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Volume 14, Number 6

Thursday, Februar y 11, 2010

Grand List did ‘very well’ in 2009; grew 1.4 percent

Happy Valentines

By Olivia L. Lawrence The Berlin Citizen

Four generations of Berlin “Valentines” recently gathered for a family photo. All four family members are named Valentine Joseph Crescentini. Pictured from left: great-grandfather Val, father Val III, grandfather Val II and, front, Val IV, known as Joey. The tradition began because the oldest member of the clan (great-grandfather Valentine) was born on Valentine’s Day.

The town’s Grand List grew 1.4 percent in 2009 and Assessor Joseph Ferraro called the results a favorable outcome and one that somewhat surprised him. Real estate, personal property and motor vehicle assessments all grew last year creating a $32 million increase in the town’s $2.3 billion net assessment. “It’s very favorable. Berlin did very well in relationship to other towns. I didn’t expect that. I expected half that,” Ferraro said. Mayor Adam Salina described his reaction to the growth. “This is incredible to see numbers like this year’s. It’s wonderful news to see Berlin able to hold its own in difficult economic times — and to show signs of growth.” Real estate was up $11.6 million (.6 percent increase); personal property was up $20 million (13.3 percent increase); and motor vehicles were up $640,000 (.4 percent increase.) The 2008 Grand List showed .9 percent growth. Ferraro said it was not surprising that motor vehicles shows low growth as people are not purchasing a lot of new

See Grand List, page 18

Love is in the air at the Brierleys’ greenhouse Valentine’s Day floral advice is one of their specialties By Olivia L. Lawrence The Berlin Citizen

A visit to Brierley, Johnson Florists is a breath of fresh air in many ways. There’s the greenhouse, the family atmosphere and also plenty of thoughtful advice on how to select the perfect Valentine’s Day bouquet. (Roses are not always the requisite choice.)

“A lot come in that day,” said George Brierley, speaking of Valentine’s Day customers who show up Feb. 14. Brierley runs the 87 High Road florist shop with his wife Marilyn Brierley. He admits he’s among those who wait until the last minute; still, Brierley has some good advice for those facing the See Love, page 8 Citizen photo by Olivia L. Lawrence

Marilyn Brierley of Brierley, Johnson Florist works in the greenhouse with canine pals Ginger, a golden retriever, and Elke, a Fidelco guide dog in training.


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 11, 2010

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At its Dec. 4 meeting, the Town Council received a detailed briefing on two possible approaches to fixing code violations and other facility problems at Berlin High School. Dean Petrucelli, of Silver/Petrucelli + Associates, walked the council through what he called Option 1 and Option 2 of possible solutions to the many issues currently needing attention at the school. The first option, costing approximately $25 million, is “minimalistic”, only provides for a 15 percent state reimbursement rate, and will not provide a long-term solution, he said. Option 2, costing approximately $80 million, would “essentially build a new facility” and would qualify for a 47 percent state reimbursement rate. Petrucelli said this option is “pro-active” and will provide a solution that should last into the next 50 years. Petrucelli said, in addition to his firm’s assessment, the review included

interviews with virtually all BHS staff in regards to “what is inefficient about your space.” It also assessed on and off site athletic facilities. The architect outlined a host of concerns including poor air quality and “rotting” mechanical systems. “Most of the systems are obsolete,” he said. The stairs at the front entrance are in “dire” condition. Parts of the facility date back to 1951. Furthermore, science labs are “not to the contemporary standard” and there are numerous accessibility violations as well. Among other improvements, Option 1 would build a 20,000 square foot addition over the technical education wing. Option 2 would add 50,000 square feet and significant new on-site athletic facilities. James P. Ouellette of the Public Building Commission asked the council to approve $7,500 for an additional study of the school in order to look at “recapturing space” that currently is underused. The additional funding was granted. (inc. map) NEXT SAT., FEB. 20th DANCE Marriott Hotel, Farmington

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BHS alum has meshed love of writing and sports By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen

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Photo courtesy of Ashley Pospisil, The Daily Campus

Berlin High School graduate Chris Brodeur, right, is pictured with fellow University of Connecticut women’s basketball beat writer Jake Goldberg. The duo reports for The Daily Campus, UConn’s student-run newspaper. letic teams and a well-run student daily newspaper is, I think, unique in that we get to take what we learn and put it directly into practice,” said Brodeur, a double major in journalism and political science. “I leave UConn with a ton of clips and invaluable experience that I really don’t

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89-90 mph fastball. Tough talk from a wannabe sports columnist who’s drinking — make that gulping — the proverbial Kool-Aid as one of two Daily Campus women’s basketball beat writers. And could I be more influenced by recent history? I attended the firstever ESPN women’s GameDay netted myself a ton of airtime, and let’s just say, I was a tad excited by it all. The truth is I couldn’t be more grateful to have Calhoun at UConn. As a kid, I

wore out a VHS containing highlights from the ‘89-‘90 “Huskymania” season, the year Scott Burrell put us on the map with a full-court heave that found Tate George in the corner for a last-second swoosh and an Elite Eight berth. As many Calhoun moments do, Tuesday’s news had more than one side to it: It was sad. It was inspiring. And it was a reminder that at 67, he’s still trying — wornout arm be damned — to throw 99.” An excerpt from Chris Brodeur’s column “What’s left in the tank for Calhoun?”, published in the Jan. 21 edition of The Daily Campus.

had a knack for writing and a love of sports. “Throughout grade school, writing was always my best attribute as a student. Teachers always encouraged me to pursue writing and I had some great ones, particularly in Eng-


ior columnist, Brodeur has climbed the ladder at The Daily Campus. He earned the women’s basketball beat only after spending several semesters writing about less-publicized UConn teams, including field hockey and men’s golf. On those smaller beats,

“More than anything, I’ve tried to soak the experience in and learn from sitting in on these pressers,” Brodeur said. “I am hoping to gather up the courage to take aim one of these days.” Brodeur is joined at The Daily Campus by fellow Berlin High graduate Kevin Vellturo, the Associate Sports Editor and a men’s basketball beat writer. A 2006 graduate of BHS, from an early age, Brodeur


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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 11, 2010

Love Continued from page 1 Valentine’s Day dilemma of choosing the perfect flowers. While red roses are an ever-popular option, he encourages customers to broaden their thinking — roses of various colors or a mixed spring bouquet are two possibilities. “It’s helpful if a man knows the woman’s favorite

color,” said Beth Lentz, floral designer at the Brierleys. “We encourage them to look at choices other than roses.” “It’s helpful if the woman sends the right signal,” Brierley said, indicating that it’s okay for the potential recipient to drop hints as to her floral favorites. While Valentine’s Day is the dominant holiday at the moment, florists are gearing up for spring in a number of ways and enjoying getting a jump on the season.

The Brierley’s greenhouse and flower shop provide a welcome respite in the midst of winter and a few surprises — such as two friendly dogs that have a story to tell, too. “We try to get spring in here as soon as the poinsettia go out,” said Marilyn Brierley explaining that in the greenhouse the florists have begun to force bulbs like hyacinths, daffodils and crocus, in order to have plants ready for Easter.


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The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers for its Cancer Prevention Study 3. Berlin is one of two locations hosting the study as part of its Relay for Life effort. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years with no personal history of cancer are eligible to participate. The Berlin Relay’s goal is to enroll at least 140 participants during its 24-hour Relay. Participants will provide a blood sample and fill out a survey. The CPS 3 study is scheduled for May 22 at the

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The Berlin Congregational Church has scheduled its annual pasta dinner and auction for Saturday, Feb. 13. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m.; auction begins at 7 p.m. New items, gift certificates and services are featured. A fee is charged for dinner. For more information and cost, call (860) 828-6586. The Berlin Congregational Church has scheduled Tot Time from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays through May 27 for children 1 to 5 year old with parents. The free pro-

gram includes craft time, play, snack time, story time and holiday parties. No registration is needed. For more information call (860) 8286586.

Bethany Covenant Bethany Covenant Church has scheduled “February Fundays” for Tuesday, Feb. 16, Wednesday, Feb. 17 and Thursday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages 4 to 10 years old. Children may participate in indoor gym games, lego building, crafts, music/movement, story, lunch and

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movie. Pre-registration is required and a fee is charged. For more information, call (860) 828-3637 or email Children ages 5-9 are invited to join the LEGO Builder’s Club Monday, March 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. Building projects, competitions, model building tips and more! Space is limited to the first 20 “Brick Masters.” Pre-registration is required to or (860) 828-3637. Admission is free of charge.

Kensington Congregational The Kensington Congregational Church has scheduled Ash Wednesday services for Feb 17 at noon and 7 p.m. All are welcome. Anyone who wishes may receive ashes. The Kensington Congregational Church Christian Education program has scheduled a Parent/Child playgroup for Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The group meets on a “drop in” basis, in the crib room in the Reeves Center, 185 Sheldon St. All

The Berlin Citizen Thursday, February 11, 2010 children, from infants to preschoolers, are welcome. For more information call (860) 828-4511.

Ash Wednesday The congregations of Kensington United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church of East Berlin have scheduled an Ash Wednesday service for Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Kensington location. All are welcome.

Help for Haiti Kensington United Methodist Church is assembling health kits for Haiti through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The kits are packages of personal care items, such as soap, washcloths, and bandages that are used in disaster relief. UMCOR has appealed to the churches for prayers, monetary donations, and health kits. For more information, call the church at (860) 828-4222, or visit

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The Kensington United Methodist Church offers a Taize service Tuesdays at 7 p.m. A Taize service combines silent meditation, prayer and simple music. Silence is a central part of this service and is a gift to those leading busy, hectic lives. It provides an opportunity to commune with God through the heart and bring a measure of peace to one’s mind and spirit. The service is open to everyone seeking spiritual refreshment and renewal.

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Healing Hands of Jesus has scheduled Bible study every Thursday at the church office, 120 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin. Home cooked dinner is at 7 p.m., study immediately follows. Services are held Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Griswoldville Chapel, Griswold Street in Wethersfield. Children’s ministry is available during services. For more information call (203) 982-9227.


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Thursday, February 11, 2010 — The Berlin Citizen

Obituaries Irene T. Williams

P e t e r Glowacki, 31, of Berlin, son of Lawrence and Louise (Methot) Glowacki, died unexpectedly Feb. 2, 2010 at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain. Born in New Britain, he graduated from Berlin High School, attended Quinnipiac University, and was most recently employed at Grippo Mobil in Durham. He was a member of St. Paul Church and The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 68. In addition to his parents, he is survived by and aunt and uncle, Nancy and Daniel Methot of East Granby; two cousins, Kathleen and Jessica Methot and a close friend, Jeffrey Forgione of Southington. Services were held Feb. 6, 2010 from Porter’s Funeral Home, followed by a funeral liturgy at St. Paul’s Church. Burial will follow in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. Because of his love for animals, in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Friends of Animal Control, P.O. Box 1, Kensington, CT 06037.

Irene T. (Blaszko) Williams, 86, of Kensington, widow of Ralph A. Williams, died Feb. 3, 2010 at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain. Born in New Britain, the daughter of the late John and the late Sophie (Okula) Blaszko, she attended Sacred Heart School, graduated from New Britain High School, and was a member of St. Paul Church. A devoted wife and mother, family meant the world to her and she loved home, baking, reading, and cruising with her husband of 58 years. She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Jane Williams of Kensington and Gail and John O‘Brien of North Attleboro, Mass; two grandchildren, Robert Crawford and his wife Christine and Kelly Warriner and her husband Jon; three great-grandchildren, Nate and Grace Crawford, and Jonah Warriner; a sister, Dorothy Butkiewicz of New Britain, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by five sisters, Anna Kucharczyk, Sophie Perzan, Mary Urbanski, Helen Trajanowski, and Teresa Tomasi. Services were held Feb. 8, 2010 from Porter‘s Funeral Home, followed by a funeral liturgy at St. Paul Church. Burial was in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Paul Church, 467 Alling Street, Kensington,

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CT 06037. Her family extends thanks to her Ridgeview family, Dr. Alberti, Dr. Piekarsky, and the N-5 nursing staff at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Daniel Czerwinski Daniel Czerwinski, 57, of New Britain, died Feb. 5, 2010 at A m b e r Woods in Farmington. A New Britain resident most of his life, he was employed by several auto body shops in the Central Connecticut area and was also a carpenter by trade. Surviving is a son, Todd Czerwinksi of Glastonbury; his father Frank Czerwinski and his stepmother Irma of Newington; his mother; two brothers, Robert Czerwinski and his wife Wendy of Berlin and John Heinrichs of New Britain; a sister, Nancy Chandler and her husband Jeffrey of Lebanon; six stepbrothers and a step-sister, Edward Kurpiewski of Manchester, John, Mitchell, Karla, Gary, Timothy and Jimmy Heinrichs, all of New Britain; and a granddaughter, Isabelle Czerwinski of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and three grand-nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Sylvia Heinrichs and his stepfather Frederick Heinrichs. Services were held Feb. 9, 2010 at Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian Bur-

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Letters to the Editor Rude is the norm

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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

Thursday, Feb. 11 Planning & Zoning Commission, Town Hall Council Chambers, 7 p.m. Public Building Commission, Town Hall Room 8, 7:30 p.m. Youth Services Advisory Board, Town Hall Caucus Room A, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 Cemetery Committee, Town Hall Caucus Room A, 7 p.m. Police Commission, BPD conference

room, 6:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation Commission, Community Center, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 Board of Education, BOE meeting room Town Hall, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 Town Council, Town Hall Council Chambers, 7 p.m. Water Control Commission, Town Hall Room 8, 7 p.m.

To the editor: I am a student at Plainville High School. I am writing in response to the Berlin citizen who felt that the rude fan behavior displayed by Berlin’s spectators was a completely acceptable part of sports. (Letter Jan. 28 issue: “Where do we draw the line?”) He referred to the bigger problem in this situation, which he called “The Wussification of America.” I am fairly confident that “wussification” is not a word, and it seems that the real problem here is that people are becoming increasingly ruder and disrespectful, and this is becoming the norm in our society. Sports rivalries exist all over the country, and they are a surefire way to add excitement to any sports match. However, regardless of what sport is being played or the level at which it is being played, respect to both teams’ players is a common courtesy. I understand that people get carried away with professional sports, but there is a key difference between attending a Giants vs. Eagles game and a Plainville vs. Berlin game. Pro sports are about entertaining people. A football team is essentially a business, in existence to make money and provide people with entertainment. High school sports, on the other hand, are a form of educational enrichment, but with additional emphasis on sportsmanship, character building, and respect. Not all professional sports fans seem to feel that uncouth behavior is allowed. Even Red Sox fans were able to put aside their dislike for the Yankees to applaud heartily when New York manager Joe Torre took the field during the April 2005 ring ceremony. Torre is a respected figure in the baseball world, and it says something about the opposing team when its fans hold him in such high esteem. So, please, try to understand that here in Plainville, respecting our own sports teams and the teams we play against is simply the only behavior we will tolerate. Brittany Rogan Plainville

Letters to the Editor policy The Berlin Citizen intends to present a forum for the lively exchange of ideas and issues. To facilitate the publication of your contributions, several guidelines should be followed. Letters to the editor must be signed, with a phone number included. The writer will be called to confirm authorship. No anonymous letters will be printed. Contributions by any individual or group will not be published more frequently than once a month. Every effort will be made to print all letters received. However, the selection and date of publication will be at the discretion of the editor. The Berlin Citizen reserves the right to edit letters. Finally, the opinions expressed by our letter writers are not necessarily those of this newspaper. Send your letters to: The Berlin Citizen, 979 Farmington Ave., Kensington, CT 06037; fax (860) 829-5733; or e-mail Letters must be received by 5 p.m. Friday to be considered for publication the following week


Thursday, February 11, 2010 — The Berlin Citizen

Honor your hometown hero with a Celebrate award

Nominations are now being accepted for the fifth annual Celebrate Our Communities! community service awards. The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain pledges $10,000 in grants for local charities which hometown heroes will designate for distribution to local charities. Who is your hometown hero? That’s the question residents of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington are being asked again as the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain seeks nominations for its fifth annual Celebrate Our Communities! awards program. “People who give of themselves are at the heart of positive change in our communities. These awards recognize the value of volunteers and the many creative ways they can make a real difference,” said Community Foundation President Jim Williamson. “Last year we received more nominations than ever, and we hope that people again take this opportunity to recognize and honor those in their community who have touched the lives of others.”

One award will be presented in each of the four towns the Community Foundation serves: Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. The awards honor four outstanding grassroots volunteers, who earn the right to designate a $2,500 grant to a local charity of their choice subject to approval of the foundation board of directors. The Celebrate Our Communities! Awards have four objectives: To raise awareness of the importance of volunteerism and community service; to offer recognition to deserving volunteers who make a difference in their communities; to provide financial support to local charities; and to raise awareness of the important work that the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain does in the four communities it serves. The foundation was established in 1941. It connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these com-

DeFronzo says legislation will expediate paving work

State Senator Donald DeFronzo ( D - N e w Britain), Senate chair of the General Assembly’s Transp o r t a t i o n DeFronzo Committee, announced that action taken Feb. 3 on the opening day of the regular legislative session should help prevent a repeat of issues that arose with the state’s annual repaving contracts last year. At the start of last year’s regular session, the General Assembly and Gov. M. Jodi Rell worked together to fasttrack legislation authorizing $68.9 in state bonding for road resurfacing and repaving to take full advantage of the spring construction season. The two-year authorization was matched with $61.7 million in federal highway funding to cover 250 miles of statewide pavement improvement projects. However, as of June 2009,

no large paving projects had begun. “Last year, we passed this legislation early and got funding released through the bond commission early so that the Department of Transportation could get these paving jobs out quickly and get people back to work,” DeFronzo said. “That’s ultimately not what happened. Contracts for paving were awarded before contracts for milling, when mill work has to physically take place before any new pavement can be put down. As a result of this delay, the state lost the opportunity to get these projects out, to get the work done last year and to get workers on the job. That kind of error cannot happen again this year. The department has indicated that they are prepared to step up and to get these jobs going early this year. Yesterday (Feb. 3), the legislature made a revision to allow them access to funding earlier, which See Legislation, page 27

munities. Residents in each town nominate candidates and separate committees of community leaders of each town will select recipients. The Community Foundation will honor the Berlin recipient at the annual meetings of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce. The Citizen newspapers are cosponsors of the Celebrate Our Communities! Nomination forms are available at Nomination forms are also in each newspaper (see page 9). Nominees do not have to be residents of the town in which the award will be presented. They need only have a demonstrated track record of volunteer community service benefiting the town in which they are nominated. In-kind or compensated service is not eligible. Elected officials and paid staff of community service agencies and organizations are not eligible. All nominations must include: The nominee’s name, address, telephone and e-mail; the nominator’s name, address, telephone and e-mail; and a typed or handwritten testimonial on a single,

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Meet the Capodice family (The Berlin Citizen plans to publish a “Meet our family” feature over the next several weeks. This week the spotlight is on the Capodices. If you’d like to have your family featured in an upcoming edition of The Citizen please send an email to or call (860) 829-5720.) Here are five quick questions for the Capodices. Tell us about your family. John is a teacher and head football coach at Berlin High School. Christine is a consultant at Aetna. Sam and Nate attend Willard School. Sam is in third grade and Nate is in first grade. We’ve lived in Berlin 15 years. What is your favorite family outing in Berlin? Hiking, going to football games at Sage Park, BHS basketball and baseball games What is your favorite family dinner? Going to Bills Pizza, then to Pralines for dessert! What do you like best about living in Berlin? Berlin is a family-oriented community with a strong school system, and there are great youth and high school sports programs for the kids. Tell us about a recent fun adventure you had in Berlin. Winning the CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic Atheletic Conference) football state championship!


John and Christine Capodice with their children, Sam, 9, and Nathan, 7. Rounding out the family is, Jace, their German Shepherd.


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 11, 2010

Health and Wellness Briefs

Gluten free

The Central Connecticut Celiac Support Group has scheduled “Gluten Free 101” for Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. All per-

sons with celiac disease and their families and friends are invited to attend to gain information and alleviate the stress of living with the disease.

For more information, call Ann at (860) 378-2852, Carm at (860) 426-1980 or Nancy at (203) 634-0530.

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CHILDREN AND COMPUTER-RELATED EYE STRAIN Because half of American children spend more than four hours in front of a computer screen every day, the American Optometric Association recommends that parents have their children’s eyes checked and review their children’s workstations for possible causes of eye strain. Computer Vision Syndrome, which is becoming increasingly common among children, leads to symptoms including eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision, and headaches. These vision problems may be brought on by improper viewing angle and distance. A child’s eyes should be between 18 and 28 inches from the monitor, which should be at eye level. Parents should also eliminate possible sources of computer-screen glare. Lights in the room should be dimmed, and windows should only allow filtered light into the room. At VISUAL PERCEPTIONS EYECARE, we are forward-thinking and use the latest technological breakthroughs. Routine eye health exams are an important part of maintaining good overall health. Call us at 860-828-1900 to schedule a comprehensive eye health exam that includes a review of your general medical history and dilation of the pupils for examination of the retina, blood vessels, and optic nerve. Our practice is located at 369 New Britain Road, Kensington, next to the Animal Hospital of Berlin. P.S. The American Optometric Association recommends that children (and adults) take a 20-second break for every 20 minutes of computer time.

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Senior Happenings


Meetings The monthly Chapter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Senior Center. The meeting is the annual pot luck luncheon to begin at noon. Members who have signed up should provide a dish to share, either hot or cold, salad or dessert. Coffee and tea will be provided. Those who wish to attend and have not yet

signed up may call Ann Gamelin at (860) 828-6700.

February programs Congressman John Larson — Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Community Center. Larson, congressman for the 1st district, is scheduled to speak about healthcare. A question and answer session will follow. Sign up at the Senior Center.

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terson, 151. Results of the Senior Bowling League from Feb. 5: Mike Koval, 233; Joe Aziz, 183; Ferd Brochu, 182; Joe Sytulek, 178; Paul Dabkowski, 171; Stan Dziob, 169; Walt Wallace, 166; Al Pollard, 163; Ed Picard, 162; Chuck Leonhardt, 158; Charles Snetro, 155.

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Senior Bowling

Results of the Strikette Bowling League from Feb. 2: High triple: Marie Kaczynski, 500. High Single: Marie Kaczynski, 170. Marie Kaczynski, 170; Irene Willametz, 169; Florence Gillette, 159; Barb Pat-

Hear Right Hearing Center — Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. A board certified hearing instrumental specialist is scheduled to present an educational seminar on the anatomy and physiology of the ear, how to recognize hearing loss, information on hearing aids and free video otoscopic evaluations. Sign up at the Senior Center.

Center. A pizza lunch is planned with entertainment by Dan Ringrose, a Celtic Balladeer, to follow. The event is limited to 84 people. Sign up at the Senior Center.

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. The schedule for February is as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 16 – 12:45 to 1:45 Blood pressure screening. Tuesday, Feb. 23 – 12:45 to 1:45 Blood pressure screening. For more information, call the Berlin VNA at (860) 8287030.

Fall prevention

Anne Rolfe of Newington Healthcare is scheduled to present a fall prevention program Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. Sign up at the Senior Center.



Feb. 11


Berlin Garden Club – The Berlin Garden Club has scheduled a “Get Together” for Thursday, Feb. 11, at noon at Central Pizza. 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. Boys Basketball – BHS vs. Platt at BHS, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball – BHS at Platt, 7 p.m.



Indoor Track and Field – Class M state meet at Hillhouse, New Haven, 4 p.m.



Pet Meet & Greet Friends of Berlin Animal Control has scheduled a Meet & Greet for Saturday, Feb. 13 from 1 to 3at A.S. Labieniec, 945 Farmington

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Ave. Come meet their friendly, beautiful cats that are in need of loving, permanent homes. Please bring vet and/or personal references. FOBAC will also accept applications for food donations and new foster homes. For more information call (860) 828-5287. Recycling Center – The Town of Berlin Recycling Center, 19 Town Farm Lane, is scheduled for be open Saturday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ice Hockey – BHS vs. E.O. Smith-Tolland-Windham at Newington Arena, 8 p.m.



Girls Basketball – BHS vs. Middletown at BHS, 7 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. Decorating – The Class of 2010 All Night Graduation Party is scheduled to work on decorations Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Grand List Continued from page 1

Dandi is extremely loving and affectionate. She loves to be held and cradled, and she loves tummy rubs. When she is not in your arms, Dandi needs a safe place like a basket or a box to make her feel secure. She was neglected in a basement for a year and still needs to recover from the ordeal. She is a pretty gray tabby with mackerel swirls. For information about Dandi of other animals available for adoption, call (860) 828-5287.

cars. The big change came in personal property which consists of tangible items such as: furniture, fixtures and equipment. Some of that growth is due to expansion and updating by Connecticut Light and Power, the town’s largest taxpayer. (See 10 top taxpayers page XX). With motor vehicles and personal property there is depreciation from year to

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in the Willard School basement. Projects are available for all levels of talents. All adults are welcome. For more information, call (860) 828-7425. 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 Swimming – BHS at Plainville, 3:45 p.m. Boys Basketball – BHS at Bulkeley, 7 p.m. Boys Swimming – BHS at Suffield, Windsor Locks, 4 p.m.



Open house – Mooreland Hill School, 166 Lincoln St., has scheduled an open house for Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (860) 223-6428 or Indoor Track and Field – State Open at Hillhouse, New Haven, noon Ice Hockey – BHS vs. Joel Barlow at Newington Arena, 8 p.m.



Boys Basketball – BHS at Middletown, 7 p.m.



Boys Swimming – BHS vs. Middletown at Platt, Meriden, 3:45 p.m.



Ice Hockey – BHS vs. Fitch-East Lyme-Ledyard at Connecticut College, 7:45 p.m.

Ice Hockey – BHS vs. Farmington at Skating Center, Simsbury, 7:35 p.m.




Boys Basketball – BHS at Rockville, 7 p.m. year and “so you have to have growth to even stay the same,” Ferraro said. The $11 million growth in real estate holdings reflects new construction, improvements and permit work. Real estate holds its value from the most recent revaluation (2007), Ferraro said and doesn’t change with market conditions. The growth also reflects permit work for residential, larger residential projects (such as condo complexes) and other projects. Approvals and site work all contribute to the net as-




Boys Swimming – BHS vs. Platt/Maloney at Platt/Maloney, 6

sessed value. There are additions, garages and new construction, too. “It all adds up,” Ferraro said adding that 1.4 percent growth on a $2.3 billion assessment is significant. “The economy is slowly turning around,” Ferraro said. Berlin and the surrounding region have not had the major decreases in numbers, such as loss of value in housing, that have been seen in other parts of the country. “People are starting to realize this,” he said.


Thursday, February 11, 2010 — The Berlin Citizen

School News

Dean’s list

Bentley University, Massachusetts — Sarah Henry, James Stachelek of Kensington; Lindsey Roeder, Mark Wagoner of Berlin. Clarkson University, New York — Casey Lupini of Kensington. College of Charlestown, South Carolina — Francesca Pedemonti of

Kensington. Hofstra University, New York — Caitlin Winslow of Berlin. Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island — Erica Bukowski of Kensington. Rochester Institute of Technology, New York — Emily Courtney of Kensington.

Roger Williams University, Rhode Island — Lauren Vernlund of Berlin. Saint Joseph College — Mary Sue Guite of Berlin; Scarlett Carroll of East Berlin; Madeline Pinches, Katherine Vandrilla of Kensington. Springfield College, Massachusetts — Vivian Maslowski, Kyle McCorma-

ck, Allyson Martin of Berlin; Rachel DiMattia of Kensington. University at Albany, New York — Stephanie Pomponio of Kensington. University of Connecticut — Shayne Anderson of Kensington. University of Hartford — Maren M. Casorio, Lauren E. Dwyer, Andrew S. Zelek,

Andrew J. Mukon of Berlin; Michalina Dzierlatka of East Berlin; Alexander S. Gavelek, Christopher T. Carlone, Carson R. Collier of Kensington. University of New England, Maine — Eric Cruanes of Kensington.

See School, page 20


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University of Rochester — Justin Roncaioli of Kensington. Villanova University — Spencer Polaske of Berlin. Washington and Lee University, Virginia — James Paldino II of Kensington.

Scholastic achievements

Colby Carlone of Berlin has been named to the honor roll at Kingswood-Oxford

Mooreland Hill School, 166 Lincoln Street, has scheduled an open house for

All Night graduation party Casino bus trip The Berlin High School Class of 2010 All Night Graduation Committee has scheduled a bus trip to Mohegan Sun on Saturday, March 27. Buses leave at 4:30 p.m. and return at 10:30 p.m. to the Berlin High School, 139 Patterson Way. Trip includes bus, gaming vouchers and a food voucher. For more information, cost and to reserve a seat, call Sharon and Sal Garfi at (860) 828-0669 or email

Take out Tuesday Bill’s Farmington Avenue Pizza has teamed with the Berlin High School All Night Graduation Party for a fundraiser on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, call (860) 8283581. Reusable bags The Berlin High School Class of 2010 All Night Graduation Committee is offering ChicoBags for sale. For more information and cost of the reusable bags, call Joanne Addamo at (860) 8292926. 1146921

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Lady ’Coats: South Division champs By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen

For the third year in a row, the Berlin High School girls basketball team will end the season as a champion. The Lady Redcoats defeated Bristol Eastern 58-42 Monday night to secure the Central Connecticut Conference South Division title.

Berlin claimed the Northwest Conference championship in 2009, and was the NWC tournament champ in 2008. The Lady Redcoats bumped their record to 17-1 on Monday, and Berlin coach Sheila King had little to complain about as of late. “We are pleased where we are and have begun to polish certain parts of our game,” King said heading into

the Bristol Eastern matchup. “We hope to end the regular season strong, and are excited for the experience in a new postseason tournament in the CCC. We anticipate some very exciting games against some very strong teams.” The Lady Redcoats have received contributions from all over as of late, but King has been particularly pleased with the work turned in by

Kaitlyn Bovee, who is on pace to join Berlin’s 500 Club (500 rebounds, 500 points). “She has stepped up her game in the paint; rebounding and going strong offensively to the basket,” King said of the senior. “She has that competitive spark in her eye.” King also lauded the play of

See Champs, page 24

As far as coach is concerned, Red Sea is doing its job By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen The Berlin High School student cheering section, The Red Sea, has taken some heat in the opinion pages as of late, but the Redcoats’ loyal fan base has a backer in BHS boys basketball coach Mike Veneziano. “They’re like a sixth man for us, even on the road,” Veneziano said. “The last three years, I think we’ve had the best home field advantage in the Northwest Conference, and now the CCC. We have great fans.” But not everyone has praise for The Red Sea. Supporters of the Plainville boys basketball team felt that Berlin students crossed the line and acted disrespectfully toward Plainville players and fans during a game at Gibney Gymnasium in January. Since then, Letters to the Editor have appeared in both The Berlin and Plainville Citizen newspapers, either defending or admonishing The Red Sea’s actions that night. Not speaking to The Red Sea’s behavior at the game in question, Veneziano indicated that lively — sometimes over the top — fans come with the territory. “I think it’s just part of the game,” the first-year coach said. The Red Sea supports the BHS girls basketball team, as well. “We have a great fan base,” Veneziano reiterated. “The CCC kind of hurts us because we play the same night as the girls; and we have a great girls team. The girls get a big following, and we get a big following. We never get everybody together. But Berlin High has always supported their athletics; boys and girls.” The Berlin and Plainville boys hoop teams met up for the second time this season Feb. 1 at Ivan Wood Gymnasium. In the rematch, The Red Sea and Plainville’s student cheering section, The Blue Lagoon, were partisan, but in control. That night, fans may have taken their cue from Berlin and Plainville players, who acted as friendly rivals, not enemies. “I thought the Plainville kids on the court had a lot of sportsmanship today,” Veneziano said. “I thought the kids on both sides had good sportsmanship.”

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The Berlin High School cheerleaders were all smiles after capturing the Central Connecticut Conference South Division championship this past weekend.

Berlin nabs first CCC cheer crown By Matt Leidemer Special to The Citizen The Berlin High School cheerleaders began a new chapter in an already impressive legacy by winning the Central Connecticut Conference-South Division title Saturday at Hartford Public High School. This is BHS’s first goround in the CCC, and it already has proven to be a force in the conference. This past fall, BHS won CCC divisional titles in football and girls soccer. The girls basketball team recently claimed its division crown. Berlin cheer coach Debi Muzio was pleased to get

Berlin another CCC title this past weekend, but recognized that her team has work to do before it hits the competition mat again. “It’s great that they won. I’m happy for them. But they know they did not hit their routine the way they should, they could,” Muzio said. “So even though they won, we need to get back in the gym and work harder for states and the upcoming competitions.” Like their coach, senior captains Liz Dunham and Briana Calafiore see room for improvement. “I think we need to make things a little tighter, stronger, be more confident,” Dunham said. “We could have done a little better.”

“If we go on working hard at practices like we have been, I think we have a good chance at states,” Calafiore added. The divisional title was not the only honor for Berlin on Saturday; four Redcoats were selected to the All-CCC team: senior captain Tessa Cugno, and juniors Cammy Chrzan, Kendra Manthey and Amanda McLeod. “They all deserve it, and hopefully they’ll make AllState as well,” Muzio said. “They work hard, they’re technically sound, they push themselves, and they deserve to be on the All-State team as well. I’m very proud

See Crown, page 24


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 11, 2010

BHS football players solidify college plans Kyle Connolly (Union College). Senior A.J. Marsiglia, a lineman, will attend prep school in the fall and likely will move on to college the following year. The BHS football Class of 2009 helped lead the Redcoats to a record of 10-2 this past fall. Along the way, Berlin claimed the CIAC Class M and Central Connecticut Conference Division III championships. The state crown was the BHS football program’s first. Berlin football coach John Capodice is proud so many of his former players are willing to test their skills in college, but to him, seeing his guys excel off the field is far more rewarding. “I am a big proponent of kids going to college and playing sports. It is a great way to meet friends and become acclimated to the university,” Capodice said, adding. “I try and preach to kids of all ages that ‘your schoolwork matters.’ There is going to come a day where your grades will have an impact on which college you

By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen

The Berlin High School football program had no big time signings last week when players across the country made it official at which college they would continue their career. But a cast of Redcoats will compete at the next level in 2010, highlighted by NCAA Division II recruits Taylor Tavarozzi and Dave Campagna. Tavarozzi, a running back/defensive back, and Campagna, a running back/safety, will team up at Waltham, Massachusetts’ Bentley University. Tavarozzi compiled 587 yards rushing and made 37 tackles this past season, while Campagna manufactured 448 total yards and 38 tackles. Other BHS seniors who will make the leap to the college game are linebacker Zach Parsons (Amherst College), guard/defensive tackle Doug Campbell (Western Connecticut State University) and tight end/linebacker


of them.” The division championship is the Redcoats’ third straight conference/division title. Berlin shared the 2008 Northwest Conference championship with Plainville and won the NWC crown outright in 2009.




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league titles under his belt. In 1977 he was named National High School Golf Coach of the Year. In 1991 he was selected Coach of the Year by the Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance. Bates’ coaching philosophy, combined with his extraordinary golfing talent and skilled players, netted him 626 career victories and made him the winningest high school coach in the country. Bates never had a losing season at Berlin, and he was always quick to credit his golfers for the program’s success. Bates was a four-time Shuttle Meadow Country Club champion and was instrumental in the building of Timberlin Golf Course. He served on Timberlin’s Greens Committee for 32 years. Bates passed away on Jan. 7, 1993. For those that knew him, those 600-plus coaching victories are dwarfed by the positive influence he had on 100s of young men who were fortunate to learn from him about the game of golf, and life. The Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held March 21 at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell.

Joining the Redcoat cheerleaders as 2010 CCC division champions are Southington (West), Rocky Hill (East) and East Hartford (North). For the second consecutive year, East Hartford won the Grand Championship. Berlin has one more competition, the Quinnipiac Challenge, Feb. 27, before competing in the CIAC Class L state championship in New Haven next month.


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Don Bates 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 Bates 1961-1980 era: Paul Baretta. And from the 1981-2000 era: Pam Wallace, Deb Larson, Robyn Trevethan, Adam 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 career of Don Bates, who is being honored posthumously. Don Bates was born in Hartford and moved from New Britain to Berlin in 1951. Bates taught mathematics at Berlin High School for 30 years, retiring in 1981. He coached the BHS boys golf team for 39 years, stepping down in 1992 with four — consecutive — state championships and 19

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Continued from page 23 Katelyn Zarotney, Alyssa Barrett and Kim Rasmussen, and that of reserve players Chelsea Vujs, Ashley Malloy and Monique St. Jarre. Rasmussen netted 14 points against Bristol Eastern. Bovee had eight points to go along with 13 rebounds. Zarotney led all scorers with 22. The senior pulled downed 12 rebounds as well. Zarotney is just 18 points shy of surpassing 1989 graduate Tammilyn Borkowski (1,176 points) to become the program’s all-time scoring leader. Zarotney could pass Borkowski tonight, Feb. 11, when the Lady Redcoats take on Platt in Meriden.


Thursday, February 11, 2010 — The Berlin Citizen

For race fans, this is no better time of year By Hank Pustelnik Special to The Citizen Good evening and good day race fans, where ever you are. Feb. 14, the NASCAR season will start its engines with its main event of the season, the Daytona 500. Will Jimmie Johnson win his fifth NASCAR Sprint

Cup title in a row? Will NASCAR trash the four-BBL carburetor and go to fuel injection? Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. start winning races for Hendricks Motorsports? I think Rick Hendricks will concentrate on Junior’s team this year, and my prediction is that Junior will win five races in 2010.

How will female IndyCar racer Danica Patrick fair in the Nationwide Series (known to most as the Busch Series) as a member of Junior’s team? Next year, will she go full-time with a Sprint Cup team? Looks like that’s what she’s heading for. How will Middletown’s Joey Logano, a standout

driver, do this year in the Home Depot machine? Some more questions — Will Honda roll into the Spring Cup Series? Honda is building a V8 engine, I would say, for the Cup Series. Who’s your pick to win the Daytona 500? I’m going with Tony Stewart. Soon, most of these questions will be answered.

Youth Sports Wrestling A group of beginner Minutemen competed at a tournament in Bristol Jan. 31. The results are as follows: first place, Calvin Johnson Jr. and Sahnserae Brownlee; second place, Adam Gauvin; third place, Logan Galvin, Sean Nogiec, Lexi Eliades, Nathan Orde, Serge Duquette and Paul D’Amore; fourth place, Graeden Boyer, Aaron Gauvin, Ryan Kolodziej and Caleb Orde. An advanced Minutemen group competed in Ledyard that day. The results are as follows: first place, J.P. Gorneault; second place, Trevor Graham, Ronnie Watson, Michael Patterson and Matt Cote; third place, Nicholas Aborio; fourth place, Mike DaVila, Tyler Bajjo and Joe Inturri.


Mayer. Spartans 30, Tarheels 7: Spartans scorers — T.J. Beardsley (14), Billy Hagmeier (6), Ryan Toce (4), Ryan Hyde (2), Adam Guzauckas (2), Gianelli Fanelly (2). Tar Heels scorers — David Boscoglio (3), Garrett Jacques (2), John Downes (2). Knicks 16, Blue Devils 15: Knicks scorers — Michael Constantine (8), Ryan Terlicky (4), Matt Reilly (2), Nicholas Carroll (2). Blue Devils scorers — Michael McCarthy (8), Ethan Skinner (4), Anthony Veneziano (2). Cardinals 20, Huskies 15: Cardinals scorers — Tyler Cop (8), Gregory Carson (6), Wesley Cantiliffe (2), Dylan Frsik (2), Holden Murphy (2). Huskies scorers — Ryan Jenkins (7), Daniel Valdesi (6), Chaz Blake (2). Cardinals 17, Celtics 16: Cardinals scorers — Dylan Frisk (12), Tyler Cop (3), Wesley Cantiliffe (2). Celtics scorers — Raylend Wilson (10), William Salwocki (4), Jack Repaci (2).

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Sixth-eighth grades Parks and Recreation Blaze 27, Huskies 21: The Blaze continued their winnings ways, led by the strong play of Julia Ford. Scoring for the Blaze were Caitlin Garrigus, Megan Leavenworth, Haley Longo, May Leen Perduta and Tess Repaci. The Huskies were led by Emily Rose with six points. Krista Fasciano, Emily Lombardo, Alyssa Prokop, Alana Rivera, Alexandra Schulz and Toby Sznaj also played well for the Huskies. Redcoats 27, Number Ones 11: The Redcoats were led by Kristen Gaetgens’ 12 points. Brianna Tulin, Olivia Martin, Kristen Petry and Samantha Giardina also scored for the victors. The Number Ones were led by Maya McCann with three points. Erin Conry, Megan Nelson, Rachel Roe, Alyssa Vasil and Lauren Trzasko also scored for the Number Ones. Blaze 19, Redcoats 12: The Blaze were led by Megan Leav-

enworth with seven points. Also scoring for the victors were Kerry Ashe, May Leen Perduta, Caitlin Garrigus and Tess Repaci. The Redcoats were led by Kristen Gaetgens’ six points. Rebecca Carriere and Kayla Cervoni also scored for the Redcoats. Huskies 21, Number Ones 17: The Huskies were led by Valerie Perzanowski and Emily Lombardo with six points each. Krista Fasciano, Alexandra Schulz and Victoria Mancini also scored for the Huskies. The Number Ones were led by Gabriella Bierwirth with seven points. Also scoring for the Number Ones were Ariana Kelly, Dannia Szymanski, Maya McCann, Megan Nelson and Rachel Roe. Third-fifth grade Parks and Recreation Blue Devils 18, Huskies 6: Hannah Ciarcia led the Blue Devils with four points. Also scoring for the Blue Devils were Julie Barlow, Maegan Varley, Alana Garofalo and Catherine Wilson. Scoring two points apiece for the Huskies were Bridget Fox, Nicole LaPointe and Rianne

I can’t wait for Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. Maybe we’ll see a lot of red race cars with hearts on them! Well, that’s all for now. You know the saying: “The sound of a motor is music to me”. Hank Pustelnik is a local race car enthusiast.



The Berlin Citizen Thursday, February 11, 2010

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A devastating fire destroyed Castle Window’s regional offices in Newington, last year, but now the company has moved on and is proud to announce the grand opening of its new offices at 105 Clark Drive, Unit H, East Berlin. “I am pleased to welcome Castle Windows to the Berlin business community,” said Mayor Adam Salina at a Feb. 4 ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Castle will be a great addition to the vibrant business mix in East Berlin’s Commerce Street and Clark Drive business park.” Castle Windows representative Joe DeCiuceis cut the ribbon at the grand opening to celebrate a new beginning in the new Connecticut office. Castle Windows Connecticut office was forced to relocate after a December fire in its Newington office. Company representatives said the new space is larger and more consumer- friendly. Castle Windows is a multimillion dollar, New Jerseybased company that manufactures energy efficient and environmentally friendly products; specifically custom-made windows and doors. Castle Windows, established over thirty years ago,

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Liberty Bank celebrates new location with local donations and mortgage stimulus plan Liberty Bank, headquartered in Middletown, cut the ribbon Feb. 4 on a new branch office at 1169 Farmington Ave. The Berlin branch is the 37th in Liberty’s network, which extends throughout the central, eastern, and shoreline areas of the state. Conveniently located on Rte. 372 within easy reach of

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The bank also announced a seven-month campaign, called “Study Buddies,” to assist children in town in need of back-to-school supplies. Liberty Bank will donate $5.00 to the Study Buddies fund every time a new customer opens a personal checking account at the bank’s Berlin office until August 15. Customers are welcome to make their own contributions of money or materials for the drive. At the beginning of the 2010 school year, collected funds will be used to purchase backpacks and back-to-school supplies for kindergarten through grade 12 Berlin students in need. To date, the bank has contributed $2,015 the fund. At the event, the bank also presented a total of $8,000 in grants from the Liberty

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Staying warm

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Wearing red blankets and staying close, these two horses appear to be enjoying each other’s company on a chilly February morning. The equine pair are among 24 horses at Midway Stables on the Chamberlain Highway. The farm is also home to several mules and ponies as well as sheep, ducks, and chickens.

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Continued from page 26 Bank Foundation to five Berlin nonprofit agencies: the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Berlin UpBeat, Berlin Community Services, the YMCA of New BritainBerlin, and the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. “We think it’s important to let people know that we’re not just a great bank, we’re a good neighbor as well,” said Branch Manager Michele Tine. Liberty Bank’s Berlin office is open: Monday through Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Thursday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and

Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The drive-up teller window opens at 8:30 a.m. Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is Connecticut’s oldest mutual bank, with more than $3 billion in assets, and 37 branches throughout the state’s central, southeastern, and shoreline areas. As a full-service financial institution, it offers consumer and commercial banking, home mortgages, insurance, and investment services. Rated outstanding by federal regulators on its community reinvestment efforts, Liberty Bank maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement.

ing may be his forte. “I think that style of writing could be a niche for me. I like the idea of spending more time with a subject and applying some creativity to the writing of the story.” “There are restrictions that come with beat reporting that magazine writers don’t have to deal with,” he said, adding that landing a job with ESPN The Magazine or “would be a dream come true.”

Brief Junior Women’s Club seeks members

The Junior Woman’s Club of Berlin is a non-profit civic organization, for any woman over the age of 18 years. Anyone who is interested in being part of this organization and who shares a common passion in making her community a better place today should contact Karen at

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“I also have a very supportive family, and as a kid who loved sports, I was a mini Hartford Whalers fanatic as a toddler. I was always encouraged to pursue a job that would permit me to be around them (sports) all the time. Journalism, and becoming a sports writer some day, was a natural fit. I think I decided at a fairly young age that I’d pursue that field.” Since joining The Daily Campus as a sophomore, Brodeur has learned the ins and outs of the newspaper business, from editing to page design. He has logged a lot of hours at the paper, but always makes time for his studies. Brodeur will graduate in May with a grade-point average in the 3.2 range. Although this is a tough time for a journalist to hit the job market, after leaving UConn, Brodeur will follow his heart. “I just really love to write, and have an impact with what I write. I think I’ve taken a good mix of classes that will allow me to have options in the future, no matter where the newspaper biz goes,” Brodeur said, pointing out that magazine-style writ-

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 — The Berlin Citizen

Remembering Officer Jeffery Casner

These scenes are from a Feb. 2 ceremony to honor Officer Jeffery Casner who was killed by a drunk driver 25 years ago. The event, attended by family, friends and Casner’s colleagues, is organized by the Berlin Police Department. Photos submitted by Marlene C. Way

Officer David Cruickshank shakes hands with Jeff Casner’s mother, Jean Casner. To her right is Jeff Casner’s sister, Anne Aresco. Standing behind Jean Casner (not visible) is Jeff Casner’s brother Bill Casner. In the back looking on is Deputy Chief John Klett.

A line of officers remembers a fallen colleague.

Officer David Cruickshank received the Casner Award for making the most DUI arrests last year. Cruickshank made 31 DUI arrests, which is 21 percent of the total DUI arrests, in 2009.

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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Buzz Around Berlin

CCSU student entrepreneur wins award

Stephanie Wurtzel, of Kensington, received the fall 2009 Connecticut Collegiate Business Plan Award for a Small Business recently. Wurtzel created Shred & Bed, a program that uses recycled shredded paper material to provide eco-friendly, affordable bedding for animals. Shred & Bed was awarded $1,000. A trophy acknowledging her success was awarded to Central Connecticut State University. Pictured, from left: Charles Moret, Connecticut Innovations; Professor Drew Harris, CCSU, faculty advisor to Shred & Bed; Stephanie Wurtzel; Joseph DeMartino, Angel Investor Forum; and Mark Schneider, OCI Ventures.

BHS on Wall Street

Laurie Nelson and Lorraine Wicklund, Berlin High School business teachers, and Assistant Principal Jim Sachs, recently took students to New York City, the financial capital of the world. Group activities included tours of NBC Studios and The Museum of Personal Finance, and walking tours of Wall Street and the elaborate window displays created by many of New York City’s famous stores.

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Rebecca Taylor of Kensington was a semi-finalist in the Miss Teen Connecticut USA pageant held last November. Rebecca said she was excited to place in the top 10 in her first pageant. “I left with more confidence, great friends and an experience that I will remember always.”

Parks and Recreation Vacation week The Berlin Parks and Recreations Departments has scheduled two programs for the school February vacation at the Community Center. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is required at the Parks and Recreation office, 230 Kensington Rd. For more information and fees, call (860) 828-7009. Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Flying High Vacation Day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy aero-dynamic activities including a craft, games and prizes. Pizza lunch is included. The event is for children in kindergarten through grade 5. Thursday, Feb. 18 – Bowling, Pizza and more from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a morning of bowling at the Berlin Bowling Center and an afternoon of games at the Community Center. Pizza lunch and transportation is included. The event is for children in kindergarten through grade 5.


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CHRIS Belle & I want to say that you mean the world to us. Two years & counting. Happy Valentine’s Day. Love, Cookie





Our First Valentine’s Day Together as Husband and Wife! You Mean the World to Me! I Love You!

Happy 3rd Birthday to Our Best Valentine Ever! Love You So Much! Daddy, Mommy, Grammie, Grampa, Aunt Lisa, Katie and James

TO MY BOYS With All My Heart Jared, Alex and Josh I Will Always Be There With You and For You!! Love, Mom and Your Wife


DRUE Hi Baby Doll Love You So Much. Hope You Have a Great Saint Valentine Day!

Lizzy, Dakota-Marie & Cooper Happy Valentine’s Day!!

MOM You’re the Best! We Love You Love Nicholas, Alexzandra & Liana

BRIAN I Love You!! Mommy XOXO

MY ANGELS Courtney, Jack and Dennis You fill my world with love, sunshine and happiness. Love you. Mimi

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DADDY, Thank you for being the best Daddy and husband in the world. We love you so very much. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Bailey To My Lovely Daughter! You are the best!

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Love, Mommy & Josh

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Kyle and Jack


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SPIDERMAN You Caught Me in Your Web of Love I Am So Glad You Made Me Your “Butterfly”. Always With Love - Mary Jane

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Happy Valentine’s Day! We Love You! Mom, Dad, Rick and Kris





NICOLE Happy Valentine’s Day Remember the day that we danced to “When You Say Nothing At All!” I Love You More Each Day! Forever Lovin Bill

VEE 26 full & amazing years I Love You So Very Much Happy Valentine’s Day Chris MAXINE AND CAMERON Happy Valentine’s Day. We Love You So Much! Hugs and Kisses From Mommy and Daddy

Geez These past 6 years have been a dream come true Thanks! All My Love Mrs Beasley

Happy Valentine’s Day Daddy Your The Greatest Dad Love Tamara, Chelsea, Max, Sabrina, Putnik, Mommy

ALEX, DYLAN & DEREK Happy Valentine’s Day to our 3 sons! We love you always! Love, Mom & Dad

Dearest Isabella: You are our sweet Lil' Tater, you make our life so wonderful and special. You are so sweet, funny, smart, and you have such a good heart. We are so proud of you. You are the best thing that ever happened to us! We love you more than you will ever know. Love, Mommy & Daddy

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Munch I Love You Gammie

DON & RUTHIE Happy Valentine’s Day, Babe It’s been 25 years and I’m still truly in love with you! Love You Babe

Amy Lee, Tori, Brendan & Breanna I Love You Too-Too Much! G-Ma

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Steven All My Love Always


Bailey Love,


To Abbi, Haley, Elli 3 Sweeties! We Love You! Happy Valentine’s Day! Love Pop & Nana Zito

CAMERON My One and Only Valentine I Love You Sweetheart! Love, Heidi


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 11, 2010


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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.

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

BUICK Lesabre 1998 Custom V6, no dents, very clean inside & out. Auto, leather seats, new fuel pump. Tuned up and ready to go. 142,000 miles. $2399. Call (203) 235-6902

HYUNDAI ELANTRA 2006 4 Door, Automatic w/Overdrive 49,532 mi # A11558A $8,995

(203) 238-1100


Lord & Loizou, LLC Sober Group Home looking for items: 2 refrigerators, 4 beds-full, queen, king sets or beds, 4 dressers, 2 vacuums. We will pick up! Please call: (203) 235-8685


SKIDOO 1995 MACH Z780 Triple pipe, only 5000 original miles, runs great, excellent condition! $2000 or best offer. Call 203-269-6444 after 4pm

KIA RIO 2005 76k. AT, CD. $3950 TOYOTA Camry 1999 4 door, AT. Very clean. $3950 VOLVO 850 Wagon 1995 Super clean. $2850. (203) 213-1142 ROBERTS CHRYSLER DODGE Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles. 120 So. Broad St, Meriden, CT 203-235-1111


G.T. TIRE (203) 235-8606

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

4 Speed Automatic, FWD. 67,597 mi. #1393 $11,888 (860) 344-9916

(203) 238-1100


4 Door Mini Van. 5 Speed Auto 53,834 mi. #1399 $14,888 (860) 344-9916

CHEVY Blazer S10 1999- New paint, wheels, tires, many new parts. Southern truck. Restored. Excellent condition. 2wd. 6 cyl, automatic. $5500 FIRM. Call (203) 238-1645

5 Door Hatchback, Auto, 4 Cyl 82,697 mi. #1278 $7,888 (860) 344-9916

MERCEDES BENZ E CLASS E320 2003 4 Door, 5 Speed Automatic 67,319 mi # A11595A $17,995

BMW 3-Series 2005 Coupe. Gray Mint condition. w/black interior. Non-smoker. Original owner. $18,900 39,800 Call 203-294-1126

4 door, FWD. 4 Cylinders, Manual. 85,199mi. #1286 $7,888 (860) 344-9916

SCION xA 2005

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$15.55 Oil Change (203) 630-2926

233 S. Broad St. Meriden



FORD TAURUS SE WAGON 2002 4 Speed Auto, Full 3rd row seat. 61,603 mi # 11597 $8,495


FORD Bronco 1989 350 Eddie Bauer 4x4, Automatic, Runs well. Needs minor body work. $1700. Call (203) 697-1123

KEYSTONE ‘05 Cougar 290 EFS Mstr Queen bed, angled shwr w/skylight. Full slide w/dinette & pullout sofa, LG skylight in kitch. All STD amen. inc refrig/ freezer, microwave, surround sound system, heat & ducted A/C. Polar Cold Weather PKG. Death in family forces sale. $17,000/OBO Gerry at 860-620-3147



USED CAR WINTER CLEARANCE 98 Chevy S10 Blazer $3,250 98 Buick LeSabre $3,195 93 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD $2,995 90 Dodge Pickup w/Plow $2,995 95 Ford Taurus Wagon $1,995 89 Nissan Stanza 4 Door $895 88 Buick Riviera $775 Open Mon-Fri 6:30am-5pm 155 Colony St., Meriden

CASH And/Or Tax deduction for your vehicle. Call



Free Towing!

TOYOTA Camry Solara SE 2004 2 door, 4 Spd Auto, 23 mpg city 130,208 mi # T1072A $7,995

(203) 238-1100 Junk cars, trucks, motorcycles. Free Pickup. Free Removal. Running or not.

203-631-0800 or 203-630-2510

NISSAN ALTIMA 2007 4 Cylinder, Auto w/Overdrive 34,496 mi # P11591A $16,688

Whether you’ve lost a ring, wallet or a Cocker Spaniel, a Marketplace ad can help track it.

The Jewish Childrens Fund

Chevrolet Tahoe LS 2003

(203) 238-1100

Buying, selling Marketplace is the answer.

4 door, 4X4, SUV, 4 Spd Auto w/OD, 8 Cylinders, # 1311. 93,847 mi $10,888 (860) 344-9916

See the great selection of used cars in Marketplace.

BLACK lab puppies M/F. We are ready to go to a good home now! $500. Call Maryann 860829-1578 BOXERS, Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Labs, Yorkies, Cane Corso, Bull Mastiff, French Bulldogs, Poodle mixes. $250+ 860-930-4001 GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES Rare German working lines. Dad is large boned, 100+ lbs. AKC. 1st shots, wormed & tattooed. Nice take home puppy pack. Ready Now! Serious inquiries. $1000. (860) 655-0889 or

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

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Day or Night

Marketplace Advertising Direct Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 — The Berlin Citizen PETS & LIVESTOCK


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

203-238-3308 COMPUTERS & OFFICE EQUIPMENT LAB Ret pups AKC & OFA, reg., vet. cert. healt guar. $800. Parents used in therapy Sire hunts. Call (860) 681-5402

MASTIFF Puppies for sale. Born Oct. 29. 2 females, 1 male. $850 each. Call (203) 314-0004 SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, first shots, vet checked, non shedding, ideal for allergies, 3 Female, 2 black, 1 black/white. Ready to go. $850. Call 860329-9893 SHIH-TZU Puppies- Pure bred, Born 12/27/09. 3 weeks old, 2 black, 2 beige, 2 white. 2 female, 4 male. $500 each. For info call (203) 440-0217 SWEET Gray & white doubled pawed rescued stray looking for good home. Female, approx 3 yrs old. Spayed w/shots. Would do best in home without small children. 203-949-9479


2 DRESSERS Nightstand, Mirror, Headboard. French and Heald set. $200 or best offer. Child’s Pink and White Barbie Bed Frame. $50 or best offer. CALL 203-238-9960 FOR SALE: Entertainment console. Holds up to 27” TV. 52” by 49”H. Very Good Condition. $200.00 Call 203-284-9289

FREEZER 15 Cu Ft Admiral Stand Up. Good condition. White. $100 or best offer. You pick up. 203-238-9960 HITCHCOCK Entertainment center. Cherry. Excellent condition. Asking $550. Call (203) 269-2637 or (203) 506-1614 MOVING - Corner Hutch, Buffet, Rattan Coffee & End Tables with Glass Tops, Rattan Chair & Many Other Items. Call (203) 238-3474


GET A NEW COMPUTER. Brand Name laptops & desktops Bad or NO Credit - No Problem smallest weekly payments avail. Call 1-800-750-8310 TEXAS LAND FORECLOSURES! 20/40 acre tracts. Near growing El Paso-proposed travel/ space center! No Credit Checks/Owner Financing Money Back Guarantee. $0 Down. Take over $159 per/mo 800-843-7537.

POOL TABLE 8ft oak w/leather pockets. $1000/OBO. Need to sell due to moving. About 5 years old. Custom Made. Call 203-440-0766


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


MERIDEN- 1BR, 1st flr, spacious. Secure bldg. Laundry. No pets. Sec dep. Section 8 appr’d. $750/mo. 203-376-1259 MERIDEN. QUIET 1 BR, lge rms, new carpet, heat & hot water included, garage, washer & dryer, $750. (203) 294-1409 WLFD- Judd Square- 2BR. No pets. $1000. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904


Flanders West Apts Southington

Studio & 1 Bedroom Apts Affordable apts for qualified applicants 50 yrs of age or older Small pets accepted Please call 860-621-6954 TTY 711

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

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden - Studio & 1BR apts From $650 + sec. Heat & HW incl. Avail. immed! 203-938-3789

$$$ CA$H $$$

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

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Silverplate, Glass, Furn, music instruments, china, art, collectibles. 1 item to estate.

203-235-8431 FISHING TACKLE. Local collector looking for old or new rods, reels, lures. Highest prices paid. Call Dave anytime 860-463-4359


Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome Beginner to Intermediate De Fiore Vocal & Piano Studio Roberta (203) 630-9295

HOUSES FOR RENT DURHAM 2BR. $900 per month. 1 month security + utilities. No pets. (860) 349-9114 WLFD Great rental property. 2BR, eat in kitchen, LR, 1 car garage. Beautifully landscaped. Quiet neighborhood, low traffic. Good condition. $1200/mo. Sil Sala for details and showing 203-265-5618

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden- 3BR, Recently renovated, Available immediately. $1125/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, 128pm


MERIDEN - 1 BR, 1st flr. Stove & frig, parking, clean. Centrally loc. $575 + sec. (203) 634-8084 MERIDEN 1BR-New apt. 2nd flr avail. 91 Lincoln St. $650/mo Sect 8 appr’d. Leave message at (860) 426-0658

MERIDEN 3BR. New paint/carpet, Off street parking, 2nd fl. Washer/dryer 1 yr lease. $900 plus sec. Call 203-671-2672

MERIDEN 2 1/2 BR, DR, LR, Kitchen. 2nd Floor. Spacious. Hdwd flrs. Nice area, James St. Near John Barry School. $950 plus 1 mo sec. (203) 715-1296

MERIDEN Huge 5 BR Apartment Freshly painted. Ready to rent! Section 8 approved. $1350/mo + security. No pets. 203-650-0479

MERIDEN 2 BR - 1st Floor Updated. Basement storage space. Yard. No pets. Separate utilities. $800/month. Security. Olive Street. Call 203-809-4627

MERIDEN STUDIOS - $650 1BRs - $750 2BRs - $850. Free Heat & HW incl. ACs. 24 hr maintenance. Sec. guard. Laundry Rm. Off st parking. 203-630-2841

MERIDEN 2 BR, 1 Bath. 3rd floor. Quiet location. $750 Plus Security Deposit. Call 203-631-9614

MERIDEN 32 Cook Ave.

1 BR Apts & Studios $595 & Up Limited Time-1 mo free rent! Heat & HW incl. 203-886-7016

203-238-3499 ANTIQUES WANTED - 1 Item or an Estate. Estate sale service provided. Seeking: Meridenmade items, lamps, paintings. Call Todd Shamock 203-237-3025


MERIDEN 2BR, formal living rm & dining rm. Spacious, nicely remodeled. Hdwd fls. Laundry room. Off street parking. Sherman Ave. Call 203-634-6550


Piano Lessons GENERATOR, 8 horsepower, Briggs, electric start, 120-240 volt, 6000 watts. $300 firm. Call for further information at: 203-213-2634


MERIDEN- 1023 Old Colony Rd.

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- 1BR Winter Special $650/month. Heat, Hot Water, Electric incl. Private balcony. Call for info 203-639-4868 Offer ends March 31st



MERIDEN- 2BR, 1 Bath Newly renovated, Separate utils. On first floor. Pratt St. $775 OR 1 room for rent, $450. Call 917-406-3478

MERIDEN-Great 1BR, Huge rooms, lge windows, walk-in closet, parking, w/d hookup, 1st class! $600/mo. Credit + 2 mos. sec. req. No pets. 203-284-0597

MERIDEN- 3BR apt for rent. 213 Camp St. (917) 833-3478 or 516-263-3569

MERIDEN-Large 3BR, new carpet, net paint, new appls. washer/dryer hookups, off st. parking. $900/mo. 3rd flr, Prescott St. 203-996-7379 Jack Regan Realty.

MERIDEN- Crown Village. 2BR, newly remodeled, lg. unit w/ deck. Heat & Hot Water included. Laundry, pool, off st. parking. Sec. 8 approved. 203-269-1508. MERIDEN- Nice, Spacious 1BR, appliances, parking, good location, no pets, 25 Griswold St. $795 + deposit and credit. 203238-1890 MERIDEN-11 Camp St. 3BR, 1st flr. $900/mo + sec. fresh paint, new carpet. Utils not incld. Offst parking. 860-209- 0646 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-East Side 2 BR, 4 Rooms. Heat, hot water & appliances included. No pets. Call (203) 238-1730 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/Wallingford 5 RMs, 2nd Floor. Appliances, private porch, off street parking, w/w rugs. Spotless, quiet. No Pets. Available 3/1. Call 203-686-0818

SENIORS 62 PLUS More than a rental, a lifestyle • One BR SUITES • One & Two BR COTTAGES • Immediate Availability • Affordable monthly rates • No buy in • No lease • Pet friendly Call for appointment or info 203-237-8815 360 Broad Street, Meriden SOUTHINGTON-2BR apt. Avail 3/1. Washer & dryer, fin. attic, enc. porch. Walking distance to downtown. 1 min. from 1-84. $950. Sec & credit check req’d. Call Alex 860-276-8208


MERIDEN (2) 1BR, 1 Bath & (1) 2BR, 2 Bath. Freshly painted, newly renovated, all w/ pvt entrances. For more info. please contact Rob at (203) 535-3925. MERIDEN - 19 Guiel Place, 2 BR Townhouse, 1 1/2 baths, w/d hookup. $1095. 1 mo sec. Call 203-213-6175 or 203-376-2160. MERIDEN - 1BR Lovely, modern E. side, secure bldg in small complex. Lg. kitchen, stove, fridge, DW. Deck, off st. park. $685 incl. HW. 203-284-1822 x210 MERIDEN - 1BR, Broad St. Near monument. Skylight, sunken dining room and kitchen. Private & secure. Garage. $725. 203-634-1515 or 203-213-8833. MERIDEN - 2 bedroom, 5 large rooms, first floor, off street parking, quiet, stove and fridge, washer dryer hookup, $895. 860-841-6455 MERIDEN - 3BR, 6 rms, 2nd flr. Off st. parking. Stove, w/d hookup. No pets. $950 + 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 - Newly remodeled, 7 rms, stove, refrig. 1 1/2 baths & garage. Also, 4BR apt, stove & refrig. Call (203) 238-3908

MERIDEN 1BR & 2BR Stove, heat & hot water incl. Lease, sec & refs. No pets. (203) 239-7657 or 203-314-7300

MERIDEN 1BR & 2BR Stove, heat & hot water incl. Lease, sec & refs. No pets. (203) 239-7657 or 203-314-7300 MERIDEN 1BR, 1st flr, lg rms Heat, HW, Elec incld. W. Side, Off-st park. $950/mo + sec. 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm.

This was the paper that sold the house that Jack built. To speak with a Marketplace Advisor call today at (877) 238-1953.

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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 11, 2010 APARTMENTS FOR RENT SOUTHINGTON- 3BR Apt Now available. $900/month. Easy access to 84 & 691. Security & Credit check required. For more details call Alex at 860-276-8208 SOUTHINGTON-3 BR (5 Rooms) for rent. Newly remodeled. 2ND Floor. Call 860-621-4766 or 860-637-2344

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

SO. MERIDEN Updated 3-4BR 2nd floor. Off st parking. Washer/dryer hookup. No pets, no smoking. $925 per month. Call Sue Farone 203-235-3300



Fully insured & licensed Free estimates CT Reg. #573871

ZK Construction ROOFING SPECIALISTS & SNOWPLOWING QUALITY, EXPERIENCE & AFFORDABILITY IF YOU MENTION THIS AD We clean Estates, house, office, attic, cellar, gar, yd. Snowplowing. 203-535-9817/860-575-8218 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

● New Roofs ● Restoration Work ● All Types of Repairs ● Emergency Repairs

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

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


Shamock Roofing

Roll-Off Dumpsters


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

All types of remod. 30+ yrs exp. No $$ Down. CT Reg 523804. Ins CLEANING SERVICE One Time Free Cleaning for new clients only. I’ll clean your house or office with a sparkle. Polish /English speaking. Bonded, ins. Free est. Anna (860) 299-6611 POLISH woman can clean your house, office with care. 2nd cleaning 15% off. Ins & bonded. Refs. Kasia 860-538-4885




203-237-4124 an LLC co Empire Construction, LLC Your Professional Roofer New Roofs, Reroofs, Tearoffs We fix leaks too! 203-269-3559 CT Reg#565514

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



Shamock Roofing Bankruptcy Free Consultation 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


REPAIRS Decks & Additions, Entry Doors, Complete Home Improvement by Carpenter. Free est. 203-238-1449 CT# 578107

CHS CARPENTRY LLC Kitchen & Bathroom Full Remodeling Design Tile Work Floors & Countertops Windows & Doors Painting Cabinet Installation Always Free Estimates CT Reg 612982

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

203-237-4124 an LLC co.

To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488 ORTIZ Roofing & Siding - Fully insured & licensed. Sr. discount. CT Reg #611774. 860-398-1223


A-1 HANDYMAN PLUS CT Reg #606277. GIVE us a call, we do it ALL. Free est. 203-631-1325 ALBERT’S HOME REPAIR Roofs, decks, windows, doors siding, flrs, sheetrock. Ins & lic. # HIC-0623837 203-592-1148


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


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



JACK Biafore, LLC Masonry Chimneys, brick, block, stone walls, patios. In business over 50 yrs. CT# 623849 (203) 537-3572

AHEARN BUILDERS-Licensed and insured, contract #555385. 35 Yrs Experience, additions, Garage, decks, Kitchen and remodeling. 860-349-0752

(860) 803-5535 HOUSE CLEANING AHEARN BUILDERS-Licensed and insured, contract #555385. 34 Yrs Experience, additions, Garage, decks, Kitchen and remodeling. 860-349-0752

INCOME TAX PREPARATION - CPA-prepared income tax returns. Other professional financial services available. In Southington for over 30 years. Why trust your taxes to a 30-day wonder? Hire a CPA. Call 203-340-6395

I WILL BEAT ANYONE’S QUOTE! (American Citizen). Plenty of experience & refs. (203) 238-0566

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


CASCIO Mason. Chimney repair, sidewalks, walls, brick work, etc. CT Reg #611774. 860-398-1223

PAINTING/ WALLPAPERING PAINT PRO’S Interior/exterior painting. Powerwashing. Free estimates. (203) 537-7060

WALLINGFORD - 1 & 2 bedroom, hot water included, $695-$795, Call 203-213-6175 or 203-376-2160. WALLINGFORD 1 bedroom Apt. Judd Square. Central Air. No Pets. $725/mo. Call 203-265-3718



15 yard roll-off - $350 20 yard roll-off - $450 Empire Construction, LLC 203-537-0360

HOUSE CLEAN Outs, Garages Basements, Attics, Yards Big or Small..... We Take It All Free Estimates. Call Ed.

L & E PAINTING Spruce Up Your Home or Business! Professional Quality & Affordable Rates. CT Reg #623250 Call Trevor (203) 938-3789

PELSONZ APPLIANCE SERVICE We service major name brand appliances. Same day service. 203-935-7782, 24-7 service. “Great Service Is All We Know.”



2 BR, 1st floor, W/D hookup. Lee Ave. $800. 203-530-1840

Wallingford 2 BR. Off-street parking. 3rd flr. Meadow St., $700, 203-530-1840. WALLINGFORD STUDIO Newly renovated. Centrally located. Hardwood floors. Private driveway & private yard. No pets. 203-284-2077 or 203-654-6190 WALLINGFORD-1BR, 2nd flr, off-st-parking. No pets. Sec & refs req’d. $700/month inclds elec. Call 203-915-2474 WALLINGFORD-3 BR, $950/mo. + sec. 2nd flr, 1st mo rent & lease. Hdwd flrs, ceramic tile, deck. Driveway. W/D hookup. No pets. Avail now! 203-294-9030 WALLINGFORD. Avail 3/1, No. Main St Victorian. 3 rm, 1 BR, 3rd flr, no smoking, no pets. $825 plus utils. 2 mos sec. Call 203-269-5973.

Nestled off the road in a quiet, wooded setting!

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!

Call Now!

(860) 828-3958 also accepting applications for Affordable Units Income Restriction Apply Merit Properties, Inc. Financed by CHFA APARTMENTS FOR RENT WLFD- 2BR, central location, laundry, no pets. Credit check. $800 + 2 mos. sec. 203-235-1381


WLFD Beautiful Victorian Home 1BR apt, off st parking. Choate area. $725 + sec. No smoking, no pets. 203-265-3092

MERIDEN $100 per week. Fully furnished BR, Kit & LR. All utils & cable TV incld. Washer & dryer on site. No drugs or alcohol. Please Call 203-379-5125

WLFD-3rd FL 4 Small Rooms Appliances. Clean, quiet. Newly painted. Dead-end street. Security. $650 /mo. No pets. Credit ck. Owner/Agent. 203-269-7348

MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Heat, elec, HW incld. E.Side, kit privileges, off-st park. $130/wk. + sec or call 203-630-3823 128pm,

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MERIDEN Rooms starting @ $130 per week. Clean & safe. Lg. nicely furnished. Shared kitchen & baths, utils. incl. washer & dryer. Off st. park. 203-537-1772 MERIDEN- Clean, safe, furn. room. Utilities included. Share kit. & bath. $110 weekly. Leave message 203-238-3369 MERIDEN. Room for rent, all util, share kit, bath & LR. Washer & dryer, off st parking. $150/week. 2 wks sec. (203) 605-8591

NORTH HAVEN Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Sat. TV, furn’d. Daily/Wkly On Bus Line. 203-239-5333 WALLINGFORD. Share home. $120/wk, nonsmoking & nondrinking. 203-747-1612

LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE- Weirs Beach, N.H. Channel Waterfront Cottages. 1,2 & 3BR, A/C, Full Kitchens, Sandy Beach, Dock Space. Walk to everything! Pets Welcome **Wi-fi! 1-603-366-4673

CT Reg. #516790

SNOW PLOWING 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

MERIDEN Clean, Safe Room. 203-634-8084 Utilities & fridge included. Share kitchen /bath. $135 per week plus security.






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MERIDEN-Safe 21 x 11 1/2 gar Chamberlain Highway. $125/mo+sec. Easy access. Long term storage preferred. 203-630-3823 12noon-8pm

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


Thursday, February 11, 2010 — The Berlin Citizen WANTED TO RENT *PET FRIENDLY Home Wanted*, for non-smoker and indoor cat. Can pay Approx. $175/week. Need parking space. Call Jen @ 860-424-1757



WALLINGFORD “New Listing” Beautiful Ranch on quiet st. Low traffic. Nicely landscaped level lot. House features 2BR, eat-in kit, LR, bath, 1 car garage, full bsmt. Lots of potential! $239,900

Call Sil for details & showings (203) 265-5618 RETAIL Store/Office for rent. 2800 SF right on West Main St., Meriden. $1675/mo. incl. heat & hot water. Avail. Immediately. Home Sweet Homes 203-938-3789

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL RENTALS MERIDEN COMMERCIAL 8600 SF, Loading Dock, Lobby with Offices, Showers. Lg Overhead Door & much more. $2000/mo or best offer. (860) 384-4205



WALLINGFORD Multi Family $ near train station-2 family w/store front, easily converted to 3 family with ok from town of Wallingford. Separate utilities, corner lot. $149,900 Call Brian Miller 203-265-5618

WALLINGFORD Convenient in town Col w/updated, improved mechanicals, walk-up attic for future expansion, 3BRs, LR, DR and lg eat-in-kit, fenced yard w/work shed & more. $210,000

Environmental Services Manager Miller Memorial Community, Meriden's choice for excellence in nursing home services has a rewarding opportunity for an experienced & motivated manager to assume the leadership role of the Enviromental Services & Security Dept. Successful candidates will have a solid understanding of physical plant operations, maintenance/security, & environmental requirements for lic’d health care facility; demonstrated knowledge of public health code requirements, compliance reporting & computer skills pref’d. A min. requirement of 10 yrs mgmt/supervisory exp. as well as a track record of setting & achieving goals. Previous exp. at a nursing home or health care facility pref’d; on call requirements. Well organized team player desired. MMCI offers very competitive wages & benefits (including pension plan & non-contributory health & dental for employee, life, & disability insurances). Drug testing & criminal background check required. Please apply to:

Personnel Manager Miller Memorial Community, Inc. 360 Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450 Fax 203.630.3714 or email: EOE

Kathy (203) 265-5618

MEDICAL CAREERS CNA/HHA 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. 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:

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

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WALLINGFORD $219,900 2BR Bungalow w/2 car garage. House needs extensive work. Beautiful 1.28 acre level property-used to be Xmas tree farm. Tranquil setting yet minutes to I91. Linda 203-265-5618

Immaculate and only 5yrs old 9rm 3BR 2BTH Col w/uptd fls, 1c gar, CAIR, fenced yard, lower level fin w/3rms, tastefully decorated, sliders in kit to deck $289,900.

Kathy (203) 235-3300



CHILDCARE DIRECTOR Resp. for admin, licensing, budget (enrollment), supervision & development. 5 yrs exp. req’d. Must have credits in early childhood ed, energy, creativity & commitment to quality programming. Salary: $41K. Send resume to: Women and Families Center ATTN: Robyn-Jay Bage, CEO 169 Colony St. Meriden, CT 06451 AA/EOE. No phone calls please.

Housekeepers & Picker/Packers

MERIDEN A perfect gift! Enjoy the comfort of this split level vinyl sided Duplex, featuring 2BR, new kitchens & baths, new roof & windows, wood floors & 2 car garage. $229,900. Call Sue 203-235-3300

Affordable Housing Opportunity

MERIDEN Quality, Energy Efficient, two family home. New appliances, new roof, new mechanicals, new siding, security system, fenced yard, four car garage. Down payment assistance available, HUD median income limits apply. Call Jewels Realty Group (860) 5358118 Asking $209,000

WALLINGFORD Immaculate 3BR Split w/LR & FP, form DR, galley kit w/breakfast bar, lower lev FR w/wet bar, 2full baths, lg deck to 27’ above grnd pool & CAIR! $310,000. Kathy203-265-5618

MERIDEN $349,900 Price reduced. Huge ranch located on Meriden’s East Side. 3 bdrms, 3 full baths, granite, hdwd flrs., finished bsmt w/second kitchen, 2 car garage, and is located at the end of a cul-de-sac on 1.15 acres. Galleria Real Estate 203-671-2223.

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MERIDEN REDUCED! Lovely top flr remodeled 2BR Ranch, East side, open flr plan, remod bath, master w/walk in closet & dressing area, CAIR, sliders to deck & pool. $79,990. Kathy (203) 265-5618

We have immediate openings for Housekeepers to work in a local nursing home and hospital. They must be dependable and speak English, Bilingual is a plus. We are also looking for Pickers and Packers to work in several local companies.


Apply in person to Speed Staffing LLC 500 South Broad Street Meriden, Entrance E between the hours of 9:00am- 2:00pm Telephone is 203-379-0390

Is your merchandise "blending in?" 806 Farmington Ave Kensington 860-828-9610 Now Hiring All Shifts Part or Full Time Great Pay & Bonus Programs High School Scholarship Program College Tuition Program

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CNC MACHINISTS: 1st & 2nd shift CNC mach, Gun Drilling & Automatic Welding. Program/ setup/operate manual & CNC mach; basic math, read blueprints, use hand & mach tools & measuring inst req’d. More info at Apply e-mail: or mail: APS-HR, 7 Laser Lane, Wallingford, CT 06492. EOE M/F/D/V

Come join our nursing staff where you caring can make all the difference in the world!

Housing Authority of the City of Meriden

An Affiliate of Apple Health Care, Inc. EOE.

Receptionist/Clerical Assistant administrative position responsible for day-to-day operations of front desk. Receives and fields calls and visitors, directing them to the appropriate personnel. Responsible for performing technical and clerical work for the Housing Authority. Takes work-orders from the residents, inputs them into the computer and radios the appropriate maintenance personnel or Asset Manager. Bilingual in Spanish and English Mandatory. H.S. Diploma, GED, Associates or Bachelors Degree preferred. One year experience required in similar position with similar responsibilities.

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

Pease send resumes Attention: Jamie Urkevic, MHA, P.O.Box 911, Meriden, CT 06450. No phone calls or walk ins.

Mechanic - Diesel Seeking an exp’d gas & diesel mechanic to be responsible for the general repair and maintenance of motor vehicles and farm equipment. Hydraulic experience a plus. Must have own tools and the ability to follow directives as well as work independently We offer competitive wages, health insurance and a retirement savings program. To apply e-mail your resume to or fax 203-235-8730. For more info call 203-686-0252 or stop by Kogut Nursery, 625 Yale Ave, Meriden, to apply in person.

32 Hour Position 11pm-7am Shift Competitive Rates with Benefits Apple Rehab Watertown 35 Bunker Hill Road Watertown, CT 06795 860-274-5428/fax 860-945-3736 Or Email Resume to:

HELP WANTED HVAC LICENSED Service Tech Immediate opening. Residential. Minimum B/D/S license req. Excellent wages, benefits. Billy Carlson Heating & AC, LLC (860) 621-0556 LEGAL SECRETARY Min 5 yrs litigation exp for New Haven Area ins. defense firm. Comp. salary, med/dental. SEWING MACHINE OPERATOR For sewing industrial vinyl fabrics & fiberglass blankets. Benefits. Durham 860-349-8988

ToolmakerWorking Foreman Progressive Die experience a must. CNC abilities a plus. Call for appointment 860-621-9155

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

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS Subacute Rehab facility looking for Physical Therapist Assistants. Must have at least an Associates Degree and must be a graduate from an accredited PT Assistant Program. Join our progressive, state of the art rehab facility with 16 PTs/PTAs and 14 OTRs/ COTAs. Profit sharing plan, 401K with 50% employer match and paid continuing education available. CARF and Joint Commission Accredited. Send resume to: Helen Raucci

Montowese Health & Rehab Center 163 Quinnipiac Ave. North Haven, CT 06473 or fax 203-789-4433 Attn: Annette

HELP WANTED TRAVEL CONSULTANT Full Time Leisure Sales. EXPERIENCED ONLY! Busy office. Apply PO Box 6115, Wallingford, CT 06492 UNITED INDUSTRIAL SERVICES One of the premier environmental contracting firms in the northeast has immediate openings for Class A CDL Drivers. Tanker & HazMat endorsements are req’d. Attractive benefit package offered. Call our job hotline 866-896-5794 or send resume to apps@ EOE WRECKER DRIVERS Nights & weekends. Must have clean driving record. Apply in person only: Danbys, 41 High St, Meriden, CT. Ask for Dave. Priority given to certified or experienced drivers. WRECKER OPERATOR Must have clean driving record. Please apply at 12 No Plains Ind. Rd., Wallingford


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 11, 2010

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2-11-2010 Berlin Citizen  

This is the Berlin Citizen published on February, 11th, 2010.

2-11-2010 Berlin Citizen  

This is the Berlin Citizen published on February, 11th, 2010.