://thsjazzkrisjensen.eventbrite.comThe Torrington Historical Society is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing Torrington’s rich and diverse history. The museum operates the Torrington History Museum, the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, and the John H. Thompson Library and Archive.  The museum is located at the historic Hotchkiss-Fyler estate in downtown Torrington. For more information about the Society visit
Bridging Divides, Healing Communities Youth Film Challenge Launches with $3,500 in Prizes Sheffield, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has partnered with the Civic Life Project and the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative to launch the Bridging Divides, Healing Communities Youth Film Challenge. Residents of Berkshire County, Mass., Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties, N.Y., and northwest Litchfield County, Conn., ages 14 to 24 are invited to submit a 6-minute film that highlights divisions and inequities in society, and how young people are tackling these challenges in their families, schools and communities. Films can focus on topics such as climate change; the state of our democracy; exclusion based on identity, age, religion or social or immigration status; or any local, national or global issue for which there are opposing views yet possibilities for reconciliation and healing. Virtual classes and one-on-one advice from professional filmmakers will be available starting July 22 until October. Equipment is available on a limited basis. Films must be submitted by Nov. 1. A panel of filmmakers will judge entries and award a $2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize. Select films will be screened at events this fall. To learn more and apply, visit “It’s 2021 and we are in a pivotal moment in American history and politics—a moment when youth across the country can shape our nation’s future and be an important part of how it unfolds,” said Catherine Tatge, founder of the Civic Life Project. “We hope this challenge gives our local students an opportunity to harness the medium of film to examine pressing issues in our communities,” said Diane Pearlman, executive director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative. “We want them to know they have a voice to effect positive change and at the same time can develop new skills that can help them in school and in their future careers.” “The voices of youth are critical as we continue our work to bring residents together to find solutions to our common challenges,” said Peter Taylor, president of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. “We look forward to finding new storytellers from around our region with a range of experiences and perspectives.” The Youth Film Challenge expands on a Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation grant program that awarded nearly $50,000 to 21 local groups earlier this year to bring people together to explore shared interests, address a problem through dialogue and action, or consider an issue through a range of perspectives. These grants were made possible with generous support from Berkshire Bank and the Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation. Berkshire Taconic also partnered with The Berkshire Eagle and Berkshire Bank to host a four-part Bridging Divides, Healing Communities Speaker Series featuring noted guests on topics such as race, social cohesion, the media’s role in polarized times, and promising local engagement efforts. Recordings are available at
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