Twin Plaza celebrates with a block party

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Wed., Jul. 13, 2011
Rockville Bank's Rocky sits with Duke, a rescued yellow lab, at the Twin Plaza Family Day Block Party on Saturday, July 9. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Rockville Bank's Rocky sits with Duke, a rescued yellow lab, at the Twin Plaza Family Day Block Party on Saturday, July 9. Photos by Martha Marteney.

The merchants of Twin Plaza hosted a Family Day Block Party on Saturday, July 9, complete with free balloons and hot dogs, and a variety of special offerings at the various stores. “This is just to bring recognition to the plaza,” said Betsy Hope, branch manager of the Rockville Bank, also located at Twin Plaza, 869 Sullivan Ave.

Lemvo Mitchell, of South Windsor, took advantage of the nice summer day to get her family out on a bike ride, especially knowing that the block party would make a fun destination.  

The South Windsor Police Department offered free child safety seat checks. East Windsor resident Mary Kay Kittredge stopped in for a recheck on her three child safety seats. Officer Tom Fields stressed the importance of keeping children in rear-facing seats for two years, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The state of Connecticut only requires children to stay in rear-facing seats until the age of 1 year, or until they reach 20 pounds. “The law of physics supersedes the law of Connecticut,” said Fields.

“It’s kind of a roller coaster ride,” said Officer Krista Marchaesseault when explaining to Ellington resident Tracy Gilbert about the need to snugly strap the child into the seat. “The more snug, the more comfort.”

SWPD’s Tip-A-Cop was also on-going at Dunkin’ Donuts. According to Agent Ron Little, who has organized the department’s efforts for Special Olympics since 2000, in 2010 the SWPD was second overall in the state for Special Olympics fundraising.


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