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Family Center meet & greet tomorrow By MARJORIE NEEDHAM Tula Family Enrichment Center in Middlebury will open its doors to the public for the first time Saturday, Sept. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. when owner Jen Lizotte hosts a meet and greet. Visitors will meet the Zumba and yoga teachers who will lead classes for the entire family, from toddlers to grandparents. Refreshments will be served. At the meet and greet, visitors will be able to sign up for 45-minute miniclasses being offered Sunday, Sept. 23, through Thursday, Sept. 27. The mini classes are designed to let people get to know the instructors and learn about the classes they teach. They can then choose which classes they want to enroll in when regular classes begin Oct. 1. Lizotte said “tula” means balance in Sanskrit, and that is what the center will offer families. “Yoga, Zumba and martial arts all offer balance,” Lizotte said. Her goal is to enrich family members from the youngest to the oldest. The center’s yoga and Zumba classes will start immediately; a martial arts program will begin Nov. 1. Lizotte hails from Waterbury. She said she decided to open her business in Middlebury because she didn’t see anyone around here offering yoga for kids. “Down by the shore, there are lots of programs for kids to do yoga,” she said. Because yoga makes people more flexible, Lizotte said athletes who practice yoga are not so easily injured. She said her 9-year-old son started yoga after learning Miami Heats star LeBron Jen Lizotte of Tula Family Enrichment Center stands beside shelves holding James includes yoga in his training. yoga bolsters and mats. The new Middlebury business will offer yoga and Lizotte has fitted out the 3,600- Zumba classes for all ages. (Marjorie Needham photo) square-foot space around the back of She envisions ballroom dancing classes, break dancing Dunkin’ Donuts on Middlebury Road (Route 64) in Middlebury as two expansive rooms suitable for the yoga, classes and mommy and me music sessions in her space. Zumba and martial arts classes she will offer. She plans She supports relief efforts for Haiti, too, and hopes her to offer children’s and adult classes at the same time. That business can serve as a collection point for clothing drives will solve the babysitting issue that may keep some parents and other aid to Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas. Mini classes that will be offered starting Sunday include from joining exercise classes. She continues to add classes and is hoping Zumba gold classes for seniors will soon children’s yoga for 3 to 5 year olds, Hatha flow and stretch yoga for beginner to intermediate adults, Zumba for adults be on the schedule. She also wants to include a lot of community outreach with or without experience, Zumbatomic for kids ages 4 to in her business. “I want it to be kind of a like a family here,” 12, Chakra yoga for adult beginner to intermediate and she said. The space will be available for rentals, and she intensati, a combination of cardio, martial arts, yoga and has already been contacted by someone who wants to start dance. Pick up a full schedule at the Saturday open house, a mom’s club there and have visiting speakers address or find it on Facebook at tula/FEC. Tula is at 489 Middlebury Road in Middlebury. The issues unique to moms. telephone number is 203-527-7324.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Selectmen approve tax incentive application By KATHLEEN RIEDEL Monday night’s Board of Selectmen (BoS) agenda included reappointments of Elderly Tax Relief Committee members, proclamation of Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month and the beginning of Constitution Week. Also on the agenda was the Economic and Industrial Development Commission (EIDC) presentation of Winchester Electronics’ tax incentive application, whose BoS approval would make town history. Because no questions were raised at the Aug. 21 EIDC meeting, Winchester Electronics’ application to be the first participant in the EIDC tax incentive program for the Town of Middlebury was forwarded to the selectmen for approval. It was on the agenda at the Sept. 4 BoS meeting, but First Selectman Edward B. St. John asked selectmen to defer a decision until an EICD representative could make a formal presentation to the BoS. Monday night, EIDC co-chairman Michael Kenausis presented the Winchester Electronics’ application to the board. Fitting with the theme of the BoS meeting, Kenausis’ presentation was just that – brief. He referred to the previously mentioned Aug. 21 meeting where the EIDC systematically reviewed Winchester Electronics’ application and compared it to the tax incentive policy. “Their application was complete. It was submitted appropriately to the first selectman’s office, at which point it was forwarded to the EIDC for review. We found it met all of the criteria,” Kenausis said. He said there was a subsequent request by the assessor’s office for a listing of taxable property from Winchester Electronics’ location of 10 years in Wallingford, Conn. That listing also was forwarded to the selectmen. Kenausis then introduced Jasmine McIntyre, a Winchester Electronics representative and its head of human relations. He said she had previously appeared before the EIDC and had been “extremely cooperative.” “We have no problems whatsoever, and that’s why we forwarded to you folks

a formal letter requesting your review and hopefully your approval of their application,” he said. The selectmen had no questions for Kenausis. McIntyre said Winchester Electronics hopes to relocate to its new Park Road space by Nov. 15, 2012. The company plans to create four jobs within the first year of its move and four more the year following. Roughly 60 people will be employed in the Middlebury location. “I want to say we’re making history tonight,” St. John said. “This is the first time the community will be acting on a tax incentive program. We want to extend to you, Jasmine, and your principals at Winchester Electronics, our heartfelt thanks for choosing our community.” Next, the company’s tax incentive application must be approved at a town meeting. St. John said he does not anticipate any issues at the town meeting. Kenausis said because Winchester Electronics is the pilot company, the town meeting will focus on delivering information to the public regarding the policy and what the EIDC hopes to gain in working relationships with businesses in the community. “It will be more informational for them versus them trying to look at Winchester Electronics and be scrutinizing Winchester Electronics,” Kenausis said. See legal notice on page 7 for date and time for the town meeting. Earlier in the meeting, selectmen approved the reappointments of Kris E. Jacobi (R) as a member of the Land Preservation and Open Space Commission for Sept. 20, 2012, through Sept. 20, 2013. Reappointments for Elderly Tax Relief Committee members – Paul T. Babarik (R), Senior Services Director JoAnn Cappelletti, Tax Assessor Daniel J. Kenny, Gail W. Lamarre (U) and Ann V. Spierto (R) – were approved for the term from Sept. 15, 2012, through Sept. 15, 2013. The proclamation of Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma month and that of Constitution Week were added to the Sept. 17 minutes. The next regular BoS meeting will be Monday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall Conference Room.

MES principal takes new position in Monroe By KATHLEEN RIEDEL Not only has Jack Zamary been the Middlebury Elementary School (MES) principal for nearly a decade, he also has directed the Newtown High School band, acted as Region 15’s department chair for music and now moves on to be Monroe’s Director of Instructional Technology and Operations. Perhaps his running – his dedication to long-distance marathon training – is the inspiration for his constant courage and drive. “I really felt the need to get involved with multiple disciplines,” Zamary said of his shifts within the educational field. His versatility as an individual and a professional has served him well – taught him the importance of a well-rounded classroom perspective. “In this age of really finite assessment, we’ve kept our eye on teaching the whole child,” Zamary said. Speaking collectively of his work with the MES faculty, Zamary said he is proud he and his

colleagues have not sacrificed their arts, library and physical education programs for the sake of test scores. He sees social development as core to a child’s early growth. Facilitating programs like the Coast to Coast Marathon each spring – where teachers and students track miles together in the morning before school – as well as implementing Smart Board technology, he has helped energize students to communicate with each other in and out of the classroom. But MES has not let its national ratings slip either. Last year, ConnCAN (Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now) reviewed exiting grades across the state, and MES ranked in the top 5 percent. “It’s not about the really myopic approach to a few discrete sets of understanding. It’s really looking to support and promote the needs of children as whole human beings,” Zamary said. Leaning back in his chair and talking with his hands, Zamary fit easily into the MES backdrop – its culture drew him there nine years ago.

“The thing I’m going to miss most about being here is the people. I really believe that this profession is built on the quality of relationships,” Zamary said. He said he considers MES home – a community of great human beings who care deeply about serving children. Just as Zamary spoke fondly of his relationships with students, family and staff, his administrative assistant Diane Barnard and office secretary Maureen Arnone expressed their mutual admiration for him. “He is the real deal,” Barnard said, speaking softly so she wouldn’t be heard through Zamary’s open door. “Honestly, he is one of the smartest, most hard-working people I know.” Arnone agreed, saying Zamary made MES a fun place to work. “He’s level-headed, intelligent and very humble. And he infuses everything with humor,” she said. “We’ve been through a lot together,” Barnard said. “We’re really going to miss him.” In honor of Zamary’s last day, the staff dressed formally on their

Left to right, Middlebury Elementary School (MES) office secretary Maureen Arnone, MES Principal Jack Zamary and Zamary’s administrative assistant, Diane Barnard, are shown on his last day at MES.  (Kathleen Riedel photo) usual dress-down Friday. “We anyway, so we did it for him.” don’t normally look like this,” Zamary’s last day was Friday, Barnard and Arnone laughed. Sept. 14. He began his new job “He’s never liked dress-down day in Monroe after the long week-

end. Dr. Sandra Nadeau, a retired New Milford elementary school principal, is acting as interim principal.

Inside this Issue Legal Notices....................7 Letter to the Editor............2 Library Happenings............2 Nuggets for Life................6 Obituaries.........................3 Region 15 Calendar..........3 Senior Center News...........3 Varsity Sports Calendar......6

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Autumn Begins Upcoming Events

Book Review.....................2 Adoptable Pets..................8 Charter Revision.............4-5 Classifieds.........................7 Community Calendar.........2 Computer Tip....................8 Fire Log.............................2 In Brief..............................8

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When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain date Oct. 6) What: Farm tours, refreshments, pumpkin raffle and pumpkins to all children Where: 55 Artillery Road in Middlebury

Southbury Women’s Club Fall Fine Arts Festival When: What: Where:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fine arts and crafts, wellness booth and an amateur photography contest, all to benefit local charities. Southbury Green on Main Street South in Southbury

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Father and his Slave James Hemings introduced French Cuisine to America,” Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Nellie Beatty Room. The book tells how Thomas Jefferson brought with him to Paris one of his slaves, 19-year-old James Hemings, so Hemings could master the art of French cooking in return for Jefferson granting Hemings his freedom. The narrative nonfiction book tells the story of their adventure — and includes 12 of their original recipes. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit

Southbury Haunted Happenings Join Connecticut Paranormal Research Society founders Orlando Ferrante and Joe Franke for an evening of “Haunted Happenings” Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7

p.m. All ages are welcome to attend the free program. Ferrante and Franke will present new evidence of the past year’s case files as well as ghost stories and paranormal experiences from their combined 44 years of research experience. Along with new evidence, you will not want to miss one of the most compelling pieces of evidence they have captured to date. Registration is required for this event. Call 203-262-0626, ext. 110, to sign up or for more information. Check www.southburylibrary. org for more information. The library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury (203-262-0626).

ing fun with marshmallows Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. All supplies are included to create hand-decorated mini-marshmallow fondant treats, chocolate-dipped marshmallow pops, sparkle pops and more.  The program size is limited, and registration is required.  Call 203263-3502 to register or visit the library www.woodburylibraryct. org for more information.

Woodbury Public Library Offers Monthly Book Chat

Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m., staff members will chat about new books and other new items recently added to the library collection. This informal monthly drop-in program offered the last Wednesday of every month includes a cup of coffee and a muffin.  Teens to Make  For information, call 203-263Marshmallow Treats 3502 or visit www.woodburyliTeens in grades six to 12 are The library is at 269 invited to have some candy-mak- Main St. South in Woodbury.


Middlebury Community Calendar

Monday, September 24

Happy Birthday, Library!

Region 15 Board of Education 7:30 p.m......................................... PHS, All Purpose Room No. 103

Help the library celebrate its 218th birthday Thursday, Sept. 27, at 5 p.m. at the library with Mental Health Support Group 6 p.m............................. Russell Place, 1F, 969 W. Main, Waterbury live entertainment, light refreshments and a presentation by Dr. Economic and Industrial Development Commission 6:30 p.m. ............................................Town Hall Conference Room Robert Rafford, Middlebury’s municipal historian. Conservation Commission 7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26

Tuesday, September 25

Calendar dates/times are subject to change If your organization would like your event included in the community calendar, please e-mail the information to

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log

Date Time Address/Incident 9/10/12 ---- Waterbury Fire Department. Mutual aid. Water main break in the city. 9/11/12 04:06 11 Ridgewood Drive. Fire alarm activation. Faulty detector. 9/11/12 06:51 Westover School. Fire alarm activation. Faulty detector. 9/11/12 10:02 512 Middlebury Road. Motor vehicle accident. 9/12/12 07:16 I-84 East. Reported brush fire. No fire found. 9/13/12 13:45 Watertown Fire Headquarters. Mutual aid request. Watertown operating under a structure fire. 9/13/12 18:26 Route 64 in front of Quassy. Motor vehicle accident. Two patients.

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To the Editor: Today, on the 11th anniversary of one of our nation’s tragedies, I’d like to reflect and give thanks for: 1. Our town’s parks and recreation department and Middlebury Recreation Area staff for a great, safe summer. 2. Our town transfer facility staff and town highway department employees who are dedicated all year, especially during those harsh winter storms. 3. Our town politicians, who have redeemed themselves by conducting town business with quiet dignity and apparent professionalism.

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4. Our dedicated and brave men and women of the town’s police and fire departments who daily face hidden dangers. Though I’ve at times disagreed, I applaud your service. 5. Our town volunteers and board members who serve without compensation. 6. Our veterans, our military and our president. They have made us safer by their courage and commitment. No matter your politics, they’ve ended Iraq, slowed our Afghanistan involvement and silenced Bin Laden. That’s history and “mission accomplished.” Michael J. Granja Middlebury

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Bracelets for soldiers

Obituaries Mary Federowicz

By TIM O’DONNELL Pictures of Sgt. Liam Dwyer covered a table standing by the entrance to the St. John of the Cross Apple Harvest Festival Sunday. But the table wasn’t your normal fund-raising booth. Bracelets being sold there were the idea of 9-year-old Andrew Widler. When news of Dwyer’s injuries reached the Widler household, Andrew Widler knew he wanted to do something to help. “I heard about it and how he was hurt and just wanted to help him,” Widler said. Dwyer was injured in May 2011 after stepping on an improvised explosive device while on tour in Afghanistan. And a couple months later Andrew knew what he wanted to do. While practicing knots at a Cub Scout meeting, Widler learned how to make the survivor bracelets and decided he could help out by selling them. He started the next day. “I just got the rope and started making them,” Widler said. What started as an idea to raise a couple hundred dollars quickly took off. “We were planning to hit just a hundred,” Widler said. “We raised probably up to a thousand.” After his family bought some bracelets, Widler moved on to selling to the entire community.

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Andrew Widler, 9, of Middlebury sells bracelets for soldiers with his second-grade teacher, Rosemarie Ahern, Sunday at the St. John of the Cross Apple Harvest Festival. Widler donates the money from the sales to Sgt. Liam Dwyer, who was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan. (Chris O'Donnell photo) “I didn’t think anybody was going to buy it,” he said. But he was wrong. In just a couple of hours at the Apple Harvest Festival, he already had made between 20 and 30 bracelets. He even needed to recruit his dad

and family friends to help make bracelets due to the large amount of orders. In the approximate year and a half Widler has been making the bracelets, he says he has made about 500 of them.

Each bracelet, sold for $5, is handmade out of 550 paracord, and the colors are customized to each individual’s order. To order a bracelet, email Widler at BraceletsForSoldiers@

Middlebury Senior Center News Board Games Tournament A new six-week board game tournament starts Monday, Sept. 24. The Senior Center will provide board games for anyone who would like to play. The tournament includes awards, gifts and a banquet. Be prepared to be challenged! Stay for a light lunch at the end of each game day. Call 203-5774166 to reserve your spot and snack request.

Don’s Computer Classes Exploring the WWW (World Wide Web) will meet Tuesday,

Sept. 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. See all the amazing sites and information available to you! Be ready to be surprised. The fee is $10. Customizing Your Computer will meet Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to customize your computer to your needs and taste, from scrolling family photos to putting all your favorite sites at your finger tips. The fee is $10. Windows 7 Tips and Tricks will meet Thursday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to effortlessly navigate Windows 7 and use the improvements built into this operating system. The fee is $10.

Your family tree One of the best things you can leave future generations of your family is accurate genealogy information. Creating a family tree isn’t as difficult as it may sound. Start with yourself, your siblings and your parents. Accurate date and place of birth information is crucial to any future hunts. Go back as many generations as you can, at least giving names if you can’t also supply dates and place of birth. Write down stories about your family members (this also will jog your own memory of facts about the past). If there are “rumors,” make notes of those as well. Even if you can’t verify whether your mother’s grandfather was a train engineer, someone else might be able to at a later date. If you have a computer and are comfortable roaming the Internet, is one of the best places to start. On Ancestry, you can not only research your family, but you can create a family tree to save. The amount of information available is amazing: old military records, city directories, birth and death certificates, photos uploaded by others, Census through 1940 and so much more. There is a fee to subscribe to Ancestry, but if you join for six months and do a little every week, you should finish in that time.

On Family Search ( you likely will find information you can’t find anywhere else (for example, some of it goes back as far as Europe), but you have to be careful. Use Family Search as a hunting ground, and verify information elsewhere. If you’ve never done genealogy, consider taking a class to get started. This might be a good winter project with the end result benefiting your family for generations to come. 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 e-mail to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Family Caregiver Classes The Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA) will offer a new course for family caregivers, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” (PTC) at the Woodbury Senior Center at 265 Main St. South in Woodbury Thursdays, Sept. 27 through Nov. 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. It also will be offered at Elmwood Hall in the Danbury Senior Center in Danbury starting Wednesday, Oct. 3, and Wednesday, Jan. 9. Registration is required. The course consists of six weekly 2½ hour sessions. To register or for more information, contact Livia Fiordelisi at WCAAA, 203-7575449 or 1-800-994-9422 or email Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required.

that travels from town to town. It is free, and there are no eligibility requirements. The closest locations to Middlebury are: Waterbury Police Activity League at 64 Division St. in Waterbury at 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday each month. Southbury Senior Center at 561 Main St. South in Southbury at 1 p.m. every third Thursday of the month.

Flu Shots

The Torrington Health District will be at Shepardson Community Center to give flu and pneumonia shots to all who want them Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. Insurances that will be accepted are Medicare, Connecticare and Anthem. Fees for those who are uninsured or have other insurance will be $25 for flu shots and $100 for pneumonia shots. Call the Middlebury Mobile Food Bank Senior Center at 203-577-4166 The Connecticut Food Bank to sign up. provides a mobile food pantry

Region 15 School Calendar Monday, September 24 PHS College Bound Workshop for Juniors Auditorium, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Personnel Policies/Curriculum Committee PHS Media Center Conference Room, 6 p.m. Board of Education.......................... PHS AP Room No. 103, 7:30 p.m. LMES Ice Cream Social...........................................................5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25 Yom Kippur begins at sundown

Wednesday, September 26

Mary Federowicz, 95, a longtime resident of Naugatuck, and for the past 16 years of Vineyard Haven, Mass., died peacefully in her sleep Sept. 9 at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. Mary was born March 16, 1917, in Naugatuck to Peter and Mary Einik. She was the third of six children: Peter, Theodore, John, Angelina and Helen. Residing most of her life in Naugatuck, she graduated from Naugatuck High School and was voted the Class Beauty. She obtained employment at the United States Rubber Company, eventually becoming secretary to the plant manager. She played competitive basketball in the company’s basketball league. She was a beautiful dancer, attracting the eye of her future husband, Benjamin Federowicz, of Seymour. They entered many dance contests and won several from Bridgeport to Hartford. She played in the local golf league while enjoying bridge in the off-season. Mary had one child, David, who resides with his wife, Judy, in Vineyard Haven. She had an entrepreneurial spirit, attending Dale Carnegie courses, obtaining her real estate license and becoming a Beauty Counselor representative. She contributed to community organizations as vice president and social committee chairman for the Naugatuck Women’s Club, was a member of St. Francis’ Catholic Church Women’s Guild, was secretary to the local AARP chapter, volunteered at the voting booths and administratively supported the local Red Cross Blood Drives. Mary was the devoted wife of Ben for 57 years, who because of serious health problems, moved to the Vineyard 16 years ago to be close to David and Judy. Mary was a devoted and beaming grandmother to Sean of Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vinyard; Kristen of Suffield, Conn.; Ehren of Bethesda, Md.; and Katherine of New York City. A very proud greatgrandmother, she immensely enjoyed hearing of her great-grandchildren’s early growing experiences. She had seven: Hope Eastman of Oak Bluffs; Cormac Benjamin, Seamus Long and Ronan Byrne of Suffield; and Jacqueline Reese, Ashley Arden and Caitlyn Rose of Bethesda. She was predeceased by her brothers Peter and Theodore. Mary was an accomplished seamstress, a wonderful baker and pie maker and excelled at crocheting and knitting as her work was enjoyed and experienced by family members. As one could imagine, these skills severely diminished in later life, but the memories and works remain. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Church Saturday, Sept. 15. Mary’s burial was beside her husband in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. Donations may be made in her memory to Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 399, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or to Windemere Nursing Home (Recreational Fund), P.O. Box 1747, Oak

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John “Jake” Fratesi

Uniroyal Footwear retiree John “Jake” Fratesi, 83, a lifelong resident of Naugatuck, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, after a long illness, at Glendale Heath Center. Mr. Fratesi was born in Naugatuck Sept. 29, 1928, a son of the late Andrew and Settima (Pernini) Fratesi. He was a graduate of Naugatuck High School and an Army veteran, who served during the Korean War. He retired after many years of service from the footwear division of Uniroyal, Inc. and also was a loyal employee of the Fitzgerald-Zembruski-Mengacci Funeral Home for many years until his illness. He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church. He leaves behind his many nephews and nieces, great-nephews and nieces and great-great-nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his siblings: Armand, Eugene, Charles and Alfred Fratesi; Noreen Tremaglio and Pauline Canaperi. Mr. Fratesi’s funeral Wednesday was followed by burial with military honors in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity of the donor’s choice.

Angelo A. Mastroianni Brother of Anthony Mastroianni

Angelo A. Mastroianni, 89, of Middlebury, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 15, at Paradigm Healthcare of Waterbury. He was the husband of the late Angeline (Petrillo) Mastroianni. Angelo was born Aug. 1, 1923, in Waterbury, a son of the late Michael and Louise (Ferrucci) Mastroianni. He was a machinist at Waterbury Tool and Reidville Tool. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. John of the Cross Church. Angelo also enjoyed bowling, gardening and had a great interest in the history of the Native American Indian. Angelo leaves two sons: Michael Mastroianni and his wife, Linda, of Bethel and Stephen Mastroianni and his wife, Mary Ann, of Watertown; a daughter, Rosemarie, and her husband, James Leeland, of Richmond, Vt.; a brother, Anthony, of Middlebury; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Catherine Shiers; a brother, John Mastroianni; and a sister, Laura Citriniti. Angelo’s funeral Wednesday was followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Angelo’s name to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 199 Park Road Extension, Middlebury, CT 06762. For more information and online condolences, visit www.

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Friday, September 21, 2012


Legal Notice Town of Middlebury Proposed Charter Changes

scribed in Title 9 of the General Statutes. In accordance with the prescribed duties of the Registrars of Voters, the appointment of election moderators shall be made in accordance with the The Middlebury Town Charter Revision Commis- provisions of Section 9-229 of the Connecticut sion’s proposed changes to the Middlebury Town General Statutes, as the same may be amended Charter, as approved by the Middlebury Board of from time to time. Selectmen, are printed below. Boldface upper case text indicates each change. Within each section, TABLE AND TEXT FOLLOWING IT ADDED TO new or changed text also is printed in boldface. SECTION Copies of the proposed charter are available in the Town Clerk’s office. The proposed charter will be SECTION 209 MINORITY REPRESENTATION on the ballot at the election Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Charter Revision Commission members are Minority representation on any appointive or elecRepublicans Arlene McAuliffe, Robert Flanagan tive commission, committee, board, agency or sim(co-chairman), Dr. Carolyn Falk, Carole Cipriano ilar body of the Town shall be determined in accorand Joseph Martino; Democrats Michael McVerry dance with the provisions of Section 9-167a of the (co-chairman), Stephen Ruccio, Patricia Fahey, Ste- General Statutes: phen Ferrucci III and Brenda Carter and Unaffiliated Total Membership of Board, Maximum from voter Samantha Pacileo. Commission or Committee One Party NEW SECTION 3 2 4 3 PREAMBLE 5 4 6 4 We the proprietors and inhabitants of the Town 7 4 of Middlebury, Connecticut, being duly qualified 8 5 electors of the State of Connecticut, and in the exercise of those privileges, liberties, and pow9 6 ers which we have enjoyed since 1807, in order More than 9 Members Two-thirds of Total to preserve and protect the property and personal well-being and to promote the individual For the purposes of this section, a panel of aland general welfare of all our citizens, do hereby ternates shall be considered as a separate body. declare that this Charter shall constitute our form of Government. The procedure set forth in Section 9-167a of the Connecticut General Statutes shall be followed CHAPTER I to determine: INCORPORATION AND GENERAL POWERS

1. The maximum numbers of any political party who may be elected at any given time; ADDED SECTION 2. The winners of any election where more candidates from the same political party have run than were eligible for election thereunder; SECTION 105 CONDUCT OF MEETINGS 3. The party membership of candidates; All meetings of any Board or Commission of 4. Any other questions arising from the application of this section. the Town of Middlebury shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. TEXT ADDED PRECEDING LAST SENTENCE IN SECTION CHAPTER II SECTION 212 VACANCIES OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS SECTION 202 ELECTED TOWN OFFICERS, Except as otherwise provided by the law of the BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND AUTHORITIES State of Connecticut and with the exception of the provisions set forth in Section 302-b, any vacancy in ADDED SENTENCE IN A any elective Town office, from whatever cause aris ing, shall be filled within ninety days of such vacancy A. First Selectman and Board of Selectmen by appointment by the Board of Selectmen for the The First Selectman and two (2) other members unexpired portion of the term of the person vacatof the Board of Selectmen shall be elected at the ing office or until said office is assumed by a person town election in the manner provided in Section elected at the next biennial election, whichever shall 9-188 of the General Statutes for terms of two (2) be sooner. When filling a vacancy of any officer, years to perform the duties in Chapters III and IV of board or commission member who was elected this Charter and Chapter 91 of the General Statutes as a nominee of a political party, the Board of Seexcept as modified in this Charter. No individual lectmen shall fill the vacancy with a person of the shall serve as the First Selectman for more than same political party as the vacating officer, commission or board member from a list provided by five (5) consecutive terms. the Selectman or Selectmen from the same political party as the vacating officer, commission ADDED TEXT IN C or board member, or from a list provided by the Town Committee of the Political Party of the vaC. Tax Collector cating officer, commission or board member in The Tax Collector shall be elected at the Town the event that no member of the Board of Selectelection for a period of four (4) years to perform the men shall be from that party. The provisions of this duties prescribed in Chapter 204 of the General Stat- Section shall not apply to vacancies on the Regional utes. In issuing local property tax bills in pursu- Board of Education. ance to his or her duties, the Tax Collector shall CHAPTER III insure that those bills indicate the percentage of the total bill attributable to the budget of the THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN Town of Middlebury and the percentage attributable to the budget of Regional School District SECTION 301 COMPOSITION No. 15. The Board of Selectmen shall consist of the First “TRUSTEES”ADDED THROUGHOUT; “LIBRARSelectman and two (2) other members who shall be IAN” CHANGED TO “DIRECTOR” elected from the Town at large at each regular Town election for the term of two (2) years as herein beH. Library Directors/Trustees fore provided. There shall be six Library Directors/Trustees. At each biennial election two Directors/Trustees shall ADDED NEW SECTION, C be elected for terms of six years on a rotating basis as terms expire. In addition to performing such SECTION 302 ORGANIZATION duties and functions as are provided in the General Statutes, the Directors/Trustees shall be responsi- C. VACANCIES ON THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN ble for recommending a person to the Board of Selectmen for appointment as Head Director. Such 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 212 and 302(B), a vacancy shall be deemed to person shall have such training and experience as exist in the office of the First Selectmen or in specified in the position description on file with the the office of either of the other Selectmen if: Town Clerk. a. The First Selectman or other Selectman ORIGINAL SECTION J, “Board of Assessors,” has died; DELETED PER STATE STATUTE b. The First Selectman or other Selectman has resigned his or her office; SENTENCE ADDED TO END OF SECTION c. The First Selectman or other Selectman has become ineligible to serve under any SECTION 203 REGISTRARS OF VOTERS law of the State of Connecticut or of the United States; Two Registrars of Voters shall be elected at the State Election next preceding the expiration of the term of office of the incumbents, 2. At the first Board of Selectmen meeting after the date that any of the situations described in each for a term of four years commencing the Subsection C (1) of this section becomes apWednesday after the first Monday of January plicable, the remaining members of the Board succeeding their election to perform the duties pre-

of Selectmen shall declare a vacancy exists in the office of the member at issue. The remaining members shall then take steps to fill the vacancy according to the terms of Connecticut General Statutes Section 9-222 as the same shall be amended from time to time. TEXT ADDED TO END OF SECTION 305 SECTION 305 EMERGENCY ORDINANCES If a majority of the Board of Selectmen shall find an emergency exists in the Town affecting the public peace, health and safety, it shall be empowered to adopt rules, regulations, resolutions and ordinances setting forth the facts constituting the emergency, which shall become effective immediately upon the affirmative vote of not less than two (2) members of the Board, without public hearing or notice thereof. Every such emergency measure shall be repealed immediately upon the termination of the emergency and shall in any event automatically stand repealed at the termination of the 61st day following adoption thereof. In addition, the Board of Selectmen shall within 45 days of the effective date of this Charter adopt an ordinance covering the subjects of emergency operations, preparedness and the like. In language, said ordinance shall be identical in legal operation to the model ordinance provided to the Town of Middlebury by either the government of the State of Connecticut or the United States. ADDED NEW SECTION, 306 SECTION 306 VARIATIONS IN SELECTMEN’S COMPENSATION The monetary compensation of the Selectmen, including the First Selectman, whether by salary or stipend or per diem, shall not be varied but by the operation of the budget process. Such compensation shall be indicated by separate line item(s) for each Selectman specifically setting forth the amount of the budgeted monetary compensation in order to ensure the amounts are known to the members of the Legislative Body during their consideration of the budget, whether at Town Meeting or Town Budget Referendum No variation in such compensation may take place, but through the budget process. This section shall not apply to non-monetary compensation, including any and all fringe benefits however delivered. CHAPTER IV THE FIRST SELECTMAN ADDED NEW SECTION, C 402 DUTIES. C. First Selectman not succeeding to subsequent term in Office; Powers, Duties and Restrictions. This section is to define the interim period when an incumbent Board of Selectmen has not been reelected but continues to serve in the office of Selectmen until his/her successor is sworn in and has assumed the office of First Selectman. This interim period shall commence at midnight on the day of the Municipal election (first Tuesday after the first Monday in November) and conclude with swearing in of the new first Selectperson shall be restricted from carrying out or authorizing any of the following: (a) increase the pay, allowances and/or benefits of any person employed or under contract by the Town; (b) exercise the power of appointment or promotion of any Town employee; (c) initiate and/or conclude any contract with any person or other entity on behalf of the Town; (d) renegotiate and/or conclude any alteration of terms, conditions or consideration paid or subsequently due for payment in the matter of any contract previously in effect; (e) Except that any of the actions set forth in (a) through (d) above, may be transacted if such is certified as necessary to avoid stoppage of the orderly conduct of the business of the Town, or to avoid an unforeseen emergency and therefore prevent serious impairment of the Town. In any instance in which it is proposed to renegotiate and/or conclude any alteration of term, conditions or consideration due in a contract, as set forth in subparagraph d above, and such contract or agreement has been previously approved/negotiated, in that event, such actions of renegotiation and alteration may be pursued in accordance with all other applicable provisions of this Charter.

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CHAPTER V APPOINTED BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES ADDED TEXT AT END OF SECTION SECTION 503 MINORITY REPRESENTATION Minority representation on any appointed board, commission, or other similar body of the Town shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of Section 9-167a of the General Statutes, as set forth in Section 209 above. TEXT CHANGE AND ADDED TEXT SECTION 505 VACANCIES Any vacancy on any appointive board, committee or commission from whatever cause shall be filled by the authority that had the power to make the original appointments to such board, committee or commission. If the vacancy shall be on a board, committee or commission having fixed terms, such vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired portion of such term. All such appointments shall be made in accordance with the provisions of Section 212 above. ADDED TEXT to 506 J SECTION 506 APPOINTED BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES J. Commission on Aging/Social Services consisting of the Municipal Agent for the Elderly, and eight (8) members to study the needs of, and coordinate programs for, the aging and coordinate Social Services for all Town Residents. The Municipal Agent shall be appointed as required by Section 7-127b of the General Statutes. The remaining eight members shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for two year terms on a rotating basis as terms expire. ADDED NEW COMMISSION M. Ethics Commission consisting of five members shall be appointed for a term of five years on a rotating basis as terms expire. The initial members shall be appointed to staggered terms, (one for one year, one for two years, one for three years, one for four years and one for five years). The Commission shall promulgate and update as necessary a Code of Ethics for the Government of the Town of Middlebury, to include, but not be limited to provisions dealing with Conflicts of Interest and legal improprieties. Said Code shall be delivered to the Board of Selectmen, and after an appropriate period for public comment, shall be enacted by the Board of Selectmen as an ordinance of the Town. The Commission shall also serve as the enforcement body for said Code. Until such time as such Code is promulgated and adopted, Section 801 of the A.D. 2000 Charter shall remain in force and effect. Section 801 of the A.D. 2000 Charter shall be null and void as of the effective date of the adoption of the Code described in this section.

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cer and the head of each office, board, commission, authority or committee of the Town, supported wholly or in part from Town funds, except the Regional Board of Education, shall file with the Board of Selectmen a detailed estimate of the expenditures to be made by that office, board, commission, authority or committee during the ensuing fiscal year, which estimate shall be deemed to be the budget request of such office, board, commission, authority or committee. An estimate of the expenditures to be made for the current fiscal year and the revenues, if any, other than property tax revenues, to be collected in the ensuing fiscal year by each such office, board, commission, authority or committee shall also be included.

Copies of the budget to be presented to the Annual Budget Referendum shall be available in the Town Clerk’s Office not later than one week prior to the first Wednesday in May.

c. An itemized statement of proposed budget expenditures for the next fiscal year, which may include a contingency fund not exceeding two percent of the total estimated expenditures for the current fiscal year, including Middlebury’s share of the Region 15 School District budget.



Following approval of the Annual Budget at the Annual Budget Referendum, the Board of Finance shall meet immediately and establish the mil rate on the taxable property of the Town for the next fiscal year.

Said Meeting shall have the power to decrease or delete any appropriation or item in any appropriation for the same purpose recommended by the Board of Finance. No appropriation shall be made exceeding in amount that for the same purpose recommended by the Board of Finance, C. Board of Finance’s Duties 1. Beginning with the first regular meeting of and no appropriation shall be made for any purpose the Board of Finance in January of each year, not recommended by the Board of Finance. the Board of Finance shall review with the head of each town-supported office, board, commission, au- CHANGED TEXT thority or committee, the budget request made and In the event the Annual Budget Referendum shall review any changes the Board of Selectmen shall fail to adopt the Budget, the Board of Finance has recommended. shall revise the rejected budget and submit the 2. By March 15th, the Board of Finance shall newly proposed budget to Referendum within prepare a proposed budget, which shall include the two weeks of the vote to reject. In the event of a subsequent rejection(s) at Referenda on the profollowing: posed budget, the Board of Finance shall follow a. An itemized statement of all expenditures for the above scheduled process until such time as the proposed budget is approved by Budget Refthe preceding completed fiscal year. erendum. b. An itemized statement of all appropriations for the current fiscal year and all estimated expendi- SECTION 703 TRANSFERS AND ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS tures for the current fiscal year.

D. Source of Funds for Additional Appropriations Funds for any additional appropriations made by the Town Meeting or any emergency appropriations made by the Board of Finance or the First Selectman shall be drawn as directed by the Board of Finance from any available cash surplus or the Contingency Fund. If neither of these is available, funds may be borrowed. Any additional capital appropriation in excess of $100,000.00 shall be acted upon only at a duly called Town Meeting or Town Referendum.

d. Estimates of revenue presenting an itemized statement of the receipts collected from all sources in the last completed fiscal year, the receipts collected during the current fiscal year prior to the time of preparing the estimates, the receipts estimated to be collected during the current fiscal year, itemized estimates of the receipts other than the property tax to be collected in the ensuing year, an estimate of ADDED NEW SECTION the amount that should be raised by local property taxation for such ensuing fiscal year and an estimate SECTION 708 CONNECTICUT GENERAL STAof the available surplus at the end of the fiscal year. TUTES ADDED NEW SECTION e. To maintain the Town of Middlebury’s longterm financial safety and soundness, to mitigate current and future risks, and to ensure stable tax rates and service levels, not less than eight percent (8%) of the total annual Town budgeted expenditures shall be appropriated and maintained as an unreserved fund balance. In the event it is necessary to appropriate and transfer from said fund balance, the expenditure so required shall be provided for in the subsequent fiscal year’s budget in order to return the unreserved fund balance to the required level.

3. At least four (4) weeks prior to the annual budget referendum as set forth below, the Board of Finance shall hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at which all persons shall have the ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS opportunity to be heard regarding the appropriations AND EMPLOYEES proposed for the ensuing year. A legal notice shall ADDED “and EMPLOYEES” TO SECTION 602 TI- be prepared for publication in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the Town at least five (5) TLE days prior to the said public hearing. SECTION 602 ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYEES 4. Immediately after such public hearing, the and EMPLOYEES Board of Finance shall hold a meeting at which it shall consider the estimates presented and any ADDED TEXT TO FIRST SENTENCE other matters brought to its attention. D. Sanitarian Unless the Town shall determine to participate CHANGED “Meeting” AND “Annual Budget Meetas a member of a regional health district that ing” TO “Referendum” OR “Town Referendum” provides a sanitarian as part of its services, a FROM HERE FORWARD sanitarian having the qualifications set forth in Chap5. Copies of the budget to be presented to the ter 395 of the General Statutes shall be appointed to perform such duties and functions as are prescribed Annual Budget Referendum shall be available in in that chapter. The sanitarian need not be an elector the Town Clerk’s Office not later than one (1) week prior to said Referendum. of the Town. CHAPTER VI


All actions of the Board of Finance and/or the Board of Selectmen shall be in full compliance with the standards and requirements as set forth in the Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 106 (Towns Board of Finance), Chapter 108 (Municipal Reserve Fund), Chapter 109 (Municipal Bond Issues), Chapter 110 (Municipal Fiscal Years), Chapter 111 (Municipal Auditing Act), Chapter 112 (Municipal Finance) and any other applicable statutes as the same may be amended from time to time. CHAPTER IX THE TOWN MEETING ORIGINAL SECTION A, “Annual Budget Meeting,” HAS BEEN DELETED. SECTION 902 MEETINGS A. Special Meetings Special Town Meetings may be called by the Board of Selectmen at any time for any proper purpose. SECTION 904 ACTIONS REQUIRING TOWN MEETINGS Action shall be taken at Town Meetings only when required by this Charter or by the General Statutes, including but not limited to the following actions: DELETED “Adoption of the annual budget” AT BEGINNING OF SECTION A

A. Any resolution making an appropriation of more than the amount permitted in Section 703-A-2, any resolution to approve Emergency Appropriations made in accordance with Section 703-c, except as otherwise 6. Following approval of the annual budget at the provided therein, or such other additional appropriaTown Budget Referendum, the Board of Finance tions for which Town Meeting approval is required purshall meet immediately and establish the tax rate on suant to Section 7-348 of the General Statutes. the taxable property of the Town for the next fiscal year. SECTION 1013 EFFECTIVE DATE

N. Department of Aging/Social Services The Department of Aging/Social Services may provide programs and services for the elderly D. Annual Budget Referendum This Revised Charter shall take effect December The Budget shall be presented by the Board of 7, 2012. and social services for the Town as the same may be determined by the Board of Selectmen. Finance for approval by Town Referendum on the first Wednesday in May and shall be adopted by majority vote of those present and voting at said CHAPTER VII Referendum. FINANCE Ten days prior to the first Wednesday in May, a report on the proposed budget containing substan- 1255 Middlebury Road, (The Hamlet) DATE CHANGES THROUGHOUT CHAPTER Middlebury, CT 06762 tially the information required by Section 702-C-2 of this Charter, shall be prepared for publication in SECTION 702 BUDGET PROCEDURE 203-598-0005 a newspaper having substantial circulation in the Town and be available as published for the annual A. Department Heads On or before December 1 in each year, each offi- Town Referendum. HOURS: Sun 11 - 3 Mon 12 - 5   Tue & Fri 10 - 6   Wed & Thurs 10 - 8   Sat 10 - 5

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Masuk routs Pomperaug

Pomperaug High School Varsity Games Sept. 21 to Sept. 29, 2012



It’s a new season with new Friday, Sept. 21.................... Newtown (A).......................................... 7 p.m. faces on both sides, but the result Thursday, Sept. 27................ FireBall Run at Quassy (A) remains the same. For the third Friday, Sept. 28.................... Weston (H)............................................ 7 p.m. straight year, Masuk routed PomBoys’ Cross Country peraug, this time 47-10. Tuesday, Sept. 25................. Newtown (A).......................................... 5 p.m. Things couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for Masuk (1Girls’ Cross Country Tuesday, Sept. 25................. Newtown (A)..................................... 4:30 p.m. 0) in last Friday’s season-opening game. Thomas Milone reField Hockey turned a punt 60 yards just 2:79 Friday, Sept. 21.................... Watertown (H)....................................... 5 p.m. into the game. It would be the Tuesday, Sept. 25................. Lauralton Hall (A).................................. 4 p.m. first of five touchdowns for MiFriday, Sept. 28.................... Immaculate (A)................................ 3:45 p.m. lone, who outscored the whole Saturday, Sept. 29............... Masuk (A)........................................ 2:30 p.m. Pomperaug (0-1) team by himself. Football Friday, Sept. 21.................... Newtown (A).......................................... 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.................... Weston (H)............................................ 7 p.m.

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Saturday, Sept. 22............... New Fairfield (H).................................. 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24................. Bunnell (A)............................................ 7 p.m. To snag more of your holiday Thursday, Sept. 27................ Kolbe Cathedral (H)............................... 7 p.m. shopping dollars, one big-box Saturday, Sept 29................ New Milford (A)..................................... 1 p.m. store is extending its layaway season by a month and changing the Girls’ Soccer Saturday, Sept. 22............... New Fairfield (A).................................. 12 p.m. rules. Walmart’s layaway season starts Monday, Sept. 24................. Bunnell (H)............................................ 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27................ Lauralton Hall (A)............................. 3:45 p.m. in mid-September, one month Saturday, Sept 29................ New Milford (H)..................................... 7 p.m. early this year, giving customers a full 90-day layaway period. You’ll Girls’ Swimming put down 10 percent of your total Friday, Sept. 21.................... New Fairfield (A).................................... 4 p.m. (or $10 if greater). Each individual Friday, Sept. 28.................... New Milford (H)..................................... 6 p.m. item must cost more than $15, and your whole purchase must be Girls’ Volleyball Friday, Sept. 21.................... Newtown (A)..................................... 6:30 p.m. more than $50. The benefit is your Monday, Sept. 24................. New Milford (H)..................................... 5 p.m. account fee payment ($15, up from Friday, Sept. 28.................... Joel Barlow (A)...................................... 5 p.m. $5 last year) will be refunded to you in a gift card if you complete (H) Home (A) Away the layaway contract. The number of products has expanded as well and now includes some sporting goods and small appliances. Find the Bee-Intelligencer on Check your local store as down payments vary by state.

September is officially national yoga month. It’s a traditional observance designated as such by the Department of Health and Human Services. As yoga has inched its way into the health and wellness world, we see studios and private classes growing every year. It’s widely accepted as a way to remain flexible, strong, calm, fit and relaxed. As a yoga teacher for many years with my own daily practice as well, I find it keeps me fluid and flexible, courageous and committed in all areas of my life. Having knowledge of different ways of breathing helps me calm my nervous system, increase oxygen and bring blood flow to areas in need. I’ve developed a wonderful intuitive connection

Eric Beatty. But it could have and, according to Roach, should have been more. “We (have to) put that in,” Roach said. “The fact that we got points on the board is a good thing, but at the same time if we can drive all the way down to the 20-yard line, and we can’t put the play in, that’s our fault.” That would be as close as Pomperaug would come to catching high-flying Masuk. Milone responded with two touchdowns in the second quarter – a 73-yard punt return followed by a five-yard catch in the back left

corner of the end zone with six seconds left before halftime. Milone capped off his scoring midway through the third quarter when he took a screen pass and raced 85 yards to the end zone. Down 47-3, Beatty hit Steve Croce on a 49-yard pass to give Pomperaug its first touchdown of the season. But it was too little too late. Pomperaug will look to get its season on track when they travel to Newtown tonight, Friday, Sept. 21, for a 7 p.m. game.

New layaway options

Best Buy has a layaway program at selected stores. Items must total more than $250, and you’ll pay a hefty 25 percent down as well as a nonrefundable 5-percent layaway fee. You’ll make payments every two weeks until it’s paid for. Many items don’t qualify for layaway: Clearance, limited quantity, closeout and promotional items aren’t eligible. Kmart’s layaway seems to be the same as last year: $5 to open an account, $10 cancellation fee,

and $15 down payment (or 10 percent if greater). Make a payment every two weeks during an eightweek contract. Sears offers layaway with $5 to open an account, $20 down (or 20 percent if greater) and a $15 cancellation fee. Payments are made every two weeks for an eight-week contract. Toys “R” Us layaway requires a 20 percent down payment and a $5 service fee, but customers have 90 days to pay. Half the total must be paid by the 45-day mark. A typical layaway transaction involves a 10-percent to 20-percent down payment and a $5 service fee to open the account. Payments are made weekly until the items are paid for. Generally, there’s a $10 fee for cancellation.

As the holiday shopping season gets under way, keep your eyes open for other stores to follow Walmart’s lead with more attractive layaway options. If in doubt, call your favorite stores and ask whether they have layaway programs. With stores wanting to capture all the consumer dollars they can get this season, stores that have never had a program before might have one now. 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 32853-6475, or send an email to columnreply@ (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL with my body, mind and spirit, and you can too! The body is a miracle of bioengineering, such a gift, as it possesses amazing potential for self-healing and restoration of depleted energy. Practicing yoga offers vital health and flexibility of the spine and joints. Yoga builds a sense of devotion in your life. In the context of modern living, where there is too much sitting, driving and adrenal exhaustion through stress, yoga delivers

a burst of positivity and interesting movement. It strengthens your immune system, gives your skin tone radiance, improves energy levels and gently stimulates all the systems of the body depending on the yoga you choose. Bad postural habits, tightness in the ligaments and muscles as well as addictions and bad habits can be greatly improved with time. You can live with a calm serene persona, athletic strength and a child-like joy and curiosity as you practice yoga. This week’s nugget for life is to get into the spirit of yoga. Try a class near you in a local health club, studio or friend’s home. Pick up a DVD that catches your eye because there are DVDs out on every form of yoga known to man. Visit your local library, pick

up a book on yoga, and enjoy browsing the pages to learn more about this ancient eastern art of living, and then do some of the postures given in the book. Buy Yoga Journal magazine and get inspired to try it. Set yourself a goal to do 15 minutes of yoga a day for the next week in addition to one hourlong class, done either with others or in the comfort of your own home. Join the thousands that make yoga a part of their healthy and happy regime for life. Go on, get your om on. Develop a new passion and nurture yourself! Cynthia De Pecol is a Yoga teacher, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See or email

Leg pain a sign of blocked artery DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My wife’s doctor thinks she has intermittent claudication due to peripheral vascular disease. She also has diabetes. Would you describe it and its treatment? – S.B. ANSWER: Peripheral vascular disease also goes by the name peripheral artery disease, PAD. “Peripheral” refers to the outer boundary, and when speaking of the body, the legs are its periphery. Leg arteries are narrowed and often blocked by the buildup of cholesterol, fat and many other components found in the circulation. The buildup is called plaque. The buildup can be so great no blood runs through the main leg arteries. Intermittent claudication is leg pain that develops when someone with PAD walks any distance. The person can tell, almost to the number of steps

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taken, when pain will arise. Taking a rest relieves the pain. About 15 percent of those 70 and older have PAD. Its main sign is intermittent claudication. Your wife can do many things on her own that will help her. If her cholesterol is high, she has to get it down. She has to maintain normal blood pressure. She must exercise within the limits prescribed by her doctor. Walking is one of the best exercises. If she starts out modestly and gradually increases the distance and pace, she should aim for 30 minutes of walking daily. When pain arises, she should stop, take a break and then resume once pain has gone. One simple test for determining PAD is comparing blood pressure taken at the ankle with blood pressure taken in the arm. They should be nearly equal. If the ankle pressure is lower, that’s evidence of PAD. Your wife’s doctor will discuss the use of medicines like Plavix, Pletal and aspirin. With severe blockage of an artery, opening it up with a balloon-tipped catheter and inserting a shunt is one treatment. It’s the same procedure used for clogged heart arteries. Removing the obstructed artery segment and replacing it

with a graft is another way to treat this illness. The booklet on PAD discusses the details of this common malady in depth. Readers can obtain a copy by writing Dr. Donohue – No. 109, 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: Ever since I was 10 years old, I have had this problem: If I set something down or reach or touch something, I have to touch it again to make it feel right. When I hang clothes, I reach for a hanger and then put it back for a different one. I do things like this all day. I am 55. Am I crazy? – N.H. ANSWER: You describe obsessive-compulsive disorder. You’re not crazy. Many people have it. It’s an irresistible urge to perform a certain ritual, like touching things a second time or constantly washing the hands. That’s the compulsion, an act that relieves inner unease, the obsession. Help is available. Ask your family doctor to refer you to a specialist in this disorder. You’ve put up with it for too long. 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.

1. Jose Valverde set the record for the Detroit Tigers in 2011 with 49 consecutive saves. Who had held the franchise mark? 2. How many times did Juan Gonzalez have more home runs than walks in a season during his 17-year major-league career? 3. Who is the only college football coach to win a BCS title with two losses? 4. In 2009-10, Aaron Brooks set a Houston Rockets record with 209 3-point field goals made. Who held the old record? 5. How many Edmonton Oilers have won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie? 6. Name the last female before Danica Patrick in 2012 to secure the pole in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series? 7. How many times did Chris Evert reach the women’s singles final at Wimbledon, and how many times did she win?


1. Willie Hernandez had 32 straight saves in 1984. 2. Seven times. 3. LSU’s Les Miles, in the 2007 season. 4. Rafer Alston, with 192 in the 2006-07 season. 5. No Oiler has ever won the award. 6. Shawna Robinson did it in 1994, when it was the Busch Grand National Series. 7. She was in 10 finals between 1973 and 1985, winning three.

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ALL EQUIPMENT IS TO BE SOLD SEPARATELY All equipment is to be sold “as is and where is” with no warranty. The equipment can be inspected at the Public Works Facility, 1 Service Road, Middlebury, CT 06762 Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Town of Middlebury reserves the right to reject any or all bids deemed not in the best interest of the Town. Sealed bids clearly marked “Bid on Surplus Equipment” will be opened and read aloud and must be accompanied by a certified check/cashier’s check in the amount of 5% of Bid Security payable to “Treasurer, Town of Middlebury” and applied as partial payment of the bid price. Bid forms are obtained from Claudia Greenfield at 203-577-4163 or

Notice is hereby given to the Electors of the Town of Middlebury that a Town Meeting will be held on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Shepardson Community Center, Room 26. Winchester Electronics, 62 Barnes Industrial Road North, Wallingford, CT will occupy commercial space in the Town of Middlebury and has, therefore, submitted a completed Application for Certificate of Eligibility for Tax Incentives. Said application was recommended for approval to the Board of Selectmen by the Economic and Industrial Development Commission on August 21, 2012; and subsequently approved to move to a Town Meeting by the Board of Selectmen at their September 17, 2012 meeting. The Town Meeting will be held to discuss and vote upon the following:

The Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Middlebury will hold a public hearing on October 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium, Shepardson Community Center, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, Connecticut regarding the applications The Town of Middlebury invites bid proposals on equip- submitted by Ms. Tara Perrotti – Application to amend Zoning ment no longer needed for its operations: Map at 86 Woodland Rd. to revise part of the property from 1. Decommissioned 1996 Ford F-450 Call for parts availability. R40 to CA40. The public is invited to attend and be heard. Writ2. Decommissioned 1994 Ford F-450 Call for parts availability. ten comments may be sent and will be read into the record. They (Driveline parts not available) should be addressed to the Zoning Office at 1212 Whittemore 3. 1996 Mason Dump Body, 8’ long with 16” cab shield and Road, Middlebury, CT 06762. A copy of the application is on file tailgate. Includes sub-frame, hyd. tank, hoist cylinder, strobe for public inspection during normal working hours of that office. lights, and underbody tool box. 4. 1997 Mason Dump Body, 8’ long with 16” cab shield and Dated this 17th day of September, 2012 tailgate. Includes sub-frame, hyd. tank, hoist cylinder, strobe lights, and underbody tool box. Curtis Bosco, Chairman 5. 1989 Frink 9’ Reversible, Polymer Moldboard Plow. 6. 1990 Frink 9’ Reversible, Polymer Moldboard Plow. 7. 1987 Salt/sand spreader, 8’ long, 1.8 Cu. Yd. set up for central TOWN OF MIDDLEBURY hydraulics. NOTICE OF TOWN MEETING 8. 1990 Salt/sand spreader, 8’ long, 1.8 Cu. Yd. set up for central October 1, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. hydraulics. Shepardson Community Center – Room 26 9. Two (2) Aluminum Docks 1172 Whittemore Road

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Mineral buildup around faucets, also known as “scale,” is common in areas such as yours that have hard water – water containing high levels of minerals, particularly those containing calcium or magnesium. Hard water makes it difficult for soaps to lather up, which is inconvenient for bathers. But more serious is the potential for scale buildup inside water heaters. The most effective way to reduce the prevalence of scale is to install a water softener where the water enters the house. The size and type of water softener unit depend on how much water you use per day on average and the hardness of the water. You can bring in a professional to test the water, assess your needs and estimate the cost of the installation,

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for the amount of money you’ll spend on parts and installation. In the meantime, clean scale buildup from faucets and showerheads by shutting off the water supply to the affected faucets and unscrewing the showerhead and faucet aerators. Wash them in soapy water and rinse well. Then, place in a stainless steel or Teflon lined pan with a solution of half vinegar and half water. Simmer the hardware for five minutes, cool and then scrub with a nylon brush to remove the deposits. Send your questions or tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Donate cans and bottles, including water bottles, to Animals for Life at the shelter at 2 Service Road in Middlebury (across from Maggie McFly’s). Proceeds will Your pet could be featured help dogs and cats at the shelter.

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as “Pet of the Week” in this picture frame. Send us your pet’s photo by email to or by regular mail to P.O. Box 10, Middlebury, CT 06762 along with your pet’s name, your last name and your town.

PET OF THE WEEK Gianna Grace, a teacup Maltese, brings lots of joy to Nerina and Mark Carroll of Middlebury.

Fenn Farm Fall Tour The annual Fenn Farm Fall Tour will be Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fenn Farm at 55 Artillery Road in Middlebury. The tour is open to everyone, and there is no charge. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a pumpkin raffle and pumpkins for all children. Come enjoy a farm tour with Rob Fenn.

8th Annual Fall Fine Arts The Southbury Women’s Club Fall Fine Arts Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, on the Southbury Green on Main Street South in Southbury. Shop for fine art and handcrafts from more than 60 artisans and crafters, listen to live music and enjoy baked goods. A wellness booth will offer complimentary blood pressure checks, spinal health checks and nutritional advice. All event proceeds benefit local charities.

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fers an opportunity to join your friends and neighbors and learn about the Democratic candiSaturday Sept. 22, the Alliance dates for the U.S. Senate and the Française of North West Con- 5th Congressional District. necticut (AFNWCT) will sponsor a lecture in English, “French Oktoberfest in Chic,” at 11 a.m. at the Woodbury Middlebury Library at 269 Main St. South in Pies & Pints in Middlebury will Woodbury. Admission is free, celebrate Oktoberfest Monday, and the public is invited. Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. French-born decorator, furni30, with Oktoberfest beers, a speture historian and author Flocial German menu, giveaways rence de Dampierre will talk and raffles. Pies & Pints (formerly about the furnishings of her Perrotti’s) is at One West Road in Litchfield home. A book signing Middlebury. will follow  the lecture. Book prices for de Dampierre’s books MRTC Annual Fundraiser range from $37 to $63 and cash, The Middlebury  Republichecks or credit cards will be accan Town Committee (MRTC) cepted. For more information, call 203-263-4096 or email afn- annual fundraiser party will be Friday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Waterbury Country Club at 1 Oronoke Road in Wa Democrats Free terbury. It is open to the public. Family Picnic The cost of $75 per person covers The annual free family picnic hors d’oeuvres, a buffet, wine, sponsored by the Democratic beer and soft drinks. Town Committees in the 32nd Attendees will meet local and state senate district is Sunday, state candidates for office and Sept. 23, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at people active in the community. Hollow Park in Woodbury. Dis- Proceeds from the event will be trict and state candidates and used for scholarships and to supstate and federal elected officials port Republican candidates. have been invited. For tickets and more informaArea unaffiliated voters and tion, call John Cookson at 203their families are also cordially 758-8830 or rsvp@middleburyinvited to attend. The picnic of-

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Floss is a sweet 7-year-old mixed-breed dog who ended up at the shelter because her family could no longer care for her. She looks to be a mix of lab/ shepherd/boxer. This pretty lady is looking for a home where she can be the only pet. She is wonderful on a leash, well behaved and enjoys lying in the sun. If you think you can open your home to Miss Floss, call Animals For Life at 203-758-2933.

Rumba is a 6-year-old male cat who is laid back and easy. His only request is that he be the only kitty in his new home as he is positive for FIV. In a short time, he has adjusted easily to the dogs and the noise of the shelter. A busy household would probably suit him fine. If you would like to meet this true love bug, contact Animals For Life at 203-758-2933.

For more information on these pets, call 203-758-2933 or visit Animals for Life at the Middlebury Transfer Station on Rte. 63 at the corner of Woodside Ave. Adoption hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m. For more information about the adoption process, visit

What a pain! We use an HP laser-jet 6mp printer on a Windows 7 system (This issue can be with any printer, however). It had been working great for a long time and was very dependable. One day, it simply stopped printing altogether. Up to that point, it should be noted we would occasionally have to unplug and re-plug in the USB cable so the printing would commence. This time, however, it did not work.

The solution is to go to the Device Manager (Win7, right click the Computer icon, select Properties, then click the Device Manager link; Win XP right click the Computer icon, Properties and then select the Device Manager tab). Find the USB Printer Support device under the USB device list, usually at the bottom of the list. Uninstall it, and then reinstall it. To reinstall, right click the computer name at the top of

the list, and tell it to scan for new hardware). Your printer should be found again and the driver completely reinstalled. It should work fine now. It should be noted in this case that uninstalling the printer any other way did not work. For more tips visit For answers to your technology questions, call us at 203-262-1869.

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Cannon is a very handsome young man between the ages of 1.5 to 2 years old. He is cautious of men, but will warm up in time. His skin is very sensitive, and he seems to have a food allergy. We have him on salmon flavor Taste of The Wild. His skin looks great, and he is doing wonderfully on it. He will lie in your lap all day if he is allowed, loves children and LOVES playing fetch. He does get very stressed out when he sees other animals so he NEEDS to be the only animal in the house.

Amy is an absolutely gorgeous cat who enjoys napping curled up with the other cats. She is most comfortable when she has some feline friends around. She will let you pet her, but she will take a little patience before she really warms up to new people. She would do best in a quiet home where she can gain some confidence in herself. For the month of September, take advantage of our Feline Frenzy where the adoption fee for all cats 9 months and older has been lowered to $25 from $65!

SEPTEMBER CAT SPECIALS – Black and white cat adoption fees are $15; all other cats are $25. For more information on these animals, as well as others at Meriden Humane Society (MHS), email 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.

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: A number of cats in our area disappeared this spring and summer, and I noticed the rabbits that used to plague our garden don’t come as frequently. A neighbor told me he saw a coyote crossing the street just before dawn recently, and I suspect it is the cause of many of these disappearances. Please warn your readers they need to protect their pets as wild animals are encroaching on well-populated neighborhoods. – Pat C., Weston, Mass. DEAR PAT: That’s a very good point! As wild creatures lose more and more of their natural habitats, they are being seen much more frequently in the suburbs and even in urban areas. This goes beyond nuisance animals like raccoons and skunks: Black bears frequently wander into back yards in central Florida, and residents in urban Allston, Mass., are sometimes confronted by wild turkeys foraging along city streets. And coyotes and cougars have been reported in suburban neighborhoods in many parts of the United States.

Wild animals present a lot of risk to pets (as well as humans). Besides the threat of contracting rabies or other diseases, some predators find smaller pets to be easy, tasty prey. Keep cats and small dogs indoors at night. If wild animals have been reported in your area,

don’t let your pet out unaccompanied or off a leash, even during the day when no danger is apparent. Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. If you have pets like rabbits that are kept outside, reinforce and strengthen protective fencing around their cages. Send your questions or pet care tips to, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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