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ENFIELD - The Town of Enfield has a new  Assistant  Town  Manager,  Kasia Purciello. Town  Manager  Christopher  Bromson noted  that  “while  we  were  fortunate  to have  many  qualified  applicants  for  the position  of  Assistant  Town  Manager, Kasia’s  professionalism  and  educational experience,  coupled  with  her  ambition

and  passion  for  local  government  made her the standout candidate.” Having moved to Enfield in her teens, Kasia is a 2008 graduate of Enfield High School.   “Enfield  welcomed  me  with  open arms when my family moved here,” said Purciello.  “I am very excited to be able to give back to the Town in my new role.”

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By Gary Carra Welcome  back  to Random Raven, the column that aspires to be no less  than  your  complete entertainment  itinerary on  a  month-to-month basis. Kicking things off this installment...those “game”  for  a  unique assortment of exotic edibles may want to consider  a  short  trek  up  I-91 North  to  Springfield’s storied  Student Prince/Fort  Restaurant. True,  the  historic  eatery is  roundly  considered  to be an area treasure worth

A strolling German Oom-Pah band adds some upbeat audio - and spurs several spontaneous “everyone stand up sing-a-longs”- to the Student Prince’s annual Hunter’s Dinner in Springfield. The final two dinners in the series will occur Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. For for more information or to book, visit studentprince.com Photo by  Gary Carra

a stop any time of the year. But for the month of February, the Prince answers the  call  of  the  wild  in  the  form  of “Game  Month.”  That  means  a  special ‘Wild  Game’  lunch  and  dinner  menu every  night.  And  on  select  nights, including Feb. 18 and 25 this year to be exact,  the  celebrated,  six-course “Hunter’s Dinner.” This  is  literally  the  time  when  the Chefs  play  with  the  deer  and  the  antelope...as  well  as  buffalo,  rainbow  trout

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It’s a stunning backdrop for the immpressive array of up-and-coming funnymen (and women) MGM has amassed replete with its own bar of course. On tap this month are America’s Got Talent  finalist  Vicki  Barbolak  (Feb.  910), Chelsea Handler alum Michael Yo (Feb. 15-16) and Matteo Lane (Feb. 2123),  currently  found  on  Comedy Central’s “The Comedy Jam.” On Valentine’s Day proper, it’s family friendly fare in the form of “Dry Bar Comedy  LIVE”  featuring  Shayne Smith,  Jay  Whittaker,  Steve  Soelberg and Alex Velluto. Tix for ROAR can be purchased  online  and  usually  hover been the $20 and $30 mark.


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Casino has a name, but it still needs government OK By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The casino awaiting final government approval has a name. MMCT Venture, the joint entity of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Indian tribes, said Jan. 28 that the casino planned for the former Showcase

Cinemas site will be called Tribal Winds Casino. “Tribal Winds Casino will be a great addition to the entertainment landscape of Connecticut’s Capitol Region,” Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler said in a written release. “Building on the iconic brands of our two flagship properties, Tribal Winds will be a world class gaming and entertainment facility that combines our shared past with the proud local character of East Windsor. This shovel ready facility will create jobs and bring in new revenue for the state the minute we break ground.”

The tribes also announced their hiring goals for the project. They said Tribal Winds is expected to bring 5,000 jobs to the area from construction to the grand opening, including 2,000 jobs during construction and 2,000 permanent jobs at the facility. They said it is expected to support 1,000 jobs through its vendors. MMCT said it would designate 650 jobs for Hartford area residents, with hiring goals of 325 jobs for Hartford residents, 150 jobs for East Hartford residents, and 175 jobs for residents of East Windsor, Windsor Locks and surrounding towns.

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Annex (25 School St.) — This rink is open to all daily (weather permitting). Check the Facebook page or www.EastWindsorRec.com for status of the ice. Solar lights are set up, so skating can be done during the day and evening. A small number of skates are available to borrow at the Parks and Recreation

Office during normal business hours. Dates: Daily, weather dependent; skate at your own risk. Fee: Free. Crazy 8’s Math Club at Broad Brook School — This program will reintroduce participants to the fun that can accompany math. Participants will build things, run, jump, make music, and make a mess, all while learning math lessons. This is the third session of a five-part program, so those who participated last year will see different activities. Dates: Wednesdays, 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. through April 3 (no Feb. 6 or March 6). Grades: K-2. Fee: $15. Art-Ventures for Kids: Spread Your Wings & Roar! — Parks & Recreation, along with Art-Ventures for

Kids, is sponsoring an eight-week program that gives children a unique and fun art experience using quality art materials. Register at www.ARTventuresforKids.com. Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 5 through April 2 (no Feb. 19), 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Grades: K-4. Fee: $99 for 8-week session. Mad Science - Space & Beyond! — Parks & Recreation, along with Mad Science, is sponsoring two six-week programs for children in grades K-4. This program provides children with a fun science experience. Register at www.East WindsorRec.com. Mondays, 3:40 p.m.4:40 p.m. Session 1: Feb. 11-March 25 (no Feb. 18); Session 2: April 8-May 20 (no April 15). Fee: $89 per session.



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Regional Open Cockpit Day will also feature drone presentation WINDSOR LOCKS — The New England Air Museum will hold its second Open Cockpit Day for 2019 on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special activities include climbaboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and more. A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors, including the World War II era

Republic P-47D and the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters, including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F104C Starfighter. Also, museum member Jason Ortin will do a presentation on “Drone Technology Today.” Ortin’s presentation will provide an overview of how drones function and

how they are being put to work in industries such as real estate, agriculture, insurance, and construction. He will also discuss how drones are being used by police and fire departments to help first responders save lives, and he will review some of the rules that determine where and when drones can be flown. Museum volunteer Steve Sladyk will display R/C aircraft with demonstrations and information about local RC clubs. The New England Air Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Closed on Mondays during the winter season. Admission is $15 for ages 15 to 64, $14 for seniors 65 and up, and $10 for ages 4 to 14. New England Air Museum members and children under 3 are admitted free. Discounted admission is available for veterans and active duty military personnel.

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HAMPDEN, Mass. — The Starting Gate  at  GreatHorse  has  announced that  it  has  been  selected  as  a  2019 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings award,  an  accolade  representing  the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals  as  reviewed  by  real  couples,  their  families,  and  wedding guests  on  The  Knot,  a  leading  wedding planning brand and app.  In 2019, only 4 percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals  listed  on  The  Knot  received this distinguished award.  In  its  13th  annual  year,  The  Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting  local  wedding  vendors with  The  Knot  Best  of  Weddings 2019,  an  annual  by-couples,  for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country.  To  determine  the  winners,  The Knot  analyzed  its  millions  of  user reviews  across  various  vendor  categories,  including  venues,  musicians, florists,  photographers,  caterers  and

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Board wants state to ease requirement that causes unpredictability in when ceremonies take place By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — The Board of Education is asking the General Assembly to change its 180-day school year requirement for high school seniors. The board on Jan. 23 sent a letter to legislators asking that the law requiring 180 days of school for all students be changed to allow school districts to set a graduation  date  that  is  not  subject  to  change  due  to  unpredictable  numbers  of  school cancellations, due primarily to winter storms. “Each  and  every  school  year  graduation  dates  are  set  by  local  Boards  of Education. This is typically followed by parent volunteers organizing ‘safe graduation parties’ that occur the evening of the graduation ceremony to ensure safety.  Families  make  plans  to  attend  months  in  advance.  Graduating  seniors  make plans  for  summer  internships,  freshman  college  orientations  and/or  to  enter  the workforce. Yet, every school year, inclement weather occurs (snow in particular), canceling  school  and  resulting  in  an  unnecessary  logistical  nightmare  amongst hundreds of high schools across the state,” the letter states. The  letter  continues  that  because  of  the  changing  graduation  dates,  students miss  their  graduation  ceremonies,  delay  summer  internships  and  jobs,  plans  for safe graduation parties are upset and family members are forced to change plans to be able to attend graduations. The letter was signed by all 10 members of the board.

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ELLINGTON  —  People  from  Connecticut,  Massachusetts,  Rhode  Island, New Hampshire, New York, Wisconsin, Texas, and Florida attended the fourth annual open house at Great Country Timber Frames on Jan. 19. The event drew nearly 400 people. Visitors enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the advanced manufacturing and design facility at Great Country Timber Frames and watched as a timber frame carriage barn was crafted on the company’s CNC machine.  They saw how projects go from concept to reality—from designing on a computer to joining timbers on-site with oak pegs.  Those on hand also learned about the timber frame raising process and assembled full size timbers to form part of a frame. Additional highlights included a video about the raising of a 42' timber frame water tower, an instructional video about the carriage barn raising process, a timber frame kit on display with interesting joinery including a valley beam for a dormer, a 14' x 16' timber frame pavilion made of Douglas fir, posters featuring recent  projects  &  interesting  facts  about  Great  Country  Timber  Frames,  and  a video about a mega barn in New Hampshire. “We’d like to thank everyone who attended our fourth annual open house. We hope you found it interesting and inspirational to see our process and our love for timber framing,” said Erik Koehler, marketing engineer for Great County Timber Frames.

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Community Appreciation Day

Saint Martha School principal Chrisie Gonzalez took students out into the community to thank various Enfield municipal employees for their hard work supporting the community. The group started at the Enfield Police Department, went to the Town of Enfield garage, and completed the day at the town library. The students brought treats and homemade thank you cards to each location. The children were treated to an educational tour by Chief Alaric Fox, and got to see how a police station operates.

Woman’s Club of Enfield offers a variety of scholarships

ENFIELD — GFWC/The Woman’s Club of Enfield is offering a scholarship to a graduating senior girl from Enfield High School. To qualify, a girl must have attended Enfield High School for her entire sen-

ior year, be in the upper 20 percent of her class, and have been accepted at a four-year college or university. Also being offered is the Marion Ferguson Memorial Scholarship; the qualifications are the same as the

above, except she must have been accepted at either a two- or four-year college. The Phyllis Berger Memorial Scholarship is being offered to business students only. The qualifications are the

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same as above except that she must have been accepted at either a two-or a four-year business school. And the Carolyn B. Jackson Music Scholarship is awarded to seniors who will further their educations in the music field, instrumental, voice, education, or technical field. Previous recipients may reapply.  Scholarship applications may be obtained from the guidance office at Enfield High School or at  fbjhbouch@aol.com.  They must be returned to the high school guidance office by April 12.  For further information contact Florence at (860) 745-5869.


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Tree-trimming project kicks off

ENFIELD — The Department of Public Works, in conjunction with Eversource contractor Asplundh Tree Service, has kicked off the 2019 tree-trimming project with a target completion date of August. Trees that are decayed, insect-infested, damaged, or structurally weak may be removed if deemed a safety threat. Eversource/Asplundh will go door to door requesting the resident sign a consent form agreeing to proposed tree work. On these forms will be an option for residents to keep the wood if they so choose. This program is of no cost to the resident or the town. For more information, visit http://www.enfield-ct.gov.

Familiar faces, new roles

Kiner, Sferrazza join council; Elsden appointed as town attorney By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD — The town has two new members of the Town Council and a new town attorney. The Town Council voted unanimously in separate votes to appoint former state Rep. William Kiner and former Police Chief Carl Sferrazza to the council at its Jan. 22 meeting. Kiner is serving the unexpired term of Thomas Arnone, who resigned to come a state representative. Sferrazza is serving the unexpired term of Peter Falk, who resigned Jan. 4 citing health issues. Town attorney The council voted Jan. 7 to appoint Maria Elsden as town attorney. She had been the acting town attorney since September, when Christopher Bromson, the former town attorney, was appointed town manager. “I couldn’t be happier for Maria and for the Town,” Bromson said in a written release. “She’s a solid municipal attorney and has consistently distinguished herself as a hard worker and straight-shooter. When I hired Maria after her judicial clerkship, I didn’t expect that we would be still be working together almost 30 years later, I as town manager and

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Students learn to measure twice, cut once

St. Bernard School has added a new enrichment class to its array of afterschool activities. For several weeks students in grades 6 through 8 will get to learn the fundamentals of woodworking. Jeff Brooks, one of our parents, along with Kristen Frost, school librarian and creator of our Makerspace, join forces to instruct the students through step-by-step projects.  At far left, Shea Mooney (front) and Kayla Wrann. At left: Logan Vidal watches as Brooks demonstrates.

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Opera House Players celebrate 50th anniversary with ‘A Funny Thing’

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Thanks to generous donations from the Enfield Junior Women’s Club and the Town of Enfield, Christmas was made better for a mom and her two children with donations of gift cards, clothes, toys, art and cooking supplies, meeting nearly all of the items on their wish lists. In addition, a car load of supplies was donated to a local Network Against Domestic Abuse safe house, and 360 pounds of food (equivalent to nearly 300 meals) was donated with hats and mittens to the Enfield Food Shelf. Pictured are Cyndy Friedrich and Alison Wells of the Enfield Junior Women’s Club.

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What types of Funds can be established? • Funds may be established in memory of a loved one who has passed away. • Funds may be established to recognize the commitment of your business, club, or organization to education. • Funds may recognize retirements, major events, or for any reason to help area students fulfill their educational needs.

How is a CSF of Stafford Fund established? To establish a CSF Stafford Trust Fund, contact either of the following people: Gary Shearer at 860-684-3644 or Rose Roszczewski at 860-684-6321 or mail your request to CSF of Stafford, P.O. Box 25, Stafford Springs, CT 06076. If however, you wish to start a fund at the time of bereavement it is not necessary to contact CSF right away. At the request of the next of kin the funeral director will include in the obituary notice, “Donations may be made to CSF of Stafford, P.O. Box 25, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.” This will quickly notify family and friends of your wishes. When ready, (usually after a few weeks) the family may contact Mrs. Roszczewski or Mr. Shearer directly. The family’s wishes as to the type of memorial desired can be determined at that time.

Permanent Fund Memorials If you would like to perpetuate the memory of a loved one in a way which would provide a scholarship award each year to a local student, consider creating a Permanent Memorial Trust Fund with the CSF of Stafford. Donations totaling $5,000 are required to establish a permanent memorial fund. The donated money will be invested by CSF of Stafford, and the income will be used to provide a scholarship each year awarded on behalf of the fund bearing the name of the loved one.

How does the Permanent Fund work? The endowment program works on a simple concept. The original money gift is invested in an interest bearing instrument. Each year the interest generated by the investment is awarded as a scholarship. The original amount, or “principal” remains in the interest bearing instrument to generate more interest, which in turn will be awarded next year. Funds must total $5,000 before they generate a yearly scholarship.

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President – Michael J. Introvigne Vice President – Gary E. Shearer Vice President- Rosanne G. Roszczewski Treasurer – Jason G. Zamichiei Asst. Treasurer – Roland M. Chirico Secretary – Krista A. Hicks

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Scholarship Awards: Matilda S. Champagne Chairperson William Burkey John H. Senechal Robert W. Campbell Jr. Rachel P Jezek Jill Carlsen Shirley Allard Investment Committee: Gerardi P. LaMorte Chairperson Rosanne G. Roszczewski Jason G Zamichei Michael J Muzio

Funds that are started and do not reach the $5,000 goal may be allowed to grow over a few years. If it appears that the fund will not reach the $5,000 plateau, the fund originators may decide to award the entire amount the following year as a scholarship or turn the money over to the CSF of Stafford General Fund to be used for continuing scholarships.

How do Funds grow? A fund grows when additional principal monies are contributed directly to the Fund. Many individuals, clubs, organizations, and businesses earmark their Annual Appeal contributions to a specific fund. Some fund sponsors conduct fund raising activities. Some businesses match their employees’ contributions.

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Phelps ..................................................................................$5,054.00 Ronald Pirkey ..................................................................................$4,354.00 Gregory Poland ...............................................................................$3,390.00 Rev. Kenneth J. Post & John Harker .................................................$6,346.00 James Prenetta ...............................................................................$8,570.00 Ann Remington ............................................................................$21,471.00 William F. Richards ..........................................................................$2,528.00 Benedict and Josephine Schwanda .................................................$6,105.00 Charles W. and Jean C. Schwanda ..................................................$12,790.00 Ellen Senechal .................................................................................$7,222.00 Elmo & Marjorie Serafin ..................................................................$6,595.00 Shenipsit Striders-Beth Stage .......................................................$12,751.00 Stephen B. Skelton ........................................................................$11,300.00 Walter J. & Eunice M. Skopek...........................................................$2,525.00 Joshua R. Smialek .........................................................................$12,292.79 Nello (Butch) & Alice Spallacci.........................................................$7,733.00 Stafford Democrats-Doris Devera ....................................................$2,725.00 Stafford Lions Club Memorial .......................................................$41,692.00 Armand J. & Mildred Cambria, Silvio S. DaDalt, Albert A. DeNunzio, Orlando Francini, Michael J. Gregorio, R. Price Milam, Sylvan A. Tetrault Stafford Men’s Softball-Walter DaDalt .............................................$9,782.00 Stafford Rotary Club-Dr. Joseph Amanti ..........................................$9,500.00 Stafford Rotary Club-Ronald E. Ambrosi ..........................................$2,100.00 Stafford Rotary Club-Robert Campbell ............................................$4,500.00 Stafford Rotary Club-Etalo “Pic” Gnutti............................................$2,602.00 Stafford Rotary Club-Joseph A. Introvigne ......................................$5,050.00 Stafford Rotary Club-Dr. Wendelin G. Luckner .................................$7,250.00 Stafford Rotary Club - Mario A. Posocco ..........................................$2,630.00 Stafford Rotary Club-Robert B. Schwanda.......................................$7,650.00 Stafford Rotary Club-William Sorensen ...........................................$3,650.00 Stafford Rotary Club-Earl Witt .........................................................$7,750.00 Scott C. Stelmak ............................................................................$16,239.20 Florence Mae & Charles Stevens ....................................................$11,698.00 Jennifer A. Stone .............................................................................$2,030.00 Eleanore Knowlton Stramiello.......................................................$20,450.00 Eleanore Knowlton Stramiello.......................................................$20,450.00 Emily L. & John R. Sullivan ............................................................$10,795.00 Marla Sullivan .................................................................................$7,045.00 Sylvan A. Tetrault ............................................................................$4,317.60 Max and Shirley Thiesing.................................................................$4,610.00 Leroy Tiziani ....................................................................................$2,705.00 Lisa Marie Toman ..........................................................................$10,105.00 Henry J. Tonidandel .........................................................................$3,000.00 Reno & Lillian Tonoli....................................................................$135,597.84 George Turschmann ........................................................................$6,000.00 Francis “Jim” Vail ..............................................................................$4,206.00 Robert J. Sr. & Richard Verlik .........................................................$12,080.00 VFW Post 9990 & Ladies Auxiliary.-Charles Furness.......................$14,580.84 Shelly Vogel ..................................................................................$47,773.20

Alexander Warren ...........................................................................$6,285.00 Katie M. Waugh.............................................................................$10,863.02 Judy M. Webb..................................................................................$2,395.00 Peter A. Wierzbowski, Jr. ....................................................................$125.00 Richard H. Willis ..............................................................................$3,155.00 Windham/Tolland 8 & 40-Kathleen Ann Dombek ...........................$8,408.00 Gordon A. “Buster” Woods ...............................................................$1,105.00 John W. Zelz ....................................................................................$3,065.00 OTHER PERMANENT TRUSTS American Legion Post #26 .............................................................$11,555.00 American Legion Post #26 Auxiliary ................................................$5,987.00 Big Y Foods ......................................................................................$3,382.00 CSEA Local 2001 Stafford Chapter....................................................$4,000.00 CSF of Stafford Springs Awards Committee .....................................$5,000.00 Cuno, Inc. ........................................................................................$5,730.00 First Universalist Church of Stafford...............................................$68,020.14 Therese G. Fishman .........................................................................$3,014.73 Mary Ellen Glover ...........................................................................$3,000.00 Victoria Hine ...................................................................................$1,700.00 Knights of Columbus Council 1395 ................................................$15,458.00 North American Printed Circuits Employees ....................................$8,005.33 Package Machinery Co.....................................................................$3,763.00 F. Joseph Paradiso ...........................................................................$5,850.00 Rosanne G. Roszczewski ..................................................................$5,000.00 Gary E. Shearer................................................................................$5,375.00 Stafford Area Community Services-Thrift Shop .............................$40,139.00 Stafford Arts Commission ................................................................$2,151.00 Stafford Band Boosters....................................................................$7,787.00 Stafford Crusaders .........................................................................$16,989.00 Stafford Fish & Game Club ...............................................................$7,697.00 Stafford Grange No. 1 ......................................................................$4,440.00 Stafford High School-Class of 1986 .................................................$3,180.00 Stafford High School-Class of 2006 .................................................$3,738.70 Stafford High School-Class of 2014 .................................................$5,000.00 Stafford Motor Speedway................................................................$3,813.00 Stafford Motor Speedway & New London County Motorcycles ........$3,293.00 Stafford Public Health Association.................................................$10,000.00 Stafford Republicans .......................................................................$3,882.00 Stafford Rotary Club ........................................................................$5,750.00 Stafford Savings Bank .................................................................$150,592.48 Stafford Seniors Association, Inc......................................................$8,364.56 Stafford Springs Congregational Church ........................................$11,314.00 Staffordville Elementary School ......................................................$4,482.00 Stafford Women’s Club ..................................................................$12,249.72 Tolland Bank ...................................................................................$2,644.00 TTM Technologies, Inc. ..................................................................$19,439.67 Warren Corp. .................................................................................$11,311.00 Warren Corp. Employees..................................................................$5,188.00 West Stafford Parent Teacher’s Organization ...................................$4,945.00 Willington Financial ........................................................................$2,800.00 Willington Nameplate Inc. ............................................................$14,576.00 Wolcott Lodge #60 ..........................................................................$5,141.00 Subtotal ................................................................................. $188,217.00 General Reserve Fund .................................................................. $41,469.00 Estate of John M. Patten............................................................. $258,188.00 Subtotal ..............................................................................$2,181,827.00 Lisa Cheman................................................................................... $3,335.18 GRAND TOTAL ..........................................................$2,185,162.18

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Bellante .........................................$3,888.27 Jeremy Bergeron .............................................................................$9,094.00 Larcene L. “Beenie” Bessette............................................................$4,087.00 Timothy Beverage .........................................................................$21,000.00 Nicholas H. Booth............................................................................$2,305.00 Jeffrey F. Braun ..............................................................................$12,685.00 Zenna Brisson................................................................................$11,756.00 Arima O. Campo ..............................................................................$5,290.00 Aldo & Julia Carocari........................................................................$1,630.00 Catholic Daughter’s of America - Anna Hurchala .............................$5,530.00 Mary Muzio Chamberlain ................................................................$3,875.00 Arthur J. & Julia M. Clapprood .........................................................$8,999.00 Clifford A. and Mary L Collette .........................................................$8,218.00 Benjamin P. & Marguerite M. Cooley .............................................$21,225.00 Tony Costa .......................................................................................$2,085.00 Francis H. “Frank” Curnan and Keith F. Curnan .................................$6,962.00 Jennifer Lee DaDalt .........................................................................$1,530.00 Ronald D’Amico .............................................................................$26,221.00 Ronnie DaRos ..................................................................................$7,854.00 Burton A. Davis ...............................................................................$5,135.00 Theresa “Terri” Davis ......................................................................$10,802.00 Mildred P. DeCarli ..........................................................................$20,249.00 Bruce A. DeTora ...............................................................................$5,650.00 Marjorie P. Dobson ..........................................................................$7,748.00 Karl Jacob & Maria Fratz Doldt ........................................................$5,000.00 Barbara-Ann Kenny Elderkin ...........................................................$7,175.00 Michael Peter Ference & Sandra J. Ference ......................................$6,141.00 John & Matilda A. Spusta Festi ......................................................$12,266.00 John E. Festi ....................................................................................$4,685.00 Harriet Fiore ....................................................................................$3,985.00 Thomas L. Fitzgerald and Gregg T. Fitzgerald ..................................$1,285.00 Harry & Ida Fontanella ....................................................................$5,380.00 Attilio R. Frassinelli........................................................................$10,054.00 Anna & Arthur Furness Sr. ...............................................................$1,970.00 Marty Galotto..................................................................................$3,705.00 Stephen E. Galotto ..........................................................................$5,480.00 Wayne Gaudreau .............................................................................$6,770.00 Ruth K. Matteson Gnutti................................................................$10,000.00 Roger B. Godin ................................................................................$5,780.00 Timothy R. 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SOMERS — Superintendent of Schools Brian Czapla is seeking a $23,914,137 budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Czapla presented his proposed spending plan at the Jan. 14 Board of Education meeting. According to information on the Somers schools’ website, the proposed budget is a 4.78 percent or $1,091,626 increase over the current year’s spending plan. Czapla said the increase goes to contractual obligations. Czapla told the school board about his priorities and challenges in drafting the budget. He said the major areas include academic achievement and mental health, noting that there have been concerns about standardized test scores of town students and that, nationally, 20 percent of adolescents experience mental health issues. The budget is made up of $22,145,093 for nondiscretionary spending, which includes salaries, insurance, benefits, tuition, transportation and utilities. That represents 92.6 percent of the proposed budget. The superintendent said the per-pupil expenditure in the proposed budget is $15,855, compared to an average of $18,762 in the town’s district reference group, which is made up of similar towns in the state. Czapla told the school board if Somers had the same cost per student as its reference group, it would mean an 18.3 percent increase in the budget or an additional $4,276,000. The school board will consider approving the budget proposal at its Feb. 11 meeting. A public hearing on the budget will be held in March.

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SOMERS – The Network Against Domestic Abuse recently received a $1,100 donation from the newly formed North Central Connecticut Chapter of 100 Women Who Care. This chapter of 100WWC is part of a national effort to have an immediate, direct, and positive impact at the local

level by assisting worthy not-for-profit charities. The concept is simple. Women come together four times a year for one hour to choose a local charity. Each member then writes a $100 check directly to the charity selected. With over 600 chapters worldwide, including two others in CT, this model has proven successful with minimal effort on the part of busy women to collectively make a significant impact in their communities.

The Network Against Domestic Abuse was the first charity chosen by 100WWC and after each member wrote a $100 check, the NADA was presented with the $1,100 donation. Luci Lawson, marketing administrator for The Network, said: “We here at The Network Against Domestic Abuse are very grateful for the support from the 100 Women Who Care organization. “The donation will be used to transport clients to the office for counseling servic-

es who have no access to a vehicle.” Services provided by The Network are free and include outreach, crisis intervention, support and counseling services, as well as a 15-bed emergency shelter for individuals and families. The Network operates a confidential 24-hour crisis hotline, seven days a week. For more information about The Network’s services, please visit www.thenetworkct.org or call (860) 763-7430.

Polish dinner, bake sale among upcoming community events

SOMERS — The third annual American Legion Post 101 Authentic Polish Dinner will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 245 Main St. (Route 190). Come experience authentic Polish foods and enjoy traditional Polish music. Eat, drink, socialize and dance.  Each ticket sold supports The American Legion’s pillar programs and its armed forces active duty and veteran members.

The menu includes kiełbasa,  golabki  pierogies, and  kapusta  with rye bread. Pączki is the dessert. Beverages: coffee, iced tea, and cash bar. Carry-out is available. Tickets are $20 for adults, children under 12 $10. For details, call (860) 763-0358 or (888) 2408188, or email tickets@SomersPost101.org. The Somers Congregational Church’s 26th annual Anything Chocolate Bake Sale and Pancake Breakfast will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9,

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Somers A firsthand account of an Eagle Scout Project By Jack Medrek

A look at some of the work taking place during the construction efforts for two planter box benches for the Somers Elementary School playground. The job was proposed and directed by Jack Medrek for his Eagle Scout project for Troop 387 in Somers.

My name is Jack Medrek and I am a Boy Scout from Somers Troop 387. Construction of my Eagle Scout Project was completed on Dec. 8, 2018. In May 2018 I proposed the idea for the project — building two planter box benches for the Somers Elementary School playground — to my Scoutmaster. After getting positive feedback from him and the rest of the troop committee, I went on to present the idea to the Somers Elementary School principal. Once she approved the proposal, it was then approved by my council representative. Fundraising applications were also approved by the principal and council in September 2018. Thanks to the donations of many friends and family members to my GoFundMe campaign, construction on the project was soon under way. In addition to my GoFundMe campaign, I received discounts from the Home Depot, as well as Kelly-Fradet Lumber, while purchasing the lumber and supplies needed. I was also fortunate to receive unexpected donations of refreshments from the Somers Dunkin’ Donuts in order to help feed my helpers on our work days. Fellow scouts and many adult helpers began work on my project with my leadership and direction on Nov. 3. It was originally planned to take only one day, but due to complexity in the design and structure of the benches, more work days were needed. The project work continued on Nov. 17, with my volunteers continuing construction work as well as staining the parts of the planter box benches. In addition, the sites for the benches were prepared.

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On Dec. 8, the benches were transported from the Somers Scout Lodge to the Somers Elementary School playground where they were installed. Over 15 youth and adult volunteers from Somers Troop 387 turned out to help me over the three work days. Altogether, our work time totaled over 250 hours over the course of the three days. The finished planter box benches are made from high quality cedar lumber and contain small arborvitae shrubs. Thus far, I have received much positive feedback from the Somers Elementary School community including both students and staff. I am very grateful for the support of my community. Thanks to the support of the Somers PTO, I anticipate that the students of Somers Elementary School will also enjoy helping to maintain the plantings as a way of giving back to their community.

Jack Medrek led his group of more than 15 youth and adult volunteers over the course of three days in building two planter box benches for the Somers Elementary School playground. Medrek proposed the idea for his Eagle Scout project in May 2018 and the work wrapped up on Dec. 8.

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Voters OK sewer, infrastructure work By Linda Tishler Levinson

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State Rep. Kurt Vail looks over the proceedings during the start of the state legislative session earlier this year. Vail represents the 52nd General Assembly District of Somers and Stafford.

STAFFORD — Voters approved a $6.5 million appropriation and $6 million bond authorization for West Street sewer line replacement, pump station upgrades and town infrastructure work at a Jan. 24 special town meeting. The motion to approve the project was approved by voice vote, with just one no vote, according to the minutes of the meeting. The project includes $2.7 million for the Water Pollution Control Authority project, which includes the design and construction of the sewer line project — sewers, storm drains, manholes, catch basins and appurtenances, curbs, sidewalks, pavement replacement, and the Middle River Bridge crossing; as well as the design, repairs and upgrades to the Route 190 pump station for the sanitary sewer system.

It also includes $3.832 million for the infrastructure project — the design, construction, repair and reconstruction of town infrastructure, which includes roads, sidewalks, drainage, roadside elements and the Williamson Road Bridge. The cost of both projects totals $6.532 million. Beyond the bonded funds, the project will be paid for by state, federal or other grants. The WPCA will pay the town 18.07 percent of the principal and interest payments for the WPCA project. Pinney School petition A petition on Change.org received 500 signatures in an effort to preserve the Pinney School. The school is up for sale by the town.

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School chief proposes $28.3 million budget, up 1.78 percent (continued from page 34)

“The creators of this petition know that the town’s current BOS wants the building on the tax roles as quickly as possible, but what this petition hopes to accomplish is that the BOS includes the easement recommendations of the Stafford Historic Advisory Commission. SHAC recom-

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School budget proposal Superintendent of School Steven Moccio is seeking

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a $28,395,080 school budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The proposed budget is an increase of 1.78 percent or $496,425 over the current spending plan. The Board of Education will next discuss the budget at its Feb. 11 meeting and is scheduled to approve a budget at its Feb. 25 meeting.


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Loom City Lofts of Rockville Limited Partnership principal Joseph V. Vallone, A.I.A. (pictured, center) illustrates some of the design highlights of his renovated, 68 unit property during a Jan. 15 Tolland County Chamber of Commerce networking event. (Not pictured, other principal owner Tamara Kagan Levine, Esq.) Loom City Lofts is the renovated Roosevelt Mill which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1906, the mill was one of the first structures in New England to be constructed entirely with reinforced concrete technology. The Lofts utilizes an affordable rent formula for 60 of the 68 apartments. Not only is the entire property fully occupied, but there is presently a 185 person waiting list.

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SUFFIELD — The Kent Memorial Library has received a grant from The American Library Association, in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, to host a series of programs, which will be community conversations centered around “American Creed,” a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be. Additional funding for the programs is provided by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library. In the documentary, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Pulitzer Prizewinning historian David M. Kennedy, civic entrepreneur Eric Liu, moveon.org founder Joan Blades, Tea Party Patriots founder Mark Meckler, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, and other citizen-activists come together from remarkably different perspectives to explore the idea of a unifying American creed. The library’s series of programs will start with the showing of the documentary “American Creed” on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center. After the showing, Lucy Nalpathanchil will facilitate a conversation centered on the film. Nalpathanchil is a public radio journalist at WNPR. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center, Jonathan M. Beagle, an associate professor of History at Western New England University will present a talk on “The Seeds of the American Creed.” Other speakers in the series are Douglas L. Battema, professor and chair of the Department of Communication; William Force, associate professor of sociology; and Winthrop Rhodes, professor of English. All teach at Western New England University. Dates for these programs will occur in the spring.

Superintendent seeks budget hike of 4.89 percent for 2019-20 By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD — Interim Superintendent of Schools Mark Winzler is seeking a $36,511,008 for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Winzler presented his budget proposal at the Board of Education’s Jan. 22 meeting. The proposed budget is an increase of $1,703,776 or 4.89 percent over the current spending plan. Winzler said the main drivers of the increase include contractual salaries, which will increase 1.82 percent; special education, 1.79 percent; and health insurance, 1.02 percent. Winzler told the school board that 22.1 percent of the total budget is for special education and pupil services. Salaries and benefits are 83.3 percent of the budget. Winzler said to maintain current programs, the budget increase would be 3.47 percent. He said the additional 1.42 percent is needed to improve school programs, especially special education personnel, regular education teachers and academic support. Winzler said having a budget increase of about 1 percent or lower each year is not sustainable. He also said there is a direct correlation between a valued and funded school system and higher property values.

Winzler said the main drivers of the increase include contractual salaries, which will increase 1.82 percent; special education, 1.79 percent; and health insurance, 1.02 percent.

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