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The Berlin

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Volume 17, Number 7

Berlin’s Only Hometown Newspaper

Thursday, Februar y 14, 2013

Blizzard challenges town’s resources By Monica Szakacs The Berlin Citizen

A historic blizzard dumped up to 30 inches of snow in Berlin Feb. 8 and 9, not considering snow drifts of three feet in certain parts

of town. Storm Nemo created a challenge for plow crews to keep up with the snowfall, according to Public Works Director Arthur Simonian. “The highway department guys estimated over 23 inches fell in about a four hour

period of time at night,” he said. “So while most people were sleeping thinking it’s just a regular snow storm, our guys were out trying to keep up with 23 inches in four hours which is unheard of.” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued a state of emergency the night of Feb. 8. Residents woke up Saturday morning to find driveways, cars, sidewalks and roads buried underneath a white desert. In an attempt to clear roads,

some town trucks got stuck for one to two hours and had to be pulled out of snow banks by front loaders. But Simonian said Sunday was the most challenging day for plow drivers. “I was with some of the highway guys driving around on the roads and people were trying to clean out their driveways, which is to be expected,” he said. “But people had pulled their cars into the streets to clean out their driveways and some

people went out for rides. It made it difficult to clear pathways when truck drivers had to maneuver around all the cars. Side roads weren’t as busy as the major roads, but as town trucks got stuck and we were trying to clear them out, it made it a little more challenging when people were driving on the road.” As of Feb. 11, all roads in town had single lanes open

See Blizzard, page 8

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Why use a door when you can use a window?

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Town increases energy efficiency goal By Monica Szakacs The Berlin Citizen

consideration. This is being looked at in conjunction with various options.” The energy reduction options include purchasing solar and wind panels, and geothermal and water systems. The pledge places a commitment on the town’s part to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy use of all town buildings and See Energy, page 10

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Town Council adopted a new clean energy municipal pledge. Connecticut Light and Power has endorsed the program and has since urged Berlin to follow. In 2007, council signed a pledge to commit to clean energy by purchasing at least 20 percent of the

town’s energy needs with clean energy sources by 2010, according to Public Works Director Arthur Simonian. “We since been meeting those goals,” Simonian said. “This is just a new pledge that includes an energy reduction for both the town and Board of Education uses. A similar item was sent to the Board of Education for their further

This town plow truck received help from a front loader after getting stuck in a snow bank, on Cole Lane, Sunday, Feb. 10. See more Blizzard of 2013 photos on pages 6 and 7.


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 14, 2013

Town departments closed for Presidents Day

Submitted by Christine Sarrazin

Pictured: Kylie Bacon, Alethea Constantine, Hailey Karas, Kristen Kozlowski, Molly Kate Maguder, Julia Paul, Emily Roche, Laura Sarrazin, Kyla Smulski, Gwen Tighe and Victoria Turcotte, with volunteer Dorrie Mitchell, back left, and Public Relations Director Alicia Wright, back right.

Town of Berlin departments are scheduled to be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents Day. The normal refuse and recycling scheduled will apply.

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Girl Scout Brownie troop 66187 visited the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington recently. To earn the pets’ badge, the scouts toured the facility, learned what the Humane Society does, and learned the proper way to interact with pets. The girls met dogs, cats and even a chinchilla available for adoption.


Readers’ Poll

Calendar.................24 Faith .......................12 Health.....................17 Marketplace............28 Letters ....................14 Obituaries...............13 Opinion...................14 Real Estate ............24 Schools ..................18 Seniors ...................16 Sports.....................21

Here are The Berlin Citizen poll results from last week. We asked: Do you think tablets should replace textbooks in the classrooms? Yes. 43% No. 50% What is a tablet? 7% This week’s poll question asks: How do you think Public Works handled the blizzard?


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Thursday, February 14, 2013 — The Berlin Citizen

From animal control

One stray dog survives blizzard

After days of wondering the streets of Berlin, one little Chihuahua survived the Blizzard of 2013 by huddling under a deck for shelter. Before Winter Storm Nemo dumped three feet of snow in town, Berlin Animal Control received several calls from motorists who

according to Animal Control Officer Jan Lund. A couple of days later, the dog was spotted on Farmington Avenue and New Britain Road and later in the neighborhood of Homecrest and Grandview Avenue. But after many failed attempts, still no one could capture the stray dog.

spotted a tan Chihuahua running on Route 9 on Feb 5. Officers said the little dog was terrified and no one could capture it. The next day, a caller said she chased the Chihuahua on Christian Lane near the Route 9 entrance ramp but the dog kept running away,

Administrators seek ‘student voices’ On the heels of a legislative session that focused heavily on how to reform Connecticut’s educational system, the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents and The Connecticut Association of Schools are looking for more voices to join the conversation around transforming education. This time, however, they are looking for ‘student voices.’ Connecticut students in grades six to 12 are encouraged to work independently or in a small group (no more than three students) to create a one to four minute video that highlights their recommendations for transforming education in Connecticut. Whether it’s using more technology in the classroom or offering credit for internships, CAPSS and CAS want to know how it would help students to thrive in school. First, second and third place prizes and scholarships will be awarded in both the middle and high school divisions. CAPSS and CAS are accepting video submissions from Connecticut students for ‘Student Voices’ until April 1. To learn more and to enter, visit


As the blizzard hit Feb. 8 and 9, Lund said she hoped someone had caught him, or perhaps he was not abandoned after all and he found his way home. But on Monday, Feb. 11, Animal Control received a call from a concerned resident on Treasure Avenue who thought he could hear a dog whimpering under his deck covered with over three feet of snow. The deck was completely closed in around all the sides that met with the ground. Animal Control Officers Jenna Hagert and Lund headed out at 3:30 p.m., with shovels, nets and other equipment they thought they may need. After an hour of shoveling, Hagert finally was able to poke her head underneath the deck to see the little Chihuahua trembling in the corner. Attempts to coax the dog out with hotdogs and food did

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‘Nemo’ is now safe and warm after enduring the blizzard for three days.

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See Dog, page 27

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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 14, 2013

IRS tax tips: Eight tax benefits for parents

Your children may help you qualify for valuable tax benefits, such as certain credits and deductions. If you are a parent, here are eight benefits you shouldn’t miss when filing taxes this year. 1. Dependents. In most

cases, you can claim a child as a dependent, even if your child was born anytime in 2012. For more information, see IRS Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction and Filing Information. 2. Child Tax Credit. You may be able to claim the

Child Tax Credit for each of your children that were under age 17 at the end of 2012. If you do not benefit from the full amount of the credit, you may be eligible for the Additional Child Tax Credit. For more information, see the instructions for Sched-

ule 8812, Child Tax Credit, and Publication 972, Child Tax Credit. 3. Child and Dependent Care Credit. You may be able to claim this credit if you paid someone to care for your child or children under age 13, so that you could

Berlin’s 2012 Grand List Grand Total 2012 Real Estate 2012 Personal Property 2012 Motor Vehicle 2012 Total 2012 Tax Exempt Real Estate

Total Records 8,489 1,446 23,024 32,859 398

Gross Assessment 1,795,183,230 244,383,550 195,006,900 2,234,573,683 152,501,610

Exemptions 10,195,932 60,450,480 6,953,760 77,600,172 0

Net Assessment 1,784,987,289 183,933,070 188,053,140 2,156,973,508 152,501,610

Top 10 Taxpayers (in order) Total Amount Rocky River Realty Corp (includes Yankee Gas Services, Connecticut Light & Power, Neon Inc., and Northeast Utilities) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$189,018,000 Corbin Russwin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$24,204,110 Cedar Brickyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$19,268,750 Stonebridge Berlin Associates & Berlin II Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8,663,300 B+F Machine Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,650,810 Legion Square Associates LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,679,600 Paradigm Precision Holdings LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,265,420 Atohaas North America Inc. & Arkema Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,228,090 Berlin Commerce Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,727,700 Blue Dog Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,822,700

work or look for work. See IRS Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. 4. Earned Income Tax Credit. If you worked but earned less than $50,270 last year, you may qualify for EITC. If you have qualifying children, you may get up to $5,891 extra back when you file a return and claim it. Use the EITC Assistant to find out if you qualify. See Publication 596, Earned Income Tax Credit. 5. Adoption Credit. You may be able to take a tax credit for certain expenses you incurred to adopt a child. For details about this credit, see the instructions for IRS Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses. 6. Higher education credits. If you paid higher education costs for yourself or another student who is an immediate family member, you may qualify for either the American Opportunity Credit or the Lifetime Learning Credit. Both credits may reduce the amount of tax you owe. If the American Opportunity Credit is more than the tax you owe, you could be eligible for a refund of up to $1,000. See IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. 7. Student loan interest. You may be able to deduct interest you paid on a qualified student loan, even if you do not itemize your deductions.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 — The Berlin Citizen

CL&P’s plan to strengthen electrical system

ty, focuses on three major initiatives from now through 2017 – tree trimming, electrical hardening through the use of coated thicker-gauge wire and structural hardening by strengthening utility poles, cross-arms and related system equipment. “PURA’s approval is good news for our customers and we look forward to starting these system improvements,” said Bill Quinlan,

CL&P’s senior vice president of emergency preparedness. “This investment will benefit our customers by improving the day-to-day reliability of our system and making it less vulnerable to outages caused by extreme weather.” More than half of the $300 million will go toward tree trimming, as trees cause the vast majority of outages during severe weather. This year, $32 million will be invested to expand the company’s tree trimming program, in addition to its normal vegetation management program. Increasing tree trimming and ensuring a clearance around electrical equip-

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Blizzard of 2013

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Blizzard of 2013

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Town Council made the following appointments to boards and commissions during its Feb. 8 meeting: -Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency – Dennis Kern’s (D). Term will expire December 31, 2014. -Citation Hearing Officer – Jon Paul Demko’s. Term will expire January 31, 2015. -Commission for the Aging – Donald Geschimsky (R). Term will expire January 31, 2018. -Commission for Persons with Disabilities – Laura Kern (D). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Conservation Commis-

sion – Karl G. Lewis (D). Term will expire January 31, 2018. -Conservation Commission – Robert Ramsey (R). Term will expire January 31, 2018. -Economic Development – Edward C. Egazarian (D). Term will expire January 31, 2018. -Inland Wetlands & Water Courses Commission –Robert Bird (R). Term will expire January 31, 2015. -Inland Wetlands & Water Courses Commission – Kathleen M Birchard (R). Term will expire January 31, 2015. -Inland Wetlands & Water

Courses Commission – Robert Nieman (D). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Inland Wetlands & Water Courses Commission – Mark Rochette (D). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Inland Wetlands & Water Courses Commission – Thomas Niemiec (D). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Berlin-Peck Memorial Library Board – Carol Ranieri (D). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Berlin-Peck Memorial Library Board – Robert Lewis (U) Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Parks and Recreation Commission – Robert F. Sylvester (D). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Parks and Recreation Commission – Fredrick Jortner Jr. (R). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Parks and Recreation Commission – Charles Warn-

er (D). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Planning & Zoning Commission – Ronald H. Edelson (R). Term will expire January 31, 2018. -Planning & Zoning Commission – Bradford J. Parsons (U). Term will expire January 31, 2018. -Planning & Zoning Commission – Alternate – Curtis Holtman. Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Public Building Commission – James P. Ouellette (D). Term will expire January 31, 2018. -Public Building Commission – Kevin J. Murphy (D). Term will expire January 31, 2018. -Veterans’ Commission – Peter Galgano Jr. (D). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Veterans’ Commission – Thomas L. Chesery (D). Term will expire January 31, 2016.

-Berlin VNA – Pamela Bobrowski (D). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Berlin VNA – Sharon Lyons (D). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Berlin VNA – Linda J. Williams (R). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Water Control Commission - James Piccoli (D). Term will expire January 31, 2018. -Youth Services Advisory Board – Matthew Cohen (Youth) – Term will expire January 31, 2014. -Youth Services Advisory Board – Robert Fischer (Service Consumer). Term expire January 31, 2016. -Youth Services Advisory Board – Douglas Bartolomeo (Youth Officer). Term will expire January 31, 2016. -Youth Services Advisory Board – Jan Zagorski (School Representative). Term will expire January 31, 2016.


fire hydrants and exposing them. The water department will be busy with contractors doing that over the next five to seven days.” All Berlin schools remained closed for Monday and Tuesday, as well as town activities and sports. According to Mayor Adam Salina, car accidents in Berlin were reported Monday due to ice on the roads. I actually passed a couple on my way to Town Hall (Monday morning). There was an accident on the Chamberlain Highway. Deming Road was also backed up, either because of the single lane getting off the Berlin Turnpike or drivers were extra cautious because of the rain.” By Tuesday, roads were in better condition for drivers to navigate through. Salina said snow mounds still create a challenge because there is no place to move the snow. “It’s certainly still going to

be challenging for cars coming around corners,” Simonian said. “Our next challenges is working on the cul-desacs and clearing the snow banks. We certainly will have mounds of snow that we will have to truck out to make room for cars to get around.” Initially, the blizzard was going to hurt the winter storm budget due to the overtime and hiring extra contractors. But the town is expected to apply for FEMA (federal emergency management association) reimbursement. “The governor declared a state of emergency and the president acknowledged that as well,” Salina said. “I think it’s 75 percent of some of the town expense that FEMA will reimburse.”

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for cars to pass through. “That was the goal Sunday night, which was achieved by 1 a.m., Monday morning. We instructed all our guys to stay on until at least one lane for passing was open on every single street.” On Monday and Tuesday, crews were busy working to open multiple lanes, clearing cul-de-sacs and school parking lots. “We secured extra equipment to expedite this. Our main priority is to keep all our lanes open, as well as making sure there is access for fire apparatus and emergency vehicles if necessary. We are also w o rk i n g on locating all


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Library News Berlin-Peck Memorial Library Adult programs Adult Winter Reading Club: Warm Up with a Good Book. Sign up online at Participants will be treated to a tea party in March. Income Tax Assistance Tuesdays, through April 9. Tax Aide is a free program, providing income tax preparation assistance for low and middle-income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to those 60 and older. To schedule an appointment, call the library at (860) 8287125. Sit and Knit - Thursday,

Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. Do you know how to knit, but following a pattern is difficult for you? Are you a beginner who can barely cast on? Would you like to meet some new people and sit and knit? Join Gina Kahn for a relaxing knitting session. From Hula-Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox in the 1950’s - Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 1p.m. The program, presented by Elizabeth Abbe, director of public outreach at the Connecticut Historical Society, will discuss the landmark department store. To register, call (860) 828-7125. Author visit - Author Peter F. Burns Jr., is scheduled to discuss his book “Shock the

World: UConn Basketball in the Calhoun Era,” on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. To reserve a seat, call the library at (860) 828-7125. Homebound Services: Volunteers will deliver library materials to those unable to get to the library due to disability, illness or advanced age. For more information, call the library at (860) 828-7125. Children’s programs Winter reading club Warm up with a good book, through Feb. 25. Read one book and add a mitten to the bulletin board. Children earn stickers and collect a prize. Make a chocolate lollipop - Friday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m. For children in grades one to five. Airborne Jugglers - Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1:30 p.m. Juggles with a comic twist. For children in grades K

Playtime - Fridays, from 10 a.m. to noon. Playtime is an informal gathering where babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can play and socialize together. Parents must attend. No registration is needed.

through five. Registration required. Movie - Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. Dragons: Riders of Berk. All ages. Drop-in. Storytime - Storytime is a half-hour program featuring stories, fingerplays, songs and a short movie. No registration is needed. Monday - 10:30 a.m., for toddlers 18 to 36 months. Tuesday - 1:30 p.m., for preschoolers 3 to 6 years old. Wednesday - 11:30 a.m., for babies from birth to 18 months. Thursday - 10:30 a.m., for all ages. The theme for the week of Feb. 18 - Polar bear, polar bear, what do you see? Mother Goose Time Wednesdays, at 11:30 a.m. A special storytime for babies ages 0-24 months and their families. Share books, music, bounces and fun with babies. No registration is needed. Older siblings are welcome.

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the new contract we entered into back in December of 2012.� The pledge will help facilitate new construction for more energy efficient equipment and pumps. It will also help facilitate the replacement of inefficient boilers and other energy equipment that can help save the town money. Through energy performance programs, Simonian said contractors’ exam existing equipment, such as HVAC systems and mechanical pumps, and identify systems that are older and insufficient. “The contractor we enter into an agreement with will actually replace some of our

less energy efficient equipment,� he said. “They will pay for the initial costs through their own funds and we pay them through the electricity and gas savings that we achieve over the next 10 to 20 years. So, there are no initial costs, but the costs are paid from the operating costs every year.� If the town commits to this pledge, which is not a resolution, there are state energy efficiency grants and financial incentives Berlin would be eligible for in 2015, according to Simonian. “We are trying to get our energy program a little more up to speed,� he said. “We already started the Residential Electric Program that people

could opt for. We are looking to put information out there about clean energy options for our residents as well.� If the Board of Education signs the pledge, Simonian said the town is looking to install solar panels at some of the schools. “I think it’s a good (platform) to promote in town. It serves us well and the rest of the communities around us,� he said. “It’s not a big commitment on our part. Again, we already are doing half of it as far as the energy program.� There is no penalty if the town does not achieve the energy conservation goal of 20 percent, according to Simonian.

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Berlin Briefs Valentine’s Day party The New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, 191 Farmington Ave., has scheduled a Valentine’s Day Party for Thursday, Feb. 14, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., for children ages five and older. A fee is charged; pre-registration is required by Tuesday, Feb. 12. Participants will and decorate sugar cookies and are encouraged to dress in red or pink outfits. For more information, call (860) 827-9064.

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Feb. 21, at 12:30 p.m., at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. Raffle and refreshments. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the town food pantry. For more information, call (860) 573-8521.

Blues Night The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 68 has scheduled Blues Night for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. (dinner at 7:30 p.m.), at the American Legion Hall, 154 Porters Pass. Music and dancing provided by The Steve Polezonis Trio. Proceeds benefit programs of the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion. A fee is charged. For more information, call Dave at (860) 529-7662 or Tom at (860) 906-6516 or email

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The Berlin High School wrestling team will host a “Benefit Pasta Supper” to financially help Riccardo Cortes and his family. The event is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St. Tickets can be purchased from all wrestling parents or from Angie Zima, “team mom” and event coordinator. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Cortes, helicopter mechanic at Groton-New London Airport, was injured in a car accident Nov. 16, 2012, when he passed out behind the wheel on Route 9 North. Cortes suffered life threatening injuries: both lungs collapsed, fractured each rib on his left side, punctured his left lung, ruptured his bladder, lacerated his spleen, fractured the left side of his pelvis, broke the left side of his clavicle, sprained his left ankle and broke several bones in his back. Cortes has since been recovering. “It has been difficult since Rick’s accident,” Cortes’ wife, Sandra Cohen, said. “He is still in a wheelchair and won’t be able to work for at least another year.” Although Cortes is in a wheelchair, he still makes it a priority to show up at his children’s wrestling matches, according to Arthur Powers who is a wrestling team proponent. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact Zima at (860) 690-0936 or Tickets also can be purchased at the door. Reduced admission for children.

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Souper Bowl

Bethany Covenant The Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St., has scheduled a Pizza/Chili Showcase fundraiser for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sample various pizza restaurants and chili from several volunteers. A fee is charged. Proceeds benefit mission trips to Oaxaca, Mexico, and Mound Bayou, Miss. For more information and tickets, call (860) 828-3637.

Kensington Congregational Lenten Pot luck dinner and programs - Pot luck dinner are scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by a program. The public is welcome. Bring a dish to share. Programs are scheduled as follows: Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Intergenerational music with Erin Roche. Tuesday, Feb. 26 - Music and Missions. Piano concert by Corbin Beisner. Tuesday, March 12 - Contemplating worship. Tuesday, March 19 - Scriptures by Rev. Olivia Robin-

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The Berlin Congregation Church youth group held its Souper Bowl food drive on Feb. 3. Members collected canned goods, non-perishable items and money for the local food bank. From left: Meghan Oates, Emma Wilcox, Rev. Mark Pilletere, Noah Neault and James Lynch. son. For more information, call the church at (860) 8284511. Kensington Congregational Church offers a drop-in adult/child playgroup every Tuesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., in the Reeves Center, 185 Sheldon St. This is an unstructured time for children to meet and play. For more information, call (860) 828-4511.

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The Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, has scheduled its annual pasta dinner and auction for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Auction to follow. Tickets at the door or by calling (860) 828-6586. The Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, schedules Sunday worship for 10 a.m., with a fellowship coffee-hour immediately following. An adultstaffed crib room for children three and under is offered. The sanctuary is easily accessible for people with physical limitations and equipped with personal-assist hearing devices. In addition to monthly communication, communion is offered Sundays, at 9:45 a.m., for anyone who wishes to participate. The Berlin Congregational Church scheduled Free Tot Time for every Thursday, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., for parents with babies up to 5 years old. Craft time, play session, snack time and holiday parties. No pre-registration is needed. For more information, call (860) 828-6586.

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Charles E. “Charlie Knight” Orcutt, 86, of Kensington, died Feb. 4, 2013, at home. Born in New Britain, son of the late Emery and the late Minnie Mabel (Harding) Orcutt, he graduated from Berlin High School in 1944, served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, owned and operated Knight Welding Co. until his retirement, and was a dedicated member of Kensington United Methodist Church. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Susan Orcutt, of East-

Moms in prayer Bethany Covenant Church invites all mothers to join a newly formed interdenominational Christian prayer group called “Moms In Prayer.” The group is scheduled to meet weekly on Wednesdays, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Youth activities for grades three to eight are available during this prayer time. For more information, call Colleen at (860) 828-3637 or email

St. Gabriel’s St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church has scheduled the parish Eucharist for Sundays, at 9 a.m. Sunday school will follow, at 10 a.m. For


The Kensington United Methodist Church, 103 Hotchkiss St., has scheduled a Taize service every third Tuesday of the month. Along with music, which begins the service at 6:30 p.m., Pastor Juhye Hahn will add an anointing with oil during the service for those who need healing grace. Taize service is held every Tuesday, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., except the third Tuesday, which begins earlier for the special music. If you would like to contribute your musical talent to this service, contact the church at (860)828-4222 and leave a message for Corinne Terlecky. Everyone is welcome.

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James Joseph Matulis, beloved husband, loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend, passed unexpectedly at New Britain General Hospital, New Britain, on Feb. 9, 2013. Born Dec. 21, 1958, he spent his childhood years living in New Britain then as an adult moved to Berlin. He is predeceased by his father, James Matulis; his maternal grandparents, Michael and Mary (Koval) Gimma; and his paternal grandfather, Frank Morelli. He is survived by his devoted wife, Irene (Herrera) Matulis; his loving daughters, Laurelin Matulis and Sarah Matulis both of Berlin; mother Joan (Gimma) Matulis of New Britain; sisters Gwendolyn Bouras and brother-in-law Nicholas of Unionville, Catherine Matulis of East Hartford, and Christine Steward of Anchorage, Alaska; paternal grandmother Helen (Benn) Morelli of Old Saybrook; aunts Christine (Matulis) Shaw and uncle Richard of Old Saybrook, aunt Mary Jane (Gimma) Descoteaux and uncle Mark of New Britain; aunt Elizabeth Uchalik and uncle Michael of Rocky Hill; and uncle Glenn Morelli of Old Saybrook. He also leaves brother-in-law James Herrera and sister-inlaw Irene of Avon; nieces Vasiliki Bouras of Winsted, Maureen Herrera of Avon, Alexandria Bouras of Unionville, and nephew George Bouras of Unionville. He graduated New Britain High School in 1977; Divers Institute of Technology, Seattle, Washington, 1981; and Hartford State Technical College, Hartford, in 1986. Jim began his work career with Underwater Construction, Essex, as a diver working on structures below the water. In 1986 he joined the Connecticut Department of Transportation, most recently as a Bridge Engineer, shifting his attention to structures above the water. An avid diver, Jim is a past

president of the Gillmen Dive Club and more recently vice-president of the Innerspace Explorers. His diving took him on many travels throughout the United States, Caribbean and South Pacific where his other great interest of photography flourished. His pictures are published in several books relating to underwater life. Besides a diver and photographer, Jim was a bicycling enthusiast, loved to run, golf, spend sunny weekends on his boat, and spend time with his family and golden retriever Sam. In his spare time he served on the Berlin Conservation Commission. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the New Britain Memorial Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Avenue, New Britain, with family and friends sharing special memories at 1 p.m. Burial will be private at a later date. To share a memory with the family, visit

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To the editor: We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the local area businesses in Berlin, New Britain and Newington for their generous support of the Berlin High School Class of 2013 All Night Graduation. Each year, the parents of the senior class provide a memorable, fun and safe graduation event free from drugs and alcohol. To make this night a reality, we need the financial support of the local business community. As

a result, we solicited local area businesses to help raise the funds necessary to support this occasion. Already, many businesses have generously responded to our call for support. Without donations from our local businesses, this annual event would not be possible. Once again, we would like to thank you for your generous donations to the BHS Class of 2013 All Night Graduation. Business Contribution Committee BHS Class of 2013 All Night Graduation

Help the food pantry To the editor: Berlin’s Social Services Department operates the town food pantry in order to meet the needs of residents

in town who qualify to receive food. I and other members of the Berlin AARP help to stock and distribute these food items with the help of students from Berlin Upbeat at the high school. Thanks to the generous support of many individuals and organizations, we received plenty of food to get us through the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas. At the moment, there is a dire need for nonperishable food items of all kind at the pantry. We would appreciate any donations at this time and encourage groups to hold food drives for this purpose. The Social Services Department can be called for further information. Thank you for your help. Elva G. Stregowski Berlin

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In Googling it, be careful Jeffery Kurz Special to The Citizen Whenever I feel something coming on, or begin to suspect I may be suffering from some exotic affliction, which happens more often than I probably want to tell you about, the first thing I do is call my doctor. No. Of course I don’t do that. What I do is Google. Google is great because not only can it be used as both a noun and a verb, you can type just about anything into it and get some kind of response. It’s the electronic Answer Man (or woman Google does not appear to be gender specific). Google is now such a fundamental part of my life that it’s easy for me to forget that I’ve spent most of my life without it. How did I manage to get along? Several years ago, I rather sheepishly admitted to using the internet for self-diagnosis to my doctor. I was half expecting a stern lecture but I didn’t get one. It turns out doctors like it when you take an active interest in your own health. It also turns out that I am far from alone. A recent study released by the Pew Research Center found 35

percent of American adults have used the internet to diagnose a medical condition. That could be for themselves or for someone else. Interestingly enough, the study states Americans have always had a penchant for self-diagnosis, as in, I suppose, mom and pop remedies. Think of how an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The internet has simply expanded that opportunity, and now at least a third of Americans, including yours truly, are taking advantage. Seventy-seven percent said they started researching health conditions with a search engine, like Google or Bing. So I’ve got plenty of company. The risk, of course, reflects the nature of the internet itself, a glorious universe of information that is also chaotic and sloppy and not always trustworthy. You can go to an online forum and see that for the same health complaint one commentator will tell you it’s nothing while the next will advise heading to the emergency room immediately. One aspect of online medical sleuthing the study found encouraging is that

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2013 Oscar predictions By Tanya Feke, M.D. Special to The Citizen Compare the Oscars to a chocolate cake, both decadent and rich. The writers bring the eggs and flour, the actors bring the icing, and the director marries them together into a final dessert masterpiece. The cake may have many tiers, but the taste is what defines its sweet success. As Feb. 24 fast approaches, let us see what kind of treats are in store for the 85th Academy Award nominees. Below are my selections for who should win. For a full list of predictions, please go to Best Movie – “Argo” I cannot recall having as visceral a response to a film as I had to Argo. Its historical retelling of American-Iranian relations was delivered with such panache that I was as giddy as a school girl going to a boy band concert. The acting, the costumes (and the hair), the humor, the drama. Argo may just do the near impossible — win Best Picture without having a Best Director nomination to drive it to the big prize. The only picture to achieve this feat in the 84 years of Oscar was “Driving Miss Daisy,” in 1989. Number of nominees seen: 8 of 9 Best Director – David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”) I am disheartened that the true winner is not listed among the nominees. Ben Affleck deserves this one hands down, but all things considered, I will offer this one to David O. Russell for depicting psychological dysfunction with such simplicity and raw appeal in “Silver Linings Playbook.” In the end, however, Steven Spielberg’s momentum for “Lincoln” will take home the actual prize. Number of nominees seen: 4 of 5 Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”) While the other nominees are exceptional, this is a no brainer. Daniel DayLewis does not portray Lincoln, he is Lincoln. Number of nominees seen: 5 of 5 Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) This category could mix things up a bit. Jessica Chastain had been deemed the early favorite as a female CIA operative set to take down Osama Bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty,” but the film has

waned under the scrutiny of its violent interrogation scenes. In the meantime, Jennifer Lawrence has built up steam for her portrayal of a sex addict struggling for a new beginning in the oddest of ways — through a mediocre performance in a dance contest. The Academy has a tendency to dismiss comedy but her multidimensional performance deserves every accolade. Number of nominees seen: 4 of 5 Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) Lincoln has been garnering more awards praise, but Christoph Waltz is absolutely mesmerizing the moment he rides on screen in his weapon yielding dental wagon. His performance is one to watch for its nuances of dark humor and humanity, a blessed union. Number of nominees seen: 5 of 5 Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”) Unstoppable, the emotive force of Anne Hathaway’s Fantine cannot be undone. She is more than an angel when she comes for Jean Valjean at the end of his life; she is genius. Number of nominees seen: 5 of 5 Best Adapted Screenplay – “Silver Linings Playbook” (David O. Russell) The quick wit and snappy style of this screenplay harken back to the glory days of “Good Will Hunting,” though the Academy is more likely to honor a nominee founded on a historical rendering, likely “Lincoln” or “Argo.” Number of nominees seen: 5 of 5 Best Original Screenplay – “Django Unchained” (Quentin Tarantino) You have got to give the man credit for being fearless with his characters. A story about a dentist-turned-bounty hunter who takes a slave as an apprentice to rescue said slave’s wife from an immoral plantation owner is unique, yes. Crazy, more so. Entertaining, definitely. Though the visual telling could have done away with a bit of the vintage Tarantino carnage, the story has meat, if not heart, all over it. Number of nominees seen: 3 of 5 Which nominations treated you this season? Dr. Tanya Feke is a physician at Middlesex Hospital Primary Care. Feke is a guest columnist for the Town Times and writes movie reviews.

By Helen Aveline Special to The Citizen Magazines have been a main draw at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library for decades, with plenty of space set aside for patrons to peruse current and back issues for hours on end. Now the library is going digital, with over 25 bigname magazines being distributed electronically at no cost. The latest issues of “Newsweek,” “Martha Stewart Living” and “PC Magazine,” to name a few, will be made available as they are released for reading on computers, smartphones and tablets. This occurs via an emagazine service called

Open Book Zinio, which is already in use by other public library systems. It is free to patrons with a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library card. Digital magazines appear just as they do in print, with the advantage of unlimited, anytime access. You can subscribe to as many magazines as you like. There are no due dates, and there’s no limit to how many people can use a magazine simultaneously.

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Show us your winter wear We’d like to see you in your favorite hat, mittens, earmuffs, galoshes and scarves. Winter wear makes its own fashion statement and here’s your chance to show off yours. Did you knit your mittens, buy that snowsuit in the Alps or inherit those leg warmers? Do you have stylish snowshoes or whimsical Wellies (rain boots)? Tell us about it when you send in a photo of yourself or a family member decked out in their fashion forward snow gear. We’ll publish your submissions in an upcoming edition of The Berlin Citizen. Send to

Googling Continued from page 14 people aren’t often seeking answers from the web but using it to help figure out whether it’s time to see a doctor. Doctors now will also advise that you go online to get more information about a health issue. The key is that you should do your investigating using reputable sources, which is a good guideline both online and off. Supportive web sites can help when you need a treatment plan, for example. So while I Google, I also know my adventures in surfing will land me both in solid and misleading hands. Just the other day, I typed in “empty nest syndrome” because my college graduate moved out after six months of living at my home and I

was finding it unnerving how the place I returned to at night was exactly the way it had been when I’d left in the morning. I had gotten used to things changing while I was away. I wasn’t expecting a lot of reputable advice, and was surprised to find a good discussion of empty nest syndrome at the web site of the Mayo Clinic. “It’s very important that the patient understands that you just don’t Google something.” That’s what a doctor told me five years ago when I did a story about using the internet for self-diagnosis. You have to be a little suspicious, he said. For that story I listed the Medical Library Association’s online list of 100 health sites “you can trust.” Just Google it and you’ll find the site.




The Berlin AARP monthly Chapter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1:15 p.m., at the Senior Center, Entertainment will be provided by Al Leone.

Dental cleanings

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uled free dental cleanings for Monday, Feb. 25, and Thursday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for Berlin adults 60 and older, at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center. Appointments are required and may be made in person at the Senior Center or call (860) 665-8778.

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scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., both at the Community Center. Classes will run through March 29. The program is free. Space

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Senior meals are provided by CW Resources. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling Doretha Dixon at (860) 670-8546, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A donation is requested. Monday, Feb. 18: Presidents Day. Senior Center closed. Tuesday, Feb. 19: Orange juice, spaghetti with meatballs, Italian blend vegetables, rye bread, apple pie. Wednesday, Feb. 20: Cranberry juice, homemade turkey loaf with gravy, O’Brien potatoes, country style vegetables, pumpernickel bread, lemon pudding. Thursday, Feb. 21: Beef stew, diced potatoes, cucumber onion salad, biscuit, fruit cocktail. Friday, Feb. 22: Minestrone soup, baked codfish, harvest rice, steamed broccoli, 12 grain bread, fresh orange.

The “Good Life Functional Fitness Group” is a free group exercise program for active seniors. Sponsored by the Jerome Home in New Britain, it is designed to improve health and help to achieve wellness. Level I classes are scheduled for Mondays and Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Level II classes are

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Wellness screenings

Tunxis Community College has scheduled three wellness screenings. Free self-assessments, screeners, educational information and community referrals for treatment and support will be available. Screenings will take place in the Administration Building corridor. National eating disorder screening day - Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 5 to 6 p.m. A brief, anonymous self-assessment screening asks participants about their eating habits and body perceptions. National problem gambling awareness week March 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 6 p.m. Screenings to help identify possible gambling. The screenings will provide information for those who are concerned they or a family member may need help. National Alcohol Screening Day - April 11, 11 am. The public and students

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Senior bowlers welcome

All senior citizens are welcome to participate in senior bowling, held every Friday at 9 a.m. at the Berlin Bowling Center, 1782 Wilbur Cross Highway. This is not a league; participants can bowl whenever they can. Free coffee and shoe rental. A small fee is charged. For more information, call the Berlin Bowling Center at (860) 828-4131 or email Avis at

have the opportunity to learn how alcohol could be affecting their life. A brief, anonymous self-assessment screening asks participants about drinking habits and if their behaviors have changed as a result of drinking. For more information, or in the event of inclement weather, call (860) 255-3548 or email

The Hospital of Central CT Support groups Support groups meet at the New Britain General campus, 100 Grand St. For more information, call the contact number for each group. Breast Cancer Support Group - First and third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Radiation Oncology treatment center, waiting room. For people newly diagnosed or in active treatment for breast cancer. Free parking in front of building. (860) 224-5900, ext. 6307. Gyn Cancer Support Sound Theater. Thursday, June 20 - River Quest Cruise, with lunch at Gleston House. Thursday, July 18 - Boston Fenway Park tour and Duck Boat. For more information, call Ann Gamelin at (860) 8286700 or Phyllis Fecteau at (86) 828-4934.

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Bob Mayer, left, recently presented a check to Andrea Fiori Brandl, of the Dialysis Department at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. The check is part of the proceeds from the annual Berlin VFW Scalise-Mayer Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament donates to the Berlin VFW, local scholarships in the name of the Mayer family and in honor of the late William B. Scalise and The Hospital of Central Connecticut. Also pictured at right is Dr. Steve Hanks, executive vice president and chief medical officer at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Group - Second Monday of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Dining Room B. For women with all types of gynecological cancers. Facilitated by Maureen Bracco, APRN, and ovarian cancer survivor/ad-

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Senior trips Feb. 21 - CT Flower and Garden Show. Feb. 27 - “Newsies” on Broadway. March 13 - “My Wild Irish Rose,” at the Royal Manor, New Jersey. March 15 - Boston Flower and Garden Show.

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Tuesday, March 5 - Tony Kenny’s Irish celebration, at the Aqua Turf. Thursday, April 25 - Newport Playhouse Show “Spreading it Around,” with lunch. Tuesday, May 7 to Thursday, May 9 - Pennsylvania Dutch and Noah Sigh and




Dean’s list

President’s list

Endicott College, Massachusetts - Carly Cohen, of Berlin. Delaware Valley College, Pennsylvania - Stefanie Jenkinson, of Berlin. Ithaca College, New York - Steven Humes, of Kensington. Springfield College, Massachusetts - Samantha Shirley, Joseph Colossale, Danielle Bourgoin, Nicole Johnson and Allyson Martin, of Berlin; Kimberly Rasmussen, of East Berlin; Dana Hebert, of Kensington. University of Saint Joseph - Alexandra Juchniewicz, Chelsea Longo, Melissa Mendoza, Kristie Pisko and Breana Vessichio, of Berlin; Scarlett Carroll and Elisa Ithier, of East Berlin; Nidhi Patel, Ashley Pulaski and Katherine Vandrilla, of Kensington.

Bentley University, Massachusetts - Matthew Papke and Anne Scionti, of Berlin.

of Kensington. Honors - Jeremy Dilzer, Nicholas Zoccoli, Brenton Cantliffe, Peter Dovidaitis, Jack Kane and Jonathan Zoccoli, of Berlin.

Scholastic achievements

Kindergarten registration

Alina Gallupe, of Berlin, was inducted into the McAuley Chapter of the National Honor Society at Mercy High School. Raymond Cruz, Cassandra Knopf and Desiree Ramirez, of Berlin, have been named to the second semester honor roll at the Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College.

Kindergarten registration forms have been mailed for eligible children (age five on or before Jan. 1, 2014, as well as any children already age five and not registered in school) for the 2013-2014 school year. Forms must be returned by Friday, March 8. If your child is eligible and you have not received a registration form, contact the Board of Education at (860) 828-6581.


Ithaca College, New York - Steven Humes, of Kensington.

Xavier High School Xavier High School announced local students named to the second semester honor roll. High honors - Jason Corriveau and Jonathan Galati, of Berlin; Anthony Adamcewicz and Evan Rigsby,

Scholarship Robert T. Kenney Scholarship, through the American Savings Foundation, is accepting applications from residents of Berlin and surrounding towns who are attending college in the 20132014 academic year. Deadline

The Berlin Citizen Thursday, February 14, 2013 to apply is March 30. For more information, criteria and an application, visit Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, announced its 2013 ADHD scholarship program for people diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school or technical school. The Shire ADHD Scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and offers a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services intended to assist the scholarship recipient with the transition to higher education. Fifty onetime scholarships will be awarded in June. Deadline to apply is March 27. For more information, eligibility re-

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All Night Graduation Party

Reflective address signs The Berlin High School Class of 2013 All Night Graduation Committee has blue reflective address signs for purchase. For more information, costs and to place an order, call Diane Deutsch at (860) 828-5791.


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Military news Air Force Airman Zachary A. Edwards graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training Edwards earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Edwards, a 2012 graduate of Berlin High School, is the son of Cindy Hetu, of Berlin, and David Edwards, of Rocky Hill.

We welcome more amazing physicians to the hospital Rafal Barczak, M.D. Colorectal Surgery Practice: Hartford Clinical Associates, 455 Lewis Ave., Meriden, 203-238-1241 Education: University of Connecticut School of Medicine; general surgery internship/residency, University of Connecticut Integrated General Surgery Residency Program, during which he was also a chief resident; colorectal research fellowship and colorectal clinical fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Fla.

Volunteer firefighters needed

The Berlin, East Berlin, Kensington and South Kensington Fire Departments are looking for volunteer firefighters to join the ranks. The dedicated volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, of good moral character, be a resident or work in Berlin and be physically capable of performing the duties of a firefighter. For more information, stop by a fire house near your home on Monday evenings, ask any member how to join or contact Assistant Chief Mike Blais at or (860) 329-7738.

Krzysztof Kopec, M.D. Gastroenterology Practice: One Liberty St., 2nd floor, New Britain, 860-229-9688 Education: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J.; internal medicine internship/residency, Brown University – Rhode Island and Miriam hospitals, Providence, R.I.; gastroenterology fellowship, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Mass. He is fluent in Polish.

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The Berlin Citizen has a section dedicated to faith and we welcome a wide range of news from local churches, temples, meeting houses, mosques and other religious organizations. In addition to notices about services and programs, we know your organization is involved in community life in numerous ways. And so we ask, does your house of worship have a story to share with our readers? You may wonder, what are some of the topics of interest that we’d like to publish? Here are a few ideas. Has your church undergone renovations, received recognition, offered a new program, or grown its congregation? Do you have a new pastor, organist, choirmaster or religion teacher? Have you undertaken a social or charitable mission or traveled on behalf of your church? Have you written an essay or sermon that could inspire a wider audience? Does the church have an anniversary or celebration it would like to publicize? Are there traditions or practices you’d like the community to know more about? All of these activities are newsworthy and we’d like to publish submissions of this kind in our faith section. If you like to write and have a story to tell that involves your faith community, send it to m and put “faith submission” in the subject line. In general, submissions should be no more than 500 words. Photos are welcome. Please include: your full name, a phone number, the name of your organization and in what capacity you represent it. Questions also can be sent to The Berlin Citizen email.

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BHS track star Voelpel headed to Maryland Senior signed National Letter of Intent Feb. 6

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By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen At the 2012 New England outdoor track and field championship meet, Berlin High School’s Catherine Voelpel, then a junior, broke her own school record in the 400 meter race with a time of 56.5 seconds. That performance was good enough for third place, and qualified her for Nationals. Despite what she accomplished that day, Voelpel’s post-race euphoria faded fast. “I was shocked, and so happy I reached that time,” the BHS star recalled. “But a couple minutes after, I was actually disappointed because I thought ‘why didn’t I go faster?’” With that type of drive it’s no surprise colleges clamored to gain Voelpel’s services on the track. She was courted by Villanova and UMass, to name a couple. Ultimately, the Voelpel sweepstakes was won by the University of Maryland. Last week it was made official.

BHS track star Catherine Voelpel, flanked by her parents, Dave and Bev, signed her National Letter of Intent Feb. 6 at BHS. The senior will continue her running career, on scholarship, at the University of Maryland. Voelpel’s BHS track teammates and coaches were in attendance at the brief signing ceremony, held at the media center.

Surrounded by her Redcoat track teammates, coaches, and family members, Voelpel signed her National Letter of Intent Feb. 6 at the BHS Media Center.

As college recruits often say about their chosen school, for Voelpel, Maryland just felt like the right fit. “It’s definitely true,” she said. “The second I left Mary-

land, I said ‘this is it.’ I didn’t need to see any more schools.” The already substantial scholarship Voelpel has been awarded may grow throughout her time at Maryland. “Hopefully, if I prove myself, it will increase,” she said. Until fairly recently, Voelpel didn’t seriously consider running in college. A life-long soccer player, she always assumed if she competed in college, it would be on the pitch. “I was all for playing soccer. I thought I was going to be playing soccer in college,” she said. “I never saw myself as a track runner.” However, after placing third at the New Englands and 37th at Nationals last spring, she took pause. “I

thought ‘I think I actually have a future in this.’ So I ended up looking into it, and figured it was probably (sports-wise) the best chance to go to school.” Surprisingly perhaps, Voelpel is no fitness or health food nut. “I never took the whole weightlifting aspect seriously,” she said. As for her diet: “I’m a strictly sugar girl,” she said with a laugh. However, Voelpel’s looking forward to the structure that comes with competing at the Division I level. “I think I can reach something pretty good in college,” she said. “That’s partially why I chose track; I figured

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Wrestlers have high hopes for Class M tournament By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen Plagued by injury, the Berlin High School wrestling team has been without its full starting lineup this entire season. And that will be the case this weekend as well when the Redcoats do battle in the CIAC Class M state tournament in Milford. “We never got to reach our potential due to injuries,” BHS coach Jim Day lamented. “The potential this team had with everybody in the lineup was top-10 material (state-wide). But I still think we’re going to make our mark at the state tournament. “We have an opportunity to place 80 percent of our guys.” Traditional Class M big dogs Windham and Montville will wrestle in the Class S tournament this year.

Still, the road to the Class M championship is littered with landmines. “We lost two top teams. The field is going to be a little lighter than usual,” said Day, whose team ran up a mark of 22-8 this winter. “But Ledyard is definitely the one everyone is chasing.” Due to the blizzard, state tournament preparation has been scaled back. Also, conference tournaments — including that of the CCC — were called off. “A tournament of that size and stature would have been great preparation for the states,” said Day. “But there really was no opportunity to get that in.” Day expected the Redcoats to convene Tuesday for their first practice in five days. “Before the storm we talked about

some ideas for them to keep their conditioning up” at home, said the coach. “Two days before the states we usually gear down. Now this affords us really one more day of hard work out preparation.” Berlin heads into the Class M tournament with one returning state champion: Jake Eliades, who claimed the 138 pound Class M title in 2012. Now competing at 147, Eliades, a junior, has rolled up a record of 34-4. “He’s wrestling the best he’s wrestled in his career right now,” said Day. The Redcoats also have high hopes for Ethan Greider at 120. The junior compiled a record of 27-6 this year. As a sophomore, he placed third in Class M at 113. Rich Schlichting (134) turned in

solid work at the last Class M tournament as well, placing fifth at 134. This season, the junior has compiled a record of 27-9. Berlin’s Class M tournament slate is rounded out by Riley Grieder (108, 28-12), Zach Veleas (113, 7-10), Jeremy Eliades (126, 239), Kevin Pirruccio (140, 24-12), Jared Zima (170, 11-11), Devon Reilly (184, 21-15), Bill Conticello (195, 1613) and Mike Burek (285, 25-9). At press time it was not known if senior Ricky Mullins (160), who owns a record of 27-1, will compete this weekend. Mullins, sidelined with an elbow injury, placed third at 152 at the Class M tournament last year. Senior Jordan Zima is out of action with a shoulder injury. As a junior, Zima was fourth at 160 in Class M.


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 14, 2013

BHS Athletic Hall of Fame Press Release Entering the Berlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring will be BHS athletes Wilfred R. Guite (Class of 1938), Charles Vigra (1948), Todd Marble (1977), Jon Veneziano (1989), Tony Santoro (1991), Jason Maule (1995), Amanda Rival (1997) and Anthony Reynolds (1999). Also, BHS baseball coach Leo Veleas will be enshrined, as will Arthur Powers Sr., in recognition of his contributions to sports in town. The BHS team being highlighted this year is the 1986 softball squad. This week The Citizen takes a look at the accomplishments of Guite and Vigra.

Wilfred Guite, Class of 1938 Wilfred Guite participated in football, basketball and baseball for three years. In 1936, when the high school started and the football team took the field, Guite scored the first touchdown in school history on a pass from Chick Girone. During Guite’s senior Guite year, Berlin played Farmington for the Class C title but came out on the losing end of a 7-0 decision. During Guite’s three years of baseball he played both centerfield and catcher. On the basketball court he played center and forward. After graduation Guite played semi-pro football with the Prentice Maroons, who later became the Berlin Alumni. Guite worked as an apprentice in a tool factory, earning a deferment from the service. But in 1944 he decided to enlist in the Marines. After boot camp and a short furlough he reported to Cherry Point in North Carolina and Capt. Smith, who was Maurice “Clipper” Smith a veteran college football coach in charge of the Marine team. Smith heard Guite was a football player and asked him to try out for the team along with 140 others, mostly college and pro players. Guite made the team and played with and against notable pros Otto Graham, Charlie Trippi, Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice, and other Chicago Bears. Lt. Tyrone Power, the actor, was the copilot on all the Marine team’s trips. After the war, Guite started Guite Tool and Engineering with his brother, selling the business decades later. Guite stayed active in retirement, participating in bowling, racquetball and golf. He was a member of the Wethersfield Country Club for 49 years. There he recorded two holes-in-one, shot his age nine times, and became friends with PGA legend Lee Trevino. Guite and his wife, Dawn, visited all 50

states and traveled much of Europe. The Guite’s now live in Old Saybrook. The couple has two sons, Jon and Bill, a daughter, Dawn, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Their son Bobby passed away in 1978.

Charles Vigra, Class of 1948 Charles Vigra was a four-year varsity basketball and baseball player. He was a freshman starter on the 1945 basketball team, which was only the second squad in the history of the school to qualify for the state tournament. One year, Vigra led the Vigra team in scoring with 231 points. Vigra was a captain of the baseball team, spending time at both third base and shortstop. His senior year, Vigra was awarded the prestigious Richard Patterson Award. Aside from athletics, Vigra was president of his class from sophomore through senior year, and was instrumental in organizing his fifth, 10th, 25th, 50th and 60th class reunions. After graduating from BHS, Vigra, with the help of a Lion’s Club and University of Connecticut scholarship, was able to attend UConn, where he played varsity baseball. Vigra graduated from UConn in 1952 with a degree in business. While in college, Vigra played baseball for the New Britain Herald team. The team was sponsored by the Boston Braves, and its first game drew more than 2,000 spectators. The club won the championship that year. At UConn, Vigra was enrolled in the ROTC program and received the distinguished military cadet award. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant by Governor Lodge. Vigra entered pilot training for the United States Air Force in 1952. When the war concluded he was assigned to Far East Air Force Headquarters in Tokyo, where he became a 1st Lieutenant. Upon returning home to Berlin, Vigra studied for professional insurance designations and achieved his CLU and CHFC. Along with running his own insurance business, Vigra partnered with a BHS classmate and began a property and casualty business in town. Vigra was a longtime member of the Berlin Lion’s Club. He and his wife traveled extensively and currently reside in Kensington. The Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held Sunday, April 28 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. For ticket information, contact Diane Egazarian at (860) 402-1169;

Former BHS swimmer Zagorski now navigating Plainville By Ken Lipshez Special to The Citizen An era spanning more than a quarter-century came to a close in November when Randy Doucette stepped off the deck of the Plainville High swimming pool for the last time as head coach. Doucette guided the boys team for 36 years and the girls for 20 before handing his whistle and stop watch to Berlin High School alumnus Chris Zagorski. Zagorski has extended the family-like quality that Doucette always instilled in the program, and is in the process of tightening the bonds between it and the town’s the vibrant youth and middle school programs. The PHS program currently has 13 participants, including senior Wojciech Plachta, the team’s most accomplished competitor. Zagorski has opened lines of communication with Middle School of Plainville coach Nick D’Addabbo and the coaches for the Blue Dolphins recreation team, Bridget Bloom and Doug McGough. “They’ve been a huge help,” he said. “I talk to them pretty much every week. We’ve started having a great relationship between the three programs, which is awesome to have as a high school coach.”

Zagorski has bridged what some see as a chasm between Berlin and Plainville, but the rivalry that can create sparks on the baseball diamond and the football field has never surfaced in the pool. Zagorski, in fact, shares the head coaching responsibilities with Amanda McCarthy for the Berlin girls team. “When I went to high school, we were still part of the Northwest Conference,” said Zagorski, who competed with Platt before the Berlin team was established. “All those towns played in every single sport and it was always a good matchup and definitely a build-up. “It was a little bit different for the guys on my team because it was new my junior year. We never really had a swim rivalry. I coach the girls at Berlin and we have a good relationship because the divers practice together.” Zagorski has also picked up where Doucette left off in the positive relationship with the Farmington swim teams and their long-time coach Scott Ferrigno. “[Doucette and Ferrigno] were always close and that’s something that’s continued on,” Zagorski said. “We go to Florida together over spring break. Randy left a lot of things to come into as a coach.”

Youth Sports Basketball Fourth grade travel Berlin 31, Rocky Hill 20: Nick Melville, Joseph Caracollia, Sam D’Addabbo and Connor Thierrien led Berlin’s balanced scoring attack. Johnny McGeever played well on the defensive end for the victors. Cheshire 35, Berlin 22: Nate Capodice, Justin Piskorski and Trevor Miano combined for 19 points for Berlin, but it wasn’t enough as Cheshire pulled away in the second half. Ryan Giudice and Logan Barnes were Berlin’s top rebounders.


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Golf Fitness Corner

Buying a new driver? You need to get fit By Eric Lunt Special to The Citizen At the Titleist Performance Institute, there are many components that need to be addressed in order to develop golfers; the Lunt big ones being proper instruction and fitness. Equipment is the third main component, and one people think they know about. Many golfers become self-proclaimed equipment gurus from

Voelpel Continued from page 21 going to college would be a great opportunity to see how low I can actually drop my time.” The Maryland track and field team is coached by Andrew Valmon, who spent this past summer navigating the Team USA men at the London Olympics. Josh Rosek knows Valmon

what they read on the internet. The reality is, if you take your game seriously, you need to get fitted for clubs. Technology in clubs is basically maxed out, especially in the driver. With club companies, emphasis has shifted from technology to marketing. That being said, what else is there? The answer is club fitting. There is no excuse not to take advantage of today’s launch monitor technology. Most good fitters are unbiased and will fit you for a driver that is best for you based upon your launch monitor numbers. I experi-

mented with drivers for years without getting fit, and when I finally was fitted I regretted not doing it sooner. I added 20 yards to my drives, quickly, because I had been using the wrong loft. There is always give and take with equipment. Here are some tips for when you go to get fitted for a driver: Make sure to try multiple drivers and shafts, and be sure you go to a fitting center that will let you take home the club you demo. This is critical, because not all drivers are created equal. Clubs are mass produced, and stamped lofts

and Maryland are getting both a high-caliber athlete and young woman in Voelpel. Rosek and Steve Soucy are Voelpel’s track coaches at BHS. “As a person, Catherine is first rate. She cares about her teammates, she cares about the team. Everything she does is first class; she does well in school, she’s well-liked by everybody. I think the way people react to her goes to show what type of

person she is,” said Rosek. “And she’s a great athlete. She’s obviously gifted, but a lot of hard work has been put into this. She has done everything that Coach Soucy and I have asked of her, and it has finally paid off for her.” For future Redcoats who dream of one day earning a college scholarship, Voelpel’s advice is: Go for it. “Work your butt off all you can,” she said. “Honestly, every door is open.”

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Local baseball players age 16 to 19 are sought for a team which will compete in the Farmington Bank/Vantis Life league this summer. In the past, the league has been named Jaycee/Courant and Jaycee/T.D. Bank North. For more information, contact Dave (860) 841-9620 or Mark (860) 770-9980.

The Connecticut North Men’s Senior Baseball League will begin its 25th season this spring. The CNMSBL is an amateur baseball league for players age 28 and older. Although officially a 28-and-older league, players age 25 and older may compete, but not pitch or catch. CNMSBL games are seven innings, and most are played on Sundays. Interested players and teams should contact CNMSBL President Dennis Lodovico at (860) 515-6865; For more information, visit

Lacrosse clinic Berlin Youth Lacrosse will host a clinic for new and returning players Sunday, Feb. 17. Whether you have never picked up a stick or have years of experience, this clinic is for you. The clinic will be overseen by Berlin High School varsity lacrosse coach Scott Rossi and coaches from Berlin Youth Lacrosse. For additional information and registration forms, visit

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are typically not accurate. They can be off as much as three to four degrees. Say for example you are fitted for a 9.5 degree driver; make sure you leave with that exact club if it produced the best numbers, because the same club the fitter gets you on the shelf is likely off and higher lofted than stated. Plus, you could probably get a discount on the demo club. The average golfer typically needs more loft, but some golfers produce too much spin naturally based upon their swing, and the wrong

loft could be costing them yardage there also. The take home message here is that driver technology has reached its peak. If you are the kind of golfer that just buys drivers off the shelf without getting fit, you are likely using a club that isn’t the right loft and shaft combination for you. If you want to max out your drives, you need to get custom fit. Eric Lunt works at Timberlin Golf Course in Kensington and is a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute.

To submit sports information The Berlin Citizen welcomes news and scores from all sports leagues in Berlin. Submissions for the Sports Bulletin Board also are welcome. Information and photos can be sent to: The Berlin Citizen, 11 Crown St., Meriden, CT 06450. Information also can be faxed to (203) 639-0210, or emailed to:

Fiction Continued from page 15 Digital magazines also offer the ability to magnify and print pages, search within a magazine and link to articles from the table of contents. Some have valueadded features such as video or audio content. While the library’s print magazines are still popular and aren’t going away anytime soon, they don’t hold up well with repeated use. And the library keeps only one year of back issues. With Zinio, you’ll be able to keep digital back issues indefinitely. And when a new issue is available, you automatically receive an e-mail notice. Berlin-Peck patrons can access the service through a link in the library catalog. Patrons need to create two accounts — one to browse the library’s digital collection, and one to use the Zinio magazine reader. Zinio

works on both PCs and Macs. An app for reading the magazines is available for many mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Blackberry Playbook. What won’t you like? If you like smelling all those fragrance samples stuck between the magazine pages, you’re out of luck. What will you love? Unlike library print magazines, you can keep a copy of the most current edition at home. It never acquires overdue fines and it’s yours indefinitely to refer back to. So check it out on the library webpage at Library reference staff are ready to show you how to enjoy this latest digital product. Helen Aveline is library director of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. Aveline is a guest columnist for The Berlin Citizen and can be reached at haveline@town.



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Blues Night - The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 68 has scheduled Blues Night for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. (dinner at 7:30 p.m.), at the American Legion Hall, 154 Porters Pass. Music and dancing provided by The Steve Polezonis Trio. Pro-

Betsi is a beautiful, classic brown tabby. She is quiet, sweet and loving. Betsi enjoys tummy rubs and attention. Dexter is a five-month-old kitten. He is in need of a little nurturing to build his confidence. Dexter is sweet and follows his foster dad. He is playful and good with other cats. Please call (860) 828-5287. View all of the adoptable pets on ceeds benefit programs of the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion. A fee is charged. For more information, call Dave at (860) 529-7662 or Tom at (860) 906-6516 or email Pizza/chili showcase The Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St., has scheduled a Pizza/Chili Showcase fundraiser for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 t0 7:30 p.m. Sample various pizza restaurants and chili

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Garden seminar - Stonehedge Garden Center, 1616 Willard Ave., has scheduled “Color Succession in the Garden” for Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. The free seminar will discuss how to develop color progression in the garden through the seasons. For more information, call (860) 667-1158.



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Pasta supper - American Legion Post 68, 154 Porters Pass, serves pasta suppers every Tuesday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. No reservations are required. The public is welcome. A fee is charged. For more information, call (860) 828-9102, after 5 p.m. Playgroup - Kensington Congregational Church offers a drop-in adult/child playgroup every Tuesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., in the Reeves Center, 185 Sheldon

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Each week The Berlin Citizen features a page focused on volunteer activities in our community. This is the place where your organization can post notices looking for volunteer help. It is the place where you can find opportunities to help others in your community. This is also the place where we publish photos and stories about local volunteer efforts that have made a difference. Tell us more about your organization and what part volunteers play in its success. Contact us at

Midstate volunteers MidState Medical Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Midstate Medical Center is in the process of developing an extensive Palliative Care program for patients, their families and members of the community. Bereavement volunteers will work closely with the chaplain to assist with the bereavement support group, provide bereavement materials for families and basically provide continuity for the family after the patient’s death. Office volunteers are needed for clerical and secretarial support to the Palliative Care program and the patient care volunteers are at the bedside to give comfort and support to patients and their families who are receiving Palliative Care. Extensive training for volunteers interested in joining the Palliative Care program is planned. There are several departments looking for volunteers to make follow up or reminder phone calls to patients as well as keeping physicians’ offices informed of patients who are admitted or discharged are available. For more information, visit, complete the volunteer application and background

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Literacy Volunteers of Central CTY has scheduled its 11th annual Scrabble Challenge/Silent Auction for Thursday, April 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville. Pre-registration is required. A fee is charged. The event features dinner, cash bar and dessert. For more information and to register, call (860) 229-7323, email or visit

check and send to the volunteer office at MidState Medical Center.

Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels in Berlin is looking for volunteers to deliver food to the homebound elderly one day a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers on Fridays are especially needed. Training and mileage reimbursement is provided. For more information, contact Judy Nimro at (860) 2297700, ext. 201.

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Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut has scheduled volunteer training in March. No experience is necessary. Training, observations and support are provided. Morning training is scheduled at Bethany Covenant Church, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 5, 8, 12 and 15. For more information or



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A terminally ill patient’s sense of isolation is often made worse by the lack of comforting human touch. Muscles may be contracted and stiff. Patients may spend their days immobile in a recliner or bed. Knowledgeable massage therapists and Reiki volunteers offer compassionate touch, relaxation, a sense of well-being and emotional health. For the volunteer, getting to know someone at the end of life is a gift in itself. VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Connecticut is looking for licensed massage therapists or Reiki practitioners to visit patients in their homes and nursing facilities in southeastern Connecticut. All VITAS volunteers receive orientation in end-oflife care. VITAS massagetherapy volunteers must have a current massage license. VITAS Reiki volunteers must have a level 1 Reiki certificate. For more information or

to volunteer, call VITAS Manager of Volunteer Services Pat Wilson at (860) 4944600.

Road to Recovery The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients to their treatment appointments, through its Road to Recovery program. Treatments patients are often too sick to drive. A cancer patient who receives radiation therapy might require between 20 to 30 trips to the clinic within six weeks. Chemotherapy patients might receive weekly treatments for up to a year. Volunteers receive training, orientation and are asked to volunteer for at least one hour, one day, once a month. The Road to Recovery program will match drivers’ availability with the needs of patients. For more information or to volunteer, contact Bonnie Baldwin at (203) 563-1529 or

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Dog Continued from page 3 out more snow and crawled her way underneath the deck, which was barely 12 inches tall. After 20 minutes, she reappeared in the opening with the trembling Chihuahua attached to a leash. The dog was rushed to the animal control vehicle where he was wrapped in blankets and kept warm in front of the heater vent. After a meal of dog food, the little storm sur-

Volunteers perform tasks such as staying with a patient so the family can take a break, providing companionship to hospice patients and their caregivers, running errands for a patient and/or family members, providing administrative office support among other things. Training classes are available for those interested in becoming a hospice volunteer. The goal of the training is to help define the role of a hospice volunteer, and it covers the history and philosophy of hospice, team building, help with communicating effectively, ways to manage death, dying, and bereavement, and concepts of spirituality. For more information about the VNA HealthCare Hospice Volunteer program, call Donna Gordon at (860) 493-7349 or

Blind services

The Board of Education and Services for the blind seek volunteers to read, shop, drive or sort mail for blind neighbors. Volunteers are also needed for office work, computer projects and reading on tape. For an application, call (860) 602-4129, toll-free (800) 842-4510, ext. 4129, or e-mail us.

vivor cuddled in Hagert’s arms. The rescued dog was named “Nemo,” after the storm. Lund said he was given a special place to sleep his first night at the shelter. Nemo stayed in a puppy pen in the office with blankets and a fresh bowl of water; a happy ending to a not-so-happy story. Lund said Nemo is a typical Chihuahua, not very trusting and still nervous. Submitted by Berlin Animal Control Officer Jan Lund

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Looking for a friend? Find litters of critters in Marketplace.

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CUPOLA COVER Copper; Weathered; 27”L/W x 14”H. $99. (203) 237-3396 GATEWAY MONITOR Nice LCD with HDMI 22inch $99. (203) 600-7305 GE Electric Stove 42” Harvest Gold. $99 860-830-9601 TV - 32 INCH Almost New. Regular. Asking $90 (203) 600-7305 TWIN MATTRESS & BOXSPRING Very Clean. $60 860-682-4435

WOOD, FUEL & HEATING EQUIPMENT EXCELLENT QUALITY Seasoned Hardwood, Cut, Split and Delivered. $200/cord; $125/half cord. 203-294-1775.



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

CITY RECYCLING will PAY CASH for scrap steel, copper, aluminum, cars & trucks! CALL 860-522-9273 30 Fishfry St, Hartford, CT

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

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Flanders West Apts Southington

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HOMES SWEET HOMES OFFERS: Meriden 1 BRs. Starting from $695, heat & hot wanted included. Call 203-886-8808. MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 1 BR, 1st Fl, $845/mo+sec. 1BR, 2nd Fl $801 /mo+sec. 203-630-3823 12pm8pm or


Thursday, February 14, 2013 — The Berlin Citizen APARTMENTS FOR RENT


MERIDEN - 2BR, 5 Rooms Completely Remodeled Deck, Off-Street Parking Section 8 Approved $950/mo+sec. 203-980-0215

MERIDEN. 3 BR, recently renovated, new carpets. Clean, spacious, off st parking. Avail immed. $875. Pets considered. 140 Foster St. Walt 203-464-1863.

MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large 2 BR Luxury Condo. Laundry. No pets. $895 + utilities Call 203 245-9493

SOUTHINGTON Updated 1 BR, 1st fl. Very Clean. Appliances. Off st parking. No utilities. No pets. Sec & refs. $605/mo. (860) 621-4463 (860) 302-6051

MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large 2 BR Luxury Condo. Laundry. No pets. $895 + utilities Call 203-245-9493

WALLINGFORD 1BR, 1st FL. Downtown location. $750 Per Month Available Immediately. Call 203-284-0212

MERIDEN 1 BR Apartment 3rd Floor, Cozy, Private, Clean, Newly Renovated! Convenient Loaction. $650/mo. Call 203-886-9830

WALLINGFORD 5 Large Rooms, 2nd Floor, Available Now! $995/mo. Also 2BR $850/mo. Call 203-213-6175

MERIDEN 1, 2 & 3 BRs Starting at $580/mo. West Side - CLEAN Sec. & Refs a must. Off st parking. No dogs. Sec 8 approved. 1st Month FREE! 203-537-6137

WALLINGFORD Apt for Rent. 3 BR, 2nd Flr. Refrig & Stove incld. No pets. Absolutely No Smoking $1000/mo. Sec & refs. Avail 3/01 Paul (203) 269-6348

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd. 2 BR Available Ask About One Month Free! Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016

WINTER SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $695/month. HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED. Private balcony. 203-639-4868

ROOMS FOR RENT MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Includes Heat, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. East Side. Off-st park. $125/wk. + sec. Call 12-8pm 203-630-3823 or

MERIDEN-Well maintained ranch on a quiet st. This home features 6 rooms, 3BRs, kitchen, LR & DR. 1.5 Bas, 2 fireplaces plus 1 car gar set on a nice lot. $155,900. Call Sue Farone for details 203-265-5618

MERIDEN THREE 3 BR Apts $950-$1150 1st & 2nd Floor Recently Remodeled. WD hookups. Off st parking. (203) 417-1675

MERIDEN. For Sale By Owner: 3 BDRM Condo at 73 Mattabassett Dr., East side of Meriden. 1.2 Baths, Finished Basement, Garage. Completely new Flooring and Carpeting throughout. Completely New Kitchen with all New Cabinets. Many New Appliances, inc. W/D, Dishwasher, Microwave, Disposal. Central A/C. Gas Heat. Pool. Easy Access to all Highways. Please call owner at: 860-558-6286. Price Reduced to $159,900.

The Record-Journal is looking for an energetic, creative, forward thinking individual to work full time to help develop print & digital advertising at this family owned media company. You will provide: *Demonstrated sales experience with a history of attaining goals *Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while being mindful of making revenue goals for each *Ability to converse with advertisers about both digital and print-based advertising campaigns We will provide: *Team Atmosphere with members working towards common goals *Opportunity for growth *Competitive compensation package & benefits.

MERIDEN EFFICIENCY CUTE 2 ROOMS Off street parking. Broad Street. $525. 2 mo sec. Credit ck req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597

MERIDEN STUDIO APARTMENT 3rd Floor. Newly remodeled BR. New carpet. Heat & electricity included. No pets. $750 per month. Call 203- 535-8370

If you are interested in joining our RecordJournal family, please email your resume to Eric Cotton at

Business Development Sales Representative

MERIDEN Crown Village. Large 2BR Recently Remodeled w/ HW Floors. $900/mo. includes heat & hot water. Call 203-856-6472

MERIDEN Spacious 2 BR Like new, HW Floors On-Site Laundry and Parking No Pets Call 860-810-2941

Experienced journalist needed to oversee and manage flow and presentation of digital news content on and weekly web sites. This position requires the ability to build and maintain online and mobile news sections and manage social media presence and digital news alerts. You will work with reporters, photographers and other content producers on newsgathering, including video and leverage digital content for print use.




MERIDEN 2 BR Available Heat, Hot Water & Appliances incl. Off-Street parking. Available for immediate move in. Starting at $800 per month. 203-639-8751

MERIDEN Crown Village 2 BR Just renovated. Heat & Hot Water included. Pool access. $845 per month plus security. L & E Prop Mgmt 203-886-8808.


You must have experience in writing and/or designing for the web; strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at once; technical know-how for creation and production of graphics, photos, audio, video, web pages, and other online content.


MERIDEN 2 Bedrooms $925/mo. Heat included. 9 Guiel Place. Call Mike (203) 376-2160

MERIDEN Central Location 1BR, LR, Kitch, BA. $675/ mo. Lease & Sec. Deposit Required. No pets. Call (203) 235-2372

MERIDEN-$175,000. Immaculate end unit townhouse. 2 Bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, HW flrs, open fl plan, FP, Cair, 1C garage. Call Fred Gettner 203265-5618

WALLINGFORD 2 BR/5 Room Loc. + Clean. W to W. Fully appl. No Pets. Util not incl. Lease & Sec req. $800-$850 mo. 203-848-7955

MERIDEN 1 BR. Free Heat, Off St. Parking, Laundry. Good Condition. $700/mo. Call (203) 915-4310

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd. 2 BR Available Ask About One Month Free! Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016


WALLINGFORD-$314,900. Elegant, spacious, unique. Enjoy one of the largest units in one of the most prestigious complexes in town. Library w/ wbar, cedar closet in basement, beday in mba, cair + more. Call Roy Haynes 203265-5618

If the opportunity to be a leader in our successful, community-minded organization excites you, forward your resume to: Attn: Kim Boath New Media Sales Position 11 Crown Street Meriden CT 06450 or email: kboath@

Waterbury Road Jarvis Street Lancaster Way Peck Lane Musso View Avenue Tucker Road 250 Papers Approximately $15,000 Annually

Call Circulation Recruitment Dept.


Customer Service Representative Immediate Openings Large Direct-Mail Company has immediate openings for full and part time telephone representatives in their inbound call center. Candidates should have a clear speaking voice, typing and computer skills and a pleasant phone personality. The rate is $10.00 per hour. Apply in person to Speed Staffing LLC located at 500 South Broad Street, Meriden, CT between the hours of 10:00 and 2:00 pm. Resumes may be emailed to Faxed to 203-379-0965 Or telephone Speed Staffing at 203-379-0390 WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR: Pickers/Packers In our Warehouse $8.25/hr Assemblers - $8.50/hr Solderers - $9/hr and Light Housekeeping - $8.25/hr

HELP WANTED Full time work & Immediate Start Availability! Come grow with our newly expanded office. All Departments to be filled this week! No experience Req’d!

CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE GENERAL HELP APPOINTMENT SETTERS Entry Level MGMT Sign on Bonus for FT Positions STARTING PAY Ranges per DPT. $9/HR-$590/week, +45K/year Call for Details/Email Contact Info 860-770-8307 & Sheet Metal Apprentice and Journeyman ONLY LICENSED SM2 JOURNEYPERSONS and APPRENTICES WITH TRADE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE and/or field exp. under the SM2 license will be considered. This is NOT a crossover program for HVAC. We provide an excellent benefit pkg including: Med/Dent/Life/Vision/ Disability/401k/Educ Reimb/Vac & Holiday Do you want to work for a great company? Please send resume to or call (203) 720-3806 M-F 8-5 to apply. EOE/M/F

It's all here! Marketplace Ads (203) 238-1953

Temporary Work Available Help this local Record-Journal Carrier enjoy time off by substituting on his route. MERIDEN CARRIER Paula 203-634-4193 Bradley Ave, Coe Ave, Handover Ave, Highland Ave, Prospect, Columbus, Hemlock, Dewey, Hobson, Terrace Gardens, Oregon. - South Meriden. Colony, Crown, Olive, Elm, Oak, View, Veterians, Willow, Lima, Harrison, Silver, Woodly, Pleasant, Akron, High, Broad.

March 29th - April 15th EARN $550 approx 200 Papers

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER We are seeking an experienced Human Resources Manager for our multi-media publishing company located in Meriden, CT. The candidate is important to our company leadership and will be responsible for identifying organizational, cultural and people initiatives that ensure compliance and enhance business success. Experience in personnel activities including employment, benefits, compensation, payroll, employee relations, managing company policies and procedures, governmental compliance reporting and audits, workers compensation and conflict resolution is required. Further, a degree in HR management (Master degree preferred) and 7-10 years experience in Human Resources are a must. Please send resume and cover letter to


DQ KENSINGTON Now Hiring all shifts. Great Pay. Apply at TOP U.S. Electronics Distributor Beyond Components is seeking an Inside (60%)/Outside (40%) Sales Professional, with minimum 3 yrs sales experience, for its Wallingford, CT office. Your primary responsibility will be to foster the development of long term business relationships with current & prospective customers. In addition the position requires travel a few days/month to the New York metro area. Benefits include: Industry training, vacation/sick time, 90% single health care insurance & 401K 50% match up to 5%. Beyond Components is a company built on honesty, integrity & fairness. If you like an environment where you will love your job & the people you work with, send a cover letter with compensation history & resume to: Subject line: SalesPro/Connecticut


FULL Time Position at The House Of Hair. Motivated Stylist with a following REQUIRED. Email resume to Or call 203 235-3166 TAPER/PAINTER/ DRYWALLER. Experienced. Please Call (203) 440-1003

WALLINGFORD ROUTE East Center Street Constitution Street Woodhouse Avenue Long Hill Road Center Street 130 Papers $3,590 Annually

Call Circulation Recruitment Dept.



The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Canister Vac with Powerhead Comp. $149 YOUR CHOICE



45 Gallon Wheeled Trash Can


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Berlin Citizen Feb. 14, 2013  

Berlin Citizen Feb. 14, 2013

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