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Posted on: December 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Community Update from Town Manager Christopher Bromson 12/3/2020

Winter Farmer's Market 

Please join us this Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Enfield Square Mall for the Winter Farmer’s Market! Our vendors will have fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and meats, delicious baked goods, and handmade craft items for sale. Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Please adhere to the traffic patterns at mall. Follow the market on Facebook and Instagram @EnfieldRegionalFarmersMarket for updates!  

Recreation

Enfield Recreation will be receiving a very special deliver from the North Pole! Santa has been hard at work making sure this Christmas is a very special one. He is helping spread some holiday cheer with personalized letters to the little ones of Enfield! Enfield residents can register their little one (6 and under) to receive a special letter from Santa Claus starting tomorrow, Friday, December 4, at 8 AM. This magical program is FREE and those who are registered to receive a letter from Santa will also receive Santa's furry friend, Jingles the Bear! Once your child is registered to receive a letter from Santa, watch your inbox for an email letting you know when the special delivery from the North Pole has arrived!

Library

If you stop by the library this week, you will see the Buildings and Grounds staff hard at work near our back entrance. They are installing concrete pads for our first seven picnic tables we have purchased with a grant from the State Library so that we can make the library more accessible during the COVID 19 crisis. These tables will enable library patrons who are not comfortable coming in the building to use of our services safely outdoors. We are working on expanding the Wi-Fi signal in this area to give patrons better internet access as well. An additional eleven tables as well as an outdoor shelter for our curbside pickup service will be coming shortly as well.

The Library is thrilled to announce that the Festival of Trees will continue this year! 

What is the Festival of Trees? This year the Enfield Public Library will co-host a holiday gallery of trees at the library. The trees will be created by a variety of participants and will be on display at the Enfield Public Library until January 2nd. 

  1. Who can participate in the Festival of Trees? Anyone (all ages) who lives, works, or goes to school or to the library in Enfield is eligible to participate. All you need to do is come up with a good idea for an artistic tree, and we will put your creation on display. Feel free to work on your tree in teams. 
  2. Do I have to bring in a real tree? NO! In fact, we want you to make your tree from scratch. Think of any kind of interesting material you might have around that you can fashion into a tree of some sort. Maybe you can make a tree out of soda cans that you glue together? Maybe you can make your tree out of popcorn? Be creative and think of something that would not normally conjure up the idea of a tree.
  3. Are there any size/design requirements? Your tree should be free standing and should be no larger than 2 ft. wide by 1 ft. long by 3 ft. high. We have limited space for oversized trees. You can use any materials you like in creating your tree, but please note that we will not be able to guarantee that your tree will have access to an electrical outlet.
  4. When should I submit my tree? All trees should be submitted to the library by December 15th, and a form should be filled out when you drop off your tree.

On Wednesday, December 9th, from 2:30 - 3:30 PM, join the Library for an Online Senior Center Afternoon book discussionEmail kwerth@enfield.org for an invitation. The titles selected are available in eBook format. Physical copies can also be picked up at the Central Library circulation desk. 

Senior Center  

The Community Health Center will be holding pop-up COVID-19 testing December 9th at the Enfield Senior Center. Please call 475-241-0740 to register. 

The Senior Center will be spotlighted on Senior Living TV throughout the month of December. Senior Living is a series of television programs with ideas and information to enhance the knowledge of adults in Enfield and the surrounding communities. This show is produced by the Enfield Commission on Aging with the help of PATV volunteers. Senior Living airs twice each week on Enfield Cox Public Access Chanel 15, Thursday night at 6:30 pm. and Friday morning at 9:30 am. To watch episodes of Senior Living online either go to http://patv15.com/index.php, click on "Enfield" then "Enfield Programming Schedule" then "see entire schedule", find a day with Senior Living listed and click on Senior Living. 

Please Join Us for a State-Wide Senior Center Virtual Holiday Bash on December 18, 1 PM - 2:30 PM. Featuring VIP greetings from around the state, seasonal music, ballroom dancing performances, holiday vignettes celebrating diverse cultures and traditions and many more of our favorite things! Over 1,000 people have signed up to be part of the festivities! https://cthealthyliving.org/events/statewide-senior-center-holiday-bash/

We continue to closely monitor guidance from the State and are making adaptations to programs as needed. There are still spots left in several of our December classes, please call or go to our website for registration information. Just a friendly reminder that all participants engaging in exercise classes will be required to now wear masks according to the new state guidelines. 

  • Billiard tables:  Available for two-hour blocks from 8 AM – 3:45 PM. You must pre-register and only two players are allowed per table. 
  • Movies: Little Women will be played on Friday, December 11, 1:30pm. There will be a charge of $2 payable at the door, a light snack will be provided. The Senior Center will also be having a Holiday Movie Festival with Christmas themed movies the last two weeks of December. These will be free to all. Check Facebook, the newsletter and our website for upcoming titles and showtimes. 
  • TED Talk: The TED talk entitled Empathy is Not Endorsement will be shown and discussed on Thursday, December 10, 1:30 PM. 
  • Gift Shop: Call to make an appointment to browse our gift shop. Get your holiday shopping done early!
  • Craft Workshops: On Monday December 7, 9:30 PM. Come make a lanyard to hang around your neck. This way you will always know where your mask is.  
  • Computer Lab: Participants can sign up for 1.5-hour slots to use the computer lab. 

Community Garden Plots

 In November, the Town Council voted to expand the Community Gardens in Town by adding 3 new locations and 100 plots! The new locations will be:

  • Lafayette Park – Located on Hartford Avenue 
  • Green Manor Park – Located on Taylor Road
  • Enfield Memorial Park – Located on 1010 Enfield Street behind the former Thomas G. Alcorn School

In addition to the new locations, you can also rent a garden plot at the 3 existing garden locations on North Main Street, Chapel Street, and at the Enfield Library. 

Gardens are available on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in reserving a garden plot, please contact 860-253-6385.   

Social Services

Cold-weather shelter supports are being done through the Greater Hartford Coordinated Access Network with which the Town is involved. Anyone in need of sheltering must call 2-1-1 before any help can be provided.

Sign up for Updates!  

The Town Hall continues to be open by appointment only. If you need to conduct your business in person, please call the department you wish to schedule your visit in advance.    

Our staff and I are available to assist you and will continue to provide services. Please continue to check our website for updates. For alerts from the Town of Enfield, please go to https://enfield-ct.gov/List.aspx to sign up for Notify Me and select Public Notices. Follow Enfield Town Manager on Facebook and on Twitter.

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