Hello! West HartfordTM, a project of West Hartford's new Community Connections group, is a town-wide initiative to build bridges between community members. Put simply, it is saying "Hello" and "Welcome" to each other in one of the many languages spoken by West Hartford residents. There will be a different host and language chosen for each month. Please click on one of the links under "How to Participate" for more information.
Among the initiative's many supporters are: Mayor Scott Slifka, Town Manager Ron Van Winkle, School Superintendent Karen List, School Board Member Terry Schmitt, and Celebrate West Hartford Coordinator Helen Rubino-Turco.
Hear what Mayor Scott Slifka has to say »
Next month: TBD
"Thank You" video
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
- Big Y
- Paul's Shoe Repair
- People's Bank
- Webster Bank
- Stylin' Edge
- Elmwood Bakery
- Epstein Furntiture
- Hartford Baking Co
- Jerry’s Artarama
- Lisa’s Beauty
- Olivieri Quick Print
- Puppy Center
- Engel & Volkers
- Green Teahouse
- Plate de Jour
- Aerus Electrolux
- Central Optica
- Post Office
- TD Bank North
- The Kur
- The Kur Fitness Center
- Intensive Education Academy
- West Hartford Public Schools
- Solomon Schechter Day School
- Saint Timothy Middle School
- ShopRite of West Hartford
- French A la Carte School of French
or call 860-810-0401
Pronunciation by Saint Timothy Middle School
Schools: click here to watch this video on Be the Media
Special Thanks to WHC-TV for producing our language video series
Italian Fun Facts
- There are approximately 60 million native Italian-speaking people in Italy, and perhaps another 10 million descendants around the world, meaning as many as 70 million native speakers of Italian. There are an estimated 125 million people who speak Italian as a foreign language.
- Standard Italian — the official language of Italy — is based on the Tuscan dialect which was spoken in Florence at the time of the unification of Italy.
- The earliest texts that are recognizably Italian date around 960 c.e., which puts 1000 years between them and the glory years of Rome.
Did You Know?
- There are over 80 languages represented in West Hartford Public Schools?
- Over 1,9oo West Hartford Public School students (nearly 20% of all our students) live in homes where English is not their primary language?
- Can you say hello in one or more languages?
Hello! West Hartford’s
Fifth Year in “Revue”
April 24th, 2017 — 5:30pm to 8:30pm
West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium
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The Dr. Karen L. List
Global Ambassador Award
The Dr. Karen List Global Ambassador Award which recognizes a Junior or Senior at Hall and Conard who promotes or embraces the West Hartford global community through service, action or demonstration.
(Applications coming to schools in January)
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the West Hartford Town Hall in room 422. Please join us—we welcome your thoughts and ideas!
How to Participate
Our wish list:
- Donations (financial or other)
- Printer or print services
If your business or organization would like to be listed as a participant on this site, contact us through the form below or at email@example.com
February 17th, 2011
Tell us what your organization is doing to help promote language and cultural awareness in West Hartford!