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Towns Offer Diverse Camp Experiences By Linda Tishler Levinson

Sobering Lessons for Students Somers Fire and Rescue workers feverishly work to help Kerisa and other victims of a Mock Car Crash as if it were a real accident. The mock crash and emergency response staged on April 27 on the recreation fields near the high school were meant to show the students from Somers High the dangers of drinking and driving. More photos, story on page 24.

It’s not your older brother’s summer camp. At least that’s the way Amy Saada hopes Somers campers will feel this summer. Saada, Somer’s human services and recreation director, said they have worked to make summer camp more exciting for town children. “We’re trying to up it a little,� she said. Recreation directors in other North Central Connecticut towns agree, saying they are trying to offer new, more interesting field trips and new sports offerings to appeal to youngsters. Somers In addition to its traditional summer camps, Somers is introducing Skyhawks camps. Skyhawks camps are run by a national sports camp organization and feature a variety of sports, including flag football, golf and multi-sport programs, Saada said. The sport camps are held for one-week sessions with fees varying by sport, but most in the $90 to $129 range. The Recreation Department summer camp has new field trips and new equipment and supplies this year, Saada said. It

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In This Issue • BUSINESS: ‘Shred Day’, scout funderaiser & a ‘Taste’-y tidbit ........p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Voters will decide fate of town spending May 8 ............p. 4 • EAST WINDSOR: Wine/beer tasting event to benefit trolley cars ........p. 5 • ELLINGTON: Town meeting, referendums in May for taxpayers ............p. 7 • ELLINGTON: High school announces honor roll students ......................p. 8 • ENFIELD: Discussions wrap up on 2012-2013 town budget ...........p. 14

• REGIONAL: Wounded marine gets new home constructed ..............p. 17 • SOMERS: Spending plan attracts little opposition at town meeting ..........p. 23 • SOMERS: From ‘Cirque’ to Somers, guitarist to play Joannas ..........p. 26 • SUNDAY DRIVE: Audio & edibles at Infinity, Cirque and Lord Jeff ........p. 27 • STAFFORD: Images of opening day softball in Stafford ....................p. 32 •STAFFORD: Budget on hold........p. 33 • CLASSIFIEDS:.....................pp.37-39

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Business Rockville Bank Hosts ‘Shred Day’ SOUTH WINDSOR - Rockville Bank employees helped members of the community to unload their cars at the bank’s recent Shred Day to help the public take steps to protect their identities. At the event, held at the branch at 1645 Ellington Rd. in South Windsor, people were invited to bring boxes of outdated personal documents such as medical and financial records, credit card statements, canceled checks, insurance forms, and old tax returns. Rockville Bank hired Infoshred of East Windsor, one of Connecticut’s largest professional shredding companies, to provide the service. Rockville Bank hosts two or more Shred Days every year to help local residents keep their identities safe and offers this service at no cost to everyone – not just for their customers. Identity Theft is the No. 1 consumer complaint according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and as many as nine million Americans have their identities stolen every year. Rockville Bank currently is a 21-branch

Eagle Scout Candidate Hosting Fundraiser ENFIELD - Eagle Scout candidate Michael Reilly, from Boy Scout Troop 108, Hazardville, is completing his Eagle project, which is to build a 10-foot x 12foot garden shed for Enfield Loaves and Fishes, a soup kitchen. To build the shed he needs to raise about $3,000. He will be having a luncheon fundraiser on Saturday, May 12, from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at Chicago Sam's in Enfield. Twenty percent of all proceeds will go towards his project.

From left are Rockville Bank employees: Diana Capece, payroll specialist/HR assistant; Gwen Reale, assistant vice president, Financial Intelligence Unit Manager; and Richard Venditto, credit analyst. community bank serving Tolland, Hartford, and New London counties in Connecticut. It provides a convenient banking lifestyle for Colchester, Coventry, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Glastonbury, Manchester, Rockville, Somers, South Glastonbury, South Windsor, Suffield, Vernon, seven days a week in Tolland, and at two Big Y supermarket locations. A New Haven County

Commercial Banking Office is now open in Hamden to provide an array of commercial products and services for businesses located in New Haven County and surrounding areas. Rockville Bank will open a full-service branch in West Hartford later this year. For more information about Rockville Bank’s services and products, call 860-291-3600 or visit www.rockvillebank.com.

Third Annual Taste of Manchester

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MANCHESTER - Whether you love dogs, great food, supporting local businesses or all three, the third annual Taste of Manchester is for you. The event brings hundreds of people to 16 participating locally owned and operated one-of-a kind restaurants in greater downtown Manchester. With affordable ticket prices, free and stylish transportation, a feast of food, and proceeds that benefit a new dog park, the Taste of Manchester is a true community celebration that offers something for everyone. The third annual Taste of Manchester will be held on Tuesday, May 15, from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., rain or shine, beginning and ending at The Army Navy Club of Manchester. Entertainment at the Army Navy Club will be provided by MassConn-Fusion Jazz Duo, featuring Liz Roberts and Jim Healy. Ticket prices, reduced from 2011, are $20 for adults and $12 for kids under 12 years old. Tickets are limited and on sale now at www.tasteofmanchesterct.com through PayPal and in person at the Customer Service & Information Center on the first floor of ManchesterTown Hall.

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East Windsor Voters Will Decide Fate of Town Spending Plan on May 8 By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR — Having unanimously passed the Board of Finance, the proposed town budget will face the voters in a May 8 referendum. “It looks like as fair a budget as we can possibly have,” First Selectman Denise Menard said. There was little opposition to the budget at a sparsely attended public hearing, she said, adding, “It was a much more pos-

itive process than in the past.” Under the proposed $34,438,525 budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, spending would increase $1,191,047 or 3.58 percent over the current fiscal year. The General Government budget would increase from $13,737,215 to $13,860,574, a 0.91 percent increase. The Board of Education budget would increase from $19,406,451 to $20,577,951, an increase of 6.04 percent.

Tag Sale Features Used Air Conditioners BROAD BROOK - Park Hill Elderly Housing will be having a Community Tag Sale on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain date May 26). They will be selling numerous used air conditioners at reasonable prices along with lots of household items. Park Hill is located in the

Broad Brook section of East Windsor and is non-profit. For more information, contact Cindy Delaware, Resident Service Coordinator (East Windsor Housing Authority) at CLDWHA@aol.com or call 860-6238467.

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The largest percentage line item increases would be for insurance and benefits, which would increase from $363,700 to $518,328, a 42.52 percent increase; and the Capital Improvement Plan, which would increase from $485,667 to $601,620, a 23.88 percent increase. The largest percentage reductions would be for debt service, which would decrease from $1,778,924 to $1,571,471, an 11.66 percent decrease; and Conservation of Health, which would

Ninth Annual Maine Fish Charity Tournament EAST WINDSOR - The Maine Fish Market & Restaurant is holding its ninth annual Charity Golf Tournament this year to continue with the idea of helping feed those less fortunate. The tournament will be held on Tuesday, May 22, Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow, Mass., with the tournament registration and lunch commencing at 11 a.m.; dinner and awards to follow. The cost to golf in the tournament with lunch and dinner included is $125 per person. All proceeds from this event will be dispersed among Enfield Loaves & Fishes, Enfield Food Shelf and the 5-Corner Cupboard in East Windsor. Awards will be given for: the tourna-

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ment’s top finalists; longest drive; closest to the pin; and if anyone should score a “lucky hole-in-one.” In addition, there will be a number of donated and purchased items raffled off during the banquet at the post-tournament reception at the Elmcrest Country Club. Sponsors are still being accepted for the tournament with a tier format: $100 (Red Tee Sponsor), $150 (White Tee Sponsor), $250 (Blue Tee Sponsor). For additional tournament information, you may contact Nick at 860-623-2281or 860-930-7696. From the generous support of our local businesses, golfers, customers, vendors and friends our total collected and given out to date, since the first golf tournament in 2004, is $130,000.

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decrease from $352,453 to $320,517, a 9.06 percent decrease. The proposed mill rate is 25.2159 compared to 24.3756 for the current fiscal year, an increase of 0.8403 mills. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The budget referendum will be held from noon to 8 p.m. May 8. Voters in District 1 will vote at the Town Hall Annex, 25 School St. Voters in District 2 will vote at Town Hall, 11 Rye St.

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East Windsor Wine/Beer Tasting Event Benefits Damaged Trolley Cars EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Trolley Museum is planning a fundraiser on Friday, May 11, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Together with Joe’s Fine Wine and Spirits of East Windsor, a wine/beer tasting event

will be held on the museum grounds. All monies raised will go to restore the cars that were destroyed in the theft of metal earlier this year and to upgrade the security system to prevent this from happening

Plans Announced for 24th Community Day EAST WINDSOR – The public is invited to participate in the 24th annual East Windsor Community Day that takes place Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at East Windsor Middle School, 38 Main St., Broad Brook. The day’s festivities will be kicked off with a 10 a.m. parade along Main Street, Broad Brook. People are invited to enter a vehicle, float or participate by marching in the parade. The theme of the day is “The Greatest Wealth Is Health.” Prizes will be awarded for the most creative parade display of Healthy Family Lifestyles. The annual Photography Contest returns and is open to all East Windsor residents in grades 5-8. This year adults are invited to submit their photos to be included in the display for everyone’s enjoyment throughout Community Day. All entries to the contest for grades 5-8 will be on display and the winners will be announced by the end of the day. Everyone attending Community Day will have an opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite photo. Please contact Debbie Talamini at Talamini@cox.net for more

information on contest rules. The Community Day Fair will have clubs, businesses, schools and other local agencies to present products and services available in East Windsor. Talented local crafters will display and sell their wares. The day is a great way to kick off the warm-weather season with games, face painting and activities with friends and neighbors. The local celebrities will be entertaining you throughout the day while you enjoy some favorite summer treats. Community Day continues to be a selfsupporting event. Businesses and crafters entering the fair will be charged a fee of $50 per space, which includes up to two tables. Fees are non-refundable and need to be returned with the registration form. There will be a limited number of electrical connections available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In case of rain, all exhibitors and vendors will be located inside the school. Any booth selling or providing food must arrange to complete health permit requirements by contacting Carol Fox at 860-6233346.

again. For 70 years, this non-profit organization has been operated almost entirely by volunteers. These dedicated people provide labor and time for operations, maintenance and management. They also provide a “living experience” for their visitors, a three-mile round trip trolley ride through the Connecticut countryside. During 2011, over 22,000 people enjoyed this “experience.” One of the barns housing the trolleys was broken into and three trolleys were stripped of their wiring and original brass and copper components, plus extensive damage was done to their interiors.

The three trolleys destroyed were: • Connecticut Company Car 1326, the “Birthday Car,” a special place for children to have their parties • Connecticut Company Car 840, once part of the famous Yale Bowl Fleet • Centerville Albia & Southern Car 101, an electric freight motor that the museum had just purchased in 2009. Tickets to this fundraiser are $25 per person and can be purchased at the museum or at Joe’s Fine Wine & Spirits. Additional information is available at www.ct-trolley.org or contact the museum office at 860-627-6540 or by email at office@ceraweb.org.

Auditions for ‘The Mystery Of Edwin Drood’ EAST WINDSOR - Opera House Players, Inc., located in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor, announces auditions for the musical “The Mystery Of Edwin Drood.”

Auditions will be held at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook, on Sunday, May 13, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and Monday, May 14, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

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Regional Camp Offerings this Summer Serve Varied Youth Interests (continued from page 1) is offered from July 2 to Aug. 17. The cost is $125 per week, with additional fees for before- and after-camp care. Somers also offers half-day art camps and camps for preschoolers. Also new this year is online registration at www.somersrecdesk.com/recdeskportal. Enfield Enfield offers the Summer Escape day camp from July to Aug. 10 at John F. Kennedy Middle School. According to Clair Hall, executive director of ERFC, which runs the camp, they are happy to be back at JFK. The school reorganization forced them to be at Fermi High School last year. In addition, Hall said the camp program has expanded from four weeks to six weeks. Camp includes field trips to Lake Congamond in Southwick, Mass., and a Rock Cats baseball game. Other popular features are Family Fun Fridays, when campers put on presentations for their parents, and the end-of-the-year barbecue. Fees include breakfast, lunch and snacks, Hall said. The cost is $140 per week for the full-day program or $55 a

week for afternoons only. There are additional charges for the extended-day option, and there are discounts for families eligible for free or reduced school lunches. To register, visit www.erfc.us or call 860-253-9935. East Windsor East Windsor offers an eight-week Summer Fun Camp beginning the first week of July, in addition to a variety of sports camps. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our most popular summer camp,â&#x20AC;? said Lori Titus, an office assistant for Parks and Recreation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are offering different sports camps as well,â&#x20AC;? she said, including the Skyhawks camps. Fees are $85 a week for the first child in a family and $80 per week for additional children. There is an additional $10 fee for extended hours. Fees for the athletic camps vary by sport and age group. For registration information, call 860627-6662 or visit the website at www.eastwindsor-ct.gov/Public_Documents/EWindsorCT_Recreation/index. Ellington Ellington offers its Ultimate Summer Camp Extravaganza day camp from June

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25 to Aug. 17. Fees are $75 per child per week with $40 per week for the half-day program. There are additional fees fore before- and after-camp care. There is a reduction of $10 per week for the second and third children from the same household. The town is currently revamping its camp program, and further details were unavailable. A brochure is expected to be out the first or second week of May. Registration information is available at

http://ellington-ct.gov/Plugs/summercamp.aspx. Stafford The Stafford Summer Recreation Program is held in two blocks, from June 25 to July 20 and July 23 to Aug. 10. The cost is $75 per block or $150 for both. Swimming lessons and tae kwon do are offered for additional fees. Registration is from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. May 11 and June 1 and 10 a.m.-noon May 12 and June 2 at Town Hall.

Down To Earth CSA Grows Local Vegetables STAFFORD - Membership in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) provides a way for residents in the North Central towns to buy local, organic, seasonal food directly from the farm in Stafford. The farm will grow approximately 30 kinds of vegetables this year. The farm is located at 5 Michelec Rd. in Stafford. Members join the CSA for the entire season in advance. Throughout the summer and early fall, they receive their share of fresh organic vegetables every week. A typical share is enough for a family of four and has about 10-12 pounds of fresh vegetables and melons a week from midJune through November, weather permitting.

The Down To Earth CSA is currently accepting applications for its 2012 growing season. A share in the farm is $400 for the season (about $20 a week) and includes a work commitment to work on the farm for two hours every other week and participate in at least two of the farm workdays. Half shares are available for $200 for small families. All shares may be paid in installments, with the last payment before June 1. Applications, more information, a list of vegetables and melons, and many photos are available at its website (www.getdowntoearth.org). Please email at info@getdown toearth.org or call Caroline Brown at 860684-3460 with questions.


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Ellington Selectman Calls Tax Increase Modest Prior to Referendum By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; There will be a budget referendum. The Board of Selectmen voted April 23 to set a May 8 Annual Town Meeting at 8 p.m. at Ellington High School, which will adjourn to a May 15 budget referendum. Voting will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters in District 1 will vote at the high school. Voters in District 2 will vote at Crystal Lake School. The selectmen voted to schedule the budget referendum because they are requesting an increase in taxes, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. He added that despite the proposed increase, they have not heard much

public response to the proposal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a modest increase in the tax rate,â&#x20AC;? he said. The total town budget proposal for the 2012-2013 fiscal year is $48,198,154, an increase of $1,652,070 or 3.55 percent over the current fiscal year. It would bring a mill rate increase of 0.5 mills to 28 mills. A mill represents $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The Board of Education budget request is $33,133,990, an increase of $1,451,394 or 4.58 percent. The General Government budget request is $15,064,164, an increase of $200,676 or 1.35 percent.

artisan wares from fresh nuts and coffee to maple products, handmade soaps, and locally produced hot sauces. Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teresa Cavanagh was the winner of the Facebook slogan contest sponsored by the market. Out of many slogans submitted, her expression â&#x20AC;&#x153;local and fresh, our community at its bestâ&#x20AC;? was voted the saying that best exemplifies the spirit of the market, and will be used under the official logo in all advertising this season. Each Saturday guest vendors and special events will focus on a particular theme for that day, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barnyard Babies,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happiness is a Warm Puppy,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardening Grows the Spriitâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;All's Wool that Ends Wool.â&#x20AC;? The schedule of events and much more information about weekly market happenings can be found at www.ellingtonfarmersmarket.com, or on the Ellington Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market Facebook page. Both sites provide a link to subscribe to the marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly newsletter that lists vendors, entertainment, and weekly theme events,

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Ellington Students Named to the Honor Roll at Ellington High School ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The following students were named to the second quarter honor roll, according to a list provided by the high school administration. GRADE 9 HIGH HONORS Andrew Bahler, Jeremy Baouche, Emily Breen, Kristen Breen, Basudha Chaudhuri, Paul Gresh, Katherine Lee, Allison Letizia, Derek Litty, Megan Nicoletti, Kevin Sisco, Albert Tebbetts, Nicholas Topor, Isabella Viega, Jonathan Wing HONORS Alisha Albee, Myra Anderson, Timothy Bahler, Jonathan Bailey-Francois, Justin Berak, Kerri Bergeron, Brandon Bogrette, Erin Breen, Robert Brisson, Emma Carr, Megan Chamberland, Neil Chamberland, Ian Chandler, Kelly Coffey, John Connelly, Emily Costanzo, James Costanzo, Zachary Couturier, Shane Deptula, Jordan Dixon, Olivia Duval,

Gabriela Ewald, Katrina Frazer, Nicole French, Anne Fulton, Morgan Gill, Kelly Gorman, Kristine Gouin, Aaliyah Graboski, Rachel Greenberg, Katherine Hany, Daniel Hayes, Elizabeth Johnson, Shannon Jones, Thomas Kindall, Ashley Kuehn, Grace Kuraska, Kylie Lallier, Julia Mack, Thomas Mackintosh, Erin Magnuson, Justin Malley, Macie Martin, Hayley McDonald, Shane McGowan, Sean Milligan, Jessica Mocadlo, Brianna Muir, Megan Niger, Annika Nordmark, Andrew Oliwa, Riley Palozej, Gwendolyn Paseka, Gina Rizzuto, Jennifer Roy, Julia Scavetta, Holly Schipper, Kelsey Sgarlata, Kierra Shain, Lilia Shea, Kathryn Sisco, Katherine Snyder, Gabrielle Stein, Gayathry Sunil, Anthony Tournaud, Hannah Traynor, Lesley Van Deventer, Christopher Vieweg, Matthew Vieweg, Alyssa Walters, Christian Welti, Kyle Wesley, Ryan Willis, Allasyn Wingard, Hao Xu

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GRADE 10 HIGH HONORS Austin Binkowski, Courtney Binkowski, Jamie Choate, Timothy Daigle, Spencer LeBel, Micaela Luginbuhl, Rosanna Macchiarella, Kimberly McCoy, Amy McDonnell, Nicholas Pigeon, Kathryn Roets, Nicholas Schipper, Erin Schirra, Sailesh Simhadri, Rachel Ziter HONORS Amber Agnew, Alexis Amundarain, Rebecca Anderson, Samantha Anthony, Jonathan Bassett, Jessica Cargill, Winston Chow, Elizabeth Collin, Megan Crane, Aubrey Cycenas, Tyler Daly, Helena Delfino, Alissa DelPiano, Sarah DiResta, Steven Duguay, Elisha Feenstra, Brian Fitzsimons, Brian Gerber, Emily Gerber, Julia Gillis, Samantha Greco, Nicholas Greika, Zachary Hazzard, Derek Hill, Jami Keroack, Joseph Leslie, Joshua Luginbuhl, Travis McBreairty, Erin McGrath, Alexia Merkouriou, Emily Miller, Matthew Moser, Matthew Nolan, Delani Oliver, Douglas Parent, Andrew Pearce, Brandon Pho, Bradley Pospisil, Katherine Quinn, Katie Remenik, Kyle Ross, Margaret Russell, Samantha Salwa, Kelly Savage, Lanae Schneider, Laura Schneider, Brendan Sherba, Melanie Stone, Alyssa Tournaud, Shelby Trapp, Nicole Vanagas, Sorawis Veskijkul, Alexander Wachter, Yutao Wang, Rachel Wardrop, Devonney

GRADE 11 HIGH HONORS Kevin Arbeiter, Margo Bailey, Jessica Baker, Julie Bezanson, Andrew Cohen, Joshua Feldman, Leah Gerber, Justin Graziani, Janna Grinaski, Blaire Herter, Jennifer Hulstein, Karli King, Hannah Kogut, Luke LaBranche, Ryan Lagan, Alexandra Larew, Emily Lorenzet, Jessica Malone, Andrew Parker, Kaitlyn Powers, Carissa Raver, Sophia Rubino, Christopher Savona, Ann Sawamura, Carolyn Schafer, Tiffany Simkewicz, Ann Skorulski, Kevin Stein, Kiara Stone, Nathan Sumislaski, Tong Ye HONORS Hayley Babineau, Zachary Baskin, Jeffrey Bird, Rachel Blinn, Garrett Boulanger, Brandon Capello, David Cohen, Amanda Conti, Shannon Cottle, Lisa DeConti, Olivia DeForge, Angelina DiBacco, Brandon Ellsworth, Benjamin Friedman, Renee Gayton, Alexis Gilliland, Zachary Glassner, Devin Goldsnider, Robert Gosselin, Sarah Gosselin, Kyle Gresh, Jordan Guida, Keri Halloran, Kayla Hickman, Amy Hornish, Danielle Hubley, Neal Hulstein, Neal Janiga, Emilie Judge,

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Ellington High School Honor Roll Students Announced for the Second Quarter (continued from page 8) Allison Lee, Brittany Lemire, Max Marholin, Lyndsey Masterson, Courtney Matthews, William McAllister, Leah McCarthy, Gabriella McGuirl, Shannon McIlrath, Jonathan McPartland, Cameron Mozzer, Rachel Oakes, Alexander Pallotti, Zachary Palmer, Margaret Quinn, Hannah Riley, Samantha Roberts, Gabriella Rubino, Troy Russell, Thomas Sack, Robert Schiessl, Kayla Sgarlata, Kristyn Stauffer, Allison Steinmetz, Joseph Taft, Benjamin Tempelman, Quang Truong, Rachel Tshonas, Gregory Ussery, Kevin Vincens, Joshua Weintraub, Taylor Welti, Evan Willis

GRADE 12 HIGH HONORS Kathryn Angelica, Haley Brown, Emily Cohen, Kelly Conley, Ryan DeLand, Cayla Dixon, Alyssa Gilson, Austin Heffernan, Courtney McGowan, Nishant Patel, Jeffrey Patrick, Catherine Payzant, Lyndsi Skewes, Venessa SteinmetzSamuel, Alexandra Stephan, Brian Tiedt, Travis Wallace, Jessie Zwiesler HONORS Nicole Angelica, Michael Bahler, Robert Bahler, Oliviana Bailey, Elizabeth Bedson, Amanda Bellezza, David Bergeron, Nicholas Binkowski, Briana Bogrette, Daniel Browne, Amanda Caouette, Chelsea Champ, Michael Cleary, Katherine DeForge, Jessie

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Ellington Windermere Intermediate Career Day Brings in 22 Guest Speakers ELLINGTON - Recently, Windermere Intermediate School sponsored its 14th annual Career Day for its 6th-grade students. This is a culmination of a monthlong career awareness program presented in each of the 6th-grade classrooms. The Windermere school counselors, Marilyn Toback-Reveley and Jessica Marshall, and their School Career Day Planning Committee spent all year planning for this one day. Twenty-two speakers from Ellington and the Greater Hartford area volunteered to share information about their careers with the students. Many different occupation fields were represented such as artist, banking, journalism, vehicle collision repair, real estate and dentistry to name a few. The students attended four different half-hour presentations chosen according to their interests. They enjoyed watching a chef cook crepes as he discussed the job requirements for a food service manager. They tried equipment brought in by a physical therapist and viewed x-rays of animals shown by the veterinary technician. There were samples of sculptures by an artist and they also learned about three dimensional printing done through computer-aided design software. In addition, there was someone there explaining the juvenile court system and even how to predict the weather. The committee succeeded at hav-

“With how energetic and open these students are I think I learn more from them than they learn from me,” says Keune. He also reflected on how things have changed since he first started volunteering for Career Day. “All I can say is with how technology and my industry have changed, my presentations are very different now from where they were when I first started.” Toback-Reveley felt the day was a success and that it offers students the opportunity to see the connection between what they are learning in school and the skills

that are required to succeed in the work world. She was pleased that many students asked questions and took notes. “They were actively engaged in each session,” said Toback-Reveley. “It will hopefully inspire them to work hard in school so they can achieve success in their future careers.” To learn more about Windermere Intermediate School and to see more photos of Career Day, visit their website at www.ellingtonpublicschools.org and go to Windermere and Student Life.

Daniel Keune, who is also the chairman of Ellington’s Board of Education, shared information about his profession. ing someone there for just about every interest imaginable. Six of the speakers were parents of Ellington children. One speaker on real estate, Daniel Keune, who is also the chairman of Ellington’s Board of Education, shared information about his profession. Keune has been volunteering as a career speaker for almost the entire time the program has existed. He finds it exciting each time he volunteers and feels it truly is a privilege to come and talk to the students.

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Enfield Community News Women’s Clubs Annual Meeting Set For May 9 ENFIELD - The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC)/The Woman’s Club of Enfield will hold their annual meeting and spring luncheon at Grassmere Country Club, Town Farm Road in Enfield, on Wednesday, May 9. The social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon following at 12:30 p.m. Installation of new officers for 2012-2014 will take place. Anyone interested in becoming a member of The Woman’s Club of Enfield may contact Lorraine at 860-253-9163.

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‘Lady Js’ Raise Funds For The 2012 Lunch Bunch Kids “The Lady Js” General Federation Woman’s Club of Enfield Juniorettes planned and conducted a benefit pancake breakfast with the guidance of advisers Gail Wence and Trudy Fleck. The event raised more than $800 for the summer free food outreach project for children to be held at St. Patrick’s parish hall. The Enfield Food Shelf serves as the site host for the project. “The Lady Js,” the General Federation of Woman’s Club of Enfield, the Enfield Food Shelf, and the Lunch Bunch 2012 kids and parents extend their deepest appreciation to the donors, sponsors, and attendees. Pictured here are Andrea Colca, Rachel Testoni, Stephanie Wence, Jen Sulewski, Katrina Wermter and Aleena Burnell.

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Regional Wounded Marine Corps Veteran Gets New Home Constructed By Tejal Patel ELLINGTON - U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Gregory Caron, 26, of Ellington is receiving a new home from Long Island non-profit Building Homes for Heroes. Caron and his family were told of this gift on Feb. 23 at Building Homes for Heroesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; second annual Honoree Dinner at Battery Gardens Restaurant in New York City. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it's the greatest present I will ever receive. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve watched TV shows where contractors remodel a home or build a new house and never would have thought that one day it would be my dream come true,â&#x20AC;? says Caron, who is currently at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Caron is expected to be there at least through May of this year. On Nov. 11, 2011, while serving his second tour, Caron lost both of his legs below the knee, and a tip of his finger, received shrapnel to the right side of his body, and broke his collarbone from an IED in Afghanistan. Andy Pujol, president and owner of VIP International, an international transportation company located in Valley Stream, N.Y., founded Building Homes for Heroes in 2006. After having volunteered in the rescue effort at the World Trade Center site and raising money throughout the following years to donate to charities that support military veterans, Pujol decided to form his own charitable organization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We realized how desperate the situation really was and joined Andy and created Building Homes for Heroes,â&#x20AC;? says Tony Sigillito, a member of the Board of Directors and a childhood friend of Pujolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is his

vision, his drive, and his financial resources that have driven this charity,â&#x20AC;? says Sigillito of Pujol. Building Homes for Heroes has built and refurbished approximately 11 homes so far along the Eastern seaboard. Professional architects donate their time to design the homes based on the needs of the individual soldiers. Other volunteers include servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters, and local residents. Pujol has met and interviewed all of the soldiers chosen to receive homes and personally gets to know them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get a lot of applications and lot of people who contact the charity. The most severely wounded heroes is where we try to go first and foremost,â&#x20AC;? says Sigillito, adding that location is also an important factor because the veterans need to be close to military hospitals dur-

ing their recovery process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very, very important to us to have the soldier and his family welcome into their community. Not everyone is as lucky as Greg and Nina, where they are literally going home. Others have had to move their families,â&#x20AC;? says Sigillito. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking forward to the project to get started and I'm sure Tank, our dog, will be excited to see that his new home will give him a lot more room to run around,â&#x20AC;? adds Caron. The homes are given to the soldiers mortgage-free. Because of this, Caron plans on going back to school and possibly studying to become a physical therapist once he leaves Walter Reed Medical Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that my new home will be mortgage-free I don't have to worry about working to pay my bills and I can focus on school,â&#x20AC;? he says. Greg and Nina found of a piece of land in Ellington that they liked and the organization is currently in the contract phase for that land. A construction meeting will be held in the first week of May. According to Sigillito, it takes between nine months and a year to build the homes. Caron looks forward to being back in Connecticut during construction and seeing his house being built. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It's going to be hard not to pick up my tool bag and help out myself, so plan on me participating on the project,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite frankly a pleasure to work under these conditions; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pleasure to work with these soldiers because their attitude is exemplary. I have tremendous respect for these heroes and their families and what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done for us,â&#x20AC;? says Sigillito.

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SOMERS - Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe, located at the intersection of Pinney Road and Maple Street in Somersville, will be open each Saturday in May and June from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Shoppe offers a wide variety of new and gently used merchandise including tools, books, housewares, puzzles and games, small furniture, etc., and there's always a table of fresh home-baked goodies.

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Somers Spending Plan Attracts Little Opposition before Town Meeting By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS — The budget is moving on to the Annual Town Meeting. In what First Selectmen Lisa Pellegrini described as a “very calm and noneventful meeting,” the public hearing on the budget was held April 23. Town officials presented a proposed $29,241,201 spending plan for the 20122013 fiscal year. The proposal represents an increase of $986,679 or 3.49 percent over the current fiscal year. The Town Government budget proposal is $6,742,645, an increase of $323,823 or 5.04 percent. The Board of Education budget would be $19,827,174, an increase of $365,000 or 121.67 percent. Capital Expenditures would be $665,000, an increase of $365,000 or 121.67 percent. Debt Service would be $2,006,382, a decrease of $195,001 or 8.86 percent. The substantial increase in Capital Expenditures is attributed to the purchase of highway and fire equipment and build-

ing improvements. “The CIP Budget has been severely underfunded for several years. This increase puts us back on track,” Pellegrini said. The Annual Town Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Town Hall auditorium. A budget referendum is tentatively set for May 22 at Somers Town Hall. That date will be finalized at the town meeting. Quickspend Energy Grant The town will receive an American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant through the DEEP Quickspend Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program totaling $27,793.49 for the Town Hall lighting retrofit and firehouse photovoltaic extension project. This grant will allow energy-efficient lighting to be installed in Town Hall at no cost to the town. This grant allows the town to complete the Town Hhall lighting retrofit.

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Somers Students Learn Sobering Lesson from Mock Fatal Car Crash By Barbra O’Boyle SOMERS - It was an all-too-familiar scene behind Somers High School, with rescue workers swarming to pull bodies from a car crash, twisted metal, broken glass and young lives snuffed out in their prime. Numerous friends and family members were all impacted by one person’s decision to drink and drive. Fortunately, this time the whole scenario was fake, and no one was really killed, but the impact on the witnesses was nearly the same as it would be in real life. The mock crash and emergency response staged on April 27 on the recreation fields near the high school were meant to show the students from Somers High School the dangers of drinking and driving. It was used as a reminder for them to stay safe during their upcoming prom weekend. “We go into this exercise every other year with the hopes that by the students actually seeing the devastation, the amount of rescue personnel, their friends injured – all of this will impact enough students to make them think twice before getting into a vehicle after drinking, and even more so, getting into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking,” said SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Coordinator Tammy Bley-Gowash.

"There are more than 40 rescue workers, firefighters, ambulance personnel, and policeman who were involved with this exercise, and that is about what it takes for a real accident.” On April 26, one student was pulled out of class every 33 minutes. The number was meant to signify that one person dies due to a car crash every 33 minutes of the day. The students chosen as the victims had their faces painted white and wore black clothes. When the students returned to class, they were not allowed to talk to their friends, as a way to show the students that should their friends die in a car accident, they will never be able to talk to them again. “It was very emotional,” said Caitlyn, a student. “My friends could not talk to me the rest of the day. It was lonely. I’ll never wear that prom dress or get my diploma or go to college or get married or have a family. They would all be broken dreams.” According to SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use & Health, during the past month (30 days), 26.4 percent of underage persons (ages 12-20) used alcohol, and binge drinking among the same age group was 17.4 percent. Alcohol use remains extremely wide-

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Somers Statistics Reveal Teen Drinking and Useage Problems (continued from page 24) spread among todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teenagers. Nearly three quarters of students (72 percent)

have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school, and more than a third (37 percent) have done so by eighth grade.

Past-month alcohol use rates declined between 2002 and 2008 for those ages 1213 (4.3 percent to 3.4 percent), 14 or 15 (16.6 percent to 13.1 percent), 16 or 17 (32.6 percent to 26.2 percent), and 18-20 (51.0 percent to 48.7 percent). In 2008, 56.2 percent of current underage drinkers (ages 12-20) reported that their last use of alcohol occurred in someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home; 29.6 percent reported that it occurred in their own home; and among underage drinkers (ages 12-20), 30.8 percent paid for the alcohol the last time they drank â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including 8.3 percent who purchased the alcohol themselves and 22.3 percent who gave money to someone else to purchase it. Among those who did not pay for the alcohol they drank, 37.4 percent got it from an unrelated person of legal drinking age; 21.1 percent received it from a parent, guardian, or other adult family member.

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Somers Young, Talented Guitarist Will Perform at Joanna’s in June SOMERS - Music Studio 307 has announced that tickets for the Desiree’ Bassett concert on Saturday, June 2, at Joanna's are now available for purchase. An Ashford native, Desiree’ tours with the Boston Legends, and is the lead guitarist for the Michael Jackson Immortal world tour 2011-2012. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Bassett was born in New Haven. In 2005, age 12 was major for Desiree. She was voted Talent America’s Musician of the Year in New York City. She was then invited to play on the side stage at Ozzfest in Hartford. At the Ozzfest performance she met Rob Zombie, the Playstation sponsors, The Haunted, and As I Lay Dying.

After these successes, Desiree’ started playing at open mics around Connecticut with some of the local blues greats and national players, gaining recognition among them. At 13, she played at an outdoor party in her home town of Ashford, where she was the featured artist. Desiree’ played for some of the best musicians in the area, some of whom offered their services as band members. This group is made up bassist David Stoltz, a former member of the Dickey Betts Band, and Robert L. Gottfried, who is nationally recognized. In November, Desiree’ prepared and presented herself for a showcase at the Hungry Tiger in Manchester.

At age 15, Desiree’ was given the opportunity to sit in with the Marshall Tucker Band at a benefit concert in Willimantic, even though she was originally placed to sit in with the Shaboo All

Stars. She played with them for almost the entire set, only having to give Rick Derringer the opportunity to play with them on a song.

Author Will Address Somers Historical Society SOMERS - On Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m., Somers resident Culver Modisette, a Dartmouth College graduate, Navy Veteran, and Alaskan guide, will present his new book Honored Enemy. Modisette developed sympathy for the Native American Indians and their extreme poverty. His book is the story of the Comanche, Kiowa and Cheyenne tribes in the Southwest in the late 1800s. Ten years in the referencing and writing, the book

recounts the battle of the Indians to prevent the slaughter of their buffalo herds and the usurpation of their homelands by white settlers and land sharks. The book sheds light on little-known events of the era, culminating in Quanah’s friendship with President Theodore Roosevelt. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no admission charge. The meeting takes place at Kibbe Fuller Community Center, 9 Battle St., Somers.

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Sunday Drive â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Infinitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;(y) Possibilities, Cirque & Lord Jeff Resurrected Welcome back to the Sunday Drive, the column that aspires to inspire you to get your motor running and head out on the highway to some of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lesser known haunts. As promised, we begin this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sojourn with a trek to Norfolk, Connâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Infinity. Now, by all outward appearances, IMDB listings and bank statements, Kevin Costner has it all. But as revealed in a series of anecdotes during his April 11 Infinity Hall (infinityhall.com) performance with his band, Modern West, even a Tinseltown titan is not immune to misunderstandings with offspring, woman woes and daddy issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was working all of these odd jobs, and my father was constantly on me: 'Whatcha gonna do with your life?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? he recalled as the band vamped behind him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when I finally told him I wanted to be an actor, I could sense he was worried for me, embarrassed for me. I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost something biblical about fathers and sons, the fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to

help them achieve their dream...and he knew he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help me with this. But I did it, then I told him I wanted to direct. He said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You know, this acting thing is going pretty good, buster. Why do you want to take a chance and mess it up now?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Then I knew I wanted to make music, and I didn't even tell Dad. I figured heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d find out like everyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be 90 miles an hour down the road already, the title of this next song.â&#x20AC;? Other tunes like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indian Summerâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Me Be The Oneâ&#x20AC;? proved equally palatable, with passable performances by allâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with the notable exceptions of violinist Bobby Yang and Costner's daughter Lily on vocals, both of whom were downright exceptional. The poignant â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Know These Hillsâ&#x20AC;? was a particular standout, and one that Costner says may be featured in his upcoming Hatfield & McCoys miniseries, airing in 2013 on the History Channel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People think of the beards and fighting and [think] these were somehow ignorant

Norfolkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Infinity serves up world class audio and edible with its Music Hall and acclaimed Bistro. Pictured is recent Infinity headliner Kevin Costner with his band, Modern West. Photo by North Central Images people,â&#x20AC;? Costner says of the infamous feuding families. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But these were soldiers who had fought together in the Confederate Army. And they say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s silly, neighbors fighting over a pig ... Well, a pig fed a family for 30 days. There are people who take their neighbors to court now because the addition to their house partially obstructs their view of the ocean.â&#x20AC;? Adding to the Infinity experience is the Bisto - the perfect stop for a pre-concert dinner or post-show hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres. Officially opened on May 1, 2009, the Bistro - under the direction of Executive Chef Dan Fortin serves up an ambitious array of modern American sandwiches, salads and entrees. Small plates run the gamut from daikon radish adorned â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Crispy Calamariâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the transcedent â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lobster Hushpuppiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - replete with pobalno peppers and creole remoulade.

In other news.. it was a steamy July evening at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods back in 2008. Ex-Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar had just invited local guitarist Desiree Bassett onstage to unleash her much ballyhooed fretboard fireworks amidst a backdrop of Led Zepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll.â&#x20AC;? True to form, the then-15-year-old wunderkind did not disappoint. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somebody put that on YouTube!â&#x20AC;? Hagar declared at jamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end. Somebody did, and to date, more than one million people have watched it. But perhaps no viewers would have such a bearing on the E.O. Smith High School graduateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future than the small team of people who viewed it from a particular office of note in Canada.

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Sunday Drive continued from page 27 “Sure, we still get resumes from people all the time,” Cirque Du Soleil’s Maxime Charbonneau tells the Sunday Driver, seated across from Bassett in the Hartford Hilton lobby, “but we are definitely finding an increasing amount of our talent on YouTube, yes. I mean, you can describe what you do how you perform - in words all day long, but there is truly nothing like seeing it. So, yes, we surf around even and say, ‘Look at this guy....we gotta have him.’ ” At the time, the Cirque casting team was on the lookout for members of its upcoming Michael Jackson: Immortal production. And when they happened upon a few Bassett

uploads, they knew they had filled their sixstring void. “I remember my father took the phone call, and he sat me down and said ‘Desiree, you have just been presented an amazing opportunity,’ ” Bassett says. Her father - now manager - Daniel and mother Myrna were instrumental in her musical mastery of...well, instruments, she adds. They bought her her first guitar, a half-sized Lotus, at the age of 2. A full scale Ibanez Roadstar by 5. “My father played, too, so we would play together and he would show me things back then,” she recalls with a smile. “I think it was around age 8, when I entered this talent show and how I taught myself to play Joe Satriani’s Stay tuned next installment when the Sunday Driver will chronicle his recent stay at Amherst’s historic Lord Jeffery Inn. General Manager Robert Reeves detailed the properties’ massive makeover and provided an in-depth look at its crowning jewel - the 30 Boltwood eatery.

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where I can be Desiree and work my own solos.” Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: Immortal tour comes to the XL Center (xlcenter.com) in Hartford on May 2 and 3. On Saturday, June 2, she will utilize the occasion of a Cirque night off to play a Somers show at Joanna’s Cafe with her own band, Desiree & The Time Machine. For more information on the latter, kindly point your browser to dbassett.com Send your ‘Sunday Drive’ suggestions to: northcentralnews@aol.com


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Somers Somers Women’s Club Celebrates 90 Years of Serving Others SOMERS - The Somers Women’s Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a chronological display of the club’s activities and accomplishments from its formation in 1921 to the present. The display is on display at the Blake Center in the

Somers Public Library until April 11 during regular library hours. Founded by Mrs. Walter Bliss and supported by hundreds of female residents through the years, the club has consistently lived up to its motto, “To promote the

physical, the moral, and the intellectual life of the home and community.” As the town of Somers grew from a rural community of 1,782 to a population of over 9,000, the Somers Women’s Club has been sensitive to local needs and helped wherever possible. Beginning with its original donation to purchase library cards, then cooking and serving hot lunches to students in the 1920s, moving on to a drive during the 1930s to create a fire department and assisting with the purchase of the town’s first fire truck, the members

have worked diligently raising funds and providing assistance during the previous 90 years. The group was instrumental in organizing the Visiting Nurses Association, the Girl Scout Troop, the PTA, and the Friends of the Library. Since 1957, yearly college scholarships have been awarded to graduating high school seniors. To appeal to a younger generation, a local Juniorette Club was formed and accepted into the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 2010.

At the reception held for the Somers Women's Club on March 31 at the Somers Public Library to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Somers Women's Club. Seated, Charlotte Stopa and Jane Barbieri, long-time members and former presidents of the Somers Women's Club. Standing, Karen Anderson, current president of the club

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Stafford Opening Day of Softball in Stafford Springs Father/Coach Todd with his daughter/player Abbey of Stafford Little League softball Majors league team Thunder on Opening Day, April 21, at Hyde Park.

State Representative Penny Bacchiochi throws out a ceremonial first pitch during the Stafford Little League softball opening day ceremonies on April 21 at Hyde Park in Stafford. Behind her is State Senator Tony Guglielmo, who also threw out a pitch. Rachel Gallison, one of the pitchers on the Stafford Little League softball senior team the Riptide, in action.

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Staffordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Selectman Richard Shuck also helped kick off the season.

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Stafford Budget Decision on Hold Pending Two Boardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Discussion By Linda Tishler Levinson STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The budget is on hold. Following the second public hearing on the proposed town budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year on April 23, the Board of Education requested a meeting with the Board of Finance. A meeting to discuss the school budget with the Finance Board is set for 7 p.m. May 2 at the Stafford Community Center. With that delay, no date has been set for the Annual Town Meeting. As of April 9, the Board of Education had been seeking a $849,008 or 3.3 percent increase over the current $24,830,913 school budget. The largest increase was in the Personnel Services-Benefits account, which would

increase by $247,354 or 6 percent over the current $4,306,309 budget. Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin said in her budget presentation that much of the proposed increase results from a loss of the Education Jobs Fund Grant this year. She said that a tax increase of $1,422,572 or a 5.7 percent increase would be needed to offset the loss of the $537,564 grant, as well as other cost increases to the school system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prior to this request, there has been a taxable increase of only $342,551 to the Stafford Public Schools budget since June 30, 2009,â&#x20AC;? she said in the presentation. The school board cut is budget proposal by $248,172

on Feb. 27. The largest savings came from staff retirements, a reduction of $80,000 and the elimination of a new maintenance position at $46,000. On the General Government side of the budget, the town is seeking a budget of $8,244,294, a reduction of $200,000 from the original budget proposal. The Debt Service budget proposal remains at $2,299,903 and the Public Library budget at $514,153. The total Board of Selectmen budget proposal is $11,058,350, compared to $10,621,058, the approved expenditures for the current fiscal year, a difference of $437,292 or 4.1 percent.

Selectmen Took the Easy Road to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Annihilateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the Arts Commission To the Editor: What an assault on the arts and a creative vision of Stafford. The Board of Selectmen has chosen to annihilate the Stafford Arts Commission in its actions to reduce the budget. Rather than spreading the reductions amongst many commissions, the selectmen targeted the Arts Commission by reducing its budget from $17,210 to $5,000. Other commissions have proposed reductions of only 9 percent while the Stafford Arts Commission budget was slashed by over 70 percent. While the selectmen may have several rationalizations for this inequity, it can have no justification. The inequity and short sightedness of this action is staggering. Here is a commission that has flourished and signifi-

cantly expanded the number, variety and quality of artistic venues offered to the community. The commission has made every effort to bring events to all areas of the town, thus promoting local business. The events sponsored have brought affirmative attention to the town, including prominent news articles shining a positive light on Stafford. It is, unfortunately, an easy road to sacrifice the arts. The selectmen seem to be a member of the thoughtless power elite (i.e. those who have little vision for what is creative, thought provoking and challenging). To quote the poet Adrienne Rich, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe in artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social presence-as breaker of official silence, as a voice for those whose voices are disregarded, and as a human birthright. In the end, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think

we can separate art from overall human dignity and hope.â&#x20AC;? Shame on you, Board of Selectmen.

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Stafford Decision to Cut Arts Funding with Discussion was Wrong To the Editor: Times have been harder than many people can ever remember. Many are working longer hours, but actually have less money to show for it at the end of the day.

More and more communities are pulling together, bonding around common issues of everyday life. Neighbors are finding that they have each other to depend on politicians, not so much. Recently, the

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Stafford Town Selectman, Richard Shuck, decided to slash the Stafford Arts Commission budget, severely, without the consideration of that action on the people of the town that elected him. For many, many years the Arts Commission has provided quality exhibits, concerts, coffeehouses, workshops, trips, comedy shows, plays, and much, much more, all for FREE. The members of the Arts Commission work tirelessly-no volunteer, so that the people of Stafford are offered outstanding opportunities to experience many and varied artistic events. Not only was the Arts Commission budget slashed, it was done without discussion with, or input from the Chairperson, or any other members of the Arts Commission. Now, Mr. Shuck, that

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