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â€˘ EAST WINDSOR: Scantic fundraiser makes a splash for Food Bank ....p. 7 â€˘ ELLINGTON: Increasing population will require more athletic fields..p. 8 â€˘ ELLINGTON: Farmerâ€™s Market ....p. 9 â€˘ ENFIELD: High schools will no longer graduate at Cathedral ..p. 13 â€˘ ENFIELD: â€˜Cake Boss,â€™ Dean families coming to Mount Carmel ....p. 14 â€˘ SOMERS: Selectman completes preparedness training ..............p. 18 â€˘ SOMERS: District 8 Senior League baseball champions ......................p. 19 â€˘ SUNDAY DRIVE: Oysters galore, Dragon boats & more.................p. 26 â€˘ STAFFORD: SHS honor roll ........p. 32 â€˘STAFFORD: Town seeks out alternative funding sources ..............................p. 33
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Readers Select Best of North Central CT By Linda Tishler Levinson
We asked and you answered by the thousands. And what follows are the top businesses in North Central Connecticut in each of their respective fields. There was nothing high-tech about it. Just our capable staff sorting through the ballots and tallying up the totals with that â€œfour sticks, then a slashâ€? system we all learned in grade school. But when all was counted, we do believe that all of the winners â€“ as well as those who took time to fill out the ballots â€“ should be proud. After all, feedback from critics and peers is always valuable, but a ringing endorsement like this from customers and community members is a true sign a business has reached the highest level of success. So again, congratulations to all of our winners and those who voted to make them winners.
Hall of Fame for Best Bank
Having been chosen year after year as the best bank by those voting in our readers poll, Rockville Bank is being installed into the newly created North Central News Best of Hall of Fame. The bank, which has won in the Best Bank category every year, is a local community institution. â€œOur mission is to be Connecticutâ€™s Best Community Bank by providing superior customer service to individuals, families, professionals and businesses in our
Publisher Gary Carra presents Barbara Benson, left, branch manager, and Leah Peltier, assistant branch manager, of Rockville Bank in Enfield with the first ever "Best Of The North Central News' Reader's Poll Hall of Fame" Award. Photo by Heather Beauregard
market area. We measure our success in terms of satisfied customers and pledge to maintain our independence to best serve our communities,â€? according to its website. â€œRockville Bank is honored to be the first inductee into the North Central News Readersâ€™ Best Hall of Fame,â€? said William H. W. Crawford IV, president and chief executive officer of Rockville Bank/Rockville Financial Inc. â€œWe are pleased to be â€˜Connecticutâ€™s Best Community Bankâ€™ and will continue to focus on providing caring customer service to the many communities we serve.â€?
Having set the bar high with Rockville Bank, the North Central News announces the Best of 2012, according to our readers.
There was a tie in the best restaurant category between Basilâ€™s and Hazard Grille. Basilâ€™s Restaurant 64 West Stafford Rd., Stafford 860-684-9000 Basilâ€™s Restaurant is a great place to eat, according to our readers. â€œBasilâ€™s
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Restaurant offers a fresh alternative to the typical dining experience,â€? according to its website. â€œAt Basil's, out goal is to create for you the best possible dining experience by carefully preparing and using the finest quality, freshest ingredientsâ€? Hazard Grille 39 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-239-0004 Once again the Hazard Grille is a favorite of our readers. The Grille features classic American food with an upscale, but not stuffy, twist. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed, even while the food is amazing. Seafood, pasta, chops and steaks are featured, along with signature dishes like Statler chicken and lobster fettuccini. The affordable luncheon menu includes sandwiches, as well as entrees like meatloaf and baked scrod.
Angelinaâ€™s 555 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-0399 Angelinaâ€™s is the best way to start the day, our readers say. Owned by Miguel and Angelina Mendoza, the restaurant offers a lighter take on breakfast made from fresh ingredients. Specialties include crepes and gluten-free items, including muffins. Miguel Mendoza said they like to use fresh fruits in their breakfasts, such as their French toast with peaches and real maple syrup.
Best Happy Hour
Caseyâ€™s Cafe 127 West Rd., Ellington 860-870-8784 When the workday is over and itâ€™s time to relax, Caseyâ€™s Cafe is the best place for happy hour, according to our readers. Caseyâ€™s Cafe offers Happy Hour fare from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The menu varies but often includes meatballs and sandwiches, according to Eric Carneiro, who owns Caseyâ€™s Cafe with Bryan Harvell. â€œWe mix it up, pretty much. Every day it will be something different.â€?
Pizzeria DaVinci of Connecticut Various locations Our readers say DaVinci is the master of the art of pizza. Their thin crust pizza is baked on a hot stone from dough made fresh daily at each location.
Best Ice Cream
Dzenâ€™s Garden Market 187 Windsorville Rd., Ellington 860-871-8183 103 Main St., Somers 860-749-4230 With a summer like this one, ice cream is something weâ€™ve all been screaming for. And once again our readers say the one to loudest for scream for is Dzenâ€™s. Both the Ellington and Somers locations offer the
same great menuâ€”24 flavors of soft-serve ice cream, with Dzenâ€™s own fresh fruit toppings in seasonâ€”along with sundaes, shakes, and combination treats like their famous Norâ€™easter. The staff is friendly and the service is fastâ€”no matter how long the line.
Best Financial Institution
American Eagle Federal Credit Union Various locations When it comes to finances, our readers want to soar with the eagles. American Eagle FCU is the largest community credit union in Connecticut with more than 100,000 members and $1.1 billion in assets. The credit union operates 17 branches in Central Connecticut.
Best Local Attraction & Best Driving Range
Sonnyâ€™s Place 349 Main St., Somers 860-763-5454 Formerly Somers Golf Center, Sonnyâ€™s Place was renamed this year in honor of Sonny Antonacci, the father of owner Jerry Antonacci. In addition to the restaurant and driving range, Sonnyâ€™s Place has an arcade, miniature golf, batting cages, gocarts and a rock wall. Itâ€™s also known for great ice cream.
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Molinaâ€™s CafĂŠ 95 High St., Enfield 860-741-9108 For that midday meal, our readers say Molinaâ€™s is the place. â€œThey love it,â€? said night manager Erma Valdez. The restaurant is friendly and homey. Meals are homemade and tasty. Specialties include melts, salads and burgers.
Somers Inn 585 Main St., Somers 860-749-2256 The Somers Inn Restaurant, originally called The Kibbe Hotel, was built around 1804. It was first owned by Warren Kibbe and then by George Kibbe, according to its website. The hotel at that time was on a stagecoach run from Hartford to Boston. The actual Somers Inn was located at 735 Main St. and was built as a working farm. The house was sold in the 1940s and made into an inn. The inn burned in February 1957. In the early 1960s The Olde Homestead Inn was renamed The Somers Inn Restaurant. The restaurant has been owned and operated by the Boggio family since 1978. They take pride in having a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and strive to purchase the freshest seafood, meats and vegetables available.
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Best Package Store
Randazzoâ€™s 71 W. Stafford Rd., Stafford Springs 860-684-1463 â€œI always make it a point to give customers what they want,â€? owner Jerry Randazzo said. And our readers appreciate that level of service. â€œItâ€™s the personal service,â€? Randazzo said. He maintains a â€œwish list,â€? where people can request items and he works to make those wishes a reality.
Johnson Memorial Hospital 201 Chestnut Hill Rd., Stafford Springs 860-684-4251 While no one wants to need a hospital â€” at least other than those who get to bring home a new bundle of joy â€” our readers say if they do need one, they feel best about Johnson Memorial. They offer inpatient and outpatient services right here in north central Connecticut.
Best Place to Have Your Car Worked On
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Lori Spielman 177 Abbott Rd., Ellington 860-875-2419 Lori Spielman Landscaping Inc. is a full-service landscaping company specializing in commercial and residential landscaping, irrigation installation and maintenance golf course/athletic field construction and maintenance. They have qualified employees as well as a complete fleet of vehicles and equipment to complete the job. They say one reason readers think theyâ€™re the best is that they have the equipment to do the job right and the personnel to get it done on time.
Best Dealership â€” New Cars and Trucks
Bolles Motors Route 190, Stafford 860-684-8888 Route 83, Ellington 860-875-2595 Since 1976, Bolles Motors has been a family-owned and -operated business. Itâ€™s
our readersâ€™ favorite place to buy a new car for the eighth year in a row.
Best Dealership â€” Used Cars and Trucks
Leeâ€™s Auto Center 171 West Rd., Ellington 860-875-1444 According to its website, â€œLee's Auto Ranchâ€™s mission is to serve Ellington and the surrounding communities, at our â€˜State of the Artâ€™ facility. We continue to invest in the newest equipment and certified personnel, enhancing our ability to complete repairs with confidence and in a timely manner â€Ś This creates an enjoyable work day, which gives our neighbors peace of mind, convenience and above all â€˜Honest Family Values.â€™ â€?
Best Financial Planner
Harry Kent Kent Retirement Planning Services, LLC 2 Robert St., Somers 860-749-6961
Best Real Estate Agency
Slayton Real Estate 183 Candlewood Dr., Enfield 860-741-3769 When it comes to real estate, no agency does it better than Slayton, our readers say. Itâ€™s the agency they say does the best job when youâ€™re buying or selling a home.
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Harry Kent won our readersâ€™ poll as best financial planner again this year. In these challenging times, Kent Retirement Planning continues to help its clients to develop strategies to achieve an â€œoptimal level of retirement income,â€? according to its website. Kent also offers a range of other financial services. â€œIâ€™m good at ensuring that people donâ€™t outlive their assets,â€? Kent said. â€œAnd I love doing it.â€? Our readers think heâ€™s the go-to guy for financial planning in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.
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Kathy Geryk Coldwell Banker Real Estate 810 Enfield St., Enfield 860-745-3345 Kathy Geryk is the peopleâ€™s choice when they need someone to help them find or sell a home. In the business for four years, Geryk lives in Stafford Springs and grew up in Somers, so she knows the area well. Geryk said she finds it rewarding to be a part of such a major decision in peopleâ€™s lives. â€œI love helping people. I love trying to get people the best deal I can,â€? she said.
Best Hair Salon
A Salon 5 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-749-6200 Our readers trust their hair to A Salon. Open for just two years, A Salon is a small, three-chair salon, said owner Annie Strouth. She said they have a knowledgeable staff and know their customers. One thing their customers love is that they are open when they can get there. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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2 Middle Rd., Enfield 860-763-0579 According to our readers poll, Jen Fournier knows their style and does it well. Fournier will celebrate her 10th anniversary as a stylist in September. Maybe what our readers like most is that she listens to them, Fournier said. â€œI listen to what people want instead of what I want them to have,â€? she said.
Teabury Treasures features the works of 50 local artists and crafters. Owned by Barbara Oâ€™Boyle, the company opened in April. They offer gifts and home dĂŠcor, including the works of artists Denise Davis and Donna Shaw. They sell furniture, jewelry, baby gifts, handmade cards, organic dog treats and too many other items to mention them all. Everything is handmade in the United States.
The Growth Company 167 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-749-9237 The Growth Co. has been serving Enfield and Windsor since 1976. It is family owned and operated. â€œWe are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements, for every occasion, from every day to beautiful sympathy pieces. We have gifts, fruit, gourmet baskets, and backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect,â€? they say on their website.
Beautiful Things Interiors & Gifts 12 South Rd., Somers 860-265-7855 When it comes to their favorite place to buy gifts, our readers once again love Beautiful Things. They especially enjoy Beautiful Thingsâ€™ eclectic mix of items.
Best Handmade in America Gifts
Teabury Treasures 312 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-0418
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Best Gift Shop
Goldâ€™s Gym Various locations For getting â€” and staying â€” in shape, our readers say this gym is the â€œGoldâ€™sâ€™ standard.
Ellington Center Animal Clinic 64 Main St., Ellington 860-871-3064 Ellington Center Animal Clinic offers preventative health care, dentistry, general surgery, internal medicine, radiology,
Staf ford Springs Finest
Dr. James Fitzgerald 139 Hazard Ave., Bldg 1 Enfield 860-749-1233 48 South Rd., Somers 860-749-0781 Our readersâ€™ favorite dentist wants to say thank you to all of his patients and those who voted for him.
Dr. Terry Eccles 72 W. Stafford Rd., Stafford Springs 860-684-5015 A pediatrician in practice for 13 years, Dr. Eccles works to have â€œmore than just a doctor-patient relationship.â€? She works to get to know the person. â€œShe goes the extra mile to know about the families,â€? a member of her staff said.
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Broad Brook School Will Have Permanent Modular Classrooms By Linda Tishler Levinson
EAST WINDSOR— Broad Brook Elementary School will be getting permanent modular classrooms. Residents voted 362-123 in a June 27 referendum to approve funding for the $3.77 million project. Bonded over 20 years with a state reimbursement rate of 56.79 percent, the monthly cost to the town will be $8,862. The town currently spends $7,738 per month on leased modular classrooms.
Built in 1952, the elementary school completed additions in 1961 and 1986. The current portable classrooms were leased in 2002 for a 10-year period. At that time those units were at least 10 years old. The lease has been extended until June 2013. The current modular classrooms are not up to current code and have water and other maintenance problems. The new units also will be more energy efficient, said Richard Labrie of Futures Education, a consultant for the
Board of Education on the project. The current eight modular classrooms will be replaced with 14 new, permanent modular classrooms. Ten will be located in front of the building and four in the north courtyard area. The permanent modular units have a useful life of 40 to 50 years, Labrie said, as opposed to the 20 for the portable units. The new modulars will be owned by the town rather than being leased.
East Windsor Senior Center Stays Busy with Events During August
EAST WINDSOR - There are many activities scheduled for August at the Senior Center. The Senior Center will be hosting presentations in the month of August. Those presentations are: “Benefits of Good Footwear” on Friday, Aug. 3, at 12:30 p.m.; East Windsor Trail System, American Heritage River Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 12:30 p.m. and a presentation by James Houlberg, CPA, on
Thursday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. The East Windsor Senior Center will be sponsoring a few trips in the month of August. On Wednesday, Aug. 1, the Senior Center will be traveling to the Connecticut Old State House in Hartford to attend “Conversations at Noon.” The topic will be “The Creation of Constitution Plaza.” Other trips planned are on Friday, Aug. 10, to EBB Greenhouse and lunch at
Yukon Jacks Union; Tuesday, Aug. l4, the Senior Center will be traveling to the Aqua Turf for its presentation “Worldwide Music Fest”; Wednesday, Aug. 15, going to Elizabeth Park in Hartford to attend the historical tour of the park; Friday, Aug. 17, going to the Zoo at Forest Park and then lunch at the Hu Ke Lau in Longmeadow, Mass.; Monday, Aug. 20, going to Holiday Hill in Prospect for the Statewide Senior Outing; Friday, Aug. 24, going to the Sock
Hop at Scout Hall; and Tuesday, Aug. 28, a tour of the State Capitol and lunch at the l877 Club. A special evening event, an evening concert in Windsor Locks to see the Savage Brothers band, will be hosted by the East Windsor Senior Center on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 5:30 p.m. If interested, please contact the East Windsor Senior Center at 125 Main St. at 860-292-8262.
EAST WINDSOR - Since the founding of the East Windsor Lions Club in 1953, members have diligently worked on fundraising events to benefit sight related causes. The club has sponsored eye screening available to the public; provided large print books to the East Windsor Public Library and provided eyeglasses to
residents in need. In addition the East Windsor Lions Club has supported CT Lions Eye Research Center at Yale University, CT Lions Low Vision Centers, and Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, just to mention a few organizations. In the past, residents and businesses
have provided much support for these fundraising events. The club will be looking for this same enthusiastic support from the community for a new undertaking to raise funds. The club needs both participants and sponsors and will be reaching out to the community over the next several weeks. On Sunday, Sept. 30, the East Windsor Lions Club will be holding a community bike ride. This inaugual event will be called “A Bike Ride for Sight-The Tour de East Windsor.” The Tour de East Windsor will start and finish at the East Windsor Reservoir.
Starting time will be 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. There will be three categories: 20 miles, 10 miles, and a 5-mile family ride. Special recognition awards will be presented to riders whose fundraising efforts result in extraordinary success. Music, entertainment, food and refreshments will be available. Complete “Tour de East Windsor” information can be found on the East Windsor Lions Club’s website: http://eclubhouse.org/sites/eastwindsorct/ or by contacting co-chairmen Mike Kreuzer at 860-623-5425 or Peter Nevers at 860-6048538.
Lions Club Seeks Support for Upcoming ‘Tour de East Windsor’ Bike Event
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Scantic River Fundraiser Makes a Splash for Food Bank
East Windsor EAST WINDSOR - The American Heritage River Commission held a fundraiser on Sunday, July 1, on the Scantic River at the Old Trolley Crossing Park in East Windsor. Starting the river event was the BMX Skate Park Committee with its third annual Rubber Duck Race, in which the River Commission members had several work days clearing the river of fallen trees and debris to make the way passable for the racing ducks. About 110 ducks were adopted and the river members launched the ducks for the race and caught them at the finish line.
For the inaugural event, the American Heritage River Commission held its first annual Cardboard Boat Race. The boats had to be built according to specifications (two 4x10â€™ sheets of cardboard, six rolls of duct tape, one plank of wood and some glue; decorations were optional). Barb Halloran won first prize in her Godzilla boat. Other finishers were: Liam Noble as captain of Alan Bakerâ€™s red, white & blue canoe; Rebecca Talamini on her â€œsurf boatâ€?; Jason Buden represented the Warehouse Point Fire Dept. in his fire truck boat; Debbie Talamini in the American Heritage River Commissionâ€™s
Members of AHRC Dick Sullivan and Rebecca Talamini (in canoe) and Tom Talamini (in kayak).
Jason Buden of the Warehouse Point Fire Department climbs aboard his cardboard craft and manages to stay afloat during the start of the â€œFirst Annual Cardboard Canoe Race on the Scantic River.â€? Photo by David Butler II
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Increasing Town Population Requires More Athletic Fields
Ellington By Linda Tishler Levinson
ELLINGTON â€” The people have come, so the town needs to build it. â€œThe population of Ellington has been increasing for years,â€? First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. The town does not have enough athletic fields to accommodate its growing population, and those fields it has are over-
utilized, he added. As a result, the town needs more athletic space. In response, the town has created an ad hoc planning committee that is working on a plan to develop the Pinney Street property into recreation space, Blanchette said. The plan is to develop two to three athletic fields, as well as parking for
them, said Gordon Oliver, chairman of the ad hoc planning committee. Established in March, the committee began meeting in April. They have developed a layout for the project, Oliver said. Now the committee is working on the funding aspect. The plan is for a larger field for lacrosse and soccer and one to two
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ELLINGTON - Ellington High School will host freshman orientation on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Administrators and guidance counselors will provide information about schedules, programs and activities, as well as transitional issues such as time management and study skills. Students will have an opportunity to tour the building and visit class locations and lockers. All incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend. For further information, contact the Guidance Department at 860-896-2357.
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Ellington Farmerâ€™s Market an Important Community Asset By Deborah Stauffer
Freshâ€ŚOur Community at its Best,â€? and it can be seen on a banner with the new logo at the information booth. Ellingtonâ€™s Farmer Market has about 30 vendors that alternate participation. Every vendor has to be a certified farmerâ€™s market vendor, which means the product has to be grown and produced in Connecticut. Some of the vendors are permanent each week, but every week there are many new ones visiting. Only a certain amount can be craft vendors, which ensures that farmerâ€™s markets always stay true to its name. â€œItâ€™s a great opportunity for people to market their product with no middle man,â€? says Trueb. There is a different theme every week. Safety Day was July 14 and there were car seat inspections taking place, bicycle safety experts there along with the Connecticut State Police and their Seat Belt â€œConvincerâ€? apparatus. There also were members of the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department on hand with fire safety information. There is entertainment too so marketgoers can enjoy music as they browse. The themes are listed on the Farmerâ€™s Market website, www.ellingtonfarmersmarket .com, and upcoming themes and entertainment can be found along with many other features. There are always fresh coffee and baked goods available for purchase along
ELLINGTON - This past spring, bright 2-foot-high orange carrots could be seen throughout the town of Ellington. The clever driveway marker was the brainchild of market master Dianne Trueb of the Ellington Farmerâ€™s Market. The carrots, an idea Trueb borrowed from another town, were available for purchase around town for $5 and their purpose is to provide support and community pride for the Ellington Farmerâ€™s Market. The market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Arbor Park and runs until Oct. 20. Proceeds from the carrots help fund outreach efforts and entertainment at the market. Ellington has had a farmerâ€™s market for quite some time. Before its home at Arbor Park on Main Street for the last six years, it was at Brookside Park for a few years and before that behind Ellington Congregational Church. Over the past two years and particularly this year the farmerâ€™s market has taken on a new look and atmosphere with more vendors and an expanded variety of products. Trueb joined the team of four market masters last year to help with advertising the market. A website was created and coincided with a slogan contest. A Facebook page was created this year. The winning slogan was â€œLocal and
LuAnnâ€™s Bakery is a regular at the farmerâ€™s market.
with samples from some of the vendors. LuAnnâ€™s Bakery is a permanent vendor there and has been for many years. She works out of her home and provides baked goods for many orchards and events at Kloter Farms. LuAnnâ€™s Bakery can also be found on the Web at www.luannsbakery.squarespace.com. Her husband, Mike Hoffman, is the treasurer and one of the four market masters. Upcoming themes include peach festival, holistic health, youth market day,
Photo by Deborah Stauffer tomato day, apple festival, winter squash festival and much more. There is even a scarecrow contest on Sept. 29 and a pet costume parade on Oct. 20. â€œThis is a great thing to have for our community. People love it,â€? says Trueb. There are still plenty of Saturdays left on the calendar to visit the Ellington Farmerâ€™s Market if you havenâ€™t given it a try yet. Be sure to check out their website and Facebook page for upcoming themes and events.
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Cedar Knob Golf Course 446 Billings Rd., Somers 860-749-3550 An area institution since 1963, Cedar Knob wins the “Best Golf Course” title for the fifth year in a row. The 18-hole public course, which also has a pro shop, restaurant and bar, offers programs and lessons for duffers of all ages. Experienced pros and quality merchandise are available every day. Save gas and stay local! You won’t find a better or more meticulously maintained golf course.
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Integrity Martial Arts 585 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-698-9226 When it comes to martial arts instruction, our readers say Integrity again deserves the black belt. â€œWe focus on the character development and leadership education,â€? said Janice Morton, the studioâ€™s community liaison. Students learn to be more respectful, disciplined and controlled. The owner of the studio is Jonathan Metcalf, a member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Somers Day Spa 36 South Rd., Somers 860-763-4544 Our readers say Somers Day Spa is where they love to go to indulge themselves. They offer a chance to enjoy the â€œrituals of renewal and tranquility that bring about a balance of beauty and wellness.â€?
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The Nail Spa 175 West Road, Ellington 860-875-2562 When our readers want the pampering of a manicure or pedicure, they choose The Nail Spa. â€œWe're celebrating 21 years at the Meadowview Plaza in Ellington, and our goal has always been the same; to offer exceptional products and expertise along with a professional yet fun environment,â€? they say on their website.
Best Home Improvement
Harry A. Starr and Son 80 Billings Rd., Somers 860-749-8533 When it comes to home improvements, they say their quality and history sets them apart.
Belvedere 122 Prospect Hill Rd., East Windsor 860-654-0008 Belvedere offers catering. They specialize in pierogies, stuffed cabbage, potato pancakes, potato dumplings and sauerkraut. They offer hot lunches and dinners, as well as sandwiches.
Best Banquet Facility
Joannaâ€™s Banquet 145 Main St., Somers
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860-763-5060 Joannaâ€™s describes itself as â€œConnecticutâ€™s most affordable yet elegant banquet hall.â€? Our readers agree: For banquets, itâ€™s the place to be.
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Kloter Farms 216 West Rd., Ellington 860-871-1048 Kloter Farms is a family-owned and operated business. At Kloter Farms, they work very hard to earn your business. â€œIt is our goal to provide you with the highest quality products, at the very best price possible,â€? according to their website.
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Enfield Motor Sports 27 Palmoba Dr., Enfield 860-741-2173 Family owned since 1971, our readers say this is the place to buy and service motorcycles, dirtbikes, ATVs, scooters, snowmobiles and everything related to them.
Best Asian Food
Lotus Restaurant 409 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon Rockville 860-871-8962 When it comes to Asian food, our readers say Lotus is the place to visit.
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Carlâ€™s Appliance Service 336 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-745-2902 When it comes to appliance sales and service, Carlâ€™s Appliance Service says it offers the quality, care and attention only a small business can.
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Mountain Tree 21 Egypt Rd., Somers 860-749-7365 â€œWhat makes the company great is that the owner cares about trees,â€? said office manager Leon Dolby, whose son, Barry Dolby, owns the company. Apparently, our readers agree. In the tree business since 1980, Mountain is a full-service tree company. â€œWeâ€™re equipped to do almost anything in the line of trees,â€? Leon Dolby said. They can plant and even transplant, as well as offer tree maintenance services.
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High Schools Will No Longer Graduate at Cathedral
By Linda Tishler Levinson
ENFIELD â€” The Enfield Public Schools will not hold graduation ceremonies at First Cathedral in Bloomfield. That is the outcome of a settlement the Board of Education has reached with the American Civil Liberties Union, according to Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann.
The school board voted at its July 18 meeting to accept the agreement with the ACLU. The agreement, the terms of which have not been disclosed, specifically bars the school system from holding commencement exercises at First Cathedral. No other venues, including others with religious ties, are mentioned in the stipulation, Schumann said.
ENFIELD - Greater Enfield Landlord Association meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Enfield Town Hall, 820 Enfield St., Enfield. It is starting its 19th year with the Sept. 5 meeting. September is enrollment month for new and renewal memberships for owners of one or more rental properties in
Enfield and surrounding area towns. For more information, check out its website:www.greaterenfieldlandlordassociation.com. Membership applications may be downloaded and mailed or brought to the September meeting, or email email@example.com or call 860-729-1301 for more information.
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ceremonies because it is a house of worship and that violates the separation of church and state. The board argued that it chose First Cathedral for its cost and its size, which members said they felt would best accommodate graduatesâ€™ friends and families. Since then, Enfield High and Fermi graduations have been held at the schools.
ENFIELD - GFWC/The Womanâ€™s Club of Enfield is pleased to announce that Rebecca Skrabely, a graduate of Fermi High School and a senior at Montserrat College of Art, has been awarded the Rose Belanger Continuing Education Scholarship of $1,000. Skrabely is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and hopes to become an art teacher.
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ENFIELD - Each year, the General Federation of Womenâ€™s Clubs of Connecticut offers the Phipps Memorial Award to Connecticut women to pursue advanced courses of study at accredited colleges. The Womanâ€™s Club of Enfield was recently notified by the GFWC/CT Memorial Scholarship Chair that a $1,000 Phipps Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Tiffany Almeida of Enfield.
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Mount Carmel to Feature Cake Boss Family, Deana Martin By Julie Cotnoir
ENFIELD – Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hobokon, N.J., and star of TLC’s “Cake Boss” recently met with Carl Sferrazza, president of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, and told him that his family will once again have a presence at the club’s annual Festival in Enfield. He says they will return because the event continues to remain “old school.” He says the business receives numerous requests and is careful to choose where they will go. He liked what he heard about the event from his sister-in-law Madeline and brother-in law Mauro who attended the event last year. “It’s all about Mom, Dad, kids and family,” says Sferrazza, who has been the president of Mt. Carmel since 2000. While Valastro won’t personally be able to attend the weekend long event on Aug. 3, 4, and 5, other members of the “Cake Boss” family, including his sister Madeline and her husband Mauro, who will do a cake decorating demonstration later in the afternoon on Saturday, will be in attendance throughout the weekend. The family brought a cake decorated in honor of singer Deana Martin during its visit last year. The Valastro family will be bringing fresh pastries daily from the New Jersey bakery to the weekend-long festival. The decadent desserts will be the only outside food sold at the Festival, according to
Carl Sferrazza, president of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, with singer Deana Martin, daughter of Dean Martin.
Sferrazza. Mt. Carmel members will be preparing the rest of the tantalizing menu. Sferrazza says that by preparing the food in-house they guarantee a high quality product. The weekend event is like taking a pleasant step back in time. There is the traditional candlelight procession on Aug. 2, which travels through the neighborhood. The women’s auxiliary will provide pastries in the free hospitality tent following the procession. The weekend will include carnival rides (a wristband for unlimited rides from 3
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p.m.-6 p.m. will be $15 on Saturday), the traditional crowd favorite climbing of the grease pole and entertainment all weekend long. A Sunday morning mass on Aug. 5, at Mt. Carmel’s chapel, will take place at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed with pastries and coffee. The glitz and glamour of Las Vegas will once again be a big part of the weekend with Deana Martin, daughter of the legendary Dean Martin and a star in her own right, making a return appearance to the Festival on Saturday night. The singer has performed all over the country from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to Harrah’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She will not be taking the stage alone. Vincent Falcone, Frank Sinatra’s musical director for 10 years, will be accompanying the performer. Sferrazza had been asked by Martin’s husband to make a special appearance in Vegas with Martin this year. A commerative sculpture of her father Dean, which is on display and for sale at the Regis Galerie at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, was being unveiled and her husband asked if Sferrazza could be the “security person” to wheel the sculpture on to
the stage, unbeknowst to Deana. He said it was great to receive such a warm welcome from Deana as he crossed the stage with the sculpture. It was at a dinner, following the unveiling, that Sferrazza was able to meet, have dinner next to and talk to famed Supremes singer Mary Wilson about the Festival. She told Sferrazza that if Martin said he was OK then he was OK in her book and that she wanted to participate in the festival as well. She will be taking to the Enfield stage on Saturday night as well. Enfield’s native son radio personality Brad Davis will also be participating in the festivities. Entertainment is part of the festivities from start to finish. Mary Ann Esposito, host of the television show ‘Ciao Italia,’ will take the stage on Friday night. Pop country star Vermonica Balastrini will be performing at the festival, in addition to Dr. K’s Motown Review, on Friday night. The Beatles tribute band Ticket To Ride and vocalist Marcello Sparagna will wrap up the weekend’s festivities on Sunday. Mt. Carmel is located at 93 Park Ave. in Enfield. Visit http://mtcarmelsociety.com for up to date information about the festival.
Loaves and Fishes Honors Volunteers
On Sunday, June 10, Enfield Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen held its annual Volunteer Thank You Luncheon at Silvia's Restaurant in Enfield. More than 100 volunteers enjoyed a delicious meal and were honored for their help and dedication to the soup kitchen throughout the year. Mayor Scott Kaupin read a proclamation from Governor Malloy proclaiming it as Enfield Loaves and Fishes Day in Enfield. Special honors went to Ron Gregory, who has supported and dedicated his time to the soup kitchen for 25 years. Volunteers were entertained by 7-year-old Benjamin Tuck throughout the afternoon. Pictured from left to right are Karyn Oâ€™Donnell, Priscilla Brayson and Murray Brayson. Enfield Loaves and Fishes always welcomes volunteers. Contact Priscilla Brayson, Director, at 860-741-0226 for further information.
Credit Union Announces Scholarship Recipient
The Enfield Community Federal Credit Union (ECFCU) announced Austin Davis, a recent graduate of Enrico Fermi High School in Enfield, is the recipient of its 2012 Scholarship Award of $500. He will be attending Providence College in Rhode Island where he will continue his education. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize credit union members who have shown scholastic achievement and are pursuing higher education. Applicants must have been graduating seniors who would be attending a 2-4-year institution of higher learning in the fall of 2012. â€œWe are pleased to be able to offer this scholarship award to one of our young members. All of us at the credit union wish Austin the best of luck now and in his future endeavors,â€? said Clint Bramlett, President and CEO of ECFCU.
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First Selectman Completes Federal Preparedness Training By Linda Tishler Levinson
SOMERS — The first selectman is prepared. First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini recently completed training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. Operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, it is a federally chartered weapons of mass destruction training facility, Pellegrini said. She completed the Incident Command: Capabilities, Planning and Response Actions Training course from June 24 to 28. The course provides management-level responders with a knowledge of how the decisions made by responders affect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive incidents; natural disasters; civil disturbances; and overall emergencies and discussed managing emergency situations using a unified command
approach, Pellegrini said. It also taught participants to evaluate the threat to the jurisdiction, identify and prioritize probable targets, measure required capabilities and discuss and formulate an incident response plan and an incident action plan. “The course was extremely beneficial when considering the town of Somers has had three FEMA emergencies including the snowstorms, Storm Irene and Storm Alfred and two major fires within a very short time period,” Pellegrini said. She said she realized that while the town has managed these issues well, the quality of the training available would only serve to strengthen her knowledge gained from the past experiences and help prepare for future emergencies.
Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state or local municipalities. Somersville Streetscape Construction work has been done at Maple and School streets in Somersville. The small traffic triangle was removed and replaced with a uniform, three-way stop, Pellegrini said. That work is being paid for by funding provided by the Somersville Streetscape Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant. Other work done in the area included installation of a sewer main on Maple Street. That line replaces a sewer line that went through the mill. The line was damaged in the Somersville mill fire. The town Water Pollution Control Authority oversaw that project.
Somers Great Escape Road Race Takes Strides to Enhance Event
SOMERS - Entering its 13th year, the Somers Great Escape Road Race is taking strides to offer even more to race participants. Included in the event’s changes are a new Facebook page where participants can get information about the race and register online: Facebook.com/SomersGreatEscape. The wheel-measured five-mile course has been altered, eliminating two 90 degree and two 180 degree turns, making it faster. Chip timing is also new this year. Team competitions have also been intro-
duced this year. Though change is good, maintaining the elements that create a successful event are always good to have around too. The 5K course is the same – USATF certified CT04017-PH. The cash prizes for first, second, and third-place runners and age division winners remain the same. All participants will receive the event’s iconic “convict” T-shirt and can redeem their race bib for a beverage at the Rotary pavilion at the Four-Town Fair. Participants will also be eligible for
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Somers Somers Senior League District 8 Champs
The Somers Senior League All-Stars defeated South Windsor two games to none to capture the District 8 championship. Game 1 was a 16-2 win. Game 2 was a 7-0 win. Pictured, from left, are manager Vinny Hollister, coach Jay Palazzo, Adam Donovan, Jeff Austin, Stefan Renaudette, Jeff Krol, Brick Palazzo, Mike Lesco, Zach Varnauskas, Zach Kertenis, Austin Stinson, Coach Drew Donovan. In rear are Brian Hollister, Kyle Trusch (with trophy). Missing from photo is Alec Duarte.
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Song and Dance at Green Under the Stars
SOMERS - The Somers Cultural Commission presented the first concert of the season â€œon the Green under the starsâ€? on Thursday, June 21, on Battle Street in Somers. The concert featured the 50-piece South Windsor Community Band. The band, which played its first concert in 1995, played selections from: â€œThe Sound of Music,â€? â€œTitanic,â€? Henry Mancini,
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Motorcyclists, Car Drivers Invited to Dream Ride to Benefit Special Olympics
FARMINGTON – On Sunday, Aug. 19, Special Olympics supporters from eight states and 26 satellite start locations will come together at The Farmington Club, Farmington, for the 12th Annual Dream Ride, presented by Bozzuto’s Inc. and The Hometown Foundation Inc. Thousands of motorcycle and car enthusiasts from throughout the Northeast are expected to participate to enjoy the ride, celebrate the achievements of Special Olympics and help inspire respect and inclusion for people of all abilities. In addition to the traditional motorcycle ride, Dream Cruise 2012 will be presented by Papa’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to
give car enthusiasts the opportunity to take part in the event. Not only will participants have the chance to exhibit their classy and classic cars and trucks, but they may also have the opportunity to cruise with a Special Olympics athlete to the Dream Ride destination site. When they reach the Farmington Club, motorcycle riders and passengers, Dream Cruise participants and Special Olympics athletes will be treated to a Black Angus strip steak and boneless chicken breast luncheon courtesy of Bozzuto’s Inc. and The Farmington Club. They’ll meet up with the industry’s leading vendors, listen to live music and much more. Headlining
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Disabled Vets Insurance names Paradiso as regional director
STAFFORD SPRINGS – Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers, dedicated to helping disabled U.S. veterans by providing new opportunities for training and employment in the insurance industry, announced on Tuesday, July 24, the appointment of Chris Paradiso, the owner of Paradiso Financial & Insurance Services LLC, as a regional director. “Chris is a tireless and inspirational leader,” said James Pender, DVIC co-founder and chairman. “His passion and experience make Chris the perfect person to help us guide this organization.” Paradiso started Paradiso Insurance in 1998 after several years in the insurance industry. He has been recognized for his accomplishments and charity work with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, cover agent on Rough Notes magazine, The Insurance Journal, PIA and additional insurance industry publications. Most recently, Chris Paradiso began Paradiso Presents LLC, a social media program geared to show and teach small agencies how to survive in today’s complex online marketing world. Paradiso Financial & Insurance Services is an independent insurance agency that has been located in Stafford Springs for more than 11 years. Paradiso provides many lines of insurance, including commercial, home, auto, life and investments. DVIC’s strategic board includes James R. Pender
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Carry on Wayward Son on a Dragon Boat to Shelburne Falls
Welcome back to the Sunday Drive, the column with no greater aspiration than to inspire its readers to get their collective motors running and head out on the highway and enjoy some of the area’s best known treasures ... and hidden gems. So where’s our first stop? Well, let’s just say you won’t be in Kansas anymore, Toto. But … rather, a Connecticut-based event large enough to have the nationally known rock band of the same name headline it. Started in 1975, the Milford Oyster Festival (milfordoysterfestival.com) has grown over the last 30 years into the largest one-day Festival in Connecticut that boasts attendance just over the 50,000 mark. It attracts people from the area and around the state who want to enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and history of Milford at a family-oriented Festival. It was designed to raise money for, and bring awareness to, the local nonprofit organizations through a Festival that celebrates the important history the oyster industry once had on the city of Milford. Today there are many facets of the festival which include various high caliber entertainment acts (island party rock faves the Rum Runners and Constitution State Country boys Northern Renegade are also scheduled to perform), over 200 arts and crafts vendors from around the country, a “Main Street” area which helps to promote the local small and medium-sized busi-
nesses, children’s amusement rides and games, classic car show, canoe races and tremendous food offered by many local non-profit civic organizations to help raise money for each of their causes. This year’s festival will occur rain or shine from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. Admission to the event and all concerts is free. Can’t make the Oyster fest? Aw, shucks … (sorry, couldn’t resist). Well, this next one is both a little closer to home and runs into Sunday, Aug. 19, too, if that’s a better fit. The 12th annual “Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival” (dragonboathartford.com) rolls ... or make that, rows … into Hartford’s Riverfront Aug. 18-19. So just what is Dragon Boat Racing? Your friendly, neighborhood Sunday Driver is glad you asked, as he recently asked himself and just learned the answer. The standard crew complement of a contemporary dragon boat is around 22, comprising 20 paddlers in pairs facing toward the bow of the boat, one drummer or “caller “at the bow facing toward the paddlers, and and steersperson at the rear of the boat. The pulsation of the drum beats produced by the drummer may be considered the “heartbeat” of the dragon boat. The drummer leads the paddlers throughout a
Rock n’ roll’s “wayward sons” – Kansas – will headline the 38th annual Milford Oyster Festival Aug. 18.
race using the rhythmic drum beat to indicate the frequency and synchronicity of all the paddlers’ strokes (that is, the cadence, picking up or accelerating the pace, slowing the rate, etc.) The drummer may issue commands to the crew through a combination of hand signals and voice calls, and also generally exhorts the crew to perform at their peak. A drummer is mandatory during racing events, but if he or she is not
present during training, it is typical for the sweep to direct the crew. In 2000, Riverfront Recapture held its first Dragon Boat Festival and attracted over 30 local teams to compete in a oneday community-based competition. Over the years the competition has grown and the festival has developed into a culturally
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The 12th annual Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival rolls … or make that, rows ... into Hartford Aug. 18-19. Courtesy photo
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rich and vibrant event that showcases the Asian community that thrives in the Hartford region. Last year, a record 67 teams (some 1,600 paddlers) participated. Last but not least … something for those on the fence between a water event or one grounded on good ole terra firma. The 12h annual Iron Bridge Dinner in Shelburne Falls is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 19, and is presented by the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association in conjunction with local restaurants and catering services. Featuring food by Blue Rock Restaurant, Café Martin, the Charlemont Inn, Gloria & Co. at the Curtis House, Gypsy Apple, Hager’s Farm Market, McCusker’s Market, Mo’s Fudge Factory, Noble Feast Catering, Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters, The Village Restaurant, and the West End Pub, the Bridge Dinner seats 400 people along the Iron Bridge that connects Buckland and Shelburne. The dinner begins seating at 5:30 p.m. and happens rain or shine. And talk about speedy service. No less than athletes from the Mohawk Athletic Association will bring patrons their meals once again. All gratuities from the evening (as well as a portion of the event’s ticket price) will go directly to the Association to support sports programs. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly and are onsale at the Village Information Center, 75 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Tickets are $35 and are sold on a firstcome, first-served basis. For more information, kindly point your browser to shelburnefalls.com or call 413-625-2526.
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Rockville Rotary Awards Scholarships to Outstanding Grads
ROCKVILLE - The Rotary Club of Rockville awarded its annual college scholarships at its weekly meeting on July 23 to five outstanding area high school graduates who are headed to four-year colleges this fall. The following local students each received a $1,500 scholarship from the Rockville Rotary: â€˘ CATHERINE PAYZANT, Ellington High School, daughter of Stephen and Kathleen Payzant, will attend UConn to major in mathematics. â€˘ KELSEY KAPLAN, Tolland High School, daughter of David Kaplan and Gina Zahner, will attend Berklee College of Music in Boston to further and perfect her singing career. â€˘ HALEY DOWTY, Rockville High School, daughter of William and Teri Dowty, will attend the University of Kentucky to become an elementary school teacher and to participate in its equestrian program. â€˘ ELIZABETH TA, Rockville High School, daughter of Knda and Nuoi Ta, will attend UConn to study pre-med. â€˘ LAKORA CARTER, Rockville High School, is already taking summer courses to get ahead at Central Connecticut State University where she will major in psychology.
The funding for these generous scholarships is raised through the Rockville Rotaryâ€™s annual rose sale, which is coordinated by Rotarian Frank Borysevicz. The Rotary Club of Rockville, with many members who live or work in the Vernon, Tolland and Ellington area, is part of the worldwide organization Rotary International. Rockville Rotaryâ€™s primary focus is to help those less fortunate and Rotarians address many hunger, health, and humanity issues. Rockville Rotary meets on Mondays at noon at the R House Restaurant located at 520 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For more information, please visit www.RotaryRockvilleCT.com.
High School Arta Festival Scholarship Winners
ENFIELD - This yearâ€™s High School Arts Festival scholarships totaling $2,500 have been awarded to the following students by the Womanâ€™s Club of Enfield. Tyler Derouin â€“ Enrico Fermi High Kaitlyn Grenier â€“ Enrico Fermi High Ariel Carson - Enrico Fermi High Samantha Bousquet â€“ Enfield High
Pictured from left to right are Kelsey Kaplan, Haley Dowty and Catherine Payzant â€“ along with Rotarian Atherton â€œJoeâ€? Ryan. Kelsey, Haley and Elizabeth are three of the five 2012 area high school graduates to each receive a $1,500 scholarship from the Rotary Club of Rockville.
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Summer College for Kids Offered at Asnuntuck Community College
ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College is offering families multiple
unique opportunities for summer fun and learning in upcoming weeks. Available to students in grades 1-8 the summer programming includes day trips, How To oneday courses and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) multiday programs. ACCâ€™s Summer College for Kids is offering a Summer Fun August Excursion Week. The college will take youngsters on a different excursion each day during the week of Aug. 6-10. Kids can participate in one or all of the trips for $89 a trip.
Trips, which run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., include visits to the Boston Science Museum, Hitchcock Center for Environment, Connecticut Science Center, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens and Talcott Mountain Science Museum. Youngsters can learn how to build their own board game, write their own book or even start their own business, as part of the College for Cool Kids August one-day programs. Other one-day programs offered by
ACC include topics such as building your own robot or lessons on how to operate a computer. A different class is offered from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, during the week of Aug. 13-17. Cost is $79 for the How to Build a Board game course, with the remaining courses being offered at a cost of $89 each. For information on Summer College for kids, or to register a child for a course, please call 860-253-3034 or 860-2533066.
second and third-place winner. Winners can be awarded only one prize per category. Applications can be obtained at the Stafford Library and also downloaded from the Town of Stafford website www.staffordct.org and the Arts Commission Facebook page.
The poetry will be judged by a panel selected by the Arts Commission. Winners will be notified prior to the event and expected to recite their winning poems at Autumn in the Park on Sept. 22 between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded after the recitation. People interested in participating must complete an application form and submit two copies of each poem submitted. At least one copy must have contact information.
Applications can be obtained at the Stafford Library and also downloaded from the Town of Stafford website, www.staffordct.org, and the Arts Commission Facebook page. Remember the application deadline is Friday, Sept. 14. Also, check out the Poetry Workshop at the library on Friday, Aug. 3, from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. The Commission encourages all to follow it on Facebook.
Staffordâ€™s â€˜Autumn In The Parkâ€™ Seeks the Next E.E. Cummings STAFFORD - The Stafford Library and the Stafford Arts Commission are sponsoring a poetry contest for youths ages 6 to 16 and adults of all ages at the Commissionâ€™s seventh annual â€œAutumn in the Parkâ€? - Fine Arts Festival â€“ Saturday, Sept. 22, in Hyde Park, Stafford Springs. Each poet/entrant must submit three original poems. Poems are to be submitted to the Stafford Library at 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford, by Friday, Sept. 14 before the library closes. All poems must be no more than 40 lines long, contain no explicit words and have content appropriate for all ages. Each age category will have a first,
Age categories are: Ages 6-10 Ages 11-15 Poetry in 2 voices ages 6-15 Adults 16 and above
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Stafford Selectman Neil Hoss recently received a Home Energy Solutions (HES) assessment, a statewide program offered by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund that helps homeowners/renters save money and energy. Leading by example, Hoss received the assessment as part of Staffordâ€™s greater commitment to officially become a Clean Energy Community; the town will eventually sign a pledge to commit to reducing municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent by 2018. The town will also work to purchase 20 percent of its energy needs from clean sources by 2018. Above, Victory Energy Solutions Crew Chief German Rojas reviews the home energy assessment and energy-efficient measures installed to Stafford Selectman Neil Hoss and his son Luke Hoss.
Annual Memorial Golf Tournament for Lupus
STAFFORD - The third annual Tina Niewinski Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Sept. 7, at The Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow, Mass. Cost is $110 per golfer (includes green fees, golf cart, cookout lunch, pig roast and a gift certificate for one green fee at the The Elmcrest Country Club â€“ a $45 value). Deadline for golfer registration is Wednesday, Aug. 29.
Sponsorships are also available. Deadline for sponsorships is Aug. 24. Checks should be made payable to: Lupus Foundation of America, CT Chapter or â€œCTLFAâ€?. For additional information or to reserve a foursome, contact Jerry Niewinski, Jr. at 860-836-1851 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Meg Niewinski at 860-836-2135 or email at email@example.com.
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Stafford High School Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
STAFFORD - Marco Pelliccia, principal, of Stafford High School announced that the following students of Stafford High School have made the Honor Roll for the fourth quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. These students have completed all of their class work as of June 18 and have not received a grade lower than a 77 in any course. Students who have a 90 average or better have earned High Honors recognition. Students who have earned an 85 aver-
age or better have earned Honors recognition. Senior High Honors Ashley Allen Sarah Aubin Bryanne Auguste Charles Cormier Olivia Crable Gillian Gagne Hailee Klapproth Olivia Kritzman
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Junior High Honors Angelique Bacha Luisa Beck Jennifer Bourque Evan Cummins Sara Fogarty Ryan Gelinas Amanda Jacobsen Jonathan Lerch Suzhaunna Lerch Katherine Ouellette Shelbey Prucker Jaime Sierra
Sophomore High Honors Allan Bakker Justin Finch Elizabeth Girard Benjamin Gluck Jake Kalette Conor Keleher Amber Payzant
Freshman High Honors Renee Chasse Heather Dolby Hailey Ebenstein Nicholas Girard Taylor Glaeser-Charter Shannon Huda Shane Kalette Erica Lawlor Kaela Maloney Kathryn Molitoris Matthew Moore Julia Nosel Isabella Ostrowski Jonathan Petersen Mathew Proulx Kyle Ramsey Anyamanee Saksri Joshua Simpson Anna Smith Corine Sylvain Keighlee Szafir Raeanna Tumel Calvin Wentworth
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Town Seeks Out Alternative Funding Sources with Its New Revenue Advisory Committee By Linda Tishler Levinson
STAFFORD â€” Is Stafford getting its fair share? This is one of the questions the townâ€™s new Revenue Advisory Committee will be asked to consider. The town recently formed the committee to research existing state and federal funding sources and possibly find new revenue streams, First Selectman Richard Shuck said. â€œI think we need to look at the big picture compared to other communities,â€? Shuck said. He noted that the mill rate in town keeps going up. The reason for this, he said, is that the townâ€™s expenditures keep going up for its grand list is not growing. â€œOur grand list is pretty stagnant,â€? he
said. Rather than just having the same town officials looking at the problem, Shuck said he feels the town needs a dedicated group of individuals looking at the townâ€™s revenue issues. One thing to consider, he said, is whether more state and federal funding is available than Stafford has taken advantage of. â€œWe need to be looking for any type of grant we can get,â€? Shuck said. The first selectman said that many of the larger state and federal grants the town used to receive are no longer available. Instead of just looking at these funding sources as a total loss, Shuck said, the town needs to do a better job of looking for more small grants. These can add up, he said.
Thanks from the National Weather Service
The National Weather Service presented an award to Jeff Aborn of Staffordville for his 10 years of volunteer service. Contributed photo
Stafford High School Honor Roll Announced for the Fourth Quarter (continued from page 32)
Senior Honors Bridget Deskus Erin Drouin Mallery Finch Brent Kalette Shawna Katkavich Emily Lemire John Otero Lauren Shaw Victoria Utter James Wargo Carleton Whaley
Emerson Dolby Emily Fay Natalie Finch Alexander Huffman Vanessa Knowlton Jessica McGuire Alicia Morgan Rebecca Novelli Isabella Randazzo Jaylen Rodgers Maria Spellman Michaela Vaughn-Kuehl Megan Watkinson Kianna Woods
Morgan Emmons Megan Foley Jeffrey Garnelis Erin Gelinas Edllay Martins Michael Satkowski Devan Shackway Jai Sumeersarnauth
Freshman Honors Brianna Duffy Caitlyn Eaton Alex Hoss Cassandra Jenkins Taylor LaFlamme Shannon Slater Jeffrey Zak
Sophomore Honors Morgan Bagley Emily Bradway
Junior Honors Marisa Brink
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Annual Bruce Beaupre Memorial Road Race
The second annual Bruce Beaupre Memorial Road Race took place at Stafford High on Saturday, July 7. More than 60 runners and walkers braved the hot morning sun to participate in the 5k road race. All proceeds went to The Rotary Club of Stafford for local, state, national and international causes. The race was able to take place due to the generosity of gold sponsors, TTM Technologies and Shark Cycle and silver sponsors, Paradiso Insurance, Aqua Pump, Ilene Whitmarsh, First Niagra and Rossi Bros, LLC. The complete results are available on Coolrunning.com. Above, some of the racers lined up for a group photo after the race.
American Legion Names Guglielmo â€˜Legislator of the Yearâ€™
ROCKY HILL â€“ On Friday July 13, Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford), an Army Veteran accepted the American Legionâ€™s Legislator of the Year Award 2012. The award is given to those in public service who support veterans and the Soldiers, Sailors & Marine Fund. â€œThereâ€™s not a greater force of American Freedom in the world than what is represented here in this room,â€? said Sen. Guglielmo. â€œIâ€™m honored to receive the plaque because of who it came from. I am proud to stand
before you and I guarantee you it will have a prominent place in my office in Hartford.â€? Senator Guglielmo was also recognized for his service as a ranking member of the Public Safety Committee. Senator Guglielmo received the award at the Departmentâ€™s 94th annual Convention in Rocky Hill at the Mariott Hotel. The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.
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Stained Glass Creations and Beyond Opens
Stained Glass Creations and Beyond held the Grand Opening of its new location at 69 Main St., Stafford Springs, on July 13. Owners are Renee Goodwin and Sean Gannon. The grand opening was a great success with a large number in attendance to view the new location. Due to the increase in store size, they decided to bring in several local artists/crafters with their works. This now provides a wide variety of handmade gifts for every occasion. They will continue to hold Stained Glass & Fused Glass Classes, along with having finished product and stained glass supplies. They look forward to growing in their new location.
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HARTFORD - The test scores are in, and Catholic students in the Archdiocese of Hartford are exceeding both state and national averages in the SAT, the most widely implemented standardized test for college admission, and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), taken by elementary students. In regard to the SAT, students from the nine high schools in the Archdiocese surpassed the average scores in all areas of the SAT, especially in the writing and reading sections. On average, they scored 523 in reading, 519 in mathematics, and 527 in writing. In comparison, students enrolled in Connecticut public high schools scored an average of 502 in reading, 505 in math, and 506 in writing; while nationally, high school students scored an average of 497 in reading, 514 in math, and 489 in reading.
The ITBS scores are equally as impressive, indicating that students in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, in third through seventh grades, exceed the national average in reading, math, language arts, social studies, and science. ITBS scores are reported in both grade equivalents and national percentiles. This year, consistent with the last decade of scores, Archdiocese of Hartford studentsâ€™ average performance on all subtests measured in the top 20 percent of students tested nationally, with many students performing on average in the top 90th to 99th percentile nationally. Most notable were the test scores of seventh graders in the Archdiocese of Hartford who, on average, tested at an eleventh grade equivalency in language arts, tenth grade equivalency in science, and the later part of the ninth grade equivalency in reading, math and social studies.
STAFFORD - The Stafford Arts Commission would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the following contributors and friends of the Commission for their support of the Herland Music Festival and â€œThe Yellow Wallpaper.â€? Special thanks go to the North Central News for sponsorship; Mill Pond Country Store for land use and all-around support; and the eventâ€™s amazing hosts Jodi Latina and Patti DeRosa. The Commission and all the performers offer gratitude for Subway in sending provisions to fuel the creative spirit. As always, Town of Staffordâ€™s Pete Williams and his crew created a welcoming outdoor environment. â€œThe Yellow Wallpaperâ€? performance would not have been such a success with-
out the efforts and contributions of Chestnut Hill Nurseries, Les Moulton for set construction, Doreen Moulton for floral design, John Frassinelli for creative support, and Monty Michalec and Dick Dobson for prop provisions. The Commission thanks its unofficial â€œFriends of the Arts Commissionâ€? Rosemary Pashesa, Deb Rodriguez, Anne Guillotti, and Chris White. Finally, special thanks to sound man extraordinaire, Jim Lawlor. Without Jim not a note would be heard. This event was made more memorable because of the efforts of these individuals and companies. And finally, the Commission offers tribute to Charlotte Perkins Gilman for inspiring the entire event!
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Director of Curriculum Design of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese Valerie Mara noted that these scores exceed the outstanding results from the previous year. â€œItâ€™s like an Olympic gold medalist beating his own record,â€? said Mara. â€œThese exemplary scores indicate that our Catholic school students will be prepared to tackle the challenges that lie ahead in college as well as future career aspirations.â€? The high school graduation rate of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese is 100 percent, and 97 percent of the student population attend college, said Mara. Also testament to scholastic achievement includes the fact that all students tested in grades three through seven, on average, scored in the top 90th percentile or better across the board nationally in language arts.
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â€œI commend our students for their hard work and commitment in the classroom. It is evident that they work extremely hard in order to achieve such outstanding results,â€? said Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dale R. Hoyt. â€œI also want to express heartfelt gratitude to our teachers, principals, and school staffs who serve as excellent role models and are steadfast and conscientious about executing our mission of fostering a culture of educational excellence through critical thinking with an emphasis on moral education, community and service.â€? Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford welcome students of all faiths, ethnic groups and socio-economic backgrounds. For more information on Catholic schools and how to enroll visit: catholicschoolshartford.org. Tuition assistance is available to families who qualify.
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