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From the Town Manager's Office
It's Budget Season!


Happy Spring from the Town Manager's Office.  This is a season of new beginnings, including the creation of the next budget for the Town of Enfield. The purpose of the budget is to determine what the Town should invest in for future success. It is made to reflect the needs of the Town and the abilities of staff to be successful in the upcoming year.

The Town Manager's Office prepares an annual budget for the Town Council to review and adopt at the end of the fiscal year. The Town Manager and the Finance Director work closely with the Department Directors for several months in order to first present Council with the Proposed Budget.

It is the goal of the Town Manager to maximize the resources of the Town of Enfield by identifying cost saving measures and making improvements to the budget process each year. Consideration is also taken for any amendments to the budget that will be necessary throughout the year.

The Town Manager helps the Town Council coordinate performance management for the Town of Enfield. Every year, they find ways to improve efficiency and evaluation of the budget process and the services provided to Enfield's residents.

The Town Budget is the operating plan for the entire fiscal year, running from July 1 to June 30.The Operating Budget is the portion of the budget dedicated to the ongoing operations of the town, while the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) is the portion of the budget for major capital projects.

There are many important projects that the town will have to invest in in order to continue to develop as a community.  Projects such as Thompsonville Revitalization, CT River Access and Riverfront Recapture, Transit Center, Community Center, and facility improvements will all take a significant amount of community and Town investment, both in money and human capital, making Enfield a town of the future.


Town Manager's Office



DPW

Understanding Our
Department of Public Works

 
 

The Department of Public Works strives to provide our customers with the highest quality services at a competitive cost and are committed to the highest standards of safety, integrity, excellence, and performance in dealing with residents and visitors.

The Department is split into 7 divisions- DPW Administration including ROADS/Engineering, Custodial Service/Maintenance, Buildings and Grounds Maintenance, Refuse and Resource Management, Highway Maintenance, Equipment Maintenance (Fleet), and Water Pollution Control-Each with specific functions that keep our town and our citizens running.

The Administration Division is responsible for:

•Operating and Capital Budget preparation and oversight
•Policy direction
•Personnel administration
•Public Education
•Energy Initiatives
•Safety and Environmental
•Engineering
•ROADS program
 
Custodial Service has a mission to provide an exceptionally clean and sanitary environment for Town staff, students, faculty, and visitors to Town owned buildings. There are 56 full-time and 11 part time custodians.

It is the job of Buildings and Grounds to provide a safe, clean, and attractive environment in and on all Town-owned buildings and properties. The Building and Grounds Maintenance Division is responsible for the care and upkeep of 29 buildings (totaling 1,400,000 square feet), 400 acres of parks and grounds, and 54 athletic fields. 

Refuse and Resource Management is here to provide our residents with exceptional waste collection, recycling and disposal services that protect, preserve and improve our environment and the quality of life in the community we serve. The Refuse and Resource Management Division is responsible for the collection and disposal of trash and recyclables.  Special events that are held through this division include paper shredding, household hazardous waste, textiles, etc.

Highway provides the highest quality of public service to the residents, businesses, and visitors of the Town of Enfield, in the most cost-efficient manner. These services include snow and ice removal, storm water drainage, maintenance of public roadways, as well as the maintenance of the Town's public trees. The Highway Maintenance Division is responsible for maintaining approximately 180 miles of town owned roadway, 5,000 catch basins and over 3,600 street lights.

Fleet Services provides vehicles, equipment and services to the officials and employees of the Town of Enfield so that they may provide services that promotes health, safety, well-being and quality of life to all residents.  Fleet manages 400 vehicles and pieces of equipment and 3 fueling stations.
 
The role of the Engineering Division is to manage the design and construction of all ROADS Referendum projects, Capital Improvement Program, issuing right-of-way permits for all activities within the Town's right-of-way, plan review for Development Services and developing annual and long term schedules for surface treatments on Town streets.
  
Water Pollution Control has the task of protecting public health and the environment for our communities by providing high-quality waste water-treatment services in an effective, efficient, and responsive manner. Voters approved up to $36 million for system upgrades at the November 2015 referendum.  Staff is working with CT DEEP on the final plan and state funding options.

The divisions withing the Department of Public Works make up an integral infrastructure without which, our Town would fall apart!  The next time you see one of our guys working around town, give them a big wave and a thanks for all that they do.


Department of Public Works



Calendar


April 1 - April Fool's Day


April 22 - Earth Day


Meetings


Commission on Aging Meeting
April 1, 4:00 PM @ Enfield Senior Center

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
April 5, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
April 7, 6:00 PM @ Enfield High School

Enfield High School Building Committee
April 7, 6:30 PM @ Enfield High School

Planning & Zoning Commission
April 7, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Enfield Conservation Commission
April 12, 7:00 PM @ Enfield Room

Commission on Aging Meeting
April 13, 4:00 PM @ Senior Center

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
April 14, 6:00 PM @ Enfield High School

Enfield High School Building Committee
April 14, 6:30 PM @ Enfield High School

Town Council Special Meeting
April 18, 5:30 PM @ Enfield Room

Town Council Regular Meeting
April 18, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Inland and Wetland Watercoursess Agency
April 19, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
April 21, 6:00 PM @ Enfield High School

Enfield High School Building Committee
April 21, 6:30 PM @ Enfield High School

Planning & Zoning Commission
April 21, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Ethics Commission
April 25, 7:00 PM @ Thompsonville Room

Zoning Board of Appeal
April 25, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Enfield Historic District Commission
April 27, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
April 28, 6:00 PM @ Enfield High School

Enfield High School Building Committee
April 28, 6:30 PM @ Enfield High School

Enfield Revitalization Strategy Committee Meeting
April 28, 7:00 PM @ Enfield Room



Jobs


 
DRIVER ( Part Time, Substitute) 
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES


COMPENSATION: $14.00/hr


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Responsible for transporting the general public including senior citizens and handicapped persons by bus and other Town vehicles.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the direction of the Bus Coordinator.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Regular and punctual attendance; drives a variety of Town vehicles primarily bus; operates two-way radio/cell phone; collects fees; responsible for the cleanliness of the vehicles; responsible for bringing vehicle in for maintenance.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Possession of valid CDL license Class B with P and F endorsements prior experience as a driver.


To read more, click here.


For all job opportunities with the Town of Enfield, click here.

Human Resources



RFP's


To see all open Bids and Requests for Proposal, click here.

Finance Department



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Friday, April 1: 
Yard Waste Pickup Resumes


Please remember that yard waste MUST be in the brown yard waste tipper barrels. Barrels should be placed curbside by 7 am on Fridays.

Bags will only be picked up in November during leaf season. Tipper barrels may be purchased for $60 at the Public Works Department, 40 Moody Road, Monday through Friday 8 am – 3:30 pm.

You may also purchase a yard waste tipper tag
for $12.50 for gray barrels which may be used in addition to a brown barrel.

Please see the town's website at www.enfield-ct.gov for more information and restrictions or call the Public Works Information Line at 860-763-7527.


Saturday, April 16:  
Free Paper Shredding


Free paper shredding for Enfield residents. Residential and Confidential material only. No medical records, business documents, junk mail, accordion folders, metal clips, magazines, plastic. 5 BOX LIMIT. 

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Saturday, April 16:
Waste Oil & Automotive Battery Recycling


Waste Oil and Automotive Battery Recycling free to Enfield Residents. Please ensure your oil is free of contaminants and avoid using bleach or other pool chemical bottles for storing and transporting your waste oil. 

Saturday, April 23:  Household Hazardous Waste Collection


Free Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection. This includes: pesticides, herbicides and weed killers, fertilizers, CFL's & fluorescent light bulbs, oil-based paint, paint thinners, varnish and stains, rechargeable household batteries, hobby & photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, household cleaners & disinfectants, antifreeze, mercury. Do not bring: latex paint (including acrylic), empty aerosol cans, ammunition or explosives, propane tanks, medicines, commercial or industrial waste, tires, auto batteries, appliances or furniture, computers & electronic equipment, fire extinguishers, ANY material from businesses or institutions, waste oil. 

Refuse and Resource Management



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Photo Courtesy of Kaleb Matthews

Springtime and Fishing Season is Here!


Get your fishing license on line at https://ct.outdoorcentral.net/InternetSales/
or here in the Town Clerk office.
 
For more information, contact us at townclerk@enfield.org or 860 253 6440



Reminder-Building Pools Requires a Permit!


It is the perfect time to start thinking about what you will need to complete in order to install a pool for summer.  You don't want to miss out on any swim time!  Pull your permit today!

Building Inspection Division



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Enfield EMS and the Senior Center Team Up!


Enfield EMS continues to reach out to community members about the importance of learning CPR. 

The facts are that for children 5 years old and younger, choking is the number one cause of death, which is a scary fact for any parent or grandparent to hear. The confidence that comes with a CPR certification is priceless.

If one were to come upon a friend whose breathing or heart has stopped,  the most effective way to save that person's life is to start with CPR immediately.  Not to mention that the more people in an area that know CPR the better.  The process can be tiring and multiple people may need to switch off, employing a team effort until the ambulance (which could take minutes) arrives.

Enfield EMS was recently invited to teach CPR at the Enfield Senior Center!  All participants were eager to learn, and we had fun sharing our CPR tips and tricks with the group!  The next class at the Senior Center is scheduled for July 27th.  Visit the Senior Center and reserve your spot! 


Enfield Emergency Medical Services



IT - Making Everything a Little Easier


The Information Technology Department is working with school system on an ongoing basis! 

The Hazardville Memorial Computer lab has been reconfigured so teachers and students have easier access to each other.  Several other computer labs will be reconfigured as well.  IT and the Enfield Public Schools are taking advantage of the wireless setups and providing a highly available, easy to use and secure network for all students! 


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Did you know... the Town of Enfield now accepts credit cards at the Transfer Station? 
 


Don’t forget our Magic Carpet Bus features free Wi-Fi while travelling!

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Keep up to date with the exciting happenings in the Information Technology Department, we have opened these avenues for you: 
Twitter:  follow @enfieldITNews
IT NewsFlashes:  - http://www.enfield-ct.gov/885/Technology-News  to sign up
Sign up for Newsflashes from all departments at:  http://www.enfield-ct.gov/list.aspx


Information Technology


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New York, New York!


Enfield Adult Education is running a Bus Trip to New York City on Saturday, April  23, 2016.  The bus leaves Enfield at 7:00 a.m. and leaves New York City at 7:00 p.m.  The cost is $49 per person.  Make checks out to “Town of Enfield” and mail to Enfield Adult Education, 1010 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT  06082.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at 860-763-7032.
 
 
Tena Campanelli
Secretary, Adult Education
1010 Enfield Street
Enfield, CT  06082
860-763-7032

Enfield Adult Education



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Enfield Public Library April Vacation Children’s Activities

 
Looking for something to do this April vacation?  Visit the library for these fun free activities!

Children’s Songs and Singing Games with Roger Tincknell (ages birth-5)  Monday, April 18 at 10:30 am
Children sing, dance, move, imitate animals, play rhythm instruments and learn songs in Spanish. (Drop-in)

Jumping Clay  (ages 5 and up)  Monday, April 18 at 2:00 pm or 2:45 pm  
Aimee from Jumping Clay will teach us the basics of molding clay as we make a bluebird magnet. Space is limited.  Free ticket available at the library starting April 11.

Pete the Cat Book Party (ages 5-10) Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 am
Join us as we read our favorite Pete the Cat Books, play pin the button on Pete the Cat and make a craft. Registration for this program begins March 28th. Please note this is a repeat of the previous Pete the Cat program

Movie Matinee @ the Pearl St. Library (all ages)  Tuesday, April 19 at 2:00 pm    
Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Road Chip (Rated PG) Bring your own snacks. (Drop-in)
                                   
Sensory-Friendly Music Show  (ages 3-11) Tuesday, April 19 at 6:00pm.
Turtle Dance Music sparks children’s curiosity and imaginations through an interactive, inclusive musical performance that uses a wide range of instruments, stuffed animals, games and music technology. This 45-60 minute long program is geared for children on the Autism Spectrum.  Siblings are welcome.  Program is sponsored by Autism Happens Foundation (Drop-in)
                                      
Cool Tunes for Kids with Eric Herman (ages 3 and up) Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30 am.  His show is bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation and outrageously fun songs for the whole family.

Alice in Wonderland  (ages 5 and up) Thursday, April 21 at 2:00 pm
Lewis Carroll’s immortal classic, Alice in Wonderland is brought to life by The Hampstead Stage.

Head-to-Toe Movement Show  (ages 4 and up) Friday, April 22 at 11:00 am.  This movement-focused performance by Turtle Dance Music is designed to get kids up on their feet and moving using awesome music, original stories, incredible visuals, exciting games and interactive music technology. Free ticket available at the library starting April 11.

Lego® & Duplo® Mania (all ages) Friday, April 22 at 3:45 pm
See what you can build in an hour. Your only limit is your imagination. (Drop-in)


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Meet the Mediums


Please join us at the Enfield Public Library on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm to meet the mediums Janine Baryza-Ly and Rebecca Anne LoCicero for a discussion about the psychic aspects of their world. 
 
Janine Baryza-Ly has offered spiritual guidance and direction for over fifteen years.  She is a Minister, an author, presenter and teacher.  Author of the book Intuition, a Spiritual, Yet Practical Guide shows her devotion to enlighten everyone to their own abilities and gifts.  She is also a part of the Adventures in Manifesting with authors from the movie “The Secret”, where she shares her own spiritual awakening.  Her newest creation is a children's book of poetry, One Single Lonely Note, which reminds us that we need to work together to play a melody. 
 
Rebecca Anne LoCicero has been working for 20+ years as psychic medium. Her main presentation is “Messages from Heaven” involving direct, divine and accurate “readings” from our loved ones who have died. She is a three-time published author and can be heard throughout Connecticut on mainstream radio monthly as the guest psychic. She has appeared on “Better Connecticut” and numerous other local access channel shows and is owner of The Beyond Center. 


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Join Eamon McCarthy Earls at the Enfield Public Library


Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 pm for Twisted Sisters: How Four Superstorms Forever Changed the Northeast in 1954 & 1955. Twisted Sisters chronicles the impact of these two storms, Connie and Diane as well as a similar pair of equally destructive storms, Carol and Edna that ravaged the region just 12 months earlier. It’s an event that remaining survivors will never forget.  
 
Eamon McCarthy Earls is an author of multiple books and a tech editor, trained in geology and history. Finding inspiration in family stories, he set out to write the first book about the worst spate of hurricanes in New England's history, and to warn about future tempests. He will have books available for sale and signing.

  

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Passport to Connecticut Libraries


Your library card opens the world to you through books, audio books, music CDs and DVDs.  Now let your library card open the doors of Connecticut libraries by participating in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program!

124 Connecticut libraries are proud to participate. To celebrate National Library week, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to visit all of the participating Connecticut public libraries during the month of April. Each library has its own architecture, vibe and collection to explore and browse! The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is that it encourages residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries. 

To participate, visit either branch of the Enfield Public Library to pick up your Passport. We will stamp it and give you a token gift to get you started. Then, take your Passport along as you visit other participating libraries. At each visit, you must show your library card, and then the library will stamp your passport and give you another small gift. 

If you visit at least five participating libraries and return your passport to a participating library by May 6th, then you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $150 Visa gift card for adults (18 and up) and a $100 Visa gift card for children (under 18). This is a state-wide contest where four winners will be selected: one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited at least five libraries, and one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited the most libraries. The drawing will be held on June 1st and the winners will be informed by telephone and mailed their prize.

For more details and a full list of participating libraries, visit Facebook.com/passporttoctlibraries.


Enfield Public Library


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Street Sweeping Beginning


The Town of Enfield Public Works Department will begin street sweeping on Monday, March 28th, and should be completed by Friday, June 10th, weather permitting. Street sweeping will begin on the north side of town starting in the lake areas.

The downtown area from Sanford to N. Main is scheduled to be swept from Monday, April 18th through Friday, April 22nd.  The downtown area from N. Main to Franklin is scheduled to be swept from Monday, April 25th through Friday, April 29th. 

To make this effort as efficient as possible, we ask residents to avoid on-street parking from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when DPW crews are sweeping in your area. 

For further information, please call (860) 763-7527.  Updates will be posted on Twitter @EnfieldDPW as well as the Town's Public Works Webpage.



From the Assessor's/Tax Revenue Department:


Revaluation

The revaluation process is right on schedule for the effective date of October 1st.  This is an interim revaluation, which means that the revaluation company, Vision Government Solutions will not be going to each house in Town.  They will be reviewing those properties that have sold from October 1, 2014 to October 1, 2016. 

A review of all properties that have an open building permit will be inspected by staff or by Vision Government Solutions.  They are also reviewing commercial/industrial properties and will be conducting a full inspection on many of these properties.  Anyone who receives a letter of intent to view your property is encouraged to schedule an appointment.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 860-253-6339.


Tax Sale

The collector’s staff has begun the tax sale process for the May 24th date of auction.  Legal notices have been sent for the 64 accounts.   A webpage should be up and running soon to look at the properties amounts owed, information on the procedure and state statutes regarding a tax sale.

Delinquent Bills

The delinquent bills for 2014 grand list accounts will be out for April.  Any invoice that states “Back Tax Due” must contact the tax office or review the accounts on the webpage for additional taxes due.  Prior year’s amounts are not included on the bill.

Tax Abatement

There is still time to file for the tax abatement for the July’s billing.  This is a State program that enables those that are 65 years of age or older, or those that are social security totally disabled may apply between February 1st and May 15th  for a reduction in your tax.  The requirements beyond the age are: 

1.) You must own the property on the assessment date of October 1, 2015.  
2.) You must reside in the property that you are applying for the program for. 
3.) You must be under the income limits set by the State of Connecticut;
      a.) If married during 2015, income under $42,900.
      b.) If single, income under $35,200. These income limits also include
            your social security benefits.

Please contact Neighborhood Services for an appointment to apply for this tax reduction at 860-253-6396, you must also submit your income tax form IRS 1040 and/ or all income statements at the time of your appointment so that copies may be obtained.

Exemption and abatement applications and further information is located on the Assessor’s webpage under “Exemptions”.


Assessment and Revenue Collections



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Enfield Adult Day Center Yankee Candle Fundraiser Contest Winners 

 
The Enfield Adult Day Center located at 1A Beech Road, Enfield, CT 06082 (next to Mark Twain Congregate Living) had a Yankee Candle Fundraiser during the month of February and the recipients of the contest for the top sellers and the winners are Edward Thomas as top seller and Jim Williamson in 2nd place.  We appreciate all of your support. 
 
The Adult Day Center provides social and educational activities, exercise programs and entertainment options to frail elders in need of support. “Each care plan is personalized based on a client’s individual needs, and all care plans are enhanced by exercise, entertainment, and stimulating social activities,” said Paula Vaicekauskas, RN, BSN Director of the Enfield Adult Day Center. The Enfield Adult Day Center has been providing service to the community for over 21 years.
 
 
For more information call the Adult Day Center 860-763-7537.


Enfield Adult Day Center


Open Swim at JFK Middle School!


Saturdays, April 2-May 14 except April 23
From 1:45-3:45

Fee:  Youth: $.50 Residents/$1.00 Non-residents
          Adult: $ 1.00 Residents/$1.50 Non-residents
          Family: $2.00 Residents/
          $2.50 Non-Residents

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Summer Picnic Packs


Picnic packs are available to Enfield residents to use for a maximum of three days. Payment and proof of residency is required to secure your reservation.  Reservations must be made in person at the Recreation Department at least 24 hours in advance of equipment pick up.   Payment is by cash or check only.  Fee: $12.00 plus a $20.00 refundable deposit.


Picnic packs are very popular and it is highly suggested that reservations are made as far in advance as possible to help ensure you can get a pack for your desired date.


Rental equipment includes:


Croquet – Badminton – Wiffleball – Lawn Games - Horseshoes – Frisbee – Sports Balls - Throw Down Bases – Volleyball/Badminton Net


Picnic packs will be available  April 29, 2016 - September 26, 2016

Reservations can be made beginning on March 11, 2016


Equipment may vary based on availability.


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Youth Open Gym Basketball
 

For ages 7 - 18 years old - a great option for youth looking to shoot some hoops while school is out!  This program is for Enfield youth only.  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, no pre-registration is required.
 
Date: Tuesday & Thursday, April 19 & 21, 2016
 
Time:     9:30 – 11:30 AM, ages 7 – 10 years old        
                11:30 – 1:30 PM, ages 11 – 14 years old
                  1:30 – 3:30 PM, ages 15 – 18 years old
 
Fee: $1.00 per person/per day        
 
Location: Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym

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Indoor Obstacle Course


Ages 6- 12 years old - Experience the excitement of going over, under and in-between the challenging activities of our indoor obstacle course. 

Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate and a small prize.  Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  No more than 3 children per adult is allowed.  This is a drop in program, no pre-registration is required.
 
Date: Friday, April 22, 2016
 
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM, ages 6 - 8 years old
              11:00 - 12:00 PM, ages 9 - 12 years old
 
Fee: FREE
 
Location: Angelo Lamagna Activity Center


Enfield Recreation Division



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Magic Carpet 100,000 Rider


On March 25, 2016, The Town of Enfield Magic Carpet fixed bus route celebrated its 100,000 rider, Linda Eaton!  Standing with her is Dawn Wilcox, one of the Magic Carpet drivers.


Magic Carpet Bus Service 


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Babysitter Safety 101 Course

Monday, April 18

This is an entry level course for ages 10-15 years. The course is 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. Limit 14. Pre-registration is required for this program. 

Recreation Division


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Enfield Senior Center News


The Enfield Senior Center has adapted to changes in technology by making improvements to the teaching methods and rebooting the Technology Café. We instruct in three ways:

1.  Teaching model – The classes are taught with an instructor, either a peer, student or community volunteer or remotely on the Apple TV.

2.  Self-teaching – We have installed Sip and Swipe Café, a self-guided app, and YouTube videos.

3.   Collaborative  - Older adults meet in affinity groups such as iPad User Group, Digital Camera Group, and Android User Group to share information.
 
Some of our very popular classes are iPad, Facebook, Uber, and Streaming. We are always looking for volunteer instructors. Please contact Susan Lather at slather@enfield.org if you would like to help.

Enfield Senior Center



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Photo Courtesy of Kassie Huhtanen, Picture Enfield
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