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Farewell to Enrico Fermi High 

The Town Manager's Office Sharing News
from the Journal Inquirer:  A Fond Farewell to Fermi


By Will Healey
Journal Inquirer

ENFIELD — For a few hours in the high heat Saturday afternoon, the front lawn of Fermi High School on North Maple Street was transformed into a reunion as more than 1,000 alumni converged for a farewell photo before the school closes its doors forever.

After the graduation ceremony this Thursday, Fermi will no longer be used as a school. Students will matriculate into the renovated Enfield High School starting this fall.
To commemorate the occasion, two alumni from the Class of 1979 hatched an idea to take one last photo at the school. Debbie Ashworth had the idea of having her class get together for one final photo before the school closed. Her classmate, Ann Panella, expanded on the idea, suggesting they open it up to all graduates, right up to the Class of 2016 — the last class that will graduate from the school. Panella has said that the photo, which would subsequently be available for alumni to purchase, was meant to commemorate the school’s legacy for posterity.

Panella and Ashworth were both pleasantly surprised with the turnout Saturday, as they weren’t sure in the days leading up to the event how many people would actually show up.

“I was really happy when I saw the cars start coming in,” Panella said. “It was really exciting, seeing car after car after car.”

Cars carrying alumni from near and far representing the different class years from the school’s 45-year history filled the parking lot and lined North Maple Street. Despite the 90-degree heat, the atmosphere was joyous and festival-like.

Congregated beneath black-and-white signs indicating their class year, alums reconnected with friends, cracking jokes and taking selfies together while a professional photographer snapped pictures from high above in the ladder-bucket of a Hazardville Fire Department truck.

Joanne Violette, a member of the first graduating class in 1972, drove up from Mystic, and said she had a great time seeing her old classmates.

“I saw some old ones I didn’t recognize, that was the best part,” she said.
Violette was there with her niece, Tori Weatherwax, a member of this year’s final graduating class. Violette was so proud of the unique connection she shared with her niece that she had a sign made up that read “First Class Fermi graduate Joanne Weatherwax Class of 1972, Last class Fermi graduate Tori Weatherwax Class of 2016.”
Tori Weatherwax, who played basketball at Fermi and will play at Mitchell College in New London this fall, said it was bittersweet to be part of the final graduating class.

Nancy Wanzer, also from the Class of 1972, traveled from Parrish, Florida to be at the event. Though her emotions were mixed, she said she was “absolutely glad” she came.
“It (the school) is just like it used to be,” she said. “I can see myself coming in and parking. It’s like it was yesterday.”

Wanzer’s stepdaughter, Lisa Cressotti —a member of the Class of 1981, also came up from Florida. Cressotti said she reconnected with several of her old friends, including Cathy Schroder, her best friend in high school and college roommate with whom she’d fallen out of touch.

“This is nice, to be back in town and reconnect with everybody,” she said.  Cresotti even ran into an old ex-boyfriend, which wasn’t the awkward reunion it can be for some former flames.

“That was actually pleasant,” she said.

Katie Dooley, from the Class of 2003, traveled from Albany, New York for what she called a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“It’s not like your high school closes everyday,” she said.  Dooley said being back rekindled fond memories from her high school days —homecoming, prom, playing on the field hockey team, and the science classes she took.
“I’m sad,” she said. “I loved Fermi.”

Jim Piekos, from the Class of 1978 — and Enfield’s “Balloon Man” — wanted to do something special that stood out, so he made a balloon arch of the number 78 with black and light blue balloons, the school’s colors. Despite some difficulty transporting the arch in the back of a pickup truck, Piekos said it was worth the effort.
“The classmates loved it,” he said. “Everyone took photos with it.”

Piekos, who has lived close to the school for 29 years, said it was sad to think he’ll no longer hear the school’s band playing or the cheering at sporting events from his house.
“There’s going to be silence,” he said.

Some even made the trek to stand-in as proxies for relatives who couldn’t be there. Dawn D’Orazio, though not an alumnus herself, drove down from Buffalo, New York to stand in for her brother, Tony D’Orazio, a member of the Class of 1990 who couldn’t make it. She stood with his class, holding a framed picture of her brother.
“He wanted someone to do a cardboard cut-out of him or something like that,” she said. “So I just popped this picture off the wall and drove down.”

After the group photo was taken, Panella shared her gratitude for all of the alums who turned out and all of the volunteers who helped make the event happen, including the Hazardville Fire Department, the Enfield Police Explorers, Enfield Emergency Medical Services, and the Fermi administration.

“It would have been impossible to make today’s photo happen without their help,” she said.


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Meet your Town Council!


The mission of the Town of Enfield Government is to provide effective and fiscally responsible municipal services in a manner which promotes a high standard of community life.

The electors of the Town of Enfield take part in the election of municipal officers on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and biennially thereafter.
Eleven members of the Enfield Town Council are elected for terms of two years in the following capacities: one councilor for District One, one councilor for District Two , one councilor for District Three, one councilor for District Four, and seven at-large, no more than four of whom shall be of the same political party.

No person shall be eligible for election to any town office who is not at the time of their nomination and election qualified to vote for that office.  Any person ceasing to be a resident and elector of of Enfield, or in the case of district councilor, their district, shall cease to hold their elective office.

The Town Council meets the first and third Monday of the month.  The have a special meeting in the Enfield Room preceeding their regular 7:00 meeting in Council Chambers.  All meetings of the council for the transaction of business are open to the public and the votes shall be recorded as prescribed in the General Statutes, as revised. Six members shall constitute a quorum, but no ordinance, resolution, or vote, except a vote to adjourn or to fix the time and place of the next meeting, shall be adopted by less than six affirmative votes

The legislative power of the town is vested exclusively in the Council. They have the power to enact, amend, or repeal ordinances not inconsistent with the Town Charter or the General Statutes of the state; to create or abolish boards, commissions, departments, and offices.  The Council may, upon recommendation of the Town Manager, contract for services and the use of facilities of the United States or any federal agency, the State of Connecticut or any political subdivision thereof, or may, by agreement, join with any such political subdivisions to provide services and facilities. 


Scott R. Kaupin, Mayor
9 Allen Street (860) 749-1820 skaupin@enfield.org

William F. Lee, Deputy Mayor & District 3
6 Stony Brook Road (860) 966-2033 blee@enfield.org

Joseph C. Bosco, District 1
74 Town Farm Road (860) 745-8662 jbosco@enfield.org

William J. Edgar Jr, District 2
32 Mathewson Avenue (860) 745-2920 w_j_edgar@sbcglobal.net

Edward N. Deni, District 4
19 Aloha Drive (860) 508-9948 edeni@enfield.org

Thomas Arnone, Councilor At-Large
5 Cartier Road (860) 745-3125 tarnone@enfield.org

Gina L. Cekala, Councilor At-Large
Grand View Drive (860) 265-2608 gcekala@enfield.org

Liz Davis, Councilor At-Large201
North Maple Street (860) 982-8250 ldavis@enfield.org

Carol A. Hall, Councilor At-Large
820 Enfield Street (860) 835-2455 chall@enfield.org

Gregory T. Stokes Sr, Councilor At-Large
10 Steele Road (860) 741-7349 gstokes@enfield.org

Donna H. Szewczak, Councilor At-Large
35 South Road (860) 763-1872 dszewczak@enfield


Town Council

Calendar


July 4 - Independence Day - TOWN HALL CLOSED


Upcoming Town Meetings


Commission on Aging Meetings
July 1, 4:00 PM @ Enfield Senior Center

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

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
July 5, 7:00 PM

Town Council - Regular Meeting
July 5, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
July 7, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ Enfield High School

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

Planning & Zoning Commission
July 7, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Enfield Conservation Commission
July 12, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Enfield Room

Commission on Aging Meetings
July 13, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Senior Center

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
July 14, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ Enfield High School

Enfield High School Building Committee
July 14, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Enfield Hight School

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

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

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
July 19, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
July 21, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ Enfield High School

Enfield High School Building Committee
July 21, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Enfield High School

Planning & Zoning Commission
July 21, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Zoning Board of Appeal
July 25, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Enfield Historic District Commission
July 27, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Enfield High School Building Subcommittee
July 28, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ Enfield High School

Enfield High School Building Committee
July 28, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Enfield High School

Enfield Revitalization Strategy Committee Meeting
July 28, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Enfield Room


Job Opportunities


DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES - YOUTH SERVICES DIVISION
 YOUTH CENTER ASSISTANT


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Responsible for assisting in the day to day operation and coordination of the Youth Center program activities. 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general direction of the Youth Services Coordinator or designee. 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Assists in the supervision of volunteers and members of the Youth Center. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Assists in supervising the daily operation of the Youth Center programs and members; utilizes a prevention and intervention framework to support and assist at-risk youth; stimulates interest and leads a variety of positive youth development activities; assists in planning and providing youth groups and clubs; carries out Youth Center policies and procedures ensuring members demonstrate appropriate behaviors; participates in staff training and team building; practices positive role model behavior; maintains a safe and clean Youth Center facility; assists in insuring the Center maintains adequate supplies; prepares daily paperwork including statistics; prepares copies and answers phones; handles youth center monies as directed; assists in field trips and outdoor activities; does related work as required; regular & punctual attendance. 

To read more about this opening, click here.
To see all job opportunities with the Town of Enfield, click here.

Human Resources

Bids and RFP's


To see all open Bids and RFP's, click here.

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Stupendous Musical Prodigies: Mozart & Mendelssohn 


The name Mozart is synonymous with the word prodigy. He certainly displayed incredible talent as a composer, pianist and violinist at a ridiculously young age. Mendelssohn is usually ignored in the conversation about prodigies, but he was no less extraordinary and topped Mozart in at least one way. He was composing masterpieces as a teenager, several years before Mozart wrote anything comparable.  Beginning with Mozart, Jeffrey Engel will compare the two youngsters and let you decide who was the more remarkable. Attend his presentation at the Enfield Public Library on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. and discover some of the wonders of musical history.  Engel is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in Torrington and a music historian and orchestral cellist, who trained in Paris and Austria before returning to the U.S. to teach.

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This July, the theme in our foyer is READ S’MORE BOOKS, a take on the campfire treat. Summer is a great time for campfires and reading, and the library is a great place to stock up on new and classic reads. Do you want the latest best seller? We have it! How about an audio book for a long car trip? Our audio collection will entertain and inspire you. If you want to take a book to the beach and not worry about getting it all sandy, come in to the library, where there’s a sale shelf full of used books at bargain prices. So whatever the reasons, no matter the season, come to the library, where we have your reading needs covered, and even s’more than that!

Enfield Public Library

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Children's Entertainment Series

Wednesday Evenings - FREE!!!
 
A special summer entertainment series for children will be held on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM at Enrico Fermi High School in the Auditorium. 
 
Animal Embassy                                          July 6, 2016
Come meet a variety of animals from around the world including a Carpet Python, Reeves Turtle, Surinam Toad and a Nigerian Euromastyx Lizard.  Learn about how they adapt to environmental challenges in their own unique way and how their habitats represent the amazing diversity of life.  An interactive and entertaining show!
 
Bryson Lang Juggling                               July 13, 2016
A high energy, captivating and creative, comedy/ juggling show for all.   This show will be full of ball bouncing, spinning rings, giant beach balls, glow balls, flying hats, and more surprises! 
 
Magic by George                                        July 20, 2016
Be part of a fun-filled show that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The audience will be amazed with the thrilling appearance of live birds, and the levitation of an audience member.  There will be lots of audience participation; and fun-family humor.
 
Bob Bloom Drumming About You               July 27, 2016
Be a part of an interactive drumming performance full of inspiring beats, cool rhythms, smooth melodies and catchy lyrics.  Audience members will be drumming along with colorful and unique drums.  A fun and entertaining experience!

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SUPER SUNDAYS AT THE ALAC POOL


In celebration of National Parks & Recreation Month the Enfield Recreation Department will be hosting special activities during open swim time on Sundays in July at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center outdoor pool!  Best of all these events are FREE with paid open swim admission.  Events will be held 12-2 PM.
 
Sunday July 3rd - Cannon Ball Contest
 
Sunday July 10th - Noodle Day
 
Sunday July 17th - Beach Ball Day
 
Sunday July 24th - Water Games and Relays
 
Sunday, July 31st  - Water Basketball
 
All regular pool rules apply.  See website for details.

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Summer Carnival 

Thursday, August 4, 2016
 
Grab your family and friends for an evening of summer amusement!  The summer carnival is a fun filled tradition, looked forward to by Enfield residents.  There will be games, inflatables, face painting, prizes and more!  A great event for children of all ages, the carnival is held at the Fermi High School tennis courts from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  Please note: No pets allowed.  Rain site: Fermi High School Gym.

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END OF SUMMER BASH

Thursday, August  11th, 12 - 3 PM

Join the Enfield Police Department, Local 798 Police Union and the Enfield Recreation Department as we celebrate the final days of summer. Don’t miss our last big event of the summer season!  Activities include...
 
· Open Swim                                  
· 30 foot Inflatable Slip and Slide
· Music with DJ Tim
· Dunk Tank
· Crash Simulator
· Youth Center Open House
· Free Cotton Candy & Popcorn (while supplies last)
 
All regular pool rules apply.  Youth 10 years and younger must be accompanied by someone at least 16 years of age or older. Anyone going in the pool must be swim tested before being allowed to swim.  The pool will open at 12:00 PM.  All regular pool rules apply.

Recreation Division


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Current Construction Project Updates Now Available Through Engineering!


The Engineering Department through DPW has now created a page to track road construction throughout town.  This page is updated weekly and the link can be found here.

Engineering Office

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Medicare CHOICES Counseling Available at Multiple Sites! 

 
Parkway Pavilion Health and Rehabilitation Center is excited to partner with The Enfield Department of Social Services to offer the public CHOICES Medicare Counseling on a monthly basis. This free 1 on 1 counseling will be occurring on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM at Parkway Pavilion, which is located at 1157 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT.
CHOICES is Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening. You will have the opportunity to meet with a professional for a half hour to discuss questions or concerns you may have about your eligibility or coverage in Medicare or Medicaid.  This professional is trained to answer questions about Medicare Part A, B, C and D as well as screen for other services and benefits you may be appropriate for.
To make an appointment, simply call Parkway Pavilion at (860) 745-1641 and request an appointment to meet with the CHOICES counselor. The first date the CHOICES Counselor will be there is June 16th!  Call to make an appointment before all appointments are taken!

Social Services

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IT'S TAX TIME AGAIN! 


The first installment of all real estate and business personal property taxes are due July 1, 2016.
 Also, all motor vehicle bills for vehicles owned on October 1, 2015 are due July 1, 2016.

If you received a bill for your home and the bill should go to your mortgage company for escrow, please put your mortgage account number on the bill and forward to your mortgage bank.  If you received the bill, they did not!

If you received a bill for a vehicle you no longer own, you must provide the Assessor’s office the CT License plate return receipt (available on the CT DMV website) with a document providing information for what occurred to the vehicle such as a affidavit bill of sale (available on the CT DMV website); a letter from insurance describing the vehicle if a total loss with the date of loss; statement of donation; statement from a junk company; copy of first  permanent out of state registration; etc.

All bills must be paid by August 1, 2016 to avoid 1 ½ interest from the due date. 
If you have a vehicle that you owned on October 1, 2015 that you did not receive a bill for, please contact the Assessor’s office at 860-253-6339.  There have been many statements and press releases made by DMV on the issues of addresses with their new computer conversion at DMV. Failure to receive a bill does not eliminate your tax or interest if not paid by the due date.

All Towns in Connecticut are working with the DMV to address the problems and correct issues.  If you received a bill from a Town which you did not reside in on October 1 2015, please contact the Assessor in THAT Town.
The Town’s bank, TD Bank has a lockbox in Maine to process mailed payments.  This is a free service to the Town.

There is also a drop box located outside the Tax office door on the lower level of the Town Hall for those paying current bills by check.
The office does not process any “plastic” payments such as debit or credit card payments; there is a kiosk available for such payments. There are additional charges from the credit card processing company of 2.75% of each account paid with a minimum fee of $3.95.

You may also pay online on the Town’s website, www.enfield-ct.gov. Again, there are additional charges from the credit card processing company of 2.75% of each account paid with a minimum fee of $3.95.
Avoid the lines; submit your payment by mail! 

Assessment and Revenue Collection

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IT Upgrades

Enfield Public Schools:  Head Start wireless connection system upgraded with expected improved performance achieved.  
 
Summer will be a busy time for IT!!  We will be moving computers, printers, etc from Fermi and setting them up at Enfield High.  New equipment is being purchased for the CAD and Graphic Arts Labs, as well as setting up a brand new lab for the World Language Department.
 
SCCM EnhancementIT will be retiring our Kace appliance and moving to System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).  SCCM is a part of our Microsoft infrastructure and will assist us in remote connections to staff and student devices, cutting downtime in half.  SCCM allows us to “push down” and automate software updates and installs, as well as reduce costs.  We are just beginning to touch on the enhancements SCCM allows us!  

Information Technology

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