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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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The East Windsor Senior Center is located at 125 Main St., Broad Brook, above the Broad Brook Fire Department. To sign up for the following programs, please call 860-292-8262. INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE AARP will provide electronic federal and state income tax assistance on Mondays through April 6. Please call 860-292-8262 to schedule a one-hour appointment at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. No charge for this service. SHOPPING Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, East Windsor, every Monday from 9 a.m.– 11 a.m. Grocery shopping at Geissler’s, East Windsor, every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Mobile Food Share at St. Catherine’s Parking Lot – Fridays, April 10 and 24, from 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. FITNESS/ HEALTH Wii Bowling, every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Wii Zumba, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Foot care is offered on Tuesday, April

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EAST WINDSOR - Friends of the Library Association of Warehouse Point will be having a book sale from Saturday, April 11, to Saturday, April 18. The sale will be held during library hours at the Warehouse Point Public Library, 107 Main St., East Windsor. The cost is $6 per bag and an eco-friendly bag will be provided free. Any questions, please call 860-623-5482. We also are in need of books, DVDs, and VHS tapes. Donations can be dropped off at the library, 107 Main St., East Windsor, during library hours.

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Night of Music for Wounded Warriors

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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the game. Panther Hoops Camp will be held at East Windsor High School Tuesday through Friday, June 23-26. Grades 3-5: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Grades 6-8: noon-3 p.m. Fee for this program is $45 with a $5 sibling discount. Please register by June 19. CHEERLEADING CAMP: The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a week of cheerleading fun! This camp will focus on techniques, cheer development and choreography. Cheerleading Camp will be held at East Windsor High School Tuesday-Friday, June 23-26 from 8:30 a.m.–noon. Fee for this program is $45 with a $5 sibling discount. Please register with the Parks & Recreation Office by June 19. Call the Parks & Recreation Office at 860-6276662 with any questions.

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sponsoring the Spring Tiny Tots Soccer. This program is open to boys and girls ages 3 and 4 and the cost is $35 per child. It will be held at East Windsor High School from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. beginning Saturday, May 2, through June 6, skipping May 23. This program will teach the fundamentals of the sport of soccer. Please register with the East Windsor Parks & Recreation Office or download the registration form at www.eastwindsorct.com. Call the Parks & Recreation Office with any questions at 860-627-6662. PANTHER HOOPS CAMP: The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a week of basketball summer fun! This camp will help your child develop a love for

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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 “Law Enforcement Torch Run� 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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students. As the painting progressed the students realized he had painted it upside down. “While you were watching me paint you had to look at it from different angles,” said Topor. “That is what this week is all about.” The school’s Unified Leadership Committee planned the week of awareness to end with a pep rally on Friday, Feb. 27 with the entire school participating. The rally featured the Ellington High Unified Basketball teams playing a game against the girls and boys varsity teams. Purple T-shirts were on sale all week and students were encouraged to wear purple at this “Purple Out Rally.” The cheerleading and dance teams participated in the event and the new Ellington High School Pep Band made its debut. Athletic Director Tim McCluskey and principal Neil Rinaldi spoke to the students about promoting respect and diversity. McCluskey stressed the importance Wee will Absolutelyy,, W byy farr,, do the best job detailing your car!

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ELLINGTON – The Board of Selectmen is seeking a $15,587,945 townside budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The board approved its budget request at its March 23 meeting. It was presented to the Board of Finance March 24. The proposed budget would be an increase of $1,559,206 or 11.10 percent over the current fiscal year's spending plan. Most of that increase comes from four areas, which each saw substantial increases, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. “Our police budget is up significantly,” Blanchette said, due to the proposal before the state legislature to shift the full cost of the resident state troopers to the towns. Currently, towns pay 70 percent of the costs for resident troops, with the state paying the remaining 30 percent. The police budget would rise 36.3 percent to $1,385,411 as a result. Other substantial increases include principal and interest on bond issues due to the construction at the Crystal Lake School. Bonded redemption – or principal – costs would increase 22.4 percent to $982,005 under the proposed budget. Debt redemption – or interest – would increase $30.9 percent to $3,184,322. Another area with an increase was employee benefits. “Our health insurance for town employees went up

dramatically,” Blanchette said. “This represents less than one percent of the total dollar budget for Ellington. In addition, there is a

Capital Improvements Budget, a Board of Education Budget, and a Miscellaneous Budget that have now all been brought to the BOF,” Blanchette said.

Budget Update

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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Increase in Budget Driven by Salaries, Pensions, Insurance

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By Linda Tishler Levinson

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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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ENFIELD – Taxpayers would face a 4.2 percent increase in their bills from the town under a $125.4 million budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year. Town Manager Matthew Coppler presented his budget proposal to the Town Council March 16. The $125,369,688 spending plan would be an increase of 4.5 percent over the current fiscal year. The budget includes $59,486,006 for the town and $65,883,682 for the Board of Education. The proposed mill rate is 30.34, an increase of 1.21 mills. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. “A number of factors are responsible for the projected increase in the Fiscal Year 2016 General Fund Budget,” Coppler said in an executive summary presented to the council.

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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ENFIELD - The annual “Baby Steps” Walkathon to benefit the 1st Way Life Center will be held on Saturday, April 18, rain or shine. Registration time and walk is anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. starting from Raffia Plaza on Raffia Road in Enfield. The first 100 registered applicants for this two-mile walk will receive a T-shirt, and all walkers will receive a balloon and ice cream. There will also be prizes awarded for the most donations. The prizes for those under the age of 18 are a $100 gift certificate to Best Buy, a $50 gift certificate to Best Buy, and movie tickets. The grand prize for most donations by an adult will be a certificate for dinner for two. Sponsor forms are available at all local libraries, Catholic churches and many stores. You may also pick them up at the 1st Way Life Center office at 77 Hazard Ave. in Enfield (across from Big Y). Call 860763-2044 if you have questions. 1st Way Life Center has been in the Enfield area for the past 38 years providing free services for pregnant women.

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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.

Those interested in nominating an individual and/or business for this award need to submit an essay, not to exceed 500 words, outlining what the nominee has done in the past year to show what steps they are taking to put environmental concerns at the heart of their business or household. Winners will receive public recognition at the Town of Enfield Earth Day Celebration on April 22. Mail nominations to Debra McCarthy, Town of Enfield, 820 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082 or email dmccarthy@enfield.org by Friday, April 10.

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Somers

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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.

The Board of Education budget is $21,463,926 an increase from last year of $719,673 or 3.47 percent. “The Town proposes the use of fund balance of $524,984,” Pellegrini said. “This results in no increase in property tax.” Under the budget proposal, the mill rate would remain 23.37. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The town and school board were to present their final budget proposals to the Board of Finance March 30. A pub-

Somers High School Horizons Café

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.

Jumping Clay Opens First Enfield Location

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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Connecticut Commercial Realty Announces Edward Jones Lease

Somers

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

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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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Ge m m a Cole

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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

sports + suspension. What  gave  me  slight  pause  was  the price. The 2015 C300 4MATIC starts at $40,400  before  the  $925  delivery charge.  Slap  on  the AMG  features  and some  other  technical  wizardry  and  the price quickly heads north of $58,000.  Mercedes-Benz  says  the  C300 AMG compares  to  the  BMW  3  Series,  Audi A4, Lexus IS and the Cadillac ATS. Of that  list,  consider  the  3  Series  to  be  its equal and the A4 pretty darn close. The ATS  and  IS  just  aren’t  in  its  league, except  for  size.  It  would  be  like  saying all  four-year-olds  in  Brookline  are equals. VITAL STATISTICS Wheelbase: 111.8 inches Length: 184.5 inches Width: 71.3 inches Height: 56.8 inches Curb weight: 3594 lbs. Engine:  2.0-liter  inline  turbo-charged four-cylinder Horsepower:  241  hp  @  5,500  rpm Torque:  273  @  1,300-4,000  rpm EPA  estimated  mpg  city/highway:    24mpg city/31-mpg highway/27-mpg combined Base price: $55,995 Also  consider:  (a  comparative  vehicle) BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS

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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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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

work  individually  or  form  teams  to spend  $100,000  in  virtual  money  to build  a  diversified  investment  portfolio that  must  include  a  combination  of stocks, mutual funds, and/or bonds on a professional trading platform.  Students enter their stock picks on the Internet  via  the  computer  or  a  smartphone. Trades happen in real time so students experience how real-world events

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

obstructed  airway  management  for  a conscious choking adult/child and infant will  be  covered.  Other  topics  include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal  safety,  interview  skills  and many  more  topics.  The  course  is  four hours, so bring a snack. Booklet, handouts and Babysitter Safety Certificate of completion included.  The course takes place at the Suffield Volunteer  Ambulance  Association,  205 Bridge  St.  Fee  is  $75  for  residents  and $85 for non-residents. Registration closes  Monday,  April  6,  and  enrollment  is limited.

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impact the capital market. Teams will be mentored  by  local  financial  advisors from  the  Suffield  Chamber  of Commerce.  A  program  on  basic  financial investing is also planned.  A  prize  will  be  awarded  to  the  top teams.  Please  register  for  this  free  program  by  calling  the  library  at  860  6683896.

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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.

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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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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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WINDSOR LOCKS  -  Small  business owners throughout the North Central area will have the opportunity to network and learn  at  the  2015  Small  Busienss Symposium. The half-day program will occur at the New  England  Air  Museum  on  Thurs, April  9  from  noon  -  5:30pm  an  is designed by business owners for business owners  through  engaging  sessions  that will include insightful industry tips from recognized business leaders. In addition to breakout  sessions  covering  social  media, website design, and managing your online brand,  HR,  the  event  will  feature  local experts from businesses and business support organizations who will provide information and services to help your business grow.

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Easter Egg Hunt at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut on Friday, April 3rd. Egg Hunt will run from 11am-11:30am for ages 1-10. One adult 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. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt visit with the Easter Bunny and pose for pictures from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., cameras are encouraged! Activities also include open cockpits and the Museum’s Flight Sim Spot allowing visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators with real cockpit controls! Docents will be on hand to provide information and to interact with the visitors. The New England Air Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Seven days a week. Admission is $12 for ages 12 and up, $11 for seniors 65 and up and $6.50 for ages 4 to 11. Children under 4 are admitted free.

APRIL BREAK FUN At The New England Air Museum! The New England Air Museum will hold family fun activities April 13th-17th. The Museum’s state-of-the flight simulators will be open each of these days allowing visitors to pilot their own virtual aerial adventures. Monday, April 13th & Tuesday, April 14th- Fantastic Flying Machines LEGO Contest. Step into a room full of LEGOs and let your creativity take wings The program is for ages 3-12 and will run from 10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Winners do not need to be present to win. Wednesday, April 15th, Parachute Drop. Design a parachute that will remain airborne for as long as possible and dropped within a landing zone from the very top of one of our giant aircraft hangers. Thursday, April 16th, Open Cockpit. The Museum will host an Open Cockpit program allowing you to experience the right stuff! Up to 8 aircraft will be open including helicopters, jet fighters and WWII aircraft. All cockpits will close at 4:00 p.m Friday, April 17th, Aero Modeling Workshop. Build your own flying machine and give it a test flight through our massive hanger. Program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. This activity takes about an hour and a half to complete. Children ages 8-14 can build and fly their own models. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a $5.00 cost for the kit.

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Activities are included with the price of admission on the day of your visit except where noted. Each day docents will be on hand to provide information and to interact with the visitors. For more information, visit www.neam.org or call (860) 623-3305. The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks, Conn. adjacent to Bradley International Airport. Take I-91 north or south to CT. exit 40 (Route 20) to Route 75 north.


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