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Thursday, Februar y 7, 2013

No poor side of town, but there are needy in Cheshire

Frosty treat

By Eve Britton The Cheshire Citizen

Citizen photo by Joy VanderLek

Erica Anderson tastes the snowflake quality during the Jan. 28 storm that forced schools to let out early. She’s shown on a local neighborhood pond that hadn’t frozen over in many years. For more photos from this snow day, see page 15.

Teaching basics called key to fitness in schools By Eve Britton The Cheshire Citizen

Local schools bested other area schools, in many cases by a 20 percent margin, in the recent state Fitness Test Standards because students are very involved with afterschool sports, district officials said, and are taught the basics of physical fitness beginning in elementary school. This success comes despite students being offered only one physical education class per week, down from two more than a decade ago, said Cathy Sullivan, director of physical education for

Cheshire schools. “A very large percentage of kids participate in some kind of after-school activities,” Sullivan said. “We’re just hoping we spark an interest in physical activity and they follow through.” Cheshire students, along with students throughout the state, including Wallingford, Southington and Meriden, were tested in four basic areas of physical fitness from September through November. Students were tested in the one mile run/walk, pushups, curl-ups, and sit-andSee Basics, page 7

Though you won’t see homeless people roaming the streets in cast-off rags or digging through dirty Dumpsters in Cheshire, the relatively affluent town has more than a few scantily stocked kitchen cabinets. In the 2010 U.S. Census, Cheshire’s poverty rate was reported as 1.7 percent. But the last two years has seen the number steadily rise, with more and more townspeople needing assistance. “I don’t believe there are any homeless issues,” said Police Administrative Supervisor James Fasano. “If there were a homeless person, we would certainly reach out to them and try to help them.” While homelessness may not be an issue here, hunger clearly is, according to Patty Hartmann, executive director of the Cheshire Community Food Pantry, which provides food to 116 families a week, with 260 clients eligible for food assistance. Clients’ eligibility is determined by administrators with the town’s Department of Human Services. “Over the past few years we’ve been seeing a pretty

Citizen photo by Eve Britton

Jacob Pratt of East Haven, a volunteer, stocks shelves at the Cheshire Community Food Pantry Jan. 29. steady increase in people needing assistance,” said Michelle Piccerillo, the human services director. Piccerillo said the increase is no surprise because Cheshire residents are just as affected by the overall U.S. economy — including job cuts and cost-of-living increases — as those living elsewhere. “It’s more temporary, though,” she said. “A community like this is hit relatively hard by those particular situations than having someone living here who is steadily

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under the poverty level. I think most people are seeking assistance to get back on their feet.” The U.S. Census Bureau defines living in poverty as a single person making an income of $11,139 or less and a family of four bringing in $22,314 or less. The median 2010 household income for Cheshire was more than $110,000, while the state median was about $70,000, according to the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, which compiles figures from the Census Bureau. Nationally, 15.3 percent of U.S. residents were living below the poverty line in 2010, while the state figure was

Citizen photo by Joy VanderLek

Ethan Liu makes crafts at the Chinese New Year program held Jan. 26 at the Cheshire Public Library under the direction of the Chinese Learning Academy. For more on this program, see page 6.

See Needy, page 11

In this issue ... Calendar ........................17 Faith...............................14 Government ..................20 Schools.............................8 Seniors...........................18 Sports.............................23


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The Cheshire Citizen — Thursday, February 7, 2013

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The musical group Romance y Trova performed to a full-capacity house at Cheshire Public Library’s Sunday Showcase series Jan. 27. The music played by the group has its roots in Latin American rhythm. The friends have played together for a decade, but it’s only been within the past few years that they have decided to present their music to audiences. Selections included musical influences from Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Argentina and Mexico. Songs featured simple love ballads in the form of traditional boleros and trovas as well as songs written with national and political undertones. Hemán Yepes, playing an acoustic-electric guitar, explained each selection, and its translation. Sometimes finding the equivalent word in English was an imperfect process, but the musicians still managed to convey the correct message, he said. The free concert was made possible by the Friends of the Library. - Joy VanderLek

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Different kind of entrepreneur made his start in Cheshire By Joy VanderLek The Cheshire Citizen What if you dared to dream your biggest dream ever, and then that dream came true? That’s what’s

happening for Josh Chalmers, whose dream began to unfold in Cheshire. Wanting to sort himself out and “make a plan” after graduation from Columbia University in New York City,

as a mentor at a teen center, “Jeff ’s Place” in West Haven. As an adopted child, Chalmers said he understood “how lucky he was to be chosen by the family that chose him.” It was a happy childhood. Being adopted was a thing to celebrate and also made him feel, “a sense of responsibility; especially to help young, under-served kids build foundations for success.” Chalmers said his work at the center gave him the chance to “change the world in little and big ways by helping these kids find their own paths to success.” Small steps and small

changes will “change the world before bedtime.” That would become his mission statement for life and for his life’s work. From this vantage point, Chalmers created and now heads his own company, called Earth2, a socially-responsible, forwardthinking company originated in the spirit of “compassionate capitalism.” The company helps non-profits with varying products and programs. Earth2Edibles is a line of specialty food products, of which sales benefit

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Chalmers went to stay with his best friend’s family in Cheshire. “I was thinking I’d stay for the summer,” said Chalmers. “I ended up living there for a decade.” That was back in the late 1980s. At the time he lived on Holly Road, Chalmers was laying the groundwork for his future. The family with whom the young graduate stayed was active in town. Through them he was introduced to a lot of people, and for a guy who liked to cook and entertain, it helped with his decision to launch his first business: an event planning company. Chalmers fondly recalls he got to meet “some amazing Cheshire folks who were the first to trust my cooking.” During this time, Chalmers began to volunteer

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The Cheshire Lions Club has scheduled a Wine and Beer tasting for Friday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Masonic Temple Hall, 9 Country Club Road, Cheshire. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served. A raffle is featured. Proceeds benefit commu-

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Chinese celebration

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Cheshire’s Chinese Learning Academy students, led by Yvonne Hewu, presented a fun and informative Chinese New Year program at the Cheshire Public Library recently. The Mary Baldwin room turned into a celebration destination for the New Year’s event, with many colorful red lanterns and banners. Jianzhi, the intricate art of Chinese paper-cutting, decorated the walls to beautify and, as is the custom, bring good luck. Sparkling confetti was strewn about the room, adding to the fun atmosphere. Most children, and many parents in the room, were in traditional outfits of red and gold silk mandarin jackets and dresses. The Jan. 26 program played to an audience of excited children, from babies to teens, and parents eager to see and learn more about Chinese New Year. Hewu’s students demonstrated ribbon dances and included audience members in many of the activities which included calligraphy, an educational talk and slide show, and an arts and crafts session for children to work on together with their parents and caregivers.

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reach. The tests are administered to students in fourth, sixth, eighth and 10th grades. Meriden students failed to meet the state standard both overall and in each component, in some cases with more than a 20 percentage point difference compared to Cheshire students. Cheshire students ranked above the state average in every area. Statewide, 51 percent of students met the fitness standards, while 63.1 percent of Cheshire students did. In every category, Cheshire students ranked in the 80th percentile, while other local districts students ranked in the 50th through 70th percentiles. Sullivan said that while she cannot pinpoint the exact reason Cheshire students fared so much better than other students in the state, she did say she thought the district’s philosophy of instilling a passion for “lifetime leisure activities and wellness activities,” contributes to the overall physical fitness of district students. “The focus in physical education classes is on fitness,” said Assistant Superintendent Scott Detrick. “But it’s hard to know why we did so well. I do think our kids are active, but all kids are active.” In elementary school, Cheshire students are taught the basic skills that precede actual sporting activities, such as throwing, catching, and hitting. In middle school, students put the skills they learned into sporting activities, like volleyball, flag football and softball. In high school, students branch out a bit more by fine tuning their skills, including adding other sports like golf and other activities. Project Adventure, which includes rock climbing, using a compass and maps, is very popular, Sullivan said. “And, you have to have a lot of upper body strength to do these things,” she added, saying that may contribute to the students’ success in the Fitness Test Standards. Contact Eve Britton at ebritton@record-journal.com.

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School News

Scholastic achievements

Zach Ziobrowski of Cheshire is a member of the Aviation Engineering team

at Xavier High School which is scheduled to represent Connecticut at the Real World Design Challenge national competition in Washington, D.C.

Scholarship The Rotary Club of Cheshire is accepting nominations of Cheshire residents for the Rotary District 7980 Service Above Self

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Doggie Bowl-athon Cheshire Dog Park’s first annual Doggie Bowl-a-thon is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Apple Valley Bowl, 1304 South Main St., Plantsville. Admission fee includes unlimited bowling, shoe rental and pizza. Proceeds benefit the Cheshire Dog Park scheduled to be built on Waterbury Road. For more info, call Greg at (860) 459-5044 or email krismilano@gmail.com.

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Baby Shower St. Bridget Ladies Guild is sponsoring its annual Baby Shower to benefit New Beginnings at St. Mary’s Hospital and Hope Pregnancy Center in Cheshire. The Guild is collecting new, unwrapped baby clothes, infant supplies (diapers, wipes, baby shampoo and other toiletries, formula, crib sheets, crib toys, or any other infant items). Educational toys, books, or other items appropriate for pre-school age siblings are also needed. Collection boxes are located in the foyer of St. Bridget’s School and at all church entrances through Feb. 11. For more information, call (203- 525-6699.

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Library Briefs

Active Singles hikes Hikes start at 9:30 a.m. for singles only, (30 to 60s). Hiking boots, water. Buffet brunch after each hike. No children or dogs allowed. Upcoming Trips Mediterranean cruise, May 4 through 12. For more information, call Charlie Gergley at (860) 489-9611 or visit www.activesingles,org.

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In Y program, leadership skills take hold in formative years By Joy VanderLek The Cheshire Citizen

Leaders aren’t born. They’re made. And to set kids on the right path, the Cheshire YMCA’s Leader’s Club has helped young people learn to be their best for more than two decades. “We want the kids to take away a number of things from being in this club,” said Pro-

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Leadership Continued from page 12 the meetings.” Spreda said she would pair up kids and they would be responsible for the whole meeting. “There are also team-building activities, and they get to share ideas to make our club even better.” The overall goal of the club, said Spreda, is to “get the kids to want to give back to the community and to be excited about it.”

Asked what they get out of it, the seventh and eighth graders responded that it gives students confidence in other areas of life when they get back into their schools and classrooms. It’s not so much that they train us, but that they shape us, said one of the children. Jack Stanton, who is in the Dodd Leaders group, said, “I think that the Y program is a great and fun place for kids, that I look forward to every week.”

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11:30 a.m. (203) 272-1701. Cheshire Lutheran Church, 660 W. Main St., Sunday – 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Services; 9:10 a.m. education hour. (203) 272-5106. Cheshire United Methodist Church, 205 Academy Road, Sunday – 10:45 a.m. service; Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. (203) 272-4626. Christ Community Church, 120 Main St., Sunday – 10:15 a.m. service; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; AWANA Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. (203) 272-6344. Congregation Kol Ami, 1484 Highland Ave., Wednes-

Services Calvary Life Family Worship Center, 174 E. Johnson Ave., Saturday – 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday – 9:30 to

day, 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 cheshire.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.

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Homemade corn chowder is old-time comfort food favorite By Laura Clementsen Special to The Citizen “ Wi n t e r, cold winter, blows hard against the windowpane” makes me want to stay indoors and fix some Clementsen c o m f o r t food, maybe a bowl of hearty corn chowder. What is corn chowder, you ask, and what makes it hearty? My scale of soup heartiness goes like this. Least hearty would be clear broth or consommé, the perfect dish to precede a plateful of roast beef, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. Next is vegetable or tomato soup, the kind from a can served alongside a grilled cheese sandwich. Then comes chowder, an oldfashioned New England treat. Finally comes the heartiest: stew with lots of meat and vegetables. Consult the cookbooks, Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart or even a Shaker or “down home” cookbook, for a recipe for corn chowder and what do you find? Recipes for a corn soup made with chicken stock and crab meat or chiles. Most also insist that you must start with fresh corn and cut the kernels off the cob. Not likely in a New England winter. Try this easy, no-fuss recipe for tasty corn chowder that can be made in less than 30 minutes. Cut three or four

slices of bacon into bits and brown them in a mediumsized pan. Remove the bits and put them aside. Cut a small onion into pieces and cook in the bacon fat until it is transparent. Don’t let it burn. Dice a medium-tolarge potato and put it in the pan with the onion. Add some water, enough to barely cover the potato. Cover and let cook until the potato is tender, about 10 minutes. Add one 15-ounce can of cream-style corn and the bacon bits. Allow it to heat. Fill the corn can with milk and pour it into the pan. Continue to heat but do not allow the chowder to boil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour into bowls. Makes four skimpy or three generous servings. Serve with oyster crackers, saltines or, my favorite, homemade bread. I remember one occasion when corn chowder saved the day. It was a cold, rainy summer’s day at a rented cottage at a lake in northern Vermont and my cousin made corn chowder for a gang of us. It really hit the spot! Corn chowder is the signature soup for at least two local churches, Cheshire’s First Congregational and Yalesville’s United Methodist. It is always served at the holiday bazaar luncheons. People look forward to its heartiness. (Laura Clementsen is a long-time resident of Cheshire and contributor to The Cheshire Citizen.)

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459-5044 or email krismilano@gmail.com. Meeting - The Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women’s Clubs is scheduled to meet Saturday, Feb. 9, at noon at The Manor Inn, 1636 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. Mary Fritz, State Representative for Cheshire/Wallingford and Sheila Horvitz, of the Rose Conrad Memorial Fund, are scheduled to speak about Domestic Violence in Connecticut. A fee is charged. For more information and tickets, call Debra Dickey at (860) 822-1140. Ice hockey - Cheshire vs. Watertown at TaftsMays Rink, 7:30 p.m.

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Senior Happenings Assistive Technology Demonstration - Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. Sign-up is required. For more information, call (203) 272-8286. Senior Bookworms Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. Book discussion - A Widow for One Year by John Irving. New members are welcome. Brain Health - Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. Maria Tomassetti of the Alzheimer’s Association is scheduled to speak. The program is free, but registration is required by Feb. 15. Cooking with Chef Craig - Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 11:30 a.m. at Highlands

Health care Center. Space is limited. Transportation available on request. Mature Driver Safety Program - Thursday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Licensed drivers are welcome to have a free and confidential driver safety screening. Pre-registration is required at (203) 272-8286. Cooking Demo with Sarah Bird - Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11:30 a.m. No fee, registration is required. Roundtable discussion with Judge Matthew Jalowiec - Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. Topics discussed will be conservatorship, and

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Senior Calendar Monday, Feb. 11 AARP Safety Driver Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Indoor Waling with Nurse Jackie, 9:15 a.m.; Get Fit class, 10:15 a.m.; Diet watch program, 10:30 a.m.; Arthritis class, 11:30 p.m.; Knit and Crochet class, 12:30 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.; Tai-Chi Advanced class, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 Senior Center closed in observance of Lincoln’s birthday. Wednesday, Feb. 13 Reiki sessions, 9 a.m. to noon (by apt. only); Busy Bees, 10 a.m.; Chair Yoga, 10 a.m.; VC.H.A.T. planning meeting, 10 a.m.; Assistive Technology Demonstration program, 1 p.m.; Everyone

has a story, 1 p.m.; Nickel, Nickel, 1 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.; Senior Club, 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 Advanced line dancing, 9:30 a.m.; Freestyle art 101, 9:30 a.m.; Team Wii, 9:30 a.m.; Computer Basics, 10 a.m.; Moderate exercise, 10:15 a.m.; Beginner line dance, 10:30 a.m.; Pilates, 11 a.m.; Scrabble, 12:30 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.; Texas Hold ‘em, 1 p.m.; Writing Seniors. 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 Get Fit Class, 9:15 a.m.; Golf cards, 10 a.m.; Art/painting make up class, 10:30 a.m.; Tai-Chi beginner class, 10:30 a.m.; Set Back, 11 a.m.; Bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Discussion group, 1 p.m.; Poker, 1 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Ball - A Victorian House Open Valentine’s Day Ball is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15, at the Waverly Inn, 286 Maple Ave. Dinner is at 6:30. Dancing to the music of The Bernadettes at 8:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. A fee is charged. Boys basketball Cheshire vs. Career Magnet at Career Magnet, 7 p.m.

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Continued from page 3 Share Our Strength™, a movement to end world hunger by 2015. Chalmers guarantees a minimum of $25,000 to the cause. There’s also the successful ARTrageous™ and WELLfed™ programs. ARTrageous™ brings artists to schools, where funding for those types of programs have been cut. WELLfed™ is Chalmers “creative dining experience” that creates funding to build clean water systems in developing countries. Most recently, Chalmers and his friends collaborated to release a children’s book from Schiffer Publishing, called “Change the World Before Bedtime.” The book earned a gold Mom’s Choice Award® almost as soon as it was published. Chalmers’ co-authors are noteworthy children’s book creators, Mark Kimball Moultan and Karen Hillard Good. Moultan is a prolific author with 22 books to his credit. He’s also an accomplished photographer. Hillard Good is a renowned illustrator and artist. For this shared effort, Chalmers assisted in creating content concepts, while Moultan wrote and Hillard Good illustrated. “Josh is the type of person who makes an incredible first impression,” Moultan said. Chalmers hopes the book will allow kids “to feel empowered, to make a positive difference in their communities, their schools and the

world.” He said, “I want them to make it a habit to be heroic about doing good and kind things.” The trio has been busy touring with book signings. Chalmers has even bigger dreams for other Earth2 projects as he continues to introduce his book to as many

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Budget concerns

To the editor: The Town Council will begin the process of developing the operating budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 in the coming months. The Board of Education transmitted its $64,858,180 budget to the town manager Jan. 23. The education budget advances an increase of $2,355,305, slightly less than 4 percent over last year’s adopted budget. The town manager must develop his budget including the education budget, which he may adjust in the final budget that he delivers to the town council. That budget will be in excess of $100 million. The council, through public meetings and workshops, will reshape the budget to account for changes it deems necessary to deliver town services. The public is encouraged to participate in the process, but if past is prologue the input from the public will be minimal. I feel particular angst for taxpayers who have been scolded by Board of Education Chairman Gerry Brittingham for whining about tax increases. I’m disturbed that a member of the public, Joe Schmidt, has predicted that Town Council Republicans will slash and burn the education budget.

I’m further disturbed that he has bashed taxpayers for supporting the waste water treatment plant upgrade. A decisive majority of taxpayers recognized that this was a town need not a Republican pet project. I also fully understand the sense of glee expressed by Dr. Florio citing the BOE’s courage to fund and by default the Town Council’s obligation to properly fund and maintain our school buildings and town infrastructure. Why wouldn’t he be ecstatic when the BOE added to his budget. We are maintaining our schools and the operating budgets and capital budgets bear this out. The council is working on performance contracting initiatives that may help fund significant infrastructure improvements in our schools and other public properties without additional tax burdens on the public. As the budget process unfolds my goal is to be fair. That fairness must be weighted towards the average taxpayer who pays for the whole budget, not only the increase. My job is to get it as right as I can without breaking your back. Tim Slocum, Chairman Cheshire Town Council

Government Meetings Tuesday, Feb. 12 Town Council, Council Chambers, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 Public Safety Commission, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 Human Services Committee, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 Historic District Commission, 7:30 p.m. Library Board, Cheshire Library, 7 p.m. Public Building Commission, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 Economic Development, 7:30 p.m. Inland/Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 Energy Commission, 7 p.m. Planning & Zoning Commission, 7:30 p.m.

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State deficit is municipal budget buster By Kyle Swartz While crafting municipal budgets in upcoming months, civic officials must keep in mind that Connecticut faces a projected $1-billion deficit in fiscal year 201314. This significant shortfall almost certainly will mean that — unlike in the current fiscal year — state funding for municipalities will decrease. Each town and city must plan accordingly. “There will be some pain going around,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy inauspiciously told town leaders at a recent conference on Connecticut budgeting (The Connecticut Mirror, 1-17). In the last two years, Malloy and his peers avoided causing this pain with methods of fiscal relief largely other than municipal-money reductions. But with a red-ink gap the size of $1 billion to close, General Assembly has run out of alternative treatments. Tax increases are off the table this time, following the governor’s historic $1.5-billion tax hike of 2011. Moreover, when Malloy in 2011 commendably closed a $3.6billion deficit inherited from the previous administration, he negotiated numerous concessions from state unions. In return, he guaranteed these organizations no layoffs or wage alterations for four years. Thus, another option unavailable in 2013. So who will feel the pain? Twenty-two percent of Connecticut’s current $20.5-billion budget is funding for towns and cities, including $3.5 billion in grants and $930 million in teacher-pension payments. Expect these numbers to decline. Unfortunately, big budget cuts could befall a public institution which can least afford them — schools. “Education systems in the state are... where the greatest level of

savings can be achieved,” curiously suggested Connecticut House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey. While there’s certainly a lot of money tied up in academics, we would urge any reductions here be made with utmost carefulness and prudence. Shrinking school funding negatively affects student potential. Teacher layoffs cause increased class sizes, and pupils will receive fewer valuable, one-on-one interactions with instructors. Elimination of creative arts programs and electives removes educational avenues through which kids can become morewell-rounded adults. Maintaining high levels of school funding is essential in allowing for a successful future for younger generations. One intriguing alternative proposed for red-ink reduction is changing a state law which limits municipal leaders from asking that employees contribute more to cover retirement and healthcare costs. This could save towns and cities millions in payments. Workers in private sectors have been in similar contribution systems for years. It’s time for public staff to accept a lessening of their still-generous benefits, a financial reality of the modern economy. Connecticut has a deep deficit to overcome. A steep dip in state financing for municipalities is probable. Taking that into account, civic decision-makers must build budgets this year with circumspect consideration of what programs and services are essential — and what can be trimmed without severely damaging the community. Kyle Swartz is editor of The North Haven Citizen and an editorial associate at the Record-Journal, Meriden.


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In Googling it, be careful By Jeffery Kurz

By Eve Britton The Cheshire Citizen Trash isn’t exactly being turned into gold, but it is turning into savings and cleaner streets, as the town’s new recycling program heads into its third month of operation. New, closed-top, secure recycling bins went out to 8,500 households in November. From then until the end of December, the town diverted 40 tons of what would have previously been treated as garbage into recycling. At $68 a ton, the town has already saved nearly $3,000 in disposal fees, according to Town Manager Michael Milone. “In the short run, everything is positive,” Milone said, “but we’re still in the learning curve. We’re going through behavioral changes.” He said he expects to see major growth in the recycling program in the next few months, as people get used to the idea of recycling more. “People are realizing there is no end to the amount of stuff you can put in recycling,” Milone said. “I just wish we had done it sooner.” Bill Bonaminio, president of Cheshire’s Beautification Committee, said he has seen the difference in the streets already. “Everything is in the container, not blowing around in the street, and the raccoons can’t get to it and drag cans and things all over,” Bonaminio said. “We’re just a wasteful society and this is a lot more efficient. It saves time. It saves money.” He agreed with Milone that the program should have been started years ago. He also added that he wishes the bins were a little bigger. “We fill it up pretty quick,” he said. The new recycling program takes the place of the bin system that had been in place for years. The bin system required residents to sort materials for recycling, then place the bins curbside for pickup. Often, animals would get into the bins and drag materi-

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In November 2012, William Aubertin, a driver for Cheshire based A.J. Waste Systems, operates the company’s new truck, which is equipped with a robotic arm that picks up bins from the side of the road and discards its contents into the truck. als out, and wind would scatter newspapers and other light materials around the streets and lawns. In addition, residents were more limited as to what they could place in the bins. The new program allows more items to be recycled. Now residents can put anything from

aluminum foil and food trays to plastic utensils to all sorts of cardboard in the containers. For a list of what is acceptable for recycling, visit www.cheshirect.org. Contact Eve Britton at ebritton@record-journal.com.

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Whenever I feel something coming on, or begin to suspect I may be suffering from some exotic affliction, which happens more often than I probably want to tell you about, the first thing I do is call my doctor. No. Of course I don’t do that. What I do is Google. Google is great because not only can it be used as both a noun and a verb you can type just about anything into it and get some kind of response. It’s the electronic Answer Man (or woman - Google does not appear to be gender specific). Google is now such a fundamental part of my life that it’s easy for me to forget that I’ve spent most of my life without it. How did I manage to get along? Several years ago, I rather sheepishly admitted to using the internet for self diagnosis to my doctor. I was half expecting a stern lecture but I didn’t get one. It turns out doctors like it when you take an active interest in your own health. It also turns out that I am far from alone. A study released by the Pew Research Center this week found that 35 percent of American adults have used the internet to diagnose a medical condition. That could be for themselves or for someone else. Interestingly enough, the study says Americans have always had a penchant for self diagnosis — as in, I suppose, mom and pop remedies. Think of how an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The internet has simply expanded that opportunity, and now at least a third of Americans, including yours truly, are taking advantage. Seventy-seven percent said they started researching health conditions with a search engine, like Google, or Bing. So I’ve got plenty of company. The risk, of course, reflects the nature of the internet itself, a glorious universe of information that is also chaotic and sloppy and not always trustworthy. You can

go to an online forum and see that for the same health complaint one commentator will tell you it’s nothing while the next will advise heading to the emergency room immediately. One aspect of online medical sleuthing the study found encouraging is that people aren’t often seeking answers from the web but using it to help figure out whether it’s time to see a doctor. Doctors now will also advise that you go online to get more information about a health issue. The key is that you should do your investigating using reputable sources, which is a good guideline both online and off. Supportive web sites can help when you need a treatment plan, for example. So while I Google, I also know that my adventures in surfing will land me both in solid and misleading hands. Just the other day, I typed in “empty nest syndrome” because my college graduate moved out after six months of living at my home and I was finding it unnerving how the place I returned to at night was exactly the way it had been when I’d left in the morning. I had gotten used to things changing while I was away. I wasn’t expecting a lot of reputable advice, and was surprised to find a good discussion of empty nest syndrome at the web site of the Mayo Clinic. “It’s very important that the patient understands that you just don’t Google something.” That’s what a doctor told me five years ago when I did a story about using the internet for self diagnosis. You have to be a little suspicious, he said. For that story I listed the Medical Library Association’s online list of 100 health sites “you can trust.” Just Google it and you’ll find the site. Jeffery Kurz is a columnist and the general assignment editor for the RecordJournal, Meriden. Follow him on Twitter @JefferyKurz.

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Hoopsters’ division title hopes take a hit CHS falls to 5-2 in Housy with loss to Shelton By Sean Krofssik Special to The Citizen

Cheshire’s five-game winning streak came to a halt Jan. 30 in a 65-47 defeat at Xavier, but the Rams are still in position for a strong finish. The two SCC interdivisional foes were tied 28-28 at the half, but the Falcons exploded for a 16-4 run to open the third quarter and that was just too much for the Rams to overcome. “They just came out with more energy in the second half,” Cheshire coach Dan Lee said of the victors. “They played tremendous defense in the second half. That’s something that has carried

us through the season and they kind of emulated that tonight. That’s why they were successful.” The Rams got to within seven at 52-45 with 6:16 left in the fourth on a trey by Eric Dietrich (12 points). But that was the last Cheshire field goal of the game. Only a pair of free throws by Reid Duglenski with 38 seconds left halted a 10-0 Xavier run. Cheshire could do nothing against Xavier’s man-to-man defense, shooting 23 percent (7-for-30) in the second half. Standout point guard Collin Jordan carved his way through the lane for 16 points in the contest to lead the Rams offensively. The junior is the heart and soul of the

Cheshire team – its up-tempo offense and the head of the man-to-man defense. “I’ve been very happy with the way the season is going,” Jordan said. “I’ve been doing my part at the point guard position. I just do what I have got to do.” Jordan tallied six of Cheshire’s first nine points as the Rams got out to a 9-6 advantage. He added two steals in the opening stanza. The teams traded body blows throughout the first half, but a late flurry by Cheshire, including a trey by Dietrich and a bucket and a pair of free throws by Andrew Yamin (eight points), See Hoopsters, next page

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Prestigious invite for Cheshire native Dunham By Sean Krofssik Special to The Citizen D a r i e n D u n h a m joined elite company this past weekend when she suited up for the U.S. Women’s Under-18 Soc- Dunham cer Team. Dunham, a junior at Cheshire Academy and Cheshire native, is training with the national team Feb. 29 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Dunham said last week she was pleasantly surprised by her selection. “I was astonished,” the 16-

year old said. “I thought I wasn’t going to make it because you usually get picked at a younger age. There’s a lot of talent out there, so this is a big thrill for me.” Dunham is no stranger to the national spotlight. She was selected to last year’s National Development Camp in Las Vegas. She is a versatile player. In California, she’s playing goalie. For Cheshire Academy, she plays in the field. Cats coach James Luis said the change in landscape on the pitch has been a great benefit to Dunham. “All of her life she has been training as a keeper for

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Shadeck, Bishop power swim team; Girls basketball drops pair, falls to 8-9 Boys swimming Cheshire 98, Hamden 78: Kyle Shadeck was a doublewinner for the Rams in a SCC conquest on the road. Shadeck placed first in the 200 IM (2:12.6) and the 100 butterfly (58.2). Other individual victors for the Rams (6-4 overall) were Michael Goodrich in the 50 freestyle (24.82) and Karl Bishop in the 500 free (5:09.7). Matt D’Andea won diving with 138.9 points. Cheshire also claimed two relays. Brian Johnson, Patrick Morley, Shadeck and Goodrich took the 200 medley in 1:53.02. Johnson, Goodrich, Bishop and Matt Pinciaro touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle (1:43.21). Cheshire 102, Naugatuck 83: Freshmen Karl Bishop and Kyle Shadeck had big nights to help the Rams record the nonconference home win at The Bubble.

Bishop bested the field in the 200 freestyle (1:54.09) and 500 freestyle (5:07.01). Shadeck took the 100 butterfly (57.49) and swam on two first-place relays. He teamed with Brian Johnson, Patrick Morley and Michael Goodrich on the 200 medley (1:47.73) and with Morley, Bishop and Alexander Cheruk on the 400 freestyle (3:41.38). Morley took the 200 IM (2:17.35). Johnson touched first in the 100 backstroke (1:00.65).

Wrestling Branford 48, Cheshire 21: Gabe Vega picked up a pin at 172 pounds for Cheshire in the SCC loss to the Hornets in Branford. Winning by decision for the Rams (9-14) were 138pounder Daniel Massucci (94), 145 Steve Bergeron (4-0), 160 Josh Hunihan (21-6) and 182 Billy Janes (12-4). Lyman Hall’s Clayton Ahearn, who wrestles with

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The CHS girls basketball team headed into this week with a record of 8-9. Cheshire’s Missy Bailey is pictured in action in a game against Lyman Hall. Cheshire as an independent, earned a 6-2 win at 195. CHS swept: Cheshire 138pound captain Daniel Massucci, 182-pounder Billy Janes and 170-pounder Gabe Vega all won three matches on an otherwise tough day for the Rams, who fell to highlyranked Glastonbury (52-15), Guilford (54-13) and Simsbury (51-25) at Guilford High School to fall to 10-17. Massucci had one win by major decision to improve to 34-5 on the season. Janes won two matches by pin and one by major decision to improve to 24-9 and Vega had one pin and one major decision to improve to 21-7. Jacob Cervero won a major decision at 132 pounds and is now 26-6 on the season while Josh Hunihan recorded a pin at 160 pounds and stands at

17-15. Clayton Ahearn (195) from Lyman Hall recorded two pins wrestling independently with Cheshire to improve to 12-1 on the season.

Girls basketball Mercy 56, Cheshire 36: Southington’s Jordyn Nappi poured in a game-high 17 points on four 3-pointers as the Tigers cruised to the SCC interdivisional win over the Rams in Cheshire. Maria Weselyi chipped in with 14 points for Mercy, which is now 15-1 overall. Missy Bailey, Jill Howard and Bry McIntosh each finished with six points for Cheshire (8-8). Career 55, Cheshire 44: The Rams let an early 13-9 lead slip away in suffering

the SCC interdivisional defeat in New Haven. The Panthers, who improved to 16-1 overall, got double figures from Tanaya Atkinson (16), Alyssa Alston (15) and Kelsey Gibbons (12). Cheshire (8-9) was paced by Missy Bailey’s 11 points. Sara Como hit a pair of 3pointers and finished with 10 points.


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Area schools act proactively on athletics for disabled By Eric Vo Special to The Citizen

Even before new guidelines were released last week by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, area school districts were accommodating to students with disabilities and providing them with an equal opportunity to participate in athletics. The guidelines released Jan. 25 aim to “clarify and communicate schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding the provision of extracurricular athletics.” Under Section 504, districts are required to provide students with disabilities an opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities.

In the new guidelines, school districts would have to provide modifications to sports if the student requires it, so long as the modifications do not give the student an unfair advantage. A 2010 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which led to the release of the new guidelines, found that students with physical disabilities had “fewer opportunities ... because fewer programs were designed for them.” Area schools have made these adjustments for students with disabilities. At Wallingford’s Lyman Hall High School, Athletic Director Amy Labas said the school has made the modifications if they are needed. “These modifications are made more along the lines of

the individual sports, such as swimming and track and field,” Labas said. Sheehan High School Athletic Director Vincent Sarullo said the school puts in significant effort to make modifications to make sure students with disabilities are treated equally and fairly. Cheshire High School doesn’t need to make modifications at this time, but Athletic Director Steve Trifone said the school would “make accommodations for any student if they needed it, as long as safety is kept in mind.” If a school cannot make a modification for a student, there must be an alternative program for them to participate in. Each district credits its Unified Sports program with giving students with disabilities equal and fair op-

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portunities. Southington High School Athletic Director Eric Swallow said the Unified Sports program became districtwide five years ago and “has been the guiding force to accommodating special need students.” At Cheshire High, the Unified Sports program has been expanded since its implementation nine years ago, Trifone said. “It gives these students an opportunity to compete on a team,” he said. “They’re treated the same way as any other athlete here.” In Wallingford, Sarullo said that, because of the Unified Sports program at Sheehan, there is no discrimination and all students are given the same opportunity. At Lyman Hall, the program gives students a chance to participate in basketball, soccer, track and field, volleyball and, most recently, cheerleading, Labas said. Wallingford School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo said he was proud of the Unified Sports program at the high schools. “The Unified Sports program offers great opportunities for students with and without disabilities to not only develop athletically, but also in social skills and team work,” Menzo said.

Officials in all districts said that despite the new guidelines, they don’t foresee any future obstacles to overcome or challenges to face. In Meriden, School Superintendent Mark Benigni said he doesn’t expect any difficulties because accommodations have often been made for students with disabilities in the classrooms. “We made accommodations for students in the past,” Benigni said. “Coming up with accommodations takes a team effort. It involves the school system, students and parents. We’ve done it so much in the classroom that we’ll just continue the conversations into the extracurriculars.” While the guidelines may seem strict, the athletic directors say they would benefit the school systems. “(The guidelines) are good and healthy for the school environment,” Trifone said. “From what I understand, most schools have adapted and put new things into place.” “All students, including those with disabilities, benefit from the positive effects that physical activity and school athletics have on an individual’s health, social well-being and self-esteem,” the 2010 GAO report states.

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can put a run on you in a hurry.” Lee said the loss was a learning experience for his team, which has improved as the season has gone on. The Rams fell to 8-5 overall and 51 in the SCC Housatonic Division. “We are returning one starter from last year and we are still learning as we are going along,” Lee said. “This is the next step of being the best team we could possibly be. Hopefully, we can take away something from this loss.” The Rams were coming off of a huge 50-43 Housy win Friday at home against Amity (11-3, 5-1). The victory ended a nine-game Amity win streak and allowed the Rams

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squared the game at 28 at the half. Cheshire defeated Xavier 71-66 back on Dec. 18. This time around, the combination of James Sullivan and Nick Napolitano, who each finished with 16 points, were too much for Cheshire. Napolitano did his damage off the pine. The home squad controlled the boards, limiting Cheshire’s second-chance points. “Cheshire is a super-tough team to play,” Xavier coach Michael Kohs said. “Collin Jordan is a super penetrator and they have kids that can shoot the ball around him. We know they are a tough team and they are a team that

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Hoopsters Continued from page 24 to control their own destiny in getting at least a share of the division crown. With a win at Shelton (6-8, 2-4) and a victory over Lyman Hall (1-14, 0-7) at home the Rams could do no worse than a tie for the Housy title. Cheshire won the division last year for the first time since 2000. “We work very hard at what we do,” Lee said. “We weren’t ranked high on a lot of prospectuses coming into the season. So to be where right now is a good feeling.” Shelton 74, Cheshire 56: Cheshire’s hopes of defending its SCC Housatonic crown took a major hit with a divisional loss to Shelton. The big blow was the second quarter, when the Gaels outscored the Rams 20-3 to take a 38-16 lead into halftime. It was a deficit Cheshire could only dent with a 27-17 third quarter. With the loss, the Rams fell to 8-6 overall and 5-2 in the Housy. That puts them a game behind first-place Amity (12-3, 6-1).

Each team has one divisional game left to play - Cheshire against Lyman Hall, Amity against Shelton. Shelton was led by Christian Federici’s game-high 21 points. Benjamin Malay canned four 3-pointers en route to 16 points. Craig Packnick and Casey Belade added 12 apiece for the Gaels (7-8, 3-4 Housy). Cheshire stumbled despite six 3-pointers and 20 total points from Eric Dietrich. Andrew Yamin added 11.

To submit sports information The Cheshire Citizen welcomes news and scores from all sports leagues in Cheshire. Submissions for the Sports Bulletin Board also are welcome. Information and photos can be sent to: The Cheshire Citizen, 11 Crown St., Meriden, CT 06450. Information also can be faxed to (203) 639-0210, or emailed to: sports@the cheshirecitizen.com.

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CHESHIRE 2 Bdrm., 1 1/2 baths. Bayberry Knoll townhouse near I84. Country setting. Lovely 1200 square feet unit with patio. $975/month. Call 203-464-7544.

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT HOMES SWEET HOMES OFFERS: Meriden 1 BRs. Starting from $695, heat & hot wanted included. Call 203-886-8808. 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 Meridenrooms.com MERIDEN - 1 1/2 room apartment for rent. H/H included. Off street parking. Security. Storage. $625. monthly. Call Scott at (203) 302-8760. MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large 2 BR Luxury Condo. Laundry. No pets. $895 + utilities Call 203 245-9493 MERIDEN 1 BR Apartment 3rd Floor, Cozy, Private, Clean, Newly Renovated! Convenient Loaction. $650/mo. Call 203-886-9830

MERIDEN 1 BR. Free Heat, Off St. Parking, Laundry. Good Condition. $700/mo. Call (203) 915-4310

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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 143 Veteran Street 2 BRs, LR, DR, Kitchen Garage Optional. $850/month (704) 497-4627 MERIDEN 2 & 3 BR Apartments Available Call for More Info 203 238-7777 860 214-8023 (Cell) MERIDEN 2 Bedrooms $925/mo. Heat included. 9 Guiel Place. Call Mike (203) 376-2160 MERIDEN 2 BR 1st Floor Beautiful. Stove, Fridg, Dishwasher, AC, Off St. Park. No Pets/Smoke. $825/mo + sec. Call 203-631-8694 MERIDEN 2 BR Apts Hubbard Park Central Air/Heat. 775 West Main St. $945-$975/mo. + utils. No pets. Call Chino 203 9356224 or Steve 203 721-5215


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APARTMENTS FOR RENT

MERIDEN 2 BR Available Heat, Hot Water & Appliances incl. Off-Street parking. Available for immediate move in. Starting at $800 per month. 203-639-8751

ATTIC & BASEMENTS CLEANED GARY WODATCH Debris Removal Of Any Kind. Homeowners, Contractors. Quick, Courteous Svc. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723 Cell 860558-5430 GARY Wodatch Demolition Svs Sheds, pools, decks, garages. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430

CARPENTRY REPAIRS & Replacement Large or Small, int/ext, stairs, railing, decks, entry, door, window, finish basement Complete home improvements. Work done by owner. 40+ yr exp. Free est. Ins. 203-238-1449 #578107 www.marceljcharpentier.com

ELECTRICAL SERVICE

T.E.C. Electrical Svc LLC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service

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MGW HOME IMPROVEMENT Kitchens & Baths, Painting, Windows/Doors, Interior Remodeling, Gutters, Drywall, Decks/Porches & Basements Call MGW! CT Reg #631942 203 886-8029

HOUSE CLEANING POLISH/ENGLISH Speaking woman to clean house w/care. 3rd cleaning 50% off. Ins & bonded. Refs. 860-538-4885

LANDSCAPING GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Hedge/tree trim., trimming over grown properties. Est 1985. All calls returned. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 cell 860-558-5430

PAINTING/ WALLPAPERING

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

CLEANING LADY Will clean your house with care. Experience & good references. Call 860-839-5020

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

T.E.C. Electrical Svc LLC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service

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LANDSCAPING

MERIDEN Crown Village 2 BR Just renovated. Heat & Hot Water included. Pool access. $845 per month plus security. L & E Prop Mgmt 203-886-8808.

MERIDEN EFFICIENCY CUTE 2 ROOMS Off street parking. Broad Street. $550. 2 mo sec. Credit ck req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597 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. East side. Furn Clean 2nd flr 1 BR, heat, hw, electric. Hdwd flrs. $845/ mo plus sec. 12pm-8pm, 203-630-3823 www.meridenrooms.com S. MERIDEN Quite Safe Area, Lrg 4 BR, 2 Full BA, 7 RMs, 1st Flr. Private Driveway. Great Yard. $1350/mo. (203) 238-0566 SOUTHINGTON Updated 1 BR, 1st fl. Very Clean. Appliances. Off st parking. No utilities. No pets. Sec & refs. $605/mo. (860) 621-4463 (860) 302-6051

WALLINGFORD 1 BR 3rd Flr In Town. Appliances Including W/D. No Pets, Sec & Refs. $725/mo. + utilities. Call 203-269-6391 WALLINGFORD 1BR, 1st FL. Downtown location. $750 Per Month Available Immediately. Call 203-284-0212

WALLINGFORD Clean, updated 2 BR Apartment. Quiet neighborhood. Water & Garbage incl. $900-$950 Per Month. (203) 464-0766 WINTER SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $695/month. HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED. Private balcony. 203-639-4868

ROOMS FOR RENT MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Includes Heat, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. East Side. Off-st park. $125/wk. + sec. Call 12-8pm 203-630-3823 or www.Meridenrooms.com SOUTH MERIDEN Furnished Room For Rent. Background & Reference check. $135 Per Week Plus Security 203 623-4396

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

STORES & OFFICES FOR RENT WALLINGFORD 2 BR/5 Room Loc. + Clean. W to W. Fully appl. No Pets. Util not incl. Lease & Sec req. $800-$850 mo. 203-848-7955

WALLINGFORD Fully Furnished Private Office. Conveniently located in Wallingford Shopping Center. Utilities & Internet Included. 203-265-1226

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HOME DOCTOR LLC Small to Major Work. Outside, Inside, Plumbing, Remodeling, Roofing. Since 1949. Credit Cards Call 203-427-7259 Lic #635370 MGW HOME IMPROVEMENT Kitchens & Baths, Painting, Windows/Doors, Interior Remodeling, Gutters, Drywall, Decks/Porches & Basements Call MGW! CT Reg #631942 203 886-8029

MERIDEN 92 Columbia St. 5 Rooms, Washer, Dryer, Stove & Refrigerator, $1000/mo + security. No pets. Off st parking. Pvt bsmnt, fenced-in yard. Duplex. Sec 8 approved. Available in February. Leave message after 6pm 860-347-2992 203 887-8805

MERIDEN. 3 BR, recently renovated, new carpets. Clean, spacious, off st parking. Avail immed. $875. Pets considered. 140 Foster St. Walt 203-464-1863.

WALLINGFORD 5 Large Rooms, 2nd Floor, Available Now! $995/mo. Also 2BR $850/mo. Call 203-213-6175

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MERIDEN 2 BR, 2nd Floor Off street parking, freshly painted, washer/dryer. $850 per mo. Section 8 approved. Grant St. No dogs. Call 203-213-3951

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MERIDEN 2 BR Spacious Apt Appliances included. $750. Available now. Contact Larry Jenkins 860 857-3621

MERIDEN THREE 3 BR Apts $950-$1150 1st & 2nd Floor Recently Remodeled. WD hookups. Off st parking. (203) 417-1675

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TREE SERVICES GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430 NEW England Tree Service LLC, fully licensed & insured. Top quality work, 24 hr storm service. Refs avail. Free est. CT Reg 0608736. Call (203) 699-TREE

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Thursday, February 7, 2013 — The Cheshire Citizen OPEN HOUSES OPEN HOUSE SUN FEB 10TH FROM 1-3PM Quality Built 8 yr old 2,000 + sq ft free standing Cape in over 55 condo development near Plantsville Center. New granite counters in Kitch & Master BA. LR, FR, DR, Kitch, Laundry, & Master BR on 1st Flr. A/C, Gas Fireplace & Furnace, 3 Season Porch and other upgrades including crown molding, SS appliance. BR & Loft/Office upstairs + bonus RM/Attic, 2 1/2 BA. Full Basement & 2 Car Garage. $354,900. Call 203910-8293 for directions or for private showing. 36 Buckland St Unit #33 Plantsville

HOUSES FOR SALE

CONDOMINIUMS FOR SALE

MERIDEN. For Sale By Owner: 3 BDRM Condo at 73 Mattabassett Dr., East side of Meriden. 1.2 Baths, Finished Basement, Garage. Completely new Flooring and Carpeting throughout. Completely New Kitchen with all New Cabinets. Many New Appliances, inc. W/D, Dishwasher, Microwave, Disposal. Central A/C. Gas Heat. Pool. Easy Access to all Highways. Please call owner at: 860-558-6286. Price Reduced to $159,900.

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

HELP WANTED

WALLINGFORD- 2 Family, Walking distance to center, listed with town as multi but could be used as a single, 3 bed, 2 kit, 2 baths, walk up attic with 2 rooms, 1 car gar, new roof and newer furnace, needs updating. $159,900. Call Pat Burke 203-815-4181

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT For property management company. Full Time or Part Time. Must have knowledge of QuickBooks, Word, Excel, Outlook and excellent organizational skills. Position includes A/P, A/R and general office duties. Property Management Exp Preferred. email resume and cover letter to Casalv101@yahoo.com

Business Development Sales Representative The Record-Journal is looking for an energetic, creative, forward thinking individual to work full time to help develop print & digital advertising at this family owned media company.

NORTH HAVEN- $389,900 Enjoy your privacy in this well maintained custom built 4 level split. Gleaming HW floors, LG FR in LL w/ gas FP. New Furnace, Cvac & more. Call Roy Haynes 203-265-5618

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:

MERIDEN- 2 Family- 5rms, 3br on 1st fl- 2brs on second plus walk up attic. Some fresh paint & a manicured lawn adds to this home’s appeal. $153,900. Kathy Thuerling 203-265-5618

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Help this local Record-Journal Carrier enjoy time off by substituting on his route. MERIDEN CARRIER Paula 203-634-4193 Bradley Ave, Coe Ave, Handover Ave, Highland Ave, Prospect, Columbus, Hemlock, Dewey, Hobson, Terrace Gardens, Oregon. - South Meriden. Colony, Crown, Olive, Elm, Oak, View, Veterians, Willow, Lima, Harrison, Silver, Woodly, Pleasant, Akron, High, Broad.

March 29th - April 15th EARN $550 approx 200 Papers

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DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR (Full Time-40 Hours) DIETARY AIDE - PT Part-time position - Responsible for various tasks including assisting in food production, operating & cleaning food service equipment & restocking supplies. Must be dependable person, able to work every other weekend & holiday. Apply in person M-F, 8:00am – 7pm, Weekends 10 – 2p.m. 140 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire, CT. No phone calls please. EOE, A/A, M/F, D/V. DRIVER Wanted Tuesday-Friday Days. Neat appearance. Your vehicle for local pickup & delivery of paperwork. We pay gas. Call (203) 774-4916 Full time work & Immediate Start Availability! Come grow with our newly expanded office. All Departments to be filled this week! No experience Req’d!

CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE GENERAL HELP APPOINTMENT SETTERS Entry Level MGMT Sign on Bonus for FT Positions STARTING PAY Ranges per DPT. $9/HR-$590/week, +45K/year Call for Details/Email Contact Info 860-329-0317 & CTjobFair@Gmail.com Full time work & Immediate Start Availability! Come grow with our newly expanded office. All Departments to be filled this week! No experience Req’d!

CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE GENERAL HELP APPOINTMENT SETTERS Entry Level MGMT Sign on Bonus for FT Positions STARTING PAY Ranges per DPT. $9/HR-$590/week, +45K/year Call for Details/Email Contact Info 860-329-0317 & CTjobFair@Gmail.com

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Experienced journalist needed to oversee and manage flow and presentation of digital news content on myrecordjournal.com and weekly web sites. This position requires the ability to build and maintain online and mobile news sections and manage social media presence and digital news alerts. You will work with reporters, photographers and other content producers on newsgathering, including video and leverage digital content for print use. You must have experience in writing and/or designing for the web; strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at once; technical know-how for creation and production of graphics, photos, audio, video, web pages, and other online content. If you are interested in joining our RecordJournal family, please email your resume to Eric Cotton at ecotton@record-journal.com.

MEDICAL CAREERS OPEN POSITIONS! Miller Memorial Community, Meriden's choice for excellence in senior residential Healthcare services, has the following openings. RN Supervisor, 3 p-11 p, Full Time RN Supervisor, 11 p-7a, Full Time (Includes Every Other Weekend) Supervisory Experience Preferred MMCI offers very competitive wages and benefits (where they apply). Drug testing and criminal background check required. Applicants must be Connecticut licensed. If you are willing to go the extra mile for your patients and are truly interested in person-centered care, please apply to:

Personnel Manager Miller Memorial Community, Inc. 360 Broad Street. Meriden, CT 06450 Fax 203-630-3714 or email: hfparisi@emmci.org EOE

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HOBSON & MOTZER, INC. A leading developer of progressive dies & precision metal stampings is currently seeking a GRINDING SPECIALIST for our VISUAL GRINDING DEPT. The candidate should have a minimum of 2 yrs general grinding experience with the ability to use sine plates, toolmakers vises, inspection equipment etc... Strong math & blueprint reading skills are also required. We offer a competitive salary & benefits package, including 401(k) & profitability bonus. Please send resume to: HOBSON & MOTZER, INC. Attn: Human Resources 30 Airline Drive, Durham, CT 06422 or apply in person between 9:00am 4:30pm daily M/F EOE

HELP WANTED

Human Resources Associate Hunter’s Ambulance Service, Inc. has an ideal opportunity for a dynamic individual to join our team. The position will be responsible for a variety of HR duties, including but not limited to recruiting, training, payroll, and department organization. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years of experience and excellent interpersonal and computer skills. Only resumes with a cover letter and salary requirements will be considered. Please forward your resume to: sloanep@huntersamb.com Equal Opportunity and Drug Free Employer. www.huntersamb.com

HUMAN SERVICES ACORD, Inc. has immediate openings for Program Instructors to support individuals with developmental disabilities. FT/PT/Subs All Shifts Email resume to acordemployment@sbcglobal.net or fax to 203 269-1980. EOE INVESTIGATOR Police Officer looking for same for private investigation. Reply: PO Box 373, Middlefield, CT 06455 LOT ATTENDANT/ USED CAR ASSISTANT FULL TIME POSITION Looking for energetic person to help with lot and auction duties. Great pay and benefits. Experience preferred. Contact Harold Oliver at (203) 235-1669 PLUMBER/SPRINKLER FITTERS Licensed Required Apprentice Positions also available & experience a plus. Call Sheehy Plumbing Mon - Fri 8-4 (203) 284-9100

HELP WANTED

POLICE OFFICER Looking for Police Officer to do Private Investigation work. Send information to PO Box 373, Middlefield, CT 06455

UTILITY WORKER Temporary Part-time temporary position available. Responsible for a variety of tasks to include general cleaning of kitchen equipment, floor care, dishwashing, pot washing & delivery of food carts. Dependable & a responsible team player. Apply in person M-F, 8:00am – 7pm, Weekends 10 – 2p.m. 140 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire, CT. No phone calls please. EOE, A/A, M/F, D/V.


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ARE YOU A MEMBER?

The Friends of the Cheshire Public Library Need Your Support Since 1887, the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library have worked to meet the needs of the Library. The Friends provide funding for programs, equipment, and services that would not otherwise be available through the Library’s operating budget.

Programs Your Membership Supports

Annual Membership

Children/Family Programs: Storytelling, performances, art and music to entertain all members of your family.

Membership runs Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013

Thursday Evening Programs: For adults: Lectures and seminars on a wide variety of topics from self-help to book discussions. The Sunday Showcase Series: Sunday afternoon programs that feature performing arts and musical concerts. Summer Reading Program: Help keep up your children’s reading skills while earning fun prizes during school vacation.

Sunday Showcase Series Winter/Spring 2013 Paul Bisaccia - More Great American Piano

Versatile performer of classics and Americana, Paul Bisaccia is known for his virtuoso performances as well as his entertaining stories, which delight his audiences.

February 10, 4:00 p.m.

Neal Fitzpatrick & Samantha Talmadge - Guitar and Voice Lyric soprano Samantha Talmadge pairs up with guitarist Neal Fitzpatrick in a wonderful blend of sound. March 10, 4:00 p.m.

Kerry Boys with Pierce Campbell - Celtic Trio Former state troubadour Pierce Campbell performs Celtic and Irish music with his trio The Kerry Boys. April 14, 4:00 p.m. Peter Biederman - Guitar Peter Biederman has been playing, writing and performing original music for over 25 years. His music includes a combination of acoustic elements. May 5, 4:00 p.m.

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