Labor Day Trash Collection

Due to the Labor Day holiday on September 7, trash, “A” week recycle, “A” week yard waste, bulk and metal collections during the week of Sept. 7 through Sept. 11 will be one day late after the holiday. Monday’s collections will be done on Tuesday; Tuesday’s collections will be done on Wednesday, with each remaining day of the week during this week being one day later. Please check our website, www.painesinc.com or call Paine’s, Inc. at (860) 844-3000 with any questions.

Help for those who lost food in storm

Did you lose food purchased with food stamps due to a power outage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias on August 4?

If you receive food stamp benefits (SNAP) from the State of Connecticut, the State Department of Social Services may be able to replace the food stamps that were used for the food lost due to a disaster OR “household misfortune.”

To request replacement of food purchased with SNAP benefits, complete form W-1225: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Departments-and-Agencies/DSS/Common-Applications/W-1225.pdf AND complete form W-1226 Proof of Food Loss: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Departments-and-Agencies/DSS/Common-Applications/W-1226.pdf

Mail the two forms along with the necessary information to:

DSS Scanning Center

P.O. Box 1320 Manchester

CT 06045-1320

Or bring them to the closest office:

DSS Greater Hartford Field Office, 20 Meadow Rd., Windsor CT 06095

DSS New Britain Field Office, 30 Christian Ln, New Britain, CT 06051

The deadline to apply for these benefits is September 3, 2020.

In addition, DSS is currently planning to submit a request that would allow mass benefit replacement to SNAP households. If granted, this waiver would allow the Department to replace up to 60% (reflecting the amount anticipated to be perishable items) of the monthly SNAP benefit in areas in which more than 50% of the residents lost power for 4 hours or more due to the Tropical Storm.

Resources available to you:

24/7 access: Customers can access benefit and application information at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply or 1-855-6-CONNECT. Full information on ways to contact DSS online, by phone, by mail, and at office drop boxes is at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have a TDD/TTY device, call our TDD/TTY hotline at 1-800-842-4524. The DSS also has auxiliary aids for visually impaired people. Call 1-855-626-6632 for information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please to call 866-974-7627 (End Hunger CT! SNAP Call Center) and an associate will assist you, in both English and Spanish.

Applications and forms may be picked up, dropped off and completed on site at the DSS Greater Hartford Field Office at 20 Meadow Rd., Windsor CT. You may also get general information, ask questions, pick up EBT cards and submit income verification information at this site. Lobby hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please note: no in-person assistance such as interviewing and eligibility determination is available yet, due to pandemic safety guidelines. Visitors should wear masks and observe safe social distancing.

At all DSS Field Offices — applications and drop-boxes are available. For office locations, please visit www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

Mail in voting information

WEST HARTFORD — The Secretary of State will be mailing out Absentee Ballot applications to every registered voter in September. If you wish to distribute five (5) or more absentee ballot applications to persons other than your immediate family you must register with and obtain forms from the Town Clerk before distributing them.

Download the application (available in English and Spanish) and print. Please make sure printer is set to print the full page which may require setting adjustments. Each person who applies for an application must sign it with an original signature. (Parents cannot sign for their child or spouses for each other.) Applications may be faxed or emailed, however hard copy with original signature must be received in the Town Clerk's office in order for your vote to count. Please complete all information legibly.

Military personnel and persons temporarily living overseas may submit a Federal Post Card Application to register & apply for an Absentee Ballot. For information regarding the Electronic Transmission Service email: ets@fvap.gov. For any UOCAVA related questions email: vote@fvap.gov.

Please mail all completed applications to the address below or drop your application into the convenient drop box located in front of Town Hall as soon as possible. Ballots will be mailed starting on October 2, 2020.

Mail to: Town Clerk's Office, Room 313, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107.

Town seeks photos of storm damage

WEST HARTFORD — The Town of West Hartford's Office of Emergency Management is seeking photos capturing damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias that occurred in your neighborhood, on your street or to your property. These photos will be helpful in documenting the impact the storm had on West Hartford for historical purposes as well as assist us in obtaining possible FEMA reimbursement, should the Town qualify.

Send photos via email to OEM@WestHartfordCT.gov. Please send only 1 or 2 images per location and include the following information:

Date taken

Location: Address, Street name

Brief description of what the image shows

If you have any questions, please contact Deputy Director of Emergency Management Robert McCue at 860-561-8310 or email robert.mccue@westhartfordct.gov.

Connecticut Media Group