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Volume 1, Number 44

Cheshire’s Hometown Newspaper

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‘Suessical’ brings fun musical to the stage By Eve Britten The Citizen

Colorful costumes sparkled and shimmered in the spotlight at Cheshire High School as youngsters from Cheshire Youth Theater danced around the stage during a recent dress rehearsal for “Seussical the Musical.” The show is played over the weekend and featured a cast of 33 ranges in age from 6 to 19. With his gray trunk hanging from his chin, Horton, played by Thomas Mueller, 13, beamed after finishing a solo during Wednesday’s rehearsal. “The best part is the com-

pliments I get when I go out there; it charges my confidence,” he said . For Stephen Lynam, 19, playing “Thing 2,” it was a chance to make friends in Cheshire. “I just moved here one month ago from Ireland,” he said. Congratulatory hugs were as common backstage as dancing and singing was onstage. They’ve been working on the show since early June. “This is pretty much my first production. I love meet‘Suessical’ brought fun musical to the stage over the ing new people,” said Felicia Lentini, 10, who plays the weekend. (Record-Journal photo by Eve Britton.) young kangaroo. “The director makes it fun for us.” theater. Smelling mostly of coolers, costume pieces and The backstage of this the- hairspray, it is littered with shoes, as well as the occaater looks like that of any backpacks, large satchels, sional junk-food wrapper.

While Emily Lennin, 14, who plays Yertle the Turtle, struggles to get her white wig to stay on, costume designer Vicky Page works to rub a stain out of 11-year-old Regan Petro’s costume. Some of the kids were hoping to start a career. “I really wanted to see how well I would do, to see if theater is what I wanted to do with my life,” said Laura Hersovici, 10, who plays JoJo. “Ever since I was a little kid, I liked to be in the spotlight,” said Caroline Thompson, 16, who plays Gertrude. “Seussical” is about The Cat in The Hat telling the story of Horton, who discovSee Seussical / Page 5

Allegations put two P&Z hears truck concerns officers on leave By Eve Britton

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Two Cheshire police officers, a detective captain and a patrolman, are on paid administrative leave during an investigation into allegations they used police union funds for personal purposes. Police Chief Neil Dryfe notified Detective Capt. Jay Markella and Officer Robert Anderson they were being

placed on leave in letters dated last week. He said the allegations are being investigated by an outside attorney on behalf of the department and the chief state’s attorney’s office. No charges have been filed. “The allegations against you are serious, and I am placing you on non-disciplinary administrative leave See Allegations / Page 8


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About 20 people showed up for a July 22 Planning and Zoning Commission hearing involving Dalton Enterprises, which is proposing to build a driveway for tractor-trailer trucks on predominantly residential Willow Street if the Linear Trail plan closes off its access to Railroad Avenue. The residents of Willow Street have been vocal at the last four hearings about their desire to nix the drive-

business access to Railroad Avenue does not go through. “Many persons have said this is a premature application,” said Wilton McPhee, representing Dalton. “But we need this as a back-up plan.” The whole project should be put on hold until the state decides what will happen with the Linear Trail, according to residents Kim Clark and Holly Smith, and letters written by Cheshire Town Attorney Kari Olson and


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way plan. On Monday night, the town planner read a letter from an attorney representing residents who oppose the plan and two residents spoke out against it before an audience that in past meetings followed speakers with cheers and applause, but was silent Monday night. The plan was before the PZC again because it had been altered at the last meeting to stipulate that the driveway would only be built if the state’s concept to reconfigure the Linear Trail allowing the


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Local businesses help make recycling easier When it comes to recycling, most people are familiar with the basics. Items such as plastic milk containers go into the recycling bin, the same for empty cans and glass. Just be sure to rinse these first. But wire hangers, old paint cans and plastic bags can be a problem—turning basements and garages into unusable space. Changes in recycling are helping with these dilemmas. In 2011, Connecticut became the third state in the country, after Oregon and California, to mandate paint recycling, an act called the Paint Stewardship Program. To kick off the stewardship program locally, a paint drop-off was held at Hamden Middle School on July 13, which allowed Connecticut residents to drop off unlimited amounts of latex and oil paint. The non-profit PaintCare group manages the recycling program in Connecticut, and hosted the Hamden event, the first of seven paint drop-offs this summer. According to Laura Panciera, PaintCare’s Connecticut & Rhode Island program manager, the paint collection drew 332 vehicles, with people from 27 Connecticut towns, including Cheshire. “We filled two enormous tractor trailers with paint,” she said. In Cheshire, R.W. Hines Hardware quickly volunteered for the paint stewardship program, making it a drop-off site locally. “We wanted to make it easier for Cheshire residents,”

said Assistant Manager Nicholas Cifarelli. “There’s no other place in town to recycle. We’re happy we are doing it.” Residents can drop off small amounts of architectural paint, up to five-gallons, in cans that are clearly labeled and in good shape. Just like paint, plastic bags can become a nuisance. These are not allowed in recycling bins and to throw them in the trash is an unsatisfactory option. Both Everybody’s Supermarket and Stop & Shop recycle plastic bags. Recycling is a service Everybody’s Supermarket is “happy to provide,” said Christopher Zygmut, store director. “We offer customers the option of using plastic bags and then we give them an avenue to recycle them.” Used bags are collected in 40-gallon bags, at which time they are sent to Bozzuto’s for recycling. Stop & Shop’s plastic bag collection began “several years ago,” said Suzi Robinson, corporate manager of Stop & Shop Public & Community Relations, New England Division. “Our plastics recycling program takes place at all stores,” she said. The program accepts No. 02 and No. 04 plastics, primarily plastic shopping bags and pallet shrink-wrap, which comes from the store. Bags and shrink-wrap go to Recover USA, a third party vendor, and from there, the bales of plastic will ultimately become composite decking. Robinson estimates that Stop & Shop recycles more than three million pounds of plastic in New England on an annual basis.

Top Notch Dry Cleaners employee Emily Williams sorts wire hangers into recycling boxes. The number of wire hangers a household can also add up quickly, especially for those who use dry cleaning services. At Top Notch Cleaners, Manager Rebecca Barone said the service uses eco-friendly dry cleaning, and follow-through with recycling choices for wire hangers. “Some people bring in boxes of wire hangers,” said Barone. “We reuse them as well as recycle them.” The store offers customers a choice with bags as well. Customers can purchase reusable mesh bags or bring plastic dry cleaning bags back for recycling. One item that can stump people when it comes to recycling is fluorescent lights. These are dangerous because of the mercury content in the

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Job growth in Connecticut was essentially flat in June as the unemployment rate edged up to 8.1 percent, the state Labor Department said recently. Employers posted 500 new jobs, a small gain, but one that marked the fourth consecutive monthly jobs increase and fifth in the first six months of 2013. The unemployment rate ticked up from 8 percent, where it stood for four months in a row. The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in June. A longer school year due to two storms in the school year, Superstorm Sandy in October and a massive snowstorm in February, disrupted hiring and may influence summer hiring patterns, labor officials said. Connecticut has added 10,600 non-farm jobs since June 2012. The private sector posted 3,200 fewer jobs in June than in May, but it’s been up 8,400 over the year. Just three of 10 industry

sectors added jobs in June: government, which was helped by the longer public school year inflating local government employment numbers; leisure and hospitality; and arts, entertainment and recreation. Connecticut has recovered 58,700 jobs, or fewer than half of the 121,200 jobs that were lost in the recession from March 2008 to February 2010. Don Klepper-Smith, an economist who once advised former Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, said the Connecticut economy continues to make modest progress, though data generally suggest below-average economic growth in Connecticut. “The good news continues to be that we’re now moving into the so-called `growth phase’ of domestic expansion, even though it is somewhat muted relative to prior business cycles,” KlepperSmith said. At the current pace, full job recovery is not expected in Connecticut until early 2016, he said.

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Republican To w n Councilor Andrew Falvey angrily lashed out at his fellow Republicans July 23 in the Council Chambers of Town Hall after he was nominated for another term at the party’s caucus. “If I can’t talk to my 3rd District constituents, then I want my name taken off the slate,” he told the 40 registered Republicans, many of whom had wanted to vote on the nominated slate as a whole. After his outburst, the caucus voted to break up into

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this in check, but we want people in the district to understand this,” Campo said. “At any point, we don’t want to air this in public.” The district members decided to send a mass email to all 3rd District party members to meet a week from Sunday to discuss finding someone else to take Falvey’s spot on the slate. Until then, he agreed to stay. “The 3rd District deserves a Republican candidate,” Falvey said. The rest of the districts had no issues with the unanimous decisions for the Town Council slate, which is very similar to that of 2011. Nominated Tuesday night were: Councilors at large: incumbents Sylvia Nichols, Jim Sima, Tim Slocum and newcomer Rob Oris Jr.; 1st District: Incumbent David Schrumm; 2nd District: Incumbent Tom Ruocco; 3rd District: Falvey; 4th District: Mike O’Donnell. For the Board of Education, the caucus chose incumbent Tony Perugini and newcomers RTC Chairman Adam Grippo and Sandy Pavano. For town clerk: Carolyn Soltis; Constable, Jim Nankin and Joe Raines. For Planning and Zoning Commission: Campo and

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Graduates St. Joseph College - S. Louise Hoagland, Michael LaTorre, Claire Elizabeth Mitchell, Victoria Stuart of Cheshire. Reunions W. Cross High School Class of 1968 and 1969 have scheduled a class reunion for Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 11 p.m., at Country House Restaurant, Rt. 80, East Haven. Open bar, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner. For more information, call Donna Marotolli at (203) 248-8623, Betty Cook at (203) 605-6567 or Fred Judd at (203) 239-3692. Scholastic achievements Jonathan Wu of Cheshire was named to the honor roll at Kingswood Oxford School.

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Attorney Will Jacobs. “If we can just have a little more patience,” Clark said. “It’s very much premature for this,” Smith agreed. Olson said in her assessment, which was read into the record by Town Planner Bill Voelker, that while she thought the application was premature, she supports the plan’s modifications, which Dalton calls its self-imposed stipulations to only build the driveway if the Linear Trail plan falls through. The special permit to build the driveway, if approved, will expire in five years, Voelker added. The commissioners had no comment Monday night, but closed the hearing saying they could not take action Monday night. In other business, WS Development went before commissioners with its traffic

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study for a mixed-use development on the north end of town that will include outlet stores, a grocery, spa, offices and, later, townhomes. WS did traffic studies in 2007, and again recently, for the 114-acre parcel bordering Interstate 691, Dickerman Road and Highland Avenue. The town hired a thirdparty engineer, at WS Development’s expense, to examine the study and make suggestions where needed. WS Development Vice President Lou Masciello said the company accepted the engineering plans, and revised its plans to accommodate them. Also presented to commissioners was Town Manager Michael Milone’s fiscal assessment of the development, which Masciello accepted. According to Milone, total one-time revenues from building permit fees, real estate conveyance tax and other

fees related to the WS project will total $1,211,294. An outside consultant put that figure at $1,487,656. Total recurring net tax revenue is expected to be in the area of $2,947,676. Expenses will include hiring a building inspector for the duration of the 18- to 24-month construction, at a cost between $94,629 and $126,172; a deputy fire marshal costing between $127,749 and $170,332; and equipment for the deputy fire marshal at $46,000. The fire marshal position is expected to remain after the construction, and the building inspector position will be needed as the residences are built later go through renovations, Milone’s letter said. “We have no objection or dispute to the figures raised,” Masciello said. “We have no dispute with the numbers at all.”

Fasano, a Cheshire police spokeman, said they could not comment further because of the ongoing investigation, which could take several weeks. Markella, who also works in internal affairs, was promoted to captain in 2010. A decorated officer, he has been

with the department since 1996. He served on the SWAT team and was public information officer from 2006-2010. Anderson was hired by the department in 2002 and has also earned special commendations for his work. He was the union chief in 2006. The letters instructed the two officers to turn over their badges, guns, vehicles and police certification. They were ordered not to use their police powers, to stay away from police facilities and not to discuss the investigation with other members of the Police Department. They will each be interviewed as part of the town’s investigation, according to the letters. “You have the right to consult with a representative of your choice and have him or her present during the interview,” the letters state. “You will be ordered to answer questions related to the conduct under investigation. If you refuse to answer the questions or provide false or intentionally incomplete information, you will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.” ebritton@record-journal. com (203) 317-2208 Twitter: @EveBritton

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Health districts say have a safe summer a bike. Helmets can reduce risk of head injury by up to 85 percent in a bicycle crash. Supervise younger children and assure that they ride with supervision in safe areas away from traffic. Teach children to look left, right, and left again when crossing the street. Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, and cross safely using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Do not leave children or

pets in a parked car for any amount of time, as interior temperatures can reach deadly levels in minutes even during moderate temperatures. Falls from windows increase during the summer months and screens will not protect children from falling out. Install window guards or stops and open windows from the top whenever possible. 2012 was ranked as the second worst year for reported cases of West Nile virus in the United States. Connecticut reported 21 cases

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Jigsaw Puzzle Mania! – Thursday, Aug. 8 from noon to 3:30 p.m. Pizza lunch followed by an afternoon of Jigsaw puzzle mania! Lunch is scheduled for noon to 12:30 p.m. Tournament will start promptly at 1 p.m. and run until 3 p.m. Prizes awarded for first, second and third place. Refreshments available throughout the event. A fee is charged. Register by Tuesday, Aug. 6. A list of rules will be provided upon registration.

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health and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking. The film examines the benefits of adopting a whole-food, plantbased diet. Discussion to follow. Samples of food, recipes will be available. RSVP by Aug. 16. Cooking with Chef Craig at The Highlands Health Care Center - Wednesday,

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Senior Calendar Monday, Aug. 5 Sweatin’ to the Oldies Exercise, 9:15 a.m.; 9 to 5 Cards, 10 a.m.; Get Fit Class, 10:15 a.m.; Arthritis class, 11:30 a.m.; Knit and crochet class, 12:30 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.; TaiChi Advanced class, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 Crafty Ladies, 9 a.m.; Zumba Gold Class, 9:30 a.m.; Yolartis Class, 10:30 a.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.; Blood pressure, 1 p.m.; Pinochle, 1 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.; Travel Club board meeting, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 Chair Yoga class, 10 a.m.; Mah Jonng, 1 p.m.; Nickel, Nickel, 1 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.; Senior Club, 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 Line dance - advanced, 9:30 a.m.; Line dance - beginner, 10:30 a.m.; Pilates, 11 a.m.; Jigsaw Puzzle Mania! noon to 3:30 p.m.; Scrabble, 12:30 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.; Texas Hold ‘em, 1 p.m.; Writing Seniors, 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 Get Fit Class, 9:15 a.m.; Golf Cards, 10 a.m.; Art/Painting Class, 10:30 a.m.; Tai-Chi beginner class, 10:30 a.m.; Bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Set Back, 12:45 p.m.; Discussion Group, 1 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.

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Bike safety tips from local police By Joy VanderLek The Cheshire Citizen

Kids are spend a lot of time on their bikes during the summer. Whether biking all around town—to the pool, the library, or other hangouts— or staying on their own street, they should know and follow bicycle and traffic rules. Lt. James Fasano and the Cheshire Police Department encourage parents to be sure their children are aware of the rules of the road and bicycle safety, starting with the most basic tip for kids. “Everyone under the age of 13 is required by law to wear a helmet,” Lt. Fasano said. He added that every bicyclists should wear the protective head gear no matter the age. Bike basics involve “common sense,” Fasano said. Most importantly, do not assume a driver sees you. Slow down when you come up on a driveway, and be extremely careful at intersections and crosswalks, he said. When the light changes, wait until drivers have seen you and have stopped. “Children should get off their bikes and walk alongside as they cross to the other side,” Fasano said. Take note of these additional bicycle safety tips from Cheshire Police Department: Ride with traffic, on the right side of the road. (Walk

against traffic.) Do not ride side-by-side when in a group of riders. Ride single-file. Do not weave in and out of traffic. Use proper hand signals for turning and stopping. To indicate a left turn, extend your arm straight out to the side. To indicate a right turn, hold the left arm in a right angle with your hand pointing up. To indicate stopping, hold the left arm at a right angle with the hand pointing down. Give pedestrians and automobiles the right-of-way at intersections and crosswalks Wear brightly colored, reflective clothing. Watch for car doors opening into the roadway. Do not ride a bicycle without your hands on the handlebars. Do not ride with someone else on your bike.. Avoid storm drain grates and potholes. They can cause you to lose control of your bike. If night falls and you need to get home but do not have the proper headlight and adequate reflectors, walk your bicycle. Do not ride in the dark. Like us on Facebook: TheCheshireCitizen

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Uniform drive St. Thomas Becket Church, in conjunction with Acts 4 Ministry in Waterbury, has scheduled a school uniform drive for the children in the Waterbury School System. These are children whose lack of appropriate attire might keep them out of the classroom, or who feel self-conscious in clothing that is ill-fitting or in disrepair due to inadequate resources. Uniform requirements: boys and girls, size 5 thru 18 needed; men’s/women’s sizes also accepted; shirts-collared blue or white collared shirts; and navy blue, black or khaki slacks, jumpers, skirts and dresses. Backpacks, socks and school supplies are needed.

Donate gently used or new attire, purchase a uniform or make a donation. Donations may be dropped off at St. Thomas Becket Church, 435 North Brooksvale Road, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; in the parish center or on weekends in church vestibule Saturday 4:30p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Checks may be made payable to St. Thomas Becket Church. For more information, call (203) 272-5777. Church of St. Bridget The Office of Religious Education for the Church of St. Bridget is currently filling classes for the 2013-2014 school year. Students must be pre-registered before attend-

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ing their first class. Classes for specific age groups will start on the days indicated below and run through April 2014. Sunday, Sept. 22: The first class for high school students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held in St. Bridget Church at 6 p.m. All ninth and tenth grade students, facilitators, and host couples should attend this meeting. Sunday, Sept. 22: The first class for pre-school (children ages 3 and 4 years), kindergarten, first and second grade students will be held in the St. Bridget School building during the 9 a.m. Mass. Sunday, Sept. 22: The first session for Grade 3 and Grade 4 students attending class on Sunday mornings will be held in the St. Bridget School building from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23: Classes for children in Grades 1 – 4 will begin. The classes will be held in the Cheshire elementary schools (Chapman, Highland, and Doolittle) for one hour immediately following the regular school dismissal. Monday, Sept. 23: Classes for students in Grades 7 and 8 are scheduled to begin.





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ing, the Bar and Bat Mitzvah students attend a discussion class before services on Saturdays, and attend Shabbat Services. These students do not attend Sunday School. The new policy enables families with young children to begin their children’s Jewish education without worrying about cost. For more information, contact Craig Goldstein at, Guy Darter at or call Kol Ami at (203) 272-1006 and leave a name and phone number. Your call will be returned. First Congregational Church The First Congregational Church, 111 Church Dr., has scheduled Vacation Bible Camp for Aug. 5 through 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. Children entering kindergarten through grade 6 are welcome. Activities include Bible stories, crafts, games, snacks and music. A fee is charged. For more information, call Caroll Cyr at (203) 272-5323, ext. 16 or visit Cheshire United Methodist Church The Cheshire United Methodist Church, 205 Academy Rd., has scheduled 2013 Vacation Bible School for July 29 through Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 4 to sixth grade. The theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair - Where God’s World Comes Together.” Children will learn about places all over the world through games, camp crafts and Bible stores. A fee is charged. For more information and to register, call (203) 2724626 or email Janet Ray at Temple Beth David Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., has scheduled the following: TOT Shabbat Morning Worship at Temple Beth David. Join Rabbi Josh Whinston at TOT Shabbat for singing, movement, and family Torah study on the third Saturday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m. See Faith / Page 13

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Services C a lva r y L i f e Fa m i ly Worship Center, 174 E. Johnson Ave., Saturdays, 6 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. (Gate 43 - Children’s Church and nursery available); Mid-week service on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; The Loft (junior and senior high) meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. (203) 272-1701. Cheshire Lutheran Church, 660 W. Main St., Sunday – 9 a.m. services. (203) 272-5106. Cheshire United Methodist Church, 205 Academy Road, Sunday – 9:30 a.m. service. (203) 272-4626. Christ Community Church, 120 Main St., Sunday – 10:15 a.m. service; Sunday school, 9 a.m. (203) 272-6344. www. Church of the Epiphany, 1750 Huckins Rd., Mass scheduled for Sunday through Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m.; Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, 4 p.m. Vigil. (203) 272 - 4355. www.epiphanyct. org. 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. Co r n e r s t o n e C h u rc h , 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) 2725083. Cornerstonecheshire. com. Fellowship of Life Church, 150 Sandbank Rd., Sunday - 10 a.m. Worship and teaching; Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Revival prayer. (203) 272-7976. F i r s t C o n g r e ga t i o n a l Church, 111 Church Drive, Sunday – 8 and 10 a.m. services. Nursery and child care provided at 10 a.m. only. (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, 9:15 a.m. Children’s church and nursery available. (203) 439-0150. St . Pe te r ’s E p i s co pa l Church, 59 Main St., Sunday – 7:45 a.m. Rite I; 9 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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Symphony orchestra The Cheshire Symphony Orchestra is looking for string players who are able to play advanced repertoire. Orchestral experience is preferred but not required. The Cheshire Symphony Orchestra is composed of students and professionals from diverse fields including medicine, scientific research, and education. The musicians hail from Cheshire and many surrounding communities and volunteer their efforts to work with a professional conductor on challenging and assessable programming. Rehearsals are held Monday nights, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire. For more information, contact Cary Jacobs at (203) 915-1568 or Sue Lonergan at (203) 651-9074 and leave a message.

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Government Meetings Monday, Aug. 5 Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Historic District Commission, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 Inland/Wetlands and watercourses, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 Beautification Committee, 7:30 p.m. Parks & Recreation, 7 p.m. Public Building Commission, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 Human Services Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 Town Council, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 Environment Commission, 7 p.m.


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State average gas price tops $4 a gallon Associated Press AAA says the average price of regular gas in Connecticut has topped $4 a gallon this summer, the first time since last October. The automobile club says the average price of regular hit $4.01 a gallon recently. The last time the average price was at the $4 mark was last Oct. 21. Connecticut has the fourth-highest average price for regular gas in the country behind Hawaii,

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Books to check out this summer By Laura Clementsen Special to The Citizen

Some people said when television came in years ago that reading books Clementsen would fade away. That dire prediction has certainly not come true. Although most corner bookstores have gone out of business, there is a big box bookstore in every shopping mall. On-line bookstores attract many. Some folks swear by electronic books. Libraries are busy. Used book sales are common. Book clubs are popular. Authors are interviewed on television and radio about their latest creations. “What are you reading?” is often asked among friends. For me, the answer is an eclectic list including mysteries, non-fiction and best sellers. I prefer books without gratuitous vulgar language. I don’t need the details of steamy bedroom scenes. To avoid accumulating more “stuff ’, I like to borrow rather than buy books. Here are some of the books I have been reading over the past year. Archer Mayor is not your

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typical mystery writer. Yes, finding out “who-dun-it” is always part of a mystery, even his. A Vermont resident and man of many skills, Mayor is so good at developing his characters they seem to come to life. Most of his stories are set in Vermont where his fictional detective “Joe Gunther” has allegedly been a Brattleboro cop. Descriptions of the towns, which are crime scenes, are so accurate I feel I am there. A friend in Florida recommended “A Far Traveler” by Nancy Marie Brown. This is the story of Gudrid, a Viking woman said to have come with her husband Karlsefui to Vinland (North America) in the year 1000. The sagas claim Gudrid’ s son Snorri was the first white child born on this continent. Brown, a former science writer at Penn State, carefully documents parts of two sagas that allude to the three-year stay of Gudrid and Karlsefni at the Vinland site. The title of another book by Brown intrigued me. What could “A Good Horse Has No Color” be about? It took the local library a few days to locate the book through interlibrary loan. I was amazed to find that the book was borrowed from the Lyndon, VT State Teachers College library. It is the story of Brown’s search in Iceland for an Icelandic horse to buy. Again she cites various sagas and folktales as she visits horse farms in western Iceland. Two books recommended by book club friends were wonderful reads. Elizabeth

Kostova’s book “The Swan Thieves” is fascinating. Abraham Verghese’s book “Cutting for Stone” is one of the best stories I have ever read. A few months ago a musical friend and I were talking about John Wesley and the vast number of hymns written by John, Charles and Samuel Wesley. I mentioned that John was known as the founder of Methodism. My friend recalled that in his youth, he had read a book about the Methodists called “Adam Bede” by George Eliot. A bell rang in my head. I had a copy of “Adam Bede”, inherited from my aunt. There it was on the shelf, a small book whose red leather cover I had never even flexed, 597 pages of tiny print. It looked daunting. I read only a few pages at a time to start. It had a slow-moving story line. Weeks later, I have finally finished it and realized at last that the story had a much greater impact than I thought it would have. Adam had survived his father’s drunkenness, his mother’s whining and the loss of his first love. He had been betrayed by his friend. Long-suffering, he had gained a reputation for honesty, good workmanship and dependability. What shall I read next? The choice is huge. It will probably be Alexander McCall Smith’s book “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” borrowed from my sister. (Laure Clementsen is a frequent contributor to the Record-Journal weeklies.)

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Say what? Roots of common expressions go way back By Diana Carr

Special to The Citizen

A penny saved is a penny earned. A stitch in time saves nine. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Sayings we’ve heard since we were kneehigh to a grasshopper. But did you ever wonder how they came into being? I asked local folks what they thought the sayings meant, and I did some research to find the original meanings —some of which might surprise you. (I’m going to go with first names only to protect the identities of those who might not have quite known the right answer, although most of the time they were right or came close. ) Knock on wood Lorrie: “It has something to do with protecting you from bad luck.” Robert: “When you’re carrying a mirror across the room and you don’t want it to break, you knock on wood so that it doesn’t.” Answer: People knocked on trees in order to enlist the help of the benevolent spirits they believed to inhabit them. A pig in a poke Lorrie: “I think of a pig on a skewer turning over a fire. So I think this expression means that something is a done deal. You’ve caught the pig and it’s cooking.” Answer: Something was bought without checking it first. A poke was a bag, and if you bought a pig in a poke without checking it, you might later find that you had bought a dog or a cat.

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Read the riot act: Holly: “It means to yell at someone.” Answer: Following a law of 1715, if a rowdy group of 12 or more gathered, a magistrate would read an official statement ordering them to disperse. Anyone who didn’t, after an hour, would be arrested. Win hands down Holly: “It’s an easy win. I usually hear this when I’m playing cards.” Answer: If a jockey was way ahead and sure to win the horse race, he could relax and put his hands down at his sides. Throw down the gauntlet K a re n : “ It m e a n s to challenge.” Answer: In the Middle Ages the glove in a suit of armor was called a gauntlet. Throwing down the gauntlet meant challenging someone to a duel. Strike while the iron is hot Karen: “Doing something in a timely manner, before the opportunity is lost.” Answer: When a blacksmith took an iron object out of the furnace, he could hammer it into shape only while it was still hot. To see a man about a dog Stephanie: “Answering the call of nature when you’re in

the woods.” Answer: A character in an 1866 play, in order to make a getaway, said he had to see a man about a dog. The expression stuck. A baker’s dozen Stephanie: “Twelve of anything.” Answer: It means 13 of something. In days of old, bakers were severely punished for baking underweight loaves, so some added a loaf to their batch of a dozen. To rest on your laurels Brenda: “It doesn’t mean to sit under a tree on a bunch of leaves, but I honestly don’t know.” Answer: In ancient times winning athletes and heroes were given wreaths of laurel leaves. The expression means you are relying on your past achievements. Mad as a hatter Brenda: “I think of the mad hatter in Alice in Wonderland, who was just kind of laid back. So I think this expression means don’t worry, be happy. Let it roll off your shoulders, it’s no big deal.” Answer: In the 18th and 19th centuries hat makers treated hats with mercury. Inhaling mercury vapor could cause mental illness. Diana Carr is a frequent contributor to the RecordJournal weeklies.

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Library News Free info Th e C h e s h i re P u bl i c Library offers free eBooks, magazines and database access to residents. Visit online at to take advantage of a wealth of digital resources. Downloadable eBooks, magazines, audio books and video - Cheshire residents have free access to more than 10,000 titles for all ages, many on bestsellers’ lists. Download books and magazines to a tablet, e-reader or computer – all you need is a Cheshire library card. Language Learning for adults and children - Log into Transparent Language (80 languages for adults) or the Muzzy Children’s Language Course with a Cheshire library card and start learning a new language. Business/financial, employment and consumer information - Get free 24/7 job coaching and resume assistance, check investments with Morningstar, research businesses with ReferenceUSA and research products using the powerful Consumer

Reports database. Genealogy and historical - The library provides online access to Ancestry. com, HeritageQuest and the New England Historic Genealogical Society, as well as Meriden Record-Journal, the New Haven Register and the historical New York Times database – all for free with a library card. Cheshire librarians are also creating a searchable Cheshire obituary and local history index. What Do I Read Next? - Try NoveList, the library’s powerful “reader’s advisory” tool, to help find just the right book. The Cheshire Public Library’s online resources are available using a Cheshire library card at ( and New England Historic Genealogical Society databases are available only inside the library). Summer hours The Cheshire Library is scheduled to be open Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Property Transfers Property transfers reported from July 10 to July 19

Apex Developers, LLC to Shawn Stanzial, Lot 1 Bishop’s Corner, $132,500.

Shili Chen and Wei Ding to Naveen Palath and Varsha 1286 Summit Road Menon, 290 Sorghum Ridge Cheshire, LLC to Franis J. Road, $370,000. Rosa, 1282 Summit Road, John Peter and Janice Ann $72,500. Corradi to Randy and Dawn Marc H. and Jill A. Milstein McArthur, 1145 Prospect to William S. and Karen A. Road, $280,000. Helene, 215 Nutmeg Place, Jose and S a b r i n a $420,000. Menescoudi to Edward and Carol J. Roy to Leshui Keith Cottier, 200 Carlton He and Meng Xi Ying, 36 Drive, $350,000. Lansdowne Lane, $515,000. U. S . B a n k N a t i o n a l Kevin M. and Bonnie Association to Henley Family, LLC, 884 Highland Ave., J. Losty to Michael J. and Kristen F. Cole, 124 Cheshire $145,000. St., $415,000. Estate of Barbara E. Jeffrey C. Leake and Jeanne DesBiens to Matgorzata Leyria, 45 Moutain View E. Hager, 217 Forest Lane, $211,000. Terrace, $158,500. Wesley G. and Karin Guzek Anne P. Grant to Emmett Shutts, 1045 Coleman Road, to Jennifer H. Burke, 1288 Deer Run Circle, $429,000. $300,000.

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T’ai Chi class embraces ancient moves By Joy VanderLek The Cheshire Citizen

Traditional Chinese music plays softly in the background as Robert Michael prepares to lead his students, all in their 70s and 80s, in Monday’s T’ai Chi Ch’uan advanced class at the Cheshire Senior Center. Michael has taught meditative technique to private and community groups and classes like this one for about 20 years, after first earning a first-degree black belt in Kempo karate. Before he retired, Michael was an engineer at a large corporation in state. “I was looking for something to help me release stress,” Michael said. “You always need a balance.” What some may find surprising is that T’ai Chi Chu’aun is a marital art. “Each movement is a martial art application,” said Michael. It doesn’t mean the seniors are practicing for the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Although T’ai Chi Ch’uan has its origins in self-defense, Michael promotes its health aspect. Michael explains there are a number of movements “choreographed” so that they flow seamlessly from one to

the next. Focus and concentration are key factors to success in the discipline. “You’re doing the movements in a very slow, relaxed manner,” Michael said. “That allows the body to relax and that’s what gives you the health benefits.” It’s also great for improving balance and coordination, he said. Using the class as a way to improve his health was reason enough for Ed Bogrette to sign-up. He is here because of his heart. Bogrette’s doctor told him to sign up. He likes the class and thinks he has “better balance now. Another class member, Mary Hyson has taken a variety of Tai Chi classes over the years and said she believes following the sequence of moves in order helps her memory. “Bob is terrific,” she said of the teacher. “He’s a gentle soul and he’s patient with us.” The mood of the room takes on a calm, contemplative feel, as the group copies the measured, rhythmic movements of the teacher. Through each of the sequences, Michael reminds students about their breathing. As hot as the day is, Michael guides them in “cooling down” using breathing. Speaking softly, almost trancelike, Michael narrates


Larry Trudell, shown left, with instructor Robert Michael leads a T’ai Chi Ch’uan class at the Cheshire Senior Center. the various steps and sets of movements— such as “parting the horses mane,” “carry the tiger,” “push the mountain” and “repulse the monkey.” The latter phrase is used to describe the action of clearing the mind. After the basics are memorized and perfected, students can construct the movements as they wish. Michael prefers

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the established sequences. After years of learning from master teachers throughout the country, he felt those pre-established sequences allow for more harmonious movements. At the completion of the class, members Irene Urbin and Rosalie Levinson agree, “It’s good for the mind, body and spirit.”

Also in class is Lorraine Trudell. She has been in a number of T’ai Chi classes, but now her husband, Larry, has joined her for Michael’s class. “It keeps your muscles moving, and it gets me out of the house,” he said. (Email features writer Joy VanderLek at jvanderlek@

Conn. lawmakers urge NY to pass GMO labeling bill By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Key Connecticut legislators, including the president of the state Senate, are urging their colleagues in neighboring New York to pass legislation that’s similar to a Connecticut law that requires genetically modified food to be labeled for consumers. Both Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr. and Rep. Susan Johnson, the co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Public Health

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Band together Diagnosis Movies: The Heat 4 Kylie By Tanya Feke M.D. Special to Town Times

A fundraiser to benefit Kylie Edwards, 2 ½, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24, from 3 to 7 p.m., at PAWs Pet Resort Recreation Room, 312 East Johnson Avenue, Cheshire. Kyle was diagnosed June 2 with cancer (Stage 2 Burkitt’s Lymphoma). Donations are via advance ticket sales for the event. A fee is charged. The event includes a pasta dinner, meatballs, salad, desserts and beverages. There will also be live music from Impostor, magic from Tony the Magic Man, snacks, games, a bounce house, face painting and a raffle. For more information, call (203) 272-9603.

During this summer of heat waves and pour-off-you humidity, many will flock to the beaches while others tuck themselves away in their air conditioned homes. For me, the local movie theater stands as the ultimate refuge. Cool air and hopefully sizzling entertainment. The sky high box office receipts that run rampant Memorial Day through Labor Day show that I am not alone in this mindset. But is there anything truly hot to see this summer? The Heat makes a go of it by pairing the usually elegant quirkiness of Sandra Bullock with the raucous hilarity of Melissa McCarthy. While the casting is a coup,

the odd couple arrangement atop the buddy cop cliché had the potential to deliver another “been-there-donethat” comedy. Considering it would put me to sleep faster than sheep to count the number of times a movie depicts the FBI taking over a case from a local precinct, I am grateful director Paul Feig had some tricks to avoid these pitfalls. First, he cast ladies with chemistry. Until the advent of Bridesmaids, few female leads have carried blockbuster films, at least successfully. Thanks to Melissa McCarthy’s breakthrough performance as bridesmaid Megan, female characters have been given a newfound freedom to push the envelope of traditionally perceived male raun-

chiness and comedy. As a woman, I find it disturbing that it has taken so long to address gender equality in film. Together, Bullock and McCarthy do women justice and not just because they play cops. Second, the story is set in Boston because everyone knows a Boston accent is funny – unless you are from Boston. I must admit that though I am from Massachusetts myself, I still laughed out loud. The real genius was to cast real Boston accents. Enter Joey McIntyre of NKOTB fame who plays the tank-top wearing dimwitted brother to McCarthy’s brisk cop. His tongue-in-cheek delivery added character to the character. Delightful! Third, The Heat plays on

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The Cheshire Community Food Pantry needs food donations to help local families this summer. In July and August, CCFP gives families with school age children extra food. Extra donations of child-friendly food such as cereal, juice boxes, snack bars, fruit and peanut butter and jelly are requested. A Back to School program is being organized to ensure school age pantry clients return to school for the 2013 semester with

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Purcell, Manning power Cheshire into sectionals By Ken Lipshez

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The smile flashed by Cheshire Legion first baseman Mike Purcell suggested how easy the game of baseball came to him Wednesday, July 24. Smashing a home run — a rare occurrence in the wooden-bat league — is a pretty good reason in itself. Two more well-struck hits that helped ignite rallies enhanced the experience. Scooping up a throw to first by shortstop Jay Schaff to complete an acrobatic game-ending double play was still fresh in his mind. Everybody in red was grinning when the Zone 3 champions (23-2) officially punched their ticket to the Southern Division sectional final four by crushing Oakville 9-0 in a game that required two days to complete at Burt Leventhal Field. Purcell (3-for-5) paced Cheshire’s 13-hit attack against three Oakville hurlers. Kyle Hodgdon also had three hits. Kevin Mirando and Dan Schock had two each, scored twice and drove

Cheshire’s Mike Purcell is congratulated by teamates after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning during the Connecticut American Legion state tournament at Cheshire High School, Wednesday, July 24. in three runs. Lefthander Ryan Manning started the game on Tuesday and held a 1-0 in the top of the second when a thunderstorm interceded. He picked

up right where he left off on Wednesday, yielding two singles, walking four and striking out seven over six innings. Parker Barnell earned the save with three innings of air-

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tight relief. No wonder Purcell was smiling. “You have some days where you just see the ball coming in and you feel good with the swing,” he said. “Today was one of those days. I was pretty happy with it.” Manning said he had never pitched on consecutive days before, but handled the assignment efficiently. “I felt really good (Tuesday). My fastball had a lot of pop on it. I felt I couldn’t find the zone a little bit but came back (Wednesday) and felt pretty good,” said Manning, who’s allowed just one run all season. “I didn’t have my best stuff obviously, but we made the plays and I threw strikes.” Cheshire manager Bill Robertson left the decision to Manning. “He did his long-toss and his normal routine and I pulled him aside,” Robertson said. “I told him he didn’t have to pitch and if he had trouble getting loose, felt any discomfort, any soreness, then we had the depth and would go in a different direction.” He asked that Manning

answer him honestly and the pitcher did. Robertson planned on staying with him for no more than 70 pitches. He threw 60 before Barnell came on and completed the four-hit shutout. Three infield errors by Oakville (22-7) were instrumental in Cheshire blowing the game open. Cheshire, which led 1-0 when the rains came Tuesday, jumped on Oakville starter Mike Calo for four runs in the third. Two errors by the pitcher helped the cause. RBI singles by Schock and Tim Budd sandwiched a sacrifice fly by Manning for a 5-0 lead. Two innings later, Purcell went yard after Schock reached on an error. “Up and down the lineup we swung the bats really well,” Robertson said. “We had some big hits early. They threw the ball around and we don’t always take advantage, but we did. Throughout the game we had a lot of runners on and ended up leaving (9) on base so we swing the bats.” Cheshire chased southpaw reliever Justin Mayer with a flurry of hits in the sixth. Singles by Hodgdon, Wes Robertson, Mirando and Schock produced the eighth run. A bid to invoke the 10-run mercy rule fell a tally short in the eighth. Oakville’s fourth error of the game enabled a run to score, but two runners were stranded making the ninth inning necessary. It produced the game’s defensive gem when Schaff stabbed a line drive ticketed for left field and gunned a one-hopper to Purcell to end the game. “Jay Schaff is honest to goodness probably the best shortstop I’ve ever seen in the state,” Purcell said. “He’s so consistent fielding the ball, keeping it in front. He gets after everything and shows no fear. I was impressed that he even caught it let alone (executing the double play).” Carl Gatzendorfer had two hits for Oakville.

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‘Diamond’ in the rough By Kyle Swartz

been a letdown, slugging 16 and 18 homeruns in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In those two years, the Yankees paid him $61 million. Including this year, they still owe him $114 million more. Meanwhile, he’s made more of an impact in New York recently atop tabloid covers than on the baseball diamond. Things reached a nadir on June 24. A-Rod Tweeted that a doctor greenlit him to play baseball again. In response, New York’s normally carefully-worded General Manager Brian Cashman told ESPN that the third baseman “should just shut the [expletive] up,” and leave personnel announcements to the organization. This exchange led to a series of stories about whether Yankee management was fed up with their $114-million-dollar man. All

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the while, 2013 threatens to be a lost season in the Bronx. Besides A-Rod, several additional high-paid stars are out with injuries. While fill-ins achieved early, talent dearth has caught up. New York now sits in fourth place in the ultra-competitive A.L. East. Sometimes, that’s the price to stockpiling expensive free agents. When they get hurt, their lavish salaries restrict a team’s ability to afford talented replacements, even in New York. Moreover, players who grew up in an organization — see Rivera or the injured Derek Jeter — may be more respectful to it than those brought in for big bucks like A-Rod. Wealthy franchises can mire themselves with pricy contracts which do not pan out and instead lead to fractured relations between team and player.


Which is to say that nothing is more valuable than homegrown talent. When a superstar has been born of a franchise, he typically has too much self-respect than to turn on what nurtured him. Yes, examples to the contrary abound (Clemens). But when an organization can form its own leader, someone who bleeds for the team, it can be the making of championships: for instance, just look to the departing Rivera, the altruistic, dependable closer with five World Series rings. Kyle Swartz is editor of The North Haven Citizen and an editorial associate at the Record-Journal, Meriden.

The Cheshire Reds 10U All-Star baseball team won the gold medal at the Nutmeg State Games. The local club is comprised of kids who played for the 9U, 10U and 11U Reds this spring. The Reds, who were a perfect 5-0 at the Nutmeg Games, bested the West Hartford Crusaders in the finals, 12-1 in four innings. The champs are pictured: E.J. Quint, Coach Matt Zawalich, Mike Caron, Christian Nyberg, Coach Rob DeLaubell, Jackson Norcross, Riley Gravel, Erik Gutowski, Head Coach Steve Gutowski, Mike Kozlowski, Samson Portal, Coach Mark Gravel, Conner DeLaubell, Jackson Zalinsky, Danny Zawalich. Missing from photo: Charlie Davis, Shea Cronin, Coach Ben DeLaubell and Mike Kozlowski, scorekeeper/ coach.

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One New York Yankee prepares for departure despite calls to stay. Another is getting ready to return while many people seemingly want him to go. The difference is marked — and indicative of current Bronx woes — between Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez. Rivera, New York’s homegrown closer since 1997, is the all-time saves leader. Even at 43 years old, well past typical baseball retirement age, he holds up as an elite-level competitor. That vicious cutter is still unhittable, shredding bats as it slashes through the strike zone. Yet, #43 plans to hang up pinstripes for good Got sports? upon season’s end. Yankee The Cheshire Citizen fans everywhere, naturally, would rather he not. Over 19 seasons, Rivera has maintained a stellar reputation, other than a few minor blips. (We refer to blaming others following certain blown saves in playoff games, notably the 2001 Wo rld Ser ies) . Regardless, his lasting image — besides as the top closer historically — will be as a beneficent teammate, opponent, and mentor/role model for young players. How a nice guy came to FREE In-Home Consultation MEMBER throw such a nasty 203.250.6445 Cannot be combined with other cutter is a quesoffers. Expires 7/31/13 tion for the ages. 132 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410 Th en t h ere’s www.KDMKITCHENS.COM With Full Safety A-Rod, injured Inspection and unable to perform so far in 2013. 24 HR SAME DAY SERVICE & NEXT DAY SERVICE Polarizing, narcisNEW CONSTRUCTION - REPAIRS sistic, overpaid, steroids-abuser, REPOINTING - CAPS - LINERS p l ayo ff d i s a p Custom Cabinets, Furniture, RESTORATION - STUCCO (All Types) Residential-Commercial-Industrial pointment, 2009 Repairs, Small Jobs, 860-637-2513 postseason hero, Handyman Services Call Today: homerun chamOver 25 years of experience pion, three-time Cheshire, Cheshire, CT CT MVP, best-ever: Fully Fully Insured Insured •• HIC# HIC# 0632896 0632896 he’s been labeled FREE ESTIMATES / HIGH QUALITY WORK / 203-213-3332 203-213-3332 •• 203-272-4445 203-272-4445 1783 Meriden/Waterbury Rd. George Casner, Jr. it all to both exGREAT PRICES P.O. Box 786 Licensed and Insured tremes. Since 2011, Milldale CT 06467 E1 License #125613 Fully Licensed & Insured • Workmans Comp & Liability Ro d r i g u e z h a s 24583D 1290923

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Cheshire’s Ecke to represent the state at Pebble Beach By Ken Lipshez

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Cheshire High golfer Jake Ecke is a young man whose commitment has reaped the reward of a lifetime. Ecke loves his sport and has spent the last six years of his 17-year-old life conveying and sharing that love by guiding youngsters through the auspices of The First Tee of Connecticut. Ecke, who will co-captain the Rams as a senior next year after a productive junior campaign, has become a better golfer himself in the process, and is as proficient at expressing himself as he is at sinking a long putt. The message from his heart stirred the judges in the essay portion of his application to represent Connecticut at the 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Ecke will be among 81 First Tee representatives at the event, which will take place at two golf courses and will be televised internationally by The Golf Channel. Their participation will be part of an official PGA Champions Tour event. He will play the celebrated course September 27-29 and his golf spikes are already six inches off the ground. “It’s hard to put into words given the history and glory that surrounds Pebble Beach and what it is as a golf course,” said Ecke, who grew up in Cheshire, went to elementary and middle school in Prospect before returning for his high school years. “When I found out I really couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know what to say because it’s such a remarkable venue.” He was selected by a national panel of judges who considered playing ability, comprehension of life skills and character development absorbed through involvement with First Tee. Ecke was introduced to the First Tee program in 2007 and has become an assistant coach for programs in the Waterbury area. He is the first state participant to qualify for the event since Fabio Colon represented East Hartford in 2010. “My mother signed me up.

I didn’t know anything about it,” he said. “I became involved in their activities and absolutely love it. It’s great to see how the program grows through teaching lessons. It’s very rewarding to see the progress others make and the progress I’ve made with the help of First Tee. “The opportunities are endless, and now this. It’s a remarkable opportunity. They’ve been able to help me and I’ve done my best to return the favor.” Cheshire High golf coach Dan Lee has served as a classic role model for his protégé. Ecke in kind has been a model student, teammate and friend to Lee, who tragically lost his son Ryan in 2011 to a traffic accident. Ryan Lee was attending Long Island University on a golf scholarship. Ecke has helped his coach administer the annual Ryan T. Lee Foundation Golf Classic, which is slated for August 16 at Timberlin Golf Course in Berlin. “First Tee has meant a lot to him and helped him develop his golf game and there’s a character component,” Coach Lee said. “They have core values and Jacob’s the type that embodies those core values. As good as he is as a golfer, he’s even a better person.” Lee is a member of Ecke’s “Go-To Team,” which is essential to the core values First Tee encourages its participants to manage. “The idea there is creating a team, not only your swing coach but moreso in life,” said Mark Moriarty, program director for the First Tee of Connecticut. “Who do you go to when you have a problem? The idea is you have people in your life to help you and we ask kids to write that down.” The event will include 81 Champion tour players and 162 amateurs vying for the Pro-Junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course. The Nature Valley First Tee Open is a 54-hole competition featuring the Champions Tour players and the 81 junior golfers aged 15-18. Ecke hasn’t yet been informed which professionals will be on hand, but said he’d most like to meet

Arnold Palmer. “I heard Arnold Palmer has a position in the tournament, not necessarily as a player,” Ecke said. “I’m not sure he’ll be there, but it would be unbelievable if I was ever able to meet him. “It will be a surreal experience playing with the legends of the game. I’m not sure which pros will be there but they said they’d be coming out with a list soon.” Ecke has established himself as one of the state’s top scholastic golfers. He finished tied for ninth (4-over-par 76) at the CIAC Division I tournament at Fairview Farm in Harwinton leading Cheshire to a sixthplace finish. On July 3, he finished second in the Ryan T. Lee Foundation Golf Classic, losing to his good friend Austin Forauer of Berlin in a playoff. Five days later, he shot a 73 at the Connecticut Junior Golf Championship at the Watertown Golf Club, one of three top-10 finishes on the Connecticut PGA Junior Tour this summer. While Ecke ascertains the difficulty of attaining a spot on the PGA Tour, he relishes the thought of making golf his life’s work. “It could be a part of my professional life,” he said. “I’ve been playing golf since I got involved with First Tee and it’s definitely been a thought to continue on with golf. I don’t know if playing in the PGA is in my future but maybe being a teaching professional or something along those lines is.” T h e F i r s t Te e o f Connecticut’s mission is “to impact, influence and inspire young people across the state in a fun, activity-based setting through its Life Skills Curriculum and the game of golf.” The state organization is one of 188 chapters in the United States and beyond. Since its 2004 inception, more than 60,000 young people have been introduced to the program each year in numerous communities and through 130 schools. More about the organization can be found at

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Heat wave pet safety Connecticut residents recently experienced a week of dangerously high temperatures and humidity. A veterinarian at the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation offers some important safety reminders for dog owners.

Know the signs and risks of heat stroke: Symptoms include panting, increased heart rate, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting and seizures. Heat stroke can cause permanent organ damage and death. Dogs at elevated risk include breeds with shorter noses such as Pugs and Bulldogs; dogs that are overweight or dealing with heart or lung disease; and puppies and senior dogs.

What to do: If you suspect your dog is suffering from heat stroke, move him or her to shaded and cool environment, and direct a fan on your dog. Begin to cool the body by

placing cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits, and in the groin region. You may also wet the ear flaps and paws with cool water. Directing a fan on these wetted areas will help to speed evaporative cooling. Transport to the closest veterinary facility immediately.

What not to do: Do not use cold water or ice for cooling. Do not attempt to force water into your pet’s mouth, but you may have fresh cool water ready to offer should your pet be alert and show an interest in drinking. Do not leave your pet unattended for any length of time. Do not ever leave any animal in a hot car for any reason or any length of time under any circumstances.

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Houses For Rent

PAINTERS Wanted, 3 yrs exp, valid driver’s license, own transportation, neat appearance. Call 860482-8860

Wallingford 6 RM House with beautiful yard! 3 BR, 2 Full BA. HW Flrs, DR, W/D Hookup. Double Driveway. No Pets. Availiable 8/01 20354-6190

Find everything at our Marketplace. ROGERS ORCHARDS SOUTHINGTON, CT needs 6 temporary workers 8/1/2013 to 11/3/2013. Work tools, supplies, equipment provided without cost to worker. Housing will be available without cost to worker who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day. Transportation reimbursement and subsistence is provided upon completion of 15 days or 50% of the work contract. Work is guaranteed for 3/4 of the work days during the contract period. $10.91 per hr. Applicants to apply contact CT Department of Labor at 860-263-6020. Or apply for the job at the nearest local office of the SWA. Job order #4559148. May perform any combination of tasks related to the production and harvesting of apples, pears. peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots including pruning, thinning, hoeing, baiting, irrigating, mowing, fertilizing and harvesting. Workers will be using straight and step ladders and will be required to lift approx 40 lbs while descending and ascending ladder on sustained basis. At least 2 months experience in duties listed required.

Houses For Sale

Meriden For Sale By Owner 33 John George Drive Great Location! 3 Bedroom Colonial 3.5 Baths 2 Walk-In Closets Living Room, Dining Room Finished Basement w/Bar 2 Car Garage .35 acres $335,000 203 988-8133 203 599-5254

Mobile Homes For Sale MERIDEN/Wallingford Newer Double Wide. 2 BR, 2 BA, Central Air, Mint Condition in Up Scale Park. $79,900! Call 203-799-7731 Also available, Brand New 2 BR in Upscale Park. $59,900! Financing Available. Call 203-799-7731

Apartments For Rent M.D. Lawn Care. Hedge Trimming or Grass Cutting for $100. Free Est. Call 203-6309832 MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 2nd floor Studio, $180/ week+security. Call 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm or www.meridenrooms. com MERIDEN. 2 BR, 1st flr $800. Appls incl. 1 mos rent, 1 mos sec. No pets. 46-48 Elliot St, nice st, off st parking. 203-836-4321

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

MERIDEN 1023 OlD COlONy RD. 2 BR AvAIlABlE Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 1BR Stove & Refrigerator, Heat & Hot Water incl. Lease, Sec & Refs. 203- 2397657 or 203-314-7300 MERIDEN 1 BR, 2nd Floor New Carpets, Washer & Dryer available. Ample parking. No pets. $775 per month plus Security. 203-376-1259 MERIDEN-1BR, 3rd floor Apt, central location, W/D hookup, $675/mo, sec dep & credit check req. No pets. Call 203-7157508. MERIDEN 3 BR. 2nd Fl. Clean. Well maintained. 6 Gold Street. Large BRs, Sunny Kitchen. WD hookup. $890. Call Will 860-801-1891 MERIDEN 4 BR, 2 BA, 2nd Flr. $1125/mo. Avail. immed. 2 BR, $700, avail 8/1. Plus sec & utils. 230 West Main St. Call 203886-8808. Home Sweet Homes

The Cheshire Citizen | Furniture & Appliances

Apartments For Rent

Wanted to Buy

Cindy’s Unique Shop MERIDEN Crown Village CONSIGNMENT 2 BR Just renovated. H 32 North Colony Street & HW included. Pool acWallingford cess. $945/mo plus sec. (203) 269-9341 ALWAYS BUYING Avail immed. L & E Prop Hand Tools. Old, Used, 2 levels, 1800 SF of ConMgmt 203-886-8808 and Antique Hand Tools. signed Home Decor & FurCarpentry, Machinist, nishings. 30 Day Layaways Engraving and Workbench Available. $5 Off a purchase MERIDEN Spacious 2 BR, Tools. If you have old or $25 or more. $10 off a pur5 Room, 1st Flr Apt. New used tools that are no chase $100 or more. Check kitchen & Paint. Located us out on Facebook. Ample longer being used, call with in Bradley Park Section of Free Parking in Our Lot. confidence. Fair & friendly Meriden. Call Doug for inoffers. Please call Cory Free Gift w/$15 or more formation 203 235-0840 860-322-4367 purchase. Summer Hours Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 9:30-5 MIDDLETOWN 1 BR Apt Thurs 9:30-6, Sat 10-5, Sun ALWAYS Buying machinist with Garage. Avail imClosed tool boxes, tools & bench med. Located 1/4 mile vises. (860) 985-5760 from East St/Middle St. intersection in Westfield Furniture Section of Middletown. & Appliances $790/ mo. Call 860 3464619 after 7pm Summer SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR $695/month. HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED. Private Balcony. 203-639-4868 WALLINGFORD 2 BR, 1,200 SF Apt, 3rd Fl. Near Choate. New kitchen & windows, Hdwd floors, fully applianced, WD hookup. $925. 203-2659871 WALLINGFORD Historic District, 1 BR, Newly Remodeled, Quaint Apt! BR & BA on 2nd Flr, Off St. Park. No Smoking/Pets, Heat Incld. $900/mo. (203) 488-7163

Rooms For Rent MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS. Includes Heat, HW, Elec, Kit Priv, East Side. Off-St Parking. $125/wk.+ sec. Call 128pm 203-630-3823 or North Haven Meadowstone Motel Off I-91. Satellite TV. Short Stay/Daily/ Wkly. On Bus Line. 203-239-5333

AFFORDABLE Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves. Appliance Repairs Will Deliver 203-284-8986

Miscellaneous For Sale Boston Red sox Bus tRips August 4th & 29th Box Seats, Coach bus, Convenient Parking. $90 pp. Call 203-605-2087

PROFORM 390E ELLIPTICAL, I-pod hookup, bought in 2010. Great condition. Asking $275. 203-530-6113

Wood / Fuel & Heating Equip 20% OFF SUMMER SALE! Cleanest seasoned firewood in the state! $190 Full cord delivered. Discounts over 2, over 4 and picked up. South Meriden. Mike 203 631-2211


Pets For Sale BICHON FRISE Lovable. 8 Year old male Great personality. Great temperament. Lap dog. White. Great family pet! Moving-must sell. $100 203-715-6072

Antiques & Collectibles ALL CASH FOR MILITARY ITEMS 203-237-6575

Swimming Pools & Spas

LAP DOG Beautiful lovable adult 12 lb. Pom. Free to good home. (860) 621-5466

HOT TUB: 5/6 person, 40 jets w/ all options. Never used. Cost $7000, Sacrifice $2950. Can Deliver. 203-232-8778

Lawn and Garden

Wanted to Buy

CRAFTSMAN Lawn Tractor. 15.5 HP, IC, Electric Start, 42 inch Mower, 6 speed. Good Condition! Asking $500 Call 203314-8181


MERIDEN & Appliances 6 Rooms, 3 bedrooms, appliances, washer/ dryer $150 QUEEN MATTRESS hookups, off street parking. SET: Brand name and brand $950/month + security. new. Still in the plastic. 203-537-7446 Call/Text Jim 860-709-7667

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

1, 2 or 3 Items or an estate $$$ CA$H $$$ 203-237-3025 Estate sale service. Costume Jewelry, Antiques, paintings, Meriden-made items, toys, lamps 1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture. 50’s Items. Whole Estates. 203-238-3499

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

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate. 203-235-8431 WANTED Fishing Tackle & Hunting Items. Local Collector looking for old/ new rods, reels, lures. highest prices paid. Call Dave 860-463-4359

Music Instruments & Instruction ElEctric Guitar - Epiphone SG Special Edition - Cherry Red, Mint condition, barely used, needs to be restrung. Carry bag included. Amplifier - Line 6 amp (spider 3- 15 watt8 inch). Asking $280 or best offer. Call 860-4165988 - Ask for Aaron

Music By RoBeRta PeRfoRMance & instRuction Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome. Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate. (203) 630-9295 YAMAHA Spinet Piano Maple Finish. Only 52 Keys. (203) 269-7845

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