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• EAST WINDSOR: Residents strongly oppose firing range ....................p. 27 • ELLINGTON: High school announces honor roll....................................p. 31 • ELLINGTON: Spielman will face no opposition in selectman race.......p. 33 • ENFIELD: Town manager starts new podcast for residents .................. p. 39 • SOMERS: Brownfield grant will help clean mill site...............................p. 40 • SOMERS: Senior Center celebrates its 25th anniversary ....................... p. 41 • STAFFORD: High school honors....p. 42 • SUFFIELD: New police chief named amidst department turmoil ........p. 44

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Sonny’s Place has been the winner for best local entertainment year after year in the Best of the North Central News Readers Poll. This year it joins an elite group — the Best of the North Central News Hall of Fame. Located at 349 Main St., Somers, Sonny’s was purchased by Jerry Antonacci in 2008. Formerly Somers Golf Center, it was renamed in honor of his father, Sonny Antonacci. Sonny’s offers activities for all ages. It began as a driving range, and each year a new attraction has been added. “We can cater to pretty much any type of group,” General Manager Chris Shaw said. Sonny’s offerings include ice cream, miniature golf, batting cages, a zip line and a bar with live entertainment every

weekend. It can accommodate groups, corporate outings and even weddings. “Everything is kept up very, very well,” Shaw said. It can be reached at 860-763-5454. Also in our hall of fame are: Rockville Bank, now a division of United Bank, which was the first inductee three years ago; Bolles Motors; and, last year’s winner, financial planner Harry Kent. With these businesses setting the standard for excellence, the North Central News announces the Best of 2015, according to votes from you, our readers. Best Tire Service Maple Garage & Alignment Center 296 East St., Stafford Springs 860-684-7182 Since 1972, Maple Tire Center has serviced the automotive repair and tires

and wheels needs of customers in Stafford Springs, Rockville and Palmer, Mass. Our readers say it’s the best place to help with tire needs to get you back rolling down the road. Best Pharmacy Somers Pharmacy 629 Main St., Somers 860-749-3433 At the same location since 1953, Somers Pharmacy has always been independently owned, according to owners David and Kari-Ann Guerette. David Guerette said they specialize in customer service and friendliness. The store carries gifts, cards, clothing and other items people might need to buy in a small town, without having to head out of town. They also offer fax and copy service. Since pharmacist Kari-Ann

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Guerette is a cancer survivor, she said they offer assistance to cancer survivors, from advice on products to where to find services. The store also sells its own brand of bottled water with proceeds benefiting local groups. The store also offers delivery service. Best Place To Eat Outside On A Nice Day Lulu’s Pizzeria and Family Restaurant 151 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-2377 A family-owned and -operated restaurant, Lulu’s specializes in Italian cuisine such as pasta, as well as seafood, pizza, wings, grinders, wraps and burgers. They also offer a catering menu. North Central News readers say it’s the best place to eat and enjoy the fresh air. Best Bank Windsor Federal Savings 250 Broad St., Windsor 860-688-8511 When it comes to choosing a bank, our readers say Windsor Federal Savings is the one they can count on. Its 24-hour banking services offer detailed informa-

tion on checking, savings, certificates of deposit, IRAs, money markets, mortgages, installment loans and lines of credit, as well as transfers between accounts or to make a loan payment. Best Landscaping Lori Spielman Landscaping Inc. 177 Abbott Rd., Ellington 860-875-2419 Voted Best Landscaping Service for the past four years by our readers, Lori Spielman Landscaping is a familyowned and -operated, full-service landscaping company specializing in commercial and residential landscaping, hardscape, low voltage lighting and irrigation installation and maintenance. Having been in the landscape profession since the 1980s, the company has the experience, knowledge and wisdom to help determine how to revive your property, extend your living space and which landscape changes will yield the largest return on investment. Best Insurance Agency Paradiso Insurance 8 East Main St., Stafford 860-684-5270 Paradiso Financial & Insurance

Services is a four-agent, seven-employee agency. Paradiso Insurance offers the lowest possible rates while ensuring the best possible coverage, according to its website. They offer commercial, home, auto and life insurance and investments. Best Market Geissler’s Various locations When you are looking for fresh foods and quality deli items, this consistent winner in our readers poll shows that people still prefer their hometown store. Best Dentist Dr. Michael Nero 646 Main St., Somers 860-749-9911 When it comes to dentists, our readers say it’s Dr. Michael Nero who makes them smile. “Our patients are our most important asset, and we strive to develop long-lasting, trusting relationships with all of our patients,� he says on his website. Best Restaurant Overall Basil’s Restaurant 64 West Stafford Rd., Stafford 860-684-9000 Basil’s Restaurant is a great place to

eat, our readers have said once again. “Basil’s Restaurant offers a fresh alternative to the typical dining experience,� according to its website. “At Basil’s, our goal is to create for you the best possible dining experience by carefully preparing and using the finest quality, freshest ingredients.� Based on their return win as Best Restaurant, we’d say they have achieved that. Best Gift Shop Beautiful Things Evergreen Walk, South Windsor 860-432-9005 Formerly located in Somers, Beautiful Things could not have succeeded without the customers who have supported owner Lori LaDue’s store over the past seven-plus years, she says. “We’ve taken great pride in having the top brands in the gift industry and our customer service, in addition to getting to know so many people over the years and have developed great relationships with our customers. It is for that reason I’m truly grateful to have won this highly coveted award for the past seven years,� LaDue said.

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Best Breakfast Chuck Wagon 12 Church St., Ellington 860-872-3950 Offering American food with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, this restaurant has our readers once again saying they want to climb on the Chuck Wagon when looking for a great meal to start the day, Best Lunch Angelina’s 555 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-0399, 860-265-3936 Angelina’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant. “We cater to our customers. I treat my customers like I treat my family when it comes to food,” said owner Miguel Midoza, who is also

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860-698-9644 Owner Cynthia Astone is a registered nurse, with more than 30 years of experience, as well as a trained aesthetician. “I perform all of my own treatments, assuring that my clients receive the best that I can offer their skin,” she said. “I perform only PCA facials, which are considered the ‘gold standard’ in the industry and have received special training to become a certified PCA Aesthetician.” Best Hair Salon Cutting Loose 95 South Rd Unit 26B, Somers 860-749-3200 “My love for this industry starts with education, and I am always looking to advance my knowledge and training,” co-owner and master stylist Jaclyn Rodriguez says on the company’s website. “My drive as a stylist is to make each and every one of my guests feel and look their very best not only when they leave the salon but every day!” Best Florist Colonial Flower Shoppe 611 Main St, Somers 860-763-0082 “Our business is special because what we sell is special,” said Debbie Farnham of Colonial Flower Shoppe. “Flowers have been given and received for centuries, used to convey what words could not say and have an energy like all living things. No matter what the occasion, their special ‘power’ can make even the

saddest day better. Our job is to make sure they are fresh and beautiful and we stand behind that.” Best Barbecue Country Diner 111 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-5338 Country Diner serves barbecue chicken, brisket, ribs and pulled pork. Owner Joe Ravalese said they only use the biggest, meatiest ribs around with a choice of plain or seven sauces. “We smoke all our meats here on the premises every day,” he said. Best Motor Sports Dealer Shark Cycle 11 Willington Ave., Stafford Springs 888-894-7765 Family owned and operated with more than 150 years of combined motorsports experience, when it comes to motor sports, our readers say you need a shark. Best Place for Morning Coffee Stir The Pot 142 North Rd., East Windsor 860-386-6726 Our readers said when they are craving a morning coffee, Stir the Pot brews it up just right. “Our customers are like our extended family. We are family owned and operated and we take pride in giving good service and serving delicious food,” said co-owner Sarah Muska.

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the chef. He said he uses all fresh ingredients, including seasonal produce, and that everything is homemade. Best Massage/Spa Scruples Salon and Day Spa 325 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-1800 “We are a friendly and harmonious Day Spa and Salon, creating the surroundings to offer our clients the opportunity to enhance their appearance, promote good health and provide a short getaway from their day to day reality. Scruples Boutique and Day Spa has a wide variety of result oriented treatments, offering the ultimate in hair, skin and body rejuvenation,” owner Crystal Theocles says on her website. Best Esthetician Exfole 310 Hazard Ave, Enfield

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Best Golf Course The Elmcrest Country Club 105 Somersville Rd., East Longmeadow, Mass. 413-575-7477 When it comes to golf, our readers say - of course - Elmcrest is the best. “We are proud of our family-owned business and reputation for quality and service,” Elmcrest says on its website. Best Airport Parking Executive Valet Parking 1186 South St., Suffield 860-668-5272 Customer service and friendliness helped earn Executive our readers’ loyalty, according to Director of Sales and Marketing Steve Lepo, They offer electric car charging stations and can perform services such as detailing and oil changes while you’re away. They never shut down due to inclement weather and offer shuttle service directly to the terminal and a courtesy phone for a quick ride back to your car when you arrive. Best Pizza Danny’s Pizza 535 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-5511 When you want the best pizza around, it’s Danny’s, our readers say. Offering both thin and thick crust, co-owner Tami Poggie said Danny’s uses all fresh ingredients and only the best cheese. They even roast their own peppers. Best Dinner Trattoria De Lepri

89 West Road, Ellington 860-875-1111 Fine dining at reasonable prices with Italian and French cuisine: That’s how owner Deb Lepri describes her restaurant. The chefs are all graduates of the Culinary Institute of America. “They’re young, they’re passionate, creative, trendy,” she said. All ingredients are fresh, many from the garden behind the restaurant or of her father, Dick Rossitto. Best Mexican Acapulcos Mexican Family Restaurant and Cantina 61 Palomba Drive, Enfield, 860-763-5000 Acapulcos began with a restaurant in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and has expanded to several locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. “Unlike others, Acapulcos honors its authenticity and family spirit. Everyone works together, not only as a team, but as a family. When customers come to Acapulcos they are treated just that way, like a part of our family,” according to its website. Best Realtor Greg Heineman 171 Elm St., Enfield 860-841-1199 In real estate since 1983, Greg Heineman has been a broker for more than 20 years and serves 58 towns in Connecticut and 28 towns in Massachusetts. He now has 22 agents working for him. His business is family owned and geared toward the consumer.

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Best Dealership: Used Cars Arcari Motors 61 Hartford Turnpike, Tolland 860-875-8575 When driven to buy a used car, our readers say they pick Arcari. “We hand pick every car that we sell,” said owner Paul Arcari. “We will not sell a car that I would not let my mother drive.” Best Ice Cream The Collins Creamery 9 Powder Hill Rd., Enfield 860-749-8663 The Collins Creamery was founded in 1997 by Jack and Mavis Collins of Powder Hill Farm. As bulk milk prices began to drop in the 1990s, the opening of the Creamery was part of an effort to diversify its operations. And our readers say they are sure glad they did. Best Seafood Cold Harbor Seafood & Market 465 Taylor Rd., Enfield 860-763-0522 Cold Harbor opened three years ago, and our readers say it has the best

seafood in town. According to owner Joseph Lanzieri, they get fish in fresh daily, try to get local fish when possible and make everything from scratch. “Everything is as fresh as can be,” he said. With a Nantucket feel to the decor, “It looks just like you’re on the island somewhere,” he added. Best Power Wash Mr. T’s Power Wash 34 Sartori Rd., Stafford Springs 860-851-9432 A small, family-owned business, Mr. T’s power wash service is run by Bob Tofolowsky with his son, Dan. “We believe our word is good, and a handshake is good,” adding that they take the time to talk to their customers so they can be sure to provide the service they ask for. Best Liquor Store Joe’s Fine Wine and Spirits 149 North Rd., East Windsor 860-623-7323

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Joe’s offers specialty beers, whiskeys and bourbons, as well as a growing category of boutique spirits and wines, according to manager Krysta Ramaeka. Owned by Leslie Hickey, who named the store for his father, Joe, the store offers great products and personalized customer service, Best Auto Repair A&M Automotive Center 231 Field Rd., Somers 860-749-3682 A&M is a family-owned, second-generation business. Having opened in 1965, it is now owned by brothers Joe and Mike Worster. “We try and do honest, fair work,” Joe Worster said. Apparently, our readers agree. Best Veterinarian Ellington Center Animal Clinic 64 Main St., Ellington 860-871-3064 Dr. Joe Prichard, an Ellington native, opened the animal clinic in 2000. It offers 30-minute appointments so the veterinarians have time to get to know clients and their pets. According to its website, “Our clients choose the Ellington Center Animal Clinic because they want veterinary care that emphasizes quality medicine and compassionate care. Our doctors and staff all strive to deliver comprehensive, quality medical care and recognize the importance of client communication

and education.” Best Place To Watch The Game Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar 11 Schoephoester Road, Windsor Locks 860-627-5808 Bobby V’s is a partnership venture between Sportech Venue, Winners and former baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine. Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar opened to the public in January 2014, quickly winning a place in our readers’ hearts. Best Financial Planner Sarah Maskill of Financial Answers LLC 335 Mountain Rd., Somers 860-746-4251 Sarah Maskill, CFP (Certified Financial Planner) believes that financial planning should be accessible to people of all incomes. Maskill is a lifelong resident of Somers, and her company, Financial Answers LLC, has won the votes of NCN’s readers for Best Financial Planner. “I started this firm to offer competent, objective financial advice to people from all walks of life. I’m flattered to be chosen by your readers for the second year in a row, and pledge to continue helping people in the community where I live, work and play!” Best Gym/Fitness Indian Valley Family YMCA 11 Pinney St., Ellington 860-871-0008 For those looking to stay fit and healthy, the Indian

Valley Family YMCA provides an excellent state of the art facility. The new location opened five years ago and North Central readers have applauded the Y’s facility and its offerings by naming it best Gym/Fitness for North Central News’ latest poll. “We are honored to be named. Our volunteers, staff and members really believe we are the best so it’s nice to get public recognition,” said Lisa B. Reinhardt, Senior Director of Membership and Marketing. Most Trusted Medical Facility Johnson Memorial Hospital 201 Chestnut Hill Rd., Stafford Springs 860-684-4251 While no one wants to need a hospital, our readers say if they do need one, they feel best about Johnson Memorial. It offers inpatient and outpatient services right here in north-central Connecticut. Best Barbershop JB’s Scitico Barbershop 585 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-749-6305 Reader’s say JB’s Scitico is a cut above. It’s an oldfashioned barbershop that describes itself as having “plenty of updates.” It specializes in all of the new styles, and the classic old-fashioned cuts at a very reasonable price.

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Summer Activities 2015 Cockpit Experiences: Get up close and personal as you climb aboard selected aircraft from our incredible collection. What it is like to sit in an ejection seat? You can find out at NEAM. From helicopters to jets this is your chance to take the stick, check the instruments, and create your imagination-powered adventure-11am-12:30pm & 2pm-3pm daily Build & Fly Challenge Activities: Each day hands-on “build & fly” activities will spark the imagination and challenge the inquisitive mind. You even get to take your new creations home with you for future flying fun-12:30pm-4pm daily Flight Science Demonstrations: Explore the science and technology of flight through exciting demonstrations and hands on activities lead by our NEAM-Team educators. How do aircraft fly? How do space-craft stay in Orbit? How has Connecticut played a larger than life role in aerospace history? It’s all here, all summer long! 1pm & 3pm daily Take Control! NEAM has an assortment of flight simulators which allow you to fly a variety of aircraft through the virtual skies. Experience how airplanes move in three-dimensions with your hands and feet at the controls including yokes, throttles, and rudder pedals. Test your skill at the simulated controls of some of the aircraft in our collection such as the F4U Corsair, DC-3 airliner, F-4 Phantom, and supersonic F-104 Starfighter. $5 per person ages 10 and older. Check for availability on our limited access Ercoupe full-motion flight simulator built from a real aircraft. Children must be accompanied by adult copilot- 1pm-4pm daily

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

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Best Optometrist Dr. Lily Yeh 139 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-749-1233 When it comes to vision, our readers say they prefer to see Dr. Lily Yeh. Her special area of interest is vision therapy. Best Lawn Treatment Company Green Carpet Lawn Care 216 Field Rd., Somers 866-94-GREEN Nancy Baj and her husband, Joseph Baj, own Green Carpet Lawn Care. They tell their customers that it is Green Carpet’s job to make sure it exceeds the customer’s expectations. Customers see results and our readers agree. “We truly appreciate the acknowledgement that North Central News, your readers and our customers give us regarding our being voted Best Lawn Treatment Company in north central Connecticut,” Nancy says. “When you see our signs on the lawn you can’t help notice the difference we make. We believe if you take care of your customers and show great results and quality service, everybody wins.” Looking to have the best lawn

and nicest looking trees and shrubs in the neighborhood? Contact Green Carpet for an estimate. Best Credit Union 360 Federal Credit Union 191 Ella Grasso Tpke., Windsor Locks 860-627-4238 Readers have made the choice known: 360 Federal is their pick for Best Credit Union. A leader in the industry, 360 FCU is among the Top 10 federally chartered credit unions in Connecticut. It is a financial institution for the people owned and operated by its members. “We want to thank the community for their continued support. Thanks for voting us the No. 1 credit union in North Central Connecticut,” says Carissa Pape, who serves as Business Development Officer for 360 Federal Credit Union. Best Happy Hour Hidden Still 87 West Rd., Ellington 860-896-3333 While Hidden Still is currently closed as it moves to its new location, our readers say when they’re looking to unwind after work, Hidden Still is the best. Best Home Decor Budget Blinds of Enfield

21A South Rd. (Route 83), Somers Personal, friendly service is what makes Budget Blinds of Enfield a popular choice for local residents. In-home consultation and a wide variety of options in colors, fabric and materials are reasons why North Central News readers selected Budget Blinds of Enfield as their choice for Best Home Décor. Owned and operated by Ron and Laurie Mongillo with a showroom at 21A South Road (Route 83) in Somers, Budget Blinds provides free consultations to its customers. For more information, visit Enfield. Best Real Estate Agency Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes 48 South Road Unit 4, Somers 860-851-9644 Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes is an independent, familyowned real estate firm. “We’ve been family owned and operated since 1990, and we currently conduct brokerage operations in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, representing buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in their real estate transactions. We serve the North

Central region of Connecticut through our Somers office, which has just relocated to 48 South Road unit 4,” said Victoria Clark, broker/owner. “I like to quote one of our company letters: We like to view ourselves not so much as a real estate company, but more as a professional service firm addressing the full range of real estate needs of our clients.” Best Local Entertainment New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks 860-623-3305 The New England Air Museum is a great place to bring kids to learn about all things aviation. In addition to standard exhibits, they also offer special events, including open-cockpit days, when visitors can actually see the planes from the inside. Best Body Shop Lee’s Auto Ranch 171 West Rd., Ellington 866-431-8210 According to their website, in the late 1880s the Luginbuhl family migrated from Switzerland and settled in the local farming community. In 1994, Lee

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founded his first business venture including mechanical repair and auto bodywork. Since these early beginnings, Lee’s has grown from only two employees to more than 40. They say their philosophy is that happy customers and word of mouth are the best advertising. Our readers would admit that they have succeeded. Best Hair Stylist Carol Bigelow Shear Magic Styling Salon 11 West Rd., Suite 2, Ellington 860-871-4109 “We listen to the customer. Consultation is key,” Carol Bigelow said. In business for 15 years, Bigelow said she and her partner thank their customers for making them so successful. Our readers say she’s a cut above the rest. Best Jewelry Store Morande Jewelers 23 Fieldstone Commons, Tolland 860-896-0044 In business since January 2007, Morande Jewelers’ friendly owners and quality jewelry have made the shop the

perfect place to find that special piece of jewelry, according to their website. Owners Michael and Manon Morande also buy, sell and trade gold and do consignments and repairs. Best Garden Center Garden’s Dream Farm 355 Taylor Rd., Enfield 860-835-6652 Garden’s Dream Farm is an area favorite. The garden center grows all its own plants. “We specialize in bringing fresh, local products to the market,” owner Ben Lupien said, adding they offer quality, selection and value. A family-owned business that concentrates on family, Lupien said Garden’s Dream treats its employees like family and in return the employees are great with the customers. Best Golf Pro/Lessons Jeff Swanson Cedar Knob 446 Billings Rd., Somers 860-749-3550 “PGA Pro Jeffrey Swanson welcomes you. We are eager to assist golfers with all aspects of their game. We welcome all skill levels. Whether making a tee time reservation, booking an outing or

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Best Medicare Adviser Stateline Senior Services 48 S Rd #2, Somers 860-749-0482 Stateline specializes in the insurance needs of the retired and soon to retire. Its staff is available year-round. Stateline has been in business for more than 30 years, helping clients understand their Medicare options. Stateline is an independent agency certified to sell every Medicare Advantage Carrier in the state. Best Customer Service Stafford Mechanical Services 4 Industrial Park Drive, Stafford Springs 860-684-9485 Stafford Mechanical Services Inc. has been providing service and installation of heating and air conditioning systems since 1991, according to its website.

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EAST WINDSOR — The town officially opposes the relocation of the Connecticut State Police Firearms Training Facility to East Windsor. Residents voted by paper ballot 161-8 at a July 21 Special Town Meeting to accept a petition signed by 400 residents asking that the Board of Selectmen officially oppose the relocation of the firearms training facility. The state is seeking to relocate the facility from Simsbury to a privately owned 223-acre site on

Apothecaries Hill Road. Residents have said they oppose the facility, citing noise, environmental factors and economic loss to the town. “My stand on the matter is based on what I have been asked many times, ‘What good does this facility bring to East Windsor?’ ” First Selectman Denise Menard said in her report to the selectmen on July 21. “After a significant amount of due diligence with that question in mind, if the majority of the Town Meeting continues to oppose the proposal, I have already begun working on a letter stating that the majority of those

HARTFORD – State Rep. Christopher Davis (REast Windsor) applauded the passage of a bill during special session on June 29 that will help provide the necessary funding for the recently approved Broad Brook Elementary School expansion project. The project will replace the out-of date modular classrooms that cost $116,000 for the town to rent each year with new modular classrooms they will own along with other necessary repairs to the school. A “School Construction Bill” is passed annually to approve state funding for school projects across Connecticut. This year, Davis and fellow East Windsor delegation member Rep. David Kiner (D-Enfield) were able to include a last-minute section to the House bill

that will increase the state funding for the Broad Brook School project following the town’s recent referendum approving the project’s new scope. “The current modular classrooms are no longer worth the amount we have been spending to rent them,” Rep. Davis said in a statement. “The new modules, along with other repairs approved for the school in the project, will be a great improvement, and I am grateful to my colleagues for supporting this increase in necessary funding to reflect the desire of the Town of East Windsor.” The bill, passed by Emergency Certification, awaits the Governor’s signature before it officially becomes law.

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that have spoken to us are opposed to siting a firearms training facility in East Windsor, that the proposed site in East Windsor does not meet a number of the criteria listed as critical by the state, and indeed some will be adversely impacted by such a facility and that the town urges the state’s rejection of the proposed East Windsor location for the Connecticut State Police Firearms Training Facility.”

Menard To Seek Third Term

EAST WINDSOR - East Windsor First Selectman Denise Menard has announced her intentions to run for reelection. Menard, a Democrat, is completing her second term as leader of the Town. “Serving the people of East Windsor has been an honor. I have devoted the last eight years to moving our town forward,” Menard said.  “We’ve had some great successes as a community, from consistently living within our means, to supporting grassroots leadership like our Youth Center Committee. I have secured grant funding for projects such as road repair, senior housing, major sewer projects  and other community needs.” Menard said that she looks forward to the race. “Holding a position of public trust is a serious responsibility, one that I have never taken lightly. I look forward to measuring my record and my vision for the future of our town against anyone’s,” Menard said.


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Ellington High School Announces 4th Quarter Honor Roll


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Spielman Will Run Unopposed in First Selectman Race


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ELLINGTON — Lori Spielman will likely be the town’s first selectman come November. At the Republican Party caucus July 23, Spielman, currently a selectman, was chosen for the GOP nomination over current First Selectman Maurice Blanchette. He had told the party he was interested in seeking re-election. The town’s Democrats elected not to field a candi-

date for first selectman this year, so barring a thirdparty or independent run or a primary challenge, Spielman will run unopposed in the general election. “I was very pleased with the outcome,” Spielman said, She added that her business, Lori Spielman Landscaping, is doing well and she has people in place to manage it for her, so this seemed the right time to run for first selectman. In addition to her experience on the Board of

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The Enfield Lions Club recently made a donation of $500 to Asnuntuck Community College’s Veterans Textbook Fund. Pictured with ACC President James P. Lombella, in Asnuntuck’s Veteran’s OASIS Center, are Lions Club Treasurer Terry McCuin, Lions Club President Jack McCuin, ACC Veterans Coordinator BethAnne Egan and Director of Institutional Advancement and Community Engagement Keith Madore. Asnuntuck has approximately 100 veterans enrolled on campus each semester. Military Media has annually named Asnuntuck to its Military Friendly Schools list. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

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Town Manager Begins Informational Podcasts for Residents


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ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The town is reaching out to residents in an attempt to better share news and information. Town Manager Matthew Coppler is providing podcasts with local information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sitting at your computer or mobile on your phone, you can plug into current

and up and coming topics to keep you in the know. Dig a little deeper into a subject you always wanted to know more about, like Enfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roads program or make an informed decision on whether the Enfield Family Resource Center has a program suited to you and your family. Personalized and up-to-date topics can be streamed straight from the town to

your office, car or smartphone,â&#x20AC;? according to the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. A link to the podcasts is available on the website, The podcasts arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only improvement, however. Also made more available on the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website is town department performance information and town budget information. Links to

both are available on the homepage of the website. To personalize the experience on the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, residents can log into the MyDashboard bar at the top of the screen and create a login. They can create favorite pages on the site or choose the modules, features and keywords they use most often.

ENFIELD - The Enfield Historical Society is holding an open house on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Wallop School Museum, 250 Abbe Rd., on the corner of Wallop School Road. There are only two open houses remaining this year. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this chance to see the beautifully restored one-room school. The Wallop School was one of the last one-room schoolhouses in use in Connecticut. The original structure was built in 1754, the same year the local citizens voted to establish school districts.  It was destroyed by fire in about 1800 and replaced by the present one-

room brick building. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;newâ&#x20AC;? school housed several different grade levels and operated continuously until 1947.  The Enfield Historical Society acquired the building in 1961 and opened the Wallop School Museum to the public.  Recently, the society completed a multi-year restoration of the school, carefully and lovingly recreating the atmosphere and character of its last years as an active school. Alumni of one-room schools, who love to share their school experiences and stories and to answer your questions, look forward to seeing you at the Wallop School. 

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Brownfield Grant Helping Town Clean Somersville Site


By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — Work is beginning at the Somersville Mill site. “Testing is currently under way at the Somersville Mill property,” First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said, “The town received a Brownfield Grant from the DECD (state Department of Economic and Community Development) in the amount of $85,000 to perform Phase I and Phase II environmental testing.” The town chose GEI Consultants to perform the testing. Phase I environmental testing includes a review of the documentation associated with the site, including old maps, permits, testing reports and interviews. “Basically anything that could assist in determining what was used and stored at the property,” Pellegrini said of the testing. That information helps the testing firm to pinpoint locations for environ-

mental testing. “The machinery at the mill during the recent weeks was used to clear areas found during the Phase I piece that will be tested during Phase II. Phase II testing may include soil analysis and test pits that are used to test for such things as oil from underground tanks, coal or coal ash residue, etc. A report will be supplied to the town documenting the findings. “It is anticipated to be received sometime in September. That information will be used to determine what options are available for the property,” the first selectman said. In other business, the Somers High School Class of 1965 presented the town with $1,050 to the Human Service Department’s Back to School Backpack Program. “We were overwhelmed by their generosity and cannot thank the Class of 1965 enough for such thoughtfulness,” Pellegrini said.

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The Somers Senior Center celebrated its 25th anniversary on Monday, June 29. Among the speakers was U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, above. Photos by Melissa Reutter

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Stafford High School Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll Students


STAFFORD – The following students have been named to the Stafford High School honor roll, according to a list provided by the school. Seniors High Honors: Anna Austin, Sallee Bizilj, Renee Chasse, Hannah D’Amico, Caitlyn Eaton, Hailey Ebenstein, Ashley Gionfriddo, Nicholas Girard, Brendan Goodwin, Abigail Graef, Emily Grant, Shannon Huda, Tyler Jetmore, Shane Kalette, Erica Lawlor, Brianna Macfeat, Kaela Maloney, Kathryn Molitoris, Julia Nosel, Isabella Ostrowski, Jonathan Petersen, Heidi Pokorny, Anyamanee Saksri, Shannon Slater, Anna Smith, Keighlee Szafir, Dagny Villar, Hannah Wood Seniors Honors:

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Suffield Police Commission Appoints Interim Police Chief


By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The town has a new leader at the helm of the Police Department. The Police Commission voted unanimously on July 7 to appoint Anthony J. Riello as interim chief for a period of up to six months. He replaces former Police Chief Michael Manzi, who retired following the recent turmoil within the

department. Riello retired as chief of police in Falmouth, Massachusetts, in 2012, according to Prior to that he was police chief in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. On June 17, the Suffield Police Union called for the ouster of Manzi and Police Capt. Craig Huntley and the release of an internal department report on the fir-

Suffield PD Hosting National Night Out Event

SUFFIELD - On Tuesday, August 4, residents of Suffield are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;National Night Outâ&#x20AC;? crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is designed to: (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. From 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Aug. 4, the Suffield Police Department will be host-

ing an event at the Spaulding Elementary School located at 945 Mountain Rd. There will be a display of police, fire, ambulance and town highway vehicles and equipment. There will be K9 demonstrations, food and ice cream, music, a bounce house, joust station, dunk tank, giveaways and more. The Connecticut Children Identification Program is also scheduled to attend. If permission is granted from Bradley Airport, there will be helicopter rides to view the town from above. So come on down for some fun and also meet new Suffield Police Chief Anthony Riello.

ing of dispatcher Stacey Robins and the order of counseling for Officer Jeffrey Reynolds. The union issued a letter of â&#x20AC;&#x153;no confidenceâ&#x20AC;? in the police chief and captain, saying both have â&#x20AC;&#x153;displayed their lack of leadership, integrity and professionalism, which has since destroyed the morale within the department and has had a devastating effect on the functionality of the Suffield Police Department.â&#x20AC;? Manzi officially retired on July 7, the

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2015 VW Beetle TDI Convertible: fuel efficient and fun

Automotive By Keith Griffin

What if you could own a convertible that’s socially responsible? As in it gets great fuel economy while you indulge in your fun behavior? Presenting the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible that gets 40 mpg highway and 30 mpg city for a combined 34 mpg from its 2.0-liter, turbodiesel engine. That’s compared to the 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway for a combined 27 mpg for the 1.8-liter, four cylinder gas engine version. If you’re feeling really spirited, you can get a six-speed manual transmission. In addition to being more fun to drive, it’s also more fuel efficient at 31 mpg city and 41 mpg highway. It used to be common that manuals were more fuel efficient than automatics, but that’s rarely the case with new cars. This Beetle is a rare exception. (You’ll also save $1,100 because of the six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic cost.) According to EPA figures, with the Beetle convertible turbodiesel, you will save $2,500 over the course of five years compared to the average new car. The gasoline version will cost you $750 more than the average car. That $3,250 difference helps offset the MSRP difference of $29,675 for the turbodiesel versus $25,595 for the gas model. The new EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine makes 150 horsepower, which is up 10 horsepower from the previous

engine. It has 236 lb. ft. of torque, which is just fantastic for such a little car. People look at this car and think cute. They forget it’s quick, too. The fun comes from its abundance of torque, which provides lots of kick when accelerating or passing on the highway. That same 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, inside a 2015 VW Golf with a six-speed manual, just set a world record for fuel economy with Guinness record holder Wayne Gerdes piloting it. Over the course of 8233.5 miles while traversing all 48 contigual states, the car achieved incredible fuel efficiency of 81.17 mpg. That’s better than the hybrid record, which is 74.34 mpg. Wayne and his co-driver were able to see the entire continental United States using just

$294.98 worth of fuel. Of course, their journey would have been a lot more fun behind the wheel of the VW Beetle Convertible. This is by far one of the most comfortable convertibles I’ve ever driven. Sure, it’s a tight fit for anybody over 5 feet tall in the back and the trunk can only fit a weekend’s worth of soft-sided luggage, but I’ll be darned if I didn’t look for any excuse to drive it. An important aspect of convertible ownership is the roof operation. The VW Beetle convertible is seamless in its ease. Two electric motors raise it (in 11 seconds) and close it (in 9.5 seconds). The top can be raised and lowered at speeds of up to 31 mph. Volkswagen has succeeded in creat-

ing a convertible that is fun to drive, is good looking, and, with the 2.0-liter turbodiesel, is socially responsible with its fuel economy. It’s the perfect mix of guilty living combined with guilt-free driving. 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible THE BASICS: Price, base (with destination): $33,045 Fuel economy: 30city/40-highway/34-combined Drivetrain: 2.0-liter turbodiesel convertible THE SPECIFICS: Horsepower: 150 @ 3,500 rpm Torque: 236 @ 1,750 rpm Overall length: 168.4 in. Wheelbase: 100 in. Height: 58 in. Width: 71.2 in. Curb weight: 3,435 lbs. THE GOOD: It’s a head turner that feeds your ego, while providing great fuel economy and performance wrapped in a cute package. THE BAD: The audio system, while powerful, can be a bit quirky to operate. The navigation system screen could also be a tad larger. The passenger compartment is really best suited for two adults and two pre-teen children. THE BOTTOM LINE: The iconic Volkswagen Beetle Convertible continues to be fun to drive and with its new turbodiesel engine it’s also socially responsible, too. Keith Griffin is a contributor to and; he can be reached on Twitter @indepthauto.


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