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Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center Formally Welcomes Community

January 3, 2016 Business, Community, Sports No Comments
Tricia Meltser helps her son Lucas, on the balance beam, during the open house at JCC Valley Sports and Community Center open house. Photo by John Fitts

Tricia Meltser helps her son Lucas, on the balance beam, during the open house at JCC Valley Sports and Community Center open house.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center formally welcomed the community during an open house on Sunday afternoon.

“We’re having a great turnout from the community,” facility director Elana MacGilpin said as a steady stream of people came through the doors. “Everyone seems excited to be here.”

The day included numerous activities such as a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials and the Canton Chamber of Commerce, open play basketball, baseball hitting instruction with Canton High School JV coach Mike Scott, Mini Stars Soccer for ages 1 to 5, kids yoga, story times, a family boot camp and much more – all as a preview for the center’s programs, many of which officially begin later this week.

“The Canton Chamber of Commerce is honored that such an organization as the Mandell JCC has woven Canton Chamber of Commerce membership into its plan to reach the Farmington Valley and beyond,” Mike D’Apice, Immediate Past President of the chamber, said. “May this new year and every year bring everything that is best to this sports and community center, its staff and every neighbor who chooses to participate in their programming.”

The West-Hartford based JCC (Jewish Community Center) recently took over the 310 Albany Turnpike (Route 44) facility, former home to Valley Sports Center, founded and operated by Canton resident Mark Lange for approximately four years.

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Images of Canton: Crown & Hammer Open Mic

The Crown and Hammer has started a Tuesday night open mic series.

“There’s a lot of great musicians in the area,” said host Larry Tauro. “It’s a good place to get together.”

Sign-ups start at 8 p.m., with music kicking in a half hour later. The event is slated to run every Tuesday night from 8 to 11:45 p.m.

The Crown and Hammer is located at 3 Depot St., Collinsville.

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Town Hopes Tax Increment Finance District Could Help Spur Re-Development of Collins Company Complex

A "panoramic" iPhone view of the Collins Co. Photo by John Fitts

A “panoramic” iPhone view of the Collins Co.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts

While some questions remain, several town officials, developers and property owners are hoping that tax increment financing might help spur efforts to re-develop the Collins Company complex.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) allows municipalities to use anticipated future tax revenue to help fund portions of a specific project or general infrastructure improvements in a given area. It’s not a new concept, even in Connecticut, but a recently revamped state law went into effect just a few months ago.

Recently the town received a $10,000 Preservation of Place grant from Connecticut Main Street Center to help facilitate a master plan for redeveloping the Collins Company Factory Complex, the site along the Farmington River where edge tools were made from the 1820s to 1966. On Monday, the boards of finance and selectmen voted in favor of moving ahead with the idea, which is projected to cost between $12,000 and $25,000. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Christmas in Collinsville

December 11, 2015 Business, Community No Comments
Photo by Carrie Wiser

Photo by Carrie Wiser

Photos by Carrie Wiser

Christmas in Collinsville began Friday night with a range of activities including a champagne walk, tree lighting, horse-drawn carriage rides and live music.

Activities continue on Saturday with the 8th annual Collinsville Charity Craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Hall, a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. craft show and bake sale at Collinsville Congregational, book signing with local authors from 1 to 3 p.m. at Valley Center, LLC, photos with Santa from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Collinsville Savings, Puppet shows at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the town hall auditorium, children’s craft fun from 1 to 3 p.m. at D.A.N.C.E. by Kristin, a meet and greet with Mrs. Claus from noon to 1:30 at America the Beautiful and more.  … Continue Reading

Residents Approve Additional Funding for Traffic Light in Collinsville, Startup Costs for Paramedic Level of Service

Residents have approved additional funding for the traffic light at Main and Bridge streets in Collinsville.

Residents have approved additional funding for the traffic light at Main and Bridge streets in Collinsville.

By John Fitts 

At a town meeting Wednesday night, residents this approved plans to jump-start a paramedic level of EMS service in town and provide additional funding for a traffic signal in Collinsville.

The paramedic times involved $105,000 from the town’s undesignated fund balance to fund equipment, a paramedic vehicle and a cardiac monitor.

Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner said the funding involves “startup” costs as the town moves to a paramedic level of ambulance service. Currently the town offers advanced level EMT service and contracts with the UConn Health when paramedics are needed for advanced care. However, that option won’t be available as of July 1, 2016, leaving the town the option to downgrade or upgrade its service.

The issues has been discussed for some time and most in town government and the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department have agreed a more basic service would not be good for the safety of town residents. … Continue Reading

Christmas in Collinsville Offers Old-Fashioned Holiday Fun

December 9, 2015 Business, Community No Comments
Santa and Mrs. Claus at the 2014 Christmas in Collinsville. Photo by John Fitts

Santa and Mrs. Claus at the 2014 Christmas in Collinsville.
Photo by John Fitts

For those involved in Christmas in Collinsville, one of its best aspects is the feeling of good old fashioned fun and community.

“I think that it’s just that it feels old fashioned,” said event organizer Kathy Taylor when asked about her favorite aspect of the weekend. “The town looks like it’s back in time.”

Festivities start on Friday Dec. 11 with a 6 to 9 p.m. champagne walk during which local merchants decorate, host special events and pour bubbly for participants. The evening features numerous other festivities such as horse-drawn carriage rides from 6 to 8 p.m., luminaries, carolers at Collinsville Congregational and the Canton Historical Museum’s Gallery of trees with live music and folks in vintage dress.

Music venues and art galleries, including Underground Gallery, Bridge Street Live, LaSalle Market and Downright Music and Art all hosting special events. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Order Up

December 7, 2015 Business, Community No Comments
McDonalds of Canton owner Alicia Canning with Hannah Aron of ABC Office Support and Ann Gagnon of ACG Design Associates. Photo by John Fitts

McDonalds of Canton owner Alicia Canning with Hannah Aron of ABC Office Support and Ann Gagnon of ACG Design Associates.
Photo by John Fitts

Members of the Canton Chamber of Commerce put in some extra hours Monday night, working behind the counter at McDonald’s of Canton to support Gifts for Canton.

Now in its 20th year, Gifts for Canton is a collection effort to help struggling town residents provide holiday gifts for their families. It is sponsored by the Canton Chamber of Commerce, with help from Focus on Canton, Town of Canton, Canton Lions Club, and the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton. Several other volunteers and businesses also stepped up to help.

“We thank everyone who participated,” said chamber secretary Hannah Aron. … Continue Reading

Gifts for Canton: Several Chances to Help this Week

December 6, 2015 Business, Community No Comments

McDonaldsSignDec.7_2015While there’s just a little time left to support Gifts for Canton, residents have several chances to help this week. Those include a special Monday night event at McDonalds of Canton, donation opportunities and a Stock the Cruiser Drive at the Shoppes on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Now in its 20th year, Gifts for Canton is a collection effort for needy families that caps with a holiday distribution on Dec. 15. On that day patrons, who simply need to proof of Canton residency, are treated to a makeshift holiday store at which they are able to pick up items such as toys, books, gift cards and more.

“We’re hopeful it will be good drive this year,” said Ann Gagnon, who co-chaired the effort with Jill Brandon. … Continue Reading

The Mandell JCC Valley Sports and Community Center Coming in December

November 24, 2015 Business No Comments
The Mandell JCC in West Hartford has acquired the Valley Sports Center, 310 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT. The facility is undergoing a rebranding, and will be transformed into the Mandell JCC Valley Sports and Community Center, a satellite location of the Mandell JCC.

The Mandell JCC in West Hartford has acquired the Valley Sports Center, 310 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT. The facility is undergoing a rebranding, and will be transformed into the Mandell JCC Valley Sports and Community Center, a satellite location of the Mandell JCC.

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CANTON — The Mandell JCC in West Hartford has acquired the Valley Sports Center, 310 Albany Turnpike, Canton. The facility is undergoing a rebranding, and will be transformed into the Mandell JCC Valley Sports and Community Center, a satellite location of the Mandell JCC. A soft opening is schedule for December 2015, with a Grand Opening taking place January 2016.

Thanks in part to a generous grant made by the Jewish Community Foundation, the Mandell JCC Valley Sports and Community Center will provide Farmington Valley residents with various sports and community programming. The center, open to all ages, faiths, and backgrounds, will focus on similar sports-oriented programming previously offered by the Valley Sports Center, with additional components including youth and adult sports leagues, personal and small group training, youth vacation programs, drop-in play, birthday party and rental opportunities, and more. … Continue Reading

Mamma Mia’s Italian Bistro Now Open on Route 44

November 13, 2015 Business No Comments
Photo by John Fitts Mamma Mia's Italian Bistro is now open on Route 44 in Canton.

Photo by John Fitts
Mamma Mia’s Italian Bistro is now open.

Please note that this business has closed

Mamma Mia’s Italian Bistro is now open on Route 44 in Canton.

Located at 192 Albany Turnpike, in the building formerly occupied by Smokin’ Spokes, the restaurant features a wide variety of “Italian Food with an Albanian twist,” owner Sam Dika said.

The rumor that Smokin’ Spokes has “re-opened” has circulated to some degree in town and Dika said he will soon be taking down their awnings and posting a more permanent sign. Momma Mia’s will be serving beer and wine in the near future but Dika plans to depart from the bar image.

“I’m trying to make it more of a family restaurant,” he said. … Continue Reading

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