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As finding time to cook seems to get ever more difficult, restaurant delivery services are expanding to fill that need. And the choices of food go far beyond traditional delivery options. Already delivering in some parts of North Central Connecticut is GrubHub. “People in any city where GrubHub is present can place orders on the desktop or mobile web, using mobile apps, or using Apple TV or Apple Watch apps,” according to Sandra Glading, a spokeswoman for GrubHub. “Our scale enables us to provide a delivery service with lower overall costs.” Customers can pay using PayPal, cards or cash, and tipping is customary. Jeff Lipton, co-owner of Joanna’s Restaurant in Somers, said while his restaurant does not currently offer delivery service, the idea is intriguing. He said he does not feel his restaurant and banquet hall compete with restaurants that offer food delivery directly. “I think that’d be pretty neat,” he said of the concept, noting it would be a way

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By Gary Carra Can the Raven address the elephant NOT in the room? As well chronicled in the news last year, The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus brass succumbed to persistant, PETA pressure and removed elephants from the program in 2016. Now, in 2017, when the Circus leaves town at its April 27-30 run at the Hartford XL Center (xlcenter.com), it will not be returning. That’s right, after nearly of a century and a half run, the Ringling Circus is folding up its tent for good. Tickets for the swan song - dubbed Circus Xtreme: A Final Farewell - range from $25-$150 depending on your proximity to the ‘X-traordinary’ acts of athleticism and daring. Not coincidentally - and almost almost on the exact same days in Hartford, April 28-30 - The Bushnell (bushnell.org) presents Circus 1903 The Golden Age of The Circus. The perfect alternative for those pining for pachyderms - these “Golden” boys and girls consist of master puppeteers, knife throwers, high wire walkers and much more. Next up, in the “how cool is this?” the department, the Raven’s daughter was allotted the opportunity to “run away with the Cirque” for her 15th birthday last month. As mentioned last installment, Cirque Du Soleil had come to the Nutmeg State with the Avatar-inspired production of Toruk: First Flight. And while a sizeable snowstorm delayed their auspicious arrival on her birthday proper, she was afforded a very rare, sneak peak in to the inner-workings of one of the largest theatrical production

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company in the world the very nexxt day. Toruk itself is one of nine travelling Cirque productions, complimenting the present field of 20 total shows (the remaining occur exclusively at set, select venues). It is also one of the most expansive Cirque sets, requiring some 27 trucks to transport; and marks the company’s first foray into English narration. Not unlike seeing Disney’s Space Mountain with the lights on, a daytime look at Toruk reveals that the set is actually, literally a blank canvas. Computerized digital lights shine down to transform it into lush gardens, tropical rain forrests or raging rivers, as desired. The overhead, house spotlights follow the lead characters courtesy of tiny chips implanted in their suits, too. Which reminds of two other neat, backstage finds. Touring Cirque shows come replete with their own laundromat and alteration shop, too.


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Selectmen seek 3.88 percent increase in town spending

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR -- The Board of Selectmen is seeking a $38,452,003 budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The proposed budget would bring an increase of 3.88 percent or $1,434,912 over the current year’s spending plan. The budget will be reviewed by the Board of Finance in preparation for a May 9 budget referendum.

The budget includes a town budget of $13,412,844, an increase of $614,568 or 4.8 percent; a capital improvement budget of $761,674, a decrease of $133,768 or 14.94 percent; a debt service budget of $1,150,000, a decrease of $44,238 or 3.7 percent; and a Board of Education budget of $23,127,485, an increase of $998,350 or 4.51 percent. First Selectman Robert Maynard said the largest increases are in health insurance, which is going up

$181,000, and contributions to the retirement fund, which are increasing $127,000 due to changes in actuarial calculations. In addition, Maynard said, the state budget could have an effect on the town. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed changes in the way the Education Cost Sharing formula is calculated. “We’re worried about the governor’s budget,” he said. “That would hurt us quite a bit.”

Auction and Wine Tasting benefits Honduran children’s housing EAST WINDSOR - Family Academy of Music and Preschool of the Arts are sponsoring the 12th Annual “Keep Jeff’s Dream Alive Benefit Beer and Wine Tasting with Auction” on Saturday, April 29 at Golden Gavel Auctions in East Windsor. Over the last 13 years, Keep Jeff’s Dream Alive events have raised over $193,000 in memory of Jeff Braun of Stafford (adopted from Honduras), who lost his life in Iraq on Dec. 12, 2003, fighting for the freedom of others. This money has gone toward the construction of a children’s home and school in Honduras - Hope of Honduras

(Esperanza de Honduras). Tickets for this year’s event are $20 per person. Please contact Sue Leavitt at 860-836-0394 to purchase the tickets. This year’s auction will start at 7 p.m. preceded by the beer and wine tasting at 6 p.m. The group is also soliciting donations from people for new items, gift certificates, and gently used furniture. Call the above number for this also. The Jeff Braun Children’s Home Foundation, established after Jeff’s untimely death, is administered by Hope International in Florida. Jeff started

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need for funds for its completion as well as the furnishings needed. Although Jeff did not live to see his dream come true, his community is helping to make it happen. You can help by providing an item or service for our auction or by making a cash donation. Tickets for the dinner are available by calling Sue or John Leavitt at 860-8360394 or contacting them via email at susanleavitt@sbcglobal.net. More information is available by contacting the Leavitts. Information about the home and informative videos about the progress of the new cottage are found on Facebook at: Hope of Honduras Children’s Home.

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EAST WINDSOR – The Town of East Windsor, in an effort to keep citizens informed and connected, is offering the ability to live-stream meetings from the Town Hall. Meetings include the

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It’s time to Zumba and eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny

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door the day of the event. Children will be able to make a craft as well. Raffle tickets will be sold. Proceeds from this year’s event will go towards scholarships for the Summer Fun Camp and to The Rotary Club. For questions or additional information, please contact the East Windsor Parks & Recreation at 860-627-6662. Summer Job Openings The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department is looking for applicants interested in working in the Snack Bar/Gatehouse, as a Water Safety Instructor, and as a Lifeguard. Applicants must be 16 years of age and older. Interested candidates should download an application from the town website at www.eastwindsorct.com or pick one up at the First Selectmen’s Office located in Town Hall, 11 Rye St., Broad Brook or at the Parks & Recreation Office located at East Windsor High School. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Any questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation

EAST WINDSOR – The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the following programs and events. Spring Zumba Classes Zumba classes through East Windsor Parks & Recreation will be offered on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Town Annex. Spring session will run through May 15. Walk-ins are accepted at a rate of $5/class. Registration can be done online through the East Windsor Parks & Recreation Website by clicking on the Sportsman SQL Online Registration Portal. Checks should be made payable to Kim Goulet. Please call the office at 860-627-6662 with any questions. Breakfast with The Easter Bunny The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department and The East Windsor Rotary Club are sponsoring Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday, April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at East Windsor High School. Cost of the breakfast is $3 per child and $6 per adult. Tickets will be sold at the

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grades will have the opportunity to make a “Hot Dog” on Wednesday, June 7. Both classes will be held in the Art Room from 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. and cost $15/participant. Online registration is available through the Parks & Recreation website by clicking on the Sportsman SQL Online Registration Portal. Contact Parks & Recreation at 860-627-6662 with any questions. Swim Lessons at EW Park Registration is now open for Summer 2017 swim lessons at East Windsor Park. Classes will run MondayThursday in two-week sessions, with Fridays being reserved for weather makeups. Four sessions are available throughout the summer with a variety of levels ranging from Water Tot to Level 6. Cost for a two-week session is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents. All classes will be taught by a certified instructor and according to Red Cross Learn-to-Swim standards. Online registration is available for your convenience through the East Windsor Parks & Recreation website.

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Department at 860-627-6662. 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 6. Registration will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Fishing will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The fishing derby is for kids ages 15 and younger. 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 860-627-6662 with any questions. Jumping Clay Workshops East Windsor Parks & Recreation is happy to have Aime Liggett from Jumping Clay present two after-school workshops at Broad Brook Elementary. If you’ve never heard of Jumping Clay, it is fun for all ages, mess free and creates beautiful and unique masterpieces. Third and fourth graders will be working on a flower pot creation Monday, May 15 and kindergarten through second


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UberEats coming here soon?

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comes to an area, UberEats makes sure it has a high density of restaurants and drivers in place. Currently, UberEats is in the Hartford, Stamford and New Haven areas in Connecticut. The expansion of food delivery services is seen as positive by local businesspeople. “It can only be a good thing,” said Mike Vezzola, executive director of the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. He added that if UberEats is looking to expand, it would be a welcome service in the area.

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to offer delivery services without taking on the liability that goes with that. One service gaining a lot of attention is UberEats. Although not yet delivering to north central Connecticut, UberEats is getting closer with its expansion to the Hartford area, with restaurants as close as Manchester and Vernon participating. Much like Uber’s ride-sharing service, UberEats connects users through a mobile phone app. “We’ve applied the same technology to UberEats,” said Uber spokesman Craig Ewer. “You know exactly when the food’s coming.” Users order through the app, and Uber’s drivers go to the restaurant, pick up the food and deliver it. Users pay a delivery fee, but tips are not solicited or expected. Payment is through the app only using PayPal or a card. While UberEats has no immediate plans to come to this area, the company is always looking to expand. Before it

Teens and Alcohol

ENFIELD - The Enfield Together Coalition invites you to visit the Enfield Square Mall on Friday, April 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sears Court area. Area teens will learn how to make healthy choices about alcohol. Enfield Police Explorers will be there showing how alcohol can impair driving. Sign a pledge not to drink before 21 and win a prize!

Learn fine art of making Easter eggs

SOMERS - Scantic Valley Farm of Somers is excited to share with you the art, symbolism and joy of creating Pysanky - Ukrainian Easter eggs, decorated using beeswax and dyes applied in layers. Several local workshops will be offered where you can transform its farm eggs into beautiful works of art. Each participant will create a unique and beautiful egg to take home from these hands-on workshops. All materials will be provided. No experience is necessary. (Minimum age 12; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.) The cost is $30 per person; advanced registration required. Contact Nancy at

Scantic Valley Farm to register at 860749-3286. Class size is limited, so call today. (Deposits are non-refundable.) Class schedule Sunday, April 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Scout Hall Youth Center, 28 Abbe Road, East Windsor Monday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Scantic Valley Farm, 327 Ninth District Road, Somers Wednesday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tolland Agricultural CenterIAC, 24 Hyde Ave., Vernon Wednesday April 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Powder Hollow Brewery, 504 Hazard Ave., Enfield

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The New England Air Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $12.50 for ages 12 and up, $11.50 for seniors 65 and up and $7.00 for ages 4 to 11. New England Air Museum members and children under 3 are admitted free.

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Budget increases in part because of resident trooper costs

Ellington

By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON — The Board of Selectmen is seeking an $18,487,178 budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The budget represents a 3.41 percent increase or $610,267 more than the current spending plan. Board of Finance members questioned some of the increases in salaries on the proposal at a March 28 budget hearing. Among items questioned was a 17.06 percent increase in salary for the executive secretary in the Selectmen’s Office. First Selectman Lori Spielman said increasing the hours for that position from part time to full time became nec-

essary because of an increased workload, according to the meeting minutes. A 12.17 percent increase in the police budget was included due to the town taking the total cost of the resident state troopers. The Board of Education is seeking a $37,071,969 budget, an increase of $972,220 or 2.69 percent. Appointments made The following appointments were made at the March 13 Board of Selectmen meeting. Conservation Commission: Reappointed David Bidwell and George Nickerson to four-year terms ending March 31, 2021; Ann Harford to serve as

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ELLINGTON - First Selectman Lori Spielman announced that the Town of Ellington is contemplating a project to replace the Strawberry Road Bridge over Mill River. The bridge replacement project would receive federal funds under the Federal Local Bridge Program administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. If undertaken, the project design would be expected to begin in early 2018, with construction likely in 2018 or 2019. Spielman points out that local and state policy encourages early information to citizens on such projects and encourages people to raise any concerns

with municipal officials early in the planning process. Persons wanting additional information should contact Timothy Webb, DPW Director, at 860870-3140. The cost of the bridge replacement would receive 80 percent reimbursement from federal aid with the remaining 20 percent paid from municipal funds. The federal aid for the project was authorized under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP – 21) administered by the Federal Highway Administration and the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

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Planning your home staging at Hall Memorial Library

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ELLINGTON - The Hall Memorial Library’s Coffeehouse on Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. features the female a cappella group Reunited. Annette, Chris, Pat and Peggi harmonize beautifully, singing songs from the ’40s and ’50s; they will also give a short history of Sweet Adelines A Cappella Organization. Their mantra is “sharing memories through song,” so come prepared for a musical trip down memory lane! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show Interior Designer Annika MooreTillman comes to the library on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. to explain The Art of Home Staging. Annika, widely recognized for her creative, conceptual, and analytical talents, will illustrate the art of home staging with tips, before and after

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SOMERS - Eighth grade students at Mabelle B. Avery Middle School have been on a roller coaster of creativity for the past three years. Starting with a fullscale production of “The Wizard of Oz” to riding the seas and searching for gold in “A Pirates Life for Me.” This year, MBA Drama Club has changed gears once again and is taking its young drama enthusiasts back to a time of innocence with “The Nifty Fifties,” another Pioneer Drama sensation that is set to have the audience toe-tapping and swaying in their seats. This year’s cast comprises a record number of performers and opens Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, at the

Percoski Auditorium at the Somers High School. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. and doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance can be purchased at MBA Middle School by calling the office at 860-749-2270. You may also reserve tickets by emailing Drama Advisor Mark Maciolek at mark.maciolek@somers.k12.ct.us. Students have been working extremely hard to prepare for this season’s musical, and everything from the set (Louise’s Luncheonette) to the design and sewing of dozens of hippity-hop poodle skirts will take the audience back to the ’50s. “We have one of the most creative groups of students, both on stage and behind the scenes,” Maciolek said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do

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SOMERS — First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini is leaving the town for a position in Rhode Island. In a March 22 letter, Pellegrini announced her plans to resign. She has accepted the position of director of development services for the town of Westerly, Rhode Island. A Republican, she was serving her fourth term as first selectman. “I loved the challenges, the projects and most of all working together with each of you to make Somers a better place. We’ve had some remarkable success and looking back I can’t help but feel a tremendous sense of price at what we have done together,” Pellegrini said

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This year’s talented group consists of Ally Carra, Emily Brayton, Gabby Tullock, Lilly Saunders, Alexa Mclellan, and Hannah Skalski. This year’s group worked hard on learning new dance moves from the ’50s. Ally Carra and Alexa Mclellan choreographed the opening number called “The Nifty Fifties.” This fun and exciting number opens up the show and takes everyone back in time. They enjoyed teaching the students the choreography and helping them learn the new dance moves. Another number, called “Edsel,” choreographed by Emily Brayton, will convince you that the Edsel is the car of the future. This number features an Edsel prop where the actors pretend to be driving a car. Brayton also worked hard on putting together choreography that also incorporates the Edsel prop. The MBA Drama Club cannot be more excited for the public to see those numbers and many more.

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of a sudden we’re counting the days to our last play together.” Regardless, of the end of the season and production, both young ladies vowed this won’t be their last production. “We can’t wait until we can get involved at the high school level,” said Joyal, giving her counterpart a timely high five. One unique feature of MBA Drama is the complete responsibility of having students prepare for daily rehearsals. This year, Dominic Zuccalo has emerged, once again, in helping get students ready vocally for their grueling two-hour rehearsals. “I just kinda took it on,” Zuccalo laughed. “When Mr. Maciolek calls your name, you gotta be ready. I guess I was ready!” Beside the co-directors and Zuccalo, choreographers have a chance to showcase what many of them have been learning for years in dance academies around Somers.

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STAFFORD -- The Board of Selectmen, Board of Education and Stafford Public Library presented their proposed budgets at a March 8 public hearing. First Selectman Anthony Frassinelli said the selectmen are seeking a budget of $12,539,196 including debt services, an increase of 5.47 percent over the current year’s spending, according to the minutes of the meeting. The selectmen’s budget includes

$10,355,046 for general government, an increase of $527,735 or 5.37 percent, and $2,184,150 for debt service, an increase of $3,748,000 or 0.7013 percent. Frassinelli said contractual increases to salaries for all six unions are 2.25 percent. The budget proposal includes a new position of grant writer/marketer for the town. It also increases the registrar of voters’ budget to increase hours due to state-mandated training. Other increases are due to rising

STAFFORD - The St. Edwards Ladies Guild will hold a Polish Dinner on Saturday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Edward Parish Hall, 6 Benton St., Stafford. The menu includes kielbasa, pierogies, golabkis, dessert, and drinks.

Tickets are $12 per person and are available for purchase at All Saints and St. Edward church offices or by contacting Pat Saunders at 860-306-9419. Polish music will be the entertainment. No tickets will be sold at the door.

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employee benefit costs, the inclusion of a new lease for plow trucks and repairs to the high school track. Chris Frank, library director, presented the proposed budget of $538,183, an increase of 0.7 percent. Superintendent of Schools Patricia

Palm Sunday Men’s Breakfast

STAFFORD – There will be a Palm Sunday Men’s Breakfast on Sunday, April 9, at 7 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., Stafford Springs. There will be a short service in the sanctuary followed by a breakfast served by the women’s committee. The menu includes homemade

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,Collin said the school board is seeking a budget of $28,089,083.39, an increase of 2.61 percent. A second public hearing on the town budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year is scheduled for April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Stafford Community Center.

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Just ofG the main drag of Route 190 in Stafford Springs, the Club-house Cafe at Sun Valley is a rustic getaway to enjoy dinner with family, grab a drink with friends or start your day with Sunday brunch. Our relaxed and fun dining atmosphere boasts a friendly staff, beautiful lake view and savory eats. Undeniably known for Clubhouse Chicken Wings - with extensive sauce flavors and rubs - our menu features fresh salads, house-made burgers, signature sandwiches, creative entrées and comfort food classics

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By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD -- The town has a better way of communicating. The town has enhanced communications and safety following the completion of a fiber optic project linking emergency services, First Selectman Melissa Mack said in a written release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was an essential effort on many fronts, but most importantly it ties together ambulance, police and fire to ensure effective communication on both a daily basis and in crisis situations,â&#x20AC;? she said.

The fiber optic project will provide faster efficient speeds to town facilities and provides a backup communications transmitter to better secure the system in assisting first responders, Mack said. The project extends the fiber from the Kent Memorial Library, to the Bridge Street School, Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association and Suffield Senior Center. The ambulance association houses the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emergency Operations Center. The extension joins departments already within the network, including

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SUFFIELD - High School students can get ready for the prom by learning popular ballroom dance steps in a beginner class by a local ballroom dance professional from Ballroom Fever in Enfield. The class is on Friday, April 21, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center at 145 Bridge

Street. No experience necessary. Come with friends or solo. Please be sure to sign up for this free program in person, by phone at 860668-3896 or on the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, suffield-library.org. This is a Kent Memorial Library program funded by the Friends of KML.

SUFFIELD - Come for lots of laughs, travel tips and information on interesting destinations on April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield. The library is located at 61 Ffyler Place. What happens when an upbeat, sociable, single, empty nester in midlife, outdoor

enthusiast, critter gal, science geek, history buff, treasure hunter, embarks on a four-month road trip in her Chevy pickup truck? Margaret Websterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book will be available for purchase. Please be sure to sign up for this free program in person or by phone at 860-668-3896.

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