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Volume 17, Number 9

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Thursday, Februar y 28, 2013

Schools to implement new teacher evaluation plan next year By Monica Szakacs The Berlin Citizen

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The Berlin High School Wednesday Night Jazz Band has been rehearsing every night this past week in preperation for the Berklee College of Music festival.

BHS jazz band to compete in national competition By Monica Szakacs The Berlin Citizen The Berlin High School Wednesday Night Jazz Band is scheduled to compete in the Berklee College of Music 45th High School Jazz Festival in Boston — the largest high school jazz competition in the United States. More than 200 bands and vocal ensembles featuring 3,000 students from 13 U.S. states and Puerto Rico will compete for $175,000 in scholarships to Berklee’s FiveWeek Summer Performance Program. Students will also be honored for outstanding achievements in jazz composition. “We are looking forward to a great showing from the group,” band director Mark Bowling said. “This is only our second year in. A win would be great, but we are just hoping to throw down the best performance that we can. I can tell you though, the group has gotten better since last year’s show. Who knows what we will achieve this year.” Last year, the BHS jazz band placed 11th out of the 16 competitors in its division. “It’s amazing to see the level of competi-

tion because this is a national competition, not just statewide,” he said. “One of the great things about the Berklee festival, is that we get to see other jazz groups perform. Some within our class, some outside our class, but high school students rarely get to see other high school students perform. You really have to go out your way to see that, so this is a great opportunity for us to go see other groups perform.” Bands are judged by a single performance in their class. BHS is in class three based upon its current high school enrollment size of about 1,000 students. There are 16 groups is class three this year. “You are adjudicated by three or four songs that you play and you only get one shot,” Bowling said. Ray Sinclair, whose fulltime job is band director at Windham High School, is the jazz director for BHS and works with the students after school. “This year, the BHS jazz band is extremely prepared and will possibly make a push into the top finishers,”Sinclair said. “The students have worked tirelessly to See Competition, page 5

Every year, teachers and education administrators are evaluated on their performances through observations, feedbacks and surveys. But starting in September, student outcome and achievement will be added to the evaluation plan among other changes. The new evaluation plan was developed by SEED, Connecticut’s System for Educator Evaluation and Development. It is based on the Connecticut Guidelines for educator evaluation, developed by a group of educators in June 2012 and on research from around the country to

meet proficient teaching standards, according to a SEED handbook. “Before, many teacher evaluations, as in Berlin’s school district, were based on observations of the teacher,” Berlin Assistant Superintendent of Schools Brian Benigni said. “Those were done in formal and informal ways, multiple times a year, with written feedback. Now, that will still take place but, in addition, there is a whole side of the evaluation plan which is the student achievement.” The purpose of SEED’s Student Outcomes Related Indicators is to capture every

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Changes in state funds challenges town budget By Monica Szakacs The Berlin Citizen Unsure of the exact amount of funding Berlin will receive from the state, Town Manager Denise McNair said she is “somewhat not counting on that aid at this point,” while preparing the town’s budget. “The state’s budget is subject to change. That’s why I hate to rely on something like this,” McNair said. “We have no choice because we have to go first sort-of-speak. Our budget is put to bed before the state’s, so that’s why (the town government) would rather be conservative with the budget.” In his proposed 2013-15 biennial budget, Gov. Dannel

Malloy has planned altering state funding for municipalities. He plans to close the projected $1.1 billion deficit next year partly by shifting state dollars. What this means for municipalities is that money annually received from Connecticut could rise in some areas and dip in others. Berlin, therefore, faces an uncertain fiscal situation. Some state aid is set to go up. According to McNair, in 2013 this includes an additional $52,343 in Education Cost Sharing funds, $50,527 in Local Capital Improvement Program (LoCIP) support, and $164,102 in the Town Aid Roads grant.

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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 28, 2013

Police seek owners of stolen items

Here are The Berlin Citizen poll results from last week. We asked: What are your thoughts on Malloy’s proposal to end municipal car taxes for vehicles with market values under $28,500? Bad idea. Town might increase property taxes to make up for lost revenue. 51% Great idea. More money in my pocket. 49% This week’s poll question asks: Have you filed your taxes yet?

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Police are trying to find the owners of the pictured DUI checkpoint scheduled items, which were recovered Saturday, Feb. 23, after The Berlin Police Department has scheduled a DUI sobritwo youths were arrested in connection with thefts ety checkpoint for Thursday, Feb. 28, on the Berlin Turnpike. The checkpoint is possible due to a grant obtained from the from vehicles on the east side of town. if any belongings have been stolen. If anyone recognizes the recovered items, they are asked to call Officer

Local couple recognized by the Jimmy Fund

Holly Buhler and Chad Buhler, of Kensington, were among the 150 volunteers recognized by the Jimmy Fund recently, at The International Golf Club in Bolton, Mass., for organizing golf tournaments. They helped organize the Lyman Orchards Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, which was recognized as a new tournament with the Jimmy Fund Golf Program.

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Berlin police are trying to find the owners of items recovered after police said two juveniles were arrested the night of Feb. 23, in connection with thefts from unlocked cars on the east side of town. The thefts most likely occurred in the area of Middletown Road, Berlin Street, Wilcox Court and Main Street, police said. The two youths were arrested Feb. 23, at 10:15 p.m. According to police, officers identified the owners of some stolen items recovered from the suspects but not all of the items. Police ask residents in those areas to check their vehicles to determine

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Right photo: Fritz Schmalberger, of the Berlin Lions Club, presents checks to BHS Interact members and faculty advisor, Lisa Hatton. Bottom photo: Marie Bogdanski, of the Kensington-Berlin Rotary club, and Katherine Burek, representing the Central Connecticut Chapter of Feed My Starving Children, accept donations from BHS Interact Officers Morgan Imossi, Lindsey Stefens and Kevin Pirruccio.

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Thanks to the bottle collection efforts of the Berlin High School Interact Club and a matching grant from the Berlin Lions Club, close to $3,000 was raised for charity. In its inaugural year, the BHS Interact Club took on the returnable bottle collections at the Berlin Fair. These funds were recently presented to the club and allowed Interact to donate $2,000 to ShelterBox, a Rotary sponsored initiative that provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for disaster relief around the world. Another $610 will help sponsor the Berlin Feed My Starving Children packing event that Interact members will be volunteering for in May. Remaining proceeds went to the Liberty Bank/Rotary Thanksgiving Food Drive and to fund future Interact projects.

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Should 75 miles-per-hour be the state limit? By Jesse Buchanan Special to The Citizen

A bill before the state legislature would increase the highway speed limit to 75 mph, but some political leaders say even if it’s passed it won’t make a difference on the road. State Rep. Minnie Gonza-

lez, D-Hartford, proposed the bill, arguing that 85 percent of highway drivers already travel between 72 and 77 mph. Highways were designed with this speed in mind, Gonzalez said in testimony to the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee earlier this month. State legislators need to

learn more about raising speed limits, said House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin/Southington. “The caucus is interested in hearing what comes out in the public hearings,” he said. “There wasn’t immediate dismissal, but there was some skepticism.” Aresimowicz said he wants to see accident data from other states — such as Virginia and North Carolina, which have raised speed limits — to determine the effects. “Are we going to raise it to 75 and then people are going to raise their speed to 85, 90?”

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Aresimowicz asked. The answer is no, according to the National Motorists Association, based in Wisconsin. Regardless of the posted speed limit, drivers will maintain a speed at which they feel comfortable and safe, said John Bowman, association communications director. Raising the limit won’t necessarily change traffic speed. “Experienced drivers tend to intuitively know what’s a safe and comfortable speed and tend to travel at that speed,” he said. In 2009, Utah raised its rural highway speed limits to 80 mph. “What happened was basically nothing,” Bowman said. The “prevailing speed” didn’t change. Current highway speed


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limits are set artificially low, Bowman said, and are usually lower than the prevailing speed discovered in traffic studies. When the national speed limit for highways was set at 55 mph to save fuel, Bowman said, the conservation effect was lessened by motorists’ actual driving habits. “It didn’t save that much because people didn’t abide by it,” he said. State law prohibits school buses from traveling at more than 50 mph on highways. In testimony on the speed limit bill, state Department of Transportation officials said allowing cars to go more than 65 mph could cause problems with vehicles required to travel more slowly. “Allowing vehicles traveling at such differences in speed can create a speed differential that impedes the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and contributes to sudden unnecessary lane changing,” the testimony states. If that problem were overcome, the testimony states, the department wouldn’t be opposed to higher speed limits if they were “based on engineering investigation.”


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complete schedule at Continued from page 1 “We hope to see many BHS supporters this Saturday to produce one of the finest mu- cheer on the BHS Studio Jazz sical ensembles that Berlin Ensemble as they strive for High School has ever seen.” national excellence,” SinThe event is free and open clair said. to the public on Saturday, For over 65 years, Berklee March 2, at the Hynes Con- College of Music has evolved vention Center, 900 Boylston to support its belief that the St., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The BHS best way to prepare students Studio Jazz Ensemble I will for careers in music is perform at 1:35 p.m. Scholar- through contemporary muship and award winners will sic education. According to a be announced at 5:30 p.m., followed by a winners showcase concert at 7:30 p.m. Find the


news release, the college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock n’ roll in the 1960s, created the world’s first degree programs in film scoring, music synthesis, and songwriting, and, in recent years, added world music, hip-hop, electronica, and video game music to its curriculum. Berklee has a diverse student body representing over 80 countries, with a music in-



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The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rep. Aresimowicz celebrates the creation of 1,200 jobs

House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/ Southington) joined Sen. Majority Leader Martin Looney (D-New Haven), State Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer and state business owners Feb. 20 to celebrate the success of the state’s Subsidized Training and Employment Program (Step Up). A new report by the state Department of Labor shows that since the Step Up program’s first hire in February of 2012, a total of 1,102 new employees have been hired at more than 375 companies throughout the state. Since November, the number of

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new employees has increased to 1,199 while nearly 400 employers are now taking part in the Step Up program. “By providing well-paying jobs, the state’s Step Up program has provided hundreds of unemployed jobseekers with meaningful work that will ultimately help our economy to grow. Delmar Products and Value Added Solutions, both in Berlin, have hired a number of employees under Step Up,” Aresimowicz said. “Over half of the employers taking part in the Step Up program hired individuals to fill a new job created specifically as a result of the program incentives and in November, nearly 250 new employees had already completed six months of work and were no longer subsidized.” Step Up, focused on job cre-

ation, was part of the Jobs Bill passed by the legislature in October, 2011. The state program, which provides See Jobs, next page

Local turns 105 Submitted by Linda Beaudoin

Mary Labieniec, of Berlin, turns 105 years old on March 1. Labieniec was born in 1908, in New Britain, the daughter of Italian immigrants. Labieniec’s first husband died when he was only 26 years old. She married her second husband in 1947, who died in 1976. Labieniec has two brothers who are both deceased. Labieniec has two children: David Hames, who died in 1989, and Lois Ustanowski, who lives in Berlin. Labieniec has six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. She worked for 25 years at Landers, Frary & Clark Factory in New Britain and for nine years after that, for General Electric in Plainville before retiring in 1974. Labieniec’s long life is attributed to her positive attitude, active social life, and the care and concern of her family and neighbors. Labieniec still ventures out just about every day to McDonald’s, on New Britain Road in Berlin, where she joins a group of regulars to discuss the current events of the world. Labieniec will celebrate her 105th birthday with friends and family at McDonalds on Sunday, March 3.

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The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Rd., is looking for male singers and actors for the musicals “The Andrews Brothers” and “South Pacific” and the play “The Boys Next Door.” Males, 17 to 50 years old, are welcome to call (860) 829-1248 to schedule an audition. Resumes may be emailed to

Sen. Terry Gerratana (DNew Britain/Berlin) joined a group of lowwage workers and members of the Alliance to Make Work Pay outside a restaurant in New Britain to rally in support of raising the minimum wage in Connecticut, Feb. 21.

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Kindergarten registration forms for the 2013-14 school year must be returned by Friday, March 8, according to the Board of Education. Children age five on or before Jan. 1, 2014, as well as children already five and not registered in school, are eligible. If your child is eligible and you have not received a registration form, contact the Board of Education at (860) 8286581. Kindergarten orientation for parents is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, at 5:45 p.m., at each elementary school.

As Vice-Chair of the Labor and Public Employees Committee, Gerratana spoke in support of the current proposal to increase Connecticut’s minimum wage and tie it to the cost of living. “Many people making minimum wage in this state simply cannot afford to live and support their families,” Gerratana said. “They have to work two or more jobs and still struggle just to get by. That is why I am proud to be here in support of so many of my constituents.”

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Connecticut teacher’s impact on students. “Every teacher is in the profession to help children learn and grow, and teachers already think carefully about what knowledge, skills and talents they are responsible for nurturing in their students each year,” the SEED handbook states. “As a part of the SEED process, teachers will document those aspirations and anchor them in data.” To document and measure student growth and development for teacher evaluation

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McNair said these funds went up to help offset the grants that have been eliminated. Last year, Berlin received $50,527 for the Mashantucket Pequot & Mohegan Grant, which has been eliminated for FY 2013-14. Funding from this grant was used for town project without restrictions unlike LoCIP, which has guidelines. Another way Malloy plans to close municipal deficits created statewide by his budget’s shifting of monies in 2013, is by funneling state funds to towns and cities by way of Hold Harmless Grants. These grants allow Malloy to provide dollars for municipalities, which would lose grants because of the governor’s overhaul of monetary programs in his budget. “With other grant venues being terminated, the difference comes to $708,194 (after subtracting the increased monies in other funds), which is what Malloy is pro-

purposes, educators will have to set goals and monitor the progress of each student through standardized testing and assignments. “It’s one thing when you are in a tested area like math, science or English, but when you are in a non tested area, then you have what’s called student learning outcomes which are objectives that you have to set and you have to show how those are measured,” Benigni said. “There are so many layers to the new evaluation plan.” SEED’s overall teacher evaluation plan consists of four areas: 45 percent is student outcome/achievement,

40 percent is teacher performance and practice observations, 10 percent is parent or peer feedback and surveys, and 5 percent is wholeschool student learning indicators or student feedback, which looks at how the whole school is performing annually. Currently, 10 districts (Bethany; Litchfield & Region 6; Branford; Norwalk; Bridgeport; Waterford; Capitol Region Education Council; Windham; Columbia, Eastford, Franklin and Sterling; and Windsor) are piloting the SEED model and will provide feedback to refine it for the following 2013-14 year

when all districts will implement a new educator evaluation and support system, as required by the state. Currently, every Connecticut school district is developing an evaluation plan. Districts can adopt the final state model in its entirety or adapt it in accordance with the Connecticut Guidelines as the school systems develop evaluation plans to best suit its local contexts. The plan must be approved by the state. The submittal date is by April 15. “It’s a lot for a district to have to digest and put into place in one year,” Benigni said. “It’s a new place for

teachers to be because in the past, teachers got their observation reports back and everything said their performance is at a level that allowed them to retain their job. But now teachers really have to look at student performance when they enter the classroom and when they exit the classroom.” “I think it is important to have the student achievement data be a piece of the evaluation plan because everything we do is tied back to student achievement,” he added. “Everything we do is to make sure students achieve their maximum potential.”

posing for Berlin when adding the Hold Harmless Grant,” McNair said. “Last fiscal year, Berlin received $7,562,105 from state grants and funds. Malloy is proposing to give the same amount with the reallocated funds included.” Elsewhere, Berlin could receive fewer dollars if the governor’s budget passes in current form. His plan to end municipal automobile taxes on vehicles worth $28,500 or less would cost Berlin $4 million yearly in lost tax revenue, McNair said. Losing the $4 million in vanished car-tax revenue likely would cause more taxes for residents. Municipalities use a mill rate to determine taxes. A bigger mill rate means higher taxes. “A mill is $2,100,000, so that would be two mills right off the bat. There really is no way to cut that much money easily, McNair said. “The council always tries to look at different ways to keep the mill rate as low as possible, whether you use more of your fund balance, but there

is a certain level you really shouldn’t go under because then you don’t have funds for an emergency, or you eliminate position and raises.” McNair said she will examine the budget with council to see if there is a better way to make up for lost cartax revenue instead of raising real estate taxes, but she said, “there comes a point where it will have to be done, unless services and depart-

ments go away. How do you determine what services the town can do without?” McNair asked. “For example, do we eliminate the Senior Center? I can’t even imagine losing the center,” she added. “That would be a big loss to the town, and you wouldn’t even be saving all that much. The whole senior center/community service budget is just about $500,000. So you would

need four of those to even make one mill.” Kyle Swartz, The North Haven Citizen editor, contributed to this report.

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Connecticut College Sarah Schaller, of Berlin. Emerson College, Massachusetts - Caitlyn Budnick, of Kensington. Lyndon State, Vermont Brandon Ralph, of Berlin. Marist College, New York - Hannah Furlong, of East Berlin; Francis Germano, of Berlin. Northeastern University, Massachusetts - Jadclyn

Rubin, of Berlin; Kelsey Budnick, of Kensington. University of New Haven - Elizabeth Brunelle and Jamie Conway, of Kensington.

College, career planning The Berlin High School Counseling Department has scheduled its annual College & Career Planning Night for Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. A PowerPoint presentation is planned. Representatives from the University of


Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University Fairfield University and Tunxis Community College are scheduled for a panel discussion. For more information, contact Mary Pacyna at (86) 828-6577, ext. 158 or email mpacyna@berlinschools. org.

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Xavier Xavier High School announced the local students named as Ryken Scholars as follows: The Bishop Vincent Hines Memorial Scholarship to Brett Myskowski, of Berlin, and The Brother Robert C.F.X. Honors Scholarship to Calvin Colby, of Berlin.

Northwest Catholic High School Northwest Catholic High School announced the local students named to the first semester honor roll. First Honors Andrew Dornfried, Kelsey Dornfried, Sarah Dottor, Zoe Lavoie, Taylor Luciani, Haley Stites, Tyler Stites. Second Honors Christopher Armetta, Evan Michalek. Honorable Mention Peter Armetta, Hunter Tralli, Robert Sisto, Aiden Stevens.

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Reflective address signs The Berlin High School Class of 2013 All Night Graduation Committee has blue reflective address signs for purchase. For more information, costs and to place an order, call Diane Deutsch at (860) 828-5791. Casino night The Berlin High School Class of 2013 All Night Graduation Committee has scheduled a bus trip to Mohegan Sun on Saturday, March 23. Buses leave the high school at 5 pm. Tickets include roundtrip transportation, $10 gaming voucher, $10 food voucher and bus driver tip. For more information, cost and reservations, call (860) 202-0443. Butter Braid Sale The All Night Graduation Committee for the BHS Class of 2013 has scheduled a Butter Braid and Cookie Dough fundraiser. To place an order, call (860) 329-3460. Orders will be available for pick up at the high school on Monday, March 25.

All Night Graduation Fundraiser A fundraiser is planned for Tuesday, March 12, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Bill’s Pizza, 1181 Farmington Ave. Proceeds support the programs helps keep graduates safe on graduation night.


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Thursday, February 28, 2013 — The Berlin Citizen

Retirement Sale! Store Closing! Everything up to 50% off!

The owners and employees of Carlton’s wish to thank all of our customers who have supported us so much for the past 80 years! Please be assured that Carlton’s will fulfill all of our customer’s open projects and orders before closing. Carlton’s will stop taking special orders for items at various deadlines, depending on manufacturer lead times, to ensure every job is completed before our final closing date. Anyone with any questions or concerns should contact the store at 860-828-4176. Anyone who needs a copy of a receipt from within the last seven (7) years, warranty information on items purchased from us or custom matched paint formulas we have on record, should stop by the store in person or phone to request said information.

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Sacred Heart Church has scheduled Bishop Peter A. Rosazza for tonight, at 7 p.m. The Bishop will speak as part of the church’s Lenten Mis- Rosazza sion series. For more information, call Sacred Heart Church at (860) 828-0154.

Forever Young Club

The Sacred Heart Forever Young Club has scheduled its St. Patrick corned beef dinner for Thursday, March 7, at 5 p.m. A short meeting will follow. Members only should contact Carol Dauphin at (860) 828-9964 or Dan Sabia at (860) 828-3141.

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dinner are scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by a program. The public is welcome. Bring a dish to share. Programs are scheduled as follows: Tuesday, March 12 - Contemplating worship. Tuesday, March 19 - Scriptures by Rev. Olivia Robinson. Maundy Thursday Services are scheduled for March 28, at 6 p.m., followed by the silent dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call the church at (860) 828-4511 by March 21 if you plan to attend the dinner. Palm Sunday Services are scheduled for March 24, at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday Services are scheduled for March 31, at 9 and 11 a.m. A pancake breakfast is planned at 10 a.m., between services. A free-will offering is requested. For more information on any program at the church, call (860) 828-4511. Kensington Congregational Church offers a drop-in adult/child playgroup every Tuesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.,

The Berlin Citizen Thursday, February 28, 2013

The light is on for you Are you happy? Calm? At Peace? Then share those good feelings with others. Encourage them. Build them up. The light is on for you. Did you do something a long time ago that you should not have done? Did you shove that fact in the deep dark memory of your mind? Does it pop up at times and gnaw at you? Remember that old saw: Confession is good for the soul. Maybe it’s time to get rid of that nagging fact, to bring it to light, to get rid of it. The light is on for you. Would you simply like to talk and have someone listen? You can. The light is one for you. What does all this mean? Every Monday evening from now until Easter, between 6 and 7 p.m., in every Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the lights will be on. Priests and people will be there. Here in Berlin, our Catholic Church is St. Paul’s, at 467 Alling St. The lights will be on and people will be there along with three Franciscan Friars: Robert, Raymond and Peter. It is said that light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. You’re invited to see the light. Why not stop by? The light is on for you. Submitted by Bernard A. Stankevich in the Reeves Center, 185 Sheldon St. This is an unstructured time for children to meet and play. For more information, call (860) 828-4511.

Sacred Heart Sacred Heart Church has scheduled a healing Mass for Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. The celebrant is Rev. Robert Lennon. All are welcome. For more information, call Sacred Heart Church at (860) 828-0154.

Berlin Congregational The Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, schedules Sunday worship for 10 a.m., with a fellowship coffee-hour immediately following. An adultstaffed crib room for children three and under is offered. The sanctuary is easily accessible for people with physical limitations and equipped with personal-as-

sist hearing devices. In addition to monthly communication, communion is offered Sundays, at 9:45 a.m., for anyone who wishes to participate. The Berlin Congregational Church scheduled Free Tot Time for every Thursday, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., for parents with babies up to 5 years old. Craft time, play session, snack time and holiday parties. No pre-registration is needed. For more information, call (860) 828-6586.

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

Ladies Guild The Ladies Guild of St. Paul Church is scheduled to meet Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall for a soup and bread supper. The group will make butter lambs for Easter. Please bring a pound of butter, unsalted butter, or margarine, a ricer or garlic press, a small knife, toothpicks, and a plate for the lamb. A business meeting is also scheduled. The items requested for the Town Food Pantry are peanut butter and jelly. Volunteers are needed for the Polish Supper on April 13. All ladies of the parish are welcome.


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Faith news is welcome

Brian LaVorgna Brian Joseph LaVorgna, 26, of Berlin, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 16, 2013. He was the son of Michael and Grace (Hopkins) LaVorgna, of Berlin. Brian was employed as manager of “The Other Place” restaurant. He was a member of St. Paul Church in Berlin. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother Vinny LaVorgna; his grandmother Fran LaVorgna; his grandfather Albert LaVorgna; his aunt Linda Hopkins, his aunt and uncle Harvey and Kathy Williams, his aunt and uncle Lauri and Pete Rosso, his aunt Cindi LaVorgna, his aunt Nancy Bagley: several cousins and girlfriend Maxine Anderson. Services were held Feb. 22, 2013, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul Church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program at P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Ella Perkins Ella Perkins 91, passed away on Feb. 18, 2013, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Asmonitis) Straum and the widow of John Perkins. Mrs. Perkins is survived by two daughters Allana Cassidy and her husband Donald, of Burlington, and Maryann Graham and her husband Steven, of Oxford; one son Peter Perkins and his wife Jane, of Burlington;

one sister Alberta Groman, of Raleigh, N.C.; eight grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Ella was pre-deceased by four brothers, Joseph, John, Edward and Peter Straum and one sister Anne Phillips. Services were held Feb. 23, 2013, at the Berlin Memorial Funeral Home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul Church, Kensington. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. To leave words of condolence, visit www.BerlinM e m o r i a l F u n e r a l H o m e. com.

Deborah Cavallo Deborah (Cardello) Cavallo, 62, of Berlin, the beloved wife of Dennis J. C a v a l l o passed away Feb. 19, 2013. She was born in Hartford. She is the daughter of the late Patrick and Deborah (Smith) Cardello. She attended school in Berlin and graduated from Berlin High School. She was employed by The Big “Y”. She was a member of St. Paul Church in Kensington and Saint Joseph Church in New Britain. Besides her devoted husband Dennis, she is survived by her beautiful children John D. Cavallo, of Berlin, and Nichole Wertheim, of Groton; three brothers Robert Cardello and his wife Joan, of Madison, Barry Cardello and his wife Nancy, of Berlin, and Peter Cardello and his wife Lynn, of Berlin; her twin sister Darlene Cardello, of Stuart, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

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Marceline Cormier Marceline “Marcie” ( W o o d s ) Cormier, 96, of Kensington, widow of William J. C o r m i e r, passed away Feb. 23, 2013, at Ledgecrest Healthcare Center. Born in Southington, she was a former New Britain resident, moving to Kensington in 1956. Marcie was a graduate of New Britain High School, Class of 1934 and attended Teachers College of Connecticut (now Central Connecticut State University). As a young woman, she worked in the Actuarial Department at CT Mutual Life Insurance Company. She was a member of St. Paul Church and its Ladies Guild. She served on the Board of the New Britain Boys & Girls Club and the New Britain YWCA. She was also a member of the Kensington Garden Club; the Women’ Club of New Britain and of CT Yankee Council, Girl Scouts. Surviving are two daughters, Marcelyn Clarke and her husband Peter, of Kensington, and Diane Binder and her husband Dr. David Binder, of Medfield, Mass.; a brother, Donald Woods and his wife Irene, of West Hartford; a grandson, Daniel

Binder, of Chicago; a greatgrandson, Bailey Schuster, of Terryville, and his brother Christopher Hoyt and wife Stacie, of Harwinton; a grand daughter-in-law, Dawn Schuster, also of Terryville; several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband Bill, Marceline was predeceased by a grandson, William Schuster and a brother, Lawrence Woods. Services were held Feb. 28, 2013, from the Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul Church. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant House New York, 460 West 41st Street, New York, New York 10036 or the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain, 150 Washington Street, New Britain, CT 06051. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff at Ledgcrest for their loving care of mom. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at www.carlsonfuneralhome. com.

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


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Snow cleanup To the editor: Kudos to the Town of Berlin in their snow removal efforts. Nemo overwhelmed us with record breaking amounts of snow that buried us. I think the town crews did an outstanding job and should be commended for their services to the taxpayers of Berlin.

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Write for The Citizen Would you like to write for The Citizen? We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics of interest in Berlin. Columns and first-person accounts for the opinion page are always in demand. We also have a limited number of assignments available for those interested in freelance work. To learn more or to submit a story email

In today’s economy, we are all being asked to tighten our belts. I want to share with you various ways the library is saving your tax dollars through participation in regional cooperative projects. We share a computer system – Presently, we participate with 26 Hartford area libraries in the CONNECT computerized circulation system consortium. Sharing a computer system saves money and provides public access to the collections of all member libraries. A stand-alone system would cost us at least $10,000 a year more, plus it would require an expensive

Government Meetings

Thursday, Feb. 28 Planning & Zoning Commission, Town Hall Council Chambers, 7 p.m. Public Building Commission, Education meeting room, 238 Kensington Rd., 7 p.m. Monday, March 4 Historic District. Town Hall Room 7, 7 p.m. Inland/Wetlands Commission, Town Hall Room 8, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 Town Council, Town Hall Council Chambers, 7 p.m. Monday, March 11 Berlin VNA, Town Hall Caucus Room A, 7 p.m.

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Economic Development Commission, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Board of Education, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 Board of Assessment Appeals, Town Hall Caucus Room A, 6 p.m. Conservation Commission, Town Hall Room 8, 6:30 p.m. Veterans Commission, American Legion Post 68, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 Housing Authority, Marjorie Moore Village Community Room, 5 p.m. Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Library Board Room, 7 p.m.

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Open Book in-house technician. We share discounts – The Connecticut Library Consortium provides discounts to over 850 statewide libraries. With the discount provided for purchasing books and other materials, the Berlin-Peck Library saves over $41,000 a year off list price. We also receive a 10-15 percent discount on library supplies from vendors participating in this program. We share collections – The Berlin-Peck Library shares an online collection of over 7,400 eBooks and 2,900 audiobooks with 52 Connecticut public libraries. These items are downloadable by borrowers from our webpage. Berlin residents borrowed 3,291 items last year. Also, the Library is now part of a media circuit, whereby a collection of foreign film DVDs rotates among 23 libraries to provide a wide variety for our borrowers. Perhaps the most cost effective measure is the State Library-maintained iConn

database. This collection of magazines, newspapers, business information, health and science resources, eBooks and audiobooks, as well as the statewide library catalog, is available through our webpage. The total cost of iConn if provided by individual libraries and municipalities would be $28,860,921. The total cost of iConn as provided by the state is $2,027,838 for a savings of $26,833,083. We share services – ConnectiCard, our statewide reciprocal borrowing service, means that your Berlin-Peck library card may be used at any Connecticut public library. In the past year, Berlin residents borrowed over 19,600 items from other libraries. ConnectiCar is the statewide reciprocal return system which allows you to return borrowed items to any Connecticut public library and the items will be shipped to the owning library. The Berlin-Peck Library receives ConnectiCar delivery five days a week. Statewide, approximately 2 million items are shipped to CT libraries via ConnectiCar. Through interlibrary

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 — The Berlin Citizen


From the Friends of the Worthington Meeting House

Town trivia: Did you know?

So you’ve lived in Berlin for X number of years and you think you know a lot about our town. Why not take a little quiz and see how well you do. 1. The Town of Berlin is composed of land from which pre-existing towns? 2. The first European settler was ________. 3. Berlin’s town seal shows a figure. Who is he? What makes him so special to Berlin? 4. What does the word ‘Mattabesset’ mean? 5. The present Berlin High School is the second building to house the high

school. What was the first? 6. Where was the Berlin Turnpike before 1940? 7. Who was the first Berlin soldier to die in battle in the Civil War? 8. During the American Revolution, lead was mined for bullets. Where? 9. Berlin had two Town Halls from 1850-1907. Where were they located? 10. Where was the first train station located? Were you stumped by any of these? Over the next weeks, the Friends of the Worthington Meeting House will sponsor a series of articles answering these ques-

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

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loan, borrowers may request items from other libraries online or through a library staff member. Berlin-Peck borrowed 4,400 plus items from other libraries and loaned 6,800 plus items to other libraries through this service. The reference department routinely provides loans for book groups. At least 10 local groups borrow multiple copies of their discussion titles. The Berlin-Peck Library borrows the titles from neighboring libraries. This summer, Berlin children, teens and adults will be

able to participate in an online summer reading program thanks to Summer Reading Software supplied by the State Library, a value of over $1,200 to the BerlinPeck Library. So while we tighten our belts by looking for cooperative bargains, we also see library usage increase. Door traffic, program attendance, webpage hits and circulation are all up. We want to continue to be your best bargain in town. Helen Aveline is library director of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. Aveline is a guest columnist for The Berlin Citizen and can be reached at

tions, and add some interesting trivia you may have never heard of. We are a registered as a non-profit group dedicated to revitalizing the ancient treasure that has sat on Worthington Ridge since before the American Revolution. Our goal is to transform it into a cultural center with public meeting rooms, a museum, and other amenities to highlight our historic roots. As a town-owned building, it would be available for community use subject to town policy. There may be history right in your back yard of which you are unaware. Revolutionary War patriots, Civil War soldiers, and other heroes lived, worked and played in the same places your children call home. We have a number of men who survived Andersonville, and some who died there. One died at Pearl Harbor. Do you know where they

lived and are buried? Stay tuned. The answer to the first question is: Farmington, Middletown, Wethersfield, and a small portion of Wallingford. What we now call Kensington was settled by families from Farmington. The eastern boundary of that town was approximately Lower Lane. East Berlin and most of Berlin came from Middletown, which was part of the Upper Houses. The northeastern part of town, once called Beckley Quarter, was part of Wethersfield. These parts were combined in 1785 to form the Town of Berlin. It also included all of the present city of New Britain. Small sections south of Park Drive and south of Norton Lane were added around 1798 from Wallingford. A little known piece of trivia: the northern portion of the Worthington Meeting

House was in Wethersfield, while the southern portion was in Middletown. The boundary continued westerly down School Street and Patterson Way. The answer to question two is: Richard Beckley. He was born in England around 1618 and was in New Haven by 1639. He settled in western Wethersfield around 1660 with his family. He bought 300 acres around the Mattabesset River from Chief Terramuggas. Family legends say he married the chief ’s daughter, but no proof has been found. The family opened a tavern in the late 17th century, which remained until the 1880s. George Washington is said to have stopped here on his way to take command of the troops at Boston in 1775. Questions three and four will be answered next week. Submitted by Sallie Caliandri of The Berlin Historic Society

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

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Wellness screenings

Tunxis Community College has scheduled wellness screenings. Free self-assessments, screeners, educational information and community referrals for treatment and support will be available. Screenings will take place in the Administration Building corridor. National problem gambling awareness week March 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 6 p.m. Screenings to help identify possible gambling. The screenings will provide information for those who are concerned they or a family member may need help. National Alcohol Screening Day - April 11, at 11 a.m. The public and students have the opportunity to learn how alcohol could be affecting their life. A brief, anonymous self-assessment screening asks participants about drinking habits and if their behaviors have changed as a result of drinking. For more information, or in the event of inclement weather, call (860) 255-3548 or email

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Nutrition class The Hospital of Central Connecticut has scheduled free classes on nutrition during cancer treatment for the third Thursday of each month, from 4 to 5 p.m., at the New Britain General campus.

Registered Dietitian May Harter, M.S., R.D., CD-N, is scheduled to speak. Free parking and refreshments are provided. For more information, contact Noa Mencher at (860) 224-5187 or email

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Klotz, swim team primed for a big finish By Jim Bransfield Special to The Citizen

Berlin High’s All-American swimmer Dan Klotz is preparing to defend his state championships come March. He continued his tune-up by winning both the 100 yard freestyle and the 200 yard freestyle in his team’s 100-74 losing effort against Middletown at Middletown High Feb. 20. That he wasn’t challenged

in either race — and set a new pool record at the Baldwin-Parmelee pool in the 200 with a time of 1:48.88 — is remarkable because in the 200 he beat Middletown’s Sajin Cyr, a pretty good swimmer in his own right, by more than 14 seconds, and beat one of Middletown’s best in Michal Ciebielski by three and half seconds in the 100 with a time of 49.33 seconds. But Klotz has had a tough go of it this winter and is a tad less thrilled than others are with his performances. “I’ve had a couple of setbacks this year,” said the senior. “I had to go to Junior

Nationals and didn’t do as well as I hoped. Then I had to restart my training for the regular high school season. Then I got sick, I hurt my shoulder and then came the blizzard which kept me out of the water. I’m still building up and looking to drop some time.” His coach, Eileen Thurston, smiled as he talked. “Dan is the defending State Class M and Open champion in the 100 yard butterfly and the 200 yard freestyle,” she said of her star, who will attend Brown University in the fall. “He’s

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also All-American in both races. At nationals, he didn’t do as well as he wanted, but he swam his lifetime bests in both races. “He’s pretty hard on himself. The fact is he’s a very hard worker and an awesome role model for the rest of my kids. Right now, he’s where he was last year at this time.” Berlin has had one of those middle-of-the road season, going 5-6. The Redcoats were no match for Middletown (8-5) which swims a highly-competitive schedule that includes Glastonbury, Hall, Farmington, Conard, Wethersfield and East Lyme. But Thurston pointed to improvements of many of her athletes, particularly highlighting diver Nathan Giaccone, who finished a strong third with 196.30

points, behind Middletown’s heralded duo of Dan Kinney and Adam Gauthier. “Nathan has broken the school record in diving twice this year,” said Thurston. “He is doing very well for us and he was outstanding today considering we haven’t been able to consistently find a board for him.” Berlin has no pool of its own and the ongoing search for facilities that are used by other schools is a continuing problem for Thurston and her Redcoats. “It’s difficult to have to beg other people to use their boards,” said Thurston. Thurston said she has several swimmers on the cusp of qualifying for the state meet and is looking to the Central

Berlin girls hoop opens tournament play tonight; CIAC eyeing new home Eliades places sixth at State Open for football finals

Title games may land at CCSU

By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen With a regular season record of 19-1, the girls basketball team earned the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the CIAC Class L state tournament. Berlin will face the winner of No. 19 Guilford (13-7)/No. 14 Bristol Eastern (14-6) tonight, Feb. 28 at Gibney Gymnasium. Game time is 7 p.m. Bacon Academy (19-1) is the top seed in Class L. The boys basketball team fell to East Hartford, 58-45, in the first round of the Central Connecticut Conference tournament Saturday. Darren Gilbert paced Berlin (11-10) with 14 points. Tyler Stritch added 11. Dom Nuzzo and Tyler Bouchard pulled down five rebounds apiece for the locals. The Redcoats’ next action will come in the CIAC Class M state tournament, which kicks off next week. The Class M bracket was released after press time, but it appears Berlin will be the No. 19 seed. BHS coach Mike Veneziano likes his team’s chances. “I think playing a L, LL schedule will help us compete in Class M,” said the

See Swim, page 20

By Nick Carroll The Berlin Citizen

Photo by Matt Leidemer

Paige Young, pictured, and the BHS girls basketball team begin their quest for the CIAC Class L state championship tonight, Feb. 28. The Lady RedSee Notes, page 20 coats are the No. 3 seed.

The CIAC football state championship games may be on the move. “I think there’s a strong possibility of it happening,” said John Capodice, a member of the CIAC football committee. The past three years, East Hartford’s Rentschler Field hosted the high school football finals, and by all accounts, athletes and coaches loved playing at the modern, 40,000-seat stadium, home of the University of Connecticut gridders. The state championship games haven’t drawn enough fans to make the Rentschler title tilts profitable, however, which led the CIAC to seek out a smaller – yet still impressive – venue. Central Connecticut State University’s Arute Field may fit the bill.

Speaking of the potential move, Capodice, head coach of the Berlin High School football team, said: “I kind of have mixed emotions on it.” This past season, Capodice’s Redcoats were one of the eight teams to compete for a state title at The Rent, and the experience is one he will not soon forget. “We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to play there, and it was an amazing experience,” said the coach. “You’re talking a Division I stadium with the sound system, the locker rooms, the field, the environment, the sky boxes; it’s a real special thing to play a football game there. It would be a little disappointing to see that the kids don’t have that opportunity anymore.” “I’m sure (CCSU) would do a great job as well,” See Football, page 20


Thursday, February 28, 2013 — The Berlin Citizen

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

Jason Maule, Class of 1995 Jason Maule was a four-year athlete in soccer, basketball and baseball. In soccer, he was a twoyear varsity Maule starter, and set the team record for goals in a season with 23. His soccer accolades include being named All-Northwest Conference and All-State, twice. Also, he earned NWC AllAcademic honors three

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Maule returned to CCSU and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education. Currently, he is working on his master’s degree in technology education and a second master’s in educational leadership. Maule is employed as a physical education teacher at Washington Middle School in Meriden, and conducts private baseball instruction in West Hartford, Farmington and Plainville. Also, he serves as an assistant baseball coach at Northwest Catholic alongside fellow BHS alum Cory Carlson and David Swanson, a member of the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame. Northwest claimed the 2010 Class S state championship. While in college, Maule was scouted by future BHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Paul Baretta, a scouting supervisor for the New York Mets. Maule is now married to Baretta’s daughter, Andrea. The couple resides in Berlin with their two children, Nerea, 3, and Trey, 1.

Anthony Santoro, Class of 1991 Anthony Santoro was a three-year varsity baseball starter and was selected to the All-Northwest Conference team each of those years. In 1991, he was named All-State. He also received the Outstanding Achievement Award in ’91, for the highest batting average. Santoro played in three state title games, and BHS prevailed in two of those championship matchups. In 1990, the Redcoats beat New London 4-3 in the state title game on a grand slam


Santoro by Santoro. Berlin finished 22-0 that season and went 623 during Santoro’s time in the starting lineup. Santoro was an American Legion Zone III All-Star and played on the state select Legion team in a game against the Honduras Olympic Team. Santoro continued his baseball career at Western Connecticut State University. In 2011, Santoro was one of the top vote-getters as a second baseman in The Berlin Citizen’s “All-Time 9” baseball team, voted on by the community.

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Santoro was a three-year varsity starter on the BHS football team, and played both defensive back and quarterback during his career. He was selected to the All-NWC team in ’90 and ’91 and was All-State in ’90. During Santoro’s three years as a starter, the Redcoats compiled a record of 25-5, and during the ’91 season allowed no touchdown receptions. Coach Al Pelligrinelli referred to Santoro as “the leader of our defense.” Santoro had nine career interceptions, and as quarterback his senior year threw for 700 yards and eight touchdowns. He received the Coaches Award that season. Santoro graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in criminal justice, and has worked for the Department of Corrections the past 14 years. He resides in Berlin with his wife, Angie, and daughters Lilly and Gabriella. The Hall of Fame induction dinner is scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. For ticket information, contact Diane Egazarian at (860) 402-1169 or email

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The Berlin Youth Soccer Association has opened online registration for the spring season. To register, online, go to and click on the “registration” tab. Programs are offered in the Mini Kicker, Nutmeg, Junior, and Senior Divisions. Travel teams will be formed based on interest. Programs are designed to complement the skills and needs of children born in 1998 through 2008. For more information, visit www.bysa,org, or contact John Riley, (860) 8286465, or Ron Filipek, (860) 828-0821.

times, was a two-time recipient of BHS soccer’s Offensive Award, and was selected to play in the CHSCA Senior Bowl. In basketball, Maule was a three-year varsity starter. In ’93 and ’94, he earned the Redcoat Award and NWC All-Academic status. A two-year varsity starter in baseball, Maule was named All-NWC and NWC All-Academic in ’93 and ’94. In ’95, he helped lead the Redcoats to a 22-2 record, culminating with a Class M state championship. Maule batted .508 for the season, scored 31 runs and stole 32 bases. Maule was offered soccer and baseball scholarships to a number of schools. He chose to continue his baseball career at Central Connecticut State University, where he was a four-year starter, and a NEC All-Star team selection. In ’97, Maule led the NCAA in stolen bases pergame, with 39 in 36 games. He holds the career record at CCSU in stolen bases (116), is third in runs scored (177), and fourth in batting average (.362). Maule was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the ’99 Draft. In 124 games with the Michigan Battle Cats in ‘01, he batted .347 with 143 hits, and had 56 stolen bases, earning a spot on the Midwest League All-Star team. In all, Maule spent five years in the Houston Astros’ and New York Yankees’ minor league systems, reaching the Double A level for both organizations. At the conclusion of his professional baseball career, *Offer expires on 3/31/13

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Library News

Berlin Free Library

Library tea The second annual Library Tea is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event includes a silent auction, featuring floral arrangements, tea baskets, artwork and more. Tickets are available at the library. For more information, call (860) 828-3344. Story time Story Time, a 45 minute program featuring stories, crafts, songs and short movies, is scheduled for Wednesdays, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., for ages 2 to 6

Artist of the month The Berlin Free Library has scheduled The Artist of the Month. Featured artists for March are Skip and Jean Munson, of Kensington. Three of their watercolor paintings hang in the library. The public is welcome to view the artwork each month. The library is open Monday, 2:30 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 to 11 a.m.; and Friday, 2:30 to 5 p.m.

years old. No registration is needed. Book store Visit the Berlin Free Library’s discount bookstore every Wednesday, from 9 to 11 a.m. A large collection of books, including children’s adult fiction and non-fiction, cookbooks and more, are available. For more information, call (860) 828-3344.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library Adult programs Adult Winter Reading Club: Participants of the reading club may pick up tickets for the tea party, scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, at the library. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Healing art of Reiki:

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

Travel baseball Open tryouts for the Waterbury Hurricanes 11U travel baseball team will be held Saturday, March 2, noon to 1:30 p.m. in Wa-

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coach, whose troops will have an away game in Round 1. “Tough to win on the road in the tournament,” Veneziano said, “but the team is playing good ball and they believe they can compete with anyone. “These kids have matured on the fly. I couldn’t be any prouder of them turning their season around after a 15 start.” The coach said the Redcoats are the smallest school to qualify for the CCC tournament four straight years. “That is a tribute to all the players as well as JV, freshmen and BBA coaches for helping to build a solid pro-

terbury. For more information, contact Chris Leon at (203) 707-0667.

3-on-3 tournament The New Britain-Berlin YMCA will host a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Sunday, March 24. The tournament is open to members and non-members in grades 5 through 10. Trophies will be awarded to the top team in each division. There is a fee to register. Register in person at the YMCA, 50 High St., New Britain, or at the Y-Childcare center in Kensington, 362 Main St. For more information, call (860) 229-3787.

gram,” Veneziano said. “We are geared up and can’t wait for states to start.” Competing in the 145 pound weight class, juniorJake Eliades placed sixth in the State Open wrestling tournament. The Berlin grapplers landed in a tie for 39th place at the Open, which draws the top finishers from the LL, L, M and S state tournaments. The Redcoats were represented by seven guys at the Open, which was won by Danbury. “We gained a lot of experience on Saturday,” said BHS coach Jim Day, pointing out that six of his State Open qualifiers will be returning to the team next winter. “I think they all gained a stronger perspective on what it will take for them to place and qualify for the New Eng-

lands next year.” Speaking of the Open, Day said “It is always a strange day because the season’s end is so sudden, and as a coach you never feel you have the right words to thank your wrestlers for their efforts during the season.” Day said the Redcoats didn’t reach all their goals this season, but it wasn’t due to lack of effort. “I know the coaching staff is very proud of our team and can’t wait for next year.” Brendon Richard had three goals and dished out three assists to lead the Newington-Berlin hockey team to an 11-0 win over Rocky Hill-RHAM-Middletown Saturday. Dan Roberts and Matt Harackiewicz netted two goals apiece for NB, which improved to 13-3.

Monday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. Learn about the form of Japanese energy healing used to relieve stress and promote health and relaxation. To reserve a seat, contact the library at (860) 8287125. Author visit: Author Peter F. Burns Jr., is scheduled to discuss his book “Shock the World: UConn Basketball in the Calhoun Era,” on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. To reserve a seat, call the library at (860) 828-7125. Sit and Knit: Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Do you know how to knit, but following a pattern is difficult? Are you a beginner? Who you like to meet new people? Join Gina Kahn for a relaxed knitting session. Drop-in. Investors’ Group: Tuesday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. Learn about stick market and marketing tools. No registration necessary. Foreign Film: Monday, March 25, at 6 p.m. “All About My Mother.” Rated R. No registration necessary. Book club: Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats,” by Sendker will be discussed. All are welcome. Income Tax Assistance Tuesdays through April 9. Tax Aide is a free program,

providing income tax preparation assistance for low and middle-income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to those 60 and older. To schedule an appointment, call the library at (860) 8287125. Homebound Services: Volunteers will deliver library materials to those unable to get to the library due to disability, illness or advanced age. For more information, call the library at (860) 828-7125. Children’s programs Construction Club with Lego blocks - Saturday, March 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. Registration requested. Library Leprechaun Saturday, March 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. Follow the clues to find 10 lucky four-leaf clovers that the library leprechaun has hidden around the library’s children’s department. Drop-in for children of all ages. Storytime - Storytime is a half-hour program featuring stories, fingerplays, songs and a short movie. No registration is needed. Monday - 10:30 a.m., for toddlers 18 to 36 months. Tuesday - 1:30 p.m., for


committee members are ready for a change. “Listening to the committee, I think opinions are really mixed,” said Capodice. “There’s a lot of open discussion in regards to the sites.” The football committee is expected to tour the CCSU football complex in March.

Continued from page 18 Capodice added. “But that Rentschler experience was pretty neat.” While Capodice would be happy to see the finals remain at Rentschler, other

Swim Continued from page 18 Connecticut Conference divisional meet to give her kids state qualifying times. “Ryan Marquis, Fazli Bozal, Luke Switzer and Wojtek Kazjer are all swimmers who have a shot to make states,” said Thurston. “In the meet today, we let the kids swim in whatever events they wished.” Thurston also said that it has been a pleasure to have foreign exchange student Martin Rathowsky, who

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swam on all three relay teams against Middletown, swim with her team. “We have a pretty good group of freshmen this year,” she said. “My guys are working hard. While we have trouble with pool time, the kids work well as a team.” Berlin’s Senior Night was held Tuesday at Platt High School against the Meriden cooperative program of Maloney and Platt. The CCC Divisional meet is this weekend with the state class trials, state meets and state open meet unfolding March 6-16.

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Boy Scouts – Boy Scout Troop 41, sponsored by Bethany Covenant Church, meets Thursdays, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., at the church. For more information, call Scoutmaster KC Jones at (860) 829-1148 or email Boy Scouts – Boy Scout Troop 24 meets Thursdays, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., at the Community Center. Stop in or call Joe Tedone at (860) 828-0255.

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p.m. No reservations are required. The public is welcome. A fee is charged. For more information, call (860) 828-9102 after 5 p.m. Hubbard PTO - The Hubbard Elementary School PTO is scheduled to meet Tuesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m., in the teacher’s room at the school. All parents and guardians of Hubbard students are welcome. Playgroup - Kensington Congregational Church offers a drop-in adult/child playgroup every Tuesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., in the Reeves Center, 185 Sheldon St. This is an unstructured time for children to meet and play. For more information, call (860) 828-4511. Boy Scout Troop 256 Boy Scout Troop 256, chartered by the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department,

meets Tuesday evenings, at the Kensington Firehouse. For information, call Ed Alicea, Scoutmaster, (860) 8288693. Boy Scout Troop 44 Boy Scout Troop 44, chartered by the Berlin Lions, meets Tuesdays, at 7 p.m., at Bethany Covenant Church. For information, call the troop committee chair at (860) 829-1832.



Junior Woman’s Club The Junior Woman’s Club of Berlin is scheduled to meet Thursday, March 7, at Sage Pond Place. Social is at 6:45 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. College planning - The Berlin High School Counseling Department has sched-

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uled its annual College & Career Planning Night for Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. A PowerPoint presentation is planned. Representatives from the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University Fairfield University and Tunxis Community College are scheduled for a panel discussion. For more information, contact Mary Pacyna at (86) 828-6577, ext. 158 or email



Blood drive - The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive for Tuesday, March 12, from 1 to 5:45 p.m., in the St. Paul Church hall. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit



Singles event - Social Connections, a social club for singles, has scheduled a singles happy hour event for Friday, March 15, at 5 p.m., at the Hawthorne Inn, 2421 Berlin Tnpk. No charge. For more information, call Gail at (860) 582-8229.



Garden Club - The Kensington Garden Club is scheduled to meet, Thursday, March 21, at 6:45 p.m., at the Community Center. Steve Silk is scheduled to present “The Crazy Mixed-Up Border.” The program is free, the public is welcome. For more information, call Debbie at (860) 828-5187 or visit

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Cookie is a spunky, gorgeous Maine Coon mix. Cookie is a free spirit who is entertaining. She is affectionate on her own terms and will allow you to hold her now and then. Cookie doesn’t care for other cats. She will be allowed to be an indoor/outdoor cat in a low risk neighborhood. For more information, call (860) 828-5287.


St. Patrick’s Day dinner - The Knights of Columbus has scheduled a St. Patrick’s Day dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, at 5 p.m., in the gym at St. Paul School. Raffle prizes are ofe fered. A fee is charged. For more information, reserved - seating and meals to go, con- tact Terry Lescoe at (860) 828-9285 or Tom Sullivan at - (860) 505-8128. Tag sale - Friends of s Berlin Animal Control and U the East Berlin Fire Department have scheduled a tag sale extravaganza for Saturday, March 2, from 9 to 3 p.m., at 309 Berlin St., East Berlin. Many household items and collectibles, old bottles, vintage vinyl records, tools, books and unique treasures. Proceeds will benefit both non-profit groups. No early birds please. For more information, call (860) 828-5287.





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Pasta supper - American Legion Post 68, 154 Porters Pass, serves pasta suppers every Tuesday, from 5 to 6:30


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Information provided by the Berlin Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions. Jan. 31 Tasha Denise Goulet, 22, 46 Lawlor St., New Britain, sixthdegree larceny from building. Feb. 2 Daniel Nash, 48, 2005 Berlin Tnpk., operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol. Feb. 3 Carolyn Bizier-Tacano, 47, 501 Berlin Tnpk., third-degree assault victim, elderly, blind,

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preschoolers 3 to 6 years old. Wednesday - 11:30 a.m., for babies from birth to 18 months. Thursday - 10:30 a.m., for all ages. The theme for the week of March 4 is good morning, good night stories. Tails of Joy - Read to me dogs: Saturday, March 30, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, for grades one to five. Registration is required. Dogs are patient, non-judgmental listeners and allow children the opportunity to practice their reading skills. Mother Goose Time Wednesdays, at 11:30 a.m. A special storytime for babies ages 0-24 months and their families. Share books, music, bounces and fun with babies. No registration is needed. Older siblings are welcome. Playtime - Fridays, from 10 a.m. to noon. Playtime is an informal gathering where babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can play and socialize together. Parents must attend. No registration is needed.

Hours The East Berlin Library, 240 Main St., East Berlin, is open Mondays and Thursdays, from 3 to 5 p.m., and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The library can be reached at (860) 828-3123.


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Parks and Recreation Dog obedience The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the following dog obedience classes. Classes are scheduled at the former Pistol Creek Golf Course, 600 Spruce Brook Rd. Dog handlers should be at least 16 years of age. Kindergarten Puppy Training - The class is for puppies aged 2 ½ months to 6 months old. Work on leash walking and the come, sit and down commands. Puppies develop social skills, confidence and more. A six-foot leash is required. First class is held without dogs. Bring a copy of your puppy’s current vaccinations to the first class. Classes meet on Thursdays, for seven weeks, beginning April 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. Class is limited to 12 participants. Basic Dog Obedience - The class cover commands sit, down, stay, heel, come and stand. Learn to correct bad habits; learn how to praise, correct and discipline appropriately. Dogs should be at least 6 months old. A six-foot leash is required. First class is held without dogs. A copy of your dog’s current vaccinations, including Bordetella, should be given to the instructor at the first class. Classes meet Tuesdays, from 6 to 7 p.m., for seven weeks, beginning April 2. Class is limited to 12 participants. Better basis dog obedience — Class is for those who have completed basic dog obedience. Emphasis on improving and sharpening skills. A six foot leash is required. A copy of your dog’s current vaccinations, including Bordetella, should be given to the instructor at the first class. Classes meet Wednesdays, from 6 to 7 p.m., for seven weeks, beginning April 10. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Volunteer firefighters needed

The Berlin, East Berlin, Kensington and South Kensington Fire Departments are looking for volunteer firefighters to join the ranks. The dedicated volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, of good moral character, be a resident or work in Berlin and be physically capable of performing the duties of a firefighter. For more information, stop by a fire house near your home on Monday evenings, ask any member how to join or contact Assistant Chief Mike Blais at or 860329-7738.

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

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

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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels in Berlin is looking for volunteers to deliver food to the homebound elderly one day a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers on Fridays are especially needed. Training and mileage reimbursement is provided. For more information, contact Judy Nimro at (860) 229-7700, ext. 201.


Midstate volunteers MidState Medical Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Midstate Medical center is in the process of developing an extensive Palliative Care program for patients, their families and members of the community. Bereavement volunteers will work closely with the chaplain to assist with the bereavement support group, provide bereavement materials for families and basically provide continuity for the family after the patient’s death. Office volunteers are needed for clerical and secretarial support to the Palliative Care program

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and the Patient Care volunteers are at the bedside to give comfort and support to patients and their families who are receiving Palliative Care. Extensive training for volunteers interested in joining the Palliative Care program is planned. There are several departments looking for volunteers to make follow up or reminder phone calls to patients as well as keeping physicians’ offices informed of patients who are admitted or discharged are available. For more information, visit, complete the volunteer application and background check and send to the volunteer office at MidState Medical Center.


disabled, mental or pregnant, disorderly conduct/assault. Jeffrey Johnson, 44, 49 Datton St., Wallingford, breach of peace, interfering with an officer. Luis Malave, 36, 33 Center St., Hartford, second-degree failure. Daniel Rzeszulek, 26, 63 Kosku Ln., Naugatuck, fifth-degree con/larceny from building, first-degree conspiracy/criminal mischief, sixth-degree larceny from building, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree criminal trespass, Feb. 4 Brian Mikoleit, 42, 519 Adams St., Manchester, violation of probation.

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RSVP of Central CT is looking for drivers to provide seniors with safe and reliable transportation to and from medical appointments. Mileage and supplemental insurance is provided. For more information, call (203) 634-6070 or (860) 224-7117.

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A terminally ill patient’s sense of isolation is often made worse by the lack of comfort-

Alexander Gover, 19, 27 Wilcox Ct., second-degree criminal mischief. Jeffrey Johnson, 44, 49 Datton St., Wallingford, breach of peace, interfering with an officer. Feb. 5 Sean Wearne, 21, 26 Sorrel Ln., disorderly conduct/other. Ryan Wearne, 18, 26 Sorrel Ln., disorderly conduct/other. Feb. 6 Joel Rivera, 27, 191 Surrey Dr., Bristol, reckless driving. Daniel Szymaszek, 55, 250 Summitwood Dr., creating a public disturbance, operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol. Feb. 13 Jeffrey Castelhano, 29, 28 Kelsey St., Newington, failure to pay/plead.

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Wilbert Howell, 54, 134 Maplewood Ave., West Hartford, evading responsibility. Feb. 15 Selena Ham, 27, 46 Faith Circle, Manchester, sixth-degree conv/larceny shoplifting, sixth-degree larceny shoplifting. Christopher Stewart, 32, 46 Faith Circle, Manchester, sixthdegree conv/larceny shoplifting, sixth-degree larceny shoplifting, reckless driving. Feb. 16 Bruce Koloski, 78, PO Box 83, failure to pay/plead. John Leuzzi, 36, 902 Ridge Rd., Wethersfield, issuing bad check. Feb. 17 Stacey Myers, 46, 431 Campfield Ave., Hartford, issuing a bad check.


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LEGAL NOTICE BOARD OF ASSESSMENT APPEALS TOWN OF BERLIN Notice is hereby given that in accordance with C.G.S. Section 12-110(a) the Board of Assessment Appeals of the Town of Berlin will meet from 6:00PM to 9:00PM on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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The Lady Red Birds of The Red Hat Society recently celebrated the 90th birthday of Mary (Mae) Simcik at the Timberlin Golf Course. Simcik is one of the group’s original members.

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Volunteers Continued from page 23 ing human touch. Muscles may be contracted and stiff. Patients may spend their days immobile in a recliner or bed. Knowledgeable massage therapists and Reiki volunteers offer compassionate touch, relaxation, a sense of well-being and emotional health. For the volunteer, getting to know someone at the end of life is a gift in itself. VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Connecticut is looking for licensed massage therapists or Reiki practitioners to visit patients in their homes and nursing facilities in southeastern Connecticut. All VITAS volunteers receive orientation in end-oflife care. VITAS massagetherapy volunteers must have a current massage license. VITAS Reiki volunteers must have a level 1 Reiki certificate. For more information or to volunteer, call VITAS Manager of Volunteer Services Pat Wilson at (860) 494-4600.

Road to Recovery The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients to their treatment appointments, through its Road to Recovery program. Treatments patients are often too sick to drive. A cancer patient who receives radiation therapy might require between 20 to 30 trips to the

clinic within six weeks. Chemotherapy patients might receive weekly treatments for up to a year. Volunteers receive training, orientation and are asked to volunteer for at least one hour, one day, once a month. The Road to Recovery program will match drivers’ availability with the needs of patients. For more information or to volunteer, contact Bonnie Baldwin at (203) 563-1529 or

and at 6:00PM on Wednesday March 27th, 2013 if needed at the Berlin Town Hall, 240 Kensington Road, Berlin, Connecticut, in Caucus Room A for the purpose of hearing appeals related to the assessment of Real Estate, Personal Property and Supplemental Motor Vehicle.


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

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(203) 235-1686


BULLDOGS, Yorkie, Yorkie-Poo, Chihuahua, Boxers, Puggles, Bostons, Pugs, Rotties, Hotdogs, German Shepherds, Labs, Min Pin mixed breeds, rescues available. $150+ Call (860) 930-4001.

FORD EXPEDITION XLT 2001 $4,288 8 Cylinder, 4 Spd Auto 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $988 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

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



Hyundai Santa Fe 2008


Stock# 4104A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy


(203) 818-3300

$$$ CA$H $$$ LHASA APSO and Mal-Shi Pups 8 weeks old! Hair, not fur! Excellent family pet. Only 2 left! $400 Call (860) 335-0169

Ford Econoline Wagon 2004 E 150 XL, Automatic. Only 41K $9,988 Stock#1289

SNOW BLOWERS/THROWERS ARIENS Snowblower, 28” width, electric start, 11.5 hp engine, Halogen headlight, heated hand grips, exc. cond. $875. Call 203238-4057 or 203-213-9756

GMC ENVOY 2005 SATURN VUE 2009 100% Financing Available! Apply Today - Drive Tomorrow! Must be 18 years of age and a US Citizen w/proof of residence. Minimum down payments may vary. Must meet income requirements. Subject to change without notice.

1 888 207-3682 Ask For Darrell

Hybrid, 4 Cyl, FWD, Automatic $8988 Stock# 9965A

SLT, 4 WD, 4 Door, Automatic $6,988 Stock# 1305A

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES LOST Or Found. The RecordJournal will run your lost or found ad FREE in our Marketplace Section! Call 203238-1953 for details.

203-237-3025 Estate sale service. Costume Jewelry, Antiques, paintings, Meriden-made items, toys, lamps.

1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture. 50’s Items. Whole Estates.

203-238-3499 2ND Generation buys all Napier. Costume jewelry, old metal toys, Winchester items, Tiffany items, Indian items, depression & carnival glass. 203-639-1002

Mercury Mariner 2009 Stock# 18485 $9,969 Don't miss... Call Chris at 203 250-5952 w w w. r i c ha r dc h e v y . c o m

Call to place your Marketplace ad any time

Day or Night

Marketplace Advertising Direct Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

(877) 238-1953

AFFORDABLE Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves.

Appliance Repairs

Will Deliver


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


Thursday, February 28, 2013 — The Berlin Citizen WANTED TO BUY

Always Buying All Contents of Estates. Antique, old toys & collectibles. furniture, costume jewelry, etc. Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 S. Orchard St. Wallingford. 203-269-4975 or 203-284-3786 Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm

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

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

203-235-8431 WANTED Fishing & Hunting Tackle - Local Collector looking for old or new rods, reels, lures. Highest prices paid. Dave any time 860-463-4359



MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd. 2 BR Available Ask About One Month Free! Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 1BR 2nd Flr Apt in Two-Family House, Quiet Dead End St. WD Hookup, Heat & HW included. $800/mo. Call 860-736-1169 or 860-502-5619 MERIDEN 2 Bedrooms, 5 Rooms, newly remodeled, off street parking, w/d hookups, no pets, $900 plus utilities, references. 203-671-9644 MERIDEN 2 BR Apts Hubbard Park Central Air/Heat. 775 West Main St. $945-$995/mo. + utils. No pets. Call Niki 203 992-5605 or Chino 203 935-6224

Performance & Instruction. Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome. Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate. (203) 630-9295

HOUSES FOR RENT MERIDEN House for Rent 3 BR, Available March, No Pets. Sec 8 approved. 203-631-5848

APARTMENTS FOR RENT CHESHIRE - 4 Rooms Appliances, 1 Level, Deck. No Pets. Convenient to 691 & 84. $1225/Month. Includes Heat & Garage. Call 203-393-1117 CHESHIRE 1 BR, Eat-in Kitcfhen, Lg Family Rm. Front & Rear Porch. Off st parking. Dog or Cat OK. $875. (386) 490-0112

Flanders West Apts Southington

Studio & 1 Bedroom Apts Affordable Housing for qualified applicants 50 yrs of age or older. Amenities Include: Computer Learning Center, TV/ Games Lounge, Laundry Facilities, Off Street Parking, Free Bus Service to local shopping ctrs. On site: Resident Serv. Coord. Small Pets Accepted Please call 860-621-3954 for information. TTY: 711

MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 1 BR, 1st Fl, $845/mo+sec. 1BR, 2nd Fl $801 /mo+sec. 203-630-3823 12pm8pm or MERIDEN - 2BR, 5 Rooms Completely Remodeled Deck, Off-Street Parking Section 8 Approved $950/mo+sec. 203-980-0215 MERIDEN 1 BR Spacious, Applianced, Secure Building, Laundry. No Pets/Smoking $750/mo. + Security. 203-376-1259

WALLINGFORD Clean, updated 2 BR Apartment. Quiet neighborhood. Water & Garbage incl. $900-$950 Per Month. (203) 464-0766

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

NORTH HAVEN Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Satellite TV. Short Stay/ Daily/ Wkly On Bus Line. 203-239-5333 WALLINGFORD Private BR and Private Bath. All Utilities, Cable TV, Laundry, Private Entrance. $160 /week, plus 2 wks security. Call 203-626-5786 or 203-980-1441

HOUSES FOR SALE MERIDEN 2 BR Available Heat, Hot Water & Appliances incl. Off-Street parking. Available for immediate move in. Starting at $800 per month. 203-639-8751 MERIDEN 2 BR, 1 Flr. Liberty St. Recently renovated. Stove & refrig. WD hookup. Off st parking. Yard. Bsmnt storage. Sec 8 approved. $850. 203- 506-6398 MERIDEN 3 BR 2nd Flr. No Pets, Gas Heat, W/D Hookup. Off St. Parking $850/mo + 1 mnth sec & rent. Call 203-213-9896

Music By Roberta


MERIDEN 3 BR. 1st Fl. Clean. Well maintained. 6 Gold St. Lg BRs, Sunny Kitchen. WD hookup. $925. Avail March 1. Sec 8 appr. Call Will 860-834-2876

MERIDEN- $274,900. Just like new with plenty of room to grow! Spacious, open and airy, great room w/ cath. ceiling, 4BR. House completely rebuilt in 2004, 3 full BA w/ whirlpools, master suite, add. office/ library, oversized 2c gar. A must see! Call Nicky Waltzer 203-265-5618

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

MERIDEN- $153,900 3Brs 1st fl, 2BRs 2nd fl. 1st fl Slider to deck, new furn, newer HW heaters, Close to schools. Shopping, hwys, motivated seller! Bring your offer! Call Roy Haynes 203-265-5618

SOUTHINGTON - 1 1/2 Room Efficiency. Ideal for seniors and all others. Near I-84. $145/wk. Includes Heat & HW, A/C, Appliances. No smoking. Sec dep & refs req. 860-620-0025

WALLINGFORD 2nd Flr 2 BR W/D Hookup. Near Library. No Smoking/Pets. Sec + Ref Required. $850/mo. 203-269-1426 WINTER SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $695/month. HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED. Private balcony. 203-639-4868

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

CUSTOMER SERVICE Part Time Lyman Products seeks part time individual with excellent phone skills to assist customers with orders and product information. Data entry, general office and MS Office skills required. Please send resume to: or apply in person to 475 Smith Street Middletown, CT EXTENDED Stay America PT Housekeeping & Front Desk Positions. Open Availabilty & Reliable Transportation. Apply at 366 Bee St. Meriden, CT.

WALLINGFORD 1 BR Very neat & clean, Off St. Park, Stove & Refrig, W/D Hookup, Storage, No Smoking/Pets. 1 mnth sec & lease $700/mo. 203-631-5219 WALLINGFORD 1BR, 1st FL. Downtown location. $750 Per Month Available Immediately. Call 203-284-0212

Business Development Sales Representative Attn: Kim Boath New Media Sales Position 11 Crown Street Meriden CT 06450 or email: kboath@

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

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


If the opportunity to be a leader in our successful, community-minded organization excites you, forward your resume to:

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

MERIDEN STUDIO Efficiency Apartment. Utilities Included. Security & Lease Required. $650 per month. (203) 235-6988


NORTH HAVEN- $194,000 Spacious end-unit w/cair, 2BRs, 2 full BA, EIK, DR/LR combo w/FP & skylights. Laundry rm w/washer/dryer combo. Private patio, gar next to unit. Mins to I95, I91, Yale, Quinn, Shopping, Golf. Call Dee Grazioso 203-265-5618

MANUFACTURING Manufacturer seeks the following: ● Experienced Shippers ● Assemblers ● Machine Operators F/T, P/T, 4 day work week. Apply in person: Lyman Products 475 Smith Street Middletown, CT 06457

Always a sale in Marketplace

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR DELIVERY CARRIERS WANTED Come join our fast growing team of contracted adult carriers who earn up to $13,000.00 annually delivering newspapers for up to 2 hours in the early morning. It is a great way to subsidize your annual income without interfering with your regular job or quality time at home. If you are interested in being contracted on a route or being a substitute in Wallingford, Meriden, Southington or Cheshire Please call Record-Journal Circulation

(203) 634-3933 HELP WANTED

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

HELP WANTED AUTO TECH, Experienced, FT/PT, Excellent Wages & Benefits. Call 203-284-8989 or Fax 203-269-1114. INVESTIGATOR/POLICE OFFICER For private investigation work. Reply: PO Box 373, Middlefield, CT 06455 Mechanical contractor loooking for a FULL TIME BOOKKEEPER Duties include AP/AR/PR/GL, Monthly Financial Closings. Reports include Certified Payroll Reports, Union Reports and Construction Reports. Excel req. CF Data a Plus. 5 yrs exp desired. Benefits offered. Submit resume by 3/1/13 to: James T. Kay Co, Inc. PO Box 728, Meriden CT 06450 An Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer NUCAP (FKA) Anstro MFG. is seeking a 1st & 2nd shift quality Inspector for the Watertown location. Efficiently use measuring instruments. Perform 1st piece inspection of parts. Verify & keep records on inspections. Must read, write, & speak English. Must be dependable and reliable. Fill out an application at: 1 Frost Bridge Rd. Watertown, CT 06795 Or send resume to


NUCAP (FKA) Anstro MFG. is seeking 1st shift production toolmaker experienced in progressive tooling. Ability to troubleshoot, repair, & changeover dies for our Watertown location. Must be dependable & reliable. Fill out an application at: 1 Frost Bridge Rd. Watertown, CT 06716. Or send resume to PART TIME Administrative Assistant: Provide support to Summer Program Director fifteen to twenty hours per week. Excellent computer and communication skills required. Please send resume to: Cheshire Academy Summer Programs Office 10 Main St., Cheshire, CT 06410 No Phone Calls. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer PHARMACY Tech, PT, exp’d, for Meriden & New Haven locations. Weekends & weekdays. Apply in person at Hancock Pharmacy, Meriden 203-235-6323 SHEET METAL MECHANIC Minimum 5-10 years exp installing industrial blow pipe and duct work. Welding exp a plus. Steady work, good benefits, call for interview. 860 828-2596

TEACHING POSITION (Long-term Substitutes) Wallingford Public Schools is seeking candidates for the following long-term substitute teaching positions: High School Level: Spanish -Position begins in March for approximately 12 weeks. Italian - Position begins in March for approximately 12 weeks. Please fax resume and certification to (203) 949-6551. EOE US Tool Group, a leading provider of cutting tools and management services, has the following part-time opening in Plainville, CT:

Tool Crib Attendant The ideal candidate will have intermediate level computer knowledge, experience or training in inventory control and excellent customer relations skills. This position requires a responsible, ambitious person that is willing to learn and can work independently. Knowledge of tooling a plus, but not required. Experience in purchasing and with industrial vending machines is also a plus. Send resumes to: An Equal Opportunity Employer

WALLINGFORD ROUTE Parker Farms Rd Brookview Ave Whiffle Tree Ln Mohawk Dr Lynn Dr Osage Dr 160 Papers $9,900 Annually

Call Circulation Recruitment Dept.



The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, February 28, 2013

SALE DATES: Thurs. Feb. 28 -Mar. 6, 2013 RAINX

Repel Blades

Comp. $14.95


Weather Beater Blades

-20 F Windshield Washer Fluid

1 299 $





Pigs Ears OR 10” Rawhide Retriever Your Choice


STORE HOURS: Mon-Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-8pm

Ocean State

12” Bully Sticks

Coat Clearance!

40% OFF* Suet Cake


$ Bayer






1 Every Bath Towel in Stock 4 50 Every Bath Sheet in Stock Our Reg. 6.99......6 $ Our Reg. 1.99.. $ Our Reg. 4.99...

4 Shelf Greenhouse Comp. $70


Twin Our Reg. $20................ 15 $ Full Our Reg. $25................... 20 $ Queen Our Reg. $30............ 25 $ King Our Reg. $35................. 29






Wicker Chair Cushions................$12 Wicker Settee Cushions.......... ....$25

Jeans & Casual Pants





Lambswool Throw Super Soft 100% Synthetic.

50”x 60”

Our Reg. $8

American Made Steel Toe, Knee High Waterproof Boots



Ladies Rainboots Assorted styles

Sells Nationally $33

285099 8 25 23


10 $200


Famous Label Ladies Swimsuits

10’x12’ Regency Gazebo

Compare $300



12’x12’ Sierra II Gazebo Compare $159.99


Stable high performance multichannel hull. Molded water bottle holder. Padded back rest. Capacity 295 lbs

Premium Soft-sided Luggage Self Rising Highrise Queen Size Air Mattress

Comp. $39.99

with built in pump, 18” off the ground


27 $ 33 $ 40 $









Leather Palm Work Gloves Your Choice

Comp. $59-$79

Inflatable Ultra Lounge with Ottoman

Timbertech Stainless Steel Post Caps Comp. $17.99




Grill Covers

3’x50’ Landscape Fabric



Vinyl Covers

27”x30” Kettle Grill Comp. $9.................. $4 68” Std Comp. $12............................................$6

Flannel Lined

Occasional Table 20”x30”



53”...............Comp. 59”...............Comp. 68”...............Comp. 80”...............Comp.


6 Ft Center Folding Banquet Table Comp. $100


10 10 10 14









Deluxe Flannel Lined



• Superb quality grill covers • Crack resistant • Heavy duty vinyl construction

68”...............Comp. $40...................................

Premium pvc





Latex Palm Garden Gloves

Strong 1200D EVA Construction Expandable with 360 0 EZ Glide 4 wheel spinning

Men’s 3 Pack Crew

Cross-Cut Document & CD Shredder


Selection varies by store




Famous Label




Comp. $50-$100


Men’s 6 Pack Athletics

9”..............$7 8’6” Affinity Sit-in Kayak




11”........4.50 Comp. $349.99

Comp. $42-$54

50lb Black Oil Sunflower Seed ........................................................... . 20lb Country Blend ......... ......... ......... ..................................................................... . $ 25lb Nyjer Thistle Seed ......... ................................................................................ . $ 25lb Signature Blend ......... ......... ....................................................................... .

Comp. $59-$79


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Famous Label

Mens & Ladies Winter Gloves

Twin Our Reg. $14.99................... 10 $ Full/Queen Our Reg. $19.99... 15 $ King Our Reg. $21.99................... 17





Your Choice

Comp. $40 Ticketed $20

Comp. $75

Comp. $15


Luxurious Synthetic Lambswool Blankets

54”x84” Energy saving!

High performance hull for greater tracking & stability. Adjustable back rest. Removable seat cushion. Storage hatch.

Premium Cotton Crewnecks, Scoopnecks, Macks, V-Necks

Comp. $20 Your Choice

Better Knit Tees

Foamback Blackout Window Panel

12’ Vantage Sit-in Kayak

Better Fashion Tops

Dept. store label

Knit Capris






Men’s & Ladies Microfleece Lounge Pants



Flannel Flannel Lounge Lounge Pants Pants




Chaise Lounge

Hi Back Chair

Pigment Dyed Tee Shirts

Waffle Tops

Pique Polos

6’x8’x6’6” Greenhouse & Storage Shed

Selection varies by store


Twin Our Reg. $12................ 10 $ Full Our Reg. $15................... 13 $ Queen Our Reg. $18............ 16 $ King Our Reg. $20................. 18

4 Ft Center Folding Table



All Weather Outdoor Cushions




Comp. $30



By Shelter Logic®

20 $150




100% Acrylic Lots of colors S to 2 XL

Comp. $15



350 Thread Count Sateen Sheet Sets Queen or King


SUREFIT Chair Slip Cover.................$16 Loveseat or Sofa Slip Cover ..........$24

359 $ 50

Designer Label V-Neck Sweater

Super soft & comfortable! Black, red & oatmeal S to XL


Chair Comp. $30................................... $12 Loveseat Comp. $40.............................$16 Sofa Comp. $50..................................... $20


Chenille Cardigan Sweater


Furniture Protectors

Comp. $499.99



Soilite Potting Soil 16 Quart




Pelletized Lawn & Garden Lime 40 Lbs


Every Hand Towel in Stock

Comp. $50


Treats 5000 sq ft

Every Wash Cloth & Fingertip ¢ in Stock Our Reg. .99...............................50

Luxurious Egyptian Cotton Ultra Smooth Diamond Knit Construction

Treats 5000 sq ft NOT AVAILABLE in MAINE

Weed & Feed Fertilizer 30-0-3


Men’s Polos

$6 MFG Rebate Details in Store




24 Hour Grub Killer Plus

Treats 5000 sq ft

Comp. $249



Nuts, berry & seed

Grubex® Season Long Grub Control

Original Values $80-$200

65 Pint Electronic Digital Dehumidifier

*mfr suggested retail


Every Men’s & Ladies Winter Coat in Stock!




lifetime warranty

59”...............Comp. $50...................................$19 68”...............Comp. $50...................................$19


Comp. $9.99



Rock n’ Roll

The Beatles - The Who - The Rolling Stones & many more!

Assortment may vary by store

Vinyl Mini Blinds Light Filtering Blocks up to 75% of outside light. White or ivory 23"x64".........................................3.99 27"x64".........................................4.49 29"x64".........................................4.49 31"x64".........................................4.49 32"x64".........................................4.49 35"x64".........................................4.49 36"x64".........................................4.49 39"x64".........................................7.99 43”x64" ........................................9.99 48"x64" ......................................11.99

Room Darkening Blocks over 90% of outside light for maximum privacy. Anti-static treatment repels dust. White or ivory

23"x64" ........................................6.89 27"x64" ........................................7.89 29"x64" ........................................7.89 31"x64" ........................................8.89 35"x64" ........................................9.89 36"x64" .....................................10.89 39"x64" ......................................11.89 48"x64" .....................................15.89

24” Steel Rake

9 550


24” Plastic Rake

MACH 3® Refills 4 Pk Regular or Sensitive Comp. $11.59


We now accept Cash Benefit EBT Cards & All Major Credit Cards


We warmly welcome


Berlin Citizen Feb. 28, 2013  

Berlin Citizen Feb. 28, 2013

Berlin Citizen Feb. 28, 2013  

Berlin Citizen Feb. 28, 2013