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Posted on: January 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Community Update from Town Manager Christopher Bromson 1/15/2021

Library 

We are happy to announce that Building and Grounds has just installed an outdoor shelter near the book drops for curbside pickup. The covered shelter will allow us to put items out for pickup even in the rain and snow. The purchase of this shelter was made possible through the Everybody Learns grant we received from the State. 

Join the Library on January 26 at 6:30 PM for Maximizing Space in the Garden:  Creating More of a Good Thing with Tovah Martin, who uses her garden Furthermore as an example, as she describes how to create layers in varied habitats including the perennial, berry, and vegetable gardens. You can expect to hear many innovative ideas beyond the usual solutions. Email lsprague@enfield.org for an invitation to the Zoom presentation.  

Book Discussions

  • 1/20 Virtual Book Discussion The Other Americans 
  • 1/25 Virtual Book Discussion Convenience Store Woman 
  • 1/28 Virtual Book Discussion Providence

These titles are available in eBook format. When possible, we will also have physical copies that can be picked up at the Central Library circulation desk. 

Children’s Programs

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 for ages 2-4 will be on Facebook on Tuesdays at 9:30 AM and Storytimes for ages 4-5 will be on Facebook on Thursdays at 9:30 AM.

 

Senior Center  

We All Fit Together - Every one of you is a part of the puzzle that is the Enfield Senior Center! Decorate your puzzle piece and contribute your individual voice to form our story and complete our Enfield Senior Center puzzle. Each piece starts out blank, and in the end, all the pieces are different and fit together. You can color, paint, collage, embroider, anything to express yourself. You can be anonymous or sign your piece. Call 860-763-7425 to get your puzzle piece.

Connect & Explore Boston's Freedom Trail - LIVE through Zoom on January 19 at 2 PM. Explore Boston's Freedom Trail from the comfort of home with Tour Director, Bob Read. Registration in advance is required ($10 per household). Please email the Senior Center at seniorcenter@enfield.org to register or find the link on our Facebook page.  

Airborne Jazz Trio – Join the Senior Center on January 29 at 6 PM for a virtual concert of cool jazz, island music, swing, bebop, Latin jazz, smooth jazz and vocals. Call the Enfield Senior Center at 860-763-7425 or email us at seniorcenter@enfield.org to register. A link to the Zoom presentation will also be posted on our Facebook page. 

The following virtual programs are offered by Hartford Healthcare’s Center for Healthy Aging: 

Dementia Caregiver Series:  6 PM – 7:30 PM 

  • January 21 - Session 3: Safety in the Environment and How to Structure a Day with Activities.
  • January 28 - Session 4: Taking Care of the Caregiver and Care Options 

Healthy Brain Series: 11 AM – 12 PM 

  • January 22 - Session 3 - Benefits of a Purposeful Life: Finding Meaningful Engagement as You Age.
  • January 29 - Session 4 - Good Sleep and Brain Power: The Importance of Sleep and Your Brain.
  • February 5 - Session 5 - The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who Have Lived the Longest. 

Register for the above virtual programs by calling 1.855. HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373) or go to hartfordhealthcare.org/virtualclasses

  

Recreation 

The Recreation Division has a variety of virtual, Take it, Make it and in-person programs this New Year. Registration for in-person programming is open online. Visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation to register. Upcoming programs include:   

  • Take it, Make it Winter Wreaths: Contact the Recreation Division to reserve one of two winter wreath craft kits. Open to Enfield youth ages 5 and up, free craft kits are available while supplies last. Activities include a 3D foam Snowman Wreath (age 5 & up) or Snowy Day Sparkle Star Wreath (age 7 & up). 
  • The Cooped-Up Crafts Cart is out and about this January!  Stop by, say hi and pick up a FREE activity or two for your child!  
    • Saturday, January 23rd, 9 – 10 AM at the Lamagna Center
    • Wednesday, January 27th, 11 AM – 12 PM at the Rotary Playground 
  • New Year, New You Virtual Reboot: Tackle your new year’s goals with one or more of these FREE virtual workshops with our community partners:
    • How to Create a Budget and Savings – January 20th at 6 PM hosted by Webster Bank
    • Tips and Tricks of a Successful Job Search – January 27th at 12 PM hosted by the Goodwill Career Center.
  • DEEP C.A.R.E Winter Fishing Classes: The CT DEEP Fisheries Division C.A.R.E program is offering virtual Learn to Ice Fish classes via Zoom.  See website for complete details and how to register for one of these FREE one-day workshops. Classes will be offered at 6 PM on 1/20, 1/26, 2/1, 2/10, and 2/16. 

Our Virtual Recreation Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and contains a variety of free resources for you to use from the comfort and safety of your own home. From exercise and fitness, to enrichment activities and crafts, to virtual tours and more, we have over 50 different offerings. 

 

Social Services

Enfield Child Development Center (ECDC) continues to operate with reduced hours of 8 AM – 4 PM to ensure safety while remaining in cohorts. During our annual holiday shutdown, the custodial staff were able to wax all floors and they came out fantastic!  Since ECDC is unable to have the annual talent show this May which in previous years filled the EHS auditorium, ECDC is offering a contactless, on-line MCM fundraising opportunity for families and friends. Please see link for information: https://my.mcmfundraising.com/2021-spring-enfield-child-dev-center/enfield-cdc 

 

Community Gardens 

In November, the Town Council voted to expand the Community Gardens in Town by adding 3 new locations! The 200 garden plots spread throughout the community gardens are located at: 

  • North Main Street
  • Chapel Street
  • Enfield Public Library
  • Lafayette Park
  • Green Manor Park
  • Enfield Memorial Park – former Thomas G. Alcorn School

Please contact 860-253-6385 to reserve your garden plot today! 

 

Help Us Plan Enfield’s Future 

The Town of Enfield and the Planning and Zoning Commission have started the comprehensive planning process to update the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD).The POCD is a strategic plan that will guide land use, development, and decision making for the next 10 years. As part of the planning process, we are seeking input from the community to inform our effort and the Plan. This Community Survey offers you an opportunity to provide your thoughts and perspectives on Enfield today and the Enfield you want to be part of in the future.  

The survey only takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete—time well spent to participate in the planning of Enfield’s future. We thank you for your interest in our community and taking the time to inform the Town’s planning process.  

Enfield CT - Community Survey

 

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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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