The FY 23/24 budget was approved on May 10 at our Annual Town Budget Meeting. It was well attended and thank you to all who came out.
Our Town Wide Spring Clean Up event was a success. Residents who volunteered from all areas of our Town, collected just under 2,500 pounds of trash! Thank you to everybody involved. A big thank you to all the members of our Environmental and Sustainability Task Force, along with Beth and Mel Chafetz for organizing the event.
We’ve recently hired for the following Department Head positions:
Scott Cunningham, Fire Chief. Scott has worked as a volunteer in Enfield for over 30 years, most recently as a Captain. He has spent most of his career with the City of Hartford Fire Department. We’re excited to have Scott lead our Fire Department in a new direction.
Kelly Giannuzzi, Youth Services Director. Kelly has worked as a school counselor for the last couple of years. She is originally from Suffield and has strong ties to the community. We look forward to having her back in Suffield.
Albert Rusilowicz, Finance Director. Al is a CPA and has been the Finance Director for the Town of Middlefield for six years. We look forward to having him on our team!
Congratulations and welcome to all three. We are very excited for them and the ideas they have for the future of each department.
The following positions remain open: Fire Captain and Associate Library Director.
The 2nd Annual Suffield Summer Fair is June 16-18. Go to the Town website to see more info or sign up to volunteer or register for events like the hot dog eating contest and pickleball tournament. We have more rides, games and food vendors this year (and ticket booths). I’ve been told to expect an even bigger fireworks show, if that’s even possible. We’re getting close to 100 craft and business vendors. Expect a petting zoo, dog adoption event, bingo, 50/50 raffle, live music and much more! Hope to see you there.
The Suffield Farmer’s Market begins June 17. Go and support our local agriculture vendors.
Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be June 10 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. It is held at Simsbury Public Works, 66 Town Forest Road, Simsbury.
Join ABAR June 11 for their Pride event and June 17 for their Juneteenth event.
The Trees for Suffield Initiative is in full swing. Check out the new trees that were planted by Café Barista, M&T Bank, and Main Street. Thanks to those who sponsored a tree, have made donations, and especially a big thank you to Sue Mayne and the entire Tree Committee for their hard work and dedication to ensure a more beautiful and sustainable Suffield.
Babb’s Beach will officially open on June 24.
I’m often out with residents of our community talking “Town” or just conversing about general topics, volunteering at events, or working together on a town board or commission. Recently, I was invited over to a house on South Main Street to discuss some traffic concerns with several residents from that area. We shared ideas and concerns and afterwards, I was given a tour around the garden areas and discussion beyond Town topics were had. Meetings like this and so many others, remind me how great it has been to be a community leader. Not only am I able to meet as a representative of the Town, but more often than not, we’re able to connect on other levels.
For the past year and half, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work alongside and serve so many amazing people. The daily interactions with so many of our residents is rewarding. The support and kindness from the community is overwhelming.
I am officially announcing my run for a second term as Suffield’s First Selectmen. For the many who have been asking me lately, this should put those questions to rest. I look forward to another opportunity to serve our community.
Enjoy the beautiful June weather and as always, my door is always open.