Fall 2018 The Webletter Town of Enfield

Probate Election

The Honorable Dannel P. Malloy ordered a special election to be held on November 6, 2018 for the office of Judge of Probate of the North Central Probate District to fill the vacancy that exists due to the retirement of the Judge of the district effective September 12, 2018.  This special election affects four (4) Connecticut towns:  Enfield, Somers, Stafford and Union.  The special election will be held with the state election.
There will be two offices for Judge of Probate listed on the November 6, 2018 ballot: 

Judge of Probate To Fill Vacancy

Judge of Probate

Candidates for both offices will be listed on the ballot.
The office of Judge of Probate To Fill Vacancy will be for the term of 11/06/2018 – 01/09/2019 and will fill the approximate two months before the regular term begins.

The office of Judge of Probate will be the full term for the position of 01/09/2019 – 01/04/2023.
Substitute judges will perform the duties of the court from the time of Judge Keeney’s retirement on 09/12/2018 to 11/06/2018
Once the Town receives a list of all candidates, the list will be posted on the Town of Enfield website.

Election 2018

Offices to be Filled on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The 2018 Connecticut gubernatorial election will take place on November 6, 2018, to elect the next Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut.  The election of Connecticut's Class I U.S. Senate seat, the United States House of Representatives and state representatives will also be running for election or re-election.

The 2018 United States Senate election in Connecticut will take place on November 6, 2018, in order to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the state of Connecticut.

The five U.S. Representatives from the state of Connecticut, one from each of the state's five congressional districts will be elected and will coincide with the gubernatorial election.

The List of Offices to be Filled and polling places and hours of voting are below.  The numbers of the offices indicate the district:

02 = 2nd Congressional District
58 = State Assembly District
59 = State Assembly District
11 – Probate District

HOURS OF VOTING:  6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


District 1-58      John F. Kennedy Middle School                             155 Raffia Road
District 1-59      John F. Kennedy Middle School                             155 Raffia Road
District 2-58      Enfield Street School                                              1318 Enfield Street
District 3-58      Enfield Annex (Former Enrico Fermi High School) 124 North Maple Street
District 3-59      Enfield Annex (Former Enrico Fermi High School) 124 North Maple Street
District 4-58      Henry Barnard Elementary School                          27 Shaker Road
District 4-59      Henry Barnard Elementary School                          27 Shaker Road

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Hot Topics on the Website Homepage!

Visit the newly redesigned Town of Enfield Webpage for Enfield News you need to know.  Directly on the Homepage is a cluster of three tabs:  Community Alerts, Town Manager Twitter, and Popular Services.  The goal of this function in to bring you straight to the information that you are looking for-in just one click!

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Community Alerts

Clicking on the Community Alerts Tab will bring you to press releases and notices that will aide residents in reading what the Town is talking about.  Departments and Division, Boards and Commissions, and special information that will affect your routine are shared through this tab.

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Town Manager Twitter

The Town Manager Twitter feeds directly from the Enfield Town Manager Facebook page.  Check here for closings, special waste pick up schedules, Engineering Updates, and special events and meetings organized by Town Departments.

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Shortcut to Popular Services

There are a few popular departments and services that the residents are looking for specifically through the Website.  Find the link to tax information, the Police Department Page, the GIS and other services residents tend to search for the most.

With ease and accessibility in mind, the Town of Enfield will continue to improve functionally for the services that you depend on us for.  Visit www.enfield-ct today for the information that is important to you.

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Retirement of EMS Chief
Gary Wiemokly

Director of EMS, Gary Wiemokly, has retired from the Town of Enfield.  Gary first started with us back in May of 2002 until September 2004, later rejoining our team back in 2011 until present.  He has been instrumental in putting the face of Enfield EMS on the national map, implemented life saving programs and training, and will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues.  Gary looks forward to spending time playing guitar with the many talented musicians he has made friends with through the years, and spending quality time with his family and grandchildren.
Effective September 4, 2018, Captain Erin Riggott will become Director of EMS Riggott.  Erin began her career here as a paramedic with the Town of Enfield back on January 2, 2008.

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When visiting the Town Hall, there are a few new faces in the Department of Development Services!

We are happy to welcome Laurie Whitten – Director of Development Services, Raymond Steadward – Building Official, Dave Thomas – Property Inspector, Kristy Koistinen – Accounting Clerk and Sue Roche – Administrative Assistant.

Laurie Whitten recently transitioned from her position of Director of Planning and Development for the Town of East Windsor after 14 years of service, before which she was the Conservation, Wetlands and Zoning Compliance Officer for the Town of Simsbury for 6 years. Laurie began her land use career in Connecticut as Assistant Planner and then Acting Town Planner for the Town of Enfield. Acting Town Manager Christopher W. Bromson is very excited about her return to Enfield.

Raymond Steadward was an Assistant Building Official for the Town of Enfield from 2010 to 2013 and he is looking forward to returning in the lead Building Official Position. “Having been Building Official in both Tolland and Bloomfield, as well as Assistant Building Official in Enfield, my background uniquely qualifies me for the position. I’m excited to bring a broad-base of technical experience and a business-friendly perspective to the Town.”

After 35 years with the Enfield Police Department, Dave Thomas retired in November of 2017. He has now joined the Department of Development Services as a Property Inspector. Over his last 10 years at the Police Department, he was the polygraph examiner and child sex crimes investigator. Earlier in his career, he did stints as a police K9 handler, and was then assigned to the Traffic Unit. The department is eager to utilize his knowledge and skills in his new role.

Kristy Koistinen was most recently the Administrative Assistant for Development Services before moving into her new role as Accounting Clerk for the Community Development Division. She has become a quick study in the department, becoming involved in multiple divisions and many high scale projects.  Kristy is excited to work with residents and help implement the programs in the Community Development Office with her versatile knowledge base.

Sue Roche has worked in many departments during her tenure at the Town of Enfield, including the Town Manager's Office, the Finance Department, the Police Department, and most recently at the Senior Center.  She has now returned to the Town Hall as the Development Services Administrative Assistant. Sue has gained a lot of experience throughout her time with the Town and we are excited to welcome her back to the Town Hall.

The Town of Enfield is very pleased with this new line-up, and is looking forward to what they have in store for our very bright future!

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Support Cheif Alaric Fox and the Enfield Police Department and their Efforts with the Special Olympics

Chief Fox is going Over the Edge!

Over the Edge raises funds for Special Olympics Connecticut's year-round programs of sports training and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities. Please show your support as he prepares to rappel down Mohegan Sun on Friday, September 7, 2018!

Special Olympics Connecticut athletes are given valuable year-round opportunities to develop physical fitness and motor skills, demonstrate courage, and create lasting friendships through their participation in Special Olympics sports training and athletic competition.  Special Olympics has become one of the world’s most powerful and effective social movements, helping to change the public perception of people with intellectual disabilities. 

Please visit his page 

Making a donation is easy:

•Donate Online: Just click the donate button and answer a few questions to use   your credit card online.

•Donate by cash or check:  Fill out an Offline Donation Form (available through https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/1424063) and send your donation to Chief Fox at the Enfield Police Department, or Special Olympics Connecticut.

•Help spread the word and share this page on Facebook, Twitter or to your email contacts.

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In addition, the Police Department will be having two events in an effort to raise money for the Connecticut Special Olympics.  The first will be a 2nd annual softball tournament scheduled for October 27 at 8:00 am at the Brainerd Park Ballfields.  There will be 4 teams, and participation is open to all of the Fire Departments, the Police Department, Recreation and DPW, EMS and family members and friends from area departments.

The second evening will be the 3rd annual Pasta and Meatball supper at Mount Carmel on November 8 from  5:00pm to 7:30pm. Tickets are available in advance by calling Roberto Felici at (860) 763-6400 and can also be bought at the door.

Thank you for your support and helping to spread the Special Olympics movement!

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IT Get EPS Back to School!

In preparation for the new school year, IT worked closely with Enfield Public Schools to ensure that students, teachers and staff had a smooth return to school.  This involved creating 40 new teacher accounts, distributing Laptop Welcome Kits at Teacher Orientation and addressing the logins for applications that teachers use daily.  These kits included brand new HP laptops for our new teachers!  This also included user account changes to reflect new teaching assignments and retirements.  Student accounts have been addressed: new accounts have been added, current students have been advanced to new buildings and graduates have been removed.  Many offices were relocated and remodeled, requiring IT assistance.
The Information Technology Department is certainly pleased to support our hard working educators and the bright future stars of tomorrow.  We are wishing everyone a successful and fulfilling 18/19 school year! 

Fall into the Wonders of the Enfield Public Library

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Creative Writing Workshop-Author Ed Londergan

Thinking of writing the Great American Novel or a Memoir?  Author Ed Londergan will be presenting a Creative Writing Workshop at the Central Library on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30 pm.  Ed will cover the writing and publishing process, how to develop ideas, story structure and creation of atmosphere/location, motivation and inspiration, how to put together a chapter, character development, creating authentic dialogue, flow of the book and how to hold readers interest, common problems like overcoming writer’s block. 

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The History of Opera-Mike Cascia

If you enjoy opera or would like to learn more about this wonderful art form, please join opera enthusiast and teacher Mike Cascia as he shares his understanding of opera. Come learn about opera, its history, the music, the stories and the composers. Mr. Cascia will showcase the operas that are being broadcast live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera for the 2018-2019 season starting on Thursday, October 4 at 2:30 pm at the Central Library. Mr. Cascia will lecture afternoons at 2:30 pm. The operas will be simulcast on Saturday mornings at the theater. Check with the theater for the exact time of the operas. There is a fee to attend the operas at the Enfield Cinemas.

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The Taste Testers Cookbook Club

Exciting things are happening at the Reference Desk of Central Library. The Taste Testers Cookbook Club continues with delicious meetings every third Thursday of the month. The group takes a break for the holiday season with a combined November/December meeting on November 15. On that date, members are invited to share a favorite appetizer and bring beloved cookies to share in the cookie exchange. Folks can sign up at the reference desk starting late October.

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New Foundation Directory Online 

The recent addition of the Foundation Directory Online to the database collection offers Enfield’s non-profits an invaluable resource. Now they can research funders, foundations and grants opportunities to support their missions. Librarian Sam Lee is available to provide quick tutorials for interested nonprofits.

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Reference USA Seminar

Business leaders should take note, on October 17, guest speaker TJ will host an interactive lead generation marketing seminar. Featuring the library service called Reference USA – TJ will demonstrate how it can accommodate the needs of business owners, sales and marketing representatives, and job seekers. 

Fun Free Family Events at the Library in September!

My Gym program on September 7 at 9:00 am.

Family Bingo on September 14 at 6:30 pm.   Bring the whole family for free Bingo, adults and kids all play.

Waddling Ones on September 21 at 9:30 am.  Enjoy simple stories, songs, movement, finger plays, open playtime and art.  Ages 12-24 months.

PJ Storytime on September 27 at 6:30 pm.  Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animals for stores, a craft and music.  Ages 3-7.

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Recycling Made Easy

The Department of Public Works has made it easier than ever for Town of Enfield residents to recycle properly. There’s no longer any need for guesswork about what goes into the blue recycling bin and what you should put in the garbage. The information is now available on the Town’s website.

By utilizing technology developed for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Town of Enfield has made it easier to provide residents with the information they need to recycle more effectively.   The new app that can be found on the Refuse & Resource Management page. Our goal is to increase recycling which benefits the environment and also offers real savings for taxpayers and businesses by reducing costs for waste disposal. 

Please go to  http://www.enfield-ct.gov/386/Refuse-Resource-Management and try it out!

If you have any questions, please call the Enfield Public Works Information Line at (860) 763-7527.

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Fall and Winter Programs in Recreation

The Enfield Recreation Departments Fall/Winter program information will be available online at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation beginning Friday, September 7, 2018. The Department has a wide variety of programs this fall/winter that range from classes for preschool, youth, teen and adults, special events, drop in programs and much more! Registration for Enfield Residents begins on Friday, September 14 at 8:00 AM. Non-Resident Registration begins Friday, September 21 at 8:00 AM. Spaces are limited and fill quickly so register early!
The Dolphins Swim Team is hosted by the Enfield Recreation Department for boys and girls ages 5-18 years old as of December 31, 2018.  The team swims at the Enfield Annex Pool, 124 North Maple Street in Enfield.  The coaching staff believes that it is important to teach the strokes correctly to the swimmers in a way that is developmentally appropriate while giving them ample opportunities to practice what they have learned.  The focus is on improving strokes and times while having fun and being part of a team.  We will not take any additional registrations for new or returning swimmers after Friday, October 26 at 4:00 PM. 
Returning Swimmer Registration: A limited number of spots are available for this program.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you register early to ensure a spot in the program.  Participation in previous seasons does not guarantee a spot.  Registration begins on Friday, September 14 at 8AM for Enfield residents and Friday, September 21  at 8 AM for Non-Residents. 
New Swimmer Evaluations are held to make sure that swimmers are safe in the water and ready to be on swim team.  Evaluations for new swimmers will be held on September 18 & 19, 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Annex Pool. Those interested in joining the swim team must attend one of the two try-out nights. Those trying out will need to bring their bathing suits to demonstrate skills to the coaches.  A minimum skill & endurance level is required to participate in the program. Parents will also be provided with information about the team, time commitment, required fees and more.  New swimmers cannot register until after they tryout and are notified of their eligibility.

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