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Volume VIII, No. 2

Friday, January 13, 2012

MRTC and MDTC elect members MRTC




The Middlebury Republican Town Committee (MRTC) membership didn’t change much as a result of Tuesday night’s caucus. Four current members – Chairman Rita Smith, Nancy Robison, Jonathan Longo and Robert Bona – chose not to run for another term. The remaining 17 members who ran for re-election retained their seats. They were joined by four new members: Ken Heidkamp, Ned Love, George Moreira and Guy Tiso. Smith, who had served for the past two years, said her family asked her not to run for another term. “I need to put my family first,” Smith said. She nominated a slate that included the current members along with current alternate Mike McDonald and Joe Mancini. Attorney Bob Smith nominated George Moreira, Paul Bialobrzeski, and Bill Bellotti. Moreira, husband of attorney Dana D’Angelo, won a seat. MRTC member and recent first selectman candidate George Tzepos nominated Candice Graziano, Vullnet Zhuta, Terrence Manning, Joseph Bernardi, John Gagas and Chip Kuehnle. None of the Tzepos nominees won a seat. Selectman Elaine Strobel, who herself was up for re-election to the MRTC, nominated Guy Tiso, and he was elected. Ken Heidkamp nominated Ned Love, and Love returned the favor by nominating Heidkamp. Both won seats on the MRTC. Heidkamp has served on the MRTC in the past; Love is on for the first time and said of serving on the committee, “It’s a great town, and we need people to get involved. It’s about time I did.” Under rules explained at the start of the caucus, none of the nominees were allowed to speak before votes were cast. About 100 people attended the caucus, and 84 cast ballots, with each voter choosing up to 21 of the 32 candidates on the ballot. It took until 9:30 p.m. for the ballots to be hand tabulated by four tellers. Re-elected members are Rito Albini, Paul Babarik, Paul Bowler, Tony Bruno, John Calabrese, Frank Cipriano, John Cookson, Jim Crocicchia, Tom King, Ted Mannello, Terrence McAuliffe, Brian Shaban, Robert Smith, Terry Smith, Geoff Stowell, Elaine Strobel, and George Tzepos. Officers for the past two years have been Chairman Rita Smith, Vice-Chairman Paul Babarik, Secretary Terrence McAuliffe, and Treasurer Tom King. Alternates for the past two years have been Rich Nicol, Janice Kulpa, John Kotchian, and Michael McDonald. Both alternates and officers for the next two years will be chosen at the MRTC March meeting when those elected Tuesday night take office.

The Middlebury Democratic Town Committee (MDTC) elected three new members – Linda Herman, Ben Minichino and Richard Burton – Jan. 10. They will assume their new positions at the end of March. Twenty-three MDTC members sought re-election to the committee. Of them, only Michael Devino was not re-elected. Members Gordon Frohn and Ed Bailey did not seek re-election. Francis Barton Jr. nominated the current MDTC members, less Frohn and Bailey. Thomas McCormack seconded. Then Chairman Curtis Bosco read the names of people who expressed interest in joining the MDTC – Patrick Bona; Michael McCormack, who told Bosco during the meeting he would rather be considered for an alternate position when the time comes; Herman; Minichino; and Burton. Bona was not at the meeting, but Herman, Minichino and Burton were and briefly introduced themselves to the MDTC before they were added to the ballot. Herman, who was up first, said she had been a Middlebury resident the past seven years and prior to that lived in Southbury. A lifelong Democrat, she said, “I would like to get involved in whatever is going on in Middlebury, especially for the Democrats.” Minichino introduced himself as a new resident who moved here from New Haven a couple years ago. “I would really like to get involved in all the issues that face the town,” he said. “I want to take a recognition of what’s going on here in town, and I hope you’ll feel the same way.” Burton, like the other two, introduced himself and said he wanted to join the MDTC to give back to the town. All three plus Bona were added to the ballot. Then the MDTC members in attendance voted. After voting, Anastasia Persico, Brenda Carter and Patricia Fahey tallied the votes. MDTC members who will serve for the next two years are: Ralph Barra, Barton, Punyada Bhaduri, Bosco, Sharon Bosco, Burton, Carter, Michael Culhane, Armand D’Agostino, Robert Desmarais Sr., Fahey, Bryan Ferrucci, Stephen Ferrucci III, Dan Fitzgerald Jr., Alice Hallaran, Herman, Thomas McCormack, Michael McVerry, Noa Miller, Minichino, Persico, Mark Petrucci, Raymond Petrucci, Thomas Proulx and Stephen Ruccio. When new members come on at the end of March, the MDTC might modify a rule that says a maximum of 25 are allowed to serve on the committee so they can allow alternates.

John Cookson and Middlebury Social Services Director JoAnn Cappelletti, left, accept a $1,000 donation from Paul Babarik, right, while standing in front of the old electric stove in the kitchen at Shepardson Community Center. The Knights of Columbus Council 3992 donated the money towards the purchase of a new gas stove to replace the old electric one. See article on page 5. (Marjorie Needham photo)

P&Z prepares to furlough zoning enforcement officer By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) at its Jan. 5 meeting prepared to furlough the zoning enforcement officer, approved a building at the corner of Clearview Knoll and Rte. 64, modified phasing and filing requirements for Ridgewood, accepted a permit application for beer and wine at a proposed Middlebury Station pizza restaurant, voted to require a café site plan for Whittemore Crossing and discussed a subdivision on Route 64 across from Bristol Road.  Calling it a furlough rather than a layoff, P&Z Chairman Curtis Bosco told Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) Jean Donegan only about 20 hours remained in her salary account until June 30. Donegan’s hours per month were reduced to 40 from 80 Dec. 1 to help stretch the account cut in half by the Board of Finance (BoF) in its 2011-2012 budget. In an open review of her billing originally scheduled as an executive session, Donegan was criticized for itemizing 55 hours in December instead of the maximum of 40. She explained 10 of the hours were for Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) work and the remaining 45 necessary for ZEO duties. Commissioners then spent more than an hour discussing the legal interaction between volunteer boards such as P&Z, the ZBA and the BoF, and paid town employees. Bosco said he appeared before the BoF with the help of Chief Financial Officer Larry Hutvagner but was denied additional ZEO funds. Commissioner Terry Smith said commission chairmen were not department heads, and paid town employees must get the money to support what the voluntary commissions do. Commissioner William Stowell said the budget reduction had led to a crisis sit-

uation for the Board of Selectmen (BoS) to resolve. A resolution authorizing Bosco to present the financial situation at the Jan. 17 BoS meeting was approved unanimously. A site plan, excavation and grading permit for Robert LaFlamme d/b/a Pomeroy Enterprises LLC for a two-story 4,800-square-foot office building at 472 Middlebury Road on the north corner of Clearview Knoll was unanimously approved with the stipulation excavated material be offered to the town and trucks hauling the material not stack up and wait on Rte. 64 or Clearview Knoll. Bosco said he was sympathetic to public hearing comments by Clearview Knoll residents about being misled, but added the public hearing was not required and was only held to give residents an opportunity to speak. He said approved setback variances were considered in granting the decision and stated the grade of Clearview Knoll was not inappropriate for a driveway.  A 180-day extension to file Mylar maps for Ridgewood at Middlebury was unanimously approved. Christopher J. Smith, land use attorney for Shipman & Goodwin, said litigation by current residents could cause changes to the approved plans and confusion if maps were filed before the issues were resolved. Smith initially asked for 90 days but was granted 180 upon advice of Town Attorney Robert Smith. A modification to the phasing plan for Ridgewood development also was unanimously approved. Christopher Smith said breaking of Phase 2 and 3 into 2a, 2b, 3a and 3b would allow work to proceed more slowly and allow for a lower bonding amount as the phases progressed.  A special exception public hearing for a beer and wine permit at Middlebury Station was scheduled for Feb. 2. Devel-

oper Mark Gyolai said he was planning a 45-seat wood-fired pizza restaurant to the right of Dunkin’ Donuts at the 489 Middlebury Road shopping plaza. Gyolai told the Bee-Intelligencer his family-run restaurant would be called “8 Fifty Artisan Pizza” in reference to the temperature of the wood-fired oven he is importing from Italy that cooks an artisan-style pizza in about two minutes. He is hopeful the necessary business approvals will allow him to open this spring. In enforcement action, commissioners unanimously voted to instruct Whittemore Crossing owner Dean Yimoyines to submit a site plan showing the café currently operating in the building. A health department permit was issued by former health department official Dr. Maurice Falk, but the site plan was never updated to reflect increased café parking requirements. In other matters, a meeting to continue work on the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) was set for Thursday, Jan. 12. State statutes require it be revised every 10 years, but recent legislation allows a slip to 2013. Bosco said last June the commission would get it done by year end 2011 because funds had been appropriated and partially spent, but work slowed, and planned public input sessions did not occur.  A discussion with Toula Kaloidis on subdividing property at 2065 Middlebury Road led to the suggestion he find a way to allow individual driveway access even though he plans a common driveway. Kaloidis told commissioners the property was owned by his mother, who wanted to subdivide land for him to build a house. Terry Smith said it was P&Z practice that plans show an individual driveway if possible in case the land is eventually sold.   The next regular P&Z meeting is Thursday, Feb. 2.

Adoptable pets.................8 Book Review.....................3 Career Coach....................3 Classifieds.........................7 Community Calendar.........2 Computer Tip....................8 Fire Log.............................2 Legal Notices....................7

Library Happenings............2 Library Lines......................2 Obituaries.........................5 Opinion.............................4 Parks & Rec.......................6 Puzzles.............................7 Reg. 15 School Calendar...3 Senior Center News...........3

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Middlebury Congregational Church Junior and Senior Youth Groups’ Pasta Supper When: What: Where: Cost:

5 to 8 p.m. Salad, pasta with sauce, meatballs, bread and butter, and dessert Middlebury Congregational Church Social Hall $10 adults, $8 children ages 5 to 12 and seniors, free for children younger than 5

Martin Luther King Day All town offices, library, senior center and transfer station are closed

Wald exhibition opens at Fairfield University

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Library Happenings Middlebury

radon-testing kits. January is Radon Action Month.

Friends Seek Book Donations

Great Decisions Discussions

Whittemore Book Club

The library will host the Great Decisions Series starting Thursday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the library gallery and continuing on alternate Thursdays until all eight topics are addressed. Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions program provides an opportunity for people to discuss with each other some of the foreign policy issues of the day. Topics are chosen by the Association, and it in turn provides the basic reading materials so participants can come prepared for the discussions. These materials are available at the library. Specific topics for this coming year are Middle East Realignment, Promoting Democracy, Mexico, Cyber-security, Exit from Afghanistan & Iraq, State of the Oceans,  Indonesia, and Energy Geopolitics.  As for the past three years, the sessions Don Giroux of Woodbury, a retired history and English teacher, will facilitate the discussions. Participation and materials are free. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Woodbury Library. Please stop in the library to pick up a briefing book. For more information and to register, call 203-263-3502 or visit

The Friends of the Middlebury Library is accepting donations of books, audio books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, comics, puzzles, computer games, and more for its annual book sale May 5 to 8 at the Middlebury Public Library. The sale’s proceeds support library services and programs beyond the scope of the town budget. In 2011, the book sale funded an audiovisual equipment upgrade, Kindle ebooks, museum passes, and cultural activities throughout the year. Please drop off your donations at the library during library hours. Tax donation receipts are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, call 203-7582634.

Tuesday Evenings at the Library

The Whittemore Book Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. The book to be discussed will be “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese.

Chair Yoga Class Friday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m., the library will host a free chair Yoga class for senior citizens who are at least 50 years old. Certified yoga instructor Kathleen Greco will offer participants a gentle approach to yoga from the comfort and safety of their chairs. Learn how continued yoga practice can lead to improved flexibility and an overall feeling of good health. Registration is required. To sign up, call 203-7294591.

2011 Rotary Book Collection Display

Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m., the girls’ A display featuring a collection craft group will make seasonal of books funded by the Rotary garlands for their rooms. Club of Naugatuck during 2011 is on the Gallery Wall this month. Book Stroll Each year since 1955, the Rotary Join the library staff in a lei- has given the library an annual surely stroll through the stacks stipend with which to purchase Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. You books on a variety of subjects. and the staff can point out favor- Each book purchased with these ite authors and discuss favorite funds is labeled with a special books as you walk through the bookplate featuring the Rotary stacks – come with lots of ideas! seal and a Rotarian’s name. Books Please register at the desk or call are purchased based on the spethe library at 203-758-2634 cial interests of each Rotarian on the occasion of his/her birthday. Bird Feeder Workshop To date, Rotary donations have Flanders Nature Center and added more than 3,772 books to Land Trust will offer a workshop the library’s permanent collection. on making bird feeders Tuesday, The Howard Whittemore MeFeb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the library. morial Library is at 243 Church Each bird feeder will cost $20. St. in Naugatuck. For information, Register at the library or call 203- call 203-729-4591. 758-2634. Space is limited so pre-registration is a must.

Puzzlemania in March The Sixth Annual Puzzlemania Contest will be Tuesday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the library. Call the library at 203-758-2634 to register your team, or stop in and pick up a set of rules at the circulation desk. Pre-registration is a must as entrants are limited to 10 teams. The Middlebury Library is at 30 Crest Road in Middlebury.

Naugatuck Radon Information Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Naugatuck Valley Health District will distribute radon-related information and free


Smartphones and Tablets Workshops Would you like to learn how to use your iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire or any other type of smartphone or tablet? Wednesday, Jan. 25, the Reference Department will offer a free workshop on how to use smartphones from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and a free workshop on how to use tablets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Kingsley Meeting Room. Workshops will cover basic functions as well as how to download free library  audiobooks to smartphones or e-books to tablets. Participants must bring their devices to the workshops along with a valid library card. Space is

Middlebury Community Calendar Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Day All town offices, library and transfer station are closed

Tuesday, Jan. 17 Commission on Aging 9:30 a.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26 Elderly Tax Relief Committee 4:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26 Board of Selectmen 6 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room Mental Health Support Group 6 p.m............................. Russell Place, 1F, 969 W. Main, Waterbury Public Works Commission 7 p.m............................................................... Shepardson Room 26 Water Pollution Control Authority 7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26

Wednesday, Jan. 18 Beautification Commission 6:30 p.m......................................................... Shepardson, Room 26 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

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 1/1/12 14:02 I-84 West. Motor vehicle accident with injuries 1/2/12 13:22 564 Middlebury Road. Fire alarm set off by workers on the scene. 1/2/12 20:09 Christian Road. Illegal burn 1/5/12 17:31 342 Watertown Road. Carbon monoxide detector activation.

Artist Ellie Boyd, left, and fellow artist and library secretary Irene Sudol stand by 30 art instructional DVDS recently acquired by the Southbury Public Library. The DVDs cover oil, water color, pastel and Chinese brush painting. While watching the "Market Flowers" DVD by Greg Kreutz, Boyd created the oil study shown in the photo.  (Submitted photo) limited, and registration is required. Call the Reference Department at 203-262-0626, ext. 130, to register and confirm your library has “Overdrive” (if you aren’t a patron of the Southbury library).

Nook and Kindle Workshops Did you receive a Kindle or Nook for the holidays? Not sure what to do with it? Would you like to learn how to borrow e-books from the library? If so, sign up for one of the library’s hands-on workshops on how to use e-readers. The Reference Department is offering workshops for Nook E-Readers Thursday, Jan. 26, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and for Kindle E-Readers Friday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Kingsley A meeting room. Registration is required, and participants need to bring their device and a valid library card. To register and confirm your library has “Overdrive” (if you aren’t a patron of the Southbury library), call 203-262-0626, ext. 130, or visit the Reference Desk.

Wednesday Film

org for more information. The The Wednesday afternoon library is at 100 Poverty Road in movie Jan. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the Southbury (203-262-0626). Kingsley Meeting Room is about a life-changing experience. After the sudden death of his parents, a young veterinary student signs High School & Beyond: a College Planning on with a traveling circus and follows a new path that includes an Workshop elephant, love and the wrath of a This workshop for high school dangerous man. Christoph Waltz, students and their families will Reese Witherspoon and Robert be held Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 Pattinson star. p.m. Learn to make sense of the The room’s surround sound college enrollment process with theater has an infrared listening Mark Danaher, NCC, MA, a career system available. For more inforcounselor/educator for Manmation, call 203-262-0626. chester High School in Manchester, Conn. The interactive workFiber Art Exhibit shop stresses the steps of the The Connecticut Fiber Arts college process and helps get Collective, a Connecticut-based participants started on the right group of artists dedicated to fiber road to find the right colleges to and mixed media art, fiber art fit their needs.  show, “Identity and Other Things,” Each student and parent will at the Gloria Cachion Art Gallery receive a college planning workin the library will run through the book and resources, along with end of February. The show chal- questions to complete as a family. lenges each participant to use Danaher looks to bring a fun and fiber art to create an image of the educational presentation related essence of her own singular- to the college process. This proity. Artists also will display a col- gram is FREE and open to area lection of some of their favorite students and their families. Please pieces. call 203-263-3502 to register or Check www.southburylibrary. for more details.


Leroy Anderson Exhibit

The Gallery display this month is “A Sleigh Ride Together With You,” an exhibit of the life and music of composer Leroy Anderson. Anderson’s son, Rolf Anderson, will share information about his famous father at a reception in the gallery Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. The public is invited. Woodbury’s world-renowned resident passed away in 1975, but his music has taken on a timeless quality. Anderson composed and arranged orchestral pieces, the Broadway musical “Goldilocks,” and a piano concerto. Some of the many works written in Woodbury are “Sleigh Ride,” “Bugler’s Holiday,” “Blue Tango,” “The Typewriter,” “Belle of the Ball,” “Fiddle-Faddle,” and “China Doll.” The exhibit at the library includes four display cabinets of Leroy Anderson memorabilia. The library is at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury.

Library Lines

Fall in love with classic romantic suspense novels By DONNA HINE


o you remember reading your first novel? Around age 13, you realized there was a wider world of books in a whole new area of the library you never explored … the adult section! Nowadays we offer a specific type of book for this age group called “young adult” (though many still start with Mary Higgins Clark in adult fiction), but way back when, choices were limited, and the transition to Elizabeth Bennet from Nancy Drew was a tricky one – you could read something and absolutely hate it. Pick up the same book in eight months and be enthralled! Many of us turned to the gentler, simpler romantic suspense still available even now! Several of these authors are being re-released in e-books – and deservedly so. They are well written, exciting, usually humorous or slightly scary, and a wonderful bridge to reading a more complex book. I love them, too, because they are almost universally one of a series – and if you are a voracious reader, you are in heaven knowing there is another book waiting in the wings just as good as the one you just read! Mary Stewart is one of the best authors to begin your quest for classic beginner adult fiction. Her series of Arthurian legend books is not only rich in excitement and drama, but the method of storytelling is captivating and so well written. Look for “The Crystal Cave” (STE) first and be prepared for Merlin’s story to wrap you in its spell! “The Hollow Hills” and “The Last Enchantment” complete the trilogy, and you will love every exciting word! If romance is more your cup of tea, Stewart wrote many – check out especially “Airs Above the Ground,” “My Brother Michael” and “Wildfire at Midnight.” These are char-

acteristic of the historical and romantic suspense field and very well done. Many start exploring adult fiction with the numerous books by Mary Higgins Clark, John Patterson or Clive Cussler, but let’s not forget Danielle Steel. “Palomino” (STE) will appeal to young and old alike with its light romance and cowboy setting. A wellknown bestselling author, Steel continues to write romantic fiction to this day – her newest is “Happy Birthday” (STE). They are uniformly light tales, but she must be doing something right to be on the New York Times bestseller list a record number of weeks! Dorothy Gilman has created a most unforgettable character in Mrs. Pollifax. These short adventure stories feature a unique, “mature” and feisty woman who, late in life, becomes a secret agent – I know, only in books! Mrs. Pollifax leaves her beloved plants behind to travel the world in search of bad guys and meets some unusual characters along the way. Very readable and a great introduction to action-adventure novels, look first for “The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax” (GIL) – but she will experience many other escapades after that one! Mrs. Tim is an irrepressible and admirable figure just trying to get through World War II, and from what I have read, she typifies the strong woman left behind as her husband fights in combat. D. E. Stevenson creates an example of courage and ingenuity with Mrs. Tim, but my favorite of the four books about the Christie family is “Mrs. Tim Carries On” (STE). Chronicled in journal form, the books follow Mrs. Tim as she writes of daily happenings in the village and coping with the stresses and shortages inherent in wartime. Alisa Craig/Charlotte MacLeod: Doesn’t matter which

name she goes by, the books always have an element of humor – and usually murder. Writing as MacLeod, she pens one-of-akind characters: Peter Shandy (professor at the fictional agricultural college, Balaclava) or Max Bittersohn and Sarah Kelling capers – both series usually involve murder, sometimes romance, but always inimitable and unforgettable people. Look for Craig’s “A Pint of Murder” (CRA) in our mystery section – and if you want to laugh out loud, try “The Convivial Codfish” or “The Family Vault” featuring the Kelling family. Tee hee. As is common with these writers, Phyllis A. Whitney gives us many choices in this genre. “Columbella” (WHI), though, has a special place in my heart, it is probably the first adult book I can remember reading. To read it now, it appears slightly dated and simplistic with maybe a too-sympathetically written main character, but I will struggle through for old times’ sake and enjoy once again that blend of mystery, suspense and romance that Whitney does so well. She also has penned many children’s books, which may be why her adult fiction is a good starting place for young adults. Phyllis A. Whitney lived to 104 – her final book, “Amethyst Dreams” (WHI), was published in 1997 … Adventure, exotic locations, murder and a touch of romance: M.M. Kaye wraps it all up so well with young characters experiencing life with a capital “L” for the first time. Born in India, Kaye writes with a reality and clarity so the reader experiences the book as if he or she were there. Look for “The Far Pavilions” (KAY), and read about British India through a young boy’s eyes. Yes, it is a bit long, but worth every word. For lighter romance, check out “Death in Zanzibar” (KAY) or “Trade Wind” (KAY).

Now we come to my favorite author, and I am so glad she is still writing – and still writing so well! Writing as Barbara Michaels, we read her exceptionally exciting tales of romance and mystery: “Wait for What Will Come,” “Witch” and many historical mysteries. But writing as Elizabeth Peters, she has given us many memorable characters: Vicky Bliss in “Silhouette in Scarlett” with her John Smythe – to say nothing of her employer, Dr. Schmidt (“a combination of the Wizard of Oz and Santa Claus”). But the character whose books I wait for with bated breath is the continuing saga of Amelia Peabody and her family – especially “the best archaeologist of this or any other time” – Radcliffe Emerson. Start from the beginning with “Crocodile on the Sandbank” (PET) to follow the Emersons from the very start of their most unusual life centered in Egypt and more specifically murder, mayhem, and archeology. I promise you won’t be disappointed! These were the books that unlocked a vivid world of imagination for me and instilled a great love of reading that continues to this day. They set the stage for enjoying the written word and realizing there are other exciting ways to travel than just on a plane or train. I could pick up a book and be riding up the drive to Manderly with the never-named heroine in “Rebecca” –“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again.” Those opening words bring back such memories of terror and thrills! Books transport us and thrill us and comfort us – and provide entertainment to last a lifetime. Do you have a favorite subject that hasn’t been covered in Library Lines? Let me know what library books you would like to read about by calling 203-7582634.

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Friday, January 13, 2012


BoE honors soccer team, hears SRBI report

(Kathleen Brown-Carrano cartoon)

Book Reviews “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves” By Sheldon Garon (Princeton University Press, $29.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox Americans are spendthrifts when compared with many other parts of the world. We save little, even though the U.S. has weaker social safety nets and a relatively youthful population. Europeans, on the other hand, save at much higher rates despite generous welfare programs, higher taxes and aging populations. In a fascinating new book, pro-

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fessor Sheldon Garon of Princeton University traces the development of saving money across three continents from the 19th century through today. He found Americans were fairly good savers during and immediately after World War II, but attributes it to the public’s expanded access to savings institutions. U.S. savings bonds and stamps could be purchased, for example, at work, school and even the local post office.

It’s no secret saving money in the U.S. has dropped since the 1950s. Commercial banks are less willing to maintain and encourage savings accounts from people of modest means, while the opposite is true in Europe and East Asia. There, many of the 19thcentury institutions welcome even small accounts, including Germany’s Sparkassen (savings banks), France’s special accounts in savings and postal banks, Japan’s massive postal savings system and China’s highly accessible state banks and postal savings system. The Chinese save 26 percent of disposable income and the Japanese about 23 percent. In continental Europe, Germans,

By CRISTINA COMMENDATORE coach of the year and now is nominated with two other Region 15 Board of Education coaches for the national coach (BoE) members recognized the of the year award, said, “It was Pomperaug High School (PHS) probably one of the best seasons boys’ soccer team for their state I’ve ever had. Our motto this year championship title and heard a was ‘family,’ and they lived up to presentation on Scientific Based it and played for each other.” Research Intervention (SRBI) Next on the agenda was during their Jan. 9 meeting. Assistant Superintendent Kelly PHS Athletic Director intro- Lyman’s presentation on SRBI, a duced each boys’ soccer team federal- and state-mandated inimember and their head coach tiative to ensure all students Joe Mancini at the beginning of meet the obligations set forth in the meeting. He said the team the No Child Left Behind and the had a 22-win, one-loss, one-tie Individuals with Disabilities season and ranked top 20 nation- Education Improvement Acts. It ally in a coaches’ poll. He called relies on scientific-research the team “unselfish, hardwork- based instruction and intervening, tough competitors” and pre- tion to meet students’ needs and sented Mancini with a plaque looks at achievements in reading, and sweatshirts for the team. math and social/behavioral perMancini, who was named formance. Connecticut and Northeast SRBI uses a three-tier model. Tier I is universal practices, or general education for all students that incorporates soFrench, Swedes and others save cial-emotional learning. Tier II more than 10 percent of house- targets students who fail to make hold disposable income, while adequate progress in Tier I and Americans save only a small frac- involves interventions and monitoring students. Tier III focuses tion of that amount. Why the difference between on students who continue to the U.S. and other countries, and make inadequate progress decan saving money become sexy spite Tier II interventions. Throughout all three tiers, a again in our post-global-financial-meltdown economy? Will student intervention team (SIT) the Occupy Wall Street demon- of Region 15 teachers, reading strations become a wakeup call specialists and interventionists for Americans to take a sobering works with teachers to assess look at their personal finances? student development. Classroom Garon believes the tide can turn teachers share with SIT members and offers some levelheaded pol- performance data and work samicy suggestions for how America ples of students who might have can restore a lasting balance be- a learning or behavioral issue. The team then determines the tween spending and saving. student’s most significant need, (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. and the team and the teacher develop a plan of action, or intervention, to help the student. The goal is to move students who may be in Tiers II or III to Tier I. Elementary school level interventionists Jeff Haddad and friends who were sick, and it Sarah Walkup, whose jobs were motivated them to get well funded this year through a fedsooner because of a little bit of humor that went along with it. eral jobs bill, which expires this

Achieve new goals this year

What are some things I can do differently to achieve goals in 2012 that I wasn’t able to achieve in 2011? Happy New Year 2012! For those who obtained positions in 2011, congratulations! For those of you who didn’t obtain a position yet, here are some tips: Look back and reflect at the past year and ask yourself: What goals did you achieve in all areas of your life in 2011? If you achieved your goals, did you celebrate the progress you made in achieving them? What were the action steps you have taken to achieve your goals? How can these steps be applied to other areas of your life to achieve what you want? If you didn’t achieve your goals in 2011, what were some of the things that prevented you

Career Coach By MYRSINI PAPOUTSIS from achieving them? List what those things were. Was it lack of motivation? If that is the case, then what necessary action steps are you going to take to achieve motivation and keep your momentum going? Tips: • You need to develop a strategy for yourself to achieve the goal you are seeking. • You will need to lay the groundwork or skeletal framework for what you want to achieve in the coming new year. • You will need to visualize yourself achieving your goal. The power of visualization is extremely influential. Having the

ability to picture yourself achieving your goal brings your end result that much closer to completion. • Create a vision board of what you want your life to look like. Look through magazines and cut out pictures/words that reflect what you need to be successful and glue it on the board. When your board is complete, look at it, then put it away and forget about it. Chances are the next time you take it out again you will have achieved everything you put on your vision board. • Get motivated even though you are not. Dr. Seuss wrote the book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” a great children’s book, but it’s also a great book to motivate adults. Sometimes you need to see things in a simple, uncomplicated way and see how they relate to your life. I sent this book to a few of my

• How many of you thought of yourself as a politician campaigning for yourself to get yourself hired? It’s all about how you think of marketing yourself. Robin Roberts and Indie Arie actually developed the new Good Morning America theme song when Roberts was battling cancer, and it got her through it, and today she is a cancer survivor who is thriving in her career again. Her song was “It’s a brand new day, new hopes, new dreams, etc.” I wish each of you a Happy New Year with a new you fulfilling new hopes and dreams. Do you have a career question you would like answered? If so, send your question to Papoutsis at

Are your medications right for you? Are you taking a PIM? That’s a potentially inappropriate medication. New research at Cornell University revealed 38 percent of seniors getting home health care are taking medications that aren’t effective or safe, or aren’t appropriate for seniors. The study, reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, says those who receive home care are three times more likely to be prescribed an inappropriate medication. Being in a nursing home can result in 50

percent of patients getting at least one PIM. Many of us take multiple medications (the average is 11) prescribed by a number of doctors, and therein can lie the problem if someone isn’t keeping an eye on possible drug interactions. If a patient is taking 15 or more

Region 15 School Calendar Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schools are not in session

different medications, the risk is five times higher that one of those is inappropriate. The risk seems to drop the most for those who actually go in to see the doctor. The suggested resolution to the problem is to add a “safety mechanism” in the form of having a medical professional actually come in to check all the medications. (There are 77 medications we shouldn’t take, according to the study.) All of this is a bit mind-boggling. At my local pharmacy, the prescriptions come with a leaflet that tells about possible drug interactions, but before it even gets to the point where patients are handed the bag with their

prescription, the pharmacist himself would have piped up and said something. I’ve even seen him place a call to the doctor’s office to verify and warn them of a possible problem. If you’re given a new prescription, ASK about potential interactions with other drugs you take. 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

year, spoke to the BoE Monday night. They said SIT members provide teachers with materials students need to progress. Elementary school SIT members meet twice a week. “We realize not all students will be responsive,” Haddad said. “In some instances, we make special-education referrals.” Pomperaug Elementary School (PES) first-grade teacher Joann Kloss told the BoE of working with a Tier III student. She changed the student’s name to “Simon” during her presentation. “He was a nonreader at the beginning of the year,” Kloss said. “He couldn’t identify consonants, names or sound. He was three reading levels behind.” Kloss, with help from SIT and the data they gathered, began intervention. Some of her methods included checking his letters, giving him rhyming words, and saying a sentence and telling him to clap the number of words in the sentence. She said she sat with him personally five times a week. “He has blossomed through the interventions taking place,” Kloss said. “Instead of Simon being my student, he’s the team’s student. He knows there is not just one person at PES who cares about him; he has a team.” BoE member Paul Babarik of Middlebury said he was impressed with SRBI’s results, but expressed concern about the other students. “As you spend more time with one, how do the other students feel, and how does that student feel?” he asked Kloss. Kloss said at the beginning of the year teachers set up their classrooms as a community, explaining to students that everyone has to support each other. She personally helps Simon while her other students read

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Senior Center News Holiday Closing

Diner. The price is $6 per person The Middlebury Senior Center for transportation. Call 203-577will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, 4166 to reserve a seat. in observance of the Martin LuWest Point Dress ther King Day holiday.

Commission on Aging The Commission on Aging 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.

Trips Stew Leonard’s The Middlebury Senior Center minibus will leave the center Thursday, Jan. 26, at around 11 a.m. to travel to Stew Leonard’s in Danbury, Conn., for a morning of shopping fun followed by a stop for lunch at the Blue Colony


Travel to West Point Academy in New York to view its famous dress parade Saturday, April 28. With great pomp and circumstance, the cadets march in full uniform in cadence with military music, presenting arms in unison. Enjoy a bountiful buffet at the Hotel Thayer, which offers an assortment of salads, hot and cold entrees and an extensive sweet table. Also included in the excursion are guided tours of West Point’s highlights: the Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point and the Hudson River Lookout. A Friendship Tours luxury coach will depart from Shepardson Community Center at 8 a.m. and return to the lot at 6 p.m. The cost is $83 per person. Call Middlebury Parks and Recreation at 203-758-2520 to reserve a seat.


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Tuesday, Jan. 17 PES Grades 4 & 5 Concert.................................................. PHS, 7 p.m.

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Thursday, Jan. 19 MMS PTO...................................................................................9:30 a.m. Middle School ........................................... Third marking term begins GES PTO.......................................................................................10 a.m. Grade 8 Parent Night......................... PHS Auditorium, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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BoE changes meet resistance Janet Butkus, the new Region 15 Board of Education chairman, made a few changes at Monday night’s BoE meeting. And those changes didn’t seem to sit well with at least one BoE member. Sharon Guck of Southbury expressed concern that Butkus, also of Southbury, moved Region 15 Superintendent Dr. Frank Sippy, Assistant Superintendent Kelly Lyman and Director of Finance Keith McLiverty to a table across from board members. Formerly, Sippy sat at the main table with BoE members, and Lyman and McLiverty sat in the audience. Butkus said she moved them so BoE members could speak with them face to face during meetings. Butkus also moved the two student representatives to that table from the main table. Guck said she didn’t like the new layout and felt it was impersonal to be so far from the student representatives. Butkus said with the old seating arrangement she could see only the sides of the

students’ heads and not their faces. Guck said she wished other BoE members had been notified before the change was made. Butkus also changed the location of the BoE’s upcoming annual member dinner to the central office in Middlebury from the Crowne Plaza in Southbury. Butkus said she changed the location to save taxpayers’ money, and members would meet in the central office and have light refreshments instead of a sit-down dinner at the hotel. Guck said the location is inconvenient for her because she travels from work in Danbury. She said she would have been willing to pay for her own dinner at the Crowne Plaza. Butkus said the BoE wouldn’t have been responsible just for dinner, but for renting a $250 room as well. Guck said in the future she hopes other BoE members will be notified of such changes before they are made.

Hearing-impaired students can compete for cash Deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students are encouraged to enter two creative competitions for cash prizes offered by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The first contest is the RIT Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for Deaf and Hardof-Hearing Students. Qualified students in ninth through 12th grades may submit up to two entries (one per category) from the following: Web design, graphic media, film, 3-D animation, interactive media and photo illustration. To qualify, students must submit the following by postal mail: an entry form, a 150- to 300-word descriptive essay about their work, and the artwork itself on CD or DVD. Winners will receive cash prizes at an awards ceremony in the spring and have their winning work exhibited in the Dyer Arts Center on the RIT campus. For an entry form or more information, visit NTID/ArtsNR. The deadline to register is Sunday, Jan. 15. The second competition is RIT’s SpiRIT Writing Contest for deaf or hard of hearing students in 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Stu-

dents can win their choice of a scholarship and travel expenses to the Explore Your Future (EYF) program at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf or a $500 cash prize. EYF is a six-day summer career exploration program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students that allows them to sample different careers as well as college life. Complete contest guidelines and entry information are available at www.rit. edu/NTID/WritingContestNR. The deadline to enter is March 15, 2012. For more information about either competition, call 585-4757695 (voice/TTY) or 585-2864555 (videophone). RIT is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, sustainability and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. NTID, one of nine colleges of RIT, was established by Congress in 1965 to provide college opportunities for deaf and hard-ofhearing students who were underemployed in technical fields. For more information, visit

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Report suspicious activity to police By CRISTINA COMMENDATORE town, making it harder for police to track them. Guisti said resiWe all know the saying, “If you dents often call family and friends see something, say something.” first to be sure they have a right That’s what Middlebury Police to be suspicious before reporting Chief Richard Guisti urges resi- it to police. He said that is a misdents to do – immediately – to take. help thwart burglaries and scams. Monday night, a Porter Avenue Middlebury police received couple reported someone three calls Jan. 9 about suspicious knocked on their door and asked vehicles and people in residential if they wanted the windows areas. But one caller waited al- washed and left on foot. Guisti most an hour before notifying said a lot of times burglars will police. knock on doors first to check if “Be vigilant of anything out of someone’s home. In other cases, the ordinary in your neighbor- two burglars will approach and hood, and report it right away so say they are there for a service or we can send an officer to the need to use the phone. One will neighborhood,” Guisti said. “One distract the resident while the person waited 45 minutes to call other burglarizes the home. about a suspicious person. Call “Don’t let anybody in your right away. We can be anywhere home,” Guisti said. “If anyone is in town in less than three minutes coming by it should be by apif we’re not tied up on calls.” pointment. Any vendor should The problem with not calling have identification and a uniform immediately, Guisti said, is po- on.” tential burglars and scammers Guisti said some other comcan leave the neighborhood or mon scams he has seen about

town include those saying they will clean your gutters or seal your driveway for half the amount legitimate companies do. Scammers ask for money up front to pay for materials; then they leave to get the materials and never return. Last year, he said a resident wired money to Canada after receiving a phone call from what he or she thought was a Canadian police officer and supervisor regarding a relative in distress. It ended up being a scam, and the resident gave away personal information and money. Guisti said in that kind of situation, ask for a return phone number and call another relative to find out if it’s true. “Very rarely, for us in law enforcement, do we make phone calls like that,” he said. “If we have somebody who’s under arrest, we let them make the phone calls themselves. We, as police officers, don’t call. We would only call if someone was

injured or distressed, but we don’t ask for money.” Guisti offers the following tips: • Do not give out your name, social security or routing number over the phone unless you know who you’re talking to. • Be vigilant of anything out of the ordinary, and report it right away. • Do not let anyone in your home unless they have an appointment. • If possible, get a personal description, marker plate and vehicle description of anyone suspicious. It makes it easier for police to track them. • Do not leave checks in mailboxes for soliciting police or fire agencies. Middlebury doesn’t solicit for its Police Athletic League or the Benevolent Association without first publicizing it and providing a contact within the police department. • Call police at 203-577-4028.

In Brief Bereavement Support Group

more information about the pasta supper or other youth group activities, contact Mary Brownstein Jewish Family Ser- Brown, youth group coordinator, vice offers a free bereavement at 203-758-2671. group for any adult who has experienced a loss Thursdays Blood Drive through Feb. 9 from 3:30 to 4:45 The Jewish Federation will p.m. at the Jewish Federation at hold a Red Cross blood drive 444 Main St. North in Southbury. Monday, Jan. 23, from 1:30 to The group, facilitated by Jenny 6:15 p.m. in the social hall at 444 Casey, MSW of Regional HosMain St. North in Southbury. All pice, is supportive in nature and presenting donors this month provides a safe environment for will receive a coupon for a free sharing with others who also pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. have been touched by loss. For more information, contact To register, call Debby HorowDebby Horowitz at 203-267itz, Brownstein Jewish Family 3177, ext. 310. To schedule an Service director, at 203-267-3177, appointment, call 1-800-733ext. 310. 2767 or visit www.redcrossblood. org.

Genealogy meeting

The Naugatuck Valley Gene- Feast of the Three Kings alogy Club will meet Saturday, The Alliance Française of Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. at the MiddleNorthwestern Connecticut will bury Public Library. All are welhost a “Fête des Rois” (Feast of come for the member show and the Three Kings) at a private tell. home in Bridgewater Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. Admission Youth groups’ is free for members and $10 for pasta supper non-members. For information, The Junior and Senior Youth call  860-355-1985  or email Groups at Middlebury Congre- gational Church will hold a pasta The “Fête des Rois” celebrates supper Saturday, Jan. 14, from 5 the day the Magi arrived in Bethto 8 p.m. in the church social hall lehem to honor the birth of Jesus. (basement) at 1242 Whittemore A special galette (cake) will be Road in Middlebury. The meal served; the guest who finds a litwill include fresh salad, pasta tle statue of Jesus in their piece with sauce, homemade meat- of cake will be crowned king (or balls, Italian bread with butter queen) for the year. Guests can and dessert. play Scrabble, bridge, or other Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 board games in French and may for children ages 5 to 12 and se- bring dictionaries and board niors, and free for children games to introduce to the younger than 5. There is a $30 group.  Non-French speaking family limit. Proceeds from the guests will be accommodated. pasta supper will be used to de- For Alliance information, visit fray the costs of the youth groups’, email afnwct@ upcoming February retreat. For or call 203-263-4096.

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Occupational therapist and author Jill Mays (submitted photo)

How do you calm a fussy baby? How do you calm a fussy baby? How do you get a fidgety student to sit still? At what age should a child join an athletic team? Should you consider medicating a child for behavioral reasons? Occupational therapist and author Jill Mays will speak to these pressing issues – and many more – during a wide-ranging workshop Wednesday, Jan. 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairfield University Bookstore at 1499 Post Road in Fairfield. The event, sponsored by the University’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, is free and open to the public.  Mays has a private practice in Ridgefield, Conn., and is the author of “Your Child’s Motor Development Story”  (Sensory World, 2011), which explains why movement is critical to a child’s emotional and physical well-being and establishes a foundation for essential learning and health.  The workshop will explore ways to keep kids developmentally on target and off medications and introduce concepts and strategies covered in Mays’ book. She will outline specific ways to help children stay orga-

The Tribury Rotary Foundation is raffling an Audi A5 to raise funds for scholarships, fuel banks, hurricane relief and Tribury Rotary Foundation projects. Raffle tickets cost $100. No more than 1,000 tickets will be sold, and tickets will be refunded if fewer than 500 tickets are sold. Ticket purchasers must be 18 years or older. The drawing will be Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 5:30 pm at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury. The winner need not be present at the drawing. To purchase raffle tickets, send your name, address, telephone number, email, and $100 per ticket payable to Tribury  Rotary Foundation to the foundation at P.O. Box 956, Southbury, CT 06488 or call Ron Webb at 203-264-1925. Visa and MasterCard accepted. For more information, visit

Social Service Screening Free social service one-hour screenings for food stamps and other programs to help any Connecticut resident facing difficult times will be Thursday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jewish Federation at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. Reservations are required; call Debby Horowitz, Brownstein Jewish Family Service director, at 203267-3177, ext. 310. All calls are confidential.

Region 15 Budget Workshop Region 15 will hold a community budget workshop Thursday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Pomperaug High School All-Purpose Room. To ensure adequate seating, pre-register by email at or call 203530-7158.

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Friday, January 13, 2012


Obituaries Joseph Bruno

cially North 2, for the kindness and compassion she received during her Uniroyal Retiree stay. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Joseph Bruno, 87, of Wolcott For more information and online passed away peacefully, surrounded condolences, visit www.deliniksconby his family, Jan. 9 at his home. He was the husband of Juanita (Ferreira) Bruno and the late Carmella (Ciccarelli) Bruno. His funeral was Jan. 12. Mr. Bruno was born Dec. 9, 1924, in Torrington, a son of the late Frank Brother of and Jennie (Vermiglio) Bruno. He was Mary (DeAngelis) Vagnini a proud World War II Army veteran Benjamin Manand worked at Uniroyal Inc. for more fredo DeAngelis, 91, than 30 years until his retirement. He passed away peacewas a parishioner of St. Pius X Church fully Jan. 6 at The Viland a member of the VFW Post No. lage at East Farms in 1979 and the American Legion, both Waterbury. He was in Wolcott. the beloved husband Joe was a loving family man who adored animals of all kinds. In addi- of Angeline (Spino) DeAngelis, with tion to his wife, Juanita, Joe is survived whom he celebrated a 63rd wedding by his daughter, Teresa Bruno of Wol- anniversary in October. His funeral cott; his grandson, Michael Bruno of was Jan. 11. Ben was born Oct. 28, 1920, in Wolcott; and his brother, Dante Bruno and his wife, Rita, of Goshen. He also Sassinoro, Benevento, Italy, a son of is survived by his sister-in-law, Pri- the late Americo and Modestina (Masscilla Bruno of Torrington and several sarelli) DeAngelis. In 1928, Ben travnieces and nephews. He was prede- eled to America with his mother and ceased by his brother, Albino Bruno his youngest sister, Mary, to join his father, who was employed as a cabiand his sister, Angelina Bruno. Burial with full military honors was netmaker at Scigliano Lumber. in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial con- Though he spoke no English when he tributions in Joseph’s name may be arrived, Ben was an excellent student made to the American Cancer Society, and soon distinguished himself aca38 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854. demically. He graduated from Slocum GramFor more information and online condolences, visit www.maioranofu- mar School at the head of his class in 1935 and from Crosby High School in 1939, where he was also editor of the school newspaper, “The Argus.” In fall 1939, he matriculated at New York where he served as cadet Sister of Patrick J. Conway Sr. University, captain of the ROTC and graduated Helen (Conway) Butler, 86, died at with a bachelor’s degree in accounting Wolcott View Manor Jan. 5. She was in 1943. At NYU, he was awarded the the widow of William Butler. Her fu- Sherborne Vernon Damerel Memorial Prize for scholarship and interest in neral was Jan. 9. She was born Oct. 20, 1925, in Wa- the welfare of his class. After graduaterbury, a daughter of the late John J. tion, he was commissioned a second and Margaret (Galvin) Conway. She lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served grew up and lived on Washington Hill in the Philippines during World War for many years. She was a graduate II. He was promoted to first lieutenant of St. Francis Xavier Grammar School during the war and continued to serve and Wilby High School, class of 1944. in the Army Reserves until 1953. After the war, Ben began a long and She was a member of the Waterbury Elks Club, Irish American Social distinguished career as an accountant, Club and the Daughters of Erin. Helen businessman and teacher. In 1945, he was the office manager of H. J. Carroll went to work for the Haskins and Sells Coal and Oil Co. After her retirement accounting firm in New York. He reshe worked for Biener’s Sport Shop. turned to Waterbury in 1947 to take She loved to spend time with family up a teaching position at Post Junior and friends and touched the lives of College, where he taught accounting everyone she met. She loved to share and business courses. From 1967 to 1971, he served as chairman of the stories about her Irish heritage. She is survived by two brothers, business division at Post and joined Thomas F. Conway Sr. and wife, Irene, the Post College Board of Trustees in of Waterbury and Patrick J. (P.J.) Con- 1980. When the Post College Foundaway Sr. and wife, Lucille, of Middle- tion was formed, he served as chairbury; many loving nieces and neph- man of the Investment Committee ews; and several great-nieces and and eventually became president of nephews. She was predeceased by a the foundation. Post honored his serbrother, John P. Conway, and two sis- vice by dedicating the Benjamin ters, Margaret (Conway) (Casey) Shu- DeAngelis Conference Room in 1990. In 1947, concurrent with his duties grue and Maureen (Conway) Iava. The family would like to thank the at Post, Ben started an accounting staff at Wolcott View Manor, espe- office with Dr. L. Amidon. Two years later, Benjamin and Guy Nardelli bought out Dr. Amidon and founded the firm eventually known as DeAngelis, Lombardi & Kelly L.L.C. Ben loved his work and was an active member of several professional orgadepartments. nizations, including the American “I look at this as an opportu- Institute of Certified Public Accounnity for the chief to look at our tants and the Connecticut Society of guidelines within the department CPA’s, serving as president of the Waand better ourselves,” Ford said. terbury chapter. In 1990, he received “In this fiscal time, with CALEA, a public service award from the AICPA I can’t look at spending that kind in recognition of his dedication. In addition to his professional disof money. But the state of Connecticut makes much more tinctions, Ben was an energetic parsense. I want to get through the ticipant in numerous civic organizations. He was proud to have been budget first.” president of the Waterbury Chapter Police Chief Richard Guisti of UNICO National, having served on said Tuesday accreditation is the Board of Directors for years. In something he is considering for October 1990, UNICO honored Ben’s the future. Right now he is fo- service by making him Waterbury’s cused on submitting his budget “Mayor for the Day.” Ben also was past president of the Mt. Carmel Home to the town by today, Jan. 13. “It’s recognition that you’re School Administration, former treafollowing all the standards of the surer of the Republican Town Comstate and federal guidelines,” mittee, former commissioner of the Guisti said on accreditation. “We Waterbury Parking Authority, former treasurer and president of the Univerjust have to make sure it’s fiscally sity Club of Waterbury, and treasurer responsible for us. My recom- of the Greater Waterbury Columbus mendation was to go with the Quincentennial Committee. Late in state. There is a cost of who’s go- life, Ben discovered a passion for muing to do it for you, and you have sical theater. During the 1990s, he to find someone to give you the appeared in several productions at the time to do it. It would be several Thomaston Opera House, including “The Mikado,” “Passion,” “My Fair months down the line.” Lady,” “H.M.S. Pinafore,” and “1776.” In addition to his dear wife, Ange, Ben leaves three children and their spouses, David and Teresa (Mollica) DeAngelis of Gardnerville, Nev.; Deborah (DeAngelis) and James Melita of pair shop for new soles and heels Chandler, Ariz.; and Mark DeAngelis instead of investing in a new pair. and Meg Galante-DeAngelis of WilliLearn how to stretch meals by mantic. He also leaves eight grandadding inexpensive ingredients children and four adored great-grandto casseroles and stews, and take children, Mary Ellen (DeAngelis) and the extra for lunches at work in- David Kawchak of Carson City, Nev., stead of eating out. Consider and their children, Jadyn, Trishtan, starting a swap group for chil- and Liam; Christopher DeAngelis and

Benjamin DeAngelis

The Beth El Choir, under the direction of Cantor Sharon Citrin, far left, performs a musical Chanukah program for patients of River Glen Health Care Center in Southbury. Shown are, back row left tor right, Gary Broder, Shelley Albini, Robyn Moosey, Susan Sieber and Fran Trelease, and front left to right, Bonnie Trelease and Gwen Sieber. David Isaacs accompanied on piano. (Submitted photo)

Donations to fund new stove Middlebury resident John Cookson, who used the aging electric stove in the kitchen at Shepardson Community Center in Middlebury to prepare food for workers during the power outage following snowstorm Alfred, said the stove is broken and can’t be fixed. He is soliciting funds to replace it with a new gas unit. Cookson wrote a letter explaining the stove is used by a number of people who hold social events, fundraisers, cooking classes, and other community

events at Shepardson Center. Cookson would like to replace the old stove with a Southbend S-Series Restaurant Range that has 10 open burners and two standard ovens. It is a gas range, and he estimates the cost of the range and installing the gas hookup for it would be approximately $10,500. Cookson has thus far received leftover campaign funds from Edward B. St. John and George Tzepos in addition to the $1,000 Knights of Columbus donation

given Tuesday night. Smaller donations also have come in. Those who would like to donate towards the purchase of the new stove can make checks payable to Shepardson Senior Center and write “kitchen stove” on the memo line. Mail checks to Shepardson Senior Center, ATTN: JoAnn Cappelletti, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762. For more information call Cappelletti at 203-577-4166 or Cookson at 203-758-8830.

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arts teachers a day. He said parttime SIT tutors and reading specialists work with students, but their time is more limited. “It would be helpful to have at least one full-time SIT tutor or teacher to be available all day, every day,” he said. BoE member Pat Perry of Southbury asked if students getting help at the elementary level meant there would be a decline in those who need help at the middle school level. Sieller said, “Yes, I think that would happen over time.” Rodrigue said the same constraints apply to PHS. She developed a committee to oversee the process at PHS. She said teachers use questioning techniques, such as “Who are the students not meeting success?” and “What data might I need to help imple-

ment interventions?” to assess student progress. BoE member John Bucciarelli of Southbury asked if this program was cost effective and whether or not it is worth the time teachers take away from other students. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Sippy said, “I’ll turn around and ask, ‘Is it worth it to turn a student around?’ It’s an extremely cost-effective process. When I do my budget presentation, I’ll explain why this is one of the most worthwhile programs the region has implemented in 10 years. The Jobs Bill money that funds Sarah’s and Jack’s positions goes away. Is it worth it to keep their positions? I clearly intend to support the work with SRBI.” Sippy will present his budget to the BoE Monday, Feb. 27.

Continued from page 3 books they’ve chosen. When she is done with Simon, then she breaks the class into reading groups to review what they’ve read. Lyman said 150 students benefited from SRBI this year. SRBI also is at the middle and high school levels, but it is not as successful as in the elementary schools. Memorial Middle School Principal John Sieller and PHS Principal Lorie Rodrigue addressed this issue in their schools. Sieller said it is more difficult for middle school teachers to monitor students because students see four or five academic teachers and four unified

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Police commissioners consider accreditation By CRISTINA COMMENDATORE the necessary changes to meet those standards. After the Dr. James Nardozzi, Post Uni- self-assessment, CALEA would versity’s director of the master’s send a group of assessors, mainly of public administration pro- retired police chiefs and gram, discussed accreditation high-ranking officers, from with Middlebury Police Commis- around the country to inspect the sioners during Monday night’s department. Middlebury would meeting. have to pay their travel expenses. Nardozzi told commissioners In addition, CALEA accreditation the Middlebury Police Depart- requires a $7,100 upfront enrollment could be accredited ment fee, with a $3,470 annual through the federal Commission fee to be built into the departon Accreditation for Law En- ment’s budget. If the department forcement Agencies (CALEA) or doesn’t pay the fees, CALEA can through the state. Accreditation, remove accreditation. either on the state or federal level, State accreditation, which also would force the department to lasts three years, is carried out meet specific standards and stay according to 327 Connecticut abreast of state and federal police officer standards. There changes. It also could lower in- are no annual or upfront fees. The surance costs and provide stron- state’s application process and ger defense in civil lawsuits. assessment periods are similar CALEA awards accreditation to CALEA; however, the departbased on more than 800 stan- ment would have to meet all dards and is good for three years. CALEA’s 800 standards to gain The department, after conduct- accreditation, while it can earn ing a self-assessment, would be it in tiers through the state. As responsible for the cost to make with CALEA, the department

may have to make costly changes to comply with the standards. Nardozzi recommended, if Middlebury wanted to pursue accreditation, the department and Police Commission should think of maintaining standards and weigh the cost/benefits. He said the department would have to examine personnel costs, assign someone to do the job, and hire a part-time retired accredited person to perform assessments. “It’s a living document,” he said. “It’s not just an award you hang on the wall. It’s a living, breathing document that requires attention.” Police Commission Chairman Donald “Chip” Ford asked how many police departments in Connecticut have CALEA. Nardozzi said a dozen had CALEA and 19 had state accreditation. He told commissioners Avon and Simsbury are the towns closest to Middlebury’s size and demographics that have accredited

Keep your dollars in your pocket If there’s one worthy goal for the new year, it’s learning to live within your budget. That’s not the same as living within your income. Many people assume having something left over at the end of the pay period, or at least not resorting to credit cards to get through the last few days, constitutes living within a budget. By definition, a budget is a detailed plan for how you’ll spend and save your money. Living within a budget means sticking to a plan that accounts for every dollar of your income – everyday expenses, paying off different debts at certain rates and saving a set amount for various future goals and emergencies. To set up a budget, start with

realistic and accurate numbers – the income you bring home after taxes are deducted. Don’t include the extra money from odd jobs or selling items you own. From this amount, subtract all of your fixed expenses, such as rent or mortgage, car payment and loans. Variable expenses are next and can be determined from previous expenses. Electric costs, for example, likely vary through the year. Groceries can be estimated. Other variable expenses, such as credit-card debt, will be

determined by how quickly you’re working to pay off the balances. The goal is to account for where the money goes and analyze it to find places you can cut back. The one category in your budget that needs more attention than any other is your rate of saving. In addition to the 10 percent you should be paying yourself out of every check, do everything you can to increase what you put away. Your greatest success at finding more dollars to save likely will come from the small daily expenditures you make without giving them much thought. Look for opportunities not to spend, and put the money in savings. Take your shoes to a re-

dren’s clothing. Make it a way of life to look for bargains, and keep your dollars in your pocket. 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.

Mariclare Lawson of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Elizabeth DeAngelis and David DiLego of Essex Junction, Vt.; Caitlin (DeAngelis) and Peter Hopkins of Cambridge, Mass., and their daughter, Amalia; Benjamin DeAngelis of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Graham, Wheeler and Bridhid DeAngelis of Willimantic. He will be mourned by his surviving siblings and their spouses, Mary (DeAngelis) and Armand Vagnini of Middlebury; Armand DeAngelis of Waterbury; and Rudolph and Ellen DeAngelis of Niantic and Florida; by all of his many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and by his sister-in-law, Josephine (Spino) Cucciniello and her family. Ben was predeceased by his brother, Americo. Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Donations may be made to benefit Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 785 Highland Ave., Waterbury, CT 06708.

James McDonnell Ran A & J Superette

James “Jimmy” Francis McDonnell, 58, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 3 at Waterbury Hospital. His funeral Mass was Jan. 7. Born July 8, 1953, in New York, Jimmy and his family later moved to his mother’s hometown of Waterbury. He graduated from Blessed Sacrament Grammar School in 1967 and from Kennedy High School in 1971. Jimmy Mac took over his father’s business, A & J Superette in Middlebury in 1973, which he ran for several years. Jimmy, also known as “Sweaters” was employed by the Metro North Railroad for many years, where he shared his Irish wit and charm with everyone he met. In spite of his devilish demeanor, he will be most remembered for his generous ways and irreverent humor. Jimmy is survived by his mother, Ann (Bollard) McDonnell; brother, Joseph; and sister, Eileen. Jimmy also leaves behind his cousins, Susan Simons and Sandi Buono, and many other cousins in New York, Maryland and Canada. Jimmy was predeceased by his father, Joseph V. McDonnell. Jimmy will be missed by his countless lifelong friends and acquaintances. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School, 43 Cole St., Waterbury, CT 06706. To send the family an online condolence, email

Casmir Uszakiewicz

Father of Charles Uszakiewicz Casmir Paul “Casey” Uszakiewicz, 85, of Naugatuck passed away Jan. 6 unexpectedly. He was the husband of the late Theresa (Aquavia) Uszakiewicz for 56 years. His funeral was Jan. 10. Casey was born in Beacon Falls Nov. 27, 1926, a son of the late Walter and Pauline (Sawsian) Uszakiewicz. He grew up in Beacon Falls, attended Seymour High School and lived most of his life in Naugatuck. He was a self-employed builder and also was a carpenter for the Naugatuck Board of Education. Upon retirement, Casey continued his craft as a woodworker and built many pieces of furniture. His family was most important to him, and he will be remembered especially for the care he gave his wife during her illness. He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict on various ships and carriers including the U.S.S. Duluth, U.S.S. Boxer, U.S.S. Toledo and U.S.S. Worcester. He leaves two sons, Charles Uszakiewicz and his wife, LuAnn, of Middlebury, and David Uszakiewicz of Naugatuck; two daughters, Lynn Clark and her husband, Harris, and Pamela LaCharity and her husband, Bruce, all of Naugatuck; 10 grandchildren, Harrison and Hollis Clark, Abbey Uszakiewicz, Eric LaCharity, Lauren Bogert, Bobby Plourde, Nicole Barry, and Casey, Hannah and Sarah Uszakiewicz; and 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by five brothers, John, Walter, Waceak, Chester and Joseph Uszakiewicz. Burial with military honors was in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. To send an online condolence, visit

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Middlebury Parks & Recreation Registration starts Jan. 17 Registration for spring programs starts Tuesday, Jan. 17. Register in person, or register online at www.middlebury-ct. org. Pay online with MasterCard, Visa or debit cards. If you have previously registered for a Parks and Recreation program in the office, please contact the office at 203-758-2520 and request your household identification number. Households new to Parks and Recreation programs can create a household account on the website. Payment at the Parks and Rec office is by check or cash only. All programs have registration deadlines. Please register early.

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

Kindergarten Enrichment Program

A new program for half-day kindergarten students led by Alisa Wissell will meet Thursdays, Jan. 27 to March 24, at Shepardson Center. Morning sessions will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; afternoon sessions will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Students in this literature-based enrichment program will participate in fun, hands-on educational activities that will reinforce kindergarten skills in a VFW Post 1607 Senior Vice Commander Jim Fernandes (far right, back) is shown with Memorial Middle School (MMS) winners nurturing environment. The fee of the VFW Patriot’s Pen Writing Contest. Holding their certificates of achievement are, front left to right, Anne Trager, Christmas Tree Burn is $110 for residents; $120 for Julianne D’Andrea, Stephanie Thompson, Brittany McDonald, and Kristen Smith, and back left to right, MMS Principal John The annual Christmas tree nonresidents for eight classes. Sieller, Kylie Fox, Matt Doan and Alex King. (Submitted photo) burn will be Saturday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. at Shepardson Community Youth Karate Center. Drop your trees off any A number of youth karate time that day and come enjoy the classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. community event sponsored by Parks and Rec and the Middle- 24. Those already enrolled have What is important to you in Though this doesn’t come as been shown to reduce the risk of raises your heart rate and bury Volunteer Fire Department. priority. Limited spots are availbreathing for an extended peable, so register early. the New Year? If you are like most news to anyone, it is worth re- Alzheimer’s, as well as other peating that the best way to enmental conditions such as deriod of time. For example, inpeople, good health – both physInfant Toddler sure good health and longevity mentia that impact our cognitive terval training is the quickest Pilates ical and emotional – is at the top Playgroup is through regular physical acabilities.  way to get fit, burn lots of fat Instructor Carol Brunick will of your priorities list. So why not The infant/toddler playgroup tivity and sensible eating habExercise increases muscle and calories, build cardiovasresolve to focus on health in offer morning classes that will for parents of children age newmass and strength – essential for cular endurance, and improve meet Wednesdays and Fridays, 2012? The government’s official its, Cipriani noted.  born to 3 to meet and socialize Here’s why:  optimum health.  strength and agility. And since Jan. 18 to March 9 from 9 to 10 website,, says getting fit, will meet Monday to Thursday, Physical activity and weight Physical fitness strengthens this form of exercise speeds up a.m. and evening classes that will eating healthy food, losing Jan. 23 to May 10, from 9:30 to 11 control prevent obesity – a true the bones, improves mobility, your metabolism and fat oxiweight, managing stress, and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, a.m. in Room 5 at Shepardson dation longer than traditional Jan. 17 to March 8, from 6:30 to quitting smoking are among top national epidemic – and, subse- relieves pains, aches and stiffCenter. Parents may choose to quently, a slew of illnesses: heart ness of arthritis, and keeps joints steady-state cardio, you will 7:30 p.m. at Shepardson Center. resolutions Americans make attend the program one or two of disease (the leading cause of and tendons more flexible.  continue to burn calories and Students are asked to bring an each year.  the four days each week. There death in the U.S.), diabetes, A calorie-restricted diet based fat for hours after you finish “Good health is the basis of exercise mat that is at least ¼ inch will be no program Feb. 13 or 20. your workout.  thick. The fee is $82 for residents; our overall quality of life, which stroke, and several kinds of can- on whole grains, fruits, vegetaThe fee is $20 for residents; $30 cer.  bles, low-fat dairy, and lean pro• Strength training can include is why it is so important to put it $92 for nonresidents. for nonresidents. You must regBy releasing endorphins and tein will keep your weight under workouts with weights, or use first,” said James Cipriani, a perister in person for playgroup. No your own body for resistance sonal trainer at Cutting Edge elevating the levels of serotonin, control and be beneficial to Ballroom Dance phone registrations will be taken. by doing squats, lunges, pushPersonal Training in Brookfield, exercise improves our mood and health in general.  Lessons reduces stress, anxiety and deNow that you know WHY exups, and planks, among other Conn. “Whether you want to preInstructors Bill and Bev Hanna Music and Me Class pression.  ercise is essential for a healthy exercises. vent the most common diseases will teach a couples-only ballBecause it increases oxygen body and mind, Cipriani recom- • Flexibility and balance exerOpen House or manage the ones you may room dancing class that meets cises will keep joints supple, already have, you should start -rich blood flow  to the brain, mends including these routines Instructor Marcia Nelken will Wednesdays, Jan. 27 to March 24, encouraging the formation of in your exercise program:  relieve stiffness, and help prefocusing on these goals right hold an open house for this mufrom 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Long new brain cells, exercise has • Brisk, vigorous activity that vent potentially serious fracaway.”  sic and movement program for Meadow Elementary School Caftures due to falls.  parents and children Friday, Jan. eteria. There will be no class Feb. “Remember that the federal 20, at 10 a.m. The class for ages 24. Dance the night away and guidelines recommend at least 6 months to 5 years will meet Frilearn basic ballroom and Latin 30 minutes of moderate physical days, Jan. 27 to March 30 (no class dance steps. The per-couple fee activity on most, and preferably Feb. 17), from 10 to 10:45 a.m. in Glaucoma is a major cause of brain. In the most common form traits such as race/ethnicity can is $90 for residents; $100 for nonall, days of the week,” Cipriani Room 8 at Shepardson Center. vision loss in the U. S. that affects of glaucoma, nerve damage rehelp predict the type of surgical residents. about 2.2 million Americans. sults from pressure inside the treatment more likely to achieve said. “So if you focus on achieving these goals, your New Year During Glaucoma Awareness eye. Glaucoma is usually pain- better visual results. Month, the National Eye Institute less, initially affects peripheral The NEI National Eye Health will be happy and HEALTHY!” Cipriani, a certified personal (NEI) highlights research ad- vision, and progresses slowly, Education Program (NEHEP) trainer with over 17 years of expevances, showcases education and which helps explain why half of provides a variety of educational Jan. 14 to 21, 2012 rience in the fitness industry, can awareness efforts, and reminds all people with glaucoma are un- resources, in English and Spanbe reached at Jim@JamesCipriani. Boys Basketball Americans that early detection aware they have it. Without ade- ish, as part of its broad eye health Tuesday, Jan. 17................... Oxford (A).............................................. 7 p.m. and treatment is the best way to quate treatment, glaucoma even- outreach effort. New this year is com or 203-775-5128 or see his Friday, Jan. 20...................... Masuk (H)............................................. 7 p.m. prevent vision loss. According to tually affects central vision and the Keep Vision in Your Future website, an NEI survey, more than 90 per- progresses to blindness. Vision Glaucoma Toolkit, designed for Girls Basketball Tuesday, Jan. 17................... Oxford (H)............................................. 7 p.m. cent of Americans have heard of loss from glaucoma is irrevers- health professionals and community organizations to raise Friday, Jan. 20...................... Masuk (A)............................................. 7 p.m. glaucoma. However, only 8 per- ible. cent are aware glaucoma has no Studies funded by NEI have awareness about the importance Cheerleading early symptoms. NEI advises all identified populations at higher of comprehensive dilated eye Saturday, Jan. 14................. Oxford Competition (A).............................. TBA Americans at risk of glaucoma to risk of glaucoma, including Afri- exams for early detection of glauTuesday, Jan. 17................... Oxford (A).............................................. 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20...................... Masuk (H)............................................. 7 p.m. get a comprehensive dilated eye can-Americans ages 40 and coma. exam every one to two years. older; everyone age 60 and older, For more information about Gymnastics The NEI leads research toward especially Mexican Americans; glaucoma, comprehensive diWednesday, Jan. 18.............. Fairfield Warde, et al (A)................... 6:30 p.m. better prevention, detection, and and people with a family history lated eye exams, and financial Friday, Jan. 20...................... New Milford, et al (H)............................ 6 p.m. treatment of this often silent but of the disease. Medicated eye assistance available for eye care, 1. Who has hit the most career home runs in Detroit Tigers devastating disease. Glaucoma drops to reduce intraocular pres- visit Ice Hockey history? Saturday, Jan. 14................. Brookfield, et al (A)............................... 4 p.m. is a group of diseases that dam- sure are effective at delaying or To find educational resources Wednesday, Jan. 18.............. Masuk (A)........................................ 8:30 p.m. ages the optic nerve, the bundle preventing disease among peo- available from NEHEP, visit www. 2. Name the most recent Yankees starting pitcher to be Friday, Jan. 20...................... Shepaug, et al (A)............................ 9:05 p.m. of nerve cells that relays visual ple identified to be at high risk of elected to the Hall of Fame. information from the eye to the glaucoma. In addition, specific glaucoma. Boys Indoor Track 3. When was the last time the Monday, Jan. 16................... SWC Meet (A)....................................... 9 a.m. University of South Carolina Tuesday, Jan. 17................... SWC Meet (A).................................. 3:30 p.m. won a conference championSaturday, Jan. 21................. New Balance Games (A)........................ 9 a.m. ship in football? Girls Indoor Track DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Six years U.S./$6 Canada with the recipi- 4. Name the three NBA players Monday, Jan. 16................... SWC Meet (A)....................................... 9 a.m. ago, my father died of a stroke. who have finished a season ent’s printed name and address. Tuesday, Jan. 17................... SWC Meet (A).................................. 3:30 p.m. My mother tried to rouse him shooting at least 50 percent Please allow two weeks for defrom the field, 50 percent from from bed, but he responded with livery. Skiing the 3-point line and 80 perThursday, Jan. 19................. Ski Race (A).................................... 4:45 p.m. confusion and was unable to DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My huscent from the free-throw line. speak. She called for an ambuband is very nearsighted and has Boys Swimming 5. Entering the 2011-12 NHL lance. He was in the hospital only to wear thick glasses. I’m not. I Tuesday, Jan. 17................... Newtown (A).......................................... 4 p.m. campaign, how many consecdon’t wear glasses at age 50. We Friday, Jan. 20...................... Naugatuck, Conrad (A)..................... 4:30 p.m. four hours before he died. The utive seasons had the San Jose doctor said he would have lived have four children. What are Sharks won the Pacific DiviWrestling if he had gotten treatment their chances of having to wear Saturday, Jan. 14................. Xavier Duals (A)..................................... 9 a.m. sooner. My mother has felt guilty sion? glasses? – E.P. Wednesday, Jan. 18.............. Brookfield (H)........................................ 6 p.m. about this ever since. 6. In 2011, 21-year-old Austin ANSWER: Nearsightedness (mySaturday, Jan. 21................. Lyman Memorial Tournament (A)......... 10 a.m. Dillon became the youngest She lives with us now. I don’t decide if a stroke has occurred. opia) indicates the eyes can see driver to win a season chamwant to miss a stroke if she has Asking the affected person to things that are near. Nearsighted (H) Home (A) Away pionship in NASCAR Truck one. How do you recognize one, stick out his or her tongue and eyes don’t see distant objects seeing if it deviates to the side is Series history. Who had been and what should be done right clearly. It’s a common eye conone of those tests. Don’t waste dition, and genetic involvement the youngest? away in an emergency? – T.B. time doing tests. Immediately in it is high. 7. True or false: During his caANSWER: Nearly 900,000 strokes We want to cover local sports! Our readers want us to cover call 911. reer, Jim Courier played in the If one parent is nearsighted, local sports. We just need reporters to attend games/matches/ occur yearly in the United States, I’m limiting what I say about men’s singles final in all four meets and write about them. Reporters can be students or adults. and of those victims, 200,000 die. treatment to strokes resulting the children have a 24 percent of tennis’ Grand Slam events. Many of the survivors are left chance of also being nearsighted. Would you like to help us cover sports? We’ll help you learn from the obstruction of blood If both parents are nearsighted, with great disabilities. Strokes newspaper style, you’ll get a byline so everyone will know what flow. Brain cells begin to die Answers: you have written, and you’ll have clips to show colleges/potential come in two types: One is an is- within minutes. However, there’s the children’s risk increases to employers. If you write well, love sports and would like to report chemic (is-KEY-mick) stroke, a three-hour window during 48 percent. If neither parent is affected, on them for this newspaper, please call us at 203-577-6800 or email and the other is a hemorrhagic which clot-dissolving medicines stroke. “Ischemic” means “dethe children have an 8 percent us at prived of blood.” It’s the more can be given. They almost always chance of developing nearsightcommon kind of stroke, account- lead to a full recovery of function. edness. Factors other than genes ing for 80 percent of all strokes. Now the window has been have to be at work. (Don’t believe The flow of blood to part of the opened wider, to 4-1/2 hours. these percentages with unquesbrain is blocked by a clot in an That doesn’t detract from the tioning acceptance. I don’t.) artery. It’s the brain’s equivalent important message that the earDr. Donohue regrets he is unof a heart attack. The other 20 lier the treatment, the better the able to answer individual letters, percent comes from bleeding in result. but he will incorporate them in The booklet on strokes tells his column whenever possible. the brain, a hemorrhagic stroke. Signs of either kind of stroke their signs and their treatments. Readers may write him or request include slurred speech, sudden Readers can obtain a copy by an order form of available health confusion, numbness of the face, writing to Dr. Donohue – No. newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, arm or leg, trouble seeing, dizzi- 902W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL Orlando, FL 32853-6475. ness and severe headache. Many 32853-6475. Enclose a check or (c) 2011 North America Synd., Inc. All advocate testing the person to money order (no cash) for $4.75 Rights Reserved (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Al Kaline with 399 home runs. 2. Phil Niekro, who pitched for the Yankees in 1984-85. 3. It was 1969, as a member of the ACC. 4. Steve Kerr (1995-96), Tim Legler (1995-96) and Detlef Schrempf (1994-95). 5. Four consecutive seasons. 6. Travis Kvapil was 27 when he won it in 2003. 7. True. He won two Australian Opens and two French Opens, and lost in the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open once each.

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Radiators that don’t heat up completely or that feel cooler toward the top may have air trapped in them, a problem that can be resolved pretty quickly by bleeding the air out. First, turn off the thermostat (you don’t want the system running while you do this) and let the system cool down for a few minutes. Then start with the radiator closest to the boiler. Locate

lem returns after you bleed the radiators, contact a professional to check out the entire system. Trapped air can cause corrosion inside the pipes, leading to other problems. Send your questions or tips to, or By Samantha Mazzotta write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box the air vent near the top of the 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. radiator. Being careful to protect (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. your hands from the hot water, open the air vent just one turn using a screwdriver or a radiator Is your older heatkey. You should hear air hissing ing system’s pump out. As soon as water starts to and motor self-luappear at the vent, close it up. bricating? Find out Move to the next affected radia- – if not, you’ll need to add a tor and repeat the process. little oil where the manufacBecause so many radiators are turer’s guide indicates. Do showing trapped-air problems, this twice a year, in the fall you may have a bigger issue with and spring. the heating system. If the prob-

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Mamma Mia! Friday through Sunday, Jan. 20 to 22, at the Palace Theater. The theatre will hold two pre-show events before the Sunday performances. Tickets and more information are at 203-346-2000, or at the box office at 100 East Main St.

Torrington The Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education’s Performance Lab students’ “Crimes of the Heart” Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Warner’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” is a deeply touching dark comedy about three eccentric sisters from a small Southern town who reunite during a time of family tragedy and scandal. This performance is part of the Young Actors Series and will be directed by the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education’s Director Isabel

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Carrington. Tickets are $12.50 at 860-489-7180 or 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.

Fairfield 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. Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. performance Sunday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The company will provide a theater experience that transcends the barriers of culture, age, language and gravity, with brilliant colors and movement. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 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 13, 2012

Wald exhibition opens at Fairfield University Fairfield University’s Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts will present a comprehensive survey of the work of Sylvia Wald in the exhibition “Sylvia Wald: Seven Decades” opening Thursday, Jan. 19, and on view through Sunday, March 18. An evening reception Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. will be free and open to the public. The exhibition shows Wald as an experimenter and innovator, an artist who enlarged the potential of the silkscreen method of printmaking and developed a highly personal approach in her use of unusual materials in her later three-dimensional works. With a career that spanned seven decades, Wald (1915-2011) produced an oeuvre remarkable not only in its chronological length but also in its wide range of expression, diversity of media, and technical excellence.  Wald was born in Philadelphia Oct. 30, 1915, and studied at the Moore Institute of Art, later working as an elementary school art teacher through the Works Project Administration (WPA). Determined to further her artistic options, Wald moved to New York City in 1937. Her paintings of the time echoed the prevailing trend of Social Realism, with subject matter portraying the life and environment of average Americans and a sympathetic eye toward their economic plight. “Anticipating her later experimental nature, Wald’s early

Atmosphere of Recollection, Sylvia Wald  paintings reflected aspects of modernist trends with mild distortions of form and perspective and the use of non-naturalistic color,” said Jeffrey Wechsler, exhibition curator and former senior curator of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. After Wald had her first solo exhibition, she was encouraged to try printmaking, which was both a significant and affordable

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art medium at that time. Her first involvement with screenprinting dates from 1941. She immediately approached the medium with a painter’s eye and hand and with an interest in exploring its full material and visual potential. Her first prints were lively in subject and chromatic diversity, and by 1950, she had developed her imagery well into abstract formats.

“Wald made great use of the viscous properties of screenprint ink,” said Wechsler, “forcing it through the screen in amounts that would be excessive in standard practice, but important to her in allowing tendril-like ridges of matter to be deposited on her amorphous forms, suggesting

plant tissue or the semi-solid substance of organic matter.” By the late 1950s, Wald’s printmaking pushed the limits of the silkscreen and contributed to its significance as a serious artistic medium. She managed to capture abstract expressionism, particularly the explosive linear and gestural power of “action painting” within the confines of the print. “Wald’s prints of this type, filled with rattling line work that zigzags through the image like lightning bolts, took on the boisterous, aggressive side of contemporary art on its own terms, and are among the few coherent bodies of prints to do so,” said Wechsler. The angular forms of her abstract expressionist prints led to a series of paintings in that style in the late 1950s and early 1960s, often measuring over five or six feet on a side and erupting with slashing, swinging, long brush strokes in a multitude of colors. “These are pulsing, energized paintings,” said Wechsler. “The vigor of the gestures that cover the surfaces in staccato or sliding strokes is unabated.”  Wald’s many works also are hybrids between collage and assemblage. The artist clearly loved paper for its own visual properties, and in these works paper is combined with other materials - often including wood in the form of twigs – but generally fea-

turing the many properties of paper. By painting it, soaking it with color, folding or bending or twisting or ripping it, Wald revealed the many sides of paper. She also worked in sculpture as far back as the 1940s, although her later pieces are wholly individual works that delight in the metamorphosis of the most homely or unlikely materials into objects of whimsy, fascination, and delight. “The more roughhewn, or industrial, or ephemeral a material, the greater was the artist’s ability to transform it,” said Wechsler. “The career of Sylvia Wald is an exemplar of the power of the personal artistic imagination paired with technical expertise. She remained an individual who generated her own ideas and forms, following her own interests.” The Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery is free and open to the public. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., and approximately one hour prior to curtain and during intermission at all Quick Center events. The Quick Center is on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Conn. Entrance is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. For more information, call 203254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit

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Adopting dogs from puppy mills DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My family would like to adopt a shelter dog, and a recent news story about several dogs rescued from horrible conditions in a “puppy mill” facility really captured our hearts. However, the shelter caring for these dogs is not immediately putting them up for adoption, and it says there will be stricter requirements for those who want to adopt them. Why is this? – Karl in South Florida DEAR KARL: Many shelter pets come with their own special set of behavioral quirks, often due to the stress and trauma of being abandoned at a shelter. But dogs (and cats and other pets) that suffer especially traumatic situations, such as abuse or starvation or neglect, can have a very difficult time adapting to home life. Because of this, many shelters

have developed special policies regarding these rescues. As you found, the puppy-mill dogs were not immediately put up for adoption; they’re being treated and evaluated. Some may never be considered safe to adopt. Once dogs are considered healthy enough to adopt, the shelter is following guidelines to make their transition to a new home as smooth as possible. For instance, it may not allow a puppy-mill rescue to go to a home that has kids younger than 10. First-time pet owners will likely

be discouraged or outright not allowed to adopt. Adopters may need to attend special classes, and the shelter may ask to make follow-up visits to the dog’s new home. Many rescues need a great deal of one-on-one attention, love and patience. If you’re an experienced dog owner, meet the guidelines and are willing to take on the challenge of rehabilitating a rescued dog, go for it. But if you’re not sure, then consider very carefully whether your family is ready to care for a rescued pet. Send questions or tips to ask@, 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 (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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BROWNIE Brownie is a very pretty 2-year-old tiger who is extremely affectionate. This gal will even roll over on her back to get belly rubs. She is at the shelter because her previous owner passed away, and she was left to fend for herself. The neighbors called AFL, and Brownie now has a warm place to stay until she is adopted. She has lived with another cat in the past, so she may be fine with another. To learn more about our brown-nosed girl, call AFL.

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. Adoption hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m. For more about the adoption process, visit

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This free security program does the job! We are very impressed and pleased with the simple and hassle-free nature of Microsoft’s Security Essentials. To get it, go to Google or Bing and enter Security Essentials. Follow the link to download the program and install it. The installation is simple, and the interface is easy to use. When you click on the settings tab you are able to adjust the program to your liking. For example, there is an option to limit the amount of CPU usage the program uses while scanning. The default setting is 50 percent, but you can move that down if you need to scan while the system is running,

OLIVER This Beagle mix was brought to the Animals For Life (AFL) shelter by his owner, who could no longer keep him. Oliver is not liking shelter living and prefers to be in the shelter office around the visitors and volunteers. The loud noises and all the hustle and bustle in the kennel are not what he is used to. He does like other dogs and seems fine around the cats as well. Oliver is 10 years old, and his senior bones would love to be in a warm home for the winter! He walks very nicely on leash and would be easy for just about anyone to handle. To visit him, come to the AFL shelter during public hours.

ACE and LANCE These (one shown) sweet young male cats were found with their mom by the old hospital in Meriden. They were rescued as they tried to find shelter in the hospital and were brought to Meriden Humane Society (MHS) with their mom for rehab and care. Since then they have grown into fine young cats, who still are a little standoffish of most people, but will melt in your arms when they get to know you. Their mother has since been adopted, and now the two boys are looking for a home where they can be together and have the life they deserve. For an application and to learn more, email

SAGE Sage is a very sweet and vibrant young dog. She was found wandering the streets of Meriden and was taken into the dog pound where no one came to claim her. She has been a terrific dog at MHS and has learned a great deal in training sessions. She is a fun-loving girl who would want to be your one and only (as snuggling is her favorite passion). Although there are times she gets along well with dogs, she tends to pick and choose. MHS volunteers found she does not do well with small dogs at all, and they also would not adopt to a home where there is a small child nor a cat. Sage will need to be kept in a training program where she can keep up with the basic skills she has learned. If you are interested in meeting Sage, email meridensociety@ for an application.

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