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The Berlin

Cit itiz ize en Volume 13, Number 51

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BOE issues progress report By Olivia L. Lawrence Associate Editor The Board of Education has issued a new progress report that sets out a number of goals for students, staff and board members as well as the district’s facilities. President Gary Brochu introduced the document at the district’s annual meeting in the fall noting that it was “the first progress report” and one that will be updated annually. The report sets goals for a number of times under the categories of: student achievement; BOE communication; facilities and educational adequacy; BOE governance; BOE self-evaluation and evaluation of the superintendent. These “key indicators of success” attempts to go beyond a reliance on standardized test scores as a way of measuring the district’s progress, Brochu said. For example, while test results and graduation rates are one indicator of achievement, the success of students five years post-graduation is another piece of information that would help policy makers and staff shape pro-

grams. The goal is to survey high school graduates five years after graduation to determine their status as it relates to college and career. BHS is working with the National Student Clearinghouse which offers a program called “StudentTracker for High Schools.” The program asks questions such as: What colleges do students attend; how long do educational efforts persist; did they transfer between colleges and graduate; what degrees do they earn; and what courses of study do they pursue. In addition, the guidance department has a 12 question survey for graduates and there is access to the survey on Facebook. To date, 170 graduates have registered and about 60 have taken the survey. The board has a goal of establishing reciprocal communication “that is accessible and understandable and that unites all citizens around the belief that high quality public education is a community’s most valuable asset.”

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Santa’s Express delivers

Photo by Lee Roski

Santa’s Express, sponsored by the Kensington Fire Department, enjoyed another great year delivering presents, and smiles, to the children of Berlin. 2009 was the best year yet for Santa’s Express, according to the KFD.

See BOE, page 6

Berlin couple creates a magical Christmas village for the holidays By Olivia L. Lawrence Associate Editor

Cary and Ginger Arotsky survey the Christmas village they created at their new Berlin home.

A couple who recently relocated to Berlin brought a house full of Christmas spirit along with them. Cary and Ginger Arotsky have a vast collection of holiday items at their place at The Regency at Berlin just off the Berlin turnpike. The spectacular display makes this season something to behold at their home. The couple, who have been together for 22 years, moved to Berlin in 2007. Over the years, their Christmas villages and other col-

lectibles have been featured in numerous news stories. Their former home in Hampden was featured in a spot on HGTV “House Hunters” series. Cary Arotsky described the animated Christmas figure presentation, in the bay window of his house, “like a Macy’s window.” A mixed race couple, the Arotskys have accumulated dozens of black Santas — many of them gifts. A dozen black Santas line the staircase. On the tree in the living room,

See Christmas, page 10


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, December 17, 2009

DiMugno’s own slice of Americana at home erector set train, toy gas stations, doll house and what seems to be every favorite childhood game and gizmo.

By Olivia L. Lawrence Associate Editor

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gan a life of collecting when he was just 11 years old and tinkering with bicycles. Later, he began customizing cars and drag racers. He’s been in the furniture restoration business for 40 years. The result of those experiences is an eye for items and re-creating settings that exist now only in memories and are in danger of being lost to history. DiMugno is expanding his charitable partnerships with local non profit organizations. He welcomes inquiries from those who would like to use a tour of the building as a fundraiser. “I’d like to help people out,” DiMugno said. He’s

held open houses for the past several years and now is publicizing the enterprise to let others know it’s available. Yankee magazine was so impressed by his work it spent a year putting together a story about it. At every turn, DiMugno has brought back the essence of those by-gone eras. There’s a 1948 pinball machine, 100 year-old Macy’s Santa ads, perfectly preserved barber’s chairs, and country store counters from Maine. The juke box, which plays records, “works beautifully,” DiMugno said. A room chock full of toys includes a big display of vintage model airplanes, an

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Don DiMugno’s collection of Americana, housed at his property on Alling Street, is one of the most extensive in the country. Now two new developments will help put the spotlight on this antiquelovers’ Mecca. DiMugno has opened his 2,000 square foot display area as a museum and soon a story about his life- long passion for finding and preserving artifacts from bygone times will appear in Yankee magazine. DiMugno’s museum features room after room of elaborate displays of scenes harkening back to the early decades of the 20th century. It is a division of Chippendale, his antiques restoration and collection business. Walk in the door to a country store with old time advertising that includes a giant pickle and a French-fried popcorn stand from the 1920s. A coffee grinder dates back to the 1800s and the first electric coffee grinder made by Landers, Frary and Clark of New Britain sit on shelves laden with items that make it seem that time-travel could be the only explanation. Next here’s an ice cream parlor, perfectly recreated, with containers from Rockland Dairy Farms and Kensington Ice-Cream as part of the authentic surroundings. “There are no reproductions,” DiMugno said. He be-

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How will the state shortfall affect town’s budget? By Olivia L. Lawrence Associate Editor

State and local officials are studying Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s “deficit mitigation plan” and her proposed three percent cut in state aid to towns. Berlin’s state Rep. Joe Aresimowicz said Democrats are preparing to respond and “none of the reductions to state municipalities are going through.” The governor recently submitted a deficit mitigation plan and called for a special




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session of the legislature Dec. 15 to consider the plan to close a projected $466.5 million budget shortfall. She is required to submit a mitigation plan when the deficit reaches a certain level. The plan includes nearly $70 million in recissions and other program reductions that can be made under the governor’s executive authority and $116 million in cuts that need legislative approval. The plan called for a three percent reduction in municipal aid. “Failure to swiftly address this budget shortfall will only lead us into a deeper hole — one that we cannot afford to close by borrowing more or raising taxes again. These are painful cuts, to be sure,

but the legislature must make them now to ensure that Connecticut returns to solid financial footing,” Rell said State Democrats called for a caucus Dec. 14 to discuss how they would respond to the governor’s proposal. Aresimowicz said it was not clear what formula the governor used in coming up with her plan. She proposed cuts to town aid but, according to Aresimowicz, “she never said how she was going to do it.” Aresimowicz said the governor had not taken advantage of certain savings, fed-


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The Berlin Police Department conducted a “Click it or Ticket” High Visibility Seat Belt Campaign from Nov. 16 to Nov. 29. This was in conjunction with the statewide “Click it or Ticket” campaign sponsored by the Department of Transportation. During this period Berlin officers conducted occupant safety belt checks at various locations in town. These checks were conducted randomly during those two weeks. The intent of this enforcement effort was to increase compliance with seatbelt laws and to remind motorists to always use good highway safety sense, especially during the highly traveled holiday season. During this safe driving campaign, 341 enforcement actions were taken of which 133 were for seat belt violations and seven were for DUI.

Gail Erickson of Berlin, had a once-in-alifetime opportunity to shoot photographs from the sidelines like a professional sports photographer during the Miami Dolphins vs. Patriots game as part of Canon U.S.A.’s ‘Shoot Like a Pro’ Sweepstakes. In addition to shooting from the sidelines, Erickson received four tickets, she took her husband and two children, to the game along with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera kit. “Photography was not a hobby of mine but I took photos of my family and kids at their schools,” said Erickson, who is the Finance Director for the Town of Berlin. “It was incredible. I didn’t realize how big the players were. You see them on TV but you can’t tell until you’re next to them. The plays also move so fast, it’s hard to get the action centered in your camera.”

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Some of the indicators of success in communication include the following. Statistics on the number of people who access the schools website and using email to share information and ask questions. The “contact us” page has been accessed 11,729 times since the site. About 200 emails were sent with the contact forms. Determining the number of non parents who volunteer at the schools or attend events. However, principals weren’t able to design a way to collect this information and the indicator may have to be redesigned. Making board meetings accessible to the public. As public attendance has been minimal for several years, the board initiated “The Bulletin Board”, a newsletter with a summary of meetings. It’s emailed to parents and others who request a copy and is also available at school offices and on the website.

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DiMugno has 18th century Christmas ornamentation on display now. Valentine’s Day, Halloween and other holidays get the spotlight at the appropriate time of year. Holiday items are highly collectable and while Christmas is big, Halloween has come on strong in the past decade, said DiMugno, who has a collection of noisemakers and decorations for that event, as well. One of the strongest markets these days is for advertising memorabilia, he said. What he hears most from visitors is “I had that (item) as a kid and my parents threw it out.”

A survey of residents was planned in regards to the effectiveness of communications efforts. However, the survey was deferred in order to focus communications efforts on facilities issues. A survey was conducted with new residents during 2008-2009 school year to determine how the quality of public schools affected their decision to move to Berlin. Five said the quality of schools played “a significant role” in their decision. Three said “somewhat of a role” and three indicated it “did not play a role.” As to goals regarding board governance, the report states that the board places a high priority on agenda items related to teaching and learning. Therefore, 80 percent of meeting time is devoted to those topics and often includes participation by administrators, teachers and students. Board members, in 20082009, had an 89 percent attendance record. “The reflects a high level of commitment and engagement on the part of the board,” the report states. As to how he has been able to locate items in near mint condition, he said “I do a lot of traveling.” Some of the top collectors from around the country come to see DiMugno’s place. The world of cars still holds an allure for DiMugno. A room devoted to the automotive industry includes a shelf of vintage batteries and shelves of motor oil cans. A Mobile gas station advertising icon, the famous Pegasus, took him 20 years of working to wrest it away from its previous owner. Finally, the man gave in and sold it. DiMugno said “I took it with me right then” He wasn’t going to give the owner a chance to change his mind. For more information call DiMugno at (860) 828-8846.

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All are welcome to attend the Advent Concert Series at Kensington United Methodist Church on Sundays at noon. Take a break during this busy season to enjoy this musical presentation: Dec. 20 - The Traveling Prayer Choir directed by Corinne Terlecky. Snacks and beverages will be served. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the Berlin food pantry. A Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols is scheduled to be celebrated at Kensington United Methodist Church on Christmas Eve at 10 pm. The musical selections include singing of well known carols by the congregation. The choir, under the direction of Christine Manzi,

Kensington Congregational The Kensington Congregational Church has scheduled the following programs. Dec. 20 — Christmas worship at 10 a.m. and caroling at 4 p.m. Dec. 21 — Longest Night Service at 7 p.m. Will this be a sad Christmas for you? Share a quiet and warm celebration. Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve services. Family Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.; Prelude concert from 10:30 to 11 p.m.; Service of lessons and carols at 11 p.m. For more information, call (860) 828-5411 or visit The Kensington Congrega-




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from the Old and New Testaments about the foretelling and birth of Jesus. The scriptures are supported by music which is performed by the music ensembles of the church. The music ensembles to be featured are the Contemporary Ensemble, the Sanctuary Choir, Exultations!, and Damascus Revelation. A free will offering will be collected. Refreshments will follow in the church hall. Continue your Christmas celebrations by attending this concert.

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Obituaries Kevin M. Russell

Edward P. Wojtusik Edward P. Wo j t u s i k , 82, of Berlin died Dec. 08, 2009 at the Hospital of Central CT, N e w Britain. He was the beloved husband of the late Irma (Castonguay) Wojtusik. He was born in New Britain, son of the late John and Helen (Jaksina) Wojtusik; he was a lifelong resident and a mem-


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He was predeceased by his twin brother, John Wojtusik and sister Jean Wojtusik. Services were held Dec 14, 2009 at the Burritt Hill Funeral Home, New Britain followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, at Sacred Heart Church of East Berlin,, celebrated by the Rev. Edward S. Jaksina and concelebrated by the Rev. Edmund S. Nadolny. Interment was in Wilcox Cemetery, East Berlin. To share a memory with the family, please visit

ber of Sacred Heart Church of East Berlin. He was co-owner of the Treatwell Store, New Britain and was employed by Central Connecticut State University until his retirement. He is survived his sons, Edward G. Wojtusik of East Berlin and Daniel J. Wojtusik of Berlin; his daughter, Diane J. Moconyi and her husband Michael of Wallingford; his grandchildren, Nicole, 15, Alexander, 12 and Matthew, 5; his sisters, Dorothy Wojtusik, Lillian Wojtusik and Eleanor Guarnieri and several nieces and nephews.


Kevin M. Russell, 47, of Berlin, died unexpectedly, on Nov. 30, 2009 at home. He was born in N e w Britain and was the son of Theresa (Saleski) Russell of Albuquerque, N. M. and the late Albert Russell. He was a licensed electrician and business owner for several years. He was also a certified medical technician. He enjoyed riding his Harley, working out and loved all animals. He loved the outdoors, fishing, beach volleyball and hiking. He was a lifetime Miami Dolphins fan. In addition to his mother, Theresa, he is survived by his two daughters, Shaela Calderon of Bristol

and Amanda Kotlinski of Farmington; two sisters, Karen Pelegrino and her husband, Denis of New Britain and Kathleen Atencio and her husband, Jake of Albuquerque, N. M.; his former wife, Sylvia Russell of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; two nieces, Nicole Pelegrino and Laura Atencio and his nephew, Tomas Atencio. A celebration of Kevin’s Life was held Dec. 11, 2009 from the Paul A. Shaker/Farmingdale Funeral Home, New Britain. Burial will be private.


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Obituaries Frank A. Failla Frank A. Failla, 86, of N e w Britain, widower of Jeannette (Reney) Failla, died Dec. 8, 2009 at The Hebrew Home & Hospital in West Hartford. A native and lifelong New Britain resident, he served with the 8th Army Air Force in Europe during World War II and was a letter carrier for the New Britain Post Office for 40 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of St. Ann’s Church; the New Britain VFW Post 511; the Italian-American War Veterans; the DAV; and the Postal Service Union.

Surviving is his son, Frank E. Failla of New Britain; a son-in-;aw, Joseph Severino Sr. of Berlin; a brother, Vincent “Jimmy” Failla of New Britain; two grandchildren, Joseph Severino Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Middletown; and Karen Severino of Berlin; several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife Jeannette, he was predeceased by his daughter, Patricia Severino; two brothers, Joseph S. Failla and Salvatore J. Failla; and a sister, Bessie L. Okulicz. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 12, 2009 at St. Ann’s Church, New Britain. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Congestive Heart Failure Unit at St. Francis Hospital, 114 Wood-

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Teresa Penkrot Teresa (Cipolla) Penkrot, 81, wife of the late John Penkrot, died Dec. 7, 2009 at home. Born in Pittston, Pa. on Jan. 17, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Agnes (Bernatitus) Cipolla and had resided in Meriden since 1949. She was a graduate of Ashley High School in Ashley, Pa.

She was employed by International Silver for 30 years, then as a clerk for the State of Connecticut Judicial Department, retiring in 1993. She was a parishioner of Holy Angels Church, a member of the Columbian Ladies, Red Hat Society of the Meriden Senior Citizens Center, and participated in the Young at Heart of Holy Angels. She was an active participant in the Meriden Senior Center and volunteered at the annual Daffodil Festival. She also loved to garden and was a remarkable cook. She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Senia and her husband Sebastian of Berlin and Patricia D’Astous and her husband Ray of Wallingford; three grandchildren, Gregory Senia and


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Senior Happenings December program

Home and community safety — Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. David Santoro, OTR/L, executive director sill provide a review of home safety assessments and interventions to reduce fall risk. A free assistive device clinics (walkers and canes only) is included as part of the program. Sign up at the Senior Center.

Energy Assistance program The Senior Center is taking energy assistance applications for senior who heat with a deliverable fuel (oil, propane, kerosene), gas and electric on Monday, Dec. 28. Appointments are required. Annual income guidelines (for households whose heat is not included in their rent) is: one person household – income cannot exceed

$30,485; two person household – income cannot exceed $39,865. Call Tina, Antoinette or Jane at (860) 828-7006 for a list of necessary documentation and to schedule an appointment.

Health clinics The Berlin Visiting Nurse Association and Central Connecticut Health Center offer monthly health clinics at the Senior Center. The clinics are free of charge and

no appointments are necessary. Clinics are scheduled: Tuesday, Dec. 22 – 12:45 to 1:45 Blood pressure screening. Tuesday, Dec. 29 – 12:45 to 1:45 Blood pressure screening. For more information, call (860) 828-7030.

Whacky Whist Whacky Whist card games are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18 at 12:45 p.m. at the Senior Center. It’s easy and fun to play. Prizes are awarded. To sign up, call (860) 828-7006 or stop by the front desk.

Holiday party The Senior Center annual holiday party is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. Sing along to the music of Dave & Friends. Holiday refreshments will be served. Program is limited to 84 people. Sign up at the Senior Center.

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Letters to the Editor Explaining his vote

To the editor: Why did I vote for the Town of Berlin to not enter into a purchase agreement for the property at 680 Kensington Road during the Dec. 2 special Town Council meeting? The main reason for purchasing the land is to address a statement of need for a new high school. I voted “no” because I am representing Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters alike that do not support building a new high school or buying land for it. Their reasons vary, but most have a strong sentiment to move forward by working with what we have and fix or expand as absolutely necessary. Most are concerned over the cost, not only the cost of the building, but the cost of additional land, additional administration, and additional maintenance. And they have concern over how it was determined whether our facilities are educationally adequate or not. Of course my representation of any voter is dependent on informed feedback and one of my interests as a new town councilor is to make more readily available the recordings of Town Council meetings. So, until the town website is in a position to ever do so, I have made available the audio of this particularly important meeting on the website. Please take a moment to listen to all or a portion of it to help you start to judge for yourself this potential land purchase. What else do you feel you need to know to help make a decision if this purchase goes to referendum? Please let me know at or (860) 8284555. David Evans Berlin Town Council

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CONTACT US Advertising: ........................(860) 828-6942 News and Sports: ...............(860) 828-6942 Fax: .......................................(860) 829-5733 Marketplace:.......................(877) 238-1953 Published every Thursday. Delivered by mail to all of the homes and businesses in the two ZIP codes serving Berlin – 06037 and 06023. The Berlin Citizen is published by the Record-Journal Publishing Co. General Manager – Michael F. Killian

Government Meetings Monday, Dec. 21 Mattabassett District, 245 Main St., Cromwell, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 Water Control Commission, Town Hall Room 8, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 5 Inland/Wetlands Commission, Town Hall Room 8, 7 p.m. Town Council, Town Hall Council Chambers, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12 Conservation Commission, Town Hall, room 6, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Library Board room, 7 p.m. Housing Authority, Marjorie Moore Village, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 Parks & Recreation Commission, Community Center, 7 p.m.

An expression of gratitude

To the editor: First Fridays of every month, since August, has been reserved for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Stonebridge Clubhouse. The Mass celebrant is the Rev. Edmund S. Nadolny “Fr. Ed”, Pastor of the Sacred Heart R.C. Church in East Berlin. The Mass is regularly attended by a group of about 30 residents. Celebrating the Mass on location has inspired several residents with renewed faith in the Catholic Church. Handicapped residents physically unable to attend church are particularly appreciative of Fr. Ed’s celebration of the Eucharist on location. After a 20 minute conservation with Fr. Ed, I returned to the church, after not attending on a regular basis for about 25 years. Now, I attend Mass regularly and my life has never been more fulfilled. I find Fr. Ed inspirational and exceedingly motivating. It’s not coincidence that Sacred Heart Church was voted the best place of worship in East Berlin for 2009. He once confessed that the priesthood is the only job he knows and he does it exceptionally well with unmatched dedication, zeal and humility. This is evident in his incessant quest to bring Christ to all people for the past 50 years. We are grateful to you, Fr. Ed, for constantly reinforcing our belief in the church and in our Lord, Jesus Christ. A blessed Christmas to you, Fr. Ed. Joseph LoPreiato Berlin

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Thursday, December 17, 2009 — The Berlin Citizen

Letters Continued from page 18

A heartless act To the editor: My granddaughter, Jamie Barber’s purse was stolen in the gym locker room at Berlin High School. I am Jamie’s grandmother with whom she lives. It is a Coach purse worth quite a bit of money and was given to her as a birthday gift. In her purse were items which were sentimental to her including her mother’s picture in a locket keychain. Jamie’s mother passed away five years ago at the age of 37 of breast cancer. Jamie has been shattered enough in her life and now we must buy new glasses, her driving permit, ballet slippers, house keys, etc. I had to change the locks to my house, pay for the permit, buy new eye glasses, let alone the locket with her mother’s picture on a key chain, which meant a lot to her. She carried this locket at all times. To whoever stole Jamie’s purse, you have put me through quite a bit of expense. Have some mercy on Jamie. If anyone has information, I would appreciate it if you could give information to the Berlin High School main office. Ida Stefanou Berlin

Lions Club thanks supporters To the editor: The Berlin Lions would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many patrons and supporters of our fundraising events. Without your help, support and generosity, we would not be able to help the following groups and organizations in the spirit of Lionism. Berlin High School salutatorian and valedictorian award, Berlin Lions annual four year scholarship for a Berlin student, Berlin UpBeat Youth organization, Berlin High School graduation party, Berlin Dolphin Swim Team and Berlin

FIRST, Berlin Midget Football and Boy Scouts of American, Berlin Babe Ruth and American Legion Post 68 baseball, Berlin Little League baseball and Challenger division, Lions Low Vision center and Fidelco, Berlin Boy and Girl Scout troop camperships, YMCA partner membership including Camp Sloper and children’s programs and The American Red Cross, Town of Berlin Fishing Derby and Camp Rising Sun, Berlin Children’s Fund and Manes and Motions, Berlin Lions Memorial pavilion for the Veterans Park, American School for the Deaf, Berlin’s four volunteer fire departments and Chris radio, Joslyn Diabetes Center and Strides, Connecticut Eye Research Foundation and Friends of Nursing, VIP fishing tournament for the blind, Lions Clubs International Foundation Sight First II, East Berlin Library and Children’s Home of Cromwell, Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Mahoney family and Hospital for Special Care, C. Howard Godding Award, CCARC, Oak Hill School, Boys State and Girls State and much more. The Berlin Lions Club

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The Buzz Around Berlin Citizens give generously The Berlin Citizen held a toy drive this holiday season and toys have overtaken the newsroom. The toys will be donated to the Social Services Department which will, in turn, get them to those less fortunate during this holiday season. The final day to drop off toys at The Citizen, 979 Farmington Ave. is Friday, Dec. 18 by 1 p.m.

Home Decoration winner The Berlin Junior Women’s Club, in conjunction with The Berlin Citizen, recently concluded its Holiday Home Decorating Contest. Laurie Satkowski at 222 Tollgate Rd. was the winner of first place and a $100 gift certificate. Satkowski’s home, pictured, was outlined in lights and she used her entire property to create a winter wonderland filled with lighted reindeer and other figures. Second place and a $50 gift certificate went to Joan Femc-Pawlowski at 66 Blue Hills Dr. and third place and a $25 gift certificate went to Barb Nanfito at 363 Percival Ave. In all, 13 houses asked to be judged by the panel. The Berlin Junior Women’s Club hopes to make this an annual event, so start planning for next year.

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Boys Basketball – BHS at Farmington, 7 p.m. Boy Scouts — Boy Scout Troop 24 meets Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. in rooms 1–3 at the community center. Troop 24 enjoys many activities and camping throughout the year. Stop in or call Joe Tedone at (860) 828-0255. Boys Scouts — Boy Scout Troop 41, sponsored and chartered by Bethany Covenant Church, meets Thursdays from 7:15 to 8:30

p.m. at Bethany Covenant. Boys 11 years and older are welcome to join Troop 41. For more information, call Scoutmaster Joe Greco at (860) 828-8579 or email Decorating – The Class of 2010 All Night Graduation Party is scheduled to work on decorations Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Willard School basement. Projects are available for all levels of talents. All adults are welcome. For more information, call (860) 828-7425.



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Berlin Historical Society Museum – The Berlin Historical Society Museum is scheduled to be open Saturday, Dec. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. If you missed the Holiday Fair, there is still time to shop for Berlin crockery, local honey, homemade jellies, DVDs, Berlin history books, ornaments, postcard books, attic treasures, holiday decorations and more. Be sure to view this year’s exhibits of vintage wedding gowns and paintings by noted Berlin artists before the museum closes for the season. The museum is located at the corner of Main and Peck Streets in Kensington. Wrestling – Berlin Invi-

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tational at BHS, 9 a.m. Indoor Track and Field – Hillhouse Invitational at Hillhouse, New Haven, 9:30 a.m. Ice Hockey – BHS vs. Wethersfield at Trinity College, 3:30 p.m.



Ice Hockey – BHS vs. Hall-Southington at Veteran’s Memorial, 7 p.m.



Boys Basketball – BHS vs. Maloney at Meriden, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball – BHS vs. Maloney at BHS, 7 p.m. Boys Swimming – BHS vs. Conard at Maloney Meriden, 3:45 p.m. Pasta supper – American Legion Post 68, 154 Porters Pass, schedules an all-you-can-eat pasta supper every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit scholarships, the fishing derby, the baseball team and more. For more information and cost, call the Post at (860) 828-9102 after5 p.m. Boy Scouts — Boy Scout Troop 256, chartered by the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, meets Tuesday evenings at the Kensington firehouse and camps monthly at a variety of places. For more information, call Ed Alicea, Scoutmaster, (860) 828-8693. Boy Scouts — Boy Scout Troop 44, chartered by the Berlin Lions, meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Bethany Covenant Church. Boys 11 to 18 are welcome. For more information, call Troop Committee Chair at (860) 829-1832.



















Boys Basketball – BHS at South Windsor, 7 p.m. Wrestling – BHS vs. Maloney at Meriden, 3:30 p.m. Ice Hockey – BHS vs. Housatonic-Northwestern at Newington Arena, 8 p.m.



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Troop 256 reunion – Troop 256 of Kensington will celebrate its 10 year anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department. All troop 256 alumni are invited for a rededication of the troop, refreshments and fellowship. Please bring your uniform for a troop reunion photo. Boys Basketball – BHS vs. South Windsor at BHS, 7 p.m.

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From Berlin to Broadway By Robert Mayer Managing Editor The distance from Berlin to Broadway is only about two hours. For Berlin native Laura Woyasz, however, the distance was considerably longer but also well worth the journey. Woyasz, a 1994 graduate of Berlin High School, has won a major role as “Glinda” in “Wicked” on Broadway after years of auditioning and touring as an actress. “I saw Wicked, decided I wanted to be in it, and started taking voice lessons with that goal in mind,” Woyasz said from her Manhattan apartment via e-mail (in an effort to save her voice.) “I went to an open call, and got passed up. The following year, I had an appointment for the ensemble, but it was for a dance role, I was passed up again. Soon after that I had an audition for the ensemble again, but this time it was a ‘singer role.’ I had been taking voice lessons again for a whole, year, and I got it. I was cast in the first national tour, in the ensemble and understudy for Glinda. “I toured for a year and a half then was asked to Stand By for the role of Glinda. This means I am no longer in the ensemble at all. My job is to go on for the lead, if she calls out sick. I don’t have a set schedule of when I go on. It is just random. I have been on a lot lately, as the grueling holiday schedule takes its toll on the actors. We have 12 shows in a row coming up to ensure that we can get Christmas day off.” Woyasz was an active student at Berlin High School and later in college. “I graduated BHS in 1994, I am old, and yes my sister (Theresa) and mom still live in the area,” she said. “I was a pretty active student I think. I was a cheerleader which was really my only form of dance training until I went to college. I loved learning those routines from Evelisa (Pulcini) Mayette. It kind of brought me out of my shell a little, and got me used to being in front of a crowd on a weekly basis. I was also always in Chorus which I loved, and I was also a member of the madrigal singers. Every year, what I looked forward to the most were the musicals Mr. Kelly directed, and I loved doing them. It was such a special time for me.” Robert Kelly remembers Woyasz fondly and has seen her both in Hartford with the touring show and on Broadway. “I had always wanted to do Brigadoon but we needed someone who could sing, dance and act and we never really had someone like that until Laura,” Kelly said. “She was also the lead in ‘Oklahoma.’ For her to go from that dark, dank stage at Berlin High School to Broadway is just nothing short of a miracle. “I told the people sitting next to me both times I saw her that I felt sorry for them because as she opens the show, Glinda opens the show in the bubble, I was crying, literally tears running down my face. Her voice was incredible, soaring over the orchestra. It was such a thrill for me.” After high school, Woyasz went to Shenandoah University which used to be called Shenandoah

Berlin native Laura Woyasz, top as Glinda the good witch in Wicked on Broadway, and bottom, current head shot. Conservatory of Music. She took four years of voice, piano, dance, acting, aural skills, sight singing, improvisation, music theory, music history, and history of theatre. From there it was New York City here I come! “I moved to NYC and started auditioning, well waiting in lines to audition since I was not a member of the acting union yet, and I had no agent,”

she said. “I would sometimes get to auditions at 6:30 am and wait outside the building to open, and try to get seen for something. I spent a lot of time waiting tables, and trying to get seen for an agent so I could stop waiting in lines and actually get appointments for auditions. Very slowly and little by little I started to get some acting work. I would get a job somewhere out of town, have to leave the waitress job I had for a while, go do a show somewhere in Florida for example, come back to New York, and have to get a new waitress job.” Her first big break came when she got the show James Joyce’s’ The Dead, and with it, her Actors Equity card, which meant I was then a member of the actors union. “That was so exciting,” she said. “Also, I was performing at the Kennedy Center. It was an amazing show, and a wonderful experience. The other cast members were stars, and I could not believe I was cast among them. Along the way there have been low points and frustration but Woyasz said she never put a time limit on it or had a Plan B. “Nothing in this career is easy, and there were a few years that I didn’t work in theatre at all,” she said. “I got my certification to teach yoga which is another passion of mine, but I never really had a plan B. I never put a limit on things. I never said ‘if I am not on Broadway by the time I am 30 I will do something else.’ I suppose that is good and bad in a way. I really wish I loved doing something else that I could just get a degree in, that was stable. “I have written a children’s book so that is something else I am interested in but acting is my first love and it’s tough to forget your first love.” Woyasz hasn’t forgotten where she came from, as she thanked Robert Kelly in her program from “Wicked.” “To have your name in a program of a Broadway play is about as good a feeling as you can have as an educator,” Kelly said. “We have had a few kids who have done some things and acted after high school but nothing like Laura and nothing at her level of success. She has earned it because of her hard work and persistence. I talked to her when she was in the touring company and she said she hadn’t been back to her apartment in Manhattan in over a year and a half. She has sacrificed to get where she is.” So what is next for the kid from Berlin? She has been re-signed until August with Wicked. After that, back to auditions. “That is the way with this career,” she said. “My long term goals are to originate a new role on the stage, or just to do a role instead of a ‘covering a role.’ I would also like to get into voice over work, and dip a toe in the TV world.” And just as she gets to do in her program, she gets to offer thank yous here as well. “Oh boy, I think I need to thank everyone for support, and guidance,” she said. “My family and friends are incredible. In Berlin, Mr. Kelly was pivotal, I learned how to sing, sing in harmony, sing solos, and it was my first exposure to Broadway music!! Those musicals at BHS, though they were only once a year, really made me decide this was the only thing I would pursue.”

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Berlin High School Winter Sports Previews

Expectations all over the board this season By Nick Carroll Sports Editor Last week, The Citizen previewed the Berlin High School girls basketball team. This week we take a look at BHS’s other winter sports teams.

The winter sports season at Berlin High school goes into full swing this week. Pictured, left: The BHS boys basketball team expects a lot out of Rich Conway, No. 22, this season. Pictured, below: Dan Cirullo, in red, is one of the BHS wrestling team’s most experienced combatants.

Boys basketball Coach: Mike Veneziano (first year). Assistants: John Capodice, Joe Serfass, Ryan Ott. Last year: Under the direction of first-year coach John Fote, the Redcoats garnered a 27th seed in the CIAC Class L state tournament and fell to sixth seed Lyman Hall, 70-51, in the opening round. The locals ended the year at 11-11. Fote stepped down last summer and was replaced by Veneziano, his former assistant. Key losses: Ryan Lee, Tim Cote, John McNair. This season: Berlin returns a varsity-tested core, highlighted by junior guards Max DeLorenzo (6-foot) and Rich Conway (6-foot). Last year DeLorenzo pumped in 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds per-game. Conway was good for 13 points and six assists pernight. Brian Malloy, a 6-foot-3 senior forward, is another key returnee. Malloy tallied eight points and seven rebounds per-game as a junior. Junior guard Mike Rector (5-foot-10) and senior forward Sean Sylvester (6-foot) are expected to contribute as well. Sophomore forward Bobby Mozzicato (6-foot-4) and sophomore center Tom Undercuffler (6-foot-2) are key newcomers. DeLorenzo, Conway and Sylvester will serve as team captains. Outlook: Coach Veneziano said his team is smart, athletic and hard-

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and placed 10th at the CIAC Class M state championships. Key losses: Kevin Moss (Class M, NWC champ), Jack Rudy (NWC champ), Justin Roncaioli (NWC champ), Ethan Berube. This season: Berlin lost a lot of talent to graduation, but the locals return some big meet-tested grapplers. Senior Jack Banks (171 pounds) and junior Mason Powers (215) were conference champions last year. Powers went on to finish sixth at the Class M meet. Junior teammate Shaun Sullivan (125) was third in Class M. Senior Dan Cirullo (103) was sixth. Rounding out the Redcoats’ roster are Kevin Pirrucci (112), Stephanie Colen (119), Andrew Soneson (130), Richard Mullins (135), Chad Keyworth (140), Will Matuszak (145), Mike Fiorillo (152), Anthony Squitieri (160), Eddy Periz (189) and Trey Thibeault (285). Outlook: Coach Tremblay has a strong core of wrestlers to lean on, and the Redcoats should be competitive at both the conference and state level. Tremblay said Bristol Central looks like the team to beat in the Central Connecticut Conference South Division.

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working. Also, the Redcoats have some proven scoring threats. But the locals are young and don’t have much in the way of height. Still, Berlin appears to have what it takes to turn in a .500 season. Bulkeley and Middletown are pegged as the teams to

beat in the Central Connecticut Conference South Division. “We will have to take our game to another level to compete night in and night out in the CCC, and although the CCC will be a big challenge, it is one we welcome,” Veneziano said.

Wrestling Coach: Dave Tremblay (third year, 39-13). Assistants: Barbara Breslin, B.J. Madey, Dan Madey, Shane Day. Last year: The Redcoats claimed the Northwest Conference regular season title

Coach: Eileen Thurston (fifth year, 27-27). Assistant: Jenn Backus. Last year: The Redcoats finished fourth at the Nutmeg League championships and 13th at the CIAC Class M meet. Key losses: Dan Weathers, Justin Damato. This season: Berlin returns a solid core, highlighted by senior Andrew Thurston (All-State in the 500 freestyle, State Open qualifier in the 500 freestyle, 200 in-

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dividual medley) and junior Kevin Kozikowski (All-State in the 100 butterfly, State Open qualifier in the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle). Other big meet-tested athletes back this year are seniors Brian Quinn (state qualifier), Kevin La (state qualifier), Josh Zaniewski (state qualifier), Stephen Switzer and Ted Benoit, and juniors Josh Paradis (state qualifier) and Vinny Fischer (state qualifier). Also, the team welcomes several promising newcomers. Thurston, Quinn and Switzer will serve as team captains. Outlook: The Redcoats have lots of proven point-getters. And Coach Thurston is thrilled with the work ethic and determination she has seen from her athletes. But, as usual, the locals have no pool to call their own, which will limit their practice time. However, Coach Thurston

believes Berlin can finish at the top of the pack in the Central Connecticut Conference South Division. Middletown and Bulkeley look tough as well. “I am looking forward to a fantastic season with a great group of guys. They are working very hard already and are a determined group who want to meet our goal of winning the CCC South,” Coach Thurston said. “H-2-O: Two parts heart, one part obsession is our motto.”

Hockey Coach: Dave Harackiewicz (17th year). Assistants: Lou Grubin, Paul Helenski, Craig Lewis. Last year: The first-year Newington/Berlin co-op struggled early on, but found its footing as the season wore on. The team earned an 11th seed in the CIAC Division III state tournament and fell to third seed Staples-Weston, 52, in Round 2. Key loss: A.J. Grocki, Newington (leading scorer). This season: Newington/Berlin returns a great deal of talent and is looking


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The Berlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame has unveiled its inaugural class. Entering the Hall of Fame will be, from the 1939-1960 era: Richard Patterson, Victor Baccaro, Phil Tinsley, Anthony Legnani, Henry Mora and Gary Waslewski. From the 1961-1980 era: Paul Baretta. And from the 1981-2000 era: Pam Wallace, Deb Larson, Robyn Trevethan, Adam Legnani Salina and Edward Hrubiec. Also being inducted into the Hall are coaches Don Bates and Bill Gibney and assistant coaches Art Kevorkian Sr. and Roy Fabian. This week, The Citizen takes a look at the athletic career of Anthony Legnani. Anthony Legnani was a three-sport athlete at Berlin High School, graduating in 1951. He was co-captain of the football and basketball team. His senior year, the basketball team lost in the state finals and ran up a record of 18-3, which was the most wins a BHS sports team had registered up to that point. Also, Legnani was a member of the 1950 baseball team which won the Central Valley Conference with a 90 record. That team went on to play in the state tournament and ended the year with a mark of 11-2. Legnani was awarded the Richard E Patterson Jr. Memorial Award and the Babe Ruth Foundation Sportsmanship Award at graduation. He went on to play basketball and fast-pitch softball in the famed New Britain Industrial League. In 1953, Legnani served his country in the Korean War in the Army. He was stationed in Okinawa and played basketball and fast-pitch softball for the Rycom Ordinance Team. Legnani returned to Berlin in 1955 and would play for many area fast-pitch softball teams. Also, he spent three years as an assistant basketball coach at St. Paul Middle School. In 1983, the team ran up an undefeated record of 32-0 and won the state and New England championship. Now 76, Legnani enjoys playing in a bocce league, weekly golf outings with friends, and a daily three-mile walk.

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Berlin Bears Midget Football and Cheer Board of Directors will be electing new officers. Anyone interested in a position on the board or a committee should contact Doug Lojko at (860) 828-8087 or Bob DeFrancesco at (860) 798-7867.


Thursday, December 17, 2009 — The Berlin Citizen

The celebration continues for state champs Monday morning, the Berlin High School football team, the 2009 CIAC Class M state champion, traveled to the state capitol to meet with Governor M. Jodi Rell. Surrounded by the champs, Governor Rell issued a proclamation, stating, in part: “This is a tremendous distinction that I am certain you will carry with pride and honor. The Berlin High School football team made history in the Town of Berlin with its 46-6 victory over the Bethel High School football team. The entire community has gained from the Redcoats’ outstanding season and the first state football championship in school history. I commend your perseverance and dedication to the sport of football. The remarkable teamwork and contributions from all team members are true testaments to the entire team’s talents, hard work and enthusiasm. You are all fine representatives of the State of Connecticut and it is an honor to join

with your families and friends in recognizing and rejoicing in your championship season.” The night before meeting Governor Rell, the BHS foot-

ball team was honored at a banquet at the Hawthorne Inn. The team was presented gold medals, and the seniors received framed jerseys, along with photos and T-

shirts. Also at the banquet, a highlight video of the season was played along with a video tribute to the seniors. And if the BHS football community doesn’t have

enough to be proud about, this week it was announced that BHS football coach John Capodice was chosen Coach of the Year by the National Football Foundation.

Berlin High Wins 1st State Championship! We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our boys for their recent victory. Do you think they deserve a special celebration?

We do! Are you a Berlin Football Alumni, High School Football Fan, Resident or Friend of a current or former player and are willing to lend a hand? We are asking for your help in the way of a donation to purchase championship memorabilia for “OUR” boys and to hold a special celebration to be announced soon! Please send donations by February 1st to: Berlin Alumni Football PO Box 174, Berlin CT 06037 1141056

Thank You, Berlin Alumni Football Championship Committee Contact Tony Marsiglia at 860-828-3894 or Mike Tavarozzi at 860-828-1379


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Coach: Josh Rosek (seventh year). Assistant: Rich Rosek. Last year: The BHS girls finished fourth at the Northwest Conference championship meet and ninth at the CIAC Class M state meet. The BHS boys finished fifth at the Northwest Conference championship meet and landed in 24th place at the CIAC Class M state meet. Key losses: Kelly Wilcox (distance), Mary Dickerson (distance), Kevin Parnell (sprints). This season: The Berlin girls welcome back a solid core, highlighted by Nikki Kureczka. The senior was All-State in the 55 last season

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and was first in the 300 at the NWC meet. Other proven performers returning for the Lady Redcoats include sophomore Kaylene Sylvain (1,600), junior Jen Rector (600), sophomore Madison Tavarozzi (relays), junior Jessica Lavoie (relays) and sophomore Lisa Andreana (relays). Kureczka teamed up with Tavarozzi, Andreana and Lavoie to win the 200 relay at last year’s NWC meet. On the boys side, Berlin returns a strong core in seniors Taylor Tavarozzi (55, relays), Dave Campagna (55, relays), Ian VanderGulik (55, relays), Kyle Connolly (relays), Ricky Lewandowski (1,600), Nick Deloia (shot put) and Steve Nelson (shot put). Deloia and Nelson finished first and second respectively in shot put at the 2009 NWC meet. Outlook: Both the boys and girls teams are young,


but they have some experience to lean on. The girls should generate a lot of points in sprints and relays, while the boys look strong in shot put and distance events.

With some proven pointgetters back this winter, Coach Rosek expects to be competitive in the Central Connecticut Conference South Division. “Both the boys and the

girls teams will be very young,” Rosek said. “With hard work and a consistent effort we will improve and hope to be competitive in the conference.”

Youth Sports Wrestling The Traveling Minutemen opened their season with a 5224 road win over Hartford. The Minutemen came out of the gate strong, getting a pinfall victory by Isaac Myers (57 seconds). Next came a pin by Josh Veleas (2:59). Anthony Myers then earned an 11-1 decision. Minutemen Joseph Pettinelli, Matt Cote and Michael Patterson went on to win by forfeit. From there, Zachary Veleas earned a pin (31 seconds), Jared Zima won 9-3, Richie Schlichting came up with a quick 31-second pin and Ryan Ogden came from behind to win 6-5. Winning exhibition matches for the Minutemen were Daniel Veleas (15-3), Ryan DeVivo (pin, 1:21), Joseph Pettinelli (pin, 2:29), Michael Patterson (pin, :57), Matt Cote (9-5) and Ryan Ogden (pin, 2:01).

Ryan DeVivo took second place in the 95-pound weight class at State College, Pennsylvania’s Thanksgiving Classic. DeVivo is pictured at the tournament with Olympic gold medalist Ken Chertow.

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Statue at State Capitol memorializes Berlin resident By Daniel Jackson Special to The Citizen

You can see the statue driving past on Capitol Avenue. On the south lawn of the State Capitol it stands in an upright, almost stiff posture, the figure looks as though it was pausing before continuing in a speech. The statue is of Richard Hubbard, who was born in Berlin

and has an elementary school named in his honor. Richard Hubbard grew from the child of simple farmers to one of the most influential men of his period, hence the stature honoring him on the state capitol grounds. Hubbard was born in East Berlin to Lemuel and Elizabeth Hubbard on Sept. 7, 1818. For the first six years of his life, Hubbard lived a nor-

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Hubbard Continued from page 28 When Hubbard lived, he was most widely known to the general public for his skill in public speaking. Today, we recognize him for his political career. Very few of his speeches have been preserved for us so we have no idea how much of an impact he made as an orator. Hubbard led a varied and interesting career in politics. He was first elected to state legislature in 1842 to represent East Hartford. After that, he became Hartford’s prosecuting attorney. In 1867 he went to Washington to represent Connecticut in congress. But he didn’t like it there so he only stayed for one term. After that, he was elected Governor in 1876 where he served one term. This was his last time serving in a political role. Hubbard’s greatest political act happened while he

was governor. In his first state of the state address to the legislature, he spoke about the issue of woman’s rights and requested that that the Connecticut legislatures pass a bill giving women more freedom. “In 1870 I presented a bill to the Connecticut Legislature,” wrote Isabella Beecher Hooker in her autobiography, “making husband and wife equal in property rights and persisted in its passage without avail through succeeding legislatures until 1877. Governor Richard D. Hubbard was an intimate friend of my husband and myself and had become much interested in our cause. He requested Mr. Hooker to draft a bill for a public act remedying the injustice. The bill was passed in 1877 and still holds its place in the statute book without material change.” This law giving property rights to women, along with many such state laws across America, was one of the first steps in giving woman

the right to vote. If we compare Hubbard’s political career with many other politicians, we notice that he wasn’t aggressive in the political arena. And we may wonder why he didn’t try to run for president or attempt to land a cushy job in Washington. According to his obituary, “Mr. Hubbard lacked ambition; he had no fondness for appearing before the public; no desire for office or honor. He loved the quiet of his library and the company at table and fireside of cultivated and congenial friends. In all this he was somewhat too ready to seek his ease, but he rose up manfully to meet the demands of any clear public duty.” So, when he felt his duty was performed, he tried to slip back to his private life. Unfortunately for Hubbard, he performed his duty so well that he was continually called to other posts. After Hubbard finished politics for good, he retired to his law firm where he

practiced law until he was 66 when he contacted Brights disease. The condition was complicated with blood poisoning. He died Feb. 28, 1884. Two years after Hubbard died, George Sargeant left $5,000 dollars to make a statue of Hubbard. Karl Gerhart, a sculptor, was commissioned to form a statue of bronze. It was unveiled to the public on June 9, 1890. So the statue stands, and will continue to stand, on the north lawn of our state capitol to memorialize a great man, Richard Hubbard of Berlin.

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Parks and Recreation Programs

The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the following programs. Classes meet at the Community Center, unless otherwise noted. For more information and class fees, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 828-7009. Fit Toddlers - For 2 and 3 year olds. Classes meet Mondays 9:30-10:15 a.m., Tuesdays 9:30-10:15 a.m. or Fridays. Classes start the week of January 4. Sports Jam - For 3 and 4 year olds. Classes meet Mondays 10:30-11:15 a.m., Tuesdays 10:30-11:15 a.m. or Fridays 10:30-11:15 a.m. Classes start the week of January 4. Dance Class - Dance classes meet on Fridays at the Community Center. Ages 3-5 year olds meet from 3 to 3:30 p.m.; ages 5 to 7 meet

from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Classes start on Jan. 8 for eight classes. Cartooning for Kids Classes meet Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. For ages 8-13, limit of 12. Starts Jan. 5. Deadline to register is Tuesday, Dec. 29. Karate - Little Ninja’s, ages 4-6, meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m. for eight weeks, starting Jan. 12. Beginners, ages 7-12, meet Mondays 5:30-6:15 p.m. and Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m. for 8 weeks, starts January 11. Both classes meet at First Class Martial Arts and Fitness, 1456 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin. Prior registrants not eligible to register. Deadline to register Jan. 7. Performing Arts Inc., Mondays, Feb. 8 through March 29. No class Feb. 15. Seven weeks. Grades K - 2:

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Winter recycling center hours The Recycling Center winter hours through March 1 are as follows: Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on alternating weekends (Jan. 2, 16, and 30, and Feb 13 and 27). Please note that the recycling center will be closed for the remaining Saturdays in December.

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Scholastic achievements

Allison Sullivan of Berlin was named to the Suffield Academy honor roll for the fall term. Kelly J. Foy of Berlin has been recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at the University of Connecticut.


The Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance is accepting applications from high school seniors for the seventh annual Bohdan Kolinsky Memorial Journalism Scholarship. The award is $1,000. Applications must be received by Jan. 25, 2010. Named for a longtime scholastic sports editor of the Hartford Courant who died in 2003, the Kolinsky Scholarship supports college study leading to a career in

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St.Paul honor roll St. Paul School has announced its first quarter honor roll. High honors Grade 8: Michael Edmiston, Ryan Gadea, Gina Iozzo, Katherine Roux. Grade 7: Kaitlin Moriarty, Lindsey Paszczuk. Grade 6: Jonathan Galati. Honors

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All Night graduation party Reflective Sign Sale The Berlin High School Class of 2010 All Night Graduation Committee has blue reflective house signs for mailboxes for sale. You’ve seen them all over Berlin. These reflective signs can help emergency responders quickly locate your house in the case of an emergency. They’re simple to install. Great gifts for family and friends everywhere! For more information and cost, call Kellie Nygren at (860) 829-9304. BHS Redcoat blanket sale The Berlin High School Class of 2010 All Night Graduation Committee has BHS Redcoat blankets for sale. It’s a great way to show team spirit, and they make excellent holiday gifts. For more information, call Lynn Schreiner at (860) 828-8660. Decoration work sessions Decorating for the Class of 2010 Berlin High School Graduation is scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Willard Elementary School basement. Many projects are available for all abilities and talents. All adults are welcome. Co-chairs are Tina Doyle and Mary Salimeno. For more information, call (860) 828-7425. Fundraiser The Berlin High School Class of 2010 All Night Graduation Committee has partnered with Debbie Alderman, Silpada Design representative. For more information, call (860) 582-9228.

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Olivia Jacques, Aidan Jones, Wojciech Kajzer, Julia Kemmling, Christopher Kingsbury, Logan Kissane, Cassandra Knopf, Kade Lamontagne, Megan Leary, Megan Leavenworth, Stephanie Lesmes, Adam Litwinko, Emily Lombardo, Tristan Luddy, Geoffrey Main, Victoria Marino, Ashely Markow, Zachary Martin, Kayla Maslowski, Robert Mazurek, Landon Murphy, Jakub Nowak, Michael Nowik, Mackenzie O’Connor, Samuel Papacoda, Jake Parise, Nidhi Patel, David Perduta, Kirsten Petry, Gregory Philippon, Thomas Petruszewski, Kevin Pinto, Mitchell Pitkin, Evan Psillas, Mackenzie Recck, Anna Reyes, Emma Rivera, Bryan Rozanski, Kevin Rulka, Adam Rustico, Kayla Sagan, Michael Sauvron, Anthony Scalzi, Marisa Silva, Abby Simmone, John Stafstrom, Melissa Stanton, Ryan Stefens, Dylan Stetson, Sean Sullivan, Daniela Sznaj, Maxmillion Sznaj, Dannia Szymanski, Logan Taricani, Theodora Tomasitis, Hunter Tralli, Lauren Trzasko, Danielle Varley, Zachary Varley, Zachary Veleas, Robert Veneziano, Brenden Vessichio, Allison Walsh, Sarah Ward, Katherine Wicander, Kyle Wollman, Derek Yoder. Grade 8 — Alessandra Armetta, Christopher Armetta, Nathaniel Aroian, Noah Bergren, Charlotte Black, Matthew Bogden, Joseph Bombassei, Marisa Bonola, Brian Bostrom, Madison Boyer, Courtney Brennan, Steven Burns, Brenton Cantliffe, Samantha Carbonell, Jaime Clark, Bryana Colasanti, Kasondra Colasanti, Michelle Corriveau, Matthew Cote, Matthew Crenella, Melanie Crim, Colin Cunningham, Daniel Dabkowski, Angie Davila, Olivia Dellaquila, Jenna DelVecchio, Anthony Duong, Alexis Duquette, Savannah Dziob, Emily Ference, Silas Fischer, Austin Forauer, Natalie Garcia, Brian Gennaro, Daniel Giardina, Daren Grabowski, Kyle Greenough, Ethan Greider, Evan Hansen, Ahmad Hassan, Keli Jacobsen, Haley Jamrog, Melissa Johnson, Leena Kader, Olivia Kajda, Luke Karoll, Eric Kemmling, Brian Kennure, Gregory Konowski, Andrij Kouts, Jordan Kradas, Kristopher Langevin, Martyna Laszcz, Austin Lawrence, Ryan Lea, Erin Lev-

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Berlin Brief Grocery store receipts

Toy donations Family Chiropractic & Nutrition is a drop off location for new, unwrapped toys to benefit the New Britain Salvation Army. Donations are accepted at 363 New Britain Rd. through Friday, Dec. 18.

Hubbard Elementary School is collecting Roger’s Marketplace receipts for the Educational Edge Program. The receipts are submitted for school supplies. Send receipts to Diana Bisson, c/o Kyle Bisson, Room S1.

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Wishing the residents and business owners of Berlin, along with my clients, business associates & friends, a blessed holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year!

$174,900. Beautiful 2 BR, 2 BA Ranch unit at Kensington Woods. FP’d living room, carport, lovely private patio!



ERA SARGIS-BREEN REAL ESTATE 898 Farmington Avenue Berlin, CT 06037 860-690-8869 - Cell 860-828-8352 - Fax

sky, Taylor Strobino, Timothy Synnott, Benjamin Tencza, Benjamin Tomascak, David Tran, Matthew Trevethan, Dante Vasi, Ryan Vernlund, Danielle Veronneau, Megan Wilcox, Samuel Woodin, Elizabeth Woznica.

2009 RESULTS!!!! Steve has SOLD his homes on average in 2 bedroom Condo on 42 days and for 97.2% first floor. Complex has of the LIST PRICE! p o o l , t e n n i s a n d If you’re looking for clubhouse, cair, close to RESULTS call Steve for a FREE market everything. $129,000. analysis 829-0313 x22. NEWINGTON




3 bedroom Ranch with open floor plan with hardwood floors, cair, sits on .84 acs., large eat-in kitchen, deck overlooks private backyard, $259,000.

55+ community built by Toll Brothers. Open floor plan with deck off family rm. which overlooks your private backyard. Large eat-in kitchen, 2 car garage, built 2006. $349,000.

3 bedroom brick Ranch on over 1/2 ac. remodeled kitchen, cair, p a t i o, oversized 3 car garage, walkout basement, all of this for $239,000.


532 New Britain Rd. Kensington • 828-0377


NEW BRITAIN - $189,900



Don’t miss this GREAT BUY!! Cute, clean, bright, and open! 3 BR, 1 1/2 BA, new kitchen w/Corian, HW throughout, new chimney, pellet stove, CA, great yard!! REDUCED!! $213,500.

Newly remodeled Cape in move-in condition! 2 week old siding, New Roof, windows, tile, hardwood Floors, covered back porch, shed, hot tub, patio, nicely landscaped yard, security system and much more. $189,900

A must see home in exclusive Crystal Falls Subdivision. 4 BR home with open foyer, fireplaced great room with deck, great room is open to the kitchen, walkout basement, 2nd floor laundry. So much to offer for $539,900. Directions: Savage Hill to Circlewood to Clockshop, end of Cul-de-sac, look for signs to Crystal Falls.

3 BR, 2 BA Raised Ranch Style home with fenced-in yard. 12x12 sunroom, 11x17 deck, new carpeting in living room w/Fireplace. Must see for Only $214,900.




“Building Foundations of Trust”

860-828-7877 Guess What! Santa found our new home and we hope you do too! 951 Farmington Ave., Berlin, CT 06037 1141149

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


Derek Jutras Broker/Owner







Amazing architecture. Former school for teachers built in 1882. Exquisite detail throughout beautiful home & bldg. 12 ft. ceilings, dramatic doorways, 8’ wndws., wd. flrs., newer mechanicals, Cair, updated kit. & BA, 3 chandeliers. Great location. Walk to Walnut Hill Park..$139,900. Derek Jutras 860 883-7091.

$299,900. Immaculate 3 bdrm. Dutch Colonial w/neutral décor on cul-de-sac. Eat-in kitchen, FP living room, 1st flr. laundry, finished basement. New roof, siding, windows and more...Trex deck overlooks level 3/4 acre private yard. Angie Santoro 214-6384.

$215,000! 1/2-acre level lot, oversized 2-car garage, huge master BR, wood floors throughout, FP living room. CAIR, plus sun porch! Just move in! By appt. with Betsy Cooney 966-4296. Directions: Percival Ave to Hartland Terrace

Glenn Oaks. Nice updated home with new flooring and freshly painted walls. 2 bdrms., 1.5 BA, f ireplace, walk-in closets in both bdrms. Short walk to pool & tennis & basketball courts. $164,900. Angie Santoro 214-6384.


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, December 17, 2009


A walk in the woods

place 203.238.1953

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LOST & FOUND IMPOUNDED Spaniel, male. Vicinity Chamberlain Highway. Call Berlin Animal Control (860) 828-7055 LOST Cat Small grey female. Vicinity of Mellor Road and Kondracki Lane, Wallingford. Answers to Smokey. If seen, please call 203-430-8507

Daisy Troop 66501 from Griswold Elementary School recently visited the New Britian Youth Museum at Hungerford Park for a nature walk. Daisy members pictured, from left: Julia Ortega, Karissa Deegan, Olivia Jaye, Carly Grega, Madeline Palmese, Jenna Zup, Marissa Barile, Jayden Botta, Ally DePinto, Olivia Liistro, Sophia Dombrowski, Cailin Holt and Kelly Kozlowski.

Computer savvy ladies Berlin Brownie Troop 66381 took a field trip to The Apple Store recently to learn about Mac computers and earn the Point, Click & Go Computer TryIt badge. Troop members pictured: McKenna Evans, Madison Monroe, MacKenzie Nadeau, Sherilyn Tyburski, Emily Caracoglia, Alexa Monroe, MacKenzie DiMauro, and Mikayla Mancini.

LOST- Green Amazon Parrot w/ yellow head on Wednesday, March 25 from 156 Sherman Avenue, Meriden. Responds to Kelby, speaks English & Spanish. REWARD if returned. Call (203) 630-2426/(203)427-3946



HONDA CRV 1998 Black with grey interior, auto, AWD, CD player, air, 129,800 mi. Privacy glass tints. Reliable vehicle. $4,500/OBO. Call 203-235-5164 NISSAN Maxima 1986 $1850 NISSAN Altima 1998 $1950 AUDI A4 1997 $2750 Ford Taurus 1996 $1750 All in great cond & very clean (203) 213-1142

NISSAN SENTRA S 2009 4 Door, 6-Speed Automatic. 5,540 miles #11451A $29,995 (203) 238-1100

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.


Brownies donate dinner Troop 66232 compiled enough food to complete a Thanksgiving Day meal for a local family. Troop members pictured are Emma Arroyo, McKenzie Cyr, Jillian Parmelee, Lindsay Walsh, Danielle Messina, Julia Ladd, Kelsei Zliczewski, Emma Klepacki, Shanna Lennehan, Melanie Bosco and Nikki Baedor. Missing from the picture is Kate Rochette.

FORD FOCUS 2006 4 Door SE AC/CD player 50k Miles, GOOD on gas Excellent condition $5,000.00 Please call 203 317-2252

4 door, AWD. Auto 5 Speed. V6 30,727 mi. Stock# 10104114U $14,995 (860) 347-6355

HYUNDAI SONATA GLS 2008 4 door, FWD. Automatic, 4 Cyl. 27,685 mi. #1364 $13,990 (860) 344-9916

TOYOTA Camry Solara 2005 Black, 2 door, Convertible, FWD, Auto 5 Spd, 77,546 mi. 3.3L V6. Stock# P07756U. $13,995 (860) 347-6355


Thursday, December 17, 2009 — The Berlin Citizen AUTOMOBILES ROBERTS CHRYSLER DODGE Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles. 120 So. Broad St, Meriden, CT 203-235-1111


TRUCKS & VANS GMC Sierra 2000 8’ Bed with Cap. V8, 5 spd, manual. Asking $6900 or best offer. Calle= (203) 265-1664



5 PIECE Bedroom Set Queen Bed. $350. Call 860-621-3301 CASH And/Or Tax deduction for your vehicle. Call

The Jewish Childrens Fund


Free Towing! BRONCO Eddie Bauer 1995 Black/tan. 112K miles. Runs strong. No leaks. PW/AC/PL Good shape. New parts. $1,550 OBO. Call 203-235-1013 or 203-675-5007.


Ford Explorer XLT 2008 4 Door Extended Cab Truck V6, 5-Speed Automatic 38,310 mi # 11548 $22,995 (203) 238-1100

4 door, 4X4, SUV, 4 Spd Auto w/OD, 8 Cylinders, # 1311. 93,847 mi $12,990 (860) 344-9916

DODGE Dakota Sport 1998 4x4 Extra Cab & Cap. Automatic. Tow package. Just passed emissions. Good cond. Asking $2,900. 203-317-0176



ABSOLUTELY Beautiful Brand New Pug Puppies For Christmas. Special price - $800. Can be delivered to the home on Christmas Day. 203-213-5189 HONDA Element 2007 SUV. 6cyl. Auto. Bluetooth capable. CD player. Air cond. Airbags. Rear camera. Remote start. Pwr. locks. Floor mats. Fog lights. 29K mi. $18,500. Call Scott 860-681-1056

DODGE Grand Caravan 2001 Minivan 6cyl, Auto, Silver, ABS Brakes,77m miles. Good Condition. $4100. 203-265-1863

AKC Labrador retriever puppies. Black (f) $700, yellow (m) $800 & chocolate (m) $900. King Cavalier Spaniels - Bleiham color. 5 males, $1000 each. Shots & wormed. Raised with children. Ready for Christmas. 203-631-9386 AKC Siberian Huskys F-white w/blue eyes. M-blk & white, 10mo old. All up to date shots, spay/neuter. Will hold/deliver Xmas. $650/ea. 203-537-1888

Lincoln Navigator 2007 Premium

Ford F250 XL 2004

TIRES- Goodyear Ultra Grip GW3, size P235/55R17, BRAND NEW. Never used. $95 firm for pair. Call 860-966-8338

2 SKIDOOS and Triton trailer. Both 1995, 583cc, red, low mileage, Formula STX and Formula Z. NEVER left outside. Absolute mint condition. Custom covers. $4800. (203) 238-2110

Chevrolet Tahoe LS 2003

4 door, 6 speed auto 39,336 mi # 11546 $39,995 (203) 238-1100


BOXERS, Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Labs, Pit Bulls, Shi-Poos, Daschund, Poodle, Poms, Yorkies, Poodle mixes. $250+ 860-930-4001 COCKER Spaniel Puppies 3 Males. 1 Black & Silver. 1 Silver & Black. 1 Brown & White. $300 ea. Purebreds, no papers. Parents on site. (203) 265-6843

2 door, 4X4, Automatic, 8 Cyl, Stock # 1312. 100,865 mi. $14,990 (860) 344-9916

GE electric range (model # EER2000CO4CC) and matching NuTone Allure exhaust hood (model # WS1), bisque colored, for sale. Both are in good condition. We are asking $250 for the pair, but will consider selling them individually. Also for sale is the coordinating side-by-side refrigerator freezer. Please call 203-294-9833 if interested. Happy Holidays! LIGHT Wood kitchen table w/12 chairs. Exc cond. $125. Dresser w/9 drawers. Good cond. $50. Mirrored Canopy waterbed. Dark wood. several drawers for storage. King size waterbed /mattress. Sacrifice $1000 - pd over $4000. Miscellaneous chairs, some computer/office negotiable. (203) 949-9374 POWER Lift and recline chair, Golden Tech, blue. New $1300, will sell for $650, never used. Queen sleeper sofa. Exc. cond, blue/green plaid, $150. Call (203) 235-4824

Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators & Stoves CLEAN Will Deliver (203) 284-8986

WOOD, FUEL & HEATING EQUIPMENT SEASONED firewood, pickup or local delivery. Cut & split. Approx 16-18in. $225/cord; $135/half cord. 203-294-1775. SEASONED firewood, pickup or local delivery. Cut & split. Approx 16-18in. $225/cord; $135/half cord. 203-294-1775.



Call (203) 238-3308

Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome

SWORDS Helmets, Daggers, Fighting Knives, Flags, Medals, etc.

4 CUSTOM COUNTER STOOLS Black fan back with tan suede cushion seats. $1200 new - asking $400. (860) 788-3940

NISSAN FRONTIER LE 2006 Automatic, Grey, King Cab, 4X4, Exc. Cond, Trailer Pkg, Bed Extender, A/C, all power, 86K, $15,900 (860)378-0132

TOYOTA 4Runner 2006 V6 Utility, 4D Sport 4WD, 4.0 L , Automatic. #1388A $19,991 Comes with a 3 yr, up to 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. (203) 269-2323

ARIENS Zero turn, 36in cut. $1,250. Excellent condtion! Low usage. Call 203-715-6530

SNOW BLOWERS/THROWERS NISSAN Pickup 1998 4x4, Extra Cab. 5 Speed. Tool box. Excellent condition. Asking $2,700. 203-907-7296

ARIENS 7X24 Snowblower, 12 years old, recently tuned-up, electric start, $450, call Jerry, (203) 213-5283

WOOD, FUEL & HEATING EQUIPMENT Absolutely All Hardwood 24 mo. seasoned, cut, split & delivered. $250/cord.



HOT TUB 2005, 6 person with 21 jets and waterfall. Chemical-free Aquaclara purification system. Leveling pad and lift cover included. $2,500 or best offer. Call 203-238-4515. HOT TUB 6 person, 35 jets,3 pumps w/all options, full warr, NEW in wrapper cost $7000 sell $3800 203-988-9915


HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden- Big beautiful 4BR house w/large yard. 2 baths. Just renovated. 89 Amity St. $1575 + utils. Avail. immed. (203) 938-3789 MERIDEN 5BR, 3 1/2 Baths, Kitchen, LR, DR. Patio, Deck. $1400 plus utilities. 860-3772381 or 860-873-8771 WALLINGFORD Large 3 bdrm house. L/R & D/R w/wood flrs, Kit w/appliances, 1-1/2 baths, full bsmt. $1200/ mo+1mo dep. 203-848-6474.

1-2 ITEMS Silverware, china, glass, furniture, 50’s items, whole estates.

$ ALWAYS BUYING! $ 1 item to entire estate! Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 South Orchard St. Wallingford. Mon-Sat. 9:30-4:30.

ANTIQUES WANTED - 1 Item or an Estate. Estate sale service provided. Seeking: Meridenmade items, lamps, paintings. Call Todd Shamock 203-237-3025

Cash Paid For All Types of COSTUME JEWELRY Especially Napier 203-464-0477

Buying Silverplate, Glass, Furn, music instruments, china, art, collectibles. 1 item to estate.

OLD BICYCLES Don’t throw away that old bike. Hobbyman needs your help. Free pickup! Bikes will be recycled. Help save a bike! 203-494-9641


SEASONED Firewood Delivered. Great price. (203) 272-4216 SEASONED FIREWOOD Split. Ready for delivery. $235/ cord. Discounts over three cords. (203) 927-2681

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


203-235-8431 LAWN & GARDEN

Piano Lessons


DEE’S ANTIQUES LAB Ret pups AKC & OFA, reg., vet. cert. healt guar. $950. Parents used in therapy Sire hunts. Call (860) 681-5402

For Children & Adults $25 per 1/2 hour. First lesson FREE! 30 yrs exp. We repair: Violins ● Violas ● Cellos ● Bass Bow Rehairing 203-294-0888

Dated 1863

203-284-3786 WHIRLPOOL 22.5 cf, bisque colored, side-by-side refrigerator freezer, with icemaker and water dispenser, in excellent condition for sale (model # ED22LF). We are asking $350. Also for sale is the coordinating range and exhaust hood. Please call 203-294-9833 if interested. Happy Holidays!

Professional Violin Lessons & String Instruments Repaired!

CIVIL War Musket

203-238-3499 WASHING Machine - Whirlpool Gold, Ultimate Care, 9 cycle, 3 speed, model #GSQ9364HQ0. Very good condition. Clean. $95 firm. Call 860-966-8338


LUDWIG Drums 5 pc set. 3 cymbals, seat & brushes & sticks. Metallic blue color. Gently used. $900. Call (203) 269-1025

APARTMENTS FOR RENT EAST BERLIN 2BR, 1st flr. No pets. Call 860-829-0380 MERIDEN - 1BR Apt 3rd flr, lg. kitchen w/pantry closet, near bus & train routes. Stove/ fridge incl. $575 + sec. 203272-5936 MERIDEN - 3BR, 6 rms, 2nd flr. Off st. parking. Stove, w/d hookup. No pets. $900 + sec. Call 203-235-2703 MERIDEN - 5 room, 2 Bedroom, 3rd floor, newly remodeled, off street parking, no pets, $800 plus utilities, references. 203671-9644 MERIDEN - 815 Broad Street 2BR $700. HT/HW included Section 8 approved. No pets. 860-246-0613 MERIDEN - WALLINGFORD LINE Large, 2BR Luxury condo. Laundry. $850 + utilities. No pets. Call 203-745-6167. MERIDEN 1BR, 1st flr, lg rms Heat, HW, Elec incld. W. Side, Off-st park. $950/mo + sec. 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm. MERIDEN 2 Bedrooms Lease & security deposit req. $675 per month. Call 203-238-9772 MERIDEN 2 BR - $750 ($1000 sec. dep.) Nice location. Off st. parking. No pets. 860-828-3669

Meriden 2 BR at Tracy Gardens $750 Heat & HW incl. Move in by 12/31 and receive a new flat screen 37” TV. 203-639-8751


MERIDEN- Meetinghouse Village- 2BR townhouse, C/A, Garage. $1100. Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904

MERIDEN 2&3 bedrooms new paint/ carpet off street parking w/d hookup $875 to $925 per mo 1yr lease Call 203-671-2672

MERIDEN- Strawberry Hill 2 BR townhouse, 1 1/2 baths, appls, w/d hkup, AC, deck, 1 car garage. $1035/mo. + utils. (860) 688-3238

MERIDEN 2BR, 2nd fl, off st parking. WD hookup. Plenty of storage. $725. Available 12/1. (203) 269-8747

MERIDEN-East Side. Great 2 BR. Penthouse floor. Central air. All appls. On flr laundry. Credit + 2 mos. security. $800/mo. No pets. Call 203-284-0597

MERIDEN 3 Bedroom. 31 Twiss St. 2nd Floor. Newly painted, recently updated stove & refrigerator. $850 per month+ $1000 security. 203-630-2719

NEW BRITAIN- 2BR 2BA, w to w, new tile, C/A, appl. balcony, $900/mo. 860-828-8114 WALLINGFORD-2BR, $895/mo + sec. Avail Jan 1st! Call 203213-6175 or 203-265-6175

APARTMENTS FOR RENT BERLIN Lake Dr 2 BR Twnhse. Attached gar. On cul-de-sac. Access to Rt 15., I 84, I91. 1.5 baths, WD hookup, $1000 + sec. No pets. (203) 272-1263

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden - 1BR apt Heat & HW included. $745. 251 West Main. Avail. immed! 203-938-3789

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden- 3BR, Recently renovated, Available immediately. $1150/mo. HEAT & HW incl!!! 203-938-3789 MER. FURNISHED apts: Incl Heat, Elec, HW. 3rd fl studio, $160/wk+sec. 1BR, 2nd fl, $210/wk+sec. 203-630-3823 12p-8p

MERIDEN 32 Cook Ave.

1 BR Apts & Studios $595 & Up Limited Time-1 mo free rent! Heat & HW incl. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 4 BR, 2nd FL. New windows, carpeting, refrigerator, oven, forced air heating system. Driveway parking. $1200 + 1 mo security. 203-804-2363 MERIDEN 4BR- 73 Twiss St, 1st flr avail. $1000/mo Sect 8 appr’d. Leave message at (860) 426-0658 MERIDEN Cook Avenue 1 BR. 1st fl. Renovated. $825 includes heat, hot water and electric. (203) 265-4664 MERIDEN Huge 5 BR Apartment Freshly painted. Ready to rent! Section 8 approved. $1350/mo + security. No pets. 203-650-0479 MERIDEN large modern 2 bdrm apt, Call 203-685-2836 or 203-685-0069 MERIDEN Large, nice 2 BR. Quiet area. $900 per month. Includes electricity. (203) 886-9902

The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, December 17, 2009


Looking for the perfect new home for your Mother, Father, Aunt, Friend or Yourself?…….

You Found It! S a g e Po n d P l a c e ATTIC & BASEMENTS CLEANED DEBRIS removal of any kind. Demolition sheds, pools, etc. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430


Over 25 years experience. Call today for free estimates. Call 203-440-3535 Ct. Reg. #578887

HANDYPERSONS A-1 HANDYMAN PLUS CT Reg #606277. GIVE us a call, we do it ALL. Free est. 203-631-1325 HOUSE CLEAN Outs, Garages Basements, Attics, Yards Big or Small..... We Take It All Free Estimates. Call Ed.

ALBERT’S HOME REPAIR All types of home repair & powerwashing, snowplowing, phone wiring, carpentry. Ins & lic. # HIC-0623837 203-879-4731 or 203-592-1148 ALBERT’S HOME REPAIR All types of home repair & powerwashing, snowplowing, phone wiring, carpentry. Ins & lic. # HIC-0623837 203-879-4731 or 203-592-1148

Home Doctor IF YOU MENTION THIS AD We clean Estates, house, office, attic, cellar, gar, yd. Fall C/U. 860-575-8218/203-535-9817


Tiny repairs-Major renovations Custom Carpentry, plumbing, elec, gutters cleaned. 42 yrs exp. 203-639-8389 CT 573358

Keep home, auto, 401k, etc. STOP FORECLOSURES IRS & “Repos” Atty F.W. Lewis 439 Main St, Yalesville 203-265-2829 “Debt Relief Agency” We help people file for relief under the bankruptcy code

CONCRETE & CEMENT FOUNDATIONS For additions & garages. Excavating & drainage. Call Stepping Stones. 203-6313181 CT #604493


T.E.C. Electrical Svc LLC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service


203-237-2122 EXCAVATING FOUNDATIONS For additions & garages. Excavating & drainage. Call Stepping Stones. 203-6313181 CT #604493

FENCING CORNERSTONE FENCE & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203-237-GATE CT Reg #601060

ROOFING SPECIALISTS & SNOWPLOWING QUALITY, EXPERIENCE & AFFORDABILITY ● New Roofs ● Restoration Work ● All Types of Repairs ● Emergency Repairs

Ziggy Kacperski Berlin, CT 06037 Tel. 860-829-8212


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

LANDSCAPING GARY Wodatch Lawn & Landscaping Complete Fall clean-ups. Quick Courteous Srv. Est ‘85. All calls returned. Lic ins. #566326. 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430


All types of remod. 30+ yrs exp. No $$ Down. CT Reg 523804. Ins

No Hedge/shrub too big, small or tall. Fully Ins. Free estimates. Quality Landscaping, LLC. WWW.QLSLLC.COM Jim 203-537-2588 or 860-349-2118


Free Consultation

Quality Landscaping, LLC 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

HOME IMPROVEMENTS ALBERT’S HOME REPAIR Roofs, decks, windows, doors siding, floors, sheetrock, gutters. Ins & lic. # HIC-0623837 203-879-4731 or 203-592-1148

HOUSE CLEANING POLISH woman can clean your house, office with care. 2nd cleaning 15% off. Ins & bonded. Refs. Kasia 860-538-4885

JUNK REMOVAL JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! We clean Estates, house, office, attic, cellar, gar, yd. Spring C/U. 860-575-8218/203-535-9817 10% off if you mention this ad

PETE IN THE PICKUP Junk removal 203-886-5110 For All Your Junk Removal Needs Single Family ● Multi-Families ● Construction Clean-Ups ●Realtor - Property Mgrs ● Bank-Owned/Foreclosed Properties ●Junk Car Removal ● Dumpster Services Available

Gonzalez Construction

ZK Construction

Shamock Roofing 203-237-4124 an LLC co.



Fully insured & licensed Free estimates CT Reg. #573871

Property & Lawn Maintenance, landscaping, stone work. WWW.QLSLLC.COM CT Reg #620306 Jim 203-537-2588 or 860-349-2118


CURBSIDE PICKUP RICK’S AFFORDABLE Fall Clean-ups, brush/tree removal, curbside vac truck, tree & pricker removal. 11 yrs exp. 203-530-4447.

PAINTING/ WALLPAPERING MIRKEL PAINTING Popcorn ceilings. Interiors from $125. All work fully warrantied. CT Reg #569864. Ed 203-824-0446

PLUMBING DON’T Flush money down the drain, call Duane Plumbing, heating. Quality work, low rates Major credit cards accptd. 203379-8944 lic. #283401 P1


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

FIDERIO & SONS Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrms, additions. 203-237-0350. CT Reg. #516790

Gonzalez Construction ★★★★★★★★

Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling.

Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling.

203-639-0032 Fully licensed/insured. CT Reg.# 577319


203-294-9889 Expert De-Icers Commerical Specialists. Nicholas J Murano LLC, Member: Snow and Ice Management Assn BETTY’S SNOW PLOWING Plowing - Shoveling Sand or Salt. Free Estimates. Meriden Only. 203-235-5247 leave message. L & E PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Snow Plowing Professional Quality & Affordable Rates. CT Reg. #623250 Call Trevor (203) 938-3789

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

LAVIGNE’S TREE SERVICE IN BUSINESS 28 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Srv. Free Est. Fully insured. 203-294-1775

PRICKER REMOVAL RICK’S AFFORDABLE Fall clean-ups, curbside pickup, brush, tree, pricker & underbrush removal. No job too big or small. 11 yrs exp. 203-530-4447.


Fully license/insured. CT Reg# 577319

75ft bucket truck. Precise Tree CT Reg #562159.

CASCIO Mason. Chimney repair, sidewalks, walls, brick work, etc. CT Reg #611774. 203-265-7826 or cell 860-398-1223 JACK Biafore, LLC Masonry Chimneys, brick, block, stone walls, patios. In business over 50 yrs. CT# 623849 (203) 537-3572 SW Chimney Srv 860-205-4244 Full chimney mntnc & repair $109.99 chimney clean exp 12/23 Reg. price $139.99 CT #610372

ORTIZ Roofing & Siding - Fully insured & licensed. Sr. discount. CT Reg #611774. 203-265-7826 or cell 860-398-1223

VILLA’S TREE REMOVAL We save everybody money! Fully insured, free estimates. We work year round! Our winter rates are great! (860) 777-7914 CT Reg#709285


All types of remod. 30+ yrs exp. No $$ Down. CT Reg 523804. Ins


Edwin Cordero PAINTING Int/Ext. Local, established, reliable craftsman. Call (203) 537-2411 CT#614827 L & E PAINTING Spruce Up Your Home or Business! Professional Quality & Affordable Rates. CT Reg #623250 Call Trevor (203) 938-3789

Roofs R Us Family run 42yrs. EPDM, Siding, cleaning gutters, roof repairs. We Beat Any Quote! 203-639-8389 CT #573358

Shamock Roofing 203-237-4124 an LLC co SIDING

FIDERIO & SONS Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrooms, additions.

203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790

Brand New Beautiful 1 Bedroom Apartments in Berlin For Active Adults 55 and better

Only $950 Heat, Hot and Cold Water Included Central air! Intercom system! Fully applianced kitchens On-site laundry! with frost free refrigerator, Library with computer range with self cleaning oven, workstation! dishwasher, garbage disposal! Ample on-site parking! Community room with fireplace Picnic area with grill! and full service kitchen! 24-hr. maintenance! Secure three-story building with elevators!

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(860) 828-3958 also accepting applications for Affordable Units Income Restriction Apply Merit Properties, Inc. Financed by CHFA




Nestled off the road in a quiet, wooded setting!


WINTER SPECIALS!! Safety Pruning & Removals! Licensed Arborist. 75ft bucket Precise Tree 203-272-4216

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 3BR, 1 bath house. Near downtown. Colony st $1150 203 675 7391

Meriden Reduced Rent Pay for a 1 Bedroom and Move into a 2 Bedroom. $750. Heat & HW incl. 203-639-8751

MERIDEN-1BRS-All appliances & hot water incl 2 mo. sec.. No pets. Coin op laundry. 1095 Old Colony Rd. Showings 9-11 am. 203-581-3620

MERIDEN- 1023 Old Colony Rd.

MERIDEN-1BRS-All appliances & hot water incl 2 mo. sec.. No pets. Coin op laundry. 1095 Old Colony Rd. Showings 9-11 am. 203-581-3620

2 BR - $750 & UP Heat & HW, Off st. parking. Limited Time - 1 mo free rent. Call 203-886-7016 MERIDEN- 1BR 1st flr apt w/ kit/LR combo, wall to wall carpet/linoleum. Off st. parking. Exc cond/location. $650. 1st, last & 1 mo. sec. 860-663-1229 MERIDEN- 2BR, walk-up attic, 2nd Floor. Off street parking. $800 per month. Call (203) 639-1634 MERIDEN- 3 bedroom apartment for rent. First floor. Section 8 approved. Call (203) 6340732 MERIDEN- Clean, big 3BR apt. 1st flr. Freshly painted. Cherry floors. Off st. parking. Good neighbors. $895/mo. Call Jonah (203) 430-0340 MERIDEN- Hubbard Park 1-2 BR, CAIR/heat. 775 W. Main St. $780-$925 month. Sect 8 approved. Call Chino 203-907-9276 203-296-4975 MERIDEN- Lovely 4Rm prvt apt. 1+BR, East Side, HW flrs, appl’s. Off-st-parking. Private entrance. $700/mo + sec. Call 203-269-1731 or 203-630-0609 MERIDEN-1BR, Huge rooms, walk-in closet, parking, w/d hookup, 1st class! $600/mo. Credit check + 2 mos. sec. req. No pets. 203-284-0597

MERIDEN-3 1/2BRs $950/mo + sec. Call 203-715-2241 MERIDEN-3BR, 3rd floor, newly painted & carpeted, off-stparking. $750/mo + 2mo sec. Call 203-464-3083 MERIDEN-3BR, nice, clean, newly remodeled, new bath & kit. W/D hkup, off-st-parking. $950/mo. Call 203-417-1675 MERIDEN-9 Guiel Pl. 3BR. Oil heat. Prime location. $925/mo + sec. Call 203-213-6175 or 203-376-2160 MERIDEN-Fully furnished 3Rms, 1BR, LR, kit, prvt bath. $575/mo. Lease & sec dep req’d. Call 203-238-9772 MERIDEN-Private studio apt, clean and quiet, on bus lines, No pets. Sec & refs. $500/mo + utilities. Call 203-982-3042 WALLINGFORD - 2 BR apt, offstreet parking, avail now, 3rd floor, $850 incl all utils, 203530-1840 WALLINGFORD - 2BR, 1st flr, FP, hdwd, renovated, w/d hookup. Appliances. No pets/smoking. Available now. $900. (203) 284-0793 WALLINGFORD 1 bedroom Judd Square. Central Air. No Pets. $735/mo. Call 203-265-3718


Thursday, December 17, 2009 — The Berlin Citizen APARTMENTS FOR RENT WALLINGFORD 1BR 2nd fl newly remodeled off st. parking NO PETS $700/mo 2mos sec dep & refs 203-294-0329 WALLINGFORD 2 BR Townhouse. Appliances included. $850 plus security. No pets. (203) 623-2804 WALLINGFORD ROBIN HILL APARTMENTS Great location! 1BRs starting at $750. 2BRS starting at $850. Call 203-294-9110 for more info WALLINGFORD STUDIO Semi-furnished. Newly renovated. Hardwood floors. Private driveway & private yard. No pets. 203-284-2077/203-654-6190 WALLINGFORD- 1BR 3rd fl. Electric incl. Choate vic. Nice yard, off st parking. $750 + sec. Avail now. 203-640-6308 WALLINGFORD-2BR, LR, DR, sep. laundry rm w/appls, gourmet EIK, off-st-parking, C/Air & heat. No pets/smoking. $950/mo. Call 860-796-1561



MERIDEN $69,900-Clear open lot. .92acre a plot. Seller says, “make an offer”. Live next door to horses. Dawn 203-235-3300

SOUTHINGTON-2Rm avail. Waiting rm, prvt office w/lg window & cath ceilings. Ideal for sm counseling practice. $581.91/mo. Mat 860-276-8208

WALLINGFORD Retail space Strip mall location. Storefront 900+ Sq Ft. $700/month. 203-627-5888


WLFD The price is right! 3BR, 2bath Split w/CAIR, newer windows, wood floors, freshly painted, fenced yard & garage, ready to move into $197,000. Call Sue 203-265-5618

BERLIN-2200 sq.ft. general commercial rental. $1600/mo. Sec dep. & 1st month. Contact Ken or Norm 860-828-3512 WALLINGFORD-1,200 sqft bay avail in fenced in property. 20ft ceilings, 14x14 drs, bathrm, electric, heat & water. Great price! Call 203-272-4216



WALLINGFORD-58 Center St. 1BR, 3rd flr. $750/mo + sec. 203-213-6175 or 203-376-2160 WALLINGFORD-Christian St 5 rooms, hardwood floors, pantry, porch, garage, refrigerator & stove, Washer dryer hookup $925. References. no pets. Call 203-868-1087 WALLINGFORD. 2 BR, 2nd flr, quiet, clean, off st parking. Conv. to hwys. Appls, w/d, porches. Some pets OK. $850. (203) 269-4189; 203-623-2045

WLFD $219,900 2BR Bungalow with 2 car garage. House needs extensive work. Beautiful 1.28 acre level property-used to be Xmas tree farm. Tranquil setting yet minutes to I-91. Call Linda 203-265-5618

WALLINGFORD $169,900 2BR, 1.5 bath Townhouse w/garage. Remodeled EIK, newer windows, deck, full basement, pool & more. Private & quiet complex. Call Kathy 203-272-1234

WLFD- NORTHRIDGE Commons, spacious 1 & 2BR units. $725 - $875 & up 203-269-5770

WLFD-3rd fl, 4 sm. rms, appl’s, clean, quiet. Newly painted. Dead-end st. Sec. $650/mo. No pets. Credit check. Owner /Agent. 203-269-7348 WLFD-48 Allen Ave, 2nd flr, 4Rm, 2BR, off st parking, $850/ mo, 1-1/2 mo sec. Easy access I-91/Merrit Pkwy. 203 430 6896 //

SOUTHINGTON $275,000. Priced to sell! Spacious 8room Raised Ranch. 4BRS, 2 baths, 2 fireplaces, 2car garage on 1/2 acre. Exceptional property w/loads of curb appeal! Call Brian Miller 203-265-5618

MERIDEN East side unique Duplex on non-thru street. Recently renovated w/new kitchens & baths, formal DR & casual LR w/hardwood floors, new windows & roof, 2 spacious BRs & ready to move in$229,900. Sue (203) 235-3300

MERIDEN - Rooms For Rent $100 per week. All utilities & cable TV included. No drugs or alcohol, Please Call 203-537-6284


MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Heat, elec, HW incld. E.Side, kit privileges, off-st park. $130/wk. + sec or call 203-630-3823 12p8p

6rm Ranch w/formal LR & DR, FP, HW floors, EIK, sunrm, 1 car att garage, full basement, end of cul-de-sac & newer roof! $249,900.

MERIDEN Clean, Safe Room. 203-634-8084 Utilities & fridge included. Share kitchen /bath. $120 per week plus security.

Kathy (203) 265-5618

“What a cute home!”

MERIDEN Spectacular Townhouse condo in a quiet private location. Features nice kitchen, living room, dining area, 2BRs, 2.1 baths, 1 car garage. Mint! Call Sil Sala for details. Priced right, $189,900. (203) 235-3300

CALL Center Position (Wallingford): Looking for full-time friendly, enthusiastic agent. Must have previous phone & computer experience. Job entails answering for a property management group - providing detailed information and scheduling appointments. Bilingual a plus. Please contact Valerie at 203-284-6040 Ext 112 DRIVERS (CDL or Pickup), loader operators & laborers needed for com. snow plowing. Exp a must. 203-238-9846

MACHINE Operator, 2nd shift, Wallingford. Will train if have assembly experience or good hand/eye coordination & ability to handle small instruments. MUST have good math skills. $10 Email or call (203) 949-4242. Manufacturing IMMEDIATE NEEDS all shifts Competitive wages. ● Machine Operators ● Mechanical and electronic assemblers

Monroe Staffing Services

HELP WANTED FRAMER & FRAMER’S HELPER Experienced only. Temp, out of state. Call 203-980-7740 Manufacturing IMMEDIATE NEEDS FT 2nd shift Great opportunity for Mechanical Assemblers with large manufacturing company in Norwalk. If you have a solid mechanical aptitude and are searching for that perfect opportunity then you will not want to pass this up. This experience could come from working in assembly, auto mechanics, machine operation, maintenance mechanics or military background. Pay is $15-17/hr. Please contact Lizz or Juan 203-265-6699 to schedule an interview. You must be able to provide a resume at time of interview, pass all pre-employment testing and provide valid ID upon offer of employment. EOE.

NOW HIRING SCHOOL BUS/VAN DRIVERS PART-TIME WILL TRAIN FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT Apply online at: Or in Person between 9:30am-12noon at: 990 Northrup Rd, Wallingford, CT 866-496-2726 Durham School Services Is a Nationwide Leader in Student Transportation

Monroe Staffing Services MECHANIC-FLEET Diesel/ Truck/ Heavy Equip-FT. Exp a must. Shop mgmnt a plus. Health ins. avail. 203-238-9846


OFFICE Help PT 15-18 hrs Tuesday, Wed, Thurs. $10-$14 DOE. Computer skills. Fax resume to 203-238-4698


PERSONABLE & Compassionate Caregivers needed for in-home, non medical care for elderly in the area. Live-In & Hrly. Our caregivers are as valuable to us as our clients. Call Visiting Angels at 860-349-7016

NEW ENGLAND HOME CARE is seeking CNAs and Home Health Aides with a minimum of 6 months experience for a pediatric group home in Meriden. Previous experience in a group home with physically and emotionally challenged children preferred. All shifts available.

RESTAURANT-Breakfast grill person w/exp. FT or PT. 203294-0231 between 5am-3pm

Earn up to $12.00 per hour based on experience. Must have a current CT CNA certificate. To schedule an appointment to apply, please call:

SECRETARIAL Executive Secretary: Performs a wide a variety of responsible clerical duties of a confidential nature for the General Manager of the Town of Wallingford Electric Division. The position requires 6 years of responsible office work experience, some of which must have been in a supervisory capacity or 2 years of the above experience and a college degree in business administration or an equivalent combination of experience and training substituted on a year-for-year basis. $22.31 to $27.04 hourly (40 hours per week) plus an excellent fringe benefits package. Apply to: Personnel Department Town of Wallingford 45 South Main Street Wallingford, CT 06492 The closing date will be that date the 50th application form/resume is received, or December 23, 2009 whichever occurs first. EOE TEACHERS - Full Time CDA Minimum Experience 3-6 Closer with exp. Call Precious Cargo 203-265-0055.

800-286-6300 ext. 3902 or fax your resume to the HR Department 860-613-3777 or email to: E/E/O/C/M/F/V/D Drug Screen/Criminal Background Check Required

Visit us on the web at CERTIFIED NURSES AIDE Immediate Positions Immediate position available for reliable qualified certified nurses aides to work in Southington, Monday thru Friday early morning hours. Several of our clients need your help in their own homes, additional opportunities available in Southington, Plainville, Bristol areas to assist clients with daily activities & personal care. Flexible days and flexible hours are available. Nurses Aide or Home Health Aide Certification required. For details & immediate consideration please call Vanessa Santos at Interim HealthCare 860-677-0005 or 1800-242-7005 ext. 241.

GENERAL Dentist in Wlfd/ Cromwell seeking PT/FT Dental Asst. Exp preferred. Please call Kim 203-265-0788

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BUYER/PURCHASING Parts Distributor has an opening for an experienced person. Must have good knowledge of Excel. Send/Email Midstate Electronics 71 S. Turnpike Rd., Wlfd, CT 06492 Email:

Please contact Lizz or Juan at 203-265-6699 to schedule an interview. You must be able to provide a resume at time of interview, pass all pre-employment testing and provide valid ID upon offer of employment. EOE.

Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Sat. TV, furn’d. Daily/Wkly On Bus Line. 203-239-5333

10’ x 20’ & 20’ X 45’ w/electricity. Available Dec 1. 203-751-1977

BEFORE & After School Teacher /Manager. BA in education or related field. 2 yrs exp with children. 2 yrs exp in mgmt. EOE. Carolee 203-235-9297 ext 118

Knowledge of calipers, micrometers, blueprints or soldering a plus.




DRIVERS- Experienced CDL Class A Tanker Drivers needed to travel the northeastern region. Pneumatic tank experience a plus. Year round employment. Sleepers are utilized 4-5 nights per week. 203484-9793

WLFD- NORTHRIDGE Commons, spacious 1 & 2BR units. $725 - $875 & up 203-269-5770

WLFD-2BR, 2nd flr, Choate area. W/D hkup. No smoking/pets. Credit check & references. $900 + utils. Call 203-376-2007


MERIDEN Houses for sale, rent or lease purchase. Visit our website at or call 203-671-2223 Galleria Real Estate

LOST Or Found. The RecordJournal will run your lost or found ad FREE in our Marketplace Section! Call 203238-1953 for details. m Stay in touch with Berlin


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, December 17, 2009


All of us at Berlin Spirits wish you and your family a Safe & Happy Holiday!

FREE DELIVERY Call for Details

118 Mill Street, Berlin • 860-356-4877


MANY WINE, LIQUOR & BEER GIFT PACKS AVAILABLE AT (Perfect for the Holiday Gift Giving Season ...) GREAT PRICES!

Let us take all the worrying out of planning your Holiday or New Year’s Party!

WINE TASTING Everyday - Stop in

Bring us your best case price on any wine or liquor item and we will meet it or probably beat it CT Legal price applies • PRICE • SERVICE • SELECTION Make The Perfect Gifts

DON’T GET STEWed (Fooled) Come to the store where you can recognize the brands that you purchase.


COUNTRY FARMS Deli & Catering

Breakfast Sandwiches $ 69 Starting @ 2

Over Stuffed 12” Grinder $499

+ tax

English Muffin, Bacon, Sausage or Ham, Am., Prov. or Swiss

Under New Ownership DELI Come in & enjoy the Deli Products you had for the 1st 30 years Russer Lite Cooked Ham .............. $599 lb. First Prise Bologna........................ $499 lb. Krakus Ham.................................... $699 lb. Carando Alpine Genoa Salami or Hard Salami................................$499 lb. Pepperoni ....................................... $629 lb. Carando Grand Pepperoni ............ $599 lb. Carando White Torino Salami........$519 lb. Carando Prosciutto........................$999 lb. Kayem Plate Pastrami Black......... $689 lb.

+ tax

Ham, Salami or Turkey, Am., Prov. or Swiss, Served Cold w/.75 oz. Chips

Guida’s Dairy Whole, 2%, Skim $3.49 1% $2.59 • Welcome Back Tapioca & Rice Pudding $3.99 lb. + tax • Expanded Deli • Take Out Dinner Section • Hot Soups Fresh Daily • Fruit & Gift Baskets for the Holidays • Order Now! Holiday Hams & Turkeys • Now Using Hellmann’s Mayonnaise

Sample Platters Available • Catering for All Occasions • Fruit & Gift Baskets - 116 Mill Street, Berlin • 828-1154 • Mon-Thur 8-7 • Fri 8-6 • Sat 8-5


LOL White or Yellow American Cheese ..... $499 lb. LOL Sandwich Swiss, Hot Pepper Loaf or Light White ........................ $599 lb. McCadam Muenster Cheese......... $459 lb. Sharp Yellow Cheddar (Winer)...... $539 lb. Stella Sharp (by Piece).................. $799 lb. Stella, 8 oz. Romano......................$499 ea. Waybest Roasted Turkey Breast... $699 lb. Willowbrook Smoked Turkey.........$499 lb. Russer P&P or Olive Loaf ............. $499 lb. Russer Pear Shape Ham ............... $539 lb.




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