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Volume 14, Number 21

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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Berlin at 225 — a celebration of community life By Olivia L .Lawrence The Berlin Citizen Today The Citizen launches a special 225th ann iv e r s a r y year series to highlight the life and times of Berlin as the town celebrates this milestone during May— and throughout the year. With help from local historians at the Berlin-Peck

Memorial Library and the Berlin Historical Society, The Citizen brings readers photos from days gone by as well as an extensive timeline highlighting events that shaped this community. The series will continue with several installments over the course of the summer. Under the guidance of Assistant Director Cathy Nelson — a historian herself — the library put together several presentations on the

According to local historians, this undated photo shows a parade float, for the American Bridge Co. of East Berlin, that was likely part of a Memorial Day See Berlin, page 5 celebration.

Rick Smilnak poses next to machine guns mounted on the tail of a plane. The photo was taken in the late 1960s when Smilnak was in Guam serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam war.

Memorial Day 2010

Vietnam era vets: life goes on, but memories stay close By Olivia L. Lawrence and Maura Gaffney The Berlin Citizen Some served “in country,” others were part of the war effort on other fronts, but scores of veterans from Berlin were part of the tumultuous Vietnam era. Three young Berlin men were killed in that war and many others suffered injuries, physical and otherwise. Most who returned have gotten on with their lives, but there is no doubt the war changed individuals

and the country. Three local veterans spoke with The Citizen about their Vietnam era experiences; where they picked up when they came back to Berlin and how they view the uneasy reconciliation that has evolved as people re-evaluate what happened to the country during this controversial period. Coming home Cleveland P. Huggins III, 63, served in the Army in Vietnam from September 1972 to February 1973. He was there when the cease fire

was called. He served a total of 27 years in the Army (both active and reserve time combined), was a captain in Vietnam, and eventually retired as a colonel. Huggins said “There are a couple of things that irk me about being a Vietnam veteran…It took the public 30 years to realize that we weren’t bad guys. “I was welcomed home in 1991. I was welcoming home the returning Desert Storm guys up at the Air Force base

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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, May 27, 2010

Berlin Briefs

Holiday schedule

All departments of the town of Berlin are scheduled to be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. There is no refuse/recycling collections on Monday, May 31. Trash collection is scheduled for one day later.

Veterans wanted for Memorial Day parade

The VFW Post 10732 and American Legion are asking all of Berlin’s veterans to march in this year’s Memori-

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Historical Society plans tag sales The Berlin Historical Society has scheduled two tag sales. The first, featuring furniture and large items, is scheduled for Saturday, May 29, from 8 a.m. to noon, weather permitting, at the museum, at the corner of

Peck and Main Streets. The second tag sale, with the Berlin Garden Club, is scheduled for Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VFW pavilion on Massirio Drive. Tickets to the Memory Lane house tour will be available on both days.

Farmers Market Berlin Farmers Market, a producer only market, is scheduled for every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion at the corner of Massirio Drive and Porter’s Pass, beginning June 12. The market features goods from farmers, producers, food vendors and artisans grown or made in Connecticut. The Welcome Tent offers healthy recipe cards, community information, bread, honey, maple syrup and canvas shopping bags. Volunteers are always welcome and the Wild Card Tent is available for non-profit organizations interested in recruiting members or educating residents as to their mis-

sion. For more information or to request a vendor application, contact Market Master, James Roby at (860) 828-5548 or the Chamber of Commerce at (860) 829-1033.

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al Day parade, scheduled for Monday, May 31. “We are honored to have those that can march join us,” said VFW Post Commander Sam D’Amato. “Some veterans may be unable to walk, so we will have vehicles to support these who wish to participate.” The parade begins at 9 a.m. from the St. Paul Church parking lot, 485 Alling St. All veterans wishing to participate should assemble in the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. A coffee and donut reception will follow at the VFW Post 10732 on Massirio Drive after the Memorial Day 2010 ceremonies. For more information, call (860) 828-1080.

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remained stateside. At the press conference Blumenthal said he regretted “having misspoken,” at times, in regards to his military service. During the last few years, Blumenthal has become a familiar figure in Berlin in the town’s fight against the VIP, an adult store that planned to move to the Berlin Turnpike near a residential neighborhood. He spoke at a community meeting about the issue and later filed a “friend of the court” brief in favor of the town’s position in a lawsuit with VIP.

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Marine Corps veteran, Peter Galgano, of East Berlin, stood by Richard Blumenthal at a May 18 press conference on the topic of the attorney general’s military service. Galgano said he did so because he’s seen Blumenthal’s dedication to service men and women over the past 20 years. After serving as Connecticut’s attorney general for 20 years, Blumenthal won the nomination of the Democratic Party May 21 and will be the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate. News stories last week brought into question public statements Blumenthal had made about his military service during the Vietnam era. Blumenthal addressed thos questions at the press conference, at the VFW in West Hartford, where Galgano introduced him. Veterans representing various branches of the military also were part

of Blumenthal’s support contingent. Galgano told The Citizen that he became involved with the press conference because he’s known Blumenthal, and at times worked with him, since the mid-1990s. Furthermore, he’s seen the attorney general attend wakes, funerals and other ceremonies and events that involved veterans. “He always supported vets. He’s done a lot,” Galgano said. “He didn’t say (certain statements about his service) intentionally. They’ve blown it out of context.” Galgano said he spoke solely as an individual and based on his own observations. Blumenthal, 63, served in the Marine Corps Reserves during the Vietnam war, but

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Schwartz to speak at Memorial Day ceremonies sioner. She was a member of the United States Air Force (1967-1986) and served both on active duty and as a reservist. She retired in 1986 with the rank of Major after sustaining injuries in an aircraft accident while serving as a USAF Flight nurse. She was the first woman veteran to receive the prestigious Connecticut department of Veteran’s Affair Commendation Medal. She was also the first woman to receive the National Commendation Medal of Vietnam Veterans of American for Justice, Integrity and Meaningful Achievement.

The Berlin Veteran’s Commission has scheduled the state’s Commissioner of Veteran’s Affairs, Linda Spoonster Schwartz, as Grand Marshal and speaker for the Memorial Day parade. The parade is scheduled for May 31, beginning at 9 a.m. The parade route is from Peck Street, down Farmington Avenue to Massirio Drive, ending at the Berlin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10732. A reception will follow the Memorial Day ceremonies. Schwartz is the first woman in the 140 year history of the Veteran’s Affairs to serve as commis-

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By Daniel Jackson Special to The Citizen In celebration of Berlin’s 225 anniversary, the BerlinPeck Memorial Library hosted a “Memories of the Berlin Turnpike” meeting, May 11, as a way to compile a history about the Berlin Turnpike in its heyday from about 1941 until 1965. “We didn’t know if we would be talking to ourselves or if anyone was interested,” said Cathy Nelson, assistant director, speaking to a crowd of about 25 people. Many in the group had lived during the turnpike’s golden era. Another meeting was heldMay 25, at the library, giving Berlin residents another chance to come and share their memories, stories and photographs of the turnpike. Also attending, May 11, were members of The Berlin Historical Society as well as Ed Egazarian, of the Economic Development Committee. They were there to record the memories of the town residents. Those memories came

The earliest days of the turnpike. from times, during the 1940s through the 1960s, when the Berlin Turnpike was vibrant and people fondly called it “Gasoline Alley.” That name was due to the numerous gas stations along the road — more than 20 in Berlin alone — when a “gas war” raged. To attract the most customers, gas stations would lower their prices. It became so extreme that a driver could pay 10 cents a gallon on gas—that is when gasoline was usually 30 cents a gallon. “The turnpike was known for its cheap gas,” said Ralph Simeone, a resident who

lived during that time. Although “Gasoline Alley” brings to mind good times, the turnpike was also dubbed “Death Alley.” Simeone recalled when tractor trailer trucks used the main throughway between New Haven and Hartford at a time when there were no left-hand turns and no traffic lights on “the pike.” “You would be making a left hand turn,” Simeone recalled, “and a tractor trailer would zip over the hill and — bang.”

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Berlin Continued from page 1

For instance, recently Jim Masserio brought in photo albums he acquired when his elderly aunt died. “It was so wonderful…the quality of the photos is very good,” Stub said. The Berlin Historical Society is always looking for old photos to scan into its collection. Also, if people have information about any of the photos printed in The Citizen and want to share, call the museum at (860) 828-5114. Each year the historical society makes a theme DVD from pictures in its archives. Often these include “then and now” companion photos showing a site during two different time periods. This

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town’s history over the past few months. For example, it hosted a program on “Gasoline Alley” featuring residents’ memories of the Berlin Turnpike (see story and photos page 4). A timeline series offered at the library was researched and created by Beth Stowell, John Winiarski, Sallie Caliandri, and Nelson — with significant contributions by Winiarski, Nelson said. The Citizen features portions of that timeline in this issue, next week and in upcoming issues. The timelines fashioned by local historians are lengthy and detailed; what readers will see in these pages is just a sample of that work. Nelson said the complete timelines will be available, at some point, in the library’s history room and on its website. The timelines are based on information taken from books about Berlin, old newspaper stories, microfilm archives and other historical documents. “It took a lot of research,” Nelson said. She’s been collecting timelines since Stowell, a Berlin teacher, created the first known timeline of Berlin’s history. At one time, Stowell ran bus tours, through the town’s adult education program, to points of historical interest in Berlin. Nelson and Caliandri are working on a book about Berlin’s history which will give history buffs a wellfleshed out version of the

timeline. The Berlin Historical Society has over 1,000 photos in its archives and these give a portrait of Berlin in the days of dirt roads, carriages, a lively railroad stop, and a countryside brimming with farms. Although rendered in black, white and sepia, the olden days’ photos show a vibrant town. Lorraine Stub, secretary for the historical society, helped The Citizen with the photo collection offered here to readers. The historical society photo archive has been created over time, probably beginning in the 1960s, with residents donating or bringing in photos to be scanned.


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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Berlin A 4-part Historical series

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Celebrating Berlin’s 225th Anniversary

How it all began: A timeline of Berlin history

(Research and development of this timeline was done by Beth Stowell, John Winiarski, Sallie Caliandri, and Cathy Nelson.) The following represents only a small sampling of Berlin’s rich history. We begin with some pre-history, continue on through the early years in the formation of

Connecticut and its towns, and lead up to 1785 when Berlin is incorporated. In between, we see how Berlin’s development relates to the state and surrounding towns as well as the nation’s history. As the series continues, we’ll look at the decades from the town’s incoproration up to the present day.

The corner of Percival Avenue and Robbins Road. Memorial Day 1913.

In the beginning…Connecticut was formed by earthquakes and the Cambrian Sea completely covered the state bringing sand and rock to Berlin. Mount Lamentation gushed steam and lava. Glaciers covered the state with ice. Stone walls contain remnants of glacial stone from a 190 million years ago. Dinosaurs of the late Triassic and early Jurassic periods roamed the area. (Anchisaurus footprints were found during construction blasting for Rt. 9 in East Berlin.) About 15,000-18,000 years ago, Lake Hitchcock leaves silt which is good for brick making. Native Americans move in: Mattabassett Indians of Algonquians. 1636 – Leonard Chester gets lost on Lamentation Mountain. Chester, of Wethersfield, was looking for a place to start his grist mill when he got lost in the wilderness. At that time, the mountain had no English name. When his townsmen found him several days later,

Mary Masserio at her Porter’s Pass birthplace, 1936. Chester lamented his fate — and so the mountain got its name. 1650 — The General Assembly passes a law that any town with 50 households must have a schoolmaster. 1659—Sergeant Richard Beckley buys 300 acres of land on both sides of the Mattabassett River from Chief Tarramuggus. This

area called Beckley Quarter, in northeast corner of town, was then part of Wethersfield. Aug. 28, 1661 — The General Assembly grants 300 acres to Jonathan Gilbert. He eventually owns over 1,000 acres from Christian Lane to the Meriden line. Oct. 9, 1662 — A charter is obtained from the King of England authorizing the establishment of the Connecticut colony. 1669 – The first grist mill on the Mattabassett River is built by Richard Beckley. 1669 — John Beckley house is built at 979 Deming/ Wethersfield Road. The Beckley house still stands today. 1670 — Captain Andrew Belcher marries Sarah Gilbert, daughter of Jonathan Gilbert. 1675-1676 — King Philip’s War. 1678 — Captain Belcher is given permission by the General Assembly to keep a tavern forever. 1686 — Captain Richard See Timeline, next page

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Seymour founds Farmington Village, an outgrowth of Farmington, located at 675 Christian Lane. This was renamed by the General Assembly, in 1686, to the Great Swamp settlement. 1687 — The first white child is born: Jonathan Seymour. 1687 – The first HartfordNew Haven path is laid out by the General Assembly and included parts of Christian Lane, Hart Street (Lower Lane), Hudson Street, Main Street (Berlin Street/Worthington Ridge) and Tollgate Road. 1688 — Beckley Tavern is

opened by David Beckley and is known for exceptional hospitality. 1690 — A stone wall is built along the old stage road from Meriden to Kensington. The Belcher wall still exists today. 1690 – The first settler, Richard Beckley dies. 1697 — Great Swamp settlement petitions the town of Farmington and the General Court for permission to form a new ecceseliastical society. The request is denied. 1702 — The General Assembly mandates that a signpost be erected in every town to notify townspeople of current events. To this day, meeting notices are posted outside town halls. 1703 — The Upper Houses

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Ecclesiastical Society (Middletown), which includes East Berlin, petitions to join. 1705 — The south end of Kensington is called Blue Hills (a term used until the 1930s). Oct. 16, 1705 — A petition, from 1697, to create a new eccesliastical society, is recognized by General Assembly. 1706 — Permission is granted for the Great Swamp Society to have their own meeting house and minister. 1707 — the General Assembly empowers the Great Swamp Society to levy taxes to support a minister instead of paying taxes to Farmington the Second Society of Farmington is formed 1707 - Rev. Burnham begins preaching. He requests 50 acres of land, the house be finished speedily, first four years of salary at 50 pounds, then increase to 65 pounds, and a sufficient supply of firewood. 1710 — Christian Lane Cemetery begins at 415 Christian Lane. The first grave is for Capt. Richard Seymour who was killed by a falling tree while clearing the land to make the cemetery.

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Obituaries Barbara Jurczyszak

Peter J. Marut Sr.

Catherine Scaranuzzo of Higganum, Stephen Lechowicz Jr. and his fiancée Kimberly Roberge, Jason Lechowicz and his wife Susan in the U.S. Navy stationed in SanDiego, Calif. and Paul Marut Jr.; five great-grandchildren Ryan and Jack Scaranuzzo, Maxwell and Cara Lechowicz, Kadence Marut and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son Peter Marut Jr. Peter was the last surviv-

ing sibling of nine children. Services were held May 22, 2010 at the Berlin Memorial Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul Church. Burial was in Maple Cemetery.

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Fix high school

To the editor: My wife and I had the opportunity to tour the high school months ago during one of many public forums. We were stunned by the state of the school. It looks like an old building in serious disrepair, as opposed to the flagship school of a district that places a priority on education. It’s hard to believe that anyone could look at the school and seriously argue that it doesn’t need to be completely renovated or replaced. Some argue, “I went there and it was good enough for me.” That may be true, but the reality is our children are competing against students from other districts who have better facilities, better technology, better ability to provide a 21st century education. If we could resurrect someone who went to school in 1840, they’d tell

you a single-room log cabin worked fine for their schooling – but that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for our children (though I think some Republicans would embrace the concept as a great way to save money). Similarly, we can’t expect a school built early in the Eisenhower administration (and largely untouched since then) to provide adequate facilities and educational opportunities today. Our state taxes paid to help build new schools in Cromwell, Meriden and many other towns. Isn’t it time we get those towns to help us build one here? The $25 million band-aid supported by certain Republicans would receive no state reimbursement and leave over 90 percent of the 60 year-old school untouched. By contrast, the complete renovation plan would net the town almost $30 million in state aid and result in the

equivalent of a new school. It was unanimously approved by the Town Council (including both Republican members of Council), and it should be approved by the town June 8. Vote “yes” and help Berlin maintain its reputation as a place where education is taken seriously. Stephen Deane Kensington

Forward thinking To the editor: Young adults deserve a safe, high quality learning environment to maximize their education and subsequent contribution to society. Environment and air quality are critical to the safety of our children (Option 1 only partially renovates the 57 year old HVAC system) — have we forgotten McGee? State “renovate as New” requirements will offer aid in the form of a significant reimbursement to off set the

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estimated costs of Option 2 — taking Option 1 now and revisiting more extensive renovation in the future will be a waste of our money Forwardthinking is needed now — looking back at perceived past mistakes on either side offers no current value and detracts from the critical issue at hand Option 2 is the right move — Option 1 is a “band-aid on an aneurysm” and a temporary fix at best. Remove the NEASC warning, address the OCR complaints, restore our school’s accreditation and protect our property values and ability to attract young families to Berlin Bipartisan town council members voted unanimously to approve the ordinance to bond the funds necessary to move forward with Option 2. Home away from home — our children spend a significant amount of time in school — would you live in a home that hasn’t been touched in 57 years? Antiques and centuries-old homes are charming and likely restored — an old school on a warning that could affect college placement is not. Someone paid for us to attend acceptable schools — it is our turn and a natural part of belonging to a community.

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As a life-long resident of Berlin and a 1977 graduate of BHS, I want to thank you all in advance for doing the right thing by voting “yes.” Laurie Westman Wilhelm Berlin

Great Recession To the editor: The Great Recession, that’s what the current economic climate is being called. The Feds and experts are calling this economic crisis the worst we have had since the Great Depression. During these times it is irresponsible for the Berlin Board of Education to propose spending $83 million to renovate the high school. People are losing jobs daily – I’m sure you all know people who have lost their jobs. Currently, foreclosures of properties in Connecticut are running rampant and are the highest they have ever been. Since Connecticut is not a business-friendly state, companies are not expanding or hiring new workers making it difficult for town taxpayers to pay higher property taxes. I urge you to vote “no” on spending $83 million to renovate the high school and tell the Board of Education and Town Council that the $25 million dollar renovation (Option 1) will do the job and maintain accreditation. Raymond Ruta Berlin

Time for action To the editor: As parents of a three, six, or even nine year old, it’s hard to imagine your child will someday be in high school. And so you may think, this high school renovation project doesn’t affect me. After all, it will be years before my children attend Berlin High. But sooner than you imagine, the time will come. Many of the people working to get this referendum passed are parents whose See Letters, next page


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children are currently in middle school, high school, or already grown. Seems like this is “their fight.” But in reality, theirs are not the children that will benefit most from passage of the referendum on June 8. In our case, our two oldest sons will be attending high school in a construction zone and will graduate before the project is complete. Our youngest son should be a junior when the renovation is done…he’s only in sixth grade now. Why are so many parents putting energy into getting this referendum passed if it’s “too late” for their children? Because we know the full renovation of Berlin High School now is vital and that doing this project the right way, the first time, is the only way to do it. Our high school is 57 years old. Seems most people agree that it is time to take action. Should we go with a cheaper option that leaves a majority of the building essentially untouched? Or spend more money, “renovate as new,” and improve every part of the building? Does anyone believe that in five to 10 years the parts of the school that have not been renovated will be in better condition than they are now? Preschool and elementary parents wouldn’t you like to know that your child will someday enter a high school fit to give them an education for the 21st century…not an

education fit for the 1950s? This is your issue. Vote “yes” June 8. Anthony and Helen deRito Berlin

BHS too big now

To the editor: To get an unbiased opinion of whether or not Berlin High School requires an addition and if so, of what size, voters should read the Berlin High School Code & Accessibility Study. Option 2, which voters are being asked to approve at the June 8 referendum and which will essentially hand the Board of Education an $83 million blank check, calls

for a 49,500 square foot addition. Option 1, which calls for a 20,000 square foot addition with a more reasonable price tag of $25 million, will likely be approved if the referendum is defeated. What the Board of Education is not telling us, however, but is stated on page 50 of the report, is that BHS is already too big to qualify for state funding for any addition. “At BHS, current student enrollment of 1,027 with a maximum projected enrollment of 1,045 in the next eight years, the maximum building size would be 188,622.5 square feet before a reduction in reimbursement occurs. The existing building is approximately 249,000 square feet, already oversized with regard to state standards. Thus, any addition at the school will be accompanied by a straight line reduction in reimbursement directly related to the size of the addition.” Therefore, the state reimbursement rate actually drops with Option 2. BHS is already larger than it needs to be. This is just another in a long list of reasons to vote against the referendum on June 8. Charles R. Paonessa Berlin

A pricey renovation To the editor: Wow — $83 million. We must be losing our minds, an $83 million renovation to Berlin High School that is being touted as the only solution to our accreditation problem. Has anyone told these tricksters that the feared accreditation issue is, by their own report, one quarter building code concerns and three quarters staff, admin and curriculum issues? No, I don’t suppose they let that fact out to the public. Better to fool us with a pricey renovation, and then they’ll shock you when the ink dries. The fact is, the same building concerns can be addressed with the same accreditation results for a proposed $25 million. Now ask yourself, what great things Berlin could accomplish with $58 million. Let’s start with a new centrally located police depart-

ment, and additional police officers. You can build all the fancy schools, you want, but the simple fact is, no one will come to this town unless its citizens, business and properties are safe. I urge everyone on June 8 to vote “no”, so we all can say “yes” to the $25 million project. Joan Veley Berlin

Blumenthal misspeaks To the editor: How can anyone forget and misspeak about where he or she served while in the military, as Mr. Blumenthal did? I am a Vietnam vet, however, I did not serve in Vietnam, because our commander-in-chief at the time, President Nixon, was ending the war. Mr. Blumenthal, in a number of his speeches, said when we returned from Vietnam, referring to himself, how can he say “when we returned” when he never went to Vietnam? My father and my uncles served in World War II in combat zones. One uncle was shot down twice in a B-24 bomber as a nose gunner, and was taken as a POW by the Germans. When Mr. Blumenthal says he served in Vietnam, and he did not, that is a disgrace to every military person who served in a combat zone. Mr. Blumenthal wants to be elected to the U.S. Senate. I hope all the vets remember his statement when they go to vote in November. When you are in the military, you do not misspeak about where you served. That is like forgetting to load your weapon when going into combat. Hank Pustelnik Kensington

Do it now To the editor: I have four adult children, who all went through the Berlin school system. They were fortunate to have great teachers, adequate facilities, and a host of extracurricular activities to choose from. They were supported by our taxpayers, many of whom were retired and on fixed in-

comes. When I was in school, many years ago, I was supported by the taxpayers, again many being retired and on fixed incomes. Over the last 60 years, the taxpayers in this community have supported the construction of five new schools. Many of these taxpayers were retired and/or on fixed incomes. Because of this great support over the years, Berlin has evolved into a wonderful community and a desirable place to live. Unfortunately, the Berlin Republicans, the party of NO, has recently decided we should pull the plug on support for education. They have come to the conclusion that the next generation of Berlin students should not have the same opportunities as the previous generations. We need an updated, modern Berlin High School. That is the conclusion drawn after months of work and volunteer time put in by the Public Building Commission, Board of Education, and Town Council, as well as town staff and hired consultants. The bond authorization received unanimous bi-partisan council support. Despite this, Berlin Republicans, in their neverending zeal to score political points, have decided they know better. We need to proceed now with the approved option. Construction costs and interest rates will never be lower, and the state reimbursement rate will never be higher. Make no mistake, the future of education in this community and the relative value of our homes and property is at stake June 8. The choice is clear. Do we invest 58 million dollars and fix our facilities problem for the next generation and beyond, or do we waste 25 million dollars, fix virtually nothing and come back in a few short years for millions more? Fred Jortner Democratic Town Committee Chairman

Antiquated facility To the editor: I will be voting “yes” to renovate as new our high school because it is the best

and most cost effective long term solution. After five years of studying the problem your elected and appointed officials have come to the same conclusion — by unanimous vote. They are to be commended for thoroughly reviewing the options and getting the right professional advice. Now it’s our turn to act. The “patch job” option will not address BHS’s long term needs. We will be where we are now in a few short years — with an antiquated facility in dire need of a complete overhaul. Postponing the inevitable or waiting for some other solution to appear (after 5 years of study) will be expensive. Why should we wait until state reimbursement rates drop while interest rates and construction costs rise? Each of these things are very likely to occur in the coming years. Also, risking accreditation loss and the devaluation of our properties is unacceptable. Simply put, do it right and do it now. Please join me in voting “yes” June 8. Rich Sartor Berlin

Times have changed

To the editor: As a parent of three daughters in the Berlin School System, and as someone who has chosen to make my home in Berlin, I am very interested in seeing the June 8 Referendum get passed in order to renovate our high school appropriately and sufficiently to position our children well for the future. Not just my children, but all children. I am dismayed by the people who argue that “it was fine when I went there…” Well, times have changed and to those folks I ask, does it not make you wonder who invested in your future? Let’s behave better than that for our kids, our future. Please vote “yes” June 8. Our children are counting on us. Michelle Hartel Board of Education Berlin

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Renovated and green

To the editor: The original Berlin High School is now 57 years old. Let’s be honest – any patches are not cost effective. Why would we want to spend $25 million on Option 1 and have eight percent of the building “fixed” leaving 92 percent of the building untouched; when we can spend $58 million to expand and renovate the entire school as new. That’s right – the entire building gutted and renovated as new. Also, add in the fact that through the town’s ordinance to have a green building, and with new windows and mechanical plant, the cost to operate the building should result in savings. The state reimbursement rate for this project is about 47 percent but all bets are off come July 1 if that rate will remain the same or be reduced. The time is now. Let’s do it right. Let’s do it for the children of Berlin. Vote “yes” for BHS on June 8. Julie Erickson Board of Education Berlin

A line in the sand

To the editor: Just wanted to send my two pennies on the June 8 referendum vote. Putting any political agendas aside, this vote is important for me and for the town of Berlin goingforward. If it hasn’t been done, it’s time to draw that imaginary line in the sand and stand-up to have your vote heard in support for our children and grandchildren of this proud town. A “yes” vote needs to happen to put an end to misleading information, political agendas and move forward to build/renovate as new a fully accredited, much needed and modern institution that’ll be subject to the highest state reimbursement rate. Vote “yes” June 8. Todd Braun Berlin

Deserve the best To the editor: While I am not a “born and

raised” Berlin resident, I have lived here for 17 years. Though we knew very little about Berlin when we were shopping for our first home, my husband and I chose Berlin primarily because of its school system’s excellent reputation. Now that we have three kids attending Willard and McGee, I know we made an excellent choice. I have grown disheartened at times when voters have passed up opportunities to do the right thing for Berlin’s future. Today, I am sensing a tide change. Voters are paying more attention to this important issue, and it’s about time. Our children and grandchildren deserve the best. We as property owners deserve to protect and enhance our property values, not watch them depreciate. I will be voting “yes” for BHS because it’s the most cost-effective way to assure our high school remains accredited and my children get the learning environment they deserve, but more importantly, I’m voting “yes” to move Berlin forward in the right direction. Allyson Schulz Berlin

Do it right To the editor: I will be voting “yes” on June 8 because when I moved to Berlin, the town was talking about building and/or renovating the school(s) then. That was 18 years ago. I do not want to listen to this same topic for another 18 years. The time is now to do the job and do it right. Nancy Kennure Berlin

Do not wait To the editor: I urge everyone to vote “yes” for BHS June 8. I wholeheartedly support the “renovate as new” project that was unanimously supported by all our elected town leaders. While many feel that this project was rushed through and is now being shoved down our throats, for parents with children in the school system, it has taken way too long. This plan with all the supposed “fluff ” was

developed by an independent company with years of experience with projects like ours. They met with teachers and administrators determine our specific needs and came up with two options for us to discuss. Option 1 costs the town $25 million and fixes 8 percent of the existing facility leaving the remaining 92 percent in terrible condition to be fixed in the future (at what cost?). Option 2 costs the town $58 million after state reimbursement and renovates 100 percent of the building. So for an additional $33 million out of pocket, we fix the other 92 percent. Option 2 is the most financially responsible in the long term. Working as finance director in the non-profit sector for the last 11 years, I understand the need to keep costs to a minimum. But, I also have seen first-hand that cheaper is not always better. You cannot put off capital expenses and “hope” you will be okay – McGee’s roof is a perfect example. This community needs to take action now. We cannot wait another year to come up with an Option 3 and 4 to make the opposition happy. Let us not continue to undermine and second guess the decisions of our elected officials. After all, we voted them in office to decide what is best for our town. We must vote “yes” on June 8. Joanne Humen Kensington

Best choice To the editor: When we moved to Berlin, we thought our children would have the many educational opportunities afforded to students in other comparable towns. As time went on, reality set in. The buildings are inadequate to support the educational needs of our students. The frightening part is that those who want option 1 are not considering the health of our students who now sit in those buildings. We all know…..the whole State of Connecticut knows, what happened with McGee. Not just this year, but for many, many years. Now we have to fix that because the bandaids just didn’t work. The

band-aid will no longer work at the high school either. We need to fix it now and fix it right. If we don’t do it now, the problems will only get worse and the expense of all the band-aids will most likely far exceed what is currently proposed. Think about your children, grandchildren, your properties and opportunities for future residents to come to this town. Had I known back then, what I know now, I might not have chosen Berlin as a place to raise my family. We want the best for our town and so should you. Vote “yes” June 8. Patti Clinch Kozikowski Kensington

Common sense option To the editor: I am calling all parents to support a “yes” vote for the “renovate as new” option for Berlin High School. I am in support of this because it is the right thing to do for our children. When you hear all the facts, it is the only common sense option to vote in favor of. It is overdue by we, the parents of the children in this community, to stand up and say enough with the ridiculous “scare tactics”, and “politics as usual”, and come out in force to let our elected officials hear loud and clear that we will not allow our children’s futures to be compromised again in Berlin. Please join me June 8 in voting “yes.” Jill Dymczyk Berlin

School outdated To the editor: The time is now to get out and vote “yes” to BHS. Each year we wait while students are continuing to sit in an outdated and overcrowded high school. Each year we wait we will continue to drive families who are concerned about their children’s future out of Berlin. No matter how long we will wait, it would be impossible to get everyone in town to agree on one plan. We each have different concerns, but after five years of studying the problem, it’s time to vote “yes” to the renovate like new plan so that we can do it

right the first time. Ellen Monroe Berlin

The time has come To the editor: My wife and I chose to live in Berlin nearly 16 years ago, not because we grew up here but because Berlin had a great educational reputation and sense of community. Many of you may know me because I taught your children T-ball or basketball at the YMCA, or coached them in baseball or soccer. I know your children. They deserve the best we can give them. The situation at both McGee and Berlin High is embarrassing. Our neighboring towns are deciding how to invest millions of dollars in future technology while we are fighting over how to bring our facilities “up to code”. I am disgusted with the way facts are being twisted. The reality is our high school needs work and it needs to be done now. Our elected officials have unanimously approved a plan to bring Berlin a long term solution, not just a plan to get us by. Haven’t we spent enough on “just to get us by”? The cost to the town for the renovation is not $83,000,000, it may be up to $58,000,000. It is a huge sum of money. Option 2 calls for all kinds of additional work, but our elected officials have been honest about the fact that they put in everything to maximize state funding. We may not do everything in the plan, but we can if we want to, as long as we work with a long term vision. I hate that my children’s educational experience is jeopardized by a ridiculous political fight that frankly I no longer understand. Berlin needs this project to move forward. We could have lived anywhere, but we chose Berlin because it is where we wanted to raise and educate our children. The time has come. Vote “yes” June 8. Matthew Tencza Berlin

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Town has many needs

To the editor: With the debate about truthful facts or not, here is one truth you should focus on. June 8 you will get one and only one vote. Unless the referendum is defeated, the Council will not further refine the proposal and present it back to you for a final vote. There is no definitive plan in place. You are being asked to approve the bonding of $83 million for the total renovation of the high school. If approved, the BOE, Town Council and the Public Building Commission will decide what is actually in the plan at a future date. My issue – you will not vote again on what they decide. Those against the $83M plan are absolutely in favor of investing a considerable sum of money in Berlin High School. Option 1, $25 million is referred to as a band-aid — big band aid! My concern, we’re not seeing a comprehensive plan for work that needs to be done in town over the next 5 years. Roads are in dire straights. It costs approximately $250,000 for every mile of road that needs to be resurfaced. With 102 miles of roads that’s comes to $26 million. This doesn’t count bridge repairs. $500,000 was recently appropriated to fix the Beckley Hill bridge. The BOE statement of need indicated additional requirements for McGee and the elementary schools. The grandiose scheme was a new high school, McGee to the old high school and reconfiguring McGee to resolve other school issues. Did those needs disappear? In the end I still cannot reach a conclusion that this is a comprehensive plan addressing all the needs. Judge for yourself, do your homework and vote on June 8. This should be decided by the town’s citizens, not the decision of a few individuals. George Millerd Chairman Republican Town Committee Berlin

For our children To the editor: Vote “yes” for BHS. Why? Because we all know it is the right thing to do. If you disagree, I ask you to please take a walk through the high school so you can see for yourself that our children’s current learning environment is unacceptable. The children of our community deserve a renovated high school. To Renovate as New. Please understand if you vote “no” …no means no. “No” does not mean a chance for a new high school to be built in another location. “No” does not mean “the Band-Aid” patchwork approach goes into effect. “No” means we go back to square one. “No” means another year goes by before we create another solution. “No” means we put at risk our reimbursement rate. Please vote “yes” on June 8 for our children who can not vote for what they want, need and deserve. Gail Souza Berlin

Votes do matter To the editor: Councilor Drost wrote a letter last week attempting to explain why she is now against her “yes” vote to proceed with the high school “renovate as new” proposal. For all her eloquence her position is simply absurd. Mrs. Drost says she voted “yes” to send it “to the people.” She knows (or should know) our town charter only allows the Town Council to send the budget to referendum. Therefore this is going to referendum on June 8 only because someone pulled a petition and got enough signatures. Is she saying she voted “yes” for something she didn’t support and took a “gamble” that it would go to referendum? Is that how Berlin wants its elected officials to handle the responsibilities of leadership? Neither Drost or Evans qualified their “yes” votes by saying “I really don’t support it but…” She now claims she “just wanted to move the process forward” — again absurd. Drost and Evans both knew the process would move forward

whether they voted “yes” or “no”. Truth is Drost and Evans voted “yes” and supported this project — until they got taken to task by the Republican Town Committee. It is a Councilor’s responsibility to make decisions for the future of Berlin. I take each vote I cast seriously and, once cast, I stand by it. Councilors Drost and Evans can’t say the same, as they are now working to defeat what they supported and to support some future scaled back project that they previously rejected. While she quotes Thomas Jefferson, perhaps she should consider reading JFK’s Profiles in Courage about brave people who didn’t allow political pressure to unduly influence their actions. Rachel Rochette Town Council Kensington

A simple choice To the editor: In last week’s edition of The Citizen, Mr. David Kobus stated that Berlin High School has been placed on warning status for “four areas of deficiency.” This is incorrect. As the Board of Education has stated publicly on numerous occasions, the high school was placed on warning for curriculum and facilities. The curriculum concerns have already been extensively addressed by the school district. The facility deficiencies have not. Mr. Kobus also stated that the school district need only submit a “feasible plan to fix the areas of weakness” to get off of warning status. This is also incorrect. It is not enough to submit a plan to address facility concerns, that plan must be funded and implemented. Unfortunately, all of this misses the point. Simply put, our community has been involved in a half-decade long process to address a problem that has been six decades in the making. Like any democratic process, at times the process has been messy and confusing. But we finally have a proposed solution to fix the problems with our high school facility — problems that no one in our community disputes exist. And a

solution that has been unanimously approved by every official — Public Building Commission, BOE, and Town Council — that has considered it. The choice before us is simple and clear. Do we fix these problems by fully renovating the school (and take advantage of $25 million in reimbursement funds), or do we push forward this problem to some time in the future? One thing that the recent McGee situation starkly illustrated to our community is the substantial cost of “trying to just get by” instead to resolving to fix the fundamental problem. Let’s resolve to really fix the problem this time. Vote “yes” on June 8. Gary Brochu Board of Education Berlin

Invest now To the editor: As the discussion continues on about the upcoming vote on the high school renovation, it is important to remember what has recently occurred at McGee. I am concerned that if we band-aid the problems with BHS, a few years down the road, we will find ourselves in a similar situation. The high school needs major renovations. The reimbursement rate is favorable, as long as we submit it prior to June 30. This is not a problem which the leaders of the town have just decided to fix, it has been an ongoing discussion for many years. At what point is the town going to invest in something instead of just “making do”? In the long run, it will benefit the town. We need to invest in the education of our children and the future of our town, and we need to invest now. I am voting “yes” for BHS on June 8. Jan Zagorski Berlin

A waste of money To the editor: The Berlin Board of Education wants to renovate the high school. Do you know what that means? They are going to entirely gut the school right to the steel beams. That’s right.

Everything goes in the dumpster—all the walls, floors, desks, ceilings, bathrooms, heating systems, lighting, both gyms—it all gets tossed into the dumpster. The only things that remain are the outside walls and the metal beam structure. That is excessive and a waste of taxpayer money. If you want to renovate the bathroom and kitchen of your house, you don’t gut the entire inside to the studs. You renovate the bathroom and kitchen, but leave the bedrooms, living and dining rooms alone — that is common sense. That is not what the BOE thinks you should do—gut the entire house to the studs would be their recommendation. The lavish $83 million proposal by the Board of Education is a total waste of your money. Option 1 that spends $25.6 million and was proposed by the BOE-hired architects will fix the problems at hand and accomplish what is needed at a reasonable cost. I urge you to vote “no” to $83 million of waste-

ful spending at the June 8 referendum. Craig Dwyer Berlin

Once and for all

To the editor: Fellow graduates, current students and parents, please vote “yes” June 8 and let us fix BHS once and for all. Mike Baczewski Board of Education Andrew Zelek

Not an option

To the editor: There has been a great deal of talk about a $25 million alternative to the “renovate as new” proposal the Council unanimously voted for and which is being put to a vote June 8. I want to make it clear that the $25 million approach was unanimously rejected by every group involved in this process. Therefore, that “option” which is being talked about, is not an “option” at all. Specifically, the Public Building Commission, the town engineer, the professional architects and the Board of Education all re-

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Commentary

The facts on the June 8 high school referendum

(The following was submitted by the Town Council.) On June 8, Berlin will vote on the proposed bonding issue for renovations to Berlin High School. The Public Building Commission and Board of Education previously submitted commentaries to The Citizen to provide factual information to assist voters in making an informed decision. The Town Council is pleased to provide the third and final installment in this series of commentaries. Unlike the PBC and BOE, the Town Council is partisan. Therefore, every effort is being made to provide only the facts concerning the proceedings of the council which culminated with a public hearing April 6, followed by a unanimous vote of the council to move forward to bond the funds to renovate the high school as new. This entire process was guided and dictated by the Charter of the Town of Berlin. It began with the BOE providing a Statement of Need to the council for a new high school. Subsequently, in response to facilities code and educational deficiencies cited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Office of Civil Rights which placed BHS’s accreditation on warning status, the BOE sent the council a second Statement of Need requiring more immediate action to address those specific issues. At this point the council had two Statements of Need which both had to be addressed per charter. By charter, the council forwards Statements of Need to the PBC. The PBC is then charged with developing building plans, specifications and cost estimates. This was done for both Statements of Need related to the high school. In addition, as of the date it received the Statement of Need for a new high school, the Council began investigating and pursuing a suitable parcel of land for

construction of a new high school. This process remains ongoing pending the outcome of the June 8 vote. The PBC, together with town staff and professional engineers and architects, spent countless hours considering and developing approaches aimed at addressing these Statements of Need. On February 2, the PBC and Silver Petrucelli & Associates (the architectural firm hired by the PBC) presented their findings to the council. The council was provided preliminary plans, cost estimates andstate reimbursement rates particular to each proposal presented. After a lengthy, detailed presentation and discussion, during which every councilor had the opportunity to have their questions and concerns answered by the experts, it was decided unanimously not to pursue the plan addressing only NEASC and OCR concerns or the plan to build a new high school. Instead, the council unanimously chose to pursue a plan that “renovated as new” the existing high school which was the plan the PBC and Silver Petrocelli & Associates had developed and recommended as the most cost efficient, effective solution to both Statements of Need. At that time, the council unanimously authorized additional funds in the amount of $7,500 for the PBC to further develop this “renovate as new” proposal as further indication of our unanimous commitment to proceed with this approach. Per the Feb. 2 council directive, on April 6, more detailed preliminary plans and costs for the “renovate as new” proposal were presented and discussed at a public hearing and the council meeting that immediately followed. After consideration and discussion, the council voted 7-0 to proceed with bonding the funds to complete the “renovate as See Facts, next page

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Commentary Berlin memories

A not so happy anniversary By Sallie Caliendri Special to The Citizen A study of history reveals interesting events, some of which are momentous, some joyful, some sad, others conjure up memories we’d rather forget. Recently, Berlin Historical Society members were going through a box of newspaper clippings from a member when an old story recounted such a day that occurred fifty years ago on May 11, 1960, when 200 students and 10 adults were hospitalized after eating tainted potato salad at Berlin High School. There are many residents who will remember that day either because they themselves got sick or had friends who did. The day started out like any other spring day. Normally, there were three scheduled shifts for lunch, starting a little after 11:00 a.m. Your lunch period was determined by where your fourth period class was held. Wcorridor students had first lunch, seventh and eighth graders in the new south addition had second lunch, and E-corridor students had third lunch. Everyone was done around 1:00 p.m. Some time after lunch was over, students started feeling sick with the symptoms of G. I. distress. Some teachers were also affected, and soon a parade of all types of vehicles, ambulances, police cars and commandeered station wagons began to wend its way toward New Britain General Hospital’s Emergency Room. Some were diverted to Meriden to lessen the impact. The first wave hit the ER around 2:30 p.m. Kids were put on stretchers, then wheelchairs, regular chairs, finally the floor. Standard issue was a towel and an emesis basin. Luckily the timing at the change of shift meant more staff was available to handle the dozens of retching youth, some of whom tried to help those who were worse off.

As many as 60 physicians responded to a call for help from the hospital. Only a short time before the hospital had run a disaster drill, which was still fresh in mind. By 3:45 p.m. a triage area had been set up in the parking lot as more patients continued to arrive, some three or four at a time. Nurses stayed past their shift, and others from the outside, hearing of the emergency, came to volunteer their help. A partially finished fifth floor of the C Building-now known as C-5 was pressed into service for the first time to accommodate the influx of patients, and soon a system of IV fluids, intramuscular antinausea medication and gastric lavage, otherwise known as stomach pumping, had most people more comfortable. It became impossible to keep up with the necessary documentation of treatment; to avoid overdosing of medicine, lipstick marks on the forehead identified those who had gotten their shot. Most students were able to go home after a short stay. A few were more seriously dehydrated and therefore were admitted overnight for observation. Thankfully, no one sustained permanent injury. An interesting note is that this emergency happened during National Hospital week. At the time Berlin High had 750 students, which means over 25 percent of the student body was affected. The school was closed the following day, the cafeteria for a bit longer. The potato salad was indeed the culprit, thanks to what some called ptomaine poisoning, but in reality was a type of Staphylococcus bacteria. This type of organism can grow through contamination (improper handwashing) or poor refrigeration. Whatever the reason, everything returned to normal eventually and the whole experience faded into memory. (Sallie Caliendri was in grade 7 at the time and is glad to report that she didn’t get sick during the incident.)

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jected that option. The Town Council also considered that option in great detail at its Feb. 2 meeting, and unanimously rejected it. All of these entities realized that Berlin’s cost of over $22 million (out of $25 million) to renovate only eight percent of the existing high school didn’t make dollars and sense. As a result, what was proposed by all these entities, and what is being put to vote is the “renovate as new” project. This project will cost Berlin a maximum of $58 million (out of $83.5 million), but we are all committed to lowering that cost as much as possible. That objective was clearly stated by all Town Council members, and the mayor, on the night we voted to proceed with this project. At this point in the process, the dollar numbers are all based on preliminary plans which will be submitted to the state for reimbursement purposes. Final plans still need to be developed. During that part of the process cost savings can be identified and implemented. I am the only member of the Town Council registered as unaffiliated. The “renovate as new” proposal was developed because it is the best approach to solve, once and for all, Berlin High School’s needs now and for the future. I urge everyone to support this proposal, which is the product of much non-partisan and bipartisan hard work and deliberation, by voting “yes” June 8. Bill Rasmussen Town Council East Berlin

over the site as parishioners complained that the new building was not central. Quarreling became so excessive that the meetinghouse deteriorated from neglect and vandalism. 1735 — The first school in Stony Swamp area (East Berlin) was held in house built by Daniel Wilcox. 1740 — Pattison brothers, Edward and William, begin first tin ware shop at 446 Lower Lane. 1751 — South school on Worthington Ridge is opened. 1753 — Benjamin Franklin

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elected first postmaster general. He orders milestone markers to show distance between post offices. Berlin is one of 75 post offices designated by Benjamin Franklin and a stone marker with XI is placed to note that the next post office is in Hartford was 11 miles away. 1753 — Residents of the north part of Kensington (New Britain) petition the General Court for permission to organize their own ecclesiastical society and in 1754 the petition is approved. 1755 — An earthquake hits Kensington — the epicenter is near Cape Ann,

The Civil War monument on Worthington Ridge. The old Berlin Hotel is seen at left.

Facts Continued from page 13 new” project which addressed both Statements of Need. It should be noted that in order to qualify for state reimbursement with a “renovate as new” project, the town must renovate the entire building. Renovating only a portion of the building will not qualify for the “renovate as new” reimbursement rate. Among the advantages of this “renovate as new” project that were discussed are: (i) the ability to lock in Berlin’s current state reimbursement rate; (ii) the ability to capitalize on the current competitive construction bidding market; (iii) the ability to take advantage of Berlin’s excellent bond rat-

ing and current low interest rates; and (iv) it meets the needs of both Statements of Need while still allowing for a timely and comprehensive response to the NEASC and OCR accreditation issues. Before proceeding, the council also considered the impact to Berlin’s taxpayers in light of the current economic climate. Because the funds would be bonded in phases, the first meaningful impact to the town’s budget will not be felt until at least 2014. That, together with the fact that other debt service will be dropping off in the upcoming years per the implementation of Berlin’s long-term debt service strategy, will lessen both the immediate and long-term impact on Berlin’s taxpayers. State Rep. Joe Aresimowicz advised Berlin to consider the possibility that our

Mass. and felt from Nova Scotia to Chesapeake Bay, west to Lake George. 1757 —Beckley Quarter granted permission by the General Assembly to form their own school district. A school house is built later in the year and named Beckley

Quarter School Jan. 3, 1758 — An extra heavy fog frightens many residents who think the world was coming to an end. 1759 — Rev. Samuel Clark’s

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Obituary Donal D. Sheehan Donal D. Sheehan, 74, of Berlin, widower of Dolores M. (Kaminski) Sheehan, died May 21, 2010 at home. Born in Hartford, he was the son of the late John J. and Nora S. (Sweeney) Sheehan. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He graduated from Syracuse University. He was the former owner of Conn Acoustics of Newington. He was a member of St. Paul Church in Kensington. He is the Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus 3675 Monsignor Greylish Council. He played senior softball in Wallingford, Madi-

current maximum state reimbursement rate could change after June 30 and urged us to proceed in a manner that afforded Berlin the opportunity to lock to a rate in prior to that date. Therefore, factoring in the possibility of a referendum, this process was scheduled by the council to allow time to submit preliminary plans and cost estimates to the state and still meet the ctate’s June 30 deadline should the June 8 referendum pass. While much work has already been done on this renovation project, a great deal of work will remain to be done if the referendum passes on June 8. If the town votes to proceed with this project, the next step will be to prepare final plans and bid specifications. Per its stated objective, it is during that time the council will

son, and Florida. He was an umpire for the A.S.A. men’s softball. Donal was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the UCONN men’s and women’s sports teams. He is survived by his loving daughter, Stacy Sheehan of Middletown; two brothers J. Barry and his wife Kirsten Sheehan and Brendan Sheehan of Wethersfield; and his beloved nieces and nephews, Brian, Karen, Kathryn, and Matthew Sheehan. Services were held May 27, 2010 at Porter’s Funeral Home, Kensington, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Paul Church. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Church, 467 Alling St., Kensington, CT 06037.

work together with the Public Building Commission to identify and consider each and every opportunity to minimize the costs of the project. It is the council’s goal to ease the burden on Berlin’s taxpayers while still accomplishing the objective of renovating Berlin High School into a facility which meets our educational needs for decades to come. The Town Council reviewed and considered a great deal of information over many months before moving forward with this project. We urge you to please consider all the factual information which is being made available and to exercise your right to vote on June 8.


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Upbeat picnic – Berlin Upbeat has scheduled its 22nd annual town wide picnic for Thursday, May 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Berlin High School. The family event features free hot dogs, soda and popcorn as well as entertainment, raffles, a silent auction and children’s games. The picnic is held rain or shine. Ample parking is available. Amber Alert – The Kensington/Berlin Sunrise Rotary Club has scheduled an Amber Alert ID session for Thursday, May 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Upbeat picnic at Berlin High School. Parents have the opportunity to have their children photographed and their description entered into the secure State Police database. The first card is free; a fee is charged for additional cards. For

more information at Kate Fuechsel at (860) 829-1033 or Randy Lewis at (860) 6802972. Boy Scouts – Boy Scout Troop 24 meets Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the community center. Stop in or call Joe Tedone at (860) 828-0255. Boy Scouts – Boy Scout Troop 41, sponsored by Bethany Covenant Church, meet Thursdays from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the church. For more information, call Scoutmaster Joe Greco at (860) 828-8579 or email joe@betterbooksltd.com. Decorating – The Class of 2010 All Night Graduating Party is scheduled to work on decorations Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Willard Elementary School basement. All adults are welcome. For more information, call (860) 8287425.

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Pet Adoption Life has been tough for Puffy. She has a permanent eye injury and had surgery to remove polyps from her ears. Puffy is an extremely social, sweet girl with a big personality. She grateful, happy and plays like a kitten. She was a star during her hospital stay and she would like to shine and be the only cat for you. For more information about Puffy or other animals available for adoption, call (860) 828-5287. Dionysos 2010 Greek Festival at St. George Church, 301 West Main St., New Britain, has been scheduled for Friday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday, May 30 from noon to 10 p.m. The event features music, Greek food and pastries, crafts, dance performances and more.

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Tag sale– The Berlin Historical Society has scheduled a tag sale of furniture and large items on Saturday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to noon, weather permitting, at the museum at the corner of Peck and Main Streets. Tickets for the Memory Lane

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Berlin’s 225thth Starting with our May 27th issue, look for our 4-part historical series on Life in Berlin Circa 1785 to the present in words and pictures.

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Pasta supper – American Legion Post 68, 154 Porters Pass, schedules an all-youcan-eat pasta supper every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit scholarships, the fishing derby, the baseball team and more. For more information and cost, call the Post at (860) 828-9102 after5 p.m. Decorating – The Class of 2010 All Night Graduation Party is scheduled to work on decorations Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Willard School basement. All adults are welcome. For more information call (860) 828-7425. Boy Scouts — Boy Scout Troop 256, chartered by the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, meets Tuesday evenings at the Kensington firehouse. For more information, call Ed Alicea, scoutmaster, (860) 828-8693. Boy Scouts — Boy Scout Troop 44, chartered by the Berlin Lions, meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Bethany Covenant Church. For more information, call Troop Committee Chair at (860) 829-1832.

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home at 67 Burnham Street is built of bricks imported from England. The house is still standing. 1760 — Pattison brothers begin to apprentice young men to meet increase demand for tin products — beginning of the Yankee Peddler as men begin to travel town to town with wagons full of tinware. 1762 — Three feet of hail and snow falls in January and stays on the ground for three months. 1769 — Fuller’s Tavern on Berlin Street (Worthington Ridge) opens. 1771 — East Berlin Milling Company built by David Sage Jr, Daniel Wilcox Jr, and Josiah Wilcox produced cotton and woolen yarn, which local woman spun into blankets and clothing. 1772 – The Great Divide takes place when the General Assembly creates a committee of three Massachusetts men to study the situation. Their recommendation is that the church be spilt into two parishes: Kensington and Worthington. Belcher Brook is the general line of division. Rev. Clark decides to stay with the Kensington church. December 12, 1774 — Kensington Congregational Church meetinghouse is dedicated. Feb. 9, 1775 — Worthington Meetinghouse is

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a business meeting, raffle, snack, program and sharing of members quilting; All are welcome.

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Art show receptionBerlin students, kindergarten through grade 12, are scheduled to be honored at the New Britain Museum of American Art Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6. A reception, with refreshments and music, is scheduled for Thursday, June 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. All museum exhibits will be open to the public.

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A postcard image of the Berlin Savings Bank. dedicated and is used as a church, town hall, and school. 1775 — George Washington stopped at Beckley Tavern on way to Cambridge to assume command of the army and planted three elms. July 4, 1776 — Declaration of Independence is signed. 1776 — Mrs. Root has eight of her nine sons join the Revolution. The general feeling of Berlin residents is with Massachusetts patriots. 1780 - Worthington School opens 1783 — Revolutionary War ends. 1784 — Dr. James Percival house built on Percival

Avenue. 1785 — The Town of Berlin is established. (No exact date given. According to historians and the Town Clerk this occurred in May.) This yokes New Britain, Kensington and Worthington. First Selectman is David Mathers, Selectmen are: Elias Beckley and General Selah Hart. The first town meeting is held in Kensington on June 13 and the first annual meeting in New Britain on Dec. 5. Town meetings rotate between three meetinghouses: Kensington, New Britain and Worthington.

Organic Gardening program Learn the basics for organic gardening presented by experts from the UConn Cooperative Extension Program on Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. Contact the library at (860) 8287125 to reserve a seat. Job hunting program Join speaker, Marcia LaReau, PhD., for an interactive seminar on how to increase the likelihood of interviews and ultimately job offers on Tuesday, June 1 at 1 p.m. Contact the library at (860) 828-7125 to reserve a seat. Early literacy storytime Early literacy storytime is a six week series of 30 minute programs with stories, flannel boards, fingerplays and a short film. Six literacy skills are involved, print awareness, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, print motivation and narrative skills. It is scheduled as follows: Tuesdays: 1:30 p.m. for 3 ½ to 6 years – drop-in.

Wednesdays: 10:30 for 3 years – drop in. Thursdays: 6:30 p.m. all ages – drop-in. Playtime Playtime is an opportunity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to play and socialize together with parents in the meeting room of the library. It is held every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. No registration is necessary. Health Information The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library subscribes to Consumer Reports on Health and The Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Both are great resources for up-to-date medical information and advice and are available for patrons in our reference department. Online Employment Help Need help writing a resume or cover letter or interested in receiving online interview coaching? The library subscribes to JobNow, an online job coaching service. This service can be accessed from t h e library’s website www.berlinpeck.lib.ct.us

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Meetings The Berlin AARP Board of Directors is scheduled to meet Monday, June 7 at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center. The monthly Chapter meeting is scheduled to be the annual picnic at the VFW

pavilion on Massirio Drive on Tuesday, June 15 at noon. Attendees should bring at dish to share, the chapter will furnish hot dogs and hamburgers. For more information, cost and to sign up, call Bob Simons at (860) 8289563.

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Senior trips The Senior Center has scheduled the following trips. For more information,

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call (860) 828-7006. June 16 — Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise. July 14 — Suffolk Downs Horse Racing. July 21 — Schooner Sailing, Gloucester, Mass. Aug. 3 — Log Cabin – The Legends of Entertainment Lobster Feast. Sept. 17 — The Culinary Institute of America at Caterina De Medici. Sept. 22 — Connecticut Day at the Big E. Oct. 19 — Hunt’s Landing – Oktoberfest. Nov. 3 — Tutankhamun – New York City

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Vietnam Continued from page 1 in Chicopee (Westover Air Force Reserve Base near Springfield, Mass.), and one woman came up to me — I was in uniform — and she said, ‘Are you a Vietnam vet?’ I said, ‘Yeah’. And she said, ‘Well, welcome home.’ That was the first time I was ever welcomed home by anybody other than my family, and to this day it gets me.” “There are some real heroes from this town,” said Dick Benson as he listed the names of several who served; some who were injured, some who earned Purple Hearts. He emphasized that Vietnam era vets live among us and typically remain quiet about their service. Their scars often not visible as they get on with their lives. In many cases, they continue to serve their communities — like a Vietnam era helicopter pilot who now flies for Life Star. Benson went to Vietnam as a noncommissioned officer and served as a squad leader and platoon sergeant. His duty began Christmas day 1969. On Jan. 27, 1970, after just 30 days on the ground, he and several men were severely injured during an ambush. Recently, he had surgery related to injuries he suffered in the ambush —40 years later. Benson said he under-

stands those who came back and couldn’t get past the war. But for him, “It was a decision I made...I can look back and dwell on history or think ahead.” For a long time, Vietnam veterans never received their due, Benson said. “The tide is still turning...the American people were wrong in their anger against the military; their anger should have been against elected officials. They were the ones tying the hands of the military and not allowing the military to do the job it was capable to do.” Rick Smilnak joined the Air Force as part of a delayed enlistment program that, after he graduated from Berlin High School, gave him the summer at home before beginning a four year stint in 1966 at the age of 18. He was stationed on Guam where he inspected and serviced planes destined for bombing missions in Vietnam. He eventually became a staff sergeant. “It was tough for GIs, coming home after a deal like that, feeling like you did your part for the country, and the attitude was the military was responsible and there were

people coming down on us,” Smilnak said. “There’s alot of guilt (that people have from those times). If they want to make up for it, they should make it up to the Vietnam vets. For lots of Vietnam vets there’s hard feelings. In no other war situation like that, where you were dying for the country — and then these vets came home and had civilians spit on them. There are those that still have bitter feelings….but there is reconciliation.” Benson said “Some bear those scars forever…those who served will never forget. The war wasn’t called a war…but I can’t help but remember what went on there.”

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He came home not long after the war claimed three other young Berlin men: Michael Dinda, 19; Robert E. Bittner, 22; and Michael G. Demore, 24; all killed in 1969. A monument to the men is located in East Berlin. Shortly after returning to Berlin, Benson said there was a banner on the trestle at the railroad bridge that said “Welcome home Dick Benson” as well as a parade and other honors. “A lot of my colleagues have remembrances that were ugly about their return, but Berlin responded very well,” Benson said. While Smilnak received no special welcome home, he recalled that when the community decided to include

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Obstacles galore in Class L tourney By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen

Friday afternoon the Berlin High School softball team will learn its seed in the CIAC Class L state tournament, which kicks off next week. BHS coach Jason Pires believes his team, which headed into this week with a mark of 13-5, may break into the Top 10 in Class L. However, he indicated that wherever the Lady Redcoats end up seed-wise, a rugged road awaits them. “Class L is very tough this year,” said Pires, pointing out that the field includes defending champion Waterford, and other quality clubs such as Brookfield, Hand, Windsor, Bristol Eastern and Fairfield Warde. Is Berlin up to the challenge? “I think we have a good

mindset,” Pires said. “We know that if we play well, we can beat anyone on any given night. We have been very focused throughout the season, which has helped to get us over the speed bumps we have faced.” The Lady Redcoats are not a flashy team, and seldom score a lot of runs. Still, the locals managed to knock off some tough opponents this spring, including Windsor, Bristol Eastern, Bristol Central and Coginchaug. “We are truly a hard team to figure out,” Pires said. “Our margin for error is very small. We have not beaten a team by more than three runs in regulation in any game this year — with the exception of Bulkeley — which means that our pitcher has to be on her ‘A’ game every day for us to be successful.” Pitcher Monique St. Jarre has been the key to Berlin’s success. Heading into this week, the junior had tossed

113 innings, had struck out 92 and owned a tidy 1.86 earned-run average. Powering the Lady Redcoats at the plate have been Brittany Labbadia (.380, 12 runs scored), Stephanie Lapierre (.340, 11 runs, 10 RBI), Sam DeGroff (.300), Paige Owens (.286), Lindsay Erickson (.286) and Kaitlyn Bovee (.280). Through 18 games, Berlin had allowed a paltry 38 runs. Anchoring the defense have been Sarah Brochu, Labbadia, Erickson and DeGroff. “If anything, we have exceeded my expectations,” Pires said of his team. “I have a good feeling that this year we are going to surprise a few people in the state tournament — if we can just get enough hitting to take some pressure off of the pitching and the defense. We’ll see.” The Lady Redcoats earned a 20th seed in the 2009 Class L state tournament and fell to 13th seed Fairfield-Warde, 50, in the opening round.

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Monique St. Jarre, pictured, and the Berlin High School softball team begin their quest for a state championship next week.

Redcoats hope to put inconsistent play behind them By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen

The quest for state c h a m p i onship No. 7 begins next week for the Berlin High School baseball team. The CIAC Class L state tournament bracket will be released on Friday. Unlike the five BHS teams that Leo Veleas has navigated to state titles, the veteran coach said this year’s Redcoats, a largely inexperienced bunch, likely aren’t considered one of the favorites to win it all. “I’d be very pleasantly surprised” to wind up in the Class L title game, Veleas conceded, pointing out that very few of his guys have

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The Berlin High School baseball team opens play in the CIAC Class L state tournament next week. Pictured: BHS senior Taylor Anderson. state tournament experience. “You play with the guys that get off the bus. Hopefully they can get the job done,”

said Veleas. “I don’t have any fairy dust to sprinkle. There’s no magic pill.” Berlin, led by veterans Anthony Marzi, Zach Parsons

and Taylor Anderson, heads into the Class L tournament with a record of 13-7. That mark could be good enough to land the locals a home game in the opening round. Veleas is not sure who the ‘big dogs’ are in the Class L field. “I really haven’t been paying attention to that,” he said. “I’m just worried about us right now. We’ll find out who we play and go from there.” When it suits up for its tournament opener, Berlin will have been out of action for a week, which could prove to be a good thing. “We’ll sit back, get our arms rested up and see what happens,” said Veleas. This has been an up and down campaign for the Redcoats. The locals’ regular season included a six-game win

streak followed by a threegame losing skid. Berlin often has been sunk by one bad inning. “We can play good and we can play bad. We just don’t know what we’re going to get,” said Veleas. “It hasn’t been a smooth ride.” And Veleas knows that inconsistent teams seldom stick around long in the state tournament. “It’s one game at a time once you’re in the tournament, and if you have a bad game, or a bad inning, you hand in your uniform,” he said. “There’s no room for error.” The Redcoats earned the top seed in the 2009 Class L state tournament and fell to 14th seed Branford, 4-2, in the title game.


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‘Coats Notes

The Berlin High School girls golf team bumped its record to 13-0 last week with a 181-201 victory over Hall at Rockledge. The Lady Redcoats’ Alyssa Scheyd was match medalist with a 41. The junior got off to a great start, eagling the first hole, a par 4. “It was great to see Alyssa break through and shoot her

low round of the year. She is a very strong player, with the talent to shoot upper 30s to low 40s every time she tees it up,” BHS coach Jim Barnes said. “As we move into the toughest stretch of our schedule, the girls really seem to be coming together. All of our starters have proven that they can

shoot in the low 40s. The key is getting every girl clicking at the same time. If we can make that happen, we are going to be very hard to beat.” Against Hall, Victoria Fagan shot a 45, Emily Deutsch had a 46, Emily Stickel carded a 49 and Emma Rustico rounded out the Berlin slate with a 50. Berlin stayed undefeated — just barely — with a 192193 victory over Northwest Catholic Monday at Wampanoag. Scheyd, the team captain, was match medalist with a 41. “When you select a team captain you want someone who is a leader and can step up when things get tough,” Barnes said. “Simply put, Alyssa stepped up big on Monday. Without her great round we suffer our first loss.” Rounding out Berlin’s scoring slate against Northwest Catholic were Fagan (49), Stickel (50) and Deutsch (52). The Lady Redcoats were slated to face Farmington on May 25. Farmington owns the best team scoring average in the state. “If you believe the statistics, we won’t win,” said Barnes. “Great teams however figure out ways to beat the odds. Call me crazy, but I

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Nick DeLoia, pictured, and the Berlin High School track and field teams were slated to compete in the Central Connecticut Conference South Division championships on Tuesday. think a little greatness might be just around the corner.” The Berlin High School girls track and field team wrapped up their regular season slate with a 134-11 victory over visiting Bulkeley last week. Kendra Manthey won the 100 and 300 hurdles for the Lady Redcoats. Teammate

Janisha Hill finished second in both hurdle events. The BHS track and field teams were scheduled to compete in the Central Connecticut Conference South Division championship on May 25. With a pair of victories last week, the Berlin High School girls tennis team wrapped up its regular season slate with a record of 94, and punched its ticket to the CIAC Class M state tournament. Berlin began last week by blanking Bulkeley 7-0. Alyssa Hayes, Jen Flannery, April Regan and Kelly Byrnes were victorious in singles play. The doubles teams of Sam Garfi and Jenn Rulka, Kristen Cavaliere and Kelly Josephson, and Shawna Rosol and Anna Chmura prevailed as well. The Lady Redcoats went on to handle Middletown 6-1. Winning for Berlin were Hayes, Flannery and Regan and the doubles teams of Garfi and Rulka, Cavaliere and Josephson, and Chmura and Byrnes. Hayes and the doubles teams of Garfi and Rulka, and Cavaliere and Josephson have qualified for the individual state tournament as well. — Nick Carroll

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U14 boys Berlin United 3, Granby 0: Scoring for Berlin were Nathan Ruscito, Brian Kennure and Ben Tencza. Also contributing offensively were Nick Vreeland, Kenny Beardsley, Mike Vanderspek, Michael Moriarty, Brandon Rocco and Noah

College Corner Northwest Catholic seniors and Berlin residents Fanol Prevalla and Patrick Dornfried will continue their baseball careers at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, a NCAA Division III school. Twenty-nine students from the Northwest Catholic Class of 2010 will go on to compete in college athletics, including nine at the Division I level. “We are very proud of this group of senior student-athletes,� said Northwest Catholic athletics director Joshua Reese. “Their strength in the classroom, combined with excellent sportsmanship, has been a fine representation of our school. In addition, the

school records, league and state championships, and allaround abilities solidify this class as one of the best in NWC history.� Berlin’s Casey Sullivan, a Tufts University softball player, was named NESCAC Player of the Year this season. Sullivan, a shortstop, also earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, AllNew England and All-American (second team) honors. A Dean’s List student, Sullivan graduated on Sunday. Do you know a local resident who is, or who will soon be, competing in college athletics? Share their successes with the community! E-mail information to sports@theberlincitizen.com.

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Vietnam Continued from page 21

anything – and that’s the sorry thing. But would I do it again? You bet,” Huggins said. “I think the effort was a valiant one. It just wasn’t followed through and was not handled properly. Maybe the reason it was so unpopular was because it lasted so long.” As a result of his Vietnam experience, Huggins is considered an Agent Orange victim and he receives Veterans Administration benefits. Implying that most people believe Vietnam vets have a lot

of issues, he said “I don’t have PTSD. I’m not a basket case. I think most of the people who went to Vietnam are fine upstanding American citizens. If I had to do it again, I would.” Today Last year, there was a move afoot in many states to declare March 30 “Welcome Home Vietnam Vets” day. While that effort has not yet reached fruition, there have been other initiatives to provide greater recognition. A 2004 law, passed by Congress, provides for special compensation to those who didn’t get in the required number of years or full re-

tirement because they were wounded during combat duty. Benson recently applied for that program. “It’s a great benefit — not just as compensation, but as recognition. It’s enough just to be recognized and to get thanks. It was an ugly job, well done.” About 200,000 members of the armed services were impacted by the legislation. In addition, the government spends about $100 billion a year on veteran’s medical benefits. “Congress hasn’t forgotten the veteran.” Benson is involved with the Disabled American Veterans organization and also is active in an infantry division

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Relay for Life illuminates lives of those who fight cancer people were in attendance, enjoying perfect weather and live entertainment throughout the day. Pat Tedesco of Berlin was captain for the “Believe in Miracles” team which raised $1,600. “I’ve had a lot of friends and family members affected by cancer. It affects everyone, young and old,” she said, “And I do believe in miracles.” The Relay concept began 25 years ago when an American doctor decided to walk around a track for 24 hours to raise funds for cancer. Today, Relays take place all over the world, and many people par-

By Maura Gaffney Special to The Citizen

Relay for Life fundraising events are promoted as opportunities to “celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.” Celebrate. Remember. Fight back. These words came to life at the Relay for Life of Berlin event held at the Berlin Li-

ons Fairgrounds May 22 and 23. Over 50 teams registered for Relay for Life of Berlin this year and hundreds of

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Luminaria lined the track at the Berlin Fairgrounds during the Relay For Life event May 23.

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After a lively day, the weekend event took on a quieter tone after dark. David Balfore, featured speaker for the evening, began by sharing his personal story. Balfore was diagnosed with leukemia after his freshman year in high school and has been battling the disease for the past two years. A standout athlete before his diagnosis, he recalled being “crushed” when he was told he couldn’t play sports. “I told myself to stay positive no matter what and that I’d overcome this challenge.” After the first eight months of treatment, which he said were “rough”, Balfore tried playing basketball. He couldn’t throw the ball high enough to reach the hoop. “I didn’t give up. I didn’t want this illness to get the best of me,” he said. Before long, Balfore was shooting 3-pointers. He eventually returned to the football field as well, playing varsity. Balfore believes God has watched over him and kept him safe. “I believe he has a plan for me,” said Balfore, who plans to pursue a career in nursing. He thanked his family and friends for supporting him throughout his treatment. “If I had one wish it would be for an immediate cure for cancer. Everyone needs to fight this disease,” he said. He finished by encouraging cancer battlers and survivors to “never give up, to stay positive and always stay strong.” The Sound Express and Traveling Prayer choir set the tone for a solemn “Luminaria” ceremony. Illuminated bags were lined up around the track, and written on each bag was the name of a cancer battler or survivor. Drawings, photos, notes, and other personal displays decorated the bags. A bagpiper played softly as participants lit candles and walked silently around the illuminated track.


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Parks and Recreation Summer programs Pools pass Season Passes may be purchased for individuals and households for Percival and Demore, Dinda, Bittner Jr. Memorial Pool. The season pass enables residents use of both pools. All children under 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult 18 and over, who is in proper swimwear. Swim lessons are free as part of the household pool pass. Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 828-7009 for fees. Pool schedule Demore, Dinda, Bittner Jr. Memorial Pool opens Tuesday, June 22 from 1 to 7 p.m. Regular schedule begins Wednesday, June 23, Monday and Wednesday noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.; Family Adult Swim, Tuesday, 6 to 7 p.m. (13 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult); Wading Pool, for children 6 and under, Monday and Wednesday noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. An adult must accompany children. Demore, Dinda, Bittner Jr. Memorial Pool will close for the season on Friday, August 13. Percival Pool opens Tuesday, June 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. Regular schedule begins Wednesday, June 23, Monday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; (week of Aug. 9, Monday to Friday noon to 7 p.m.); Family Adult Swim, Wednesday, 5 to 6 p.m. (children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). Hours are subject to change due to activities at the pools, changes will be posted. Percival Pool will close for the season on Sunday, Aug. 15. Berlin Dolphin Swim Team Practices for Junior and

Senior swim teams are scheduled for Monday through Friday, 8 to 8:55 a.m. and/or 6 to 7:30 p.m. starting June 24 at Percival Pool. For more information and fee schedule, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 828-7009. Lifeguard Training Course The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course is scheduled for Monday though Friday, July 12 through 23, at Percival Pool and the Community Center. A Release Agreement form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for participants under the age of 18. For more information and fees, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 828-7009. Weekend Adult Lap Swim The Parks and Recreation Department has schedule a weekend Adult Lap Swim on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to11:45 a.m. beginning July 10. The program is for residents 18 years or older. A lap swim pass can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation Department or pay as you go. For more information and fees, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 828-7009. Swim Lessons Morning swim lessons are scheduled at Percival Pool and Demore, Dinda, Bittner Jr. Memorial Pool, Monday through Friday. Session one begins Monday, June 28. Evening lessons will be held at Demore, Dinda, Bittner Jr. Memorial Pool on Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning Monday, June 21 for two, four week sessions. Register for one session of swim lessons at a time. Lessons are free as part of the household 2010 pool pass. A complete list of swim lessons and requirements is available at the Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call (860)828-7009.

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AUTOMOBILES CHEVY Blazer 1997 Low miles, immaculate. $2950 VOLVO 850 GLT 1995 Runs new. $1950 MERCURY Cougar 2002 67K, AT. $3950 (203) 213-1142

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HONDA ACCORD 2005 One Owner, Low Mileage Only 49,000 Miles, 4 Cylinder - Great Gas Mileage, Pwr Windows, Pwr Locks, CD and more. $10,995 #599 (203) 634-7878

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SUBARU Impreza 2.5i 2009 4 Door Sedan. AWD. Automatic. 2,519 mi #P1658 $16,995 (203) 949-1104

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BOATS & MOTORS SEA HUNT 20Ft Center Console 2004. 140HP, 4 Stroke Johnson with trailer, In Mint Condition. Great Fishing Boat! Asking $19,000. Please Call 203-2650466

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FORD F150 XLT 1999 Ext. cab, auto, 4x4 off road. Loaded w/alloys! Black w/grey interior. $5900. Call David at Cruz Auto (203) 238-3889

BEAGLE/Bulldog-female, 5 mos old, shots. Serious inquires $400. (2) cockatiels incld cage, toys, food. 4yrs old, must stay together. $100. 203-600-4494

FORD WINDSTAR 1999 3.3 Engine. 7 Passenger, 6 cyl, alloys, loaded. Light blue w/blue interior. $2,750 Call David at Cruz Auto (203) 238-3889

BLACK lab pups for sale (1) male, (1) female. 4 months old, family raised. 20 minutes from Waterbury. $600/each. Call 203-266-6641

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BOXERS, Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Labs, Chi-Poos, Yorkie-Chu, Boston Terrier, Min-Pin Jack Russells, Yorkie-Poo, Yorkie, Yorkienese. $350+. 860-930-4001 HORSE LOVERS EXCEPTIONAL riding opportunity in exchange for 6-8 hours per week. AM and PM time needed. Call: 203272-6593 or 203-213-8833

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SUBARU IMPREZA 2006 STATION WAGON 4 Door. AWD. 4 cylinder. Auto. 45,766 mi #P1659 $13,995 (203) 949-1104

VOLVO S60 2.5T 2004 One Owner, Automatic, Sunroof, Nice Color Combo, 72K, Loaded, All Service Done By Volvo Dealer. Cheap - Only $10,500 #582 (203) 634-7878

HONDA Element 2007 SUV. 4cyl. AWD. Maroon w/gray and black interior. Power windows. AM/FM/CD player. Front/rear air cond. Rear camera. Parrot Blue tooth built in. Remote start. Very clean. 33000 miles Excellent condition. 17,000 860-681-3776

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FURNITURE & APPLIANCES ISUZU Rodeo '99, 5 speed manual 4 wheel drive. 139,000 miles, very clean, runs well. $3,500. Call 203-265-6827

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KAYAK 13 Ft Hobie Quest, Custom Fishing Kayak. Fresh and Salt water ready. Set up for Striper Fishing. Have all Kayak accessories and equipment possible. Rods and Reels and all fishing equipment. Way too many accessories to list. Racks and miscellaneous boat equipment. Will sell as package or separately. Weekdays call after 5, anytime on weekend 203237-1840.

BIFOLD Doors (4) 24 INCH BIFOLD DOORS. NEW. Wrong size. Cant return. Painted w/Benjamin Moore paint. Pickup. $30 per door or best offer. 203-506-0277 Susan DOG House Good cond, cream color vinyl siding, shingled roof. 51 “ wide. 79” to pitch of roof. 58” Deep. $100. 203 -634-1881 OVER THE Rim Pool Ladder $40. 1/3 HP Pump. Used one season - $60. Sand filter and diverter. Used one season-$50. (203) 238-4622

SNOWBLOWER, $300 4 piece oak ent. center, $100. Recumbent excercise bike, $20. Antique Kenmore washing machine, good cond, $200. Size 6-8 wedding dress, $150. Call 860-621-3301

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

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AIR condtioners (1) 10,000 btu $50 & (1) 5,000 btu $25 Cold as xmas! 203-213-0512 CABINETS-complete kitchen 4 sale. oak, beautiful and must see. $2000.00 or b/o. you remove. call or 203-213-0512. matching black app extra CHINA Hutch 5’W x 78”H great cond glass doors/light-Bottom storage Med color wood - Asking $225. Call 203-886-9207. KITCHEN table glasstop 42in round with (4) upholstered chairs. $85. Call 203-440-0261 WASHER - $250 DRYER - $250 Or best offer. Call Anthony (203) 213-3728

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

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

SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS HOT TUB Soft Tub Barely used. Exc cond. Fits 4 comfortably. No special electric outlet. Easy to maintain. Comes w/wooden sitting deck which wraps around unit. $3,500. Call 860384-0259 or 860-620-9298

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

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CAMPER & TRAILERS FLEETWOOD 2000 MALLARD 26’ Super slide 12’, sleeps 6. Excellent condition. Many extras. Asking $6500. Call 203599-5656

SUBARU LEGACY 2.5I 2009 4 Door. AWD. 4 cyl. 2.5. Auto. 13,592 mi #P1628 $17,995 (203) 949-1104

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.5i 2007 4 door AWD. 5 Speed Manual. 28,353 mi #P1654 $14,995 (203) 949-1104

RIMS & TIRES 3 Sets for Chevy S10 or Blazer. $300. Call 203-537-4571

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MERIDEN -Crown St. Studio, secure bldg.,off st. parking, heat and hot water incl.,1 mo sec., $600/mo. 203-639-8073. MERIDEN East Side Condo 2BR. Fully applianced. No pets. No smoking. (203) 235-4853 MERIDEN- 2BR townhouse, quiet, immaculate. 1 1/2 baths, hookups, appls, w/w carpet, deck. No pets/smoking. Good credit. Sec. $925+ utils. 203-269-9755 WLFD- Judd Square- 1BR, clean, CA. $700. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904 WLFD- Judd Square- 2BR. No pets. $900. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904

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

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

203-237-4124 an LLC co. SCOTT SHOP Handyman Service “Honey-Do List Specialist” Mowing, Home & Yard Maint., Painting, Powerwash, Small Repairs, etc. (203) 715-2951 CT #839824

HOUSE CLEANING POLISH woman can clean your house, office with care. 2nd cleaning 15% off. Ins & bonded. Refs. Kasia 860-538-4885 BRAZILIAN HOUSECLEANER Great Rates. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Exc Job. Refs. Call Dulcinea 860-426-9929

CLEANING SERVICE One Time Free Cleaning for new clients only. I’ll clean your house or office with a sparkle. Polish /English speaking. Bonded, ins. Free est. Anna (860) 299-6611

JUNK REMOVAL

Pete In The Pickup For All Your Junk Removal Needs 203-886-5110

KITCHEN & BATH REMODELING

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

LANDSCAPING

WE WEED GARDENS

LANDSCAPING

MOWING RICK’S AFFORDABLE Comm/resid Mowing. Spring clean-ups, brush, tree & pricker removal. Hedge trimming. 11 yrs exp. 203-530-4447. LANDSCAPING AND MORE SPRING CLEANUPS 25% OFF ANY LANDSCAPE JOB Junk removal, Mowing, Rototilling 860-982-5334 or 203-314-8511 JT’S LANDSCAPING, LLC Lawn cutting, prop. maintenance. Top Quality Work. Comm/Resid. Lic’d & ins’d. 203-213-6528 CT Reg #616311 LAWN mowing, Spring clean-ups, hedge trimming, brush, shrub pricker & tree removal. Gutters cleaned, Junk Removal. Free written est. Don 203-235-1318

LAWN Maintenance Residential/Commercial. Fully insured. Call for a free estimate in the Wallingford area. Powell’s Lawncare (203) 537-0738

DON’T Wait til it’s too late. Annual AC tune-up. Call Duane Co. Quality work. Major credit cards. Low rates. 203-379-8944 #400335-S1

SPRING CLEAN-UPS & LAWN CARE Now accepting new accounts. Professional Quality & Affordable Rates. CT Reg. #623250 www.landeprop.com Call Trevor (203) 938-3789

ROTOTILLING Garden Bill with Troy Bilt. No garden too small. (203) 294-1160

Bill Rudolph Landscaping Cert inst-walls, walkways, patios, paver sealing, landscape design, waterscapes, edging, mulch, stone, drainage & backhoe work. Free est. #563661. 203-237-9577

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

HOME IMPROVEMENTS J. BOOBER CONSTRUCTION Additions, garages, remodeling, kitchens, bathrms, basements, decks, sunrooms. Lic’d & Ins’d. 203-265-0730 CT. Reg. #572880 NILES CONSTRUCTION Specialists in concrete work, garage & room additions foundations. Monolithic pouring. Fully insured. 50 years in business. #0625778 203-269-6240 ROCKY CONSTRUCTION & MASONRY CO. All types of masonry, stone wall, sidewalks, area basements, chimneys, block & brick. Free estimate. (203) 768-3548 CT. Reg. #061808

JM LAWNCARE We Beat All Estimates Lawn mowing, trimming. Commercial & Residential. Call for free est 860-796-8168

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

HEDGE TRIMMING No Hedge/shrub too big, small or tall. Fully Ins. Free estimates. Quality Landscaping, LLC. WWW.QLSLLC.COM Jim 203-537-2588 or 860-349-2118 LAWN CUTTING SERVICE at a Reasonable Price! Call 860209-7704

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

CASCIO MASON Chimney Repair, Sidewalks, Walls, Brick Work, etc. Will Beat Anybody’s Price #611774. 203-935-6213 ROCKY CONSTRUCTION & MASONRY CO. All types of masonry, stone wall, sidewalks, area basements, chimneys, block & brick. Free estimate. (203) 768-3548 CT. Reg. #061808

POWER WASHING

OTHERS Wash - We Clean! Gutter black lines, green mold, black mildew, dirt, grease, grime gone! 203-631-3777 or 860-839-1000 thepowerwashingkings.com

POWER WASHING Is Spring cleaning Driveways/parking lots/ concrete. Free estimates. 50+yrs exp. 203-237-5409 CT Reg #503554

D & G PAVING Over 25 yrs exp. Paving, seal coating, concrete work. CT Reg#0577005. 203-237-6058

MIDSTATE PAVING

On the outside. FREE ESTIMATES. Call Kevin 203-440-3279

ROOFING

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

203-237-4124 an LLC co

Gonzalez Construction ★★★★★★★★

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

JIMMY’S MASONRY Stonewalls, steps, patios, chimneys, all types. Lic. & Ins’d. 26 yrs exp. Call for free est. 860-2744893 CT. Reg. #604498

Bill Rudolph Contractor Cert inst-walls, walkways, patios, paver sealing, drainage & backhoe work. Free est. #563661. 203-237-9577

Absolute Best Prices! John Mansolf Plumbing and Heating Anything with pipes or water we install, fix, or replace. Water heaters and hot water heating systems included. 25 years Experience. Licenced & insured. 10% Senior Discount (203) 815-6276

PAVING

MASONRY

W. BOOBER MASONRY 25 yrs exp in all types of masonry. Call 203-235-4139 Ct. Reg.# 0626708

PLUMBING

MIRKEL PAINTING Exteriors from $899. Powerwashing decks. Popcorn ceilings. CT Reg #569864. Ed 203-824-0446

LAWN & GARDEN

Norm the Gardener’s 3-man crew is only $65/hr. CT Reg#571339 (203) 265-1460

STUMP GRINDING Multiple stump discounts. Fully insured. Call Mark at Eagle Stump Grinding 203-704-0821

PAUL’S MASONRY - New & Repairs. Stone walls, arches, chimneys, sidewalks, fireplace. Free est. #614863. 203-706-9281

GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Hedge/tree trim., trimming over grown properties. Est 1985. All calls returned. Lic ins. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430

HEATING & COOLING

ABSOLUTE Best Prices! John Mansolf Plumbing and Heating Anything with pipes or water we install, fix, or replace. Water heaters and hot water heating systems included. 25 years Experience. Licensed & insured. 10% Senior Discount (203) 815-6276

MASONRY

★★★★★★★★

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

DRIVEWAYS BUILT TO LASt Reasonable rates. CT 575852 203-238-1708 STEVENS PAVING - All asphalt maintenance. Sealing & crack fillling. Comm & Resid. 10% Spring discount. No job to big or small. work guaranteed! Ct Reg #625979 860-816-2020 HIGHLANDCONTRACTOR.COM

PLUMBING

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

Roofing, Siding & Gutters Residential/Commerical. CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084

O’CONNOR ROOFING 203-639-0231 Lic. & ins. Free est. Work performed by owner. CT Reg #602521


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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, May 27, 2010 Looking for the perfect new home for your Mother, Father, Aunt, Friend or Yourself?…….

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

APARTMENTS FOR RENT

HOUSES FOR SALE

MERIDEN-2RM Efficiency $650. 1BR, $750. Utils incld. Lease & sec req’d. Call 203-235-6988 YALESVILLE-2BR, 1 bath, heat & HW incld. Off-st-parking. $950/mo. No pets. No smoking. Call 203-376-3691

ROOMS FOR RENT

ROOFING

EVANS ROOFING We install Flat or Pitched Roofs. Res/Com. We got you COVERED! Licensed & insured. #622795 10% & Sr. Discount 203-235-1861

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

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

SIDING

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

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

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

203-237-0350 SERVICES OFFERED Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060

CT Reg. #516790

TOP SOIL SAND & FILL HAZELWOOD EXCAVATING Dry farm screened topsoil and colored mulch.

203-269-0135 LOST Or Found. The RecordJournal will run your lost or found ad FREE in our Marketplace Section! Call 203238-1953 for details.

BEAUTIFUL FARM FRESH Screened Top Soil. Fill, Sand & Stone, Mulch. Picked up or delivered. No minimum. Cariati Developers, Inc. 203-238-9846

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

TREE SERVICES

LAVIGNE’S TREE SERVICE IN BUSINESS 29 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Service. Free Estimates. Fully insured. 203-294-1775 GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430

PRICKER REMOVAL RICK’S AFFORDABLE Spring clean-ups, hedge trim, brush, tree, pricker & underbrush removal. No job too big or small. 11 yrs exp. 203-5304447. LANDSCAPING AND MORE Tree Removal & much more. Shrub & hedge trimming. Give us a call - we do it all! 860-982-5334 or 203-314-8511 YARDLEY TREE SERVICE.com Fair, reasonable. Free estimates. Reg. Insured. 203-440-0402 or 860-595-4159

Nestled off the road in a quiet, wooded setting!

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

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

Call Now!

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

APARTMENTS FOR RENT

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

APARTMENTS FOR RENT KENSINGTON - 2bdrm 1 bth completely done over, Hwd flrs $750 860-205-5999 MERIDEN - Bright spacious 2Br. E. Side Convenient to Hwys. Hdwd flrs, chandelier, detail work. Walk-in attic, overnight prkg, W/D hkup, heat & HW incl. No pets/smoking. $800/mo. 1st/last/sec. dep. Ref’s. 860-346-5025 MERIDEN - CLEAN 1 ROOM EFFICIENCY $450. Utilities included. 2 mos security. Credit check req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597

L & E PROPERTY MGMT Offers Meriden - 3 BR, 1st flr, recently renovated. W/D hookups. 52 No. Second St. $900 + sec. & utils. 203-938-3789 MER 1BR, 1st flr, W. Side, prvt yard & basement storage incld. Washer, dryer, stove, refrig, DW included. $780/mo+sec. 12pm-8pm call 203-630-3823 MER. FURNISHED apts: Incl Heat, Elec, HW. East Side, 2nd flr Studio, $175/wk+ sec. 1BR, 1st fl, $210/wk+sec. 12pm-8pm call 203-630-3823 MERIDEN - 1st flr, studio condo. REALLY NICE! New rug & paint. Heat & HW, stove, fridge incl. Off st. parking. Storage space. Sec. building. $625. 203-444-5545 MERIDEN - 2BR, 3BR & 4BR Section 8 approved apts, 2nd flr. 1 mo. sec. + 1 mo. rent. Refs, no pets. (203) 464-6273 MERIDEN - 2BRs, 2nd flr, w/d hookup. No pets. No smoking. Close to stores & churches. $875 + utils, 1 mo. sec. Call (203) 237-2583

MERIDEN - Nice 1BR w/balcony. No pets. Newer appliances. Nice area. $725/mo. 787 No. Colony Rd. 848-468-7096 MERIDEN - Summer St. 2BR, new bath, new kitch, updated pantry, w/d, refs, $900/mo. 1st/last & sec. Section 8 approved. 203-213-5585 MERIDEN - WALLINGFORD LINE Large, 1BR Luxury condo. Laundry. $625+util. No pets. Call 203-245-9493. MERIDEN 2BR, 1st fl, Good, quiet neighborhood Dishwasher, microwave, W/D hkup, off st park, backyard. $1000/mo. Sect 8 appr’d. No pets. 39 Oak St. Near school. 860-982-6585 MERIDEN 2BR, 2nd fl. Newly renovated. Stove, fridge & heat incl. 347-235-5139

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 5BR 2 bathroom, 2nd floor, clean, freshly painted. $1500/mo. Move-in condition. (203) 440-2123

MERIDEN-2BR, 3rd flr. Avail now! No pets. Section 8 approved. 203-427-7706

MERIDEN MOVE IN SPECIAL Studios, 1 BR & 2 BR Free Heat & HW incl. ACs. 24 hr maintenance. Sec. guard. Laundry Rm. Off st parking. 203-630-2841

MERIDEN-4BR, 2 floor unit, nice, new carpet, paint, etc. Avail immediately. $1,350/mo. Call 203-440-1003

Meriden Reduced Rent Pay for a 1 Bedroom and Move into a 2 Bedroom. $750. Heat & HW incl. 203-639-8751 MERIDEN- 1 room for rent, $450. 2BR, 2 Bath apt Renovated, Separate utils. On 2nd floor, Pratt St. $800. Call 917-406-3478 MERIDEN- 1BR Spring Special $650/month. Heat, Hot Water, Electric incl. Private balcony. Call for info 203-639-4868 Offer ends May 31st.

PORTLAND Large modern. 3 BR, 2 bath. Centrally located. No pets. Large yard, plenty of off st parking. $1200/mo. 1st, last & security. (860) 916-1510 SOUTHINGTON BARON APARTMENTS Garden style apts now avail 1BRs $835 & 2BRs $985 includes heat & HW, appls, laundry facility on-site. Pet friendly. Call 203793-7480 for more info WALLINGFORD - 2 bedroom apartment, 3rd floor, walking distance to downtown, parks and restaurants. $1150 plus 1 month security deposit. 203-679-0400

MERIDEN- 2nd flr, newly remodeled, large 6 rms, 3BR. Fridge, stove, microwave, DW, W & D in apt. Hdwd flrs, lg. yard, off st. parking. Dead end st. $1100 + utils. 2 mos. sec. dep. Refs. Credit check. Call (203) 314-9825

WALLINGFORD 2 BR in apartment complex. WD Hookup. Carpet, hardwood & vinyl floors. Pets ok. Plus Utilities. Call Grace (203) 464-8066.

MERIDEN- Clean & spacious studio. Downtown on busline. $525/mo + utils. No pets. Security. 203-982-3042

WALLINGFORD 2 BR, 50 Lee Ave. 2nd floor, appliances, on street parking, no W/D hookups. No pets/smoking. $750/mo. 203-444-5722

1 BR Apts & Studios

MERIDEN- Spacious 2BR, 3rd flr, newly remodeled. Appls, heat & HW incld. $950/mo + sec. No pets. 203-537-0717

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

MERIDEN-1-2BR, 3rd flr, new carpet, new paint. Avail immediately. $675/mo. 203-440-1003

MERIDEN 32 Cook Avenue

MERIDEN-2BR, 2nd flr off-st-parking. $750/mo. Call 203-886-8509

WALLINGFORD 2BR, 1 1/2 bath. Large, Immaculate, modern, secure unit in the Town Center. Fully applianced kitchen, Central Air, w/w carpet. Off-st Parking $995. Lease. Sec. No pets. 203-214-8819

APARTMENTS FOR RENT SOUTHINGTON Cozy, updated, 2nd fl apt, 1BR, Conv loc. $650/mo. Avail 6/1. Call 860 276-9588

MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Heat, elec, HW incld. E.Side, kit privileges, off-st park. $130/wk. + sec or call 203-630-3823 128pm, www.Meridenrooms.com MERIDEN Newly remodeled. All utilities & cable included. $150-$200 per week. 860-382-8302 Ask for John or leave a message. MERIDEN-Safe, clean furnihsed rooms. Starting at 140/weekly Cable, phone, off-st-parking. 4wks security. (860) 712-1684

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

WANTED TO RENT *PET Friendly home wanted.* For nonsmoker and indoor cat. Desire 1-2 rms, parking space & quiet home. Call Jen @ 860424-1757

COMMERCIAL GARAGES or SPACE for lease or rent. Ideal for landscaper, construction, light manufacturing or storage. Meriden. Call Jim 203-238-4555

HOUSES FOR SALE

Kathy (203) 265-5618

WALLINGFORD 20yr young Col. 3BR, 1 1/2b, wood flrs, CAIR, close to center of town. Babbling brook on side of property, applcd galley kit, 1st fl FR & more $229,900, don’t miss out on the tax stimulus. Call Kathy 203-265-5618

WALLINGFORD What a nice home! 3BR 2b Raised Ranch, corner lot. FP and walk-out & FR in LL, garage, nice deck off dining area. Come see, lovely curb appeal & more, many updates $296,000. Kathy 203-265-5618

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

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 - 1st flr, 2BR, appls, off st. parking, no hookups, laundry room, no pets. $875. 203265-3939 Wilcox Lane.

WALLINGFORD “New Listing”

WALLINGFORD. WHITTLESEY AVE - 2 BR, 5 rooms, 1st floor $1000 plus utils, inc Fridge, stove, washer dryer hookups, off St parking, no smoking/ pets, good credit, 2 month security. Jerry 508-758-6927

WLFD. 1BR w/stove & refrig including heat & hw. Starting at $695. No pets. Lease, sec. JJ Bennett Realty 203-265-7101

MERIDEN- New & existing homes, condos, land. Visit our website. www.galleriahouses.com Galleria RE 203-671-2223

$239,900 3BR, 2ba Ranch HW flrs, FP in LR, newer cpt, eat-in kit w/newer fl, master BR w/full bath, nice piece of property, updated siding & more.

WALLINGFORD Available North Main Street Victorian 3RMs, 1BR. 3rd Fl. $750 + utils. No smoking. No pets. Call 203-269-5973

WALLINGFORD-1st flr, 2BR, remodeled, glass porch, $900/mo. 3rd FL 4 Sm Rms Sec. $650/mo. No pets. Credit ck. Owner/Agent. 203-269-7348

MERIDEN Immaculate CB Cont w/3 car gar, lg bonus rm, finished walk-out bsmt, HWF & beautiful detailed molding throughout. New appls, HWH & oil tank. $349,900. Call Vicki 203235-3300

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL RENTALS

WALLINGFORD 4 Rooms, 1BR, 1st Floor. Country setting. Heat & electric included. No pets. $850. References & security. 203-284-8890

WALLINGFORD Available North Main Street Victorian 3RMs, 1BR. 3rd Fl. $750 + utils. No smoking. No pets. Call 203-269-5973

MERIDEN $369,900 Better than new construction! Gorgeous 45BR, 3 full bath Colonial. Spacious rooms, HW and wide planked pegged flooring. Remodeled throughout. Oversized heated 2 car garage. Linda 203-235-3300

WALLINGFORD $309,900 Exceptional opportunity! 3 family home in excellent condition. Updated interior, new and separate utilities. 2 car garage and central air. Linda 203-265-5618

If you can’t find it in Marketplace, it’s not for sale.


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Thursday, May 27, 2010 — The Berlin Citizen

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS NEEDED Wallingford, CT No Experience Necessary Training Provided Competitive Wages Part Time - Flex. Hrs Guaranteed 20 Hrs Per Week Local Driving No Nights or Weekends

MEDICAL CAREERS Coding Team Leader This full-time opportunity will be responsible for oversight and coordination of processes within the Health Info Management (HIM) Coding department. The incumbent will act as a coding resource for staff, perform coding audits, review denied claims for accuracy and work with the billing department to resolve coding issues. Requirements: Associate’s Degree in Health Information or related field and 3-5 years coding experience. 5 years hospital or similar experience preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Meditech and Quantim experience preferred. Coding certification from AHIMA or AAPC required.

Visit our website for more information and an online application:

Gaylord Hospital is a not-for-profit long term acute care hospital specializing in the treatment of medically complex patients, rehabilitation and sleep medicine. Competitive package offered. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

www.durhamschoolservices.com

Call 866-496-2726 HOUSES FOR SALE

MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE MERIDEN/WALLINGFORD WOW! LARGE 2BR, 2 BATH DELUXE HOME IN UPSCALE PARK. OUTSTANDING VALUE. FINANCING AVAIL. $49,900.

Please fax resumes to: 203-284-2733; HELP WANTED

AUTO A TECH Foreign car experience. Excellent wages & benefits. 203-284-8989 Fax: 203-269-1114

203-799-7731 HELP WANTED

DONDERO ORCHARDS, WALLINGFORD Wow! 3BR Ranch w/vinyl siding, therm windows, refinished HW fls, FP in LR, fin LL, eat in kit and CAIR! For the mere price of $189,900!! Kathy 203-265-5618

CONDOMINIUMS FOR SALE

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

MERIDEN: WINDINGBROOK 2 bdrm., 1 1/2 baths, garage, finished basement, f/p, deck, walk up attic. This private community offers pool, clubhouse, tennis, basketball, putting green, individual garden plots. $189,900. Call 203-506-1583

S. GLASTONBURY, CT Needs 2 temporary workers 6/1/2010 to 12/1/2010, work tools, supplies, equipment provided without cost to worker. Housing will be available without cost to workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day. Transportation reimbursement and subsistence is provided upon completion of 15 days or 50% of the work contract. Work is guaranteed for 3/4 of the workdays during the contract period. $10.16 per hr. Applicants to apply contact CT Department of Labor at 860-2636020. Job order # CT 4558880. Plant, cultivate and harvest various crops such as but not limited to vegetables, fruits, horticultural specialties and field crops. Use hand tools such as but not limited to shovels, hoes, pruning shears, knives and ladders. Duties may include but are not limited to tilling the soil, applying fertilizer, transplanting, weeding, thinning, pruning, applying pesticides, picking, cutting, cleaning, sorting, packing, processing and handling harvested products. May set up, operate and repair farm machinery, repair fences and farm buildings, also may participate in irrigation activities. Work is usually performed outdoors, sometimes under extremely hot or cold conditions. Work is physically demanding requiring workers to bend, stoop, lift and carry up to 50 lbs. on a frequent basis. Duties may require working off the ground at heights up to 20 ft using ladders or climbing.

The bargains to be found in Marketplace are real heart stoppers!

BEAUTY SALES CVS is seeking a Beauty Dept Mgr in Southington area. Prev Beauty exp req FT Great Rate Incentive & Benefits. EEO. Call 1(401)770-4716 CENTERLESS Grinder- infeed Skilled grinder must be proficient in set-up, operation, inspection and troubleshooting. Cincinnati and Van Norman experience required. Fulltime position with benefits. Part-time would be considered. E-mail qualifications to tim@smith-renaud.com or call Tim @ 203-272-2376 x102

FOURSLIDE Established Spring Manufacturer has immediate openings for experienced performance driven Fourslide positions, both Set-Up and Operators, on all shifts. We offer a clean, safe, air-conditioned work environment; well maintained machinery, competitive wages & an exceptional benefits package that includes paid time off for meeting production goals. Director, Human Resources Acme-Monaco Corporation 75 Winchell Drive New Britain, CT 06052 jdean@acmemonaco.com (860) 224-1349 x119 (860) 612-0407 (Fax)

News Reporter Experienced part-time news reporter wanted for two weekly community newspapers. Must be able to write news and features. Photography experience a plus. Flexible, 32-hour per week work schedule. Includes some nights and weekends. Send cover letter, resume and clippings to: news@southingtoncitizen.com or to The Southington Citizen 40 North Main Street Southington, CT 06489

Email to: jobs@gaylord.org or mail to

HELP WANTED DRIVERS Company Drivers Regional Weekends With Family More freight than ever before! Reefer/Dry Van Opportunities One Year Recent Experience Also Owner Operators Wanted O/O Friendly Dispatch NAPA Transportation, Inc. 800-332-0263 Ex 220 KITCHEN HELP-PT. Apply within: Laskara Restaurant, 295 Parker Farms Rd, Wallingford PACKAGING, Meriden, temp to hire. HS diploma or GED, clear criminal background. Train 7 am to 4 pm 1-2 months, work 4 pm to midnight & alternate Saturdays. $9. Call AR Mazzotta (203) 949-4242

P.O. Box 400, Wallingford, CT 06492 DENTAL Assistant-(Wallingford) We are looking for an outstanding person to provide extraordinary care to our patients, hours: Mon - Tues 7:15-6:30 Thurs 7:15-4:30 Fri 7:15 -12:30. STEP 1: Send your resume to our fax at 203-269-0828 OR email it to: fmlydntstry181 @aol.com STEP 2: Go to the following pre-employment computer link, and TAKE THE TEST for this position: http:// tinyurl.com/WallingfordDental

PLASTIC Mold Shop needs person to handle plastic and clean-up. (203) 272-2622

Director of Nursing

SHOP WORKER for Die cutting & laminating of vinyl films, foams & fiberglass blankets, also inspection and shipping & receiving duties. Math skills & drawing comprehension. Forklift driving. Benefits. Durham. 860-349-8988

An excellent position awaits an innovative DON. Be a part of a caring team where you will be valued. We offer a competitive salary and generous benefit package. We are a 94 bed JCAHO accredited nursing facility.

SPRINGMAKER

Time for a change?

Acme Monaco Corporation, a well-established manufacturing company in New Britain with an international client base, has an excellent opportunity.

FAX OR SEND RESUME TO: Sheila C. Smith, Administrator

We are looking for a self starter, who is experienced in Mechanical Machines, fine wire.

F ax: 2 0 3 - 7 5 7 - 0 6 3 4

We offer a competitive hourly rate and superior benefits package. Interested candidates should submit their resume to: Director, Human Resources Acme Monaco Corporation 75 Winchell Road New Britain, CT 06052 Fax (860) 827-9982 Email: jdean@acmemonaco.com Applications will accepted during the hours of 8:30 am & 3:30 pm WELDERS/FABRICATORS FT, 5+ yrs exp. only in welding fabrication and layout - both shop & field. Benefits. Fax resume 203-269-9735 or call 203-269-9724 EOE.

MERIDIAN MANOR 1132 Meriden Road Waterbury, CT 06705

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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, May 27, 2010

MEMORIAL DAY

SPECIALS CORONA

VODKA SALE 1.75L

17

$

18 pk. Btls. Reg. or Light

ROLLING ROCK 24 pk. Btls. $ 99

14

99

25

$

1299

$

TWISTED TEA LANDSHARK All 12 pk. Btls.

11

$

99

12 pk. Btls.

2999

10

$

99

SVEDKA

2299

$

LUKSUSOWA

24

$

99

99

KAPITANSKI

2699

$

FREE DELIVERY Call for Details

We would like to thank everyone who participated and to all who worked so hard to make the 2nd Annual Berlin Spirits/Berlin Lions Wine and Beer Show such a huge success. We will see you next year for a even bigger and better show. Thank You Berlin Spirits Berlin Lions

URSUS $

$

FINLANDIA

BUD/BUD LT. COORS LIGHT MILLER LITE 18 pk. Btls.

ABSOLUT

All Flavors

1899

FRIS $

1999

SKYY

2499

$

PINNACLE $

1999

STOLICHNAYA $

3399

Mon.-Wed. 8-8 pm Thurs.-Sat. 8-9 pm

118 Mill Street, Berlin, CT (860) 356-4877

Not responsible for typographical errors.

Prices good through 5/29/10

Hours:

HAVING A PICNIC OR A PARTY? VISIT BERLIN SPIRITS & COUNTRY FARMS DELI & CATERING FOR ALL YOUR PARTY FAVORITES! The New

COUNTRY FARMS Deli & Catering

116 116 Mill Mill St., St., Berlin Berlin •• 860-828-1154 860-828-1154 Fax: Fax: 860-828-4305 860-828-4305

UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP COME MEET ALL THE NEW STAFF! Hours: M.-Thurs. 8-7; Fri. 8-6; Sat. 8-5

Catering for All Occasions • Gift Baskets

From the Deli ... Enjoy Paul Miano’s Original Overstuffed 12” Grinders! Dom. Ham or Genoa $6.99 Turkey $7.49, Roast Beef $7.99

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SPECIALS

Let us Cater your Summer Picnics

Fresh Homemade Salads

Packages starting @ $3.99 per person + tax Call for Details

Potato, Cole Slaw, $ Tri Color Pasta..... 3.99 lb.

Milk

7.99 lb. Shrimp.................. 5.99 lb. $ Seafood Salad...... 7.99 lb. Fresh Fruit Salad ..

$

Russer $ Pear Ham . 5.99 lb. Kayem $ Honey Ham 7.29 lb. Waybest $ Turkey....... 6.99 lb. LOL White $ American.. 5.99 lb. 1160105

Whole, 2% gal...........$3.59 1% gal...........................$2.69 Skim gal. ..................... $2.97

Stop by and give us your email address, for our daily lunch specials.

$

Deli

5-27-2010 Berlin Citizen Newspaper  

Berlin Citizen Newspaper for May 27, 2010

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