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ENFIELD - Captain Fred Hall has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Police for the Enfield Police Department, effective March 29, 2019. Captain Hall replaces Deputy Chief Gary Collins, who has admirably served the Town of Enfield since 1984. “While Deputy Chief Collins will be missed, we are very fortunate to have someone of Fred’s caliber, experience and insight to fulfill this command position” said Town Manager Christopher Bromson. When notified of his promotion, Captain Fred Hall said that he was “humbled and honored with the privilege” to continue working alongside “the great men and women of the Enfield Police while serving in this new capacity.” Captain Fred Hall was sworn in on June 5th, 1988 as a Patrol Officer and was promoted to Detective in 1993. He was assigned to the Statewide Narcotics Task Force in 1995 and promoted to Sergeant in 1996. Sergeant Hall supervised the Community Police Division, Street Crimes Unit and the Detective Bureau. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2009 and Captain in 2011.


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What’s Brewing... Bleeding...& Wedding Bell Ringing This Month By Gary Carra Welcome back to Random Raven, the column that aspires to provide your complete, entertainment itinerary on a monthto-month basis. As we march into March, the Raven finds plenty brewing in our neck of the woods. Not the least of which is, of course, the third annual installment of the Somers Education Foundation's Brewfest. This year's ode to ales will be supplemented with more food, wine and even some cider slipping into the festivities, according to event organizers. To sample the wares yourself - and contribute to a very worthwhile cause in the process - stop by Pleasant View Farms in Somers on Saturday, March 30 between 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and available now at In just 14 years, Somers Education Foundation has awarded $450,000 since inception for innovative projects and professional development and grown its endowment to $607,000. For more information, check out Somers Education Foundation Brewfest ad on page 13, this issue.

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Last but not least, if you can't find the murderer in "Death Of The Duchess," perhaps you can find true love at sea? Well if so, lucky you - you are in the right place! Just two days after Asnuntuck's murder mystery, our local community college will be hosting its first ever Bridal Expo March 31. That's right, Asnuntuck Community College is now available for weddings, showers, business functions and more. Explore the venue, learn more about floral, catering, spa packages and more between 11 a.m.4 p.m. March 31 at Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm St., Enfield. Admission is free and all attendees can register to win one of three $500 gift certificates. Snow date on this one is April 7. Same Asnuntuck contact information listed above applies.

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Moving from barleys to bloodshed... Asnuntuck Community College will host its 16th annual Murder Mystery Dinner Friday, March 29. Titled "Death Aboard The Duchess," this ill-fated journey pits laughs with a lump on the head/one passenger dead... or at least overboard. As usual, proceeds from this event benefit the Asnuntuck Community College Foundation, an entity that has provided more than $500,000 in student support since 2014. Tickets are $75 and include a social hour, dinner and the show. To procure yours - or obtain more info - email: or call (860) 6986267. Good luck aspiring detectives..and hey? Doesn't that butler look a lot like the publisher of The North Central News?

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All children will be dismissed to their programs at dismissal time. Those who do not attend East Windsor Public Schools are welcome to attend, children will just need to be signed in at the main of ce each week. Mad Science – Space & Beyond! Experience the program co-designed by NASA and Mad Science! From our Earth’s atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, this hands-on program for children sends them on a quest for exploration! Dates: 4/8-5/20 (No 4/15) Time: Mondays 3:40pm-4:40pm Location: Broad Brook School Art Room Grades: K-4 Fee: $89.00 per session Futsal & Street Soccer This program is a major step in developing a player’s ball skills and increasing ball con dence that they can bring back to their school, town and club soccer teams! Dates: 4/23 – 6/11 Time: Tuesdays 3:45pm-4:45pm Location: Broad Brook School Outdoor Field Grades: 1-4 Fee: $80.00 for 8 week session – price includes shirt

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North Central Chamber of Commerce Home and Product Show East Windsor Parks and Recreation, Human Services, and the Senior Center Departments will be represented at the home show. We will have a raf e and giveaways. Food and monetary donations will be accepted for the Power Pack Program. Dates: March 9th & 10th Times: Saturday 9am – 5pm & Sunday 10am – 4pm Location: 69 Prospect Hill Rd. East Windsor, CT (Former Walmart) Abby’s Helping Hand Social Club (February & March) Activities will include arts and crafts, movie nights with popcorn, music therapy, art therapy, make your own sundaes and more! This is a great opportunity for parents of special needs children to network and share resources. Parent must accompany each student and stay for duration of activity. Dates: 2/7-3/28 (No 2/14) Time: Thursdays 6:00pm-7:30pm Location: Town Hall Annex (25 School Street) Fee: Free & open to special education students only Limerick Contest Contest is open to East Windsor Residents only and this year’s theme is the color green. Create and submit a Limerick by March 15th, 2019 for judging. First place in each age group will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. New this year, Limericks can be submitted online at Date: March 15th Deadline for Submission Judging Groups: Grades K-1, Grades 2-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Adults 18+ Fee: No cost

Love Grows Here Decoupage Flower Pot Class Join Erica from The Playful Peacock for a fun class during April Vacation! Date: Thursday, April 18th Location: Town Hall Annex Time: 5:00-7:00pm Fee: $15.00 per project Kid’s Fishing Derby Open to East Windsor Youth up to 15 years of age. Participants must supply their own bait and lures will not be allowed. Prizes awarded for biggest sh, rst sh caught and rst person to catch their limit of 4. Sponsored by the Broad Brook Angling Club – this event is free, but non-perishable food donations are being accepted to bene t the Five Corner Cupboard. Date: Saturday, May 4th Location: East Windsor Park (27 Reservoir Ave) Time: Registration 7:00am, Fishing runs from 8:00am to 11:00am


Registration for Summer Fun Camp (ages 4-13), the Counselor-In-Training Program (ages 14-16), and Swim Lessons will be open as of March 1.


East Windsor Parks & Recreation is currently hiring for the summer season! We are looking for lifeguards, swim instructors, camp counselors and gatehouse/ snack bar staff to work at East Windsor Parks from June to August. Interested applications should visit pages/applications to print an application and return to the Parks & Recreation Of ce (25 School Street, East Windsor CT 06088).

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Grand list increases by nearly 1 percent By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The grand list is up just under 1 percent. The Assessor’s Office has released the Oct. 1, 2018, grand list. The list of all taxable property in town is up 0.92 percent. The net grand list is $956,426,042, an increase of $14,988,694 over 2017 figures. The grand list includes $781,061,640 in real estate, an increase of 0.473 percent or $3,676,719; $78,945,312 in personal property, an increase of 14.454 percent or $9,969,662; and $96,419,090 in motor vehicles, an increase of 1.412 percent or $1,342,313. The Assessor’s Office said the net difference of $14,988,694 times the mill rate of 33.9 means an increase of $508,117 in collectible dollars. The office noted that the Solar Farm contributes $2,838,460 in assessed value to the personal property grand list and $2,444,400 to the real estate grand list. This means $180,000 in tax dollars may be appealed as being exempt from taxes. The town’s top 10 taxpayers are: 1. The Mansions at Canyon Ridge LLC, with an

assessment of $21,782,950. 2. Connecticut Light and Power Co. and related entities, $18,472,250. 3. Wal-Mart Stores East LP, $18,379,760. 4. Southern Auto Sales Inc., $15,458,420. 5. Millpond Limited Partnership, $14,707,560. 6. East Windsor Properties Ltd. Partnership, $9,772,210. 7. Wyndwood Apartments Connecticut Ltd Ptnr, $8,640,270. 8. Connecticut Water Co., $8,185,470. 9. EQC Industrial Properties LLC, $7,000,000. 10. Prospect Hill Properties LTD Partnership, $5,311,400.

Casino plan Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled in U.S. District Court on Feb. 15 that the state and the Mashantucket Pequot Indian tribe can pursue a claim against the federal Department of the Interior for its failure to rule on the tribe’s gaming amendment. The failure of the department to rule is preventing

the proposed Tribal Winds casino on the former Showcase Cinemas site from moving forward. “We are gratified by the court’s decision allowing us to proceed on our legal claims that the federal defendants acted arbitrary and capriciously in refusing to approve the Tribal-State Agreement for no legitimate reason and that their decision was the result of undue and improper political influence. We are confident that the facts that emerge through discovery and the administrative record will further prove these claims,” said Rion Ramirez, general counsel to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The casino is a joint venture of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Indian tribes, under the name MMCT Venture. In addition, a grand jury is investigating whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to to federal investigators, according to a report in the Washington Post. The Post cited anonymous sources briefed on the matter as saying the investigation is focused on Zinke’s decision not to grant the tribes’ petition to operate a commercial casino in the state.

Energy assistance deadline nears

EAST WINDSOR — The last day to order fuel under the Community Renewal Team Energy Assistance program is Friday, March 15. Those who applied for energy assistance and heat with a deliverable fuel are asked to call East Windsor Human Services at (860) 623-2430 to see if you can get another delivery of fuel before the winter season is over. Those who make this request must be able to accept at least 100 gallons upon delivery.


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Limerick contest, Easter Bunny breakfast among upcoming Rec Department offerings EAST WINDSOR — The following programs and events have been planned by the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department. To see all the programs being offered, visit Those with questions may call (860) 627-6662. Ice Skating This rink at Town Hall Annex, 25 School St., is open to all daily (weather dependent). Check the Facebook Page or for status of the ice. Solar lights are set up, so skating can be done during the day and evening. A small number of skates are available to borrow in the Parks and Recreation Office during normal business hours. Dates: Daily, weather dependent. Skate at your own risk. Fee: free. Mad Science — Space and Beyond Parks and Recreation, along with Mad Science, is sponsoring the second of two six-week programs for children in grades K-4. Visit to register. Session 2: April 8-May 20 (no session April 15). Grades: K-4. Time: Mondays 3:40-4:40 p.m. Fee: $89.

Limerick Contest This annual contest is open to all East Windsor residents. This year’s theme is the color green. Winning entries will be displayed in Town Hall. New this year, enter your limerick online at! Dates: Entries must be received by March 15 for Town Hall judging. Age/Grade Groups: K-1, 2-4, 5-8, 9-12, and Adults 18-plus. Fee: free. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, milk, and coffee. A special visit from the Easter Bunny is planned, so bring cameras. There will be crafts for each child to participate in and raffles of donated baskets will also take place. Donations will also be accepted to sponsor a child for Summer Fun Camp. Rotary Club proceeds will benefit general community projects, high school senior scholarships, Adopt a Family program, Shop with a Cop, and Holiday Baskets. Date: Saturday, April 13. Location: East Windsor High School Café. Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: Adults $6; Children $3 (pay at the door)


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EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Rotary Club is accepting nominations from all residents for its annual Citizen/Businessperson of the Year award. Nominees must be residents or business owners in East Windsor. The award is given for service to the community. The award is given to the resident or business person who has made significant contributions to the citizens of East Windsor, including service to. the town’s youth, elderly or disabled, public service, or contributions to the general welfare of the community. Nomination letters must be received by April 19. The event honoring the winner is scheduled to take place on May 30. Nominations should be mailed to: East Windsor Rotary P.O. Box 376 East Windsor, CT 06016. Nominations may also be made by email to: For details, call John Bajumpaa at (860) 623-3906.

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Scholarship applications being accepted

North Central Connecticut Professional Business Women (NCCPBW) are accepting applications for their annual $1,000 Scholarship(s) to be given to a female student returning to school in pursuit of a college education. The scholarship must be applied to expenses related to attending a college or vocational technical school. The recipient must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of Hartford or Tolland County.  The applicant must have completed one term and be accepted into an accredited two- or four-year undergraduate degree program at a college or university within the 2019-2020 school year. Applications and associated documents must be received by March 30.  The scholarship will be awarded on or before June 30.  For details or applications, call Catherine Plopper at (860) 749-7165.

Zawistowski proposes bill to protect youth with autism, nonverbal disorders

HARTFORD – State Rep. Tami Zawistowski (R-61) has submitted a legislative proposal to improve training for first responders for incidents with juveniles with autism and other nonverbal disorders in response to concerns from constituents. HB 5156, “An Act Concerning First Responder Training for Incidents Involving Juveniles with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Nonverbal Learning Disorder,” would require first responders to receive training on techniques for handling incidents involving juveniles with autism spectrum disorder and nonverbal learning disorder provided that the curriculum is provided at no cost. “This is a common sense no-cost proposal to protect children and teens who might not be able to effectively communicate with first responders,” Zawistowski said. “It will also benefit our men and women in uniform who have to respond to incidents such as wandering — by providing additional training to more effectively manage incidents. The legislation will also help build collaborative relationships between first responders, health care professionals, and advocacy groups.” Suffield Police Dept. Capt. Christopher McKee said, “As first responders, police, fire, and EMS personnel are traditionally the first to respond to these crisis situations; we need to ensure that they have the proper training to recognize, approach, and address these interactions safely and successfully. ... Adoption of this proposed bill is a proactive step for first responders towards successful approaches and long-term positive change.” The legislation has been referred to the General Assembly’s Committee on Public Safety and Security. For more information or to track the legislation visit

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Ellington Board of Education seeks $39.75 million, up 3.78% By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — The Board of Education is seeking a $39,750,319 budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The board presented its budget proposal Feb. 15. The budget would be an increase of 3.78 or $1,558,958 over the current fiscal year’s spending plan. It was unanimously approved by the board on Jan. 31. Superintendent of Schools Scott Nicol attributed the increase to the growing student population. “The town of Ellington is growing, as is its school system,” Nicol said in his budget message. “From 2007–2017, Ellington is the only school district of the eight surrounding towns to increase its student

population. A recent report from the New England School Development Council projects a rise from the current student enrollment of approximately 2,700 to 2,900 in 2027. Similarly, Educational Resources Management’s demographic study and analysis projects an enrollment increase of 500 or approximately 3,200 students by 2027,” Nicol said. “This projected student enrollment, coupled with a per pupil spending that ranks in the bottom 10 percent of districts is widening the growth and investment gap and challenging the future sustainability of quality education provided by the Ellington Public Schools,” he said. The budget includes $25,717,360 for

salaries, $6,457,677 for employee benefits, $6,607,988 for purchases and contracts, $871,322 for supplies, $41,500 for capital outlay and $54,472 for other items. New recreation director Dustin Huguenin is the town’s new director of recreation. Huguenin previously served as director of parks and recreation for the town of Southbury and was program coordinator for the town of Guilford and for the Easton Community Center, according to a written release. He has a master of science degree in sport and fitness management and is studying for a master of science degree in business administration at the University of Connecticut.

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ELLINGTON — Registration for all Ellington children entering kindergarten in September is taking place the

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Community Connections to tackle tough topics regarding youth

By Deborah Stauffer — Developing ELLINGTON Positive Youth Culture will host a Community Connections Resource Fair for parents and interested adults from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Ellington Senior Center on Maple Street. This first ever informational night is due to a mini-opioid grant Ellington received through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and it will focus on the most pressing issues affecting our youth, opioid addiction being one of them. The highlight of the evening will be two sessions that will cover connecting

with youth on tough topics, and the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping. In addition, the State Police will be on hand to collect residents’ unused or expired prescription drugs at their “Prescription Drug Take Back” booth. The “Hidden in Plain Sight” trailer, sponsored by the Alex Fisher Foundation, will be parked in the front and will feature a mock bedroom to show parents where drugs and drug paraphernalia are hidden in youth bedrooms. There will be over 18 exhibitors with information on other topics such as anxiety, social media use, eating disorders, domestic abuse, human trafficking, teen

relationships, suicide prevention, pain management, disposal and safety of medications, wellness programs, and vaping. “Today I Matter” organization will be there with a small sampling of a moving poster display they have created of those lost from overdose. Admission is free and there will be refreshments and door prizes. “There are so many important issues facing parents and we wanted to bring as many resources as possible in one place for them to gather what information they need,” said Diane Lasher-Penti, Youth Services director and chairperson of the

DPYC. “We hope parents will leave knowing more where they can find information and help.” For a list of all the exhibitors and information on the two break-out speakers, Susan Graham and Dana Cavallo visit For details, (860) 870-3130 or email

Ellington Women’s Club offering springtime trip to Berkshires

ELLINGTON - The Ellington Women’s Club is offering a unique bus trip to the Berkshires and Ventfort Hall Mansion and Museum in Lenox, MA, on Saturday, May 18, (courtesy of Friendship Tours). The main highlight of the trip will be a tour and Victorian Tea-Lunch at Ventfort Hall, one of the last remaining mansions of the Gilded Age (“Belle Epoque”).

Following lunch in the elegant dining room, guests will embark on a riding tour through the picturesque landscape of the Lenox/Stockbridge area. The day will be capped with a walking tour of the Tanglewood campus, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The escorted bus trip will depart from Ellington Town Hall parking lot, 55 Main St., at 8:30 a.m. and return approximately 5:30 p.m.

The cost of the tour is $99 per person with checks mailed to (payable to “Ellington Women’s Club”): EWC c/o Ellen Karadimas, P.O. 282, Ellington, CT 06029. Include the name of each guest and address and phone number for confirmation. For details call Ellen at (860) 875-3885 or Rita Carbone-Lawson at (860) 872-0425. Tickets are non-refundable unless a substitute is provided. Payment is due by April 10.

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Lions Club’s vision: Free sight screening for all children

ELLINGTON — The Ellington Lions Club recently completed free vision screenings for 496 children ages 3-8 years (pre-kindergarten through third grade) for the Center, Crystal Lake, and Windermere schools. Using a hand-held “Welch Allen SPOT Vision Screener,”,Ellington Lions Club volunteers were able to screen each child for more than just “distance visual acuity” (i.e. 20/20) to also include lazy eye, near- and far-sightedness, blurred vision, eye misalignment, unequal refractive power, and unequal pupil size. The process requires no eyedrops, no physical contact with the child, and takes less than a minute to produce results. This screening event is part of a nationwide Lions Clubs initiative called “Lions Kidsight USA”. Its mission is to provide free vision screening to chil-

dren 6 months to 6-plus years. Nationwide, Lions Clubs screen more than 1 million children annually. Typically, 10 percent to 12 percent of the children screened are found to have an issue where we recommend referral to a professional for further analysis. “Early screening leads to early detection, which helps ensure our children receive the follow-up care they need” said Dick Larson, the club Kidsight coordinator. “The Ellington Lions Club wants to make sure that correctible vision problems don’t stand in the way of our children learning and seeing the world clearly.” It is known that 80 percent of learning is visual. If a child cannot see well, they cannot learn well. Unfortunately, most young children do not receive comprehensive vision screening or testing unless they have problems learning or paying attention.

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ELLINGTON — The Bedlam Brothers String Band returns to Hall Memorial Library at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22. The Brothers play an eclectic mix of Celtic music, fiddle tunes, country music, and traditional and contemporary folk music. Doors will open at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. show.

Vision problems undetected and uncorrected by age 7 (when the eye begins to reach full maturity) risk becoming permanent. “Lions Kidsight USA” has been endorsed by: American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Connecticut State Legislature. The service is offered free of charge under the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation. Lions Clubs International is the largest service organization in the world (1.40 million members, 46,000 clubs, in more than 200 countries). Learn more at The Ellington Lions Club was chartered in September 2016. For more information go to Ellington Friends Facebook or google “Ellington Lions.”

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ENFIELD — The Town Council is opposed to tolls on state highways. The council voted at its Feb. 19 meeting to oppose tolls, citing the effect tolls would have on local roads. “The Enfield Town Council believes that the implementation of tolls on Connecticut highways would result in increased traffic on secondary roads in the Town of Enfield with motorists attempting to

bypass the tolls,” according to a portion of the resolution. “The council further believes the increased traffic on secondary roads would affect the quality of life of Enfield residents in numerous ways … .” Councilor Carl Sferrazza said residents already pay the high gas tax and have an overall high tax burden in Connecticut, according to the meeting minutes. He also expressed concerns in September about the effects of tolls on Big E traffic. He said tolls are a regressive tax, since the every driver pays the same tax, regardless of income.

Councilor Bob Cressotti said while he is not in favor of tolls in Enfield, this was not a bipartisan resolution and he could not support it. Councilor Gina Cekala she wants positions backed in facts and data rather than what she called emotion and inaccurate information. Cekela said the resolution was premature and thatit was counterproductive to vote on the matter at that time. The resolution passed 6-4 with Cressotti, Cekala, as well as Councilors Edward Deni and Liz Davis and Cressotti voting against the resolution.

Town to receive grant for regional homeless shelter diversion project

ENFIELD — Town Manager Christopher Bromson has received confirmation of a $310,212 grant award from the state Department of Housing. The funding will be used by the Enfield Department of Social Services in collaboration with Community Health Resources to establish a mobile homeless shelter diversion project in the area.

“We’re excited by the opportunity this funding provides. We started the conversation about this effort last spring, and we can’t wait to get the project started.” Bromson said. Enfield Mayor Michael Ludwick said many residents came forward to support this effort at the public hearing. “It’s an innovative approach designed

to help residents find housing and avoid shelter stays. The out-of-the box approach shows Enfield’s willingness to step up as a leader in the region,” Ludwick said. Enfield DSS will administer the grant and CHR staff will provide the direct services to those in need based on a similar program operating in Greater Hartford.

Heather Gates, CHR’s CEO, reflected on how this project “fills a need in the region that has previously gone unmet. CHR’s staff will offer a comprehensive array of services to help those in the program find and keep safe housing.” CHR is the state’s most comprehensive nonprofit behavioral healthcare agency.

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YOGA Do you want to release some stress and live a healthier lifestyle this spring? If so, this is the perfect class for you. Yoga will bring balance, breath awareness, stamina, and flexibility to the body and mind. Students will be able to work at their own level, modifying poses as needed. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat to class. Classes will be Tuesdays, March 19-May 14 (no class April 9) from 6:15-7:30 p.m. at Parkman School. Fee is $30 for residents/ $37.50 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required.

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‘Fisherman and his Wife’ reels in crowd at Montessori School

ENFIELD — Enfield Montessori School students staged “The Fisherman and his Wife” to a full house in January. For the second consecutive year, Enfield Montessori School hosted Children’s Stage Adventures for a weeklong intensive theater residency experience, culminating in a two-show run, complete with professional music, choreography, costumes, and sets. “We are so very excited to be able to offer this experience to our children through our partnership with Children’s Stage Adventures for a second time, because we simply do not have the resources in-house to facilitate a production of this magnitude. It is such an enriching immersive endeavor for everyone involved. We love that [the experience] allows our children to shine in new ways here at school,” said Cliona Beaulieu, Enfield Montessori head of school. The children performed an original adaptation of “The Fisherman and His

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Buying a new car? Before taking the plunge, it’s important to make sure that shiny new ride is fully covered from an insurance standpoint. Why? Most people are familiar with that old adage that a new car drastically depreciates the minute it’s driven off the lot. According to, it’s true. The vehicle history information database says a new car loses 10 percent of its value the minute it’s driven off the lot and another 10 percent by the end of the first year. And cars with lesser brand name appeal and fewer options can depreciate even more, some by as much as 50 percent in a single year. That means if your new ride gets totaled, your insurance payout could end up being much less than what you paid for the car — or much less than what you owe on your loan, for that matter. Fortunately, new car buyers can protect themselves from this situation with what is generally known as new car

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‘Women Take Flight’ at Air Museum event

WINDSOR LOCKS — The New England Air Museum will hold its annual “Women Take Flight” event on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in commemoration of Women’s History Month and in conjunction with Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history through a variety of hands-on activities, special events, and lectures. This year’s keynote speakers include Shaesta Waiz, founder and president of Dreams Soar, Inc. In 2017, Waiz became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single engine aircraft when she completed journey that took her to 22 countries in 145 days. Born in an Afghan refugee camp, Waiz is the first female certified civilian pilot from Afghanistan, and was the first person in her family to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees, both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Waiz will speak about her experiences at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and will be available to meet with visitors from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Additional keynote speakers include Mary Anne Cannon, vice president of commercial programs at Pratt and

manded missions in the C-141 and trained pilots in the supersonic T-38 Talon. She currently works to solve aerospace industry challenges using innovations in flight training with Acrojet Aerospace Solutions. Flesichmann will speak about her career in aviation at 12:30 p.m. and will meet visitors from 11 a.m.-noon. Women Take Flight offers visitors the opportunity to meet women pilots, engineers, and industry professionals from the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut Air National Guard, the 439th Airlift at Westover Air Reserve Base, Bombardier

Whitney in East Hartford; and Kristi Fleischmann, managing director of Acrojet Aerospace Solutions in Stratford. With more than 29 years of experience at Pratt and Whitney, Cannon currently manages several Pratt and Whitney product lines including the PW4000, PW2000, PW6000, JT9D, and JT8D engines. Cannon will speak about her career in aviation at 2:30 p.m. and will meet with visitors from 1-2 p.m. Fleischmann’s aerospace career began in the Air Force where she com-

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Somers Grand list rises .55 percent; college satellite proposed By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — The grand list is up 0.55 percent. The 2018 list of all taxable property in town rose to $866,615,327 compared to $861,862,214 in 2017, according to Karen Neal, assistant assessor. The grand list includes $740,132,557 in real estate, an increase of $3,120,899 or 0.42 percent; $40,367,670, a decrease of $96,560 or 0.24 percent; and $86,115,100 in motor vehicles, an increase of $1,728,774 or 2.05 percent.

The town’s top 10 taxpayers with combined assessments of $43,816,540 or 5.06 percent of the town’s grand list, are: Connecticut Light and Power, $11,267,710. Somers Colar Center LLC, $11,029,870. Grower Direct Farms Inc., $6,843,330. Driving Range 349 Main Street LLC, $2,462,570. Papale, John and Lynn, $2,269,660. Somers Crossing LLC, $2,260,600.

Pleasant View Farms Realty Co., $2,089,890. Connecticut Water Co., $2,005,980. Farm Credit Leasing Svcs., $1,808,540. Somers Recreation Inc., $1,778,390.

Hillsdale College satellite proposal S. Prestley and Helen Blake would like to create a satellite branch of Hillsdale College in Somers, according to Paul Salva, Tim Keeney and Wayne Dumas at the Economic Development Commission meeting on Jan. 7.

The Blakes want to reacquire the Monticello and donate it and their daughter’s house and their house in town to Hillsdale College, according to the meeting minutes. The satellite facility would be named the Prestley and Helen Blake Center for Business, Ethics and Entrepreneurship. Blake is the co-founder of the Friendly’s Ice Cream Corp. The matter is expected to be brought before the Zoning Board in March or April.

Rotary Club offering scholarships to high school seniors

SOMERS — The Rotary Club of Somers is offering up to ten scholarships to high school seniors who reside in Somers, Connecticut. One of these scholarships will also be awarded to a student seeking a vocational career. Application forms can be obtained from the Somers High School Guidance Department. The deadline to submit applications is April 5. Applications are evaluated based upon a variety of

criteria including academic performance, community service, extra-curricular activities, sports, leadership, and financial need. Each applicant is also required to submit an essay explaining what the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” means to them and how it might apply to his or her future endeavors. Recipients of this year’s scholarships will be recognized at the Somers High School Senior Awards

Night and at a Wednesday night Rotary meeting in June. Over the years, the Somers Rotary Club has awarded scholarships in excess of $150,000 to students continuing their education. Funding for the scholarships is raised through Rotary community events including the Great Escape Road Race. This year’s edition of the road race is scheduled for Sept. 14.

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Spring Session Storytimes Registration will take place beginning Monday, Mar 18 for Somers residents and Tuesday, Mar 19 for non-residents. Storytime sessions will run for seven weeks beginning March 25. Children ages 12 - 24 months, will meet on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 24-36 months, will meet on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3-5 years, will meet on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Let’s Move with My Gym Enfield Friday, Mar 15 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. For ages 18 months-4 years. Join My Gym instructors for a fun, interactive class that will include relays, gymnastics skills, an obstacle course, games, a puppet show and more. Registration begins February 25.

Forest Park Zoo on the Go Tuesday, Apr 9 at 11:00 a.m. Zoo on the Go is an exciting, hands-on program that is interactive, fun and educational way for children and adults to learn about a wide variety of animals. For ages 3 & up. Registration begins on Mar 18. Sponsored by the Friends of the Somers Library. Family Movie Morning Thursday, Apr 11 at 10:30 a.m. We will show the movie Ralph Breaks the Internet rated PG, 114 minutes. Free popcorn for kids! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on upcoming events, please check the library website events calendar at To register for any of these great events please call 860-763-3501!

ADULT EVENTS Tech Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Reference Librarian Cecelia Becker will give instruction on the month’s tech topic. Craft and Chat! Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Bring your project and any tools or materials you need. Adult Coloring Club Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Colored pencils and books are provided, or you can bring your own. Ask a Librarian Do you need one-on-one assistance? Make an appointment with our Reference Librarian Cecelia Becker. Please call 860-763-3501 for more information. Book Discussions Friday, Mar 8th at 1:30 p.m. Cozy Mystery – Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor.

Library Hours Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sun Closed Holiday Closings Friday, April 19th

Friday, Mar 15th at 1:30 p.m. Non-Fiction – The Lost City of the Monkey God. Wednesday, Mar 27th at 2:30 p.m. Fiction - The Shortest Way Home. Friday, Apr 12th at 1:30 p.m. Cozy Mystery – Snobbery with Violence. Wednesday, Apr 24th at 2:30 p.m. Fiction – Things Fall Apart. Copies of each book will be available at the library. Please call 860-763-3501 to register for each book discussion. Movies for Adults Please call 860-763-3501 to inquire about what titles will be shown. Monday, Mar 11th at 2:00 p.m. AND Tuesday, Mar 12th at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Apr 15th at 2:00 p.m. AND Tuesday, Apr 16th at 6:00 p.m. The How, Where, and When of Growing Your Own Tomatoes Monday, Mar 4th at 6:30 p.m. Join local tomato expert, Cheryl Cady, for information on tomato varieties, compost, soil types, support systems, saving seeds and even tomato recipes. Please call 860-763-3501 to register. Director’s Coffee Klatch Saturday, Mar 9th at 2:00 p.m. Stop in for some light refreshments and the chance to chat informally with Library Director, Jessica Miller. Blossoming Spring Gift Boxes Monday, Mar 18th at 6:30 p.m. Learn to create your own beautiful 3-D gift box to give to someone this spring. Please call 860-763-3501 to register.

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Somers ‘Friends’ gearing up for used book sale

SOMERS — The bi-annual Friends of the Somers Library Used Book Sale is scheduled for March 29 to March 31. The Friends appreciate everyone who has brought in gently used books, CDs, puzzles, etc. as that increases what can be offered for sale. The spring sale is the perfect time to refresh your bookcase with “new” books to read — hopefully outside in some sunshine. The sale will take place at the Somers Public Library, at 2 Vision Boulevard off Route 190. The preview sale is scheduled for Friday, March 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a cost of $5. Friends members are entitled to attend the preview sale for free. The open sale is on Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices for hardcover and paperback books will range from 50 cents to $2, with a separate section of higher priced books. All books are donated, with an estimated total inventory of 15,000-plus. Books are available in a wide range of categories such as history, cooking, sports, fiction, nonfiction, gardening, etc. Children’s books are sorted by age and grade level, and puzzles, music CDs, audio books and DVD’s are also available at the sale.

Cash, check, and Visa/MC are accepted. On Saturday there will be an Educators Specia: Buy 10 and get 1 free (equal or lesser value). Those taking advantage of the special must show a current K-12 yeacher ID at time of purchase. Sunday is both half-price day and Stuff the Bag ($8 new/$5 with one already owned with the current design, special guidelines apply). All proceeds from the sale help subsidize the children and adult programs at the Somers Public Library, as well as assist in the funding of local museum passes, Snacks with Santa, and hands-on discovery stations in the children’s section. There is free, ample parking at the library. If you are donating items for the sale, the last day to drop off books is Wednesday, March 27, at the Somers Public Library. Donations of used books (for adults and children) that are in good condition, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and puzzles are accepted during normal library hours and can be left in the lobby coat closet. Please refrain from donating encyclopedias, textbooks, and any books that have a musty smell or may have been tarnished from mildew. For more information call the Somers Public Library at (860) 763-3501.

Corned beef supper set for March 16

SOMERS — The annual corned beef supper — where everyone is a wee bit Irish for one night — offered by the Congregational Church of Somersville, will be held Saturday, March 16 with sittings at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Menu includes corned beef, cabbage, potato, onions, and carrots, along with homemade Irish soda bread, beverage, and dessert.  Cost is $14 for adults, $7 for ages 5-10.  Reservations for this popular dinner should be made by contacting the church office at (860) 749-7741 or The church and its dining hall are handicap accessible.  


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High school names honor rolls student for second quarter

SOMERS — The following students were named to the second-quarter honor roll at Somers High School.

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Mabelle B. Avery School students earn honor-roll status

SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The following students were named to the second-quarter honor roll at Mabelle B. Avery Middle School.

GRADE 8 High honors: Phillip Alaimo, Chloe Albano, Brandon Andersen, Owen Argiro, Mackenzie Bridge, Evalina Bruel, Nicholas Calcasola, Benjamin Campion, Ella Campion, Laura Catellier, Kimani Clovis, Gabriel D'Amour, Manuel Davis, Alejandro Diaz, Cole Ferro, Gracie Flynn, Robin Gaskell, Madison Gebo, Ryan Halligan, Kaija Hjelm, Renee Hoague, Braden Joyal, Madison Juzba, April Kelly, Grace Kowal, Kalvin Long. Meghan MartowskaWhite, James Maskill, Alexis Maurice, Nicholas Mazza, Colby McCormick, Jenna Riley, Olivia

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Honors: Eric Alaimo, Luke Bolduc, John Bonin, Jacqueline Bordeaux, Shea Cassidy, Joshua Colby, Michael Croyle, Deidre Dalessio, Devon Dalessio, Raya Davis, Noah DiBella, Erin Donohue, Isabella Gaither, Tait Gaudet, Trevor Gentile, Sarah Gill, Alexa Gladysz, Mackenzie Goodwin, Nathan Grassetti, Katherine Grondin, Caleb Hammond, Hunter Hogan, Tristan Hogan, James Johnson, Kiana Kalman, Tyler Kradas, Thomas Lesco, Victoria Lopez, Nicholas Manning, Connor Marchi, Kate Pinney, Destinee Pizarro, Kyle Provencher, David Reid, Elena Riggins, Adeline Stanton,

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Honors: Sydney Anderson, Mei Bissaillon, Mara Butler, Deven Caetano, Lily Carzello, Harrison Chase, Russel Coelho, Saige Corbin, Tyler Curran, Braden Davis, Nickolas DeGroat, Alex Deveau, Mustapha Drammeh, Tyler Dubuc, Tanyon Duff, Amber Emrick, Kate Gebo, Elizabeth Grondin, Ryan Kaczmarek, Ryan Kelleher-Slocum, Hannah Kmon, William Lupien, Emily McLaughlin, Riley Morin, Ethan Munson, Emma Murphy, Brooke Novak, Emma Pease, Liliana Remlinger, Kamryn Senberg, Jennali Turner, Margaret Tuttle, Trent White, Kayla Wrisley.

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Grand list rises; grand celebration planned

CL&P, Big Y top taxpayers; Stafford 300 events in the works By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD — The grand list is up 0.45 percent. The 2018 net grand list came in at $784,850,536, an increase of $3,549,063, according to Town Assessor Tami Rossi. The grand list includes $654,806,388 in real estate, $42,198,550 in personal property and $87,855,578 in motor vehicles. The town’s top 10 taxpayers, whose assessments total $49,853,670, are: Connecticut Light and Power Co., with an assessment of $13,050,680. Big Y Foods Inc., $5,883,060.’ Athena Stafford Springs Landlord LLC, $5,738,110. Connecticut Water Co., $5,240,800. TTM Printed Circuit Group Inc., $5,153,870. Pisciotta, Wayne and Jean LLC, $4,495,310. American Woolen Co. Inc., $3,587,950. 3M Water Purification Inc., $2,638,430. Stafford Springs Retail LLC, $2,078,650. Cuno Inc., $1,986,810.

300th Anniversary A number of events are planned to celebrate the town’s 300th anniversary. The Stafford 300 Anniversary Committee and Johnson Memorial Hospital will hold a Community Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon March 10 in the Community Medical Education Center at the hospital. Tickets are $5 with ages 6 and under free and may be purchased at Town Hall, Artful Annie's Gallery, Goods and Gifts, and ESP Pottery. The Tricentennial Gala will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. March 30 at the Stafford Motor Speedway Fairgrounds Banquet Hall. The formal event includes entertainment, dinner and dancing with a cash bar. Tickets are $65 per person, with VIP tickets costing $100. Tickets may be purchased at gala. Vivaldi Gloria, A Concert Celebrating Music of the Last 300 Years, will be on May 19. The concert is planned in conjunction with Stafford High School Singers and Chamber Orchestra.


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Residents ages 14 and up may join the choir. To take part, email Laurie Dillon at SHS: or text your name to 860573-2332. Monthly rehearsals will be held in the evening at Stafford High School, Door B6 Choral Room. Living History of the American Revolution will be celebrated from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1 at Heritage Park. Peters' Corps, the Queen's Loyal Rangers, will portray British subjects who were not in favor of independence. Collaborative Community Initiatives are being held monthly at 10 Levinthal Run. They include: March, history of the Stafford Public Library; April: Stafford Arts through Time, May: children’s art from the public schools; June: Stafford through an Artist’s Eye; July: Stafford Fire Department No. 1; August: Stafford Agriculture; September Stafford Motor Speedway and Fairgrounds; October: town history; November: Salute to Veterans; and December: Town of Stafford Village with Train. For more information regarding all anniversary events, go to

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Donation to SafeNet

On Feb 5, Knights of Columbus Council 1395 Grand Knight Dave Broer presented $3,454 to Keith Marin, president of Stafford’s SafeNet Ministries. This money was raised through the Christmas Food Drive and includes a $750 match from the council. Marin said this donation will enable them to buy 18,000 pounds of food for needy residents of Stafford and Union. Since 2010, SafeNet has dispersed 1.2 million pounds of food and is operated completely by volunteers.

Library activities include St. Patrick’s Day Party

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you may bring your own. For teens and adults. Tapping Workshop: Tue. 3/5 at 7 p.m. — Movie “Tapping Solution” will be shown followed by discussion with Steve Munn, founder of the Clearpoint Retreat Center of Stafford Springs. Yak and Snack: Wednesday, March 6 at 6:45 p.m. — Join the teen Yak and Snack Book Club. We will discuss “The Female of the Species” by Mindy McGinnis. Books will be available to check out in advance. Open Artist Studio: Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m. — Family rock painting; paint and rocks provided; just bring your imagination. St. Patrick’s Day Party: Thursday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. — Come see the leprechaun and find a piece of gold. Friends Presentation: Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. — Holly Coppinger will present a program, “The History of the Stafford Library.” There will be a history display in the library’s display case during March. Cookie Decorating for Teens: Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m. — Debbie from Debbie’s Specialty Cakes will teach basic cookie decorating. Each teen will decorate and take home 3 cookies. For teens in grades 6-12. Must pre-register, space is limited. Felting Workshop: Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. — Make a felted egg with feet. Space is limited, must pre-register. Stafford Library Book Club: Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. — Join us for a discussion of this month’s featured selection “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman.

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March 2019 North Central News  

Community news and information serving the towns of East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Somers, Stafford, Suffield, Vernon and more. Grand lis...

March 2019 North Central News  

Community news and information serving the towns of East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Somers, Stafford, Suffield, Vernon and more. Grand lis...

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