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Volume 14, Number 5

Berlin’s Only Hometown Newspaper

Thursday, Februar y 4, 2010

‘Visible presence’ proves effective enforcement method By Olivia L. Lawrence The Berlin Citizen Increased enforcement of motor vehicle violations has resulted in a reduction in a wide variety of other offenses, according to the Berlin Police department’s annual police report for 2009. The BPD increased its motor vehicle stops in 2009 by more than 20 percent over 2008 — that’s nearly 1,400 additional stops. In 2008, there were 5,453 motor vehicle stops and in 2009, there were 6,846. Motor vehicle warnings increased significantly Citizen Photo by Olivia L. Lawrence

Kathryn Frutchey, 4, welcomes patrons to the East Berlin Library Association. Her mother, Alecia Frutchey, is the assistant librarian.

Tiny East Berlin library offers big benefits, lots of books By Olivia L. Lawrence Associate Editor There is little about the East Berlin Library Association that falls within the realm of what might be expected. First of all, it is more like a book nook — about the size of a big closet or a small bedroom. Then, there is the odd pairing — the library shares a building with the East Berlin Volunteer Fire Department housed at 80 Main Street. And while some folks are surprised to hear there is such a place, the library has been a second-home to generations of East Berlin residents — playing a key role in the social life of the village. “I like a little library, there are not as many people and you have a better chance of getting a book you want,” said George Davis, 12. He was there looking for The Blind Side, a book based on a true story. George was at the library with his mother, Carol Davis, brother Henry Davis, 9, and

sister Graciella Davis, 4. While the facility is extra small, the vitality of the place is evident as a stream of visitors makes its way through the door during the abbreviated weekday hours. The library hours are Monday and Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Lisa Jacobs is another regular. She is head Librarian Janice Jacob’s daughter. Having lived in East Berlin her whole life, Jacobs offered her thoughts on this unusual place. “Not a lot have what we have here — this little place. It’s almost like a step back in time.” “We have very dedicated patrons who are voracious readers,” said Assistant Librarian Alecia Frutchey, adding that some folks take out as many as 20 books at a time. Among the book categories sandwiched into the shelves are a best-seller section and a children’s section. See Benefits, page 2

with 2,769 issues in 2009, an increase of more than 700 over the previous year. This heightened police activity led to 3,365 arrests made in 2009 as a result of the motor vehicle stops; up from 2,999 in 2008. “Police being out there discourages robbery,” said Deputy Chief John Klett explaining one of the ways in which motor vehicle stops help discourage other crime. And with the increase in motor vehicle stops comes an increase in arrests. Klett said it

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Berlin native Johnny Heslin is assisting in the live production of the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show featuring music legends The Who. This is the second time in three years that Heslin has worked the Super Bowl. Heslin is pictured with Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who. Super Bowl XLIV will be held Sunday, Feb. 7 in Miami.


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Kathryn Frutchey (left) poses with one of her many library friends, Graciella Davis, 4. In the background Kathryn’s mother, Assistant Librarian Alecia Frutchey, assists patrons.

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A history of personal service 372 and Main Street. The library is “quaint” and has “a loyal following,” Jacobs said. That’s not surprising given the almost unheard, these days, of service. People don’t necessarily have to use their library card, “we know everyone,” Jacobs said. She also delivers books to those who are unable to get out. And being cognizant of the library’s short hours, Jacob’s said patrons are welcome “to drop off returns at my house — we’re not open a lot.” But the library needs the support of the community as well. The budget has been at a “basic minimum” and without donations the library might not survive, Jacobs said who has at times picked up books for the children’s section at yard sales. “We need that support.” — Olivia L. Lawrence

Mini Meditation Sponsored by Father Nadolny Good News Fund

When I decided to celebrate my 50th Anniversary in the Priesthood of Christ, I invited friends personally to celebrate with me. Someone asked Father why did you say your 50th celebration day was the happiest day of your life? A basic source of happiness is when you experiance being loved. As I celebrated Mass with Jesus, Mary, Joseph and my friends I had never experianced being loved so much at one time and yes, that love made me truly experience the happiest day of my life. What was the happiest day of your life?

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Head Librarian Janice Jacobs offered a brief history of the East Berlin Library Association and her thoughts on why small is beautiful. Like many folks, Jacobs wasn’t even aware of the library’s existence when she lived across town. But when she moved to East Berlin, she quickly became aware of this hub of activity. “I didn’t know it was there,” Jacobs said. “It’s a hidden little gem.” The library has a long history that began in the early 1800s when men and women had library hours at separate times. In 1899, the library was incorporated. Over the years, it has been located in a little store, at the athletic association facility (which also housed bowling and a gym) and its shared quarters with the post office. At one time, the library was at one time located in a house, now gone, at the intersection of Route

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Carol Davis was there on a mission for one of her older children. “My daughter is looking for The Lovely Bones. I knew to try the East Berlin Library, she’ll be so happy,” Davis said holding up a copy of the book she was able to check-out. The inventory at the East Berlin Library is 8,400 books, but it’s the fact that stock is available that makes this place so popular. “There’s not a big waiting list,” Frutchey said. Frutchey’s daughter Kathryn, 4, often comes to work with her mother. “She’s been coming here since she was born,” Frutchey said. On a recent library day, Kathryn was dressed up as a princess and she happily danced around the stack (there’s one double-sided central stack as well as stacks along the walls). Kathryn’s favorite books these days are from the Arthur series. Frutchey listed some of the unique aspects of the little library which is part of the Connecticut library network which allows those with cards to borrow at all affiliated sites. “We have a card catalogue. But there’s no computer,” she said. And being situated next to the fire station? When the siren sounds “it’s very loud…” but on the other hand “…it’s a lot of fun.”


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American Legion Post 68 sponsors oratorial contest By Pam Fuschino Special to the Citizen “Two of people’s biggest fears,” says Daniel Jackson, “are public speaking and death. More people would rather be in the coffin than giving the eulogy.” Despite this observation, Jackson, a home-schooled 12th grader, stepped up to


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the plate to be judged in an oratorical contest sponsored by the American Legion Post 68. Jackson had heard about the American Legion’s involvement in the contest through a speech program with which he was involved. His parents, Bill and Nancy Jackson, contacted Richard Rampone, post chaplain, to find out more. While the contest had never been held at Post 68 before, it had taken place at 15 other posts throughout Connecticut. Rampone had acted as judge at one of the other posts and “thought it was a fantastic idea and tried to push for it (at Post 68) two

of the Constitution. The speech is carefully timed with points taken off if the contestant goes over the 10 minute limit. Following the speech, there are four topics, selected by the judges, from which the contestant must randomly choose and subsequently deliver a three to five minute speech. The judges of Monday night’s competition were: Post Commander Vin Trigila, Junior Vice Commander Charlie Mangan, and Service Officer Bob Smith. They assessed Jackson’s speech based on a variety of criteria including: content, originali-

years ago but couldn’t connect.” When the Jacksons contacted him to find out about the contest and how their son could enter, Rampone got the process started. The contest, which is sponsored by the American Legion starts at the post level, continues on to the district, state and then national level where there is a $25,000 prize for the winner. The contest focuses on a high school student’s public speaking abilities and knowledge of the Constitution. The contestant must first deliver an eight to 10 minute speech on any aspect

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This May marks the 225 anniversary of Berlin’s incorporation as a town. Some activities are already in the works to note this auspicious passage and more ideas are simmering. But those invested in the town’s history say to find the manpower and other resources necessary to orchestrate a town-wide celebration is beyond the scope of any one organization. The Berlin Historical Society talked about plans for this 225 milestone at its recent meeting. “We are in the very early stages of planning, but are thinking in terms of a large diorama of what the town looked like 225 years ago and a timeline showing major industries, famous town people, important sites and happenings from the first settlers in The Great Swamp to the more recent past,” said Lorraine Stub, BHS member. At Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Assistant Director Cathy Nelson and local historian John Winarski will present a three-part series, beginning Feb. 16. The program will highlight major eras in a historical overview of town events beginning with the colonial period, 1607 to 1785 when the town was incorporated. (For more details see page 23.) Stub said the historical society doesn’t have the manpower, on its own, to put together a more extensive recognition of the 225 anniversary. However, she said raising awareness of the event might “spur other organizations to host events that can all be linked together throughout the coming year.” — Olivia L. Lawrence

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are more likely to occur. The decrease in larceny and similar crimes is notable, Klett said, especially in this economy where it might be expected to increase. Klett said the current operations have been going well and there will be no major changes in the upcoming year. “We will continue to be more pro-active with deployment of officers and with aggressive motor vehicle enforcement,” he said. Berlin is not perceived as an easy target due to the saturation with

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Board Room, 7 p.m. Housing Authority, Marjorie Moore Village community room, 5 p.m. 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.

To the editor: On behalf of Berlin High School and the Red Sea, I feel the need to address the comments made by Christina Tufts of Plainville in the January 21, 2010 edition of The Berlin Citizen. In the past few years, the Red Sea has grown to be a significant part of the landscape of Berlin High School sports. The Red Sea attends every game with the sole intent of supporting and energizing our own teams. It is in no way intended to individually disrespect our opponents. Mrs. Tufts’ comments in her editorial are highly misguided and written with a lack of knowledge and unwholesome truth. I would first like to apologize for the select few members of the Red Sea who were being disrespectful and disruptive during the playing of the national anthem on the Jan. 5 game against Plainville. These actions in no way represent the Red Sea as a group and what it stands for and I apologize for this sign of disrespect. I do, however, feel the need to defend the actions of the Red Sea which were clearly criticized. In every game since the Red Sea’s existence, members have always turned their backs towards the opposing team during introductions. This is not meant to be a personal sign of disrespect, but rather a comic way of showing our lack of interest. The Red Sea, along with other cheering sections throughout the state, has always done something to show this lack of interest during introductions. This wasn’t a specific attack against the Plainville players. With regards to Mrs. Tufts’ accusations of disrespect shown towards the referees, I do not believe these to be credible. Although the Red Sea does question calls made, it has never been disrespectful and refrains from any foul language. In addition to the comments made about the members of the Red Sea, the editorial also criticized actions of a specific administrator. Unlike other cheering sections, Berlin has always assigned multiple administrators to monitor the actions of the students. These supervisors would never condone actions that are inappropriate or disrespectful. The administrator that was present at this game did in fact warn students about the consequences of their actions, and in the past has removed numerous students from games, due to inappropriate behavior. In regards to a Plainville parent who “approached” the Red Sea and administration, I would like to clarify what exactly happened. This parent from Plainville approached an administrator during halftime. After his complaints were addressed and relayed to the Red Sea, the unsatisfied fan proceeded to voice his opinion and display sarcastic gestures in a rather provocative manner from across the gym. Members of the Red Sea were humored by this, and select individuals did engage in an exchange of words. This was the extent of our inappropriate behavior described. This angered the fan who had previously approached the administrator, charged towards the students in a hostile manner, and was only stopped by two police officers. Is this part of the character that it is typical of Plainville fans? While the Plainville parents certainly showed signs of immaturity, the players took it to a new level. Prior to the game one member of the Red Sea was harassed and heckled by numerous Plainville players. This unacceptable behavior by the players continued throughout the game with taunting the student section after a made basket with hand gestures and

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 — The Berlin Citizen

Letters Continued from page 12 suggestive facial expressions. I find it hard to believe that this type of behavior is part of the “overall curriculum” consisting of “responsibility, respect and character” taught in Plainville. Despite the claim that Berlin showed poor sportsmanship, our fall sports program was awarded the Sportsmanship Award in the CCC South. There are many people who would agree that the Berlin sports program as a whole demonstrates the qualities that can be defined as sportsmanlike. Joe Cooper BHS senior Leader of the Red Sea

Show some respect To the editor: Mr. Odishoo, in his letter of Jan. 28, defends everything that is wrong about spectator behavior at sporting events. High school sports serve two purposes: they give students an opportunity for physical training and activity; and they teach sportsmanship. The school system is training the leaders of tomorrow. They should not be training students to be knuckleheaded sports yahoos. There has been a trend over the last several decades away from the Golden Rule of Sports – “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game” – to the Cry of the Barbarians – “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Part of this corruption of sporting values is being passed from parents to children. Teachers, rather than contributing to this problem, should be part of the solution. The schools have a duty to teach students how to properly deal with life’s challenges. Rude, disrespectful, unsportsmanlike behavior may, in Mr. Odishoo’s mind, give the home team some advantage, but it puts students at a disadvantage when the get out into the real world and try to solve day-to-day problems in business, in marriage and in their social lives by being

abrasive and failing to show simple respect. As for teacher’s allowing talking and laughing during the National Anthem, even Mr. Odishoo doesn’t “condone” it, although he devotes very few words to his objection. Perhaps sports fans should take a lesson from the athletes themselves. Does anybody recall seeing any of the legends of sports – from Babe Ruth to LeBron James yakking and goofing off during the National Anthem? What about members of our championship UConn Women’s Basketball team? Anybody notice Maya Moore, Tiffany Hayes, or Kalana Greene laughing it up while the band saluted Old Glory? It is a known fact – to everyone except perhaps the Odishoos of the world – that disrespectful behavior at sporting events is the precursor to violent behavior at sporting events. A good example is the international soccer games of recent years where violent rioting by fans has led to injury and death. Those soccer fans did not go from being respectful at one moment to violent the next. First came the disrespect, and then came the violence. Is that what we can expect next at our high school basketball games? Jay R. Worsham Kensington

Rude or not? To the editor: I am writing in response to all of the hype about the Jan. 5 Berlin High School Basketball Game and the Opinion Letters written by the Plainville parent and Mr. Odishoo of Berlin. Mr. Odishoo starts by stating that what traumatized the Plainville parent “appears to all be part of any sports rivalry, and what gives the home team an advantage”. First off, home team advantage is usually referred to when the home team feels that they have an advantage over the away team because they are more familiar with the court/field they are playing on, not because their fans have the ability to bad-mouth their opponents. Mr. Odishoo then lists a series of sports teams

(Yankees, Red Sox, Eagles, Giants) and explains that at any of their games, fans would clearly and blatantly disrespect team members. Based on this, I can only say two things. One, I don’t think anyone would need to get an appointment with Dr. Phil, because, two, as rowdy as fans may be, they would never dare reach out to try and grab a player while shouting comments to them about their families. We must also keep in mind that the teams he uses as an example are professional sports teams, not high school teams; a different standard is assumed for high school games versus professional games. I would also like to clear up the fallacy that dodge ball was banned because it can inflict “damage to the fragile self-esteem of the game’s many losers”. In fact, dodgeball was banned in the town of Berlin for safety reasons. A student was injured to the point of needing surgery from taking a ball to the head because people were too obsessed with winning. While I’m on the subject of other sports, I would just like to say that, although I was never in chess club, I think the comments made about the chess club, and even about people who he considers to be “wusses” and losers, were impolite, uncalled for, condescending, and demeaning, to say the least. However, I am not so onesided that I would write against my home team. The Plainville parent claims that a Berlin High administrator joined the students in turning his back on the Plainville team. This could not be further from the truth. Does she truly believe that administration would do something like that? It makes more sense that the reason he turned around was only to tell the Berlin fans to turn back around, as is what happened. She also claims the by neither agreeing nor disagreeing with complaining Plainville parents, the administrator dismissed them in a rude manner. I have to wonder, how can someone dismiss you rudely if their feelings are indifferent? This parent also claims that the Berlin fans reached

out and tried to grab hold of the Plainville players while making comments to them about their families, as I made reference to before. Now had this happened, it is inappropriate, but unfortunately for the Plainville parents, she does not have solid proof of this, unless she was out on the court playing as well. She, and the rest of us, need to keep in mind that these are a group of excited, enthusiastic high school teenagers that gather to cheer for something they all have in common. I would like her to try and tell us that behavior exhibited by every other school is no where near the way Berlin roots for their team. She also needs to keep in mind that sports is big in Berlin. I would not go as far to say that this issue could be attributed to “The Wussification of America”, as I don’t agree with such a theory, rather, it falls under the same category as banning books, a ridiculous thing to be concerning ourselves with. Is the debate really necessary? Shayne Anderson Kensington

Spending priorities need reality check To the editor: What planet is our town government living on? They apparently need to be reminded that we are living through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and at the moment, things don’t look like they are getting better any time soon. I would like to applaud Mr. Bob Peters for writing a recent letter to the editor about a ‘pocket park’ that the powers that be in this town plan on trying to complete in the upcoming year. In his letter, he states that now is not the time fiscally to be dumping huge sums of money into a ‘pocket park’ on Farmington Avenue. Unfortunately, our town government must be as disconnected with reality as our federal government. As if it wasn’t bad enough that our federal government decided to use our tax money to bail out the wealthy banking

institutions, now our town government wants to use hundreds of thousands of dollars for a beautification project in the middle of a recession. It seems that government on all levels is just disconnected from the average person in society and it cannot seem to grasp reality. Our town currently has no money to be starting a beautification project like a pocket park when it put hundreds of its employees on a salary freeze for the next year. Our high school is falling apart, but instead we are planning to dump money into a small pocket park that isn’t even large enough to play Frisbee on? Our town government, just like our federal government just doesn’t get it. There is no money. They claim that the money will come from a state grant but let’s face it; our state has no money right now either! The governor recently announced that many state programs will be cut because we are in the red. I agree with Mr. Peter’s that now is not the time to be pouring money into a small park when we don’t even know how we can pay our town employees their just wages and fix a high school that is going into decay. It is time for government to start acting responsible and we might as well start here at the local level. Let’s do the right thing. When we as citizens don’t have money, we don’t start beautification projects with the landscaping around our house. We do the responsible thing and pay the bills that we have first, then if we saved enough money, we can start our landscape beautification projects. It is time that the people in government start to act responsibly also and foot the bills that are priorities first. After the town can get back on track with the things that they need to spend their money on maybe they will have enough left over in the future for their wants. Let’s start using our money wisely and

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The groundhog tells all as we patiently await spring

Between you and me… Commentary by Olivia L. Lawrence The older I get the more I appreciate Groundhog’s Day. For one thing, it’s an easy holiday. I don’t have to buy anyone a card. There’s no special meal to cook. I don’t have to go to the mall or fake having Groundhog’s Day spirit. There’s no such thing as a Groundhog’s Day grinch. I don’t have to eat a pile of high-calorie cookies or wear a goofy Groundhog’s Day sweater. Nobody gets mad if I forget to wish them a Happy Groundhog’s Day and there doesn’t seem to be

any argument about the political correctness of saying Happy Groundhog’s Day. (Although I heard PETA wants to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robotic

version to spare the groundhog the trauma of its annual appearance before the hordes.) Groundhog’s Day has origins that go way back to a time when marking midwinter was a matter of life or death. No longer do we march into the depths of winter. We’ve finally begun the march forward towards longer milder days and the promise that we’ll get to enjoy another spring and summer. That’s the essence of the day and one reason it makes me smile. I have to mention, I sure did enjoy this year’s January

thaw. It lasted a while and really helped me capture that feeling of “spring is on the way.” Now it’s back into the deep freeze for a spell. You don’t need a calendar to see that mid-winter has arrived. All you need to do is look at the sad sag of the suet feeders and the dishevelment of the wood pile. At least the seed catalogues are piling up in the mailbox. Here’s some Groundhog’s Day history and trivia. (I looked it up in order to look smarter than a fifth-grader.) Over the years, the first day of spring has changed according to the calendar

which was in favor at the time. About 1,000 years ago, before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, the spring equinox fell on March 16 instead of a week later, as it does now. March 16 is exactly six weeks after February 2. The day is known as Candlemas in some quarters; a day of lighting candles and, according to some traditions, a day to make pancakes and give to the poor. I can go along with that as long as I don’t have to make the pancakes.

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Blumenthal praises town’s success in stopping VIP

(From Attorney Richard Blumenthal’s office) Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is praising a federal appeals court decision upholding Berlin’s sexually oriented businesses ordinance, strengthening the town’s defense of its decision denying a VIP sex store a zoning permit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned a lower court ruling

that held Berlin’s adult sexually oriented businesses ordinance was likely unconstitutional because it was too vague. The ordinance prohibits operation of a sexually oriented business within 250 feet of a residential area, as VIP requests. VIP of Berlin LLC, part of a chain of adult-oriented stores, wants to open a store at 717 Berlin Turnpike.

Last year, Blumenthal filed a friend of the court brief in support of Berlin’s appeal. “I am pleased that the appeals court upheld Berlin’s common sense restrictions on sexually-oriented businesses, setting the stage for trial later this year,” Blumenthal said. “The court reaffirmed the right of towns and cities to regulate


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Continued from page 13 not be throwing it away, especially when times are tough. Graham Seekamp Kensington

With all the media coverage, we have been well-informed of the devastation currently going on in the country of Haiti. The earthquake in Haiti caused horrendous destruction, taking many lives and leaving those who survived, with nothing at all. In an effort to lend a helping hand to those who are suffering, I have been personally working with Mark Brinkerhoff of The American Red Cross in Middletown to aid in their Haiti Relief program. The citizens of this country need whatever help they can get to rebuild their lives and rebuild their country after the horror and loss they have endured; and people like us, can do the smallest things to help them. As a town, we have contributed so many times to help other important causes, and now, I urge people to help the residents of Haiti in this time of need. Several small, independently-owned businesses in Berlin have offered to participate as donation sites for anyone interested in contributing their small token of aid to this Relief program. The following businesses are going to be accepting donations from Feb. 5 through Feb. 12: On Farmington Avenue, in Berlin; The Hair Company, Sanremo Bakery, Praline’s Ice Cream, The Dirty Dog and John’s Hair Salon. Also, donations are being taken at the Berlin Town Hall, on Kensington Road, at the town manager’s office. I ask that if there are any other businesses owners who would like to make a donation, to contribute to this fundraiser, to contact me via e-mail at This fundraiser, in combination with other sites across Berlin, who are raising money for this benefit, will be a true test of our hearts as we are caring for those struggling in Haiti. In light of the upcoming holiday of Valentine’s Day, it only seemed appropriate to call this fundraiser, “Hearts for Haiti”. We would like to raise as much money as we can to aid in the Haiti Relief effort, so please consider donating. Have a heart. (Submitted by Kaitlyn Cecelia, a Berlin High School alumnus, who is currently a student at Central Connecticut State University.)

Town buildings in disrepair To the editor: To start with, let me tell everyone that reads this newspaper that I am no longer a member of the Berlin Veterans Commission. Our very Democratic Town Council thought new blood on the commission would invigorate it even though I was the last ap-

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Diverse swim team eyeing division championship By Jim Bransfield Special to The Citizen

Heading into this week, the Berlin High’s boys swim team had won three meets in a row and is taking aim at the Central Connecticut Conference Southern Division championship. “Their goal is to win the division title,” said coach Eileen Thurston. “We know that the big meet will be the one against Middletown [Feb. 23 at Platt High in Meriden], so that’s the meet they’re aiming for.”

But there is other business to be taken care of before that day arrives. The Redcoats (4-3) got off to a tough start, but have since ripped off wins against Simsbury (100-84), Bristol Central/Eastern (106-86) and Hartford Public (90-73). Early-season losses came at the hands of Conard of West Hartford, Wethersfield and E.O. Smith of Storrs, a meet decided in the last event. The other win came over Hall of West Hartford. Berlin is led by its top three swimmers, senior Andrew Thurston (200

individual medley, 500 freestyle), junior Kevin Kozikowki (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly) and freshman Dan Klotz (50 and 100 freestyles). “Andrew is way ahead of last year and Dan has already set a new school record in the 50-yard freestyle [23.3 seconds],” said Coach Thurston. “All three have already qualified for states.” Thurston qualified in the 200 freestyle, the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle, Kozikowski qualified in the 200 freestyle, the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle and

Klotz qualified in the 50 and 100 freestyles and the 100 butterfly. Another key to the Redcoats’ success is their trio of divers, senior Josh Zaniewski, junior Josh Paradis and sophomore Jakub Cwieka. “The diving coach is Jen Backus, so we call them our J Crew,” said Thurston. “The two Joshes have finished one-two in every meet and a couple of times we’ve gone one-twothree in diving. That’s been a huge help in winning meets.”

Banks earns 100th win, but overall, Redcoat wrestlers have had little to celebrate By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen The Berlin High School wrestling team’s sub-.500 record certainly has some fans wondering what is going on with the history-rich program. Truth be told, the Redcoats have caught some tough breaks this winter. “We should be better,” coach Dave Tremblay said. Injuries and a thin bench have forced Berlin to forfeit in four weight classes as of late, making it difficult to generate enough points to hold off opponents. At press time, the locals were 7-10. “You can’t go into a dual meet 30 points down, especially in our conference,” Tremblay said. Still, the Redcoats refuse to wave a white flag. “The kids are wrestling well. We’re hanging in there,” the third-year coach said, pointing out that his team has stayed close with some quality foes, including Bristol Eastern. “We’re neck and neck until we get those forfeits. Then we can’t hang any more.” Tremblay indicated that this season would be far more distressing to him were his troops not so positive and determined. “It doesn’t bother the kids. They’re not complaining. And they work hard,” he said. “It’s always frustrating when you lose. But I realize there’s nothing we can do about it.” Berlin started the season with a relatively thin 19-person roster. By comparison, in years past, the Redcoats have had rosters of 25 to 30. In an attempt to, once again, get local kids excited about wrestling at the

See Swim, page 18

Rector’s hot hand helps Redcoats best Plainville By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen

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Berlin High School senior Jack Banks, top, pictured in action against Plainville last month, earned his 100th career victory on Saturday. high school, beginning this week, Tremblay will have his assistants spend time with the McGee Middle School wrestling team. He believes that interaction will make the transition to high school easier for the next generation of BHS wrestlers. “We’ve got to get the numbers back up to where they were,” Tremblay said. Certainly, this has not been a great year for BHS wrestling, as a whole, but the Redcoats have had some excellent individual performances. Heading into a tournament in Southington this past weekend, Mason Powers was undefeated. The junior captain wrestles at 215. “He’s aggressive. He just has no quit. He does-

n’t care what the score is, he just keeps going. He’s like a bulldog coming at you,” Tremblay said. At the Southington tournament, Jack Banks collected his 100th career victory. The senior captain competes at 172. “He’s having a great year,” Tremblay said of the versatile Banks. “I bump him all over the place. I usually give him the hardest match.” Tremblay said that having guys who can “wrestle up” — and win — is very important. “That’s why Berlin has been so successful in the past.” The Redcoats generated 37 points

Folks hoping to see a battle on the court — and in the stands — were disappointed on both fronts. But only for awhile. Spurred on by 11 firstquarter points by Mike Rector, the Berlin High School boys basketball team raced out to a big lead over Plainville and appeared ready to run the host Blue Devils right out of Ivan Wood Gymnasium Monday night. With the Redcoats piling it on, the rival schools’ usually lively student cheering sections had little emotional investment in the game. Then it happened. Trailing by 23 early in the third quarter, a flurry of 3pointers by Plainville helped energize the crowd and breathed new life into the host Blue Devils, who headed into the fourth period down just 10. But Berlin would not be denied. Richie Conway netted eight of his game-high 20 points in the final frame, and the Redcoats connected on 12 fourth-quarter free throws as they held on to win 63-52. “We knew they’re weren’t

See Banks, page 18

See Rector’s, page 19


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Continued from page 17

But a team doesn’t win many meets if it doesn’t have depth. Berlin does. “What is really awesome is my second tier swimmers,” said Thurston. “They have really stepped up.” Thurston said these include senior Brian Quinn (200 and 100 freestyle), junior Vinny Fischer (100 and 200 freestyles, 100 backstroke) and senior Kevin La (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke). “I usually have three place in the breaststroke and the other two besides La are seniors Stephen Switzer and Ted Benoit,” said Thurston. “The points they give us are very important.” The coach also listed Paul Shelkov, Ryan Newport, Chris Cefaratti and Kyle Nelson — all are juniors — as kids who have “decided that hard work really pays off ” and have helped the team. Thurston also said that her club has been bolstered

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The Timberlin Senior Golf Association’s Annual Breakfast will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9, 8:30 a.m., at the Senior Center. The snow date is Feb. 10. All TSGA members, and prospective members, are in-

by an influx of foreign exchange students. These include Franz Grundaum from Germany, Igor Tunetskyy from Ukraine, Yao Zheng from China, Sanjiv Patel from India and Cwieka from Poland. “We have a very diverse and accepting group,” said Thurston. “One of our newcomers said that the reason he chose swimming was because he heard how accepting we are as a team. That made me very proud.” Berlin has a 35-person roster, far more that the 24 on the combined squad from the two Bristol schools and the 16 from the combined Maloney and Platt team from Meriden. “That’s a great number, especially considering we have no facility in town and no feeder program,” said Thurston. There are 11 seniors on the team and they will be honored on Senior Night, Feb. 25. Berlin is at Avon Friday, Feb. 5. The meet will be held at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington at 5:30 p.m.

vited to attend. Membership is available to retired Berlin residents age 60 and over. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact President Jeff Arute at (860) 828-6147 or Secretary Jerry Pangakis at (860) 8285383.

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Bill Gibney 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, AnGibney thony Legnani, Henry Mora and Gary Waslewski. From the 1961-1980 era: Paul Baretta. And from the 1981-2000 era: Pam Wallace, Deb Larson, Robyn Trevethan, Adam 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 Bill Gibney, who is being honored posthumously. Bill Gibney was born in Berlin on June 2, 1918. His family would later move to Seymour, and Gibney graduated from Seymour High School in 1936. Gibney then went on to attend Springfield College, where he was co-captain of the baseball team. Also, during his college days, he was a member of the U.S. National baseball team that played in the amateur World Series in Cuba.

Banks Continued from page 17


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Gibney graduated from Springfield College in 1942 and went on to serve in the Navy for four years during World War II. In 1946, he returned to Berlin where he would spend the next 35 years involved in teaching and coaching. Gibney helped develop what would become a winning tradition at Berlin High School. In 32 seasons as coach of the BHS baseball team, he led the program to six league championships and to the state crown in 1957. He posted a lifetime record of 279-188. Gibney coached football as well. His 1947 and ’48 football squads went undefeated and were named the state’s best Class C team. The athletic director at BHS for 28 years, Gibney was a charter member of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. He was also CHSCA chairman of the baseball, football and basketball committees. In addition, he was class “C” representative to the CIAC board for 12 years. Gibney retired from BHS in 1980, but remained a fixture at athletic contests. In 1990, the main gym at the high school was named in Gibney’s honor. He was enshrined into the CHSCA Hall of Fame in 1994. Gibney passed away November 2, 1997. He was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. The Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held March 21 at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell.

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Continued from page 17 going to quit,” BHS coach Mike Veneziano said of Plainville, which is in jeopardy of missing out on the postseason for the third straight year. “I know this is a big game for them. They came out and played hard in the second half.” Veneziano’s troops improved to 9-5. The Blue Devils, who fell to 4-9, trailed 36-17 at halftime. “Seventeen points in the first half is rough,” PHS coach Marc Wesoly lamented. “Then we go out and score 22 in the third. The kids battled those last two quarters.” “Plainville-Berlin has a great rivalry, and we definitely fought back with all our heart,” the second-year coach added. “It was the best half I’ve ever been a part of.” Not surprisingly, going in, Plainville’s game plan was to contain Berlin’s premier scoring threats, Conway and Max DeLorenzo (11 points). Rector (16 points, three 3-pointers) was

an afterthought, and he made the Blue Devils pay. “Max and Richie are great ballplayers. They had five points in that first quarter,” Wesoly pointed out. “We knew Rector. We knew he was a great shooter. But we were leaning towards Max and Richie. Then Mike comes out and starts stroking it. It definitely hurt us.” Rector had been sidelined several games with an injury, but apparently is back at full-strength. “We really missed him defensively. And since he’s been back, he’s been playing great offensively as well,” Veneziano said. “He’s overshadowed a lot by some kids on the team, but he’s a complete player.” The Redcoats knocked down six 3pointers on the night. Along with Rector’s three, Conway had two, and Brian Malloy (10 points) connected on one. The Blue Devils displayed some deft outside shooting as well. Jalen Gardner drained three 3-pointers in the third quarter and finished with 12 points. Mike Thomas hit one trey and had a team-high 15 points. Teammate Alex DelRio had one 3-pointer and 10 points.

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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 4, 2010

Letter to the Editor Thanks for the support

The beat goes on

To the editor: I want to thank all the parents and volunteers who worked so hard to organize the Berlin Football Championship Celebration this past Friday. The celebration was a huge success, everyone had a great time and we have the parents/volunteers to thank! Also, “thank you” to all the parents, alumni, teachers, and community members who have supported our football program throughout this state championship season. It has taken our town/school 33 years to bring a state football CIAC championship to Berlin (The CIAC state football playoffs began in 1976). Unfortunately, there have been some losses along the way. However, this team stood on the shoulders of those who came before it. Many of us attended, and can remember, Berlin’s first state championship game in 1976 vs. Hand at Southington High School. Then, 11 years later, the 1987 game vs. Morgan at the University of Connecticut, followed by 1991 vs. Darien at West Haven High School, 1992 vs. Middletown at Southern Connecticut State University, and 2007 vs. Ledyard at Central Connecticut State University. All of those Berlin teams came so close, and were full of great players and coaches. Our Championship Celebration last Friday night was another example of our Berlin Pride. It was great to see our community come together to support the kids! We have been blessed throughout the years with terrific coaches, parents, and community members who have made us proud of our Berlin High School football program. John Capodice Berlin High School football coach

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Feb. 4


Forever Young Club The Forever Young Club is scheduled to meet Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in St. Paul church hall. A short meeting will be followed by pizza and bingo. Tickets for the annual corned beef dinner will be available. 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. Bristol Central at BHS, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball – BHS at Bristol Central, 7 p.m.



Boys Swimming – BHS vs. Avon at Miss Porters, 5:30 p.m.




Wrestling– BHS at Hall, West Hartford, 9 a.m. Ice Hockey – BHS vs. Rocky Hill-RHAM-Middletown, at Champions, Cromwell, 8:30 p.m.



Boys Basketball – BHS vs. Bristol Eastern at BHS, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball – BHS at Bristol Eastern, 7 p.m.




Hubbard PTO – The Hubbard Elementary School PTO is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Blood drive – The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive for Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the VFW, 152 Massirio Dr. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 1-800GIVE-LIFE or

Eskimo Breakfast – The SVEA Social Club, 999 Kensington Rd., has scheduled Eskimo Breakfast for Sunday, Jan. 1 at 11 a.m. Menu includes steak, eggs, sausage and peppers, beans, roasted potatoes, corned beef hash, home made chicken soup, fresh bread, juice and coffee. A fee is charged. The public is welcome. Booster Club – The Berlin High School Booster Club is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the lower level amphitheater. All parents are welcome. 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. in the Willard School basement. Projects are available for all levels of talents. All adults are welcome. For more information, call (860) 828-7425. 1142792




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Another early version of Groundhog’s Day is Imbolc, a Celtic festival generally celebrated Feb. 1 — halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The festival is traditionally a time of weather prognostication when winter-weary peasants welcomed the longer days as the season waned.

My favorite story of the season comes from Gaelic lore which tells of Cailleach “the hag” (now that is definitely not politically correct) who emerges this time of year to gather firewood for the rest of the winter. (Maybe that’s why the woodpile looks so sloppy.) The legend goes that if she wants winter to last, she’ll make sure the weather on Imbolc (Groundhog’s Day) is bright and sunny, so she can gather wood. But if Groundhog’s

Day has foul weather, it means Cailleach is asleep and winter is almost over. Some say that on Groundhog’s Day, Cailleach takes the form of a gigantic bird and carries sticks in her beak. The first reference to the all-American version of this ancient demarcation is in a Feb 5, 1841 diary entry made

by Pennsylvania storekeeper James Morris of Berks County. Of course there’s also Groundhog’s Day, the movie, where the days just keep repeating themselves. We feel that way at times here at the newspaper as the weeks fly by and the editions pile up just like they do in those movie montages that show

the passage of time as one headline after another makes history. As you read this, we’re working on the Feb. 11 edition of The Citizen. Now that sure sounds like halfway through February to me — and another week closer to spring.


ances within the maintenance department? When you wear out a suit of clothes you throw them away and buy a new suit. Not the same with a building. A building needs TLC over the years to keep it wear worthy. Just because there is a problem that should have been addressed years ago, we do not have to build a new building. If we do that and have the same maintenance problems then 30 years down the road we will have to again build an-

other one, be it a school or town hall. After a while the town will only have municipal buildings. We, as a town, should have corrected these problems while they were still anthills and not let them develop into mountains. I hope it is not too late to correct some of our problems. We all have to much invested in our town right no to have to build new. Maybe we need to bring on some real experts to help us with these problems that seem to plague us. Richard A. Rampone Kensington

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The following property transfers were recorded in the town clerk’s office. Richard A. and Gail M. Runnells to Peter F. Toner, 10 Old Wood Road, $355,000. John R. Meyer to John R. Meyer and Jodi M. Connelly, 253 Spruce Brook Road, $224,300. Robert S. Rowe to Christine M. Vogel, 1344 Kensington Road, $72,500.

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History program John Winarski, amateur town historian, and Cathy Nelson, assistant director of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library have scheduled a three-part series on Timelines of Berlin, a historical overview of town events. The first installment is 16071785 - colonial history, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16; the second installment: 17851899 - town history and the nineteenth century is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9 and the third installment: 1900-present day - the 20th century is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23 at 6:30. The first week will feature Belcher’s Wall, the oldest manmade monument in town, the milestone marker, the oldest house, and stories about Washington’s visits to town, why there are mulberry trees on Worthington Ridge, and how Lamentation Mountain got its name. The program is planned for 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. Genealogy Group The Genealogy Group @ The Library, for people interested in learning about genealogy and family history, is scheduled to meet Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. The group is intended for both beginning and experienced genealogists. Vacation week programs Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 10:30

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CitizenSchools Dean’s list Hofstra University, New ork — Caitlin Winslow of lin. ohnson & Wales Uniersity, Rhode Island — Erica Bukowski of Kensington. Rochester Institute of hnology, New York — Emily Courtney of KensingRoger Williams University, Rhode Island — Lauen Vernlund of Berlin. Springfield College, Massachusetts — Vivian Maslowski, Kyle McCormak, Allyson Martin of Berlin; hel DiMattia of KensingUniversity at Albany, w York — Stephanie Pomponio of Kensington. University of Connecti— Shayne Anderson of ensington. University of Rochester — Justin Roncaioli of Kensington.

Scholastic achievements Yalitza Garcia, Lauren Heslin, Joseph DelCegno and Garrett Manthey recently graduated from the versity of Connecticut at all 2009 commencement ceremonies. Nasr Maswood of Berlin has been named to the academic honor roll for the fall m at Northfield Mount

Hermon School in Massachusetts.

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 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) 829-2926. Reflective Sign Sale The Berlin High School Class of 2010 All Night Graduation Committee has blue reflective house signs for mailboxes for sale. You’ve seen them all over Berlin. These reflective signs can help emergency responders quickly locate your house in the case of an emergency. For more information call Kellie Nygren at (860) 829-9304. BHS blanket sale The Berlin High School

Class of 2010 All Night Graduation Committee has BHS Redcoat blankets for sale. It’s a great way to show team spirit. For more information call Lynn Schreiner at (860) 828-8660. Decoration sessions Decorating for the Class of 2010 Berlin High School Graduation is scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Willard Elementary School basement. Many projects are available for all abilities and talents. All adults are welcome. Co-chairs are Tina Doyle and Mary Salimeno. For more information call (860) 828-7425. Fundraiser The Berlin High School Class of 2010 All Night Graduation Committee has partnered with Debbie Alderman, Silpada Design representative. For more information call (860) 582-9228.

acation week he Berlin Parks and ecreations Departments has scheduled two programs or the school February vacation at the Community Cen. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Registion is required at the ks and Recreation office, 230 Kensington Rd. or more information and , call (860) 828-7009. Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Flying High Vacation Day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy o-dynamic activities inluding a craft, games and prizes. Pizza lunch is included. The event is for children

Programs Zumba – Zumba, a dance fitness program that uses international rhythms, is scheduled to meet Wednesdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at the Community Center for


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Berlin High School Class of 1970 has scheduled its 40th class reunion for Saturday, June 12 at the Hawthorne Inn. For more information or interested in attending, contact Chris Benson Rose at (860) 690-8869 ( or Barbara Corrigan Rudnick at (860) 828-0557 (

six weeks, beginning Feb. 17. The class is co-ed, for beginners, 18 years and older. Jazzercise – This dance based fitness program is for 18 years and older and consists of aerobics and strength training. Classes meet at the Community Center on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. beginning Feb. 4. An option of including Saturday morning class from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. is available for an additional fee. Participants may bring their own mat and free weights. Class is limited to 30. For more information and cost, call the (860) 828-7009.



PRESS RELEASE Town of Berlin - Assessor's Office Board of Assessment Appeal Petition Process The Assessor's Office would like to remind Property Owners and Tax Payers that they must file a written application with the Board of Assessment Appeals on or before February 20, 2010 if you are appealing your Assessment. Application forms are available at the Assessor's Office and by State Statute must be completed and received by the Assessor's Office on or before February 20, 2010. If you have any questions regarding this appeal process, please contact the Assessor's Office at 860828-7039.



Parks & Recreation 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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The Assessors office would like to remind elderly homeowners and taxpayers who are 100% disabled the deadline for filing the state's property tax relief program is MAY 14TH, 2010. Homeowners who were 65 as of December 31st, 2009, and who meet specific guidelines may be eligible for the program. Those who are 100% disabled regardless of age may also be eligible. Residents who meet the eligibility requirements can apply in the Town of Berlin Assessor's Office, room 18, in the Town Hall at 240 Kensington Road. The filing period is February 1st through May 14th this year. Eligibility guidelines include a maximum annual income of $32,300 for a single person and $39,500 for married couples. The tax benefit works on a sliding scale with a minimum exemption of $150 to a maximum of $1,250. An applicant must show date of birth, Social Security number and proof of all income - taxable and non-taxable for 2009. Items the State requires for proof of all income when applying for the Elderly Homeowners Program include: ● ● ● ● ●

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

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden- 3BR, Recently renovated, Available immediately. $1125/mo. HEAT & HW incl!!! 203-938-3789 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 - 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

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden- 5BR house for rent. Completely renovated. 2 full baths. $1425/mo + sec. & utils. Available 1/15. (203) 938-3789 MERIDEN-2BR, 2 bath, $950/mo include utility, heat, & gas. No pet or laundry. 19 Gold St. Call Chris (203) 238-9411


MERIDEN - 1BR, Crown Village New carpet and paint. $700/mo. Heat included. 1 mo security & credit ck. No pets. 860-828-0692 MERIDEN- 1BR, 1st flr, spacious. Secure bldg. Laundry. No pets. Sec dep. Section 8 appr’d. $775/mo. 203-376-1259

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

MERIDEN 32 Cook Ave.



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MERIDEN 1 & 2BR. Free Heat, Good Condition. Off-street parking. On Site Laundry. No Pets. $650$795/month. Please Call Vinny 203-283-3943

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

MERIDEN 1BR-New apt. 2nd flr avail. 91 Lincoln St. $650/mo Sect 8 appr’d. Leave message at (860) 426-0658 MERIDEN 2BR, formal living rm & dining rm. Spacious, nicely remodeled. Hdwd fls. Laundry room. Off street parking. Sherman Ave. Call 203-634-6550


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

HOUSES FOR SALE MERIDEN Well cared for Ranch. HDWD flrs, newly painted BR & BTH. Professional landscaped corner lot w/walkout basement, great rm w/vaulted ceilings. $269,900. Vicki 203-235-3300

MERIDEN 3BR. New paint/carpet, Off street parking, 2nd fl. Washer/dryer 1 yr lease. $900 plus sec. Call 203-671-2672 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- 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 $750/month. Heat, Hot Water, Electric incl. Private balcony. Call for info 203-639-4868 MERIDEN- 2 BR, 1 1/2 bath townhouse, appliances, full basement, air conditioning, 89 Bronson Ave. $825/mo + utils. 1 1/2 mo. sec. No pets. 203-237-8801 MERIDEN- 2BD, 1 BA, newly renovated, separate utilities, on first floor. Pratt St., $775 OR 1 room for rent, $450. Call 917406-3478

MERIDEN- 2BR apt, $725 + sec. & utils. Avail. immediately. L & E Property Management 203-938-3789 MERIDEN- Freshly painted 1 & 2BR apts. $650-$800 per month. 60 Pleasant St. No pets. 203-668-6066. 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-11 Camp St. 3BR, 1st flr. $900/mo + sec. fresh paint, new carpet. Utils not incld. Offst parking. 860-209- 0646 MERIDEN-1BR, Huge rooms, walk-in closet, parking, w/d hookup, 1st class! $600/mo. Credit check + 2 mos. sec. req. No pets. 203-284-0597 MERIDEN-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. 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-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 1BR & 2BR Stove, heat & hot water incl. Lease, sec & refs. No pets. (203) 239-7657 or 203-314-7300

You Found It! S a g e Po n d P l a c e


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

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

SOUTHINGTON $249,900 Priced to sell! Spacious 8room Raised Ranch. 4BRs, 2 baths, 2 fireplaces, 2 car garage on 1/2 acre. Exceptional property w/loads of curb appeal! Call Brian Miller 203-265-5618


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! WALLINGFORD $89,999-Fully furnished, brand new furnishings right to forks & spoons! Turn key. Very quiet floor, sec building. Ready to move in right now. This lovely one BR unit is clean and bright. Call Pat Lane 203-265-5618

Call Now!

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

WALLINGFORD 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 2 BR/5 RM. Appl. No pets. 2 mo sec. No smoking. W/D hkup. $850. (203) 265-4923 WALLINGFORD STUDIO Newly renovated. Centrally located. Hardwood floors. Private driveway & private yard. No pets. 203-284-2077 or 203-654-6190 WALLINGFORD-4 Rms, newly painted, Hardwood flrs re-done. $800 per month plus utils & sec deposit. No smoking. No pets. 203-269-1426 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. WLFD- 2BR, central location, laundry, no pets. Credit check. $800 + 2 mos. sec. 203-235-1381

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

ROOMMATES PLAINVILLE Roommate to share 2BR house, $90/week. Everything included. Call Jeff: 860-747-5941

YALESVILLE Gorgeous Colonial on a large level lot. Great loc. Home features 8rms, kit, LR, DR, 4 or 5BRs, 3 full baths, large deck, upper level balcony, large rooms. Much more $270,000. Sue or Sil for details 203-2655618

ROOMS FOR RENT MERIDEN - Rooms For Rent $100 per week. Fully furnished BR, Kitchen & LR. All utils & cable TV included. No drugs or alcohol. Please Call 888-271-3262 MERIDEN ROOM AVAILABLE Utilities included! $115/Wk. Available Now. 1st Wk Free! 203-213-8589 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 $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.

MERIDEN Spectacular Townhouse condo in a quiet private location. Features nice kitchen, living room, dining area, 2BRs, 2.1 baths, 1 car garage. Mint! Call Sil Sala for details. Priced right, $189,000. (203) 235-3300

MERIDEN- Clean, safe furnished rm. Kit & bathrm incld, utils incl. $550/mo + sec. Offst-park. Susan 203-500-0608 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



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

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

WLFD-Large fully remodeled 1st flr, 2BR apt, W/D hkup. No pets. $975/mo + sec. 2 family house w/front porch & nice yard. 860-227-0190

*PET FRIENDLY Home Wanted*, for non-smoker and indoor cat. Can pay Approx. $175/week. Need parking space. Call Jen @ 860-424-1757

WALLINGFORD Take advantage of the tax credit w/this lovely 7rm, 3BR, 2b Raised Ranch. Fresh paint, FP in FR in LL, 2 sliders, one to deck and one in LL, gar & more. Great curb appeal $309,900! Cathy 203-265-5618


WALLINGFORD Isolated 3 family house for sale by owner - near Choate. Call (203) 265-3403

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


Thursday, February 4, 2010 — The Berlin Citizen HELP WANTED

CAREGIVERS - Immediate need for LIVE-IN CAREGivers to help provide 24/7 companionship. Be part of a team that lives-in a senior’s home. Reliable car required. Call Home Instead Senior Care @ 860-316-2531 or visit our website CHILD CARE ctr in Southington looking for teacher’s aide for M-F, 2:30-6:00. Center exp. pref. Call Michelle weekdays at 860-628-5524



COMMUNITY TRAINING HOME PROVIDER! Community Residence, Inc, is seeking CTH providers to provide support, training and a family environment in your home for individuals who are developmentally disabled. Open your heart & your home to make a difference! For more info contact Lisa at (860) 621-7600 x131 or Diane X154

Or in Person between 9:30am-12 noon at: 990 Northrup Rd, Wallingford, CT 866-496-2726 Durham School Services Is a Nationwide Leader in Student Transportation Equal Opportunity Employer

CUSTOMER SERVICE/Office Help. Full time in Cheshire. Must be able to multi task. Call (203) 699-9805 for interview.

Cartridge Operators

DRIVER/SCHOOL BUS DATTCO is accepting applications for P/T school bus drivers. If you are tired of paying high daycare bills, then join us as a school bus driver and bring your children to work with you! CDL a plus but not a must. We will provide the training you need to be successful. Competitive salary, benefits available. Call DATTCO for more information. Cheshire 203-6998877. AA/EOE ELECTRICIAN Low voltage cable installer familiar with all aspects of outdoor cable installation. Aerial bucket work, messenger, and lashing. Manhole and confined space. Excellent salary with benefits. Fax resume to 860-643-2124 Or mail to: Fibre Optic Plus, 302 Adams St. Manchester, CT 06042 Attn: Matt or Greg

GET PAID TO WAVE: Wear Statue of Liberty Costume, Attract Customers to Liberty Tax in Southington. Tryouts every Wednesday 860-276-5569, 405 Queen Street.


3M Purification is seeking individuals for regular full-time employment in manufacturing.

Successful applicants must have a High School diploma or equivalent, and must be at least18 years old. Ability to work any shift, and must be able to work overtime as scheduled. Preference will be given to candidates with mechanical, manufacturing, military, chemical processing, or other types of industrial experience. 3M offers a strong benefits package, which includes: ● ● ●

Medical, Prescription, Disability, Dental Paid Vacation and Paid Holidays Pension Plan and 401K Savings Plan

Also included are additional benefits such as life insurance, employee assistance services, and health care and dependant care reimbursement accounts. Effective February 1, 2010 through 4:30 PM on February 4, 2010, applications will be available at the 3M Meriden location at:

400 Research Parkway Meriden CT, 06450

Part Time Office Administrator 9-1pm or 10-2pm. Answer phones, input invoices & payments. Email:


DISHWASHER- PT. Evenings, weekends. Apply in person: Tues-Sun. Time Out Tavern, 100 New Haven Rd, Durham. RENTAL AGENT/Office Manager For sm apartment community in South Meriden. Section 8 experience helpful. Duties include: maintaining tenant relations, all admin for running office, employee supervision. Must have basic office/computer skills and be personable. 15-19 hours per week. E.O.E. & Sect 8 applicants encouraged to apply. Send resume to: Village Apartments, 6 Evansville Ave., South Meriden, CT 06451


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

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


203-237-2122 HANDYPERSONS

INCOME TAX 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

203-237-4124 an LLC co

Gonzalez Construction ★★★★★★★★

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

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

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

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

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

203-237-4124 an LLC co. A-1 HANDYMAN PLUS


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


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

(860) 803-5535

SECURITY OFFICERS Bristol & Hartford, $10/hour Must have CT Guard card. Call 413-732-7789 or Email:

AHEARN BUILDERS-Licensed and insured, contract #555385. 34 Yrs Experience, additions, Garage, decks, Kitchen and remodeling. 860-349-0752

Student Summer Positions Lifeguard/Swim Instructor Playground Director Call (860) 828-7009

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

All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service

QUALITY CONTROL Earn up to $100 per day. Evaluate retail stores. Training provided. No experience required. Call 888615-6245

SERVICE TECHS - Local, established swimming pool co. Great pay, benefits for the right individual. Exp’d only! Phone: 860-6818338 cell; fax 860-628-5123

Shamock Roofing

ZK Construction

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

3M is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Fully insured & licensed Free estimates CT Reg. #573871

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

Starting rates for expected openings range from $14.51 with incremental increases within the first 2 years.

Part-time Flexible Hours Miller Memorial Community, Meriden's choice for excellence in senior residential health care services, seeks a part-time hairdresser with experience in a healthcare setting preferred. Proof of license and insurance required. Hours are flexible For more information, please call 203-237-8815 or send resume to Personnel Manager Miller Memorial Community, Inc., 360 Broad St, Meriden, CT 06450, Fax 203-630-3714 EOE


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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 I WILL BEAT ANYONE’S QUOTE! (American Citizen). Plenty of experience & refs. (203) 238-0566 CLEANING- Commercial Residential. Free Estimates. 860-343-3190 POLISH woman can clean your house, office with care. 2nd cleaning 15% off. Ins & bonded. Refs. Kasia 860-538-4885

JACK Biafore, LLC Masonry Chimneys, brick, block, stone walls, patios. In business over 50 yrs. CT# 623849 (203) 537-3572 CASCIO Mason. Chimney repair, sidewalks, walls, brick work, etc. CT Reg #611774. 860-398-1223

PAINTING/ WALLPAPERING MIRKEL PAINTING Popcorn ceilings. Interiors from $125. All work fully warrantied. CT Reg #569864. Ed 203-824-0446 PAINT PRO’S Interior/exterior painting. Powerwashing. Free estimates. (203) 537-7060 L & E PAINTING Spruce Up Your Home or Business! Professional Quality & Affordable Rates. CT Reg #623250 Call Trevor (203) 938-3789

PLUMBING Fahey Plumbing & Heating Quality ● Clean/Neat ● Honest! A guaranteed job at a good price! Days, Nights, Wknds - Same Price

203-235-1383 DON’T Flush money down the drain, call Duane Plumbing, heating. Quality work, low rates Major credit cards accptd. 203379-8944 lic. #283401 P1

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

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

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

203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790


203-294-9889 Expert De-Icers Commerical Specialists. Nicholas J Murano LLC, Member: Snow and Ice Management Assn L & E PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Snow Plowing Professional Quality & Affordable Rates. CT Reg. #623250 Call Trevor (203) 938-3789

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


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 4, 2010

SCORE BIG SAVINGS! Prices effective Thurs.-Sun. 2/7/10

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Hot Specials From Our Meat Team! Baby Back Pork Ribs - Full Racks...............................$2.99 lb. Save $2.00 Triple M, Cook’s or Sugardale Spiral Sliced 1/2 Ham...$1.99 lb. Save $1.00


Party Pleasers From Our Produce Team!

Freshly Prepared Small Veggie Trays with Dip ............................................................. $12.99 Serves 8-12 Freshly Prepared Small Cut Fruit Platters with Dip .................................................... $14.99 Serves 8-12 La Mexicana Fresh Salsa, Hot or Mild, 16 oz. Cup ...................................................... $2.99 Save $1.00

Score a Touchdown with Our Dairy & Frozen Food Team! Guida’s Fresh Sour Cream, 16 oz. ........................................................................................ 99¢ Wow! Save $1.30 Stouffer’s French Bread Frozen Pizza, Asst. Vars., 10.3-12.5 oz. ............. 2/$4.00 Save $3.78 on 2

Great Big Game Favorites From Our Grocery Team! Wise or Ridgies Potato Chips, 7.75-8 oz. Bags, Asst. Vars. ....................... 4/$5.00 Less than 1/2 Price Adirondack or Waist Watchers Soda, 2 Liter, Asst. Vars................................................. 88¢

The Freshest Items From Our Deli & Bakery Teams! Fresh Baked Mini Kaiser Rolls, 12 pk. ................................................................................ $2.29 Assorted Flavored Chicken Wings, Asst. Vars., Heat & Eat................$4.99 lb. or 3 lb. Pkg. $13.99 Mini Cheese Platters ................................................................................................................... $6.99 lb. Serves 6-8 Return your Roger’s handle bags to be used on your shopping order and we will refund

10 cents per bag used in that order • Gift Cards Always Available.

visit us at • Kensington, CT • 45 Chamberlain Highway • ph.860.828.4157 fx.860.828.8377 store hours: Monday through Saturday 7 am - 9 pm • double manufacturer’s coupons - see store for details, postage stamps, mastercard, visa, discover, american express, yankee 24, nyce NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES, ILLUSTRATIONS ARE FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT ITEMS ON SALE. NOT ALL ITEMS AVAILABLE AT ALL STORES.

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