Community News For The South Windsor Edition – Hartford Courant

CT Life In The American Revolution

SOUTH WINDSOR — Connecticut Life in the American Revolution will be discussed at the Sept. 14 program of the South Windsor Historical Society at Wood Memorial Library & Museum, 783 Main St.

The 7 p.m. program features Bev York, who has been active with the Windham Textile and History Museum for 25 years, serving in the past as its director and currently as museum educator. She has also taught history and humanities classes at Quinebaug Valley Community College.

Her talk will include stories about Jonathon Trumbull, Sybil Luddington, Nathan Hale, Samuel Huntington, and other Connecticut figures. The program is open to the public; admission is $5 per person or $3 for society or library members. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit or or call 860-289-1783.

Reading In The Schools

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor branch of the Savings Institute Bank and Trust recently donated $500 towards the South Windsor Senior Center’s Reading in the Schools program. For the past six years, senior volunteers have read to all classrooms in all elementary schools in town once throughout the school year. The money is used to purchase books, which are then left in all classrooms and school libraries for future enjoyment. Pictured is Kimberly Gassett-Tenenbaum, Branch Manager/Assistant VP from the Savings Institute and Andrea Cofrancesco, South Windsor’s Director of Adult and Senior Services.

50th Wedding Anniversary

SOUTH WINDSOR — Fletcher and Jane Kinsley recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner with family and friends. In lieu of gifts, they asked for food for the South Windsor Food Bank. Fifty-four bags and over $100 was collected to benefit South Windsor families in need. This donation came at a great time because the food bank is desperately in need of food. To donate, items can be dropped off in the Human Services office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Andrea Cofrancesco at 860-648-6357.

Food Pantry Needs Donations

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Food Bank is desperately in need of food. Items most in need are: cereal, tuna, canned chicken, canned pasta, jar spaghetti sauce, crackers, granola bars and other kid snacks, juice, canned fruit, rice, boxed potatoes, paper goods, toiletries, diapers in sizes four and five and feminine products.

Drop off donations to the South Windsor Human Services office, 150 Nevers Road, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-648-6361, ext. 319.

Selichot Services

SOUTH WINDSOR — Selichot Services will take place at Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The schedule is as follows: 6 p.m. dairy supper, suggested donation of $5; 7 p.m. study session, Cantor Scott Harris will present Part II of Davening Do’s and Don’ts; 8 p.m. Havdallah and Selichot Service, where the sanctuary is prepared for the High Holidays.

For more information, visit or call the office at 860-282-8466.

Girl Scout Recruitment

SOUTH WINDSOR — ‘Make New Friends’ is the theme for South Windsor Girl Scouts this year. Troops are forming for Girl Scout Daisies (grade K-1); Brownies (grades 2-3); Juniors (4-5); Cadettes (6-8); Seniors (9-10); and Ambassadors (grades 11-12).

Troops generally meet twice a month at local schools to plan activities that encourage cooperation, friendship, community service, and skill building. Adult volunteers are needed. No prior experience is required and training and support are provided. For further information, email [email protected] or contact Lisa Kopper at 860-644-8588.

Call For Exhibitors

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Chamber of Commerce is hosting the South Windsor Spectacular on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nomad’s Gymnasium, 100 Bidwell Road. This event, formerly known as The Discover South Windsor Expo, is open to the public.

Local businesses may join as exhibitors. Booth sizes available include 8’x8′ and 8’x10′. There is space for food trucks outside the venue. Food trucks may call the Chamber at 860-644-9442 to sign up.

Those interested in exhibiting can visit to register online or call 860-644-9442.

Garden Club

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Down to Earth Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the season at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Avery Street Christian Reformed Church, 661 Avery St.

A potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting will start at 7 p.m., with guest speaker Barb Scala, speaking about edible gardens. The public is invited to attend. If attending the supper, guests are asked to bring a dish to share.

For more information, visit or call 860-644-8165.

Wapping Fair Discount Tickets

SOUTH WINDSOR — The Wapping Fair, taking place at its new location on 75 Brookfield St.,from Sept. 7 through 10, is offering a limited quantity of advance discount tickets for sale. Family four packs can be purchased for $25, a savings of $7, and two packs are offered for $13, a $3 savings.

Tickets can be purchased at the Wapping Fair Booth at the South Windsor Farmers Market through Sept 2 or visit

Fall Fest Vendor Applications

SOUTH WINDSOR — Vendor applications are available for South Windsor Parks and Recreation’s 4th annual Fall Fest, taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Nevers Park on Chief Ryan Way.

The event features trail runs, crafters, vendors, trick-or-treating, a kids’ maze, tethered hot air balloon rides, food trucks, inflatables, harvest activities, beer sales and farmers’ market vendors.

Price for a booth prior to Sept. 1 is $25 and $40 afterwards. All applications must be registered by Oct. 1. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics. Potential vendors can contact Cheryl Gerber at [email protected] for more information.

Charity Golf Tournament

SOUTH WINDSOR — The Bolton Congregational Church is holding its 13th annual charity golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Willow Brook Golf Course, 124 Brookfield St.

The public is invited. The registration fee for golfers is $90 and includes lunch and prizes. A registration form can be downloaded from and questions may be directed to the church office at 860-649-7077.

High Holiday Services

SOUTH WINDSOR — If you are seeking a spiritual home for the High Holidays, Temple Beth Hillel invites people to visit for services. Services are led by Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman and music led by Cantor Scott Harris. Rosh Hashanah services will take place on Sept. 21, followed by Kehillah (community) Konnection.

Temple Beth Hillel is located at 20 Baker Lane. For a complete schedule of High Holiday Services, visit or call 860-282-8466 for more information.

Community Picnic

SOUTH WINDSOR — Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, is sponsoring a free community picnic from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, homemade potato salad and beverages are among the menu items. Bring a dessert to share. Activities include bounce house, children’s games with prizes, face painting and badminton for adults. Call the church, 860-644-0833, or email [email protected] to sign up by Sept. 18 so planners will have enough food.

Yiddish Class

SOUTH WINDSOR — Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, is hosting a Yiddish for Fun class and is open to members and non-members.

The class will meet Monday Sept. 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Contact [email protected] or call 860-282-8466 for more information.

Zipline Adventure

SOUTH WINDSOR — Join The South Windsor Senior Center, 150 Nevers Road, on Tuesday, Sept. 26, as they travel to the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts for their second annual zipline adventure.

This intermediate tour starts off with guests riding a chairlift to the summit and then zipping seven lines ranging from 250 to 800 feet, across the top of Berkshire East. This tour has a combination of ground and platform take-offs and landings, as well as dual lines. This tour can take up to three hours to complete, and involves two short hikes through the woods. For safety’s sake, participants should weigh between 70 and 275 pounds, be of average mobility and strength, and in good health. Closed toed shoes are required.

The senior bus departs the senior center at 8 a.m. and returns at approximately 5:30 p.m. After the canopy tour, lunch will take place at Berkshire Pizzeria. Cost to attend is $77 and includes the zipline adventure and transportation. Lunch is not included in the price. Anyone with questions may call Missy at 860-648-6361, ext. 339.

Community Foundation Grants

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Community Foundation, Inc. seeks to improve the quality of life in South Windsor for all residents of all ages by furthering the development of community based programs and projects.

The foundation issued grants in June 2017 to the following local organizations. These grants were from the Rays of Hope Fund and made possible through generous contributions from local residents.

Rising STARS program: This program promotes positive youth development through team building, group activities, learning healthy living skills and making connects to the community through volunteer work.

Monday Night Social Club: This program provides social activities for local young men and women with developmental disabilities. This grant will provide them with uniquely designed T-Shirts for their club and help unite the group in their many social activities throughout the town.

Wood Memorial Library: This grant will help in the development of new and expanded educational programs and related materials for the physical expansion of the Wood’s Native American Village located at the Wood Memorial Library on Main Street in South Windsor.

Derek Denfeld Memorial Play Structure: This project is located in South Windsor’s boundless playground “My Friends Place” and is a playscape in the form of a fire truck designed for 2-5 year olds. The play structure serves as a memorial to a local young man, Derek Denfeld, who served in the Armed Forces and was a South Windsor volunteer fireman. The Denfeld Family managed the project and worked hard to have this memorial built.

South Windsor High School Bobcat Robotics Team: This team designs, constructs, and assembles an entire robot within a six-week build season. Students manufacture, build and program their robot with the support of adult mentors who volunteer their time and expertise to help teach students the skills needed and to prepare them for future careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing fields.

Renter’s Rebate

SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor residents can apply for Renter’s Rebate until October 1. Did you rent an apartment in 2016? Are you 65 or totally disabled? Income limited to $35,200 for an individual or $42,900 for a couple? Documentation needed includes all income for 2016, which includes your 1040 form for 2016 or if you do not file taxes, all 1099 forms for 2016 and proof of what you paid for rent and utilities for 2016. Call South Windsor Human Services at 860-648-6361 for an appointment.

Caregivers Support Group

SOUTH WINDSOR — A caregivers support group will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Charles N. Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road.

The guest speaker is Mark Sherry MA, M.Ed. A light lunch will be served afterwards. For more information, to register for the program, or to be added to the list for the Caregivers Support Group, contact Penny Shea in Human Services at [email protected] or 860-648-6361, ext. 314.

Senior Activities

SOUTH WINDSOR — The following activities for seniors will take place at the Charles N. Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road. To register for any free program, call Human Services at 860-648-6361, ext. 335. Register in the office for any program requiring payment.

Men’s Morning Group: This new Men’s group will meet the third Friday of every month at 9 a.m. Enjoy light refreshments and outdoor lawn games. Call to register.

Walkers: If you want to walk outside but don’t want to walk alone, join this group as they walk the trails right behind the Community Center. The group meets at the Rotary Pavilion on Chief Ryan Way every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. weather permitting, to walk at a slow pace.

Ballroom Dance Lessons: Lessons are Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. To join, contact instructors Laura and Jason Gardiner at 860-875-7150. Couples only. Free.

Fire Department Recruiting New Members

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department is currently recruiting new members of all ages and abilities who possess a desire to help and a passion for service, as well as a sense of pride and tradition.

Positions include firefighter, fire police, fire explorer for youth ages 14 to 17, support staff and fire and life safety. All training and equipment is included. For more information, please visit or contact Deputy Chief Scott Fine at 860-463-0500 or via email at [email protected].

Farmers’ Market

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Farmer’s Market at the South Windsor Community Center, 150 Nevers Road, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, through October. The parking is free. Offerings include strawberries for the first two weeks, vegetables, fruit, breads, pastries, pies, goat cheese, cow cheese, eggs, milk, maple honey, micro-greens, pasta, kettle corn, BBQ sauces; coffee and ice cream.

Lunch will be served by Celiac Epicurean, Rasham Restaurant, Sylvia’s Hot Dogs, La Brioche, Granny’s Pies and the Hartford Baking Company.

Community Free Of Prejudice

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Democratic Town Committee has endorsed a resolution that encourages the town to be a welcoming community to all residents including immigrants and refugees. The resolution, which was approved unanimously ensures “the equal protection, treatment and representation of all persons without discrimination.”

The resolution promises that the South Windsor Democratic Party will work to safeguard the civil rights and the dignity of all residents. “This is a reminder that South Windsor, which is already a great place to live, continues to be a community where everyone is welcome,” says South Windsor Democratic Town Committee chairman, Tony Duarte.

The entire resolution, South Windsor as a Community Free of Prejudice, Bigotry and Hate is posted on the South Windsor Democratic Town Committee’s website at

Senior Activities

SOUTH WINDSOR — The following activities will take place at the Charles N. Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road.

To register for any free program, call Human Services at 860-648-6361, ext. 335. Register in the office for any program requiring payment.

Aerobics Summer Program: Linda will be in attendance on Fridays at 8 a.m. Cost is $2 per class; pay that day. No sign-up is needed.

Quilter’s Group: The South Windsor Senior Center will be starting it’s very first quilting group. Join fellow quilters on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. Call to sign up: 860-648-6361, ext. 335.

Lunch With Rabbi

SOUTH WINDSOR — Lunch With Rabbit, a monthly study for adult learners with Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman meets the last Thursday of every month at Temple Beth Hillel at noon. No reservation is required.

A soup lunch is provided. For more information, contact the Temple at 860-282-8466 or [email protected]. Temple Beth Hillel is located at 20 Baker Lane.

FISH Seeking Volunteers

SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor FISH (Friends In Service Here) is seeking additional volunteers for their transportation and telephone rosters. Volunteers serve only one weekday a month, either providing transportation to doctor’s appointments or recording appointment requests. Call Phyllis Oswald at 860-644-2910 for more information.

Nutmeg Senior Rides

AREA — Nutmeg Senior Rides provides door through door transportation for seniors and the visually impaired in North Central Connecticut, and now has the online capability for volunteers to pick the rides that fit their schedule.

Volunteer drivers help riders shop and pick out their items, go to doctor appointments, bingo, lunch with friends and more. Mileage for drivers is reimbursed at 40-cents per mile.

Volunteer drivers are needed for expanded service in Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.

Applications to become a driver are available at or by sending an email to [email protected]. For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.

Blue Star Family Members Sought

SOUTH WINDSOR — South Windsor American Legion Post 133 wishes to recognize family members residing within the town who have relatives currently serving as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Family members, defined as spouse, parent, sibling, or other close relative, are eligible to receive recognition as a Blue Star Family member. Post 133 would like to present a Blue Star pin to any South Windsor family member in honor of a currently serving relative. Anyone who believes he or she qualifies is asked to contact Art Sladyk at 860-648-1711 or [email protected].

Friday Night Services

SOUTH WINDSOR — Temple Beth Hillel of South Windsor, 20 Baker Lane, is inviting the community to join them for Friday night services. Temple Beth Hillel is a reform Synagogue that has a social driven community.

Services led by Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman start Friday evenings at 7 p.m., with music by Cantor Scott Harris. Stay afterward and talk to friends and make new ones. All are welcome. For more information, contact the office at 860-282-8466, email [email protected] or visit

Meals On Wheels Volunteers Needed

SOUTH WINDSOR — Meals On Wheels is seeking volunteers to deliver to homes in South Windsor. Commitment can be as little as once a month. Training available. Call South Windsor Human Services at 860-648-6361 for details.

St. James School Accepting Applications

MANCHESTER — St. James School in Manchester is currently accepting new student applications for its pre-K, elementary school and middle school 2017-18 school year.

Applications may be obtained by visiting the school’s website,, e-mailing [email protected], or calling the school’s main office at 860-643-5088.

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St. James School accepts students of all religious faiths and from all towns in the surrounding area. Tuition assistance is available to qualifying families.

Energy Assistance

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel’s statewide network of fuel banks started taking energy assistance applications on Wednesday, July 5, from households that are in financial crisis and are in danger of having their utility services terminated.

Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. The annual winter moratorium, which prevents households from having their electricity and gas shut off, ended on May 1 and will not resume until November 1, 2017.

Energy affordability is a year-round problem for more than 322,000 Connecticut households. Operation Fuel is Connecticut’s only statewide nonprofit energy assistance program. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Operation Fuel has provided over $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. This includes $2.1 million in energy assistance for the 2017 winter program and $1.2 million in energy assistance last summer.

Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.

For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.

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