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Announcing 2016 ‘Best of West Hartford’ Finalists, Including New Categories

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

More than 275 finalists in nearly 50 categories have been selected in the second annual ‘Best of West Hartford’ contest, and readers can vote for their choices for bestofweha

by Joy Taylor

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

You may have seen the balloons, heard the cheers, or perhaps you’ve already seen the “buzz” starting in social media over the past few days as a record-breaking number of “Best of West Hartford” finalists were notified in person from the Premier Limousine “prize mobile.” (Please see the gallery of photographs below)

Thank you to everyone who nominated their favorite businesses to make this fun, community-driven contest possible. West Hartford residents and fans love many things about this town, and that passion showed when all the tallying was done and we once again had many close and tied races!

We have 277 Finalists in 49 categories, and the online nominating process  – you could call it our “primary” – had exceptional turnout. 

“We would love to exceed the previous ‘voter turnout’ for this next phase of the contest,” said West Hartford Magazine publisher and originator of Best of West Hartford, Tom Hickey. “This is a contest for the whole community and beyond, and while it can get competitive, it is, at its core, meant to be light-hearted and fun! Best of West Hartford brings a feeling of cooperation and pride to our town residents and friends.” 

The finalists were collected via a people’s choice nomination process, and selection of the winners begins on Friday, June 10 at noon. Votes will be automatically verified via email to ensure that each vote is authentic. You can vote now by clicking here. 

Thank you to the Best of West Hartford sponsors:

Title Sponsors: JPCarroll Construction, Lux Bond & Green, The Mercy Community, Sanditz Travel/Spa Soli, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Gold Sponsor: Stanger & Associates

Silver Sponsors: Edward Connors Insurance Agency/Travelers, Kingwood Oxford, Oscars Tux/Argelias Bridal, Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen

Bronze Sponsors: First Church West Hartford, Jeff Hodges Landscape Contractor, Merchant Solutions, Saint Brigid School, Taylor Rental Party Plus, West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Town of West Hartford, Bishops Corner Neighborhood Association, Park Road Association, Elmwood Business Association, West Hartford Center Business Association, Blue Back Square, and Home Design District.

Media Sponsors: NBC Connecticut, West Hartford Magazine, We-Ha.com, Connecticut Jewish Ledger, West Hartford LIFE, and West Hartford Press.

The results of the voting will remain confidential and winners will be revealed, live, at the celebration event on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

“We are happy to have the votes tallied and recorded by the Tom Filomeno, CPA, of Filomeno & Co. again this year. Many may not realize this, but only a few people at Filomeno & Co. know who the winners are before they will be unveiled at the September 8 awards show,” said Tom.

The “Best of West Hartford” awards show will be a unique opportunity for everyone to celebrate favorite businesses, restaurants, bakeries, parks, etc! Guests will enjoy food and drink, and winners will be drawn live. Tickets to the awards show will be available for purchase online, so please watch We-Ha.com for details.

Best of luck to all of the finalists (complete list is at the end of this story, after the photos).

VOTING LINK is here (and you can find it by clicking the ad at the top of we-ha.com) share the good news, and remember to use #bestofweha.

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

The 2016 Best of West Hartford Finalists were notified this week and voting begins on June 10, 2016, via the link on we-ha.com. We-Ha.com Photo

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