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Southbury First Selectman's Report: Public Safety Day on Sunday, Grants & More!

<p><strong>Recent Grant Awards</strong></p><p>Our Department Heads work diligently with our Finance Department to secure State and Federal Grants. When making large purchases or funding expensive projects, we investigate the possibility of using grant money first. These grants enable us to purchase equipment upgrades, vehicles, secure funding for expensive culvert and bridge repairs, expand recreation through trails and connectivity grants, amongst many other uses. I would like to thank our Department Heads who diligently search for and fill out tedious applications to obtain grant money for the Town. Several of the grants we recently received were in our Emergency Management, Senior Center, and Public Works Departments.</p><h4><em>Emergency Management Grants</em></h4><p>The State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services &amp; Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management &amp; Homeland Security has recently awarded the Town of Southbury EMPG Grants funds for FY21 and FY23 totaling $20,708.80. We anticipate that we will receive $9,785 for the awarded FY22 grant soon. Southbury Emergency Management Director, Stephen Schnell, is currently in the process of applying for the EMPG FY23 Competitive Pool Funding of $25,000 which is designated for upgrades to the Town of Southbury Emergency Operations Center.</p><h4><em>Southbury Senior Center Grants</em></h4><p>The Town purchased a new Senior Center bus last week thanks to a grant we received in the amount of $133,225. With all the programming the Senior Center has planned, I am sure it will get plenty of use.</p><p>Our Senior Services Director, Andrea Corcoran, is also completing this year’s MGP Grant for our Dial-A-Ride program. This grant will bring in $14,000 per quarter to run buses to Danbury and Waterbury for senior medical transportation.</p><h4><em>Public Works Grants</em></h4><p>Grant funds are being used for several culvert projects in Town. In addition, 2023 STEAP grant funding will be used to make proposed improvements to the Southbury Transfer Station.</p><p><strong>UPDATE: ROUTE 6 BRIDLE PATH CROSSWALK</strong></p><p>On Monday, First Selectman Manville met with Connecticut DOT and DEEP at the Larkin Bridle Trail to discuss potential improvements to the trail path and crosswalk on Route 67. The trail and Route 67 are both owned and maintained by the State. The Town of Southbury and the State are partnering together to evaluate, fund, and implement appropriate upgrades. The State is requiring further studies be conducted at the site to determine if blinking lights are appropriate at the crosswalk.</p><p><strong>PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING</strong></p><p>A Public Information Meeting on the Poverty Road Bridge will take place at 4:30 p.m. at Sarah Cooke Hall at Heritage Village Center and at 7 p.m. at Southbury Town Hall, Room 205, on Wednesday, April 24th. Project engineers will present project information, answer questions, and take comments from the public.</p><p><strong>New Swimming Pool News</strong></p><p>The Town of Southbury received State Department of Public Health (DPH) approval for the proposed swimming pool plans on April 1, 2024.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS</strong></p><h4><em>Officer DeSanto Graduates the Police Academy</em></h4><p>Congratulations to Officer DeSanto, Southbury’s latest Connecticut Police Academy graduate! We wish you well as you embark on your career as a Southbury Police Officer.</p><h4><em>“Cones with Cops”</em></h4><p><strong>PD TEAMS UP WITH SENIOR SERVICES</strong></p><p>On Tuesday, April 17th, Southbury Police Officers participated in a community event called “Cones with Cops” at local ice cream shop, Scoopin’. Police Sargeant Chris Grillo commented that the feedback from the children and parents was nothing but praise and support for our officers. He expressed his thanks to the police department staff and officers, “Your efforts in giving back to the community are what makes this department so great. Events like this foster trust and legitimacy amongst our residents and continue to strengthen public support. Your commitment to this Town reaches far beyond just making children happy.” I would like to thank our Police Officers and PD staff for all they do to support our community and keeping our Southbury residents safe.</p><p>Yesterday, Officer Armeno teamed up with our Senior Services team to present “Don’t Get Scammed!” to Senior Center members. Officer Armeno provided essential information regarding the potential risks of online and telephone frauds. Scammers often target older adults; therefore, they need to be particularly mindful of potential risks to their life savings. The event was well attended and is another example of Town efforts to protect our residents.</p><p><strong>COMMUNITY RELATIONS TASK FORCE</strong></p><p>The CRTF is accepting applications from high school juniors to join their task force during their senior year. This is a fantastic opportunity for a student to learn about and contribute to local government and have a voice in their community. A special thank you to Gabby Leonardi who has served as CRTF’s most recent student representative.</p><p><strong>PUBLIC SAFETY DAY</strong></p><p>A reminder that Public Safety Day takes place this Sunday, April 21st from 1-4 p.m. at the Southbury Center Firehouse located at 461 Main Street South. You can find the full list of details on our&nbsp;<a href="https://southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9041" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 120, 176);">website</a>.</p><p><strong>ARBOR DAY</strong></p><p>Southbury’s Arbor Day Celebration will start at 9:00 a.m. on April 26th at Lakeside Park on Scout Road. The event, sponsored by the Southbury Historical Tree Restoration Committee, will celebrate our 26th consecutive Tree City USA award and the three new shade trees planted at Lakeside Park by our Public Works Department. The HTRC will continue the tradition of providing Fraser Fir saplings and conducting an Arbor Day presentation via Zoom to all Region 15 Kindergarten students.</p>

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Art in the Park in Southbury on May 11 - Free and Fun for All Ages!

<p><strong>Save the Date for&nbsp;<em>Art in the Park&nbsp;</em>- a FREE Special Event for all ages on May 11, 2024, 10:00am-2:00pm at Ballantine Park located at 611 Old Field Road</strong></p><p>Southbury Parks and Recreation (SPR) in partnership with the Arts and Culture Subcommittee of the Southbury Economic Development Commission (ACSSEDC) and Middlebury and Southbury Equity and Inclusion Council (MSEIC) is having its second annual collaborated special event: Art in the Park!</p><p>Join us for free arts &amp; crafts projects and recreational activities. Learn a new technique while you create your own art or try your hand at a free craft project. Participate in a free raffle drawing for a fun prize. Food trucks will be on-site for you to purchase a quick lunch or snack featuring Lucky Dog Food Truck and Polar Sweets LLC.</p><p>** During rain or bad weather, this event will be held indoors at the Southbury Parks and Recreation Building at 561 Main Street South. (To confirm the rain location,&nbsp;<a href="https://southburyct.myrec.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: lightgreen; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">visit the MyRec website</a>&nbsp;and look for the red “ALERT” banner at the top of the page).</p><p><strong>For more details about the event, go to&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://southburyct.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29865" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: lightgreen; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>southburyct.myrec.com</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p>

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Southbury Restaurant Week (and more upcoming events!)

<p><strong>Southbury Restaurant Week</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/19-27/2024</span></p><p>Prix Fixe menus, discounts and prizes. </p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9044" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>Pickleball Tournament</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/20/2024 | 9:00am-5:00pm</span></p><p>Registrations are closed but spectators are welcome. Organizer: Tribury Rotary Foundation.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8946" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>Blues Café Presents Mark Cosgrove with Good Medicine</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/20/2024 | 1:00pm</span></p><p>It's bluegrass and Americana music at its finest. Organizer: The Blues Café.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9021" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>Public Safety Day and Open House</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/21/2024 | 1:00-4:00pm</span></p><p>Come out and interact with the First Responders of your community - fire, police, ambulance, animal control. Live demonstrations at 2 and 3pm. Organizer: Southbury Volunteer Fire Association.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9041" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>ONGOING</strong></p><p>Your Own Team Up to Clean Up</p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">April 2024</span></p><p>Celebrate Earth Day All Month Long! schedule your own Team Up to Clean Up with friends, family and neighbors on your own, in your free time, in your own neighborhood and enter into drawing for Southbury Land Trust har or t-shirt. Organizers: Southbury Land Trust.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9026" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p>Friday Birding at the Bent</p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">Fridays in April 2024</span></p><p>Birding Events that are accessible to Everyone. Organizers: Bent of the River Audubon Center.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8894" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>COMING SOON</strong></p><p>4/26/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9035" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Arbor Day Celebration</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8958" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Deacon Chuck Dietsch Memorial 5K Run &amp; Walk for Haiti</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8993" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9024" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs</a></p><p>4/28/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9047" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Spring Fling</a></p><p>5/2-5/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9027" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">The Friends of the Southbury Public Library Book Sale</a></p><p>5/2-4/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9010" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Spring Rummage Sale</a></p><p>5/03/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9022" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">B &amp; P Art Exhibition</a></p><p>5/3-4/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9048" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Clothing Drive</a></p><p>5/04/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9012" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Whiskers Pet Rescue's new "Whiskers TOO" Ribbon Cutting &amp; Housewarming</a></p><p>5/04/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9013" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">3rd Annual Spring Fling Shopping Event</a></p><p>5/05/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9002" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">EyeRecycle Bottle and Can Redemption Popup</a></p><p>5/11/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9014" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Art in the Park</a></p><p>View more future events:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.southbury-ct.org/events" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Upcoming Events Listing</a></p><p>Submit your organization's event to the Town of Southbury listing:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/submitevent" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Submit Event</a></p>

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State and Town of Southbury Partner for Larkin Bridle Trail Upgrades

<p>On Monday, First Selectman Manville met with Connecticut DOT and DEEP at the Larkin Bridle Trail to discuss potential improvements to the trail path and crosswalk on Route 67.</p><p>The trail and Route 67 are both owned and maintained by the State. The Town of Southbury and the State are partnering to evaluate, fund, and implement appropriate upgrades.</p><p> The State is requiring further studies to be conducted at the site to determine if blinking lights are appropriate there.</p><p>Visit the Town of Southbury online to learn more <a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.southbury-ct.org/</a></p>

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Plein Air Watercolor Workshops  on the Van Vleck Farm & Sanctuary

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Flanders is excited to announce that watercolor artist Diane Dubreuil (www.dianedubreuil.com) will be leading a three-session plein air watercolor class on May 8, 9, and 10 meeting from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM each day on the Van Vleck Farm &amp; Sanctuary. This adult class is designed for those who wish to begin painting </span><em style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">'en plein air'</em><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> with watercolors or for those with some experience who may need help redirecting his/her creative thinking. The class will be held outside, or in the Studio if the weather is inclement. Bring your art supplies and a bag lunch. Following registration, a materials list will be emailed to participants.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">A resident of New Milford, Diane is a signature member of the International Plein Air Painters WORLDWIDE, a juried member of the New England Watercolor Society, a member of the CT Plein Air Painters, a member of the NH Plein Air Painters and Plein Air Painters of Maine, and several local CT and ME art organizations.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Class size is limited. Interested parties can register online on the Flanders website </span><a href="https://flandersnaturecenter.org/program-events" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://flandersnaturecenter.org/program-events/</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> or by calling the office at 203-263-3711.&nbsp;</span></p>

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Team Up to Clean Up and More Upcoming Events in Southbury!

<p><strong>Team Up to Clean Up</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/13/2024 | 10:00am-12:00pm</span></p><p>A Clean Town Starts with You! Organizer: Southbury Land Trust and Southbury Conservation Commission.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9016" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>"Kocktails &amp; Kitties" Benefiting Whiskers at the Corner Tavern</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/13/2024 | 4:00pm</span></p><p>A fundraising event to benefit Whiskers Pet Rescue in Southbury. Organizer: Whiskers Pet Rescue &amp; The Corner Tavern.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8996" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>Spring Wildflowers with Pete and Barb Rzasa</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">4/18/2024 | 10:00am</span></p><p>Spring Wildflowers and Ephemerals at the Bent. Organizer: Bent of the River Audubon Center.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9009" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p><strong>ONGOING</strong></p><p>Your Own Team Up to Clean Up</p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">April 2024</span></p><p>Celebrate Earth Day All Month Long! schedule your own Team Up to Clean Up with friends, family and neighbors on your own, in your free time, in your own neighborhood and enter into drawing for Southbury Land Trust har or t-shirt. Organizers: Southbury Land Trust.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9026" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p>Friday Birding at the Bent</p><p><span style="color: rgb(89, 89, 89);">Fridays in April 2024</span></p><p>Birding Events that are accessible to Everyone. Organizers: Bent of the River Audubon Center.</p><p>Click for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8894" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the event's details.</a></p><p>COMING SOON</p><p>4/20/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9021" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Blues Café Presents Mark Cosgrove with Good Medicine</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9024" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8958" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Deacon Chuck Dietsch Memorial 5K Run &amp; Walk for Haiti</a></p><p>4/27/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=8993" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection</a></p><p>5/2-5/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9027" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">The Friends of the Southbury Public Library Book Sale</a></p><p>5/2-4/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9010" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Spring Rummage Sale</a></p><p>5/3/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9022" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">B &amp; P Art Exhibition</a></p><p>5/4/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9012" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Whiskers Pet Rescue's new "Whiskers TOO" Ribbon Cutting &amp; Housewarming</a></p><p>5/4/2024 -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/events-feed/?FeedID=9013" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">3rd Annual Spring Fling Shopping Event</a></p><p>View more future events:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.southbury-ct.org/events" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Upcoming Events Listing</a></p><p>Submit your organization's event to the Town of Southbury listing:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.southbury-ct.org/submitevent" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Submit Event</a></p>

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Southbury Police Department New Program: Linked- Autism Safety Project

<p>The Southbury Police Department is excited to announce a new and innovative program called&nbsp;<a href="https://linkedasp.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Linked- Autism Safety Project</a>.</p><p>LINKED was created by an Autism mom, Ashley McClain to build a relationship between emergency responders and the members of the Autism and special needs community. This project was created as a collaborative effort with a network of public safety professionals, autism professionals, and autism parents.</p><p>This program is a voluntary registration for the Southbury’s official Autism Alert System. Caregivers of the Southbury autism and special needs community can access the registration form by stopping into the Southbury Police Department to fill out a hard copy of the registration form. This information will provide police with important individualized information about the person with autism and within the special needs community. This will allow the police to create a pre-arrival plan to best assist those within the community. All registrations are secure and confidential and used only for the response of Southbury Police Department.</p><p>Each family that registers for the LINKED program will receive a Family Emergency Planning Folder with individualized instructions and a guide that includes tips and tools to navigate this program and an emergency situation. Additionally, the Family Emergency Planning Folders provide an emergency preparedness social story, created by professionals, which is a personalized learning tool containing text and illustration that supports the safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals, and people within the special needs community of all ages.</p><p>Police Officers will be equipped with a sensory pack in every emergency vehicle which contains a variety of sensory products provided by recommended by professionals in the field. To accompany the sensory packs, LINKED- Autism Safety Project is providing Emergency Picture Exchange Communication System, which is a picture communication tool for non-verbal residents developed by professionals to assist in the dialogue between the child and police.</p><p>The Southbury Police Department is committed to the Autism and special needs community and developing best practices and increasing the quality of services to all our residents. Southbury Police Department will also participate in Autism specific training through LINKED- Autism Safety Program to better understand and support the needs of the Autism community.</p><p>This program is free and open to all Southbury residents. Please share this information with your neighbors and friends.</p>

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