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Community News For The Wethersfield Edition

Mill Pond Park Receives Donation

NEWINGTON — The Newington Parks and Recreation Department and Newington Parks and Recreation Board are pleased to announce that Dr. Ellen Leonard donated $5,000 to the Newington Parks and Recreation Department in order to install a handicapped accessible drinking fountain, a dog drinking fountain and a water jug filling attachment at Mill Pond Park.

It will be surface mounted to the exterior bathhouse wall of the pool near the new Saputo Fitness Center. Park division staff will install a handicapped accessible paver brick walkway from the existing path to the fountain.

The fountain comes equipped with a 5 x 7 inch aluminum plaque that will honor Rhody, Dr. Leonard's dog that recently passed away. She walked Rhody almost every day on the pond path and wanted to do something in her honor, to help her fellow mankind and dog friends.

Construction will begin in August and people and dogs will be able to refresh themselves very shortly. The kind and touching story doesn't end there. Dr. Leonard decided to donate the rest of the amount, up to $20,000, for the proposed dog park.

Marijuana In The Workplace

WETHERSFIELD — 'Marijuana in the workplace: What every employer should know' is the topic of a workshop taking place from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at the Labor Department, 200 Folly Brook Blvd.

The workshop will cover finding the balance between employer policies and the use of permitted medical marijuana and is geared toward human resource professionals, attorneys, union representatives, and others who have questions about incorporating the relatively new law into the workplace.

The workshop is sponsored by the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission and the Department of Labor's Office of Workforce Competitiveness. Stephen Lattanzio, an attorney with the Labor Department's Office of Program Policy, and Matthew Lundquist, MD, MPH, Middlesex Hospital Medical Director, will facilitate the workshop.

The $25 workshop fee includes breakfast and materials. To register online, visit

Pool Passes

BERLIN — The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is accepting in-person registration only for summer pool passes and swim programs at the Berlin Parks and Recreation Office, 230 Kensington Road. For more information, call 860-828-7009. Fees are charged for residents for all programs.

Pool passes are offered for residents, individuals 18 years and older or a family pool pass which includes free swim lessons for children 6 months to 18 years for the Percival Pool, Highland Ave., Kensington and Demore, Dinda, Bittner Jr. Memorial, Wilcox Court and East Berlin.

Daily admission is available for residents and nonresidents. All non-residents must be accompanied by a Berlin resident 18 years or older. A driver's license or other form of ID that includes a Berlin address must be presented at the time of pool pass purchase. Swim class information, pool hours can be obtained on the town's website in the summer brochure.

Discounted Amusement Park, Science Center Tickets

BERLIN — The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is offering discounted tickets for Six Flags, Connecticut Science Center and Lake Compounce, Tickets can be purchased in person at the Berlin Parks and Recreation Office, 230 Kensington Road.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m. More detailed information and registration forms can be obtained on the town's website or by calling 860-828-7009.

Housing Authority Donation Drive

NEWINGTON — The Newington Housing Authority is seeking donations for its Savers fundrive. Items needed are: Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, electrical items, toys and games, kitchen items, knick-knacks and sporting goods.

Items can be dropped off at Cedar Village, 312-314 Cedar St. on Tuesday, July 25; New Meadow on Mill Street Extension on Wednesday, July 26; and Kelleher Village, 241 West Hill Road, on Thursday, July 27.

Dollars For Scholars Golf Tournament

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Dollars for Scholars Committee will hold its 20th annual Golf Outing, co-sponsored by the Wethersfield Country Club, on Monday, Aug. 7, at the Wethersfield Country Club, 76 Country Club Road.

Registration is now open. The $150 entry includes 18 holes of golf, full Scramble, with golf car, lunch, putting contest, dinner and prizes. Also offered will be approximately 30 items available in the tea-cup raffle, plus silent auction items that will include a week-long stay in a luxury condo in Cozumel, Mexico, UConn basketball and football tickets and more.

One-hundred percent of net proceeds will be used for future scholarships awarded to Wethersfield residents graduating from high school and pursuing post-secondary education. For further information, including how to be a sponsor of the event, and to get your registration form, contact Tim Tuell at or 860-721-8526 or Lori Willin at or 860-563-6929.

Woman's Club Donation Drive

NEWINGTON-WETHERSFIELD — The GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman's Club is currently collecting soft goods, including clothing, bedding, linens, shoes, pocketbooks and more, for its 2nd annual Savers Donation Fundraiser to benefit community programs and donations

No donation is too small and the club will pick-up items. For more information, call Donna at 860-986-9707 or Pat at 860-310-7015.

Summer Concerts

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Historical Society's free summer concerts are held on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St.

On July 25, Shaded Soul Band will perform. For more information, visit or call 860-529-7656.

Summer Youth Art Program

WETHERSFIELD — Wethersfield Academy for the Arts is offering a summer youth art program for ages 6 to teens. Classes are scheduled in half day options. Ongoing registration for classes will be held through July 28. For a complete details, go to, e-mail or call 860-436-9857.

Keeney Kids History Program

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Historical Society presents its summer Keeney Kids history program, "Life Giving Waters: Developing River Communities in Wethersfield." Children entering grades 1-8 will explore Wethersfield history through historical activities, tours, stories and games at the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center and surrounding historic sites.

The program will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 24 through July 27. Cost to attend is $60 for society members and $75 for non-members. After July 14, the price will increase to $80 for members and $95 for non-members. Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Children should wear play clothes and bring lunch and a morning snack. Minimum enrollment is 10 students per group (grades 1-3, grades 4-6 and grades 7-8).

For more information, contact the society at 860-529-7656. To register, visit or stop in to Old Academy, 150 Main St.

Farmers Market

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield farmers market is open for the ninth season. It will run every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., rain or shine, through Oct. 19, at Solomon Welles House, 220 Hartford Ave. For more information, visit

Beautification Trust Seeks Volunteers

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Beautification Trust is welcoming volunteers to help in its annual effort to enhance its historic and business areas. The focus is the planting and maintenance of its 60 cement planters situated around town. No gardening experience is required. Contact Margaret at 860-721-9066 for information regarding volunteering and sponsorships.

Children's Theatre Company

NEWINGTON — The Newington Children's Theatre Company, 743 North Mountain Road, has opened enrollment for Explore-A-Story classes for ages 5-7, on Tuesdays, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call 860-666-NCTC for details.

Belden Library Programs

ROCKY HILL — The Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church St., will host the following programs: Career One-on-One: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, call for an appointment; Knitting Group: Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; English as a Second Language: Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call 860-258-7621 for additional information.

Preschool Volunteers Sought

NEWINGTON — Volunteer with the Newington Parks and Recreation Department's Creative Playtime Preschool in Congregational Church, 1075 Main St., where children ages 3 and 4, read, make puzzles, and play. Visit or call 860-665-8666.

MS Support Group

NEWINGTON — The Newington MS Support Group meets in the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., from noon to 2 p.m., on the second Thursday of each month. Call Charlie at 860-667-1314 or Tom at 860-236-2751 for details.

Psoriasis Support Group

NEWINGTON — The Newington Psoriasis Support Group meets for free on the second Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:45 p.m., at the Lucy Robbins Wells Library, 95 Cedar St. Call Marjorie at 860-888-6669 for details.

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. The 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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