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Holiday Calendar


December 21 - Winter Begins
December 24 - Hanukkah Begins
December 25 - Christmas
December 26 - Kwanzaa Begins
                         Town Hall Closed in Observance of Christmas
December 31 - New Year's Eve

January 01 - New Year's Day
January 02 - Town Hall Closed in Observance of New Year's
January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Town Hall Closed
January 28 - Chinese New Year

February 02 - Groundhog Day
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 20 - Presidents' Day - Town Hall Closed
February 27 - Eastern Orthodox Lent Begins

Job Openings


TOWN OF ENFIELD
JOB DESCRIPTION
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.

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS: May be responsible for transporting youth to and from
activities.

For more information about this position, click here.

To see all job opportunities with the Town of Enfield, please click here.

RFP's


To view all open Bids and Requests for Proposals, please click here.

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Festival of Trees!


Date:  December 14, 2016
Time:  6:30 PM
Address:  104 Middle Rd

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Join us for the opening reception of our gallery of handmade trees, Join us for a Carole Sing at 6:45 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the Enfield Culture and Arts Commission.

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Budget Season is Coming...


The Town of Enfield will be discussing and putting together the 2017/2018 budget soon.  All residents are encouraged to take part in this process - your voice matters!

Throughout the budget season, the Town of Enfield holds Q&A's and Public Informational Meetings up until the budget is set in late spring. Signing up for Notify Me.  and subscribing to the topics that most interest you, notification will be forwarded via text or e-mail. 

We look forward to hearing from you this budget season!

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Shop with a Cop 2016


The Enfield Police Department has been selected to host the "Shop with a Cop" on Thursday, December 8.  The program unites at-risk kids with officers for an evening in an unconventional/non-confrontational setting.  The plan is to bring 50-70 kids together with the same number of police officers at Asnuntuck Community College to share a meal, enjoy some entertainment and meet with Santa.  Afterwards, the police proceed in a procession to the Target store where they are reunited with their child partner to help the child shop for gits for the child's family.

VISION

Assessor’s Office
ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS
REVALUATION 

 
All impact notices with the 2016 Revaluation values have been mailed.  If you would like to discuss this value or you feel a review is needed you must contact Vision Government Solutions at www.vgsi.com/schedules, by appointment only.  You may also call Vision toll free at 1-888-844-4300 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Please do not call the Assessor’s Office to schedule a meeting.

Your assessment represents 70% of October 1, 2016 market value, unless it is classified in whole or in part as farm, forest, or open space. Farm, Forest and Open Space assessments are reflected on your notice. 

Assessment exemptions (for example: Veteran’s exemptions) are not reflected in the assessment that you have received, but will be applied to the final assessment for billing in July.

Please do not apply the current tax (mill) rate to your new assessment, as doing so will result in an inaccurate calculation.  The new mill rate will be determined by the Town and our Fire Districts in the spring of 2017.

You may review your new assessment on the Vision Government Solutions web site: http://gis.vgsi.com/enfieldct.

There is also a link to the values on the Assessor’s webpage is www.enfield-ct.org .   All properties may be searched. 

You as the property owner are encouraged to review the data for your property. 
If you wish to appeal your assessment after the informal hearing process is complete, you must file a written appeal to the Enfield Board of Assessment Appeals on the prescribed Board of Assessment Appeals form on or before February 20, 2017.  The forms are available on the Assessors webpage or from the Assessor’s Office in the Enfield Town Hall.

Tax Office:
The second installment of real estate and business personal property accounts will be mailed to the property/ business owner or sent to your bank/lender for payment if requested.

If you receive a bill that should have gone to a bank /lender, PLEASE FORWARD THE BILL TO THEM. 

Supplemental Motor Vehicle bills are for vehicles registered on or after October 2, 2015 and before August 1, 2016.  These accounts are prorated based on the amount of months from the month registered through September 30, 2016.  If you changed your license plate from a previously owned vehicle to your newly registered vehicle you should see a credit applied to your new vehicle for the overpayment on the old vehicle.
As always, if you have disposed of a vehicle and not transferred plates to another vehicle, we require the cancellation receipt of the returned plate to DMV as well as the appropriate documentation of the disposal of the vehicle; such as an affidavit bill of sale (available on DMV website), registration in another State, letter from insurance if vehicle is a total loss, etc.

All information on your tax bill and prior year’s bills are available on the Town’s webpage at    www.enfield-ct.org  under “How do I”; then View; Tax Information. Follow instructions to view motor vehicle, real estate or business personal property.  You may also make payments at this site; however there are convenience fees from a third party vendor associated with online payments.

If an immediate clearance is needed for DMV, payments must be made by cash, certified bank funds, or money order.  If payment is made online, and you need a clearance please follow instructions carefully.

The lockbox provided by the Town’s bank, TD Bank, will process mailed payments during the July and January billing periods.  This is a free service provided to our Town.
Contact information:
The Tax office and the Assessor’s office is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
You may email taxcollector@enfield.org
                        assessor@enfield.org
Phone:            Assessor’s office              860-253-6339
                       Tax office                          860-253-6340

Fax:                860-741-4028

Wreaths Across America Returns



Morrill Worcester began sending the surplus of wreaths from the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in 1992, fulfilling a childhood desire to honor our Nation’s Veterans buried there.  In 2007 a group of volunteers and the Worcester Wreath Company formed Wreaths Across America, a non-profit 501(c)3 to continue and expand their mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.

The Wreaths Across America foundation has since grown to include over 1100 cemeteries across the United States as well as in US cemeteries abroad while by 2014 there were over 700,000 memorial wreaths placed on Veterans graves in over 1100 cemeteries, made possible by 2047 fundraising groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands.

Enfield, Connecticut has hosted an annual Wreaths Across America ceremony in accordance with the Wreaths Across America guidelines since 2008 in St. Patrick’s King Street Cemetery and has been honored to host members of the delivery convoy headed from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery with wreaths to honor Veteran graves for its third year; and

E.H. Parkman Elementary School has worked diligently to educate the administration, staff, and students of the importance of remembering and honoring our Veterans while teaching the next generation how they can take part.  Please join us on Wednesday, December 14 for the 9:45 am ceremony!

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December Library Programs


The Library has released it's schedule of events for December:


Friday December 2 at 2:00 pm  Friday Films Café Society It is America in 1930s. The cafe society that developed during this time takes Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) on an unexpected path.

Saturday December 3 at 2:00 pm Exploring the Powder Hollow with Will Creech Join local designer and photographer Will Creech for a presentation on Hazardville’s Powder Hollow. He will also be displaying his photographs during December and January.

Holiday Card Making
December 6, 2016, 3:45 PM
Create holiday cards to send to someone special. Ages 5 and up. (Drop-in)

Tuesday December 6 at 6:00 pm Friends of the Library Holiday Party Members of the Friends of the Enfield Library will gather together to celebrate friendships and the holiday season.

Wednesday December 7 at 7:00 pm Celestial Journey with John Thorp The Certified Music Practitioner uses Tibetan and crystal bowls, along with other ancient instruments to help participants get into a natural, relaxed state reducing stress and tension.

Thursday December 8 at 2:30 pm Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia. Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

Thursday December 8 at 7:00 pm Connecticut CCC Camps with Marty Podskoch Join Marty as he shares his book Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories & Legacy of the CCC . He will have books available for sale and signing.

Family Movie Night
December 9, 2016, 6:30 PM
Finding Dory rated PG. Bring your own treats and blankets. (Drop-in)

Drop and Shop
December 10, 2016, 9:30 AM

Three hours of games and crafts for children while parents have a rare chance to leave the library for holiday errands! Registration begins Nov. 16th. Ages 5-12 only! Space is limited.

More Connecticut Lore: Guidebook to 82 Strange Locations with Zack Lamothe
December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM

Saturday December 10 at 2:00 pm More Connecticut Lore: Guidebook to 82 Strange Locations with Zack Lamothe Connecticut has plenty of strange and unusual history that will leave you wandering off the beaten path.

Techno Topics
December 12, 2016, 7:00 PM
Monday December 12 at 7:00 pm Techno Topics Topic T.B.A.

Evening Rhyme Time
December 13, 2016, 6:30 PM
Rhymes and songs for children ages birth- 24 months. (drop-in)

Book Chat @ your library
December 14, 2016, 2:30 PM
Wednesday December 14 at 2:30 pm Book Chat Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. New members are welcome.

Festival of Trees
December 14, 2016, 6:30 PM
Join us for the opening reception of our gallery of handmade trees, Join us for a Carole Sing at 6:45 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the Enfield Culture and Arts Commission. (Drop-in)

Friday December 16 at 2:00 pm  Friday Films Florence Foster Jenkins With the worst singing voice in the world, Florence (Meryl Streep) sets out to make sure that the entire world hears her. Florence's enduring spirit takes her all the way to Carnegie Hall.

Friday December 16 at 7:00 pm  Home for the Holidays with Kat and Cam Musicians Cameron Sutphin and Kat Kennedy are home for the holidays and will perform Christmas music, Country songs, and original tracks from their CDs.

Page Turners @ your library
December 19, 2016, 7:00 PM
Monday December 19 at 7:00 pm Page Turners Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans by Robert Kurson. New members are welcome.

PJ Storytime
December 22, 2016, 6:30 PM
Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal for stories, a craft and music. Ages 3-7. (Drop-in)

Pearl Street Movie Matinee
December 27, 2016, 2:00 PM
Secret Life of Pets rated PG. Bring your own treats and blankets. (Drop-in)

Join storyteller Alicia Quintano and her koala Pierre as she entertains us with participatory stories, songs and much more. Ages 5 and up. Free ticket will be given away beginning December 19th.

Kids Only Bingo
December 29, 2016, 10:00 AM
Children should have knowledge of how to play the game. Ages 5 and up. (Drop-in)

Other Worldly Words @ your library
December 29, 2016, 7:00 PM

Minecraft Madness
December 30, 2016, 2:00 PM
Join Jungle Jim as he leads us through the magical world of Minecraft!  Witness the creation of the incredible Giant Dragon, compete in the sensational Building Block Madness Tournament. Ages 5 and up. Free tickets will be given away beginning December 19th.

Lego® & Duplo® Mania
December 30, 2016, 3:45 PM
See what you can build in an hour. (Drop-in)

Happy Noon Year's Eve
December 31, 2016, 11:00 AM
Come count down with us to Noon Year! Join us for an hour long celebration as families will hear funny stories, sing songs, dance, make an art activity, and count down to twelve o'clock. All ages. Free tickets will be given away starting on December 19th.


Please visit the Library webpage frequently for updates to this schedule, and for the addition of January and February's events.

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Tax Preparation Assistance is Available for YOU


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

The Town of Enfield offers a free tax preparation program to assist low to moderate income families. Free tax preparation will be available from February 2 - April 15, 2015 by appointment, as well as the rest of the year, as needed. 

The program is now located at:

Family Resource Center (Formerly the Enfield Child Development Center)
110 High St.
Enfield, CT 06082 


The program runs every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 - 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Earned Income Tax Credit
The VITA program focuses on connecting qualified families with the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit). The EITC is a federal and state tax credit for working families who have adjusted gross income under $52,000.

The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the government’s largest and most effective anti-poverty programs. The VITA site aims to provide free tax preparation, and general financial services information. 

VITA Coalition
VITA sites function through a coalition between town government, the IRS, community volunteers, and local businesses. This coalition makes it possible for residents with annual income of less than $52,000 to receive free tax preparation at the VITA site in Enfield, Connecticut.

Call 860-253-6395 to schedule an appointment at the Enfield VITA Tax Preparation site.


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Learn CPR through EMS!


Interested in Learning CPR?? Every month, Enfield EMS teaches CPR to the community.  Research has proven that educating the public to recognize cardiac events will save lives!  Trained bystanders who provide prompt emergency response and care are the first link in the "chain of survival".  We teach both American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR and American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR.  We will help you figure out which class is best for you!

Next Available Class:

Date:  January 23, 2017
Time:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:  Angelo Lamagna Center
Address:  19 North Main Street

Cost:  $5.00 for CPR certification card for town residents.
Register for CPR classes by contacting us at 860-253-5243 or by email.

Register early to reserve your spot! Classes are first come, first served.

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Finding your ROADS Updates


The Department of Public Works Engineering Office is responsible for managing the design and construction of all ROADS Referendum projects, Capital Improvement ProgramS, 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.  

Construction project updates are refreshed weekly and can be accessed here.  

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December Waste Recycle Day


Date:  December 17, 2016
Time:  9:00 AM?-?1:00 PM
Location:  Stanley Jablonski Public Works Complex
Address:  40 Moody Road
Contact:  860-763-7527

Cost:  Free to Enfield Residents.

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.

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Heating Safety Tips-National Fire Protection Association


Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
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Check out what's coming up at the Senior Center!


Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast:  Support the many charitable activities of the Rotary club and have a delicious breakfast too!
Saturday, December 10, 8-10:30 am

Senior Center Tour:  If you are new to the Enfield Senior Center, join Director Susan Lather for a tour and have all of your questions answered.  No need to register, just meet in the Senior Center Library.
Tuesday, December 13, 10 am

First sign-up day for January and February classes:
Residents:  Tuesday December 13 starting at 8:30 am
Non-Residents:  Tuesday, December 20 starting at 8:30 am

Monthly Birthday Party:  Every first Wednesday of the month!
Parkway Pavillion Health & Rehabilitation provides a birthday cake for all community café luncheon participants to celebrate the birthdays of everyone in that month.  Happy Birthday!

For a listing of all classes offered by the Senior Center this upcoming season, please click here.

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