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
Special Thanks to WHC-TV for producing our language video series
Icelandic Fun Facts
- Icelandic is a Nordic language which is similar to Norwegian which was spoken over 1000 years ago.
- Most people speak English as a second language in Iceland. There are also many people speaking Danish or Norwegian.
- Icelandic stems from Old Norse, the language of the Vikings who settled the island in the 9th century.
- Icelander´s first name is followed by the father’s name and the suffix -son or -dóttir, e.g. Guðrún Pétursdóttir (Guðrún, daughter of Pétur). Members of a family can therefore have many different “surnames”, which sometimes causes confusion to foreigners!
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!