Community News For The Glastonbury Edition

Detour, Median Installment

GLASTONBURY — A raised median island will be placed on Hebron Avenue and a raised channelization island will be constructed at the intersection of House Street and Hebron Avenue. The construction began mid-week on Oct. 23.

These islands will prohibit left hand turns from House Street onto Hebron Avenue and will serve as a temporary safety solution until the roundabout is constructed in the Spring of 2018. Implementation of this temporary traffic pattern is the responsibility of Continental Global Ventures, the Developer of the "One Glastonbury" Complex (formerly "the Mews").

With 145 apartment units, this complex is expected to have occupancy by year-end, and is subsequently projected to increase traffic flow at this intersection. The Hebron Ave/House St intersection experiences a significant number of vehicular accidents annually. The anticipated increase in traffic could exacerbate existing safety concerns if alternative traffic patterns aren't promptly established. As such, the developer will be installing these temporary medians, which will remain in place until the roundabout is constructed in the Spring of 2018. Median installation is expected to be completed by Friday, Oct. 27, without causing any major disruption to traffic flow. The roundabout will ultimately serve as the long-term solution to mitigating safety issues at this busy intersection.

Vehicles traveling south on House Street and wishing to proceed east on Hebron Avenue will need to follow detour signage as outlined below. Traffic turning onto House Street from Hebron Avenue in either direction will remain permissible. Detour if traveling South on House Street to Hebron Avenue eastbound; the path is marked in blue. Right turns from House onto Hebron Avenue westbound are still permissible, as marked with a purple arrow.

Special Needs Hockey Team Recruiting New Players

AREA — The Connecticut Chasers, an ice hockey team for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities, is recruiting new players for the 2017-18 season, running from Nov. 4, through March 10, 2018.

Weekly practices are at Simsbury Farms Skating Rink in Simsbury from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The team is looking for players of all abilities and skill levels ages 8 and up. "Learn to Skate" sessions are offered for those new to the ice.

Prospective players and their families are invited to attend a practice to see the fun for themselves. Some equipment is available to borrow for anyone who wants to try a practice session before joining.

Athletes from throughout the Greater Hartford Area and beyond are welcome. Current players are from Avon, Canton, Ellington, Farmington, Glastonbury, Simsbury, South Windsor, and Windsor.

The Chasers were founded in 1997 by former Hartford Whaler Kelly Chase and the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress to provide a team experience for the players while helping them improve their self-esteem, social skills, gross motor skills and coordination. The team is a proud member of the American Special Hockey Association and Special Hockey International.

Last season, the Chasers had the honor of serving as "Blue Line Buddies" for the Hartford Wolf Pack, standing on the ice with the team during the National Anthem before a game at the XL Center. The Chasers are looking for similar opportunities this season.

The team also has scrimmages with the Southern Connecticut Storm of Bridgeport and the East Coast Jumbos of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Email Ctchasershockey@gmail.com for more information.

Pink Ribbon Bagel Benefits Connecticut Cancer Foundation

AREA — Panera Bread has partnered with Rebecca Lobo, basketball analyst, Olympic athlete, former WNBA and UCONN player, to support the Connecticut Cancer Foundation (CCF), formerly the Connecticut Sports Foundation, during its 16th annual 'Pink Ribbon Bagel' promotion.

Glastonbury Panera, 2450 Main St., is one of the participating restaurants. Throughout the month of October, a portion of proceeds from all Pink Ribbon Bagels sold will go toward helping the CCF assist local families battling breast cancer with rent/mortgage, utilities, transportation, medications and more. Patients are referred to CCF through a network of oncology social workers at Connecticut hospitals and cancer centers.

The Lobo partnership, now in its fifth year, kicked off Oct. 1 to commemorate national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lobo, a recent inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, is the daughter of RuthAnn Lobo, a long-time breast cancer survivor who lost her battle in 2011 after living with the disease for 18 years. In 2001, Lobo launched the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship for Hispanic students admitted to the UCONN School of Allied Health. As part of the Panera Bread partnership, the RuthAnn Lobo Award in Social Work was established in 2013 to support educating the next generation of hospital-based social workers working with cancer patients.

During the month-long fundraiser, a portion of the proceeds from every Pink Ribbon Bagel purchased at Panera Bread cafes in Connecticut will go directly to the Connecticut Cancer Foundation. Pink Ribbon Bagels are baked fresh daily in each Panera Bread café, formed by hand into a ribbon shape, and feature dried cherries, cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.

Participating Connecticut locations are located in Bristol, Canton, Enfield, Farmington, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Glastonbury, Groton, Hartford, Lisbon, Manchester, Newington, Southington, South Windsor, Waterford, West Hartford, and Wethersfield.

Additional beneficiaries of the Pink Bagel promotion include the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Sue Stees, one of Panera Bread's first franchisees and a breast cancer survivor, developed the idea for the Pink Ribbon Bagel in 2001 as a way to help support the cause.

Visit https://www.panerabread.com for more information on the fundraiser and locations of participating restaurants. Visit www.sportsfoundation.org for more information on the CT Sports Foundation.

Kids Mega Challah Bake

GLASTONBURY — The Chabad Jewish Center will host a Kids Mega Challah Bake on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Chabad Jewish Center, 25 Harris St. Children will make their own Challah dough. They will mix, knead and braid it by themselves and bring it home to bake. They will also make a Challah cover and participate in fun games and competitions. The event is for ages 4 to 13. Cost to attend is $12 per child. Parents may stay with their children. For more information, email Yehudis@ChabadER.com or call 860-833-6451. Visit ChabadER.com/kidschallah to register.

Flu Clinics

GLASTONBURY — The Health Department is gearing up to provide a walk-in flu clinic for all town residents aged nine years and older. The clinics will be held in the Academy School Cafeteria located at 2143 Main St. from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 16.

This year, the Health Department is partnering with the Healthy Choices program to administer the Flublok Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine for those 18 years and up. Flublok is manufactured using modern recombinant DNA technology, meaning that it contains no egg proteins, gluten, thimerosal, antibiotics or latex. For those 9-17 years old, Flucelvax and Fluarix will be available. Both are quadrivalent vaccines.

What you will need to bring with you to the clinic: Your insurance card(s), a photo ID and a short sleeve/sleeveless shirt to allow easy access to your shoulder for the vaccine.

Visit http://www.glastonbury-ct.gov/home/showdocument?id=22031 to fill out the consent form prior to attending the clinic.

Second Chance Shop Reopens

GLASTONBURY — Second Chance Shop, 730 Hebron Ave., has reopened. Quality clothing, accessories, footwear, jewelry, housewares, Memory Lane/Vintage, toys and books are for sale all at bargain prices. All proceeds benefit The Village for Families and Children. For more information, call 860-633-5188.

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 www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.

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