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Photo Courtesy of Debra McCarthy

From the Town Manager's Office


We wrapped up a great summer in Enfield. A few more warm, sunny days allow for the Public Works crews to continue road improvements,Recreation to transition into fall family activities, and gives you the chance to head over to our weekly Community & Farmers Market in the heart of Thompsonville, running until October 14th!  
 
As we head into fall, our business community is on the move and making things happen:

RECENTLY OPENED

  • Starbucks
  • Vitamin Store 
UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  • Goodwill 
RENOVATIONS UNDER WAY/COMPLETED
  • Denny’s
  • Cirtec Medical Devices
  • All Phase Electric

 
Please support all of our local businesses and welcome them to Enfield when you stop in. You will also see some other large construction projects happening around Enfield to our Housing Authority facilities and of course the new Enfield High School!
 
We continue to work on major projects like the Transit Center in Thompsonville and the Hike & Bike trails along the CT River.
 
Falloween  - Dia de los Muertos, October 14

Our Falloween festival this year will take place on the last day of the Community & Farmers Market, Wed October 14, from 4pm-8pm. It will be an opportunity for all of our vendors to share their specialties with the community and a fun time for the entire family. With a theme of “Dia de los Muertos”, we hope to attract hundreds of residents and visitors alike. To get involved, please contact our Development Services department at 860-253-6385 or visit thinkenfield.com.
 
As always, please feel free to reach out to our town staff with questions or concerns. We strive to bring consistency, predictability and high quality service to all that we do in and for the Town of Enfield.

See you around town!


A Heartfelt Farewell to Matthew Coppler and Derrik Kennedy!


As we say goodbye to our Town Manager of the past nine years, we also thank Matthew for his service and dedication to the Town of Enfield.

We also wish Derrik luck on his future ventures!

Cheers,

Courtney
chendricson@enfield.org

Development Services Webpage


Office of the Town Manager Webpage



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Social Services-What a Team!


For over 50 years the Town of Enfield Social Services Department has taken great pride in providing excellent resources to Enfield residents.  Our mission is to provide need based services with respect and appreciation for our many cultural and human differences.  At the heart of our work is a deep commitment to our core values:

1.Excellence - We strive to maintain the highest ethical and professional standards for ourselves and our programs.

2.Respect- We embrace the dignity and uniqueness of every human being.

3.Compassion - We are sensitive and empathetic to the needs of others.

4.Diversity - We are committed to a culture of learning that transforms individuals, eliminating prejudice.

Within our Department, you will find many valuable programs, services and a dedicated team of employees.  Our divisions include: the Enfield Adult Day Center, the Enfield Senior Center, the Enfield Family Resource Centers, the Enfield Child Development Center, Enfield Neighborhood Services, Enfield Transit, Enfield Youth Services and the Congregate Meals Program. 

 In addition to our established programs and services, we are also implementing a new “Strong Families/Healthy Communities” initiative.  This initiative involves placing highly skilled social work staff in several of our divisions.  The goals of this new initiative are to increase self-sufficiency for Enfield’s families and ensure that our students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.

As you can see, no matter your age or need the Enfield Social Services Department has something to offer.  



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Quick Fact: In fiscal year 2015 our programs served approximately 12,862 people!  

  
Our programs and services help to increase the health and well-being of the community and we are committed to being the best.  Year after year, our divisions work hard to maintain accreditation, find new resources and hit new milestones.  Some of our recent accomplishments include: 74,000 rides given on Magic Carpet, the development of  the new Early Childhood Learning Center at Stowe and the Senior Center received a national award for its work in supporting healthy aging.  

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 Quick Fact:  In the first week of August, Magic Carpet had an all-time high of 915 riders! 

  
Our dedication to our mission and values drives us to continually find innovative and cost effective ways to operate while maintaining the highest level of service to our friends and neighbors.  That is why the Social Services Department is proud of the fact that our operating budget only accounts for approximately 2 % of the Town’s overall budget.  Additionally, we go to great lengths to seek out funding from other sources wherever possible.
  

Quick Fact: 62% of the Social Services Department revenue is achieved through
fundraising, grants and client fees


Enfield can count on the Social Services Department to help keep our community vibrant and healthy.  It is our goal to provide top notch customer service and valuable programs.  If you are interested in learning more about what we do or how we can help you, please visit us here and browse through our programs and services.  You may also learn more by contacting Social Services Administration at 860-253-6395, or visiting any of our programs during their normal operating hours.

~We look forward to serving you~


The Department of Social Services Webpage


The Enfield Police Are On Top Again!


The Enfield Police Department is part of the CREST team ( Capitol Region Emergency Services Team ) that has consistently ranked at the top of the Connecticut Swat Challenge.

CREST took 1st place in the Connecticut SWAT challenge, again, this year.  This is an unprecedented 3rd, first place win.  It’s a pretty tough competition which draws teams from around the country.  The competition includes difficult, very physical scenarios requiring operators to think, move and work together under stress.  John Carney and Nick King represented CREST for our department and by all accounts did outstanding jobs. 

The video below is from last year but represents the competition very well.
 
2014 CREST Competition



The Police Department Website

October Calendar

12-Columbus Day-TOWN HALL CLOSED
14-1st of Muharram begins at Sundown
16-National Boss' Day
24-Ashura begins at Sundown
31-Halloween


Upcoming Town Meetings


Casino Community Conversation
October 1, 6:30 PM @ John F. Kennedy Middle School Auditorium

High School Building Meeting
October 1, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Planning & Zoning Commission
October 1, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Town Council Special Meeting
October 5, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM @ Enfield Room

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

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
October 6, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Town Council Chambers

High School Building Committee Meeting
October 8, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Planning & Zoning Commission
October 8, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @  Council Chambers

Enfield Conservation Commission
October 13, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM @ Enfield Room

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
October 13, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Board of Education
October 13, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
October 15, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Planning & Zoning Commission
October 15, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Town Council Special Meeting
October 19, 5:30 PM @ Enfield Room

Town Council Regular Meeting
October 19, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
October 20, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
October 22, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM @ Enfield High School Library

Enfield Revitalization Strategy Committee Meeting
October 22, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM @ Enfield Room

Planning & Zoning Commission
October 22, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Zoning Board of Appeal
October 26, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Clean Energy Committee
October 27, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM @ Enfield Town Hall 

Board of Education
October 27 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Enfield Historic District Commission
October 28, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM @ Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
October 29, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
 @ Enfield High School Library




Current Jobs


Library Director


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Highly responsible administrative work involving the direction of a broad range of public library functions.  Work involves responsibility for the management of a large public library collection and for the provision of library services to patrons and community organizations.  Duties include policy recommendation, departmental planning and direction and administration of library activities.  The position is also invested with making the most difficult library technical decisions.  The work requires that the employee have thorough knowledge, skill and ability in every phase of the public library field.

 SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general supervision of the Town Manager.

 SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Directly supervises all employees.

To read more about this position, click here.

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



Human Resources Webpage




RFP's


Click here to view all open RFP's.


Finance Department Webpage





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Thursday, October 15th from 4pm-8pm the Enfield Public Library will host a Farewell Retirement Reception for Library Director Henry Dutcher.  Henry has been heading the library activities for 15 years and has done a superb job of providing top notch services to the Enfield Community.  You are invited to join in the festivities and share in refreshments as well as celebrate his leadership.
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The Department of Public Works will be offering a Free Paper Shredding Event on Saturday, October 17th from 9am-1pm.  5 Box limit per customer.  FOR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS ONLY.
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The Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be offered on Saturday, October 24th from 8am-1pm.

Jump on the Magic Carpet


The Magic Carpet Fixed Route Bus Service is providing more rides than ever before.  Magic Carpet hit new records during the first two weeks of August, with more than 900 rides given each week.  The Blue Route had Standing Room Only on the 2 o’clock run August 8 and the 3 o’clock run on August 14.  We are consistently averaging 150 rides a day with people choosing the Magic Carpet bus service to get to work, shopping and doctor appointments. 

The Magic Carpet recently teamed up with the ERfC Summer Lunch Bunch and provided guided tours of the town’s public bus routes.  Families unfamiliar with how to ride or where we go, now understand the service and the accessibility we provide to the countless resources in Enfield. 

As the weather gets cooler, consider jumping on the Magic Carpet to get you where you need to go.  Many families have already become frequent riders.  Would you like to introduce your community group to the public bus service?  Contact Annette Orlandi, Enfield Transit Director at 860-272-3545 to schedule a guided tour.

Bus information can be found at
www.enfield-ct.gov/magiccarpet .
Bus schedules are available at Town Hall, 100 High St, and all Social Services locations.



Department of Social Services Webpage




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IT Helped Bring Us Back to School!


IT provides access and resources to make sure schools and municipal staff have the correct access and permissions to all programs.  IT is diligent all summer to ensure that when school faculty returns from the summer break, they have the resources they need to start the year efficiently.  We re-image the school labs and set up student accounts.  The summer is a busy time for IT!!   Check our IT Newsflashes at http://www.enfield-ct.gov/885/Technology-News to read about our progress and projects!!  #itkeepingbusy


Information Technology Webpage



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Enfield-Getting You There Faster Than Ever!


Citizens now have access to a new high speed internet connection at the Enfield Central Library, which was made available through the State of CT's Nutmeg Network.  This higher speed access for the internet is provided at a fraction of normal internet fees.  Patrons will experience a quicker response time and higher availability when accessing the internet, etc. 
 
To keep up with all the exciting happenings in IT, we have opened these avenues for you: 
 
               Twitter:  follow @enfieldtpc

               IT NewsFlash Pages: http://www.enfield-ct.gov/885/Technology-News

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Fall Recreation is Here!!!


The Enfield Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for our Fall and Winter programs.  Programs include classes for preschoolers, youth, teens and adults as well as special events and discount tickets. 
 
Registration for the Enfield Youth Basketball League is September 25th – October 9th.  Fee is $85.00 per child.  A developmental league for Enfield youth in grades 3 – 12 runs December to March.  Program includes practices, games and shirt.  Those who do not register by the deadline will be added to a waiting list.  For more information, click here



Recreation Department Webpage



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Updates from the Assessor/Revenue Collection

 
On October 1, 2016, the Assessor's Office will start the Town wide revaluation.  This is a long process and much more data will be following in the next few months.  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.  All properties that have an open building permit on October 1, 2015. Also, all properties which need a new photo.

The collector’s staff is beginning the process for the next tax sale, currently scheduled for April 2016. We will begin with about 85 accounts.

We have also processed all the payments for this past July’s billing cycle.  The payment information is available on the Assessor/Revenue Collection webpage. And from the homepage, go to “How Do I….” then under “View” select  “ Tax Information” and follow to either motor vehicle, real estate or business personal property.

Updates to the over 300 active Alias Tax Warrants will also be reviewed and issued to the State Marshal.



Assessment and Revenue Collection



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NOVEMBER 3, 2015 MUNICIPAL ELECTION


The Town of Enfield will conduct a municipal election with referendum on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 for the following purposes:
 
I.  To vote for District Councilor 1 or District Councilor 2 or District Councilor 3 or District Councilor 4, Councilor-at-Large, Board of Education and Constables
 
II.  To vote on the following local questions for approval or disapproval, a vote of “YES” being a vote for approval, and a vote of “NO” being a vote for disapproval:


  1. Shall the Town of Enfield appropriate $36,000,000 for reconstruction, repair and improvements to the Town’s Water Pollution Control facility and sewerage collection infrastructure, and authorize the issue of bonds, notes, temporary notes or other obligations in an amount not to exceed $36,000,000 to finance said appropriation?
  2. Shall the Town of Enfield appropriate $11,200,000 for the energy performance contracting capital replacement project, and authorize the issue of bonds, notes, temporary notes or other obligations in an amount not to exceed $11,200,000 to finance said appropriation?
  3. Shall the Town of Enfield appropriate $44,000,000 for reconstruction, repair and improvements to various town-owned facilities including security enhancements to school buildings, and authorize the issue of bonds, notes, temporary notes or other obligations in an amount not to exceed $44,000,000 to finance said appropriation?

 
Absentee ballots, sample ballots and the full text of the proposed questions with explanatory text will be available at the Town Clerk’s office for public distribution.
 
The polls will be open at six o'clock in the morning (6:00 a.m.) and will remain open until eight o'clock in the evening (8:00 p.m.)  The polling places used by the Town for the election shall be utilized by Town electors for purposes of the referendum vote.  Voters qualified to vote who are not electors shall vote at the Enfield Town Hall.  Ballots will be available at the town clerk’s office.
 
The location of the polling places is as follows:
 
VOTING DISTRICT                  LOCATION OF POLLING PLACES
 
District 1                                John F. Kennedy Middle School      155 Raffia Rd
District 2                                Enfield Street School                      1318 Enfield St
District 3                                Enrico Fermi High School                124 North Maple St
District 4                                Henry Barnard School                      27 Shaker Rd
 
For additional information contact the Town Clerk’s Office – 860 253 6440 or townclerk@enfield.org



The Town Clerk's Office Webpage




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ECDC Has Moved to a New Location!


Greetings!

Summer flew by.  We have moved to our permanent home at the Stowe Early Learning Center, 117 Post Office Road!  We opened on September 3rd just in time for the first day of school!  Our children at both of our current sites enjoyed weekly field trips to places such as Forest Park, Quassy Amusement Park, Sonny's Place, Launch Trampoline, and much more, as well as weekly swimming trips.  On their last field trip to the Reservoir, they stopped by the new building for a "sneak peek" at the progress made over there.  Everyone is now enjoying our new space and new home!



Enfield Child Development Center Webpage




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News from the Library about the
New Service-Value Line


The Enfield Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of Value Line Library Elite to our online resources page!  Use it in the library, or log in from home with your Enfield Library Card.  Access the Value Line Investment Survey, including the Small and Mid-Cap Edition.  There will be a Techno Topics program to learn more about using the resource.  Visit or call the Reference Desk for assistance.  

Pearl Street Library is a "Connecticut Carnegie"


Steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie began funding libraries in 1881, and went on to fund the construction of 2,509 libraries throughout the English speaking world.  The Pearl Street Library was built in part due to Enfield's industrial district and population size.  Pearl Street Library is 1 of 11 built in Connecticut, and 1 of 6 still serving as a public library.


Enfield Public Library Webpage




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Housing Rehabilitation Program


Is your home in need of repairs or safety renovations? The Town of Enfield has funds available for Housing Rehabilitation under the federal Small Cities Program.  This program provides financial and technical assistance in the form of low interest and deferred payment loans to low and moderate income households for making necessary repairs and improvements.  This includes electrical work, the replacement of heating systems, window replacement, siding, structural repairs and plumbing work.  The program also addresses lead hazard reduction, asbestos abatement, and the removal of underground storage tanks.  The income eligibility limits vary by household size.  For example, a household of two would qualify with an annual household income at or below $51,150.

For an application and to learn more about the program, please contact the Office of Community Development at 860-253-6390 or visit http://www.enfield-ct.gov/ and choose the Community Development Department link under “Your Government”.



Community Development Webpage




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The Enfield Adult Day Center to Receive an iPad, iPod, iPod Docking Stations and iTunes Cards from
Abby’s Helping Hand.


Abby is a seven year old who attends a Broad Brook School.  Abby has struggled with breathing and feeding issues since birth.  She was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disorder.  She is unable to walk, speak, or sit up. She is feed through a feeding tube. Although Abby is not able to talk, she expresses her emotions through “Abby songs”.  She loves music and enjoys the company of other children. 
 
Abby’s Helping Hand is generously donating an iPad, iPod, iPod docking stations and iTunes cards for the benefit of the participants at the Town of Enfield Adult Day Center. A special presentation was held on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 1pm at the Enfield Adult Day Center.  Carol Sauerhoefer and Abby will be present for the presentation.
 
The Adult Day Center provides social and educational activities, exercise programs and entertainment options to frail elders in need of support.  They also provide assistance with personal hygiene and medical treatment using a Certified medical model.  “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, Director of the Adult Day Center.  The Enfield Adult Day Center has been providing service to the community for over 20 years.
 
The Adult Day Center, located at 1A Beech Road, is open to residents from Enfield and neighboring towns including East Windsor, Somers, Suffield, and Windsor Locks, CT and Longmeadow, MA.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For additional information, please call (860) 763-7537.



Adult Day Center Webpage




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Fall into Development Services


The Enfield Community & Farmers Market only has a few weeks left! Town of Enfield’s Development Services holds the market each Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00pm or until sundown in historic Downtown Thompsonville at Freshwater Pond right down the road from Town Hall through October 14. Fun for the family! Live music with special performances each week along with Falcetti Music's host band Spiral Logic…thank you Falcetti Music!

Also, watch and support each week Enfield High School Cheerleaders performing their new cheers from camp. Plus, visit the local farmers with lots of wonderful produce, peaches along with local artisans.  Thank you Rick from Shaker Farm Market for bringing “Faith” the goat to the market each week for all to enjoy. Also, thank you to MassMutual who is our Premier Community Sponsor for all their support so we may continue to grow our community and market! And we can’t forget the Enfield Police Explorers for all their help too. Our final season appearances:

 
Falloween Festival Dia de los Muertos Celebration Wednesday October 14 Freshwater Pond, 4-dusk Food. Live Music. Face Painting. Faith the Goat from Shaker Farm. Chalk Art Walk.  Farm Fresh Fair. Crafters. Bakers. Jewelry. Trick or Treating Walk for all kids!

Asnuntuck Community College Fall Festival & Alumni Homecoming Friday, October 16 from 4-9pm

Food. Live Music. Sample Beer from Powder Hollow Brewery. Wine Tasting from Lost Acres. Alumni & Retiree Reception. ACC Art Show. ACC Massage Therapy. Fundraisers. Showing: Murder, You Must Be Kidding


Town of Enfield Development Services invites you to a Free Business Breakfast on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Asnuntuck Community College, Café II on 170 Elm Street, Enfield, CT. Another don’t miss event! Program generously sponsored by the Saving Institute Bank and Trust.


Development Services Webpage



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Q&A-Fall Yard Waste Disposal


Q.  What goes in my brown tipper barrel? 

A.   Your brown tipper can be used to dispose of organic materials and vegetative debris such as grass clippings, twigs, leaves, and tree limbs up to 2 inches in diameter.  Brown tippers are available for purchase at the DPW Complex.

Q.  What goes in my gray tipper (with a specially purchased tag) 

A.  Special tags, allow residents to use their regular trash tippers to dispose of yard waste, and may be purchased at the DPW Complex.  

Q.  Can any resident purchase a special tag?

A.  Only residents with a brown tipper may purchase a tag, and there is a limit of one tag per household. Gray Tippers without tags will not be emptied during scheduled yard waste collections.

Q.  When will yard waste tippers be picked up?

A.  Yard Waste Tippers will be picked up every Friday from April 1 to October 31 (except for holiday weeks). Please have them curbside by 7 AM. 

Q.  What about leaf bags?

A.  Leaf Bags (limit of 40 per household) must be brought to the Transfer Station between April 1 and October 31 and may be purchased for $1.70 (per set of 5) at the following locations:

  • Angelo Lamagna Activity Center
  • DPW Complex
  • Enfield Public Library
  • Pearl Street Library
  • Transfer Station

For more information, visit the Refuse and Resource Management Page consisting of Yard Waste Disposal and Leaf Collection Information.


Department of Public Works Webpage





Juvenile Review
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Enfield Police Juvenile Review Board
Photos Courtesy of Jean Haughey
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