CT Domestic Violence Laws
HARTFORD — On Feb. 23, State Rep. Gary Byron (R-Newington) along with a bipartisan group of legislators and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) called on Connecticut to change its existing family violence law. The proposal raises a concept in the Judiciary Committee would add a 'dominant aggressive' provision to law in an effort to reduce Connecticut intimate partner violence dual arrest rate which currently stands out more than twice the national average.
State Reps. Brian Ohler (R-North Canaan), William Petit (R-Plainville), Pam Staneski (R-Milford), Gary Byron (R-Newington) and Sen. John Kissel (R-Enfield) stand in solidarity with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence on changing the dual arrest domestic violence laws.
The proposal calls for changing Connecticut's family violence arrest law to clarify that when receiving complaints from two or more opposing parties law enforcement must determine which party is the dominant aggressor. Such laws exist and 27 other states and guide law enforcement in determining which party is the most significant aggressor or poses the most serious ongoing threat. The proposed requirement to arrest only the individual will increase liability concerns currently held by law-enforcement that based on the existing structure of Connecticut's family violence mandatory arrest law, they must arrest both people based on probable cause.
Byron mentioned how it would be an injustice if victims stopped reporting domestic violence crimes.
A dual arrest occurs when law enforcement arrest both parties at an intimate partner violence incident Connecticut's intimate partner violence double arrest rates stands at approximately 20% whole the national average is 7-percent.
Somers Senior Center Trips
SOMERS — The Somers Senior Center is offering the following events, trips or programs. You do not need to be a senior or a resident of Somers to enjoy these trips. Call 860-763-4379 for more information or visit 19 Battle St. to sign-up.
Westchester Broadway, A Chorus Line: Thursday, March 29. Westchester Dinner Theater, located in Elmsford, N.Y., is an elegant year round equity theater, featuring fine dining and full scale musical productions. Once seated at your reserved table, you'll select from an excellent menu and enjoy a delicious pre-show lunch. Share one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the "Chorus Line" of a Broadway musical. Enjoy a matinee performance of this long running Broadway hit! Sign-up has begun and is open to all. Cost is $110 per person due upon sign-up and includes motor coach transportation, theater ticket, lunch, taxes and gratuity.
David Gwilliam Mohegan Sun Casino Trip: Tuesday, March 20. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m.
The David Gwilliam Mohegan Sun Trip includes: Round trip deluxe motor coach, two $10 gambling vouchers, $15 food voucher and driver's gratuity. $30 per person non-refundable payment due upon sign up. Open to all. Sign-up has begun and you are encouraged to sign-up early. Passengers are encouraged to park at the Kibbe Fuller Community Center, if possible. The Senior Center doors do not open until 8 a.m.
Culinary Institute of America: Thursday, April 19. The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) outgrew its original facility in New Haven and relocated to Hyde Park, N.Y. in 1972. The CIA is an American private, not-for profit college that specializes in culinary, baking, and pastry arts education. In 1946, it was founded as a vocational institute for veterans returning from World War II. The CIA has become the country's preeminent culinary arts school. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a three course meal at CIA's Caterina de Medici. The menu will include: Insalata Di Pomodoro (Tomato Salad with Mozzarella, Cucumber, Red Onion, Olives, and Basil), Petti Di Pollo Alla Salvia (Roasted Chicken Breast with Sage, Semolina Gnocchi, and Glazed Carrots), and Dessert. After lunch, you will receive a student guided tour and free time to explore the cafés and beautiful grounds of the Culinary Institute. Sign-up has begun and is open to all. Cost is $128 per person due upon sign-up and includes motor coach transportation, lunch, tour, taxes and gratuity.
Shrek: The Musical
SOMERS — The Somers High School Drama Club will present Shrek: The Musical. Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Somers High School, Robert Percoski Auditorium, 1 Vision Blvd.
General Admission seats are $12. Students, high school and younger, and senior citizen seats are $10.Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Easter Season Celebrations
SOMERS — First Congregational Church of East Windsor, 124 Scantic Road, invites the public to attend one or all of its Easter Season Celebrations. All events are free.
March 25: Palm Sunday Worship Service, 8 a.m., Blessing of the Palms; March 29: Maundy Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Potluck Supper, 7 p.m. Worship Service and Communion; March 30: Good Friday, 7 p.m. service; April 1, Easter, 6:10 a.m. Sunrise Service.
For more information, email scanticsecy@fccewnecoxmail or call 860-654-0590.
St. Patrick's Day Meal
ENFIELD — First Congregational Church of East Windsor, 124 Scantic Road, will host a St. Patrick's Day dinner at 6 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. The menu includes fresh greens and dressing, a relish tray, Irish soda bread and rolls, shepherd's pie, boiled cabbage and baby carrots, bread pudding with lemon sauce, coffee, tea and juice.
Cost to attend is $10 per adult, $8 per senior over the age of 60, and $6 for children under 12. Reservations are required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 860-654-0590.
Rotary Club Scholarships
SOMERS — The Rotary Club of Somers is offering up to ten $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors who reside in Somers. One of these scholarships will also be awarded to a student seeking a vocational career. Applications can be downloaded from the Somers Rotary Club website at www.somersrotary.org; Application forms can also be obtained from the Somers High School Guidance Department. The deadline to submit applications is April 6.
Applications are evaluated based upon a variety of criteria including academic performance, community service, extracurricular activities, sports, leadership, and financial need. Each applicant is also required to submit an essay explaining what the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self," means to them and how it might apply to his or her future endeavors.
Recipients of this year's scholarships will be recognized at the Somers High School Senior Awards Night and at a Wednesday night Rotary meeting in June.
It's Spring Bazaar
ENFIELD — The Women's Guild of Holy Family Church is sponsoring a rent a table/space bazaar on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost of an 8 foot table/space is $35. Set-up available on Friday, April 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday morning. A limited number of spaces is still available. For an application, call Carole at 860-741-0485.
Recreation Department Programs
ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department is offering the following programs. Call 860-253-6420 for more information.
The Enfield Recreation Department's Spring program information is now available online at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation. The Department has a variety of programs this spring that range from classes for preschool, youth, and adults, as well as special events, swim team, drop in programs and much more. Registration for Enfield Residents started on Friday, February 23. Non-Resident Registration began Friday, March 2. Spaces are limited and fill quickly so register early.
Field Hockey: Interested in learning more about the game of Field Hockey? This program for youth in grades 5-8 will introduce and teach the basic skills of field hockey including stick and ball handling, passing, receiving, shooting and game rules. The first 45 minutes of the program will focus on skills and drills while the second 45 minutes of the program will be game play. Please Note: Participants must bring shin guards, mouth guard and field hockey stick. A limited supply of sticks is available to borrow if you do not have one. The program is held on Wednesdays, April 18 through May 23, 5:45 PM – 7:15 p.m. at the Enfield High School turf field. Fee is $22 Resident/$27.50 Non-Resident. Pre-registration is required.
Tiny Hawks Soccer and Basketball, Ages 3-4 years old: The essentials of soccer and basketball are introduced in a fun and safe environment, with lots of encouragement. Participants must be at least 3 years of age and parents are encouraged to participate. Children will learn balance, body movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development through a series of sport-specific games. Classes are held Wednesdays, May 9 through June 6 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at Parkman School Gym, 165 Weymouth Road. Fee is $70 Resident/$80 Non-Residents.
Mini-Hawk Soccer and Baseball, Ages 5-7 years old: This multi-sport program gives children ages 5-7 a positive first step into athletics. Soccer and baseball are taught in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement and a big focus on fun. Our Mini-Hawk games and activities are designed to allow participants to explore balance, movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace. Skyhawks staff are trained to handle the specific needs of young athletes. Classes are held Wednesdays, May 9 through June 6 from 5:50 to 6:50 p.m. at Parkman School Gym, 165 Weymouth Road. Fee is $70 Residents/$80 Non-Residents.
Babysitter Safety Course 101: This is an entry level course for youth 10-15 years old intended to teach age appropriate skills necessary to care for children of all ages using team babysitting, mother's helper, and individual babysitting concepts. This course focuses on safety with emphasis on prevention. Basic first aid and obstructed airway management for conscious choking adult/child and infant will be covered. Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Participants should bring a snack and drink with them to class. All participants will receive a CD book, handouts and a Babysitter Safety Certificate. Pre-registration is required for this program. Class will be held Tuesday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. Fee is $49 Resident/$61.25 Non-Resident.
Babysitter Safety Course 102: This course is for teens ages 13 to 17 years old with a sincere interest in advanced concepts and skills of first aid including CPR certification. Prerequisite is Babysitter Safety 101 within the past 360 days. Building on the entry level skills and objectives for this scenario based, expanded course, includes additional first aid concepts, and adult/child/infant CPR. Requires written and skills testing to be awarded an ATEM (American Trauma Event Management) 2-year certification. Includes book and handouts. Pre-registration is required for this program. Class will be held Tuesday, April 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. Fee is $49 Resident/$61.25 Non-Resident.
Spring Swim Lessons: The Enfield Recreation Department will offer swim lessons for infants, toddlers and youth this spring. Classes will be held at the JFK Middle School Pool. Classes are held on Saturdays for six weeks beginning on April 21st and are for Enfield residents only. Program registration begins on February 23rd at 9 AM. For more information regarding swim lessons visit the Recreation homepage or contact the Recreation office.
Lifeguard Certification Course: In an effort to expand the Enfield Recreation Department's aquatics program offerings, we have begun a lifeguard staff recruitment campaign. We are looking for both currently certified Red Cross Lifeguards as well as people who are not certified who are interested in becoming a lifeguard. Individuals who are not certified can become certified through the Recreation Department at a significantly reduced rate. To qualify for the lifeguarding class interested individuals must submit a pre-employment screening form by Friday, March 2nd to the Recreation Office. The Aquatics Director will contact applicants to set up a brief interview and an in-water pre-test. Individuals may only register after acceptance by the Aquatics Director.
Yoga: Students will be able to work at their own level, modifying poses as needed. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat to class. Classes will be held Tuesdays, March 27 through May 22, (no program on 4/10) from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Parkman School Multipurpose Room, 165 Weymouth Road. Fee is $37.50 Resident/$47 Non-Resident.
ENFIELD — The Little Sisters of the Poor, 1365 Enfield St., is conducting a scones sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17. All proceeds go to benefit the elderly poor residents at the home. Anyone with questions may contact Christina Gordon at 860-741-0791.
ENFIELD — Watch "Coco" at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. Don't forget to bring your favorite snacks. Call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details.
Enfield Senior Center Events
ENFIELD — The following events will take place at the Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St. Call 860-763-7425 with any questions.
The Senior Minor Repair Program, sponsored by the Enfield Commission on Aging, will begin the 2018 repair season on Tuesday, April 3. The program will start taking requests on Monday, March 19. Requests can be made by calling 860-253-6395. The program focuses on minor home repairs that can help Enfield Seniors remain more comfortable and safe in their homes. Examples of the assistance provided include window air conditioner installation & removal, leaking faucets, changing smoke detector batteries. There is no charge for labor however, there may be a charge for supplies, at cost. The program is staffed strictly by volunteers who have had background checks performed and carry an ID. A brief description of the repair requested is needed to help ensure the proper tools and/or supplies are available.
If you enjoy singing, consider joining the Goldtones, the Senior Center Chorus. There are no auditions. The Goldtones meet on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting and other needlework? Do you wish to brush up on your skills? We have a group of enthusiastic needle crafters known as Creative Stitches. Our group of needle workers is more than delighted to help those getting started. If any this applies to you, please join us on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. We welcome new members of any age, gender or ability! Class is free and there is no need to sign up, just drop in.
The Art of Writing is for those who are interested in writing. Whether it be poems, stories, memoirs, essays or writing casual thoughts, this is an opportunity to share your creativity! Come join us on the second Friday of the month. The next meeting is March 9 and it is a free program.
Trip flyers are available on our website at www.enfield-ct.gov/seniors or can be picked up at the Senior Center.
ENFIELD — The Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, is hosting the following events. All programs at the Enfield Public Library are free and all are welcome. To register for this program, please visit the Circulation Desk, or call 860-763-7512. Visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org for more information.
Friday Films at the Enfield Public Library: 2 p.m. March 16. Films are free and everyone is welcome. No need to register.
Time for Twos will meet either 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays or 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. A caregiver must accompany each child. Terrific Threes will meet on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Fantastic Fours and Fives will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Marvelous Threes & Fours will meet on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Storytimes begin March 21 and end on May 4.
Irish Dance: Wednesday, March 14, at 4 p.m. SRL Irish Dance Academy. The program will feature performances by SRL's talented students, history and information about Irish dancing, and a free mini-lesson for all ages.
Evening Rhyme Time: Tuesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m., for one half hour of nursery rhymes, songs, and fingerplays. This is a drop-in program that is designed to promote early language skills for ages birth to twenty-four months, accompanied by parents or caregivers.
Mayor's Spotlight Nomination Guidelines
ENFIELD — The purpose of this award is to provide recognition and reward excellence for businesses and residents who through creativity, innovations and Good Samaritanism contribute significantly to the goals and objectives of the community.
Businesses nominated for recognition must have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following areas: The exercise of compassion and assistance to other businesses and residents of the Town of Enfield, accomplishment of a remarkable task involving generosity in the form of time, money, resources or community involvement, and ingenuity in the creation of a project or procedure that betters the community
All Enfield businesses and residents are eligible to be nominated for recognition. A business or resident cannot nominate themselves.
Visit http://www.enfield-ct.gov/1113/Mayors-Spotlight to fill out a nomination form. The completed forms will then be submitted to the Nomination Review Committee.
Lenten Meal Dinner
ENFIELD — Rev. John B. O'Connell Knights of Columbus Council 14600 will be holding their Lenten meal dinner on March 9 at St. Martha Church, 214 Brainard Road, starting at 4:30 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m.
The adult menu will feature fried or baked fish, French fries or a baked potato and coleslaw or green beans. The children's menu will featured baked macaroni and cheese. Cost to attend is $12 per adult and $5 per child.
Taste Testers Cookbook Club
ENFIELD — The Taste Testers Cookbook Club invites all home cooks and culinary aficionados to join them in taste testing a new cook book. This month's selection is Tyler Florence's "Tyler's Ultimate."
Cookbooks will be available for browsing at the reference desk. Please select a recipe, cook it and share with others on Thursday, March 15, at 1 p.m. in the community room. Library programs are free and all are welcome. For more information, call 860-763-7511.
Town Seeking Membership For Joint Facilities Committee
ENFIELD — The Enfield Town Council and Board of Education are seeking residents interested in becoming members of a Joint Facilities Committee which will meet every Thursday evening in the Town Hall. Prospective applicants should have knowledge of project management, construction, and evaluating and reviewing plans.
Visit http://www.enfield-ct.gov/FormCenter/Town-Council-11/Application-for-Vacancy-on-Boards-Agenci-62 to fill out an application online.
SOMERSVILLE — The Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., is offering the following services with Pastor Graham Van Keuren.
The following Lenten Wednesday evening services will draw inspiration from Eastern Orthodox sisters and brothers, featuring hypoallergenic incense and the use of icons in our prayerful worship. Note that these will not be Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgies of the Great Lent, as it is properly called, but the services will be informed by elements from their Lenten services and adapted. Each participant will receive a notebook of icons and suggestions for their private devotional use during the Lenten season.
During the final week of Lent, known as Holy Week, the church will substitute a Maundy Thursday service for the Wednesday evening service. The schedule is as follows: 7 p.m.; March 14, Wednesday evening Lenten service with reflections on the Icon of the Ladder, 7 p.m.; March 21, Wednesday evening Lenten service with reflections on the Icon of the Ascetic, 7 p.m.; March 29, Maundy Thursday service of Tenebrae and the Lord's Supper, 7 p.m.
All services will take place in the sanctuary of the church with the exception of the Maundy Thursday service, which will be held in the church social hall. Anyone with questions may contact Pastor Graham at 860-749-7741.
Pre-Easter Bake Sale: On Saturday, March 31, the Board of Missions at the Congregational Church of Somersville will be sponsoring an annual bake sale in the church's social hall. A number of the church's members and friends will be baking goodies including pies, cakes, breads, candies, cookies, etc that will be offered at great prices. The bake sale will run from 9 a.m. to noon at 22 Maple St. Proceeds will benefit Missions programs of the church, community and the world.
Person Of The Year
EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Rotary Club is accepting nominations from all East Windsor residents for its annual Citizen/Business Person of the Year Award. Nominees must be a resident or business owner in East Windsor. The award is given for service to the community.
This award is given to an East Windsor resident or business person who has made significant contributions to the citizens of East Windsor including service to the town's youth, public service, elderly, disabled and the general welfare of the community. Nomination letters must be received by Tuesday March 18. The event is planned for Thursday, April 26.
Nomination letters should be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to: East Windsor Rotary, PO Box 376, East Windsor, CT 06016. Any other questions, call Peter Campbell at 860-299-4945.
Women's Club Scholarship
SOMERS — The Somers Women's Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school student. Applicants must be residents of Somers and accepted at an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
The applications will be available in the Somers High School Guidance Office. Residents of Somers who attend other schools may request applications by calling Deb at 860-749-9580 and leaving a message giving a contact name and telephone number.
Completed applications, including recommendation letters and high school transcripts must be received by April 22. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Alcohol Awareness Event
ENFIELD — The Enfield Together Coalition invites all to visit the Enfield Square Mall on Saturday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Center Court, 90 Elm St.
Area teens will learn how to make healthy choices about alcohol. Enfield Police Explorers will be there showing how alcohol can impair driving. Try the special goggles and you will know the danger of drinking and driving. Sign a pledge not to drink before age 21 and win a prize. Learn what Connecticut Underage Drinking Laws are and enjoy other activities. Visit www.enfieldtogether.org for more information.
Tax Filing Assistance
ENFIELD — More than 20 Asnuntuck Community College students until April 17, two days a week will volunteer to help eligible taxpayers file their tax returns. The students, in addition to up to 10 additional community volunteers, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program have become IRS-certified financial volunteers.
Volunteers will be at Asnuntuck, 170 Elm St., on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The students, and individuals will help eligible taxpayers prepare and electronically file their state and federal income tax forms at no charge. This group joins volunteers in other Central and Northeast Connecticut locations, including an additional site in Thompsonville, Connecticut.
Free, in-person help is available by appointment to individuals and families with 2017 household incomes up to $54,000, at VITA sites in Hartford, En?eld, Manchester, New Britain, Vernon, West Hartford, Windsor Locks, and the Windham region. Volunteers make sure that filers claim their proper tax credits and refunds. Refunds are available in seven to 10 days.
Along with tax filing help, filers have access to financial literacy programs offered by VITA sponsors United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and The Village for Families & Children. Individuals and families with household incomes up to $66,000 in 2017 can also get assistance and file online at any time using MyFreeTaxes.com.
Appointments are highly recommended for this free program. To schedule an appointment with a VITA tax assistance volunteer, www.211ct.org or dial 2-1-1 and press '3' then '6'. For a list of VITA tax assistance sites, visit unitedwayinc.org/MyRefund.
2018 Brackets For Good Tournament
AREA — The Network Against Domestic Abuse has been selected from over 1,530 nonprofit organizations from across the country who registered to compete in Brackets For Good 2018. Starting March 2nd, The Network will rally our supporters to help us advance in an online single-elimination bracket-style fundraising tournament.
The Network Against Domestic Abuse has diligently worked to reduce the incidence of domestic violence providing assistance to adult victims and their children and through education to our youth in the schools. Last year The Network provided safety planning, shelter, court services and advocacy support to 7,701 individuals in our community. We educated 5,184 children in the schools about prevention, self-esteem, anger, bullying, healthy relationships and teen dating violence. We continue to be the primary resource in north central Connecticut for violence prevention and education services. All services provided by The Network are free of charge.
Indianapolis-based Brackets For Good, pairs with corporate and nonprofit sponsors to host online, bracket-style fundraising tournaments in philanthropic communities around the United States. Brackets for Good has raised more than $2.75 million for local charities since its 2012 kick-off contest in Indianapolis.
Participating nonprofits rally enthusiastic donors to out-fundraise their opponents in order to advance. Through the excitement, localized marketing, and corporate involvement, nonprofits earn increased exposure, gain access to free fundraising tools, and are introduced to new donors. Dollars from donors translate to points, giving participants the opportunity to advance in each markets' bracket. Competing nonprofits keep donations received during tournament play, no matter how many rounds they advance. The winning organization in each tournament receives an additional Championship grant.
To get in the game and help The Network Against Domestic Abuse win Brackets For Good Connecticut 2018, visit http://connecticut.bfg.org/matchup/the-network-against-domestic-abuse and score points by making donations.
Book Donations Sought
SOMERS — The Friends of the Somers Library are preparing for their biannual book sale in April and are currently collecting gently used books (fiction, non-fiction, children's, young adult), as well as, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and audio books. Donations can be brought to the Somers Library at 2 Vision Boulevard, Somers during normal library hours.
Vendors Sought For Bazaar
ENFIELD — The Women's Guild of Holy Family Church is sponsoring a spring bazaar on Saturday, April 14. This indoor event can accommodate up to 45 crafters. Cost is $35 for an eight foot table/space. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will be able to set up Friday, April 13, from 4 to 8 p.m., or Saturday morning. Respond early to ensure participation. For an application, call Carole at 860-741-0485.
Enfield Farmer's Market
ENFIELD — Enfield's Regional Farmers Market is looking to grow even bigger next year, said Michael Ciriello, Director of Development Services for the Town of Enfield. The Development Services Department is now accepting vendor applications for the 2018 season.
To be a vendor, items must be locally handmade, hand-baked/cooked, or grown. There is no fee to be a vendor and the market is located on the Town Hall Green each Wednesday beginning July 11 until October 10, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. Food trucks will be welcomed this season to park near the market.
To become a market vendor in 2018 for free or to review the guidelines and application for food trucks, go to www.thinkenfield.com, click on Enfield's Community & Farmers Market or contact Development Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 860-253-6385.
ENFIELD — GFWC/The Woman's Club of Enfield Scholarship applications for the Carolyn B. Jackson Music Scholarship are available at the Enfield High Guidance office.This scholarship is awarded to seniors who will further their education in the music field. Previous recipients may also reapply each year. Applications must be returned to the Guidance office by April 5. For further information, call Florence 860-745-5869.
Enfield Family Resource Center Grandparents Support Group
ENFIELD — Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren? The monthly Family Resource Center Grandparents Support Group offers grandparents a chance to learn about the resources available to them while networking and supporting each other.
The next meetings will be held Mondays, March 26 and April 23, at The Stowe Early Learning Center Family Resource Center, 117 Post Office Road. Meetings will include dinner and child care. Childcare will consist of therapeutic group discussions with a trained FRC Parent Educator. This group is funded in part by the Older Americans Act through the North Central Area Agency on Aging. To register or for additional information, contact Tracy Roche at email@example.com or 860-253-5214.
East Windsor Senior Center Events
EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor Senior Center, 125 Main St., is offering the following events. For more information, call 860-292-8262.
Shopping trips to Big Y, Walmart, Geissler's and the mobile foodshare at St. Catherine's parking lot take place at various times. Call for more information. Big Y or Walmart, every Monday, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Geissler's, every Wednesday, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Mobile Foodshare at St. Catherine's Parking Lot, Every other Friday, Feb. 23.
Fitness/Health: Drop-ins are welcome. Fitness Class, every Monday at 10:30 a.m., unless closed; Chair Yoga, every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per class.
WII Bowling every Monday at 12:30 p.m.
Wii Zumba with Melissa, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Free.
Free Blood Pressure & Sugar Screening: 1st Thursday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Art Offerings: Art class every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.; Crafts with Shawna: Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call for more information.
Seeking Hospice Volunteers
AREA — Friendly volunteers are welcome to join the Hartford HealthCare at Home Hospice Care team to visit hospice patients, provide respite for weary caregivers, be a listening ear, connect with patients' goals, assist with bereavement or spiritual support, share gifts of music or art, visit as a registered pet therapy team or help with clerical projects.
The Hartford HealthCare at Home volunteers provide 400 hours each month to individuals and families in central and Eastern Connecticut. Volunteers visit based on their individual schedules.
Free training is provided so volunteers can be educated and feel valued in their role by understanding the history and philosophy of hospice, clinical aspects of dying, communication skills, family dynamics, issues of spirituality and religion, and grief and bereavement.
Visitors are needed to connect with hospice patients in Berlin, Cheshire, Danielson, East Hartford, Enfield, Glastonbury, Groton, Hartford, Manchester, New London, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Putnam, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown and Wolcott. Volunteer clerical support is needed in Southington.
For more information, call John Roush, volunteer coordinator, Hartford HealthCare at Home & Hospice, at 860-951-6997.
SOMERS — Somers Public Library is seeking an energetic and creative individual to become its part time teen/reference librarian. Under the direction of the library director, this individual will plan, develop, and supervise after school programming for teens, assist with collection maintenance of young adult materials, supervise the Teen Room, assist with the Library's interlibrary loan, and provide reference, technology, and reader's advisory assistance to teen and adult patrons.
Applicants must have both experience in library reference services and in working with teens, ages 13 to 18, and a master's degree in Library Science from an accredited institution is preferred. The position is 15 to 22 hours a week, mostly after school, plus one Saturday a month. Pay is $17.60 per hour.
Send a complete town application, found at http://www.somersct.gov, a resume, and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim LaFleur, Operations Manager, Town of Somers, 600 Main Street, PO Box 308, Somers, CT 06071.
Scholarships To Support Agricultural Education
AREA — Farm Credit East recently announced that it is accepting scholarships from Northeast agricultural educators to support their attendance at institutes offered by the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education.
CASE, a project of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, has developed high school courses that integrate science, technology, engineering and math concepts with hands-on, inquiry-based learning. CASE offers educator training to provide the tools needed to offer this coursework in high school classrooms.
To apply for a scholarship, educators must teach in a school district within Farm Credit East's territory and must currently or plan to teach agricultural or natural resources courses. Scholarships will cover up to 50 percent of the cost of the CASE institute, not to exceed $1,000. Visit FarmCreditEast.com/ageducator to learn more or to apply. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 2.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Update
ENFIELD — Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 383 Hazard Ave., is hosting Sunday worship services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. Visit www. Holytrinityenfield.org for more information.
ENFIELD — Asnuntuck Community College Foundation, Inc. will host Cafe Murder, a murder mystery comedy. The 15th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Auction will be held on Friday, March 23, at the newly renovated Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm St.
Proceeds of the event will fund scholarships, as well as learning and student support services throughout the college campus. Charles Miller, Miller Farms Family Markets- ShopRite is Honorary Chairperson of the event while Carolyn Tkacz is Chairperson. Committee members include Carmela Brennan, Cheryl Chiasson, Julie Cotnoir, Rob Earley, Jackie Guzie, Carol Hall, Joyce Keating, Robyn Lee, Kim Quinn, Lisa Reda, Greg Stokes, Jr. and Kathleen Tallarita-Lombardi.
Reservations for Cafe Murder are $75 and include social hour, prime rib, roast turkey and pork carving stations, entrees and dessert, as well as silent and live auctions. A tax-deductible donation is also included.
Sponsorships are available from $2,500 to $100 and include a variety of marketing opportunities and guest reservations. For more information, please call event organizer Chris Casey of Chris Casey Concepts at 860-698-6267 or email email@example.com. To sponsor or attend the event, please go to www.asnuntuck.edu/donate.
Warming Center Needs Volunteers
ENFIELD — Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center is in need of volunteers. The warming center is a safe place for people spend the night out of the cold from Jan. 15 to March 31.
For information, contact Lorraine Creedon at 860-749-0931. If you would like to make a donation, checks can be made payable to "Enfield People for People", on the memo line, please write "Warming Center," and send your donation to P.O. Box 165, Enfield, CT 06083.
Community Action Agencies Accepting Energy Assistance Applications
AREA — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just released $67,255,113 in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. This amount is 90-percent of LIHEAP funds allocated for the State of Connecticut.
Connecticut residents struggling to pay their utility bills this winter can apply for home heating assistance through Connecticut's Community Action Agency Network. The Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are the only nonprofit agencies administering LIHEAP, which provides home heating assistance to Connecticut's most vulnerable residents. Each CAA has application intake sites throughout their service regions. Some sites may include local town halls, and customers should check with their local CAA for a complete site listing.
In Connecticut this program is called the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and is housed under the Department of Social Services (DSS). The state's Community Action Agencies administer the $74M+ program locally in all 169 cities and towns. CAAs are now accepting CEAP applications for the 2017-2018 winter season and expect more applications in the coming weeks, especially as temperatures begin to drop. Homeowners and/or renters may apply, and funds may be used to pay for whatever source of heating residents have in their homes. This includes wood, electric, oil, kerosene, or natural gas.
CAAs will certify oil deliveries beginning Wednesday, Nov. 15, for those who heat with oil, propane, and deliverable fuels. May 1, 2018, is the last day households can apply for benefits unless the household is utility heated and has a shut off notice for its primary source of heat. May 15, 2018 is the last day a utility heated household with a shut off notice for its primary source of heat can apply for benefits.
Another protection for Connecticut's struggling families is the utility moratorium, or winter hardship, which provides protection for eligible households against heat source shut-offs between November 1st and May 1st. Gas and electric utilities cannot be shut off (summer or winter) if lack of the utility creates a life-threatening situation. If a customer is having trouble paying their utility bills during the winter moratorium period, Community Action Agencies will work with them on affordable utility payment programs, including the Matching Payment Program (MPP) and Below Budget Payment Plans. MPP is a payment incentive program that allows eligible utility customers to maintain year-round electric and gas service and pay an agreed-upon amount each month to pay down the balance on their heating bill. If customers cannot afford the utility payment plan, CAAs work with the customer and can submit a Below Budget Payment Plan based on the household income and expenses.
A CEAP benefit to a household automatically makes that household eligible for weatherization services. So, in addition to heating assistance, CAAs will refer customers to those agencies providing weatherization services, which helps minimize energy-related costs and fuel usage in homes through retrofits and home improvement measures. Additionally, there are funds available this year through the CAA for heating system repair and replacement if such services are deemed necessary and as the amount of funds allocated allow. Lastly, when a customer comes to a CAA for energy assistance, the agency will also assist customers in accessing other benefits for which they may be eligible including SNAP and other food programs, financial counseling, child care, and case management.
Connecticut's poorest families struggle each and every year to heat their homes in this a state with one of the highest utility rates in the country; customers many times having to choose between heating and eating or heating and paying for their medicines. CEAP allows them to not only cover high home energy costs and keep warm during the cold winter months, but gives low-income families the opportunity to address other critical, basic needs, rather than having to choose between them. Any resident who needs help paying their heating bill this winter should contact their Community Action Agency immediately.
For more information on Connecticut's Energy Assistance Program, how to find your local CAA to apply, or to make a donation, visit www.cafca.org or contact the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA), 144 Clinton Street, New Britain, CT, 06053, 860-832-9438.
Town Seeking Recording Secretaries
ENFIELD — The Town of Enfield is seeking recording secretaries to type minutes of meetings for several boards and commissions that meet on a regular evening schedule in the Town Hall. Meeting attendance is not mandatory but is highly recommended for those that meet in an untelevised location. Rate of pay is determined on meeting length. Minutes typed should be completed within seven days and turned in prior to the commission or committee's next meeting.
The following Commissions have openings: Planning and Zoning Commission, First and third Thursday of each month; Historic District Commission, Fourth Wednesday of each month; Inland Wetland and Watercourse Agency, Third Tuesday of each month; and Zoning Board of Appeals, Fourth Monday of each month.
Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/EnfieldTelevision to watch a meeting and visit www.enfield-CT.gov to review meeting minutes. Anyone interested may send a letter of Interest to the Town Manager's Office, 820 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082.
Enfield CT Open Forum Food Drive
ENFIELD — Five years ago, the Enfield CT Open Forum was quite a small group established by Kevin and Doreen Kibbe. This group provided a safe place on Facebook for open discussions of many topics without negativity. Kevin, being a diehard Red Sox fan, decided to have some fun with the forum members by challenging the group to donate one item per person for every Red Sox win during the 2012 season.
Kevin aimed high and the first collection weighed in at 320 pounds of much needed food, household and personal items. This total grew to 1,100 pounds the second year and the third drive was even more amazing, a grand total of 2,248 pounds. The fourth year took a huge hit due to the economic downfall. Now in its fifth year, donations are underway.
Drop-off sites are placed around town and the collection partnered with Shop-Rite in Enfield, where a complete list is displayed. Information can also be gotten at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 860-794-3061.
Volunteer Hearing Officer Sought
ENFIELD — The town of Enfield is seeking a volunteer hearing officer. Are you attracted to interpreting the law? Are you seeking meaningful ways to serve your community? Do you have a passion for impartial application of ordinances?
Anyone interested may send a letter of interest detailing why they feel they are qualified to become a hearing officer to Townmanager@enfield.org or to the Town Hall, Town Manager's Office, 80 Enfield St., Enfield CT 06082.
Food Pantry Needs Donations
EAST WINDSOR — The Five Corner Cupboard Food Pantry is in need of the following items: pinto and refried beans, dried fruits, soups of all kinds, applesauce, canned oranges and pineapple, ramen noodles and dry soup mixes, mayonnaise, jellies, jams & preserves, peanut butter (chunky and creamy), canned meats, tuna and other canned fish, pancake syrup, coffee, cold cereals, hot chocolate, 100-percent juices, boxed potatoes, meal helpers, canned pasta, crackers and cookies and snacks. Paper goods, personal care, cleaning products and pet foods are all appreciated.
Five Corner Cupboard is a mission of and is located on the campus of First Congregational Church of East Windsor, 124 Scantic Road, at the site of the former Growing Tree Child Development Center.
Donations can be brought to the Cupboard Monday mornings and all day Tuesdays. There is a tote on the front porch for after hours donations as well as donation boxes at various places in East Windsor, including Geisslers, Warehouse Point Library, Broad Brook Post Office, At the Dam restaurant and Windsor Federal Bank. Monetary (tax deductible) donations can be sent to 124 Scantic Road, East Windsor, 06088. Checks should be made to Five Corner Cupboard.
Food Donation Challenge
ENFIELD — Enfield Food Shelf's annual appeal is halfway to the target of donations needed and is seeking assistance from individuals, local businesses and organizations. The monetary and food donations received from March to May help further the mission of ensuring no Enfield family in need is without food assistance.
Enfield Food Shelf provides grocery-style food assistance to 350 to 400 families per week. Food assistance allows families to self-select items needed to make meals and eat at home; pack lunches for school-age children; and provide food to children when school is closed during the summer months.
All food donations are accepted Monday through Thursday. Monetary donations may be made on-line at www.enfieldfoodshelf.org or by mail at Enfield Food Shelf, 96 Alden Ave., Enfield, CT 06082. For more information, to visit the facility or to volunteer, contact 860-741-7321.
Bottle Up Against Hunger
ENFIELD — Enfield Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen is hosting a bottle and cans fundraiser. Anyone may drop off recycle bottles and cans at Enfield Loaves and Fishes during September at 28 Prospect St., at the back door on Thompson Court. Other drop of areas, are Enfield Fire Dept. 200 Phoenix Ave., Enfield Fire District 1, 199 Weymouth Rd., Thompsonville Fire Dept. 35 North Main St., North Thompsonville Fire Dept. 439 Enfield St., and Shaker Pines Fire Dept. 37 Bacon Rd. Enfield CT. Any questions, email email@example.com or call Priscilla at 860-741-0226.
Loaves And Fishes Needs Help
ENFIELD — The Enfield Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen is in need of garden vegetables. Organizers are asking people to plant an extra one or two plants to share. Drop-off is at 28 Prospect St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone with questions may call Priscilla at 860-741-0226.
Meals On Wheels Needs Help
SOMERS — The Town of Somers Meals on Wheels program has been operating continuously for 36 years independently of support from federal, state or local government funds.
The program provides meals six days a week, 52 weeks a year. It not only provides needed meals but also is a daily wellness check for frail, elderly clients, many of whom live alone. The program was, for many years, completely run by volunteers but now is coordinated by the Town of Somers Human Services Department.
The cost of the meals ($4 for a hot meal, $3 for a cold meal) is set on a sliding scale. If the client has a financial need, there is a MOW subsidy program to assist. The fund is totally supported by local churches, organizations and individuals and has been sufficient, until now. The number of clients has increased and the fund is running low. Government funding for MOW programs is being cut back or eliminated so government help is not an option at this time.
The town is asking for helping replenishing the Somers MOW fund. Donations can be sent to: Town of Somers Meals on Wheels Program, Attn: Assistant Finance Director, 600 Main St., PO Box 308, Somers, CT 06071.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.
East Windsor's Anniversary
EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor's 250th anniversary celebration is taking place in 2018 and organizations interested in being a part of the nine month celebration are asked to email email@example.com.
Parents As Teachers Program
ENFIELD — The Enfield Family Resource Center has openings in its Parents as Teachers program for Enfield residents. This is a free home-visiting program that supports parents in their role as their child's first teacher by providing information, support and resources to parents who are expecting a baby or have children ages birth-five.
For more information, contact the Family Resource Center's Parent Educators at 860-253-4769 or 860-253-6580.
Tipper Barrel Collection
ENFIELD — Public Works reminds residents on the placement of tipper barrels for refuse and recycling. Per the town ordinance, barrels must be placed at the curb between dusk the day before your scheduled pickup and 7 a.m. the day of pickup. All barrels need to removed from the curb by 8 a.m. on the day after pickup.
Missed pick-ups and callbacks waste precious resources and cost the town extra money, Public Works officials say. All residents received a magnet with important collection information. If you misplaced your magnet, need additional information or want more information about the recycling program, visit the website at http://enfield-ct.gov/405/Regular-Trash-Collection or call the DPW hotline at 860-763-7527 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Volunteer Hearing Officer Sought
ENFIELD — The town of Enfield is seeking a civic-minded resident to become a volunteer hearing officer. If interested, contact the office at 860-253-6300 for an interview.
Somers Fire Department Seeks Volunteers
SOMERS — Local volunteer firefighters are counting on residents to add one more New Year's resolution to the list: Join the Somers Fire Department and become an everyday hero. The Somers Fire Department fire division works primarily on a scramble crew system - members receive notice of a call via pager or a text to their cell phone. They then respond to the station to get the fire apparatus. Training and uniforms are provided.
The EMS division staffs the ambulance. Once personnel have completed mandatory entry requirements and attend local drills and meetings, they are eligible to attend outside training to increase their skill levels. Training and uniforms are provided by the Department.
In addition, the Somers Fire Department offers a cadet program which is managed in two phases, from ages 14-15 and 16-17 years old. Training and uniforms are provided and members in good standing are eligible to receive a quarterly stipend.
Both the fire and EMS side offer a stipend of $250 per quarter for those who meet minimum requirements - members can earn up to $2,000 a year. Aside from a $2 reimbursement per each call for gas, the Department also contributes to a small pension system. Members in good standing receive dress and working uniforms and the Department covers all training.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-749-7626. The membership director will reply with an application and answers to any questions.