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Volume 19, Number 40

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Community wraps over 2017 Berlin Fair 100 military gift boxes to be held earlier By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

For the second year in a row, members of the Berlin community came together at the VFW Thanksgiving night to gift wrap care packages for soldiers stationed in Kuwait. “It’s great just knowing they have a little piece of home,” said Karen Cote, coordinator of the event. Last year, the Berlin resident’s son was deployed to Kuwait. Before he left he told her how hard it was for the soldiers to leave their families during the holidays. Cote decided to help by cre-

The community wrapped gift boxes for the military at the VFW in Berlin on Thanksgiving night. This was the | Karen Cote, contributed See Gift, A23 second year of the event.

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For the first time in nearly 70 years, in 2017, the Berlin Fair will not be held the first weekend of October. The fair is organized by the Lions Club. Lenny Tubbs, a member of the club and president of the fair, said Wednesday, Nov. 23 that the 2017 fair will be held Sept. 15 through Sept. 17. “A lot of thought went into this,” he said. The Lions Club made the decision in late October. Though it has rained during the fair weekend for the last few years, Tubbs said, weather was only part of the reason for the move. “At the

end of the day we’re doing everything we can to make it a better fair,” he said.

This past year’s fair featured local talent, food vendors, demonstrations and a rodeo. Tubbs said the Lions Club is hoping to draw even more vendors and make more improvements with an earlier date. Instead of being one of the last fairs of the season, Berlin will now be in the middle of fair season, between the Durham and Hebron fairs. Berlin schools usually aren’t in session the last Friday of September for the fair. The Board of Education was to vote Monday on whether or not there will be school on Friday, Sept. 15.

Teens warm homes and hearts By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

Berlin residents can stay warm this winter, while giving to an important cause. “We wanted to start our own business and thought it would be nice to donate too,” said Ryan Toce, a junior at Berlin High School. Toce and friend Trevor May, also a Berlin High School student, started selling firewood a few months ago and are donating 10 percent of the profits to the American

Ryan Toce and Trevor May are selling firewood and donating a portion of the profit to the American Heart Association. | Lisa Toce-Nadeau, contributed

Heart Association. “I was touched by it,” said See Students, A23

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Bid threshold could increase despite referendum Town Manager Denise McNair says a state law could allow the town to increase its bid threshold even though a change was recently voted down as part of the Town Charter referendum. “When dealing with today’s

A law previously passed by the state legislature would make it possible for the town to raise the bid threshold without opening the charter again, she said. State law allows municipalities to set bid thresholds by ordinance. Currently, projects over $10,000 in Berlin must go

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If the threshold was higher, the process would be easier for smaller items like portable toilets, she said. Town councilors had pre-

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School News Youth Exchange program Berlin Interact has scheduled a Rotary Youth Exchange program for Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., at Berlin High School video amphitheater. Rich Friedman, Rotary District Chairman for the Rotary Youth Study Exchange program, and Hannah Lavoie, past program participant, are scheduled to discuss the opportunities, cost, safety and logistics of studying abroad. For more information, email or

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Golf passes extended after push-back the season pass was valid for as long as the municipal course stayed open.

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Len Zielinski, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, said the change was part of a strategy to improve revenue.

Christmas came early for Berlin golfers when the Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously Monday night to rescind the expiration date on their Timberlin season passes.

Within the last five years, efforts such as cutting full time positions were made to reduce costs.

The passes, which were set to expire Wednesday, will now be extended through December.

In a press release posted on the Timberlin website, Zielinski said the commission was trying to “increase the regular daily play to foster revenue growth.”

Several golfers spoke out about the early expiration date at the commission meeting.

“There was a lot of discussion with this commission,” said Donna Bovee, commission member. “All those rates we’re comparing to other places to try and be fair.”

“I bought a season pass in good faith,” said Jim Norton. “This is very shortsighted what you’re doing.” Golfers had said at a previous Town Council meeting that they would golf elsewhere in December if the passes were not extended. They repeated that point at Monday’s commission meeting. “We’re all committed that

Berlin golfers gathered at the Monday, Nov. 28 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting to protest the expiration date on Timberlin season passes. | Ashley Kus, The Berlin Citizen

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Bovee pointed out that the expiration date was stated on the pass applications. She said that everyone should be involved at the beginning of the season when the changes occur rather than at the end.

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Toy drive to benefit state medical center The eighth annual Central Connecticut Toy Drive, to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, is collecting new unwrapped toys, infant and children’s clothing, infant necessities and books. Toys must be safe and appropriate for hospitalized infants, children or teenagers. The toys

are used for children who enter the emergency room, have any type of procedure, both surgical and non surgical, for use in the waiting rooms and the toy cart. During the holidays, the toys are distributed by Santa Claus for those who must remain at the medical center during the holidays.

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LOCAL DEPARTMENTS TEACH YOUTH ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION The Berlin and East Berlin fire departments visited children around town in October for Fire Prevention Month. Fire officials went to the three elementary schools – Griswold, Hubbard and Willard – as well as St. Paul school, and numerous daycare centers. In total, they visited with 427 children, and the youngsters were given fire hats, coloring books and bookmarks. Also, students were shown what a firefighter would look like when entering a house fire and were given information regarding fire safety. – Ashley Kus

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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS Berlin’s tree lighting took place Saturday, Nov. 26, at Veterans Memorial Park. The festive event, was pulled together by the town’s fire departments. Youngsters were able to take

pictures with Santa, and there was face-painting by Berlin High School UpBeat students. Also, the event included music by high school students, and complimentary hot chocolate and

holiday cookies and treats. The annual tree lighting almost fell by the wayside this year, before the local fire departments swooped in to take the reins.

“Traditions around here are important,” said Andy Hrubiec, assistant chief of the South Kensington department and chair of the event committee. “They’re hard to sustain with everyone’s busy

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State police charged 56 motorists with driving under the influence and cited nearly 4,500 with hazardous moving violations over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. More than 1,000 motorists were ticketed for speeding violations and 450 were cited for seatbelt violations, state police said in a statement.

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Boy Scouts - Boy Scout Troop 24 is scheduled to meet Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Community Center, 230 Kensington Road. Stop in or call Mike Neault, Scoutmaster, at 860-828-3611. Boy Scouts - Boy Scout Troop 41 meets Thursdays, 7 p.m., at Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St. For more information, call Scoutmaster K.C. Jones at 860-829-1148 or email jones327@comcast. net. Storytime - A free storytime and craft session is scheduled for Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m., at The Sloppy Waffle, 2551 Berlin Turnpike. For information, visit Craft class - Scraptivity, 1020 Farmington Ave., has scheduled an ornament-making class for Thursday, Dec. 1, 4 to 6 p.m. A fee is charged. Drop in. For more information, call 860-828-1311.

Friday, Dec. 2 Historical Society - Berlin Historical Society Museum, 305 Main St., has scheduled its annual Holiday Fair for Friday, Dec. 2, 5 to 9 p.m. Decorated museum and holiday shopping. For more information, call 860-828-5114. Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “Babes in Hollywood” for Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www.

Racing show - Racing Action Today, hosted by Berlin native Larry Mongillo, airs every Friday, 8 p.m., on Comcast cable channel 5. Craft class - Scraptivity, 1020 Farmington Ave., has scheduled a Christmas Wine Glass Painting class for Friday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. A fee is charged. Registration is required. For more information, call 860-828-1311.

Saturday, Dec. 3 Christmas Bazaar - East Berlin United Methodist Church, 139 Main St., has scheduled its annual Christmas Bazaar for Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A variety of vendors, crafters, and more, are featured. Lunch is planned 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-202-7569. Historical Society - Berlin Historical Society Museum, 305 Main St., has scheduled its annual Holiday Fair for Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A celebration of the 50th anniversary and a proclamation presentation is planned for 1 p.m. For more information, call 860-828-5114. Christmas Boutique - The Kensington Garden Club has scheduled its Christmas Boutique for Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. Handmade wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, baked items, a white elephant sale and raffle are featured. Bottle and can drive - Cub Scout Pack 5 have sched-

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Tuesday, Dec. 6 Pasta supper - American Legion Post 68, 154 Porters Pass, schedules a pasta supper for Tuesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. A fee is charged. The Legion is a Toys for Tots drop-off location. Supper fee is reduced for donations of new, unwrapped toys. The public is welcome. For more information, call 860-8289102 after 5 p.m.

Cause Gifts, 384 Main St. All shopping benefits the Giving Tree. All are welcome.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 Youth Exchange program - Berlin Interact has scheduled a Rotary Youth Exchange program for Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., at Berlin High School video amphitheater. The program discusses the opportunities, cost, safety and logistics of studying abroad. For more information, email lhatton@ or

Thursday, Dec. 8 Craft class - Scraptivity, 1020 Farmington Ave., has scheduled an ornament-making class for Thursday, Dec. 8, 4 to 6 p.m. A fee is charged. For more information, call 860-828-1311.

Friday, Dec. 9 Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “Babes in Hollywood” for Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www.

Boy Scouts - Boy Scout Troop 256, chartered by the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, is scheduled to meet Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, 880 Farmington Ave. For additional information, call Scoutmaster Ed Alicia at 860-828-8693.

Craft class - Scraptivity, 1020 Farmington Ave., has scheduled an adult paint night class for Friday, Dec. 9, 6 to 8 p.m. A fee is charged. Registration is required. For more information, call 860-828-1311.

Boy Scouts - Boy Scout Troop 44 meets Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St. For more information, call Tony deRito at 860-829-9879.

Historical Society - Berlin Historical Society Museum, 305 Main St., corner of Peck Street, is scheduled to be open Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m., free admission. View exhibits on Berlin tin and brick, Simeon North’s pistols, Berlin Iron Bridge, dairy farms, needlework, Berlin artists and many local treasures. For more information, call 860-828-5114.

Sunrise Rotary Club - The Sunrise Rotary Club meets Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at Town Hall, 240 Kensington Road. For information, call Amy at 860-829-4900 or visit Meeting - Raising Berlin is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., at Good

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Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit Craft class - Scraptivity, 1020 Farmington Ave., has scheduled an ornament-making class for Saturday, Dec. 10, 4 to 6 p.m. A fee is charged. For more information, call 860-828-1311.

Sunday, Dec. 11 A Night in Bethlehem Kensington Congregational Church, 312 Percival Ave., has scheduled “A Night in Bethlehem” for Sunday, Dec. 11. The event includes a marketplace at 4:30 p.m., live nativity, family friendly activities including pottery, weaving, Dreidel and more. A reenactment of the Christmas story is planned for 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.kensingtoncong. org. Concert - Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St., has scheduled its annual Holiday Concert for Sunday, Dec. 11, 4 p.m. Breakfast with Santa Msgr. Thomas Greylish Council 3675 Knights of Columbus has scheduled Breakfast with Santa for Sunday, Dec. 11, 8 a.m. to noon, at St. Paul School Gym, 467 Alling St. A fee is charged. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call Ray Kalentkowski at 860828-8248 or Tom Sullivan at 860-505-8128.

Monday, Dec. 12 Girls basketball - BHS vs. Glastonbury at Glastonbury, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 14 Craft class - Scraptivity, 1020 Farmington Ave., has scheduled a bottle necklace class for Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. A fee is charged. For more information, call 860-828-1311.

Thursday, Dec. 15 Girls basketball - BHS vs. See Calendar, A16

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Religion Briefs Breakfast with Santa The Kensington Nursery School has scheduled Breakfast with Santa for Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 to 11:30 a.m., in Kensington Congregational Church parish hall, 312 Percival Ave. Snow date is Saturday, Dec. 17.


A Night in Bethlehem Kensington Congregational Church, 312 Percival Ave., has scheduled “A Night in Bethlehem” for Sunday, Dec. 11. The event includes a marketplace at 4:30 p.m., live nativity, family friendly activities including pottery, weaving, Dreidel and more. A reenactment of the Christmas story is planned for 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.kensingtoncong. org.

Holiday Concert Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St., has scheduled its annual Holiday Concert for Sunday, Dec. 11, 4 p.m.

Berlin Congregational Church Worship - Berlin Congregational Church schedules Members of Berlin Congregational Church’s committee recently packed food baskets containing non-perishable goods. Sunday worship for 10 a.m., The baskets were donated to the Berlin Social Services Department to benefit Berlin-area families this holiday season. with communion on the From left: Jane Watershoot, Beverly Peronace and Joanne Merrill. first Sunday of every month. Nursery care is available. Call Child care and Sunday month at 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Services visit www.kensingtoncong. 869-828-6586. school are available during Saturday, Dec. 24, Family org. Prince of Peace service at 5 p.m.; Service of Choir, bell ringers - The Ber- worship services. Kensington United Lessons and Carols at 10 p.m. The Prince of Peace Lutheran lin Congregational Church Christmas Cantata, Sing Methodist Church Church, 1103 Chamberlain invites anyone interested in Gloria - Sunday, Dec. 18, 10 Christmas Day worship Highway, schedules Sunday joining the choir or bell ring- a.m. Kensington United MethodSunday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m. ers to call 860-828-6586. ist Church, 103 Hotchkiss St. worship service at 10:15 a.m. Call 860-828-5079 or visit All Church Christmas CarBible Study is planned for Sunday worship, 9:30 a.m. Sweet Hour of Prayer princeofpeacelutheran06037. oling - Sunday, Dec. 18, 4 Wednesdays at 11 a.m. The Berlin Congregational Kensington United Methodp.m. Playgroup - Free playground ist Church has scheduled a Church has scheduled open Bethany Covenant Longest Night Service is scheduled for Tuesdays, prayer in the sanctuary on service for a special time of Sunday Worship - Modern Tuesday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. A 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. All are wel- healing, music, and prayer the fourth Tuesday of each quiet service of prayer, music come. Call 860-828-4511 or month, 7 to 8 p.m. Stay as for the third Thursday of the See Religion, A16 long as you like, and listen to and reflection for those who have lost someone or are soft, meditative music and otherwise having a difficult prayer. Written, anonymous time. prayer request may be submitted. Call 860-828-6586. CALL FOR TODAY’S Tot time - Free Tot Time, Thursdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., featuring play session, crafts, snack and more.

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Historical society celebrating 50 years By Lorraine Stub

Back in 1966, a group of passionate Berlin history buffs began officially meeting in each others homes and barns. These founders of the Berlin Historical Society were a mix of antique collectors, period home owners, teachers, traditional craftsmen and amateur historians. Gathering over cake and coffee, they shared stories handed down by their parents and grandparents. Over the years, they sponsored public programs about Berlin brick, tin, clocks and other subjects. With a large membership, they sponsored an annual Yankee Peddler Fair on Main Street, Kensington. They also were directly involved with the year-long Bicentennial Commission’s Town Celebration in 1985, orchestrating a period costume ball, bring-

ing a Revolutionary War re-enactment to town, and performing a play recreating the original town meeting. One of the group’s most important actions was saving the 1774 Worthington Meeting House from oblivion. Donations back then paid for reproducing the original windows, rebuilding the foundation and preparing the building for adaptive reuse. The task of completing the project continues under the oversight of another nonprofit, Friends of the Worthington Meeting House. We owe those founding members of the Berlin Historical Society our gratitude for all they did to preserve the stories, the photos and artifacts we have today. Donations to the society during its early years were stored in member homes with See Historical, A15

Letter to the Editor ‘Real’ food locally To the editor: I shop at Ferndale Market Fresh, frequently picking up a few items for dinner. It recently changed hands again, and I happened to meet the new owner, Edwin. He asked what I was shopping for and I told him what I was hoping for was to not be driving to West Hartford and Glastonbury all the time for the kind of groceries I prefer. I would like to see the healthy choices here in Berlin that many of us have to go out of town to get, which is crazy, because the move towards organic, non-GMO, locally grown and wild caught has been growing rapidly as people are learning what is in their food. These foods should be readily available, yet they are not. Not yet anyway. These days, everyone wants to know what they are doing to their own health by eating things that are so outside of nature that they are causing many of the disease conditions we suffer from. When I was in Naturopathic Medical School, one of the cardiology doctors would tell his patients: “Next week, go to Whole Foods while you are grocery shopping. Observe the people shopping there. The following week, go shopping at one of the big grocery stores, like Food Mart, and observe the people. When you come back, let me know which group you would rather look like.” You can guess the answer. You really are

what you eat and healthy looks good on every body. This is our chance to save on gas and get good food for our families right here in town. Give your grocery list from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to Edwin at Ferndale Fresh Market so he can bring us good, healthy food for our families. Dr. Ann Aresco ProNatural Physicians

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New legislature, same problems Now that the election is over, we know who we’re sending to Hartford to begin a new legislative session in the new year. We also know that they’ll be working under the same dark deficit cloud that’s been hanging over the state Capitol for far too long. The newcomers as well as veterans will be called upon to work on a two-year budget that’s already projected to be $1.3 billion short, with recent estimates showing tax revenue on a continuous slide through fiscal year 2019. Meanwhile, we’re only halfway through a fiscal year that’s about $68 million in the red. Clearly, the General Assembly and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are still a long way from solving the ongoing financial woes of a state that, by some measures, has never fully recovered from the recession of 2008. Already this fiscal year, the state has cut more than $800 million in spending and has laid off nearly 1,100 workers, with 500 more layoffs set for January. State agency heads have provided Malloy with various options to accommodate a “likely” 10 percent cut in discretionary funding.

tal. Other bills coming due soon pertain to previous state borrowing to balance the budget, property-tax offsets, and transportation improvements. The cost-cutting options presented to Malloy by department heads include closing some DMV offices; cutting housing subsidies for people with AIDS; privatizing services for more people with intellectual or developmental disabilities; eliminating daycare subsidies for thousands of children; cutting financial aid at the University of Connecticut or eliminating 286 staff positions there; and eliminating a program that helps veterans find jobs. This situation didn’t arise overnight — “I don’t believe people understand that a lack of paying the bills as they should have been paid has led to the current difficulties the state of Connecticut is living with,” the governor recently told an Associate Press reporter.

Chronic underfunding of the Teachers’ Retirement System and the State Employees’ Retirement System is an area of great concern, calling for about $302 million in additional funding next year.

Regardless, only Malloy working with the new General Assembly, can put the state back on its financial feet. With the changes made on Nov. 8 — Republicans now at parity with Democrats in the Senate, and some new faces in the House, including in leadership positions — the coming session presents an opportunity for elected officials in Hartford to work together to put this state on a sounder financial footing.

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the promise they would be displayed once the group had its own museum space. For many years, the plan was that the Meeting House would be that home, but in 1993, when a new Berlin-Peck Memorial Library was built off Kensington Road, the town offered to lease the old library to the Historical Society. Finally, there was space for the collection. Though, comparing pictures of what was on display in 1993 to the present, it is obvious the public has been very generous in trusting us to preserve their treasures. Every inch of museum space is now packed with Berlin artifacts. The hope, again, is that the collection will one day move to the Worthington Meeting House where it can be showcased and preserved in a facility designed for archival storage. Today’s members continue to share their knowledge with the public. We serve as a resource


Senior Menu for families all over the country who are researching their family roots. We often host families on their pilgrimages to Berlin. Assisting local homeowners with house histories and the town with preservation issues and research projects are just part of the services we provide. In 50 years we have assembled an extensive picture of what life was like in our town. Our membership is growing again. Today we’ve become an even more diverse group of amateur historians, artists, collectors and craftspeople with roots here and outside Berlin. If you’ve visited the museum, the historic museum barn at the Berlin Fair, attended a Story Share event or other programs, you know how enthusiastic we are about our town’s history. You don’t have to be an expert on Berlin to become a member. In fact, participating is one of the best ways to understand and care more about where you live. A ceremony and official procla-

mation will be read in honor of our 50th year on Saturday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. The public is invited. The ceremony will be held in the midst of our annual Holiday Fair. This is one of the best times to visit. Besides being festively decorated, the museum is a fun place to do some holiday shopping, view exhibits and share refreshments with friends. We have homemade confections and cookies in wrapped boxes, sprouting narcissus bulbs, pet treats, decorations, vintage treasures, books, DVDs, town crockery, spices, jewelry, raffles, and much more. Sales help support scholarships, programs, displays and operating expenses.

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, Dec. 5: Grape juice, egg bake with mushrooms and peppers, has browns, broccoli, pumpernickel bread, rice pudding. Tuesday, Dec. 6: Hearty vegetable soup, eggplant rolette, ziti, green beans, oatmeal bread, pineapple chunks. Wednesday, Dec. 7: Unbreaded fish filet with lemon butter sauce, Harvest rice, stewed tomatoes, multigrain bread, Mandarin oranges. Thursday, Dec. 8: Eye of the round with beef gravy, egg noodles, asparagus, whole wheat bread, Mandarin oranges. Friday, Dec. 9: Chicken patty, French fries, coleslaw, banana.

Holiday Fair hours are Friday, Dec. 2, 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum plans to close for the season Saturday, Dec. 17, so this is one of the last opportunities to explore this year’s displays. – The writer Secretary of the Berlin Historical Society.


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Friday, Dec. 16 Karaoke - American Legion Post 68, 154 Porters Pass, has scheduled karaoke for Friday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m. to midnight. Proceeds benefit the Post Scholarship fund. No cover charge. The public is welcome. For more information, call the Post at 860828-9012 after 5 p.m. Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of

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“Babes in Hollywood” for Friday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www.

Saturday, Dec. 17 Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “Babes in Hollywood” for Saturday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit Historical Society - Berlin Historical Society Museum, 305 Main St., corner of Peck

Street, is scheduled to be open Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m., free admission. View exhibits on Berlin tin and brick, Simeon North’s pistols, Berlin Iron Bridge, dairy farms, needlework, Berlin artists and many local treasures. For more information, call 860-828-5114. Craft class - Scraptivity, 1020 Farmington Ave., has scheduled an adult paint night for Saturday, Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m. A fee is charged. Registration is required. For more information, call 860-828-1311.

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Boys basketball - BHS vs. South Windsor at BHS, 4 p.m.

Boys basketball - BHS vs. Middletown at BHS, 6:45 p.m.

Girls basketball - BHS vs. Enfield at Enfield, 6:45 p.m.

Girls basketball - BHS vs. Middletown at Middletown, 6:45 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 19 Boys basketball - BHS vs. New Britain at BHS, 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 27 Boys basketball - BHS vs. Shelton at BHS, 6:45 p.m.

Girls basketball - BHS vs. New Britain at New Britain, 6:45 p.m.

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Tuesday, Dec. 20 Boys swimming - BHS vs. Farmington at Plainville HS, 3:45 p.m.

Girls basketball - BHS vs. Amistad at BHS, 6:45 p.m.

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Young professionals, entrepreneurs sought

Man who fatally injured police dog during chase arrested

The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce has formed a “Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs” group in the Central Connecticut region.

WVIT-TV reports that 20-year-old Chauncey Smith was arrested Monday.

The goals of this group are to educate and motivate the next generation of business leaders to start and grow businesses across our region and state; provide networking and social opportunities for these new leaders to meet and form lasting business relationships and gain a stronger voice in setting policy and

priorities to affect and improve economic and community development across the state and region. It is envisioned that this group will hold a series of feedback sessions for businesses, non profit and community projects and entities; provide social and business networking gatherings at local venues; and host various civic, service, and professional education events and activities with leading experts in business and leaders in community development.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The man who a police dog was chasing in Wethersfield when it was fatally injured has been arrested in Hartford after fleeing police there.

The group will also maintain an active web and social media presence. Membership in the group is not limited to Chamber members, but is open to any young professional, entrepreneur, or student (age 40 and under) pursuing a career in business. For more information, contact Mark Walerysiak, Jr. at the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce at mark@ or 860-584-4718.

Wethersfield Police say the dog named Thor was tracking Smith through a wooded area last week and was badly cut by brambles. Thor suffered internal bleeding and died. Wethersfield Police say officers were going to arrest Smith on violation of probation warrants from Hartford when he fled a local motel. They say he now faces charges of interfering with police and violating a protective order.

Senior News The Berlin AARP Board of Directors is scheduled to meet Monday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m., at the Senior Center. The monthly Chapter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 1:15 p.m., at the Seniors Center. The Berlin High School Madrigal Singers and the School Chorale plan to provide musical holiday entertainment.

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A18 Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Welcome to On The Menu. Let us help you find the perfect place to eat.

Whether it’s a celebration, date night, or just grabbing a bite to eat, this list of local restaurants is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

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476 Washington Avenue North Haven, CT 06473 203-535-0149 Family owned/operated. Former proprietors of the Neptune Diner in Wallingford. Extensive menu for all tastes. Breakfasts, luncheons and special dinners. All baking on premises.

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540 Washington Ave North Haven, CT (203) 239-5548 Dino’s, a family business has the highest quality seafood at reasonable prices. We offer eat-in or take-out and a private banquet room for any occasion.

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320 Washington Ave, North Haven, CT 06473 203.239.0663 Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Serving breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Accept Q Cards. Serving North Haven for 30 years. Daily specials and full liquor available.

611 N Colony Road Wallingford, CT 06492 (203) 269-9507 Wallingford’s place to go for old-fashioned breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Proudly serving up delicious and hearty meals daily. Voted Best Diner 4 years running by Record Journal. Open seven days. Breakfast served all day.

337 North Colony Road Wallingford, CT 06492 203-741-9405 Henry’s is a family owned restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Featuring Home style cooking and our selection of homemade pies. Our Catering Menu is available for any occasion.

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Welcome to On The Menu. Let us help you find the perfect place to eat.

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Neighborhood holds charity football game bags of food were collected and donated to the Faith Living Church in Plantsville.

By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

What started out as a small Thanksgiving football game has grown into a Kensington neighborhood tradition. “It’s a time to be thankful that we’re all together,” said Michael Mihalko, a coach and coordinator for the event, which pulls in donations for charity. For the fifth year, Mihalko’s Devonshire Way yard was turned into a football stadium. While pick-up Thanksgiving football games are common, this one features a PA system, painted lines on the grass, and a grand entrance by the players through the garage. Family and friends who came to see the action donated canned goods and other non-perishable foods. In 2015, some 15 bags were packed. This time around, 26

“If everyone does a little we can make a huge impact,” said Roman Borysiuk, a neighbor and this year’s game announcer. Borysiuk said the goal is to raise awareness to the fact that millions in our country do not have access to nutritious food. “This is a problem, and it’s one that we can slowly, little by little, address if everyone pitches in,” he said. Players this year ranged from 11- to 18-years-old. “These kids can’t wait to be part of this,” said Darren Yovan, parent of two players. His son Garson, a Berlin High School sophomore, and daughter Wynter, an eighth grader at McGee, were among the 20-plus youngsters who participated in the Turkey Day tradition. A Kensington neighborhood hosted its fifth annual Thanksgiving football game, See Charity, A21

generating goods for the needy.

| Michael Mihalko, contributed



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“It’s such a good group,” Yovan said. “It’s really kicked off.”

Mihalko said, “We get a good couple hours with all the kids. We’re watching them grow up before our eyes.”

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Patients spending the holidays in the hospital will have plenty to read thanks to Interact Club’s magazine drive at Berlin High School.

Last year, six boxes of magazines were donated to Hartford Hospital. The club plans to donate to more hospitals this year, Cyr said.

“Patients don’t really have much to do,” said Nicole Cyr, a senior and president of the school’s Interact Club.

“They’re really awesome kids finding these ideas and going forward with them,” said Lisa Hatton, the club’s advisor.

She said her experience as a patient made her want to start the drive so that other patients wouldn’t be bored.

Cyr will be graduating in May and has already found a sophomore club member, Hannah Grega, to continue the drive.

“It’ll help the time go by quicker,” she said This year the club is also accepting gently used or new books. Cyr said she hopes children’s books will be donated for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.

year. The hospitals are not told of the donations beforehand. Cyr delivers the reading material as a surprise right before Christmas. “It was very exciting because they didn’t have many magazines left,” she said of last year’s drive. Students and members of the public are invited to participate. The club will be accepting donations until Friday, Dec. 16.

“It’s a great idea to help all people staying at the hospital,” Grega said. The club does several drives throughout the year, including a prom dress collection and a can tab drive. The magazine and book drive

BHS Interact Club is holding a magazine/book drive until Dec. 16. | Nicole Cyr, contributed

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>> Students

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The community wrapped gift boxes for the military at the VFW in Berlin on Thanksgiving night. This was the second year of the event. | Karen Cote, contributed

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The Berlin Citizen |

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The Berlin Citizen |

Watchdog agencies worry about budget cuts By Mike Savino Record-Journal staff

As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and lawmakers grapple with a projected budget deficit exceeding $1 billion next year, state watchdog agencies are concerned additional cuts could prevent them from effectively serving their roles.

and just as we are working with all of our state agencies, we are committed to working with them to ensure that they continue to fulfill their core mission,” Kelly Donnelly, a spokeswoman for Malloy, said in a statement.

State Rep. Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford, who serves as a deputy leader in the caucus, said elected officials need to start considering which services they want to preserve and which ones they can do without to avoid “death by a thousand cuts.” Candelora, who represents a section of Wallingford, said the three watchdog agencies in particular are “important for transparency,” but warned they won’t be able to do their jobs effectively without the proper support. Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, and Adam Joseph, a spokesman

for the Senate Democrats, both pointed to investigations involving governors as evidence that the state needs its watchdog agencies. Fasano, who also represents Wallingford, referenced the SEEC’s investigation into the state Democratic Party’s funding mailers in support of Malloy in 2014, a case that resulted in a $340,000 settlement before federal investigators launched their own query. Joseph, meanwhile, mentioned former Republican Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned in 2005 before going to jail for accepting gifts from state contractors, an incident that prompted the legislature to revamp its campaign finance laws. Officials from the watchdog agencies said the vocal support from legislative leaders and Malloy gives them confidence, but also expressed


Members of each of the four legislative caucuses talked about the importance of the watchdog agencies, but also referenced the expected dif“I am always hopeful, but I’m ficulties in trying to present a still worried,” said Carol Car- balanced budget next year. son, executive director of the “They have felt the similar Office of State Ethics. budgetary pressures that Malloy and legislative leadall state agencies have had ers say they are committed to to adjust to and as we face preserving the Office of State another challenging budget Ethics, the State Elections year, every priority will have Enforcement Commission to be scrutinized to see what and the Freedom of Informa- resources are available going tion Commission, although forward in this next budget none went so far as to say cycle,” said incoming House they shouldn’t face addiSpeaker Joe Aresimowicz, tional cuts. D-Berlin, who represents a portion of Southington. “Watchdog agencies perform an essential public service, Both the Office of Policy and

Management and Office of Fiscal Analysis have projected budget deficits in excess of $1.2 billion next fiscal year, and reported earlier this month that fixed costs will account for just over half of spending even before cuts are made.

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concern that recent history indicates they could be facing additional cuts next year. Each agency has seen its budget cut by roughly 40 percent since 2012, and they warn any additional reductions could make them ineffective. “We’ve given all that we can give,” said SEEC Executive Director Michael Brandi, adding his agency is “firing out (cases) as fast as we can” just to keep up with its docket. Brandi, Carson and FOIC Executive Director Colleen Murphy said their agencies do more than just investigation and enforcement. They also try to educate public employees, candidates, and other groups. 203-317-2266 Twitter: @reporter_savino


Berlin Citizen, Dec. 1, 2016