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Community News For The Windsor Edition

Scholarship Finalist

WINDSOR — Windsor High School senior Jordan Tyburski was selected as a finalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 advance to the finalist level, and in February they are notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists.

Tyburski is a member of the class of 2017 who will be pursuing a major of biomedical engineering at a highly prestigious college next year. He is an active citizen within the Windsor High and greater Windsor community. Her academic achievement earned her the national merit finalist selection.

Pictured are Kristina Wallace, Windsor High School counselor; Jordan Tyburski, Windsor High School senior and National Merit Scholarship finalist; and Uyi Osunde, Windsor High School principal.

National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist

WINDSOR — Sage Park Middle School Student Isaac Lopez, a seventh grader, was named a semifinalist, eligible to compete in the 2017 Connecticut National Geographic State Bee. His parents are Debra and Caleb Lopez.

The contest will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, March 31. Pictured are (left to right) social studies teacher Terry McSweeney, Principal Paul Cavaliere, Isaac Lopez and social studies teacher Jenna Collins and assistant superintendent for instructional services, Dr. Santosha Oliver.

Sage Park Students Named Top Three

WINDSOR — Three Sage Park Middle School students have placed in the top three in the state in the middle division of the 2017 Future Problem Solving Program of Connecticut Scenario Writing/Art Competition: Isabelle Koistinen (left), Ariana Waterhouse and Charlotte Watts.

The students will be recognized at the 2017 FPSPCT State Conference Award Ceremony on April 1, where the top three winners will be announced in each category. Students are coached and advised by Sage Park Middle School Language Arts Challenge Resource Teacher, Shirley Cowles.

Waterhouse's scenario has been submitted to the International Scenario Writing competition, representing Connecticut, with results to be announced late April.

Windsor Native Volunteers

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College student Thomas Mcauliffe, of Windsor, will spend the 2017 Spring Break volunteering for a good cause. Mcauliffe will support the Virginia Department of Parks and Recreation in conducting routine maintenance, trail building and restoration, beautification projects and a variety of other tasks in Kiptopeke State Park, Virginia.

Harmonica Performance

WINDSOR — Jiayi He Harmonica will be performing at the Windsor Art Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St.

Jiayi He is a world-class harmonica virtuoso and part of the Harmonica faculty at the Turtle Bay Music School. He has judged around the world for harmonica competitions; has appeared on ABC and NBC television; and has been a featured soloist for many orchestras from China to the United States. Quoted by Queens Public Television.

The art center's latest exhibit, "Multiples: Printmaking" will run until April 22. The exhibition includes works from the career of UConn Professor Emeritus Gus Mazzocca, an internationally-exhibited printmaker-artist, as well as two of his former UConn printmaking students and current working artists, Michael Siporin Levine and York Gallery Director and artist, Matthew Clay-Robison.

Violin Recital

WINDSOR — Guest musician Elizabeth Chang will perform a violin recital at The Loomis Chaffee School, 4 Batchelder Road, at 9:55 a.m. Monday, March 27, in the Hubbard Performance Hall. The recital is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Weekend Wheels Benefit

WINDSOR — Weekend Wheels, a Windsor children's weekend backpack food distribution program, is looking for donations of elementary age books for children in need in Windsor. Contact 860-306-8051 for additional information.

A breakfast and lunch benefit for the Windsor Hunger Action Team's Weekend Wheels program will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Dom's Broad Street Eatery, 330 Broad St.

Dom's Restaurant will donate a percentage of the profits during the above time period to the Weekend Wheels Program. This program provides backpacks filled with supplementary food for the weekend to children in need in the Windsor elementary schools.

Groceries To Go

WINDSOR — Groceries To Go is a supplemental grocery program for seniors. Participants can choose from a variety of easy to prepare and nutritious food items and educational materials every other Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Ave.

Applicants must be 60 or older, reside in a household that meets income guidelines, and be a resident of the town of Windsor. For more information or to fill out an application, contact Windsor Social Services at 860-285-1839. Those who are homebound may contact Deb Sheldon at Windsor Social Services at the above number.

Money Matters Youth Summit

WINDSOR — The Windsor Youth Commission presents the Money Matters Youth Summit for high school teenagers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at 330 Windsor Ave. Community Center.

Money Matters will feature interactive workshops exploring banking, loans, and understanding paychecks and taxes. This conference will include a light breakfast, door prizes and lunch. This program is free and registration is limited to the first 70 people.

For more information or to register, visit

Youth Services Bureau

WINDSOR — The Windsor Youth Services Bureau is offering babysitter's training, first aid, and CPR training for youth and a home alone safety class. Contact the Youth Services Coordinator at 860-285-1990 with any questions.

Preschool Applications

WINDSOR — The Windsor Public Schools system is accepting applications between March 1 and March 31, for the 2017-18 preschool program. Children born between Jan. 2, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2015, are eligible to apply for preschool.

Half day and full day preschool classes are located at Oliver Ellsworth and Poquonock Schools. Parents must provide transportation for their students to and from school.

For additional information and applications, visit and click the Preschool Application Quick Link. Parents may also call or visit the registration office at 601 Matianuck Ave., in Room 8. Applications are available at Oliver Ellsworth or Poquonock Schools.

Completed applications should be returned to the Registration Office and will be accepted on an ongoing basis through March 31. Families will be notified by the end of April regarding the status of their applications.

For more information, call the Registration Office at 860-687-2000 ext. 263.

Parents Supporting Educational Excellence

WINDSOR — The Windsor Public School district, in collaboration with the Connecticut Center for School Change, and Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors (formerly Connecticut Commission on Children), will be offering free classes to individuals interested in learning more about leadership skills and becoming more actively engaged in the educational process.

PSEE participants learn how to create and engage in partnerships with personnel throughout the district and in schools. These partnerships help to drive school improvement and increase student achievement. The curriculum has been retooled to be delivered in a 6-week time frame beginning with a 3-hour retreat.

The sessions will run on Tuesday evenings beginning March 7 through April 25, with no class during Spring Break week in April.

Free classes began with the retreat on March 7 at the J. F. Kennedy School, 530 Park Ave., from 5 to 8:30 p.m., in the Library Media Center. Each class will be held on Tuesday evenings.

Dinner and childcare will be provided each week at no charge for all participants. All participants must register for Parents SEE training by completing and submitting an application. Applications can be obtained at each school or are located online at Contact the Parents SEE Coordinator at 860-687-2000, ext. 232, or email Space is limited.

Artwork On Leather

WINDSOR — An exhibition of artwork on leather by Winfred Rembert will be presented in the Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr. Gallery at The Loomis Chaffee School, 4 Batchelder Road, through April 14.

A native of Cuthbert, Georgia, artist Winfred Rembert, born in 1945, was raised in the South before the start of the Civil Rights Movement. Rembert paints stories that look back to his youth in the days of segregation.

Despite the grim conditions he encountered as a fieldworker and the perilous circumstances of his years on a prison chain gang, Rembert's work focuses on the joyous aspects of his life and is inspired by the vibrant culture of the African-American community of the South.

For more information about the Mercy Gallery, visit or call 860-687-6030.

Fine Art Classes

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art Center Studios, 35 Central St., will offer eight different art classes and a Saturday workshop beginning in April. Classes include cartooning for teenagers, clay sculpture, pastel painting, pen and ink drawing, watercolors, hand-painted collages, oil painting and creating art with gourds.

For additional info, visit or call 860-508-3186.

Senior Center Events

WINDSOR — The Windsor Golden Fellowship Trips depart from the Windsor Senior Center's north parking lot, 599 Matianick Ave. The following trips are offered:

Mohegan Sun Casino: Tuesday, April 22, leaving at 8:30 a.m. and returning 4:30 p.m., bonus $15 food and $15 game play. Cost: $22 per person.

Newport Playhouse Lobsterfest: "Lunch With Mrs Becket" play and cabaret show. Cost: $98 per person, Tuesday, June 27, departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m.

For more info or to sign up, call Pauline at 860-758-7378.

Comfort Touch Massages by Massage Therapist Corinne Zukowski are held at the Windsor Senior Center every Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. She will offer full body massage designed specifically for the needs and physiology of seniors.

The sessions are anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes, your choice. Cost to attend is $1 per minute. Appointments can be made by calling the center at 860-285-1992.

Stop in the Windsor Senior Center for Savvy Senior Tech Help for free one-on-one technical assistance offered by Loomis Chaffee students on Monday afternoons from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Learn tips and ask questions about email, smartphones, iPads and other tables, e-book downloads, Facebook, Twitter, and more! Registration is required.

The Windsor Senior Center presents a trip to Las Vegas in May. Call 860-285-1992 to sign up or for more information. Informational flyers are available in the Senior Center office.

Windsor School Readiness Search

WINDSOR — Windsor School Readiness is looking for NAEYC accredited and/or Head Start programs that are interested in becoming program providers for School Readiness children and families.

If you are interested in becoming a School Readiness program provider, call Amanda Racht at 860-687-2070, ext. 229.

Mother-Daughter Circle

WINDSOR — The rescheduled winter session of Mother-Daughter Circle will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening through April 4, at 330 Windsor Ave. The purpose of the circle is to promote a healthy and sustaining bond between mothers/guardians and their daughters during the transitional years from girlhood to young womanhood.

The program is free and includes dinner and childcare upon request. The session is for mothers/guardians and daughters in grades six through nine. Pre-registration is required in person at L.P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., or online at Space is limited. Those seeking additional information may call 860-285-1990.

Windsor Senior Center

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., is offering the following weekly and special events.

Stop by the Windsor Senior Center weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to check out exercise classes including yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi/QiGong, Shape Up and Work Out, Sit Stretch and Groove, and Posture Strength and Beginner Yoga. All classes are held during the day.

A Water Fitness Class takes place in the evening at the Windsor High School indoor pool. Line dancing, tap dancing, square dancing and multicultural dance are also offered.

Learn to speak French every first and third Friday each month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Free Memory Screenings: 20-minute screenings are available between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. every third Wednesday of each month at the senior center.

Senior Tech Help: Monday afternoons beginning Jan. 9 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Get one-on-one technical assistance offered by Loomis Chaffee students.

Visit the website at or call 860-285-1992 for details.

Young Naturalists Program

WINDSOR — A free young naturalists program will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month, from February to April, at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road.

The program is for children ages three to five. Caregivers must be present. Each session includes storytime, meeting a live animal and crafttime. Pre-registration is suggested. Contact 860-285-1886 for more information.

Windsor Art Studio Classes

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art studios at 35 Central St. is offering the following art session.

Painting Collage with a Jazz Twist - Session II: Saturdays, March 4-April 8 with Chaparro focusing on combing paint and collage for a finished art piece

Call 860-508-3186 or visit at for details on tuition, curriculum and registration.

Bereavement Support Group

WINDSOR — Mary's Place, A Center for Grieving Children & Families, 6 Poquonock Ave., has free support groups that meet twice a month. Visit or call Brittany, at 860-688-9621, for details.

Kiwanis Club Meetings

WINDSOR — The Kiwanis Club of Windsor, a service organization which brings aid to children in need, meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Jim's Pizza, 124 Poquonock Ave. in Windsor. Visit

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

BLOOMFIELD — The Dementia Caregivers Support Group, held at Duncaster on the last Monday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon, meets in the Hospitality Room at Duncaster, 30 Loeffler Road. Facilitators are Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, and Sara Therion, MSW. For more information or to register, call Michelle at 860-276-5399, ext. 4404 or Sara at 860-380-5012.

Tax Aide Seeking Volunteers

AREAWIDE — The largest volunteer tax preparation program in the nation, the AARP Foundation Tax Aide, is seeking volunteers to give a few hours each week during the tax season to help low-moderate income taxpayers prepare and file their federal and state tax returns ensuring that they receive the tax credits and deductions they deserve. To register as a volunteer, visit or call 888-227-7669.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

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, training is provided and classes begin in mid-January. For more information or to join, contact Al at or call/text 860-205-1688.

Scholarships Available

STATEWIDE — The Wethersfield-based Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is accepting applications from across the state for its 2017 college "Family Support Services Scholarship" program.

The CFDA scholarship awards support graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in a profession that provides emotional or medical support for families. This includes fields such as counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology, or funeral service. A total of eight $500 college scholarships will be presented, one to a student in each of the state's eight counties.

To be eligible for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program, candidates must be a high school senior who will graduate in June 2017, be a legal resident of the State of Connecticut, be pursuing a career that provides emotional, medical or physical support for families, and have maintained at least a B grade point average in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

All candidates must submit the application form and a current high school transcript and essay responding to the question: Why did you decide to pursue a profession that supports families? The application form must be neat and legible, and filled out completely.

The deadline for applications for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program is Friday, April 14.

To download an application and get contest rules, go to Anyone with questions may call the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association at 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332.

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