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You voted, we counted Here are the best in North Central Connecticut as determined by you, the readers By Linda Tishler Levinson Budget Blinds of Enfield has been chosen best home decor shop five years in a row, which makes it the newest member of the Best of the North Central News Hall of Fame. Budget Blinds of Enfield is an independent women-owned franchise, owner Laurie Mongillo said. The company specializes in custom made-tomeasure blinds, shades, shutters, soft treatments (drapes, cornices and valances) and home automation. Since opening in 2012, Mongillo and her team have served Enfield and surrounding towns east of the river. “Our exclusive ‘no-questions-asked’ warranty, our referral program and our quest for 100 percent customer satisfaction have contributed to our growth over the past six years,” Mongillo said. “I and my team love the satisfaction of helping

our customers choose the right treatments for their windows. Window treatments provide light control, energy efficiency /insulation from cold and heat, privacy (peace-of-mind), child and pet safety with cordless shades and plantation shutters, green products like woven wood shades and natural linens, motorization for hard to reach windows, automation to control your treatments from an mobile device application and last but not least fashion and beauty that can totally transform a room. “Our latest innovation, ‘Design Ink,’ lets our customers choose the pattern, scale and colors for the fabric to be used in their soft treatments. This is another exclusive innovation from Budget Blinds. I'm absolutely thrilled that the people have chosen our company. “Our goal is to continue to provide

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First-ever Best Of Hall of Famer Harry Kent (right) of Kent Financial Services presents 2018 honoree Laurie Mongillo of Budget Blinds with her Hall of Fame trophy. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

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(continued from page 1) custom window treatments with style and service for every budget,” she added. Also in our Hall of Fame are Sonny’s Place, Rockville Bank, now a division of United Bank, which was the first inductee, Bolles Motors, financial planner Harry Kent, Geissler’s supermarkets, and last year’s winner, Lori Spielman Landscaping. With these businesses setting the standard for excellence, the North Central News announces the Best of 2018, according to our readers.

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Best Reason to Cross the State Line Symphony Hall 34 Court St., Springfield, Mass. 413-788-7033 Along with CityStage, Symphony Hall is a nonprofit arts organization that brings professional entertainment to the area. Symphony Hall is home to Broadway-style theater, children’s programming, speakers, concerts and performances. At CityStage, Off-Broadway comedies, dramas and musicals are presented October through April.

Best Brunch Bond 124 124 Main St., Somers 860-698-6011 Sunday morning brunch at Bond 124 features brunch classics, including a Bloody Mary bar and complimentary mimosas with each adult brunch purchase.

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Best Ice Cream The Collins Creamery 9 Powder Hill Road, Enfield 860-749-8663 Founded in 1997 by Jack and Mavis Collins of Powder Hill Farm, Collins is now owned and managed by Tony and Michele (Collins) Bellafronte. They have more than 20 flavors of ice cream, as well as frozen yogurt, soft serve, fat-free ice cream and sugar-free ice cream.


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Best Seafood Cold Harbor Seafood & Market 465 Taylor Road, Enfield 860-763-0522 Our readers say seafood is a dish best served by Cold Harbor. According to owner Joseph Lanzieri, Cold Harbor gets fish in fresh daily, tries to get local fish when possible and makes everything from scratch. “Everything is as fresh as can be,” Lanzieri said. With a Nantucket feel to the decor, “It looks just like you’re on the island somewhere,” he said. Best Place for Oil Troiano Oil Co. 777 Enfield St., Enfield 860-745-0321 Offering oil sales and service for over 80 years, this third-generation family business will warm your heart as well as your home.

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Best Apple Pickin’ Johnny Appleseed’s Farm 231 Somers Road, Ellington 860-875-1000 Johnny Appleseed’s Farm has 60 acres of dwarf apple trees bearing 14 different varieties and 35 acres of easyto-reach peach trees bearing 11 different varieties. They also grow many of our own vegetables including tomatoes, winter squash, sweet corn and pumpkins. In the fall they welcome preschool apple orchard field trips. The “Berry” Best Scantic Valley Farm 327 9th District Road, Somers 860-749-3286 Our readers say Scantic is the sweet spot for blueberry and strawberry picking. Blueberry season continues through mid-August.

Best Garden Center Revay’s Garden & Gift Shop 266 North Road, Broad Brook 870-623-9068 For more than 42 years, Revay’s, a family-owned business, has been offering plants and gifts. Our readers say it’s the best place to find everything for your garden. Best Landscaping Service Keith Isham Landscaping 162 Wilbraham Road, Hampden, Mass. 413-531-1216 With more than 34 years of landscaping experience, our readers say Isham Landscaping’s service is a cut above the rest. Best Driveway Paving Airoldi Paving P. O. Box 71, South Windsor 860-289-3876 For more than 30 years, Airoldi has been paving the way for customers in Hartford and Tolland counties.

Best Home Improvement Harry A. Starr & Son 80 Billings Road, Somers 860-749-8533 This family-owned company started by Harry A. Starr is now in its third generation. The company specializes in siding, roofing, windows and awnings.

Best Place to Turn Your Trash into Cash Leveille’s Used Auto Parts 96 Egypt Road, Somers 860-749-3705 Leveille's specializes in quality used auto parts, as well as scrap metal. They buy unwanted vehicles, as well as unwanted metals. Best Gym/Fitness Healthtrax Various locations Offering fitness equipment, personal training and aquatics programs, our readers when they are looking for a gym, Healthtrax is the best fit.


Best Massage Hazard Wellness 308 Hazard Ave, Enfield 860-745-3500 “I always treat everybody as if it’s their first visit,” said owner and lead therapist Nathan Fay, adding that many patients become like family. Fay said he does a baseline assessment for everyone, and that say they feel better more quickly than at other facilities and keep coming back. Best Gift Shop Humble Fox 11 South Road, Somers 860-951-1834 When you buy a present from Humble Fox, you have gift-giving all wrapped up.

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Best Esthetician Exfole 310 Hazard Ave., Enfield 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 Jeweler Hannoush Various locations When you’re looking for that special piece of jewelry to make you or that special someone sparkle, our readers say Hannoush is the jewel of North Central Connecticut.

Best Package Store Joe's Fine Wine and Spirits 149 North Road, East Windsor 860-623-7323 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 Happy Hour Hidden Still 87 West Road, Ellington 860-896-3333 A restaurant and moonshine bar, the Hidden Still is the best place to relax after work, according to readers. And if you choose to stay for dinners, Executive Chef Sean Martin’s menu consists of pub favorites and unique recipes prepared and presented in an upscale fashion without an upscale price.

Best Local Entertainment Palace Theater 75 Main St., Stafford Springs 860-851-9780 Billing itself “The oldest theater with the newest sound,” the classic theater reopened in October 2012 and is a hit with our readers. According to its website, the theater hopes “to provide a classy atmosphere where live entertainment can once again light the streets of this small New England town.” Best Insurance Paradiso Insurance 8 E. Main St., Stafford 860-684-5270 Paradiso Financial & Insurance Services is a four-agent, seven-employee agency. Connecticut, Paradiso Insurance offers the lowest possible rates while ensuring the best possible coverage, according to its website. The offer commercial, home, auto and life insurance and investments.

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Best Financial Planner Sarah Maskill of Financial Answers LLC 335 Mountain Road, Somers 860-746-4251 Sarah Maskill, CFP (Certified Financial Planner) believes that financial planning should be accessible to people of all incomes. A lifelong resident of Somers, Maskill’s company Financial Answers LLC has won the votes of NCN’s readers for Best Financial Planner. Maskill is quite happy to have been chosen for the honor. “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 … and pledge to continue helping people in the community where I live, work and play!”

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Best Place to Power Up for the Season Festi’s Power Equipment and Oil 101 East St., Stafford Springs 860-684-2565 Festi's is a family-owned business that has been serving the community for more than 85 years. Festi's Power Equipment division offers high-quality lawn tractors, mowers, grass trimmers, chippers, log splitters and numerous other pieces of small equipment.

Best HVAC Homestead 100 West Road, Unit 2, Ellington 860-870-8700 A family-owned and operated business for more than 25 years, our readers trust Homestead for their plumbing, heating, cooling, energy and water needs.

Best Local Pool Installation-In-ground Vernon Poolman 540 Talcottville Road, Vernon 860-872-1926 Serving the area for more than 25 years, Vernon Poolman specializes in the sales and installation of in-ground pools. The company also does pool renovation and service work.

Best Motor Sports Dealer Lee’s Auto Ranch 171 West Road, Ellington 866-431-8210 According to the Lee’s Auto Ranch website, in the late 1880s the Luginbuhl family migrated from Switzerland and settled in the local farming community. In 1994, Lee founded his first business venture including mechanical repair and auto body work.Today, they also sell snowmobiles, ATVs, RVs, boats and trailers.

Best Team to Keep Your Lawn Green Green Carpet Lawn Care 216 Field Road, Somers 866-94-GREEN Nancy Baj and her husband, Joseph Baj, own Green Carpet Lawn. They tell customers it’s their job to make sure they exceed the customer’s expectations. Customers see results and NCN 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 Baj adds, “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, nicest looking trees and shrubs in the neighborhood? Contact Green Carpet for your free estimate.

Best Family Business and Best Outdoor Structures The Barn Yard & Great Country Garages 9 Village St., Ellington 860-454-9103 “We would like to thank everyone who voted and named us for the second year in a row, the Best Place to Buy a Shed or Garage and Best Family Business. This is a proud moment for us,” Erik Koehler, marketing engineer, said. “The Barn Yard is the definition of exceptionally built. Founded in 1984, The Barn Yard is a third generation family-owned business with quality second to none. “Dedicated to customer service, The Barn Yard is now building and delivering not only in New England but across the country.”

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Town asks UTC to act on mill soil contamination East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The Board of Selectmen is asking United Technologies Corp. to remove chemically contaminated soil from the Broad Brook Mill site. First Selectman Robert Maynard said UTC, which owns the mill property, has told the board it plans to cap the contaminated areas of the property. Maynard said much of the contamination is from coal ash, but that approximately 1,300 cubic yards of soil is contaminated with volatile chemicals. This portion of the land is near the town’s aquifer, he said. He said the company plans to relocate the contaminated soil on the site and cap it. The selectmen want it removed completely, particularly since UTC already will have it removed and in trucks. “We’ve got to get those volatile chemicals out of there,” Maynard said.

The town is hiring CMG Environmental Inc., of New Britain and Sturbridge, Mass., an environmental firm, to advise the town on the matter. “Our proposed remediation plan for the Broad Brook Mill site is designed to protect people and the environment. It was developed under the supervision and concurrence of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Protection (CTDEEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It allows for immediate redevelopment of the property, and many sites in Connecticut and across the country have been successfully redeveloped after capping. Under the plan, soils with elevated concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) will be excavated and disposed of off-site. Although contaminated soils with other compounds present can be safely capped at the site, and CTDEEP and EPA have approved this

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approach, we are considering the town’s request to remove these soils as well and have a meeting with them at the end of August to discuss this topic,” UTC officials said in a written statement. The mill is on the National Register of Historic Places. The property includes a former industrial mill building, which was converted into condominiums but has been vacant since late 2004. Historically, the site was used for industrial purposes beginning in 1835, including as a woolen mill, gristmill, sawmill and a tannery. In 1849, the Broad Brook Co. bought the mill and manufactured woolen products there until 1951. The company operated a coal gasification plant on a portion of the site, which powered the factory. Ash from the coal-burning activities was spread across much of the site as fill material.     (860) 871‐3064  Office Hours:  Monday – Friday     7:30 am ‐ 7:30 pm 

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sider installing a whole-house ltration system to provide you the extra protection from every water source in your home. Many contaminants can not only be ingested but can also be absorbed and inhaled. In many cases, the majority of contaminant levels are not high enough to cause immediate sickness but are more likely to have chronic health effects. These effects occur long after repeated exposure to small amounts of a contaminant. Although whole-house ltration systems may cost more to install, you’ll have to decide if the peace of mind is worth the price in the long run. Here are some bene ts: 1. Clean ltered water is available from every water source in your home. 2. Healthier drinking and cooking water. 3. Healthier showers and baths. Skin and hair that are free of contaminants. 5. Softened water provides for not only spotless glasses, but also less scale in showers, tubs, sinks, and pipes resulting in reduced clogging, and increasing the lifespan of household pipes and appliances by as much as 25%. 6. Filtered water reduces corrosion and improves pH levels also extending the life of household xtures. It not only aids in preventing rust stains in sinks, tubs, dishwashers, and toilets, but offers softer, brighter and longer lasting clothing. A carbon lter effectively removes chlorine, chloramines, and odor. The outcome is chemical free, clean, fresh drinking water for the whole household. Substances in water that can be reduced or even eliminated with a whole-house water ltration system are:

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Ellington Longtime ambulance volunteer chosen for town’s Wall of Honor ELLINGTON — Sherwood Merk was selected at the July 9 Board of Selectmen meeting to be inducted to the Ellington Wall of Honor. Nominated by his best friend, Marjorie Hill, Merk’s application included references to his many years spent dedicated to the work of the Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Born in Rockville, Merk had a 40year career as a SNET installer-repairman, but he didn’t let that stop him from enjoying his other interests, including backroad cross-country traveling throughout America (including Alaska), repairing clocks, hitting the slopes at Fox Hill, and spending days at the Crystal Lake Water Skiing Club. However, his real passion was the development and growth of Ellington Rescue Post 512. This unique program allows high school students to receive emergency medical training and assist on ambulance calls during the school day. A 30-year EVAC volunteer, Merk

was instrumental in the re-establishment of the Post, and spent 20 years serving as the adviser, trainer and leader of the program, one of the only of its kind in Connecticut. In his time overseeing Ellington Rescue Post 512, it transformed from a fledgling group to a renowned organization of exceptional youths. Under Merk’s tutelage, the post received such accolades as the IBM Give and Learn Award, resulting in Ellington High School receiving $80,000 worth of new computers, as well as the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America. First Selectwoman Lori Spielman said, “Sherwood had immeasurable influence on Ellington’s youth. Many attribute their careers in the medical field to his guidance and mentoring, and these individuals stayed in touch with him throughout the years.” A formal induction ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 8, at the Wall of Honor in Arbor Park.

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ELLINGTON — The Board of Selectmen are recommending the town approve a $1.6 million Town Hall addition project. The board approved the project recommendation at its July 9 meeting. The project is scaled back from a $2.1 million project, which would have included renovations to Town Hall. First Selectwoman Lori Spielman said members felt the renovation project would be too costly at this time and hope it can be done at a later date. “We really need to update our meeting hall,” she added, since it is nearly impossible to hear anyone speaking once the air-conditioning system goes on. The project approved includes an approximately 5,930-square-foot addition to the north of the existing Town Hall that would include facilities for the town clerk, the tax collector and the assessor, a vault, a conference room, restrooms and lobby, mechanical, electrical and storage spaces. The addition was developed by Fuss & O’Neill Build Services and James Vance and Associates Architects. The town anticipates a $500,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant to help offset the project’s cost The project still needs Town Meeting approval.

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ENFIELD — The Town of Enfield is announced the launch of its newly revamped website on July 9. The redesign was over a year in the making.  The website was redesigned with the resident experience in mind and offers quick and easy access to pertinent town services and information.  Officials say it is more comprehensive with easier navigation and improved functionality with clean and uncluttered pages. Visit the website for information about current town projects, road construction, trash pick-up, programs, and agendas.  Residents can pay taxes, sign up for important town alerts, and read quarterly department updates on the town webletter.  Those subscribed to Notify Me do not have to change notification preferences. The website is located at

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ENFIELD — A public hearing on the John F. Kennedy Middle School renovation project is set for September. The Town Council unanimously voted on July 2 to hold a hearing on the proposed $84.4 million project for the reconstruction and renovation of the school. The project would be funded by no more than $27 million in bonds, with the remainder paid for by grants or other available funds, according to the minutes of the meeting. Christopher Cykley, of Construction Solutions Group, told the council the town’s state reimbursement rate is 29.29 percent. The town filed a grant application with the state on June 27 in anticipation of a November referendum on the project. Councilor Donna Szewczak asked about the number teaching stations under the proposal. Currently, the school has 70 teaching stations. She was told the new building would have 75. Mayor Michael Ludwick said he felt the amount included for contingency costs was high. He also asked if the three boilers in

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Mayor Michael Ludwick said at the September meeting he wants an estimated debt service total presented and to be upfront with the public, so everyone knows what they are voting on. the school would be replaced and was told they would be. Ludwick also said at the September meeting he wants an estimated debt service total presented and to be upfront with the public, so everyone knows what they are voting on. The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Town Hall Council Chambers.

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ENFIELD – Samantha Moreau, a senior at Enfield High School, was the lead artist, along with sophomores, Astrid Nassau, Collette Moreau and Alyssa Dowding, who worked to restore a fire truck that is used at the Enfield Public Library for children. Hazardville Fire Department Lt. Ryan Cunningham reached out to Enfield High School Principal Erin Clark to ask if restoring the fire truck would be of interest to high school students. Chris Scioscio, Enfield High School art teacher, jumped at the opportunity and worked with the students to make this happen. The restoration was an extracurricular activity over a two-week period. Students were excited to participate in a project that was lots of fun. According to Library Director Jason Neely, “The fire truck is one of the most loved parts of the children’s section. Unfortunately, all of that love has led to some wear and tear over the years. We use the fire truck to display books on fire trucks, fire fighters, and fire safety. It also has benches so that kids can sit there and read in it. It is one of the first stops my son makes when he comes into the library. We really appreciate the restoration of this very popular piece of furniture.”

Seated in the fire truck, from left, Enfield High School Principal Erin Clark, Samantha Moreau, Astrid Nassau, and Collette Moreau. Standing: Enfield High School art teacher Chris Scioscio and Enfield Fire Department Capt. Don Ellis.

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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – A 2009 Enrico Fermi High School graduate and Enfield native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific. Petty Officer 3rd Class Sean Davis is a gas turbine systems technician (mechanical) aboard USS O’Kane, currently operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A Navy gas turbine systems technician (mechanical) is responsible for the maintenance on the ship's propulsion engines. Davis applies the lessons he learned from Enfield to his work in the Navy. “I was taught to be on time and be ready to work, which is important in the Navy,” said Davis. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. The theme of RIMPAC 2018 is Capable, Adaptive, Partners. The participating nations and forces exercise a wide range of capabilities and demon-

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warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious, counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations. “I’m looking forward to working with the different countries and seeing the different types of ships,” Davis said. This is the first time Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are participating in RIMPAC. Additional firsts include New Zealand serving as sea combat commander and Chile serving as combined force maritime component commander. This is the first time a nonfounding RIMPAC nation (Chile) will hold a component commander leadership position. “I’m most proud of obtaining the rank of petty officer third class and earning my surface warfare pin during deployment,” said Davis.

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Somers Planned Field Road Park attraction could make big splash with residents By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — The town is working on plans for a splash pad at Field Road Park near Connor’s Place. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its July 12 meeting to appropriate $19,500 to hire TLB Architecture, of Chester, to design plans for the splash pad. Recreation Director Chris Boucher presented the splash pad proposal to the board. He said a family in town has offered to pay for the construction of a splash pad in memory of a child they lost. Selectmen questioned what the operating costs would be. Boucher said the primary cost would be for the water, which would be approximately $4,000 to $5,000 a year. The water would be supplied by the Connecticut Water Co. He added the runoff water from the splash pad would be collected in a tank. “That tank is then repurposed in our irrigation system” Boucher said. He added while the donation would cover just the construction costs, “I could see people wanting to match, wanting to make additional donations,” as they did with Connor’s Place.

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Best Of Auto repairs and specialization, plus a few ‘hair-praising’ picks (continued from page 27) Best Deli/Market Geissler’s Various locations When you’re looking for fresh foods and quality deli items, this consistent winner in our readers’ poll shows people still prefer their hometown store. Best Pizza Danny’s Pizza 535 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-5511 When you want the best pizza around, it’s Danny’s, readers say. Coowner Tami Poggie said offering both thin and thick crust, Danny’s uses all fresh ingredients and only the best cheese. They even roast their own peppers. Best Auto Repair Monson Road Garage 173 Monson Road, Stafford Springs 860-684-3865 A family-run business for over 80 years, they’re the best for keeping your ride on the road.

Best Place to Put Some Pride in Your Ride PT Customs 59 Field Road, Somers 860-749-3780 Since 1996, PT Customs has specialized in motorcycle customization. Other merchandise and services include mechanical and collision repair, custom paint and accessories, They also customize golf carts. Best Autobody Rossi Bros. Collision Repair Center 34 West St., Stafford Springs 860- 684-9229 When accidents happen, Rossi Bros. has been the place to get your car repaired for more than 38 years. Best Place for “Sound” Advice OnPoint Connections 780 Enfield St., Enfield 860-253-0489 OnPoint can connect you with car sound and video, remote starters, security systems and window tinting.They also offer auto detailing and motorcycle and marine services.

Best Hair Salon Cutting Loose 95 South Road Unit 26B, Somers 860-749-3200 Sisters Meaghan Fallon and Myself Jaclyn Rodriguez opened the Salon February 2013. It is a “sister” salon to Cutting Loose in Sarasota, Fla., where they started their careers with mentor Coral Pleas. “Cutting Loose is different because we specialize in French hairdressing, the system in which we cut is French, which allows you to have one cut multiple looks and is softer more feminine lines, then harsh heavy lines. “We hand pick and train our own future professionals coming out of school. We train them in systems that will help them to perfect their craft and grow within their career. We also, specialize in Balayage which is french for hand painting. It creates soft diffused highlights or dimension within your color,” Rodriguez said.

Best Stylist Carol Bigelow Shear Magic Styling Salon 11 West Road, Suite 2, Ellington 860-871-4109 Ready to change your style? Carol Bigelow is ready to help clients look their best. She has made the cut again! She has been styling hair for 16 years. NCN’s readers have voted and for the fourth year in a row they have recognized Carol as the top stylist in the area. Best Daytripper Post Road Tours 1105 Strong Road, South Windsor 860-644-1531 Founded in 1912, Post Road Stages is one of the oldest continuing bus services in the U.S. According to its website, it offers a full range of transportation needs with charter bus services, airport transfers, sightseeing, group tour assistance and public tours.

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Best Of Readers know the real deal when it comes to real estate (continued from page 36) 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, family-owned 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 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. 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.”

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Best Of Excellence is par for the course with these businesses (continued from page 37) Most Affordable, Quality Cut Great Clips 130 Elm St., Enfield 860-253-0020 With other nearby locations in East Longmeadow and Windsor, Great Clips offers great, affordable haircuts seven days a week. Best Golf Course Rolling Meadows 76 Sadds Mill Road, Ellington 860-870-5328 Rolling Meadows Country Club is an 18-hole championship public golf course. The club offers friendly golf shop staff, the Tavern at the Meadows Restaurant team and a meticulous grounds crew. The course has an Men's & Ladies Club with various matches and tournaments weekly. PGA Professional Steven Carle and tournament coordinator Yvonne Gerner work to provide top-notch service assisting leagues, tournaments and outings.

Best Golf Pro Cedar Knob 446 Billings Road, 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 teetime reservation, booking an outing or satisfying one's desire to improve your game through private lessons, we do look forward to serving you. Our staff lends a comfortable and friendly atmosphere and before you know it, you will be one of the 'gang' playing at Cedar Knob,” Cedar Knob states on its website. Best Furniture Store Kloter Farms 216 West Road, Ellington 860-871-1048 Kloter Farms is a family-owned and operated business. At Kloter Farms, we work very hard to earn your business. “It is our goal to provide you with the highest quality products, at the very best price possible,” according to its website.

Best Powerwash/Roof Wash Mr. T’s Power Wash 34 Sartori Road, Stafford Springs 860-851-9432 A small, family-owned business, Bob Tofolowsky operates the power wash service with his son, Dan. “We believe in 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 Boutique The Eclectic Peacock 74 Palomba Drive Suite J, Enfield 860-965-7911 When shopping for the unique, our readers say Eclectic Peacock is the best boutique. “I’ve always been creative and dare to be different. This is why I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share those styles with you,” owner Audrey Poynton said on her website.

Best Local Pool InstallationAbove Ground Stafford Pool 3 Trolley Crossing, Stafford Springs 860-623-9291 “Stafford Pool LLC is a family owned pool company with 30 years experience in the swimming pool industry. Their specialty is custom inground pools, liner installations, safety covers and renovations. Stafford Pool LLC is fully licensed and insured in both Connecticut and Massachusetts with APSP certified pool service technicians,” owner Scott Vining said.

Best Attorney Bonnie Kumiega 1733 Storrs Road, Storrs 860-548-2664 “My clients know that each of is special, and they will receive my full commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for the matters they place with me,” Kumiega said. She specializes in business law, including LLCs and real estate, as well as estate planning, probate administration and civil litigation.

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Best Of Readers cover the spectrum from trolleys to cars to Chuck Wagon (continued from page 38) Best Breakfast Chuck Wagon 12 Church St., Ellington 860-872-3950 Offering American food with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, our readers once again say they want to climb on the Chuck Wagon. They say it’s the best way to start the day. Best Place to Spend the Holidays Connecticut Trolley Museum 9606, 58 N Road, East Windsor 860-627-6540 Winterfest Lights, Rails to the Darkside/Pumpkin Patch Halloween. meet the Easter Bunny. Moms and Dads ride free on Mother's and Father's Day. No better way to spend a special day than a trip to East Windsor’s charming, historic ode to classic railcars. Just remember your hats and gloves if you choose the open air train for the beautiful Winterfest lights.

Best Car Dealership-New Artioli Chrysler Dodge 525 Enfield St., Enfield 866-281-6517 Artioli has been family owned and operated since 1975. “Here at Artioli we pride ourselves on being No. 1. You can’t do this without the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We value our relationship. We truly believe it's service before sales,” according to its website. Best Car Dealership-Used Kristie’s 157 North Road, East Windsor 860-758-7586 According to its website, Kristie’s offers “World class service with a small town appeal.” Best Catering Joanna’s Restaurant and Banquet Hall 145 Main St., Somers 860-763-5060 Readers say you can count on Joanna’s to entertain you and make you smile.

Best Open Mic Four Seasons by the Lake 51 Old Springfield Road, Stafford Springs 860-684-3273 Located at Sun Valley Beach Club, Four Seasons by the Lake is Stafford’s only outdoor dining by the lake. In addition to awesome open mic nights, the restaurant features classic homestyle cooking, including bar bites, wings with over 40 flavor options, burgers and dinner entrees. It also has a banquet room for weddings and special occasions and offer catering. Best Barbershop JB’s Scitico Barbershop 585 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-749-6305 Readers say JB’s Scitico is a cut above. It’s an old-fashioned barbershop that describes itself as having “plenty of updates.” JB’s specializes in all of the new styles, and the classic old-fashioned cuts at a very reasonable price

Most Trusted Hospital Johnson Memorial Hospital 201 Chestnut Hill Road, 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 in Stafford. Johnson offers inpatient and outpatient services right here in north central Connecticut. Best Walk-in Medical New England Urgent Care 55 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-745-9911 New England Urgent Care has received the Certified Urgent Care Designation. It has the resuscitation equipment and trained personnel to take care of urgent or acute illness, and is able to care for a broad spectrum of illness and injuries.

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STAFFORD — The following students were named to the Stafford High School fourth-quarter honor roll. High Honors Seniors: Adrianna Barnett, Luke Dabek, Hannah Davis, Autumn Gagnon, Sarah Gallison, Samantha Klapproth, Tessa Kopec, Michaela Lauf, Kathryn Liebler, Kaylee Miller, Sydney Perez, Stephanie Ramsey, Cassandra Rogers, Shelby Shayler, Kylee Teats, Rachel Ulitsch, Jamie Yeo, Claire Zopelis Juniors: Allisha Bakker, Paige Beaudoin, Angelina Chaverri, Katrina Converse, Julianna DeSantis-Raymond, Steven Downs, Erin Duffy, Isabelle Garreffa, Marissa Kallenbach, Jeffrey Kology, Lynesey Maloney, Luis Medeiros, Kody Messier, Brenden Pontz, Abby Rose, Gabrielle Thayer, Chalan Whelan Sophomores: Cassidy Babcock, Hilary Bareiss, Stephanie Brown, Sarah Chickosky, Brianna Delano, Ryan Foley, Shannon Frazier, Angelina Gill, MacConall Gray, Kamden Lindsey, Koehl Lindsey, James Missell, Nikolas Neuhofer, Benjamin Olsen, Adam Ricci, Jose Santiago, Meghan Toomey, Abigail Vaughn, Jade Veilleux, Ashley Wilson, Jessica Winston, Grace Zopelis Freshmen: Sydney Dolbier, Rose

Fountain, Dominick Gray, Giana Guida, Morgan Hanks, Emma Hatch, Spencer Hill, David Hirsch, Brooke Hubbard, Julie Lidwin, Clara Lybarger, Wenlin Marmol, Krista Mitchell, Mackenzie Murdock, Samuel Neves, Devon Norris, Emily Padegimas, Michaela Pechie, Laurel Perez, Treena Pitts, Rose-Anna Ravetto, Arham Rehman, Ryan Riley, Padilla Santiago, Katelynn Shayler, Phoenix Sheerin, Audrey Sprague, Kenneth VanDyk, Alison Verney, Angela Wasilewski, Logan Wolczak, Callie Worthington, Sierra Wyse, Lily Zopelis Honors Seniors: Megan Eaton, Carl Lanagan, Chantal Little, Abbe Minor, Joscelyn Pinney, Rumsha Tariqu, Joe Wilson Juniors: Adrianna Allevo, Ashlyn Cartier, Emily Fitzgerald, Tyler Gilbert, Tiahna Guzzo, Jacob Lizotte, Julia Lybarger, Loren Pontz, Julien Rivas, Luis Sierra, Madison Smith, Nicholas Wyse, AJ Xayavoutthy Sophomores: Elizabeth Baltronis, Gregory Estell, Adam Finch, John Frank, Andrew Guglielmo, Katherine Morse, Abigail Mullen, Anna Murphy, Abigail Napolitano, Kaitlin Panciera, Alejandra Sierra, Muriel Sprague, Ashley Syphers, Tiffany Xayavoutthy, Kyle Young Freshmen: Madison Besaw, Rebecca Caron, Trentin Kology, Jenna Ledbetter, Kaylee Levesque, Hannah Miller, Allison Misenheimer, Reis Moulton, Tehya Raymond, Amber Reiss.

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STAFFORD — The Board of Selectmen is considering the appointment of a new member following the arrest and resignation of Selectman Anthony Frassinelli. Frassinelli was arrested July 25 on charges of computer crime and unlawful removal of records. Police said he erased town records after losing the first selectman’s race to current First Selectman Mary Mitta in 2017. He resigned July 3. Frassinelli served as first selectman from 2015 to 2017 and as a selectman from 2017 until his resignation. He previously served on the Board of Education. Prior to being elected first selectman, he was a manager for Ameripride Services and a former mid-level manager for AT&T. Mitta said, as set out in state statutes, she and Selectman John Locke will choose the new board member. Both are Republicans, so the new member must be from another party or an unaffiliated voter. They have until early August to make the appointment. “We want to find someone who will do the best for Stafford,” Mitta said. “The party doesn’t matter. It’s the person.”

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Stafford Students hurdle obstacles in parkour shoe design efforts STAFFORD — Grade 6 enrichment students from Stafford Middle School participated in a STEAM parkour shoe design program. The program was sponsored by EdGE@TERC Sports Lab research project and funded by the National Science Foundation’s iTEST program. During the 20-hour program, students participated in STEAM-based lessons that involved the science behind shoe design, traction testing, and concepts of design thinking.   Students reached out to Scott Hoffman, owner of Adaptive Movement Parkour, who worked with his team of athletes to generate a video for the students on their ideal parkour shoe. Students took ideas from the parkour athletes to create final research concepts for the program that included students designing a shoe for Parkour sports, a business card, and a product pitch presentation about their shoe design.  Shoe designs were judged by parkour athletes, teachers, and a Nike representative. An awards ceremony and student presentation for parents and the community took place at Stafford Middle School on June 22. Andrew Levesque and Andrew Utermarck, team name Soles of Stealth, won with their parkour shoe design Aikido. Design winners were awarded a $100 Nike gift certificate. Twenty-two grade 6 students participated in the program led by Lynn Erickson, the district’s instructional technology specialist.

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Best Of Readers have their say on everything from golf to hoops to brews (continued from page 39) Best Place to Practice Golf Pleasantview Golf Center 452 South Road, Somers and 110 North St., Enfield 860-749-5868 When it comes to finding the best place to practice their golf swing, readers say Pleasantview is their home on the driving range. The Heat is On Award Stafford Mechanical Services 4 Industrial Park Drive, Stafford Springs 860-684-9485 From prolonging summer in your pool, radiant floors, even geothermal, our reader's count on Stafford Mechanical to heat things up for them.. Best Supermarket ShopRite Various locations When they’re in the market for groceries, our readers say ShopRite is the right place to shop.

Best Local Brewery/ Distillery/Local Flavor Cold Creek Brewery 6 Industrial Dr, Ellington, CT 06029 860-858-1900 And: Connecticut Valley Distillery 7 Industrial Drive, Ellington 860-966-7248 And: Burke Ridge Farms 95 Wappingwood Road,, Ellington, 860-896-0888 Ellington is fast distinguishing itself as a premier place to go if the “spirit” moves you. On top of that, Ellington’s Burke Ridge Farms -- with its locally sourced honey, beef, dips and more -- has caught the attention of area foodies. Best Antique Shop Rustology 21 Main St., Stafford Springs 860-942-6233 When it’s in with the old, Rustology is the place for industrial, modern, mission, vintage jewelry, vintage clothing and oddities.

Best Place To Maximize Medicare Stateline Senior Services 48 S Rd No. 2, Somers 860-749-0482 Stateline specializes in the insurance needs of the retired and soon to retire. Their staff is available year-round. They have been in business for more than 30 years, helping clients understand their Medicare options.They are an independent agency certified to sell every Medicare Advantage Carrier in the state. Best Place to “Beach” It/ Best Car Show Sun Valley Resort 51 Old Springfield Road, Stafford Springs 860-684-5861 Sun Valley Beach Club, a family owned and operated beach club and campground, features over 300 campsites surrounding a 10-acre spring fed lake. Our readers say it’s the best beach in the area and the car show is one great ride.

Best Tourist Attraction-Mass. Basketball Hall of Fame 1000 Hall of Fame Ave, Springfield 877-446-6752 Since 1959, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has inducted 361 coaches, players, refs, contributors and teams. It makes a great day trip, readers say. Best Car Detail Advanced Car Cleaning 34 Egypt Road, Somers 860-763-3494 When it comes to their cars, our readers trust Advanced to pay attention to every detail. Best Credit Union Workers Federal Credit Union 70 W. Stafford Road, Stafford Springs 890-684-4484 Workers Federal Credit Union is now Hartford Federal Credit Union.

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Suffield Renovate or build new? Selectmen pondering options for Town Hall SUFFIELD — The Board of Selectmen is considering two options for Town Hall. EDM Architecture of Unionville presented two proposals to the board at its July 18 meeting. “The two proposals — a renovation with addition and a new build -- represent the earliest stages of the design phase. Layouts and renderings are conceptual and subject to change given this is the initial presentation to the Board of Selectmen and the other boards that were invited to attend,” officials said on the town website. Built in 1962, a $5.13 million referendum for an addition and renovations to Town Hall was approved in 2015. It was later determined that those funds were insufficient. EDM said at the July 18 meeting that building a new structure would cost $10.3 million for a 15,978-square-foot building. An addition to the existing building would cost $8.17 million, bringing town hall to a 17,579-square-foot structure. EDM noted in its presentation that the town learned through the recent experience with the library that the vote against a teardown and rebuild of the library ultimately came at a greater cost to the town.” The Town Hall renovation is needed, according to a PowerPoint presentation by EDM, due to several building deficits, including insufficient vault size; a failing, inefficient and obsolete HVAC system; not meeting requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act; inadequate space; poor floor plan; inadequate conference room space; presence of lead and asbestos; and building code deficiencies. A town meeting on the Town Hall project will be held in mid-September.

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Tourist site reopens

State Rep. Tami Zawistowski, who represents Suffield, East Granby and parts of Windsor in the House, took part in the official reopening of Old New Gate Prison and Copper Mine last month. The has been closed since 2009 with the exception of limited events for the past two years. “I have long viewed reopening Old New Gate as a key to increased tourism in North Central Connecticut, capitalizing on this site and the other wonderful museums and attractions we have in our area.”

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