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In accordance with Executive Order 7NNN, issued on August 14th, any person in a public place in CT, whether indoors or outdoors, must wear a mask or cloth face-covering, unless they are able to maintain an appropriate social distance of 6 feet. If a person is unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition, they are exempt from the order however MUST provide written documentation from a licensed medical provider, the Department of Developmental Services or any other state agency that is qualified to do so. Please be mindful of this as you spend time in our Town.
Enfield’s Regional Farmer’s Market
This Sunday, August 23rd, the Farmer’s Market continues on the Town Green between 10 AM and 1 PM. Please join us and visit over 30 vendors to buy some fresh produce, delicious sweets, and handmade craft items. The farmer’s market will run on Sundays through September 27th. Hope to see you there!
We are pleased to share that the Town has been awarded a LOTCIP grant in the amount of $847,200 for the continuation of the current multi-use path along Town Farm Road. This grant will fund the entirety of the construction cost for the installation of the path. This project will continue the current multi-use path that is between Post Office Road and Abbe Road and the new section will now continue from Abbe Road and extend to Broad Brook Road. The total length of the multi-use path will be 1.95 miles upon the completion of the new segment. This path will be 10 feet wide with a 4-foot-wide snow shelf matching the existing multi-use path. Additionally, we have Sharrow bike markings on Fletcher Road to the Somers Town line and on Post Office Road to Enfield Street. This grant will complete the remaining gap of the east west connection from Somers to State Route 5 in Enfield. This project is aligned with the Town’s Complete Streets Policy by committing to all modes of transportation including but not limited to pedestrians and cyclists.
The Enfield Child Development Center has had a very successful summer and all the children, families and staff have stayed healthy! We were able to have a magician, mad scientist, and a music therapist perform the children outdoors while socially distancing. Staff is now preparing for fall enrollment and accommodating our school age children with hybrid schooling.
The Family Resource Center (FRC) has begun distribution of the 1300 LEGO Activity kits to ECDC, Youth Services, FRC families, families who utilize the Enfield Food Shelf, and the Enfield licensed home day care providers. The kits have been extremely well received by all and parents commented on how grateful they were to have some new materials for their children to use. Outdoor Learning through Playgroups has wrapped up for the summer and staff are continuing to facilitate virtual playgroups as well as Circle of Security groups and the Grandparent and Parent Support Groups.
In the past month, Youth Service staff have participated in several virtual trainings and conferences (CADCA, NATCON, CREC, etc.) that amplify their prevention work, strengthen response to crisis situations, and learn about the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing as well as service delivery. Youth Services continues to provide counseling and case management services via telehealth. Staff are developing a virtual psychoeducational group for youth who are caught using substances and plan to implement the group this fall. We are also in the beginning planning stages to provide onsite support for students struggling with virtual learning. The Youth Center has 39 enrolled members and continues to run 3 groups consisting of two classrooms and one gym cohort of youth. The Youth Center offered the summer snack and dinner program through CRT and service 200 meals.
The Enfield Youth Council continued to run radio interviews and partnered with ACC to develop a podcase on substance misuse prevention. The Council is also working on a podcast series on the impact of COVID-19 in the community including a youth perspective. The Youth Council partnered with the Adult & Community Elderly Services Coordinator to create lawn signs with an uplifting message “Brighter Days Ahead”.
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