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Volume 1, Number 18

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Thursday, Januar y 17, 2013

Acting public works director promoted to official position

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By Richie Rathsack Special to The Citizen After six months serving as the Acting Public Works Director, the title became official as Town Manager Michael Milone announced George Noewatne as the director of public works and engineering. Noewatne has been the deputy director since 2004 and has 13 years of previous construction and engineering experience, Milone said in a statement. “I am confident that George Noewatne’s extensive Public Works experience, skills and knowledge will provide this department with strong, progressive and responsible leadership,” Milone said. On Wednesday afternoon, Noewatne was still getting used to the idea of having the

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Sunrise Jan. 11 as viewed across McNamara Field off Wiese Road.

permanent position. “It was nice to see the recognition. I was one of the finalists in the interview process so I Milone knew I had a shot,” he said. Milone announced late last month that he planned to hire one person to oversee public works and engineer-

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that construction can begin in the spring of 2014. The commission has assembled a list of items it would like to see included in the field house. Masciana said public bathrooms are “clearly a need.” Also, he said, a fully-equipped concession stand would be necessary, and there must be “plenty of storage.” “Currently, there’s not enough storage,” he said. The school district has nine portable storage units scattered throughout the grounds of CHS. Masciana said he hopes the field house would address the storage problem, alleviating the need to rent portable units. He’s looking for about 4,000 square feet of storage, most of which can be underground. A ticket booth or informa-


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tion stand is also something the commission is asking for, but Masciana said it would depend on the building’s location, which would be decided by the design firm chosen by the town. A first aid station is another item on the commission’s wish list, along with a new press box. Masciana said the press box is a necessity, and would most likely be on the upper story of the field house. Since the entire field house must be handicapped accessible, according to the Americans With Disabilities Act, an elevator may be necessary — a costly element in the project. Also, the field house must be large enough to fit two large locker rooms for various sports, a meeting area for



Construction of a multistory field house at Cheshire High School — which town officials say will accommodate, at a minimum, locker rooms with showers for boys and girls, public restrooms, a press box, a concession area and a large storage space — may begin in early 2014. A field house was proposed in the town’s 2012-13 five-year capital expenditure plan this summer, but wasn’t allowed to go to referendum by the Town Council because the wastewater treatment plant upgrade was the first priority. Now the project’s wheels are back in motion. The Public Building Commission, which was assigned the field house project this fall, will begin examining “request for qualification” proposals from architects. The period in which design firms could submit those proposals began on Dec. 6 and ended Jan. 2. Town Manager Michael Milone said the commission will interview interested firms and present its decision to the Town Council toward the end of January. Even though the town is taking the necessary steps to move forward with the project, the field house “is not necessarily definite,” Milone said.

An appropriation of $500,000 was made for the rehabilitation of the boys’ locker room at CHS in 2009. About $35,000 of that sum has been spent on minor improvements to the locker room, leaving $465,000 to go toward a new facility. Milone said the question is “if the field house design is above what has been previously appropriated, do we supplement the appropriation or not proceed with the project at all?” The project will likely depend on a referendum, said Vincent Masciana, the school district’s director of management services. Masciana has been working closely with the Public Building Commission on the project. According to Masciana, “even if we include just the basic needs, the project will cost well over $500,000.” “I don’t see this being a

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Two members of the Cheshire Police Department visited the Newtown Police Department Wednesday, Jan. 2, to help their fellow officers cope with the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It wasn’t the first time Cheshire police have helped. Immediately after the shooting, the department sent a gift basket and offered to send officers to Newtown. Recently, the department sent motorcycle officers to the town to help with funerals for several of the slain children. On Jan. 2, Lt. Brian Pichnarcik and Officer Joe Giampietro delivered lunch donated by the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. The meal, consisting of prime rib, stuffed shrimp, vegetables and potatoes, served about 25 Newtown police officers. “I think we made their day,” Giampietro said. A five-year veteran of the Cheshire Police Department, Giampietro previously worked at the Aqua Turf for 10 years. During a recent meeting of the Cheshire Police Benevolent Association, Giampietro suggested asking the Aqua Turf for a food donation for Newtown officers. Giampietro contacted the club’s owner, Joe Calvanese, not sure what to expect. “Joe was very excited to help,” Giampietro said.

Calvanese, who will be holding a gala at his facility in April to raise money for causes in Newtown, said the shooting affected everyone. “We’ll do anything we can do to help anyone down there,” he said. Pichnarcik said many officers in Cheshire were deeply affected by the 2007 home invasion and murder of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela. Even though the Newtown and Cheshire incidents were very different, Pichnarcik said they could relate, on some level, to how officers in Newtown are feeling. “You can get a better understanding of what they’re going through,” he said. “Having been through it ourselves, we can at least take one thing off their plate.” Pichnarcik said that as the Sandy Hook incident played out in December, “we found ourselves all huddled around the television” at the police

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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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Students at Norton Elementary School are getting a jump on fitness and a good cause as they join with the American Heart Association’s annual Jump Rope for Heart event, beginning Jan. 25. Physical Education teacher Michelle Libby has high praise for the event as a tool for heart health awareness and education. “I’d say the goal of the event is to educate the students about the importance of being active

and taking care of your heart and body as well as raising important funds for lifesaving heart and stroke research.” Libby is now in her third year holding the event at Norton. As the sponsor of the event, the AHA provides the resource materials. “It’s something I became aware of during my student teaching days, and schools all over the country host various types of Jump Rope for Heart Events,” she said. Libby likes the way the program works with her children’s classes. “I tie the event

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SEA DOGS Races scheduled

Have you read The Citizen online this week?

Cooking with Chef Craig - Wednesday, Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m. at the Highlands Health Care Center. Space is limited. Transportation available on request. Registrations is required at (203) 272-8286. Happy 100th Birthday Dick Miller - Thursday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m. Registration is required by Tuesday, Jan. 22. 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

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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 first 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,

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Simina Ionescu, MD, has joined the Masonicare Primary Care Physicians practice. Dr. Ionescu’s primary role is within the geriatric assessment program. Known as Masonicare Pathways, the team conducts evaluations of cognitive, emotional and physical function and provides follow-up recommendations. In addition, Dr. Ionescu is part of the internal medicine staff and sees patients over the age of 55 from the community. Dr. Ionescu is Board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. She received her medical degree from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest. Dr. Ionescu was formerly an attending physician at the Hospital of St. Raphael, where she oversaw geriatric assessments and also served as clinical education coordinator for geriatric fellows. Masonicare Primary Care Physicians is Masonicare’s community-based physician practice. For additional information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ionescu, please call 203-265-0355.


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taxpayers,” Balletto said. “She deserved to win.” Waller appraises land, buildings, personal property and motor vehicles for the grand list, which includes all property within Cheshire as of Oct. 1 of each year. Waller also maintains permit and zoning records. “I enjoy it. I always have,” Waller said. “You get a little bit of both — a little office work and a little field work.” The 60-year-old grew up in Cheshire and lives in the town with her husband, Stephen Waller. She attended Dodd Middle School and Cheshire High School. Waller ran a day care out of her house and worked as a clerk before she became a certified assessor. The award’s namesake worked for Cheshire for 36 years. Wallace died in 1997 and town employees have nominated and selected candidates for the honor since 1998. The Cheshire Police Department’s Joseph Vitello received the award last year, having worked as lead detective on the 2007 Petit home invasion case. Contact Brianna Gurciullo at

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An Evening With Dolley Madison - Cheshire Public Library has scheduled “An Evening with Dolley Madison” for tonight, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Cheshire Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. Carolyn Ivanoff, in period dress as Dolley Madison, will speak about the founding of the nation, James Madison’s role as the Father of the American Constitution, and events of the early Republic. Registration is required, at (203) 272-2245 or visit



Norton PTA basketball game - The 4th annual North PTA Parents vs. Norton staff basketball game is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at Coginchaug High School. A fee is charged. For more information, contact Ice hockey - Cheshire vs. Fairfield Prep at Northford

Ice Rink, 8:30 p.m. Boys swimming Cheshire vs. Sacred Heart at Cheshire Community Pool, 7 p.m. Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Lyman Hall at Lyman Hall, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Amity at Amity High School, 7 p.m.



Wrestling - New Milford Tournament at New Milford High, 10 a.m.



Highland PTO - Highland Elementary School PTO is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in the school’s library reference room. Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Sheehan at Sheehan, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Lyman Hall at Cheshire High, 7 p.m.



Ice hockey - Cheshire vs. Hamden at Wesleyan University Ice Rink, 6 p.m. Boys swimming Cheshire vs. Fairfield Prep at Cheshire Community Pool, 7 p.m. Wrestling - Cheshire vs. Fairfield Prep at Cheshire High School, 6 p.m.




Film and discussion Cheshire Public Library has scheduled the film “Hot Coffee” for Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the ibrary. Attorney John Kennedy will lead a discussion on “Hot Coffee,” 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. Call (203) 272-2245 or visit



Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Amity at Cheshire High, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Cheshire vs. Shelton at Cheshire, 7 p.m.



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



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



The Cheshire Citizen welcomes submissions regarding upcoming events happening in the community. These brief items run free of charge. We do our best to run a submission at least one time, however, due to space constraints we cannot guarantee a submission will be published on a specific date and content may be edited. Send submissions to or contact Marsha at (203) 317-2256. If you have specific requirements for a submission you must place a paid advertisement. To discuss this, contact Cheshire sales representative Christopher Cullen at (203) 317-2324.




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Richard Chevrolet has announced the opening of its state-of-the-art facility at 1405 Highland Ave. (Route 10) with a ribbon cutting ceremony and three day sale. The event commemorates the completion of a year-long renovation. At 37,000 square feet, Richard Chevrolet is the state’s largest Chevrolet dealership. The building, constructed by Pustola & Associates of Naugatuck, was designed to be environmentally friendly and was made with recycled building materials and energy efficient energy efficient lighting Features of the new facility include: showroom, service department, customer lounge, interior delivery area for “white glove” handing of new cars, and room for more inventory. There is expanded customer parking and there are over 500 new and used cars

ees over the last 38 years. “We have continued to grow because we’re dedicated to providing customers with the best customer experience in the industry,” said Richard Jaffe, President. “This is an amazing facility with top of the line details integrated throughout, but the real difference has always been the way we treat our customers. That’s what keeps people coming back time after time.” (Submitted by Richard Chevrolet.)

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Adinolfi assigned to committees Al Adinolfi, a Cheshire resident, will serve as the ranking House Republican on the Aging Committee. Adinolfi represents the newly-configured 103rd General Assembly District, which covers parts of Cheshire, Southington and Wallingford. As ranking member of the legislature’s Aging Committee, Adinolfi will play the lead role for the House Republican Caucus in shaping policies that impact senior citizens throughout the state. Adinolfi will also serve on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which handles nearly all matters relating to the military and veterans’ affairs. Adinolfi will keep his seat on the Judiciary Committee, which handles a wide variety of issues that include subjects such as: judicial procedures, criminal law, the Department of Correction, probation, probate courts, preservation of land records, and bankruptcy. Adinolfi also is a member of the Appropriations Committee, which works on the spending side of the state budget. Among the topics handled by this committee’s members are: budgets of state agencies, state employees’ salaries, benefits and retirement as well as collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards for all state employees.

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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 -

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A little dog demonstrates the irresistible power of love By Rev. Jeffrey D. Braun Special to The Cheshire Citizen Last summer, my wife and I and our three daughters visited my brother and his family at their home in Maryland. The trip was particularly fun for my three girls. They adore their aunt, uncle and Rev. Braun cousins. And they are head over heels for their cousins’ three dogs, all rescues. Two are a hulking mix of black Lab and who knows what. And the littlest, Colby, is a curious, irresistible mix of beagle and dachshund who sneezes almost constantly. While there, my youngest daughter, who was particularly smitten with Colby, picked her up. While hugging Colby far more tightly than could have been comfortable for that patient canine, my daughter declared, “If we ever get a dog, I would want a small one. And what I really want is a toy poodle with curly hair. Just like me!” As you surely guessed, one question dominated our drive home: “Mom. Dad. Can we please get a dog?”

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Cheshire Parks and Recreation The Cheshire Performing and Fine Arts Committee in conjunction with the Cheshire Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled theatre programs for children. Programs include Beginner Musical Theatre Workshop and Musical Theatre Workshop. Beginner Musical Theater Workshop is for children in grades 2 through 6. Musical Theatre Workshop is open to students, ages 12 and up as well as previous participants

Love has this power. This ineffable, unforeseeable, undeniable power to transform us, utterly. Even instantly. Love is a gift. From God. More than any other force, this gift can open minds, warm hearts, bridge gaps, bring light, and renew life. And if love has this power even when we are not looking for it or when we are outright resisting it (as I was), then how much more power might love have when we seek it proactively? What might our relationships, our communities, our interfaith dialogue, our nation, and our world look like if we were to seek love’s light as fervently and willfully as God seeks to express His love to us? While it is true that when we make plans, God often laughs (and He is certainly chuckling at this proud new poodle owner); it is equally true that when we seek love as our highest hope, God beams. (The Rev. Jeffrey D. Braun is senior minister at the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.) of the Beginner Musical Theatre Workshop. Acting A Song is open to students grades 4 through 6 and 7 to 8. Students will focus on acting specifically for musicals and learning how to make the transition from scene to song. Introduction to Acting is open to grades K-3. For more information and registration, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (203) 272-2743 or visit See Briefs, page 26

Submitted by Dave Lyon

Boy Scout Troop 51, sponsored by the Lions Club and based at Chapman School, recently held an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony. In 2012, the troop, headed by Scoutmaster Paul Ruszczyk, had seven Scouts attain the rank of Eagle, the highest award given by Boy Scouts. The Eagle Scouts are, from left: Tyler Lavorgna, Andrew Prairie, Mike Ranando, Mike Thomas, Bill Lyon and Sean Ostroski. Missing from photo is Drew Henderson.

Cheshire Youth Theatre

The Cheshire Performing and Fine Arts Committee in conjunction with the Cheshire Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the Cheshire Youth Theatre’s Summer Production of Seussical The Musical, July 25 to 28. Cheshire residents (or those who attend Cheshire schools) in grades 4 to 12 may participate. Registration, by April 1, is required. For more information and registration, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at(203) 272-2743 or visit

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For several reasons, I was convinced this would never happen. I was unable to see how caring for a dog would fit into our already busy lives. My wife is highly allergic to most breeds. And the non-allergenic breeds did not interest me. In fact, as my daughters often remind me, I once said: “I don’t want a dog. I certainly don’t want a small dog. And I would never want a poodle.” (Can you say, Scrooge?) My prior declaration inspires two phrases. “Never say ‘never’.” And, “When we make plans, God laughs.” Because, as you likely guessed, my family and I are now the doting owners of a silvery (and very small) 9-year-old toy poodle. Even more humorous, and more to the point, is how fast my heart changed. Remembering my youngest daughter’s summer declaration about wanting a small curly-haired dog, my sister-in-law texted us a photo of a toy poodle that had just been rescued. She meant it as a joke. But the moment I saw the photo, I knew the dog was already ours, that I already loved her. With just one look at my wife, I knew she felt the same. (You already know how my daughters felt!)

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Big municipal job works better if position is split By Kyle Swartz Special to The Citizen Cheshire Town Manager Michael Milone has prudently suggested splitting a top-level municipal job. Whereas public works director had previously also served as town engineer, the latter position would now be assigned to a deputy director. This has benefits financial and operational. Proposed personnel rearrangement comes after retirement of a longtime staffer. Before he resigned in August for a new job, Joseph Michelangelo served as both Cheshire public works director and town engineer. While Michelangelo told the

Record-Journal that he had requisite capabilities to handle double duty, he understood Milone’s choice to restructure his former roles (Record-Journal, 12-29). First, Cheshire could save money. Milone plans to hire a new public works director and deputy director at lower salaries than previously paid. (Interim department director George Noewatne, formerly second-in-command, reportedly is in consideration for either post.) Approximate savings are between $20,000 and $30,000. Although those figures are small compared to a municipal budget which could top $100 million, any cost reductions in economically fragile

2013 are valuable. Michelangelo also stated that the dual professional demands of his twin tasks occasionally caused project delays beyond initial deadlines. With director and lead engineer divided, those two important positions could work independently and accomplish more in a shorter time frame. Some municipalities combine both occupations while others don’t. Partial motivation for a joint job is holding just one person responsible for public-works shortcomings. Assigning blame becomes more difficult once responsibility is spread. Still, this is a workforce

Government Meetings

Monday, Jan. 21 Historic District commission, 7:30 p.m. Library Board, Cheshire Library, 7 p.m. 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

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modification that Cheshire should make. Public works director is a key municipal position demanding enough without also acting as town engineer. And conserving taxpayer dollars — while facing an uncertain national and state financial future — makes this a win-win. Town Council members will consider Milone’s proposal in upcoming munici-

pal meetings. Milone has laid the blueprint for Cheshire’s Public Works department to become more functionally efficient and cost-effective, and councilmen should vote this recommendation into reality. (Kyle Swartz is editor of The North Haven Citizen and an editorial assistant for the Record-Journal.)

Zupkus sworn in as state representative Lezlye Zupkus was sworn in recently as state representative for the 89th General Assembly District covering Bethany, Cheshire, and Prospect. Zupkus was among eight freshman Republican legislators who promised to serve their districts over a two-year term. Powered by her “common sense” approach to government, Zupkus was elected to her first term in November 2012. Zupkus serves on the legislature’s committees on Commerce, Public Safety and Human Services.

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Chinese culture focus of performance Currently on a 100-city world tour, Shen Yun Performing Arts will offer promotional presentations at local venues this month as well as a performance at the Palace Theatre, Waterbury. Shen Yun features Chinese dance, music and singing, and is hosted bilingually in Chinese and English. The programming draws on the deep inner expression of Chinese classical dance. It also uses a combination of background scenery, costumes, and choreography to express ancient Chinese virtues of truthfulness, compassion, and pure beauty. The performance covers 5,000 of Chinese culture with original dance numbers, solo vocalists and musicians, and dramatic depictions of stories through dance and music. The main musical accompaniment, the Shen Yun Orchestra, employs a unique blend of Chinese and western musical instruments to play original scores. The variety of dance performances in Shen Yun mirrors the ethnic and cultural diversity of

Property Transfers Property transfers reported from Dec. 31 to Jan. 4: Mt. Sanford Meadow Farm, LLC to Paul A. and Kristin P. Bowman, 387 Mount Sanford Road, $174,316 Sunrise Land Associates, LLC to Timothy and Susan Mellitti, 35 Colton Lane, $699,000. Burton C. Fidel, trustee to

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China. Shen Yun is at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury Feb. 13 and 14. Tickets can be ordered on-line at or by calling 1-888-974-3698. Shen Yun volunteers have scheduled promotions and presentations for the public to learn more and reserve tickets in Cheshire, Southington and North Haven for the following dates and locations: North Haven - Promotions

are scheduled for Sundays, Jan. 20, at North Haven Stop & Shop, 79 Washington Ave. Southington - A presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Southington Public Library, 255 Main St. Cheshire - A presentation is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main St.

neering from Virgina Polytechnic Institute, and a MasContinued from page 1 ter of Business Administration degree from the Universiing. The move is expected to save the town between $20,000 ty of Connecticut, Milone said. and $30,000. “Throughout his employ“I’m excited to get started ment with the town, Mr. Noeas director. I’m surrounded by folks who made me look watne has always displayed good in the past as acting di- the highest degree of profesrector. I’m thankful to the sionalism, committing countMichael [Milone] and the less hours to doing whatever Town Council for putting it takes to get the job done, their trust in me,” Noewatne such as working 14 hour shifts to assist with snow resaid. Milone also has been im- moval efforts when our town pressed with Noewatne’s crews were shorthanded,” work ethic. Along with put- Milone said. Noewatne will oversee 42 ting in extra hours when needed, he returned to work employees and an operating just two weeks after a motor- budget of $9.5 million. He will cycle accident that left him be paid $102,000 annually. with 12 broken ribs, a broken He enjoys the work and the clavicle and broken left ankle. ongoing challenges. With the Crutches are no longer re- changes to the position, Noequired to get around and Noe- watne said he looks forward watne said he almost is back finding new efficiencies to to 100 percent. make the positions a positive Noewatne also has a strong force for the town. academic background, hav“It’s never boring. There is ing received a Bachelor of always something going on Science degree in civil engi- that demands the attention of neering from Virginia Mili- the public works department. tary Academy, a master of sci- It touches so many facets of ence degree in Civil Engi- what the town does,” Noe-

watne said. Challenges on the horizon include the $32 million in upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, ongoing work to repair roads and bridges in need of replacement. Noewatne replaces Joe Michelangelo, who headed the Public Works Department for 10 years before leaving in September to take over the same department in Fairfield. A Madison resident, Noewatne said with the permanent position as director, he will likely be looking for a new home closer to work. “Folks in this town have been very good to me. I enjoy the residents and I enjoy the nature of the work,” Noewatne said. “I work with some tremendously talented people here. I couldn’t be more proud than to be associated with them and I’m honored to be name the lead the team.” Contact Richie Rathsack at or follow him on Twitter: @RRathsack.


David and Karen Majeski, 69 Cornwall Ave., $349,000. Estate of John P. Maloney to Sotiraq and Edibe Lulo, 1681 Tuttle Ave., $200,000. David A. and Karen E. Majeski to Keith M. Phipps, 489 Spring St., $240,000. Karen Z. Reims and David Wayne Winters, trustees to Vincent C. and Suzzane E. Robitaille, $1,500,000.

Information provided by the Cheshire Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions. Dec. 21 Justin Martin, 22, 252 Cooke St., Waterbury, sixth-degree larceny (general), 4:15 p.m. Dec. 22 Teddy Kontos, 54, 2160 Waterbury Rd., third-degree assault, 3:51 a.m. Dec. 23 Basillo Ortiz, 25, 913 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol, 12:24 a.m. Jordan Torla, 21, 15 Buttonwood Cir., Wallingford, interfering with an officer, operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol, reckless driving, 2:17 a.m. Dec. 27 Denise Menescard, 20, 200 Carlton Dr., conspiracy all other crimes, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, 6:49 p.m. Eaven Stevenson, 18, 3939 Spring St., conspiracy all other crimes, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, 6:49 p.m. Dec. 28 Heather Colello, 27, 229 Branford Rd., North Branford, criminal attempt to illegally obtain narcotics, 4:38 p.m. Michael Colello, 27, 229 Branford Rd., North Branford, criminal attempt to illegally obtain narcotics, 4:43 p.m. Dec. 29 Carlos Bravo, 18, 2 Colony Pl., Meriden, operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol; operating under suspension, 12:18 a.m. Dec. 30 Steven Bennett, 48, 32 Willow St., second-degree breach of peace, simple trespass, 5:45 p.m. Dec. 31 Louis Gentile, 40, 45 Barnes Rd, New Haven, second-degree failure to appear, 2:10 a.m.

Jan. 1 Brandon Butler, 23, 365 S. Meriden Rd., second-degree reckless driving; no passing zone disregarding sign/marking; driving in right hand lane; engaging in pursuit; reckless driving; operating under suspension, 1:40 a.m. Ryan Coughlin, 22, 180 Eastgate Dr., failure to drive in proper lane, multiple lane highway; operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol, 3:56 a.m. Jan. 2 Patrick Sullivan, 26, 969 Durham Rd., Wallingford, possession marijuana less than ½ oz. - first offense, 7:08 p.m. Jan. 3 Jacqueline Gagne, 23, 155 Franklin St., Meriden, criminal attempt (all others); conspiracy all other crimes; sixth-degree larceny from building; manufacturing/possession burglar tools; third-degree burglary, 12:30 a.m. Matthew Matteris, 28, 155 Franklin St., Meriden, criminal attempt (all others); conspiracy all other crimes; sixth-degree larceny from building; manufacturing/possession burglar tools; third-degree burglary, 12:30 a.m. Melissa Lord, 30, 4 Ridgefield Rd., Wallingford, failure to drive right; operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol, 1:50 a.m. Jan. 7 Keith Vacca, 31, 85 Old Towne Rd., failure to meet minimum insurance requirements; operating unregistered motor vehicle, 8:53 p.m. Jan. 8 Bruce Esposito, 51, 60 Ridge St., New Haven, first-degree failure to appear, 8:53 a/,/ Jan. 9 Arthur Maebry, 31, 1119 Waterbury Rd., violation of criminal protective order, 3:27 p.m.


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Up and down stretch for girls hoop; Big week for swimmers Girls basketball Sheehan 57, Cheshire 47: As Sheehan’s Cassie Strickland found herself at the free throw stripe for the seventh time in the final quarter, it seemed fitting that she would secure a huge 57-47 road victory over SCC Housatonic rival Cheshire from that exact line. After all, the guard got to the line 16 times and drained 14 shots en route to a gamehigh 25 points. “In our previous eight games” said Sheehan coach Mike Busillo, “we’ve gone to the line 75 more times than our opponents.” And Friday night’s game was no different for this assertive Titans squad. Right from the jump, Sheehan attacked the basket effectively, drawing foul after foul call – 22 to be exact – which led to 32 of their 57 points in the contest. Sheehan jumped to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in the Housy with the win, while handing Cheshire (6-5, 2-1) its first divisional loss. Joelle MarkAnthony, who was a tower in the paint on both offense and defense, successfully drove to the basket drawing fouls, along with redirecting many of Cheshire shots and grabbing boards. She finished with 17 points. Cheshire Bailey led her company with 12 points. Bry McIntosh chipped in 10. Cheshire 48, Hillhouse 31: The Rams exploded for a 28-4 run that extended from the second to the third quarter to run away with a SCC interdivisional victory in New Haven. Lauren Como (12 points) and Lily Dolyak (11) paced the Rams, who overwhelmed the Academics with a fullcourt, man-to-man defense. Molly Jalbert added six points and 13 rebounds for Cheshire (6-3 overall). Teyana Kelley (10 points)

was the lone scorer in double figures for Hillhouse (2-6). Sacred Heart Academy 52, Cheshire 34: Shyla Osmond scored a dozen points, while Siobhan Fennell and Micaela Montini added 10 apiece to propel the Pacers to the SCC crossover win against the Rams in Hamden. Sacred Heart improved to 7-3 overall. Lauren Como scored a game-high 14 points for Cheshire (6-4).

Boys basketball Wilbur Cross 61, Cheshire 54: The Rams, down 45-36 heading into the fourth quarter, closed to within four, but no closer in the SCC interdivisional upset bid in New Haven. Cross, led by Michael Judkins’ 18 points, improved to 81 overall. Josh Fleming added 12 points for the Governors and Chan WilliamsBey had 10. Collin Jordan paced the Rams (3-4) with 15 points. Eric Dietrich scored 14 and Andrew Yamin had 11.

Boys swim CHS cruises: The Rams swept a tri-meet at home against Kennedy-Waterbury (98-76) and Notre Dame-West Haven (100-86) to remain undefeated at 4-0 while handing the Green Knights (5-1) their first defeat. Freshman Karl Bishop was a double winner for the Rams. He claimed first in the 200 freestyle (1:58.81) and the 500 freestyle (5:09.68). Other individual victors for Cheshire were Kyle Shadeck in the 100 butterfly (57.00), Brian Johnson in the 100 backstroke (1:02.05) and Jonathan Qian in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.91). The Rams bookended the meet with two relay wins. Johnson, Patrick Morley, Shadeck and Michael See Ram Notes, page 24

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The CHS girls basketball team dropped two of its three games last week to fall to 65 on the year. Pictured: The Rams’ Sara Como looks inside to Lauren Como during a recent matchup.

Cheshire native takes gymnastics coaching post By Sean Krofssik Special to The Citizen Byron Knox led the Southington High School gymnastics team to great heights the last nine years as head coach, but when the Blue Knights opened their season Saturday it was the start of a new era. Knox, the orchestrator of five state titles and four New England championships, has doubled up the last nine years also at the University of Bridgeport and recently accepted a new job as the gymnastics director and girls team head coach at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, forcing him to step down as head coach at Southington. “I’m still going to stay on as an assistant at Southington, but I’m easing my way out,” Knox said. “I’ve been known to be two places at

once, but not three.” With Knox stepping aside, one of his protégés will step to the fore. Kaitlyn O’Donnell, a Cheshire native who competed independently with Southington during her high school days, has taken the reins of the Blue Knights. O’Donnell, now 24, started her career at C.A.T.S training under Knox as a preschooler. She worked her way up to be a Level 9 gymnast at the club. She trained with Southington while the Blue Knights were churning out New England titles, won the 2006 SCC All-Around championship, then went on to a college career with Knox at Bridgeport. There, O’Donnell helped lead the Purple Knights to three consecutive NCAA Division II championships before graduating in 2011. (She was on the team for five

years, having redshirted one season with a shoulder injury.) “Byron was my coach for 20 years,” O’Donnell said. “He mentored me from preschool to college. I’m just picking up where he left off.” O’Donnell is well aware of Southington’s recent success in gymnastics. “I competed for Cheshire, but I was with them when they were winning all of those titles. It’s important to be a part of this team again. It’s thrilling,” the new coach said. Southington athletic director Eric Swallow said O’Donnell will fit in nicely as the team’s new head coach. “She has a strong background in gymnastics,” Swallow said. “She has stabilized the program. The program is highly competitive and hopefully we able to continue that tradition.”


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Goodrich combined to take the 200 medley relay (1:54.00). Shadeck, Alex Cheruk, Johnson and Bishop touched the wall first in the 400 freestyle relay (3:47.97). Cheshire 100, West Haven 75: The Rams (5-0) remained undefeated with the SCC victory in West Haven. Kyle Shadeck won two individual events for Cheshire and swam on a first-place relay. He took the 200 freestyle (1:57.18) and the 500 freestyle (5:23.20) before teaming with Karl Bishop, Mike Goodrich and Brian Johnson on the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.31). Bishop was the winner in the 100 freestyle (55.48). Johnson, Patrick Morley, Alex Bauer and Goodrich set the tone by winning the 200 medley relay (1:55.61). Johnson later won the 50 freestyle (25.34) and Morley took the 100 butterfly (1:07.43). Cheshire’s Matt D’Andre won diving with 140 points.


Watertown/ Pomperaug 2, Cheshire 1 (OT): Earl Harwell scored the gamewinning goal at the 4:54 mark of overtime to carry the visitors to the non-conference win over the Rams at Wesleyan University. Neither team scored in the first two periods. Watertown/Pomperaug’s Kevin Murphy was the first to break the ice with a goal at 11:07 of the third period. Cheshire’s Tyler Lima

scored off a feed from Ben Klanica with just 13 seconds left in regulation to knot the score at 1-1 and force the extra session. Watertown/Pomperaug, which remained perfect at 6-0 overall, got 41 saves from goalie Trevor St. Onge. Goalie Scott Romano made 33 stops for Cheshire (0-8).

Wrestling Cheshire 47, New Haven 30: The Rams improved to 5-9 overall with the SCC win at Wilbur Cross. Winning by pins were Erik Ravenberg (106), Lucas Swan (126), Jacob Cervero (132), Josh Hunihan (170) and Billy Janes (182). Also, Daniel Massucci won a 13-5 decision at 132, Dan Mayer earned an 11-6 win at 145 and Steve Bergeron took home a 10-2 victory at 160. The Rams won 285, 220, 195 and 113 by forfeit. A pair of Wallingford wrestlers who wrestle independently with Cheshire also posted victories by pin. Lyman Hall’s Clayton Ahearn won his 195 match, while Sheehan’s Jeff Petit exited the mat with a triumph at 220. Cheshire earns split: The Rams split four matches at East Haven High School, defeating Stratford, 51-30, and Brookfield, 61-6, while losing to Foran, 55-16 and Platt, 3933. The Rams are now 6-11 on the season. Cheshire was led by four wins from juniors Lucas Swan (126 pounds) and Jacob Cervero (132). Swan had two

pins on the day and improved to 17-6 on the season, while Cervero record two pins and two major decisions to improve to 17-3. Sophomore Erik Ravenberg (106), senior captain Daniel Massucci (138) and seniors Steve Bergeron (145), Josh Hunihan (160) and Billy Janes (182) all recorded three wins. Ravenberg had three pins, Massucci had a pin and two major decisions, Janes had two pins and a major decision, Bergeron had one pin and Hunihan had one major decision. Ravenberg improved to 11-8 on the season, Massucci to 224, Bergeron 13-10, Hunihan 12-10 and Janes 17-9. Sheehan senior Jeff Petit won two matches, both by pin, at 220 pounds, to improve to 16-5 on the season. Lyman Hall’s 195-pound junior Clayton Ahearn won four matches, three by pin.

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Local set to enter Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame By Sean Krofssik Special to The Citizen Tony Carvalho’s soccer career started 50 years ago as a 5-year-old on the dirt fields of Northern Portugal. The speedy forward competed with players twice his age. By the time his parents, Maria and Armando, and his younger brother, Phil, moved to Waterbury five years later, Tony knew he could be something special. Carvalho was a key midfielder at UConn from 197679. After his days with the Huskies, Carvalho continued to devote his life to soccer as a coach, administrator and player. Because of his contributions on and off the pitch, Carvalho will be one of five new inductees into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame on Jan. 26 at the Marriott in Farmington. “I was surprised,” Carvalho said of his selection. “I didn’t know I was nominated or eligible, but it’s terrific. I’ve been involved with soccer for a long time and to get recognized is very rewarding.” Carvalho, 56, lives in Cheshire with his wife of 32 years, Laurie. They have three daughters Danielle, 29, Brittany 24 and Amanda, 22. Each daughter was a standout at Cheshire High School and they all followed in the steps of their father by playing in college. Danielle played at Division I Holy Cross, Brittany at Division III Brandeis and Amanda at Division I UConn. The trio had a lot to live up to. Tony Carvalho was an AllConference midfielder for the

Huskies team that won 19 games in 1978 and set the foundation for the 1981 national championship run. Tony was also an essential player for the Hartford Portuguese Connecticut Soccer League championship teams in the 1990’s. The urge to play hasn’t left Carvalho. He still suits up for the Cheshire Azzurri of the Shoreline Adult Soccer League in the under-40 division. “My earliest memories are of being 5 or 6 and playing soccer in Portugal with my family,” Carvalho said. “My desire to play started burning back then and never stopped. I was playing with 12- and 13-year olds. Being pushed at that level was great.” Now in his mid-50’s, Carvalho is playing against athletes who are much younger than he is. “I’ve known Tony for 20 years,” Azzurri teammate and Cheshire resident Andy Aldo said. “I met him in Cheshire Youth Soccer. We coached together. This honor is well deserved. He’s passionate about the game. He’s a player No. 1 and he became an administrator and a coach.” Aldo formed the Cheshire Azzurri in 1989 and recruited Carvalho after his previous team, Waterbury Portuguese, folded. “He’s a passionate player. He plays central midfield for us,” the 58-year-old Aldo said. “He would play every day of the week if he could.” The Azzurri’s home field is the Quinnipiac Recreation

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to all the home games and several road games. The family was staying at the Pop Century Resort in Disney World for their bowl vacation. See, no matter which bowl games the Bulldogs play, the family plans a vacation around it. Along with about 30,000 to 40,000 of their closest friends. “No matter where they go, we go,” she announced. “I just love my Dawgs.” I promised her I would cheer for Georgia, she was delighted, and off I went to the stadium. Outside the park, the bowl organizers set up a Fanfest area. Show your game ticket and you’re in. There were food stands, souvenir stands, places where kids could test their baseball and football throwing skills. There was a big stage upon which was performing some big country music star. I know as much about country music as nuclear physics, but apparently this guy was a very big deal. He had thousands of fans enthralled and he was the star of the halftime show. Georgia and Nebraska fans knew him, but hey, I’m from Connecticut. Oh yeah, the game. It was magnificent. The final score was 45-31 Georgia, but it was 31-31 going to the fourth quarter. A terrific,

rollicking, back-and-forth big time, college football game that had the 60,000 fans roaring all game long. The 77-year old stadium – which is going to be renovated beginning almost immediately – was rocking with redclad folks. The Dawg fans outnumbered the Husker fans maybe 2-1, but then it’s a lot easier for the Georgia fans to jump on I-75 and I-95 to the City that Disney Built than for Husker fans to trek halfway across the country. Still, more than 20,000 of them did. Yet while these people are truly delirious over their football teams, their fanaticism doesn’t mean they are uncivil to the fans of the other team. I was stunned at how courteous and respectful they were to each other. They mingled in the Fanfest area and in the stands. As soon as I took my seat, the Georgia fans on either side of me – Dennis and his wife Sherry from Tampa, and a lovely lady and her husband (didn’t get their names) from Georgia – began to chat. Seems the lady from Georgia is really an Alabama fan, but her husband loves the Dawgs, so on this day, a Dawg fan she was. Right behind us was a family from Nebraska. There was grandpa and grandma – of whom I got the feeling had

been rooting for Nebraska since there was a Nebraska – grandson and wife and their kids. All of them, along with the remaining 59,986 football devotees, cheered their heads off all afternoon. We all chatted all game long. Great time. Not once did anyone say a bad thing about the other team. Not once. See, football is the religion; the teams are just different churches of the same faith. When Georgia pulled away, largely because Dawg quarterback Aaron Murphy threw for 427 yards and five touchdowns, everybody around us shook hands and

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ORLANDO, Fla. – It was 1,168 miles from here, but boys and girls, it sure felt like another world. That’s because, in a lot of ways, a bowl game between two iconic college football powers is a long, long way from the world of college football in New England. Here in the professional sports heaven known as the Northeast, college football is way down the food chain. Here in the frozen North, it’s Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Patriots, Jets, Mets, Celtics, Knicks, Bruins, Rangers ... pretty much in that order. Then maybe comes UConn basketball and somewhere over the rainbow, is Boston College and UConn football. In New England, college football is 11,000 fans and a few folks walking their dogs at 70,000-seat Yale Bowl. Or UConn doing all it can to say “Me, too” as the Huskies can’t fill Rentschler Field. Or maybe 1,500 folks plus a guy wearing a python at a Wesleyan football game. The python thing is true; I’ve seen it. And that’s it. But not in the hinterlands. Out there, college football is king. On Jan. 1, I drove from my hotel to the Citrus Bowl, the site of the Capital One Bowl which this year featured two of the country’s best teams, the Georgia Bulldogs (10-2) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-2). Georgia came within a few yards of playing for the national championship, losing by a smidge to Alabama in the SEC title game. Nebraska was 10-2, but as one writer said, came within 70 points of beating Wisconsin for the Big 10 title. Hey, SEC No. 2 vs. Big 10 No. 2. Not a bad game, I figured. I didn’t know the half of it. I pulled up to the Citrus Bowl off of seedy Orange Blossom Trail — ladies of the evening, adult entertain-

ment centers and the like dot the street — some three hours before the game. Already, the parking areas were a sea of red. Both schools feature red as one of their colors, so there you go. The accommodating Orlando PD directed me a couple of blocks past the stadium for parking and I was able to park on the property of Jones High School. I was assured by the lovely lady who was assisting with parking that the $20 would go directly to activities at the high school. Cool. I am nothing if not prepared. I unpacked my lawn chair, took out my Orlando Sentinel, tore into a bag of chips and a package of beef jerky, popped open an adult beverage – I was also assured by the lady in charge that was perfectly OK – and relaxed. Hey, if one couldn’t relax on this day – a Florida Chamber of Commerce Day, 78 degrees and wall-to-wall sunshine – then valium is next. So I’m sitting there enjoying myself and up walked a mid-50s lady decked out in her Georgia gear, and while sipping a can of her favorite lemonade, began chatting. They do that in the South, you know. Here in New England we nearly have to be run over to acknowledge another’s existence. But in the South, they jes start talkin’. We made small talk. I told her about my Aunt Marion in Clearwater who is 94 and credits her longevity to a number of Bud Lights a day. “Heck, if that’s true, I’m gonna live to be 112,” said the Georgia Belle. The conversation turned to football. “Lord, I was in the corner of the end zone when Alabama beat us and for two weeks I couldn’t stand to think about that game,” she said. “It was like I didn’t want to hear or see anything about it. It was so awful losing that game.” She spoke of how she goes


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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft restoration plan to restore migratory fish and birds impacted by contamination from two Superfund sites in Southington. The plan proposes to fund two projects, one restoring migratory fish to the upper Quinnipiac River in Southington and Cheshire, and the second maintaining the Quinnipiac River Canoe Trail from Southington to Meriden. To review the draft plan, visit Hard copies of the report are also available at the Southington Library. Written comments will be accepted through Jan. 31 by mail: US Fish & Wildlife Service, 70 Commercial Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301, attn: Molly Sperduto; or e-mail molly_sperduto@fws. gov. For more information or to obtain a hard copy, con-

Cheshire MOPs Cheshire MOPs, Mothers of Preschoolers, is a group for mothers with children, aged newborn to 5 years. The group meets twice a month from September to May, on the first and third Fridays, from 9:15 to 11 a.m., at Christ Community Church, 120 Main St. The group of women come from different backgrounds and lifestyles, yet have similar needs and shared desires to be the best mother they can be. MOPS provides a caring, accepting atmosphere for today’s mother of preschoolers. Meetings are an opportunity to share concerns, explore areas of creativity, and hear instruction that equips mothers for the responsibilities of family and community. The group is active in community outreach programs and also have a themed “mom’s night” out once a month. For more information, visit

Elizabeth Walker, a political science major at Quinnipiac University, is among a group of students from the Hamden school travelling to Washington, D.C., for 10 days culminating in the presidential inauguration on Jan. 21. The trip was to begin on Saturday, when Walker, of Cheshire, and 20 other students getting a behind-thescenes perspective on politics and the media. Scott McLean, a Quinnipiac political science professor, organized the

Trip Continued from page 25 wished each other a happy new year. “Heck, it was a good game,” said the Nebraska granddaddy. Somehow I have a hard time imagining a Yankee fan saying that to a Red Sox fan after the Sawks win a playoff game over the Yanks. Instead, one might hear a chant of dubious social acceptability. But life is different in oth-

trip. He’s been taking students to presidential inaugurations since George W. Bush’s first inauguration in 2001. “I love D.C. and American politics in general,” said Walker, a 21-year-old junior who dreams of working in Washington. She had visited Washington with her family as a child, but she calls this trip a “once-in-a-lifetime thing.” The Quinnipiac students will join about 200 others from the U.S. and abroad for events planned as part of the Washington Center for Iner parts of the country. They take their football as seriously as any fan of any team in any sport anywhere. But there’s always time for a hello, always time to wish the other fan a good day, always time to be nice. Can do all that and still love them Dawgs. Jim Bransfield is a longtime contributor to Citizen publications. A retired teacher, Bransfield’s loves include road trips and writing about Connecticut high school sports.

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ternships and Academic Seminars program. They will visit embassies, executive branch offices, congressional offices, media organizations and nonprofit think tanks and trade associations. They’ll also take a bus tour and attend a reception at the National Press Club. Walker is excited because she’ll “be with a group who share an interest” in politics. “We get to learn from each other,” she said. McLean said the trip is for college credit, and is about exposing students to a side of the nation’s capital they might not get a chance to see otherwise. “They’re actually getting to meet the people they’re studying,” McLean said. “It shakes students into awareness that Washington and public life is a young person’s game.” Several Quinnipiac graduates work in Washington and can offer students their perspective, McLean said. Some are employed as producers at CNN, and went on the same trip when they were undergraduates. Others work as heads of office for politicians. McLean will let the former students talk to his group, hopefully motivating them. “It gives students a chance to see what it might be like to be in journalism or to be a public official in Washington,” he said. It’s a huge plus for Walker, who said, “I live on CNN.” Students will also learn how to get around on their own in a city. McLean said for many, this will be the first excursion into a large metro area. He’ll also be expecting students to dress to impress, because there will be plenty of networking opportunities. For Walker, the inauguration will be the highlight of the trip, but she’s excited about the entire experience. “I want to learn as much as I can about everything,” Walker said, “the way the entire system works.”


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By Eric Heredia Special to The Citizen The Town Council didn’t cast the five votes necessary to approve the new four-year contract for the Cheshire teachers’ union, but the agreement will take effect anyway. The council voted 4-3 in favor of the deal Tuesday, but five votes were needed for approval, according to Town Manager Michael Milone. Councilor Patti Flynn-Harris was absent, and James Sima abstained because his daughter is a teacher in town. The contract will go into effect anyway because five councilors would have to vote against the pact to reject it. Milone said he was happy to see the town avoid going to binding arbitration, which may have ended up costing taxpayers more money. State law requires that the council act on the contract 30 days after it has been submitted to the town manager, Milone said. It was submitted Dec. 14 and will go into effect on Monday. The contract gives teachers an 8.93-percent raise over four years. Wages go up 1 percent in the first year, 2.69 percent in the second and third years, and 2.55 percent in the fourth year. Teachers agreed to add 30 minutes to their work day once a week and will pay more for health insurance, with rates rising from 5.5 percent to 9 percent by the end of the contract. The 1-percent increase in the first year of the contract will bring the salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree on step 6 of the pay scale

Local Continued from page 24 Area in Cheshire. Carvalho said in his prime he could beat opponents with his strength, speed and technical ability. He also has played multiple positions. Carvalho’s resume includes being president of the Cheshire Soccer Club. He also coached in the Cheshire Soccer Club as well as the

up to $50,298. There are 14 total steps. The first-year increase would bring the salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s on step 14 up to $71,306. A teacher on the same step with 30 years of experience and a sixth-year certificate, however, would earn $93,627 in the first year of the new contract. Democratic Town Councilor Michael Ecke, who voted for the contract, was happy to avoid arbitration and liked that the health insurance payments will go up, but said it may be difficult to implement the changes regarding teacher evaluations mandated by the state. Ecke said the health costs in the final contract were not as attractive as they were in the preliminary deal. Town Councilor Thomas Ruocco voted against the contract, in part because of the way health insurance premiums are determined for teachers who enroll in the PPO and HMO plans. He opposed what he thought was a late change in the contract made by the Education Association of Cheshire’s attorney after the union ratified the deal. The change requires the town to include HSA bank account deposits to help offset the HMO and PPO premium. “To the best of my knowledge, the union attorney made these changes after the contract was ratified, and I do not know if the teachers ever signed off on it,” Ruocco wrote in an email. “The fact is the new language increases costs for the town and I could not support it.” Board of Education Chair-

man Gerry Brittingham said the change was simply a clarification of what should be included in the cost basis for the school board’s budget. “We made the mistake and clarified that,” he said. “The union’s concerns were valid.” Councilor David Schrumm, who voted against the deal, said the contract perpetuates the current system of step pay in Connecticut that is “outdated, outmoded and doesn’t serve the interests of students or taxpayers.” He said the system was justified back in the 1980s, when the state kicked in more support to towns and cities for education budgets. He would have liked pay increases to have been tied to teacher evaluations, and said the 1-percent and 2-percent pay raises would come on top of step increases of 5 percent to 9 percent for some teachers. Schrumm said he would have supported a resolution to reject the contract, but doesn’t like the idea of going to arbitration and allowing a panel of three people who are not Cheshire residents and not elected by taxpayers to decide what would happen with the contract. “Some teachers are worth every penny,” Schrumm said, using the example of a high school math teacher who can get everybody excited about learning. He said kindergarten teachers may not be worth as much.

Academica FC Premier team. In addition, he was the chairperson on the premier board of governors, a CJSA South Central district representative and headed CJSA state select teams. Carvalho will join fellow inductees Tom Gray (Tolland girls soccer, CJSA girls VP), Kristine Lilly (Wilton High School, University of North Carolina, U.S. National Team), Austin Daniels (University of Hartford women’s coach, E.O. Smith girls soc-

cer) and James Lyman (E.O. Smith High School, UConn National Champion 1981, U.S. National Team). “It’s going to be a fun night,” Carvalho said. Carvalho said he looks forward to gathering with his family as well as friends and peers at the event, which is open to the public. Tickets, $50 or $25 for children 12 and under, are available by calling (860) 306-6822.


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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 KEROSUN OMNi 15 Kerosene Heater $35. 203-265-7598 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


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ATTENTION DOG OWNERS! Dog Obedience Classes starting Jan 14th at Cheshire Park & Rec. Bruce Gianetti, Phil Huntington, & Kathy Queen - Instructors. Call 203-272-2743 9am-4pm. After 6pm Call 203-235-4852. BULLDOGS, Yorkie, Yorkie-Poo, Chihuahua, Boxers, Beagle, Shih-Tzu, Bostons, German Shepherds, Labs, mixed breeds, rescues available. Kittens avail. $250+. 860-930-4001.

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LOVING PUPS Rescued Puppys for Adoption. Deliveres Made. Health Gurenttee. Visit us at or Call 828-385-0757 or 828-675-9694 SHIH TZU Puppies, male and female. Also Chihuahua/Shih Tzu puppies and female adult Chihuahua/Shih Tzu. Very good price. Call (203) 600-9560

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100% SEASONED Hardwood Cut, Split and Delivered. $200/cord; $125/half cord. Pick Up Available 203-294-1775 HEARTHMATE Wood/coal stove. Can be used as fireplace insert or free standing. Takes 20” wood. Asking $325. Call (860) 349-1513 after 5pm.


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203-238-3499 AARON’S BUYING Old Machinist Tools, Lathes, Bench Tools, Hand Tools, Much More. (203) 525-0608 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

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

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

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



Canelli’s Jewelry & Boutique Specializing in Unusual Gifts and Fine Sterling Jewelry. Since 1917. 130 South Colony Rd. (Rt. 5) Wallingford. 203 269-5242


Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture. 50’s Items. Whole Estates.

ELECTRONICS SAMSUNG 43” 3D plasma HD TV, used 2 mo., $400; Onkyo receiver, TX-SR605, 7.1 channel, $200; Insignia 5.1 surround speaker pkg., $100; Samsung DVD player, $30. Call 860 621-3788

HOUSES FOR RENT WALLINGFORD. 3 BR, 1 bath Cape, remodeled, 1 month’s rent & 1 month security. $1400. References. Tony 203-640-0343


MERIDEN 1 BR Stove and refrigerator included. No pets. $750 + security. (203) 376-1259

APARTMENTS FOR RENT CHESHIRE - 4 Rooms Appliances, 1 Level, Deck. No Pets. Convenient to 691 & 84. $1225/Month. Includes Heat & Garage. Call 203-393-1117 DURHAM 1BR 2nd Flr Apt. Large 2nd level BR. Full appli. WD Hookup, H & HW incl. $1000/mo. + 1 mo. sec. Call 860-349-3932

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

MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 1 BR, 1st Fl, $845/mo+sec. 1BR, 2nd Fl $801 /mo+sec. 203-630-3823 12pm8pm or 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 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

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


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 Easy Rt. 91, Split Level, 3/4 BRs, 2 Full Baths, Hdwd Fl, Appl Kitchen. Sliders to private back yard. $1700/mo. Sec/Refs. Call Bill 203 265-5729

MERIDEN 2 BR Available Heat, Hot Water & Appliances incl. Off-St parking. Avail for immediate move in. 203-639-8751 MERIDEN 2 BR, 1st Floor Large Apt. 38 Summer St. WD Hookup, Free Parking. Hardwood Floors. $850. (203) 223-0333 MERIDEN 5 RM 1st Flr. HW Flrs, Gas, Clean, Quite, Available Feb 1st. $900/mo. no utilities. Sec. & 1st mo. Call 203238-4882 or 203-721-0090 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.


Thursday, January 17, 2013 — The Cheshire Citizen APARTMENTS FOR RENT 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 MERIDEN FOUR 3 BR Apts $950-$1150 1st & 2nd Floor Recently Remodeled. WD hookups. Off st parking. (203) 417-1675


WALLINGFORD 2BR Very Neat & Very Clean. Appliances, Laundry Hookups, Off St Parking. No Pets. No smoking. 1 Yr Lease. $875. 203-631-5219 WALLINGFORD Studio Apt. Kitch, BA, Walk in Closet. Heat & Electric Included. $725/mo. Ref & Sec Call 203-284-8890 WALLINGFORD YMCA Area - 1 BEDROOM, 3rd FL Off street parking. $800 Including Heat & Hot Water. No pets. (203) 269-2575 Owner/Agent

MERIDEN. 1 BR, Heat Included, $775. 9 Guiel Place. Call 203-376-2160 or 203-213-6175

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

MERIDEN. West side. Clean 1st flr studio, heat, hw, electric. Hdwd flrs. $780/ mo plus sec. 12pm-8pm, 203-634-1195 or 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 1BR 70 Center Street $695/mo. Call Mike 203-213-6175 or 203-376-2160 WALLINGFORD 2 Bedroom 3rd Floor $850/mo. Cats okay. Call (203) 999-2505 WALLINGFORD 2 BR 1st Flr Recently redecorated, YMCA area. Off St. Park, NO PETS. Avail. Feb 1st. $925/mo. + util. 203-269-2575


WALLINGFORD 2 BR Apt In 2 Family Home. Nice Area. Modern. Stove & Refrig. Nice yard. Off St parking. $1000. No Pets. 203-654-6190

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. Spacious studio apt, on bus line, gas heat, $525./mo plus utils. No pets. Sec & ref. (203) 982-3042


WALLINGFORD-$289,900 Picturesque, convenient, and private. Open country kit/DR, 2 large BRs up, 1 down, w/study or BR down, lovely patio. Totally refurbished and new bath. A must see, family ready. Call Walt Pacheco 203-265-5618

MERIDEN- $159,900. 2BR 1.5 BA. Freshly painted, many updates, lovely twnhs w/ fin. LL, FP in LR, sliders to deck overlooking beautiful grounds, c/air, EIK, end unit! Call Fred Gettner 203-265-5618


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

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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


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-$314,900. Elegant, spacious, unique. Enjoy one of the largest units in one of the most prestigious complexes in town. Library w/ wbar, cedar closet in basement, beday in mba, cair + more. Call Roy Haynes 203265-5618

MERIDEN Clean, Safe Room. 203-634-8084 Utilities & fridge included. Share kitchen/bath. $120 per week - plus security.

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@

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Some Customer Service and Accounting background helpful. Food distributor in Cheshire, CT. Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. $14 per hour. Call 860 276-4000 BABYSITTER for 1 yr old in my home for Thurs. nights 5-12pm, Plantsville 860-271-6500. Refs. & must drive. BUSY Import Dealership Needs to Fill Two Positons FT Service Greeter/Car Porter Mon-Fri 7:15-3:45 Must be dependable and neat in appearance Appointment Taker/ Assistant Service Writer Must be available on Saturdays. Some automotive knowledge helpful. Must be neat and dependable. Approx 34 hrs/wk Email resume:

Customer Service Representative Immediate Openings Large Direct-Mail Company has immediate openings for full and part time telephone representatives in their inbound call center. Candidates should have a clear speaking voice, typing and computer skills and a pleasant phone personality. The rate is $10.00 per hour. Apply in person to Speed Staffing LLC located at 500 South Broad Street, Meriden, CT between the hours of 10:00 and 2:00 pm. Resumes may be emailed to Faxed to 203-379-0965 Or telephone Speed Staffing at 203-379-0390 WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR: Pickers/Packers In our Warehouse $8.25/hr Assemblers - $8.50/hr Solderers - $9/hr and Light Housekeeping - $8.25/hr

HVAC LICENSED INSTALLERS Immediate opening. Residential. Minimum 5 years experience required w/ B, D or S license. Exc wages, benefits. Send resume to No phone calls please.

HELP WANTED GROOMER EXPERIENCED PET GROOMER Busy mobile grooming company. Great pay! Apply MATURE And responsible caregivers are needed for hourly and live-in in-home non-medical care for elderly in the area. Applicants must have own car and driver’s license. Our caregivers are as valuable to us as our clients. Call Visiting Angels at 860-349-7016. NAMCO POOLS & PATIO NOW HIRING FOR RETAIL MANAGEMENT & SEASONAL RETAIL POSITIONS & OPERATIONS MANAGER (75% TRAVEL). PLEASE APPLY ON LINE: ALL Management resumes to:

HELP WANTED LOOKING for Immediate Temporary HVAC mechanic & helper for duct work project! Must have vehicle, serious inquires only!! Email: REAL ESTATE Experienced paralegal needed part-time 20-25 hours per week; Send cover letter, salary requirements, resume to SUNY NEW PALTZ is seeking a temporary Secretary for the School of Business. Please view our website at AA/EOE/ADA

WALLINGFORD ROUTE Early Morning Hours Part Time

Aquatics/ Fitness Instructor Part Time Not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community is seeking an aquatic/fitness instructor for our State of the Art Wellness Center. Schedule will consist of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00am to 2:00pm. Certification required and experience is a plus. Must enjoy working with seniors. Fax resume to 203-2717794 or apply in person at Elim Park, 140 Cook Hill Road Cheshire, CT 06410 weekdays 8-7pm and weekends 10-3pm. No phone calls please. A/A,M/F,D/V,EOE PART-TIME & SUBSTITUTE POSITIONS AVAILABLE WALLINGFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS PLAYGROUND MONITORS (Elementary Level) BUILDING AIDES (Middle School Level) 15 hours per week/$9.57 PER HOUR S U B S T I T U T E A I D E S / C L E RI C A L also needed. Visit our website at to complete our on-line application. EOE

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WAREHOUSE. Looking for dependable, detail oriented person to work on our packing line in quality service dept. Duties include packing and labeling product for shipping, visual inspection of product including assembly of knock down kid’s furniture. Environment requires continuous standing, bending and some lifting daily. Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs and be capable of using hand tools and computer experience. Fax resume attention Ray 203-284-0886


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Cheshire Citizen Jan. 17, 2013  

Cheshire Citizen Jan. 17, 2013