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What's to Like About East Windsor?

We're curious about your feelings on where you live and/or work.

 

At the suggestion of a local leader, we’re asking East Windsor residents and business owners what do you like about your town?

With a population of  11,162, according to the 2010 census, and a total area of 26.8 miles, East Windsor is located between Enfield, Ellington, South Windsor and Windsor Locks.  It is just east of the Connecticut River, and its three major roads are, I-91, Route 140 and Route 5.

Your town is made up of five villages; Broad Brook, Warehouse Point, Melrose, Windsorville and Scantic. It was founded in 16th century and incorporated in 1768.

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The East Windsor Public Schools system has about 1,600 students who attend , and . There are churches that date back to the 1700s.

While located near , East Windsor has its own general aviation airport, . Here is a list of the Top Ten Taxpayers.
The are numerous farms in town, an industrial park, shopping centers, and plans for commercial corridors on Routes 5 and 140.

Do you spend time in its parks, walk along the Scantic River or fish or boat in the Connecticut River? Are you a member of the numerous organizations in town?


JERRY DOUGHERTY August 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM
HI LARRY, I DO NOT LIVE IN EAST WINDSOR, BUT, I TOO AM INTERESTED IN THIS SUBJECT AND WILL BE FOLLOWING ANY SUGGESTIONS YOUR READERS MAY SUBMIT TO SUPPLEMENT MY ALBUM WHICH CONTAINS 828 PHOTOS (MOSTLY OF PARADES AND CEMETERIES). HERE IS A LINK TO THESE PHOTOS; http://www.flickr.com/photos/gcdougherty/sets/72157611200090384/ JERRY DOUGHERTY
Justina Cohen August 20, 2012 at 03:11 PM
This town used to be a very scenic quite town. Since Mill Pond Village was put in the center of Broad Brook it now feels like I live the North End of Harrford. There is nothing but children that have no form of a parent role model that walk these streets and cause issues. Maybe that's what Patch should be focusing on instead because East Windsor no longer has any good quality to the town. It's terrible and disgusting! So I agree with Mr. Resto... What's to like about it?
Gary D. LeBeau August 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM
A great town. It has a nice mix of suburban, urban and rural elements. A great town to just ride around in. A good solid sense of communtiy. Some great people who care about the town and each other. Recently its politics have become more bi-partisan, which, after years of strong partisanship, is a breath of fresh air. Some great restaurants, one of which has the best spaghetti sauce since my Mom made hers.
Christine Munnett Tougas August 20, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I love this little town! I have worked and lived in Warehouse Point for about 20 years and know just about everyone! Everywhere I go people say Hi and know me by name. That is why I love this place!
Spiff August 20, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Yeah, I agree with you, Justina, Mill Pond Village ruined Broad Brook.
Barbara Stambo August 20, 2012 at 06:16 PM
The town government needs to work with small businesses and take away the costly and restrictive sign ordinances they have in place. These businesses depend upon neighborhood business and display signs and banners catch the attention of passers-by. They need to stand behind and support business in town and not drive it to neighboring communities. There are many, many houses in town that have garbage dumps for their yards and the houses don't look suitable to dwell in, yet they are worried how our banner or tent sign might "trash" the neighborhood.
Bob Lyke August 21, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I like our town because of it's small size and opportunities for us to involve new people of all ages and engage them in our progressive rural community. I still appreciate being able to take an open minded and proactive approach to improving the form of government and changing the broken budget making process.
Robert Slate August 21, 2012 at 02:33 AM
East Windsor contains our industrial park, restaurants, shopping malls and the Trolley Museum that brings you back in time. (A mini-city) Broad Brook provides entertainment at the Opera House and Mill Pond offers relaxation at the gazebo. You can walk your dog at the newly built dog park while the rest of the family is enjoying the reservoir where there is swimming, tennis, basketball and more. (Typical small hometown) Scantic contains the geographical center point of East Windsor at the Historical Society. Scantic also offers a mix of farmland and rural housing. (Outskirts of town) Melrose is where the little one room schoolhouse is located. It is a mix of farmland and housing development. (A World War II soldier’s dream) Windsorville is where the military cemetery is located for our town. In the center of Windsorville is a small pond with a dam; a nice place to bring your fishing pole and spend some quiet time. Most of Windsorville consists of shade and broadleaf tobacco crops along with a wide variety of nursery stock. (Real country living) All in all, East Windsor is symbolic of America in miniature, from city living to country life. (All compacted in a few square miles) This is why I chose East Windsor to live and raise my family.
Bob Lyke August 21, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Bob Slate put it in proper perspective, without making it political. He does a lot for senior citizens. I like East Windsor because people like him that have leadership capabilities and want improve our fine Town.
Justina Cohen August 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Robert slate you mentioned the gazebo at mill pond... I think you failed to mention its been trashed and looks terrible and dumpy for this town. I can only blame the local children/teenagers of broad brook for this as I have witnessed them first hand (while driving by) kicking out the railings. Police were called. This town is not all it is cracked up to be! Maybe 15 years ago it was a beautiful place to be but mill pond village is like the north end of Hartford! It's absolutely despicable and it disgusts me.
Justina Cohen August 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM
This town has no police authority to control the children "rats" as they multiply by the second on these streets. The loitering that takes place at the shopping strip of kingsway plaza. The drugs that are being taken/inhaled on the blocked off staircase next to zhengs Chinese restaurant. The children that trespass on private property. The graffiti of a naked woman on the brick building next to zhengs. The stealing of merchandise from subway by children.
Justina Cohen August 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Just an incident  last night of walking out of my own apartment to find two males acting inappropriate (sexually) on the grass off the side of where I live. Remind you on private property. Really everyone, open your eyes. Stop living in fantasy land that broad brook is such a great place. Ok we have a lot of nice attractions but quite frankly who wants to go to these attractions if all its surrounded by is a DUMP! Take the opera house for an example! If someone wants more information at what I may be talking about please don't hesitate to email me at justina.a.cohen@gmail.com
Alan Baker August 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM
East Windsor has some great features - the new hiking trail in the Scantic River State Park is a beautiful example. I think the biggest asset the town has though are it's people. In the past 25 years of raising my family here I have always been impressed by the amount of people who put community before politics and work together to improve things for everyone. Every town has it's issues, but what makes a town great is the people who work together to find solutions to those issues.
Larry Smith August 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I just deleted an inappropriate comment. Let's be careful about the language used in this thread or it will closed.
Jim Richards August 21, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Why do I like East Windsor?? East Windsor is a Town where You there is all kinds of Shopping from Small Intimate Stores to The Big Chains, Dine Fast Food or 5 Star Cusine & Even see a Top Notch Play Or Musical. East Windsor Where Businesses can Thrive & Grow ( Defined Business Corridors as well as decent property taxes). East Windsor Where there are Fields for Playing Ball or just laying In and Counting Clouds. East Windsor Where Outdoor activities include Canoeing to Hiking trails or just swimming at the Local East Windsor Park. East Windsor Where History is remembered and being perserved. East Windsor where the Local Goverment is working toward Better Solutions for All it's Stakeholders. East Windsor is Small Town America with Values that made Our Country Great . But the Best reason I can give why I like East Windsor is a Simple One - East Windsor is Home.
Jessica August 23, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I've lived in Broad Brook all my life and I absolutely love my town. I love that Main Street is the quintissential small town road with the fire house and siren, the post office, schools, stores, entertainment, and much more. I do have to agree though, that much is changing that the police department is not being offered the resources necessary to deal with the increasing crime issues. Stabbings on Church Street, rampant drug dealing/use, domestic issues, drunk driving, etc, etc, etc. And while Mill Pond has been cited as a primary cause, it's an excuse. Criminal activity is taking place all over town. Currently, the town doesn't feel like a community. It feels like a collection of houses. Increased police presence with community policing resources, increased activites within the school, and an atmosphere of renewal would be a wonderful start. Instead of glossing over the problems with the town, actually promote the positives, identify the negatives, and work together to improve. Then perhaps when I walk down the street, it'll be as it was 15 years ago.. where I said hi to the neighbors I knew, waved to those that drove by, and found enjoyment in the setting that was peaceful and simple.

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