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Volume VIII, No. 25

Friday, June 22, 2012

Task force suggests changes to Region 15 school districts By MARJORIE NEEDHAM The Region 15 Facilities & Enrollment Task Force, a committee comprising teachers, parents, administrators, Board of Education (BoE) members, and other local citizens, has been working with consultants Milone & MacBroom since January to develop a five-year facilities and enrollment plan to help Region 15 balance the enrollments among its four elementary schools and two middle schools and start a full-day kindergarten program in August 2013. The maps on this page show two of the scenarios the task force developed for balancing the number of students in the schools by realigning the boundaries that determine which schools students attend. Scenario 1 shows the realignment of the elementary school districts; Scenario 6 shows the realignment of the middle school districts. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Sippy said Tuesday these are suggestions rather than plans. Before any changes can go into effect, they must be approved by the BoE, and the vote on the proposed changes is not expected until January 2013. The task force further cautions adjustments to the districts may be made based on Oct. 1, 2012, enrollment and community feedback. Sippy said Scenarios 1 and 6 are the baseline scenarios the district can build on. He likened them to having the framework up when one is building a house. “We’ve got the framing done, and now we need to do the interior work,” he said. “We’re trying to make districts that make some sense and disrupt students as little as possible.” He said he expected each of the scenarios would be tweaked over the summer.

Elementary School District Changes For now, Scenario 1 shows Middlebury Elementary School’s (MES) district shrinking to half its size and Long Meadow Elementary School’s (LMES) district expanding up into what is now part of the MES district while the Gainfield and Pomperaug Elementary Schools stay much as they are now. Students in the MES district who live north of Rte. 188 will be in the new LMES district. This will affect 77 students, but the task force notes 15 of the 77 already go to LMES. In the LMES district, some students on the east side of Rte. 6 North and Rte. 67 will move to other elementary schools, and the LMES district will add students on the northwest side of Rte. 188 in Middlebury. Gainfield Elementary School will add 25 students on the east side of Rte. 6 North and near Community House Park in Southbury who are currently LMES students. Pomperaug Elementary School will add

30 students on the east side of Rte. 67 who are currently LMES students.

Middle School District Changes Scenario 6 shows the proposed district changes for the two middle schools, Rochambeau Middle School (RMS) in Southbury and Memorial Middle School (MMS) in Middlebury. RMS will pick up a total of 104 students as follows. The 68 LMES students living in the Bucks Hill/Old Waterbury Road communities will attend RMS instead of moving on to MMS. Also, 18 students from each of two areas east of Rte. 6 North and Rte. 67 that are proposed to be redistricted for GES and PES, respectively, will send a total of 36 students to RMS. The task force said redistricting was needed because of shifts in Region 15’s student population. Although the region has grown over the past 10 years, the student population is decreasing and is expected to decrease for at least the next five years. Be- Scenario 1 shows the current (black line) Region 15 elementary school districts and the proposed changes (see cause the student population did not change color key) to them. The new districts are an attempt to better balance enrollment in Region 15 schools. equally in all schools, some schools have more students than others. The result has been overcrowding at MES and MMS. In addition, Region 15 believes it is beneficial to offer full-day kindergarten instead of the current half-day program. Adding those classrooms could cause student numbers in grades one to five to rise higher than the BoE’s recommended class size guidelines. The redistricting, therefore, also takes into account the effect of adding a full-day kindergarten program. For more details on the task force’s procedures and for responses to frequently asked questions, see subsite/dist/news/2012/06/08/facilities-enrollment-task-force-update-13482. For other scenarios and the most recent maps, see This summer, the region will work on designing a transportation plan for the 20132014 school year, developing a personnel and facilities plan for full-day kindergarten and creating a budget estimate of the cost to implement the plan. In September, the task force will hold its final meeting and provide a comprehensive overview of its proposal. In October, enrollment projections will be adjusted if necessary, and the task force will provide a formal presentation of the plan to the Region 15 BoE. November and December will allow time for the task force to respond to any BoE suggestions or questions and for the BoE to host two or three public hearings on the proposed plan. The BoE will vote on the proposal in January 2013. If it passes, Sippy will incorporate its Scenario 6 shows the current (black line) Region 15 middle school districts and the proposed changes (see color costs into his proposed 2013-2014 school key) to them. The changes are needed to balance enrollment between the schools and prevent overcrowded classrooms. (These maps and more are at budget.

June is dog license month June is the month to license your dog. Dogs six months and older must be licensed per state law. Licenses are $8 for a neutered or spayed dog and $19 if they are not. Licenses purchased after June 30 are subject to a $1 per month late fee. Proof of up-to-date rabies shots must be shown, as well as a certificate of neutering or spaying if a dog has not been registered before. Registering dogs also can be done by mail. If registering by mail, send a check and the paperwork to Town Clerk, 1212 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762. The Town Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 203-758-2557 with any questions.

BoS awards contracts, approves union agreement By MARJORIE NEEDHAM The Middlebury Board of Selectmen (BoS) at their Monday night meeting approved five major items: appointment of a new library director, use of funds for the library renovation project, a union contract for clerks and dispatchers, contracts for waste disposal and hauling, and contracts for a new generator and its installation at the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) fire house on Tucker Hill Road. The Middlebury Public Library Board of Trustees submitted its choice for a new library director, Jo-Ann LoRusso, at a salary of $60,000 effective July 16, 2012. It was approved after

some discussion among selectmen about job overlap between LoRusso and current Director Jane Gallagher. Selectman Elaine Strobel asked about the overlap after noting the copy of Gallagher’s letter to the Retirement Plan Committee, which was in her documents for the meeting, stated Gallagher’s last day will be Sept.15, 2012. This appears to create a two-month overlap during which the town would have two library directors. The selectmen decided to proceed with LoRusso’s appointment even though the details of Gallagher’s retirement were not clear. First Selectman Edward B. St. John said, “I would be honored and privileged to appoint Jo-Ann LoRusso as the new director.”

Middlebury’s Administrative Manager, Claudia Greenfield, said Wednesday she hadn’t received paperwork on LoRusso’s start date or rate of pay, but Gallagher’s last day will be Sept. 15. “There apparently is going to be some overlap,” Greenfield said. However, she said it’s likely Gallagher will be taking earned vacation days during that time. “It is less expensive if they (employees) take two months vacation,” Greenfield said, “instead of working two months and then taking the vacation payout at the end.” Chief Financial Officer Lawrence Hutvagner said Wednesday Gallagher’s last day as

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library director is Friday, July 13, Save Historic Middlebury and Middlebury Land Trust Hike 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.................................................. Nichols Road House but her retirement date for pension purposes is Sept. 15. He said she will be paid from the Tuesday, June 26 “post-retirement benefits” line Mental Health Support Group item in the budget between July 6 p.m............................. Russell Place, 1F, 969 W. Main, Waterbury 16 and Sept. 15. “That’s the way Economic and Industrial Development Commission I budget for it,” Hutvagner said. 6:30 p.m. ............................................Town Hall Conference Room The Library Board of Trustees also asked the BoS to authorize Conservation Commission 7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26 use of library funds for the library building and renovation project. Calendar dates/times are subject to change The amount was not stated. St. If your organization would like your event included in the community John said these are private funds calendar, please e-mail the information to the library has received, so no town funds are being spent. He said the selectmen are simply authorizing the library to use its own funds. St. John said the town will be asked to help fund the library renovation, but he didn’t know how much the town would have Date Time Address/Incident 6/11/12 00:06 145 Christian Road. Motor vehicle accident to provide. He said, “We won’t – Car driven into house. No injuries. Exten- know the numbers until all the bids are returned.” He said the sive damage to home. 6/11/12 12:54 35 Freedom Road. Rescue – Man stuck on town would then “plug the hole in the dike” by supplying funds his roof. 6/11/12 ---- I-84 East. Tractor-trailer fire – fully involved. to cover the difference between MVFD spent most of the night extinguishing the library’s funds and the actual cost. He said the town would do the truck, which was full of paper. 6/12/12 ---- I-84 East. Evaluation of tractor-trailer accident and equipment retrieval. 6/14/12 12:35 204 Sugar Maple Way. Carbon monoxide detector sounding. Defective detector. 6/14/12 17:24 950 Southford Road. Two-car motor vehicle accident with injuries. One patient transported to St. Mary’s by FD12. One refusal.

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log

Friday, June 22, 2012

this by either borrowing the money or issuing bonds. The BoS approved the new clerks and dispatchers contract for CSEA Local 2001, which Town Attorney Robert Smith said the union signed March 16. It is for Dec. 1, 2010, to Nov. 30, 2014. Smith estimated the increased cost to the town for the eight-person bargaining unit as zero for 2010-2011, $5,506.50 for 20112012, $7,774.60 for 2012-2013, and $7,574.60 for 2013-2014, for a total increase of $20,855.70 over the life of the contract. Smith said the members agreed to accept medical coverage through Anthem’s health savings account with some upgrades to the plan. The new contract also changes the pension language for new hires only, putting them in the defined contribution plan. Smith explained the town’s defined benefit plan pays retirees a set amount regardless of the economy or the stock market whereas the new defined contribution payouts increase or decrease depending on the economy and the market. The municipal solid waste disposal and hauling contracts were bid out separately, and only

one company bid on the solid waste contract – the current contractor, Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (CRRA). Public Works Director Daniel Norton said CRRA’s current 25-year contract has the town paying $69 a ton. The new fiveyear contract, which will take effect July 1, 2012, has the town paying $62.50 a ton the first year, $63 the second year, and $64 for year three. It also doesn’t lock the town into giving its recycling to CRRA. In contrast to the sole bidder on municipal waste disposal, five companies bid on hauling the waste: Copes, Winters Brothers, Stone, Allied and Latella. Selectmen approved awarding the fiveyear contract to the current hauler and lowest bidder, Allied. The total prices per year haulers charge are based on three prices – one each for municipal solid waste, recycling and bulky waste. Over the five year-period, the average prices per year for those combined costs were bid at $49,237.89 for Allied, $52,541.55 for Winters Brothers, $53,934.83 for Copes, $60,924 for Stone and $71,471.17 for Latella. The contract to install a new

generator at the MVFD firehouse on Tucker Hill Road was awarded to Paul Perrotti Electric, which is owned and operated by MVFD Fire Chief Paul Perrotti, a licensed electrician. He bid $17,500. Other bids ranged between $23,075 and $44,285. Selectman Strobel asked if it was a conflict of interest to award the bid to the fire chief. St. John said, “It would be a conflict if Paul voted on it and then benefited from it or if he signed off on payments to Perrotti Electric, and that isn’t the case.” He said the electrical inspector will sign off on all the work Perrotti does. “I think it would really be penalizing the fire chief if we said as fire chief he’s not allowed to bid on electrical work,” St. John said. St. John said the sad thing is to look at the difference in the bids. “The town would lose out if they didn’t take his bid,” St. John said. The generator itself, a 150-KW Kohler, will be purchased for $41,000 from Kinsley Power Systems. The next regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting will be Monday, July 2, at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall Conference Room.

Library Happenings


Drop-In Story Time Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and PJ Story Time Thursdays at 6 p.m. do not require registration.

Tuesday Bookworms

Book Review “Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Quest for Bodily Perfection”

College Planning Workshop

By A.J. Jacobs (Simon & Schuster, $26) Reviewed by Larry Cox Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs (“The Year of Living Biblically” and “The Know-It-All”) chronicles his two-year quest to retool his body from a “mushy, easily-winded, moderately sickly blob” to a perfect specimen in his new book, “Drop Dead Healthy.” Think of it as a “SuperSize Me” in reverse. His first step was to compile a list of things he needed to do to improve his health. The list soon became a whopping 70 pages that included goals such as eating more leafy, green vegetables; watching more baseball (since it lowers blood pressure); lifting weights; humming to prevent sinus infections and even winning an Academy Award, since

CORRECTION Due to an editing error, the ownership of the land surrounding the Nichols Road House was incorrectly stated in the June 15 issue. The acreage is owned by the Town of Middlebury, and the Middlebury Land Trust has a conservation easement over the land.

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Tuesday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m., the Tuesday Bookworms (boys and girls in third grade and up) will discuss “The Thieves of Ostia” by Caroline Lawrence and see an exclusive movie.

he read that Oscar winners live three years longer than non-Oscar winners. Jacobs broke down his body into various parts, from lungs to stomach to brain to lower back and beyond. As his wife rolled her eyes and made occasional pithy observations, Jacobs trudged on, implementing a “Vice Diet” that included more chocolate, booze and coffee, since he reasoned that chocolate is high in antioxidants, alcohol is good for the heart in judicious amounts, and coffee lowers the odds of certain types of cancer. He explored the benefits of “chewdaism,” chewing on food for up to 100 chomps per mouthful. He also added raw foods to his diet, learned portion control and figured out ways to eliminate as much sugar as possible. Part memoir, part adventure, part how-to manual, “Drop Dead Healthy” is laugh-out-loud funny and tests our culture’s assumptions and obsessions with what makes for good health. Brimming with data, photographs and a narrative that is both inspiring and witty, Jacob’s saga will have you laughing so hard it will flood your bloodstream with endorphins, making you feel healthier after just a few pages. It could be just what the doctor ordered. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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The library will have a free, one-hour workshop, “Simple Summer Strategies for College Planning,” Thursday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. In this one-hour workshop, Annette Bosley-Boyce, author of “The College Success Plan,” will help teens and their parents map out a college plan before they begin the college application process. They will learn valuable information about earning college credit before college, the application and financial aid process, scholarships and even researching potential majors and careers. After the workshop, Bosley-Boyce will sign copies of the book, which will be available for $15. To reserve a space in the workshop, call 203-758-2634 and ask for Sue or Annette Bosley-Boyce, author of “The ColJanice, or sign up at the reference desk. lege Success Plan,” will give a free workshop on college planning at the MiddleAdult Reading Program The summer adult reading program, bury Library June 28. “Build Your Brain,” runs through Aug. 24. The room’s surround sound theater has This year, readers choose one of two puzzles (jumbles, crossword, code words, word-fits, an infrared listening system available. For true-false and more) and hand in the solu- more information, call 203-262-0626. tion by the end of each week. Those who Children’s Summer Reading hand in the correct solution are entered into a drawing for an overflowing gift basket the Program final Friday of each month. All participants Registration for the summer reading prowill receive a book bag. The Friends of the gram is under way in the Children’s DepartMiddlebury Library sponsor this program. ment.  The theme of “Once Upon a Time” The Middlebury Library is at 30 Crest features a variety of special fantasy programs Road in Middlebury. For information, call in addition to regular story times and book 203-758-2634. talks. This year a special preschool program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” will encourage parents and children to read 1,000 books together. Stickers and small Introduction prizes will be given to preschoolers each to Meditation time they visit the library. Sachin Hazen (Edward Walker) will lead Children in grades K to six will have read“Introduction to Meditation” Wednesday, ing logs to track their reading times. Prizes June 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Nel- will be awarded at the Sixth Annual Summer lie Beatty Meeting Room. Hazen, of Nau- Reading Karaoke Party Saturday, Aug. 11. gatuck, graduated salutatorian from Nau- Registration is required in person.  Please gatuck High School and cum laude, Phi call 203-262-0626, ext. 110, for more inforBeta Kappa from Wesleyan University. He mation. is a psychotherapist at Balance Body in Naugatuck (  Music for Children For more information, call 203-729-4591. Roger Tincknell, Parent’s Choice Award


Fundraisers The Barnes & Noble Fundraiser is today, Friday, June 22. It has a multicultural theme – stories will be read in several languages. Required vouchers are available at the library.

Art Exhibit

Winner, will celebrate summer reading with a special interactive musical performance Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m.  Tincknell’s program for those age 3 and up will be “Earth Rhythms: Songs for the Environment,” which is a participatory musical program performed on a variety of musical instruments. From recycling to rain forests, conservation to compost, the program explores issues of environmental responsibility and celebrates the environment through songs, stories, legends and humor.   Registration is required and can be done by stopping in the Children’s Department or calling 203-262-0626, ext. 3.

The June art exhibit on the Whittemore Gallery Wall features artwork by members of the John Caskey Memorial Art Class. Participating artists are Judy Cousens, Donna Costa, Carol Mason, Shirley Iava, Angela Dubauskas, Antoinette Maguire, Marylou Burmeister, Judy Jaworski, Shirley Tedesco, Ethel Grant, Patricia Hanlon and Judi Summer Story Time Registration Kontout.   Registration is under way for the summer The Howard Whittemore Memorial Li- story time sessions in the Children’s Departbrary is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. ment of the Southbury Public Library. The For information, call 203-729-4591. six-week sessions will begin Tuesday, July 3, and end Friday, Aug. 10.  The story time schedule is as follows: • Babies & Books  will begin  Tuesday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Film • Stories & Crafts for 3- to 5-year-olds  will The Wednesday afternoon movie June 27 begin Wednesday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m. at 1:30 p.m. in the Kingsley Meeting Room • Stories & More for 2-year-olds  will beis a British film that tells the inspirational gin Friday, July 6, at 10:30 a.m. story of a man who defies great odds and  All story times include stories, songs and takes on a monumental challenge, swimcrafts. Register at the Children’s Department ming the English Channel. It’s a heartwarmduring regular librar y hours. ing tale of determination that is humorous as well as uplifting.


High school students interested in getting practice taking the SATs are welcome to take a free practice SAT exam Saturday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Kingsley Meeting Room. Participants will take a complete SAT exam as practice provided by Kaplan Test Prep. Registration is necessary. Register online through the Kaplan website at www.kaptest. com or call the library at 203-262-0626, ext. 130. Check for more information. The library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury (203-262-0626).

Woodbury Summer Reading Program The Children’s Department summer reading program, “Dream Big READ!” has begun, as has the “Own the Night” teen summer reading program for students entering grades six through 12. For more information on summer programs for grades six through 12, visit the library’s teen blog at www.woodburylibraryct. org or call 203-263-3502.

Adult Summer Reading Program Adults (over 18) can sign in on the library website to “Between the Covers,” a summer reading program for grownups. This award-winning program for adults is in its 12th year and offers some reading fun with a chance to win some prizes. The grand prize this year, provided by the Friends of the Woodbury Public Library, is two tickets to the Palace Theater in Waterbury for the opening night of “West Side Story.” Dinner at the Poli Club is included. Programming throughout the summer will center on the “nighttime” theme of the reading program and will include owl and bat education, paranormal photography, and opera with food!

Adult Monthly Book Chat The adult monthly book chat Wednesday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m. will feature special guest Christine Shugrue, an English teacher at Shepaug Valley High School in Washington, Conn., and an adjunct professor of literature and composition for the University of Connecticut Early College Experience. Shugrue will speak on “How to read ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan.” What is hidden in the night might haunt you for a lifetime ...   The program continues the “nighttime” theme of all the adult programs this summer and is intended for a mature audience only. Coffee and treats will be served. Books are available to be checked out before or after the program.  For more information, call the library. 

Thursday Movie Thursday, June 28, at 2:30 p.m., the library will show “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” in the Gallery as part of its showing movies this summer to go along with the “nighttime” theme of the adult summer reading program, “Between the Covers.” Like its TV-sitcom counterpart of the 1960s, the original film version of “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” was based on the novel by R.A. Dick. The unrated black-and-white film lasts an hour and 44 minutes. Popcorn will be served!

Art Exhibit An exhibit of artwork created by 12 artists whose work was featured on invitations to the Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust annual auctions, along with a featured painting by Chris Magadini, the artist for Flanders’ Fall 2012 auction, will be on display at the library until the end of June.  For information, call 203-263-3502  or visit The library is at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury.

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Friday, June 22, 2012


PHS students receive citizenship award

Left to right, PHS student Matt Murphy, Lol Fearon of the Bureau of Accountability and Improvement, PHS students Bryan Ferguson and Nolan Birtwell, and PHS teacher Lois DeGregory are shown as the students accept the Challenge to Educational Citizenship Award. PHS won the award because scores of students, in a collaborative community service activity, collected food items for the Southbury Food Bank.

Earlier this month, the Connecticut State Student Advisory Council on Education and the Connecticut State Department of Education presented Pomperaug High School (PHS) student representatives with the 17th Annual Challenge to Educational Citizenship Award. The ceremony was held at the Connecticut State Capitol and was attended by other state winners; Lol Fearon, bureau chief of the Bureau of Accountability and Improvement; and David Maloney, assistant executive director of the Connecticut Association of Schools. PHS students Matt Murphy, Bryan Ferguson, and Nolan Birtwell, together with PHS teacher-advisor Lois DeGregory, accepted the award on behalf of the e-commerce and marketing classes, Interact Club, and Student Council for a collaborative project that brought in more than 2,000 canned food items to fill the shelves of the Southbury Food Bank.

U.S. high school students improve some driving behaviors The 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined U.S. high school students have shown significant progress over the past two decades in improving many health-risk behaviors associated with the leading cause of death among youth – motor vehicle crashes. However, youth are engaging in other dangerous practices such as texting and emailing while driving. Although motor vehicle crashes account for more than one in three U.S. teen deaths each year, findings from this survey show dramatic improvements during the past 20 years in motor vehicle safety among youth: • From 1991 to 2011, the percentage of high school students who never or rarely wore a seatbelt declined to 8 from 26. • From 1991 to 2011, the percentage of students who rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol during the past 30 days declined to 24 from 40. • The percentage of high school students who had driven a car during the past 30 days when they had been drinking alcohol decreased to 8 in 2011 from 17 in 1997.  • Between 2009 and 2011 improvements also were shown in the percentage of students wearing a seat belt, not riding with a driver who had been drinking alcohol and not driving a car when they had been drinking alcohol.

Despite this progress, the YRBS found the use of technology among youth has resulted in new risks; specifically, one in three high school students had texted or emailed while driving a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days. The survey also found that one in six had been bullied through email, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites, or texting during the past 12 months. 2011 was the first year the YRBS included questions about bullying through electronic media and about texting or emailing while driving.  “We are encouraged that more of today’s high school students are choosing healthier, safer behaviors, such as wearing seat belts, and are avoiding behaviors that we know can cause them harm, such as binge drinking or riding with impaired drivers,” said  Howell Wechsler, Ed.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health. “However, these findings also show that despite improvements, there is a continued need for government agencies, community organizations, schools, parents and other community members to work together to address the range of risk behaviors prevalent among our youth.” The 2011 YRBS results show that high school students still engage in risk behaviors that are harmful to their health and increase their risks for disease and injury:

• Current cigarette use did not change significantly between 2009 (19 percent) and 2011 (18 percent). • During that same time period, current marijuana use increased to 23 percent from 21 percent although there has been an overall decrease in current marijuana use (to 23 percent in 2011 from 27 percent in 1999). • Current marijuana use among high school students was more common than current cigarette use (23 percent compared to 18 percent).

About the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System CDC’s YRBS System is the only surveillance system designed to monitor a wide range of priority health-risk behaviors among representative samples of high school students at the national, state, and local levels. National, state and large urban school district surveys are conducted every two years among high school students throughout the United States. These surveys monitor priority health-risk behaviors including unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco, alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. These surveys also monitor obesity and asthma.

More than 15,000 U.S. high school students participated in the 2011 National YRBS. Parental permission was obtained for students to participate in the survey and student participation was voluntary, and responses were anonymous. States and large urban school districts could modify the questionnaire to meet their needs. The 2011 YRBS System report includes national YRBS data and data from surveys conducted in 43 states and 21 large urban school districts. The data are available at yrbs. The 2011 national YRBS is one of three Health and Human Services-sponsored surveys that provide data on substance abuse among youth nationally. The others are the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a primary source of statistics on substance use among Americans age 12 and older ( nhsda.htm), and the Monitoring the Future (MTF) study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health and conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (http://monitoringthefuture. org). The MTF study tracks substance use and related attitudes among students in the eighth, 10th and 12th grades.  

Senior Center News Google Voice Class

would like to serve as president, contact Conn., for a new exhibit, “Titanic: 12,450 Feet Below.” The permanent exhibit was This class will meet Wednesday, June 27, Vincent Cavalea at 203-758-2655. designed by the people who collaborated from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will explain and on the Living Seas Pavilion at Walt Disney explore the free telephone manager from World’s Epcot center. It includes many inGoogle. During 2012, you can make free teleteractive displays and a re-creation of the Christmas Tree Shops phone calls from your cell, computer, home, engine room of the ship. and office phones throughout the U.S. and The Middlebury Senior Center mini-bus While at the aquarium, visitors also can Canada. will leave the senior center Thursday, June Get a FREE telephone number that can 28, at 10:30 a.m. to go to the Christmas Tree see the beluga whales, penguins and sea record, transcribe conversations or voice Shops in Danbury, Conn. Trader Joe’s is in lions. A variety of lunch options are available mail and send them to your cell phones as the same shopping mall. After visiting the at the Penguins Café, with tables both inside text messages. Talk about staying in touch stores, the bus will stop at the Blue Colony and outside. The Titanic exhibit is free with Mystic with the world! The class fee is $10. If you Diner for lunch. The fee for transportation Aquarium general admission. Admission is are interested in this class, call 203-577-4166 is $7 per person. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve $29 for adult, $26 for seniors 60 years and to reserve a seat. a seat. older, and $21 for kids ages 3 to 17. The trans-


AARP President Needed

‘Titanic” Exhibit at Mystic

AARP Chapter 4960’s current president is Thursday, July 12, the bus will leave the retiring. If you are an AARP member and senior center at 9:30 a.m. to travel to Mystic,

portation cost is $10. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve a seat on the bus.

Age has its rewards Now that summer is here and we’re all out and about more often, we need to find ways to cut our expenses. Discounts are available in more places than you’d suspect. Asking for discounts locally can be a bit difficult if you’ve never done it. No one wants to stand in a checkout line talking with a cashier about your age while others are waiting, but I’ve discovered the easiest way to get started: Make a list of all the places you generally go: grocery stores, retail shops, theaters, restaurants, hair salons, bookstores and anywhere else. Call them all up and ask whether they offer a senior dis-

count. Ask what the specific discount age is, because some places use 55, or 60, or 62 or even 65. Ask if there are any restrictions. For example, grocery stores often limit senior discounts to one day a week. Movie theaters might give the discount only during matinees on certain days of the week. Once you have your list of places that offer a senior discount and know what to expect, you’ll be more willing to ask for it. If you’re about to travel, ask about discounts for various

modes of transport as well as for rental cars and motels. If you’re a member of AARP, the opportunities widen. Go online to and click through the offerings. You’ll find shopping, dining, entertainment, home, technology, travel and more. Be sure to click on Local Offers and put in your ZIP code for offers near you. Fifty-percent discounts aren’t out of the ordinary.

Once you start using the discounts you’ve earned, be sure to ask everywhere. You’ve earned them! Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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A “call for help” from the Southbury Food Bank spurred student groups to help replenish its food bank shelves. PHS students in the e-commerce and marketing classes teamed with members of the Interact Club and Student Council in a four-way collaborative effort involving approximately 150 students who worked a total of 20 hours. From Feb. 8 to 14 this year, PHS students and staff were encouraged to bring in bags of canned food items to replenish the dwindling food supply at the Southbury Food Bank. Marketing students were in charge of getting the message out to the student body and promoting the idea of the importance of community service and the current need in the community. The e-commerce class took this awareness to the next level by planning a guerilla marketing tactic to bring drama, excitement and recognition to their efforts. Student Council members offered additional incentives, i.e., lollipops, for anyone willing to make cash donations to the food bank. Finally, the Interact Club members conducted a Valentine’s Day-themed drawing for donors bringing in canned food items. Staff advisor and teacher DeGregory sensed this community service project was different due to its bringing together of four groups of students. “The beauty

of this collaborative effort was that so many students from different disciplines stepped forward to help the local food bank stay open to offer food to residents,” said DeGregory. “It was challenging to organize these different groups, but at the same time convenient because I serve as the advisor to both Interact and Student Council and teach both marketing and e-commerce. Overall, I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of these young people to the needs of their community.” The PHS project was one of 14 selected from the hundreds of entries submitted to the Connecticut State Department of Education. These awards, which began in 1995-96, are the brainchild of the State Student Advisory Council on Education. Any student-organized activity that represents a “good deed” is eligible for submission. The Connecticut State Department of Education selects projects that demonstrate good citizenship, a commitment to others, civic awareness, leadership, responsibility and teamwork and that provide opportunities for students to help others. One of the strategic parameters within the Region 15 Strategic Plan is to encourage all students to participate in meaningful service and citizenship activities within the school and community.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

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Free air quality app As communities in the Northeast braced for unhealthy air pollution levels this week, the American Lung Association launched a free State of the Air® smartphone application to help people monitor whether their air is safe to breathe. It is available for Apple and Android and can be a valuable resource for people living with lung disease like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), people with heart disease or diabetes, as well as older adults and children. The app also is useful for those working outdoors and those planning outdoor activities like hiking, biking or running. “The American Lung Association has been fighting for air for more than 100 years. Air pollution threatens the health of millions in the Northeast alone. For the next couple of days, our region is facing temperatures nearing triple digits; with these increased temperatures, comes the increased threat of hazardous levels of ozone pollution,” said Jeff Seyler, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. The State of the Air app enables users to enter their zip code or use the geo-locator function to get current air quality condi-

tions and the next-day air quality forecast. The app tracks levels of both ozone and particle pollution and pushes out alerts if local air quality is code orange – unhealthy for sensitive groups – or worse. Depending on the severity of the day’s air pollution, the app will provide vital health recommendations such as advising outdoor activities be rescheduled or people who work outdoors should limit extended or heavy exertion. The app allows users to share their local air quality via email, Facebook or Twitter and also provides users the opportunity to sign up to receive information from the American Lung Association on topics of particular interest to them. Users also can send an email to members of Congress through the app’s “speak up” function, which includes a template letter supporting the Clean Air Act. This air quality information is based on data made available to the public by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The app is available at stateoftheairapp. For more information on the app, contact Carrie Martin Munk at, or 202- 715-3461.

Woodbury offers Zumba class

Emperatriz Ochoa, licensed Zumba® instructor and official Zumba® jammer will lead a Zumba class for adults, “Moving the World to a new Beat,” Mondays, July 2 to Aug. 6, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall in Woodbury.  Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba® program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving mil-

lions of people toward joy and health.  It’s a fusion of Latin and International music and dance themes. The routines are simple and combine intermittent and resistance training to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat with a combo of slow and fast rhythms. No experience necessary. Class minimum is 15 participants, the maximum is 30.  The fee is $65 for residents; $75 for non-residents. Register at www.

In Brief Chase Students in Honor Society Chase Collegiate School students Lindsey Nelson, ’13, and Jacqueline Bickley, ’13, of Middlebury were inducted this month into the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society for secondary schools with the purpose of recognizing students of outstanding scholarship and character.

Take Practice SAT Saturday John Boyd of Revolution Prep will conduct a free SAT practice test for students wanting to improve their SAT scores for college admissions Saturday, June 23, at 9 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Southbury. Test takers will receive a free consultation identifying areas for improvement and strategies for success. To register, call 203-241-4063 or email John_

Rose Hope Animal Refuge Fundraiser Rose Hope Animal Refuge, which found homes for more than 300 cats and 200 dogs last year, will hold its biggest fundraiser of the year Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at LaBonne’s Market on Straits Turnpike in Watertown. The event will include kitten and puppy adoptions, a huge raffle, vendor tables, a bake sale and grooming. Raffle prizes include a

Blood Drive June 25 at the Jewish Federation The Jewish Federation is holding a Red Cross Blood Drive Monday, June 25, from 1 to 6:15 p.m. in the social hall at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. For more information, contact Debby Horowitz at 203-267-3177, ext. 310. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.

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Thank you for Hospice support To the Editor: On June 6, Newtown’s highoctane community spirit prevailed once again – packing The Waterview with more than 450 generous, compassionate hearts who raised $25,000 to support families facing advanced illness and help them rebuild their lives after loss. Thank you all for joining the 23rd Annual Newtown Chapter Breakfast for Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut. As our beloved volunteers, donors and guests, your kindness brings hope and peace of mind to 1,200 people annually with hospice and palliative care as well as through our award-winning bereavement programs. On behalf of the staff and volunteers of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut, our thanks go to this

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Team Development Workshop at Fairfield U. Paul Maloney, Ed.D., a Fairfield University assistant professor who has been a senior manager at several international corporations, will lead “Team Development,” a day-long workshop Tuesday, July 10 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairfield University’s Alumni House. Team development can lead to higher levels of commitment, cooperation and productivity. This one-day, interactive program uses case discussions, practice exercises, feedback and action planning to develop skills in: clarifying, defining and communicating mission, vision and objectives; developing problem-solving skills; analyzing, assessing and developing communications skills; and many other skills. Maloney is an assistant professor of industrial and organizational psychology at Fairfield University. His specialties include change management, communications, executive feedback and coaching and presentation skills. He received a bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross and a doctorate from the University of Virginia. The fee is $99 for program costs and materials. Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register by July 5, contact Janine Huber 203-254-4000, ext. 2140, in the Dean’s Office at the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Somewhere in the back of my brain I knew there were two votes coming up: One in May on the property ordinance and the health district and another in June for the budget. Unfortunately, I had not written the dates on my calendar. stay informed all week long! I remembered to vote in May FOLLOW US at because there were signs all over town reminding people to vote, but I did not vote on the budget mbinews in June because there were no reminders anywhere ... not at keep up to date with breaking news, weather alerts, traffic advisories and more. Four Corners, not at the middle school corner, not at the transfer station and not at the intersection of Rtes. 64 and 63. So, yes, the way notices were given this year did affect my voting record. Connie Wood Middlebury

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Representative support for 5th Congressional District To the Editor: Are there hundreds, maybe thousands, of residents in the 5th Congressional District of Connecticut who are tired of the political infighting and deadlock in Washington, D.C., and shouldn’t we do something about it? Maybe we should all participate more and not let the 15-to-20 percent on the far left or far right decide who will represent us. I am voting for Andrew Roraback whenever I see his name on the ballot. He will represent all 650,000 of us in this district, particularly the broad, middle majority who can decide who represents us in Washington. No one has prepared himself better for this responsibility than Andrew Roraback. He served six years in the Statehouse, then 12 years in the Connecticut Senate. He has earned the respect of his peers on both sides of the aisle for his professionalism, his work ethic, and his record of service. He has

principles and integrity, so whenever there is an important bi-partisan committee appointed to solve a big problem, Andrew Roraback is often appointed to it. Importantly, he has learned how to get things done. His art in the legislature has always been one of principled compromise. He has no personal agenda other than representing all of us in the 5th Congressional District, being there to vote on our behalf, always with concern that our tax money is well spent. If every congressional district sent men and women like Andrew Roraback to Washington, the U.S. would get moving forward again. We can’t decide who others will send, but we should send someone who stands for the people, not just the party, and who understands how to legislate. I have no doubt he will represent us well, doing what is best for our district, our state and our country. David W. Geiger Litchfield, Conn.

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Friday, June 22, 2012


It Happened in Middlebury

Obituaries Laurence “Larry” P. Bosco

A brief visit from Mister Adams By RAYMOND SULLIVAN John Adams and the rest of the Massachusetts delegation to the Continental Congress meeting at Philadelphia made several trips there prior to 1777. Their customary route went from Hartford through New Haven and along the Post Road to New York and the City of Brotherly Love and beyond. However, by 1777, things had changed considerably. With the evacuation of Boston March 17, 1776, the major theatre of operations shifted to New York. Following the signing of a Declaration of Independency July 2 of that year, Congress adjourned for the summer and fall. However, Adams was returned once more to Congress for the subsequent session. Other Massachusetts delegates to that second session included his cousin, Samuel Adams, together with Francis Dana of Boston and Elbridge Gerry of Marblehead. The work of the Congress was still unfinished. There is no evidence these delegates passed through Breakneck, but given the circumstances, it is quite likely they did. We do know John Adams and his man, Fessenden, certainly passed through this town. In a letter to his wife dated Jan. 17, 1777, John Adams writes of his journey through Waterbury and Woodbury. His party stopped for the night in Fishkill, N.Y., where he settled in to write his letter to Abigail. “After a March like that of Hannibal over the Alps We arrived last night at this place …” he penned from Fishkill. Avoiding the more southern

route he had previously taken because the British were, by then, patrolling Long Island Sound, Adams and his party no doubt passed through Breakneck on the old Woodbury road. He was yet again en route from the North Parish of Braintree, later Quincy, to the Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia. He described his journey on horseback thus: “We came from Hartford through Farmington, Southington, Waterbury, Wood-

bury, New Milford, New Fairfield, the Oblong, etc. to Fish Kill. Of all the mountains I ever passed these are the worst – We found one Advantage however in the Cheapness of Traveling.” The only route from Waterbury to Woodbury at that time would have taken Adams up Breakneck Hill. Commenting on his passage through Connecticut, Adams wrote, “I don’t find one half the Discontent, nor the Terror here that I left in Massachusetts. People

seem sanguine that they shall do something grand this Winter.” Perhaps Adams’ sentiments reflect the fact the Revolution had not as yet touched the people of West Farms in any meaningful way. They had responded generously to a call for food and supplies during the embargo of the port of Boston. Some Connecticut men responded to a request for military assistance from General Israel Putnam after the skirmish at Lexington and Concord. There is, at present, no known evidence available to this writer that John Adams ever actually stopped in the Breakneck area of West Farms. Adams described the weather as severe and his new horse as serving him quite well, rambling up the mountainous terrain without difficulty. It is evident from his letter, however, Adams found the fine qualities of hope and courage in the people along the route he had taken. But their expectations for “something grand this Winter” would not materialize for another four years until the British surrender at Yorktown, Va., unless, of course, one considers the great American victory in retaking Trenton on Christmas Day after a formidable crossing of the icefilled Delaware River. In the interim, West Farms would provide its share of fine young men to the cause of freedom and serve as a stopping point for weary American troops and a model French army enlisted to assist in the final victory. Sullivan is a Middlebury historian who published a book on Breakneck Hill and the early settlement of Middlebury.

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Summer activities for kids Let’s face it: Summer is an expensive time to have children. After all, they don’t have school, which means you need to constantly keep them entertained. Last year we bought a simple blue pool, but it was a lifesaver! Every morning I put Chase down for a nap, and Isaac and I swam off some of his energy. I’ve found the more tricks I have up my sleeve with him the better, so I thought it was time I shared some of my secrets. Here are some ideas for things to do this summer. 1. Set up a scavenger hunt Children absolutely love running around and finding things you hid for them. If they’re too young to understand words, draw photos of things to find. A good scavenger hunt will keep them entertained for a few hours.

2. Go Bowling There are popular websites on the Internet where you can get vouchers to bring kids bowling absolutely free, like Kids Bowl Free. 3. Set up a campsite in your yard 4. Movie Theaters On occasion, certain movie theaters offer free movies for children during the summer. Don’t expect the latest blockbuster, but it will help to keep the children entertained. Check your local cinemas to see what they are offering. 5. Visit The Library Many libraries offer a reading program where your kids get rewarded for the number of books they read. Libraries sometimes offer free classes for reading, and of course, story-telling classes.

6. Drive-In Movie Theaters I LOVE the drive-in movie, and if you’ve never been to one with the kids, the summer is a great time to go when they don’t need to be in bed so early. Grab blankets, pillows and snacks and check out your local one. Editor’s note: We found two Connecticut drive-in theaters, one in Mansfield and one in Pleasant Valley (Barkhamsted). Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department will show free family movies the second and fourth Thursdays at dusk starting June 28 at Meadowview Park. 7. Make Lemonade Make lemonade and baked goods and sell them. It is a good way for your child to make a little bit of pocket money; or choose to do as my friend, Melissa, did last year – donate the money your

kids make to children in need, and teach them about giving back. 8. Free summer camps Check out your local parks and recreation department or store bulletin boards for summer camps that cater specifically to kids. 9. Go to a park Play in the local park. Just sit back and watch your children enjoy themselves. Sometimes all children want to do is run around, and if you invite friends, then you can chitchat while they play. For the complete list of 55 Things To Do This Summer, visit Join Clair Boone and thousands of other savvy shoppers at www.f aceb o or read her other tips at

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Only a fraction of defective auto, food and product recalls make it into the newspaper or the nightly news. Hundreds more occur quietly with consumers left unaware – unless someone is made ill or is injured. Here are some examples: – A prescription compounding pharmacy was notified by the Food and Drug Administration that sterile preparations it produced were contaminated with microorganisms and fungal growth. The preparations were for human and veterinary use. – Nine brands of dog food have been recalled for Salmonella, with 17 cases (as of this writing) of their owners being made ill as well. – An auto manufacturer has recalled certain models due to power-steering hose deterioration, which causes steering fluid to leak onto the catalytic conver-

ter. Due to high temperatures, smoke and fire can result. – Mushroom slices have been recalled because the mushrooms may be contaminated with the chemicals carbendazim, fluoranthene and pyrene. Carbendazim is a fungicide (which also was found in orange juice imported from Brazil earlier this year); fluoranthene and pyrene are carcinogenic toxins. – Organic baby spinach with the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella has been recalled. – An automaker has recalled one of its models because the diagnostic module can reset it-


self, which can lead to either accidental airbag deployment or the airbag not deploying at all during a crash. – Bagged salads have been recalled due to potential contamination by Listeria. The list of things that can harm us is long: Salmonella in papaya, dog food and sprouts; spinning toothbrushes overheat and melt, causing shock and burns; undeclared milk in chocolate bars; undeclared allergens in chicken, lasagna, turkey burgers and sausage. The best way to learn about recalls as they happen is to sign up for email alerts at all of the government’s sites: – Food safety and inspection. – Recalls of consumer products, boats, food, medicine, cosmetics and environmental products.

Laurence “Larry” P. Bosco, 69, of Naugatuck, lost his battle to cancer Wednesday, June 13, at Saint Mary’s Hospital. He was the husband of Mildred ‘Mike’ E. (Siwanowicz) Bosco. Larry was born in Waterbury Jan. 8, 1943, a son of the late Philip R. and Angela C. (Mezzanotte) Bosco. He was a longtime Naugatuck resident where he raised his family. He was the owner of Naugatuck Valley Glass and Upholstery for many years. He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Besides his wife of 47 years, he leaves his son, Joseph Bosco, and his wife, Kelly, of Hebron; two daughters: Lynnmarie Barisano and her husband, Joseph, of Vernon and Catherine Bosco-Walker and her husband, Leonard Walker, of Naugatuck; five grandchildren: Michael and Samantha Barisano, Chance Pica, Anthony Bosco, and Lauren Reilly; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his family, he leaves behind his close friends: Robert Genovese, Domenic DePiano, John Gomulinski, Bernie White, Frank Edmunds, and Anthony Barbino. He is survived by his paternal uncle, Salvatore Bosco. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family and friends. The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/ Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home of Naugatuck handled Larry’s funeral Monday, June 18. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury. To send an online condolence, visit www.

Thomas P. Fitzgerald Naugatuck Resident

Thomas P. Fitzgerald, 80, of Naugatuck, died at his home Saturday, June 16. He was born at home on Hamilton Avenue in Waterbury June 11, 1932. Thomas was the oldest of seven children born to the late Thomas F. and Elizabeth (Clancy) Fitzgerald. He shared 52 years of marriage with his wife, Joyce (Walker) Fitzgerald, before her death in 2008. Thomas attended Waterbury schools before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1952. He served his country with honor aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Hale during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, China Service Medal, and in 2010, the Connecticut Wartime Veterans Service Medal. Upon his discharge in 1956, he returned to Waterbury and began a 35-year career with Connecticut Light and Power. He embodied his faith as a devoted father and grandfather, always providing for his family. He also was loyal and devoted to his many friends. He earned the highest respect of everyone who had the privilege to know him. His happiest times were those he shared with his family and friends. He leaves to honor his memory, his children: Thomas and his wife, Janis; Janet Fonzi and her husband, Dave; Debra Healy and her husband, James; and his youngest daughter and devoted caregiver, Kathleen. He also leaves behind to cherish his memory, his adoring but broken-hearted grandchildren: James, Dane, Caitlin, Brittany, Clancy, Rory, – Vehicle recalls, as well as the service bulletins, at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. Sign up for email alerts, and start by doing a search on the make and model of your vehicle. – Keep an eye on Food Safety News for up-to-date information on foodborne illnesses, outbreaks and recalls. Use a disposable email address and sign up for recall alerts. 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 e-mail to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Sullivan, Roisin, Callahan, Colleena, Chelsey and Nick; and great-grandchildren: Leira, Patrick and Liam. He is survived by his brother, Edward; sisters Elizabeth, Ann, Mary, and Catherine as well as many relatives in the U.S. and Ireland. He was predeceased by his brother, Jack. Thomas will be laid to rest along with his wife, Joyce, at a private graveside service with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be sent to an educational charity established by his grandchildren at the Fitzgerald Healy Foundation, P.O. Box 844, Naugatuck, CT 06770 or at To send an online condolence, visit To live is to love, boy did he live!

Catherine M. (Dunne) Polomski

Former Naugatuck Resident Catherine M. (Dunne) Polomski, 89, of Torrington, formerly of Naugatuck, passed away Monday, June 18 at Paradigm Health Center of Torrington. She was the widow of Ronald J. Polomski, Sr. Catherine was born in Waterbury Sept. 15, 1922, son of the late William and Mary (Hogan) Dunne. She was a graduate of Waterbury Catholic High School and lived in Waterbury before moving to Naugatuck where she lived for many years. She retired after 26 years from the footwear division of Uniroyal, Inc. She was a communicant of St. Hedwig Church. She leaves her two sons, Ronald J. Polomski, Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Torrington; and David Polomski and his wife, Mary, of Bloomsbury, N.J.; three grandchildren: Catherine and Adellyn Polomski and Domenic Maritano; a great-grandson, Dylan Hurbig; and several nieces and nephews. Her funeral Thursday was followed by burial in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Hedwig Church, 32 Golden Hill St., Naugatuck, CT 06770. To send an online condolence, visit

Edmund A. Yesinskas

Former Middlebury Resident Edmund A. Yesinskas, 84, of Lexington, Mass., formerly of Middlebury and Naugatuck, Conn., passed away Saturday, June 16, at Lexington Health Care Center. He was the husband of the late Sabina (Waranowicz) Yesinskas. Edmund was born in Waterbury Nov. 11, 1918, son of the late John and Petrone (Waiculonis) Yesinskas. He was a longtime resident of Middlebury and Naugatuck, and he retired from the Bristol Company after 28 years of service. Mr. Yesinskas was a communicant of St. Hedwig Church and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his grandson, Jeffery Traill, and his wife, Kara Chisholm, of Bedford, Mass.; two great-granddaughters, Kalee and Kassidy Traill; and his niece, Karen Alaburda. He was predeceased by his daughter, Linda Trail. His funeral Thursday was followed by burial in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. To send an online condolence, visit

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Middlebury’s Cannata Receives Acting Award By MARY CONSEUR Thirteen-year old Carey Cannata of Middlebury will receive the 2012 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance in “Over the Tavern,” at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury. The award will be presented to him in a ceremony Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. The public is invited. In “Over the Tavern,” Cannata played the protagonist, Rudy, a 12-year-old class clown from a dysfunctional family who has a lot questions about rules, regulations, and religion. Though his role involved learning more than 600 lines, Cannata welcomed the challenge because he could identify with Rudy’s analytical and inquisitive mind. For Director Semina DeLaurentis, casting him in a major role was a “leap of faith” because Cannata had little acting experience at the time and that was in children’s theater. “I guess she thought I had potential,” Cannata said. DeLaurentis described Cannata as “focused, imaginative, and able to take direction; he was a delight to work with.” Marlene S. Gaylinn, a theater critic with Connecticut Critics Circle, wrote of Cannata’s performance as Rudy, “And then there’s Rudy, a clever 12-year-old who is a super prize package to deal with. Cannata makes you wonder if he’s really like this at his own home.” Since the play is set in the late 1950s, Cannata’s first job after landing the role was to learn about pop culture of that era. In the play, he had to impersonate Ed Sullivan and Bing Crosby, two celebrities he was meeting for the first time. Though relatively new to acting, Cannata has been in the limelight for the past five years, modeling in New York City. He has modeled for many different cli-

Carey Cannata, 13, of Middlebury, shown playing the role of Rudy Pazinski in the Seven Angels Theatre production of “Above the Tavern,” has won the 2012 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance for his portrayal of Pazinski. ents, including clothing and costume companies, toy companies, museums, even Norwegian Cruise Line. “I liked the Cruise Line job,” he said. “We got to take a free cruise so they could take a photo shoot!” Cannata said modeling taught him to improvise, trust his instincts, and not to pose all the time. In modeling, as in acting, “You have to look natural, even though the situation might not be natural,” he said. Cannata also has auditioned for movie parts. “I haven’t gotten any yet, but I had the chance to meet Woody Allen last week,” he said with a smile. Cannata began acting at age 12 when a classmate encouraged him to audition for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” at Blessed Sacrament Children’s Theater in Waterbury. Can-

June delights It’s a rare thing the sky has given us all wonderful gifts this month of June – a lunar eclipse and a transit of Venus across the sun that won’t happen again until 2117! Solstice and summer will soon be here, and fragrant, flowering plants and bushes are all around to enjoy. It’s an exceptional opportunity to bask in the perfect temperatures outside in nature and take advantage of the yogic way of thinking. The union of body, mind and spirit all actively easily engage when you’re outside playing, observing and enjoying nature. Nature is teeming with life! You can flourish in your work life inside the walls of your office if you spend a little time in nature each day because it connects you to universal flow and gives you a fresh perspective. This week’s nugget for life is to commune more with the natural world. Experience greater well-being by walking in nature every day. Find the time and just go outside for a half hour twice a day. Start your day with a brisk walk. Leave the iPod at home for a week. Let your senses be filled. Look up at the sky. Notice the swaying branches and listen to the rustling

nata landed a singing and acting role as one of Joseph’s brothers. Last summer, he attended Long Lake Arts Camp in New York, where he was cast as the young Tommy in a production of the rock opera, “Tommy.” Last fall, Cannata played the role of Gaston in the Warner Theatre production of “Beauty and the Beast” in Torrington. “This was a real challenge role,” Cannata recalled. “I had to be a tough, manly hunter, not at all like the person I really am.” He also played the role of the bellboy in the musical, “Titanic,” at the Warner. Of the 77 actors in the production, Cannata was the only child with a speaking part; he was the spokesperson for all the children who died in the tragedy. Later, Cannata performed in the ensemble of “The Music Man” at the Thomaston Opera House, after which he landed the role of Horton in “Seussical the Musical” at Memorial Middle School in Middlebury.

By CYNTHIA DE PECOL leaves softly blowing in the breeze. Feel the ground beneath your feet. Smell the June air. It’s deeply satisfying to allow your mind to be unencumbered for an hour each day while you experience the waves of serenity that wash over you when you are completely in the moment being outside. Take this feeling with you as you work through the day, and watch how it connects you to your responsibilities with a newly discovered appreciation. Take another half hour walk when you return home at the end of the day. Take the feeling with you into the evening as you let the day go and nourish yourself through the night. Nature is teeming with real life – are you? Cynthia De Pecol is a Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Life Coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See or email

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you please say a few words about the prognosis and treatment of cervical cancer? My daughter, age 45, was told at a recent checkup she has a few cells of this kind, and she is reacting as if she has received a death sentence. Since it was caught early, should her outlook be more cheerful? – J.B. ANSWER: All women are indebted to Dr. George Papanicolaou, who developed the Pap smear for the early detection of cervical cancer. The cervix, by the way, is the neck-like projection of the uterus into the vagina. It was the site for the most common cause of cancer death in women before the Pap smear came into wide use. That was in the early 1940s. Since then, deaths from cervical cancer have been cut in half, with about 4,200 deaths occurring annually and 12,200 new cases detected each year. Most of the deaths are in women who did not have Pap smear testing. I’m not clear what you mean by “a few cells of this kind.” If the cells obtained on a smear show low-grade changes, a woman’s chances of having cervical cancer are close to zero. Follow-up smears are the only treatment needed. If the cells show highgrade changes, the doctor will perform a colposcopy. Colpos-

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Middlebury Parks & Recreation Summer Playground Program Summer Playground consists of three, two-week sessions for Middlebury children entering kindergarten through grade six. Playground fees include one camp shirt for each child and are pro-rated for families with more than one child who register for all three sessions: The first child is $391, the second child is $376, and the third child is $356. In addition, a $10 late fee applies to registrations received after June 8. The three sessions will meet Mondays through Fridays, June 25 to July 6 (no camp July 4), July 9 to July 20 and July 23 to Aug. 3. Grades K, one, and two will meet from 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. with sessions at Middlebury Elementary School Mondays through Thursdays and at Shepardson Community Center Fridays. Grades three and four will meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Meadowview Park. Grades five and six will meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Middlebury Recreation Area. The fee for individual sessions is $121 for session one and $135 each for sessions two and three.

Swim Lessons Session I of swim lessons for those 5 and older will meet Monday to Thursday, June 25 to July 5 (no class July 4), at the Pomperaug High School pool. A second session will meet July 9 to 19. Levels 1 and 2 will swim from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Levels 3 and 4 will swim from 12:05 to 12:50 p.m. Levels 5 to 7 will swim from 12:55 to 1:40 p.m. Contact the recreation office for a description of the levels or a record of your child’s last completed class. The fee is $45.

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Since starring in “Over the Tavern,” Cannata played the role of Teddy Roosevelt Jr. in the recent musical, “Teddy and Alice,” at Seven Angels Theatre. He will return to Long Lake Camp for the Arts this summer to hone his acting skills. Trying to fit acting, modeling, and studying into his schedule is a real juggling act; sometimes Cannata is memorizing scripts for two or three plays at the same time. Nevertheless, he has maintained a grade point average high enough to be accepted at the Taft School in Watertown this fall. Cannata said there is a downside to his success – in American culture boys are steered into sports, not acting. “I need to accept the fact that my passion is acting, no matter what the other kids say,” Cannata said. “I am proud for what I have accomplished this year; I feel very special to have won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award.”

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copy is an examination of the cervix with an instrument that has a magnifying lens so suspicious areas can be readily seen and biopsied. Results determine what the next steps should be. However, at these stages – long before the cancer has spread – it is still quite curable. Your daughter can trust her doctor to take the appropriate steps depending on the results of her Pap test. She does not face a death sentence. If she has any questions about her diagnosis, she should call her doctor for an explanation of her test results. The booklet on cervical cancer and Pap smears deals with these issues in detail. Readers can obtain a copy by writing Dr. Donohue – No. 1102W, 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 ad-

dress. Please allow four weeks for delivery. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband and I are both 28. We have one child, a son. My husband felt a lump in his testicle and saw our family doctor. It turned out to be cancer. He was operated on. The doctor discussed many things with us, but we never discussed the prognosis. We need to know: What’s the usual life span of someone who has had testicular cancer? – L.R. ANSWER: If your husband had a seminona, one of the common varieties of testicular cancer, and if it was in its early stages, your husband’s chances of living a long, full life are very high – over 95 percent. Your husband’s story is something all young men should take to heart. Testicular cancer is a cancer of young men, most often males between the ages of 15 and 35. The earliest sign is a small, painless lump in the testicle. Dr. Donohue regrets he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc., All Rights Reserved

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Movie Nights at Meadowview Enjoy a family movie night the second and fourth Thursdays each month starting June 28 and running through Aug. 23 at dusk at Meadowview Park. Grab a blanket and the kids and come down to the park to enjoy a family movie under the stars!

Pre-Teen Camp Pre-Teen camp will be five one-week sessions for Middlebury residents entering grades six through nine. The fee includes a mid-day shuttle to the Middlebury Recreation Area (MRA), one camp shirt and two predetermined field trips, weather permitting. The sessions meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Middle School and the MRA the weeks of July 2 (no camp July 4), July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30. The fee is $132 for the July 2 camp and $165 per camp for the others. Registration deadline is 10 business days prior to the start of each session. A $50 service charge will be applied for cancellation of a registration. There will be NO refunds for cancellations received three or less business days prior to the start of the session except for medical reasons. Early drop-off at 8 a.m. at Memorial Middle School is available for an additional $50 per week. Pre-registration is required.

Tennis Classes US Sports Institute instructors will teach the following tennis classes Monday through Friday, July 9 to 13. Tennis Squirts for ages 3 to 5 will meet from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. at the Middlebury Recreation Area. The fee is $69 for residents and $79 for nonresidents. Tennis Clinic 1 for ages 6 to 9 years will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Pomperaug High School. The fee is $109 for residents and $119 for nonresidents. Tennis Clinic 2 for ages 10 to 14 will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Pomperaug High School. The fee is $109 for residents and $119 for nonresidents.

1. Entering 2012, how many consecutive years had it been since the New York Yankees had a losing season? 2. Who is the only player to belt four home runs in two different World Series? 3. Name the last offensive rookie before center Maurkice Pouncey in 2010 to start every regular-season game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. 4. Who holds the record for most 3-point field goals made in the NCAA men’s basketball championship game? 5. Name two NHL goalies to have scored a goal in both a regular-season game and a playoff game. 6. When was the last time the U.S. won a gold medal in men’s track 5,000 meters? 7. Who held the record for biggest margin of victory in the LPGA Championship before Cristie Kerr won by 12 shots in 2010?





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Art gallery welcomes new member Fine Line Art Gallery in Woodbury will host an open-house reception Saturday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate its newest member, John Houle, whose artwork is created using the ancient technique of woodburning, enhanced with acrylic wash. With a focus on nautical and wildlife scenes, his powerful works of art have a tactile component, and he encourages viewers to run their hands over each piece to enhance the experience. His creations are surrounded by unique frames that seem to evolve from the subjects and backgrounds. Weather permitting, gallery artists will set up their easels and paint outside on the lawn, and Houle will demonstrate his highly specialized pyrographic technique. Indoors, the newest artwork by gallery members will be on exhibit, including paintings, photography, pottery, hand-dyed silk scarves, and oneof-a-kind jewelry. Refreshments will be served. Fine Line Art Gallery is a coAbove: Homage operative venture run by 14 to 16 to the Sun by artists who maintain all aspects John Houle. of the business. Prices are reaAt left: Mother’s sonable, and throughout the Love by John reception many of the artists will Houle be available to discuss their work, their media, and the creative process. The gallery is at 319 Main St. South in Woodbury. For more information, visit or call 203-266-0110 Thursday through Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Corkie is an adorable male Staffordshire terrier Kitty is an adorable and very affectionate graywho is approximately 4 years old and weighs in and-white tuxedo cat who is only about a year old, at about 48 lbs. He is a well-behaved boy who but is already a mom. Her babies are too young enjoys fetching his ball and playing with his toys. for her to leave them, but she will be ready to go He also is very obedient, will sit nicely and shake to her forever home around July 10 after she is on command. Typical of the breed, he aims to spayed. Animals for Life would like to place Kitty please. Corkie is a very gentle and patient soul and her two babies together in a new home, but who will make an all-around fun companion. If will consider a solo adoption for her. Applications interested in meeting him, please contact Carrie are being accepted on Kitty and her kittens, so virus and a number of other se- from Animals for Life at 203-706-5735. He is not please call AFL if you are interested in meeting the trio. rious and potentially fatal dis- living at the shelter, so please call ahead. eases. There are diseases that also For more information on these pets, call 203-758-2933 or visit Animals For Life at the Middlebury can pass between pets and hu- Transfer Station on Rte. 63 at the corner of Woodside Ave. Adoption hours are Mondays and Thursdays mans, and vaccinations can pre- from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m. For more about the adoption process, vent them. visit “Pets can easily contract Giardia and Leptospirosis from standing water or damp grass,” said Dr. Meg Connelly of the Willard Veterinary Clinic in Quincy, Mass. “Many dogs love swimming in water, sniffing around in the mud or rolling in the wet grass. Unfortunately, without immunization protection, these pets are at risk for contracting a serious or even fatal illness that can easily be spread to humans.” Keeping shots up to date is one of the best ways to prevent both your pets and you from becoming ill. And even though they seem pricey up front, they are SABRINA SAVANNAH nothing compared to the cost of medical care if a pet should beThis is Sabrina, who is 8 years of age and is in This is Savannah! She is a wonderful 6-year-old come ill from a disease it could need of immediate placement. She is an older girl girl that is in need of a great new home to call her have been vaccinated against. and honestly just does not want to be bothered by own!! She is a sweet girl who came in with her Again, talk to your pets’ vet a young pup. She has a lot of years left in her and is daughter Chloe. Savannah gets along with everyabout which shots they need healthy, although she could stand to lose a few one and everything!! She will be spayed before regularly and when they need to pounds. She loves to walk and will bond with you adoption! For more information, an application get them. If cost is a factor, many instantly. We are looking for a couple or person who and a time to meet, please email us at meridencities and towns sponsor low- or desires to take in an older, laid back dog in need. or call 203-238-3650. no-cost vaccination clinics that will get pets up to date with their For more information on these animals, as well as others at Meriden Humane Society (MHS), email shots for a reasonable price. MHS is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and volunSend your questions or pet care teers can be available to meet with you through an appointment. MHS is at 311 Murdock Ave. in Meriden. tips to, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box PUZZLE A Progressive and Informed Approach 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. SOLUTIONS: For more pet care-related adto Tree Care and Removal vice and information, visit www.

Do pets really need vaccinations? DEAR PAW’S CORNER: A friend of mine told me annual vaccinations for my cat and two dogs were unnecessary and a total scam. He said I only have to vaccinate them every three years and that veterinarians are just part of a big racket. What do you think? – Janine H., Knoxville, Tenn. DEAR JANINE: I think you should talk to your pets’ veterinarian before making a decision that could negatively affect their health and maybe yours.

Vaccinations don’t just protect pets against rabies. They also receive vaccinations, particularly as puppies and kittens, for distemper, feline leukemia, parvo-

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