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Volume 18, Number 5

Berlin’s Only Hometown Newspaper

Thursday, Januar y 30, 2014

Local recalls ‘eye-opening’ Kenyan experience By Charles Kreutzkamp The Berlin Citizen

Kayla Recck, born and raised in Berlin, traveled to Nairobi, Kenya from Dec. 27 to Jan. 16. The college student worked with International Volunteer Headquarters at the Bethsaida Children Centre, an orphanage in the Soweto area of Nairobi. East Soweto is part of the Kibera section, and is known for its extreme poverty. “The whole experience was amazing. It was definitely eye-opening and showed me the luxuries that I take for

granted living here in the States,” Recck said. The luxury of clean water was particularly apparent, as the people Recck encountered in Kenya paid for unclean water that they carried in 50-pound jugs on their heads and backs. Recck raised $1,680 of her $1,800 goal for the trip on GoFundMe. “Kayla made a great contribution to the program while she was in Kenya and always went above what was asked of her as a volunteer,” See Kenya / Page 5

The Board of Education meeting Jan 14. (Charles Kreutzkamp / The Berlin Citizen)

BOE featured in national publication By Charles Kreutzkamp The Berlin Citizen

From right: Moses, Fidellis, Kayla Recck, and “Gran” at the Bethsaida orphanage in Kenya. (Kayla Recck / Submitted)

The Berlin Board of Education has been the subject of statewide and even national attention before for the Board Member’s Handbook, and now the board’s work is being featured in the February issue of the American School Board Journal. “We are very proud of the board here in Berlin,” Superintendent David Erwin said. The Journal, a publication of the National School Boards Association, features the Berlin BOE as a school board success story. The article writes on how the board has standardized excellence in a shared understanding of its work, and a way of deliberating, behaving and conducting itself. In particular, the Board Member’s Handbook was praised. The board received attention for the Board Member’s Handbook at the National School Board Association conference in 2012 and 2013. Copies of the Board Member’s Handbook have been requested by school board members in Maine, Indiana, Alaska, and Washington State. The board of education can have an enormous impact on a school district’s performance, Brochu explained. The two years handbook was adopted in 2011, Berlin was recognized by the College Board for

increasing access to and performance on AP tests. Board President Gary Brochu used his expertise as someone who practices education and school law and has served on the board of education for more than a decade to spearhead the handbook project, writing most of the first draft. Brochu emphasized the importance of developing a strong board culture. Because members of the board are up for election every year, it is especially critical that new members are brought up to speed as fast as possible. The board’s pre-existing policy book was inappropriate for this task because of its immense length and dwelling upon technical details, such as permissible pesticides for landscaping. “That wasn’t a document on how the board operates,” Brochu said. The question of how to institutionalize a strong, professional board culture was one of the most difficult parts of writing the manual. The board deliberated and came up with a list of core ethical values to this end. Developing a list of core values “focuses a conversation of who we are and how we do things,” Brochu said. The core values the board selected includes value on deliberating in many voices but governing in one, and emphasizing group responsibility. Having the conversation alone has an enormous impact, Brochu said.

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Chow time: Berlin Lunchbox cuts the ribbon By Charles Kreutzkamp The Berlin Citizen

The Berlin Lunchbox held its official ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 23. Lunchbox owners Ramon Rios and Jamie Lovejoy were joined at the event by their parents, Berlin Mayor Rachel Rochette, and Town Manager Denise McNair. The restaurant is located at 224 Berlin Turnpike. “It is great to have young people starting new businesses in Berlin,” Rochette said. “Congratulations to Jamie and Ramon. And I wish them the best of luck with their new restaurant venture.” “We’re so proud and we’re glad they included us,” Ramon Rios’ mother, Carmen Romero, said.

reflected. You learn how to play with food, its history, country of origin, and why and how it is used, Rios explained. “The possibilities are endless.” Lovejoy described her training as a pastry chef as “more of a science.” With her knowledge of the chemical reactions of food ingredients, Lovejoy said she can improvise baked goods without a recipe. “Everyone with the town From left: Town Manager Denise McNair, Berlin Luncbox was really great,” Lovejoy owners Ramon Rios and Jamie Lovejoy, Berlin Mayor said, both in arranging the Rachel Rochette. (Charles Kreutzkamp / The Berlin Citizen) ribbon cutting ceremony, and in helping the new busiJamie Lovejoy’s mother, talking about opening a ness owners obtain all the Leonette Lovejoy, said that it restaurant when they first proper permits needed to was “so exciting to see them started seeing each other in open. finally opening their own culinary school, some five The Berlin LunchBox restaurant after all these years ago. serves traditional American In culinary school, “You’re style food such as burgers, years.” Rios and Lovejoy started learning the art of food,” Rios

wings, and hot sandwiches. Rios said that the most popular item continues to be the taters, homemade mashed potatoes with smoked Gouda cheese and caramelized onions, breaded, deep fried, and served over marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. The Lunchbox plans to start serving breakfast sandwiches, and will one day expand to include omelets, pancakes, and waffles. After the opening ceremony, the Lunchbox went back to its usual business -serving lunch. A child who ate at the Lunchbox with his family asked to play Mario on the original Nintendo console behind the counter, and received the controllers while waiting for his food to be prepared. 65991R


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Berlin native, now a social worker, honored By Charles Kreutzkamp The Berlin Citizen

Berlin native Kimberly Hegg has been honored with the Judith Nilan Award in recognition of her work in promoting drug and violence prevention among youth. The award was created in 2006 to honor murdered Woodstock Middle School social worker Judith Nilan, whose work focused on youth development, and the prevention of violence

and substance abuse. The award honors one teacher per year within 21 towns that the Northeast Communities Against Substance Abuse action council serves. Hegg followed her mother, Barbara, a nurse at Willard Elementary School, into a profession that involves caring for students. “Kim works very hard every day to help and support the students that she services, and it is nice to see her recognized for her efforts,” Barbara


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Hegg said. Kim Hegg works at Parish Hill High School in Chaplin, Conn. Parish Hill Principal Dori Smith, who nominated Hegg for the award, explained that Hegg put enormous time and effort into developing an advisory curriculum. Every Tuesday, students meet with a faculty advisor, who conducts a lesson from the new curriculum. Topics vary, but include bullying, stress management, self-advocacy, and test taking skills. “Kim put in countless hours developing the curriculum. She breathed life and structure into the program,” See Honored / Page 5


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Library Briefs

Feb. 1, take your child to the library By Charles Kreutzkamp The Berlin Citizen

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To help kids get to know their librarians better, there will be a photo matching game with pictures of each librarian as a child and as an adult. The prize for the top five contestants with the most correct answers is a one-year subscription to Book Board, a children’s ebook service that allows kids to unlock new ebook titles by reading available titles. Book Board also recommends titles based on children’s favorite books, Nelson explained. The librarians in attendance will all be dressed as a favorite book character. Nelson plans to attend as the mouse from “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” “Cathy has done a lot of work to put on this event,” Library Director Carrie Tyszka said.

Adult Winter Reading Club - Pick up a “reading bingo” card, record titles you read and win prizes. The program runs through March 7. Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Family Storytime Craft. Stories, music and movement followed by a craft activity. Drop in program for children of all ages (especially 3 to 6 years). No registration. Friday, Jan 31 at 10:30 a.m. Parachute Playtime. Parachute Playtime, for children age 2 to 5. Drop-in. Saturday, Feb. 1. Take Your Child to the Library Day, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Berlin, E a s t volunteer firefighters to join character, must reside or Events include staff photo Berli n , Kensi ng ton a nd the ranks. The dedicated work in Berlin and be phys- match, library scavenger Sout h Ken si n g ton Fi re volunteers must be at least 18 ically capable of performing hunt, face painting (clowns Departments are looking for years of age, of good moral the duties of a firefighter. For scheduled for 12:30 to 2:30 more information, stop by a p.m.), balloon animals, pupfire house Monday evenings, pets and more. Drop-in for speak with a member, or con- families with children of all tact Assistant Chief Mike ages. Dress as your favorite Blais at mikeblais@hotmail. book character. Monday, Feb. 3 at 10:30 com; (860) 329-7738. a.m. Terrif ic Toddlers. Parents/caregivers and toddlers interact with books, music and free SINGLES DANCE fingerplays, Come in for cool, cool deals on this year’s hottest models. time play. Drop-in program LOW LEASE PAYMENTS ON ALL 2014 MODELS Saturday, February 1 st for toddlers age 18 months to 36 months. No registration is 8:00 PM - 12:30 AM required. HUGE BALLROOM Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10:30 in Wagon Room 2014 FORD 2013 FORD a.m. Preschool Storytime. 556 Mulberry St. FOCUS SE C-MAX ENERGY SEL Storytime helps develop Plantsville, CT Stk. #140064 (77726) Stk. #140064 (77726) early literacy skills using stoper mo. per mo. A variety of top 40 music ries, fingerplays, music and Plus tax Plus tax Coffee & Dessert • Cash Bar Dressy Attire / No Jeans films. Drop-in program for Admission $15 children age 3 to 6 years. No “for SINGLES only...” Dances registration is required. Info: (860)824-3083 • 1-800-824-3038 Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 1 (inc. map) APPy Preschool Storytime. Program incorporates iPad apps into a traditional sto2014 FORD 2014 FORD rytime format, with books, ESCAPE SE FWD FUSION S music, fingerplays and more. Stk. #140064 (77726) Stk. #140064 (77726) per mo. per mo. “This year, we want to make it big,” retired Children’s Librarian Cathy Nelson said. The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library will host Take Your Child To The Library Day on Saturday, Feb. 1. Activities will include face painting by Fifi Feather, and balloon animals by Mr. Joe for attendees from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.. Other events will run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., including the library scavenger hunt, which will help children get to know both sides of the library. Once the scavenger hunt has finished, children will have their picture taken in a photo booth and be rewarded with a bookmark containing the photo.

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Children and caregivers attend together. iPads are provided; no previous knowledge is required. Program is for children age 3 1/2 to 6 years. Enrollment is limited. Registration is required. Tuesday, Feb. 4. Tax Aide begins. AARP Tax-Aide, a free program, provides income tax preparation assistance for low and middle-income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to those 60 and older. Library appointments are scheduled for Tuesday afternoons through tax season. To schedule an appointment, call (860) 828-7126. Tuesday, Feb 4. at 6:30 p.m. Learn to download free library eBooks to a Kindle Reader. Wednesday, Feb 5. at 10:30 a.m. Little Ditties for Itty Bitties. Parents/caregivers and babies share books, music, bounces and play time. Drop-in for infants age 0 to 18 months. No registration is required. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1:30 p.m. Senior Center Book Club. “The Uncommon Reader” by Bennett. Contact the library at (860) 828-7125 to reserve a spot. Book group meets at the Senior Center. Thursday, Feb. 6 Cathy Nelson’s Retirement Open House, 4 to 7 p.m. Drop-in. Refreshments. Saturday, Feb. 8 and 22 - Tech Tutor. Want to download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines? Need help using your tablet, eReader, or other device? Come see a Tech Tutor for one-on-one help. No sign up. Drop-in between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on Berlin-Peck Memorial Library programs, call (860) 828-7125.

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Workers and residents standing in front of the Bethsaida Children Centre with Kayla Recck. (Kayla Recck / Submitted)

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ficial birthday will be July 7, 2007. Recck is planning on returning to Kenya in December. As the trip draws closer, she will attempt to raise money for the journey and for mattresses and other needs of the orphanage. The orphanage currently sleeps up to nine kids to each bed, which are made of nothing more than wood and blankets, Recck explained. “The life of Kenyans is true work,” Recck said. “I think I’ve redefined what work is.”

who also live at the orphanage. She lives and works alongside her brother Joseph, who is mentally disabled and in his 30s. Most of the people Recck encountered spoke English. Recck said the highlight of her trip was helping a young boy in the orphanage,

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orphanage comes from two of Fidellis’ children. One of her daughters attended college and works as a counselor in Nairobi. Fidellis’ other two children live and work at the orphanage. “Fidellis’ daughter Paulina and I became really close,” Recck said. Paulina has two children


IVHQ Program Coordinator Jamie-lee Reynolds said. Recck helped meet the high demand for volunteers with the orphanage programs IVHQ runs by assisting with daily chores, cleaning, cooking, and child care, Reynolds explained. Recck worked with Fidellis, the 61-year-old woman who runs the Bethsaida orphanage, a 400-square foot structure that housed 28 children. Fidellis takes in street kids and cares for children whose parents work outside the home or who have trouble affording food. Fidellis’ mother, known only as Gran, also works to support the orphanage. “She was amazing, and stronger than I am,” Recck said. The Kenyan people Recck met said that Gran was 115-years-old. Recck explained that many residents of the Kibera area don’t know their exact birth date. “They guess that she was born in 1903 or 1904… and she can dance better than I can,” she said. Some of the funding for the

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School Briefs

All Night Grad Parent meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., at the South Kensington Fire Department. Reflective mailbox signs are available for purchase. For more information, contact Catherine Rich at (860) 829-0418 or

Dean’s list Elms College, Massacusetts - Bethany Edelson of Berlin. Endicott College, Massachusetts - Carly

Cohen, Kyle Connolly of Berlin. Hofstra University, New York - Kimberly Bosse of East Berlin; Austin Nunes of Berlin. Roger Williams University, Rhode Island - Kaitlyn Bovee, Madeline Cirullo, Alex Camosci, Olivia Constantine, Krystie Luczynski of Berlin. University of Notre Dame College of Engineering Brian Quinn of Berlin. Western Connecticut State University - Alyssa Zipadelli of Kensington.

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Cold weather tips for indoors and out Protect your pipes Open your cabinet doors. Allow the warm air of your home to circulate under the sink in both your kitchen and in the bathrooms. The warm air will help heat the pipes and ensure the water is flowing smoothly. Insulate. Pipes will burst when the water freezes. It is especially common for pipes to be affected as they run through unheated crawl spaces, garages or in outside walls. Before winter’s arrival, make sure these locations have proper insulation. You can purchase pipe insulation at most hardware stores, or use electric heating tape when inclement weather is predicted. Be sure to seal

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Financial independence is possible The New Year is a great time to make some positive changes in your financial life. While Americans are good at creating resolutions, they often find them difficult to keep. If your goal is to be financially independent, and it should be, you need to make some changes in 2014 that you’ll stick with for the rest of your life. Here are a few suggestions for small resolutions that can have a significant impact on your financial future: Spend less than you earn. If you take home

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Government Meetings Tuesday, Feb. 11 Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. Veteran’s Commission, American Legion Post 68, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Library Board Room, 7 p.m. Housing Authority, Marjorie Moore Village Community Room, 5 p.m. Parks & Recreation Commission, Community Center, 7 p.m. Planning & Zoning Commission, Town Hall, 7 p.m.

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The New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, 191 Farmington Ave., has scheduled a Sailors’ Valentine’s Day Party at Hungerford, for Friday, Feb. 14, 1 to 3 p.m., for children age 5 and up. In the 1700’s, sailors often sent their loved ones pieces of art made from seashells. Children will make similar Valentines. Snacks and games are included at the event. A fee is charged. Pre-registration is required, by Feb. 12. For more information, call (860) 827-9064 or visit

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The New Britain Museum at Hungerford Park has scheduled “Kid’s Night Out” programs for one Saturday each month, 3 to 8 p.m., for children 3 to 12 yeas old. Topics are: Feb. 15 - Valentine Surprises;

March 15 - Luck of the Irish; April 26 - Friends of the Earth; May 17 - Animals Galore; June 28 - Summer is Here. The program gives parents an opportunity to spend time without their children in order to run errands, have dinner, etc. Games, activities, pizza and more are planned. A fee is charged. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (860) 827-9064 or visit

Pre-school drop-in

The New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park has scheduled free drop-in time for preschool children, with caregivers, Thursdays, 10 to 10:30 a.m. Children will meet a resident Hungerford animal, hear a story and create a craft about the featured animal. No registration is required. For more information, call (860) 827-9064 or visit


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There is no propane shortage Propane production in the United States remains the highest it has ever been. Supply is plentiful in the Gulf Coast where exports continue at record levels. What

The Cheshire Rugby Club will hold registration for the 2014 spring season Thursday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., at Cheshire High School (front entrance hallway). The program is organized under the Parks & Recreation Department and is open to high school boys and girls from any town. The season will run from mid-March until early June. Financial assistance is available. Cheshire Rugby offers a summer non-contact program for youth in K-6th grade and will add an introduction to contact program for 12- to 14-year-olds this summer. More information, visit or contact Bill Bishop at

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Faith Church Services B e t h a ny Cove n a n t Church, 785 Mill St., 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship. (860) 828-3637.

Christian Life Church, 496 Kensington Rd., Sundays, Word and Worship Service, 10 a.m., Main Sanctuary. Small group Bible study for adults, youth and hearing impaired at 9 a.m. Children’s ministries at 9 a.m. Nursery care available for birth to age three. (860) 828-5105.

Faith Briefs St. Paul Ladies Guild: Game Night Meeting -Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. in the St. Paul Church Hall. Canned fruit will be collected for the Berlin Food Pantry. For more information, call (860) 828-8248. Berlin Congregational Church: Pasta dinner and auction -- Saturday, Feb. 8. Pasta dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by an auction. A fee is charged. For more information, call (860) 828-6586.

Crossroads Church of God, 146 Hudson St. Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m.; children’s service, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Bible study, 7 p.m.; Youth groups, 7 p.m. Nursery is provided. (860) 828-3822.

St. Gabriel: “Souper” Bowl Sunday -- St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church is joining with Christian congregations through the country in observing “Souper” Bowl Sunday, by collecting cans of soup for Berlin Social Service. Bethany Covenant: Debt Free program -- Bethany Covenant Church has scheduled Dave Ramsey’s nine week Financial Peace University debt free program to begin Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The course is free of charge, but materials must be purchased. For more information and to register, call (860) 828-3637 or visit

Kensington Congregational Church, 312 Percival Ave., Sunday worship, 10 a.m. (860) 828-4511. Ke n s i n g t o n U n i t e d Methodist Church, 103 Hotchkiss St., Sunday worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. (860) 828-4222. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1103 Chamberlain Highway., Sunday worship, 10:15 a.m. Sunday school, 9 a.m. (860) 828-5079. Sacred Heart Church, 48 Cottage St., East Berlin, Mass: Saturday 8 a.m., Vigil: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m., 9:30, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesdays: 8 a.m., Wednesdays: 8 a.m., noon, Thursdays: 8 a.m., Fridays: 8 a.m. Confession: Every

Poetry contest The Lynn DeCaro poetry contest is open to Connecticut high school students. Entries accepted through March 15. This contest was set up in memoriam to honor Lynn DeCaro, a young Connecticut Poetry Society member who died of leukemia in 1986. Prizes of $75, $50, and $25 will be awarded. There is no entry fee for this contest. Send up to three unpublished poems, any form, 40 line limit. Include two copies of each poem: one with complete contact information (name, address, high school, phone and email) and one with nO contact information. Both copies must be marked: Lynn DeCaro Competition. Include self-addressed, stamped envelope for results only; no poems will be returned. Send submissions to: Lynn DeCaro Poetry Competition, CPS, P.O. Box 270554, West Hartford, CT 06127-0554. This year’s judge is Rhett Watts, the author of the book “Willing Suspension” and the chapbook “No Innocent Eye.” She leads Amherst Writers & Artists writing workshops in Connecticut. For more information contact Ginny Connors, contest chair of CPS:

Kensington Congregational: Bible study -- Wednesdays, 11 a.m., in the church parlor. For more information, call (860) 828-4511. Kensington Congregational: Play group -- Parent/ child play group Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m., in the Reeves Center, 185 Sheldon St. For infants to pre-school age, open to the public on a drop-in basis. For more information, call Gwen McCann, (860) 828-0064. Berlin Congregational: Free tot time -- Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., through May. 22, for children up to age 5. Craft time, play sessions, snack time and holiday parties. No pre-registration is required. Kensington Congregational: Healing service -- second Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Half-hour service for those unable to attend Sunday services.

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Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, Sunday worship, 10 a.m.; Sunday School, 10 a.m. (860) 828-6586.

Saturday, from 3:15 to 4 p.m., and by appointment. (860) 828-0519. Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 6 8 M a i n St . , East Berlin, 9 a.m. Sunday Eucharist; 10 a.m. Sunday School, (860) 828-3735. St. Paul Church, 484 Alling St., Mass on Saturday, 4 p.m. Vigil Mass, Sunday 7:30, 9 ,10:30 a.m. and noon, Weekdays 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. (860) 828-0331. United Methodist Church, 139 Main St., East Berlin. Sunday worship, 10 a.m. Wellspring Church, 222 Lincoln St., Sunday Services at 9 and 11 a.m. (860) 225-0661.

Stowaway contest Mystic Seaport is looking for applicants through Feb. 18 to become a “stowaway” aboard the Charles W. Morgan during her 38th voyage in the summer of 2014. Following a $7.5 million, multi-year restoration, the Charles W. Morgan will embark on a voyage throughout New England for the first time in more than 80 years. The stowaway will sail aboard the Morgan, America’s oldest surviving merchant vessel, during her threemonth voyage, from May to August, commemorating America’s maritime heritage. Stowaway candidates must be 21 years or older. Prior sailing experience is not required, but curiosity and enthusiasm are a must. Compensation, in the form of a stipend, will be paid. For more information, or to apply and submit a video entry, visit

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Debt free program Bethany Covenant Church has scheduled Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University program. The nine-week sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 12. The course covers how to take control of money and spending; become debtfree; have cash available at the end of the month and plan for a solid financial future. The course is free, but participants must purchase materials. For more information and to register, call (860) 828-3637 or visit

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KENSINGTON — Barbara (Sirotnak) Trowbridge, 77, of Kensington passed away on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Born in New Britain she was the widow of Everett Trowbridge. She was a member of St. Paul Church loved her birds, was an avid sports fan and lived life to its fullest. Barbara is survived by two sons and daughtersin-laws, Roy Trowbridge and his wife, (Daisy,) of Kensington, James Trowbridge and his wife, (Kristi,) of Bristol; and a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Ann Crawford and her husband, Jeffrey, of Maine; four grandchildren Riley, Connor and Darby Trowbridge and Stephen Crawford; several nieces and nephews; her best friend, Lucille Grady; and her dog, Auggie. Friends and family were invited to call at the Berlin Memorial Funeral Home, 96 Main St., Kensington on Thursday, Jan. 23. Burial took place in Maple Cemetery will follow. The family would like to thank the VNA. For their wonderful care. To share memories or express condolences on line please visit

KENSINGTON — Leonard (Lenny) R. Soucy, 88, of Kensington went to meet his Heavenly Father surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Lenny was born April 30, 1925, in Oldtown, Maine and was the son of the late Joseph and Lida (Dumais) Soucy. He was predeceased by his beloved wife and best friend of 46 years, Mary (Bobbi) Misteri Soucy. Lenny moved to Bristol with his family at a young age. It was there he attended and graduated high school. Lenny’s lifelong love for baseball started in his high school years as a pitcher. A devoted grandfather, one of his greatest joys in life was watching his grandsons play baseball. His coaching and guidance would later lead them to successful college baseball careers of their own. After graduation, he began working for local manufacturer New Departure before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in July of 1943. He served in Florida, Australia and California before his discharge in March 1946. Upon his return home, he briefly worked for New Departure prior to commencing his 20 year career as General Manager of United Auto Center. He later worked for Superior Electric and eventually retired from the Morin Company in 1990. Lenny met the love of his life, Bobbi, in 1958.They married in Waterbury on Oct. 8, 1961, and moved to Wolcott where they lived for 25 years before moving back to Bristol until settling in Kensington in 2008. Lenny was a well-regarded bowler in the greater Hartford area for many years participating in many local leagues, bowling numerous perfect games and too many tournaments to count. He also enjoyed a round of golf every once in a while. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and UCONN women’s basketball fan, but he was most fulfilled spending time with his family. He is survived by his daughter, Margo Wright and her significant other, Stephen Bennett, of Kensington; grandsons, Michael Malley Sr., and his wife, Liza, of Middletown, Edward Malley and his wife, Tracy, of Manchester; his precious great-grandchildren, Michael Malley Jr., and Presley Malley, of Middletown which were the light of his life. He is also survived by his brother, Gil Soucie and his wife, Myrtle, of Bristol; brother in-law, Donald Schultz, of Brooklyn; along with numerous nieces, nephews; and extended family. He was predeceased by his sister, Diane Schultz, of Brooklyn. Lenny touched so many people’s lives with his kind words and compassion for anyone he came in contact with. He will be greatly missed not only by his family but his many friends and his extended family. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Ledgecrest Health Care Center of Kensington for his care and for the many friends he made while he resided there. The funeral was held Friday, Jan. 24, from DuPont Funeral Home, 25 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, followed by a Mass at St. Ann Church, 215 West St., Bristol. Burial with military honors was followed in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. The Soucy family invites you to send a condolence message in Leonard’s guestbook at

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Josephine Theresa Banulski BERLIN— Josephine Theresa Banulski, 89, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, with her loving family by her side. Born in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Anna(Condracki) Kowalczyk and the wife of the late Leonard Banulski, a dairy farmer in Berlin. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church and the Polish National Club, and she loved Polish Singing, dancing, holidays and gatherings with her family and friends. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Josephine is survived by four daughters, Kathy and Larry Mulrooney, of Meriden, Karoll and Michael Wiater, of Berlin, Marion Bonaiato, of Berlin and JoAnn Banulski and Dominic Caporale, of Lebanon; one sister, MaryAnn and Raymond Markowski; one brother, Edward Kowalczyk; seven grandchildren Ritchie, Lenny, Michael, Christopher, Nicholas, Stephanie and Kursten; three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Morgan and Isabella; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters, Walter, Stanley, and John Kowalczyk, Helen Hotkowski, Frances Copjec and Lottie Cyrulik. Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 27, from the Berlin Memorial Funeral Home, 96 Main St., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Paul Church, 467Alling St., Kensington. Burial was followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery New Britain. In lieu of flowers to contribute to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To share memories or express condolences online please visit

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Groundhog fact and fancy marks winter midpoint it Imbolc, a celebration reWe’re just about half way to lated to fertility and weather spring and we’ve done a little divination. St. Brigid’s Day is research to bring you a few celebrated on Feb. 1, an Irish facts and a bit of lore about saint and also a Celtic fertility an observance that marks this goddess, an early Christian passage – Groundhog Day — merger of those two female celebrated Feb. 2, a Sunday, identities. this year. The midpoint of winter has According to the state’s long roots and many mystical Department of Energy and associations in human hisEnvironmental Protection, tory. In parts of Europe, it was wildlife division, woodthe hedgehog that carried the chucks, also called groundhonor as a bearer of weather hogs are common throughout divination. Connecticut. They are roIn Germany, the badger dents, related to mice, squirwas said to have the power to rels, porcupines and beavers. predict the coming of spring When the early settlers arand ultimately when to plant rived in this country, most crops. Many German immiof Connecticut was forested grants settled in Pennsylvania land. Woodchucks lived in and likely brought this trathe scattered forest openings. As land was cleared for A woodchuck, also known a dition with them. As there weren’t many badgers in farms, this highly adaptable groundhog, scurries across Pennsylvania the groundhog animal also found suitable a backyard in Durham. | made a good substitute. habitat in the fields and along (Diana Carr / Special to The Citizen) In the United States, the forest edge. The new habGroundhog Day has become itat actually provided a more reliable source of food and the woodchuck a popular fun, unofficial holiday centered on is more abundant now than it was during the idea of the critter coming out of its home to predict the weather – an early or late start Colonial times. The woodchuck’s range extends from to spring depending on whether or not the eastern Alaska, through much of Canada, critter sees his shadow. If he sees his shadow into eastern United States south to northern he’s said to be frightened by it and will return Georgia. They can emit a shrill whistle when to its burrow, indicating that there will be six alarmed, followed by a chattering “tchuck, more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, then spring is on the way. However, tchuck” sound. Groundhog Day marks the midway point the end result can seem quite vague. The current version of Groundhog Day between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. It’s also known as the Christian was established in this country in 1887 and holiday of Candlemas Day, a day of purification and candle processions. Pagan’s called See Groundhog / Page 16

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Legislators unveil jobs, small business agenda Press Release House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin and Southington) joined with legislators in Hartford to unveil a jobs and small business agenda for the 2014 legislative session, focusing on employment and job training, cutting red tape, and growing new markets by establishing social benefit corporations. The jobs and small business agenda unveiled addresses business concerns, building on pro-business public policy initiatives enacted by the legislature over the past several years. The proposal includes: * Re-capitalizing Connecticut’s highly successful STEP-Up program, which offers employers who hire an unemployed worker either a wage subsidy to help pay a new employee’s salary for the first six months, or provides a six-month training grant. Since its creation in October 2011, more than 2,000 unemployed people have been hired under STEP-Up in jobs like CNC operators, graphic designers, tool makers, welders, press operators, masons and engine builders. But the program needs a new infusion of capital; the original $20 million budget is down to $2.5 million,

approximately enough to meet program demand through April. * Implementing new school-to-job programs such as an accelerated certificate program (12 months) combining basic education and technical and career training; an I-Best program for adult students lacking a GED which combines GED preparation with real-world skills training; and an Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program, where students combine paid work and college level study towards the attainment of an associate’s degree. * Cutting red tape by pre-permitting business development, renovation or new construction by pre-approving zoning and environmental reviews in order to save businesses time and money. The program would be based on New York’s “Empire State Development’s Build Now,” where communities select and prepare sites for specifically targeted economic development, reducing the time normally needed to develop a site. * Establishing “social benefit corporations,” a new type of corporation intended to use a portion of its profits to benefit soSee Jobs / Page 16


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perwork with the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement State Rep. Joe Aresimowicz Commission, he formed a announced he will seek campaign committee called re-election in the 30th “Friends of A-Z.” A long-time proponent of Assembly District representcampaign finance reform, ing Berlin and Southington. Aresimowicz currently Aresimowicz said he is seekserves as House Majority ing small donations, between Leader and has represented $5 and $100, from eligible doBerlin and Southington in nors in order to raise $5,000 the Connecticut General in qualifying contributions to participate in the Citizen’s Assembly since 2004. In filing the necessary pa- Elections Program.

Malloy proposes fixing Conn. mental health issues H A RT F O R D ( A P ) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has unveiled state budget proposals he says are intended to fix mental health issues that were not addressed in initiatives launched after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary school in December 2012, killing 20 first-graders and six educators. Malloy’s budget includes $250,000 to promote a stigma-free environment that would make it easier for people suffering from mental illness to seek treatment

without being ashamed. The budget dedicated $5 million, when fully annualized, to improve mental health services for the poor, including young people with serious mental illness. The budget also provides $2.2 million in new funding to support subsidized housing for 110 people with mental illness. Malloy is also proposing a legislative change to require all police officers in Connecticut to receive training regarding responding to situations involving people with mental illnesses.

Lawmakers balk at plan for driver records HARTFORD (AP) — Two Republican state senators are resisting a plan by the state Department of Motor Vehicles to market drivers’ records for sale. The Republican American reports that Rep. Craig Miner, R-Litchfield, and Sen. Robert Kane, R-Watertown, recently voted against adding a $3 administrative fee to a $15

charge for obtaining driver histories from DMV. The administrative fee will be used to support a new state web portal that businesses will use to obtain driver records online. The DMV also will impose an annual $100 subscription fee. The fees will apply to forSee Plan / Page 16

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Agency says 27,000 tax forms have mistake WETHERSFIELD (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Labor says approximately 27,000 tax forms mailed out to individuals who collected unemployment compensation last year contain a printing error that has information about another individual. The agency is required to report unemployment compensation payments of $10 or more on a form known as UC-1099G. While the affected 27,000 forms contain the correct information at the top of the document, the bottom half includes some-

one else’s information. The agency is in the process of identifying the people potentially affected by the error. It plans to offer credit protection because the forms contain Social Security numbers. Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer apologized for the inconvenience and urged people to check their forms for accuracy. The department of currently reprinting the forms and will mail out corrected versions.

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Pennsylvania and Vermont. --From the office of Joe Aresimowicz (Joe Aresimowicz is serving his fifth term representing the 30th Assembly District of Berlin and Southington in the Connecticut General Assembly, where he is house majority leader.) that can plague other wildlife. Groundhogs are one of the few animals that really hibernate. By the end of October, most woodchucks have begun their winter sleep. They wake up slowly during February and March. Young Groundhogs are usually born in mid-April or May, in litters of four to nine babies called kits or cobs. A groundhog’s life span is normally six to eight years. Woodchucks are excellent diggers and create complex burrow systems, with at least two entrances and a nesting chamber. They stay within a few hundred yards of the burrow entrance and rely on keen hearing and sense of smell to warn of nearby dangers. They can be fierce fighters. Enemies include man, dogs, coyote, foxes, bear, hawks and owls, bobcat, mink and weasels. Although woodchucks are primarily terrestrial, they can climb trees and are good swimmers. (Sources of information include, and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.)



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Paladino earns spot on Latin American Tour Cody Paladino, of Berlin, has qualified for the PGA Latin American Tour. The 25-year-old’s 11th place finish Jan. 25 at a qualifying tournament in Sebring, Florida solidified his spot on the tour. The top 20 finishers receive full tour status. Paladino has been on quite a roll as of late. He was the 2013 CT Amateur Champion and was named the CT State Golf Association Player of the Year.

ACS seeks drivers As we welcome in 2014, the American Cancer Society believes cancer patients in Hartford County may be at risk of missing medical care. There is currently a need in this area for drivers for the ACS’s Road to Recovery program. The program offers transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and do not have a ride or are unable to drive. Residents who are interested in volunteering or know of someone who may benefit from this free service are asked to call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.

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Keeping tabs on a child’s development StatePoint -- It is natural for parents to be curious about how their children are developing mentally, emotionally and physically. And it’s even natural for parents to experience some apprehension about what is “normal.� But experts say that by better understanding your child, you can put the anxieties aside and help guide your children through each age and stage. “Each child grows at a different pace,� advises Dr. Lise Eliot, an early childhood mental development expert.

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Health clinics The Berlin Visiting Nurse Association and Central Connecticut Health Center offer monthly health clinics at the Senior Center. The clinics are free of charge, no appointments are required. For more information, call the Berlin VNA at (860) 828-7030.

Garden Show. Lunch at the Chowder Pot. March 13 - St. Patrick’s Day Festival at the Inn at Hunt’s Landing. March 14 - Boston Flower and Garden Show. Lunch on board the Odyssey and Boston Harbor cruise. March 19-21 - Sight, Sounds and Tastes of Lancaster. March 27 - Museum of Natural History of New York City. A p r i l 1 0 - Ne w p o r t Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant. For more information on Senior Center trips, call (860) 828-7006.


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Wrestlers continue to impress; Girls track finish second in CCC South Berlin’s Brendon Vessichio works a Plainville player last week. Vessichio netted 18 points that night to help the Redcoats notch a 58-50 victory. (Photo by Matt Leidemer)

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Indoor track The boys and girls teams competed in the CCC championship meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. The girls finished second in the CCC South division with 26 points, while the boys finished in sixth place, scoring one point. The girls were led by their strong relay performances, highlighted by the 4x800 meter team comprised of sophomores Jodi DiCicco and Michelle Grieco, and juniors Kristen Madeia and Sarah Hagen. The team finished sixth overall with a time of 10:17.27, and scored three points for Berlin. The girls’ 1,600 sprint medley team and 200 relay team also had successful afternoons. Both squads finished eighth in their respective heats. The 1,600 team, comprised of senior Tess Repaci, Madeia, DiCicco, and freshman Sarah 200 team of Repaci, senior clocked a time of 1:55.21. Daddario finished with a Sam Carbonell, sophomore Th e g i rl s we re a l s o time of 4:40.28, while the Taylor Budney, and Daddario well-represented in the 3,200,

as Grieco finished 10th with a time of 12:00.15. Freshman Lisa Grieco was 18th with a time of 12:31.68. For the boys, senior Darren Grabowski competed in both the 300 and 55. He finished 16th in the 300 with a time of 39.28, and 25th in the 55, clocking a 7.20. Boys swimming The Redcoats clinched their first victory of the regular season with a 93-90 victory over Newington. After not competing since the first week of January, the boys performed well in a well-fought meet by both teams. “It’s always fun swimming against Newington. They always have a really good swimming program over there, and they’re always a class act as a team,” BHS coach Dan Thurston said. “The last couple of years, they’ve had our number a little bit, but we were really excited to get

back in the water for a meet. The team was really ready to go. “I feel like we had a lot of the guys step up. We had a couple of really tough swims in the meet.” The Redcoats got off to a hot start thanks in part to their 200 medley relay. The team, comprised of seniors Luke Switzer and Brian Kennure, and freshmen Kevin Klotz and Thomas Wejda, took first place in the event. Berlin’s secondary 200 medley relay team finished third. “I thought that the guys, top to bottom, really stepped up and did what we asked them to do, which was give everything they had in the water, and give their teammates everything they had (for support) out of the water. I thought they did a really good job with that,” said Thurston. See Notes / Page 22


Time for a shot clock By Nate Brown The Berlin Citizen

Did you know that there are 86,400 seconds in a day? Quite a large number of seconds, if you ask me. So what exactly does 90 seconds equate to? Answer: 0.1 percent of the day. In other words, a really short amount of time. Unless, of course, you’re playing defense in a high school basketball game. I recently attended a CCC South Division Berlin-Maloney boys basketball matchup during which the game

really slowed down for me. I don’t mean that I had an epiphany, and I suddenly understood all the ins and outs of the sport. I’ve been playing the game for years; I think my knowledge of the sport is just fine, thank you very much. But the game itself literally slowed to a screeching halt. Let me give you the scenario: After building upon a 10-point halftime lead over the opening minutes of the third quarter, the Spartans of Maloney walked the ball up the court with 1:30 left in the frame. The Redcoats were back on defense, packed into their impressive 2-3

zone that had helped to keep most of Maloney’s quick athletes out of the lane for much of the night. For the next 90 seconds, Maloney passed the ball around the perimeter in the hopes of getting a good shot off to extend its lead heading into the final quarter. But it never happened. Berlin’s defense was too strong for the Spartans to do anything. While this series of events was unfolding, my thought process went through a rather drastic progression through those 90 seconds that went something like this: “Berlin’s going to need to play

some strong defense here to keep them from scoring again.” “Wow, the Redcoats are playing really good defense this possession; I’m impressed!” “Maloney has been completely shut down! They can’t make anything happen on offense! Berlin’s going to force a shot-clock violation pretty soon if they can keep this intensity up.” “... hold on a second ...where’s the buzzer? Where’s the whistle? Where’s the shot clock violation?” Yet, to my amazement (and quite See Time / Page 22

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The two-week layoff wasn’t the first the team has experienced this season. Due to the winter holidays, the Redcoats didn’t compete from Dec. 20 to Jan. 7. “I think after the long breaks, they’re going to enjoy the schedule, having

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more meets. They do like to race, and that’s a really good thing,” Thurston said. “I think that the next couple of weeks, the key is going to be getting the work in the water in between our meets, and still having that focus throughout. As long as they keep up the enthusiasm, we should have a really strong run.” Wrestling The resurgence of the

Redcoat wrestling program continued this past week as the boys topped Platt before turning in an impressive showing at the Guilford Duals. The Redcoats defeated Platt by a final count of 3824, yet it was their strong performances at the Guilford Duals that made the week memorable. The boys posted a 2-1 record in Guilford, facing off against Bacon Academy (a 59-16 win), Guilford (60-7 win) and Xavier (47-24 loss), the second-ranked team in the state. O n t h e d ay, s eve ra l Redcoats had impressive f inishes, such as Ethan Grieder (128), who finished 4-0 and defeated three returning state place-winners. Jake Eliades (154) also went 4-0, with four pins. Richard Schlichting (134) finished 4-0 as well, as did Mike Burek

(287), who improved to 21-0 on the season. Several Redcoats finished 3-1 on the day, including Matt Cote (140), Jared Zima (172), Devon Reilly (184) and Vin Biscoglio (197). BHS coach Jim Day was impressed with the boys performance against such a formidable foe in Xavier. “We competed very well against Xavier,” Day said. “Even our kids that lost were really digging deep and giving us the best they could. It was nice to have all 13 competitors go out there and give it what they had.” Boys basketball After a disappointing 5446 loss to Middletown early in the week, the Redcoats came back strong in defeating Plainville, 58-50. Although the boys were down 32-30 heading into the fourth quarter, they were able to outscore their rivals

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by 10 in the final frame, 28-20, to take control of the game. The Redcoats were led by junior Brendon Vessichio’s 18 points, 13 of which came from the foul line. Several other Berlin players made strong contributions, including junior R.J. Veneziano (eight assists), senior Dante Vasi (eight rebounds) and junior Danny Garofalo (12 points, all on 3-pointers). Post presence Dominic Nuzzo added nine points, while fellow sophomore Evan McKinnen netted eight. Girls basketball After an impressive stretch that saw Berlin win two straight games and nearly capture a third victory, the Lady Redcoats had a troublesome week, losing to both Middletown and Plainville. Against Middletown, the girls were defeated handily, 64-39. Falling behind 19-6 in the first quarter, the Lady Redcoats never recovered. Senior Alicia Maule led the charge for the Redcoats with 18 points, including four three-pointers. No other player scored more than five points for the locals. Against the rival Blue Devils, the girls fell 62-42. After trailing 14-11 following the first quarter, the Lady Redcoats tied the game at 29all heading into the second half. Unfortunately, both the offense and defense fell flat in the third quarter, when Berlin was outscored 13-0. Junior Alyssa Germano led the team with 19 points, six of those coming from long range. Maule netted 10 points.

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possibly frustrated high school coaches across the nation who’ve gone through this same situation countless times) there is still no sanctioned shot clock in the high school game today. Only eight states across the country use a shot-clock at the high school level: California, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington and Maryland, where it’s only used solely for the girls. After watching those long See Time/ Page 24

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Face of CIAC football playoffs changing again By Bryant Carpenter Special to The Citizen

CHESHIRE — Starting this fall, the state high school football playoffs will look different than they have for the past four seasons. Just how different remains to be seen. Jan. 22, the CIAC Football Committee approved a handful of changes for the 2014 football season. Chief among them: the playoffs will consist of a semifinal round to be played on the Saturday 10 days after Thanksgiving and then a championship round that will be played the

Saturday after the semis. That indicates the end of the quarterfinals, which were added to the postseason in 2010 and played the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Yet 32 teams will continue to qualify for the playoffs, as has been the case over the past four years, when there have been eight qualifiers in each of four classes. Does keeping the number of qualifiers at 32 without quarterf inals mean Connecticut football will revert back to the six-class system, with MM and SS back in the mix and an Open bracket, or “Best of the Best” tier, that

will feature elite teams regardless of size? A separate Catholic school division? Or will it be pushed to eight classes across the board? We’ll see. The final decision on the 2014 playoff format won’t be made until the CIAC Football Committee meets again in February. What remains unchanged is Thanksgiving. Those games will remain part of the regular season and will be the last to count for postseason power rankings. Connecticut’s football playoff system has long been a topic of debate and has undergone multiple changes

Then there’s the issue of weather, which became a factor this past season. With the changes adopted in 2010, the finals were pushed 2 1/2 weeks past Thanksgiving, the latest they were ever held. That wasn’t an issue until this year, when a late Thanksgiving combined with early December snow reshuffled the Championship Saturday deck. Class LL was most effected, with Southington and Fairfield Prep not playing their final until the follow-

since the state shifted away from the old two-qualifiers-per-class system in 1994. The prime issue has been the number of qualifying teams, which has had the state toggling back and forth between four classes and six. Another issue has been the dominant programs, be they parochial schools like Xavier or St. Joseph or small public powers like Ansonia. Some have suggested separate playoff brackets for the Catholic/prep schools or an Open division that would enable an Ansonia to contend for a state title with the bigger programs.

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Boy Scouts - Boy Scouts Troop 24 is scheduled to meet Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 230 Kensington Road. Stop in or call Joe Tedone at (860) 828-0255. Boys Scouts - Boy Scout Troop 41 is scheduled to meet Thursday, 7 p.m., at Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill Street. For more information, call Scoutmaster K.C. Jones at (860) 829-1148 or email jones327@comcast. net.

Eskimo Breakfast - The Svea Social Club, 999 Kensington Road, has scheduled an Eskimo Breakfast for Sunday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. A fee is charged. For more information, call (860) 828-9447.

Theatre - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Road, has scheduled “The Owl and the Pussycat� for Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m. Presented cabaret-style, patrons may bring their own food and beverage. Tickets are available at (860) 829-1248. For more information, visit www. Racing show - Racing Action Today, ,hosted by Berlin native Larry Mongillo, airs every Friday, 8 p.m., on Comcast cable channel 5. Boys basketball - BHS vs. Bristol Central at BHS, 7 p.m. Girls basketball - BHS vs. Bristol Central at Bristol Central, 7 p.m. Boys swimming - BHS vs. Southington at Southington YMCA, 3:45 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 4 Pasta supper - American Legion Post 68, 154 Porters Pass, schedules a pasta supper for every Tuesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. A fee is charged. The public is welcome. For more information, call (860) 8289102 after 5 p.m. Boy Scouts - Boy Scouts Troop 256, chartered by the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, is scheduled to meet Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, 880 Farmington Ave. For more information, call Scoutmaster Ed Alicia, at (860) 828-8693. Boy Scouts - Boy Scout Troop 44 is scheduled to meet Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St. For more information, call Joann Sawyer at (860) 828-7767. Sunrise Rotary Club - The Sunrise Rotary Club of Kensington-Berlin is scheduled to

Georgie, a stunning torbie, was very attached to her owner, who went into a nursing home, and is eager to find a strong bond with a special person again. Georgie doesn’t care for other cats and prefers one on one time. Chestnut is a lilac point Siamese. Upon getting spayed, it was discovered that she had a pyometra, a serious uterine infection that female cats get because of reoccurring heat cycles. She lived with pain for a long time and has withdrawn from her trauma. She is in need of a nurturing home. For more information, call (860) 828-5287. View all of the adoptable pets at

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Calendar or visit Ice hockey - NewingFrom Page 25 ton-Berlin-Manchester vs. 219, 41 West St. For more in- E.O. Smith-Tolland-Windham formation, call Betty Water at at UConn Hockey Arena, 6:45 p.m. (860) 635-7020. Wrestling - BHS vs. East Boys basketball - BHS vs. Bristol Eastern at BHS, 7 p.m. Hartford at BHS, 6 p.m. Girls basketball - BHS vs. Bristol Eastern at Bristol EastFriday, Feb. 7 ern, 7 p.m. Boys basketball - BHS vs. at Platt, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 Platt Girls basketball - BHS vs. Grad party meeting - The Platt at BHS, 7 p.m. Boys swimming - BHS vs. BHS Class of 2014 All Night Middletown at Plainville High Graduation Parent meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, School, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, 7 p.m., at the South Kensington Fire Department. Saturday, Feb. 8 All are welcome. Raising Berlin - Raising Pasta and auction - BerBerlin is scheduled to meet lin Congregational Church, Wednesday, Feb, 5, 7:45 878 Worthington Ridge has p.m., at the Kensington Fire scheduled a pasta dinner Station, 947 Farmington Ave. and auction for Saturday, For more information, email Feb. 8. Pasta dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by the auc-

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tion. A fee is charged. For more information, call (860) 828-6586. Ice hockey - Newington-Berlin-Manchester vs. Farmington-Avon-Windsor at Newington Ice Arena, 1:20 p.m. Wrestling - BHS vs. Waterford at Waterford.

Boys basketball - BHS vs. Bulkeley at Bulkeley High School Field House, 7 p.m. Girls basketball - BHS vs. Bulkeley at BHS, 7 p.m. Boys swimming - BHS vs. Bulkeley at Bulkeley High School, 4 p.m.

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Concert - The New Britain Symphony has scheduled a free concert for Sunday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m. at Mooreland Hill School, 166 Lincoln St. The family-friendly concert features the NBSO Recorder Quartet. A free will offering will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Mooreland Hill School Scholarship Fund. For more information, call (860) 826-6344 or visit www.

Ice hockey - Newington-Berlin-Manchester vs. Fermi-Enfield-E.Granby-Strafford at Newington Ice Arena, 8:20 p.m. Wrestling - BHS vs. Plainville at BHS, 6 p.m.

Boys swimming - BHS vs. Bristol Central/Eastern/St. Paul, away, 3:45 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 Wrestling - BHS at CCC South Tournament at Bristol Central High School.

Monday, Feb. 17 Girls basketball - BHS vs. Plainville at BHS, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 Boys basketball - BHS vs. Middletown at BHS, 7 p.m.

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Friday, Feb. 14 Boys basketball - BHS vs. Maloney at Maloney, 7 p.m. Girls basketball - BHS vs. Maloney at BHS, 7 p.m.

Ice hockey - Newington-Berlin-Manchester vs. Hall-Southington at Veteran’s Memorial Rink, 7:30 p.m.

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TOWN OF BERLIN ELDERLY TAX RELIEF FILING REQUIREMENTS The Assessors office would like to remind elderly homeowners and taxpayers who are 100% disabled the deadline for filing the state’s property tax relief program is MAY 15TH, 2014. Homeowners who were 65 as of December 31st, 2013, and who meet specific guidelines may be eligible for the program. Those who are 100% disabled regardless of age may also be eligible. Residents who meet the eligibility requirements can apply in the Town of Berlin Assessor’s Office, room 18, in the Town Hall at 240 Kensington Road. The filing period is February 1st through May 15th each year. Eligibility guidelines include a maximum annual income of $34,100 for a single person and $41,600 for married couples. The tax benefit works on a sliding scale with a minimum exemption of $150 to a maximum of $1,250. An applicant must show date of birth, Social Security number and proof of all income – taxable and non-taxable for 2013. Items the State requires for proof of all income when applying for the Elderly Homeowners Program include: • Copy of the SSA1099 form from Social Security • Copy of a complete income tax return for 2013 • If no income tax return was filed, submit copies of all 1099 forms plus W-2 forms, 1099 Dividend forms, etc. • Receipts for rental income • Pensions, Veteran’s Pension, Railroad retirement Those who want more information can contact the Assessor’s Office at 860-828-7039.

Town of Berlin – Assessor’s Office Board of Assessment Appeal Petition Process The Assessor’s Office would like to remind Property Owners and Tax Payers that they must file a written application with the Board of Assessment Appeals by February 20, 2014 if you are appealing your Assessment. Application forms are available at the Assessor’s Office on February 1, 2014 and by State Statute must be completed and received by the Assessor’s Office no later than February 20, 2014 If you have any questions regarding this appeal process, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 860-828-7039.

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TOWN OF BERLIN SENIOR CITIZEN PROPERTY TAX DEFERRAL PROGRAM (Administered by the Assessor’s Office and Tax Collector’s Office) • The taxpayer or his/her spouse must be 70 years old • Owner of property (including Life Use tenants) • Reside at property • Income must not exceed $34,100 if unmarried or $41,600 if married • Tax freeze at current mill rate • Property tax increases eligible for deferral • The program is free with no interest for as long as the taxpayer qualifies • Deferred taxes paid upon death of last eligible taxpayer or when home is sold • Cannot be used on rental property • Notice of the deferred taxes put on the land records in the form of a lien • Interest will be charged if the deferred portion is not paid back to the Town within one year after the death of the surviving qualifying taxpayer • Apply between February 1st and May 15th If you have any questions please call the Assessor’s Office 860-828-7039.

Town of Berlin – Assessor’s Office Homeowners Tax Relief Program (For Non-Enrollees) The Berlin Assessor’s Office would like to remind homeowners who are NOT ALREADY ON THE HOMEOWNERS PROGRAM in the Town of Berlin that the office is taking applications for the program. The filing period is February 1st to May 15th. Income limits for SINGLES is $34,100 and MARRIED COUPLES is $41,600. One person MUST BE 65 years old as of December 31, 2013 or 100% disabled and under 65 years old. Income includes Social Security, pension, bank interest, wages, etc. Copies of Income Tax 1040 showing Adjusted Gross Income and Form SSA1099 from Social Security MUST BE submitted if you are filing. Please call 860-828-7039 to make an appointment or if you have any questions.

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PARAKEET - Hand fed babies, tame, sweet, great for beginners or experienced bird owners. $50 each or 2 for $80. Call 203-600-8880.

MERIDEN Clean 1 Room Efficiency 2nd Fl. Randolph Ave. Utils included. No pets. $450. 2 mos sec. Credit check required. 203-284-0597

MERIDEN Nice, Lg 2 BR, Top Fl. Balcony, Laundry facilities, off st parking. E. Main St. 2 mos sec, credit ck. $800. No pets. 203 284-0597

Miscellaneous For Sale NORDICTRACK incline treadmill with transferrable warranty to 12-30-14. $500.00. 203-639-8090.

Wood / Fuel & Heating Equip PERSIAN KITTENS Purebred 2 Seal Lynx Point 1 Tabby $900 Sire CFA Registered Parents on premises Email threekittensforsale@ Or call 203 645-1257

Livestock VOLUNTEERS Needed To feed horses AM & PM. Wallingford area. Call 203265-3596

AMAZINGLY CLEAN Cleanest Seasoned Firewood in the State! $210 Full cord delivered. Discounts over 2, over 4 & picked up. South Meriden. Mike 203 631-2211

Electronics ALWAYS BUYING CASH PAID Vintage Electronics, Musical Instruments, Amps, Ham Equipment, HiFi, Radios, CB, Guitars, Audio Equipment. 860 707-9350

It’s All Here! (203) 238-1953 1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture, 50’s Items. Whole Estates 203 238-3499 AARON’S BUYING Old Machinist Tools, Lathes, Bench Tools Hand Tools, Much More. (203) 525-0608 ALL CASH FOR MILITARY ITEMS 203-237-6575

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate. 203-235-8431 WANTED: Antiques, Costume Jewelry, Old Toys, Military Items. Anything Old. Open 6 days. 18 South Orchard St Wallingford CT 06492 or call 203-284-3786 WANTED FISHING TACKLE Old or new! One lure or entire basement! Highest prices paid! Call Dave 860 463-4359

Music Instruments & Instruction

Music By RoBeRta PeRfoRMance & instRuction Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome. Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate. (203) 630-9295 THOMAS Floor Organ with Bench $100. 860-349-0594

Find something that belongs to someone else? Find the owner with a Marketplace Ad!


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

North Haven Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Satellite TV. Short Stay/Daily/ Weekly. On Bus Line. 203-239-5333

WALLINGFORD Lovely, Lge Furnished Bdrm, Rec Rm & Bath. All Utils, TV, Cable, Refrig, Freezer & Laundry Included. 203 269-8166.

MER. Furn. Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 2nd flr. Studio, $180/wk+ sec. 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm

Be the first to get on the list to contract a route

MER Clean Safe Rms. Inclds. H, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. E side. off-st park. $125/wk.+ sec. 12-8pm 203-630-3823

Wanted to Buy 1, 2 or 3 Items or an estate $$$ CA$H $$$ 203-237-3025 ESTATE SALE SERVICE Costume Jewelry, Antiques, paintings, Meriden-made items, toys, lamps

Rooms For Rent

MERIDEN 2 BR, 2 Full Baths. Large, Hdwd Flrs. New Windows, Laundry Rm. Off St Parking. Nicely Remodeled. Webster St. 203 634-6550

Meriden 2 BR $700 Newly remod. No Pets. Avail Now. 203-500-9080 or 203-340-3413

Furniture & Appliances

WALLINGFORD 2BR Two Family, 2nd Floor 5 Rms. Own driveway No pets. Utils not incl. $800. 203 284-1853

Find everything at our Marketplace.

MERIDEN Newly renovated 2 BR, 3rd Fl apt w/deck. $850/ mo + utils. Credit Ck & 2 mo. security dep. 203 715-7508


Apartments For Rent

MERIDEN 2BR, 1st Fl. Appliances included. Eat-in kitchen. Off st parking. No pets. Sec 8 Approved. $850 Plus 1 mo. security. 203 464-6273

CHESHIRE - 4 ROOMS, 1 Level, Deck. Hdwd flrs. No Pets. Convenient to 691 & 84. Lease. $1200/Mo. Incl. heat. Call 203-393-1117


VOLVO XC90 2008 AWD, 4 Door, V8 Stock #1475 $14,988


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Home Improvement

ANTONIO SALVATORE LLC - Custom carpentry for all your carpentry needs. Free estimates. CT Reg 583428. 203-722-1507

ALL Your Remodeling & Construction Needs! Kitchens, Baths, Painting, Decks, Windows, Doors. No job too small. We do it all! Free Est. 40 yrs in bus. Lic & Ins. #539493 203-530-1375

Always a sale in Marketplace. REPAIRS & REPLACEMENT Decks, Porches, Windows, Stairs & Railing, Doors. I can fix it or replace it. Work done by owner. 40+ years exp. Lic & Ins. #578107 203 238-1449

Cleaning Services CLEANING If you don’t have time to clean, call me I will do everything you wish for a good price. Good References. Fully insured call Renata 860-538-7963 or email:

Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060

FLAGGE TILE COMPANY All Phases Ceramic Tile Wood/Laminate Installations TUB/TILE GLAZING 860-302-4525 CT HIC # 0626897

House Cleaning

T.E.C. ELECTRICAL SERVICE LLC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service SMALL JOBS WELCOME 203-237-2122

Edna’s Housecleaning If you’d like your house sparkling clean, call me. I use only organic products. Ask about free specials. 860-610-9332

Junk Removal

Fencing Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Insd. Call John Uvino 203-237GATE. CT Reg #601060

Call to place your Marketplace ad any time


Over 25 years experience. Call today for free est. Call 203-440-3535 Ct. Reg. #578887

Handypersons A-1 HANDYMAN PLUS CT Reg #606277. Give us a Call-WE DO IT ALL! Free Estimates. 203-631-1325


C&M ConstruCtion *THE BATHROOM & REMODELING SPECIALIST* 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488

C&M ConstruCtion *The Roofing Specialist* And Roof Snow Removal 10% off 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488


DAWSON DRYWALL Repairs to sheetrock, ceiling repairs & painting. Over 35 yrs. exp. Free estimates. Lic. & insured. 203-272-4544/860681-6074

Electrical Services


Kitchen & Baths

GONZALEZ CONSTRUCTION ************* Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. SNOWPLOWING 10% OFF IF YOU Mention This Ad Snowplowing Winter Yard Clean-Ups Brush, Branches, Leaves, Storm Damage **JUNK REMOVAL** Appl’s, Furniture, Junk, Debris, etc WE CAN REMOVE ANYTHING Entire house to 1 item removed! FREE ESTIMATES Sr. Citizen Discount LIC & INS. 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218

Painting & Wallpapering PAINTING SPECIALS Condos, Apts., Cabinets, Bsmnts, Popcorn Ceilings, Crown Molding, Sheetrock Repair. Eddie 203 824-0446 #569864

FENCES to Faucets Got a list of things to do? Insured. Call MGW! CT#631942 203 886-8029

************* 203-639-0032 info@ gonzalezconstructionllc. com Fully licensed/insured. Reg #HIC577319

Find everything at our Marketplace.

Local. Local. Local. Your Marketplace.

Find your dream home in Marketplace.

WE HAVE DUMP TRUCK We do all the labor. Registered and insured. Free on-site estimate. Call Ed

MEDINA Sewer & Drain Cleaning Services LLC Quality work, affordable prices. 24hr Service. Benny Medina 203 909-1099

Roofing, Siding, Windows & More. Free Est. Fully Insured Reg #604200 Member BBB Call 860-645-8899

Siding, Roofing, WindoWS, deckS, Remodeling gutteRS ct Reg#570192 (203) 639-1634

DID YOU READ THIS? Odds are in your favor that others will too. That is how good advertising works. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Call us: (203) 238-1953

Roofing, Siding, Windows & More. Free Est. Fully Insured Reg #604200 Member BBB Call 860-645-8899

JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! 25% OFF We remove Furniture, Find everything at our MarketAppliances, And Entire contents of: Homes, place. Sheds, Estates, Attics, Plumbing Roofing, Siding, Basements, WindoWS, Garages & more. Decks, Remodeling CARL’S Plumbing & Heating **Fall Yard Clean-ups.** Gutters Speak directly to the plumbFREE ESTIMATES er, not a machine. We snake CT Reg#570192 LIC & INS. drains. Cell 203 272-1730, (203) 639-1634 203-535-9817 860 680-2395 or 860-575-8218


Marketplace Advertising Direct Line 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week.

CPI Home ImProvement Highest Quality- Kitchens/ Bath Siding, Roofing Windows, Remodeling, Decks, Gutters, Additions. Credit cards accepted 203-6346550 CT Reg #0632415



CPI Home ImProvement Highest Quality-Kitchen, Bath, Siding, Roofing, Windows, Remodeling, Decks, Gutters, Additions, Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #0632415 Gonzalez ConstruCtion Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. 203-639-0032 info@ Fully Lic & Ins Reg #577319

SIDING, ROOFING, Windows, Decks, Sunrooms, Additions. CT Reg. #516790 203-237-0350

Snow Plowing Salt $130 Per Yard. Sand/Salt 7:2 DOT Mix, $65 per yard, picked up. 100% Calcium Chloride Icemelt - Safest for concrete! $18.00 per 50 lb bag. Pallet prices available 24/7. 203 238-9846

Tree Services Gary Wodatch LLC TREE REMOVAL All calls returned. CT#620397 Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 Cell 860-558-5430 PROF. Arborist #S3365 75ft bucket truck. Precise Tree CT Reg #562159. Call 203272-4216

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SALE DATES: Thurs. Jan. 30 -Feb. 5, 2014 SAVE 50-80% Ladies Premium Long Underwear



Comp. $18-$40

Our Reg. $15



Mens & Ladies Better Winter Coats




Mens & Ladies Soft Shell Jackets

Comp. $100-$200



5 Lb Enviro-Log Fire Log

Case of 6

STORE HOURS: Mon-Sat 8am-9pm; Sunday 9am-8pm 50 oz. Tide®

Angel Soft® Bathroom Tissue 4 Pack

Original, H.D. or original with bleach alternative




Small Steps Paper Towels 8 Roll Bonus Pack

3 Pk 5 oz. Bar Soap



Bob’s Red Mill On Sale!

Wild Bird Food 50lb Black Oil Sunflower Seed

Comp. $75




Our Reg. $29.99.........................

25lb Nyjer Thistle Seed.....$25

25lb Signature Blend

Our Reg. $23..................................



20lb Country Blend

Famous Label Stylish Winter Fleece Jackets

Ladies Better Sweaters



Better Knit Tops Comp. $15-$30





Ladies Famous Maker Jeans

Lots of styles including figure enhancing models






Mens Better Leather Belts



Unisex styling tops & bottoms

Comp. $15

Travel Neck Pillows

Ladies Satin Pajamas

Plush or beads



Comp. $25 or more



1.5 million points

2' x 4'...................$25 2'2 x 7'10”......$60 3'3 x 5'4”......... $60 5'3 x 7'10”... $150 6'7 x 9'6” ..... $200 7'10” x 10'10”...$300 5’3” Round..........$100 7’10” Round.......$100

Rovio - Looney Tunes - Muppets Disney & more Comp. $20-$30




Shoe/Boot Dryer




10 Gal. Clear Storage Box, 5 Pack 6 Qt Shoe Box OR 2 Pack 14 Qt Sweater Box

Pet Treats on Sale




Full, Queen or King



Bolster Crate Mats


Pigs Ears........................................... 1 $ Rib Bones......................................... 1 Bully Stick..................................... 2/$5 10” Retriever.................................. $1

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6 Element Infrared Heater End Table Comp. $299

Oscillating Ceramic Heater 4 position rotary control. Adjustable thermostat.






Ceramic Heater



4 Element Infrared Quartz Heater Comp. $249

Sunbeam Heated Comforters & Blankets Premium HEATED COMFORTER

Comforters Twin

Comp. $130 Comp. $200 Comp. $220

Blankets Comp. $80

Premium Towels Available in most stores

Comp. $100

39 $ 49 $ 49 $ 40 $ 50 $


ETLTM Portable Propane

Construction Heater Construction heater Not for enclosed spaces 50,000 BTU




Metal Radiant Heater


Adjustable thermostat. Comp. $35








Our reg. $35

25 35


Our reg. $45


21”x34” Memory Foam Super Plush Bath Rug

KWIK-TEK® World Industries 49”x19.5” 2 Person Snow Sled







24”x18”x31” 36”x24”x27” 42”x28”x31”

35 $55 $65


40 Ct Jumbo 27.5”x35”..............19.99

20.49 12'x16'

Adult’s Snow Shoes Set

includes 2 poles and carry bag

32.79 20'x30'

61.49 20'x40'

81.99 25'x40'

19.69 30.69



Comp. $43.67


SAVE 65%



-20 F Windshield Washer Fluid

199 $ 7

48” Extender Snowbrush




Polyethylene foam, fast high density slick bottom. Four soft EVA handles provide a great grip!

includes 2 poles and carry bag

Rust-proof poly-carbonate grommets UV treated Tear resistant 90% Heavier than standard grade tarps!

Puppy Pads

11 799 1299 1599

Children’s Snow Shoes Set

Ripstopper™ Industrial Tarps

99 12.29 10'x20'


Comp. $20



Comp. $40

Patriots® Longsleeve Tee





50 Ct 24”x24” or 60 Ct 17”x24”


Our reg. $199

20”x5’ ............ 8 $ 3’3”x4’7’.... 13 $ 5’x7’............... 30 8’2”x9’x10”... $65

Folding Crates

Extra thick non-skid bottom

Patriots® Hoody


Our reg. $299



Our Reg $8

16”x20" ... 6.99 $ 22”x28"..... 9.99 $ 24”x36".. 14.99

Bath Sheets American Made.......... 10 $ Bath Sheets..Imported....................... 7 $ Bath Towels..................................... 5

Reg. $5.99


SAVE $50!

Our reg. $12-$20


Your Choice

SAVE $70!


Paterson Collection BCF

Fleece Sheet Sets or 90 Gram Microfiber Sheet Sets

Virtually silent. Gently drys overnight. LED light. Comp. $39.99

10 pk Adhesive Body Warmers


Area Rug Closeout!

Dynasty Collection

Licensed Fleece-lined Hats




8”x10" .... 2.99 $ 12”x12"... 3.99 $ 8”x20"....... 4.99

Fashion & basic styles!

Short & Long Sleeve

24” Spinner Comp. $72 ........................ 45 $ 28” Spinner Comp. $90 ........................ 50


Framed Art

Dept. Store Label Ladies Scarves

Outer Banks Mens Polos


Save 50-66%







Wiper Blades Applies Rain-X water beading treatment

Quartz Infrared Fullsize Rolling Mantel




20” Spinner

Comp. $56

Comp. $400


Comp. $15 to $25 ea.

Durable ABS Construction 360 Degree EZ Glide 4 Wheel System


Fully assembled. Built in Casters 1500 watts, 5200 BTU’s. Digital Display. Remote control

Comp. $10

Notch collar, button front Assorted prints Comp. $40


12 8”....$6


Reading Glasses

Crewline Hard Sided Luggage


Rainx® Horizon


Branded Scrubs




Our reg: $2.99 ea.







4 Pc Auto Mats

Comp. $18


All Famous Maker

Comp. $17.99

10” ....$6

Comp. $42-$52



60%-80% Savings! House & Garden Ceramic Closeout! Selection varies by store 15”....$12

3M thinsulate lined


999 799

Blue Diamond Almonds 16 oz.....5.99 Pecan Pieces, 8 oz ......................2.99 Dry Roasted Peanuts 16 oz......... 1.99

Pistachio, 16 oz.........5.99 Walnuts, 16 oz.......... 5.99 Pecan Halves, 8 oz ....3.99


50 Feet

Potato Express

Mens & Ladies Waterproof Winter Gloves


Why pay TV prices? The Pocket Hose

Nuts On Sale!

Comp. $30-$70


Our Reg. $1.00.................................89

Almond Flour 16 oz ….......... 7.99 Organic Quinoa 26 oz ….............. 8.99 Chia Seeds 16 oz …..................7.99 Gluten Free Rolled Oats 32 oz...4.39 Organic Flaxseed 16 oz ..... 3.50 Gluten Free Flour 44 oz ….............4.99


Comp. $100



Our Reg. $8.50...................................


Patented Triple Riveted Corner Grommets Industrial Tarps Twice as Strong™

Our reg. $8

18” Poly Snow Shovel

Steel wearstrip for extended blade life.



New technology stops rips

Our reg. $13

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


We warmly welcome



Berlin Citizen Jan. 30, 2014