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Community News For The Enfield Edition

Parkway Pavilion Healthcare Luau

ENFIELD — On Thursday, Aug. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Parkway Pavilion Healthcare, 1157 Enfield St., a luau and fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association will take place. There will be all-you-can-eat food, prizes and entertainment.

Cost to attend is $10 for adults and $5 for children, ages 12 and younger. Guests are encouraged to wear Hawaiian attire. For more information about the facility or the luau, call 860-745-1641.

Pictured are (left to right) Rob Whitten, Administrator; Kim Delorge, Medical Records; Christina Heidelmark, Dietary Supervisor; Roxane Cotton, Admission Director; Karen Lillis, Clinical Reimbursement; Dawn Duncan, CAN; Diane Sokol, Activity Director and Barbara Hasiuk, Director of Nurses, shown at Loaves & Fishes.

Tag And Bake Sale

EAST WINDSOR — The first fundraising event of the fall at the First Congregational Church of East Windsor, 124 Scanic Road, is a tag and bake sale taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Contact 860-654-0590 or to rent a space for $15.

Storytime Registration

ENFIELD — Registration for storytimes at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, and continues through the rest of the week.

"Time for Twos" will meet at either 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays or 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. A caregiver must accompany each child. "Terrific Threes" will meet on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. "Fantastic Fours and Fives" will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. "Marvelous Threes & Fours" will meet on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Sign-up will be for one session only and for only one storytime per week. Storytimes begin the week of Sept. 18 and end the week of Oct. 23 .

Call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details.

Craft Fair

ENFIELD — Local artists and small businesses have come together for a craft fair, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, outside of the Enfield Mall, in the parking lot next to Sears Automotive, 90 Elm St.

The event will feature live music, a magician, bounce house, games and more. Admission to the show is free with a donation of a school supply for local kids in need in Enfield and the surrounding areas. Needed items include: backpacks, pens, pencils, erasers, tape, crayons, markers, rulers, notebooks, binders, pencil cases, filler paper, folders and more.

A sidewalk chalk competition will take place. Spaces are $5 per family. Chalk is included and prizes will be awarded for the top three creations.

Looking For Artists

SOMERS — The upcoming Piedmont Art Show, sponsored by the Somers Cultural Commission, is open to both professional and amateur artists and is seeking artists.

Entry dates are Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. The juror will be nationally recognized, award winning artist Maris Platais of Carlisle, Mass. Awards are from $1,000 for Juror's Choice, $500 for the Linda Percoski Memorial Award, and other awards of $100, $50 and $25.

Cost per entry is $25 for one piece and $15 for each additional piece. For entry prospectus, visit or send an SASE to Piedmont Art Show, P.O. Box 308, Somers, CT 06071, Attention: Neil.

Groundbreaking: Veterans Memorial

EAST WINDSOR — At 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, the East Windsor Veterans Commission will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony to begin the rebuilding and restructuring of the Veterans Memorial at Joe Tracy Veterans Memorial Green, located at Bridge and Main Street.

The new design will add eight more monuments dedicated to local veterans from the Revolutionary War and through the ongoing global war on terror. Members of the community are welcome to attend the event. Anyone wanting to help support the project can do so by purchasing a paver for $35. The pavers will be inscribed with a message of the donors' choosing and the Commission intends to install the pavers around the monument to form a walkway. For more information, visit or call 860-623-1127.

Road Reconstruction

EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor will begin road reconstruction of School Street in Warehouse Point on or about Aug. 21. Expect heavy traffic delays. This project is expected to take about two months.

"Working" Opening At Opera House

BROAD BROOK — Opera House Players, Inc. proudly presents "Working" as its season opener, running from Sept. 8 through Sept. 24. "Working" is a musical based on the best-selling 1974 book of the same name by oral historian and radio commentator, Studs Terkel.

The Opera House is located at 107 Main St. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are available by visiting or calling the box office at 860-292-6068.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for children under 12 and over 60. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Opening night tickets are $17. Student rush tickets for $15 are available in limited quantities 10 minutes before curtain.

Joint Author Event

ENFIELD — After two successful combined author events, one at R.J. Julia in Madison and the other at Barnes & Noble in West Hartford, Connecticut authors Connie Bombaci of Killingworth and Shawn Flynn of Enfield team up for future joint author events.

Bombaci's book, "Hogan's Hope: A Deaf Hero's Inspirational Quest for Love and Acceptance," is the tale of a deaf canine who, after being rescued from neglect, prevailed as he learned American Sign Language and overcame grave challenges to lead a triumphant and successful life.

Flynn's book, "The Kitty Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him," is a heartwarming story that reveals how the pets we love sometimes turn around and care for us.

Bombaci and Flynn's next joint author appearance is scheduled at Barnes & Noble, 25 Hazard Ave., at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25.

Religion, Refugees And Reactions

ENFIELD — Asnuntuck Community College's Great Discussions course, "Religion, Refugees and Reactions" is an eight week course that seeks to help establish a foundation to better understand what is happening in our communities, our nation, and our world.

Asnuntuck Community College is experimenting with a course that has academic students and continuing education students enrolled in a single seminar. The rigor for academically enrolled students is significantly higher but also seeks to empower students to lead discussions and delve deeper into each of these topics. Meanwhile, the combined class will bring community and academic interests together for more meaningful conversations. Combining these constituents has the potential to benefit both groups.

Great Discussions: Religion, Refugees and Reactions begins Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and runs through Oct. 25. To register for the Continuing Education Course, call Jessica at 860-253-3066.

Students may visit or myCommNet for more information. Email Professor Elle Van Dermark at for more information.

Valley Repertory Company

ENFIELD — A reading of playwright Bailly Morse's modern drama, "An Author in Search of Six Characters," performed by the Valley Repertory Company, will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road.

Bailly Morse, originally from Western Mass., wrote and self-published her first novel at the age of 14, shortly followed by several other works. She attended Mount Holyoke College, and relocated to Enfield last year and joined the Valley Repertory Company as an actress.

All programs at the Enfield Public Library are free and all are welcome. To register for this program, please visit the Circulation Desk, or call 860-763-7512.

Women's Club Seeking Members

SOMERS — The Somers Women's Club is seeking interested women to attend its September meeting and consider joining. The club is welcoming individuals who will add new energy and ideas to an organization that was founded 96 years ago to serve the community.

Currently, the club collects books for children for redistribution, donates to local food shelves, provides assistance to the Shelter for Domestic Abuse, co-sponsors the yearly Christmas Fill a Cruiser campaign, awards annual college scholarships and, every two years, grants aid to a town agency which has a specific request.

A formal meeting is held on the first Thursday of each month with a light luncheon and an informative speaker. Other programs include a bridge marathon, a book discussion group, a hiking group, pot-luck get-togethers, and arts and craft workshops.

The group will meet in the Foundation Room of the Somers Congregational Church on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 11:45 a.m. After a potluck luncheon local poet Ellen Rita Evans will discuss the thoughts in her book, "Heart, Soul and Mind…in Rhyme."

For additional information, call Ginny Basch at 860-872-3150 or Mary Sersanti at 860-698-9383.

Somers Library Events

SOMERS — The Somers Public Library, 2 Vision Blvd., is offering the following events.

Summer Adult Coloring Club: The Adult Coloring Club will meet every Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Colored pencils and books are provided, or you can bring your own.

Book Discussion: Friday, Aug. 25, at 12:30 p.m., Cozy Mystery, "A High-End Finish" by Kate Carlisle. Copies of both books are available at the library. Call to register for each discussion.

Farmers Market

THOMPSONVILLE — Enfield's 4th Community and Farmers Market is now open each Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Thompsonville next to Freshwater Pond.

Rick Ouellette and Faith the goat of Shaker Farm Market and Vinnie's Little Acre are returning, along with other farmers. Jeff Strong from Kettle Corn, Carmen's Bakery, Silvia from Silvia's Restaurant, and crafters that will be showcasing their specialties quilts, crochet and sewing items, jewelry, handmade soaps, candles, lip balm and more. Bruce Yelle from Falcetti Music will perform live each week.

There is no fee to be a vendor. Parking is free. Food trucks are welcome. Many of the farmers accepted SNAP food vouchers. Any vendors who will be selling or supplying samples of prepared foods are to display a Board of Health License or Temporary Food Permit from the North Central District Health Department. To find out how to obtain a permit, vendors should contact Deb Caronna at the NCDHD at or 860-745-0383.

To sign up as a vendor, visit and click on Enfield's Community & Farmers Market or contact Development Services at or call 860-253-6350.

Senior Center Events

EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor Senior Center 125 Main St., is offering the following events. For more information, call 860-292-8262.

Shopping trips to Big Y, Walmart, Geissler's and the mobile foodshare at St. Catherine's parking lot take place at various times. Call for more information.

Fitness/Health: Drop-ins are welcome. Fitness Class, every Monday at 10:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga, every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per class.

WII Bowling every Monday at 12:30 p.m.; Wii Zumba with Melissa, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

Farmers Market

THOMPSONVILLE — Michael Ciriello, Director of the Town of Enfield Development Services, said the upcoming farmers' market is seeking vendors, including but not limited to farmers, bakers, crafters, specialty makers, food vendors, authors, food trucks or community services.

Bruce Yelle from Falcetti Music will provide weekly live performances. There is no fee to be a vendor and free parking. The market is held each Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Thompsonville, next to Freshwater Pond. Many of the farmers accepted SNAP food vouchers.

Any vendors who will be selling or supplying samples of prepared foods are to display a Board of Health License or Temporary Food Permit from the North Central District Health Department (NCDHD). To find out how to obtain a permit, vendors should contact Deb Caronna at the NCDHD at or 860-745-0383. Permits take a couple of weeks to process from date of application so time is of the essence.

To sign up is easy and free, go to and click on Enfield's Community & Farmers Market or contact Development Services at or call 860-253-6350.

Bottle Up Against Hunger

ENFIELD — Enfield Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen is hosting a bottle and cans fundraiser. Anyone may drop off recycle bottles and cans at Enfield Loaves and Fishes during the months of August and September at 28 Prospect St., at the back door on Thompson Court. Other drop of areas, are Enfield Fire Dept. 200 Phoenix Ave., Enfield Fire District 1, 199 Weymouth Rd., Thompsonville Fire Dept. 35 North Main St., North Thompsonville Fire Dept. 439 Enfield St., and Shaker Pines Fire Dept. 37 Bacon Rd. Enfield CT.. Any questions, call Priscilla at 860-741-0226 or email

Hockey Association

ENFIELD — Enfield Hockey Association's Learn to Skate Summer Skate Program will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Enfield Twin Rinks, 1 Prior Road.

Cost to participate is $99 for seven weeks. For more information or to enroll, visit Anyone with questions may contact

Teacher Grant Program

ENFIELD — The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union is offering two grant awards, of up to $500 each, to members of the credit union. The funds can be used for implementation of a new or improved program or project which can include equipment, supplies, materials and training. Educators who are TVTFCU members and are employed at a school in the towns of Enfield, East Windsor, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Somers and Suffield may apply. Anyone who is employed at a school in the aforementioned towns and not currently a member can become a member by opening a Savings Account at the credit union.

Application packets may be downloaded from the credit union's website, or a packet may be picked up at the credit union, located at 182 South Road. For more information, visit or call 860-253-4780.

Enfield Rec Events

ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department is offering the following events and can be reached at 860-253-6420 or

Picnic Pack Rentals: The Enfield Recreation Department offers picnic packs which are available for Enfield residents to use for a maximum of three days. Payment and proof of residency is required to secure your reservation. Reservations must be made in person at the Recreation Department at least 24 hours in advance of equipment pick-up. Payment is by cash or check only. Fee: $12 plus a $20 refundable deposit. Rental equipment includes croquet, badminton, wiffleball, lawn games, horseshoes, frisbee, sports balls, throw down bases, volleyball/badminton net. Picnic packs will be available for rent through Oct. 2.

Summer Sunshine: Summer Sunshine is designed specifically for children ages 3 to 6 years old. Activities include crafts, games, sports and more. With limited space, your child will have a lot of one-on-one attention. The program is held Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. through noon. The program will be held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. The fee is $49 for residents and $61.25 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required for this program. Registration can be done online or in person at the Recreation office.

Swim Lessons: The Enfield Recreation Department offers a variety of swim lessons including preschool swim lessons, progressive swim lessons and adult swim lessons. Swim lessons will be held at either the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Pool or at the JFK Middle School Pool, depending on your class. Classes are held in two week sessions.

Adult Open Gym Basketball: The Enfield Recreation Department hosts Open Gym Basketball time for adults 20 and over. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on at the gym. The program is held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym until Aug. 30. The daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents.

Nearly New Shoppe Sale

ENFIELD — The Nearly New Shoppe at Enfield Congregational Church, 1295 Enfield St., is having its' half-priced sale. All spring clothing and accessories for men, women and children are included in the sale. The shoppe is open on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Chamber Of Commerce Events

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Chamber of Commerce is offering East Windsor Community Day on Sept. 23. Email for more information.

Loaves And Fishes Needs Help

ENFIELD — The Enfield Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen is in need of garden vegetables. Organizers are asking people to plant an extra one or two plants to share. Drop-off is at 28 Prospect St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone with questions may call Priscilla at 860-741-0226.

Meals On Wheels Needs Help

SOMERS — The Town of Somers Meals on Wheels program has been operating continuously for 36 years independently of support from federal, state or local government funds.

The program provides meals six days a week, 52 weeks a year. It not only provides needed meals but also is a daily wellness check for frail, elderly clients, many of whom live alone. The program was, for many years, completely run by volunteers but now is coordinated by the Town of Somers Human Services Department.

The cost of the meals ($4 for a hot meal, $3 for a cold meal) is set on a sliding scale. If the client has a financial need, there is a MOW subsidy program to assist. The fund is totally supported by local churches, organizations and individuals and has been sufficient, until now. The number of clients has increased and the fund is running low. Government funding for MOW programs is being cut back or eliminated so government help is not an option at this time.

The town is asking for helping replenishing the Somers MOW fund. Donations can be sent to: Town of Somers Meals on Wheels Program, Attn: Assistant Finance Director, 600 Main St., PO Box 308, Somers, CT 06071.

Food Donation Challenge

ENFIELD — Enfield Food Shelf's annual appeal is halfway to the target of donations needed and is seeking assistance from individuals, local businesses and organizations. The monetary and food donations received from March to May help further the mission of ensuring no Enfield family in need is without food assistance.

Enfield Food Shelf provides grocery-style food assistance to 350 to 400 families per week. Food assistance allows families to self-select items needed to make meals and eat at home; pack lunches for school-age children; and provide food to children when school is closed during the summer months.

All food donations are accepted Monday through Thursday. Monetary donations may be made on-line at or by mail at Enfield Food Shelf, 96 Alden Ave., Enfield, CT 06082. For more information, to visit the facility or to volunteer, contact 860-741-7321.

East Windsor Community Garden

BROAD BROOK — The East Windsor Community Garden has tilled plots available. A 15' x 10' plot is $15 and a 15' x 20" plot is $25. Sign up in person or by mail at the town hall planning office, 11 Rye St. For information, call 860-623-6030 or 860-623-5487.

Nutmeg Senior Rides

AREA — Nutmeg Senior Rides provides door through door transportation for seniors and the visually impaired in North Central Connecticut, and now has the online capability for volunteers to pick the rides that fit their schedule.

Volunteer drivers help riders shop and pick out their items, go to doctor appointments, bingo, lunch with friends and more. Mileage for drivers is reimbursed at 40-cents per mile.

Volunteer drivers are needed for expanded service in Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.

Applications to become a driver are available at or by sending an email to For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.

Enfield Recreation

ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department is offering adult open gym basketball. For more information, contact the Enfield Recreation Department at 860-253-6420 or visit

Adult Open Gym Basketball: The Enfield Recreation Department hosts Open Gym Basketball time for adults 20 and over. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on at the gym. The program is held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym through August 30. The daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents.

Ladies' Leisure Golf League

ENFIELD — The Ladies Leisure Golf League is starting its 2017 season at Grassmere Country Club, in Enfield. Dues are $40 and allow one to play each week on Monday and/or Wednesday between the hours of 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. All experience levels are invited. Anyone with questions may call Kay Richards at 860-533-0086 or Sandy Hamel at 860-752-8897.

East Windsor's Anniversary

EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor's 250th anniversary celebration is taking place in 2018 and organizations interested in being a part of the nine month celebration are asked to email

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.

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.

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.

The Senior Minor Home Repair Program is a volunteer run program that 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.

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

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.

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

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. For more information or to join, contact Al at or call/text 860-205-1688.

Operation Fuel Offering Energy Assistance

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide network of fuel banks started taking energy assistance applications on Wednesday, July 5, from households that are in financial crisis and are in danger of having their utility services terminated.

Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. The annual winter moratorium, which prevents households from having their electricity and gas shut off, ended on May 1 and will not resume until November 1, 2017.

Energy affordability is a year-round problem for more than 322,000 Connecticut households. Operation Fuel is Connecticut's only statewide nonprofit energy assistance program. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Operation Fuel has provided over $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. This includes $2.1 million in energy assistance for the 2017 winter program and $1.2 million in energy assistance last summer.

Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.

For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.

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