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Town celebrates completion of Berlin High School renovation By Jesse Buchanan Record-Journal staff

| Ashley Kus, The Berlin Citizen

Choice districts face state cuts

Town and state officials thanked supporters and volunteers at a ceremony Saturday for the newly renovated Berlin High School. Parents, students and officials got a tour of the recently completed school after music and speeches in the auditorium. Town leaders credited the state legislative delegation, in particular state Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, a Democrat and House Speaker, with providing state funding. Former Berlin mayor Adam Salina said the town ran into a funding shortfall on the $70 million project.

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Despite a snowstorm the day before, Berlin High School senior Izayah Bailey drove from Hartford ready to start his Friday, which included basketball practice after school. “I’ve been playing all my life,” the Hartford resident said. “It’s a way to take my mind off things.” The 17-year-old varsity point guard joined the basketball team when he started as an Open Choice student at McGee Middle School. “Ever since the first day, that’s when I made a few of my close friends that I’m still close with See Choice, A3

“We are extremely fortunate, and

Members of the Berlin Board of Education reopen the renovated high school Saturday during a ribbon cutting ceremony. For more photos visit berlincitizen.com. | Justin Weekes, For the Record-Journal

still are fortunate, to have a very influential friend in Hartford,” Salina said. “Thank you, Joe.”

and football coach at the high school, said the town can take pride in a modern building.

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Town Council approves golf rate increases lin Golf Club. By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

The Town Council recently approved rate increases ranging from 2 to a little over 4 percent for Timber-

Golf Director Jonathon Zuk said the course was close to “breaking even” and the rate increases would help.

through these (rate) increases,” he said. The rates were proposed last month by the Parks and Recreation Commission.

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“It was not easy,” Aresimowicz said of a project that was planned for more than a decade. A referendum on an $83 million renovation project narrowly failed in 2010. Town leaders cut costs and the project was approved by voters the next year. “The second time I put my

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Work included upgrades to the cafeteria, gyms and hallways, which now have natural light. Additional classrooms were built as well as a new entrance. The auditorium and music rooms were completed last year. High school principal Francis Kennedy said the new building is also outfitted with a wireless network and other new technology.

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Superintendent of schools David Erwin said the renovations would benefit students and improve the educational experience.

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“A new building doesn’t make good students or good teaching, but there’s the old saying, ‘If you look good, you feel good,’” he said.

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chair, said the panel is also exploring more marketing opportunities to increase revenue. Under the new rate plan approved by the council, season passes for residents will now cost $975, a 4.28 percent increase from last year.

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“We generated close to $100,000 in this small category, so it was very successful,” Zuk said. A lunch special for weekend afternoons will also be added this year.

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to this day,” he said. The Open Choice Program, formerly Project Concern, began in 1966 as a way to integrate schools. The Capitol Region Education Council program now has 27 participating suburban districts, including Berlin, Southington and Plainville.

cuts, however, some schools are seeing a big decrease in the grant they have come to rely on. Grants to Berlin and Plainville recently were cut by more than 50 percent. “It’s forcing us to make some pretty big adjustments,” said Plainville schools’ Superintendent Maureen Brummett.

Over 2,000 students are enrolled in the program, including suburban students who attend school in Hartford.

Plainville has 115 Open Choice students enrolled. The district joined the program two years after it began in 1968.

The Hartford-based program is the largest in the state; there are two smaller ones in the New Haven and New London areas.

Brummett said while enrollment likely won’t suffer due to the cuts, there will be changes in academic and social programs.

“They end up having a lifetime of achievement,” said Debra Borrero, division director. “They integrate better into careers.”

The grant funded paraprofessionals and tutors to help students succeed. An enrichment teacher, who helped at-risk students, will be cut next year. In a 2014 CREC video about Plainville’s program, one Open Choice student said the extra help raised his F’s to straight B’s by the next semester.

The Academic and Social Support Grant funds after school and tutoring programs. With the latest state

Brummett said officials are working on a substitute program for students that need academic assistance.

“The coaches we have are great,” he said. “A lot of their message isn’t just basketball — it’s about being better people in the future.”

He said the decrease in funding potentially reduces the possibility of after-school programming for Open Choice students.

Bailey started in the Open Choice program as a second-grader at the Richard J. Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts in Hartford. He picked Berlin from a list of local suburban schools and started in his last year of middle school.

Berlin was forced to eliminate its after-school wellness program at the middle school and another at the elementary schools. The high school after school programs were kept with emphasis on academic components. Paraprofessionals were reduced, as well as hours available to assist students. “The social piece is important for students,” said Berlin Assistant Superintendent Brian Benigni. “Some students reside in Hartford, some reside in Berlin, but they’re all Berlin students.” For Bailey, being on the team is about more than basketball.

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“It’s a devastating cut to us,” said Berlin schools’ Superintendent David Erwin. “We really had no idea they were going to cut it.”


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tive signs for purchase. The reflective sign helps enrolled in a public high emergency responders school should visit the locate an address. For school guidance departmore information, contact ment. Students enrolled in Lilly Philippon at 860-829private, parochial, charter 1186, wl4phil@gmail.com. or magnet high schools should visit www.cfgnb. The Citizen prints schoorg. For more information, visit www.cfgnb.org. lastic achievements of local students. Company Grad party policy requires verification from the school, i.e., a Signs — The Berlin High copy of the letter, email or School Class of 2017 All certificate received by the Night Graduation Comstudent. mittee offers blue reflec-

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McGee a People’s Choice winner in national contest rant-styled library. By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

McGee Middle School was recently recognized as a Top 10 school, receiving the People’s Choice award, for highlighting its unique reading programs in a video for a national education contest.

Feb. 28 to see if it received the semifinal prize. The final judging score will factor in 20 percent of community votes.

The school’s March Madness reading event was also shown. It places books in a “bracket” similar to the NCAA basketball tournament. More than 100 students participated in the March Madness read-a-thon. In all, 22,000-plus minutes were logged and over $6,000 was raised for charity.

Rice said no matter what the outcome, McGee is excited about its People’s Choice recognition. “We are beginning to plan how we will use the money to support our summer reading program,” she said, “and create new and exciting programs such as coding, and continue to update our print collection to support curriculum and pleasure reading.”

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In Brief Municipal closings All Town of Berlin departments are scheduled to be closed Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day. Normal refuse/recycling schedule will apply. The Berlin Citizen wants to know what your favorite local teams are up to. Coaches, team managers, even players and parents, are welcome to keep us posted. Send game recaps and photos to ncarroll@record-journal.com. Please double-check all information for accuracy.

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Berlin Congregational Church Worship - Berlin Congregational Church schedules Sunday worship for 10 a.m., with communion on the first Sunday of every month. Nursery care is available. Call 869-828-6586. Choir, bell ringers - The Berlin Congregational Church invites anyone interested in joining the choir or bell ringers to call 860-828-6586. Sweet Hour of Prayer The Berlin Congregational Church has scheduled open prayer in the sanctuary on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8 p.m. Stay as long as you like, and listen to soft, meditative music and

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Kensington United Methodist Church Kensington United Methodist Church, 103 Hotchkiss St. Sunday worship, 9:30 a.m. Kensington United Methodist Church has scheduled a prayer service for the fourth Tuesday of the each month at 7 p.m.

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Obituaries Irja Carlson

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KENSINGTON — Irja “Kay” (Lakari) Carlson, of Kensington, widow of Richard A. Carlson, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at the Hospital of Central CT in New Britain. Born in Naantali, Finland, she moved to Kensington in 1969. Kay loved to travel, garden, artistic roller-skate, and take care of her grandchildren. S u r v i v i n g a re t h re e daughters, Roxanne Cohen and her husband, Michael, of Ivoryton, Marlene Carlson, of Kensington, and Monica Walker and her husband, Tom, of Berlin; a sister, Anniki Walther in Finland; four grandchildren, Austin and Matthew Cohen, Alyssa and Brooke Walker; several nieces and nephews. Private funeral services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Carlson Funeral Home, 45 Franklin Square, New Britain, has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin, CT 06037. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com.

BERLIN — Elizabeth “Betty” (Sargis) Baldyga, 83, of Berlin, widow of Roman J. Baldyga, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at the Jerome Home in New Britain. Born in New Britain, daughter of the late Saul and Margaret (Narsis) Sargis, Betty was a class of 1951 New Britain High School graduate. And moved to Berlin in 1963. Upon graduation, Betty worked at several area car dealerships as an office manager. She was then employed by the State of Connecticut as an administrative secretary for the Secretary of the State for over 10 years, retiring in 1992. She later worked part time at Goss & Deleeuw in Berlin. During the 70’s and 80’s, Betty was involved in the Democratic Town Committee in Berlin. Surviving is her daughter, Holly Sorensen and her husband, James of Berlin;

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recognized the symptoms of an opioid overdose and By Lauren Sievert began administering CPR Record-Journal staff and oxygen. Fowler then gave the woman a dose of Berlin police say they saved naloxone, which improved a woman suffering from her breathing. The woman an opioid overdose early began coming around after Thursday morning, Feb. 9 being given a second dose by administering naloxone. of the medication. Sgt. Mark Soneson and Officer Mark Fowler were called to a home for a report of an unresponsive woman, said Deputy Police Chief John Klett. They

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a brother, Saul Sargis, Jr., and his longtime companion, Sally Clark, of Salisbury; a sister, Carole Lee Sargis, of East Berlin; two grandsons, Deven and Tyler Sorensen, both of Berlin; several nieces, nephews; and cousins. Betty was predeceased by her brother, Arnold Sargis; as well as his wife, Carol Sargis. Per Betty’s wishes, funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Berlin VNA, 240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT 06037 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Betty’s family wishes to express sincere thanks the entire staff at the Jerome Home and Hartford HealthCare Hospital for all their loving care. The Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain is assisting with arrangements. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at www. carlsonfuneralhome.com.

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It’s budget season; stay informed Campanelli: By Dave Evans

The Berlin town budget process provides a unique insight into how our taxes pay for education, and town services we enjoy. On March 1, the Town Manager will present to the Town Council the Board of Education, Police Commission, and town budget for our consideration. In addition, to the town wide budget hearing on Tuesday, March 28 in the new Berlin High School auditorium, citizens can learn directly from the boards, commissions, and department heads their needs for the budget during budget sessions that are scheduled to occur in March. I especially invite those interested in running for the Board of Finance this year to attend these budget sessions. Most will be held in the BOE Meeting Room. The current schedule, including what function will be reviewed, is as follows: Wednesday, March 1, 6 to 8 p.m. Revenues, Debt Service, Transfers, Town wide and related School Expenses, Finance, and Golf. Thursday, March 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Board of Education, School Expenses, Town Garage, and Fire. Wednesday, March 8, 6 to 8 p.m.

- Public Works, Highway, Public Building, School Expenses, Water & Sewer. Thursday, March 9, 6 to 8 p.m. - Police, Crossing Guards, Community Services, Recreation, and Public Grounds. Tuesday, March 14, 6 to 8 p.m. - Veterans Commission, Developmental Services, Planning & Zoning, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Economic Development, Library, Nursing, Homemaking Services, Private Schools, School Expenses, and Town Clerk. Wednesday, March 15, 6 p.m. Work session. Thursday, March 16 (Council Chambers), 6 p.m. - Finalize Budget, and 7 p.m. Town Council meeting to vote to send budget to town hearing. Last year after starting with a possible 10.5 percent tax increase we ended up down by 9 percent, near 1.5 percent, passed by the voters of Berlin in one of the largest referendum turnouts due to the presidential primary (2,238 “yes” and 1,705 “no”). This 1.5 percent increase was driven primarily by approximately a $1 million increase in

debt payments including the high school and additional amounts due to contractual wage increases. As was done last year (see http:// tinyurl.com/hyjuxb9) for the first time, a dashboard will be used again this year to help the Town Council drive to the right numbers for our town. This year will be even more difficult than last as debt payment for mostly the high school, fire trucks, and other items will increase these obligated debt payments, this time by another $1.1 million and pension obligations that could add another $700,000, let alone wage and step increases that could top $1.3 million which will make it very difficult to cover this $3.1 million increase, or more, by the use of a grand list growth of only 0.8 percent (worth only approximately $575,000). Further reductions in funding from the state announced by the governor will further decimate revenue in our budget. All this will lead to what I believe to be the most difficult year the State Legislature and Berlin Town Council has ever had to face. Looking forward to seeing you at the sessions and hearing The writer is the Berlin Town Council’s Budget Chairman.

Town stuck in partisan rut Current councilwoman and community activist Kristin Campanelli announced Friday, Feb. 3 that she has formed an exploratory committee for the mayoral election this November. A former member of Berlin’s Board of Education, Campanelli has served on the Berlin Town Council since 2015. “There are so many opportunities for Berlin to thrive, but we are currently stuck in a rut of partisanship that is not allowing our town to reach our full potential,” Campanelli said. “I love Berlin and I want it to be successful, because when the town is more successful it’s the residents who reap the benefits. I pledge to work across party lines and bridge the political divide to put Berlin’s interests first.” Campanelli stated that forming the committee is just the first step in gauging public support and listening to the concerns of the voters and the direction they would like to see the town to go. “I’ve already begun the process of speaking with voters both door to door and at local events to hear what is important to them and sharing my belief in Berlin and the positive changes that I See Campanelli, A11

Letters to the Editor Man of integrity To the editor: Over the past year, several changes have been made to Berlin’s charter and at Town Hall. Not everyone has agreed with these changes. In some cases, this disagreement has appeared via letters to this newspaper in the form of strongly-worded language aimed at Mayor Mark Kaczynski. These comments question his integrity in helping to guide these changes. I have known Mayor Kaczynski for over 50 years. On many occasions our political views clash. However, I can state with confidence that when decisions are

made he has only the best interests of the Town of Berlin. Anyone knowing him either personally or professionally is aware that he conducts himself with the highest level of integrity. Stating otherwise is not to know the man.

Town Charter for termination of the town manager.

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Kaczynski can demonstrate transparency owed to Berlin voters by answering the following questions:

The town manager was not terminated for cause. Republican Council members admitted that McNair was doing a great job. The real question is whether Thomas Gaudette Kaczynski and his fellow ReKensington publicans forced McNair out.

To the editor: Republican Mayor Mark Kaczynski, in the Feb. 2 edition of The Citizen, insisted that Town Manager Denise McNair was not fired, but “voluntarily resigned.” His evidence for this assertion is that the Town Council did not use the provisions in the

„ Did McNair contact the mayor to offer him her resignation, or did he first approach the town manager about resigning? „ If the town manager “voluntarily resigned,” why was there a need for a separa-

tion agreement that pays her six months salary and three years of insurance benefits?

the town to a “higher level”?

„ Did Kaczynski try to encourage McNair to stay „ Do all department leaders through the remainder of who voluntarily resign get the fiscal year to allow for a salary and benefit packages smooth transition and not upon resignation? Did the re- require Berlin to pay for a cently resigned tax collector former and interim town receive the same? manager while simultaneously conducting a search for „ If McNair “voluntarily rea new town manager? signed,” why the need for a “non-disparagement” clause „ Does Kaczynski expect us in the separation agreement to believe that McNair, after preventing her from speaka lifetime of service to Bering out. lin, abruptly resigned in the middle of the budget process „ If McNair “voluntarily without a successor lined resigned,” why the need to up? keep that information from the Democratic members of Mr. Kaczynski owes Berlin the Town Council? Why did taxpayers honest responses. Republican David Evans say JoAnn Angelico-Stetson that this action was to move Berlin


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>> Campanelli In addition to speaking with voters, Campanelli is meeting with civic groups, small businesses, and community organizations. “I’ve learned that we just can’t accept the sound bites and political rhetoric anymore. People are tired of empty promises and want to see action on the things that impact their lives; like jobs, the economy, taxes, schools, and retiring with security. If we work together toward our common goals there is a lot that we can accomplish,” Campanelli said. Campanelli is committed to transparency of government and to working to lower taxes. “I am committed to a more sustainable way of life for everyone in town, from Berlin taxpayers, to Berlin businesses and Berlin town staff. I am committed to bringing business to Berlin and growing our tax base in order to lower taxes for all while making Berlin Town Hall more efficient,” Campanelli said. As well as serving on the Town Council, Campanelli recently helped to organize

Letters Policy Email letters to news@ theberlincitizen.com; mail to 500 South Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450 or fax to 203-639-0210. The Citizen will print only one letter per person each month. Letters should be approximately 300 words. We reserve the right to edit letters. Letters should be on topics of general interest to the community. We do not list names of people, organizations and businesses being thanked. Names of businesses are not allowed. Letters must be signed and names will appear in print. Include a phone number so The Citizen can contact you for verification. Letters must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday to be considered for publication the following Thursday.

Berlin’s Substance Abuse forum and has been active in her support of public education in town. A lifelong resident of Berlin, she attended local schools and after graduating from Berlin High School attended Syracuse University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and English, and later a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. For questions or more information, contact Kristin Campanelli directly at info@ kristin2017.com.

Fire departments Timberlin Women’s seek volunteers Golf Club The Berlin, East Berlin, Kensington and South Kensington Fire Departments are looking for volunteer firefighters. Volunteers must be at least 18, of good moral character, reside or work in Berlin and be physically capable. Contact Mike Blais at mikeblais@hotmail.com or 860-329-7738.

Timberlin Women’s Golf Club is looking for golfers to join the 18 hole club. The organization is a golf and social group. TWGC has weekly tournaments, called Sweeps, and 12 major tournaments that are played

on Saturdays or Sundays. TWGC is affiliated with Southern New England Golf Association. Opening day is scheduled for Saturday, April 22. The season is expected to run through Oct. 14. For more information, contact Anna Savic, at 860-8745407 or annasavic@comcast. net.

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Senior News Volunteer Driver program The Community Renewal Team, Inc., RSVP team initiated the Volunteer Medical Transportation Program to help bridge the transportation gap facing seniors 55+ who experience challenges getting to non-emergency medical appointments in

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Timberlin men’s breakfast The annual breakfast meeting of the Timberlin Senior Men’s Golf Association is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m., at the Senior Center. Snow date is Feb. 22. All members are welcome.

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warm. She takes awhile to warm up to new people, but once she does, she is very sweet. She probably won’t ever be a lap cat, but she will sit next to you on the couch. Her 90-year-old caretaker had to give her up. Princess is truly a rescue cat in need and will be very grateful for a forever, loving home. For more information, call 860-828-5287 or visit www.fobac.org or an online application.

Jesse (above left) is a lovely, semi-feral cat who gave us three adorable kittens. She is searching for a rescue home that will continue to work with her. She would also be happy living in a barn community. Jesse is peaceful and independent. Tommy is a natural born greeter. He is fearless and loves people and is good with dogs and other cats. He is severely allergic to fleas. A strictly indoor home will solve this issue for him. Join us Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 to 3 p.m., at PetSmart, 278 New Britain Road, Plainville, for an adoption event. Find an online application in preparation for the event at www. hucatrescue.org. For more information, call 860-479-5173 or email hucatrescue@ gmail.com.

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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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611 N Colony Road Wallingford, CT 06492 (203) 269-9507 colonydiner.com 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.

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Calendar Thursday, Feb. 16 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 thesloppywaffle.com.

Friday, Feb. 17 Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “The Seven Year Itch” for Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-8291248 or visit www.ctcabaret. com.

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

Sunday, Feb. 19

Dinner - Berlin United

Methodist Church, 139 Main St., East Berlin, has scheduled a pulled pork dinner for Saturday, Feb. 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m. A Boys swimming - BHS vs. fee is charged. For more Platt/Maloney at Platt, 6 p.m. information, call 860-828-

Saturday, Feb. 18

Pet adoption - Friends of Berlin Animal Control plans to participate in the PetSmart National Adoption Weekend, Saturday, Feb. 18, noon to 2 p.m., at the PetSmart, 267 Berlin Turnpike. For more information, call 860-828-5287.

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Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “The Seven Year Itch” for Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-8291248 or visit www.ctcabaret. com. Ice hockey - BHS vs. WMRP at Newington Ice Arena, 7:05 p.m.

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. 58621-01

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Library Tea - The Berlin Free Library, 834 Worthington Ridge, has scheduled its sixth annual Library Tea for Saturday, April 22, 2 p.m. A fee is charged. For more information, and tickets, call 860-828-3344.

Breakfast - The Annual Breakfast Meeting of the Timberlin Senior Men’s Golf Association is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m., at the Senior Center. Snow date is Feb. 22. All members are welcome.

Donations - The Berlin Free Library, 834 Worthington Ridge, accepts gently used books for both children and adults for the ongoing book sale. Items can be brought to the library Monday and Friday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. or place in the book drop at any time.

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.

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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library AARP Tax Aide - AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. Tax assistance appointments will be scheduled for Tuesdays, through April 11. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call the library at 860-828-7125. Adult programs Thursday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m. Sit & Knit. Drop-in. Friday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. Movie Matinée, “About Time.” Rated R. Thursday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m. Movie Matinée, “The King’s Speech.” Rated R. Saturday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. The Business of Fighting: A Human Face on World War II. Live performance story of the letters of Lt. Tony Pritchard. Registration is required. Children’s events Thursday, Feb. 16 and 23, 2 p.m. - Bookworms (ages 3 to 5). Books, songs, craft. No registration. Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. - Kindness Book Discussion “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. For grades 3 and up. Registration required.

Friday, Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose for ages birth to preschool. Movement, music, nursery rhymes, instruments and books. No registration. Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m. Rock the Block, for kindergarten and up. LEGOs provided. No registration. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m. - Sleepytime Stories with Miss Sarah, for ages 3 and up. Stories, songs and craft. No registration. Thursday, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. - Bibliobob. Geared for toddlers and preschoolers. Dancing, singing, and playtime. No registration. Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. - Nutmeg Book Review Club. Grades 3 and up. For more information, call 860-828-7126.

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AGC, an Aerospace Component Manufacturer & FAA, NADCAP approved Repair Facility, is seeking experienced individuals to fill the following positions at our facility in Meriden CT. These positions will require an Aerospace background or similar experience. AGC is an ISO 9001/AS9100 Rev “C” accredited company. Positions Summary: Tool Design Engineer – Experience in Designing Hot Form tooling for Aerospace parts from a variety of metals such as Stainless Steel, Aluminum and Titanium. ManufacturingEngineer – Experience in the design and manufacturing of Aerospace parts & components with experience in lean manufacturing processes & techniques. Tool Maker - Experience in the building & repairing of tools, jigs & fixtures for metal parts which are produced through the drawing, forming, stamping & heat setting of various metal materials. Secondary Machinist – Experience using Stamping Presses, Drill Presses, Hand Tools, and Manual Bridgeport Mills and Lathes to fabricate and assemble Aerospace parts and components. Manual Press Operator – Experience operating manual presses to form, punch, heat set and use hand tools to fabricate and deburr metal and composite parts and components.

Medical Help Wanted CT Baptist Homes has a few open positions: FT/PT/Per diem, various shifts. C E R T . NSG. AIDES, DIETARY AIDES, HOUSEKEEPER. Qualified candidates should love working with the people. In return, we’ll provide a positive, friendly and rewarding place to work. Please apply in person M-F, 9-5 at CT Baptist Homes, 292 Thorpe Ave., Meriden CT 06450 or send resume to jobs@ctbaptisthome s.org EOE

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Appliances AFFORDABLE - Used Dryers, washers, fridges, stoves, repairs available. Wallingford, 475-201-9001.

Miscellaneous For Sale

The Record Journal will be happy to accept your free ad by mail only. You can place a free ad for stuff given away for free; lost and found pets or items; for “1” item of merchandise, for less than $100. Ads will run for 7 days. Items for sale cannot be repeated. Ads will be published at the discretion of the publisher when space allows. Please mail your ad to: The Record Journal, 500 South Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450.

Music Instruments & Instruction

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Wanted to Buy SOLID WOOD 6 pc BR set - bed frame, chest, dresser w/ mirror & 2 1,2,3 Items or an Estate nightstands. exc.cond. ûûûCA$Hûûû $1800. 203-294-1641 203-494-1695 ESTATE SALE SERVICE Tilt toptable, 23.5", 26" Costume Jewelry, high, claw feet. 1960. Antiques, paintings, $50. 203-427-3643 Meriden-made items, toys, lamps Miscellaneous For Sale

1-2 ITEMS Applications can be submitted at AGC Ac- 2 First Gear model - Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture, 50’s Items. New in box, L. Suzio quisition at 106 EvansWhole Estates trucks, a #19-3589, ville Avenue, Meriden, 203 238-3499 1960 B-Model Short CT 06451 or E-Mail Dump Truck & a #19resumes to: AARON’S BUYING 3677, 1949 Dodge humanresources@ Old Machinist Tools, Powerwagon w/ utility agcincorporated.com Lathes, Bench Tools body. Asking $20.00 Hand Tools, Much ea, call Meriden, 203AGC is an Equal More. (203) 525-0608 237-4163. Opportunity Employer Committed to ALL CASH FOR Diversity/M/F/D/V

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FIRE EXT. TECH Middletown. Med, 401k, Vac. & Hol. F4 Lic. A+. Will Train. Email resume: roybalfire@earthlink.net

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A24 Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Berlin Citizen | theberlincitizen.com

Himalaya Restaurant Authentic & Traditional North Indian & Nepalese Cuisine

NOW OPEN!

OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK! Lunch Buffet: 11:30AM–2:30PM Dinner by Menu: Monday–Thursday 5PM–10PM Friday–Saturday 4:30PM–10PM, Sunday 4:30PM–9:30PM

FREE DELIVERY

Most people think that Indian and Nepalese foods are very hot. In fact, it is the unification of herbs and seasoning that gives this food a unique flavor. Every dish is prepared individually for the best dining experience and to ensure it’s unique taste. All major credit cards accepted, no personal checks P R O U D L Y

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A Red Carpet High School Athletes Awards Event 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

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The winner of the Wallingford Buick GMC $5,000 Scholarship will be announced at the Brunch.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Rebecca Lobo, UConn NCAA National Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist & Member of the National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017 MASTER OF CEREMONIES Joe Zone, WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News Sports Director

This inspiring and unique community event will honor more than 275 local high school athletes for their achievements throughout the school year, including Record-Journal Athletes of the Week, RecordJournal Scholar Athletes and All R-J Teams nominees. More than 20 athletes will be honored as the best in their sport, Male and Female Athletes of the Year will be named, Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year will be named and a Coach of the Year will be named. Brunch will be served and the public is invited to this special event.

HONORING

More than 275 local high school athletes from seven high schools in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire for their athletic achievements throughout the school year. A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

Come celebrate your local athletes!

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