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Silver Lining: Positivity in West Hartford Through Chalk

Parker, 6, and Chase, 3, created a chalk heart on their West Hartford driveway. Photo courtesy of Michele Lucan

‘Silver Lining’ will highlight the positive stories in the West Hartford community as residents, businesses, and organizations deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chalk Your Walk on Arundel Avenue in West Hartford. Courtesy of Beth Kyle

By Ronni Newton. Submitted photos

“Chalk Your Walk” and “Hearts for Healthcare Workers” are two of the many initiatives spreading throughout West Hartford as residents find ways to create positivity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Promoted through the social media hashtag #chalkyourwalk, a request for positive messages to support healthcare workers and cooperation with physical distancing guidelines was one of the first efforts to engage communities. And West Hartford residents jumped onboard quickly, as driveways, sidewalks, and even the area in front of Stop & Shop on Newington Road and the police and fire stations were decorated with inspiring messages.

Thanks to all who submitted their chalk photos. Look for a photo gallery of hearts that are now popping up in windows throughout town coming soon.

Do you have an idea for a “Silver Lining” story? Please email Ronni Newton at [email protected].

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Chalk Your Walk in West Hartford. Courtesy of Tara Harrison

Mason Capone, 15, and an 8-year-old neighbor created an important chalk message on the sidewalk Courtesy photo

Vaughn and Louisa Smith decorated their Arlington Road sidewalk with chalk. Courtesy photo

Chalk Your Walk in West Hartford. Courtesy of Beth Kyle

Chalk Your Walk on Arundel Avenue in West Hartford. Courtesy of Beth Kyle

Chalk Your Walk in West Hartford. Courtesy of Beth Kyle

Chalk Your Walk at the Kerrigan house on Auburn in West Hartford. Courtesy of Beth Kyle

Chalk Your Walk in West Hartford. Courtesy of Beth Kyle

Chalk Your Walk on Arundel Avenue in West Hartford. Courtesy of Beth Kyle

Chalk Your Walk on Arundel Avenue in West Hartford. Courtesy of Beth Kyle

Chalk Your Walk on Arundel Avenue in West Hartford. Courtesy of Beth Kyle

Chalk your walk in West Hartford. Courtesy of Melissa Geetter

Elaborate chalk heart on North Main Street drawn by Zora and Nico Dzhafarov. Photo courtesy of Gary Holmes

Chalk your walk in West Hartford. Courtesy of Andrea Jednorowicz

A message for Paine’s trash collectors. Courtesy of Nolan Killeen and his mom, Holly Fortier Killeen

Chalk message in front of the police station. West Hartford Police Department Facebook photo

Chalk message left outside Fire Station No. 5. West Hartford Firefighters Local 1241 Facebook page photo

Rowan Sirica, 10, of Farmington, shows off her chalk-decorated driveway. Courtesy of Amanda Sirica

Chalk message outside Stop & Shop on Newington Road in Elmwood. Courtesy of Maryanne Kelley Esposito

A Happy Birthday message via poster. Courtesy of Char Larson

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