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• REGIONAL: Kids feel the pinch as area services decline ..................p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Trolley Museum on track to get more cash ................p. 6 • ELLINGTON: Officials hope residents are in favor of proposed budget ....p. 7 • REGIONAL: Auction to ‘Keep Jeff’s Dream Alive’ set for April 27 ....p. 10 • ENFIELD: Common Grounds Rotary Garden ready for season ..........p. 12 • ENFIELD: ‘Dancing With the Town’ steps up to fund services ..........p. 15 • STAFFORD: Arts Commission offering free workshops............................p. 27 •STAFFORD: ‘Laws of Life’ essay writers receive honors.................................p. 31 •SUNDAY DRIVE: Going the extra mile for some great eating..................p. 35 •CLASSIFIEDS:....................... p. 37-38

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Regional

Are Services Declining for Local Children? By Linda Tishler Levinson

A decision in March by the Somers Board of Selectmen to eliminate the allday summer camps caught many parents off-guard. Outraged parents raised a number of questions, including whether the town’s proposed zero-percent increase budget was being balanced on the backs of the town’s children. As towns across North Central Connecticut face another year of tight budgets, the question becomes, Are children being well served even as towns fight to balance the needs of citizens of all ages for services against the ability of taxpayers in a down economy to pay higher taxes? Liability Concerns In Somers, town officials say the Small Fry Camp and All Day Summer Camp program were canceled for safety and liability reasons, not to balance the budget. At a March 14 meeting, the Somers selectmen voted unanimously to accept the town Parks and Recreation Spring/Summer Programs lineup, which included the addition of Skyhawk’s Summer Camps, UK Soccer Clinics and Camps, and Children’s Music Programs, as well as the elimination of the all-day camps. “The elimination of the two camps was a result of a risk assessment review that was recently completed, as well as from the advice from our independent risk manager Roy Ivins of RMI Associates,” Somers First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini wrote in a March 18 letter. The letter noted that there were a number of problems at the camps last year with a number of dehydration and heat-related incidents, as well as bee-sting incidents. “It became apparent that we do not have the adequate facilities or medical personnel to ensure prevention of such incidents relating to dehydration and heat exhaustion, as well as to deal with inclement weather such as severe thunderstorms and lightning,” Pellegrini said. She added that the expanded half-day camp program offerings are insured professionally by those running those camps and that there are a number of camp options in the area. While summer plans have changed for some, there also are concerns about how tight budgets will affect children during the school year. School superintendents in the region said they remain hopeful, but some also expressed concerns about adequate funding. Needs-Based Budget Enfield Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann said he was seeking a 3.98 percent increase over last year’s school budget. Enfield Town Manager Matthew Coppler’s budget proposal of a $64,262,156 school budget represents a 1.8 percent increase. “It’s a needs-based budget,” Schumann

said, although he added there are some new initiatives “and we hope to keep them.” Among those new initiatives is a new school security program, which will provide for armed security personnel at all Enfield schools. Small Increases the Rule East Windsor Superintendent of Schools Teresa Kane is seeking a $21,154,530 budget, a 4.86 percent increase over the current school budget. “Certainly, we’re always hopeful,” Kane said, adding that the town does not have a history of being willing to go over the mandatory 2 percent budget increase. She encouraged residents to attend the town budget meetings. “We like to remind people to come out and vote,” she said. Level Service Budget Somers Superintendent of Schools Maynard Suffredini Jr. is seeking a $20,408,000 budget, a 2.93 percent increase over the current fiscal year. He described his proposed spending plan as a “level-service budget.” He said if cuts are made, they will affect programs and staffing levels. Full-Day Kindergarten Stafford Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin said the Board of Education

is recommending a $27,612,401 budget, a 5.78 percent increase over the current fiscal year. Included in the budget proposal is $195,765 to add full-day kindergarten. She said to offset that cost, the number of available preschool slots would be reduced and staff will be transferred from preschool to kindergarten. Last in the State Ellington Superintendent of Schools Stephen Cullinan said he is concerned that once again the school district is 166th out of the state’s 166 districts in per-pupil spending. He said the school population has been growing, but “the staffing has not grown to keep up with that.” “I think we’re starting to see a strain about being 166 out of 166,” he said. Nonetheless, he added, “I think our kids still perform very, very well.” He is seeking a $33,086,950 budget, a 4.98 percent increase over the current spending plan. The budget includes a number of new staff positions, including support staff recommended when the school underwent its accreditation review by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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East Windsor

Selectmen Seeks 4.54 Percent Increase in Town’s Spending By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The town budget would increase 4.54 percent under the proposed 2013-2014 budget. The budget was scheduled to be presented at a March 27 public hearing, after the North Central News went to press. The $35,709,526 spending plan includes $21,154,530 for the Board of Education budget, an increase of 4.86 percent. The budget also includes $2,787,181 for town government, an increase of 0.44

Davis Welcomes New Business in Broad Brook

On March 20, state Rep. Chris Davis (R-57th) joined local realtors and other local dignitaries to celebrate the opening of a new establishment on Main Street in Broad Brook by Richards Realty – the business’ second in East Windsor. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Davis presented realtor David Richards with an official citation from the General Assembly commending the business on the opening of its new office building. “Today we celebrated the expansion of a successful business making another significant investment in our community,” Rep. Davis said. “I’d like to welcome this new establishment to the East Windsor community and I wish Richards Reality great prosperity and success in their future here in Broad Brook.”

percent; $5,136,228 for public safety, up 2.12 percent, $1,616,105 for public works, up 12.64 percent; $838,542 for sanitation and waste removal, up 0.73 percent; $386,345 for conservation of health, up 20.54 percent; $477,606 for recreation, up 3.39 percent; $586,684 for insurance and benefits, up 13.9 percent; $319,928 for miscellaneous, up 0.95 percent; $1,011,337 for the Capital Improvement Plan, up 114.44 percent; and $1,397,040 for debt service, down 11.10 percent.

Davis Adopts Scantic River State Park

HARTFORD –State Rep. Chris Davis (R-57th) recently announced his “adoption” of Scantic River State Park in East Windsor under the “Adopt a Park” program established by Friends of State Parks – an environmental organization in Connecticut. “No matter what part of the state you live in, there is a state park or forest close by - but these lands are not easily maintained. It takes a cohered effort from the state, environmental organizations and dedicated volunteers to keep these lands available for public use,” Rep. Davis said. “I am proud to adopt the Scantic River State Park and to have a role in this important program that will help preserve our state’s open lands for years to come.” Legislators who "Adopt A Park" commit to do the following:

• Acknowledge the State Park or Parks in their District; • Visit the State Park(s) to understand its assets and needs; • Work with existing "Friends of Park" organization or with the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection to launch an annual event (walk, clean-up, etc.) in 2013; and • Publicize their Park(s) and help advocate for the needs of the State Park system. Legislators who participate in the program are also included on an Honor Roll that the Friends of CT State Parks and CFPA will keep up to date and display online. The Scantic State Park spreads across 174 acres of land covering the towns of Enfield, East Windsor and Somers.

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The East Windsor High School girls basketball team, which made it to the semifinals of the Class S state tournament this year, honored three seniors: Ashley Gallant, Molly Gallant, and Allison Rodriguez.

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Saturday, May 18, at noon. Arruzza is an independent author/publisher of a series of books about his real-life dog Sparky. Pre-registration is required. Call 860623-5482 to register. Seating is limited.

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East Windsor

Lebeau Leads Fight for East Windsor Trolley Museum Bonding EAST WINDSOR - State Sen. Gary D. LeBeau (D-East Hartford) led the effort to pass a bill which – if signed into law -would provide the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor with up to $3.5 million in state economic development grants to expand the museum and make it a larger, regional tourist destination. On the final day of action for its bills, the Commerce Committee – on which LeBeau is Senate Chairman – approved legislation authorizing state bonding for the trolley museum. The bill now heads to the Finance Committee for consideration. “We have invested millions of dollars in a new, statewide tourism campaign that seeks to take advantage of the billions of dollars that visitors spend every year in Connecticut,” LeBeau said. “This pro-

posed bonding is one more way for businesses in north-central Connecticut to reap the benefits of a historic and beloved local attraction that could be even bigger and better with some state attention.” LeBeau noted that travelers to Connecticut spend more than $9 billion each year, generating $70 million annually in hotel occupancy taxes and $1.15 billion in state and local revenue. Travel and tourism results in 110,000 jobs – 6.5 percent of the state’s total – and generates $5.3 billion in personal income and $7.95 billion in gross state product. “The Connecticut Trolley Museum is a destination. We’re trying to make it a better destination,” said Trolley Museum Chairman Fred Stroiney. “We need some heavy-duty funds to get our infrastructure

EAST WINDSOR - The Town of East Windsor Human Services has begun taking applications for the State of Connecticut Renter Rebate Program that runs April 1 to Oct. 1. This program provides a onetime yearly payment to renters based on income, rent and utilities that were paid from the previous year (2012). Applicants must be 65 by Dec. 31, 2012 or be permanently and totally disabled as defined by Social Security and at least 18

years of age by Dec. 31, 2012. The income limits (including Social Security) are as follows: Single - $33,500; Married $40,900. To make an appointment to apply, please call 860-623-2430. The department is located at 25 School St., East Windsor. Please bring the following to your appointment Proof Of All Income For The Year 2012 Including:

fixed up. This bonding could get a lot of that done, and it would allow us to leverage matching grants that we couldn’t get otherwise.” Stroiney said the museum’s priorities include improving the track, signals, crossings and museum buildings, and extending the trolley line another mile and a half. The Connecticut Electric Railway Association, Inc. owns and operates the Connecticut Trolley Museum, which is located on Route 140 near the Route 5 intersection. Founded in October 1940, it is the nation’s oldest incorporated organization dedicated to the preservation of the trolley era. As a non-profit institution, its educational and historical aim is the establishment of a full-scale operating street

and interurban railroad system with the appropriate accessory equipment and buildings to recreate an important phase of New England’s business and social life from 1890 to 1949. A three-mile round trip streetcar ride with an educational narrative is provided to the museum’s visitors during their visit. All work at the museum, except for one paid employee in the museum office, is done by volunteers. There are over 70 pieces of rail equipment owned by the museum, some of them dating as far back as 1869 The Connecticut Trolley Museum opened for the season on Friday, March 29. For more information on the museum, visit: http://www.ct-trolley.org.

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ELLINGTON — The Board of Selectmen is seeking a 5.33 percent increase in the town budget. The selectmen presented the $14,094,037 budget to the Board of Finance at a March 11 meeting. After several years of relatively level budgets, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said he is hopeful the town will be able to make some additions to the budget. One of those additions is for a full-time resource officer for the town schools. That request was made in light

of the Newtown shootings in which 20 students and six educators were killed, Superintendent of Schools Stephen Cullinan said. Blanchette said he is hopeful the town will look favorably on this budget. “We hope that things are looking up a little bit,” he said, adding that he wants to be sure the town budget eventually passed will at least keep up with maintenance. In a Jan. 9 letter, Finance Board Chairman Robert Clements said warned that every effort must be made to

control spending. “It’s another year and another budget, and I wish I could advise you to go ahead and put in for all those things you only dream of, but this year will be no different than the past several,” Clements wrote. “ … We again ask that each department attempt to submit a zero increase budget, not counting increases in the cost of contracted services already agreed upon.” A public hearing on the budget will be held at 8 p.m. April 9 in the Ellington High School auditorium.

Final Report Issued on High School’s Accreditation Process

ELLINGTON - Neil Rinaldi, principal of Ellington High School, announced the release of the final report by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Visiting Committee for Ellington High School. The visitation was completed from Sept. 23-26, 2012. The New England Association is a voluntary accrediting agency of more than 2000 public independent schools, colleges and universities, and vocational, technical and career institutions. The Commission works with individual schools to improve the quality of education through a continuous process of evaluation and accreditation. One of the major requirements for NEASC membership is that the entire

school be evaluated following an extensive self-study by the professional staff. This evaluation was conducted by a visiting committee of professional educators, sent by the commission, to review all materials prepared by the faculty in a selfassessment, visit classes, and talk to students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members during their four-day visit to the school. Rinaldi stated, "to become a member of NEASC, a school must meet the commission standards for accreditation. “The purpose of the visitation and subsequent report is to validate that the necessary ingredients for effective education exist within the school for accreditation.”

      

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through effective follow-up on the commendations and recommendations contained in the report.

ELLINGTON - Ellington High School’s Drama Club, Opening Knight Players (OKP), will be holding a “Farm Day and Picnic” for children on Saturday, May 4, to highlight their performances of “Charlotte’s Web” the following weekend, May 10-12. The drama group did a similar sold-out event last year for children before their performances of “Beauty and the Beast.” Children will have the opportunity to meet the characters, play games, do crafts

and tour the “Charlotte’s Web” set. OKP will be using puppets in this production, which is something different for the group. The Farm Day will take place at Ellington High School from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per child and parents are free. Tickets for Farm Day will be by reservation only and those interested should email efomtickets@gmail.com to make their reservations. Payment will be accepted the day of the event. For more information on the event, contact the same email.

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Ellington

Community Scholarship Association Thanks Its Sponsors

To the Editor; On behalf of the Ellington Community Scholarship Association, I would like to thank the Ellington community for their continued support in helping our students as they pursue their post-secondary education. We recently completed our 31st Annual Phone-a-thon and we are grateful for the wonderful response we received. Last year, due to the generosity and support of our town, ECSA was able to award $50,600 to 55 graduating seniors to aid them in their pursuit of higher education. Through your continued support, it is our hope that

we will be able to help even more students in 2013. To make this all possible, I truly wish to thank the dedicated members of ECSA, the parent volunteers and the school administration but I particularly wish to thank the wonderful group of students from Ellington High School who donated their time and effort to make the phone-athon a success. Thank you again for your generosity and support. If you did not receive a pledge form, you can still donate to this year’s Awards Night. Please make your taxdeductible contribution to: ECSA, P.O. Box 54, Ellington,

CT 06029. Please accept our sincere thanks for your contribution to the Ellington Community Scholarship Association. We are always grateful to the citizens of Ellington for helping the students of our town advance in their academic careers. Your contribution makes a significant difference in the lives of our young people as they struggle with the cost of a college or technical school education. Jim Connolly President - ECSA www.ecsact.org

Ellington Senior Center Offers Variety of Spring Programs

ELLINGTON - With the welcome of spring, and the weather turning warmer, a “Weekday Walkers Club” is forming at the senior center. Walk to get fit, meet new friends or discover some long-lost ones! Groups will be meeting daily during the week. Stop by the Senior Center to see the weekly schedule. This new program will begin on Wednesday, April 3, at 9:30 a.m. All participants must have a signed PAR-Q (health form) to participate. For more information contact Samantha Baer, Program Coordinator at the senior center at 860-870-3133 or sbaer@ellingtonct.gov. Have you been to a sporting event and

seen a game that’s played with a group of people and two sets of small ladders? If so, you have seen ladder ball. Ladder ball anyone? Ladder ball has arrived at the Ellington Senior Center. Beginning Wednesday, April 10, ladder ball will be played mornings from 10:00-11:30. Ladder ball is very similar to horse shoes and lawn darts; it can be played inside or outside. It is a fun game played by people of all generations. Chess Mates, a program by Alex Cardoni, an Ellington resident and retired UConn professor, continues to meet Monday mornings at the Hall Memorial Library from the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Guglielmo Applauds Initiative to Bolster Affordable Housing Projects

HARTFORD - State Sen. Tony (R-Stafford) applauds Guglielmo Governor Dannel Malloy‘s initiative to invest in nine housing developments around the state including two developments in Vernon. The funding, through the Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP) initiative at the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), is a part of the administration’s commitment to strengthening Connecticut’s economy by expanding housing opportunities that will attract and retain a talented workforce. “Providing new housing options for young families and those who need affordable housing will have the opportunity to have a place to call home. Everyone deserves a safe place to live, work and grow,” said Sen. Guglielmo. Through CHAMP, owners and developers of affordable single and multifamily rental developments can apply for loans and grants to expand or rehabilitate housing. Funds awarded under this program may be combined with financial assistance from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA). This financing will help build or renovate approximately 476 residential units around the state. At least 319 will be

affordable to income-qualifying households. The project development costs would come from the state and other sources, including developer equity, private financing and federal funding. The CHAMP investments in Vernon would include: • The Old Talcott Brothers’ Mill, Vernon — DECD’s assistance will help convert the Old Talcott Brothers’ Mill into a mixed-use building with residential apartments and commercial space. The residential space will have 83 units — nine studios, 56 one-bedroom units and 18 twobedroom units. Additional funding for the project will include a private bank loan, State Historic Tax Credit proceeds, and a private Talcott Family investment. The project is transit oriented and located near Interstate 84 and within ¼ mile of bus transportation. This renovation will preserve and repurpose a historically important mill for 21st century housing while maintaining the historic character of the 19th Century Talcott Mill Village. DECD funding: Up to $4.4 million • Loom City Lofts, Vernon — Loom City Lofts is a sustainable rehabilitation and conversion of the former 5-story Roosevelt Mill in the Rockville section of Vernon. The residential units will include 9 studios, 51 one-bedrooms and 8 two-

bedrooms as well as 7,000 square feet of first floor commercial space. The development will preserve this historically important mill while creating a vibrant mixed-income development that is walkable to Rockville center. About 60 of the 68 units will be available to households at or

below 60% of area median income. DECD funding: Up to $5 million The CHFA/DECD application and CHAMP initiative outline are available on DECD’s website at www.decd.org and CHFA’s website at www.chfa.org.

SOMERS - May 4 will welcome chili cooks from across the country to Pleasant View on 452 South Rd., Somers, as they compete for an opportunity to represent the New England Regional Chili Cook Off at the International Chili Society’s World Championships in Palm Springs, Calif., later this year. The New England Regional Chili Cook Off has had a long history in Somers, starting in the 1980s and ’90s. The event then was held in Woburn, Mass., before returning to its home in Somers in 2006.

Sanctioned and governed by the International Chili Society, cooks will compete in Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa categories. There will also be nonICS categories for a Youth Division for kids under 18 years of age and People's Choice Chili. Cash awards will be distributed to winning teams. For more information, please contact Michael Freedman, Chairman of the New England Regional Chili Cook Off, at madmike@chilict.com or go to www.chilict.com.

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Common Grounds Rotary Garden Ready for New Season

ENFIELD - Connecticut suffered one of the worst blizzards in history this February. Thankfully, spring has sprung, which means it is time to start thinking of vegetables, flowers and sunshine. The Common Grounds Rotary Garden is getting ready to start the 2013 growing season. Common Grounds was created in 2006 by the Enfield Rotary Club which, along with local businesses and the University of Connecticutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Master Gardener program, donated the garden to the Town of Enfield. The garden has been managed by a volunteer Board of Directors since 2007. Common Grounds is a community garden that is situated on a one-acre plot of land between the Enfield Senior Center (located at 299 Elm Street) and the adjacent protected wetlands. Common Grounds is dedicated to growing produce and flowers using sustainable organic practices. The main goal is to assist local food relief agencies. All of the approximately 4,000-5,000 pounds of produce grown each year are given directly to these agencies for distribution. The garden is maintained and harvested by volunteers from local communities. Each year, the organization sponsors community pro-

the second Thursday of each month at the Enfield Senior Center. Donations are also welcome. The following items are in need: stone dust or small stones for walkways, garden hoses and spray nozzles, apple baskets with handles, fertilizer/lime, twine, gardening gloves (both adult and child sizes), wheelbarrows and garden tools in new or good used condition such as trowels, spades, hand pruners, garden snips,

gramming, events, and activities for all ages to support this mission. Common Grounds is very excited for the upcoming season. There are a number of events the spring through the fall that are open to the public. The first event will be held on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. through early afternoon (with a rain date of Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28), with general garden cleanup. Weekly work nights, including cleanup, maintenance, and harvesting, will start Tuesday, May 7, from 5:30 p.m. until dark. Volunteers of all levels are always needed. Anyone is also welcome to attend monthly board meetings, which are held

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Town Manager Seeks 1.8 Percent Increase in Town Spending By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The town manager is seeking a $116,416,897 general fund budget. The proposal includes a $54,791,836 for town appropriations and $64,262,157 for the schools. The overall budget represents an increase of 1.8 percent, Town Manager Matthew Coppler said, with both the town and the school budgets increasing by that amount. Coppler said that changes in the budget

include an increase of $522,182 for debt service and an increase of $313,402 for pension costs. The budget also includes $610,387 for the new school security program. That program involves the hiring of armed security personnel at all town schools, Coppler said. The budget includes a proposal to add a user fee charge for the Water Pollution Control Fund. The budget includes an increase of $23,723 for the WPC.

ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tickets for St. Bernard Church's annual raffle will go on sale the week of April 7. They will be available from both St. Bernard parishioners and parents of St. Bernard School students as well as at the church's rectory, 426 Hazard Ave. Tickets cost $5 each. Prizes to be awarded in this year's raffle are gift certificates for $2,500 to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, $1,500 to Home Depot, and $500 to Super Stop & Shop. The raffle drawing comes at the end of the parish's annual Carnival, which this year will be held from Thursday, May 30, through Saturday, June 1, on the church grounds. The drawing will be held during

a breakfast in the church's Fitzmaurice Hall on Sunday, June 2, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Ticketholders need not be present to win. The parish also is seeking sponsors to help underwrite the cost of putting on the Carnival. There are three sponsorship levels: gold, for a $300 donation; silver, $200; and bronze, $150. Sponsorship donations are taxdeductible, and sponsors' names will be posted on a special notice board in front of the church during the weeks leading up to and following the Carnival. For more information on sponsorships, call the rectory at 860-749-8353 or visit the parish's website, www.sbc-enfield.org

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ENFIELD - Enfield native S.M. Welles released her first fantasy novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shield of the Gods.â&#x20AC;? It's the story of a teenage girl whom a god has charged with protecting the mortal realm. It's available as an eBook on amazon.com for $3.99, or paperback both through Amazon and B&N for $13.99. Welles has lived in Connecticut all her life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shield of the Godsâ&#x20AC;? is her debut novel. And when she isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t writing or reading, she plays MMOs, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;League of Legendsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;World of Warcraft.â&#x20AC;?

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State Cuts in After School Funding Worry Kids and Families

ENFIELD—Staff from ERfC (Educational Resources for Children. Inc.), armed with parent and student letters and petitions from the Enfield community, participated in the ninth annual After School Day at the Capitol on March 7 to share with state legislatures and representatives why it is important to reinstate state funding for Enfield kids. Governor Malloy’s budget has eliminated $4.5 billion of funding for The After School Grant, funded through the State Department of Education. In her testimonial to the State Appropriations Committee, Claire Hall, ERfC Executive Director, said “Grants and community donations make it possible for ERfC to offer financial assistance to qualified families, making after school a reality for more students in Enfield,” “Because of state funding like The After School Grant, ERfC is able to provide financial assistance to low-income families who enroll,” she added. The After School Grant currently funds JFK After School. In this last cycle the two-grant has provided over $245,000 to Enfield. The event at the capitol, organized by the CT After School Network, was an

opportunity for afterschool providers to share the importance of quality afterschool programs for students and families in their communities. Amanda Mendez, ERfC Volunteer & Community Relations Coordinator said, “Quality after school programs support working families by ensuring that children are safe and productive when the school day ends. In Enfield, ERfC School-Age Centers “help make our community stronger by involving students, parents, business leaders and volunteers, and most importantly, give children the opportunity to grow academically and socially,” she added. Mendez, along with Larry Dube, ERfC Manager of Center Operations and Cara Webb, ERfC Curriculum Coordinator and Head Teacher, joined dozens of other individuals representing afterschool programs across the state. Michelle Doucette Cunningham, executive director of the CT After School Network, said “We are asking Gov. Malloy to put back the 4.5 million dollars that serves over 5,000 children in Connecticut.” Taliah Givens, Council of Chief State

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No, Tom Bergeron, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli or Carrie Ann Inaba from TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” will not be in Enfield. However, you will have the same glitz, glamour and showcase of talent as you would when watching the show. Audience members attending “Enfield Dancing with the Town” on April 5 will have the chance to see some special dances, which could include the tango, paso doble or rumba, being performed by some familiar faces. The idea of Enfield hosting this type of event came about after Youth Services Director Jean Haughey went to a neighboring town for a meeting. While she was entering the building for the meeting she spotted dancers practicing for their own Dancing with the Town. According to Enfield’s Social Services Director Pam Brown, the idea to replicate the event in Enfield was well-received. “Social Services was trying to come up with an idea for a fundraiser that would draw in the whole town and this seemed like the perfect idea,” said Brown. According to the Social Services Director there has been a lot of excitement about the night and it wasn’t too difficult to find 10 people will-

of the recruits. “My friend Kate Faherty (a fellow contestant) called and asked if I would like to be involved in this fundraiser.” Cerrato acknowledges she has had no formal dance training. The spirited Enfield resident tongue in cheek did share the experience she does have in terms of entertaining others. “Yes, I was a cheerleader for the Eli Whitney Cubs in 5th grade. I taught aerobics for Spa Lady in the '80s, I danced in our Senior Variety Show, my backyard/kitchen dancing is unique/improv.” She says she has been meeting once a week with professional dance instructor Rob McGurn and practices on her own each day. Maintaining a sense of humor throughout this experence she adds, “The nightmares are less frequent, the waking at 3:00 a.m. has ceased. I am now enjoying this experience. Rob has the patience of a saint.” She along with others involved in the event admit that it is not as easy as it seems. The non-professionals have taken to practicing at all days and times of the week, including the Angelo Lamagna Center, Asnuntuck Community College and at Ballroom Fever to get prepared. “It is more nerve wracking than I ever imagined it would be,” says Cerrato. She adds, “I love danc-

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ing, but I have never danced in front of an audience. Kate's happy eyes and Irish smile led me to believe I could do this. Rob is reinforcing Kate's sentiment. My family has been totally supportive.” According to Brown The funds raised at the April 5 event will be used to support all of the programs of the Town of Enfield Social Services Department including Neighborhood Service, Child Development Center, the Adult Day Center and Family Resource Center. Brown says the professionals are only receiving a small stipend (the price of two lessons) for their time and expertise. “We are very grateful to the instructors and the dancers for the commitment they have made to the Town's Social Services.”

Ten local “stars” will be participating and they include Rich Tkacz, Rich’s Oil Service; Captain Fred Hall, Enfield Police Department; State Representative David Kiner and Larry Dube, Educational Resources for Children; Kate Faherty, Resource Center; Karen Family Dardanelli, Asnuntuck Community College; Carol Hall, Enfield Town Council; Bonnie Mazzoli, Elementary School Principal; Yvette Santiesteban, High School Vice Principal and Janice Cerrato, Elementary School Teacher. Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin will be emceeing the event. Professional Dance instructors who have worked with the “stars” are Gina Rosati, Rob McGurn, Jessica Makowski and John Nolan, who are affiliated with Ballroom Fever Dance Studio in Enfield.

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Judges for the competition include Dr. Martha McLeod, Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield Town Council Member Cindy Mangini, David Potter, owner David Potter Dance Studio, Enfield Board of Education Member Tom Sirard and Ms. CT/Senior America Diane Saia. The audience will also play in a role in the judging. Attendees will also have the opportunity to dance with the celebrities and professional dancers, as well as participate in a Silent Auction being coordinated by the Enfield Family Resource Center. USA Hauling and MassMutual are the Title Sponsors of the event. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and range from $50 to $1,000. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children and free to children under 5 years old and are available at Social Services Administration, 100 High St., Family Resource Centers at the Hazardville Memorial School and Enfield Street School, Enfield Senior Center, Youth Services, Adult Day Center and Child Development Center, as well as online at www.dancingwiththetown.eventbrite.com. The event will be held at Fermi High School at 7:30 p.m. on April 5. For more

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Town Selectmen Plan No Increase in Spending for Next Year By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — There would be no increase in the town budget under the Board of Selectmen’s proposed spending plan. The overall town budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year is for a $29,581,218 spending plan, a zero percent over the current budget. That budget includes $6,742,645 for the town-side budget, a zero percent increase, $20,407,880 for the Board of Education, a 3 percent increase; $1,765,693 for debt service, a 12 percent decrease; and $665,000,000 for Capital Improvements, a zero percent increase. A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m.

April 22 at the Somers Elementary School. The Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 7 at Town Hall. The budget referendum will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 14. Town Hall will be the only voting location. Prescription discount program The town, through its association with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, is providing a new prescription discount card to help uninsured and underinsured residents by providing savings on prescription medicines. “This is a wonderful benefit to those that don’t have insurance as well as those that have insurance but have some prescriptions that are not covered,” First Selectman

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SOMERS - The Friends of the Somers Public Library will sponsor a Used Book Sale on the weekend of April 12-14. The location of the sale is at the Somers Library located at 2 Vision Blvd. The book sales are offered in the spring and fall each year. The preview is scheduled for Friday (April 12) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a cost of $5. The open sale is on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices for adult and children’s hardback and paperback books will range from 25 cents to $2 with a separate sec-

tion of higher priced books. Books will be available in a wide range of categories including fiction, literature, history, travel and more. On Sunday, all books are half price. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Somers Public Library. Parking at the library is free. The used book collection is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Somers Library. Books can also be donated at the library any time from April 7-12. Donations of good used books, CDs, videos, DVDs, and audio books are accepted.

Lisa Pellegrini said. Pet medications can be filled using the discount card as long as they are purchased at regular retail pharmacies. Discounts also are available for vision and hearing services. “It should be clarified that it is not an insurance program but a discount program offered by the town of Somers and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and run by ProAct Inc.,” Pellegrini said. Residents can call 877-776-2285 or visit www.CTRxDiscountCard.com for more information on the program.

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SOMERS - Jeanne Reed, coordinator for the Somers Business Directory put out by the Somers Economic Development Commission, announced that the directory is nearly ready to go to the printer and will be distributed to all Somers homes and businesses that receive the May edition of the North Central News. The directory is a compendium of the Somers Business community, and while sponsored by the town’s Economic Development Commission, it is totally funded through advertising paid for by the participating merchants and companies in town. Lou Bachetti, chairman of the Somers EDC, said, “This is one of our most popu-

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Cutting Loose Salon Celebrates Its Grand Opening in Somers

SOMERS - Cutting Loose Salon held its grand opening last month. Cutting Loose is a full-service hair salon specializing in the French hair-cutting and French Balyage highlighting technique. Developed in Paris, this approach designs the haircut and balayage to compliment the unique shape head and frame of the face. This personalized method of hairdressing creates wash and wear hair where the results are soft, sexy and feminine with several looks to each style. Providing the perfect consultation helps to ensure that we exceed each of our guests individual wants and needs. Enjoy a modern twist on color while sitting at the Color Cafe table watching your stylist personally couture your formula right in front of you at the Color Bar. Relax into serenity during your shampoo and conditioning treaments in the Lather Lounge where we are known for our massages! Experience a French haircut and be styled with knowledge in the Designing Area on the importance of professional take home products. Cutting Loose salon carries Paul Mitchell The Color and products along with Bumble and Bumble.

At Cutting Loose Salon, the mission statement is E2= Exceeding Expectations. Nothing is more important to us then the guest. We strive to ensure that every guests experience is extraordinary, delectable, and consistent. As a team, we are committed to inspire our guests and our community with an unparalleled dedication to service while enhancing beauty, inside and out. As artists, we have a passion for this industry and for what we do and we want to share that with every person who walks through our door. Jaclyn Fallon Rodriquez and Meaghan Fallon felt that Cutting Loose Salon would bring a fresh look and feel to the community. Having a combined total of 15 years experience, their background of education coming from the home of the first Cutting Loose Salon in Sarasota, Fla., along with Atlanta, Las Vegas and New York. The two are excited to bring one of the award winning Top 200 salons in the nation to Somers. (From left, Jaclyn Fallon Rodriguez and Meaghan Fallon)

Somers High Food Service and Management Program Opens Horizons Cafe SOMERS - Somers High School Food Service and Management Program presents Horizons Cafe, a student operated restaurant. It begins April 4, and operates each Thursday through May 2. It will be closed April 18 for vacation. The students of the Somers High School

Food Service Program prepare and serve such items as baked stuffed shrimp, filet mignon, and chicken francese. The café offers a pre-fixed menu for a set price of $15 per person. The menu will include a beverage, soup, salad, and an entrée. Desserts are offered at an addition-

al price. A children’s menu is also available. The restaurant, Horizons Café, will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and reservations are suggested for they are limited to 75 seats per evening. Reservations may be made by calling

instructor Lynn Tracy at 860-749-2270, ext. 4170. Come and support a nationally recognized program and enjoy a delicious meal at the same time. Make your reservations early.

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‘The Ladies Man’

In a 35-year-old tradition, Somers Village Players will present "The Ladies Man" by Charles Morey. The buffet dinner will be served at Joanna's Banquet Facility, Somers, on April 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. "The Ladies Man" is a comedic farce story, which takes place many years ago in stilted England. Dr. Hercule Molineaux tells one tiny, little, hardly noticeable lie to cover an embarrassing situation. From that single untruth tumbles a cascade of increasingly convoluted deceptions, misunderstandings and mistaken identities. Compounding Molineaux's troubles are a suspicious wife, a gorgon of a mother-in-law, an aggressive female patient, her violently jealous Prussian husband, servants with attitudes, and a friend with a lisp. A buffet dinner is featured at Joanna's Banquet Facility, 145 Main St., Somers, with a social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 and the performance at 8:15. Tickets are $35. For reservations, call 860-2653342. From left, David Crowell as Bassinet and Stacey Joseph as Yvonne Molineaux.

SOMERS - With winter weather refusing to leave our part of New England, it's hard to think about planting flowers and having parties in your yards. The wonderful holiday lights that enhanced the center of town on the Spruce at Piedmont Hall hopefully will come down soon, if it warms up enough. The greens that looked so fresh in the barrels in the center of town are turning droopy and brown and waiting for the ice to leave so they can be removed. But Spring has really officially come, the later daylight hours bring smiles to faces, and, a sure sign that Summer is coming, Somers Beautification will be holding its 19th Annual Plant Sale at Grower Direct on May 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. Grower Direct, located at 164 Hampden Rd., Somers, is a wholesale plant grower that supports the volunteers of Somers Beautification by opening its warehouse to the public this one day of the year so that everyone can purchase healthy hearty plants for their gardens or to give as gifts. The Somers Fire Department helps with directing you to a good parking place and loading your purchases into your vehicles. The Somers High School Beta Club

helps with moving your plants and making it easier to load your cars. Please come that day, meet old friends, have free coffee and doughnuts, and see acres of prime plants ready to move from the warehouse to places of your choice. You will be supporting your volunteer gardeners who plant and maintain many public areas in town.

Women’s Club Offering Scholarship

SOMERS - The Somers Women's Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school student. Applicants must be residents of Somers and accepted at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. The applications will be available in the Somers High School Guidance Office. Residents of Somers who attend other schools may request applications by calling Maureen at 860749-7518. Completed applications, including recommendation letters and high school transcripts, must be received by April 30. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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Congregational Church Sponsoring Financial Seminar

SOMERS - The Congregational Church of Somersville invites you to join us for a nine week video and discussion series called Financial Peace University (FPU). FPU was developed by financial counselor and motivational speaker Dave Ramsey, whom you may know from his bestselling books, his syndicated radio show, or the Oprah Winfrey show. FPU covers topics such as: removing debt and financial stress from your life so you can focus on more significant matters,

becoming a good steward of the finances God entrusts to you, creating budgets that work, improving communication with family around money, and navigating insurance and investments. There is a $95 cost for the nine week program which covers the workbook and all materials needed for the class time, each week's audio lesson on CD, an accompanying book by Dave Ramsey entitled The Complete Guide to Money, the program's envelope system and a progress chart. Limited

SOMERS - With many thanks to all who contributed to the Nicholas David Coleman Scholarship Foundation, this year, in honor of Nicholas, the foundation will award three different scholarships to students graduating from the Somers High School Class of 2013. The first award will be given to a senior who was a member of the school’s cross country team this school year. The second will be given to a senior who is currently a member of either the junior varsity boys or varsity boys lacrosse team. The third award will be given to a senior who plans

to continue his or her education as a business major, or in a business-related field (economics, finance, accounting, etc.). In all three cases, applicants must be accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning. Separate applications and more details for each scholarship will be available in the SHS guidance office beginning April 1, and must be fully completed and turned back into the guidance office by 2:30 p.m. on April 30 to be considered. The foundation is also planning to present gifts to the school in the near future.

New Scholarship Offerings for Somers High School Seniors

financial assistance may be available to those in need of a subsidized fee. The 1.5-hour weekly nine-session program begins Monday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., Somersville. Do yourself and your family a favor and set your Monday evenings aside to work on your finances this spring. Please contact Sarah or Brian at 860749-7636 for more information or to register.

Suffield Academy Honors

SUFFIELD - The following students were named to the Suffield Academy Honor Roll for the winter term: Coleen Flynn ’14 (Somers) Colin Pascoe ’13 (Somers) Founded in 1833, Suffield Academy is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school.

Mohegan Sun Bus Trip for All Adults

SOMERS - All adults are invited to participate in the Somers Senior Center’s bus trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino on Friday, May 17. You do not have to be a senior citizen or a resident of Somers. Passengers must be at the Somers Senior Center by 8:15 a,m. Trip cost of $20 includes round-trip deluxe bus, two gambling vouchers, voucher towards the cost of lunch, and the bus driver’s gratuity. Payment must be made at time of reservation (cash or check), along with list of the full name and contact telephone number for each person. No refunds. All checks should be payable to the Somers Recreation Department. Either drop off your reservation/payment at the Senior Center or mail reservation info. and check to the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., P.O. Box 308, Somers, CT 06071. Reservations/payments deadline Tuesday, May 7. Any questions, please call the Somers Senior Center at 860-763-4379.

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Stafford

Selectmen Seek 2.99 Percent Increase in Town Spending Plan By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD — The Board of Selectmen is requesting a 2.99 percent increase in the town budget. The $11,379,922 budget proposal includes a 23.5 percent increase in health insurance benefits. First Selectman Richard Shuck said this leads to a 19 percent increase for those benefits. The additional $141,000 increase was reduced somewhat because fewer employees are being covered by the insurance plan,

Shuck said. An addition of $120,000 for emergency ambulance services will be offset by revenues, he said, adding that the town is still working on how to coordinate with the Stafford Ambulance Association. Previously, no town funds had been provided to the ambulance association. The association is staffed by both volunteers and paid members. The first selectmen said the goal is to have all town emergency services working

STAFFORD - Through the end of April, donations to the Safe Net Ministries Food Cupboard will help feed families in the Stafford area while earning a share of the Feinstein Foundation’s, 2013 Fight Hunger million dollar matching donation challenge. Safe Net Ministries Food Cupboard will earn a proportional share of the Feinstein Foundation’s matching donation based on the total of all monetary donations and food items (which will be valued at $1 per pound). Safe Net is a non-profit organization that is solely reliant on dedicated volunteers, charitable donations, and grants for funding. In 2011, Safe Net Ministries, Inc. helped feed almost 300 families, more

than half of them with children. Please help it continue to support those in need by making a donation during the Feinstein Foundation’s matching program. Monetary donations may be mailed to Safe Net Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 93, Stafford Springs, CT 06076. To make donations to the food cupboard, call 860-851-9987. For more information on the Feinstein challenge, please visit www.feinsteinfoundation.org. To learn more about Safe Net Ministries, please visit www.safenetministries.com or stop in and see us at 86 Main St. in Stafford. Let’s put an end to world hunger, one town, one family, one child at a time.

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together. “It’s moving in that direction,” he said. Shuck said the town would have a better idea of what revenues to expect after a report from the town treasurer expected April 1. In addition, he said, the town is

waiting on final information on what to expect in terms of state funding. A second public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Stafford Community Center, 3 Buckley Highway.

STAFFORD - Join the Stafford Arts Commission on April 28 in ending the 2012-2013 coffee house series with the talented Bailey family featuring Jim Bailey and his daughter Sandy. The Bailey family performs a variety of music including jazz, folk, and gospel. Family patriarch and Town Troubadour, Jim Bailey, a local music favorite, offers traditional and contemporary folk including original songs. Sandy Bailey has established a career performing original songs influenced by jazz and gospel with a singing style likened to Norah Jones. Accompanying father and daughter are

siblings Eric and Sharon, who add depth to the performance with their rich harmonies. The free Coffee House is located at the Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall), 221 East Street (Rt. 19), Stafford Springs. The music begins at 7 p.m. Refreshments are available. Additional parking is at the Town Garage (Rt. 19) and Memorial Hall (Rt. 310). Please consider donating a non-perishable food item to the Stafford Food Bank. Thank you to all Coffee House audience members for previous donations. For more information, call 860-6849500.

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Arts Commission Offering Series of Free Spring Workshops

STAFFORD – The Stafford Arts Commission is offering the following free spring workshops. April 6 and 13, 9 a.m. to noon: Two sessions, Fused Glass Jewelry Workshop. Jewelry artist Cheryl Wilson Maynard will teach the techniques of fused glass. Session One will teach basic glass fusing and workshop participants will learn the basics of glass/heat interaction, glass cutting, fusing (combining colors) as well as a brief description of firing and annealing properties. In Session Two, participants will learn to create wearable pieces of art using the glass pieces created in the first session. In this session, participants will learn basic

Meatloaf Luncheon

STAFFORD – The Stafford Springs Congregational Church, located at 3 Main St., will hold its annual Meatloaf Luncheon on April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eat-in or take-out options are available; you decide. Walk-ins are welcome. Should you decide to sit at our tables, there is ample convenient parking across the street at Town Hall. For the low cost of $9, you can enjoy a generous lunch of meatloaf, red potatoes,

jewelry making skills including the use of tools, findings and other materials. Participants should wear comfortable clothing as well as bring safety glasses and work gloves to the first session. All supplies will be provided. Please do not wear open toed shoes to the workshop for safety reasons. April 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Moebius Scarf Workshop. Pam Harris, knitter extradionaire and the owner of Knitting Criations in Somers, will teach participants the magic of moebius knitting. This is a great opportunity to get rid of some of your knitting stash and create a one of a kind accessory. You will need to bring size 11, 40 inches length circular needles and

yarn scrapes of various weights and textures. Needles and yarn will be available for purchase. Participants must have beginner knitting skills. April 20, 9 a.m. to noon: Stand Up Comedy. Local comic Rodney Norman will conduct a standup comedy workshop. May 4, Blues 101 Guitar Workshop, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Dan Stevens will teach an introduction to finger style blues playing based. This style is based on traditional blues styles employed by the early blues masters. Participants will learn the fundamentals of Delta Blues, Mississippi Hill Country and Piedmont Blues and how these elemental regional styles figured in the evolution and history of American

Music. Instruction will be supplemented by a multimedia presentation and internet follow up. Presenter “Ramblin” Dan Stevens is a veteran touring blues musician. This workshop is designed for beginning to intermediate players. May 11, Beginners Quilting Workshop, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Fabric artist and quilter Charlie Hietala will guide you with cutting and piecing instructions. Bring your own sewing machine and fabrics and leave with a table runner. All workshops will be held at the Old Town Hall (Ben Muzio Town House), 221 East St. Participation is limited so please call to reserve your space at 860-6847475.

gravy, Italian green beans, carrots, bread and butter, coffee and tea and for dessert, homemade apple pie. Call the church at 860-684-4194 for more information or to purchase advanced tickets.

interested in having one of our volunteer crews come to your home to clean up your yard please call us to sign up. We are also looking for volunteers for this event. If you are interested in joining, call us at 860-684-7752 or 860-684-3906.

Ground.” As part of Stafford’s Art revitalization, this is a group show bringing together the art and music of local area high school students’ creative works. Students from Stafford, Somers, Ellington and other local towns will be displaying their art throughout several Main Street businesses. Come visit and stroll through the new Stafford Main Street and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of spring.

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Clean-up Day Planned

STAFFORD - Attention Senior and disabled residents of Stafford do you need help with raking, trimming bushes or other general yard work? Stafford Social Services is hosting a Spring Clean-up Day for qualified residents on April 20. If you

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STAFFORD - The Arts on Main is hosting an opening reception on Friday, April 12, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. titled “Common

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Fish For A Harley Derby Returns To Stafford for Channel 3 Kids Camp

STAFFORD -- Unpack your fishing gear and head over to Sun Valley Resort, 51 Old Springfield Rd. in Stafford on Sunday, April 14, for the Annual Fish for Harley Derby to benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp. Presented by Trantolo & Trantolo, the event welcomes adults and children of all skills and abilities to participate. Sun Valley Lake will be stocked with

trout and all tagged fish are redeemable for prizes. One lucky fish has the right tag to win the 2013 Dyna Wide Glide from event sponsor TSI Harley Davidson. A prize will also be awarded for most fish caught. The Derby runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration beginning at 5 a.m. Participants must bring their own pole and have the option of using their own bait or

purchasing that morning at Sun Valley (please visit www.channel3kidscamp.org for official derby rules and regulations). The event also offers vendors, activities for kids and food for both Derby participants and the general public. There is no fee for general admission, but supporters are encouraged to make a small donation to benefit the Channel 3 Kids Camp. The Fish for Harley Derby is made possible by event sponsors Trantolo & Trantolo, TSI Harley-Davidson, Cabelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foremost Outfitter and Sun Valley Resort. Derby tickets are $20 per person (1 pole per person) with a limit of 600 tickets. Purchase tickets at TSI Harley Davidson (398 Somers Rd. in Ellington), Sun Valley Resort, online at www.channel3kidscamp.org or call 860742-CAMP(2267) for more information.

Proceeds from the Fish for a Harley Derby will directly support year-round camp programs at the Channel 3 Kids Camp.

High School Career Day

STAFFORD - Stafford High School will hold its first Career Day on Thursday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The department is looking for a number of individuals who would be interested in attending the event as a spokesperson for his or her career. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to speak with students about your experiences, education, responsibilities, and skills. The school would be honored if you would join it for this educational and exciting event. If interested in participating, please RVSP by April 12 to Amanda Lonsdale at 860-684-4233.

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Big Y Foods Appoints Two to New Leadership Positions

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce two new appointments effective immediately. Michael J. Galat has been appointed vice president of employee services and Jason Corriveau is director of frozen foods and dairy. As vice president of employee services, Galat will oversee the entire employee services department including employee policies and procedures, training and development, morale and engagement, recognition, progressive discipline, employee benefits, wellness initiatives and more. He reports to Charles L. D’Amour, president and COO. Galat has worked in the supermarket industry at Big Y for more than 32 years. He began as a service clerk at their former Meadow Street, Chicopee store before moving on to a full-time position as frozen/dairy department manager in 1987. Over the next several years, he moved on to several other positions in the company including grocery manager, assistant distribution manager, store manager trainee, assistant store manager until his appointment as store manager in 1994 in Big Y’s Southwick supermarket.

Michael J. Galat, left, and Jason Corriveau have been promoted at Big Y. He later managed Big Y’s in West Springfield, Chicopee, South Hadley, Amherst and Westfield before being promoted in 2003 to district manager for Big Y’s Eastern Zone until his appointment as senior director of employee services last year. In 1995, Galat received an Outstanding Merchandising Award and in 1998, he was named Store Director of the Year. He holds a B.A. from Western New England University. He has been a volunteer baseball and basketball coach. A resident of Chicopee, he has two children.

Jason Corriveau has been appointed as director of frozen and dairy where he will be responsible for all aspects of these departments from hiring and training to the sales and marketing including financials for the entire chain. He reports to Eric Swensen, senior director of center store. He began his career in the supermarket industry while working at Shaw’s Supermarkets in 1991 as a bagger. He moved to various store level positions until becoming an assistant category manager for grocery in 2001. For the next five years, he served as an assistant category manager and category manager for several departments. In 2006, Corriveau moved to CVS Caremark as category manager for beverages and wine. Next he went on to senior category manager for candy and later cosmetics. By 2011 he was appointed divisional merchandising manager for OTC health care until joining Big Y. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, he holds a B.S. and has been a volunteer for both the American Lung Association and the Cancer Action Network. He currently resides in Smithfield, RI. Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family owned and operated, they currently operate 63 locations throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 10,000 employees. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D’Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee,

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Students Honored for Their Essays on the ‘Laws of Life’

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STAFFORD - Students in Grade 8 at Stafford Middle School “wrote from their hearts” as they took part in a Laws of Life essay program. The Laws of Life essay program encourages students to reflect and write about the values they believe will help them live successful and productive lives. Laws of Life essays were written as part of students’ English classes in October and November. Bethany Holland, school coun-

selor, coordinated the contest. Amy Sevigny, Michelle Farr, Lynne Dennis, Christopher Dean, and Nicholas Morse were the English teachers who participated in and encouraged this program. The essays were evaluated by a panel of judges that included the following: former Stafford Middle School counselor and coordinator of the Laws of Life program, Gail Tishler; former Stafford Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Thérèse

From left: Sarah Provencher, Erin Scussel, David Cheney, Danielle Garnelis, and Kaitlyn Kirchhoffer. Fishman; state Sen. Tony Guglielmo; School as the new school counselor. In Reverend Joe Chamberland; and former 2011, I replaced Gail Tishler, who started Stafford Middle School student Isabella the program at the school and made it what Ostrowski. it is today,” said Holland. “It is a great proDanielle Garnelis, the first-place win- gram, because of the judging criteria; the ner, was awarded a Nook Touch and Sarah most important criterion is the content Provencher, the second-place winner, was rather than the spelling and grammar. awarded a $75 Barnes & Noble gift card. Judges look to see if the essay is positive Third-place winner David Cheney was and life affirming. Proper grammar and awarded a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, spelling are weighted less as a criterion. It and Erin Scussel and Kaitlyn Kirchhoffer, is nice to recognize students who may not who tied for fourth place, were each be recognized for other things. We really awarded a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card. learn a lot about what kind of students we Winners were recognized at a ceremony have here at SMS through these essays. held Feb. 21 ath the middle school, where They really do ‘write from their hearts’ they shared their essays and were awarded and reflect on important values.” their prizes. Danielle Garnelis’ essay entitled “It meant a great deal to me to continue this tradition here at Stafford Middle LAWS/page 31

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“Happiness is Always There” described how her Papa always lived his life trying to make others happy and about how inspirational he was through his thoughts and words. Sarah Provencher’s essay entitled “The Extra 10 Percent” explained how she

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - The Senior Thesis Concert being presented April 4-6 at Smith College represents the culmination of eight undergraduate students’ work. This concert features original performances and cutting-edge choreography by senior undergraduate students from the Smith Department of Dance. College Choreographers are Haley Grove, Mei Maeda, Meghan McDonald, Augusta Rodgers, Eve Schultz, Elliot Willette, and Imogene Williams. The concert includes Haley Grove’s “Keeping Things Whole,” which is an exploration of two bodies in space working to create a whole. Haley Grove’s “Sincerely,” a solo performed by the choreographer, explores connections. Mei Maeda’s piece “For Egon” depicts the physical embodiment of Egon Schiele’s figure drawings and paintings. It examines the parallel relationships between model and artist, dancer and choreographer, and performer and spectator. Inspired by philosopher Alva Noe, both Meghan McDonald’s pieces examine human consciousness. “Consciousness is something we enact or achieve, in motion, as a way of being part of a larger process,” Noe said. “Damaged Goods,” choreographed by Augusta Rodgers, explores individual experiences with the same situ-

ation. Showing many perspectives, this piece illustrates the complexity of memories. “Hortus/corpus,” choreographed by Eve Schultz, explores a false universe in which the insect, the human, the angel and the green of cynicism all coexist. Beauty and disgust, vulnerability and violence, mortality and eternity are concepts that Eve’s work both addresses and questions. Elliot Willette’s “Angles of Healing” reveals the relationships between dancers onstage and with the audience to draw everyone into the process of healing. Lastly, in Imogene Williams’ “Surrender,” she explores how it is that people let go of the judgments and tension that stop them from tapping into their flow, the blissful sensation people feel when they surrender to their innate creative ability. The concert is coordinated by Erica Marcoux. The Senior Thesis Dance Concert takes place Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6 at 8 p.m. at the Hallie Flanagan, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College, Northampton, Mass. Tickets are $9 general, $5 students and seniors. To purchase tickets, go to: www.smith.edu/smitharts. Senior Biographies Haley Grove, a senior dance major from Somerville, Mass., is delighted to be a part of such a talented group. Dancing since

she could walk, Haley can’t imagine her life without movement, and is excited (and a little terrified) to continue her dance career beyond Smith. Mei Maeda grew up dancing from the age of five in southern New Hampshire. She is currently a dance and psychology double major, due to graduate this May. Erica Marcoux was born in Maine, and received her ballet training at Bossov Ballet Theatre. With Bossov Ballet, Erica performed lead and featured roles in productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Don Quixote,” “Bolero,” and others. As a dance and education double major at Smith, Erica has been the Treasurer and Assistant Artistic Director of Celebrations Dance Company, and has been an active member of the Smith dance community. Meghan McDonald discovered her love for dance while attending the Youth Performing Arts High School in Kentucky. She continues to study dance, along with neuroscience, at Smith College. She spent the past summer dancing in Berlin, learning from and collaborating with renowned German choreographers. Meghan is honored to present her work for the first time on the Smith College stage. Augusta Rodgers is a double major in dance and sociology. From Minnesota, Augusta started dancing ballet at the age of

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Taste of Wethersfield Not to be outdone down in the Nutmeg State, the Wethersfield Historical Society is proud to sponsor the eighth annual Taste of Wethersfield event on that very same day, Saturday, April 13, at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center! This fashionable fundraiser combines the best food, drink and good community spirit for an evening of fun and merriment. As in prior years, several area restaurants, wineries and breweries will be offering samples of their superb products to the public. Live music from the Cool Cat Jazz Band and a lively Silent Auction will be part of the entertainment. Funds raised from the “Taste of Wethersfield” Benefit supports the society’s educational and cultural programming. Patron Tickets are $50 per person with early admission at 6 p.m. and a patron drawing. General Admission: $30 per person in advance (until 4 p.m. on Friday) or $35 at the door, with a 7 p.m. admission. General Admission tickets can be purchased in advance online in our shop at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center (200 Main St., Tuesday through Saturday, 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.), Old Academy (150 Main St., Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Buy-Rite Liquors (808 Silas Deane Highway) and Vito’s Restaurant (673 Silas Deane Highway). Patron tickets can be purchased online here or at the Old Academy.

Eat Drink RI Festival The following weekend brings the call of the Ocean .... state that is. Celebrating the best of the culinary world in Rhode Island, the Eat Drink RI Festival is set to take the stage as the state’s very first three-day local food festival. Taking place Friday, April 19, through Sunday, April 21, the inaugural festival

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will be held throughout downtown Providence, the city ranked #1 for Food / Drink / Restaurants in Travel + Leisure‘s “America’s Favorite Cities 2012.” The Eat Drink RI Festival will feature a starstudded line-up of more than 40 chefs, farmers, bartenders and producers including: James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast semifinalist Champe Speidel of Persimmon, Blackbird Farm, Jonathan Edwards Winery, James Beard Foundation Rising Star semifinalist Benjamin Sukle of The Dorrance, United States Bartenders’ Guild RI, Revival Brewing, Allen Farms, Dave’s Coffee, among others. “Rhode Island’s culinary roots run very deep and have helped play a major role in the state’s unique identity and culture,” says Martha Sheridan, President & CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Eat Drink RI Festival will celebrate our local food community and embrace a very important component of our heritage.” The Eat Drink RI Festival is sponsored in part by Johnson & Wales University, world-renowned for its College of Culinary Arts and a driving force behind the rise of Providence as a top culinary destination on the world stage; and family-

owned charcuterie maker Daniele, Inc., a proud member of the RI culinary community since 1976.

Festival highlights include: Friday, April 19 Truck Stop to Benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank – Bank of America Center, Kennedy Plaza The Festival will kick off with tastings from 10 of Rhode Island’s best mobile restaurants, and pairings by Jonathan Edwards Winery and Narragansett Benefiting Rhode Island Brewery. Community Food Bank, the Stop’s participating trucks include Championship Melt, Clam Jammers, Flour Girls Baking Co., Hewtin’s Dogs Mobile, Joedega, Like No Udder, Mijos Tacos, Rocket Fine Street Food, and Tallulah. “Truck Stop showcases the best of Rhode Island—our culinary talents as well as our compassion for those who are struggling to feed their families,” says Andrew Schiff,

Saturday, April 20 Education Panels – Providence Biltmore L’Apogee Day two will begin with four panels dedicated to educating and entertaining attendees on the abundance and quality of local food and drink: Slice & Dice: Hosted by Curt Columbus, food enthusiast and Artistic

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Director of Trinity Repertory Company, this roundtable with chefs from Gracie’s, Nick’s on Broadway, Persimmon and Tazza will speak to the essential knowhow’s of cooking in Rhode Island. Eat Local: Featuring local growers including Allen Farms, Aquidneck Honey and Blackbird Farm, the discussion will

focus on the initiatives of this vital business and the process of farm to table. Taste of Terroir: Embracing the true flavors of New England earth, Jonathan Edwards and other area winemakers will take a journey through local wine regions. Brewing in Rhode Island: Discussion and tasting with local microbrewers including Revival Brewing and Ravenous Brewing Company.

Grand Tasting presented by Providence Monthly – Providence Biltmore Grand Ballroom. As the main Festival event, the Grand Tasting will feature beer, wine and spirit tastings as well as products from local food artisans. The highly anticipated demonstrations, The Tastemakers will pair the region’s top chefs with local farmers to showcase the best in farm-to-fork cuisine. Sunday, April 21 Grand Brunch – Gracie’s The Festival will come to a close at Gracie’s, Providence’s only AAA FourDiamond restaurant, with dishes prepared by several of the area’s top culinary stars. For more information about the Eat Drink RI Festival or to purchase tickets, please visit www.eatdrinkri.com/festival online, on Facebook at facebook.com/eatdrinkri. (Incidentally, the area’s own Connecticut Vine To Wine Luxury Bus tours will be conducting a trip to this and other great vino & brew laden events. For more information, please see their ad on page 15) Grand Oyster Bar Centennial Last but certainly not least, the historic Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York, celebrating 100 years throughout 2013, will throw its “Grand Centennial Celebration” birthday party on Friday night, April 19, at the iconic New York City seafood restaurant. Tickets are priced

at $119.13, and available by calling 212490-6652 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.), 212-490-7108 (after 6 p.m.) or order online by visiting www.oysterbarny.com. Executive chef Sandy Ingber will present a bountiful menu featuring the freshest delicacies from the sea, and prime rib for landlubbers, and renowned television host and author Sara Moulton will join Ingber in concocting “Linguini and White Clam Sauce” in a chef demonstration. Q104.3 radio personality Shelli Sonstein (Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show), the “First Lady of Oysters,” will be on hand to meet fans and talk (and enjoy) bi-valves. The festivities for the evening will include: the 10 millionth oyster in OB history will be consumed; cocktail hour with raw bar and passed hors d’oeuvres; fresh seafood and prime rib buffet; open bar featuring the Oyster Bar’s Centennial Chardonnay wine from Paumanok Vineyards and a bevy of wines, spirits and beers; live music; raffles and prizes; celebrities; and much, much more. The Grand Central Oyster Bar first opened in 1913 “below sea level” in Grand Central Terminal. Aw, shucks…that’s a long time ago. (Sorry, can never resist that joke when talking oysters). Send your Sunday Drive ideas to northcentralnews@aol.com

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta that goes on sale was simply a flawless little car that hanlater this year has done something few if dled twisty roads with aplomb, slalomed any sub-compacts in the recent past have effortlessly through a autocross course on done: got me excited about driving them. a runway, and treated me well in rush-hour This is a surprisingly fun little car to drive traffic heading into Santa Monica. with a little engine that just pumps out EcoBoost is fundamental to Ford’s some nice power. strategy to provide technologically What sits under the hood is Ford’s advanced, high-output, smaller-displacepatented new 1.0-liter ment powertrains that deliver EcoBoost engine. This landstrong performance and fuel mark engine, already selected economy. EcoBoost engines for both the Popular deliver fuel economy gains of Mechanics 2012 up to 20 percent and reduction EHIND Breakthrough Award and of CO2 emissions of up to 15 The Wheel Technology Engine percent, compared with larger, International’s International less-efficient engines. Ford Engine of the Year Award in expects it will get 40 mpg (or Europe, is expected to deliver more) when it is released in the more than 40 mpg. It puts out KEITH GRIFFIN United States. 123 horsepower and provides Ford’s leadership with 125 lb, ft. of torque. EcoBoost has resulted in more than 125 What really fascinates me, though, is it's patents on the technology. Currently, more a three-cylinder engine. The problem with than 500,000 vehicles have this engine and three cylinders is they would be expected by 2013 more than 1.3 million will have to work harder, to make all kinds of noise, EcoBoost. That's another reason to like and shake just a bit. None of that was this engine. It's taken its lumps around the noticeable in a relatively long drive during world. It should be fairly darn perfect by a recent media introduction in Malibu, the time American drivers first experience Calif., that Ford hosted prior to the start of it. the Los Angeles Auto Show. Of course, there's always the concern Ford knew that going into introducing that some just won't consider it. With electhis engine to the U.S. market. It 's already trical vehicles there's a condition called in place in Europe and has won accolades. range anxiety, where potential owners fear It will be coming here later in 2013. As running out of juice before arriving at their Ford pointed out in press materials, "For destination. With small engines, there are Ford’s new three-cylinder engine to be concerns about merging onto highways. successful, it would have to be a no-com- Some Americans will never consider buypromise engine. It could not force cus- ing a three-cylinder engine with 1.0-liter in tomers to choose between performance displacement. It is small. After all, a Ford versus economy or responsiveness versus engineer did bring one to Los Angeles in smoothness. It had to deliver it all and it carryon luggage. Don't follow the herd. had to be affordable." Keep an open mind when t comes to this The model I drove had European speci- little might mite. fications (because not enough have been Of course, there is going to be another built yet for a huge media introduction). It alternative. After all, this market still

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