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Community News For The Enfield Edition

Little Angels Raise Money

ENFIELD — Little Angels Catholic Preschool students wore pajamas to school on Friday, Feb. 24, for the sixth annual PJ Day to support Connecticut Children's Medical Center Cancer patients. The students raised $350 in honor of a previous alumna, Genevieve Neiman. Laurie Hurlburt's class posed for a group picture, holding the oversized check for CCMC.

Five Years of Yoga

ENFIELD — Enfield Montessori School students celebrated five years of yoga at their school. Every week, the students engage in a variety of yoga-based activities designed to enhance their academic and social experience and promote critical life skills.

Pictured are children occupying the space of a large Hoberman Sphere as part of a yoga-based team building exercise.

Enfield Library Scholarship

ENFIELD — The Friends of the Enfield Library presented graduate student Audrey Carman with a $500 scholarship on Feb. 28. Accompanying Audrey (center) in the photo are her parents Ann and Cliff Carman.

Carman is an Enfield resident and graduate student pursuing dual master's degrees in Information and Library Science and Children's Literature. She is currently attending Simmons College.

The Friends of the Enfield Library is also sponsoring a $500 scholarship for a qualified high school candidate. To be eligible for the award the applicant will be an Enfield High School student for their entire senior year. The candidate must rank academically in the top 25-percent of the class and have been accepted at an accredited college.

Applications are available through the student's Naviance Account under "scholarship listing." For more information, contact Betty, Chairperson of Friends of the Enfield Library Scholarship Committee, at 860-749-7680 or Lisa Sprague, Public Services Librarian, at 860-763-7418.

Murder Mystery Dinner

ENFIELD — The Asnuntuck Community College Foundation's 14th annual Murder Mystery Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Holiday Inn, 1 Bright Meadow Blvd.

Guest reservations are $60 and include social hour, dinner and the show. Visit www.asnuntuck.edu/donate for more information. Proceeds support student scholarships, academic enhancements and grants.

Under the direction of Michael Helechu, Three Doors to Death is interactive; the audience decides which way the action will go during a rehearsal at a community theatre performance.

Among those starring in Three Doors to Death are Gary Carra, Chad Glabach and Kim Quinn, Asnuntuck Community College; Gary Cote, The Hangman; Lisa Eaton, Valley Repertory Company; Kate Garvey, Weatherby & Associates; Maureen Power, Westfield Bank; Steve Patch, COCC; Suzanne Romano, First National Bank of Suffield.

Pictured are cast members (left to right) Chad Glabach, Kate Garvey, Steve Patch, Gary Cote, Suzanne Romano, Maureen Power, Kim Quinn and Gary Carra with Director Mike Helechu. Not pictured is Lisa Eaton.

Early Release Day

ENFIELD — Join the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, as children conduct hands-on experiments to learn about solids, liquids and polymers with the Children's Museum of West Hartford, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. The event will take place in the Children's Room of the library.

Children ages 6-12 may attend. Registration will begin on Monday, March 20. Space is limited. Call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details or visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org .

Lego At Library

ENFIELD — LEGO® and DUPLO® fans are invited to the Enfield Public Library at 3:45 p.m. Friday, March 24, for a drop-in program.

Call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details or visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.

Services of Healing

ENFIELD — All are welcome at a service of prayer, music and healing, taking place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, and Sunday, April 2, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 383 Hazard Ave.

In this peaceful, meditative atmosphere, people may quietly bring their joys, sorrows and longings to God, in a spirit of prayer that is both communal and individually centering. For more info, call 860-749-2722.

Enfield Author Talk

SOUTH WINDSOR — Enfield author Shawn P. Flynn will speak at Book Club Bookstore, 869 Sullivan Ave., Suite 6. The talk will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

Flynn is the author of "The Kitty," a book about the meaningful connection with a pet. Attendees are invited to bring a personal cat photo and/or story to share.

Little Sisters Of The Poor Fundraiser

ENFIELD — The Little Sisters of the Poor's scones fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 17, at 1365 Enfield St.

All proceeds go to benefit the elderly residents of the home. For additional info, contact Christina Gordon at 860-741-0791.

Essential Oils 101

ENFIELD — Essential Oils 101 with Kerri Mahan will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road There is no cost to attend.

To register, visit the Circulation Desk or call 860-763-7512.

Enfield Woman In Theatre Festival

WILLIMANTIC — Thirteen Eastern Connecticut State University students recently attended the Region I Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, where they attended theatre workshops and competed in acting and design competitions. Theatre faculty members Ellen Brodie, J.J. Cobb and Chase Rozelle accompanied the students.

Among the students were Molly Bagley '19 of Glastonbury and Caraline Gartrell '19 of Enfield, both majoring in communication and theatre.

Evening Storytime

ENFIELD — A pajama storytime will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road.

Children ages three to seven may wear pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal. Call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details or visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.

Nearly New Shoppe

ENFIELD — The Nearly New Shoppe at Enfield Congregational Church, 1295 Enfield St., is now displaying its spring collection. All items sold are donated from church and community members. The shoppe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 860-745-3646 for details.

Fiddle And Harp Concert

ENFIELD — The duo Fiddle & Harp, consisting of Gordon and Marcie Swift, will perform Celtic and American tunes at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road. There is no cost to attend.

To register, visit the Circulation Desk or call 860-763-7512.

Parents As Teachers Program

ENFIELD — The Enfield Family Resource Center has openings in its Parents as Teachers program for Enfield residents. This is a free home-visiting program that supports parents in their role as their child's first teacher by providing information, support and resources to parents who are expecting a baby or have children ages birth-five.

For more information, contact the Family Resource Center's Parent Educators at 860-253-4769 or 860-253-6580.

Paint And Sip Fundraiser

ENFIELD — Kick off the St. Patrick's Day celebration by learning to paint the iconic image of The Cliff of Moher, Ireland on a large 16x20 canvas, while supporting the Asnuntuck Community College Scholarship Fund.

All painting materials, a light snack, a glass of wine and a donation are included in the $40 price. The event will be held on Thursday, March 16, at 6 p.m. in the Strom Conference Room at Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm St. Reserve seats by calling 413-205-8346 or go to www.berkshirepaintandsip.com and scroll down to the "Benefit Asnuntuck Scholarship Fund" listing.

Art Scholarship

ENFIELD — GFWC/The Woman's Club of Enfield is offering a memorial scholarship to a woman who is accepted at a two- or four-year college to study art. She must be an Enfield resident and be enrolled in an accredited college. This scholarship is offered in memory of Patricia Rackliffe.mThe deadline for turning in an application is April 5. Applications may be obtained from Debbie at 860-745-2864.

High School Scholarships

ENFIELD — GFWC/The Woman's Club of Enfield is offering a scholarship to a graduating senior girl from Enfield High School. To qualify for this scholarship, a girl must have attended

Enfield High School for her entire senior year, be in the upper 20-percent of her class and been accepted at a four-year college or university.

Also being offered is the Marion Ferguson Memorial Scholarship, the qualifications are the same as above except that she must have been accepted at either a two year or four year college.

The Phyllis Berger Memorial Scholarship is offered to business students only. The qualifications are the same as above except that she must have been accepted at either a two year or four year business school.

Scholarship applications may be obtained from the guidance office at either high school and must be returned to that office by April 5. If further information is needed, contact Debbie at 860-745-2864.

Music Scholarship

ENFIELD — GFWC/The Woman's Club of Enfield announces the application forms for The Carolyn B. Jackson Music Scholarship are available at the Enfield High School Guidance Office.

The scholarship is awarded to seniors who will further their education in the music field, instrumental, voice, education or the technical field. Previous recipients may reapply. The applications must be returned by March 29. For further information, call Florence at 860-745-5869.

Enfield Recreation

ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department's Spring program information is now available online.

The department has a variety of all-ages programs this spring, including field hockey, a trip to see the Boston Red Sox, open gym basketball, soccer, tee ball, basic babysitting safety and more.

Registration for Enfield residents began on Feb. 24. Non-resident registration began Friday, March 3. For more details, contact the recreation office at 860-253-6420 or visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation. The recreation office is located at 19 North Main S., with hours of operation Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Senior Center Activities

ENFIELD — The Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., is offering the following activities. The center can be reached at 860-763-7425.

A St. Patrick's Day dance will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, March 17. The cost is $3 per person at the door and includes a snack and coffee at the break.

Every month, the Senior Center shows a TED talk. "All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes" will be shown at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16. No registration is necessary. A discussion will take place after the airing of the talk.

The Enfield Culture and Arts Commission in sponsoring Belly Dancing Lessons on Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. Hips scarves, instruction and music are provided. There is no fee for the class but registration in the Senior Center office is required.

The Usual Suspects are back for an evening of dancing at 6 p.m. Friday, March 24. Cost to attend is $7 per person in the Senior Center office. Coffee and dessert are served at the break.

The Senior Minor Home Repair Program begins on Tuesday, April 4. This volunteer run program assists older Enfield residents with minor repairs such as fixing railings, changing light bulbs, and pretty much anything that does not require a licensed professional. Call 860-253-6395 to schedule an appointment. Residents are not charged for the service, only for the supplies needed.

The Alzheimer's Association holds office hours at the Enfield Senior Center on the fourth Thursday of every month. Make an appointment this month for Thursday, March 23, to talk with an Alzheimer's Association representative to discuss any concerns, address information and referral needs, or any help at all.

Learn how to create a beautiful painting using acrylic paint at the Enfield Senior Center Paint Party. OBTA Care is sponsoring the Paint Party on Friday, March 31, at 11 a.m. There is a $5 supplies fee that will hold your spot. Register in advance in the Senior Center office.

The Senior Center and Allied's Attic are planning a fashion show for Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. Allied's Attic will provide the clothes and accessories. The senior center is looking for volunteer models who will put together an outfit that is both thrifty and attractive. Both male and female models are needed. Sign up in the Senior Center office.

Seminars on clean energy, sleep apnea and the State of CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will take place at the senior center.

Day trips and multi-day adventures are offered. For more information, visit www.enfield-ct.gov/seniors.

Jazz Group Performs

ENFIELD — Jazz quartet SFere will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the Enfield ShopRite, 40 Hazard Ave. The performance is free.

Vendors Sought

ENFIELD — A spring vendor fair will take place on May 6 at the United Methodist Church of Enfield, 41 Brainard Road. Tables will be supplied for $25 per table. Anyone interested may call the church office at 860-745-6241.

Women's Club Scholarships

ENFIELD — The Enfield Junior Women's Club is offering two $400 scholarships to graduating seniors from Enfield High School, who will be continuing their education and demonstrate community spirit.

Applications and instructions can be found in the school guidance office and must be submitted by April 28.

NYC Bus Trip

ENFIELD — The Dow Jones Retiree's Group has scheduled a trip to New York City on Saturday, April 29. Pick-up and drop off at McDonalds, 350 Burnett Road, Chicopee, Massachusetts, and the Elm Street commuter lot in Enfield.

Cost to attend is $50 per person, including driver gratuity. All are to welcome. For more information, contact Carol at 860-978-1313 or email at a_garcia@cox.net.

Vendors Sought

ENFIELD — The Enfield Lions Club is preparing for its annual rent-a-space sale, taking place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Enfield Street School parking lot, 1318 Enfield St. Crafters and tag sale vendors may sign up for two parking spaces, for $25. The event is rain or shine. For details or to reserve a space, call 860-745-1141.

Library Events

ENFIELD — Friday Films at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, will take place on Friday, March 17, at 2 p.m. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required. Call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details or visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.

Medical Staff Scholarship

ENFIELD-STAFFORD SPRINGS — Johnson Memorial Hospital is accepting scholarship applications for its Medical Staff Scholarship Program.

Applications can be obtained by contacting Kate Sullivan Vaghini, development associate, at 860-684-8162 or at Kate.SullivanVaghini@jmmc.com.

The $1,000 scholarships provide financial support to students pursuing studies in health or human services related fields. High school students may apply if they will graduate in 2017 and reside in Ellington, Enfield, Somers, Stafford, or Tolland. JMH volunteers or individuals who have a parent employed at JMH but live outside the designated geographic area may also apply.

Students pursuing higher education in health or human services may apply if they are a JMH employee, JMH adult volunteer or were a recipient of this award in the previous three years.

Scholarships will be awarded to a student in each category based on set criteria developed by the medical staff. The deadline for submitting applications is March 17.

Gift Shop Scholarship Program

STAFFORD SPRINGS-ENFIELD — Johnson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is accepting scholarship applications for its Gift Shop Scholarship Program, open to gift shop volunteers. The deadline for submitting applications is March 17.

Applications can be obtained by contacting Kate Sullivan Vaghini, development associate, at 860-684-8162 or at Kate.SullivanVaghini@jmmc.com. The required documents can also be downloaded at https://www.auxiliaryjmh.com/scholarship.

For the third consecutive year, the JMH Auxiliary will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a current gift shop volunteer. The award will be granted to an individual who has been an exemplary volunteer. The total number of hours logged will be the primary factor in selection. Applicants must be a high school senior or an adult volunteer pursuing higher education in the field of their choice.

Jewel Epstein Scholarship Program

STAFFORD SPRINGS-ENFIELD — Johnson Memorial Hospital, the parent company of Home & Community Health Services, is accepting scholarship applications for the Jewel Epstein Scholarship Program.

Applications can be obtained by contacting Kate Sullivan Vaghini, development associate, at 860-684-8162 or at Kate.SullivanVaghini@jmmc.com. The required documents can also be downloaded at www.jmmcdonate.com/scholarship/jewelepstein.

The $1,000 scholarships provide financial support to students pursuing nursing or an affiliated health care field. Enfield High School students may apply if they will graduate in 2017. Two scholarships will be awarded. The deadline for submitting applications is March 17.

Crafters Sought

ENFIELD — The Women's Guild of Holy Family Church will sponsor a rent-a-table Spring Bazaar on Saturday, April 29. This indoor event can accommodate 50 crafters. Cost is $30 for an 8-foot table/space. Participants may set up from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 28, or Saturday morning at 8 a.m. For information or an application, call Carole at 860-741-0485.

Enfield Senior Center

ENFIELD — The Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., offers the following events and programs.

Memory Loss: Learn how to improve your memory at workshops offered by the center and Bay Path Occupational Therapy students. The workshops take place 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, through March.

Day trips are available for sale on or after the trip sign-up date:

• West Point Dress Parade, April 29. Cost: $101 per person. Trip sign-up date is Feb. 24.

• Mamma Mia! Westchester Dinner Theatre, May 24. Cost: $107 per person. Trip sign-up date is March 3.

• The Tall Ships Boston Harbor Cruise, June 21. Cost: $115 per person. Trip sign-up date is April 7.

Multi-Day Adventures: Reservations are being accepted for multi-day adventures.

• Holland, Michigan: Tulip Time, May 9-16. Cost $1,695 pp/double.

• Ogunquit, Maine: June 5-7. Cost $409 pp/double.

• 4-Day Montreal and Quebec City: Aug. 26-29. Cost $779 pp/double.

• Canadian Rockies, Sept. 2-8. Cost $3,259 pp/double.

• Iceland: Oct. 26-Nov. 1. Cost: $2,999 pp/double.

• Caribbean Cruise, Jan. 28-Feb. 9, 2018. Cost $1,649 pp. Trip Presentation: Feb. 23.

Enfield Senior Center Activities

ENFIELD — The Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., is offering the following events and activities. The center can be reached at 860-763-7425.

Creative Stitches: If you enjoy knitting, crocheting or other needlework, join the Creative Stitches group on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon in the craft room. If you like to sew, visit the Sassy Sewers group on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Zumba on Wednesdays: The cost is $16 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Zumba Gold will continue through March and April.

The Enfield Recreation Department is sponsoring Adult Open Gym Pickleball on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, through April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. The daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents. Please call Enfield Recreation at 860-253-6420 with any questions.

If the Enfield Public Schools are closed because of inclement weather, the Senior Center programs are canceled. If there is a school delay, our schedule goes on as usual. The building remains open, in most cases, for drop-in activities including the Prime Fitness Center. Notification of cancellation is posted on WFSB, Twitter, and Facebook.

Tipper Barrel Collection

ENFIELD — Public Works reminds residents on the placement of tipper barrels for refuse and recycling. Per the town ordinance, barrels must be placed at the curb between dusk the day before your scheduled pickup and 7 a.m. the day of pickup. All barrels need to removed from the curb by 8 a.m. on the day after pickup.

Missed pick-ups and callbacks waste precious resources and cost the town extra money, Public Works officials say. All residents received a magnet with important collection information. If you misplaced your magnet, need additional information or want more information about the recycling program, visit the website at http://enfield-ct.gov/405/Regular-Trash-Collection or call the DPW hotline at 860-763-7527 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Volunteer Hearing Officer Sought

ENFIELD — The town of Enfield is seeking a civic-minded resident to become a volunteer hearing officer. If interested contact the office at 860-253-6300 for an interview.

Somers Fire Department Seeks Volunteers

SOMERS — Local volunteer firefighters are counting on residents to add one more New Year's resolution to the list: Join the Somers Fire Department and become an everyday hero. The Somers Fire Department fire division works primarily on a scramble crew system - members receive notice of a call via pager or a text to their cell phone. They then respond to the station to get the fire apparatus. Training and uniforms are provided.

The EMS division staffs the ambulance. Once personnel have completed mandatory entry requirements and attend local drills and meetings, they are eligible to attend outside training to increase their skill levels. Training and uniforms are provided by the Department.

In addition, the Somers Fire Department offers a cadet program which is managed in two phases, from ages 14-15 and 16-17 years old. Training and uniforms are provided and members in good standing are eligible to receive a quarterly stipend.

Both the fire and EMS side offer a stipend of $250 per quarter for those who meet minimum requirements - members can earn up to $2,000 a year. Aside from a $2 reimbursement per each call for gas, the Department also contributes to a small pension system. Members in good standing receive dress and working uniforms and the Department covers all training.

Send an email to membership@somersfire.org or call 860-749-7626. The membership director will reply with an application and answers to any questions.

Free Income Tax Help

AREA — Now through April 18, VITA's IRS-certified financial volunteers will again help eligible taxpayers prepare and electronically file their state and federal income tax forms at no charge. Refunds are available in seven to 10 days.

Free, in-person help is available by appointment to individuals and families with household incomes up to $54,000 at VITA sites in Hartford, Enfield, Manchester, New Britain, Vernon, West Hartford, Windsor Locks, and the Windham region.

To schedule an appointment with a VITA tax assistance volunteer, dial 2-1-1 and press '3' or visit www.211ct.org. For a list of VITA tax assistance sites, visit www.thevillage.org/2017VITAsites.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

Race For College Scholarships

STATEWIDE — The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program recently launched the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, a statewide indoor cycling competition for high school students that will award the male and female champion a scholarship to college.

The CCAP will be traveling to schools around Connecticut and host indoor school cycling events on stationary trainers. To earn a chance to win the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, check with your cycling club to learn the time the CCAP will be holding races in your school. The championship event will take place in May 2017 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

The fastest male and female high school student from each indoor school cycling competition throughout the season will earn a spot in the season championship finals at the end of the school year.

The season championship finals will bring together all of the fastest riders from around the state. The male and female winners that record the fastest time that day will be awarded a $500 scholarship for college.

The winner's school club will also receive a separate $125 award to encourage continued success of the club. All students are eligible for a $250 leadership award, including students who do not reach the season finals. All finalists must submit a one-page essay prior to the season championship finals event describing their participation in their CCAP school club. Essays must describe the student's regular season participation in club practices and race events, demonstrate a commitment to team success and illustrate an impact cycling has made on the student.

For more information, visit CTCyclingadvancement.org.

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. Our board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience necessary, training is provided and classes begin in mid-January. For more information or to join, contact Al at prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

Scholarships Available

STATEWIDE — The Wethersfield-based Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is accepting applications from across the state for its 2017 college "Family Support Services Scholarship" program.

The CFDA scholarship awards support graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in a profession that provides emotional or medical support for families. This includes fields such as counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology, or funeral service. A total of eight $500 college scholarships will be presented, one to a student in each of the state's eight counties.

To be eligible for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program, candidates must be a high school senior who will graduate in June 2017, be a legal resident of the State of Connecticut, be pursuing a career that provides emotional, medical or physical support for families, and have maintained at least a B grade point average in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

All candidates must submit the application form and a current high school transcript and essay responding to the question: Why did you decide to pursue a profession that supports families? The application form must be neat and legible, and filled out completely.

The deadline for applications for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program is Friday, April 14.

To download an application and get contest rules, go to www.CTFDA.org. Anyone with questions may call the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association at 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332.

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