Community News For The Glastonbury Edition

Grange Breakfast, Attic Sale

EAST HARTFORD — Hillstown Grange, 617 Hills St., is holding a pancake breakfast and Grandma's Attic sale on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The menu features pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea and juice, all for $5 or $3 for kids 14 and younger. This month's special is blueberry pancakes with peach sauce. Grandma's Attic and Jon's Book sale will be open during breakfast. There will be special bag pricing on books and household items. The grange is located in the Hillstown corner of East Hartford, Glastonbury, and Manchester. For more information, email hillstowngrange@aol.com or call Frank at 860-690-2945.

JWRP's Momentum Trip

GLASTONBURY-SOUTH WINDSOR — The JWRP's Momentum trip – run in partnership with Mitzvah Mamas, based in South Windsor, brings mothers to Israel with children at home under the age of 18. To learn about the JWRP MoMentum opportunity, join Mindy Glickman and Momentum alumnae at an information session. The ideal candidates are mothers raising Jewish children, who live within a 30-minute drive of South Windsor and who are not traditional Sabbath observers. The application process is now open and interviews are being scheduled.

Information sessions: Wednesday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m., at 35 Bader Lane, Glastonbury; and Sunday, Jan. 7, 4 p.m., at 114 Cody Circle, South Windsor. Visit jwrp.org to register.

The trip is listed as "Womans 2018/ South Windsor, CT./ October 22-29, 2018." For questions, contact Mindy Glickman at MitzvahMamas@gmail.com or 917-698-7952.

Free Braille Calendars

AREA — The Community Outreach Office of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2018 Braille calendars, free of charge. For more information, contact info@nfbct.org or 860-289-1971.

Cub Scout Pack 241's 2017 Ornament

GLASTONBURY — Cub Scout Pack 241 has been honoring Glastonbury heritage for 27 years by introducing 100-percent pewter ornaments that are made in Connecticut. Each year features a different Glastonbury theme. As its only fundraiser, all proceeds support Pack 241 Cub Scouts activities.

This year the Scouts are trying to raise funds to sleep in the USS Massachusetts Battleship in Fall River, Mass. This year's ornament features The Glastonbury Trolley. The new 2017 ornament and all past 26 years are available at Emmy Lou's, 17 Hebron Ave., in the heart of central Glastonbury. Ornaments can also be ordered by emailing cubscouts@pack241.org; each ornament is $9 and the entire set can be purchased at the discounted price of $207.

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 starting 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.

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.

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