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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Community Update from Town Manager Christopher Bromson

Community Update from Town Manager Christopher Bromson:

Winter Farmer's Market 

This Sunday, please join us from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Enfield Square Mall for the Winter Farmer’s Market! Our vendors will have fresh produce, dairy and meats, delicious sweets, and handmade craft items for sale. Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Please adhere to the traffic patterns at mall. Follow the market on Facebook and Instagram @EnfieldRegionalFarmersMarket for updates!  

Paddle Boats 

At the November 16th Town Council meeting, the Council voted to fund paddle boats at the Freshwater Pond! This funding will include docks, life vests, and other necessary equipment. The Town has recently invested in Freshwater Pond with the goal of making it an area of recreation for our community. In the Spring of 2021, the upgrades and repairs to the dam and spillway, including safety improvements, will be completed. These changes will allow the paddleboats to be used on the pond safely. In 2019, the Town funded the dredging of the Pond. In 2015, the Freshwater Pond walkway was completed and in 2011, the Freshwater Streetscape Improvements were completed. We hope that our residents will enjoy all the improvements to the Pond.  

Library

The Library is thrilled to announce that they will be continuing The Festival of Trees this year!  

  1. What is the Festival of Trees? This year the Enfield Public Library will co-host a holiday gallery of trees at the library. The trees will be created by a variety of participants and will be on display at the Enfield Public Library until January 2nd. 
  2. Who can participate in the Festival of Trees? Anyone (all ages) who lives, works, or goes to school or to the library in Enfield is eligible to participate. All you need to do is come up with a good idea for an artistic tree, and we will put your creation on display. Feel free to work on your tree in teams. 
  3. Do I have to bring in a real tree? NO! In fact, we want you to make your tree from scratch. Think of any kind of interesting material you might have around that you can fashion into a tree of some sort. Maybe you can make a tree out of soda cans that you glue together? Maybe you can make your tree out of popcorn? Be creative and think of something that would not normally conjure up the idea of a tree.
  4. Are there any size/design requirements? Your tree should be free standing and should be no larger than 2 ft. wide by 1 ft. long by 3 ft. high. We have limited space for oversized trees. You can use any materials you like in creating your tree, but please note that we will not be able to guarantee that your tree will have access to an electrical outlet.
  5. When should I submit my tree? All trees should be submitted to the library by December 15th, and a form should be filled out when you drop off your tree.

Join the Library for the Online Rhyme Time program for children ages birth to 24 months via Facebook on Mondays at 10:30 AM. Virtual Storytimes will also be on Facebook. Storytimes for ages 2-4 will be on Tuesdays at 9:30 AM and Storytimes for ages 4-5 will be on Thursdays at 9:30 AM.

On Wednesday, December 2, from 6:30 - 7:30 PM, join a Zoom session with Author Fred Sokol about his book "Destiny." Email lsprague@enfield.org for an invitation. On Wednesday, December 9th, from 2:30 - 3:30 PM, join the Library for an Online Senior Center Afternoon book discussionEmail kwerth@enfield.org for an invitation.The titles selected are available in eBook format. Physical copies can also be picked up at the Central Library circulation desk. https://libraryconnection.overdrive.com/lci-enfield/content/media/3829664

 Senior Center  

The Community Health Center will be holding pop-up COVID-19 testing December 9th at the Enfield Senior Center. Please call 475-241-0740 to register.  

The staff at the Senior Center are working on a new digital newsletter. It will be sent out by e-mail, Facebook and on their website. There will be a “Name the Newsletter” contest!  Please send in your suggestions to seniorcenter@enfield.org. The winner will get the prestige of having their suggestion be our new newsletter’s title.

 The Senior Center will be having a craft fair the first week of December. It will be on a smaller scale and by appointment only. Participants may call for and appointment to shop for holiday treasures and handmade crafts. Please watch for upcoming information on our website, Facebook page and newsletter. 

 You are invited to a state-wide virtual Holiday bash. On Friday, December 18th, from 1 PM to 2:30 PM, all senior centers across the state will be participating in a virtual holiday bash. This will feature seasonal music, ballroom dancing performances, holiday vignettes celebrating holiday traditions and much more. Pre-registration is required by Monday, November 23rd. Please email karen.green@ctcommunitycare.org

  1. Billiard tables:  Available for two-hour blocks from 8 AM – 3:45 PM. You must pre-register and only two players are allowed per table. 
  2. Movies: The King of Staten Island will be played on Friday, November 20, 1:30 PM. There will be a charge of $2 payable at the door and a light snack will be provided.  
  3. Gift Shop: Call to make an appointment to browse our gift shop. Get your holiday shopping done early!
  4. Computer Lab: Participants can sign up for 1.5-hour slots to use the computer lab. 
  5. Craft Workshops: On Tuesday, November 24, 1:30 PM, come make a fall leaf mason jar candle. 

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 The Town Hall continues to be open by appointment only. If you need to conduct your business in person, please call the department you wish to schedule your visit in advance.   

 Our staff and I are available to assist you and will continue to provide services. Please continue to check our website for updates. For alerts from the Town of Enfield, please go to https://enfield-ct.gov/List.aspx to sign up for Notify Me and select Public Notices. Follow Enfield Town Manager on Facebook and on Twitter.

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