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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.

Bart's Beanery Wins 1st Annual White Lights Contest

Bart's Beanery Restaurant and Catering won the first annual First Town Downtown White Lights decorating contest for businesses held in Windsor center this year. Businesses in the center of town decorated the exterior of their buildings with white lights making downtown Windsor look like a Christmas village for the holidays. Some businesses also decorated inside with fun themes like the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer tableau assembled by Hairdresser on Fire. Other especially festively decorated businesses included Bill Selig Jewelers, Blue Dragonfly, Get Baked and Windsor Federal Savings.

Windsor Woman's Club Meeting

The Windsor Woman's Clubs January 13, 2015 meeting held at the L.P. Wilson Community Center (599 Matianuck Ave), will begin @ 6:30pm with a presentation by Kenneth Whiting - Fostering a Fidelco Dog. The club meets the second Tuesday of the month, except June, July and August and is open to women of all ages.

Windsor Woman's Club Wins Festival of Trees Peoples' Choice Award

What a wonderful timed seasonal announcement!  The Windsor Woman's Club club has just been advised that our club's Wadsworth Atheneum Festival of Trees and Traditions donation received the 2014 People's Choice, 1st Place Award! Several members helped to make these hand-made ornaments at the home of Barbara Stavens, Chairman of the Arts & Crafts Committee. Thanks again to Windsor Federal Savings for donating the tree the ladies decorated.

Team Paragon Activities

Team Paragon does a lot every month! In November there were many exciting Monday meetings including training on power tools, ball bearings and AC/DC motors.  We learned that our food drive resulted in 150 lbs of food as well as over $700 and 17 turkeys in our Turkey & a $20 drive for the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank.  We helped at the EMS Food Drive and the Jaycees tree unloading.  You can read more about Team Paragon at

Holiday Decoration Contest For Residents!

First Town Downtown is holding a decoration competition for the businesses around the green that are decorated for the holidays (and take part,) but how about the many houses in town that light up our season? No worries! The Windsor Journal is holding a competition for Holiday Season House Decoration! We are looking for the houses in Windsor that inspire you the most with their festive decorations. Modern, Victorian, a few candles on the window shills, or lighting that brings in UFOs - nominate them, and the best will win a $50 gift card for lunch or dinner at Jim’s. Email us the address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // and we will put your nominee on the list. Judgment night will be Saturday, December 20! Ladies, and Gentlemen, turn on your festive lights!

Police Chief Kevin Searles Retiring

As Windsorites learned this week that Police Chief Kevin Searles will be retiring, the reaction seemed to be a unanimous: “Oh, no!” In Chief Searles' 27-year tenure, crime rates fell while officers strove to become more engaged, supportive, interested in and caring about the community they serve. That attitude comes from the top. When Chief Searles took the reins of the department there were over 300 burglaries per year in Windsor. This year? Less than 50. For Windsor Social Services caseworker Andy Price, however, these statistics were not on his mind when he talked about Chief Searles, Tuesday. The thing that stuck with him the most was seeing Chief Searles help out every time Foodshare delivers food for needy families here. The Chief came in and personally directed traffic, that can be pretty hairy at times, Price said. The Chief was almost apologetic when he heard about the comment.

Windsor Center White Lights Contest

Windsor center is bright and festive! First Town Downtown (FTDT) works every year with the police cadets to decorate the town green lamp posts, library, town hall, and more with white Christmas lights. FTDT also encourage businesses in every area of town to decorate their buildings with white lights to make Windsor extra bright for the holidays. First Town Downton has white lights that can be purchased by Windsor center businesses for the discounted price of $3 per box! Please contact Ashley ASAP to purchase your lights, as supplies are limited. First Town Downtown is offering a valuable prize for the Windsor center business that gets voted as the best decorated building in the center! So really light up your place for the holidays! The winning gets a Windsor Center Banner sponsorship, worth $250, and will be announced on December 23rd! The public can nominate and vote for the best decorated businesses in Windsor center. The mission of First Town Downtown is to position and promote Windsor Center as a premier New England town center that protects and utilizes its proud heritage as the basis for developing vibrant recreational, economic and cultural activity. For more information, please call Ashley, Main Street Coordinator, at 860-688-5715 or email her at ashley @

WEF Accepting Grant Applications

The Windsor Education Foundation (WEF) awards grants to Windsor teachers for creative and innovative projects not funded through the school budget.  All Windsor Public School teachers are eligible to apply for the grants. Applications are available now on the WEF website  The application deadline is December, 12, 2014.

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.
Presentation of 2013 Best Dress Canoe Award (2nd year club has received this award)!

Windsor Woman's Club - Canoe Race

There are lots of things to do Saturday, October 11, 2014 on the Windsor Green; there is the Lion Club's Craft Fair; the Chamber of Commerce's Chili Challenge; and the Kiwanis Club's annual “canoe race” (which benefits the Windsor Food & Fuel Bank). Several local non-profit organizations each sponsor a canoe, and collect non-perishable items, which are weighed. The distance the canoe
Photo caption: Bruce showing the backpack's contents, to the ladies.

Windsor Woman's Club - Weekend Wheels Speaker

  The Windsor Woman’s Club’s club year began with pizza, socializing, and an informative talk by Bruce Buchan, a volunteer coordinator for the Weekend Wheels program. The volunteers who work with Bruce, fill backpacks every week, for those children in Windsor that qualify for the program. The packers do not know which children

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