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Volume 16, Number 12

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Larson visits Berlin business to promote new job initiative By Melissa Chicker The Berlin Citizen

In order to promote his new manufacturing Job Match initiative, Congressman John B. Larson visited AMCO Precision Tool, March 15, to tour the faculty

and discuss the challenges the company faces in addition to how the initiative may help. The initiative, in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Labor, Connecticut Center of Advance Technology, Capital Work-

force Partners and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, began last November. It is designed to link qualified manufacturing job seekers to a manufacturing company with current job openings to develop a connection between the employers and candidates that offer specific skill sets. Citizen photo by Melissa Chicker

Congressman John B. Larson sits down with AMCO Precision Tool Inc. Vice President Richard Zovich and Berlin Economic Development Director James Mahoney to discuss his new Manufacturing Jobs Match Initiative.

“There hasn’t been a lot of young blood,” said AMCO Vice President Richard Zovich. “We either have to train internally or get outside help.”

Since the job match was launched it has helped place over a dozen individuals

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Swinging into spring at the park Citizen photos by Melissa Chicker

Sylvia Bialczak and daughter Julia enjoy a trip down the slide as weather for the third full week of March rose to the low 70s.

Prepping for Phase II of Veterans Memorial Park By Melissa Chicker The Berlin Citizen

The trending topic was skateboarding, for many interested parties, who came to the Economic Development Commission meeting, Tuesday, March 12 to discuss Phase II of Berlin Veterans Memorial Park. The public meeting was held only to solicit comments from the general public and interested groups concerning the improvements. Len Zielinski, chairman of the Park and Recreation Commission, addressed the commission with the idea of a skateboard area to the park, and asked the commission to look around the state and at other towns with skate parks. “They have been talking about this since 1999,” he said. “It keeps kids off the streets and safe. This location is the last chance and last place that could be considered to put one in.” Commission members brought up the issue of liabilities with the town in case a child was to get hurt and if having someone there to watch the kids and require them to wear See Park, page 12

Julie Mykolaitis and son Hendrix enjoyed their time at the park by swinging on the swings.

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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, March 22, 2012

Miller case slated to continue in May By Melissa Chicker The Berlin Citizen

The Father Michael Miller case, scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, has been continued to May 1, 2012 at


10 a.m. The case has appeared 10 times with only one appearance by Father Michael. It is sceduled in GA 15 Courthouse, 20 Franklin Square, New Britain. Miller, a Franciscan friar, who came to St. Paul Church about five years ago, was arrested last July on five felony counts of risk of injury to a minor and a misdemeanor obscenity charge.


In a 2008 interview, Miller told The Citizen that he was the newest clergy at the church and that he had never worked full-time in a parish before. He said that in addition to his duties at St. Paul, he served as chaplain for the South Kensington Fire Department, the Air Force Auxiliary and as chaplain for the Boys Scouts in town. While he did not have any formal

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role at St. Paul School, he occasionally visited religion classes, he said. Also, he frequently spoke at various events and ceremonies around town. Prior to the move to Berlin, he taught morality class at all boys’ high schools in Buffalo and Baltimore.


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Thursday, March 22, 2012 — The Berlin Citizen

Residents urged to vaccinate pets

Berlin shooter arraigned on previous charges By Melissa Chicker The Berlin Citizen

ing to a domestic dispute. Yeaw was shot by Officer Sgt. Mark Soneson, a 27year veteran of the police deparment. No officers were hit during the shooting. Yeaw is being held on outstanding warrants and the shooting is still under investigation. Yeaw is in custody of the state Department of Corrections. At the request of Berlin police, the New Britain State’s Attorney’s Office and the state police major crime squad detectives were called in to investigate the case, police said.

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pitalized at the Berlin Veterinary Hospital with the virus, and several dogs at the New Britain dog pound have tested positive for parvovirus.



The South Kensington Volunteer Fire Department is seeking new members to help serve the community. Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years old, hold a valid driver’s license, and be willing to attend State of CT mandated firefighter training. We provide all State Certified training, personal protective equipment and uniforms. There is also have a need for volunteers to help us with paper work including fire call, training documentation and more SKFD membership is rewarding and create friendships that last a lifetime. For more information, call Assistant Chief Mike Blais at (860) 329-7738 or email

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A local man who was wounded after he fired gun shots at police officers on March 8 was arraigned March 14 in Harford Hospital. Jeffery Yeaw, 44, is charged with failure to appear in court, risk of injury to a minor and fourth-degree sexual assault from a previous case, according to state police. He has not yet been charged with the Berlin incident, when he allegedly shot at officers as they were entering his uncle’s Peck Street home after respond-

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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, March 22, 2012

Husband and student of nontenured Spanish teacher plead with BOE to reconsider By Melissa Chicker The Berlin Citizen

The husband of non tenured Berlin High School Spanish teacher, Deborah Cassidy, approached the board at its March 12 meeting to ask the panel to reconsider keeping her on staff for next year. “My wife has been an educator for 30 years, that is all she knows and all she loves,” said Kevin Cassidy. “She likes the kids, the faculty at the school. What happened to her - she was amazed.” Cassidy told the board, his wife was one of 26 teachers nationwide to make a teaching video for the state of Massachusetts on how to communicate with kids in

world languages and how to teach foreign language the correct way. He gave the board a list of her credentials to illustrate what an excellent teacher she is. “She thinks of these children first, she has more desire in her heart to teach than anyone,” he said. Cassidy said his wife was told by Principal Francis Kennedy the school has a vision and she did not fit into that vision. Cassidy said that, according to his wife’s union representative, Deborah Cassidy was suspended for the rest of the school year with pay while an investigation is ongoing. According to administrators, the teacher became a “disruption to the learning

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Veley commended Deborah Cassidy on helping him at a time when he said his family was going through a difficult period. “I know she touched the lives of so many students. There are so many teachers at the high school that you employee that are the worst teachers and they get to stay, and this teacher who has had a great impact on all the kids has to leave.” Two weeks ago over 100 students protested when four teachers, including Deborah Cassidy, were told their contracts at Berlin High may not be renewed next year. “It is a disappointment, all the students are let down by the administration,” said Veley.


The Berlin Police Department is has announce that Officer Joseph Linskey won the National Championship in the Stock Service Revolver Division of the International Defensive Pistol Association. This championship earned Linskey the title of Distinguished Master. Currently, he is one of only 25 distinguished masters in the world promoted by the IDPA.The competition was held at the Smith & Wesson Sports

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Gary Brochu, BOE president, said there has been no action yet by the Board of Education. “Nothing has come to the board yet, but we cannot comment because we may have to serve as an impartial hearing board if any matters do come to us. All we can do is listen to what you have to say.” Cassidy told the board how involved Deborah Cassidy was with her students after school programs, including Upbeat and how she would attend students’ soccer and basketball games. “All I am asking is for the board to reconsider, she wants to teach at Berlin High,” he said.

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process at the high school.” Patrick Veley, a student at Berlin High addressed the board to say he was shocked that Deborah Cassidy’s contract wouldn’t be renewed and she would no longer be teaching at the high school. Veley spoke on behalf of the student body to let the board know how upset students are. “My freshman year I took French I and after that year had a complete despise of foreign language, I did not do well,” he said. “The next year when I went into Mrs. Cassidy’s room I didn’t know what to expect, and frankly she has been one of the greatest mentors I have ever had in my entire life.”

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A cabinet donated by the Kingsbury family includes products from former New Britain manufacturers. The cabinet is dedicated in Warren Kingsbury’s honor.


The family of Warren Kingsbury, former mayor of Berlin, donated a museum cabinet to the City of New Britain for the New Britain Industrial Museum on March 14. The cabinet honors his commitment to the City of New Britain, his 35 year tenure working for North & Judd, and his dedication to the New Britain Industrial Museum. The dedication took place at New Britain City Hall. “If you didn’t know him, you missed something important,” said Randy Judd, chairman of the Industrial Museum. “His integrity and love of family and country were a powerful force.” Other speakers included New Britain Mayor Tim O’Brien, who welcomed family and friends visiting from around the country, as well as Kingsbury’s son, W. Jeffery Kingsbury who struggled to hold back emotions as he spoke. “It keeps him in all of our memories,” Kingsbury said. “It honors him and allows him to continue to serve his community forever.” The cabinet features, on a rotating basis, displays promoting the city’s history, once known as the “Hardware City” of the world, with items produced by Stanley Works and The Fafnir Bearing Co. Since the founding of the Industrial Museum, Warren served as chairman of the board; overseeing day to day operations. Kingsbury, along with serving as mayor of Berlin,

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served on the school board, United Way campaign, Republican town committee, and was an active member of the Berlin Kiwanis Club. Kingsbury was also a coordinator of the Klingberg Family Center of New Britain, and a member of the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, serving as transportation chairman for the Race in the Park. He was also recognized by the Great New Britain Arts Alliance for his outstanding promotion of the arts and was the oldest living band member of the original New Britain High School Band, prior to his death.


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jazz band performs at first national competition By Melissa Chicker The Berlin Citizen The Berlin High School Jazz Band played at its first national competition recently at the High School Jazz Festival in Boston, Mass. The festival, hosted by Berklee College of Music, attracted high school bands from around the country. The Berlin High School Wednesday Night Jazz Band placed 11th out of the 16 competitors in their division. Overall, 25 schools from around the region participat-

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 — The Berlin Citizen

Local GOP elects executive committee The Berlin Republican Town Committee elected its Executive Committee March 15. Elections are held every two years and positions are held for two terms. Currently, Berlin has 31 members on the Republican Town Committee, which helps raise awareness and votes for Republican candidates seeking town, state, and national elected positions, takes an

active role in town issues, and also supports Republicans seated on the Town Council. “I think everyone on our committee is great,” Chairperson Anne Reilly said. “Everyone has a major role and is very supportive. It’s not just a team of four, but everyone in the committee is helpful.” - Melissa Chicker

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Boy Scouts – Boy Scout Troop 41, sponsored by Bethany Covenant Church, meets Thursdays from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the church. For more information, call Scoutmaster KC Jones at (860) 8291148 or email Boy Scouts – Boy Scout Troop 24 meets Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Community Center. Stop in or call Joe Tedone at (860) 8280255.



Live music - Center Station Pub & Grill, 845 Farmington Ave., has scheduled Fast Lane Band for Saturday, March 24 at 9 p.m. The band features music of 60s/70s dance, classic rock, funk, Motown and oldies. For more information, call (203) 294-1650 or email Check us out:

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Musical - McGee Middle School is scheduled to present Beauty and the Beast on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, call (860) 828-0323 or email

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Litter committee - The Berlin Litter Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center. For more information, call Paul Chester at (860) 471-3496. Pasta supper – American Legion Post 68, 154 Porter’s Pass, schedules “all you can eat” pasta supper for every Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome. For more information, call the Post at (860) 828-9102 after 5 p.m. Blood drive - The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive for Tuesday, March 27 from 1 to 6 p.m. at St. Paul Church, 461 Alling St. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800733-2767).




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Spring Fling dance - The Ladies Auxiliary of East Berlin Volunteer Fire Department has scheduled a Spring Fling dance for Saturday, March 31 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the East Berlin Firehouse, 80 Main St., East Berlin. Music is by The JD Band. BYOB and snacks. Tickets available at the door. A fee is charged. Musical - McGee Middle School is scheduled to pres-

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protective gear should be enforced. Veterans Commission Chairman Tom Chesery said he doesn’t have a problem with a skate park but worries about possible lawsuits if someone is injured. Chesery said he would also like to see more lighting in the park, a

sprinkler system, and permanent trash receptacles. James Mahoney, economic development director, and Mark Roming of M.R. Roming Associates, the architects for Phase I, presented what the look and improvements to the 1.2 acre portion of the 9.2 acre park, fronting Massirio Drive. Mahoney said the next phase would include adding

a small 16 space parking a lot, picnic area, improvements to the walkway, more landscaping, and a recreation area. The town has received approval of a $500,000 State of Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistant Program for the project, and the town has appropriated $25,000 in the 2011-2012 year for project design. “We think we are making

progress,” Mahoney said. “We are pushing to go forward to make the park a great place.” Mahoney explained, however, there are constraints to the project that could be costly. The area is part of the town’s former landfill and has been closed and portions of the landfill have been capped by a two foot impermeable layer and topsoil. The project is also located in the flood plain and is surrounded by wetlands, which will require wetland buffering. Problems of geese dropping were also brought to the

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Dean’s list Colby College, Maine Michael Reilly of Berlin. College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts - Garrison Schmitt of Berlin. East Carolina University, North Carolina - Emma Rustico of Kensington. Iona College, New York Lisa Marzi of Berlin. Merrimack College, Massachusetts - Stephanie Lapierre, Allison Farrell of Berlin. Rochester Institute of Technology, New York Emily Courtney of Kensington. Siena College, New York - Cara Riley of Berlin. Syracuse University, New York - Emily Tarbell of Berlin; Briana Calafiore of Kensington. University of Rhode Island - Lauren R. Erickson of Berlin; Amanda Pac, Stephanie R. Witz of Kensington.

K-12 students may enter ‘We the People 9*17 Contest’ The non-profit foundation Constituting America announced the “We the People 9*17 Contest” for students with a passion for American history and our nation’s founding principles. Through the contest, Kindergarten through grade 12 students across America are eligible to win scholarships and prizes by creating an original song, short film, public service announcement or speech addressing a variety of topics related to the U.S. Constitution. Contest winners also receive a trip to Philadelphia and national exposure as “future leaders.” Last year’s winning entries are available on the foundation website at along with detailed information on contest rules and specific constitutional themes to be addressed in each category. Entries may be submitted to: Constituting America, We the People 9*17 Contest, P.O. Box 1988, Colleyville, TX 76034. All entries must be postmarked by July 4.


Casino bus trip A bus trip fundraiser to Mohegan Sun is scheduled for Saturday, March 31. Bus leaves Berlin High School parking lot at 5 p.m. to return at midnight. Vouchers for food and gaming are included. For more information and cost, contact Deb Lojko at or Wendy Zuk at Clothing collection The All-Night Graduation Party Committee has scheduled a clothing collection for Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Berlin High School. Clothes, shoes, sneakers, coats, jackets, hats, belts, handbags, gym bags, sheets, blankets, quilts, pillows, towels, rugs and stuffed animals are accepted in large plastic bags. Proceeds benefit the All Night Graduation Party. For more information, contact Kathy Scalise at (860) 3297510, or Caryn LaPointe at (860) 402-8847, Decorating Committee The All-Night Graduation

unteers are welcome for whatever time they can spare. Reflective Signs The Berlin High School Class of 2012 All Night Graduation Committee has blue reflective house signs for sale. You’ve seen them all over Berlin. These reflective signs can help emergency re-

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Flamingo fundraiser The Berlin High School Class of 2012 All Night Graduation Committee has coordinated a Flamingo Flocking fundraiser. To arrange to have a flock of bright pink flamingos fly to a Berlin family or friend, call (860) 8286986.

The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is accepting applications for the Family Support Services Scholarship. The CFDA scholarship awards a $500 scholarship to graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology or funeral services. Deadline is Friday, April 13. For

more information and an application, visit, call (860) 7210234 or (800) 919-2332. The Kensington-Berlin Sunrise Rotary Club will award two $1,000 scholarships to students graduating from Berlin High School who are pursuing a two or four degree program at an accredited college, university or vocational school. Applications are available in the BHS guidance office. Deadline is May 7. For more information, contact Patricia Ksiazkowski, committee chairman, at (860) 224-1453 or The Kensington Garden Club is accepting applications for its $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be

awarded to a Berlin High School senior to further their education in agriculture, horticulture, plant science, landscape design and floral design. For more information, contact the Berlin High School guidance department. The Knights of Columbus will grant two $500 scholarships to Berlin residents graduating from high school. Applications for Monsignor Thomas L. Greylish Assembly Knights of Columbus Scholarship are available at Berlin High School or by contacting Terry Lescoe at (860) 828-9285. Applications must be returned before April 20 to Msgr. Greylish Assembly, Knights of Columbus, P.O.

Box 262, Kensington, CT 06037. New Britain-Berlin Rotary Club will award four scholarships to Berlin/New Britain residents and will attend college in the fall. Three awards are for $2,000; and the Judith W. Brown award is for $2,500. Applications are available in the guidance offices at Berlin High School, New Britain High School, EC Goodwin Technical High School or by sending a self-addressed stamped regular sized envelope to: New Britain-Berlin Rotary Club, Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 1794, New Britain CT 06050-1794.

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Deadline, with all required attachments, is April 12. For more information and criteria, contact Michael Gorzoch, committee chairman, at (860) 612-0305. The Town of Berlin will award up to four, $500 scholarships. The scholarship will be presented to a high school senior Berlin resident who is in pursuit of a career in government and/or community related services such as (but not limited to) finance, law enforcement, public administration, planning or land use, economics, nursing, public policy, social services. For more information, complete criteria and application, visit the Berlin High School guidance office or the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall. Applications must be submitted by April 20 to Berlin Town Hall Scholarship Committee, 240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT 06037.

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Steve Humes, right, of Kensington recently performed the role of Papagena in the Ithaca College Theatre production of “The Magic Flute.” Humes is a senior vocal performance and music education major in the college’s School of Music. His Ithaca College main stage credits include Businessman in “The Little Prince” and Pastore III in “L’Orfeo.”

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Hubbard Elementary School is participating in the Educational Edge Program through Roger’s Marketplace. Receipts from Roger’s Marketplace will be redeemed for educational equipment for the school. Please send receipts dated from Oct. 28 through April 7 to: Hubbard Elementary School, 139 Grove St., East Berlin, CT 06023, attn: Diana Bisson, Educational Edge coordinator.


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St. Gabriel’s Are you someone who enjoys the quiet and familiar words of the Episcopal Liturgy? If the answer is yes then Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 68 Main St., East Berlin, is for you this Lenten Season. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. and everyone is invited and encouraged to join us. For more information, call (860) 828-3735.

Ukrainian Easter Festival St. May’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 54 Winter St., has scheduled its 18th annual Ukrainian Easter Festival on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hall. Snow date is Saturday, April 7. The festival features Ukrainian Easter bread, a cookbook, Ukrainian Easter eggs, (pysanky), embroidery, tag sale, baked goods, raffle,

girts and cards and ethnic foods. Eat in or carry out. Admission is free. Parking is available behind the church. For more information, call (860) 229-3833 or (860) 6772138.

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Obituaries Joseph J. Valitsky, Sr.

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Betty GioveCalistro Betty Giove-Calistro, 84, of New Britain, died March 15, 2012 at Newington Health Care Center with her loving family by her side. Betty was born in New Britain, and was the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine (Pisko) Boyko. She worked at Landers, Frary and Clark and also ARA Food Service at Central Connecticut State University where she retired after 20 years of service. Betty was also a founding member of the Tunxis Social Club, Plainville. She was an avid bingo player who loved music, movies and knitting. Betty enjoyed spending her For a printable version of obituaries, visit The obituaries section features, an online provider of obituaries, guestbook and funeral home information.

quality time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren providing them with their favorite treats. Betty is survived by her loving son, daughter, and daughter-in-law, Joe Giove and his wife Shirley of Kensington, Lynn Goodrich and her husband Robert of New Britain, and Barbara Giove of New Britain; her two sisters, Frances Arena of Bristol and Eleanor Wilke of West Suffield; her three grandchildren, Robert, Paul and Angela who was Betty’s pride and joy; her five greatgrandchildren, Alexandra, Nicholas, Michael, Anthony and Lauren; her pet bird An-

gel and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Betty was predeceased by her husbands, Joseph “Chick” Giove and Michael Calistro; her son, Kevin Giove and her brother, William Boyko. A graveside service will be held Friday, March 23, 2012 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary Cemetery, 1309 Stanley Street, New Britain, Ct. To extend condolences to the Giove-Calistro family or to share a memory of Betty, visit website at

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Regina (Pofit) Nalewajek, 88, of Kensington, the widow of Anthony John Nalewajek, died March 15, 2012 at Masonicare in Wallingford. Born in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of the late Konstanty and Frances (Barcinska) Pofit, she was employed as guidance secretary at McGee Middle School and Rocky Hill High School until her retirement. She was a member of St. Paul Church in Kensington and active at the Berlin Senior Center and North Beach Center in Maryland. An avid UConn Husky and sports fan, she loved reading and playing cards, but most of all, her family. She is survived by three daughters, Regina Hamilton and her husband Jack of Baton Rouge, La., Karen Blaker and her fiancé Kurt Wolko of Owings, Md., and Beth Terrell and her husband Rick of Kensington; four grandchildren, Maxwell Hamilton, Jonathan Blaker, Megan Meredith, and Kate Terrell; one great-grandchild Brett Anthony Meredith; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son,

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Joseph J. Valitsky, Sr., 79, of Berlin, died March 17, 2012 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Born in Felltownship, Pa., son of the late Alexander and Katherine Valitsky, he lived most of his life in Berlin. He and his wife Ann (Luby) Valitsky had just happily celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Joe had retired from the West Hartford Police Force, after 32 years. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Chapter, serving in the 65th Army Infantry, a member of the American Legion, the VFW and had been awarded the Top Ranked Sharp Shooter Award from the West Hartford Police Revolver Club and was a member of St. Paul Church. He was a man of faith and cherished his family. He enjoyed fishing, camping and tag sales with his beloved wife, Ann. In addition to his wife Ann, Joe is survived by his children, Joseph Valitsky Jr. and his wife Lorna of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Patrese Bielinski and her husband Steven of Kensington, Dawn Beaumier and her husband Robert of West Hartford, Victoria Harris and her husband Richard of Kensington, Nancy Miller and her husband Stephen of Bristol, Beth Turner and her husband Joseph of Putney, Vt. and Andrea and her husband Stephen Schoech of Southington; his brother James Valitsky of Florida; 19 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Carolyn D’Amico and his brother Robert Valitsky. Services were held March 21, 2012 with a Memorial Mass at St. Paul Church, Kensington. Entombment followed in St. Mary Cemetery Mausoleum, New Britain. Memorial donations may be sent to CMHA.HH Recreation, 271 John Downey Dr., New Britain CT and National

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The Berlin Citizen Thursday, March 22, 2012

State unemployment at its lowest

Pets need care

To the editor: Once again I would like to thank Jan Lund of the Berlin Animal Control for her help. On March 5, I had to call her for a stray cat with a nasty head wound. She came right over to help. The cat was put in a carry case and she took it directly to the veterinarian office for treatment. It’s hard to understand how people can abuse and then abandon pets, especially when they have a choice. If you get a pet, take care of it. If you don’t want one, don’t get a pet - it’s that easy. If you care, please think it though. MaryJane Mason Kensington

(This article contains information from press releases received from Governor Dannel P. Malloy and State Representative Terry Gerratana.) The Connecticut Department of Labor’s monthly report for January 2012 announced Connecticut’s unemployment rate has decreased for the sixth consecutive month to 8.0 percent. Compared with the national rate of 8.3 percent, it’s at its lowest level since April 2009. In addition, CTDOL released updated job numbers for 2011, showing that 16,300 private sector jobs were added in Connecticut since January 2011. “Today’s report is encouraging. It is another sign that we are beginning to see a recovery when it comes to job creation,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “We continue to outpace the national average, which is a testament to the hard decisions we made last year to stabilize our state’s finances and focus on

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Connecticut’s unemployment rate during the last year: January . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9.3% February . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9.2% March . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9.1% April . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9.0% May . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.9% June . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.9% July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.9% August . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.8% September . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.6% October . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.5% November . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.3% December . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2011: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.1% January . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2012: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.0% job creation.” Among the largest employment sectors showing growth were the construction industry, which grew 6.3 percent in January adding 3,100 jobs, thanks to a mild winter. The transportation and utilities sector grew 0.7 percent adding 2,100 positions and the education and health services sector, which grew 0.5 percent adding 1,500 jobs. Connecticut’s job market began the year with a

good start, growing 7,700 private sector jobs during the month of January 2012. Statistics show that over the past year, the largest job losses have occurred in the state and local government sector, which combined, lost 4,400 jobs, nearly 2 percent of its workforce. State Senator Terry Gerratana welcomed the new report that shows unemployment has dropped and those 7,100 new jobs were added in

January alone. “The fact that Connecticut added over 7,000 new jobs last month and has seen unemployment dropping for quite some time is great news,” said Gerratana. “But we have to stay on this track of job growth and economic investment if we are going to continue to reap these benefits in the months and years to come.” So far, according to the Labor Department, Connecticut has now recovered about a third of the non-farm jobs it lost in the national recession which began in March 2008 and concluded in February 2010. “We still have much work to do,” Governor Malloy said. “Our successes last year have provided a road map and we must remain vigilant to make sure we arrive at our ultimate destination – an economic revival that benefits all of our residents.”

Memorial bricks still available The Berlin Veterans Commission is continuing to sell memorial bricks for Veterans Memorial Park. The park is located on Veterans Way, adjacent to the Berlin Stop and Shop. The park was dedicated on Flag Day, June 14, of last year. These bricks will enable

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Economic resurgence takes keen focus By Kyle Swartz Special to The Citizen

A recent study found unexpected growth in Connecticut’s economy last year. According to research, certain projects and industries are essential to fiscal progress here — focus should remain on developing these enterprises further. However, while bucking our trend of entering and exiting recessions behind other states is auspicious, we did not create enough new jobs in 2011, and reducing unemployment should remain top priority. In their study “Connecticut Economic Outlook: February 2012,” researchers at the University of Connecticut Center of Economic Analysis discovered that the state’s economy actually outpaced national numbers in 2011. Last year, Connecticut increased Real Gross Domestic Product at 2.65 percent, compared to the overall U.S. rate of 1.85 percent. “This is the most optimistic thing we’ve done in three years,” stated Fred Carstensen, the center’s director. Delving into the report reveals potential routes toward sustained financial improvement.

Advanced manufacturing — like biosciences, or aerospace and medical instrumentation — is a core state strength which cannot be allowed to erode. Variety and proximity among Connecticut’s high-tech industries is especially beneficial, and should be encouraged. One facility feeds another. Jackson Laboratories, a bioscience company moving into Farmington, can ship needed product to Wallingford’s metal fabricator Component Engineers, which in turn furnishes North Haven’s medical-supplies maker Covidien. Everybody gains. Everybody grows. Connecticut, however, is far from the only state to realize advantages from manufacturing clusters. Many of our high-tech firms receive offers daily to relocate elsewhere in the country. Open, ongoing dialogue between political officials and company leaders, therefore, is necessary to foster an in-state business atmosphere which makes budget-minded proprietors want to stay. In order to retain these important facilities, though, we must go beyond readjusting regulations and taxes. The UConn study highlighted another vital, future objective,

one which already evidences reward in those clusters — heightened connectivity. Choosing between Connecticut and Delaware last year, one company moved to the latter, Carstensen explained, because we didn’t have a computerized data center with backup capabilities. In other words, unlike Delaware, we lack a cloud facility, where state-run digital storage provides a virtual safety net to companies which utilize vast amounts of data. A computer center for state-and-business connectivity would be a worthwhile investment. As would be two other pieces of linking infrastructure. Carstensen pointed to completions of the New Britain-Hartford busway and New Haven-Springfield high-speed rail as imperative, for they better unite workers and companies across Connecticut. “We need to integrate the region in a more reasonable way,” he argued convincingly. In a technological age where connectivity and cooperation are valuable assets, enhanced transportation would accelerate the state down the road to economic recovery. So too would jobs, which

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represented the least rosy aspect of UConn’s report. Connecticut created only 9,000 new jobs in 2011. Although companies have found ways to boost productivity, they’re not necessarily hiring. While promoting advanced manufacturing, clustering, connectivity and infrastructure upgrades are all

Library News East Berlin Library Hours The East Berlin Library, 240 Main St., East Berlin, is open Mondays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The library can be reached at (860) 8283123. New books Locked On by Tom Clancy; Catch Me by Lisa Gardner; Left For Dead by Judith A. Jance I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella; Oath of Office by Michael Palmer; Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson; Celebrity In Death by J.D. Robb; Death Come Pemderley by P.D. James; No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie; Deadline by Fern Michaels; Private Games by James Patterson.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library Programs Storytimes is a halfhour program featuring stories, fingerplays, songs and a short movie. Each week an early literacy skill will be highlighted. There are six literacy skills: print awareness, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, print motivation and narrative skills. No registration is needed. Storytime meets as follows:

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important for continued economic growth, we urge state legislators to seek measures which induce businesses to take on new workers. For the most reliable path toward full economic resurgence is by way of whatever it takes to correct Connecticut’s stillunacceptable unemployment figures.

Tuesday – 1:30 p.m. for 3-6 years old. Wednesday – 10:30 a.m. for 18 months through 35 months. Thursday – 10:30 a.m. for all ages. Thursday - 6:30 p.m. for all ages. The theme for the week of March 26 is moon, stars and night time. March Madness program - Hoops in Connecticut: The Nutmeg State’s Passion for Basketball will be featured at a book talk and signing on Monday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. The program is presented by Don Harrison. The book contains a history of basketball in Connecticut, outstanding high school teams, college teams and 34 state natives who have played in the NBA or ABA. Contact the library at (860) 828-7125 to register. Saturdays at the Library Movies - Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The Muppet Movie. Bring your own comfortable chair or blanket and snacks. Drop-in for all ages. The Berlin Turnpike: A true Story of Human Trafficking in America Meet author Raymond Bechard on Monday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. as he discusses his book on the Berlin Turnpike. Call the library at (860) 8287125 to register.

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The Berlin Citizen Thursday, March 22, 2012

Senior Happenings

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AARP has scheduled free tax assistance, for low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call the Senior Center at (860) 828-7006 or the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library at (860) 828-7125.


Newsletter Copies of the Chapter newsletter are available at the Senior Center, BerlinPeck Memorial Library and the Community Center. To have the newsletter mailed, contact Ann Gamelin at (860) 828-6700. You must provide postage. Safe driver class A Seniors Safe Driver class is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

at the Community Center. Attendance at this one-day class provides a certificate that entitles a discount on car insurance premium. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Barbara Dixon at (860) 828-6295.

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 neces-

sary. The final schedule for March is blood pressure screening, Tuesday, March 27 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. For more information, call the Berlin VNA at (860) 8287030.

Senior trips April 19 - Peabody Museum and PEZ Visitor Center. May 15 - Lobsterfest at The Newport Playhouse. June 11 - Suffolk Downs. June 13 - NYC Heritage. July 2 - Harborfest (Tall Ships) in Boston. July 24 - Rhode Island

Senior Lunch Menu Senior meals are provided by CW Resources. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling Doretha Dixon at (860) 670-8546 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A donation is requested. Monday, March 26: Roast pork with apple gravy, mashed potatoes, Tuscany blend, rye bread, apricot halves. Tuesday, March 27: Eggplant parmesan with tomato sauce, Capri vegetable, Italian bread, iced brownie (without nuts). Wednesday, March 28: Beef stew with potatoes, peas and carrots, Calico coleslaw, buttermilk biscuit, banana. Thursday, March 29: Baked chicken leg and thigh with honey mustard sauce, baked sweet potato, broccoli, dinner roll, pineapple cake. Friday, March 30: Vegetable Florentine lasagna roll with sauce, antipasto, whole wheat bread, Italian ice.

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Foundland. July 20-22 - Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens. Aug. 21-24 - Quebec City. Sept. 4-7 - Chicago. Sept. 16-21 - Wine, Rail and Redwoods. Sept. 30-Oct. 6 - Sierra Parks by train. Oct. 14-18 - Virginia Beach USO.

AARP trips The Berlins AARP has scheduled the following trips. For information or to make reservations, call Phyllis Fecteau at (860) 828-4934. April 3 — Maple Madness and Butterflies. Tour Maple Sugar House and Magic Wings, Deerfield, Mass. April 24 — NYC 911 memorial at Ground Zero. May 5 — Newport Dinner Train. May 14 — Mother’s Day Brunch at the Delaney House. June — Canadian Rockies. TBA. July 22 — Lighthouse Cruise. Narragansett Bay. Aug. 8 — The Hu Ke Lau. Dinner and Hawaiian show. Sept. 18-20 — Three day Pennsylvania Dutch tour. October — Cranberry Bog tour. TBA. Nov. 12 — Supreme Reflections. Diana Ross tribute at the Aqua Turf.

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The Berlin Citizen Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gluten Free 101

The Central Connecticut Celiac Group has scheduled a chat group, Gluten Free 101, for Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. All persons with celiac disease and their families and friends are welcome to obtain information and how to alleviate the stress of the disease. For more information and to register, call Carm at (860) 426-1980 or Nancy at (203) 634-0530.

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The Hospital of Central Connecticut has scheduled its 2012 Health Wisdom Lecture Series. All lectures are free and scheduled at 6:30 the cafeteria at the New Britain General campus. To reserve a seat, call 1888-224-4440. What’s up with supplements? Wednesday, March 28. Join Primary Care physician Tracy Gulling, D.O. to find out more about calcium, fish oil, vitamin C and more; their benefits and what to avoid. Living successfully with heart failure. Wednesday, April 25. Heart failure, including congestive heart failure, affects millions of people in the United States. Join Justin Lundbye, M.D., and learn the cause, symptoms and treatments of this condition and steps you can take to keep it under control. Diabetes and weight loss: How to get started. Wednesday, May 30. Losing weight can help prevent diabetes or help keep it under control. Get some practical tips from Registered Dietit-

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Cancer survivors The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s George Bray Cancer Center has scheduled a free talk, “Resetting Your Funny Bone: Men, Humor and a Path to Managing the Stress of a Family Cancer Diagnosis” for Saturday, April 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the New Britain General campus, 100 Grand St.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut has scheduled education and support programs for parents-to-be, new parents and siblings. There is a fee for classes; support groups are free. Classes include: Childbirth classes for new expectant parents; accelerated re-

Alzheimer’s support The Andrew House, 66 Clinic Drive, New Britain, hosts an Alzheimer’s support group on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome and

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

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Campership appeal The Berlin Children’s Fund Committee is making its annual appeal for donations. The money raised benefits children who would otherwise be unable to attend camp, due to family financial or medical situations. Donations may be sent to Berlin Children’s Fund, 240 Kensington Rd., Berlin, CT 06037 The committee meets four times a year. Their sole purpose is to raise funds for children camperships. The committee invites anyone interested in serving with them to call Kathy at (860) 828-5820.

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Henry Brochetti Henry Gabriel Brochetti, 85, of Kensington, the loving husband of Barbara (Bighinatti) Broc h e t t i , passed away March 17, 2012 at home with his family at his side.

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Klotz dominates: Junior claims four swim titles By Jim Bransfield Special to The Citizen

Berlin High junior Dan Klotz eclipsed his own brilliant, two Class M state title performance by winning two State Open championships Saturday at Yale University. Klotz won the 200 yard freestyle Open crown in a time of 1:40.79, his best-ever time. He then won his second title by taking the Open championship in the 100-yard butterfly in another personal best time of 50.28. At the Class M championship meet, held last week at the Freeman Center at Wesleyan University, Klotz breezed to a first place in the 200 freestyle as he led from wire-to-wire. He followed that up by leading from beginning to end in his specialty, the 100 butterfly. But this was a close,

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Berlin High School junior Dan Klotz is the 2012 CIAC Class M and State Open champion in both the 200yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. dramatic race in which he edged Austin Wolff from New Canaan. Both of Klotz’ times — 50.63 seconds in the fly and 1:42.11 in the 200 free — were personal best times.

The 200 time was more than two and half seconds better than his previous best. He knocked nearly eight-tenths of a second off his best in the fly.

“I feel like I’ve come a long way,” Klotz said at the Class M competition. “The butterfly is my favorite race. I just keep wanting to go faster, and I think I can go faster. But it feels good to be on top.” The Class M 200 freestyle championship was a bit of a surprise. Klotz went in as the second seed behind Kyle Neri of Lyman Hall-Wallingford, but Neri was no factor as Klotz grabbed the lead from the get-go and Neri never really challenged, although he finished a solid second. “I was really nervous in the 200 free,” said Klotz. “I don’t really like the race and I haven’t swum it very much, so I didn’t know how to prepare. I really didn’t have a strategy; all I thought about was getting out to a fast start and swimming in first place. I didn’t expect to dominate,

but it feels good.” “Dan doesn’t think; he just swims,” joked his coach, Eileen Thurston. “He is such a great kid. I had him in U.S. Swimming for 10 years and now I’ve had him for three years at Berlin High. Now he also swims for SoNoCo [Southern/Northern Connecticut] swimming. He’s a very hard worker, a dedicated team member and he’s a captain this year.” This was a rebuilding year for the BHS swim team, but Klotz was clearly the best swimmer on the team. Well, maybe not so clearly. “While he’s clearly the fastest by a lot,” said Thurston. “The other kids didn’t really notice how good he is until late. He’s so humble and doesn’t put his ability forth.”

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Newington-Berlin: Division III state champs By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen

David Harackiewicz has every right to be filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment. A hockey coach for three decades, before this season, Harackiewicz had navigated two teams to state title games, only to fall short of the glory. Last weekend, the veteran coach finally got over the hump. Brandon Ralph and Brendon Richard gave the Newington-Berlin High School ice hockey team a two-goal cushion Saturday in the CIAC Division III state finals, and the Indians held on to defeat Northwest Catholic, 2-1, before an energized crowd at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink. Newington-Berlin keeper Drew O’Leary made 18 saves in the finals, the majority of those coming in the third period. The state title caps an in-

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The Newington-Berlin High School ice hockey team basks in the afterglow of its CIAC Division III state finals victory over Northwest Catholic Saturday. credible year for Harackiewicz’s Indians. The young co-op claimed both the Central Connecticut Conference South Division regular season and tournament championships and ended the season with a 21-game win streak to finish 22-2. “It’s been a special season,

especially the last two weeks,” said Harackiewicz. “When you have a season like that, it’s something you’ll remember for the rest of your life. That’s one of the messages I gave to the team after the game: It’s something that you’ll always have and no one can take away

from you.” A top seed, NewingtonBerlin earned a first-round bye in the Division III tournament and faced a stiff challenge in the next round, the quarterfinals. After surviving No. 8 Rockville-Manchester-Stafford 5-4 in overtime, the Indians moved on

to the semis where they handled No. 4 NFA-St. BernardBacon Academy, 4-1, to earn a date with third-seed Northwest Catholic. Speaking of his team’s near-loss in the quarterfinals, Harackiewicz said “we were pretty much dead in the water, and to come through that with a win, it was almost like destiny was set up for us.” Despite losing a lot of points to graduation, Harackiewicz knew NewingtonBerlin could be formidable in 2012. “This wasn’t an overachieving team. We thought we had a good shot to do real well,” he said. “We got off to a slow start the first three games, but saw that we had the right ingredients to make something special happen.” Team camaraderie was the key for the champs. “This team bonded earlier than any team that I’ve ever had,” said Harackiewicz. “They just really took to each

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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, March 22, 2012

Berlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame Press Release

Entering the Berlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 will be athletes Joseph Simeone (Class of 1936), Lino “Chick” Girone (1936), Paul Kornichuk (1949), Dan Roberts (1967), Tammi Borkowski (1989), Jennifer Baccaro (1991), Kyle Gallo (1993), Susan

Church Zibell (1993) and Jesse Carlson (1999), coaches George Hall and Ken Parciak, and contributor Bob Peckrul. Also, the 1986 BHS wrestling team will be honored. This week, The Citizen takes a look at the career of Tammi Borkowski. Tammi Borkowski (Class of 1989)

Tammilyn Borkowski was a three-sport athlete. In soccer, she was an All-Northwest Conference pick and the team’s leading scorer in 1987 and 1988. In softball, Borkowski was a starter on two state championship teams. However, it was on the basketball court where Borkowski really stood out. She was a four-time AllNWC selection and an AllState player, who ended her career with 1,176 points. She was the first BHS girl to surpass 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Borkowski was a Bridgeport Jewish Schoolboy Classic MVP in 1989, a Berlin Lions Club Goding ScholarAthlete, and a CAS-CIAC

Scholar-Athlete award-winner. Also, she participated in the Nutmeg Games and was selected Athlete of the Games in the scholastic division. Borkowski attended Fordham University where she continued her basketball career on a full athletic scholarship. She was a team captain in 1994. Borkowski graduated with a BS in Psychology in 1994 and went on to receive her ME in School Psychology from UMass Boston in 1996 and her CAGS in School Psychology in 1997. She attained her EdS from the University of South Florida in 2005. Borkowski resides in

Tampa, Florida and is employed as a psychologist for the local school district. The Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held Sunday, April 29 at the Aqua Turf in Southington. For ticket information, contact Marie Siegal at (860) 8281115;

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 — The Berlin Citizen

Even for the average golfer, fitness is important By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen

With temperatures creeping into the 60s recently, many local golf courses kicked off the 2012 golf season a bit earlier than usual. And judging by the traffic at area courses, after a long, though not so cold, winter, golfers were eager to get back on the tee. PGA professional Marc Bayram knows the feeling.

However, he warns that golfers who had been sedentary the past several months need to get their body ready for the rigors of a round before heading out. “It’s very important to stretch,” said Bayram, head pro at Timberlin Golf Course in Kensington. “Obviously an off-season workout program would have helped. But if that didn’t happen, just make sure you stretch before you play; espe-

cially now with the weather being a little bit cold.” As Bayram stated, ideally, golfers stay in shape throughout the off-season. A glimpse at a PGA Tour event shows just how important physical fitness has become in the sport. “You see on Tour, the guys are so physically fit. That’s the key to performing,” said Bayram. “To improve your game, you have to get in the fitness aspect of the game.”

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out.” Bayram added that, for golfers, the goal of a workout routine should not be to pack on muscle. “You never really want to bulk up. You want to be toned and increase flexibility,” he said. “The more flexibility you have, the more range of motion you’re going to have, you can create more extension, and you’re going to pick up distance. It really just makes you feel good over the golf ball. “Golf ’s great because it can be a recreation; something people do for fun. But if you really want to improve, you’ve got to be physically fit. It really helps your game.” Bayram has had more and more Timberlin golfers in-

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traveled to Londonderry, New Hampshire recently to play in the NEACS Regional Basketball Tournament. In the semifinals, ECA hung on to defeat New England Baptist Academy (Massachusetts), 46-42. ECA faced Trinity Christian School (New Hampshire) in the finals. After taking an early three-point lead in the title game, ECA fell behind by 14 in the second quarter, but managed to cut its deficit to 28-26 by halftime. ECA tied the score in the third on a 3-pointer by MVP Matt Rivera of New Britain. In the fourth, ECA used a 12-2 run to pull ahead. Blocked shots by Isaac Galbick of Bristol, 3pointers by Adam Love of Colchester and Tyler Falkowski of Plainville and several lay-ups by All-Tournament selection Zack Larson of Berlin spurred the ECA comeback. Trinity would make one final run, but it wasn’t enough, as ECA prevailed, 51-49. The regional championship is the first in four years for ECA, coached by Eric O’Neal and assisted by Steve Marshall.

“You just don’t see the Craig Stadler’s or Tim Herron’s out there anymore — the lumpys,” he joked. Bayram said the age of the stream-lined golfer was ushered in by Tiger Woods in the late-90s. “It just took over from there. Guys saw that Tiger was the number one player in the world, the guy is an athlete. So guys started following that. Now you have to be in tip-top shape to perform.” Although getting a Tigeresque physique may be unrealistic, there are some simple things the average golfer can do to help their game. Bayram suggests flexibility and cardio exercises. “You want to build up your stamina,” he said. “Even if you’re riding a golf cart, you’re still burning a lot of calories. It’s a good work-

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The Blue Devils finished first in the Parks and Recreation’s seventheighth grade division with an 8-0 regular season record. The Blue Devils went on to the championship game where they defeated the Huskies, 2416. The champs are pictured, front row, from left: Kevin Rose, Arya Patel, Andrew Wusterbarth, Eric DeFrancesco, Brandon Funari and Jacob Lapierre. Back row, from left: Coach Bob DeFrancesco, Alan Guild, Matt Beckman, Jon Beckman, Vinny Biscoglio and Coach Ron Beckman.

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The Berlin Basketball Association’s eighth grade boys travel team ran up a record of 30-5 this winter and captured the regular season league championship with a mark of 18-2. Also, the Berlin boys won the New Britain Pre-Season Shootout. The Berlin squad is pictured, front row, from left: assistant Frank Naples, Noah Skinner, Evan McKinnon, Nick Perrone, Kyle Mahoney, Mike Wojciechowski and coach Cory Ebert. Back row, from left: assistant Bill Kane, Brendan Ebert, Nick Naples, Jack Kane, Jake McCarthy, Andrew Charbonneau, Evan Cornwall, Nick Mozzicato and assistant Bob McKinnon.

The Rockets finished at the top of the Parks and Recreation’s fifthsixth grade division this season. The Rockets are pictured, front row, from left: Kailey Lacasse, Sierra Villella and Kelly Sparmer. Back row, from left: Coach Steve Wezdenko, Olivia Wezdenko, Mikayla Mancini, Phoebe Hurd, Maxine Muscatello, Samantha Fasciano, Nicole LaPointe and Coach Michael LaPointe.



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Klotz Continued from page 25 Klotz said that being on a young and inexperienced team was not an issue. “I was with people I know, I was with my friends,” he said. “Whether that was on the high school team or with SoNoCo or when I did U.S. Swimming — they were all my friends so it was always fun. And I always was very comfortable with my coaches, so it all was good.” After the second Class M

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Fitness Continued from page 27 quire about fitness, but the course is by no means swarming with svelte specimens. “Well, I sold a lot of doubleXL shirts last year,” Bayram said with a laugh. “I had a lot of mediums left in the shop.”

Champs Continued from page 25 other — freshmen and seniors, Newington and Berlin – from the outset. And I think that grew as the season went on, and carried us through to the end. They wanted to win for each other, not for themselves or anyone else.” A pair of Berlin players played decisive roles for the Indians this winter, Ralph and Jeff Smolicz. Ralph scored in the state title game and in the semifinals. “He was one of the top point guys all year,” Harackiewicz said of the senior forward, who attended North-

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 — The Berlin Citizen

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Water world Pack 41 of Griswold Elementary School attended camped at Mystic Aquarium recently. The scouts participated in five activity sessions which included: Squid dissection, outdoor/behind the scene tour, touch and learn, shark myths and a scavenger hunt. Campers, from left: Nicholas Pulcini, Ryan Cyr, Brandon Peate, AJ Argazzi, Joshua Bois and Evan Roccapriore.

Mrs. James Catalano announced the engagement of her daughter Cristina Catalano to Bryan Meehan. Cristina is also the daughter of the late James Catalano. She is currently employed by the State of Connecticut for the Department of Children and Families. Her fiancé is the son of Jeffrey and Joann Meehan of Wolcott and is a firefighter for the city of New Britain. A summer wedding is planned.

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Information provided by the Berlin Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions. Feb. 22 Robert Chiulli, 70, 47 Rachel Dr., Rocky Hill, violation of protective order/threatening/trespass. Feb. 27 Walter Rodriguez, 22, 16A Ledge Rd., Cromwell, failure to pay/plead. Rodney Schumann, 44, 264 Fairview Dr., second-degree threatening, disorderly conduct by intimidation. Feb. 28 Hilda Tirado, 29, 111 Babcock St., Hartford, fourth degree larceny all other. John Farrell, 22, 1621 N. Colony Rd., Meriden, seconddegree criminal mischief. Mar. 2 Monika Kiczuk, 19, 7 Selander St., New Britain, thirddegree larceny from building.

Mar. 5 Raymond Serrano, 28, 170 Hillside Ave., Waterbury, fourth-degree larceny from building. Michael Poole,55, 27 Franklin Rd., Cromwell, DUI. Michael Roman, 32, 79 Central St., Springfield, Mass., operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol. John Pricone, 52, 53 Treasure Ave., violation of protective order/threatening/trespass. Cheryl DiPinto, 44, 654 Norton Rd., third-degree assault, disorderly conduct by intimidation. Mar. 6 Michael Fontana, 51, 25 Panorama Dr., Southington, traveling too fast for conditions, failure to drive in proper lane multi land highway, operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

Griswold magic The Griswold Elementary School Parents Club sponsored a special program for the third grader students recently. Pictured, David Garrity shares his magical talents as the students celebrate their study of nonfiction text.

Parks Continued from page 30 Space is limited Deadline to register is Tuesday, April 10.

Special events The annual Easter Candy Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 31 at the Sage Park Auxiliary Field for Berlin children aged 2 to 10 years old. (If the field is wet or in case of inclement weather, the Easter Candy Hunt will be held at the Berlin High School “A” gym.) If held outdoor, youth ages 2, 3, 4 and 5 meet the Easter Bunny at 1 p.m. for the hunt and ages 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 meet the Easter Bunny at 1:30 p.m. for the hunt. If held indoor, youth ages 2 and 3 will meet

at 1 p.m., ages 4 and 5 will meet at 1:30 p.m., ages 6 and 7 meet at 2 p.m. and ages 8, 9 and 10 meet at 2:15 p.m. Provide your own basket. Call the recorder phone at (860) 828-7100 for latest status regarding the hunt site. If canceled for the day, the event will is scheduled for Saturday, April 7 at the same time and place.

Youth Fishing Derbies The annual Youth Fishing Derbies are scheduled for Saturday, April 21 from 8 to 10 a.m. for children 3 to 7 years old and Saturday, April 28 for ages 8 to 15 years old, both at Sage Park Pond. Preregister at the Parks and Recreation Department by

Friday before each event. Registration enables fishing through the end of May for children. There is a limit of five fish per child and only one fishing rod in the water per child. The event will be held if raining, however, in case of severe storms call the recorder phone for information. Only Berlin residents, aged 3 to 15 year old may fish at Sage Pond from April 21 to May 31. Residents must wear their identification card. An adult can accompany youth, if supervision is necessary. The pond is closed to the public on Friday, April 20 and Friday, April 27. All other uses of the pond for fishing during this time are prohibited.


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, March 22, 2012


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Chevrolet Malibu LS 2009 Auto, 4 Cylinder. One Owner $14,994 Stock# C7276 (203) 237-5561


Broken down junk vehicles & equipment. Quick cash. Fast free removal.

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AUTOMOBILES JEEP Grand Cherokee 2001 Laredo, Fully equipped. Excellent. $4350 CHEVY Monte Carlo 1996 Black, loaded. $1750 (203) 213-1142

LINCOLN TOWN CAR 1988 84K original miles. Always garaged. Black w/ gray leather interior. Excellent condition in and out. Loaded. Runs well. Asking $4,000 (860) 829-0688

SUBARU LEGACY 2002 5 Door Outback Ltd 4 Cyl, Moon Roof, Heated Seats Stock# 857 $8,995 203-634-7878

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

This newspaper makes every effort to avoid errors in advertisements. Each ad is carefully checked and proofread, but when you handle thousands of ads, mistakes do slip through. We ask therefore, that you check your ad on the FIRST day of publication. If you find an error, report it to the

MERCURY Sable 1989 Sedan 6-cyl. Auto engine. Very good. 87K original miles, good for parts and motor. Body fair. Great fixer upper! Asking $700. Call Mark 203-631-7471 NISSAN Maxima GLE 2000 Leather, Sunroof, Wheels, CD, Heated Seats. Excellent. $3850. (203) 213-1142

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



CARS STARTING AT $199 DOWN 24 Month/2400 Mile Warranty LET US GIVE YOU A FRESH START Tax, Title, Fees Additional Apply Now 203-232-2600 Darrell

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

NISSAN Altima 2008 2.5SL 4 Door Sedan, 4 Cylinders $14,994 Stock# C7248 (203) 237-5561

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

SUBARU Outback Legacy 2000 Station Wagon, 5 Door 4 Speed Automatic. AC, Cruise. Stock #873 $5,500

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Cars Starting At $199 Down Apply Now 1-866-879-1616 Must be 18 years of age and a US Citizen w/proof of residence. Minimum down payments may vary. Must meet income requirements. Subject to change without notice.

HONDA ACCORD 2002 4 Door, Auto, Very Low Miles. Showroom Stock# 12479A $8990 (203) 235-1669

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

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

DODGE Charger 2007 2 Door. Auto. Only 29K. Super Deal Only $13990 Stock# P3924 (203) 235-1669

USED CAR CLEARANCE SALE 92’ Ford Crown Victoria $3,295.


99’ Chrysler Siebring Convertible

IMMEDIATELY by calling


203-238-1953 before 5pm Mon-Fri We regret that we will not be responsible for more than ONE incorrect insertion and only for that portion of the ad that may have been rendered valueless by such an error.

95’ Volvo Station Wagon $5,900.

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MAZDA 3 2009 HONDA CIVIC 2009 FORD ESCORT 2002 $3,288 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $988 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

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

Fully Equipped. Auto, Power Windows/Locks, AM/FM/CD, Premium Sound, Alloy Wheels. $15,494 Stock# C7169 (203) 237-5561

91’ C hevy S-10 PU

SUBARU Forester 2003 2.5 XS AWD Wagon 4 Cylinder, Sun Roof, Alloy, Leather, Heated Seats Stock#893 $9,800 203-634-7878

1 OWNER 76K $2,995.

94’ Ford Station Wagon $1,995.

2000 Neon 1 Owner $2,600. Can be seen at:

Marketplace Ads (203) 238-1953

G.T. Tire 155 Colony St. Meriden, CT Mon-Thur 7am-3:30pm Fri. 7am-2pm


Thursday, March 22, 2012 — The Berlin Citizen TRUCKS & VANS



FORD F-150 1994

PETS & LIVESTOCK GERMAN Shepard & Husky mix Puppies! $650. or $750. for blue eyes. Call for info 203915-7950 RABBIT Cage 6 x2 x 2 You pick up $50. Delivery $75. (203) 237-3168

Pick up. 302 V8 Engine. Runs good. $1400 or best offer. Call Tony 203-715-4193 or 203-630-0863



GRASS TRIMMER With Battery & Charger. Black & Decker $55. Call (203) 235-6176

NISSAN Pathfinder 2003 Apply Now 1-866-879-1616

V6, Leather, Sunroof. Heated Seats. Very Sharp! Stock# 12480A $11,990 (203) 235-1669

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

HONDA Odyssey 2008 One Owner. EX-L w/DVD. Auto, 6 Cylinder $20,994 Stock# C7279 (203) 237-5561


SPRING Vacation with horses. Rap A Pony Farm, Mon-Thurs 9noon, April 16 thru 19. Program includes daily lessons, safety around horses, grooming, mini trail rides. $200/wk. 203-2653596. Special English & Western lessons $350 for 10 lessons.

HOT TUB: 2012 Model, 6 Person, 46 Jets, Waterfall, LED Lighting, Ozonator, All Options W/Cover, Brand New - Still In Package, Never Hooked Up. Full Warranty. Original Cost $8000, Sacrifice $3500. Can Deliver. 203-232-8778


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

203-631-0800 or 203-630-2510

2011 D-130 JOHN DEERE TRACTOR & MOWER, twincylinder, 7.2 on hour meter, $1,100. Call 203-235-0056 after 5 p.m.


Must Sell (Ltd.) Will deal 24x36, 39x57, 60x100 40yr Paint (Steel Bldgs) Pro-rated freight to site Erection available 866-609-4321 Source: 1N0

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

Only 60K. Leather, Sunroof, Heated Seats. Local. Just Traded. Stock# P3975A $11,999 (203) 235-1669

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

V6 Pickup, Long Bed, AC, Auto, Bed Cover, Pwr Steering Stock# 859 $6,500 203-634-7878

BOXER Puppies, pure breed, ready 3/16/12. Registered & shots. Fernando 203-710-7912 CARS STARTING AT $199 DOWN 24 MONTH 24000 MILES WARRANTY LET US GIVE YOU A FRESH START Tax, Title, Fees Additional Apply Now Jack 1-866-879-1616

Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves.

Appliance Repairs

Will Deliver


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

Chevrolet S-10 2003


BULLDOGS, Yorkie, Yorkie-Poo, Schnoodles, Boston Terrier, J Russells, Dachshund, Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, Labs, Boxers & mixed breeds. $250+. 860-930-4001

BOSCH Appliances: Refrigerator, Electric Cook Top, Double Oven & Dishwasher, Black. Built-in microwave, wine cooler, Glass top Kitchen table w/4 black rolling chairs. Lighted Shelving Unit. (203) 932-2952 BROYHILL Queen Size Living Rm Sleeper & Love Seat with accessories. Broyhill Cherrywood Dining Rm Set w/6 Upholstered Chairs, Hutch, China Base & Deck w/Custom Pads. 4 Piece Maple BR Set w/Mattress & Box Spring and Off White Queen Anne Chair & Ottoman. Other matching pieces. Moving- Must Sell. Reasonable prices. 203-506-0073 or 860-573-0134 Glastonbury. SOFA small 2 cushion, muted green, never used. Price negotiable. Call 203-238-3091. TABLE - Maple 60 x 42 Two leaves. Four white chairs. $99. Exc cond. 203 265-4997

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 2 6x6 Metal I Beams 7 ft & 9 ft. $40 each. (203) 237-3330

4 Door Grand SXT V6, 4 Cylinder, Auto. All Power. Leather Seats. AC. Cruise. Stock #870 $9,995


IT’S SO CONVENIENT! Pay for your RecordJournal subscription with your credit card. For your convenience we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover & American Express. Call (203) 634-3933 to order your Record-Journal subscription today.

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES Top quality. Working lines. 4 Males, 1 Female, taking deposits now. Ready March 26th. Shots, tattooed. AKC reg. Guaranteed. $1000. Serious inquiries please. (860) 655-0889

2011 D-130 JOHN DEERE TRACTOR & MOWER, twincylinder, 7.2 on hour meter, $1,100. Call 203-235-0056 after 5 p.m. COUCH, coffee & end tables, Twinbed, mattress & boxsprings, bureau, mirrorvacuum, power head, student desk & 2 stained glass swag lamps. Call 203-715-1781. COUNTER TOP, Stainless Steel Sink & Hutch. 1 yr old. 59 square feet. $400. Call for more details, 203-213-1409 DRILL -18V. 2 Bats, Charger $45 (203) 265-5321

POOL Table 8 Ft Italian Slate. Includes many extras. Custom built! Must see to appreciate. Call Dave at 203-686-0112. SOX vs Oakland A’s 4/30/12 @7pm. $99. Contact Michael 272-3662

WOOD, FUEL & HEATING EQUIPMENT BURNHAM Gas Furnace 42000 BTUs. About 3 years old. Works perfect. $500 firm. (203) 631-1538



CHESHIRE 1 BR in country setting near I 84. On site laundry & off St. park. $850. per month incl H&H. Sec & ref. Avail May 1st. Please call 203-560-2872.

Always Buying, Old, used and antique handtools. Carpentry, Machinist, Engraving and Workbench tools. If you have old or used tools that are no longer being used, call with confidence. Fair & friendly offers made in your home. Please call Cory 860-322-4367

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden 4 bdrm, 2 bath, 3rd Fl apt. $1175. per month + Sec & Utils. Call 203-886-8808.

BUYING Old machinist tools, lathes, bench tools, hand tools, much more. (203) 525-0608

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate.

203-235-8431 OLD BICYCLES Don’t throw away that old bike. Hobbyman needs your help. Free pickup! Bikes will be recycled. Help save a bike! 203-494-9641

Swords, Daggers, etc

203-238-3308 WANTED Fishing & Hunting Tackle - Local collector looking for old or new rods, reels, lures. Highest prices paid. Dave any time 860-463-4359

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & INSTRUCTIONS FREE S&C 1912 Reed Pump Organ. Ok condition. You pick up. 203-678-1817


MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large, 2 BR Luxury Condos. Laundry. No pets. $875 + utilities Call 203-245-9493 MERIDEN 1 BR 3rd Floor $675 Good loc. Newly Remodeled. Offst parking. Appls. WD Hkup. Sec 8 Appr. No pets. 203-379-7817

MERIDEN 1 BR, 2 BR & Studio Starting at $595 per month. Heat & HW incl. Off street parking 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 1 BR, LR, Kitchen, Bath. 2nd Fl. Lease & sec deposit req. No pets. $695/ monthly. Call 203 238-9772 MERIDEN 1 BR. Big rooms. Big Closets. Nice and clean. Broad Street. Walk to Stop & Shop. Shared laundry. 2 mos security + application fee. No pets. $650/mo. Call 203-284-0597

Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome

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

MERIDEN 3 BR - 1st Fl, 6 Rms. Appliances. WD Hookup. Off street parking for 1 vehicle. No pets. $900 per month plus security. Call 203-605-8591



MERIDEN. Spac. Twnhs, 3 BRs, 2 1/2 ba, LR, DR, mod kit, laundry rm. 2 car gar, C/A, yard. $1375/ mo. Owner/Brkr. 203-952-1122.

Always Buying All Contents of Estates. Antique, old toys & collectibles. furniture, costume jewelry, etc. Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 S. Orchard St. Wallingford. 203-379-8731 or 203-284-3786 Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm

MERIDEN -1-2 BR Hubbard Park Central Air/Heat. 775 West Main Street. $795-$925/mo. + utils. No pets. Call Chino 203-4403483 or Steve 203-537-4072

2 BR

MERIDEN. 2 BR, 1 1/2 bath condo, $1000 monthly. Both w/garages. Call Re/Max Ray Valenti 203-238-1977.

2ND GENERATION Buys old toys, lamps & lamp parts, jewelry, estate items, glass, China, sterling. 203-639-1002

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

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

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



MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd.

$$$ CA$H $$$

Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture. 50’s Items. Whole Estates.

MER.Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 1 BR, 1st Fl, $845/mo+sec. 1BR, 2nd Fl $801 mo+sec 203-630-3823 12pm8pm or

Stewart 5 piece Drum Set. Great condition! Price negotiable. Call 203-238-3091.

ELECTRONICS HAM Radio Equipment Over 100 new & used ham radio items available from estate. Call for more info, (860) 628-8685 ext 14


ALWAYS BUYING CASH PAID Vintage Electronics, Amps, Musical Instruments, Guitars, Radios, Ham Equipment, CB, HiFi, Audio Equipment. 860-707-9350


HYUNDAI Santa Fe 2004




Flanders West Apts Southington

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

MERIDEN Crown Village 2 BR 1st Floor. Heat & Hot Water included. New paint & Carpeting throughout. Sec & ref. Section 8 approved. 203-269-1508. MERIDEN- East side 1 BR furn, 2nd FL. Includes Heat, HW & Elec. Oak Flooring. Very Clean! $845/ mo+sec 203-630-3823, 12-8pm or MERIDEN-1, 3 & 4 BR apts. Quiet bldg, off St park. Security based on rental history. Available now! Call 203-9036413 or 203-641-8483. MERIDEN-Spacious 5 rm, 3BR apt, 2nd floor, w/d, no pets, $1,000 + util, section 8 approved 1st & last month. 203-715-5829 MERIDEN. Lge studio apt, private entrance, $625/mo includes heat and electric. On bus line. No pets. 203-982-3042.


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, March 22, 2012




Pete In The Pickup Year Round Junk Removal No Job too Big/Small We Do it All 203-886-5110 GARY Wodatch Debris removal of any kind. Homeowner’s, contractor’s, small dumpsters avail. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430


RICK’S AFFORDABLE Mowing, clean-ups, mulch, brush, pricker & small tree removal. Trim hedges. Clean Gutters and Powerwash. 203-530-4447

Over 25 years experience. Call today for free estimates. Call 203-440-3535 Ct. Reg. #578887 HIGHLANDCONTRACTOR.COM Seamless Gutters/Downspouts Gutter cleaning/repairs No Job Too Small. CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084

GUTTERS DON’T WORK IF THEY’RE DIRTY THERRIEN REMODELING Garages, Additions, Roofing, Windows, Doors. References, Ins. CT#544609 203-238-9264 Celebrating our 25th Year!


THE FAMOUS EL GUAPO’S JUNK REMOVAL As seen on TV and You Tube. 203-440-0239 or 860-324-0874

For gutter cleaning, call Kevin at (203) 440-3279 Fully insured. CT Reg. #569127. LAWN & LANDSCAPE SVCS COMMERCIAL ,Condos, Apts 203-294-9889 CT Lic 006150

HANDYPERSONS A-1 HANDYMANPLUS CT Reg #606277. Give us a Call - WE DO IT ALL! Free estimates. 203-631-1325

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions

203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790 REPAIRS Large or Small. Stairs, railing, interior, exterior, entry door & window replacement done by owner. Also provide addition, finish bsmnt, decks & complete home improvements. Free est. 203-238-1449 #578107 DAVE’S CARPENTRY Repairs,roofing,siding, additions & foundations. 860-628-7795 or 860-302-4778. #623748 Free est & reas rates.


Hardscapes,Pavers,Ret Walls Pro Concrete Craftsman Visit (203) 294-9889 CT#612218

HEATING & COOLING VICTORY HEATING & COOLING LLC. Install & Replace Furnaces, A/C. Lic & Ins. CT Lic #303540-S1. 203-715-0553

JUNK REMOVAL &MORE! We remove Furniture, Appliances, And Entire contents of: Homes*Sheds* Estates* Attics, Basements *Garages, & more. **Spring Yard Clean-ups.** Call for a Free Estimate 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218

DO NOT Freeze this WINTER! Call Duane Plumbing, heating & cooling. Annual furnace & boiler tune-ups & cleanings. Quality work. Major credit cards. Low rates. Call 203379-8944 #400335-S1

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


203-237-2122 FENCING

PAINTING/ WALLPAPERING TIM’S Painting & Powerwashing Int/Ext. No job too big or small. Ct Reg #0620888 203-686-0552 L & E PAINTING. Professional and Affordable. Lic & ins. Call Trevor 203-938-3789. CT Reg #623250.

DAVE’S CARPENTRY Repairs,roofing,siding, additions & foundations. 860-628-7795 or 860-302-4778. #623748 Free est & reas rates. BEGO’S Masonry Retaining Walls, Brick and Block works Fireplace, Chimneys, Stairs, Stoops, Sidewalks, Masonry Repair and much more. Free est. 20yrs exp. CT# 601857 203-754-5034 or 203-565-7129 ALBERTS HOME REPAIRS Remodeling, Windows, Doors, Siding, Decks, Floors Lic & ins #623837 203-592-1148

HOUSE CLEANING SOTO CLEANING SERVICES, LLC, COMMERCIAL CLEANING & FLOOR CARE - Fully insured. Free estimates. 203-213-3167 POLISH/ENGLISH speaking woman to clean house w/care. 3rd cleaning 50% off. Ins & bonded. Refs. 860-538-4885 HOUSECLEANING With a Passion. Small offices. Insured. Please call Renata Home 860828-1338 Cell 860-796-5222

Pete In The Pickup Year Round Junk Removal No Job too Big/Small We Do it All 203-886-5110

V. NANFITO Roofing, Siding, Windows, Decks Remodeling Gutters CT Reg#570192 (203) 639-1634 THERRIEN REMODELING Garages, Additions, Roofing, Windows, Doors. References, Ins. CT#544609 203-238-9264 Celebrating our 25th Year!

203-237-0350 Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions

203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790 SAVE NOW- Spring Special We do it all! Roofing, siding & more. Alex Home Improvement Free est. 203-631-8810 #583177 HOME Solutions $500 off a new roof w/ this ad. Great prices, free est. LIC & INS HIC #0631419. 203-631-2991

IF YOU MENTION THIS AD SPRING YARD CLEAN-UPS Brush, Branches, Leaves, winter mess...Make your yard shine!!

WE take pride in our work and in pleasing the customer. Call Tim (203) 715-1925 for all your plumbing & heating needs. Licensed & Insured # 0285945P-1

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions

203-237-0350 C&M CONSTRUCTION To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488


GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Hedge/tree trim., trimming over grown properties. Est 1985. All calls returned. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 cell 860-558-5430 BILL RUDOLPH LANDSCAPING Landscape Design & Renovations, Retaining Walls, Walkways, Patios, Drainage & Backhoe Work. In Business 40 Yrs. Free Est, Reasonable Rates. Lic #563661. Call 203-237-9577.

MASONRY TREE PROBLEMS? Broken limbs, hangers, we specialize in difficult takedowns. Professional climbers, Fully licensed & Ins. Call for your free quote. Ask for Jimmy. Accelerated Landscaping, Inc. Celebrating our 25th Yr in business. Veteran & Senior discounts. Calll 860-982-4819.

W. BOOBER MASONRY 25 yrs exp in all types of masonry CT Reg # 0626708 Call 203-235-4139 PAUL’S MASONRY New & Repairs. Stone walls, arches, chimneys, sidewalks, fireplaceS. Free est. #614863. 203-706-9281

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


**JUNK REMOVAL** Appl’s, Furniture, Junk, Debris, etc WE CAN REMOVE ANYTHING Entire house to 1 item removed! CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATES 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218

CT Reg. #516790

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

203-639-0032 Fully Lic & Ins Reg #577319 CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST Quality-LOWEST Price Siding ● Roofing Windows ● Remodeling ● Decks ● Gutters Additions ●Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #0632415


Accepting all credit cards. CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084


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

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions

Roofing, Siding & Gutters

HAVE DUMP TRUCK- Will carry out junk, debris, furniture, appliances, etc. We Take It All! Free Estimates. Call Ed.




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

JM LAWNCARE Spring Cleanups, Lawn Mowing, Trimming, mulching, planting and more. Comm & Res. Call for free est 860-796-8168

LULO'S MASONRY - Walkways, stairs, patios, swimming pools, chimneys, and more. Repairs. Free estimates. Licensed. CT Reg #0608431. 203-271-2411 JIMMY’S MASONRY Stonewalls, steps, patios, chimneys, all types. Lic. & Ins’d. 27 yrs exp. Call for free est. 860-2744893 CT. Reg. #604498 CHIMNEY Cleaning. Masonry repairs, re-lining, caps, dampers. Free est. Ins. Lic. #575553. Strictly Chimneys LLC 860-829-0128 BEGO’S Masonry Retaining Walls, Brick and Block works Fireplace, Chimneys, Stairs, Stoops, Sidewalks, Masonry Repair and much more. Free est. 20yrs exp. CT# 601857 203-754-5034 or 203-565-7129 ANTHONY’’S Masonry Lic & Ins. Chimneys, stone work, pavers, r e ta i n i n g w a l l s , c on c r e t e , walks. 203-808-2129 #617425



CT Reg. #516790


JT’S LANDSCAPING, LLC Top Quality Work. Full Lawn Maintenance. Spring is here call for your free estimates today! Licensed & insured. 203-213-6528 Reg #616311


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


joe@ Fully license/insured. Reg #HIC577319 CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST Quality-LOWEST Price Siding ● Roofing Windows ● Remodeling ● Decks ● Gutters Additions ●Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #0632415

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


The Powerwashing Kings Others Wash - We Clean! 203-631-3777 860-839-1000 POWERWASHING Houses, decks, fences. Local co., satisfaction guar. Insured. Olsen Oil & Power Washing 203-272-2699

POWER WASHING Is Spring Cleaning On the outside. FREE ESTIMATES.#569127 Call Kevin 203-440-3279

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SALT - $130 per Yard. Sand/salt 7:2 DOT mix, $65 per yard, picked up. 100% Calcium chloride icemelt - Safest for concrete! $16.50 per 50lb. bag. Pallet prices available. 24/7. Call 203-238-9846

TREE SERVICES TREE PROBLEMS? Broken limbs, hangers, we specialize in difficult takedowns. Professional climbers, Fully licensed & Ins. Call for your free quote. Ask for Jimmy. Accelerated Landscaping, Inc. Celebrating our 25th Yr in business. Veteran & Senior discounts. Calll 860-982-4819.

PRICKER REMOVAL RICK’S AFFORDABLE Spring clean-ups, hedge trim, brush, tree, pricker & underbrush removal. No job too big or too small. 11 yrs experience. 203-530-4447



IN BUSINESS 31 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Service. Free Estimates. Fully insured. 203-294-1775

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

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

All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service



Thursday, March 22, 2012 — The Berlin Citizen APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN: 3BR, New paint, New Carpet, New Windows, Off street parking. Washer/dryer hook up. $975/mo. Randolph Ave near Hanover Ave. Busline. 203-996-7379 SOUTH Meriden 1st Floor Be the first to live in this newly remodeled apt. Kitchen with tile floor and new appliances, including washer & dryer. Dining room & Living room, both with hdwd flrs. 2 BR, carpeted. 1 Bath w/tile floors. $1100/ month with deposit & 1st month rent. Call 203-235-5653 WALLINGFORD 1 BR. Kitchen w/All new appls, incl Dishwasher & Micro. New bath. Hdwd flrs. Off st parking. HW incl. $795. No dogs. (203) 430-0340 WALLINGFORD 1BR Apartment 3rd Floor. Newly renovated. No pets. 1 month security and references. $700 per month. Call 203-265-9898 WALLINGFORD 1BR Furnished. Private deck. Off street parking. Heat & Hot Water Included $825 + 1 month security 203 626-5786 or 203-980-1441 WALLINGFORD 1st fl, 2BR. Appls, hookups. Off st. parking. Dead end st. No pets. Very clean! $875 Garage extra. Owner/Agent 203-269-7348 WALLINGFORD 2nd Fl. Quiet, great location. Lg kitchen. BR/LR combo. Patio, parking. Avail 5/1. No pets or smoking. $700 + utils. (203) 269-9755 WALLINGFORD-1BR apt starting at $750 including heat & HW. No pets. JJ Bennett 203265-7101 WLFD. 2BR OVERSIZED Townhouse, appl’d kit., 3000SF, lots of storage & closet space, laundry room. NO PETS. $1195. Call J.J. Bennett, 203-265-7101. YALESVILLE 1 BR, 1st FL. Appliances included. No pets. $650 per month + security. (203) 284-9100 Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.


$1,000 $ign on Bonu$!

100 Poplar Dr, Cheshire Colonial 3 BR, 1.5 baths, 1 car gar, 1,676 sq. ft. .14 acres, lge deck central air/vac. Move in cond. Outdoor pation FP. Dir: Cheshire/ Plantsville townline-Rt. 322 (Meriden/Wtby Tpke) to Honey Rd. to Poplar Drive. By owner 203-271-7917

MERIDEN. $169,900 Must see this cozy well mntn cape, HDWD FLS thru-out, cer tiel kit bths, EIK, enc. Porch, den or 3rd bdrm, tons of closets & stor. Fin LL. 2nd kit & den w/ add't stor. Flwr bds, conv to hw, scls & shops. Call Annmarie McPherson 203-265-5618

Get on the bus with us! DATTCO CT's largest private school bus company is looking for the industries BEST School Bus Drivers for our Middletown location. If you currently have a valid CDL-PS we are looking for you! CDL is not a must. We will provide all of the free training you will need to be successful! Sign on bonus offered to CDL-PS drivers only! Benefits include medical, dental, disability insurance, vision and term life. At DATTCO you can bring your children to work with you! Call DATTCO today 860-635-8234 ext 100 or apply online! DATTCO is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer AUTO MECHANIC Rare opportunity, most techs stay over ten years. Repairs and diagnostics. Must be a self starter & have appropriate tools. Apply to Kevin or Randy at Danby’s, 41 High St. Meriden or


ROOMS FOR RENT MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Includes Heat, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. East Side. Off-st park. $125/wk. + sec. Call 12-8pm 203-630-3823 or MERIDEN-$100. per week. Clean, safe, 1st floor. Furnished room, utils incl. Share kit & bath. 203-238-3369. Leave message.


WALLINGFORD$174,900. Desirable location, this home features 6 rms, 3brs, 1 bath, 1 car detached garage. Set on a quiet level lot. House has great potential and priced right. Call Sue Farone or Sil Sala for all details 203-265-5618

Durham School Services is hosting a job fair at the Hamden, Connecticut Department of Labor on Tuesday March 20th from 9am-2pm. Ct Dept. of Labor 37 Marne Street Hamden, CT 06514 Questions? Call Anthony Harris at 203-859-3452 Average 20-35 Hrs Per Week Benefits Available *401k with Company Match *Free Life Insurance


www.durham CANCUN, MEXICO 2 Bed., 2 1/2 Baths. Presidental Suite, up to six people. Oceanfront view. Balcony. Great for spring break. All inclusive. All the drinks and food you want, 24 hrs a day. For 6 people. $155 day each or $6,500 for 7 nights 8 days. Call 860-628-0057 and leave message.


AUTOMOTIVE DETAILER Needed for expanded service department in Meriden. Responsibilities include: Cleaning shop and detailing customer’s cars. Must be reliable and motivated. Hours are 8-4:30 Mon-Fri. Email resume to for appt.

MERIDEN. $399,900 Historic Meriden home features old world charm with all the modern conveniences 10 rms, 5 brs 2 car garage, 3 full baths, beautifully landscaped private yard. Call Fred Gettner for details 203-265-5618

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AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN FT w/benefits. Apply in person only. Portland Transmission 25 Silver St, Portland 860-342-4273

Come join our fast growing team of contracted adult carriers who earn up to $13,000.00 annually delivering newspapers for up to 2 hours in the early morning.

AVON Reps and/or Mentors needed. Start Today. Earn up to 50%. Low start up. Call Brenda Independent Sales Rep (203) 631-7420

It is a great way to subsidize your annual income without interfering with your regular job or quality time at home.


CDL DRIVERS Durham based construction company is now accepting applications for FT CDL Class A & B Drivers. Pre-employment drug screen req. Fax resume 860-349-6579 or call Pools by Murphy for appointment 860-349-9774

If you are interested in being contracted on a route or being a substitute in Wallingford, Meriden, Southington or Cheshire Please call Record-Journal Circulation

(203) 634-3933

CGA is looking for Part Time Coaching Positions for Class & Team Programs. Call for Info CT GYMNASTICS ACADEMY /Wallingford 203-269-7464

COMPUTER TECHNICIAN I The Town of Wallingford Public Schools is seeking a highly skilled individual to provide technical assistance in the setup, installation, and maintenance of computers, peripherals, and software for the school district. The position requires and A.S. degree in computer technology or related field, plus 3 years experience troubleshooting and repairing PC/Windows compatible computers, printers and related peripherals. CompTIA Network+ certification, Microsoft MCP or similar certification preferred. Experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis. Wages: $18.76 hourly plus an excellent fringe benefit package. Apply to:

HELP WANTED CHESHIRE LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR Seeks person for full time, strenuous, diversified outdoor work. (No mowing). Experience is helpful. Good work record, drive standard shift required. Reply: Record-Journal Box 23, 11 Crown St., Meriden, CT. DELIVERY DRIVER Part Time AUTOMOTIVE WAREHOUSE. 12-5 Mon-Friday. Wallingford. Contact Debbie 203-284-0709

DO YOU HAVE OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER? Willing to do brain scans or a medication study? (HIC614,2100,3626) Pays up to $400. Please call Yale OCD Research Clinic: 203-974-7523


Personnel Department

Growing Food Distributor seeking CDL B Delivery Drivers. Good driving history. Heavy lifting required. Good pay w/full benefits & 401K plan. Mon-Fri. Home every night. Apply in person, MonFri 9-3, with driver’s history.

Town of Wallingford 45 South Main Street Wallingford, CT 06492 Fax #: (203) 294-2084 The closing date will be March 28, 2012 or the date the 75th application is received, whichever occurs first. EOE

Customer Service Representative

Marketplace Ads (203) 238-1953 MERIDEN Meetinghouse Village Unit 58-2; 2 bedroom 1 1/2 bath; new windows & heating-A/C; hardwood on first floor; office/ den; low utility costs; closing date flexible. 203-235-9041


Immediate Openings Large direct-mail Company has immediate openings for full and part time telephone representatives in their inbound call center. Candidates should have a clear speaking voice, typing and computer skills and a pleasant phone personality. The rate is $10.00 per hour. Apply in person to Speed Staffing LLC located at 500 South Broad Street, Meriden, CT between the hours of 10:00 and 2:00 pm. Resumes may be emailed to Faxed to 203-379-0965 Or telephone Patty at 203-379-0390 We are also looking for Pickers /Packers in our warehouse this job pays $8.25 per hour.

HELP WANTED DRIVER Experienced Reefer Drivers & Independent Contractors needed for Regional Positions. Top of the line equipment and plenty of freight. Call Today! 877-491-1112 or GROOMERS and Bathers Needed. Full & PT. Exp nec. Call Gary at Village Pet Spa 203 269-3554 MANUFACTURING Opportunities Fast Paced Growing Precision Machine Company is looking to fill the following positions. Shift Supervisor- Flexible off shift hours. Supervisor Must have exp in Mfg. supervising. Knowledge of CNC turning, milling & grinding a plus. Co is looking for strong leaders to organize, guide, discipline & able to work with people as a team. Self-Starter & positive attitude a must. 1sst shift set up TechnicianNeeded for Swiss CNC machining & Okuma Exp. A Must. Min 5 yrs exp.

Thurston Foods 30 Thurston Dr Wallingford, CT.


Temporary positions. 04/30/2012 to 12/10/2012, Plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetable field crops. Duties may include tilling soil, applying fertilizers, loading harvested products. Perform maintenance, weld & mechanical repair on equipment. High school degree req & 2 months exp req. Drive & operate farm vehicles for farm use & on public roads. Must have or be able to obtain driver’s license. 48 hr/wk, $11.00/hr, free housing. 3/4 Work period guaranteed. Tools & Equip. provided. Transportation to & from place of recruitment will be paid upon completion of 50% of work contract. Job location is at, Fair Weather Acres. Rocky Hill, CT. Apply for this job at Job Services, 645 S. Main St., Middletown, CT with job order # 4559055 or nearest Job service office w/ copy of this ad.

1sst shift Exp. Machine Preventive Maintenance Technician. Electrical license a plus. Must be able to troubleshoot different types of elec. Machinery, pumping, HVAC, hydraulic & pneumatic problems. Min 5 yr exp. Competitive Wages & Benefits EOE. Please fax resume to: (203) 597-0655. Microbest, Inc. 670 Captain Neville Dr. Waterbury ,CT 06705 . Email: PART Time Medical Office Receptionist needed. Join us in our private office setting and Grow with us! Duties include Computer knowledge, greeting our patients, answering office phones, scheduling appoint- ments and filing. Must be organized. We are a Psychiatric Practice offering competitive pay. Email cpsychiatricservices

MEDICAL CAREERS CENTRAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH is seeking licensed masters level or higher therapists to work part time or full time in the Southington office. Interested candidates can mail their resumes to 41 Fair Harbour Place New London, CT 06320 Or Fax 860-437-6920

HELP WANTED LANDSCAPE LABORER Must have valid driver’s license. Southington Call (860) 628-5191 PRE-SCHOOL TEACHER Parttime, needed for child care center in Wallingford, morning and afternoon hours, experience preferred. Please call 203-949-9000 RECEPTIONIST PT Data entry, billing and various office related tasks. 16 hrs per week. Hours flexible. Please call (860) 349-3449 in Durham. TRANSPORTATION DELIVERY ROUTER FT position. Exp with Roadnet, DOT Regulations, Logs, Dispatching, Excel & Microsoft. Please call Thurston Foods for an appointment. 203-265-1525 30 Thurston Dr, Wlfd, CT 06492 TRUCK Driver CDL B Local forklift delivery, needs mechanic ability & tools. Call 860-666-4884.

WANTED- Licensed Alarm Technician with at least 3 years experience in the field. Applicant must have great people skills. Please call 860-621-6850 or fax resume to 860-621-4099.


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, March 22, 2012

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