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Thursday, Januar y 5, 2012

People who made headlines in 2011 Here are some of Berlin’s top newsmakers during the past year - many of whom reached newsworthy status far beyond the town line.

Eric Murphy He grew up in a small town, but this former Berlin High School class president thinks big. An astronomer with the Carnegie Observatories in Pasedena Calif., Class of 1998 graduate, Eric Murphy’s discovery of a black hole that contains the universe’s most massive water cloud received a lot of attention in the halls of science last year. (Murphy’s research team included scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboration, Caltech, University of Maryland, University of Colorado, University of Pennsylvania, and the Institute for Space and Astronautical Science in Japan.) The study he coauthored was published in Astrophysical Journal Letters and covered by the National Geographic. Murphy specializes in research of star formation; how that affects galaxies, and particularly the role played by cosmic rays. His latest work, centers on quasars also known as black holes at the center of galaxies. These quasars consume surrounding disks of material and then spew out powerful energy jets. Arthur B. Powers The 10 term mayor was recognized when the municipal complex was renamed in his honor May 14. The Arthur B. Powers Municipal Complex was dedicated after brief opposition from a few who didn’t want to see the change. Powers held the office of Berlin’s First Selectman or mayor for 20 years from 1959 to 1979. “It’s nice to have this happen while you’re still around to enjoy it,” said Powers, who also served as a state legislature and state commissioner.

Dave Bosso The popular Berlin High School social studies teacher was named as the school district’s 2012 teacher of the year, but that was just for starters. On Oct. 18, during an event at BHS, Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor awarded Bosso the distinction of being the state’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. Bosso was recognized for his work importing ideas from around the world and bringing these to the classroom where he puts life in Berlin “all within a global context,” according to the commissioner. In the spring he will travel to Washington D.C. as a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year award.

Francis Kennedy Kennedy, principal at Stafford High School for 15 years, took over those duties at Berlin High School over the summer. Kennedy replaced Matthew Harnett who had been in the job for one year. Harnett moved on to the principal’s position at Region One School District’s Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village. Harnett was in place when the high school renovate-asnew project was approved. Kennedy will be part of the team implementing that plan.

Austin Stowell This 2003 Berlin High School graduate made a big splash in Hollywood and across the country with a starring role in the high-grossing family flick Dolphin Tale. Holding his own next to Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman, the Berlin kid brought a small-town appeal to his character. He came home to Berlin for the movie’s premier last September. Also known for his role as Jesse on the TV show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Stowell’s career is just getting started. In post-production is AWOL, scheduled for release in 2012.

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Inside Calendar.................22 Marketplace............25 Faith .......................12 Health.....................17 Letters ....................14 Obituaries...............13 Opinion...................14 Real Estate ............23 Schools ..................18 Seniors ...................16 Sports.....................19


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The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a survey to see if there is interest in opening the weight/exercise room in the Community Center at an earlier time on weekday mornings and charging a daily fee for usage for these hours. The department is looking to open the weight room from 6 to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The weight/exercise room is open to Berlin residents and people who work in town. Survey forms are available at the Berlin Parks and Recreation Department office. Deadline for returning the survey is Friday, Jan. 13. For more information, call (860) 828-7009.

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People Continued from page 1 Michael Miller This case of a priest accused of criminal behavior, in regards to contact with a minor, is just getting started. He could be innocent or guilty; it will be some time before that’s determined. Whatever the outcome, this story was one that shocked and changed the community. Miller was close to many youth and civic organizations in town. People liked and trusted him. In light of the scandals that have plagued the Catholic church over the past decade, it was mind-boggling to even consider that this sort of activity could continue to unfold right in our midst. Miller, a Franciscan friar, served as assistant pastor at



Thank You! St. Paul Catholic Church. He was arrested on felony moral charges in July for “inappropriate contact with a minor.” He was suspended from his duties at the church and with the Franciscans. His next court appearance is today, Jan. 5, at New Britain Superior Court.

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Many thanks to the following people who so generously donated their time and/or money to support the 2nd Annual Worthington Ridge Illuminaria display on Christmas Eve. Without your help, this would not have been possible: Jutta Arena, Diana Allario, Alan & Pat Blankenburg, Donna Bordonaro, Peter, Beth & Nikki Campanelli, Patty & Tom Carew, Paula Carlson, Jen, Brian & Kyle Chant, Coccomo Brothers, Diane & Andy Coppa, Todd & Tyler DeGroff, Deb DeVivo, Susan Dinda, Diane & Ed Edgazarian, Jill Eshoo, Kim Gileau, Sue & Lee Gillette, Audrey Godin, Maryann, Richard & Jonathan Grant, Beverly & Don Harris, Diane Jacobson, Laura Karoll, Tracy & Richard Kaczmarek,The LaPointe family, Kathy LaRosa, Marilyn LaRosa, David Martinez, Lida Matthews, Antoinette Mirante, Olivia Norton, Leah, Alyssa & Devon O’Leary, Joan & Rich Niles, Zack Pajor, Jackie, Bob & Kylee Panetta, Sharon & Megan Piaskowski, Jeanne Pipkin, Dan & Gail Race, Bill & Nicolle Sandrelli, Joy Sieklucki, Deb Simons, Doug Solek, Kathy & Taylor Snow, Pat Swent, Tony & Hillary Tashner, Kelley & David Tevlin, Roberta Veleas, Dick, Maryann & Amy Yale. Special thanks to the Berlin Congregational Church for donating their hall for a work station and Chief Jim Simons of the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department who came with his crew: Kathy Cole, Tom Chesery, John Dumin, Scott Escales, John Kaczmarek, Jon Massirio, Brian Meyer, Elizabeth Mute and Alan Pipkin and two fire trucks to escort the trucks pulling the flatbed trailers containing the Illuminaria bags and Steve Wood from the Town of Berlin Public Grounds Department who delivered sand to the church. We apologize if we’ve left anyone out. We hope everyone enjoyed the beauty of this display and that for a moment it awakened in you the true spirit of Christmas! Doug & Chris Rose


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Christmas trees are scheduled to be collected curbside (on collection day) the week of Jan. 9 and must be at least six feet away from the automated collection cart so as not to interfere with the disposal of household refuse. Trees will also be accepted for recycling at the Town Recycling Center on Massirio Drive during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 7 and 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Following the collection of all the trees, town forces will chip the trees to create mulch which will be available for public use and pick-up at Sage Park’s main parking area. For more information, call the Public Works at (860) 8287022.

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Craftsman creates Gothic entrance for St. Paul Church By Robin Veronesi Special to The Citizen

“When one door closes another one opens.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell The old doors of St. Paul Church closed for good after nearly a century of faithful service. Six new doors, fashioned by parishioner and woodworker Robert Fischer, now adorn the Alling Street entrance. His sons Dominic, Vinny and Silas helped with the three day installation. “I wanted to reflect the age, period and construction of the church,” said Fischer, owner of Robert Fischer Fine Woodworking, located

at 819 Farmington Ave., a business that specializes in custom builds. “But I wasn’t interested in making doors just like the ones there.” According to the church’s 125th anniversary directory, the style is English Gothic with a Spanish tile roof. “They are beautiful, and through them, many will pass seeking the comfort and grace only Our Lord can give,” said Rev. Robert Schlageter, OFM, Conv., who blessed the doors after a recent Sunday mass. To his knowledge, the old doors were nearly 100 years old, installed at the Alling Street church after a fire destroyed

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Robert Fischer, left, works the jointer and his son Vinny is at the planer. the church’s original location on Main Street. The new door project was funded with donations from Joan Siering and David and Mary Helen Loiselle, in memory of deceased family members. Fischer met with church representatives in January. His first step was to take pictures of the front of the church. Then he sketched designs. “I drew what was speaking to me,” he says. His wife Dawn used the computer graphics software Photoshop to bring her husband’s visions to life. Once he received approval on the design, the four-and-ahalf month building process began. Fischer started with rough-sawn, solid white oak from Downes and Reader Hardwood in Stoughton, Mass. It arrived kiln-dried to See Entrance, next page

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2011 full of surprises, disappointments, progress By Olivia L. Lawrence The Berlin Citizen

Business, in 2011, was all over the place. While that’s the case many years, the last few cycles have been especially volatile. Establishments came, and sometimes went. The year ended with the news that the Berlin Chamber of Commerce had suspended its operations, a sobering reality signaling that it will take a while for

the economy to make a significant rebound. The following story looks at a few of the business changes Berlin saw over the past few months, but it’s not comprehensive by any means. And not all of these examples are precisely in the business realm, some fall into categories of things that make a community vibrant and therefore attractive to business. Even items that relate to safety and community

Veterans Memorial Park is part of the town’s redevelopment plan for its central business district.

well-being have a business aspect to them. And although people are cautiously watching to see the recovery gain strength, Mayor Adam Salina has hinted, more than once, that good news is on the horizon. One big business change, in 2011, came on the Berlin Turnpike where a longstanding dispute between

Budget cuts caused the state fish hatchery on the Chamberlain Highway to close.

the town and the owners of VIP adult stores came to an end. The court case involving the property was dropped after owners of the former furniture store switched up plans and decided to open Chef ’s Emporium, a high-end kitchen and cooking supply specialty store. Also on the turnpike, at Brickyard Plaza, SYMS

clothing store partnered with Filene’s Basement in a marriage that promised to bring good things to the retail scene. However, within the year, the two companies had filed for bankruptcy and the stores put out the “going out of business” sale signs. Next door, another major re-

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Triplets’ dad newest BOE member Jeffery Cugno was appointed as a replacement member on the Board of Education at the board’s Dec. 12 meeting. In part, his interest in the Berlin school district is because his nine year-old currently attends school in the system and he has five-year-old triplets about to begin their education in Berlin. “So now I want to focus on that portion of the government,” Cugno said. He will serve nine months and then his seat will be up for reelection next November. Last election, the BOE had three seats open. Only two people ran: Tim Oakes and incumbent Irene Matulis. With one Cugno vacancy, the BOE appointed one person the remaining seat. At its December meeting, the BOE interviewed five people interested in filling the position. According to BOE President Gary Brochu, the board picked Cugno because of his past experience serving in town government. “We thought he’d hit the ground running,” Brochu said. Cugno has previous experience of working in town government in the 1980s. During that time, he was the chair of the Charter Revision Committee and the Director of Economic Development. He currently works as a lawyer specializing in business law, corporate law and real estate development. “I’m flattered and very proud to be on the Board of Education,” said Cugno, adding that he believes a public education is the most important service local government provides.“I would like to understand all the important issues on running a public school.” Cugno noticed the vacancy on the board on Election Day as he voted. He’d had an interest in serving on the BOE but had considered it as a goal for the future. He viewed the vacancy as an opportunity. He talked to Superintendent of Schools David Erwin who explained the process of applying for the position. -Daniel Jackson

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced last week that the towns of Berlin, Cromwell, Middlefield, Portland and Southington have each been awarded Small Town Economic Assistance Program grants for various capital improvement projects. Berlin will receive $500,000 for Berlin Veterans Memorial Park project for phase II of the Berlin Veterans Memorial Park Project. The park will be expanded to a rehabilitated brownfield: a former town landfill, material storage yard and sand and salt storage area. Improvements will include a small parking area, walkways, plantings, a picnic area and an area for outdoor community activities. Mayor Adam Salina said “We have already witnessed wonderful activities in Phase I of the Veterans Park beginning with dedication of the Veterans Monuments earlier this year as organized by our own Veterans Commission – and the outstanding turnout that Raising Berlin had when they held their Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the park grounds right after Thanksgiving. This park will be enjoyed by all of our citizens and the completion of Phase II will only enhance the

improvements we have made downtown.” “These capital grants are important for many towns as they look to make repairs to critical infrastructure or promote economic development,” Malloy said. “At a time budgets are stretched to the limit, we can and must maintain our commitment to improving the overall quality of life for our residents.” State Rep. Joseph Aresimowicz. “Construction of phase II of the Berlin Veterans Memorial project is an important investment for our community that is shared by all our residents.” State Rep. Cathy Abercrombie said, “I’m thankful that Governor Malloy recognizes the importance of continuing the work on the Berlin Veteran’s Memorial Park. This funding will help our town in several ways: it provides an economic boost, enhances an important public asset and contributes to community building.” (The above is a press release from the governor’s office.)

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Beware fake storm credit offers

Connecticut Light & Power is asking customers to be wary of people who may come to their home, claiming that they are “from the electric company” or “CL&P” and are there to sign them up to receive a storm credit. All CL&P employees carry

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Cuici completes FBI program Berlin Police Department Lt. Christopher Ciuci was one of 266 law enforcement officers who graduated Dec. 16, 2011, from the FBI Cuici National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 247th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states. Included in the class were members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 25 international countries, three military organizations, and six federal civilian organizations. FBI Director Robert Mueller was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 11 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals

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support services sergeant, support services lieutenant and currently leads the Operations Division. He is also responsible for overseeing the department’s accreditation program and technology upgrade.

Crime quiet after big storm

At a recent Police Commission meeting, Berlin Police Chief Paul Fitzgerald reported that although there was an increase in traffic accidents, there were no reported burglaries during the blackout due to the October snow. During the discussion, which took place at the Nov. 16 commission meeting, Deputy Chief John Klett said that the police department cannot point to one specific reason for the good news. “If there’s no power, people are home” said Klett. Most burglaries occur when the people are away from their residences. He also mused that the reduction of burglaries could have been because the snow shut everything down and reduced mobility for everyone. With snow blanketing the ground, perpetrators

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Extravagant success

The Parents Club of Griswold School reports that almost 400 people attended the first Griswold Holiday Extravaganza and those people as well as many organizations helped make it a big success. A donation equal to 10 percent of the profits will be donated to the Lindsay Duhaine Music Memorial Fund. Approximately, $400 will be donated to local music initiatives in Berlin schools. From left: Upbeat volunteers Samantha Grave, Uaziu-Wei Sze, Holly Robillard, Chris Morelli, Akanksha Singh, Allen Kozloski, Danielle Asklar, Will Cavedon.

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Programs Book discussion - Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Devil in the Details by Jennifer Traig. All are welcome. Genealogy Group @ The Library - Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The meeting will feature favorite internet sites used in genealogical research. Adult Winter Reading Club begins. Tuesday, Jan. 17. eBook Downloads: Free & Easy at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Did you get a new eReader or MP3 player for the holidays? Max Rowe from Library Connection will show you how to download free audiobooks and eBooks from the library’s website. Bring your devices and questions. Registration, in ad-

vance, is requested. Job Search Strategies Workshop at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. Join Nicole Fortier from the Connecticut Department of Labor for this workshop for job seekers. Learn how to plan and organize you job serach, how to apply for jobs online and more. Contact the library at (860) 828-7125 to register. Snow date is Feb. 27. Mother Goose Time Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. A special storytime for babies ages 0-24 months and their families. No registration is needed. Older siblings are welcome. Playtime - Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Playtime is an informal gathering where babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can play and socialize together. Parents must attend. No registration is needed.


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tail space underwent renovations and speculation ran high that a major chain would open soon, but as yet, no announcement has been made. High points for the year often came in the form of housing. Beckley Farms, upscale condos on Beckley Road moved forward on a major expansion plan. The Lofts at Sherwood Mills continued to expand, as well, and construction began on 88-units of workforce housing on Deming Road. All these projects should expand the consumer base for goods and services in town. On other fronts, Berlin Community Theatre, an organization managed for 20 years by the Cote family, decided it was time to take a break. The Berlin Farmers

The old Mellowcrest building on Farmington Avenue made way for the new Ratchford Eye Center. Market also put its operations on hold but promised that its supporters will brainstorm about how to keep the “buy local” operation going. The fish hatchery off the

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Berlin High School Honor Roll Grade 11 - Melina Accarpio, Elizabeth Asal, Carolyn Bernucca, Lawrence Betterini, Fazli Bozal, Katherine Burek, Kimberly Caplik, Emily Charbonneau, Charlotte Cichowski, Madeline Cirullo, Olivia Constantine, Peter Czepiga, Matthew DeConti, Emily-Anne Deutsch, Tom Drozdzowski, Jillian Ferraguto, Kaitlyn Fisette, Nathan Galas, Nathan Giaccone, Taylor Gilleran, Jaclyn Hoffman, Yaryna Hrynyukh, Morgan Imossi, Evelyn Juchniewicz, Julia Kipphut, Laura Kuzoian, Rebecca Lunt, Ryan Marquis, Courtney McCloskey, Emily Michaud, Emma Morelli, Megan Morrison, Brittany Nemphos, John Parillo, Stefanie Parillo, Kevin Pirruccio, Michael Pomian, Kailene Rampone, Gina Root, James Shemeth, Carly Simonides, Kaley Sokolowski, Gabrielle St. Jarre, Nicholas Strain, Zaneta Subernat, Nicole Sylvain, Jeffrey Sylvester, Ian Tamburini, Courtney Trzasko, Tyler Undercuffler,

Catherine Voelpel, Kristina Wezdenko, Joanna Wojtun, Paige Young, Caroline Zembko, Stephanie Zembko. Grade 10 - Annmarie Asal, Kayleigh Barber, Lauren Baretta, Alex Bednarek, Noah Bergren, Brian Bostrom, Courtney Brennan, Alexandra Burness, Steven Burns, Kasondra Colasanti, William Conticello, Henry Courchaine, Matthew Crenella, Melanie Crim, Olivia Dellaquila, Jenna DelVecchio, James Dwyer, Ryan Dziecol, Autumn Edelson, Emily Ference, Seth Giuliano, Daren Grabowski, Nicole Grieco, Matthew Heimlich, Jared Hendrickson, Connor Jones, Michelle Juarez, Olivia Kajda, Gregory Konowski, Jordan Kradas, Gabriel Lauria-Bierwirth, Ryan Lea, Erin Levack, Shelby Luddy, Nefeli Makris, Zachary Mayer, Jenna McNamara, Casey Merola, Karol Nawalaniec, Tyler Nguyen, Hallie Nygren, Colleen Padykula, Jenna Paradis, Bhumikaben


intent of using the site for a new police station. (The town recently was awarded a $500,000 grant to help clean up the site.) That’s all part of a major redevelopment plan for the railroad station and surrounding area that will be years in the making. In 2011, the town finished much of the downtown

Streetscape project, including the installation of fountains, a gazebo and paths at the town center park (Veterans Memorial Park.) Sidewalks and new street signs were also part of the overhaul. It was recently announced that the state had granted $500,000 for further improvements to the site.

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agement keeping one of the village’s favorite meet-andeat spots available for lunch and more. On Farmington Avenue, the old Mellowcrest building, which had been vacant for years (except for occasional use as a political headquarters), was razed to make way for the Ratchford Eye Center, a state-of-the-art medical facility. Depot Crossing, the large commercial site next to the Kensington Fire Rescue building remained unfinished more than a year after its planned completion. On the municipal side of the equation, the town finished the new bridge on Beckley Road making the road safer for not only the regular traffic, including school buses, but also for the 10,000 or so visitors who come to the Berlin Fair each year. The town also celebrated completing the traffic loop at Griswold Elementary School, an item that had kept the school in a traffic muddle causing headaches and safety issues for years. The town acquired the former Kensington Furniture Store as well as nearby properties with the

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Berlin High School honor roll, first quarter marking period High Honors Grade 12 - Kimberly Bosse, Sarah Brochu, Amanda Calderone, William Cavedon, Carly Cohen, Lia D’Amato, Jessica DiMattia, Chelsea Farrington, Margaret Frederick, Seth Harris, Jonathan Hauptfeld, Dana Hebert, Nicole Johnson, Kelly Josephson, Pawel Karwowski, Daniyal Khan, Colin King, Samantha Klett, Kevin Knopf, Brittany Labbadia, Meghan Long, Chelsea Longo, Carli Mazzarella, Robert Morrin, Malgorzata Nawalaniec, Kamila Nowak, Dana Ottaviani, Priyankakumari Patel, Kate Piotrowicz, Megan Pitkin, Holly Robillard, Brittany Robitaille, Michael Rocco, Akanksha Singh, Julia Spencer, Tyler St. Jarre, Melissa Swiatek, Anna Switzer, Kaylene Sylvain, Sage Szymanski, Catherine Tencza, Kathleen Veneziano, Nicole Whitehill, Kaitlyn Willametz, Rachel Zelek.



St. Paul

St. Paul Church has scheduled a dinner for college students for tonight, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall. Please RSVP to frrobert@

Kensington Congregational

The Kensington Congregational Church kicks off its celebration of its 300th anniversary with a potluck supper on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. in the parish hall. The church will provide ham, roll and beverages. Participants are asked to bring a side sigh or dessert. Beth Stowell, Allan Hall and Bett Kelly, former historian of the Farmington Congregational Church (where founding

members originated) are scheduled to speak. RSVP by Thursday, Jan 5 to For more information, call the church at (860) 828- 4511. The Christian Education program offers a Parent/Child Playgroup every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the Reeves Center. The playgroup is on a drop-in basis for children from infants to preschoolers.

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tion” category. The School encourages and equips leaders in all spheres of influence, including the workplace, to be Christlike. On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Wellspring School has scheduled a seminar on Blessed are the Peacemakers: Conflict Resolution for Life and Work for Saturday, Jan. 28. For more information, visit, or w w w. We l l s p r i n g S c h o o l

Saint Gabriel’s Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church has scheduled Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. The worship service is dignified but informal. Saint Gabriel’s includes children of all ages in worship and welcome their joyful noise. The services feature music from the 1982 Hymnal and on occasion they enjoy an anthem or instrumental offering from one of our congregation’s musi-

cians, in addition to the prepared prelude and postlude offered by the organist.

Berlin Congregational The Berlin Congregational Church has scheduled free Tot Time for Thursdays for parents with children 1 to 5 years old from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. through May 24. Tot Time includes crafts, play session, snack s and holiday parties. No registration is required. For more information, call (860) 828-6586.

Taize service The Kensington United Methodist Church offers a Taize service Tuesdays at 7 p.m. A Taize service combines silent meditation, prayer and simple music. Silence is a central part of this service and is a gift to those leading busy, hectic lives. It provides an opportunity to



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commune with God through the heart and bring a measure of peace to one’s mind and spirit. The service is open to everyone seeking spiritual refreshment and renewal.

Prayer shawls The Kensington United Methodist Church prayer shawl ministry meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. While most shawls are prepared independently, the group meets once a month for fellowship and prayer. Knitters and crocheters of all faiths are welcome. Call the church, (860) 828-4222, for the meeting location.

Prayer group

The 13th of the month prayer group at St. Paul Church, Kensington, meets at noon on the 13th day of every month to pray the 15 decades of the rosary. The prayer services begin with a personal consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the immaculate Heart of Mary. Within the rosary, the verses of the Fatima song are sung in remembrance to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. For more information call John Simeone at (860) 828-0794.


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could not easily flee the area once they robbed a residence. Klett added that around the holidays the department sees more “smash and grab” jobs, which are considered robberies, rather than burglaries. However, police faced a whole new challenge after the storm hit: an onslaught of false alarms. Many alarms are designed to trip if the power is cut. Police are required to respond to alarms, and the blackout caused about a tenfold increase in alarms, according to Klett. They were busy for about a week after the storm hit. - Daniel Jackson


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Sara Davis, Kenneth Fisette, Travis Frisk, Tyler Giangrave, Jamilex Gonzalez, Erin Goodwin, Jacob Guart, Kaitlyn Guild, Alexander Humen, Cara Johnson, Aidan Jones, Kajzer Wojciech, Julia Kemmling, Kevin Kennure, Katherine Kolc, Skyler Korn, Kade Lamontagne, Megan Leavenworth, Stephanie Lesmes, Emily Lombardo, Tristan Luddy, Geoffrey Main, Victoria Mancini, Victoria Marino, Olivia Martino, Kayla Maslowski, Sarah Mogielnicki, Landon Murphy, Tiffany Nguyen, Alec Norton, Michael Nowik, Daniel Paszkowski, Mackenzie Recck, Hope Reed, Driana Rivera, Lauren Roe, Alexandra Schulz, Arian Silas, Anthony Sisti, Kaylee Soderburg, Emily Thibeault,

Lauren Trzasko, Brittany Vannuccin. Honors Grade 12 - Tyler Agostini, Alexandra Asal, Gina Aziz, Emily Baroni, Deanna Barrett, Chelsey Bosse, Connor Bowen, Elizabeth Brown, Daniel Caron, Lucas Caron, Briana Cass, Carly Cohen, Matthew Cohen, Daniella Couceiro, Samantha DeFrancesco, Stephanie DelConte, Matthew deRito, Michael Derosier, Jeremy DeSimone, Avalon Dieli, Nicole Dolan, Kira Eleveld, Mackenzie Freeland, Ashley Friday, Danielle Gemmell, Tori Giannini, Olivia Hale, Connor Hilbie, Emma Johnson, Aleksandra Kaminska, Samantha Kelley, Christopher Kolodziej, Andrew Kuper, Jake Labieniec, Kyle Lavoie, Stephanie Lewis, Amanda Maule, Erin McKinnon, Shan-

non Membrino, Abigail Mendaros, Joanna Miklosz, Jessica Naples, Joanna Omilanowski, Cora Ottaviani, Ritesh Patel, Sarah Paul, Ashley Pulaski, Robyn Riggott, Eva Rybka, Carter Scarrozzo, Darryl Shaw, Olivia Sherman, Brandon Slater, Emily Stickel, Iu-Wei Sze, Meaghan Trzasko, Thomas Undercuffler, Amber Viteri, Anthony Walentukonis, Kelly Walsh, Bridget White, Rebecca Worsham, Carina Yorski, Shayna Zuk, Amanda Zup. Grade 11 - Lauren Aresco, Danielle Ayotte, Amanda Aziz, Elsa Chase, Courtney Cloutier, Nicole Damboise, Thomas deRito, Rachel Droste, Daniel Fasciano, Ashley Fort, Meghan Foy, Ashley Gable, Kristina Hagmeier, Tobias Hull, Brandon Iozzo, Olivia Jablonski, Sana Khan, Jordan Kinney, Daniel Klotz, Sabrina Labadia, Gina

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Melissa Lopreiato, Justin Marzi, Alicia Maule, Erika Mazurkiewicz, Michaela Muller, Gillian Pennell, Sean Pollock, Victoria Pryputniewicz, Charles Quigley, Daniel Rombola, Andres Sanchez, Jacqueline Sternberg, Haley Swain, Benjamin Tencza, Brian Thomas, Benjamin Tomascak, Matthew Trevethan, Jamie Wilkinson. Grade 9 - Max Adams, Olivia Bednarek, Jacob Bernard, Kevin Boninsegna, Sarah Bosco, Elise Catan, Zachary Chiarella, Laura Cohen, Cameron Criniti, Ashley D’Attilio, Caitlyn DiCioccio, Vincenzo Drumpus, Jeremy Eliades, James Fagan, Katherine Frederick, Marisa Gagliardi, Caitlin Garrigus, Alyssa Germano, Briana Gorneault, Riley Greider, Evan Hale, Sarah Hoag, Kelsey Kozikowski, Megan Leary, Kristen Madeia, Maya McCann, Christopher Morelli, Courtney Nelson, Alexander Ott, Kirsten


bury and Eric and Anna Johnson of Chester; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Gertrude Johnson of Cromwell; a sister Doris E. Johnson of Cromwell; a brother-in-law and sister-inlaw, Neil and Carol Swanson of Clayville, R.I.; seven grandchildren, Brittany, Ryan, Jenna, Evin, Krista, Nathaniel, and Axel; and many nieces and nephews. Services were held Jan. 2, 2012 at at Bethany Covenant Church, Berlin. Burial was in Wilcox Cemetery, East Berlin. Memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund at Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St., Berlin, CT 06037 or to Pilgrim Pines, 220 West Shore Rd., Swanzey, NH 03446. Please share a memory of Burt with the family in the on line guest book @


Burton C. “Burt” Johnson, 81, of Cromwell, beloved husband of Karen Johnson, went home to be with the Lord on T u e s d a y, Dec. 27, 2011. Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late Fridolph Johnson and Florence (Edman) Johnson. He was a long time Berlin resident, moving to Cromwell in 2009. He was the owner and president of Precision Graphics in East Berlin. Burt was a devoted member of Bethany Covenant Church, where he had served as Church Chairman, Sunday School Superintendent, on the Evangelism and Outreach Ministry, and as a member of the Sanctuary Choir. He served as the Chairman of the Church Building Committee for phase one construction of the Bethany Covenant Church, as the church relocated to the new facility in Berlin in 1997. Burt also served as a member and chairman of the Pilgrim Pines Board and was a former member of the Evangelical Covenant Church Execu-

tive Board. Burt was a gifted and prolific woodworker, builder and engineer. He derived great joy from tackling projects ranging from fine woodworking to building and renovation. His family and church were blessed to enjoy the fruits of his labor. He lived his life with great energy, warmth, motivation and enthusiasm, and leaves behind a tremendous volume of tangible works done for others as well as the gifts of caring and welcome. He will be fondly remembered and terribly missed by his family who knew with certainty just how much he loved them. Surviving is his wife, Karen (Swanson) Johnson; a daughter and son-in-law, Margot and Jeff Johnson of Monson, Mass.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ross and Darcy Johnson of Glaston-

Lapila, Bao Le, Alexander Little, Natalie Lombardo, Nicholas Martino, Quinn McCurdy, Briana McLoughlin, Christopher Meucci, Michael Negri, Madeline Onofrio, Avery Ortega, Mason Paul, Karlee Pedemonti, Julian Ramsey, Nicole Sapko, Nicholas Seguljic, Gabriel Szczygla, Nicholas Tara, Adam Teoke, Michael Tirinzoni, Carly Vernacatola, Zakery Voisine, James Wall, Rebecca Wassil, Dominika Wejda, Kyle Young. Grade 10 - Bonnie Anderson, Nathaniel Aroian, Karen Baldus, Kerilynn Barnard, Kenneth Beardsley, Charlotte Black, Luc Bolduc, Madison Boyer, Kelly Cohen, Matthew Cote, Daniel Dabkowski, Gabriella DiMaio, Daniel Giardina, Samantha Graves, Ethan Greider, Gina Iozzo, Ashley Jensen, Arius Johnson, Melissa Johnson, Leena Kader, Jessica Karwowski, Shauna Kelly, Eric Kemmling, Brian Kennure, Todd Koops, Kristopher Langevin, Austin Lawrence,

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Ballot botch

To the editor: My wife and I were going to be out of town for the last election, so we went to the Town Hall to cast our absentee ballot. While filling out our ballots at Town Hall we saw that there were only two candidates for the Board of Education and there was room for a write in candidate for the third opening. We both wrote in the name of a person, well-respected, who would be an asset to the Board of Education. He has

been supportive of our schools, the new high school and many other projects. When we returned to Berlin, we found out that “your vote does not count” according the Town Clerk’s office - because you must register the person’s name with the State of Connecticut, which I’m sure was explained on the ballot. However, alas, these old eyes did not read the instructions about the registration process. We only saw a space for a write-in candidate and I’m sure who ever made out the ballot would not make such an amateur mistake. If it was not made clear to the voters about the registration, this might be the results of a political power too long in power. Richard Burkarth Berlinn

2011 People of note Each, in their own way, contributed inspired ideas to community life In covering the news over the past year, the names of several people seemed to pop up again and again in ways that made us stop and think: here’s someone who has a passion, an idea, a purpose and an attitude that makes him or her stand out. These are many people who work to make their community a better place and here is a chance to acknowledge a few of them – Cathy Nelson, Paul Chester, Chris Rose, Daniyal Khan and Concetta Berardozzi - for their

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Government Meetings

Monday, Jan. 9 Board of Education, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Public Health Nursing Services, VNA, Town Hall Caucus Room A, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Library Board Room, 7 p.m. Housing Authority, Marjorie Moore Village, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 Parks & Recreation, Community Center, 7 p.m. Public Building Commission, Town Hall,

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Room 8, 7:30 p.m. Youth Services Advisory Board, Town Hall Caucus Room A, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Commission for persons with Disabilities, Town Hall Caucus Room A, 6:30 p.m. Police Commission, BPD Conference Room, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan 23 Board of Education, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Commission for the Aging, Senior Center, 7 p.m.

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contributions this past year. In talking with them, these folks are quick to share praise with others and minimize their own contributions. But today, the spotlight is all theirs.

Cathy Nelson, assistant director at Berlin-Peck Memorial Library put a lot of effort into bringing the history of Berlin’s role in the Civil War to life. This year marked the 150th anniversary of the war. Nelson has long been a noted preserver of Berlin history, but this year, Nelson pulled together: presentations, histories of local monuments and the war dead these commemorate, documents and transcriptions of an old Civil War diary that belonged to a Berlin soldier. All of this represents a detailed and difficult task, but one that brought the war to life and made it accessible on a personal basis all could understand.

Paul Chester initiated a Berlin Litter Committee and scheduled two work days last year with volunteer crews who took to the streets to

pick up trash. Chester coordinated the effort which required assistance from public works and police departments. He inspired dozens of volunteers to join. Chris Rose wanted to create a holiday tradition for Worthington Ridge. She’d seen an idea, implemented in another town, for a Christmas Eve luminaria display. Putting together a street lined with candles required much planning and cooperation with neighbors, emergency services and other volunteers. Also, supplies for the candles and bags needed to be arranged, as well as a place to assemble these and help with setting up and cleaning up the display. It may appear simple, but this project takes a vision, leadership, patience and perseverance.

Daniyal Khan is a senior at Berlin High School. He is active in community life in many ways, but one of his most noteworthy contributions last year was the creation of a video on hydrogen that won a national award and $5,000 for his school’s science lab.

Concetta Berardozzi helps unwanted animals find

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A fun, no-fail New Year’s resolution By Olivia L. Lawrence The Berlin Citizen My New Year’s resolution is to have more fun. Who said resolutions have to be hard — all that dieting and exercising and shedding bad habits? Not that getting out of a rut is a cake walk. A few of you know what I’m talking about; Groundhogs’ Day (the movie) same old grind, day after day, one week indistinguishable from the next. Time to shake things up; put a little oomph in day-today doings. I’m thinking, “more fun” is a no-fail resolution be-

cause basically it just applies to winter months. By the time spring rolls around, I don’t have to think about fun

so much, it just happens. (The flowers bloom and Dairy Queen opens, what more do you need?) It’s January, February and March that seem to get old in a hurry. So if I can keep my resolution for a couple of months, it’s all good after that. For some people, more fun might mean a lot of elaborate preparation; more planning, more expense, more “getting out there.” For me, the concept is pretty simple (and cheap.) I don’t need front row seats or high altitudes for fun. I’m talking more on a level that

looks to play Scrabble, instead of watching the tube. Call my friends instead of emailing. Maybe even have lunch with them. (Now that I think about it, spend more time with people that make me happy and less time with everyone else.) Find something to laugh at every day. Spend more time with people who have their whole lives in front of them. Read for pleasure. Turn up the radio and sing. However, just because my goals are humble doesn’t mean they can’t swing far the other way if fate decides to bring fame and fortune

my way. A luxury cruise in the Mediterranean is always an option if I win the lottery. (Oh, yeah, I’d have to buy a lottery ticket first and that’s just not in my nature.) This resolution is flexible, too. No rigid dos and don’ts. Fun goes from one end of the spectrum to the other. One day fun can mean sleeping late. Another day, it’s taking the dog for an extra long walk. I’m starting to like this. If you think you’ve found the perfect resolution, tell us about it at

Scholarship event features Bill Cosby, Franco Harris Legendary comedian Bill Cosby is coming to Capital Prep, Jan.13 and you can enjoy the show and help a Berlin student at the same time. (National Football League Hall of Famer Franco Harris also will be at the event.) One of 11 Berlin residents who attend the school, Alexis Armon said, “Capital Prep is a breath of fresh air. We’re all focused on going to college and making an impact in the world. If people from Berlin, my hometown,

came to this Bill Cosby event to support me as I support my school, it would mean a lot. Also, who wouldn’t want to see Bill Cosby?” At Capital Prep, in Hartford, 100 percent of the seniors graduate and matriculate to four year colleges. Capital Prep has a diverse student body with kids

from over 25 different towns in Greater Hartford including Berlin, Bristol, Southington, Cromwell and more. It is rare for the majority of students at one school to get into their dream college. Yet, quite a few students at Capital Prep get into their top choice. However, due to increasing tuition costs and

steep financial aid reductions, many of Capital Prep’s high-achieving students need additional support. Renowned comedian, educator and author, Bill Cosby has lent his support to bring light to this challenge. On Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., Dr. Cosby will join Capital Prep for “An Evening with Dr. Cosby,” an opportunity for the Greater Hartford community to hear from a national

champion of education in his own right. Other special guests include CNN’s Soledad O’Brien who has interviewed Capital Prep’s Principal Dr. Steve Perry for the network to showcase the education revolution happening in our backyard. There is a fee for this event. Visit to find out more information.


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Relay for Life info session Did you know that the American Cancer Society is the largest voluntary health organization in the United States? An organization that is passionately committed to saving lives from cancer. As a global grassroots force, ACS relies on the strength of more than three million dedicated volunteers. As a community, Berlin has been actively involved in raising money in support of ACS. This year will mark the 5th anniversary of hosting a Relay for Life fundraiser. Over the past four years our community has raised over $350,000. While the Relay for Life is a fundraiser for ACS it is also a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. This year’s Relay for Life is scheduled for May 19 and 20 at the Berlin fairgrounds.

It takes a small army of volunteers working together to be successful. Similar to years past, we are looking for volunteers to help run and/or fundraise for the event. It is rare to not be affected by this dreaded disease, either directly or through someone you love. This is a unique opportunity to fight back, one life at a time, through your support of ACS. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m. at the Berlin Community Center, the committee will be hosting an information session. If you are interested in understanding better how ACS helps fight back, or if you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring a team or joining a team, please stop by and visit. If you can’t make the meeting but want to help, please e-mail Jen Chant ( or George Millerd (, this year’s event co-chairs.

Petry, Thomas Pietruszewski, Kevin Pinto, Kyle Pisko, Mitchell Pitkin, Jonathan Platosz, Evan Psillas, Bryan Rivera, Matthew Rocco, Kevin Rulka, Adam Rustico, Kayla Sagan, Kevin Sav-

2011 Continued from page 14 homes. Each week The Citizen publishes a photo and description of a pet for adoption. These are made available through Concetta’s efforts and her work with Friends of Berlin Animal Control. Her love of animals and work on their behalf is significant. Her photos are adorable and the stories bring the animal’s tales to life

in just a few sentences. Who wouldn’t want to adopt after reading her description? Recently, she told us 405 animals had been adopted, due in part from the information she supplies to readers. It’s not easy to find time week after week to get a kitty to pose and to make sure accurate and useful information is shared with potential adopters. Concetta’s work with The Citizen is just a small part of what she does on behalf of animals.



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AARP The Berlin AARP Board of Directors is scheduled to meet Monday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center. The monthly Chapter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 1:15 p.m. at the Senior Center. The program will feature John Paul, the singing troubador. Refreshments will follow. The Town Food Pantry again requires donations beginning in January. Suggestion include cereal, jam, peanut butter, and/or any other nonperishable items. The town’s requests for food assistance have highly in-

Senior Social The Senior Boomer Social is scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 4:45 to 7 p.m. at the Pineloft Restaurant, 1474 Berlin Turnpike. The event includes a dinner/show with live entertainment by Justin Kaace and friends. For more information and cost, call (860) 828-9797. (Beginning in February, the Senior Social will be held on the second Monday of each month.)

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The Andrew House, 66 Clinic Drive, New Britain, hosts an Alzheimer’s support group on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome and admission is free. For more information, call Kathy Mulrooney at (860) 2258608.

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The bereavement support and recovery group was formed to support and give an outlet to those who have suffered a severe loss. It meets once a week and also offers phone and email support during other times when you need someone to listen or can be of help to someone. There is no fee and this is not a professional counseling service, but people helping people. Meetings are scheduled for Saturdays from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Community Center. For more information, contact (860) 836-2112 or

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MidState Medical Center has scheduled a Stroke Support Group, an interactive group designed to assist stroke survivors and their caregivers in learning more about stroke and recovery issues, as well as share common challenges and experiences. The group will meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in conference room 7 at MidState Medical Center.

Support groups Living with Chronic Medical Illness, Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Counseling Center, 50 Griswold St., Insurance required. (860) 224-5804. Anger Management Support Group, Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Counseling Center, 50 Griswold St., Insurance required. (860) 224-5804. Depression Therapy Group, Wednesdays at 4 p.m., Counseling Center, 50 Griswold St., Insurance required.

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Coats’ Notes The Newington-Berlin High School ice hockey team had a successful northern road trip. The co-op knocked off Portland, Maine, 9-0, and Kennett, New Hampshire, 4-1, last week to improve to 3-2. Against Portland, Berlin’s Brandon Ralph netted two goals and dished out an assist. Ralph followed up that performance by tallying a goal and an assist against Kennett, a New Hampshire state champion two of the past three years. Berlin’s Jeff Smolicz netted a goal in the Kennett matchup and turned in a solid defensive effort. After dropping back to back games to Middletown and Bloomfield, the Berlin High School boys basketball team righted the ship Friday with a convincing 61-42 victory over visiting Notre DameWest Haven. “We knew scoring could be an issue coming into the season, and

we really struggled to score against Middletown and Bloomfield. Both teams’ guards’ quickness gave us a lot of problems,” BHS coach Mike Veneziano said. “I thought our guards played much better against ND, which is also a pretty fast team. So I thought we took some steps in the right direction. Hopefully we can continue to grow as a team and get better as the season progresses.” The Redcoats headed into this week with a so-so mark of 3-2. Veneziano is content with the record, saying it takes time for football players to shake the rust off their basketball skills. “Going forward I am going to try to schedule two of our games for later in the season so that we can have a full week to practice between the holidays to help make up for some of that lost practice time,” Veneziano said. “Leading up to the ND game you could see the football players starting to get

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Bobby Mozzicato has been a “beast” for the Berlin High School boys basketball team this winter. The Redcoats headed into 2012 with a 3-2 record. their touch and timing back. I think in the big picture the success they had on the football field helps them handle tough situations on the court, so although in the short term it may have a negative impact, in the big picture it prepares them to make a run in the basketball tournament. And by playing two sports, hopefully, the student-athletes enhance their overall high school experience.” Veneziano said Bobby Mozzicato has been a “beast” for the Redcoats this winter both offensively See Notes, page 21

BHS alum plans to scratch marathon off his ‘Boston Bucket List’ By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen Clearly, Kevin Zagorski is not the type of guy to turn away from a challenge. A Boston University senior studying mechanical engineering, Zagorski, a casual runner in recent years, is currently training for the Boston Marathon, a grueling 26.2-mile trek. “Its reputation is as one of the most difficult marathons in the world,” said Zagorski, who will turn 22 two days prior to the April 16 race. Zagorski competed in cross country and track at Berlin High School, and swam as well, but running became an afterthought once he headed off to college in 2008. Still, the idea to compete in the Boston Marathon has been in the back of his mind since his freshman year at BU. It’s on his “Boston Bucket List,” he said. “This September I realized this was my last year in

BHS alumnus Kevin Zagorski is training for the 2012 Boston Marathon. Boston. So I decided sometime in October it was go or no go. I decided ‘yeah, I’m going to do it.’”

Getting into the Boston Marathon is not as simple as filling out paperwork and paying an entrance fee, how-

ever. Because Zagorski hadn’t qualified for the event, he said his options “were a little

limited.” The BHS alum could either run “bandit”, meaning he would navigate the course as an unofficial participant, or he could join a team competing for charity. Zagorski opted to run for a cause – the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – and has set a hefty fund-raising goal of $5,000. “I have a long history of cancer in my family,” he said. “I’ve lost three of my grandparents to cancer, my mom has had cancer, and I have tons of friends from Berlin and elsewhere who have had their lives extremely impacted by the disease. So I decided this was something I could see myself working towards.” As it has in the past, running still allows Zagorski to clear his mind and soak in his surroundings, but now pounding the pavement means something different. “Now when I’m running, I

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Clearing out the reporter’s notebook By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen

The entire year I stick to the facts: Who scored, who won, who’s retiring. That’s the job of a reporter. But, of course, I have my own thoughts about what’s happening in the world of sports. Here are some rants I worked on throughout 2011, some high school-related, others not ... JOE HAD TO GO: The Penn State University board of trustees did the right thing in firing Joe Paterno following reports the longtime football coach did next to nothing in 2002 when told one of his assistant coaches, Jerry Sandusky, had been witnessed sexually assaulting a boy in the showers at the Penn State football complex. Remarkably, after the story broke this past November, Paterno thought he could see the season through before calling it a career. Thankfully, the board of trustees didn’t allow that. If accusations are to be believed, Sandusky had a long history of abusing kids. If so, I wonder how many children would have been spared had Paterno had the

courage to report Sandusky to the authorities. It appears Paterno — and others at Penn State — put the well-being of their football program ahead of the well-being of little boys. What despicable characters. RED SOX NATIONBUILDING : In a year that began with infinite promise, Red Sox Nation watched the Olde Town Team wither and die in a collapse unseen since the days of Don Zimmer’s 1978 club. And although the allotted blame was plentiful — including an entire pitching staff ’s inability to keep opposing players off the bases, Carl Crawford’s dismal debut season in Boston, and a persistent injury bug’s lingering effect — manager Terry Francona took the fall. Francona’s managerial approach of being a “player’s manager” was called into question when it became public that several players were neglecting their fitness regimens, while some on the pitching staff were ordering out for Popeye’s chicken and drinking a few “rally beers” in the clubhouse during games. However, regardless of the team’s sophomoric hijinks and Francona’s seeming inabili-

ty to reach his players this season, Tito will be missed by the Boston media — who had an 8-year love affair with the affable manager — and the fans — who will be eternally grateful to the man who brought two World Series pennants to Fenway Park. Weeks after Francona’s departure, the exodus from Boston continued when General Manager Theo Epstein left Beantown to take the position of President of Baseball Operations with the Chicago Cubs. Epstein’s replacement, Ben Cherington, will be faced with many difficult decisions in the coming weeks and months including what to do with many players who have become faces of the franchise in recent years. Already Jonathan Papelbon has left for Philadelphia. Fans can only speculate on who will be next. After doing their due diligence, the search for a new manager ended on November 29 when it was announced that Stamford, Con-

necticut’s own Bobby Valentine would be the new skipper. Valentine may be just what the Sox need. He shouldn’t have any trouble winning over the Boston beat writers, and he’s always had the reputation of running a tight ship. However, with Bobby V’s polarizing personality in the clubhouse, things could go really well or really poorly really fast. All of this turmoil and uncertainty should make for an exciting “hot stove’ winter in Red Sox Nation. THAT’S LOW: I noticed a lot — A LOT — of low scores during the 2010-11 high school boys basketball season. I’m talking 29-, 32-point low. And for a 32-minute varsity game between fit young men, that’s ridiculous. I suppose incredible team defense could be credited for the lows scores, but I have another theory: I can’t remember the last time I saw a little kid in the suburbs practicing their shot on a regulation 10-foot hoop. These days, too many

driveway goals are lowered so that youngsters can dunk or easily make a shot. That instant gratification doesn’t help the kid in the long run. It doesn’t get the kid prepared for “real” basketball. Don’t get me wrong, if I had an adjustable hoop when I was a kid, I would have set it low and dunked on that thing all day. But lucky for me, I had the old school steel post stuck in concrete-type hoop. Every kid did back then. And I’ll tell you this, when I was in high school in the 90s, there was no shortage of deft longrange shooters, and teams scored a lot more than 30 points a night. HAPPY BIRTHDAY?: Connecticut high school football’s “50-point Rule” turned 5 in 2011. The rule, which has its share of detractors, was put in place to dissuade blowout victories. Under the rule, a coach whose team beats an opponent by 50 or more points is suspended for one game if it

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The St. Paul varsity girls basketball team won the Holy Trinity Tip-Off Tournament, going 5-0. Through 14 games this season, the local team was undefeated. The St. Paul hoopsters are pictured: Meghan Mazzatto, Nicole Cyr, Hanna Gagnon, Francesca DiMaio, Victoria Drumski, Marin Sisson, Haley Gagnon, Kirsten Armetta, Emma Sokolowski and Haley Vanty. The team is coached by Tyler Lentini and Mark Mercier.


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Notes Continued from page 19 and on the boards. Mozzicato hit for 25 points against Notre Dame. The coach went on to praise Tommy Undercuffler, a key defensive player and rebounding specialist. Berlin also has received good work from Tyler Stritch, Colin King, Darrin Gilbert and Jeremy Desimone. Nick Tara, Connor Bowen,

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The Lady Redcoats headed into the New Year with a mark of 5-2. At press time, the Berlin High School wrestling team was still searching for its first victory. The young Redcoats were swept last week at the Glastonbury Duals. Rick Mullins was a bright spot for Berlin in Glastonbury, going 4-0 with three pins. Teammate Jordan Zima also was undefeated on the day. —Nick Carroll

wrestle a freshman girl citing his religious beliefs. The duo was in the 112-pound weight class. Many hailed the boy as a hero; a virtuous, chivalrous gentleman. I was not in that camp. I smelled a cop-out. After all, the boy wouldn’t have had to pummel and hurt the girl to come away with a victory, right? And if he beat her, he could have helped her off the mat and told her she was a tough opponent, right? Also, it’s not like the girl

was a novice, or shrinking violet. She wrestled all winter and qualified for the state tournament just like he did. So what’s the problem? My guess is the boy thought he may not win the match. And instead of losing to a freshman girl in a packed arena, he pulled the religion card. Could I be wrong? Absolutely. But this is my yearend column.

Marathon Continued from page 19 know I’m running towards a goal, towards the marathon and towards raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,” he said. “So there are a bunch of different things that really help me out with runs.” There’s a good chance Zagorski won’t be in the northeast when the 2013 Boston Marathon rolls around. He will graduate from BU this spring and suspects he may have to travel cross-country to follow his

dreams. “I’m interested in being a rocket scientist, I guess you could say. That’s where my interests lie,” he said. “A good amount of the companies that I’m looking at perhaps working for are out west. I know I won’t get this opportunity [to run the Boston Marathon] for a long time after this passes. I’m trying to do it now.” To donate to Zagorski’s cause, or to read about his training as he prepares for the Boston Marathon, visit http://seek e

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is determined the coach did not do enough to keep the game from getting out of hand. The argument from folks who don’t like the rule goes something like this: Don’t punish a coach for having better-prepared, more-focused troops. If a team doesn’t want to lose by 50-plus points, its players and coaching staff should do some soul-searching, and work harder. Attend camps and clinics during the summer. Hit the weight room. I get that logic. I really do. But I’m fine with the “50point Rule.” From my perspective, the goal of competition is to win, not to beat your opponent into the dirt in front of their friends and family. Also, another reason the “50-point Rule” doesn’t bother me is because the winning coach is not given an automatic suspension. The CIAC reviews the game, and almost 100 percent of the time finds the winning coach blameless for eclipsing the 50-point margin of victory. No, the “50-point Rule” is not meant to punish success or excellence, or to shield bad teams from the realities of a cruel world. The rule is there to put the reins on adrenaline-drunk coaches who forget they’re dealing with kids not far removed from middle school. I-O-WHA?: An interesting story emerged from the 2011 Iowa state high school wrestling tournament. A sophomore boy refused to

Mitch Williams and Tim Norton have contributed solid minutes for the Redcoats as well. Powered by a balanced scoring attack, the Berlin High School girls basketball team blew past Portland, 55-31, last week in the championship game of the Rocky Hill Tournament. Chelsea Vujs led the way for the victors with 18 points. Ashley Malloy was next in line with 16. Tournament MVP Courtney Traszko had 11.

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Boy Scouts – Boy Scout Troop 41, sponsored by Bethany Covenant Church, meets Thursdays from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the church. For more information, call Scoutmaster KC Jones at (860) 829-1148 or email Boy Scouts – Boy Scout Troop 24 meets Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Community Center. Stop in or call Joe Tedone at (860) 828-0255. Boys basketball – BHS vs. Bristol Eastern at Bristol Eastern, 7 p.m. Girls basketball - BHS vs. Bristol Eastern at BHS, 7 p.m. Indoor track - Glastonbury Meet, Glastonbury

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Each week The Berlin Citizen features a page focused on volunteer activities in our community. This is the place where your organization can post notices looking for volunteer help. It is the place where you can find opportunities to help others in your community. This is also the place where we publish photos and stories about local volunteer efforts that have made a difference. Tell us more about your organization and what part volunteers play in its success. Contact us at

Literacy Volunteers tutoring

Literacy Volunteers of central CT, Inc. has scheduled tutor training sessions at Bethany Covenant Church from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, 13, 17, 20 and at The McCue Mortgage Company from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 9, 12, 19, 23, 26, 30. No experience is necessary. Training, observations

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Indoor track - Glastonbury Meet, Glastonbury High School, TBA.

Assisting customers with traditional mortgage programs and First Time Home Buyers Programs such as those offered through CHFA.

Office (860) 828-7877 Fax (860) 828-5797 Cell (860) 883-7091

Call Diane today for an appointment!

E-mail: Derek Jutras

203.528.8853 860.251.0762




Beautiful Split Level home. Short walk to Bi-Centenial Park. 4 BR, 2 bths. Wd. flrs., FR w/frplc., DR, den, built-ins. Newer gas mechanicals. 2 Car gar. & gorgeous 3/4+ ac. yard! $269,900. Derek Jutras 883-7091.

Prentice Place Free Standing Condo. 1120 SF, spiral stairs to mstr. suite loft. 1.5 BA, direct entry & private patio. Largest, best priced in complex. $129,000. Dennis Phaneuf 944-0282.







4 BR, 2.5 bth. Split Level. Hrdw. flrs. Add. fin. lower level w/cedar closet. Ingrd. pool w/tea house, grdn. pond. Dog kennel. House is wired for generator too! $305,000. Janice Vandrilla 209-6640.

Adorable home with 2 bdrms. on 1st flr. And 1 large BR on 2nd flr. Updated kitchen, wood flrs. $169,900. Betsy Cooney 860 966-4296.



Diane Dornfried-Jacobson

“Trust the Experts”


See Volunteers, next page

A group of volunteers, led by Karen and Tim Cote and Craig, Tess, and Quinn McCurdy of Berlin, gave a holiday party for 86 children and families served by Community Mental Health Affiliates programs in New Britain. Each child received a gift, and the group enjoyed a visit from Santa and his elves, Christmas carols, pizza, and ice cream.


951 Farmington Ave., Berlin, CT 06037

patient so the family can take a break, providing companionship to hospice patients and their caregivers, running errands for a pa-

Party time



Wrestling – BHS vs. Bristol Central at BHS, 6 p.m. Ice hockey - NewingtonBerlin vs. E.O. Smith-Tolland-Windham at UConn, 6:45 p.m.


The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients to their treatment appointments, through its Road to Recovery program. Treatments patients are often too sick to drive. A cancer patient who receives radiation therapy might require between 20 to 30 trips to the clinic within six weeks. Chemotherapy patients might receive weekly treatments for up to a year. Volunteers receive training, orientation and are asked to volunteer for at least one hour, one day, once a month. The Road to Recovery program will match drivers’ availability with the needs of patients. For more information or to volunteer, contact Bonnie Baldwin at (203) 563-1529 or

VNA HealthCare Hospice is recruiting hospice volunteers who are interested in making a positive impact in the lives of local residents

facing life-limiting illness VNA HealthCare Hospice volunteers play an important role in terms of being directly involved in patient care. Volunteers perform tasks such as staying with a



Road to Recovery



Berlin Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Community Center. Guests are invited to attend any meeting. For more information, call Ryan Zelek at (860) 9445222. Boys basketball - BHS vs. Platt at Platt, 7 p.m. Boys swimming - BHS vs. Manchester at Manchester, 3:45 p.m.

and support are provided. For more information, call (860) 229-7323, email Sue at or visit

CitizenReal Estate


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, January 5, 2012

Well trained

Sock it to me

Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 66442 met with Gina Fongemie, a paramedic with Hunter’s Ambulance recently. Fongemie helped the girls earn their Junior First Aid badge by teaching them how to manage common ailments such as cuts, bee stings, nosebleeds, and choking emergencies. They learned how to wrap gauze bandages and were introduced to CPR techniques for adults and infants. Pictured with Fongemie are: Maria Butrimas, Olivia Cyr, Cora Derewonko, Samantha Getsie, Maddie Holt, Ashlynn Montanez, Emma Norton; Marie Riley, Jillian Santana, Anna Sarrazin, Jenna Smalley, Olivia Smith, Jessica Weber. Missing from photo: Alex Kumm.

Director of Community Services Antoinette Pajor wrangles a big stocking during final preparations for holiday food and gift distribution just before the holidays.

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tient and/or family members, providing administrative office support among other things. Training classes are available for those interested in becoming a hospice volunteer. The goal of the training is to help define the role of a hospice volunteer, and it covers the history and philosophy of hospice, team building, help with communicating effectively, ways to manage death, dying, and bereavement, and concepts of spirituality. For more information about the VNA HealthCare Hospice Volunteer program, call Donna Gordon at (860) 493-7349 or dgordon@vna-

Blind services The Board of Education and Services for the blind seek volunteers to read, shop, drive or sort mail for blind neighbors. Volunteers are also needed for office work, computer projects and reading on tape. For an application, call (860) 602-4129, toll-free (800) 842-4510, ext. 4129, or e-mail us.


Stitchers needed Stitchers from the Heart, a nationwide group of volunteers that love to knit, is looking for volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little sweaters and hats for ba-

bies in need. These items are donated to 570 hospitals throughout the country. Patterns are available. Yarn is needed for seniors and children’s knitting programs. For more information, call (877) 985-9212, or e-mail

Medical center Volunteers provide invaluable assistance and support to all areas of MidState Medical Center. Volunteers are needed in the nursing units to assist patients with meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner time. Special training is provided for those accepted into this special “Meal Mates” volunteer program. There is also high demand for volunteers in our newly expanded Emergency Department in both clinical and non-clinical areas. Book Cart volunteers visit patients, offer free books and magazines as well as friendly

Photo by Daniel Jackson

conversation. These volunteers are also trained as “Fall Prevention Safety” volunteers who check bed and chair alarms to ensure they are in proper working order and encourage the patient to use the call button to “call before you fall”. Patients at MidState are treated to relaxing “Soft Touch” hand rubs and foot rubs by well-trained MidState volunteers. If you are interested in this very specialized volunteer role, there

will be training in the technique of “soft touch” in the fall. Pet therapy visits are welcome. If you have a therapy dog that is certified and registered with a national pet therapy organization, please consider joining our pet therapy program. For more information, contact the Volunteer Office at (203) 694-8275 or e-mail

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Thursday, January 5, 2012 — The Berlin Citizen


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BERLIN LEGAL NOTICE LIQUOR PERMIT Notice of Application This is to give notice that I, LUAN DALIPI 114 BOYLSTON STREET NEWINGTON, CT 06111-4360 Have filed an application placarded 12/26/2011 with the Department of Consumer Protection for a RESTAURANT WINE & BEER PERMIT for the sale of alcoholic liquor on the premises at 1211 FARMINGTON AVE. BERLIN, CT 06037-2301 The business will be owned by: PIZZA WORLD LLC Entertainment will consist of: None Objections must be filed by 02/05/2012 LUAN DALIPI LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that there will be a caucus of all enrolled Republican electors of the Town of Berlin, Connecticut on January 11, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Berlin Town Hall (Town Council Chambers) to endorse candidates for the Republican Town Committee. In addition changes to the Berlin Republican Town Committee rules will be proposed and voted on, including but not limited to how Convention Delegates are chosen, the dismissal of inactive members and the frequency of meetings. AUTOMOBILES







CHEVY MALIBU 2003 $3,288 30 Day 1,500 MILE Warranty BUY HERE - PAY HERE! D o w n p ay m en t s a s l o w as $ 9 88 P l u s T a x & R e g .

CADILLAC DeVille 1990 Tan, 4 door Sedan. 112k. Well maintained. Dependable. Family owned. Best reasonable offer. 203-577-8507

(203) 269-1106

FORD ESCORT 2002 $3,288 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $988 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

CHEVROLET Impala LTZ 2008 Super Loaded! Leather, Sunroof. Low Miles. On Showroom Floor Stock# P3924 $14,990 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669


Let Us Give You A Fresh Start

4 Door, Auto, Very Low Miles. Showroom Stock# 12479A $8990 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

24 month/24000 Miles Warranty Tax, Title, Fees Additional Apply Now Jack 1-866-879-1616

Cars Starting At $199 Down

DODGE Intrepid 2000 sedan. 6cyl. Auto. Maroon w/gray interior. Power windows. Driver airbag. New tires. New Brakes. Well maintained. Dependable. $2950.00 203-294-1442

CHEVY CAVALIER Z24 2000 $3,488 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $1,288 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

FORD Focus LX 2002


NISSAN Altima 2009

One owner. Low miles. Immaculate. Stock# 12469A $5999 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

EX-L, Leather, Navigation $19,491 Stock# C7228 (203) 237-5561

2.5S, Sunroof, Power Seats Low Miles $17,991 Stock# C7223A (203) 237-5561

FINANCE Buy Here Pay Here Financing! Down pymts as low as $588 plus tax & reg, low weekly pymts, no finance charge, or credit check cars under $3000. Call 203-5305905, Cheap Auto Rental LLC.

NISSAN Pathfinder 2001 SUV. Bronze w/Tan Interior, Alloy wheels,new Tires, 6-cyl. Very well maintained. $4350.00 Auto. Power windows. Dual airbags. 212,000 mi, mostly all highway. Never used for towing 203-294-1962

DODGE STRATUS 2003 $3,688 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $1,288 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

NISSAN Sentra 2010 2.0SR, Auto, 15K $16,491 Stock# C7190A (203) 237-5561

DODGE Charger 2007


2 Door. Auto. Only 29K. Super Deal Only $13990 Stock# P3924 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

24 Month/2400 Mile Warranty LET US GIVE YOU A FRESH START Tax, Title, Fees Additional Apply Now 203-232-2600 Darrell

Apply Now 1-866-879-1616

HYUNDAI Elantra 2003 Sunroof, Auto. Fully Equipped. Stock# 12418AA $5990 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

NISSAN Murano 2009 SL, AWD, Leather, Sunroof $26,991 Stock# C7234 (203) 237-5561

Must be 18 years of age and a US Citizen w/proof of residence. Minimum down payments may vary. Must meet income requirements. Subject to change without notice.

BUICK LACROSSE 2008 CXL, Leather, 10K. $19,292 Stock# C7208 (203) 237-5561

See the great selection of used cars in Marketplace.

Find your dream home in Marketplace

Stepping up to a bigger bike? Sell the smaller one with a Marketplace ad.

A Marketplace ad is an easy way to sell your merchandise, and it’s easy on your wallet, too.

Looking for a friend? Find litters of critters in Marketplace.

OLDSMOBILE ALERO GL 1999 $2,988 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $788 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

26 SUV’S

CASH for your Toyota, Honda or Nissan. Any Condition! Running or not! Will consider other makes & models, motorcycles, ATV’s, etc. 203-600-4431

FORD Explorer 1995 AWD, Auto Start. Good cond. $1950 NISSAN Altima 1998 AT, GXE. Clean $3350 CHEVY Blazer 1997 SLT, Black, clean. $2650 (203) 213-1142

$$$ Paying cash $$$ for Junk cars plus quick removal.

203-631-0800 or 203-630-2510



HYUNDAI Santa Fe 2004 Only 60K. Leather, Sunroof, Heated Seats. Local. Just Traded. Stock# P3975A $11,999 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

ATTENTION DOG OWNERS! Dog Obedience classes starting January 16 at Cheshire Park & Rec. Bruce Gianetti & Phil Huntington, Instructors. Call 203-272-2743 9am-4pm. After 6pm call 203-235-4852.


MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 22’ MONITOR, Printer & Computer Table -$180. Surge Protector $20. Electric Heater $25. VHS Tapes (203) 235-4788 CAPEZIO DANCE SHOES SIZE 8 1/2 MED. BLACK $20 203-9090445 POWERMATIC Jigsaw on wheels. 1/3 HP, 115V. Model #95, Serial 8595036. $90. Electric Single Bag Golf Cart. Hillbilly. Battery operated. $50. Both items good cond. Located in Southington. Call Ed at 860-3842862 for additional info & photos.

SILK FICUS TREE Stands 6 and 1/2 feet tall in basket. Redecorate for the New Year! Asking $25. Call 203-265-3427

JAGUAR 1984 antique XJ6 . 1 owner, only 46,700 mi, garage kept, good condition. Fair offers accepted. Please call 203-628-5000 or 860-919-6035

BOARD & LESSON SPECIALS Rosehaven Stables, LLC Meriden 203-238-1600


CARS STARTING AT $199 DOWN 24 MONTH 24000 MILES WARRANTY LET US GIVE YOU A FRESH START Tax, Title, Fees Additional Apply Now Jack 1-866-879-1616

Apply Now 1-866-879-1616

BULLDOGS, Yorkie, Yorkie-Poo, German Shepherd, Rottweiller, Great Dane, Schnoodles, Bostpm Terrier, Chihuahua, Shih Tzu & mixed breeds. $250+. Call 860-930-4001 KING CHARLES CAVALIER PUPS Born 11/1, 3 Males, $900 each. Call 203-314-0004 LAB Puppies black and yellow. Adorable, reg & ready to go. Also Boxer/English Bulldog Pups. 10 weeks. Taking deposits. (860) 329-4210

Must be 18 years of age and a US Citizen w/proof of residence. Minimum down payments may vary. Must meet income requirements. Subject to change without notice.

NISSAN Pathfinder 2003 V6, Leather, Sunroof. Heated Seats. Very Sharp! Stock# 12480A $11,990 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

PEEKAPOO Puppy for sale. Apricot colored! Dewormed & vet checked. Male, 9 weeks old. So adorable. Asking $650. OBO. Please call 203-715-3647

LAWN & GARDEN CHEVROLET Colorado 2006 Quad Cab. Black Beauty. Z-71 Package. Stock# 12352A $16,999 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

I’LL cut down your small tree in exchange for the wood. Call Mike (203)631-7451



Always Buying 1 Item to the Entire Contents of Estates Antique, Gold, Costume Jewelry, Furniture & So Forth. Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 S. Orchard St. Wallingford. 203-269-4975 or 203-284-3786 Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm

Always Buying, Old, used and antique handtools. Carpentry, Machinist, Engraving and Workbench tools. If you have old or used tools that are no longer being used, call with confidence. Fair & friendly offers made in your home. Please call Cory 860-613-1108

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate. WALK IN TUB / Safety Bathtub. White Air/Hydro Massage. Brand New. Best Offer. 860-810-2221

WOOD, FUEL & HEATING EQUIPMENT ALL Har HARDWOOD 2 Cord Minimum $425 and $225 For a Single cord. 203-376-2805 WOOD Stove Wondercoal Dual Burner. Wood or Coal. Automatic Burning Circulator. Includes double walled chimney pipe, complete. Excellent condition. $700. 203-843-6717

SPORTING GOODS & HEALTH LHASA APSO and Mal-Shi Pups Ready to go Saturday. Well behaved. Excellent with kids. Hair, not fur! $500. 860-335-0169


Lose Weight! Gain Energy! Scientifically Based Nutritional Programs for weight management, stress relief, energy increase. Call 860-869-1281 for more information or visit my website at http://ericjoseph.


WW II Military Items




203-631-0800 or 203-630-2510

Appliance Repairs

Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves.

Will Deliver


CHEVY COLORADO 2004 Ext Cab. 4 cyl at, 2wd, a/c, cruise, remote start, new tires, tuneup, many new parts & access, 110k mi. $7500. Call 203-2381645 or cell 203-631-1929

Looking for a friend? Find litters of critters in Marketplace.

DROP LEAF Table with two leaves. Good condition. $90. (203) 269-9376

QUEEN SIZE Sofa Bed Light Brown. $90. TWIN SIZE Sofa Bed Light Green. $75. All in good condition (203) 269-9376


$$$ CA$H $$$ Estate sale service. Costume Jewelry, Antiques, paintings, Meriden-made items, toys, lamps. Call Todd Shamock 203-237-3025

1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture. 50’s Items. Whole Estates.

203-238-3499 2ND GENERATION Buying estate items - entire contents. CF Monroe Wavecrest, Matzow Paintings, Old Dolls, China & Glass 203-639-1002


Studio & 1 Bedroom Apts Affordable apts for qualified applicants 50 yrs of age or older Small pets accepted Please call 860-621-3954 TTY 711

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden 3 BR & 4BR apts Newly Renovated! Avail. Immed. Starting @$850 Call 203-240-4688 MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 1 BR, 1st Fl, $845/mo+sec. 2BR, 2nd Fl $950 /mo+sec. 203-630-3823 12pm8pm or MERIDEN -1-2 BR Hubbard Park Central Air/Heat. 775 West Main Street. $800 -$900/mo. + utils. No pets. Call Chino 203-4403483 or Steve 203-537-4072 MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large,2 BR Luxury Condos. Laundry. No pets. $875 + utilities Call 203-245-9493

PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS Beginning to Advanced Levels Welcome. Certified Music Teacher. Over 10 yrs prof exp. Call Mark 203-235-1546 Openings Available

Voice Lessons

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd.


All Ages and Levels Welcome

Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate De Fiore Vocal & Piano Studio Roberta (203) 630-9295

MERIDEN 3 BR Off street parking. Available January. HUD or Section 8 approved. (860) 3491588 or 860-759-5676 MERIDEN 3 BR, 2BA, LR, DR, full appl. kitchen. Lower Level BR, LR, BA. Off street parking. Good credit, ref. No pets. $1,300+utilities. Call Pat Burke 203-235-3300 xt 634

WANTED TO BUY Paying cash for Junk cars, trucks, motorcycles. Free Pickup. Free Removal. Running or not.

Flanders West Apts

MERIDEN 1 BR, 2 BR & Studio Starting at $595 per month. Heat & HW incl. Off street parking 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 1 BR, Spacious 2nd fl. WD Hookups. Exc conditon Hardwood floors $650 per month plus utilities (860) 338-3475 MERIDEN 1,2,3 & 4 Bds apts, 570 Broad St , starting at $ 625. Just renovated, new kitchens, floors & fresh paint. No pets. Sec & ref . Mike 203-537-6137

HOUSES FOR RENT PISTOL PERMIT CERTIFICATION CLASS Required for CT applicants. $100. Call 203-415-1144



MERIDEN TOWNHOUSE Old Stagecoach Xing, 2 BR, 1 1/2 BA, Garage, C/A, W/D Hookups. $925 + Util. & Security. Gas Heat! 860-681-8403

New Britain Newly constructed 2 bedroom apts for active adults over 55.

$900-$925. Fully applianced with washer/dryer. Wall to wall carpet, central air, parking garage, community room, elevators.

FIRST MONTH RENT FREE! Please call 860-257-1330 or 860-223-0546 APARTMENTS FOR RENT

MERIDEN- Nice Renovated 2 Br. 18 Kensington Ave. No pets. $825. per mo, deposit , credit & references. Call 203-238-1890 SOUTHINGTON - 1 1/2 Room Efficiency. Ideal for seniors and all others. Near I-84. $140/wk. Includes Heat & HW, A/C, Appliances. No smoking. Sec dep & refs req. 860-620-0025 WALLINGFORD Cute 2 BR Townhouse. Full basement. WD hookup. Private entrance. Off street parking. Walk to school. $850 /mo 2 mos sec + application fee. No pets. 203-284-0597 WALLINGFORD- 2 Bdrm, 1st FL Choate area. Recently redecorated. $1300 per month. Includes heat. Sec & refs. Call 203-641-4508 or 203-269-2575 WALLINGFORD-1BR apt starting at $750 including heat & HW. No pets. JJ Bennett 203265-7101 WINTER SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $695/month. Heat, Hot Water, Electric included. Private balcony. 1 month free rent. Ask for details. Call for info 203-639-4868 WLFD. 2BR OVERSIZED Townhouse, appl’d kit., 3000SF, lots of storage & closet space, laundry room. NO PETS. $1195. Call J.J. Bennett, 203-265-7101.


2 BR Starting at $800 Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-639-8751

MERIDEN 1BR & 2 BR Stove, heat & hot water incl. Lease, sec & refs. No pets. 203- 239-7657 or 203-314-7300 MERIDEN 2 BR 5 Rooms, 1st Floor. All newly remodeled. Off street parking. No pets. Available immediately. Call for appointment. 203 238-2412 MERIDEN 2 BR, 1st FL. Newly renovated kitchen. $700 plus 1 month sec. No pets. 203-537-3572 MERIDEN 5 rms, 2nd flr, 2 BRs/ used as a 3 BR. Recently remod, w/d hookup, 1 car off st parking. Pets considered. $900/ mo plus sec & dep. Section 8 welcome. (203) 530-6716 or 203-213-9474 MERIDEN Large 2 BR, 1.5 Baths, 1st FL. WD hookup. Off st parking. Randolph Ave. $725 /mo. 2 mos security + application fee req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597 MERIDEN- 2BR, 1 bath, newly renovated. Eastgate Commons. $750/mo. Section 8 & MHA approved. Call (203) 889-8700

APARTMENTS FOR RENT BERLIN-1 BR. Extra large. Heat & HW incl. All appls, W&D. lg yd, park. $875. 860-828-8114 BMERIDEN 2 BR, 1.5 Baths. Immaculate Townhouse, quiet. Parking, hookups, wall to wall. No Pets/Smoke. Good credit. $975 + utils. 203- 269-9755

Anvil Place Apts.


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, January 5, 2012

MERIDEN-2 Room Efficiency $550 per month + 1 month sec. References 203-213-8639 or 203-631-0105 MERIDEN-Furnished apartment, 1BR, 3rd flr, private entrance. Laundry, garage. $575 plus util/sec. No pets/smoking. 203-681-0830.

MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Includes Heat, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. East Side. Off-st park. $125/wk. + sec. Call 12-8pm 203-630-3823 or MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Includes Heat, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. East Side. Off-st park. $125/wk. + sec. Call 12-8pm 203-630-3823 or


Wallingford/Durham 10’ x 20’ & 20’ X 45’ With electricity & heat Available Now. 203-751-1977


MERIDEN-$163,600 Simple & smart scale down & go easy on budget w/this 2BR ranch. Spacious living rm w/fp, EIK, fenced beautiful corner yard w/covered patio & non thru st. Call Sue Farone 203-265-5618


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ATTIC & BASEMENTS CLEANED I Want Your Junk Pete In The Pickup 203-886-5110 GARY Wodatch Demolition Services. Sheds, pools, decks, garages, concrete walks, patios, Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430 GARY Wodatch Debris removal of any kind. Homeowner’s, contractor’s, small dumpsters avail. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430



ALBERTS HOME REPAIRS Remodeling, Windows, Doors, Siding, Decks, Floors Lic & ins #623837 203-592-1148 J. BOOBER CONSTRUCTION Additions, garages, remodeling, kitchens, bathrms, basements, decks, sunrooms. Lic’d & Ins’d. 203-265-0730,CT. Reg. #572880 DE CA Home Improvement ● Kitchen & Bath ● Flooring, Painting ● Roofing & Siding We provide reliable service. (203) 630-1294 (203) 886-6566 Ins., Free Estimates. CT #624716



Passion. Small offices. Insured. Please call Renata Home 860828-1338 Cell 860-796-5222


CT Reg. #516790


I Want Your Junk Pete In The Pickup 203-886-5110

FALL CLEAN-UP LEAF & YARD CLEAN-UP Curb side pick-up, Tree & Brush Removal. No job too big or small. 203-530-4447 DE CA LANDSCAPING Patios & Walks Leaf Removal Snow Plowing We provide reliable service. (203) 630-1294 (203) 886-6566 Ins., Free Estimates. CT #624716 GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Hedge/tree trim., trimming over grown properties. Est 1985. All calls returned. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 cell 860-558-5430 ● ● ●

PLUMBING MEDINA Sewer & Drain Cleaning Services LLC Quality work at affordable prices. 24hr Service Benny Medina 203-909-1099 DON’T Flush money down the drain, call Duane Plumbing, heating. Quality work, low rates Major credit cards accptd. 203379-8944 lic. #283401 P1

V. NANFITO Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks Remodeling Gutters CT Reg#570192 (203) 639-1634

Caroline M. Glabau, CCMC Revenue Collector Town of Berlin

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions





SNOW PLOWING HOME Solutions $500 off a new roof w/ this ad. Snow removal available 20% off w/ neighbors. Great prices, free estimates. LIC & INS HIC #0631419. 203-631-2991 SALT - $130 per Yard. Sand/salt 7:2 DOT mix, $65 per yard, picked up. 100% Calcium chloride icemelt - Safest for concrete! $16.50 per 50lb. bag. Pallet prices available. 24/7. Call 203-238-9846

WALLINGFORD-$219,900 Classic in-town 3 BR, 2 full bath cape. Remodeled kitchen and baths, formal DR, hardwood floors, newer windows. Finished lower level. Linda Diana (203) 265-5618

FENCING JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! FALL Clean-up & LEAF Removal Estates, Homes, Attics, Bsmt, Gar, Yard, Appliances. Free Est 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218



MGW HOME IMPROVEMENT Kitchens & Baths, Painting, Windows/Doors, Interior Remodeling, Gutters, Drywall, Decks/Porches & Basements Call MGW!” CT Reg #631942 203 886-8029

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions

MR. HANDY Home Improvement & Repairs. No Job Too Small. CT Reg #624078 Call Larry (860) 877-5678

EXTREME LANDSCAPING Fall Cleanups, Vac Truck, Hedge Trim & more. Snowplowing. Com /Res. Great rates. Free estimates. Call Walter 203-619-2877

Roofing, Siding, Windows, Decks Remodeling Gutters CT Reg#570192 (203) 639-1634


Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions

203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790

DRIVER RICHARD CHEVROLET has immediate opening for a Shuttle Driver. AM hours to start. Great opp for the right person w/excellent people skills. Call Jamie Gray, Service Director. RICHARD CHEVROLET Cheshire 203-272-3000

Advertise Call 24 Hours-a-Day 7 Days-a-Week

CT Reg. #516790


DRIVER Experienced Reefer Drivers & Independent Contractors needed for Regional Positions. Top of the line equipment and plenty of freight. Call Today! 877-491-1112 or MERIDEN. $399,900 Historic Meriden home features old world charm with all the modern conveniences 10 rms, 5 brs 2 car garage, 3 full baths, beautifully landscaped private yard. Call Fred Gettner for details 203-265-5618

To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488

CT Reg #606277. Give us a Call - WE DO IT ALL! Free estimates. 203-631-1325

$1000 +/WEEK $500 SIGN-ON


GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430


CDL-A Driver:

●Very young equipment ●Regular hom time ●Variety of options ●CDL Graduates Needed

RICK’S affordable Tree limb, brush piles, tree, & under-brush removal. No job too big or small. 17 yrs exp. 203-530-4447.

CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST Quality-LOWEST Price Siding ● Roofing Windows ● Remodeling ● Decks ● Gutters Additions ●Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #577455

BOOKKEEPER/Admin Assistant for Local Building & Development Company, part time to full time, to do a/p, a/r, bank rec’s. Must be proficient in Quickbooks, Excel, Word, Outlook. Min of 3 yrs experience. Must have construction, homebuilding, property management experience. A multitasker who can work in small office environment. Email resume & references to

●Flatbed Runs ●Fast-enroll benefits


HOME Solutions $500 off a new roof w/ this ad. Snow removal available 20% off w/ neighbors. Great prices, free estimates. LIC & INS HIC #0631419. 203-631-2991



CT Reg. #516790


EXTREME ROOFING Including All Types of Home Improvements. CT#628714 Habla Espanol. Call Joe 860-573-0642

All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service


YARD Clean-up, Brush, Branches & LEAF REMOVAL. Bsmnt, Gar, Appl’s, Furniture & junk removal. 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218

CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST Quality-LOWEST Price Siding ● Roofing Windows ● Remodeling ● Decks ● Gutters Additions ●Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #577455

Storm Clean-Up

T.E.C. Electrical Svc LLC

Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060


HOME IMPROVEMENTS MGW HOME IMPROVEMENT Kitchens & Baths, Painting, Windows/Doors, Interior Remodeling, Gutters, Drywall, Decks/Porches & Basements Call MGW!” CT Reg #631942 203 886-8029

SERVICES OFFERED Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060

DON’T Freeze this WINTER! Call Duane Plumbing, heating & cooling. Annual furnace & boiler tune-ups & cleanings. Quality work. Major credit cards. Low rates. 203-3798944 #400335-S1


Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions



REPAIRS Large or Small. Stairs, railing, interior, exterior, entry door & window replacement done by owner. Also provide addition, finish bsmnt, decks & complete home improvements. Free est. 203-238-1449 #578107 MR. HANDY Home Improvement & Repairs. No Job Too Small. CT Reg #624078 Call Larry (860) 877-5678 J. BOOBER CONSTRUCTION Additions, garages, remodeling, kitchens, bathrms, basements, decks, sunrooms. Lic’d & Ins’d. 203-265-0730 CT. Reg. #572880


All persons liable to pay taxes on the Supplemental Motor Vehicle list (Motor Vehicles registered after October 1, 2010, but before July 31, 2011) supplemental to the October 1, 2010 Grand List in and to the Town of Berlin, Connecticut, are hereby notified that they are due and payable in full January 1, 2012. Said taxes become delinquent if not paid on or before February 1, 2012. Interest at the rate of 1.5% per month shall be charged from January 1, 2012, on all Supplemental Motor Vehicle taxes not paid on or before Februar y 1, 2012, subject to a minimum interest charge of $2.00. Any and all unpaid back Motor Vehicle Taxes must be paid in full, in cash or cer tified check, before payment may be made on the Supplemental Motor Vehicle Taxes. Any person liable for this tax who does not receive a bill should contact the Berlin Tax Collector’s Office at once, as failure to receive a bill does not relieve one from the liability for payment. Collection Place: Tax Collector’s Office Room 22 Berlin Town Hall 240 Kensington Road Berlin, Connecticut 06037 Office Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 8:30 am-4:30 pm 8:30 am-7:00 pm Thursdays Fridays 8:30 am-1:00 pm

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DRIVERS AND MECHANIC NEEDED. Apply Within: 12 North Plains Industrial Rd , Wallingford. 203-269-3550 DRYCLEANER expanding. Looking for dependable & personable candidates for PT & FT positions. Apply at Jenny K’s Cleaners, 198 West Main St, Meriden or call 860-967-7333 TEACHER Full /Part Time Must be professional, self-motivated, responsible and have exp in a structured environment w/toddlers & pre-schoolers. College students are welcome. Benefits. Call Denise 203-269-2266.

WATER QUALITY INSPECTOR Performs responsible specialized work in protecting the quality of the water supply and distribution system for the Town of Wallingford, CT. Requires an Associate’s degree in environmental science or sanitary engineering, plus 3 years of experience in a water utility. Successful candidates must have a valid Connecticut driver’s license and be in possession or be eligible for a Class I Water Treatment Plant or Distribution System Operator Certification and Certification as a General Backflow Preventer, Tester and cross-Connection Survey Inspector issued by the State of Connecticut. The Town offers a competitive pay rate of $22.46 - $27.29 (wages under negotiation) per hour plus an excellent fringe benefit package. Applications or resumes will be accepted until February 3, 2012 (or the date of the receipt of the 50th application) at the following address:

Personnel Department Town of Wallingford 45 South Main Street Wallingford, CT 06492 Fax #: (203) 294-2084 EOE


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, January 5, 2012

SALE DATES: Thurs. Jan. 5 - Jan. 11, 2012 Premium Hybrid Luggage


24” Cellular Arch



ABS Molded sides for strength & rigidity. Heavy fabric face for multi pocket organization

Easy Touch Cellular Shades Light filtering or Room Darkening Cut to size

Compare $129...................



24” Rolling Hybrid Upright $

Compare $169...................


27” Rolling Hybrid Upright $

Compare $199...................


Superior Quality!

Finest Quality 2” Solid Wood Blinds


7'10”x11'2” ........ 250 $ 6'7”x9'6”.............. 180 $ 5'3”x7'7”.............. 100 $ 5'3” Round .............. 80 $ 3'11”x5'7” .............. 60 $ 2'x7’7” ................... 40


1942-$68 Light Filtering vinyl mini blinds




Twin ......................$13 Full/Queen ..........$17 King ......................$19

10 $ 14 $ 18




Thermal Single Window Panels

2 Pack Panels

Compare $30


Your Choice

8- 10 $



Department Store Label Better Ts

•Premium cotton •Crew necks, scoop necks, mocks •Petite & missy sizes even some plus •3/4 & Longsleeve Compare $15 & more



Your Choice




1 $ 50 1 $ 2

ISO Drier Antifreeze Water Remover

Spray DeIcer/Starting Fluid

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King Serta Perfect Sleeper

Twin ............................$12-$14

Heated Blankets

2 pk.


Wamsutta Slumber Gel






Wamsutta 400 Thread Count

Serta Supreme Support






Your Choice


Compare $19.99

3M thinsulate lined. Compare $20


Contains 60% sunflower seed

Your Choice





-20 F Windshield Washer Fluid


-35 F De-Icer Windshield Washer Fluid





Premium Set


25 lb Calcium Chloride Premium Ice Melter Melts ice down to -25°


$ 50


$ lb............




$ Suet Cakes


Log Splitter Power Splitter 5000

Kaytee™ Birders Blend Wild Bird Food 16 lbs




Melts ice down to -15°




Compare $400




$ SnowJoe® Ultra Electric Snow Blower • 180º adjustable chute • Steel rotor blade • Cuts up to 18’ Compare $289


Compare $160

Snow Roof Rake

• Lightweight aluminum handle

39 $ 8 $ 9


with built-in wearstrip



Windshield Scraper




Longer ram travel for more complete log splits


200 1


Compare $190

Thunder Bay®

2HP 5-Ton Splitting Force!

18” Poly Snow Shovels

20 lb Ice Melt




25 lb Nyjer Thistle Seed


25 lb Signature Blend® Premium Wild Bird Food


Duraflame Stove



Save on Bird Seed! 50 lb Black Oil Sunflower Seed

Your Choice





1500 watt, 2 heat settings, Cooling fan setting.

Heats up to 1500 sq ft with up to 5200 BTU; LED digital display with remote; Wood cabinet Compare $259

Bomber Hats


OR Oscillating Ceramic Heater



Wool Hats

Oil Filled Radiator

2 heat settings. Compare $50

Twin Compare $60 ..................................... 30 $ Full Compare $70........................................ 35 $ Queen Compare $80 ................................ 40 $ King Compare $100 ................................... 50 6-Element Infrared Heater Cabinet

Compare $20-$25

Mens & Ladies Casual Waterproof Winter Gloves

Winter Auto Car Care




Your Choice


Gas Line Antifreeze


Beverly Hills Polo Club

Latex Foam



Prints & solids


Twin .....$6.99 Full ..............................$15-$18 Full .......$9.99 Queen ........................$18-$20 Queen..$9.99 King.....................................$22



239- 899

heavyweight microfiber sheet sets


Your Choice

A wide variety of styles -in black & brown M - XL • 3m Thinsulate lined Compare $25


standard microfiber sheet sets

12 $ $ 10 $15 18 $


Found in Ski Shops, Resorts, & More!

BEST SELECTION EVER!! Mens Leather Gloves




Full ...................................$23 Queen..............................$28 King .................................$30

Compare $12 or more

Your Choice

selection varies by store

75 100 115 140


Department Store Label! Lots of styles!





New Shipment Better Sweaters







Full..................................$14 Queen ............................$17 King................................$19


100% polyester Compare $20-$24

Water resistant shell. Fleece lined. Zip off hood. S-3XL Compare $30-$35


In Mail Order Packaging-You’ll Love the Quality! Worth 3-4 Times Our Price!

super heavy weight micro plush



Ladies or Mens Micro Fleece Lounge Pants

Winter Jackets

Twin ......................$12 Full/Queen ..........$15 King ......................$16





heavyweight microfleece sheet sets

fleece sheet sets

coral fleece blankets on sale!







Our Reg. $225 Twin 38"x75" ........................ $199 Our Reg. $350 Full 53"x75" .......................... $299 Our Reg. $450 Queen 60"x80" ..................... $399 Our Reg. $500 King 76"x80" ........................ $429

3” - 5 lb Memory foam 7” - High density foam

luxurious synthetic lambswool blankets




5 lb-10” memory foam mattresses SALE









Our Reg Compare $24.99

3'3”x5'2” 7’10”x10’3”

Single Panel Compare $12 .............. 6 $ 2pk Panels Compare $25 ............. 10

Every Hand Towel

2 1/2” - Premium 4 lb Density

Sofa or Loveseat


Every Premium Bath Towel

Free 300 thread count cover with 17” skirt

5’3” Round

Crushed Taffeta 63” or 84”

Every Premium Bath Sheet



Made in Turkey

15 $40 $ 25 $60 $ 25 $100

2' 2”x7'3”

599 399

premium memory foam toppers SALE


35"x64" ......9.89 36"x64" ...10.89 39"x64" ....11.89 48"x64" ...15.89


Wash Cloths & Fingertips

3’ x 4’

Grommet Window Panels

70% savings!


Heavy Duty Entrance Mats

35"x64" .....4.49 36"x64" .....4.49 39"x64" .....7.99 43”x64" .....9.99 48"x64" ...11.99

All Sizes

On Sale




360,000 Points Per Square Meter

Room Darkening vinyl mini blinds Blocks over 90% of outside light for maximum privacy. Anti-static treatment repels dust. Available in white or ivory

Sure Fit® slip cover closeout...

All Sizes

Verona Collection Area Rugs

Blocks up to 75% of outside light. Available in white or ivory

23"x64" ......6.89 27"x64" ......7.89 29"x64" ......7.89 31"x64" ......8.89

Twin, Full/Queen or King

Our Reg. $12 3x5 ................................. $9.60 Our Reg. $18 4x6............................... $14.40 Our Reg. $30 5x8 .................................... $24 Our Reg. $40 6x9 ................................... $32 Our Reg. $80-$90 9x12 .......................... $64-$72

Kashmir, Imperial, Silk Road & Persian Classic Collections $


23"x64" .....3.99 27"x64" .....4.49 29"x64" .....4.49 31"x64" .....4.49 32"x64" .....4.49

Microfiber Reversible Comforter

Bound Area Rugs

1 Million Point Area Rugs

Manufactured for nation’s most famous home center

All at

Heavyweight Down Alternative Microfiber Comforter

19 20 January White Sale!

20” Rolling Hybrid Upright $

STORE HOURS: Mon-Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-8pm

Ocean State

Extendable Snowbroom Handle extends to 48”

Emergency Car Shovel



Extendable handle saves space

Snowbrush & Ice Scraper We now accept Cash Benefit EBT Cards





Berlin Citizen published 1-5-2012


Berlin Citizen published 1-5-2012