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Community News For The Windsor Edition

NASA HUNCH Video Challenge

WINDSOR — The Windsor High School Video Productions program, led by Technology Education Teacher Jeff Goodin, won the national 2016-17 NASA HUNCH Video Challenge for "Best video for informing elementary through secondary school students about science accomplished on the ISS."

"The ISS - A Brief History" was produced by Khaleel Rhaman, with assistance from Alexis Angelo, Ben Jackson and Jake Lachinet. These students competed against schools from across the country and were formally announced as winners at the NASA HUNCH recognition ceremony that took place at the County College of Morris in New Jersey on May 13.

The winners were selected by the International Space Station Program Manager, based on preliminary judging that was accomplished by the ISS communication team. This recognition is one of only two awards presented this year. The video will be displayed on the NASA YouTube and Facebook page.

To view the winning video, visit: https://youtu.be/aomvf6G_gd0.

Pictured in the photo (left to right) are Khaleel Rahman, Jeff Goodin (Windsor High School Technology Education Teacher), Astronaut Clay Anderson, Benjamin Jackson, Jake Lachinet and Alexius Angelo.

CABE Student Leadership Awards

WINDSOR — Windsor High School students Gianna Wood, Kris Varholak and Sage Park Middle School students Anahilee Cauley, Evan Petkis were recently recognized by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) with Student Leadership Awards.

Students are nominated to receive this award by their school principal. Superintendent Dr. Craig Cooke, BOE Vice President Leonard Lockhart, Windsor High School Principal Uyi Osunde, and Sage Park Middle School Principal Paul Cavaliere posed with each student along with their families at the May 16th Board of Education meeting.

Putting On The Dog For Cats

WINDSOR — CT Cat Connection is hosting 'Putting on the Dog for Cats,' from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road.

The event is an opportunity for dog lovers and cat lovers to come together and help support CT Cat Connection and other pet focused organizations.

The main event is a contest for the pooches with a $50 prize awarded for each category: Best Dog Trick, Cutest Costume and Dog that Looks Most Like Owner. Register early to reserve a spot for your pooch. Space is limited to the first 25 entrants in each category and there is a $5 entry fee per dog. To register your dog for the contest or for more information, contact happytails@ctcatconnection.

The event will feature vendor and information tables, food and beverages for purchase, food trucks, entertainment from Windsor Fife and Drum and Enfield's Dance Craze, a teacup raffle, pet psychic, balloon animals and more.

Entry to the park is free; organizers ask for a donation of canned pet food.

Preschool Program Students Sought

WINDSOR — The Windsor School Readiness Council is seeking children, three or four years of age, to attend a local National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited full-time preschool program. Windsor families who are interested and meet state median income qualifications may apply.

Windsor School Readiness is a state initiative designed to provide a high quality experience for preschool aged children whose parents are under the state median guidelines. The program helps preschool children develop the social, emotional and academic skills needed for kindergarten and provide subsidies for families who live in Windsor and meet the income eligibility guidelines

Enrollment is ongoing and by appointment only. Preschoolers who are admitted to the program can begin as soon as September of this year.

For more information about the application process or to schedule an appointment, call 860-687-2070, ext. 218.

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.

Professional Development Experts Sought

WINDSOR — Windsor School Readiness is looking for highly trained, degreed individuals with an expertise in hands-on math and science lesson planning for the preschool-aged child.

This individual would make on-site center visits to assist with implementing standard based math and science activities in centers within classrooms, provide tailored professional feedback and ideas to use in the classroom and arrange for a follow-up professional development training for staff. Must have own transportation and a flexible schedule.

Interested parties can send a resume to ARacht@windsorct.org.

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.

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.

Fine Art Classes

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art Center Studios, 35 Central St., will offer eight different art classes and a Saturday workshop. 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 http://www.windsorartcenter.org 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:

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.

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 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Get one-on-one technical assistance offered by Loomis Chaffee students.

Visit the website at townofwindsorct.com/seniorservices/ or call 860-285-1992 for details.

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 marysplacect.org 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 windsorkiwanis.org.

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.

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 operationfuel.org. 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. For more information or to join, contact Al at prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

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