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By Linda Tishler Levinson As the state begins the new year with an increased minimum wage, a local employer has done one better for its employees. Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, with locations in Hartford, Windsor and

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hiring at that hourly wage and at $12 per hour for wait staff, who also earn tips. “One concern I would like to address is the assumption that this cost will result in prices increasing. This is being done through a decrease in profits. We are willing to reduce our profit to be able to do this for our employees,” Bear’s said on Facebook. “Good employees are key to success and we wouldn't be where we are today

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SUFFIELD – Looking for a way to kick the winter blues? Join us as we kick off the 2017 Relay For Life of North Central CT on Jan. 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Suffield Country Club, 341 North Main St., Suffield. The Kickoff Celebration will feature special guests, healthy snacks, door prizes, entertainment, and an opportunity to connect with old friends from last year, as well as new friends who will join you at this year’s Relay. This “celebration of life” brings the

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“They’ve got to make up the difference somewhere,” he said. He said it would especially be a problem for businesses that compete along the state line. Both Mike Vezzola, executive director of the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, and Candace Corcione, executive director of the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce, said they have not heard of other local employers raising their employees’ pay to $15 an hour. Corcione added that she did not think a measure raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour was something

Local Business Leaders Ponder State Minimum Wage of other local employers who have raised their own starting salaries to that level. Jim Richards, executive director of the East Windsor Chamber of Commerce, said that most local businesses could absorb the increase to $10.10 an hour. “Most of them are going to do it without too much fanfare,” he said. If the increase were greater than 50 cents per hour, it would be a concern, Richards said, adding it might bring up the cost of products or services.

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ELLINGTON – St. Luke Church in Ellington presents Irish Night, Saturday, March 11 in the church hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. Corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings and complementary wine, beer and soda will be available. No BYOB, please. Entertainment by the singing group "Irish To The Last Drop" along with Irish Step Dancing and a raffle will round out this fun-filled evening. The church is located at 141 Maple St., Ellington. Tickets are $20 per person advanced purchase only. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets please call Jane at the church rectory; 860-875-8552 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 pm.

Youth Dinner Jan. 28

WINDSOR LOCKS The American Legion Post of Windsor Locks will sponsor a roast pork dinner on Saturday, January 28 at Memorial Hall. The complete roast pork dinner pork dinner will including dessert will be served from 6-7 p.m. Proceeds of the dinner will be used to promote the Legion’s Post Youth Programs of Boys State; Cub Pack No. 201, BSA; School Awards program; Legion Baseball Teams; State Police Youth Week and the Arbor Day Program.Tickets for the dinner are $12. Anyone wishing to purchase their dinner tickets may call ticket committee members, as follows: Rosalie Kone, 860-623-6102 or Edward Sabotka, 860-623-5704. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


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they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. For more information on Relay For Life of North Central CT, visit Or contact Mariah Nolan via email at For more information, visit Relay For Life also helps maintain the American Cancer Society’s toll-free 24-hour cancer information line: 1-800-ACS-2345.

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Board of Selectmen vote keeps town attorney in his position

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR – The Board of Selectmen voted not to replace Town Attorney Joshua Hawks-Ladds at its meeting Jan. 3. First Selectman Robert Maynard made the motion to replace the town attorney. The motion failed by a vote of 3-2. Maynard and Selectman Steve Dearborn voted for the measure, and Deputy First Selectman Richard P. Pippin Jr., Selectman Jason Bowsza and Selectwoman Dale Nelson voted against the motion.

Later in the meeting, Maynard said he wants a new town attorney because they do not work well together, but he disagreed with characterizations that his view on the matter was unjustified. Hawkes-Ladds said he was hired by former First Selectman Denise Menard and that Maynard “wanted his own attorney.” He said he would not speak about individual cases during a public meeting, but defended the work he has done for the town. “I don’t want you as town counsel because of your

performance,” Maynard said, citing what he said were unduly high legal bills. Maynard also said he has difficulties working with Hawks-Ladd since the board created a legal subcommittee, which handles all legal matters except those specifically spelled out in the town charter as belonging to the first selectman. “I cannot work well with Joshua Hawks-Ladd as long as that legal subcommittee is between us,” he said. During public comment, Menard cautioned Maynard to “be careful of the facts.”

Volunteers needed to help Broad Brook Fire Department grow BROAD BROOK – The Broad Brook Fire Department is currently participating in Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. Eighty percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities,

people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon. “The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others,” said Chief Fred Dudek, Everyday Hero CT program manager. “Those who join their local fire departments sign up for one of the most rewarding opportunities they’ll ever have.”

Established in March 1896, the Broad Brook Fire Department (BBFD) strives to provide the best fire and EMS protection possible to the more than 5,500 residents living in the Village of Broad Brook in East Windsor. Operating out of Station 39 located at 125 Main St. in Broad Brook, the Department utilizes the following apparatus: Engine Tank 139, Engine Tank 239, Engine Tank 339, Forestry 139, Service 139 & 239, UTV



139, and Marine 139. The BBFD has about 40 members as well as a Junior Division made up of teenagers ranging from 14-18 years old. The department is always looking for new members, including those with special qualifications such as CDL licenses who may want to drive and pump fire apparatus, and medically certified per-

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East Windsor Senior Center will host variety of programs in January

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EAST WINDSOR – The East Windsor Senior Center is located at 125 Main Street, Broad Brook above the Broad Brook Fire Department. Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. To sign up for the following programs for January 2017, please call 860-2928262. The Senior Center will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Day. SHOPPING Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, East Windsor, every Monday, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Grocery shopping at Geissler’s, East Windsor, every Wednesday, 9 a.m.10:30 a.m.

Mobile Food Share every other Friday at St. Catherine’s Parking Lot – Friday, Jan. 13 and Friday, Jan. 27 from 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

FITNESS/ HEALTH (Drop-ins Welcome!) Wii Bowling every Monday – Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Free Fitness Class, every Monday with instructor Lynne Miller, at 10:30 a.m. Cost: $3/Class Chair Yoga, every Tuesday with Yoga instructor Lynne Miller, at 12:30 p.m. Cost: $3/Class Wii Zumba with Melissa, Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Free Foot care is offered on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There is a $29 charge

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sonnel with current EMR or EMT certifications. Anyone interested in learning more about the BBFD should call 860-6235940, visit, or stop by the fire house on the third and fourth Thursday of the month after 7 p.m. About Everyday Hero CT A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for 15 Connecticut fire departments: Broad Brook Volunteer Fire

Department, Cromwell Fire and EMS Department, Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Company, Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (Salem), Greenwich Fire Department, Killingworth Volunteer Fire Department, Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company, Old Mystic Fire Department, Rocky Hill Fire Department, Somers Fire Department, Stamford Volunteer Firefighters Association, Trumbull Volunteer Fire Services, Westfield Fire Department (Middletown), Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, Wolcott Fire Department. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

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automobiles and dioramas. Club members will run instructional demonstrations throughout the day. All activities are free with museum admission. The New England Air Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Closed on Mondays during the winter season. Admission is $12.50 for ages 12 and up, $11.50 for seniors 65 and up and $7 for ages 4 to 11. New England Air Museum members and children under 3 are admitted free. Discounted admission is available for veterans and active duty military personnel. For more information and directions to the museum, please visit or call 860-623-3305. The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

WINDSOR LOCKS – The New England Air Museum will present its first Open Cockpit Day for 2017 on Saturday, Jan. 14, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more. A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. Also on that day, there will be a plastic scale model show courtesy of the Wings and Wheels Modelers Club. Hundreds of beautifully crafted scale models will be on display for the enjoyment of the Museum’s visitors and will include aircraft, military vehicles, ships,


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Participants at the Asnuntuck Community College ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Acadmic Skills Center.

United Bank’s big boost helps ACC’s new Academic Skills Center ENFIELD – Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation recently received its single largest donation in the college’s history. United Bank Foundation Connecticut committed $100,000 to be used for the college’s Academic Skills Center. United Bank’s Foundation has committed $25,000 each year for the next four years to the college. A portion of the funds was used to relocate and improve the college’s tutoring space. Funds are also allocated toward financing the center’s tutors. The college held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new center this month. The Skills Center is available to students free of charge. Tutors offer oneon-one and small group tutoring in a variety of subjects. The center also has twelve computers with internet and printer connections. The new center is in the confines of Asnuntuck’s library now known as The Learning Commons. Funding from the United Bank Foundation Connecticut was used to renovate and upgrade space for the Academic Skills Center. The donation will help extend the hours, has enabled additional technology to be purchased and will be used to contract additional tutors. Officials from The Connecticut State College and University System, Asnuntuck Community College and Foundation, students, staff and faculty and United Bank, gathered at the Enfield campus for the ribbon cutting. During the ceremony United Bank’s

Executive Vice President & Head of Consumer Banking, who also serves on ACC’s Foundation Board commented, “As Bill Crawford, our CEO, said when we presented the $100,000 check from the United Bank Foundation to ACC earlier this year: This new and improved Academic Skills Center will give every student who makes the most out of it the learning tools and resources they need to succeed in the classroom and be a success in life after graduation.” He added, “What you’ve been able to do to the campus in such a short period of time is not only incredibly exciting but it speaks to the long-term vision you - President Lombella - and your team has for this campus, the students and the entire North Central Connecticut region.” Lombella said that through the funding the college was able to purchase 29 computers and four Mac stations. He said, “Today we are delighted to have United Bank with us. Last May we were delighted to receive support from United Bank. United Bank recognized the effort of the college, and the Academic Skills Center. Through a $100,000 grant they have given Asnuntuck the ability to redesign and relocate this center to better serve our students.” Businesses and corporations interested in learning more about how they can donate to Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation can contact Director of Institutional Advancement and Community Engagement Keith Madore at 860-253-3041 or at

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Participants in Pratt & Whitney’s Tool and Die twoyear Apprenticeship Program recently completed a nine-week full-time machining program at Asnuntuck Community College. The group designed and constructed belt sanders as part of their capstone project in machining. Each of them is able to keep his sander and one is kept at ACC for the college’s use. They also designed cups using 3D printing equipment at the college. Left to right are Pratt & Whitney Apprentices Ronald Pirtel and Joseph Swetz; ACC Instructor Joe Marcelino; Apprentices Adam Brodeur and Driton Ahmetovic; and ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Director Frank Gulluni. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

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Springfield Thunderbirds players MacKenzie Weegar, left, and Brody Sutter visited St. Bernard School. The players visited with the students, answered questions and read books to kindergartners and first graders. Weegar and Sutter wanted to get the students excited to see them play in an upcoming game on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. The St. Bernard School community will be attending the game as a group, and the school choir will be singing “God Bless America.”

Knit Night for Teens

ENFIELD – Enfield Public Library is having a Knit Night for teens ages 12-18 on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Are you a seasoned artist, a novice or brand new to the craft? All skill levels are welcome to drop in for an hour of fiber fun,

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By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON – The Board of Selectmen made a number of appointments at its Dec. 12 meeting. According to the First Selectmen’s Office, they include: Ad Hoc Patriotic Committee: Reappointed were Bruce N. Warkentin, Wilson D. Flynn, Rhonda Villanova, Alan Lewandosky, Daniel Joy, John M. Takach, Andrew McCoy, J. Wiley Dumas, Cheryl Samborski, Ted Graziani, Joseph Boucher, Peter Hany

Jr., Miranda Graziani and Nicholas Pina to one-year terms ending Dec. 31. Land records inspector: Reappointed Nancy Lemek to a one-year term ending Dec. 31. Board of Assessment Appeals: Appointed Kurt Sullivan as an alternate member to complete an unexpired term ending Jan. 31, 2018. The selectmen will consider filling a number of vacancies at their Jan. 23 meeting. They include a student representative on the Patriotic Committee, an

alternate position on the Board of Assessment Appeals, two positions on the Building Code Board of Appeals, an alternate on the Connecticut Water Co. Customer Advisory Council, a position on the Conservation Commission, two positions as emergency management deputies, one position on the Ethics Commission, an alternate on the Inland/Wetlands Agency and two terms on the Vernon Area Cable TV Advisory Council. Anyone interested may contact the First Selectman’s Office at 860-870-3100.

January history program explores medium that wouldn’t quit

VERNON – The Vernon Historical Society, 734 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon, will host its first quarterly meeting on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. with a snow date of Sunday, Jan. 22 at the same time. After a brief business meeting, John Ellsworth, director of The Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut in Windsor, will deliver a presentation about “The

Communications Medium That Wouldn’t Quit.” Ellsworth’s program will focus on the establishment and development of the museum, and it will include information about the growth of radio as a technology and the evolution of electric communications, starting with the telegraph and progressing through sound recording, the telephone and wireless radio from the mid-1800s through the 1970s.

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ENFIELD – The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union (TVTFCU), located in Enfield, recently volunteered at the Enfield Street School’s “Holiday Store.” This program, sponsored by the Education Resources for Children (ERFC) also in Enfield, made it possible for children at this school and others in the area, to shop for presents for their families and wrap them in time for the holidays. The items available were generously donated by the community. ERFC is a private, community-based, non-profit agency that provides academic, enrichment, recreational and cultural arts activities for out-of-school-time programs. They have been working with the Enfield community since 1994, providing innovative services to families and children before and after school.

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ENFIELD – The Town Council has changed Enfield’s ordinances to allow and regulate food trucks. The council voted at its Dec. 19 meeting to adopt rules and regulations for

food vendors, based on changes to town codes adopted in August. The issue of food trucks came up more than a year ago when Powder Hollow Brewery was fined for having food trucks on its property. Owner

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ENFIELD – The Enfield Public Library is sponsoring the following programs in January. Storytime Storytime sets the stage for lifelong learning and the love of reading, promotes increased attention span and allows children to develop the early literacy, communication and social skills needed to be ready to learn by the time they enter school. Registration for storytimes at the Enfield Public Library will begin Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 9 a.m. in the Children’s Room and continues through the rest of the week. “Time for Twos� will meet either

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Center for the Healthy Heart celebrating its 10th anniversary By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD – You could say it’s a heartwarming milestone. Dr. Jeffrey P. Thompsen is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his practice, the Center for the Healthy Heart, at 15 Palomba Drive. Specializing in those with a family history of heart disease and heart disease in women, Thompsen said he uses techniques for early detection – and with some of these techniques he is the only doctor in the state using them. Among his techniques is one that tests for early plaque development in the arteries, “which is identified well before other methods,” he said. He looks for different symptoms and different risk factors, as well as different clinical findings. Over the 10 years he has been practicing in Enfield, Thomspen said he has

Specializing in those with a family history of heart disease and heart disease in women, Thompsen said he uses techniques for early detection – and with some of these techniques he is the only doctor in the state using them.

brought new techniques to treat heart disease – some developed at the Mayo Clinic – to his center.

He earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of CaliforniaSan Diego, his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine, and did his residency at St. John's Mercy Medical Center and a fellowship at Henry Low Division of Cardiology at Hartford Hospital. Thompsen is the division chief of cardiology and president of medical staff at Johnson Memorial Hospital. He has board certifications, including internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology and echocardiography/TEE. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.

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‘Greetings From Enfield’


ENFIELD – The Enfield Historical Society will present “Greetings from Enfield – Enfield As Seen Through Vintage Postcards” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at the Enfield American Baptist Church, 129 Post Office Road. Admission to the program is free and the public is welcome. Travel back with the Historical Society to the early 1900s and the golden age of postcards. See vintage views of Enfield, Thompsonville, Hazardville, Scitico, and the Enfield Shakers. Peek into the lives of the senders by reading their messages to friends and family. And learn a bit about Enfield history at the same time. Postcard collecting was one of the most popular hobbies of the early twentieth century. Hundreds of millions of postcards were mailed in the United States each year, most featuring an artistic illustration or scenic view. Countless views of Enfield appeared on postcards during that time. Most were

produced by commercial publishers or local businesses, but some were homemade cards that provide unique views of Enfield. Fortunately, many early Enfield postcards survive today. The Enfield Historical Society will present scores of the best of Enfield's vintage postcards for your viewing pleasure (after all, that's what they were made for) projected on our big screen. Founded in 1960, the Enfield Historical Society is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Enfield’s extensive history. The Enfield Historical Society operates three museums: the Old Town Hall, the Martha Parsons House, and the Wallop School. For more information about the Enfield Historical Society, its museums, or this program please visit or email us at

A postcard view of the railroad station in Thompsonville in the 1920s. The Enfield Historical Society will be presenting “Greetings from Enfield - Enfield as Seen Through Vintage Postcards,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at the Enfield American Baptist Church.

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ENFIELD – The Enfield Public Library will present “Ghostology 101: A General Study of the Paranormal,” on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. This is the first in a series of programs designed to both entertain and educate the general public about the world of the paranormal. Rob Goff of Agawam Paranormal will share the basics of paranormal investigations, starting with terminolo-

gy, equipment, EVP (electronic voice phenomena), spirit photography and video as well as “ghost hunting” skills and suggestions. Goff is the co-founder and lead investigator of Agawam Paranormal. He became interested in the paranormal more than 25 years ago. For details on this free program, contact the Enfield Public Library at 860763-7512.

Celebrate the season

Students at St. Martha School took time out from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to present their annual Lessons and Carols program during Family Christmas Night in December. Pupils in grades K-8 filled the air with angelic song while their grade 1 peers reenacted the Nativity. Pictured are first-grade sudents Gregory Levinskas and Samantha Hinkle.






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SOMERS – The Board of Selectmen was poised to approve changes to the town’s building code to aid homeowners with crumbling foundations at its Jan. 3 meeting. The selectmen had voted on the measures Nov. 10, and their formal adoption on Jan. 3 was expected to be a formality.

First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini co-chairs the Capitol Region Council of Governments Crumbling Concrete Ad Hoc Committee, along with Tolland Town Manager Steve Werbner. Pellegrini had updated the board on the issue and the CRCOG committee’s recommendations at the Nov. 10 meeting, The board voted unanimously to approve a recom-

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State issues investigation into deteriorating foundations


By Linda Tishler Levison

STAFFORD — The state Department of Consumer Protection on Dec. 31 released its report to the General Assembly on the agency’s investigation into deteriorating foundations in northeastern Connecticut. In a written release, DCP said its investigation, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General, (OAG) focused on whether the state could assert a Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act claim against any party related to deteriorating foundations. In July, the OAG issued a letter to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the DCP indicating a successful CUTPA claim was unlikely. The agency said the investigation concluded the mineral pyrrhotite must be present for the foundations to deteriorate in the way

observed. The minimum amount of pyrrhotite needed to trigger deterioration is not yet known. Becker’s Quarry, the main source of concrete aggregate for J.J. Mottes, of Stafford, includes more than trace amounts of pyrrhotite, and is located on a vein of rock that contains significant amounts of pyrrhotite. J.J. Mottes and Becker’s Quarry entered into an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with the state, agreeing not to use concrete from the quarry for residential purposes until July 2017. “DCP remains committed to providing our expertise and any information from our investigation we can disclose to elected officials, other government officials, and members of the private sector working together to seek remedies for homeowners,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris. “We’re

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the East Coast to study Sports Management at West Virginia University. An athlete in high school, Ricci played four years of basketball and one year of baseball, he continued to explore various opportunities by applying for internships once he moved on to college. First stop The Connecticut Sun, the Women’s National Basketball Association team, based out of the Mohegan Sun Casino. Next was an internship at the Connecticut Whale, the American Hockey League team whose home ice was at the XL Center in Hartford. “Without these two experiences, I never would have received the call to the big leagues from the Tampa Bay Rays.” Ricci said his experience as an inside sales representative for a Major League Baseball (MLB) team was important. “It was a tough market,” Keith Ricci, a 2006 graduate of Stafford High School, is an Account Executive for explained Ricci, “as most people spend the Boston Bruins organization. Photo courtesy of Keith Ricci their time at the beach, not the ballpark.” He added, “I went to Tampa to was offered a job by the Boston Bruins. much as I would like.” Ricci said, “I get my foot in the door and that job He said the transition from MLB to came back in June to speak at the allowed me to get a job closer to home the National Hockey League was a Citizens Scholarship Foundation of in Boston.” smooth one. “I enjoy having the sum- Stafford Springs ceremony.” Being far from Connecticut was also mer as my offseason, which I get with Ricci credited John Mayo, who was tough, according to Ricci. “Family and hockey being a winter sport.” He the school district’s Athletic Director, friends were disappointed to see me added, “The NHL has half the amount with influencing his interest in sports. leaving Stafford again, but I told them of games as MLB, so that gives my “He was my math teacher, basketball that going to Tampa would get me one schedule some relief.” coach and athletic director during my step closer to New England.” He led the Although he is just about an hour and freshman and sophomore years.” He entire sales team in season ticket sales a half away from Stafford he says he recalled, “He would constantly chalfor Tampa Bay and four months later doesn’t get home that often. “As an lenge me with trivia and push my interAccount Executive for the Boston est in sports.” He continued, “His YOUR LOCAL HOME HEATING PROVIDER Bruins I manage $7.6 million in busi- extensive knowledge of sports and the ness annually while having 41 games impact they have on the community had per season, so I don’t get to Stafford as a major influence on me.”

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STAFFORD – Keith Ricci has wanted to work with a major league sports team for as long as he can remember. The 2006 Stafford High School graduate, who resided in Stafford for 20 years, said there was never a question that sports was where he wanted to make a career. “When I was six years old, I would race to the sports section of the newspaper every day to find the Red Sox box score and see if Mo Vaughn hit any home runs.” He added, “I am just as fascinated with sports now as I was then.” Fast forward to now and Ricci is doing what he set out to do. He is working as an Account Executive for the Boston Bruins. Ricci had a great game plan when it came to get to this major league organization. He is willing to share advice with young people who want to land a job in this field. “Good grades are required, but good experience is crucial, so definitely complete a few internships while in college.” Ricci began his post-secondary education locally. “I knew I wanted a career in athletics, I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and how to do it.” He explained, “I commuted to Manchester Community College for two years to knock out general courses while focusing on the next step.” He made his next move down

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SUFFIELD – The town has sold $9.1 million in bonds to finance its multiyear road improvement program at 2.73 percent interest. First Selectman Melissa Mack said in a written release that positive results came from on the strength of solid reviews from S&P Global Ratings. Matthew Spoerndle, senior managing director of Phoenix Advisors and

Suffield’s financial adviser, said in the release, “S&P recognized the continued efforts of leadership to improve Suffield’s fiscal health, and as a result, the town was able to issue debt at very low levels. The positive outcome was driven by the strong credit rating and prudent financial management of the town.” The town received eight bids on the bonds, with Janney Montgomery Scott


LLC submitting the winning bid of 2.73 percent. While S&P’s rating for Suffield stayed at AA+, the town’s outlook improved from stable to positive for a potential upgrade to the coveted AAA rating on the next bond issuance, Mack said. S&P referenced Suffield’s “strong management,” expectation of the “tax base to remain very diverse,” and proximity to Springfield, Hartford and Bradley International Airport as factors

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SUFFIELD – The following students were named to the honor roll at Suffield High School for the first marking period, according to a list provided by the school. Grade 12 High Honors Aronson, Leah Rachel Beckett, Camille Kathleen Castro, Katherine Theresa Connolly, Lindsey Jean Cunningham, Jessica Lynn Cushing, Daniel Jay Fisher, Ezra Xavier Flanagan, Caelie Scott Garcia, Lukas Dane Higgins, Reese Parker Karam, Emily Maree Masi, Emily Carolyn McCusker, Elle Kathleen McCusker, Willem Ryan Messenger, Jacob McKay Michaud, Brian P. Robinson, Hana Paige Roncaioli, Rachel Lan Sinon, Hailey Kaye Werenski, Jason Alexander Grade 12 Honors Amenta, Aurora Mae Baker, Katherine Barbara Baskin, Joshua Thomas Bedlack, Ryan Joseph Bielonko, Jessica Irene Blad, Anthony Thomas Bouchard, Danielle Reid Butler, John Gilchrist Canning, Abby Marlena Cardaropoli, Delaney Demas Carestia, Sophia Lydia Carucci, Jacob Robert Carucci, Kelly Marie Cieri, Zachary Douglas Collins, Claire Marie D’Ostuni, Madison Riley DelVaglio, Zachary Peter Devin, Erica Mary DeVita, Stephanie Rose Dorman, Katherine Ann Edwards, Hayley Joanne Egan, Abigail Catherine Eheander, Alan William Elsinger, Nicole Mary Englander, Hanna Elizabeth Evans, Tristan Chamberlain Faherty, Ian Fahle, Madison Jennifer Farhad, Daniel Bryce Fuller, Madison O’Rourke Gallagher, Camryn Louise Gangakhedkar, Apurva Girardini, Kaitlin Nichole Heyse, Marybeth Michelle Hoynoski, Faith Ann Hunleth, Zachary Michael Isotti, Giancarlo Attilio Jaffee, Ethan Morgan

Jarsen, Steven Edward Kirschbaum, Caitlin Ann Kreychman, Michael A. Kuljancic, Azemina Kuljancic, Merisa LaRochelle, Tatum Sonia Little, Caitlin Elizabeth Lobo, Luke Michael Looney, Brendan Peter MacMillan, Thomas John Maffei, Andrea Carlo Manning, Miles Peter Markov, Denis Petrov Martin, Kelli Marie Mason, Holly Frances Mehta, Yash Anil Meleounis, George Emanuel Merrill, Britney Rattanakoun Mitzel, Cooper Lawrence Mitzel, Maxwell Steven Mlinek, Michael Joseph Mosher, MyKayla Rose Murphy, Madison Alexandra Nealon, Victoria Nicole Olechny, Sabrina Marie Pacewicz, Alyssa Marie Pedersen, Alicia Stefani Picard, Amelia Renee Raffia, Kristen Marie Rose, Laura Kelly Rupp, Austin Marshall Rusczyk, McKenzie Lucien Rzecinski, Maja Elizabeth Sharp, Trevor Grant Shaw, Victoria Sheldon, Ian Douglas Sheridan, Erin Nicole Slatkavitz, Tessa Marie Smith, Cara Elizabeth Stryjek, Nicole Ann Tapper, Samuel Robert Trase, Corey Alexander Velasquez, Kaylee Riana Vinick, Ty August Webster, Cynthia Nicole Wells, Morgan Raye Wessner, Alyssa Marie Williamson, Savannah N. Young, Shain Thomas Zaffetti, Paul Nicholas Ziolkowski, Simon Nathan

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Shaw, Cameron Alexis Smith, Alexandra Lynn Swenson, Hannah Elizabeth Tierney, Keaton James Ulitsch, Michael Anthony Urbanski, Mia Vindigni, Matthew Robert Ward, Mackenna Isabel Wascholl, Joseph A. Webb, Donovan Marino Winter, Matthew Joseph Woodbury, Joseph Adams Grade 10 High Honors Baskin, Blake John Bourdeau, Madison Nicole Chawla, Hannah Kaur Danek, David Michael DeCosmo, Dario Joseph Dion, John Paul Drake, Ashley N Englander, Kyle Andrew Falvo, Paul Gregory Gadomski, Madison Tina Hart, Julia Elizabeth Hinkle, Tabitha E Johnston, Sarah Elizabeth Kawalec, Samantha Marie Miller, Camden Ryan Stomper, Nicholas James Sullivan, McKenzie Erin Voisine, Meghan Anne Weaver, Mackenzie Marie Wessner, Jessica Leigh Zawawi, Alyssa Catherine Zeller, Gabrielle Falon Zulfiquar, Rabi James Grade 10 Honors Angus, Dylan Michael Armstrong, Connor James Auchy, Mason Charles Bacon, Linnzie Elaine Bahl, Abigail Eleanor Balakrishnan, Shreedula Basile, Tessa Marie Beiter, Peyton Elizabeth Beringer, Madeleine Kathleen Bigos, Brandon Anthony Boxall, Chloe Leigh Bulgajewski, Destiny Rose Canning, Megan Rose Cashman, Alyssa Rose Casinghino, Anna Rose Chernik, Brianna Elizabeth Coleman, Julia Diane Condon, Miranda Nicole Conway, Michaela Marie Corr, Ryan Hugh Cyr, Nathan Robert Dalfino, Olivia Grace DeLuca, Julia Marie Dias, Kelley Jeanne Domashinski, Grace Carolyn Duffy, Liam David Dyer, Brandon James Eggleston,Katherine Elizabeth Elmokaddem, Fatima Toshi

Ford, Nikolis Paul Fraser, Ekaterina Alexandra Gauvin, Edward Richard Gervais, Olivia Katelyn Giampaolo, Ann Marie Gibson, Stephanie Alyssa Grano, Tori Marie Gray, Ian Maximiliano Grigoriou, Benjamin Joseph Grigoriou, Michael Iraklis Hassan, Ziad Hesham Heyse, Britney Ann Johnston, Tyler Andrew Julian, Miranda Faye Kasperski, Lindsey Marie Kerongo, Marsha Moraa Kieffer, Andrew Kyle Klesczewski, Lauren Elizabeth Kochman-Sabbatino, Millicent Kopec, Michael Anthony Labato, Mia Elizabeth LaFlamme, Joseph Edward Litvak, Amanda Katherine Lobo, Jared Michael LoVoi, Matthew Anthony Lucido, Caitlin Paige Lupone, Sophie Ann Mangiameli, Grace Ann Mankouski, Evan Willliam Marmo, Anthony Michael McCain, Kady Elizabeth Meleounis, Manny Salvatore Messenger, Julia McKenzie Michaud, Renee Amber Mills, Isabella Rose Mishtal, Yuriy Adrianovich Moore, Kathleen Ann Morin, Kara Anne Murphy, Catherine Lydia Nardi, Chloe Savannah O’Toole, Delaney Erin Olson, Amber Bree Plano, Isabella Cecelia-Maddelena Platt, Katherine Poirier, Molly Simone Pryce, Alec Remington Ralston, Lauren Ann Ramirez, Richard Adan Raskina, Vera Mikhailovna Rizzuto, Olivia Marie Rusnock, Mary Clare Russo, Alyssa Joanna Saravanan, Pranav Sattan, Michael Joseph Scuderi, Gianna Antonietta Seger, Justin Robert Skoczylas, Matthew Slater, Jack Alden Smith, Jackson Scott Snell, Benjamin Modesto Stack, Hannah Noreen Jeanette Stanio, Tyler Michael

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Sullivan, Sydney Taylor, Natalie Paige Tronsky, Cathryne Mae Urbanski, Elizabeth Urch, Sydney Michele Varholak, Katerina Nicole Ward, Anthony Christopher Webber, Carly Wehelie, Iman Abdilaziz Werenski, Aidan Thomas Wilson, Bruce Maxwell

Grade 9 High Honors Abou-Francis, Anna Maria Burke, Sheralyn Goodwin Connors, Faith Elizabeth Davis, Katherine Helen Jan, Kiera Caitlin Jiang, Angela Sophia Leighton, Elizabeth Gloria Lightle, Madeline Rose Mitzel, Mallory Anne Morales, Giovanni Roberto O’Connell, Megan Grayce Patel, Vansh Santaniello, Claudio Umberto Santaniello, Gabriella Bianca Sattan, Stephen James Semyanko, Gregory

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Ray, Stuti Nayneshkumar Rossignol, Zachary Scott Roy, Jillian Victoria Rzecinski, Lilia Rose Margaret Salerno, Paityn Salvaggio, Molly Seymour, Fletcher Patrick Shanks, Nora Kathryn Sharp, Jared Todd Sinon, Hannah Abbe Sopelak, Hunter William Sperrazza, Abigail Rose Stanio, Karissa Carolyn Stanlewicz, Emma Rose Stone, Molly Patricia Sun, Jenna Lan Sunshine, Braden Andrew Tautic, Renee Nicole Thibodeau, Samantha Elizabeth Tompkins, Patrick Alan Toomey, Kurt Uzdarwin, Jenna Lynn Vuocolo, Olivia Rose Watroba, Gage Mathew Whelan, Daniel Patrick Willingham, Dailend Ralph Winans, MacKenzie Woods, Ian Dougan Yunis, Alexandra Suzanne Zacchia, Olivia Marra

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