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Home Care In Windsor Locks, CT

Home Care Windsor Locks, CT

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Noden-Reed Museum gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Windsor Locks, CT is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Bessie has been an exceptional Health Care Provider. She takes such pride in her work and truly cares about the people she is in contact with. She is dedicated, diligent, and is devoted to her job assignment. She not only takes care of my Mom, but she goes above and beyond her call of duty. Bessie has a unique ability to connect with every person she meets. No day goes by that my Mom is not pampered. Bessie make sure she's always comfortable. She makes exceptional meals for her 3 times a day, cleans her clothes, gives her showers, washes her hair and makes her look amazing every single day. Bessie is so beneficial to our family we can't imagine our family without her. I myself and my family members could never do what she does for our Mom. She has been with my mom and our family for almost 1 year and we don't know what we would do without her, she truly is a gift from God. She not only takes care of my Mom daily, nightly and weekly, she also takes care of her personal life and whatever life throws at her. She is a devoted caretaker and should be recognized with the utmost respect. Her dedication to improving the health and well-being of my Mom is commendable. You can't find anyone as special as she. Her life commitment has touched our lives through her delivery of exceptional care in a compassionate, respectful, and safe manner on a daily basis. She has become a member of our family and she has shown us the meaning of adaptability. Her strong faith in God, Forgiveness, and Believing in each other makes her the great person that she is. On behalf of our family, we would like to thank you for the extraordinary care and services your company has provided to us. Thank you for all you do”

Debra T.

“We used Always Best Care for my mother. They provided basically anything we needed a few hours a week, they were very thorough in asking about my mother's condition, and what were the needs that were required. It's more like bathing, medication, and companionship. We used them for about a week.”


“Thank you again to you, Susan and the rest of the care-givers and staff of Always Best Care for the outstanding service you have provided for our parents. ABC provided professional, first-class support that allowed our parents to remain in their home while relieving of us of concern for their care and is something we will never forget. You can be sure we will happily refer any family member or friend that is seeking care at home to Always Best Care.”

Madison R.

“Dear Rick, Over the past three plus years, my father Joseph Ceuch has lived at home assisted by the caregivers from your company Always Best Care of Greater Bristol. This letter is a personal thank you from my father and the entire Ceuch family on how your caregivers treated and attended to my father during this time. The caregivers became part of our extended family who shared in countless family events resulting in beautiful lasting memories. Caregivers Frances Boateng, Jeremy Turner, and Yanice Hernandez were awesome in their care of my father. I want to especially acknowledge Francis as a person who went above and beyond his responsibility and became part of the Ceuch inner circle. It was not uncommon for Francis on his off days to stop by during a family picnic to say hello...he is truly loved by my father. Again, I want to thank you for the loving care your caregivers provided my father. I would highly recommend your company to anyone interested in having a caregiver attend to a loved one. Thanks again”

Gregory C.

“Heather, I just wanted to thank Always Best Care in helping to provide care for my step father, Daryl. It's unbelievable how the progression of his illness happened so quickly, however, Always Best Care was always ready to provide the level of care he needed as it increased. Most importantly, I'd like to thank his aide, Sue Malasics. She was wonderful to Daryl and took great care of his needs. I knew I did not have to worry with Sue there with him. She was always cooking wonderful homemade meals and desserts and I was happy to see how happy she made Daryl. I think she is a wonderful asset to Always Best Care. Should I know of anyone needing help in the future, I would recommend Always Best Care and Sue Malasics.”

Milissa K.

“My mother was bedbound for months and had serious health related issues including kidney failure. My mother was also very demanding about her care and who she would allow into her home. After several attempts with various in-home care agencies my mother really responded well to Always Best Care Senior Services of Greater Bristol and we cant thank them enough for the high level of compassionate care they were able to provide during my moms final months.”

Liam C.

“I am a past client of this provider My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”

Dorothy W.

“Our sister, Barbara has early-onset dementia , and was in sudden need of a personal care assistant until placement in a quality skilled nursing facility became available. We reached out to home health care agencies in her local area but, by this point, had already worked with several agencies for med reminders for Barbara (and 24/7 care for our Mom in another area of CT) and were a bit skeptical that that we’d find one that could provide consistent quality of care.When I spoke with Rick Downey of Always Best Care Senior Services in Bristol, he conveyed both confidence in his knowledge of health care and empathy in understanding the frustrations that families experience when seeking quality care for their loved ones. We were next contacted by their care coordinator,Heather Kozikowski, who came to our sister’s home to conduct an assessment and further explain the services offered by Always Best Care.A further testament to the exceptional quality of Always Best Care is the service and care we’ve received after Barbara is no longer a client; our thanks to Always Best Care for the excellent care of our sister, and the peace-of-mind it afforded our family knowing that she was in such kind and competent hands!”

Susan W.

“I am a retired registered nurse, and for several years, I have been the primary caregiver for my husbamd/ My husband suffers from dementia and is aphasic. On a Saturday morning in October of 2015, a sudden change in my health required an emergent hospitilization, which late resulted in an extensive rehabilitation stay. Upon my hospitalization, my son reached out to Always Best Care Senior Services of greater Bristol. The Always Best Care team assessed my husband, his needs, and had his care staffed within hours of my son's call. The care provided to my husband has been exceptional. The caregivers as well as the office staff have been attentive to our needs and have met all of our expectations. I would highly recommend Always Best Care to you and anyone who is in need of care for their loved one.”

Pope A.

“I had a very good experience ! I really appreciate the service that your company, Always Best Care, offered our family and especially the caring, loving attitude that Amber and Natalie displayed to Carol at all times. They were outstanding and you should be proud to place them in any situation with the full expectation they will represent your firm in a most professional manner. Thanks again for all your help.”

Kevin N.

“My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”


“Dave and staff, thank you or consistently caring and comforting my Mom. Your quality of care will be recommended to others. You went above and beyond what was expected.”


“I have a very good providers from this Company”

elizabeth S.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Windsor Locks, CT?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Windsor Locks, CT

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Spring Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Izumi Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar or visit Windsor Locks Historical Society, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Windsor Locks, CT

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Windsor Locks, CT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CT's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Windsor Locks, CT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Stonebrook Village at Windsor Locks
  • M&H Elderly Care LLC
  • Halos Llc
  • Touchpoints at Chestnut
  • Windsor Locks Senior Center
  • Connect55+ East Windsor
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Windsor Locks, CT 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Where Windsor Locks/East Windsor Residents Can Cut A Christmas Tree

WINDSOR LOCKS-EAST WINDSOR, CT — Residents of Windsor Locks and East Windsor planning to put up a live Christmas tree this year certainly have options from area tree growers.Here are a few places to start, courtesy of the Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association:Hartford CountyTolland CountyThose who want a live tree bu...

WINDSOR LOCKS-EAST WINDSOR, CT — Residents of Windsor Locks and East Windsor planning to put up a live Christmas tree this year certainly have options from area tree growers.

Here are a few places to start, courtesy of the Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association:

Hartford County

Tolland County

Those who want a live tree but don't want to venture out to cut it can visit several fire departments in the area, which annually sell trees as fundraisers.

Last year, the median price for trees purchased directly from a grower was about $93, according to About 26 million live trees were sold last year, compared to 27.4 million in 2018.

A survey by the American Christmas Tree Association, an industry trade group, shows that of the 94 percent of Americans who plan to put up a Christmas tree this year, 23 percent will display a live tree.

Last year, live tree prices increased about 10 percent, largely due to inflation and drought, according to industry experts.

Years of extreme weather — drought conditions in some parts of the country and excess moisture in others — are expected to translate to slightly higher 2023 Christmas tree prices, according to a report from Country Folks Grower, a business-to-business publication serving fresh market and ornamental crops.

“A lot can happen in a half dozen years that can change the outlook for a Christmas tree crop from one season to the next,” the report said. “Farmers will be facing challenges in the 2023 Christmas tree season brought about by developments over the past several years.”

At any given moment, about 350 million Christmas trees are growing on tree farms across the country.

It typically takes a tree between six and eight years to grow to the desirable height for decorating. Large trees — those 7 feet and taller — may be in short supply because sales of smaller trees have been strong in recent years, the report said. Also, people may need to settle for a different species than they’re accustomed to buying.

Mourning 'Muffin' the moose: Windsor Locks residents upset at CT officials for euthanizing animal

WINDSOR LOCKS — Local leaders and residents are lambasting the state's response to a moose approaching Interstate 91 last month, saying there was more than enough time to move the moose to a safer environment before it had to be euthanized....

WINDSOR LOCKS — Local leaders and residents are lambasting the state's response to a moose approaching Interstate 91 last month, saying there was more than enough time to move the moose to a safer environment before it had to be euthanized.

The moose, whom Windsor Locks residents had named "Muffin" after the popular children's book "If You Give a Moose a Muffin," was spotted in the area of the busy highway last week before being put down by Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials.

DEEP officials euthanized the large animal in the interest of public safety, they said.


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While residents and First Selectman Paul Harrington said that they understand why the moose had to be euthanized when it was, it never should have escalated to that point.

"It's an absolutely horrific scene," Harrington said, adding that there was "clearly enough time for DEEP to get an action plan to relocate this moose. ... I'm pretty (ticked) off. That moose didn't do anything. That moose was just living its life."

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Harrington noted that this is the second moose DEEP has euthanized in Windsor Locks in recent months, as another was put down in June after it breached a fence at Bradley International Airport.


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"They had plenty of months leading up to this second moose being in town to do something other than kill it," he said. "It's absolutely poor execution, poor planning."

The moose "became a resident of the town," Harrington said, adding that students at South Elementary School were excited to see it from their classrooms.

"I know they're upset. I know they're sad," he said of the students. "They've been sending many letters to DEEP demanding a change in what they do."

Resident Adam Ruff's daughter, Olivia, is among the South Elementary School students who are writing to state officials.


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Ruff had to sit his daughter down and tell her that the moose she could see from school had been put down.

"It's more about the kids. They were upset. They really enjoyed it," he said. "It was nice to have around. It kind of gave you some sort of feeling like they're going to get established again, which obviously isn't going to happen."

Ruff said it was clear that the area the moose was routinely in was not going to sustain him for his lifetime.

"Something was going to happen," he said. "It had to go somewhere and it was in an area where they had plenty of time to relocate it or try to do something."


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While DEEP argues the moose couldn't have simply been tranquilized so close to the highway, Ruff said the state could have tried to subdue it when it was in the woods or residents' backyards.

"I realize that doesn't always work, but it would have been better than just shooting it, putting it in a loader bucket, and hauling it away," Ruff said. "They had months of time to make a plan."

Resident Bill Stratton agrees that the state could've taken action sooner to protect the animal, "especially with all the kids that were watching it all the time at school."

Considering he saw the moose in the area for several months, DEEP had enough time to tranquilize it and move it safely, Stratton said.


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"It was pretty much set up for failure because it was living in a block of woods that's obviously not made for a moose. It's a small patch of woods in the center of a suburban area," he said. "They knew damn well that thing was back in the patch of woods for months and they did nothing about it. That's what (ticks) me off. ... I think it's just laziness on their part."

Like Harrington, Stratton said that the residents were happy to have the moose in their community, and are now upset with it being put down.

"Everybody in town pretty much knew about it," Stratton said. "Everybody's in an uproar."

Harrington said that he is working with state legislators to hold a forum so residents can share their ideas for future moose sightings in town, and input will be shared directly with DEEP.


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DEEP's reasoning

DEEP spokesman Paul Copleman said Tuesday that the agency's goal is "always to encourage wildlife to thrive in their natural habitats and coexist with people safely."

However, "moose roaming around residential neighborhoods are not a safety threat for people or moose, and given the habitat, does not necessitate relocating the moose," he said.

Tranquilizing the animal and relocating it "carries significant risks" for the moose as they do not have a high survival rate from tranquilizations, there may not be a suitable place in Connecticut to move them, and they are able to travel long distances, potentially finding themselves back to the area from which they were moved, Copleman said.


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"It is also not possible to move moose to other states," he said.

Furthermore, tranquilizers don't take effect immediately on large animals and during that time, the animal could run into a road, causing "very dangerous public safety situations" that could result in the death of the animal and people, Copelman said.

He noted that DEEP routinely issues press releases to warn motorists about moose sightings near major roadways and attempts to divert moose from those areas when possible.

Regarding the moose near Bradley Airport, Copleman said that is posed a risk to planes and vehicles on Route 20.


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"DEEP does not like to euthanize animals and we do not take these kinds of decisions lightly even in highly dangerous situations like moose breaching a perimeter fence of an airport or moving next to or on highly trafficked roads and interstate highways," he said.

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8 Honorees Set To Be Inducted Into Windsor Locks Athletic Hall Of Fame

WINDSOR LOCKS, CT — Eight individuals who made significant contributions to sports in Windsor Locks will be honored Nov. 24 with induction into the town’s Athletic Hall of Fame.This year’s inductees are Jessica Berube, Jordan English, James McKenna, Debbie Munson, Scott Shaw, Robert Sheehan and Tim Sheehan. Fred Salvatore will be honored as a Fan of the Game.A dinner ceremony will take place at La Notte, 17 Thompson Road, East Windsor. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and a buffet dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $...

WINDSOR LOCKS, CT — Eight individuals who made significant contributions to sports in Windsor Locks will be honored Nov. 24 with induction into the town’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

This year’s inductees are Jessica Berube, Jordan English, James McKenna, Debbie Munson, Scott Shaw, Robert Sheehan and Tim Sheehan. Fred Salvatore will be honored as a Fan of the Game.

A dinner ceremony will take place at La Notte, 17 Thompson Road, East Windsor. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and a buffet dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at Windsor Locks Park and Rec, 50 Church Street, or through Dave Farr at [email protected].

Here is a brief look at the Class of 2023:

Jessica Berube - a 4-sport athlete who played soccer, basketball and softball at Windsor Locks High School for two years, making All-NCCC in softball. She transferred to Kingswood Oxford so she could play ice hockey, and scored 34 goals in her senior year. Played for Team Connecticut in 2002, which won the national title.

Jordan English - a 2007 WLHS graduate who made All-NCCC four times in baseball, and All-State three times. Compiled batting averages of .375, .403, .487 and .532, with 97 runs batted in and 130 hits, including 50 for extra bases. A member of the 2005 and 2006 Class S championship teams, he went on to be a 3-year starter at Bryant University.

James McKenna – known as “Mac,” he was a longtime secondary school physical education teacher who also coached many sports. He was the first swim team coach at the high school, helped Coach Dan Sullivan with the 1970 and 1971 state championship soccer teams, and coached Raider softball. In his first year, his softball team reached the quarterfinals in the state tournament, and in 1978, they captured the Class M championship, knocking off top-seeded Farmington and No. 2 Daniel Hand in the process.

Debbie Munson - a 3-sport athlete playing soccer, basketball and softball who earned eight letters before graduating in 2002. Made All-State three times in softball, slugging 29 home runs. She went on to play Division I college softball at Central Connecticut State University, and was selected All-New England as a catcher in her senior year.

Scott Shaw - a 1992 graduate was an outstanding runner, lettering 12 times in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. He won the state championship in the 3200 meter run outdoors as a junior, and made All=NCCC teams twice outdoors and once indoors. He continued his running career at Bentley College, where the team won the New England cross country championship and three conference titles.

Robert Sheehan - played basketball and baseball in high school, excelling as one of the outstanding pitchers in the 1940s. He routinely struck out at least 10 batters a game, and compiled seven career shutouts with the Raiders. He was one of the top hurlers on the 1942 Post 36 State Legion championship team, then played for two local teams in the Farmington Valley League and had a stint in Canada.

Tim Sheehan – He and his dad are the second father-son duo to be inducted the same year into the Hall of Fame. A 1979 WLHS graduate, he was a 3 -sport athlete, playing soccer, basketball and baseball. He was a 2-time All-State selection in soccer, scoring four goals in a game against Newington despite being primarily a defender. He played one year of post-graduate baseball at Williston Academy.

Fred Salvatore – recipient of an award created for a fan that followed players through youth sports and high school, often without having a son or daughter involved. He was often seen at a park with his old reliable chair to take in another ballgame. He was also part of history, as he and John Carnevale helped scout opposing teams for the 1965 Little League World Series champions.

Windsor Locks rejects zone change for two proposed warehouses on Old County Road

WINDSOR LOCKS — Despite approving applications in years past for a sports complex and shopping mall that would have been developed on the town's last major parcel of open land, the Planning and Zoning Commission this week denied a zone change for a former tobacco farm on Old County Road that would have made way for proposed warehouses on the property.Scannell Properties of Indiana requested the zone change from industrial to business and removal from the Airport Interchange Overlay Zone to allow the real estate development firm ...

WINDSOR LOCKS — Despite approving applications in years past for a sports complex and shopping mall that would have been developed on the town's last major parcel of open land, the Planning and Zoning Commission this week denied a zone change for a former tobacco farm on Old County Road that would have made way for proposed warehouses on the property.

Scannell Properties of Indiana requested the zone change from industrial to business and removal from the Airport Interchange Overlay Zone to allow the real estate development firm to build two warehouses on approximately one-third of the 76-acre property. The proposed warehouses would have been approximately 1 million square feet and 150,000 square feet, respectively.

The PZC voted 5-1 against the zone change on Monday, with several members saying they have concerns about how two large warehouses would affect residents and conservation land near the property, which is located at the northeastern corner where Old County Road and Route 20 intersect.


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Town Planner Jennifer Valentino said applicants sometimes appeal land-use decisions. Daniel Madrigal, director of development for Scannell, could not be reached for comment on the company's plans going forward.

"The fact that this zone change request and the resulting facility had been met with such organized and well-expressed opposition speaks volumes to me," PZC member Alan Gammuscio said, who made the motion Monday to deny Scannell's request. "A zone change that has the potential to negatively affect established residential neighborhoods and complexes as well as conserved and preserved lands should not be approved."

A number of residents spoke against the proposed zone change and proposed warehouses on the privately owned property during a July 20 public hearing. Their concerns included noise, pollution, and traffic near residential property, and the effect it might have on the nearby Water Works Brook area, a 198-acre forested parcel the town uses for recreational purposes.


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Chairwoman Peggy Sayers said on Monday she was concerned with impact on neighborhoods and preserving the Water Works property, which she described as an asset to the town.

She said the Airport Interchange Overlay Zone was established to control the type and quality of development along Old County Road with minimal impact on natural resources and neighborhoods.

PZC member Doug Wilson, who was the only one to vote in favor of the application, said a zone change to industrial 1, which Scannell requested, is preferable to other zones. "It gives us the the ability to mitigate the site plan that would come before us," he said.

Wilson disagreed with other PZC members and residents who have said the warehouses would become trucking facilities.


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"High-end industrial use is what I believe it will be," he said before the vote. "These will be large enough warehouses so that trucks will not be going in and out on a regular basis and it will likely be mixed-use warehouses."

According to Scanell Properties representatives who spoke at previous PZC meetings, the zone change would have helped bring a long-vacant and underused property to its higher potential and benefit the town as a whole. Representatives from the MetroHartford Alliance, an investor-based economic development partnership, and the Connecticut Airport Authority previously sent letters of support to the PZC for the zoning change.

The property has been of interest to several developers.

In August 2015, Simon Property Group submitted an application for rezoning the property to build its proposed 350,000-square-foot Hartford Premium Outlets mall. In April 2016, however, Simon informed town officials that it was suspending its plans and was unwilling to pay to extend its option to purchase the site.


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In 2020, All Sports Village submitted an application to build a proposed indoor/outdoor sports complex on the property. The project would have included athletic fields and indoor courts with seating for 3,500 spectators, supporting hotels, retail stores, a family entertainment center, medical office, and similar uses. The buildings totaled approximately 750,000 square feet with nearly 2,400 parking spaces.

That project also did not ultimately move forward. Developer Andrew Borgia of Fast Track Realty has proposed a similar project in Enfield at the now-empty MassMutual property and is preparing to go before the town's land use boards with a site plan.


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