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While some members of the General Assembly and the leader of the state’s two Indian casinos want to bet on expanded gaming in Connecticut, officials in North Central Connecticut say they are skeptical. “For me, the negatives would outweigh the positives,” said Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin, whose town is one of the communities being considered for a gaming facility. The proposal would allow the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Indian tribes, owners of the Mohegan Sun and Foxwood Resort casinos, to open three new gaming locations in the state. The new facilities would be located near interstate highways. The proposal comes as MGM Resorts International prepares to open a resort in Springfield, threatening to lure gamblers away from Connecticut's casinos and, some say, take jobs with it. The proposed facilities likely would offer gaming tables and slot machines, but not contain the other entertainment options,
such as concert venues, found at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. On March 19, the General Assembly’s Public Safety & Security Committee’s approved S.B 1090, An Act Concerning Gaming. The proposed bill would allow for up to three gaming facilities to be built in Connecticut. The establishment of a gaming facility in any municipality would be subject to the approval of the local legislative body, which would be given only after a public hearing on the proposal to establish a gaming facility. “This fantastic new enterprise is the result of historic cooperation between the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes,” state Sen. Tim Larson, D-East Hartford, said in a written release. “Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods are two of the largest casino operations in the world. We want to protect good but paying jobs and this new enterprise is a logical step in the right direction.” But in north-central Connecticut, even officials who say they want to learn more about the proposal expressed skep-
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ticism as well. State Rep. Peggy Sayers, D-Windsor Locks, said she had previously sponsored a bill that would allow the state’s pari-mutuel facilities, including Bradley Teletheater in Windsor Locks, to add slot machines. “I have always felt we should have a discussion about those and include the two tribes,” Sayers said. She said it is an important discussion to have, but she too has concerns about expanded gaming, particularly how it would affect the existing pari-mutuel locations. The new gaming facilities might bring jobs to the area, Sayers said, but added the state needs to protect the jobs already in the state, “and, for me, jobs at Bradley.” The attraction of the new facilities, she said, would be for “convenience gamblers” who would be less likely to go to Springfield if gambling were available locally. Other officials were more negative in their assessments of the proposal. “Other than in Windsor Locks, I really have not heard from folks in northcentral Connecticut who want casinos here,” said Sen. John A. Kissel, REnfield. “The proposal raises a great deal of questions. Of course, the tribal compact will have to be reopened and renegotiated. I can't help but wonder if this is all a sop in order to expand gaming into Bridgeport.” State Sen. Tony Guglielmo, RStafford and ranking member of the Public Safety Committee, said in a written release that he opposed the bill. “I voted against this bill because expansion of casinos in Connecticut is a losing bet. Many of my constituents told me they were very concerned over the unknowns attached to this bill. Will the state have to foot the bill if in a few years the casino gaming parlors don’t bring in enough money to survive? What about the extra traffic and public safety issues – will the host community be on the hook for that bill? “I also have a real problem supporting a policy that will add to the gambling addiction so many in our society are struggling with. Adding these casino outlets will only make it easier for those who suffer from
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Capital Improvement, Debt Service Drive Budget Hike
East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson
EAST WINDSOR – The town budget would go up 9.22 percent for the 2016 fiscal year under a proposed $38.9 million spending plan presented by the Board of Selectmen on March 18. The $38,930,923 budget includes a town budget of $13,499,712, a capital improvement budget of $1,345,357, a debt service budget of $1,400,000 and a Board of Education budget of $22,685,854. The town budget is an increase of 8.26 percent with a 50.8 percent increase for capital improvements, a 28.7 percent increase for debt service and a 7 percent
increase for the school board. First Selectman Denise Menard, in a letter to residents, said the highest percentage increase, for capital improvements, is due to a renewed commitment to major capital improvements to town facilities. “The Capital Improvement Plan for FY 16 has increased by 50 percent to meet the needs of crumbling town buildings and antiquated equipment. Years of lackluster funding have resulted in a long list of needed improvements and repairs. The CIP request also addresses the Pavement Management Plan and includes $500,000 for needed road improvements,”
Menard said. The increase in debt service is due to financial planning needs and the cost of the North Road sewer expansion and the Broad Brook School’s classroom expansion, she said. “Town leaders were faced with very difficult decisions this year, due to shrinking revenues, ever-increasing state mandates and immediate needs to address facility and equipment issues. I am confident the proposed budget is a financially responsible plan to meet the needs of the town in the coming fiscal year,” Menard said.
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EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department has planned the following events in April. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office or online with its Webster Bank Payment link. Please call 860-627-6662 with any questions. SPRING YOGA: Classes will be held at the East Windsor High School in Room D-4 from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday classes will be held April 27 to June 22 with no class on May 25.
Wednesday classes will be held April 29 to June 17. The cost of this program is: Residents $30 once a week or $45 twice a week; Non-residents $35 once a week or $50 twice a week. SPRING ZUMBA: Classes are being held at the Town Hall Annex from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday classes will be held from April 13 to June 22 with no class on May 11, May 25 and June 8. Wednesday classes will be held from April 15 to June 10. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office.
Please call 860-627-6662 with questions. The cost of this program is: Residents $35 once a week or $60 twice a week; Non-residents $40 once a week or $65 twice a week; daily walk-ins are $5. KIDS FISHING DERBY: East Windsor Parks & Recreation along with the Broad Brook Angling Club will be sponsoring the Annual Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 2. Registration will take place from 7 a.m.-8 a.m. Fishing will take place from 8 a.m.-11
a.m. The fishing derby is for kids ages infant to 15. This is a free event open to all East Windsor residents. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish, first fish caught and first person to catch their four-fish limit in each age group. No lures will be allowed. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 860-6276662 with any questions. SPRING TINY TOTS SOCCER: East Windsor Parks & Recreation will be
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EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Rotary Club in partnership with the East Windsor Veteran’s Commission has planned “An Inspiring Evening of Patriotic Music” to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at East Windsor High School with music provided by the high school concert and jazz bands and the chorus and concert choir. There will also be a Wounded Warrior presentation. There is no charge for this event.
in a bordering state. However, I think that time and energy would be better spent in doing what it takes to attract businesses that offer higher wages and increased sustainability in the long run.” “Right now, I'm trying to keep an open mind, but at this time I'm not seeing it be a benefit for Enfield,” Kaupin said. As mayor of Enfield he already sees the problems of traffic in the shopping areas in his town and along Interstate 91 in general. Since it would not be a “destination casino,” he questions how much of a benefit it would be and whether those benefits would outweigh the negative effects of gambling, such as addiction and crime. Representatives of MGM Springfield did not respond to requests for comments from the North Central News. MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren, however, told the Hartford Courant the Connecticut tribes’ proposal is an attempt to add slot machines around the state rather than improve the quality of the entertainment at their current casinos. Derek Meade, president of the North Central Connecticut Chamber of
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Ellington A Cold Plunge for a Great Cause
Hundreds came out and dozens participated in the eighth annual Ellington Plunge put on by the â€œLaw Enforcement Torch Runâ€? to benefit Special Olympics. Last year the Law Enforcement Torch Run organization raised more than $56,000 for charity.
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High School Students, Staff Celebrate U-Knighted Week
Ellington By Deborah Stauffer
ELLINGTON - It’s OK to be different. That was the theme highlighted by Ellington High School students and faculty as they kicked off their first annual U-Knighted Week Feb. 23-27. The week’s purpose was for students to challenge one another and pledge to stand up for others who have diverse backgrounds. Students were asked to take a pledge of oath to do their best to “interrupt prejudice” and to stop those who would hurt, harass or violate the civil rights of anyone. The week began with an assembly explaining what events would take place. Senior Nick Topor used his artistic talents to paint a picture on stage for
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dramatically,” Blanchette said. “This represents less than one percent of the total dollar budget for Ellington. In addition, there is a
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Rep. Christopher Davis (R-57) met with Ellington residents March 13 to discuss the Governor’s proposed budget. After a brief budget presentation, the group engaged in a lively question and answer session. For information on future events, please see his website at www.repdavis.com.
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Asnuntuck Community College held a ribbon cutting for its $2.7 million Welding and Fabrication Center. Students from the college presented Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with a seal that they created in the new center. From left, ACC students William Campbell, James McOmber, Ron Simmons, Malloy, ACC’s Manufacturing Technology Center Director Frank Gulluni, student James Akerson, ACC President James Lombella, students Tim Lee and Britana Bryan.
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The major factors are employee health insurance benefits, with health care insurance premiums projected to increase by approximately 15 percent; employee wage increases, with contractual and annual wage increases for the year representing a 7.5 percent increase; debt service costs set to increase by $1,174,826; pension increase due to a change in the actuarial calculations for the town’s two pension funds, calling for contributions to meet the required targets need to be increased by $462,000; and Stowe School being brought back into service as the Early Childhood Learning Center at an anticipated cost of $294,000. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 29 at John F. Kennedy Middle School. The council must adopt a budget no later than May 19.
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To benefit the Enfield Food Shelf, on Sunday, March 15, Dance Amore Performing Arts Studios hosted their first annual Charity Cabaret at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Somers. Family and friends were treated to original performances in dance, flute, voice, and piano created by the multi-talented Dance Amore students. The students auditioned for instructor and studio owner Deborah Loomis Shligersky (a.k.a. “Miss Deb”) by choosing their own songs, and designing their own choreography and costumes. Dance Amore Performing Arts Studios is located at 155 Hazard Ave. in Enfield.
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Saint Martha School’s fifth grade class enjoyed a wonderful visit from WFSB meteorologist, Mark Dixon this week. The fifth graders have been studying about weather in science, and they all had questions for Mr. Dixon. The kids were so excited to be able to speak with a real meteorologist about everything they have been learning in class. After their questions were answered, they were able to tour the new WFSB Weather Van.
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ENFIELD – The Town of Enfield Recycling Team has established Environmental Hero Awards to be awarded to an Enfield resident and Enfield business to recognize and reward their successful environmental initiatives. Entries will be judged based on evidence of how their environmental practice has benefited or improved the environment. Criteria include what methods are used to continuously recycle, what practices improve awareness of waste handling and what environmental practices are utilized.
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Over 100 students and teachers from St. Bernard School and Saint Bernard Religious Education Program gathered together for their parish-wide Lenten Project: Feeding Children Everywhere. In just over an hour, 12,960 nutritious meals were packed to help those fighting hunger. Meals were delivered locally to Enfield Loaves and Fishes, and internationally to Nairobi, Africa. Pictured from left are Aidan Lewoc, Mrs. Joy Renner and Gianna Rosato.
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SOMERS – The overall town budget would increase 2.67 percent under a proposed $30,696,103 spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year. That proposal would bring an increase of $797,170 over the current budget, according to First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini The townside budget request is $9,232,177, which includes debt service and capital improvements, an increase from last year of $77,497 or 0.85 over the current spending plan.
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SOMERS - The Somers High School Food Service and Management Program presents Horizons Café, a student operated restaurant. It begins April 2 and operates each Thursday through April 30. It will be closed April 23 for April 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 $20 per person. The menu
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SOMERS - The Gene Pitney Commemorative Committee will be holding its third annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 2, at Cedar Knob Golf Course to benefit the scholarship and music education fund. The $100 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart fee, buffet dinner, plus a chance at three separate hole-in-one prizes including a 2015 Ford Fusion
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WINDSOR LOCKS - The Windsor Locks Youth Services Bureau is offering the first ever April Vacation Spectacular! This week long program will run Monday, April 20-24 from 9 a.m.—noon at Town Hall (50 Church Street) for youth in grades 6-8. Each day of the week, children will experience a different educational class. Classes include stress ball making, scrap booking, crayon art, heritage puzzle, and dream catcher crafting. All supplies needed are provided by the Youth Services Bureau. This week long program is free to Windsor Locks residents. Space is limited. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. You may sign up for one or all classes. Register early. You must pre-register at the Youth Services Bureau Office in Town Hall. Please contact the YSB Director at (860) 627-1482 with any questions.
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ENFIELD - JumpingClay USA celebrated its official grand opening on Saturday, March 21, from 10
a.m.-5 p.m. at their 76 Palomba Drive, Enfield academy. According to Aime Liggett, owner of JumpingClay’s first U.S. franchise location, “The best way to explain the clay is to get it into customers’ hands – it speaks for itself. It’s not messy or sticky and is easily molded - even for little hands. Our techniques are very structured, making it great for non-artists or people who don’t think of themselves as creative. Let your creativity take shape. You’ll be amazed what you can create with JumpingClay.” The academy’s trained pre-instructors and instructors hold pre-school workshops during the week and one-hour workshops on the weekends for ages 4 to adult. New crafts, additional classes and summer camps are being planned. For more information, visit jumpingclayusa.com or call 860-698-2337.
In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny and pose for pictures from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cameras are encouraged! Activities also include open cockpits and the Air Museum’s Flight Sim Spot allowing visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators with real cockpit controls.
WINDSOR LOCKS - The New England Air Museum will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 3. The egg hunt will run from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 1-10. One adult is permitted to assist children ages 1-6. Limit of five eggs per child; parents are requested to monitor, observe and take photos, but encourage the kids to find eggs on their own. All participants need to bring their own bag/basket. Strollers will not be allowed in the designated egg hunt areas.
STAFFORD - St. Edward School math teacher Dawn Rudnansky takes a pie in the face from kindergartener Gabe as part of an incentive for students who took part in the school’s Math-A-Thon fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Edwards combined the benefit with their Pi Day activities where K-8 students worked together on various math projects and ate pie. The school has raised more than $27,000 for St. Jude’s over the years.
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SOMERS - The Somers office of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes has announced the lease of a 1300+ square foot space at Somers Crossing, located at 95 South Road in Somers in the Geissler’s Supermarket plaza. The new tenant, a branch of the investment firm Edward Jones, plans to open in early spring. Broker Victoria Clark of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes represented the landlord while the new tenant was represented by Stephanie Cabral of Colliers International in this transaction. This new branch will be managed by Financial Advisor Gennaro (Jerry) Ferrentino, who is anxious to start building a relationship with the people of the Somers community. Ferrentino holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Western New England University, has extensive corporate training in financial
management and plenty of experience in both of his parents’ businesses. Nationally renowned Edward Jones, founded in 1922, is a full-service brokerage firm and a private partnership; they believe this structure gives them the independence to make sound, long-term decisions in the best interest of their clients. Their practice of offering community-based neighborhood locations, such as this new branch in Somers, makes them easily accessible and approachable. Ferrentino hopes people “will stop in and say hello” when they open. Connecticut Commercial Realty and Select Homes is a family-owned and operated company with brokerage in Connecticut and Massachusetts and has offices at 199 Broad St. in New London and 612 Main St. in Somers.
SOMERS - Tickets are now on sale for the Somers Village Players Spring production of “The Psychic” by Sam Bobrick. This award-winning “mystery of sorts” will play at Joanna’s Banquet Facilities, 145 Main St., Somersville, April 17, 18, 24 and 25 and May 1 and 2. Tickets are $35 for all performances and include a buffet dinner. To purchase tickets, go to somersvillageplayer.org or call 860-265-3342 to leave a message for reservations. Online prices include $1 per ticket convenience
fee. When ordering by phone please include any special requests. Winner of the 2011 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award, “The Psychic” follows a down-on-hisluck writer who tries psychic readings to pay the rent. His sign attracts a variety of unusual and bumbling clients, whose antics will keep you laughing. For more information about the Players, please visit their website at www.somersvillageplayers.org.
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Somers Senior Center April News, Events and Programs
SOMERSâ€ˆ -â€ˆ Theâ€ˆ Somersâ€ˆ Senior Center,â€ˆ locatedâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ 19â€ˆ Battleâ€ˆ St.â€ˆ in Somersâ€ˆisâ€ˆofferingâ€ˆtheâ€ˆfollowingâ€ˆevents. Pleaseâ€ˆ callâ€ˆ 860-763-4379â€ˆ forâ€ˆ more information.â€ˆ Sign-upâ€ˆ isâ€ˆ requiredâ€ˆ forâ€ˆ all events. Onâ€ˆFriday,â€ˆAprilâ€ˆ10,â€ˆfromâ€ˆ4â€ˆp.m.â€ˆtoâ€ˆ6 p.m.,â€ˆ theâ€ˆ Studentâ€ˆ Community Involvementâ€ˆTeamâ€ˆofâ€ˆMabelleâ€ˆB.â€ˆAvery Middleâ€ˆSchoolâ€ˆwillâ€ˆbeâ€ˆhostingâ€ˆâ€œTakeâ€ˆMe Outâ€ˆ Toâ€ˆ Theâ€ˆ Ballâ€ˆ Game!â€?â€ˆ Wearâ€ˆ your favoriteâ€ˆ baseballâ€ˆ attire,â€ˆ feastâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ your favoriteâ€ˆ ballparkâ€ˆ snacks,â€ˆ enjoyâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ hot dogâ€ˆ bar,â€ˆ tryâ€ˆ yourâ€ˆ handâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ Wiiâ€ˆ baseball, andâ€ˆwatchâ€ˆtheâ€ˆfamousâ€ˆAbbottâ€ˆ&â€ˆCostello skitâ€ˆ â€œWhoâ€™sâ€ˆ Onâ€ˆ First?â€?â€ˆ Ticketsâ€ˆ areâ€ˆ $5 cashâ€ˆ availableâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ Seniorâ€ˆ Centerâ€ˆ and mustâ€ˆbeâ€ˆpurchasedâ€ˆinâ€ˆadvance. Onâ€ˆTuesday,â€ˆAprilâ€ˆ 14,â€ˆ atâ€ˆ noon,â€ˆ there
willâ€ˆbeâ€ˆaâ€ˆfreeâ€ˆLunchâ€ˆ&â€ˆLearn.â€ˆLieutenant Joseâ€ˆClaudioâ€ˆwillâ€ˆdiscussâ€ˆcurrentâ€ˆtrends inâ€ˆscamsâ€ˆandâ€ˆhowâ€ˆtoâ€ˆavoidâ€ˆthem,â€ˆstatus ofâ€ˆcrimeâ€ˆandâ€ˆcomplaintsâ€ˆinâ€ˆSomers,â€ˆand willâ€ˆ fieldâ€ˆ generalâ€ˆ questions.â€ˆ Aâ€ˆ light lunchâ€ˆwillâ€ˆbeâ€ˆprovided Onâ€ˆ Wednesday,â€ˆ Aprilâ€ˆ 15,â€ˆ atâ€ˆ 1â€ˆ p.m. Hearingâ€ˆ Testingâ€ˆ willâ€ˆ beâ€ˆ offeredâ€ˆ by Discountâ€ˆHearing. Theâ€ˆSomersâ€ˆSeniorâ€ˆCenterâ€ˆwillâ€ˆbegin showingâ€ˆ moviesâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ thirdâ€ˆ Fridayâ€ˆ of eachâ€ˆ monthâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ 1â€ˆ p.m.â€ˆ startingâ€ˆAprilâ€ˆ 17. â€œTheâ€ˆFridayâ€ˆMatineeâ€?â€ˆforâ€ˆtheâ€ˆmonthâ€ˆof Aprilâ€ˆ willâ€ˆ beâ€ˆ â€œMammaâ€ˆ Mia!â€?â€ˆ andâ€ˆ popcornâ€ˆwillâ€ˆbeâ€ˆserved! Onâ€ˆ Friday,â€ˆ Aprilâ€ˆ 24,â€ˆ atâ€ˆ 1â€ˆ p.m.,â€ˆ The Somersâ€ˆ Seniorâ€ˆ Centerâ€ˆ willâ€ˆ welcome Carleenâ€ˆEveâ€ˆFischerâ€ˆHoffman,â€ˆCertified Reikiâ€ˆ Masterâ€ˆ Practitioner.â€ˆ Reikiâ€ˆ isâ€ˆ an
ancientâ€ˆJapaneseâ€ˆformâ€ˆofâ€ˆenergyâ€ˆhealing thatâ€ˆ combinesâ€ˆ â€œReiâ€?â€ˆ (spirit)â€ˆ andâ€ˆ â€œKiâ€? (energy).â€ˆReikiâ€ˆhasâ€ˆbeenâ€ˆknownâ€ˆtoâ€ˆhelp withâ€ˆ relaxation,â€ˆ anxietyâ€ˆ pain,â€ˆ arthritis, andâ€ˆsleep.â€ˆThereâ€ˆwillâ€ˆbeâ€ˆaâ€ˆbriefâ€ˆinformationalâ€ˆsessionâ€ˆonâ€ˆReikiâ€ˆfollowedâ€ˆbyâ€ˆ10minuteâ€ˆâ€œmini-Reikiâ€ˆsessions.â€?â€ˆâ€ˆ Lifeâ€ˆ Lineâ€ˆ Screeningâ€ˆ willâ€ˆ beâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ the Somersâ€ˆ Seniorâ€ˆ Centerâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ Thursday, Aprilâ€ˆ 30,â€ˆ offeringâ€ˆ preventativeâ€ˆ health screeningsâ€ˆthatâ€ˆareâ€ˆtypicallyâ€ˆnotâ€ˆaâ€ˆpartâ€ˆof aâ€ˆroutineâ€ˆphysical.â€ˆâ€ˆCallâ€ˆ1-888-653-6450 forâ€ˆmoreâ€ˆinformationâ€ˆandâ€ˆtoâ€ˆregister. Theâ€ˆSomersâ€ˆSeniorâ€ˆCenterâ€ˆisâ€ˆpresentingâ€ˆ aâ€ˆ three-dayâ€ˆ Bostonâ€ˆ Redâ€ˆ Soxâ€ˆ tripâ€ˆ to Baltimore,â€ˆMaryland.â€ˆDatesâ€ˆareâ€ˆJuneâ€ˆ911.â€ˆ Cheerâ€ˆ forâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ Redâ€ˆ Soxâ€ˆ asâ€ˆ theyâ€ˆ take onâ€ˆ theirâ€ˆ rivalâ€ˆ Oriolesâ€ˆ inâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ 2015â€ˆ pennantâ€ˆ race.â€ˆ Tripâ€ˆ includes:â€ˆ Ticketsâ€ˆ forâ€ˆ 2
Bostonâ€ˆRedâ€ˆSox/Baltimoreâ€ˆOriolesâ€ˆbaseballâ€ˆgamesâ€ˆatâ€ˆlegendaryâ€ˆCamdenâ€ˆYards, twoâ€ˆnightsâ€ˆatâ€ˆtheâ€ˆHolidayâ€ˆInnâ€ˆSuites,â€ˆtwo fullâ€ˆ breakfasts,â€ˆ andâ€ˆ guidedâ€ˆ sight-seeing toursâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ bothâ€ˆ Washingtonâ€ˆ D.C.â€ˆ and Baltimore!â€ˆCostâ€ˆisâ€ˆ$527â€ˆperâ€ˆpersonâ€ˆdouble.â€ˆTipsâ€ˆforâ€ˆguides,â€ˆescortâ€ˆandâ€ˆbusâ€ˆdriverâ€ˆareâ€ˆincluded. Thereâ€ˆ areâ€ˆ manyâ€ˆ otherâ€ˆ activities offeredâ€ˆregularlyâ€ˆthatâ€ˆcanâ€ˆbeâ€ˆfoundâ€ˆinâ€ˆthe Somersâ€ˆ Seniorâ€ˆ Centerâ€ˆ newsletter,â€ˆ on Facebook,â€ˆorâ€ˆonâ€ˆourâ€ˆwebsite. VOLUNTEERSâ€ˆ NEEDED!â€ˆ Weâ€ˆ are seekingâ€ˆ volunteersâ€ˆ forâ€ˆ ourâ€ˆ Mealsâ€ˆ on Wheelsâ€ˆProgram.â€ˆPleaseâ€ˆconsiderâ€ˆdonatingâ€ˆyourâ€ˆtimeâ€ˆtoâ€ˆdeliverâ€ˆmealsâ€ˆtoâ€ˆSomers homeboundâ€ˆ residents.â€ˆ Callâ€ˆ Christina Cenacâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ 860-265-7551â€ˆ forâ€ˆ moreâ€ˆ information.
SOMERSâ€ˆ -â€ˆ Theâ€ˆ Kentuckyâ€ˆ Derby Familyâ€ˆ Funâ€ˆ Dayâ€ˆ willâ€ˆ beâ€ˆ heldâ€ˆ Mayâ€ˆ 2 fromâ€ˆ2â€ˆp.m.â€ˆtoâ€ˆ8â€ˆp.m.â€ˆTheÂ eventâ€ˆisâ€ˆsponsoredâ€ˆ andâ€ˆ hostedâ€ˆ byâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ Somersâ€ˆ Lions Clubâ€ˆandâ€ˆisâ€ˆco-sponsoredâ€ˆbyâ€ˆtheâ€ˆSomers
Highâ€ˆ Schoolâ€ˆ Athleticâ€ˆ Boosterâ€ˆ Club, Somersâ€ˆ Knightsâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ Columbus,â€ˆ Somers Rotaryâ€ˆ andâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ Somersâ€ˆ American Legion.Â â€ˆ Theâ€ˆ eventâ€ˆ isâ€ˆ heldâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ Shallow Brookâ€ˆ Farmsâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ Hallâ€ˆ Hillâ€ˆ Roadâ€ˆ in
Somers.â€ˆ Generalâ€ˆ admissionâ€ˆ isâ€ˆ $15. Childrenâ€ˆ15â€ˆandâ€ˆunderâ€ˆareâ€ˆfreeâ€ˆandâ€ˆVIP tablesâ€ˆareâ€ˆ$400â€ˆandâ€ˆincludeâ€ˆeightâ€ˆpeople withâ€ˆreservedâ€ˆseating,â€ˆhotâ€ˆandâ€ˆcoldâ€ˆappetizersâ€ˆallâ€ˆdayâ€ˆandâ€ˆtwoâ€ˆhoursâ€ˆofâ€ˆopenâ€ˆbar plusâ€ˆ allâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ dayâ€™sâ€ˆ activitiesâ€ˆ listedâ€ˆ on theâ€ˆattachedâ€ˆflyer.Â Generalâ€ˆ admissionâ€ˆ ticketâ€ˆ ($15) includes:â€ˆ Screaminâ€™â€ˆ Eagleâ€ˆ Bandâ€ˆ from approximatelyâ€ˆ 3â€ˆ p.m.-8â€ˆ p.m.,â€ˆ Bestâ€ˆ Hat Contest,â€ˆ inflatableâ€ˆ obstacleâ€ˆ courseâ€ˆ for kidsâ€ˆ (bounceâ€ˆ house),â€ˆ liveâ€ˆ equestrian
events,â€ˆ Kentuckyâ€ˆ Derbyâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ severalâ€ˆ big screenâ€ˆtelevisions,â€ˆchildrenâ€™sâ€ˆderbyâ€ˆrace, multipleâ€ˆ sportsâ€ˆ clinicsâ€ˆ putâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ byâ€ˆ high schoolâ€ˆ athletesâ€ˆ forâ€ˆ kidsâ€ˆ 12â€ˆ andâ€ˆ under (timeâ€ˆ permitting),â€ˆ faffleâ€ˆ withâ€ˆ several Derbyâ€ˆ hatsâ€ˆ availableâ€ˆ toâ€ˆ win,â€ˆ andâ€ˆ aâ€ˆ displayâ€ˆboothâ€ˆofâ€ˆeachâ€ˆsponsoringâ€ˆorganization. Anyoneâ€ˆ interestedâ€ˆ inâ€ˆ ticketsâ€ˆ orâ€ˆ additionalâ€ˆ informationâ€ˆ canâ€ˆ callâ€ˆ 860-9822407â€ˆ orâ€ˆ contactâ€ˆ anyâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ sponsoring organizations.
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Main Street Grille Serves Good Food, Helps Community
Foodstuffs By Julie Cotnoir
EAST WINDSOR - Three years ago Pawel Zygmunt went from being a partner in a restaurant to being the sole owner of a newly designed Main Street Grille Restaurant and Pizzeria. Jennifer Mackie, the restaurant’s general manager, said they have been very well received in the community and have built a loyal customer base. The restaurant in turn is committed to the community and has been generous in its support of sports teams, groups and causes. Three months ago the restaurant added some new items to its menu. Food selections at the establishment vary from pizza, with handmade pizza crust, to pita dishes, pasta entrees, seafood, chicken, burgers, and a tasty variety of appetizers. Mackie says that everything on the menu, including pizza sauce and soups, is made fresh on site. The general manager says the restaurant prides itself on its use of fresh, local produce. It purchases from Harken’s Market, in addition to other local producers. She said the popularity of the burgers on the menu has really taken off. Injecting local flavor onto the menu both literally and figuratively, the restaurant has a Trolley Sandwich, in homage to the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor. The chicken burger features
Main Street Grille Owner Pawel Zygmunt and General Manager Jennifer Mackie sit in the restaurant’s dining room. The restaurant offers a different special every night. On Wednesdays customers can order specialty martinis for only $5. Photo by Julie Cotnoir
fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, pesto sauce, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Another locally flavored named item is the Opera House Spinach Salad. Served with pita bread and your choice of dressing, the healthy option includes baby spinach, cucumbers, onions, Gorgonzola cheese, roasted walnuts, dates and grilled chicken. Another local item on the menu is the Broad Brook Brewery’s beer, which is featured on tap. Committed to the community, the restaurant, located across the street from The Broad Brook Opera House, is a sponsor of the playhouse and also keeps its kitchen open late on show nights so the cast and crew can grab a bite to eat. They have sponsored a variety of local sports teams, the local dog park, scout
troops and other organizations. Mackie and Zygmunt also speak fondly about the wonderful response the restaurant received from its patrons when it sponsored a toy drive for the Marines’ Toys for Tots campaign this past Christmas. With members of the Marines on hand to accept the donations, Mackie said patrons and staff donated
$1,000 and a U-Haul full of toys. The restaurant, featuring a banquet room for up to 35, multiple TV screens, catering, and take-out options, is also kid-friendly featuring crowd favorites like tenders and fries, cheese ravioli and pasta and meatball. Each day at the restaurant means a different promotion. Friday is prime rib night and also features live music. The band kicks off the night early, something patrons appreciate, according to the general manager. A different band is featured each week and it performs from 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Specials throughout the week include Trivia Night on Thursdays, with 50-cent wings. Monday night’s specials are a $5 medium pizza and 50cent wings and Sundays feature specials with golumbkis and pierogies. The restaurant is located at 110 Main St. in Broad Brook. Its phone number is 860-386-6990. Visit the restaurant at www.grillemainstreet.com.
Cruise Night! April 8, Wednesday 4-7 pm 705 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002 860-243-1630 • 800-243-1630 www.friendshiptours.net
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Itâ€™s OK to ask for help - vacation is an important decision
Freshâ€ˆ outâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ Travelâ€ˆ Schoolâ€ˆ 28â€ˆ years ago,â€ˆ Iâ€ˆ wasâ€ˆ lookingâ€ˆ forâ€ˆ myâ€ˆ nicheâ€ˆ and cruisingâ€ˆwasâ€ˆquicklyâ€ˆbecomingâ€ˆtheâ€ˆvacationâ€ˆofâ€ˆchoice.â€ˆIâ€ˆhadâ€ˆjustâ€ˆstartedâ€ˆmyâ€ˆfirst full-timeâ€ˆ jobâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ Friendshipâ€ˆ Toursâ€ˆ and Loisâ€ˆIsaacson,â€ˆtheâ€ˆpresidentâ€ˆofâ€ˆtheâ€ˆcompany,â€ˆ decidedâ€ˆ itâ€ˆ wasâ€ˆ timeâ€ˆ forâ€ˆ aâ€ˆ cruise divisionâ€ˆsoâ€ˆsheâ€ˆcreatedâ€ˆTheâ€ˆShipâ€ˆShopâ€ˆ(I stillâ€ˆ sayâ€ˆ itâ€ˆ carefullyâ€ˆ whenâ€ˆ Iâ€ˆ answerâ€ˆ the phone).â€ˆ Iâ€ˆ jumpedâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ chanceâ€ˆ to becomeâ€ˆ aâ€ˆ cruiseâ€ˆ specialistâ€ˆ becauseâ€ˆ it intriguedâ€ˆme. Whenâ€ˆ weâ€ˆ openedâ€ˆ Theâ€ˆ Shipâ€ˆ Shop neverâ€ˆ inâ€ˆ myâ€ˆ wildestâ€ˆ imaginationâ€ˆ didâ€ˆ I thinkâ€ˆcruisingâ€ˆwouldâ€ˆevolveâ€ˆtoâ€ˆwhereâ€ˆit isâ€ˆtoday!â€ˆWeâ€ˆdoveâ€ˆinâ€ˆandâ€ˆhavenâ€™tâ€ˆlooked back.â€ˆNowâ€ˆwithâ€ˆoverâ€ˆ23â€ˆmillionâ€ˆpeople setâ€ˆtoâ€ˆsailâ€ˆtheâ€ˆseasâ€ˆinâ€ˆ2015,â€ˆIâ€ˆamâ€ˆhappyâ€ˆI choseâ€ˆthisâ€ˆamazingâ€ˆcareerâ€ˆpath.â€ˆ Haveâ€ˆ youâ€ˆ everâ€ˆ triedâ€ˆ planningâ€ˆ your ownâ€ˆcruiseâ€ˆvacation?â€ˆYouâ€ˆcanâ€ˆeasilyâ€ˆget lostâ€ˆ onlineâ€ˆ inâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ never-endingâ€ˆ amount ofâ€ˆinformation.â€ˆ Itâ€™sâ€ˆOKâ€ˆtoâ€ˆaskâ€ˆforâ€ˆhelpâ€ˆwhenâ€ˆplanning yourâ€ˆ vacation.â€ˆ Itâ€™sâ€ˆ aâ€ˆ bigâ€ˆ decision.â€ˆ You justâ€ˆwantâ€ˆtoâ€ˆmakeâ€ˆsureâ€ˆyouâ€™reâ€ˆaskingâ€ˆthe rightâ€ˆ person.â€ˆ Hereâ€™sâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ bestâ€ˆ partâ€ˆ -â€ˆ my educationâ€ˆandâ€ˆexpertiseâ€ˆdoesnâ€™tâ€ˆcostâ€ˆyou anything.â€ˆ Youâ€ˆ justâ€ˆ getâ€ˆ toâ€ˆ benefitâ€ˆ from myâ€ˆexperience.
Iâ€™llâ€ˆ letâ€ˆ youâ€ˆ inâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ someâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ whatâ€ˆ Iâ€™ve learnedâ€ˆ throughâ€ˆ myâ€ˆ extensiveâ€ˆ cruise background: The Ship matters: Donâ€™tâ€ˆ missâ€ˆ the floatingâ€ˆ resortsâ€ˆ withâ€ˆ everythingâ€ˆ under theâ€ˆ sunâ€ˆ forâ€ˆ everyâ€ˆ ageâ€ˆ groupâ€ˆ thatâ€ˆ are arrivingâ€ˆ inâ€ˆ ourâ€ˆ localâ€ˆ ports.â€ˆ Myâ€ˆ latest adventureâ€ˆ wasâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ Royalâ€ˆ Caribbeanâ€™s newâ€ˆQuantumâ€ˆClass.â€ˆTheâ€ˆtechnologyâ€ˆon thisâ€ˆshipâ€ˆwasâ€ˆmindâ€ˆboggling.â€ˆInsideâ€ˆcabinsâ€ˆwithâ€ˆaâ€ˆâ€œvirtualâ€?â€ˆbalcony,â€ˆroboticâ€ˆbar, theâ€ˆ Northâ€ˆ Starâ€ˆ takingâ€ˆ passengersâ€ˆ 300 feetâ€ˆaboveâ€ˆtheâ€ˆseaâ€ŚWOW!â€ˆThisâ€ˆisâ€ˆjustâ€ˆa fewâ€ˆofâ€ˆtheâ€ˆamazingâ€ˆfeatures.â€ˆ Forâ€ˆtheâ€ˆfirstâ€ˆtimeâ€ˆIâ€ˆusedâ€ˆmyâ€ˆiPhoneâ€ˆto keepâ€ˆ trackâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ myâ€ˆ activitiesâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ anâ€ˆ app createdâ€ˆ byâ€ˆ Royalâ€ˆ Caribbean.â€ˆ Withâ€ˆ that said,â€ˆ thereâ€ˆ areâ€ˆ stillâ€ˆ plentyâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ optionsâ€ˆ if youâ€ˆareâ€ˆlookingâ€ˆforâ€ˆaâ€ˆsmallerâ€ˆorâ€ˆmedium sizedâ€ˆshipâ€ˆwithâ€ˆtheirâ€ˆownâ€ˆcoolâ€ˆfeatures. Hidden Gems: Whetherâ€ˆ youâ€ˆ areâ€ˆ a newbieâ€ˆ toâ€ˆ cruisingâ€ˆ orâ€ˆ seasonedâ€ˆ cruiser, repositioningâ€ˆcruisesâ€ˆareâ€ˆworthâ€ˆtakingâ€ˆa lookâ€ˆ at.â€ˆ Theseâ€ˆ cruisesâ€ˆ areâ€ˆ whenâ€ˆ your startingâ€ˆportâ€ˆandâ€ˆendingâ€ˆportâ€ˆareâ€ˆdifferent.â€ˆ Manyâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ itinerariesâ€ˆ areâ€ˆ aâ€ˆ little longer,â€ˆ offerâ€ˆ uniqueâ€ˆ portsâ€ˆ andâ€ˆ areâ€ˆ an incredibleâ€ˆvalue.â€ˆOneâ€ˆofâ€ˆmyâ€ˆfavoritesâ€ˆis aâ€ˆTrans-Atlanticâ€ˆcruise.â€ˆYouâ€ˆflyâ€ˆoneâ€ˆway toâ€ˆ Londonâ€ˆ andâ€ˆ visitâ€ˆ amazingâ€ˆ portsâ€ˆ of callâ€ˆinâ€ˆFrance,â€ˆIreland,â€ˆtheâ€ˆFaroeâ€ˆIslands andâ€ˆ Iceland.â€ˆ Whenâ€ˆ yourâ€ˆ shipâ€ˆ endsâ€ˆ in
Bostonâ€ˆ youâ€ˆ areâ€ˆ restedâ€ˆ andâ€ˆ relaxed. Repositioningâ€ˆcruisesâ€ˆareâ€ˆofferedâ€ˆinâ€ˆthe Caribbean,â€ˆ Panamaâ€ˆ Canalâ€ˆ andâ€ˆ the Pacificâ€ˆNorthwestâ€ˆtoâ€ˆnameâ€ˆaâ€ˆfew.â€ˆ Whatâ€™s Hot: Riverâ€ˆ Cruisingâ€ˆ is becomingâ€ˆ increasinglyâ€ˆ popularâ€ˆ withâ€ˆ an all-inclusive,â€ˆ intimateâ€ˆ feelâ€ˆ (typically aroundâ€ˆ100-150â€ˆguests)â€ˆandâ€ˆstate-of-theartâ€ˆ ships.â€ˆ Whetherâ€ˆ youâ€ˆ areâ€ˆ cruisingâ€ˆ on oneâ€ˆofâ€ˆtheâ€ˆmanyâ€ˆEuropeanâ€ˆriversâ€ˆorâ€ˆright hereâ€ˆinâ€ˆAmericaâ€ˆonâ€ˆtheâ€ˆMississippiâ€ˆRiver (Iâ€ˆbetâ€ˆyouâ€ˆdidnâ€™tâ€ˆknowâ€ˆthereâ€ˆareâ€ˆ29â€ˆlocks
onâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ Upperâ€ˆ Mississippi!)â€ˆ youâ€ˆ willâ€ˆ be treatedâ€ˆtoâ€ˆaâ€ˆluxuryâ€ˆvacationâ€ˆofâ€ˆaâ€ˆlifetime. Aâ€ˆ riverâ€ˆ cruiseâ€ˆ shouldâ€ˆ beâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ everyoneâ€™s bucketâ€ˆlist. Donna Milliken, a Somers resident, has been designated as a Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Master Cruise Counsellor after completing the organizationâ€™s Certification requirements. Donna is employed by Friendship Tours/The Ship Shop in Bloomfield.
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2015 Mercedes C300 AMG an Engaging Four-Door Sedan
Automotive By Keith Griffin
The C-series from Mercedes-Benz used to be a low priority on my list for luxury compact cars. The BMW 3-series was just a tough car to beat and the Audi A4 offered better styling and the Cseries wasn’t significantly refreshed since its introduction in 2007. Then the 2015 C300 AMG 4matic arrived in the driveway. After a week behind the wheel covering a few hundred miles, mostly highway, I’m a convert. This four-door sedan has leapt to the front of the class. The C-class is all new for 2015. Befitting us chunkier Americans, the wheelbase has been increased 3 inches to 112 and it’s 1.6 inches wider. Also, the C-class trunk capacity has swelled to 12.8 cubic feet to swallow all of our groceries. A few weeks prior to driving the C300 I spent time with the MercedesBenz S500. I found the cabin of the small car comparable in quietness to the much larger and more expensive fullsize sedan. There’s an AMG in the name but it’s not from any boost in power. Instead, the C300 earns its AMG stripes with a sport package featuring AMG body styling,
18-inch AMG-wheels and sports suspension. Click on the sports + suspension feature and you have yourself a little pocket rocket. Steering becomes ultra-responsive and revs never dip below 3000 rpm from the seven-speed automatic. Sure, the C300 also offers comfort, sport and eco suspensions, but you’re going to want to leave things in sports + probably 90 percent of the time. Mercedes doesn’t specify which suspension was used, but the C300 does 060 in 6.2 seconds. You know, there’s rarely a need to go much faster. Handling with the all-wheel drive system was consistently responsive.
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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 has some innovative safety features in addition to the usual suspects. The standard collision prevention assist plus system can execute autonomous braking up to 124 mph if it senses danger and the driver doesn’t respond. It also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 31 mph, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at speeds of up to 25 mph. Mercedes has tinkered hither, yither and yon to shave 200 lbs. in weight off the previous generation C class. Other aerodynamic touches help the fuel economy numbers rise to 24-mpg city and 31-mpg highway for a combined 27 mpg. My real-life numbers were a little lower because of the cold weather and
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Town Hall Could Re-Open Fridays under Proposed Budget
STAFFORDâ€ˆ â€“â€ˆ Townâ€ˆ Hallâ€ˆ would returnâ€ˆtoâ€ˆopeningâ€ˆfiveâ€ˆdaysâ€ˆaâ€ˆweekâ€ˆunder theâ€ˆBoardâ€ˆofâ€ˆSelectmen'sâ€ˆbudgetâ€ˆproposal. Theâ€ˆ selectmenâ€ˆ votedâ€ˆ Marchâ€ˆ 3â€ˆ to requestâ€ˆ aâ€ˆ $10,277,194â€ˆ generalâ€ˆ governmentâ€ˆbudgetâ€ˆforâ€ˆtheâ€ˆ2015-16â€ˆfiscalâ€ˆyear,
aâ€ˆ 3.9â€ˆ percentâ€ˆ increaseâ€ˆ overâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ current spendingâ€ˆplan. Theâ€ˆBoardâ€ˆofâ€ˆSelectmen'sâ€ˆbudgetâ€ˆalso includesâ€ˆtheâ€ˆpublicâ€ˆlibraryâ€ˆandâ€ˆdebtâ€ˆserviceâ€ˆbudgets,â€ˆbringingâ€ˆtheâ€ˆtotalâ€ˆrequested onâ€ˆMarchâ€ˆ3â€ˆtoâ€ˆ$12,774,385,â€ˆanâ€ˆincrease ofâ€ˆ$435,262â€ˆorâ€ˆ3.53â€ˆpercent. Theâ€ˆ overallâ€ˆ townâ€ˆ budgetâ€ˆ includesâ€ˆ a
STAFFORDâ€ˆ-â€ˆIfâ€ˆyouâ€ˆareâ€ˆaâ€ˆswimming poolâ€ˆ ownerâ€ˆ withâ€ˆ aâ€ˆ singleâ€ˆ speedâ€ˆ 1-2â€ˆ hp pumpâ€ˆ andâ€ˆ wantâ€ˆ toâ€ˆ saveâ€ˆ someâ€ˆ serious cash,â€ˆthisâ€ˆnewsâ€ˆisâ€ˆforâ€ˆyou.â€ˆIfâ€ˆyourâ€ˆpoolâ€ˆis alreadyâ€ˆequippedâ€ˆwithâ€ˆaâ€ˆnewerâ€ˆvariable speedâ€ˆ pump,â€ˆ thenâ€ˆ youâ€ˆ alreadyâ€ˆ know aboutâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ savingsâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ yourâ€ˆ electricâ€ˆ bill eachâ€ˆmonth. Singleâ€ˆ speedâ€ˆ pumpsâ€ˆ typicallyâ€ˆ runâ€ˆ at aboutâ€ˆ 3450â€ˆ rpmâ€ˆ andâ€ˆ drawâ€ˆ aboutâ€ˆ 2,000 wattsâ€ˆ(theâ€ˆlargestâ€ˆconsumerâ€ˆofâ€ˆelectricity inâ€ˆ yourâ€ˆ home).â€ˆ Reducingâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ pump speedâ€ˆandâ€ˆflowâ€ˆhasâ€ˆaâ€ˆtremendousâ€ˆimpact onâ€ˆ wattageâ€ˆ drawâ€ˆ dueâ€ˆ toâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ Pump Affinityâ€ˆ Law.â€ˆ Forâ€ˆ example,â€ˆ ifâ€ˆ you reduceâ€ˆtheâ€ˆpumpâ€ˆspeedâ€ˆfromâ€ˆ3,450â€ˆrpm toâ€ˆ 2,400â€ˆ rpmâ€ˆ (30â€ˆ percentâ€ˆ reductionâ€ˆ in speed)â€ˆ theâ€ˆ wattageâ€ˆ dropsâ€ˆ fromâ€ˆ 2,000 wattsâ€ˆtoâ€ˆ593â€ˆwatts,â€ˆaâ€ˆwhoppingâ€ˆ70â€ˆpercentâ€ˆreductionâ€ˆinâ€ˆpower!â€ˆDropâ€ˆtheâ€ˆspeed toâ€ˆ1725â€ˆrpmâ€ˆandâ€ˆitâ€™sâ€ˆpossibleâ€ˆtoâ€ˆsaveâ€ˆ80 percentâ€ˆorâ€ˆmoreâ€ˆonâ€ˆyourâ€ˆpumpâ€ˆelectricityâ€ˆcosts.
Thereâ€ˆareâ€ˆsomeâ€ˆfactorsâ€ˆthatâ€ˆneedâ€ˆtoâ€ˆbe consideredâ€ˆsuchâ€ˆasâ€ˆtheâ€ˆsizeâ€ˆofâ€ˆtheâ€ˆpipe, andâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ distanceâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ pumpâ€ˆ isâ€ˆ fromâ€ˆ the pool,â€ˆbutâ€ˆthatâ€ˆisâ€ˆwhereâ€ˆtheâ€ˆvariableâ€ˆspeed comesâ€ˆintoâ€ˆplay.â€ˆProgrammableâ€ˆvariable speedâ€ˆ pumpsâ€ˆ canâ€ˆ beâ€ˆ setâ€ˆ toâ€ˆ runâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ the optimalâ€ˆlowestâ€ˆspeedâ€ˆforâ€ˆyourâ€ˆpool,â€ˆwith theâ€ˆ bestâ€ˆ performanceâ€ˆ andâ€ˆ saveâ€ˆ youâ€ˆ the mostâ€ˆmoney.â€ˆHereâ€™sâ€ˆanâ€ˆexample:â€ˆAtâ€ˆ1/2 speedâ€ˆ(1725â€ˆrpm),â€ˆyouâ€ˆuseâ€ˆaboutâ€ˆ1/8â€ˆthe electricâ€ˆ comsumption,â€ˆ butâ€ˆ youâ€ˆ runâ€ˆ the pumpâ€ˆtwiceâ€ˆtheâ€ˆamountâ€ˆofâ€ˆtime,â€ˆsoâ€ˆyou onlyâ€ˆ useâ€ˆ aboutâ€ˆ 1/4â€ˆ theâ€ˆ electricityâ€ˆ you wouldâ€ˆ normallyâ€ˆ useâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ yourâ€ˆ oldâ€ˆ single speedâ€ˆpump. Otherâ€ˆ advantagesâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ variableâ€ˆ speed pumpsâ€ˆareâ€ˆbetterâ€ˆfiltration,â€ˆextendedâ€ˆlife ofâ€ˆ plumbingâ€ˆ andâ€ˆ equipment,â€ˆ betterâ€ˆ distributionâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ chemicals,â€ˆ andâ€ˆ theyâ€ˆ run muchâ€ˆquieter. Forâ€ˆ moreâ€ˆ informationâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ Variable Speedâ€ˆ Pumpsâ€ˆ visit:â€ˆ www.stafford pool.com/poolpumps.html.
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Boardâ€ˆ ofâ€ˆ Educationâ€ˆ budgetâ€ˆ of $27,822,500,â€ˆanâ€ˆincreaseâ€ˆofâ€ˆ3.39â€ˆpercent overâ€ˆtheâ€ˆcurrentâ€ˆfiscalâ€ˆyear. Theâ€ˆ selectmen'sâ€ˆ budgetâ€ˆ includes $2,016,020â€ˆforâ€ˆdebtâ€ˆservice,â€ˆanâ€ˆincrease ofâ€ˆ 0.94â€ˆ percent,â€ˆ andâ€ˆ $531,171â€ˆ forâ€ˆ the Staffordâ€ˆ Publicâ€ˆ Library,â€ˆ anâ€ˆ increaseâ€ˆ of 6.46â€ˆpercent.â€ˆ Amongâ€ˆ increasesâ€ˆ inâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ selectmenâ€™s budgetâ€ˆ requestâ€ˆ areâ€ˆ salaries,â€ˆ First Selectmenâ€ˆ Richardâ€ˆ Shuckâ€ˆ saidâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ the publicâ€ˆhearing.â€ˆTheâ€ˆincreaseâ€ˆisâ€ˆdueâ€ˆtoâ€ˆan effortâ€ˆ toâ€ˆ openâ€ˆ Townâ€ˆ Hallâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ Fridays, whichâ€ˆ wouldâ€ˆ increaseâ€ˆ workâ€ˆ hoursâ€ˆ for
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STAFFORDâ€ˆ â€“â€ˆ Theâ€ˆ Staffordâ€ˆ Springs Congregationalâ€ˆ Church,â€ˆ locatedâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ 3 Mainâ€ˆ St.,â€ˆ willâ€ˆ holdâ€ˆ itsâ€ˆ annualâ€ˆ Meatloaf Luncheonâ€ˆ onâ€ˆ Thursday,â€ˆAprilâ€ˆ 23,â€ˆ from 11:30â€ˆ a.m.â€ˆ toâ€ˆ 1â€ˆ p.m.â€ˆ Eat-inâ€ˆ orâ€ˆ take-out optionsâ€ˆareâ€ˆavailable,â€ˆyouâ€ˆdecide.â€ˆWalkinsâ€ˆ areâ€ˆ welcome.â€ˆ Shouldâ€ˆ youâ€ˆ decideâ€ˆ to sitâ€ˆatâ€ˆourâ€ˆtables,â€ˆthereâ€ˆisâ€ˆampleâ€ˆconvenientâ€ˆ parkingâ€ˆ acrossâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ streetâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ Town Hall.â€ˆ
Forâ€ˆtheâ€ˆlowâ€ˆcostâ€ˆofâ€ˆ$9,â€ˆyouâ€ˆcanâ€ˆenjoy aâ€ˆgenerousâ€ˆlunchâ€ˆofâ€ˆmeatloaf,â€ˆredâ€ˆpotatoes,â€ˆgravy,â€ˆItalianâ€ˆgreenâ€ˆbeans,â€ˆcarrots, breadâ€ˆandâ€ˆbutter,â€ˆcoffeeâ€ˆandâ€ˆtea,â€ˆandâ€ˆfor dessert,â€ˆ appleâ€ˆ pie.â€ˆAsâ€ˆ always,â€ˆ proceeds benefitâ€ˆtheâ€ˆlocalâ€ˆmissionsâ€ˆofâ€ˆtheâ€ˆchurch. Callâ€ˆ theâ€ˆ churchâ€ˆ atâ€ˆ 860-684-4194â€ˆ for moreâ€ˆ informationâ€ˆ orâ€ˆ toâ€ˆ purchase advancedâ€ˆtickets.
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STAFFORD - Safe Net Ministries will conduct its April Food Cupboard distribution on Saturdays, April 11 and 25, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The distribution will be held at Safe Net Headquarters, 86 Main Street, Stafford Springs. Food distribution is held the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Donations of tuna and peanut butter are needed. Safe Net Ministries will conduct its next Board meeting on Tuesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Safe Net Headquarters, 86 Main St., Stafford Springs. The meeting is open to the public. Safe Net’s mission is a multi-denominational nonprofit organization helping our Stafford and Union neighbors in need, to provide comfort and support as necessary through our various ministries – Food Cupboard, Flo’s Friendship Kitchen, and utility/general assistance. Donations may be sent to Safe Net at Post Office Box 93, Stafford Springs, CT 06076 or visit our website www.safenetministries.com. You may contact Safe Net at 860-851-9987.
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STAFFORD — Avery Park, the town’s affordable housing development for seniors and disabled residents, received a $500,000 upgrade from state officials, an infrastructure improvement pushed by Stafford delegates Sen. Tony Guglielmo and Rep. Kurt Vail. The governor’s office announced the grant, part of the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), which will pay for extending the public waterline and sewer system to accommodate the affordable housing development’s move from its West Street location to West Stafford Road, eliminating the cost and construction of a new private septic system. This is the first time since 2011 that Stafford has received a STEAP grant. “This project will allow the Avery Park development to build a clean water system for seniors and the disabled. The cost to do this is extremely expensive but necessary. It is the type of project the state should help local communities with because it is a matter of public health,” Sen. Guglielmo said.
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Proposed Increased Town Budget Eliminates Two Positions
SUFFIELD – The Board of Selectmen's budget would increase 2.82 percent for the 2015-16 fiscal year under a $14,879,820 budget proposal. The selectmen voted Feb. 27 to approve the spending plan, which would bring an increase of $407,985.
The selectmen also voted to approve a $2,678,775 budget for debt service, a decrease of 3.66 percent or $101,661. Together these budget requests would bring an increase of 0.55 percent. The selectmen's budget request was reduced from an original increase of $536,592, according to the minutes of
SUFFIELD - The Kent Memorial Library and members of the Suffield Chamber of Commerce are hosting a week of Money Smart Programs on April 20-25. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 45 states. For programs that require registration, please call the Kent Memorial Library at 860-668-3896. On April 22 at 1 p.m. the program is Senior Identity Theft Protection with Gail Albetski from Webster Bank. Seniors are often targeted by identity thieves. They tend to have more assets
and readily available cash than others. Seniors may have home health care workers, nurses, visit physician offices, live in assisted facilities, or have other service providers that may possess the senior’s personal information. All these are opportunities for identity information to be stolen. Often identity theft of seniors is not reported because victims may feel shame or confusion. Sometimes the perpetrators are people close to the victim such as a caregiver or family member. Find out what to do to protect yourself or a loved one. The program is located at the Kent Memorial Library at its temporary place at 61 Ffyler Place. To register, call 860-668-3896.
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the meeting. Among other reductions, First Selectman Edward McAnaney recommended eliminating the assistant finance director position that had been added to the budget. He said the Charter Revision Commission is considering a financial reporting structure change which would
affect this position. He also suggested the selectmen consider eliminating the additional firefighter position. The Board of Education voted at its March 17 meeting to seek a $33,865,745 budget, a 3.9 percent increase over its current spending plan.
Suffield Student Signs Letter of Intent
Dan Leckie, Suffield resident, signed a National Letter of Intent this past November to play Division I baseball for Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., in the Patriot League. Dan plans on pursuing a double major in Economics and Government at Lafayette. He is a 2014 graduate of Avon Old Farm School in Avon and is currently attending The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J., as a post-graduate student.
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Student Stock Market Game at the Kent Memorial Library SUFFIELD - Ka-ching! Middle school and high school students can sign up right now to play the Stock Market Game. Although the game starts on Tuesday, May 5, and ends Saturday, June 27, the teams need to be formed as soon as possible. The Connecticut Stock Market Game is sponsored by SIFMA (Securities Industry And Financial Markets Association). Students can
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SUFFIELD - Due to popular demand the Parks and Recreation Department is offering another Babysitter Course. This is a great introduction for your 10to 15-year-old to learn the skills necessary for babysitting or to be a mother’s helper. It takes place Monday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an entry level course intended to teach age appropriate skills necessary to care for children of all ages using team babysitting, mother’s helper and individual babysitting concepts. The course focuses on safety with emphasis on prevention. Basic first aid and
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SUFFIELD – The Suffield High School Safe Party Committee is hosting a party fundraiser on April 9 at 7 p.m. The event features Jim Spinnato, comedic hypnotist. It takes place at the Suffield High School auditorium. Tickets for students are $12 and adults $15.
SUFFIELD - Elizabeth Lahens of Extreme Coupon Today will teach you how to save money at a program at the Kent Memorial Library in its temporary location on 61 Ffyler Place on Saturday, April 25, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lahens breaks down the couponing process into manageable steps to save at least 50 percent off grocery bills. Not only that, there are so many items you should never pay full price for again. Please reserve a seat at 860-668-3896. CONNECTICUT
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Fighting for a Community Center
Cindy Nicholson of the Suffield Parks & Recreation Department addresses the Board of Finance during the public comment portion of the meeting on a recent Monday evening. She read a statement urging the board members to make a plan for funding a proposed community center for Suffield by re-purposing the former Bridge Street School building and property in the Town center district. A special ad hoc committee was formed to consult with an architectural firm, and create a business plan, including costs for completing the project. The plan includes a full-sized gymnasium and other amenities. Ad hoc committee member Krystal Holmes of Suffield presented numerous details of the plan and answered questions, along with John Ireland of Silver-Petrucelli Architects. Parks & Recreation Director Wendy Lamontagne also made a presentation to illustrate how the community center could improve the quality of life for residents of all ages and become a more than self-sustaining enterprise.
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SUFFIELD - The Suffield Players have announced their Spring Production: “Hearts” by Willy Holtzman. Directed by Jeffrey Flood, it takes place on April 30, May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and May 10 at 2 p.m. at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Ave., Suffield. The touching drama “Hearts” tells the story of a group of World War II veterans who fill their present with playing cards, while reminiscing about their past. Floating between then and now, from the foxholes of Europe to the frontiers of cyberspace, these men ponder the outcomes of their lives with both
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