Neighborhood Information For The Windsor Version – Hartford Courant

Toast To Katie Kupec Fundraiser

WINDSOR — Mary’s Place, a center for grieving children and families, was recently honored to be a recipient of funds raised at the second annual Toast to Katie Kupec fundraiser. A check was presented to Brittany Sheehan, executive director of Mary’s Place, by Jess Kupec, president and CEO of St. Francis Healthcare Partners. The funds will help support grief programs at Mary’s Place which are offered at no cost to participants. The nonprofit center, located in Windsor, has helped grieving families from throughout Connecticut for over 20 years. For more information, please visit

GoBabyGo Event At WHS

WINDSOR — Windsor High School held a GoBabyGo event recently at the high school. The event provided children with mobility issues the opportunity to drive their new race cars designed by collaborative teams consisting of Windsor High School STEM Warriors, Sage Park Middle School students, Central Connecticut State University faculty/students, and representatives from local businesses with expertise in design and engineering.

WHS Raises Money For Food & Fuel Bank

WINDSOR — The Windsor High School community raised funds for the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank. The Warrior Wake Up Cafe contributed all of its proceeds ($102) and the student-run video production company Warrior Productions contributed $100 in matching funds. Staff paid $5 for two dress down days and were generous in their contributions. Non-perishable food items and diapers were collected as well. A car load of food and a check for $805.25 was donated on behalf of Windsor High School.

Kiwanis Club Provides Grant

WINDSOR — As part of its ongoing 50th Anniversary celebration the Kiwanis Club of Windsor provided a $6,000 grant to the Clover Street school to expand the school playground, adding more swings, tables and artificial climbing trees. The artificial climbing trees are called conifer climbers. The Kiwanis Club is a service organization that sponsors fund raising activities which provide monetary support for children programs.

“Believe” Christmas Production

BLOOMFIELD — Christmas at First Cathedral, 1151 Blue Hills Ave., is the most wonderful time of the year and a holiday tradition for over two decades. The Christmas Production is the annual highlight of the season. This year LeRoy Bailey, III, returns as the producer, with “Believe,” the Christmas story that invites you on a journey to explore the many facets surrounding Christmas on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11, at 6 p.m.


BLOOMFIELD — The Prosser Public Library, 1 Tunxis Ave., presents Christopher Agostino’s StoryFaces, traditional folktales and original stories told and illustrated on the faces of audience volunteers, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m. Call 860-242-2972 for details.

Windsor Art Studio Classes

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art studios at 35 Central St. will offer two teen class sessions:

Painting Collage with a Jazz Twist – Session I: Saturdays, Jan. 7 – Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, with instructor Andres Chaparro teaching an introductory class for teens interested in the visual arts and learning more about some of our jazz greats.

Painting Collage with a Jazz Twist – Session II: Saturdays, March 4 – April 8 with Chaparro focusing on combing paint and collage for a finished art piece

Introduction to Cartoon Writing and Drawing for Teens: Saturdays, beginning Jan. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., with instructor Ken Fredette, of KenFrets Comics. Develop a story line and then create the foundation of character design.

Call 860-508-3186 or visit at for details on tuition, curriculum and registration..

Women’s Club Scholarships

WINDSOR — The Windsor Woman’s Club, on behalf of the General Federal of Women’s Clubs in Connecticut, is accepting applications for both the Phipps Memorial Scholarship and the Dorothy E. Schoelzel Scholarship. These funds are available to enable Connecticut women to pursue advanced courses of study in accredited institutions of learning.

Phipps Scholarship candidates must have completed two or more years of undergraduate work, matriculating for a bachelor’s degree or a post graduate degree with a 3.0 grade point average or better.

Candidates for the Schoelzel Scholarship must have completed three or more year’s undergraduate work in an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 grade point average or better. This scholarship is intended for those matriculating for a Bachelor’s degree or a post graduate degree in the field of Education.

For an application for either scholarship, call Mary at 860-683-0347 before Feb. 1, 2017.

Foodshare Fundraiser

WINDSOR — George Saponari will present a Christmas House tour fundraiser for Foodshare on the weekend of Dec. 10 and 11 at his home on 234 Kenswick Lane, from 1 to 5 p.m., each day. His home will have 20 trees decorated with Analee dolls, Buyers’ Choice carolers, Lynn Haney Santa’s and Marc Roberts figures. Those interested in viewing this magnificent display should contribute monetarily or with non-perishable food items to Foodshare. Call George at 860-298-0499 for details.

Wow Art Classes Registration

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St., offers Wow Art Classes during the winter break where children will create art projects taught by Gabrielle McKay. Session one runs from Dec. 26-30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Session two is a one-day workshop held on Monday, Jan. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register at Call 860-983-8202 for details.

Windsor Senior Center Activities

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. will hold the following programs:

Comfort Touch Massages by Corinne: Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at a cost of $1 per minute. Call for details.

Enjoy afternoon tea, play assorted games: Mondays from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m., hosted by Loomis Chaffee students.

Indoor Water Fitness for Seniors: Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 14, at the Windsor High School indoor pool from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call for details.

Call 860-285-1992 for details.

Prosser Public Library

BLOOMFIELD — Prosser Public Library, 1 Tunxis Ave., will hold the following programs for the public:

Microsoft PowerPoint Level 2 Class: Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Prosser Public Library Community Room.

Wintonbury Poetry Series: Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m., at the McMahon Wintonbury Library Adult Reading Room with “Imaginative Vision” poetry reading by poets Joan Kantor and Srinivas Mandavilli.

Mac Users Group: Saturday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m., at the Prosser Public Library Community Room.

Open Book Discussion: Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., Prosser Public Library Community Room.

Stacy on Film: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Thursday Dec. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. with Professor Paul Stacy, who was professor of English and film at the University of Hartford and co-authored a book on film.

Call 860-243-9721, or go to for details.

Windsor Senior Center

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center has a variety of events and programs including:

Beyond the Book Club: First Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m.

Casino trips: Every third Friday of each month, to either casino. The destination alternates each month.

Early bird suppers take place the last Tuesday of each month, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Birthday lunch: Last Wednesday of the month at 11:45 a.m.

Call 860-285-1992 for details.

Windsor Public Library

WINDSOR — The following programs will be held at Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad St.:

Music Makerspace is held Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tween Thursdays: Monthly on first Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Little Picassos: Thursday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., for children ages 3 to 5. Registration required.

Family Bingo: Saturday Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Hula Hoop Dancing: Wednesday Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.. with Judi Ann Jones. Perfect for children ages 5 and up.

Winter Pajama Storytime: Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

The Amazing Andy: Wednesday Dec. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m., for children ages 4-11 years old. A performance of juggling with a balancing act.

Call 860-285-1914 or stop by to register.

Bereavement Support Group

WINDSOR — Mary’s Place, A Center for Grieving Children & Families, 6 Poquonock Ave., has free support groups that meet twice a month. Visit or call Brittany at 860-688-9621 for details.

Kiwanis Club Meetings

WINDSOR — The Kiwanis Club of Windsor, a service organization which brings aid to children in need, meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Jim’s Pizza, 124 Poquonock Ave. in Windsor. Visit

Windsor Education Foundation Grants

WINDSOR — The Windsor Education Foundation awards grants each year to Windsor public school educators to implement programs that cannot be funded by the district’s budget. An application with instructions is posted at for 2017 grants. Deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 14. Awards will be announced in January.

Windsor High School Honor Roll

WINDSOR — The Windsor High School First Quarter Honor Roll for the 2016-17 school follows:


High Honors: Karina Bach, Amanda Brown, Brittney Brown, Kiara Burns, Erica Caffyn, Celina Chase, Fatiha Choudhury, Isabela D’Amato, Amber DeCarlo, Jessica Dillon, Sean Dootlittle, Jacob Dube, Taryn Duncan, Kayla Dylewski, Sarah Elkins, Marissa Ellison, Jacob Falotico, Justin Franklin, Mercedes Gapko, Samuel Girona, Carolina Gonzalez, Danielle Gozzo, Darline Grider, Daniel Harris, Tah-Jee Holley, Paige Irlbeck, Amani Jorgensen, Alana Kelsey, Joran Koduah, Khalid Lai Walters, Christina Main, Timothy McCaffrey, Makela McDonald, Savannah McLean, Zharia Meadows, Ally Morin-Viall, Vanessa Munley, Sueing Ngov, Amy Nguyen, Nkenjika Okeke, Andrew O’Reilly, Timothy O’Reilly, Jason Pinnock, Bryan Plunske, Camoy Pryce, Amanda Schwartz, Nicholas Simpson, Jennaya Smart, Romoye Sohan, Aaron Spaulding, Jonathan Spear, Ronald Suggs, Paige Tambling, Raza Tanveer, Michele Taylor-Ware, Jordan Tyburski and Jennifer Wolf.

Honors: Mariam Adabi, Benjamin Alas, Madeira Alexander, Donovan Austin, Amber Bedard, Emily Bernstein, Mitchell Blake, Kauri Broughton, Angel Camacho, Alexis Capuano, DeAndre Cassanova, Rachel Currie, Xaviera Davis, Kayla Dejoie, Brianna Dooley, Sarah Espada, Rebecca Farrell, Katerina Faulk, Shania Fleeting, Eric Foster, Brandon Gamache, Timothy Gardner Russaw, Kimberly Gomez, Nokaphia Gordon, Jahkari Grant, Tyler Guay, Oanh Hoang, Lorenzo Hotchkiss, Aniya Hughey, Jennelle Joseph, Mohamed Kane, Kenneth Kirkland, Gillian Klase, Veronica Martinez, Kayla McLean, Emily Miles, Tahj Morales, Abigayle Palmer, Joseph Petro, Andrew Pinto, Sophie Purinton-Estey, Monayem Qureshi, Victor Ramos, Vanessa Rose, Kiara Samuels, Jada Smith, Tatiana Smith, Sara Sponzo, Sarah Szepanski, Michael Teal, Mackenzie Thompson, Terri-Ann Williams and Kiara Woodward.


High Honors: Grace Birch, Gabrielle Bouchard, Emily Bowmar, Aura Cardona, Kailey Carpenter, Sabrina Crispim, Zachary Crosset, Christopher Dowd, Canisha Drawhorn, Samuel Driscoll, Amanda Duncan, Christhine Ersando, Elizabeth Falk, Laura Falk, Lauren Gilligan, Kaylee Grace, Sophie Groenstein, Christopher Hallgren, Victoria Hallowell, Mackenzie Harrison, Alana Jensen, Destiny Johnson, Alexander Judkins, Oliver King, Dylana Lee, Laura Lopez, Camille McHenry, Huy Nguyen, Dylan Peczka, Ava Peters, Novian Rivera, Alex Rosario, Casey Ruff, Joseph Shippy, Giulia Siena, Joshua Simons, Mikayla Smith, Sharon Spaulding, Alexandra Stechschulte, Jamie Tynan, Jessica Wright, Jiali Yu

Honors: Jonathon Ayotte, Nathan Bailey, Jonathan Balfour, Shawn Banks, Matthew Blackwood, Amanda Boateng, Heather Bultmann, David Cao, Jaden Clemente, Omega Cobb, Kathleen Coffey, Tamika Cole, Jim Courtman, Jenelle DeRosie, Zaviana Desarmes, Jonathan Diaz, Christina Dunn, Nazaya Edmondson, Da Juan Ellison, Kendra Combs, Arifia Fitrianisa, Kewsi Foser, Oraine Foster, Alexandra Gamache, Julia Gamache, Amaya Harris, Alyssa Hawran, Jared He, Sean Higgins, Olivia Johnson, Jayen Keaten, Christian Kelly, Allyson Kerr, D’Andrea Koduah, Laura Langan, Sarah LeVasseur, Akira Lewis, Mariah Mackin, Marcus Manson, Nalani Marcelino, Marcos Massa, Emily Meyers, Angel Mitto, Kevaughn Murray, Jalen Nesbitt, Astuanta Niang, Talyia Oswecki, Deep Patel, Khaleel Rahman, Jomar Red, Thequan Rogers, Evan Ross, Joseph Russell, Rebecca Samuel, Isaiah Santana, Caleigh S,mith, Sadik Suny, Jessica Thornton, Cherise Trout, Colleen Tucker, Vanesa Vumback, Alexis Walker, Chardinea Wallace, Mackenzie White, Marquis Wilson, Michael Wint, Gianna Wood, Jerry Woodard


High Honors: Cameron Abbot, Taylor Allen, Tyra Anderson, Candace Banasiewicz, Gwyneth Bartolome, Lauren Bernstein, Riley Cigal, Kelcey Clarke, Sage DeAngelis, Taylor Desrosiers, Shelby Finlay, Zachary Giguere, Jillian Goldberg, Trinity Hill, Terry Jiang, Ama Karikari, Kaitlyn Kijak, Hailey Klase, Zachary Kopacz, Jake Lachniet, Sarah Lattimer, Benjamin Levesque, Marquis Lewis, Cameron McLean, Darlene Mercado, Pristeene Modeste, Raymon Morales, Madelon Viall, Josephine Nelson, Jose Nieves, Hailey Nolan, Kyle Orzechowski, Aretha Prabawa, Serena Rudman, Kylan Schwartz, Molly Shannon, Shenelle Shaw, Carlie Shepard, Paige Simonds, Denise Solis, Nathan Steinberg, Grace Strauch, Edgardo Torres, Kali vom Eigen, Jacob White, Kadri Williams

Honors: Stefanie Abegg, Ahmed Al-tareb, Briane Alabre, Hannah Birch, Carter Brown, Ruben Carmona, Dohnje Cassanova, Annika Christopherson, Johnna Coleman, John Cortez, Jayden Deer, Nevaeh Delgado, Denae Dennis, Patrick Denno, Eamon Doolittle, Nicholas Duffus, Daniel Elliot, Aaron Ersando, Kira Fields, Julie Fontaine, Kiara Fullard, George Gamble, Dalejah Graham, Richard Grant, Ashley Hoang, Shaun Hunter, Julian Jackson, Lawrence Jaggon, Brianna James, Xianna Jefferson, Alfred Lee, Morgan Looby, Izaiah McNeil, Carl Mitchell, Bichnhi Nguyen, Aaron Peterson, Cameryn Quinitchett, Makayla Robinson, Breanna Roy, Autumn Simpson, Diane Thompson, Joshua Weiner, Julie Ann Williams, Marques Williams


High Honors: Saleha Adabi, Khemal Allah, Jasmine Anderson, Bryce Baggoo, Shivani Bhatt, Alia Bownoth, Abigail Butterick, Athena Camacho, Emma Capuano, Isabel Chaparro, Suzanne Chapman, Nathan Charland, Jada Coley, Talissa Colon, Jahnesssa Cortez, Vanessa Cortez, Victor Daye, Cassidy Garcia, Ibaleze Garcia, Saffon Gaudiosi, Olivia Gregory, Lyndsey Irizarry, Victoria McGraw, Phillip McIntosh, Melina Mercado, Anye Miller, Afrah Musid, Valerie Phan, Anistasia Rosemond, Abigail Shannon, Samantha Shemanskis, Jagteshwar Singh, Joshua Sower, Benjamin Tillotson, Kennedy Tor, Devahya Townsend, Dreivone Townsend, Madison Tyburksi, Dyami Watson, Alexa Whitesell, Brian Williams

Honors: Adah Abraham, Wafa Al-tareb, Syafira Azzahra, Christopher Barnes, Dylan Barnett, Angela Barresi, Tempest Bremmer, Janaya Brown, William Caffyn, Esmeralda Carmona, Ashley Chambers, Dehlani Chinan, Brandon Crispim, Rachel Dube, Samaya Engram, Andrew Felgate, Derrick Ramos, Kayla Gordon, Isaiah Harvey, Jordan Pabon, Marqus Hubbard, Brendan Johnson, Tishay Johnson, Amari Jones, Paul Kleva, Abbie Lewis, Jordan Martell, Thomas Mawdsley, Harold McCarty, Brendan McGovern, Samuel Meyerhans, Madeline Mueller, Momin Nadeem, Talitha Ortiz, Isabelle Osowiecki, Sashina Porter, Justin Ridley, Azure Riley, Daniela Rivera, Rochelle Robinson, Kaelig Robinson, Julenney Rodriguez, Paris Roman, Tyler Ruff, Nicole Sadhu, Christopher Smith, Jenada Sweeney, Alicia Thomas, Brandon Thompson, Emily Ton, Xsia Tucker, Bryce Tynan, Anissa Walker, Joshua Webster, Amalya Wright

Duncaster Employee Promoted

BLOOMFIELD — Elizabeth Rios has been promoted to director of admissions at Duncaster’s Caleb Hitchcock Health Center. Her responsibilities in this new position include coordinating transfers from referring centers and hospitals to Caleb Hitchcock for rehabilitation, obtaining background information and clinical information from incoming patients and new residents and providing a smooth transition for incoming residents who previously lived independently at Duncaster. Rios also works with families outside of Duncaster that seek a safe living environment for their loved ones that have a memory loss illness.

Rios received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Central Connecticut State University. She is a licensed practical nurse and has also received applied behavioral analysis certification from Penn State University. She is a participant in Duncaster’s Wellness Committee and the UConn Dream Team.

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WINDSOR — The Windsor Education Foundation awards grants each year to Windsor Public Schools educators to implement creative learning programs that cannot be funded by the district’s budget. An application may be found is posted at for 2017 grants. The last date to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Local Students Recognized

BRISTOL, RI — Jeremy Ambrosino, Amanda Myers, and Cody Sanborn, of Windsor, have graduated from Roger Williams University.

Tax Aide Seeking Volunteers

AREAWIDE — The largest volunteer tax preparation program in the nation, the AARP Foundation Tax Aide, is seeking volunteers to give a few hours each week during the tax season to help low-moderate income taxpayers prepare and file their federal and state tax returns ensuring that they receive the tax credits and deductions they deserve. To register as a volunteer, visit or call 888-227-7669.

Operation Fuel Taking Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel’s statewide winter energy assistance program will start Dec. 1, when the nonprofit’s 107 fuel banks begin taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

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