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Volume 22, Number 17

Thursday, June 14, 2018

‘Don’t have to guess anymore’ Budget OK’d

with another $500,000 in cuts

DOT tests full Hartford Line train schedule without incident By Matthew Zabierek Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — The state Department of Transportation has begun running “test trains” in preparation of the new Hartford Line rail service, scheduled to begin Saturday.

By Devin Leith-Yessian The Citizen

Test runs of the full Hartford Line schedule, including 16 weekday trips, began this past weekend. The runs have been going well, said John Bernick, the project manager and assistant rail admin- A CTrail train pulls out of the Meriden train station Monday, June 11. ister for DOT. The state Department of Transportation has begun running “test trains” in preparation of the new Hartford Line rail service, scheduled “We’ve been checking the runs to launch Saturday. Dave Zajac, Record-Journal periodically as the engineers make them, and everything seems to be working out really well,” Ber- DOT Commissioner James Redek- crossings, more than any other municipality along the line. Merier said in a statement. nick said. The test trains are not den has the second most, with six. open to passengers. “People may not always rememThe state included several safety The New Haven-Hartford-Spring- ber that trains cannot stop quick- features in designing the new field line is using both Amtrak and ly,” Redeker said. “In fact, it can commuter line, including inCTrail trains. On Saturday, Amtrak take a mile for a train to come to a stalling “quad gates,” which fully increased its service on the line, complete stop. Drivers should block traffic in both directions, to boosting the daily train trips from never attempt to drive under or prevent drivers from crossing 12 to 18. When CTrail officially around a closing or closed gate at tracks when a training is passing. launches on June 16, the number a street-level rail crossing.” There was a total of 36 incidents of daily weekday trips will inBetween Springfield and New at rail crossings in Connecticut crease to 34. Haven, stops include Windsor from January 2009 to March 2018, Given the increase in rail traffic, Locks, Windsor, Hartford, Berlin, according to statistics provided by DOT is reminding residents to Meriden and Wallingford. “obey the law at rail crossings,” Wallingford has seven grade See Trains, A18

After two referendums and months of negotiations, the Town Council has adopted a budget after making additional cuts Monday night. The final budget allocates $43.6 million to the Board of Education and $44.3 million in general government funding, with a 32.5 mill rate. The four council Republicans moved to make $500,000 in cuts over the objections of their Democratic counterparts and passed on a deal put forth by the Board of Finance last week. "My opinion is that we need to listen to the voters and it needs to come down a little bit,” said Republican Councilor Alex Giannone. “And, again, I think we can responsibly reduce it by a little bit more, and I mean a little bit.” Cuts include $300,000 in school funding and $125,000 for upgrades to phone systems at Berlin High School and the elementary schools. “It’s pretty devastating, I think, to our students. I think it was irresponsible,” said Democratic Councilor JoAnn AnSee Budget, A15







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Veterans commission to hold free concert By Devin Leith-Yessian The Citizen

Locals can listen to some of their favorite songs played live while honoring veterans at the Concert to Honor All Veterans on Thursday, June 21. “I think this is a good way of bringing everybody together,” said Peter Galgano, secretary of the Berlin Veterans Commission, which is organizing the free show. The concert will feature Vinnie Carr and The Party Band playing patriotic music and classics from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, and up through to-

day. Galgano said of Carr, “He actually played with a lot of very famous people,” including Frank Sinatra Jr., Jack Carter, Pat Cooper and Brian Dennehy. Galgano is especially excited to see him potentially play Herman Hupfeld’s 1931 song “As Time Goes By,” which was popularized in the film Casablanca nine years later. “It’s actually going to be for me, and a lot of people in town, a trip down memory lane,” he said. “It’s a real nice way of enjoying a spring evening.”

The concert will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park, with attendees nestled between the American Wars Walkway and the park’s memorials to veterans, which Galgano hopes will provide an educational and patriotic backdrop. He said the park has already proved itself to be a valuable resource for introducing the public to the work veterans have done, with people from across the state making field

trips to the walkway since its completion in 2015. The occasion will also be used to announce the commission’s plans to create a “Living Veterans Wall of Honor,” placed in the Town Hall as part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars tribute to active duty service members. The memorial will feature a television installed on the wall with a slideshow of pictures of veterans throughout

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Story Time: June 14, 9 a.m. 10 a.m. The Sloppy Waffle, 2551 Berlin Turnpike, Newington.

Boy Scout Troop 41: June 14, 7 p.m. Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St., Berlin. 860-829-1148. jones327@ Boy Scouts Troop 24: June 14, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Community Center, 230 Kensington Road, Berlin. 860-8283611. Car show: June 14, 5 p.m. - 8

Study Hours for Berlin High School students: June 14, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, 234 Kensington Road, Berlin. 860-8287126.

Friday Boy Scout Troop 41: June 15, 7 p.m. Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St., Berlin. 860-829-1148. jones327@

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Food Share Truck - Sacred Heart: June 15, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. St. Paul Parish, 485 Alling St., Kensington. Theater: June 15, 8 p.m. $34. The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Road, Berlin. 860-829-1248.

Saturday Goat Walk and Farm Tour: June 16, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Bradley Mountain Farms, 537 Shuttle Meadow Road, Southington.

Goats N’ Pajamas Birthday Party: June 16, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bradley Mountain Farms, 537 Shuttle Meadow Road, Southington. June Vintage Motorcar Series Event: June 16, 9 a.m. Spectators $10; Seniors $8; children under 12 free. Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood St., New Britain. info@ Museum: June 16, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Berlin Historical Society Museum, 305 Main St., Berlin. 860-828-5114..

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Sunday BPD basketball: June 17, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. St. Paul Parish, 485 Alling St., Kensington. Church Street Eats: June 17, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 68 Main St., East Berlin. Goat Hike and Nature Tour: June 17, 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Bradley Mountain Farms, 537 Shuttle Meadow Road, Southington.

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Calendar From A4 Goat Yoga: June 17, 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Bradley Mountain Farms, 537 Shuttle Meadow Road, Southington. Men’s Group: June 17, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. St. Paul Parish, 485 Alling St., Kensington. Open Farm Day (Tentative): June 17, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bradley Mountain Farms, 537 Shuttle Meadow Road, Southington.



Band Lessons: June 18, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. St. Paul Parish, 485 Alling St., Kensington. Karaoke: June 18, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Pineloft Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin. 860828-9797. Summer Camp: June 18, St. Paul Parish, 485 Alling St., Kensington.

Boy Scout Troop 44: June 19, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Church, 66 Cottage St., East Berlin. 860-829-9879. Boys Scout Troop 256: June 19, 7 p.m. Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, 880 Farmington Ave., Berlin. 860828-8693.

Kindergarten graduation: June 19, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. St. Paul Parish, 485 Alling St., Kensington. Middlesex County Spring Career Fair 2018: June 19, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Red Lion Hotel Cromwell, formerly Radisson Hotel) 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell.

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Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D – Berlin/ Southington) is scheduled to host a Health and Wellness Fair for seniors on Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Senior Center, 33 Colonial Drive.


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Aresimowicz wants override of tax credit veto

ELIJAH DAVID FOSTER Sweet little Elijah ("Eli") David Foster was born on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut at 8:03 a.m. to loving parents Dorothy (Puzio) and Kevin Foster. He weighed eight pounds, two ounces and was 20 inches long. Big brother Noah, 7, and big sisters, Carolina, 5, and Gabriella, 3, were all thrilled to welcome their little brother into the family. Eli's maternal grandparents are Lila and Stan Puzio of Berlin, and his paternal grandparents are Donna and Bobby Foster of Travelers Rest, S.C. Eli's family is looking forward to watching him grow and hopes that he will have the opportunity one day to attend Hubbard School like his brother, sisters and many cousins.

CALEB DOUGLAS MEAGHER Caleb Douglas Meagher was born on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut at 5:58 a.m. to loving parents Isabel (Puzio) and Doug Meagher. He weighed nine pounds four ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

“A much more precisely targeted bill, with limits on the total deduction, could help these taxpayers and drive small-business investment without creating a windfall for those who need it least,” Malloy said. The bill would have cost the state $650,000 a year. Aresimowicz also said he favors an override of the governor’s veto of an educationfunding bill, breaking with other legislative leaders who were disinclined to make the effort. The bill would limit the governor’s authority to reduce education grants to cities and towns after the budget has been adopted and the new fiscal year is underway.

Malloy said Wednesday, June 6 in his veto message the bill may have been aimed at helping small-business owners, but misses the mark by allowing individual

Other legislative leaders have noted there is a similar language in the state budget enacted last month. “Some say an override may not be necessary, but I think it is important that the legislature remove any doubt of this reoccurring,” Aresimowicz said. As of June 6, Malloy had signed 114 bills from the 2018 session, vetoed two and allowed one, a healthinsurance measure, to become law without his signature. This story originally appeared on the website of The Connecticut Mirror,


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Big sister Annabelle, 6, and big brother Dean, 3 years, were thrilled to welcome their little brother "Smartie" into the family. Furry brother, 8-year-old chocolate Lab Beary, has also welcomed Caleb into the pack. Caleb's maternal grandparents are Lila and Stan Puzio of Berlin, and his paternal grandparents are Susan and Don Meagher of Kensington. Caleb's family hopes he will have an opportunity to join his siblings and cousins at Hubbard School someday.

partners and shareholders to claim the tax credits on their personal returns without limit. Only 10 percent of such entities are small businesses with employees, he said.

“We need to continue to up our investment in job creation and economic growth, and advance manufacturing is a fast-growing area that is looking to hire every day, but there is a shortage of skilled workers ready to go,” Aresimowicz said. “This incentivizing credit for employers will work in concert with the enhancements we are making at our vo-tech schools and community colleges.”


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Aresimowicz said the bill, which extends a corporate tax credit for apprentices to so-called “pass-through entities” such as S corporations, partnerships and limited liability, was intended to help small businesses. It passed unanimously in the General Assembly.


House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said Thursday, June 7 the General Assembly should override

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Obituaries John Dirga SUMMERFIELD, Fla. — John “Jack” Dirga, 75, of Summerfield, Fla., passed away Monday, June 4, 2018 after a brief illness. Born in Granville, N.Y., he resided in Berlin for many years until his retirement in 2005, after which he moved to Florida. He was an environmental engineer at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford for 35 years. He was a life member of the SVEA Social Club and the American Legion, and a member of the Kensington Congregational Church. He is survived by his

wife, Martha Fritzson Dirga, of Summerfield, Fla.; son, Naval Commander Robert Dirga, of Newport, R.I., and his wife, Katie Mortensen Dirga, and two granddaughters; son, Christopher Dirga, of Berlin, and his wife, Kelly, who is expecting Jack’s third grandchild; and brother-in-law and sisterin-law, Ivor and Linda Tarver. A toast to Jack’s life will be held on Friday, June 15 at 8:30 p.m. at the SVEA Social Club, 999 Kensington Road in Berlin, Conn.

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Stop & Shop recently donated nearly $7,000 to McGee Middle School, raised entirely by shoppers registering their Stop & Shop rewards card with the school’s PTO. A percentage of those customers spent on groceries is given to the school at the end of the year. Pictured: Ellen McCue, Berlin Stop & Shop store manager, and McGee Middle School Principal Salvatore Urso.

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ROCKY HILL — Klaus Guttmann, 92, of Rocky Hill, formerly of Newington, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Elizabeth Guttmann. Born in Breslau, Germany, son of the late Hans and Erna (Zepler) Guttmann, he was a Newington resident for over 20 years and also lived in Cape Cod. Klaus honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion in West Hartford and the V.F.W. in Hartford. A loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he leaves his three children, Brendan Guttmann and his wife, Eileen, of

Brewster, Mass., Perry Guttmann and his wife, Donna, of Kensington, and Lisa Guttmann, of North Carolina; and five grandchildren, Lindsay Yuill and her husband, Daniel, Whitney Harnisch and her husband, William, Sydney Guttmann and her fiancé, Omar Bardouil, Adam Guttmann and his wife, Meaghan, and Chloe Guttmann. He also leaves his sister, Ursula Korzenik, of Bloomfield. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. He will be laid to rest privately in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St. I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To share a memory with his family, please visit us at

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Letters to the Editor Misdirected anger

recommendation made to the committee by the Berlin To the editor: Public Health Nursing Service. Members of the comAs our town officials struggle mittee are comprised of volto create a budget that voters unteers representing various will approve, I feel all the churches and areas in finger-pointing is misdirect- Berlin. Membership is open ed. to any resident of the town. Having served on the budget committee for four years, I learned first-hand how town officials’ hands are tied when it comes to reducing costs.

The primary activity of the committee is to raise funds to pay for summer camperships for children whose families cannot afford to send them to summer camp.

Costly state mandates and union restrictions prevent our town officials from reducing costs at every turn.

Funds are raised by a letter appeal to local residents, civic organizations and Berlin churches in the spring of each year.

To have one board member shout obscenities at another is a waste of time and energy. Our frustrations should be focused on the poor leadership of our state legislators. Until our state government learns to control itself, our town officials will be stuck in this cycle every year trying to find ways to fund needed town services. In the meantime, I applaud the hard work of our elected officials in Berlin and hope they can find a compromise we can all live with, and move forward in the best interest of the taxpayers. Charles R. Paonessa Berlin

Support children’s fund To the editor: We, the members of The Berlin Children’s Fund, are writing to ask for your assistance in helping us to increase our membership.

As a way of increasing the committee membership we are also reaching out to Berlin churches and asking that they include an announcement in their bulletins. Thank you for your assisting us in our endeavors to provide a summer camp experience for the children of Berlin. For more information: 860828-3637; Sharon Orlich President, The Berlin Children’s Fund

Flawed process To the editor: So, after easing him up from one job title to another, the Republican majority on the Town Council has finally gotten Jack Healy into the position of Town Manager. The town charter has a residency requirement for the position, and Mr. Healy lives in Litchfield. But it seems that since, ap-

Now, I don’t have any particular issue with Mr. Healy’s job performance. But I do have a problem with the integrity of the process. If the charter specifies that there is a residency requirement, then there is a residency requirement. One of the reasons cited for naming Mr. Healy as Town Manager was that there was a lack of qualified candidates. Here’s the question: How many potentially qualified candidates did not apply or were turned away because of the residency requirement? If the town were going to blow off the residency requirement with all sorts of hair-splitting, why wasn’t this done prior to Mr. Healy’s appointment? That might well have increased the pool of qualified candidates. The mayor states that they followed the charter, but allowed Mr. Healy some discretion. No, they didn’t follow the charter. And if discretion were to be allowed because it was deemed the charter was too restrictive, it should have been done to open the position to other people who might be excellent town managers but who, like Mr. Healy, didn’t want to move to Berlin. Nothing about this has smelled good since Denise McNair’s exit, and this slippery elusion of the residency requirement after an appointment has been made doesn’t make it smell any better. Barbara Coughlin Kensington

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To the editor:

Did you know Speaker Joe Aresimowicz voted for the criminal early release program (HB7104)? Do you support that?

In comparison to where I have lived at various stages of my career, Berlin, Connecticut is home to some of the savviest, frugal and resourceful individuals one can encounter.

Here are some of the unintended consequences of his vote: 30,000 criminals have been released back on the streets with a recidivism rate as high as 80 percent. Did you know sexual predators are eligible to participate in this program? A study from May 2012 to April 2015 found that 35 murders were committed by these “reformed” criminals. Does Joe’s yes vote make you and your children safer? Joe’s most insensible vote regarding criminals came after the horrific murders of the Petit family in 2007. Joe still voted to eliminate Connecticut’s death penalty (SB280) and his side-kick Governor Malloy signed it. If anyone deserved the death penalty it is the two convicted murders, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, who will now only serve life sentences. Is that a position you would support?

It is a little disheartening that our finance committee and Town Council cannot appreciate this, as well as many of us in this community. We make ends meet in our households and businesses by necessity and not illusions of grandeur. We make sacrifices to insure the stability and financial wellbeing of our families and future. The 20 percent or so of people in this town who voted no to the proposed budgets embody these qualities. After noting how well our leaders listened to this preference, I'd be willing to bet that a good portion of the 80 percent who didn't vote knew that their vote wouldn't count.

Voters, Joe needs to go. Remember in November.

So, here's a word of advice to those individuals: Respect the will of the people fully. If you don't, they will not respect the processes you promote (i.e. voting on referendums and such) because they are intelligent enough to know the eventual outcome of their vote.

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Setbacks for transparency You’d think that living in an open society, having grown up in one, would make people protective of the liberties they enjoy. But the lure of secrecy, and the idea that people are better off not knowing this or that, can be too powerful to pass up. This is even though we understand that secrecy is the tool of the totalitarian and that rejection of totalitarianism, as in King George III, is what helped get this country started. Secrecy, and limits to transparency, can pop up in all sorts of ways, and often in an innocuous-enough sounding situation. So we have the example of the state of Connecticut and the kissing contest Amazon held as it was looking to set up a second headquarters. Suitors got to line up and smooch, and Amazon got to decide who the best kisser was.

would be open for all to see, including other states and businesses.

The deal is a done deal, a failed bid, so it would seem the competitive disadvantage has already been revealed. Nevertheless, James Caley, an assistant attorney general representing the department, argued the information should be exempt from FOI law as a “trade secret.” Otherwise Connecticut’s strategy (again it should be emphasized that this was a failed strategy)

Mike Savino, the RecordJournal’s local and state editor, argued the bid can’t be considered a preliminary draft because it’s already been considered by Amazon and that Amazon is no longer considering Connecticut. As for trade secrets, had the bid been successful “the governor’s office and DECD routinely share these details,” said Savino. It should not make a differ-

The other exemption sought was for the state’s bid to be considered a preliminary draft, subject to negotiation.

General Assembly, where the practice of transcribing committee hearings has fallBoth sides can submit posten to the interests of trimhearing briefs by July 13, and ming costs. These transcripts the FOI commission will capture the give-and-take of make a decision by the bepublic hearings, which can ginning of next year. How far offer valuable information Connecticut was ready to go about what action is taken to attract Amazon is of pub- and why, and their loss is lic interest and ought to be being severely criticized by open information. It’s called advocates of open governtransparency. ment. Those interests, the interests Here’s how Michele Jacklin of transparency, have also suffered a setback in the See Kurz, A12 ence just because the deal didn’t work out.

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It was not Connecticut, which thought perhaps Hartford or Stamford might have the glass slippers, to borrow from Cinderella. The Record-Journal felt people ought to know about the incentives that were offered in the state’s failed bid, but the Department of Economic and Community Develop-

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and Jeffrey Daniels, of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, put it in a recent Connecticut Mirror opinion piece:


“The decision, made without the benefit of public input, marks the latest setback for Connecticut’s 43-year-old Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which was once the strongest in the nation and a model emulated by other states and countries.”


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CDC: suicide rates up, prompting awareness By Mike Savino Record-Journal staff

cess to an emergency mobile services unit, can call 211 They can also reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-275-8255, or by text at 741741. Texting words such as “help,” “talk,” “listen,” or “CT” to the hotline will get responses.

Suicides in Connecticut have risen by nearly 20 percent since 1999, a rate that’s still below the national average and well below increases in some neighboring states, according to a new report. The report, released Thursday, June 7 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coupled with the suicides of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain last week have prompted mental health officials and advocates to re-ignite their push for awareness of services. It also led to efforts on social media to change the conversation around mental health and to remove stigmas attached with seeking help or counseling. Some celebrities discussed their own mental health issues.

increases of 30-percent or more. Connecticut’s increase was still significantly smaller than Maine, 27.4 percent, Rhode Island, 34.1 percent, Massachusetts, 35.3 percent, New Hampshire, 48.3 percent, and Vermont, 48.6 percent.

The CDC’s report stated more than 45,000 died by suicide nationwide in 2016, making it the tenth most common cause of death in the U.S. The CDC also found that all but one state, Nevada, saw increases in their suicide rates over the last 20 years. Connecticut’s suicide rate in 2016 was 9.7 deaths per 100,000 people, which the CDC said represents a 19.2percent increase since 1999. Both of those numbers are lower than the national average, where a rate of 13.7 deaths per 100,000 represents a jump of 25 percent.

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She also said people likely become suicidal over time, and don’t consider it as a reaction to a specific incident. “I think it’s important to note that someone who is considering suicide, it’s not something that just becomes an immediate response to one causal factor,” Duarte said. “I think that there are usually a number of factors that contribute to someone’s thinking about suicide.” DMHAS and other agencies partnering in the Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board have launched as a place for residents to see more information about suicide, and



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Andrea Duarte, director of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Suicide Prevention Program, said the highest increases were typically in states with large ru“Suicide is a leading cause of ral areas and easy access to firearms. death for Americans – and it’s a tragedy for families and According to the CDC, communities across the firearms were used in 22,018 country,” CDC Principal suicides, or almost half, in Deputy Director Anne 2016. Schuchat said in a statement. “From individuals and Duarte also said some of communities to employers that is due to legislation in and healthcare professionConnecticut that specifically als, everyone can play a role seeks to limit or reduce acin efforts to help save lives cess to firearms for people and reverse this troubling who are deemed a higher rise in suicide.” risk to commit suicide.

lieves a friend or loved one is considering suicide should be blunt in conversation, asking them directly if they are contemplating taking their own life. She said people can undergo training, including counseling that lasts 90 minutes, about how to do that.

Duarte also expressed concern that the spike outlined in the CDC’s report coincides with a rise in opioid addiction, as indicated by the increase in deaths by overdose.


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Sign the car, support the visually-impaired It started out as an idea.


James Carlson, Marc Ulan, Wes Rockhill, Gary Bienkowski and Dan MorisseCorsetti were at the demolition derby at the Berlin Fair last year and thought it would be cool to have a car participate in this year’s derby on Sept. 13. They also thought it would be cool if this car could somehow be used for a greater purpose.

All the tackle, bait, breakfast and lunch for participants, guides and families is provided.

So they set the wheels in motion, worked with the Berlin Lions Club and found out about the CT VIP fishing derby. The Berlin Lions Club sponsors a yearly fishing tournament for blind and visually impaired people through the CT Visually Impaired Persons organization. The junior tournament is for ages 3 to 15 and consists of trout fishing in a stocked pond. The senior tournament, for ages 16 and up, is deep-sea fishing on charter

The top three anglers from the senior tournament will be brought down to the National VIP Tournament on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in October to compete against anglers from all around the country. With the CT VIP fishing derby as their beneficiary, Carlson, Ulan, Rockhill, Bienkowski and MorisseCorsetti are now hard at work getting their demolition derby car ready. The car will make several appearances around town, as follows: Willard school on Monday, June 18. Hubbard school on Tuesday, June 19. Griswold school on Thursday, Sept. 6.

James Carlson, Marc Ulan, Wes Rockhill, Gary Bienkowski and Dan Morisse-Corsetti are preparing to “Crash for a Cause.”

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$300,000 without eliminating “I think the mayor really was irresponsible to say someprograms. thing like that,” Board of FiKaczynski was opposed to nance Chairperson Sam Loincluding increased state ed- maglio said, adding that if ucation cost sharing grants in the budget as a way of creating a buffer should school costs run over later in the year.

“I’m terrified of (Effective School Solutions) getting axed,” she said, referring to a Berlin High School program which supports students struggling with issues such as depression and anxiety. “That’s a program that saves kids’ lives.”


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5 things to know about acro yoga By Ashley Kus Record-Journal staff

Acrobatics and yoga combine in a balancing partner act known as AcroYoga. With the fitness trend becoming more popular in Connecticut, here are 5 things to know about AcroYoga from yoga instructor Sasha Krushnic and yoga student/ assistant Christina Boyd, both of Vinnie’s Jump and Jive in Middletown.

Health benefits AcroYoga is all about physically lifting people up into different postures and balancing them in the air. The person lifting and the person being lifted are both using different muscles in their body to avoid falls. Boyd said she often uses smaller muscles that she didn’t even realize she had while performing tricks and balancing. Muscles can develop through the different See Acro, A17

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portant in order to avoid injury when practicing the variety of postures and flows. The dress code is what people would typically wear for yoga — comfortable and flexible clothing.

ancing by their shoulders with their feet straight up in the air.

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Nikki was abandoned with her 2 babies back in October. Her babies were adopted but Nikki had a small laceration under her armpit that took a while to heal because of where it is located. She is very loving and sweet. She will be at Petsmart in Berlin starting June 8th. To meet her, please fill out online application on our website at or call us at 860-828-5287

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Religion Briefs Registration is open for youth summer camps, which will be held June 25-29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit or call 860-828-3637. Contemporary worship at 8:30 a.m.; Traditional worship at 11 a.m. Life Together classes, for children and adults, 9:45 a.m. Call 860828-3637 or visit 785 Mill St., Berlin.

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Kensington United Methodist Church Kensington United Methodist Church, 103 Hotchkiss St., Sunday worship, 9 a.m. The church schedules a healing and music service the second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.

Prince of Peace The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1103 Chamberlain Highway, Sunday service at 10:15 a.m. Call 860828-5079 or visit

Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 68 Main St., East Berlin, Sunday Eucharist, 9 a.m.

Berlin Congregational Church Worship - Berlin Congregational Church schedules Sunday worship for 10 a.m., with communion on the first Sunday of the month. Nursery care is available. Call 869-828-6586.

Choir, bell ringers - The church invites anyone interested in joining the choir or bell ringers to call 860-8286586.

of East Berlin, 139 Main St., East Berlin, schedules Sunday services for 10 a.m.

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Mass is scheduled for Sundays, 9:30 a.m., 48 Cottage St., East Berlin. For more information, call 860-828-0331.

Sunday worship - 10 a.m. Child care and Sunday school are available during worship services. Bible study meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

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ciano, Michaela Dehm, Kaileen Langlois, Marisa Bonola, Rebecca Clementino, Anna Dabkowski, Cole Johnson, Gregory Platosz, Mckenna Quigley, Kevin Russell, Michael Zisk of Berlin; Alicia Maule of East Berlin.

Bucknell University, Pennsylvania – Richard Schlichting, Jason Corriveau of Berlin.

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Becker College, Massachusetts – Robert Veneziano of Berlin.

University of Rhode Island – Lucia Anne Addamo, Alden Machial Cain, Noah William Gilbert, Arius Jaray Johnson, Matthew Allen Kaczynski, Jonathan Platosz of Berlin.

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