Litchfield News





The Town of Litchfield property inspection at 66 Donahue Road Extension in Bantam scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9 was canceled due to the weather. Please call the Tax Collector’s office at 860-567-7557 to schedule an appointment to see the house at a later date.
Helping others in Litchfield during the holiday season
Do you want to help local families during the holiday season? There are several local organizations helping to support Litchfield families in need.  (The town of Litchfield includes Bantam, Northfield, Milton and East Litchfield.)
Gifts - "Wish List Stars"
How it works: Take a "wish list tag," purchase the item, place the unwrapped item (with the wish list tag attached) back under the tree where it was originally located. Christmas trees are located at Litchfield Town Hall, St. Anthony of Padua Church on South Street, and Room to Grow (preschool, Rt. 202, near Litchfield Community Center).  The collection deadline is Thursday, December 14. They will be distributed to the families on Sunday, December 17. Gift cards (for teenagers) to Target, Walmart, Kohls, Payless Shoes and Game Stop are always appreciated. Community members may also contact Lisa Heuschkel (Social Worker for the Litchfield Public Schools) or 860-567-7530) at Litchfield High School if they would like to provide support for an entire family.
Winter Clothing
The Litchfield Children's Fund provides new clothing for children in need.  Donations (checks) can be forwarded to the Litchfield Children's Fund, Box 774, Litchfield, CT 06759. The Litchfield Children's Fund was started over 60 years ago by school administrators and nurses in the public schools after seeing numerous children without adequate clothing during the winter months. Teachers, administrators and staff members continue to be strong supporters of the fund. There are also many loyal community supporters who have supported the fund for years including the Junior Women's Club of Litchfield Hills, Civic Family Services, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Chruch, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Altar Guild, and Ephrain Kirby Masonic Chapter 75. The Litchfield Children's Fund does not accept previously worn clothing. The Clothes Tree in Bantam does accept slightly worn clothing contributions. The Clothes Tree is managed by Civic Family Services and provides clothing for area residents at very affordable prices. Proceeds are donated back to other local service organizations including the Litchfield Children's Fund. Questions? Contact Doug Parker or 860-567-2204.
Holiday Food Baskets
Morgan-Weir American Legion Post #27 Auxiliary in Litchfield provides veterans and local families in need with a food basket that includes a turkey, fresh food and some canned items. Financial donations are also accepted toward the purchase of food items. Gift cards to Stop & Shop and Bantam-Northville Markets are also graciously accepted. Food donations are collected at American Legion Post 27 (418 Bantam Rd. in Litchfield). Drop off can be any time after 4:00 p.m. in the lower level. Food items and gift cards (i.e. Stop & Shop/Bantam Market) can be donated until Saturday, December 16. All of the holiday food will be distributed to the families on Sunday, December 17. Questions? Contact Barbara Spring 860-567-2077 or Jane Bonville
Family Assistance
The Litchfield Community Services Fund is a small, private, non-profit group funded by the community and managed by Rose Brooks (a qualified social worker) and a Board of Directors. The fund provides temporary assistance to those who have no other resources. Its mission has never changed although the focus has moved with the times. Originally struggling senior citizens, unwed mothers and medical emergencies were major concerns. As society changed, today's focus often shifts to the problems of single parents, heating and rental assistance, day care help and special needs children. If you or anyone you know needs assistance or information, please contact 860-567-0480. Tax deductible donations should be made to LCSFUND and mailed to Denise Raap, Treasurer LCSF, Box 819, Litchfield, CT 06759. Questions? Contact Rose Brooks
LPR Holiday Ornament 2017
Litchfield Parks and Recreation’s long tradition of creating holiday ornaments using local buildings, businesses and organizations continues with this year’s ornament honoring the Litchfield Public School system. Litchfield Parks and Recreation is proud to honor this historic business with ornaments struck at the world-famous foundry of Woodbury Pewter in Woodbury, CT.
This year’s selected artist is Hadley Towne, a 16 year- old senior in Rebecca Melaragno’s art classes.  Hadley created a “heads and tails” coin using the Litchfield mascot and other original designs for the ornament.
Ms. Towne said, “My whole life I’ve grown up in this small town and I was drawn to this project because I love creating art with symbolic attributes. I’m honored to have been chosen and I am thankful my work can be shared and enjoyed by others. I’ve always loved the fine arts: sculpting, drawing, painting, etc. but I am truly passionate about Special FX Makeup, and plan to go to school for just that when I graduate.”
The ornaments have been a Litchfield tradition for over 25 years, and are offered for sale at the Litchfield Hills Nursery, Litchfield Town Hall, the Village Restaurant, Litchfield Parks and Recreation and Murphy’s Pharmacy for $10 each. Proceeds from the sale of the pewter ornaments go towards Litchfield Parks and Recreation programs.
For more information on this or any other programs offered through Litchfield Parks and Recreation, please call (860) 567-7569.
Town website providing news on road projects (09-03-17)
Litchfield's public works department is doing work on Scenic View Drive in Northfield. BZ photo

Litchfield residents can now check on the status of roadwork and infrastructure projects being done in town by going to the town website - - and reading updates under "news and announcements."

They can also use the website to sign up to receive an email every Monday from public works listing roadwork and infrastructure projects scheduled for the week.

Work scheduled to begin this month includes replacement of the sidewalk running from Meadow Steet to Constitution Way. The $200,000 project represents a collaboration between public works and the Borough of Litchfield, which is responsible for the section of sidewalk between Russell Street and Meadow Street. 

Whites Woods Road bridge closure in Litchfield
June 15 until November 30, 2017
Please be advised that from June 15, 2017 until November 30, 2017, the Whites Woods Road bridge will be closed for replacement. The detour is at Whites Woods Road and Bissell Road to the north and Whites Woods Road and Webster Road to the south. ~ Litchfield Public Works Dept.
The $3.2 million project is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30. Litchfield's share of the cost is 20 percent, or $659,068. Federal funding will cover the balance of the cost. ~ BZ photo 
Recognizing Active Military Personnel
If you have a member of your family currently serving in the U.S. military and would like to have them featured on the bulletin board in the Litchfield Town Hall, please contact Leslie Caron 860-567-8558 or She will also be glad to update current postings with new photos and information (promotions, rank, etc.).
Litchfield Town Commission Vacancies
The Town of Litchfield has several vacancies for residents who would like to serve as volunteers on Town Committees, Commissions or Boards. Especially needed are volunteers for the Beautification Commission and the Recycling Committee. To learn more about the vacancies and how to apply, please contact the Office of the First Selectman at 860-567-7550 or stop in at the Town Hall weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.