Winter 2018 The Webletter

2019 Enfield Volunteer of the Year Award Nominations


Each year since 2014, Enfield has recognized one resident with the Peg Smith Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award. The Award is given in memory of Peg Smith, a kind-hearted and involved citizen of Enfield for more than 50 years.  Awardees are recognized for their compassionate service to the community. Nominations for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award are being accepted until March 16, 2019.
 
To nominate someone who shares Peg’s love of Enfield and spirit of volunteerism, please visit the Volunteer of the Year Nomination Webpage. You may also stop by our office at 110 High Street to pick up an application or call 860-253-6396 to have an application mailed to you. The 2019 Volunteer of the Year will be recognized with a ceremony at Town Hall during April which is designated as National Volunteer Recognition Month.

Enfield Social Services

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**Winter Emergency Preparedness Reminder**


The recent weather emergencies around the country are a stark reminder that every Town resident needs to understand what to do if an emergency occurs. While there are many potential emergency situations that can impact Enfield, the most common are winter storms, power outages and flooding. As the winter storm season approaches, your safety will depend on being alert, being prepared, knowing what to do and keeping up-to-date on information during an emergency.

In the event of a town-wide emergency, police, fire, and emergency medical personnel will be available to assist residents. Additionally, public health, social services, public works, transit services, school and emergency volunteers will be mobilized as needed.  All residents will be advised as to the nature of the emergency and the steps necessary to ensure your safety. Emergency information will be broadcast on the radio, on TV, and on the Town website. You can also sign up to receive alerts on your cell phone at CT’s Staying Informed Webpage or Enfield’s Emergency Alert System.

If an evacuation is ordered, you will be advised where to go and what to bring. Most often, sheltering in place at home or at work will be the safest option. Most people prefer to go to a friend’s or relative’s house rather than going to an emergency shelter. Information on how to prepare at home for an emergency is available on the Social Services and Town’s Emergency Management websites and through the State Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The Connecticut Red Cross is another good source of information.

Make sure you’re prepared. Start with creating your own plan and assembling a disaster supply kit. Emergency planning should address all members of the family, including pets. For more information on emergency preparedness for pets, visit the Connecticut Humane Society.

When disasters strike, the Town responds through its Office of Emergency Management. The OEM has taken steps to mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from emergencies.
 

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The annual Toy for Joy drive with the Enfield Police Department is in full swing! The police are looking for new, unwrapped toys for children from infant to age 10. They are also accepting monetary donations, made out to Toys for Joy.

To sign up
 to receive toys for your little ones, the Police Department is taking applications for birth to eight years old.  You must be a residents of Enfield and have custody of the child.

The registration deadline is December 17.

Call (860) 763-6400 extension 1322 for more information.

Enfield Police Department


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Registration Deadlines for Classes @ The Senior Center


Senior Center Class Information

First sign up day for January & February classes:  
Resident - Tuesday, December 11, Starting at 8:30 am  
Non Resident - Tuesday, December 18, Starting at 8:30 am  
Last day Fitness January & February registrations will be accepted: December 27
  
Please bring a completed registration form and cash or a check payable to the Enfield Senior Center.

Registration Policies:  
Registrations are taken in person beginning on the dates and times above.
No registrations are taken prior to the first sign up date.
Mail-in registrations are processed after those in person have been registered. Please do not send cash. A completed registration form must be included.

Refund Policies:
Refunds are made in full for those withdrawing before a class begins.
Refunds are given for medical reasons, with a doctor’s authorization.
Vouchers are issued when a class is canceled by the Senior Center.
To be eligible for vouchers, the class must be paid in full prior to the class cancellation.
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Support Groups at the Senior Center


Bereavement Support Group-Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Call 860-763-7612 to register
 
Blood Cancer Survivor Journeys- First Thursday of each month, 6:00pm-7:30pm. Call 413-789-0200 to register.
 
Stroke Support Group – Second Tuesday of the month, 10:00am. No registration required. Call 413-565-1025 for inquiries.
 
Parkinson’s Support Group – First Tuesday of the month. No registration required. Call 860-253-6403 with inquiries.

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The Senior Center Has New Hours!


We are pleased to announce that the Enfield Senior Center will be instituting new hours. In response to a recent survey, participants were in favor of the center being open during the evening hours instead of the current Saturday hours. We will be transitioning to new hours starting in December. The new hours are listed below:
 
DECEMBER HOURS:
 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday - 8 am – 5 pm.
Thursdays - 8 am – 8 pm.
Saturdays – 8 am – 12 pm (closed the 22 and 29, due to holidays). 
 
The above hours are only in reference to the month of December as we begin new hours in January.
 
JANUARY HOURS:
 
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday – 8 am – 5 pm.
Wednesday and Thursday – 8 am – 8 pm.
Saturday-CLOSED
 
During this transition period, staff will be hard at work to develop programming to fill the newly added night time hours. We welcome any suggestions for new program ideas. 

Enfield Senior Center


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Get Ready for the 11 Days of Winter PLAYcation


Enfield Plays On! is a 3-year campaign to increase play opportunities in our community as studies show Play is the most important form of learning.  On Dec 13, we will be giving away 150 Winter Playcation Kits at the Enfield Public Library’s Festival of Trees. Each kit includes 11-days of FREE, educational, ‘Playful Ideas of the Day’ kids can do over winter break.  Along with the play idea, the kit gives the parent a bit of info on what kind of life/academic skills are practiced through that kind of play.  Kits are first come, first serve, while supplies last.  [Enfield Plays On! is funded through Enfield KITE]

Enfield KITE


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'Tis the Season to Visit the Library


Festival of Trees Reception December 13 6:30 pm  Join us for the opening reception of our gallery of handmade trees.  Enjoy music, and light refreshments.  Co-sponsored by the Enfield Culture and Arts Commission.  Drop-in event for all ages.
 
Drop and Shop December 22 9:30 am – 12:30 pm  Three hours of games and crafts for children while parents have time for holiday errands or just relaxing.  Registration begins December 3.  Ages 5-12 only.  Space is limited.
 
Matica Circus December 27 10:30 am  In this family-friendly, acro-comedic act, Matica Arts will perform acts of daring and tremendous skill.  Ages 4 and up. Free tickets available at the library beginning December 17.
 
Noon Year’s Eve December 31 11:00 am Come count down with us to Noon Year! An hour long celebration of the new year with a countdown to twelve o’clock noon. Co-sponsored by Enfield Plays On.  Drop-in event for all ages.   

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Book Discussions


There are a variety of book discussion clubs at the Enfield Public Library.  We encourage you to join us for one!




1/9   - Afternoon Book Chat discussing The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

1/16 – Pearl Street Book Group discussing The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

1/17 - Taste Testers eating from Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines

1/28 - Page Turners discussing the Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller
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Meet the Author


On Monday, December 10 at 6:30 pm, meet the author Martin “Marty” Podskoch.  From the quaint splendor of the town of Kent in the northwest hills of Connecticut to the great restaurants that dot the shoreline of Westbrook to New Britain’s industrial roots, author Podskoch highlights places in every municipality in the State of Conn. with his new book, Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.

Enfield Public Library


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In Search of Dial-A-Ride Volunteers


Enfield Dial-A-Ride is looking for volunteer drivers to assist with out of town transportation.  If you are interested and want to become a volunteer Dial-A-Ride driver to help Enfield seniors and physically disabled get to out of town medical appointments, we want to hear from you. 

Volunteers use Town-owned cars to transport individuals.  All you need is an interest in helping people, a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.  Hours are scheduled in advance based on your availability. 

Please call Annette Orlandi at (860) 272-3545 for more information.

Enfield Transit


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Snow Removal 2018-2019


The Town of Enfield would like to remind residents of several important rules and
regulations related to snow removal. Residents, snow contractors and area businesses
can refer to Chapters 74 and 82 of the Town Code for more detailed information.
Public information:

In addition to the Everbridge notification system, DPW utilizes a number of media
outlets to notify the public of parking bans and/or sidewalk snow removal. This list is
subject to change but currently includes Notify Me®, DPW’s Twitter® feed (follow
@EnfieldDPW), the Town’s web site http://www.enfield-ct.gov and local television and
radio stations. To aid residents in determining when the 24-hours have elapsed, a
countdown clock can be found on the Town’s website
. End of storm notifications are
also posted on Enfield TV.

The Department of Public Works also provides a number of sand barrels throughout
town. This sand is meant for residential use only. A list of sites is published on the
Department of Public Works web page.

Removal of snow and ice from sidewalks:


Owners or occupants of any building or land bordering upon any street, square or public place where there is a sidewalk are required to remove all snow, sleet and ice within a period of 24 hours after the cessation of the snow, sleet or ice, as shown on the Sidewalk Clearing Countdown Clock.

Blowing, throwing or plowing snow into the public street 


Blowing, throwing or plowing of snow into public street or way is not permitted. Snow that is blown, thrown or plowed into the streets by residents or contractors creates an unnecessary safety hazards to all motorists and unnecessarily consumes significant town resources.

Parking Bans: 


No motor vehicle shall be parked on a public street or highway in town during a snow or ice storm that has an accumulation of 2 or more inches or during any other parking ban instituted to facilitate the removal of snow on town streets. Objects such as basketball hoops must be removed as well during the winter season.

The Department of Public Works web site also has additional resources, including FAQs
on snow removal and a link to snow information published by the CT DOT.

Department of Public Works


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Nominations for the
Athletic Hall of Fame


The Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1996 to honor individuals or teams that have made significant contribution to Enfield athletics or related fields and have a defined, recognizable link to the community as positive role models.

The Hall Of Fame Committee has established common grounds of recognition for individuals/ teams and sponsors who have been nominated by the public for induction into the Hall Of Fame. The Committee will select from the list of nominees a limited number of honorees to be honored each year at the induction ceremony.

CANDIDATES
Candidates who have had a positive impact in any way to Enfield athletics will be eligible for induction if they meet the following criteria:

A candidate for the Hall of Fame must:

1.  Now, or at one point of time, have been a resident of Enfield or have a clearly defined         link to the town.
2.  Currently or have been involved in competitive athletics as a player, coach, working           professional, and/or volunteer at the professional or community level.
3.  Have made a significant recognizable positive impact in his/her field and/or level of             participation.
4.  Display or have displayed integrity, character in a leadership role or as a positive role         model for others to emulate.
5.  Candidate's high school class must have graduated 15 years ago to be eligible.

Nomination Categories:

1.  Active player/coach/volunteer in a competitive sport at the professional level.
2.  Active contributor in ancillary areas which impact the field of athletics and is a                     recognized professional in his/her field.
3.  Past contributor/player/coach/volunteer/professional who has impacted the positive           direction for athletics in the community.


Have someone in mind?  Fill out the Nomination Form now for consideration!


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Winter Time Recreation


Playgroup!


This is a great chance for you and your child to meet other families from Enfield and the surrounding area. Your child will be able to explore, learn and play with educational toys and games while moms, dads or caregivers socialize. Playgroup is an ongoing program, so pre-registration is NOT necessary. Please note that a participant waiver must be on file with the instructor which can be filled out the first day you attend. There is no play group when school is delayed or closed due to weather. The program runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, November 2 – May 17 from 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. There is no cost for this program, both residents and non-residents are welcome to attend.

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Instructional Basketball


A co-ed instructional program for boys and girls in grades 1 & 2 will be held on Sunday afternoons at JFK Middle School beginning in January.  The program will consist of eight, 55 minute sessions in which participants will work in groups rotating through skill stations to learn the fundamentals of basketball.  Registration will be limited to 120 participants (40 per session) and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.  This program is for Enfield residents only.  FEE: $35.00 per participant.  

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Yoga


Do you want to release some stress and live a healthier lifestyle this winter? If so, this is the perfect class for you. Yoga will bring balance, breath awareness, stamina, and flexibility to the body and mind. 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, January 8, 2019 – February 26, 2019 from 6:15 PM- 7:30 PM at Parkman School. Fee is $30.00 for Residents/ $37.50 for Non-Residents. Pre-Registration is required.

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Adult Open Gym Volleyball and Basketball


Open Gym Volleyball for adults 18 and up is held on Wednesdays, October 17, 2018 – April 3, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Eli Whitney School Gym.  There is no volleyball when schools are closed.  Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on file at the gym.  Daily fee is $2.00 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents.  

The Enfield Recreation Department hosts Open Gym Basketball time for adults 20 and over.  Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on file at the gym.  The program will be held October 1, 2018 – March 2, 2019 check website for no program dates.  Daily fee is $2.00 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents.
                   
20 & Over: Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 PM at JFK Middle School
25 and Over: Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 PM at JFK Middle School
40 and Over: Saturdays, 8:00 – 11:00 AM at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center

Recreation Division

                  

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IT and the PD Taking Charge of Technology


Improving the integrity of the information being captured and verified by police is a huge benefit to our community.  The Enfield Police Department has collaborated with Information Technology in the procurement of in-car computer technology utilizing the established three-year technology leasing program.

The new technology will allow all police vehicles to have the most up to date and current programming available, while in the field and in the office. This, along with the replacement of the dispatch and records management system, will put the most recent and relevant information at the fingertips of our officers. 

IT has also been working with the Training Officers to ensure the Training Facility is fully functional.  IT has purchased cables and docking stations to better equip the trainers when performing presentations, ensuring that Enfield Police stay on the cutting edge of superior service to our residents!

Information Technology
Enfield Police Department

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