Issuu on Google+

The Plainville Cit itiz ize en Volume 11, Number 27 Plainville’s Only Weekly Newspaper Irish dancers head to Chicago Thursday, July 5, 2012 ‘Grand’ opening By Crystal Maldonado The Plainville Citizen When asked how they got involved with Irish dancing, Mairead and Shaela Barry, sisters from West Hartford, Brigid Cazzaette, of Simsbury, and Colleen Morrell, of Bristol, all exchange glances and say, in unison: “My mom.” Then they laugh, as if this is something they’ve giggled over before, the type of playful begrudging that can come along with the idea ‘mom made me do it.’ “My dad,” 16-year-old Megan Collins said with a shrug, and the other girls look at her funny. “We were getting Dairy Queen and we walked by this place.” They take a moment to talk Citizen photo by Crystal Maldonado about the nearby business (and Megan Collins, Brigid Cazzaette, Shaela Barry, ice cream, of course) before reColleen Morrell and Mairead Barry qualified for grouping. “[Shaela and I] automatical- North American Irish Dance Championships, which over the 4th of July week. The latter four See Irish, page 7 girls will travel to Chicago, Ill. to compete. Plenty of wings, plenty of wheels Photo by Joy VanderLek Pilots August Torreck and Bill Kulle with their 1963 Boeing Stearman PT 17 at Wings and Wheels, a fly-in and car show event, at Robertson Airport July 1. It’s estimated that thousands showed up for the event. Photo courtesy of Linda Garcia Plainville’s first farmers market opened June 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Volunteers, shown in orange, and Plainville VIPs, who are supporting the market, stand with Linda Garcia, market master, as she cuts the ribbon to open the market. Story on p. 18. Three BOE members walk out on business office vote Full-day kindergarten OK By Crystal Maldonado The Plainville Citizen At the June 26 meeting, the Board of Education voted to merge town and school business offices and to instate full-day kindergarten for September. The full-day kindergarten vote was unanimous, but the vote on the merger saw three board members (Charlotte Koskoff, Cheryl Provost and Barbara Willard) walk out of the meeting and refuse to vote. The remaining four members (Michael Giuliani, Lisa Buckley, Deborah Hardy and Robert Anderson) voted yes. (Board chair Andrea Saunders, who was in favor, votes only when there is a tie. Becky Tyrell, who said she was opposed in a letter read aloud at the meeting, was absent.) The decision comes after a $50,000 study, done by the town’s accounting firm, BlumShapiro, who recommended the merge. While the merge is not expected to save the town any money, board members in favor of the merge have stated that it would ultimately lead to greater transparency in school spending. But those opposed questioned the motives behind the merge and raised con- See BOE, page 5

07-05-2012 The Plainville Citizen

Related publications