Winter 2019-2020 The Webletter
Town Attorney Maria Elsden
Town Attorney Maria Elsden

Town Attorney Maria Elsden
Retires after 30 Years of Service


On January 3, 2020, Attorney Elsden retires from the Town of Enfield after 30 years of dedicated service.

Maria was hired in 1990 as an Assistant Town Attorney.  She officially assumed the responsibilities of Enfield Town Attorney on Jan. 7, 2019 after having been the Acting Town Attorney since September of 2018.

A graduate of Western New England College, School of Law where she was a member of the Law Review, Maria is a prior member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and former board member of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys.  For 30 years, Maria's impeccable record, sound judgement, and concentrated work ethic has benefited the Enfield Town Council and our residents.  She will be sorely missed, but we wish her well in her retirement.

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Refuse Collection Holiday Schedule



Christmas and New Year’s Holidays:


Pickup for residents with Wednesday and Thursday
rubbish/recycling pickup for both weeks will be delayed one day. Monday rubbish pickup will be on
Monday, Tuesday pickup will be on Tuesday, Wednesday pickup will be on Thursday and Thursday pickup will be on Friday for both weeks.

The Transfer Station:


Closed December 25 for the Christmas holiday and reopening on December 26.
Closed January 1 for the New Year’s holiday, reopening on January 2, 2020.

Yard waste collection will resume in the spring of 2020.
If you need additional information and for updates, please call the DPW hotline at 860-763-7527 between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.

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Residential Sand Barrel Locations


Alden Ave. & Hartford Ave. intersection (church parking lot)

Alden Ave. & Enfield Street intersection

Asnuntuck Street & Prospect Street intersection in Parking Lot

Central Library near Dumpsters

College Street & Church Street intersection

Crescent Lake

DPW Building @ 40 Moody Road

EMS Building (back parking lot)

High Street in the Old Senior Center Parking Lot

John Street

Jondot Drive & Bridges Road intersection

Neelans Road & Kimberly Drive intersection

Pleasant Street & Chapel Street intersection

Powder Hill Road & Abbe Road intersection

Prior Road & Wagon Road intersection

Prudence Crandall School on Brainard Road

Roy Street (north side) & Booth Road intersection

School Street & Hazardville Park Building

South Road & Raffia Road (crossing guard parking area)

Sunset Drive & Enfield Street intersection

Taylor Road & Sheridan Road intersection

Town Hall Parking lot (2 barrels)

West Shore Drive

Weymouth Road in the Fire Department Parking Lot

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Snow Removal Reminder


The Town Enfield would like to remind residents of the number of media outlets that DPW utilizes 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), ETV, the Town’s website http://www.enfield-ct.gov and local television and radio stations. End of storm notifications are also posted on Enfield TV.

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 Town countdown clock located on the Town’s website at

http://enfield-ct.gov/891/Sidewalk-Clearing-Countdown-Clock

The Department of Public Works website also has additional resources, including FAQs on snow removal and a link to the Town of Enfield Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Control Plan.

Social Services Director Cindy Guerreri
Cindy Guerreri, Director of Social Services

Welcome Social Services Director Cindy Guerreri


Cynthia Guerreri, MSW became the Director of Social Services on November 12, 2019.   She succeeds Acting and former Director of Social Services, Pam Brown.

Cindy has experience with programs that assist infants, school age children, and our elderly residents.  She has innovative ideas and has goals to search for efficiencies in providing services to our children, residents and the public at large.

Cindy has been the Founder and President of Essential Outcomes, LLC, a consulting firm providing professional coaching, collective impact planning, evaluation and metrics, governance structure design, and other resources for nonprofits, community collaboratives, school districts and municipalities.

Cindy earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Monmouth University in New Jersey and her Masters of Social Work Degree from New York University in New York.
Cindy resides in Tolland and is married with two older children. 

Winter Highlights at Your Library


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Take Your Child to the Library Day


Come find out what your library has to offer you and your children on February 1!


9:00 am-noon Book drawings, “Guess How Many?” contest, decorate a heart with your                                   favorite book and make your own bookmarks.

10:00 am Playful Engineers Teaching artist and engineering enthusiast Jay Mankita will present a hands-on workshop where kids will have a chance to design, build, test, and play with chain reactions. 

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Caring for Your Aging Parents

Wednesday, February 26 at 6:30 pm


As adult children take on care giving responsibilities for their parents, they begin to manage their loved one’s finances, living situations, health issues, medical decisions, and other daily activities.  Learn more about the impact on the physical and emotional health of caregivers and community resources to prepare for the care giving journey.  

Presented by Jennifer McCaughey, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging.  Sponsored by North Central District Health Department.

Migratory Bird Stamp

Federal Duck Stamps Available in the Town Clerk's Office 


One of the easiest ways that anyone can support bird habitat conservation is by buying Federal Duck Stamps - among the most successful conservation tools ever created to protect habitat for birds and other wildlife.

While waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older are required to purchase them, anyone can contribute to conservation by buying Duck Stamps. In addition to serving as hunting license and conservation tool, a current Federal Duck Stamp is also a free pass into any  national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee. Because nearly all of the proceeds are used to conserve habitat for birds and other wildlife, birders, nature photographers and other outdoor enthusiasts buy Duck Stamps to help ensure that they can always see wildlife at their favorite outdoors spots.

Federal Duck Stamps are sold at many sporting goods stores and other retail locations - both large and small - that sell sporting and recreation equipment. You can also buy them at many  national wildlife refuges, and online through  Amplex. As an added convenience, especially for hunters, the E-Stamp program allows you to buy a Duck Stamp online and instantly obtain a printable receipt good for 45 days, within which time a physical Duck Stamp is mailed to you.

Sporting licenses and stamps for the 2020 season are now available for purchase in this office or online at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting.


Seasonal Safety from the Enfield Police Department


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Package Delivery Safety


The Enfield Police Department is pleased to share some tips to help promote the safety and security of packages being delivered this holiday season:

  • Send packages to your place of business when someone will be on site to receive them;
  • Sign up to receive notifications when a package delivery has been made to your home;
  • Ask a neighbor to retrieve packages placed on your doorstep, especially if you will be away from home for an extended period;
  • Track the status of your package delivery online;
  • Require a signature for any deliveries;
  • Install a security camera.
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Winter Driving Safety


The onset of the winter driving season reminds us to be extra vigilant behind the wheel.  Please adjust your speed and following distance to mirror the conditions that you encounter, leave extra time for your travel, and be reminded that Connecticut law requires that snow and ice be removed from vehicles before their operation on the roadway. A safe and happy holiday season is our wish to all!

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Canine Training


Officer Christopher Dufresne and his Canine Partner Kodi will be attending the Connecticut State Police narcotics detection academy overt the next eight weeks.  While Kodi is already an extremely valuable “member” of our department as a patrol canine, this cross training will allow Kodi to sniff out various drugs which include heroin, crack cocaine, MDMA, and methamphetamines, making him even more effective in his duties.     Upon the completion of this program the Enfield Police Department will have four canines, all of whom will be narcotics detection trained.

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Magic Carpet

Route Expansion

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The Magic Carpet Routes have expanded!  These new route changes will expand our service area while reducing redundancy and improving timeliness.  The map and schedule for the new route can be found on the Town of Enfield Website.  Maps for the new route can be obtained from 110 High St, and will be available on all Magic Carpet buses.  Please call 860-272-3545 with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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Wintertime Recreation



PLAYGROUP


Playgroup is a great opportunity for your child to play and explore with educational toys and games. Playgroup is for those ages birth to 5 years old. Parents and caregivers are able to meet and socialize with others from town and the surrounding communities. Playgroup is ongoing and does not require preregistration. Please note that a participant waiver must be on file with the instructor which can be filled out the first day attended. There is no playgroup when there is a parking ban or school is delayed or closed due to weather. The program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, October 2, 2019 – May 15, 2020 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym (see website for no program dates). There is no cost for this program and is open to both residents and non-residents.

PICKLEBALL


Adult open gym pickleball is a great way to stay active and socialize during the cold winter months. Players arrange and play in pick-up games with other participants. Beginners and experienced players are all welcome. A participant waiver must be on file and can be filled out the first time attended. These are drop-in programs, so preregistration is not required. There is no pickleball when schools are closed due to weather. Daily fee is $3.00 residents / $4.00 non-residents and all participants must be 18 years of age or older. See website for no program dates.

Morning Pickleball: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, October 16, 2019 – May 8, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Enfield Annex Gym.
Evening Pickleball: Tuesdays, December 3, 2019 – April 28, 2020 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Enfield Annex Gym.

BASKETBALL


Enfield Recreation 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. These are drop-in programs, so preregistration is not required. There is no basketball when schools are closed due to weather. Daily fee is $3.00 residents / $4.00 non-residents and all participants must be the posted age to participate. See website for no program dates.
20 and Over: Wednesdays, December 4, 2019 – April 29, 2020 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Enfield Annex Gym.
40 and Over: Saturdays, October 5, 2019 – June 13, 2020 from 8:00 – 11:00 AM at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym.

ADULT VOLLEYBALL


Open gym volleyball for adults 18 years of age and older is held on Wednesdays, November 20, 2019 – April 8, 2020 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Eli Whitney School Gym (see website for no program dates). 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. This is a drop-in program, so preregistration is not required. Daily fee is $3.00 residents / $4.00 non-residents.

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL


Open gym volleyball for Enfield residents in high school will be held on Mondays, December 2, 2019 – March 16, 2020 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Eli Whitney School Gym (see website for no program dates). There is no volleyball when schools are closed. Participants must show school ID to participate in addition to having a program waiver on file at the gym. This is a drop-in program, so preregistration is not required. Daily fee is $2.00 per person. Open to Enfield residents only.

YOUTH OPEN GYM BASKETBALL


Enfield Recreation is offering a December vacation open gym basketball program for Enfield youth ages 7 to 18 years old. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No more than 3 children per adult is allowed. Participants must wear sneakers and should bring their own basketball. A limited supply of basketballs will be available for use. This is a drop-in program, so preregistration is not required. The program will run on Monday, December 30, 2019 at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym. Fee is $1.00 per participant.

Ages 7-10: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Ages 11-14: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ages 15-18: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Stay Warm this Winter with the Senior Center!


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Richie Mitnick & Joe Saimeri:
A Tribute to Tom Jones and Englebert

Friday, December 6 | 6:00pm - $10 per person


Take a musical journey featuring great songs such as After the Loving, Delilah, She’s a Lady, Help Yourself, The Way it Used to be, The Green Green Grass of Home, and more! Come to the Senior Center to buy a ticket (includes dessert and coffee.

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Dukes of Hazardville
Friday, January 17 | 6:00pm - $10 per person


This popular local band plays a wide variety of hits from the 60’s and 70’s. Listen to Roy Orbison, The Animals, Bobby Darin, and many more. Spend a fun night with us for just $10. Includes dessert and coffee. 

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Rock Solid Alibi
Friday, February 21 | 6:00pm - $10 per person


Get ready to Rock n’ Roll with this American Rock band based in CT! Enjoy songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Now. This power trio serves Rock & Roll, straight up, in a dirty glass.

Winter Movies


POMS
Friday, December 20 | 1:30pm – 4:00pm, $2 at the door
POMS is a comedy about a group of women, Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston, Alisha Boe, Phyllis Somerville and Rhea Perlman, who form a cheer leading squad at their retirement community, proving that you’re never too old to “bring it!”


Yesterday
Friday, January 10 or 31 | 1:30pm – 4:00pm, $2 at the door
One day a struggling musician, Jack, was nobody. Everything was perfectly normal. Until on that one day, a global power outage occurred, affecting everything. The very next day, Jack discovers that he is the only one in the world who remembers The Beatles. Whilst trying to wrap his head around what is happening, Jack finds himself on a journey to figure out what happened on that one night, and to bring back joy and the memory of the one band from yesterday.

 
Afternoon Book Chats
The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Wednesday, December 11 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Cookie maker Hannah Swensen, decides to investigate when Ron La Salle, the beloved delivery man from The Cozy Cow Dairy is found murdered behind her bakery.

 
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Wednesday, January 8th | 2:30pm – 3:30pm
After erroneously receiving a mysterious letter about a large inheritance, Hal attends the deceased's funeral and realizes that something is very, very wrong.

 
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Wednesday, February 12th | 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Addie Baum was born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their children. Dreaming of going to college, Addie wants a career and to find true love. Now eighty-five, Addie tells the story of her life to her granddaughter. 

Anastasia at the Bushnell
January 18, 2020


This beloved film is now a musical! Follow a brave young woman as she sets out to discover the mystery of her past. After the show, enjoy dinner at the USS Chowder Pot IV with the selection of Broiled Salmon, Baked Stuffed Shrimp, or Chicken Cordon Blu. Cost: $177 per guest. 

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Jesus Christ Superstar
February 29, 2020


This musical follows the extraordinary final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. After the show, enjoy dinner at the USS Chowder Pot IV with the selection of Shrimp Scampi, Baked Stuffed Scrod, or Chicken Piccata. Cost: $178 per guest

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Tropical Costa Rica
February 10 – 18, 2020


Highlights: San Jose, Coffee Plantation, Guanacaste, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Choice of Tour, Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal Cruise, Can Negro Refuge, and Zarcero. This is a 9 Day trip. Cost: $2,599.

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Australia & New Zealand
February 22 – March 13, 2020


Highlights: Sydney, Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbor, 15 night cruise on Holland America’s Noordam, Melbourne, Port Arthur, Tasmania, Fjordland National Park, Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Wellington, Gisborne, Tauranga, Coromandel Peninsula, and Auckland. This is a 21 Day trip. Cost: $5,899.

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AARP Tax – Aide Program
Monday, February 2 – April 13 | 9:00am – 3:00 pm by appointment only


From February to April, IRS-trained AARP volunteers completed Federal and State income tax returns at no charge for seniors aged 60 and over. This service is intended for the completion of average tax returns.
Call the Senior Center office for appointments:  860-763-7425
*No appointments February 17*

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