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Blight ordinance taking shape By MARJORIE NEEDHAM The newly formed Property Maintenance Ordinance Committee (PMOC) met Dec. 28 and chose member Bob Smith, an attorney, as its facilitator. Member Ken Heidkamp served as recording clerk. Other members are Curt Bosco, Dave Williams, Dennis Small, Ron Vitarelli, Ray Sullivan, Maryanne Barra and Lou Orsini. Earlier this week, member Ralph Barra stepped down, citing a possible conflict of interest because he is a selectman and will vote on the ordinance formulated by the committee. And two new members, Heidi Shea and Joe Martino, were appointed at the Board of Selectmen meeting Jan. 3. The committee’s minutes say that, at the Dec. 28 meeting, the committee used as a starting point a draft ordinance presented by Smith. Members suggested some language changes and clarifications and dropped entirely a section that referred to “visible portions of the property characterized by significant, unattended bare dirt patches.” The committee also voted to name the ordinance the “Property Maintenance Ordinance.” Smith told members of the public in attendance the procedure for putting the ordinance in place would include public meetings once a draft had been finalized by the committee and approved by both

the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Selectmen. The final step in approval of the ordinance would be a vote at a town referendum. The changes and clarifications from the Dec. 28 meeting were not available at press time, but the draft ordinance covered the definition of a blighted property, how the property owner will be notified, who will enforce the ordinance, what the penalties will be for violation of the ordinance and which properties would be exempt from the ordinance. The draft said a property would be considered blighted if a town official finds it poses a serious threat to the health, safety or general welfare of the community or if the fire marshal determines it is a fire hazard. Also, properties that are in disrepair, unfit for human habitation or affect the enjoyment or value of neighboring properties or the quality of life of others would fall under the ordinance. Owners would receive written notice of violations clearly stating the violation, the corrective action needed, the time frame for correcting violations and the fines and fees for not complying. Violations would be punishable by a fine of $100 for each day the violation continues. And anyone in violation for 30 days could be cited to appear at a hearing. The PMOC will meet next on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 5:30 p.m.

Barra leaves PMOC By JONATHAN “CHIP” LONGO – were appointed to the PMOC for a term of one year, from Dec. The Board of Selectmen 19, 2011, to Dec. 19, 2012. The (BoS) at its Monday night meet- board congratulated Shea, who ing amended and approved the was in attendance at the meetminutes of the Dec. 19 meeting, ing. St. John said more members and approved tax rebates, ap- would be needed for the newly pointments to the Property formed committee, regardless Maintenance Ordinance Com- of party affiliation. mittee (PMOC) and a reapConcerning the PMOC, the pointment to the Elderly Tax BoS amended the agenda to Relief Committee. It also ap- include a motion to remove proved a motion for Selectman Barra from the committee. St. Ralph Barra to step down from John said Barra felt it would be the PMOC due to possible con- a conflict of interest to serve on flict of interest. both boards. St. John agreed, The meeting started with Se- noting that whatever the PMOC lectman Elaine Strobel asking would be working on would ulfor clarification of the minutes timately come before the BoS. of the Dec. 19 BoS meeting. She Barra made the motion to resaid as the minutes read it was move himself from the PMOC, not clear who was appointed to and the board passed it unanibe acting first selectman in the mously. Barra said he would first selectman’s absence. The submit a letter of resignation. It board had voted to make Strobel was noted that Barra would act the acting first selectman. The as a liaison between the boards minutes were amended and and that his wife, Maryanne, accepted. would remain a member of the Next the board voted to ac- PMOC. cept five tax rebates totaling During public comment, St. more than $714. John gave an update on the Then Democrat Robert Raf- cleanup from the October snow ford was reappointed as a mem- storm. He said the Public Works ber of the Elderly Tax Relief Department had completed the Committee from Jan. 4, 2012, to first round of debris removal Jan. 4, 2013. and would be going back to pick Two residents – Republicans up any leftover material. Heidi Shea and Joseph Martino

A 12-foot-high back hoe loader is dwarfed by a mountain of tree debris at the Middlebury Transfer Station. The pile, which stands 22 feet high, was picked up from town streets over the past month. A prior pile has already been ground into mulch in the town’s tub grinder.  (Marjorie Needham photo)

Public Works wrapping up storm cleanup By MARJORIE NEEDHAM Middlebury Public Works Director Daniel Norton said Wednesday, “We’ve been on some sort of storm cleanup since August.” That’s when Hurricane Irene, downgraded to a tropical storm, made a pass through Middlebury, downing trees and branches and washing out culvert headwalls. That cleanup was still under way when snow storm Alfred arrived Oct. 29. Snow from Alfred weighed down trees that hadn’t yet dropped their leaves, and the damage was even more devastating than that done by Irene – tree trunks snapped, branches fell and whole trees were downed, with many of them taking electrical service lines down with them. Some residents were without power for more than a week. Through it all, Norton said he stayed focused on the job at hand. “What I’ve learned in many years in public works is to take everything in stride,” he said. “The weather dictates what is going to happen. You have to keep your head about you and make the right decisions.” As Public Works Director, Norton said his first job after any sizable storm is to make sure the roads are passable so emergency vehicles can get through. He said residents who see the edger come down the road and push the debris to the side wonder why the debris was simply pushed out of the way and not removed. But Norton said it’s part of making all roads in town passable first and then going back to remove the debris. Removing debris is pretty straightforward, Norton said, but many limbs and trees were entangled in electrical wires, and town workers had to wait for CL&P workers to deal with those wires before they could tackle the debris. That’s why some roads had only one passable lane for several days while the town waited for CL&P to remove debris from wires. Norton said the amount of debris from the two storms was about the same as when Hurricane Gloria hit Connecticut in 1985. So, how much debris was there? Norton said Irene brought down about 2,600 cubic yards of debris, and Alfred brought down another 13,000 cubic yards. When all the debris is ground up, Norton said the town will have about 4,000 cubic yards of mulch. Town workers use this as needed on town properties, but it also is free to town residents, who can pick up what they need

Workers repair a culvert headwall on Long Meadow Road Extension by the cemetery after it was damaged by Hurricane Irene. A number of headwalls had to be either replaced or repaired following the storm.  (Submitted photo) from the mulch piles at the transfer station. Normally, Norton said, the town goes through 1,500 to 2,000 cubic yards of mulch in a year; this year, the town has picked up 4,000 cubic yards of new mulch in about four months. Tree debris wasn’t the only thing public works crews had to deal with after the storms. Hurricane Irene washed out 10 culvert headwalls and left several more needing repairs. Culvert headwalls are the concrete walls that surround the ends of culverts on either side of roads they pass under. Although the town doesn’t usually get involved in picking up tree debris from storms, Norton said it did so after Alfred because there was so much debris, and many residents had no way to get the debris to the transfer station on their own. “We had the big trucks, the excavator with the claw and the tub grinder, thanks to our boss, who had the foresight to buy it when it was cheap.” Norton was referring to First Selectman Edward B. St. John who previously served as both first selectman and public works director and who encouraged the town to purchase a number of pieces of heavy equipment. As a result, Norton said, the

town hasn’t had to contract out any of the tree debris removal work. And the federal government is providing some of the funding for the overtime and equipment costs associated with the cleanup. “Thank God FEMA was there because we would have been asking for a lot more money,” Norton said. He said public works employees logged 2,124 man hours on cleanup following Irene and have thus far logged 4,200 man hours on cleanup following Alfred. However, he said the cleanup is now in its final stages, and there is probably only about 1,000 cubic yards of debris left to pick up. Had this happened last winter, town workers would have had a more challenging cleanup job. In December 2010, more than 16 inches of snow fell, and on Jan. 7, 2011, the first of several major snowstorms hit when 10 inches was dumped on the town. Had the same amount of snow fallen this year, it really would have hampered the storm cleanup, particularly if the debris had been buried under plowed snow. Norton said when Alfred came through in October, he knew he had perhaps two months to get the mess cleaned up. “Somebody must be watching over me because I usually don’t have this kind of luck,” he said.

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Library Happenings Middlebury Children’s Story Times

The following story times begin the week of Jan. 9. Moving and Grooving: 12 months to 24 months – Monday or Thursday, 10 to 10:30 a.m. Babies must have been a year old by Jan. 1, 2012, to register. Parents/caregiv​ers choose either Monday or Thursday and must accompany children. Programs will have movement, music, nursery rhymes, books and age-appropriate toys. One plus One: Two year olds – Monday or Thursday from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. This is for children accompanied by a parent/caregive​r. Each program will have age-appropriate stories, songs, finger plays and crafts. Date Time Address/Incident 12/26/11 14:37 188 at Curtis Farm. Motor vehicle accident Children must have been 2 years old by Jan. 1, 2012. with injuries. Car versus bicycle. Story Time: 3 to 5 years old 12/27/11 17:20 2020 Straits Turnpike. Illegal burn. – Parents choose Tuesday or 12/29/11 09:17 730 Watertown Road. Carbon monoxide Wednesday morning at 10:30 alarm a.m. or Tuesday or Wednesday 12/29/11 13:13 Westover School. Water flow alarm. afternoon at 2 p.m. Children 12/30/11 23:28 Charcoal Avenue. Motor vehicle accident must have been 3 years old by car into utility pole. Jan. 1, 2012. Middlebury Garden Club will present a hands-on bonsai workshop Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Larkin Room at the Middlebury Public Library. Todd Hansen and apprentice Lydia Cruz of Sanctuary Bonsai in East Hartford will provide materials and their expertise for the event. Hansen is certified by Colin Lewis’ Ho Yoku School of Bonsai

and is a guest lecturer who has studied with bonsai artists from around the world. He writes about bonsai for several publications. See Hansen’s gallery at The public is invited to attend. A $30 workshop fee includes materials. For additional information or to RSVP, call Christine Peckaitis at 203-758-8165.

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The Jan. 10 program at 6:30 p.m. will be an origami craft special for boys and girls in the third Police Commission 6 p.m. .................................................Town Hall Conference Room grade and up. Signup is required.

Monday, Jan. 9

Library Board of Directors 6:30 p.m............................................................. Middlebury Library Republican Party Caucus 7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26 Democratic Town Committee Special Meeting 7:35 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 27

Wednesday, Jan. 11 Board of Assessors 3 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room Board of Finance 7 p.m............................................................... Shepardson Room 26

Thursday, Jan. 12 Safety and Health Committee 12:30 p.m........................................................................... Town Hall Parks and Recreation 7 p.m................................................................. Shepardson Room 1 Calendar dates/times are subject to change If your organization would like your event included in the community calendar, please e-mail the information to

Book Reviews “Lightbringer” By K.D. McEntire (Pyr, $16.95) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell Wendy has a lot on her plate. Her mom lingers in a coma, and Wendy’s grieving family depends on her to keep the household running. Her grades are slipping, and her best friend is dropping some pretty big hints that he’d like to be more. And with all the responsibility for the family business falling on her shoulders, the last thing Wendy feels like doing is reaping the dead. Wendy and her mother are the latest in a line of spiritual sentries who journey into the shadowy limbo dimension of the Never to help deceased spirits marooned there, guiding them – shoving them if necessary – forward into the mysterious Light. But lately Wendy has been neglecting her task, instead spending the nights scouring the Never for her mother’s missing soul. Then she meets Piotr. He is a Rider, a type of ghost who gathers and protects the vulnerable souls of the Lost, children thrown too soon into the dangerous Never. Far more than harmless shades roam this place – the monstrous Walkers, and the mysterious

White Lady who controls them, are ever eager to score themselves a hit of potent Lost essence. As Wendy finds herself falling more and more for the noble Piotr, she is torn between her duty and her heart. But the White Lady is growing stronger, and Wendy knows she must be stopped, even if it means sacrificing her newfound love to the Light – and possibly herself as well. “Lightbringer” creates an intriguing version of the afterlife with unusual, unexpected details revealed slowly over the course of the story so we are piecing the truth of this world together in much the same way Wendy is. Wendy’s friends and family (especially her steadfast BFF Eddie) and Piotr’s tribe of disparate allies all are drawn with distinct and engaging personalities, and the final pages set up the welcome possibility of a series. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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“The Wheat Harvest” by fiber artist Carol Eaton is among the pieces of fiber art created by members of the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective. Their artwork is on exhibit at the Southbury Library through Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m., the girls’ the end of February.  (Submitted photo) craft group will make seasonal 203-262-0626, ext. 110, for more offering workshops for Nook Learn to make sense of the college garlands for their rooms. e-readers Thursday, Jan. 26, from enrollment process with Mark information. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 to 4:30 Danaher, NCC, MA, a career Book Stroll p.m. and for Kindle e-readers counselor/educator for ManchesNooks are Here! Join the library staff in a leiNooks have arrived at the Friday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to ter High School in Manchester, surely stroll through the stacks Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. You Southbury Public Library. One 12 p.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Conn. The interactive workshop and the staff can point out favor- Nook is for use by patrons in the Kingsley A meeting room. Reg- stresses the steps of the college ite authors and discuss favorite library for one-hour time periods istration is required, and partic- process and helps get participants books as you walk through the with proof of I.D. The second one ipants need to bring their device started on the right road to find stacks – come with lots of ideas! can be checked out by Southbury and a valid library card. To reg- the right colleges to fit their Register at the desk or call the residents 18 years or older, who ister and confirm your library has needs. Each student and parent will have a current library card, for “Overdrive” (if you aren’t a palibrary at 203-758-2634 The Middlebury Library is at seven days with no renewal or tron of the Southbury library), receive a college planning workcall 203-262-0626, ext. 130, or book and resources, along with reservations. 30 Crest Road in Middlebury. questions to complete as a famThe overdue fee, starting from visit the Reference Desk. ily. Danaher looks to bring a fun one day overdue, is $2 a day with Winter Story Time and educational presentation no maximum. Patrons will be related to the college process. Registration asked to sign a borrower’s terms Radon Information of agreement form that explains Registration for the six-week This program is FREE and open Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 3:30 to the replacement cost of the winter story time sessions began to area students and their fami7:30 p.m., the Naugatuck Valley Nook, the case, the battery Jan. 3. The story time schedule lies. Call 203-263-3502 to regisHealth District will distribute charger and cord. The Nook must is as follows: ter or for more details. radon-related information and be returned to a staff member at • Babies & Books will begin Great Decisions free radon-testing kits. January the Adult Check-Out Desk and Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m. is Radon Action Month. Discussions not in the book drop bins. On- • Stories & Crafts for 3 to 5 years going new titles will be selected old will begin Wednesday, Jan. The library will host the Great Whittemore Book Club and downloaded by the staff. 18, at 10:30 a.m. Decisions Series starting ThursThe Whittemore Book Club • Mother Goose Time for ages 3 day, Jan. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. will meet Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 Smartphones and to 12 months will begin Thurs., in the library gallery and continp.m. in the Main Reading Room. Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m. uing on alternate Thursdays unTablets Workshops The book to be discussed will be Do you own an iPhone, iPad, • Stories & More for 2-year-olds til all eight topics are addressed. “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham will begin Friday, Jan. 20, at Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Kindle Fire or any other type of Verghese. 10:30 a.m. Association, the Great Decisions smartphone or tablet? Would All story times include stories, program provides an opportuyou like to learn how to use it? Chair Yoga Class Wednesday, Jan. 25, the Refer- songs and crafts. Register by nity for people to discuss with Friday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m., ence Department will offer a free stopping in the Children’s De- each other some of the foreign the library will host a free chair workshop on how to use smart- partment or calling 203-262- policy issues of the day. Topics Yoga class for senior citizens who phones from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 0626, ext. 3. are chosen by the association, are at least 50 years old. Certified and a free workshop on how to and it in turn provides the basic yoga instructor Kathleen Greco use tablets from 11:30 a.m. to Fiber Art Exhibit reading materials so participants will offer participants a gentle 12:30 p.m. in the Kingsley MeetThe Connecticut Fiber Arts can come prepared for the disapproach to yoga from the com- ing Room. Workshops will cover Collective, a Connecticut-based cussions. These materials are fort and safety of their chairs. basic functions as well as how to group of artists dedicated to fiber available at the library. Specific Learn how continued yoga prac- download free library audio- and mixed media art, fiber art topics for this coming year are tice can lead to improved flexi- books to smartphones or e-books show, “Identity and Other Middle East Realignment, Probility and an overall feeling of to tablets. Things,” at the Gloria Cachion moting Democracy, Mexico, Cygood health. Registration is reParticipants must bring their Art Gallery in the library will run ber-security, Exit from Afghanquired. To sign up, call 203-729- devices to the workshops along through the end of February. The istan and Iraq, State of the 4591. with a valid library card. Space show challenges each partici- Oceans, Indonesia, and Energy The Howard Whittemore Me- is limited, and registration is re- pant to use fiber art to create an Geopolitics. morial Library is at 243 Church quired. Call the Reference De- image of the essence of her own As for the past three years, the St. in Naugatuck. For informa- partment at 203-262-0626, ext. singularity. Each artist also will sessions Don Giroux of Woodtion, call 203-729-4591. 130, to register and confirm your display a collection of some of bury, a retired history and English teacher, will facilitate the library has “Overdrive” (if you their favorite pieces. Check www.southburylibrary. discussions. Participation and aren’t a patron of the Southbury org for more information. The materials are free. Refreshments library). library is at 100 Poverty Road in are provided by the Friends of Book and Bake Sale the Woodbury Library. Please Southbury (203-262-0626). Nook and Kindle The Junior Friends of the stop in the library to pick up a Workshops Southbury Public Library book briefing book. Did you receive a Kindle or and bake sale is Saturday, Jan. 7, This discussion series is prefrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun- Nook for the holidays? Not sure sented in memory of former liday, Jan. 8, from noon to 5 p.m. what to do with it? Would you High School & Beyond: brary director Jill Smith. For Browse a variety of children’s and like to learn how to borrow ea College Planning more information and to registeen’s materials including books, books from the library? If so, sign ter, call 203-263-3502 or visit Workshop movies, music and toys. Enjoy up for one of the library’s This workshop for high school freshly baked cookies, muffins on workshops on how to use The library is at 269 Main St. students and their families will and cupcakes. All proceeds will e-readers. South in Woodbury. The Reference Department is be Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. benefit wounded veterans. Call

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Film Review “J. Edgar” Reviewed by Mary Conseur Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role of “J. Edgar?” It seems unlikely. And yet, good acting and even better makeup artistry make this newly released film about the life of J. Edgar Hoover well worth viewing. School children know Hoover as founder and director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a brave hero who routed the

“Commies” and other radicals of the American left, and who brought law and order to our country during his 48-year reign. However, the J. Edgar Hoover portrayed in the film is a troubled man dealing with a lot of personal demons: an Oedipal complex, paranoia, bigotry, latent homosexuality, an obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a morbid fear of ending up in a sanitarium like his father. Hoover is depicted as a dangerous and fanatic glorified file

clerk, whose need to “dig up dirt” on influential Americans seems to have spared him the emotional torture of confronting his own demons. J. Edgar became an expert at wire-tapping, bugging and taping, much of it unconstitutional. He deported or executed many “leftists,” convicting them of terrorism on circumstantial evidence. He became an overnight hero for executing an immigrant who might (or might not) have kidnapped and killed Lindbergh’s baby. Even the eight

presidents under whom Hoover served were afraid of him. They knew he “had the goods” on them (especially the “sexual goods”) and that if they fired him, he would blackmail them by making their steamy bedroom scenes public. Righteous or self-righteous? Freedom fighter or witch hunter? Hero or megalomaniac? Viewers can draw their own conclusions from the film, “J. Edgar,” now in area theatres.

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Senior Center News

Good Kid award

Introductory Digital Photo Class

Class on Getting a Free Telephone

Learn the basics of digital photos in two classes, one Monday, Jan. 9, and one Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The class is a basic introduction that covers how to download photos to your computer; perform simple photo edits, i.e., crop, resize; create photo albums and manage your photos; and print, send, and share photos via emails as attachments. The class also includes one hour of one-on-one individual training to address your needs and problems. The hour must be used within 30 days of class ending. The fee is $20. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve a seat.

Are you still paying for home phone service? Learn how to get free phone service in a two-session class that will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Thursday, Jan. 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The class will show you how to set up and use a “free phone” (at least through 2012) from Google Voice. You’ll get your own phone number, answering service, specialized greetings, free long distance calls, voice transcription, call screening call forwarding, caller ID, ALL for FREE! What’s not to like? Sign up for this class, and start saving money. The fee is $20. This class will be repeated Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Thursday,

Jan. 26. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve a seat.

Line Dancing The next new line dancing class will begin Thursday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. The fee for 10 classes is $30.

Commission on Aging The Commission on Aging meeting will meet Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 9:30 a.m. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

Free Hearing Screening The January free hearing screening will be Wednesday, Jan. 18. Please call 203-577-4166 for an appointment.

Middlebury Fire Chief Paul Perrotti presents a Good Kid award to junior volunteer firefighter Andrew Baldwin Dec. 21 at the firehouse. Other junior firefighters shown are, rear left to right, Jayce Flores, Bryant Carbone and Tyler Martin, and, front left to right, Nick Desmarais, Colin Cassidy and Andrew Ubaldi. (Submitted photo)

Region 15 to hold budget workshop Region 15 invites Middlebury and Southbury citizens to participate in a community budget workshop Thursday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. to help create budget priorities. The workshop will commence in the Pomperaug High School All-Purpose Room at 7 p.m., and from there groups will break up into three or four classrooms depending on the number of participants. The goal of the roundtable discussion is to engage residents, the business community, parents, and student leaders as to what programs and supports they consider priorities for the 2012-13 school year. This feedback will provide information to administrators and Board of Education

(BoE) members, who intend to develop a funding plan supported by the community’s values and preferences. “We are trying something different this year, and we hope a cross-section of the citizenry, parents, town leaders, clergy, and business professionals will be engaged in the discussion,” said Dr. Frank Sippy, Region 15 superintendent of schools. “We are optimistic for a productive dialogue about which funding priorities the community values most.” Sippy detailed how a funding plan balances the three spheres of influence: What programs and supports parents wish to see, what programs and supports educators recommend, and what

the community values and will support financially. Memorial Middle School teachers LeAnn Cassidy and Karl Buckley will lead the event, and a facilitator will be based in each classroom to encourage group participation. At the end of the evening, the groups will post their work on the walls of the All-Purpose Room, forming a gallery of community feedback statements. The participants can use this time to mingle and peruse others’ preferences and priorities. In the days following the event, a summary of the feedback will be shared with the BoE and roundtable participants. To ensure adequate seating, Dec. 21, 2011 8:50 p.m. Middlebury Police pre-register by email at kkirk@ or call 203-530-7158. were dispatched to a residential burglary on Whittemore Road (Rte. 188) just a few houses up from Rte. 63. The residents left home at about 7 p.m. and returned a short time later to disProceeds from the pasta supper cover their home had been enwill be used to defray the costs of tered by a back doorway. Some the youth groups’ upcoming re- jewelry and electronics were treat in February. For more infor- taken. mation about the pasta supper or Middlebury Police brought other youth group activities, con- the police canine, JJ, in and Oftact Mary Brown, youth group ficer Ed Demers and JJ tracked coordinator, at 203-758-2671. to a small dirt pull off on Whittemore Road, just about 50 feet

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Youth groups plan pasta supper The Junior and Senior Youth Groups at Middlebury Congregational Church are planning a pasta supper for Saturday, Jan. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the church social hall (basement) at 1242 Whittemore Road in Middlebury. The meal will include fresh salad, pasta with sauce, homemade meatballs, Ital-


ian bread with butter and dessert. Enjoy the ambiance of Italy, including red-checkered tablecloths, soft music, candle light and wait staff! Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 5 to 12 and seniors, and free for children younger than 5. There is a $30 family limit.

Reader gets job despite bleak market

I don’t really have a question to ask you, but I just wanted to let you know I was recently hired as a sales associate in December. I tried your advice, and it actually worked. Thank you for helping me get a job.


Congratulations on your new job! Thank you for writing and letting me know. Glad to hear my advice column has helped you obtain a position, and hopefully it will be a career, not just a job. You mention you are a sales associate, and that is great news. You see, in today’s economic workforce, every employee has to sell the company’s product whether you are an entry-level or executive person. You must be knowledgeable of the products the company sells, whether it is retail, corporate, education or any other industry. Today’s salaries are performance based, which means you have to bring in X number of customers to your company to justify

Career Coach By MYRSINI PAPOUTSIS to the company you are worth what they are paying you. If you are an executive, how many fundraising dollars do you bring in to your company? How many new clients have you brought into the company buying your product, and how much revenue did this bring in? When you go in to ask for a raise or promotion and you can say, “I brought in 10 new clients that brought in $50,000,” then you stand a good chance of getting a raise and possibly a promotion as well because the company can see the value you bring to them. If you bring in millions of dollars, then most likely the company will promote you and give you a regional territory to manage. Gone are the days when people thought they were indispens-

able. Today everyone is dispensable. If you are not actively producing results, then you will not be at the company much longer. Attitude also plays a huge role in bringing your customers into your company or associations. If you alienate your customers, then the business will not last too long; however if you are enthusiastic about the company and you can articulate a message to your customers by showing them what value your company has over your competition, then obviously they will continue to support your company. Have you reached out to past customers to see why they haven’t purchased your product for a while? If not, why haven’t you? If you have a monthly goal to meet, this would be a great way to bring some of those customers back, or you will get an earful as to why they left the company. If the latter is true, then you need to take steps to improve your customer service based on the client’s assessment of your company.

You also need to have a good work ethic today. The people who think they are getting paid sixfigure salaries to do absolutely nothing without paying their dues to the firm first do not exist. Today’s employees need to be there early and stay late if the need arises. You need to go the extra mile if you wish to succeed and get promoted. Leaving on time doesn’t cut it anymore. The fact you got hired in December 2011 was very good. Many people think because of the holidays employers are not hiring. As a matter of fact, this is the perfect time to find your ideal job because there is less competition. While the rest of the people were into holiday shopping and all that comes with the holiday season, you kept at your goal of finding a job and getting employed, and for that I commend you. Do you have a career question you would like answered? If so, send your question to Papoutsis at

aren’t advertised, senior discounts or “pay-what-you-can” matinees. Do you want to read more books this year? If your vision is not what it was, make an eye appointment. Look for those pagesize magnifying glasses. Can’t get to the library very often? Call to ask if it has a book van or will mail books. Or barter with a

friend who drives and include lunch out. Need to make home repairs or paint your living room but don’t want to be up on a ladder anymore? Hire someone to help with the stipulation you’ll do part of the work. Want to volunteer but don’t know how to start? Call the senior center or the humane society and tell them you have a free morning every week. They’ll put you to work! Are your goals more along the lines of health and fitness? Consult your doctor and ask for

in from Rte. 63. Some fresh tire tracks were visible. Anyone who may have driven by this area and who may have seen a vehicle parked there between 7 and 8:50 p.m. are asked to call Middlebury Police at 203577-4028. Officer Fred Marcantonio is the lead investigator in this case assisted by Officer Todd Adams. Dec. 22, 2011 Middlebury Police arrested Nicole Judson, 23, of 100 Grove St. in Meriden on an arrest warrant for first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny in connection with an ongoing burglary investigation from a Dec. 5 Sandy Hill Road burglary. This is the second arrest in the case. Officer William Kalvaitis spotted a suspicious vehicle earlier Dec. 5. Officer Ron Pruchnicki is the case officer who arrested Judson.

Judson was held on $10,000 bond at the Middlebury Police Department and was arraigned at Superior Court in Waterbury Dec. 23. Dec. 28, 2011 9:30 a.m. Officer Demers served an arrest warrant on John Falk, 22, of 100 Grove St. in Meriden for third-degree burglary, first-degree larceny, and first-degree criminal mischief at Waterbury Superior Court. This was the final arrest in the Dec. 5 Sandy Hill Road burglary. Falk was in custody from an arrest related to an October Woodbury burglary. Middlebury Police wrapped up this case; however, 14 pieces of jewelry seized did not come from the burglaries in Woodbury or Middlebury. Police will reach out to other police departments and let them know what they have recovered.

Region 15 School Calendar Monday, Jan. 9 Personnel Policies/Curriculum Committee....... PHS Media Center . Conference Room, 6:30 p.m. Board of Education.......................... PHS AP Room No. 103, 7:30 p.m.

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Reaching our goals Where do you want to be a year from now? Are there goals you’d like to accomplish in 2012 but don’t feel they’re possible? Far too many of us perceive there are limits that hold us back as we get older. Some of those limits are surmountable, however, with a little analyzing and planning. Start by writing down your goals for 2012. Be specific. Then look at what might be holding you back. Explore the ways you can make it happen. Do you like museums and theater but can’t afford the fees? Call and ask if there are discounts that

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advice. Perhaps he or she can recommend a local seniors exercise program. Reaching our goals is possible! Sometimes we only have to ask questions to find the answers. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Observe fire precautions Following the heartbreakingly sad Christmas Day fire in Stamford that claimed the lives of three young children and their grandparents, we are reminded that failing to take proper precautions when dealing with fire can cost us more than we could ever imagine. Fire officials say the fire was likely caused by improper disposal of embers from the fireplace. That fire was a painful reminder of the dangers associated with embers, yet this awareness didn’t prevent us from nearly making a similar mistake. We had a pellet stove installed this year to supplement the heat generated by our oil burner. A daily task is shutting down the stove and stirring the burn pot, the rectangular box into which the pellets drop. Instead of simply stirring the ash at the bottom of the box, we have been removing it since we think the fire will burn better that way. The ash usually comes out looking like a rectangular piece of cake that is perhaps an inch high. And every time we have cleaned the box, that ash has been cool – so cool we could break it up with bare fingers and feel no heat. Last night, we were reminded how dangerous embers can be. The little cake of ash looked the same as it always does, but it wasn’t cool. In fact, it was so hot we couldn’t touch it. And when we broke it in half with a putty knife, the center was full of red, glowing embers.

Outwardly, the ash cake looked totally innocent; inside it had the potential to ignite a house fire. And since we hadn’t yet invested in a proper metal ash container with a lid, had we not checked the cake for heat and instead just left the container inside the house, we might well have started a blazing inferno. We quickly moved the red hot ash into a metal container, flooded both containers with water, and set them outside where they could do no damage. Please, dear readers, take all the proper precautions to avoid a house fire. Particularly, if you burn wood or pellets, dispose of embers from these fires properly, making sure they cannot ignite and catch your house on fire. Also, be sure you have the proper number of working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Check the batteries in the detectors, too. The first of the year is a good time to replace them with fresh batteries. Write the date you installed the batteries on the case. Finally, gather your family together, and formulate an escape plan to use if the house does catch on fire. We can’t protect our families from all the potential disasters that may befall them, but there are many simple precautions we can take. Let’s be sure we take those precautions so our families will have a happy and healthy new year!

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In Brief Preschool Offers Tours The Preschool on the Green in the Middlebury Congregational Church at 1242 Whittemore Road in Middlebury is offering tours to see the school and meet the staff for families who are new to the preschool experience or new to the area. Children who will be 3 years old by Dec. 31, 2012, are eligible. The 3-year-old classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the 4-yearold classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Morning sessions run from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and afternoon sessions run from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Call 203-577-2275 for an appointment. Visit

Bereavement Support Group Brownstein Jewish Family Service offers a free bereavement group for any adult who has experienced a loss Thursdays through Feb. 9, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. at the Jewish Federation at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. The group, facilitated by Jenny Casey, MSW of Regional Hospice, is supportive in nature and provides a safe environment for sharing with others who also have been touched by loss. To register, call Debby Horowitz, Brownstein Jewish Family Service director, at 203267-3177, ext. 310.

Site Helps Veterans The HIRE VETS FIRST! Services to Employers website, which connects job-seeking military veterans and employers, was developed specifically for Connecticut’s veterans, who commonly experience difficulty finding employment when they return from active duty. For more information, visit www.ctvets. org.

Salute to Israel Concert The first salute to Israel concert featuring Israeli star Sandy Shmuely will be Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Constitution Amphitheater at the Heritage Hotel at 522 Heritage Road in Southbury. Shmuely is an Israeli singer and composer who began his professional career as a member of the military North Command Entertainment Group stationed in the Golan Heights. He has performed in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Europe and South America. Sing along to old Yiddish favorites, and get up and dance to modern Israeli classics. Tickets are at or 1-800-297-6864.

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and other French-speaking countries, include politics, art, literature, music and current events. Discussions and readings are in French. Admission is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, call Noëlle at 203-266-5588 or email noelle113@charter. net. For more information, visit, email or call 203263-4096.

The Watermark at East Hill will host the next meeting of its Men’s Club Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 8:30 a.m. Guest speaker Lou Belloisy will present “The History of the Palace Theater.” Belloisy started working at the theater as a teenager as an usher, doorman, candy vendor and projectionist. He is now the Palace Theater’s house photographer and Pet Therapy Classes historian as well as a projectionist for a Southington Care Center and the Jane Torrington multiplex. To attend the meetHaze Memorial Pet Therapy Committee will ing, call The Watermark at East Hill at 203offer Delta Pet Therapy Classes Thursday 262-6868. evenings, Jan. 19 through March 29, at 45 Ave. in Southington. For more Alzheimer’s Support Group Meriden detailed information, visit www.southingAn open and ongoing monthly support or call Deb Brown at 860-378group for friends and family of people with 1286. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias The center seeks registered Delta pet continues Thursday, Jan. 12, at 10:30 a.m. partners to volunteer on a regular basis. at the Federation, Jewish Communities of Registration for pet therapy class is reWestern CT at 444 Main St. North in South- quired. bury. There is no charge for this group, whose purpose is to provide emotional, Blood Drive educational and social support for caregivThe Jewish Federation will hold a Red ers through regularly scheduled meetings. Cross Blood Drive Monday, Jan. 23, from Heather Hitchcock, Northwestern Re1:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the social hall at 444 gional Director of the Alzheimer’s AssociMain St. North in Southbury. All presenting ation, will facilitate. For more information, donors this month will receive a coupon call Debby Horowitz at 203-267-3177, ext. for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. 310. For more information, contact Debby Horowitz at 203-267-3177, ext. 310. To schedNaugatuck Historical ule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or Society Events visit The Naugatuck Historical Society will Social Service Screening offer the following events this month: Colette’s Craft Saturday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m., in Free social service one-hour screenings which children will create sock snowmen for food stamps and other programs to help (registration recommended; $2 a child); any Connecticut resident facing difficult and Sunday Series, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. for a times will be Thursday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. general meeting, and author Jini Vail will to 3 p.m. at the Jewish Federation at 444 discuss the life of Rochambeau at 1:30 p.m. Main St. North in Southbury. The Federa(free for members; $3 for nonmembers). tion’s Brownstein Jewish Family Service The historical society is at 195 Water St. and the Connecticut Association for Human in Naugatuck. For more information, call Services (CAHS) offer these free monthly 203-729-9039, email naugatuckhistory@ screenings by appointment for a dozen or visit www.naugatuckhis- work support/basic needs programs, cluding SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps), French Conversation Groups energy assistance, HUSKY, Medicaid and The Alliance Française of Northwestern Charter Oak insurance. Connecticut will offer “Café Conversation” Reservations are required by calling groups Saturdays, Jan. 14 and 28, from 10:30 Debby Horowitz, Brownstein Jewish Fama.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Barn Club at 558 ily Service director, at 203-267-3177, ext. Main St. South in Woodbury. Topics, which 310. All calls are confidential. cover the language and culture of France

Author ties Long Island Sound to War of 1812

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To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the Gunn Memorial Museum will host a Powerpoint presentation and book signing Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Wykeham Room at the museum in Litchfield. Author Richard Radune will discuss and sign his book, “Sound Rising: Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America’s Struggle for Independence.” “Sound Rising” challenges our perception of Long Island Sound in many surprising ways. The sound was at the forefront of American trade with the West Indies, and its location placed it in a position to influence the course of history during the critical years between 1750 and 1820. Its multitude of small ports, coves and navigable rivers provided a distinct advantage by thwarting British efforts to enforce trade restrictions and collect taxes. Merchants’ desire for free trade and the avoidance of customs duties set the stage for war. Long Island Sound played a crucial role in America’s Revolutionary War victory when its naval vessels, privateers and whaleboat raiders swarmed out of these same ports to interdict British supplies and force major changes

in the enemy’s strategic war plans. Long Island Sound became a no man’s land and an emotional vortex of “Whaleboat War” involving refugees from each side of the sound. This story relates the sound’s involvement in the capture of Fort Louisbourg, rampant smuggling, the Revolutionary War, the Undeclared War with France and the War of 1812. Radune, a Branford resident, is an author and independent historian. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1965 with a major in U. S. history, he served as an Air Force captain in North Dakota and Alaska. Following a 30-year business career, Radune researched and wrote the award-winning book, “Pequot Plantation: The Story of an Early Colonial Settlement,” which was published in 2005. “Sound Rising,” his second book, was published in 2011. The presentation snow date will be Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Gunn Memorial Museum is at 5 Wykeham Road, at the intersection of Rte. 47 and Wykeham Road, on Washington Green. Call 860-868-7756 or visit www. for more information.

The cover of author Richard Radune’s “Sound Rising: Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America’s Struggle for Independence.” Radune will speak and sign copies of his book at the Gunn Memorial Museum Jan. 21.

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Mattatuck appoints new executive director The Board of Directors of the Mattatuck Museum and M. Catherine Smith, president of the museum board, recently appointed Robert Burns as the museum’s new executive director. He will assume leadership Feb. 20. Burns brings to the position 20 years of administrative and fundraising experience at a variety of nonprofit institutions, culminating with the last nine years as vice president for development at The Olana Partnership, the nonprofit support arm of Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, N.Y. Olana, a national historic landmark, is the Persian-inspired home and studio of American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church, a major artist of the Hudson River School. Burns worked with the curatorial and programming personnel on the development and funding of exhibitions and public programs. During Burns’ tenure, he worked to secure $15 million for endowment and capital projects. Burns said, “The Mattatuck is compelling in that the museum’s new focus on American art builds on my experience at Olana, while providing an opportunity to expand well beyond the Hudson River School.” “I am eager to begin my work with the Mattatuck Museum and look forward to getting to know the Waterbury community,” Burns said. “My passion for American art, the museum’s amazing collections, wonderful staff and dedicated board make this an ideal match.” Burns has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of South Carolina. “We are delighted to have attracted such a qualified chief executive,” Smith said. “Bob Burns has raised millions in support during his career and believes that museums should engage the broad community. He supports the Mattatuck’s new mission of emphasizing American art while maintaining our strong history programs.” Current executive director Marie Galbraith announced early last year her intent to retire in 2012. She served as director

Mattatuck Museum’s new director Robert Burns (Melanie Hasbrook photo) of community programs for 13 years at the museum and then as education and executive director. She increased the museum’s attendance and participation of school and community groups, and led several oral history projects in partnership with community groups and area residents. “Marie has brought us to the stature we have today, particularly in the areas of education, community outreach and history,” Smith said. “The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and has been a lynchpin in the revitalization of downtown Waterbury.” The selection of Burns culminates a national search for a new executive director. Smith chaired the search committee, which retained search consultant Mar-

ilyn Hoffman of Museum Search and Reference in Manchester, N.H., and Boston. Search Committee members were James Behuniak, Mary Rosengrant-Chiappalone, C. Hiram Upson, and Kris Jacobi. For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events and exhibits, visit the website at or call 203-753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, 15 world-class museums and historic sites ( It is at 144 West Main St. in Waterbury and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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5 spending resolutions for 2012 By CLAIR BOONE 1. Do Your Homework When Shopping Online. Online shopping can be cheaper and is definitely worth looking into, but make sure you research the options first. I highly recommend the free tool Priceblink, which is a program you download. When you visit websites and click on a product, it tells you if you can get it cheaper elsewhere. Before you shop, head through Ebates, which is a cash-back site that helps you earn while you shop. 2. Get Free Toiletries. If you’ve never tried the rebate/ loyalty programs at CVS, Walgreens or Rite-Aid, now is the time to start. For years I’ve not had to pay anything (or maybe just cents) for shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other toiletry items. That

quickly helps you cut your grocery bill. Already getting free items? Let 2012 be the year you incorporate coupons with the free items and get overage on your purchases in order to buy your other necessities like toilet paper. 3. Stop Paying For It. Do you pay $50 a month for a mani/pedi or have to get your hair colored every six weeks? This year commit to trying it yourself. Buy a pair of hair clippers, and learn how to cut your children’s hair, and instead of going out every six weeks for a color, buy a box from a drugstore. At less than $10 it will save you money, and you could top it off every few months with a trip to the hair salon. 4. Start A Gift Box. If you have children who get invited to lots of parties, you know how expen-

sive gifts can become. If you run out at the last minute for one, the chances are you’ll end up paying full price, but if you look around during January sales and throughout the year, you’ll pay much less. Most of the gifts in my gift box were purchased for at least 50-percent off. 5. One Man’s Junk Is Your Treasure. Thrift stores are a treasure trove of bargains and a great way to save money. Find out the days they re-stock shelves and go then to get the best selection. Check and see if they have money-off days to save even more, and be prepared to dig. Some of the best bargains are hidden below a mountain of other items. Join Clair Boone and thousands of other savvy shoppers at, or read her other tips at

Obituaries Robert C. Adams

Father of Heather Bogert Robert C. Adams, 78, of Litchfield died Dec. 22 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. He was the husband of Jean (Ciriello) Adams. His Mass of Christian burial was Jan. 4. Mr. Adams was born March 26, 1933, in Hartford, a son of the late Derrell and Marguerite (Armstrong) Adams. He served his country with the U.S. Army and was employed by Thompson Brothers Machinery as a tool and die machinist until his retirement. He was a lector at Sacred Heart Church in Torrington, where he also was the first appointed extraordinary minister and past president of the Holy Name Society and of the Parents Guild. He also was a lector at the Immaculate Conception Church in New Hartford and a member of the New Hartford Volunteer Fire Fighters. In addition to his wife, Jean, of 50 years, he is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Carrier and her husband, Robert, of Torrington and Heather Bogert of Middlebury; a brother, Derrell Adams Jr. of Las Vegas; a sister-in-law and brother-inlaw, Rosemary and James Tyrrell of Manchester; five grandchildren, Amanda Carrier, Mariah MacDonald, Hayley MacDonald, Emma Bogert and Jarred Bogert; as well as one niece, Caryn Oldziey of New Hartford. The Adams family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Anthony Church, P. O. Box 97, Litchfield, CT 06759; to the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT 06759; or to the Oliver Wolcott Library, 160 South St., Litchfield, CT 06759. Condolences to the Adams family may be sent to

Leo Boisvert

Stepfather of Elisa Bellerive Leo Nazaire Boisvert of Watertown passed away Dec. 27. He was born April 7, 1915, in St. Boniface, Canada, the eldest of six children, and immigrated to Watertown at age 9. He attended St. John School in Watertown, placed with younger children in the second-grade class of Sister Emiliana because he did not speak English. He was a long-time communicant at St. John the Evangelist Church and served as an usher for many years. As a young boy, he worked a large paper route in Watertown, including Taft School. On one of his deliveries, Leo was introduced to President Taft, who was visiting his brother, the headmaster at Taft School. Leo used his paper route pay to start a coin collection that he worked on throughout his life. At age 12, his father taught him how to take apart and put together a car engine. As an adult, Leo worked as an accomplished tool and die maker at Scovill Manufacturing and later at Hylie Products, where he retired at age 83. Leo was a man who had so many toys and too little time, enjoying many hobbies and interests. The banjo, ukulele, violin and harmonica were his musical instruments of choice, and his children were eager to have him play so they could dance the jig. During the early years of raising his family, he kept his 1936 Oldsmobile running until 1953. His daughter, Frances, and a few of his grandchildren were some of his eager student mechanics. He had fond memories of his days riding his Indian motorcycle. He was proud of his service as a volunteer fireman with the Watertown Fire Department and recently participated in the Memorial Day Parade honoring the fire veterans. Right up to the end of his life, Leo still talked about his exciting fishing adventures, including the time he saved a friend’s life when their fishing boat capsized during a trip off Block Island. Leo was a kind and generous man. With humor and his optimistic outlook on life, he enjoyed life. It

Get ready to file your 2011 tax return You’ll be receiving your W-2 and 1099 income forms in the next few weeks. Your 1099 for bank interest and 1098 for mortgage interest paid in 2011 should show up in the same time frame. When they arrive, check them immediately. Compare them to interest reported on your bank statements and your year-to-date income and the deductions from your last paycheck of 2011. If you’re self-employed, check the figures you’ve kept all year. If there are any discrepancies, report them immediately before you file. The company issuing the forms will be required to send amended forms to you and the IRS. Even before your forms arrive, you can use your same estimate figures from above to run what-if

scenarios with tax software on your computer. If the numbers don’t match once the forms arrive, you’ll be able to make changes in the program. (Take that opportunity to investigate why your numbers don’t match.) If you’ve never used computer tax software, some of the fairly easy ones are TurboTax by Intuit, TaxCut by H&R Block and TaxACT. Beware any off-brand names that offer to let you do your taxes online. They could be data collecting, and your Social

Security number, name and address are valuable to thieves. Enter the data carefully, especially your Social Security number, amounts and employer ID. Save your file often. If you used a software program last year and are happy with it, purchase the same brand again. Let the two programs talk to each other. (When it asks if you want the program to import the data from the previous year, click yes.) Assuming you haven’t changed jobs or banks, much of the data, such as employer ID and company name, will transfer to your new software. The earlier in the season you buy tax software, the more important it is to do the program updates. Tax changes can (theoretically) happen at any time.


Every time you sit down to work on your taxes, ask the program to check for updates. Do the same thing with your state tax software. Most programs will let you do an efile of your tax return. Whether or not you chose this option, be sure to print out a copy (forms and all supporting documentation) of your tax return, including the state return. David Uffington regrets he cannot personally answer reader questions, but he will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send email to (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

wasn’t money or anything external that enabled him to enjoy living. It was something within him that gave him the ability to truly enjoy the moment. Leo was predeceased by his first wife, Germaine Theriault Boisvert, in 1989. He is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Reader of Waterbury; Frances Hayward and her husband, Jonathan Hubbell, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; and Kathleen Loomis and her husband, John, of Simsbury. He leaves many grandchildren: Lisa Fonseca and her husband, Michael, and their children, Ryan and Justin and his wife, Michelle Fonseca, of Bristol, R.I.; David Demko of Pinole, Calif.; Linda McClurg and her husband, Tim McClurg, and their children Sean and Rory of Annandale, N.J.; Laura Demko of Irvine, Calif.; Patrick Martin and his wife, Belinda, and their children Elia, Talia, Yanai and Liam of Beersheva, Israel; Ryan Martin and his wife, Candace, and their children, Ava and Cam of Birmingham, Mich.; and Erin Daigle and her husband, Chris, and their children, Grant, Maxwell and Zachary of Avon. Leo leaves his sister, Marcella Bernier, of Florida, and many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Delia Hayward, of Oakland, Calif.; his sisters, Julie Boisvert of St. Boniface, and Violet Leonard and Lillian LeMay, both of Watertown; and his brother, Rene Boisvert, of Newton, Mass. He leaves his current wife, Stella Dunn Boisvert, whom he married in 1997 on Valentine’s Day, and her children, Elisa Bellerive and her husband, John, of Middlebury; Rozanna DeJoseph and her husband, Joseph, and son Bryan DeJoseph of Thomaston; Carla Dunn and her daughter, Ashley, and Gloria Torres, all of Watertown; and Elizabeth and Stanley, the children of Genevieve Dew (the deceased daughter of Stella Dunn Boisvert) and Genevieve’s husband, Gary, and step-daughter Kathleen; and several step-great-grandchildren. His memorial service and reception will be Saturday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church at 40 Deforest St. in Watertown. Contributions in his memory may be made to Sister Emiliana Scholarship Fund, St. John School, Watertown, CT.

Robert Minor Dibble

Retired Nonnewaug Teacher Mr. Robert Minor Dibble, 87, of Thomaston died Jan. 2 at home with his family by his side. He was the husband of the late Gladys (Koenigsbauer) Dibble, to whom he was married for 20 years. His Mass of Christian burial was Jan. 5. He was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Stamford, a son of the late Nathan and Mary (Edmondson) Dibble. He grew up in Waccubuc, N.Y., and lived in Woodbury for 30 years before moving to Thomaston. He attended Katonah High School and graduated from Stamford High School, class of 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps just one month after his 18th birthday and served his country from 1942 to 1945. He was a radio control operator in the 317th fighter control squadron during World War II and was stationed in China, Burma and India. Following his discharge, he returned to school and attended St. Basil’s Preparatory School and graduated in 1946. He then went on to graduate from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree and earned his master’s degree in 1968 at age 44 from Southern Connecticut State University. He played varsity football in high school and college. His first teaching job was at the Connecticut Junior Republic in Litchfield from 1952 until 1956. He then went on to teach science and math at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury for 27 years before he retired in 1983. While at Nonnewaug he was awarded four National Science Foundation grants in chemistry and science. He also coached the golf team and led the ski team on many weekend trips.

He was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast. He was a member of the Western Connecticut Football Officials Association, the Thomaston Water Pollution Control, the Crestbrook Park Senior Golf League, the American Legion Clifford French Post #22, the VFW Oakville Post #7330 and the Torrington Elks Lodge. Bob loved football and baseball and followed the New York Giants and the New York Yankees. He had a keen interest in astronomy, meteorology and a love for maps and geography. He is survived by the mother of his children, Dorothy (Stamatel) Dibble and his beloved companion, Elly Stammer; three daughters, Kathleen Kabbai and her husband, Gary, of Bethlehem; Susan Chamberlain and her husband, Robert, of Brookline, N.H.; and Cynthia Dibble of Narragansett, R.I.; three grandchildren, Melody and Hunter Kabbai and Austin Chamberlain; brother, Jack Dibble and his wife, Claire, of Barnard, Vt.; sister, Margaret Zurell of North Fort Myers, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. Burial with military honors was in Hillside Cemetery. For more information or to express notes of sympathy and comfort to the family, visit Memorial contributions may be made to Cure PSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or to Middlebury College Alumni Assoc. – Class of 1951 c/o Gift Administration, 3 Court St. Middlebury, VT 0573-6014.

Jean L. Dionne Timex Retiree

Jean L. Dionne, 84, of Middlebury, husband of the late Dorothy Fennimore Dionne, passed away Dec. 25 at home. His funeral was Dec. 30. Jean was born in Waterbury Aug. 9, 1927, the son of the late Emile and Alexandria (Alice) Renon Dionne. Mr. Dionne was a veteran of The Korean War who served in the U.S. Army. He was a retired tool and die maker for Timex Corporation in Middlebury and worked there more than 40 years. Mr. Dionne was also a member of the VFW of Waterbury and was a parishioner of St. John of Cross Church in Middlebury. He was an avid golfer and a great fan of the UConn Women’s Basketball Team. His greatest love was for his family and his home. He is survived by one daughter, Jeanine Toohey of Shelton; two grandchildren, Kristen Chapman and her husband, Courtney, and Edward J. Toohey Jr.; and one great-granddaughter, Laycie Jean Chapman, all of Shelton. Burial was in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. For online condolences, to light a candle or share a story, visit

Frances P. Mackiewicz Lived in Middlebury

Mrs. Frances P. (Bulzgis) Mackiewicz, 99, of Middlebury Terrace passed away peace-fully Dec. 31 at Waterbury Hospital. She was the devoted wife of the late John Mackiewicz. Mrs. Mackiewicz was born March 21, 1912, in Waterbury, the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Pocius) Bulzgis. Frances is survived by her loving daughter and caretaker, Gail Luchina and her husband, Robert, of Manchester and her daughter, Carol Salerno; two grandchildren, Michael Salerno and Nicole Alabaster and her husband, Paul; and her greatgranddaughter, Rain, all of Florida. She was predeceased by her daughter, Joyce Carney; and her brothers, Albert, Charlie and John Bulzgis. All services are private and will be held at the family’s convenience. Maiorano Funeral Home handled the arrangements. For more information and online condolences, visit www.maioranofuneralhome. com.

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Fight post-holiday energy crisis A few weeks ago when the holiday season was under way, you were feeling energized and pepped up, looking forward to all the festivities and celebrations. But now, as you begin 2012, all that vim and vigor may have given way to sluggishness and exhaustion. Does this sound like you? If so, you are not alone. “The period between Thanksgiving and the New Year is always hectic,” said James Cipriani, a personal trainer at Cutting Edge Personal Training in Brookfield, Conn. “We over schedule and overextend ourselves, so it’s no wonder that we may feel totally wiped out by the time January rolls in.” To make matters worse, we often eat badly and don’t exercise as regularly as we should, all of which can lead to that “weak and weary” feeling, Cipriani said. “If you are like most people, you probably overindulged in heavy fats and refined sugars, which is a typical fare at holiday parties. It takes a great deal of energy to digest a large and heavy meal. It’s no secret that eating this kind of food and not getting enough healthy nutrients will sap your energy,” he said. Not only that, but when you are tired, your immune system is weakened and more receptive to all kinds of ailments, such as cold and flu viruses, and even depression. When you feel like

this, the last thing you probably want to do is exercise, but that’s exactly what you should be doing – no matter how “worn out” you are. There is plenty of evidence indicating physical activity is one of the best remedies to combat the after-holiday crash. One study, conducted a few years ago by researchers at Georgia University, revealed that even low-intensity workouts can reduce fatigue by 65 percent and boost energy levels up to 20 percent. To pack the most fatigue-busting benefits into your workout, Cipriani suggested choosing vigorous and brisk activities that will make your heart work harder than it does when you are inactive. “While you work out, your heartbeat increases, and more oxygen-rich blood flows through the brain,” Cipriani explained. “As a result, you feel more energetic and invigorated. It’s really quite simple.” So if post-holiday “blahs” make you listless, Cipriani said a “sweat session” may be just what you need to recharge your batteries and rev up your engine for the New Year. Information on Cipriani’s programs, fitness tips and client testimonials are at Email him at Jim@ or call 203775-5128.

Pomperaug High School Varsity Games Jan. 6 to 14, 2012 Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 6........................ New Fairfield (H).................................... 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9..................... Nonnewaug (H)..................................... 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11.............. Brookfield (A)........................................ 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13...................... New Milford (H)..................................... 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Friday, Jan. 6........................ New Fairfield (A).................................... 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11.............. Brookfield (H)........................................ 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13...................... New Milford (A)..................................... 7 p.m.


Friday, Jan. 6........................ New Fairfield (H).................................... 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9..................... Nonnewaug (H)..................................... 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11.............. Brookfield (H)........................................ 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13...................... New Milford (H)..................................... 7 p.m.

Ice Hockey

Laugh it up at yoga class By CRISTINA COMMENDATORE Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” And certified laughter yoga leader Kristin Barber of New Haven will bring a similar philosophy to Middlebury next month. Barber, through Middlebury Parks and Rec, will lead six laughter yoga classes beginning Saturday, Feb. 4, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Shepardson Community Center auditorium. The classes have several components, starting with “ho ho” and “ha ha ha,” or simulated laughter to exercise core muscles. Classes will begin with breathing exercises and clapping, followed by 20 minutes of continuous yoga exercises. Classes also will incorporate silent laughter and group interaction in enactments of daily, often stressful situations, such as heavy traffic and shoveling snow. “The philosophy is life has no meaning other than what you assign to it,” Barber said. “Beside the beneficial effects when you’re doing it, it teaches you to laugh at the things you can’t control when they’re happening and to let them go.” Since the mind can’t distinguish fake laughter from real laughter, it still produces serotonin, an antidepressant, in the brain. Laughter yoga also conditions abdominal muscles, releases endorphins, reduces heart pressure and heart rate, in-

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Laughter yoga leader Kristin Barber looks as if she’s simply smiling in this photo, but she says she’s doing a silent laughing exercise. She will lead a laughter yoga program in Middlebury beginning next month. (Submitted photo) creases antibodies in saliva that combat upper respiratory infections, and relaxes muscles throughout the body. Incorporated breathing exercises help improve ventilation and reduce chronic respiratory issues, and help move nutrients and oxygen to body tissues. Barber, who has been offering classes in New Haven for about

a year, said people with asthma who have taken the class told her they feel better afterwards. Dr. Madan Kataria developed laughter yoga in India in 1995 after studying the healing effects of humor. He found the mind doesn’t know the difference between simulated laughter and real laughter, so the body still reaps the same psychological

and physiological benefits with fake laughter. When in a group and making eye contact with others, simulated laughter can turn into real, contagious laughter. Middlebury Parks and Rec Director Betty Proulx said a Middlebury Elementary School employee took a class and asked Proulx to look into it. Proulx did some research and was impressed. “I’m excited,” Proulx said. “It’s something new and something different we want to be able to offer to the residents. We don’t have a lot for adults, so this is something we’re trying to offer for adults. We’re always open to new ideas, so if anybody has anything, I’m willing to try, and I’ll gladly work with them.” Those with or without yoga experience can participate since the connection to yoga is through breathing, not posture. “It’s not something you do just there (in class),” Barber said. “You’ll find it starts affecting your perspective. It has made a big difference psychologically to me. I just don’t get stressed about things anymore. I’m able to laugh it off.” The class is for adults 21 and older. It will meet every other Saturday beginning Feb. 4 through April 14. The fee is $50 for Middlebury residents and $60 for nonresidents for six weeks. Call Parks and Rec at 203-7582520 to register.

Middlebury Parks & Recreation Southford Falls Quilters For new and/or experienced quilters, Southford Falls Quilters meet in the Shepardson Community Center auditorium at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month from September through June. The next meeting will be today, Jan. 6. Members of this nonprofit organization are people interested in sharing the art of quilting and doing charitable works using their skills. For more information, call Karen at 203598-7091.

Registration starts Jan. 17

Registration for spring proSaturday, Jan. 7.................... Wilton (H)........................................ 7:30 p.m. grams starts Tuesday, Jan. 17. Wednesday, Jan. 11.............. Cheshire (H).......................................... 8 p.m. Register in person, or register Saturday, Jan. 14................. Brookfield, et al (A)............................... 4 p.m. online at www.middlebury-ct. org. Pay online with MasterCard, Boys Indoor Track Tuesday, Jan. 10................... SWC Meet (A).................................. 3:30 p.m. Visa or debit cards. If you have Wednesday, Jan. 11.............. Milrose Qualifier (A)............................... 4 p.m. previously registered for a Parks & Recreation program in the ofGirls Indoor Track fice, please contact the office at Tuesday, Jan. 10................... SWC Meet (A).................................. 3:30 p.m. 203-758-2520 and request your Wednesday, Jan. 11.............. Milrose Qualifier (A)............................... 4 p.m. household identification number. Households new to parks Skiing Thursday, Jan. 12................. Ski Race (A).................................... 4:45 p.m. and recreation programs can create a household account on Boys Swimming the website. Payment at the Parks Tuesday, Jan. 10................... Brookfield (H)........................................ 7 p.m. and Rec office is by check or cash Friday, Jan. 13...................... Torrington (H)........................................ 7 p.m. only. All programs have registration deadlines. Please register Wrestling early. Saturday, Jan. 7.................... Lawless Invitational (A).......................... 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11.............. Immaculate/Joel Barlow (A).................. 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14................. Xavier Duals (A)..................................... 9 a.m. (H) Home (A) Away

Friday, January 6, 2012

Infant Toddler Playgroup The infant/toddler playgroup for parents of children age newborn to 3 to meet and socialize will meet Monday to Thursday, Jan. 23 to May 10, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Room 5 at Shepardson Center. Parents may choose to attend the program one or two of the four days each week. There will be no program Feb. 13 or 20. The fee is $20 for residents; $30 for nonresidents. You must register in person for playgroup. No phone registrations will be taken.

Music and Me Class Open House Instructor Marcia Nelken will hold an open house for this music and movement program for parents and children Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. The class for ages 6 months to 5 years will meet Fridays, Jan. 27 to March 30 (no class Feb. 17), from 10 to 10:45 a.m. in Room 8 at Shepardson Center. The class fee is $120 for residents and $130 for nonresidents for the first child and $64 for residents and $74 for nonresidents for the second child. For more information, see

Pilates Instructor Carol Brunick will offer morning classes that will meet Wednesdays and Fridays, Jan. 18 to March 9 from 9 to 10 a.m. and evening classes that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 17 to March 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shepardson Center. Students are asked to bring an exercise mat that is at least ¼ inch thick. The fee is $82 for residents; $92 for nonresidents.

Winter Warnings

Department at 203-758-2520 for daily updates on ice conditions. Here are some safety guidelines: • NEVER skate alone. • Ice thickness is not consistent. Water currents, particularly around narrow spots, bridges, inlets and outlets, are always suspect for thin ice. • Always have at least two people present. • Beware of ice around partially submerged objects such as trees, logs, brush embankments or dam structures. • USE AT YOUR OWN RISK • No supervision is provided on the pond.

Greenway: The Middlebury Greenway from Rte. 63 at Woodside Ave to Rte. 64 in front of the Little League Field has NO winter maintenance. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Sledding: Weather permitting, the hill between the Town Hall and Shepardson Community Center is available for sledding. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. No supervision is provided. Adults MUST accompany all children under the age of 12. NO PARKING FOR SLEDDING IN THE UPPER PARKING LOT. Ice Skating: Weather and tem- 1. Name the four N.L. pitchers perature permitting, ice skating to win the Cy Young Award in is permitted on the pond at consecutive years. Meadowview Park. Parents 2. It took just 1,303 innings for should contact the Recreation pitcher Kerry Wood to record 1,500 career strikeouts. Who held the mark for fewest innings to reach that mark before Wood? was told there is no cure. Why 3. Who holds the NFL record for most TD passes caught in a not? Men in service during the season? wars must have had this. – W.K. 4. Three No. 11 seeds have adANSWER: Men and women in vanced to the NCAA Final and out of service get tinea cruFour in men’s basketball. ris, jock itch, a fungal infection Name two of them. of the skin in the groin. Cure is 5. True or false: Until the 2010possible. The infected skin is red 11 NHL campaign, the Anato brown and has a raised, scaly heim Mighty Ducks and Los margin. It’s often itchy. In anAngeles Kings had never gone other part of your letter, you to the playoffs in the same mentioned an antifungal drug season. that is effective. Stick with it. It can require a month or more of 6. How many total medals did U.S. boxers tally in the Olymtreatment, and you should keep pics between 2000 and 2008? treating for one full week after all signs of it have gone. Other ef- 7. Who was the last senior golfer before John Cook (2010-11) fective medicines are micoto win the last tournament of nazole (Micatin) and clotrimaone Champions Tour season zole (Lotrimin AF), both availand the first tournament of able without a prescription. If the next season? your current medicine or these medicines don’t make a dent, Answers: then you might have to go on prescription oral medicines. In that case, considerations of conditions that look like jock itch should be assessed, things like erythrasma, a bacterial skin infection, and psoriasis. Dr. Donohue regrets he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

Lupus targets young women

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I recently tested positive for lupus, about which I know nothing. Please furnish me with some information. – E.L. ANSWER: Men, children and the elderly can come down with lupus, but the main target group is young women between ages 15 and 45. Lupus causes a staggering number of signs and symptoms. No one person develops all, but some have many. Joint swelling and pain; a drop in the number of white and red blood cells; a tendency to form clots in veins; skin rashes; malfunctioning of nerves, the brain and the spinal cord; inflammation of the coverings of the heart and lungs; kidney damage; and an injuring sensitivity to sunlight are the major troubles facing lupus patients. All of this comes about because the immune system declares war on body organs and tissues for reasons not fully understood. Antibodies – products of the immune system – are signs of the immune attack. They are useful for diagnosing the illness. When you say you tested positive for lupus, do you mean you had a positive blood test? One frequently used is the ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) test. A positive ANA suggests lupus but is not diagnostic of it. Two other antibody tests, anti-dsDNA and anti-SM, are

stronger evidence of lupus. Lupus is a formidable illness, but modern treatment has taken away much of its dread. In the past, it shortened life. Now 80 to 90 percent of lupus patients live 10 or more years. Lupus is subject to flare-ups and periods when it greatly quiets down. For flares, the cortisone drugs are put into play. For quiet periods, medicines with fewer side effects are prescribed. The list of medicines available for lupus is large. A new one has just come on the market. The booklet on rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, two similar illnesses, gives a comprehensive view of lupus and its treatment. To order a copy, write to Dr. Donohue – No. 301W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have seen a specialist for jock itch. I

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Setting the water heater’s temperature to “low” or “warm” – just below 120 F – will save on the cost of heating and prevent accidental scalding from water that’s too hot.

Entertainment Listings

Legal Notice TOWN OF MIDDLEBURY LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Motor Vehicle Supplemental tax bills on the Grand List of October 1, 2010 plus the second installment of Real Estate and Personal Property taxes become due and payable January 1, 2012. The last day to pay is February The “Over The Tavern” cast performs in a previous show at Seven Angels Theatre. (Submitted photo) 1, 2012. After that date taxes draw interest at the rate of 1-1/2% per month from the due date. Minimum interest is $2.00. Failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax, interest or penalty.


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Before the 1 p.m. matinee, the Palace will host Return one copy of the bill with payment. If a receipt is re- Clifford the Big Red Dog 50th anniversary celequired return all copies plus a self-addressed stamped enve- bration Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 and 6 p.m. at the an 11 a.m. brunch in the theater’s Poli Club dining lope. The Town Hall is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 Palace Theater. Tickets are $30 at 203-346-2000, hall. The menu includes scrambled eggs, Belgian p.m., except for legal holidays. waffles, home fried potatoes, winter salad and or 100 East Main St.

Jean Dawes, CCMC Clifford and Emily Elizabeth embark on a jour- coffee. The brunch package is $75 per person, Tax Collector, Middlebury ney to Birdwell Island with their friends Cleo, which includes orchestra seating for the matinee

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“Over The Tavern” returns to Seven Angels Theatre Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. There are no changes to the cast, which includes Carey Cannata of Middlebury, but the set will be a “back to basics” version. The play takes place in 1959 in the Pazinski family’s cramped Buffalo apartment. The youngest of the bunch, 12-year-old Rudy, is a smart, wise-cracking kid who’s starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. When Rudy goes up against the ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa and announces that instead of being confirmed he’d rather shop around for a more “fun” religion, all hell breaks loose. Tickets are $25 at the box office at 1 Plank Road between 12 and 5 p.m., 203-757-4676 or at

performance. Space is limited, and reservations should be made in advance by calling the box office at 203-346-2000. Before the Sunday evening performance, the Palace also will present a “GlaMARous Girl’s Night Out” pre-show party at 5:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear feather boas and tiaras as they let out their inner “Dancing Queen” to everyone’s favorite ABBA tunes. Patrons also will enjoy hors d’ouerves and a cash bar featuring a selection of wines and martini specials before the show. The pre-show party is free with the purchase of a ticket to the 6:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are at 203-346-2000, or at the box office at 100 East Main St.

Torrington Comedian Lisa Lampanelli Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. A cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen, Lampanelli says just about anything and gets away with it, leaving her audiences roaring with laughter. Tickets are $35.75 at 860-489-7180 or www.


Mamma Mia! Friday through Sunday, Jan. 20 to Pacifica Quartet Sunday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. at 22, at the Palace Theater. The theater will hold two Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. A pre-concert talk will be at 2 p.m., hosted by Robert Sherman, writer, teacher, and radio broadcaster for WQXR and WFUV. The concert program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1” and “Quartet No. 9, Op. 117,” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1” and “Razumovsky.” Tickets are $35 at 203-254-4010, toll-free at 1-877278-7396, or online at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. The Philadelphia Dance Company, PHILADANCO, will perform Friday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The group preserves African-American traditions in dance. Tickets are $45, $40 and $35. As part of the Quick Center’s Arts Bound Schoolday Series, PHILADANCO will present a lecture/ demonstration workshop Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. PHILADANCO’s dancers will illustrate the company’s stylistic and choreographic dynamism while paying homage to some figures in dance history that helped shape and build American character and culture. Suitable for grade levels Kindergarten through college, the program is adjusted to levels as needed. Tickets are $7. Tickets are at 203-254-4010 or The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is on the Fairfield University campus at 1073 North Benson Road. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Can rabbit be trained? DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My pet rabbit, a lop-ear named “Jake,” seems pretty active and alert. He flicks his ears when I hold a treat out for him, and I noticed he does the same when I move my hand in a similar way even when there is no treat. Do you think a rabbit could be trained similar to the way a dog is trained? – Clarissa T., Butte, Mont. DEAR CLARISSA: According to animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich, it’s entirely possible to do so; in fact, she’s trained two of her rabbits to do agility courses. Heidenreich uses positive-reinforcement training to teach her rabbits to perform on cue. One lop-eared rabbit, Loretta, “runs a seven-piece agility Painter Karen Pepper’s “Poppies” oil on canvas

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course, retrieves, spins in a circle and digs on cue. Loretta was adopted as an adult and learned most of her tricks in just a few weeks,” according to a promotional release by pet behavior and training-products company Good Bird Inc. Heidenreich says positive reinforcement training isn’t just for teaching pet tricks; owners also can use this method to address

problem behaviors and, overall, get more connected to their pets. As these fluffy animals become more and more popular as pets, she feels that learning to do more than just care for rabbits is necessary but also rewarding. If you’d like to learn more about training Jake to do tricks, visit, Heidenreich’s site. Send your questions or tips to, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Library to display area artist’s work The Stairwell Gallery at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, Conn., will showcase the work of painter Karen Pepper Saturday, Jan. 7, through Saturday, Feb. 18, during normal library hours. A reception in the library’s Wykeham Room will be Saturday, Jan. 14, from 12 to 2 p.m. Pepper was born in Lancaster, Pa., but decided she wanted to see more of the country, so she settled for a time in Colorado and then later in Hawaii. Increasingly inspired by America’s culture and natural wonders, she began

to study art at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. In 1989, she moved back east to complete a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Kutztown, Pa. After she married, Karen lived in England for three years and Switzerland for seven years. She now lives with her husband and two daughters in Washington, Conn. Pepper’s attachment to and love for the beauty that surrounds her is reflected in her work. She plans a canvas using stripes or background symbols

so they contrast against the softer, free-flowing applications of color. Her most recent work is influenced by music. She selects color combinations and then allows music to lead her on an expressionistic application of paint and oil pastels. For more information, call 860-868-7586 or email The Gunn Memorial Library is at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Rte. 47, opposite the Green in Washington. For more information and for library hours, visit www.

Foundation chooses new CEO in a wide variety of The Board of Trustorganizations. Her skill ees of the Connecticut set includes strategic Community Foundaplanning, organization tion (CCF) has chosen development, resource Paula Van Ness, former development, marketchief operating officer ing/branding, and huof the Peter G. Peterson man resources. She Foundation in New York has worked for startand former president ups, turnarounds, and and chief executive ofmature organizations, ficer of the Starlight primarily on a national Children’s Foundation basis. and Make-A-Wish Most recently, she Foundation of America, was COO of the Peter as CEO of Connecticut’s G. Peterson Foundaoldest community tion in New York City, foundation. Van Ness which focuses on raiswill take over for retiring ing awareness and acCEO Ingrid Manning celerating action in Feb. 1. connection with “Paula was our America’s growing fischoice following a rigorcal challenges. From ous national search for 2004 to July 2010, she a CEO, as befits our continuing vision for the Connecticut Community Foundation’s new CEO, served as the national (Submitted photo) president and CEO of Connecticut Commu- Paula Van Ness the Starlight Children’s nity Foundation. We are excited she will be joining us,” based of all philanthropic insti- Foundation. Before that she was said Foundation Board President tutions and represent the most the president and CEO of the Richard E. Lau, DVM. “Under exciting and dynamic dimension Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ingrid’s direction for nearly 30 of philanthropy today. I am priv- America for six years. Previously, years, the foundation moved from ileged to join an organization she was CEO of the National Aloperating solely as a responsive with a strong base that is ready liance to End Homelessness and grant maker to taking leadership to take its next steps into the fu- was founding president of the National AIDS Fund. Additionpositions in the community to ture.” improve early education, the enVan Ness comes from Tucson, ally, she headed the National vironment, heart and cancer care, Ariz., to run CCF, which serves AIDS Information and Education services for seniors, women and 21 towns in Greater Waterbury, program for the U.S. Centers for their children, and nonprofit Cheshire and the Litchfield Hills. Disease Control and Prevention, management in our region.” She said she is committed to AIDS Project Los Angeles, and He continued, “We look for- spending her first two months Family Planning Centers of ward to expanding our leader- getting advice from people in the Greater Los Angeles. She has a bachelor’s degree ship work. Among other exciting region. possibilities, we can make an “I’ll be listening – not talking in child development from the impact on more regional issues – to community leaders, elected University of Arizona and a masby partnering with other com- officials, generous families, ter’s degree in organization demunity foundations on projects smart nonprofits, my fellow com- velopment from the University in our area. We expect Paula will munity foundation heads,” she of San Francisco. She is a certibring us new ideas and new ap- said. “I can’t wait to hear what fied grant professional and a graduate of a leadership develproaches.” they have to teach me.” Van Ness said, “As far as I’m Van Ness is a seasoned non- opment program at the Center concerned, community founda- profit executive with four de- for Creative Leadership. For more information, visit tions are the most community- cades of leadership experience or call 203-7531315.

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PRINCE Prince was rescued recently along with his two housemates, Smokey and Stretch. The trio found themselves living suddenly on the street after a fire consumed their home, and the only family they ever knew left them behind to fend for themselves. The trio continued to sit day after day on the steps of their burnt-down home, despite the glass and debris that lay all around them. Animals For Life took them into the shelter where they await their new homes. Prince, like the other two, is neutered and very friendly. They are happy and receptive to any bit of affection that comes their way. Prince is an orange tabby with sleepy eyes. He is very sweet – purrs all the time, even at the vet! If you would like to meet Prince, please call Animals For Life to learn more.

PEARL Pearl is one of the newest kitties to arrive at the Animals For Life shelter. She was saved from the basement of an abandoned building in New Haven. This sweetie is between 1 and 2 years old, and she is very friendly. She tolerates being around other cats, but doesn’t look to make friends with them. For this reason, she may be happiest as an only pet in her new home. Pearl is wonderful with people! If you would like to meet this petite princess, please visit her at the AFL shelter.

For more information on these pets, call 203-758-2933 or visit Animals for Life at the Middlebury Transfer Station on Rte. 63 at the corner of Woodside Ave. Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m. For more information about the adoption process, visit

WALLY Wally is a wonderful Corgi in need of a home. He is 5 to 6 years old and needs a home consistent with his diet restrictions. Wally was brought to Meriden Humane Society (MHS) when the owner could no longer afford to keep him. Wally has since lost weight and is acting like a spring chicken! He still needs to lose more weight, and this will help him be a much stronger and healthier dog. For more information and an application, email

RAE Rae of sunshine is a 2- to 3-year-old male cat. He came to MHS when his owner passed. One could see the sadness in his eyes at first, but having been at the shelter for a few weeks, Rae has progressed, met new friends and is ready to go to his new forever home. For more information and an application, email meridensociety@sbcglobal. net.

Visit these pets and other animals at Meriden Humane Society at 311 Murdock Ave. in Meriden. The shelter is open daily from 12 to 6 p.m. Adoption fees are $75 for a fully vetted dog and $5 for a fully vetted cat.

Chapin’s Computer Tip

New year brings new technology In 2012 we will see a lot of new gadgets and improved technology. Here are few samples of what is coming our way this year. iPhone 5 is the next generation phone to be produced by Apple. As you know, Apple came out with an upgrade to the iPhone 4 with 4S. 4S has an upgraded chip (dual core), CDMA and GSM Radio, a better camera and iOS. It is expected the iPhone 5 will further improve the specs with a redesigned, sleeker body that sports a larger screen. Lytro Light field camera will let you shoot, then focus after the image is captured. Now that is truly an “idiot-proof” camera. Its

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