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• EAST WINDSOR: Spending could increase by 6.25 percent ................p. 3 • ELLINGTON: Proposed budget has 4.37 percent hike ..........................p. 8 • ELLINGTON: Town offers wide choice of summer programs...................p. 11 • ENFIELD: Council keeps commitment to armed school guards ...............p. 12 • REGIONAL: Towns study how to handle food trucks............................p. 13 • SOMERS: No increase sought for town spending ....................................p. 17 • STAFFORD: Budget increases......p. 29 • WINDSOR LOCKS: Restoration of train station chugs ahead....................p. 37

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EAST WINDSOR – After several years of budget increases around 2 percent, town officials are hoping voters will approve a 6.25 percent increase in the May 12 budget referendum. The Board of Finance has approved a $37,871,054 proposed spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year, an increase of $2,227,183. “The cost of utilities, supplies and personnel has increased more than 2 percent each year. To account for these contractual increases, the town has reduced the non-fixed budget lines to the point that the town’s buildings and roads are in dire need of repair,” town officials said in a budget flier.

The proposed budget would carry a mill rate of 31.97 compared to the current mill rate of 29.78. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. It would mean an increase of $322 in taxes a year for the average homeowner. The budget proposal includes $13,230,910 for the town, an increase of $761,729 or 6.11 percent; $990,144 for capital improvements, an increase of $97,718 or 10.9 percent; $1,400,000 for debt service, an increase of $311,858 or 28.7 percent; and $22,250,000 for the Board of Education, an increase of $1,055,878 or 5 percent. In 2014, a budget was adopted following a third budget referendum, bring-

ing an increase of 2.31 percent. Under the town charter, a 2014-15 fiscal year budget would have automatically been enacted with a 2 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s spending plan if voters had not adopted a budget after three referendums. That is what happened in 2013, following the rejection of three budget votes. In 2012, a budget was approved on the third referendum. It carried a 1.97 percent increase. The budget referendum will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12. Voting will be in Town Hall and the Annex.

To the Editor: Do we really want more casinos in Connecticut? It’s obvious our state senators do. Of the towns listed as casino candidates, Windsor and Enfield said no thanks, and Windsor Locks seems lukewarm to the idea at best. But it appears some in our town of East Windsor are giddy at the prospect. They dream of redeveloping the old Cinema site, which we are apparently desperate to do at any cost. What do the other towns know that we don’t? Studies show crime goes up in

the area around a casino. When crime goes up, property values go down. Property tax revenue gained by the town in the short term will likely be offset by a decline in residential property values, and the cost of more police. The casino that would be built here won’t be a resort. No concerts, restaurants, or shopping. Just a building with gaming tables, slots, and just enough libations to keep the gambler around. Seems so glamorous, doesn’t it? Once the bill expanding gambling passes, things will move quickly. Officials are likely already laying the

groundwork for a casino in East Windsor. If you are concerned about this prospect, the time to speak up is now. Call or email the first selectmen’s office to let them know your opinion. I say – Thanks, but NO THANKS! Go to eastwindsor.gov today. Alan Baker East Windsor

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EAST WINDSOR - The following events will be held by the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department. FAMILY SAFETY DAY: On Saturday, May 16, at the Broad Brook and East Windsor Town Hall (Rye Street) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., come join the East Windsor Wellness Coalition, East Windsor Parks & Recreation, EWPD, Broad Brook and Warehouse Point fire departments, EW Ambulance along with other agencies in a fun and educational family safety event. We will also be collecting food for the 5 Corner Cupboard. Please help us in stocking their shelves by bringing nonperishable food items to the event. The event will include a bike rodeo and safety check, car seat checks, fire safety, healthy eating, stranger danger, K-9 demo, child ID program, blood pressure and balance assessments and much more. A scavenger hunt and raffle will also take place. Come out for some great family fun. Refreshments will be sold by the EWHS

Booster Club and EW PTO. Event will be held rain or shine. Children are encouraged to bring and or ride their bikes to the event to have them checked. Helmets are required to participate in the bike rodeo. DJ Mark Jordan will be the MC and provide music for all to enjoy. SUMMER FUN CAMP: Sign-ups for the 2015 Summer Fun Camp have begun. NEW THIS YEAR Camp will be held Mondays through Fridays each week. This year we will be offering 8 weeks of Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 4-12 and Counselor in Training for boys and girls ages 13-15. The first week of camp will be the week of June 29 and ending the week of Aug. 17. The fee for the Summer Fun Camp for regular hours (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) is $120 weekly for residents/$130 weekly for non-residents; Extended hours (7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) is $130 weekly for residents/$140 weekly for non-residents. Counselor in Training cost is $100 for residents and non-residents. There is a $10 non-refundable

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ELLINGTON โ€” Voters will be asked to approve a $53,958,936 budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year at the Annual Town Meeting on May 12. The proposed budget, presented by the Board of Finance at an April 21 public hearing, represents an increase of $2,257,724 or 4.37 percent over the current spending plan. The budget includes $37,535,831 for the Board of Education, an increase of $2,093,931 or 5.91 percent; a general government budget of $14,233,977, an

increase of $780,351 or 5.8 percent; $1,174,285 for capital outlay, a decrease of $266,567, a decrease of 18.5 percent; $814,843, a decrease of $349,991 or 30.05 percent; and $200,000 for the contingency fund, which represents no change from the current spending plan. Among the budget increases, the state proposal to stop funding resident state troopers would cost the town $300,000, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. Currently, the state pays 30 percent of the cost of resident state troopers with the town paying 70 percent. Ellington

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ELLINGTON - What’s there to do in Ellington this summer? Plenty! After what was a long cold winter for many, the town of Ellington is gearing up for some fun things to do this summer for all ages. Ellington Parks and Recreation is finalizing its schedule of programs so residents of Ellington should keep an eye out in mailboxes for the next Ellington Connection near the end of May. In the meantime, you can visit their website at parkrec.ellington-ct.gov. Summer camp sign-ups are taking place now while registrations for swim lessons at Crystal Lake begin at 9 a.m. on May 15. Most of the programs offered for the summer will be up on their website by the third week in May. A variety of sports will be available including but not limited to soccer, coed adult volleyball, lacrosse camp, Jukido, international soccer camp, basketball camp and tennis for all ages. The Crystal Lake Sprint Triathlon takes place July 12 and consists of a quarter-

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Town for incoming kindergarten students will run July 13-17. Fire prevention, poison control, bus and car safety, playground safety and more are on the agenda. An additional safety week will be offered July 6-10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will cover other safety concerns for kindergarteners such as water safety, garden and plant safety, bike safety and pet and animal safety. Both Recreation and Youth Services use Activenet for easy online registrations. Another program for kindergarten students as well and first through fourth grades is 1-2-3 I Am Me. This is offered in July in the afternoon and evening. Visit Youth Services’ website at youth.ellington-ct.gov for details. This six-week program focuses on making friends, teamwork, communication, listening, handling emotions and building confidence. Other Youth Services programs are Discover Art and Journal MEArt, both developed and run by high school students with several sessions for Grades 2 through 8. Finding the Leader in Me is in its fourth year and is designed for fifth- and sixth-grade students to help them discover their inner leader. Ellington High School student leaders run this fun-filled group to explore effective leader habits and takes place July 27-31 from 9 a.m. to noon. Youth Services has rolled out a new initiative

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ENFIELD –When the Town Council votes to adopt a budget for the 2016 fiscal year later this month, funding for school security officers will not be on the cutting table. The council voted on April 20 to continue to include the school safety officer program in all town schools. The program was implemented in 2013 in response to the shooting deaths of 20 students and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in

Newtown. Among other security enhancements, it provides armed security personnel in the schools. At the April 20 council meeting, Town Manager Matthew Coppler said a group of residents had submitted a petition with approximately 85 signatures asking that the program not be extended beyond June 30, according to the minutes of the meeting. The cost for the security officers in the 2015 fiscal year was $794,633. Councilor Gina Cekala said she does

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they are a good match to have outside a brewery. Mary Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell, of 295 Brainard Road, said she is in support of food trucks. She said they have a place in Enfield and she would like to see the commission reconsider and add it back to the agenda. Rairigh told the commission that staff had also received 27 emails regarding food trucks, and 25 of them were in support of food trucks and two were against. The PZC and the Town Council later agreed to form a joint subcommittee to come up with draft regulations for food trucks and to study whether they should be allowed, Rairigh said in a telephone interview. Other towns in North Central Connecticut have varying opinions on food trucks. Like Enfield, East Windsor does not allow them, Town Planner Laurie Whitten said. In Ellington, they are allowed in the commercial and industrial zones, but must be approved on a case

by case basis, Assistant Town Planner John Colonese said. Somers currently has no food trucks, although they can apply for a vendor license, Building Official John Collins said. He added the town is looking into regulations limiting how long they can park in town. Stafford allows food trucks, but they cannot remain parked overnight, Zoning Officer David Palmberg said. In Windsor Locks, food trucks are permitted on private property with permission of the owner and with a vendor permit from the police department. Suffield does not allow food trucks except on private property or for special events. In all the towns where they are allowed, health department permits also are required. While local towns may have varying views on food trucks, their popularity with the public has led to festivals, including the New England Food Truck Festival at the Big E in West Springfield, Mass., on Aug. 1 and 2, and the

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ENFIELD – President Gregory Gray of the Board of Regents for Higher Education helped a team of education and community leaders from throughout the state swear in James P. Lombella as the next President of Asnuntuck Community College on May 1. Lombella assumed the presidency following his nearly five-year tenure in multiple senior leadership roles at Asnuntuck Community College. “I am very pleased that Mr. Lombella emerged as the successful candidate for President of Asnuntuck Community College. His selection enables him to continue the fine work he has been doing as Interim President since June of 2013, and provides continuity of vision and effort for the college,” President Gray said. During his interviews, Lombella emphasized his dedication to partnering with the campus community to engender a passion for growth and success. At the same time, Lombella made it clear he is

of our regional workforce. I appreciate and thank President Gray and the Board of Regents for this incredible opportunity.” A graduate of Holyoke Community College (A.S.), Lombella earned his Master of Management degree from Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education at the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University.

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SOMERS — Residents will be presented with a $30,696,103 budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year at the Annual Town Meeting on May 5. Following an April 27 public hearing on the budget, the Board of Finance voted to send to town meeting the budget proposal, which represents an increase of 2.67 percent or $797,170 over the current spending plan. “The budget as presented on April 27 would not require a tax increase,” First

Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. “We are recommending the current mill rate of 23.37 remain unchanged,” the Board of Finance said in the town budget flier. “We believe we can meet our community needs without a property tax increase for the second consecutive year.” A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The proposed budget includes $7,410,849 for town government, an increase of $353,578 or 5.01 percent;

SOMERS — The Copper House Tavern opened its doors in Somers on Apr. 15, and area officials are welcoming the new Main Street business. “We join with Somers residents, the business community and people from throughout north-central Connecticut in wishing the Copper House Tavern all the best,” Sen. John A. Kissel said. “This small business is a great addition to Somers, and we know that excitement about the Copper House Tavern will

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Asnuntuck 15th Annual Golf Classic

ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Asnuntuck Community College Foundation announces its 15th annual Golf Classic on Monday, July 13. The event will have a shotgun start at noon at Twin Hills Country Club, Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Cost to participate in the golf tournament is $135. Greens fees, golf cart, lunch, social hour, drawings, prizes and dinner are included. A portion of the fee is tax deductible. The tournament, in its 15th year, benefit scholarships and student aid for students attending Asnuntuck Community college.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madâ&#x20AC;? Mike Freeman patrols the grounds of his ICS New England Regional Chili Cook Off May 2. Just under 10,000 people some of whom traveled from as far as Canada - descended upon Pleasant View in Somers to taste the chefsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; salsas and green and red chilis. All proceeds from the event benefit the Somers Fire Department and the Patriot Guard Riders.

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Enfield Society for the Detection of Thieves and Robbers

ENFIELD - The Enfield Society for the Detection of Thieves and Robbers is holding its 192nd Anniversary Meeting and Banquet on Tuesday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at Fitzmaurice Hall at 426 Hazard Ave. The guest speaker is Atty. Leonard Boyle, Deputy Chief Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attorney

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Town of Somers Unveils Rx Drug Drop Box at Police Station

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SOMERS - The town unveiled its new Prescription Drug Drop Box at a ceremony attend by Somers town and school officials, law enforcement members and Somers school students on April 8 at the Somers Police Department Resident State Troopers Office at 451 Main Street. In a call to action to prevent drug abuse in their local communities First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini, Selectman Kathleen Devlin and Somers Police Lt. Jose Claudio participated in the Connecticut Council of Municipalities (CCM) Drug Abuse Prevention Working Group. The group began in June 2014 and worked with a wide network of participants including other mayors and first selectmen, law enforcement and state officials and mental health professionals and administrators to come up

Somers Memorial Day Celebration

SOMERS - Please join us in honoring our veterans at the Somers Memorial Day Ceremony, to be held at the Somers High School auditorium, 5 Vision Blvd., on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. The program will feature speeches by veterans, as well as performances by the Somers High School and Mabelle B. Avery Middle School bands. The celebration is free to the public. CONNECTICUT

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Lifestyle Getting To â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Pointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

By Gary Carra OLD SAYBROOK â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The one-two punch of Sandy and Irene have left an indelible imprint on New Engandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic coastline. Some revered institutions, like Narragansettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coast Guard House, received unscheduled makeovers. In Old Saybrook, Conn., the locally legendary Dock & Dine remains down and out for the count after the dual pounding. Across the street at the Saybrook Point Inn, however, a slow, steady stream of renovation and property acquistion has helped what was always a nice day trip or weekend vaca spot elevate to full blown resort status.

Yours truly recently had the good fortune of staying in one of the Innâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tastefully appointed, 517-square foot luxury suites. Boasting a breathtaking view of the working marina, a two-person jacuzzi and a fireplace that resident â&#x20AC;&#x153;firestarterâ&#x20AC;? Bobby Brown (yes, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his real name and no, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the former lead singer of New Edition) is happy to ignite with a real log whenever you call, there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much reason to leave said suite...until you get a whiff of the wares emanating from Fresh Salt. Opened in 2011 and designed by Peter Niemitz, the restaurant has rightfully garnered rave reviews for its seasonal menus and what is quite possibly the best brunch in the State - replete with locally sourced seafood, a carving station and make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. For our outing, we asked Chef Leslie Tripp to hit us with his best shot... and he offered no quarter. An amazing raw bar highlighted by Chef Trippâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature

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The Saybrook Point Innâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tastefully appointed, 517 square foot luxury suites boasts breathtaking views of the marina, two-person jacuzzis and a working fireplace.

Sushi Tuna Squares gave way to a Pan Roasted Crescent Farm Long Island Duck Breast and a truly inspired Veal Ossobuco Sugo served on handmade pappardelle. The Thimble Island Coffee Stout proved the perfect segue to a just-South-of-heaven Lemon Merignue Tarte as well. With the warmer weather, Fresh Salt also spills outside with open air dining, a fire pit and even live music regularly. What Fresh Salt does for the tastebuds, The Pointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sanno Spa can do for the mind, body and soul. While we were treated to an amazing couples massage (or at least I believe it was amazing, as I was so relaxed a fell

 





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The Benefits of Escorted Cruise Travel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Let us Lead the Way

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Have you ever taken a vacation and felt like you were still at work? You have already spent a tremendous amount of time planning and then dealing with airline changes, modes of transportation and all the details can be exhausting and frustrating. Traveling with a group is a great way to sit back and relax and let your tour escort handle all the details. There is a great level of comfort knowing you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to think about anything except enjoying yourself. In January, The Ship Shop had an escorted group on a Caribbean cruise

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Escorts are also a great source of information on your destination. There is also a wonderful social aspect of traveling with a group. Everyone is in the same frame of â&#x20AC;&#x153;vacation mindâ&#x20AC;? and fellow group members can become lifelong friends by the end of the cruise. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to spend every waking minute together. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the beauty of a cruise: Everyone

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2016 Fiat 500X a Right-Sized Compact Crossover for the US

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The 2016 Fiat 500x, which goes on sale in May, is right-sized vehicle for the U.S. market. It’s the first Fiat that doesn’t involve some compromise of sorts for American buyers. The 500L had been the biggest in the Fiat fleet but even it was compact. It was big for a Fiat, but still a small car. Granted, one with decent interior space but there was still a sense it wasn’t substantial. Enter the 2016 Fiat 500X. It’s substantial. Heck, it’s gargantuan by Fiat standards. There’s room for four adults – five if they are more European sized than American. It is truly comfortable for four with decent legroom in the back, even for my 6’1” frame. The driving position is almost comfortable. That’s more because my right knee couldn’t find a comfortable position and kept bumping the center stack. Maybe with a few days behind the wheel I could have found a good adjustment. That in no way detracted from my driving enjoyment. The model I drove around Southern California during the media introduction was the Trekking Plus trim level with all-wheel drive. It’s equipped with automatic, sport and traction plus. In sport setting it provided

excellent handling on twisting roads and inspired some almost misplaced confidence going into curves. Is it going to chew up twisty roads like a Fiat Abarth? Frankly, no, but it’s the best handling mainstream compact crossover I’ve ever driven. It seems to retain the spirit of Fiat even if it doesn’t have its dimensions. The model tested had the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, and is paired exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission on all-wheel-drive and front-wheel- drive models. The Fiat 500X is also available with a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission, with an output of 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. One noticeable hindrance to the 500X is its A-pillars, or the front windshield posts. My view felt obstructed when checking traffic coming from the right. It didn’t seem noticeable – oddly – for the left A pillar. Fiat expects 35 percent of sales to come with the Easy trim level that starts at $22,300 and 30 percent for the Trekking trim level at $23,100. The Lounge trim level starts at $24,850 and the Trekking Plus at $27,100.

It’s that latter model with AWD that starts to get expensive. The Trekking Plus AWD has a starting price of $29,000. Add in options like a dual-pane sunroof and Beats premium audio and you’re looking at an MSRP of $31,800. The Fiat 500X faces some stiff competition in this segment, even from its platform sibling the Jeep Renegade. Of the two, the Renegade has serious offroad chops and a lower starting price. The Nissan Juke is probably equally engaging to drive as the 500X, but is cramped inside. The Fiat is a clear choice over the Chevrolet Trax. Who is the Fiat 500X a good fit for? Topping the list would be folks who resisted buying a Fiat in the past because of its size. That’s no longer a concern.

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STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Residents will consider a $40,296,885 budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year at a May 6 Special Town Meeting. The overall expenditure budget represents a 2.65 percent increase over the current fiscal yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The spending plan

includes $10,119,664 for the Board of Selectmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, a 3 percent increase; $531,171 for the Stafford Public Library, a 6.46 percent increase; $2,016,020 for debt service, a 0.94 percent increase; and $27,622,500 for the Board of Education, a 2.65 percent increase.

The budget would carry a mill rate of 33.66, compared to the current mill rate of 33.03. One mill represents $1 of taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The budget referendum date will be set at the May 6 meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Stafford Community

Center in the Senior Center room. The referendum is tentatively set for Wednesday, May 13, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last year the town voted down four budget proposals before approving a $39,248,918 spending plan that was $22,607 lower than the 2013-14 budget.

To the Editor, Certainly in recent years the debate over standardized testing has been growing immensely. More than once we have heard news stories of educators changing test answers, etc. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the latest a group of teachers and administrators prosecuted in Georgia for their â&#x20AC;&#x153;racketeeringâ&#x20AC;? and other charges in relation to test manipulation. What is happening when the people who (hopefully) entered the teaching profession because of their love of children and love of learning have been driven to this point? As a parent and educator, I find these stories simply sad. As an educator in a Catholic elementary school, I know that my faculty members and I are blessed to have the freedom to teach in an environment where the focus is on the child as an individual and on the goal of instill-

ing a lifelong love of learning in the young people entrusted to us. While our school participates in standardized testing, as do all the schools in our diocese, tests are simply used as a measure of student progress. Results are used to help us understand each childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strengths and weaknesses, and to plan instruction accordingly. No teaching to the test, no competition among faculty, no bonuses based on results. In the Catholic school environment, teachers are required to cover a curriculum set by their diocese, but are also able to introduce more enrichmentbased activities because time is not allocated to practicing standardized test taking skills. Students, rather, are invited to explore varied applications of topics that are introduced, and are taught how to problem solve and develop strong study skills to help them prepare for assess-

ments of different varieties. Certainly when we send our young people out into the workforce, their performance is not going to be measured by filling in bubbles on a document, but by how well they think on their feet, overcome obstacles, and relate to their fellow employees. Recently a series of ads ran on some local networks promoting the â&#x20AC;&#x153;less-testing.orgâ&#x20AC;? movement featuring teachers and students who were calling for changes in education. It was refreshing

to see the campaign take a stand. Perhaps it will open the eyes of those who seem to feel that testing is the way to measure the success of our schools. In the meantime, Catholic schools offer an environment dedicated to the roots of learning and to the development of a child as an individual human being about to take his/her place as a prospective leader in society. MaryAnne S. Pelletier Principal, St. Edward School, Stafford Springs

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Town Proposes Less Than 1 Percent Budget Increase

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SUFFIELD — Residents will be able to discuss and vote on the proposed $58,690,076 town budget at the May 13 Town Meeting. A public hearing was held April 29 on the proposed budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The budget presented at the public hearing would bring a 0.64 percent increase over the current spending plan. The budget includes $14,828,354 for general government, a 2.47 percent increase; $3,397,159 for capital expenditures, a 17.32 percent decrease;

$2,678,775 for debt service, a 3.67 percent decrease; $360,000 for contingency, a 20 percent increase; and $33,704,325 for the Board of Education, a 3.42 percent increase. The budget proposal would bring a mill rate of 27.78. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Taxes on a home assessed at $210,000 would be $5,834 a year, an increase of $139. The Town Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. pm Wednesday, May 13, in the Suffield High School auditorium.

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Town and State officials joined Windsor Marketing Group executives for a ceremonial groundbreaking April 30. From left to right are: Patrick McMahon, Catherine Smith, Edward McAnaney, Tami Zawistowski, Kevin Armata, Robert Klee, John Kissell, Howie Orr, Donna Murphy and Allan Borghesi.

Kent Library Announces Poetry Contest Winners

SUFFIELD - The Kent Memorial Library announced the winners of its 1st Annual Poetry Contest. The contest was open to residents, children through adults. The prizes were funded by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library. First prize was $25; second prize was $10; and third prize was $5. Honorable mentions received $1. First through third prize winners will read their poetry on Saturday, May 9, at 4 p.m. at the library’s location on 61 Ffyler Place. Ages 6-8 1st prize: Spring! by Andrew Tini 2nd prize:  I Am Amelia by Amelia Shanks 3rd prize:  The Monkey by Kathryn Tini Ages 9-11 1st prize:  Rainbow Me by Lucie Casinghino 2nd prize: The One Season by Laura Drinkwater 3rd prize:  My Life Has Changed: Zlata’s Diary by Jessica Wachs Honorable Mention The Turkey’s Gobble by Matthew Tini Spring is Here by Matthew Legg Haunted House by Ella Milton-

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SUFFIELD - Thank you for visiting our booth at the Daytrips and Destinations Tourism Show May 1-2. We were proud to be the only Connecticut town represented at this fabulous tourism event.  Visit us at SuffieldChamber.org for information on upcoming events. We have wonderful Bed & Breakfasts, local access to amazing dining, shopping, music, plays and museums. We are also just minutes away from Six Flags New England and The Basketball Hall of Fame. You can also hike or bike on the many trails Suffield boasts or just soak up some history on our very historic Main Street. So much to do, see, and so close to everything. Consider Suffield for your next STAYCATION.

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Danyluk and Roche both refer- has taken its toll on the exterior. Piles of plete the project. The most costly piece ence how Windsor Locks’ own Ella brick lay in many areas of the front. is restoring the building’s exterior. fading paint. The group has an application pending But talk to James Roche, from the Tambusi Grasso left from the station on Roche says the area’s tough winter train station’s restoration project com- January 8, 1975 to travel to Hartford to added to the problem. Snow being with the state for an additional $500,000 mittee, and your image of the faded be sworn in as the country’s first female moved by plows hit the side of the STEAP grant. “We are anxiously awaitbuilding quickly changes. The stories he elected governor. It was in 1971 that the already compromised building, which ing a decision,” says McMahon. The tells paint a vivid picture of the nostalgic last boarding ticket was sold at the sta- resulted in bricks becoming dislodged, town has set up a specially designated fund to take in donations. time when the train stop was bustling tion and in the late 1970s the station causing possible instability. McMahon says that analysis has been Those who would like to donate, can and significant historic events took cen- ceased to be a stop. It was back in 1975 that an important done of the station and it is still struc- visit www.wltrain.org and make a donater stage. Delve deeper into the history and significance of the now quiet build- step was made to ensure that the station, turally sound. 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