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Posted on: March 12, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Community Update from Town Manager Christopher Bromson 3/12/2021

Enfield Town Council Meeting 3/15/21

Please join us virtually for the Special meeting of the Town Council on Monday, March 15, at 6 PM to hear a presentation on the Enfield Train Station by the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation, which will be available at the following link:

 https://youtu.be/eY9KGci7o-8

At the 1/19/21 Town Council meeting, Town administration unveiled plans for the Enfield Train Station, which will be in Downtown Thompsonville. The design will consist of a 200-foot-long platform that will be able to accommodate 6 train cars, be fully accessible, and have a canopy running the entire length. In addition, the surrounding area will be enhanced by adding over 100 parking spaces, walkways, and a utility building that will include amenities including ticket purchasing and a sheltered waiting area. A bus-drop off will accommodate commercial passenger buses and our local Magic Carpet Bus.  

When the Enfield Train Station is completed, it will truly be a multi-modal train station with numerous opportunities for expansion and development in Thompsonville and Enfield. For more information, please view the Enfield Train Station Presentation at the following link: https://www.enfield-ct.gov/443/Town-Manager.

Annex COVID-19 Clinic

The Town has partnered with Johnson Memorial Hospital, a member of Trinity Health of New England, to open a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the gymnasium of the Enfield Annex, the former Enrico Fermi High School. The clinic will be open each Monday from 12:45 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. All state guidelines for vaccine prioritization and eligibility will be followed and the clinic is by appointment only. No walk-ins will be accepted. Please use VAMS to request an appointment or call Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224.

 Senior Center Clinic

On March 11th, the Town of Enfield partnered with the North Central District Health Department to host a second dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Enfield Senior Center. Over 150 eligible adults received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We would like to thank the North Central District Health Department and the staff of the Senior Center, Social Services, Public Works, Police, and EMS who were on site to ensure those registered were able to quickly and safely receive their vaccination. 

Social Services

Given the everchanging supply of vaccine doses coming into CT, please continue to check the following CT DPH website for all updates concerning how to Schedule an appointment at the various available locations: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination-Scheduling-Options.

 If you're aged 55 or older, or are included within any of the Phase 1a groups, you are currently eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination in Connecticut. 

Senior Center 

The Senior Center is planning to open on a “hybrid” model starting on April 5. Hybrid programming will offer participants to attend programming in person or virtually from home. Prime Fitness will also reopen for participants wanting to exercise in our fitness facility.  All COVID guidelines will be in place and spaces will be limited. 

Registration for virtual and in person programming will begin on Monday March 22 at 8:30 am – 11:30 am for Residents and Monday March 29 at 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM for Non-Residents.  

Below are just some of the programs we are offering at The Senior Center. Please call 860-763-7425, or e-mail seniorcenter@enfield.org to obtain Zoom links. 

  • Tech Time – The second Wednesday of the month at 10 AM. Audra Lauf from Comfort Keepers will answer any tech questions you may have and give tech tips to help you stay connected with family and friends. 
  • Virtual Coffee Hour – Every Thursday, 9:30 AM 
  • Virtual Bingo with Home Helpers – March 19, 1:30 PM. Prizes sponsored by Stonebrook Village
  • Virtual Bingo – March 19, 1:30 PM. Prizes sponsored by Stonebrook Village. 
  • Pierce Campbell Show – March 18, 2 PM. Enjoy Irish Tunes via Zoom.
  • Virtual History for Fun – March 22, 2 PM. The Women of The Wild West  

March Ask the… Programs
The following services are available via phone and are free 15-minute consultations from 10 AM to 11:45 AM. Call the Senior Center at 860-763-7425 to schedule an appointment.

  • Ask the Lawyer:  Wednesday, March 31
  • Ask the Realtor: Open availability. Call 860-593-4248 to set up appointment
  • Legal Consultation: Tuesday, March 16
  • Ask The CPA: Open availability. Call 860-741-3716 to set up appointment.

Exercise Classes

  • Yoga Chair and Standing - Mondays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, March 1-29
  • Yoga All Levels - Mondays11:45 am – 12:45 pm, March 1-29
  • Yoga All Levels - Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, March 2-30
  • Stability Ball Training - Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, March 2-30
  • Body 360 - Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm, March 3-31
  • POW! - People on Weights - Wednesdays, 12:30 pm-1:15 pm, March 3-31
  • Simply Stretch and Strengthen – Thursdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am, March 4-25
  • Stability Ball Training - Thursdays, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, March 4-25
  • Body 360 - Fridays, 11:30 am - 12:15 pm, February March 5-26
  • POW! – People on Weights - Fridays, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, March 5-26 

Crafts

  • Easter Bunny Wreath – Tuesday, March 16, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Virtual Sock Easter Bunny – Tuesday, March 23, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Take it and Make it Cards – Ongoing – This program has no Zoom component, please call for instructions on how to obtain materials to complete your project at home 

Recreation

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR OFFICE HAS MOVED TO THE ENFIELD ANNEX!  We are now located in the Enfield Annex at 124 North Maple Street (Door 1). We are thrilled to have ample parking, a welcoming office area and expanded space for programming!  We can’t wait to see you at our new location!  Our office is open Monday – Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM.   

Seasonal Staff Openings: We are currently accepting job applications for Tons-O-Fun Summer Camp Counselors through Friday, April 16, at 5 PM.  Positions are open to applicants 16 years of age and up.  Apply online at www.enfield-ct.gov/hr

The Recreation Division has a variety of virtual and Take it, Make it programs this February/March. The February/March newsletter is now online at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation. Currently, in-person programming has been suspended due to increased COVID numbers. Upcoming programs include: 

The Cooped-Up Crafts Cart is out and about this February!  Stop by, say hi and pick up a FREE activity or two for your child!  Upcoming dates include…    

  • Wednesday, March 17th: 10 - 11 AM at the Rotary Playground
  • Wednesday, March 24th: 10 - 11 AM at the Rotary Playground
  • Wednesday, March 31st: 10 - 11 AM at the Rotary Playground 

February/March Holiday Trivia Contest: Check out our February/March newsletter for complete details and to view the contest questions.  Those who respond with all correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a fun prize!  Enter by sending an email with your family’s answers to bfairman@enfield.org by March 19.  

Take it, Make it Craft Kits: Contact the Enfield Recreation Division to reserve one of two seasonal craft kits.  Open to Enfield youth ages 3 and up, free craft kits are available while supplies last.  Activities include:   

  • Rainbow Lacing Craft Kit (ages 6 and older)
  • Spring Bunny Paper Roll Craft Kit (ages 3 and older) 

JUST ADDED!  Babysitter Safety Course: This entry level 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 an emphasis on prevention. Other topics include handwashing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interview skills and COVID-19 related topics. Basic first aid, including adult and child CPR (requires passing written and skills testing to receive the 2-year certification), will be covered. Each participant will receive a booklet, handouts and Babysitter Safety Certificate.  Held Wednesday, April 14 (Spring break, no school), 9 AM – 2 PM at the Enfield Annex. Spaces are limited and open to Enfield residents only. Pre-registration (beginning March 12th) and full payment are required to secure a spot. 

Our Virtual Recreation Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and contains a variety of free resources for you to use from the comfort and safety of your own home.  

Stay tuned for Camp Tons-O-Fun Summer Care information coming soon! Plus, our next newsletter is set to be released on April 1! 

Library    

Join the Library on Friday, March 12, at 6:30 PM for a Facebook Live Concert with Abbotts Cross.  We are happy to welcome Abbots Cross back for the second time for a celebration of traditional and modern Irish music with unique improvisations. https://www.facebook.com/enfieldpubliclibrary. This program is sponsored by ECAC Enfield Culture and Arts Commission 

On Wednesday, March 31, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, come join the library for the Ultimate Presentation for Red Sox Nation. Take a fun and enlightening journey through Boston Red Sox history with the author of the Ultimate Boston Red Sox Time Machine Book. This presentation features videos and photographs of the greatest and most fascinating players, teams, events and moments in franchise history. The program also includes trivia questions for patrons to ponder and covers Sox history from the Royal Rooters, who launched Red Sox Nation, all the way to the four World Series championships and beyond. It will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Author Martin Gitlin will have autographed and personalized copies of his book available online following the program. Email Lsprague@enfield.org for an invitation to the Zoom program. 

Please join us for a Zoom Concert with Electric Violinist Caryn Lin on Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30 PM. Email lsprague@enfield.org for an invitation to the Zoom program. “One Woman Musical Extravaganza,” electric violinist Caryn Lin, literally transforms sound! Years of concentrated experimentation with sound results in a live or virtual show that is spectacular. Layers of sound with deceptively simple melodies make music that is both other worldly & totally catchy. With the technologies of looping & sound effects, on the spot recordings emerge, creating the musical equivalent of light traveling through a prism. You will learn about the basic science behind this magical sound. This program is sponsored by ECAC Enfield Culture and Arts Commission. 

Book Discussions  

3/15 Virtual Book Discussion Nothing to See Here

3/25 Virtual Book Discussion A Memory Called Empire

4/14 Virtual Book Discussion The Other Einstein 

These titles are available in eBook format. When possible, we will also have physical copies that can be picked up at the Central Library circulation desk.  

Children’s Programs

Take & Make Craft, Wednesday, March 17, 9:30-10:30 and 6:30-7 PM: It’s a “Take & Make” Crafty Wednesday at the Enfield Public Library. Use the supplies provided to make a butterfly or kite. Ages 3-7 will create a butterfly puppet and ages 8-12 a kite to color. Kits can be picked up curbside. There is no need to register in advance. This craft is sponsored by the Enfield Culture and Arts Commission. 

Join the Library for the Online Rhyme Time program for children ages birth to 24 months via Facebook on Mondays at 10:30 AM. Virtual Storytime for ages 2-4 will be on Facebook on Tuesdays at 9:30 AM and Storytime for ages 4-5 will be on Facebook on Thursdays at 9:30 AM.  

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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.   

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