Community News For The Windsor Edition

Special Needs Hockey Team Recruiting New Players

AREA — The Connecticut Chasers, an ice hockey team for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities, is recruiting new players for the 2017-18 season, running from Nov. 4, through March 10, 2018.

Weekly practices are at Simsbury Farms Skating Rink in Simsbury from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The team is looking for players of all abilities and skill levels ages 8 and up. "Learn to Skate" sessions are offered for those new to the ice.

Prospective players and their families are invited to attend a practice to see the fun for themselves. Some equipment is available to borrow for anyone who wants to try a practice session before joining.

Athletes from throughout the Greater Hartford Area and beyond are welcome. Current players are from Avon, Canton, Ellington, Farmington, Glastonbury, Simsbury, South Windsor, and Windsor.

The Chasers were founded in 1997 by former Hartford Whaler Kelly Chase and the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress to provide a team experience for the players while helping them improve their self-esteem, social skills, gross motor skills and coordination. The team is a proud member of the American Special Hockey Association and Special Hockey International.

Last season, the Chasers had the honor of serving as "Blue Line Buddies" for the Hartford Wolf Pack, standing on the ice with the team during the National Anthem before a game at the XL Center. The Chasers are looking for similar opportunities this season.

The team also has scrimmages with the Southern Connecticut Storm of Bridgeport and the East Coast Jumbos of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Email Ctchasershockey@gmail.com for more information.

Owl Prowl

WINDSOR — Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, presents 'Owl Prowl' from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Give a hoot about these magnificent birds with an informative session on the lives of Connecticut's native owls. This program includes a 30-minute owl walk with an owl calling session and concludes with a live owl presentation by Horizon Wings. This is recommended for ages 6 and above. Registration is required. The cost is $8 per person for Windsor residents and $10 per person for non-residents.

Visit townofwindsorct.com/recreation to register or call 860-285-1886 for more information.

Assessment Scores Workshops

WNDSOR — Windsor Public Schools is hosting two upcoming workshops for families to

better understand their child's assessment scores at Sage Park Middle School, 25 Sage Park Road.

SBAC & STAR Assessment Family Workshop (Grades 1-5): Thursday, Nov. 2, at Sage Park Middle School, from 5:30 to 7p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/FamilyWorkshop_Nov2 to register.

SBAC, STAR, & PSAT Assessment Family Workshop (Grades 6-8): Thursday, Nov. 9, at Sage Park Middle School from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/FamilyWorkshop_Nov9 to register. Food and childcare will be provided.

Phipps And Schoelzel Scholarships

AREA — The GFWC Windsor Woman's Club, on behalf of the General Federal of Women's Clubs in Connecticut, is now accepting applications for both the Phipps Memorial Scholarship and the Dorothy E. Schoelzel Scholarship. These funds are available to enable Connecticut women to pursue advanced courses of study in accredited institutions of learning.

Phipps Scholarship candidates must have completed two or more years of undergraduate work, matriculating for a Bachelor's degree or a postgraduate degree with a 3.0 grade point average or better.

Candidates for the Schoelzel Scholarship must have completed three or more year's undergraduate work in an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 grade point average or better. This scholarship is intended for those matriculating for a Bachelor's degree or a postgraduate degree in the field of Education.

For an application for either scholarship, please call Mary at 860-683-0347 before Feb. 1, 2018.

Used Book Sale

WINDSOR — First Church in Windsor will hold a used book sale on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish House, 107 Palisado Ave. There will be used books, DVDs, VHS tapes, jigsaw puzzles and children's books available for sale. Sales will support the missions and ministries of First Church Windsor. For more information, visit fcwucc.org or call the church office at 860-688-7229.

Butterflies Of Hope

WINDSOR — The Network Against Domestic Abuse Annual Purple Event, "Butterflies of Hope" will be held on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott, 28 Day Hill Road. The event, emceed by Kevin Hogan, WFSB News Reporter, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Smith Brothers Insurance is the Purple Ribbon Sponsors. Samaritan Sponsor is Cigna; Humanitarian Sponsors supporting the event are First National Bank of Suffield and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. 360 Federal Credit Union, Fallon Law Office, Roncari Express Valet Parking and ShopRite Miller Farms are this year's Champion Sponsors.

Guests will enjoy a variety of wine and beer tastings by Joe's Fine Wine & Spirits of East Windsor and Ellington, a wide array of delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Entertainment will be provided by Pair Extraordinaire, a light jazz duet. In addition, a silent and called auction will be held. Thanks to the generosity of Swede's Jewelers in East Windsor, one lucky person will be going home with a diamond.

For over 30 years, The Network Against Domestic Abuse has diligently worked to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and provide much needed assistance to adult victims and their children and through education to our youth in the schools. The Annual Purple Event supports the many services that are provided free of charge.

For those wishing to support this event, sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $5,000 to $100. Tickets cost $75, include a tax-deductible donation and can be purchased by visiting thenetworkct.org or calling Chris Casey, Event Coordinator at 860-698-6267.

Services provided by the network are free and include outreach, crisis intervention, support and counseling services, as well as a 15-bed emergency shelter for women and children. The network operates a confidential 24-hour crisis hotline, seven days a week. For more information about the network's services, visit thenetworkct.org or call 860-763-7430.

C.A.R.E.S Socktober

WINDSOR — C.A.R.E.S. is collecting new winter socks to be distributed this holiday season to those in need. New socks can be dropped off at Social Services at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Anyone with questions may call Deb at 860-285-1839.

Food Waste Talk

BLOOMFIELD — A lecture and discussion to educate the public about the global food waste crisis will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at AuerFarm, 158 Auer Farm Road, on Nov. 16.

The topic is "Impacts of Food Waste Strategies on Hunger" and will be led by Lucy Nolan, Director of End Hunger, CT and Karen Franczyk, Green Mission Coordinator of Whole Foods.

The lecture is $10. Refreshments are provided. To register, send a check to Jay Poliner, 53 Juniper Lane, West Hartford, CT. 06117. Indicate which lecture you will be attending and your email for confirmation. No refunds are available and a portion is tax deductible. Email Jenny at riggsja@comcast.net with questions.

Duncaster Art Gallery Exhibit

BLOOMFIELD — The paintings of husband and wife Tom and Margah Lips will be displayed at the Duncaster Art Gallery during the month of October. "Art from New England to Mexico" will be displayed until Friday, Nov. 3. The exhibit is open to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

For more information or to make a reservation to attend the opening reception, contact Shelly Lombardo at sLombardo@Duncaster.org or 860-380-5006.

Senior Center News

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center released the following information. For more information, call 860-285-1992.

The Windsor Senior Center presents a Bermuda Cruise on the Norwegian Dawn on April 20-27, 2018. Costs are as follows: Inside state room: $1299 pp; Ocean view: $1459 pp; Balcony: $1799 pp. First deposit due at time of reservation of $450, plus optional travel insurance. Final payment due on February 1, 2018. Call 860-285-1992 for more information.

The Windsor Senior Center is located at 599 Matianuck Ave. and can be reached at 860-285-1992. Visit www.townofwindsorct.com/seniorservices for more information.

Police Cadets Seeking Role Players

WINDSOR — The Windsor Police Cadets are seeking paid role players to assist at law enforcement training classes from September through May, as needed on evenings and weekends. Role players shall be compensated as follows: $25 for three to four hours and $50 for six hours.

To be considered, candidates must be a minimum 18 years of age. Advisors, members, and parents/guardians of members are ineligible. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Senior Cadet Patrick Dowd at 860-593-7808. A criminal history check and waiver are required.

Preschool Opportunities Provide Subsidies

WINDSOR — The Windsor School Readiness Council is seeking children, three or four years of age, to attend First Church Early Learning Center, which is a National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited preschool program.

School Readiness is a state initiative designed to provide children with a high quality preschool experience and support their social, emotional and academic development. Windsor families who meet income eligibility guidelines may apply for subsidized full time preschool placements that are available for the fall of 2017.

Applications for Windsor's School Readiness program are accepted on an ongoing basis. They encourage families to apply as soon as possible, as opportunities are limited. For more information or to make an appointment, email JCogswell@windsorct.org.

Golden Fellowship Club Trips

WINDSOR — The Golden Fellowship Club is offering the following trip. All trips depart from the Windsor Senior Center north parking lot, 599 Matianuck Ave. For more information, call Pauline at 860-758-7378 or Donna at 860-335-7069.

April 21 - 29: 2018 Celebrity Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Summit. Fly to San Juan and spend eight nights on board. Visit St Maarten, St Thomas and Bermuda onboard activities. Cost to attend is $1,299 per person.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

WINDSOR — Are you a grandparent raising or caring for your grandchildren? Windsor Social Services is interested in hearing from you concerning your experiences and challenges. Staff are aware of many blended families in town and would like to offer support and assistance if needed. Do you have specific needs that are not being met? Social Services can help. Call Deb Sheldon at 860-285-1839.

Lost Keys

WINDSOR — Two black Honda car keys were reported lost in the Windsor area. Store tags are attached. Call 860-690-3003.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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