Highway Garage Plan Nixed

Or should the headline be “Ffyler Place Project Nixed,” because the two projects are inextricably joined. But the November 6 tri-board Special Meeting of the Boards of Selectmen and Finance and the Permanent Building Committee discussed only the purchase of the existing warehouse/office building at 1160 South Street to become the highway garage.

Controversial SPD Study Published

The final report of a comprehensive study of the Suffield Police Department’s operation, initiated early this year, was distributed to the Selectmen and the Police Commission in October and published on the Town website at the end of that month. First Selectman Melissa Mack and Police Commission Chairman Kenneth Pascoe then called a joint special meeting of the Selectmen and the Commissioners on November 4 in the Middle School auditorium.About a hundred attendees were there.

Vets Day Observed

Government offices on all levels were closed on Veterans Day, along with banks and the U.S. Post Office. Like most businesses, Suffield schools remained open, along with most other schools statewide, with the day’s significance to be discussed in classrooms and assemblies.

Lots of Brass: Great Music

When the 102nd Army Band of the Connecticut National Guard came to town, concertgoers at Suffield High School on October 19 were greeted outside the auditorium by a jazz group, a talented sub-unit of the band. That nice surprise was a good start to what turned out to be a top-notch concert.

Six Towns Share Haz Waste Disposal

Suffield has joined with five other towns to support periodic disposal of household hazardous waste, and our first participation took place on Saturday, November 9, at the Simsbury public works facility on Town Forest Road in that town.The set-up there turned out to be very satisfactory and easy to find, though it did take this reporter about 45 minutes and over 16 miles to drive there from Suffield Center. Just like previous disposal events in Suffield, the first stop was for information and ID verification.

Town Hall Update to Begin Soon

No deadline date had been announced at press time, but current occupants of Suffield Town Hall were getting ready to move to their assigned “swing space” so renovation work can begin. Contractors QA&M and Gilbane say that planning is on schedule; conceptual drawings have reached the point where construction drawings began in mid-November.

New Mini Bus Delivered

Paula Pascoe, who runs the Suffield Mini Bus program as well as the Senior Center, welcomed the arrival of Mini Bus No. 19, which would allow No. 16 to be retired soon, and the fleet will stay at its customary three buses and three sedans.

Plenty of Treats from Trunks in West Suffield

The Mac Farm on North Street provided plenty of pumpkins on Saturday, October 26, when West Side Auto & Tyre hosted a Trunk or Treat event at their service center on Mountain Road in West Suffield Center. SSU Photo from Enfield brought a Haunted Trailer photo booth, Suffield Police Officer Terry Antrum had a decorated cruiser with candy, and even the Suffield Animal Control Officer dropped in.