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Taste of Windsor - Sweet!

Enthusiastic people came from far and wide to enjoy extraordinary food and drink at the 5th annual First Town Downtown event "A Taste of Windsor" held at Loomis Chaffee School. The evening was filled with a wide variety of appetizers and main dish samplings donated by Windsor's own unique restaurants:  Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, Bear's Smokehouse BBQ, Dom's Broad Street Eatery, Union Street Tavern, Moneta Moments, Bart's Beanery, Nat Hayden's Real Pit BBQ, Get Baked, Jim's Pizza, The Bean @226.
Eighteen fabulous wines presented by Bert's Spirit Shop and impressive libations by Back East Brewing & Broad Brook Brewery were enjoyed thoroughly. Ben Muller kept the crowd entertained throughout the evening.  Silent and tea cup auctions were a big hit, offering donated, highly sought after gift certificates and other prizes.

Drink Coffee For Charity

Sample fine gourmet coffees from around the world at the Beanery Bistro on Sunday, March 22nd from 12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM. The Beanery is located along the beautiful Farmington River and historic district inside Bart's at 55 Palisado Avenue in Windsor. All proceeds will benefit Windsor Education Foundation and Windsor Food and Fuel Bank.

Windsor Feud was great fun

Saturday was a fun night in Windsor as the Windsor Chamber of Commerce annual fundraiser "Windsor Feud" took place on live TV. Teams of four from local businesses and organizations squared off to answer "survey says" questions in silly costumes. Over $5,500 was raised for the Chamber’s business and community programs.

WEF Accepting Board Applications

The Windsor Education Foundation Nominating Committee is looking for community-minded people interested in serving on the board of directors. Candidates should live or work in Windsor, have a can-do attitude and be available for monthly board meetings and other activities. Board members of differing ages and demographic backgrounds are welcome.

2015 WEF Teacher Grants Awarded

The Windsor Education Foundation (WEF) has awarded grants funding twelve projects proposed by teachers in the Windsor Public Schools. The grants are offered by the foundation, a nonprofit organization that was formed with the goal of supporting excellence in Windsor’s public schools.  All Windsor Public Schools teachers were eligible to apply for the grants. The projects funded represent innovative approaches that show promise of furthering student achievement. They include:

Windsor Chamber Cares Supports Windsor Community

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce has has been supporting the Windsor community for years with its annual benefit auction. The auction supports the Windsor Chamber's many education, business and community programs to grow the local economy and improve the quality of life for the people of Windsor. It also benefits several Windsor non-profit organizations each year, which has resulted in funding of almost $600,000 over the auction's 30 year history.

Mainstreet Matters Meeting - Economic Development Update

The second First Town Downtown Main Street Matters morning meeting took place on February 18th at the Get Baked bakery located at 25 Central Street. Town Manager Peter Souza and Economic Development Director Jim Burke were on hand to give the crowd an update on current progress and future plans on downtown development. Increasing foot traffic to the center of Windsor is a major part of the TOD study (Transit Oriented Study) designed to progressively plan the future of Windsor center and Windsor as a whole. Peter Souza described how the Mechanic Street building development is off to a good start and will bring 130 new households to windsor center by the end of 2016 at market rate. Another project in place to increase foot traffic to center businesses is the increasing of commuter rail traffic which will more than double the number of trains stopping in Windsor, with more economical rates to foster more usage of the trains for local commuting.  Jim Burke encouraged local business owners to take advantage of town grants to improve building facades and an energy efficiency program through non-profit organization Operation Fuel to help businesses fund energy use improvements.

A Benefit Concert

The Music School at Sound Crossing presents a Benefit Concert Saturday, February 28th at 2pm in the East Granby High School auditorium  Join us for this eclectic concert for audiences young and old. Hear a variety of music including classical works, pop/rock arrangements and music from around the world! Featuring Northern Connecticut Community String Orchestra, Sound & Silence ensemble, Forte Vocal Program, Sound Crossing student soloists and faculty performing Vivaldi’s Spring concerto,  Performances by Sound Crossing piano, guitar, and Suzuki string students.

Bill Selig Jewelers Makes Another Long-term Commitment to Windsor

Bill Selig Jewelers Makes Another Long-term Commitment to Windsor Begins with UNPRECEDENTED Renovation Sale.  How would you evaluate commitment to community?
·      Being a source of custom jewelry design, repair and restoration for more than 37 years?
·      Collecting food and donations for hungry area families?
·      Renovating and establishing additional retail and residential space in town?
Bill Selig, president of Bill Selig Jewelers, is doing all of these things and more.

Windsor Food Bank in Need of Peanut Butter and Jelly

In these hard economic times, more families are facing hunger than ever before, and peanut butter and jelly is a staple in many homes.  The Windsor Food and Fuel Bank is requesting your help in donating/collecting peanut butter and jelly to benefit the residents in need, in town.  Donations can be brought to the LP Wilson Community Center, or dropped off when shopping in Windsor at Geisslers on Broad Street, or Stop & Shop on Kennedy Rd. in Windsor.

Chief Kevin Searles honored

On December 15, Chief Kevin Searles was honored by his fellow Windsorites and by town, and state officials for his 27-year career in the Windsor Police Department and for his visionary leadership in addressing social problems by fostering better relationships between law enforcement and citizens - especially those who find themselves in trying circumstances.

Windsor Police Cadets have the right stuff

You have seen them: young teens, boys and girls,  in dark blue uniforms directing traffic during the Shad Derby, helping along during storms, closing off streets during Chili Challenge. You know that they have something to do with the Police Department – but exactly what, most of us know very little about. And yet we should, because these kids will tomorrow staff our law enforcement agencies. And we should be very happy about it, because as visitors saw, Wednesday, during the ceremony that recognized last year's  achievements of  the Windsor Police Cadets, they are truly remarkable young people.

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