Community News For The Glastonbury Edition

Climate Change Talk

GLASTONBURY — Dr. Gary Yohe, Wesleyan professor, will speak on the issue of climate change from the scientific perspective with reference to the underlying economics at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles St.

For more information on LHC, visit www.lhcglastonbury.org or call 860-652-8995. There is no cost to attend.

In his discussion, Dr. Yohe will bring his expertise to address climate change from a scientific perspective as well as share some of his experiences in this field. After his talk, there will be ample time for questions from the floor. A second event, a moderated panel discussion, is being planned for early spring 2018. More details will be available at the Nov. 15 meeting.

Letter: Gold Star Families

To the Editor: Why is veteran Al Carrano (Letters, Oct. 30) speaking out against the family of a fallen hero, Sgt. La David Johnson, and taking the side of a known liar and draft dodger, Donald Trump? Carrano is wrong when he says that Sgt. Johnson's widow and Congresswoman Wilson "politicized" the issue of Trump's phone call on Wed Oct. 18. It was in fact Trump who politicized the issue of calls to Gold Star families two days earlier, on Mon Oct. 16, when he responded to a press conference question about military operations in Niger by bringing up the issue of phone calls to Gold Star families. Trump claimed that he had a much better record than Presidents Bush and Obama in calling families of the fallen. But members of the Bush and Obama administrations, as well as the media, quickly proved that Trump was lying. In fact, it was after this lie that the Trump administration launched a series of hurried phone calls and express mailings to Gold Star families, including the Johnson family.

Carrano is also dead wrong about the content of the call. He presents a fantasy about what Trump might have said, but the Gold Star widow, the Gold Star mom, and Congresswoman Wilson all agree that Trump said this about Sgt. Johnson: "He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway." All three of them found his comments crude and hurtful, and Marine General Kelly, Trump's Chief-of-Staff, later corroborated their version of the call. Trump then denied making this statement, and tweeted that he had proof of what he said. But that was another lie -- he presented no proof, and even his press secretary Sarah Sanders admitted that the call was not taped and Trump had no proof. Before the end of that week, Trump was caught in yet another lie regarding Gold Star families, when the Trump administration admitted that last July, Trump promised the family of a fallen soldier $25,000, and then never sent the check.

Jim Ramaker, Glastonbury

Poetry Reading

MANCHESTER — A free poetry reading featuring the Connecticut State Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilken, together with various Connecticut town poets laureate, including Julia Paul, Manchester; Alexandrina Sergio, Glastonbury; Davyne Verstanding, Washington; Rhonda Ward, New London; Julie Choffel, West Hartford; Dr. Daniel Donaghy, Windham County; Tarn Granucci, Wallingford; Joan Hofmann, Canton, Charles Margolis, South Windsor; and Virginia Connors and Christine Beck, West Hartford (emeriti), will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at historic Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road.

The event is sponsored by the Manchester Arts Commission and the CT Coalition of Poets Laureates. Refreshments will be available. Contact Julia Paul at julia.paul@cox.net for more information.

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.

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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