Spring 2018 The Webletter
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Photo Courtesy of Tom Kienzler, Picture Enfield
Photo of Carl Sferrazza

Farewell, Chief Sferrazza

Chief Carl Sferrazza retired on February 28, 2018.


Sferrazza, who has served as a law enforcement officer for 38 years, will leave office after being Chief for 12 years. He started as an auxiliary officer in 1976. He served as Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief, and Chief.

Chief Sferrazza was raised in the Thompsonville section of Enfield, graduated from Enrico Fermi High School in 1976, obtained an Associate Degree from Asnuntuck Community College, a Bachelor’s Of Science in Law Enforcement from Western New England University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England University. 

Chief Sferrazza has also been given a fair share of honors, including three citations for heroism.

The Chief was emotional at his retirement party, saying that he was going to miss getting up and being surrounded by his friends every morning. “I can’t put into words how much I am going to miss working for the town and with the police officers and the department,” he said. He’s hired 55 of the 90 officers currently on the force.

“I’ve been fortunate to work and build relations with many people [in Enfield] — it’s what gets you through this job,” Sferrazza said.

In leaving official service for the Town of Enfield, he will be seen around town spending time with his family, and participating in the activities of the Mount Carmel Society, of which he has been president of since 1999.

Enfield Police Department Webpage

seniors for home repair

ENFIELD SENIOR MINOR REPAIR PROGRAM
2018 SEASON


The Senior Minor Repair Program, sponsored by the Enfield Commission on Aging, will begin the 2018 repair season on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The program will start taking requests on Monday, March 19, 2018. Requests can be made by calling 860 253-6395 (Social Services). 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 and 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. 

Social Services Department Webpage

Pine Grove Map

Roads Projects


The Town of Enfield Engineering Division keeps you up to date with the 2015 ROADS construction projects around town...

http://www.enfield-ct.gov/371/Construction-Project-Updates

Bridge Lane Map
Thompsonville Village Sign

Thompsonville Redevelopment Will Continue!


Although Governor Malloy announced that the Department of Transportation projects may be postponed indefinitely, due to budget cuts, this will not impact Thompsonville redevelopment initiatives. The transit station is just a catalyst to the Riverfront Access and North River Street project which will continue as planned.
The River Access project is being funded through a $3.4 million Federal Highway Administration grant. This for safe passage across the “high-speed” Amtrak line to get people to the Connecticut Riverfront. The bulk of this money is being used for riverfront improvements including the construction of a multi-purpose path, i.e. bike or walking path from Freshwater Pond to the Riverfront, utilizing the existing underpass. A contract was signed in December to develop construction plans for the project. Archaeological surveying and geo-tech drilling and wetlands delineation is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.
In addition, last summer, Eversource signed an “Access Agreement” with the Town to allow Environmental Site Assessment work to be done to determine the extent of contamination on the North River Street project. A contract has been signed with TRC Solutions who will begin performing the work. Once complete Town officials will meet with Eversource and the Federal Transit Administration to discuss the best way for the Town to acquire the property and address the contamination issues. This piece of the project is funded through a Federal Transit Administration Grant, therefore not affected by the Connecticut State budget.
Stay tune for more updates on the redevelopment of Thompsonville and what’s to come in the future.

Development Services Webpage

Veggies

Join the 2018 Enfield’s Regional Farmers Market!


We will be celebrating the Farmers Market’s fifth season this year and are looking to grow even bigger.

We want to connect area residents to enjoy local crafts, foodie specialties and produce to foster community, while creating healthier eating habits to enhance the quality of life in Enfield and throughout area communities who visit us. The market preserves our agricultural heritage by supporting these hardworking artisans, chefs, bakers, and farmers.

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 4-8 p.m.  Food trucks will be welcomed this season to park near the market.
 
To become a market vendor in 2018 for free and/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 developmentservices@enfield.org or at (860) 253-6385.               

Spring Cleaning Sign

Enfield Emergency Medical Services reminds everyone: “Careful with your Spring clean-up and power tools!” 

By Chief Gary Wiemokly


One of the joys of spring weather is getting out of the house and starting to prepare for the fun summer months ahead!  That often includes house and yard clean-up and chores we couldn’t get to over the winter months.
 
Plan ahead when you can.  Get those long dormant power tools refreshed for safe operation.  It doesn’t matter if you are a do it yourselfer or take them into a pro.  Making sure your power equipment is in peak operating condition not only makes the job easier, it makes them safer as well!  You certainly do not want any loose blades, belts, gears or choppers can turn your weekend in the yard into a weekend in the emergency department!
 
Be sure to follow manufacturer’s recommendations for safe operation and please do not remove safety devices.  EMS frequently sees power tool injuries, and if the safety device had been in place the injury would not have happened or would not have been as bad.  Play it safe!
 
Use additional safety equipment as the tool and job dictates.  Eye protection, hearing protection, sturdy gloves, and proper footwear can go a long way toward safety and injury prevention!  Young children should never be allowed to be near or “assist” with the operation of power equipment.
 
Whatever you’re doing outside this spring, play it safe and plan ahead.  As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention…

Emergency Medical Services Webpage

Phishing-Don't Get Hooked

News from Information Technology


Security Awareness “Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”
 
Phishing attacks can occur in various ways.  The aim and the precise mechanics of the scams vary: victims might be tricked into clicking a link through to a fake webpage with the aim of persuading them to enter personal information. Other campaigns involve tricking people into downloading and installing malware providing the attacker with much more immediate profit and corrupting your device. 
 
All of the Town staff have been appropriately trained to keep our network safe.  Keeping our network safe to protect the Town’s info is our #1 priority! And it should be yours too!  You can keep your home network safe by: 

  1. Hovering over embedded links in messages to check the website you’re being led to.
  2. Checking the From field carefully to validate the sender.  The email address may be a spoofed one. 
  3. Do not unsubscribe to emails.  It is safer to delete the email.
  4. Never clicking links that ask for personal information.  Call the person and ask if they sent the message and if that information is really necessary.
  5. Asking yourself if you’re expecting an email from someone vacationing in London.  If not, it’s probably a phishing attempt and delete the email. 

 
This link will give you information on How to Avoid Cyber Attacks
 
Because our computers play such critical roles in our lives, and we input and view so much personally identifiable information (PII) on them, it’s imperative to maintain computer security that ensures the safe processing and storage of our information. 

Coco movie picture

Library Happenings...


Children’s Program:

On Friday, March 16th at 6:30 pm, Join us for Family Movie Night.  We’ll be watching Coco.   It’s drop-in, and attendees can bring blankets and snacks. 

Adult Programs:

Thursday, March 8 at 2:30 pm Metropolitan Opera Adventures  Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Rossini's Semiramide.  Then see the Metropolitan’s live broadcast on Saturday, March 10 at Enfield Cinemas.  A great way to experience the wonders of opera without leaving Enfield.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

SRL Irish Dance Academy is coming to the Enfield Public Library on Wednesday, March 14th at 4:00 pm. Join us and get your Irish on just in time for St Patrick's Day. The program will feature performances by SRL's talented students, history and information about Irish dancing, and a mini-lesson for all ages.

Thursday, March 29 at 2:30 pm Metropolitan Opera Adventures  Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Mozart's Così fan tutte.  Then see the Metropolitan’s live broadcast on Saturday, March 31 at Enfield Cinemas.  A great way to experience the wonders of opera without leaving Enfield.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

 "Life on Parole,” a PBS Frontline documentary about Connecticut's efforts to change parole laws and curb recidivism, will be shown in a screening on April 18 at 7:00 pm at the Enfield Public Library.  The event is presented by the Institute for Municipal & Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University, the UConn Humanities Institute and Hartford Listens. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the producer.

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Enfield Library Webpage


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SPRING 2018 PROGRAM REGISTRATION


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 starts on Friday, February 23rd at 9:00 AM. Non-Resident Registration begins Friday, March 2nd at 9:00 AM. Spaces are limited and fill quickly so register early!

Field hockey sticks

SPRING FIELD HOCKEY CLINIC


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 – May 23, 5:45 PM – 7:15 PM at the Enfield High School turf field.  Fee is $22.00 Resident/$27.50 Non-Resident.  Pre-registration is required.  For more details contact the Recreation Office at 860.253.6420 or visit us on the web at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation.

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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 - June 6 from 5:00-5:45 PM at Parkman School Gym, 165 Weymouth Road. Fee is $70.00 Resident/$80.00 Non-Residents.  For more details contact the Recreation Office at 860.253.6420 or visit us on the web at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation.

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 – June 6 from 5:50-6:50 PM at Parkman School Gym, 165 Weymouth Road.  Fee is $70 Residents/$80 Non-Residents.  For more details contact the Recreation Office at 860.253.6420 or visit us on the web at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation.

babysitter with kids

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, 2018, 9:00 AM -1:00 PM at Angelo Lamagna Activity Center.  Fee is $49.00 Resident/$61.25 Non-Resident.  For more details contact the Recreation Office at 860.253.6420 or visit us on the web at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation.

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, 2018 2:00 – 5:00 PM at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. Fee is $49.00 Resident / $61.25 Non-Resident. For more details contact the Recreation Office at 860.253.6420 or visit us on the web at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation

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LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION COUSE


In 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.  For more details contact the Recreation Office at 860.253.6420 or visit us on the web at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation.

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. 

Yoga class

YOGA!!!


No matter if you have never taken yoga or you’ve been practicing for years, this class is for you!  Release stress and improve personal well-being this spring.  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, March 27 – May 22, 2018 (no program on 4/10) from 6:15-7:30 PM at Parkman School Multipurpose Room, 165 Weymouth Road. Fee is $37.50 Resident/$47.00 Non-Resident.  For more details contact the Recreation Office at 860.253.6420 or visit us on the web at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation

Dr Seuss Event March 2 at Henry Barnard School
Grandparents support group at FRC
Parents as Teachers with FRC
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