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Community News For The South Windsor Edition

Yiddish For Fun

SOUTH WINDSOR — Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, will be holding a Yiddish For Fun class. The intro to Yiddish class is open to anyone who wishes to all, members and non-members.

The first two classes will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, and Monday Sept. 18. For more information on the class, contact Marsha at marshataback@gmail.com.

Polish Club Scholarships

HARTFORD — On Wednesday, June 21, at a reception and ceremony held at the Polish National Home in Hartford, the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc. honored four students with its 2017 Jennie Marconi-Javorski Scholarship award. Each recipient received $1,000. Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs Florence Langridge and Virginia Pudlo introduced the candidates, provided background on their accomplishments, and presented the checks to the following honorees.

Christina M. Bolduc, South Windsor: Christina, daughter of Joanna and Russell Bolduc of South Windsor, was sponsored by her grandmother, Maria Jozwik of Farmington. She received her Associate of Science Degree in Nursing in 2011 from Capital Community College in Hartford, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford in 2013, and is currently a graduate student working toward a Master's Degree in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. She has consistently been on the Dean's List and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Christina has worked at the American School for the Deaf, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as an Intermediate Care Nurse, and is currently a school nurse in the Windsor Public School system. Her community involvement is exemplary. She was a volunteer Firefighter and EMT for ten years, served as a Girl Scout Committee member for two years, and continues to be involved in activities at St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Archdiocese of Hartford honored Christina with the "Light of the World" Award in 2016. Christina has been described as a role model and asset to the nursing profession who is warm, kind, and bright and who demonstrates her professional practice, leadership skills, holistic philosophy, and empowerment through education to the benefit of her patients and colleagues.

Justine J. Kieltyka, New Britain: Justine is the daughter of Lilia and Steven Kieltyka of New Britain and was sponsored by her mother, Lilia. She will be a sophomore at Union College in Schenectady, NY this fall majoring in Neuroscience. Justine received honors in the fall semester and served as the Freshman Floor Representative. A graduate of New Britain High School, she was class Vice President for four years, as well as tour guide and Admissions Ambassador for three years. She organized a walk for Alzheimer's and a fundraiser for her field hockey team in her junior and senior years. Justine is committed to athletics and participated in field hockey, basketball, and softball travel teams throughout high school. She continued this passion at Union College by joining the Varsity Softball team. Fluent in Polish, Justine has been involved with the Polish Scouting organization since she was four years old and holds the rank of Wedrowniczkar (Venture Scout). Her interest in neuroscience and medicine inspired her to volunteer at the Hospital for Special Care. Activities at Sacred Heart Church in New Britain include playing a character role and narrating in Polish at the annual Live Nativity and Live Stations of the Cross. Justine has been described as extremely bright, personable, disciplined and an individual with high standards who commits herself beyond expectations and does so with a genuine attitude towards working with others.

Diana L. Sitnik, Wethersfield: Diana is the daughter of Joyce and Richard Sitnik of Wethersfield and was sponsored by her grandmother, Mary Sitnik of Wethersfield. She will be returning to Salve Regina University in Newport, RI as a sophomore with a Marketing major and Sports Management and Administration minor. She received General and High Honors throughout her four years at Wethersfield High School and received recognition for playing a varsity sport and upholding high honor grades while in season. She participated in the DECA club for two years and during her senior year, she and her partners placed third at the state level and then moved on to compete at the national level, placing in the top 20% of their category. She played field hockey for four years and was team captain of the varsity team in 2015. Her community service includes Boys Town, The Confetti Foundation (an organization that hosts birthday parties for children too sick to leave the hospital), and the Salvation Army. At Salve Regina, she is part of the SRU Dance Club and its SalveThon Promotions Committee, which holds a 16 hour dance marathon to benefit the Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, RI. Diana has been described as a respectful and mature young woman who cares a great deal about her academic pursuits and contributes significantly to a constructive atmosphere with her insightful participation.

Ewelina Zambrzycka, Shelton: Ewelina is the daughter of Aldona and Waldemar Zambrzycki of Shelton, CT and was sponsored by Joan Staszko Egbertson of Barkhamsted. She will be a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with an ultimate career goal of becoming a physician. With an outstanding academic background, Ewelina seizes every opportunity to advance her knowledge and experience. She has worked as a Laboratory Assistant in the Department of Pharmacology at the Yale School of Medicine, Research Assistant in the Biology Department of Sacred Heart University, and Undergraduate Presenter at the Eastern College Science Conference in CT in 2016 and 2017. A proud accomplishment was being published: Roy N.M., Ochs, J., Zambrzycka E., Anderson A. 2016. Glyphosate induces cardiovascular toxicity in Danio rerio. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology Journal. 46; 292-300. She has also earned a certification in Phlebotomy. Ewelina's volunteer activities include the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood in Bridgeport, CT, St. Michael Archangel Parish, Bridgeport, Honor Society at Sacred Heart University, Organization of Choir for Kids in Bridgeport, Classroom Learning Assistant for Biology, and Biology Club at Sacred Heart University. She is fluent in Polish. Ewelina is described as extraordinarily motivated, passionate, mature, organized, dependable, and well-grounded in everything she does. She is not satisfied to go the easy route, but with an inquisitive mind yearns to learn more about the world around her. Her interest in medicine is deep and true and she is successfully charting that path for herself.

Dollars For Scholars Recipients

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Dollars for Scholars announce its 2017 scholarship recipients: Alana Ferrante Memorial- Collin Davis, Sarah Nickolas, Emily Eaton, Leah Bemis; Alva Rossi Memorial- Collin Davis; Ann E. Waldron Memorial- Elizabeth Burnett; Cary Prague Memorial Scholarship of the South Windsor Republican Town Committee- Connor Dunn, Matthew Mulcahy; Daniel J. Griffin Memorial- Joseph Howell, Sean Reed; David S. Hauck Memorial- Alyssa Karlins; Marvin Eisenberg Scholarship of Eli Terry School PTO- Ariba Memon; Eli Terry Elementary School PTO- Alexis Santerre; Friends of the South Windsor Public Library- Molli DeRosa, Alexander Andusis; Friends of South Windsor Public Library=Nancy C. Braender- Jenna St. Denis; Grace T. Bogdan Memorial- Hannah Silverman; Hannah E. Patrie Memorial- Katrina Schwartz; Hartford Evergreen Masonic Lodge #88- Alyssa Fiori, Mikayla Carrington, Malika Mehndiratta, Robert Terlikowski; John D. Dzen Memorial- Mackenzie Gilligan; John G. Samsel Jr. Memorial- Kathryn Smyrak; Karen Giannamore Scholarship of Wapping Elementary School- Hannah Mulcahy, Elizabeth Burnett, Marissa Rondinone, Kathryn Smyrak; Knights of Columbus=Rosenberger Council #5779- Brendan Cestari, Hernan Cortez Jr., Molli DeRosa; M.E.L.T. Workout's Motivated Student- Sarah Nickolas; Orchard Hill School PTO- Maurice Delage, Parth Patel, Forest Fan; "Out of the Blue" Timothy Edwards Literary Magazine- Maurice Delage: Philip R. Smith PTO- Lindsey Cartier; Philip R. Smith PTO=Dr. McCarthy Miller- Jenna St. Denis; Pleasant Valley School PTO=Daniel S. Hansen- Katrina Schwartz; Pleasant Valley School=Orville C. Rowley- Sarah Nickolas, Gabriella Silva, Katherine Molinari, Emily Eaton; Richard Tustin Memorial of Wallace-Tetreault Realty- Parth Patel; Robert J. Pennell Memorial- Nathan Ferri; Robin Klemba Boys Lacrosse-Todd Walter; South Windsor Chamber of Commerce-Lindsey Cartier,Erica Peplau; South Windsor Community Band- Jenna St. Denis; South Windsor Community Chorus Friends of Music- Lucia Palladino; South Windsor Community Women- Amelia Ockert, Emily Eaton, Lindsey Cartier, Eric Hofmann; South Windsor Democratic Women's Club=Julia Nicholson- Chloe Plefka; South Windsor Democratic Women's Club=Mary Nicholson- Hannah Mulcahy; South Windsor Dollars for Scholars INC- Mallika Shekhar; South Windsor Education Association- Elizabeth Burnett. Kathryn Smyrak, Kayla Peck; South Windsor Fire Department=Tony Dworak- Joseph Howell, Eric Hofmann; South Windsor Fire Department=Douglas Warren- Maurice Delage; South Windsor Girls Lacrosse- Julia Wolf; South Windsor High School "Bobcat Baseball" Booster Club- Cameron O'Meara; South Windsor High School Friends of the Performing Arts=Joe Connolly- Lucia Palladino, Katrina Schwartz, Jenna St. Denis; South Windsor High School Hall of Fame- Gabriella Silva; South Windsor High School Students against Destructive Decisions=Leadership Award- Sarah Nickolas, Lindsey Cartier, Katherine Molinari, Megan Molinari and =Positive Image Award- Emily Eaton, Alyssa Benoit, Lauren Adamo; South Windsor Lions Club= Ed Curtin Memorial- Kathryn Smyrak, Katrina Schwartz; South Windsor Superintendent of Schools Kindness- Lucia Palladino; South Windsor Superintendent of Schools MCC- Daniel Eddy; Stephanie M. Tsolas Memorial Media Arts and Photography- Carissa Hebler; Tom Savage Memorial Quarter Note Foundation- David Sollima Jr., Jenna St. Denis, Samantha Gonzalez; Tracy Tabshey Memorial- Daniel Eddy, Carissa Hebler; Vincent Fusco Memorial- Joyce Figueroa; and Wapping Grange #30- Caitlyn Szoka. Congratulations to all our 2017 recipients!

Make A Difference Program

SOUTH WINDSOR — The Make a Difference program, three nights of giving back to the community, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, through Thursday, Aug. 3.

The program is available for students entering ninth, tenth or eleventh grade in the fall of 2017. Students will participate in fun cooperative games and learn about a local organization that needs help. The program provides an opportunity to get involved.

The cost of the program is $20. A light dinner will be included each night. To register or for more information,contact Kathy Reed, School Outreach Coordinator at kreed@swindsor.K12.ct.us or at 860-648-5030, ext. 2209.

PJ Family Yoga Night

SOUTH WINDSOR — PJ family yoga night at the South Windsor Community Center, 150 Nevers Road, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Bring a mat or towel.

All ages are welcome. Cost to attend is $5 per family. For more information, contact eileen.Adler@southwindsor.org or call 860-648-6361, ext. 324.

Senior Activities

SOUTH WINDSOR — The following activities for seniors will take place at the Charles N. Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road. To register for any free program, call Human Services at 860-648-6361, ext. 335. Register in the office for any program requiring payment.

Basic Archery: Join Mike Bullock as he teaches basic archery. Meet in the grassy area of the high school, right across from the main entrance of the community center, at 9 a.m. Monday, July 31. Cost to attend is $10.

Kayak Tour: On Wednesday, Aug. 23, an experienced guide will take participants on a two hour tour of the Connecticut River Estuary while pointing out birds, wildlife, and plants on the way. All equipment will be provided: kayak, paddle and life vest. Dress appropriately for the weather. After the tour, enjoy a boxed lunch by the water. Cost is $67 and includes transportation, kayak, all equipment, tour guide, and lunch. The senior bus departs the center at 8:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 2:30 p.m.

For a complete listing of all activities, visit www.southwindsor.org

Author Conversation

SOUTH WINDSOR — Book Club Bookstore, 869 Sullivan Ave., is hosting author Benjamin Thomas in conversation with John Valeri on Saturday, July 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Signed books are available for purchase. For more information, call 860-432-7411.

Schoolhouse Museum Opens

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Historical Society's Pleasant Valley District #5 Schoolhouse Museum, 771 Ellington Road, will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m., during July and August.

Used as a town elementary school from 1862 to 1952, the building has been renovated and expanded by the Historical Society as a local history museum containing school and town memorabilia. Parking and admission are free; donations are welcome.

Most of the upper level is maintained as a 19th century school room, while the lower level has displays of various items from the town's agricultural and social history. Among the items for sale at the museum are replicas of the Union District School, maps of old South Windsor, and schoolhouse notepaper, with proceeds used for maintenance of the building. Memorial bricks for a walk are also being sold for $35.

Museum chair Joan Walsh said small antique items of South Windsor significance are welcome for display as space permits. Appointments for other visiting times may be made by calling 860-644-6000. For more information, visit the society website at www.southwindsorhistory.org

Avnet Kleiner Talk

SOUTH WINDSOR — Avnet Kleiner will speak at Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, and present the congregation with a plaque from The JNF, for trees planted in Israel, on Friday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m.

As ALEH Negev's Director of Development in the USA, Kleiner works closely with Jewish National Fund to promote his organization, a pioneering rehabilitation village in Israel's Negev that provides medical and therapeutic care to residents with severe cognitive and physical disabilities, as well as outpatient rehabilitative services to children and young adults.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the office at 860-282-8466, or Admin@tbhsw.org.

Blood Drive

SOUTH WINDSOR — Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, is teaming up with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive. The blood drive will take place at Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, on Thursday Aug. 10, from 1:15 to 6:15 p.m.

To make appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Fire Department Recruiting New Members

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department is currently recruiting new members of all ages and abilities who possess a desire to help and a passion for service, as well as a sense of pride and tradition.

Positions include firefighter, fire police, fire explorer for youth ages 14 to 17, support staff and fire and life safety. All training and equipment is included. For more information, please visit www.southwindsorfire.org or contact Deputy Chief Scott Fine at 860-463-0500 or via email at sfine@southwindsorfire.org.

Farmers' Market

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Farmer's Market at the South Windsor Community Center, 150 Nevers Road, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, through October. The parking is free. Offerings include strawberries for the first two weeks, vegetables, fruit, breads, pastries, pies, goat cheese, cow cheese, eggs, milk, maple honey, micro-greens, pasta, kettle corn, BBQ sauces; coffee and ice cream.

Lunch will be served by Celiac Epicurean, Rasham Restaurant, Sylvia's Hot Dogs, La Brioche, Granny's Pies and the Hartford Baking Company.

Kidding Around Yoga

SOUTH WINDSOR — Kidding Around Yoga and Crafts with Eileen Adler, for children ages six to 11, will take place through August at 150 Nevers Road.

Two six week sessions are being offered at $30 per session. For more information or to sign up, visit www.eventbrite.com and search "kidding around yoga," or call 860-648-6361, ext. 324.

Community Free Of Prejudice

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Democratic Town Committee has endorsed a resolution that encourages the town to be a welcoming community to all residents including immigrants and refugees. The resolution, which was approved unanimously ensures "the equal protection, treatment and representation of all persons without discrimination."

The resolution promises that the South Windsor Democratic Party will work to safeguard the civil rights and the dignity of all residents. "This is a reminder that South Windsor, which is already a great place to live, continues to be a community where everyone is welcome," says South Windsor Democratic Town Committee chairman, Tony Duarte.

The entire resolution, South Windsor as a Community Free of Prejudice, Bigotry and Hate is posted on the South Windsor Democratic Town Committee's website at www.swdems.org.

Senior Activities

SOUTH WINDSOR — The following activities will take place at the Charles N. Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road.

To register for any free program, call Human Services at 860-648-6361, ext. 335. Register in the office for any program requiring payment.

Water Aerobics: Outdoor water aerobics at Veterans Memorial Park pool with Dee will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., through Wednesday, Aug. 2. Cost is $40 for 12 classes or pay by the class at $7 per class.

Aerobics Summer Program: Linda will be in attendance on Fridays at 8 a.m. Cost is $2 per class; pay that day. No sign-up is needed.

Quilter's Group: The South Windsor Senior Center will be starting it's very first quilting group. Join fellow quilters on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. Call to sign up: 860-648-6361, ext. 335.

Lunch With Rabbi

SOUTH WINDSOR — Lunch With Rabbit, a monthly study for adult learners with Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman meets the last Thursday of every month at Temple Beth Hillel at noon. No reservation is required.

A soup lunch is provided. For more information, contact the Temple at 860-282-8466 or admin@tbhsw.org. Temple Beth Hillel is located at 20 Baker Lane.

Fresh Vegetables For SNAP Participants

SOUTH WINDSOR — This summer, at the South Windsor Farmers Market, SoWin/EatsHealthy will be offering discounted boxes of fresh vegetables from local farmers. Produce box pick-up will be at the South Windsor Farmers Market, 80 Hayes Road, every Saturday through September 9.

Participants must be willing to participate in short interviews at the beginning and end of the 10 weeks and must also be SNAP eligible. The cost of membership in the CSA/SNAP program will be $10 and members will receive $20 worth of produce. An orientation meeting will be held at the Community Center at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, where you can try a sampling of fun and healthy foods and learn more about this project.

SoWin/EatsHealthy is a joint trial project with the South Windsor FOOD Alliance and UCONN Extension. For more information or to register, contact Jen White at Jennifer.white@uconn.edu.

FISH Seeking Volunteers

SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor FISH (Friends In Service Here) is seeking additional volunteers for their transportation and telephone rosters. Volunteers serve only one weekday a month, either providing transportation to doctor's appointments or recording appointment requests.

Call Phyllis Oswald at 860-644-2910 for more information.

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 www.NutmegSeniorRides.org or by sending an email to ctseniorrides@gmail.com. For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.

Blue Star Family Members Sought

SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor American Legion Post 133 wishes to recognize family members residing within the town who have relatives currently serving as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Family members, defined as spouse, parent, sibling, or other close relative, are eligible to receive recognition as a Blue Star Family member. Post 133 would like to present a Blue Star pin to any South Windsor family member in honor of a currently serving relative. Anyone who believes he or she qualifies is asked to contact Art Sladyk at 860-648-1711 or aps1144@cox.net.

Friday Night Services

SOUTH WINDSOR — Temple Beth Hillel of South Windsor, 20 Baker Lane, is inviting the community to join them for Friday night services. Temple Beth Hillel is a reform Synagogue that has a social driven community.

Services led by Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman start Friday evenings at 7 p.m., with music by Cantor Scott Harris. Stay afterward and talk to friends and make new ones. All are welcome. For more information, contact the office at 860-282-8466, email admin@tbhsw.org or visit TBHSW.org.

Meals On Wheels Volunteers Needed

SOUTH WINDSOR — Meals On Wheels is seeking volunteers to deliver to homes in South Windsor. Commitment can be as little as once a month. Training available. Call South Windsor Human Services at 860-648-6361 for details.

St. James School Accepting Applications

MANCHESTER — St. James School in Manchester is currently accepting new student applications for its pre-K, elementary school and middle school 2017-18 school year.

Applications may be obtained by visiting the school's website, www.SaintJamesSchool.net, e-mailing aguenther@SaintJamesSchool.net, or calling the school's main office at 860-643-5088.

St. James School accepts students of all religious faiths and from all towns in the surrounding area. Tuition assistance is available to qualifying families.

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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