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Some say love is lovelier the second time around. Those who run local second-hand stores and sites say that definitely is true of shopping. “You get a lot of stuff relatively new, but much less expensively than the mall,” said Laura Kupfal, a sales associate and certified buyer for Plato’s Closet in Enfield. “With the economy such as it is, we all have plenty of things we can spend our money on,” said Jackie Leathe, general manager of Consignment Originals, which recently opened a store in Manchester. And the choices of where to buy gently used items have expanded. They include thrift stores, which accept donations of merchandise and sale items to benefit charities, consignment shops, which allow customers to sell, as well as buy, items, and even Facebook pages, which link buyers and sellers on a more local basis than broader based Internet sales sites, such as Craigslist or eBay. Sold for Good Allied’s Attic in Enfield, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, benefits the Allied Rehabilitation Center, which serves adults with intellectual disabilities. “They’re literally run by the participants that we serve,” said Marisol Suarez, who manages the store. In addition to selling the items donated to Allied’s Attic, the store assists local social service agencies who

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need items for their clients. Suarez said they have been getting new shoppers. “People are realizing you really don’t have to spend a lot for a popular item,” she said. The Second Chance Shop in Suffield is run by the Auxiliary of the Village for Families and Children in Hartford. Run entirely by volunteers, the group gave the Village $62,000 last year, co-president Sharen Lingenfelter said, adding, “It’s amazing how much you can make.” The store has a number of steady customers, she said: “They keep coming back because they know it’s going to change all the time.” Spring cleaning for cash Consignment shops buy and sell gently used items. Leathe, of Consignment Originals, said their customers range from people who can afford expensive things to career moms and dads. “Our customer base and our consigner base is from the upper-level professional to those trying to live with a tight budget,” Leathe said. “We work hard for our customers and consigners,” she said, and they take advantage of the fact that they have five stores to help get items sold. Kupfal said Plato’s Closet specializes in young and casual items, nothing formal or mature. They try to find


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By Gary Carra Welcome back to Random Raven, the column that aspires to be nothing less than your complete entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis. Topping this installment’s stack o’ stuff - a production to make others ... er, blue? ... with envy. Inspired by James Cameron’s epic Avatar series, Cirque Du Soliel’s TORUK - The First Flight touches down at Hartford’s XL Center for a five-night stint starting March 15. Tix for that range from $50-$137, depending on your proximity to the “Na’ Vi” (the name of the humanoid tribe indigenous to Pandora, where our story unfolds). To purchase yours, kindly point your browser to ‘Parading’ Around Since we’re traipsing through the hues.. there of course will be no shortage of establishments pumping out the green beer this St. Patrick’s Day holiday too. And luckily for us, North Central Connecticut just happens to be equidistant from two of the larger shamrock-laden shenanigans in Greater New England. The Raven is talking about the Hartford and Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day parades, respectively. The 46th Hartford parade, presented by the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee, steps off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, at Capitol Avenue by the Capitol building, takes a left on Main Street, a left on Asylum Avenue, a left on Ford Street and ends by the Memorial Arch. The Holyoke incarnation steps off Sunday, March 18 at 11:30 a.m. from the Kmart Plaza on Northampton Street. For more deets, punch up irishameri-

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EAST WINDSOR — The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes want to open their new casino in East Windsor. The tribes announced they had chosen the former Showcase Cinemas site on Feb. 27. “From the beginning, we’ve said that we want to site our new facility in a town that’s eager to have us. With the unanimous vote by the Board of Selectmen, East Windsor fits that bill, and we’re thrilled to enter into a partnership with them,” Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, said in a written release. “Today’s announcement is a critical step towards our goal of saving Connecticut jobs and revenue,” said Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, in a written release. “We’re honored to have the community of East Windsor by our side as we move forward with bringing our facility to life.” The announcement followed a vote

by the Board of Selectmen to unanimously approve the development agreement. The agreement states that MMCT will pay the town $3 million no later than 15 months before the gaming facility opens. MMCT will also pay the town $3 million annually in addition to regular tax payments, which MMCT estimates at $5.5 million a year. MMCT committed to using union labor for construction of the facility.

The agreement states no less than 4 percent of the casino workforce will be made up of East Windsor residents, and no less than 15 percent of employees will live within a 25-mile radius of the facility. “We’re very pleased that East Windsor was chosen,” First Selectman Robert Maynard said, adding the casino will retain $70 million in tax revenue for the state and also help retain jobs. “North Central is really an area that’s

going to grow,” he added. The casino proposal still faces a vote in the state Legislature before it is finalized. Maynard said he is concerned about opposition it will face there. Those opposing the East Windsor plan include MGM Springfield, which is opening a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, and officials in Fairfield County, who are lobbying for a casino in Bridgeport.

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Veterans Commission Clothing and Bottle Drive

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Veteran’s Commission is hosting its annual clothing, book, and bottle drive. Please bring your bags full (any condition) of outerwear, sheets/blankets, shoes, books, and bottles to either the Broad Brook Fire Department or

Legislators to hold Senior Center Update

EAST WINDSOR - The public is invited to a Legislative Senior Center Update with East Windsor legislators, State Representatives Chris Davis and Carol Hall, on Thursday, March 16 in the East Windsor Senior Center (125 Main St., Broad Brook). The “Senior Center Update” event will run p.m. from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Residents will have the opportunity to meet their legislators and discuss the issues that are shaping the 2017 legislative session. Residents are also encouraged to discuss any state or legislative issues, including the latest on the state budget. All residents are encouraged to attend. Those who are unable to attend may contact Representatives Davis or Hall at 860-240-8700 or by email at or


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holding a raffle to benefit East Windsor’s Memorial Green. Five prizes to be awarded: 1st prize – Craftsman 42” 7-speed 420cc riding mower; 2nd prize – 48” Samsung TV; 3rd prize – 100 gallons of home heating fuel; 4th prize – $200 gift card to Big Y; and 5th prize – $100 gift card to Wal-Mart.  Drawing will be held June 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $1 each. For more information, email or call Vic DeCapua at 860-623-6032, Glen Galbraith at 860-543-9948, Jim Barton at 860-202-3454 or Ken Crouch at 860-623-1560.

EAST WINDSOR – The Connecticut Trolley Museum presents Opening Day Celebration on April 1. The Connecticut Trolley Museum is in the process of updating its property and visitor center and is eager to show it off. The celebration includes beer, wine and cocktail sampling from Broad Brook Brewery, Cold Creek Brewery, Lost Acres Vineyard and Joe’s Fine Wine and Spirits from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “New Earth” and “Just Jeanie” will be performing throughout the day. NY Life will be on hand facilitating its child identification program for children. Shaker Pines Fire Department will provide Child Safety Passenger Technicians to properly install car seats. “Star Wars” characters will be roaming the grounds and posing for pictures.

Additionally, take as many trolley rides as you would like, operated by period dressed motormen. Learn historic information about each car you ride and how the museum began. Inside the Visitor Center you will find static trolley cars and artifacts, a theater showing a short film about trolleys and a gift shop to buy that special souvenir. On the same grounds is the Connecticut Fire Truck Museum complete with antique fire trucks and apparatus. All activities and Fire Truck Museum entrance is included with admission price. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (62+), $10 for children ages 4-12, $3 for children ages 3 & under and museum members receive half off admission. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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Join the Red Cross movement this March by giving blood


FARMINGTON – All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood and help save lives in March, Red Cross Month. Donating is easier than ever with the Blood Donor App and RapidPass. With the free Red Cross Blood Donor

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Those requesting membership must make their Facebook profile public and have something on their page that indicates they are from one of the eligible towns. Thomas said he founded the site because “I felt that I could make one that could run better.” He said because of the local nature of the page and the demand for public profiles, transactions are easier and “I think it’s safer that way.” Every post has to be approved by an administrator. He said he has seen items on the site from spare tires and jacks to appliances to computer hard drives.

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trendy items, many with brand labels their customers look for. She said they have many repeat customers and consigners. While they take items that are not brand names, she said they must be in good condition and current styles. Facebook friendly Dwayne Thomas is an administrator for the Enfield, CT Online Tag Sale Facebook page, which he said currently has 11,150 members. The closed page limits membership to those from Enfield and the surrounding towns, which are listed on the page.


complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online at before coming to their appointments. “I’ve always thought it was the right thing to do, to donate when it was convenient for me,” Lance Ford said. “But after my triplets were born premature and needed transfusions in the neonatal intensive care unit, I decided that it was more important to seek out opportunities to donate, rather than just waiting until it was convenient to me. The Red Cross apps and notifications make it very easy to find a location near you, and they are so courteous, respectful and efficient. There is really no excuse not to donate. It’s such a small thing that makes such a big difference.” March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943 in celebration of the Red Cross volunteers who help those in need by giving their time, money or blood. Join their ranks by making an appoint-

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Women Take Flight Day at New England Air Museum


WINDSOR LOCKS - The New England Air Museum will re-launch its annual Women Take Flight Day on Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history through special events, hands-on activities, and three special guest speakers who have helped shape our aerospace heritage. Special guest speakers for this event include Lt. Col. Kristen Snow, C-130 pilot and Commander of the 103rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Bradley’s Connecticut Air National Guard base; Duchess Harris, professor of American Studies at Macalester College and author of the book Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA; and Lee Boulanger, who climbed the ranks from aircraft mechanic to general manager at the Bombardier Hartford Service Center at Bradley International Airport. In addition to lectures and Q&A with these dynamic special guests, visitors will have the opportunity to meet other women pilots, engineers, and aerospace industry specialists from a variety of organizations including the New England Chapter of the 99’s, the Connecticut Airport Authority, the Connecticut Wing Civil Air Patrol, the University of Connecticut Aerospace Engineering Department, and the

Bombardier Hartford Service Center. The museum will also host military servicewomen from the Connecticut Flying Yankees 103rd Air Wing and the 337th Airlift Squadron and 439th Airlift Wing from Westover Air Reserve Base. Women Take Flight will also offer visitors a variety of hands-on activities including tours featuring the Lockheed 10-A Electra— the same model aircraft that Amelia Earhart flew during her attempt to fly around the world in 1937— as well as stories about Connecticut’s real life “Rosie the Riveters,” women WASP pilots from World War II, and more. A series of hands-on Build & Fly Challenge activity stations will also be available for younger visitors, and a variety of flight simulators will allow visitors to become virtual pilots while surrounded by the museum’s collection of over 100 historic aircraft. Women Take Flight is supported in part by Atlas Stamping and Manufacturing and Phoenix Manufacturing, Inc. This event is open to the public, and all lectures, events, and activities are included with general admission. Discounted, pre-paid admission is available for groups for 10 or more. For more information and a schedule of events, please visit

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Selectmen vote for $2.2 million in capital improvements


ELLINGTON -- The Capital Improvements Budget has been adopted by the Board of Selectmen and will next be reviewed by the Board of Finance. The selectmen voted at their Jan. 30 meeting to recommend a $2,285,272 budget for capital projects to the Finance Board for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The proposed capital budget includes road overlay, $500,000; chip sealing of streets, $106,719; unimproved road improvements, $20,000; carpet replacement, $95,750; townwide sidewalks, $25,000; sidewalk extension for West Road, $97,303; parking lot renovations, $50,000; Plan of Conservation and

Development; $80,000; Ellington Volunteer Fire Department-generator station, $55,000; Windermere air conditioning for the cafeteria, $85,500; snowplow dump trucks; $190,000; pool car/town staff vehicle, $35,000; Crystal Lake Fire Department multipurpose pumper truck, $230,000; CLFD breathing apparatus, $215,000; EVFD breathing apparatus and air system replacement, $500,000. Appointments The Board of Selectmen made the following appoints at its Jan. 23 and Feb. 13 meetings: Ethics Commission: Reappointed Charles McCleary to a four-year term ending Dec. 31, 2021.

Ad Hoc Emergency Services Committee: Reappointed Gary T. Feldman Sr., Robert Edwards, Bryan Harvell, Nancy Stillman, Andrew Slicer and Joseph Palombizio to one-year terms ending Feb. 28, 2018. Appointed Jack Rich II to serve a one-year term ending Feb. 28, 2018. Economic Development Commission: Reappointed Donna Resutek to serve a four-year term ending Jan. 31, 2021. Board of Assessment Appeals: Appointed Kurt Sullivan to complete an unexpired term ending Jan. 31, 2019; Joseph Malone as an alternate to complete an unexpired term ending Jan. 31, 2018.

ELLINGTON - You are invited to close your eyes and let your ears smile as they take in the music of Mozart and Strauss. Your tastebuds delight as they sample the appetizers and desserts prepared by Roland Schneider, one of the area’s most renowned master pastry chefs. And you will be helping Roland and the members of Ellington Congregational Church as they partner with Feeding Children Everywhere to provide 10,000 meals to hungry children both here and abroad. Here is the story of how it began.

Roland Schneider was born in Germany in 1940. At age 14, his interest in food drew him into a food apprenticeship, that three years later turned into a pastry apprenticeship. Working at his craft and furthering his education, Schneider eventually earned the equivalent of a “master’s degree in pastry” at age 26. He remained in Germany to work for about two more years, moved to France and worked there for two years, then to Canada for 18 months, and on to the United States in the early 1970s.

Schneider retired in 2007, but still practices his craft. He recently approached some friends at the church about one of his dreams to “give back” to a world that has blessed him with amazing talent. Could we have a fund raising event? An evening of wonderful appetizers, scrumptious pastries, classical music, fun, and fellowship, and use a portion of the proceeds to finance 10,000 meals to hungry children? Join us on March 25 at 5 p.m. to help share in the dream.

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Ellington Small Town Big Talent Community Variety Show


ELLINGTON - The fifth annual Small Town Big Talent Community Variety Show is Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Ellington High School auditorium on Maple Street. The show is hosted by Rise Above, Ellington’s Student Leadership Group, and Ellington High School’s Opening Knight Players. It showcases outstanding local talent of all ages and proceeds will ben-

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Money-Saving Tips and More at Hall Memorial Library in March ELLINGTON - The focus will be on saving your hard-earned cash at Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St. in Ellington with tips on cutting your television, telephone and travel expenses throughout the month of March. But first … back for a record-breaking fifth year, the library will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Jolly Beggars and their rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling on Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. The Beggars intersperse songs and

stories from Irish folklore with traditional reels and jigs to add up to a lively show. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and, as always, the music’s free and light refreshments will be available. The savings tips begin on Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. when James Gifford clues us in on Cutting the Cord: How to End the High Cost of Your Cable TV and Phone Service. Is your cable, phone and Internet bill costing you a fortune? Are you tired of switching providers or arguing with

yours when your introductory offer expires and your bill doubles? Or do you just want to save $1,000 a year or more? Learn how the world of Internet-based entertainment can replace your costly cable service for a fraction of the price … and give you more choices. We welcome back another perennial favorite when Sharon Leonard returns on Saturday, March 25, to teach two Pysanky Egg Workshops. Pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, created by using the written-wax batik method. Learn

about this folk art form and create your own beautiful egg in this hands-on workshop. Choose from the 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. class. There will be a $5 non-refundable class fee, which will cover all materials including eggs. This fee is payable within seven days of your registration. Please note that failure to pay in time may result in you surrendering your spot as we expect these classes to fill up quickly.

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Grand list drops due to value decrease in condominiums


By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD — The town’s grand list is down $1,316,504. The decrease is generally due to the townwide revaluation, according to Assessor Della J. Froment. There was a slight decrease overall for the real estate grand list with most decreases seen in the condominium market. The net for the 2015 grand list was $2,422,286,550 and for the 2016 Grand it was $2,415,304,550, a decrease of $6,982,000. Business personal property increased $440,556. New businesses for 2016 were All Phase Electric Supply with an assessment of $347,053 and Cirtec Medical Systems with an assessment of

$2,374,618, Froment said. The largest decrease was due to Hallmark Marketing at 25 Bacon Road with an assessed value for 2015 of $5,164,449. Motor vehicle assessments increased $5,224,940. “The Top 10 taxpayers also showed a shift, largely in part of the loss of Hallmark Cards, which had been one of the top 10 taxpayer for a significant number of years. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance continues to be the top taxpayer, last year paying $1,660,220 in taxes,” Froment said. The town’s top 10 taxpayers are: • Mass Mutual Life Insurance Co. with an assessment of $48,389,358. • Connecticut Light and Power Co.,

$35,870,210. • NIP Owner LLC, $33,857,250. • JPMCC 2006-LDP7 Centro, $29,990,130. • Eppendorf inc., $29,106,198. • Brooks Brothers Group Inc., $22,886,616. • Paramount Commons at Enfield

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The Enfield Junior Women's Club donated 40 “Thinking of You” bags to the Safe Harbor Winter Warming Center. Included in these bags were water, socks, snacks, toe/hand warmers, and personal care items. Pictured are EJWC members Monica Wright, Program Coordinator, Cyndy Friedrich and Alison Wells.

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Flip the Switch to a Beautiful Home Home Improvement Guide

The average home has 45 light sockets, which means you probably have more light bulbs than just about any home product, and yet the lighting aisle can still be a daunting place. With the right knowledge, you can save money, protect the environment and bring the best features of your home to life. Here are four quick tips to get you started: • Opt for LED. By 2020, half of all residential sockets will have converted to LEDs, which is good news, as LEDs can last over 10 years and use up to 85 percent less energy than the traditional lighting you may use today. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, wattages and color temperatures, they are becoming increasingly affordable, too. Just a few years ago, LEDs topped $40, but today

you can find a high-quality LED for less than $5. • Pay attention to color temperatures, wattages, shapes and quality of light. A few lighting facts can help you make useful purchases. For example, an average 60-watt replacement bulb would require about 800 lumens. The higher this number is, the brighter the light will be. And remember: when you invest in an LED that’s expected to last more than a decade, you want one that’s going to reliably live up to your expectations, so brands that have been around for a while and have proven their commitment to quality truly matter in this space. • Identify how you use each room and the mood you’d like to create. Use comfortable, soft white light in cozy places like bedrooms, family rooms and dining

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Home Improvement Guide From Clogs to Backups: 3 Simple DIY Plumbing Fixes

If the idea of doing-it-yourself where plumbing is concerned sounds intimidating, fear not. There are many simple fixes to common plumbing problems that just about anyone can take care of without professional assistance. More importantly, performing these simple maintenance tasks as they are needed can prevent larger problems from occurring. Not sure where to start? Try these quick plumbing tips from Jeff Devlin, a licensed contractor who’s appeared on several TV home improvement shows. • Hair clogs: If you are accustomed to calling the plumber or snaking the drain when your tub is clogged, consider a simpler solution. Hair clog removers, available at your local hardware store or supercenter, are formulated with specific ingredients that work to dissolve hair and clear a drain on contact. For example, Roto-Rooter Hair Clog

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The Enfield Recreation Department is offering the following programs, trips, and activities in March. For more information, contact the department at 860253-6420 or visit it on the Web at SPRING PROGRAM REGISTRATION The Enfield Recreation Department’s Spring program information is now

available online at The Department has a variety of programs this spring that range from classes for preschool, youth, and adults, as well as special events, swim team, drop in programs and much more. Spaces are limited and fill quickly, so register early. BOSTON RED SOX TRIP Grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks

and join the Enfield Recreation Department at the ballgame. Travel to Boston on Saturday, July 29, to be part of America’s favorite pastime as the Red Sox take on the Kansas City Royals. Trip includes round trip motorcoach transportation, game ticket in the bleachers section and free time for shopping or dining. The bus will depart the Enfield Town Hall parking lot at 2 p.m. and will arrive in Boston at approximately 4:30 p.m. The game is tentatively scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. The bus will leave immediately following the game and will be back in Enfield at approximately 12:30 a.m. Fee is $79 per person. PreRegistration is required for this trip. Registration is already under way for Enfield residents. TINY HAWKS (Soccer and T-ball) Ages 3-4 years old The essentials of soccer and basketball are introduced in a fun, safe environment, with lots of encouragement. Participants must be at least 3 years of age and parents are encouraged to participate. Children will learn balance, body movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development through a series of sport-specific games. Classes are held Wednesdays, May 10-June 7, 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m at Parkman School Gym, 165 Weymouth Road. Fee is $70 for Enfield residents and $80 for non-residents. For more details, contact the Recreation Office at 860-253-6420 or visit us on the Web at www.enfield- MINI-HAWK (Soccer and T-Ball) Ages 5-7 years old This multi-sport program gives children ages 5-7 a positive first step into athletics. Soccer and baseball are taught in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement and a big focus on fun. Our Mini-Hawk games and activities are designed to allow participants to explore balance, movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace. Skyhawk staffs are trained to handle the specific needs of young athletes. Classes are held Wednesdays, May 10-June 7, 5:50 p.m.6:50 p.m. at Parkman School Gym, 165 Weymouth Road. Fee is $70 for Enfield resident and $80 for non-residents. For more details, contact the Recreation Office at 860-253-6420 or visit us on the Web at BABYSITTER SAFETY COURSE This is an entry level course for youths 10-15 years old intended to teach age-appropriate skills necessary to care for children of all ages using team babysitting, mother’s helper, and individual babysitting concepts. This course focuses on safety with emphasis on prevention. Basic first aid and obstructed airway management for conscious choking adult/child and infant will be covered. All participants will receive a CD book, handouts and a Babysitter Safety Certificate. Pre-registration is required for this program. The class will be held on Tuesday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

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Commission determines Pellegrini’s residency legitimate


SOMERS — The matter of the first selectman’s residency has been resolved. The State Elections Enforcement Commission said that it has completed its investigation into a

complaint by Michael Bushior, of Somers, who had alleged that First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini was living in Enfield rather than Somers and, therefore, was not eligible to be an elected official for the town of Somers.

The commission dismissed Bushior’s complaint, and the commission said it has closed the file on the matter. “I am not surprised by the SEEC’s determination and am happy the matter is closed,” Pellegrini said. In her

SOMERS - Somers Congregational Church will host a recital by the Ripka Duo on Sunday, March 12, at 4 p.m. The Ripka duo, comprised of husband and wife Joseph Ripka, organist and pianist and Erin Ripka, violinist,  perform together in order to share their love of classical music and bring great music to  audiences. Recent performances include recitals in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Minnesota. The concert will include works for organ and violin by Bach, Vivaldi, Josef Rheinberger, Naji Hakim, and Herbert Howells (for the Howells, the Ripkas will be joined by cellist Carly Fleming and baritone Paul Laurence Fletcher).  Erin has presented numerous solo and

chamber music recitals. She was a national finalist in the MTNA string competition in Los Angeles and winner of the Schubert Club String Competition in St. Paul, Minnesota. She studied violin  at the Kunst Universitat in Graz, Austria for two years and received degrees in violin performance from the University of Minnesota and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Erin has performed with the New Haven and Hartford Symphony Orchestras and is violin instructor  at the Calvary Music School in Stonington. Joseph earned national and international recognition as the first prize winner in the 2008 Dublin International Organ Competition, the 2008 Fort

Wayne National Organ Competition, and the San Marino/Elizabeth Elftman National Organ Competition. He has performed solo recitals throughout the United States and Europe, and has performed with the New World Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is currently organist and choirmaster at the Calvary Church in Stonington and artistic director of the Calvary Music School. The concert is open to all, with freewill  donations accepted. A reception with refreshments in the Church Foundation Room will follow the concert.

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response to the complaint, Pellegrini said that she rents a residence on Hall Hill Road. The commission said that it based its findings on the fact that Pellegrini pays rent and utilities on the Hall Hill Road residence, as well as using it as her address for her car registration, voter registration, driver’s license, and renter’s insurance.

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Somers High names second quarter honor roll students


SOMERS - Somers High School has announced the following students have been named to the second quarter honor roll. Grade 12 High Honors Jessica Allard Nikita Babushkin Kaitlin Baker Valerie Barbosa Katelyn Bardy Trent Bourgoin Janine Bushey Alexia Campos Danielle Capuano Allison Casciano Joshua Chlebowski Lindsey Coleman Sydney Devine Maggie Ellis Peter Garlick Sean Gay Rachel Gladu Rachel Gosselin Madison Hawkins Amanda Kaufman Elizabeth Kulas America Marroquin Lauren Masamery Logan Miller Marissa Mottolese

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Grade 12 Honors Joshua Benson Kevin Cisco Brittany Hailer Brendan Hailer Sarah Karszes Devon Lott Nathan Lynch Sarah Mancini Caroline Marsters Kyle Nadeau Ashna Patel

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Grade 11 Honors Kelsey Bugden Anna Donovan Lauren Eastwood Diana Elgin Ashleigh Gentile Sydney Graham Abby Grandpre’ Nadine Hudroge Taylor Jordan Jayden Kement Rachel Kwasnik Spencer MacLeod Maggie Maznicki Richard Petersen Jake Regulbuto Thomas Rush Jeffrey Suschana Paige Tomko

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High School presents ‘Guys and Dolls’

SOMERS - Somers High School presents Guys and Dolls, a musical written by Damon Runyon. It will run on March 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. at the Somers High School Auditorium. Directed by Marika Kraus, Guys and Dolls is an immortal musical comedy full of colorful Broadway street characters as they roll the dice and fall in love. The cast includes Jake Regulbuto, Valerie Barbosa, Amanda Whalen, Connor Mulvihill, Devon Lott, Victoria Visone, Eddie Genece, Mary Clark, Isaiah Renaud, Siobhan Scully, Danila Babushkin, Jensen Stanton, Victoria Reid, Nancy Strever, Kylie Raymond, Juliana Smith, Amari O’Connor, Sarah Smithline, Meghan Baker, Samantha Kopec, Madilyn Baer, Brianna Renaudette, Caterina Mancini, Samantha Zukowski, and Marissa Long. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens, available at the door. For additional information, call 860-749-2270 ext. 2115 or email

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Somers CERT sponsors free Emergency Preparedness Class

SOMERS Somers CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is co-sponsoring a Basic CERT Emergency Preparedness Class to be held April 8 and 22, and May 13. Following a major disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado or blizzard, community members may be on their own because emergency personnel cannot help everyone immediately. CERT basic training prepares individuals to help themselves and others in the event of a catastrophic disaster. The

course covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not readily available. After completing the class, individuals will have the opportunity to join Somers CERT and help the community in the event of a disaster. The class and materials are free. For more information or to register for the class, contact Karen Hocking, Somers CERT, Team Leader at or 860-7592693.

Board Volunteer Opportunity: Bickford Health Care Center, a nonprofit nursing home in Windsor Locks, Connecticut is expanding its board of directors. Bickford, a strong, community-minded organization, is seeking energetic and enthusiastic board members to help guide it through the changing environment of residential senior health care. If you enjoy working with a dedicated group of professionals who have led the way in health care models for the elderly, this is an opportunity for you. You will find receptiveness to new ideas in this forward moving organization and will have a chance to give your input on the direction of quality health care for community nursing home residents. Your energy, commitment, dedication and a minimal amount of time (four board meetings a year) are all that are required. Contact person: Michele Carney Somerset Health Care Management Group Phone: (860) 463-4881 Email: Learn more about Bickford on the web at

Women’s Club Crazy Whist Card Party

SOMERS - The Somers Women's Club invites the public to a Crazy Whist Card Party on Tuesday, March 21, in the Somers Town Hall Auditorium, 600 Main St. (rear of the building). The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and the games will begin at noon. Refreshments will be provided along with a raffle and door prizes. Whether you're a novice or experi-

enced card player, the continued partner change and imaginative variations to the rules will provide you with a stimulating and enjoyable afternoon. Tickets are $5 at the door. This event is a fund raiser, and all profits will be directed to the Somers Women's Club Scholarship Fund or used for community assistance projects.

Annual Corned Beef Dinner

SOMERS - The ever-popular annual Corned Beef Dinner, complete with cabbage, potatoes, onions, and carrots, will be held at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St. on Saturday, March 11, with sittings at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Dinner also includes homemade rolls and Irish soda bread, juice, beverage and mint chocolate chip ice cream pie. This

is a dinner you don't want to miss. Reservations for dine-in or take-out meals should be placed in advance by contacting the church office at 860-7497741 or emailing Take-out dinners will be available from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and cost for this dinner is $14 apiece. So, let us do the cooking for you; make your reservations and join us for a scrumptious meal.

SOMERS - Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each are available to high school seniors who reside in the town of Somers. In 2016, eight scholarships totaling $20,000 were awarded to Somers residents. The Somers Rotary Club has awarded in excess of $100,000 in scholarships since the Club’s inception. Funding for these scholarships is

raised through Rotary sponsored community events, including the Great Escape Road Race. Applications may be downloaded from the Somers Rotary Club webpage ( and are also available from the Somers High School Guidance Department. The deadline to submit applications is April 7, 2017.

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Town grand list shows a slight increase due to personal property


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STAFFORD -- The 2016 grand list is up 1 percent. The grand list --- the list of all taxable property in town -- came in at $917,471,649, an increase of $7,737,693 over the 2015 grand list. According to the Assessor’s Office, the largest percentage increase was in personal property, which was up 3.88 percent. Real estate increased 0.99 per-

cent. Motor vehicles were down 0.163 percent. The grand list includes $753,062,088 in real estate, an increase of $6,412,865; $78,251,880 in personal property, an increase of $1,463,824; and $86,157,681, a decrease of $138,996. The town’s top 10 taxpayers are: 1. Connecticut Light and Power Co.,



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Stafford High School announces second quarter honor roll


STAFFORD – The following students have been named to the second quarter honor roll, according to a list provided by Stafford High School. Seniors High Honors Michael Bachiochi, William Bernier, Alaina Bolieau, Dawson Bonneville, Morgan Canestrari, Jenna Castonguay, Jacob Conklin, Connor Fay, Matthew Frank, Danielle Garnelis, Jonathan Gionfriddo, Valerie Girard, Justin Grant, Shianna Halloran, Katelyn Henderson, Emily Kopec, Schuyler Lamoureux, Ethan Lawlor, Nathan Lawson, Cameron MacGregor, Wendelin Marmol, Timothy Noto, Kyle Piccoli,

Sarah Provencher, Haylie Prucker, Damon Reynolds, Chase Walbridge Seniors Honors Lauren Brown, Kaitlyn Collier, Ethan Combs, Mikayla Descheneau, Matthew Faber, Tyler Gebo, Travis Hart, Brandon Kallenbach, Nicholas Ouellette, Andrew Syphers Juniors High Honors Adrianna Barnett, Zachary Briggs, Erica Christofferson, Luke Dabek, Hannah Davis, Terrell Flint, Autumn Gagnon, Sarah Gallison, Katherine Hannaford, Karmen Jensen, Alexandra Kulman, Michaela Lauf, Kathryn Liebler, Kaylee Miller, Sydney Perez,

STAFFORD - The Stafford Library is holding the following events in March. Programs are held at the library, 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs. All events are free and open to the public but they request pre-registration by calling 860-684-2852 or visiting Monday-Rhymetime on March 13, 20, 27 at 10 a.m. for children 0-2 years old. Tuesday-Teddy Bear Time on March 14, 21, 28 at 10 a.m. for children 2 years & up. Wednesday-Animal Storytime will be held on March 15, 22, 29 at 3:30 p.m. with animal guest! Mother-to-Mother at 11 a.m. every Friday. A group where moms can sup-

port each other, share information and enjoy one another’s company. Moms with children of all ages are welcome and also pregnant moms-to-be. Children are welcome. Book Voyagers to be held on March 9 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Storyteller, Eshu Bumpus perform! Advance registration is required. Paid for by CT Humanities Council. Dad’s Support Group with Josh Green. Held every Wednesday in March at 7 p.m. Call for info. Teen Movie-March 15 at 5:30 p.m. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (rated PG-13) Snacks provided. Please pre-register by calling 860684-2852.

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Crumbling Foundations – Devastating Homeowners and Communities


By State Sen. Tony Guglielmo

One of the challenges facing many homeowners in Eastern Connecticut this year is the problem of crumbling foundations. While many of my constituents are already in the process of dealing with this devastating problem – there are many people who have never even heard of the problem. The problem is presenting in homes that were built in the 1980s or later, and is caused by an iron sulfide mineral called Pyrrhotite. This mineral has been found in one quarry in Stafford, Connecticut which provided building aggregate for construction projects in the region. Over time, Pyrrhotite that is exposed to oxygen and water reacts and causes swelling and cracking. As a structure continues to deteriorate, it often becomes unsound. While many engineers have researched ways to resolve this problem – currently the only fix is to replace the entire foundation of the affected home. Replacing the entire foundation of a home could end up costing the homeowner $150,000 to $200,000 per foundation. Does your home show signs of the Pyrrhotite cracking?

Warning Signs of Crumbling Foundation: The cracking is not normal settling or shrinkage Cracks typically take 15 to 20 years to present Cracks may be horizontal, on a 45degree angle or in a spider pattern You may notice white powder in and around the cracks Brown stains or drips may appear that resemble rust For more detailed information and photos detailing crumbling foundations, visit the Department of Consumer Protection website. There are a few steps that I would encourage you to take if you think your home may be affected. Contact a structural engineer to evaluate your concrete. You can verify the licenses and registrations of home improvement professionals such as home improvement contractors and professional engineers at If the structural engineer determines that Phyrrhotite is present, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is asking homeowners to file

a complaint form, so that the state can continue to determine the scope of the problem. Contact the Department of Consumer Protection at 860-713-6100 or at to request your complaint form. Make sure to fill out the form as completely as you can and submit it. Many homeowners have filed claims with their insurance companies, which have generally been denied. However, the Connecticut Insurance Department has notified insurance companies that they cannot cancel or non-renew a homeowner’s policy due to a crumbling foundation. Review your insurance coverage right away. Even though Gov. Malloy has been an advocate for families, both requests for

intervention from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been denied. I will continue to voice my concerns for the denial of these claims – as I truly believe that this is within FEMA’s jurisdiction to help fix. Moving forward it is imperative that we work together to help bring constructive solutions to this problem. There is no doubt in my mind that this has the potential to be a $1 billion problem and it is right in our backyard. I want to remind everyone not to be short-sighted about this as this challenge will have a ripple effect on the towns and cities where crumbling foundations are discovered – especially as it relates to property values.

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Hydroponic farm bringing 40 jobs


By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD — The town will be getting a bit greener with the addition of a hydroponic farm. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Feb. 3 that Four Season Farm LLC, a new venture created by a longtime Connecticut farmer, international greenhouse developer and former Wall Street executive will develop 10 acres of land in Suffield as a hydroponic farm. The company plans to create 40 jobs over the next two years. The partners in the venture are Joe Geremia, who runs seven acres of greenhouses in Wallingford, Henry Froese, a pioneer and expert in the building of greenhouse operations, and Herbert Soroca, CEO of North Cove Capital Advisors in Stamford, which provides financial, management and strategic advice to emerging growth companies, Malloy said in a written release. In hydroponic farming water is recycled, soil is undisturbed, CO2 is consumed, and renewable approaches are used in

cultivation. “We are grateful for the state’s support for our 21st century agriculture project,” said Geremia, a third-generation Connecticut farmer. New website The town of Suffield has a newly redesigned website, “The new website is another step we’ve taken to improve communications from the town to better engage residents and keep them more fully informed,” First Selectman Melissa Mack said. The website makeover follows the introduction of video streaming capabilities and more comprehensive meeting minutes, Mack said.

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SUFFIELD - The Suffield Drama Club will present Cinderella on March 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30 pm. The romantic and comedic musical is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $10 for students/seniors, $15 for adults. All proceeds support future drama productions.

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SUFFIELD - Suffield has had a few UFO sightings during the past year. Maybe something really is going on in the sky. Find out on Saturday, March 25, at the Suffield Senior Center at 1 p.m. when the Connecticut network of MUFON (The Mutual UFO Network)

comes to talk about UFO sightings and the mission of their group. This is a Kent Memorial Library program, so please register for this free program at the library at 860-668-3896 or on the library’s website at

SUFFIELD - Ask George about your computer and video game issues at the Kent Memorial Library. Drop in between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturdays, March 11 and March 25 at the library at 61 Ffyler Place. George, a whiz at solving computer problems, is a middle school student in Suffield. If you have trouble with virus-

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