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Donald Melanson appointed new Police Chief

Windsor Town Manager Peter Souza has announced the appointment of Donald J. Melanson of Simsbury, CT to the position of Police Chief of the Windsor Police Department beginning in early August.  Melanson replaces long-time Chief Kevin Searles who retired this past winter.

Windsor Sidewalk Sale - Saturday August 29

The annual Windsor town-wide sidewalk sale takes place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Hosted by First Town Downtown and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Shops, restaurants and other Windsor businesses will be offering great summer specials all over town this weekend only! Don't miss it!  While you're shopping, enter to win a $250 Geissler's Card donated by Windsor Federal Savings You can have as many chances to win as shops you visit! (One entry per shop please.) Click here to view All the Special Deals:

Windsor Native Walking 3,000 Miles to Raise Funds for Troops and "Operation Gratitude"

“After a terrifying, cherry popping, comedic experience on a stage in Boston . . . I decided, What the hell, let's stick with comedy.” So, once they let me back in the city limits, I pursued comedy, moved to Cali, and ever since, have traveled the world loving what I do.” That’s how Windsor native Tom Connolly summed up his bio for Slo Comedy Festival, where he was one of the stars. Now Tom has a very serious goal. He is coming back to his Hometown, and he is doing it in the most difficult and fulfilling way imaginable: He is walking 3,000 miles, to raise funds for Operation Gratitude, an organization that annually sends more than 150,000 packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to new recruits, veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas.

1st "Peace by the Rivers" Festival Sept 17-21

The Town of Windsor Human Relations Commission will sponsor the First Windsor Peace Week Festival 2015 in venues across the town from September 17-21, 2015. Drawing upon the town's location at the confluent of the Connecticut and Farmington Rivers the five-day celebration has been named "Peace by the Rivers". The Commission created Windsor Peace Week in response to the United Nations Peace Day commemorated every September 21. “The idea came about from work I was doing on another project,” Human Relations Commissioner Kevin Washington said. "I shared this with my fellow Commissioners the idea of how we could share with our communities the ideas the United Nations General Assembly embodied in their 2001 Resolution, adopting a, 'Day of Peace' devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace in our nation and world. Our Commission decided to extend the day to a five-day celebration of our citizens and the rich diversity of people, and cultures that are the fabric of the community, asking people, organizations and businesses to come together to celebrate Peace, Striving for peace and understanding between all cultures and communities."

Alstom Cuts Ribbon of World Class Clean Energy Solutions Laboratory

Alstom has dedicated its new 100,000 square foot Clean Energy Lab in Bloomfield, CT, a state-of-the-art research and development facility with a mission of investigating and innovating global solutions for clean power generation.   Attending an inaugural celebration were Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, Christopher Smith, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, Catherine Smith, State of Connecticut Commissioner of Economic Development, Mayor of Windsor, CT and Deputy Mayor of Bloomfield, CT, as well as other officials, partnand customers. The celebration also included a tour of the lab’s research and development projects. Employees from Alstom’s Windsor, CT campus, where the company employs more than 1,000 people, also attended tours of the new facility. "Alstom's expansion here in Connecticut and the establishment of their new Clean Energy Lab in Bloomfield represents another step in our state's efforts to become a leader in growing the cutting edge, green, sustainable energy jobs that will lead tomorrow's economy," Governor Malloy said.   “The long history of collaboration between Alstom, DOE, the State of Connecticut, the academic community and our customers has produced numerous innovations to make renewable and fossil power generation cleaner, more reliable and efficient,” said Amy Ericson, Alstom’s U.S. Country President. “Our new Clean Energy Lab is developing and rigorously testing a wide range of technologies and processes -- from solar thermal power technology to advanced chemical looping combustion for fossil fuel plants. With the support of DOE and our customers, the work we do here will help power producers worldwide maximize the advantages of a diverse range of technologies and fuel types while significantly reducing emissions.”   This facility, part of Alstom’s Power Plant Laboratories (PPL), has several pilot scale test reactors and combustors, and commercial scale test furnaces, from 30 kWth to 30 MWth, which are integrated into a research center designed to evaluate both advanced firing systems concepts and the basic combustion or gasification properties of fossil fuels. The support equipment has been designed for maximum research flexibility in preparing and handling conventional fuels such as pulverized coal, fuel oil, and natural gas as well as alternative fuels such as bio-mass, petroleum coke, coal-water and oil-water liquids, and gases and municipal waste.   These unique pilot test facilities are managed by world-class staff with specialized expertise. Alstom Power Plant Laboratories is world-renowned for its work in combustion, fuel science, firing sys- tems, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, process modeling, advanced diagnostics and control systems. PPL facilities and expertise support improvements to efficiency and performance of all types of power generating systems. The Clean Energy Lab and PPL provide research and technology development and technical problem solving for the power industry through collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, State agencies, Electric Power Research Institute, and/or utility customers. Recent activities have included the following developments:   Next generation of zero emission coal power with oxygen firing for pulverized coal (PC) boilers and chemical looping for Circulating Fluidized Bed Boilers (CFB)   Mer-Cure™ providing the lowest cost Hazardous Air Pollutants capture (including mercury)   Clean air combustion technologies, such as the TFS2000™ firing system that produces the lowest NOX emissions in an electric utility coal fired power plants meeting or exceeding current U.S. EPA NOx control regulations.   Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 88,000 people in around 100 countries

Training for WPS Volunteer Mentors, Sept. 24

As another school year gets underway, it is met with enthusiasm and excitement for a new beginning filled with endless opportunities, new learning and reconnecting with friends. It also holds a renewed commitment for a core group of volunteers – the Windsor Public Schools (WPS) Mentoring Group. These volunteers generously give up to an hour once a week to mentor a student in one of the elementary schools throughout the Windsor school district. The WPS mentoring group is hoping to increase participation in the new school year by encouraging the public to get involved and volunteer a small amount of time to make a significant impact in a child’s life.

21st Century School Opening

One of the top schools in the country is moving in a few weeks to Windsor. If all goes as planned, CREC’s Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, a school housed until now in a smaller building in Hartford's Learning Corridor, will start the school year in a gleaming new facility on Kennedy Road. It's a stunning transformation for the property too, that until two years ago was the site of an aging corporate complex. Sold to CREC by owner Mark Greenberg for a reported $10 million dollars, the only thing remaining from the old buildingis its steel frame, that has been cleverly incorporated in the new structure – and is now invisible. What is striking obvious is the futuristic design, that would not be out of place in a science fiction movie. The school sports an aviation-inspired zinc-clad curved “wing” that will contain middle school science laboratories, while on the other side the facade is covered by panels inspired by Hubble Telescope's deep space photograph of the Lagoon Nebula. A quarter-barrel roof with an exposed trussed structure at the gymnasium references the design of an airplane hangar.

Jim Nikolis 1933-2015

There are people who leave their mark on this world by the power they wield - presidents, generals, captains of the industry. And then, there are those who leave their mark by the example they set - a far more difficult path, but one that leaves only good memories behind. Jim (Dimitrios) Nikolis, the founder of the legendary and aptly named “Jim's Family Restaurant & Pizzeria,” in Windsor was a man who set examples. When he and his family took again control of the fabled gathering spot on Poquonock Avenue, last year, the whole town rejoiced. Happy times were back again - birthday parties, charity events, baseball teams getting together after the game, the way it was and the way it should be: Family and commnity life one and the same thing, everybody made to feel they are friends and neighbors - not strangers.

Windsor: There's An App For That

There’s a new, easy-to-use mobile website for anyone who wants to see some interesting sites that even lifelong residents of Windsor may not be aware of. The new website allows you to create your own path as you walk, bike, or ride around town. Just point your smartphone, table or computer to and add it to your home screen. The Windsor Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee recently assembled a partnership between the Windsor Chamber, First Town Downtown and the Windsor Historical Society to create a walking tour mobile site with historic sites and points of interest. The site currently shows points in Windsor center, but will soon be expanded to include the other parts of town and other places like restaurants, shops, and others interesting local businesses and attractions.

WHS Sophomore Named Miss Caribbean

The Caribbean community of Greater Hartford has a new queen. Olivia Beckford, of Windsor, is the 2015 Miss Caribbean American. Beckford a sophomore at Windsor High also won best talent, for her song, and Miss Congeniality award, during the event that was held at the Vibz Uptown venue, on July 26th.

150 Year Old Tuttle House Gets a Makeover

Thanks to the support of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Grace Episcopal Church’s Tuttle House roof is getting a makeHover. This 1865 GothicHstyle brick house on Windsor’s Town Green was the home of The Rev. Reuel H. Tuttle, the first resident rector of the church. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house was deemed “one of the finest examples of the style in the town” according to the town’s Historic Survey, of August 1981.

WEF To Hold "Farms to Fork" Fundraiser

The 6th annual "Farms To Fork" fundraiser dinner for the Windsor Education Foundation will take place on Friday, September 11, 2015 at Northwest Park starting at 5:30 pm.  Enjoy a fresh-from-the-farm meal in support of Windsor Education Foundation's teacher grants. Farm-fresh foods created by chefs George Zern and Jamie "The Bear" McDonald will include organic green salad, pan roasted free range chicken, smoked brisket, roasted butternut squash w/ maple glaze, sautéed summer squash w/ roasted garlic, and Dutch apple pie with fresh cream for dessert to kick off the harvest season!  

Keyon Smith To Be Inducted Into The New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Like father, like son. After coach Ken Smith was inducted in the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, in 1999, now it’s his son’s turn. Keyon Smith, who currently serves as assistant coach with the Warriors, will also be honored for his contributions to his high school, his alma matter, and the game. Keyon, who honed his talents at WHS, had a great career with the Harford Hawks. Congratulations! Photo courtesy of Ken Smith.

20th Annual Chili Challenge

20th Annual Chili Challenge Set for October 3rd on Historic Windsor Town Green.  Presenting sponsor Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce the 20th annual Windsor Chamber of Commerce Chili Challenge on Saturday, October 3, 2015 (Rain date October 4th) on the Windsor Town Green from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  People from local businesses, civic groups and other creative cooks will assemble at this year’s Chili Challenge to determine who has the right “hot stuff.”

Clover Street School Honors Rotary

The Windsor/Windsor Locks Rotary Club was recently recognized at a Clover Street Elementary School monthly assembly for their support of the school's playground expansion/improvement project. The Club was presented with an official “Clover Cougars” basketball for their work.

Windsor Resident Is New Chair of CT Convention & Sports Bureau

Paul O. Robertson of Windsor, Conn., has been elected Chair of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB). He succeeds Peter J. Berry, CAE, who completed two years of leadership in that position on June 30, 2015. Robertson is a longtime member of the CTCSB and its Executive Board.

Passport to Summer Fun Offers Great Prizes

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce Passport program, which runs June 23rd - August 31st, is a great excuse to go out for breakfast, lunch or dinner and to enjoy some of Windsor's fun activities and attractions. This year the prizes are a a Fitbit, an Instant Camera, a huge Restaurant and Attraction Gift Certificate Package  and more, valued over $1,000.  The program and prizes are sponsored by local businesses including Konica Minolta Business Services.