BRIEFS: Town to conduct street-by-street storm cleanup 

BRIEFS: Town to conduct street-by-street storm cleanup 

Storm cleanup

The Public Works Department will be providing a curbside collection of storm-related vegetation (tree limbs and branches) beginning on or about the week of Aug. 17. This process may be lengthy, as department/contractor crews will proceed on a street-by-street basis throughout town.

Tree limbs and branches should be trimmed to approximately 4-foot lengths. Have the storm-related vegetation ready for pick up by Monday, Aug. 17.

BPD renovations

From the Berlin Police Department: “Renovations to the lobby at police headquarters will begin [this week] and as a result, our records bureau transaction window will not be accessible. The renovations involve construction of a private interview area connected to the public lobby and we anticipate it will be complete in early September of 2020.

“During this time we are requesting that citizens who would like to obtain copies of police reports or have any questions pertaining to police records, to contact us by phone, fax or email. In response to these requests, a member of our records bureau staff will make every effort to fulfill them without the need for anyone to come the police department.

“All renewal payments for alarm registrations must be sent via mail as we will be unable to collect them in person during construction.”

The lobby at police headquarters will remain open during this time for those that need assistance with matters not related to the records bureau.

Department phone number, 860-828-7109; fax, 860-828-7590; email,

U Drive. U Text.U Pay.

Through Aug. 31, the Berlin Police Department will be out in force looking for distracted drivers as part of the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Campaign, a high-visibility effort to enforce distracted-driving laws.

Drivers are continuously ignoring their responsibilities behind the wheel, and distracted driving is a growing and deadly threat on our roadways.

Berlin police are  teaming up with the Connecticut Department of Transportation during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to make sure all motorists keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

Car show

Klingberg Family Centers has announced plans for their next vintage motorcar event. This one will include a traditional car show for vehicles 1989 and older and a Pre-war Concours d’Elegance. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood St., New Britain. For more information about the event, visit

Photography show

Art league of New Britain, Preservation Connecticut will present a juried photography show, "Picturing History: Historic Barns of Connecticut." Serious amateur and student photographers age 8 and up are invited to submit works featuring the interior or exterior of barns in the following categories: color, black & white, detail and smart phone images. There is no entry limit. Submit photos at Submissions will be accepted online through Monday, Aug. 24. In October, Preservation Connecticut will display the selected works at the Art League of New Britain's gallery space in a circa 1870 barn followed by additional exhibitions across the state.

Photo contest

The Bristol Exchange Club and the Mum Festival Committee has announced the first in a series of “fun-raisers,” an online Virtual Auto Show Photo contest. Show off a prized car or truck to a wide audience. The competition runs until Wednesday, Sept.16. Awards will be presented. Visit to enter a photo and to vote for your favorite entry.


The Berlin Police Department has obtained a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division to support increased DUI detection and enforcement efforts.

As a part of this program, DUI sobriety checkpoints will be conducted during evening hours on Friday, Aug. 21 and Friday, Sept. 4. The checkpoints will be set up on the Berlin Turnpike south of Deming Road.

Library update

The Berlin Free Library remains closed. To borrow a book, call 860-828-3344. If it's available, it can be picked up curbside.

Free produce

It’s harvest time again at Rich’s Citgo, 116 Main St. Every summer, farm-fresh produce is available for customers, and anyone who stops in, at no charge.

Garden club

The Kensington Garden Club operates exclusively on a non-profit basis for charitable and educational purposes, and for the well-being of the community and public benefit.

The club promotes civic beauty, encourages improvement of public spaces, raises awareness of environmental concerns and advances the art of floral design and horticulture.

Look for upcoming fundraisers to help support their mission. Also look for virtual educational programs beginning in September. These are posted on the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library calendar.

New members are always welcome. Contact the club via Facebook or

Grants available

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has made over $207,000 in emergency grants to support local organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Given the impact of COVID-19, CFGNB will have an additional round of grants this year. Letters of Intent are due Monday, Aug. 31. If your organization is invited to submit a full application, the deadline for the full application is Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Final funding decisions will be made Wednesday, Dec. 9.

For questions on COVID-19 emergency funding, contact Joeline Wruck at or Kaylah Smith at To make a gift to the COVID-19 Initiatives Fund, visit

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, 860-628-3833.

‘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. 

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.

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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