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Volume IX, No. 18
Budget votes next Wednesday
Friday, May 3, 2013
Le Bobadel’s grand opening
By MARJORIE NEEDHAM Voters in Middlebury and Southbury will head to the polls Wednesday, May 8, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to vote on the proposed Regional School District 15 2013-2014 budget and their town’s respective budgets. Middlebury residents from both districts will vote at Shepardson Community Center, and Southbury residents will vote at the Fire House on Main Street South. The questions on the Middlebury ballot will be: 1. “Shall the 2013-2014 proposed Town of Middlebury Municipal Budget in the amount of $10,052,636 be approved?” ___Yes ___ No 2. “Shall the proposed 2013-2014 Budget of the Pomperaug Regional School District #15 in the amount of $61,952,264 be adopted?” ___Yes ___ No The Region 15 budget of $62 million is a 2.82 percent increase over the current year. Middlebury’s share will be $19.7 million compared with the current year’s $19.1 million. Middlebury’s proposed town budget of $10.1 million is 6.4 percent higher than the current $9.4 million budget. However, it is nearly $1 million lower than the budget originally presented to the Board of Finance. In the process of reducing the budget, the Board of Finance cut nearly $500,000 from capital budget items. The largest reductions were $116,379 from public works equipment reserves, $187,050 from upgrades to town facilities and $172,016 from town infrastructure repairs. Asked how he felt about those cuts, First Selectman Edward B. St. John said Wednesday, “You never get exactly what you want. I think we can make it work.” The Board of Finance also cut from the budget the entire $22,961 allocated for the town’s proposed elderly tax relief program. The program was intended to give a small amount of financial relief to Middlebury homeowners who are seniors, qualify for state assistance and meet certain criteria established by the Elderly Tax Relief Committee. “The Board of Selectman put that into their budget, and it was taken out by the Board of Finance,” St. John said of the amount. “When I responded to it, the group (Elderly Tax Relief Committee) was thinking they would fold up their tent and call it quits, but I urged them to continue.” St. John said it’s always tough to balance the town’s needs with its ability to pay. Asked if he supported the current budget, St. John said, “I would urge our residents to vote for it.” Chief Financial Officer Lawrence Hutvagner said the town will need to charge property owners more in property taxes to cover $922,000 in needed revenue. He said the mil rate, if the proposed budget passes, will be 28.86, a 2.82 percent increase over the current 28.07 mil rate. Tax Assessor Daniel Kenny was not in his office, so we asked Hutvagner why expected revenues from personal property audits, which are $120,000 in 2012-2103, were expected to drop $65,000 to $25,000 in 2013-2014. Hutvagner said he couldn’t speak for Kenny, but his understanding was the amount dropped because residents have begun doing a better job of properly declaring their personal property. The money has been paying for audits of personal property declarations and has resulted in increased revenues for the town. Hutvagner said property taxes and supplemental auto taxes were left in the budget at their current rates because it isn’t clear whether Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposal to take some of the revenue associated with motor vehicles away from municipalities will go into effect. Hutvagner said there was no way to predict what will happen at the state level. “We based it (the numbers used) on whatever we had when the Board of Finance voted on it April 10,” he said. Middlebury voters in past years have voted for the school district budget in May and the town budget in June. This year, they will vote for both budgets the same day. Copies of the budget are available in the town clerk’s office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Middlebury First Selectman Edward B. St. John, in suit, cuts the ribbon at Le Bobadel’s grand opening Friday. The New York-style deli owners are Aref Ahmed, in white shirt holding the ribbon; Chef Olimpia Cristaldo, to the right of St. John; and Elisabete Ferreira-Ahmed, far right. Le Bobadel is at 819 Straits Turnpike in Middlebury. (Marjorie Needham photo)
Police chase ends with crash Acting Police Chief Richard Wildman reported that, on Tuesday, April 30, at approximately 2:19 a.m., a vehicle being pursued by Connecticut State Police and Waterbury Police got off Interstate 84 at Exit 17 eastbound and then turned left onto Woodside Avenue in Middlebury. The vehicle proceeded up Woodside Avenue and struck a vehicle on the grounds of Woodside Heights Senior Housing at 500 Woodside Avenue. The driver then lost control, and the car left the road and crashed into the Woodside Heights building. No one in the building was injured. The operator was identified as Juan Nieves, 18, of Waterbury. Nieves was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, evading responsibility and reckless driving. Nieves was tazed when he resisted arrest by Connecticut State Police. The vehicle Nieves was driving was a 2010 Mercedes Benz reported as carjacked earlier on West Main Street in Waterbury. Middlebury Police handled the accident. Connecticut State Police and Waterbury Police are expected to add additional criminal charges.
Above: Juan Nieves of Waterbury is shown in Middlebury Police custody following his arrest on several motor vehicle charges Tuesday morning. At right: A 2010 Mercedes Benz reported as carjacked in Waterbury rests against the Woodside Heights Senior Housing building at 500 Woodside Heights in Middlebury Tuesday morning. (Middlebury Police Department photos)
Donate to the Middlebury Food Bank The Middlebury Food Bank needs donations. Please donate nonperishable items such as tuna, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, macaroni and cheese, pasta and rice. Drop off donations at the Senior/ Social Services Department office at 1172 Whittemore Road during office hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Adoptable Pets................ 8 Classifieds....................... 7 Community Calendar....... 2 Fire Log........................... 2 In Brief............................ 4 Library Lines.................... 2 Library Happenings.......... 5
Nuggets for Life.............. 7 Obituaries....................... 5 Puzzles........................... 7 Region 15 Calendar........ 3 Senior Center News......... 3 Sports Quiz..................... 6 Varsity Sports Calendar.... 6
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Two Tag Sales! Middlebury Congregational Church (MCC) and St. George’s Episcopal Church When: What: Where:
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. George’s; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MCC (8:30 a.m. admission for $10) Furniture, toys, china, glassware, household goods and more. St. George’s includes hanging baskets and small plants. St. George’s is at 393 Tucker Hill Road in Middlebury; the MCC event is at Shepardson Community Center at 1172 Whittemore Road in Middlebury
Referendum on 2013-2014 budgets for Regional School District 15 and the Town of Middlebury
When: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. What: Get out and cast your vote on the budgets for the school district and the town. Where: Shepardson Community Center at 1172 Whittemore Road (both districts)
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This photo belongs to Harold West, who was a member of the Middlebury Drum Corps. He remembers names of some of the corps members. Do you remember them? West told Middlebury Town Historian Dr. Robert Rafford, “The photo was taken at the state meet in North Haven. I think it was 1967. “The Middlebury Drum Corps was started in the fall of 1964 by Oscar Kruse. No one called him Mr. Kruse – he just wanted to be called Oscar. He acted like one of the kids, and we would do anything he asked of us. “We practiced our music and marching that winter, and in the spring of 1965 we were the sponsors of the competition at Quassy. Since we were the sponsor, we couldn’t compete but we did march and play the opening song with help from our instructors. “In the following years we won many trophies, which were on
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Parenthood is so often portrayed on television and in books as the shiny, happy road most taken. In “The Stud Book,” parenthood is depicted in a far less rosy luster. Told from the perspectives of four female friends, each at different stages in their lives, author Monica Drake explores the biological and psychological reasons for having children, and what it means to be a parent in today’s increasingly complex world.
By DONNA HINE
s there anything more lovely than spring in New England? We struggle through the cold and snow of winter, and one day we wake up and voila! It’s time to throw open the windows and let in the crisp spring air with all its earthy scents and birdsong! We especially appreciate spring this year – and cherish every above50-degree day. When it’s chilly, it is almost difficult to think about reading, but if you sit in a sun-warmed window seat or blanket-swaddled in a chair in the sun to read, you still can enjoy the weather change and read at the same time! Good books always are coming out to join our old favorites. If we want to celebrate spring, the title and content of the following book also will make us yearn for summer. “Telling the Bees”
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“The Stud Book” is set in the Pacific Northwest. Sarah studies animal behavior and reproduction at the Portland zoo. She is knowledgeable in the mating habits of captive animals, but she and her husband are having trouble producing a child of their own. Sarah wonders why something that comes so easily to animals is such a challenge for her.
Her friend Georgie is busy with a newborn of her own and concerned about how motherhood will change her sense of self going forward. Meanwhile, her husband, Humble, acts infantile and refuses to accept the full impact of being a father. Dulcet is defiantly single and childless by choice. She teaches sex education to high-school students and actively pursues risky, dead-end relationships. Nyla is a widowed mother of two who is on a one-woman crusade to save the world at her new recycling-friendly and zero-waste store. But she is having trouble saving her own teen daughter from the world of drugs
and the occult. “The Stud Book” makes some interesting observations about overpopulation, “baby hoarding” and what parenthood means today. At times, it feels disjointed with the various characters and interwoven storylines. There also are several somewhat crude and gratuitous scenes that seem written more for theatrics than for moving the plot forward. But patience has its reward when these friends realize the families they have forged through shared and unexpected experiences are as important as those inherited by birth. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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his horse. We were a junior modern fife and drum, so no one could be over 18 years old. “In 1970, the only original members were forced to retire. There were only three left: Elida Minouge, Bill Blanchette and
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display in the Town Hall until the remodeling. I don’t know where they are now. “We marched in many parades and always led the Middlebury Memorial Day parade, but we had to follow Dr. Arnold on
(Submitted photo) Harold West Jr. We were each given a trophy that we had won in competition! “The Corps lasted until the mid-1970s. Oscar had passed away not long before, and it couldn’t survive without him.”
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(HES) by Peggy Hesketh seems like the perfect introduction to our warmer months. Such beautifully prosaic writing woven into a deadly plot! I had trouble putting this book down for wanting to read farther into the story; the fact that the main character is an elderly beekeeper (and the story is told in his voice) only adds to the charm of the tale. Who killed the older sisters next door? Why? The chilling answers are knitted into the knowledge of bees – whose facts are fascinating in themselves. Curl up and read this book, if only for the luscious writing! Eagerly anticipated, Jacqueline Winspear’s newest offering is “Leaving Everything Most Loved” (WIN). Maisie Dobbs continues to enchant as she faces some crucial decisions – truly a crossroads novel for characters we have followed with great relish through nine previous novels. Familiar favorites are on hand, but change is coming to the investigating agency and in the lives of all the people we have come to know and love. Will Maisie follow Maurice and branch out to explore the world? Will she finally marry James? Stay tuned … We always anticipate romance and mystery from Nora Roberts, and her most current book, “Whiskey Beach” (ROB), offers that formula with almost a gothic twist. Escaping a successful law practice and suspicion of murdering his almost ex-wife, Eli moves into a remote mansion overlooking the sea when his grandmother is hos-
pitalized after a fall. Bluff House becomes home to him and (of course) a lovely housekeeper/ friend of his grandmother’s; now the question is, is the murder of his wife related to his grandmother’s serious fall? Hmmm, we have to read it to find out. Another popular author returns with a favorite character: Iris Johansen writes a new Eve Duncan novel, “Taking Eve” (JOH). Is the grieving father, Doane, really hiring Eve only to recreate the head of his dead son? Or does he have a darker motive? Work as a forensic sculptor has led Eve into many a tight place, but this may be her most dangerous job. “The Drunken Botanist” (581.63 STE), written by Amy Stewart, is a fascinating blend of history, botany and mixology. What a combination! Who knew so many alcoholic drinks have a plant base? The combinations are unique and interesting; think maidenhair fern as the base for a simple syrup used to mix cocktails. Don’t know if I would mess with tobacco (fear of poisoning is ever-present!), but I love the versatility of vanilla in many liqueurs. This also was my second encounter in as many days with the word “muddling,” mashing herbs or fruit into the bottom of a drink (which is then strained before pouring). Yes, it was this month’s Bon Appétit that featured various wooden muddlers in “prep school.” Guess we know what will be on everyone’s wish list this year!
Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 4/22/13 13:20 Ridgewood Clubhouse. Fire alarm sounding. Defective smoke head keeps activating this alarm, which the MVFD receives quite often. Returned again April 29 for the same problem. 4/22/13 16:11 470 Park Road Ext. Motor vehicle accident. One car into tree. No injuries. Driver taken into custody by Middlebury Police. 4/22/13 17:18 98 Carriage Drive. Carbon monoxide alarm. The unit was more than 10 years old, and we recommended the homeowner replace it. 4/23/13 09:40 470 South St. Fire alarm activation. Food cooking on the stove. 4/25/13 08:04 Long Meadow Road at Washington Drive. Motor vehicle accident. Car into rock. One patient transported to hospital by FD12. 4/27/13 01:38 984 Southford Road. Motor vehicle accident. One car into tree. 4/27/13 01:48 2128 Middlebury Road. Motor vehicle accident. One car into tree. 4/27/13 04:50 851 Long Meadow Road. Fire alarm activation. Furnace malfunction. Delayed ignition. 4/27/13 17:18 City of Waterbury. Mutual aid standby. 4/27/13 18:46 I-84 East. Motor vehicle accident. Call was in Waterbury. Middlebury Engine 3, which was standing by in Waterbury, responded to the call.
Lynne Olson writes of conflict at the highest levels of government about entering World War II in “Those Angry Days” (940.53OLS). Was Lindbergh a Nazi sympathizer? Being accused was enough to throw his world into turmoil – and his stand against the war didn’t endear him to Roosevelt. Written on a personal level, this is an engrossing story of how strong feelings in general were about joining the war, and more specifically, how people rejected the Lindberghs for their stand against joining the British. Their beliefs led them to an isolated life and affected every aspect of their lives. Brenda Ashford takes us behind the scenes in the nurseries of the well-to-do. “A Spoonful of Sugar” (362.709 ASH) gives us a vivid picture of how the children are cared for as well as life among the wealthy British aristocracy. As a graduate of Norland College (a prestigious nanny-training institute), she was a much-desired nanny for more than 60 years and cared for more than 100 infants. With a great deal of patience and joy, she stresses you can never give a child too much love and laces many other pearls of wisdom into her tale about her long career. Let’s face it, great wealth fascinates us. Who was wealthier than the Astor family in their time? “The Astor Orphan” (B ALDRICH ALD) is a memoir written by a descendant of that great dynasty named Alexandra Aldrich. The rich are different, as we find in these pages; face-saving and appearance is all – neglect and living hand-tomouth are a part of everyday living behind those lavish mansion walls. Read how the author escapes the craziness and her family to become a whole person. Black-andwhite photos enhance this story of a very bizarre lifestyle. “Audrey in Rome” (790 AUD) is the black-and-white pictorial life of Audrey Hepburn edited by her son, Luca Dotti. Filled with examples of her signature accessories – the scarf, flats, little black dress, big sunglasses and basket handbag, – we can see the elegant style created by this much-loved movie icon from the 1950s through the 1970s. If you are a fan, you will love this beautiful collection. More suggestions for new reads can be found on our website (middleburypubliclibrary.org) by clicking on the book of “Book News.” Adult Services Librarian Donna Hine is writing Library Lines for the newspaper once a month while the library is at its temporary location.
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Middlebury Senior Center News Easter Seals Senior Outreach The Easter Seals Outreach program funds the medically necessary needs of seniors requiring hearing aids or dental work. Individuals must be at least 65 years of age and reside in the Greater Waterbury area. Final decisions on eligibility are based on the financial needs of the candidates. Contact the Senior Center to request an application or call 203-754-5141, ext. 225, for more information on the program.
Sell Your Gold Prospect Jewelers will be at the Middlebury Senior Center Monday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to buy gold from those who have unwanted jewelry and other gold items to sell. They also will do free appraisals for those who bring items in.
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Basic emailing – Thursday, This event is a fundraiser for May 9, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., learn the Middlebury Family Services Group classes are one session email protocol and etiquette. Emergency Fund each from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the date specified, and the fee is $15 Find email providers that suit Mystery Chef you. per session. Monday, May 13, at 11 a.m., One-on-one individual trainDonate Used Chef John will demonstrate his ing by advance appointment is “Homemade Strawberry CheeseInk Cartridges available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 a.m. Don’t throw your used ink cake.” Come join the fun and a and 1 p.m. for $15 an hour. Call cartridges away. Instead, donate sample of the mystery chef’s 203-577-4166, ext. 711 for an ap- them to the Middlebury Senior specialty. A $2 donation is requested to go toward the cost of pointment. Center. They recycle. the food. Call 203-577-4166 to Basic Digital Photography reserve your seat. Mother’s Day – Tuesday, May 7, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., learn the basics of digital Pancake Breakfast cameras and photo manageThe Middlebury Lions Club ment, editing, ordering prints, will sponsor a Mother’s Day Panprinting and attaching photos to cake Breakfast Sunday, May 12, HomeGoods and emails using the free PICASA from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in ShepardRed Lobster photo program. son Community Center. BreakThursday, May 16, the Senior Basic Computer Security – fast will be pancakes, sausage, Center mini-bus will leave the Wednesday, May 8, from 1 to 2:30 bacon, baked goods, fruit cup, Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. p.m., learn how to identify and coffee, tea and juice. The cost will avoid computer bugs and at- be $7 for those 6 and older and headed for HomeGoods in Dantacks. Learn the signals that tell $5 for those younger than 6, ex- bury for shopping and Red Lobyou something is not right. Learn cept children under 2 will eat ster in Danbury for lunch. Call the safeguards that protect your free. The family maximum will 203-577-4166 to reserve your seat. The cost for transportation computer from hackers. be $25. only is $7.
Falls Avenue Senior Center Events Falls Avenue Senior Center events for area adults 55 and older follow. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 860-945-5250. Please speak with a staff member when calling as the senior center does not accept voice-mail reservations. The center is at 311 Falls Ave. in Oakville, Conn.
Nondenominational Bible Study New Hope Anglican Church will offer nondenominational Bible study at the center three Fridays this month. Join other seniors for the study and discussion May 3, May 17 and May 24 at 10 a.m. Please register by the day before each class.
Book Club The center’s newly established Book Club will meet Monday, May 6, at 10 a.m. The group will
discuss “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and select a new book for this month’s reading. No reservations are needed.
Public Transportation 101 Wednesday, May 8, at 2 p.m., the center will host “Public Transportation 101,” a workshop for human services professionals and people in need of transportation. Workshop topics include trip planning, how to qualify for reduced fare, how to increase public transportation in your area, free travel training for seniors and people with disabilities, and how to get to other regions in the state. Please register by May 7.
Saturday, May 4 PHS Spring Musical...............................Auditorium, 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 5 PHS Spring Musical.................................Auditorium, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 6 MMS World Language Week
Tuesday, May 7 MMS World Language Week PES PTO.....................................................................................9:30 a.m. PHS Mr. Pomperaug Rehearsal............................................. 2 - 5 p.m. MES Grade 5 Band, Orchestra, Strings Concert.......................7 p.m. Board of Education District Meeting ............................... PHS AP Room No. 103, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8 Budget Referendum........................................................ 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. MMS World Language Week PHS Mr. Pomperaug Rehearsal............................................. 2 - 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 9 MMS World Language Week PES Mother’s Day Plant Sale Middle School Progress Reports Alert Now Sent PES Grade 5 Band and Concert...................................................7 p.m. PHS Mr. Pomperaug............................................................... 7 - 9 p.m. MES PTO.........................................................................................7 p.m.
Friday, May 10 “Know Your Town” presentations Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. Dalton will explain her duties as well as the services provided by the town clerk’s office. Please register by May 9.
Reliving the 1940s Wednesday, May 15, at 2 p.m., the Connecticut Historical Society will present “Reliving the 1940s,” a program that recalls how the world looked in a time when kids were free to roam, radio held center stage, Big-Band sound dominated music and World War II changed everything. Learn amazing facts from the 1940 census. Please register by May 14.
MMS World Language Week Alice Bell, ND, MS, from Naturo- PES Mother’s Day Plant Sale pathic Health Center will explore MMS Student Government Social Dance this topic Thursday, May 16, at 3 PHS PLC - Advisory Day............................................Delayed opening p.m. Learn about the pollution Saturday, May 11 inside our homes and ways to protect our families and our- No Events Scheduled selves. Please register by May 15. Region 15 website: www.region15.org
“Letting Go of Anger” is the center’s second program in its Wellness Series Friday, May 17, at 1 p.m. Therapist, educator and author Diane Lang will help participants recognize anger and its different sources and types, understand what triggers an individual’s anger, determine the consequences of anger both physically and emotionally, and learn tips on letting go of unreYour House, solved anger. Please register by May 16. This program is funded Your Health Know Your Town Is your house your safe haven, by a grant from the East Hill Town Clerk Lisa Dalton will or is it making you sick? Dr. Car- Woods Foundation at the Conpresent the first in a series of olyn Graham, ND, RN, and Dr. necticut Community Foundation.
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In Brief Community Choir Fundraiser The Naugatuck Community Choir is hosting its 4th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, May 4, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in St. Hedwig’s Church Hall at 32 Golden Hill St. in Naugatuck. The menu features homemade sauce, meatballs, sausage and peppers, garlic bread, Caesar salad and a variety of desserts. There also will be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for those 10 and younger. Enjoy good food, good music and good company while supporting a wonderful area cultural organization.
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This week we enter week two of our fourweek campaign to fundraise for the newspaper. If enough people respond, the campaign will result in what may be a first – a reader-supported community newspaper. If more than half our readers show their support by donating to the paper in this version of crowdfunding, we will henceforth refer to the paper as “a reader-supported community newspaper.” We will continue to work on increasing advertising revenue, but we also will acknowledge the readers who make our continued existence in print form possible. Some bits of information about the paper: • It is one of the few weekly papers in the area that is neither part of a chain of papers nor owned by a larger paper. • The “Bee” part of the name was bestowed upon it, for reasons unknown to us, by the person who started it nine years ago. We have no affiliation with The Newtown Bee, but we do admire that long-lived publication.
“Israel in Song” will be the theme Wednesday, May 8, when Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray appears at the Love & Knishes lunch program at noon at the Jewish Federation at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. Her program features beautiful music in honor of Israel’s 65th anniversary, including Pioneer, Chasand Festival tunes and Memorial Day Flags for sidic songs of peace to connect guests Middlebury Veterans to Israel’s history and culture in Those who lost a family mem- a moving and uplifting way. Dinber during the past year who was ers will enjoy live music and a a veteran of the armed services delicious three-course meal caand is buried in Middlebury can tered by Jordan Caterers. contact Lion Ray Sullivan at 203Lunch reservations should be 758-9939 to assure that an Amer- made by noon Monday, May 6. ican flag will be placed on their All programs are open to the veteran’s grave for Memorial public, and there is a suggested Day. The flag decorating and lunch donation of $7.50 for Memorial Day ceremony are adults age 60 and older. To RSVP, To the Editor: sponsored by the Middlebury call 203-267-3177. I am writing to express my Lions Club. dismay at the apparent demise Obedience Classes of Middlebury’s Elderly Tax ReMain Street Waterbury A trained, well-mannered dog lief Committee and its proposed is a happy dog. Trap Falls Kennel relief program. I write as a citiWebsite Main Street Waterbury has Club offers obedience classes at zen, and my opinions are mine launched a new website, vibes- every level: AKC STAR Puppy alone. This committee originated afterfive.com, which highlights (obedience for dogs under 12 downtown Waterbury nightlife months) and Canine Good Citi- during the Gormley administraand showcases restaurants and zenship Prep Class start Thurs- tion and has worked diligently bars in downtown Waterbury. day, May 9; Family Manners for about five years. Its careful The website includes restaurant Classes start Wednesday, May 8. study of population demographand bar weekly specials and en- Classes are held at Pawz for Well- ics related to age, income levels tertainment options. It is com- ness in Shelton. For more infor- and tax impact resulted in sevpatible with all smart phone mation, call 203-450-9485 or eral proposals. The final proposal made email firstname.lastname@example.org. sense. It applied only to those qualified for the state’s program and added some local restrictions. The death knell for this proposal came when its $22,000 cost was inserted into the budget. That amount of money out of the Give your lawn a little entire budget would not change the mil rate. Further, that amount Professional Mowing would be offset by a minor inResidential or Commercial crease in the grand list. Yet the Tom Curry Low Weekly/Biweekly Rates Board of Finance took this 203-910-7384 money out of the proposed 2013Spring/Fall Cleanup Dump Runs 2014 budget. Dependable Service Light Excavating It was in no way an expense; Since 1996 Snow Plowing/Sanding no one would get a check or payment. It was simply a credit on the tax bill of the qualified taxpayer. It is rightfully a potential revenue loss not unlike the tax Now offering facials, airbrush tanning, abatements under the Economic airbrush/traditional brush makeup,
• The “Intelligencer” part of the name means “one who conveys news or information.” Unfortunately, “intelligencer” is a word no longer in common use and people struggle to wrap their tongues around it. We often hear the paper referred to as the “intelligentsia.” We take this as a compliment. • There aren’t many people on the staff. An editor and publisher is assisted by a freelance layout person, a freelance proofreader, a paid advertising sales person and several unpaid local residents kind enough to attend and report on board and commission meetings. Newspaper files are sent via computer to a printer in another town who turns those files into the hard copy that shows up in Middlebury mailboxes every Friday. In our effort to move to a reader-supported community newspaper, we are asking each reader to donate $50. However, donations in any amount will be appreciated.
The direction the newspaper will take will be determined by reader response during this four-week campaign. If few respond, we will understand readers do not support the newspaper in its current print form, and we will look at alternatives such as becoming an online-only newspaper or some combination of print and online. You, dear readers, will show us the way. We will follow your lead. Those who wish may send donations to Bee-Intelligencer, P.O. Box 10, Middlebury, CT 06762. We hope you feel this newspaper, in its current form, is an important part of this community and deserves your support. If you can donate, please do. As the editor and publisher of the newspaper, I thank you for whatever you can do to support this paper. Marjorie Needham Editor and Publisher
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and Industrial Development Commission’s Tax Incentive Program. The next statement is not meant to demean young taxpayers or children. It is a statement of fact. If this small benefit would aid in keeping gram and gramps in their modest home, it would keep their home from being sold as a starter home to young people seeking out Region 15’s excellent education and bringing students into the system. The cost of each student at about $13,000 each would mean two fewer students would compensate for the program’s cost. While it’s not realistic, if the 77 presently qualified homes reduced that potential growth by one, it would equate to more than $1 million in savings in our education expense. The Brookside community currently costs us more in school expenses than we collect in taxes. Even more distressing is the publicly stated opinion of our elected members of the Board of Finance that they don’t want to pay for “those old people.” Some of them should check their own birth date and imagine attempting to live on Social Security or a meager pension. Who do they imagine paid for and continues to pay for our schools, parks, roads and bridges, fire/police, library, etc.? It is largely those who are now the senior citizens of our community.
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America is at a Crossroad To the Editor: There is reason to believe 2012 was a troublesome year for America. In fact, most Americans today are understandably demoralized about the national deficit, the war in Afghanistan, immigration reform, crime and violence, and a dysfunctional Congress. Daily reports of suicide bombings focus Americans on the U.S. Afghanistan failures regarding sectarian terrorism. It is, therefore, past time to bring our troops home. It also is estimated that at the conclusion of the Afghanistan war, the U.S. will have expended about $5 trillion in Iraq and Afghanistan. Imagine spending said amount on rebuilding our infrastructure and job creation. Progress toward a democratic functioning state in the Middle East and elsewhere will take generations, if ever. Democracy born out of violence will experience violence long after its inception. As I write, thousands of our people die daily in traffic accidents and countless more are seriously injured. Violence and crime are rampant now, more so than any other time in the nation’s history. Most Americans can or should
agree our leaders need to take a course in Compromise 101. In so doing, they will be better equipped to do the job for which they were elected. No one should be compensated for failure or poor performance. Those who perform below expectations should resign forthwith, thus making room for those who can perform accordingly. It is also high time to institute term limits for all elected officials and judicial appointments. And so, as we begin the second quarter of 2013, let’s resolve to do better. Let’s reflect on the violence in our schools and neighborhoods, poor performance among our urban students, the staggering national debt, immigration reform, and other tragedies here and abroad, and question the efficacy of programs and policies designed to create a better way of life for all of us. Let’s recognize terrorism as a global problem and safeguard our borders with Mexico with whatever means necessary. It is high time to learn from our mistakes and failures. America alone cannot save the world. Enough is enough. Let’s take care of America first. Let’s focus less on internal finger pointing and more outwardly on our so-called friends who spend our money, smile with us by day and shoot us in the back at night. Let’s put aside party partisanship and show respect for those elected officials who are making tough decisions on complex issues even when we disagree with them. Finally, let’s evaluate our foreign aid policy and reduce or eliminate assistance to countries that are anti-America. Let’s take care of America first. Surely, we can do no less. K. Alexander Paddyfote, Ph.D., Middlebury
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Friday, May 3, 2013
Library Happenings Middlebury
Four Seasons Book Club
Snacks and Shows
The Four Seasons Book Club for Seniors will meet Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m., the p.m. to discuss “Chocolat” by Jo- Snacks & Shows for Seniors event anne Harris. in the Nellie Beatty Room will feature “Yours, Mine and Ours,” a American Girl 1968 comedy starring Lucille Ball Doll Crafts and Henry Fonda. Before the film, Children ages 7 to 12 can attend make a sweet cherry-cheese treat! Registration is required. This a free American Girl Doll Crafts event Thursday, May 9, at 4 p.m. free program is open to patrons Make a springtime craft and some who are at least 50 years old and accessories for your 18-inch their guests. To register, call the American Girl doll. Sign up by reference desk at 203-729-4591. calling 203-758-2634 or stopping by the library. Limited to 20 chil- Friends Annual Meeting dren. The Friends of the Whittemore Library annual meeting will be Mystery Book Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. The meeting will be followed by “Duke Discussion Group The Mystery Book Discussion Ellington: An American ComGroup will meet Thursday, May poser” presented by Tom Cruciani. The Howard Whittemore Me9, at 6 p.m. The group will be readmorial Library is at 243 Church St. ing “The Drop” by Michael Conin Naugatuck. For information, call nelly. Books are available at the 203-729-4591 or visit whittemorelibrary. For any questions, contact library.org. Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 203-758-2634.
Learn to Crochet Project Join Miss Ann Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. to start creating granny squares for the summer adult program. Bring some medium-weight yarn – acrylic #4 – and a size G crochet hook. Miss Ann will demonstrate how to crochet. The squares will become a beautiful blanket in time for the library’s return to Crest Road in the fall. Each square will count as an entry to win the completed blanket, and if you check out any books that remotely concern crochet, you also will have a chance on the blanket. For more information, stop by the library or call 203-758-2634. The Middlebury Public Library is temporarily at the Middlebury Timex Building at 199 Park Road Extension, Suite D, in Middlebury. Call 203-758-2634 or visit www. middleburypubliclibrary.org for more information.
Jonathan Joseph Carroll
by his twin brother, Anthony Louis Carroll of Waterbury, and his sister, Marlana Maria Carroll of Manchester, N.H., and his cherished girlfriend, Krista L. Tillotson of Waterbury. Jonathan also leaves behind his many aunts, uncles, cousins and his godparents, who all were very special to him. Jonathan was the grandson of the late Joseph and Philomena (Follo) Inglese and the late John and Betty Ann (Carrington) Carroll. Jonathan was educated at Litchfield Montessori School in Northfield, Conn., and graduated from Pomperaug High School. He attended Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he studied hospitality, which included time studying abroad in Italy. He was continuing his education at Gateway Community College and was employed as a manager for C&C Marketing in Milford, Conn. For the last two years of her life, Jonathan, a certified CAN, helped care for his beloved grandmother. A wonderful human being, Jonathan filled our lives with love and happiness as he sometimes struggled on his journey through life. Jonathan was fond of playing the piano, listening to music and playing cards with his friends and family, especially during their many Italian holidays and get-togethers. He showed kindness to all animals and children and was very patient with the elderly. Jonathan played sports throughout his youth and was a Boy Scout in Troup 444 in Middlebury. As an adult, he was an active member of the Southbury Softball League. “A Treasure on Earth is now a Treasure in Heaven.” The funeral April 20 was from Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home in Waterbury to St. John of the Cross Church in Middlebury for a Mass. Burial was at the convenience of the family. For more information or to send e-condolences, visit www.chaseparkwaymemorial. com.
Pontelandolfo, Benevento, Italy, a daughter of the late Lupo and Maria (Paternostro) Paternostro. She came to the north end of Waterbury from Italy in 1937 and moved to Watertown with her daughter in 2010. She graduated from Webster Grammar School and Wilby High School. She worked at Salvatore Sausage for 11 years, retiring in 1986. She was an avid sports fan who followed the New York Yankees and UCONN Huskies. She leaves a daughter, Deborah Coppola and her husband Rick of Watertown; a brother, Patsy Paternostro and his wife Joan of Watertown; a sister, Connie D’Angelo and her husband Anthony of Middlebury; a brother-inlaw, James Farrell and his wife Rita of Deland, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Jean Drexler of Waterbury; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, David Farrell. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 23 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Watertown. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Watertown. Arrangements were entrusted to Chase Parkway Memorial/ The Albini Family Funeral Home of Waterbury. Memorial contributions in Angie’s memory can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38418. For more info or to send e-condolences, visit www.chaseparkwaymemorial.com.
art of 19th-century embalming; and the emergence among Irish A Wonderful Human Being Sister of Connie D’Angelo immigrants of an ambitious middle Mr. Jonathan Joseph Mrs. Angela “Angie” (Paclass – and a criminal underclass. Carroll, 30, of Middleternostro) Farrell, 83, of Registration is required. Please bury passed away unexWatertown passed away call the Reference Department at pectedly Tuesday, April peacefully at Abbott Ter203-262-0626, ext. 130. 16, 2013, at Waterbury race Health Care after a Check www.southburylibrary. Hospital. Jonathan was short illness. She was the org for more information. The liborn Aug. 8, 1982, in Wawidow of Henry J. brary is at 100 Poverty Road in terbury, son of Mark D. and Nerina “Hank” Farrell, who died Oct. 25, 2012. Southbury (203-262-0626). (Inglese) Carroll. He also is survived Angie was born March 6, 1930, in
Woodbury Children Make Floral Arrangements
Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m., members of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club will help children ages 4 to 11 create spring floral arrangements to give to someone special for Mother’s Day. During this hands-on program, children will decorate flower pots and plant flowers of their choice. All supplies will be provided by the garden club. The program is free and open to area residents, but registration is required as space is limited. To register, call 203-263-3502 or visit www.woodburylibraryct.org.
Author Thomas Craughwell Talk
Hijinks and Home with Judy Cook
Bethel author Thomas Craughwell will discuss his book, “Stealing Lincoln’s Body,” Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the Kingsley meeting room. On the night of the presidential election in 1876, a gang of counterfeiters out of Chicago attempted to steal the entombed embalmed body of Abraham Lincoln and hold it for ransom. In a lively and dramatic narrative, Craughwell returns to this bizarre and largely forgotten event with the first book to place the grave robbery in historical context. He takes us through the planning and execution of the crime and the outcome of the investigation. Along the way, Craughwell offers entertaining sidelights on the rise of counterfeiting in America and the establishment of the Secret Service to combat it; the prevalence of grave robberies; the
Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m., you are invited to share in an eye-witness view of the Civil War through family letters and songs of the time as folk performer Judy Cook presents “Hijinks and Home: Camp Life and Home Front of the Civil War.” Cook brings a powerful voice, a great unaccompanied style and a deep respect for tradition to her performances of a huge repertoire of (mostly) American songs and ballads. Her singing is marked by a command of narrative that pulls the audience in to really understand what the song is about. The program is free, but please call 203-263-3502 to register for it. For more information, call 203263-3502 or visit www.woodburylibraryct.org. The library is at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury.
He was born January 25, 1923, in St. Boniface, P.Q., Canada, son of the late Oliver and Rebecca (Lavergne) Robert. Reno served in the Canadian Army for a short time and lived in California for 23 years. Reno loved to walk the beach. Reno was a machinist and retired from Textron Teledyne in California, but also had worked at Waterbury Farrell Textron. He found enjoyment in working on the genealogy of his family, became an amateur acrylic painter, and spent time gardening and soaking up the nature he surrounded himself with. On the East Coast he enjoyed hiking. Reno would refer to Agnes as his “beautiful little wife.” He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and absolutely adored his grandchildren. Besides his wife of 31 years, he is survived by a son, John Robert and his wife Heidi of Middlebury; a daughter, Carole Rebecca Parker of Pacific Beach, Calif.; stepchildren: Joanne Alessandrone and her husband Armand of New Mexico; Sharon Mansfield and her husband Richard of Wolcott; Joyce True and her husband Howard of Waterbury; and Gail Corriveau of Wolcott; a brother, Aime Robert of California; grandchildren: Kelly Parker of California, Katherine Robert of Waterbury, Brendan Robert of Watertown, and Corinne Maynes, Audra Lynn Rodrigues, Stephanie Alessandrone and Kristina Alessandrone, all of New Mexico; six great grandchildren in New Mexico and two great grandchildren in Connecticut. He was predeceased by his brothers and sisters. A celebration of life service was held April 25 at Woodtick Memorial in Wolcott. Burial was private.
Please ask your funeral director to send obituaries and photos to us Father of John Robert at beeintelligencer@gmail. For more Reno G. Robert, 90, of information, call 203-577-6800. The Bee-Intelligencer runs obitWaterbury, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, uaries and their accompanying pho-
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at Wolcott View Manor. He was the beloved husband to Agnes (Guertin) Robert.
tos free of charge. We do this as a community service to honor the deceased and the family and friends who love them.
More of Us Getting Knee Replacement For a growing number of us, it will become necessary at some point to have a knee replacement. A recently completed 20-year study, funded in part by the National Institute on Aging, shows the number of knee surgeries has steadily risen. More of us, it seems, are now walking pain-free. But the news isn’t all good, however. The study included 3.3 million participants who had a primary knee replacement and 300,000 who had a revision process, which is replacement of a previous implanted joint. Along the way, hospital stays have got-
ten shorter for recovery from the knee surgeries. This has caused higher complication rates as well as higher readmission rates, as we go back in the hospital when things go wrong. Between 1991 and 2010, the number of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) procedures rose a whopping 162 percent. The reason? There are more people likely to be considered as candidates for
the surgery, more seniors in the population and more conditions that lead to osteoarthritis – such as obesity. Again the flipside: Hospital stays were cut from eight to four days for primary surgery, and from nine to five days for revision surgeries. This was no doubt due to insurers who want patients out of the hospital as quickly as possible to cut costs. Hospital readmissions jumped from 4 percent to 5 percent for primary procedures, and from 6 percent to 9 percent for revisions.
Revisions caused more than double the readmission rates for wound infection and a 100 percent increase for hemorrhage and heart attack. There’s one thing to be said for following a good diet: If we keep our weight down and stay out of the obese category, we might be able to avoid needing knee surgery. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to email@example.com.
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Save on Funeral Costs Do you know the cost of a funeral? If not, you’re not alone. A recent poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that 83 percent of respondents had no idea of the costs or the financial responsibilities of a funeral. The average cost of a funeral can run between $7,000 and $10,000. If you’re responsible for a funeral, you’ll need to interact with the funeral home; acquire a headstone, likely from a marble supplier; and consult with the cemetery for a plot. While the funeral home can put these together in a package, all cost money. In addition, you’ll need to consider use of a hearse, a limo to bring people to the funeral, multiple death certificates (every agency will want one), an organist for the service, clergy or minister, flowers, and obituary notices in the newspapers. The NFCC has some suggestions for making a difficult (and
expensive) time a bit easier. • Know in advance the funeral preferences of your loved ones. Make sure your own wishes are known as well by others in the family. Put these in writing and give copies to those who would handle arrangements for your funeral. • When the time comes, treat the expense of a funeral as you would any other large expense: comparison shop with at least two funeral homes. • By law, you must be given an itemized statement of the costs of goods and services being purchased. Barring specific costs, a good-faith estimate must be given to you. Federal Trade Commission rules apply here, too, when it comes to the
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purchase of a casket. For example, you cannot be charged a fee for using a casket that is purchased elsewhere. • Don’t spend more than you need to. Fancy and elaborate isn’t necessary. • Know the laws of your state, as they vary. Understand which items or services are optional and which are required. Some funeral homes, for example, require embalming when there is to be viewing and visitation, while the state laws don’t require it. That might be an optional expense you can avoid.
• If you purchase a prearranged funeral plan policy, know your state laws and be sure your family knows you have it. For more information, go to www.consumer.ftc.gov and put “funeral” in the search box. There are nine articles with information on different aspects of arranging a funeral. David Uffington regrets he cannot personally answer reader questions, but he will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Monday, May 6..................... Bethel (H)........................................ 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 8............... Notre Dame-Fairfield (A)................... 4:15 p.m. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: You have Friday, May 10...................... Brookfield (A)................................... 4:15 p.m. no idea how painful spinal steno-
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stant pain. A surgeon told me it was too dangerous to operate unless I am in constant pain. Can you help? -- B.A. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I read your article on spinal stenosis. I am 82, in good health, but plagued with back pain. My daughter, a nurse at a university hospital, had me see a neurosurgeon there. He suggested a microsurgical procedure that took about three hours. I was discharged with a small bandage. I am now more than two months post-op, and my back feels better than it has in years. People with spinal stenosis should consider this operation. -- M.R. ANSWER: Spinal stenosis is one of the most frequent causes of back pain. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain. It runs from the neck to the lower back. It’s only as thick as your little finger. An eraser dropped from 12 inches onto it would smash it beyond repair. It, therefore, needs protection. Nature has encased it in the back bones (vertebrae) through a tunnel that runs the length of the spinal column. Narrowing of the tunnel is called spinal stenosis. The narrowed part compresses the spinal cord and is quite painful.
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The narrowing comes from bone spurs, arthritis changes or thickening of back ligaments. Physical therapy, through strengthening back muscles and stretching thickened back ligaments, often lessens pain. Pain medicines can be used liberally. Injection of cortisone into the spinal canal (epidurals) is another way to ease pain and compression. M.R.’s suggestion of surgery bears consideration, especially his comments on microsurgery, where a half-inch incision allows the surgeon to spread back muscles and other tissues so the surgeon can home in on the area of involved stenosis. A hollow cylinder is inserted through the spread back tissues, and special instruments allow visualization of the area with the ability to remove the compression. It’s something that B.A. ought to consider with the constant pain she endures. The booklet on back problems deals with some of the more-common back conditions and their treatment. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -No. 303W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My wife has taken blood pressure medicine for many years. She’s now 66. Her doctor put her on a new medicine that has her pressure at 125/65. It’s never been that low before. Is that too low for someone her age? -- L.W. ANSWER: Does your wife complain of dizziness, especially upon standing up? If she doesn’t, then her pressure isn’t too low. Ideal blood pressure is lower than 120/80. It’s true older people don’t always tolerate a sudden drop in their pressure, even though the pressure might be in the normal range. I don’t consider your wife to be “older.” You’d better not either. Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2013 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Middlebury Parks & Recreation Middlebury Recreation Area (MRA) MRA beach passes are on sale. Residents and property owners must provide a copy of their car registration and proof of residency or real estate. A photo ID is required. Fees are $125 for a family, $20 for a senior, $68 for singles and $10 per additional sticker for family or single-pass holders. Seniors 65 and older are eligible to receive ONE pass for $20. Only household residents age 65 and older are eligible to use this pass. There is a $125 charge per extra car sticker per senior. Those who won the boat rack lottery are reminded boat racks must be paid for by Wednesday, May 15, or they will be offered to the next person on the wait list. Residents must have a valid MRA pass before renting a boat rack. Wooden Storage Lockers – A limited number of lockers are available to MRA pass holders on a first-come, first-serve basis for a fee of $50. The limit is one locker per family. Phone reservations will not be accepted.
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Adult Softball Men’s League (Modified Pitch) The Middlebury/Southbury Men’s League is open to Middlebury/Southbury residents and/ or men employed full time in either town and/or Pomperaug High School alumni who are 18 or older. The league plays in Middlebury/Southbury Mondays and Wednesdays. Contact Tony Pereira at 203-509-4199.
Ladies’ Softball League The Ladies’ Softball League is open to Middlebury/Southbury residents and/or women who are employed in or attend school in either town and are 18 or older. The league plays in Southbury Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Margaret Vagnini at 203-5980870.
The annual Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Ball will be Saturday, May 4, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury. The fee of $100 per couple includes a sitdown dinner, open bar and entertainment by Marty Q! For more information or to purchase tickets, call Ray Kasidas 1. Name the last Pittsburgh Piat 203-577-4036. rates pitcher before A.J. Burnett in 2012 to win at least Pilates Summer Session eight consecutive decisions. Instructor Carol Brunick’s 2. Who was the last starting summer Pilates classes will meet pitcher before Detroit’s Justin Tuesdays and Thursdays, May Verlander in 2011 to win the 14 to July 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Cy Young Award and the Most Shepardson Community Center. Valuable Player Award in the Pilates exercises help to correct same season? posture and improve balance as 3. In the 2012 season, Southern well as heighten body awareness Cal’s Marqise Lee set a Pac-12 and alignment. Focus on breath single-season record with 118 control promotes relaxation and receptions. Who had held the release of tension. mark? Supplies: Exercise mat ¼ inch 4. In 2012, center Andrew Byor thicker. The fee is $82 for resnum became the fifth Laker idents; $92 for nonresidents. to have 30 or more rebounds in a game. Name three of the Connecticut Safe first four to do it. Boating & PWC Course 5. Anaheim rookie Viktor Fasth, A complete basic safe-boating in 2013, became the third certification course for those goalie in NHL history to win ages 10 and older will be taught his first eight games. Name in one 8-hour day Saturday, May either of the first two to do it. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 6. Five athletes won at least five Successful completion will allow medals each at the 2012 Sumthe student to obtain a Connectimer Olympics. Name the only cut Certificate of Personal Waone of the five not from the tercraft Operation, which enU.S. ables them to operate 7. Golfer Tiger Woods set a recreational vessels up to 65 feet record of consecutive tournain length, including Jet Skis. ments without missing a cut. PRIOR TO TAKING THE How many was it? CLASS, each student who doesn’t Answers already have one should create an account online at www. ct.gov/deep. Click “Purchase Your Sportsmen License” and click the START button. Then print the page that includes your conservation ID number and bring it to class. After students’ class scores have been entered in the DEEP system, they will use their accounts to purchase and print the certificates. Students should bring a pen or pencil to class. The class will meet in Room 26 in Shepardson Community Center. The fee is $62 or residents; $72 for nonresidents, (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. 1. Dock Ellis, in 1974. 2. Boston’s Roger Clemens, in 1986. 3. Teammate Robert Woods had 111 receptions in 2011. 4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain and George Mikan. 5. Ottawa’s Ray Emery (2003-05) and Philadelphia’s Bob Froese (1982-83). 6. Australian swimmer Alicia Coutts. 7. It was 142 consecutive cuts (1998-2005).
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The patio bricks underneath my grill tend to catch a lot of grease and oil drippings. I clean up after every barbecue, but there are still stains on the brick from the grease. How can I get these up without bleaching out the spots? – Rick in Savannah, Ga.
With porous surfaces like brick and concrete, oil stains can set in and be tough to get out. Your instinct to avoid using bleach or another type of acid to clean up the stains (like lemon juice) is right on. These can just make things worse and can discolor some types of paving. Clearing the grease stain may take a few attempts with a number of cleaning agents. Start with the least harmful materials, most of which can be found in your kitchen or garage. First, fill an old coffee mug
By Samantha Mazzotta with warm water, a couple of tablespoons of dish soap and a teaspoon of salt. Grab a clean synthetic scrubber brush (like a dishwashing brush). Scrub the stain with the soapy water and rinse with warm water, repeating a few times and letting the bricks dry out to see the results in between each try. If that doesn’t clear the stain, you can try an oil-stain cleaner purchased at your local homeimprovement store. Some DIYers recommend applying an engine degreaser and letting it sit for about an hour, but test any cleaning agent or degreaser on
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To prevent your grill’s grease and oil drips from staining your patio or deck surface, place a grill mat underneath, and clean up spills promptly.
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May is a magical month for more than the reason it’s my birthday month! I was raised in a sophisticated city by parents who created conversations around ideas, concepts and worldly things, so even as a child I was exposed to fascinating ways of thinking, living and being. I am a woman of the community in which our family lives and also a woman of the world. So today I share some positives from here and other parts of the world that acknowledge the magic of May. It’s the month of the Indy 500; of the famous Kentucky Derby horse race; Mother’s Day here and in Canada, El Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala. It’s the month of music in New Zealand and the Maypole in Germany. It’s the month of Constitution Day in Japan and Victoria Day in Canada. It’s the month of Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Mexico, and it’s the month of Children’s Day in Korea and Japan. It’s a time here in bucolic New England when magnolia trees blossom with fragrance and beauty; when lawns are rich, lovely colors of green and bird songs fill
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perfect health, vitality and great posture; and your mind stay curious, enthused and open to change? I’ll dance, rebound, skip like a child and do yoga. I’ll keep flossing, listen with devotion to others and plant flowers. I’ll sing, wear pretty spring dresses, eat living foods and lavender ice cream, and spend hours laughing with my sis and hanging with my fam. I’ll release the confines of others’ projections and embrace incredible cool new people who reflect how my family lives. I’ll travel somewhere new and take the leap of committing to a new forum for sharing my gifts and talents with the world. I’ll rely on miracles instead of just believing in them and be an example of a joy-filled life! If you don’t love your life, change something, anything small or large, and feel the invisible power to live wide open! Life is awesome in the magical month of May! De Pecol is a yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See lifecoachingllc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Chris Gogas (left) and Theo Anastasiadis (with Yianna Anastasiadis) of Pies & Pints are joining other Middlebury and Southbury businesses in offering referendum day discounts. Shoppers who ask for the voting day special at participating local businesses will receive a savings or the business will make a donation to the schools.
Referendum day events, specials The Regional School District 15 parent-teacher organizations (PTOs) will host their 4th annual student concert and art show Wednesday, May 8, in the Middlebury and Southbury town centers to create awareness of budget referendum day, the day voters in the two towns will consider Region 15’s proposed 20132014 budget. Votes also will be cast for the town budgets in each of the towns. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., with Middlebury residents from both districts voting at Shepardson Community Center, and Southbury residents voting at the Fire House on Main Street South. A slate of Region 15 musicians will perform at free referendum day concerts from 4 to 6 p.m. Weather permitting, the concerts will be held at the Southbury Green Gazebo on Main Street South as well as on the Middlebury Green on Whittemore Road. Region 15 art teachers will display selected student art work from the 25th Annual District Art Gallery. “We want to share our enthusiasm and support for the Region
15 school system with the community,” said Christine Koobatian, co-chair of the PTO Advisory Council. “So many people have told me that they remembered to vote when they saw all the musicians and art work at the Green. Our mission is simply to help encourage people on their way home from work to head to the polls.” This year’s event has been organized by members of the PTO Advisory Council with the assistance of Region 15 Director of Fine Arts Jane Sarjeant, other PTO members, and district music and art teachers. “Primarily, we want to create awareness that May 8th is the referendum on the school budget. However, we also want to showcase our students’ strength in music and art,” said Sarjeant. “We enjoyed a great turnout of families, teachers and members of the community at our 25th Anniversary Art Gallery, and some of these wonderful art pieces will be on display on Wednesday.” The PTOs also solicited local businesses for their participation
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BARNABY Barnaby was born with a half hind leg. He is very gentle, loves to lie by the window and jumps on the bed from his tall scratching post when he hears the bag with treats. His missing half leg does not inhibit him from running and jumping. Barnaby loves other cats, especially kittens. He cuddles with them and cleans them as well. He would be great as a companion for another cat.
This is Jax! Sadly, his owner needs to move out of state and cannot take Jax with him. Jax is a terrific dog, loves all people as well as animals, is very sweet and has a great disposition! He will need an active family to share his life with, as he is active and full of life! There is no rush on Jax, as he has all summer to be with his family. However if you are looking for a great dog, fun and silly, then Jax may be the one for you!
For more information on these animals, as well as others at Meriden Humane Society (MHS), email firstname.lastname@example.org. MHS is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and volunteers can be available to meet with you through an appointment. MHS is at 311 Murdock Ave. in Meriden.
Creating ‘That’ Dog DEAR PAW’S CORNER: One thing I’ve dreamed about with owning a dog is being able to bring him to coffee shops, markets, parks, you name it, and have him be calm and relaxed. You know the type: the big shaggy dog leashed to a lamppost being petted by neighborhood kids, with no problems. Well, my puppy, Raven, is a good-natured Lab mix but a little hyper. Will Raven ever be that dog? – Joe K., Portland, Maine DEAR JOE: As long as you make it a priority to train Raven well in basic obedience both on and off the leash, and socialize him to humans, children and other dogs, you have a very good chance of having “that” dog ... that cool city pooch you can take almost anywhere. Strike up a conversation with other dog owners who have a well-behaved pet with them and find out how they achieved it. Search for puppy training or socialization groups in your area,
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through local papers or on websites like Meetup.com. If you’re having trouble getting Raven to follow commands or be calm on the leash, look into group or private dog-obedience training. If Raven is still young and hasn’t had all his initial shots yet, avoid visiting dog parks until the vet says it’s safe to do so. Don’t venture out too far or too long: Gradually increase your walks around the city, so that he looks forward to exploring without getting exhausted or stressed. While you’re out, check with shops and cafes you pass to find out which ones are pet-friendly and which ones aren’t.
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