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Volume 1, Number 18

Cheshire’s Hometown Newspaper

That’s a lot of trees

Thursday, Januar y 24, 2013

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CHS Ram Band Parents Association President Cliff Perdion at the transfer station in a seemingly unending forest of Christmas trees.

The Cheshire High School Ram Band annual Christmas tree pick-up is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers. This year’s Jan. 12 event required picking up over 300 conifers from every corner of town. All together, 30 tree wranglers signed on


for this six-hour tour of duty, starting at 7 a.m. with runs to the site of the town’s former transfer station. Volunteers included parents, band members and alumni. Five rental trucks made up the fleet, along with several pick-up trucks and trucks

with trailers. Former band parent and co-captain for the event, Duane Beale said the Ram Band has been doing the tree pick-up as a fundraising project since 1997. “It really is a service to the town. People have come to expect it.”

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Town engineer/operations manager named Appointment comes two weeks after position was created By Andrew Ragali The Cheshire Citizen

On Jan. 11, the town’s Public Works Department announced Walter Gancarz has been appointed to the newly created position of operations manager/town engineer. Gancarz, who served on the town’s Water Pollution

Control Authority for three years, will be responsible for overseeing engineering and assisting in the overall operation of the department. He will also work closely with the Water Pollution Control Department. With 38 years in the field, Gancarz will bring plenty of experience to the job. He received a bachelor’s de-


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consulting firm. According to a press release from the town, “Gancarz’s appointment to his new position is a key part of the reorganization of the Cheshire Public Works and Engineering Department.” “I am looking forward to working with him on the numerous infrastructure projects that the town has


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town. Sewers and storm water drains will be viewable on the map as an added layer. A layer on a GIS map allows users to highlight specifics. Panagrosso said there will be an open space layer, as well as topography, wetland, vegetation and fence layers. Other layers will be added as needed, he said. For Milone, one of the most important layers shows fire hydrants and water mains. When combined with the ability to check the specifics of every home, including room layout, Milone feels first responders have a valuable tool at their hands. When police and firefighters learn of a structure fire, Milone said they will know how to safely enter and exit a building and find trapped occupants because they’ll “respond directly because they know the exact layout.” Another layer outlines the pavement management study done by the town a few years ago. The study pinpoints by a numeric score which streets need to be reconstructed or repaved. The current GIS on the town’s website does have some of the new layer features, but the map has not been updated.

The Friends of the Cheshire Public Library has announced its 2013 membership drive. The membership year runs from January through December. Since 1887, the Friends of the Cheshire Library has worked to meet the needs of the library. Membership dollars help provide funding for programs, equipment and services that would not otherwise be available through the library’s operating budget. Membership forms are available at the library.


The town is in the process of going live with an updated geographic information system, which will replace a system that is over four years old. Town Manager Michael Milone called the current GIS, which can be viewed on the town’s website, a “very nice system, but very limited.” The new system is being pushed into service by Mario Panagrosso, a tax assessor for the town. Milone said the project has thus far cost the town about $300,000, which is about 60 percent of the money set aside for the project. Panagrosso said it was logical for the assessor’s office to act as a liaison for the project because the new GIS system will include individual property information, unlike the current system. “You can click on any parcel on the map and get ownership information and house data,” Panagrosso said. Data for the new GIS is still being processed by an outside consulting firm, but Panagrosso hopes to have the completed data in a week. The new GIS will be available on the town’s website next

month, he said. Milone and Panagrosso said there are several key differences between the current system and the new GIS, the biggest being accuracy. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities provided a grant to Cheshire, Southington, Wolcott, Waterbury, Prospect, Bethany, Hamden, Wallingford and Meriden four years ago to provide the layout for the town’s current GIS. When looking at the current GIS, all nine towns appear. While Milone feels that system served the town well, the flyover photos mapping the GIS were taken in 2005. For the new system, Milone said, the town contracted a flyover to map Cheshire exclusively, so it will be the only town that appears on the new GIS. The flyover was performed at lower altitudes, providing more accuracy and higher quality. “It allows us to more easily identify features,” Milone said. The flyover plane also traveled slower, providing crisper photos. Now, the “layers of information on the GIS are more relevant to us and the people in town,” Milone said. Panagrosso said the new GIS will provide a specific outline of every building in

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Cheshire weighs feasibility of bringing gas to Norton School By Andrew Ragali The Cheshire Citizen

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The town is considering extending natural gas service on North Brooksvale Road from King Road to Norton School, if it makes sense financially. Town Manager Michael Milone said the state will begin work this summer on the sharp curve of North Brooksvale Road (state Route 42) where it passes King Road. He said the project will fix drainage problems and “minimize the likelihood of accidents.” At a recent Town Council meeting, former councilor Tim White asked Milone to look into extending gas lines on Route 42 while the state already has the road dug up. Town staff met with state Department of Transportation officials and found that coordination of the project was possible, but cost would be an issue. “The only problem is the construction the state is do-

ing is not going all the way to Norton,” Milone said. “It’s only about a third of the way. From there on, the cost would increase dramatically.” The town would like to see the gas line extended to Norton School because oil is a much more expensive energy option. Vincent Masciana, director of management services, said the town could save roughly $25,000 per year in heating costs if the school’s burner is switched to gas. The option isn’t far-fetched, because the burner in the school is only a few years old, Masciana said, and can use either oil or gas. Milone said Yankee Gas normally pays for the installation of lines because, through its own assessment, it knows if it will see a return on investment. Because this project is proposed by the town, though, the town would have to pay for it. Milone gave an estimate of between $350,000 and $450,000

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The new design is “greatly simplified,” Purtill said. The project is meant to bring fresh air into the bubble, reducing humidity levels to meet building code. To do so, the town purchased an air moving device. A concrete slab must be built on which to put the device, and gas and electrical lines must be connected to power it. Original plans called for a duct from the air-moving machine to go underground and into the bubble. Engineers felt they might void the bubble’s warranty if the vent went directly through its fabric. Now, Purtill said the town has received assurance that the warranty would not be voided, as long as the company’s engineer is on site to help cut the duct’s entry hole. There are still concerns about cutting a hole in the bubble, Purtill said. “With its history, anytime you do anything to the dome you’re nervous whether it will cause weakness,” he

said. There’s always a chance something bad can happen, Public Works Director George Noewatne said. The project went out to bid for the second time last week. Noewatne said bids are due by Feb. 1. If the PBC can find a bid with which it’s happy, Noewatne hopes to get Town Council approval by mid-February and begin construction by March. Officials want the project finished before the bubble comes down in May so they can make sure the system works properly. Noewatne said pool humidity levels have been down this year, mostly in the 50 percent range. Humidity has only passed the 60 percent threshold a few times this year, so officials hope the dehumidification system will be successful. The system will also help the dome pass another building code. Noewatne said a certain amount

See Bubble, page 19



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Thursday, January 24, 2013— The Cheshire Citizen

School Briefs Dean’s list

St. Bridget School, 171 Main St., has scheduled an open house for Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 27 through March 1. Screenings for kindergarten are scheduled for Monday, March 4. Screenings for grades 1 through 6 are scheduled, on an individual basis, from Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 22. For more information, call (203) 272-5860.

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Senior Happenings Lunch and a Movie - Monday, Jan. 28. Lunch at 11:45 a.m. A fee is charged. Movie is The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Hearing Screening Wednesday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. Complimentary hearing screenings. Appointments are required by Jan. 25. Vinnie Carr Dance Party - Thursday, Jan. 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. Connecting with your grandchildren Do you feel disconnected with your grandchildren? Would you like to be a better grandparent? Sandra Biller-Rakic will be available on Mondays from 2

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Fundraiser - The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry has scheduled its annual Margo Rose scholarship fundraiser for Saturday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m., at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center, 175 East Main St, Meriden. The evening features cabaret entertainment. A light supper is included. For more information and

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Teen dodgeball - The Southington Community YMCA has scheduled its 3rd annual Teen Dodgeball Tournament for Sunday, Jan. 27. The grade 6 to 8 division is scheduled for noon; grade 9 to 12 division at 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended. A fee is charged. For more information, call Steve Silva at (860) 426-9521 or



Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Wilbur Cross at Cheshire, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Sheehan at Sheehan, 7 p.m.



Jazz vocalist - Cheshire Academy Music Department’s Professional Series has scheduled jazz vocalist Shawnn Monteiro for Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. The performance will be held in the Richardson Lecture Hall in the John J. White ’38 Science and Technology Center on the Academy campus. The event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 439-7481. Boys swimming Cheshire vs. Hamden at HHS, 4 p.m. Wrestling - Cheshire vs. Branford at James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex, 6:30 p.m.



Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Xavier at Xavier, 4 p.m. Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Mercy at Cheshire, 7 p.m.



Interactive workshop Fitness Xpress has scheduled guest speaker Cynthia Streit Mazzaferro for Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:15p.m. Mazzaferro is a registered physical therapist and certified Reiki I and II technician who will discuss the power within. Space is limited. Sign up by Jan. 25. For more information, call (203) 272-0014 or (203) 271-0400.

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Shrubs and trees Learn about Unusual Shrubs and Trees, created by Broken Arrow’s Propagation manager, Adam Wheeler, at the open meeting of the Cheshire Garden Club Monday, Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Hall, 9 Country Club Road. The program is free and open to the public. For more info call (203) 631-9340.



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BOE’s iPads draw some cavils By Andrew Ragali The Cheshire Citizen

An effort by the Board of Education to save paper during its meetings is drawing criticism from some Town Council members, who feel the measure is costly and unnecessary. During the school board’s Nov. 1 meeting, School Superintendent Greg Florio announced that Board of Education members would be equipped with iPads at every meeting. Since then, board members have referenced the tablet-style device to follow along during meetings instead of flipping through the bulky paper packets they used to receive at their homes twice per month. “A lot of people are moving towards it,” Florio said, referring to the expanded role of technology in school districts. Andy Falvey, the Town Council’s liaison to the school board, said he had no idea about the paperless ini-

tiative until he showed up at a recent meeting and saw the iPads first-hand. “I don’t know how effective that really is,” he said, while acknowledging that the Town Council has no say in what the Board of Education does. He thinks it’s a “nice idea” to save paper, but “an iPad has a certain lifespan, like any other device.” “I don’t know what the long-term savings would be,” he said. The Board of Education saves about $100 per meeting by using the iPads, Florio said. Normally, a police courier must be paid overtime to deliver meeting packets to board members. The packets often contain confidential information, which is why a police courier is used. Savings are also realized through the cost of paper. “For the most part, we’ve cut down on copying and binders,” Florio said. “We certainly spend some money preparing and delivering packets.”

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power. “We can teach people how to hit and strike and duck all day, but there’s a mental perseverance that is key,” she said. Arute also teaches mental approaches to presenting yourself as less vulnerable, therefore less of a target. Dave Barger, 57, has also felt the benefits of Krav Maga. He’s trained with Arute for more than a year. He spent 24 years as a state police officer and already had years of martial arts background, but found that “Krav Maga is more real life.” Barger, now the chief of public safety at Quinnipiac University, often hires Arute to teach his officers self-defense and disarming techniques. Contact Andrew Ragali at or follow him on Twitter: @AndyRagz.

ation in the future where it will have to buy new devices to supply board members regularly. Also, he doesn’t think they should be able to use the devices at home for personal use. “That’s a nice perk that I don’t think is allowable,” Falvey said. Brittingham said rules that apply to the school system apply to the devices, so there are several website restrictions. Board member Tod Dixon said there was a learning curve getting used to the iPad, but thinks the paperless initiative is working great so far. “It’s been very helpful,” he

cause he’s a subscriber. “I have several smart phones,” Dixon said. “It’s just like a larger smart phone.” While board members are happy with the change, Falvey believes the payback on using

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Hot Coffee film and discussion - Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. Attorney John Kennedy will show and discuss the film “Hot Coffee.” Hot Coffee is a 2011 documentary that analyzes and discusses the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required, at (203) 2722245 or visit Reviving 5000 Years of Civilization—A Taste of Chinese Traditional Culture - Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. China is a country rich in culture, history, and tradition, it is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The slide presentation introducing the important aspects of traditional Chinese philosophy, the destruction of authentic culture and art in last 60 years as well as the Renaissance of Chinese culture. The session will include a short Chinese dance workshop.

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‘Romance y Trova’

Cheshire’s Latin Ensemble “Romance y Trova” is scheduled to perform on Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. as part of the library’s Sunday Showcase series. The group, together since 2005, plays classic and contemporary Latin American romance and trova music. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 272-2013 or visit

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The children’s department at the Cheshire Public Library is looking for donations of new or gently used LEGO blocks for children’s programs. Small Legos are preferred, but all donations are accepted. For more information, call (203) 272-2245, ext. 3003.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013— The Cheshire Citizen

Life of Dolley Madison explored at Cheshire Library

Citizen photos by Joy VanderLek

The ideal of high fashion in the 1800s. Carolyn Ivanoff dressed in the ultimate fashion attire of the period, much as Dolley Madison would have looked in her time. By Joy VanderLek The Cheshire Citizen She owned a Macaw parrot named Uncle Willy. She was one of the best-dressed women of her time, often wearing pearls and fashionable turbans, in her favorite color, plum. She was married to one of the founding fathers, the man who framed the Bill of Rights. As an elderly woman, she became impoverished, so much so, that her former slave would visit and donate food so she would have something to eat. Believe it or not, that was the rounding mother, Dolley Madison. The Cheshire Library was the place for the recent presentation of “An Evening with Dolley Madison,” with Carolyn Ivanoff, housemaster at Shelton Intermediate School. Ivanoff, dressed in clothing of the period, read from the diaries of the wife of the country’s fourth president. Dolley was a widow, with a young son, when she met and married James Madison. She called it “a true love match.”

the red drapes in the president’s house; after all, they had been expensive. There would be many other surprises and insights into the politics and people of the time during the evening’s well-attended talk. Through Dolley Madison’s words, the presentation recalled so many names from history: Thomas Jefferson, Randolph Calhoun, James Monroe, Henry Clay, and Daniel Webster, once a bitter foe to the Madisons. He turned out to be a good friend and supported the aging Dolley after the death of her husband. Ivanoff felt it

She wrote in her diary that she would call him “Jemmie” when they were alone, and yet would call him Mr. Madison when in public. Mrs. President, her moniker at the time, was famous for her dinner parties. Anybody who was anybody attended. “No one dared refuse!” She knew her limitations as a woman during that time; however, she also knew and understood the power she held. Mrs. Madison was politically savvy, and was clever in how she wielded that power, socially, in order to drive her husband’s agendas and policies. Reading from Madison’s diaries, Ivanoff explained that as the War of 1812 began and mercilessly continued, the president’s wife found herself without money for the smallest of purchases, including candles to light the room for her weekly dinners. While Washington burned, Mrs. Madison made it her duty to save valuable government papers relating to the country, and its founding. She also insisted on saving

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Temple Beth David, 3 Main Street, has scheduled the following events: Torah Study at Temple Beth David. Join Rabbi Josh Whinston for Torah Study on Saturday, Jan. 26, at

9 a.m. (and every fourth Saturday of each month) to delve into that week’s parsha. Tu B’Shvat Community Seder and Havdalah Service. Celebrate Tu B’Shvat the New Year of the Trees with Temple Beth David on Saturday, Jan. 26. The Tu B’Shvat seder begins at 4:30

p.m. followed by a community vegetarian dinner and Havdalah service. A fee is charged for dinner. Bring a dessert to share. Limited space available. RSVP by Jan. 22 to the temple office at (203) 272-0037. Coffee, Conversation, & Current Events. Join Rabbi Josh Whinston for an informal discussion about current events that shape our world on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 12:45 p.m. at Temple Beth David. Caregiver Support Group. Everyone is welcome to join the Temple Beth David Caregiver Support Group led by Rabbi Hesch Sommer on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.

Services Calvary Life Family Worship Center, 174 E. Johnson Ave., Saturday – 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (203) 272-1701. Cheshire Lutheran Church, 660 W. Main St., Sunday – 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Services; 9:10 a.m. education hour. (203) 272-5106. Cheshire United Methodist Church, 205 Academy Road, Sunday – 10:45 a.m. service; Sunday

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school, 9:30 a.m. (203) 2724626. Christ Community Church, 120 Main St., Sunday – 10:15 a.m. service; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; AWANA Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. (203) 272-6344. Congregation Kol Ami, 1484 Highland Ave., Wednesday, 6 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m.; Friday, 7:30 p.m. Shabbat service; Saturday, 10 a.m. service with Torah Study at 9 a.m. (203) 272-1006. Cornerstone Church, 1146 Waterbury Rd., Sunday services 9 and 10:45 a.m.; Youth Sunday 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays: Alpha 6:30 p.m. and Grapple 7 p.m. (203) 272-5083. Cornerstone Fellowship of Life Church, 150 Sandbank Rd., Sunday - 10 a.m. Worship and teaching; Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Revival prayer. (203) 272-7976. First Congregational Church, 111 Church Drive, Sunday – 9 and 11 a.m. services. (203) 272-5323. Grace Baptist Church, 55 Country Club Road, Sunday Worship, 9:15 a.m. in Mandarin, 11 a.m. in English; Sunday School for all ages 9:15 a.m. English, 11 a.m.

adults Mandarin; Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Prayer meeting: Wednesday - small group; Friday - 7:30 Chinese Fellowship/youth program in English. Joint worship service first Sunday of month at 10:30 a.m. (203) 272-3621. Oasis, 176 Sandbank Rd., Sunday, 10:15 a.m. Children’s church and nursery available. (203) 439-0150. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 59 Main St., Sunday – 8:15 a.m. Rite I; 10:30 a.m. Rite 2. (203) 272-4041. St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church, 435 No. Brooksvale Rd., Masses: Vigil (Saturday) 4 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. DST, Sunday 8, 9:30, 11 a.m., Confession: Saturday, 3 p.m. EST, 4 p.m. DST, (203) 272-5777. Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., 7:30 p.m. service Friday, except first Friday of month when family services are at 6:30 p.m. (203) 272-0037.

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The Cheshire Community YMCA has scheduled its 2013 SEA DOG Races for Sunday, May 19. The fun, family oriented event includes a 5K run/walk, a 10K, the Cheshire Y Cup elementary school relay, the Kid’s Doggie Dash Fun Run and the Healthy Living Expo at Bartlem Park. Registration is expected to open soon. The YMCA is offering free “10 weeks to your 1st 5K” training emails. The training outlines how to prepare to finish the 5K race. Workouts will help build endurance gradually and the weekly emails have tips on strength training, stretching, race day strategies and nutrition to help you begin the process. To register your email address to receive the “training for your first 5k” emails, visitwww.


Thursday, January 24, 2013— The Cheshire Citizen

Two from area named to magazine’s ‘40 Under 40’ list

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By Eric Heredia Special to The Citizen

industry transactions. While in Boston, he did pro bono work for Habitat for Humanity and in New York he secured an office lease for the Mental Health Association of New York City. He started working for the Knights of Columbus in 2009 and later moved to Wallingford. He handles commercial transactions and works in the investment department as senior business attorney. Four years ago he started the Hamden-based wine importer Votto Vines. Votto serves as president and CEO, securing and negotiating contracts with producers, distributors and third-party companies in the U.S. and Italy as well as overseeing the company’s strategic initiatives. The company mostly imports wines from central and southern Italy, with particular focus on the regions of Toscana and Campania. He said in the past 12-18 months he has started importing wines from South America and elsewhere in Europe. Votto Vines also runs small, private culinary and wine tours of vineyards in Italy with the help of his family. The company has also organ-

Two people with close ties to Cheshire were included in Connecticut Magazine’s third annual 40 Under 40 list of the state’s “best and brightest.” The feature was part of the January 2013 issue. Wallingford resident Michael Votto, 34, said he was humbled to be on the list and that it reflects well on his family and upbringing in Cheshire. He started a paper route at 7-years-old. He delivered the New Haven Register to 15 houses in his Cheshire Continued from page 4 neighborhood and kept the of fresh air must be flowing route through junior high. He graduated from Cheshire into the bubble at all times. Purtill and Noewatne esti- High School in 1996 and went mate new bids will come in on to earn a degree in Euroabout $100,000 lower than pean history at Union College near Albany, N.Y., and a bids in late fall. The project is being fund- law degree at Syracuse Unied partially by the Federal versity. After that he spent six Emergency Management Agency, Town Manager years as a commercial real Michael Milone said, be- estate attorney in New York cause the bubble was de- City and Boston at law firms stroyed in a storm two years focusing on the representaago. The agency provided 75 tion of private equity funds, percent reimbursement, or real estate investment trusts $67,000. Another $30,000 in and developers, primarily in funding comes from leftover connection with hospitality funds from the reconstruction of the bubble after the destructive snow storm. “There’s still no money for construction,” Milone said. The town is waiting to hear about an insurance setNO NEED to be without Teeth! tlement because it filed a 5 Styles starting at $199* claim for the project. Milone DENTURES UPPER OR LOWER Dentures said the insurance company available is refusing to pay because Extractions and Relines and in 24 the dehumidification system Dentures at same Repairs while hours. “is not part of original appointment! you wait. plans” for the bubble. Milone Call Now For Call Complete Affordable has found through research A A FREE FREE that the insurance company Family Dental Care! Consultation Consultation must pay in order to keep the • Fillings • Crowns • Cleanings • Bridges bubble to code, and negotia• Teeth Whitening • Cosmetic Dentistry tions continue. “If not,” Milone said, “the Payment Options Available. Town Council will advance Most Insurance Plans Are Accepted. money for the project. I hope MERIDEN it’s settled with the insur533 S. Broad St., Townline Sq. Plaza 203.238-7968 ance company before that happens.” ORANGE Contact Andrew Ragali at 501 Boston Post Rd., Liberty Sq. Plaza 203.799.3311 or follow him on Twitter: *Offer expires on 1/31/13 All Denture Material ADA Approved @AndyRagz.


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To the editor: Hunger in Cheshire can easily go unnoticed because our hungry neighbor often looks like us: he lives on the same street, she may drive the same car, he may wear the same clothes. Our hungry neighbor may be a co-worker, your child’s classmate or your elderly neighbor. You may not see hunger in our community, but the reality is that hundreds of people in Cheshire face hunger on a daily basis. Hard-working people in our community have fallen upon tough times. Some have lost their jobs or are working lower paying jobs to make ends meet. But often it’s not enough. Seniors, most of who are on fixed incomes, are struggling, too, as they see their retirement savings dwindle in this economy, while food, rent and medical costs continue to rise. When forced to make a decision between paying for housing, medicine or food, food is often sacrificed. As a result, we currently serve 216 Cheshire residents who don’t always have

enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs. I’m confident that many more people qualify for help but don’t want to ask for it. With generous donors, the non-profit Cheshire Community Food Pantry Inc. is able to provide nutritional food for meals to our clients on a weekly basis. However, to meet the need, the food pantry will have to at least double its efforts to solve the problem. With over 50 highly dedicated volunteers, we serve our clients from a 1,700-square foot building on Railroad Avenue that requires tens of thousands of pounds of food annually for our clients along with monetary contributions to pay for the same expenses you would encounter as a home or business owner. To learn more about The Cheshire Community Food Pantry Inc., visit www.cheshire Paul Bowman, president Cheshire Community Food Pantry Inc.

The Cheshire Citizen Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gormbards’ Glenda the Goose has a tale to tell

Citizen photo by Joy VanderLek

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Monday, Jan. 28 Energy Commission, 7 p.m. Planning & Zoning Commission, 7:30 p.m. Youth Services Committee, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 Historic District Commission, 7:30 p.m. Youth Services Committee, 7 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeal, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 Inland/Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 Parks and Recreation Commission, 7 p.m. Town Beautification Committee, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 Town Council, Council Chambers, 7:30 p.m.

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Bill Gormbard with Glenda the Goose, Cheshire’s unofficial ambassador sits high above West Main Street. By Joy VanderLek The Cheshire Citizen Almost as soon as the three-foot-high, 80 pound concrete goose was placed atop its new home — a halfbarrel on Bill and Cheryl Gormbard’s front yard overlooking busy West Main Street — drivers began to honk as they passed by. School children smiled at the sight of the goose and waved from their seats on the bus.

The statuary, called Glenda the Goose, became something of a celebrity much to the surprise of its owners. Who knew that a statue of a goose could be so charismatic? It’s a landmark that everyone who lives here, or who passes through town, is likely to see. And soon after its acquisition, more than 15 years ago, it became appar-

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ent that Glenda needed to have a wardrobe. “My wife was a very good seamstress,” Bill Gormbard said. “Some of the outfits my wife made and some we were able to purchase.” Glenda has Santa outfits, pumpkin suits and Easter bonnets. She has beach attire and football uniforms; a fabulous wardrobe for any season or occasion. Cheryl Gormbard took the lead on Glenda’s stylish attire until her health made it impossible to do so anymore. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her late-teens, Cheryl Gormbard’s condition had worsened over the years. Eventually, when his wife no longer could, Bill Gormbard took over the job of changing Glenda’s outfits. Cheryl Gormbard died June 30, 2009 at age 57, but her husband continues to do the best he can to keep up the tradition the couple started. Glenda’s outfits are still changed, though not as frequently as in the past and Gormbard said he doesn’t bother with all the accessories and extras his late wife usually included. But it does make him feel good when he sees there is interest in the goose and that Glenda continues to make people smile. Glenda also brings back good memories of happy times. Gormbard said he is glad to continue in memory of his wife. “I do it because of her,” he said. How the goose came to Cheshire is a story in itself. In 1996, the Gormbards, who had been married for 16 years, often vacationed in Pennsylvania Amish country, in Lancaster. “We really enjoyed it there,” Gombard said. The couple shared a love of scenic drives, and driving Bill’s cream colored, classic roadster to Lancaster was a real treat for them. On one of these trips, the Gormbards stopped at a big farmer’s market, where they encountered a gaggle of geese of the concrete variety. One of these ended up going home with them. Before returning to

Cheshire, however, they stopped at a Lancaster ice cream place located on a farm that was home to a number of Jersey cows. Each one had a name tag on its ear. One was named Glenda and that was how he and his wife came to name their goose, Gormbard said. Back home in Cheshire, the couple’s pretty yellow house with its neat and tidy yard, complete with wishing well, was the perfect overlook for Glenda’s perch. Glenda not only got attention from those passing by, but also from other fans. For instance, there was one man who parked across the street to take pictures every time Glenda’s outfit changed. Eventually, Gormbard asked him about it and learned the man took the pictures for his 85-year-old mother who wasn’t able get out, but who enjoyed seeing the pictures. There also has been unwanted and unpleasant attention. The original Glenda was vandalized, destroyed and stolen. Getting a twin to the original Glenda is a good indication of how much she means to many people. Gormbard keeps the newspaper clippings recounting all the support he and his wife received from residents. Young children seem to have a special affinity for Glenda. Sometimes, if their child was sick, people had called or written to Cheryl Gombard to ask, “Could Glenda send a note?” Consequently, Cheryl Gormbard had rubber stamps made with a goose image and webbed footprints. She also bought getwell cards with pictures of geese, which she would then send to the child, stamped and signed by Glenda. During a career in nursing, Cheryl Gormbard worked as a registered nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital and at Waterbury Hospital and in private duty. Yet, all the while she was tending to others, she was not well herself. But her health issues never kept her down, her husband said. “She always had a smile. Even when she was sick, she would never complain about her problems.”

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Pasta & jazz A Pasta & jazz dinner featuring the Cheshire High School Jazz Ensemble is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cheshire High School. The 23 member Jazz Ensemble will perform throughout the evening. The Cheshire High School Jazz Improv students and the Dodd Middle School Jazz Band are scheduled to perform. Tickets include pasta, salad, rolls, beverages, desserts and live jazz music with a dance floor. All proceeds benefit the Cheshire High School Jazz Ensemble events. The Cheshire High School Jazz Ensemble has participated in a variety of prominent jazz festivals including the Berklee Jazz Festival and the WCSU Jazz Festivals. The 10th Annual Jazz Festival is scheduled for May 3 at Cheshire High School. For more information and tickets, call (203) 605-8653. Tickets are also available at the door.

Wine and beer tasting The Cheshire Lions Club has scheduled a Wine and Beer tasting for Friday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Masonic Temple Hall, 9 Country Club Road, Cheshire. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served. A raffle is featured. Proceeds benefit community events such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt, donations to the Cheshire Food Bank, and Liberty Day Booklets for Dodd School, as well as funding the Connecticut and International Lions Charities in support of the Blind. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by contacting Joyce Wruck at (203) 2131508 or or any Lion member.

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Cheshire inches closer to state tournament Hot stretch for Eric Dietrich, Collin Jordan By Ian Croughwell Special to The Citizen It was a SCC Housatonic divisional clash inside Fred Schipke Gymnasium as Alex McKay and the Lyman Hall Trojans hosted Collin Jordan and the Cheshire Rams on Friday night. It was a hard-fought battle by both squads, but the visiting Rams ultimately triumphed 56-48. The underdog Trojans established an 11-7 lead after one quarter. The Rams got on top 20-18 by halftime, then slowly, but steadily pulled away by answering Lyman Hall scoring spurts with bursts of their own. “Games usually come down to runs and Cheshire had a couple runs in them late and finished,” said Lyman Hall coach Jim DiNello. “But I’m proud of my kids’ effort tonight. We played extremely well.” Lyman Hall, despite a game-high 21 points from Alex McKay, fell for a sixth straight time to go to 1-10 overall and 0-4 in the Housy. Cheshire, which got 14 Photo by Justin Weekes points from Jordan and 10 from Andrew Yamin, won its Collin Jordan and the CHS boys basketball team ratsecond straight to improve to tled off three victories last week to improve to 6-4. 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the divibrothers, Eric and Kevin, for fourth quarter when Jordan sion. The Trojans came out of a couple of 3-pointers that poked the ball away from the gates hot, building their helped put the Rams up 20-18 McKay and drove the length of the floor, finishing with an 11-7 first-quarter lead behind by the break. Cheshire carried the mo- old-fashioned three-point McKay’s dominant paint presence. He scored eight of mentum into the second half, play that gave the Rams a 10his team’s points in the open- opening with a 10-7 run to point advantage. take its largest lead of the “You can’t say enough ing frame. about Collin Jordan,” said “McKay does a great job in- contest to that point, 30-25. The Trojans were unde- Lee. “He puts up points, but side,” said Cheshire coach Dan Lee. “He really got us terred, as Eric Beardsley most of his work you really into foul trouble early and we found his rhythm from be- don’t see in the stat book. His had to adjust accordingly to yond the arc, nailing a con- hustle and his drive are unget back into our style of tested 3-pointer to pull the matched.” home team to within two late Just as they did all game, play.” the Trojans went on a swift Following a sluggish first in the third. By the end of the quarter, run, strong-arming their way quarter, the Rams began to settle in, attacking on offense though, LH was back down back to within five points. with quick decisive passes by five, 38-33. But the red and black weren’t It all began to unravel for into the paint. That set up the See Hoop, page 25 perimeter for the Dietrich the Trojans early in the


Ram Notes

Girls hoop swept; Solid week for wrestlers Girls basketball Career 71, Cheshire 47: Career lived up to its No. 2 state ranking with the SCC interdivisional win against Cheshire, but Rams’ coach Sarah Mik saw reason to be optimistic. “I loved our fight from start to finish,” Mik said. “If we fight like that in the second half of the season, we should be successful. That’s what you want to see from your team. You want to see some fight.” Junior Tanaya Atkinson finished with a game-high 20 points for Career, 10-2 overall, while Charleese Smith added 11 and Manhattan-bound senior Alyssa Alston finished with 10. Mik said Atkinson, Alston and Panthers’ sophomore point guard Nicole Anderson are all “legitimate Division I kids.” “Our focus was on them,” the coach said. “We figured if Career was going to beat us, other kids would have to step up for them, and they did. They had some kids step up and make some shots. You pick your battles.” Missy Bailey was the only Cheshire player to reach double figures with 16 points. Bry McIntosh, Emma Gorham, Kya O’Donnell and Sara Como all finished with six points. The Rams moved to 6-5 overall. “We talked to them after the game about how hard they fought and how we can bottle it and figure out how we can bring it every, single night,” Mik said. Amity 48, Cheshire 40: After struggling from the outside for three quarters, the Spartans found the range in the fourth, when they outscored the Rams 23-9 to win the SCC Housatonic

matchup in Woodbridge. The result knocked Cheshire (6-7, 2-2 Housy) out of a three-way tie for first in the division and left Amity (9-2, 3-1) squared with Sheehan. The Spartans hit four of their six 3pointers in the fourth quarter and also went 11-for-16 from the line in the final frame. Chloe Brinton led the way, draining three treys and canning seven of 10 free throws en route to her game-high 22 points. Lauren Como (13 points) and Missy Bailey (10) hit three 3-pointers each for Cheshire.

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Amity 96, Cheshire 81: The Spartans topped the Rams at the Orange Community Center in a battle of SCC unbeatens. Amity improved to 6-0 while Cheshire dipped to 5-1. The Rams got individual wins from Kyle Shadeck (100 backstroke, 1:02.81), Mike Goodrich (100 breaststroke, 1:10.06) and Sal DeLucia (diving, 127.85). Rams swept: In a nonconference showdown at Cheshire Community Pool featuring three teams with a combined record of 19-1 heading in, the host Rams fell to both Brookfield (127-59) and Sacred Heart of Waterbury (96-90). Brookfield remained unbeaten at 9-0. Sacred Heart, in losing to Brookfield 116-68, suffered its first setback and slipped to 8-1. Cheshire, which did not have any winners on the night, is now 5-3.


Cheshire 51, East Haven 30: Cheshire forfeited four

See Notes, page 25


The Cheshire Citizen — Thursday, January 24, 2013

Blades girls hockey team making its mark By Ken Lipshez Special to The Citizen

The outlook appeared rather bleak for the North Haven/Amity/Cheshire girls ice hockey team. The Blades knew they had a huge mountain to climb Jan. 14 when they traveled to meet West Hartford’s defending state champion, the co-op team from Hall/Conard. The WarChiefs, having lost just one starter off the team that upset New Canaan in the 2011-12 final, are among the state’s finest in a sport that continues to evolve despite its unsanctioned status with the CIAC. When the WarChiefs scored three unanswered first-period goals and added another early in the second, the Blades were skating on thin ice. Hall/Conard was flying up and down Veterans Memorial Rink like it could name the score, but something dramatic happened after the fourth goal. The Blades, representing a six-year collaboration of the three schools, showed that moving to the sport’s upper

echelon may not be too far away. Thanks in part to significant contributions from two Cheshire skaters – center Andrea Noss and defenseman Abbie Lange – the Blades smothered the Hall/Conard attack and scored two goals before an empty-net goal left the final score at 5-2. Noss and Lange are team captains along with Sarah Kalina. Tony Carbone, Cheshire’s representative on the fourman coaching staff, left West Hartford with enthusiasm for what he feels the Blades can accomplish. “Despite the scoreboard ending up the wrong way, I’m proud of our girls for continuing to put the pressure on,” Carbone said. “We took it to them for two-plus periods and that’s all we can ask of them right now. It’s a young team. It’s a building team. In certain positions we’re weaker than others so we try to adapt all around us.” The situation in goal is a prime concern. Shannon Early got the nod against Hall/Conard and although

she struggled at the start, her performance from midpoint of the second period on was virtually flawless. The backchecking also improved in the game’s latter stages. The team has 28 players, six from Cheshire, In addition to Noss and Lange, the Cheshire girls are Rachel Kozak, Bailie Violano, Lauren Blackwell and Carbone’s daughter, Alexa Carbone. Coach Carbone expects that number to soar in the near future. “Not to put the cart in front of the horse but next year I anticipate 10 or more,” he said. “I was just at an eighth-grade open house and met five more skaters from Cheshire, plus a goalie which is key for us. None of our Cheshire skaters are upperclassmen – they’re all freshman, sophomore, junior – so we’re excited for Cheshire.” Against Hall/Conard, Lange was assertive on defense, often bringing the puck out of the defensive zone, initiating offense and manning the point. “She’s a solid player both ways,” Carbone said. “She’s

got a good shot and she’s a smart player.” Noss was among the Blades’ pre-eminent offensive players scoring the third-period goal and orchestrating attacks on the Hall/Conard goal that wound up with good shots. Her wrist shot with 2:10 remaining in the game was saved by WarChiefs goalie Lauren Sorgio. Another wrist shot 15 seconds later sliced outside the right post. Alexa Carbone and Violano contributed on the Blades’ second line. “They created some opportunities and some chaos out there,” Coach Carbone said. The team’s coaching staff, headed by Scott Whyte, is in its first season. John Peschell and D.K. Maus are the others. Carbone said the quartet has successfully directed the team through the problematical administrative duties that come with amalgamating a three-school operation. “It’s difficult. You have three athletic directors so we work around all that, but I think we’ve worked out some of those kinks. Things are go-

ing pretty good,” he said. “We get good support from all the schools.” One of the problems is funding. Neither Cheshire nor North Haven provides any. “Cheshire and North Haven girls pay for themselves to play,” Carbone said. “Amity does subsidize with some funding.” His excitement for the future is palpable. “I think last year they had 16 skaters. We have 28 skaters this year, so that’s progress,” he said. The team chose not to adopt any of the individual schools’ nicknames, instead choosing Blades, which has historical significance in the New Haven area. The New Haven Blades enjoyed substantial fan interest playing in the Eastern Hockey League out of the old New Haven Arena from 1954-72. The team uses a snappy logo with Blades in script superimposed on crossed hockey sticks and the names of the three schools underneath.

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American girls The American Gymnastics optional girls team competed in their first meet Jan. 12 at Westfield University in Massachusetts. The Level 7 girls finished third with Taryn Meenan (Plantsville) placing first in all-around. The Level 8 girls captured first place. Victoria Castillo (Southington) won all-around.

The American Gymnastics Level 7 team is pictured, front: Amelia Gagner (Wallingford). Back row, from left: Gabrielle Russitano (Cheshire), Karissa Rovella (Farmington), Rachel Williams (Southington), Taryn Meenan (Plantsville) and The Level 8 team is, front row, from left: Jenna ParSarah Hogan (Rocky Hill). adis (Kensington), Kaitlyn Bertola (Southington), Briana Paparazzo (West Hartford), Brianna Rovella (Farmington), Marilyn Sporbert (Plantsville) and Tisha Donlon (Cromwell). Back row, from left: with trophy Victoria Castillo (Southington) and Rosa Palmieri (Cheshire).


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Continued from page 23 about to fold easily, answering with a couple 5-0 runs of their own to hold off the final Trojan onslaught and head home with the victory. Cheshire 77, Shelton 63: Eric Dietrich netted a gamehigh 24 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Rams to the SCC Housatonic win at home. Eric Pettit registered 14 points and Jon Rizzo collected nine for Cheshire, which improved to 4-4 overall and 2-

1 in the Housy. Shelton (5-5, 12 Housy) was paced by Casey Belade’s 14 points. Cheshire 76, Foran-Milford 56: Collin Jordan and Eric Dietrich each scored 15 points to help Cheshire defeat Foran-Milford. The Rams (6-4) took a 40-24 halftime lead and added a 23point fourth quarter to seal the Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision victory. Andrew Yamin added 12 points and Tyler Post seven for Cheshire. Casey McCone had a game-high 22 points for Foran.

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Notes Continued from page 23 weight classes, but made up for it by taking all but one other match en route to a SCC interdivisional win over East Haven. Earning pins for Cheshire were Erik Ravenberg (106 pounds), Joe Villano (113), Jake Cervero (132), Dan Mayer (145) and Josh Hunihan (160). Cheshire also got forfeit

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“We can’t be the Rams, the Spartans or the Indians so the girls voted on a common team name,” Carbone said. “You get a lot of team unity and we’re growing it. They may not know what the New Haven Blades or the Arena are, but we certainly do.” Information about the games is kept up to date on the team’s website.

victories from Darren Barile (120), Lucas Swan (126) and decision wins from Daniel Massucci (138, 9-1) and Carlo Troiano (152, 18-3). The Rams improved to 510 overall. Lyman Hall’s Clayton Ahearn (195) and Sheehan’s Jeff Petit (220) also earned independent wins by pin. Rams fifth: Cheshire placed fifth at the New Mil-

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Edwin Cordero PAINTING Int/Ext. Local, Established, Reliable Craftsman. Call (203) 537-2411 CT#614827


Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Remodeling Gutters CT Reg#570192

(203) 639-1634 CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST Quality-Kitchen/Bath Siding ● Roofing Windows ● Remodeling ● Decks ● Gutters Additions ●Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #0632415


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

NEW England Tree Service LLC, fully licensed & insured. Top quality work, 24 hr storm service. Refs avail. Free est. CT Reg 0608736. Call (203) 699-TREE

STUFF ESTATE LIQUIDATORS Estate Clean-Outs One Piece to Whole Estate, Toys, Coins, Jewelry, Military, etc. 203 774-4830

GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430


The Cheshire Citizen — Thursday, January 24, 2013 FURNITURE & APPLIANCES



6 ROLLING LOUNGE CHAIRS Wood Trim. Asking $100 Call 860-621-1472



Run your ad in print and online for one week Place your ad today at (click on “Place An Ad”) Or fill in this coupon below: 1 item under $100. Include your phone number and the price of the item.

24 People Needed TO LOSE 5-100 POUNDS! DR. RECOMMENDED! GUARANTEED! (203) 715-2779 ELECTRIC Hot Water Heater 50 Gallon A.O. Smith. Like new. Four months old. Changed complete system to gas. $175. Will deliver. (203) 265-1070 MANY Prints Signed & Numbered, Air Show Posters, Antique Wood Bowls, Old Airplane Parts, Federal Duck Stamps, To Much Misc. Items to List. Call Rich 203-213-0003


PAVERS - BRICK TONE 20 sqft, square/rectangle $20. 203 265-0031

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MATTRESS SET Brand name Queen pillow top mattress and foundation. NEW, in plastic. Must sell! $150. Call/Text Jim 860-709-7667

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


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

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

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

203-235-8431 DON’T SCRAP YOUR CAR Call Jeff. Will Pay Up To $1000 CASH for your CLUNKER! Damage, Rusted, Broken. (203) 213-1142 WANTED Fishing & Hunting Tackle - Local Collector looking for old or new rods, reels, lures. Highest prices paid. Dave any time 860-463-4359


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


203-237-3025 *We can’t Guarantee the start date of FREE ads. Enhanced $3.00 ads will start the day after we receive them.


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2ND Generation buys anything Napier. Costume jewelry, old pocket watches and clocks, collectibles, toys, 1 item to entire estate. 203-639-1002 AARON’S BUYING Old Machinist Tools, Lathes, Bench Tools, Hand Tools, Much More. (203) 525-0608

KENSINGTON 131 Main Street 5 Room, 2 BR Ranch. Lg Kitchen w/Dining Area. Lg LR w/FP. 2 Car Garage. Very Prvt, No pets. $1300. 860-306-0147 WALLINGFORD House for Rent. 3 BR, 54 Lee Ave. New Capet/Paint, 1st flr laundry, Off St. Park, No smoking/pets. $1250/mo. Call 203-444-5722 WALLINGFORD. 3 BR, 1 bath Cape, remodeled, 1 month’s rent & 1 month security. $1400. References. Tony 203-640-0343


Flanders West Apts Southington

Studio & 1 Bedroom Apts

*Ads must be placed online or by coupon. Phone orders will be charged $9.95. *1 item per ad, 1 ad per household per week & the price must be included. *No commercial/tag sale ads.

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

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

The Cheshire Citizen Marketplace Department 11 Crown Street Meriden, CT 06450

Always Buying All Contents of Estates. Antique, old toys & collectibles. furniture, costume jewelry, etc. Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 S. Orchard St. Wallingford. 203-269-4975 or 203-284-3786 Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm ALWAYS BUYING CASH PAID Vintage Electronics, Amps, Musical Instruments, Guitars, Radios, Ham Equipment, CB, HiFi, Audio Equipment. 860-707-9350

CHESHIRE - 4 Rooms Appliances, 1 Level, Deck. No Pets. Convenient to 691 & 84. $1225/Month. Includes Heat & Garage. Call 203-393-1117 MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 1 BR, 1st Fl, $845/mo+sec. 1BR, 2nd Fl $801 /mo+sec. 203-630-3823 12pm8pm or MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat HW, Elec. 1 BR, 2nd Fl, $200/wk+sec. 2nd flr studio $780/mo+sec. 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm; MERIDEN - 1BR. Newly renovated. Private deck. Fenced-in yard. $575 per month + security. 203 464-3083



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

1 & 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS 657 East Main Street Call 203-376-8114 or 203-630-9481 MERIDEN 1, 2 & 3 BRs Starting at $580/mo. West Side - CLEAN Sec. & Refs a must. Off st parking. No dogs. Sec 8 approved. 1st Month FREE! 203-537-6137

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd. 2 BR Available Ask About One Month Free! Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 2 & 3 BR Apartments Available Call for More Info 203 238-7777 860 214-8023 (Cell) MERIDEN 2 BR Apts Hubbard Park. Central Air/Heat. 775 West Main St. $945-$975/mo. + utils. No pets. Call Chino 203 935-6224 or Niki 203 992-5605

MERIDEN 2 BR Available Heat, Hot Water & Appliances incl. Off-Street parking. Available for immediate move in. Starting at $800 per month. 203-639-8751 MERIDEN 2 BR, 1 Flr. Liberty St. Recently renovated. Stove & refrig. WD hookup. Off st parking. Yard. Bsmnt storage. Sec 8 approved. $875. 203- 506-6398 MERIDEN 3 BR. 1st Fl. Clean. Well maintained. 6 Gold St. Lg BRs, Sunny Kitchen. WD hookup. $925. Avail March 1. Sec 8 appr. Call Will 860-834-2876 MERIDEN 92 Columbia St. 5 Rooms, Washer, Dryer, Stove & Refrigerator, $1000/mo + security. No pets. Off st parking. Pvt bsmnt, fenced-in yard. Duplex. Sec 8 approved. Available in February. Leave message after 6pm 860-347-2992 203 887-8805 MERIDEN Clean, spacious 3 Bdrm, 3rd flr apt, newly renovated, Foster St. Off street parking. Avail immed. $900. Pets considered. Call Walt 203-464-1863. MERIDEN Crown Village 2 BR Just renovated. Heat & Hot Water included. Pool access. $895 per month plus security. L & E Prop Mgmt 203-886-8808. MERIDEN Crown Village. Large 2BR Recently Remodeled w/ HW Floors. $900/mo. includes heat & hot water. Call 203-856-6472

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN Efficiency Apartment Available Now (203) 238-1045 MERIDEN FOUR 3 BR Apts $950-$1150 1st & 2nd Floor Recently Remodeled. WD hookups. Off st parking. (203) 417-1675 MERIDEN Large 2 BR, 1.5 Baths, 1st FL. WD hookup. Off st parking. Randolph Ave. $695 /mo. 2 mos security + application fee req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597 MERIDEN Room Available. Deposit=$230 Utilities included! $115/Week. Available Now. Off Street Lighted Parking. 203-715-7866 MERIDEN Spacious 4 BR 2nd Floor, Flooring & Carpeting, Off St. Park, Sec 8 approved. 73 Twiss St. $1,000/mo. If Interested Call (203) 927-8215 MERIDEN Spacious 4BR, 2nd Flr Large Yard. Off St Parking. W/D hookup. 481 East Main St. $1175/mo. plus sec. Call 203294-1229 MERIDEN-1BR, 3rd Floor Remodeled. Separate utilities. References & good credit. $550 per Month. Call Jeff Owner /Agent 860-302-2987 MERIDEN-4BR 2nd & 3rd Floor. Liberty St. Recently Renovated Stove & Refrig, W/D hkup, OffSt Parking, Yard, Storage. Sec 8 approved. $1275 203 506-6398 MERIDEN. 1 BR, Heat Included, $775. 9 Guiel Place. Call 203-376-2160 or 203-213-6175 MERIDEN. 3 BR, 1st Floor in 2 Family house. $950/mo. Newly Remodeled. No pets. Avail now! 203-500-9080 or 203-500-9090 MERIDEN. East side. Furn Clean 2nd flr 1 BR, heat, hw, electric. Hdwd flrs. $845/ mo plus sec. 12pm-8pm, 203-630-3823 SOUTHINGTON Two family Near 691. Renovated. 2nd floor. 2 BR, parking. Heat & HW included. $995 per month. 860 628-0175 or 860 919-6212

WALLINGFORD 1 + BR/5 Room Loc. + Clean. W to W. Fully appl. No Pets. Util not incl. Lease & Sec req. $800-$850 mo. 203-848-7955 WALLINGFORD 1BR 70 Center Street $695/mo. Call Mike 203-213-6175 or 203-376-2160 WALLINGFORD 2 BR Apt In 2 Family Home. Nice Area. Modern. Stove & Refrig. Nice yard. Off St parking. $1000. No Pets. 203-654-6190 WALLINGFORD 2BR Very Neat & Very Clean. Appliances, Laundry Hookups, Off St Parking. No Pets. No smoking. 1 Yr Lease. $875. 203-631-5219

WALLINGFORD 3 bdrm, 1.5 bths Garage, WD Hookup $1180. Rick 203-395-0302 WALLINGFORD 5 Large Rooms, 2nd Floor, Avaliable Now $995/mo. Call 203-213-6175 WALLINGFORD YMCA Area - 1 BEDROOM, 3rd FL Off street parking. $775 Including Heat & Hot Water. No pets. (203) 269-2575 Owner/Agent WALLINGFORD- 2 Room Apt. $675. No pets. 2 mo sec + refs. Call 203-265-0698


Thursday, January 24, 2013 — The Cheshire Citizen APARTMENTS FOR RENT


WALLINGFORD- No. Main St, large 1 bedroom apt, cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, w/d hookup, off st parking. No pets. $975/mo. Call 203 641-3182


WALLINGFORD-Duplex 2BR, LR. Tiled Bath. Kitchen w/stove & fridge. Laundry hookups. $950 + utils. 2 mos sec dep. Agents RE (203) 949-0500 WALLINGFORD. 2 BR, 5 rms, 1st flr, appliances included, no utils, no pets. $900/mo. Off st parking, avail Feb 1. Off No. Main St. (203) 269-9434 WALLINGFORD. 2 BR, 5 rms, 1st flr, appliances included, no utils, no pets. $900/mo. Off st parking, avail Feb 1. Off No. Main St. (203) 269-9434 WINTER SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $695/month. HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED. Private balcony. 203-639-4868

ROOMS FOR RENT MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Includes Heat, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. East Side. Off-st park. $125/wk. + sec. Call 12-8pm 203-630-3823 or WALLINGFORD Share home. No smoking. 860-478-5508

GARAGE & STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT MERIDEN 20’x 40’ Space available with 14 x14 overhead door. (203) 237-5572


MERIDEN-Well maintained ranch on a quiet st. This home features 6 rooms, 3BRs, kitchen, LR & DR. 1.5 Bas, 2 fireplaces plus 1 car gar set on a nice lot. $155,900. Call Sue Farone for details 203-265-5618


Wallingford, CT Headquarters 20+ HOURS PER WEEK

Apply during our Open House WALLINGFORD. $189,900 Classic in town colonial well maintained 7 rm home. 3BRs, formal DR, walk up attic, family rm or den. Beautiful HW flrs, new roof, set on a nice large lot. Pride of ownership shows. CallSue Farone 203-265-5618

HOME CARE NURSE & PER DIEM NURSES Berlin VNA is seeking a full time R.N. Home Care Case Manager for its Licensed Home Care Program. YALESVILLE In Loring Court, an over 55 Adult Park. 28’ x 40’ home. 2 BR, 1.50 Bath. Screened Porch. Central AC. Many upgrades. Asking $89,900 Call Bill Loring, Park Owner at 203-269-8808


Business Development Sales Representative The Record-Journal is looking for an energetic, creative, forward thinking individual to work full time to help develop print & digital advertising at this family owned media company. You will provide: *Demonstrated sales experience with a history of attaining goals *Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while being mindful of making revenue goals for each *Ability to converse with advertisers about both digital and print-based advertising campaigns We will provide: *Team Atmosphere with members working towards common goals *Opportunity for growth *Competitive compensation package & benefits. If the opportunity to be a leader in our successful, community-minded organization excites you, forward your resume to: Attn: Kim Boath New Media Sales Position 11 Crown Street Meriden CT 06450 or email: kboath@

WALLINGFORD. Located in Yalesville Square unit #1, is just like new! Open fl. Plan, vaulted ceilings, MBR w/ full ba, beautiful kit. w/ dining rm area, 2 car paved drive & a 24x8 covered porch. $77,700. Call Nicky Waltzer 203-2655618

January 21st - January 25th, 2013 at 95 Barnes Road, Wallingford, CT 9:00am – 5:00pm Or visit our Careers page at EOE M/F/D/V

A Marketplace ad is an easy way to sell your merchandise, and it’s easy on your wallet, too.

RN with home care experience is required. As an employee of the Town of Berlin, a full benefit package including 401 K, Health and Dental Insurance.

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

(203) 634-3933

* Also needed Per Diem Registered Nurses for* Weekdays and/or Weekends Please send resume to: Dept. of Nursing 240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT Tel: 860-828-7030 Fax: 860-828-7420



AUTO CAD OPERATOR (mechanical drafter) F/T Small Manufacturing Company. Must be proficient with Auto Cad 2011 with 2 yr degree and/ or 2-3 yrs work exp. Proficient with 3d solid modeling. Please email

COAST 2 Coast Communications is looking for Direct Sales Agents to market & sell Comcast XFinity. Full Time Position. No Experience necessary. We will train. To schedule an interview please email Paul Miller at

MANAGEMENT, Access Rehab Centers, the largest therapy company in western CT & the third largest in the state, is seeking a licensed PT to fill a management position for an outpatient clinic in the Greater Meriden area which provides PT, OT, and speech services. The successful candidate fulfilling this management contract would be an employee of Access & carry a modified caseload. Solid management experience with proven success in program development and marketing preferred. Responsibilities include meeting the clinic's benchmarks & budget. Superior benefit package including competitive salary, 5 weeks total of paid vacation/personal time, educ. reimbursement, 401k with company match, rich insurance coverage options, and more. Access promotes a friendly, supportive team environment. EOE. Please forward your resume to Karen/HR at or (F) 203-5980747.

CONNECTICUT GI is growing and looking for Full Time Receptionist and Per Diem Scheduler Must have medical office experience. Fax resume and cover letter to 203-886-0072

Is your merchandise "blending in?" Placing a Marketplace ad is an easy and affordable way to whip up some interest among potential buyers. What are you waiting for? Contact us today and start turning the stuff you don’t want into something you do want:

DENTAL RECEPTIONIST For oral surgery practice in Southington. FT position for energetic and reliable person interested in office work and dental assisting. Good telephone and computer skills necessary. Call for interview (860) 276-0225

POLICE OFFICER The Wallingford Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for Police Officer. $1,090.49 weekly (wages currently under negotiation) plus an excellent fringe benefit package. The initial exam phases consist of physical performance, written and oral exams. Other requirements for Police Officer can be obtained with the application materials at the following locations: Personnel Department, Town of Wallingford, 45 South Main Street Wallingford, CT 06492 Wallingford Police Department 135 North Main Street Wallingford, CT 06492 South Central Criminal Justice Administration, 675 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511.


C o m p l e t e d a p p l i c a t io n s a l o n g with a $40.00 application fee m u st be re t u rn e d t o t h e South Central Criminal Justice A d m i n i s tr at i o n b y T ue s d a y, February 12 at 4:30 P.M.


The Town of Wallingford is an Equal Opportunity Employer

MEDICAL CAREERS DENTAL Administrative Assistant Progresssive, centrally located general dental office looking for a front office administrative team member with the following qualifications: At least 3 yrs dental exp and an Eaglesoft background req. Multi-tasker, outgoing, enthusiastic, positive team player with a great attitude and strong work ethic. Insurance knowledge, dental terminology, professional telephone/ written/computer skills and financial arrangement ability required. Fax resumes to 860-628-8451 Visiting Nurse Services, Inc. of Southern Connecticut Established Home Care Agency is looking for experienced home care professionals to work in the Meriden area. RN Case Managers ● Excellent Salary and Benefits ● Manageable Case Load ● Bilingual Nurses a plus Please call Tracy at 203-281-5500 Fax Your Resume to 203-287-1203 email to

HELP WANTED AUTO BODY/PAINTERS HELPER. Zoel’s Auto Body is looking for energtic painters assistant with experience. Call for appt. (203) 237-6464

Job Opportunities Westaff is currently hiring for the following positions: Press Operators Assemblers Warehouse Admin Assistants Customer Service Reps All Shifts Apply at: 39 West Main St., Meriden

RN Supervisor 32 Hours 11pm - 7 am Miller Memorial Community, Inc., offers very competitive wages and benefits (including pension plan and non-contributory health and dental for the employee, life and disability insurances). Drug testing and criminal background check required. Applicants must be Connecticut licensed. If you are willing to go the extra mile for your patients and are truly interested in person-centered care, please apply to: Personnel Manager Miller Memorial Community, Inc. 360 Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450 Fax 203-630-3714 or email: EOE


MAINTENANCE ELECTRICIAN Requires E2 license with 5+ years' experience. Must have strong troubleshooting skills to diagnose and correct electrical and mechanical problems of high/low voltage manufacturing equipment.

MAINTENANCE MECHANIC 5+ years' of troubleshooting and repairing heavy manufacturing equipment is a must. Friendly, professional work atmosphere. Competitive compensation and benefits. Visit us at: Send resume to


HOUSECLEANING Mon-Fri 85pm. No nights & weekends. Car required. Wkly paychecks, Fax Resume to 203-272-2278 or Email to

PART TIME/FULL TIME Customer Service/Driver Servicing customers on route. Strong work ethic & great people skills. Excellent pay, W eek D a ys 7 am -4p m , Vechile Provided. Women & others encouraged to apply. Fax Resume to 877-777-4139

PLUMBER Licensed Residential Plumber for new homes and remodeling projects. Experience in this type work a must. Call Sheehy Plumbing Mon - Fri 8-4 (203) 284-9100


The Cheshire Citizen — Thursday, January 24, 2013



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