Public Meeting Scheduled For Town Plan
WILLINGTON — The Willington Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public meeting to get input from Willington residents as part of updating the Plan of Conservation and Development for the community. The workshop will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Town Office Building, Upper Level Community Room, 40 Old Farms Road.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for Willington residents to learn more about the strategies and recommendations being considered for the 2018 Plan of Conservation and Development and provide comments and feedback. The current Plan of Conservation and Development was adopted in 2008.
Following the public meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission will further review and refine the Plan before scheduling a public hearing on adoption.
Safe Net Ministries Food Program
STAFFORD SPRINGS — Safe Net Ministries will begin its children's summer food program, Grab'n Go Breakfast and Beyond. The program began on Aug. 14 and will continue until Aug. 21, from 9 to 10 a.m. each day.
Anyone interesting in volunteering for the organization may call 860-851-9987.
Pick-up is at Safe Net Ministries Food Cupboard, 55-B W. Main St. There will be items for each child to eat breakfast and have some snacks for the rest of the day.
Pickup for School Backpacks will be on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Children must accompany parents in order for parents to receive the backpacks.
The August food distribution date is Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
WILLINGTON — The Willington Registrars of Voters will hold a Primary Enrollment Session on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from noon to 2 p.m., for the purpose of registration and/or enrollment of electors entitled to vote in the Republican Municipal Primary on Sept. 12, 2017. This session will be held at the Registrars' office in the upper level of the Town Office Building, 40 Old Farms Road.
In Connecticut, voters must be enrolled with the Republican Party to vote in the Republican Municipal Primary. The deadline to transfer from one party to another and be eligible to vote with the new party was June 12.
Residents may also register in person during office hours at the Registrars' office or Town Clerk's office until noon on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Online registration is available at voterregistration.ct.gov. Mail-in applications must be postmarked and online registrations must be completed by Sept. 7. For more information, contact the Willington Registrars of Voters at 860-487-3120.
Friends And Family Sunday
STAFFORD SPRINGS — First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., is extending an invitation to all for 'Our Friends and Family Sunday' at 10 a..m. Sunday, Sept. 10.
There will be a blessing of the blankets, of the blankets that children summer church students made for cancer patients. The Children's Church for all students in Pre-K through 5th Grade will begin. Nursery care is offered for those 0-2 years old during the 10 a.m. service.
The middle and high school class will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. An early morning Contemporary Worship Service is offered at 8:30 a.m. Anyone with questions may call 860-684-2468.
Worship In The Park
STAFFORD SPRINGS — First United Methodist Church will celebrate worship in the park at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, in John Julian Heritage Park. All are welcome to attend. The park is located at the junction of Route 190 and Stafford St.
The service will be a praise and song service. Guests are asked to bring a blanket or chair. For more information, call 860-684-2468.
Library Membership Drive
WILLINGTON — The Friends of the Willington Public Library Membership Drive is ongoing. Community members can help the library by attending book sales, bake sales, volunteer, donate money or become a member. Membership costs range from $5 to $100. For more information, call 860-429-3854.
Men's Club Volunteers Needed
STAFFORD SPRINGS — Evergreen Health Care Center, 205 Chestnut Hill Road, is sponsoring a men's club for male residents this summer. If you have an interesting hobby, cool vintage car, custom motorcycle or even just the gift to gab, there are a lot of fun opportunities and staff welcome your new ideas. Contact Karen at 860-684-6341.
New Dementia Unit
STAFFORD SPRINGS — Evergreen Health Care Center will soon be opening a brand new 30-resident dementia unit. The unit, planned to open in August, will be the newest in this area of Connecticut. Applications are now being accepted for residence in this new state of the art facility.
Applications can be found by visiting athenanh.com/evergreen or you may request one by mail. Call the Admissions Department at 860-684-6341 with any questions.
Women's Reading Group
WEST STAFFORD — A women's reading group is looking for new members. The group meets in West Stafford at 7 p.m., on the last Monday of the month.
Titles for a twelve month period are chosen from books written by women authors and include contemporary fiction and nonfiction covering a wide range of social issues, classic works, historical fiction and biographies.
Upcoming choices for discussion are The Soul of an Octopus, by Sy Montgomery and Every Last One, by Anna Quindlen. For more information, call Jan at 860-851-9370.
STAFFORD SPRINGS — Al-Anon meetings will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at the Stafford Senior Center, 3 Buckley Highway, Route 190.
Support Groups Available
STAFFORD SPRINGS — Three support groups, the Alternatives to Suicide Peer Support Group, a Men's Support Group, and a Women's Support Group, will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., the big white church next to CVS, unless otherwise noted.
The Men's Support Group meets at the church in Room 101 on Tuesday evenings at 4 p.m.
The Women's Support Group meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings, upstairs in Room 204. Both these groups are for anyone who's had a loss in their lives. All are welcome to attend.
The Alternatives to Suicide Peer Support Group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, in Room 204.
The church can be reached at 860-684-2468, on Facebook or at its website, http://fumcstafford.org.
Stafford Early Head Start
STAFFORD — Stafford Early Head Start has openings available for children ages birth to three and pregnant mothers. The Early Head Start program is designed to promote school readiness for children by enhancing their developmental and social competence. Applications are available at the West Stafford School. Call 860-684-3181 to make an appointment to enroll.
Free Video Production Training Program
WINDHAM — Northeastern CT Community Access TV is now taking applications for its Free Public Access Internship program at 207 Tuckie Road. Interns get hands-on experience in all aspects of video production. They cover community events and public affairs shows for airing on Charter channel 192, Frontier channel 99, and on CTV192.com. Interns have the opportunity to use their new skills to produce their own Public Access Television Programs.
Internships are non-paid and are open on a first-come, first-served basis to residents in the studio's service area. Interns must reside in one of the following towns to be eligible for internship: Ashford, Brooklyn, Chaplin, Coventry, Canterbury, Columbia, Eastford, Hampton, Lebanon, Mansfield, Pomfret, Scotland, Thompson, Windham, Woodstock, and Willington.
Visit CTV192.com or call the Community Access TV studio line at 860-456-8500 for an internship application and more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 860-205-1688.
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.