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Friday, December 13, 2013

Winter to bring swimming Holiday decorating! pool applications By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) at its Dec. 4 meeting accepted two outdoor swimming-pool-related applications for January public hearings. It also set 2014 meeting dates and approved the 2014-2015 budget request. “You’ll probably never have to use it. I hope you’ll never have to use it, but I think it will be in good hands,” Chairman David Alley said as he held up a fine wooden gavel. He told fellow commissioners his father said those words when he presented the gavel to him on Thanksgiving. Alley said his father was a commissioner who chaired countless meetings in many years of public service in Dutchess County, New York, and he remembered the gavel from the time he was a youth. Scott Tedesco of 64 Janet Drive told commissioners his plans for an in-ground swimming pool would exceed the maximum 10 percent lot coverage allowed in the R-40 zone by 1 percent. Tedesco said additional coverage of 409 square feet was allowed after coverage from his house and porch was subtracted. The pool would exceed that by 236 square feet, and a proposed 12-foot-by12-foot shed would add another 144 square feet for lot coverage of

11.17 percent. A nonconforming smaller legal lot in the R-40 zone was cited as the hardship. His application for the pool and shed was accepted for a Jan. 7 public hearing. A sideline variance application for a 10-foot-by-10-foot swimming pool storage shed for Susan Tracy of 294 Porter Ave. also was accepted for a Jan. 7 public hearing. Tracy, who had been granted a pool fence variance Nov. 6, joked with commissioners she could have saved time and money if she had included it then. She said the proposed location is about 28 feet from the house and in the only reasonable place on her nonconforming lot. In other matters, commissioners set the 2014 regular meeting schedule for the first Wednesday of every month except January, when the meeting will be Tuesday, Jan 7, due to New Year’s Day and scheduling conflicts. A proposed 2014-2015 budget of $5,805 was approved. Spending thus far for 2013-2014 has been $1,018, but commissioners agreed construction activity would likely increase in the new year, leading to more variances and more expenses. The next ZBA meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall conference room.

Holiday ornaments This year’s Middlebury pewter ornament, top, depicts Santa running on the Greenway. Made by Woodbury Pewterers, it is available in the Parks and Recreation Department, the town clerk’s office and Sullivan’s Jewelers. The cost is $8. The 2013 Middlebury Lions Club ornament, bottom, is dedicated to the memory of Gus Dinova and features his original Four Corners Grocery Store, a Middlebury institution fondly remembered by everyone in the area, as is its owner, Gus. Ornaments with a ribbon for hanging cost $20 each; ornaments with a stand cost $25. Find it at Sullivan’s Jewelers, Larry’s Package Store, the Middlebury tax collector’s office at Town Hall and at the Parks and Recreation Department at Shepardson Community Center. The hand-painted acrylic ornaments were produced by Hestia Creations of Marblehead, Mass. Proceeds from ornament sales support many local as well as national Lions Club’s causes.

Dec. 14, 2013

Remembering the tragedy at Sandy Hook Gov. Malloy has asked houses of worship and other organizations to ring their bells 26 times at 9:30 in the morning Dec. 14 as a way to honor each life lost at Sandy Hook Dec. 14, 2012. We ask you to honor the victims by performing an act of kindness.

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P&Z discusses development, Post University sign By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) at its Dec. 5 meeting informally discussed possible alternatives to Benson Road industrial zone development and a Post University sign request, approved a tenant fit-up on Southford Road, authorized the Board of Selectmen to pull a Long Meadow Farm bond if it was not renewed, approved the new zoning map and set meeting dates for 2014. A discussion of development possibilities for 104 acres of industrial-zoned property on Benson Road offered support for possible commercial and retail use, but no support for zoning changes to allow residences. Norman Feinstein, vice chairman of the Morristown, N.J.-based Hampshire Real Estate Co., told commissioners his company purchased the property in 2004 with 40 acres containing what is now the 313,000-square-foot Chemtura campus of leased office and industrial space. He said Chemtura has since downsized to 200,000 square feet and is expected to be gone when its lease expires in 2019. Feinstein said the other 64 acres of ideal commercial property attracted no interest due to the economic downturn. Feinstein introduced Mark Hoffman, vice president of the Short Hills, N.J.based Garden Homes, a company managing 25 million square feet of retail and commercial space. Feinstein and Hoffman walked commissioners through two property maps to illustrate possibilities for mixed commercial and residential development of the remaining acres. Commissioners were open to discussion on a change in the LI-200 zone to permit retail and mixed uses, as was done along Southford Road in the Gateway Industrial

Design District, but Chairman Terry Smith said residential use couldn’t be part of the mix. “This town has given a lot of its commercial and industrial to residential years ago, and we’re still hearing about it. We’ve done our part in residential,” Smith said. Commissioner Ronald Kulpa said the Middlebury grand list was 80 percent residential, which he said was very high. Commissioner Paul Babarik agreed, noting several large residential projects with languishing sales. Town planner Brian Miller agreed with both of them, saying it was not sensible to substitute poor-selling residential space for poorselling industrial and office space. Feinstein pointed out the visibility of the property from I-84 and the proximity to Exit 16. He asked whether the location of the property was separate enough from the rest of Middlebury to allow more regional uses, such as outlet stores. Miller asked commissioners to consider a creative mix of office space and retail that served the office workers, and Smith noted the newly designated Oxford Airport Enterprise Zone, which added incentives to investment in the area. Attorney Michael McVerry, representing Hampshire Real Estate, asked Smith to focus on these additional types of uses in the evolving Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). Scott Allen, Post University vice president of finance and administration, was instructed to submit a special exception application so a public hearing could be set for what he termed an “Ivy League-style” stone pillar sign along a rock wall on Army Corps of Engineers property at Country Club Road and Straits Turnpike. The purpose of the sign, Allen said, was to help people find the university, which is far back from the road

and difficult for visitors to find. A 5-by-30foot sign had been proposed and mocked up for review in July 2010, but the application was withdrawn after commissioners complained the sign was too large. Allen showed commissioners four conceptual design variations of the proposed sign and acknowledged the university might need to dig it up if work needed to be performed on water and sewer lines running underneath it. A tenant fit-up for Thomas P. Palomba for a sports and fitness business in existing space at 950 Southford Road was unanimously approved. Palomba told commissioners he will be occupying the 7,500-square-foot unit previously used by Fun Factor in the rear of the 55,000-square-foot Middlebury Racquet Club building. He said no major renovations were needed to install two batting cages, conditioning and fitness area, pro shop, and seating area. In added new business, a unanimous P&Z vote gave the Board of Selectmen authority to pull the bond of the Long Meadow Farm section known as “The Ridge” if the bond is not renewed before its Dec. 31, 2013, expiration date. Remarking on the Nov. 25 public hearing on updates to the 2001 POCD, Smith said he was disappointed members of the Economic and Industrial Development Commission (EIDC) did not attend. Smith said he had been invited to the Nov. 19 EIDC meeting, but it was canceled. In procedural matters, members voted to accept the Oct. 28, 2013, zoning map presented to them Nov. 7 and to continue meeting the first Thursday of every month at Shepardson Community Center in 2014. The next regular P&Z meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center.

Middlebury Lions sell luminaries at transfer station

Inside this Issue Adoptable Pets................ 8 Book Review................... 2 Classifieds....................... 7 Community Calendar....... 2 Fire Log........................... 2 In Brief............................ 4 Library Happenings.......... 2

Middlebury Garden Club members and helpers, left to right, Mary Anne McCormack, Corrina Flanagan, Beth Small, Cian Flanagan, Michele Rowell Finn and Karen Capodanno display the wreath and swag they decorated for the Middlebury Public Library and Town Hall as part of the club’s annual tradition of providing holiday decorations for the town. The club’s purpose is to stimulate knowledge and interest in horticulture, foster conservation and ecology, and encourage civic planning and planting. To learn more, visit  (Submitted photo)

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Fundraiser to sell luminaries for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Middlebury transfer station on Route 63 by Maggie McFly’s. $6 for a kit with 12 white bags and 12 10-hour candles.

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Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary Cookie Walk

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What: This fundraiser offers dozens of homemade holiday cookies at $6 a pound. When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Fire house on Tucker Hill Road in Middlebury

Last day for St. George’s Gingerbread Village and Holiday Bazaar What: Gingerbread Village, decorate-a-cookie room, crafts and sweet shop! When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: St. George’s Episcopal Church on Tucker Hill Road in Middlebury

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The library is showing holiday-themed movies on its beautiful surround-sound display this month. Movies will be shown at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16; WednesTuesday, Dec. 17 day, Dec. 18; and Friday, Dec. 20. Commission on Aging Call the library at 203-758-2634 9:30 a.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26 to find out which movies will be Elderly Tax Relief Committee playing. 5:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26 Holiday shrink jewelry Water Pollution Control Authority - Canceled Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 teens attending high school are invited to the library to make NAMI CAN (Children and Adolescents) Support Group 7 - 8:30 p.m............................... Room 3D, 969 W. Main, Waterbury holiday shrink jewelry using recycled material. Make a gift for NAMI General Support Group a friend or family member or 7 - 8:30 p.m. ............................. Room 3D, 969 W. Main, Waterbury make something for yourself! Calendar dates/times are subject to change. If your organization would like your event included in the community calendar, please email the information to

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 12-01 12:31 286 Shadduck Road. Illegal burn. Homeowner was burning cookbooks in backyard barbecue pit. Homeowner was advised of burning regulations and extinguished fire with a garden hose. 12-01 14:38 188 by Long Meadow Road. Motorcycle accident with injuries. One patient transported to Waterbury Hospital on advanced life support by AMR. Small fuel leak was controlled with Speedy-Dry. Assisted EMS with patient. 12-01 15:43 85 Shadduck Road. Illegal burn. Burning building materials. Homeowner was advised of the burning regulations and extinguished fire with garden hose. 12-03 11:58 931 Middlebury Road. Fire alarm activation. Workers on the scene set off alarm. Alarm was reset. 12-05 05:32 397 White Deer Rock Road. Carbon monoxide alarm activation. No readings. Nothing found. 12-05 05:56 I-84 exit 17 on ramp. Reported motor vehicle accident. Call was in Waterbury. 12-06 08:07 Watertown Road. Motor vehicle accident. No injuries. Oil spill only. Public Works was called to spread sand on roadway. 12-07 18:01 134 Mirey Dam Road. Fire alarm activation. Food on the stove. 12-07 19:32 152 Porter Ave. Illegal burn. Bonfire. Resident told to put the fire out.

Book Review “Ingenious: A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America” by Jason Fagone (Crown Publishers, $26) Reviewed by Molly Ford In 2007, the Automobile X Prize was announced. Run by a private foundation, the goal was to offer a large sum of money – between $2.5 million and $5 million – in order to entice teams to build a car that was safe, could be mass produced, and could travel 100 miles on the energy equivalent of 1 gallon of gasoline. Ordinary people were the ones who answered the call to create what Detroit either couldn’t or wouldn’t. Author Jason Fagone follows four main teams: a West Coast start-up company that is the early favorite; a pair of high-school sweethearts who are spending their life savings; a larger-than-life German real-estate developer working on a car so light you can push it with your thumb; and a group of West Philadelphia highschool students who are compet-

ing for the X Prize while balancing teenage life. Fagone writes in a characterdriven, plain-speak style that eliminates the need to be a car enthusiast or gearhead to enjoy reading the book. And as a writer who is gentle with his subjects, Fagone makes the case that the real fuel powering these cars is hope and hard work. Peeking under the hood of the automobile industry and into the hearts of the contestants, this book will encourage a different mindset about the future of the automobile industry and the small group of people working to change the way the rest of us get to work, school and home each day. If you love innovation, competition or dreams, this is your read. For more reviews by Molly Ford, visit (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Holiday shrink ornaments Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 3:30 p.m., students in grades five to eight are invited to come learn how to recycle plastics into shrink ornaments. You can give them as a gift or make them for yourself.

Holiday story by the fire, caroling, Santa visit

Lego to the library The Children’s Department will offer “Lego to the Library” for grades 2 and up Friday, Dec. 20, at 4:15 p.m. The library provides the Legos, and the kids provide the fun. Registration is required. Register in the Children’s Department or by calling 203-262-0626, ext. 3.

Photo exhibit Photographer Steve Eazarsky’s exhibit, “Changing Light, Winter Scenes” is on display in the Gloria Cachion Gallery until Thursday, Dec. 26. Eazarsky said of his exhibit, “The sun gradually gets lower in the sky. Shadows grow longer; days shorter. The warmth of fall turns to a crisp, still winter coolness. But the low sun angles and clean air make winter an ideal time to shoot. Come brave the weather and see what I see as fall fades to winter, and winter warms to spring, and a new year.” Eazarsky, who is based in Bethlehem, Conn., is a chemist and self-taught photographer. He has displayed statewide, been seen in numerous publications and recognized by National Geographic. For more information, call 203-262-0626 or visit www. The library Author Garrison Leykam will speak at the Woodbury Public Li(Submitted photo) is at 100 Poverty Road in South- brary.  bury.

The Middlebury library invites you and your family to attend a holiday story reading by the fire at the library, followed by caroling Thursday, Dec. 19, starting at 4:30 p.m. Caroling will begin around 4:45 p.m. Santa also will visit the library and will be there from 6 to 7 p.m. Classic diners talk The Middlebury Public LiAuthor Garrison Leykam will brary is at 30 Crest Road. The telephone number is 203-758- talk about his book, “Classic Din2634, and the website is middle- ers of Connecticut,” Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. More than 100 diners dot Connecticut roadways, and Leykam celebrates diner traditions. He offers up local recipes and diner lingo – order up a #81, Affordable Care Act frog sticks or a Noah’s boy with Murphy carrying a wreath – as well questions Have questions or are you as stories that make each diner confused about the new Afford- unique. Tony’s Diner in Seymour able Care Act (aka ObamaCare)? keeps pictures of the 1955 flood to Tuesdays from 12 to 4 p.m., Rich- always remember the tragedy the ard Wood, a state-certified assis- diner overcame. Stories like this ter with CHOICES, Connecticut’s – of tragedy, triumph, sanctuary, health and information assis- comfort and community – fill the tance program, will provide in- pages in Leykam’s celebration of formation on Access Health CT, classic and historic diners of the the state’s new health insurance Nutmeg State. Leykam is recognized as a marketplace. Do you need help groundbreaker in reality TV as host with eligibility, signing up or deand producer of the DINERS teletermining the best plan? Ask vision show that aired on ConWood your questions. All discusnecticut Public Television. He sions will be confidential. hosts the online radio program, Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys, Art exhibit which has garnered well over a This month the library is feamillion listeners worldwide in less turing the artwork of Watertown than a year. He will have books for resident Susan Kelley Coppola. sale during his presentation. Coppola studied art at Southern Connecticut State University and Photo exhibit Naugatuck Valley Community Photos by W. Scott Petersen, College and has taken additional a self-taught fine arts photogracourses with Tracy Walter Ferry at Artsplace in Cheshire. The pher specializing in landscapes subjects of her landscapes sug- and seascapes, are on exhibit this gest many different locales, in- month. Petersen creates unique cluding Cape Cod and the Maine and distinctive photographic coast. She is a member of the images of all kinds. His goal is Watertown Art League and Phoe- to evoke an emotional reaction nix Rising in Thomaston and has in the viewer by using his camera participated in a number of art to paint with light. He has a large collection of shows. The exhibit can be viewed images of the boardwalk around during regular library hours Little Pond at the White MemoThe Howard Whittemore Merial Conservation Center. Many morial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For informa- of these images illustrate the tion, call 203-729-4591 or visit central theme of his work, which is to create a reaction in the viewer by “painting” with light. Other favorite subjects are local Connecticut scenes and images from the midcoast region of Blood drive Maine. For more information, call The Junior Friends of the Li203-263-3502 or visit www. brary will host their 2nd Annual Red Cross Blood Drive Wednes- The liday, Dec. 18, from 1:15 to 5 p.m. brary is at 269 Main St. South in To register, go to www.redcross. Woodbury. org. Walk-ins also will be welcome the day of the event.




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Records provided by the Middlebury Town Clerk’s office. Kreonidis, Christos to Kreonidis, Christos, Tr. on 11/1, Lot 4 Bronson Dr.(116 Bronson Dr.) via Q.C. for -0-. Saggese, Vincent P. for Ion Investments on 11/1, Trade Name File (600 Middlebury Rd.), Trade Name. Blasius, Frederick W., Jr. to Blasius, Margaret on 11/4, 21 Cambridge Court via Q.C. for -0-. Maciecki, Kenneth S. to Zarillo, William on 11/4, 1628 Straits Tpke. (Part Waterbury), via War for $200,000. Dewey, Brian to Nelson, Ryan / Burke, Taylor on 11/6, Lots 1979 thru 1984 Middlebury Shores (1035 Long Meadow Rd.) via War for $199,000. Ridgewood at Middlebury Association, Inc. / Ridgewood at Middlebury for Ridgewood at Middlebury Association, Inc. / Ridgewood at Middlebury on 11/7, 15th Amendment ADECL. Ibraimov, Altana T., aka et al to Citimortgage, Inc. (1000 Technology Dr., O Fallon, MO 63368) on 11/12, 70 Steinmann Ave. via FORC. DeCarlo, Charles R., aka to DeCarlo, Charles R. / DeCarlo, David C. on 11/12, 2 Pcs. White Ave. via Q.C. for -0-. Rubbo, Angie to Parker, Angela M. on 11/13, Lot 41A Yale Ave. via Q.C. for -0-. Wells Fargo Bank, NA to Varrone, Anthony / Varrone, Sharon on 11/14,

Region 15 School Calendar Friday, Dec. 13 GES Holiday Fair........................................................... 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. PTO Sewing Enrichment Class......................................... 3 - 4:30 p.m. PHS Choir, Band Concert (Snow Date 12/16)...........................7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14 No Events Scheduled

Sunday, Dec. 15 No Events Scheduled

Monday, Dec. 16 PTO Sewing Enrichment Class....................................................3 p.m. PES Snow Date Grade 5 Band/Strings Concert........................7 p.m. PHS Snow Date Concert Choir and Concert Band...................7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 MES Snow Date Grade 5 Band/Strings Concert.......................7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 School Spirt PD&J Day RMS Grades 7 and 8 Concert (Snow Date 12/19).....................7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19 RMS PTO After-school Yoga.................................AP Room, 2:45 p.m. RMS Snow Date Grades 7 and 8 Concert...................................7 p.m.

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171 Acme Dr. via War for $170,100. McNamara, Thomas L. for Connecticut Hardwood Floors on 11/15, Trade Name File (165 North St.) Trade Name. Goncalves, Antonio H. / Goncalves, Marcia T. to Goncalves, Marcia Teixeira on 11/18, Lot 36 North Farm (244 Mirey Dam Rd.) via Q.C. for -0-. Naugatuck Savings Bank for Ion Bank on 11/18, Change of Name CHNA. Toll CT II Limited Partnership to Berger, Joyce Ann on 11/18, Parcel B Southford Rd./ Middlebury Rd. via Q.C. for -0-. Sovereign Bank, NA for Santander Bank NA on 11/19, Change of Name CHNA. Dobson, Matthew J. to Blanchard, Kevin, Jr. / Audet, Chantal on 11/19, Lot F Middlebury-Woodbury Rd. (55 Bristol Rd.) via War for $256,500. Robinson, Robert S., aka / Robinson, Robert H. to Robinson, Robert S. / Robinson, Susan M. on 11/20, Southerly from Whittemore Rd. (78 Shadduck Rd.) via Q.C. for -0-. Lavallee, Paul A. / Lavallee, Sandra L. to Connecticut, State of on 11/21, 253 Triangle Blvd. via War for $297,500. Carbonneau, Elizabeth Casey to Carbonneau, Alan Joseph on 11/22, Christian St. & Kissewaug Rd. (1053 Christian Rd.) via Q.C. for -0-. Saranitzky, Edward to Vitagliano, Sarah on 11/26, 137 Central Ave. (137 Central Rd.) via War for $386,000.

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Annual Toy & Food Drive

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LEFT: Standing in front of a vehicle loaded with donations are, left to right, Police Explorer Colton Cronin, Explorer Jack Cronin and Middlebury Police Officer Ed Demers. Police and the police explorers collected toys, food and cash for six hours last Saturday in front of Dinova’s Four Corners store. On behalf of the Police Benevolent Association, Demers thanks Joe Dinova and the generous donors who made this drive the most successful to date. Demers said Memorial Middle School teacher John Morris reported students there voted to donate all the toys they collect to the toy drive. (Submitted photo) RIGHT: Middlebury Social Services Director JoAnn Cappelletti stands by tables loaded with donations to the Police Benevolent Association’s annual toy, food and cash drive. Not shown are the toys and bags of food sitting under the tables and the grocery store gift certificates purchased with cash donated to the drive. (Marjorie Needham photo)

We are pleased to announce that Lauren Busalacchi-Sawyer has joined our team of stylist at Refresh... Lauren has years of experience as a stylist. She has perfected her craft by continually attending classes to learn the latest trends in color and style. Get a jump start on your new look for 2014. Lauren has the expertise to transform your appearance… no matter age, style or hair type. In addition to her training as a hair stylist she is a graduate of Award Makeup Academy and attended Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She has a portfolio of happy brides with both hair and makeup by Lauren. Lauren is enthusiastic and has a consistent following of clients who trust she listens to their needs and delivers results. “I’m extremely excited to be joining the talented team at Refresh Salon. It is a beautiful, relaxing setting to work in. The salon is so light-filled and fresh it inspires me to perform and transform.”


Middlebury Senior Center News Storm cancellations When there is inclement winter weather, the Senior Center does not follow the local schools in determining if the center will close. Even though the schools may be canceled, the center office will be open, and programs may be held. To find out if activities have been canceled, please check WTNH Channel 8/19, WVIT Channel 30 or WFSB Channel 3 on TV or WTIC 1080 AM, WATR 1320 AM or WWCO 1240 AM on the radio. Cancellation means ALL activities for that day are canceled including exercise, nutrition, card playing, billiards, computer classes, Pilates, art programs, yoga, sewing as well as AARP meetings.


There will be no advance announcement of cancellations. Wait until the day of your activity, Holiday Light Fantasia then listen to or watch the aboveDue to the inclement weather mentioned channels or stations Dec. 9, the original date for this for cancellation information. trip, the Middlebury Senior Center minibus will travel to Hartford on Operation Fuel The Middlebury Social Ser- the snow date, Monday, Dec. 16, vices Department is taking ap- leaving at 4 p.m. so passengers can plications for Operation Fuel. For see the Christmas lights at Holiday more information on this pro- Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park. gram for residents who need help Drive through an enchanting land with their fuel bills, call 203-577- of spectacular, sparkling light displays during this festive and mag4166, ext. 707. ical holiday season. More than 60 enchanting images will delight Free hearing children and adults. All proceeds screening go to the Channel 3 Kids Camp. The free hearing screening The bus will stop at Friendly’s will be Wednesday, Dec. 18. Call for dinner on the way. To reserve 203-577-4166 for an appoint- a seat, call 203-577-4166. The cost ment. of $12 per person includes admission and transportation.

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Leave the Middlebury Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, to travel to a New Year’s matinee featuring “John Banker and his New Year’s Band” at the Aqua Turf Club. The price of $63 per person includes hors d’ouevres, a full-course meal, a glass of wine, party favors, transportation and entertainment. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve your seat.

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Falls Avenue Senior Center Events Falls Avenue Senior Center events for area adults 55 and older follow. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 860-945-5250. Please speak with a staff member when calling as the senior center does not accept voice-mail reservations. The center is at 311 Falls Ave. in Oakville, Conn.

p.m. Reservations are needed by 19, at 3 p.m. led by Rev. Lingquist, Dec. 16. retired pastor of Union Congregational Church in Oakville. ResWomen’s health ervations are needed by Dec. 18.


Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m., Kathy Andres of Beacon Brook Health Center will discuss women’s health concerns with special attention on urinary issues. Anwill teach exercises to Reflexology sessions dres strengthen muscles that support Certified reflexologist Kim the pelvic floor. Reservations are Stewart will offer 20-minute ses- needed by Dec. 16. sions for hands or feet Monday, Dec. 16, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Veterans program for $15 a session. Reservations Wayne Rioux, a U.S. Army are needed by Dec. 13. Vietnam-era veteran and veter-

Genealogy 101 The center’s Genealogy 101 class, taught by Stephanie Lantiere, will meet Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil to class. Reservations are needed by Dec. 16.

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an’s liaison with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, will thank veterans for their service, duty and personal sacrifice to our country Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. Rioux will provide information about benefits at the end of life and will speak about the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal. Reservations are needed by Dec. 17.

The Watertown High Jazz Band and World Language Christmas sing-a-long Honor Society Singers will visit The center will host a Christthe center Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 1 mas sing-a-long Thursday, Dec.

Christmas party The center’s Christmas Party will be Friday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. Singer Brian Gille will perform the best of 20th-century songs, holiday tunes and doo wop. Admission is an appetizer to share. Reservations are needed by Dec. 19.

New Year’s Eve party Be among the first in the area to celebrate the New Year at the center’s New Year’s Eve afternoon party Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. Singer Bob Lupi will provide the entertainment. Following the show, there will be a potluck dinner beginning at 3 p.m. Admission is a potluck dish to share. Reservations are needed by Dec. 30.

Bridge, anyone? There has been some interest at the center in starting a bridge group. If you are interested, call 860-945-5250 to leave your name and phone number.

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Hop Brook Pharmacy ribbon cutting

Blueberries and tea for health? If you like to have a blueberry muffin and a cup of green tea in the morning, you might be halfway to increasing your cognitive functioning. That’s only half said in jest. Natura Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company, has created a product that has been proven to increase cognitive function in older adults – and blueberries and tea are half the ingredients. The whole list of ingredients is a proprietary blend of blueberry, L-carnosine, green tea and vitamin D-3, which when combined produce more stem-cell rejuvenation than if used individually. The product is called NutraStem Cardio. In a double-blind test (no one knew who was getting the real thing or a placebo), 105 adults with an average age of 73.6 years were tested in six different areas: verbal ability, working memory, executive functioning, processing speed, episodic memory and complex speed. After doing a baseline test, the participants were retested two months later. The results: processing speed improved significantly, and there were improvements in decisionmaking, memory and attention. This means that there’s hope

for having products that actually improve cognitive health. There are some caveats, however: The company did its own research. The number of participants was small, and it was only done once. On the other hand, Natura Therapeutics is aligned with the University of South Florida, and the school’s scientists are the ones who developed the product and ran the research. This is big. Grabbing any supplement off the grocery shelves is risky because we don’t know what’s in the products or where they came from. With the University of South Florida standing behind this one, there’s assurance that at least the product won’t hurt us and might even help. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Preparing to cut the ribbon at Hop Brook Pharmacy last Friday are, left to right, pharmacy technicians Dorothy Cappiello and Pedro Quintana, Middlebury First Selectman Edward B. St. John, pharmacist Matt Carrano and Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce representative Courtney Ligi. The well-attended ceremony included refreshments and raffles.  (John DiCarlo photo)

Energy vampires drain your wallet You turn off the television when you’re not watching it because it saves you money, right? Not so. If you can see lights from all the extra gear you have connected to the television, the juice is still flowing and the meter is still running. That can mean your cable box, DVD player, Wii or Xbox, and your stereo are still pulling energy even though they’re not being used. If you turn off the lights in your house and navigate by flashlight, you’ll spot many of the energy thieves at work. Laptops and computers in sleep or standby mode, coffee makers on a timer set to start up in the morning, cell-phone adapters and telephone chargers are all energy thieves that increase your energy bill. So are clock ra-

dios, rechargeable electric toothbrushes and printers on standby. Called “vampires” or “phantom loads,” these appliances pull energy even when they’re not in use. Here are some tips for dealing with energy vampires: • Unplug it, especially if it’s a device you don’t use every day. • Use a power strip to easily turn off multiple devices. • Have an energy audit done to see where your biggest expenses are. Or invest in a Kill A Watt

electricity usage monitor (www. to see how much energy your individual appliances are using. • If you need a nightlight for small children but forget to turn it off during the day, invest in the type that comes on only when it’s dark. • Turn off your electronic gear and step outside to your meter. You’ll likely see it still running, possibly from all the other “sleeper” appliances. • When it’s time to buy a new appliance, go for the ENERGY STAR models. Look for the big yellow tag on the side that tells you the appliance’s rating. • If you have pets, you might be guilty of keeping appliances on for their comfort – and you won’t

be alone. A recent survey in Florida showed 86 percent of pet owners leave on fans, lights, the television and, especially in summer, the air conditioning for the comfort of the animal. Reconsider whether your pet needs human-type temperatures. To learn more, go online to and put “vampire loads” in the search box. You’ll find a number of articles full of information on how to save on your energy costs. David Uffington regrets he cannot personally answer reader questions, but he will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@

9 a.m. to noon. It will be a great chance to stock up on homemade baked goods and handcrafted decorations just in time for Christmas gift giving. Products will be attractively wrapped so you can give them as gifts. St. Andrew’s is at 247 New Milford Turnpike (Route 202) in Marble Dale, Conn. Turn onto Wheaton Road at the blinking light for convenient parking.

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In Brief Naugatuck Community Choir The Naugatuck Community Choir will present its “A Christmas Vision”concert Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church at 652 Baldwin St. in Waterbury and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at Saint Hedwig’s Church at 32 Golden Hill St. in Naugatuck. Admission is free, but goodwill offerings are accepted. A reception will follow each performance.

St. George’s Gingerbread Village Friday and Saturday are the last days to see the St. George’s Episcopal Church annual holiday gingerbread village. View and purchase gingerbread delights Friday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to This cat was found near the Middlebury Police Station Nov. 26. If it 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14, from is your cat, please email 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the decorate-a-cookie room; sweets and crafts also on sale.

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Christmas Eve and also can be a fun addition to a New Year’s Eve celebration. Each $6 luminaries kit has 12 white bags and 12 10-hour candles. Luminaries can be purchased at Sullivan’s Jewelers, Larry’s Wine and Spirits, Vaszauskas Farm and the Town Parks and Recreation department. The Lions also will be selling them Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Middlebury Transfer Station and around town. Please support the Lions along with our local business partners.

Cookie walk, bake sale The Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) Ladies Auxiliary annual cookie walk and bake sale will be Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at MVFD headquarters on Tucker Hill Road in Middlebury. Cookies will cost $6 a pound. Come shop for some wonderful homemade cookies to share with friends and family during the holidays.

The Middlebury Lions club is Marble Dale selling holiday luminaries again this year as a fundraiser to support holiday bake sale local scholarship and community St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church assistance funds. Luminaries are in Marble Dale will have a holiday customarily placed along drive- bake sale Saturday, Dec. 14, from ways and walkways at dusk on

Benefit pancake breakfast A pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Roxbury Congregational Church. The proceeds will support next July’s mission trip to work with Simply Smiles on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The Roxbury Congregational Church is at 24 Church St., Route 317, in Roxbury. For more information, call 860-355-1978 or visit

Main Street Ballet The Main Street Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. at Pomperaug High School in Southbury. Guest artists this year are New York’s Daevid Mendivil as the Snow Cavalier and Dew Drop Cavalier and Celestin Boutin of the Ellison Ballet as the Sugar Plum Cavalier. Tickets at $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 65 and older and children ages 7 to 12, and $12 for children 6 and younger will be available at the door. For information and reserved tickets, call 203 263-5107 or visit

The Connecticut Choral Society will present three Candlelight and Carols concerts, Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at North Congregational Church in Woodbury and Sunday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Danbury. Under the direction of Eric Dale Knapp, the ensemble will present a wide-ranging repertoire, including “African Noel,” “Gloria” (composed by member Rick Ryan), “Believe” (from Polar Express), and an aria from Handel’s Messiah. The audience is invited to join in singing selected carols. Tickets ($25 – adult, $15 – youth under 18) can be purchased online at or at the door. For more information, call 888-927-2933.

Blue Christmas Service The Roxbury Congregational Church, UCC will sponsor a special “Blue Christmas” Service Sunday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m. at the church at 24 Church Street in Roxbury. While Christmas is known as a season of joy, festivity and celebration, some may find the so-called “Christmas Spirit” elusive. Christmas can be a difficult time for us due to concerns about the world situation, struggles with depression, addictions, grief, personal troubles, or memories. The service will provide an opportunity to acknowledge our feelings with people who understand what we are going through. Everyone, regardless of religious background, is welcome. The short service will be followed by a time of light refreshments and fellowship. For more information call 860355-1978 or visit

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It Happened in Middlebury

Homes change over the years and, in most cases, they are the earliest photographs of those houses in exisEach year a number of people stop tence. by the Middlebury Historical Society to For the past eight months, Middlegain more knowledge about their combury Historical Society Vice President munity. We are happy to supply them Agnes Lutes, Harold West Jr., Bob Scholl with any information we have, but reand I have spent many hours attemptcently we have been concentrating our ing to match these photographs with energies on Middlebury houses. While their contemporary embodiments. As we do not have complete house histoI wrote a year ago, the streets where ries, we have collected a great deal of many houses are located were identified information about Middlebury buildusing city directories and the 1940 U.S. ings. We are busy compiling more incensus. We were able to match owners’ formation about private residences, names written on the 1930 photographs especially those that predate 1900. with their listing in the directories and Based on our research, about 20 census, but many names could not be houses that predate 1800 and another 75 found, and the locations of their houses that date between 1800 and 1900 still remain a mystery. There were and are remain intact. Many of them have been a great number of out-of-town owners A Porter Avenue home in 1939 to 1941. studied by Rachel Carley in her 2010 hisof houses. Perhaps the only way to identorical and architectural analysis of Midtify these houses is to trace their owndlebury, which contains expert descripership in the land records, a more tetions of approximately 550 structures. dious process. But this is how house history is performed. The two pictures of the Porter Avenue home, which was positively identified, show a great deal of work was performed during the past 75 or so years. The other house is one we have not yet identified. If you know where that house is (or was), please let us know. You are invited to stop in at the historical society to view what is available on your house. We always welcome old photographs (in any shape) of houses and their occupants. Bob Rafford is the Middlebury Historical Society president and Middlebury’s municipal historian. To join or contact the society, visit or call Bob at 203-206-4717. Your membership would be a valuable An unidentified house in a 1939 to 1941 assessor’s photograph. (Submitted photos) addition. The Porter Avenue home in the current assessor’s records. By DR. ROBERT L. RAFFORD

Carley’s work will remain the most definitive study of Middlebury’s structures for a long time, because it is not only the rich variety of architecture that enhances the beauty of our town but the stories of those who lived and worked in and around those buildings that enthrall us. In addition to Carley’s research on houses, a project to catalog Connecticut’s historical barns is available online at www.connecticutbarns. org. Just click on the map to view the barns’ photographs and analyses in any town, including Middlebury. Many years ago, snapshots of houses from approximately 1939 to 1941 that were taken for the town assessor’s records were turned over to the historical society. The houses are identified only by the name of the owner at the time the photograph was taken. In many cases, these are the only existing photographs of the houses from that period,

Obituaries William B. Grady SNET retiree

William B. Grady, 76, formerly of Waterbury, husband of MaryJane Grady, passed away Nov. 28, 2013, at Sylvia’s Hospice House in Ocala, Fla. Bill was born March 1, 1937, in Waterbury, a son of the late John and Maryanne (McGowan) Grady. He was a graduate of St Margaret’s Grammar School and Sacred Heart High School and attended Post College. While at Sacred Heart High School, he played varsity basketball, baseball and track, and he later played amateur ball on various leagues around the city. He worked for The Southern New England Telephone Company for 33 years. He tried out for the Houston Colts in 1962, but chose to stay with the phone company. Bill served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky. He was the secretary and a member of the Waterville Community Club for many years before his retirement to Florida. While in Florida he was an active Eucharist minister to the sick and an active volunteer at Brothers Keeper Foundation and Clothing Store. He was a member of St. Theresa’s Church in Bellview, Fla., and The

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury. Bill left behind many good friends in Connecticut and Florida. Besides his wife, he leaves behind six children: a son, Douglas B Grady and his wife, Cynthia, of Waterbury; a daughter, Melissa Violette and her husband, Jack, of Danbury; a son, John E. Grady and his wife, Kelly, of Watertown; a stepdaughter, Brenda Bourdeau of Dover Fox Croft, Maine; a stepson, Gregg Hews and his wife, Debbie, of Tipp City, Ohio; a stepson, Lenny Broussard and his wife, Esther, of Bridgeport; and 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a brother, John Grady and his wife, Yvonne, of Waterbury; a brother, Attorney Francis Grady and his wife, Judith, of Middlebury; a sister, Maryanne Carpenter and her husband, Bill of Watertown, a sister, Margaret Frigon and her husband, Ray, of Watertown; and a sister, Lucy Luce and her husband, Mark, of Durham. He was predeceased by three children; William B. Grady Jr., Debra L. Grady and Mary K. Reardon and a stepson, Bruce Hews, and by two brothers, Thomas F. Grady and Michael D. Grady. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at 74 West Main St. in Waterbury. Burial will be in Mount

Olivet Cemetery in Watertown. The Murphy Funeral Home at 115 Willow St. in Waterbury is in charge of arrangements. Send the family an online condolence at murphyfh@

Anne Lawlor Madden Served on Middlebury Public Library board

Mrs. Anne (Lawlor) Madden, 89, of Middlebury, passed away Saturday, Dec 7, at Waterbury Hospital. She was the widow of Mr. Frank T. Madden. Anne was born Aug. 15, 1924, in Waterbury, a daughter of the late William Kenneth and Mary Veronica (Hodson) Lawlor. Growing up in Waterbury, she attended local schools and was a graduate of St. Margaret’s High School. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts and later received her degree in early childhood education from The Childhood Education Foundation in New York City. Anne was a kindergarten teacher in local schools for many years before starting her family. Anne was a proud member of the Junior League, an elected member on the Board of Directors at the Middlebury Public Library for more than

25 years, and a communicant at St. John of the Cross Church. She was an avid golfer and member at the Waterbury Country Club and loved reading, playing bridge and doing crossword puzzles. Anne is survived by her two sons, Gregory “Greg” Madden of Middlebury and Jim Madden and his wife, Lisa, of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Marjorie (Lawlor) Cassidy and her husband, Thomas, of New Canaan; two grandchildren, Nick Lawlor Madden and Connor William Madden; four cousins, Mary Ellen (Hinchey) Wilcox, Stephen Gaffney, Gladys (Hodson) Van Horsten, and Betty (Hodson) Goodloe; a brother-in-law, Tom Madden and his wife, Joyce, of Orlando, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Mary Louise (Lawlor) Atmus. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. John of The Cross Church at 1321 Whittemore Road in Middlebury. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may call Friday evening, Dec. 13, from 4 to 7 pm at the Bergin Funeral Home at 290 E. Main St. in Waterbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are asked to be made in Anne’s name to the Middlebury Public Library, 30 Crest Rd, Middlebury, CT 06762.

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Lady Panthers continue to raise the bar By KEN MORSE The Pomperaug High School girls’ basketball team is hard at work preparing for the rigors of another competitive season in the South West Conference (SCW). The Lady Panthers graduated four starters from last year’s 20-3 team, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class L state tournament. Graduated seniors Morgan Metcalf, Olivia Bonnanzio and Sarah Theriault helped build a Panthers team that went 60-14 in the last three years under head coach Joe Fortier. But the hardest graduated player to replace is leading scorer Gabbie Holness, who scored 1,360 career points. The two-time AllSWC and All-State guard averaged 21 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and six assists per game last season. That’s a whole lot of production to try and make up, but Pomperaug won’t be short on talent since assistant coach Scooter Zappone led the junior varsity team to an undefeated season last year, and the freshman team had only one loss. “We did graduate four seniors from last year,” Fortier said. “But that’s the beauty of high school

sports; you always have a turnaround and you get to build up the program again. “Even with just three seniors coming back, we don’t look at it as a rebuilding season. Rebuilding is looking to get better for next year. That is not where we are. With what the girls did at the junior varsity and freshman level, we have a very good chance to be a very good team this year.” Senior captain Hannah Metcalf, who scored 11 points per game last season, and junior captain Katelyn Perrotti, who averaged close to six points per game, will lead Pomperaug. Seniors Jen Catuccio and Gabi Penzetta offer a little more leadership to get the Panthers pointed in the right direction. “A lot of teams in the league are in the same boat, graduating their leading scorers and the All-SWC players,” Fortier said. “There are going to be a lot of teams in the mix, and I really like our chances. We may start out slow, but we will get better with each game. If we are playing our best basketball towards the end of the season, we can make a very good run in the post-season tournaments.”

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This season’s Pomperaug High School girls’ basketball team will be under the able leadership of, left to right, junior captain Katelyn Perrotti, senior Jen Catuccio, senior captain Hannah Metcalf and senior Gabi Penzetta.  (Ken Morse photo) Junior Sydney Malaspina will be another seasoned player who gained some experience last season. The Panthers also will rely on a solid core of younger players with seven sophomores and one freshman to add to the mix. “We have a fairly strong group of young players,” added Fortier. “Caly Farina is back from a broken foot, and Lauren Rubinstein is coming back after tearing her ACL in the last game of the year last season. Having those two sopho-

mores back gives us a solid group to work with. “But team defense will be the key. If we can take twice as many shots as our opponents by playing team defense, we should be able to put enough offense on the board to be successful.” Pomperaug averaged 62 points a game last season, breaking the 60-point barrier 16 times in 23 games. The defense allowed 42 points per game, holding the opposition in the 40s or less 17 times.

The holidays offer a chance to be creative and give gifts with a twist to others and to yourself, too! Open your heart and expand your mind as you choose for loved ones this year. Think outside the box. Money isn’t always necessary. Fill your home with warmth, smiles and laughter through heartfelt gifts with a difference. Touch hearts with uncommon and unique gifts that are unexpected. Practice taking yourself lightly. Let go of other people’s stuff as you brave the crowds, online busy times and work-related pressures. Breathe. Smile often. Wear clothes that make you feel amazing every day. Keep healthy snacks on hand at all times – raw


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have some height with our sophomore class, but we will be looking to use our athleticism to win games fueled by our defense.” The Panthers got the season under way this week when they played in the Masuk Tip-Off tournament against Brookfield Wednesday. They play the winner of the Masuk-Norwalk match-up today, Friday, Dec. 13. They will play their home opener next Friday when they host Brookfield at 7 p.m.

Give gifts from the heart Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL

crunchy veggies, little packs of nuts and seeds, and always water. Believe in yourself. Sit quietly in meditation for just 3 minutes upon waking, inhaling a day of flow and ease with your hands placed gently, lovingly over your heart center, left over right. Practice kindness. Little gifts from your heart day by day to uplift and inspire yourself and others will make for happy, healthy holidays.

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Sophomores Rachel Bonnanzio, Dina Harrington and Allison Ostar, along with Kathryn Rafferty, Leah Rubinstein and freshman Nicole Onze, will be vying for playing time. “We try and go with an uptempo game and play a little farther from the basket so we don’t get into a physical match down low,” Fortier said. “Learning to box out and playing team defense will allow us to get our share of rebounds. We do


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This week’s nuggets for life ask you to stretch your mind, open your heart and expand your realm of possibility when choosing and giving gifts to yourself and others this holiday season. Reach into the corners of your creativity and flex muscles of joy and fun. Let your intuitive impulses guide the way as you practice active daydreaming for a minute or two on each person you see receiving your gift with a glowing smile of appreciation. Do it for you, too. Give yourself the gift of a personal time-out every day so you can exercise for 12 to 15 minutes at least to stretch, tone and strengthen your body and mind. Find an outlet for frustrations and stresses and practice regularly. If someone pushes your

buttons, push one of your own by imagining a big, beautiful, glowing green button in the air in front of you with the word “disconnect” on it, seeing yourself pressing it to disconnect from old feelings and conditioning. See another beautiful button beside it that says “connect,” and press it to connect with a better feeling of peace, balance and harmony within yourself. Mindfully let the day go, quietly breathing in and out before you retire at night so sleep is quiet and restorative. Go gift from the heart. De Pecol is a yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See or email

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center. Each plant is different, but most are classified in the U.S. based on the growing zone in which they do best. If a plant is classed as “hardy” for your zone, it should do all right in the cold weather, with a few precautions. If not, or if it is a potted plant, consider bringing it inside, or wrap the plant or shrub in burlap tied with string to protect it from frosts and freezes. Many perennials need just a fresh layer of mulch, applied be-

By Samantha Mazzotta fore the first hard frost. Again, check with your garden center or research your type of plant on the Internet to determine which mulch is best to use – bark, hay, straw or leaves – and how deep to mulch. Other ways to prepare your yard for winter include clearing away any loose debris, such as leaves and fallen branches, to prevent them from blowing around in the winter. If your garden has been harvested, now’s the time to turn the soil and re-

move any stalks and dead vines before the ground freezes. It’s also a good time to start a compost heap, if you haven’t got one already. By spring, you should have some good compost to start the next garden. Send your questions or home tips to My new e-book, “101 Best Home Tips,” is available to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up it today for just 99 cents. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Trouble with squirrels invading a bird feeder? Set the feeder at least 6 feet from tree branches or roof eaves and mount it on a metal pole, which is harder to climb.

Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain DEAR DR. DONOHUE: This is the second time I have had plantar fasciitis. The first time was more than five years ago. A doctor outlined a program for me, but I have forgotten the details. Will you give me a refresher course? – L.O. ANSWER: “Plantar” is the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia is a band of sturdy tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. It supports the foot and the foot arches. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Professional baseball, football and basketball players get it. People with flat feet or very high arches, overweight people, those who stand on hard surfaces for long periods, and runners who suddenly increase their mileage or running time are the ones most likely to develop this injury. It happens to nonathletes, too. It causes intense pain when an affected person gets out of bed in the morning and takes a few steps. During the day, the pain lessens, but it returns toward the end of the working day. The pain can be so severe that people are forced to take time off from work. Other causes of heel pain include entrapment of a heel nerve in scar tissue, a loss of the fat pad that cushions the heel (found mostly in older people) and tiny fractures of the heel. Weight loss is the answer to the problem if a person is overweight. Limit your walking, and don’t do any running. You can bike and swim to stay in shape. At night, splint the foot so the toes point to the ceiling when you lie on your back. If the foot falls downward toward the bed, it aggravates heel

pain. Ice the heel four times a day for 15 minutes. A silicone heel insert often proves helpful. Make sure your shoes are well–cushioned. Loop a towel around the front of the foot and, while seated, pull the towel so the foot is drawn to the body. This stretches the fascia. If this program fails, then see a doctor. A cortisone shot can bring rapid relief. The booklet on aerobics, fitness and abdominal exercises can give newcomers a start in their exercise program. To obtain a copy, write: Dr. Donohue – No. 1301W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853–6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My fingernails are eyesores. Since I turned 83, they’ve turned ugly. They break easily. What can I use to put some strength back in them? – R.W. ANSWER: Keep your nails out of water. If you have to put them in water, wear protective gloves. Cut the nails short. You can use nail polish, but go very easy on polish remover. Nail hardeners are helpful. Don’t buy ones that contain

toluene or formaldehyde. A reader, J.G., wrote to me after the last time I wrote about fragile nails to endorse a product called Hard as Hoof, available at Walmart stores and probably others. The B vitamin biotin is said to harden nails. 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) 2013 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

1. Who was the last Detroit Tiger before Drew Smyly in 2013 to record at least a four-inning save? 2. Outfielder Paul O’Neill was a member of how many World Series-winning teams? 3. When was the last time before 2011-12 the University of South Carolina’s football team posted consecutive 11-win seasons? 4. The Los Angeles Lakers have retired nine jersey numbers in their franchise history. How many of them have not been worn by centers? 5. Who was the only man to play for all of the Original Six NHL teams? 6. How many consecutive World Cup downhill titles has Lindsey Vonn won? 7. In 2013, Europe recorded the biggest victory ever in golf’s Dec. 13 to 21, 2013 Solheim Cup (18-10). What Boys’ Basketball had been the largest margin Friday, Dec. 20..................... Middletown (A)...................................... 7 p.m. of victory?

Pomperaug High School Varsity Games

Girls’ Basketball

Friday, Dec. 20..................... Brookfield (H)........................................ 7 p.m.



Wednesday, Dec. 18............. Masuk (H)............................................. 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21................. Pomperaug Tournament (H)................... 9 a.m.

1. Esteban Yan, in 2004. 2. Five – Cincinnati in 1990, and the New York Yankees in 1996 and 1998-2000. 3. The Gamecocks had never accomplished that before. 4. Six – Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, James Worthy and Jamaal Wilkes. 5. Vic Lynn (1942-54). 6. Six (2008-13). 7. Europe beat the U.S. 17.5-10.5 in 2003.

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Friday, Dec. 20..................... Brookfield (H)........................................ 7 p.m.

Ice Hockey

Saturday, Dec. 14................. Shelton Jamboree (A)............................ 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18............. Taft-Mays Rink (H)..................................... TBA Saturday, Dec. 21................. Trumbull (A).......................................... 6 p.m.

Boys’ Swimming and Diving

Wednesday, Dec. 18............. Newtown (H)......................................... 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20..................... Bunnell/Stratford (H)............................ 5 p.m.


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Woodside Heights residents collect toys and food Send in your pet photos Your pet could be featured 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.

PETS OF THE WEEK Oliver and Micah Fabian live in Middlebury! Woodside Heights residents Richard Chapulis, front, and Carolyn Justice, rear, are shown by a table full of donations the Woodside Heights Sunshine Club collected for Middlebury Social Services holiday giving. The Sunshine Club, formed in August, earlier donated to St. Vincent de Paul, giving toiletries, clothing, school supplies and food for Thanksgiving. Now they are collecting toys, cash to purchase toys and also food items for Middlebury. The donations will be delivered to Social Services Director JoAnn Cappelletti in a few days.  (Marjorie Needham photo)

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This is Mr. Pistachio. He was taken in by a woman when she found him in one of her feral colonies (he just showed up for lunch one day). He clearly did not belong there, so she scooped him up, got him vaccinated and neutered, and off to a rescue he went. Now he is available for adoption and will make someone a truly wonderful family pet. He would rather not be with dogs but seems to be fine with other cats.

Meet Gizmo. He has been here at the shelter for quite some time due to the fact that he can be temperamental and selective of his owner. He would do best in a home with no other animals and a female owner. Gizmo likes to go for walks and likes his quiet time. He prefers to be left alone when he eats his food or treats and can be possessive with his toys. Once he gets to know you, he is all smiles and loves to sit by you.

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: I have two dogs and a cat, and I love them all dearly. I also try to make things a little better for pets that don’t have homes by helping out two days a month at the local shelter. Please let your readers know that they can make a huge difference in dogs’ and cats’ lives even with a small contribution. If they can’t give their time, they can donate money, food or other pet-care items. Sign me – Caring in Kalamazoo DEAR KALAMAZOO: You told them, and thanks! The holiday season offers the most opportunities to donate, no matter what amount, to a number of causes benefiting pets. So while you’re busy making gift lists and holiday preparations, don’t forget to include pets in need somewhere in those thoughts.

Most local shelters have Web pages online where you can find out about upcoming fundraising events, see what food or supplies are needed, or find a contact number or email address to learn more. Those that don’t have a website often have listings or dedicated space in the town or community newspaper. Major pet-care organizations and pet-supply stores have fundraising drives throughout the year, while local organizations sometimes hold supply drives

and other events with the help of local businesses or municipalities. You also can donate your free time to help out at local animal shelters. Contact your nearest shelter to see if opportunities are available, how much time is required and if additional training is needed for certain volunteer positions. Send your questions or comments to Did you know mosquitoes can transmit heartworm larvae to dogs, but fleas don’t? Find out more in my new book “Fighting Fleas,” available now on Amazon. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.



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