Summer 2019 The Webletter
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Transforming Thompsonville


The Town of Enfield Revitalization Effort made a full page appearance in the Journal Inquirer.  Written by Nelson Tereso, the article details the economic plans that Enfield will be looking to in the future, and how Tax Incremental Financing, redevelopment of the Casket building on North River Street will come together with the development of the Higgins Park Green to create an optimal Center of Town for our residents.

The Office of Economic Development

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Start the Summer Off with KITE

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Enfield's 4th Annual Bike Bash


Enfield’s 4th Annual Bike Bash will be held at the Town Green on Sunday, June 9 from 11-2:30. We’ll have a free bike tune-up station, an obstacle course, and a drive through. Enfield Police Officers will be on hand to help with helmet safety with free helmets while supplies last and the Thompsonville Fire Department will host a bike wash. We’ll even be raffling off four new bikes, courtesy of the Enfield Rotary. The event is free to the community. 

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Enfield Plays ON!


Enfield Plays On! will hold our Playful Idea of the Day again this summer during school vacation. Join the EnfieldPlaysOn! Facebook group and every morning a new, playful idea will pop up. As part of that program, KITE will be offering its free Summer Playcation Kit again this year, with supplies to complete many of the playful ideas. The main distribution of the Playcation Kits will happen on June 27 at the Central and Pearl Street libraries during their Summer Reading Program kickoff. In response to some of the feedback we received last year, KITE will also hold a special, evening Playcation Kit pick up for families whose work schedule doesn’t permit them to be at the library in the morning. A small selection of Playcation Kits will be available from 6-6:30 on June 20 at the Town Green.

Enfield Plays On! is launching a new project this summer called “Playground Tuesdays” to help families get out to some of our neighborhood parks to play. Every Tuesday from 12:30-2:30, a pair of Play Ambassadors will be at a different park with balls, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, and friendship bracelet supplies. It will be a great opportunity for kids to play with friends (new and old) and parents to have another adult to chat with during the long days of summer. There may even be a Special Play Partner on hand to join in the fun!

o   June 18 – Whit Acres (Robbin Rd/Memorial Dr.)
o   June 25 – Lafayette Park (Hartford Ave.)
o   July 2 – Enfield Street School
o   July 9 – Veterans Memorial Park (South Rd.)
o   July 16 – Alcorn School
o   July 23 – Prudence Crandall School
o   July 30 – Henry Barnard School
o   August 6 – Wallop School (Neelans Rd.)
o   August13 – Hazardville Playground (Hazard Ave.)
o   August 20 – VFW Park (Asnuntuck St.)
o   August 27 – Green Manor Park (Taylor Rd.)

Key Initiatives to Early Education (KITE)

We're Relocating Head Start!


We’re are pleased to share with you an exciting opportunity for the entire Enfield community involving how we deliver services to students and their families.  For the past several years, our Stowe Early Learning Center has become a pillar for a collaborative, community early learning center, with many towns and districts conducting site visits in order to replicate our success back in their own communities.

We are currently working on a plan to relocate Head Start into the Stowe Early Learning Center, and looking to bring all our early childhood programs under one roof in order to enhance the programming and experience for all children and families. 

In the near future, we will publicize dates of the evenings where the entire community will be invited to tour this facility and see firsthand what a wonderful opportunity this is for our town.  We thank you for taking the time to read this and we look forward to further conversations with parents, staff and educators.

The Department of Social Services 

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Summer Time Fun Time with Enfield Recreation


Baseball Bus Trips


Bus Trip - New York Yankees vs. Colorado Rockies
Join Enfield Recreation on Saturday, July 20 to take a bus trip to the Bronx and root on the New York Yankees! Trip includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation and a ticket (400 level) to the 1:05 PM game where the Yankees will take on the Colorado Rockies. The trip is open to both residents and non-residents. Fee is $79 per ticket. Spaces are limited and are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration is required – don’t delay, register today!

Bus Trip - Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels
Take a trip to Fenway Park on Saturday, August 10 to watch the reigning World Series Champs compete in America’s favorite pastime! Join Enfield Recreation and take a bus trip to Boston to watch the Red Sox take on the L.A. Angels. Trip includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation, time for shopping or dining and a ticket (bleacher seats) to the 4:05 PM game. This trip is open to both residents and non-residents. Fee is $89 per ticket. Spaces are limited and are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration is required – don’t delay, register today!

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Children’s Entertainment Series


Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Enfield Recreation is hosting three shows in our Children’s Entertainment Series this July! The shows include magic by illusionist David Garrity, a light and laser animation show by Prismatic Magic, and singing and dancing with “America’s Musical Pied Piper” T-Bone! All shows are free and will be held on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Enfield Annex auditorium. Visit the Recreation homepage to view the summer brochure for dates and details.

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Summer Carnival


Come one, come all! Enfield Recreation will be hosting our annual children’s summer carnival. This special event is a fun-filled tradition looked forward to by Enfield residents. There will be games, inflatables, face painting, prizes and more! A great event for children of all ages, the carnival is held at the Enfield Annex tennis courts from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 1.

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Martial Arts Clinic


In conjunction with Integrity Martial Arts, Enfield Recreation is offering FREE one day martial arts clinics! Participants will be introduced to the basics of martial arts, as well as character development topics. Integrity Martial Arts will be offering three additional sessions free at their studio for those who attend one of the two clinics. These clinics will be on Thursday, July 11 and Thursday, August 8 from 10:00 – 10:30 AM at the Integrity Martial Arts Studio. This class is free; however, spaces are limited and pre-registration is required.

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Youth Field Hockey Camp


Interested in learning the fundamentals of field hockey? Looking to gain more skill and knowledge of the sport? If so, head to the Enfield Annex to participate in our summer field hockey camp. The program will run Monday through Friday, August 5-9 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The field hockey camp is for those entering grades 3-8. Participants will be split into two groups: grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. Fee is $39.00 for residents / $48.75 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited – don’t delay, register today!

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Become a Baby Sitter!


Babysitter Safety 101
This entry level course for youth ages 10-15 is intended to teach age appropriate skills necessary to care for children of all ages. This course focuses on safety with an emphasis on prevention. Basic first aid and obstructed airway management will be covered. Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and more. All participants will receive a book, handouts and a Babysitter Safety Certificate. Classes will be held on Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday, August 15 from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. Fee per class is $48.00 for residents / $59.00 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited – don’t delay, register today!
 
Advanced Babysitter Safety 102
This course is for teens ages 12-16 with a sincere interest in advanced concepts and skills of first aid and CPR. Prerequisite is Babysitter Safety 101 within the past 360 days. This expanded course includes additional first aid concepts and adult/child and infant CPR. Requires written and skills testing to be awarded an ATEM (American Trauma Event Management) 2-year certification. All participants will receive a book. Class will be held on Thursday, August 15 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. Fee is $48.00 for residents / $59.00 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited – don’t delay, register today!

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Swimming at Lamagna


Youth Summer Swimming Lessons
Enfield Recreation will be offering summer swim lessons for youth ages 6 months and older beginning Monday, July 1. Classes will be held Monday – Friday in two-week sessions. Lessons are available for both residents and non-residents and will be held at the Enfield Annex pool or the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center pool. Fee varies per class. Pre-registration is required. Classes fill quickly - don’t delay, register today!
 
Open Swim
Looking for a way to stay cool in the warm summer months? Stop by the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center outdoor pool to participate in open swim! The pool will be open Sunday - Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00 PM, June 20 – August 16 (weather permitting). The pool will be open on July 4. Daily fees apply at the gate. Enfield residents may purchase a picture ID summer pool pass at the Recreation Office, during normal office hours, beginning June 7.
 
Adult Swimming Lessons
It is never too late to learn how to swim! Adult lessons are provided in a small group setting with an experienced instructor and are ideal for those starting their swimming journey or for those seeking a technique refresher to increase their swimming efficiency. Classes are held Monday – Friday, July 29 – August 9 from 7:10 – 7:50 PM. Fee is $60.00 for residents / $75.00 for non-residents. Spaces are limited – don’t delay, register today!

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Yoga


Looking to release some stress and live a healthier lifestyle this summer? If so, yoga just may be the answer! 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, July 9 – August 13 from 6:15 – 7:30 PM at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. Fee is $22.50 for residents/ $28.25 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited – don’t delay, register today!

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Adult Open Gym Basketball


Enfield Recreation will be hosting open gym basketball time for adults 20 and over. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate and must have a completed program waiver on file. 20 and over will be held on Tuesdays, July 9 – August 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. 40 and over will be held on Saturdays, June 22 – August 24 (no 7/6) from 8:00 – 11:00 AM. Both programs will be held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. Daily fee is $2.00 for residents / $2.50 for non-residents. 

Enfield Recreation Division

The Enfield Police Department Gears Up for Summer


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New Police Canine Officer "Brit"


Please welcome the newest member of our department, narcotics detection canine “Britford” (AKA “Brit”).   Brit was raised by the Occupaws Guide Dog Association.  Occupaws determined he would not be a good fit as a guide dog and that he needed a “career change.”  Occupaws donated Brit to the Enfield Police Department to be a working police dog.  He is a 16 month old Labrador Retriever, and he is attending a canine training academy for narcotics detection, with the Connecticut State Police Canine Unit, that began on Monday May 13th.  This academy is approximately ten weeks, with the first four weeks consisting of being “imprinted” with narcotic odors and his second six weeks consisting of daily training with his Enfield Police Department handler, Officer Ryan Bartolucci, who was chosen through a competitive selection process.

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Police Unity Tour


In 2018, 163 police officers lost their lives in the line of duty in the United States.  Members of the Enfield Police Department have participated in the Police Unity Tour, a 300 mile bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington D.C., for the last 10+ years and did so again in May 2019, in tribute to these fallen officers.  The ride ends at the National Police Officers Memorial Wall.  The riders include police officers from the United States, as well as several other nations, and is intended to honor and remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community.    Not only do the riders have to physically train for this task but they also have to raise $2,000 per person to participate.  The money helps to raise awareness for fallen officers and to maintain the National Law Enforcement Memorial.  This year, Sgt Bryan Nolan, K9 Officer Chris Dufresne, K9 Officer Michael Colantuono, Officer Michael Lynch, and Officer Steven Prior made the ride to Washington D.C. to remember the fallen. 

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Social Media Program


On Friday, May 3, the Enfield Police Department held a social media celebration event, recognizing and celebrating surpassing ten thousand followers and likes on our department Facebook page.  The event was held at the Enfield Square Mall parking lot, and it included a K-9 demonstration, kids sitting in police cruisers, and several little ones trying on our tactical vests and helmets, with ice cream provided to those in attendance.  The event was a tremendous success with over three hundred people coming out to celebrate with us.  The feedback and support from our community continues to be very impressive, and is deeply appreciated.  We also went "live," during the event, on Facebook, and thanked all the people who have supported this endeavor but who were unable to attend this event in person.    

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Camera Program


The Enfield Police Department has finished the first phase of the Enfield Joint Operations Center. During this phase, five poles containing cameras were brought online and the corresponding computer equipment installed. During the installation, and in the hours and days immediately following, the cameras were used to address several criminal incidents that may very well have gone unsolved. In addition to the cameras, blue lights which are “Parking Ban Lights” were installed alongside the cameras and which will become officially operational during the next winter season.   We look forward to more successes in the near future. 

Enfield Police Department

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Register Your Doggies in June


The Town Clerk's Office would like to remind all dog owners to re-license their dogs during the month June.  Call (860) 253-6436 for questions or information on how to license by mail.  Download an order form on the Town Clerk's Webpage.
 
Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

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It's the Reading Season!  Visit the Enfield Public Library



Annual Book Sale


Friends of the Enfield Library are gearing up for their Annual Book Sale.  Join them June 7 through June 9 for a great sale! 

Friday night is the preview sale where you can pay a $5.00 entry fee (free to members) from 5:00 am to 8:30 pm.

Saturday the sale extends from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Sunday 10:00 am until 2:00 pm is the bag sale where you can buy a $5.00 or $10.00 bag and fill it with bargain books!


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Children's Programs


Thursday, June 27 is Summer Reading Kickoff!  Tickets for The Spoon Man is Out of This World are available beginning June 17.

Thursday, July 18, The Traveling Lantern Theater performs My Mother is an Astronaut.

Friday, July 19 is the Star Lab Planetarium. There will be a portable planetarium for your enjoyment.

Saturday, July 20 is the Landing on the Moon 50th Anniversary Celebration. Come celebrate with us!

Wednesday, July 24 is Digeridoo Down Under,  an Australian themed variety show.

Tuesday, July 30 is Nocturnal Animals. The Creature Teachers will bring some friends.

Monday, August 5, Mr. Magic performs out of this world magic.

Wednesday, August 14 is the Summer Reading Finale. We will have a variety of activities on the lawn to wrap up summer reading.

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Adult Programs


Wednesday, June 26 is  Instrument Lending Kickoff Program: Learn Ukulele with Julie. Julie will be bringing 25 ukuleles, or you can bring your own.
 
Monday, July 8 is Genealogy 101.  Sam will offer tips and resources for amateur geneologists.

Thursday, July 11 is Taste Testers Mary Berry Everyday. Select a recipe to prepare, share, and discuss.

Tuesday, August 6 is A Songwriter's Journey Through American Music. Angela Easterling presents a performance of her own original songs and selections of classic folk, roots, country and rock tunes.

Monday, August 12 is Bullet Journal Basics. Sam will talk about this popular organizational method.

Thursday, August 15 is Taste Testers Ruth Reichl's My Kitchen Year.  Select a recipe to prepare, share, and discuss.

Wednesday, August 28 Author and Photographer Mathew M. Duman presents an illustrated lecture showcasing his latest book, The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities

Enfield Public Library

We're Partnering with CGI Communications!


The Town of Enfield is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with CGI Communications to bring a series of professional videos to the Town of Enfield’s website.

CGI Communications is a company dedicated to serving communities and businesses across the United States.  Their mantra is "creativity, growth and inspiration" in helping towns and the businesses that plant their roots within stand apart, bring in new residents and have a positive impact on the people who live there.

CGI has worked with municipalities like ours across the nation and now it’s our turn to show what our community has to offer its residents, visitors, and business owners.  Be on the lookout for our videos to go live in the coming weeks!

Town Manager's Office

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Traveling with the Senior Center


Day Trips:


*Day trips are available for sale on or after the trip sign-up date

Newport by Land and Sea – Thursday June 13, 2019. Cost $86 per person. Sold Out!

Kennebunkport – Tuesday July 16, 2019. Cost $110 per person. Trip sign up is May 17th at 10:00 am in the dining room. Sold Out!

Aqua Turf – Kenny and Dolly Tribute Show – Monday, August 12, 2019. Cost $102 per person. Trip sign up date is June 14, at 10:00 am in the dining room.

Saratoga Raceway – Wednesday August 24, 2019. Trip cost is $87 per person. Trip sign up is June 28th at 10:00 am in the dining room.

One World Observatory and 9/11 Memorial Museum – Thursday September 19, 2019.  Cost: $117 per person.

Covered Bridges of New Hampshire- Fitzwilliam Inn – Tuesday October 15, 2019. Trip cost is $102 per person. Trip sign up date is August 16 at 10:00 am in the dining room.

Multi-Day Adventures:


Reservations are being accepted for multi-day adventures

Mackinac Island – September 24 – October 1, 2019. Pricing starts at $1,536 per person.

New York To Panama Canal Cruise – November 9 – 24, 2019. Pricing starts at $1,999 per person.

Enfield Senior Center


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The Magic Carpet is Expanding!


The Town of Enfield recently added GPS function to all our Magic Carpet and Dial-A-Ride buses, allowing easier location of the buses throughout the day.  This will allow the Town to improve route efficiency for and allow for quicker response and greater efficiently to inquiries.

Staff are working to update the two existing Magic Carpet Fixed Bus Routes. The revised Yellow Route will have new stops at Stowe, JFK, Woodside Park and Mark Twain. The Blue Route will extend east to Taylor Road and Scitico Plaza. The Yellow Line will provide service Monday – Friday and the Blue Line will provide service Monday – Saturday.  Stay tuned to Enfield Social Services for updates!

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