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Volume 19, Number 47

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Decision on town manager made ‘recently’ By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

Mayor Mark Kaczynski said Wednesday, Jan. 4, that the decision to pursue a separation agreement with Town Manager Denise McNair was made “very recently.” McNair signed the six-page agreement Tuesday night, Jan. 3, in a closed-door executive session. She has been

The Town Council voted 4 to 3 to approve the agreement, with Republicans favoring the move and Democrats opposing it. “It was brought to the council last night,” Kaczynski said. “Fairly recently we talked it over.” The agreement states, “Employee resigns from her employment with the Town on Jan. 31, 2017.” The town will

pay McNair $65,686, which equals six months of her annual salary. She had seven days to revoke the agreement. The council also voted unanimously Jan. 3 to appoint Public Works Director Jack Healy as the temporary Town Manager effective Feb. 1. Healy said he was asked by Kaczynski to take the position a week prior.

“It was a surprise to me,” Healy said. Healy said he had no discussions with the council or McNair before the call from Kaczynski. Democratic Councilor Rachel Rochette also was surprised by the change. She was not aware of the separation agreement between the town and McNair until

Town Manager Denise McNair will leave her position at the end of the month.

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of many who mourned the loss of a station revered by generations of town residents. “For those of us who grew up with the station ever present, it was like losing a family friend,” said Lorraine Stub, Berlin Historical Society secretary. Recently the society started an online petition to advocate rebuilding the iconic station. Among the more than 40 sig-


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Aresimowicz repeats call for bipartisanship By Mike Savino Record-Journal staff

of a conflict of interest because of his full-time union job.

what’s right and wrong, it’s about what the perception is,” she said

The Office of State Ethics said in December that AresimoHARTFORD — Rep. Joe Areswicz’s job as education coorimowicz reiterated his call dinator for AFSCME doesn’t for bipartisanship after takrepresent a conflict of intering over as House speaker on est with his new position as Wednesday, Jan. 4.. House speaker. “There are no Democratic He requested the opinion solutions, Republican solujust days after the state Retions here,” he said in an publican party unanimously address to the chamber after adopted a resolution saying being elected its new leader. Aresimowicz’s job did represent a conflict as the legHe pledged to work in a biislature looks to balance a partisan manner, adding “it budget. will be the practice, not the exception.” Klarides accepted the opinion, but warned Aresimowicz Leaders from both parties last Wednesday not to do said they expect Aresimoanything that would shake wicz to fulfill that promise, the public’s confidence. “Unbut House Minority Leader Themis Klarides also advised fortunately we live in a world where it’s not always about him to avoid the perception

She also said Aresimowicz has been an “honest broker” when they’ve worked together. “That’s all you can ask of someone on the opposite side,” she said. “I have no reason to believe that will change.” Aresimowicz, a Democrat from Berlin first elected to the House in 2004, had been the House majority leader since 2012 before assuming the speaker’s position Jan. 4. His district includes part of Southington. Brendan Sharkey, of Hamden, had held the seat the past two sessions but decided not to seek re-election last year. House Majority Leader Matt

Ritter, D-Hartford, said Aresimowicz has shown an ability to handle adversity in recent months, and anticipates he can provide some calm in a legislature. “Joe is not the speaker of the House for the Democratic Party, and he is not the speaker of the House for the Republican Party,” Ritter said. “To everyone who just got sworn in, he’s our speaker of the House.” Aresimowicz takes over a House with a 78-72 Democratic majority — Rep. Stephen Dargan, D-West Haven, resigned just before the session to accept an appointment from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, leaving an open seat — and the Senate is tied for the first time in over 100

years. Ritter said the “mantle of leadership can weigh heavy,” but pointed to Aresimowicz’s time as both majority leader and coach of Berlin High School’s football team as signs of his ability to handle difficulty. Ritter said Aresimowicz helped his players handle the death of a teammate, and also lost two House colleagues last year — Reps. Mary Fritz, who died in July, and Betty Boukus, who died in December. During his remarks, Aresimowicz called for a moment of silence for Boukus. 203-317-2266 Twitter: @reporter_savino

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More than 30 boxes of magazines and books were delivered to local hospitals over the holiday break, with over a dozen more expected to be sent in the coming weeks. “I am so overjoyed to be able to brighten and entertain a number of patients this holi-

started in November. Cyr more club member, Hannah said her personal experience Grega, to continue the drive as a patient made her want to next year. start the drive. The club does several drives With the help of the club and Last year the club was able throughout the year, includcommunity, Cyr was able to to collect six boxes to give to ing a prom dress collection deliver 2,000-plus magazines Hartford Hospital. and a can tab drive. The magand books to Connecticut azine and book drive is one “They’re really awesome kids of the club’s biggest projects Children’s Medical Center, finding these ideas and going throughout the year. Hospital for Special Care, Hospital of Central Connecti- forward with them,” said Lisa Hatton, the club’s advisor. BHS Interact Club more cut and Hartford Hospital. 203-317-2448 than doubled last year’s Cyr is graduating in May and The second annual drive Twitter: @KusReporter donations for its magazine has already found a sophodrive.

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she received phone calls regarding the Town Council agenda on Friday, Dec. 30. Prior to that, citizens had approached Rochette with questions about McNair’s future. “Others outside the mayor knew,” the councilor said.

Republican Councilor David Evans said the town needs to build on McNair’s success with a new manager. “I have felt that at this point we need to take things to a higher level to take this town forward,” he said. “With the changes that came from this past election there was some sentiment from the citizens for some changes.” Kaczynski said there was no factor in the timing of the agreement to part ways with McNair. “It just worked out that way,” he said. Democratic Councilor Kristin Campanelli said she was concerned with the public works director taking on the temporary role in the middle of winter when snow plowing

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would be essential, as well as the start of the local budget process. “I am hopeful,” she said, “ but I am a little worried.” Campanelli said she heard from a Republican town committee member about the separation agreement before the item was put on the council agenda. In an email, before the new year, about goals for the town, McNair said, “I am concerned with how we treat one another and see things as more divided than ever before. I think we have all lost sight of what is truly important and have become extremely selfish.”

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Troop 41, sponsored by Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, assisted by the Den 1 Webelos from Pack 41, continued their tradition of creating Christmas centerpieces for Adelbrook Behavioral and Development Services in Cromwell. Under the direction of Catherine Hull, the centerpieces were crafted at a troop meeting in early December. | Photo by Lee Roski


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Calendar 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 Boys basketball - BHS vs. Rocky Hill at BHS, 6:45 p.m. Girls basketball - BHS vs. Rocky Hill at BHS, 6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 13 Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage” for

Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www.

p.m. Wrestling - BHS vs. Bristol Central, RHAM, East Catholic, Bethel at BHS, 9:30 a.m.

Racing show - Racing Action Today, hosted by Berlin native Larry Mongillo, airs every Friday, 8 p.m., on Comcast cable channel 5.

Monday, Jan. 16

Saturday, Jan. 14 Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage” for Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www. Singles event - Singles Social Connections has scheduled a singles movie evening for Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Starplex Cinemas, 19 Frontage Road. Meet at 6:30 p.m. in lobby, see the movie of your choice. Meet after the show for refreshments. You buy ticket. For more information, call Gail at 860-582-8229. Boys basketball - BHS vs. Bulkeley at Bulkeley, 3 p.m. Ice hockey - BHS vs. WMRP at Newington Arena, 8:30


Karaoke - Karaoke with Justin is scheduled for Mondays, 5 to 10 p.m., at Pineloft Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike. For more information, call 860-828-9797.

Tuesday, Jan. 17 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 public is welcome. For more information, call 860-8289102 after 5 p.m. 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. 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.

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Thursday, Jan. 19 Garden Club - The Kensington Garden Club is scheduled to meet Thursday, Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m., at the Community Center. Following the business meeting, a birdhouse workshop is planned.

Friday, Jan. 20 Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage” for Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www.

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

Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage” for Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www. Wrestling - BHS vs. Canton, East Windsor, Newtown, New Milford at East Catholic


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Boys swimming - BHS vs. Newington at Platt, 3:45 p.m.

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

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Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage” for Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www. Boys swimming - BHS vs. Avon at Maloney, 3:45 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28 Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage” for Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www. Ice hockey - BHS vs. BBDE at Danbury Ice Arena, 11:20 a.m. Wrestling - BHS vs. Middltown, St. Anthonys, Cumberland, Trumbull at Southington, 9 a.m.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m. - Sleepytime Stories (geared for 3 and up). Wednesday, Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m. - Peek-a-Baby (birth to 18 months). Thursday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. Bookworms (ages 3 to 5). Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. - Nutmeg Book Review (for grades 3 and up). “Masterminds” by Gordon Korman. Registration is required. Friday, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m. -

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Grant cuts in school budget make for ‘challenging year’ recent cuts by the state. By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

Berlin’s Superintendent of Schools was to propose the school budget to the Board of Education Monday after

August, it was estimated that the town would receive $6.3 “It was an unexpected turn of million. events,” Superintendent David Erwin said. The mid-year 2.1 percent cut, Erwin said, had a big impact Just after the holidays, the on the budget. town was informed that its Education Cost Sharing grant The ECS grant accounted for (ECS) was cut by $133,924. In the biggest source of educa-

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Erwin said he will be presenting the budget according to what is needed to continue programs. No “big items” have been added to the budget.

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Awkward, but not unethical With Berlin Democrat Joe Aresimowicz taking the reins in Hartford, the state now has a House speaker who is also a longtime employee of AFSCME Council 4. This is not without precedent — Meriden Democrat Christopher Donovan, for instance, worked for SEIU while he was majority leader, although he left the union post after he became speaker in 2009 — but it raises some questions. Should the most powerful politician in the General Assembly also be an employee of a major union, especially when that union represents a great many state employees? The speaker, after all, controls the calendar in the House, deciding which bills come to a vote and which don’t. Isn’t that a clear conflict of interest whenever union pay or benefits are at issue? There is a natural tension, not to say antipathy, between labor and management, and the ascension of

To be fair, what the state is dealing with now is not simply the need to pay current bills, but also to deal with what past administrations and past legislatures have done — or have failed to do — to keep up with those budget liabilities. And it should be noted that the new speaker’s union job does not involve contract negotiations.

State Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, is sworn in as House Speaker during the first day of the 2017 legislative session on Wednesday, Jan. 4. | Mike Savino, Record-Journal

a full-time union employee to the speakership blurs that line. Will his first loyalty be to the residents and taxpayers of Connecticut — all of them — or to his union brothers and sisters? This is especially troublesome now, as the state en-

ters yet another year of big deficits, with people on both sides of the aisle making it increasingly clear that no lasting solution to the state’s budget woes will be found without addressing state employee pay and benefits, including pensions.

We are not questioning Aresimowicz’s integrity, and he has already received a preliminary go-ahead from the Office of State Ethics. But that office deals only with financial conflicts. The Republicans do see “an untenable conflict,” in view of the pressure on the General Assembly to somehow balance a budget. For his part, Aresimowicz has pledged to work in a bipartisan manner: “It will be the practice, not the exception.” House Minority Leader Themis Klarides accepted that pledge, but still had

problems with the dual role, she said, “because of the fact that we have such a dire budget situation, and such a big part of that is union contracts, and health care, and pensions.” The General Assembly is indeed facing a budget shortfall of well over $1 billion, and those costs are bound to be a major part of the discussion. Anyone in Aresimowicz’s position would find himself tested. Individual members can always recuse themselves from a vote, when appropriate, but the speaker can’t very well recuse himself from being the speaker. There is an obvious solution, of course, to all of this: We could start paying our lawmakers reasonable salaries as full-time employees of the people, but we suspect that’s unfortunately not going to happen. – Originally published in the Meriden Record-Journal.

Letters to the Editor Remarkably sneaky To the editor: Roget’s Thesaurus does not have enough synonyms to describe how upset I feel about the precipitous dismissal of our Town Manager, Denise McNair. There can be no denying that McNair is competent, dedicated and ethical. Even the Republicans who have effected her departure admit she’s done a good job. The only reason they’ve given for booting her is that they want “change.” Okay. So they want change from competency, dedication and ethics. Can someone enlighten me as to why this is a good idea? Beyond that, there is the remarkably sneaky way they went about this. In the last town election, the Republican platform was no tax increase (a promise they

promptly did not fulfill). I don’t remember anything about ditching the Town Manager. When was this ever raised as a public issue? Even the other members of the Town Council didn’t know this was going down. Why not have widely-publicized any concerns they had about their itch for “change” so that the citizens of Berlin would have had time and opportunity to render their opinions? I suspect they knew that the people of Berlin as a whole would support McNair. And now, we are going to conduct a “nationwide” search for a new Town Manager. How much will that cost? Republicans are supposed to be all about limiting the unnecessary expenditure of taxpayers’ money. So we are getting rid of an excellent Town Manager, paying her severance pay and

paying for a search for an unknown quantity ... all for the sake of “change.”

rarily good for him and his lackeys who seek to remake our form of government to their liking.

Please tell me how this makes sense, even from a Re- Denise McNair has been an publican perspective. outstanding administrator. She is educated, dedicated to This is nothing short of her work, honest, ethical and inane. a real team player. She enjoys the respect of the town emBarbara Coughlin ployees, who she has treated Berlin fairly in an even-handed way. She has helped keep our government stable. There Who is next? have been no incidents of incompetence or misfeasance To the editor: during her tenure. The town’s credit rating is excellent. The Republican members Town services are delivered of the Berlin Town Council have sacked our professional in a timely manner at reasonable cost. She has worked town manager, Denise Mcwell with all the boards and Nair, for no reason. We have commissions. She is well-relost a first-rate ambassador. There has never been a single garded and respected by her peers. complaint about her performance these past eight years. The town’s affable engineer The mayor suggests: “Change has been selected to manage the town’s complex, is good.” It may be tempo-

multi-million dollar operations. He lacks the training, education and experience required for this position. Also, our talented finance director was compelled to find a job in another town. Who is next? We will have the opportunity in November to make the necessary “good changes” to the council membership. Stephen J. Anderson Berlin No transparency To the editor: After reading about the termination of the town manager I was a little surprised (as were some of the minority party councilors). I See Letters, A11

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Veterans jump to help WWII Navy man Berlin VFW Post 10732 was in search of a veteran needing assistance with their home. It has been difficult to find a needy elderly veteran, Post Commander Gary Barwikowski pointed out. Well, the local post did not stop in its quest to find a candidate to support. Recently, Post 10732 found its veteran, a WWII Navy veteran who wanted to paint his home, but knew he was not up to the task. So his fellow veterans came to his aid. The veteran manpower was

further augmented by the generous donation of the paint and supplies needed for the job by The John Boyle Company. Jim King, company president, personally came out to evaluate the home and assess the requirements. Each veteran donated his time on every good weather day in November to complete the house-painting project. The VFW Post 10732 is intending to do more of these projects. However, younger veterans from Iraq and Af-

ghanistan are needed. It is tough when we ask an 85-year-old veteran to climb a ladder to paint. But they do it gladly. We no longer just sit around at our meetings; we are out there to help fellow veterans no matter when they served. It helps our older veterans and makes all of us feel pretty good as well. Thank you for your service to our country! – Submitted by Brad Parsons, Post 10732

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expected the new majority to make changes, but the timing of this change is surprising. Why do it now right before the budget process starts? I do not agree with the change, but if you were making a change you should have done it sooner to allow time for a replacement to be in place well before the budget process started. There appeared to be no specific reason for the change. I was surprised at David Evans’ comment about why a change was being made – that we need “to take things to a higher level.”

The town manager has not been doing a good job? Well, she takes direction from the Town Council. Maybe we need some more changes at that level. The mayor claims this was in the best interest of the town and was not a termination. Does he really think we believe this? What happened to all the talk about transparency?

I am not completely sure what he means by this statement, but I will note that David Evans has been on the Town Council since 2009 and has not provided much value, in my opinion, so maybe we need to remove him “to take things to a

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Berlin residents may dispose of fresh cut Christmas trees curbside or at the town recycling center. Trees are scheduled to be collected curbside (on your collection day) the week of Jan. 16. Trees must be at least six (6) feet away from the automated collection cart

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Short-track stars come full circuit Wallingford’s Keith Rocco putting Ted Christopher behind the wheel at Thompson Speedway By Sean Krofssik Record-Journal staff

Sixteen years ago, Wallingford native and Berlin resident Keith Rocco started his racing career working on the crew of Plainville’s Ted Christopher. In 2017, veteran racer Christopher will be driving a Rocco-owned SK Modified vehicle full-time at Thompson Speedway.

Wallingford native and Berlin resident Keith Rocco has signed Ted Christopher, the state’s winningest short-track driver, to drive one of his cars full time in the 2017 Modified season at Thompson International Speedway. Rocco started his career working on Christopher’s pit crew.

and we put a deal together,” Rocco said Friday.

became rivals behind the wheel.

ship at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Keith and his twin brother Jeff were on Christopher’s staff for five years until Keith went into the driver’s seat himself and started reeling off championships, at both the state and national level.

“We always race hard against each other, but we race clean,” Rocco said.

He also won the Late Model season championship at Waterford and finished second in the SK Modified division at Stafford. In all, Rocco won 16 Modified races last year and eight driving Late Model.

“My dad told my brother and I to try help Ted if we could because he was always winning races and he would be good to learn from,” Rocco said. “We’ve always had a good relationship and he’s a fierce competitor.”

Christopher, now 58, is the winningest driver in Con| Getty Images for NASCAR necticut short-track history. With Rocco bolting to prom“Ted said in the summer he inence with a national title would like to drive for me in 2010, Christopher and and the opportunity came up his former crewman soon

Rocco, 32, was the Modified champ in 2016 at Thompson. Ronnie Williams was third driving for Rocco. “It’s been working out,” Rocco said of car ownership. “It’s something I would like to get into more in the future. I wanted someone like Ted and, hopefully, he gets a lot of wins.” Rocco is a full-time driver at all three of the state’s tracks. Along with winning six of the 11 Modified races at Thompson to win the 2016 crown, Rocco rolled up his fourth straight Modified champion-

Add it up and Rocco was the nation’s second-highest point scorer in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I circuit. Rocco won the national title in 2010. In 2016, he was just six points from the top spot. Christopher was seventh nationally.

Free throw competition St. Registration at 12:45 p.m.; event at 1:15 p.m. The competition is for boys and girls, 9 to 14 years old. For more information, call Tomas P. Sullivan at 860-505-8128.

Senior Bowling Strikette Bowling League results from Jan. 3: Joyce Pfister, 192. Senior Bowling League results from Jan. 6: Ferd Bro-

chu, 191; Mike Koval, 190; Chuck Leonhardt, 182; Jan Bennett, 164; Dennis Derose, 163; Gene Lemery, 159; Jim Nishioka, 151; Sam D’Amato, 150; John Nappi, 150.

Recreation Dept. offers bowling program The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its new bowling program for children and adults at Lucky Lanes, 1782 Berlin Turnpike. A fee is charged. The Adult-Child Bowling Club is scheduled for Sundays, 4 p.m., Jan. 29 to March 19. Teams consist of one adult and one child.

Deadline to register is Jan. 25. 10x10 Any Mixed Get-ABall Club (four males, four females or any combo) is scheduled for Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Jan. 18 to March 22. Deadline to register is Jan. 17. For more information and to register, call 860-828-7009.

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The outside of the now-destroyed former train station.

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The Berlin Historical Society is hoping an online petition will help give new life to the 116-year-old Amtrak station destroyed in a fire last month. “The loss was catastrophic for our community, as we had high hopes for it being reopened as a museum and event space,” said Lorraine Stub, society secretary.

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the old station. The petition states it is not the first time the iconic building was destroyed by fire. After a fire in 1896, the station was rebuilt and opened in 1900. A majority of the building has already been torn down. The rest was expected to be demolished this week. “The tattered shell that remains is structurally unsafe and not sound,” said Kevin Nursick, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. “It’s beyond being salvageable.”

The only pieces of the station that could be saved are anyThe old building was deemed thing made of metal or stone. Stub said the society was a total loss after the earinformed by an architect rely-morning Dec. 21 fire. A cently that the windows were cause has not been deterlost in the fire. mined and the investigation is ongoing, according to state More information can be and local officials. found at petition through “gopetithe-berlin-ct-train-station. tion” was recently launched html by the society to rebuild

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natures added last week was that of Berlin resident Bill Sample, who worked for 21 years as a ticket agent at the station.“It was the most enjoyable job,” he said. The last time Sample saw the station was a day before the fire when he and his wife decided to take the back roads home from the Berlin Turnpike. “Little did I know it would be my last look at it,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking.” The station was also destroyed by a fire in 1896. It reopened in 1900. The 1896 fire started after the building was struck by lightning. It burned slowly and much of the structure was saved. The building was deemed a total loss after the Dec. 21 fire. Only pieces made of metal and stone could be sal- Comparison between fire of 1900 and damage from current fire. vaged. Most of the structure has already been torn down and the rest was to be demolished this week.

| Bill Sample, Contributed

Stub said the society was told that the signature stainedglass windows were removed for restoration, but not removed from the building and were lost in the fire. “Light was glowing through the stained glass windows and onto the polished wooden benches,” Coughlin recalled about a visit to the station in 1999. According to Amtrak’s Great American Stations site, the Berlin station was regarded as “one of the best preserved of Connecticut’s small 19th century depots.” The historical layout of the station was divided into four sections. The North and South ends served as a baggage room and parcel express office, while the middle was an open waiting space. The petition states “the building has burned before and been rebuilt several times.” The society is hoping to use as much salvageable material as possible to

Interior of the station. | Brenden Luddy, Contributed

rebuild. “The loss was catastrophic for our community, as we had high hopes for it being reopened as a museum and event space, a key element in the downtown development plans,” Stub said. The renovation plans, and new station next door, were expected to be a draw to the downtown area.

Interior of the station 1999.

“Not having the history of the town. train station changes what it The future of the site will be is, it can’t be replaced,” said determined by the state. Chris Edge, economic development director for the

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a.m. and noon. 485 Alling St.

The United Methodist Church of East Berlin, 139 Main St., East Berlin, schedules services for Sundays, 10 a.m.

Cabaret Theatre holding auditions for upcoming production

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Church of East Berlin

Kensington United Methodist Church has scheduled a service for a special time of healing, music, and prayer for the third Thursday of the

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BERLIN - Country setting awaits you in the beautifully restored Jacob Wilcox homestead Circa 1779. 4 Bdrms 3 bths. Many updates for modern living with historical integrity preserved. 6 fireplaces, orig.wide pine flr. boards. Raised paneled walls. Master suite on 3rd flr. 1st flor office, eat in kit w/FP also in LR & DR. $379,900 Angie Santoro 214-6384.

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Young professionals, entrepreneurs sought


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

CARSTAR, Berlin recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating its new 3,000 square foot addition to the existing auto body facility at 51 Woodlawn Road. The addition includes new customer reception area, offices and two drive-in estimating bays. Mayor Mark Kaczynski, Deputy Mayor Brendan Luddy, and town councilors David Evans and Charles Paonessa joined the CARSTAR staff to celebrate the grand opening. CARSTAR, Berlin has more than 15 employees, repairs approximately 1,000 vehicles per year and is an I-CAR Gold facility. Additionally, the business is a Pro-First HONDA certified shop meeting the high standards required by Honda Corporation to repair Honda and Acura vehicles. The project was managed by JNL Contracting in Berlin.

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Drop your donation off at Berlin High School’s main office, 139 Patterson Way. Drive ends May 31, 2017.




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CHILDCARE - Meriden 5 PIECE BEDROOM and Cheshire Stork $400; KitchenAid DishClubs are hiring multiwasher Bisque, $100; ple teachers to work Brass Fireplace Set, with various ages. Call $40. (203) 558-0452. 203-272-1637 (Cheshire) and 203-235-8461 Thank You for (Meriden) for more inShopping Local formation. EOE.

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DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. MERIDEN- 3 BR, 2nd fl., China, Glass, Military, $1000mo+ sec., spac., Musical. Anything old off st. prkg., appli. inc., & unusual. Single Judy 203-927-8215 Houses For Rent Electrical Services item to an estate. 203-235-8431. MERIDEN/NEW HAVEN, 1 & 2 BR avail. Lease, MIDDLEFIELD - 4 rm All Systems Electric LLC Wood / Fuel house, 12 Way Rd., Electrical Wiring & More! Sec & Refs. 203-239& Heating Equip $1,400 mo. Priv. lot & Generators, Security 7657 / 203-314-7300 yard, pets neg. Will be & Fire Alarms, Data CLEANEST SEASONED in immac. cond. Wiring, Roof De-Icing FIREWOOD - IN CT, SPECIAL - 1 Bdrm 2/1/17.(860) 966-7487. FREE ESTIMATES! apartments $800 /mo. $200 / cord delivered. CT# 0187714-E1 Visit Free Heat, Hot Water Discounts over 2, over us at and Electric! Ask about 4, & picked up. Call 860-436-4957 our pet policy. Security Mike (203) 631-2211 deposit required. (203) T.E.C. Electrical 639-4868 CLEAN FIREWOOD Service LLC $200 per cord. Cut, All Phases of Electrical Work Studio, 3BR, 4BR split and delivered. 24 hr. Emergency Service for rent (203) 376-2805. Small Jobs Welcome Section 8 approved. 203-237-2122 FREE WOOD- 40 Briar Call 203-903-6413. Ln., Meriden, Sat. between 2-5pm when WALLINGFORD -1 BR Fencing owner is present large, stove, frig., centrally loc., no pets, SEASONED CORNERSTONE $825.+sec. dep., credit FIREWOOD Fence & Ornamental ck., 203-317-9824 Approximately 18” long, Gates. All types of full cord, $200. ½ cord, WALLINGFORD - North fence. Res/Comm. 125.00 (203) 294-1775 AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call Cherry St. Ext., 2 BR, 2 John Uvino 203-237fl., remodelled, $1075. GATE. CT Reg mo+sec./gdcredit. Call #601060. Alan@ 203-623-0002 Tree Length

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MERIDEN - 2nd fl: 1 BR MERIDEN 1-2 BR Hub$600mo.; Studio $500 bard Park Condos. Air mo. 2 mo. sec. +app Heat. 775 West Main fee. Maier Property St. $825 to $975 + GUTTERS PLUS 25+ yrs Mgt, 203-235-1000. Utils. No pets. Call exp. Call today for free John, (860) 989-6080. MERIDEN - 3 BR, 1.5 est. 203-440-3535 Ct. BA, W/D Hkp, $1,000 Reg. #578887 mo. 2 mo. sec. West Meriden - 2 BR Condo, $850, 2 mo sec. + app Side. Maier Property fee. No pets. Maier Home Improvement Mgt, 203-235-1000. Property Mgt,203-2351000. Conv. to hi-way.


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FLANDERS WEST APARTMENTS 3 Darling Street, Southington, CT Studio & One Bedroom Apt. Homes Includes Heat/Hot Water, Appliances Computer & Fitness Center Free Meal Program & Activities Free Shuttle Bus Service Affordable Apartments for Qualified Applicants 50 years of age of older. For more info call 860-621-3954 TTY 711

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