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DEPARTMENTS 9

CHAMBER NOTES

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FINANCE Retirement Preparation Mistakes

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WEDDINGS Kearns/Scully

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TRAVEL Athens/Santorini/Mykonos

FEATURES 11

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS Hoffman Auto Group Centennial is Celebration of Family, Philanthropy

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OUTDOOR LIVING Two of the Best of West Hartford winners show us how it's done

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BEAR SIGHTINGS West Hartford BEARS leave hibernation and go to their new dens

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GOLD STAR Dennis House to emcee Gold Star Families Memorial Monument celebration

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CUISINE The Russell Brings Jamaican Flavors to West Hartford Center

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wo venerated New England publications — the Connecticut Jewish Ledger and the Massachusetts Jewish Ledger — have joined forces to create the Southern New England Jewish Ledger — new global publication serving the Jewish communities of Connecticut, and Western and Central Massachusetts, covering Jewish news throughout the region, North America, Israel and the world. The launch of the Southern New England Jewish Ledger is made possible by 20/20 Media, a new full-service publishing and marketing concern based in West Hartford, Connecticut that acquired the Ledger on January 1, 2022. Tom Hickey, president of 20/20 Media and a founding partner of WeHa.com, welcomed the Ledger to the 20/20 Media family with open arms. “For almost 93 years, the Ledger has been a strong voice for the Jewish communities of Connecticut and Massachusetts,” said Tom in announcing the purchase. “It has invigorated and supported Jewish life locally, throughout North America and around the world, and it has opened and reinforced lines of communication with other local communities and communities of faith, helping to unite us all. We are grateful for this opportunity to now be a part of that long and distinguished legacy.” Since its launch, the Southern New England Jewish Ledger has introduced several improvements designed to enhance the paper and further serve the community — including an updated and stylish new look and a weekly online update of breaking news called JL Today, which complements the Ledger, which has switched from a weekly to a bi-weekly publication schedule. In addition to Tom Hickey, who took over as publisher, the new publication team is headed up by the

same accomplished professionals who have guided the Connecticut and Massachusetts Jewish Ledger. They include: Judie Jacobson (Editor-in-Chief), Stacey Dresner (Associate Editor), Hillary Pasternak Sarrasin (Digital Media Manager) and Chris Bonito (Creative Director/Graphic Designer), as well as a team of advertising representatives and event coordinators. “These are exciting times at 20/20 Media. We’ve got all sorts of exciting projects in the works that aim to enrich our community, and the new Southern New England Jewish Ledger is now among them,” says Tom. In purchasing the Ledger, 20/20 Media ensures the continued publication of Connecticut’s only statewide Jewish newspaper. Founded in April 1929 by the late Sam Neusner and the late Rabbi Abraham Feldman, the Ledger is one of the oldest Jewish weekly newspapers in North America. 20/20 Media purchased the Connecticut and Massachusetts Jewish Ledgers from Hartford area businessman and philanthropist Henry Zachs, who has owned it for the past seven years eight years. Please join us in enjoying WEST HARTFORD MAGAZINE which will remain quarterly. Collectively we will continue to provide quality DIGITAL, MARKETING, EVENTS and PUBLISHING as part of 20/20 MEDIA.

Publisher Tom Hickey Editor in Chief Judie Jacobson Associate Editor Stacey Dresner Creative Director/Designer Chris Bonito Digital Media Manager Hillary Sarrasin Contributing Writers & Columnists: Matt Banever, Chris Conway, Karla Dalley, Robert Laraia, Lisa Martin Photography Todd Fairchild/Shutterbug CT Websites: We-Ha.com, WestHartfordMagazine.com, Wehawheels.com, JewishLedger.com, 20Media20.com, wehacal.com Mike Roy/Roy Web Design Principals Thomas P. Hickey II James H. Gould III Follow us on Social Media: Facebook  West Hartford Magazine We-Ha.com Twitter @westhartfordmag @wehartford Instagram @westhartfordite Hashtags #wehaevents #bestofweha #weha #westhartford #wehahacomedy follow us on

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HAS IT! Nine brands, ten dealerships, two collision centers, and one insurance agency

Celebrating 100 years in business, the Hoffman Auto Group is one of Connecticut’s most respected family-owned business with locations in East Hartford, New London, Waterbury, and Avon/Simsbury. Each of our nine locations offers a one-stop automotive experience where we are committed to demonstrating how we are driven by trust with every customer.

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W. H. CHAMBER NOTES

West Hartford Chamber of Commerce:

Community Champion by Chris Conway

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o many, the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce is a business organization. While that is largely accurate, our mission statement stretches beyond this concept: “The goal of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce is to encourage the development of business and enhance the quality of life in the West Hartford community.” At our core, we are a community group. Yes, our membership is made up of businesses from a vast array of industries as well as nonprofit causes. Some are small one-person organizations, while others are medium-to-large local, national, and international corporations. It is all these combined that make us a strong community partner. When it comes to businesses, we provide them with the programs, resources, and opportunities to help them succeed individually. But it is our collective collaboration that makes us a champion for our local community. One way this idea manifests itself is through the work we do to organize and execute large community events. The Holiday Stroll is one such example. For more than three decades, we have been one of the driving forces behind this festive celebration that has spanned generations of citizens and families. The Stroll is organized as a collaborative event among the Chamber, Town of West Hartford, West Hartford Center Business Association, and more recently, Blue Back Square. For years, the Thursday after Thanksgiving, West Hartford Center has been transformed into a world full of the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season. A Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah are lit to kick off the festivities. Roaming carolers, family-friendly activities, and tasty food samples line the streets of the center. Two incarnations of Santa and Mrs. Claus meet and greet

children at the Toy Chest on Farmington Avenue and Blue Back Square. Two performance spaces feature local musical acts, theatre, and dance. Continued efforts to be inclusive and reflective of our community have introduced audiences to The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus, L’Shir A Capella, and Urban Hope. The most rewarding result of putting on such a monumental celebration is seeing the thousands of people sharing in the holiday cheer. This past December’s Stroll saw more attendees than any year in recent memory. We look forward to 2022 being even bigger! In 2019, the Chamber reimagined and relaunched a community health and wellness fair. In the past, this event had taken place at Elizabeth Park with good attendance but had not been held for a few years. Working with Blue Back Square, it was rebranded as WeHa Wellness and moved to the heart of West Hartford. More than 40 exhibitors in the fitness, medical, mental health, and holistic sphere came together to greet the public with information, educational resources, and demonstrations all with a goal toward a healthier community. The West Hartford Chamber also supports a variety of other community events orchestrated by other organizations, most recently West Hartford Pride and Juneteenth. Both of these events were huge successes and brought together people from across the region for large celebrations. We are excited by the return of Celebrate! West Hartford as an in-person event this coming June. The Chamber partners with the town to assist with the marketing and outreach to vendors and exhibitors for this weekend-long event. Groups of Chamber volunteers have even helped with directing artisans to parking and unloading accommodations. Whenever feasible, the Chamber has a presence at other community-based

Celebrate! West Hartford (CWH), the two-day community fair presented by the town of West Hartford, partnering with the Chamber of Commerce, will be held this year on June 11 and 12.

celebrations. Members of the Chamber staff and board of directors marched as “Hometown Heroes” in the Park Road Parade. The Chamber also serves as a marketing partner for Best of West Hartford and the revitalized Taste of West Hartford –Elmwood. These are only some of the official ways the Chamber supports large community initiatives. Chamber members are woven into the DNA at most other events in town. Members run in Johnny’s Jog, they peddle in Bike West Hartford, they wear pink for the American Cancer Society, they walk against hunger for Connecticut Foodshare, they cook for Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools…the list could go on for pages. Yes, on the surface we are a business organization but - in essence - we are an organization that works daily in many ways to build a better West Hartford. n Christopher Conway Executive Director West Hartford Chamber of Commerce 860.521.2300 - office 860.810.5663 - cell cconway@whchamber.com www.whchamber.com Vol. 12, No. 1, 2022 west hartford magazine

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BUSINESS

Hoffman Auto Group’s centennial is a celebration of family By Stacey Dresner

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ARTFORD – Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Hoffman Auto Group is about more than the observance of a business

milestone. For Co-Chairmen Jeffrey S. and I. Bradley Hoffman, the grandsons of founder Israel Hoffman. It is a celebration of family. From a single used car dealership started in 1921, to a car empire with locations in East Hartford, New London, Waterbury and Avon/Simsbury, the Hoffman Auto Group is one of Connecticut’s oldest and largest family-owned businesses, and a Jewish one at that. “We are grateful to our employees and the many customers who have played an integral part in attaining this century milestone,” says Jeffrey. “We look back with great pride, and are very excited about the future.” The Hoffmans’ American journey began in 1897 when their great-grandparents Joseph and Pauline Hoffman immigrated to the U.S. from their native Russia with their son Israel and daughter Rose. Another son, Barney was born in Hartford in 1900. “Our great-grandfather Joseph settled in Hartford in the North End as a lot of the Jewish families did in the late 1800s. He was actually a contractor and a painter,” Brad says. It was Joseph’s two sons who began the Hoffman auto business. In 1917, when Israel was 21 and Barney had just graduated from Hartford Public High School, they borrowed some money and bought a 2,000 square foot, two-car service station on Oakland Terrace in Hartford. “They started a used car lot,” Brad says. “Then in late 1921, they opened up their first new car agency, which was Ford, in New Hartford on Route 44.” It was there that Israel and Barney sold

their first Model T Ford. The Hoffman Motor Company soon had a waiting list of more than 100 customers wanting to purchase Model T’s. Each car sold for $565 and to attract more customers, the Hoffman brothers offered

Russia where he was a classmate of Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel. According to the book Harford Jews, 19591970, Krivitsky and Weizmann remained friends throughout their lives.) Just a couple of years after starting their

Bradley Hoffman’s first day working at the family business; (l to r) Jeffrey, Bradley, Burton, and Todd Hoffman.

four free half-hour driving lessons with each purchase. The popularity of automobiles continued to grow so much that customers had to wait as several months for their new Model Ts. And then the cars had to be put together. “The train would be running right near the building and showroom, which is still there in New Hartford. They would take the parts off the train and the car was assembled inside the [Hoffman dealership],” Jeffrey says. It would take two and a half hours to attach the fenders, wheels, splash pans and running boards to the main body of the vehicle. By then, Israel had married Rose Krivitsky who grew up on Vine Street in Hartford. (Rose’s father Samuel had immigrated to Hartford from Motele,

Ford dealership in New Hartford, Israel and Rose welcomed their son, Burton. As the family grew, Hoffman Auto business grew too with Hoffman purchasing a variety of new automotive brands. In 1922 the Hoffmans began offering customers the chance to make down payments and financing – an innovative business practice for that time. In 1932, the Hoffman brothers purchased a Dodge Brothers-Plymouth agency. They received the Dodge Silver Trophy Award for leading the 750 Dodge-Plymouth dealers of New England in sales. But while increasingly successful, not everything was easy for Hoffman Auto. After having a fruitful business relationship with Ford for several years, in 1932 Henry Ford, a virulent antisemite, cancelled their Ford franchise when he found out Israel and Barney were Vol. 12, No. 1, 2022 west hartford magazine

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The Hoffman Auto Group’s first new car dealership in New Hartford, Conn.

The Hoffmans in front of Hoffman Auto Group’s very first new car dealership in New Hartford, Conn. From left to right, Jeffrey Hoffman’s sons, Jonathan and Matthew; Jeffrey and Bradley, holding a photo of the historical building, and Bradley’s sons, Joshua and Zachary.

Jewish. In 1938, the Hoffmans purchased a Lincoln-Mercury franchise. Because Lincoln-Mercury was owned by the Ford Motor Co., the Hoffmans purchased the dealership under a different name, gaining full distribution for all of central Connecticut. (Hoffman triumphantly became a Ford dealer again, six years after Israel passed away. His son Burton reacquired the Ford Franchise in Hartford.) By 1940, they sold the Lincoln-Mercury franchise. By 1945, Israel’s son Burton Hoffman, a Navy veteran of World War II, joined the business, and it continued to grow. When Barney Hoffman retired in the early 1950s, Israel and his son Burt, who later served as president of the Hartford Automobile Dealers Association, took over management and ownership of Hoffman Motor Co. 12

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When Israel Hoffman died in 1956 at age 60, Burt became chairman of the company. The following year, the Israel Hoffman Lounge was dedicated in the sanctuary of Hillel House the University of Connecticut. The speaker for the dedication was Dr. Judah J. Shapiro, national director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation under his leadership. “It wasn’t that our grandfather wasn’t ambitious, but our father was really ambitious and he absolutely wanted to grow the business and make his mark in the world,” Brad explains. Burt was also actively involved in the Greater Hartford Jewish community. He served on the Board the Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford, which honored him with its “Man of the Year” award. He was also served for many years as a Director of the

Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and, in 1986 he was awarded the “Lion of Judah” at a dinner hosted by State of Israel Bonds. Shortly before his death, he was named an Honorary Life Member of the Board of Trustees of the Hebrew Home and Hospital. The Hoffman family were among the founders of both The Emanuel Synagogue and Beth El Temple. Burt’s philanthropy also extended to quiet expressions of generosity in the local community, including providing loaner cars to several rabbis. All three sons of Burt and his wife Phyllis came on board the company – Jeffrey in 1972, Todd in 1975 and Bradley in 1982. Todd went on to pursue other interests, but Jeffrey and Bradley continue to grow Hoffman Enterprises. Today Hoffman has 10 dealerships in locations in four towns – East Hartford, New London, Waterbury and Avon/ Simsbury. They also own two Collision Centers and the Hoffman Insurance Agency of Connecticut. In January, Hoffman finished a multimillion-dollar development project which brought its BMW dealership to the I-84 corridor, on the Cheshire/Waterbury line. While looking to the future, the Hoffmans have not forgotten the past. “I remember my grandfather and my father in the old Hoffman Oldsmobile building with the creaky floors,” Jeffrey recalls fondly. “We had a Rocket 88 sign over the front door. That was when Oldsmobile and General Motors was at its pinnacle. Almost all the cars sold then were American cars. That building was on Connecticut Boulevard in East Hartford and here my brother and I are, many years later, and we’re still on Connecticut Boulevard.” “It is truly humbling, and we are grateful for the courage and commitment demonstrated by previous generations of Hoffman family members,” Brad Hoffman says. In 2002, Jeffrey’s son, Matthew Hoffman, entered as the first member of the fourth generation – followed by Jeffrey’s son Jonathan, and Brad’s sons Zachary and Joshua. “Our family has provided a wonderful example of how to be community partners and giving back to those who support us,” said Matthew. “We will certainly continue to carry on those traditions.” n


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FINANCE

Retirement Preparation Mistakes Why are they made again and again? Provided by Robert A. Laraia, RFC Founding Partner Northstar Wealth Partners www.nstarwp.com

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uch is out there about the classic financial mistakes that plague start-ups, family businesses, corporations, and charities. Aside from these blunders, some classic financial missteps plague retirees. Calling them “mistakes” may be a bit harsh, as not all of them represent errors in judgment. Yet whether they result from ignorance or fate, we need to be aware of them as we prepare for and enter retirement. Timing Social Security. As Social Security benefits rise about 8 percent for every year you delay receiving them, waiting a few years to apply for benefits can position you for higher retirement income. Filing for your monthly benefits before you reach Social Security’s Full Retirement Age (FRA) can mean comparatively smaller monthly payments.1 Managing medical bills. Medicare will not pay for everything. Unless there’s a change in how the program works, you may have a number of out-of-pocket costs, including dental, and vision. Underestimating longevity. Actuaries at the Social Security Administration project that around a third of today’s 65-year-olds will live to age 90, with about one in seven living 95 years or longer. The prospect of a 20- or 30-year retirement is not unreasonable, yet there is still a

lingering cultural assumption that our retirements might duplicate the relatively brief ones of our parents.2 Withdrawing strategies. You may have heard of the “4% rule,” a guideline stating that you should take out only about 4% of your retirement savings annually. Some retirees try to abide by it. So, why do others withdraw 7% or 8% a year? In the first phase of retirement, people tend to live it up; more free time naturally promotes new ventures and adventures and an inclination to live a bit more lavishly. Talking About Taxes. It can be a good idea to have both taxable and tax-advantaged accounts in retirement. Assuming your retirement will be long, you may want to assign this or that investment to its “preferred domain.” What does that mean? It means the taxable or taxadvantaged account that may be most appropriate for it as you pursue a better after-tax return for the whole portfolio. Retiring with debts. Some find it harder to preserve (or accumulate) wealth when you are handing portions of it to creditors.

Retiring with no investment strategy. Expect that retirement will have a few surprises; the absence of a strategy can leave people without guidance when those surprises happen. These are some of the classic retirement mistakes. Why not attempt to avoid them? Take a little time to review and refine your retirement strategy in the company of the financial professional you know and trust. n

Robert Laraia may be reached at 888-886-7737 or rlaraia@nstarwp.com www.nstarwp.com This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note - investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment. Securities offered through LPL Financial, member SIPC/FINRA. Citations 1. Forbes.com, December 9, 2021 2. SSA.gov, January 24, 2022

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WEDDINGS

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any, if not most, weddings can be described as ‘family affairs.’ But the wedding of West Hartford natives Caitlin McNally Kearns Scully to Daniel Fitzgerald Scully brought the meaning of ‘family affair’ to a whole new level. One might say that it all started with Caitlin’s parents, Drew and Maura Kearns, who met while students at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford. The bride’s grandfather, Jim McNally, resides at the McAuley in West Hartford. He celebrated his 89th birthday in Vermont with his family two days before the wedding. The groom’s parents, Jack and Carol Scully, who live in Amston, and his grandfather, Willard Skehan, who lives in Hebron — aren’t without West Hartford ties of their own. Like Kaitlin’s parents, Jack Scully grew up in West Hartford, where he attended Northwest Catholic High School. Dan’s mother, Carol, grew up in East Hartford, and attended East Catholic High School. And that isn’t where the ties end. Indeed, Dan and Caitlin have lived parallel lives. Dan’s grandparents lived on one side of Rockledge Golf Course — and Caitlin’s grandparents lived on the other side. The families were great friends — with all of their children classmates at St. Brigid School and Northwest Catholic High School. What’s more, the Kearns and the Scullys 16

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took part in a timeshare in Ludlow, Vermont — and Caitlin and Dan grew up vacationing at that very same house…at different times. Although their families remained connected over the years, it wasn’t until Caitlin and Dan spent time at the Vermont timeshare in late 2016 and over New Year’s Eve 2017, that they officially became a couple. Dan proposed to Caitlin on August 7, 2020, the first day of what would have been her annual family reunion in Vermont. Unfortunately, the trip was postponed due to the pandemic, but Dan would not — could not — wait. And so, the couple drove down to Groton Long Point for a run on the beach, where Dan popped the all-important question. The couple were married on October 16, 2021, at Church of the Annunciation, Roman Catholic parish in Ludlow, Vermont, with Fr. Joseph Crowley officiating. It was followed by a joyful evening of dinner and dancing, with a stunning view of the New England fall foliage as a backdrop, at The Castle Resort & Spa in Ludlow. “It was only fitting that [we] went back to where it all began with [our] family and friends to tie the knot,” says Caitlin. “It was so special having all of our guests stay together right in the hotel or condos on the property of our reception. The Castle staff was also just amazing, helping us every step of the way to ensure our dream day,” says Caitlin, noting that her maternal grandparents traditionally celebrated their anniversary at The Castle each year.

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Caitlin’s grandfather, Jim McNally, who resides at the McAuley in West Hartford and celebrated his 89th birthday two days before the wedding, stole the show at the wedding when he danced with his granddaughter to the song “My Wild Irish Rose.”

Caitlin, who grew up in West Hartford where she attended Northwest Catholic High School — the rival of Dan’s alma mater, East Catholic High School — holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut. She serves as a pediatric physical therapist at Cheshire Fitness Zone, working in both the school and outpatient settings. Raised in Hebron, Dan attended Hartford’s Trinity College and then went on to attend Columbia Business School where he earned an MBA. He recently joined the Georgetown Company in New York City as vice president of real estate investments. Prior to this, he

had worked for The Hartford financial services group and UBS Realty Investors in Hartford. The happy couple enjoyed a dream honeymoon that started in Sonoma for a two-day tour of the wine country, then headed off for a week in idyllic Tahiti and Bora Bora (sigh!) The honeymoon wrapped up with a couple of days exploring San Francisco before heading home to Connecticut. Congratulations, Caitlin and Dan! (Photos by Jenna Brisson, info@jennabrisson. com)

The wedding party (Back Row From left): Ben Lankton, Jessica Lowe, Katherine Roy, T.J. DiFiore, Nicole DiFiore, Nico DeNovellis, Laura Plourde, Mac Kearns, Michelle Calabro, Nick Rowan, Maura Scully, Dan Scully, Caitlin Kearns Scully, Maeve Kearns, Garrett Hickey, Maura Graham, Shane Kearns, Tasha Nicholson, Scott Kelleher, Alyssa Valente, Michael Jablonski.

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GARDENING

Spring Refresh in the Garden By Karla A. Dalley

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f the last two years have taught us anything, it is that spring will come whether we are ready or not and that it will bring with it the promise of hope, renewal and rebirth in the garden. So many people turned to gardening during the last two years as a means to cope with the pandemic. During the first year, when everyone was quarantining at home, growing food was popular. But other forms of gardening thrived as well. Flower gardening increased dramatically. House plant sales nearly doubled. And these trends have not shown signs of abating, even though many more of us are able to be out of the house and even traveling. Since it seems that we have become a nation of gardeners, what are some of the things we should be thinking about doing (or not doing) in the spring garden this year? One of the most important things is always take time to enjoy the garden. Spring is the time when much of the “work” needs to be done in the garden—it needs to be cleared of winter debris and broken branches, and planting and weeding must be done. Sometimes the “to do” list can feel a bit overwhelming, particularly after a winter of not doing any gardening. That’s why it’s most important to enjoy being outside working in the fresh air again, to enjoy feeling the warm sun on your skin (properly protected, of course, with sunscreen or sun protection clothing), and to listen to the birds singing—because the birds are most vocal this time of year as they search for mates and nest. Each season in the garden brings its own joys. Don’t work so hard that you miss what spring provides! 18

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If you plan to get rid of weeds consider this: Certain beneficial insects, like bumble bees and early butterflies, rely upon “weeds” like violets and clover. While not everyone wants these flowers all over the lawn, perhaps there is a patch in your backyard where you can leave them alone? There’s even a concept called the “freedom lawn,” where you permit no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or over-irrigation on your lawn—but that’s too much to discuss in just a paragraph or two. But if this sounds appealing, let a little back corner of your lawn go a little free and see if you—and the bees and butterflies—like it. If you are planting or renovating a new bed, be sure to stagger when you buy the perennials or you will have a perennial bed that blooms for 2-3 weeks in the spring and then you will look at greenery for the rest of the summer. Plan the bed so that it is a mix of perennials and blooming shrubs with a longer bloom time, or leave spaces in the bed for perennials that you will add slowly over the course of the summer and fall. That way, your perennial bed will bloom over a period of months, and not just for 2-3 weeks. Garden design is a complicated topic. Don’t be dismayed! It’s perfectly natural to buy plants and move them around a few times until you get them where you want them—or where they are happy. It’s perfectly okay to buy a plant—or several— and then change your mind about where you want to put it. Gardeners do this all the time. I have redone garden beds 2 or 3 times until I am happy with them. If you’re not sure where to put a plant when you get it home, leave it in a container until you know. Just be sure to water it because containers dry out much more quickly than plants in the ground.

There are some years that I have whole “container” gardens waiting to be planted. I acquire the plants in the spring and I wait until late summer to plant them. I am not suggesting that this is the best practice—it uses too much water—but it can be done. Finally, make sure to shop at our local garden centers for the best selection and advice. Over the last 10-15 years, Connecticut has lost several large specialty garden centers and nurseries. There are several reasons for this, but partly it is due to the economic downturn which prevented many from shopping at them. And so, if you are able, please support these independent businesses. Many are family owned and rely upon our support. Spring is finally here! Whatever you do and however you plan to garden, get out and make the most of it! Happy gardening! n Karla Dalley lives in West Hartford where she writes and speaks about gardens. She can be reached at kdalley@comcast.net or visit her website at gardendaze. wordpress.com.


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eople sure love their lawns. Which must be why for the first time in Best of West Hartford (BOWH) history, the “Best Lawn/Landscaping Contractor” category received 53 write-in votes in 2021– the highest number of write-ins for any category, ever. The thing the 2021 BOWH’s three best landscapers share is their work ethic and their love for what they do. Here we introduce you to Jeff Hodges, owner of Jeff Hodges 2021 Landscape Contractors, First Place Winner of 2021 BOWH, and James Scully, owner of Envision Landcape Design and BOWH Second 2 021 Runner Up. Both were writeins, a testament to the work they do and the relationships they have built with their clients around the West Hartford area. (First Runner Up John Begley of Begley Landscaping could not be reached for comment).

Every day is a field day for Jeff Hodges In the 42 years Jeff Hodges, has been in the landscaping industry, he has done it all. From residential lawn maintenance, landscape design and commercial landscaping, to his specialty – hardscape design and installation – Hodges, the owner of Jeff Hodges Landscape Contractors and his team have transformed some of the nicest lawns and backyards in the area into beautiful outdoor living spaces complete with stunning patios, outdoor fireplaces and kitchens, and BBQ and fire pits. “We are a full-service landscape company,” Hodges said. “Every day there’s six or seven crews working. I’m weeding Mrs. Jones flower bed; someone’s planting trees for another customer. I’m tearing apart someone’s yard over here; we’re building some massive stone project in someone’s backyard. And every day is a field day for me. I'm love what I do, and I am where I want to be.”

A beautiful path and landscaping by Hodges Landscape Contractors.

A stone walkway leads to a prayer pool designed and built by Hodges Landscape Contractors.

Hodges has loved working in the great outdoors since he was a kid when he began mowing lawns in and around his neighborhood for spending money. After graduating from Conard, he worked for a couple of larger landscaping companies, but soon the young entrepreneur decided he wanted to operate and grow his own business. He formally started his own business in 1981, offering residential lawn services and landscaping projects, then began doing lawn services for several apartment complexes in West Hartford. Wanting to branch out, Hodges began working on larger commercial jobs. In the 1980s he did the landscaping for several high-end home builders. After the real estate market collapsed in 2008, he changed his focus back to residential work, began advertising and created a website. “And here we are 12 years later,” he said. “I came full circle, back to where I started, back to I residential again. And to me that's where I should have stayed my whole life.” Increasingly, Hodges has been concentrating more on “hardscaping” – working with stone, bricks and other “hard” materials used on walkways, patios, fireplaces and more. Hodges most popular hardscape materials are Pennsylvania fieldstone and Pennsylvania bluestone – both of which come from old farm walls in Pennsylvania. These hardscape projects range in scale from a few thousand dollars to $100,000 or $200,000 – prices that some homeowners don’t mind spending to get their ideal outdoor living space. “My guys build these spectacular outdoor spaces with these beautiful fireplaces. We can build them with electricity so people can put their flat screen TVs out there on their mantles. Vol. 12, No. 1, 2022 west hartford magazine

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A garden wall and privacy planting job James Scully’s Envision Landscape and Design did in 2021.

We do a lot of outdoor kitchens. This year I have several clients that we're doing putting greens for.” One of his favorite parts of his work is the people he meets on the job. “I have such a great clientele. I couldn’t be any luckier. A lot of people don't like their jobs. I love my job. I love what I do. Every day the day flies by.” But he is quick to credit his hardworking and creative crew of 20 employees. “I am surrounded by talented individuals, and we make up what I call James Scully at work doing Fall clean up around West Hartford.

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a winning team,” Hodges said. “I have a fantastic landscape architect, Marty Ringui, that I bring in on our larger projects, and I have a fantastic team of masons. These guys are unbelievable and I am grateful to have them with me. Together, we’re able to produce a beautiful product.”

James Scully loves everything about the landscape business When James Scully was a small child, he would push a toy lawnmower that blew bubbles behind his father when he mowed their lawn. “I always loved going outside and getting my hands dirty,” James said. By the age of nine, James was mowing not only his family’s lawn, but a couple of neighbors’ lawns in the Westminster Drive area. “I had a wagon that I pulled my mower around in,” he said. James continued to build his clientele as he got older, mowing lawns and doing fall clean-ups. At 14 he bought a trailer to haul his increased equipment -- His mother Beth would drive him and his trailer full of

equipment to his jobs that spreading out further and further into West Hartford. In 2021, he was able to take the money he earned to buy a F-350 Ford pickup truck and upgraded his equipment so that he could “cover more of West Hartford and provide more services for more customers around town.” At that time his clientele numbered around 35 around West Hartford. Now 17 and about to graduate from Conard High School in June, James has 57 clients, and he has no plans to stop growing his business. “I’ve been successful over the years, and I just want to keep going and keep growing,” he said. “I’ve been able to intern throughout the years with different companies to better my services and expand my services -- right now providing the regular lawn maintenance -- but adding hardscape construction and full landscape installs.” To reflect that expansion, James recently changed his company’s name from JS Landscaping to Envision Landscape and Design LLC. And while he won’t be heading to college after graduation, that doesn’t mean he plans to stop learning. While he goes to classes at Conard, he is also a part of FFA, which prepares youths leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. He takes courses at at Bloomfield High School’s Harris Agriscience Center to learn about landscaping and design. Through the Harris Center James has also taken courses of the University of Connecticut’s College of Agriculture. For now, he has two high school friends helping him on jobs, but he hopes to grow his team in the future. “I’m definitely looking to have multiple crews to do landscape, maintenance and regular mowing, and to grow the hardscape construction side of things,” he said. He also hopes to expand to other towns like Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield and Simsbury. The work may be hard, but James says he loves it. “My favorite part is getting hands-on and dirty in the field and working long hours,” he said. “I don’t find it difficult at all to be out 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. I love everything about the landscaping business.” n


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Charter Oak Odyssey of the Mind Teams Take First Place at State Finals

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n March 19, the fifth grade Charter Oak Odyssey of the Mind teams competed at the State Finals at Southern Connecticut State University. They showcased their talents in two award-winning performances that earned both teams first place spots in their problems/division. What is Odyssey of the Mind? Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is a creative problem-solving program involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members work together at length to solve a predefined long-term problem and present their solution to the problem to a team of judges at a competition. Team members apply their ingenuity and creativity to solve problems

that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their interpretation of literary classics all within an 8-minute time limit. Team 1’s problem was “Odyssey ReOmvention.” The team presented a performance identifying an original threat to the environment that selfreplicates until a team-created technical reOMvention removed the threat – all with original music, two animal characters, and ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda! Team 2’s problem was “Life is a Circus” creating a performance about a young person enjoying a regular life in our world who wakes up one day to discover they somehow were transported into a circus world. In the circus world, there were original animals performing unexpected tricks, a clown, circus acts, and

a ringmaster that announces the activities. The young person returned to the regular world thinking it was all a dream until they see a mysterious figure that turns out to be from the circus. “It was fun because we all came up with good ideas and it was fun putting the stuff together,” said Tommy Bonito, a member of Team 2. “It was nerve-wracking watching the winner announcement. But it felt really good to win.” With their amazing win at the state finals, both Charter Oak teams have qualified to submit a video submission of their solutions to the Virtual OM Worlds Finals. Results will be announced in May. “We are so proud of all their accomplishments,” Quest teacher/coach Michele Hadlock. “Kudos to the Charter Oak OM team for a job well done!” n

Team members of Charter Oak Odyssey of the Mind: Back row: Wren R-W., Emily L., Diya S., Alvin M., Nicholas R., Ms. Hadlock, Bria S. Middle row: Anna S., Samantha W., Annabelle B., Imogen J., Front row: Samuel G., Lena L., Tommy B.

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Governor Lamont finds a kindred spirit in the Jewish state By Judie Jacobson | Photos courtesy of Office of the Governor

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EW HAVEN, Connecticut – It was billed as an “economic development mission … focused on building and strengthening connections between Connecticut and members of Israel’s innovation ecosystem.” And so it was. But, according to Ned Lamont, the Connecticut Governor’s recent week-long trip to the Jewish state – in which he and representatives from the state’s public and private sectors met with venture capitalists, incubator, accelerators and thought leaders – turned out to be just that…and so much more. “Israel really rolled out the red carpet for Connecticut. I was so impressed,” said Lamont upon his return to Hartford on Thursday, February 24. The Governor attributed the state delegation’s especially warm welcome by Israeli leaders at least in part to a special connection between Israel and

Connecticut that makes them kindred spirits. “President Herzog said to me, ‘You know, you’re small and innovative and punching above your weight class just like Israel, so we should do more together,” Lamont said, noting the “fun fact” that in his youth, Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attended summer camp in the New Haven area. He also proudly noted that Connecticut is the first U.S. state to send an official mission to Israel in two years. The trip wasn’t all about business. Lamont also made a stop at AfulaGilboa, Connecticut’s sister city. And he was especially moved by his first visit ever to Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Israel’s national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, located in Jerusalem. “It put a face on the victims and it gave a the voice to the six million who perished,” he told the Ledger. On Feb. 22, at Yad Vashem, he participated in a lighting ceremony of the Eternal Flame. Following his tour and a wreath laying ceremony, he gave brief remarks about the importance of remembering our shared history so that atrocities and genocide, like the Holocaust, never happen again. Lamont’s comments at Yad Vashem can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/ ryNfHZz6v_U.

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Gov. Ned Lamont lays his hand on the Kotel for a moment of prayer and reflection.

At a news conference in New Haven held on Monday, Feb. 28, just four days after Lamont’s return home, the Governor discussed some of the highlight’s of his

During his recent trip to the Jewish state, Governor Lamont made his first visit to Yad Vashem, where he participated in a wreath laying ceremony and gave brief remarks about the importance of remembering atrocities and genocide, like the Holocaust.

trip, in which he was accompanied by a delegation that included representatives from Raytheon, Hartford HealthCare, Digital Currency Group, the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut, the University of Connecticut, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and Connecticut Innovations. The Governor and the delegation met with partners and founders from Strauss Group, Viola, Vintage and OurCrowd and attended several roundtable discussions with Google. The trip culminated with a VentureClash event led by Connecticut Innovations, the state’s venture capital arm and featured six pitches from companies looking to expand to the United States. In addition to meeting with business leaders, he met with several Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Vol. 12, No. 1, 2022 west hartford magazine

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Gov. Ned Lamont meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during the Connecticut Governor’s visit to Israel early this month.

Lapid, President Isaac Herzog, and Dr. Salman Zarka, Israel’s chief COVID-19 officer. Interim UConn President Dr. Radenka Maric and representatives from Technion also led a session around their clean energy initiative. As for the mission’s goal – to meet with business leaders and learn more about the innovation ecosystem in Israel – the Governor described it as a great success. “In addition to meeting with more than a dozen businesses in Israel, we also met with leading investors, incubators, accelerators, and thought leaders in the country. From those meetings, we have already established next steps and additional opportunities to work together in the future,” he said. “When it comes to attracting businesses to our state, the first and best people to tell our story are Connecticut’s business people,” he told the Ledger. “So, for example, we got a senior member from Pratt Whitney –you know, they do jet engines– and we put that person in front of 28

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Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, chats with the Governor and U.S. Ambassador Tom Nides, outside of Google’s Tel Aviv campus. Google hosted multiple programs during the trip.

Israel’s leading military purchasing guys. They had an hour and a half talk about how they should set up some Israeli defense centers here in Connecticut, alongside our helicopters, alongside our jet engines. So we have better collaboration there. That was very interesting.” Lamont found several areas in Israel’s innovation ecosystem especially interesting. Consider FinTech – an emerging industry that uses technology to improve activities in finance. “We brought with us the Digital Currency Group – one of the biggest

FinTech companies in the country. [Digital Currency Group is a venture capital company focusing on the digital currency market]. The company happens to have just moved to Stamford. And so, we had had the 12 leading young financial tech entrepreneurs in Israel around the table. Now, when they think about where they want to expand – they used to be just New York and New Jersey – they’re saying, ‘Hey, there’s a real advantages to Connecticut.’ So, the financial tech guys were very interested. The same goes for food tech (Israel


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Lamont toured Future Meat Technologies. The innovative Israel company is in early discussions with Connecticut about coming to the state.

recently announced production of a chicken and beef product that they grow in a petri dish, with Lamont has tasted and declared “pretty good.”) and other industries. Lamont expects that many of these Israeli entrepreneurs will be visiting Connecticut in the near future with an eye towards forging collaborations and the like. “You know, there’s two and a half times more venture capital money being invested in Israel today than there was a year and a half ago. That’s a sign of optimism and people believing in the future,” Lamont told the Ledger. “From a political standpoint, they’re really working hard to show that Israel is governing itself and moving forward – and the business community is really leading the way. And that’s great,” he added. That sense of optimism is shared by others in the Connecticut delegation. “We had an incredibly productive trip to Israel,” Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman said. “The Governor led delegation meetings with high-growth Israeli companies, venture firms, established companies, and the Israeli government. Our meetings were singularly focused on how to increase collaboration between our two economies and mutually beneficial direct investment. I am optimistic about the future of the Connecticut-Israel economic relationship.” n

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orn in Waterbury, Sherry Haller moved to West Hartford when she was just five years old…and hasn’t left since. “Other than a brief stint in Philly for graduate school, and a few years in Bloomfield and Greater New Haven, I have been a loyal “West Hartfordite,” says Haller, who was educated in West Hartford public schools — Bugbee elementary, King Philip Middle School and Conard High School. Today, Haller continues to feel fortunate for the opportunity to live in a town as warm, welcoming and wonderful as West Hartford; and to continue her 45-year career as executive director of the Justice Education Center, a non-profit organization whose mission has been to prevent and reduce crime, strengthen communities, improve public safety and provide Connecticut’s youth with opportunities to succeed in school and in life. Recently, Sherry Haller sat down with WeHa Magazine to talk about her beloved hometown and how it has influenced her life and her work.

WEHA MAGAZINE: What is it about West Hartford that makes it so special for you? SHERRY HALLER: There is so much I love about West Hartford! I live in the Buena Vista section of our town—a quiet nook with wonderful neighbors and views of Hartford. I love that in West Hartford we have a skating rink, a wonderful nine-hole golf course where you can see parents, grandparents and kids walking the course

each day. We have tennis courts, a pool, a community garden, parks galore and wonderful reservoirs. We also have phenomenal restaurants that I frequent regularly, as I don’t cook! And ever since I can remember, we have had the Crown Market in town, a kosher market that had its beginnings on Albany Avenue in Hartford. When I was little and we would shop there it took quite a while. My dad and mom stopped to speak to everyone they knew. It was almost like a cultural center. When I shop there now, I try to carry on the tradition of meeting and greeting! We attended the Young Israel synagogue in Hartford on Westbourne Parkway. We then joined Beth El Temple in West Hartford. I am still a member. While I am not as devout as my father, his commitment to his faith helped to shape me. My father was born in Hartford, my mom in Russia. She emigrated [to Connecticut] with my grandparents when she was two- years old.

Describe for us the mission of the Justice Education Center—and why you believe in its work? For over 45 years, The Justice Education Center's mission has been to prevent and reduce crime, strengthen communities, improve public safety and provide Connecticut’s youth with opportunities … to succeed in school and in life. The Center’s core belief is that these efforts cannot be waged by the justice system alone. Members of the Center’s Board of Directors reflect this belief and include leaders within Connecticut’s juvenile and criminal justice systems, the business, community and educational sectors.

The Center was first established in 1974 and I was asked to serve as its executive director in 1976. I had received both my Undergraduate Degree from Southern Connecticut and Masters Degree in Social Welfare Policy from UConn where I was fortunate to have held internships where I was involved with the General Assembly and the justice system.

What influenced you to do the kind of work your doing? It was the impact that my parents had on me. They were honest, giving folk with a strong work ethic and commitment to helping others. I think a lot of that rubbed off on me

What are some examples of the kind of programs the Justice Education Center provides that reflect its mission? I am very excited about the work we do at The Justice Education Center. [The following are some examples of the Center’s programs:] The National Advisory Team on Police Reform and Community Healing is working on a national pilot initiative with select U.S. cities and towns where municipal police departments are committed to transparency, police/ community engagement and culture change. Our partners include NOBLE (the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), Yale University Police, and HAPCOA (Hispanic American Police Commanders Association). ECHO, which stands for ‘Empathy, Character, Hope and Opportunity’, is an emotional development program using 10 core values to instill positive attitudes and Vol. 12, No. 1, 2022 west hartford magazine

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Taste of West Hartford – Elmwood The 7th Annual Taste of West Hartford – Elmwood was held on March 7th at Corporate Center West on South Main Street in West Hartford. Delicious food was enjoyed and fun was had by all!

Sherry Haller at home with her dogs in West Hartford.

behaviors in young people. ECHO focuses on building resiliency and self-esteem. ECHO Health Wellness “Fit Kits” introduce cardio, core upper and lower body and yoga to children and youth from elementary through high school. Project Longevity and Project Safe Neighborhoods are multi-year crime prevention and reduction partnerships with the Connecticut General Assembly, Office of the US Attorney Department of Justice and our local communities focusing on gun and gang violence reduction in major cities.

What is the Center working on now? There are two new projects under development that we hope to get off the ground soon. The first is ‘Inspire,’ the first statewide inter-town and city basketball program for young girls in elementary and middle school. Under the leadership of former UConn Womens Basketball star Meghan Culmo, Inspire programming will be offered throughout the year, holding clinics, summer camps and special events in cooperation with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. Its mission is to promote girls’ mental and physical health and wellness, self-worth and independence; encourage them to be sensitive to and care for others. The second is a double decker ‘Techno Bus’ that will travel to elementary and middle schools throughout the state, introducing students to a range of technologies through fun activities and lessons that tie into their science and math curricula. Individual, hands-on stations equipped with computers and materials will enable students to learn at their own pace. To learn more about our the Justice Education Center, visit www.justiceeducationcenter.org. n 32

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ruising on the new Celebrity Apex around Greece brought me to places I remember learning about in school. I did not want to blink while looking at the Parthenon lit up at night from the roof top restaurant of my hotel. I met a very friendly driver who showed me the highlights of Athens, and he treated me to lunch with the best feta I had ever tasted. The sailing, which included visits to Santorini and Mykonos, was marvelous. I saw with my own eyes Santorini’s famous white buildings with blue roofs while Mykonos offered windmills and a beautiful city of winding streets to walk through. My final destination on Mykonos was “Mykonos Farmers” and it made me feel that I was truly experiencing Greece. I went with a group from the ship. We came to a building with outside tables with the sign “Mykonos Farmers” above the pergola and we were immediately welcomed by George, the owner. He offered Greek coffee, and everyone was interested. The coffee came, lightly

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swirled with a fine layer of foam. Now my tastebuds were up and awake with this morning elixir. Next, we were offered a delicious bowl of his own yogurt. Creamy with just the right amount of tang -- and before we could take our second spoonful, George came out with his own local cherry preserves to dollop on the yogurt if we wished. I wished and it was wonderfully flavorful and sweet! Our group was then welcomed into the cheese shop where there was a spread of four trays with different cheeses. The cheese tasting had a wide range of flavors, each having its own place in recipes or pairings. There were refrigerators with cheese and a spotless kitchen where George’s daughter and wife assisted in our lesson. George’s cheese making classes and workshops feature traditional recipes from his family. First, we learned about the cheeses he made, then he taught us how to make cheese, showing us three strainers that each generation in his family had used for that purpose. There were four parts to the next lesson. George made phyllo and brought out his tirovolia – soft Mykonian cheese. With

these two main ingredients he made a fresh cheese pie and fried cheese rafioli. With strips of the phyllo, he made fried dough sprinkled with sugar. Last were cookies filled with cheese, drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. During this cooking lesson we were warmed by the story of how his family would have these treats to eat during the day. After our lesson about cheese making and cooking with that cheese, we were sent off, but not before we were given another sample of cheese. I purchased a jar of George’s dark red cherry preserves and more cheese to enjoy on my trip. Included in the folder George gave us was the recipe we made during this class. (See page 37.) Vol. 12, No. 1, 2022 west hartford magazine

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Kremidopopita – Onion Pie Makes 30-40 pieces.

Ingredients: Filling 1 kg tirovolia unsalted cheese -You can also use ricotta cheese (approx. 24 ounces) 2 eggs ½ bunch dill 3-4 fresh medium-sized onions Salt and pepper 200 g spinach, finely chopped (precut not packed measure =6 cups) Pastry 700 g self-rising flour (5.5 cups) 100 g olive oil (7.5 TBS) 1 tsp salt 3 tbs vinegar Lukewarm water, as much as needed

Directions: To prepare the pastry, we mix all the ingredients for dough and knead thoroughly. Divide the dough into 2 buns. Put some flour on a surface, so that the dough will not stick and with the rolling pin roll out and stretch the dough shaping it as a sheet. Mix all the ingredients for the filling. Brush lightly the oven pan with some olive oil and place the bottom sheet of dough. Add the filling with a spoon.

A conversation with George, the owner of Mykonos Farmers Q: How did you became the 3rd generation cheese farmer in your family? A: I was the youngest of my brothers and sisters and as tradition has it in Greece, the youngest of the family stays on with the eldest to take care of them. My grandmother became a widow at 47 years of age, and she had to raise 11 children, so it was upon me to help the grandmother for the cheese making and endeavors. Q: What are the four types of cheese you create and what makes each of them special? A: At Mykonos Farmers we are producing Xinotiro, which is a sour cheese and works as a Mykonian style of feta; Tirovolia , which is a work-in-process cheese used to make pies and sweet and sour appetizers; Kopanisti which is a DOP cheese [ which means Protected Designation of Origin] and very spicy. Because of its capacity not to need refrigeration it was very popular in the second part of the previous century and is still produced for its acute taste; and Gruyere which is mature cheese out of sheeps’ milk that gets assimilated by the human body very easily giving you enough energy to run all day. Q: At what temperature do you recommend eating these cheeses? A: The best temperature to eat cheese is room temperature.

Q: Are there cheeses that you only make during certain seasons? A: Xinotiro and Tirovolia are made yearround. Kopanisti and Gruyere are made in the spring when the milk is the richest. Q: Please tell me about the goats, sheep, and cows that provide the milk for your cheese. A: All our animals are out in the open, close to nature and not confined in stables. Also, another important factor for the animals to produce good quality milk is for them to be "happy.” This is achieved when the animals are not confined and when they feel loved! Q: What is your favorite way to eat cheese? A: The best way to eat Kopanisti is on a rusk, with grapes or tomatoes. Tirovolia is at its best when it is mixed with honey in sweet plates. Xinotiro along with a tomato and some olive oil is a lightweight full-of-energy meal. Q: What part of your job makes you happiest? A: Communicating with people and trying to pass on to them the beauty of simplicity and best ingredients will always give you the best outcome is what makes me happiest. n

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Residents of Duncaster and students at Northwest Catholic High School painted this bear, inspired by “For All Ages” an art program bringing togherer seniors and teens,together. DUNCASTER sponsored the bear which benefits the art program “For All Ages,” that brings seniors and teens together. The bear will reside in the garden of the Bloomfield retirement community.

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Jerk chicken is a classic Jamaican dish, and The Russell also features it on a flatbread pizza along with roasted peppers, caramelized onions, and shredded mozzarella and cheddar, with Scotch Bonnet aioli. Scotch Bonnet is a popular Jamaican spice, but for those who don’t want heat there’s peppered steak, patties, and fried chicken. The West Hartford location has more vegetarian and vegan options than found in the Hartford locations, including coconut curry chickpea (with broccoli florets, tri-color peppers, pumpkin rice, and sweet plantain), brown stew soy chunks (with pumpkin rice, steamed Continued on page 44

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cabbage, and sweet plantain), and a jerk veggie burger. The moderately-priced menu also includes a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Happy hour is from 4-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Sunday brunch includes Jamaican items, including a porridge of the day, as well as “foreign-style” dishes like omelettes, challah French toast, chicken and waffles, and shrimp and grits. “There are really good options. I’m really happy with the menu,” Russell said. “We wanted to create something for everyone, kids, too.” There’s a full bar, with an extensive selection of rum-based tropical cocktails, wine by the bottle or glass, Red Stripe beer in the bottle, and a selection of draft brews. Russell, originally from Jamaica, moved to Florida with his family in 1987, and moved to Connecticut in 1989. He spent 14 years working at the restaurant inside The Wadsworth Atheneum, initially as a host. That’s where he developed his love for the hospitality industry and his appreciation for diverse cultures, and learned that people are not just willing but also excited to try different cuisines. He opened his first restaurant, The Russell, on Pratt Street in Hartford in 2005, and moved to 187 Allyn St. in 2020. In 2021 he opened a takeout only location at 881 New Britain Ave. in Hartford, also called The Russell. The West Hartford eatery is his third location. “My experience was really front of house, but now I know about food, about flavors,” he said. The front of house experience also gave him the background in the business side of the industry. He’s hired chefs from Jamaica, and is currently is sharing staff between the three restaurants. While everything is made in house, many of the food items marinate overnight and are slow-cooked rather than made to order at the last minute, which makes it possible for chefs to float between locations. Having the same chefs will also ensure that the authentic flavors are consistent between the three eateries. Russell, who lives in the West End of Hartford, said he’s known Billy Grant for more than 25 years, and has been eating at Bricco since it opened. He’s a a longtime supporter of many other West Hartford restaurants, and is looking forward to 44

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Hickory Smoked BBQ Jerk Salmon with garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots and grilled asparagus from The Russell. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

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Sunday brunch begins at noon. n For more information, visit the website, or follow on Facebook or Instagram (@ therussellct).

Appetizers include the signature Jamaican dish Ackee and Salt fish (left) served on a plantain chip, and Codfish Fritters. Photo credit: Ronni Newton


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Bards Clothing First Runner Up JT Ghamo Second Runner Up Jos A Bank

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First Runner Up Kimberly Boutique Second Runner Up Hope & Stetson

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Mandell JCC Greater Hartford First Runner Up Orangetheory Fitness Second Runner Up WIP

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Salons by JC First Runner Up Off Center Salon & Spa Second Runner Up Matthew Philips

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Bristle & Blade Barber Shop First Runner Up Final Cuts Sports Barber Shop Second Runner Up Fifth State Barber

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Float Forty-One First Runner Up The Fix Second Runner Up Face It

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West Hartford Yoga First Runner Up Mandell JCC Greater Hartford Second Runner Up Yoga Shop

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An institution of professional style, Bristle & Blade’s barbers are passionate about their craft. Our team members have been trained in European, continental and classic hair styling, with ongoing education in the most current trends and techniques. From the moment you walk through the front door, our barbers are committed to providing you with impeccable service that exceeds your expectations. We cater to your schedule, offering numerous early morning or late evening and weekend appointments. Enjoy a cup of espresso and engaging conversation while you’re with us. We are conveniently located a mile from I-84 in the vibrant Elmwood section of West Hartford. Thanks for your support! Winner 2021, 2019 and 2017 Runner up 2018 and 2016

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Good Cause Gifts First Runner Up John Boyle Home Decorating Second Runner Up Kaoud Oriental Rugs 92

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First Runner Up Beachland Tavern Second Runner Up Ocho Cafe

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Vinted Wine Bar & Kitchen First Runner Up World of Beer Second Runner Up Artisan @ Delamar

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Vet Specialists of CT First Runner Up CT Veterinary Center Second Runner Up Petcare Veterinary Services

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First Runner Up Woof Gang Second Runner Up Pet Supplies Plus

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Jeff Hodges Landscape Contractor First Runner Up Begley Landscaping Second Runner Up JS Landscaping Vol. 12, No. 1, 2022 west hartford magazine

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Udolf Properties First Runner Up Figure Eight Second Runner Up RLM Vol. 12, No. 1, 2022 west hartford magazine

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Robin Gebrian First Runner Up Kara Flanagan Second Runner Up Kevin Eagan

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Westfield Bank First Runner Up NBT Bank Second Runner Up Bank of America

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Goff Law Group First Runner Up Eagan & Donahue Second Runner Up Stanger Law

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Juniper Homecare First Runner Up Care At Home Second Runner Up Hartford Healthcare

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The McAuley First Runner Up Hoffman Summerwood Second Runner Up Duncaster

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House of Flora First Runner Up Moscarillo’s Second Runner Up A Special Place

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Bartlett Brainard First Runner Up Liljedahl Brothers Second Runner Up Walbridge Design Build, LLC Vol. 12, No. 1, 2022 west hartford magazine

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Blue Back Square First Runner Up West Hartford Center Second Runner Up Bishop’s Corner Neighborhood Association

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Mandell JCC First Runner Up University of St. Joseph Second Runner Up Delamar

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WeHa Bear Fair First Runner Up WH Mural/Library Second Runner Up WH Chamber of Commerce

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Playhouse on Park First Runner Up Larsen Ace Hardware Second Runner Up French Cleaners

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