June 14th Update

June 14, 2024

As we head into the second half of June, I want to wish the graduating seniors of the Class of 2024 (Torrington High School graduating on Friday and Oliver Wolcott Technical School graduating next Tuesday) the best of luck in their future endeavors. Whether those endeavors include college, the military, trades, or the workforce, do your best and know that you always have friends and family here in Torrington.

I also want to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father's Day weekend. Take this weekend to thank your dad, honor their memory (if they've passed), or thank a father figure who has helped you along the way. I also want to acknowledge my husband, Chris, for being such a loving and supportive dad to our four children. 

Next week, it looks like we'll be facing our first heatwave of the summer, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90s. Please remember to keep yourself hydrated and check on your neighbors. If you don't have air conditioning, try to find a cool place, like a library, to get out of the heat. 

This newsletter includes:

  • Happy Birthday, U.S. Army!
  • Torrington Elks Flag Day Ceremony
  • Honoring Ms. Bette's Retirement
  • Celebrating Leadership Northwest Class of 2024
  • Honoring Torrington's Teacher & Paraeducator of the Year
  • Welcoming Torrington Fire Department's Newest Members
  • June is Dog Licensing Month
  • Torrington Farmers Market Opens Saturday
  • Fighting Hunger Through the Summer
  • Updates from Friendly Hands Food Bank
  • Vendors Wanted for Sunny Days Market
  • CRPS Virtual Walk on Saturday
  • Celebrating Juneteenth in Torrington
  • Divine Renovation Premiere Street Fair
  • Torrington PAL Car Show
  • Torrington, Show Your Vocal Talent
  • Citywide Tag Sale
  • July 4th Celebration
  • Torrington Parks & Rec's Summer Concert Series
  • And More!
Happy Birthday, U.S. Army!
Happy 249th Birthday to the United States Army!
Happy Flag Day!
From the Torrington Elks Lodge 372: Due to the threat of inclement weather Friday night, the Flag Day ceremony will now be held indoors at Coe Park. There will be no need for the public to bring their own chairs. Please spread the word that it will now be held indoors.

June 14 is Flag Day – a mandatory service for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In 1907, the Elks became the first fraternal body to adopt by Resolution that June 14 be designated as Flag Day in our Order. President Woodrow Wilson established a National Flag Day in 1916 by presidential proclamation. In 1949, President Harry Truman, himself an Elk, signed an act of Congress designating June 14 each year as Flag Day.

The American flag symbolizes the “land of the free and home of the brave” for all Americans. As we pay tribute by proudly displaying our American flag, let us rededicate ourselves to the ideals of patriotism and freedom.

The ceremony will commence at 6 p.m. in Coe Park, 101 Litchfield Street in Torrington, and will include city and state dignitaries and honor guard.

The public is welcome to attend and witness one of the longest-standing patriotic rituals of the Elks.

Honoring Ms. Bette's Retirement
I had the honor of presenting Bette "Ms. Bette" Stano, a longtime (45 years!) childcare provider at Torrington Child Care Center, with an Official State Citation as she retires. She has touched so many lives during her time at TCCC and hundreds more lives she doesn't realize she's touched. She has earned the respect of her colleagues - past and present. Thank you, Bette. Enjoy your retirement!
Celebrating Leadership Northwest
Class of 2024
Congratulations to the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Northwest Class of 2024 graduates! Thank you for having me as your keynote speaker.
TPS Honors Teacher & Paraeducator
of the Year
Congratulations to Torrington Public Schools' Teacher of the Year, Courtney Quigley (VW), and Paraeducator of the Year, Jessica Brown (SW).
Welcoming TFD's Newest Members
Torrington Fire Department’s newest members were sworn in last week at the Board of Safety meeting, receiving their badges and helmet shields. Congratulations to Firefighters Maloney, Boswell, Wihbey, and Hally.
June is Dog Licensing Month

The 2024 Dog License renewal period runs through June 28.

Dog licenses not renewed by June 28 at 12:30 p.m. will be considered delinquent and subject to a $1 per month penalty.


  • $8.00 Altered Dog
  • $19.00 Unaltered Dog

Licenses may be renewed online if rabies expiration info is current.

New Registrations may be made by mail (City Clerk's Office, 140 Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790).

To renew by mail, enclose:

  • Proof from veterinarian of current rabies vaccination and spay/neutering
  • Payment - Check payable to the City of Torrington
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope

    Contact the City Clerk's Office if you no longer have your dog.

    Any Questions? Call 860-489-2236   

    Torrington Farmers Market Opens June 15
    The Torrington Farmers Market will be OPEN for the season beginning Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. It will be open every Saturday rain or shine through October.

    There is also a Tuesday market starting July 9 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

    Both markets are located in the same location: St. Paul’s Church parking lot: 837 Charles St, Torrington.

    Torrington Elks Father's Day Tribute
    Fighting Hunger Through the Summer
    Free summer meals will be available starting June 30 and ending August 18. No sign-up is required for the weekly pick-up.

    WHO: All children 18 and under, special needs up to age 21
    WHAT: Weekly pack of seven breakfast & seven lunch meals for each child!

    WHEN & WHERE:  Every Wednesday at the times listed below…
    Vogel Wetmore School 68 Church St. Torrington 9 - 9:30 a.m. & 4 - 5 p.m.
    Northside Terrace 4 Terrace Dr. Torrington 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
    Friendly Hands Food Bank 50 King St. Torrington 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Woodland Hills 330 Highland Ave. Torrington 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
    Berry & Cherry St. Corner Cherry & Berry Torrington 2:30 - 3 p.m.
    Torrington Library 12 Daycoeton Pl. Torrington 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

    For more information, click HERE

    Updates from Friendly Hands Food Bank
    Thank you to the Torrington High School Raider Rally helping Friendly Hands feed the need! Thanks to all who donated and the students and staff for their hard work
    REMINDER- the Friendly Hands Food Bank mini vacation is coming up soon. Please plan accordingly.
    Vendors Wanted for Torrington Parks & Recreation's Sunny Market Days

    Torrington Parks and Recreation's marketplace will be a vibrant and fun event that attracts a diverse crowd of shoppers, foodies, and families. Sunny Market Days offer a unique opportunity for vendors to showcase and sell products to an enthusiastic audience.

    By renting a vending spot, you'll have the chance to:

    - Increase brand awareness and visibility
    - Reach an engaged audience
    - Sell your products and increase revenue
    - Network with other vendors and build relationships

    Vending spots are available for a variety of product categories, including:

    - Food and beverages (licensed carts only)
    - Handmade crafts and artisanal goods
    - Local produce and flowers
    - Specialty items and services

    If you're interested in learning more or would like to secure a 10'x10' vending spot, please email Debbie_Cashman@torringtonct.org

    CRPS Virtual Walk
    The fifth annual virtual CRPS Awareness Walk is being held on June 15. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic, burning pain condition that can affect one or multiple limbs, usually after an injury. It is believed to be caused by damage/malfunction of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (the nerves that run from the spinal cord to the rest of the body). With CRPS, the brain doesn’t know that the initial injury has healed because it is still receiving pain signals. It is “stuck” in a never-ending pain cycle. 

    Although the walk on June 15th is virtual, members of Kelly's Crusaders are meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Winsted DMV parking lot to walk on the Sue Grossman Greenway. The team was named for Kelly Considine, a Torrington woman who has been battling CRPS for nearly two decades. 

    For more information, to sign up, donate, etc., click HERE

    Juneteenth Celebration in Torrington 
    Divine Renovation Premiere Street Fair
    Celebrate and welcome Erik Estrada, then attend the Divine Renovation Red Carpet Premiere in the Oneglia Auditorium. Tickets are still available at warnertheatre.org
    Torrington PAL Car Show
    Torrington, Show Your Vocal Talent!
    Torrington Citywide Tag Sale
    A Citywide Event Hosting over 50 Sale Locations!

    F E A T U R I N G:
    Residential Tag Sales:
    ​De-clutter your home and bring in the cash! List your yard sale on our map and have the greatest sale ever!

    Neighborhood Tag Sales:
    Block sales, residential associations, and apartment complexes. ​Get together with neighbors and plan a great time and sale event!

    Business Locations:
    ​Businesses can join in by offering special discount coupons or sale events on the day of our Citywide Sale Extravaganza.

    ​Marketplace Locations: Locations offering vendor space the day of our event get included in our Citywide Sale Extravaganza marketing, map, and promotions.

    Churches and other non-profits holding tag sales or other events on the day of the ​Citywide Sale Extravaganza​ get a special discount.​

    Profits go to support the "Torrington Fireworks Fund"

    This fundraiser event is hosted by The Lions Club of Torrington, Torrington Parks and Recreation Department and Torrington INFO.

    Click HERE for more information. 

    July 4th Festivities
    Torrington Parks & Recreation's Summer Concert Series