BRIEFS: Town Hall will close Thursday

BRIEFS: Town Hall will close Thursday


Town Hall and all municipal departments will close Thursday, July 2 at 4:30 p.m. in observance of Independence Day, and will be closed Friday, July 3 as well.

The normal trash/recycling schedule will apply.

The Transfer Station, at 19 Town Farm Lane, will be closed Saturday, July 4.  

BHS Class of 2020

Graduation: Aug. 7 at Berlin High School. The format is yet to be determined based on the state restrictions and approval of the local health department. The Governor announced that Phase 3 of the state reopening would potentially start around July 22 and may permit groups upwards of 100 people. We are hopeful that this may change, so that we can have a more traditional graduation ceremony.

Yearbook signing, prom and All Night Grad Party: TBD based on restrictions that will be in place Aug. 7 - 9. More information will be provided throughout the end of the school year and summer, so stay tuned.

Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund brings people who care about Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington together to experience philanthropy first-hand. For questions regarding membership, contact Joeline Wruck, director of Community Initiatives, at 860-229-6018 ext. 307 or

Caregiver support

In conjunction with Hartford Healthcare Center for Healthy Aging and the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library hosts a Dementia Caregiver Support Group, online, the third Monday of the month, until it is safe to meet at the library. Those interested in attending should call Patty O’Brian, CDP, dementia specialist, from Hartford Healthcare Center for Healthy Aging, at 860-628-3833.

Football, cheer

Registration for Berlin Youth Football and Cheer is open. Practice starts Aug. 3. Being mindful of the struggles many are facing, BYFC has lowered its registration costs for the 2020 season. To register, visit For more information, email or

‘Grab & Go’ pasta

American Legion Post 68 in Berlin hosts "Grab & Go" Pasta Dinners every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Meals are served in special containers from the kitchen door to your vehicle. To order ahead, call 860-828-4000.

Foster parenting

More than ever, Klingberg Family Centers are looking for families, couples and single adults to provide a safe and supportive home environment for children and teens in Connecticut. To learn about the foster parenting licensing process and how you can make an impact as a Therapeutic Foster Parent, visit or contact Nicolin Carr:, 860-817-3918. 

Alzheimer’s walk

The Alzheimer’s Association Central Connecticut Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Sept.13 at Lake Compounce in Bristol.For details, visit

Talk it out

The Department of Children and Families has partnered with United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 and community providers to establish a "When it Builds Up, Talk it Out" campaign.

Any parent who wishes to access support is invited to call 833-258-5011 or visit and engage with trained professionals. If additional help is needed, parents and caregivers will be referred to community-based services.

The Talk it Out line is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on weekends from 1 to 8 p.m.

How We Feel app

People in Connecticut – whether they are healthy or sick – can help inform heath officials and doctors by using the How We Feel app and self-reporting their daily symptoms through a series of short prompts. The smartphone or web-based application was created in response to the need for health officials and doctors to obtain more information on COVID-19 in the face of widespread testing shortages. The information shared has the potential to reveal outbreak hotspots and provide insight into the progression of COVID-19.

Download the How We Feel app for free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store or complete the survey through a web version available at

Summer classes

Hungerford’s dynamic Summer Discovery Programs are full of fun activities, exploration and crafts. Classes take place Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

For details, visit or, call 860-827-9064 or email

Neighbors app

By working in collaboration with the Neighbors app by Ring, the Berlin Police Department can improve its ability to address community concerns and increase community engagement in fighting crime and addressing neighborhood problems. Download the free Neighbors app on iOS or Android, join your neighborhood, and use the app to monitor neighborhood activity, share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts, and receive real-time safety alerts from your neighbors, the BPD and the Ring team.

Wall of Honor

The Berlin Veterans Digital Wall of Honor, located in the rotunda of Town Hall, is “Dedicated To All Who Proudly Served To Protect Our Country." Residents and/or their immediate family members who have served, or who are currently serving in the military, are welcome to be included on the Veterans Digital Wall of Honor. Bring information to the Town Manager’s Office, or call Peter Galgano at 860-604-7258.

Heroes Walk

Memorial bricks are being sold for the “Heroes Walk” at the Berlin Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Way. Each brick honors a veteran, living or deceased, who served in the nation’s military. Memorial brick applications are available on the Town of Berlin’s Veterans Commission web page. Applications are also available at the Town Clerk’s and the Town Manager’s office.

Mail the form and check to: Town of Berlin, Attn: Veterans Commission, 240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT 06037.

Queen Ann events

The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc., which provides arts enrichment activities for children age 5 to 17, is accepting new participants. The center promotes positive youth development among children of all races and abilities throughout Connecticut, but primarily to children in the greater Plainville, Berlin, Bristol and New Britain area. For more information, visit

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