Winter Scene in Ellington
Winter Scene in Ellington (photo credit Andre Garant)

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Lori Spielman, First Selectman

First Selectman's Corner

Phone: 860-870-3100
Email: LSpielman@ellington-ct.gov

I would like to start off by thanking everyone who supported me during this recent election season; I am so fortunate and honored to be able to spend my time serving the community that I grew up in and that I love, and I am looking forward to another two years!

It was another beautiful autumn here in Ellington; I love driving through Town and seeing all of the fall “must-haves” from bins of apples and seasonal gourds, pumpkins growing in fields and of course, scarecrows!

The 3rd Annual Scarecrow Contest was bigger than ever! So many businesses, groups and families set up truly amazing displays on the Green and around Town. Thank you to everyone who participated, and to those who spent the time walking through and enjoying the hard work put in by all.  

This year’s Trail of Treats event was a HUGE success! The Ellington Trails Committee puts in months of work and it is a perfect way to bring the community together in a safe and fun way. Many thanks to each vendor who participated and to all of you who attended with your families.

I attended a wonderful Veterans Day Breakfast & Ceremony at Ellington High School; it’s incredible to see the interactions between the students and veterans, and it is a very special day each year.

The Ellington Patriotic Committee needs your help; over 450 veterans are buried at Ellington Center Cemetery, and Wreaths Across America aims to place a beautiful memorial wreath at each of those graves to honor our fallen service members. For every two wreaths purchased, an additional one is donated to the Town at no charge. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 14; for more information or to order wreaths to support this honorable cause, click here

Winterfest is celebrating its Sweet Sixteen! Festivities are scheduled for Saturday, December 7th (with some bonus fun on Friday night!), and the Beautification Committee is busy planning the 4th Annual Holiday Lighting Contest. There is truly something for everyone; come meet Santa, enjoy the most festive parade in Town, check out musical and theatrical entertainment at Hall Memorial Library, or just drive around and look at the lights!  

Our fantastic Farmers Market will once again be hosting various winter markets at the Indian Valley Family YMCA over the next few months. The Winter Market Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, with a special Holiday Extravaganza on December 7. For a list of dates, themes and vendors, click here.

A very touching dedication ceremony was held in October to commemorate the renaming of Brookside Park to Robert Tedford Memorial Park; many wonderful speakers were able to share memories of Bob and his legacy with the Ellington Recreation Department, and it was a beautiful day spent remembering and honoring him.

I continue to host various guests from businesses and organizations throughout the community, and love getting a chance to further explore the great places and things that Ellington has to offer. If you have a group, business or event that you think would interest our residents, let me know; I’d love to have you join me!

Here’s to the next two years,

Respectfully,
Lori Spielman
First Selectman

Trail of Treats 2019
Trail of Treats 2019
Robert Tedford Memorial Park Dedication
Robert Tedford Memorial Park Dedication
Winterfest 2018
Winterfest 2018

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Ellington Town Hall Hours

Monday
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Holiday Schedule

Town Offices will be closed on the following dates
Wednesday, November 27 – Close at Noon
Thursday, November 28* and Friday November 29* – Thanksgiving Holiday
Tuesday, December 24 – Close at Noon
Wednesday, December 25* – Christmas Day
Wednesday, January 1* – New Year’s Day
 
*There will be a one day delay in trash/recycling collection for these holidays.
Check the Hall Memorial Library website for closing dates at library.ellington-ct.gov

Town of Ellington Directory

Town of Ellington
55 Main Street, P.O. Box 187, Ellington, CT  06029

Directory

Animal Control                                                                                               (860) 870-3155
Assessor’s Office                                                                                           (860) 870-3109
Building Department                                                                                      (860) 870-3124
Emergency Services (Non-emergency)                                                         xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Crystal Lake Fire Department                                                                        (860) 870-3174
                Ellington Volunteer Fire Department                                              (860) 870-3190
                Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps                                           (860) 870-3170
Emergency Management                                                                               (860) 870-3182
Finance Department                                                                                       (860) 870-3115
Fire Marshal                                                                                                   (860) 870-3126
First Selectman’s Office                                                                                 (860) 870-3100
Human Services                                                                                            (860) 870-3128
Housing Rehabilitation                                                                                   (860) 870-3132
Library (Hall Memorial)                                                                                  (860) 870-3160
Police (non-emergency)                                                                                 (860) 870-3154
Public Works                                                                                                  (860) 870-3140
Recreation Department                                                                                  (860) 870-3118
Registrars of Voters                                                                                       (860) 870-3107
Senior Center                                                                                                 (860) 870-3133
Tax and Revenue Collector                                                                            (860) 870-3113
Trash (Bulky Pick-up) All American Waste                                                    (860) 289-7850
Town Clerk                                                                                                     (860) 870-3105
Town Planner                                                                                                 (860) 870-3120
Youth Services                                                                                               (860) 870-3130


Winter Weather Cancellations and Delays

  • Town Office closings
  • Delayed openings
  • Meeting cancellations
  • Program cancellations

will be posted on the Town website at ellington-ct.gov and on the Town Facebook page; cancellation notificationsWFSB Channel 3.

2019 Holiday Lighting Contest
Holiday Lighting Contest

The Ad Hoc Ellington Beautification Committee announces the fourth annual

Holiday Lighting Contest!

Categories for this year will include Best Children’s Theme, Most Creative, Best Theme, Judges’ Choice, and most Over the Top entry.
 
Submit entry forms to the First Selectman’s Office by Thursday, December 12. On-site judging by the Ellington Beautification Committee will take place on Monday, December 23 - Please ensure that your lights are on during this time.  To be eligible for Fan Favorite voting on social media, you will need to submit a photo or photos (up to five) to jconnor@ellington-ct.gov. This voting will remain open through December 20.  
This contest is open to Ellington residents only. Let’s light up the Town! 

--> 2019 Holiday Lighting Contest Entry Form <--


2018 Winterfest

“SWEET 16” FOR ELLINGTON WINTERFEST 2019


ELLINGTON WINTERFEST
P.O. Box 282
Ellington, CT 06029
 
Ellen Karadimas, Chairman, 860-875-3885 or 860-306-8746 or
Susan Phillips, Director, Hall Memorial Library, 860-870-3160 

Ellington’s 16th annual Winterfest and Tree-Lighting Ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 7th, at 4:00 pm on the gazebo green between Main and Maple Streets (Rt. 286 and 140) in Ellington. The festivities will begin with musical entertainment from the Center School and Crystal Lake Choruses and the appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The town’s holiday trees will be lighted around 4:30 pm by Santa and his two helpers (selected from a submission box at Hall Memorial Library), and the “Torchlight Parade” will be streaming down Main Street. at 5:15 pm.
 
Numerous activities will also be featured in venues around the center of Ellington, during the day and evening on December 7th., at Hall Memorial Library, Nellie McKnight Museum, Ellington Congregational Church, Ellington Senior Center, the Town Annex, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  The Friday evening before Winterfest, on December 6th, there will be a Holiday Concert by the Ellington Singers at the library with refreshments served. The Ellington Farmers' Market will be holding a Holiday Extravaganza Market from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Indian Valley Family YMCA, 11 Pinney Street.  A complete program listing is available at Hall Memorial Library or check with your local media. Please call 860-870-3160 for a weather update on the day of the event. There will be no snow/rain date.

Click here for more details of the Winterfest activities! 

Winterfest 2018
Winterfest 2018
Winterfest 2018
Wreaths Across America

The Ellington Ad Hoc Patriotic Committee in cooperation with the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department welcomes everyone to join us
Wreaths Across America Ceremony
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 12:00 noon
Ellington Center Cemetery, 95 Maple Street, Ellington, CT

There are more than 450 veterans buried at the Ellington Center Cemetery. If you wish to honor a fallen service member by purchasing a $15 wreath, contact Wreaths Across America at (877) 385-9504 or visit the website at WreathsAcrossAmerica.org. Using our sponsor ID: CT0039 and location ID: CTECCE  -  your order will be delivered with the town order.  For every 2 wreaths purchased, 1 is awarded to Ellington at no charge when you use the town code. The wreaths will be presented during the Ellington Center Cemetery Ceremony. Contact Bruce Warkentin @ 860-454-8009 for more information.

Photo Credit: Jim Michaud
Photo Credit: Jim Michaud
Photo Credit: Samantha Peterson
Photo Credit: Samantha Peterson
Photo Credit: Jim Michaud
Photo Credit: Jim Michaud
Don't Forget - Taxes are Due January 1, 2020

Taxes are Due!

Ann Marie Conti
Tax and Revenue Collector
(860) 870-3113

The Tax Collector's office would like to remind taxpayers that the 2018 Grand List second installment of Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills as well as Supplemental Motor Vehicle tax bills are due January 1, 2020. The last day to pay these bills without interest is Monday, February 3, 2020.


Please note there is no separate mailing for the second installment due on Real Estate and Personal Property taxes. The original tax bills mailed in June contain the second installment payment coupon. Supplemental Motor Vehicle bills will be mailed at the end of December; this is an interim tax bill for vehicles registered between October 2, 2018 and July 31, 2019. 

Payment may be made by mail, online, or in person at the Tax Collector’s office, 55 Main Street, Ellington CT 06029. Office hours are Monday 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, and Friday 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. For more information, including viewing tax bills and payment history online, visit
www.ellington-ct.gov.

As always, if you have any questions or require additional information, please do not
hesitate to call the office at 860-870-3113 or email taxcollector@ellington-ct.gov.


DEPARTMENT OF TOWN FIRE MARSHAL

DEPARTMENT OF TOWN FIRE MARSHAL

57 Main St., P.O. Box 187    Ellington, CT  06029--0187
Tel: 860-870-3126    Fax: 860-870-3122
Email: firemarshal@ellington-ct.gov


James S. York II, Fire Marshal
Robert  E. DaBica, Senior Deputy Marshal
Carl W. Dojan, Deputy Fire Marshal
Sydney C. Kern, Deputy Fire Marshal


Happiness at the Hearth

Helpful Hints for Home Heating


            With fall in full swing and winter just around the corner, the brisk chill in the evening air now becomes a shiver throughout your home. New England climates lead people to use one or more types of heating in their home and it is important to keep you, your families, and your friends safe and warm.
Home heating equipment fires account for 15% of all home fires from 2012 to 2016 with nearly half of these fires occurring in December, January, and February. The majority of these home heating equipment fires were caused by unclean chimneys and combustibles being too close to the heat source1. Here are a few tips to help ensure a safe, and warm, winter season:

  • Have a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector on each level of your home.
  • Test your smoke detectors monthly and change batteries as needed.
  • Supervise children and pets around all heating appliances.
  • Remove anything than can burn from the immediate area of any heat source. (The recommended distance is 3-ft and may vary depending on the type and intensity of the heating source.)
  • If you are using portable heaters, ensure they have an automatic shut-off to turn the heater off if it falls over.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into wall outlets without using extension cords.
  • Have your furnace inspected annually by a qualified professional.
  • Have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually by a certified chimney sweep.
  • Burn only clean and seasoned hardwood in your fireplace or woodstove.
  • Ashes from fireplaces or woodstoves should be kept in a covered metal container and stored outside the home and at least 10-ft from the home or other building. 

Following these few safety tips can help you and your family enjoy a comfortable winter season in your home.
 
As always, if a fire, injury, or other emergency occurs, call 911 immediately.
 
Best Wishes for Thanksgiving and the Winter Season,
The Ellington Department of Town Fire Marshal
 
1 NFPA “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment” Report (2018)


Assessor’s Office

Kim Bechard, Assessor
assessor@ellington-ct.gov
860-870-3109 
 
Assessor’s Maps
Ellington’s maps are available on line at ellingtonct.mapgeo.io. Owner information is updated frequently on this site.
 
Homeowner’s Tax Relief Program
The Homeowner’s Tax Relief Program allows a tax credit for qualifying individuals. To qualify, the homeowner (or spouse, if domiciled together) must have been 65 years of age by the end of 2019 and reside at the property. 2019 income limitations have not been set by the State of CT Office of Policy and Management to date, but is defined as adjusted gross income and tax exempt interest, plus any other income not included in the adjusted gross income. Totally disabled persons, regardless of age, are eligible provided they have a Social Security Award letter or SSA-1099 with Medicare premiums. The filing period for the Homeowner’s program is February 1 through May 15, 2020.
 
Additional Veterans’ Exemptions
An additional exemption may be available for those veterans who meet the income requirements. Applications for this program must be filed between February 1 and October 1, 2020. Both of these programs require applications to be filed every two years.  If you are currently on one or both of these programs and it is your year to refile, applications will be mailed to you February 1.  Forms will be available after February 1 in the Assessor’s Office. For questions or help completing these forms, please contact us at 860-870-3109.
 
2020 Revaluation
The Town of Ellington has contracted eQuality Valuation Services, LLC of Waterbury, Connecticut to assist with the October 1, 2020 revaluation of all properties, as mandated by state law.
Each section of town will be notified in advance that the eQuality data collectors will be in their neighborhood.  A complete inspection of the property is necessary to assure accuracy of the Assessor’s information for the valuation process.  This includes exterior measurements, listing interior features, and photos of each building.
All eQuality representatives will have photo identification and a signed letter of introduction from this office.  Their vehicles will be clearly marked and registered with the Ellington Resident State Trooper’s office.  We encourage homeowners to ask for identification prior to admitting anyone into their homes.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or the Resident Trooper’s office.
We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in providing eQuality representatives with access to your property for the information necessary to complete the revaluation project.


Ellington Public Schools

Ellington Public Schools

47 Main Street • PO Box 179
Ellington, Connecticut 06029
(860) 896-2300

Ellington Public Schools Release Comprehensive Facilities Study: Windermere Elementary First School to Be Addressed

Over the last year, the Ellington Board of Education and Town of Ellington set out to develop a long term facilities study that addresses the trend of increasing student enrollment, the aging of the district’s facility infrastructure, and the preparation of facilities for the district’s vision of academic programs.

Through the process, the Board engaged members of various Town Boards and the public in a collaborative and comprehensive process. We thank all of the volunteers and community members who provided input to help shape the study.

After many meetings working through the details of the report, the Board decided on the following items:


 1. “The board acknowledges that student enrollment over next five to ten years will likely        increase based upon two demographic studies. Increasing enrollment, coupled with            the aging infrastructure, will result in the need to undertake building project(s).”
      
April 23, 2019

 
2. “In recognition of the aging condition of the Windermere facility and the anticipated            capital investment required in the short-term, the Board of Education hereby instructs        the administration to begin activities required for the submission of New Construction          or Renovate as new project grant for Windermere School…”
   June 11, 2019

3. “The Board of Education accepts the final report, as corrected, for the Facilities Study        and Master Plan capital project as presented by DRA Architects and asks the                      administration to continue its work monitoring and planning for the trends described            within and to continue exploration of the report’s recommendations with community            stakeholders, including ways to increase funding for these projects within existing and        special legislation”

   July 24, 2019
 
The full report of the facilities study and other informational material can be found on our website: www.ellingtonpublicschools.org/facilities.
 
Over the coming year, the Board will continue its engagement of the community around the results of the facilities study. This engagement will include the development of a project at Windermere and the continued discussion on the long-term plan for the district including other possible building project(s).
 
Please stay tuned for more communication on next steps in the process.


Public Works

Department of Public Works

21 Main Street, P O Box 187, Ellington Ct 06029
860-870-3140/860-870-3147 Fax

Timothy Webb, Director
twebb@ellington-ct.gov
 
Thomas Mozelewski, Foreman
thmodzelewski@ellington-ct.gov
 

LEAF COLLECTION – The town leaf collection is scheduled for the week of November 25, 2019.  Leaves must be put in paper leaf bags and placed at the curbside.  The pickup schedule will coincide with your garbage pickup schedule. 
 
CHRISTMAS TREE PICK UP – Trees will be picked the first two weeks of January on your trash collection day.  Please make sure to leave it butt end out with no decorations or tree stands.  You can also drop them at the town garage by the recycle shed. 
 
RECYCLE SHED – The recycle shed for electronics, etc. will be open during standard working hours year round.  Additional shed hours will be Saturday, January 4 and 11, 2020 from 9 to noon. 
 
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE – The MIDNEROC center in Willington is currently closed for the winter.  It is scheduled to reopen in April. 
 
HOFFMAN ROAD BRUSH DROP OFF – This area will close for the winter on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 4:00 PM. 
 
MAILBOX POLICY – Residents are asked to make sure their mailboxes are secured and sturdy before the winter snow begins.  Mailboxes damaged by snow load will not be repaired by the Town. 
 
BASKETBALL HOOPS – Basketball hoops located on the side of the roads should be moved out of the right of way for winter.  The Town will not be responsible for damage to the hoops and any damage to Town trucks will be reimbursed by the homeowner. 
 
WINTER SAND – Sand will be available to residents throughout the winter months.  The pile is located at the Town Garage, 21 Main Street, this service is for residents only. 
 
SNOW REMOVAL FROM FIRE HYDRANTS AND SIDEWALKS – residents are required to remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of the cessation of a snowfall.  Residents are asked to clear fire hydrants that are located on or near your property as a safety issue and courtesy to the Fire Department. 

PLOW DAMAGE TO DRIVEWAYS AND LAWNS – The Public Works Dept. repairs lawn damage in the spring.  Plow damage to driveways must be reported within two weeks of the storm’s occurrence.  At that time, you will be put on a list for review and/or repair in the spring.  

What's In and Out in Recycling
2020 Recycle Calendar
2020 Recycle Calendar
Ellington Farmers Market

Ellington Farmers' Market Kicks Off Winter Season

Dianne Trueb, Market Master
ellingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com

The winter season of the Ellington Farmers’ Market kicks off on Saturday November 23rd from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Indian Valley Family YMCA, 11 Pinney Street.  The market, held every other Saturday through March 14, is a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to providing healthy, local food sources to the community along with education on healthy eating and lifestyle. Up to $20 in SNAP benefits will continue to be matched at each market; simply present your EBT card at the market table and receive tokens to shop with.

The market hosts twenty-five vendors bringing locally produced foods including produce, dairy, beef, seafood, pork, poultry, lamb, a wide variety of baked goods, cheeses, honey, specialty sauces, soups, ready-to-eat items and artisan wares. The market will host two “Holiday Extravaganza” markets on December 7th and 21st  adding additional vendors bringing a wide variety of local holiday products and gifts. Educational programs and demonstrations will also take place throughout the winter season.
The current market information can be found at www.ellingtonfarmersmarket.com where you can also sign up for the market’s newsletter. 


Ellington Cemetery Association Spotlight


The Ellington Center Cemetery dates back to the mid-1700s and is located in the center of Town. Two driveways enter the cemetery from Maple Street, opposite the Town Green. The cemetery covers about 18.5 acres and currently has 4,500 burials.
 
Many folks think the Town of Ellington owns the cemetery but the property is actually owned by the Ellington Cemetery Association, a non-profit organization incorporated in 1910. It is a perpetual care cemetery where monies are set aside from each lot purchase and invested to provide income to continually care for the cemetery. Local residents make up the Board of Trustees and meet regularly to care for the cemetery. The current president of the Ellington Cemetery Association is Mike Hoffman.
 
There is a second cemetery accessed from Maple Street through this cemetery, owned by Congregation Knesseth Israel.  This is separately owned and maintained and not part of the Ellington Cemetery Association.
 
For several years, the Ellington Cemetery Association has hired Thomas Landscaping, a well-respected company from Vernon, as the groundskeeper.  They do the lawn mowing in the summer and snow plowing in the winter. The trustees volunteer their time for maintenance tasks, in an effort to keep lot costs low. There are volunteer opportunities for residents, so please contact us if you are interested.
 
The Association's website is at www.ellingtoncemetery.com where you can find information about purchasing a burial plot, information on how to locate a burial, and general rules and regulations for the cemetery. There are also related links to funeral homes and monument companies.
 
Contact:  Fred Bird - 860-268-5542
               Heidi Cerrigione - 860-573-9202

(Photos courtesy of Fred Bird)

Ellington Cemetery
Ellington Cemetery
Ellington Cemetery

Calendar of Events for Boards and Commissions


Renovations are still taking place in Town Hall, affecting meeting locations. Call 860-870-3100 or visit the website to confirm the location of November and December Town Hall meetings.
 *Always check the Town website (ellington-ct.gov) prior to attending, as there may be changes*

November 18         Human Services Commission            Arbor Commons              6:00 pm

November 18         Inland Wetlands Agency                    Town Hall Annex              7:00 pm

November 20         Board of Education                            Administration Building     7:00 pm

November 20         Water Pollution Control Authority       Public Works                    7:00 pm

November 25-30       Leaf Pickup Week                             Town-wide                   N/A
November 25         Planning and Zoning Commission     Town Hall Annex              7:00 pm
November 26         Housing Authority                               Snipsic Village                 6:00 pm
November 26         Patriotic Committee                            Town Hall Annex              7:00 pm
November 27         Thanksgiving Holiday Begins       Town Offices Close at Noon November 28-29    Thanksgiving Holiday                    All Town Offices Closed
December 2            Board of Selectmen                           TBD                                 7:00 pm
December 2            Zoning Board of Appeals                   Town Hall Annex             7:00 pm
December 3            Conservation Commission                 Town Hall Annex             7:00 pm
December 3            Board of Finance                                TBD                                8:00 pm
December 4            Trails Committee                                TBD                                 6:00 pm
December 9            Human Services Commission           Arbor Commons              6:00 pm
December 9            Board of Selectmen                           TBD                                 7:00 pm
December 9            Inland Wetlands Agency                    Town Hall Annex             7:00 pm
December 10          Ethics Commission                            Commission Room A       7:00 pm
December 10           Library Board of Trustees                  Hall Memorial Library     7:00 pm
December 10           Patriotic Committee                           Town Hall Annex             7:00 pm
December 10           Permanent Building Committee         TBD                                7:00 pm
December 11           
Economic Development Commission        Town Hall Annex             7:00 pm

December 11           Parks and Recreation Commission    Arbor Commons             7:00 pm
December 16           Planning and Zoning Commission     Town Hall Annex            7:00 pm
December 17           Housing Authority                               Snipsic Village               6:00 pm
December 18           Board of Education                             Administration Building  7:00 pm
December 18           Water Pollution Control Authority        Public Works                 7:00 pm
December 19           Design Review Board                         Town Hall Annex            7:00 pm
December 24          Christmas Eve                                 All Town Offices Close at Noon
December 25          Christmas Day                                   All Town Offices Closed
January 1               New Year’s Day                                  All Town Offices Closed

           
Town Hall – 55 Main Street
Town Hall Annex – 57 Main Street
Arbor Commons – 31 Arbor Way
Public Works – 21 Main Street
Snipsic Village – 20 Main Street
Administration Building – 47 Main Street
Hall Memorial Library – 93 Main Street

Ellington Senior Center
Ellington Senior Center

Ellington Senior Center, 40 Maple Street

Erin Graziani, Director
egraziani@ellington-ct.gov
 
Samantha Baer, Assistant Director
sbaer@ellington-ct.gov

Stop in to get your copy of our monthly newsletter, The Maple Street Monthly; Follow us on Facebook or check out our website http://seniorcenter.ellington-ct.gov to see what is offered!
 
Winter Weather Policy Reminder:  If the Ellington Public Schools are closed or delayed, so is the Senior Center. Stay tuned to channels 3, 8, and 30, as well as Facebook, for closings due to weather. Sign up on our website to receive email and/or text alerts. 
 
SPECIAL EVENTS:
Below is a list of special events that have been planned so far!  Additional information is available at the Senior Center and online.  Please sign up in advance so we can plan proper seating:

  • Tuesday, November 19 at 1:00 pm, join State Reps. Chris Davis and Tim Ackert for a Q&A session with representatives from the Connecticut Insurance Department regarding long term health care policies.  
  • Joe Ouellette presents “History for Fun” at 1:00 pm on the following dates: November 20 “Legends of the Old West”; December 18 “Industrial Giants”; January 15 “The Life & Times of the Wright Brothers”. 
  • Thursday, November 21 at 1:00 pm, Jack Turner, Regional 9-1-1 Coordinator, presents “The Basis of the 9-1-1 System”.
  • We will accept clean, gently used household items and jewelry for our Attic Treasures tag sale on Monday, November 25 through Friday, December 6, during our regular business hours. We are unable to accept items before this date.
  • Tuesday, December 3 at 1:00 pm, Joan Harovas, Nurse Liaison Center for Integrative Medicine St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center presents “The Science of Stress & Anxiety”.
  • Wednesday, December 4 at 10:30 am, get into the holiday spirit with the Ellington Singers as they perform their Holiday Concert at the Senior Center. This is a free event, but a ticket will be required in advance as refreshments will be served after the performance.
  • Wednesday, December 4 at 1:00 pm, Exercise Physiologist Bruce Brazeal of Hartford HealthCare Bone and Joint Institute will discuss strengthening/toning/cardio for men as they age in our quarterly “Guy Talk” series.
  • The Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair will be held on Saturday, December 7, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.  Join us for a variety of crafts from local vendors, including handmade items, food, door prizes, attic treasures, and more!
  • Monday, December 16 join the members of the Ellington High School National Honor Society for Cookies & Carols at 3:00 pm. 
  • Trained volunteers will complete federal and state income tax returns at no charge for those 50 and older through the AARP Tax Aide program on Thursdays from 9am-1pm, February 6-April 9. We will begin scheduling appointments for Ellington residents January 2 and non-residents beginning January 23. Stop in or call Alisha to schedule an appointment. 

ELLINGTON SENIOR CENTER WEEKLY SCHEDULE:
Ellington residents age 55+ are welcome to join us for the following programs. *Call or visit our website for additional details, including schedule and/or fees. Subject to change.
 
MONDAYS 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
9:00 am – 9:45 am Zumba Gold*
9:00 am-1:00 pm Chess Mates
10:00 am-12:00 pm Canasta
11:00 am-12:30 pm Advanced Line Dancing*
1:00 pm-3:00 pm Needle Crafts
1:15 pm-3:30 pm Board Games
2:00 pm-2:45 pm Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention
3:00 pm-3:30 pm Mindful Meditation
 
TUESDAYS 8:30 am– 4:00 pm
9:15 am-11:30 am Bridge
10:00 am-10:45 am Chair Exercises*
10:00 am-12:00 pm NEW: Acrylics & Canvas*
11:00 am-12:30 pm Maple Street Café*
11:00 am-11:45 am Simple Circuit Fitness*
12:00 pm-1:30 pm Hand Massages*
12:30 pm-2:00 pm Ask the Nurse (12/10, 1/14, 2/11)
1:00 pm-3:30 pm Dominoes
6:00 pm-8:30 pm Setback
 
WEDNESDAYS 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
9:00 am-3:00 pm Podiatry Clinic* (12/4, 1/8, 2/5)
9:30 am-11:30 am Cut Ups Carving Club
10:00 am-11:45 am Ellington Singers*
11:00 am-12:30 pm Maple Street Café*
1:00 pm-2:00 pm Cornhole/Ladder Ball
2:00 pm-3:30 pm Shuffleboard
 
THURSDAYS 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
9:30 am-11:45 am Sew and So
10:00 am-10:45 am Chair Exercises*
11:00 am-11:45 am Simple Circuit Fitness*
1:00 pm-2:15 pm Creative Writing & More (11/21, 12/19, 1/16)

 
FRIDAYS 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
9:00 am-10:00 am Yoga*
9:00 am-12:30 pm Wii Bowling
10:30am-11:15am Chair Yoga*
 
DAILY PROGRAMS
Billiards, Library, Le Petite Café*, Just Visiting, Walking Warriors
 
LUNCHES:
We have made some changes in our kitchen. Visit our website or stop in for more information. The kitchen will be closed December 17 through January 7. Suggested donation ranges from $.50-5.00. Menu is subject to change. MSC is partially funded by a grant received by North Central Area Agency on Aging Inc., “Funded in part by the Older American’s Act”.
 
EMATS: ELLINGTON MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES:
Transportation is available to Ellington residents 5 days a week for social activities and non-emergency medical appointments. Please call the Transportation Line at 860-870-3137 to request a transportation packet that provides you with the program’s rules and regulations. EMATS is partially funded by a grant received by North Central Area Agency on Aging Inc., “Funded in part by the Older American’s Act”.
 
TRIPS & CRUISES:
Below is a preview of our 2020 trips. Flyers will full details will be posted on our website and in the Information Center as they become available:
 
4/18/20: MGM Springfield Casino & Show at the Majestic Theatre (“9 to 5”). $55 pp.
 
4/25/20-5/2/20: California Coast includes roundtrip flights and transportation, 7 nights aboard the Royal Princess, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Monterey, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico. Starts at $2149 pp.
 
5/20: Yard Goats Baseball Game. Cost TBD.
 
6/25 Thimble Islands Cruise & Chowder Pot Restaurant. Cost TBD.
 
7/19: Hudson River Cruise. Cost TBD.
 
9/1/20-9/17/20: Escorted Trans-Atlantic Cruise from Amsterdam to Boston.  Includes flights and transportation, 15 night aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas. Norway, Iceland, Greenland. Starts at $2999 pp.
 
9/14/20-9/16/20: Conway, NH overnight includes: Transportation and lodging, Castle in the Clouds, Mt. Washington Cog Railroad, Lake Winnipesaukee Turkey Train. Starts at $519 pp.
 
11/5/20-11/15/20: Escorted 7 night Hawaiian Islands Cruise aboard NCL’s Pride of America, plus 2 nights in Honolulu. Includes air and sightseeing. Starts at $4999 pp.
 
11/10/20-11/12/20: Lancaster, PA, overnight includes: Transportation and lodging, “Queen Esther” at Sight & Sound Theatre, Amish Countryside Tour, Miller’s Smorgasbord, and “A Playhouse Christmas” .  Starts at $555 pp. 


Fishing
Vital Records
Dog Licensing

Town Clerk's Office

Diane H. McKeegan, Town Clerk

dmckeegan@ellington-ct.gov
860-870-3105/
860-870-3721 (fax)

2020 Hunting & Fishing Licenses: 2020 Sport Licenses and Permits will be available beginning December 1st in the Town Clerk's Office; cash or checks are accepted. The DEEP website allows you to utilize credit and debit cards to purchase your licenses and permits directly, as well.

Vital Records Certificates: Certified Copies of Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates are available for $20 each. Birth Records are restricted by law; applications must be completed. Birth Certificates from 2003 and on can be purchased at any Town Hall in the State.

Dog Licenses: All dogs must be registered at age six months or within 30 days of acquisition to avoid penalties, per Connecticut law. Proof of rabies and spay/neutering certificates must be presented. 

$8 for Spayed/Neutered Dogs / $19 for Unaltered Dogs
$1 Late Fee per month or $75 Fine (after written warning from the Animal Control Officer)


Ellington Trails Committee
Volunteers from the Ellington Big Y Supermarket pose on one of two bridges they constructed this September on the Kimball Forest Trail.

Ellington Trails Committee

Dear friends,


On behalf of the entire Ellington Ad Hoc Trails Committee, I would like to extend a tremendous THANK YOU to our Ellington community for your continued support in our endeavors. As the 2019 event season comes to a close, we are working behind the scenes to create an exciting outdoor recreation experience for 2020, including the addition of new trails, continued improvements on our existing properties and partnering with renowned experts to bring community members of all ages and abilities the highest quality in outdoor education.

I'd like to thank Dustin Huguenin, Bruce Dinnie,
Julia Connor, Lori Spielman, the entire staff of
Ellington Public Works, and members of Ellington's fire departments, police force and other emergency services for their ongoing support. Mainly, I'd like to thank our devoted committee members: Valerie Amsel, Linda Anderson, Rachel Dearborn, Judi Manfre, Pam McCormick, Ann McLaughlin, Erin Stavens, Lois Timms-Ferrara and Cynthia van Zelm for giving so much of your knowledge, skill and time in support of our shared vision and for making our work efficient, safe and (most importantly) fun. 

Thank you so very, very much!
Lauren Desrocher, Committee Chair  

The sun sets over Pinney Fields as over 70 community members are treated to a "Star Party," led by volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Connecticut.
The sun sets over the Pinney Street Fields as over 70 community members are treated to a "Star Party," led by volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Connecticut.
Community members assemble at the Batz Property for a Fungi Identification Walk with expert mycologist Bill Yule.
Community members assemble at the Batz Property for a Fungi Identification Walk with expert mycologist Bill Yule.
Ellington Trails Committee
Goodwin Expert Naturalist Carrie Crompton leads a plant identification discussion after a hike at the Batz Property.
EVFD Thank You
EVFD Thank You
EVFD Thank You
EVFD Thank You
Ellington Ambulance

Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Pete Hany, Sr., Chief
information@ellingtonambulance.com

It’s been another exciting month at EVAC! In early October, we had the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Ellington Town Wide Drill. This year the drill focused on the county’s emergency response to an active shooter situation. The drill took place at Ellington High School; and thanks to the school’s drama club, members from EVAC and many other organizations were able to train as realistically as possible. While it is unfortunate that we have the need to train and plan for such events, fire and EMS personnel in Ellington and our surrounding communities take seriously the demand for this sort of drill. Should the worst ever happen here in Ellington or in surrounding towns, we are prepared to utilize our resources and training to the best of our abilities.

This month, we’d like to spotlight another faithful member. Ed Landsberg has been with Ellington Ambulance for about three years now and has volunteered countless hours of his time and help not only for EVAC but for the whole community of Ellington. It's no wonder he was voted Volunteer of the Year for 2018! He is held dear to many at Ellington Ambulance and is one of the most compassionate people you'll ever meet, making him an excellent EMT. Ed's bedside manner and attitude towards patient care is part of what makes him so special, as he will never leave a scene before making sure that the patients family, friends, or any witnesses are okay before he's off to the hospital with the patient. When he's not on duty, he's either helping out with secretary duties at the station, staging as second crew at an event or working at Allied Printing where he's been for the past 6 years. Thank you Ed, for your sincere compassion and gentle care towards those around you as well as all your contributions to this Ambulance Corps, we are all so grateful to have you!

We are always accepting new members here at EVAC. Whether you have years of medical experience or have never even given EMS a second thought, we’d love to have you on board. Serving with Ellington Ambulance will give you the fulfilling opportunity to give back to your community, all while making memories that will last a lifetime. If you aren’t sure you’d like to join or take an EMT course just yet, we welcome you to ride along with us as an observer to see what it’s all about. We guarantee you wouldn’t regret it! Visit our website or call us with any question on membership, or you can check us out on Facebook and Instagram. Hope to hear from you soon!


Preparing for a Winter Storm

Joseph Palombizio, Emergency Management Director
860-870-3182
jpalombizio@ellington-ct.gov

(The following information was supplied by FEMA, the
Federal Emergency Management Agency)


Emergency Supplies
You may not be at home when the storm starts, so it is important to have basic supplies of food and water as well as a way to stay warm without power in several locations such as your workplace, vehicle, and/or school. You can build your supplies up over time by adding a few items each week or month. Gather, in advance, the necessary supplies and items you will need to stay safe after the winter storm passes. For a complete list of emergency supplies, visit www.ready.gov/kit. Check these supplies off of your Winter Storm Preparedness Checklist once you add them to your kit.

Emergency Communication
Make sure you have everything you will need to get in touch with your family, either by cell phone or email.

Medical Needs
Be equipped to tend to any current or unexpected medical conditions you or your family members may have. Ask your doctor about storing prescription medications, such as at least a three-day supply of heart and blood pressure medication, insulin for diabetics, and other prescription drugs such as inhalers for those with asthma. Include battery backup power for power-dependent mobility devices, oxygen, and other assistive technology needs.

Critical Documents
Place any important documents in a sealed, waterproof container to keep them dry and easily accessible.

Tools and Safety Items
Small items like matches, flashlights, a multi-tool, pocket knife, and a whistle (to signal for help) can make a huge difference for your family while weathering a storm.

Food/Supplies
Have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your family. Remember to store anything specific to your family’s needs.

Warm Clothing/Blankets
Warm clothes and blankets can help prevent hypothermia. Do not forget warm, waterproof and protective footwear as well as gloves.

Ask yourself, ”What would I need for myself and my family if a winter storm struck?” and “What would I or my family require if we did not have access to a grocery store or pharmacy for at least three days?” Add any of these specific items to your Winter Storm Preparedness Checklist.
 
For more resources about winter storm risks, visit ready.gov/prepare

Storm Checklist Items
Robert Tedford Memorial Park

Parks and Recreation

31 Arbor Way                                                                           
P.O. Box 187                                                                                       
Ellington, CT 06029                                                     
Phone: 860-870-3118                                        
Fax: 860-870-3198  

Dustin Huguenin, Director              Mary Bartley, Assistant Director
dhuguenin@ellington-ct.gov           mbartley@ellington-ct.gov                                            
                                                                                                                                            Parks & Recreation website: parkrec.ellington-ct.gov
Email: recreationstaff@ellington-ct.gov
 
Recreation News    
The Ellington Parks & Recreation Department offers a varied number of programs to select from, for ages ranging from pre-school to adult. Please visit our website for a complete list of programs along with dates, times and fees.                                                      
Program Registration Process
Program registration is through the ActiveNet online system.  In order to register for a program you must have an ActiveNet account.  Accounts can be created here. Registration is not considered valid until the program fee is paid.  Requests for refunds must be made in writing prior to the start of the program.
Reminder:  In the event of inclement weather, the Parks and Recreation Department will list program cancellations on television. Tune in to Channels 3, 30 and 8 to check if there is a cancellation. Cancellations will be listed under “Ellington Recreation Department”. Notices will also be posted on our Facebook page.
                                    
ADA:  The Town of Ellington does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in provision of programs and services.  If you or a family member need special assistance, please make us aware of your needs at the time of registration.
 
Scholarship Programs:  If a need arises, please make a confidential inquiry to Dustin Huguenin, Recreation Director at dhuguenin@ellington-ct.gov.
 
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2020 Hunter K. Giroux Memorial Basketball Tournament
This special event will be held in January over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Click here for more information.
8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament Teams from throughout the region are expected to participate. 
Location:  Ellington Middle School, 46 Middle Butcher Road; concessions will be available. 
 
Businesses interested in advertising in the tournament program booklet, please contact Dustin Huguenin at (860) 870-3118. All proceeds will benefit Ellington Recreation Programming. 
 
Hunter K. Giroux Scholarships
Deadline to submit a scholarship application is December 6, 2019 for the Spring 2020 semester.  Call the Recreation Office at 860-870-3118 to request an application.
 
PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS (Ages 1 -3)
Music and Movement for Tots (adult participation is required)
Instructor: Jill Maznicki
Session 1 – Wednesdays beginning January 8
Session 2 – Thursdays beginning January 9  
10:15-11:00 am, Hall Memorial Library
Click here for more information
 
YOUTH PROGRAMS/SPORTS
INSTRUCTIONAL BASKETBALL
Ages/Grades: 4 years – 2nd grade
Registration deadline: November 27, 2019
Saturday mornings at Ellington Middle School.
Click here for more details or register here.
This program is co-ed and is run by Parent Volunteer Coaches. If interested in being a volunteer coach for your child's team please contact Mary Bartley, Assistant Recreation Director at:
mbartley@ellington-ct.gov.
 
RECREATION LEAGUE BASKETBALL GRADES 3-8
Registration deadline: November 27, 2019
Evaluation Clinic Date is Saturday, December 7, 2019 (Must be registered prior to attending evaluations).
Games played on Saturdays and/or weeknights; times and locations pending final enrollment.
Click here for more information or register here.
 
SPRING LACROSSE
Girls & Boys Spring Lacrosse Outdoor Program – March 22 to June 14, 2020
The Recreation Department will be offering Spring Travel Teams for grades 1st through 8th. Registration must be received by January 31, 2020 so that the number of teams and roster size can be determined. Check website for details.
Coaching Positions:  Those individuals interested in applying for coaching positions must do so by January 25, 2020.  Questions, please email Dustin Huguenin, recreation director, at dhuguenin@ellington-ct.gov.
 
INDOOR YOUTH TENNIS PROGRAM
Ages 4-13
Instructor: Gary Marquez
Mondays, February 24, March 2, 9, 16
Location: Crystal Lake School
 
JUKIDO - All skill levels welcome  
Instructor: Paul Ward
Ages: 6 years and up
Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Center School
For program dates, click here.
 
ADULT SPORTS/PROGRAMS – (Ages 18 and Over)
ADULT CO-ED VOLLEYBALL (Informal)
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Check website for time and location.
 
ADULT INFORMAL BASKETBALL
Monday evenings through June 1, 2020.
Over 30: 5:30 pm-7:15 pm; Under 30: 7:15 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Windermere School
PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY BEFORE PARTICIPATING.
$25 Residents/$40 Non-Residents
 
ADULT FITNESS PROGRAMS
Ginny’s Fitness for Longevity
Ages 18 and up
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:15 pm, Center School
Fee: $40 Pre-paid Punch Cards/8 classes available at location site or $7 walk-in fee.
Email:  fitnessforlongevity@gmail.com  or call 860-463-3238 for more information.
Classes will follow the Ellington Public School Calendar. NO classes on vacation or school cancellation days.
 
ZUMBA®
Ages: 16 and up
Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Ellington Senior Center.
Fee: $40 for a Pre-Paid Punch Card/8 classes available at location site or $8 Walk-in fee
Classes will follow the Ellington Public School Calendar. NO classes on vacation or school cancellation days.
 
DAY TRIP
A Day on Your Own in New York City!
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Fee: $68 per person (includes coach bus only)
Registration deadline: November 22
Click here for trip details.
 
ELLINGTON GIRLS SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Register Online
Online registration begins December 1,  2019.  Check the website for more details.


Human Services

31 Arbor Way
P.O. Box 187
Ellington, CT 06029
Phone: 860-870-3128
Fax: 860-870-3198

Joy Hollister, LMSW, Director            Rebecca Stack, Elderly Outreach/Social Worker
jhollister@ellington-ct.gov                  rstack@ellington-ct.gov

Energy Assistance – Do you need assistance with your heating source (oil, propane, wood, natural gas, electric, etc.)? If so, please call our office for more information or to make an appointment to apply for energy assistance. Applications are done by appointment only. This Federal program has income and asset guidelines that are higher than most other programs. Deadline to apply is May 1st.

Thanksgiving/Holiday programs – Through generous donations from the community, we are able to assist residents who need help with food for Thanksgiving, as well as toys for children and gifts for senior and disabled persons during the holidays. Please contact our office for more information. Proof of residency and income are required.

Grandma’s Pantry – Do you need immediate assistance with food for yourself or your family? You are welcome to utilize our Little Food Pantry (Grandma’s Pantry) located right outside our building. Donations of unexpired, non-perishable food and hygiene products are welcomed as well. 

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) – Do you or your household make under $54,000? If so, you could have your taxes done for FREE.  Please contact us starting mid-January for more information.

Elderly Outreach/Social Work Do you have a loved one who would like to stay in their home but needs assistance with dressing, bathing, medication management, shopping, cleaning, etc.? If so, please contact Rebecca Stack, Elderly Outreach/Social Worker. She will be able to give you more information on services available to help your loved one stay independent.

What we do – The Human Services Department provides programs and services to assist residents with their basic needs. The Department is an intake site for Energy Assistance, Operation Fuel and Renters Rebate. We also assist residents with applying for SNAP (food stamps), HUSKY, Medicare (including Part D and supplements), Social Security, and other State and Federal programs. We have a monthly food distribution program (through our food bank) as well as Grandma’s Pantry, located right outside our building for those who have immediate food needs. We offer assistance for the holidays, summer camp, back to school, as well as in certain crisis situations (utility shut offs, one time rental assistance, etc.) If we cannot directly assist you, we will refer you to who can, if applicable. Some programs we offer have income and asset tests. Additionally, some programs are based on available financial resources. In order to best assist you, we ask that residents make an appointment.
Also under the Human Services umbrella are Youth Services and the Senior Center. Please look for their information/programs also listed in this newsletter.

Memory Cafe

Ellington Human Services is excited to announce a new program coming
January 2020!


~ For those with early to moderate cognitive loss, their friends and family ~

 
Memory Café For fun, company and conversation
 

Our café will be opened for you on the last Wednesday of each month, 1:00 pm
 
Mediated by Nicole Matson from Home Helpers Home Care

Contact Rebecca Stack for participant eligibility and more information: 860-870-3128


Truck Day, October 2019
Truck Day, October 2019
Mini Golf @ the Library
Mini Golf @ the Library
Healers with Halos Therapy Dogs
Healers with Halos Therapy Dogs

Hall Memorial Library (HML)

Susan Phillips, Director
93 Main Street, Ellington
(860) 870-3160
Website: http://library.ellington-ct.gov/

HALL MEMORIAL LIBRARY ADULT PROGRAMMING - UPCOMING EVENTS
*Make a 2-D Felted-Wool Card with Angelina Fleury
Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00 pm
*SPECIAL EVENT: Connecticut Ballet: Excerpts from The Nutcracker
Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm
*So Many Recipes You Can Make with Puff Pastry with Mary Lee Brody
Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30 pm
The Link Between Sugar, Mood and Your Health with Marcia Witter
Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 pm
The History of Friendly’s Ice Cream (with samples!)
Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm
Coffeehouse: The Hot Flashes
Friday, January 17 at 7:00 pm
*SPECIAL LIVING HISTORY EVENT: John Koopman portraying George Washington
Sunday, February 9 at 1:30 pm
Medical Marijuana Info Session with Prime Wellness of Connecticut
Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 pm
Coffeehouse: Red No. 5
Friday, February 21 at 7:00 pm
Was Mary Todd Lincoln Really Insane? with Joe Ouellette
Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 pm
 
Register for all programs online or call us at 860-870-3160 for assistance.
*Program has limited seating, so register early!
 
MOVIES AT THE LIBRARY
The Peanut Butter Falcon (rated PG-13, 97 minutes)- November 20 & 21
Brian Banks (rated PG-13, 99 minutes)- December 11 & 12
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (rated R, 161 minutes)- December 18 & 19
Movies will be shown weekly (with fresh, hot popcorn!), on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm and Thursday afternoons at 1:00pm. Please check the website or call us at 860-870-3160 for schedule changes and future film announcements.
 
MINI-GOLF AT THE LIBRARY
Save the date for our 5th Annual Mini-Golf at the Library event, scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2020! We are honored to welcome back Kloter Farms and Merrill Industries as our co-sponsors once again and have locked in the support of more than 40 other local businesses to help bring you yet another fun-filled Take Your Child to the Library Day! We’ll feature 25 holes of mini-golf, food by Flavors of Nawab and Craig’s Kitchen, entertainment by “Magic” Dan Sclare, face painting by Laurie Lee Baker, the After Hours Photo Booth, a fabulous Teacup Raffle and more. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it, so please join us to escape the winter doldrums and support your library.
 
MEDIA CONVERSION CENTER
Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Hall Memorial Library, we will soon have a Digital Media Conversion Center set up to convert old media types to digital formats. We will have equipment and software available that will allow for the following conversions:

  • 135 negatives and slides
  • 127 negatives and slides
  • 126 negatives and slides
  • 110 negatives and slides
  • 8 mm/super 8mm film
  • APS negatives
  • videocassette tapes
  • microfilm

If you have another format, (i.e. camcorder cassettes, BetaMax) that you would like to convert and have a working player, we should be able to hook your equipment up to our computer to run those formats as well.
We will have USBs, writeable DVDs and SD cards on which to save your files available for purchase or you may bring in your own devices.
Since the equipment works in real time and may require an extended session (i.e. converting a videocassette) you will need to book time; please call the Reference Desk for details. We plan to be up and running by December 16!
 
FROM THE CHILDREN’S DEPARTMENT
EARLY LITERACY has always been one of the focuses for the Hall Memorial Library’s Children’s Department. There are several ways that we offer support to Ellington families interested in early literacy. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an incentive program which was launched earlier this year. Parents of children from birth to kindergarten age are welcome to register at the Children’s Circulation Desk to participate. All it requires is for parents to read often to their young children. This is the focus of the program and in return, the library has some special “incentives” to give to those families as they reach certain milestones. Keep in mind, the main benefit to the program will be the joy that is shared through the reading and sharing of many, many stories with your very young child. Ask for additional information at the Children’s desk. Your library also offers New Baby Welcome Bags to Ellington residents who have recently welcomed a new baby into their family. We want to encourage new parents to use the FREE resources that the library has to offer. We firmly believe that “babies and books change lives”. Early Learning Backpacks from the Early Childhood Resource Center are some of the FREE materials that can be borrowed from the library to assist parents and caregivers with early learning concepts and literacy. Each backpack contains two or three picture books, educational games or toys and an activity guide to support children’s learning beyond the backpack. In addition, many other materials such as board books, puppets, music CDs and picture books can also be borrowed to enjoy at home. Your Children’s Department also offers Babies & Books programs and Preschool Story Hours. Check the library’s Event Calendar for upcoming dates on programs at www.library.ellington-ct.gov.
 
HEALERS WITH HALOS THERAPY DOGS will be appearing at the Hall Memorial Library on the following Saturdays: December 14 & 28, January 11 & 25, and February 8 & 22. This program is offered to children ages 5 – 12. Bring a familiar picture book or the chapter of a book that you are presently reading to share with some very eager listeners who just happen to have four legs and a wagging tail. Online registration is recommended and can be done at any time. What a wonderful way to practice those reading skills and just have a lot of fun!
 
TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY will be celebrated state-wide on Saturday, February 1. Bring your child and the rest of your family and friends to the Ellington Library, on that day, for a great round of MINI GOLF! All ages are welcome! More information to follow.
 
February is “Dental Health Month”.  Join us at the Hall Memorial Library for TOOTH-FAIRY STORY TIME, Thursday, February 6 at 10:30. There will be great stories, information and a craft, all sponsored by Enfield Pediatric Dentistry. All ages are welcome.
 
We heard that you liked Graphic Novels. . . SO, we purchased a whole lot of new ones, all kinds! These NEW graphic novels have been put on a special display for the next several months just to make it easy for you to find. We hope you take a look and find a few to take home and enjoy! Thank you for your suggestions. We love to hear about the new books you would love to read!

CHECK OUT OUR NEW APP
With the Acorn Catalog app you can search for items in HML and all of Bibliomation.  Place holds, see what you have checked out, and renew and reserve. Available for Android and Apple phones.
 
LIBRARY HOLIDAY HOURS
Thanksgiving Holiday:
            Closing at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27
            Closed on Thursday November 28 and Friday November 29
Christmas Holiday:
            Closing at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 24
            Closed on Wednesday, December 25
New Years Holiday:
            Closing at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 31
            Closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020


'Tis the Season...

ANNUAL HOLIDAY ORNAMENT WORKSHOP
The Holiday Ornament Workshop will be held on Saturday, December 7 for children ages 3 to 12.  There will be three sessions available, 10:00-10:30 am, 10:40-11:10 am and 11:20 am-11:40 pm.  Free tickets will be available at the Children’s Desk beginning November 18.
 
HELP SANTA LIGHT THE TREES AT WINTERFEST
Ellington children are invited to enter for a chance to help Santa and Mrs. Claus light the trees at Winterfest. One boy and one girl, age 5-12, will be chosen.
 
WINTERFEST AT THE LIBRARY
The holiday season will soon be upon us! Join us for the 16th Annual Winterfest celebration! The festivities begin on Friday evening at HML, with a Holiday Concert and Sing-along by the Ellington Singers at 7:00 pm; all are welcome. On Saturday morning, join the long-standing tradition of the children’s Holiday Ornament Workshop; details are above. On Saturday evening, there will be scenes from “Christmas at Pinewood Corners” by the Opening Knight Players at 5:00 pm, musical selections by Windermere Instrumentalists  at 5:45 pm, as well as by the Ellington High School Chorus at 6:30 pm. Also, we'll have holiday card making, sponsored by the Crystal Lake Community Church, and refreshments from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Fun for all!  Note that the Library will close at 4:30 pm on Saturday to get ready for the festivities. For a complete schedule and map of locations, check the library website at www.library.ellington-ct.gov.         
 
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY COOKIE SALE
The Friends of the Library will hold their annual holiday cookie sale beginning on Sunday, December 15. Gorgeous one-pound trays of homemade cookies will be sold for $9.00 until gone. Yum!
 
MAKE A DONATION WHILE YOU SHOP VIA AMAZON SMILE
With the holiday shopping season fast approaching and many of us ordering gifts via Amazon, here is a reminder about the Amazon Smile program that benefits the Friends of the Library. If you log on via smileamazon.com and choose Friends of Hall Memorial Library as your preferred charity, the Friends will receive a small percentage of the price of all your purchases. This DOES NOT change what you pay for your items by one penny; this is simply Amazon’s way of giving a little back. If you have questions give a call to the Library.

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