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Spirit Halloween brings two-month boon By Daniel Jackson

you could pick up a sexy nurse costume, skeletons in plastic bags and for a Dozens of masks hung $49.99 “adoption fee,” you like def lated, shrunken could take home your very heads on the racks at own zombie baby named Spirit Halloween, a sea- “Isabella.” Weeks before, this locasonal retail superstore that dealt with every- tion on Universal Drive in thing Halloween. Here, North Haven was the location of Xpect Discounts. But the store closed and now Spirit Halloween’s banner partially covered the holes and stains where the sign “Xpect Discounts” was attached to building. By Nov. 3, with the end of the haunting season, Spirit Halloween will move out, leaving the spot vacant. Like firework store s a rou nd Independence Day a nd Christmas tree Masks hang on display inside a Spirit Halloween store. See Spirit / Special to The Citizen

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| (Dan Jackson/The Citizen)

Healing garden helps survivor’s road to recovery Maura Gaffney

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Debbie Siembab has survived two back-to-back fights against breast cancer in the past 15 months. She was declared cancer free recently, yet several months of follow-up treatment are still ahead of her. Thanks to her friends and a charity called Hope in Bloom, Siembab now has a beautiful healing garden at her home to help her along the road to recovery. Siembab’s longtime friend, Maureen Mullins, read an arSee Healing / Page 24

| Photo by Maura Gaffney

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trict math coordinator, Kara skill work where we had to sion. Everything was based Watson, the assistant princi- know our addition, subtracpal at Hubbard Elementary tion, multiplication, diviSee Math/ Page 12 School. The first installment was held Oct. 10, for the K-2 grades, and had more than 400 parents, guardians and children in attendance. During the Family Math Night, parents and their children played a game from the Make an appointment with Lauren and new district-wide, math proreceive $10 OFF any service over $40. gram and also tried activities - Offer expires December 31, 2013 related to the mathematical practices. 1195 Farmington Avenue, Berlin • (860) 828-2904 “I think back when I was in school and how math was structured at the time,” Watson said. “It was a lot of

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and newcomers Margaret (Maggie) Morelli and Kevin J. Murphy. After serving a decade as mayor, Adam Salina announced that he will not seek a sixth term. Joseph Annunziata is the Democratic candidate for Police Commission. “The Democratic candidates will be running on a promise to build Berlin’s future by strengthening our schools, improving our infrastructure and providing support for our local businesses,” said Fred Jortner, chair of the Berlin Democratic Town Committee. For the Republican Party, incumbent David Evans is seeking his third term on the council. Joining Evans on the GOP ticket are Charles Paonessa, Brenden Luddy and Theresa “Terry” Tonina. Eric Buhrendorf is not

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the council for a period of six Name: Stuart Topliff years. Age: 45 Why do you want to be a Occupation: Assessor for Town Council member? the Town of I have actively served on Rocky Hill the Town Council for almost A re yo u six years. During this time, I an incumhad the opportunity to work bent? Yes with many talented council Party afmembers. I would be honfiliation: ored to continue serving in Republican my capacity as a member of W hy d o the Town Council and to continue to support progressive you want to be a Board policies that will attract new of Assessment Appeals residents and encourage busi- member? It is a good way to serve nesses to invest in our comour community. What will you bring — See Watson / Page 16



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There are several reasons I would like to once again be on the Board of Police Commissioners. First and foremost is my past experience as a police officer, then as a former police commissioner, and lastly as a former town councilor. This, I believe, gives me the knowledge to know all aspects of the job. If elected, what will be your main goal? If I am elected, I will strive to maintain the good name of

the Berlin Police Department. We have in place many things that were started while I was an officer. Among them is the DARE program, teaching our youngsters the effects of drugs on the mind and body. I would see that our Dive Team gets up-to-date training on a regular basis. I would push to have the Traffic Division look into all complaints regarding road safety. Any hobbies or interests? My hobbies include my family, especially my grandchildren. I enjoy gardening, growing my own vegetables. I am very involved with mil-

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stands around December, Spirit Halloween is a seasonal retail store that arrives for a temporary stay. The phone number for Spirit Halloween in North Haven goes to a prepaid cell phone, and the hours are taped to the front of the store on a standard 8.5 by 11 inch piece of paper. Around this time of year, seasonal retail stores are popping up around the state. In Berlin, a Spirit Halloween is doing business in Brickyard Plaza on the Berlin Turnpike. According to economic development officials in both Berlin and North Haven,

Temporary retail stores have another advantage from setting up in strip malls and other retail locations where the previous occupant was in retail. “They can come right in. They don’t have to go to zoning,” LoPresti said. For Spirit Halloween, the 2013 Halloween marks 30 years of doing business. In 1999, the store operated 63 stores across the nation and was acquired by Spencer Gifts, LLC, the operator of the store Spencers, found in many malls across the state. Today, Spirit Halloween has 1,000 locations. “Over the past 30 years, Spirit Halloween has grown store counts consistently,” said Lisa Barr, senior director of marketing and creative at the company. “Very few

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Faith group -- Parent/child play group Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:15 Kensington Congregational: a.m., in the Reeves Center, Bible study -- Wednesdays, 185 Sheldon St. For infants to 11 a.m., in the church parlor. pre-school age, open to the For more information, call public on a drop-in basis. For more information, call Gwen (860) 828-4511. McCann, (860) 828-0064. Kensington St. Paul Ladies Guild: Congregational: Healing service -- second Monday Bus trip Foxwood Casino -of each month, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. For more Half-hour service for those information, call Pam (860) unable to attend Sunday 828-1024 or Barbara (860) 828-5632. services. 828-6586.

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Sophie Fagan recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at Ledgecrest Healthcare Center. A lifelong resident of Kensington, Fagan attended grades 5 through 8 at Kensington Grammar School, and with her husband, Bob Fagan, owned and operated Fagan’s Variety Store from 1946 to 1954. She worked for Aetna Insurance until her retirement in 1975. She has been a parishioner of St. Paul Chuch for more than 90 years. | Submitted by Nancy Luca-Kenney |

Berlin Congregational: Yankee Peddler Fair -Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the church. Only handmade items may be ofBerlin Congregational: fered. Tables are available for rent. For more informa- Free tot time -- Thursdays, tion or an application, con- 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., through Dec. 19, for children up tact

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Harvest party Crossroads Church of God, 146 Hudson St., has scheduled a harvest party for Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. Food, games, candy and more. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, call (860) 828-3822.

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The Red Cross Babysitting Course, for youth 11 years old and up, is scheduled for Wednesdays, Nov. 6 and 13, 5 to 8:15 p.m. Art for Two, a parent/ child class, is scheduled for Saturdays, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7, 10 to 11 a.m. For grades K through 5. Winter basketball registration, for boys and girls, in grades 3 through 8, deadline is Oct. 31. For more information, call (860) 828-7009.

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Friends of Berlin Animal Control has scheduled Ghost Hunters Guild, a paranormal investigation team, for Saturday, Oct. 26, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Senior Center, 33 Colonial Drive. A fee is charged. The event features an opportunity to meet the team, hear stories, see evidence and tools used to capture paranormal activity. A psychic/tarot card reading is available for an additional fee. Tickets are available at the Berlin Animal Control Facility, Kensington Dry Cleaners, Dirty Dog Pet Wash or at the door. For more information, call (860) 830-4181.

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BERLIN — Victor “Vic” L. Baccaro, 91, of Berlin, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 42 years, Veronica “Val” (Gwiazda) Baccaro, Born in Kensington, Vic was the son of the late Joseph and Rita (Daversa) Baccaro. He has been a lifelong resident of Berlin, attending local schools and graduating from Berlin High School, class of 1940. Vic was an outstanding athlete while at Berlin High School in both football and track. Captain of both teams, he also set a Connecticut State record for the 100 yard dash and his 880 relay team won the State Championship. Vic was a proud U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II, having served with the 390th Bomb Group as a Tech/SGT flight engineer and Top Turret Gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress. His B-17 was shot down over Germany on his 25th mission and he became a Prisoner of War for the next 13 months. For his actions during the war, Vic was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the POW Medal, the European Campaign Medal, and the Victory Medal. Vic worked for the Fafnir Bearing Co., retiring after 42 years of service. He was an avid sports fan and took great joy in watching his sons and grandchildren participate in school and local sports. Vic was a founding member of the Berlin High School Athletic Boosters Association, the St. Paul’s Knights of Columbus, and the Berlin VFW. He was selected as the first inductee into the Berlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Vic has been a lifelong parishioner of St. Paul Church in Kensington and was an avid Yankees fan. Surviving are his three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Sharon Baccaro, John and Nancy Baccaro, William and Lynn Baccaro, all of Berlin. “Papa” Vic is also survived by his six grandchildren, Jennifer, Katie, Carolyn, Daniel, Michael and Nicole; two special cousins, Victor J. Baccaro and his wife, Rita, of Southington and Angelo Sabatelli, of Long Island, N.Y.; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. Victor was also predeceased by two brothers, Peter and Steven Baccaro; and a sister, Antoinette “Toni” Baccaro. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, 411 S. Main St., New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul Church, Kensington. Burial, with military honors, will be in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Berlin High School Athletic Boosters Association, PO Box 7273, Kensington, CT 06037. Please share a memory of Victor with the family in the on line guest book at www.


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Thomas N. Galante, 66, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Born in Lynn, Mass., in 1947, a son of the late Nicholas and Florence Galante, Tom was a former resident of Kensington and a graduate of Berlin High School, class of 1965. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Yorktown and helping to recover the Apollo I Moon Mission Capsule. After retiring from the Navy, he went on to become vice president of Bay View Federal Bank of San Francisco, Calif. He spent many years volunteering helping terminally ill patients with their affairs. He was awarded many humanitarian awards for his volunteer work. Tom leaves behind many friends, including his partner of many years, Tony Tarket; his sisters, June Blum of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Sandra Gallnot of Vernon; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Annette Galante of Kensington; nieces and nephews, Steve and Robert Focerato and Mary Ann MacDonald of Berlin; and nephew, Brian Galante of Berlin. He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Galante of New Hampshire.


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on speed, using formulas, following procedures.” Nowadays, Watson said, the focus is more balanced as teachers want students to “deeply understand” the math they are learning, have a solid foundation, and be able to communicate their findings. “We are still absolutely concerned about computation skills and students being able to use procedures properly,” Watson said, “but there’s a lot more of what we expect for them in being mathematicians.” When students solve a problem, Watson said, teachers are not just looking for the right answer. Rather, the focus is on the steps the students took to solve the problem and their ability to explain the strategy used. “We also want students to explain how they might improve and go back and try a different way if something did not work for them the first time,” Watson said, adding that it is important for students to understand how math is used on a day-to-day

basis. “A big aspect to the new program is building confidence,” she added. “We want them to have a lot of confidence with math; we want to show them that they can be successful.” Due to changes in education, Berlin has developed a new K-5 math program called Investigations in Number, Data and Space, to better deliver instruction that meets the Common Core Standards. The program is designed as a math workshop approach, Watson said, which encourage students to think, reason, and share ideas. As part of the program, students do 10-minute math activities daily to reinforce math skills and concepts and also use activity books for daily practice and homework. The biggest component are the math games which are incorporated throughout the program to engage students, provide opportunities for practice of important skills, and support mathematical thinking and reasoning, according to Watson. “If Berlin is going to compete with other students globally, we needed to change our program,” Watson said.

After a presentation of the local, state and national changes to the education system, parents joined their children to play games. Third graders are working with currency, so parents and their children teamed up and played a game dealing with counting money. Each team was given a handful of plastic pennies and dimes, two paper dollars and two foam dice with numbers written on each side — one die had

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Opinion Letters to the Editor

Keep the town moving forward

To the editor: It has been a distinct pleasure to represent the Town of Berlin as your mayor for the last decade. When I was first elected in 2003, our education funding had been slashed, programs and athletic programs canceled and our community lacked the proper infrastructure and capital investments needed to move forward. With the high school under renovation, upgrades to our trash collection, investments in roads and bridges, and a growing economic base, let’s not move backwards. To ensure that the progress made over the last 10 years continues, I encourage you to vote for the Berlin Democrats on Row B. Adam P. Salina Berlin

Vote Democratic

To the editor: Thank you to all of the voters in town who have opened their doors to me and my fellow Democratic candidates for Town Council. We have been reaching out to introduce ourselves, discuss the issues and ask for your votes, and we have greatly appreciated your time and your conversation. Thank you, and we hope that you will honor us with your vote on Nov. 5. Rachel Rochette Deputy Mayor

brought new businesses to Berlin despite a challenging economy. They have brought a sense of vision and purpose to town governance. It is imperative for the future of the town that this sense of vision and purpose be continued. I am therefore happy to support this team and hope you will join me in voting for the Berlin Democrats on Nov. 5. Richard H. Pentore Berlin

would threaten the bond financing of the project. While I am sure it was well intended, it would have been irresponsible. That is why the Democratic members voted against the amendment. William J. Watson III Town Councilor

To the editor: In the Oct. 17 issue of The Citizen, Republican Anne Reilly, made a significant false statement. False: “Roads have been an acutely underfunded budget Setting the record item for the past 10 years.” straight Fact: The DemocraticallyTo the editor: controlled council bonded To the editor: To clarify a Town Council $8.5 million for road conI am writing in support of the Berlin Democratic slate vote mis-characterized in a struction and repair during previous letter to the editor, that period. for Town Council. Fact: When the Republicans The Town of Berlin has when an amendment was ofgrown exponentially over the fered by Mr. Evans on the ac- controlled the council (2003last 10 years of Democratic ceptance of additional state 2004 ) they did not budget one funding for the high school dollar for road construction. leadership. Fact: They only budgeted The Democrat-majority renovation, the council memhas grown the grand list and bers were advised by legal $5,000 for capital items for counsel that such an action the entire town budget year 2004. Fa c t : Th e l a s t t i m e Government Meetings Republicans were in charge the town regressed. Fact: The Democratic slate Conservation Commission, Town Hall, Monday, Oct. 28 is experienced, competent 6:30 p.m. Board of Education, BOE Meeting Room, and dedicated. Veteran’s Commission, American Legion 238 Kensington Rd., 7 p.m. Robert J. Dacey Post 68, 7 p.m. Kensington Fire District, 947 Farmington Former Town Councilor Wednesday, Nov. 13 Ave., 5 p.m. East Berlin Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Library Tuesday, Oct. 29 Board Room, 7 p.m. Town Council, Council Chambers, 7 p.m. Housing Authority, Marjorie Moore Village Vote for change Monday, Nov. 4 Community Room, 5 p.m. Historic District, Town Hall, 7 p.m. To the editor: Thursday, Nov. 14 Tuesday, Nov. 5 Strong words to the Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Democratic Town Council Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 members: Decisions of voter majority are ignored or defeated by Sales Consultant – Annemarie Goulet them, resulting in increased Office Assistant, Press Releases – taxes. Marsha Pomponio School renovation budget is out of control. With no CONTACT US ence or math lab, accreditaP.O. Box 438 Advertising: (203) 317-2303 tion remains questionable. Kensington, CT 06037 Fax (203) 235-4048 Re-evaluation referendum. Unreasonable management Sports – Nate Brown News and Sports: (203) 317-2447 bonuses. News Editor – Olivia L. Lawrence Fax (203) 639-0210 Mattabassett expansion Assistant News Editor – Nick Carroll project. Will fire departments no Executive Vice President and Assistant Marketplace: (203) 238-1953 longer be volunteer? Publisher – Liz White Yet no monies allocated Senior Vice President of Operations and Published every Thursday by the Recordfor animal tranquilizer Major Accounts – Michael F. Killian Journal Publishing Co. Delivered by mail to all equipment. Senior Vice President of the homes and businesses in the two ZIP Credit to our community and Editor – Ralph Tomaselli codes serving Berlin – 06037 and 06023. are the veterans parks, while Advertising Director – Kimberley E. Boath the 9/11 memorial remains

neglected. Vote for change. The Republican A team supports community principles, is fiscally responsible, anticipates difficult decision-making, and meets challenges with clarity of resolve. Barbara Cesanek Kensington To the editor: As most everyone knows, I am hoping and planning to be one of your new police commissioners. I ask for your vote in November. In the meantime, I am still a taxpayer in Berlin and need to express a complaint about the budget. Under Democratic control, our budget has increased from $51 million to $76 million. What have we seen with this extra money? Nothing. They tell us it is going toward the high school addition. Not true. In fact, payment on the bonding on the high school will not begin until next year. Another tax increase. When will it end? Richard A. Rampone Berlin

Be wary of puppy mills

To the editor: Many people in Connecticut do not realize that a high number of puppies presently for sale in our pet stores come from puppy mills. They also do not realize that the incredibly abusive circumstances in which the dogs are kept is actually legal under the present laws. These dogs bred for commercial resale are kept in cages mot much bigger that the dogs’ bodies and are often stacked on top of each other. They have wire flooring which injuries the paws and legs of the dog, but allows the waste to fall on top of the poor dog below. By law, Connecticut pet shops must display the name and address of the breeder See Letters / Page 19

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Leaves a valuable resource for your yard By Diane St John Special to The Citizen

Several years ago I called an experienced arborist to a property I was working on. I showed him a tree that just did not look right. I had planned to enlarge the mulched ring around the tree and possibly give the tree some organic fertilizer and he gave me some simple, wise advice. “Go into the woods over there behind the property and scrape up some old leaves from the ground. Dump a wheelbarrow or so of this leaf mold around the tree, then put the mulch on top.” I did exactly as he said and realized leaves are nature’s mulch. Leaves provide everything the tree needs. No one ever fertilizes a forest. Leaves that are breaking down (known as “leaf mold”)

are full of microscopic life including beneficial bacteria and fungi that will enrich the soil and nourish the tree. And so began a whole new way of thinking about leaves for me. Ever since, I use fall leaves everywhere in my yard and gardens. Somehow we have been taught to think of leaves as something to “get rid of.” We rake them up, bag them and throw them away. We pay crews to use loud, gas powered machines to blow them off our garden beds and vacuum them up into trucks and cart them to the dump. Many towns spend a lot of money to take leaves from yards every fall. What if we could learn to recycle these, right on our property? Here are several ways I use leaves on my property and I hope to encourage you to do too.


of them to my beds. More worms equals more earthworm castings which is the best organic soil conditioner there is! 2. I use leaves to add organic matter directly to the lawn. Use a mulching mower and mow them over the lawn in place-Chopped leaves break down very quickly. The lawn can always use more organic matter. Organic matter means better water Composting leaves. | Diane St. John. retention and more soil microbes. Soil 1. I use leaves to top dress microbes break down thatch vegetable beds in late fall naturally and fertilize the after a few hard frosts. I es- soil. This makes a happier, pecially top dress my garlic greener lawn for you. crop which I plant in late 3. For shade gardens, do fall. Leaves keep the beds not rake the leaves at all. It is mulched-for free. This regu- that simple. If you have been lates soil temperature swings raking your leaves out of a and suppresses any winter shade garden or from under a weeds. In spring, I turn what- tree, just leave them this year ever leaves are still there into and watch the magic happen. the soil with a pitchfork. The See how much happier your worms love this (it is what trees and shade gardens will they eat) and it attracts more be. Toads will appreciate

this too. They burrow into the leaf layer for the winter. In spring and summer, they eat all the slugs and bugs that bother your shade plantings. 4. I use leaves to layer into my compost bins with all the kitchen scraps. Leaves mixed with kitchen scraps and other green plant material, you can make and have beautiful compost available all season. 5. I use leaves to create new garden beds in fall. I outline the new garden bed, lay cardboard down on top of the lawn and add a very thick layer of leaves on top of the cardboard. In spring, the grass is no longer alive and I can edge and plant a new garden here without having to dig out the grass. Leaves make this job much easier! After planting a new bed using this method, if you do not like the look of the leaves as a mulch, simply spread a natural finely chopped mulch on top of the leaves. They will enrich this garden for seasons to come. See Leaves / Page 18

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A.S. Labieniec sponsored a Bark for Life event Oct. 19. The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Berlin police officer Aimee Krzykowski, pictured, a cancer survivor, was the keynote speaker.


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Senior Lunch Menu potato salad, sweet & sour cabbage with diced apples, tropical fruit cup. Tu e s d a y, O c t . 2 9 : Cranberry juice, unbreaded veal patty, onion gravy, rice pilaf, summer blend vegetables, pumpernickel bread, banana. Wednesday, Oct. 302: Butternut squash soup, chicken patty, marinated cucumbers, fresh pear. T h u r s d ay, O c t . 3 1 : Senior Bowling Orange juice, stuffed cabbage, potatoes, Italian bread, Strikette Bowling, Oct. cake. 15: Irene Willametz, 181; F l o re n ce G i l l e tte, 1 59 ; Doris Kaszycki, 153; Marie Kaczynski, 151. From Page 15 Senior Bowling, Oct. 18: Right now is the ideal time Gene Lemery, 258; Jan to stockpile your leaves. Pick Bennett, 208; Rockwell a spot in your yard and dump Roberts, 188; Irene Willametz, them all there-as many as 180; Ferd Brochu, 168; Joe you can get. In no time, they Sytulek, 167; Liz Rugens, break down and the pile will 161; John Nappi, 160; Roger be MUCH smaller and you’ll Bereson, 151. actually wish you had more! Add them to your gardens and enrich the soil. The wise arborist I used many years ago was right and I will always appreciate his advice. Leaves are nature’s mulchLeave them be! Senior meals are provided by CW Resources. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling Doretha Dixon at (860) 670-8546, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A donation is requested. M o n d a y, O c t . 2 8 : Knockwurst, hot German


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and broker of every puppy for sale. So, when a customer enters a pet store, he or she can check the state where the puppy came from. He or she will rarely find a listing from Connecticut. M a ny U S DA- re g i s te re d breeders breed their dogs over and over with no concern for the well-being of them or their puppies. They treat their dogs purely as disposable property. The dogs are used simply to make money for the owners and the pet stores that sell their puppies. When breeder dogs can no longer serve their purpose they are often killed. While these dogs are being abused, and the pet industry is making lots of money, many wonderful dogs are being euthanized in our shelters. In 2012, 2,700 dogs and cats in Connecticut were euthanized. There are humane alternatives to puppy mills and the pet stores that sell their puppies. You can find pet stores locally that partner with nonprofit rescue organizations to find homes for needy dogs and cats. Please ask about this when considering purchasing a pet. Barbara Rudnick East Berlin

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Foreign Film - Oct. 28, 6 p.m. “Kontroll”, rated R. Call (860) 828-7125 to register. Zombie Workshop - Oct. 31, 3:30 p.m. A professional make-up artist is scheduled to transform participants, grades 6 and older, into a zombie for Halloween night. Appointments are required. Call the library at (860) 828-7125. Friday Movie Matinées Movies are scheduled for

The New Britain-Berlin YMCA has scheduled “Hollowing Halloween” for Saturday, Oct. 26, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Marjorie Moore Child Development Center, 362 Main St. The child-friendly Halloween event features a walkthrough haunted house, Halloween themed activities, refreshments and more. All proceeds benefit the YMCA annual campaign which supplies financial assistance to families in need. For more information and cost, call (860) 828-6559.

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McGee kids Run For Something Better By Nate Brown The Berlin Citizen

While some of their contemporaries likely choose to enjoy video games and junk food, an intrepid group of Berlin middle schoolers had another idea this fall: staying healthy, and finishing a marathon. Nearly 75 students from Catherine M. McGee Middle School made the trip to Rentschler Field in East Hartford Oct. 8 to complete their journey by running the last mile of an accumulated full or half marathon during ING Run For Something Better Day. Through the ING Run For Something Better program, middle school students from throughout Connecticut took part in a fall season filled with tips on staying healthy and, of course, running. Over the past several weeks, students from more than 30 middle schools across the state worked within their communities to increase awareness of the health benefits that

go along with running. McGee has offered a similar program for its students for more than 15 years, a club known as the “McGee Milers.” “Typically, we have kids come to practice and run a mile each in kind of a relay format of the marathon or the half marathon,” said McGee phys-

courage youngsters to pick up the sport of running by keeping practices fun. “We’ll do different exercises with them; we’ll play large group games. Just getting them moving and exercising,” said Plona. “But with the amount of practice that they go to, they certainly run the full half or the full full marathon” over time. As for the day at Rentschler, the McGee students enjoyed all that was provided after the racing was through; music, a World Fitness expo. Also, runners received a commemorative Finisher’s Medal and Hartford Marathon Foundation t-shirt. “They were obviously excited to get out of school, and ical educator Bryan Plona. “This year, it was something new for them,” said with the Run For Something Better Plona. “For kids who were on the program, it was basically training as Milers last year, it was something new if you were going to run a half mara- they hadn’t done before, so they were thon or a full marathon.” excited to see what it was all about, Used as an introductory program and to finally get out there and do to help establish good running hab- some running with other kids from its, the McGee Milers and the Run other schools as well.” For Something Better program en-

Boys soccer earns title; Grieco tops in division By Nate Brown The Berlin Citizen

Football In rivalry games, anything goes. The Redcoats, though, made sure things went their way against rival Plainville Oct. 18, beating the host Blue Devils 30-20 to improve to 4-2. Berlin, which has now won four games in a row, got off to hot start thanks to a 9-yard touchdown run by junior Anthony Sisti. But the Redcoats couldn’t seem to shake Plainville. An 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by senior Jake Eliades helped the Redcoats take the lead for good, but the halftime score was still close, 20-14. It wasn’t until a field goal on the opening drive of the third quarter by senior Pat Lomaglio that Berlin started to gain more breathing room. “At halftime, we said that the opening drive of the third quarter was going to be the most im-

portant drive of the game,” said coach John Capodice. “The kids came out, drove the ball, and got a field goal. It was a great job by the field goal team.” Berlin was again led by its quarterback Mitch Williams. The poised senior helped manage a smart second half, and sealed the victory with a late 1-yard touchdown run. “Mitch is really mature. He made some great decisions at the end on where to throw the ball and he deserves a lot of credit for running our offense and executing,” said Capodice. Berlin will look to make it five wins in a row Friday night at Sage Park against Northwest Catholic (5-1). Boys soccer The Redcoats continued to improve upon an already strong season with a week that included wins over Bulkeley (2-0) and Maloney (5-0), and saw the team clinch the CCC South title for the first time in school history.

BHS’s Anthony Sisti goes over Plainville’s R.J. Gross for a touchdown reception Oct. 18. | Photo by Matt Leidemer

Against Bulkeley, the boys were led offensively by Steve Petrario and Nate Ruscito, as both seniors found the back of the net. In the matchup against Maloney, the Redcoats’ offensive onslaught was led by seniors Alex Bednarek (2 goals), Andres Torres, Brian Kennure, and Adnan Hamidovi. Senior Brian Bostrom recorded eight saves throughout the week, and has now posted three consecutive shutouts, during which time Berlin has outscored its opponents 13-0. Heading into this week, the boys found themselves with a record of 11-3. Girls soccer The Lady Redcoats clinched a spot in the state tournament See Notes / Page 22

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with a convincing 2-0 week. The girls posted victories of 8-0 against Bulkeley and 4-1 against Platt to improve to 7-5-1. In the demolition of a young Bulkeley team, the girls took no chances in being upset, taking the opportunities they were given and converting them over and over. Team passing was on point, as well, as eight different players scored: Kelly Cohen, Rachel Chapman, Sarah Bosco, Michele Grieco, Casey Merola, Autumn Edelson, Gina Iozzo, and Kelly Rohan. Michaela Dehm and Sam

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Giardina combined to record Berlin’s fourth shutout of the year. In their win against Platt, the girls weren’t as successful in finding the back of the net, but still handedly defeated their opponent, with goals from Sophia Morell (2 goals), Kelly Cohen and Michelle Grieco. Michaela Dehm recorded eight saves in the matchup. Cross country Both the boys and girls teams had strong showings at the CCC championships Oct. 19 at Wickham Park in Manchester. The boys finished 13th out of 28 total teams and third


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out of seven in the South Division, while the girls finished eighth out of 22 total teams and second out of five teams in the South Division. The boys team was led by James Dwyer, who finished 26th overall out of 192 total runners with a time of 17:39.81. Berlin’s other scoring finishers were Sam Papacoda, Jake Harris, Connor Ladd and Ken Beardsley. For the girls, Lisa Grieco led the charge, finishing 18th overall out of 158 runners with a time of 20:22.40. Grieco’s time also made her the top finisher for the South Division. The Lady Redcoats’ other scoring finishers were Taylor Lupini, Nichole Grieco, Brittany Sullivan and Sarah Hagan. Volleyball Needing three victories in their final four matches to make the state tournament, the Lady Redcoats fell short of that goal after losing to both Maloney (3-0) and Bloomfield (3-2) this past week. After falling to a tough Maloney team –which entered the match sporting a 10-4 record –Berlin had an opportunity to keep its postseason hopes alive on Senior Night against Bloomfield. H o w e v e r, t h e L a d y Redcoats couldn’t keep Bloomfield at bay, even after going up 1-0 and 2-1 in game scores. Junior Abbie Underwood led the charge for the Redcoats, recording 11 service points, 10 kills, and 28 serve receptions. Also stepping up for the girls were the four seniors: Olivia Dellaquila and Amanda Patterson were both perfect on their 13 serves each, Tess Repaci was second on the team with seven kills and tied for first with two blocks, and Alicia Maule recorded 28 assists. Girls swimming While the girls may have suffered a bad week in terms of their overall record, the Lady Redcoats have continued to swim well and have seen more of their teammates qualify for states. Although suffering losses


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of 96-82 to Hall and 98-85 to E.O. Smith, Holly Chirico and Stephanie Humen both qualified for states in the 200 individual medley. Kayla Cervoni is close to qualifying in the 200 IM. Throughout the week, Alyssa Vasil set a personal best time in the 500 freestyle, Valerie Sternberg broke her personal best time in the 100 breaststroke in both meets last week, and Courtney Nelson set personal bests for both the 200 and 500 freestyle. “With this part of the season, it’s very hard to pull best times, so I’m very excited that these girls keep getting better with practice and with meets,” coach Jenn Atkins said. “Some of these girls are first-year swimmers, but the fact that they can turn around and give best times, it really solidifies that if they work hard, they’re going to keep improving.” 41774R


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ticle several years ago about Hope in Bloom, a charity organization that plants healing gardens as a way to offer “comfort and hope” to breast cancer patients and their families. At the time Mullins read the article, she didn’t know anyone who might need such a garden, but she wrote down the information anyway. When her friend Debbie was diagnosed, Mullins reached out to Hope in Bloom to ask if the Massachusettsbased charity would extend its efforts into Connecticut. They agreed, and Siembab’s garden came to life with the help of Prides Corner Farms in Lebanon, Kensington Garden Center on Chamberlain Highway, and many friends and family members. “Prides Corner Farms and the Kensington Garden Center teamed up to create Debbie’s garden as a first event for Hope in Bloom in Connecticut,” Mullins said. “Hope in Bloom is a great organization. We’re hoping it will take a foothold here, so

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ous and selfless person you’ll ever meet,” Zisk added. “She loves being outside and being on her deck and really appreciates great days like this and good weather and beautiful flowers.” As friends, family and volunteers arrived at Siembab’s home for the ‘planting party’ the morning of Oct. 13, Siembab sat down on her deck and took it all in. “It’s overwhelming,” she said with tears in her eyes. “The fact that my friends would do this for me, I’m very grateful,” Siembab said. “Maureen and Lori and all of my friends, I mean everybody, they’ve been so supportive. They’ve cooked meals for me and carted the kids around. They’ve been here every day just checking on me and my family. I’m very grateful.” Hope in Bloom aims to Debbie Siembab’s friends got their hands dirty to help give “change the landscape” for the cancer survivor a beautiful garden. | Photo by Maura Gaffney breast cancer patients. Two weeks ago, Siembab was in the hospital recovering other breast cancer patients beautiful garden,” Mullins from surgery. Oct. 13, she was at her home in Kensington, can have beautiful healing said. “This is right up her alley,” surrounded by family and gardens as well.” “Debbie really loves to sit said Lori Zisk, another long- friends and a beautiful new out here (on her deck). It’s time friend who helped orga- garden. “I have my faith. I feel her favorite thing to do, and nize the planting event. “Debbie is the most gener- good,” she said. “I’m healing.” now she can look out at this

Police Blotter Berlin Police Department reported the following arrests. Arrests do not indicate convictions. Oct. 3 Amanda Somerset, 37, 8 Bayberry Circle, fifth-degree att/larceny all other, insurance fraud. John A rnone, 47, 232 Percival Ave., third-degree assault, disorderly conduct by intimidation. Greta St i fel , 5 4, 2 32 Percival Ave., third-degree assault, disorderly conduct by intimidation. Donald King Jr., 42, 228 Grove St., East Berlin, second-degree breach of peace. Eric Gotay, 22, no know address, first-degree failure to appear, second-degree failure to appear. Oct. 4 Gail Corcoran, 52, 278 Fa r m i n g ton Ave . , second-degree breach of peace, interfering with officer/simple assault. Oct. 5 Wa r r e n F i t z p a t r i c k , 47, 232 Main St., Hebron, See Police / Page 25

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When it was Xander’s turn again, he rolled a total of 15, and proceeded to take fives pennies and one dime from the pile. His mother, Erica Gabor, asked how much money he had now. “Well five plus two is seven and one plus one is two, so that makes 27,” Xander said. Erica Gabor said she enjoyed coming to the Family Math Night because she got to see how the children are learning in class. She said it was the first time she saw the types of learning games and activities her son participates in while at school. “It’s hard to keep his attention for long, but I think if the activities are consistent it will help him understand mathematics better because the games are visually stimulating,” Erica Gabor said. Willard Elementary School student Michael Lanteri, 8, said the math games have helped him solve problems. “Every time we play, I’m getting quicker at the games,” Michael said. As a teacher herself, Michael’s mother, Maria Lanteri, said she is familiar with the Common Core Standards. “I think it is a good idea that educators want children to find different ways to learn and justify their answers,” Maria Lanteri said. “These games and programs are all about presenting multiple ways to solve problems. It’s not about the answer, it’s about how you got the answer.”

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Take a look at this amazing split level, new kitchen, great patio with awning, large fenced in yard, 4th bedroom has 1/2 bath, w/ closet with shelves. This is a must see. $229,900. Joan Vallee 860-593-2201.


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Large raised ranch, excellent home for entertaining, Beautiful hardwood floors, three car garage. $389,900. Call Joan Valle for more information. 860-593-2201. Dir take 10 to Shuttlemeadow, interior lot.





BERLIN... Beautiful sprawling ranch in Blue Ridge. Meticulously maintained. 2772 sq. ft. on main flr. Additional 1020sq. ft. in amazing finished walk out lower level w/brick FP. Huge rooms, tons of storage. This house has it all. $459,900. Derek Jutras 883-7091.

KENSINGTON... Great house. Great location. Culde-sac. Enormous Kit. FDR, FP in LR. Open flor pln. great for entertaining. Natural Gas utils. C/A. Master w/full bath & Huge closets. All 3 BR on 2nd flr. Tons of storage. NICE! $269,900 Derek Jutras 883-7091.







BERLIN... 6 RM Ranch in Country setting. Open flr/pln. Cathedral ceiling in fam. Room.Woodflrs. Large deck to above grd. Pool. 2 car garage. Vinyl siding and windows. 330ft Rec. room in lower level. Gas heat. $209,900 Dennis Phaneuf 944-0282.



KENSINGTON... Spacious 3 BR cape with 2 car garage, C/A, hardwood flrs. Newer windows, LR w/ fireplace. Freshly painted. $229,900. Angie Santoro 214-6384.


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Move right into this completely remodeled ranch, new kitchen, windows, roof, kitchen, etc, new driveway. Not a drive by! $154,900. Joan Vallee 860-593-2201.


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simple trespass. Oct. 14 Brian Mintich, 18, 26 Red Barn Ct., second-degree criminal trespass, risk of injury/impairing morals of minor, illegal possession/ near school, illegal possession/hallucinogenic substance, illegal possession, drug paraphernalia.

High Rd., second-degree threatening, disorderly conduct by intimidation. Michael Arcari, 18, 47 Churchill Way, Newington, operation by a person under 21 with a blood/alcohol content of .02% over greater, refusal to submit to chemical test, disorderly conduct by intimidation, second-degree criminal mischief,

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8 rms, 3 BR home on quiet side street, 1642 sq ft plus an additional 500 sq ft in lower walk out, deck overlooks level and private backyard, 2 car garage, call Steve 860-205-5999.


4200 sq ft at end of cul-de-sac, 4 BR, 2.3 acs, large MBR with walkin and jacuzzi, large FR built for entertaining for those family, functions also includes bar and wine cellar, office,hardwood floors and so much more. Call steve 860-205-5999. $535,000.


8rms 4bd 2.5 baths with over 2400 sq ft, large eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, cair, vaulted ceilings. $249,000. Call steve for your private showing. 860205-5999.


7 rms 3/4 bdrms with hardwood floors,enclosed porch off kitchen, 1/2 ac lot, large living room with fireplace. $209,000. Call Steve 860-205-5999


Ranch style home with 6 rms 3 bds sitting on .87 acs., the home is in excellent condition but needs some updating, 20x20 family room w/fp, hwd floors, large back yard. $209,000. Call Steve 860-205-5999.

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Friday Oct. 25

Boy Scout Troop 24 Meeting: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Community Center, 230 Kensington Road. Troop 24 meets Thursdays. Stop in or call Joe Tedone at (860) 828-0255.

Cabaret Theatre: 8 11 p.m. The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Road. “South Pacific” will be featured. For information, call (860) 829-1248.

Boy Scout Troop 41 Meeting: 7 - 9 p.m. Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St. Troop 41, sponsored by Bethany Covenant Church, meets on Thursdays. For information, call Scoutmaster KC Jones at (860) 829-1148 or email

New Britain vs. Berlin Cross Country: 6 - 8 p.m. New Britain High School, 110 Mill St.

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Pets of the week Barley and Hops are 1 0 -we e k- o l d k i t t e n s found in town. Hops is outgoing, fearless, intrepid and irresistible. His sister, Barley, is quiet, loving and cuddly. They both have silvery long hair and appear to be Maine Coon mixes. View all of the adoptable pets on The shelter and foster homes are full. For more information, call (860) 828-5287. Company will have their production of “The Rocky Horror Show” on Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 18 through Nov. 2. There is a charge for tickets.

Berlin Football: 6 - 10 p.m. Sage Park, 1591 Berlin Turnpike. Berlin vs. Northwest Catholic. New Britain “The Rocky Horror Show”: 7 - 9 p.m. Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St. The Phoenix Theater

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Saturday Oct. 26 Halloween party adult live music: 7 p.m. Svea Social Club, 999 Kensington Road. Admission is free. For information, call (860) 828-9447.




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Ghost Hunters Guild night of mystery: 5 - 8 p.m. Senior Center, 33 Colonial Drive. Friends of Berlin Animal Control is hosting this event. A fee will be charged. For tickets or information, call (860) 830-4181. Historical Society : 1 4 p.m. 305 Main St. The Society is open every Saturday. Free admission. For information, call (860) 828-5114.

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Cabaret Theatre: 8 11 p.m. The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Road. “South Pacific” will be featured. For information, call (860) 829-1248.

American Legion Post 68 pasta supper: 5:30 - 7 p.m. American Legion Post 68, 154 Porters Pass. This event occurs every Tuesday. No reservation is required and the public is welcome. A fee is charged. For information, call (860) 828-9102 after 5 p.m. American Red Cross blood drive: 1:30 - 6:15 p.m. See Calendar / Page 27

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Kensington Congregational Church, 312 Percival Ave. For information, call (800) 733-2767. Boy Scout Troop 256 Meeting: 7:00 - 9 p.m. Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, 880 Farmington Ave. Troop 256, chartered by the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, meets Tuesdays. For information, call Ed Alicea, scoutmaster, at (860) 828-8693. Boy Scout Troop 44 Meeting: 7 - 9 p.m. Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St., Berlin. Troop 44, chartered by the Berlin Lions, meets Tuesdays. For information, call the troop committee chair, Joann Sawyer at (860) 828-7767. Sunrise Rotary Club of Kensington-Berlin: 7:30 8:30 a.m. Berlin Town Hall, 240 Kensington Road. The club meets every Tuesday. For information, contact Gwen Valencis at (860) 2293787 ext. 139 or visit www.k Cromwell Weight Loss Organization: 6:30 - 8 p.m. Cromwell Town Hall, Suite 219, 41 West Street. TOPS, Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, a non-profit, weight loss organization meets Tuesdays. For information, call Betty Waters at (860) 635-7020.

Thursday Oct. 31 Boy Scout Troop 24 Meeting: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Community Center, 230 Kensington Road. Troop 24 meets Thursdays. Stop in or call Joe Tedone at (860) 828-0255. Boy Scout Troop 41 Meeting: 7 - 9 p.m. Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St. Troop 41, sponsored by Bethany Covenant Church, meets on Thursdays. For information, call Scoutmaster KC Jones at (860) 829-1148 or email


Truck or Treat: 6 - 8 p.m. Christian Life Church, 496 Kensington Road. There will be games and free food. For information, call (860) 398-0666.

Friday Nov. 1 New Britain “The Rocky Horror Show”: 7 - 9 p.m. Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St. The Phoenix Theater Company will have their production of “The Rocky Horror Show” on Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 18 through Nov. 2. There is a charge for tickets.

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Historical Society : 1 4 p.m. 305 Main St. The Society is open every Saturday. Free admission. For information, call (860) 828-5114. New Britain “The Rocky Horror Show”: 7 - 9 p.m. Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St. The Phoenix Theater Company will have their production of “The Rocky Horror Show” on Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 18 through Nov. 2. There is a charge for tickets.

Monday Nov. 4 Raising Berlin “I CAN Help, Too!” Berlin Elementary Schools. Griswold, Hubbard and Willard school children are asked to donate one nonperishable food item for the food pantry.

Tuesday Nov. 5 American Legion Post 68 pasta supper: 5:30 - 7 p.m. American Legion Post 68, 154 Porters Pass. This event occurs every Tuesday. No reservation is required and the public is welcome. A fee is charged. For information, call (860) 828-9102 after 5 p.m.

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LEGAL NOTICE TOWN OF BERLIN PERSONAL PROPERTY DECLARATION FORMS Connecticut General Statute, Section 12-41, requires each taxpayer with assessable personal property to file a declaration of such property with the Assessor each year the taxpayer owns such property. The deadline for filing is on or before November 1st, 2013. Anyone failing to properly complete and submit his or her declaration will be subject to a 25% penalty. Personal Property includes, but is not necessarily limited to: MACHINERY, COMMERCIAL FURNITURE AND FIXTURES, MECHANICS’S TOOLS, UTILITY EQUIPMENT, ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT, ALSO ANY UNREGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLES, ALL LEASED OR LOANED FIXTURES AND EQUIPMENT, ETC. The Connecticut General Statues 12-81 (72) allows a five-year, 100% property tax exemption for eligible machinery and equipment acquired and installed in a manufacturing or biotechnology facility. For the October 1, 2013Grand List, eligible property must be acquired and installed in a facility on or after October 2, 2009 The Connecticut General Statues 12-81 (74) allows a five-year, 100% property tax exemption for eligible new commercial motor vehicles. Effective on the October 2000 list, the exemption is available to two “classes” of vehicle distinguished by their gross vehicle weight (GVW) rating, acquisition dates, and use. The original exemption, described in clause (i), is available to vehicles that were first registered in Connecticut (but not registered before, anywhere), on or after August 1, 2009 used exclusively to transport freight for hire and have a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of 26,000 pounds. The original vehicle exemption imposed qualification criteria contained in the US DOT Code based on vehicle’s use or the material transported by the vehicle. The second classification, as described in clause (ii), is for new vehicles, first registered in Connecticut on or after August 1, 2009, with a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of 55,000 pounds and which do not qualify for exemption under the criteria for the clause (i) exemption (with US DOT Code limitations).

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See the great selection of used cars in Marketplace.





CADILLAC STS 2006 4 Door, V6, RWD, Auto Stock # B604A $16,995

CHEVY MALIBU 2008 4 Door, Hybrid, Auto Stock#1429 $11,988

DODGE CHARGER 2007 5 Speed, Auto R/T AWD Stock #5614B $19,995


A GREAT DEAL! Can be found Every Day At STEPHEN TOYOTA 1-800-479-0843 or

FORD TAURUS LX 2001 $2,988 BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106

Buick Century 2003. Good condition. 78,000 miles. $3200 or best offer. Please call 203-630-6535.

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END OF SUMMER SALE HONDA Accord 1997 $2,850 CHEVY Cavalier 1997 $2,450 TOYOTA Camry 1998 $4,800 CHRYSLER Sebring 1999 $4,200 everything at 2000 our MarketFORD Taurus $3,250 place.

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Find CHEVY Trailblazer 2004 LT, 4WD, 4 Door, 6 Cyl Stock #AL100 $8,995

Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1998. Red, Automatic, new battery, new Michelin pilot tires, 24,000 miles, excellent condition, many factory installed options. Asking $24,500. Phone (860) 747-2847

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All Cars MINT CONDITION and Ready For The Road! G.T. Tire 155 Colony St.

JEEP LIBERTY SPORT 2004, 121K miles, original owner, very good condition, good tires, newer brakes, maroon, $6,800. 860-621-1417

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JEEP WRANGLER 2009 Unlimited, 4 WD, Sahara Stock # B605A $26,995

BUICK LACROSSE 2012 FWD, Premium 1, Auto Stock #1421 $24,988

CHEVY IMPALA 2008 4 Door, Automatic, LS Stock #3510A $8,988

Contact Dan The “Five Star Auto Man” at Richard Chevrolet in Cheshire 203 271-2902

FORD FUSION SEL 2011 Automatic, 4 Door, FWD Stock # 1403 $13,988

LINCOLN 1988 Towncar, excellent condition, 43,000 orig miles. $2500/neg. 203235-9360, ask for Paul

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CHEVY TRAILBLAZER 2004 4 Door, 4WD, LT, Auto Stock# 3124A $7,988 Your “Back to School” tranSportation ExpErt New or Used Your Best Car Buying Experience No Pressure - No Haggle No Kidding! 21 yrs at Meriden Hyundai Mike Russo 203 935-0863


Trucks & Vans

PONTIAC G6 GT 2009 Coupe, Automatic, FWD Stock #1379B $9,988

We Accept All Trade-Ins Including Boats, Campers, Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Commercial Vehicles and More! Don’t miss... Call Chris at 203 250-5952

Houses For Sale

KayaK 14’. Necky Zoar Sport with Rudder, Lime Green, with cockpit cover. $650. Call 860 645-7245.

Help Wanted CT GYMNASTICS Academy Is moving its location to a larger Facility. We are now hiring PT for Our Birthday Party Staff, Class & Team Coaches. Competitive pay. Wallingford 203-269-7464 E-2 licensed Electrician or 4 yearApprentice. Residential, Industrial, Commercial. Competitive wages and benefits package. Call (203) 272-9521 EOE

CHEVY TRAVERSE LT 2012 Stock #1376 $26,988

MULTI Skilled professional carpenter needed for fast paced restoration company. Must have at least 8 yrs exp. Competitive Salary subject to background check. Call 203 230-8035 NOW HIRING S2 or D2 Licensed HVAC Installer with knowledge of duct work and piping. Insurance, retirement, competitive wages. Email us at coppervalleyhvac@yahoo. com

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CHEVY UPLANDER 2006 4 Door, WB FWD, LS, Auto Stock# 1424 $10,988

Boats and Motors

SUBARU Impreza 2010, all wheel drive, good cond. 15,000 remaining miles on factory warranty. $12,500. Call George 860-256-7161

VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 2009 Diesel Stock # 18886 $13,750 Don’t Miss... Call Chris 203 271-2902


Houses For Rent CHESHIRE 4 BR, 3 Bath house on quiet cul-de-sac. $1875. Length of rent negotiable & can be under 1 yr. Call Mark for details 860-604-4747 . WALLINGFORD 3 bedroom, centrally located, in pull parking, central air, no pets. 2 months security. $1350/mo. 203-317-9824

Condos For Rent WALLINGFORDTownhouse 2BR, W/D hookup, off street parking, and good location. $950. Call 203-848-9233.

The bargains to be found in Marketplace are real heart stoppers!

GMC CANYON 2006 4 WD, Crew Cab SLE2 Stock # 1404 $14,988

NISSAN ALTIMA 2005 4 Door, V6, Automatic Stock# 5780A $8,995


Help Wanted

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Mobile Homes For Sale

CHESHIRE 2BR, recently renovated, upgraded BA & Kitchen, on site laundry, heat & HW included. $1200/mo. 203-927-9909 FALL SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR $695/month. HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED. Private Balcony. 203-639-4868


KENSINGTON 355 Main St. 875 SF, plus full basement. Parking front & rear. Gas Heat/Central Air. $1000 per month. Frank Sataline Real Estate (860) 828-8259

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

HELP WANTED Freelance photographers needed to take photos at local community events for online photo galleries. Flexible schedule. Must have digital camera, reliable internet connection and experience interacting with the public. Paid per project. Serious candidates may reply with photo samples to

Ad Planning Coordinator


The Ad Planning Coordinator is responsible for planning and placement of print advertising within newspaper publications. Using ad planning software, the Ad Planning Coordinator is responsible for placement of advertising space, classified ad content, management of page counts and maintaining proper ratios between advertising and editorial content.

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

The ideal candidate will be highly organized with a strong attention to detail. Maintaining speed, accuracy and flexibility are essential in keeping pace with the demands of a daily newspaper. Additional requirements include computer proficiency in major business applications, ability to work independently and excellent customer-service skills.

Be the first to get on the list to contract a route. Please call Record-Journal Circulation

(203) 634-3933

Apartments For Rent SOUTHINGTON. 40 Cornerstone. List Price $164,900. Beautiful townhouse located in the heart of Plantsville CT. A small complex conv to everything. Updated kitchen, baths, c/a, and natural gas. Move right in! Contact listing agent for information. Rob Marucci 203-756-2520.


MERCURY SABLE 2000 LS PREMIUM $2,988 BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106

SATURN Astra XR 2008 Stock # 18908 $9,950 Don’t Miss... Call Chris 203 271-2902



We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Qualified candidates, please submit résumé to: Andrew Burris, Creative Director Record-Journal Publishing Co. 11 Crown Street, Meriden, CT 06450 Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


LINCOLN MKZ 2007 AWD Stock # 18881 $10,950 Don’t Miss... Call Chris 203 271-2902




Thursday, October 24, 2013 Van Driver needed for Lincoln College of New England, 2279 Mt. Vernon Rd., Southington. P/T mornings through afternoons M-F. Licenses needed: CDL with a B class, and endorsements of P & S or P & V. Public Service License also accepted. Retirees welcome. Please fax resume to 860628-6444, send resume to the above address, or stop by to fill out an application.

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Apartments For Rent

Apartments For Rent

Apartments For Rent

Apartments For Rent

Pets For Sale

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

Meriden 2-3 BR 2nd Floor Apt. Freshly painted. Nice area w/parking. $850/mo incl. fridge & stove, w/d hookup. No utils, pets or smoking. 1 yr lease. Credit check & refs. req. Sec & 1st mo rent. 203-608-8348.

MERIDEN 2 BR, Large 3rd Fl Apt. Appliances incl. Off street parking. Freshly painted. $775 + security. Cook Ave. (203) 314-4964

Wallingford 4 Rms, 2 BRs. Off Street Parking. Duplex on cul-de-sac. No pets. $900+ utilities. (203) 284-1853

LOVING PUPS Reduced puppies for adoption. To view the puppies & notice of our next adoption day event, visit us at www.LOVINGpups.cOm Or Call 828-208-0757

Meriden 1023 Old Colony Rd. 2 BR Avail. Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016

MERIDEN 2/3BR, 2nd Fl. Spacious, Modern. Appliances incl. Off st parking. Sec 8 Approved. $800 + sec. Interested? Call Judy 203 927-8215

If you can’t find it in Marketplace it’s not for sale. MERIDEN- 2 bedroom, 2nd floor, newly remodeled, appliances included, washer/ dryer hookup, fenced in backyard. Section 8 welcome. $780. 203-671-3112. MERIDEN 2 BR, 2nd Floor Eat-In Kitchen, Washer Hookup, Off Street Parking. $780 Per Month + Security Call 860 508-6877

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MERIDEN 2 BRs Heat & hot water included. Off street parking. $900/ mo. 203-639-8751 MERIDEN 2BR Townhouse 1.5 Baths. Clean & Quiet. Small complex. Amenities. West Side. No pets. $1000 + utils. 203-269-9755 MERIDEN - 3 bdrm, 2nd floor incl. heat/hot water, hardwood floors, appl, off St. prk. N/S/pets. $1,150/ mo. 203-444-5722 MERIDEN - 4 bdrm off street parking, 1 car garage, nice back yard. $1,050/mo. Call 917-365-0888 MERIDEN 4 BR, 2 BA, 2nd Flr. $995/mo. 3 BR, $975, heat & hw included. 1 BR $695 w/ heat & hw. Avail. immed. Sec & utils. 203-886-8808 MERIDEN Near Hubbard Park. 2nd Fl. 2 BR. Appliances, WD hookup. off st parking. No smoking. Small dog allowed. $975. (860) 344-1957 MERIDEN-WALLINGFORD Line Large Modern 1 & 2 BR Condo. Laundry. No pets. $675 & $875 + Utils. Call (203) 245-9493 SOUTHINGTON 1 BR, 4 Rms, 1st Fl . Appls. Off st parking. Newly renovated. No smoking. No pets. $740. (860) 6214463 or 860 302-6051 SOUTHINGTON 3 bedrm, large apt. 1st floor, finished bsmt. $1,250/mo. plus 1 mo. sec. 860-797-4674 SOUTHINGTON Immed Occup 2 BR apt, large kit w/ ref & range. Ample storage space, off st parking, safe, quiet residential neighborhood. 1st flr. No smoking, no pets. $875 plus utils. Call 860 628-8386 WALFD 2 BR, 2nd Fl, Glass Porch, Appli., WD Hookup, Storage, Off St. Parking, No Pets, Very clean. Owner/ Agent $825 203 269-7348 WALLINGFORD 1st Fl. Oversized 1 BR. So. Main St. Brand new applis, carpeting. Off st parking. WD Hookup. No pets. 2 mos sec. $895. 203 623-0987

You name it with Marketplace, anything goes. WALLINGFORD 2BR, 2nd fl, lg rooms, huge kitchen. Two 12x14BRs. New bathroom, sunporch. No pets/smoking. $795/mo+dep. Refs plus background ck. Quiet neighborhood. (860) 777-5116

Since 1867

WALLINGFORD 2BR apt., very neat/clean, lndry hkups, off st. prkg, appl. incl., no smoking/pets. $900/mo, 1 month sec. 203-631-5219

WALLINGFORD 5 RM, 2BR. Off st parking. WD hookup. Close to Train and Bus. (203) 269-1865 WALLINGFORD Cute 2 BR Townhouse, end unit. Full bsmnt. WD hookup. Private entrance. Off street parking. Walk to school. $875/mo 2 mos sec + application fee. No pets. 203-284-0597 WLFD. 2 BR 2nd floor, stove, fridge, washer/dryer hookups. $885/mo + 1 month security, lease, off street parking, 203-430-4373

Rooms For Rent

Lawn and Garden

LAWN MoWer, Ariens, Wide Area Walk Mower, Model WAW1034, 34 inch cut. Exc Condition. $1100. Please Call: 203-235-4640

Furniture & Appliances

WLFD. Garage for rent, 19x35, 10x10 overhead door, side walk in doors, YALESVILLE area. 203641-4746

Wanted To Rent STUDIO, In-law apt or room w/bath in private residence. Semi-retired prof. woman, willing to do handy work around the house. Non smoker. Please Call Sissy 860 308-4756

Local. Local. Local. Your Marketplace. Meriden and Wallingford Veterinary associates now offers wellness care packages. from puppies to kittens, that can include spay and neuters, to senior plans that can include dentals. Packages are discounted from regular fees and monthly payments are set up. call us with more information on this great deal. 203-634-1333

1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture, 50’s Items. Whole Estates 203 238-3499

PILOT 2310 3 Wheel Scooter w/battery & charger. 47”L, 22”W. 3 yrs old. hand controls, side mirrors, 2 baskets. $1500. (203) 269-6238

2ND Generation Buys Napier & costume jewelry, old lamps & shades, old bookends, Winchester items, old Xmas, old toys, estates. 203 639-1002

TRIGGER Poplin, used for house banners, many colors and yardage. Donna Dewberry painting books, DVD’s, VHS instructional videos, supplies and paints. Great prices. 860621-3253

AARON’S BUYING Old Machinist Tools, Lathes, Bench Tools Hand Tools, Much More. (203) 525-0608

Yakima Kayak Stacker Rack with 48” round bars. $75. Call 860-645-7245.

ANYTHING OLD WE BUY! (Call Us) FRANK’S (203) 284-3786

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Cindy’s UniqUe shop ConsiGnMenT 32 norTh Colony sT WallinGford (203) 269-9341 2 levels, 1800 SF of Consigned Home Decor & Furnishings. 30 Day Layaways Available. $5 Off a purchase $25 or more. $10 off a purchase $100 or more. Check us out on Facebook. Ample Free Parking in Our Lot. Free Gift w/$15 or more purchase. Hours Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 9:30-5 Thurs 9:30-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4

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Pets For Sale BEAUTIFUL PUPPIES FOR SALE! Father: Italian Cane Corso Mastiff - Blue Bloodline. Mother: American Pitbull Terrier, Razors Edge Blue Bloodline. Blue & fawn male and females available now! Exceptional family dogs! Priced $600-$800. Call Jason - 203-980-6186

ORIENTAL RUG 9x13. Beautiful pattern. Asking $1,000 Or best offer. Call (203) 699-5464


SNOWBLOWER 2 Stage, 8 HP 24” Yard Machine. $375. (203) 237-3790

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

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Wanted to Buy

PRO Aluminum Brake, 10 1/2’, $1000. Call 203-8152855.

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

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

Miscellaneous For Sale

AFFORDABLE Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves. Appliance Repairs Will Deliver (203) 284-8986 Moving MUST SELL Six months old Frigidaire Black Gas stove, asking $550. Call after 3 p.m. Call (203) 907-9758

Miscellaneous For Sale BEHR premium plus, 5 gallons, ultra, exterior house paint, flat, matte, cayman, bay, blue, $15/gallon. Call 860-621-3253 LEAF Blower Walk behind, Mighty-Mac by Makassic. 5HP. Faithfully maintained. Must sell. Not needed. $75 or best offer. 203 500-3292 Mountain Bike. Specialized Rock Hopper with RockShox, Purple/Blue with Speedometer. $250. Call 860 645-7245.

TORO SR4 190cc Lawnmower GTS Super Recycler, self propel, mulcher w/bag, 6.5 HP, Elec start, 21” Heavy duty. Built to last 25 yrs. Faithfully maintained, must sell. Just tuned up. $375/BO. 4 yrs old. (203) 500-3292

Wood / Fuel & Heating Equip BEST SEASONED FIREWOOD In the state. Full cords $200, half cords $125. Cut & split. 18-20” Delivery or Pick Up. 203-294-1775 EARLY SALE! Cleanest seasoned firewood in the state! $210 Full cord delivered. Discounts over 2, over 4 and picked up. South Meriden. MikE 203 631-2211

Antiques & Collectibles THE Old brick factory, indoor & outdoor. Antique & vintage collectible. Sat & Sun, 9-3, 387 So. Colony St, Meriden, 203-600-5075.

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

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

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver, China, glass, Military, Musical. Anything Old & Unusual. Single item to an Estate. 203 235-8431

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Thursday, October 24, 2013



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chair of the Berlin Republican Town Committee. “We will develop ecoFrom Page 2 nomic policies that are business-friendly, since Berlin seeking re-election. Republicans Paul Eshoo has the second highest coma n d R i c h a rd R a m p o n e mercial vacancy rate in the are running for Police Hartford area, thus decreasing the property tax burden Commission. Stuart Topliff is the GOP on homeowners,” she added. The Republican candidates candidate for Board of will be found on Row A on Assessment Appeals. “As Republicans, our goals the ballot. The Democratic will be to adhere to referen- candidates will be on Row B. As with the Town Council dum outcomes, unlike the Democrats,” said Anne Reilly, positions, the mayor in

Voting district location of polling place: – District 1 Emma Hart Willard School 1088 Norton Road, Kensington – District 2 American Legion Post 68 154 Porters Pass, Kensington – District 3 Richard D. Hubbard School 139 Grove Street, East Berlin – District 4 Berlin Senior Center 31 Colonial Drive, Kensington – District 5 Mary E. Griswold School 133 Heather Lane, Kensington – Absentee ballots will be counted at the following central location: Berlin Town Hall, 240 Kensington Road.

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Berlin is an unpaid, volunteer position. The way it works in Berlin is once the seven seats for Town Council are chosen by voters, the council holds its first meeting and elects the mayor. Whoever gets the majority council votes, if they want to be mayor, gets the position. The four Board of Education candidates seeking one of the three open seats are incumbent John M. Richards, who has served 14-years, five terms, on the board; Cynthia Kobus, who previously served a two-year term from 2010-2012; Stefanie Carbone, an assistant principal of Lake Garda School in Burlington; and Kathryn Bryers, a retired French and Spanish teacher from the Berlin and Greenwich public school systems. As of Oct. 18, there were 12,885 registered voters in town. Of that, 4,883 are Democrats; 3,031 are Republicans; 4,913 are unaffiliated; and 58 are registered as “other.” “We really did not have a big voter registration for this election,” said Elizabeth Tedeschi, Republican regis-

trar of voters. “It’s always big for the presidential election.” Last day to register in person at the Registrar of Voters is Oct. 29, by 7 p.m. As of Oct. 22, residents can no longer register by mail. The Registrar of Voters ordered 275 absentee ballots. According to Town Clerk

Kathryn Wall. “The trouble with absentee ballots is that we have to order them by district,” Tedeschi said. “So there was a large number ordered because you never know how many are going to vote from each district.”

Leaf collection The Berlin Public Works Department has scheduled a curbside leaf collection for the week of Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. Additional collections are scheduled for Nov. 11 through 15 and Dec. 2 through 6. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable paper bags at the curb prior to regularly scheduled trash pick-up day. Plastic bags are not permitted. Keep all leaf bags and leaf containers well away from the regular trash. Yard waste cannot be mixed with the leaves. Do not rake leaves into the gutter. This is a violation of our anti-litter ordinance and subject to a fine. Leaves may be brought to the drop-off area at 19 Town Farm Ln., Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Extended Saturday hours are scheduled for Oct. 26 through Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All plastic bags and containers must be emptied and removed from the dropoff area. The drop-off area is scheduled to be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 29.

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Building Berlin’s future. We believe that healthy communities begin from the ground up. With your help, ideas, and support, we’ve been able to revitalize our downtown, renovate our schools, provide all-day kindergarten, preserve over 850 acres of open space, and redevelop blighted buildings— projects and policies that make Berlin a better place for everyone. The Berlin Democrats are committed to continued investment in our community by strengthening our schools, improving our infrastructure, and providing support for local businesses.

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